Sunday, May 21, 2017

THE BAND WOULD LIKE A BEER

A while back I took a chance on a three dollar jazz LP, Chili Con Soul by the Jazz Crusaders. It was one of those last minute wild cards that come when you're wrapping up your record shopping and you just want one more thing. I didn't know anything about the Jazz Crusaders. I liked the title and figured it was of mid-sixties vintage, and it was on a West coast label, so what the hell. It's ended up a favorite. West coast Latin barbecue jazz, sunburns and cheap beer. As luck would have it, I ran into an old post at Groove Addict that has mp3s of two of the songs and a download for the whole LP. Dig it.

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Listen:
The Jazz Crusaders - Agua Dulce (Sweetwater) mp3 at Groove Addict
The Jazz Crusaders - Tacos mp3
at Groove Addict
The LP:
The Jazz Crusaders - Chili Con Soul
at Groove Addict

Saturday, May 20, 2017

TIJUANA GIRLS ARE REALLY THE MOST

This is a good one. A collection of sixties rock en Español. Actually, there's an instrumental or two and at least one sung in English, but it's all stuff from Mexico and Latin America. Maybe Spain too, I don't know. I'm guessing here. The title of the mix is Latin American Nuggets, but the zip file that contains it is titled Mexican Nuggets, and when you unzip it, the file info says Los Nuggets. Who gives a shit? Their foreign and raw, some covers, some fuzz, some Bond-eslque guitar tones. Thirty four of them. All in a language that you may not understand. Take solace in "Tijuana Sun" by the Famous Finks. It's in English, so you can enjoy the tweaked lyrics. But, shit, you need to check out Los Sirex's "El Tren de la Costa" (a cover of "Train Kept A Rollin'"). It's one of those songs that sounds relatively tame at the beginning, but then the whole house falls down. Frantic vocals in the red, seriously tweaked solos, weird mix, the whole package. And that's just one of 34 songs. Dig it!

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Listen:
Los Sirex - El Tren de la Costa (streaming) at YouTube
The Mix:
Latin American Nuggets at Beware of the Blog 34 individual mp3s in a zip. Click on "download".

Thursday, May 18, 2017

PUT A FISH ON MY FACE?

There are three types of people. One type is someone who has never heard of Captain Beefheart. A second is the Beefheart freak that can't get enough, eating up any morsel that pops up. The third is someone who saw Trout Mask Replica on all sorts of all-time greatest album lists, knew it was suppose to be some sort of landmark album, bought it and never went any further. Actually, that last group contains all sorts of subsets. Some couldn't stand Trout Mask Replica and only got halfway through it. Some hung on to it regardless and relegated it to the "attempt later" pile to gather dust. Others kept it for that weird mood when no other music would work. But that group that has Trout Mask Replica and nothing else of Beefheart's is probably a pretty big group. You might just be in there.

So here's something for just about everybody. Outtakes from sessions for the 1972 Beefheart LP The Spotlight Kid, one of his most accessible LPs, released a few years after Trout Mask Replica. Beefheart freaks who haven't heard these will no doubt gobble them up. Those in the Trout Mask Replica-only group will have something to further their dilly-dallying. And those of you who have never heard Beefheart may best think think of these as Tom Waits fronting a very stoned Exile-era Stones. That might not be all that accurate, but it might get you to listen.



Starting out with a couple cuts that did make it to the final album, and then the collection of outtakes. For good measure, there's also a link to a radio broadcast of a 1974 live show with surprisingly good sound. If you have no clue whatsoever who Captain Beefheart, there's a link to a John Peel narrated documentary.

