Wednesday, September 19, 2018

PICASSO NEVER POSTED REGGAE

I'm pretty sure that most of you just tolerate the reggae posts here because there's stuff on other posts you might dig. If I were an asshole, I'd say tough shit. But it's not to piss you off. It's just that there might be a handful of people that would get excited about a a combination like this: Burning Spear, Coxsone Dodd, the Sound Dimension, both sides of a 45, the B side a version. I'd be lapping that shit up if I was you. That doesn't necessarily make me an asshole.

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Listen:
Burning Spear - Call On You mp3 at Kazo's Wailers Discography
The Sound Dimension - Call On You Version mp3
at Kazo's Wailers Discography

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

ADJECTIVES ARE A GATEWAY

Here we go. My foot just crossed the border with into get lost territory. Starting innocently enough, taking a dive into Soul Safari's Ethiopia tagged posts. Who knows, maybe he'll have an Mulatu Astatke post. Then I see a post from 2010 titled Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex -Ethiopunk. Ethiopunk?? Okay then, here we go.

First it was just Getatchew Mekuria and the Ex and the song "Almaz Yeharerwa". Smoking in a Velvets plodding way. But the sax, by Getatchew Mekuria, an Ethiopian legend I'm soon to learn, is awesome. Kinda gives it a plodding Velvets meets X Ray Spex feel. Time to backtrack. How did this well known Ethiopian sax player end up playing with a Dutch band?

It's all at Soul Safari: "The Ex, from Holland, often described as an avant-ethno-improv-punk band, toured Ethiopia twice and fell in love with its music. The Ex had their 25th year anniversary party in November 2004 and they invited Getatchew to perform there with the ICP, the Instant Composers Pool, for many decades Holland’s most amazing free-improvising jazz group." Sounds good. But how did they end up recording together? The answer, again, at Soul Safari. I won't be a spoiler, let's just say it was Mekuria's idea.  He was seventy years old at the time.


So far pretty cool, but who are The Ex? They formed in 1979, and already in the first paragraph of their bio, I'm kinda liking their their methodology. From their bio: "...choosing their instruments by drawing straws to decide on who-plays-what, and start from scratch. For the first half year the group concentrates mainly on an extended hit-and-run graffiti publicity campaign, the name being chosen based on the fact that it could be sprayed on a wall in two seconds flat!." Sounds good enough for another detour.

I checked out a video of The Ex playing in Ethiopia. A small portion of the audience seems to be into them, but the dominant expression of the audience is WTF bewilderment. That set me thinking about other unusual audience juxtapositions. By the time I think of Crime playing at San Quentin and the Cramps playing at Napa State Mental Hospital, the wheels are coming off. I can feel the whole night getting pulled out from under me.

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Listen:
Getatchew Mekuria and the Ex - Yeharerwa mp3 at Soul Safari
Getatchew Mekuria and the Ex - Eywat Setenafegagn mp3 at Internet Archive

Getatchew Mekuria - Tezeta mp3 at Soul Safari

Sunday, September 16, 2018

WELL, LOOK WHO'S BACK.

Ah hell yeah. A band I thought was dead and gone has reunited for a new LP that I hadn't heard about, and it's actually a band I like. It's been twenty years but their sound really hasn't changed. Still analog. It's aged well. Actually it was old to begin with. I just realized what they sound like, one of those small combos that played in the jiggle clubs in the fifties, you know, the honking ba-boom-ba-ba-boom "go baby go!" stripper music. Impala sounds like a band like that, trying to play Henry Mancini. Here's some of their older stuff. The Teenage Tupelo flick is a film by Mike McCarthy that Impala did the soundtrack for. That was my first exposure to both the band and the film maker, A black hole right there.


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Listen:
Impala - Epilogue mp3
at Electraphonic Recording
Impala - Night Full of Sirens mp3
at Electraphonic Recording
Impala - Rope of Sand mp3
at Electraphonic Recording
Impala - Tomb of the Tupelo Twin mp3
at Electraphonic Recording

