Thursday, March 5, 2015

THE JAMAICAN SOUL MAN

I give. Alton Ellis's cover of the Delphonics' "La La Means I Love You" just threw me all off course, not that I had one. But it totally hit the spot. Blew the sourpuss right out of my skull. It made me forget where I was going. So it's Alton Ellis night.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

LOOSE. HAS MET MONSTER.

Bo Diddley's name isn't mentioned as often these days, not nearly as much as it was when he was alive. Not because it isn't mentioned by a lot of people, because it is. The decline in Bo Diddley references can be attributed to one thing. He's dead. He's no longer singing it, as he did thousands of times when he was alive. Sometimes it seems like half his songs have his name in the title or the lyrics. But that's part of the Bo package, He wrote himself into songs, made some of his own guitars, had his own personal beat, and he recorded and self produced some of his own records, in his own studio. He earned the right to say his own name, as many times as he wanted to. Whenever you hear the name Bo Diddley, don't think of some tireless self promoter, think of the man that practically invented DIY.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HE'S RIGHT ABOUT THIS ONE

Even without all of his own music, Bob Dylan deserves respect as an incidental rock 'n' roll egghead. By incidental I mean the sort of person who picks up facts along the way, but isn't the type to research and gather information to write a book. It just comes from years of listening to good music. I really noticed that quality of his after hearing a few things from his radio show. He's got good taste in music, and varied, and he has opinions. And, in some cases, he has first hand knowledge of what he speaks.

There's a thing recently posted at the Adios Lounge, basically dissecting a speech Dylan gave recently when accepting the MusiCares Person of the Year award. In the speech he thanks, mentions, or disses Merle Haggard, the Staple Singers, Hendrix, Buck Owens, Tom T. Hall, Leiber & Stoller, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, and a whole bunch of others. Check out the post, the commentary and the transcribed speech, and there's videos to boot. It's good stuff.

So what does all that have to do with Billy Lee Riley? This is what Dylan said of Riley's "Red Hot", "It could blast you out of your skull and make you feel happy about it. Change your life." Here, here! My opinion of Dylan has just moved up a few notches. He adds, "He did it with style and grace. You won’t find him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’s not there. Metallica is. ABBA is. Mamas and the Papas, I know they’re in there. Jefferson Airplane, Alice Cooper, Steely Dan — I’ve got nothing against metal, soft rock, hard rock, psychedelic pop. I got nothing against any of that stuff. But, after all, it is called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Billy Lee Riley is not there. Yet. And it’s taking too long." Amen folksinging egghead!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

TO EGGHEADS

The title of yesterdays post, "Get Pete Frame On It", was something I didn't entirely expect many people to get. Usually in a case like that, I don't feel the need to explain it, I just consider it a nod to the fiends that do get it. But Pete Frame was such an important support player, it occurred to me that he's someone you should know. Frame was a music writer, and founding editor of Zig Zag, a British music magazine that debuted in 1969, but what he is best known for is his series of music oriented family trees. That's where the reference in yesterdays post title comes from. An imagined Cedric Brooks family tree would include Carlos Malcom, Sun Ra, Tony Allen, Fela, and a shitload of others.

Frame's family trees were an insanely cool resource for anyone who wanted to see where a line up of a particular band, or multiple related bands, came from. The format contained concise descriptions and held a remarkable amount of information for what was typically a two page spread. First appearing in the early seventies, they still hold up. even with all of the online sources of information today. They were later published in several editions in book form, The Complete Rock Family Trees, all now out of print but readily available used online. In 1990, the BBC did a series based on his family trees called "Rock's Family Trees" narrated by John Peel. 

Here's a sample family tree of Frames's, of New York bands in the CBGBs era, along with the accompanying BBC show of the same period. Watch that, it's good. Lots of old footage. There's another link down there to one of the early London punk scene, and links to just a couple copy cats, of which there are many. The two Frame influenced family trees below are just the first I happened to look at, one for the Cramps and Gun Club, and one for Dischord and Ian Mackaye related bands.

