Sunday, May 21, 2017

THE BAND WOULD LIKE A BEER

A while back I took a chance on a three dollar jazz LP, Chili Con Soul by the Jazz Crusaders. It was one of those last minute wild cards that come when you're wrapping up your record shopping and you just want one more thing. I didn't know anything about the Jazz Crusaders. I liked the title and figured it was of mid-sixties vintage, and it was on a West coast label, so what the hell. It's ended up a favorite. West coast Latin barbecue jazz, sunburns and cheap beer. As luck would have it, I ran into an old post at Groove Addict that has mp3s of two of the songs and a download for the whole LP. Dig it.

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Listen:
The Jazz Crusaders - Agua Dulce (Sweetwater) mp3 at Groove Addict
The Jazz Crusaders - Tacos mp3
at Groove Addict
The LP:
The Jazz Crusaders - Chili Con Soul
at Groove Addict

Saturday, May 20, 2017

TIJUANA GIRLS ARE REALLY THE MOST

This is a good one. A collection of sixties rock en Español. Actually, there's an instrumental or two and at least one sung in English, but it's all stuff from Mexico and Latin America. Maybe Spain too, I don't know. I'm guessing here. The title of the mix is Latin American Nuggets, but the zip file that contains it is titled Mexican Nuggets, and when you unzip it, the file info says Los Nuggets. Who gives a shit? Their foreign and raw, some covers, some fuzz, some Bond-eslque guitar tones. Thirty four of them. All in a language that you may not understand. Take solace in "Tijuana Sun" by the Famous Finks. It's in English, so you can enjoy the tweaked lyrics. But, shit, you need to check out Los Sirex's "El Tren de la Costa" (a cover of "Train Kept A Rollin'"). It's one of those songs that sounds relatively tame at the beginning, but then the whole house falls down. Frantic vocals in the red, seriously tweaked solos, weird mix, the whole package. And that's just one of 34 songs. Dig it!

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Listen:
Los Sirex - El Tren de la Costa (streaming) at YouTube
The Mix:
Latin American Nuggets at Beware of the Blog 34 individual mp3s in a zip. Click on "download".

Thursday, May 18, 2017

PUT A FISH ON MY FACE?

There are three types of people. One type is someone who has never heard of Captain Beefheart. A second is the Beefheart freak that can't get enough, eating up any morsel that pops up. The third is someone who saw Trout Mask Replica on all sorts of all-time greatest album lists, knew it was suppose to be some sort of landmark album, bought it and never went any further. Actually, that last group contains all sorts of subsets. Some couldn't stand Trout Mask Replica and only got halfway through it. Some hung on to it regardless and relegated it to the "attempt later" pile to gather dust. Others kept it for that weird mood when no other music would work. But that group that has Trout Mask Replica and nothing else of Beefheart's is probably a pretty big group. You might just be in there.

So here's something for just about everybody. Outtakes from sessions for the 1972 Beefheart LP The Spotlight Kid, one of his most accessible LPs, released a few years after Trout Mask Replica. Beefheart freaks who haven't heard these will no doubt gobble them up. Those in the Trout Mask Replica-only group will have something to further their dilly-dallying. And those of you who have never heard Beefheart may best think think of these as Tom Waits fronting a very stoned Exile-era Stones. That might not be all that accurate, but it might get you to listen.



Starting out with a couple cuts that did make it to the final album, and then the collection of outtakes. For good measure, there's also a link to a radio broadcast of a 1974 live show with surprisingly good sound. If you have no clue whatsoever who Captain Beefheart, there's a link to a John Peel narrated documentary.

