Friday, January 19, 2018

ROCK OVER INTERMISSION

Digging through old bookmarks I came across one for All I Want, a blog that posted trashy rock 'n' roll, later punk and garage stuff. They haven't posted since September 2016, but wait! The links for downloads are still good. So, yeah, I'm cherry pickin', lapping up stuff that I somehow missed back when I bookmarked the site. Two of the first few posts that I checked out were immediate click bait. One is an Oblivians EP that I somehow missed, and seeing as how the Oblivians song I posted a few days ago seems to be getting some spins, it's a "give the people what they want" sorta thing. If that's pandering or selling out, gripe all you want.

Impala

The other post is an Impala EP. Impala was an instrumental outfit, specializing in pre-surf r&b flavored instrumentals not unlike the assorted vintage shakers posted yesterday, This is especially true of the EP posted at All I Want. These are indeed of the shaker variety, and you'd be forgiven for pegging their vintage a couple of decades off. Which brings me to the movie part of of the show.

Mike McCarthy


The movies, The Sore Losers and Teenage Tupelo are by Mike McCarthy, who's forte is unashamed C-movies steeped in questionable acting and boss soundtracks. It was the latter movie that turned me on to Impala. The Sore Losers has good stuff in the soundtrack as well, a more varied set by Guitar Wolf, the Royal Pendletons, 68 Comeback and others in McCarthy's wheelhouse. All in all, you've got a few hours of trashy entertainment that's likely to make you late for whatever you're doing tonight. If that doesn't satiate you, try digging through McCarthy's site. It's a black hole, a cornucopia of low budget trash. The guy doesn't sit still. You'll see.

The EPs

Thursday, January 18, 2018

BARBASOL VS THE HIPSTERS

I just spent a good chunk of time listening to old school strip tease type instrumentals, usually referred to shakers or twirlers of some sort, and watching old stripper footage at YouTube. The clips are part of the Something Weird Video collection. When you get there, just bookmark it. It's more than just jiggle clips. It's all sorts of oddball B-movie trailers and exploitation of this and that.


The mix:
Hubba Hubba at Music For Maniacs 27 cuts, fast download
The clips:

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

OH HELL YEAH.

You try listening to this two times in a row and see how much you feel like doing a tidy well thought out blog post. Fuck mature. At this moment, this song is precisely what I needed to hear.

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Listen:
Oblivians - I'm Not a Sicko, There's a Plate in My Head mp3 at Internet Archive

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

THE SINGER NOT THE SONG

Above: Not Rik L. Rik. Some other Negative Trend singer.
Negative Trend was one of those second tier punk bands that I never actively sought out, and even though I'd seen them a couple times, and had a compilation with a couple of their songs, that was it. I knew that, on the songs on the comp, Rik L. Rik, ex-F-Word singer (another second tier band, bla-bla-bla) was singing. I knew they had a presence in San Francisco via either Slash or Search and Destroy (or both), and that Chris Desjardin put out the compilation. That's about all I knew of the band.

There was one song of theirs on that compilation that I really dug, and still do, "Mercenaries". The way Rik L. Rik sings it, that's what does it for me. He draws out words and, doesn't as much shout the words, or scream them. It's really more like yelling. Just yelling his fucking lungs out. I'm diggin' it.

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Listen:
Negative Trend (Rik L. Rik: vocals)- Mercenaries (streaming) at YouTube From the Tooth and Nail compilation 1979
Negative Trend (Mikal Waters: vocals)- Mercenaries mp3 at Killed By Death From dedut EP 1978
Negative Trend (Waters era) - Three more at Killed By Death

Sunday, January 14, 2018

MEANWHILE AT THE ESTEBAN JORDAN FAN CLUB

In the last, I don't know, hour or so, I went from Roxy Music to Hot Club of Cowtown, with stops at Chic, Grace Jones, and the Sugarhill Gang. It all started with an old clip of Roxy Music doing "Love is the Drug". It's such an excellent song. That fucking bass line. The up stroke guitar playing, or whatever it's called, the reggae sorta thing. It's island glam funk, dad. Check the video. Not so sure about Bryan Ferry's swivel hips, but the eye patch and his get-up look like some '50s comic book character.


