Thursday, February 22, 2018

WHAT THE HELL IS A FAMILY STONE ANYWAY?

"I Want to Take You Higher" led to a Sly Stone detour that has no interest in sitting at a keyboard. So, real quick like:  These songs have all sorts of weird things going on in them once you start picking them apart. Fuzz bass. Funky beats. Organ, Horns. Guitar. A lot. In fact, you could make a night of it. I am.

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Listen:
Sly and the Family Stone - I Want to Take You Higher mp3 at Internet Archive
Sly and the Family Stone - Loose Booty mp3
at The Adios Lounge
Sly and the Family Stone - Family Affair mp3
at Portals

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

THE "FUCK YOU, I SLAY" LOOK

My brother scored some 45s today, the best of which were Ricky Nelson, Duane Eddy and Al Casey. I don't remember my brother and I having ever discussed Al Casey so I was jazzed that he knew of him. Here's reason #211 Casey is the shit: he played guitar on "The Fool" by Sanford Clark. It's a wickedly understated riff. Link Wray Lite. After the record hit, while backing Clark, he did a week long tour with Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Johnny Burnette, and Sonny James. Stop. Completely badass. Need details.

Casey did it all. He started playing steel when he was eight and was playing clubs at fourteen. He backed Jody Reynolds on "Fire of Love" and was in Duane Eddy's band, a member of the Wrecking Crew (ergo on everything), and he had his own records. Dude absolutely ruled.

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Listen:
Sanford Clark (Al Casey, guitar) - The Fool (streaming) at YouTube
Al Casey - Teenage Blues mp3
at Rocky-52.net
Jody Reynolds (Al Casey: guitar) - Daisy Mae mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Jody Reynolds (Al Casey: Guitar) - The Fire of Love mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People

Al Casey - Baja mp3 at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Al Casey - Caravan (streaming) at YouTube
Al Casey & the K.C.-ettes - Surfin' Hootnanny
at Rocky-52.net On this one he apes Dick Dale, the Ventures and Duane Eddy

Monday, February 19, 2018

MESSAGE TO SHREDDERS

The more I think about that shredder yesterday, the more he bugs me. I was trying to give him the benefit of the doubt, just chalk it up to a different set of values. But the more I think about it, the harder it is to ignore the fact that this shredding nonsense is part of the problem. 

There are different levels of rock 'n' roll finesse, and it has been my experience that it is always better to err on the sloppier, more primitive side. Rip it motherfucking up. To that end, here's a couple unrelated songs, both lacking spitshine to varying degrees. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's "Sweet and Sour" and the Oblivians' "What Rock 'n' Roll Is All About" will shake the shred right outta you.

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Listen:
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Sweet 'n' Sour mp3 at ATumblr (?)
The Oblivians "What Rock 'n' Roll is All About mp3
at NJ Speed Crazy

Sunday, February 18, 2018

DUDE EVEN THROWS PICKS WITH ATTITUDE

I've got no clue how I ended up running across the "Double Guitar Shred Medley". I can't imagine what part of my tastes would prompt an algorithm to put it in a suggested video pile. I clicked on it out of curiosity. What I encountered was a whole other world that I'd forgotten existed. That of the at-all-costs guitar shredder. The video is by Michael Angelo Batio and it sucks. That doesn't mean that Batio isn't a good guitarist. Technically he is excellent. Mindblowing even. But his attention, his chosen micro-field of expertise, while requiring hours and hours of practice and a rare technical gift in addition to hard work, yields nothing close to rock and roll. It's all about the guitarist, and only the guitarist, which is the point. Okay, I get that. But why? When you possess that skill and are theoretically able to handle any style of music, why would you devote that much time to this kind of thing? The same reason why guys put huge wheels on lifted trucks. Why Trump has a "bigger button".


Check the comments under the video at YouTube. It's apparent this dude has worshippers, but there's some pretty funny comments too. After watching the video I had to get the hell away from Shredville. That shit is foreign, way too un-rock 'n' roll. I had to get me some anti-venom in the way of the Dirtbombs. That I can relate to.

