Featured: Sean Smith - Christmas (Tompkins Square)
Sean Smith plays the guitar, or so he would have you believe. It is far more likely, however, that Sean actually plays some sort of magic orb that causes you to feel from your deepest-self, most exquisitely. Sure the orb makes guitar sounds, and when you look at it, you even think you’re seeing a guitar, but these illusions are just a testament to the power of the orb... and our willingness to accept things as normal when they are actually extraordinary, like good music, you know, the one-true-miracle.
Unlike many other guitar-men of immense technical skill, Sean doesn't play just to hear himself noodle, to boast of ability, or to illuminate some obscure passage of musical history. Instead, he is playing for you to live the song, hoping that it will be as much yours as it is his. You should really just listen to some of his tunes.
Sean Smith has released several albums under his own name, and has produced and contributed to the compilations Berkeley Guitar and Beyond Berkeley Guitar. His latest album, 'Christmas', is a gorgeous, contemporary acoustic guitar recording featuring fourteen well known Christmas classics and two Sean Smith originals.
Considering the vast amount of syrupy instrumental music in this genre, Christmas is a most welcome holiday album, and one which could well become a classic for many years to come.
Radio Playlist 29th December 2010
C. Joynes - Christmas Medley: i. I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In ii. In The Bleak Midwinter iii. The Holly & The Ivy (God Feeds The Ravens)
Black Mountain - Radiant Hearts (Wilderness Heart)
Sean Smith - We Three Kings (Christmas)
Jason Simon - Let's Begin (S/T)
Dungen - Nasta Sommar (Skit I Allt)
Wolf People - Tiny Circle (Steeple)
Sean Smith - Little Drummer Boy (Christmas)
Voice Of The Seven Thunders - Out Of The Smoke (S/T)
Mondo Drag - Black River (New Rituals)
The Demon Parade - Afterworld (God Said It's Legal EP)
Sleepy Sun - Desert God (Fever)
Sean Smith - Silent Night, Holy Night (Christmas)
Hawkwind - Silver Machine (Johnny Walker Radio 1 Session, August 2, 1972) (At The BBC 1972)
The Beautiful Daze - City Jungle Part 1 & 2 (v/a High All The Time Vol.1)
Tame Impala - It's Not Meant To Be (Innerspeaker)
Jimi Hendrix - Sunshine Of Your Love (Valleys Of Neptune)
Pat O'Connell - The New Year (Demo)
Sean Smith - Auld Lang Syne (Christmas)