Friday, April 20, 2018

ANATOMY OF A CRAP SHOOT

An unrelated earlier record cover. Very cool.
If you go record shopping, you know how it is. You gather a stack with the intention of weeding some out before you make it to the register. All of a sudden you realize that the store is closing in a couple minutes and you have to sort through the possibilities really quick, The first couple of picks are the no brainers, then you get to the maybe-maybe not part of the stack. You weigh the price, the certainty, the hunch and the crap shoot factors. You settle on one, because it's just cheap enough to take a chance.

That happened to me. The crap shoot/hunch that was just cheap enough was an LP by a band called Chakachas, the title was Jungle Fever. What? Check the cover below, You can't tell shit. I checked the back, no credits other than a bunch of song titles, songwriting credits, the names of the engineer and producer. No mention of band members, studio or anything else to go on. But most of the song titles were in Spanish, there was a cover of "Harlem Nocturne", and another titled "Chica Chica Bau Bau". It was worth a gamble. Or so I thought.



When I got home I was anxious to find out if my crap shoot/hunch would pay off, so I started on "Harlem Nocturne", a song I knew well from the shitload of other versions. I was underwhelmed. It was passable, but not the surprise I'd hoped for. So it was on to one of the sure things I'd picked up.

Jungle Fever faded into the back of the stack of recent plays and was forgotten. Fast forward a couple months and I'm browsing old bookmarks. There was a page at Art Decade bookmarked with a song called "Turtle Soup" by Chakachas, but I didn't recognize the name of the band, that's how little of an impression I had from the crap shoot/hunch. I listened to "Turtle Soup" by this band that was essentially unknown to me. It was actually funky as shit, with wah-wah and strings and killer breaks, the whole Isaac Hayes shootin' match. Sounded early seventies. So I went looking for other stuff, most of what I found was older. Then I remembered that the post at Art Decade mentioned another song, so back I went. The other song that they mentioned was "Jungle Fever", but it's still not ringing a bell. I tracked it down and, holy shit, is this one a keeper. Sounds a lot like the early Budos Band stuff, but repetitive, with a sexy woman voice panting and uttering unintelligible sweet nothings. Just weird enough to give it the edge over the funkier "Turtle Soup".

The epilogue? I went looking for an image and found the one of the Jungle Fever LP. That's when it hit me that the song that I had been digging on was on the crap shoot/hunch LP that I hadn't fully listened to. That's some random shit.

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Listen:
Les Chakachas - Turtle Soup mp3 at Art Decade
Les Chakachas - Jungle Fever mp3 at ATumblr (?)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WAH-WAH UTILIZATION 101

This sucker, from 1972, is period perfect blues rock, heavy on the rock. It's the first song on the first Foghat album, a cover of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You". The LP was produced by Dave Edmunds, who was not far removed from his own hit, a cover of Smiley Lewis's "I Hear You Knockin'". Foghat and Edmunds was a good pairing. Nothing too flash, just crunchy sturdy twelve bar shit.

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Listen:
Foghat - I Just Want to Make Love to You mp3 at Internet Archive

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

STUPIDITY IS NOT A CRIME.

I hadn't heard Crime in quite a while, and I ran into "Hot Wire My Heart" over at Newer. That song plops you right back in the late seventies San Francisco. I went looking for more and ran into a video I'd forgotten about, Crime playing for inmates at San Quentin, a maximum security prison. A band called Crime. Dressed like cops.

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Listen:
Crime - Hot Wire My Heart mp3 at Newer Go there to get it. 1977
Video:
Crime - Live at San Quentin at YouTube 1984

Monday, April 16, 2018

TOTAL GO MAN GO

Big Jay McNeely was the shit, the epitome of a honker, just pure unadulterated blasts. Providing exactly what the songs needed. Distilled down to the basics and there for a reason, to take a song to the next rambunctious level. The intent was clear. You just have to see a handful of his titles to see where he was coming from. "Nervous Man Nervous", "Psycho Serenade", "Wild Wig", "Insect Ball", "Just Crazy", "Jay's Frantic". Fuck yeah, he's a crazy sax man.

