Sunday, August 31, 2014

TONIGHT! ONE NIGHT ONLY!

If you're into Drive Like Jehu, this will jack you up. That is, if you're within a few hours of San Diego. The band hasn't played in nineteen years (already?), but are reuniting for a one off performance with pipe organist Carol Williams, San Diego's official Civic Organist (yes, there is one), at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. It starts at 7:00 PM and will undoubtably be a mob scene, so plan accordingly.



The pipe organ is behemoth, one of the largest outdoor pipe organs in the world. The thing has 4,530 pipes, Having been to regular organ performances there (free every Sunday, sans rock band), I can tell you, the organ alone is worth hearing. Putting it together with Jehu is probably going to be quite a racket. Be forewarned, traffic and parking will suck.

This just in: The show may be streamed live at UStream. If not, it may be archived later. If nothing else, you can check a regular Sunday performance which are archived there. (Click here fool.)

Update 7:36 Pacfic time: Stream is live, catch the second half of the set.
Update 7:54 Pacific time: Show's over folks. Move along.

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Listen:
Visit:
Speckels Organ Pavilion Scroll down for driving directions

Saturday, August 30, 2014

HELL YEAH, A THREE DAYER!

Here again, another quick one. But it's a three day weekend, so slack is in order. Besides, you'll be more than busy if you check this post at Beware of the Blog. It's a list of songs the Woggles covered. Don't remember if I've heard the Woggles or not, but they had good taste in covers. R&B, soul, garage, surf, Northwest stuff  You get the idea, a ready made mix. Here's a handful. Go there to check all fifty. Get your barbeque mix out of the way early. You may end up being too busy later, running out to the store to get napkins or something; whatever it is that you civilized people do. 

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Listen:
The Ray-O-Vacs - Party Time mp3 at Beware of the Blog
The Sonics - Have Love Will Travel mp3 at Beware of the Blog
The Pretty Things - Come See Me mp3
at Beware of the Blog
Bobby Marcham - Get Down With It mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Don Gardner - My Baby Like to Boogaloo
mp3 at Beware of the Blog
The Hangmen - What a Girl Can't Do mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Over forty more
at Beware of the Blog

Friday, August 29, 2014

SPIDERS FROM EARTH

I'm not even gonna mess around with this one, It's "Long John's Jump" by Daddy Long Legs, a duly raw, rockin' blues number. This is well crafted rawness, intended. So does that rob it of its authenticity? Maybe, if you compare it to Howlin' Wolf, But it is every bit as authentic as Exile on Main St.

Go to Big Rock Candy Mountain to get the song. It's worth the trip. They have a nice write up and a video too.. The song itself is on Box. Once you get there, click on "Download" button in the top right corner of the page.

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Listen:
Daddy Long Legs - Long John's Jump mp3 (via Box) at Big Rock Candy Mountain. Click on "Download" button in the top right corner of the page.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A PINT OF OLD HARPER

American Graffiti: badass movie, badass soundtrack. Without a doubt, one of my favorite movies of all time. While it's not what you'd consider high art, if you're into late fifties and early sixties rock 'n' roll, it's hard not to elevate it a bit.  When I first watched it, I identified with the whole hanging out while not really doing anything feel of it. I identified with some of the more awkward situations, and the characters, particularly Toad, and I came to love some of the less rock 'n' roll songs on the soundtrack. Director George Lucas gave the fifties to me and my friends. The rock 'n' roll, the cars, the girls, and the style; but the most tangible gift was the soundtrack. Those sounds diluted the less than savory seventies crap that was an everyday nuisance. Think of it, you have a choice. The Doobie Brothers, or Buddy Holly? What's it gonna be? It's no fucking wonder we played the shit out of that soundtrack.