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Listen:
Captain Beefheart -  Click Clack mp3 at Culture Catch
Captain Beefheart - Alice In Blunderland mp3 at Rock Town Hall
The Outtakes:
Captain Beefheart - Spotlight Kid outtakes 1971-72 at The Big O
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The Live Broadcast:
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band - Live at the Cowtown Palace at the Big O 1974 radio broadcast
The documentary:
The Artist Formerly Known as Captain Beefheart at YouTube Narrated by John Peel, 51 minutes

Monday, May 15, 2017

THE KID SINGER

If you think Dennis Brown looks young in that photo, he was even younger, twelve years old, when he cut "No Man Is An Island" at Studio One. That's nuts. And he was singing for Byron Lee and the Dragonaires before that. He had a good long career, roughly thirty years, before he died in 1999 at age 42, after years of coke use.

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Listen:
Dennis Brown - No Man Is An Island (streaming) at YouTube 1969
Dennis Brown - Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head mp3
at ATumblr 1970
Dennis Brown - Silhouettes mp3
at ATumblr 1975
Dennis Brown - Man Next Door mp3
at East African Tube 1977

Saturday, May 13, 2017

FIND YOUR SELF IN A BOX

Ronnie Self is one of those second tier rockabilly guys that's just beyond the Sun Records mob cognition sphere. You have to get past the more recognizable names and delve a little deeper. In other words, cheat and buy a few rockabilly compilations with a bunch of names you don't know, play them a few dozen times and then walk around like some big shot know-it-all. You ought to at least check the songs below. Holy shit, "Bop-A-Lena" is all-time. Wild, crazy and everything in between. Really, one of those songs that doesn't let up. No fade out, vocals end, a couple more bars, and done. Imagine that coming from a guy who, when playing live, didn't stop for chatter or introductions. Just bam, bam, bam, from one song to the next without stopping (according to his sister's account at the Rockabilly Hall of Fame). And then this, explaining the photo above (courtesy Deke Dickerson) "Ronnie Self was so wild, and moved around so much while singing, that producer Owen Bradley forced Self to stand inside a cardboard box while recording–the only way to keep him on-mic." What a nut!

Speaking of Deke Dickerson, as happens periodically when I come across his name, I was again sucked into his web. You could spend a good amount of time just at his official site. Don't miss the liner notes he's written for reissues (Gene Vincent! Davie Allan! More!), or his blog (dormant, but still worth checking out if you haven't already). Now he's gone all modern with a Tumblr page. In addition, there's a bunch of well recorded live shows at the Internet Archive. Dude doesn't sit still.

If you've been poking around here for a while, you know that I've posted Ronnie Self's stuff before, as well as Dickerson's. As a consolation, there's a few other cuts down there of other rockabilly singers with the surname Self, including Ronnie Self's son Roman who gets it down particularly well for a modern era rockabilly singer.

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Listen:
Ronnie Self - Bop-A-Lena mp3
at Rocky-52.net
Ronnie Self - You're So Right For Me mp3
at Rocky-52.net
Ronnie Self - Ain't I'm A Dog mp3
at Rocky-52.net
Other Selfs:
Mack Self - I Vibrate mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly
Alvie Self - Let's Go Wild mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly
Roman Self - Big Fool mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly
G.Self - Roll On, Big Mama
(streaming) at YouTube

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

NOT SURFING USA

It's hard to believe that Bunker Hill's "The Girl Can't Dance" was released the same year as the Beach Boys' "Surfing USA". Crazy.

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Listen:
Bunker Hill - The Girl Can Dance mp3 at Internet Archive

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

THE DRAMATICS IN THEIR CIVIES

Man, fuck matching suits. It pisses me off when I think about how many bands and vocal groups I've ignored over the years because I couldn't get past their matching outfits. It's bad when it's suits, or jumpsuits. Worse when it's tuxes. Yikes. How are you supposed to relate to that? So, that photo up there? That's the best photo I could find of the Dramatics without matching outfits. And I had to post "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" because it had been ages since I heard it and when it popped up at the beginning of Wattstax I was reminded how insanely thick it is, in terms of shit going on in it..