The new one:
Impala - In the Late Hours - Promo video at Pledge Music

Friday, September 14, 2018

TONIGHTS OXYMORON: A WORKING CONGRESS

I don't know about you, but to me "My Little Red Book" has always been a Love song, as in by Love (not a lower case love song). It had meat on it. I never bothered to see who wrote it. My first exposure to it was on the original Nuggets garage compilation that Lenny Kaye put together back in the seventies. Back then Nuggets was two LPs, later expanded to a 4 CD box set in the eighties, and later joined by Nuggets II (international garage rock) and then Children of Nuggets (eighties revivalist bands). It was a fucking cottage industry once Rhino got wise to it. Then there were Pebbles compilations, Back From the Grave compilations. The shit got deep. Where was I? Oh yeah, so, given that my first exposure was that long ago, I'm not all that embarrassed to admit that I never knew it was a Burt Bacharach song. No clue. Love made it sound so tough, it never occurred to me. After running into a post at Aquarium Drunkard, I went looking. Their post had a Hammond dominated version by Robert Walter's 20th Congress. Walter (above) was somewhere in the middle of that whole Greboy All-Stars mob, which I've always had a soft spot for. T'was a time when Greyboy's All-Stars and the B-Side Players were gigging all over locally (this was the nineties) and it was a very cool scene. A break from all of the post-punk, alternative and in-your-face stuff. Who was that guy, the sax player who ended up taking over Bobby Keys's spot on a Stones tour a few years back? Oh yeah, Karl Denson, he was in one of those bands as well. The music these guys were making was somewhat smart, if only because it wasn't dumb. They appealed to your books/film side, art that didn't have to be trashy to be cool. Anyway, here's some versions of "My Little Red Book". Dig the Other Half's version. (Love who?) You can do a search for stuff by the other people I'm too lazy to search for. I'm interactive, dad, just the first step of you getting lost.

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Listen:
Robert Walters 20th Congress - My Little Red Book mp3 at Aquarium Drunkard Go there to get it. Three other covers as well.
Love - My Little Red Book
(streaming) at YouTube
Burt Bacharach (Tony Middleton: vocals) - My Little Red Book
(streaming) at YouTube
The Other Half - My Little Red Book mp3
at Garage Hangover TOUGH! This one is a keeper!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

GOOD SHIT MAYNARD

A band called the Flaming Souls. I don't care what they look like, what their record covers look like, where they're from or anything at all about the band. I will click, on the merit of their band name. It got my attention, just as they had hoped for five decades ago. The click paid off. It is South African soul jazz. I don't really like the term soul jazz, but that's what, I guess, this stuff is. It is good stuff, just weird enough production to let you know what the budget was and were it wasn't recorded. Think Booker T, only stoned.

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Listen:
The Flaming Souls - Souly Mama mp3 at Soul Safari
The Flaming Souls - Soul Again mp3
at Soul Safari
The Flaming Souls - Two more
at Soul Safari

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

WHO MADE YOU BOSS, SINGER?

I was listening to stuff from the Nuggets II boxed set and it hit me that it was about 1965-66 that guitar playing really started to change. Prior to that time, guitar playing was tasty, expert, precision and at times, primitive. But not much was aggressive, chest-beating, over-indulgent or even dangerous sounding, not en masse anyway. You had your odd Link Wray, your Paul Burlison/Grady Martin, Dick Dale or what have you, you know, ego driven maybe but not hairy. But somewhere around '64 or '65, someone pushed the Davie Allan button and fuzz and distortion spread like an infection. Guitar players started to value the whole badass thing, If your phallic instrument of choice is a guitar rather than a dainty lil microphone, it would stand to reason that your stand-in balls are bigger as well. "Give me a section in the middle of a song so I can wack off. And at least one really long song so I can have an overly long session that bores even me." You can point out any number of guitarists of note that defy my theory. There were bands that were completely wild before the mid-sxties, I know that. But it wasn't until the mid-sixties that bands like the La De Das (seen above) and the Voice got the memo.Thousands of bands like them too. Disciples of fuzz.

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Listen:
The La De Das - How Is the Air Up There? mp3 at Internet Archive
The Voice - The Train to Disaster mp3
at Internet Archive

Monday, September 10, 2018

THE AFTER BEACH RECORD

Ken Boothe is the type of reggae singer I like. Long career, good voice, and an ample golden age era catalog, much of it on Studio One. I happened to find the LP below a few years ago at a record store a few blocks away. Fucking store is always hit and miss. Hits were/are few and far between but just often enough that you go regularly. It's maddening. Record store roulette. But sometimes you go in at the right time (The Fabulous Wailers in the 99 cent bin anyone?). I had some Boothe previously, but only on compilations. Having this thing on vinyl only enhanced it, being able to physically put the needle on it felt like a privilege. Here's a few unrelated Boothe songs from over the years, at least a couple from Studio One.



