Wednesday, October 29, 2014

THAT SHIT IS OLD

I was driving today and had just dropped a few people off. I'm pulling away, I turn up the radio and press a random preset. The song that was playing was "Let Your Yeah Be Yeah" by the Pioneers, I was elated, it's a great song from a great reggae trio, I never thought I'd hear it on the radio, not in my neck of the woods anyways. For a split second all seemed right in the world. Then I pulled up to the stoplight

When I was stopped at the light, I looked to see what station it was, and then saw the time. It was 4:20. My buoyant mood flew right out the window. Surely it couldn't be intentional, no DJ would be that unimaginative or clueless, that cliché. I've had it with the overly used weed references. Guess what? Oh yeah, it was about to get worse. When the DJ came back on, and did indeed reference 420, he then rambled something about rastas, before going into a Weezer song. Look at the Pioneers. Do they look rasta to you? Do they look like stoners? Hey DJ, that was lame.

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Listen:
The Pioneers - Let Your Yeah Be Yeah mp3 at Renan Maitre (?)
The Pioneers - Long Shot Kick De Bucket mp3
at Soundbites
The Pioneers with Greyhound - Mother and Child Reunion mp3 at ATumblr
Visit:
The Pioneers
at Wikipedia

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TO EGGERS EVERYWHERE

What the hell, here's a mixed bag of older Halloween bric-a-brac. They aren't that spooky sounding, but the song titles will look good on a playlist. Don't go rolling your eyes about the rather obvious lead off song, I know "I Put a Spell On You" is on just about every Halloween mix ever made, but there may be one or two people unfamiliar with it, so it's almost a duty. Hey, but check that Bettye LaVette song. Oh yeaahhh, it's cool. Fuck, is it ever. Her voice, the baritone sax, the guitar solo, and, yeah, that unrelenting tambourine. It's the best new-to-me Halloween song I've heard this year. (Boogaloo Time delivers again!)  The next one is an oddball, Up until tonight .It never occurred to me that there might be a Tex-Mex Halloween song, but, sure, why wouldn't there be? Dig on the lively "Se Caso Dracula" by Lalo Trevino y Sus Vampiros. The other three are instrumentals. The Tarantulas' cuts are cool, from 1960, right about when regular guitar instrumentals started drifting towards surf.

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Listen:
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put a Spell On You mp3 at Clayton Counts
Bettye Lavette - Witchcraft in the Air mp3 at Boogaloo Time
Lalo Trevino y Sus Vampiros - Se Caso Dracula mp3 at Juke Box Mafia
Frankie Stein and His Ghouls - Monster Motion mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
The Tarantulas - Tarantula mp3 at Diddy Wah
The Tarantulas - Black Widow mp3 at Diddy Wah Go there to get it

Monday, October 27, 2014

FROM RUSSIA WITH REVERB

I don't know much at all about Messer Chups, but they got my attention about ten years ago. I heard them in a record store, and I remember stopping one of the guys there and asking who it was. I put them on the mental list of bands to check out, and they were quickly buried, There's only so much room on that list. So, I didn't know anything about them, and had never seen a photo of them, or even a record or CD cover, They popped into my head a few days ago, and dang me if they don't kind of fit in with all of these Halloween cop-out posts of late.

They're a weird mix. There's a ton of surf type guitar, liberal reverb, some theremin, and dialog from old B-movies all over the place. They're from Russia, have a bunch of stuff out, and a fetching bass player, who I swear I had never laid eyes on until after my interest was piqued. Just check these, a couple of them in a mix would break things up nicely. Let's see, Captain and Tennille's "Love Will Keep Us Together", followed by a random Messer Chups, and then Black Flag's "My War". Yeah, that's the ticket.



Your hipster stumping factoid: the theremin player on these, Lydia Kavina, apparently renowned, has been playing since age nine and is the granddaughter of Léon Theremin's first cousin. How's your Pabst taste now?

