Wednesday, December 17, 2014

TAKE THAT CASTRO!

What? The U.S and Cuba are going back to their corners? Man, what food for thought. Without going into the whole cold war thing and what the implications were and will be, the first thing I flashed on were some of the things that may or may not have happened had the whole foreign relations pissing match never happened. What would have done to the whole cigar thing?  Would they have been such hot property? How many more Cuban players would be in Major League Baseball? Oh, and the vintage wheels in Cuba? If they could buy any car (nevermind the fact that few can afford a new car), would all of those classic daily drivers have been maintained? The lengths Cubans went through to keep the cars running are heart-wrenching to anyone who's ever owned a beater. An article at the Detroit Free Press tells of one man tearing up at the gift of used spark plugs, and that some Cubans made homemade brake fluid "mixing detergent and rubbing alcohol, with maybe a bit of tree sap...". What will become of the cars?

And what about the music? As loved as Cuban music is, not to mention music incorporating Cuban elements, how many average Americans are even cognizant of it? Would their national music have been vastly more popular overseas? Or would popular American acts, unrestricted from touring there, have influenced younger generations decades ago, to the point that it just blends in. A sea of Gloria Estefans. One thing the U.S. did gain though, was Celia Cruz. She was in the U.S. with her husband when the shit went down and decided to stay, becoming an American citizen in 1966. What would happen if she went back, just before it happened? Would any of us, excepting freaks of international music, have noticed? There's a thousand what-ifs. Tonight it's all azúcar. Listen to these Celia Cruz songs and look at photos of old cars. Yee haw.

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Listen:
Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco - Quimbara mp3 at ATumbr(?)
Celia Cruz - La Vida es un Carnaval mp3 at ATumbr(?)
Celia Cruz - Yo Vivre (I Will Survive) mp3
at Clones Project
Celia Cruz - Ob La Di Ob La Da mp3
at BBC
Video:
Celia Cruz - A Night of Salsa
at YouTube With Tito Puente, full 1999 concert
Celia Cruz
at YouTube Take your pick. 
Visit:
Celia Cruz
at the Smithsonian

Cuban cars - Look and drool
1950s American cars aren't collector's items in Cuba
at Detroit Free Press

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BUBBLEGUM? WHAT'S THAT?

How the fuck did that just happen? One minute my interest is piqued by an Archies cover by Big Youth, then six clicks later I'm digging through the catalog of Pressure Sounds, a UK label, They specialize in obscure and never released reggae, much of it from the golden era. I think you know what that means. About Big Youth. the cover is great, it's him with Junior Byles, from 1977. It's on a post with nine songs, a good cross section, a couple of which are below. There's some even you hot shots might not recognize (Pluto? The Eagles?). 

Looking for more info about the Big Youth cut, I ended up on the page for his "Town Without Pity" 45 at Pressure Sounds. A nice 45 I may purchase one day. A couple clicks later I ran into a compilation of versions, all from the Micron label, and deep with heavy hitters. Holy jeez, add that to the list. Looks like this fantasy shopping trip is gonna take a while. The song snippets sucked me right in.

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Listen:
Big Youth with Junior Byles - Sugar Sugar mp3 at Now That's What I Call Bullshit
U Roy - Dreadlocks Dread mp3 at Now That's What I Call Bullshit
Dr, Alimantado - I Killed the Barber mp3 at Now That's What I Call Bullshit
Big Youth - Hit the Road Jack mp3 at PashPash
Big Youth - Cool Breeze mp3 at Le Blog de la Grande Chose
Visit:
Pressure Sounds  

Monday, December 15, 2014

BEATS GOING TO A MALL

Here's a handful that have been sitting around since 2012, posted at Black Squirrel Amusements. They're all from the same post, there's thirty songs in all. A few others are worth checking out, and more than a few are worthless. The Chipmunks, really? Yeah, it's a real mixed bag. These are just vaguely connected, but if you file them under what-not, it gives you a license to lump just about anything together. Plus, they're good. The unexpected treat was Mr.President, who I've never heard before, so that was cool to run into. Afro-funk from France. I'll be damned. I wanted to hate it, but it's so damn catchy.

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Listen:

Sunday, December 14, 2014

THEE WORKAHOLIC

Billy Childish has never been one to sit around scheming, planning, negotiating or primping. He's too busy creating. He just gets out there and does it. A lot of it. Music, art, books, poetry, film and photography, the whole shooting match. He's like one of those people that just churn out stuff because they don't know how not to. Roughly a hundred and fifty LPs, forty plus books of poetry, plus all that other stuff. You have to think, how much of it could possibly be good? That's a grey area. It depends on what your thresholds are, and what your tastes are. He doesn't seem to care, he considers himself an amateur.



