Monday, August 21, 2017

GO OVER THERE

Okay, first the mix. Funky 16 Corners Summer of Soul Pt 9 - Fuzzed Out, a two hour mix of all sorts of bombastic funk, soul and r&b, with a Led Zeppelin song smack dab in the middle of it. Who the fuck knows why, but it makes a handy piss break a half hour in. The rest of the mix is solid. It's a single mp3, not separate individual mp3s, but you can stream it without downloading it,

When I was looking for an image for the post I came across the one above, posted with a link to another Funky 16 Corners post a few years ago. I was slobbering all over it back then, and it still sounds tight so what the hell.

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Listen:
The Chevelles - The Gallop mp3 at Funky 16 Corners Go there to get it.
The mix:
Funky 16 Corners Summer of Soul Pt 9 - Fuzzed Out at Funky 16 Corners 17 song mix

Sunday, August 20, 2017

SHIT. WE'RE OUT OF ICE.

Gal Costa, the end of the weekend, and a carbonated beverage. Sounds pretty simple. That's exactly what it is. No additives needed. Tropicalia will work. It's good music for eclipses too.

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Listen:
Gal Costa - Baby mp3
at Aquarium Drunkard Go there to get it.
Gal Costa - Vou Recomecar mp3
at Super Sonido
Gal Costa - Relance mp3 at Super Sonido
Gal Costa - Acauã mp3 at Super Sonido Wait for the freakout.
Gal Costa - Pontos de Luz mp3 at Super Sonido
Gal Costa & Gilberto Gil - Sebastiania mp3 at Super Sonido Freakout endings seem to be a trend.
Gal Costa -10 more cuts, 15 in all and great copy at Super Sonido

Saturday, August 19, 2017

IT'S ALL GOOD

I don't exactly know how I did it, but I ended up going from Jimmy McGriff to the Trashwomen in about thirty minutes of random browsing. That should tell you what my attention span is tonight. There's no way to retrace my steps, so you get the beginning, and the unlikely end.



Once you see the Trashwomen live clip you might wonder why I bothered with it. I'll just answer that one in advance. It's because the longer I watched the video, the more I was convinced that it would be really fun to hang in their van. Like a well worn Donnas. With much simpler surf-inflected licks, with an abundance of slop. And a few years on them. Rough years. But they make mince meat with a Don & Dewey cover, and that's worth a few beers right there.

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Listen:
Jimmy McGriff - Something to Listen To mp3
at Groove Addict
Jimmy McGriff - Discotheque USA mp3 at Groove Addict
Jimmy McGriff - Funky Junk mp3
at Groove Addict This one has a lot of skips. I miss skipped records.
Jimmy McGriff - After Hours mp3
at Groove Addict
Video (totally unrelated):
The Trashwomen - Live at Burger Boogaloo at YouTube Full set, 2016

Friday, August 18, 2017

MOHAWK?? YEAH, RIGHT.

Earlier tonight I was going off about the lack of originality and authenticity in younger bands. All of the bullshit hipster hype shit. I had to post the Middle Class, a late seventies band that, for me, has always been the best example of an un-hyped, non-posing, original and groundbreaking band. Informed by the early (pre-hardcore) L.A. punk scene, they were younger, from Orange County, and they played fast. Real fast. And they did it before anyone else. 1978. Some consider their "Out of Vogue" the first hardcore 45. I know it was the first hardcore record I heard. Even if you were used to the wildly varied salad bowl of L.A. punk styles, you had to stand back and think "Just what the fuck is this?!?" I'd seen them a few times before it came out, and even then I was taken aback. Those of you born into a world where hardcore already existed, imagine hearing it sped up like this for the first time. No one sounded like the Middle Class when they hit. And they were just kids, literally jacked up on soda pop, playing within their abilities, perfectly stripped punk rock blasts.

