Sunday, November 11, 2018

PART TIME COVER

I ran into a John Holt cover of "Bring It On Home". It was good, but exactly the way you'd imagine him covering it. No surprises. He's done a shit ton of covers over the years and some hit the spot, some seem like he's just going through the paces. So, that cover just made me want to dig for a non-cover. I happened on "Riding For a Fall". Holy shit, insanely cool horns, a prominent trombone and flute. A Bunny Lee joint, yo. I'd never heard it before tonight and after listening to it a few times, it has me not wanting to be in front of a computer. I'll post some more Holt soon.

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Listen:
John Holt - Bring It On Home mp3 at Kazo
John Holt - Riding For a Fall mp3
at ATumblr (?)

Friday, November 9, 2018

THE LURE OF THE THROWAWAY INSTRUMENTAL

Like most people who bought records at thrift stores in the golden age of pre-ebay thrifting, before everything got picked over, I accumulated a bunch of cheap 45s of bands I've never heard of. Most were bought for one of two reasons. The name of the band or the title of the song. It was usually the song title, and there's a higher percentage of instrumental records with good song titles than there are with non-instrumentals. Two reasons: one is that, because there are no lyrics, you can name the song virtually anything. You can go with the obvious, or something way out, or dark. The possibilities are endless. And the other reason that instrumentals have to have a good name is because it has to be memorable, there are no lyrics that repeat the title. That title better be badass and the tune itself better back it up. So, yeah, a bunch of instrumentals are socked away in the hall closet of curiosities. 

I really didn't play them with any regularity after a while. My brother was about the only person I knew who appreciated the oddballness of them like I did, and since he passed away in '97, I haven't dug them out very often. As my trips to the thrift stores dwindled, so did the serendipitous scores. They slowly drifted to the back of the stack, and that's where the genre stayed for me, for a good ten years. Then came a chance visit to a graphic designer's website. Patrick Broderick's Rotodesign used to have a song playing in the background, an oddball instrumental that I found myself going back to his site to listen to. At one point I found it silly to go to a website just to hear a song, so I sent him an email asking what the song was. The answer, "Panic Button" by Edgar Alan and the Po' Boys. There you go, an attractive title right there. Turned out that Broderick had found it on one of the Las Vegas Grind compilations. Talk about a can of worms. That series is oddball instrumental gold. My interest was back. Soon fortified by a surge in "(fill in the blank) shakers" interest on blogs, particularly the great Beware of the Blog and Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban, both products of WFMU in New York. In the ensuing years, I've found the oddball instrumental pot is bottomless. You will never come close to hearing even half of them. It seems that every group with four or more members was on that bandwagon in the fifties and early sixties. They were simple, easy, and cheap to record. Hell, as much as I like them, they're not Mozart. Any seventeen year old kid could play them, and most did. They served as entry level records for young recording artists as well as cash-ins for lounge bands that would never get their full due, and studio musicians looking for a quick novelty buck.

Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban is still riding on the "Instrumental 45 of the Week" series, and that's where I go if I need a fix, which I do, at least once a week.

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Listen:
Edgar Alan and the Po' Boys - Panic Button mp3 at Probe is Turning-On the People
The Jaguars - Drive-In mp3
at Plastik Props
The Gee Cees - Buzzsaw Twist mp3 a
t Rocky 52 Glen Campbell '61
More:

Instrumental 45 of the Week at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 
Las Vegas Grind (streaming) at YouTube
Las Vegas Grind, Vol 2 (streaming) at YouTube
Las Vegas Grind, Vol 3 (streaming) at YouTube
Las Vegas Grind, Vol 4 (streaming) at YouTube

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

HOWDY FROM THE HELL AWAY FROM HERE

Okay, first off, you've no doubt noticed that fantastic album cover above. Simple, no over-designed nonsense. Inoffensive font, nice color contrast with a beautiful woman to boot. Hell yes I clicked.