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Listen:
Captain Beefheart -  Click Clack mp3 at Culture Catch
Captain Beefheart - Alice In Blunderland mp3 at Rock Town Hall
The Outtakes:
Captain Beefheart - Spotlight Kid outtakes 1971-72 at The Big O
NOTE: Don't be alarmed by the anti-spam gateway you encounter. You will be transferred to the post without harm.
The Live Broadcast:
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band - Live at the Cowtown Palace at the Big O 1974 radio broadcast
The documentary:
The Artist Formerly Known as Captain Beefheart at YouTube Narrated by John Peel, 51 minutes

Monday, May 15, 2017

THE KID SINGER

If you think Dennis Brown looks young in that photo, he was even younger, twelve years old, when he cut "No Man Is An Island" at Studio One. That's nuts. And he was singing for Byron Lee and the Dragonaires before that. He had a good long career, roughly thirty years, before he died in 1999 at age 42, after years of coke use.

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Listen:
Dennis Brown - No Man Is An Island (streaming) at YouTube 1969
Dennis Brown - Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head mp3
at ATumblr 1970
Dennis Brown - Silhouettes mp3
at ATumblr 1975
Dennis Brown - Man Next Door mp3
at East African Tube 1977

Saturday, May 13, 2017

FIND YOUR SELF IN A BOX

Ronnie Self is one of those second tier rockabilly guys that's just beyond the Sun Records mob cognition sphere. You have to get past the more recognizable names and delve a little deeper. In other words, cheat and buy a few rockabilly compilations with a bunch of names you don't know, play them a few dozen times and then walk around like some big shot know-it-all. You ought to at least check the songs below. Holy shit, "Bop-A-Lena" is all-time. Wild, crazy and everything in between. Really, one of those songs that doesn't let up. No fade out, vocals end, a couple more bars, and done. Imagine that coming from a guy who, when playing live, didn't stop for chatter or introductions. Just bam, bam, bam, from one song to the next without stopping (according to his sister's account at the Rockabilly Hall of Fame). And then this, explaining the photo above (courtesy Deke Dickerson) "Ronnie Self was so wild, and moved around so much while singing, that producer Owen Bradley forced Self to stand inside a cardboard box while recording–the only way to keep him on-mic." What a nut!

Speaking of Deke Dickerson, as happens periodically when I come across his name, I was again sucked into his web. You could spend a good amount of time just at his official site. Don't miss the liner notes he's written for reissues (Gene Vincent! Davie Allan! More!), or his blog (dormant, but still worth checking out if you haven't already). Now he's gone all modern with a Tumblr page. In addition, there's a bunch of well recorded live shows at the Internet Archive. Dude doesn't sit still.

If you've been poking around here for a while, you know that I've posted Ronnie Self's stuff before, as well as Dickerson's. As a consolation, there's a few other cuts down there of other rockabilly singers with the surname Self, including Ronnie Self's son Roman who gets it down particularly well for a modern era rockabilly singer.

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Listen:
Ronnie Self - Bop-A-Lena mp3
at Rocky-52.net
Ronnie Self - You're So Right For Me mp3
at Rocky-52.net
Ronnie Self - Ain't I'm A Dog mp3
at Rocky-52.net
Other Selfs:
Mack Self - I Vibrate mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly
Alvie Self - Let's Go Wild mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly
Roman Self - Big Fool mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly
G.Self - Roll On, Big Mama
(streaming) at YouTube

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

NOT SURFING USA

It's hard to believe that Bunker Hill's "The Girl Can't Dance" was released the same year as the Beach Boys' "Surfing USA". Crazy.

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Listen:
Bunker Hill - The Girl Can Dance mp3 at Internet Archive

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

THE DRAMATICS IN THEIR CIVIES

Man, fuck matching suits. It pisses me off when I think about how many bands and vocal groups I've ignored over the years because I couldn't get past their matching outfits. It's bad when it's suits, or jumpsuits. Worse when it's tuxes. Yikes. How are you supposed to relate to that? So, that photo up there? That's the best photo I could find of the Dramatics without matching outfits. And I had to post "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" because it had been ages since I heard it and when it popped up at the beginning of Wattstax I was reminded how insanely thick it is, in terms of shit going on in it..

