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

Sunday, December 10, 2017

PLUG SIDE

Last night I was in the mood for a walk to the main drag a few blocks away. I brought a radio with earbuds (surprisingly good sound for a $15 radio and earbuds found on the beach). I tuned into the jazz station. Blech. I'd forgotten that it was time for the blues show, this particular one my least favorite. It was playing guitar slinger type blues along the lines of the dreaded Blueshammer. I love blues as much as the next guy, but not when some peacock of a guitar player is strutting his stuff. So I switched stations to the r&b station and let me tell you, it was a yowza moment. The opening beats of Run DMC's "It's Like That" from their first LP. Man, I love vintage Run DMC. I worked in a restaurant when it came out, and the dishwasher played it non-stop for months. I remember thinking at the time that it was a turning point in rap. It was stripped down and powerful. No disco beats. That first Run DMC LP is right up there with the Sex Pistols debut inasmuch as it was raw and it took things in a entirely different direction.



After I got home it occurred to me that it was about the time of year to hit "Christmas In Hollis" again. Many of you will know that the horns sampled in it came from Clarence Carter's "Back Door Santa". Those of you who don't, should stop and appreciate that the most prominent sample in the song, the horns, came from another Christmas record and the key thing is, they didn't have to do that. No one would have known one way or another. For whatever reason, I find it cool that they took that extra step..

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Listen:
Run DMC - It's Like That (streaming) at YouTube
Run DMC - Christmas In Hollis mp3
at Said the Gramophone
Clarence Carter - Back Door Santa mp3
at AM Then FM
More Christmas hip hop:
Kurtis Blow - Christmas Rappin'
(streaming) at YouTube
Run The Jewels - A Christmas F*cking Miracle
(video) at YouTube
Snoop Doggy Dogg ft. Daz Dillinger, Nate Dogg, Tray Deee, Bad Azz - Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto
(video) at YouTube

Friday, December 8, 2017

GIVE IT UP. DUDE WROTE "TAKE FIVE"

I don't listen to Aimee Mann at all, but after seeing her on a past episode Portlandia, I appreciate that she has a sense of humor. She plays herself forced to take a job as a house cleaner because of declining returns from her recording output (due to downloads, ahem). I came away thinking that she'd be a good person to have a beer with, to shoot the shit. So, when I saw her selections in The Best Thing I've Heard All Year, in the year end issue of Mojo, I figured I'd actually take the thirty seconds to read it, depite the fact that her own music doesn't do much for me. I figured there might be some common ground. I was right. Along with Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan and Steely Dan, she mentions a Paul Desmond LP, a 1969 release From The Hot Afternoon, which she describes as sounding like a soundtrack to a 70s TV show. She's not far off.

Coming from the sax player for the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the guy who wrote "Take Five" ten years earlier, From The Hot Afternoon is completely different. It sounds like 70s bachelor pad music, a mix of exotica, West Coast jazz, easy listening, bossa whatever and, if you haven't rolled your eyes out of your head yet, oddball instrumentation ala Pet Sounds. It's not Paul Desmond as I was used to hearing, but because it is such a good example of what it is, it's been added to the list. Also down there is a Brubeck cut that Desmond plays marimba on, another sort of oddball worth hearing.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

TODAY WE MOURN WITH FRANCE

Years ago I worked with a Swiss woman who was a few years older than me. Knowing that I was into music, she asked if I liked Johnny Halladay. Who? She said he was like the Elvis of France. Big fucking deal, I thought. We, us Americans, didn't have to concern ourselves with French wannabe Elvises. Not only did we have the real Elvis (though he was already dead), we had in our heritage Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Johnny Burnette, Billy Lee Riley and a shitload of others. Thanks but no thanks.

But that name Johnny Halladay stayed in my head, just because she had made such a big deal about him, the swooning and all of that. It's weird how things like that stay lodged between lobes. I have to give her credit. If her intent was to spread the gospel of some French rocker, it worked, inasmuch as I was at least aware of him all these years later.

Halladay just died today. It's time to pay back my Swiss ex-coworker.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

SONGS LIVE AT LEEDS TAUGHT US

Here's three covers that my brothers and I, along with countless others our age, first heard on the Who's 1970 LP, Live at Leeds. We had no idea what the originals were like, but the Who's versions were loud, and not just in volume. They were just fucking bombastic. 