Akova Akoussah's "I Tcho Tchass" is awesome. Dreamy, smokey, like a torch singer. The vocals are in a language I don't understand which only adds to the song being beyond a song, or really maybe the whole point of song. This thing, this ethereal blob.



After that, a completely different band, Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako (above), every bit as evening changing. After listening to it their "M’bouram Mousso", I kept playing it, three times in a row, to try and figure out why I liked music like theirs. Yes, it's remotely like Fela, African music that jams and has an unusual assortment of instruments, but why do I like Fela? It's because music like that takes me out of here, away from all sorts of toxic American shit, away from work, bills, cleaning the toilet. When I listen to music like that, I'm in some sort of place-less orb. Ain't nothing wrong with that.

The hosting site, Aquarium Drunkard posted these two songs, and a handful of others. They discourage direct linking to the mp3s, but if you go there, you can click on the song titles to get them. The post is about Akoussah and Sonafric Records and it is a worthy exit.

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Listen:
Akova Akoussah - Sonafric Records at Aquarium Drunkard Eight assorted songs from the Sonafric Records label. Go there to get them. Don't forget the Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako cut.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

THE HALF ASSED CLASSIC

Forty years after the a band's peak, you should start to get a feel of what their legacy will shake out to be. Some of them anyway. Some are murky. The Hearbreakers are one of those murky bands. Hard to imagine what these would sound like for the first time if you knew nothing of the band. Me? Love 'em. Stupid rock 'n' roll, who cares sloppy, in an attitude cul-de-sac.

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Listen:
The Heartbreakers - Chinese Rocks mp3 at Killed By Death
The Heartbreakers - One Track Mind mp3
at ATumblr
The Heartbreakers - Baby Talk mp3
at The Adios Lounge
The Heartbreakers - Get Off the Phone mp3
at ATumblr
The Heartbreakers - Let Go mp3
at ATumblr

Sunday, November 4, 2018

THE "WHO FARTED?" PROMO SHOT

Here's a few oddballs from the Yardbirds. Not sure if it's Jimmy Page or Jeff Beck or both on guitar on these and I'm not going to wager a guess. I'm too lazy to look it up. Personally, I don't care. It's the Yardbirds and whoever's playing guitar bears part of the blame for turning electric blues into Blues Hammer. The Stones hadn't even turned it into some guitar hero wacking off "look at me" sort of shit, at least not at that point. All that griping done, I do like these. That they are blues based notwithstanding, they do provide a certain crunch.

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Listen:
Yardbirds - Rack My Mind mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Yardbirds - New York City Blues mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Yardbirds - Psycho Daisies mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Yardbirds - I'm a Man mp3
at ATumblr (?)

Saturday, November 3, 2018

SWITCHED ON RA

I was already in the mood for something like "I don't give a shit tonight. I'll just paste something on the screen and let them figure it out." And then I ran into an early use of the Minimoog by Mr. Out There himself, Sun Ra. That led to more Sun Ra and now I'm trying to figure it out.

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Listen:
Sun Ra - Seen III Took 4 mp3 at Rising Storm 1970 Sun Ra discovers the synthesizer
Sun Ra - Music From the World Tomorrow mp3
at Rock Town Hall 1956
Sun Ra - Angels and Devils at Play mp3
at Rock Town Hall 1956

Friday, November 2, 2018

ON THE FIVE YEAR ROTATION

I'd forgotten all about Romeo Void. They pop up into my head every five years or so, and it's almost always the line "I might like you better if we slept together" from "Never Say Never". I used to always lump that record in with new wave, but in hindsight it's probably because people hadn't started throwing around the post-punk category. Love the scratchy guitar and the sax on this one, that sax sounding like Andy Mackay (Roxy Music) meets Jak Airport (X Ray Spex). Good stuff.

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Listen:
Romeo Void - Never Say Never mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Video:
Romeo Void - Never Say Never at YouTube Tell the sax player not to smile. That bugs me.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

NEVER HEARD OF THEM. OH HELL YEAH.

