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. As long as I 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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Listen:

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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Listen:

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

OBSCURABILLY'S NOT DEAD

I never heard of Ric Cartey before today. I've listened to rockabilly for decades, read books and so on, and I still never heard of this guy, because rockabilly is just like other genres, surf, punk, garage, jazz, whatever. 90% of the fame and attention goes to 10% of the bands. It's probably more skewed than that, but the point is that there are an awful lot of might have beens. A lot of bands that will never be heard until they end up on some oddball compilation fifty years later. Even if their records are soaked in echo.

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Listen:
Ric Cartey - Scratching On My Screen mp3 at Rocky 52
Ric Cartey - Born to Love One Woman mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly

Sunday, August 27, 2017

THE LIGHT TOUCH OF IN YOUR FACE

I can't write anything while I'm listening to Bad Brains. They're too distracting, actually make that demanding. I'm gonna err on the side of my ears. This shit gets me ten kinds of riled up. If you have to read something, there's a link to an article posted elsewhere.

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Listen:
Bad Brains - Banned In DC mp3 at  Internet Archive
Bad Brains -Big Takeover mp3 at Internet Archive
The full LP:
Bad Brains - Bad Brains at Internet Archive Note: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"
Visit:
Band In D,C. at Wax Poetics Excellent profile.

Friday, August 25, 2017

THE HONEY-DO LIST STRIKES AGAIN

This sucker is so breezy I could just about vomit. Spring was a duo, Brian Wilson's wife Marilyn with her sister Diane Rovell. The song was produced by Brian Wilson, with assorted Beach Boys on backing vocals which is what keeps it on its breezy keel. The melody is partially borrowed from the Beach Boys' "Darlin'", so, yeah, there is more than enough indication that this never would have been committed to tape if it wasn't for their involvement. Spring's own vocals aren't the smoothest, which is oddly the one thing I like most about it. All the smooth stuff is done by the husband's band, the production, everything. Substandard (by Beach Boys standards) lead vocals keep it real. As real as it can be with one of the greatest producers of all time, and some of the best harmony vocals of all time, involved.

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Listen:
Spring - Thinkin' Bout You Baby mp3 at Don't Stay Up Too Late

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

RAW PATTI

I don't know how I came across this over at Aquarium Drunkard. It's from 2014 for crying out loud. Buried their old posts, a couple Patti Smith demos, "Redondo Beach" and "Distant Fingers". I've always liked "Redondo Beach". The version I knew was the one from her first LP. Most would call it reggae. Some would call it cod reggae. Some would call it Patti Smith. Some would who the fuck cares? As long as it sounds authentically Patti Smith, that's all I care about. I long ago decided to just dig it and quit the nitpicking. It's Patti fucking Smith.

The Patti Smith Group was not trying to pass their song off as Jamaican reggae. They knew the real thing. Right around this time guitarist Lenny Kaye had a record label, Mer Records. It was short lived and put out only a few releases. All but one of the releases were Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, or a combination of the two. That one that wasn't either of them was the American release of Jamaican DJ Tapper Zukie's Man Ah Warrior (repackaged with a cover photo by Robert Mapplethorpe). I went on over to YouTube tonight and streamed the Zukie LP. I have it somewhere but it's buried, so it was the first time I'd heard in in years. I forgot how laid back it was, and barren. Fuck yeah, good to hear you again old friend.

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Listen:
Patti Smith - Redondo Beach / Distant Fingers mp3s at Aqwuarium Drunkard Go there to get them.
Patti Smith - Redondo Beach (from Horses LP)
(streaming) at YouTube
Patti Smith - Distant Fingers (from Radio Ethiopia LP)
(streaming) at YouTube
Tapper Zukie - Man Ah Warrior (Side 1)
(streaming) at YouTube
Tapper Zukie - Man Ah Warrior (Side 2)
(streaming) at YouTube

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 (?)