I wouldn't blame you for taking a pass on this type of seventies soul. I did, for years. It wasn't until a friend gave me five mixes heavy on that sort of stuff that it started seeping in. Still not quite one of those go-to things, but once it starts, I let it ride.

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Listen:
The Dramatics - Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get mp3 at Evil Vince (?)
The Dramatics - Hot Pants In the Summertime mp3 at Sweet Too (?)
Full Movie:
Wattstax - Full movie at YouTube with Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, the Staple Singers, the Bar Kays and more.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

THE FUNKY CLICK SOUL SISTER SURPRISE

All it took was seeing Marva Whitney's name mentioned. There's a link, hopefully it's a James Brown era Marva Whitney cut. Bam! Diversion initiated. Marva Whitney and the JBs? Listen to that first one, you'll see. There ain't no going back, not tonight.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

THIS BUGS ME

I'm past the age where you run out and buy music by the latest buzz band, so I've no clue. This band might have a big following. I'd wager that it does given the amount of coverage I ran across. One thing that I do know is that I'm not liking the singer at all. Never mind the fact that I've only heard/viewed one live video. All I know is that the singer in this band is a detriment. To his bandmates, the song, shit, let's cut to the chase, a waste of the the bandwidth needed to post a video.

Camera 2, close up: Protomatyr, you have a bad egg. That singer of yours is dead weight. If your music doesn't move him enough to rock out, sway, tap his foot, put down his beer bottle or even take his hand out of his fucking pocket, fire him. Give the job to someone who wants it. Maybe it's his thing to look detached, bored, above it all. Fine, do Morrisey covers. And don't blame the venue. I don't give a shit if it's a small audience. No singer with his hand in his pocket should even be in the same room as a Stooges cover. Period.

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Listen:
Video:
Iggy Pop - Down On the Street at YouTube 1996 Age 48, still moving more than Señor Slug

Thursday, May 4, 2017

YOU CAN'T RUIN BROTHER RAY

A couple hours ago some big ass motorcycle came rolling down the street. It was one of those huge things with fiberglass all over the place and a fucking sound system. I hate that, motorcycles with speakers blasting. Hate 'em. The guy tooling down the street today was blasting Ray Charles's "Hallelujah, I Love Her So". I love the song, but I still wanted to slap him upside the head. But he's been punished enough. The shame of negating cool points earned for blasting Ray Charles by blasting Ray Charles from an over-equipped old man Harley. He may not even be aware he's afflicted. To his credit, it's what gave me a Ray Charles diversion tonight.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

VIVA SONNY!

Every once in a while, it occurs to me that there is someone who has slipped through the cracks, even after a couple thousand posts. That's what the bruise on my forehead tells me. Yesterday it occurred to me that there has not been one mention of Sonny Burgess, an early Sun artist who had one of the wildest rock 'n' roll records ever released. That's right. I said it. Check "We Wanna Boogie", it's just nuts. The first thing you'll note is the presence of a trumpet. Unusual for any rockabilly record, even more unusual on a Sun product. While the singing is pretty crazy, somewhere between Ray Campi and the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, there are solos that need to be heard. First the piano, then the trumpet. After one more verse, a manic guitar solo with the drummer just bashing the hell out of what sounds like a kit made out of cardboard. Then one more verse of increasingly crazed vocals and after Burgess hits the last three words sounding like he's eating the microphone, the end. Two and a half minutes of absolutely abandon.

Though the band wanted to do another take, Sam Phillips insisted the first take was a keeper, later saying "...they had a sound like I've never heard. Maybe Sonny's sound was too raw; I don't know- but I'll tell you this. They were pure rock and roll." This from the man that was the first to record some of the greatest rockers of all time.

Sonny Burgess is another great from the past who is still alive. Not only is he alive, but apparently still playing out with dates booked through October of this year. But wait, there's more. He co-hosts a radio show called "We Wanna Boogie" on a public radio station in Arkansas. Sonny Burgess is alive, he's alive!