Not long after that LP, my brothers and I started hearing "Summertime Blues", the original by Eddie Cochran, on the oldies station. Okay, not all that big of a departure. Both were rock 'n' roll, the Who's just turned up a bit. When we finally heard Johnny Kidd's "Shakin' All Over" it was the same, rock 'n' roll with a volume deficit. It would be decades before I ever heard Mose Allison's original "Young Man Blues". The difference is extreme. The Who's is a whole different monster. They should have renamed it "Pissed Off Young Man Blues."

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Listen:
Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues mp3 at Rocky 52
Johnny Kidd and the Pirates - Shakin' All Over mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Mose Allison - Young Man Blues mp3
at Blogoblat (?)
The Who - Shakin' All Over
(streaming) at YouTube Live at Leeds 1970
Video:
The Who - Summertime Blues (live, Monterey 1967)
at YouTube
The Who - Young Man Blues (live, Tanglewood 1970)
at YouTube

Monday, December 4, 2017

THIS JUST IN: WAYNE COCHRAN MORTAL

The hair. That's the first thing you notice about Wayne Cochran. The questionable self-designed duds, the second thing you notice. Fancy footwork might be the third. Somewhere down the list would be the music. Cochran had a decent voice, but I gotta say, as much as I appreciate his musical efforts, it all goes back to his freak flag, the hair and the outfits. The Hound summed it up well "...Wayne Cochran, for sheer flamboyance made the New York Dolls, Gary Glitter, David Bowie, Slade, and all the other glam rockers of the day look like the Allman Brothers' road crew." Ouch! Sting like a bee!



Cochran died a couple weeks ago. Cloud Head is dead. Long live Cloud Head.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

THIS IS NOT A GIRL GROUP. IT IS A BAND.

Another couple Liverbirds songs I hadn't heard and a re-listening of their stuff I had and there goes my night. Look at the photo above, Does it get more badass? They're English, they're women, they're no flash, tough, beat meets garage. Check the video below and the other songs and videos at at the bottom. You may end up wondering why you've never heard of them. Good question.



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Friday, December 1, 2017

YOU NEED THEM

Because hardly any of you freeloaders comment on posts (ahem), I have no idea what age group passes through here. So if you are of the age that knows the Kinks, take a pass if need be. I feel it necessary from time to time to be a cheerleader for this band or that, bands that really are essential. The Kinks are one, hence this post.

With this particular band I feel I owe a debt, not to them in particular but the cheerleaders that pushed them on me. Although I knew of the Kinks bigger hits back in the day, I just happened to know the president and vice president of their U.S. fan club. (The VP was Dan McLain who would later be known as Country Dick Montana.) In 1978 they were given a four pack of tickets to a show in L.A.. Most of their friends were total Kinks fanatics and were all drooling over the possibility of getting into the show. Mindful of their responsibilities as head of the U.S. fan club, they decided to invite two people (one being me) that had not seen the Kinks before. I couldn't say no, even if I wanted to. I did get to meet Ray Davies.

So, as common as these songs are to some of you, I'm paying it forward, albeit with a shitty blog post, so some of the unknowing rugrats might pick up something.

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Listen:
The Kinks - You Really Got Me mp3 at Drummer World
The Kinks - All Day and All of the Night mp3
at Drummer World
The Kinks - I Need You mp3
at Internet Archive
The Kinks - I Gotta Move mp3
at Internet Archive
The Kinks - I'm Not Like Everybody Else mp3
at Internet Archive
The Kinks - Til the End of the Day mp3
at Wandervogel
The Kinks - A House in the Country mp3
at Internet Archive

Thursday, November 30, 2017

SIC 'IM BARNABAS!

If you would have asked me to hum the theme to Dark Shadows, there's no way I'd remember it. But once I heard it, all the creepiness came back. It doesn't help that the version I heard was heavier on the Theremin and it really didn't help when I went looking for an image that I ran into that one above of Barnabas chillin' with Bozo. Yikes.

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Listen:
The First Theremin Era - The Barnabas Theme From "Dark Shadows" mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Dark Shadows Theme- Robert Cobert Orchestra (streamimg) at YouTube The original
Visit:
Dark Shadows at YouTube A whole bunch of episodes from 1967

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

WANTED: BAD HAIR DAY

I have to admit, I have an aversion to clean cuts. It's not hard and fast, but from time to time I notice myself backing away from objectivity. If a singer is too clean cut, I may not give him an entirely fair shake. Like this guy, Nick Waterhouse. He's a perfectly fine r&b singer, old school in practice, totally clean cut 60s Ivy League in appearance, not a hair out of place. I really dig his music, and by extension his mission to keep this type of music alive. I just wish he'd lose the comb at some point.