I haven't made it past the music and not more than random samples of that. But what I've heard, I've liked, and that goes for the three below, from a 2007 Christmas LP by one of his zillion bands, Billy Childish and the Musicians of the British Empire, They include a Who sound-alike and a Sonics cover. There's a link to another post down there too, with four songs from another of his bands, Thee Headcoats.You may want to check out the videos on his site, a four part series documents the making of one of his paintings. As far as music videos go, you know how to search YouTube as well as I do, but you probably won't have to. You can just throw a rock over there and hit something.

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Listen:
Visit:
Billy Childish - Official Site Videos, discography, interviews, etc,

Saturday, December 13, 2014

RUDOLPH BETTER HAUL ASS

You gotta like Lemmy. He's his own man, isn't he? He never seems to say no, and he leaves it all out there. Even with a Christmas song. On "Run Rudolph Run" he teams up with Billy Gibbons and Dave Grohl, but really, it's all Lemmy. Every song he does sounds like the last song of a live set, on the last date of a long tour. And he's been like that for how long? God love him.

The second song down there is a cover of "Stand By Your Man" with the late Wendy O. Williams (Plasmatics), and it sounds like you'd think it would sound, at the punk end of the metal-o-meter. There's a couple covers of Motorhead's "Ace of Spades" down there too. One is an awesome soul version by Eli "Paperboy" Reed, and the other by Union Avenue, a Johnny Cash tribute band from Scotland. Their entire repertoire seems to be covers done in the style of Johnny Cash. That shit might get old. But do check the version by Reed. And check the trailer for the Lemmy documentary if you haven't already seen it. See what all the fuss is about.

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Listen:
Lemmy, Billy Gibbons and Dave Grohl - Run Rudolph Run mp3 at What Hh8r (?)
Lemmy and Wendy O. Williams - Stand By Your Man mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Eli "Paperboy" Reed - Ace of Spades mp3 at Ryan's Smashing Life
Union Avenue - Ace of Spades mp3 at Cover Me
Video:
Lemmy- Documentary trailer at YouTube
Motorhead - Ace of Spades (live) at YouTube

Friday, December 12, 2014

CHARLIE HAS GOOD BUD

I ran into an interesting post at this weeks salvage yard, Now That's What I Call Bullshit. The site hasn't been updated for a year, but there's a lot of good stuff buried in their old posts. This particular one is from 2009.  It's four songs by the those guys pictured above. I'm not linking to the songs themselves because every time I link to mp3s by them I get a nasty visit from the goon squad. I'll just give you an idea of what's there, give you a link to the post that has them, and be on my way.

It's four oddballs, three of which are Beggars Banquet outtakes. "Pay Your Dues" is an alternate version of "Street Fighting Man" with different lyrics and title. The second is from the last session with Brian Jones, a ten minute version of Muddy Waters's "Still A Fool". The third outtake is"Sweet Lucy", a version of which ended up on Metamorphosis (a cash-in compilation of Stones oddballs), as "Downtown Suzie". The other song is "Memo From Turner", released in two different versions, one on Metamorphosis, and the other on the soundtrack to the film Performance. The one posted over there is the soundtrack version, and is actually Jagger's vocal laid over backing tracks recorded later, the slide by Ry Cooder, with Randy Newman playing piano, and Jack Nitzsche producing. There's at least one other version that's wound up on bootlegs, supposedly with some or all members of Traffic, and few Stones. I'm not sure of all of the details, but there's a whole Wiki page for the song, so dig in if you're so inclined. But, the one on the soundtrack is the defining version, with Cooder's slide, which really is what makes the song.

Besides the four songs mentioned above, as mp3s (at the bottom of their post), and some text, there's a letter from Big Lips McGhee to Andy Warhol, wherein he thanks him for taking on the Sticky Fingers album art job, and then proceeds to make suggestions. Yeesh.

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Listen:
Four Stones oddballs at Now That's What I Call Bullshit (see above)
Rolling Stones - Memo From Turner
(streaming) at YouTube Personnel unclear
Rolling Stones - Memo From Turner
(streaming) at YouTube Ditto
Video:
Mick Jagger - Memo From Turner at YouTube A clip from the film Performance
Visit:
Memo From Turner entry at Wikipedia
Letter from Jagger to Warhol Large readable scan
Pay Your Dues lyrics (scroll down)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

MISSION: MAKE IT SWING

Among holiday songs, one of the least likely to swing would have to be "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen". You can't imagine it, it's that unthought of. But it has happened. If you haven't heard it, you have to check what Jimmy Smith does to it. What seems impossible sounds effortless for him. Seriously.

