Tuesday, October 17, 2017

VIVA SONNY! (VERSION)

Wow. Sonny Burgess died back in July and I'm just now finding out (via the latest issue of Mojo). Considering I'm looking at music sites and blogs just about every day, I'm shocked that I hadn't heard. He was 88, but he was still active, co-hosting a radio show and, as of this past May, had live shows booked into this month. Apparently in July he took a fall and never entirely recovered. Because his death wasn't widely reported in the press, it seems apparent that his body of work has been sorely overlooked. So, even though I just posted the following blab in May, I find it necessary to push his stuff in your face again. Really, even if he had only recorded the A side of his first 45, it would still put him in the Wildman Rockers Hall of Fame. So here's the recycled text and three songs, the first two being the A and B side of his Sun debut.

Every once in a while, it occurs to me that there is someone who has slipped through the cracks, even after a couple thousand posts. That's what the bruise on my forehead tells me. Yesterday it occurred to me that there has not been one mention of Sonny Burgess, an early Sun artist who had one of the wildest rock 'n' roll records ever released. That's right. I said it. Check "We Wanna Boogie", it's just nuts. The first thing you'll note is the presence of a trumpet. Unusual for any rockabilly record, even more unusual on a Sun product. While the singing is pretty crazy, somewhere between Ray Campi and the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, there are solos that need to be heard. First the piano, then the trumpet. After one more verse, a manic guitar solo with the drummer just bashing the hell out of what sounds like a kit made out of cardboard. Then one more verse of increasingly crazed vocals and after Burgess hits the last three words sounding like he's eating the microphone, the end. Two and a half minutes of absolutely abandon.

Though the band wanted to do another take, Sam Phillips insisted the first take was a keeper, later saying "...they had a sound like I've never heard. Maybe Sonny's sound was too raw; I don't know- but I'll tell you this. They were pure rock and roll." This from the man that was the first to record some of the greatest rockers of all time.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

TOO FUCKING COOL

Mid-sixties New Zealand beat?. Wow. I wasn't looking for it, didn't know it existed. But here it is.

I don't know anything about the Breakaways. I'll deal with that part later. For now, dig on these boss covers.

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Listen:
The Breakaways - Talkin' About You mp3 at Internet Archive
The Breakaways - Farmer John mp3
at Internet Archive

Friday, October 13, 2017

OCCAM'S RAZOR ROCK

"Check this shit out! This is fuckin' sick!" Tommy Lee said that, speaking on the subject of his revolving drum kit and his fuckin' sick dream. I appropriate it here on the subject of Ricky Nelson's "My Babe" with James Burton on guitar. Check this shit out. This is fuckin' sick.

Check Nelson's phrasing, the attitude that comes out on certain lines. Two note-perfect solos from Burton, the fullness of the sound with a minimum of instruments, and the wig out at the end. This is one piece of work.

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Listen:
Ricky Nelson - My Babe mp3 at Diddy Wah
Ricky Nelson - Lonesome Town mp3 at Diddy Wah Go there to get it
Little Walter - My Babe (streaming) at YouTube The original
Awesome image:
High resolution, full frame version of above photo

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

STAY PISSED.

You may have seen it, the Eminem freestyle anti-Trump rant from the BET Hip Hop Awards. It's all over the place. While I agree wholeheartedly with almost every thing he says, and I dig the intensity, there's another version on YouTube, with music, that seems to flow a lot better. Here's the video of the one that aired, and a link to the version with backing tracks, Eminem's no saint, be we're eye to eye on this one.


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Listen:
Eminem - The Storm Freestyle (Donald Trump Diss) (streaming) at YouTube

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

LADY KICK ASS IS BACK

Earlier tonight I was reading out in the alley when out of nowhere Etta James's version of "Security" popped into my head. Hearing a decent copy of the 45 version at a high volume is total heavy metal, seriously. Super powerful; the playing, the production (Rick Hall, FAME Studio) and her voice. I have the record but all I found online were a bunch of YouTube posts, and many of them were the LP version. So it's YouTube only for that song. Oh well. It did make me keep looking. In doing so I found a another FAME era goosebump inducing song at Groove Addict, "I'm Gonna Take What He's Got", on which her vocal performance just plain fucking kicks ass. She hits 'em all.