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

BIG JAY MCNEELY IS STILL HERE

Last night I was listening to a show on the jazz station, three hours of jump blues and rhythm and blues. Yeah, it's that kind of jazz station, a little bit of everything that has at least a thread of jazz in it. Which is fine when it comes to jump blues and rhythm and blues, not quite as endearing when it's blues bordering on Blueshammer (wait for it and cringe). The station was in the middle of a pledge break, too much jibba jabba, so I stepped outside for a smoke and a few pages of Steinbeck. When I came back in, Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog" was playing. Shit howdy, after a day at the beach, a bunch of coffee and some Steinbeck, it was icing on the cake.

A few songs after "Hound Dog", the DJ mentioned that it was Big Jay McNeely's birthday. Wow! He's still with us! 93 years young, hell yeah. One of the greatest honkers of time. Check "Blow Big Jay". Fuck, it's a mind-blower. An unrelenting crazy ass solo that raises the same hair as the Stooges. Look at him in that top photo. That says it all.  Oh, and dig "Psycho Serenade", the second song down there. The title fits the song. Dude could get nutty too.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

CELIA CRUZ AND HER HEAVY FRIENDS

Here's a link to dozen cuts from Fania Records. Man, Fania was sure one deep well. Like the Latin Stax or something. These songs were posted a few years ago, but you likely missed it. Regardless, it's worth re-posting. And as an added bonus, an unrelated Celia Cruz cut, because it's Celia Cruz and I dig it.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

Richard Berry
It may not be the go-to song that it once was, but there was a time when nearly every every band played "Louie Louie" at one time or another. Need to break in a new member that's not quite ready? Need one more song to pad your set? Need to give a nod to all the garage bands that came before you? "Louie Louie" is your song. As simple as a song gets.

There's a zillion covers. Here's two from opposite ends of the spectrum. The pallid and lethargic vocal stylings of the Sandpipers vs Black Flag's louder than necessary but it sure hits the spot version, plus Richard Berry's original. And just because I ran across it, a link to a copy of the FBI investigation of the song, its misinterpreted lyrics wrongly thought to be pornographic. Fake news.

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Listen:
The Sandpipers - Louie Louie mp3 at De Discos y Monstrous
Black Flag - Louie Louie mp3 at Secret Comics (?)
Richard Berry - Louie Louie mp3 at  Beware of the Blog
Visit:
The 1964 FBI Report on "Louie Louie" at FBI  119 pages
Louie Louie at Wikipedia

Monday, April 24, 2017

BECAUSE PAM GRIER IS PRETTIER

Somewhere in that salad bowl of Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Norman Whitfield, wah-wah pedals, strings, breaks, songs about pushers and pimps, movies about settling scores, Pam Grier, Richard Roundtree, and all of that, there is Willie Hutch. Even if this type of music isn't your bag, listen to them just to hear all the shit that's going on in them. These songs are packed.

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Listen:
Willie Hutch - Theme From Foxy Brown (streaming) at YouTube
Willie Hutch - I'm Gonna Hold On mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Willie Hutch - Give Me Some of That Good Old Love mp3
at ATumblr
Willie Hutch - Tell Me Why Has Our Love Turned Cold? mp3 at Crate Kings
Visit:
Willie Hutch
at Wikipedia

