Wednesday, August 22, 2012

MV & EE with the Golden Road - Godchaux Free Brattleboro (Blackest Rainbow Records)

back on the golden road, Blackest Rainbow style.  peace and love to my friends at Humboldt Relief :)

As I peered inside the Godchaux Free Brattleboro case, the green cassette shells were beaming in the light.  In 2009 and 2010, MV & EE released Road Trips and the No Floor Tour respectively, on Blackest Rainbow.  Road Trips -12 tapes in all - is replete with good vibes from Drone Trailer, Gettin' Gone, Green Blues, Mother of Thousands and more - it is an absolute must for those fond of MV & EE and all who sail with them.  The good vibe is conspicuous again on Godchaux Free Brattleboro, as Blackest Rainbow return to the trusty green shells of Road Trips.  As always, only the finest material makes it through the filter.  And, the result is three Golden Road sets and one with the Toasted Clam - Herbcraft, Smokehound and Rongoose exuding the love.  "Jettison Awareness" produces gorgeous versions of Space Homestead faves such as 'Shit's Creek', 'Leaves' and 'Common Ground'.  And, in 'Vegas Booyah' the Ecstatic Peace connection is running strong, as the Golden Road kick out the jams Thurston style.  How does this medley sound: Tea Devil --> Hammer ---> jam ----> Easy Livin'? Or, how about Crow Jane Environs----> the Burden?  Oh yah.. and talk about flashbacks, thee Suub Duub is ubiquitious (Toasted Clam): Environments-------->  Fire on the Mountain-------> Freight Train.  The best nug should be saved for last. And, i'm not going to vacillate from that policy.  'Townie Tumbleweeds' alone, in the Headrooms, is worth the price of the box set.  With Rongoose and Smokehound along for the trip, the band exhibit a different face of each song.  If you read Jon Dale's Space Homestead review, then you probably comprehend.  The versions of 'Flow My Ray'; 'Crow Jane Environs'; and 'Environments' are among the best i have heard. 

Holy hash!  Along with the hash and a fine stash, your head needs these jams.  Blackest Rainbow has some of the remaining copies for sale.

peace and love, friends :)