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Listen:
Etta James - Security (streaming) at YouTube
Etta James -  I'm Gonna Take What He's Got mp3 at Groove Addict
Etta James - Seven Day Fool mp3 at Soul Garage
Etta James - At Last mp3
at Carried Away

Sunday, October 8, 2017

NOT FIGHTING IT

I had it all planned out. I knew what I was going to post tonight. Then I ran into these old Tell-Tale Hearts songs and everything went out the window. I'd forgotten how great this band was.

None of these songs are from the LP pictured above. I just dig the photo.

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Listen:
The Tell-Tale Hearts - It's Not Me mp3
at Mr. Suave
The Tell-Tale Hearts - I Get Up In the Morning mp3
at Che Underground
The Tell-Tale Hearts - Smokes (live) mp3
at Che Underground 
The Tell-Tale Hearts - At the River's Edge (live) mp3
at Che Underground

Saturday, October 7, 2017

IVY SINGS!

Biker flicks are not high art, particularly the ones made in the sixties. We all know that. Yeah, yeah, they were low budget, but production values weren't always to blame. It was usually corny plots, bad scripts and bad acting. When it comes to bad biker flicks, She-Devils On Wheels, had it all going on, a real cornucopia of total crap. Low budget, bad script, bad acting, boring as shit and more corn than Iowa. It was directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis, who also made Two Thousand Maniacs!, Blood Feast, Monster A Go-Go, and Just for the Hell of It among many others. Quickie drive-in shit-shows that are so bad it's hard not to rubberneck.



Rubberneck I did, for two hours that I'll never get back, but I was reminded of "Get Off the Road" a song on the soundtrack, that was covered by the Cramps on A Date With Elvis. It's one of the few songs that Ivy Rorschach sings, and I think the only one that she sings lead on.

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Listen:
The Cramps - Get Off the Road mp3 (via Box.net) at Across the Kitchen Table
The Cramps - Kizmiaz
(streaming) at YouTube Ivy sharing lead vocals with Lux
The Man-Eaters - Get Off the Road
(streaming) at YouTube The film version
The movie:
She Devils On Wheels
at YouTube Note: Audio drops out for about 4 minutes at the very beginning, but you don't miss much dialog. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

WHAT DOES GREASY SOUND LIKE?

"Greasy Drums." There is absolutely no way I am not going to click on that. I don't care who it is. The title alone, regardless of what it sounds like, is like waving tacos in my face. I'm gonna bite.

Let's back up. I came upon "Greasy Drums" by way of Brother Jack McDuff's "Screamin'". After hearing it, I realized that I'd never posted any of McDuff's stuff, so I went looking and I knew where to look. Groove Addict, the bastion of jazz, funk and soul that all falls in to the loose category of popcorn. (What is "popcorn" you might ask? Good question. Check this.) Groove Addict did not disappoint.

While perusing the McDuff tracks, "Greasy Drums", jumped into my face, a cut on an album by credited to his drummer as Joe Dukes with the Brother Jack McDuff Quartet. The quartet was McDuff, Dukes, sax man Red Holloway and a young George Benson on guitar. After locking in on "Greasy Drums", that led to another more specific tack, and it became apparent that this whole McDuff thing is going to have to be continued on a night when I have way more time.

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Listen:
Brother Jack McDuff - Screamin' mp3 at Internet Archive
Joe Dukes with the Brother Jack McDuff Quartet - Greasy Drums mp3
at Groove Addict
Brother Jack McDuff Quartet - Opus de Funk mp3
at Groove Addict
Video:
Brother Jack McDuff Quartet - Live 1964
at YouTube Hopped up dad!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

TRINITY? WHERE'S THE OTHER TWO?

It's not every day that you run into a beat up Trinity 45, so here you go. Trinity is the guy who did "Three Piece Suit" which was one of the first songs (of many) to reuse the riddim from Alton Ellis's "I'm Still In Love With You". This one "Dryland Tourist" and it's accompanying version is just beat up enough to remind you it's vinyl, Jamaican vinyl at that, which can be a little dirty behind the ears.