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Listen:
The Dirtbombs - Ever Lovin' Man mp3 at Switchblade Comb
The Dirtbombs - Chains of Love mp3 at Indie Rock Cafe

Friday, February 16, 2018

WHEN YOU FINALLY GET TO CHECK ONE OFF

I couldn't name you ten Charlie Musselewhite songs. I haven't really listened to much of his stuff. But when I recently found that LP up there an a local antique store, I super snagged it. Eight bucks, worth twice that for one of the few Musslewhite songs I had heard, "Cha Cha the Blues". The song rules. A three minute instrumental that starts with a harp solo by Musslewhite, then a tight organ solo by Barry Goldberg, followed by a just plain awesome compact guitar solo by Harvey Mandel, and then ends with Musslewhite again. If you haven't heard it, hear it. The song is so good I'm not going to apologize for re-posting it.

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Listen:
Charlie Musslewhite - Cha Cha the Blues mp3 at Groove Addict With Harvey Mandel and Barry Goldberg. Instrumental
Charlie Musslewhite - My Baby mp3 at Groove Addict Go there to get it.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

BECAUSE THERE IS ONLY ONE SLADE.

I've been listening to Slade for decades and I still don't know whether I really like them or not. Are they too stupid to like, or too stupid to not like? They sure were a visual spectacle. I mean, fucking Noddy Holder, what was he thinking with those stupid hats? And poor ol' Dave Hill, the lone space glam dude.

I do remember listening to them a bunch back in the day. What I can't figure out in hindsight is why. I don't remember ever going all in, but I've never disliked them. I think, more than anything, I liked the fact that they existed. The stupid look, the grating vocals of Holder, the goofy lyrics, intentional misspelling, the Slade fist; the whole package.

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Listen:
Slade - Cum On Feel the Noize mp3 at Internet Archive
Slade - Mama Weer All Crazee Now mp3
at Internet Archive

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

SCREW BEADS. WHERE'S THE BEER?

Well, here we are, Fat Tuesday. My bet is that half of New Orleans is drunk by now. Where I am on the West coast of the U.S. there's only a few hours before this whole Mardi Gras thing is over and, for the believers, laying low and staying clean takes over. But let's not forget good ol' Hawaii who still have a few hours to celebrate, at least the half dozen Hawaiians that even give a shit about Mardi Gras.

So here we go, a random assortment of New Orleans shake. Some of these are better known than others, but all have that certain N'Orleans beat. You might already be too in the bag to deal with them. Not my problem.

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Listen:
Warren Lee - Star Revue mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Shirley & Lee - Feel So Good mp3
at Rocky 52
Dave Bartholomew - Carnival Time mp3
at Home of the Groove
Professor Longhair - In the Night mp3
at DJ Perro
Smiley Lewis - I Hear You Knockin' mp3
at DJ Perro
The Meters - Funky Miracle mp3
at Drummer World
Roger and the Gypsies - Pass the Hatchet (Pts 1 and 2) mp3
at A Terrible Blogger Is Born
Champion Jack Dupree - Drunk Again mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Huey "Piano" Smith - Popeye mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Jessie Hill - Whip It On Me mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Al Tousan (Allen Toussaint) - Pelican Parade mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Frankie Ford - Roberta mp3
at Rocky 52
Eddie Lang - Something Within Me mp3
at Soul Garage
Eddie Bo - Roamin-itis mp3
at Groove Addict
Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can, Pt 2 mp3
at Videogotz
Huey "Piano" Smith - Would You Believe It mp3
at Modern Kicks
Jessie Hill - Oogsey Moo mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Lee Dorsey - Holy Cow mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Chris Kenner - I Like It Like That mp3
at Corey Barksdale
Wax Wonders: The Soul Of NOLA
at Aquarium Drunkard Five New Orleans sides, Irma Thomas, Bobby Parker, Little Bob and two by Willie Tee. Worth the click.

Monday, February 12, 2018

GUARDIANS OF THE GROOVE

What better to listen to, leading into Fat Tuesday, than WWOZ broadcasting from the thick of it. Maybe not the thick of it, but in the general vicinity. If you were going to listen to a particular station on a particular day, Fat Tuesday would belong to WWOZ. Note: When you get there the streaming thing is at the top "Listen Now". Dig it!

