Tuesday, August 15, 2017

STEP ONE

This seems fairly straight forward to me, but I don't think of any of my friends or relatives as racists, so I can't imagine it being tough or even questionable. "If you have a racist friend, now is the time for that friendship to end." It seems easy, it might take conviction beyond the comfort level for some, but if you don't have that you might as well throw in the towel. I mean, c'mon. There's no excuse. Post the video below on your wall and then unfriend them. Baby steps. Or go big at Thanksgiving. Make a scene n' shit. All joking aside, you really don't need toxic shit in your life. You won't ever be able to totally avoid it, but that doesn't mean you have to hang around with it.



Sunday, August 13, 2017

LOOKING SHAGGY YOU GUYS

Booker T and the MGs' version of "Summertime" is uncharacteristically slow for them, brooding. Which does nothing to pep up the song for what it's supposed to be, a happy go lucky song from a musical. Instead it's sounding all wicked and dark. Or extremely chill. Maybe that's it, maybe they were stoned.

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Listen:
Booker T and the MGs - Summertime mp3 at Soul Sides
Sam Cooke - Summertime mp3 at Soul Sides
Four more versions of "Summertime" at Soul Sides

Saturday, August 12, 2017

THE FRENCH VERSION

Metal Urbain was a anomaly in 1977. There were very few punk bands that incorporated a drum machine. I can't think of any other punk bands from back then that did. Because Metal Urbain were from France, I just figured it was a French thing. They just have to be different. But I do remember being surprised that someone managed an aggressive record with a drum machine on it.

Killed By Death just posted a record of theirs from 1977, so that's down there, along with the one that made it to a San Diego record store back then, "Paris Marquis". You really should check out their version of "Train Kept A-Rollin'". It sounds like Wire, the Cramps and Suicide sweatin' to the oldies.

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Listen:
Metal Urbain - Paris Marquis (streaming) at YouTube
Metal Urbain - Panik mp3
at Killed By Death Go there to get it.
Metal Urbain - Lady Coca Cola mp3
at Killed By Death Ditto.
Metal Urbain - Train Kept A-Rollin'
(streaming) at YouTube

Thursday, August 10, 2017

NO LONGER A SLAP FIGHT

I say lock the both of them in a room together amd be done with it. Can you imagine them fighting? It would be the slap fight for the ages. Maybe a spill or two after one of them tries a high kick. And they'd be bitching like high schoolers, "fire and fury" and all that, threats and insults you'd expect from a teenager who'd never had to fight. But this shit is serious. People will die because Donald Trump likes to shoot his mouth off. This will happen unless someone puts a muzzle on him.

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Listen:
Edwin Starr - War mp3 at 720th Military Police Battalion (?)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

FROM THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN BOOKMARKS

After not really listening to a lot of blues in recent months, this sure sounded good. Been a while, It happens. The genre rotation. It could be a handful of songs or days of fiending, but eventually another genre calls. I can't stick to one thing, not with so much other stuff waiting in the wings. Tonight Elmore James popped up. Out of the blue, a random forgotten bookmark. It just really hit the spot.

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Listen:
Elmore James - Goodbye Baby mp3 at Clayton Counts

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

MADE PERFECT RECORDS, COVERED THE VELVETS

Glen Campbell died today. I was prepared for it, I thought, I knew it was coming. Ever since he went public with his Alzheimers diagnosis, you knew it wasn't going to end pretty. Somehow it did, as pretty as it could have been. He managed, with the help of his band, his family and various caretakers, a final tour. He gave that to his fans, going on stage knowing that he would forget lyrics, play songs twice, and sometimes not know what city he was in. Everybody knew that there would be trying moments, but there would be moments between audience and performer that would never be forgotten. If this sounds like total corn to you, fuck off. Fuck off, because Glen Campbell was everything you could ask for in a musician. An excellent guitarist, and a great, great singer, and he carried with him an aura of humility that belied his talent.

Campbell's music was part of the soundtrack of my youth, via my Dad's radio in the garage. Back then, though my brothers and I were more interested in rock 'n' roll, there were parts of Campbell's output that we appreciated. There's no denying the craftsmanship of his Jimmy Webb penned hits, but our attention was more directed at parts of songs. Example: the guitar outro on "Galveston". It's so damn simple, so pure and the guitar tone so perfectly suited to the song that it still gives me goosebumps decades after hearing it from my Dad's tinny radio.

While Campbell was never seen as an entirely hip performer, he seemed so unconcerned with hip, he transcended the whole damn idea. He was a musician first and foremost, good enough that he was a member of the Wrecking Crew, the crack team of studio performers that played on a who's who of sixties chart toppers. In 1963 alone he played on sessions for over five hundred songs. He stood in for Brian Wilson when Wilson retreated from the road, and to repay him Wilson produced an early single, "Guess I'm Dumb". The hits would come, a TV show "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour", and a movie role in True Grit (with John Wayne).