"Jingle Bells" is down there too, along with his most awesome version of "Mission Impossible", that one for all of you last minute shoppers.

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Listen:
Jimmy Smith - God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman mp3 at Panic Stream
Jimmy Smith - Jingle Bells mp3 at Panic Stream
NOTE: Links to Panic Stream, the uploader of the songs, have been disabled, The song links work, but the links to the actual site were loaded with pop-ups,
Last minute special:
Jimmy Smith - Mission Impossible mp3
at AM Then FM

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

TELL ME ABOUT THIS WAITS FELLA

Here's a good one to slip in towards the end of your holiday mix, so it comes on when everybody's drunk. It's not that the song is about being drunk, or sung by a drunk, it's just because it sounds like a normal song would when heard by a drunk. You'll be able to peg the non-drunks by the baffled look on their faces when they hear this. The drunks will just take it stride.

The song is by Bahamian guitarist and singer Joseph Spence, who was known for this style of singing. It is guttural and almost unintelligible. Don't laugh at it (okay, maybe a little, it's almost unavoidable). Think of it this way; if a guitarist does wacky things with feedback, to the point of almost derailing a song, many of us would applaud that, Why not a vocalist delivering lyrics? Shouldn't they be afforded the same amount of legroom?

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Listen:
Joseph Spence - Santa Claus is Coming to Town mp3
at Now That's What I call Bullshit Four other holiday songs too.
More Joseph Spence (streaming) at YouTube
Visit:
Joseph Spence at Wikipedia

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

REALLY LISTEN THIS TIME. PUNK.

Looking at the photo above while listening to a scratchy copy of "Merry Christmas" froze me in my tracks, probably the last reflective moment I'll get for a while, what with all of this holiday mayhem. But, dig this, Chuck Berry still walks the earth. Hell yeah, the man is still alive. That alone is worth celebrating. On top of all that, his "Merry Christmas Baby" is godhead.

The song is as perfect as they come. With Johnny Johnson, his long time piano player, filling like he invented it, the great Willie Dixon on bass, and Fred Below with the insanely restrained brushwork, plus the little pops and surface noise on the copy posted at Boogie Woogie Flu, this will make you stop what you're doing and slow the fuck down for three minutes. Turn your cell phone off.

Leave your phone off. Listen to "Run Rudolph Run". This is greatness, the messenger and the package, These songs are just two of many, This man is still alive. We may never see the likes of him again. Okay, just throw your phone away.

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Listen:
Chuck Berry - Merry Christmas Baby mp3 at Boogie Woogie Flu
Chuck Berry - Run Rudolph Run mp3 at Boogie Woogie Flu
For your locker:
High resolution version of above photo

Monday, December 8, 2014

MEET 后海大鲨鱼

I don't know what to think about these guys. First the name, Queen Sea Big Shark. Awesome, a name that doesn't mean anything. That's just great. I checked out a video, for a song called "Bling Bling Bling", that sounds like (asshole alert) Ennio Morricone arranged by Lee Hazelwood, with Billy Strange or a stoned Duane Eddy playing guitar, and a woman singer. After watching the video a couple times (because Ennio Hazelwood does that to me), I run into an acoustic version, performed while driving around in a car, and even with just an acoustic guitar it retains the feel.

Not quite satiated, I run into a radically different sounding collaboration with someone named Llman, called "Dirty Party", It sounds like electro or some such shit, but it's really catchy and fairly hard sounding for synth based stuff. By this time I'm getting all sorts of mixed signals. I checked some song samples at Amazon and on their web page and didn't get one step closer to figuring them out. Then I run into a video of that raises all sorts of questions. Apparently they had a beef with a sound guy, and they, the drummer in particular, give him a skinny band beatdown, Dude tries to sucker punch him and doesn't really make contact, but it would have been hard enough that you have to wonder what the fallout would be. Being in China, would there be public scorn, or was it enabled by the same celebrity amnesty that happens in Western countries? Would they be charged with anything? Screw it. I'll let you take it from here.

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Listen:
Video:
Visit:

Sunday, December 7, 2014

SONICS VS SANTA

The Sonics don't believe in Christmas. Can you blame them? Santa doesn't show, Rudolph is downing moonshine and the damn mistletoe doesn't work. You'd have a bone to pick too. The Sonics certainly did. In "Santa Claus", the fat man responds to a request for a twangy guitar, a car, a girl, and money by flat out saying he's not putting out, period. You can hear the frustration in the Sonics' camp, even when they try to soften the story by rewriting Don and Dewey's "Farmer John", That's when that rat bastard Santa adds insult to injury, messing with the mistletoe and getting Rudolph buzzed. You do that to the Sonics and you know all hell is going to break loose.