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Listen:
Kip's American Graffiti blog Exhaustive blog by a complete fiend, and I mean that in the best possible way. All things American Graffiti. History, rarities, and the just plain interesting. If you dug the movie, this is a must.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LIKE I NEED AN EXCUSE

You know there's no way I was going to miss out on an opportunity to do a cheap post on a day when the Wedge was going off. It was all-time today, as in huge, reportedly 20+ feet, though it depends on you measure it. But it was big by any standards, that I know from the scads of videos already on YouTube. Very rarely does it get that big during the summer. So, thank you Wedge, for tonights easy out. You made me think of Dick Dale's song named after you. Of course, that would be the one song I was unable to find a good quality rip of. Nevertheless, the Dick Dale Wedge connection will serve as a fuss free exit. It's summer, it's surf music and there's a swell somewhere, so shut up.


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Listen:
Dick Dale and His Del-Tones - Deltone Rock mp3 at Review Stalker 1961
Dick Dale and His Deltones- Surf Beat mp3
at Beware of the Blog 1962
Dick Dale and His Del-Tones- Riders In the Sky
at Massacritica (?) 1963

Dick Dale and His Del-Tones - The Wedge mp3 at Internet Archive 1963  Dick Dale and His Del-Tones - Mr. Eliminator mp3 at Hell's Belles 1964 Dick Dale and His Del-Tones - Peter Gunn mp3 at ATumblr.com (?) 1975
Dick Dale - Miserlou (acoustic) mp3 at Dinosaur Gardens 1993
Video (all shot today);
The Wedge - Slow motion footage of the ride pictured above at YouTube
The Wedge -  More rides at YouTube
The Wedge - Drone footage at YouTube

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SLAYER

Do this, start at Dead Wax and dig the Valliants, First the cool vocal number, and then the cover of "Jack the Ripper". Thinks are looking up, eh? Two great cuts. Now follow them with Link Wray's "Jack the Ripper". Yeah baby. Let the cage be rattled. If you're still not satiated, the full LP is linked below.

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Listen:
Jimmy Friis and The Valiants - Serpents & Spiders mp3 (via Box) at Dead Wax
The Valiants - Jack The Ripper mp3 (via Box) at Dead Wax
Link Wray - Jack the Ripper mp3
at Joe Troiano (?)
The LP:
Link Wray and his Raymmen - Full LP
at Surfadelic NOTE; Click on the orange "Download" button.
Check this:
 Link Wray and his Raymen - Promo shot at Ace Records High resolution.

Monday, August 25, 2014

APPLES AND ORANGES

This was bound to come up sooner or later. My general distaste for hokey surf related vocal songs. Not that they annoy me musically, but because they are so far removed from the real essence. (Please tell me you know what I mean.) But a whole hour of girl groups doing surf related songs? If only for the novelty, what the hell, I'll bite. But not before I watch this insanely cool footage of Linda Benson at Makaha. That's her in the photo above, same break, 1959. The footage below is from the early sixties, if I'm not mistaken. Dig the coffin at 1:10, followed by a nice head dip on the same wave. She was hot.



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Listen:
Crayons To Perfume's - Those Shubee Surf Bunnies! at Beware of the Blog Hour long radio show in single mp3.
Visit:
Linda Benson
at Encyclopedia of Surfing

Sunday, August 24, 2014

HOT SHIT. CAN BE HORNERY.

Oh yeahhh. I love the double whammy. Tonight I ran into two things I'd been hoping to find online for quite a while, plus I just had my mind sufficiently blown by a new song. Browsing through old posts at Likembe (a really great African music blog), I ran into one with Ginger Baker's Strativarious LP, the album with Fela on it. I mentioned it in a post about six years ago and have been on the lookout ever since. Check it out, consider that it was only a couple years after Cream disbanded. I remember when I first heard it in my teens, wondering how went from Cream to "...this?!" That was until I heard "Blood Brothers", and was sucked in. It's the least African cut on the album, an eight minute drum solo, so to speak. It's actually Baker and Ghanaian drummer Guy Warren just completely going off. My young rock brain could comprehend that.

Finding that LP would have been enough, but I also ran into Beware Mr. Baker, the documentary about Ginger Baker, in its entirety. To top it off, a new song released just a few months ago, "Why"; a jazz number that is both complex and stark. I totally dig it. It's almost like stoner no wave.