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Sunday, September 9, 2018

COOL PHOTO NIGHT

Clearing out the backlog. I've been meaning to post a link to the original of the photo above. An uncropped high resolution version (not the chintzy one above). It's just a great image. Try isolating or cropping any part of it and you still have something cool. I kept putting it off, because then I'd have to think about the accompanying text that goes with the photo. Or not. Fuck it, here's five from the happy household.

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Listen:
Ike and Tina Turner - Wake Up mp3 at Groove Addict
Ike and Tina Turner - Stagger Lee and Billy mp3
at Groove Addict
Visit:

Saturday, September 8, 2018

VELVET HILLBILLIES

I'd been meaning to repost this for a while but kept forgetting. Then I stumbled onto a post at Crying All the Way to the Chip Shop with Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner'. I remembered the Romans covered it and I was reminded. The Roman's second, a solid LP, is out of print, but one of the band members put it online. It's worth it. Here's the old post:

I ran into that fake album cover above on Pinterest a week or so ago. It's one I did for a post about the Romans, posted a year ago. Distraction prone as I am, I was off to re-visit their music and, you know what? I try to be as objective as I can, this is some hot ass shit. I do know two of the guys, but trust me on this one, you'll want this stuff. It's almost impossible to find, it's really really good. And it's guilt free, posted on a site by one of the band members.

If you're hesitant, do this. Listen to "Last Days" below. It's five minutes long. Dig the guitar interplay, take it all in. At 2:56, an extended outro begins. Guitar, then drums. Then it gets wicked sick all up in there. At 3:13, feeding back guitar and a banjo fade in at the same time, to great effect. It's a most awesome racket. And it gets noisier. It's the Velvet Underground on The Beverly Hillbillies. 

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Listen:
The Romans - Last Days mp3 at House of Here
The Romans - Greed, Hate and Drinking mp3 at House of Here
The Romans - You're Coming With Me mp3 at House of Here
Unreleased:
The Romans - A Wretched Son of Satan mp3 at House of Here
The whole collection:
The Romans - Last Days at the Ranch at House of Here The whole album plus 12 unreleased tracks, in individual mp3s.
Visit:
The Romans at House of Here
The Romans at Facebook
The Romans - You Only Live Once available at Warning Label Records

Friday, September 7, 2018

LODESTAR

I've got my nose in Ry Cooder's book again, reading it for the second time, trying to connect more dots. It's a series of short stories but nearly every chapter mentions some dive bar or restaurant that's mentioned in another story. There's more than a few shady characters and musicians mentioned in nearly every story. Some of the musicians actually existed, but it's hard to figure out if the scenarios he paints around them are factual or not. For instance it the chapter that mentioned Lorrie Collins (of the Collins Kids) it has her in a car with two hoods that are up to no good and a bottle of hooch. Did that really happen? Who knows?

In the story I reread yesterday, it mentions Esquerita. He was a real person, a singer in the mold of Little Richard. They actually knew each other which, given Esquerita's appearance, sometimes leads to chicken or egg debates, who influenced who. In this story he's mentioned because a shady guy needs a plastic surgeon for a sex change. A mechanic he encounters might know a guy, one who did some fine work on Esquerita. "You know what you're doing Doc. Esquerita was good work." And that's about where the mention ends. But it was enough to remind me that I haven't listened to Esquerita in a long time.

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Listen:
Esquerita - Hole In My Heart mp3 at Rocky 52
Esquerita - Rockin' the Joint mp3
at Rocky 52
Esquerita - Crazy Crazy Feeling mp3
at Rocky 52

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

RELIABLE CRUNCH

I'm not a completist anymore. Not of anyone or anything. Why? If there's an artist I like and they're prolific, and if I adjust my pace of consumption, there will always be something left to hear that I've never heard. What's the rush? If it goes out of print, I can usually find it again, if nothing else but a YouTube stream. I don't have a need to keep current with anyone, but I'll check every once in a while.

I was fixin' for some crunchy guitar. It's been a while since I checked in on good ol' reliable Jon Spencer. I checked the Blues Explosion page and it seems that the last thing he put out was last year. Didn't know about that one, but being a reformed completist, I am relieved of that sort of transgression. No matter, as stated above, there's plenty of Spencer's stuff I've yet to hear so I went dinking around and what is below is some of what I tracked down. One thing I did find is that some of his earlier out of print stuff with Pussy Galore is now available again, albeit digitally, on BandCamp. Good to know since I can't play my records in the car. Note to self: get Right Now and Dial M For Motherfucker before they disappear again.