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Listen:
The Sonics - Santa Claus mp3 at The Decibel Tolls
The Sonics - Don't Believe In Christmas mp3 at Scratch Bomb

Saturday, December 6, 2014

YOU FIGURE IT OUT

You can't just stand there and look at a link to a song by a band called Shark Move, titled "Evil War", and do nothing. You bite or move on, Then you find out it's Indonesian psych-prog whatever, Now, that sounds like it just could be the right type of fucked up. It is. It has elements that I love, and some I hate. On top of each other. There are parts that are just mind numbingly repetitive, Then it'll go into a this pretty part and you'll be all "aw c'mon guys, don't do that to me". Then they throw in a few solos. Before you know it you're in the middle of second string Emerson, Lake and Palmer type organ jam, With a buzz saw fuzz guitar. I know, and yes. It is that kind of fucked up.

The other band down there, Haa! is just as all over the place. Their song sounds like it was conceived after a lengthy band meeting, going back and forth about whether to go the trippy Beatles route, or Led Zeppelin. They just threw their hands up and said, "let;s do both". They did their damnedest, I'm sure.

Both of these should be heard in their entirety. You'll hear parts you like and some you hate. They keep changing, like movements. Maybe that's what prog or psych is supposed to do. Whatever, these nuts keep it interesting.

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Listen:
Shark Move - Evil War mp3 at Now Again
Haa! - Panber mp3 at Clumsy and Shy

Friday, December 5, 2014

'TIS THE GO POWER

We take his music for granted don't we? Even if you recognize James Brown's greatness, how often do you ponder the consistency and breadth of his output? He, more than anyone, was capable of mastering evolving styles over the years without missing a beat, and backing it up well past middle age with dynamic live performances. You can throw all the clichés in there, the hardest working man in show business, soul brother number one, the godfather of soul, and so on, the bottom line is that the guy had it, whatever it is, even with Christmas music, and he did a lot of Christmas music. Even that sounded badass.

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Listen:
James Brown - Funky Christmas mp3 at SB Dave
James Brown - Go Power At Christmas Time mp3 at The Sound of Indie
James Brown - Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto mp3 at The Mob Third Coast
James Brown - Christmas In Heaven mp3 at Pup 'n' Taco
James Brown - Let's Unite the World at Christmas mp3 at Panic Stream
James Brown - Please Come Home For Christmas mp3 at Panic Stream

Thursday, December 4, 2014

FOUR STONERS AND A BASS PLAYER

Oh hell yeah, another holiday with all sorts of thematic stuff to be found. I'm not nuts about holiday music, but people entertain this time of year, and with parties comes the requirement for tunes. So, let's start this stuff early. I guess.

Check these guys, the Blue Star Chorus. I've posted them before, but just look at them. Where to start? First, the pose. What the hell? This is way before irony and intentionally bad became fashionable. So what is is? Lame, or genius? Who knows, but the photo has me talking about it decades later, so it did its job. You will note that the guy on the right is the only one displaying even an ounce of enthusiasm. It's not like the others are trying to look badass. They look sedated. And what about the ukelele player sitting on his duff? He can't even muster the energy to sit in a chair, let alone hold it guitar? You'd be forgiven if you thought that this would be tryptophan rock. Thankfully it's just a Ventures-type instrumental, but there they go again! An instrumental, played by a band called Blue Star Chorus. The nuts!

Seeing that the Blue Star Chorus is from Taiwan, let's just make this an international holiday crowd pleaser special. Next up is Jayran Achary, from India, though you wouldn't guess it. It features sitar so tame that it makes "Paint It Black" sound like Ravi Shankar. Lest we mention the marimba, or whatever the hell it is. Full sellout. Worry not, redemption is here. Ghana's Pee Wee Dynamite's "Groovy Christmas and New Year", a tight James Brown influenced afrofunk jam that'll have them spilling eggnog. The Ghanafather of Soul. Someone had to say it.

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Listen:
Blue Star Chorus - Silent Night at Radiodiffusion International Taiwan
Jayran Achary - Santa Clause Is Coming to Town mp3
at Radiodiffusion International India
Pee Wee Dynamite - A Groovy Christmas and New Year mp3 at Voodoo Funk Ghana
Alternate link:
Soundcloud note: If the embedded streaming widget has a visible downward pointing arrow on the right side of the bar, downloading is enabled. Click on the arrow.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

THE HONORARY TEXAN

Man, just a day after the passing of Bobby Keys, today Ian McLagan died. If you knew Keys, you likely know McLagan, He was the keyboard player for the Small Faces who, after singer/guitarist Steve Marriot's exit and Rod Stewart joining, became the Faces, the only British band that really gave the Stones a run for their money back in the early seventies. After the Faces split up, he did session and live dates with the Stones, along with others, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, and Billy Bragg among them. He moved to Austin, Texas in 1994, and it became his adopted hometown where he was embraced as a local, and gigged frequently with his Bump Band.



