Sunday, September 21, 2014

ANYONE CAN MAKE A RECORD

Back in the late seventies, when the punk scene in L.A. was just getting off the ground, like other scenes that were springing up it was predominantly guitar based bands. Some may have had a sax here or some keyboards there, but it was all but written that a band be centered around the standard guitar-bass-drums foundation. This coming from a movement that was about tossing out the old way of doing things and starting from scratch, With the benefit of hindsight, from a musical standpoint it seems almost reactionary. Louder, faster, tough lyrics, yeah, yeah, but that's not exactly turning things upside down. That might be the reason why the Screamers, despite having never officially released a single record, have proven to be one of the most significant bands of that era. They consisted of two keyboards, a drummer and a vocalist. Not a single stringed instrument, Before you go spouting off, consider that this was before synth based bands really existed, and before industrial music was a definable movement.



Rather than rehash what I wrote a few years ago (you can read that here). I'll cut to the quick, The late Tomata Du Plenty was the lead singer of the Screamers. From the violent unfamiliar sound of the Screamers, and Du Plenty's intense stage presence, one could easily be intimidated by him from afar. But if you knew him as many, many people did, you know what an incredibly gracious person he was face to face, I was lucky enough to had a bunch of interactions with him back then. The man was totally disarming.


There's a documentary being made about Du Plenty, and I hope it covers him as a person, his being, as much as it does his music and various other works (acting, painting). Because first and foremost, that, to me, was what made him special, the standout member of a standout band.

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Listen:
The Screamers - Punish Or Be Damned (demo) mp3 at HoboFM
The Screamers - 122 Hours of Fear (streaming) at Avant Avant
Video:
The Screamers - Punish or Be Damned (live) at YouTube
The Screamers - In A Better World (live) at YouTube
The Screamers at Network Awesome Eight live videos, in succession

The Screamers - Tons more at YouTube
Population 1 - Trailer/movie site Expanded two DVD edition for sale, bonus disc with 40 minutes of the Screamers
Visit:

The Life and Times of Tomata Du Plenty - Kickstarter Campign (Relax, it's funded.)
The Screamers - Unofficial site
Very comprehensive
The Screamers - Profile
at Beware of the Blog
The Screamers - Profile
at Perfect Sound Forever 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

SPREAD THIS ON YOUR SKULL

Porfi Jimenez is not someone familiar to many. You'd probably have to be more than a casual Latin music dabbler to know him, which most of us are not. That's why I still go digging through old posts at Musica del Alma. They're not dabblers over their, they're fiends of the highest order. Jimenez stuck out because of "Coro", a pounding three and a half minute jam, dyn-o-mite Latin funk that sounds like the theme to some seventies cop show, if the cop show was from Venezuela. Blazing horns, guitar freak out, with a conga and bass heavy rhythm that just doesn't let up.

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Listen:
Porfi Jimenez y su Orquesta - Coro mp3 at Musica del Alma
Porfi Jimenez y su Orquesta - Echate Pa Ca mp3
at Musica del Alma
Porfi Jimenez y su Orquesta- Mi Consentida mp3
at Musica del Alma
Visit:
Musica del Alma

Friday, September 19, 2014

MOVIE NIGHT, OR NOT

A quick one here for that small group of people who dig X, but have never seen the movie The Unheard Music. It's worth seeing, and even though it's been tucked away on YouTube for a while, I guarantee it won't be online for long, So make hay while the sun shines sucka. If the video's gone by the time you read this, wallow in audio.


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Listen:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NO SHIT, HE DID MORE THAN ONE.

Yeah, I know you. You're like the rest of us who like to pat ourselves on the back because we know the original version of a song that someone later covered in a radically different way. You're not like that? Let's take Ted Taylor's "Ramblin' Rose" as an example. I can hear you, "Ooh, ooh, that's an easy one, that's the song that MC5 covered". Very clever.  Now name one more Ted Taylor song. See what I mean? We've got to get over ourselves. We really don't know shit.