WWOZ New Orleans Listen over there.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

THE LIFER

I hadn't thought about ol' Charlie Harper for years. I knew that the UK Subs were one of those bands that kept slogging through year after year with Harper still holding down the vocals. That seemed honorable. Not sitting still long enough for any tour to be called a reunion tour, I can get behind that. Harper is a diehard, and he gets my respect if for nothing else than not giving up.

I ran into a cover of the Junior Murvin's "Police and Thieves" that Harper did from a 2002 Clash tribute album (the Clash covered it back in 1977). I hate tribute albums, but this cover is actually pretty good, a little like the Clash's version if they had let it gestate for 25 years before going into the studio. There's some dub touches, and despite the crunchy guitars it sounds slightly more reggae derived, like the Clash should have done it.

Harper 1966


The UK Subs were a second generation UK punk band, gaining steam after all of the earlier bands (Sex Pistols, Clash, Buzzcocks, Damned) were already up and running. So it is that I never really knew much about them. Turns out that Harper is older than the lot of them, so old that Rod Stewart taught him how to play harmonica. Dude is 73, oh, and the UK Subs are touring this year. That makes his diehard status even more impressive.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

K.DOE SAVES THE DAY

I saw a commercial earlier for a TV version of Jesus Christ Superstar to be aired on Easter. Two participant names I caught were Alice Cooper and John Legend. What in the fuck. Is this even a world I want to live in? I flushed the toilet, washed my hands and went straight to the computer. Ernie K. Doe will fix things.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

HOLY SHIT! IT'S THIS TUESDAY!

Man, I had it all messed up. I did a search for the date of Mardi Gras this year, the only problem was "this" year was 2017. Brain fart. I've been thinking I had a couple weeks to post New Orleans stuff, so I was just cruising. When I saw something today saying that Fat Tuesday is this Tuesday, it became crunch time.

I revisited Coco Robicheaux's "St. John's Eve", a song I was turned onto by Peter Tibbles, a man of records and taste. Peter does a weekly music column, Elder Music, for Time Goes By, a blog for, no slag intended, older people. But he doesn't write from any particular age related vantage point, and he's into all sorts of shit. I've learned about dozens of musicians through his posts, some in genres that I previously didn't give a shit about. I don't know care what genre Coco Robicheaux's "St. John's Eve" falls into. I do know that you can feel it. I don't know anything about Robicheaux, I almost don't want to. "St. John's Eve" is a fucking growling voodoo dog mired in swamp muck and stinky candles. It's badass, and it is only one of many that Tibbles's posts have turned me onto. Here's four of his New Orleans posts, and the song I was just slobbering all over.

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Listen:
Coco Robicheaux - St. John's Eve mp3
at Time Goes By
The Posts:
New Orleans Music
at Time Goes By
Part 1:
King Oliver, Sidney Bechet, Roy Brown, Lee Dorsey, Joe Jones, Bobby Charles, Dave Bartholomew, Jessie Hill, Coco Bobicheaux
Part 2:

Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair, Lloyd Price, Eddie Bo, the Neville Brothers, Benny Spellman, the Dixie Cups, Smiley Lewis
Part 3:

Kid Ory, Johnny Dodds, Alvin Robinson, Fats Domino, Johnny Adams, Ernie K-Doe, Lonnie Johnson, Chris Kenner, The Meters, Dr, John
Part 4:

Jelly Roll Morton, Champion Jack Dupree, James Booker, Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Larry Williams, Shirley and Lee. Wynton Marsalis

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

PER THE ICHIBAN

Sheeiitt yeah. Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban is putting up random rockers, one a week under the heading Dance Floor Essentials. I love it when they do those types of single song serial posts. They work, not just musically, but as a reason to go there at least once a week. They just happen to have killer taste.

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Listen:
Little Luther - Eenie Meenie Minie Moe mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Go there to get it
Piano Red - Wildfire mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Ditto
The Sanshers - Gonna Git That Man mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Ditto
Stacy's 5th - My Lovin' Baby mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Ditto

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

IT'S THREE WEEKS 'TIL FAT TUESDAY SOMEWHERE.