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Listen:
Big Jay McNeely - Nervous Man Nervous mp3 at Internet Archive
Big Jay McNeely - Psycho Serenade mp3
at Internet Archive
Big Jay McNeely - Wild Wig mp3
at Internet Archive
Big Jay McNeely - Insect Ball mp3
at Internet Archive
Big Jay McNeely - Just Crazy mp3
at Internet Archive
Big Jay McNeely - Jay's Frantic mp3
at Internet Archive

Friday, April 13, 2018

MAY I NEVER HAVE TO RESORT TO SHITTY MUSIC

Boy, have I got a lot to learn. Since the lapse of my jazz phobia sometime in the past decade, I can't say that I've listened to a shitload of it, more so than the before maybe but still just sort of dabbling in the names that pop up all the time. Before today I'd never heard of Joe Henderson. I listened to one cut and Ill be damned if another one didn't just get added to the list. This is how it happens. Now that I know that Joe Henderson existed, I'll see his name all over liner notes. That happens all the time, especially in jazz (is there anyone that Gerry Mulligan hasn't met?). So, new name, credit goes to For the Sake of the Song. You ought to check them out. They have a lot of good varied stuff, Ethio-jazz to proto-stoner rock and everything in between. They probably have a huge record collection. Jealous. Sort of.

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Listen:
Joe Henderson - El Barrio mp3 at For the Sake of the Song
Horace Silver (with Joe Henderson) - Song For My Father
mp3 at For the Sake of the Song This is the song that Steely Dan copped for the intro of "Rikki Don't Lose that Number". That much I knew.
Four more songs with Joe Henderson
at For the Sake of the Song

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

BEWARE THE GEAR SWAPPIN' MAMA

There are trucker songs about driving, about drinking, about getting home to a woman, and some about screwin' around while out on the road. And then there are trucker songs by women. Those are usually about waiting for a man to get home or worrying about what hijinks they're getting into while on the road. Maybe some longing for this or that. But there are few songs about women truckers. That's where Kay Adams comes in. Her "Little Pink Mack" was, for lack of a better comparison, something akin to a 1966 version of Riot Grrrl gone trucking. It might not seem like a big deal, but if you want to look at a good ol' boy network, you'd be hard pressed to find a tighter, more male dominated group.

Besides the subject matter, the song is notable for the period perfect guitar. It was recorded in 1966, and Kay Adams was hovering around Bakersfield. Yeah, that means some clean succinct pickin' including the clickity sound of a Bakersfield guitar (presumably a Telecaster), some tasty pedal steel and some rogue fuzz. Yee haw.

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Listen:
Kay Adams - Little Pink Mack mp3 at Rocky 52
Norma Jean - Truck Driving Woman (streaming) at YouTube Two years later, Norma Jean picks up on it. 
Kay Adams and Dick Curless - Devil Like Me (With an Angel Like You) mp3 at Rocky 52

Sunday, April 8, 2018

KINDA MISSED HER ANYWAY

I'm a sucker for Brazilian music, especially when I want it to be warmer, it's getting warmer, or it is warm. I'm not one for cold weather. So it is with pity that I look to you guys that are still ass deep in cold, or rain, or whatever it does where you live. You can keep that change of seasons crap. Me, I'd just as soon park my butt in Brazil.

For the Sake of the Song recently posted a duet by Gal Costa and Caetano Veloso. That's what got me going. Gal Costa's been posted here a number of times, but I'm going with her again because she can get a little crazy. Veloso will get his turn. Hey, there is a link to a documentary on Tropicália. It's just one slice of Brazilian music, we still have the rest of spring and summer to go.

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Listen:
Gal Costa e Caetano Veloso - Coração Vagabundo mp3 at For the Sake of the Song Go there to get it.
Gal Costa - Vou Recomecar mp3
at Super Sonido
Gal Costa - Relance mp3
at Super Sonido
Gal Costa - Acauã mp3
at Super Sonido Wait for the freakout.
Gal Costa - Pontos de Luz mp3
at Super Sonido
Gal Costa & Gilberto Gil - Sebastiania mp3
at Super Sonido Freakout endings seem to be a trend.
Gal Costa -10 more cuts,
15 in all and great copy at Super Sonido
Video:
Brazil - The Tropicalist Revolution Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6
at YouTube

Friday, April 6, 2018

MORE IMPORTANT, NOT BIG MOUNTAIN

Okay, if you're a reggae purist, you'd be tempted to shun the Grasspoppers. I know how you feel. I have an aversion to reggae bands from outside of Jamaica myself. But the Grasspoppers taught me something. Actually at least two things. One is that I shouldn't base my dismissal of non-Jamaican reggae on what I have seen in the U.S., which is disproportionately white (relatively speaking) and though well intended, often lame. If they're anywhere near a hackysack or college campus, get the fuck out. But, the Grasspoppers are not from the U.S., they are from Lisbon, Portugal, and more importantly they are open about reggae not being their main thing. That's the second thing I learned from them. If a band does not portend to be the real deal, you can drop the critical act. Still, they do a good job, and I'm not in the mood to be harsh anyway.