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Listen:
Jon Spencer and the Elegant Trio - Here Come the Fuzz mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Money Rock 'n' Roll mp3
at Review Stalker
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Dynamite Lover mp3
at Alexi Hobbs
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Get Your Pants Off mp3
at Vibe Right
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - She's On It/Jack the Ripper mp3
at Plain or Pan
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Live set, WFMU
at Internet Archive 12 songs

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

NICE BAYOU, SWAMP MAN.

A photo of Creedence chowing down at Taco Bell, around 1967. The five item menu days. Tacos, tostadas, burritos, Bellburgers and frijoles. That's it. Pre-Enchiritos. Long before the ridiculous combinations, Aurally, there's a live version of "I Put a Spell On You" from right around that same time ((I think). I dig it. There's more distortion than there is on the record. And with that I am done for the night.

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Listen:
Creedence Clearwater Revival - I Put a Spell On You (live) mp3 at Internet Archive

Sunday, September 2, 2018

THE PACKAGE

I went on a mini-Barbara Lynn tear. Her name popped up somewhere and the next day I was doing a search for Barbara Franklin, and Lynn showed up again. I got to thinking about how entirely badass she was. She co-wrote "You'll Lose a Good Thing" with Huey Meaux (great producer but deeply flawed human being), and it was recorded at Cosimo Matassa's. That's the shit right there. It went to #1 on the r&b charts was a top ten Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1962. Not bad for a beginning. She played lead guitar, a rarity among female singers at the time, and wrote or co-wrote ten of the songs on her first LP. And she looked cool doing it.


This was a mini-tear because I re-visited an clip of Lynn from the television show The !!! Beat, that aired in 1966. She's doing "What I'd Say" and shares guitar duties with a young Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, then guitarist with the shows house band (link below). After that I just let the rest of the episode roll. And then another episode.  And another.

The !!! Beat was a syndicated TV show that would feature big names and regional names. All twenty six episodes aired in 1966, and a whole bunch of them are on YouTube. It's hard to resist binge watching them. I don't know about you but I get tired of screens. Bookmark them.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

THE QUEEN IS DEAD. LONG LIVE THE QUEEN.

Aretha Franklin's all day funeral was today, You've probably heard about it. I didn't get a chance to view more than a couple minutes. So I'm not going to waste time here. I'm going elsewhere to at least look at a few highlights, shallow as that sounds. I gotta be honest. It was something like eight hours long. There's no way I'm going to sit there and watch all of it. It's totally deserved, but my attention span isn't that heavy duty.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

YOUR MOVE, LADIES.

I apologize in advance for linking to something on Facebook. Particularly if it's only available if you are signed in. But this is too good not to share. Steve Jones eating pizza while dancing old man stylee in his skivvies to "Telstar". You might think, as I did, that it could not be better. It's hilarious. Just so ludicrous and pointless. Mindless or self effacing, I don't care. It's lame, and it is brilliant. It's dada. I thought it couldn't be better. Then I happened to hear Captain Beefheart's cover of Bo Diddley's "Diddy Wah Diddy", I thought, and I was correct, that it would make an excellent soundtrack to the Jonesy pizza dance. Cued it up, and hit play on both. Hell yeah, a whole other monster. Worth the hassle, believe me. That goes double for you stoners.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

NEVER GIVE AN OLD MAN A GUN

Fuck, I'm not even going to try tonight. I got as far as the first song of a Motown podcast and it was off to the races. Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On", I hadn't heard it in at least a year. It's so smooth. If you're familiar with the original, check the demo, Still does the trick. More so in my book.

Man, what a loss. Shot dead by his dad. How fucked up is that? And judging by "Sexual Healing", released two years before his death in 1982, he still very much had it. Guns.

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The podcast:

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

ALRIGHT DEPOT

The Impressions' "It's All Right" 1963: Hell yeah it's all right. Man, what a killer song. It's late afternoon with your buds, totally chilling. After a couple Brew 102s you pick up steam with J.J. Jackson's "But It's Alright".