When I saw that there was no Eno, I realized I didn't know who the fuck that was playing piano. So, off to the page at Wikipedia, where I learned it was Eddie Jobson, but in the blurb about the song itself it says "In the DVD, More Than This: The Story of Roxy Music, Nile Rodgers of Chic states that the song was a big influence as the bass timing is almost identical to the one in Chic's song, 'Good Times'" Accurate or not, I was off to hear that, and from there to "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang, what with the sample and all that.

Just dipped my toe into looking for covers. There's just too many and most suck. Here's a few. Grace Jones's has Sly and Robbie. Yeah, no. Hot Club of Cowtown's version because it's an oddball for them. And the Hot Rat's live because there's something almost no wave about it.

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Listen:
Roxy Music - Love is the Drug mp3 at Thee Mightee Kittens
Chic - Good Times mp3
at Sizzling Sound
Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight mp3
at Leigion of Health (?)
Hot Club of Cowtown - Love is the Drug
(streaming) at YouTube
Video:
Grace Jones - Love is the Drug
at YouTube
Hot Rats - Love is the Drug (live)
at YouTube

Thursday, January 11, 2018

WAITNG. WONDERING. IMAGINING. THUD, INTERNET.

Try as they might, the background vocals can't ruin the Troggs "I Can't Control Myself". I can't let them. I have too much vested it the song. Forty years ago I read somewhere, likely Sniffin' Glue, that the Buzzcocks covered this Troggs song. I'd never heard of it. Remember this was early, Howard Devoto was still in the band. There was no Google, YouTube, fucking smart phones, email, internet or even home computers. Fuck, you'd be lucky to hear "Wild Thing". I carried that damn song title in my head for over three decades before I finally heard it. Now the song won't leave my head. Those backing vocals ain't taking this one.


Dig the video, "I Can Only Give You Everything" live with more than sufficient fuzz. In fact, the fuzz makes it. Thanks to Nitro-Retro for posting it.

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Listen:
The Troggs - I Can't Control Myself mp3 at Bastien 641 (?)
The Troggs - Gonna Make You mp3
at ATumblr (?)
The Troggs - Night of the Long Knives
at Atumbr (?)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

IN THE WHO'S WHO OF KICK ASS

Don and Dewey again. As if I have to give a reason. You know as well as I do that they are criminally under-recognized. If you don't know them, it proves my point. They're the package. Both possess gravel ridden pipes and both play multiple instruments (violin/guitar and keyboards/guitar respectively). They are to the Righteous Brothers what Little Richard was to Pat Boone. The wild and crazy OGs vs light weight blue eyed shit.

To try to stretch out, I went looking a little further for stuff than I have in the past. The first few down are the no-brainers. They should be considered absolutely essential if you ever hope to experience something beyond American Graffiti level oldies. The other stuff is lesser known. Man, though, for a duo that are as unknown as they are, they sure recorded a lot together. Check their discography. (Dig the entry from '64, Don and Dewey and Larry (Williams) and Johnny ("Guitar" Watson)! Holy fuckin' Wilburys, Batman!