This is how they describe themselves:
"Working as an artistic collective connected to several artists from all areas in Lisbon, Maputo and Luanda, The Grasspoppers main areas of work are music production, events, remixing, blogging and movie making."  Okay then. I'm too damn laid back to put up a good fight.

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Listen:
The Grasspoppers - Brown Skin Guy mp3 at Caipirinha Lounge
The Grasspoppers - Doo Doo Doo mp3 at Caipirinha Lounge
The Grasspoppers - Carta a Uma Cidade Adormecida mp3 at Caipirinha Lounge

Visit:
Grasspoppers at Bandcamp Nine more songs

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

TAKE YOUR FOOT OFF THE FURNITURE

I started a post and was getting all tangled up in the Nuggets II box set. I decided to stop on Them for a second. I knew it would be over. After one play of "I Can Only Give You Everything" I wouldn't be much in the mood for writing anything, let alone lame blog drivel. So here we are, Them, the band between me and Astral Weeks. I may never hear the latter, not the way things are going.

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Listen:
Them - I Can Only Give You Everything .mp3 at Pretty Goes With Pretty

Them - Mystic Eyes .mp3 at Smiles Davis
Them - One Two Brown Eyes .mp3 at Smiles Davis
Video:
Them - Baby Please Don't Go at YouTube
Them - Gloria at YouTube

Sunday, April 1, 2018

RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE THE WHOLE TIME

I remember the first person who I heard about Terry Reid from. Actually, now that I think about it, it's the only time I've ever had a conversation about Reid. That wouldn't be all that surprising if he was some sort of complete unknown and was just now being unearthed, but that's not the case. The conversation happened when I was in my teens, decades ago, and I've heard not one peep in conversation since. Unfortunately, it came from my friend's younger brother who was a complete dick, so I didn't bother following it up. The crazy thing is that I have conversations about music with knowledgeable music fiends every day and since that first mention the topic of Terry Reid has never come up again, not once. How is that possible? The funny thing is, I know exactly what friends of mine are fans of Reid even though the subject has never come up. Anglophile music freaks that are into sixties stuff, know a lot about music and are probably a musician themselves. The majority of them play guitar. I can think of a half dozen friends that fit that description in the time it took to type this sentence. Actually eight by the end of it. It's shit ass bad luck that Reid's name doesn't come up more. He deserves better. In 1968, Aretha Franklin said "There are only three things happening in England: the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Terry Reid". Yeah.


At Glastonbury Fayre (1971), David Lindley on lap steel.

What started this all was hearing a later 2004 song, "Secret". What struck me is how much his voice sounds like John Fogerty in parts. Not in all of it, he hits a few high notes that Fogerty would never hit. There's a couple early cuts down there too, where the fuss all began. Check the documentary trailer, see who his better known fans are. There's a few other things about him too. Now I gotta go talk shop with one of those guys.

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Listen:
Terry Reid - Secrets mp3
at Internet Archive 2004
Terry Reid - Superlungs My Supergirl mp3
at The Rising Storm
Terry Reid - Things to Try mp3
at The Rising Storm
Video:
Superlungs - A Terry Reid Documentary (trailer)
at YouTube
Terry Reid Beat Club - Live 1969
at YouTube
Good read:
Even Superlungs has to pay the pawn shop
at Washington Post

Thursday, March 29, 2018

HITTING TIPS FROM TED WILLIAMS

Opening day today, the baseball season gets underway. For the first time in few years I'm actually paying attention. To commemorate the return of even the slightest detectable interest, here's a few baseball related things. If you have no interest in the sport, skip straight to Mabel Scott (that's her above), whose "Baseball Boogie" swings regardless of topic. The same cannot be said of Pamela Neal's disco tribute to the autograph whore with the bad hair cut, Pete fucking Rose. Banned from the Hall of Fame not for bad taste, surprisingly, but because he tasted bad. He fucking bet on the game. Neal's disco thing is called "Charlie Hustle" as in "Do the Charlie Hustle". Clever.

The kid's portion of the show is "Tips On How to Become a Better Hitter". If your kid plays, throw him a room with that one. Ted Williams was one of the best hitters in the game, and his stats still stand as some of the best ever. Shit, this spoken word record couldn't possibly hurt. I know you over the top sports parents are looking for an edge anywhere you can find it. You'll give anything a shot.

