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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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"