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Listen:
Nick Waterhouse - I Wanna Know mp3 at The Art of the Mix
Nick Waterhouse -The Old Place mp3
at Soul Donuts
Nick Waterhouse - Some Place mp3
at Augasm
Nick Waterhouse - (If) You Want Trouble mp3
at Augasm
Nick Waterhouse and Brit Manor - I Cry mp3 (via Box.net)
at Across the Kitchen Table Once at Box.net, the blue download button is on the top right of the screen.
Dean and Jean - I Cry
(streaming) at YouTube Original version of above.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

THE MOST FAMOUS TAASUKAT IN DAKAR

This sucker may have opened up an entirely new can of worms. This I know: the music is from Senegal, is highly rhythmic and very intense. To quote the poster at Awesome Tapes From Africa (who also happens to have reissued the LP), the first song, "Dieuleul Dieuleul", is "completely insane". True, it is. He/She also described "an aggressive verbal flow thought to presage rap". I was thinking just that. Really.

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Listen:
Aby Ngana Diop — Dieuleul Dieuleul (streaming) at YouTube
Visit:
Aby Ngana Diop - Short profile
at Awesome Tapes From Africa
More African music in the old posts

Monday, November 27, 2017

USE YOUR OUTSIDE VOICE

When I heard the first half minute of Ennio Morricone's "L’alibi", my initial thought was "Aw shit, someone told Morricone to use his inside voice. "Inside voice" is American wimpy parent slang for "pipe down". "Pipe down" sounds infinitely cooler. The point here is that "L’alibi" sounds watered down compared to Morricone's calling card, spaghetti western soundtracks. I wanted to hate it, but guess what? While I directed my attention to something else, it sucked me in. Without realizing it, it became a soundtrack for my activity, albeit for only two minutes.

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Listen:
Ennio Morricone – Intermezzino Pop mp3 at Roots and Culture
Ennio Morricone – L’alibi Pop mp3
at Roots and Culture

Saturday, November 25, 2017

ART APPRECIATION

A good friend of mine has been in town recently, the only person that I spent time with in both San Francisco and New York. (For good reason. She's the one who talked me into moving both times.) We hadn't seen each other in years and had much to catch up on so we weren't just strolling down, we were jogging all over fucking memory lane. One of the episodes that came up, was when Art Blakey was playing some jazz club in San Francisco. You could see a good amount of the band from the street without going in, including Blakey, his mouth wide open when he was really going off. Ever the tightwad, I happened to catch part of his set from the sidewalk on two consecutive nights. Now that I think about it, he's the only big name jazz guy I've ever seen live.

Check "The Sacrifice". Yeesh. That's an opening cut on his Drum Suite album. How do you follow that? The second song on the LP is "Cubano Chant" which settles back in to a less frenzied pace. Maybe "The Sacrifice" is like coffee starting your day, with a jolt. Works for me.

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Listen:
Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers - The Sacrifice mp3 at Internet Archive
Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers - Cubano Chant mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers - The Drum Thunder Suite mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Video:
Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers - Caravan (live)
at YouTube

Friday, November 24, 2017

THE ORB RODE

When I saw that photo above, I thought it was photoshopped. Roy Orbison on a dirt bike? C'mon. He didn't seem like a grease under the fingernails sorta guy. Maybe it's his voice, it's so...smooth I guess is the word. Rich. Even on his early Sun stuff his voice had more polish than was typical of the label. So, curious, I went looking and found this caption: "Roy Orbison America singer March 1966 riding on a scramble bike at Hawkstone Park Shropshire." I'll be dipped in shit, turns out that he was a bike fiend, as was his wife Claudette. (She was killed in a motorcycle accident while the two were on a ride.)


Here's a mess of the biker's early stuff, a Coke commercial he did, and a later clip of him doing the song he wrote about his wife, backed by Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen, amongst others.

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Listen:
Roy Orbison - Coke commercial mp3 at The Podcast Place
Video:
Roy Orbison - Claudette
at YouTube Live, with Tome Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and others

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

THE RECORD THAT ATE A NIGHT

The Ramrods? The name seemed familiar, but the Ramrods record I have is a cover of "Ghost Riders in the Sky", a surf type instrumental. It didn't seem likely that they would do a song called "Soul Express". I clicked, I listened, I dropped my jaw. This Ramrods is obviously not the same, but "Soul Express" is an early funk monster. Seriously. I listened to it three times in a row before moving forward. When I did move on, it took a few hours before I had even come close to getting through the post that included it.