I went looking for clips and ran into two that were interesting, for different reasons. The first video is live in some bar in Reseda, from 2013, and while not the best Middle Class video, is notable for the lame pit. Watch the drama unfold. It starts as a small but relatively earnest group of kids whose parents probably hadn't even met when hardcore first picked up steam. It shows because by the 1:15 point in the video, they're just walking is a circle like the mental patients in "Midnight Express". I won't criticize the kid up front with the hat and "ska" emblazoned on the back of his jacket because he's probably the coolest kid back at school. It should be noted here that Middle Class never wore any of the clichéd punk or hardcore gear (leather, spikes, patches, bandanas, slogans, etc.). The photos above, taken roughly 35 years apart, are pretty representative of how they looked. Always stealth.

The second video, from the Echoplex in 2011, is particularly for those of you already familiar with the Middle Class. It's a cover of Devo's "Gut Feeling" and they manage to make it sound just like Middle Class, particularly Jeff Atta's monotonal vocal. It's followed by "Out of Vogue" and I gotta say it still has that punch three and a half decades later.

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Listen:
Middle Class - Out of Vogue mp3
at Killed By Death Go there to get it
Middle Class - Three other songs (from the first 45)
at Killed By Death Ditto
Middle Class - Twenty songs streaming
at Sonic Hits
Video:
The Middle Class - Live at Weber's Place (2013)
at YouTube
The Middle Class - Gut Feeling/Out of Vogue (2011)
at YouTube
Visit:
Interview with Mike Atta [RIP]
at Agony Shorthand
Interview with Jeff Atta
at Noisey
The Middle Class - Discography
at Punky Gibbon

Thursday, August 17, 2017

LAZY NIGHT ONE AND DONE SPECIAL

I don't know a lot about jazz, but I know enough that when I see a song called "Tenor Madness" and its by Sonny Rollins with John Coltrane, it's worth a click. Holy shit was it, twelve minutes of a Battle Royale. I'm gonna go listen to it again. And out.

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Listen:
Sonny Rollins Quartet with John Coltrane - Tenor Madness mp3 at Sunrise Musics

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

STEP ONE

This seems fairly straight forward to me, but I don't think of any of my friends or relatives as racists, so I can't imagine it being tough or even questionable. "If you have a racist friend, now is the time for that friendship to end." It seems easy, it might take conviction beyond the comfort level for some, but if you don't have that you might as well throw in the towel. I mean, c'mon. There's no excuse. Post the video below on your wall and then unfriend them. Baby steps. Or go big at Thanksgiving. Make a scene n' shit. All joking aside, you really don't need toxic shit in your life. You won't ever be able to totally avoid it, but that doesn't mean you have to hang around with it.



Sunday, August 13, 2017

LOOKING SHAGGY YOU GUYS

Booker T and the MGs' version of "Summertime" is uncharacteristically slow for them, brooding. Which does nothing to pep up the song for what it's supposed to be, a happy go lucky song from a musical. Instead it's sounding all wicked and dark. Or extremely chill. Maybe that's it, maybe they were stoned.

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Listen:
Booker T and the MGs - Summertime mp3 at Soul Sides
Sam Cooke - Summertime mp3 at Soul Sides
Four more versions of "Summertime" at Soul Sides

Saturday, August 12, 2017

THE FRENCH VERSION

Metal Urbain was a anomaly in 1977. There were very few punk bands that incorporated a drum machine. I can't think of any other punk bands from back then that did. Because Metal Urbain were from France, I just figured it was a French thing. They just have to be different. But I do remember being surprised that someone managed an aggressive record with a drum machine on it.

Killed By Death just posted a record of theirs from 1977, so that's down there, along with the one that made it to a San Diego record store back then, "Paris Marquis". You really should check out their version of "Train Kept A-Rollin'". It sounds like Wire, the Cramps and Suicide sweatin' to the oldies.

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Listen:
Metal Urbain - Paris Marquis (streaming) at YouTube
Metal Urbain - Panik mp3
at Killed By Death Go there to get it.
Metal Urbain - Lady Coca Cola mp3
at Killed By Death Ditto.
Metal Urbain - Train Kept A-Rollin'
(streaming) at YouTube

Thursday, August 10, 2017

NO LONGER A SLAP FIGHT

I say lock the both of them in a room together amd be done with it. Can you imagine them fighting? It would be the slap fight for the ages. Maybe a spill or two after one of them tries a high kick. And they'd be bitching like high schoolers, "fire and fury" and all that, threats and insults you'd expect from a teenager who'd never had to fight. But this shit is serious. People will die because Donald Trump likes to shoot his mouth off. This will happen unless someone puts a muzzle on him.