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Monday, August 27, 2018

HEAD SAID LESTER DEAD

Today a friend of mine posted on Facebook that he was just told that Lazy Lester died on Friday. That would be news enough. But the person who told him was Roy Head. Fuck-ing A, Ràchac knows everybody. That's the friend who posted it, Gary Ràchac. Good guy. He was friends with another Lester, Bangs, from way back, the El Cajon years. Partied with Keith Moon. A few years before Gary left town I went to see him at the record store he worked at. (Actually, I went to look at records, he just came in the deal. But it was always good to catch up.) That day I got there after he had just kicked Wildman Fisher out of the store. I have no clue how he knows Wildman Fisher or Roy Head. He's fucking Ràchac. Knows everybody.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

BLOW WITH RY

It might be because I've been reading so much non-fiction lately, but Ry Cooder's book of short stories, Los Angeles Stories, is hard to put down. It's noir type stuff, all centered in L.A. and surrounding areas. There's all sorts of offbeat characters: musicians, car guys, thieves, racketeers, bar owners, restaurant owners, gun shop owners. There's greasy spoons, flop houses, bars, beaches, highways and cars of all sorts. Coming from a musician, I wasn't expecting to be sucked in. But it's good, really good. Like a Raymond Chandler book, with all sorts of references to places that you'll recognize if you're from Southern California, but Cooder's work has musicians who make cameo appearances, most names only the fiendish will recognize. Yee haw, some background investigatin'. Seriously, I may read it again just to revisit the references. In just one story there's Lorrie Collins (Collins Kids), Joe Maphis, Merle Travis and Paul Bigsby, the latter the designer of the Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, And Bigsby's name-dropped in another. All that and crime, drinking, a whole lotta shootings, fast cars, murdercycles, and women. Transvestites, coaches, landlords, trolley drivers and cheeseburgers. And.whiskey, and coffee and cigarettes. And a lot of questions.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

CALVIN OWENS WHO?

Holy shit. If this one doesn't have everything, it comes damn close. Less than two and a half minutes and yet time enough for a twenty second break right smack dab in the middle. If I was a DJ or sampling kind I wouldn't be typing this. I'd be chopping this sucker up to put to future use. On top of the skins, the bass player is going at it like he's downed a case of Red Bull. And in the second half the brass wails. Wails. This isn't the greatest instrumental 45 ever, but it's definitely the best I've heard this week.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

IN THE RED. YES.

Sometimes it works best when you don't know what you're doing. Samuel Charters was not really a record producer. You can tell. The production on "It Must Have Been the Devil" is shit. But it's awesome shit. The mix is all off, and that's what I really dig about it.The intro is good enough, Spann's piano, with beat ass drums, raw guitar tone, and James Cotton on harp. Then Spann's vocals come in with what just might be the most perfect amount of distortion ever recorded. Perfect. I've played this song eighty times in the last couple of days. Samuel Charters. Fuckin' A. Hee-Haw salute.

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Listen:
Otis Spann - It Must Have Been the Devil mp3 at Internet Archive
Otis Spann - Half Ain't Been Told mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Otis Spann - Worried Life Blues mp3
ar ATumblr (?)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

DO IT.

Are you kidding me? I took one look at that sleeve and there's no way I'm not going to post it. I don't care what the music sounds like. I'm rolling the dice just like you. I haven't even listened to this nut yet. Kook points tip the scale, baby.

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Listen:
Pantherman - The Definitive Pantherman EP (streaming) at Frank Klunhaar 5 song mix and a bio that seems to have been written by the Pantherman himself. Don't know for sure. I haven't read it. Same spot you're in. What are you going to do?

Monday, August 20, 2018

SERIOUSLY. LADIES OF SUMMER. EVERY YEAR.

I can't believe this just happened. Just the other day when I heard Sister Nancy's "Bam Bam" and was thinking back about how I'd heard it a few years ago blasting from a passing cars stereo, I was thinking, "Man, wouldn't that be something if I heard 'Uptown Top Ranking' blasting from from a car radio?" I almost mentioned that in the post two days ago but thought that the day rightfully belonged to Sister Nancy. Well guess what? Today I heard "Uptown Top Ranking" coming out of a car window. First time ever I've heard it in public space. I think the only time I've even heard it in a club is when me or a friend was DJing and that was years ago. So being excitable with these sorts of events, I flipped, and yelled "Yeah! Althea and Donna!" and the driver gave me a knowing smile. It's just crazy, the song is from 1977 and is the woman driving the car looked to be in her late twenties. It did not compute. What's really crazy is that, not only was I on my way home from the beach like I had been when I heard "Bam Bam", but the car that was playing "Uptown Top Ranking" was pulling out from the same parking lot driveway that the "Bam Bam" car was. Pier parking lot, Ocean Beach, 92107, yo. If I hear Rita Marley's "One Draw" in that same spot I'll probably shit my pants.