It turned out that it was on a post at Red Kelly's mindblowing Soul Detective. The post starts out about Joe Haywood and goes through all sorts of detours with snippets and clues sourced from a bunch of other blogs. This wouldn't be all that big of a deal if the sources weren't the cream of the soul blogging crop. Funky 16 Corners, Sir Shambling, Home of the Groove...it's a who's who of soul eggheads and includes a heaping helping of other songs related to this rabbit hole of a post. Check it and see how long it takes you.

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Listen:
The mother lode:
Case One: Joe Haywood at Soul Detective Note: Right click on song titles to download. Sixteen songs.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

JAM BAND

I ran across Kraftwerk's "Pocket Calculator" in German. It seemed like an adequate detour, just to mix things up. A soulless song, by a soulless band about a soulless piece of equipment. What the hell. In looking for an image, I ran into a Kraftwerk rabbit hole. a series of posts at 20 Jazz Funk Greats mostly concerning the band's early years. There's a song by a pre-Krafterk band Ralf and Florian were in called Organization. It's a little over eleven minutes of what sounds like a hippie stoner's jam. That might be a bit harsh, but it's not at all like the Kraftwerk we all know and love.

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Visit:
Kraftwerk related posts at 20 Jazz Funk Greats More early Kraftwerk and some good reading

Saturday, November 18, 2017

DUSTY THE SELECTER

Okay, so I'm watching the beginning of some movie and it's sizing up to be not my kind of film. Just before I was getting ready to shut it off, Dusty Springfield's "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" kicks in, That was an hour ago and I can't get the damn song out of my head. It's is a good song, if a little over dramatic. Maybe that's what I like about it. Those English women pop singers could be super polished at times, with big ol' orchestras going on. I've always lumped her with Lulu and Petula Clark in that regard. I'm sure in other places there were Sandie Shaw and others, but my introduction to these singers came from U.S. top 40 radio, and those were the three with hits over here.

When I was looking for photos, I came across the one above. What was Dusty Springfield listening to? The only possible clue is the LP in her hand. Curious, and up to a challenge, I opened up my antiquated Photo-Paint program and fucked with the perspective of the image. The result is below. Bob-B-Soxx and the Blue Jeans' "Zip-A-Dee Doo Dah", a Phil Spector/Wrecking Crew joint. Dig Billy Strange's solo at 1:27. Yee haw.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

TWO RANDOM HOT ASS INTRUMENTALS

How I ended up on an eleven year old post at Beware of the Blog, I've no clue. But these two instrumentals were among the thirty unrelated songs on a the old post and they both rule. Dave Dudley and Nora Dean also make appearances, along with a bunch of thrift store variety oddballs.

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Listen:
The Ventures - He Never Came Back mp3 at Beware of the Blog
More:
Phonoanomalies -  A Totaly New Recording For Hi-Fi Bugs at Beware of the Blog 28 more songs

Monday, November 13, 2017

"BLOWIN' MY TOP"? WHAT'S THAT, CODE?

Okay, it's 1951. Billy Ward and the Dominoes' "Sixty Minute Man" is released. It climbs the charts, both r&b and pop. All the proto-rock 'n' roll guys are sitting around. They take notice. They listen closely to the lyrics.

    There'll be fifteen minutes of kissin'
    Then you'll holler "Please don't stop" (Don't stop!)
    There'll be fifteen minutes of teasin'
    Fifteen minutes of squeezin'
    And fifteen minutes of blowin' my top

After the chorus sinks in, they all look at each other. One cracks his knuckles and says "Okay, let's do this." That's the birth of rock 'n' roll in my mind. Fantasizing about this shit doesn't cost a cent.

I've always liked the song and this past weekend I heard it by chance two days in a row. This was 66 years after it was released. I'll take that as a sign.

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Listen:
Billy Ward and the Dominoes - Sixty Minute Man mp3 at The Doo Wop Jukebox

Sunday, November 12, 2017

YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT. JAZZ COWBOY.