Here's two Faces songs, the first, "Stay With Me", you should know like the back of your hand. That song would not be the same without his electric piano, The other is from the first Faces LP, with him on organ. On a lighter note, you may want to check the joke page on his web site, with gems like this one: "Kenny G walks into an elevator and says, “Man, this place is HAPPENING!”

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Listen:
The Faces - Stay With Me mp3 at Juke Box Junior
The Faces - Three Button Hand Me Down mp3 at Self Starter Foundation
Video:
The Faces - Stay With Me at YouTube
The Faces - BBC Crown Jewels (complete set) at YouTube 43 minutes
The Small Faces - Itchycoo Park at YouTube
Visit:
Ian McLagan's jokes at Ian McLagan 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF STONES

You may have heard Bobby Keys died today, reportedly from cirrhosis. If you don't know that name, to put it simply, you're an ass. You've identified yourself as someone who doesn't read liner notes, at least on Stones LPs. Keys played on every Stones LP from 1969 through 1974, considered by many to be their peak, and from 1980 up until their latest (whatever the hell that was). He played with a lot of others as well, back as far as Dion's "The Wanderer" (that one uncredited).



His illness required the Stones to hire a replacement for their latest tour of Australia and New Zealand, a guy named Karl Denson. That name may not be recognizable to many, but if you were around San Diego in the mid-late nineties, you may know him as as a co-founding member of the Greyboy Allstars, an acid jazz combo capable of some really, really funky stuff. More recently he's led two bands, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and the Karl Denson Trio.



It's sad, really, what happened to Keys. Dude just partied too much. May that be a lesson to us, at least those of us who need it. We're given a finite amount of party passes in life. Take it from one who knows, if you want to party your whole life, space out use of those passes. When they're through, you're done. And, obviously, nobody has as many party passes as Key's brother from another mother, Keith Richards. I think Bill Wynman's went to him by default.



Really, what motivated this post was Denson, and that short time that the Greyboy Allstars ruled the roost at the Green Circle back in the mid nineties. Keys's passing, sad as it is, just gave me the tangent. I think you know where to find Stones music, and liner notes.

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Listen:
Bobby Keys - Steal From a King (streaming) at YouTube Tons more at YouTube
The Greyboy Allstars - Still Waiting mp3 at Ear It Now (?)
The Greyboy Allstars - V Neck Sweater mp3
at Fish Heads
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - Five shows at Internet Archive Click on the selected show venue/date to go to another page with the entire set (scroll down for mp3s)
Visit:
Bobby Keys: Five great performances at The Guardian
Bobby Keys at Wikipedia
Karl Denson at Wikipedia

Monday, December 1, 2014

GET YOUR YÉ-YÉ OUT

Mel Torme is to blame. The Velvet Fog. He always seemed like some old crooner that was on every telethon ever. I never knew what all the fuss was about. Then, I heard "Comin' Home Baby", Dude did have cool in him. Who knew? That particular song is so smooth that it sounds like a parody. So, I run into Sylvie Vartan's cover of it, in French, and I'm going fully Gomez. I ended up on the Wiki page for yé-yé, and read about the ye-ye girls thing ("The singers were also sexy in a deliberately naïve way.") That lead to France Gall and her song "Les sucettes" ("Lollipops"), written by bird dog Serge Gainsbourg. She was eighteen at the time and had already been a successful singer for a couple years. The lyrics to the song were pure Gainsbourg, "Annie loves lollipops, aniseed lollipops, when the sweet liquid runs down Annie's throat, she is in paradise." If that's not suggestive enough, witness the lollipops in the video, there's no mistaking. It's dancing dildos.

It turns out that Gall also recorded "Laisse tomber les filles" a year or two before Gainsbourg got a hold of her. You might know it from the April March cover, rettitled "Chick Habit".

