Sunday, June 30, 2013

BOSS MC5 CLIP

My friend Ray, otherwise known as The Guy Who Always Finds Cool Shit On YouTube was at it again today. This time, it's a mighty fine long clip (28 minutes) of the MC5. There's five songs that appear to be raw footage from an appearance on Beat Club, a German TV show, in 1972. Raw, in that they're playing in front of a blue screen, without all of the ridiculous effects that were usually added later. There's a few things that make this one cool, other than it being a good quality clip of the MC5. After "Kick Out the Jams", just before the second song "Ramblin' Rose", at 9:12 Wayne Kramer is seen doing a little primping. As Rob Tyner rubs his shoulders, Kramer responds, doing a little shadow boxing. Okay, not a big deal, but when was the last time you saw the MC5 in a candid moment? Okay, then, moving on, check Kramer, during "Ramblin' Rose" (at 9:51). Never mind his falsetto, or the purple ruffled shirt, check his moves, his pouts, hell, even his guitar face. It's fucking Prince. I'm not a Prince fiend by any stretch of the imagination (in fact, he's always kind of annoyed me), and I'm not suggesting that Prince saw a clip of Kramer and decide he'd cop his style, but the similarity is there.



There's a few other MC5 cuts below, including the early "One of the Guys". To round things out, two earlier versions of "Ramblin' Rose", and a semi-recent cover of "Kick Out The Jams" by Deep Street Soul, a soul funk outfit from Australia.

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Listen:
MC5 - Kick Out the Jams mp3 at Teenage Kicks USA
MC5 - Ramblin' Rose mp3 at Probe is Turning-On the People
MC5 - I Just Don't Know mp3 at Beware of the Blog
MC5 - Looking At You mp3 at The Rising Storm
MC5 - One of the Guys (early cut) mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Jerry Lee Lewis - Ramblin' Rose mp3 at Probe Is Turning On the People
Ted Taylor - Ramblin' Rose mp3 (via Box.com) at If There Is a Hell Below 1966. Note: At Box.com, click on the "Download" button in the top right
Deep Street Soul with Tia Hunter - Kick Out the Jams mp3 at Artmp3
Video:
MC5 - Ramblin' Rose (live 1970, at Wayne State University's Tartar Field, Detroit)
MC5 - Lookin' At You (live, same show as above)
MC5 - Kick Out the Jams (TV appearance) at YouTube
Visit:
The Rise and Fall of the MC5 at Perfect Sound Forever
MC5 Gateway - Extensive fan site

Saturday, June 29, 2013

LIKE THAT

There were tons of great R & B singers that came out of New Orleans in the late fifties and early sixties, and I'm pretty sure every last one of them worked with Allen Toussaint at one time or another. At least it seems that way. Chris Kenner was one of them and, like many of them, the partnership resulted in a couple hits for him. The first one was "I Like It Like That", later a hit for the Dave Clark Five, and the second, "Land of a Thousand Dances", a song he really cleaned up on with royalties. It became an even bigger hit for Wilson Pickett, and to a lesser degree Cannibal and the Headhunters, and Thee Midniters. But the song of his that I'm really digging on is "Cinderella". As usual, it's probably for the wrong reasons. One of the things I like about it is the repetitiveness of it. It allows you to be lulled into the groove. First it starts out a Mighty Hannibal type intro, then it veers towards Junior Walker "Shotgun" territory. But after it continues like that for a while, you realize that it's not really going anywhere. It just continues the same funky beat, with horns blaring, for the next couple minutes. What I really dig is the drummer getting a little flashy with the drum rolls every few measures. It sort of punctuates the song. You get the idea that he's sneaking them in. Though, it being a New Orleans thing, it could just be Earl Palmer behind the kit with a license to do just about anything he wants. I've no idea who produced it, but it was arranged by Eddie Bo, another New Orleans fixture, which explains a little of the repetitiveness. His big one "Pass the Hatchet" (under the name Roger and the Gypsies) was nothing if not repetitive."Sick and Tired" is early Kenner, from 1957. It rules. 

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Listen:
Chris Kenner - Cinderella mp3 at Second Line Social
Roger and the Gypsies - Pass the Hatchet (Pts 1 and 2) mp3 at A Terrible Blogger Is Born
Chris Kenner - Sick and Tired mp3 at The Dregs
Chris Kenner - I Like It Like That mp3 at Corey Barksdale

Thursday, June 27, 2013

REALLY, I CAN SING.