I didn't know much about jazz when John Coltrane was recommended to me by a friend. The friend had great taste in music, and among other things that he told me about his indoctrination in jazz was that before he heard Coltrane, he had little interest in jazz himself. He told me, in great detail, about the first time he listened to his dad's copy of A Love Supreme. Knowing enough to know Coltrane was a near deity in jazz, and after his recommendation, I started listening to Coltrane. I got as far as "My Favorite Things" and thought it a weird choice for a cover. A song from the Sound of Music by a jazz god? What's up with that?

Luckily I listened, long enough to get to the point where he starts to stretch his legs, Okay, I thought, that's how a jazz god does covers. This all came back to me when I heard Sonny Rollin's cover of "I'm an Old Cow Hand (from the Rio Grand)". This one really goes off. By the time you're through the first couple minutes, you forget what song it started out as. The alternate take, released as bonus cut on a later reissue. is double the length, and really allows you to really get lost. While it doesn't sound like dub, it elicits the same feeling, as if your weaving in and out of the song, kind of floating. And it's just Rollins on sax, Ray Brown on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums; Just a trio.. This jazz shit is okay.

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Listen:
John Coltrane - My Favorite Things mp3 at LBCC (?)
Sonny Rollins - I'm an Old Cow Hand (From the Rio Grande) mp3 at Time Goes By
Sonny Rollins - I'm an Old Cow Hand (From the Rio Grande) (alternate take) (streaming) at YouTube
Visit:
A Bit of Jazz at Time Goes By Ten random jazz cuts, posted by the man Tibbles. What got me going tonight. Thanks Peter.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

AS IF POLY WERE PISSED

If you haven't heard Downtown Boys, don't read about them just yet. Listen to them first, then do your Google thing. Descriptions are all over the place and most aren't all that accurate. There are more than a few knee jerk comparisons to bands that came before, most using tired genre labels, but it's better that you make of them what you will. Let's just say that we could use more bands like them in these times. Of those of you who haven't heard them, there's probably only a small percentage that will really dig them. That's who these are for.

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Listen:
Downtown Boys - Violent Complicity mp3 at Still In Rock
Downtown Boys - I'm Enough (I Want More) mp3
at Still In Rock
Downtown Boys - Wave Of History (Live)
(streaming) at The Fader
Downtown Boys - Cost of Living (Full LP)
(streaming) at YouTube
Video:
Downtown Boys - Wave of History (live)
at YouTube

Thursday, November 9, 2017

EIGHT COVERS BY THESE GUYS

It's not often that someone posts covers by these guys, and when they do, it might be one or two. It's a good look at where they came from, particularly if you're too young to remembered when the band actually mattered. Though the post at Boogaloo Time says that they were all recorded in 1964, without checking I think that at least a couple were released a year or two later. A nice reminder that all bands were green at one point.

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Listen:
Eight covers by that band up there at Boogaloo Time

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

WHILE WE'RE ON THE SUBJECT

I just remembered about another one man band, Lewis Floyd Henry. After Joe Hill Louis yesterday, I figured, what the hell, let's give this guy his due. Here's a guitar player, seemingly Hendrix obsessed (with considerable chops), playing a live mash up of Metallica and Wu-Tang Clan, and then breaking into the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog". As nutty as it sounds, it's pretty seamless. While he may not be "The Greatest One Man Band In the World" as the video is billed, he's definitely some hot shit street fare.

After viewing the video, you might want to head over to YouTube and see more of his stuff. If you can't get enough of the one man band thing, watch some Bob Log III, Reverend Beat Man or Hasil Adkins

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

TRASH NIGHT SUPER BONUS

I was just taking out the trash, which is, as all menial tasks are, usually accompanied by humming whatever the hell song pops in to my head. "Tiger Man" was up this time, Rufus Thomas's version. It was first recorded by Joe Hill Louis at Sun, but remained unreleased at the time. Sam Phillips had Rufus Thomas record it and that was the version that got released.

Joe Hill Louis's act was as a one man band and he was the only artist who had a record out on Phillips's pre-Sun label, Phillips Records, when Sun, the label, was born. "Boogie in the Park", recorded in 1950, is about as raw as it gets. Dig the link below and keep in mind that there were only 300 pressed. The fact that you even get the opportunity to hear it will mean something different depending on your age. If you're relatively young, you'll think "Cool. I'll check this later". You older people will think "Fuck, I guess the internet didn't ruin everything" and hop to it straight away.

Louis, or Hill Louis, was a semi-fixture at Sun, recording with other on-again off-again label-mates as well as solo. He played guitar on Rufus Thomas's "Bear Cat" (a ripoff of "Hound Dog"), I guess showing there were no sour "Tiger Man" grapes.

