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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Listen:

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

HOWDY NEIGHBOR

My friend Doug stopped over tonight, That's him above in the red shirt, with his band the Xterminators. The guy with his back to the camera is Juan, and the guy on the right is Terry, who passed away recently (the bottle won). Shooting the shit with Doug ate up an hour or so, so, fuck it, here's his old band. Actually, not here, but at Killed By Death. You know the drill.

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Listen:
The Xterninators - Microwave Radiation mp3
at Killed By Death Go there to get it.
The Xterminators - Occasional Lay mp3
at Killed By Death Ditto.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

PRIDE OF ALGOMA

Two drummers, a Danelectro bass, cargo shorts, a beard, not a single good photo online, a ridiculous band name, Hue Blanc's Joyless Ones was one fucked up stew of who the hell cares. They did make a most awesome racket, almost completely under the radar. You'd probably think I was lying if I said that I heard the Germs, Dream Syndicate, Pussy Galore, Flipper, the Gun Club, Pissed Jeans, the Saints, and the Nomads, because that looks too self consciously curated, but I swear they're all in there.

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Listen:
Hue Blanc's Joyless Ones  - Notoriety mp3 (via Box) at One Base On an Overthrow
NOTE: Once at Box, click on the top right "download" button to save.
Hue Blanc's Joyless Ones  - Two more songs (via Box) at One Base On an Overthrow Go there to get them
Hue Blanc's Joyless Ones - Arriere Garde LP at Free Music Archive 12 songs NOTE: Click on the downward pointing arrows to download the songs.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

YO STICKS, SIT YOUR ASS DOWN.

That's the Sentinals up there, a surf band from San Luis Obispo in central California (during the Fender shortage of '63).  Evidently there was enough of a surf music scene there back in the day to warrant two online articles. Who knew?

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Listen:
The Sentinals - Latin’ia mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
The Sentinals - Tor-Chula mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
The Sentinals - Exotic mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
The Sentinals - The Bee mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Visit:
The Sentinals - Profile
at California Gold Coast Dreamin'
Surf music: SLO County's radical history
at The Tribune

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

OUT OF NOWHERE COMES THIS

I don't even know what I was looking for at YouTube. Something totally unrelated, that I do remember. I saw in the sidebar some band doing a Fela cover. Whatever, I clicked, knowing full well that there was a chance it would suck. It did not. It ruled.



Newen Afrobeat's cover of "Opposite People" is a trip. It starts out with a nice enough rhythm, and builds slowly. Wait, let's back up here. The drummer is bad ass. You'll see him at the very beginning but wait 'til he kicks in at about 1:26, followed by the horns. (Don't skip ahead. The build up is essential.) Throughout the live-in-studio video, he'll be shown every time there's some cool drum space to fill. And that's just the beginning of what makes this video, and this band so cool. They're from Chile. The lead singer on this particular track is a guest, Fela's oldest son, Seun Kuti. That's about all I know so far. Even their Bandcamp page is short on details. But I'm getting the feeling that I should have known about these guys way earlier. They've been around for eight years. Was someone going to tell me? Sheesh, I had to hear about it out on the YouTube.

Just remember, the drummer is badass.

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Listen:
Newen Afrobeat - Debut LP (streaming) at YouTube
Newen Afrobeat - Newen Plays Fela (streaming) at YouTube
Video:
Newen Afrobeat at Teatro San Joaquín
at YouTube Full live set
Newen Afrobeat page at YouTube
Visit:
Newen Afrobeat - Bandcamp page

Fela posts - Mp3s and whatnot

Sunday, July 9, 2017

PIG OUT

If you liked that reggae mix over at Funky 16 Corners yesterday, loosen that belt because you're about to become a glutton. Aquarium Drunkard just posted a twenty three song mix of reggae, all from 45s. Some of you will know what that means. Lots of obscuros. Until the last couple of decades, songs that appeared on Jamaican 45s didn't always make it to an LP, let alone a CD years later. The majority of early reggae sides only existed on 45s, and if they weren't something of a hit, they did not sit around too long. So there will be some that even some of you most fiendish of fiends won't know. Yee haw.

The mix, Bomboclat! Island Soak 7 - Jamaican Vintage is good, really good. And guess what? There are six more that were posted in the past that they have re-upped. There's little info other than artists and song titles but, shit, you're already online. Go to study hall, yo.