Sanple trees:
The Influence of the "New Wave Nine" at Nihilism on the Prowl Clash, Sex Pistols, Generation X, Damned, Alternative TV, Subway Sect, etc. I think Frame was afraid of the word "punk".
Video:
Part 2, Part 4, Part 5 Couldn't find part 3.
Fan made family trees:

Sunday, March 1, 2015

GET PETE FRAME ON IT

Aw jeez, here we go again. I ran into a post at Roots and Culture that had a couple from Calypsoul 70, a compilation that came out a few years ago. Both are mighty jams, one by the curiously named Biosis Now, and the other by Cedric Brooks. The Brooks song is the one that got me going. Man, that guy did everything, from funky jazz soul to very heavy roots stuff, reggae, and ska. He lived for a short time in San Diego, at the same time Carlos Malcom did, and the two worked together in 1998. Which sent me off to revisit Carlos Malcom. I had to stop there, or kiss off the rest of the night. Brooks also worked with Sun Ra and Tony Allen, and the latter played with Fela. You can see where all that would lead.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

GASSES ME TOO

I love whacked out music, and I don't care where it comes from. Eric Dolphy's Out To Lunch LP is one whacked out record. I mean it. One you've passed the first minute and a half, and Dolphy starts starts his all over the place routine, you know it's going to get ten kinds of crazy. Apparently it's regarded as a free jazz classic, but I'm no judge. I really don't know shit about jazz. It just makes me twitch and not much music can do that. You non-jazz people, poo-poo it if you must. If you think of it as punk rock jazz, you won't have to put on a dinner jacket. Come to think of it, there are parts that remind me of James Chance. Regardless, it's what I'm listening to, and tonight I'm lazy.

Here's the opening cut, "Hat and Beard" with the initial wig out coming at about 1:27. "Straight Up and Down" is down there because Dolphy said of it "This one reminds me of a drunk walking, straight up and down I call it. It gasses me that everyone was so free." Anyone who intentionally makes a record to sound like a drunk automatically gains entrance here.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

LIVE LONG AND CREATE

The first time I laid eyes on Mr. Spock's vulcan ass was when I was in still in grade school. It was at my Grandmother's house on her brand new color TV. It was the first time I'd ever seen Star Trek, and it was the first time I'd seen anything on color TV. Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, has been within the sphere of my pop culture cognizance ever since. But when I heard that he died today, it wasn't his role as Spock that came to mind, but his extracurricular activities, poetry, photography and music. Yes, we can all get a good chuckle out of some of his musical escapades, but let's not forget, the man did not rest on his pointy earred laurels. He made stuff. I don't care if it was quality or not. In life there are those who feel the need to create, and those who don't. Given his non-Star Trek output, I think it's safe to say that with or without the success of the series, he would have churned stuff out. That deserves respect. Chuckle if you must.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

THE UNFORTUNATE BAND PHOTO

Here we go, a couple that wouldn't sound like you're cup of tea if fully described, so I won't. Some of you may have heard Babe Ruth's "The Mexican". A nifty prog rock thing, I guess. The cool thing is that in the middle of it, it has solos borrowed from Ennio Morricone's "For A Few Dollars More", interspersed with a guitar freakout. It's not going to fill a dance floor, but it is an adventure in audio.

Out of nowhere, a recent cover of it by Wu-Tang's GZA, with Tom Morello in some sort of capacity. That's the surprising one. I didn't expect to like it at all, but the female singer in it pushed me over the edge, and now I like it. I'm a wishy washy son of a bitch. I don't care.

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Babe Ruth - The Mexican mp3 at Basement Rug 
GZA with Tom Morello - The Mexican mp3 at Cover Me Note: Click on the downward pointing arrow on the top right corner of the streaming window, right under where it says "Soundcloud" in small type.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WHAT'S THIS, FUZZ YÉ-YÉ?