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Listen:
Ginger Baker with Fela - Tiwa mp3 at Likembe
Ginger Baker and Guy Warren - Blood Brothers mp3 at Likembe
Ginger Baker - Why (streaming) at Rolling Stone
The Full LP: 
Ginger Baker - Strativarious LP at Likembe Eleven cuts, individual mp3s or a single zip
Video:
Beware of Mr. Baker (entire film) at YouTube HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Beware of Mr. Baker (entire film) at YouTube Alternate, in case the one above goes dead.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

THIS GUY SANG WITH ROBERT WARD

Here's a couple early Wilson Pickett cuts from his days with the Ohio Untouchables. Once you're done digging the original version of Pickett singing "I Found A Love", check "Let's Kiss and Make Up" for some seriously twisted licks. The guitar is by Robert Ward, the founder of the band and apparently king of the Magnatone amp. Three online souces cite his tone and choice of amp as being influential, and who am I to argue? I never heard of Magnatone amps until a couple hours ago. But the solo in "Let's Kiss and Make Up"? That's got me going to Robert Ward Town tonight.

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Listen:
The Ohio Untouchables - I Found A Love mp3 at Boogie Woogie Flu
The Ohio Untouchables - Let's Kiss and Make Up mp3
at Boogie Woogie Flu
Visit:
Robert Ward RIP [2008]
at Boogie Woogie Flu A couple more Ward cuts
The Untouchable Soul of Robert Ward
at Rubber City Review Profile and several samples

Friday, August 22, 2014

TRUST ME, IT'S BADASS.

The difference between Duke Ellington and your favorite band? One of then didn't put out a stinker, ever. Okay, so I'm presuming a lot. Duke Ellington may have put out a shitty record. Hell, he put out a lot, so there had to be one somewhere. But I've yet to hear one. There you go, a challenge: Find me a bad Duke Ellington record and you can be the first official Stinker Challenge winner. The inaugural wart finder. Oh, the joy.

Listen to the second and third cuts below. They just flat out smoke. Both, beginning to end. It's exhausting. 

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Listen:
Duke Ellington's Jungle Band - Rent Party Blues mp3 at Fear You Can Hear
Duke Ellington and Count Basie - Jumpin' at the Woodside mp3 at Tuxedo Junction
Duke Ellington, Max Roach and Charles Mingus - Caravan mp3 at Alejando Borrero (?)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AAHHHAAHHHH!!!

A few weeks ago I was helping a friend go through her dad's record collection. I'd never had the opportunity to meet her dad, but after going through about a third of his collection, it was apparent that he was my kinda music fiend. His collection was incredibly varied, and almost all of the albums were in really good shape, If the LP came with some sort of insert, they were there (The Isaac Hayes's "Black Moses" LP with the giant fold out cover still had a coupon to get the Isaac Hayes discount on a subscription to Ebony magazine.) A lot of them still had the shrink wrap on them. And he was a man of taste. To give you an idea, while we were going through them, we were spinning random selections, including an early King Sunny Ade, followed by Bud Shanks' soundtrack for Bruce Brown's 1959 surf film Slippery When Wet, and after that, Ronnie Hawkin's self-titled LP. Yeah, "Who Do You Love". The two gutterall screams (at :52 and 1:56) are among my favorite monosyllabic passages of all time. The outro yelp at the end is just icing on the cake.

