Wednesday, May 25, 2016

IT'S A MAN'S MAN'S MAN'S DEPOT

What the hell, eight versions, or in Ice Cube's case variation, of James Brown's "It's A Man's Man's Man's World", including the original. Here's just a couple. Some are better than others. I'm digging on Sekouba Bambino's version. The Resident's take is kind of creepy, Grand Funk's is surprisingly not awful, and Ice Cube's is as catchy as it is explicit. A little fucked up though, that one.


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Listen:
Sekouba Bambino - It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World mp3 at Soul Donuts
James Brown - It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World mp3
at Soul Donuts
Six more versions of It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World
at Soul Donuts
Misc:
Large full version of JB's mugshot here

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

TOTALLY RAD

If you're not familiar with Moondog, a brief description would be of a musician, poet and composer. One who sold his wares on the street in New York City, was blind, homeless, and wore capes, sandals and a viking helmet. Yeah. "Just another freak" you say? Shut your jaded trap for a second and check out some outstanding shit.


Here, from a Kickstarter page for a documentary, all sorts of factoids wrapped up in one nifty blurb:

"Charlie Parker and Benny Goodman hung out with him. Philip Glass lived with him, Janis Joplin covered his music, Allen Ginsberg stuck it on his fridge, Diane Arbus took his picture and Andy Warhol’s mother designed one of his album covers. Merv Griffin interviewed him, Lenny Bruce shared the bill, ..."



And that's just the teaser. There's more than one good profile online, an excellent one to start with is the one at Priceonomics, a marketing site of all places. You can hear 2 1/2 hours of assorted audio at WFMU, or his eponymous LP from 1969. Assorted other goodies are down there too. I'm feasting over here.

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Listen:
Moondog - Dog Trop mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Moondog - Stomping Ground mp3
at Le Biglemoi
Moondog - Surf Session
(streaming) at YouTube
Janis Joplin -  All Is Loneliness (streaming) at YouTube Moondog cover
Full LP:
Moondog - Moondog (streaming) at YouTube Entire LP, 1969
The radio show:
Moondog special: Explorers Room with Flash Strap at WFMU 2 1/2 hours, streaming, May 19, 2016
Visit:
The Genius of Moondog, New York’s Homeless Composer at Priceonomics Excellent profile with song samples.
The Viking of 6th Ave - Kickstarter page
Moondog at Wikipedia

Monday, May 23, 2016

NICE DUDS GUYS

When you think about South African nusic, you don't usually think of pop music, or rock 'n' roll, made by whites. Shit, I can hear that at home. But, when I run across it, I have to check it out, if only to try to get inside their heads. Are they thinking that they're so good the world will notice? When the world is doing their damnedest to ignore the whole region, then still in the thick of apartheid. Or did they set more humble goals like "let's just be the best Beatles rip-off in all of South Africa"?  Still can't figure that out. 

Hear the Flames do their best Beatles-Stones-Spector all in one song. Birds of a Feather sound like they've been listening to the Kinks and Davie Allan. John E, Sharpe is just peeking in the garage.

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Listen:
The Flames - If You Think You're Groovy mp3 at Soul Safari
Birds of a Feather - Come On Up mp3 at Soul Safari
John E, Sharpe and the Squires The Flames - Yours For Picking mp3 at Soul Safari
The Flames - Don't Worry Bill
(streaming) at YouTube

Sunday, May 22, 2016

KENNY KAN'T SPELL

Looking for something by Kenny and the Kasuals, I ran across an old post at WFMU's Beware of the Blog, Songs the Woggles Taught Us, in other words, songs that the Woggles covered. These Woggle characters had some kinda taste. Nearly every one of the songs is top shelf killer. They range from Top 40, to deeper cuts from familiar artists, to the totally obscure, That WFMU's Debbie D. (now at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban) was able to track all of these down is an achievement in itself. Here's just a couple. There's over fifty. Yeah. GTFO, baby.

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Listen:
Kenny And The Kasuals - Journey To Tyme mp3
at Beware of the Blog
The Pretty Things - Buzz The Jerk mp3
at Beware of the Blog
The Jay Jays  - Shake It Some More mp3
at Beware of the Blog

Saturday, May 21, 2016

EVERYBODY FARTS

Bo Diddley is not beyond reproach, but I'm sure not going to slag him. Even his oddball, misguided, not the Bo we know stuff is, at the very least, interesting, sometimes comically so. Here's a couple from about five years apart, mid-sixties to 1970, "I Don't Like You" slays me. Not in a classic Bo Diddly way, but in a Bo Diddley just throwing spaghetti at the wall way.