The more I learn about the about Bobby Lee Trammell, the more he just slays me. Not because he was some massive hot shit talent, though he was good. It's just the way he did things. The first thing I ever heard from him, I came away thinking, "well, that guy sure has a novel delivery", thinking that it was just the one song  Uh-uh. The second song I heard, dude's doing it again, but in a different way. Every subsequent song I've run across has something weird going on. It's like he's trying to jazz up a song by singing or doing something else off the wall. Like "Notice me!" (You gotta read the bio at The Hound Blog.) This guy is rich, as in almost endearing in his earnestness. In short, he was an aspiring country singer when he begged his way onto a Carl Perkins stage. Perkins suggested he try Sun Records. Sam Phillips says to come back later (Go 'way kid, you're buggin' me.) Undaunted, he headed west to Long Beach, CA, and proceeded to pull the same routine with Bobby Bare, who was playing at a carnival. Lefty Frizzell happened to be in the audience and helped him get a gig, Blah, blah, blah. He put out a bunch of 45s but nothing broke. He played the Louisiana Hayride and the booking agent referred to him as "downright vulgar" and "ten times worse than Elvis". (Oh, now you're listening.) Here's the biggee: he was banned on the Southern circuit because he destroyed Jerry Lee Lewis's piano (and lived to tell the tale). 

Listen to "New Dance In France". This was when he was trying to break through by donning a wig and calling himself the "First American Beatle". It's actually more like "the Second American Hasil Adkins". Oh, read the bio and the Hound. The first line is "Bobby Lee Trammell was crazy." Yep. Hook, line and sinker.

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Listen:
Bobby Lee Trammell - Hi Yo Silver mp3 at Crafton Reunion
Bobby Lee Trammell - You Mostest Girl mp3 at Classic 45s
Bobby Lee Trammell - It's All Your Fault mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Bobby Lee Trammell - New Dance in France mp3 at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Visit:
Bobby Lee Trammell at The Hound Blog
Bobby Lee Trammell at Wikipedia

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

TAKE A MOMENT

Nelson Mandela was put on life support today. It's not looking good. I assume most of you are familiar with him. If you aren't, you're ignorance is willful. In 1962 he was convicted of plotting to overthrow the government of South Africa. He did 27 years in prison. Within four years of his release in 1990, apartheid was abolished, he won the Nobel Peace Prize, and was elected President of South Africa. That's an amazing live in three sentences. Obviously it doesn't do him justice. Read up at the proper detailed profiles linked below.

In 1983, in the midst of a growing global movement demanding Mandela's release, Special AKA released "Free Nelson Mandela". It is as fitting a musical tribute as there is.

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Listen:
Special AKA - Free Nelson Mandela mp3 at Contort
Visit:
Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
Nelson Mandela at Wikipedia
Nelson Mandela at Biography.com
Africa National Congress

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

BOSS DIVERSION

Holy mother lovin' hell. I'm gonna be tied up tonight. I was just spot checking a few blogrolls and ran across a site I hadn't seen, Second Line Social. There's tons of real good music over there, heavy on the vocal stuff. Nice variety too: doo wop, R & B, Tejano, and some really good instrumentals. Each post has several 45s, all scratchy and shit. You know I'm all over that.

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Listen:
Mighty Hannibal - Trying to Make It Thru mp3 at Second Line Social
Hank Marr - Philly Dog '67 mp3 at Second Line Social
Bobby Marchan - Quit My Job mp3 at Second Line Social
Visit:
Second Line Social

Monday, June 24, 2013

BLUE, PERIOD.

Bobby Blue Bland died yesterday. He didn't play an instrument, and was fortunate to have good musicians behind him, but he had that voice. The arrangements were always big sounding, with a lot of stuff going on, but he cut right through it. Man, was he smooth. Sample a few of the cuts below. This is a guy who had designs on converting everybody, not just the blues crowd. He was blues, soul, gospel, R & B, country and just straight crooner all rolled into one. Jeez, listen to "Lead Me On" and you'll hear why there are some who compare him to Sinatra. His shit was smooth. 

“I’d like to be remembered as just a good old country boy that did his best to give us something to listen to and help them through a lot of sad moments, happy moments, whatever," Whatever, okay. I know what you mean.

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Listen:
Bobby Blue Bland - St. James Infirmary mp3 at 78s
Bobby Blue Bland - Lovin' Blues mp3 at Said the Gramophone
Bobby Blue Bland - Turn On Your Love Light mp3 at Corey Barksdale
Bobby Blue Bland - I Pity the Fool mp3 at Smiles Davis
Bobby Blue Bland - Lead Me On mp3 at Disclaimer Band
Bobby Blue Bland - Cry, Cry, Cry mp3 at AMPS
Bobby Blue Bland - Ain't No Love In the Heart of the City mp3
at Revenge of Rob Gordon
Video:
A Moment With Bobby Blue Bland at Vimeo
Visit:
Bobby Blue Bland at Wikipedia
Bobby Blue Bland - Obituary at the New York Times

Sunday, June 23, 2013

THAT TIME AGAIN

In need of some summer jams? Clumsy and Shy just posted five reggae songs, and, boy oh boy, they hit the spot. The first one is Sound Dimension's "Real Rock" the rhythm (riddim) source for a bunch of other reggae songs. Sound Dimension was the house band at Studio One. If you want to see how many songs have used "Real Rock", check the page at Riddim Guide. Keep in mind, all of the songs, all five or so pages of them, are based on one riddim.