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Listen:
Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks - Who Do You Love mp3 (via Box.net) at The Slow Drag Blue "Download" button on the top right of the screen at Box.net
Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks - Mary Lou mp3 at FHS 1961 (?)
Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks - Dizzy Miss Lizzy mp3 at Mp3 Rockabilly
Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks - Southern Love mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks - Forty Days mp3
at Boogie Woogie Flu
Visit:
Ronnie Hawkins
at Wikipedia

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

THREE GUYS WALK OUT OF A BAR

It's the end of an era. The Heartbreakers are now officially dead. After Billy Rath's recent passing, three out of the four members are physically dead, and Walter Lure, if Wikipedia is to be believed, is a stockbroker on Wall Street. I suppose that could be bullshit, but suppose it's true. Yeah. Extrapolate: What if he later repented, and burned his tie? He would still be an ex-stockbroker. And even though he still plays music with his band the Waldos, any band with a stockbroker among its ranks might as well be a Dave Matthews cover band. I've got nothing against Lure, or stockbrokers per se, I'm just stating facts. Let's just get this Occam's razor shit out of the way. Stock brokers are not rock 'n' roll. Ex-stockbrokers are not rock 'n' roll. The Hearbreakers are rock 'n' roll.

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Listen:
The Heartbreakers - Born to Lose mp3 at Synthesis Radio (?)
The Heartbreakers - Chinese Rocks mp3 at Killed By Death
More Heartbreakers stuff among the older posts Scroll down

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

SWEET SUMMER JAMS

How do you make a good day better? With some feel good lady jams. They might even work on a shitty day. You'd have to try it. Ain't no way I want to associate them with a parking ticket.

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Listen:
Althea and Donna - Uptown Top Ranking mp3 at Eyeswing
Rita Marley - One Draw mp3 at Passion of the Weiss
Santigold and the Beastie Boys - Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win mp3 at Thighs Wide Shut

Monday, August 18, 2014

DO THE DOO

You know what I dig about doo-wop, and vocal groups in general?  There was just so damn many of them, and they all had to distinguish themselves from one another within the confines of some sort of unwritten code of conduct. Every group had to have at least four to five members, they had to have a snappy name for their group, they had to have promo photos that showed one or more with pleading hands or some kooky ass version of jazz hands, and they all had wear matching get-ups. Other than that, the sky was the limit. Weird vocal inflections, nutty lyrics, or wild backing bands, in varying amounts, all served to get a little attention. But more often than not, not enough to top the charts. Some of it was too wild, too nutty, or just plain crappy. There's a lot, by groups you and I have never heard of, and the non-hits, as with most forms of music, are almost guaranteed to be more interesting than some boring chart toppers.The Twilight's "Little Richard" is a good example. It's not about the Little Richard, but a little Richard, as in a kid. A kid who throws a rock the singer's head, slashes his tires, and throws mud at him. Sh-boom, sh-boom, your life might be a dream, but I'm digging the hijinks.

I've mentioned Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban's Vocal Group of the Week series before. A 45 a week, of five guys hollering. Kogar the Swinging Ape. a frequent poster over there, just put together a compilation of them, so there's a link below, and another to their posts tagged as Vocal Group of the Week, so you can hear them individually. If you want to get real lost, you can dip your toe in Doo-Wop Juke Box. Scroll down that page and, yeah, get lost.

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Listen:
The Twitlights - Little Richard mp3 at Beware of the Blog
The El Torros - Doop Doop A Walla Walla mp3 at Beware of the Blog
The Holidays - Aw Aw Baby mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Beware of the Blog's Vocal Group of the Week posts Two pages of them, click "next page" at the bottom.
The Bel-Airs - White Port and Lemon Juice mp3 at Doo Wop Juke Box
The Hollywood Flames - Buzz Buzz Buzz mp3 at Doo Wop Juke Box
The Cadets - Stranded In the Jungle mp3 at Doo Wop Juke Box
The Del-Knights - Don't Cry Anymore mp3 at Doo Wop Juke Box
The Mix
Visit:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

AGAIN WITH THE SUN RA

Well, that was weird, I was talking music with the guy behind the counter at the local mom and pop hardware store (Ocean Beach Paint and Hardware), and towards the end of the conversation, Sun Ra came up. When I got home about twenty minutes later, there was a thing in my in box about a new Sun Ra compilation. It won't be out for another month, and the email was for pre-orders. Shit, pre-order? I don't do that. Nevertheless I followed the link to read about it and was treated to an excellent track I hadn't heard before.

