Sunday, February 7, 2016

THE NATIVE

Ernie K-Doe didn't have a lot of hits. He had one. That doesn't make a bit of difference. He is as New Orleans as any of the more successful musicians, producers, and songwriters associated with the city, maybe even more so. Because he had that certain thing, the secret ingredient of any music scene with a soul, he was a funky eccentric. After his first go-around lost steam, he went on the radio, as a DJ on WWOZ, ranting and raving like a nut, and occasionally getting around to playing records. He started calling himself "Mister Naugahyde", a suitably WTF moniker, but then he settled on "The Emperor of the Universe", which was brilliant. When you're going to give yourself a title, go big, right? He enjoyed something of a comeback in the nineties, after his wife Antoinette encouraged him to really let his flag fly. (That's her with K-Doe above. The excellent photo is by Jeff Riedel). Capes, crowns, flowing tresses, feathers, the whole shooting match.

Here's a handful by K-Doe, and a radio show from his days on WWOZ. Dig it, It's seventy minutes of K-Doe, going off and spinning the wax.

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Listen:
Ernie K-Doe - A Certain Girl mp3
at Hearsay
Ernie K-Doe - Wanted, $10.000 Reward mp3
at J Yuenger
Ernie K-Doe - Mother In Law mp3
at Net Animations (?)
Ernie K-Doe - Popeye Joe mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Ernie K-Doe - Here Come the Girls mp3
at Brendan McGetrick (?)
Radio show:
Ernie K-Doe on WWOZ
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Visit:

Ernie K-Doe at Wikipedia

Saturday, February 6, 2016

FAT TUESDAY IS NIGH

Yeah, baby. Fat Tuesday is early this year. You do know what that means, right? A New Orleans music binge. Man, if there was ever a city that revolves around it's own sound, it's New Orleans. I've never been to a city so proud of their own musical heritage. And they have every right to be. They got it all; rhythm and blues, zydeco, cajun, blues, jazz, dixieland, funk, brass bands. I don't know if it's still the same, but when I was there years ago you could walk around a neighborhood and hear all sorts of regional music coming out of living rooms and kitchen windows, not to mention bars and record stores. It was bitchen. It wouldn't make a bit of difference it the music wasn't good. But it is. New Orleans practically invented most of the genres they're known for.

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Listen:
Al Tousan (Allen Toussaint) - Cow Cow Blues mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Eddie Bo - Check Mr. Popeye mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Bobby Marchan - Get Down With It mp3
at Beware of the Blog
Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can, Pt 2 mp3
at Videogotz
Clifton Chenier - Zydeco Sont Pas Sale mp3
at Let's Polka
Huey "Piano" Smith - Would You Believe It mp3
at Modern Kicks
Jessie Hill - Oogsey Moo mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
A mix:
Funky 16 Corners presents Mardi Gras Boogaloo 22 song mix at Funky 16 Corners. Go there to get it, download link is posted after the song listing.

Friday, February 5, 2016

IF IT'S A ROCKER, I'LL ADMIT IT

A few days ago I picked up a Bob Marley CD, which is unusual for me. I love reggae, and I do recognize the quality of Bob Marley's work. He deserves the recognition, but the amount of praise his body of work receives is so out of whack compared to other reggae artists that are every bit as deserving, that it's always bugged me, to the point that I tend to hold it against him. That's a bit unfair, I know that. But knowing that his music will always be the go-to reggae for people with just a cursory interest in the music bugs nonetheless.

So why did I buy a Marley CD? It was in a record store bargain bin, marked down to a four bucks because it was without the cover and that's what got my interest. The artwork on the disc itself was a reproduction of the Upsetter record label. Some of you will know what that means. Yessiree, produced by Lee Perry. How could I not? Perry produced Marley for less than the price of lunch? 

Marley worked with several producers early in his career. Then, early in the seventies, Chris Blackwell, owner of Island Records, came knocking. He licensed Marley's material that would become his first Island LP. Catch A Fire. He had British session studio musicians record tasty licks over it, and then threw the bank at it, practically gambling his entire label on his hunch that he could market Marley to a rock audience. Obviously, that hunch paid dividends. But the rawness of Marley's early work would be forever lost. All Marley on Island would follow the same formula, not necessarily with session musicians, but in slickness and marketing intent.