The second song, Sister Nancy's "Bam Bam" is another Studio One selection. She was the first woman DJ. After that, a personal favorite, Althea and Donna's "Uptown Top Ranking", which just totally rules. I've had that record in my stacks for decades and I never tire of it. (Even if you've nabbed it before, go download this one, it's a far superior rip.) The next one is Susan Cadogan's "Hurt So Good", a real sweet and spacey trip, produced by Lee Perry. Love this one, it's all heavy and sweet at the same time. (Even cooler? Prior to a comeback, Cadagon worked as a librarian.) The last one is Willie Williams' "Armageddon Time", famously covered by the Clash. Recognize that riddim? Yes, it's "Real Rock". 

Each of these five songs has a reason to be heard. It's a great post from a great blog. Clumsy and Shy's taste and mine intersect a bit, enough for me to check out stuff that they post that I've never heard of. It's like they're over there, and I'm over here, and every once in a while we happen to be at the same party, in a manner of speaking. So dig around over there.

Nice and Easy (Summer Classics) Shuffle - Five choice reggae cuts at Clumsy and Shy
Again, the songs:
Sound Dimension - Real Rock
Sister Nancy - Bam Bam
Althea and Donna - Uptown Top Ranking
Susan Cadagon - Hurt So Good
Willie Williams - Armageddon Time

WHO'S GOT THE SMOKES?

Here's another great band photo, this one, the Chocolate Watch Band. Can you tell they liked the Stones? It was from that era, roughly '64-'67, when American bands were getting deep in hairy. There always seemed to be one holdout in a lot of these bands, the guy who thinks, "You guys go ahead. Grow your hair like Brian Jones. I'll be right over here in short hair land waiting for you when the fad dies". These guys, while definitely having a little Stones thing going on, did so with an eye on their stateside competition. They were on Tower Records,  home to the Standells, and some of Dave Allan and the Arrows stuff. The label was run by Ed Cobb who was known to write songs for his roster of bands, and often substituted studio musicians during recording sessions, including lead singers. So, who's playing on what? Good luck.

You really can't go wrong with any of the cuts below, but definitely check out "Are You Gonna Be There?", a slower sinister sounding one with a very cool solo. It's hosted at DivShare, so it's a couple extra clicks, but it's worth it. Once you get to DivShare, click on the green "Download" button, and scratch your head for fifteen seconds. When the button reappears, you're good to go.

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Listen:
Chocolate Watch Band - Are You Gonna Be There mp3 (via DivShare) at On The Flip Side
Chocolate Watch Band - Let's Talk About Girls mp3 at Planet Mondo
Chocolate Watch Band - Don't Need Your Lovin' mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Chocolate Watch Band - No Way Out mp3 (via DivShare) at On The Flip Side
Visit:
Chocolate Watch Band at Wikipedia
Chocolate Watch Band Official site

Friday, June 21, 2013

JAMES BURTON, AGE 17

Just look at that. That's a great rock 'n' roll photo, isn't it? It's Bob Luman, backed by James Kirkland on bass, and a seventeen year old James Burton on guitar. Yeah, seventeen. The same line up is below, a high quality clip from the film Carnival Rock. Check out Burton's playing, not just the solo. His fills are compact and spot on. Kirkland and Burton would go on to back Ricky Nelson. After Nelson, Burton was hot property. He's on, I don't know, something like half of the records ever recorded. Luman went country.



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Listen:
Bob Luman - In the Deep Dark Jungle mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Bob Luman - Red Cadillac and a Black Mustache mp3 at Razorland
Visit:
James Burton at Wikipedia His CV is mind blowing. Check it out.
James Kirkland - Lengthy interview at Art of Slap Bass
Luman, Kirkland and  Burton - Giant high resolution
uncropped version of photo above.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

SECOND STRINGERS RULE

I just realized, tomorrow is the first day of summer. So, here's some surf stuff. The first are a couple by Dave Myers and the Surftones, a band that were big in Southern California, but pretty much Joe Blows everywhere else. Myers was a folkie hanging out at the CafĂ© Frankenstein in Laguna Beach, before ditching the sandals and daddy-o schtick and going electric. He embedded himself deep enough in the surf circuit to take over the prime slot at the Harmony Park Ballroom when the house band, Dick Dale and the Deltones, had a night off. You wouldn't know it by the two below, which are slow burns, but he was a bit of a showman, picking with his teeth and playing behind his head, you know the typical stuff that doesn't add a thing to the music, but makes people think you're hot shit. 