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Listen:
Messer Chups - Vamp Babes mp3 at Slap Press
Messer Chups - Instro Monster Cresendo mp3
at Internet Archive
Messer Chups - Orgia of the Dead mp3
at Internet Archive
Messer Chups - Devil Exit From Fashion mp3
at Internet Archive
Messer Chups - Midnight Preacher mp3
at Far From Moscow

Sunday, October 26, 2014

SOUNDS FROM SOUTH OF HELL

Okay you party planners, you've got your work cut out for you. You've got less than a week until your Halloween shindig. If you're in need of a soundtrack to all of your hijinks, that part of your to-do list is about to be taken care of. Reverend Tom Frost, the former host of Spread the Good Word, and a damn fine musician in his own rite, is keeping the tradition alive. Every year he puts together a Halloween mix or two, and this year he's posted his twentieth. I know, one mix might just get you through a an hour or two. Fear not, all twenty mixes are online, so you're covered. If you dig oddball, raunchy, creepy, swinging, reverb drenched and rockin' sounds, you needn't go further. The Reverend's Halloween mixes are the standard by which all others are judged,

The mixes are now posted at Mixcloud, and are streaming. I'm sure some of you more technologically eggheaded folks can stream them through your living room sound system, or get a laptop run a bunch of wires all over the place. There's ways you can download them, via a download program. If you're gonna go that route, you may want to check this one at CNet. (I haven't tried it, so I don't know how safe or reliable it is, but it's been downloaded 11,000 times and it's still online.)



Reverend Frost is no slouch, his own music is good stuff as well. Gravelly, roots type stuff, loosely drawn from surf, rockabilly, and country, with some reverb and distortion to taste. Check the links below the mixes. It's some dynamic sounds, man.

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The mixes (song lists at each link):
NOTE: The links are at the bottom of each post, under the song listings
Bloody Halloween Mix 20 (couldn't find the list on this one)
Bloody Halloween Mix 19
Bloody Halloween Mix 18
Bloody Halloween mix 17
Bloody Halloween mix 16
Bloody Halloween mix 15
Bloody Halloween mix 14
Bloody Halloween mix 13
Bloody Halloween mix 12
Bloody Halloween mix 11
Bloody Halloween mix 10
Bloody Halloween mix 9
Bloody Halloween mix 8
Bloody Halloween mix 7
Bloody Halloween mix 6
Bloody Halloween mix 5
Bloody Halloween mix 4
Bloody Halloween mix 3
Bloody Halloween mix 2
Bloody Halloween mix 1
From the Reverend:
Reverend Tom Frost - Malaguena mp3 at Spread the Good Word
Reverend Tom Frost - A Bloody Life (streaming) at YouTube
Reverend Tom Frost - Dust to Dust
(streaming) at YouTube
Reverend Tom Frost - More samples of his music
at Rev. Tom Frost
Visit:
Reverend Tom Frost
- Official site

Saturday, October 25, 2014

HE SOLD "LOUIE LOUIE" FOR $750

You do know Richard Berry right? The guy who wrote "Louie Louie"? Oh jeez, it just occurred to me, there's a possibility that some of you don't even know that song. That thought sort of creeps me out. Anyway, he also wrote "Have Love Will Travel", a song that's been covered by everybody and their mother. I've posted the song before, but I just ran into the version by the Imperialites, who are from San Diego, which is where my ass is planted. So, really, this is for my homies, particularly the one that recommended it to me a year or so ago. To AEC, whoever the hell you are.

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Listen:
Richard Berry - Louie Louie mp3 at Art Decade
Richard Berry - Have Love Will Travel mp3 at Club Cortez 
The Imperialites - Have Love Will Travel mp3 at De Discos y Monstrous
The Sonics - Have Love Will Travel mp3 at Beware of the Blog
The Black Keys - Have Love Will Travel mp3 at The Adios Lounge
Big Sandy - Have Love Will Travel mp3
at Radio George

Louie Louie source, via the Rhythm Rockers:
Rebe Touzet - El Loco Cha Cha Cha (streaming) at YouTube

Friday, October 24, 2014

THE FIRST FAMILY

You knew it was coming. Here's a few versions of the Munsters theme song and the unaired pilot for the TV series. The theme song could be seen as a litmus test for any instrumental outfit. Leading off with Billy Strange, followed by Jimmy Smith, two very different versions, both very badass and no brainer Halloween mix meat. The version by Los Straightjackets is your token semi-recent version and Jack Marxhall's version is a good example of a period cash-in that didn't really do much with it, but probably sold nonetheless due to the popularity of the show,


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Listen:
Billy Strange - The Munsters Theme mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Jimmy Smith - Theme From the Munsters mp3 at De Discos y Monstruos
Los Straightjackets - The Munsters Theme mp3 at Jason Sheeley
Jack Marshall -The Munsters Theme mp3 at Sudden Link (?)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SERIOUSLY