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Listen:
Sun Ra and His Arkestra - Plutonian Nights (streaming) at SoundCloud Original Tape Master
Older Sun Ra posts
Scroll down for mp3s and video.
Visit:
Sun Ra and his Arkestra at Strut Records

Saturday, August 16, 2014

AMBITION: BLOW MINDS

Earlier today I read something about some old hardened 78 collector being transformed when one of his favorite old slabs was playing. "Experiencing ecstasy" is what it actually said. A bunch of songs can do that to me, or get close. While not necessarily ecstasy, they can turn me into an old softie. One that came to mind was "Surf's Up", from the Beach Boys album of the same name. It was written by Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks in 1966, originally for the Smile LP, but that album was never completed. (Not back then anyways.) The song was finished for the later album, Surf's Up, in 1971. That's the first version below. The second version below is a demo. There are a few other versions, notably one on a Brian Wilson solo album in 2004, and another patched together with tapes from the original Smile sessions. Check this video, a live version by Brian Wilson. It's just plain awesome, thickly layered and every bit as complex as the recorded versions. His reaction to the ovation at the end is heartwarming.



There's also a great documentary, Beautiful Dreamer (also linked below), about the Smile sessions. Lots of musicians and media types interviewed, lots of Brian Wilson, and a shitload of details. It should get you caught up, if you're so inclined. It's over an hour and a half long, so, yeah, go pee and get a beer now.

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Listen:
The Beack Boys - Surfs Up mp3 at DK Presents
The Beach Boys - Surf's Up (demo) mp3 at Thighs Wide Shut
Video:
Beautiful Dreamer - Brian Wilson and the Story of Smile atYouTube
Visit:
Surf's Up (song entry) at Wikipedia
Smile (LP entry) at Wikipedia

Friday, August 15, 2014

EL PRODUCTIVO

When it comes to musicians who started their career in a punk band, there may be no one more prolific than Billy Childish. Hell, when it comes to any musician, there are very few who put out as many records as he did, in the same time span. His discography between 1979 and 2013 lists over a hundred albums. That's an average of three LP appearances a year, for thirty plus years. Even if you liberally discarded half as compilations of one sort or another, that's still over fifty albums. That doesn't take into account the singles. Before you go muttering "dude's a machine", consider this: he's an artist, published poet, and author of half a dozen novels. He's more like a vending machine.

Here's just a few from one of his many bands, Thee Headcoats. The recordings on these are insanely raw (may be a Toe Rag thing). Keep in mind that this is like just a molecule on the tip of the iceberg. You could get lost in all of his stuff, and I have been, slowly, over time. I can't even consume at the rate his body of work was created. I'm just pacimg myself.

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Listen:
Thee Headcoats - All My Feelings Denied mp3 (via DivShare) at On the Flip-Side 
DOWNLOAD TIP FOR ABOVE LINK: Once you click through to DivShare, click on the green "Download" button, (close any pop ups), scratch your head for fifteen seconds while the timer counts down. When the button reappears, you're good to go.
Thee Headcoats - Shouldn't Happen to a Dog mp3
at K Records
Thee Headcoats - Louie Louie mp3
at Chez (?)
Thee Headcoats - I Ain't Never Found mp3
at Crypt
Visit:
Billy Childish - Official site
Billy Childish
at Wikipedia
The Headcoats
at Wikipedia

Thursday, August 14, 2014

TROPICAL CRUSH ALERT

I just heard a cover of Os Mutantes' "Baby" by Gal Costa. I'm not gonna fight it. I started revisiting old stuff, and I got sucked in again. Before I high tail it, I gotta say, that cover photo above is some kind of unattainable cool, isn't it? That thing that Anita Pallenberg had in her prime. Maria Schneider too, Last Tango In Paris-era. The high priestess of lady cool, Brigitte Bardot, in her every burp and fart. Gal Costa exudes that sort of cool, only she has a voice and she's Brazilian. Tropical cool. Yeah baby. And she's made some really great records. Check out the fifteen at Super Sonido. It's an awesome cross section. And read the text. He's got the profile and music stuff covered. Oh, and on "Baby"? She's singing it to me, Just so you know.