When Marley became a global phenomenon, the older strictly Jamaican stuff started seeping out, including the Perry produced material. To hear the difference, here's a couple versions of "Sun Is Shining". The first is the Perry produced version, with some really nice melodica. It was released in 1973, but was likely recorded a few years earlier. Sparsely produced, it fits the song. The second version is from Kaya, his 1978 LP, all glossy 'n' shit. To mix things up, there's another no-so-reggae version by French singer Lizzy Mercier Descloux, a criminally under-appreciated artist, but I'll get into that at later date.

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Listen:
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Sun Is Shining mp3 at AADTCP (?) 1978
Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Sun Is Shining mp3 at Dusted

Thursday, February 4, 2016

EARLIER TONIGHT....

Oh, what's this? "Scotch on the Socks" by the Shadows? Why did I bookmark this? [Click] Oh fuck. Nevermind.

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Listen:
The Shadows - Scotch on the Socks mp3 at De Disco y Monstrous NOTE: If the mp3 link doesn't work, go there to get it. You'll be glad you did.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

GET SWEATY

Dirty, honking early R & B, when it really was rhythm and blues, the source of half the music you listen to. When you have the jones for some of it, nothing else will do, nothing diluted, no matter how good it is. You have to have the real thing. When that happens, Amos Milburn delivers. Big time.

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Listen:
Amos Milburn - Birmingham Bounce mp3 at Rocky 52 1950
Amos Milburn - Rock, Rock, Rock mp3 at Rocky 52 1952
Amos Milburn - One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer mp3 at Rubber City Review 1953
Amos Milburn - One, Two, Three Everybody mp3 at Rocky 52 1954
Amos Milburn - Chicken Shack Boogie mp3 at Rubber City Review 1956

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

OH HELL YEAH

Just goofing off, I ran across some choice Mar-Keys stuff over at Groove Addict. For those of you who don't know, and you should know this, the Mar-Keys were the horns of Stax. In other words, you've heard them all over Stax stuff, often with Booker T and the MGs. backing others on songs you've heard a thousand times. Their own records are usually slower paced, trodding grooves. In a good way. Because their big one was "Last Night" and another song on the same LP was titled "Morning After", it would be tempting to call them hangover soul, but they're more like still slightly buzzed soul.



If you're familiar with "Last Night" I recommend listening to it last, as a chaser after hearing the others. Crank it up and let it rip. The louder, the better. They don't make 'em like this anymore. 

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Listen:
The Mar-Keys - Last Night mp3 at Beware of the Blog
The Mar-Keys - Morning After mp3 at Groove Addict
The Mar-Keys - Cleo's Back mp3 at Groove Addict
The Mar-Keys - Too Pooped to Pop-Eye mp3 at Groove Addict

Monday, February 1, 2016

WAIT, WHAT YEAR IS IT?

Well, now here's a couple oddball combinations. The first one is "Fat City", credited to Ben Vaughn and Alan Vega at Aquarium Drunkard. I think Alex Chilton is on it too. It's kinda cool. Almost sounds like the Gun Club doing the Doors. Something like that. Read a much fancier description over at Aquariom Drunkard.

The other songs are by the I Don't Cares. What a fucking stupid name for a band. It's a Paul Westerberg and Juliana Hatfield thing. I don't care.

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Listen:
Ben Vaughn and Alan Vega (and possibly Alex Chilton) - Fat City at Aquarium Drunkard Go there to get it.
The I Don't Cares - Two songs at Aquarium Drunkard  Ditto.

AT THE KMAKS, MCLAIN LEAD THE REVELERS

If you saw the LP above in a thrift store, you might pass it by. If you saw it in a thrift store, practically every thrift store, just about every time you were in a thrift store, you'd reach the point of resist fatigue. That's how it was before thrift stores were raided daily by collectors and eBay sellers. The record was inescapable, and at twenty five cents a pop, which thrift store LPs commonly were, it wasn't much of a risk. 