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Listen:
Don and Dewey - Justine mp3 at Diddy Wah
Don and Dewey - Bim Bam mp3
at Diddy Wah
Don and Dewey - Farmer John mp3
at Rock Town Hall
Don and Dewey - Jungle Hop
(streaming) at YouTube
Don and Dewey - Koko Joe
(streaming) at YouTube
Don and Dewey - Miss Sue
(streaming) at YouTube
Don and Dewey - Heartattack
(streaming) at YouTube
Don and Dewey - Soul Motion
(streaming) at YouTube

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

TULL ALMOST RUINED IT FOR HIM

I have a hate affair with the flute. It has always seemed like a wussy instrument best reserved for classical music. I think the first time I heard it in any sort of music that I'd be interested in was in my high school art class, when students could bring in records to play while the class painted. The surf chicks that were in that class were always playing two records, one being It's a Beautiful Day (blech) and the other The Turning Point by John Mayall. When I first heard "Room to Move" from the Mayall LP, I remember thinking, "What's that flute doing in there?". Then Tull happened. I hate Jethro Tull. They, Ian Anderson in particular, practically wiped flute from my life altogether. Don't ask. If you don't hate Jethro Tull already, you probably wouldn't understand.

Johnny Winter pretty much saved the flute from the abyss that is music I hate. Seriously, after Tull I didn't think it would ever be cool with me. But Johnny Winter's semi-comeback Still, Alive and Well had a song called "Too Much Seconal" with flute by Jeremy Steig. It fit the song well. Flute was back, or at least on double secret probation.

Oh but that Ron Burgundy, he kicked the flute door down. LAMF. After seeing Will Farrell's character Burgundy in the movie Anchorman, I realized that I was making too big of a deal out of it. It's really just a weird instrument, all skinny and frail n' shit. You can't really convincingly rock out with it. When you're not playing it, you look weird walking around with it. Even the cases look weird. I laughed. I gave Herbie Mann a shot. Some of his stuff sounds like some sort of a hipster jazz dude's version of yacht rock. But I'm sorta digging it and that scares the hell out of me.

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Listen:
John Mayall - Room to Move (streaming) at YouTube John Almond - Flute
Johnny Winter - Too Much Seconal mp3
at ATumblr (?) Jeremy Steig - Flute
Herbie Mann - Harlem Nocturne mp3
at Beware of the Blog
Herbie Mann - Odalisque mp3
at Roy Ayers Project
Herbie Mann - Blues In the Closet mp3
at Groove Addict

Sunday, January 7, 2018

NO DEAD WEIGHT ON THIS ONE

This simple two minute rock 'n' roll record sent me into two days of hall closet excavating, digging through 45s just to play some shit I forgot I had. There are still a few that I've never listened to, just bought because I liked the name of the band or the song title. That's actually why I first listened to "Get Hot or Go Home'', the title. I came for the song title, and stayed for the crappy studio sound. I love the drums on this one, total cardboard. Taken as a whole, this is one fine example of an economic rocker. It's crazy though, it was recorded in 1965 but sounds much earlier.

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Listen:
John Kerby - Get Hot or Go Home mp3 at Mp3 Rockabilly
Visit:
Norton Records has the 45 for ten bucks.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

HALL OF FAME

Rick Hall, the producer, owner and proprietor of FAME Studios died on Tuesday. Man. He pretty much invented the Muscle Shoals sound. And the Muscle Shoals sound put the shitty little city on the map. Hell, it probably wasn't shitty, that just seemed like it would sound good. Everyone from Aretha to Etta, Pickett to Conley, made their way there. Later some guys from FAME broke out and started their own studio, imaginatively named Muscle Shoals. Hall persevered. He was an unlikely giant in Southern soul. Here's some of his work.

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Listen:
Etta James - I'm Gonna to Take What He's Got mp3 at Groove Addict
Etta James - Tell Mama mp3
at Blog Rage
Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You) mp3
at Funky 16 Corners
Irma Thomas - Cheater Man mp3
at Groove Addict
Willie Hightower = You Used Me Baby mp3
at The B Side
Jimmy Hughes - Neighbor, Neighbor mp3
at The A Side
Arthur Conley - I Can't Stop (No, No, No) mp3
at The A Side
Clarence Carter - She Ain't Gonna Do Right mp3
at The B Side
The FAME Gang - Grits n' Gravy mp3 at The A Side Awesome instrumental

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

HERE WE GO AGAIN

Another day, another Studio One compilation from Soul Jazz, this one Black Man's Pride, The one sorry thing about getting a whole bunch of different compilations culled from one source, be it studio or record label, is that sooner or later there is going to be an overlapping of content. Thankfully the discography of Studio One is so vast that there's still some surprises on just about every compilation.