Just for the hell of it, last night I visited Ubupopland, the host of one of the song files. Holy shit, talk about a detour. It's someone who's selling records, most of which are from people you never heard of, from a some foreign country you'll never go to, and are songs that you may never hear again. All sorts of oddballs in all sorts of hipster genres specific to the sixties and seventies. There's tons of song samples, most of which are about two minutes long. Lest you think they aren't mix worthy, they're largely of short songs anyway, and they fade out, so it's not jarring. I've been bugging out over there for a while, so Ill just leave you with one. (I actually found the entire song elsewhere, so that's what is linked below.)

This is a good one, for a number of reasons, but let me back up. Another cool thing about Ubupopland is the descriptions of the bands and records. Gems like "Killer Indo freakbeat garage EP", "US Garage Soul Psych LP" and "French Female Yéyé Popcorn EP". Of course you're gonna click to hear the samples. And the lengthier descriptions are a hoot. This is the one that I had to hear, a song by Françoise Hardy, the description, "Hardy Jimmy Page Fuzz 1st French recording. Je n'attends plus personne + 3 Orig 1964 EP on French Vogue. 1st Fuzz recording in France, with J.Page acting undercover!" It's just one compact description in stunted English after another, some funny, some clever and some dead on. A warning: because there's so damn many of them, and most with picture sleeves, it will eat a chunk of time. But because they're short, so it's perfect for intermittent dabbling. Bookmark the sucker.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SOUL BROTHER #2

Do you know who you should thank for James Brown? Bobby Byrd. He took Brown in when he was fresh out of a reformatory prison. He gave him a place to live, turned him on to music, and gave him a job as the drummer in his band, the Flames. When Brown eventually stepped out to try vocals on for size, the whole dynamic changed. But, while Brown became the star, the bag was not wholly his. Byrd was integral to the sound that you and I know well, for the next ten years or so, and intermittently after that.

Check the two posts about Byrd at The "A" Side and the Wikipedia thing. Respect is due.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

C'MON...EVERYBODY?

Right down the "Summertime Blues" rabbit hole tonight. All it took was hearing a crappy cover of the song. It was bound to happen, there have been so many covers of it. But it was a little disconcerting to realize that there are few Eddie Cochran covers at all, let alone of that one song, that have the sound or feel of their original version. Not to say some aren't good. Some are and some aren't. But it seems nearly impossible for anyone to cover an Eddie Cochran song without fucking with it. Only one of the assorted covers down there sounds even remotely like him, and I'm not going to tell you which one it is. Those of you familiar with his music will hear it right away. If you aren't familiar with his music, I'll bite my tongue.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

UNDER THE WRAYDAR

Here's one that I surely would have missed if it weren't for Diddy Wah and his knack for digging up oddball obscurities. It's Ray Vernon and the Wraymen. Ray Vernon was a pseudonym used by Vernon Wray, the brother of Link. The Wraymen were those two and brother Doug on drums. No way would I ever have run across this if he hadn't posted it, and it's every bit as nasty as a regular Link Wray and the Wraymen side. It's the same personnel, so that's not a huge surprise. But it's new to me, so I'm eating it up.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

THE DON VISITS FRONT STREET

Never underestimate the advantages of being an inquisitive teenage music fiend. Back when he was in high school, an old roommate of mine, Paris, had attended a school function that featured a speaker on the topic of Shakespeare. Somewhere during the presentation, the speaker name dropped Bob Marley. This was well before Marley had become a household name in the states. Paris was keen on reggae when few others were, at least few of his friends. Starved for like minded reggae freaks to converse with, he approached the speaker after the event, to talk to him about Bob Marley. The speaker was Roger Steffens, who would later become better known as one of the founders of The Beat, a reggae magazine, and the host of a syndicated radio show Reggae Beat. He's now known as a reggae historian, and one of the worlds foremost experts on the life and career of Bob Marley.

Leroy Smart


Paris and Steffens began a friendship that day, and Paris would become well connected with the reggae community in San Diego, before he had even reached his twenties. At the time I lived with him, he was recording backing tracks for album of his own, released as Mohammed I, as well as backing tracks used by another singer, A. Doeman. He had converted his extra large bedroom, a former sun porch, into a studio to lay down the tracks, and the sounds seeped through the large seven bedroom house night and day. Needless to say, most of his roommates, including myself, were into reggae enough that it wasn't a bother.



