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MJCR030 - LP
Velvet Illusions
  • Velvet Illusions
  • Acid Head
  • Hippy Town
  • Born To Be A Rolling Stone
  • She Was The Only Girl
  • Town of Fool
  • Lazy
  • Mini Shimmy
  • The Stereo Song
  • I'm Coming Home Los Angeles

 

Following the success of our HUMAN EXPRESSION record, we thought we would continue our search for forgotten Californian bands of the late 60s.

Having unfortunately fallen into the pits of oblivion, The Velvet Illusions were never given the honours of a full LP. Hailing from the American Northwest, the young fellows (aged 14 and 17 at the time) soon moved to Hollywood in the hope of finding glory and success, but thanks to a shady manager (their lefty girlfriend) the 7” EP was plagued by bad luck and ended up in the unwanted EPs tray. Between 1967 and 1968, three A-sides and respective B-sides gave the band a legendary aura, with their angelic faces, their VOX amplifiers and their weird double-necked guitars. Now their ten rare gems, which were first produced as a whole in 2011 by US-Tune-In, are finally available as an LP!

Organ and saxophone, unbridled fury, a trip through garage music from acid beats to anti-pot-smokers ballads (!!!), this record paints a bizarre picture of what American youth in the 60s was trying to do. A movement away from tradition, fascination for Afro-American music, emancipation, rapport to drugs, etc.: The record acts as a historical testimony of the late 60s about to fall into the next decade with its Vietnam war and disillusionment. As such, it is Randy Bowles and his mates’ illusions, as velvety and analytical as they are, that were etched into vinyl to travel through time and remind us that there is nothing as classily American as the sound of the 60s. And the ten tracks are as intriguing as they are catchy, with inspiring sing-along melodies that break the aesthetic mould of most bands of the time. We’re miles away from the mainstream and from Woodstock; we’re much closer to garages and small town venues. They could have toured with 13th Floor Elevators, and The Doors even, but the music industry was having none of it, and the record remained a unique piece of work.

This beautiful release acts as a tribute. Randy Bowles is still alive and was deeply moved by this belated yet well-deserved acknowledgement. The man is now over 60 and lives in his Californian home, where he still plays his tracks, with acoustic guitar and warm timbre, “forty years” later as he puts it. You can even find him on YouTube!

1,000 copies will be made, with silk-screened cover and sleeve notes, since there is a heavy demand for such sounds, suited as much to your living room as for a party. A beautiful record for an unfortunate band! Coming this february on Moi J’Connais Records.

 

 

MJCR029 - LP
Various Artists
  • Lawrence Walker - Osson Two-Step
  • Mama Rosin - Yvon LeBlanc
  • Criminal Waltz - Breaux Frères
  • Fiddle Stomp - Wallace "Cheese" Read
  • Le Blues du Petit Chien - Breaux Frères
  • Vous Avez Donne Votre Parole - Dennis McGhee
  • J´ai Fait Tout Le Tour Du Pays - Jimmy Peters & Ring Dance Singers
  • Blue Runner - Bebe & Eraste Carriere
  • Mama Do Right - Milton
  • Doin' The Zydeco - Rockin' Dopsie
  • Canray's One Step - Canray Fontenot
  • Le Two Step À Jules - Freeman Fontenot

 

Following Following the huge success of our first volume (three pressings!) in 2009, the long-awaited Cajun / Zydeco Vol. 2 is finally here! The long wait was not due to a lack of inspiration but rather to the creator’s diligent research, and as such this awesome second volume has taken five years to come together. The idea hasn’t changed. We dug into some of the world’s most moving and lesser-known music and made our selection. We spent hours on end doing this. We painstakingly separated Cajun from Zydeco music, since both genres are so intimately linked. We equalised and finally pressed the whole thing on vinyl. The result? A rich compilation of rare gems. Some of these tracks had never been pressed onto vinyl since their original 12” version! It’s a trip into the South of Louisiana, where this music–a blend of worlds and traditions–took shape at the beginning of the 20th century. A selection of tracks from the past, from local legends (Nathan Abshire) to unknown craftsmen (Jimmy Peters), who all, in their own way, have left their indelible mark. Waltz, two-step, one-step, blues, the record pays tribute to the unique blend of European dances with African rhythms. Each track has been weighed up for its historical as well as for its musical interest. A combination of melodeon and, for the Zydeco side, button accordion, triangle, rub board and fiddles. It’s a masterpiece in the Moi J’Connais collection. Sold with sleeve notes and a magnificent poster from one of the masters of Cajun fiddle, Dennis McGhee. 

 

 

 

 

CD-Sampler is out and free. Available at Bongo Joe ! 

MJCR028 - LP/CD
Hell's Kitchen
  • Since I Was A Child
  • Monkey
  • The Party's Over
  • Hey Ho Chica
  • I Wanna Be The One
  • Drain
  • Let's Go Cat Go
  • Sister
  • I Shake
  • Something New
  • Pauly
  • Going Down South

 

Having become one of the leading rural/tribal blues bands in Europe, Hell’s Kitchen are back riding a fresh breeze with Red Hot Hand. After four albums, hundreds of dates all across Europe, this new record arrives with big clear ideas and, most of all, hot ideas; the spellbinding and minimal feeling accumulated after all those years of touring, recording sessions and other torments of a live band.

Hell’s Kitchen (well seconded here by Matt Verta-Rey of Heavy Trash and Mama Rosin’s Robin Girod who directed half the album), take off with an absolutely new approach where fans of the 70’s, The Roots or Captain Beefheart can recognise themselves...long time admirers and newcomers.

Moi J’Connais Records is proud to present it’s release n° 028 and wishes to recall that the birth of the label is due to this Geneva band. Release n° 001 being nothing else than the, sadly no longer available single: Hell’s Kitchen vs Mama Rosin where each band covered “baby please don’t go”. It’s also thanks to them that a lot has changed in Geneva. The cutting, edged, broken line of the GenevaBayou Connection, including Hell’s Kitchen, Mama Rosin, the Dead Brothers...A long story finally offering the album we were waiting for. The Hell’s Kitchen of the future: fresh and fun but experienced, a legend in the making. From New York to Zürich, from Coimbra to London, this release binds together the Moi J’Connais catalogue. From Blues, Calypso and brazilian groove to mind-bending new releases.

 

 

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