That all came to mind when I ran into another fine cut by Taylor at Diddy Wah, "I Don't Care". I realized that I knew none of Taylor's other work, so I did so preliminary digging. You know what I found out? Nearly everything I heard by Taylor was top shelf "How come this guy's just a footnote?" quality. Humbled again.

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Listen:
Ted Taylor - I Don't Care mp3 at Diddy Wah Go there to get it.
Ted Taylor - Somebody's Always Trying mp3 at Soul Garage
Ted Taylor - Top Of the World mp3 at Soul Garage
Ted Taylor - Ramblin' Rose mp3 (via Box.com) at If There Is a Hell Below 1966. Note: At Box.com, click on the "Download" button in the top right
MC5 - Ramblin' Rose mp3 at Probe is Turning-On the People
Ted Taylor - 16 more cuts (streaming) at YouTube
Visit:
Ted Taylor at Wkipedia  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

OCCAM'S CLIP JOINT

There is calamity in the blogosphere. Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks has grown a beard. Actually. I only saw it mentioned on one blog. When it all comes down to it though, other than the beau going cheek to cheek with him, this should be of no particular interest to anyone. But look around you. We're all a bunch of superficial creeps. Just hearing about said beard  made you stop for a split second and think something. I'd like to think that rather than modeling it after some singer/songwriter salt of the earth stuff, or any deference to hipster clichés, or trying to make a statement of any kind, it is simply hair, whiskers. Not shaving. That is it. So what if it's not your bag?


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Listen:
The Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love mp3 at Absageagentur (?)
The Buzzcocks - Something's Gone Wrong Again mp3
at X818
The Buzzcocks -  Oh Shit, and What Do I Get mp3s at Killed By Death Go there to get them.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CUT IT UP OCCAM

The less I know about Elastica the better. I like to think of them as just a band who had songs catchy enough to listen to more than once. Like a Top 40 song on AM radio used to. Oh, but the nitpickers will go off at length (or would back when they first appeared} about how the lead singer, Justine Frischmann, was from a family that was loaded, how they ripped off Wire and the Stranglers, and various things like that. But taken at the simplest level, they were a mixed gender third rate Buzzcocks/Wire hybrid, with a lot more style visually than any of the bands they were derivative of. And, yeah, they were hot, that too. They rarely smiled, they were skinny, and they wore boots. Of course they were going to get their fifteen minutes (or five years in their case). But you know what? Nineteen years later, they still sound good. I don't care about that other stuff. I don't have to have strong opinions or join any debate. I'm just going to reach over here and turn it up. I'm like that. I'm a wild man. I use two paper towels to dry one hand.



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Listen:
Elastica - Connection mp3 at Le Champ de Patate
Elastica - Stutter mp3
at I Hate Wheat
Elastica - Waking Up mp3
at Aural States
Elastica - All Nighter mp3
at Terribly Happy
Elastica - How He Wrote Elastica Man mp3 (via Box.net) at The Vinyl Villian
Elastica - Nothing Stays The Same (Donna's Home Demo) mp3 (via Box.net) at The Vinyl Villian
Elastica - Miami Nice (Home Recording) mp3 (via Box.net) at The Vinyl Villian
Elastica - KB mp3 (via Box.net) at The Vinyl Villian
Elastica - Operate (Live Version) mp3 (via Box.net) at The Vinyl Villian
Elastica - Generator mp3 (via Box.net) at The Vinyl Villian

Monday, September 15, 2014

I THROW MY HANDS UP. I DON'T CARE.

I'm not going to try to convince you rap and hip hop haters to loosen the hell up. We just listen to music differently. No big thing, your loss, and all of that. But one or two of you might dig these jams. It's some early rap, with an ESG chaser, because that's what I've been listening to for the past couple hours. Some of these you may have heard, but I bet it's been sometime since you really listened to them. Start with Kraftwerk fan Africa Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force, followed by the polished and repetitive, but still infectious, beat of Gramdmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message". Next up is JJ Fad, genderless sass, with a beat. The sparseness of that one made me think of ESG, who really aren't rap, or no wave, or post punk, all of which they're sometimes lumped with, They're a whole different ball game. No one sounds like ESG.