While the song that most people associate with the LP is "Day O" (believe me, even if you don't think you've heard it, you have), the favorite among my crowd was "Man Smart (Woman Smarter)".  You know when a party has reached fever pitch when this sucker is blasting to the level of distortion and a dozen or so of your blitzed friends are are singing along to it, beer spilling out of raised bottles with every swinging gesture. Try it.

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Listen:
Harry Belafonte - Man Smart (Woman Smarter) mp3
at ATumblr (?)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

BAN-LON ROCK

About a week or so ago, when I was powering down different versions of "Coming Home Baby", the Peddlers were one band that I had never followed up on, not even for a casual personal interest. When I did, I found the gem "Girlie". Blame the seventies, this one is like some nightmarish Tom Jones-Barry White hybrid, by a jazz trio. Incredibly laughable, though other then the dated lyrics there is nothing specifically shitty about the song. But those lyrics, and the delivery, are a chuckle pill. Then I found this video and was all kinds of screwed up:


When I looked further I found "Gassin'", a six minute instrumental. Kicks ass. What are these guys? This is what I know: the Peddlers are a trio, bass, drums and organ. And vocals. God, those vocals. They remind me of Ban-Lon shirts or cheap men's cologne. Zip ankle boots. There's lots more on YouTube. If you dig any of these go there. A warning though, when it comes to these guys. it's a mine field.

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Listen:
The Peddlers - Girlie mp3 at Jo Cortez (?)
The Peddlers - Gassin'
(streaming) at YouTube

Friday, January 29, 2016

KOGAR DONE DID IT AGAIN

I'm not even going to mess around with this one. Kogar the Swing Ape put together a collection of Instrumental 45 of the Week songs he's posted at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban, over thirty of them. If you dig greasy instrumentals from the fifties and sixties, the heavy mix of honking sax and twangy guitar, with surface noise, the patina of ash and beer, you'll be chompin' up on this stuff. There's a couple teasers below. That's it. Scram.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

TOMORROWS STARS TODAY

I don't know this young guitarist named Kara, but after seeing videos posted by her guitar teacher Michael Stevens, I'm a fan. I'll tell you why. She's around ten years old and her music of choice is the blues. That should be applauded. With the dearth of blues based music (and that includes rock 'n' roll) on the charts, which is where most kids that age find their favorites, it's remarkable that she's even been exposed to blues, let alone having a preference. And she's good at it and getting better. I'm sure there are better ten year old guitarists, but you know what? She plays better than I do, and probably many of you. And she's stuck with it, unlike those of us who have picked up the guitar and then stopped when it started getting frustrating. She's our poster girl, a de facto Rosie the Riveter for blues students. Because her perseverance should be rewarded, I will post periodic updates when her teacher heps me to them. I'm going to be around for a while and I want to see her become the Freda King she has her sights on. This is "Kara B. Goode" happening in real time. Someday she will see her name in lights.



Above and beyond Miss Kara's musical potential, what is encouraging about this is the thought of another generation carrying on what sometimes seems in danger of being lost on younger people, that being blues based music. "There will always be the blues", you'll think. Have you checked in on what kids listen to lately?

The beginning licks of "Berge Boogie", the video above, reminded me of a classic segment from Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, the 1987 Chuck Berry all star concert flick. The clip is of Keith Richards and Chuck Berry rehearsing for the show and getting messed up repeatedly on the opening of "Carol". It's not the same lick as in the video above, but shows just how frustrating it can be trying to nail a Chuck Berry type intro.