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Listen:
Bo Diddley - I Don't Like You mp3 at Groove Addict
Bo Diddley - Ooh Baby mp3 at Groove Addict

Friday, May 20, 2016

AND SHE PLAYS TAMBOURINE WITH HER FOOT

I can't exactly figure out why, but I have a soft spot for Jessie Mae Hemphill that surpasses anything music related. Just her vibe. It might help that the first I heard time I her was on a Highwater Records 45, and I bought it because of the sleeve. Black and white, unremarkable, but with a photo that said "This is going to be good, weird, or both." Whatever it was, it wouldn't be run of the mill. It wasn't. Jessie Mae Hemphill was in.

Hemphill is an excellent guitarist, with a restrained singing style. Think Slim Harpo. But the hook was the tambourine. On some songs it's relentless. I dig it. These songs have appeared here before, I know. But this is for those who aren't familiar with Jessie Mae Hemphill, or maybe weren't in the mood the first time. I don't want to see people walk around like that.

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Listen:
Jessie Mae Hemphill - Standing In My Doorway Crying mp3
at Ghetto Session
Jessie Mae Hemphill - Honey Bee mp3
at Subverse

Jessie Mae Hemphill - Crawdad Hole mp3 at Tiny Cat Pants
Video:
Jessie Mae Hemphill - Train, Train at YouTube  So cool.
Visit:
Jessie Mae Hemphill at Wikipedia

Thursday, May 19, 2016

THE FIRST TWO MINUTES OF THE DEBUT RECORD

Let's play pretend. Pretend you're in a record store, you see a 45, looks like any other crudely done DIY thing. It's 1980 after all. What the hell, this looks as good as any. The debut record by a band you'd never heard of. You bite, you bring it it home, you blast the first few notes of it, and you know right then.

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Listen:
Girls at Our Best - Getting Nowhere Fast mp3 at Art Decade
Visit:

Girls at Our Best Fan site
Girls at Our Best at Wikipedia

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

YOU GUYS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE TONIGHT

You gotta like Augie Garcia. Well, your criteria might be different, but I gotta like Augie Garcia. For starters, early in his career he decided his professional attire would include shorts. Year round.  In Minnesota. What a nut. The even better factoid is that he once opened for Elvis, and following his performance, after playing only two songs, he and his family all left before Elvis played.



Sometime referred to as the godfather of Minnesota rock 'n' roll, it would be hard to argue. He was right there on the cusp, when rhythm and blues begat rock 'n' roll. Wailing, honkin', skin bashing, meat and potatoes rock 'n' roll. Wearing shorts and splittin' the scene.

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Listen:
Augie Garcia - Hi Yo Silver mp3 at Rocky 52
Augie Garcia - Going to Chicago mp3
at Rocky 52
Augie Garcia - Ivy League Baby mp3
at Rocky 52
Augie Garcia - Let the Good Times Roll mp3
at Rocky 52
Augie Garcia - I'm All Through With You
(streaming) at YouTube
Visit:

Monday, May 16, 2016

CRAM SESSION NIGHT

Oh jeez, here we go again. Another random click turned into a another rabbit hole. No big suprise there. What was surprising is that it lead to a subculture in Australia that I'd never known about. It started at an old post at Rising Storm with a couple cuts by Coloured Balls, an Australian band that was apparently a favorite of the sharpies. Who or what are the sharpies? We'll get to that in a second. First, about the band. The first song I heard was "Won't You Make Up Your Mind", a rapid and raw minute and a half of punk rock. Except it wasn't, not then anyway. Check it out and consider the vintage, 1973. Punk rock of the late seventies was still a good three years away, but these guys were ripping. They looked like some weird hybrid of mods, skinheads and Slade, and they were getting the sharpies all riled up. Interesting enough to go digging.


The photo above is one of about three or four posed shots that I was able to find. That it was about the best tells you just how slim the pickins were. I kept looking, and all Coloured Balls leads ended up going to mentions on pages about sharpies. The sharpies also looked like some weird hybrid of mods, skinhead and Slade. And they had a funny dance (see sharpies dance here). As I am just now learning about the sharpies, I'm not going to bullshit you like I know what I'm talking about. Rather, I'll just direct you to the links I ran into and let you figure it out.