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Listen:
Mel Torme - Comin' Home Baby mp3 at A Gr8 Song
Sylvie Vartan - Ne t'en vas pas (Comin' home baby) mp3 at Discos y Mostrous
France Gall - Laisse tomber les filles mp3 at Damnish (?)
April March - Chick Habit mp3 at 10 Things I Hate About You
Video:
France Gall - Les sucettes at YouTube
Visit
Yé-yé entry at Wikipedia

Sunday, November 30, 2014

MEET SHIRLEY SCOTT

A jazz organist who's not named Jimmy? Yeah, I know, there's shitloads of them, but I don't know much about jazz, so Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff are about the extent of my knowledge in that category. (Throw a beer can at me and be done with it.) The two songs below are by Shirley Scott, who was a pianist and trumpet player until she heard Jimmy Smith, which led to a switch to the Hammond. (So there's your Jimmy connection.) "Keep the Faith Baby" was what got my attention. The slow tempo and finger snapping conjure visions of smokey coffeehouses full of Hollywood type beatniks. You half expect Joe Friday to pop in and bust someone for reefer.

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Listen:
Shirley Scott Trio - Keep the Faith Baby mp3 at Discos y Monstruos
Shirley Scott Trio - Was the Time mp3 at All About Jazz

Saturday, November 29, 2014

RIDDIM DEPOT. YEAH, WE GOT THAT.

Garret Mimms's "A Quiet Place" was just a slow tempo soul song when it was released in 1964, making it to #78 in the charts. Hardly a smash hit. But when it crossed the water over to Jamaica, boy, did it ever get legs. The Paragons recorded it at Duke Reid's in 1968, and the riddim (rhythm) that it was laid over has been mined for the past four decades. Usually referred to as the "Man Next Door" riddim, it's been used by U Roy, Doctor Alimatado, and I Roy, to toast over, and the song itself, with the riddim (as opposed to Simms's original version), has been covered by everybody from Horace Andy and Dennis Brown to the Slits. My personal favorite (which you should rightly not give a shit about) is Dr. Alimantado's version, "Poison Flour", because he incorporates Horace Andy's vocal tracks as well as the riddim, and, of course, his own spouting off . He must have like the song, because he used it twice, as did U Roy, John Holt (solo and with the Paragons), and Horace Andy (solo, with the Paragons, and with Massive Attack). And you just know the session musicians that came up with the riddim probably got the paid for the session, but squat for coming up with the very part of it that has proved so enduring. I've no clue if you can be paid royalties for just playing a song differently, but that opens up the biggest can of worms in reggae, who did what? It's like a damn free for all over there.

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Songs:
Garnet Simms - A Quite Place (streaming at YouTube
The Paragons - A Quiet Place mp3 at Essentially Eclectic
Horace Andy - Man Next Door (streaming) at YouTube With dub version.
Dr. Alimantado - Poison Flour mp3 at Le Blog de la Grande Chose
I Roy- Noisy Place (streaming) at YouTube
U Roy - Peace and Love In the Ghetto (streaming) at YouTube
Dennis Brown - Man Next Door mp3 at Essential Eclectic
The Slits - Man Next Door (live) mp3 at Essentially Eclectic

Thursday, November 27, 2014

ROLL OVER RAVI

I thought about these three songs and what attracts me to them, They're from a compilation titled Psych Funk Sa Re Ga!, They're supposed to psych funk or some other nonsense. I can hear little of either. What I do hear is weird. In a good way. Do you think you can go wrong with rock bands from India? You cannot. This is not Bollywood or sitar jams. They're twisting Western music to compete with others doing the same, all trying to stand out, somehow. Actually, that could apply to all rock bands. These may just be a bit more twisted.

They're all worth hearing, but you really gotta hear the Black Beats' "The Mod Trade", it sounds like some lost bootleg of Robby Krieger and Keith Moon jamming. And check that "Psychedelia" by the X'lents, which is not psychedelic in the least. In these parts we would call it rudimentary Ventures type stuff, which of course elevates it to a whole other level of weird appeal. The rawness of the recording, lack of effects, reverb or otherwise, and the kit bashing just add to it. The cymbals sound like tin cans, that should tell you, The third band below, Atomic Forest, do a Deep Purple cover. Yes, it's suitably twisted, It features someone who loves their fuzz more than their mother. To the max.

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Listen:
X'Lent's - Psychedelia mp3 at Clumsy and Shy
The Black Beats - The Mod Trade mp3 at Pop Matters
Atomic Forest - Mary Long mp3
at Stones Throw

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WELL, WHADDYA KNOW?

Just going about my business last night with the music on shuffle, I had to stop when "Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu" by Slim Harpo came on. It was one of those songs that I probably listened to when I downloaded it, but had completely forgotten about. Regardless, it hit the spot. From 1968, it's a little later than most of his better known stuff, interesting in that it definitely sounds like him, but it has almost a New Orleans feel to it. It was followed by Groundhog's "Take It Off" which definitely borrows from Harpo's "Scratch My Back", albeit with a late night lovin' stoney feel.