Earlier post:
Rookie of the Year - Kara plays Freddie King, or "How I came across an random guitar student." Three Freddie King covers
Every one is a student of someone:
Chuck Berry and Keith Richards - Carol (rehearsal) at Vimeo Dig Johnnie Johnson's deadpan cameos.
More students:
Michael Stevens's channel at YouTube Includes the teach himself trying to tackle more complicated licks
A reminder for cynics. on topic:

Permission - Temple of Art at Vimeo

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

COOL PHOTO NIGHT

I know I just posted the Slits not too long ago, but I ran across a non-LP version of "Instant Hit", a harder sounding version. Might be a Peel Session or something, I don't know. I was still on the fence about posting it when I ran into the photo below, by Caroline Coon. It's Paul Simonon from the Clash glancing at Ari Up, likely backstage at some show. But that's not what's why I dig it, nor is the vintage of the photo (1977). What I like about it is that it's a candid shot that captures a specific era in an everyday manner, an accidental Robert Frank. (A larger version can be found here.)



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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

PLAY MYSTO FOR ME

Wow, these were a dynamite treat, from totally out of nowhere. A couple random clicks at Still In Rock and two instant favorites. They're by a French guy, Jaromil Sabor, and that's about all I know. From what I can ascertain, the two songs below are a little hairier than most of his other stuff. Most of it being baroque pop or some other such name for the daintier stuff. But, man, these two I dig. Call me an asshole, I hear early Redd Cross, vocals like Jeff Atta from Middle Class, Jam-era Weller guitar tone, Dan Sartain, King Khan,...just all sorts of shit, even about a millisecond of Television. The two songs are "Knocked-Out Circus" and Seagrave Station". Both kick ass. Check his Bandcamp page for other songs.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

THE COVER BAND

When was the last time you thought of the Detroit Cobras? I know, huh? They were lumped in with all the other bands back when Detroit was gonna take over the world.  Seems like just yesterday, it was their turn to be "the next Seattle" Remember? The Gories, White Stripes, Von Bondies, etc. Boy, that sure fizzled.


The Detroit Cobras were essentially a cover band. Their trick was obscure covers. Catchy obscure covers. Catchy enough that, by the time you heard the original, the association in your head was already locked on the Detroit Cobras' version. They had a revolving lineup, the constants being an guy from the Oblivians and the singer, who had a nice voice that might have been more effective if it wasn't so prominent in the mix. That's my gripe. Not that they did nearly all covers, and not that they didn't do them well, because they did do them well. Every time I hear them all I can think of is the "in the right hands..." potential. But they did come to party, I'll give them that.

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Listen:
The Detroit Cobras - Eleven more at The Vinyl Villain Note: When you click on a song title, it'll take you to Box.net. Click on the blue "Download" button in the top right to download.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

BUT CAN THEY DRINK JACK?

Yikes! Someone tell Ralf and Florian the Man Machine has a bug in it! Robots playing Black Sabbath? Go figure. I'm not for or against this sort of thing. I pick my battles. But I dig their pitch "If you're looking for something special, then you're in luck. These robots are willing to power up their circuits to play at meatbag gatherings, mechanical madness at your pleasure!" Meatbag gatherings - tee hee. One has to wonder though. It's a lot of ingenuity, technology and know how for what must be a limited return on the effort. Then again, that sounds like human musicians.

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Listen:
Visit:

KANSAS AND MEMPHIS. TUVA? GTFO.

I had forgotten all about Yat-Kha. (That's not them above. That's Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie,) Yat-Kha are from Tuva. That's right, straight outta Tuva, let's get that over with. It's in southern Siberia. They mix traditional Tuvan music with Western music. And with a throat singer. Yeah. Every bit as weird as it sounds.

I had my doohickey on shuffle today and their cover of "When the Levee Breaks" came on. It occurred to the that I'd never heard it back to back with the original. I'm not sure how much it follows Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie's version, or if it's drawn from Led Zeppelin's version. I don't care. It's weird, and my Tuvan collection is week.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

ALL SCHOOLS JAM

If disco frightens you, bug out. This is for my buds that dig good where good is. I don't know what to make of this one. Just listen to it. Wait for the rap. Man, hip hop is miles away from what passed for rhymes back then. Yeesh. But, holy hell, the song as a whole is infectious. I listened to it a few times in a row to hear all the weird shit going on it. I got hooked.

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Listen:
Indeep - Last Night A DJ Saved My Life mp3 at Boogaloo Time
More disco
at Boogaloo Time

Thursday, January 21, 2016

"NAME?" "JOE THOMAS...PLUS FOUR."

