Friday, January 17, 2020

DON'T BLINK, RUSSIAN EDITION

If you have any interest in Pussy Riot, and have only heard a cut or two, dig this quick. Eleven songs at Internet Archive just posted yesterday. I can pretty much guaranty that they won't be there for long. If you don't know who they are, well, you might deserve to be left in the dark. Go to Wikipedia or something, I don't know. Anyway, dig these while they're still there.

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Listen:
Pussy Riot - Putin Revolution mp3 at Internet Archive
Pussy Riot - Police State mp3
at Internet Archive
Pussy Riot - Nine more
at Internet Archive NOTE: Once there, in the right column under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Thursday, January 16, 2020

GREAT MOMENTS IN GLOBAL POST-PUNK WTF

These days it's not all that weird to hear bands like the Ramones blasting from ballpark sound systems between innings. We don't even notice it. But it wasn't always like that. It kind of crept in. The same thing has happened with all sorts of once marginalized music. But, when you step back and think about it, some of it makes sense. It's catchy, formulaic and it gets people riled up. And the same music is in TV commercials, played in retail outlets and so on. I didn't think that I could be surprised much anymore, but that was before seeing these two videos that just popped up on my radar in the past month.

One is purportedly the 2015 Russian Synchronized Skating Team, doing what they do, to the music of 'The Joke' by the Fall. WTF. right? I even Snoped the sucker and there was no mention of it. The soundtrack does have that indoor arena echo. It's pretty incredible when you hear the slightly more abrasive sound it has on record. What was the thought behind this marriage? I'll have to look that up.


The other video is of Javanese gamelan ensemble Sekar-Melati doing a cover of Gang of Four's "Not Great Men". What in God's name is going on with this world. I guess it makes sense. Everything's fucking global these days thanks to the goddamn internet. Everyone is wearing the same T-shirt and the same shorts. Regional style is kaput. That fucking does it. I'm going back to Jamaica.


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Listen:
The Fall - The Joke (streaming) at YouTube
Gang of Four - Not Great Men mp3
at AVC(?)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

STILL READ BOOKS?

Dennis Brown and Big Youth
I had second thoughts about posting reggae again so soon. I'm in the mist of reading Lloyd Bradley's excellent Bass Culture (previously published as This Is Reggae Music), for the third time. It rules. If you have any interest in reggae but don't know where to start, this is your book. Really, I've read a bunch of books on reggae and this one has more in it than all of the others put together. So I was in the mood. I figured I'd click on a song I hadn't heard and, depending how the mood progressed, take it from there. The system was rigged though. Big Youth and Dennis Brown on the same slab. I knew, absolutely, what that would do to my mood. Between the pull of my reggae records and the book, the computer loses.

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Listen:
Big Youth and Dennis Brown - Ride On Ride On mp3 at Marley Discography
Big Youth and Dennis Brown - Wild Goose Chase mp3
at Marley Discography
Visit:
Other reggae posts here This will come in handy if you read the book.

Monday, January 13, 2020

BOY IN CAMOUFLAGE

Yellowstone, mid-sixties.
Today is my brother's birthday. He was badass. He passed away in 1997 and I miss the fuck out of him. He was my best friend. We were twins and, more often than not, into the same shit. Sometimes he and I would would find it necessary to spread the gospel, three cuts of which are below. 

Palm Desert, mid-eighties


Dick Dale called him "Timmeeey!" Jerry Lewis shouted at him "Hey Grizzy!" Ozzy Osborne bought him breakfast at Denny's. These are true facts. He had Van Dyke Parks's phone # and self portrait on a scrap of paper. When he met Harry Nilsson, Nilsson had just hung up the phone after talking to Ringo Starr. Between his dual interests, as a guitar player and music photographer, he met a lot of the hot shots. Yet, his true spirit was wrapped up in stuff like this. Amen.