I'd never heard the Classics' "Got to Be Cool" before last night. After hearing it and then playing snippets of other songs from the comp at Soul Jazz I think I may have to bite. Kind of reluctantly. Soul Jazz releases are pricey, and a personal bugaboo is their shit CD/LP covers. Not all of them, not the one for this album, but most of them.

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Listen:
The Classics - Got to Be Cool mp3
at For The Sake of the Song Go there to get it.
Black Man's Pride - Song samples from the LP (streaming) at Soul Jazz

Monday, January 1, 2018

BARDOT DEPOT

Fuck. Just a quick listen to a Brigitte Bardot song, that's all it was going to be. It was okay, one more can't hurt. An hour and a half later I'm reminding myself to limit casual clicks. When I can get all wrapped up for an hour and a half of Brigitte Bardot's music, I'm spending way too much time online.

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Listen:
Brigitte Bardot - Je Danse Donc Je Suis mp3 at Le Mellotron
Brigitte Bardot - Oh Qu'il est Villian mp3
at Surreptitious Music
Brigitte Bardot - La Madrague mp3
at Mots Locaux
Brigitte Bardot - Le Soleil mp3
at Internet Archive
Brigitte Bardot - Mot Te Joue mp3
at Bobo Parisienne
Video:
Les chansons de Brigitte Bardot - Musique
at YouTube 53 minutes of music clips

Sunday, December 31, 2017

WHAT FRESH HELL IS THIS?

I was just down by the sea wall at the beach, about as close to a town square as there is here, ample considering the main drag is only three blocks long. The wall is usually inhabited by a mix of locals, tourists, homeless people, seasonal gutterpunks and street musicians. The street musicians are of varying skill levels, usually just good enough to put a hat out, which really isn't saying much.

When I was there the sun was going down and there was the usual crowd of sunset watchers, but where they're usually distributed evenly along the wall, today they were concentrated towards one end which happens to be where a friend of mine hangs with his dog. As I got closer I saw why. There were two harpists set up, which as about as uptown as street music gets. The juxtaposition was striking. This neighborhood is sometimes referred to as "a sunny place for shady people" and true to form, not twenty feet away from the harpists was a fucked up homeless dude cussing up a storm in a one sided conversation. My friend was there, with his dog and a lady friend from Finland so I was chatting with them while the harpists were taking a break. When they started playing again it sounded beautiful, I'm mean, it's harps, what other word does harp playing conjure? Particularly in an area that can sometimes be a chaotic sideshow. After they finished, there was a lull and as the sun lowered in the sky towards the ocean, they started playing again, this time Louis Armstrong's "What a wonderful World". It was goosebump material. I don't get choked up that often, but the combination of the location, the approaching sunset, the song and the harps, I was on the edge. Taking it all in, feeling very lucky to live near the ocean, lucky to know people like my friend with his dog, everything was hitting me from all sides. A window of gratitude and optimism after a shit year of Trump. Pushing me closer to the edge, they followed it with a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". My eyes were getting watery, and I'm not usually that much of a softy. After that song I sauntered off, What if they did Kenny G next? That would have changed everything. Really though, if you're a beach person, there isn't a better way to end your last ocean visit of the year. Cheers, Neptune.