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Listen:
Trinity - Dryland Tourist mp3 at Bass Shaka
Trinity - Dryland Tourist (Version) mp3 at Bass Shaka
Trinity - Three Piece Suit (streaming) at YouTube

Sunday, October 1, 2017

YOU TELL ME

I'm still not sure if I like Subway Sect or not. I got their first two 45s years ago, and for decades that's all I'd heard from them. There was a compilation released a while back, but I'll be damned if I'm going to shell out for a band that I'm not even sure of after two 45s. So I waited. I finally ran into it just recently and after letting it roll a couple times through, I'm still not sure if I like them. I know. What does it take? A decent production for one thing. A little more oomph. A few less sweaters. You know, the priorities.
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Listen: 
The collection:

Saturday, September 30, 2017

THERE GOES THREE HOURS

I just ran into a riddim rabbit hole. The riddim (reggae speak for rhythm) is from "Ali Baba" a John Holt song recorded at Duke Reid's in 1969. The blog 27 Leggings posted Dr. Alimantado's "I Killed the Barber", paired with a version of "Ali Baba" by Jackie Edwards from 1973, the version of the riddim that was used. Edwards's version was recorded at Bunny Striker Lee's, and was used as a riddim on a shitload of other cuts, King Tubby's "I Trim the Barber" among them. Yeah, this is just the beginning. I was curious if Holt's version was indeed the original, so with trepidation I decided to check. These sorts of inquiries usually end in a riddim click overload and tonight was no exception. In fact this rundown was more fruitful than usual. In addition to the full rundown at Riddim Guide (yeesh!), I ran into a mix with a shitload of "Ali Baba"/"Trim the Barber" versions, all mixed one to another, sometimes two playing at once (in separate left/right channels). Roland Alphonso, U Roy, King Tubby, I Roy, Tommy McCook, .. . a lot of heavy hitters. There's other riddims in the mix too, notably "Wear You to the Ball" and "Tide Is High" by the Paragons (both also Duke Reid product) with variations by Dennis Alcapone, Lizzy, and U Roy among others. It's massive, three fucking hours of versions based on a handful of riddims.

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Listen:
The mix:
Algoriddim 20160118: John Holt Part 1
at Internet Archive Three hour mix (streaming and download) of songs derived from riddims of John Holt songs (including his work with the Paragons) The first version of Ali Baba at 3:58.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

NICE EFFORT GUYS

The fact that the Bottomfeeders' "Caligula" sounds like it could have been a '77-'78 era L.A. punk record is reason enough to test the waters. Never heard of these guys until a few minutes ago, and that's the first song I heard, so I did some clicking and found that there's some pretty good stuff floating around. As the band is new to me I have nothing to add but some links.

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Listen:
Bottomfeeders - Caligula mp3 at Still In Rock Note: If the link is disabled, go there to get it.
Bottomfeeders - Detect mp3 at Still In Rock Go there to get it.
Bottomfeeders - Full LP (streaming) at YouTube
Video: 
Bottomfeeders - Crust Fund at YouTube
Visit:
Bottomfeeders at Bandcamp

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

WHAT OF IT?

The Monsters put out a new one back in October and I'm just now finding out? Fuck, I guess I'm out of some loop. The Monsters are from Switzerland and have among their ranks Reverend Beat Man, a solo artist, label owner, record store owner and ex-wrestler. He does it all.

The new Monsters LP, M, has quite the song list. "Happy People Make Me Sick", "Nothing, You Coward", "You Will Die", and "Let Me Spend The Night With Your Wife", That's just four of twelve. They're anti-social rascals aren't they?

Here's a grab bag. A 2011 video of the Monsters' "Blow Um Mau Mau" with Beat Man playing a leering asshole bar patron. There's an mp3 of "Happy People Make Me Sick" from the new one, and one of Beatman, solo, doing "Come Back Lord". That sucker is old.



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Listen:
The Monsters - Happy People Make Me Sick mp3 at Voodoo Rhythm Go there for more on the album. 
Reverend Beat Man - Come Back Lord mp3 at Go Retro
Visit:
The Monsters  - M at Voodoo Rhythm

Monday, September 25, 2017

A MIGHTY LOSS

Charles Bradley died this past Saturday. Cancer. He was a soul singer in the classic mold, part James Brown, part Otis Redding. He began his career at age fourteen as a James Brown tribute, and continued off and on that tangent for decades until he auditioned at Daptone. He was signed and had his first LP released at age 62. As he put it "Now, I'm gonna do Charles Bradley." He did, and he did it well.


Check his voice on the songs below. If you need a point of reference, listen to what he does to Nirvana's "Stay Away". Damn.