The bonus here today is something I just ran into, the fruits of an unproductive Dave Myers search, one of those "just one more click" things when you're about ready to throw in the towel. (And, yes, I know you want to read about some asshole doing a web search.) I ran into a slew of great surf instrumental stuff at Big O. There's about forty in all, along with a couple period radio spots. There are a few things cool about this. It's all from vinyl, so you get your requisite pops, it's all individual mp3s so you can pick and choose, and most of it is pretty obscure. It's good, varied stuff, low on the hokum. Even you surf fiends should find something you haven't heard.

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Listen:
Dave Myers and the Surftones - Aquavelva mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Dave Myers and the Surftones - Driftin' mp3 at Shark Thang
The mother lode:
Surfer's Mood - Forty plus songs, all at Big O Archive (Roio) Go there to get 'em.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

CRASH COURSE

Here's a nice contrast and compare exercise for anyone not really sure what the Jamaican DJ or toaster actually does. The first thing you should know is that they don't actually play records. In a nutshell, they talk, shout, boast, comment, make fanciful noises, and throw in a few of there own personal catch phrases, basically just about everything vocal but sing, and they do it over records being played at sound systems. Jamaican sound systems were basically mobile discos. In the beginning (late fifties) they played rhythm and blues, later moving to ska, rocksteady, and reggae, as Jamaican music evolved. DJing started back with Count Machuki, credited by most as the first person to toast over Jamaican records. It was one of those serendipitous improvised moments of brilliance. He was just fucking around, killing time while the sound system operator Tom the Great Sebastian took a break, just throwing out stuff over the records being played. When the crowd dug it, he went home and started working on his rhymes. "If you dig my jive, you're cool and very much alive, Everybody all round town, Machukis' the reason why I shake it down, When it comes to jive, You can't whip him with no stick."  People went nuts, so in no time others followed suit.

Which brings me to the song "The Tide Is High" by the Paragons, recorded at Duke Reid's studio in 1967. Here's the original version, along with an early U Roy version, toasting over it sans lead vocal. You can hear that a good DJ adds flavor, and U Roy was one of the best. (Just for context, the antiseptic version by Blondie is down there too. They add no flavor.) If you listen to enough U Roy, you'll start to recognize his catch phrases, which made me think of the last one below, "D.J.'s Choice" by Dennis Alcapone. It's a bit of a novelty, in that the first verse name drops about eight or so DJ's, followed by one of their catch phrases. The song actually annoys me, but I'm that way about name dropping in songs. Regardless, it's a  DJ toasting about other DJs, so it's interesting.

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Listen:
The Paragons - The Tide Is High mp3 at Cubik Musik
U Roy - Tide Is High mp3 at A.Tumblr (?)
Blondie - The Tide Is High mp3 at Evil Vince
Dennis Alcapone - D.J.'s Choice (streaming) at YouTube
Visit:
DJ at Wikipedia
The Tide Is High at Wikipedia
More DJ stuff

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

THAT'S RIGHT, COOL.

Mose Allison might not be a familiar name to anyone who doesn't backtrack covers to check out the original versions. That said, any of you non-backtrackers that are into the Who or the Yardbirds would do well to check out the trio of songs posted at Funky Sixteen Corners. Included are the original versions of "I'm Not Talkin'" (covered by the Yardbirds) and "Young Man Blues" (covered by the Who) along with Allison's cover of Willie Dixon's "Seventh Son". Allison's originals may seem tame in comparison, but trust me on this, your cornucopia is big enough. Just for giggles, there's another Allison cover down there, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers' version of his "Parchman Farm".

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Listen:
Mose Allison - I'm Not Talkin', Young Man Blues, Seventh Son at Funky Sixteen Corners Go there to get them
The Yardbirds - I'm Not Talkin' mp3 at Yardbirds.us (?)
The Who - Young Man Blues mp3 at a.tumblr.com/tumblr (?)
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers - Parchman Farm mp3 at Scissor Soft

Monday, June 17, 2013

MEET JOOP OONK

The rundown on the Jay-Jays: They were Dutch, recorded '66-'68. Nothing in print. Last reissue was a CD compilation of their complete recorded works released ten years ago (relatively easy to find used online). Before I go off about what an unexpected surprise this stuff is, let me introduce you to them. There's Leo Bennink (who was also apparently in Electric Baby and Rene and His Alligators) on guitar, harmonica and vocals, Tjibbe Veeloo on rhythm guitar and vocals, Kees Kranenburg Jr. keeping the beat, and lastly, because his name is probably the best name I've ever heard in my life, Joop Oonk on bass.