Has there ever been a band more cut out for Halloween than the Cramps? C'mon, really. I don't care, bring on Screaming Lord Sutch, bring on Screamin' Jay Hawkins. Bring on Bobby "Boris" Pickett, or anybody else. Any contender pales. The Cramps weren't playing dress up. Once they fully hit their stride and really became the Cramps we all know and love, '78 or so, they were just that, the Cramps, twenty four-seven. Particularly Lux and Ivy. Always striking in appearance, they had some attitude, they made some excellent music, and on top of all that, they shared their encyclopedic knowledge of forgotten, creepy, nutty, raw and sick records. All those thrift store finds, and along with them, stories. They didn't have to share. But they did, and what that really makes them is the consummate populist rockers. All inclusive. Just sharin' the love, The love of creepy maybe, but sharin' nonetheless. A big ol' Hee-Haw salute for these two.



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Listen:
The Cramps - I Was a Teenage Werewolf mp3 at Hey Cool Kid
The Cramps - Rockin' Bones mp3
at Johan Urban (?)
The Cramps - Confessions of a Psycho Cat mp3
at Review Stalker
A Lux Interior hosted radio show:
The Purple Knif Show -  Includes 28 Lux seletions at Aquarium Drnnkard Warning: slow download
Visit:
Interview with Lux Interior and Poison Ivy at Cool Pidgeon
More in past Cramps posts, including a mess of mixes of their favorites. Scroll down.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TEAR DOWN THE TRAIN STATION

I had forgotten all about Los Saicos, those Peruvian skull splitting rascals. I ran into their "El Entierro De Los Gatos" ("The Cats' Funeral") while poking around Halloween posts, and you know where that led. Listen to the first few down there and you'll see why I veered off course. So many wild things going on here, You will note the vocals, right out of the gate. Erwin Flores, the lead singer, sounds like the missing link between Clarence "Frogman" Henry and Reverend Beat-Man. There might be two of you who would understand that. I don't care. I'm not going to dumb it down to avoid sounding like an asshole. Just listen to them, This is some crazy shit. Let's just say that if you like 'em raw, you will eat these for dinner. And get a load of the photo below. Nice accessory. huh? Don't try to translate their name, just read it out loud. That's way more accurate.



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Listen:
Los Saicos - El Entierro De Los Gatos mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Los Saicos - Camisa de Fuerza mp3 at Raven Sings the Blues
Los Saicos - Fugitivo de Alcatraz mp3 at Berceuse Electrique
Los Saicos - Salvaje mp3 at Tape Wrecks
Los Saico's - Cemetenterio mp3 (via Box.net) at Pop Goes the Radio Download button at top right at Box.net
Los Saicos - Demolicion mp3 at Matula (?)
Video:
Was Punk Rock Born in Peru? - Los Saicos documentary at YouTude 13 minutes
Saicomania trailer at YouTube
Los Saicos - El Entierro De Los Gatos (live, Spain, 2010) at YouTube
Visit:
Where did punk begin? A cinema in Peru at The Guardian UK
Los Saicos at Wikipedia 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WHO NEEDS A WATCH?

Yeah, you know what time it is. Here's the full LP, really more surf than monster, but it does have the requisite corn. The title song is down there, just so you know what you're getting yourself into. But, really, can you resist? You know you want it. Of course it's been posted before. Who cares? It would fit neatly in that category too obvious to not post. Have at it, creeps.

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Listen:
The Deadly Ones - It's Monster Surfing Time (streaming) at YouTube Title song
The Deadly Ones - It's Monster Surfing Time LP (via MediaFire) at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 12 songs is a zip, really fast download

Monday, October 20, 2014

THE LIFER

Damn. John Holt died yesterday. Outside of reggae circles, he's best known as the person who wrote "Tide Is High", the song that was a massive hit for Blondie. That's in about half of the headlines about his death. He was so much more than some guy who wrote a song that happened to stick. He was a reggae lifer, and when I say that I mean the guy started singing in talent shows at the age of twelve. His first record, recorded by Leslie Kong, was released by Island in 1962 when he was only fifteen. Within a few years, he a member of the Paragons, recording for Duke Reid, followed by solo recordings for Coxsone Dodd, and later Bunny Lee and others.