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Listen:
Gal Costa - Baby mp3 at Aquarium Drunkard Go there to get it.
Gal Costa - Vou Recomecar mp3 at Super Sonido
Gal Costa - Relance mp3 at Super Sonido
Gal Costa - Acauã mp3 at Super Sonido Wait for the freakout.
Gal Costa - Pontos de Luz mp3 at Super Sonido
Gal Costa & Gilberto Gil - Sebastiania mp3 at Super Sonido Freakout endings seem to be a trend.
Gal Costa -10 more cuts, 15 in all and great copy at Super Sonido

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

TACOMA-A-A-A!!!

Because I'm in one of those moods, I'm throwing caution at the wind. I know that by using the word "douche" to describe an asshole could possibly get women's libbers ten kinds of pissed (and that comment probably sealed it). But, I'm sorry, used in a casual, off color vernacular, there is no better word to describe the newest member of the Mike Love Army, one Tommy Lee. This short little clip is the, well, it's like a fuckin' dream Tacoma.  When you're done watching how fucking awesome his drum solo banter is in Tacoma, dig the link below for forty five minutes of Paul Stanley spoken word.



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Listen:
Mike Love Has Company - 45 Minutes of Paul Stanley Stage Banter
Salute to a Complete Dick - The godfather of douchebaggery

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

OH SHIT. THAT'S MY DAD.

What the hell. I just ran into a relatively jammin' version of the Dark Shadows theme. I don't remember watching the show back when it was on, I was probably up on the corner with the other kids, hiding behind Mrs Mixson's wall, chucking apricots at passing cars. That was fun. Until one of the other kids threw an apricot at at my dad's truck. You can guess who suffered for that bonehead indiscretion.

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Listen:
Dark Shadows Theme (original) mp3 at  Classic TV Images and Theme Songs
Dark Shadows Theme (semi-jammin' version) mp3 at Beware of the Blog

Monday, August 11, 2014

TWEE PEOPLE, GET DIRTY

Surf music purists beware, you'll probably hate "Sand Witches". However, if you like your surf music sounding like Harley Davidson of Deadbolt playing with Pussy Galore, you're in luck. I'm not trying to be an asshole. I know only about four of you will know both of those bands, but those four of you will know exactly what I mean. There's a lot of other noisy shit going on in it, but that Deadbolt and Pussy Galore would be the predominant noisy shit.

The song is by Druggy Pizza aka Cédric Bottacchi from Dusty Mush, not that that tells you anything. I don't know who the hell he is, some French dude. I just ran into it.  Checked out a video by Dusty Mush and they're fairly noisy too. Heavy on the distortion with a primal kit bashing beat, self aware as it might be. Regardless, nice to hear the youngsters still banging on guitars instead of some of that button down reverent stuff. Abrasive music should be encouraged. Always.

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Listen:
Druggy Pizza - Sand Witches mp3 at Still In Rock
Druggy Pizza - I'm Cramped mp3 at Still In Rock Plus one more
Druggy Pizza - Chili Cheese Crust EP at BandCamp Six songs, free download
Video:
Dusty Mush - Brad Cruise at YouTube

Sunday, August 10, 2014

SOMEONE PAT HIM ON THE BACK

Charlie Feathers is one if those rockabilly guys who's kind of an acquired taste. His delivery can be a little off putting to a casual listener. I don't know, I like it. It's unique. The hiccup-y thing sounded a little exaggerated at first, bu he kinda wore me down. I love his singing now. Don't know when that happened.

