The Dovers were from Santa Barbara, California, and started their band under the name The Vandells. They began their recording career as The Dovers in 1965 with the Miramar Records release "She's Gone"/"What Am I Going To Do?" which reportedly was a minor hit in the Santa Barbara–Ventura County area. Three singles followed in late 1965–early 1966, showing The Dovers' interest in folk and pop; none of their four singles met with national success, and The Dovers broke up shortly afterward.

The Dovers went largely unnoticed by music collectors until garage rock compilations came out in the late 1970s and early 80s. A cult following developed around the group, who became known among collectors for their catchy songs and wistful vocals. "What Am I Going To Do" is currently available on Rhino Records' Nuggets box set. "She's Not Just Anybody" is available on Pebbles 8, Southern California 1.

In 2009, Bradford Cox of Atlas Sound sampled "What Am I Going To Do?" for his song "Walkabout". The song is a collaboration with Animal Collective's Noah Lennox.

The Dovers, What I'm Going to Do

She's Not Just Not Anybody

Atlas Sound (w/ Noah Lennox), Walkabout


Exotic Paul Simon

Paul Simon in his turkey outfit

In 1986 Paul Simon released the notorious Graceland, which was inspired by an instrumental written by the Boyoyo Boys, an 80s South African band playing dance music, best know for being sampled  in 1983 by Malcolm McLaren for his hit Double Dutch. The album features Paul Simon, Rob Mounsey, Ray Phiri, Adrian Belew, Demola Adepoju, Daniel Xilakazi, Sherman Robertson , Cesar Rosas, David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano, Alonzo Johnson, Lloyd Lelose, Bakithi Kumalo, Isaac Mtshali , Vusi Khumalo, Petrus Manile, Alton Rubin, Jr., Louie Pérez, Steve Gadd, Makhaya Mahlangu, Ralph MacDonald, Yossou N'Dour, Babacar Faye, Assane Thiam, Lulu Masilela, David Rubin, Alton Rubin, Sr. , Jonhjon Mkhalali, Forere Motloheloa, Rob Mounsey, Barney Rachabane, Mike Makhalemele, Teaspoon Ndela, Lenny Pickett, Earl Gardner, Alex Foster, Ronnie Cuber, Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker, Lew Soloff, Alan Rubin, Dave Bargeron, Kim Cissel, Morris Goldberg, Johnny Hoyt, Steve Berlin, The Everly Brothers, The Gaza Sisters, Diane Garisto, Michelle Cobbs, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, and Linda Ronstadt.

Following the succes of award-winning Graceland, Paul Simon works with south african and latin american musicians, and in 1990 Rythm of the Saints is released, featuring Paul Simon, Clifton Chenie, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Milton Nascimento, Naná Vasconcelos, Adrian Belew, J.J. Cale, Ringo Starr, Michael Brecker, Hugh Masekela, Giovanni Hidalgo, Kim Wilson, Clifton Anderson, Francisco Aguabella, Artur Andres, Mingo Arauj, Isaak Asante, Martin Atangana, Dave Bargeron, Karen Bernod, Jude Bethel, Jacques Bolognes, Randy Brecker, Briz, Anthony Carrillo, Elolongue Mbango Catherine, Don Chacal, C.J. Chenie, Wilson DasNeves, Djana'd , Charles Doherty, Steve Gadd, Florence Gnimagnon, Myrna Lynn Gomila, Gordinho, Grupo Cultural, Alain Hatot, Errol Ince, Kia Jeffries, Remi Kabaka, Bakithi Khumalo, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Charlotte M'bango, Andre Manga, Mazzola, Jimmy McDonald, Clyde Mitchell , Madeleine Yayodele Nelson, Vincent Nguini, Greg Phillinganes, Ray Phiri, Raphael Rabello, Decio Ramos, Felix Sabal-Lecco, Paul Santos, Paulo Sérgio Santos, George Seba , Phillipe Slominski, Pedro Sorongo, Justin Tchounou, Antonio Luis Alves de Souza, Rem Kabock, Beloba, Marçalzinho, Armandinho, Canegal, Asante, Sidinho Moreira, Yo Yo De La Nelson, Jorge Ferreira da Silva, and Kofi Electrik.

Paul Simon - Crazy Love, vol. II (from Graceland)
Paul Simon - Homeless (from Graceland)

Paul Simon and the Graceland crew in Zimbabwe (1987), videos here and here
Malcolm McLaren - Double Dutch

Paul Simon - The Obvious Child (from Rythm of the Saints)
Paul Simon - Spirit Voices (from Rythm of the Saints)

What is vintage ?

The Dovers ?

Or Geneva Jacuzzi ?


Best Guitar Player Ever #1: Loren Mazzacane Connors

A collection of 5 collaborations by Loren Mazzacane Connors from the last 10 years, among so many others. 4 are from amazing bootlegs, the 2 last ones from 2 different collaboration based records.

LMC was born in New Haven, Connecticut, 1949. Composer and improviser, he has issued more than 70 records since the late 1970s under the names Guitar Roberts, Loren Mattei, Loren MazzaCane Connors and other variations. He has collaborated with Suzanne Langille, Jim O'Rourke, Thurston Moore, David Grubbs Darin Gray, Alan Licht, Cat Power, Christina Carter, Keiji Haino, San Agustin, Jandek and many others, as well as leading the group Haunted House. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

1 + 2. Good Woman + Satisfaction, with Cat Power - Live at Tonic, NYC, 7 October (1999)

3. Untitled (part.2), with David Daniell and Greg Kelley, Live at Issue Project Room, 10 October (2007)

4. Untitled (part.1), with Turston Moore - Live at Tonic, NYC, 12 April (2001)

5. Blossom Time, with David Grubbs - from Arborvitae (Häpna, 2003)

+ Bonus track: The Dream, solo track on split CD with Sasha Frere, Standing on an upright curve (Subsonic, 1998)