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Listen:
Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force - Looking For the Perfect Beat mp3 at Plugged Not Thugged
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five - The Message mp3 at ATumbr
JJ Fad - Supersonic mp3 at ATumblr The good stuff starts at :25
ESG - Erase You mp3 at DJ or No DJ
ESG - Moody mp3 at Loft and Lost
ESG- It's Alright mp3 at DJ or No DJ

Sunday, September 14, 2014

FUNK IF I KNOW

Oh yeah, a bunch of funky odds and ends. The songs below were tucked away on a post at DK Presents, which has been dormant since 2011. Culled from what they're calling 20 Lost Funk Gems. Although they're not all what you'd probably consider straight up funk, they are funky and most of them are alien to me, so yeah, I'm on it. Gotta learn something today.

The band above is Rasputin's Stash, a bunch of Chicago area studio guys. I read somewhere that Beck sampled their song "Mr. Cool", which means absolutely nothing. The intro is a crack up, particularly at the end when the guy mutters "Oh, d'yeahhh". And, I'll tell you, this guy Mr. Cool thinks he's some pretty hot shit, but "no jive, gimme five"? I cry bullshit on that, There are holes in his resume, not the least of which is claiming to be the first man on the moon,...in a satellite. But, the horns, the organ, and the fuzz, make up for the implausibilities. It is a funky hoot. The best of the lot though is the Sahara All Stars' "Take Your Soul", an insanely thick seven minute groove that you don't want to end. Serious,

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Listen:
Rasputin's Stash - Mr. Cool mp3 at DK Presents
The Sahara All Stars - Take Your Soul mp3 at DK Presents
Mutiny - Lump mp3 at DK Presents
Exit 9 - Jive Man mp3 at DK Presents
Sixteen more at DK Presents

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NOT QUITE AS FAB FOUR

Do young people listen to the Beatles anymore? Hell, for people my age they're so ingrained that it's hard to imagine even younger kids not knowing who they are, or their impact on music. I don't know, maybe they think of Nirvana in the same sort of way, who knows? Today I saw a kid about fifteen with a shaved head and Docs, trying to look his toughest in a Black Flag T-shirt. That's teddy boy shit right there, not in a musical way but in a "it's not over until I say it's over" sort of way. At least that kid showed some sort of consistency in style and attitude. I doubt seriously if he would have felt as dangerous if he was wearing a Knack T-shirt.

Where was I? Oh yeah, the Beatles. Just goofing off, today I ran into "Have You Heard the Word" by the Fut. That was a record that was rumored to have been the Beatles, enough so that it ended up on Beatles bootlegs, and apparently had Yoko so fooled she tried to copyright it after John Lennon's death. (You can read the the whole story about it over at Bedazzled.). That got me thinking about other Beatles sound alikes. The only one that came to mind was Klaatu, There was a big fuss when that one came out. At the time no one wanted to believe that the Beatles were kaput, so freaks tried to wring clues out of it. I'm sure there are tons of other recordings from back then that were rumored to be the Beatles, but I couldn't think of any. All I could siphon was a couple that were obvious nods to the Beatles without trying to fool anyone. So there's one from the Rutles, a chuckle worthy parody, and one from the Red Walls, who evidently couldn't come up with a sound all their own. It's all good. The Beatles aren't sacred or anything. I mean, it's not like they're Nirvana.

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Listen:
The Fut - Have You Heard the Word? mp3 at Bedazzled Go there to get it, right click on the song title.
Klaatu - Sub Rosa Subway mp3 at Kempa
The Rutles - Joe Public mp3 at Beware of the Blog Very cool
The Red Walls - Thank You mp3 at DServer "If you don't belong, scram!"

Friday, September 12, 2014

GET THAT GUY FROM DETROIT

Yeah, I know. You'd be right in thinking that the Royaltones were like so many other bands of the late fifties, lacking in pizzazz or any overt wildness. Look at them, just another group of spit-shined clowns. But, see that guy with the guitar? That's Dennis Coffey. He would go on to play on the Temptations' "Psychedelic Shack", Edwin Starr's "War" and the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing", along with a bunch of other late sixties and early seventies stuff that you've heard a thousand times. He also did his own solo stuff, and had a huge hit with "Scorpio". That sucker landed him on Soul Train.