A random click with little to go on other than it was current jazz and it was on Impulse. It could have gone either way, but this was good one, one of those totally random clicks that turns into "Whoa! What is this?!" In this case it was The Sons of Kemet's "My Queen Is Angela Davis". I don't know enough about jazz to really describe this song accurately in those terms. I will say this, it reminds me of Sun Ra but it's leaner (two drummers, a sax and a tuba) and harder. Totally crazy in parts.

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Listen:
Sons of Kemet - My Queen Is Angela Davis mp3 at For the Sake of the Song Go there to get it.
Video:
Sons of Kemet - My Queen Is Angela Davis (live) at YouTube

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

R.I.P. HE WHO FUCKED WITH HEADS

The co-founder of the Residents as we know them, Hardy Fox, has passed away. The Residents actually started in 1965, which I didn't realize until I actually read up about them today. Their first LP, Meet the Residents, was released in 1974. My first exposure was in the late seventies at the dawn of punk rock. They weren't a punk band, they were a fuck-with-your-head band, kind of experimental but with an eye on pop culture. But if you were into punk rock back then, chances are you were checking out anything that was a little different, especially if it fucked with your head.

Check "Edweena", it's creepy enough to make it on a Halloween playlist. It's somewhere between Bernard Herrmann and a moment from a David Lynch film. Kind of indefinably creepy. To see how they handled popular music there's a couple covers, one of Hank Williams's "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walking" and a chop 'em up medley of Beatle's songs, twenty four in all. That one was released in 1977, a good two or three decades ahead of the Avalanches' splice fest and all the mash-ups that followed.

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Listen:
The Residents - Edweena mp3 at Beware of the Blog
The Residents - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry mp3
at Beware of the Blog
The Residents - These Boots Are Made For Walkin mp3
at Beware of the Blog
The Residents - Beyond the Valley of a Day In the Life mp3
at Aquabotic

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

THE SWAMP FOX HAS PASSED

Man, I just heard that Tony Joe White died last week, on October 24. If you aren't of a certain age that heard his "Polk Salad Annie" when it was a hit (or later on an oldies station), you might not know him at all. I've heard the song a thousand times and it's got this vibe. The only way to describe "Polk Salad Annie" is stoner swamp. He probably wasn't stoned, but that doesn't mean he doesn't sound like it. It might be time for me to get past that song and dig into his sizable back catalog. But that song is sooo good. I don't want his average to go down.


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Listen:
Tony Joe White - Polk Salad Annie mp3 at Rocky 52
Tony Joe White - High Sheriff Of Calhoun Parish mp3 at Tantramar (?)
Tony Joe White - Black Panther Swamps mp3 at For the Sake of the Song Go there to get it.

Monday, October 29, 2018

WANT MORE?

Okay, after these you're on your own. I'm about out of Halloween shit. There's a couple down there, stragglers from Halloweens past, and a few from a couple collections of Halloween ditties that I ran across a few years ago that still happen to be online. Some are kooky, some almost too silly to excuse, but what the hell, if I'm gonna dump more Halloween shit on you, might as well go with volume. In other words, you sort 'em out. There's a mix down there too. 25 songs in a single mix. Can't sort that shit.

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Listen:
Don Hinson and the Riga-Morticians - Ribloflavin Flavored Non-Carbonated Blood mp3 at Franxman
Bobby Boris Jones - Surfer Smash mp3
at Franxman
The Abominable Surfmen - Monster Surfer mp3 at Franxman
Kenny and the Fiends - House on Haunted Hill mp3 at Franxman
Tarantula Ghoul and the Gravediggers - Graveyard Rock mp3 at Franxman
Glen Ryle - Wolf Gal mp3 at Franxman
The Zanies - Mad Scientist mp3 at Franxman
Frankie Stein and His Ghouls - Monster Motion mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
The collections:
Ghouls With Attitude (Disc 1) - 28 songs at Franxman Individual mp3s 
Ghouls With Attitude (Disc 2) - 23 songs at Franxman Ditto above
Bonus mix:
Trick or Treat, Volume 7 at Grey Haus 25 song mix (via MediaFire)

Friday, October 26, 2018

"BACK OFF, ROSLIE" SAID TYLER.