Both of these were posted at Boogie Woogie Flu, back in 2012, with five others, all songs that Alex Chilton had covered at one time or another. 

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Listen:
Slim Harpo - Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu mp3 at Boogie Woogie Flu
Groundhog - Take It Off mp3 at Boogie Woogie Flu
Five more songs that Chilton covered at Boogie Woogie Flu

Monday, November 24, 2014

THE ERSATZ BOX SET

Hats off to Ghetto Blasters and Switchblades. In the past year or so they've posted five volumes of mixes titled This Primitive Sound, featuring what could best be described as undistilled rock 'n' roll, leaning towards punk rock. All of these mixes are good cross-sections of old and new, recognizable and head scratchers, all five zips with with thirty individual mp3s, so you can ignore those that don't suit your fancy. The more familiar bands from the first volume include the Heartbreakers, the Saints, Thee Headcoats, the Gories, the Zeros, Crime, the Black Lips, and the Oblivians; so that's what you're in for. There's 150 cuts in all, so even you full on minutiae fiend punk collectors will likely be surprised (And let go of that collecting thing already!) 

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The mixes:
This Primitive Sound (via DivShare) at Ghetto Blasters and Switchblades
This Primitive Sound, Vol 2 (via DivShare) at Ghetto Blasters and Switchblades
This Primitive Sound, Vol 3 (via DivShare) at Ghetto Blasters and Switchblades
This Primitive Sound, Vol 4 (via DivShare) at Ghetto Blasters and Switchblades
This Primitive Sound, Vol 5 (via DivShare) at Ghetto Blasters and Switchblades
NOTE: Once you get to DivShare, click on the small green "Download" button underneath the streaming thing, and cratch your head for fifteen seconds while the timer counts down. When the button reappears, you're good to go.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A MISSING LINK

I'd never heard any of Cedric Brooks's later stuff until tonight, and...holy shit, what an eye opener. I knew he was in Sound Dimension, the Studio One backing band, and that that he had been in a later incarnation of the Skatalites, I knew he was an alumni of the Alpha Boys School, and had done some solo stuff, but everything I'd heard had been reggae related. I'd never heard his stuff mixing jazz with Rastafarian drums, afro-funk, and all sorts of other stuff (check "Africa"). These are some very cool sounds, genre defying and all that. The obituary at the Jamaican Gleaner (he died in 2013) noted "he established an association with the Arkestra of Sun Ra" which would explain why the stuff sounds out there, not really weird, just hard to pin down, like it's from some far away place, someplace exotic that you may or may not be able to find on a map.

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Listen:
Cedric Brooks - Ethiopia mp3 at Esentially Eccentric Studio One
Cedric Brooks - Silent Force mp3
at Pixie Radio
Cedric Brooks - Sly Mongoose mp3
at Pixie Radio
Cedric Brooks - Africa mp3
(via DivShare) at Village Dance Radio
NOTE: Once you get to DivShare, click on the small green "Download" button underneath the streaming thing, and scratch your head for fifteen seconds while the timer counts down. When the button reappears, you're good to go.
Visit:
Cedric Brooks profile at the Jamaican Gleaner

Saturday, November 22, 2014

IT'S A NEW DAY BABY

Aaargh, A third day in a row with something from Ghetto Recordings' client page. Give me a pass. Some friends stopped by and it ate up a chunk of my night, so some shit ain't gonna get done. But I was going to point you to this one at some point. It's the Dirtbomb's cover of Lou Rawls's "Natural Man", one of many songs that they covered, and well, that never would have been considered by other bands, That's one thing to dig about the Dirtbombs. I gotta say, that Mick Collins sure does shit roses on occasion.

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Listen:
The Dirtbombs - A Natural Man mp3 at Ghetto Recorders
Note: If the link is disabled, just go there to get it. Scroll a little over halfway down the page.
Lou Rawls - A Natural Man (streaming) at YouTube

Friday, November 21, 2014

I CARN'T SPELL

Do you ever follow of these links? You should. That one last night is one you should at least bookmark. Ghetto Recorders' client list is littered with loud stuff. The very first song, "I'm Cryin'" by Red Aunts was worth the trip alone. Enough so that I went out scrounging for more by them. I didn't find much, but it is the right type of noisy for tonight.