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Listen:
The Royaltones - Seesaw mp3 at Diddy Wah
Coffey session work:
The Temptations - Psychedelic Shack mp3 at La Viie en Robe
The Temptations - Ball of Confusion mp3
at FishHeads
Isley Brothers - It's Your Thing mp3
at Parasoul 
Solo:
Dennis Coffey - Scorpio mp3 at EricMGrant.EJFlavors
Video:
The Royaltones - Poor Boy at YouTube From American Bandstand

Thursday, September 11, 2014

ROCK STAR

Cosimo Matassa died today. Most of you probably don't know who he is, because the people who do know who he us don't show up here. Rather than visit a digital shit hole that writes about how the "I stubbed my toe today, and by the way, here's Gene Vincent" they go to places that more closely match their musical eggheadedness. That is, if they don't host their own place online. But here's the deal, Cosimo Matassa is a name you should know. Matassa was there at the inception of rock 'n' roll, when rhythm and blues got legs. In a modest studio behind a record shop, he recorded some of the most influential sides of early rock 'n' roll and New Orleans R&B. Listen to the songs below, and keep in mind that it's just a random sampling. I had to stop at a few because there's no good place to quit, there's hundreds and hundreds of them. Check out the Cosimo Code site and you'll see what I mean. Trust me, this is a cool rabbit hole.

Update 9/15/2014: Funky 16 Corners posted a twenty two song Cosimo Matassa mix. Go there to get it.

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Listen:
Roy Brown - Good Rockin' Tonight mp3 at Rocky 52
Professor Longhair - Mardis Gras In New Orleans mp3
at Shimmy She Wobble
Little Richard - Tutti Frutti mp3
at Neverest
Guitar Slim - The Things I Used To Do mp3
at DJ Perro
Big Bo and the Arrows - Big Bo's Twist mp3
at Craft Reunion
Barbara Lynn - Oh Baby! (We Got A Good Thing Goin') mp3
at Boogie Woogie Flu
Smiley Lewis - I Hear You Knockin' mp3
at DJ Perro
Poka-A-Dot Slim - Trick Bag (streaming) at YouTube 
Matassa mix:
Cosimo Matassa: The Master - 22 song mix at Funky 16 Corners
Visit:
The Cosimo Code
Cosimo Matassa - Profile
at Know LA
Cosimo Matassa
at Wikipedia

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

JUST BE YOU

The Replacements were on TV late last night. Of course I missed it, but I pretty much knew it would be online in no time. So I checked it out today and, after viewing it, got the warm and fuzzies. That I will cop to. My most partying years were spent with the Replacements as part of the soundtrack, during their most partying years, and my circle of friends back then (and still today), included several transplants from the Midwest. It was just a big fucking beer brat gala over here.


The Replacements were the perfect band for the time. They looked sloppy and played like they didn't give a shit. That's not to say that they weren't good musicians. They were, but more then anything, after throwing everything else out, they were the Replacements. They seemed to have adopted the same salvation as everyday Joes. What hustlers, scholars, and jocks see as the losers conciliation, and others see beyond judgement, "Well you can't be that, just be the best [subject's name] there is." The Replacements weren't the best band, or the loudest, most wasted, or most brilliant. But, on any given night, they were the best damn Replacements in all the land. Hell yeah to that.