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Listen:
Mabel Scott - Baseball Boogie mp3
at Keep the Coffee Coming
Pamela Neal - Charlie Hustle mp3
at Beware of the Blog
Spoken Word:
Ted Williams - Tips On How to Become a Better Hitter: Part 1 and Part2 mp3s
at Beware of the Blog
Video:
Ozzy Osborne - Take Me Out to the Ball Game
at YouTube

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

DIG, ON MULTIPLE FRONTS, MAN

Up until the release of his "Rockit", my only impression of Herbie Hancock had been his LP Head Hunters, found under the arms of some of the more technically minded musicians in high school. In other words, the jazz dudes who I had no time for. I wouldn't have, and didn't, give it half a chance. No interest whatsoever. It was the guitar-only diet back then. Fast forward roughly ten years: mind blown. His video of "Rockit" was in regular rotation on MTV and when you consider the year, it's easy to see why I took notice. It might seem tame now, but the robotics, as primitive as they were, were freaky. Not only that, it featured scratching by Grandmixer DST (who also do his thing on Malcom McLaren's Duck Rock LP). For the time it was WTF when they used to actually spell it out. What the fuck.


Years later and less threatened by jazz, I realized that to dismiss Hancock is a mistake. He did lots of cool shit. That brings us to Fat Albert's Rotunda, his eighth album released in 1969. Originally intended as a soundtrack to Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert, an animated TV special based on a character created by a pre-bust Bill Cosby (before we knew he was a bad egg).

The LP is an awesome mix of jazz, funk and soul. If you lived in that era, you'll hear a TV show soundtrack, but you might hear it differently without visuals or dialog. It's pretty fucking tight. If you haven't heard TV shows with music like this as a soundtrack, you'll hear an awesome mix of jazz, funk and soul, that's pretty fucking tight. Maybe I should say that again.

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Listen:

Sunday, March 25, 2018

THERE'S A MINGUS AMONG US

How do you end up going from the Liverpool Five to Charles Mingus in a handful of songs? Shit like that happens to me all the time. After looking into the Liverpool Five the other day, I saw that they did a cover of "The Snake", the song that was a hit for Al Wilson. The song was written by Oscar Brown Jr. who also recorded the original version. After going back to Brown's version, I went and looked at his bio (which for some odd reason I'd never done before) where I saw that he had also written "The Work Song". Sheeiit, I love both of those songs, just about every version I've heard of either of them. I knew that Brown had recorded it but not that he written it. So it was off to check for any other odd version. I ended up finding an entirely different "Work Song" by Charles Mingus. It's live and it's very cool, all smoky and after hours 'n' shit. After that, I was off to Mingusland. And done.

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Listen:

Friday, March 23, 2018

THEY'RE SO BRITISH THEY LEFT

Oh, brother. I don't know about you, but when I see an LP by a band called the Liverpool Five I'm already thinking it's some sort of cash in, trying to capitalize on the success of the Beatles. When you see that the LP contains covers of "I Can Only Give You Everything" and "My Generation", you think it's going to be the worst. You expect nothing.

The Liverpool Five weren't from Liverpool, they were actually from London. Sounding suspect. They found their audience in Asia and then relocated to the U.S. where there was a distinct shortage of English mop top bands. It's sounding less promising by the minute, eh?  Guess what? They aren't half bad. Forget the back story and the sucky name, just use your ears on this one.

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Listen:
Liverpool Five - I Can Only Give You Everything mp3 at Internet Archive
Liverpool Five - My Generation mp3
at Internet Archive

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

SABOTAGE DEPOT

I was in the mood to see someone scream but good, really let it out. The first thing that came to mind was the Beastie Boys doing "Sabotage" on Letterman. Man, there's one scream by Ad-Rock near the beginning that's just awesome, really sets the tone, but the one near the end is all-time. I'm not going to tell you exactly where because I think you need to invest yourself in the song to get the full effect.




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Listen:
Beastie Boys - Sabotage mp3 at Internet Archive
Video:
Beastie Boys - Sabotage at YouTube Official video, by Spike Jonze
Visit:
Sabotage - Song entry at Wikipedia

Monday, March 19, 2018

BUT WHEN THEY DO

Well my opinion of Jay Z and Beyonce just went up a couple notches. Yeah, I'm sure they're talented and all that, they seem to be from the clips I've seen. Just not my bag. But that's not why they gained a little over here. It's because the commercial for their upcoming tour together doesn't feature their music, but Marcia Aitkem's cover of "I'm Still In Love With You". Nice selection, not sure what the connection might be though. Is it some sort of kiss and make up tour? Who the fuck cares. Good song choice.
 