Please join me in welcoming the Joe Thomas Group to the "Comin' Home Baby" Club. The damn song just won't die. Versions by Mel Torme, El Chicano, Syvie Vartan, Dee Dee Sharp and the Peddlers have been posted here before, and I'll just keep right on posting versions of the song until I get sick of it. Joe Thomas Group's version is an instrumental, slightly funky happy hour soul jazz, which may or may not be your bag. It features a long flute solo by Thomas, a little too long if you ask me. But, you know, every part of every song doesn't have to knock your socks off. Just consider it upbeat going about your business music. Brush your teeth during the flute solo. I don't care.

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Listen:
The Joe Thomas Group - Comin' Home Baby mp3 at Groove Addict
Mel Torme - Comin' Home Baby mp3 at Everlat Caucasus (?)
Sylvie Vartan - Ne t'en vas pas (Comin' home baby) mp3 at Discos y Monstrous
El Chicano - Comin' Home Baby mp3 at Groove Addict
Dee Dee Sharpe - Comin' Home Baby (streaming) at YouTube
The Peddlers - Comin' Home Baby (streaming) at YouTube
The LP:
The Joe Thomas Group - Comin' Home at Groove Addict

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I DO, I DO

I've been on a bit of a Mott the Hoople binge for the past twenty four hours and it's tugging on the old heartstrings. Yesterday when it was all over the news that Glen Frey of the Eagles had died, I was indifferent. Death is always unfortunate, but it could've very well been Joe Blow and I would have cared about the same. Then, when I checked in on Facebook, I found something really upsetting. Oddly there was comfort buried in it. Dale "Buffin" Griffin, the drummer and a founding member of Mott the Hoople had died. Now, this wasn't on the news, this being the U.S. where Mott the Hoople barely cut a fart on the charts. But it was headline news as reported by my circle of friends on Facebook. Nary a mention of Frey, it was all Griffin, all Mott. This was the comforting part, not only that so many of these friends found it too important not to mention. It was a reminder that we're all still on the same page. My friends have epic taste. And they don't forget. Die hards. Yes.

Dale "Buffin" Griffin


Griffin died of Alzheimer's. He was first diagnosed with early-onset in 2008. The following year when the band reunited for a short tour, Griffin played, but only on the encores. The last official Mott the Hoople release was "Do You Remember) The Saturday Gigs?" a 45 released in 1974. Shortly after it was released, they played their final tour (non-reunion), Ian Hunter left, and that was it. There was an offshoot, Mott (without "the Hoople"), but the original Mott the Hoople was effectively finished. On that final tour, their closing song every night was "Saturday Gigs", a look back on the early days of the band. The chorus is simple, but oh so effective. "Do you remember the Saturday Gig's? We do, we do." When they reunited in 2009, with Griffin playing drums on the encores, their final song on the final night "Saturday Gigs". Man.

Roll Away the Stone 1973

Anyone of any scene remembers whatever the Saturday gigs they attended were. And they don't have to be on Saturday. My homies know. The shows at North Park Lions Club were often on Saturday, but Abbey Road shows were on Mondays, and Texas Teahouse Thursdays. Casbah gigs were several nights a week, and still are for some. Those of you know. "Saturday Gigs" is a Chrismas carol for rockers, "Auld Lang Syne" and "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" all rolled into one. It made me smile when I thought about the people who posted about Griffin's death, because they didn't forget, including my brother who introduced me to them when we were still sharing a bedroom. It really got all warm and fuzzy in here when I started to think about all of the faces at all the Saturday gigs I've  attended over the years. I feel very fortunate that I'm still in contact with many of them. Cheers! To Saturday gigs! To Mott the Hoople! To Buffin!

