Friday, August 22, 2014

TRUST ME, IT'S BADASS.

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

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

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

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AAHHHAAHHHH!!!

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

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

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

THREE GUYS WALK OUT OF A BAR

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

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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

SWEET SUMMER JAMS

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

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

Monday, August 18, 2014

DO THE DOO

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

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

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

Sunday, August 17, 2014

AGAIN WITH THE SUN RA

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

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

Saturday, August 16, 2014

AMBITION: BLOW MINDS

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



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

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

Friday, August 15, 2014

EL PRODUCTIVO

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

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

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

Thursday, August 14, 2014

TROPICAL CRUSH ALERT

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



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

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

TACOMA-A-A-A!!!

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



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

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

OH SHIT. THAT'S MY DAD.

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

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

Monday, August 11, 2014

TWEE PEOPLE, GET DIRTY

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

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

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

Sunday, August 10, 2014

SOMEONE PAT HIM ON THE BACK

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

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

Charlie Feathers at Rockabilly Hall of Fame

Friday, August 8, 2014

SURF MUSIC ROULETTE

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 7, 2014

WELL THERE YOU ARE

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

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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

OTIS AND A GRAB BAG

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

FINK OR FREAK?

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

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Listen:

Monday, August 4, 2014

LITTLE ESTHER DOES WILLIE

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

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

MUSIC FOR DIRTBAGS

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



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

Video:
Mountain - Mississippi Queen (live) at YouTube

Saturday, August 2, 2014

MAINTAIN SPEED

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

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

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

Friday, August 1, 2014

COSIMO BAIT

Wow, talk about a double whammy! It's not every day that you run into the first studio recordings of Jerry Lee Lewis. That would be enough, but wait! Don't go running off yet. Just hear me out. Do you know the name Cosimo Matassa? He's the studio owner who recorded the Killer, and someone you should know. Matassa was a New Orleans record store owner when he decided to start a recording studio, and later a record label. Let's just say his shit did not stink. If your tastes include New Orleans R&B and early rock 'n' roll, you likely have Matassa to thank for many of the sides in your collection. You need to check out The Cosimo Code, the host of these two songs. It's an exhaustive site about the recordings of Matassa, and a collaborative effort with contributions from some serious heavy hitters (Soul Detective, Sir Shambling's Deep Soul Heaven, Home of the Groove, among others). The site is one of the best, most comprehensive single subject music related websites I've ever come across, and believe me, I'm a trolling fool. Bookmark it, or remain a bonehead.

About these Jerry Lee sides: They were recorded in 1952, when he was sixteen and just getting his sea legs. The vocal number, a cover of Lefty Frizzell's "Don't Stay Away (Till Love Grows Cold)" is notable because the Killer sounds like a baby, hitting some notes so high you can practically hear his teenage voice crack. The other song is an instrumental "Jerry's Boogie" (aka "New Orleans Boogie") that is just completely nuts when you consider the nimble chops are coming from a sixteen year old kid.

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Listen:
Jerry Lee Lewis - Jerry's Boogie mp3 at The Cosimo Code
Jerry Lee Lewis - Don't Stay Away (Till Love Grows Cold) mp3 at The Cosimo Code Go there to get it.
Visit:
The Cosimo Code Check the video on the home page, it explains everything.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

THIS AIN'T OVER, HUNS!

Okay, here's the deal. A song called "Wild Man"? I'm gonna bite. I don't care what type of music it is, I'm not going to pass it by without hearing it. This time I wasn't disappointed. While it's not as over-the-top wild as the title would imply, it does kick some semi-serious ass, sounding like something that might come from the Cramps arsenal, particularly at the 2:30 mark. And lest you think that the kids inhabiting the stage in the above photo don't have a little bit of wild in them, there's this snippet from an interview at 60s Garage Bands:  

"We had two songs we were going to record; they were ‘Genie’ and ‘Wild Man.’ The Huns came to our practice at Lloyd’s house and stole ‘Genie.’  They renamed it ‘Shakedown.’ They rushed into the studio and recorded it first and released it.  We were furious!  We went as a mob to Dean Coley’s house (their bass player).  His father was their manager, so we stood out in the street and tried to get them to come out and fight." 

Hey, ol' man Coley, watch yer back!

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Listen:
The Tamrons - Wild Man mp3 (via DivShare) at Junk Shop Juke Box
Once you get to DivShare, click on the green "Download" button, and scratch your head for fifteen seconds while the timer counts down. When the button reappears, you're good to go.
The Huns - Shakedown (streaming) at YouTube
Visit:
The Tamrons at 60s Garage Bands

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

THE SPECIALIST

Bongo man Preston Epps, Two early ones. Check out YouTube for a bunch more. He really did do a lot of cool stuff. You should check him out. And done.

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Listen:
Preston Epps - Bongos In Pastel mp3 at Eyeswings (?) 1959
Preston Epps - Bongo In the Congo mp3 at Eyeswings (?) 1960

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

GOT A LIST? GOOD. ADD THESE.

The two songs below are from early releases on Daptone Records, around 2002 or so, and they're pretty indicative of what I like about the label. If you were to listen to these without knowing anything about them, you'd have a hard time guessing when they were recorded. You might not even be able to peg exactly what era they're emulating, or if it's even intentional. You know what else is cool? Music like this has no expiration date. You can go buy it now, or put it off until you're sixty. But, remember this, when you're at a weak moment and you;re tempted to take a chance on something current based on some jackoff blogger's raves, take it from this jackoff. Both of these LPs should take precedent. Says me. The jackoff.



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Listen:
Sugarman 3 - Funky So-and-So mp3 at DK Presents
The Daktaris - Super Afro Beat mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Visit:
Daptone Records

Monday, July 28, 2014

BLACK RANDY, WHO?