Saturday, April 22, 2017

QUESTION OF THE DAY

When I was in my teens, most of my good friends were made at the beach. I could share a class with a person, even become friends, but they would rarely become a good friend if there wasn't some sort of shared time at the beach. Among these guys were three brothers, all slightly younger than me. I would end up in a band with the middle brother, but it was short lived for me. I never made it to playing out with them. I had a habit of getting a little too lubricated before practices and the final straw, unbeknownst to me when it happened, was when the youngest brother, who was in his early teens at the time, came back to the garage and asked if he could sing a few songs. He was messing around, playing with other guys his age, and he was to be their singer. So, yeah, sure kid, "show us what you got", right? Let's try "Louie, Louie". Everybody knows that, backward and forward. Then he whipped out a spiral bound notebook in which he had transcribed lyrics. He was going cheat sheet. On "Louie, Louie". The horror. That's what my lubricated mind was telling me. I yanked the notebook out of his hand, through it against the wall and said something to the effect of "If you don't know the lyrics to 'Louie, Louie', make 'em up." I was never called for another practice. A few months later, I was relieved when I saw them playing at a party. I won't say they sucked. Let's just say that my idea of "ready" and theirs were different.



A few years passed and the youngest brother was still playing with the same gang. They were called the Monsters. I never bothered to see how they had developed, I was on to other things. By the time they secured a weekly gig at a local watering hole, I had been told that their gigs were a good time, so I decided to check them out. I wasn't expecting much, but I'd forgotten that they'd been playing together for several years. They had better chops, they had the confidence that comes with going through high school as the band that played at all the keg parties, and now they were of drinking age. On this particular night, they were well lubricated.



Among the Who, Kinks, surf and other cover band specials, they covered "Why Don't You Smile Now", a rather obscure choice. It's one of the first songs Lou Reed and John Cale wrote together, from the days when they were staff writers for Pickwick Records. The first recording of it was as a B-side by the All Night Workers (a band that included an ex-college roommate of Reed's). Sometime after that, the Downliners Sect covered it, and from that, somewhere around 1980, the Crawdaddys covered it. That's the version the Monsters probably picked up on, being that the Crawdaddys were a local band. The song's been covered by others as well, but I gotta say, all these years later, when I hear that song, any version of it, my memory is of the youngest brother singing that song, a drunk shitting eating grin on his face, with the looseness that only confidence, beer, and a "who gives a fuck" attitude can bring. I remember thinking on the way home, the kid did good.

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Listen:
The Downliners Sect - Why Don't You Smile Now mp3 at Internet Archive
The Crawdaddys - Why Don't You Smile Now
(streaming) at YouTube
The All Night Workers - Why Don't You Smile Now mp3
at Roio
Donnie Burkes - Why Don't You Smile Now
(streaming) at YouTube
Thee Headcoat Sect - Why Don't You Smile Now
(streaming) at YouTube

Thursday, April 20, 2017

FOUR TWENTY SOMEWHERE

Here's the oddest ballest slab of stoner rock you'll hear this week. Peruvians Los Comandos' cover of Zeppelin's "Moby Dick". It sounds like they were stoned when they did it, stoned when they first met and stoned throughout every practice and band meeting up until, and including, the day this was recorded. Wait for the drum solo. The guy sounds like he's going to fall asleep. Possibly the greatest stoner drum solo ever recorded.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

BLACK HOLE OF THE WEEK

Every once in a while I'll get in one of those moods when it all sounds good, all good music. Regardless of what type of music it is. It might be rockabilly one minute and afro-funk the next. It doesn't matter, it all sounds good. That type of mood lends itself to meandering. Usually it's a diversion of less than a half dozen songs, then back to what I was doing. No harm, no foul. But when that meandering lands me on a page as extensive as the Red Allen Index, I'm gone. I may not come up for air for a long while.

Read the intro on the home page to get the story about it. It's all soul and soul related genres, all the stuff Allen has posted on multiple sites over the past ten years, with audio. Deeper cuts, shit you probably haven't heard. The two below were my the first random selections. After that, it was all over. When you check his index pages, the links to the other pages of his index are at the bottom. Get lost.