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Listen:
Mott the Hoople - (Do You Remember) The Saturday Gigs? (streaming) at YouTube
Mott the Hoople - One of the Boys mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Mott the Hoople - All the Young Dudes mp3
at Indie Muse
Mott the Hoople - Honaloochie Boogie mp3 at Patrick Macias (?)
Sing along:
Saturday Gigs lyrics at Google Play

Monday, January 18, 2016

UNDER BUDGET ROCK

Oh yeah...another oddball, another one of those "found by chance but dig that production" songs. Before tonight, I'd never heard of Jackie Gotroe. I have know. Ample rockabilly, unusual in that it's from San Francisco. The West coast is not normally thought of as a hotbed of rockabilly, not back then anyway. Still, it's not as wild and crazy as one would hope. Wild and crazy isn't why I'm digging on Gotroe and his band, the Scamps. There's something about the production. It's raw. It sounds cheap. It might be more than that, but after a couple listens, isolating the instruments as I listen, I can't really figure out why this particular type of sound appeals to me. Sometimes I guess cheap just works.

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Listen:
Jackie Gotroe and the Scamps - Lobo Jones mp3 at Rocky 52
Jackie Gotroe and the Scamps - Raised on Rock 'n' Roll mp3 at Rocky 52
Jackie Gotroe and the Scamps - Rock It to the Moon mp3 at Rocky 52 Go there to get it.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

ROCKET NUMBER TEN

Leave it to Lysergic Funk. They just posted a link to Space Is the Place, a film staring Sun Ra. I've posted it before but the link's been dead for a while. So dig it, a new link. It's not really a dramatic film, nor is it a documentary or a music film, though there is music in it. It's really just a vehicle for Sun Ra to spout off about space being the place and what not. There you have it. But it is entirely entertaining and if you watch it early in the day, the rest of your day definitely won't be the same.



Lysergic Funk also posted a documentary about Sun Ra, and a live thing. The live thing is awesome, nearly an hour of quality "I'll watch some here and there and then leave it blasting as i go about my business" slightly out there jazz. Billed as Sun Ra All Stars and the Sun Ra Arkestra, the band, er Arkestra, includes Archie Shepp, Lester Bowie and Don Cherry. I don't even really know what those guys sound like, but I've seen their names enough to know they must be hot shit. I don't care. The thing sounds good.

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Listen:
Sun Ra - Astro Black mp3
at Destination-Out 1973
Sun Ra and the Myth Science Akestra - Eve mp
at Now You're at Soundblaque
Sun Ra - Angels and Demons at Play mp3
at Destination Out 
Sun Ra - Six more songs at this old post
Video:

Saturday, January 16, 2016

STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

Lee "Scratch" Perry will be eighty years old in March. By every indication he's still very much a spring chicken. There's no disputing that he's a freak of nature, some sort of mad genius. With rather primitive equipment, he produced a good sized hunk of classic seventies reggae, behind the board for everyone from Bob Marley down to the bottom feeders. He did his own stuff too, backed by his studio band the Upsetters. Then at the peak of his popularity, he burned his studio down.



He's collaborated with everyone and their mother, even outside of reggae circles. He produced the Clash, worked with Adrian Sherwood, recorded with the Beastie Boys, had Andrew WK co-produce one of his albums (that had Ari Up, Moby and Don Fleming guesting), and so on. Dude is a machine. These days in full on Technicolor.



There's a new documentary about him (yes, another), the trailer of which shows him as lively as ever. Lee Scratch Perry's Vision Of Paradise follows him for fifteen years, including a trip back to Jamaica, which ought to be interesting just by itself. If you've watched his trajectory of the past decade or so, you can well imagine. That's gotta be like a martian landing in Kingston.