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Listen:
Hasil Adkins - She Said mp3 at Beware of the Blog
The Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Paralyzed mp3
at Beware of the Blog
The Shaggs - My Pal Foot Foot mp3
at Secret Comics

Sunday, January 12, 2020

WHY NOTHING EVER GETS DONE, PART 46

Well, there goes an hour of doinkin' around. I was browsing Cover Me and ran into a cover of the Wailers' "Slave Driver" by a quartet of banjo players, Our Native Daughters. It could suck, that's what I was thinking. It did not. It's great, a completely different song. I mean, the same song, but the feel is completely different.

Our Native Daughters


I thought I'd round up the Wailers version for comparison and all hell broke loose. I ran into all sorts of versions that I hadn't planned on. But, hell, since I ran across them, might as well pass on the links. If you know the version of "Slave Driver" that most people know, it's the version on the first big Bob Marley and the Wailers LP, Catch A Fire, and probably the Island Records version that has overdubs of session musicians on top the Wailers. I'm not sure where one of the versions below is from. It sounds like a regular recording session, but the instrumentation is more sparse and there's a handful of people clapping at the end. It definitely sounds unfinished. But I dig it, it's not as spit shined.

I went looking for a discography that might show all of the different versions to see what version I might have been listening to. I made the mistake of going to Wailers Discography. Makes sense right? Problem was, I ended up checking out stuff other than a definitive list of all of the versions of "Slave Driver". Then I ran into an "alternate weed mix" of "Stir It Up" and listened to it a few times. After that I was no longer in the mood for any of this nonsense.

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

YOU LOOK LIKE A FOOL

I've been scarce the past couple of days. My next door neighbor was found dead on Thursday. He'd shot himself in the head. We weren't good friends, but it hurts because the guy was just getting his shit together. In the past, he was a heavy drinker. He'd occasionally come home after the bars closed and be pissed off about something and proceed to smash shit up in his apartment. I hadn't heard it, but the former tenant in this apartment had, as well as another neighbor in close proximity. About a year ago, he made a 180. Quit drinking, started to eat better and got into a fitness routine. His demeanor changed drastically. He went from stand-offish to outgoing and actually kind of jovial. Everything seemed to be going good for him, so I have no clue what set him off, but you seldom do in cases like this. It's easy to say "If I'd only known", but without looking at what you did see, you haven't learned anything. What I guess I learned is that if there is a wild swing of a pendulum, it could swing just as wildly back.

So, for the past two days I'd been wanting to post stuff, but I didn't want to post a song and then later associate with this dark event. I finally settled on something. Kiss. I never listen to Kiss, so I could care less if there are bad associations with them. They are a bad association for me. That said, some of you might dig this, a very early club gig from 1973. If you, like me, couldn't give less of a shit about Kiss, you may enjoy the mix of 45 minutes of Paul Stanley's insipid stage banter.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

GODDAMN FLUTE! HOW"D YOU GET IN HERE?!

Well, a question that has been bugging me for decades has been, at least partially, answered. As a teenager and young adult, I was a total Johnny Winter freak. His "comeback" LP Still, Alive and Well was probably my most played LP of all time up to that point. (I probably had about a hundred albums, if that.) I know the LP backwards and forwards, and I must have read the liner notes a thousand times. For decades I've known that the flute on Winter's "Too Much Seconal" was played by Jeremy Steig. It was no one I knew back then, and in ensuing years I'd see him on the liner notes of other LPs, but what was he doing before he appeared on the Johnny Winter LP? I found out tonight, by accident.

We begin at Probe Is Turning-On the People, where the newest post is a 45 by Moe, Adrian and The Sculptors. Who the fuck are they? Knowing his (host Phil Milstein's) taste, I knew to give it a shot. I also noticed that, though there was little more info than what you'd find on a 45 label, there was that production credit for John Hammond, another clue that the two cuts may be worth hearing. They were. (Go listen, I'll wait.) While listening to them, because of the lack of info, I did a search. Other than a one 45 discography at Discogs, there was just a post at It's Great Shakes and it didn't sound too promising, starting "I hate it when I can't find information on certain obscure groups." Figuring it a dead end, I did something I rarely do. I read the comments.



A few comments down, there it was: "I can add Moe is Moe Pelham, Adrian is Adrian Guillery and the Sculptors are: Bob Larimer on drums, Eric Kaz on Harmonica, S.J. Gandy on electric bass, Frank Woode on tenor sax and Jeremy Steig on flute. All hail from New York City." I only recognized one name, Jeremy Steig. Flute. Case closed. Then a couple comments later "They became Jeremy & the Satyrs. Did a really good LP." At this point I think I'm caught up all the Jeremy Steig I need. Maybe more later. Never was a flute guy.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

BOSS MEN INDEED

This is one of those rare instances when a band looks exactly like they sound. This sucker swings.  Consider that, if you were an adult back then, in 1965 (too early for me), the rest of the world might be singing "She Loves You Yeah, Yeah, Yeah", and you might be in a dark club somewhere listening to these cats, wondering why Chivas Regal was supposed to be the shit. Ponder: If you dig this now, what would you have thought about it back then, say, versus the Beatles? Should we be ashamed of our hipster ways that might have been? Slippery slope there.

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

BUZZCOCKS OBCURITY FROM 1980

The headline is not misleading. There is a 1980 cassette comp only Buzzcocks song down there. But that's not the real reason for this post. I'd originally intended to make it about Liliput, the band formerly known as Kleenex. After hearing them for the first time in years I couldn't help but think about them in context with the time. Their song "Eisiger Wind" is from 1980. At that time, punk rock was beginning to evolve, or devolve depending on how you look at it. To generalize, punk rock sort of split into three types, straight punk, hardcore, and post-punk, the latter being where all the oddball shit was haphazardly assigned. That's where you could see Liliput being put. I started to think of all of the different bands that weren't punk rock, hardcore, or even new wave. That was a good era, all things considered. Early eighties, before brightly colored new wave came in and took a big ol' dump on things. So, yeah, I started to dig in at Killed By Death, looking at records that were released in 1980. Bam! First one I see, the cassette comp with the Buzzcocks song. Running across an obscure Buzzcocks song from 1980 is about as close as you're going to get to finding a lost Spiral Scratch outtake. I'll take it, along with the other song on the post, a Subway Sect obscurity. Yee haw.

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

KNOW THEM

When it comes to rockabilly, there's that first tier. A lot of Sun Records acts there. Elvis (at the beginning), Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Billy Lee Riley and so on. Come to think of it, Riley's more of a second tier in terms of recognition. And that's not saying that recognition equals quality. It rarely does in music. The wild shit doesn't get noticed by the masses. Ask most fiends of any particular genre, the first tier is littered with "safe" musicians, in the mold bank-able acts (Jerry Lee Lewis being an exception in regards to "safe"). So, there is the second tier, where Riley resides. But he's in good wild company. A few second tier acts would include Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps (the first three LPs anyway) Eddie Cochran and Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n' Roll Trio. And Burnette's what tonight is about. Someone you should know.

Class act: The trio with Gene Vincent (second from right)
Burnette and trio had some minor hits but none big enough to keep in print, not for a few decades. It wasn't until the late seventies that their stuff started to get reissued, Bear Records out of Germany if I remember correctly. For anyone into rockabilly enough, who had a bunch of Charly's Sun reissues, and the French reissues of Gene Vincent's, the Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n' Roll Trio reissue was a revelation, the first inkling that all the first tier and second tier stuff might be just the tip of the iceberg. Of course, I'm speaking of rockabilly fans, not the hard hardcore rockabilly freaks. They likely had valued copies of the originals, rolling their eyes right into their fucking pompadours. They had third tier stuff, Mac Curtis, Ray Campi, Ronnie Self. Fourth tier stuff and so on. The rest of the iceberg.

I well remember when the Johnny Burnette virus crept through the people I knew. It was essential stuff. It still is. Rather than sit here even longer I'll just leave these here. If you know nothing about Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n' Roll Trio, for crying out loud, you can find a lot if you look. I'm tapped out for the night. Just remember: Essential.