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Listen:
Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World mp3 at Internet Archive
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah mp3 at Internet Archive

Friday, December 29, 2017

THE UNIMPEACHABLE

Off on another book, the cheaply titled The Cool School: Writings from America's Hip Underground (embarrassed to even hold it), with various odds and ends from people like Henry Miller, Burroughs, Kerouac; you know, all of the people you learned you should read when you you were entering the "hip underground". The texts aren't all familiar. A few are from books, most are from liner notes, magazines, lyrics, things like that. I just read a bit from Miles Davis's autobiography about his time playing with Charlie Parker. It put me in a Parker mood. If you aren't familiar with Parker, his shit is pretty much bulletproof. If you're a fiend and need to know who played what when, there's a link to his discography below. I gotta go make dinner.

With Coleman Hawkins and Buddy Rich. Baddass.

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Listen:
Charlie Parker - Koko mp3 at Drummer World
Charlie Parker - Orinthology mp3
at UTM (?)
Charlie Parker - Cool Blues mp3
at Sunrise Musics
Charlie Parker - Bird Gets the Worm mp3
at John Wesley Barker
Charlie Parker - Blues For Alice mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Video:
Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie - Hot House
at YouTube
Visit:
Charlie Parker Discography
at Jazz Disco

Thursday, December 28, 2017

THE '62 SINGLE-ONLY SLEEPER

Here's a few random instrumentals, starting with Doug and the Galaxies' "Sundown", which then reminded me of "Boss" by the Rumblers. I couldn't find it, the Rumblers, other than a YouTube thing, so you get Billy Vaughn's version. Meandering along, I ran across quite a few other instrumentals scattered around Beware of the Blog including "Jungle Fever", one of the more obscure early Dick Dale and the Del-Tones instrumentals. Given that it wasn't an album cut, and as a single had to compete with "Miserlou" released the same year (1962), there's a reason it isn't better known.

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Listen:
Doug and the Galaxies - Sundown mp3 at Rocky 52
The Rumblers - Boss (streaming) at YouTube
Billy Vaughn - Boss mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Dick Dale and the Del-Tones - Jungle Fever mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichidan

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

THROWDOWN! SIXTEEN TONS VS THE SUBHUMANS

Flipping through the dial today, I heard the intro of "Sixteen Tons"; not the original by Tennessee Ernie Ford but a cover. It sounded like someone (Ben Sidran as it turns out) who listened to their share of Mose Allison. It got me thinking about the original by Ford, which happens to be the only Tennessee Ernie Ford song that I know. When I got home, I had to listen to it again. Deduction: cool song. Not earth shattering, but cool.

When I was looking for Ford's version, I ran across one by Stevie Wonder, who is not entirely believable as someone toiling in a coal mine but otherwise does a pretty good job. The other version below is Dan McLain, aka Country Dick Montana (Beat Farmers) then known by many as the Big M.R. (after his record store, Monty Rockers). It's a live version by his short lived rag tag "all-star" band of San Diego musicians, most plucked from the nascent punk scene. Billed as The Sensational Big M.R. and his All Bitchin’ All Stud All Stars, it's from a gig they shared with the Subhumans, so the juxtaposition of material was intriguing. Straight up punk rock on the same night as a slap together band covering Tennessee Ernie Ford and Conway Twitty. Why the hell not?

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Listen:
Tennessee Earnie Ford - Sixteen Tons mp3 at Internet Archive
Ben Sidran - Sixteen Tons (streaming) at YouTube
Stevie Wonder - Sixteen Tons mp3 at Stevie Wonder (fan site) Better fidelity at YouTube
The Sensational Big M.R. and his All Bitchin’ All Stud All Stars - Sixteen Tons (live) mp3 at Che Underground

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

DUDE HAS A FOLDING SOUL

After days of running around here's just what was needed, an oddball private pressing by a Lou Rawls wannabe singing hairdresser. His voice is actually not bad, but the mix is horrible. Horrible as in really interesting, About all you can hear is blurry bass and his voice, with everything else barely audible.  Now that I think about it, it sounds more like he's trying to sing like Marvin Gaye in his later years. This isn't all-time by a long shot, but I found it good background music that never really goes anywhere. Totally digging the cover.