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Listen:
Bomboclat! Island Soak 7 - Jamaican Vintage at Aquarium Drunkard 23 individual mp3s in a zip.
Bomboclat! Island Soak: Volumes 1-6 – Jamaican Vintage at Aquarium Drunkard See you in a week.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

ALL-TIME JAM

It's time to post, for the umpteenth time, Althea and Donna's "Uptown Top Ranking", because it's one of those righteous jams seemingly made for summer. Totally infectious reggae, it was a hit in Jamaica and England around 1977, and it began as a lark. The duo would go to reggae clubs all the time, where they often got chided for the way they dressed. Halter tops and pants aren't (or weren't at the time) connsidered roots or rasta. Phooey, they thought, and one night while driving home they heard Trinity's "Three Piece Suit " on the radio and just started singing over it, what would become "Uptown Top Ranking".



There were a bunch of other songs using the same riddim. It originated on Alton Ellis's "I'm Still In Love With You". That was followed by "Calico Suit" by Mighty Two, Trinity's "Three Piece Suit", and then "Uptown Top Ranking". There were undoubtedly others around the same time. Big Youth, for whatever reason, released an answer song with some women called the Crissers, "Spanking Ranking". It was so lame that Althea and Donna let it die. It really was lame.

I'd been thinking about posting the song, and then a new reggae mix over at Funky 16 Corners nudged me with the inclusion of the song. There's sixteen songs in all, and each one I'm sure has a story behind it. Pretty sure.

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Listen:
Althea and Donna - Uptown Top Ranking mp3 at Eyeswings
Alton Ellis - I'm Still In Love With You mp3
at Stop Okay Go
Mighty Two - Calico Suit
(streaming) at YouTube
Triinity - Three Piece Suit (streaming) at YouTube
Big Youth and the Crissers - Spanking Ranking
(streaming) at YouTube
The Mix:
Summer of Soul Pt2 – DJ Prestige – Nice Up: Reggae Sevens
at Funky 16 Corners

Friday, July 7, 2017

BEST MACHINE IN TOWN

Oh, this sucker's rich. I suggest you listen to the song before viewing a video.Take it for what it is, without a notion of what they, Supermaz, look like. You're lucky in that regard. The first minute of exposure I had ended abruptly with the appearance of a key-tar. I slogged forward giving Supermax a longer rope, only because I like the name of the band. Then I happened on "Love Machine", Ohhh yeah. Equal measures of Kraftwerk and Bill Withers, with a little Isaac Hayes.

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Listen:
Supermax - Love Machine (streaming) at YouTube
Supermax - Love Machine (long version) (streaming) at YouTube 14 minutes
Video:
Supermax - Love Machine at YouTube

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

COOL ALBUM COVER TOO

Lee Morgan's "Sidewinder" is one of those songs that seems like you've heard it a million times, even though you may not have ever heard it. It swings. It's Blue Note bachleor pad jazz circa 1963. The home album ain't half bad either. Dig the cover version by Charlie Chalmers. It sounds like the Mar-keys doing jazz. Yeah baby.

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Listen:
Lee Morgan - Sidewinder mp3 at Groove Addict
Charlie Chalmers - Sidewinder mp3
at Groove Addict
The LP:
Lee Morgan - Sidewinder
(streaming) at YouTube

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

HER FAULT

Holy hell. I ran into a cover of "Just Dropped in (to See What Condition My Condition Was In)" by Bettye Lavette again. I was wondering, if it was the template for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings' version, was there a version that Lavette's was based on, other than the hit version that Kenny Rogers and the First Edition had in 1968? So, off I went, not suspecting what a rabbit hole that one song could turn into.

I didn't end up finding one that sounded like it was the source of the arrangement for Lavette's version, but, man, did I find a lot of other versions. It was "Just Dropped In" all over the place. Here's a bunch, but by no means all of them. First Lavette's version and Jones's version, because it's their fault.

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Listen:
Bettye Lavette - Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) mp3 at Soul Garage 1968
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - Just Dropped In mp3
at Passion of the Weiss 2004
Teddy Hill and The Southern Soul - I Just Dropped In
(streaming) at YouTube The first released version, 1967
Jerry Lee Lewis -  Just Dropped In
(streaming) at YouTube Post-Sun, 1968
Mickey Newbury - Just Dropped In 
(streaming) at YouTube Newbury wrote it. Dig the sitar. 1968
Kenny Rogers and the First Edition - Just Dropped In
(streaming) at YouTube The hit, 1968
Styvar Manor - Just Dropped In
(streaming) at YouTube Who are Styvar Manor? Who cares, it's got fuzz. 1970
Die Haut and Nick Cave - I Just Dropped In
(streaming) at YouTube 1988

Sunday, July 2, 2017

THE BEAT BEHIND AFROBEAT

Check it, Tony Allen, just chillin' in his flip flops and bunhuggers with the ol' lady, with that guy that's always lurking around in the background. Dude never goes home. Allen was the drummer that played behind Fela Kuti for years. To celebrate that chill shot above, here's three cuts. At the bottom is a link to a thing he did for Red Bull Academy about his early years, from first picking up the sticks to discovering Art Blakey's music, developing his own sound, and quitting his day job to go full time with Fela. The power of bunhuggers.