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Listen:
Coloured Balls - Won't You Make Up Your Mind mp3 at Rising Storm
Coloured Balls - Heavy Metal Kids
(streaming) at YouTube
Coloured Balls - Won't You Make Up Your Mind mp3
at Rising Storm Go there to get it
The Full LP
Coloured Balls - Ball Power
(streaming) at YouTube 1973
Video:
Coloured Balls - The Devil's Disciple
at YouTube
Coloured Balls - Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On
at YouTube
Melbourne Sharpies
at YouTube The dance at 2:25
Visit:
Sharpies
at Perfect Sound Forever
Skins 'n' Sharps
Sharpies
at Wikipedia
How a Teenage Sharpie Girl found Rock ‘n’ Roll Salvation in the Church of the Coloured Balls at Shoot Farken

Sunday, May 15, 2016

COOL PHOTO BUG OUT

A wicked cool photo of John Lee Hooker and all twelve tracks of his 1959 LP I'm John Lee Hooker. Why mess that up with a bunch of jabbering?

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Listen:
John Lee Hooker - Hobo Blues mp3 at Internet Archive
John Lee Hooker - Crawling King Snake mp3 at Internet Archive
The LP:
John Lee Hooker - I'm John Lee Hooker at Internet Archive Note: Click on VBR MP3 for the whole shooting match.
Extra:
Larger version of above photo

Saturday, May 14, 2016

EVEN HIS ALL TIME WORST WOULD BE GOOD

Everyone who has favorite musicians has favorite songs by those favorite musicians. When people post their "all time" sort of list, you usually assume that they have heard more of the particular artist than you have, or at least enough to present a case. Whatever, it's all subjective, and even if they're not your particular favorites, they're usually good and may include songs you haven't heard or songs you may want to reconsider. Among the old posts at Soul Donuts is an "All Time Top Five" of John Coltrane. Who am I to argue?

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Listen:
John Coltrane - Acknowledgement mp3 at Get The Curse (?)
John Coltrane - Resolution mp3
at The Gio (?)

All Time Top 5 - Coltrane in the Cold Rain at Soul Donuts

Friday, May 13, 2016

THOSE OLDIES BUT GOODIES REMIND ME OF YOU

The 1989 debut LP. You're three songs in and getting a feeling about what this band is all about. It's make or break. The fourth song, if it sucks, could leave a permanent impression, at the very least being that the band is all too eager to bring things down a notch. If the fourth song is good, it might just lead to a band that stays in your peripheral aural orbit for years to come. The first two songs below were the fourth songs on the debut LPs by Nirvana and Mudhoney. They got played a fuckload back then.

1989 was a good year for music in general. All the crappy new wave was dying down. College radio was happening, and home taping. Probably the most significant thing, and one that is often ignored, is the mix tape culture. It was exploding. Everybody could make a compilation. That had been the case for years, but never with the combination of the varied playlists of college radio, the independent labels, boom boxes and the ease of recording. Who didn't make mix tapes?

Public Enemy is down there just because 1989 was also the year of "Fight the Power" and it's an awesome song, and belies the thing about varied playlists. It's also a segue to what got me distracted tonight, an old post at Adios Lounge featuring thirteen songs from 1989, with Flat Duo Jets, Fugazi, Beasties, you get the idea.

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Listen:
Nirvana - School mp3 at Adios Lounge
Mudhoney - You Got It mp3
at Adios Lounge
Public Enemy - Fight the Power mp3
at Adios Lounge
Ten more from '89
at Adios Lounge

Thursday, May 12, 2016

IT'S GETTING TANGLED IN HERE

Here we go again. A check of the latest over at Groove Addict netted a Jamo Thomas song I hadn't heard, which isn't surprising because I've only heard a handful of his songs, notably "(I Spy For the) FBI", That one was covered by the Untouchables back in the eighties or nineties, I forget exactly when. All that later psuedo-ska stuff, second or third wave, whatever it is, is a blur to me, with few exceptions. One exception is the Untouchables' "Mandingo", not as much for the song itself (which is above average for a later ska band), but the lyrics. In short, Mandingo is like the badass of the century. Neat.

So, the Jamo Thomas song just posted was "Must I Holler", a release on Chess. He was on all sorts of labels, Chess being just one of them. Most were lesser known labels, at least one of them a Mom and Pop type operation. Here's the topper. Right after the Jamo Thomas post, Groove Addict posted Luther Ingram and the G-Men's version of "(I Spy For the) FBI". Yeesh. Further digging elsewhere popped up an early cut by the Party Brothers that was produced by Jamo Thomas, who may or may not be the singer on the track. You see where this is going. All over the damn place. Solo from here.