Aaron Neville, ready to party.
It's hard to imagine a region or city more proud of their musical heritage than New Orleans. If you've ever been there you may have picked up on that. Though I haven't been there in years, when I was there the rhythm and undeniable funkiness of the music seemed to seep from every crack of a window, door or moss covered courtyard wall. It was everywhere, like a soundtrack. Once you experience that, you're hooked. It might be acquired taste if you've never been there, but it kind of depends on the breadth of your taste. I was already into the music when I went there, but I will say that after a few days it was like someone added catalyst to the mix, it all made sense. I think I say that same shit every year about this time. But then again, I remember a moment down there, being totally content and thinking that once my gig is up, I want to die there. I had it bad.

Segue? Okay, here's a couple early solo cuts by two Nevilles (Art and Aaron), and one by Allen Toussaint. All three figure big in the New Orleans canon (Google that shit if you don't recognize those names). The bonus here is a hour long mix over at Funky Sixteen Corners with all sorts of New Orleans icons: Roger and the Gypsies, Professor Longhair, Bobby Marchan, Eddie Bo, Lee Dorsey, Dixie Cups, Earl King, the Meters, Ernie K Doe, you get the picture. And a bunch of more obscure artists too. Larry, the host of Funky Sixteen Corners, knows his shit, so the mix is chocked full of deeper cuts.

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Listen:
Aaron Neville - Humdinger mp3 at DJ Perro
Art Neville - Arabian Love Call mp3
at Office Naps
Al Tousan (Allen Toussaint) - Cow Cow Blues mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
The mix:
Funky 16 Corners presents Mardi Gras Boogaloo
22 song mix at Funky 16 Corners. Go there to get it, download link is posted after the song listing.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

WAH-WAH, ECHO AND THE BEAT.

Dennis Edwards passed away a few days ago. He was the lead singer of the Temptations from 1968 onward (if the Temptations can be said to have had a lead singer). Edwards joined the group right about when Norman Whitfield started producing them moving them into psychedelic soul territory. It was a marked difference from their earlier years. As brilliant as Whitfield's productions were, the singers complained that their voices were getting lost in the mix, which was true to a degree. It wasn't "My Girl" and "Ain't to Proud to Beg" days anymore. But they weren't necessarily being drowned out, they just weren't as prominent. The instrumentation was big and drawn out, more so than their earlier work, and to Whitfield's credit, it made for a much bigger package. To wit, the LP version of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" was a whopping twelve minutes long, with an intro that lasted over three minutes before the vocals came in. By the time Edwards laid down the opening lines, he had done over ten takes and was pissed.

Dennis Edwards


"Papa Was a Rolling Stone" is an interesting case study for how Whitfield worked. On more than one occasion, he would produce a song for one group and if it didn't hit the charts, he'd record the song in an entirely different version with another group. He produced the Temptations' version of "War" and when that didn't stick, he did it again with Edwin Starr and that version was a huge hit. Another Temptations song that failed to hit big was "Smiling Faces Sometimes", which Whitfield fine tuned into a hit for the Undisputed Truth. Lest you think that the Temptations got the short end of every stick, the original version of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" was recorded by, you guessed it, the Undisputed Truth, which went nowhere. Whitfield brought it to the Temps and you know what happened there.

Here's a mixed bag. First up is a pre-Temptations 45 by Edwards, followed by a few of the Whitfield produced Temptations songs with Edwards sharing lead vocals, including three different versions of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone", the "short" version (seven minutes), the LP version, the 45 B-side instrumental version (take that Jamaica!). Finally, the original version by the Undisputed Truth.

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Listen:
Dennis Edwards - I Didn't Have Too But I Did (streaming) at YouTube
The Temptations - Can't Get Next to You mp3
at Box.net (?)
The Temptations - Cloud Nine mp3
at Box.net (?)
The Temptations - Ball of Confusion mp3 at Snuthing Anything
The Temptations - Psychedelic Shack mp3
at AM Then FM With spoken intro
The Temptations - Papa Was a Rolling Stone (7 minute version) mp3
at Data Vibe (?)
The Temptations - Papa Was a Rolling Stone (12 minute version)
(streaming) YouTube
The Temptations - Papa Was a Rolling Stone (instrumental version)
(streaming) at YouTube
The Undisputed Truth - Papa Was a Rolling Stone (original)
(streaming) at YouTube

Friday, February 2, 2018

FUCK YEAH, CLAVINET SLAYS PRESIDENT!