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Listen:
Tony Allen - Elewon Po (Too Many Prisoners) mp3 at Le Chic (?) Radio Edit
Tony Allen - Secret Agent mp3
at Honorama
Tony Allen - Jealousy mp3
at Dub Lab
Visit:
When Tony Allen Met Fela Kuti
at Red Bull Academy

Saturday, July 1, 2017

GIVE THE DUDE HIS DUE

The Testors are one of those bands that you should be familiar with, but I can almost be guarantee that most of you aren't. Beginning in 1975 and lasting through 1981, they played the same New York clubs that spawned Patti Smith, the Ramones, the Talking Heads, you know, the NYC A-list. Well, the Testors weren't on the A-list for whatever reason, hence the obscurity.

If you doubt the importance of the Testors, consider the lead singer/guitarist Sonny Vincent's post-Testors alliances. He followed the Testors with a series of other bands that included Bob Stinson (Replacements), Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys), Greg Norton (Hüsker Dü), Moe Tucker and Sterling Morrison (Velvet Underground), Captain Sensible (Damned), Scott Asheton (Stooges) Wayne Kramer (MC5), members of Rocket From the Crypt, and in his latest outfit, Sonny Vincent and Spite, Steve Mackay (Stooges), Rat Scabies (the Damned), and Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols). That's some CV. Took up a whole damn paragraph.

I'm sticking with the Testors stuff for now, but if you dig this stuff, just go to YouTube and search Sonny Vincent. There's tons of stuff representing most of the bands he was in, though most are audio only. I highly recommend the stuff with Spite. Dude still has it.

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Listen:
The Testors - Vol. 1, 1976-1977 at Killed By Death Six songs, go there to get them.
The Testors - Together, Time is Mine at Killed By Death Ditto.
Video:
The Testors - Rare 1977 footage at YouTube

Friday, June 30, 2017

JUST LOOK AT ALL THAT HAIR

I like Redd Kross, just fine. But not fine enough for me to go through all the unsorted records I have laying around to find my copy of Neurotica. Really, I know I had it, I never knowingly got rid of it, but it's probably been well over ten years since I last heard it. So I don't remember "Beautiful Bye-Byes". I heard a demo of it today I had no recollection of ever hearing it before. It sounded like an Imagine-era John Lennon demo with the Beach Boys singing back up, though that's probably because the demo quality gave it an unauthorized clandestine feel. I think I'll try to fool one of my Beatle freak friends.

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Listen:
Redd Kross - Beautiful Bye-Byes mp3 at Internet Archive
Redd Kross - Four other Neurotica demos at Internet Archive Note: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Thursday, June 29, 2017

BRIAN WILSON'S FIRST ROUND PICK

Here's some super slick pop shit (in a good way), well informed and all that jazz. Ten cuts of Wondermints over at the Vinyl Villain, with little blurbs about each one by someone way more studied than I am. 

This stuff may be too light for you. Try listening to "Tracy Hide" when you're exhausted. Or drunk. Or stoned. Or any other time you just feel like surrendering and letting your mind go blank.

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Listen:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

MISS THESE GUYS

The Beastie Boys are one of those bands I avoid going off about because they were around for so long, and had such a good track record that there's just too much to be said. Once you get started..., you know.

Earlier today I just happened to see the clip of them doing "Sabotage" on Letterman. Man, I gotta say, that clip holds up pretty damn well, considering it looked cool in 1994 and still does today. Good fucking screams in that one, right up there with the greats. After checking that out, I followed it with "I Want Some" which is pretty damn close to punk rock. 



Now here's the thing that sets the Beasties Boys apart. Check out the instrumental, "Son of Neckbone". Same band. No vocals, no samples, just groove. That's just insane the they could play both types of music without sacrificing authenticity, because they always did seem authentic if only because growing musically was their first priority. They were just playing their record collection, a collection that was good and varied. They could have followed "Licensed to Ill" with a half dozen records just like it and cleaned up, but they didn't. They started fucking with things right out of the gate.