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Listen:
Jamo Thomas - Must I Holler mp3 at Groove Addict
The Untouchables - Mandingo (streaming) at YouTube
Luther Ingram and the G-Men - (I Spy For the) FBI at Groove Addict Go there to get it.
The Party Brothers - Let Me Be the One mp3 at Sir Shamblings Note A few audible beeps are heard to discourage reproduction.
Video:
Jamo Thomas - (I Spy For the) FBI at YouTube
The Untouchables - (I Spy For the) FBI at YouTube

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

OR ELSE WHAT?

As if you need another good reason to dig around in old links, here's three, all found at Rising Storm. The updates over there have been slow in coming, but there's so much good stuff in the old posts, you won't get to all of it for a while anyway. There are two old posts there, from three years ago, both featuring Bay Area bands from the sixties, neither band having had any records out back when they existed, and both having unreleased recordings in the can when they split up. And both could be thought of as some sort of psyche, maybe not. That term gets thrown around a lot. Which brings up a personal grudge. Back when Public Nuisance had their first posthumous release a few years ago, Mojo magazine referred to them as something like the unheard San Jose version of the Stooges. I forget what else they said, but they laid it on thick. Enough so that I went out and bought it, without hearing them. And without seeing that image above. That alone would tell me that they weren't any sort of any version of the Stooges, They look more like the Monkees. That's not to say that they aren't good. They're excellent. But when you're expecting Stooges...

I's not sure what to think of Crystal Ship, so I won't bother much with them. There is a tweaked guitar solo with weird chord changes in "In Your Mind", but those vocals don't do much for me, nor do the lyrics. But the consolation for you: Los Macs, an unrelated band on another post. Oh yeah, now we're getting a little wacked. Mojo would call their "El Amor Despues de Los Veinte Ano" the Chilean Revolver or Sgt. Peppers. Whatever, no matter how derivative, it sounds good. And when was the last time you heard psych from Chile? What? This morning? Aw, go to hell.

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Listen:
Public Nuisance - Magical Music Box mp3 at Rising Storm Plus one more
Crystal Ship - In My Mind  mp3
at Rising Storm Plus one more
Los Macs - El Amor Despues de Los Veinte Ano mp3
at Rising Storm Plus one more

Monday, May 9, 2016

WHO AM I TO ARGUE?

Just look at that would you? Does it get better? The one-two punch package/product combo. Fucking amazing. That's the kind of mood I'm in right now. I got on a Miles tack tonight, that started with listening to eden ahbez's stuff on YouTube. Trippy dude there. That lead to Miles Davis's version of "Nature Boy" (which is, as one would expect, awesome). Then I remembered that Rubber City Review recently had a post with the host's favorite ten Miles Davis songs with the reasons why and the stories behind them.


That's not even the best part. The guy is a fiend, and he describes his path to fiendom and really lets you know exactly where he's coming from. Way more studied than me, or you for that matter. He's the record shop guy, 2016. He just posted snippets of the songs, but they're all roughly three minutes long, where some of the songs are over ten minutes long in their entirety. But there's ten of them and a lot of info, laid out by someone who knows more about Miles Davis than you or I. Maybe not you. Let me know when you post your top ten.

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Listen:
Eden Ahbez - Full Moon (streaming) at YouTube Like, dig, man.
Miles Davis - Nature boy
(streaming) at YouTube
The guy's list:
10 by Miles Davis
at Rubber City Review

Sunday, May 8, 2016

COLE THE GATEWAY

Today is Mothers Day in the U.S., a day we thank our Moms for all of their sacrifices and love and what not, with varying degrees of heartfelt mushiness. My Mom passed away several years ago, and I miss being able to pick up the phone, call her, and then hang up knowing that everything is all right. No matter how old I was, when I was sick, I'd call her to get advice. It wasn't always the correct advice, but coming from her, it always made me feel better. Just a year or so before she passed away, she did what she had never done before. She turned me on to a song. It was "Nature Boy" by Nat King Cole. The song was written by eden ahbez, whose name I won't capitalize because he didn't. ahbez was a hippie before there was such a thing. Long hair, beard, vegetarian diet, nature loving, the works. He walked across the country something like eight times, and hardly ever had a fixed address. And this was in the forties.