"Shake It Some More" has a top shelf riff going, so I listened to it a bunch of times in a row. You could easily imagine someone doing a louder cover of it. Yeah, you guessed it. I was thinking the Nomads, but hell, I'll take a cover by the Lyres. The other song down there, "Cruncher", is the Jay-Jays telling the Lyres to sit the fuck down. It's a complete guitar drum freakout, and I'm not exaggerating. It's Link Wray, Duane Eddy, and Dave Allan rolled into one, with feedback and other whacked out showoff shit.

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Listen::
The Jay-Jays - Shake It Some More mp3 at Beware of the Blog
The Lyres - Shake It Some More mp3 at Beware of the Blog
The Jay-Jays - Cruncher mp3 at Rock Town Hall
The compilation:
The Jay-Jay's - Bald Headed Woman at TwighllightZone! 22 song compilation. Download link is in the comments. Pop-ups possible.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

HADACOLISM

Leave it to the Probe. I've mentioned Probe Is Turning-On the People several times in the past, and the latest post over there is a good example of why it's a stop on my rounds. The post is a thematic one, eighteen songs, all about Hadacol. If you didn't live in a dry county in the forties and fifties, there's a good chance you don't know what Hadacol is. It was a sold as a vitamin supplement, the sort of which would fix what ails you. But, despite the fact that the recommended dosage was one tablespoon, it was consumed a little more liberally. The reason why it was popular, why people swigged it and sang about it, was because it was 12 percent alcohol. And the stuff wasn't just marketed to adults, the elixir had a mascot in Captain Hadacol, with his own comic book, and redemption prizes that included squirt guns, roller skates and air rifles. Captain Hadacol's advice for parents: "Hadacolize your child's system, and watch those smiles all year 'round!" Yeah, uh-huh, sure. As soon as the parents get in front of the tube, the kids are chugging Havacol and wreaking ten kinds of havoc with that damn air rifle.



The mix is a good one, all sorts of stuff from the late forties through the early fifties, in all sorts of styles; including old timey, country and western, and rhythm and blues. Seems everybody had the Hadacol jones. Just imagine what the Probe's record collection is like, if he had eighteen Hadacol themed songs. Ho-ly shit. His site isn't the prettiest, and it's kind of a pain in the ass to navigate, but, but, but, there's a lot of really good music on it, and that's what keeps me going back.

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Listen:
Hadacol Time - 18 Songs at Probe Is Turning-On the People You may have to scroll down, it's Session 437. All 18 individual mp3s in a single zip.
Visit:
Captain Hadacol  at Savage Critics Good story, the comic book, and more music.
Hadacol at Wikipedia

Saturday, June 15, 2013

NOT EXACTLY WHAT WE MEANT

As if being ass deep in Jerry Lee Lewis month wasn't enough, Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban just posted a 38 minute collection of stuff by the Remains. You know them, right? Get out your copy of Nuggets, the one disc collection or the box. "Don't Look Back", that ring a bell? Really? Aw shit, okay, a thumbnail here: They were big, really big, in Boston, their hot shit years were '65-'66, they opened for the Beatles on their final tour, and they coulda shoulda woulda been huge, if only the world wasn't obsessed with that hairy band that they opened for.



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Listen:
The Remains - Why Do I Cry mp3 at DK Presents
The Remains - Time of Day mp3 at Tashian.com
The Remains - Once Before mp3 at Raven Sings the Blues
The Remains - Mix at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 38 minutes, one quick download. What are you looking at? Go over there and nab it.
Visit:
The Remains - Official site
The Remains at Wikipedia

REMINDER #247

When was the last time you actually sat down and listened to Big Joe Turner? Here's a handful of his that you should know. Lee Allen and Red Tyler on sax, at least on the first one. Pete Johnson on the piano on all of them. They sound good, so you should listen to them. Yes, they've been posted before, and, yes, I'm being lazy. Take a break from the funny haircuts. Get off my lawn and such.

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Listen:
Big Joe Turner - Honey Hush mp3 at Rockndog
Big Joe Turner - Shake, Rattle and Roll mp3 at Kiss Atlanta
Big Joe Turner - Well Alright mp3 at Probe is Turning-On the People
Big Joe Turner - Corrina Corrina mp3 at Boogie Woogie Flu
Big Joe Turner - Boogie Woogie Country Girl mp3 at Boogie Woogie Flu
Big Joe Turner - Sun Rising Blues mp3 at Jazzpla.net
Big Joe Turner - Chains of Love mp3 at Probe is Turning-On the People
Big Joe Turner and Pete Johnson - Roll 'em Pete mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Pete Johnson - Death Ray Boogie mp3
at AMRF
Lee Allen - Walkin' With Mr. Lee mp3
at Beware of the Blog
Johnny Burnette and the Rock n' Roll Trio - Honey Hush mp3 at RockinDog.com

Visit:
Big Joe Turner at Wikipedia

Thursday, June 13, 2013

WELL, LOOK WHO'S BACK

Ladies, single file. King Khan is back. After six years of getting his personal shit taken care of, he's got a new LP coming out at the end of summer. What's that you say? I know, new releases don't generally create excitement here, but this guy is one of the trusty goofballs that keep things interesting. How, you might ask? There's the music that, even if you knew nothing about him, speaks for itself. As good as his music is (and believe me, it passes muster here) there is the Lou Reed Incident. Quick back story: Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson had invited Khan and Co. to play at the Sydney Opera House. Reed and Anderson liked their set, and invited them to their rehearsal the next day.  Khan was sitting next to Reed after Reed had just finished singing a song (continued below video).