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Listen:
The Ramrods - Soul Express - Part 1 mp3 at Soul Detective
The Tikis - I Was Doin' Alright mp3 at The B Side

Visit:
The Red Kelly Index

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"OUTTA MY WAY" SAID THE SAX

Owen Bradley Quintet. "Big Guitar" Right now that's I all know. They did at least one song, and I heard it for the first time a couple hours ago. And I listened to it a few more times. The sax, baby, the sax. I love songs that seem pedestrian until you listen to them a few times. Then they become weirder, or better, or more layered, or whatever; they change. If you're unfamiliar with the band, all the better. You can listen to the music, untainted by backstory.

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Listen:
Owen Bradley Quintet - Big Guitar mp3 at Mp3 Rockabilly

Saturday, April 15, 2017

SAME AS THE OLD BOSS

Well, oh well, lookie here. Another band reuniting. Fuck, this is getting old. I can't say I wouldn't do it, but it does sometimes reek of alternative motives. It could really be trying to pick up on unfinished business, "It felt like all the years just melted away" Really? Could happen, just as easy as it could be for the money or trying to reclaim some former glory. If it's for the latter you better make sure that you don't show up at the reunion looking like the out of shape burned out former football star. No one stays big man on campus forever.

I take reunions with a grain of salt, low expectations and all that jazz. So, no, I didn't run down the new Boss Hog LP. If it's good, it'll find me. I did go looking for a few samples of the new stuff, but I got totally sidetracked by a live set from 2008 and another live studio thing from last year. I'll move on to the new thing, most likely when it's no longer new.

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Listen:
Boss Hog - Hustler mp3
at Ten Bulls
Boss Hog - Jaguar mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Boss Hog - I'm Not Like Everybody Else mp3
at One Woman Show
Boss Hog - Live at WFMU at Internet Archive 12 songs 12/20/2008
Note:
In the right column at Internet Archive, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"
New stuff:
Boss Hog - Formula X
(streaming) at Soundcloud
Boss Hog - Wichita Grey
(streaming) at Soundcloud
Boss Hog - 17
(streaming) at Soundcloud
Boss Hog - Ground Control
(streaming) at Soundcloud
Video:
Boss Hog - Live on KEXP
at YouTube 4 songs, 2016

Thursday, April 13, 2017

I'M NOT LIKING THIS SHIT AT ALL

You can argue amongst yourselves about this one. I think we can all agree on the most basic level. When it gets to the point that people are getting blown up, whether it's one or a thousand, something is broken. Point your fingers all you want, you are not going to tell me that anyone blowing up anyone else is a good thing. It is awful, just about the worst thing done in the worst way, So, let's just back up and calm down. You, go over and sit on the lawn. You'll get your turn.

What scares me is that it's starting to remind me of some evil cocktail, the end of Dr Strangelove mixed with the Weirdo's "(We Got the) Neutron Bomb". Check the lyrics to the Weirdos song, released around 1978 (I think).:

"We got the neutron bomb, gonna drop it all over the place. You're gonna get it on your face. Foreign aid from the land of the free, but don't blame me.

We got the neutron bomb...Don't understand you, don't know what you mean. We don't want you, we want your machines. United Nations and NATO won't do, it's just the red, white and blue."



They had another song, "Fort USA" with the refrain "You're never going to blow away Fort USA!". Oh, and "I oppose gun control, I don't even like rock 'n' roll!" These punkers are a laugh riot.


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Listen:
The Weirdos - We Got the Neutron Bomb mp3 at Killed By Death Go there to get it
The Weirdos - Fort USA (streaming)
at YouTube
The Weirdos - Solitary Confinement mp3
at Killed By Death Go there to get it.
The Weirdos - Destroy All Music.mp3
at Killed By Death (Ditto)
The Weirdos - A Life Of Crime.mp3
at Killed By Death (Ditto)
The Weirdos - Why Do You Exist.mp3
at Killed By Death (Ditto)
Video:
The Weirdos - Life of Crime (Live)
at YouTube Los Angeles 1978
The Weirdos at the Dive (Live)
at YouTube Las Vegas 2014, a full set, 56 minutes