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Listen:
Live stuff:
The Replacements Live Archive Project A shitload of live stuff. NOTE: The files are stored at File Factory. You do NOT have to sign up. Just close all of the pop-ups as they appear and scroll down to the slow download button on the bottom right.
Visit:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

DROP YOUR GUARD

After posting Ty Segall the other day, I got a message from the son of a couple I know. I go way back with this kid. It was at my apartment that his parents met, so that should give you an idea. I know he was brought up listening to good music, beginning at a very young age, and he pays attention to newer stuff much more than I do. I trust his taste enough to follow a lead. He recommended a band he thought I'd like, Parquet Courts. I know. You get one chance to name your band and you pick that? Right off the bat, I had a decision to make. Begin nitpicking or just listen to it with the ears of an eighteen year old. I chose the latter, and you know what? These guys make some respectable noise. There's all sorts of stuff I hear in there, not the least of which is guitar interplay that belies the era they're stuck in. The type of stuff that Dream Syndicate did when they were channeling the Velvet Underground and Everyone Knows This is Nowhere era Neil Young. Robert Quine when he stretched out on stuff with the Voidoids. Hell, even Jonathan Richman's playing on "Pablo Picasso". So, with the kid in mind, it's noisy guitar night over here,

A plug for tonight's suggester: His name is Reoh Darwell, and this kid is a fighter. Born with cystic fibrosis, he jumped head first into distance running, was on his school's cross country team, racked up awards and graduated high school with a 4.2 average. Hear me out. If you think this sounds like the work of some over achieving goody two shoes being pushed by smothering parents, think again, This was the work of one cool baddass kid. I've known this family since before they were a family. They're good people, that don't just fall into line. You know what I mean. They're like us. 

If you feel like helping out Reoh, and his brother who was also born with CF, and all others who suffer from the disease, donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. If you want to help Reoh get a scholarship, you can go to this site to vote for him (before September 15). Know this: I've never heard this family complain about the daily treatments Reoh and his brother require, let alone all of the medical costs. They didn't ask, or even hint about a mention here. After Reoh suggested the song, I just got to thinking about all the time I've spent with them over the years. They're a cool family, a very cool family. They are goofy and they have taste. You'd like them.

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Listen:
Parquet Courts - Stoned and Starving mp3 at Citizen Insane (?)
Scott & Charlene's Wedding - Rejected mp3 at The Mad Makerel
The Dream Syndicate - Halloween mp3 at The Mad Mackerel
Modern Lovers - Pablo Picasso mp3 at DJNoDJ
The Velvet Underground - Sister Ray mp3 at Host A Library (?)
Fuck Cystic Fibrosis:
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Tell 'em Reoh Darwell sent you.
Abbvie CF Scholarship - Vote for Reoh (before September 15)

Monday, September 8, 2014

THE WELL MEANING DICKHEAD

If you're into the Beach Boys enough to go beyond their discography, you know who Murry Wilson is. He was the father of Brian. Carl and Dennis Wilson, and he was a bit of an asshole. Though some of his behavior could be written off as well intended, you don't exactly get the Father of the Year award for hitting your son upside the head with a two by four. And that's just one incident. But even the victim in that incident, Brian Wilson, has acknowledged his fathers influence on his initial interest in music. But you cannot, as a dad, coast on that. You can't be going around swinging slabs of wood at your family. It's been a while since I've read Brian Wilson's autobiography, Wouldn't It Be Nice, but I remember coming away from it thinking Murry Wilson was a complete dick.

Beach Boys minutia nuts, this might interest you. Ten Murry Wilson related songs at Probe Is Turning-On the People (scroll down to "Session 496 - The Moody Moods of Murry Wilson); some he wrote, some he released under his own name, and a couple he wrote and produced for the Sunrays, a Beach Boys soundalike band. It's a slow download, but not painful, ten songs in a zip.

If that's too much hassle, you can listen to a shnockered Murry Wilson dropping by the recording studio to provide his unsolicited advice during the recording of "Help Me Rhonda". Oh, the hilarity that ensues. You gotta know all of the annoying and abusive behavior of Murry Wilson had a butterfly effect. I swear to God, if you listen closely, you can hear six Wilson you-know-whats drop all at once. Though, if that were the case they'd have to be called the Beach Men, and that just wouldn't work at all.

