Today’s Sound Advice had a ton going on and even more you didn’t get to hear about. For instance, I briefly mentioned the significant contributions to country music made by Jocelyn Noir’s (aka ALAK) aunt and cousin, and only briefly touched on the music of Seasick Steve. So let’s go a little deeper, starting with:
This Week’s Tracklist:
1). "Wenu Wenu" by Omar Souleyman
2). "216" by Lee Bannon
3). "Pass" by ALAK
4). "Circles" (1998) by Soul Coughing
5). "Circles" (2013) by Mike Doughty
6). "Stuck On You" by Failure
7). "The Way I Do" by Seasick Steve
ALAK's Country Roots
Placerville, CA musician Jocelyn Noir records under the name ALAK. Her latest record Guardian Petted isn’t a record at all; it’s a cassette and available as a free download. It’s also part of Kaleidoscope’s LIMITED DUBS series which has a very specific philosophy. Each song is recorded in one take, straight to tape. The recordings on the physical cassettes are unique to that copy (i.e. no two cassettes contain the same performance of the songs). Neat, right?
Breathy vocals, guitar, keyboards and an incorporated loop all contribute to the sound of ALAK though it's hard to confuse it for traditional pop music.
Noir grew up in a musical family. Her aunt, Liz Anderson, penned Merle Haggard’s first hit "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers." Her cousin, Lynn Anderson, won a Grammy for “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden.”