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Listen:
Charles Bradley - The World (Is Going Up In Flames) mp3 at Hey Cool Kid
Charles Bradley - Stay Away
(streaming) at YouTube Nirvana cover
Charles Bradley - Love Bug Blues mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Charles Bradley - How Long mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Charles Bradley - The Telephone Song mp3
at Tin Can Land
Charles Bradley - Strictly Reserved For You mp3
at Melting Pot

Saturday, September 23, 2017

HOWDY FROM BELIZE

Back in 2006 there wasn't much music from Belize that was widely available, compilation or otherwise. It probably didn't occur to most people to go looking for it, and Belize was such a tiny country (current population 387,389) most people didn't even know it existed. I had only heard of it because a family friend had moved there (it's in Central America) . When I read a glowing review of a compilation of music from Belize, my predilection for international jams made it a no brainer.

The compilation Cult Cargo: Belize City Boil Up was my first foray into the catalog of reissue label the Numero Group, a label that basically rescues music more than anything else. Every record company, even reissue labels, aims to make a profit, but few do it without regard for how familiar the names will be. The Numero Group's M.O. seems to be rescuing the music of overlooked or forgotten regions or particular studios or labels, annotating the shit out of them, and releasing them before the music disappears for good. They do a good job of it. I tried to keep up with their releases and had to give up after a dozen. They were coming too fast for a wallet the size of mine.

Here's four songs from the Belize compilation, all completely different. A reggae song, a couple covers and a slow burning soul number. The rest of the collection is just as varied but it's all good stuff, and all the other releases I've sampled are as good or better. Unfortunately, after looking at their current discography, it's apparent that the wallet to release ratio is now even more lopsided.

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Listen:
Lord Rhaburn – More Love Reggae mp3 at Roots and Culture
The Professionals – The Backstabbers mp3
at Roots and Culture
Web - The Same Old Me mp3
at Roots and Culture
The Harmonettes – Shame, Shame, Shame mp3
at Roots and Culture
Visit:
The Numero Group

Thursday, September 21, 2017

HEAVY SHIT MAN

You know how it is. You listen to enough music of one type or another and you slowly learn more about it, who the major players are, how the sound evolved, what the roots are, and all that type of shit. Sometimes that can be a good thing. But sometimes over analyzing music defeats the purpose.

Take stoner rock. I don't know shit about it, and I don't want to. I just want to wallow in it. Just fucking loud ass guitar. Stoner rock may be the last bastion. I don't have to be too vested to say that that is a good thing. Loud guitar? Of course. It's simple, keep that fucking torch lit.

This detour started with a click on a unfamiliar band name, Whores of Tijuana. They're exactly what I'm talking about. Imperfect, but loud and grinding. Offensive name? Answer: It's stoner rock. You're thinking too much.

When I went looking for their stuff, I came across the photo above of Sleep, another band I'd never heard. Oh, but my friend Al had. When I mentioned them to him he looked me dead in the eye and said "They're heavy." Gotta say though, I was relieved that the photo above was a gag. Now I'm laughing with them. I think.

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Listen:
Whores of Tijuana - [Self titled] Entire LP at Whores of Tijuana Eight mp3s, lyrics, streaming.
Sleep - Dopesmoker (streaming) at YouTube Entire LP

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

CARLEEN JEAN BUTLER, THAT'S WHO.

Time for some relatively obscure funky butt movers. All three of these bands were unknown to me until I came across some post on some long forgotten blog drooling over some new (at the time) reissue. That was a while ago. By now they're like old pals. I was kind of missing them, maybe you too if you've heard them before. It's better if you've never heard them, you can figure out where to go from here.

Carleen and the Groovers feature Carleen Jean Butler (that's her at the top of the post) on drums, and she smokes. Really. Dyke and the Blazers are a solid presence in the second tier of funk and soul recognition. In other words, out of the three they're the better known. The Kashmere Stage Band is one unbelievably tight high school stage band. Check the drummer, whoever he is, on those two cuts. Jeez. High school.

