Lovely Recordings: Hosted by John Hudson

Here goes: an eclectic mix of music to suit whatever mood I’m in. All of these albums are favorites that have been played to death and I still have yet to tire of them. Music is an important part of my life, always listening to something, whether it’s portable, in the car or the big rig in the dedicated listening room.

Billy Bang Quintet Featuring Frank Lowe: Above & Beyond: An Evening in Grand Rapids (Justin Time Records, 2007)
Lightening in a bottle. The band was firing on all cylinders which was an amazing feat as Frank Lowe died four months later from lung cancer and played here with one lung.

Available from Qobuz

Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man: Out of Season (Go Beat!/Sanctuary, 2002)
Haunting. Beth sounds like a different singer on every track.

Available from Qobuz

Danny Gatton, Joey DeFrancesco: Relentless (Big-Mo Records, 1994)
Cooking. Two masters of their instrument pushing each other.

Available from Bandcamp

Erin Mckeown: Lafayette (Signature Sounds, 2007)
Fun, live recording and the good time is infectious.

Available from Bandcamp

Goldfrapp: Felt Mountain (Mute, 2000)
Creative trip-hop at its best.

Available from Qobuz

Mr. Bungle: Mr. Bungle (Warner Bros., 1991)
Twisted. Takes me to my happy place.

Available from Qobuz

I’m a 48 year music nut and audiophile, constantly searching for my next new music fix.

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BradleyP's picture

John--Some of these recordings make me feel like I've stepped into an alternate universe. I had never heard of any of them. They are definitely off the beaten path and great for late-night, nearfield listening. Thank you for these suggestions. More, please!

In the same quirky vein as these, I'll fire one back: Anais Mitchell, Hadestown. Very eclectic, lots of guest performers (e.g. Ani DiFranco), stellar arrangements and sonics. You'll dig it.'s picture

Glad someone enjoyed them. Here are a few more.

Afel Bocoum, Damon Albarn - Mali Music
Allison Miller - No Morphine, No Lilies
Black Dub - Black Dub
Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes - (any album)
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - (any album)
Jorane - The You and the Now
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Grand Opening And Closing!
If you liked Mr. Bungle check out Mike Patton.
Enjoying Anais, thanks for sharing.

All the best, JH

Wilderness's picture

Anais Mitchell's Hymns for the Exiled. Great album. Thanks for recommending her.

Wilderness's picture

I can't thank Audiostream and the host John Hudson enough for providing this recommendation. I bought downloads of Billy Bang's Vietnam Aftermath, Reflections, and Spirits Gathering albums after seeing this here. I had never heard of Billy Bang. Or Beth Gibbons, either, but now I have these albums and I am a huge fan overnight.

These albums sound fantastic on my Sony Walkman ZX2 DAP in my car and on my home system, too.

I think that this guest host feature on Audiostream is the coolest thing on the Internet!

garrettnecessary's picture

I used to see Billy Bang play in the West Village, and I also saw him play at St John the Divine's at Sun Ra's funeral concert. I only have one recording though, his great CD with Sun Ra honoring Stuff Smith. I'll have to get this! Thanks!