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Listen:
Edwin Starr - War mp3 at 720th Military Police Battalion (?)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

FROM THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN BOOKMARKS

After not really listening to a lot of blues in recent months, this sure sounded good. Been a while, It happens. The genre rotation. It could be a handful of songs or days of fiending, but eventually another genre calls. I can't stick to one thing, not with so much other stuff waiting in the wings. Tonight Elmore James popped up. Out of the blue, a random forgotten bookmark. It just really hit the spot.

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Listen:
Elmore James - Goodbye Baby mp3 at Clayton Counts

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

MADE PERFECT RECORDS, COVERED THE VELVETS

Glen Campbell died today. I was prepared for it, I thought, I knew it was coming. Ever since he went public with his Alzheimers diagnosis, you knew it wasn't going to end pretty. Somehow it did, as pretty as it could have been. He managed, with the help of his band, his family and various caretakers, a final tour. He gave that to his fans, going on stage knowing that he would forget lyrics, play songs twice, and sometimes not know what city he was in. Everybody knew that there would be trying moments, but there would be moments between audience and performer that would never be forgotten. If this sounds like total corn to you, fuck off. Fuck off, because Glen Campbell was everything you could ask for in a musician. An excellent guitarist, and a great, great singer, and he carried with him an aura of humility that belied his talent.

Campbell's music was part of the soundtrack of my youth, via my Dad's radio in the garage. Back then, though my brothers and I were more interested in rock 'n' roll, there were parts of Campbell's output that we appreciated. There's no denying the craftsmanship of his Jimmy Webb penned hits, but our attention was more directed at parts of songs. Example: the guitar outro on "Galveston". It's so damn simple, so pure and the guitar tone so perfectly suited to the song that it still gives me goosebumps decades after hearing it from my Dad's tinny radio.

While Campbell was never seen as an entirely hip performer, he seemed so unconcerned with hip, he transcended the whole damn idea. He was a musician first and foremost, good enough that he was a member of the Wrecking Crew, the crack team of studio performers that played on a who's who of sixties chart toppers. In 1963 alone he played on sessions for over five hundred songs. He stood in for Brian Wilson when Wilson retreated from the road, and to repay him Wilson produced an early single, "Guess I'm Dumb". The hits would come, a TV show "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour", and a movie role in True Grit (with John Wayne).

All through it he continued recording, and he never really stopped. Even after his diagnosis, he released a couple albums. Here's just a smattering of songs. There's a few of the hits, all perfect parent pop records, a Jackson Browne cover, "These Days", and the aforementioned Wilson produced "Guess I'm Dumb" The real interesting oddball is Campbell covering a Velvet Underground song, "Jesus". No one ever told me about that one.

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Listen:
Glen Campbell - Galveston mp3 at Cold Splinters
Glen Campbell - Gentle On My Mind mp3
at Pretty Goes With Pretty
Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman
(streaming) at YouTube
Glen Campbell - Guess I'm Dumb mp3
at Margauxville Produced by Brian Wilson
Glen Campbell - These Days mp3
at Rock Town Hall Jackson Browne cover
Glen Campbell - Jesus
(streaming) at YouTube Velvet Underground cover