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Listen:
Carleen & the Groovers - Can We Rap mp3 at Now Again
Carleen & the Groovers - The Thing mp3
at Now Again
Carleen & the Groovers - Right On mp3
at Now Again
Carleen & the Groovers - Hot Pants mp3
at Now Again
Dyke and the Blazers - Shotgun Slim mp3
at Alejandro Borreo (?)
Dyke and the Blazers - We Got More Soul mp3
at Alejandro Borreo (?)
The Kashmere Stage Band - Thunder Soul mp3
at Now Again
The Kashmere Stage Band - Point Zero/Zero Point Reprise (live) mp3
at Now Again

Sunday, September 17, 2017

THE KILLER WINS THIS ROUND

Ivan? Who the hell is that? After one listen I was convinced that it was Ricky Nelson with his nuts in a vice. It's almost comical how lightweight it is given the title, particularly if you're familiar with Jerry Lee Lewis's version. Ivan (actually the Crickets' Jerry Allison) was the first to record it (I think). Regardless, the Killer's version is the definitive in my book.

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Listen:
Ivan (Jerry Allison) - Real Wild Child mp3 at Mp3 Rockabilly
Jerry Lee Lewis - Real Wild Child
(streaming) at YouTube
Iggy Pop - Real Wild Child
(video) at Vimeo
Joan Jett - Real Wild Child
(video) at YouTube
Status Quo - Real Wild Child
(streaming) at YouTube

Saturday, September 16, 2017

HELL YEAH, HE KNEW HE WAS COOL.

Quincy Jones made a lot of cool music. He also did a lot of schmaltzy stuff. I knew his name mostly from TV shows and the odd production credit, but never really paid much attention to him until his production credit for the "We Are the World" thing, a song that was written by Michael Jackson and lionel Ritche and performed by a bunch of eighties era music notables. I was not impressed. Then I heard Big Band Bossa Nova, his 1962 LP that really wasn't bossa nova all, or what you might think of as bossa nova. It was a kinda kooky take on the genre, the opening cut of which "Soul Bossa Nova" you might know from the first Austin Powers movie. The take away from that is that not all Quincy Jones shit was schmaltzy.

A few years later I heard "Hicky Burr" I recognized it straight away as a version of the theme from the first Bill Cosby show (pre-Cosby). It's a relatively funky theme, with Cosby uttering nonsensible non-words throughout. Okay, I thought, now we're getting somewhere. In the ensuing years, I've pegged my preference for Jones pre-1970s output. At any rate, I didn't rule him out, it was not all schmaltz.

He was really adept at soundtracks. The earlier stuff (that I've heard anyway) is kind of noir sounding, later stuff got funky, some cop TV show type stuff. The big lesson in all of this was that even though you don't like someone's current or later stuff, it's best not to dismiss their entire output. I mean, are you going to dismiss the Faces because Rod Stewart did "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy"?

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Listen:
Quincy Jones - Soul Bossa Nova (streaming) at YouTube
Quincy Jones - Hicky Burr mp3
at A Tumblr (?)
Quincy Jones - Hangin' Paper mp3
at Internet Archive
Quincy Jones - Boogie Stop Shuffle mp3
at Internet Archive
Quincy Jones - Blues In the Night mp3
at Sunrise Musics
Quincy Jones - Seduction mp3
at Internet Archive
Quincy Jones - I'll Have to Kill You mp3
at Internet Archive
Quincy Jones - No Witnesses mp3
at Internet Archive
Quincy Jones - In Cold Blood mp3
at Internet Archive
Quincy Jones - Ironside Theme
(streaming) at YouTube 
The initiation:
Quincy Jones - Big Band Bossa Nova (full LP) (streaming) at YouTube

Thursday, September 14, 2017

DELLS ALBUM [DETAIL]

Taken out of context, this detail of a Dells album cover is just crazy. Notice that whatever athletic or he-man pose they are in, they all manage to hold on to their mics. What do we got going there? Looks like a strongman, a trapeze guy, a guy hanging off the trapeze guy, a guy just kind of dangling there, with some sort of leg choke hold on another guy. What the fuck is going on here? (Check the entire LP cover here.). Dig it, even the choke hold victim is holding on to his mic,

The song below isn't from that LP, but I'd put them within a few years of each other. "Windy City Soul" is a good sturdy soul record, 1972, just before soul started getting a little cluttered. This is a keeper. Visit Don't Stay Up Too Late and read the blurb too.