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Listen:
Alton Ellis - I'm Still In Love With You mp3 at Stop Okay Go The original
Marcia Aitken - I'm Still In Love With You
(streaming) at YouTube Cover
Althea and Donna - Uptown Top Ranking
(streaming) at YouTube Same riddim
Trinity - Three Piece Suit
(streaming) at YouTube DJ version over Aitken's version

Saturday, March 17, 2018

HEY, YOU IN FRONT. WHAT'S WITH THE SHOES?

A friend of mine recently posted a video of a band called the Wild Angels, a corny name and a band I've never heard of. You never know where these things are going to lead so I checked it out. Sounded kinda sorta like Dave Edmunds type stuff, rockabilly informed, but not straight up rockabilly. That would explain the abundance of sideburns. The video was okay, not earth shattering, The corny backing vocals were a put off, but not enough to at least give these guys a look-see. It turns out that they backed Gene Vincent for an England tour in 1969. It was time to do some digging.

What I was able to find was three passable covers, "Brand New Cadillac", "I Fought the Law," and "My Way", the source material being Vince Taylor, the Bobby Fuller Four and Eddie Cochran respectively. Not bad choices. They hold up as some sort of pit stop between the original versions and later covers by the Clash ("Brand New Cadillac", "I Fought the Law,") and the Real Kids ("My Way"), though the guitar sound on the Wild Angels' "I Fought the Law" blows. No punch. Regardless, here's the fruits of todays wild goose chase.

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Listen:
The Wild Angels- Brand New Cadillac mp3 at Rocky 52 1972
The Clash - Brand New Cadillac
(streaming) at YouTube 1979
Vince Taylor - Brand New Cadillac mp3
at ATumblr (?) 1959
The Wild Angels - I Fought the Law mp3
at Rocky 52 1973
The Clash - I Fought the Law mp3
at Quiet Color 1979
Bobby Fuller Four - I Fought the Law mp3
at Rocky 52 1966
The Wild Angels - My Way mp3
at Rocky 52 1973
The Real Kinds - My Way
(streaming) at YouTube 1977
Eddie Cochran - My Way
(streaming) at YouTube 1959

Video:
The Wild Angels - Jo Jo Anne at YouTube

Thursday, March 15, 2018

I DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU ANYMORE

This isn't to dis Dan Auerbach or his song "Malibu Man". It's a slinky chunk of string laden seventies type soul and it stands on it's own as digable. But, and there's always a but, when you compare it to the first Black Keys, yeesh! It makes you long for your teenage guitar-only diet. The "broke ass shit" sound of the first LP after listening to "Malibu Man" is like chasing Koolaid with whiskey.

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Listen:
Dan Auerbach - Malibu Man mp3 at Soul Donuts 2017
The Black Keys - Heavy Soul mp3
at SB Dave 2002
The Black Keys - She Said, She Said mp3
at Hear Ya Beatles cover,
2002
The Black Keys - Brooklyn Bound mp3
at Hey Lisa 2002
The Black Keys - I'll Be Your Man mp3
at Susie Bright 2002

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

LIFE IN THE 99 CENT BIN

If you;re into album cover art, you no doubt know who Roger Dean is. Even if you don't know the name, you've probably seen his work. Probably the most famous example is the album cover for Yes's Fragile. Even though I've always hated Yes as a band, and I'm not all that into trippy fantasy album covers, I have to admit that his style is very fluid, and he's good at what he does, though it's not my bag. After seeing the Yes LP cover and taking notice, it was easy to spot other work he did. Take for instance, the two album covers he did for Osibisa. They must have been in the very first thrift store I ever went to, and there's no doubt they were in the last one I was in. All over the place. I had no inclination to buy one of the albums, because I didn't like Yes and I figured it would likely be music that sounded like them. But then, after years of seeing their records in thrift stores and used record stores, I began to wonder why there were so many Osibisa LPs, yet no one I knew had heard them, and I'd never seen anything written about them. Still, even after downloads and YouTube appeared, I wasn't curious enough about their sound to even do a random search, still thinking that they were something like Yes.


About a year ago I was in a record store and saw one of their LPs and something clicked, I realized why their records were dumped everywhere. They were probably bought by people that actually liked Yes and thought that because the cover art was very similar, they'd probably like Osibisa too. And they probably got rid of them en masse because they didn't sound like Yes. So, after years of seeing Osibisa records, I took the 99 cent bin challenge. Turns out they're a band from Ghana, and nothing like Yes. Maybe like an African version Fela meets Tower of Power or Malo or some shit like that. Different anyway. For 99 cents I got an entirely listenable LP, I solved a mystery, and a lesson in marketing.
 