Sunday, August 6, 2017

THE PACKAGE

The first song on the first solo album by Curtis Mayfield is "(Don't Worry) If there's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go". It's a whopper, a jam and a half. Fu-huck yeah. It starts out kinda quiet with fuzz bass and a woman saying that people should start reading the Book of Revelations, ho-hum, but then the congas seep in, okay, so now we're moving. Then Mayfield, with heavy echo, comes in, "Sisters! Niggers! Whities! Jews! Crackers! Don't worry, if there's a hell below, we're all gonna go!", followed by a scream, and then the thing just takes off. It's got everything you could ask for. strings and horns playing off each and that glorious wah-wah. As close to ground zero of the classic blaxsploitation sound as it gets. ("Shaft"? Get out of town. This is a year before Isaac Haye's signature song.) And it's probably Mayfield doing the fret to pedal work, being that he did when it was played live. The drums? Shit, that funky beat is unrelenting. As are the congas, bongos and the heavy, heavy bass line. As amazing as the song is, it's but one on an LP that is similarly packed with thick layers of psychedelic soul (listen to "Move On Up"). And all of this written, sung, and produced by Mayfield after a successful run with the Impressions and his own record label.

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Listen:
Curtis Mayfield - (Don't Worry) If there's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go mp3 at Internet Archive
Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up mp3 at SGS (?)

Friday, August 4, 2017

LOOK WHAT THEY'VE DONE TO MY SONG, MA

I'm sure that the Who have been asked a thousand questions about "My Generation" over the years, if they see any irony in an autumn rocker singing the line "hope I die before I get old". The song never lost it's relevance (for young people anyway), and they did do the original version so why wouldn't they continue to play it, even if they seemed rather self conscious about the age thing just a scant four years later ("we're gettin' a bit old now")? Did Peter Townsend ever have any regrets about writing it? Probably not. It paid the bills for years, and still is. But, if he had ever heard the lead singer of the Contradictions sing it, he might regret having ever picked up a pen. This is bad folks, really bad. I'm all for song stylists trying to make a song their own, even if their style is abrasive, out of tune or generally amateurish. I like weird. It doesn't bother me in the least, except when it doesn't seen genuine. I'm sorry to whoever knows and likes the Contradictions. I'd never heard of them and was not at all put off by the opening chords of their version of "My Generation". It really could have gone either way. Then the song stylist insists on putting her own stamp on the song and it is total crap. Sidesplitting hilarious in it's forced weirdness "just b-[mumble]-se we get aro-ow-ow-oouuund". Like a shitfaced Lydia Lunch getting her fingernails yanked out. Jeffrey Lee Pierce can pull that shit off, but not this lady.

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Listen:
The Contradictions - My Generation mp3 at Internet Archive
The Who - My Generation mp3 at Internet Archive
The full LP
The Who Sing My Generation at Internet Archive NOTE: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

NOTHING FANCY

Phew, that was a close one. I found myself watching a Reverend Horton Heat video, thinking "Does this guy realize how many rockabilly cliches he's got in one video?" "Why the hell am I watching this when I could be listening to The Flat Duo Jets"

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Listen:
The Flat Duo Jets - Lucky Eye mp3 at Indy Week
The Flat Duo Jets - Harlem Nocturne mp3
at Beware of the Blog
The Flat Duo Jets - Golden Stings mp3
at Leave You Wanting Less

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A SOLID JAM FROM OUT OF NOWHERE

One of the reasons I still browse online is because every once in a while I run into something that I never would have gone looking for, something totally random. In this case, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. Man, do they hit the spot tonight. Check that clip below. It's quite a fucking jam. Pretty good quality too, While checking it out, dig on the singer on the left, particularly in contrast to the singer on the right. Left singer has ants all up in his pants, high kicks and all that. Right singer is just chillin', grooving. The band is tight, the whole thing is worth seeing. Wait until you see the synth solo by the guitarist.



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Listen:
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Se Tche We Djo Mon mp3 at 27 Leggies Go there to get it.
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Zizi mp3
at 27 Leggies Ditto.

Monday, July 31, 2017

OH SHIT. ADD IT TO THE BOOK LIST.

I just read a post that quotes Peter Guralnick's profile of Sleepy LaBeef (from his book Lost Highway: Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians). It was a great all around post. A little praise for Guralnick, the quotes from him, and a recent video of LaBeef playing in some bar. The takeaway? Three things:

1. After recently finishing his biography of Sam Phillips, which was great, I knew another book by Guralnick would be in order. The post just pushed me towards Lost Highway.