Dan Sartain, a totally unrelated artist, covered "Tiger Man" a few years back, so that's down there too, Just because it was laying around.

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Listen:
Joe Hill Lewis - Tiger Man mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 1953, unreleased until the eighties
Joe Hill Lewis - Boogie In the park
(streaming) at YouTube 1950
Rufus Thomas - Tiger Man mp3
at Internet Archive 1953
Rufus Thomas - Bear Cat mp3
at Internet Archive 1953
Dan Sartain - Tiger Man mp3
at Xtrmntr 1990s
Visit:
Joe Hill Louis - Long bio
at The Hound Blog

Sunday, November 5, 2017

EAT THE TEACHER

T'was a time that Sly and Robbie's shit did not stink. As the rhythm section of the Revolutionaries, the backing band at Channel One studio in the second half of the seventies, they were at the right place at the right time backing the right artists. There were other reggae rhythm duos doing remarkable work, but it was Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare that became reggae's drum and bass marquee names.

Alas, they may have been too good. Too tight. Maybe they got restless. Whatever the reason, though they retained their reggae sensibilities, they started fucking around with digital. They began backing non-reggae acts. It wasn't an overnight change, it happened gradually, so gradually that I never noticed that I had lost interest in their whereabouts until a couple nights ago. I heard them backing the Wailing Souls on "Old Broom", released on their Taxi label about 1980. Ah, man, it felt good to hear the old Sly and Robbie, as they had been around the first time I heard them. I went looking for more of that period and ran into a killer disco mix (extended version) cover of "Rainy Night In Georgia", with them backing Tinga Stewart from 1978. It's awesome, them at the early peak of their reggae game. Though they have stuck with reggae type music (i.e. dancehall), and used reggae rhythms in their playing with non-reggae artists (Grace Jones, Mick Jagger, Simply Red, Ian Dury, Joe Cocker, Sinéad O'Connor, etc.) it just doesn't have the same feel, it's not as earthy.

I checked their discography. By the looks of it the bottom dropped out for me around 1980 and, wouldn't you just know it, that's just about when they started fucking with syn drums and digital bass. They were fucking with the program, and they've continued fucking with the program. Fine, if that's what they wanna do, go for it. Their shit may not stink yet, but I'll be damned if I'm going to wait around until it does. If you want to see what I'm talking about, compare the Wailing Souls' "Old Broom" from around 1980, to their "Live On" from 1994, with Sly and Robbie supplying the backing on both. Rough or polished, I'm taking rough every time.

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Listen:
Wailing Souls - Old Broom mp3 at Bass Shaka (?) 1980-ish
Tinga Stewart - Rainy Night In Georgia
(streaming) at Reggaeville 1978
Wailing Souls - Sweet Sugar Plum Plum mp3
at Bass Shaka (?) 1980-ish
Wailing Souls - Live On
(streaming) at YouTube 1994

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

OUT STANDING IN THEIR FIELD

There's a number of ways to hit the reset button. You can revisit some rockabilly, soul, oddball, funk, reggae, punk rock and so on. Or you could just go for a jolt of irreverent, self indulgent so-sloppy-they're-not-even-trying, good ol' fashioned don't-give-a-single-shit poorly produced trashy piss off the neighbors rock 'n' roll. Pussy Galore were always good at that.

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Listen:
Pussy Galore - Dick Johnson mp3 at Le Twenty-Two Bar
Pussy Galore - Cunt Tease mp3
at Voice Blog (?)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

LAST CALL FOR CREEPS

Okay, tomorrow things return to normal, but as you may have guessed from the last couple weeks, Halloween is high season for slack, meaning reposts were flying all over the place. Tonight though, two new mixes, so that may satiate you regulars. One is a mix of thirty Halloween instrumentals over at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban, put together by J.R. Williams, who always does a bang up job. The other is another Bloody Halloween Mix by Reverend Tom Frost just posted this year. Dude doesn't miss a beat.

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Listen:
The Cramps - I Was a Teenage Werewolf mp3
at Hey Cool Kid
The Cramps - Rockin' Bones mp3
at Johan Urban (?)
The Cramps - Confessions of a Psycho Cat mp3
at Review Stalker
The Mixes: 
More Halloween Instros at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 30 songs
Bloody Halloween Mix, Part 23 (streaming) at Reverend Tom Frost

Monday, October 30, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017

SOUNDS FROM SOUTH OF HELL

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



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

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