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Listen:
The Moody Moods of Murry Wilson - Ten mp3s in a zip at Probe Is Turning-On the People NOTE: Scroll down to "Session 496"
Murry Wilson butts in (12 min version) mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Murry Wilson butts in (40 minute version) mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Visit:
Murry Wilson at Wikipedia

Sunday, September 7, 2014

ALL SCHOOLS JAM

I'm so many years removed from school, it doesn't even bug me when the school year starts. Hasn't for years. It's not my problem. But if I was going to do it all over again, I think I'd consider band class. I don't know how it is these days, but I seem to remember that it didn't exactly get you laid, but, man, what dividends. You get to learn about music, theory and all of that, and on top of that, free music lessons? In school? Oh, hell yeah. That would be the only reason to go to a high school reunion. I'd round up all the band people and say, "You know what you guys? You were right."

Here's a selection of school band songs that all have some sort of flair, starting with the Roth Junior High School Stage Band's cover of David Rose's "The Stripper". It sounds like the original should have; like every band member was drunk. Can you imagine the band teacher's thought process? "Man, these kids play like they're drunk. Oh well, we'll just add 'The Stripper' to the set list." Next up is Langley High School Band's cover of Stevie Wonder's "Uptight", played at breakneck speed. It jams. Then Goddard High brings it on, with a cover of Hendrix's "Fire", notable for the drummer who beats the living shit out the drum kit. The other two are the by the amazing Kashmere Stage Band. They just take it to a whole other level. That's them in the photo above. If you think a high school band that large would be all over the place, think again. They're tight as shit.

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Listen:
Roth Junior High School - The Stripper mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Langley High School - Uptight mp3
at Waxidermy
Goddard High School Band - Fire mp3
at Beware of the Blog
Kashmere Stage Band - Super Bad mp3 at MOG
Kashmere Stage Band - Thank You mp3
at Life Signs Project
Visit:
Thundersoul - Documentary about the Kashmere Stage Band
Kashmere Stage Band - Profile of the band at NPR 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

HOW DO YOU HOLD THIS THING?

Aarrgh! Some neighbor is listening to something current and twee, by who knows who, recognizable because it annoys the hell out of me. And that's just from hearing it in random places. They should listen to this guy. He's current, and keeps it interesting enough, with adequate dirt. Haven't heard all of his stuff, but every time he puts out a new record it's heralded as something or other, so I do check him out from time to time. Clean record so far. I do know that it's a lot better then that war chant shit creeping through the fence. I mean, he's on our side. You old farts, that's all you gotta know. The three below are from his latest, a double album, which means nothing. Exile on Main St. was a double album, but so was Frampton Comes Alive. What the hell, just throw them in there with T Rex, Redd Kross, and Sabbath.

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Listen:
Ty Segall - Susie Thumb mp3 at Powerpopulist
Ty Segall - Feel mp3 at Rollo & Grady If link is disabled, go there to get it.
Ty Segall - Tall Man Skinny Lady mp3 at Still In Rock

Friday, September 5, 2014

MEET THIS LADY

Here's a singer I couldn't find squat about online. Wanda Davis. Believe me, I tried. After hearing her cover of Leadbelly's "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" I went digging. I ran into her Facebook page and a couple more songs, and that's about it. But she's now on my radar, I will be digging further. For now, check the two cuts below, a cover of Aretha's "Save Me" from 1970 (some kind of funky drummer on that one), and the Leadbelly cover from 2003, with a guitarist that's listened to the first Creedence LP more than a few times, and some wicked, super spooky horns. It's soaked with doom. Now the hunt continues.

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Listen:
Wanda Davis - Where Did You Sleep Last Night? mp3 at Sucka Pants
Wanda Davis - Save Me mp3 at Now Again
Leadbelly - Where Did You Sleep Last Night? mp3
at Internet Archive

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NO, REALLY, WE NEED THIS GUY.

I'd wager to say that most of you are very familiar with Roger Miller. He had several country crossover hits that you know like the back of your hand. Think about this, fifties and sixties music has been almost completely eliminated from radio playlists. Oldies stations are all but gone, replaced with classic rock [sic], mixed format, old school jams, stuff like that. Where would you even hear Roger Miller these days, if you had never heard of him? I guess it's almost a duty to keep the dang me ball rolling, so here you go. He's not gonns tear the house down, but I'd sure have a beer with him.