Looking for "One Draw" I just ran across a live thing from 2010. Rita Marley introduces her sisters who, if I heard correctly, grew up in Sweden. The show was at the Paradiso in Amsterdam. Shit, that place was happening when I was there back in the eighties. A converted church if I remember correctly. I saw a Gregory Corso reading followed by a set from Nico. In Amsterdam? Hell yeah I had one draw. More than one.

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Listen:
Althea and Donna - Uptown Top Ranking mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Rita Marley - One Draw (streaming)
at YouTube Ext 12" version
Scout Niblett - Uptown Top Ranking mp3
at SCJAG (?) Inna Cat Power stylee (lethargic)
Video:
Althea and Donna - Uptown Top Ranking (TV)
at YouTube
Rita Marley - One Draw (Live, Paradiso 2010)
at YouTube

Sunday, August 19, 2018

NOT MICK JAGGER

Late to the party, per usual. A friend of mine, Cat if I remember correctly, used to rave about Blaze Foley. Townes Van Zant and Jimmy Dale Gilmore too I think. I don't know, I could have it all fucked up. Regardless, someone told me years ago to listen to Blaze Foley. I put it on the When I Get to Friends Recommendations part of the list. Which, if I ever get to it, I cherry pick. Country and Western and/or Americana type stuff never gets a fair shake. It's lyrics music. Not butt shakin', no mind blowing solos, deep bass, fuzz, wah wah. Just simple, heartfelt. I never get around to that type of stuff. Yeah, I know, my loss.

Prior to today I'd heard one Blaze Foley song. Today I listened to Blaze Foley for the second time. What prompted me was a profile in Mojo. Foley sounded like my kind of people. A guy trying to make a living playing music without playing the game. Homeless at times, partied too much, recordings lost or destroyed. Every fucked thing you can imagine. But the dude wrote good songs, or so I'm told. Gimme a break, I've heard like ten songs.

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Listen:
Blaze Foley - Clay Pigeons mp3 at When You Awake (?)
Blaze Foley - If I Could Only Fly (live) mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Blaze Foley - If I Could Only Fly (studio)
(streaming) at YouTube

Saturday, August 18, 2018

THE LADY KEEPS POPPING UP

It's been three years since I mentioned a chance encounter with Sister Nancy's "Bam Bam" blasting out a car on my way home from the beach. It was strange because the song dates back to 1993, and it's rare to find anyone in these parts that even knows who she is. Since then I've heard it four times in different parts of the neighborhood. I've obviously missed something. Was it in movie lately? Is there popular song that samples it? A remix?

I do seem to remember that the younger surf crowd around here, the Sightly Stoopid guys and their mob, thought Yellowman was all the rage in recent years. Not a big jump from Yellowman to Sister Nancy. So, is that the deal? Today I was walking past the Noodle House, a, er, noodle house that's pretty buch a bar with noodles. Owned by the sons of the couple who own the donut shop up the street. The sons went to school with the same younger surf crowd (now that I think about it, they're not really young. Younger than me.) Out of the Noodle House comes "Bam Bam". I was with my niece who is also part of that vague crowd, and knows the Noodle House bros. I mentioned that it was an obscure choice, and then she started singing along to it. She knew the song. Now I'm perplexed. I asked her where she knew the song from and she said she's just heard it a bunch.


I went to Wikipedia and saw this: "Beginning in 1991 with Main Source 'Bam Bam' has been sampled in 73 songs". Okay, then this: "most recently Kanye West’s 2016 hit 'Famous'." Aw, fuck me. That asshole?

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Listen:
Sister Nancy - Bam Bam mp3
at Tumblr (?)
Sister Nancy - Roof Over Mi Head mp3
at Fat Berri's
Sister Nancy- Ain't No Stoppin' Nancy mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Video:
Sister Nancy- Bam Bam (live) at YouTube A smoke and a beer while on the mic says something
The History Of Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam”
at YouTube Sound bites of sampling songs near the end.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

SHIT WEEK STRIKES AGAIN

By now you know the Queen of Soul is dead. Fuck. There's no replacing her. Gone. That's enough to make it Shit Week. To make matters worse a friend of mine passed away two days ago. Suicide. He was the nicest guy, around the scene for decades. A music freak, mechanically minded, artistic, and selfless, big in the local chapter of Amnesty International. The type of guy that you'd see at shows, or at a taco stand, random places over the years and just assume that everything's ducky. I never saw him angry, sad, or distraught. Then out of nowhere, gone. That one I cannot wrap my head around. He wasn't irrational, or a substance abuser (even when many of us were), always level headed. It just doesn't seem possible. Needless to say I've been a bit distracted the last day and a half.