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Listen:
The Dells - Windy City Blues mp3 at Don't Stay Up Too Late

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

LET'S RAP ABOUT BEANS

I eat my share of refried beans, at least one can a week. I have a preferred brand, out of nostalgia (they've been around since my youth) and a "if it works don't fix it" level of brand loyalty (I'm too damn cheap to risk a dollar to try another brand). That brand is Rosarita. Rosarita has my business unless they fuck up, and right now they're on shaky ground. I never paid much attention to the recipes on the back of the cans, but about a year ago I happened to notice a recipe for Sopes Verde, using their refried beans as an ingredient. Not my bag, so I kept my eyes peeled for another back-o'-can recipe. I can't be the only one who noticed. It's been all Sopes Verde for the past fucking year. It's inexcusable. Not that I'm going to make any of their recipes (particularly since I'm not one for a lot of ingredients and the hassle of cleaning a million dishes), but it shows a blatant disregard for my recipe making brothers and sisters. What happened to the recipe writer for Rosarita? Someone should put out an APB. Rosarita needs to address this issue.

So, what has this got to do with the Jamaicans "Ba Ba Boom"? I'm getting to that, I'm still on beans. Okay, so when I open a can of beans, I empty the can into a food storage container. For as long as I can remember, be it container or pot, I've always tried to get the whole can of beans out of the can with one giant strategic spoonful. It hardly ever happens. It's like a green flash at sunset, it might happen just a half dozen times in your life. I've tried all sorts of methods and refinements over the years. I'm getting more consistent in coming close (a few two spoonful can emptyings in the past few months) but the single spoon de-canning has eluded me. Until tonight. It was dramatic. Just as the beans at the bottom of the can were confirmed completely out of the can, the opening vocals of "Ba Ba Boom" began playing. It was as if the heavens opened up. Another Festivus miracle (albeit out of season).  I was reminded how much I love "Ba Ba Boom". 100% pure rocksteady, from rocksteady's greatest fount, Duke Reid's Treasure Isle Records. I turned it up and forgot all about beans. Until I sat in front of the keyboard.

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Listen:
The Jamaicans - Ba Ba Boom mp3 at Smashing Magazine
The Jamaicans - Dedicate My Song to You mp3 at Music ADD
The Jamaicans - Feel the Festive Spirit mp3 at Pixie Radio

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

GAGA WISHES

Well I'll be dipped in shit, a Slits movie, forty years on. That calls for a good ol' fashioned Slits roundup. The trailer's below, and at the bottom a few songs and what-not. If you're unfamiliar with the Slits, start with their cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" for a point of reference. If you aren't familiar with any version of that song, there is no hope. You're in the wrong place.


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Monday, September 11, 2017

REGIONABILLY

Okay, "Rockaphilly" might be a stretch, the pair of compilations titled that are way closer to the hillbilly side of rockabilly. Regardless they're worth a listen. It's third tier stuff, not necessary in any way, but very cool if you happen to like things a little tweaked, productions on the cheap, notes missed and miscellaneous stuff that is just a little off.

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Listen:
Bill Moss - You Look Like Something That The Cat Drug In mp3 at Tapewrecks Dig the drums.
Curly Herdman - Buck Fever Boogie mp3
at Tapewrecks The guitar solo on this, at 1:24, sounds promising for five seconds and then just falls apart.
The whole shootin' match:
Rockaphilly amd Return of Rockaphilly
at Tapewrecks 36 songs

Sunday, September 10, 2017

DESTINATION: GOLDEN ERA

A couple segments of a late seventies radio show from Jamaica featuring Studio One stuff? Heck yeah, I'll bite. Especially since I have nothing else. I too like to fuck around on my weekends.

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Listen:
Studio One Radio Show - Sounds of Young Jamaica (streaming) at YouTube Winston Williams DJ, June '77
Studio One Radio Show - Soul Power and Sound
(streaming) at YouTube Winston Williams DJ, May '78
Visit:
More Studio One posts

Friday, September 8, 2017

THANKS YANNI!

Just a few minutes ago, out in front of the apartment complex, a half dozen hids were strolling uo the street. It was too dark to really see them, so I didn't bother to look up. (I was reading by the light of one of those clip-on book lights, otherwise known as the literate smoker's best friend.) Then I heard it. One of them had a boombox playing some new age-y chanting shit. Yanni type stuff. It kinda made my skin crawl. That was it. Tonight belonged to the Spits.