The other version of "Dang Me" down there is by Sam Hutchins, a radically different, very funky version, produced by Chips Moman. You really have to hear it, it's hardly recognizable, a total soul stomper. It's at The "B" Side, on a post about Moman. A long profile with a bunch of songs, definitely worth the visit. Hutchins's song is the first one listed (click on the song title to you-know-what).

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Listen:
Roger Miller - Dang Me mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Roger Miller - King of the Road mp3 at Ray Carram
Roger Miller - Chug A Lug mp3 at Then Came Bronson
Sam Hutchins - Dang Me mp3 at The "B" Side Go there to get it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

HUMP DAY CRAP SHOOT

In case you haven't poked arouind over there at Soul Garage, I recommend that you do so; that is if you dig soul, R&B, funk and that sort of stuff. Don't let the fact that the blog has been dormant for a couple years deter you. There's a lot of posts, and there's a high keeper rate. This is just one I happened on tonight. I'm going back there right now. Come on, come over with me, let's party.

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Listen:
Etta James - Seven Day Fool mp3 at Soul Garage
Etta James - A bunch more here at this old post
Visit:
Soul Garage

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

HEY, THAT'S MY HAT!

Here you go, a really cool version of "Work Song" by Jonah Jones, a jazz trumpeter, with Dick Hyman on organ. I mention that because you'll be asking it after you hear it. So cool. There's a vocal version down there too, by Oscar Brown Jr, Don't know who he is. I really don't know shit about jazz. I'm sort of still in the jazz-curious phase.

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Listen:
Jonah Jones - Work Song mp3 at Discos y Monstuos
Oscar Brown Jr. - Work Song mp3 at Soul Garage

Monday, September 1, 2014

DUDE, WHERE'S YOUR BOOTS?

Man, do I miss the old days. I saw a group of bikers near the beach today. Bikers, as in the old school, greasy, dirt under the fingernails, chopper variety. Filthy leather vests, boots, all the gear that used to invite shakedowns from the man. They used to be crawling all over the place. Nowadays, the only "bikers" you see around here are more likely to be straight professional types playing dress up for the weekend. It was refreshing to see the old guard. I think I may have even muttered "fuck yeah".

As serendipity would have it, once I got home I ran into the theme from "The Born Losers" at On the Flip-Side. The combination of these two events had me jonesing for a biker flick, hokey as they can be. I hit paydirt, seven old school biker flicks at YouTube, a good ten hours of don't hassle me, man fun. And, if you still want more, check the sidebar over there, there's a bunch. Apparently that's where they all ended up once the drive-ins closed down. And while we're on the subject, in case you didn't see them a year or so ago, there's links to the soundtracks of thirteen biker flicks below too.

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Listen:
The Sidewalk Sounds (Davie Allan) - Them From Born Losers mp3 at On The Flip-Side
Davie Allan & the Arrows - Cycledelic mp3 at Office Naps
Biker Soundtracks at The Big Bust Out - 13 full length LP downloads of biker movie soundtracks, in zip format. For the complete song listings, go to the Big Bust Out. I've just put those links down there for the lazy, hopped up, dropped out, filthy, sex crazed, aimless, leather clad hell heads that just don't give a damn about song titles.
Original Motion Picture Soundtracks:
Angels From Hell (zip) at The Big Bust Out
Born Losers (zip) at The Big Bust Out
Devil's Angels (zip) at The Big Bust Out
The Glory Stompers (zip) at The Big Bust Out
The Hellcats (zip) at The Big Bust Out
Hell's Angels on Wheels (zip) at The Big Bust Out
Hell's Belles (zip) at The Big Bust Out
Naked Angels (zip) at The Big Bust Out
Outlaw Riders (zip) at The Big Bust Out
Psychomania (zip) at The Big Bust Out
Satan's Sadists (zip) at The Big Bust Out
The Savage Seven (zip) at The Big Bust Out
The Wild Angels (zip) at The Big Bust Out
The movies:
 Old School Biker Flicks at YouTube Seven 

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 9-1-14 Videos added from YouTube. "Luau" with Rob Crow is drectly below. The other songs are linked at the bottom of the post.


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Listen:
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.