2. Musicians shouldn't be dicks. Because he wrote a book about the Fleshtones, the host of the blog, Joe Bonomo is, almost certainly unknowingly, promoting a band with an asshole for a guitarist. Follow me here. Years ago, I ran into said asshole guitarist in a club. The guy was the full asshole. I hate assholes. Hate 'em. It put me off the Fleshtones for a long time. Not for a year. Forever, as in still ongoing. And here I am, decades later, fucking prejudging a writer because he wrote about a band with an asshole guitarist. And you know what? His band ain't shit. Fuck the Fleshtones.   

3. It's been a while since I've listened to Sleepy LaBeef so I think I'll go do that. Forget about the asshole guitarist for a while. Really, every once in a while you really should go back and check on those second tier OG rockabilly guys. Remind yourself that Elvis was a new waver compared to the guys who couldn't be spit-shined.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

MIGHTY DIAMONDS STARING YOU DOWN

Oh yeah, the Mighty Diamonds to end the weekend. I had to hear "Right Time" because I remember ending weekends years and years ago with the Right Time LP. It's good for winding down. I still have it I think, buried in the unsorted stacks somewhere. Screw it, YouTube's easier right now.

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Listen:
The Mighty Diamonds - Right Time (streaming) at YouTube
The Mighty Diamonds - Right Time (The full LP) (streaming) at YouTube
The Mighty Diamonds - I Need a Roof mp3 at Tumblr (?)
The Mighty Diamonds - You Should Be Thankful mp3 at Midnight Dread

Saturday, July 29, 2017

I WANT TO PARTY WITH THIS GUY

Louis "Sabu" Martinez was a bongo and tympani player, but that's only part of the appeal of Safari With Sabu. It's not your typical hopped up Latin jazz. As you would suspect by the title and the cover above, it's more exotic sounding, like an alcohol emboldened Daktari meets jazz, with weird background vocals, and horns and all sorts of oddball percussion weaving in an out. It's almost like dub in that respect. without the mixing, and echo,...okay, maybe not that much like dub. It sounds like voodoo and shrunken heads. Martin Denny with the gloves off, with horns scaring away the pesky birds.

The 1957 LP is available as a two-fer with another LP Sorcery!, from 1958, another percussion and horn-filled nut cake. (Actually this stuff is pretty crazy given the vintage.) I'd listened to that package for a while, and without knowing anything else (the only name I recognized on the liner notes was Ray Barretto), I looked for something else by him, and came across a song, "Hotel Alyssa-Soussie, Tunisia", recorded in 1973. Ho-ly shit. Same guy, totally different sound. The first fourteen seconds sounds like it could be more of the old Sabu. Faint tympani? Check. Gong? Check. Two seconds later the roller coaster starts the drop and continues full throttle for six minutes. Totally different bag, exhausting this one, but just as want list worthy as Safari. And it's supposedly out of print as well. We'll just see about that...

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Listen:
Louis "Sabu" Martinez - Dawn mp3 at Basement Rug
Louis "Sabu" Martinez - Hotel Alyssa-Soussie, Tunisia mp3 at 30 Milkshakes

Friday, July 28, 2017

SONICS' KILLER FILLER

If you're like me, you can't get enough of the Sonics. You know 'em, the baddass early stuff. "Psycho", "The Witch", "Cinderella", "Boss Hoss", "Strychnine", "He's Waitin'", "Shot Down". Aaargh! Fuck, just thinking about them raises the hair. It's some-of-you-may-never-get-it type essential stuff. Whenever some would-be chin-rubbing egghead starts spouting off about "proto-punk", if the Sonics aren't near the top of the list, just walk away. There are those who may never get it. What would be the point of trying to convert them? The early Sonics records came with stale beer, cigarette ashes and sweat pressed into their grooves. If that's not your thing, why are we standing here talking?

Here's three covers by them. Sonics people will know these. If you profess to love the Sonics but don't know these, you should stop the cherry picking. Take your sorry ass on down to the record store and buy yourself a twelve inch LP.

To fully appreciate what the Sonics can do with a cover, check Richard Berry's original version of "Have Love, Will Travel", and then listen to the Sonics' version. Now go back to what you were doing.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

MADE IN SAN DIEGO

If you have never heard Beehive and the Barracudas, consider yourself fortunate. You can listen to these three and be objective. And don't ruin it by heading over to YouTube just yet. First, listen to the songs down there. Make up your mind and decide if they are worthy of attention or not, without all that other useless information. It's music. All that other stuff isn't supposed to matter.

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Listen:
Beehive and the Barracudas - Sex Beat mp3 at Dollar Record Gun Club cover
Beehive and the Barracudas - Erotic Games mp3 at Swami Records
Beehive and the Barracudas - Fuck It Out mp3 at Dollar Record

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

NICE JUGS. THERE, I SAID IT.

This stuff is a breath of fresh air. A couple of songs from Ghana, vintage unknown. They're new to me, and they both had nice funky grooves. The photo above is totally unrelated, found when I did a search for "vintage Ghana". (A link to the source page with more boss photos is below.)

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

DIGITAL VOODOO

In case you hadn't picked up on it, I hate Donald Trump. He disgusts me. Everything about him. If you don't live in the U.S., maybe you aren't subjected to it, but let me tell you. We wake up every morning to the latest whining tweet or tweet storm from the fucking cry baby in chief. You can't even call them tweets, they're digital baby tantrums. Every goddamn morning, sometimes continuing throughout the day. And you don't even have to be anywhere near his stupid teenage Twitter page. The news media eats this shit up. Fuck twitter, fuck tweets, Fuck ketchup on steak at state dinners. Fuck Trump. See that "X" up there? That's a hex on his ugly ass soul. I'm over here casting spells and shit, that's how much I hate him.

So, running into "Little Hitler" by Nick Lowe over at Crying All the Way to the Chip Shop started the sourpuss off tonight. The title and subject manner bely it's lush Beach Boys vibe.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

SOME CRAZY SHIT

I remember the first time I heard Eric Dolphy. I'd seen his 'Out To Lunch' LP a million times and always thought it was a cool cover. But there were so many awesome jazz LP covers from the fifties and sixties, a album cover alone couldn't possibly be enough to go on.

One day there was a used copy in the front rack of the local record store, so I asked my buddy Bruce, who was working at the time, to play it. He chuckled and said he couldn't promise he would leave it on. I think I remember his description of it as "frenzied".



After about five minutes, he had had enough of the wigging out. I had to buy it and take it home to listen to the whole thing. He was right, the fucking thing was totally frenzied.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

OH YEAH, THIS BABY HITS THE SPOT.

I forgot how good this one was. Holly Golightly's cover of Bill Withers's "Use Me". The band sounds like T Rex doing Creedence, or vice versa. Really cool riffs, and really cool guitar tones. I don't know the details, who plays what,where it was recorded, all that jazz. Would that add to my enjoyment of the song? Theoretically it shouldn't. I'm sure curiosity will get the best of me at some point. Not tonight.

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Listen:
Holly Golightly - Use Me mp3 at Cover Me If the link doesn't get you to it, go here.

Friday, July 21, 2017

GRILLMASTER, SELECTOR

Slip these on your next BBQ mix and see who notices. Toast those who do, for they are the old farts. Their breast pockets are bulging with pens and scraps of paper and 3 x 5 cards, they stopped caring about being cool years ago, and they know the first three Ramones LPs like the back of their hand.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

AND GRENADA TOO.

Here's a good old fashioned farfisa and fuzz oddball instrumental, from Grenada, by Los Relámpagos. The sleeve looked interesting so I gave it a shot and then proceeded to play it about eighty times, I live for oddball shit like this.