This song is so entirely baddass it deserves a post all by itself. Fucking Kip Tyler. Bringing the menace of Link Wray, the pace of "Rumble", with no distortion to lean on. Rather a Duane Eddy-like opening riff, tough sounding though it is. The vocal is restrained, practically spoken, like a stoned Ricky Nelson. Too sombre to put out the effort. On top of everything else, a filthy sax solo followed by a fully qualified scream. The dial turns right. Don't be soft.

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Listen:
Kip Tyler - She's My Witch mp3 at Hey Cool Kid

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

SHE'S GONNA NEED A BIGGER BROOM

And they just keep coming. Wait, okay, so the first two have been posted before. The other links are for three four song Halloween mini-mixes that haven't been posted before. So technically I'm, at worst, 2/5 lazy. If you count each four song mix as four songs rather than  one link, then I'm only 2/14 (or 1/7) lazy. All this math is making me dizzy.

I shouldn't be writing excuses. I should write about the music. Unfortunately, I cannot. Because the Sonics' (seen above) "Witch" and Screamin' Jay Hawkin's "I Put A Spell On You" are so epic, I must stand back to avoid drooling on my keyboard.

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Listen:
The Sonics - The Witch mp3 at Ryan Bosetti
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put a Spell On You mp3
at Clayton Counts
Cool Ghoul - Four song mix mp3
at J.R.'s Fun House Go there to get it and the playlist.
Creepy Chix - Four song mix mp3
at J.R.'s Fun House Ditto above.
Graveyard Creeps - Four song mix mp3
at J.R.'s Fun House Ditto above.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

IT'S MONSTER SURFING TIME SOMEWHERE

I'm not going to lie. I look forward to Halloween. For a few days I don't have to think of something to post. Anything half decent with monster, Dracula, Frankenstein, ghoul, ghost or what have you, in the title is fair game. Some of it is goofy, some good, and some would genuinely stand on it's one, theme be damned. The Deadly Ones' It's Monster Surfing Time is actually a mix of all three. I post it every year because it's a no brainer. Monsters and surf type instrumentals and a dash of fuzz? Of fucking course I'm going to post it. So let's just get it out of the way.

Though I've posted it several times and tried to find out more about it every time, I always come up short. I know Joe South wrote some of the songs, and some people speculate that he played guitar on it. I've never been able to find out any more than that. I don't really care, it's good and it's goofy, and it can almost can stand on it's own. That's close enough for a Halloween record.

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Listen: 
The Deadly Ones - It's Monster Surfing Time (streaming) at YouTube Title song. After it's over, let it roll on the YouTube. The poster's playlist has about four dozen other Halloween type songs.
The LP (download): 
The Deadly Ones - It's Monster Surfing Time LP
(via MediaFire) at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 12 songs is a zip, really fast download.

NOTE: When you get to MediaFire, click only on the green "Download" button. If there is no green button, just clear your browsing history and cookies and try it again. Likewise if you've been there before and just didn't bother to download it. Just remember, green button only, clear history. Now go give them hell.

Monday, October 22, 2018

THEY WILL NOT GO QUIETLY

It's that time. Here's all of Rev Tom Frost's Bloody Halloween mixes (with the exception of mixes 18 and 19, those links are kaput). Every year, a grand Halloween lazy night repost cop out. But this one is 18 Halloween mixes. I'd imagine there are a few of you who haven't heard them. If you're unfamiliar with Reverend, there's bits and pieces in these past posts.

The mixes are only available streaming, but by now most of you have the gizmo arsenal required to blast them at a party.