I wouldn't blame you for taking a pass on this type of seventies soul. I did, for years. It wasn't until a friend gave me five mixes heavy on that sort of stuff that it started seeping in. Still not quite one of those go-to things, but once it starts, I let it ride.

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Listen:
The Dramatics - Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get mp3 at Evil Vince (?)
The Dramatics - Hot Pants In the Summertime mp3 at Sweet Too (?)
Full Movie:
Wattstax - Full movie at YouTube with Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, the Staple Singers, the Bar Kays and more.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

THE FUNKY CLICK SOUL SISTER SURPRISE

All it took was seeing Marva Whitney's name mentioned. There's a link, hopefully it's a James Brown era Marva Whitney cut. Bam! Diversion initiated. Marva Whitney and the JBs? Listen to that first one, you'll see. There ain't no going back, not tonight.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

THIS BUGS ME

I'm past the age where you run out and buy music by the latest buzz band, so I've no clue. This band might have a big following. I'd wager that it does given the amount of coverage I ran across. One thing that I do know is that I'm not liking the singer at all. Never mind the fact that I've only heard/viewed one live video. All I know is that the singer in this band is a detriment. To his bandmates, the song, shit, let's cut to the chase, a waste of the the bandwidth needed to post a video.

Camera 2, close up: Protomatyr, you have a bad egg. That singer of yours is dead weight. If your music doesn't move him enough to rock out, sway, tap his foot, put down his beer bottle or even take his hand out of his fucking pocket, fire him. Give the job to someone who wants it. Maybe it's his thing to look detached, bored, above it all. Fine, do Morrisey covers. And don't blame the venue. I don't give a shit if it's a small audience. No singer with his hand in his pocket should even be in the same room as a Stooges cover. Period.

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Listen:
Video:
Iggy Pop - Down On the Street at YouTube 1996 Age 48, still moving more than Señor Slug

Thursday, May 4, 2017

YOU CAN'T RUIN BROTHER RAY

A couple hours ago some big ass motorcycle came rolling down the street. It was one of those huge things with fiberglass all over the place and a fucking sound system. I hate that, motorcycles with speakers blasting. Hate 'em. The guy tooling down the street today was blasting Ray Charles's "Hallelujah, I Love Her So". I love the song, but I still wanted to slap him upside the head. But he's been punished enough. The shame of negating cool points earned for blasting Ray Charles by blasting Ray Charles from an over-equipped old man Harley. He may not even be aware he's afflicted. To his credit, it's what gave me a Ray Charles diversion tonight.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

VIVA SONNY!

Every once in a while, it occurs to me that there is someone who has slipped through the cracks, even after a couple thousand posts. That's what the bruise on my forehead tells me. Yesterday it occurred to me that there has not been one mention of Sonny Burgess, an early Sun artist who had one of the wildest rock 'n' roll records ever released. That's right. I said it. Check "We Wanna Boogie", it's just nuts. The first thing you'll note is the presence of a trumpet. Unusual for any rockabilly record, even more unusual on a Sun product. While the singing is pretty crazy, somewhere between Ray Campi and the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, there are solos that need to be heard. First the piano, then the trumpet. After one more verse, a manic guitar solo with the drummer just bashing the hell out of what sounds like a kit made out of cardboard. Then one more verse of increasingly crazed vocals and after Burgess hits the last three words sounding like he's eating the microphone, the end. Two and a half minutes of absolutely abandon.

Though the band wanted to do another take, Sam Phillips insisted the first take was a keeper, later saying "...they had a sound like I've never heard. Maybe Sonny's sound was too raw; I don't know- but I'll tell you this. They were pure rock and roll." This from the man that was the first to record some of the greatest rockers of all time.

Sonny Burgess is another great from the past who is still alive. Not only is he alive, but apparently still playing out with dates booked through October of this year. But wait, there's more. He co-hosts a radio show called "We Wanna Boogie" on a public radio station in Arkansas. Sonny Burgess is alive, he's alive!

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