A chance click-by through Funky 16 Corners just ate about an hour, obsessing over a single song. Larry, the guy over there, posted a version of "Give It Up or Turnit A Loose" by Wilbert Longmire. I know, who? That's what Funky 16 Corners is good at, digging up this stuff by people you've never heard of. It just made me want to hear James Brown's original version, recorded in 1969. And, what the hell, his extended version from 1970. And it made me want to hear Lyn Collins's version, produced by the GFOS in 1974, capped off by Black Randy and the Metro Squad's 1979 version. The latter floors me, as do JB's versions. The (technically Black Randy-less) Metro Squad tearS it a new one. It's pretty crazy in context, because Black Randy and the Metro Squad consisted of members of the L.A. punk scene, with a rotating roster that included, at one time or another, members of the Bags, X, Go-Gos, the Germs, the Eyes, and an early member of the Screamers. You might have had to be there, but I still find it more than nuts.

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Listen:
Wilbert Longmire - Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose mp3
at Funky 16 Corners Go there to get it.
James Brown - Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (single version) mp3 at ATumbler(?)
James Brown - Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (LP Version) mp3 at ATumbler(?)
Lyn Collins - Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose mp3 at Groove Nut Records
Black Randy and the Metro Squad - Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose mp3 at 7 Inch Punk

Sunday, July 27, 2014

DIG IT! JAMAICAN SOUNDS '58-'69

If you're at all into pre-reggae and early reggae related Jamaican music, go get yourself a napkin. You're gonna need it. Underground Uncovered just posted a two hour, 44 song mix of Jamaican music from 1958-1969.  This is good stuff, jazz, R & B, bluebeat, ska, and rocksteady. It's a zip file with individual song files, all labeled with the year of release, so you can sort them chronologically if that's your thing. Got to Underground Uncovered to see the song listing.



Note: At Zippyshare, click on the orange "Download Now" button. Ignore those other huckster download buttons. Some songs are in the mp4 format, so some may not play on whatever you listen back on, but still, it's 44 songs so it's not the end of the world. It's a quick download, 189 MB.

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Listen:
Hold On - Jamaican Music 1958 - 1959 (via Zippyshare) at Underground Uncovered Note: At Zippyshare, click on the orange "Download Now" button

Saturday, July 26, 2014

AND SHE ROCKED THE CUFFS

I was all over the damn place tonight, goofing off at this site and that. Somehow I landed on a Janis Martin tack, and it occurred to me that I've never posted anything about her. So here's a few songs. The bio and profile stuff will linked below will have to do. I'm still on that goof off thing.

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Listen:
Janis Martin - Bang Bang mp3 at Mp3 Rockabilly
Janis Martin - Drugstore Rock and Roll mp3 at Mp3 Rockabilly
Janis Martin - My Boy Elvis mp3 at Mp3 Rockabilly
Janis Martin - Ooby Dooby mp3 at Mp3 Rockabilly
Visit:
Janis Martin at Rockabilly Hall of Fame
Janis Martin at Wikipedia

Friday, July 25, 2014

¡VOLVER AL AZÚCAR!

Celia Cruz is that rare singer, one of those that makes you lose stock of what you think you like. You can't help it. It's just full on 100% joy. Even if you can't understand the lyrics, you'll end up shaking something. The first one below, "La Vida es un Carnaval" ("Life is a Carnival"), can cut through any sourpuss mood you can throw at it. And listen to what she does with the other two songs, the originals of which you may not be entirely nuts about. They get transformed into potable dance floor sweat.

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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CHEAP CRYPT

I just listened to Andrew WK's "Party Hard" for the first time in a long while. I really attempted to rule out anything I knew about him, or his music; put it all out of my head and be as objective as possible. You know what it sounded like? Rocket From the Crypt and Cheap Trick playing together. Needless to say, tonight, I got nothin'.

The above image is from a limited edition T-shirt, sold by WK in 2012. You Sex Pistols nuts will probably be reminded of Jamie Reid's "God Save the Queen" imagery  Cheeky. Is that the word?

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Listen:
Andrew WK - Party Hard mp3 at Stop Okay Go
Vitit:
Andrew W.T.F. - Earlier post (way old) 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

LIKE THIS, KA-CHINK, KA-CHINK,...

Well dip me in it, I've been fucking around this place for how long, and never had a post featuring the Skatalites? How does that happen? They were like ground zero. Right there when mento and rhythm and blues got chummy, absolutely the shit in the pre-rock steady, pre-reggae days of Jamaican music. The original line-up included the horn section of Roland Alphonso, Don Drummond and Tommy McCook, the holy trinity of Jamaican brass. And Jackie Mittoo on keys, who would become one of the most influential keyboard players in the history of reggae. They initially recorded with Coxsone Dodd (not a bad place to start), followed by Duke Reid, Leslie Kong, Randy Chin and Prince Buster, among others. I don't care if some of you think this is elementary. Listen to it, cop to it, or just get out of here. I don't care. I'm a wild man.

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Listen:
The Skatalites - Guns of Navarone mp3 at Plain or Pan
The Skatalites - Exodus mp3
at Iniva (?)
The Skatalites - James Bond Theme mp3
at a Bond fan site
The Skatalites - I Should Have Know Better mp3 at Fantastic Weapon
The Skatalites - Rockfort Rock mp3
at Job.Yipikai (?)
The Skatalites - Ska-Ra-Van (Caravan) mp3
at Tanyao (?)
The Skatalites - Fidel Castro mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Video:

The Skatalites - Dynamite (?) at YouTube 1980s incarnation
Visit:
The Skatalites
- Official site
The Skatalites
at Wikipedia