Tall Tall Trees is Mike Savino, a New York musician who makes the banjo psychedelic. He uses violin bows, drum mallets and electronic toys to create different sounds on his “banjotron,” a heavy modified open back banjo of his own design which allows him to loop and layer a variety of instruments, enriching his sound. Savino is unorthodox and innovative, effortlessly blending a contemporary aesthetic with folk genres that include bluegrass and Middle Eastern sounds.
Credited with pioneering the slap technique, legendary bassist Larry Graham celebrates his 68th birthday today. Although Mr. Graham refers to his technique as “thumpin’ and pluckin’” rather than “slappin’,”nevertheless Larry Graham is a true funk master and we at Riffraf love our bass players.
With vicious rumors circulating that the brother Davies have patched things up and are contemplating a reunion and a new album, Riffraf has been thinking about our current favorite Kinks’ albums.
Full disclosure: I am not familiar with Muswell Hillbillies (1971). Friends tell me that the country rock album belongs in the top 5, and though I respect their opinions, this is my list, and since I don’t know that particular record I’m leaving it off.
Here are my Top 5 Kinks’ Albums (which is subject to change at any given moment):