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Listen::
Red Aunts - Teach Me To Kill mp3 at Internet Archive
Red Aunts - Lethal Lolita mp3
at Internet Archive
Red Aunts - I'm Cryin' mp3
at Ghetto Recorders Go there to get it
Video:
Red Aunts - Live in the UK
at YouTube
Visit:
Red Aunts
at Wikipedia
Ghetto Recorders

Thursday, November 20, 2014

MADE IN DETROIT

Oh so tempted to bag on that last post. The first order of business though is getting all of the hippy trippy shit out of my head. I had travel to other side of the universe. "Surfin' Bird". Twice. Yeah baby. It was like one of those heart zappers, Recovery is well under way. Right now I'm making time over at Ghetto Recorders. I ran into a link from an old post, and fell onto their client page. I'm gonna be there a while. They've done some good stuff, suitably raucous.. There's over forty songs, each by a different artist, including Andre Williams, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the Dirtbombs and other names you might not recognize but are worth checking out. Those crafty sapsuckers over there disabled third party linking, so just go to their client page to get them. I'm not just being a flake, it really is worth that excruciating added click.

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Listen::
Ghetto Recorders - Client page 40+ artists with songs
Visit:
Ghetto Recorders
Jim Diamond and Ghetto Recorders
at Wikipedia

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

HOW DID THIS THING GET IN HERE?

Todd Rundgren is just about the last person I thought I'd ever post here. For more than a few reasons, one in particular is that he never fully grabbed me. I'm sure many fiends would argue, but I find most of his stuff, the stuff I've heard anyway, boring. I can appreciate his craftiness, but that only goes so far, That all said, one LP, A Wizard, A True Star, has been in my collection for decades. When I first heard it, it filled a void. A second tier player taking a stab at making their own Sgt. Pepper's type layered weirdness. It actually holds up pretty well for that sort of thing. I guess, I'm not too well versed in layered weirdness. I might be blowing things out of proportion. But it's listenable, best when played in it's entirety. The segues and juxtaposition of styles keep it interesting. When it goes from "International Feel" and "Never Never Land", the first two cuts on the album, into an instrumental, you start to just go with it and take it in. Then it goes into "You Need Your Head", and you know you're going on a ride. I think that's what initially grabbed me, Listen to it and consider that it was 1973. Of course you're going to give the rest of it a shot. Check the medley of soul covers from the middle of side two. Good stuff, ending in "Cool Jerk", a jacked up version that kind of snaps you to attention for the final leg.

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Listen:
Todd Rundgren - International Feel mp3 at Blupawradio (?)
Todd Rundgren - Never Never Land mp3 at Tavie
Todd Rundgren - You Need Your Head (streaming) YouTube
Todd Rundgren - When the Shit Hits the Fan mp3 at Art Decade
Todd Rundgren - Medley: I'm So Proud / Ooh Baby Baby / La La Means I Love You / Cool Jerk (streaming) at YouTube
The whole LP:
Todd Rundgren - A Wizard, A True Star (streaming) at YouTube
Visit:

Monday, November 17, 2014

WALL OF OUTTAKES

Aw shit, I'd bookmarked a link to a song and made the mistake of revisiting it. The result: tonight's rabbit hole, a single song, but one of the most storied songs in pop music history; "River Deep Mountain High", by Ike and Tina Turner, the last thing Phil Spector produced before his long drawn out descent into wigs. 

The song was written by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, and Spector, specifically for Tina Turner to sing. It's a combination of three unfinished songs, one from each co-writer, The record itself, produced by Spector and arranged by Jack Nitzsche, was one of Spector's big ass Wall of Sound recordings, utilizing twenty members of the Wrecking Crew, among them Carol Kaye, Leon Russell, Barney Kessell, Glen Campbell, and Earl Palmer and/or Hal Blaine (both have been credited for the drums). It cost $22,000 to record, and $20,000 went to Ike Turner to stay away from the sessions. Really. Even a crazy pop genius knew to avoid that conflict. Hence, Ike Turner's co-credit as performer, even though he had no participation in it whatsoever.



The cover of the LP that contained the song featured photography by Dennis Hopper. I'd never looked closely, but according to Bob Krasnow, then president of Blue Thumb Records, the background is actually a billboard for a movie, the shot taken at a sign company. 

There's some outtakes from the sessions below, and if you let them roll, you'll hear between take booth talk ("Jack, you don't have a more substantial tambourine out there, do you?"), instruments as they're being added, the surprisingly simple bass lines of Carol Kaye, and cowbell. There's also a later Wall of Sound-less version by Ike and Tina Turner, and a few covers. (Dig the brass band version by the Peace Artistes.) If you still want more there's the promo film from back in the day.

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Listen: 
Ike and Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High mp3 at Ahangbaz.org (?) cleanest rip
Ike and Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High mp3 at Corky (just in case)
Outtakes:
Covers:
Deep Purple - River Deep Mountain High (streaming) at YouTube Over ten minutes, vocals show up after the four minute mark.
Video: