Friday, July 13, 2018

GOOD SHIT MAYNARD

I've always been a bird in the hand guy. I know enough to stop where I'm satisfied and avoid being a glutton. Sometimes I have stupid ideas and if I act on them without caution, I end up mired in shit. That's my reasoning to stop at the first click tonight. Lucky for you it's an awesome mix of Studio One instrumentals, quite a few hard to come by. Two hours. Fuck yeah.

This one has all the big hitters and multiple eras, all from the golden age. Studio bands Sound Dimension, Soul Defenders, Soul Defenders and the Brentford Road All Stars and solo cuts by Jackie Mittoo, Ernest Ranglin, Cedric Brooks, and Roland Alphonso. Hell, the second cut is by Lennie Hibbert, one of the very few, if not the only vibraphonist in reggae. The reliable bonus here, as with most of the Studio One from those years, Leroy Sibbles's bass is all over these. To put it simply, this mix is killer.

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Listen:
Studio One Instrumentals at Internet Archive Streaming and as a download.  In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"
Visit:
More Studio One posts (scroll down the page)

Thursday, July 12, 2018

NOW, ABOUT THAT TITLE GUYS....

Two different versions of "Comanche" by He Whose Shit Does Not Stink and the Raymen, both raw as all get out. The first, the released version, begs for a second listen after you hear the fade out. Starting at about the 2:00 mark, ten seconds of what sounds like someone banging on a cardboard box. Ending the record with two isolated instruments, and one of them is the most poorly recorded instrument on the record. Brilliant.

Whoa, sit still for the alternate mix! This one was promotional copy version, notable because someone is totally beating the living shit out of a tambourine. The tambourine player isn't on the released version because after he injured his hand beating the living shit out of a tambourine, they took him out back and shot him.

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Listen:
Link Wray - Comanche mp3 at RocknDog
Link Wray - Comanche (alternate nix) mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Promo 45

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

LIVE IT UP, TREAT HER RIGHT WITH HEAD

How the hell did I miss this one? Roy Head's "Live It Up" somehow slipped through the cracks, surprising because Head has been a favorite of mine for a while. (Go ahead. I'll wait. Okay, done being funny? So, who is this "she"?) Let me elaborate as succinctly as possible: I came for the hit ("Treat Her Right") but stayed for the nut case. That's a little harsh. Let's say that I stayed for he who did not give a shit. He once bit Elvis. Once, after slipping during a performance, he got all contorted on the floor. He called it a dance, "the gator", which he then repeated in performances that followed. Speaking of dance, check out his moves in the video below.


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Listen:
Roy Head - Live It Up mp3 at Rocky 52
Roy Head - Treat Her Right mp3
at Rocky 52

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

LET'S TWIST AGAIN

Back when the Dils' "Class War" came out in 1977, it was an exotic idea, a fantasy. Now it's sounds reasonable.

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Listen:
The Dils, - Class War mp3 at Killed By Death
The Dils - Mr. Big mp3
at Killed By Death
Video:
The Dils - Class War (live, 1978)  at YouTube

Monday, July 9, 2018

THE KID AND THE LIFER

This past weekend I was walking down the short three block long business district towards the beach. Walking in the opposite direction was a kid, looking like he was in his mid-teens. He was walking down the street holding a record album with both hands, reading the liner notes with a big shit eating grin on his face. I was so enamored with the look of a kid that age being that excited by an album cover, I didn't even notice what record he was looking at. I just looked at his face and imagined what lay before him, because many years ago, I was that kid, on that very same sidewalk, doing that exact same thing. Checking out the liner notes of a just purchased record. Back then the record store was Soundsville, and it was just two doors down from the current record store, the curiously named Cow. I flashed back to all of the excitement of the trek home to listen to a new record for the first time. I thought about all of the record stores I've been in, all the counter guys whose wisdom I soaked up, all the discoveries and chances taken merely on the merit of a cool album cover. I was hoping that kid's smile would reappear, week after week for decades as mine has.

I just found out that on the very same day I saw that kid, San Diego lost one of the longest running and most knowledgeable counter guys that has ever worked in a local record store. His name was Lou Curtiss, and he may not be well known outside of his hometown but believe me, music freaks here knew him, particularly those who are into roots music. He ran his own record store, Folk Arts, for 47 years (he sold it in, I think, 2014). His specialty was the old shit. Old timey, early blues, early jazz, folk and so on, with 78s as far back as 1892. As a local musician put it on Facebook today, "Who else would have a whole section in their store of rare 78’s labeled ‘Honking Sax’" And he had a radio show, Jazz Roots, on the local jazz station. And he wrote for the local roots music tabloid, Troubadour, and he put on folk festivals, and later roots festivals. Dude knew his shit.



Curtiss was an early supporter of Tom Waits, before he was signed and after. That top photo above is Waits hanging outside Folk Arts in 1974, taken by Curtiss's wife Virginia. So that's the tie in with the link below to a 1976 Waits show. There's also a link to Honey Where You Been So Long, an unrelated but similar in theme old timey blues site, and a link to Folk Arts' partial library of late sixties folk festivals Curtiss was involved in. Because Curtiss has been described as a curmudgeon, and just for good measure, a totally unrelated interview with 78 collector Joe Bussard, an opinionated sourpuss with an insane record collection.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

SONGS THE PROBE TAUGHT US

There's something to be said for old school bare bones music sites. Probe Is Turning-On the People is my favorite example. Looks like shit, confusing at first to navigate and very little editorial comment. You might get a sentence. Might. But that's part of the beauty of it. After visiting the site regularly for roughly ten years, I can kind of tell what is supposed to be significant about something he posts because, by now, I kind of know his taste, and it's good. Obscure references abound, but that's part of the fun. He knows that you know how to use Google. Do your own damn legwork. One good example, and what prompted this post, is a 2006 post with a couple songs by Hank Jacobs. The name didn't register, but the Probe's description did: "sounds like Jackie Mittoo jamming with Cambodian rock band." Yee haw! I'm bitin'! If you don't know who Jackie Mittoo is, or what a Cambodian rock band sounds like, well I guess you know how to use Google. See how that works?

"Heide" by Jacobs does sound like Jackie Mittoo fronting a Cambodian rock band. I checked out the LP at YouTube. Holy shit, it's great in a weird mix sort of way. The prominence of different instruments in the mix is a little off but that's a good thing. It makes it sound raw.

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Listen:
Hank Jacobs - Hank's Groove (streaming) at YouTube 
Hank Jacobs - Heide mp3 at Probe Is Turning-On the People Go there to get it, scroll down to Session 32 (left side, in red)
Hank Jacobs - Playboy's Penthouse mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People Ditto above
The LP:
Hank Jacobs - So Far Away
(streaming) at YouTube

Saturday, July 7, 2018

DEAD SOUL SINGER SAVES DAY.

I was prepared to make ten kinds of fun of Goddo. The were a band from Canada back in the seventies. I happened on a live video featuring a bassist that looks like one of the Buggles and guitarist whose solo (scorching, if his guitar face can be believed) would require the talent of a high school-age aspiring metal head. It's ridiculous, a medley of two songs, "Tough Times/Cock On"", the titles of which would have you expecting this band to have something to back it up with. But it's just rock, shitty contrived clichéd rock. That got me to thinking. This live video was from 1979. I wanted to compare it to U.S. bands at the time to see if I was giving Canada a fair shake, but I couldn't think of what bands were massively popular in the U.S. in '79, not because there weren't any. It's just that I was ignoring mainstream shit. I was, and still am, in a bubble. Punk rock, rockabilly, reggae, soul, blues, surf, and so on. Very little mainstream shit seeps in.

Then I remembered; one band I was listening to in 1979 was the Crawdaddys. The Crawdaddys were from a completely different planet than Goddo's. They were an r&b band, in the vein of an early Stones. So, that got me to check out some Crawdaddys videos, one from around 1979, a shitty quality video of them doing "Cadillac", then a more recent live video of them doing "36-22-36" which was great. It prompted me to revisit Bobby Blue Bland's version. And once you realize how quickly you went from Goddo to Bobby Blue Bland you just keep moving forward and don't look back.

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Listen:
Bobby Blue Bland - Turn On Your Lovelight mp3 at Corey Barksdale (?)
Bobby Blue Bland - I Wouldn't Treat a Dog The Way You Treat Me mp3 at Crowell
Bobby Blue Bland - 36-22-36 (live) mp3
at LP Cover Lover
Video:
Goddo - Tough Times/Cock On!
at YouTube
The Crawdaddys - Cadillac
at YouTube 1979?
The Crawdaddys - 36-22-36 (live)
at YouTube 2015

Thursday, July 5, 2018

BRUBECK SAYS "WHAT?"

I love the way early reggae artists would take a popular song and reinvent it, and slap it with a title that makes no sense in relation to the original title. Take "The Russians Are Coming" by Val Bennett. It's Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" with a title tie-in which, following a pattern, makes no sense whatsoever in relation to the movie of the same name. The nuts.

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Listen:
Val Bennett - The Russians Are Coming mp3 at Aurgasm
Dave Brubeck - Take Five
(streaming) at YouTube

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A PRETTY LADY AND A FUNNY SONG

For the four of you who haven't heard it, here's an ode to American idiocy. When I first heard this song about seven years ago, I found it comical. Now, however, it's kind of scary to realize how much of America actually thinks like these lyrics. Though, I gotta admit, dressed up in a tacky ass metal song, lyrics like these are pretty funny: "Terrorists, you're game is through, cause now you have ta answer to, America, Fuck yeah! So lick my butt and suck on my balls."

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Listen:
Trey Parker - America Fuck Yeah mp3 at You're the Man Now Dog From the film Team America: World Police

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY. FUCK DONALD TRUMP.

Fellow world citizens, please know that the majority of Americans hate Donald Trump as much as you do. He does not represent us. He is a self serving racist ego-maniacal buffoon. We have our job cut out for us, namely voting his yes men out of office this November.


Woody Guthrie though, it doesn't get more American than that, a songwriter for everyman. Here's Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings doing a cover of his "This Land Is Your Land". Persist and resist, that's what this Indepedence Day is about.

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Listen:
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - This Land is Your Land mp3 at Evil Vince

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

BLACK BELT JONES GUARDS THE VOLVO

An old post at Soul Donuts about blaxploitation films fucked my whole night. From their post I went to IMDB to see who did the soundtrack for Friday Foster, and then found out that the same guy, Luchi De Jesus, did some work on the soundtrack to Black Belt Jones, as did Dennis Coffey. From there, it was a slippery slope. Willie Hutch and so on. The night was shot.

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Listen:
Luchi De Jesus - Friday Foster Main Title mp3 at Soul Donuts
Dennis Coffey - Love Theme from Black Belt Jones mp3
at Blaxplotation
The Dells - No Way Back mp3
at Soul Donuts
Willie Hutch - Tell Me Why Has Our Love Turned Cold mp3
at Crate Kings

Sunday, July 1, 2018

WAS SOMEONE GOING TO TELL ME?

Until today I had never heard of Johnny Griffin, not that I remember anyway. I happened to be on a blog called Spychedelic Sally and ran into a cut of his "The Message": It was good enough that I went looking for a anything else. That's when I ran into "Smoke Stack". Holy shit. After listening to it I was thinking that its exactly the type of jazz I think of when I just hear the term "jazz". This particular one rips, beginning to end, all ten minutes of it. Then, I saw who was in the band:

Johnny Griffin-Tenor Sax, John Coltrane-Tenor Sax, Hank Mobley-Tenor Sax, Lee Morgan - Trumpet, Art Blakey - Drums and two others. 

Explains everything. Fuck, what a line up.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

BACK IN THE SADDLE

I don't know how much you listen to music while driving. For me it's essential. I live in Southern California, where the traffic is bad and the drivers are worse. Music is about the only thing that makes the time spent in traffic with the knucklehead road rage types bearable. So when my car stereo went to shit, the misery level rose. In the overall scheme of things this is a insignificant problem. But I'm sure I'm not the only one who can barely tolerate hours on the road without music. All told, I was without music for a week. It was hell. No amount of my own horrid singing or imagined comedic dialogue could ease the passage of time spent stuck in traffic. When I got the new stereo installed, I already had a CD with me. When the intro to Burning Spear's "Marcus Garvey" started blasting from my speakers, I swear to god it was about the best thing I ever heard.



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Listen:
Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey mp3 at Passion of the Weiss
Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey/Garvey's Ghost - Full LP
(streaming) at YouTube Playlist with dub versions from Garvey's Ghost following original versions.

Friday, June 29, 2018

TINKER TO EVERS TO CHANCE ROCK

Man, someone laced my rolled tacos with a Distract-o-pill, because I'm all over the place tonight. I was looking at something else on NPR's site when I saw a thing about a Joe Strummer box set that's coming out in a few months. I'm in no way a big enough Joe Strummer fiend to pick up a multi-disc set that includes stuff from the 101ers. But one song that is included in the set is "London Is Burning", Having never heard the song before, I was thinking how much it sounded like Rocket From the Crypt. I don't need much of an excuse to listen to Rocket, so I went to the set at Xtrmntr that was, at the time, the host's own version of what All Systems Go 3 would be, (All Systems Go and All Systems Go 2 were compilations of unreleased and single-only songs.) After the imagined All Systems Go 3 was posted, Rocket did indeed release one, with their own selections. After listening to a few cuts that I'd heard before, I checked out "On the Prowl". Dang me if there aren't chord changes on it that owe a debt to Larry William's "Slow Down", intended or not. That sent me to Larry Williams and that's where I leave you, because the night is about to be turned over to Specialty Records, and I know that's a cul-de-sac I'm not coming back from.

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Listen:
Joe Strummer - London Is Burning (streaming) at NPR Near bottom of post.
Rocket From the Crypt - On the Prowl mp3
at Xtrmntr
Larry Williams - Slow Down mp3
at Mercury Paradise
Rocket From the Crypt - ASG3
at Xtrmntr 29 songs

Specialty Records posts

Thursday, June 28, 2018

THE ALLEY DUDE GIVETH

Man, this was weird. Earlier this evening I was stopping my car in the alley to open my garage door and there was a guy standing next to the dumpster holding a copy of Malo's first album. Weird because I was just listening to it last night, and I don't spin that sucker very often. So I said to the guy, "Snag that one, that's a great album. I just listened to it last night". After giving one of those semi-astonished looks he nodded in agreement, then a smile came across his face, and he said "Suavecito". Wow. This guy was way younger than me so I was surprised that he knew the song. He was Mexican so my guess is that he knew it from an older relative or something.

So after pulling my car in and closing the door, the guy says, "Do you want it? I don't have a record player. It's pretty clean." Hell, I'm not going to pass on that. Then he said, "They are good. Them and El Chicano." Fuck,  I had just listened to El Chicano last night as well. Then, at almost the same time, we both said "Viva Tirado". Dude. As he walked down the alley, he said "Take it easy brother." It was just about the perfect length of a conversation. And tone. If it got to Santana we would have been there all night. Wait. The Premiers or Thee Midniters? We'd be there until next Tuesday.


These two songs were of the same era, early seventies. "Suavecito" is breezy as fuck. "Viva Tirado", completely badass, different genre but "Rumble" worthy goosebumps, when that organ really comes in. Hot afternoon "Rumble".

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Listen:
Malo - Suavecito mp3 at ATumblr (?) 1972
El Chicano - Viva Tirado mp3
at Groove Addict 1970. Note: the mp3s seem to be safe, but beware of the full LP downloads. Some of the links have been hijacked.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

THEY FORGOT THE FUZZ

Three, count 'em three versions of "Cinnamon Girl". One version is by the Gentrys, one of the last songs to be released on Sun Records. Then there is Neil Young's original version, which still sounds good, with a rawness that the Gentrys can't touch. In their defense, John Entwistle can't touch it either.

The Neil Young LP that it was on is Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere, an essential disc without question. Seriously, if you have 40 LPs and you don't have this, than just get the fuck out.

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Listen:
The Gentrys - Cinnamon Girl mp3 at Probe Is Turning-On the People 1969
John Entwistle - Cinnamon Girl mp3
at Rock Town Hall 1969
Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl mp3
at The Fail Genealogy 1971
Newer Neil Young:
Neil Young with Promise of the Real - Already Great
(streaming) at YouTube 2017 It's actually really good.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

PROTO-DON'T GIVE A SHIT

The other day I was coming out of the ocean and there were some kids poking around in a pile of seaweed. As I looked closer to see what was so different about this pile of seaweed (there were piles of seaweed all over this stretch of beach) I saw what they were looking at. It was a slimy ugly ass eel. It looked like a juvenile moray eel. Moray eels anchor their ass end in rock crevices, have sharp teeth and strong jaws. How do I know this? When I was growing up, one of my dad's acquaintances was skin diving, looking for abalone. He stuck his hand in a crack and one of those slimy ugly ass eels took hold of his finger. He was skin diving, that means no oxygen tank (scuba diving uses tanks). Running out of breath he had to do what a pre-teen me thought was the most badass thing in the world. He weighed his options and cut off his finger with a knife. I was about ten years old when my dad told that story to me and my brothers. Mega-baddass.


That story came back to me when I was standing there looking at the slimy ugly ass eel. As I walked away it occurred to me that I've never posted anything by the Electric Eels. They were a band from Ohio, early-mid-seventies, and noisy as hell. Listen to those cuts below and tell me, in 1975 was there anything more raw? Anything close?

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Listen:
The Electric Eels - Cyclotron mp3 at Killed By Death
The Electric Eels - Agitated mp3
at Killed By Death
 

Monday, June 25, 2018

RUSH PARTY

Oh fuckin' A, I just heard Otix Rush's "Homework" for the first time in a long while. That's it. One and done night. Just check it out, the horns and the muted guitar tone. The thing swings. Dig it my man. And woman.

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Listen:
Otis Rush - Homework mp3 at Snuthing Anything

Sunday, June 24, 2018

THE CUSP

Dick Dale is one musician that I've always respected. I've been thinking about him lately. He's eighty or something, and having some health issues. I do think that he is the King of the Surf Guitar. There are others who might be better technically, others more adventurous, and so on, but to me surf music began with Dick Dale. And not the earliest Dick Dale. Songs like "Let's Go Trippin'" and "Deltone Rock" were really just guitar instrumentals. "Miserlou" was ground zero. "Surf Beat". Enter the reverb. Enter surf.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

FUCK IT THEN. DON'T SMILE.

I just came across a live cut of Flying Burrito Brothers (Gram Parsons era) doing a cover of Roy Orbison's "Sweet Dreams Baby". It was recorded in 1969 at Winterland, so you know the place was packed with hippies and heads. A Roy Orbison cover might seen out of place, but that was the same year they covered Dave Dudley when they opened for the Stones at Altamont. That is a juxtaposition I like. A truck driving song an hour or so before Mick Jagger comes out and starts his prancing around. No wonder weird stuff happened at that show.

In looking for Orbison's original, I ran into him doing the song on TV in 1972 with some pretty funny dancers that are period perfect lame. I also ran into someone's tribute cover with the performer's identity literally kept in the dark. Just weird enough to force feed to you. You're welcome.

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Listen:
The Flying Burrito Brothers - Sweet Dreams Baby (live) mp3 at Amoeba.com
Roy Orbison - Sweet Dreams Baby
(streaming) at YouTube
The Flying Burrito Brothers - Christine's Tune (Devil in Disguise) mp3
at Rocky-52.net
The Flying Burrito Brothers - Wheels mp3
at Rocky-52.net
The Flying Burrito Brothers - Wild Horses mp3
at Beat Surrender
A live set:
The Flying Burrito Brothers - Seattle Pop Festival 1969
at The Big O
Video:
Roy Orbison - Sweet Dreams Baby
at YouTube Because dancers are cheaper than musicians
Not Roy Orbison - Sweet Dreams Baby
at YouTube Strange tribute cover

Thursday, June 21, 2018

THE DRUMMER'S DRUMMER

A few years ago I ran into a friend of mind, a drummer who has played for, I don't know, something like four decades. I brought up Ginger Baker's latest LP (at the time), Why? (a phenomenal LP by the way). My friend started bringing up drummers that he really dug, among them Elvin Jones, who he went off about in particular. He told me how an early drum teacher he had told him to get Jones's LP The Ultimate Elvin Jones. At the time I knew the name, but had never really isolated his playing when I listened to records he was on. Once I did though, shit howdy, it was another name added to the list. Here's a couple that he plays on and the LP my friend recommended. Man, that one is a total gas.

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Listen:
John Coltrane - The Drum Thing mp3 at Drummer World Elvin Jones on drums
Joe Lovano and Dave Holland - Cymbalism mp3 at Drummer World Elvin Jones on drums
Elvin Jones - The Ultimate Elvin Jones
(full LP, streaming) at YouTube

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

DON'T BE A PEANUT HEAD

Repost alert. It was three years ago that I posted the text snd video below. I revisited the video today and was again mesmerized, That makes it ripe for a repost.

I have reservations about posting some things, because I don't want to seem like I'm making fun of a particular singer or band, no matter how quixotic their musical aspirations are. Unless of course they deserve it. Mike Love deserves it. B.J. the Messenger does not, I don't think he does anyway. Shit, I don't really know about this one. The clip appears to be a public access show, Stairway to Stardom. He performs a song called "Crackhead". But, you'll notice from the image above that he's wearing a ski mask. Yeah, and that's just the start of it. Wait until you see it. His rhymes floor me, almost as much as his posse. His DJ, or whatever the fuck he's supposed to be, is really trying his best to look baddass, though through the glare of his gold chain I detect a button down shirt under a sweater. But "crackhead" is his line, so he says it. And E.J., I think that's that's his name, says it again. Whenever he's told. I seriously don't know what to make of the girl dancer. She definitely adds something to the overall weirdness, but I'n not sure if it's her moves or the stoner-like gaze of hers. Just let this sucker roll, at least until the 1:31 mark, that's when the crazy editing come in. Fucking icing on the cake.

All that said I'm really not here to make fun of B.J. the Messenger. The reason why I wanted to post this is because the whole feel of it is just so damn weird. Like something from a David Lynch movie. Kind of. Before cable, public access channels were the big outlet for, well, quixotic aspirations. And this shit is nothing if not earnest. And weird. Both admirable traits.



Listen:
B.J. the Messenger - Night Freak (streaming) at YouTube Dude got better!

Monday, June 18, 2018

THE NEIGHBOR WHO ALWAYS BORROWS THINGS

I saw Malcolm McLaren mentioned somewhere today, so I threw on Duck Rock (his first LP). Man, it's aged well. All cut and paste culture, international music with scratching and stuff. And Keith Haring and Dondi art. And Vivien Westwood clothes. Credit should be given to Trevor Horn for reeling in all of the disparate elements. Really, I don't think he gets enough credit for Duck Rock. Trevor Horn.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

BLOW MAN BLOW

Every Sunday the jazz station has three hours of free jazz and assorted out there stuff. It serves as one last blow out before the weekend's over, without a hangover..After the show was over tonight I decided to look for some Eric Dolphy. I only have Out To Lunch so anything other than that would have sufficed. I was not prepared for "Bee Vamp". Ho-ly shit, total wig out. Twelve minutes of constant changes. Recorded live at the Five Spot in 1961, engineered by Rudy Van Gelder. It's the shit.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

GET THE HOOK

Today a friend of mine, the Crippler to be exact, posted the following statement on Facebook: "I have over 800 FB friends. All of them love KISS. Admit it." The statement is patently false. I hate Kiss, I always have. The closest I've come to tolerating them is liking a couple covers. Redd Kross's cover of "Deuce" and the Replacements' cover of "Black Diamond". Other than that, they're totally irrelevant. I can't stand them.

A few years ago, I posted a link to a 45 minute compilation of Paul Stanley's stage banter. It's funny at first, that inane, but when you realize that the crowds are just eating it up, it's kind of distressing. It actually pisses me off. Here's that collection and another link I recently ran into. This new one has them streaming and has each one of the on stage inanities isolated as single downloads so you can use them to fuck up your latest mix. Another thing made possible now with two streaming sources is the ability to listen to both sources at once. Two screaming Paul Stanleys at the same time. Try to out-stupid that.