From an excellent interview at Rollo and Grady, here's the exciting conclusion, in Khan's words: "I looked at Lou, who was sitting right next to me, and I said, “Lou, that song was really great, but you got something on your sweater.” He looks down and I totally flick his nose, like, “Bam.” He looks up at me. I guess he couldn’t believe that I did that. I was like, “Gotcha.” [Laughs] His face! It was like an ancient turtle was bitten by a fucking mosquito or something like that. He just looked at me and said, “Please. Don’t ever do that again.”. Admit it, you want to party with this guy. Here's two of the new ones and assorted shake from a previous post.

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Listen:
King Khan and the Shrines - Born To Die mp3 at Nevver New
King Khan and the Shrines – Bite My Tongue at The Music FM New
Older Khan:
King Khan & the Shrines - Destroyer mp3 at Rollo & Grady
King Khan & the Shrines - Burnin' Inside mp3 at I Am Fuel, You Are Friends
King Khan & the Shrines - Outta Harms Way mp3 at KEXP
King Khan & the Shrines -Torture mp3 at AW Music
King Khan & the Shrines - Welfare Bread -mp3 at Quiet Color
Visit:
King Khan - Official site
King Khan - Interview and six more songs at Rollo and Grady
King Khan at Wikipedia

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

THIS PHOTO IS HOT

After posting a few by the Ikettes a couple days ago, I guess it's only fair to give boss man and boss lady Ike and Tina Turner some equal time. Not really, I just ran into a bunch of their early stuff and thought I'd better point you towards them before I forgot about it. These are pure rhythm and blues, as in early and raw. If you're just familiar with "Proud Mary" or "River Deep, Mountain High" or other later stuff, you're in for a treat. Tina's sounding pretty tough. Fiends take note: the hosting blog, Groove Addict, seems to really be into them, so there's a lot more, ten posts in all. So if you dig these, hightail it over there. I ran into a couple others by Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm too, the second of which, the decidedly unsquare "Square Dance", has some mean picking.


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Listen:
Ike and Tina Turner - Pretend mp3 at Groove Addict 
Ike and Tina Turner - Wake Up mp3 at Groove Addict 
Ike and Tina Turner - Stagger Lee and Billy mp3 at Groove Addict
Ike and Tina Turner - A Fool In Love mp3 at Groove Addict 
Ike and Tina Turner - A whole lot more at Groove Addict
Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm - The Rooster mp3 (via DivShare) at Gemini Spacecraft 
Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm - Square Dance mp3 (via DivShare) at Gemini Spacecraft

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

SONIC DEATH MONKEY

Wait a minute. Stand back. Har Mar Superstar has a song I totally dig. I'd long ago dismissed him as a kind of a joke and never really paid attention.  To me he was always a guy who'd been in various bands and then tricked out a new persona, the Har Mar thing, branding himself as sort of a half naked R&B and hip hop ladies man. Then, a funny thing happened. He got better. After hearing "Lady You Shot Me", I'm now paying attention. It's like that scene in High Fidelity where Jack Black's character sings Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On". I love these kind of surprises.



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Listen
Har Mar Superstar - Lady, You Shot Me mp3 at Music Savage
Har Mar Superstar - Prisoner mp3 at Co-Sign
Visit:
Har Mar Superstar at Wikipedia
Har Mar Superstar official site

Monday, June 10, 2013

HEY MATHIS, SCARED YET?

You've probably heard Dick Dale sing before, and Johnny Otis's "Willie and the Hand Jive", and the Clash's "Guns of Brixton", but there's a whole lot of curiosities in the mix below of wannabe crooners. Ever heard a Venture sing? An odd Cramps song with Ivy singing? Hugh "Grazin in the Grass" Maskela doing a cover of "I Wasn't Made For These Times"? They're all worth hearing, and they're individual mp3s (in a zip), so you can dump the ones you don't like. But, c'mon, you know you're curious. 

Here's a couple semi-related moonlighters. The Link Wray cut is all time. I love this song. It's a Jimmy Reed cover. Let it go to at least the :18 second mark if you want to hear some real guttural panting, followed by a tough sounding "yeah". It's vocal stink eye. But I dig the whole song, the raw production, the solo, the repetitiveness. All time, like I said.