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Listen:
Lee Perry - Roast Fish and Cornbread mp3
at Passion of the Weiss
Lee Perry - Jungle Lion mp3
at Stop Smiling
Lee Perry - Panta Rock mp3
at KUCI

Lee Perry - White Belly Rat mp3 at Pixie Radio
Lee Perry vs King Tubby - Africa mp3 at Nintendo Planet Video (?)
Lee Perry and Scientist - Fall In Love With Dub mp3 at Pixie Radio
Lee Perry and Mad Professor -  Cheerful Dub mp3 at Pixie Radio
Lee Perry and the Experience - Disco Devil mp3
at Evil Vince 8 minutes
The Upsetters - Exit the Dragon mp3
at Slutty Fringe
Of historical note:
Lee Perry - People Funny Boy
(streaming) at YouTube The Joe Gibbs putdown
Lee Perry - Run For Cover
(streaming) at YouTube The Coxsone Dodd putdown
Video:

Lee Scratch Perry's Vision of Paradise trailer at YouTube 2015
The Upsetter - Documentary trailer
at YouTube 2011
Lee Perry, Guiness commercials
(?!?) at YouTube
Visit:
Lee Perry - Official site
Lee Perry
at Wikipedia

LEMMY'S MEMORIAL SERVICE

This was streamed live a week ago. I highly recommend watching some of it, if not all of it. Motörhead may not have been one of your favorites, but it's worth viewing. Lemmy was one of very few die hard rockers who was really was true to his cool and, by all appearances, an exceptionally nice guy. Very little of it is about his music, most of it is about interactions and friendships, stories that are inspiring and endearing. We could all learn something from watching it.

Friday, January 15, 2016

THE ONE 45 MIC DROP

Man, sometimes it takes just one song. Here's one that's a mother of a Venn diagram. Over here you've got a big ol' circle floating around by itself.. That would be the people who just don't get it. Never did, never will. Always a big chunk of any Venn diagram, or rather outside the diagram.  Then, in another circle you have the instro nuts, who love instrumentals. They intersect a little with the Songs the Cramps Taught Us (or Lux & Ivy's Favorites) folks. Another circle is the oddball 45 nuts. Honkin' sax nuts, and so on. You see where I'm going. All of that to say that the song below is one you should dig, unless of course you're part of the never get it, never will mob.



Just look at that label. It's got it all. A cool band name, a cool song title, a cool record label, crappy low budget graphics, and the song length, which is just about the perfect length for a 45. Can it stand the test? Yes and no. If you expect something slick, don't bother. Wrong circle. But if you want to hear an unpolished medium fidelity guitar and sax driven instrumental that you may not ever come across again, dig in. Check the other label below, a later pressing of the 45, this one the B-side. Using type for the record company logo now. What is this, The Phantom Five Sell Out? Still, looking even a little more normal, it reeks of "gotta hear this".


One last thing, just look at these guys. Stealth to the max. They were probably sneaking Dad's Oly between science projects. Oh, man, I so dig this shit.


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Thursday, January 14, 2016

THAT WAS A GOOD EPISODE

Not messing around tonight. I was going to post the first song picked at random that was what I considered a really good record. The Slit's cover of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" fit the bill. I've heard all four of the versions below many times, and the Slits is far and away my favorite, though technically it's probably, no, certainly the worst. But I identify with it, like many of you who know it, because if you are of a certain age, the Slit's version came out during a crucial period in your life. And if you can't identify a good song with an episode, what good is it?

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

RESPITE NIGHT

Enough of the bad news and people dying. Tonight I need me some jubilant. It's time to turn that frown upside down. Here's a nice thought. These guys are still alive. Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. They still walk among us. If that doesn't remove part of your funk, I give up. These are fundamental. The salt on a slippery road. If you don't see it, screw your damn head on.

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Listen:
Chuck Berry - Maybellene mp3 at Rocky 52

Monday, January 11, 2016

THE HINDSIGHT BEGINS

This morning I was in my car flipping the dial when I heard a snippet of an interview with David Bowie. My first thought was "ahhh shit". I had a sinking feeling that something bad had happened. Within minutes, my suspicions were confirmed. David Bowie was dead.

I'm not going to bullshit. I've made cracks about Bowie before, and I'd be lying if I said that I was fan enough to not spot a wart or two over the years. But I have nothing but respect for the man, as a ground breaker, visionary and all of the other Twitter ready short descriptions. Yesterday was, for many people of my generation, the day the music died. He was our Elvis, our Beatles. He was always there, surprising us time and time again with a new turn, a new sound, a new persona, without paying attention to what was selling or what might sell. He was an original, several times over. And, by and large, he produced quality product. He was there for others as well. When Mott the Hoople needed a boost, Bowie was there. Lou Reed, again. Iggy Pop? He might not be here at all if not for Bowie.


