Regardless of the fact that the album was first released in 1970, and I didn't discover the 2008 reissue until January, Rodriguez's Cold Fact is one of my favorite albums of 2009. I just tried out the follow-up reissue Coming From Reality, which also arrived via Light in the Attic, but it's not nearly as good.
Cold Fact became a cult favorite in Australia and New Zealand almost a decade after its release, then again in the late '90s in Africa, and finally in the Unites States over the past year or so. Rodriguez has been playing some high profile shows since returning to touring, with upcoming gigs in Paris, Rome, London, and a slot at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October.
He also recently stopped by the Daytrotter studio, who had this to say:
"The two albums that Rodriguez taped back in the mid-60s – “Cold Fact” and “Coming From Reality,” both re-issued on Seattle’s Light In The Attic Records over the past two years – are full of the kinds of idiosyncratic details that have become the man’s general thematic discourse, the colorful tapestry of mind-bending, mood-altering drug effects, a stilted distrust of the government, warnings of the abuse of substances, an amazement with the feelings that can come from rock and roll music and a handle on the peculiarities of different people that’s keen and cool."Check out one song from the session below, go here for the rest, and hit up LITA for more all-around info.