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Listen:
Kijana – You Hurt Me (But I Wanna Thank You) mp3 at The Melting Pot
Kijana – Two more songs
at The Melting Pot Go there to get them

Monday, December 25, 2017

REMINDER: THIS GUY

Billy Lee Riley got screwed. Just as his career was getting started, "Flyin' Saucers Rock 'n' Roll" was released on Sun Records. He had the voice and the chops, and he had the band, the Little Green Men. The band was good enough that the backed others at Sun, including Jerry Lee Lewis. Long story short, Sam Phillips put his money on Jerry Lee and did little to promote Riley. Riley left Sun and recorded for a succession of other labels, including his own, but none had the reputation and visibility of Sun. That's why most people don't know the name Billy Lee Riley.

What if the tables were turned? What would have happened if Riley got the push, leaving Lewis to fend for himself? Would Riley be as big or bigger than Lewis? I doubt it, Lewis was a little more wild. But there's no question that Riley's contribution to rock 'n' roll would be more recognized.

There's a reason why I'm posting yet again about Riley. I think everybody should know Riley's music, even if it's only his two best known songs, "Flyin' Saucers Rock 'n' Roll" and "Red Hot". The old links I had for those songs went dead, so there's new links down there, including an alternative take of "Red Hot". That's a good enough morsel for those of you already familiar with the original.

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Listen:
Billy Lee Riley - Flyin' Saucers Rock 'n' Roll mp3 at Rocky 52
Billy Lee Riley - Red Hot mp3
at Rocky 52
Billy Lee Riley - Red Hot (alternate take) mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly
Billy Lee Riley - Pearly Lee mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly
Billy Lee Riley - Is That All to the Hall (Mr. Ball) mp3
at Rocky 52
Billy Lee Riley - Searchin' mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly

Sunday, December 24, 2017

PARTY HARD

Have I lost you yet with all of this holiday crap? Don't worry, one more day of it. I'm trying tp pull out things that haven't been posted here before (I think. I'm too lazy to check.) Starting off with that ball of Christmas joy, Mark E. Smith and his ensemble, the Fall, with that holiday favorite "Wishing You A Protein Christmas". Sonic Youth provides a noisy shit show. Can's "Silent Night" is here too (though I think I've posted that before). "Christmas at the Zoo" by the Flaming Lips, who I don't don't normally go for but I like the production, a total dense overload. How about another mix? Another recently unearthed Christmas playlist that was given as a mix tape to the Mumps' Kristian Hoffman by Lux Interior of the Cramps. Boy, that Lux, he sure was a jolly ol' nut wasn't he?.

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Listen:
The Fall - Wishing You A Protein Christmas mp3 at The Decibel Tolls
Sonic Youth - Santa Doesn't Cop Out On Dope (streaming) at YouTube
Can - Silent Night mp3
at The Decibel Tolls
Flaming Lips - Christmas at the Zoo mp3
at The Decibel Tolls
The Mix:
Jeezus Fuck, It's Christmas - Mix by Lux Interior
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 36 songs in two zips (Side one and two of the tape).

Saturday, December 23, 2017

THE GREATEST VERSION EVER RECORDED

I almost forgot one of the most important go-to tools in in your holiday party cache, the aural breathalyzer. Here's how it works: if someone appears to have had one too many to be effective behind the wheel, ask them to sing "Santa Clause Is Coming to Town".  If they sound like Joseph Spence singing "Santa Clause Is Coming to Town" and are not Joseph Spence, snag their keys. Only Spence can get away with it, because the Bahamian guitarist and singer was known for it. That was his thing.

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Listen:
Joseph Spence - Santa Claus is Coming to Town mp3
at Now That's What I call BS
More Joseph Spence
(streaming) at YouTube
Visit:
Joseph Spence
at Wikipedia

Friday, December 22, 2017

THEY SOUND DIFFERENT THIS YEAR

Once your soirée hits fever pitch, slap on Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run" and crank it up, If you don't have the record, go buy it so you can actually slap in on. Believe me, slapping on a record beats pushing a button any day. 