Speaking of marketing, their third album would have been a instant snap. The guy who did that cover was Mati Klarwein, who also did Santana's Abraxas and Mile Davis's Bitches Brew. If I'd have seen that freaky thing (detail above), I wouldn't have hesitated. Shit looks twisted.

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Listen:
Osibisa - Survival/Move On mp3 at Internet Archive
Osibisa - Ghana Expo
at Internet Archive Kicks in at 2:56

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

STRATS BEFORE MOSTRITES

Nokie Edwards died yesterday. He was one of the guys that had to be in the Ventures for the Ventures to be the Ventures. Ask any decent guitarist, particularly the more technically obsessed. They'll know, The conversation will go something like this "Oh man, he was one of those guys, Mostrite guitars, blah, blah, blah, instrumental band, blah, blah, blah, surf music, blah, not really surf music, blah blah, earlier than that, blah, blah, some boring, but a lot that was really good, blah, blah, really clean, sometimes too clean, blah, blah, shouldn't have recorded that Go-Gos song, the black spot on their career, blah, blah, blah. Yeah, Nokie Edwards was the straight shit."

All I really need to know about Nokie Edwards came from guitarists I know, and nearly all of them would spout something like that today. A few years ago, I did a post about my first exposure to the Ventures and if you're not already bored shitless, you can read it here. The music links may be dead, but there's a handful below to hold you over.

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Listen:
The Ventures - Pipeline mp3 at Drummer World
The Ventures - He Never Came Back mp3
at Beware of the Blog
The Ventures - Diamond Head mp3
at Internet Archive
The Ventures - Here Come the Judge mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People The V-men get funky
The Marksmen - Scratch
(streaming) at YouTube Pre-Ventures Nokie
The Marksmen - Night Run
(streaming) at YouTube Pre-Ventures Nokie
Here's a mix:
Long Summer Venture - 35 song Ventures mix
at The Basement Rug

Sunday, March 11, 2018

YOU ALL DECIDED "BEARDS" AT THE SAME TIME?

Photo: Jim McGuire
It might be because of Dave Dudley's "Two Six Packs Away" that I kind of include country and western beer drinking music as an extension of trucker music. You gotta know it was on the juke boxes at all the truck stops all over the damn place. And Dudley also did "Six Days on the Road", hence a link. But the weird thing is, when I hear beer drinking type country that sounds like trucker music, I always envision the subject of the song at their local bar, just down the road, not a truck stop. That's where you'll find him between hauls. You're not going to get home and then go out to a truck stop. You're going to hook up with your buddies at the bar. And drink. Beer.

Dudley is, to me, the big daddy, the Chuck Berry of this type of music. Check him out in that photo above. The regal regular. Full on "don't fuck with me, kid" face. Think about that badass the next time you encounter some hipster douche thinking he's hot shit with his overpriced PBR.

Here's a mixed bag of drinking songs. The must-listen is "Two Six Packs Away". Dudley sounds drunk.

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Listen:
Dave Dudley - Two Six Packs Away mp3 at Rocky 52
Dave Dudley - Six Days on the Road mp3
at J.Yuenger
Hank Thompson - Six pack to Go
(streaming) at YouTube
Ray Sunders - Beer Drinkin' Music mp3
at Internet Archive
Johnny Bond - You Can Tell the Man Who Boozes By the Company He Chooses mp3
at Internet Archive

Saturday, March 10, 2018

THE SATURDAY NIGHT COP OUT

Sonic Youth covering The Fall. Kinda gotta post a link. I doubt that I'll remember where I saw it. It's three Fall covers and a Kinks cover, from a Peel Session in 1988, and three unrelated live cuts from 1990, just for the hell of it. Okay then.

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Listen:
Sonic Youth - White Kross mp3 at Sonic Youth Live, Irvine CA 1990
Sonic Youth - Eric's Trip mp3
at Sonic Youth Live, Irvine CA 1990
Sonic Youth - Cinderella's Big Score mp3
at Sonic Youth Live, Irvine CA 1990
Peel Session:
Sonic Youth :: Peel Session, October 1988 (The Fall Covers) at Aquarium Drunkard

Thursday, March 8, 2018

YEAH, NOT CONVINCED.