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Friday, January 3, 2020

RED STRIPE OPTIONAL

Here's a random selection of reggae 45s, both the A-sides and B-sides, because, hey, it's always nice to hear them in the form that they would have been played back in the day at sound systems. I've always fantasized about being at one of those outdoor sound system dances back then. I'd stick out like a sore thumb, but if they were anything like the sound system dance I attended locally (in San Diego) back in the eighties, it wouldn't matter. Fuck, the bass alone knocked out half your senses. That was a long time ago, and I still remember the people I was with, the smell of the jerk chicken, the haze of smoke and the shuffle of the feet. It was held indoors, in the same rented hall that had also been home to many punk shows. So the venue was familiar, and because it was indoors everything seemed amplified. The music, the smoke, the smells. You really need to turn this shit up. Aw, what the hell, burn one.

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

SUCCUMB TO COOL

Last night while I was working on the post of Betty Everett, I let YouTube roll in the background. After a few songs it went to a Barbara Lynn video. Hearing it still in the background, I heard it was a cover of "What'd I Say". Okay, clicked the tab and, oh holy hell, she was so cool, her moves, playing, outfit, the whole package. I was trying to think of what female guitar player would even come close on the cool spectrum. Ivy from the Cramps came to mind, as did Bo Diddley's sister and backing guitarist, the Duchess. But neither of them were known for their singing as well. This is one of those clips that reminds you why you like music so much. I gotta say, I try to ignore the cool factor sometimes, as if it carries too much weight when evaluating a singer or musician (or author, artist, actor, ...) but there is no denying Lynn's coolness. Put that load right on me.


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Listen:
Barbara Lynn - Got Love If You want It mp3 at Dial Tone Records
Barbara Lynn - I'm A Good Woman mp3
at J-Bird (?)
Barbara Lynn - You'll Lose a Good Thing
(streaming) at YouTube Her big hit.
Visit:
50 Historic Black Women Guitarists and Bassists You Need To Know
at She Shreds
While searching for an image I ran across a post "50 Historic Black Women Guitarists and Bassists You Need To Know" at She Shreds, a cool survey but a couple selections were just unknown women that happen to be holding guitars. No ID, no music. If these are guitarists who we need to know and they don't even know who they are, they really ought to be taken off the list, even if it's not a convenient fifty. But, hey, I see that a friend of mine made it! Ms Joyce Rooks #37, yo.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

SHOOP SHOOP OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

How could I not have posted Betty Everett yet? Not that I'm all that familiar with more than just a fraction of her output, but still. I'd heard  "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)" a thousand times when I saw the movie Exposed and that was at least twenty years ago. The film starred Nastassja Kinski and I had it bad for her after seeing Cat People. Big ol' movie star crush. In the film she's alone in her apartment and plays that song, doing a crazy dance that I haven't been able to disassociate with that song ever since. Shit, now that I think about it, I had the song on a Charly Records compilation and used to spin it occasionally when DJing. So, yeah, oversight.

Everett's music was seemingly made for those Northern soul all-nighters. That kind of soul that isn't Aretha, but it's not the Supremes either; it's somewhere in the middle. Sixties soul was like that. Just like all sorts of lesser known surf bands, rockabilly singers, garage bands and punk bands, once the genre was identified, there was just shitloads of lesser known records that weren't exactly copycats, but sure did benefit from the artists that were leading the pack. Check out Everett's version of "Hound Dog". It's apparent that just about any song can be made in a Northern soul vein. As an added bonus, check Merry Clayton's version of "Shoop.." released in 1963, a year earlier. I actually like it more then Everett's. Not quite as slick sounding. And it has a whole lotta cowbell.

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Listen:
Betty Everett - The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) mp3 at Internet Archive
Betty Everett - Hound Dog mp3
at Internet Archive
Betty Everett - Down in the Country mp3
at Internet Archive
Merry Clayton - The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)
(streaming) at YouTube

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

THE GHANA CONNECTION


Guy Warren. I knew that name from somewhere. That's what I thought when I first shuffled through the used LPs that my younger brother gave me for Christmas. He knows the evolution of my taste and can pretty much guess where it's headed since the last time we saw each other. We still compare notes. So only one selection was familiar to me, a Cal Tjader, mid-sixties vintage. The Guy Warren LP stuck out to me though. Not only was the name familiar, but the album cover was striking. In particular, the juxtaposition of the cheesy "Living Stereo" banner up top, seen on the top of all manners of vinyl cheese of that era, and the photo of a shirtless man, mouth wide open, beating on an African drum with a big ol' savage fire raging behind him. It looked like any number of savage looking LP covers of that time (1959). Les Baxter comes to mind, but there were others, many others.


My brother shot an email to me yesterday asking if I'd listened to any of the albums yet, and I was kind of embarrassed to have to cop to having only listened to the Tjader LP. (I was on a Cal Tjader kick.) So last night I picked up the others and was trying to decide what to listen to next. Let's listen to this Guy Warren, what the hell. I flip the cover over to check the liner notes to see if the guy had any cred. There it was, "Blood Brothers". Ho-ly shit. That's where I'd heard the name before! He was the guy that did "Blood Brothers" with Ginger Baker on Baker's Strativarious LP. The one on this LP was every bit as wild as the one on the Baker LP, but with African drums. I've posted the Baker version many times, but I'd never even looked into the Guy Warren name, so I didn't know his version existed. This answered one question. Which is, how did someone named Guy Warren end up on Baker's LP for the one song, when the rest of the album was done with a bunch of Fela's mob (including drummer Tony Allen if I remember correctly)? Now I kinda see what happened.

So this is all one big fat ass bonus night. I realize the Warren/Baker connection. I dig on the Warren LP. I get to research Warren. And there appears to be a lot written about him. This is just sort of a "Hey, check this!" and now you're on your own.

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Listen:
Guy Warren - Blood Brothers mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Ginger Baker with Guy Warren - Blood Brothers mp3
at Likembe
Guy Warren - Love, The Mystery of mp3
at Beware of the Blog
Art Blakey - Love, The Mystery of
(streaming) at YouTube Cover of Warren's original
The full LP:
The Guy Warren Sounds - Themes For African Drums
at Beware of the Blog All eight songs in individual mp3s

Visit:
Guy Warren - Themes for African Drums at Night of the Living Vinyl Excellent review and profile.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

THIS EFFIN' LIST IS GETTING TOO LONG

I wasn't expecting to add a name to the list tonight. I was looking for a familiar sound, not necessarily a familiar song, just an after the holiday exhale sort of vibe. Okay, laid back. I'd done my share of running around the past few weeks, though still less than most people. I'm just not a running around sort of person. Not into holiday parties and I hate, hate, hate shopping for anything other than records, books or food. I wanted some chill time.

Whoops! After hearing a couple sedate Miles Davis cuts, the third got me all hyped up. It was the intro to "Agitation" that did me in. Roughly a minute and forty seconds of drummer Tony Williams just absolutely going off. Off. Detour! Jazz dabbler that I am, I didn't know Tony Williams. Now I do. That he started played with Davis when he was only seventeen should tell you something about his skill level. I went looking for more and ran into the Tony Williams page at Drummer World. Just a shitload of stuff over there, so, yeah, this is me making a quick exit.

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Listen:
Miles Davis - Nuit Sur Les Champs-Elysees (Take 2) mp3 at Aurgasm
Miles Davis - Final (Take 1) mp3
at Aurgasm
With Tony Williams:
Miles Davis - Agitation mp3
at Drummer World
Miles Davis - Joshua mp3
at Drummer World

Video:
The Miles Davis Quintet - Agitation (Live, 1967)
at YouTube
Visit:
Tony Williams
at Drummer World Much, much more music, videos and a bio.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

THE FLASH FREE BRIGADE ARRIVES

Have you read any of those 33 1/3 books? They're short books, roughly 150-200 pages, each on a particular LP. Some of them are good, some are relatively lame. The best ones give you a little backstory on the bands prior to the recording of the LP and enough recording details to satisfy anyone left hungry after reading the liner notes on the actual product. [For those of you who only download music and have no interest in liner notes, kindly GTFO.]

I'm in the middle of one of the longer editions, this one on Television's Marquee Moon LP. So far it's pretty good and I'm kind of anxious to see how it develops. I'm halfway through it and Richard Hell has just left the band, replaced by Fred Smith, who was nicked from Blondie. In comes the Tom Verlaine vs Richard Hell squabbling through the press. It hit me how gossipy music journalism was. Maybe it's still like that. I don't know. I don't keep up. That might be part of the reason.



So, I went looking for a clip of Television playing when Hell was still in the band, and it surprised me how easy it was. Seriously, just a few years ago even if there was a search engine good enough to verify that clips even existed, there wasn't nearly as much stuff online. And most of the stuff that is online now is uploaded by fans and collectors, and it's making a mint for Google, YouTube, and Blogger. And Wordpress, and Tumblr, and Instagram, you get the idea. Those fat cats are laughing all the way to the bank.  That's another reason I'm starting to sour on this whole online world. Shit, a crappy fanzine would probably have more readers than a blog like this one anyway. Hmmmm.

Where was I? Oh yeah, the Television clip. The link is are down there along with an early Richard Hell and the Voidoids clip. The Television video is of a rehearsal in Terry Ork's loft in 1974. The Hell video is live at CBGBs in 1977 and is slightly better quality, but that doesn't mean much. I wanted to check the early Television more for the band dynamics that I'd just been reading about (score one for books) but it's just a rehearsal clip. No drama or stage posturing so who's to know? The mp3s down there are the first Television 45, "Little Johnny Jewel" and an alternate version of Richard Hell and the Voidoids' "Blank Generation". That was good to hear if for only to hear what Robert Quine's alternate solo would be like. Very cool if you haven't heard it.

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Listen:
Television - Little Johnny Jewel mp3 at Plain or Pan
Richard Hell and the Voidoids - Blank Generation (alt) mp3
at Plain or Pan
Video:
Television - Rehearsal 1974
at YouTube
Richard Hell and the Voidoids - Live at CBGBs 1977
at YouTube Includes footage of the Dead Boys.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

FOREGOING THE SPIT SHINE

A quick one. Looking for some rockabilly I hadn't heard, I landed on Al Ferrier. His stuff was raw enough, pretty much what I was hoping to find. Dubious studio quality, slightly exaggerated vocals, simple guitar solo, in other words second, possibly third, tier rockabilly that doesn't quite get it right and in doing so, gets it right. Someone who likely lacked the pizzazz of a Elvis Presley, or Carl Perkins, but sixty years later makes for worthwhile rockabilly shake. I was still sitting on the fence until I ran into the photo above which just screams rock 'n' roll, Check him out. Messed up hair, rolled up sleeves and a Telecaster getting ten sorts of twanged. That'll do.

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Listen:
Al Ferrier - Honey Baby mp3
at Rocky 52
Al Ferrier - Let's Go Boppin' mp3
at Rocky 52

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

SANTA? SAY IT ISN'T SO!

When the kids wake up, tell them that you secretly taped Santa last night. "Kids, you know those party monsters that live down the street? They put out eggnog for Santa. Spiked eggnog. So Santa wasn't 100% last night. If you don't get everything you were hoping for, he likely forgot some things. It's all there on the tape. Listen to him. If he didn't get an Uber when he left here, he could be in the tank for all we know." That's the ticket. Blame it on the party monsters down the street. This is Joseph Spence, a Bahamian, and this is how he sings.

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

Monday, December 23, 2019

ORIGINAL RAY'S LUX TAPE LINKS

Per the late Lux Interior, "Jezus Fuck, It's Christmas!!!", or rather two days before Christmas, but you get the idea. Time to crank the Slackfest up to 11. So here's a Christmas mix made on cassette tape by Lux Interior from the Cramps. He made it for Kristian Hoffman, a former member of the Mumps who was later involved with No Wavers Lydia Lunch and James White and the Blacks, among others. The mix is 26 songs split into two separate zips, one for each side of the cassette. 

I'd forgotten about it until a friend posted a link to a streaming version of it that was posted at Far Out Magazine, a British site that makes no mention of where they got it. That sort of stuff irritates the hell out of me so I had to post a link to the original post at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban where it was posted two fucking years ago.


I could not have scripted this next turn any better. Looking for an appropriate image I ran into a link, again at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban. Another Lux Interior curated Christmas mix posted just five hours ago. Shit, that makes it official: Up yours Far Out Magazine! That's what you get for not crediting the Ichiban,

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Listen:
Jeezus Fuck, It's Christmas!!! - A Lux Interior Christmas Tape at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 37 cuts in two zips.
The newly posted mix:
Christmas Beauty and Soul - A Lux Interior Christmas Tape
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 26 mp3s in one zip.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

ON THE SIXTH DAY OF SLACKFEST

Oh, just holy shit. I'd heard this song a handful of times last December but I obviously wasn't really listening. Or maybe it's just my mood tonight. Regardless, Nathaniel Mayer and his Fabulous Twilights' "Mr. Santa Claus (Bring Me My Baby)" hits the spot. Big time. And it's not all his doing, though his voice is a large part of it. It's his larynx. He leaves it on the floor. He seems to get more raw as the song goes on, to the point that you find yourself thinking about how Merry Clayton's voice cracks on backing vocals of the Stones "Gimme Shelter". Once you're into the song that far you start noticing the other elements, the guitar tone, the beating the drums get, and the decidedly "one and done" sound of the studio. It really does sound like it was recorded in a garage.

The other three down there are from the same post at Black Squirrel Amusements and are every bit as good, though for different reasons. There's plenty more over at the post, but I'm four for four. I'm taking my winnings and going to dinner.

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Listen:
Nathaniel Mayer and his Fabulous Twilights - Mr. Santa Claus (Bring Me My Baby) mp3 at Black Squirrel Amusements 1962
Detroit Junior - Christmas Day mp3
at Black Squirrel Amusements 1960
James Brown - Signs of Christmas mp3
at Black Squirrel Amusements 1966
Mr. President - It's Christmas Time mp3
at Black Squirrel Amusements 2011

Saturday, December 21, 2019

PARTY HARD

Wow, would you look at the time! Holy shit, it's already the Saturday night before Christmas! Here's three more mixes, these from Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban who, if you know that WFMU crowd, definitely have discerning taste. Each of the mixes are single mp3s, roughly an hour long. That'll get you to the point in the party that people will be smashed enough that you can roll them a second time from the beginning and they'll be too busy lurking under the mistletoe to notice. The bonus? Burn 'em on a flash drive or CD and viola! Last minute Christmas gifts!

You've got the big names, Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, Ike and Tina Turner, Elvis, the Ventures, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, Buck Owens, and the who the fugzits? The Barbary Coasters, the Hepsters, Jose Gonzalez and the Husky Team. All sorts of head scratchers to break things up. Yee haw.

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Listen:
Merry Twistmas from Ichiban!!! - Three mixes at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
If you don't need the playlists, here's links to the mixes:
Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Christmas Mix 3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 23 songs
Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Christmas Mix 2
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 27 songs
Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Christmas Mix 1
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 31 songs

Friday, December 20, 2019

ATTN: PARTY PLANNING COMITTEE

You knew this was coming. The holiday tradition, at the peak of laziness and in need of breathing room, the annual reposting of Reverend Tom Frost's Bloody Xmas Mixes.

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

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

Thursday, December 19, 2019

THE LIST NEVER SLEEPS

Chalmers, second from left, at a Etta James session, Fame Studio
Ten years ago, I would have heard "The Sidewinder" and not had the slightest clue about its origins. I probably wouldn't have even recognized the song. It might not even register how unusual it was for a song recorded at Fame Studios to be released on Chess Records and have liner notes by Jerry Wexler. But here it is and it's a nice reminder that if you taste test stuff you're not familiar with you can still learn about music, or anything really, no matter how much you've consumed over the years. I never set out to recognize a cover version recorded by some sax player named Charlie Chalmers. I never even sought out the original by Lee Morgan. I never made a point of learning about Fame Studio, that they were known mostly for the soul music recorded there, and that a large part of that music was released on Atlantic Records. And, shit, I've known Chess Records for ages (thank you Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters), but never imagined that Jerry Wexler, a journalist turned producer mainly affiliated with Atlantic Records, would write liner notes for an LP on Chess Records. Tomorrow I'm sure I'll learn that he did it all the time. But enough about me. Charlie Chalmers played sax.

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Listen:
Charles Chalmers - The Sidewinder mp3 at Groove Addict
Charles Chalmers - Velvet Soul mp3
at Groove Addict
Visit:
The Horn Arranging Secrets of Muscle Shoals, Aretha Hits
at AL.com Lengthy interview with Chalmers

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

IT'S GO POWER AT SLACKFEST TIME

You knew it was coming. A handful of James Brown Christmas songs are a no brainer, You can't really listen to these all year long, funky as some may be. Once a year, whether you need them or not, they're going to be put up here. He did more Christmas songs, a lot more, but you'll have to track them down somewhere else. Ask Santa, whatever.

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Listen:
James Brown - Funky Christmas mp3 at SB Dave
James Brown - Go Power At Christmas Time mp3
at The Sound of Indie
James Brown - Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto mp3
at New Times
James Brown - Let's Unite the World at Christmas mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People
James Brown - Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year mp3
at Big Hair and Plastic Grass

Monday, December 16, 2019

TWO MOONDOG FANS CAN'T BE WRONG

Just a few days ago I was talking to a friend about how, when I started this blog, I was hoping that a community of music freak square pegs would evolve. That hasn't really happened. To explain what I meant, I mentioned the correspondences that did happen with a guy from Norway. He'd been looking at my blog and his son, who was around eleven at the time, was so taken with Moondog after seeing him posted here that he wrote a paper for his English class on him. We've stayed in touch in the ensuing years and it's been cool. But that sort of stuff doesn't happen enough.

So, right after I had that conversation, a friend of mine sent me a link to an article about Moondog, from the latest issue of the New Yorker. Those two together were all the impetus I needed to post Moondog again.

If you're not familiar with Moondog, a brief description would be of a musician, poet and composer. One who sold his wares on the street in New York City, was blind, homeless, and wore capes, sandals and a viking helmet.


Here, from a Kickstarter page for a documentary, all sorts of factoids wrapped up in one nifty blurb:

"Charlie Parker and Benny Goodman hung out with him. Philip Glass lived with him, Janis Joplin covered his music, Allen Ginsberg stuck it on his fridge, Diane Arbus took his picture and Andy Warhol’s mother designed one of his album covers. Merv Griffin interviewed him, Lenny Bruce shared the bill, ..."



And that's just the teaser. There's more than one good profile online. There's a link to the New Yorker article and, even better, a longer profile at Priceonomics, a marketing site of all places. There's a short interview and an hour long radio special from 1971. Assorted other goodies are down there too. I'm feasting over here.

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Listen:
Moondog - Dog Trop mp3
at Tumblr
Moondog - Stomping Ground mp3
at Le Biglemoi
Moondog - Surf Session
(streaming) at YouTube
Janis Joplin - All Is Loneliness
(streaming) at YouTube Moondog cover
Full LP:
Moondog - Moondog
(streaming) at YouTube Entire LP, 1969
Interview:
Moondog Interview mp3 at Moondog's Corner Chicago 1972 (?)
The radio show:
Moondog: the Man on the Street - Radio special
(streaming) at Internet Archive 1971, 62 minutes.
Visit:
How Moondog Captured the Sounds of New York
at New Yorker
The Genius of Moondog, New York’s Homeless Composer
at Priceonomics Excellent profile with song samples.
Moondog's Corner
- Extensive fan site
The Viking of 6th Ave
- Kickstarter page
Moondog
at Wikipedia