During that period, reggae singer Leroy Smart had hired a San Diego based backing band for his U.S. tour and they needed to rehearse before going out on the road. I don't remember the exact circumstances, but through Paris's connections, they ended up rehearsing for the better part of a week in his bedroom studio. We, the roommates, were pleased as punch. Never mind the fact that many of us had never actually heard Smart's records, this was the real deal, a big name from Jamaica. Even those not quite as into reggae knew his name from the Clash's "White Man (In Hammersmith Palais)". At the end of the week, I asked one of the other roommates, Andrew, who shared the bedroom/studio with Paris, if he was going to see Smart on the opening night of the tour. He answered that he wasn't sure, that nothing could really top seeing him sing in his bedroom. How are you going to argue with that?

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Friday, February 20, 2015

EMBARGO? WHAT EMBARGO?

Though you wouldn't necessarily lump this in with what most would consider funk, it is funky, and it is Cuban, so the title is accurate. Regardless, it's foreign, it keeps your attention, it's got some good breaks and some oddball period sounds (a tiny bit of synth, etc). The best thing about a well crafted mix like this is that, despite the availability of all sorts of music online, this may be the only opportunity you'll have to hear most of these records, unless of course you're an ardent Cuban music collector. If that's the case you're sure as hell not reading this.

It's posted at Musica del Alma, a blog that hasn't been updated in two years. It's still worth checking out, and a bookmark, particularly if you like Latin music. There's enough there that you won't be able to give it the attention it deserves in one trip (he said, several years after starting to pick through it). This mix, and others over there, are available streaming and as a single mp3. It's an hour long with seventeen songs. Let it run while you go about your business. It's perfect for that. You'll find yourself wanting more. Unless you're one of those one dimensional Western music types that can't see cool beyond rock 'n' roll related boundaries, in which case I can't help you.

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Cuban Funk - 17 song mix mp3 at Musica del Alma Go there for the song list or to hear it streaming.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

SUCCUMB TO SURFACE NOISE

Let's just get these out of the way. A few I ran across in the past week or so, from old posts at Soul Garage. The first is a nicely worn Oscar Brown Jr. record, "Work Song". It had me at the first surface pop. I love hearing records that have been played a lot, and this one likely passed through many hands. It's a great song too, in a Mose Allison sort of way. The next up, a Solomon Burke song, "Stupidity", is another surface noise special. It's a Solomon Burke cut. ergo it kicks ass, like a soul version of Don & Dewey's "Farmer John". The last cut is by a twelve year old, Butch Baker. "Batman at the Go-Go" is a Northern Soul sort of thing, notable because it's by a kid, and because Hanna Barbera, who had the rights to the Batman brand, went after the record company. The records were recalled, and it was re-released as "Fat Man at the Go-Go", but not before a few landed in the hands of hold outs. That's what you hear down there, the rare "Batman" version, by a twelve year old you don't really give a shit about. Or maybe you do. I don't care.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

COOL JERK

I was in the mood for jerky abrasive dissonant jazz funk, and I knew just who to turn to, good ol' James Chance. The first Contortions cut I came across, "Design to Kill", was exactly what I was craving. I'm telling you, it hit the spot. I'm just gonna wallow in it.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

YOU FIGURE HIM OUT

Is Waylon Thornton a well kept secret? Complete shit or mad genius? Derivative or the real thing? The missing link between Hasil Adkins and the Cramps, or the second cousin of the Wiggins sisters? I'm not really sure. There's not a whole lot written about him, not that I can find, so in terms of a back story, all I could dig up is that he's from Lake Butler, Florida, and recorded a bunch of stuff, some under his own name and some as Waylon Thornton and the Heavy Hands; the Heavy Hands being his wife, who plays drums, as in two drums. From his Facebook I've gleamed that he does art, and digs Danelectro guitars, monster stuff and Link Wray Then I scrolled down further, and saw a post of him introducing his newborn son, by his full name. The two middle names were "Wray Wilde".