I'd never heard of the Spits when my friend Erik gave me one of their CDs. It must have been the mid-nineties. It was from his own collection and he literally forced it on me, insisting it was right up my alley. Alley or not, it was a racket, and it still reminds me of all of those Midwest bands that the Wisconsin contingent out here periodically raved about, but everyone else was totally ambivalent about. Who the fuck cared about bands like that when there were West Coast bands that were just as noisy but looked cooler? But that's pretty much what was cool about bands from the Midwest. They didn't give a shit about stuff like that. And, short of fanzines, there was no where else you were going to hear about them other than from someone who saw them back home. I mean, all these Wisconsin people (there were about a half dozen of them) that hung out in our ragtag group of friends, they were proud of their Midwest roots, and if that meant you heard about some kook that called himself Reverend Norb every fifteen minutes, so be it. It was just another part of the package, just like beer brats and Chili John's.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A HALF CENTURY OF BANGING

If Tony Allen had a few years with Fela and then put up his sticks, that would be quite enough. But here we are roughly five decades later and the afrobeater is still putting out vital music. It blows my mind. This is good shit, for any one of any age. He is a 77 year-old drummer and he kicks ass.

Allen has recorded a lot, something like thirty LPs with Fela alone. Earlier this year he released a tribute to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, titled, check this, A Tribute to Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers. Listen to what he does to Blakey's "Moanin". It's barely recognizable. Check his playing. Percolating right off that damn stove. 

The other two are from his second release this year, The Source. Dude doesn't stop.

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Listen:
Tony Allen - Moanin' (streaming) at Twisted Soul
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Moanin' mp3 at Time Goes By
Tony Allen - Push and Pull (streaming) at Impose
Tony Allen - Wolf Eats Wolf (streaming)
at Burl Veneer
Visit:
Tony Allen at Wikipedia
Tony Allen profile at Blue Note Records

Monday, September 4, 2017

MET MONSTER. DOES NOT LIKE YOU.

It's Labor Day, or the tail end of it. It's a holiday for workers, of which I am one. So, fuck it. I'm gonna lame out because I can. Go over to Aquarium Drunkard for a half dozen oddball Bo Diddley tracks, including "I Don't Like You", a crackpot throwaway that's just plain stupid, which, of course, is why I like it. There's a few unrelated cuts down there that have been posted before, just to pad things.

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The oddballs:

Saturday, September 2, 2017

SAY NO TO FANCY

It's Labor Day weekend, the end of summer back to school blowout for many of you. It's back to the grindstone on Tuesday, so live it up this weekend. Personally, I'd recommend getting a grill going, but keep it modest. Don't do all that fancy shit, it's just a big pain in the ass to clean up. Just burgers and dogs, chips, sodas and beer. Though inevitably some ass will show up with some high dollar cut of meat, or some fancy hors d'oeuvres. There's always some jerk that will try to upscale the simplest concept there is. The whole fancy beer thing is completely off the rails. We saw it coming years ago when fancy beer meant Corona or Heineken. Back then we'd have a cheap beer contest. With a receipt as proof, the winner would win some sort of prize (the classic was an cheesy AC/DC coke mirror). The bonus being that there would be no cry babies whining about who drank their treasured fancy beer, since everybody brought cheap beer. If your beer happened to be the least cheap of the bunch, you deserved to have it drunk by others, to put you more in touch with what real cheap beer is.

So, now that we've had our little talk about keeping the cookout real, here's some surf music to get you started. We're all familiar with the American brand of surf music, heavy on the reverb, which is how it should be. Pity the Aussies who didn't get the reverb memo. Sorry, with all due respect to Tibbles, the yanks win this one hands down.

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The Aussie collection:
Board Boogie - Austrailian Surf Collection - 30 vintage cuts at Internet Archive Note: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Thursday, August 31, 2017

ALL TIME AWESOME

I happened to hear Mitch Ryder's "Sock It to Me" today. Holy shit, I forgot how good it was. I used to hear it on oldies stations all the time, decades after it hit #6 (in 1967). Then I found the 45 at a thrift store and played the shit out of it. Years later when I DJ'd I used to play it. It still slays me. Behold, AM radio.

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Listen:
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels - Sock it to Me mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Mitch Ryder = Liberty mp3 at Groove Addict with Booker T and the MGs

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

DAVE BRUBECK MEETS HOT DOG

Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan doing a song called "Blues Roots". It could suck, right? It doesn't. It rules. Take everything "Take Five" oriented out of your head. Hear a more moody Brubeck. Towards the end of it he's just banging the shit out of his piano. Mulligan blows right and tight, per usual. No wonder he meets everybody.

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Listen:
Dave Brubeck Trio featuring Gerry Mulligan - Blues Roots mp3 at Groove Addict