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Listen:
Charlie Feathers - Bottle to the Baby mp3 at Madison AMPS (?)
Charlie Feathers - I Can't Hardly Stand It mp3
at Ace Terrier (?)
Charlie Feathers - One Good Gal mp3
st Mp3 Rockabilly
Charlie Feathers - Wild Party mp3 
at Mp3 Rockabilly
Junior Kimbrough and Charlie Feathers - I Feel Good Again mp3 at Internet Archive (?)
The Cramps - I Can't Hardly Stand It
(streaming) at YouTube
Visit:
Charlie Feathers at Wikipedia

Charlie Feathers at Rockabilly Hall of Fame

Friday, August 8, 2014

SURF MUSIC ROULETTE

Man, the real Gidget was badass, wasn't she? Think about it. All guys surfing? She didn't give a shit. That's her, that tough looking lady in the photo above. Kathy Kohner, the real Gidget. Determined look I'd say, considerably more badass than movie Gidget, Sandra Dee. That calls for some oddball new-ish surf music. Because segues are overrated.

Sort through some of these. There's about a hundred in all, posted on the Internet Archive by Surf Guitar 101. Fair warning: Some are iffy, some suck, but there's a decent percentage of good ones, some really good, by bands you will probably never again get a chance to hear. Hey, there's a fairly noisy Link Wray cover. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, go ahead, walk around like that. Go ahead, be the movie Gidget.

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Listen:
North of Malibu - Rumble mp3 at Internet Archive
The High Five Revival - Anxiety Attack mp3
at the Internet Archive
Stormtiger and Burtrocket - Stormtiger Stomp mp3
at the Internet Archive
The Space Rangers - Pororoca mp3
at Internet Archive
Paisley - The Wave Beyond mp3
at the Internet Archive
Roar Shark - Dirk Diggler's on the Prowl mp3
at the Internet Archive
The Surfside IV - Oh, Pretty Woman mp3
at the Internet Archive
The Aloha Sluts - Streets of San Juan mp3
at the Internet Archive
The compilations:

NOTE: Each one of these can be downloaded as full compilation downloads or as individual songs. You can also stream them to preview
SurfGuitar101.com 2011 MP3 Compilation
at Internet Archive
SurfGuitar101.com 2010 MP3 Compilation
at Internet Archive
SurfGuitar101.com 2009 MP3 Compilation
at Internet Archive

Thursday, August 7, 2014

WELL THERE YOU ARE

The other night I ran into that above photo of Memphis Minnie, and I had to hear me some. It's been a while. Then I remembered I hadn't been to Honey Where You Been So Long for a while either. I knew they would have some of her stuff, and they did. I'm not going to drag this out. If you dig pre-war blues, just go visit them. Budget some time too, because you'll need it. Here's a couple posts that have Memphis Minnie stuff, but you really ought to go get lost in it.

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Listen:
Memphis Minnie - Two songs at Honey, Where You Been So Long Go there to get them
Memphis Minnie - Three songs at Honey, Where You Been So Long Ditto
Visit:
Honey, Where You Been So Long The home page
Memphis Minnie at Wikipedia

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

OTIS AND A GRAB BAG

Mother lovin' Diddy Wah did it again. That fucking rascal. He posted Otis Rush's "Homework", which many of you older Bic lighter wavers might know from the J. Geils version. Rush's original version just sent me right into a clicking frenzy, through the series of semi-related songs below. It's compare and contrast night over here..

I dig the production on all of these, as different as they are. In varying amounts of rawness, most could easily have been cut live in the studio with no overdubs, if that's any kind of reference. It's all some kind of electric blues, done by a black dude, a greasy rock band,  some ticking time bomb-weird spit shined Canadian white kids, a British blues demigod, and a really, really white guy from Texas.

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Listen: 
Otis Rush - All Your Love mp3 at Susan Piver (?)
Richie Knight and the Mid-Knights - Homework
(streaming) at YouTube
J. Geils Band - Homework
(streaming) at YouTube Studio version
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers - All Your Love
(streaming) at YouTube
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers - Parchman Farm mp3
at Lake Tahoe Real Estate (?)
Johnny Winter with the Traits - Parchman Farm mp3 at Lake Tahoe Real Estate (?) 1967

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

FINK OR FREAK?