His music is raw as all get out. I read that there's twenty albums, but I can't verify it. Shit, I never heard of him before last night. Here's the thing though, to make it even nuttier, as if in some bizzaro world, his online presence is primarily free music, posted by him. Thirteen albums, 120 songs. And there's hardly a thing written about him, not that I could find. Needless to say, this is a guy I can part with money for. But in another weird twist, it's harder to find anything of his to buy than it is to trip across the free stuff, that he himself posted.

None of the this stuff matters if his music doesn't stack up, but it does. I recommend starting where I did, the three songs that were posted at Augasm and two at Sonic Masala. From there, I checked out the instrumental album, Black Salt. There's some less crazed stuff on that one too. After that, for the last day and a half, I've been sampling randomly, sucked into some black hole of lonesome sounding acoustic stuff and DIY whatthefuckabilly. Dig it.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

HERE'S YOUR KISSY KISSY POO POO

Being that I've not had a squeeze on Valentines Day more often than I've had one, I don't have a lot of experience in this field, never been very clear on what all the lovey dovey protocol is. Let me see if I've got this straight, you buy chocolates that taste like crap, buy flowers that will eventually die, go to a fancy dinner that you can't really afford, and top it all off with red stuff all over the place? Really? That's what you do to tell someone you love them? Like rolled tacos with guacamole and a six pack isn't romantic? Never could figure those courting rituals out. That said, who am I to stand in your way? I know it's already the day of, and late in the day at that, but they may help you close the deal. Two mixes over at the hibernating Spread the Good Word, just perfect for your petting party. They're streaming, but you can just turn down the lights and tell your partner you moved the stereo. Good mixes too, go there and check the song lists.  There's a few single songs down there too. Is that what's called foreplay?

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Ronnie Self - You're So Right For Me mp3
at Rocky-52.net
The Sonics - Have Love Will Travel mp3
at Girl Jukebox
Bo Diddley - Who Do You Love? mp3
at Rocky-52.net
Little Willie John - Fever mp3 at Clones Project
The mixes:
A Bloody Love Mix Part 2
at Spread the Good Word
A Bloody Love Mix Part 3
at Spread the Good Word

Friday, February 13, 2015

THE HOME STRETCH

It's just a few days before Fat Tuesday and it just occurred to me that some people don't do their whole Mardi Gras wig out on that particular day, because they have work or school the following day. That's some mixed up priorities. If you are a real Mardis Gras enthusiast, part of the challenge is surviving Wednesday morning. You really gotta have the big blow out on the right day. Fat Tuesday is the big crescendo, after days filled with music and celebration, pop-up parades through residential streets on the other side of town, getting liquored up and checking out music in the Quarter, and just general banging on shit and blowing horns. If there was one thing that impressed me the most about New Orleans (albeit from a single visit years ago) it was that music was everywhere. Blues, R & B, zydeco, cajun, even fucking Al Hirt, it was streaming out of clubs cars, homes, and stores. It was in the air. And that was just on the days preceding Fat Tuesday. I wanted to bottle that. 

I know some of you are already partying, and may make the stretch. Maybe not. But you know someone somewhere has already started partying with the intention of keeping it up until the last stupid ass Hurricane has been poured and the last Neville has left the stage. I salute you. Fool.

Here's a mess of New Orleans type stuff, most collected from other Mardi Gras posts. But there are some you may not have heard. What the hell. It's cheap and you get a lot.