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Listen:
Beastie Boys - Sabotage mp3 at Internet Archive
Beastie Boys - I Want Some mp3
at Internet Archive
Beastie Boys - Son of Neckbone mp3
at Internet Archive
A compilation:
Beastie Boys - Sounds of Silence
at Internet Archive 40 songs. Note: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

AND IT WON'T BE THE LAST TIME

When it comes to pointing you towards something good, even if I have posted it before, there's no shame in a periodic re-posting of something I consider essential, especially when it's not easy to find. Todays refresher is in the debut LP of Horace Andy on Studio One. Released in 1969, when Andy was eighteen and just a voice, before he came with associations, collaborators or otherwise. Just a kid with a voice. And it's on Studio One, perfectly situated. The label had it's own sound, by most accounts, the best in town. Regardless of what degree of significance you put on the early recordings of a reggae legend, or just a damn good record on a damn good label at the right time, any combination of Horace Andy and Studio One is something you need to hear.

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Listen:
Horace Andy - Skylarking mp3
at ATumblr (?)
The full LP:
Horace Andy - Skylarking
(streaming) at YouTube
Horace Andy - Skylarking
(download) at Global Grooves Click on the green download button, fill in the captcha, and you're gold baby. Note: you may have to do the captcha twice.
Visit:
Other Studio One posts
(scroll down)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

TRES VIVA TIRADO. SI.

Did you know that Augustus Pablo did a cover of "Viva Tirado"? I did not. Cool, I have an excuse to re-post El Chicano's version too. And the original by Gerald Wilson. What the heck.

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Listen:
El Chicano - Viva Tirado mp3 at Internet Archive
Augustus Pablo - Viva Tirado
(streaming) at YouTube
Gerald Wilson - Viva Tirado mp3
at Musica del Alma

Saturday, June 24, 2017

ADD THIS GUY

It's a wonder that J.J. Jackson's "But It's Alright" hasn't been covered a zillion times. The riff that opens it was practically made for loud crunchy guitar. On the record it's a jazz session guy. Not that it needs it, but I'd love to hear it with a little more meat. I did a cursory check for covers and found only bar bands and one by Huey Lewis and the News, who might as well be a bar band. Actually, it might be better that there hasn't been a really great cover of the song. It makes the original all more  the precious.

The two other songs "I Dig Girls" and "Boogaloo Baby" forced my hand. Fuck, here we go. Add to want list...

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Listen:
J.J. Jackson - But It's Alright mp3 at Joe T's Soda Shop
J.J. Jackson - I Dig Girls
(streaming) at YouTube
J.J. Jackson - Boogaloo Baby
(streaming) at YouTube

Thursday, June 22, 2017

HOWDY OLD FRIEND

Everybody has those records that they can't objectively evaluate because they have personal associations entwined with the music. That happens to me all the time. Is it good? What would it be like to hear it now, for the first time? Shit, I can't answer that. This wasn't old music when I heard it. And all that crap you listen to was years in the future. Where were we? The Heartbreakers' debut LP,  L.A.M.F., has been a friend for many years. There are many good associations with that one, long lasting friendships and reoccurring interactions. Chicken Soup Rock.

So, I can't be objective. I dig the originally released version. The one I ran across tonight was the "Lost '77 mixes". I can tell the difference a little, but I don't care. It's just good to hear them again. It's not just music on this one. It's like a club.

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Listen:
The Heartbreakers - Born To Lose mp3 at Internet Archive
The Heartbreakers - Do You Love Me mp3 at Internet Archive
The LP:
The Heartbreakers - L.A.M.F. The Lost '77 Mixes at Internet Archive Note: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files".

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

MOM, CAN I HAVE SOME MORE GRAVEL?

I haven't really done much more than briefly scan the backstory of the Cosmic Tones. There's an interview with one of them at Garage Hangover that I'll get to, but I had to post this first. Pre-Weird Science kids singing about building a woman in their bedroom. Everything about this one is low-budget in a good way. The real star of the show is the singer, who sounds like his voice just cracked earlier in the week but is bound and determined to get that Howlin' Wolf  thing down.

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Listen:
The Cosmic Tones - I'm Gonna Build Me a Woman (streaming) at YouTube

Monday, June 19, 2017

WE BAD

Talk about a faceless band. Can you name them without reading any further? I wouldn't have been able to, and it's just as likely I won't remember who they are if asked next week. It's total wallpaper up there. The foursome above is the American Breed who had a hit with "Bend Me, Shape Me". If you're into oldies, you've heard it a million times but chances are, you've never seen a photo of the American Breed. Oh, but you have, You saw them yesterday, but you don't remember. That faceless.