All through it he continued recording, and he never really stopped. Even after his diagnosis, he released a couple albums. Here's just a smattering of songs. There's a few of the hits, all perfect parent pop records, a Jackson Browne cover, "These Days", and the aforementioned Wilson produced "Guess I'm Dumb" The real interesting oddball is Campbell covering a Velvet Underground song, "Jesus". No one ever told me about that one.

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Listen:
Glen Campbell - Galveston mp3 at Cold Splinters
Glen Campbell - Gentle On My Mind mp3
at Pretty Goes With Pretty
Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman
(streaming) at YouTube
Glen Campbell - Guess I'm Dumb mp3
at Margauxville Produced by Brian Wilson
Glen Campbell - These Days mp3
at Rock Town Hall Jackson Browne cover
Glen Campbell - Jesus
(streaming) at YouTube Velvet Underground cover

Sunday, August 6, 2017

THE PACKAGE

The first song on the first solo album by Curtis Mayfield is "(Don't Worry) If there's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go". It's a whopper, a jam and a half. Fu-huck yeah. It starts out kinda quiet with fuzz bass and a woman saying that people should start reading the Book of Revelations, ho-hum, but then the congas seep in, okay, so now we're moving. Then Mayfield, with heavy echo, comes in, "Sisters! Niggers! Whities! Jews! Crackers! Don't worry, if there's a hell below, we're all gonna go!", followed by a scream, and then the thing just takes off. It's got everything you could ask for. strings and horns playing off each and that glorious wah-wah. As close to ground zero of the classic blaxsploitation sound as it gets. ("Shaft"? Get out of town. This is a year before Isaac Haye's signature song.) And it's probably Mayfield doing the fret to pedal work, being that he did when it was played live. The drums? Shit, that funky beat is unrelenting. As are the congas, bongos and the heavy, heavy bass line. As amazing as the song is, it's but one on an LP that is similarly packed with thick layers of psychedelic soul (listen to "Move On Up"). And all of this written, sung, and produced by Mayfield after a successful run with the Impressions and his own record label.

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Listen:
Curtis Mayfield - (Don't Worry) If there's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go mp3 at Internet Archive
Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up mp3 at SGS (?)

Friday, August 4, 2017

LOOK WHAT THEY'VE DONE TO MY SONG, MA

I'm sure that the Who have been asked a thousand questions about "My Generation" over the years, if they see any irony in an autumn rocker singing the line "hope I die before I get old". The song never lost it's relevance (for young people anyway), and they did do the original version so why wouldn't they continue to play it, even if they seemed rather self conscious about the age thing just a scant four years later ("we're gettin' a bit old now")? Did Peter Townsend ever have any regrets about writing it? Probably not. It paid the bills for years, and still is. But, if he had ever heard the lead singer of the Contradictions sing it, he might regret having ever picked up a pen. This is bad folks, really bad. I'm all for song stylists trying to make a song their own, even if their style is abrasive, out of tune or generally amateurish. I like weird. It doesn't bother me in the least, except when it doesn't seen genuine. I'm sorry to whoever knows and likes the Contradictions. I'd never heard of them and was not at all put off by the opening chords of their version of "My Generation". It really could have gone either way. Then the song stylist insists on putting her own stamp on the song and it is total crap. Sidesplitting hilarious in it's forced weirdness "just b-[mumble]-se we get aro-ow-ow-oouuund". Like a shitfaced Lydia Lunch getting her fingernails yanked out. Jeffrey Lee Pierce can pull that shit off, but not this lady.

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Listen:
The Contradictions - My Generation mp3 at Internet Archive
The Who - My Generation mp3 at Internet Archive
The full LP
The Who Sing My Generation at Internet Archive NOTE: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

NOTHING FANCY

Phew, that was a close one. I found myself watching a Reverend Horton Heat video, thinking "Does this guy realize how many rockabilly cliches he's got in one video?" "Why the hell am I watching this when I could be listening to The Flat Duo Jets"

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Listen:
The Flat Duo Jets - Lucky Eye mp3 at Indy Week
The Flat Duo Jets - Harlem Nocturne mp3
at Beware of the Blog
The Flat Duo Jets - Golden Stings mp3
at Leave You Wanting Less

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A SOLID JAM FROM OUT OF NOWHERE

One of the reasons I still browse online is because every once in a while I run into something that I never would have gone looking for, something totally random. In this case, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. Man, do they hit the spot tonight. Check that clip below. It's quite a fucking jam. Pretty good quality too, While checking it out, dig on the singer on the left, particularly in contrast to the singer on the right. Left singer has ants all up in his pants, high kicks and all that. Right singer is just chillin', grooving. The band is tight, the whole thing is worth seeing. Wait until you see the synth solo by the guitarist.



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Listen:
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Se Tche We Djo Mon mp3 at 27 Leggies Go there to get it.
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Zizi mp3
at 27 Leggies Ditto.