Dude made the rounds, for good reason, he had a silky smooth voice and was particularly adept at covers, sometimes a little too smooth for my tastes, but if you put those in the light of a reggae version of the Wall of Sound, or as close as reggae got, then it's easy to dismiss the cynicism. As much as we might dig them rawer, there's no denying that even Holt's slickest stuff are exceptional records, regardless of genre, Even after going rasta he sang with a symphony. Go figure. But, he had that voice. I told you, silky smooth.



Here's a few of his from over the years. Go on a real hunt. Go buy something. Early stuff, late stuff, I haven't heard a stinker yet. And the guy covered everybody. Even Slade. And for those of you already familiar with Holt's work, and the Paragon's "Tide Is High" and "Wear You To the Ball", and U Roy's versions toasting over them, you'll dig the last cut below "SWS Kill Your Sound Tonight", a semi-recent reworked version of "Wear You To the Ball" with a much older Holt and U Roy, going off, swapping lines, I know, huh? It is, it is that good.

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Listen:
John Holt - I Cried A Tear (streaming) at YouTube 1962, first 45, age 15
The Paragons - The Tide Is High mp3
at Boogie Woogie Flu
The Paragons - Wear You to the Ball mp3
at DJNoDJ
The Paragons - Happy Go Lucky Girl mp3
at Brobots!
John Holt - A Love I Can Feel mp3 at ATumblr (?)
John Holt - Help Me Make It Through the Night mp3
at Wireframes Antamix (?)
John Holt, King Tubby & Augustus Pablo - Ali Baba Riddim Dub mp3 at Fredeeky
John Holt - Police In Helicopter mp3
at Le Blog de la Grande Chose
John Holt and U-Roy - SWS Kill Your Sound Tonight mp3 at Dancehall Music
Visit:
John Holt at Wikipedia

Sunday, October 19, 2014

THE HALLOWEEN BAND

If you're at all familiar with Rocket From the Crypt, you know they were big on Halloween, Their first gig was on Halloween, Their supposed last gig was on Halloween. (That was in '05. In recent years they've reunited.) They always wore matching outfits anyway, but on Halloween, they always took it up a notch. There were skeleton outfits, astronauts, the Village People, jumpsuit era Elvis, and I think one year it was mariachis, A lot of these shows were big, really big, particularly for a local headliner. They were like a coming out party. It wasn't a question of whether you were going, it was a question of who would be stuck with carting your particular group of soon to be drunk knuckleheads around. Good times.



Here's a couple on topic ditties, and a few other things If you're a completist, check out the link to Xtrmntr. There's twenty seven other oddballs. Speaking of oddballs, if you're familiar with them, check out "Rise From the Dead" below. That's some no wave shit baby.

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Listen:
Rocket From the Crypt - I Drink Blood mp3 at Xtrmntr
Rocket From the Crypt - Rise From the Dead mp3
at Xtrmntr
Rocket From the Crypt - 27 more songs
at Xtrmntr
Video:
Rocket From the Crypt - RIP (full show)
at YouTube Their "final" show, Halloween 2005, various voodoo-esque get-ups, Reis as an ersatz Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Rocket From the Crypt - Village People Medley/I Drink Blood
at YouTube Halloween 2003, dressed as the Village People
Rocket From the Crypt - I Drink Blood, Sturdy Wrists
at YouTube Halloween 2013, dressed as astronauts

Saturday, October 18, 2014

MEET GLORIA WALKER

Gloria Walker, another random click, another name and bio I'll never commit to memory. That's okay, the whole reason for this post, and many here, is as a reference, a place to start more extensive digging later if I ever get around to it. So, I'm not going to rewrite what's been written, There's a short bio at Sir Shambling's, It's not much to go on, butt as exhaustive as anything out there. That's too bad, because Walker had a great voice, capable of slow soul burners and some real funky stuff. I highly recommend the first one down there, "You Hit the Spot Baby". The mix on that one is some kinda shit. Listen to the guitar on it, listen to the bass, and the drums. Dig the honking sax accents.. This is a piece, The slow ones are good too, but, hey, it's Saturday night, I'm gonna go shake something.