I've never really come to terms with the Trashmen. If all they had done was "Surfin' Bird" and then just crapped out, I'd be fine like that. For all I knew that was what happened. For years all I knew was that song. Then my brother got a reissue of their LP, and it was kind of disappointing, Their vocal numbers, outside of "Surfin' Bird", were corny as fuck. "Surfin' Bird" was at least crazy. Their instrumentals were good enough, as good as surf music from Minnesota can be I guess.

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Listen:
The Trashmen - Surfin' Bird mp3 at Internet Archive
The Trashmen - Malaguena mp3
at Internet Archive
The Trashmen - Miserlou mp3
at Internet Archive
The Trashmen - King Of The Surf mp3
at Internet Archive Awful

Monday, March 5, 2018

SONG THE THRIFT STORE TAUGHT ME

Martin Denny and band.
A couple nights ago some friends were over, and we were talking about the record selection at a local antique mall. Pretty varied stuff, very little classic rock and crap like that, stuff that you see everywhere. It's more like a slightly beat up Bud Shank, maybe Harry Belafonte, Wayne Cochran. It reminded me that I have a record stashed there that I check on every time I go there. An autographed Korla Pandit LP, in pretty good shape, but a little too pricey. That's why I've been sitting on the fence. Pandit's music is okay, I just like the idea that he existed, albeit with a made up backstory.

Korla Pandit. The nut.


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Listen:
Dick Dale and the Del-Tones - Miserlou mp3 at Rocky 52 1962
Korla Pandit – Misirlou mp3
at Dinosaur Gardens 1958
Enoch Light – Misirlou mp3
at Dinosaur Gardens 1959
Martin Denny – Misirlou mp3
at Dinosaur Gardens 1960
Video:
Korla Pandit - Misirlou
at YouTube

Sunday, March 4, 2018

MAYBE WE'RE COMING ON TOO STRONG.

Here's a band I never would have listened to had it not been for a listening station at a Tower Records, roughly twenty years ago. It wasn't the album above, it was the one after it, with no band photo, so I knew nothing about the band. All the lyrics were in Spanish, so I didn't know anything about them at all. I was looking for something different to listen to and it fit that requirement. It's contemporary tropical or some such shit. Actually a weird mix of Latin, disco, funk, synth-whatever with a little Parliament and Prince thrown in there.

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Listen:
Los Amigos Invisibles - G-String mp3 at Aurgasm
Los Amigos Invisibles - Ponerte en Quatro mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Los Amigos Invisibles - All Day Today mp3
at Solid Golderger
Los Amigos Invisibles - Funk Nuevo mp3
at Box.net
Los Amigos Invisibles - Una Disco Llena mp3
at Solid Golderger
Video:
Los Amigos Invisibles - Cuchi Cuchi
at YouTube
Los Amigos Invisibles - Sexy
at YouTube

THE FORTY YEAR IDEA

Holy shit, ESG is playing a fortieth anniversary show in NY. Forty years! Now I know that their first records were decades ago, but I've always thought of them as eternally twenty something. The ladies are likely in their sixties now. But you know what? If I was in NY I'd be going. Hell yeah. They own their thing. The stripped down sound.  I was always wondering how they decided to go that route, because their sound really was unique at the time. Today I found out what their intent was. In the blurb about the fortieth anniversary show that was in The New Yorker, the quote from singer Renee Scroggins from a 2013 interview. "When James Brown took it to the bridge, he cut all the horns. It was just that giant bass and the drums, and letting it rip for that instant. So I said 'Man, if you could just take a song and make it just the bridge, wouldn't that be hot!'" Fucking brilliant. That explains everything.

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Listen:
ESG - Moody mp3 at Ozgood
ESG - UFO
(streaming) at YouTube
ESG - Dance to the Beat of My Moody mp3 at Different Kitchen
ESG - Insane (bass mix) mp3
at Pod Pod Pod (?)
ESG - Erase You
(streaming) at YouTube This one is the shit.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

SONG THE DILS TAUGHT ME

When you think of the Everly Brothers, you might think of one of their many songs that end up on oldies compilations or the soundtrack from an old Happy Days rerun. I'd heard them from those sources enough that I was in no hurry to actually buy their product. That changed when I saw the Dils, of all bands, do a cover of "Cathy's Clown". The Dils were one of the most politically charged, and tight, West Coast punk bands of the first wave. It was at a San Francisco gig and they were without their regular drummer, John Silvers, for a night so they enlisted the drummer from the Nuns, and Dil-ified a bunch of covers. When they played the Everlys' cover, it surprisingly played to one of their strengths I'd never noticed before, namely their harmonies, the almost Johnny Cash low voice of bassist Tony Kinman and the higher slightly nasally voice of guitarist Chip Kinman. It worked. That sent me back to San Diego with another band on the want list. I had everything by the Dils up to that point, and they never recorded "Cathy's Clown" so I bought a two LP compilation of the Everly Brothers and became a total freak of how their voices worked together. I owe that to the Dils.