Every singer has their hot shit era. Some have it at the beginning of the career, others have it later. Few have it pretty much throughout their career, fewer still throughout a long career, and even less with their own distinct sounds in multiple eras. Stevie Wonder is that cat, and his early seventies clavinet soaked shit is godhead.

When I heard Wonder's "You Haven't Done Nothin'" tonight, after the clavinet-orphins subsided, I thought about how the song was somewhat appropriate what with the [Insert your favorite, most disparaging, most lethal barb here. Make sure there's a cuss word or two.] in the White House. Then I saw that it was written about Nixon, and that Nixon resigned two days after it's release. C'mon Stevie, work your magic bro!

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Listen:
Stevie Wonder - You Haven't Done Nothin' mp3 at Snuthing Anything

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

IF FUZZ IS THE JOURNEY, I'M ALL IN

Way back when I first heard "Joanne" by Michael Nesmith and the First National Band [mumble-mumble] years ago, it was on AM radio. It slowly climbed the charts and became a top 40 hit, the only one by an ex-Monkee. It was nothing like the Monkees. It was country, pedal steel, the whole shooting match. Because it was an excellent song, though not at all my type of music, I made a mental note to check out his new band. It only took decades to do it.

Aquarium Drunkard recently posted a twenty one song mix of Nesmith's stuff with the First National Band and his later Second National Band, so now I have a general idea of what he was doing from 1970-1975. It's pretty much country stuff, predating the whole country rock hyphenated crap. Let's just say that if you like pedal steel, you won't be disappointed. Orville “Red” Rhodes is the pedal steel player and he is hot shit, duly added to the list, and I didn't have to wait for decades to hear more of his stuff.  At the bottom of the post there's a link to a mix of stuff Rhodes played on, some semi-big hitters among them. Brewer and Shipley, the Everly Brothers, Hoyt Axton, Cass Eklliot. Rick Nelson, the Lovin' Spoonful, Delaney and Bonnie. Okay, okay, I get it.

Michael Nesmith, country, pedal steel, yeah, yeah, that's all well and good. We cannot mention Nesmith without a bow to his nasty ass guitar playing as his earlier alter ego, Michael Blessing, on the B-side of a pre-Monkees 45. The song is "A Journey With Michael Blessing" and it is all-time. A budget casserole of Davie Allan and Link Wray. That two minutes of understated badassness rules tonight.

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Listen:
Michael Blessing - A Journey With Michael Blessing mp3 at Probe Is Turning-On the People Scroll down to "Session 180"

Michael Nesmith and the First National Band - Joanne mp3 at When You Awake
The mixes:
The Grand Ennui: Michael Nesmith 1970-1975 at Aquarium Drunkard 21 songs
All Roads Lead To Red: A Pedal Steel Mixtape / Tribute
at Aquarium Drunkard 21 songs

Monday, January 29, 2018

IT'S COMING.

I just started reading a bio of the Neville Brothers that I've had laying around for years but never bothered to read. It reminded me that all that Mardi Gras shit is coming up, which made me think about Professor Longhair. So here's a couple nice ones by him. Dig his delivery on "Tipitina". Whether he is or not, it sure sounds late night loaded to me.

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Listen:
Professor Longhair - In the Night mp3
at DJ Perro
Professor Longhair - Tipitina (live) mp3 (via Box.net)
at Carnival Saloon

Sunday, January 28, 2018

HEY LOOK OVER THERE! IT'S THE MAYTALS!