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Listen:
Gloria Walker and the Chevelles - You Hit the Spot Baby mp3 at Soul Garage
Gloria Walker and the Chevelles - Walking With My New Baby mp3
at Soul Garage
The Chevelles - The Gallop mp3
at This old post
Cloria Walker - Don't Desert Me Baby mp3
at Sir Shambling's Deep Soul Heaven
Gloria Walker - Them Changes mp3
at Northern Soul Music
Visit:

Gloria Walker at Sir Shambkling's Deep Soul Heaven Bio and another song

Friday, October 17, 2014

LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED

You just gotta know that at some point in the eighties, there was some college radio DJ somewhere that just thought his shit did not stink because he pieced a four song set of the four songs below. Oh yeah, he's a hero all right, no Boingo for him. He stepped out of that booth at the end of his shift practically beating his chest. There's a chance he got laid that night. A couple decades later, he's got the corner office and he's wondering what went haywire.

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Listen:
Misfits - Halloween mp3 at Emotion Lotion
Dead Kennedys - Halloween mp3
at Hey Cool Kid
Sonic Youth - Halloween mp3 at Electric Adolescence
The Dream Syndicate - Halloween mp3 at The Mad Mackerel

Thursday, October 16, 2014

LEVEL TWO PREREQUISITE

Here we go, another evening eater, Thank you Diddy Wah. Your post with Don and Dewey's "Justine" b/w "Bim Bam" sent me all over the place. Old links, new links, discographies and YouTube. The fruits of my meandering are below. There's something for everybody. If you're not familiar with the duo, for God's sake, get your head on straight. Listen to the songs. This is it. You should probably bone up over at The Hound Blog, there's an excellent profile. Hunt down that LP above, it's got to have been reissued. For those already familiar with them who have that LP or another compilation, you ought to check out YouTube for some pre- and post-Specialty sides. They'll have you tearing your skull inside out. Like hearing "Justine" for the first time. (You may want to take this with you.)

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Listen:
Don and Dewey - Justine mp3 at Beware of the Blog Specialty 631 A-side

Don and Dewey - Bim Bam mp3 at Diddy Wah  Specialty 631 B-side
Don and Dewey - Farmer John mp3
at Rock Town Hall Specialty 659 A-side
Don and Dewey - Jungle Hop mp3 at The Adios Lounge Specialty 599 A-side
Don and Dewey - A Little Love mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Specialty 599 B-side
Don and Dewey - Kill Me (streaming) at YouTube Specialty SPS 2131 (LP only)
Don and Dewey - I'm Leaving It All Up To You
(streaming) at YouTube Specialty 610 A-side
Don and Dewey - Stretchin' Out (streaming) at YouTube Rush 1002
Little Richard (with Don and Dewey)- Bama Lama Loo mp3 at Jeub (?) Specialty 699
Visit:
Don & Dewey - Excellent bio
at The Hound Blog Unfortunately the mp3 links are dead.
Don & Dewey
at Wikipedia

Don and Dewey Discography at Wang Dang Dula

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

TREATS ALL OVER THE PLACE

Oh yeah, Halloween, it's that time of year. All sorts of shit happens, If you're a kid, it's practically Christmas and Disneyland all rolled in one. You get to dress up, and you get free candy, a lot of it. Yeah, You go home, repair to your bedroom, and spread that shit all over your bed. Sort and eat. Gluttony is taught at a young age, As you get older, you learn to look for the homes of people who are out for the evening, those generous folks who leave a bucket of candy on their doorstep with a pleasant "Take one!" sign. "Well, fuck you lady, it's every man for himself out here!", you think, as you dump the entire bucket into your pillowcase (which, by the way, when half filled with candy makes for a very effective weapon). After a few years of stuffing your face, you decide to give the old toilet papering routine a try, That's a gateway if there ever was one, Pretty soon you're craving the harder stuff, and you start egging shit. Houses, moving vehicles, people walking down the street, it's all good, How did you get there? From candy to that? In just a few short years? You used to be such a good kid.

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Listen:
The Sonics - The Witch mp3 at Ryan N Bosetti Essential

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NO MATTER WHAT, IT'S ALWAYS WET

I don't know how many of you live in Southern California, probably very few, and even fewer that get in the ocean on a regular basis, Those of you who do, you know what kind of summer we had. Insanely warm water, unusually clear days (no June gloom), and a handful of good swells to boot (including the all time south swell a couple months ago). It really hasn't let up. There's yet another swell that is just now starting to die down, but still, with 72 degree water (about six degrees higher than normal) entirely do-able. If you know, you know, this shit never gets old.