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Listen:
Link Wray - Ain't the Lovin' You Baby mp3 at Archive.org
Duane Eddy - Guitar Star mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
The mix:
Mace and Grenades: Instrumentalists Sing at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 41 songs, in a zip

Sunday, June 9, 2013

WE QUIT

I've no clue where I first heard "I'm Blue" by the Ikettes. I do know that it was a long time ago and must have been in under favorable circumstances because it always brings about one of those deja cool feelings. You know, when you just sort of just sink into a song, like hanging with an old buddy. It's gotten to the point that I never play it myself because I'd rather be surprised unexpectedly. I ran into it today, and once again, it hit the spot. 

The Ikettes had several lineups, which isn't that surprising when you consider that they were most often found backing the squabbling Ike and Tina Turner. There were some issues regarding royalties as well, and they already had a decent amount of notoriety, so yeah, there were a few "later with you" moments among the thirty plus past Ikettes. A few left and went on to sing as the Mirettes. A couple, Clydie King and Venetta Fields, left to back Ray Charles and others, including the Stones (four cuts on Exile On Main St.). Claudia Lennear is another one, she sang behind Joe Cocker and Leon Russell among others, and had solo stuff. Bonnie Bramlett was the first white Ikette, and later, with husband Delany as Delaney and Bonnie, was the first white act on Stax.That's only about a fourth of them.

A heads up here. Check out the lead vocals on "Blue On Blue", vocal chord shredding commences on the second word. And dig on Clydie King's "The Thrill Is Gone". Someone was listening to Spector stuff and Pet Sounds.

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Listen:
The Ikettes - I'm Blue mp3 at (via Box.net) at Dusty Sevens
The Ikettes - Blue On Blue mp3 at The Beiderbecke Affair
The Ikettes - I'm So Thankful mp3 at Lil' Mikes
The Mirettes - To Love Somebody mp3 (via Kiwi6) at Just Press Play
Clydie King - The Thrill Is Gone mp3 at Art Decade
Video:
The Ikettes - Peaches 'n' Cream at YouTube
Visit:
The Ikettes at Wikipedia

Saturday, June 8, 2013

INSTRUMENTAL WHAT NOT

Aw, the good ol' days. When a band decided their groove was so good, they just kept it long and put it out as parts one and two on opposite sides of the same record. In this case, it could be that they pressed two different takes, because part one has fuzz guitar, part two does not. (What the hell?)  It's an Allen Toussaint production, on his Sansu label, and as far as I'm concerned he could get away with "Hot Tamale (Part 37)" and I'd still listen. The Prime Mates were led by Al Fayard, Toussaint's his former band mate in the Stokes, and there's a groove here that despite Toussaint's involvement, doesn't really have that New Orleans thing going, it sounds more like something from Packy Axton. With the rhythm section doing some serious plodding, coupled with he organ and chunka chunka rhythm guitar, it would make a boss reggae cover. Yeah, Jackie Mittoo, now that I think about it.

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Listen:
The Prime Mates - Hot Tamales (Pt 1) mp3 at Super Sonido
The Prime Mates - Hot Tamales (Pt 2) mp3 at Super Sonido (Go there to get it. Bottom of the post.)
Al Tousan (Allen Toussaint) - Cow Cow Blues mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 
The Martinis (w/Packy Axton) - Hung Over mp3 at Rare Funk On 45 

Friday, June 7, 2013

EPIC GIG MAN

Live albums are hit and miss, right? There's the overplayed dogs and the pedestrian disappointments, and then there's that tiny percentage that keeps us from dismissing all live LPs, the ones that capture an intensity that never made it to the studio. Jerry Lee Lewis' Live at the Star Club LP is one of those. Recorded with the Nashville Teens as a backing band, it's the Killer's determined "fuck you" and intimate "thank you" all wrapped into one ferocious 37 minute set. Really, critics and real people gush and slobber all over this stuff. A book has been written about it. It's regarded by every single person on this planet as one of the best live rock 'n' roll live LPs ever. Not really, it just seems like it. But it is intense, nothing pretty or half assed about it. You can imagine the wheels turning, "I don't care about that. I'm Jerry Lee and this is what I do."

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Listen:
Jerry Lee Lewis with the Nashville Teens - Whole Lotta Shakin' mp3 at DK Presents
Jerry Lee Lewis with the Nashville Teens - What I'd Say mp3 at Friend Feed-media.s3 (?)
Visit:
Jerry Lee Lewis with the Nashville Teens - Live at the Star Club at Wikipedia
Jerry Lee Lewis Month at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban

Thursday, June 6, 2013

AND THE LIST GETS LONGER

Man, I took a wrong turn at The Hound Blog last night, and I'm glad I did. I ran into the video below of Victoria Spivey, with the great Willie Dixon on bass. Now, I'm not going to sit here and pretend that, before last night, I knew anything about Spivey. I had never heard her name before. You know-it-alls pipe down, I'm trying to illustrate a point here. That is, that no matter how much music you've listened to, or how long you've been digging through back catalogs and artists associated with this person or that, there's always someone who will slip through the cracks. Victoria Spivey is my latest crack dwelling want list add on.



A quick look at cheater central tells me that she was born in 1907, and the video is from a UK TV program from 1963, so she was about 57 when it was filmed and there's a few things that I found striking. One is that she was a good looking 57 year old woman, something that she probably knows as evidenced by here multiple coy looks, winks and what not. Once I got past that, I noticed that besides having a pretty remarkable voice, she can really, really tickle the ivories. Yep, you know it, here we go again.

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Listen
Victoria Spivey - Moanin' the Blues mp3 at African African 1929
Victoria Spivey - Dope Head Blues mp3 at Tom Siler 1927
Victoria Spivey and the Chicago Four - Detroit Moan mp3 at Archive.org 1936
Visit:
Victoria Spivey - Profile and discography at Red Hot Jazz 
Victoria Spivey at Wikipedia

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

GO THERE

Jerry Lee Lewis. One of the most openly flawed and incendiary figures in this all consuming mess that has altered the lives and priorities of just about every one of us. Think about it, his role in early rock 'n' roll. Sure, Elvis had the ants in his pants that prevented him from being shown from the waist down. Jerry Lee was Elvis from the waist down. You'd be hard pressed to find someone in early rock 'n' roll that exhibited more publicly an I-don't-give-a-shit attitude. As influential and talented as his peers were, Jerry Lee Lewis brought the unashamed swagger.

When worlds collide.

He's the featured artist over at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban this month. If you're not familiar with the site, let's just say that the contributors are like a who's who of East Coast rock 'n' roll types. Debbie D from WFMU, the Hound, "Snidely Whiplash" from Probe Is Turning-On the People, and Kogar the Swinging Ape. Those are just the ones I could think of off the top of my head. There's good people over there, true believers, and a month of the Killer. (I apologize for overusing this phrase, but this time I really mean it) Fuck, yeah. 

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Listen:
Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire mp3 at Bousculade 1957
Jerry Lee Lewis - Lewis Boogie mp3 at iHow 1957
Jerry Lee Lewis - High School Confidential mp3 at Beware of the Blog 1958
Jerry Lee Lewis - Mexicali Rose mp3 at Beware of the Blog 1960
Jerry Lee Lewis - I Will Sail My Ship Alone mp3 at In Harms Way 1958
Jerry Lee Lewis with B.B. King - Before the Night Is Over mp3 at Cold Splinters 2007
Jerry Lee Lewis and Orion - Hello Josephine mp3 at Music Pop Hits 1961 (over dubbed in the 70s)
Jerry Lee Lewis mp3 - Roll Over Beethoven (Live) mp3 at AM Then FM
Jerry Lee Lewis - What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Live) mp3 at AM Then FM
Visit:
Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

SIR LORD, COUNT, KING, AND WHO?

Change of gears here. I ran into a Sir Lord Comic cut and had to point you to it. He was an early reggae DJ, back when there were very few, Count Machuki and King Stitt among them. Sir Lord, Count and King. That's a lot of royalty floating around in those names. Then U Roy waltzes in, and ruins the whole regal name streak (though he did record for Duke Reid). Where was I? Oh yeah, Sir Lord Comic. His stuff doesn't pop up online very often, so that's why he's down there. The rest are just a cross section of DJ stuff, reggae DJ stuff (if you don't know the difference here's a wiki thing). Some of it's been here before, but there are a couple other goodies I hadn't seen before, a Big Youth live cut from '74, and a very early U Roy, with the Tommy McCook and the Supersonics (gloriously scratched I might add). 

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Listen:
Sir Lord Comic - The Great Wuga Wuga mp3 at Dinosaur Gardens
Count Machuki - Pepper Pot mp3
at Planet Mondo
King Stitt & the Wailing Souls - Whitebread mp3 at Constant Pressure
U Roy - Flashing My Whip mp3 (via DivShare) at Black Gold with Tommy McCook!
U Roy - Runaway Girl mp3 at Tous les jours la grande chose
Scotty - Draw Your Breaks mp3 at La Grand Chose
Dillinger - Cocaine mp3 at Giant Panther
Big Youth - Cool Breeze mp3 at Le Blog de la Grande Chose
Big Youth - Santa Massa Gone Ya (Live) mp3 at Earmilk 
Dennis Alcapone - Cassius Clay mp3 at Reggae Top Site