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

THE LP AS LEGACY

J. Geils died today and you may not give a shit. If you learned about the J. Geils Band from their MTV era hit "Centerfold" you probably think of them as a bland also-ran. I'm here to tell you that back in the day, they were contenders. Their first two albums, the self titled debut and The Morning After, were both worthy of attention; they had decidedly more grease in their game than their contemporaries, but nothing that would really grab you enough to bug out. Their reputation was really made by their live show. I remember my brother coming home after seeing them right around then, telling me that everyone was moving and sweat was flying. That's what impressed him. Then their third album came out, Full House, a live set that did...not...quit. From beginning to end it really did sound like everyone was moving and sweat was flying. I've listened to that LP consistently in the ensuing decades and it still ranks up there as one of my favorite live albums of all time.

Geils greased, second from right, High res version here,


If you don't know Full House, you may have dismissed the J. Geils Band long ago. I can't say I'd blame you. But in the interest of giving Geils his due, I consider it my duty to set the record straight for you late comers. Listen to Full House in its entirety and see if you don't come away with a different view of them. Blast it from beginning to end. It's all sprint.

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Listen:
J. Geils Band - Full House (Full LP) (streaming) at YouTube

Sunday, April 9, 2017

BLOW UP THE PERFECTO

Man, have I been out of the loop. Apparently all this soul music got released and nobody informed me. Soul Donuts posted a year end list a while back and I was cognizant of.maybe a half dozen of them. Here's four. There's a lot more over there with little blurbs about each one. An excellent post.

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Listen:
Shirley Davis and the Silverbacks - Black Rose mp3 at Soul Donuts
Lack of Afro feat. Elliot Cole - I Got the Rhythm mp3
at Soul Donuts
The Soul Snatchers - How Ya Do It mp3
at Soul Donuts
Nick Waterhouse -The Old Place mp3
at Soul Donuts
22 more
at Soul Dounts

Saturday, April 8, 2017

THE PARTY BAND

I ran into a Joe Cuba Sextet cut over at Soul Sides. You know that lead-in. Yeah, I ended up revisiting some of their other stuff. Those guys slay me. When they decide to go goofy, it's like some Latin version of Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts. I only have the "Bang Bang" LP, so my initial  exposure included "Bang, Bang" and "Push, Push, Push". You can guess what they're getting at with those titles. If not, check "Pud-Da-Din", which is about as subtle as a frat party band doing Donna Summers's "Love to Love You Baby".

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Listen:
Joe Cuba Sextet - Bang, Bang mp3 at LP Cover Lover

Joe Cuba Sextet - Push, Push, Push mp3 at Alejandro Borrero
Joe Cuba Sextet - Pud-Da-Din mp3 at Super Sonido
Joe Cuba Sextet - Ooh Ah! mp3 at Super Sonido
Joe Cuba Sextet - Una Nenita mp3 at Soul Sides Go there to get it.
Joe Cuba Sextet - You Better Believe It mp3 at Groove Addict
Joe Cuba - Around the World mp3 at Groove Addict

Thursday, April 6, 2017

RANDOM CLICK PAYDIRT

A couple hours ago I'd never heard of  Zara Moussa, so I can't fill you in on anything that you can't already find with a simple web search. She's a rapper from Niger, West Africa. The blog that has her music, Awesome Tapes From Africa, speculates that the language used is "zarma and maybe hausa?", and one commenter says that the lyrics are French. Whatever it is, I can't understand a lick of it;  other than the international language of badass. I'm a sucker for this shit.

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Listen:
Zara Moussa - Soyeya mp3 at Awesome Tapes From Africa
Zara Moussa - Femme mp3
at Awesome Tapes From Africa
Zara Moussa - 11 more songs
at Awesome Tapes From Africa Go there to get them

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

THE VERSATILE POST-SUBTLETY LADY ROCKER

Lest you think Sam Phillips was all Sun Records, country, blues and rockabilly, dig this one by Barbara Pittman. Though she's much better known for her big rockabilly side, "I Need A Man" (incidentally the only song I could think of off the top of my head), she veered. This one, "Handsome Man" is credited to "Barbara Pittman with Gene Lowery Singers", which should tell you something right there. It is not rockabilly, but some mix of torch singing, jazz and r&b. Still completely dig-able.