After going the whole summer with only sporadic postings of surf music, you'll have to indulge me. I was poking around and found that a post at Big O with over forty obscuros is still up, and if you missed it the last time, and you're into oddball surf music, you know what to do. The bonus is that they're all ripped from vinyl, so there's the well played surface noise that us pre-mp3-ers find so comforting, You surf music dabblers can just check the few single songs scavenged from other sites below, but if you want to hear "Siboney" by The King Pins, or "High Wall" by the Debonaires, stuff like that, you really should head over there.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

CIVIC PRIDE HOUR

I knew the Rumblers' "Boss", I really dig that song. It is, as the title implies, boss. I knew that it borrowed liberally from another song, but had forgotten what the song was. I just ran into it today, "Caterpillar Crawl", by the Strangers, at On the Flip-Side. Now I also now know that the Strangers were from San Diego, which might interest some of my homies, But the big reason I'm even bringing them up is because they put out some damn fine 100% hot ass instrumentals. Really, check "Rockin' Rebel" and "Hill Stomp".

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Listen:
The Strangers - Caterpillar Crawl mp3 (via DivShare) at On the Flip-Side 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.
The Rumblers - Boss mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Visit:

Saturday, October 11, 2014

SHAKE IT FLAKE MAN

Holy hell, it's Saturday night. Why would I begrudge myself a chance to flake off? Once I start thinking like that, there's no turning back. Worry not, scavengers. One of the reasons I'm flaking is because I'm digging on an A-1 selection of rocksteady and reggae, twenty two cuts, at Hearsay, Some are familiar, but there are some I've never heard. No surprise there. That era, from the mid -sixties to the mid-seventies, was so steeped in good shit that no one knows all of it. No one. Coxsone Dodd didn't even know all of the records his own studio churned out.

Here's enough to keep you out of my hair. The songs below are just a few samples. You really have to check that first one, by Karl Bryan and the Afrokats, That sucker just landed on my list of favorite hot ass weird unfamiliar instrumentals of all time. You should go there to get them all. All top notch stuff, some soulful, some raw, some familiar riddims, and a handful of unfamiliar names. All available as single songs, or as mix with the whole lot of them. Commence flaking.

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Listen:
Alton Ellis - Something You;ve Got mp3 at Hearsay
The Mix:
For The Right Time at HearSay 22 song zip at the bottom of the post.

Friday, October 10, 2014

THE GIRL WITH THE BROWNIE

In case you don't know what a Brownie is (besides a dessert and a sneaky way to get stoned), it was a cheap plastic camera in the fifties. One of the first affordable mass produced cameras. Everybody had one, my Grandmother had one. They were super popular, like an Instamatic, Oh, wait, you don't know what an Instamatic is, do you? Okay, fuck, Brownie Cameras were like your damn phone, okay? Except they were cheap and they didn't have all that other shit on them.



Carol Coleman (née Mangham) had a Brownie camera. Back when she was in her mid-teens, she went to the Louisiana Hayride regularly with friends, the parents taking turns driving. She took photos with it, and has kept them for over a half century. I know what you're thinking, "Louisiana Hayride, so it was a bunch of photos of country and hillbilly acts." Though there are some (Webb Pierce, June Carter, Hank Snow, George Jones, etc), one thing you need to know is that this teenager with a cheap camera initially went to the Hayride to see a young Elvis Presley, She was into rock 'n' roll. Think of it, a stash of photos taken by a budding teenage rocker, at the Louisiana Hayride, in the mid-late fifties. Yeah. And despite the lack of any formal composition, or actual photographic quality, these are some of the coolest photos of some of these artists I've ever seen. Why? Because they're not staged, they're not professional at all. Because they were taken by a teenager just discovering rock 'n' roll. Oh hell yeah, I'm all in.



Listen to the handful of songs down there, and consider this was music teenage girls listened to, albeit only those with rocker tendencies. But still, what do kids that age listen to now? I don't care, but it's not this and is therefore, in all likelihood, inferior, I'd say that's a safe bet.

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The photos:
Portraits of the Fifties: Carol Coleman at Let's Keep the Fifties Spirit Alive NOTE: Many are high resolution. Click 'em.
Listen:
Little Richard - Keep A Knockin' mp3 at The New LoFi
Jerry Lee Lewis - High School Confidential mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Larry Williams - Slow Down mp3 at Mercury Paradise
Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps - Cat Man mp3 at LYWL
Bo Diddley - Who Do You Love? mp3 at Rocky 52
Ray Charles - I've Got A Woman mp3 at Rocky 52
Big Joe Turner - Honey Hush mp3 at Rockndog

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WHO'S THIS GUY?