I'm not all that crazy about Kim Fowley. He's a bit of a self-aggrandizing jerk. No, wait, not a bit. He's practically the textbook definition. If he happened to be lurking somewhere in the studio when some minor hit was recorded and so much as farted, believe me, he's gonna take credit for something. That said, he has been in the studio when an awful lot of minor hits were recorded. And he recorded some oddball records of his own, occupying that black hole between garage and Zappa. In other words, weird enough to have absolutely no commercial potential whatsoever. This, of course, gives him a free pass here, despite all of his blowhard tendencies. 

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Monday, August 4, 2014

LITTLE ESTHER DOES WILLIE

Want your mind blown? The guy that wrote "Hello Walls" is a pothead. You country people know who I'm talking about, one Willie Nelson. What an insane career he's had. I'm not even gonna go down that road tonight. He's done too much to mention in a haphazard post. Between all of the songs he's written, the records he's released, the duets, the collaborations, the voice, the picking,...hell, just mentioning the categories of notable achievements takes up a half paragraph. So, Willie Nelson wrote it, but I just brought that up because tonight I heard a vastly different version than the one that was a hit in 1961 for Faron Young. It's a 1964 cover by Little Esther Phillips. It's very cool reworked as a soul ballad, produced by Bert Berns. Nelson himself recorded it 1962, followed by Bing Crosby, Ricky Nelson, Brook Benton, and, a couple decades later, Reverend Horton Heat. But, really, it's Little Esther's night. If you get all Hello Walls weepy, check "Mo Jo Hannah" to reset your clock.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

MUSIC FOR DIRTBAGS

Someone just had to go and mention Mountain today, so here we go. Check that photo above. Kind of a hairy bunch, eh? Everybody was back then. Buzz cuts were for the guys in the service. Now they're all over the place. Before I get more sidetracked, here's a couple from Mountain, and  "Respect" by the Vagrants, Leslie West's earlier band. The clip below is the Vagrant's from some movie. The chubby cocksure kid on the right is West.



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Listen:
Mountain - Never In My Life mp3 at Nosmo Kings
Mountain - Mississippi Queen mp3 at Arlequin Creations.org
The Vagrants - Respect mp3
at Reesho.com
West, Bruce & Laing - Why Dontcha
(streaming) at YouTube Post-Mountain 

Video:
Mountain - Mississippi Queen (live) at YouTube

Saturday, August 2, 2014

MAINTAIN SPEED

I remember the first time I heard Rosco Gordon. It was the song "Just A Little Bit", on a VeeJay compilation. Do you know it? Then you likely know his delivery on that third line "I don't want it all-l-l". That's what hooked me. It's so relaxed, he practically sounds drunk. Slays me ever time. And that same delivery is all over his stuff. So the slaying has been pretty consistent over the years. Gordon was a rhythm and blues guy who recorded for a bunch of different labels, among them Chess and Sun, but he may be the only person who recorded Chess, Sun and Coxsone Dodd's Studio One. That little factoid grants him sainthood around here, and that don't come easy.

Diddy Wah just posted "Just A Little Bit" and it doesn't pop up that often, hence this lazy post. For a lot of good reading on Gordon, check out the thing at The Hound Blog. For some extrapolating on his rhythm and its influence on late fifties and early sixties Jamaican music, check out Boogie Woogie Flu post.

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Listen:
Rosco Gordon - Just A Little Bit mp3 at Diddy Wah Go there to get it
Rosco Gordon - Booted mp3 at Boogie Woogie Flu Chess, RPM
Rosco Gordon - No More Doggin mp3 at Boogie Woogie Flu RPM
Roscoe Gordon - Let's Get High (streaming) at YouTube Sun
Rosco Gordon - Wise To You Baby mp3 at Boogie Woogie Flu Duke
Visit:
Rosco Rhythm at Boogie Woogie Flu
Rosco Gordon - Excellent bio at The Hound Blog (Note: Song links on the post are dead)