ahbez, bottom center, and friends. Band rider: watermelon


In 1947 ahbez went to Hollywood to pitch the song to Nat King Cole, handing the words and music through a stage door to be passed on to him. His sister-in-law in a 1977 L.A. Times article said he picked Cole because he liked the gentleness of his voice. It's an interesting story, about the song and ahbez, and there's a a couple links below for those inclined. The reason why I picked this song today is because it makes me think of my Mom every time I hear it. I wrote about the first time I saw her listen to it in an earlier post, and one of the things that struck me is how she seemed taken to another place when she was listening to it. With this faraway look, she sang along to it. Fast forward to about a year ago. I was in the alley, taking something out of the garage when a old codger is walking by. It was cloudy and a little chilly out.  I muttered something like "Nice day, huh?" and he answered "I'm all bundled up, and look at you, a barefoot nature boy." Then I asked if he knew the song, and he paused, and with that same faraway look that my Mom had had, started singing the song, right there in the middle of the alley.

"This is how we play it back in the hut." abhez and Sinatra, 1948


The song really does have that effect. It's not of this world any more today than it was when it was written, in 1947. There's something about it, and once you hear it, you might find yourself taken enough to pause, particularly if you hear it by chance. Here's a few versions. Some have been posted before, my favorite being Etta Jones's. Bowie did a pretty dynamic version that I had not heard until recently, and there's a link below to a version by the Real Group. I don't know who they are, and I'm not usually down with accapella anything, but they do an extraordinary version.

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Listen:
Nat King Cole - Nature Boy mp3 at Los Sueños de la Razón (?)
David Bowie - Nature Boy mp3
at Moulin 1 (?)
Etta Jones - Nature Boy mp3
at Office Naps
Two other versions of Nature Boy mp3
at Office Naps
eden ahbez - Topago mp3 at Office Naps
Video:
The Real Group - Nature Boy
at YouTube
Visit
eden ahbez and Nature Boy
at Songbook
eden abhez
at Wikipedia

Saturday, May 7, 2016

MOONLIGHTING

Marcia Griffiths is generally thought of as a reggae singer, and she is, but she's done her fair share of stuff with little or no reggae influence at all, some of it really awesome. One such side is her cover of Al Green's "Here I Am", one that would make Isaac Hayes proud, if it was three times longer. As it is, at four minutes, there is ample time to get in a groove. The laid back wah-wah is a nice touch.

Check the others too, in her more recognized role. She's so smooth. I'm really digging that last one, a later thing with Lady G, whom I suppose I should know, but most post-eighties reggae is a blur to me anyway.

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Listen:
Marcia Griffiths - Here I Am mp3 at Foe Weel
Al Green - Here I Am mp3
at  Joe Troiano
Bob and Marcia - Young, Gifted and Black mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Marcia Griffiths - Feel Like Jumping mp3
at Pixie Radio
Marcia Griffiths - Let Me Hold You Tight mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Marcia Griffiths & Lady G. - Really Together Riddim - Buzzin Bashment mp3
at Dancehall Music Title as found.

Friday, May 6, 2016

EPIC POST (ELSEWHERE)

I just landed on Soul Donuts for the first time a few days ago, and I've gone back a half dozen times since. It started with a hunt for Fela stuff. Now I'm just fuckin' lost. There's so much, it's overwhelming. Here's just a handful, from a Best of 2015 post. There's over thirty songs and about two dozen videos in all. And that's just one post.

The songs are varied in style and after sampling about half of them. two things seem evident. One is the real or imagined influence of the Daptone mob. There's more than a few sound-alikes. The other thing evident is that smooth seventies type soul is back, in a big way. Though it lacks the grit and grunts of the more ass shaking variety, it grows on you. I'm not a softy, but take it from me, Isaac Hayes and Marvin Gaye are gateways.

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Listen:
Soul Surfers - Astra mp3 at Soul Donuts
Soul Motivators - Street Level mp3
at Soul Donuts
Soul Investigators - Vultures Prayer mp3
at Soul Donuts
The Mighty Mocambos - B Boys Suite in b Flat Minor mp3
at Soul Donuts
Monophonics - Promises mp3
at Soul Donuts
Visit:
Soul Donuts

Thursday, May 5, 2016

JAM BAND? YEAH, SURE. WHERE DO WE SET UP?

A thirty six minute version of "Sister Ray", live, excellent quality, 1969. The photo above is earlier, but it's a cool photo. One blonde reason why. Sue me. Anyway, if you dig "Sister Ray" at it's most Sister Ray-ish, you'll like this version. Some of you might hate it. Again, sue me.