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Listen:
Los Relámpagos - Bwana mp3 at Super Sonido

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

REVENGE OF THE NERDS

Man, this song is a slow burn. A live version of the Talking Heads' "Born Under Punches", seems harmless enough. Not quite. Let it rip and see what the first two minutes has to offer. If you're digging it, listen the rest of it. You still have six minutes to go,

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Listen:
Talking Heads - Born Under Punches mp3 at Eye Witness Photo

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

THE BUMMER TREATMENT

There were more than a few reasons why it took me years to take Tom Jones seriously. We all know of his resurgence as a ladies man so-uncool-he's-cool sort of thing. In recent decades he's been hip to trying new things, and that's always good for older singers. The turning point for me came when watching a concert on TV, back in the pre-YouTube eighties. Women were throwing their panties on stage. He caught one, was wiping is sweat with it and when if got closer to his nose, in between lines of a song, he said "Hmmm, these smell familiar". Me and the drinking buddy I was watching with were on the floor laughing. Still, there was "Delilah". The younger, tuxedo-ed ladies man crooner. The Ed Sullivan piss break. "Delilah."  Blecch,

Though my attitude towards Jones and his output has softened in ensuing years, due to increased exposure and the unrelenting cheerleading of one Lady Spinsta, it has always been "Delilah" tainted. That Jones era. Fucking tuxedos and shit. Hate 'em. "Delilah" may very well be a great song, but I cannot be objective. Not with that bow tie in my face.

Horace Andy covered it and it's got a whole different vibe. Really, believably forlorn, his voice actually sounding like he just killed his woman, with back up vocals that every bit the bummer. The horns sound like they escaped from the Tijuana Brass. He takes the song into the shit mood it deserves.

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Listen:
Horace Andy - Delilah mp3 at Internet Archive
Video:
Tom Jones - Delilah at YouTube

Monday, July 17, 2017

BRIAN WILSON'S EPIC FART

Unrelated photo of Wilson, because it's cool.
Last night when I was hunting for clips from The Endless Summer, I ran into a song of the same name by some hip hop dude named G-Eazy. What the hell, I wasn't doing anything, so I gave it a listen. It didn't really grab me, but it was relatively imaginative with the unlikely sampling of the Beach Boy's "Good Vibrations", and not just a snippet. The song was pretty much built around it. You knew it was going to happen, all the cross genre sampling that's gone on for what, like thirty years? At least since Afrika Bambaataa started dropping Kraftwerk. But, as much as it is only so-so as a hip hop song, I came away with two things. One was a line in it :"I chopped up the Beach Boys and made it 'to a jam, cuz everything I'm not made me everything I am", That last part is killer. "Everything I'm not made me everything I am." Hell yeah, I can dig that.

The other thing I thought about is how far hip-hop has come, in general. Though I'm sure it's been done more than once before G-Eazy's lightweight jam, the only other rap song I've heard that sampled the Beach Boys was Brian Wilson's unreleased 1991 turd "Smart Girls". It's a Beach Boys fail, a Brian Wilson fail, and a rap fail all in one. Quite possibly the stupidest fucking thing I've ever heard. Though, to be fair, it's likely Eugene Landy's fault. He was Wilson's doctor at the time, completely domineering. He took over Wilson's life, feeding him pills and bad ideas. He is a permanent resident of the shit list.

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Listen:
G-Eazy - Endless Summer (streaming) at YouTube
Brian Wilson - Smart Girls (streaming) at YouTube

Sunday, July 16, 2017

TO HELL WITH FOUR SEASONS

For about the last week the air temperature has been about 75 degrees, the water 72, and the night time temperature about 69. You don't even feel the weather, it's that excellent. I wished it was like that year round, which is what lead to this, the soundtrack to the surf movie, The Endless Summer. I was such a fiend as a kid that I taped the movie with a cassette recorder off of the TV. So I was already intimately familiar with the soundtrack when I bought my first copy at a garage sale for practically nothing.



The music was done by a surf band called the Sandals, who really weren't that hard core. Kind of relaxed, none of the Dick Dale staccato picking. As an all around surf music LP, it might seem tame, but it still works. There's just enough thrown in there to keep it interesting, the melodica, slow tempos, etc. It's like the stoner rock of surf music, except back then it would have been three beer rock or something.

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Listen:
The Sandals - The Endless Summer mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
The Sandals -  6 Pack mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
The Sandals - Decoy mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
The Sandals - Nine more songs
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
The Endless Summer radio spot mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Video:
Endless Summer clips
at YouTube