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Al Tousan (Allen Toussaint) - Cow Cow Blues mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Dave Bartholomew - Carnival Time mp3
at Home of the Groove
Eddie Bo - Check Mr. Popeye mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People
The Showmen - It Will Stand mp3 at Boogie Woogie Flu
Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & The Clowns – Don’t You Just Know It mp3
at Augasm
Al Tousan (Allen Toussaint) - Moo Moo mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Smiley Lewis I hear You Knockin' mp3 at DJ Perro
Bobby Marchan - Get Down With It mp3
at Beware of the Blog
Shirley and Lee - Let the Good Times Roll mp3
at Boogie Woogie Flu
Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can, Pt 1 mp3
at Boogie Woogie Flu
Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can, Pt 2 mp3
at Videogotz
Huey "Piano" Smith - Would You Believe It mp3
at Modern Kicks
Professor Longhair - In the Night mp3 at DJ Perro
Jessie Hill - Oogsey Moo mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Roger and the Gypsies - Pass the Hatchet (Pts 1 and 2) mp3 at A Terrible Blogger Is Born
Jessie Hill - Whip It On Me mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Eddie Lang - Something Within Me mp3 at Soul Garage
Shirley and Lee - Feel So Good mp3
at Rocky 52
Lee Dorsey - Holy Cow mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Al Tousan (Allen Toussaint) - Pelican Parade mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Huey "Piano" Smith - Popeye mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Wax Wonders: The Soul Of NOLA, Part 1 at Aquarium Drunkard Five New Orleans sides, Irma Thomas, Bobby Parker, Little Bob and two by Willie Tee. Worth the click.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

GREAT DRUM HEADS IN HISTORY

What? Like, with a band name like Vic Pitts and the Cheaters, you're not gonna bite? It was an instantaneous reflex for me. When I see a band name like that, the song is definitely going to get listened to. What exactly name like "that" is, I'm not sure. All I know is that if you do enough scavenging, those kind of names stick out like fishing lures. Sometimes the clicks pay off.



Dig the fruits of clicking, Vic Pitts and the Cheaters "The Trip". a funky as hell instrumental. It's posted at AM, Then FM, one of two blogs by Jeff Ash, a man apparently of taste. The other, The Midnight Tracker is where I am now. As it says on his sidebar, it's named after a late night FM radio show of the same name, back in the day,. That;'s what sucked me in. I can remember a time when FM radio was so wide open, stations would do shit like that. Anyway, the album side I was just digging on is a Willie Mitchell LP, and it's classic Mitchell. In other words, like Booker T and the MGs got really stoned at the Stax barbeque, as a buzzed Packy Axton looked on, rolling his eyes. Let that one run, it's six songs in fourteen minutes. Once you get past the first two, your pace will have slowed enough to be really digging it. Stick around until 9:34. you'll be rewarded with a really swanky cover of  "Hawaii Five-O".

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Willie Mitchell - Side 2 of Soul Bag at The Midnight Tracker Go there to get it. Six songs in fourteen minutes.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

REPRESENT

Bart Mendoza, a San Diego musician/writer and all around scene mainstay for the past few decades, posted a query on Facebook, and I'm looking forward to seeing the comments that follow. He asked:

"Working on the next edition of Sounds Like San Diego (VII !!) to be held once again at the wonderful Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad (date TBA) - What songs by San Diegan's 1920 - 2010 would you like to see included?" 

Leave it to Mike Stax (Loons, Ugly Things) to come up with a good one, the Lyrics' "So What". Perfect choice. A case could be made for many others, but that one, for all of its garage-era snottiness, is perhaps the most poetic fuck off ever recorded in these parts.

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The Lyrics - So What mp3 at Raven Sings the Blues

ABOUT TIME.

Well what do you know? Finally, a Grammy award that made me smile. Flaco Jimenez got a Lifetime Achievement Award. While he was still alive. He's an accordionist and of the conjunto/tejano/norteño variety. When it comes to the accordion, he's pretty much the man. Or at least he is to around here. There may very well be some way out guy that dabblers like myself haven't dug deep enough to notice. Regardless, he deserves it. He's been performing since he was seven, and put out his first record, as part of Los Caporales, in 1954 at the age of fifteen.  He's still performing in his mid-seventies. That is practically a lifetime, and he has achieved a lot, and he has mad skills. Now that I think about it, what took them so damn long? Grammys suck.