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Listen:
Velvet Underground - Sister Ray mp3 (Live, 1969) (via Box.net) at Across the Kitchen Table  Once at Box.net, click on the blue "Download (*84.5 MB)" in the top right. That's right, 84.5 MB. Quite the commitment. You can always click the streaming doohickey and listen to it while you work on your spreadsheets.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

KARA KEEPS IT LIT

She's still at it folks. Kara, the young guitarist mentioned back in December then doing Freddie King covers, is back again on her guitar teacher's YouTube channel, tackling Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign". King's original happens to be a favorite of mine, after one spin back in the day making Cream's cover completely irrelevant. Back then, you'd be hard pressed to find a young guitarist drawing from King's version, which makes Kara's go at it all the more endearing. It's 2016, for crying out loud. Most of her friends are probably already obsessed with their phones.


Kara is something like ten years old. I'd have to go back and look at her earlier videos, but I think she's been taking lessons for roughly three years. That's practically a third of her life. Think about what the distractions must be like for a kid that age growing up today. Sticking with any interest for three years is a major achievement, and interest that few of your friends share? How can you not be a fan?

My hat's off to Kara, her guitar teacher, Michael Stevens, her dad Beau, who is also taking lessons, and her entire family, for being supportive and instilling a love for music that, thanks to young musicians like Kara, will carry on at least one more generation.

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Listen:
Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign mp3 at Feel Good Playlists
Cream - Born Under a Bad Sign mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Albert King - Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven mp3 at Passion of the Weiss
Albert King - Crosscut Saw mp3 at  Madison AMPS
Video:
Kara and her Dad - Unchained Melody at YouTube Three years ago, just getting wheels. Amazing progress, no? Watch it until the end. If it doesn't produce a smile, you've no heart.
More of Stevens's student videos at You Tube and some of the teach himself

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

THIS GUY

Fela, again, four tunes I hadn't heard. This is not one of my "what the hell, get in and get out" posts. This is one of those "because Fela on his worst day is better than, you know, that crap you listened to earlier today" posts. Dig it.

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Listen:
Fela Kuti - Mistake mp3 at Soul Doughnuts
Fela Kuti and Roy Ayers - 2000 Blacks Got To Be Free mp3 at Soul Doughnuts
Fela Kuti - Two more cuts, both early at Soul Doughnuts
For the locker:
High resolution version of above photo
More:
Older Fela posts Scroll down this page

Monday, May 2, 2016

I CAN HEAR IT NOW, "HEATHEN!!"

To any of you who have heard the Flamin' Groovies and don't know what the fuss is about, you're thinking about it too much. If you are one of them, you've no doubt read some things that praise them, unashamedly gushing. People that write that stuff are likely thinking about it too much as well. But take it from an original doubter, they'll grow on you.

As for any descriptions of them as the American version of the Stones, check "Slow Death". Although it's an adequate production job by Dave Edmunds, imagine that in the hands of Jimmy Miller. In that era too, 1972, Miller had just produced "Exile On Main St." Then again, a viewing of the Groovies in '72 doing "Roll Over Beethoven" isn't exactly fortifying my case. And therein lies the Groovies downfall. Quality control. Some really really good stuff sprinkled throughout, but not without its accompanying bar band dreck. There, I've said it.
 
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Listen
Flamin' Groovies - Slow Death mp3 at Bedazzled If the song link doesn't work, go there and right click
Flamin' Groovies - Headed For the Texas Border mp3
at Music Like Dirt
Flamin' Groovies - Three more 45 sides
at Bedazzled
The Counterpoint:
Flamin' Groovies - Roll Over Beethoven
at YouTube Damning

Sunday, May 1, 2016

MUST ONE GUZZLE TO BE A SURFER?

That photo above provided tonight's distraction. It's Eddie Bertrand, of Eddie and the Showmen, a Southern California surf band. He's at a party at Richard Delvy's house. Delvy was the drummer for the Challengers, another surf band. I think the girl in the photo is Kathy Marshall, the so-called "Queen of the Surf Guitar". Though there are supposedly a couple of known recordings of Marshall, nothing has ever been released so we'll never know. But who's to argue? I mean, how many girl surf guitarists were there? And she did play live, with the Showmen backing her.

Greg Noll shows how it's done. Late fifties.
 