One spin of one side of Jackie Mittoo's Evening Time LP turned into a two day Maytals binge. Mitto is a great organist, a huge part of the sound of Studio One, but the album had a riddim that was the backing of a Maytals song, and that was exactly where the diversion went. Shit, once I put on the Maytals it was all over. Toots Hibberts has such a distinctive voice, all gravely and soulful and shit, that he could sing just about anything and make it sound good. Case in point: John Denver's "Country Roads". I don't like John Denver so the original has never done much for me, but Toots and the Maytals' version is do-able, no, it's actually better that you'd expect. It's no "Pressure Drop", but it beats most reggae these days (is there even any?) and it's a hell of a lot more enjoyable then the original.

Toots split from the Maytals, went solo, then reconstructed a new Maytals. He's done a few too many novelty things for my taste (an LP of duets will non-reggae artists, a Radiohead cover, etc.) but he has always had that voice and that's what really slays me.

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Listen:
Toots and the Maytals - Sweet and Dandy mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Toots and the Maytals - Freedom Train mp3
at Keep the Coffee Coming
Toots and the Maytals - Gold and Silver mp3
at The Fader
Toots and the Maytals - Monkey Man mp3
at SpacePack
Toots and the Maytals - Reggae Got Soul mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Toots and the Maytals - Six more songs
at Soul Garage

Thursday, January 25, 2018

THE HOTTEST BAND AT THAT ONE PARTY

Try to forget everything you know about Cheap Trick and then listen to the Steve Albini-produced 1997 re-recording of "Clock Strikes Ten". Yee haw, almost makes me sorry I ever doubted them.

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Listen:
Cheap Trick - Clock Strikes Ten mp3 at Xtrmntr
Cheap Trick - Hello There mp3 at Xtrmntrt

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

LONG LIVE THE SOURPUSS

Well shit. Mark E. Smith died today. I'm not enough of a Fall fiend to have kept up with his health issues of the last year or so. I'm not going to bullshit like I'm all that knowledgeable about the sixty some odd band members he's had in the 40 years the Fall has existed as a band ("even if it's me and your grand mother on bongos, it's still the Fall"). There's no way I'd be able to totally absorb 32 albums by anyone, let alone someone I've only been listening to ten years or so. Relatively speaking, I am a Fall newbie, but that's irrelevant. What I liked about him and still do, goner he may be, is his don't give a fuck attitude. Not that he didn't give a fuck. He just didn't give a fuck about anyone who debated whether he gave a fuck or not. That's the most important type of not giving a fuck that exists.


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Listen:
The Fall - Mr. Pharmacist mp3
at Plain or Pan
The Fall - Funnel of Love mp3
at Randomville
Imaginary compilations (ten songs each):
An Imaginary Compilation: #137: The Fall (2)
at The Vinyl Villain
NOTE: Songs are hosted at Box.com, Hit the play button to stream, hit the blue button in the top right corner to download.
An Imaginary Compilation: #144: The Fall (3)
at The Vinyl Villain Ditto
An Imaginary Compilation: #147: The Fall (4)
at The Vinyl Villian Ditto
Video:
Mark E. Smith - Interview
at YouTube February 15, 2016
The Fall live at Glastonbury 2015 - Full Set
at YouTube
It's Not Repetition, Its Discipline - Documentary trailer
at YouTube 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

I LIKE BIG HAIR AND I CANNOT LIE

Fuck, "Fujiyama Mama" turned into a rabbit hole. I heard Eileen Barton's version, sounding surprisingly rockabilly for something recorded in 1955. Not all that different from Wanda Jackson's cover from '57. That's the one that everybody seems to know and most assume is the original. It is not, but that's where things get going good. Released earlier in 1955, Annisten Allen's version is the original and it's full r&b. It's not often you get to hear an r&b version and a rockabilly (or at least hillbilly) version released no more than months apart.

The fourth version (if what I read online is accurate), was Pearl Harbour's 1980 version. (That's her, above,) It was produced by Mickey Gallagher, the pianist for Ian Dury, and the Clash's touring keyboard player. Pearl Harbor was, at the time, seeing Paul Simonon. Because of those two things, I'd always assumed that one or more of the Clash was on Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost Too, her LP that contained "Fujiyama Mama". After seeing them back her doing it live (video here) I realized that they can't play the song for shit.
 