The other song, "Merry Christmas Baby" is a slow dance, ladies choice special. Use it.

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Listen:
Chuck Berry - Run, Rudolph, Run mp3 at Snuhthing Anything
Chuck Berry - Merry Christmas Baby (streaming) at YouTube

Thursday, December 21, 2017

INCOMING PARTY SUPPLIES

Can't believe that this post at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban has eluded me. Sitting there since 2014, three holiday mixes in three separate mp3s, each about the perfect length (1:10) to make a pre-fab CD mix to give someone. Because it's cooler than a zip drive, you still get to make a cover. 

The selections on these are pretty varied: country, soul, instrumental, surf,...you know, that group of people over there have good taste, so they're low on stinkers. At the very least you either have a soundtrack for three and a half hours of eggnog swilling, which actually sounds disgusting, or a host/hostess gift in a mix CD with your own custom cover. Yee haw, dig it.

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Listen:
Merry Twistmas from Ichiban!!! - Three mp3 mixes at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 81 songs in all

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

I'LL TAKE GO POWER AT ANY TIME

So you won't have to go digging for them, here's three from the GFOS, Worth at least a few listenings per year, You've only got a few weeks to enjoy them, in season anyway. So yeah, I'll post them again.

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Listen:
James Brown - Funky Christmas mp3 at SB Dave
James Brown - Go Power At Christmas Time mp3 at The Sound of Indie
James Brown - Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto mp3 at The Mob Third Coast

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

AT LEAST HALLOWEEN HAS MONSTERS

I gotta admit after just a few holiday posts I'm kinda over it. I hardly ever listen to holiday music even during high season (the obvious exception being Halloween themed music which usually yields more crackpots). That said, I'm not the one hosting a gathering, so you party planners rejoice. You'll be getting a few more things to free up time to perfect your eggnog spiking. 

Here's a short mix made by Lux (RIP) and Ivy from the Cramps. Not quite as crazy as the series of Lux and Ivy's Favorites (which, by the way, are highly recommended), but there are enough oddballs to keep you guessing. If you're curious, the mix includes songs by the Sonics, John Lee Hooker, the Diablos, Elvis, the Youngsters, Jack Scott, the Vel Mares, the Five Red Caps, the Castelles, King Curtis, Washboard Pete, and the Brown Dots. Fourteen individual mp3s in a zip. Have at it.

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Listen:
Black Christmas - Holiday mix from Lux and Ivy at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 14 cuts in a zip, with high resolution artwork.

Monday, December 18, 2017

ATTN: PARTY PLANNING COMITTEE

For all of you party planners running around like headless chickens, a reminder is in order. Spread the Good Word's Bloody Christmas mixes are still online. They used to be downloads, but they're now streaming (click on the download links below the song lists). Though they are streaming, I'm sure someone you know is savvy enough to run them through your sound system

The Mixes:
Spread The Good Word Bloody Holiday Mix 9
Spread The Good Word Bloody Holiday Mix 8
Spread The Good Word Bloody Holiday Mix 7
Spread The Good Word Bloody Holiday Mix 6
Spread The Good Word Bloody Holiday Mix 5
Spread The Good Word Bloody Holiday Mix 4
Spread The Good Word Bloody Holiday Mix 3
Spread The Good Word Bloody Holiday Mix 2
Spread The Good Word Bloody Holiday Mix 1
Visit:
Reverend Tom Frost - The host of the mixes and a damn fine musician in own right.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

WEIRD WARRANTS (UNASHAMED REPOST)

Because you need a little yuletide WTF, here's the Blue Star Chorus. That's right, chorus. And, no, these guys don't back a chorus, let alone a single singer. Their "Silent Night" is a Ventures-like instrumental. Not entirely an odd take, but the record cover that contains it pretty much takes care of that. It's kind of uncool to make fun of things, but it is not uncool to point out that there is an errant apostrophe between the "X" and "mas", that the Christmas tree is tilted, the uke player is sitting on his ass, the drummer is out front, the seated guitar player doesn't give enough of a shit to look at the camera let alone hold his guitar. No, I'm not pointing those things out to make fun of the sleeve. Au contraire, the sleeve is brilliant. Accidental brilliance perhaps, but it's doubtful that even one of your garden variety ironic hipsters could dream that shit up.