I wasn't able to find anything by Eddie and the Showmen either, other than stuff on YouTube. So, as consolation, there's a link to a bunch of surf obscuros. There may be a handful of bands that you recognize, but there's a whole lot of no hit wonders. It's been posted before, but how many of you have heard them all anyway? There's somewhere between forty and fifty of them (a few links are dead). Some are so-so, but some are seriously tweaked. Shit, the song titles and band names alone are worth a look.

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Listen:
Eddie and the Showmen - Squad Car (streaming) at YouTube
The Challengers - Surf Beat (Full LP streaming) at YouTube
The big bag:
A Surfer's Mood - Compiled by Phillip Cohen at Big O Dozens of individual obscure surf mp3s.
Visit:
Kathy Marshall at Real Live Sound

Saturday, April 30, 2016

DEMOLITION DERBY ROCK

After spending an hour of watching videos of demolition derby races, which I might add was an excellent use of time, I went in search of a soundtrack. My first thought was Flipper's "Sex Bomb", but that was too easy. Maybe okay for regular demolition derbies, but I'd been watching demolition derbies with large vans and buses, and the harder stuff, caravan races with trailers. Those were the best. Total vehicular carnage. Like a chain fight on wheels. Nope, I needed something less obvious than "Sex Bomb". Let's see what Sonic Youth has cooking. Contrary to my usual method of finding music, I headed straight to their official site.


What's this? A new Sonic Youth LP of unreleased instrumental demos from '86? Okay, I sampled one song and it might as well have been Eno for what I needed. Stopped long enough to check out their mp3 page, and there's some interesting stuff. Their first release, backwards. Okay, but that still doesn't say "smash 'em up" to me. On to the live stuff. Quite a bit of feedback and what have you. Ordinarily that would have claimed more of my time. Really, it's the take away for tonight if you haven't been watching demolition derby videos. But, I was on a mission, and that was to find something that captured the intensity of the playful, stupid as brilliant, destruction I'd seen. I just cut to the chase and watched Einstürzende Neubauten, circa 1983. Yeah, early. It did more than hit the spot. Smashed it all to hell.

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Listen:
Flipper - Sex Bomb mp3 at Sergey Khabaroff's Holiday Songs (?)
Sonic Youth - Eric's Trip (Live 1990) mp3 at Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth - Theme with Noise (streaming) at Spinhead Sessions
Sonic Youth - More mp3s at Sonic Youth Some good stuff 
Video:
Einstürzende Neubauten - Autobahn at Vimeo 1983

Friday, April 29, 2016

COOLPEDIA

Fu-huck. Groove Addict lays it down yet again. No surprise there. Nearly every one of their posts is worthy of a visit. Very simple and straight forward, a zipped LP with album credits, and an mp3. I know, that sounds like just a download site. It would be if the posts had dogs among them. But Groove Addict doesn't do dogs, just awesome stuff, and manages to do it with very little additional copy, just the credits. That's more than ample. Think about it, if you're really into learning about the music you're listening to, you need some sort of reference. Album credits and liner notes, for some of us, are essential to getting to the next level, beyond just the aural fix. You know. "Where can I track down more if this awesome shit?" Again, that wouldn't matter at all if the music sucked. But, Groove Addict delivers time after time, heavy on jazz (this side of mod), soul and other popcorn type stuff. Another good thing: if you're unfamiliar with a particular selection, which you may well be, there's more to soak in.

This recent post is a great example of how it works over there. "Big" John Patton? Never heard of him. But I have now. "Hot Sauce", the single song sample had me intrigued. A swinging seven minute instrumental with ample space for multiple solos. Organ, sax and guitar. Check those credits. It's that Rudy Van Gelder again. He pops up as engineer on a lot of cool jazz. Grant Green on guitar, another name I recognize from other posts on the site. See where I'm going? As if that weren't enough, each post has "You might also like" thumbnail links to other posts, usually including one or more from the same artist. Groove Addict educates, in a subtle way, with impeccable taste and genre specific variety.

Here's just two. The aforementioned "Hot Sauce" and "Boogaloo Boogie", that one because it has a seriously tweaked sax solo (at 4:00). There's a lot more Patton over there, at least eight LPs worth, each with a sample song. Poke around while you're at it, You just might learn a thing or two.