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Monday, January 22, 2018

HAMMOND LADY TO THE RESCUE

I went to a record store a couple days ago and there were several gambles made. One of the gambles was a Shirley Scott LP and it came at the right time because I also gambled on a Mongo Santamaria LP which was pretty lightweight. It lacked the oomph he's capable of. Shirley Scott saved the day.

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Listen:
Shirley Scott Trio - Keep the Faith Baby mp3 at Discos y Monstruos
Shirley Scott - Messie Bessie mp3 at Saxasaurus (?)

Sunday, January 21, 2018

RALPH STANLEY COVERS THE VELVETS

I've got no idea how this slipped past me. Wait, I do. I'm not enough of a Bowie fiend, or even Velvet Underground fiend, to know about every burp and fart they ever recorded. So the fact that an early cover of the Velvet Underground's "I'm Waiting For the Man" by a band called Riot Act, with Bowie on vocals, slipped past me shouldn't surprise me. What did surprise me is that the Riot Squad was covering it practically before it was released. In late 1966, Bowie's manager at the time returned from a trip to New York with an pre-release acetate of the first Velvet's album, given to him by Andy Warhol. The Riot Act started performing "I'm Waiting For the Man" right away. Bowie was only in the band for a couple months, so the recording was done soon thereafter. It didn't see release until 2013.


After hearing it, I started thinking about the whole Lou Reed/Bowie thing. That top photo above appeared in a magazine around 1972, and led to speculation that they were more than just friends. I don't remember being all that surprised by it, rather I found it funny because another photo in the sequence revealed that the third wheel obscured by their smooch is Mick Jagger. After all of the ostracizing dynamics of the Stones, it was nice to see him the odd man out.


Here's a smattering of versions of two Velvet Underground songs, "I'm Waiting For the Man" and "White Light, White Heat", another song that Bowie and Reed shared more than once. The real oddball down there is unrelated to Bowie or Reed (other than Reed's authorship). It's a cover of "White Light, White Heat" by bluegrass icon Ralph Stanley. The shit you find...

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Listen:

Friday, January 19, 2018

ROCK OVER INTERMISSION

Digging through old bookmarks I came across one for All I Want, a blog that posted trashy rock 'n' roll, later punk and garage stuff. They haven't posted since September 2016, but wait! The links for downloads are still good. So, yeah, I'm cherry pickin', lapping up stuff that I somehow missed back when I bookmarked the site. Two of the first few posts that I checked out were immediate click bait. One is an Oblivians EP that I somehow missed, and seeing as how the Oblivians song I posted a few days ago seems to be getting some spins, it's a "give the people what they want" sorta thing. If that's pandering or selling out, gripe all you want.

Impala

The other post is an Impala EP. Impala was an instrumental outfit, specializing in pre-surf r&b flavored instrumentals not unlike the assorted vintage shakers posted yesterday, This is especially true of the EP posted at All I Want. These are indeed of the shaker variety, and you'd be forgiven for pegging their vintage a couple of decades off. Which brings me to the movie part of of the show.

Mike McCarthy


The movies, The Sore Losers and Teenage Tupelo are by Mike McCarthy, who's forte is unashamed C-movies steeped in questionable acting and boss soundtracks. It was the latter movie that turned me on to Impala. The Sore Losers has good stuff in the soundtrack as well, a more varied set by Guitar Wolf, the Royal Pendletons, 68 Comeback and others in McCarthy's wheelhouse. All in all, you've got a few hours of trashy entertainment that's likely to make you late for whatever you're doing tonight. If that doesn't satiate you, try digging through McCarthy's site. It's a black hole, a cornucopia of low budget trash. The guy doesn't sit still. You'll see.

The EPs

Thursday, January 18, 2018

BARBASOL VS THE HIPSTERS

I just spent a good chunk of time listening to old school strip tease type instrumentals, usually referred to shakers or twirlers of some sort, and watching old stripper footage at YouTube. The clips are part of the Something Weird Video collection. When you get there, just bookmark it. It's more than just jiggle clips. It's all sorts of oddball B-movie trailers and exploitation of this and that.


The mix:
Hubba Hubba at Music For Maniacs 27 cuts, fast download
The clips:

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

OH HELL YEAH.