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Listen:
45 Minutes of Paul Stanley Stage Banter - Curated by Chris Ames at Soundcloud
Paul Stanley - Let Me Get This Off My Chest at Internet Archive Same content as above, in individual downloads or streaming. In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"
Redd Kross - Deuce  (streaming) at YouTube
The Replacements - Black Diamond (streaming) at YouTube

Friday, June 15, 2018

FUCK YOU CORONA

Fuck you Corona beer. I will not let you ruin this song with your stupid ass commercial. You were the first legal beer I drank, in Mexico when I was about 18. That was a long time ago, before you came to the states. Now you're the beer of beach invading douchebags. Stick that lime where the sun don't shine. Get off the air. Here is a song worth defending.

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Listen:
Jimmy Cliff - You Can Get It If You Really Want mp3 at  tztvu.zj.cn (?)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

THERE YOU ARE YOU RASCAL

Here's a solid jam that I forgot about. I downloaded it sometime in the past few years and it would occasionally pop up in a mix but never labeled. I'm like that with oddballs or one-offs. I don't make a habit of actually hunting for records. I let serendipity rock. So titles and band names sometimes get lost in the shuffle. But a solid jam is a solid jam. Wah-wah, fuzz, Latin rhythms, an organ freakout, who could ask for more? From Cuba no less.

I ram across it this time at Melting Pot, on a post of the host's top five 45 scores of 2017. The dude's serious, record shows all the time, actual research n' shit. Someone's gotta do it. It's a great blog though, again, elsewhere.

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Listen:
Irakere – Bacalao Con Pan mp3 at Melting Pot
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

COLLEGE RADIO SAYS "WHAT?"

That record above was my first impression of Fela, at least with the knowledge of who Fela was. It was the mid-eghties. I'd actually heard him before, on Ginger Baker's LP Stratavarious. That was about ten years earlier. I didn't know who he was on that one, so the name didn't register and all I discerned after listening to that LP was that the music was not at all what I expected from the drummer from Cream regardless of who he was playing with. The EP above, "Army Arrangement" (plus a couple other songs) was written up in New York Rocker, or it might have been the Village Voice. I don't remember what the review say, but I seem to remember he was in prison or jail at the time. I could be wrong. Regardless it must have been an effective write up because I bought it, listened to it, and was introduced to Fela, the man now with a name. And with a name, he was now eligible for inclusion on the list which is why, years later, I have a mess of his shit. Why am I telling you this? I'm bailing. Here's a couple that I haven't posted before.

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Listen:
Fela Kuti - Army Arrangement mp3 at IPI Times (?) 1985
Fela Kuti - Upside Down mp3 at IPI Times (?) 1976

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

LIVING ROOM JAMS

Bari and the Breakaways. They're a band from New Zealand, mid-sixties, that I had never heard of a year ago. I don't know how much they recorded and I'm not sure I want to. I'll just nibble on a song or two every so often. One things for sure: They loved their covers, But they did manage to do a decent job of retaining their own sound.

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Listen:
Bari and the Breakaways - Ain't Got You mp3 at Internet Archive
Bari and the Breakaways - Suzie Q mp3 at Internet Archive
Bari and the Breakaways - Baby Please Don't Go mp3
at Internet Archive

Monday, June 11, 2018

CUTTIN' FARTS WITH CHAN

I'm sorry. It just hit me. That photo above is probably the most used image of Chan Romero that there is, whether cropped or not. It just hit me tonight that he looks like he's squeezing out a fart. Yeah, that's the kind of mood I'm in right now. I was going to go off again about the way he got signed and how it bugs me. (After Ritchie Valens died, Romero's manager pitched him to Bob Keane to fill the vacancy on his Del-Fi label.) I was going to write some serious shit. But then I saw the 2012 video of Romero (linked below) doing his "Hippy Hippy Shake" live. The performance is actually pretty good. Romero pulls it off respectably considering his age. But what I found most entertaining is the bass player, notably a six string bass player. I'm not pointing him out to poke fun, I'm totally curious about his story. How did he come to play with Romero? Given his excess strings, what is his preferred genre? And his restrained rocking out moves? Was he once a total rocker? One thing you gotta give him, he's fully into it. Good for him.

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