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Listen:
Barbara Pittman with Gene Lowery Singers - Handsome Man mp3 at Office Naps
Barbara Pittman - I Need A Man
(streaming) at YouTube

Sunday, April 2, 2017

DOWN WITH MATCHING TUXES

Fuck, the intro to "It's A Shame" sure does it's job. Once everything comes in and the vocals start, you're in it, deep. After listening to it a few times in a row, I went looking for whoever it was that produced this nice slice of layered seventies soul. Turns out Stevie Wonder produced it. 1970. Dude owned it.

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Listen:
The Spinners - It's A Shame mp3 at Inernet Archive

Saturday, April 1, 2017

STILL MADE THE ALMANAC

It's just insane how cheap rockabilly compilations have become. Actually, compilations of other types of old music too, but I bring up rockabilly because that's what I was listening to. It was Essential Rockabilly - The King Story, a budget compilation, two 2 CDs/40 songs for ten bucks. The thing smokes. And there's more in this rockabilly series, somewhere around ten or so, each for a different label, Columbia, Decca, RCA, Sun, and Imperial among them. Shit, add them to the list. I was listening to the King one, and "Guitar Playin' Fool" was blasting. It's a cool song, Teddy Humphries. I realized I didn't really know much about him, and I knew where to go, Rocky-52. Blow me down, I had no idea he was more of an r&b singer. That's cool. Even if "Guitar Pickin' Fool" was his lone rocker, it's rocker enough.

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Listen:
Teddy Humphries - Guitar Pickin' Fool mp3 at Rocky 52
Teddy Humphries - What Makes You So Tough mp3
at Rocky 52
Teddy Humphries - Firm Foundation mp3
at Rocky 52
Teddy Humphries - Theif In the Night mp3
at Rocky 52

Thursday, March 30, 2017

HERE'S A ROCK 'N' ROLL RECORD

If you've seen that record cover above, chances are you have the record. When was the last time you listened to it? I hadn't listened to mine in a while, but it's there all right, just sitting there waiting to be played, practically apologizing for leaning too heavily on covers, "but you like 'Teenage Head' right? Everybody likes that song." It's a great LP, really, a nice sturdy rock 'n' roll record.

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Listen:
The Flamin' Groovies - Teenage Head mp3 at Internet Archive NOTE: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"
The Flamin' Groovies -  Evil Hearted Ada mp3 at Internet Archive
The Flamin' Groovies - Walking the Dog mp3 at Internet Archive
The whole LP:
The Flamin; Groovies - Teenage Head (1971) at Internet Archive The original LP (nine songs), and seven bonus cuts.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

PLANO HAS A RIDDIM

The world needs 45s like this. The world needs to be reminded that there is something between the Shaggs and Tammy Wynette. There are a thousand styles and a thousand singers and a thousand levels of expertise. I like the Shaggs, or at least the idea that they existed, and I like Tammy Wynette. I think we can all agree that they are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of talent and polish, so there's plenty of room in there for varying degrees of the two. Imagine my delight when I hear a record that sounds like an untrained flat-sounding Tammy Wynette doing a song with lyrics right out of the Shaggs playbook. For whatever reason, the oddball-ness of this record reminded me. Reminded me of what, I've no clue. But it made me pause to relish it's earnest shittyness. As a bonus, an instrumental version of the song, of similar quality.

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Listen:
Ilene Rushing - Shake It Baby mp3 (via Box) at Dead Wax Once at Box look for blue "download" button to save. arrow to stream.
Richard Wolfe - Shake It Baby mp3
(via Box) at Dead Wax Ditto