The Blue Star Chorus is from Taiwan. But, you ask, what would Christmas sound like in India? I'm glad you asked that question. In India it would sound much like Christmas music from the west, except with sitar. Because if you want to hook those looking for authentic Christmas music from India, sitar is a no brainer. Jayran Achary knows that.

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Listen:
Blue Star Chorus - Silent Night
at Radiodiffusion International Taiwan
Jayran Achary - Santa Clause Is Coming to Town mp3
at Radiodiffusion International India

Saturday, December 16, 2017

SHE LEFT US THIS

It hit me hard when Sharon Jones passed away a little over a year ago. Having grown up too late to experience Aretha Franklin's rise, becoming  the undeniable Queen of Soul, I became vested as a fan in Jones's rise, particularly because it came late in her life after decades of working regular jobs (if you count jobs like working as a corrections officer at Rikers Island a regular job). She was a powerhouse of an underdog, continuing to plug away as she battled cancer. While still fighting it, she suffered the first of two strokes while watching the 2016 presidential election results, joking the next day that it was caused by Donald Trump's victory. She had a second stroke the day after that and died a little over a week later.

Live she was dynamic, barely coming up for air in a set that was close to a James Brown pace. It was a show; soul, funk and sweat beginning to end without letting up. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are easily one of the top five bands I've seen live; tight, energetic, and able to fill a room with joy. You can't ask for more than that.



It's a Holiday Soul Party, her holiday themed LP was released in 2015. It's not your average holiday offering, I'll leave it at that.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

SURVIVOR'S GUILT ROCK

Post-car crash Gene Vincent has always seemed kind of unsettling to me. He just seems a little crazed. Part of it is the weird lean he has, due to a bum leg, injured in a car crash that also killed his friend Eddie Cochran. The leg had to have been a constant reminder. Poor guy.



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Listen:
Gene Vincent - Lotta Lovin' mp3 at Internet Archive 1957

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

THE FUCKING MISTLETOE IS DEFECTIVE.

If it's a realist's Christmas you want, the Sonics have got you covered. The whole thing's a sham. No presents, the fat man's a no-show, and the mistletoe doesn't work. Everything sucks. Ho, ho, ho, commiserate.

Make sure you check the guitar solo (at 1:12) in "Santa Claus". It sounds like it's falling apart right from the beginning. It's got the certain thing, it's just off enough.

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Listen:
The Sonics - Don't Believe in Christmas mp3 at Clayton Counts
The Sonics - Santa Claus mp3
at The Decibel Tolls

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

IN LIEU OF EGGNOG

I know it's early for this shit, but fuck it. I just ran across a reggae mix at Aquarium Drunkard, all Christmas type music. I'm not sure how I feel about that, reggae and Christmas. A little too much, Never mind the fact that Christmas music is only really played for about a month out of the year. Enough.

The mix has Alton Ellis, the Ethiopians, the Heptones, Jackie Mittoo, the Maytals, Sugar Minott and more, twenty eight songs in all. Lee Perry's cut is below. His holiday cheer face is above.

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Listen:
Lee Perry & Sandra Robinson - Merry Christmas, Happy New Year mp3 at Music Like Dirt
The mix:
Christmas Jambree - A Vintage Jamaican Yuletide Mixtape at Aquarium Drunkard 28 songs in a zip. Go there to get it