You try listening to this two times in a row and see how much you feel like doing a tidy well thought out blog post. Fuck mature. At this moment, this song is precisely what I needed to hear.

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Listen:
Oblivians - I'm Not a Sicko, There's a Plate in My Head mp3 at Internet Archive

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

THE SINGER NOT THE SONG

Above: Not Rik L. Rik. Some other Negative Trend singer.
Negative Trend was one of those second tier punk bands that I never actively sought out, and even though I'd seen them a couple times, and had a compilation with a couple of their songs, that was it. I knew that, on the songs on the comp, Rik L. Rik, ex-F-Word singer (another second tier band, bla-bla-bla) was singing. I knew they had a presence in San Francisco via either Slash or Search and Destroy (or both), and that Chris Desjardin put out the compilation. That's about all I knew of the band.

There was one song of theirs on that compilation that I really dug, and still do, "Mercenaries". The way Rik L. Rik sings it, that's what does it for me. He draws out words and, doesn't as much shout the words, or scream them. It's really more like yelling. Just yelling his fucking lungs out. I'm diggin' it.

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Listen:
Negative Trend (Rik L. Rik: vocals)- Mercenaries (streaming) at YouTube From the Tooth and Nail compilation 1979
Negative Trend (Mikal Waters: vocals)- Mercenaries mp3 at Killed By Death From dedut EP 1978
Negative Trend (Waters era) - Three more at Killed By Death

Sunday, January 14, 2018

MEANWHILE AT THE ESTEBAN JORDAN FAN CLUB

In the last, I don't know, hour or so, I went from Roxy Music to Hot Club of Cowtown, with stops at Chic, Grace Jones, and the Sugarhill Gang. It all started with an old clip of Roxy Music doing "Love is the Drug". It's such an excellent song. That fucking bass line. The up stroke guitar playing, or whatever it's called, the reggae sorta thing. It's island glam funk, dad. Check the video. Not so sure about Bryan Ferry's swivel hips, but the eye patch and his get-up look like some '50s comic book character.


When I saw that there was no Eno, I realized I didn't know who the fuck that was playing piano. So, off to the page at Wikipedia, where I learned it was Eddie Jobson, but in the blurb about the song itself it says "In the DVD, More Than This: The Story of Roxy Music, Nile Rodgers of Chic states that the song was a big influence as the bass timing is almost identical to the one in Chic's song, 'Good Times'" Accurate or not, I was off to hear that, and from there to "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang, what with the sample and all that.

Just dipped my toe into looking for covers. There's just too many and most suck. Here's a few. Grace Jones's has Sly and Robbie. Yeah, no. Hot Club of Cowtown's version because it's an oddball for them. And the Hot Rat's live because there's something almost no wave about it.

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Listen:
Roxy Music - Love is the Drug mp3 at Thee Mightee Kittens
Chic - Good Times mp3
at Sizzling Sound
Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight mp3
at Leigion of Health (?)
Hot Club of Cowtown - Love is the Drug
(streaming) at YouTube
Video:
Grace Jones - Love is the Drug
at YouTube
Hot Rats - Love is the Drug (live)
at YouTube

Thursday, January 11, 2018

WAITNG. WONDERING. IMAGINING. THUD, INTERNET.

Try as they might, the background vocals can't ruin the Troggs "I Can't Control Myself". I can't let them. I have too much vested it the song. Forty years ago I read somewhere, likely Sniffin' Glue, that the Buzzcocks covered this Troggs song. I'd never heard of it. Remember this was early, Howard Devoto was still in the band. There was no Google, YouTube, fucking smart phones, email, internet or even home computers. Fuck, you'd be lucky to hear "Wild Thing". I carried that damn song title in my head for over three decades before I finally heard it. Now the song won't leave my head. Those backing vocals ain't taking this one.


Dig the video, "I Can Only Give You Everything" live with more than sufficient fuzz. In fact, the fuzz makes it. Thanks to Nitro-Retro for posting it.

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Listen:
The Troggs - I Can't Control Myself mp3 at Bastien 641 (?)
The Troggs - Gonna Make You mp3
at ATumblr (?)
The Troggs - Night of the Long Knives
at Atumbr (?)