Scrounging around the old posts over at De Disco y Monstruos, I ran into their "Short Skirts" a topical throwaway save for the fuzz. And what a fuzz fest it is. Doesn't even sound like the same band, and they were both released in the same year, 1967. Go figure. Another oddball factoid, some or all of the members became Rufus, as in Chaka Kahn Rufus. Damn chameleons these guys.

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Listen:
The America Breed - Bend Me, Shape Me mp3 at Futurama
The American Breed - Short Skirts mp3 at De Disco y Monstuos

Sunday, June 18, 2017

200%? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

Here's a mixed bag of reggae cuts, a compilation called 200% Dynamite!, with all sorts of odds and ends. I'm not sure what the underlying theme is; it really is all over the place. Toots and the Maytals' "Funky Kingston" is probably the best known. There's a U Roy ("Tom Drunk"!), Augustus Pablo, a surprisingly funky cut from the Skatalites, Prince Buster, the Upsetters, Jackie Mittoo and a bunch of others. Check out the Abyssinians' "Mandela". That thing is stoney.

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Listen:
Augustus Pablo - Rockers Rock mp3 at Internet Archive
U Roy - Tom Drunk mp3
at Internet Archive
The Abyssinians - Mandela mp3
at Internet Archive
The whole LP:
200% Dynamite! - 17 tracks
at Internet Archive
Note: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Saturday, June 17, 2017

KNOW THIS DUDE

Larry Williams. If you don't know that name, you should. He was an early rocker, filling the void for Specialty Records when Little Richard went back his religious thing in 1957. His star rose and dimmed within the space of a few years, but it was long enough for him to be heard by the Beatles, who covered three of his songs ("Slow Down", Dizzy Miss Lizzy" and "Bad Boy") and the Stones ("She Said Yeah"). He did record later, but it was those early records that have been covered a million times. "Boney Moronie", for instance, was covered by Johnny Burnette, the Standells, Dick Dale and Bill Haley just to name a few. "Short Fat Fannie" was covered by Ronnie Self, Billy Preston and Little Richard. You get the idea. This is a guy you should be hep to.

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Listen:
Larry Williams - Bad Boy mp3 at Internet Archive
Larry Williams - She Said Yeah mp3 at Internet Archive
Larry Williams - Thirty one other songs at Internet Archive Note: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Friday, June 16, 2017

SHE OPENED HER EYES. WHAT WAS THIS RACKET?

Man, check that photo out. The 13th Floor Elevators playing for young lovers. Yowza. It's hard to believe that the man with the guitar, Roky Erickson, will soon be taking all the acid he can gobble up. That may be exaggerating, but he did his fair share and may already have been when that photo was taken.

Here's a collection of singles from the International Artists label that may leave you wondering. Back then, 1966, if a song was released as a single the record company usually had designs, or at least hopes, that it would become a hit. So why would you release a five minute cover of Dylan's "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" by a bunch of acid heads on a 45?

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Listen:
13th Floor Elevators - Reverbaration [sic] (Doubt) mp3
at Internet Archive
13th Floor Elevators - Fire Engine mp3
at Internet Archive
13th Floor Elevators - It's All Over Now Baby Blue mp3
at Internet Archive
Pre-Elevators:
The Spades - You're Gonna Miss Me
(streaming) at YouTube 1965 Erickson at age 18
The Compilation:
13th Floor Elevators - 7th Heaven: Music of the Spheres, The Complete Singles Collection
at Internet Archive Note: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Thursday, June 15, 2017

YESSIR, ROCKABILLY. SOMEONE TOLD US.

The earliest rockabilly band? That's a tough one. You would guess someone would have done sped up hillbilly with hiccupy vocals before Elvis, but who would be considered the first?  The Rockabilly Hall of Fame says "Sid King and his band were often credited as being the first to create, record and play rockabilly music...the first sounds of rock and roll" citing a date of 1952. I was unable to come up with anything that sounded like rockabilly by them that was that early. (Maybe that's the reason for the "were often credited". Blame it on someone else. Good job Rockabilly Hall, it was your job to make the definitive call and you lamed out.) King and his Five Strings did get loose by 1955, that much we can ascertain.

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Listen:
Sid King and the Five Strings - Sag, Drag and Fall mp3 at Rocky 52 1955
Sid King and the Five Strings - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight mp3 at Rocky 52 1956
Video:
Sid King and the Five Strings - Sag, Drag and Fall at YouTube