There are big moves afoot at the K Mail Order Dept., and you, my dear investigator of all things K, are the main beneficiary! This week we are offering up a CD Safari: Calvin Johnson. Bag ten compact discs extracted from the extensive oeuvre of Calvin Johnson. These assorted albums span the decades and include work with the Halo Benders, Dub Narcotic Sound System, the Sons of the Soil and his solo albums, too. All ten compact discs for $15.00, Can you dig it?.
Calvin Johnson What Was Me [KLp117]
The first solo album featuring Calvin singing with an acoustic guitar -classic. Guest duet appearances by Mirah (“Ode to St. Valentine”) and Beth Ditto (“Lightnin’ Rod for Jesus”).
Dub Narcotic Sound System Meets the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Sideways Soul [KLP103]
East meets West at the Dub Narcotic Studio in a dance hall style! So much dancing. “Fudgy the Whale”, “Love Ain’t on the Run”, “Banana Meltdown”, all the hits!
Dub Narcotic Sound System Handclappin’ [KLP147]
“It’s always a party when D.N. gets started and the screaming hasn’t stopped since Lacey…” This is the Olympia party anthem! plus Heather Dunn‘s unrequited love vignette “Sabley Goodness” and other dub hymns of praise.
Calvin Johnson Before the Dream Faded… [KLP170]
The second Calvin Johnson album of songs solo. Each song is produced by a different guest artist, mostly at the Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia, Washington, including Mirah (“When Hearts turn Blue”), Phil Elverum (“Deliverance”), Johnny Jewel (“I Am without”), Khaela Maricich (“I Am Down”). Other guests include Jona Bechtolt, Devin Welch, Warren Lee, Adam Forkner.
Dub Narcotic Sound System Ridin’ Shotgun [KLP050]
During their summer, 1995 U.S. tour the Dub Narcotic Sound System stopped over in Memphis, TN. at Royal Recording to work with famed Stax engineer William Brown. These four songs (plus instrumentals) are the result.
Dub Narcotic Sound System Bone Dry [KLP068]
A year later the Dub Narcotic Sound System returned to Royal Recording and William Brown, adding Memphis studio musicians Jack Hale (Memphis Horns), Ben Cauley (Bar-Kays) and Lannie McMillan on the song “Bass Hump”.
Calvin Johnson & the Sons of the Soil Calvin Johnson & the Sons of the Soil [KLp180]
The brainchild of Jason Anderson and Khaela Maricich, Sons of the Soil were conceived as a”Calvin‘s Greatest Hits” band comprised of music-people who were hanging around Dub Narcotic Studio at the time: Jason Anderson (drums, guitar), Kyle Field (electric bass guitar) and Adam Forkner (electric guitar, drums). Khaela illustrated the cover.
Dub Narcotic Sound System Out of Your Mind [KLP083]
The savage sounds of a late ’90s Dub Narcotic Sound System. Concrete “Shock Mount”, blistering “Teenage Time Bomb”, party overload “Belly Warmer”. Guest appearance by Miranda July on the duet “Out of Your Mind”.
The Halo Benders Don’t Tell Me Now [KLP046]
The second album recorded by the Halo Benders at Dub Narcotic Studio, its a collaboration between the songwriting team of Doug Martsch and Calvin Johnson, with musical contributions from Ralph Youtz, Wayne Flower and Steve Fisk. It includes the anthemic “Halo Bender” and crowd pleasers “Phantom Power” and “Bombshelter Pt. 1 & 2”.
Dub Narcotic Sound System Degenerate Introduction [KLP157]
The third Dub Narcotic Sound System album, produced with Adam Forkner (Yume Bitsu, White Rainbow). This is the stripped down DNSS with Calvin Johnson guitar, vocal, Heather Dunn, drums, vocals and Chris Sutton, electric bass guitar. Wildness ensues.