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Listen: 
John Patton - Hot Sauce mp3 at Groove Addict
John Patton - Boogaloo Boogie mp3
at Groove Addict
More Patton
at Groove Addict Scroll down.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

SO THAT'S WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE

If you've never heard the Soul Survivors' "Expressway to Your Heart", you should. Textbook one hit wonder, soul edition. If you have heard it, even if you've heard it hundreds of times over the years, you'd be hard pressed to name another song by them. You may not have even remembered who did it. I had never heard anything else by them, and walked around like that for decades. Until two days ago, when I ran into one over at Funky 16 Corners. It's a bad quality mp3, but it sent me looking for more.

The Soul Survivors were a Gamble and Huff thing. Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff were producers who pretty much defined Philly Soul in the late sixties through the seventies. Really, they owned it. Archie Bell and the Drells, the O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, and others. Oh yeah, and the People's Choice song "Do It Any Way You Wanna", the rhythm of which Dillinger borrowed for his "Cocaine (In My Brain)". I just had to add that. Anyway, trying hard here to give the Soul Survivors a belated fair shake, but, man, them O'Jays. Nevermind the Dillinger detour.

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Listen: 
Soul Survivors - Expressway to Your Heart mp3 at Friday  In Athens
Soul Survivors - Mr. Pitiful mp3 at KMPROD
Soul Survivors - Mama  Soul mp3 at Dos Rios (?)
Soul Survivors - City of Brotherly Love mp3 at Dos Rios (?)
More Gamble and Huff:
Archie Bell and the Drells -  Tighten Up (streaming) at YouTube
The O'Jays - For the Love of Money mp3 at AMPS (?)
Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes - Wake Up Everybody mp3 at Basement Rug
People's Choice - Do It Any Way You Wanna (streaming) at YouTube
Unrelated, but mentioned:
Dillinger - Cocaine (In My Brain) mp3 at Isodisco

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

POST PURGE PARTY CRASHERS

What do you do when you become so fascinated with a new genre of music that some of the titles in your collection lose their relevance? You start weeding out the stuff that no longer matters to you. Never was that more true then when punk rock hit. Unsure of what lied ahead, the crap of the pre-punk crop was handily purged. Like music, like collection, stripped down to the essentials. Although few in my immediate group did so with earnest, I dove in. Believe me when I say that there was a lot of overplayed, over produced, narcissistic crap weeded out. There was a point when I was living with a dozen or so of my closest friends from the still infant scene, that I received help, resigning myself to the trashing of what little I had left by visitors and roommates. Records borrowed and never returned, records taken to another room and coming back with wine and cigarette ash in the grooves, records stolen only to pop up in the used bins of the local used record store, those sorts of things. Near the end at that particular house, I remember thinking that as long as I moved out with my Dolls LPs and Eddie Cochran boxed set intact, I'd be okay. I ended up leaving with much more than that, and for every record that was involuntarily purged, there are a bunch of memories, of debating the merit, rationalizing the continued ownership, comparing it to other records, and spilled wine and cigarette ash.



Rebuilding a collection took time, and there were a lot of gambles. But, with a new set of priorities, that being simple, more straight forward no-bullshit music, other genres crept in. Reggae and rockabilly became added obsessions. And at the time, rockabilly was still just getting past the hits in terms of reissues. There were the obvious Sun compilations, notably the Charly Records single artist Sun compilations (I had the Billy Lee Riley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Howlin' Wolf and Rosco Gordon editions). But after that, the crap shoots began. One I remember taking a chance on was a CBS (Columbia) rockabilly set, the take-away on that one being the Collins Kids. The Columbia set was probably bought because I recognized the label. Not so with the King-Federal rockabilly compilation. I remember why I bought that one. It was cheap. Rockabilly from a label you never heard of, by artists you never heard of, for something like five bucks? Why the hell not?



That one compilation netted many favorites, among them those below, (and including the two in the photos, Charlie Feathers up top, and Mac "Whaddya lookin' at?" Curtis, the guy with the flat top.) All of the songs gained instant rotation status, and I'm still digging them today, some [mumble, mumble] years later. Let's put it this way: the compilation came into my possession so long ago, that my second copy, after wearing out the first, was on cassette tape. Yeah, it did it's work, hepping me to the the songs and names on it for the very first time. It didn't take Wikipedia, Mojo, a jackass with a blog, a friend, a book, or even a reference of it anywhere. It was in the record rack, it was cheap, and it said "rockabilly" on it. That was enough. 

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Listen:
Charlie Feathers - Bottle to the Baby mp3 at Madison AMPS (?)
Mac Curtis - Grandaddy's Rockin' mp3
at Rocky 52
Hank Mizell - Jungle Rock mp3
at Beware of the Blog