|A list of countries that I now know have a H&W CD in their
borders: S. Korea, Japan, Greece, Sweden, Cyprus,
Australia, New Zealand, UK, Portugal, Canada. -
New York Village Voice
Homestead & Wolfe makes best of the year in Chuck Eddy's Music column on Dec 14, 2004:
In honor of the impending annual New Year’s Eve jam-band deluge, behold this compendium of fine recent recordsd by actual musicians...
From: Cesar Montesano
Date: May 27, 2005 5:40:27 AM PDT
Subject: Re: [psychedelica] Re: HOMESTEAD & WOLFE (mini-view)
Karl !!! & !!
Ooops, but the psych mafia should be praising him heavily for
H&W ! Whweee, thanks for the info, the CD hath me
MESMERIZADO-MIKADO. Now to figure out a little time
adjustment and listen. My favorite discovery of the year!
A little background on my listening habits: The influx here
is absolutely ridiculous, dozens of new things a week!
I listen liberally to different albums ad infinitum. Very
rarely doth something get sticky in the player. When it
does, watch out, swingle-sister - I tend to want to sing its praises.
Being a member of the Gnosis Project, I am always ranking music. This
BADMOFO (H&W) has charmed me to my bones. I am going
into the database and giving it the highest honors: 15 out
of 15 = Perfect. Karl: I would like to get in touch
with the band to offer a review. Truly blessed now, Cesar
89.7 FM www.kfjc.org
Hi Karl - here's that review and a huge thanks for releasing this masterpiece....I love this so much, and
am still just amazed at what these kids did - wow.
Favorites = 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13. These tracks originally saw only a private release – until now.
Surpassing and revelatory genius.
Date: May 9, 2005 9:08:18 PM PDT
Subject: [NewBrutonTown] Homestead & Wolfe
"Our Times." Just got this CD in from Karl, and listened
to it for the first time. Only a first impression, but I'm
really knocked out by this CD, and amazed that there isn't a
buzz about it. Not what I expect from American Folk/FolkRock,
especially xian. I wouldn't call it wyrdfolk (though I'm
starting to wonder if I really have the term pinned down
after looking at Mark's 'History of' pages) but for the most
part is brilliant 70s Folk/FolkRock that I would expect would
appeal to almost everybody here. Who to compare it to? Well,
I vastly favor the UK scene, and am less enamored of the
Dylan/Guthrie US wing of American Folk, and the tendency to
interject country elements by many US artists. Having said that,
there are a couple songs that do tend to the countryish side, and
one rock track, (which is good, btw.) They are not part of the Dylan/Guthrie
wing, however. Other than those 3 tracks it's a mix of dreamy
Folk and outstanding FolkRock, drawing comparisons at times with
Tudor Lodge, the 1st Bread, Love & Dreams, and faint hints at some
of what Spriguns did later on (think "Time Will Pass.")
Also, much of the female vocals bear some resemblance to
Sandy Denny, in the phrasing, and especially when notes are
sustained. I also hear a bit of what the Byrds might have
sounded like if they hadn't relied on 12 string, in some of
the uptempo numbers. Again, a first listen, but it's among my
favorite American Folk/FolkRock/FolkPsych albums. Like it
better than These Trails at first listen (not that that's my
fave American Folk album.) My favorite tracks at first listen
are "Mary Jane" & "See The Children Die."
I would think this CD would be of interest to most folks here. If
it wasn't for the country-ish tracks (2 out of 13 on the original album,)
I would call this an unqualified masterpiece. Very much recommended.
(And no, Karl didn't put me up to this.) - Mark
From: Phil X Milstein
Date: May 3, 2005 2:21:18 PM PDT
Subject: [Spectropop] Rip Chords counterrevisionism
Someone here recently posted a link to a Rip Chords history, at
http://www.ripchords.info - I reiterate it now just to make sure that no one who might
be interested inadvertently overlooks it. It's written by
Rev. Ernie Bringas, co-founder of the group, and aims
primarily at clarifying who exactly sang what on the group's
recording sessions, in order to correct the historical record
on those matters. The richness of Bringas' detail, his pride
in the group's accomplishments, and his lack of bitterness at
what seems to have been a somewhat inimical aftermath, are commendable,
and the autographed photo of Doris Day is real fine, as well.
Gone, --Phil M.
Ernie, JoAnne, Brian, Janice, Dave, Ted at Gold Star Studios
Date: October 18, 2004 1:43:01 AM PDT
Yeah, there is a certain similarity with all those items, but H
& W has a strong urban westcoast finish to it IMO, not
rooted in rural soil like most Brit-folkers tend to be...
Mellow Candle is perhaps the closest of those, but I would
really be inclined to compare it to California-style bands
from a slightly earlier era... they did have trad folk
moves too, often. The most rocking tracks on H & W remind me
of Ill Wind, both in terms of the powerful female vocals and the flowing
band. Also Yankee Dollar, Carolyn Hester Coalition, even Neighbrhood
Childrn. 8.5 / 10 at this point, really hard to find any weaknesses
in it. Great stories in the liner notes about the talented
young lady handing out sheet notes to Hal Blaine & Al
Casey on how the music should be played :-)
to short selections of a few of the songs (all 30 seconds and
about 500 kb):