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Flaco Jiménez - El Pata Caliente mp3 at Let's Polka
Flaco Jiménez - Laureles mp3 at Let's Polka
The Texas Tornados - Guacamole mp3 at A.Tumblr (?)
The Texas Tornados - Que Paso mp3 at The Rising Storm
Peter Rowan & the Mexican Free Air Force with Flaco Jimenez - Maria Elana (live) mp3 at Gary Faller (?)
Video:
Flaco Jimenez - El Pantalon Blue Jean at YouTube Border town baddassery.
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Flaco Jiménez - Interview at PBS
Flaco Jiménez at Wikipedia

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

HOW TO SELL SKATEBOARDS

Back in the dark ages before urethane wheels, fancy trucks and sealed bearings, skateboarders, as they were called back then, had a choice. Get a crap board with steel wheels, or get your head on straight, mow a lawn or two more, and shell out for a nicer one, one with clay wheels. In my crowd the grail was the laminated Hobie Super Surfer, ridden barefoot, with the scars to prove it. Once Cadillac Wheels came out, it was just get the fuck out of the way.



Skaterdater was the first skateboard film proper, from 1965, The soundtrack is a Mike Curb job, light surf, and a complete rip off of other instrumental bands, or at least most of it. One song features Davie Allan and the Arrows ("Skater Rock"). It's at Basic Hip Digital, a relatively new blog that has been posting an LP a day, all of them of the oddball thrift store find variety. The download links there are only good for two weeks, so if you're reading this on the day it was posted, you've got a couple days. If you're reading this beyond February 14, you can still hear it streaming (scroll down to "Day 32").

The photo at top has nothing to do with the film or the soundtrack, but it's Patti McGee who grew up surfing blocks from where I sit. She was the first women's National Skateboard Champion title holder. Guess what she rode? Yeah baby.

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Listen:
Skaterdater -  Soundtrack (zipped) at Basic Hip Digital 13 songs in a zip
Watch:
Skaterdater - The film at YouTube 17 minutes
Visit:
Patty McGee at Wikipedia
Patty McGee - Twitter page

Monday, February 9, 2015

OOH POO PAH DEPOT

I don't know how you could possibly start your career in a more New Orleans manner than Jessie Hill. Before becoming a solo performer, he played drums behind Professor Longhair and Huey "Piano" Smith. Bam! Right out of the gate he's in the almanac. He followed that up recording his first solo 45, the two part "Ooh Poo Pah Doo", in Cosimo Matassa's studio, produced by Allen Toussaint. Yeesh. If you were an aspiring singer in 1960 New Orleans, you couldn't ask for better circumstances for your debut.

Here's both sides of "Ooh Poo Pah Doo", and a few others from Hill, all with that glorious beat. You fence sitters can tease yourself with the two cooler than shit videos, the early High Numbers-era Who, and Ike and Tina Turner, both covering "Ooh Poo Pah Doo".

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Listen:
Jessie Hill - Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Pt 1 mp3 (via DivShare) at Junk Shop Juke Box
Jessie Hill - Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Pt 2 mp3
(via DivShare) at Junk Shop Juke Box
Jessie Hill - Oogsey Moo mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Jessie Hill - Whip It On Me mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Jessie Hill - Why Holler mp3 at DJ Perro
Video:
The High Numbers - Ooh Poo Pah Doo (live) at YouTube
Ike and Tina Turner - Ooh Poo Pah Doo at YouTube Shindig
Visit:
Jessie Hill
at Wikipedia

Sunday, February 8, 2015

LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED

Fat Tuesday is a little over a week away, I'd imagine the wooping it up has already begun down there in New Orleans. I've only been down there once, arriving mid-Mardi Gras and staying a day or so later. A bunch of my friends, along with my brother and I went down. Our ersatz local guides were our friends Harold and Holly They told us where to go, off the beaten track, and hosted our excesses, and what not. One night their radio was tuned to WWOZ when Ernie K-Doe was doing his radio show. Harold was a regular listener, and taped some of his shows. A few weeks after I returned home, he sent me one of the shows on a cassette. I still have it here someplace, in one of "the boxes". You know how it is, you probably have a disorganized mess of your own. Regardless, it's on a cassette, and Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban has a seventy minute show ready to go, so when I need a fix I've got that one at ready.



Ernie K-Doe, for those of you don't know, was a New Orleans rhythm and blues singer, one of many who exemplified the New Orleans sound. That much I'll give you. But I'm not going to lay out what's been done more thoroughly elsewhere. Well. Just get out of here.

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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