If you've never heard the Dils, just take a look at the video below of them, in Houston around the same I saw them. See if you can figure out how a band like that would turn someone onto the Everly Brothers. I'm still scratching my head about that one.

This was just supposed to be a short thing directing you to Time Goes By, an Australian site for seniors. Peter Tibbles handles the music side of things over there and he does a great job. Understated and humble, he possesses the wide ranging musical knowledge that keeps me going back, despite not being part of their demographic. Oh shit. I guess if I go there I'm part of some demographic. Weird.

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Listen:
The Everly Brothers - Cathy's Clown mp3 at Rocky 52
The Everly Brothers - Keep A Lovin Me mp3
at Rocky 52 Very early, 1955
The Everly Brothers - Be Bop A Lula mp3 at Rocky 52
The Everly Brothers - Eight more songs and profile
at Time Goes By
Video:
The Dils - Live in Houston 1979
at YouTube Not the Everlys

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

HOWDY NEIGHBOR. WHO'S SKY SAXON?

My neighbor Tony just moved out and I'm a little bummed. Tony moved here from England, shit, about seven or eight years (maybe ten?) having bought a bar a few blocks away. Him and his business partner turned it into some sort of Irish bar that had bands, none of which played Irish music or had any noticeable signs of being Irish, except maybe on their Mom's side of the family, but the place was painted all green, called The Harp, played all the soccer games and had a bunch of beer company mirrors.

But that wasn't the Tony I knew (and will hopefully still know for years to come). Tony was the one guy who lived in my apartment complex that knew the music I did. He was about my age and despite growing up in the UK had tastes remarkably like mine. Punk rock, reggae, rockabilly, all sorts of shit. One conversation that stuck with me for some reason was one that we had when John Holt died about three years ago. Tony mentioned Holt's LP 1,000 Volts of Holt as a favorite and I concurred. When it's been a while since you last connected over a particular artist with someone outside of your little like minded musical clique, shit like that stands out. Just as one of my last conversations with Tony did. When I was lamenting the fact that there wouldn't be anyone around the complex to talk music with, he assured me there would. Yeah, I said, that might be the case, but only to a certain degree. He said that I would know their depth by asking one question, if they knew who Sky Saxon was. And that right there is what I'll miss.

Sky Saxon, litmus test.


Here's some assorted John Holt cuts. Finding stuff on the Seeds (Sky Saxon's band) is nearly impossible outside of streaming media. At least hard enough that I'm throwing in the towel for the night.

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Listen:
John Holt - Ali Baba at ATumblr (?)
John Holt - Strange Things mp3 at Secretargot (?)

Holt with the Paragons
The Paragons - Silver Bird mp3
at Pixie Radio
The Paragons - Man Next Door mp3
at Bass Shaka Backing Horace Andy
The Paragons - Wear You to the Ball mp3
at Kazo's Marley Discography
Sky Saxon:
The Seeds - Pushin' Too Hard
(streaming) at YouTube
The Seeds - Out of the Question
(streaming) at YouTube

Monday, February 26, 2018

ONE DEEP RABBIT HOLE

I'm posting this again because I was in the mood to see it again. I wanted to return to that weird hypnotic vibe. It did not disappoint. This video is unreal in it's primitive organic weirdness. Here's text from the old post (definitely watch the video).:

The chance viewing of the video below put me in a hypnotic state, like some sort of voodoo. It changed my mood entirely. Then I realized that it's only part two of a nine part collection of this heretofore mysto-combo, Othar Turner's Rising Star Fife and Drum Band. There goes a good hunk of time. Further digging reveals that from a collection of 148 clips from the Alan Lomax Archive on YouTube, and that's just in the 1978: Mississippi Delta & Hill Country collection. There's several other collections too. So, I'm probably not coming back any time soon. But this one, whoa Jesus, after the first minute it started feeling like some sort of David Lynch thing. And it kept that feeling for the duration. 

The Alan Lomax Collection has is all. The vintage regional badass, the down in the bottom, and the weird. Just do a few random clicks and see if you come back.


Video:
Rising Star Fife & Drum Band at Othar Turner's farm (1978) Part 1, part 2 (above), part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9
Alan Lomax Collection at YouTube