Tim, my friend that passed, was a roots guy. One band I associate him with is the Blasters. So here's some Blasters. If you need an Aretha fix, check this post from a couple days ago.

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Listen: 
The Blasters - Red Rose mp3 at AM Then FM
The Blasters - Dark Night mp3
at ATumblr (?)
The Blasters - Marie Marie
(streaming) at YouTube OG Rollin' Rock version

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

WELL HOWDY MERRILL

Listen to new music? Hell yeah, Listen to these three tunes. It's new music to me, music new to me. Same difference. I heard these songs for the first time tonight and had never heard of Moore at all. As long as that keeps happening, I don't feel the urgency to scope "new" bands. I just need a steady fix of good shit, regardless of vintage.

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Listen:

Monday, August 13, 2018

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN. DUDE, PLEASE.

Oh man, this was bad news. This morning while driving I heard that Aretha Franklin was "gravely ill". As details seeped in during the day, reports that she may have cancer and had not publicized her diagnosis. More reports that family members had gathered at her bedside. Whatever, it doesn't sound good. So, if you're religious, say a prayer. If you're a hippie or something, send good vibes. Thoughts, prayers, vibes,...shit, raise a glass in some dank bar. At least pause and reflect on her immense talent, her nearly spotless track record, and her longevity. Many of you may have taken her for granted. Fuck, she is an American treasure with no asterisk. Those of you of a certain age know why she is the queen. It occurred to me today that some of you younger people might not have a clue. I suggest you get yourself a "Best of" at the very least. To not know Aretha Franklin is to not know music, regardless of your preferred genre.

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Listen:
Aretha Franklin - Rough Lover mp3 at Groove Addict Early, 1962.
Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You) mp3
at Funky 16 Corners
Aretha Franklin - Spirit in the Dark mp3
at Beware of the Blog
Aretha Franklin - Chain of Fools mp3
at Russ Strathdee
Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady (alternate mix) mp3
at Plain or Pan The shit. Period.
Aretha Franklin - The Weight mp3
at Super Position Kitty Duane Allman guitar, Muscle Shoals.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

BLAME THIS

I spent the last two days at the beach. Rather than rattle my brain for some band or song to write about, here's what I'm playing after day two, pretty much spent. It fits my mood. Plus it's been a while since I listened to either Sugarman 3 or the Daktaris. Pop a beer or stuff a bowl, I don't care. I just talked my way out of another one.

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Listen: 
Sugarman Three - Rudy's Intervention mp3 at Magnet
Sugarman Three - Soul Donkey mp3
at The Frump
Lee Fields and Sugarman & Co. - Stand Up .mp3
at Lemellotron.com

The Daktaris - Musicai Silt mp3 at Big Rock Candy Mountain
The Daktaris - Super Afro Beat mp3
at ATumblr (?)

Friday, August 10, 2018

CHILL TO THIS FUCKER

You may or may not being indulging me. Maybe I'm not the only one who loves this song. I think it might be because I went a good twenty years without hearing it before I got it again a few years ago. It initially came to me when I was about eighteen via an older beach friend, who surfed, played bass and got laid. (I surfed, rather shoddily, I was just starting to mess with bass, and had never been laid.) It was summer when I first heard it. It was early evening after the beach chill (without the connotations) music, after surf stuff, with Russell's drawl, tasty slide, sounds of the ocean, and bird noises, àla Martin Denny, who I was just discovering courtesy of thrift store roulette. This is very specific sub-sub-genre. 

It works as atmospheric music, stoner music, three beer buzz music, getting frisky music, navel contemplating music, you just can't rock out to it.. It's a beautiful song. I really dig the backing vocals so went looking for who it was (Mary McCreary, Russell's future wife). Then I looked at who else was on it. Steve Cropper (on that tasty slide, Cropper, go figure), Duck Dunn and Al Jackson. In other words, the MGs of Booker T and the MGs.

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Listen:
Leon Russell - Back to the Island mp3 at Internet Archive