You can bet that eighteen year old Hayden Thompson did a fair amount of beating his head against a wall. He was one of many Sun Records second stringers. His first recording there in 1956 was pushed back for a year before it was released, despite being backed by Billy Lee Riley and his Little Green Men, and Jerry Lee Lewis. You just know that a kid who put out his first record at age sixteen, who finally had his crack at Sun, with that backing band, spent a lot of time thinking "Jeez, what does it take?!!" Take a listen to these and keep in mind that he was competing for shelf space with Elvis, Jerry Lee, Billy Lee Riley, Warren Smith, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, and about four thousand others. He threw in the towel, jumped ship, moved north and signed with another label. And that's why you've never heard of him. Fiends excepted.

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Listen:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

THE RECORD IS BETTER

You may remember the BBC commercial from a few years back, a version of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" with Reed and about two dozen other artists. They've just made another commercial utilizing the same formula. This one is "God Only Knows", the Beach Boys song from Pet Sounds, written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher. (In case you've been living under a rock, Pet Sounds is a 1966 album that Brian Wilson created while the rest of the Beach Boys were on tour. Their vocals were added after all of the grunt work by Wilson and the Wrecking Crew was done,)  Wilson is in the video, along with Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Lorde, Chris Martin, Florence Welch, Stevie Wonder, Brian May, Chrissie Hynde, Baaba Maal, Dave Grohl and a bunch of others that, presumably, are better known in the UK then they are here. (The full cast is listed at the BBC.). As well done as the video is, and as well written as the song is, can it really be a fully realized interpretation if it doesn't employ Wilson's production? I mean, come on, that's part and parcel of its epicness. It may be part of some future "Great American Songbook" but what it really is, is a great American record. As in the original version, the context in which it was created. Sure, trying to add current relevance is well intended, but is it timeless? The record is.


What amazes me the most is that the song was written forty eight years ago, and Wilson is still around. Without gushing too much (dude's one of few that can get me gushing), it reminds me how lucky we are that he has survived, against all odds, and still performs. There was a time when Wilson all but checked out due to psychiatric and health problems. Even when he started to recover, it was under the watch of Eugene Landy, a controlling shrink fond of keeping him heavily medicated. That Wilson was able to break free of Landy's control is a story in itself. Which reminds me, there's a biopic of Wilson that covers that, as well as the boy genius years. It's Love and Mercy and it just debuted at the Toronto Film Festival. It's got John Cusak cast as the older Wilson, and Paul Dano, (the son in Little Miss Sunshine) as the younger Wilson. A review from the Los Angeles Times seems to be positive enough that it may be worth seeing.

Rather than continuing to stray all over the place, I'll just duck out now. Here's the original version of "God Only Knows" (remastered in stereo), along with a rehearsal take. There's also a couple annotated videos about the recording of the original, with audio from the sessions featuring the Wrecking Crew. You fiends ought to dig that.

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Listen:
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows mp3 at Illustr
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows (rehearsal) mp3 at Electric Adolescence
More Brian Wilson stuff in past posts (scroll down)
Video:

Behind The Sounds: God Only Knows Part 1 at YouTube About the original, audio from the sessions.
Behind The Sounds: God Only Knows Part 2 at YouTube
The Making of the BBC's "God Only Know" video at BBC
Visit:
God Only Knows - Wikipedia entry
Love and Mercy - Review at L.A. Times

Monday, October 6, 2014

SOCIAL STUDIES

Some of you casual reggae listeners may just know of Trench Town from the title of a Bob Marley song, without giving much thought to it. If so, this documentary is one you should see. It's a violence ridden place, not at all the reggae epicenter you might imagine it is between puffs on your giant ass bong. Even if you're a reggae fiend and know the reputation of Trench Town, you should find this interesting.


The songs below are just a few early pre-Island Records Bob Marley oddballs. The first two are Marley with the Upsetters (!), produced by Lee Perry (!). The third was produced by Leslie Kong and released on Jad Records.

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Listen:
Bob Marley and the Upsetters - Mr. Music mp3 at Club Cortez Produced by Lee Perry
Bob Marley and the Upsetters - Rainbow Country
at Club Cortez Bass heavy version of above, produced by Lee Perry
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Concrete Jungle
(streaming) at YouTube Produced by Leslie Kong. Jad Records release