Back in the seventies, he earned his rock 'n roll merit badge, pissing off the parents of all the children who ate up his gender bending persona from Ziggy Stardust through Diamond Dogs. Then he surprised his fans when the David Live LP came out, his dapper looks and the first steps outside of a glam persona. Young Americans? How many shag heads were listening to anything remotely like Philly soul, no matter how plastic the interpretation was? Then there was the Berlin period albums, the synth and drone inflected Station to Station, Low, and Heroes, the latter being the last Bowie album I ever bought. Not because everything after that sucked. I just couldn't keep up. No casual fan could.

What, like four decades?


You can bet that in the next few days and weeks there's gonna be plenty of Bowie related stuff posted everywhere, so here's just a few odds and ends I've run across. In a weird twist, today being my Mom's birthday, I'd been planning on posting "Nature Boy" a song that was a favorite of hers. That went out the window when I heard the news. But in searching for Bowie stuff, I ran across a version he did in 2001 that I had no idea existed. Man, he was pretty much always firing on all cylinders. I ask you, who else has covered the Legendary Stardust Cowboy? Did you know that he was in a movie having a knife fight with Carl Perkins? (After Perkins pulls a knife out of his own chest!) Do check out that last link down there and marvel at how healthy he looked just three days ago.

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Listen:
Davie Jones and The King Bees - Liza Jane (streaming) at YouTube This smokes. 1967, age seventeen.
David Bowie - Waiting For the Man mp3 at ATumblr (?) 1970 Velvet Underground cover 1970
David Bowie – In Concert with John Peel – June 20,1971, BBC Radio at Past Daily 33 minutes, single mp3, go there to get it. Cover of Chuck Berry's "Almost Grown" at 14:67
David Bowie - Nature Boy mp3 at Moulin 1 (?) 2001
Video:
David Bowie - I Took A Trip On A Gemini Spacecraft
at YouTube 2002 Legendary Stardust Cowboy cover
David Bowie knife fight with Carl Perkins - Clip from Into the Night
Visit:
David Bowie - Last photos, taken Friday, January 8, 2016 at Consequence of Sound

Sunday, January 10, 2016

GONE TO THE REST STOP

Red Simpson died on Thursday in Bakersfield, his hometown and the city so identified with a particular strain of country and western music that it was called the Bakersfield sound. He sang a lot about trucks and truck driving. Though not as well known outside of the trucker mob as Red Sovine, Dave Dudley and others, his "(Hello} I'm a Truck" is an all time trucker classic. Come to think of it, maybe his second tier status was because people thought he actually was a truck. Then again, he also sang about cops. Go figure.

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Listen:
Red Simpson - (Hello) I'm a Truck mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Red Simpson - Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves (streaming) at YouTube
Red Simpson - Johnny Law mp3 at Glorify the Turd
Red Simpson - The Highway Patrol mp3 at Glorify the Turd
Red Simpson and Junior Brown - Nitro Express mp3 at Big Rock Candy Mountain

Saturday, January 9, 2016

THAT BLACK COFFEE JOKE IS OLD.

That Sarah Vaughn photo that I clicked on that led to yesterdays post was accompanying her "Black Coffee", a very cool song, sultry and all that jazz. I didn't mention it because I thought I had posted it before, but it turns out the version I posted was Peggy Lee's. Neither matters tonight after hearing Black Flag's "Black Coffee", a different song altogether. That's the one that hit the spot, this time anyway. Nice to hear something that sounds that hard without any superfluous decoration. It's just a fucking great song. Lame in the right places. The guitar tone kills me. And the song just goes on and on, for almost five minutes. It's exhausting, but it leaves you wanting more.

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Listen:
Sarah Vaughn - Black Coffee mp3 at Time Goes By
Peggy Lee - Black Coffee mp3 at Robert Barone (?)
Black Flag - Black Coffee mp3
at Pretty Goes With Pretty