The three brothers in Pontiak—Van, Lain, and Jennings Carney—just released their second full-length album, Sun on Sun (Thrill Jockey), which mixes stomping, bluesy psychedelia with three-part harmonies for a stoned-out take on campfire music. Here’s what the Carney brothers have been digging, with tight-lipped commentary:
Skip Spence, Oar (Columbia, 1969)
Because it’s varied.
Psychic Paramount, Gamelan Into the Supernatural (No Quarter, 2005)
Because it is intense.
Fela Kuti, Live! (Regal Zonophone, 1971)
It features Ginger Baker from Cream. The rhythms on that album are really cool.
Nikhil Banerjee, Morning Ragas: Bombay 1965 (Raga, 1996)
Nikhil Banerjee is considered one of the best sitar players ever and it’s awesome to get into a music that is fundamentally different than Western music.
Louis Armstrong, “I Surrender, Dear”
’Cause it has a good melody.