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The mixes (song lists at each link):
NOTE: The links are at the bottom of each post, under the song listings
Bloody Halloween Mix 20 (couldn't find the list on this one)
Bloody Halloween mix 17
Bloody Halloween mix 16
Bloody Halloween mix 15
Bloody Halloween mix 14
Bloody Halloween mix 13
Bloody Halloween mix 12
Bloody Halloween mix 11
Bloody Halloween mix 10
Bloody Halloween mix 9
Bloody Halloween mix 8
Bloody Halloween mix 7
Bloody Halloween mix 6
Bloody Halloween mix 5
Bloody Halloween mix 4
Bloody Halloween mix 3
Bloody Halloween mix 2
Bloody Halloween mix 1
From the Reverend:
Reverend Tom Frost - Malaguena mp3 at Spread the Good Word
Reverend Tom Frost - A Bloody Life (streaming) at YouTube

Sunday, October 21, 2018

MUNSTERS THEME DEPOT

It's that time. I picked up a book on the Wrecking Crew today and about twenty five pages in, enter Billy Strange. Strange is one of my favorite studio guitarists, due in no small part to a thrift store purchase of his Goldfinger LP, an instrumental album, somewhat surf-ish. It was a oddball favorite of mine years before I knew anything about the Wrecking Crew. "Goldfinger" was the draw, but it also included "Peter Gunn", "Man With the Golden Arm", and the titillatingly titled "Theme For Pussy Galore", just the thing a James Bond ignorant twenty-something could use to amuse his beer drinking buddies. Sandwiched in there too was "Theme From the Munsters". I've DJed more than my share of Halloween gigs in the past and Strange's version of the Munsters theme was always a go-to. It's a gas.

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Listen:
Billy Strange - The Munsters Theme mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Jack Marshall -The Munsters Theme
(streaming) at YouTube
Jimmy Smith - The Munsters Theme
(streaming) at YouTube
Los Straightjackets - The Munsters Theme mp3
at Jason Sheeley
Comateens - The Munsters Theme mp3
at ATumblr (?)
The Slackers -The Munsters Theme mp3 at Radical Records

Thursday, October 18, 2018

MEANWHILE AT THE ITCH

Steve Cropper doing his best Link Wray? Yeah, you'd bite. The effort was there though it ended up sounding like Wray doing light weight surf. But a solid "A" for effort. That it was released on Stax makes it an oddity enough. Here's what Cropper said of it:

"That I was sort of a pickup of where the high school band had left off,"..."'Restless' was actually written when we were in high school. We had actually demoed it in Jim's garage or at least out in Brunswick, Tennessee. It was sort of a takeoff on a Link Wray kind of idea. I think we were just kind of satisfying our egos. We'd just say, 'We want to do this.' 'Okay, fine, you want to do this, go play with it: We'd go in and cut these things and then what do you do, put them on the shelf and forget about them? No, we'd put them out. It was a pressing bill and we had enough hits to back it up so it was not a bad shot."

What the fuck. It's a great badass-enough instrumental. And you may never hear it again. Again, what the fuck.

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Listen:
The Cobras - Restless mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Go there to get it.
The Cobras - Shake Up (streaming) at YouTube

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

DON'T OVERTHINK LOUD

You know, there's a lot of reasons to not like Crime (the band). They were corny, not in a clowning way. It was their not-at-all believable tough guy posturing. Like Fonzie with cuss words and loud guitars. If they came out today, you bet I'd latch onto reasons not to like them. The reason I can't dismiss them in hindsight is because when I first heard them I wasn't looking for a reason to dislike any punk band, I was looking for a reason to like them. Not because I was some kind of undiscriminating ignoramus, there was just that little punk rock that had made it to vinyl. Shit, we didn't let any of the corniness or posturing of the Ramones, let alone stupid lyrics, stop us from liking them. And at that time that's about all there was.

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Listen:
Crime - Hot Wire My Heart mp3 at For the Sake of the Song
Crime - Piss On Your Dog mp3
at For the Sake of the Song
Crime - San Francisco's Doomed mp3
at Nevver Go there to get it.
A compilation LP:
San Francisco's Still Doomed
(streaming) at YouTube

Monday, October 15, 2018

DRINKIN' BLOOD SPO-DEE-OH-DEE

Yep, mining the old posts for anything remotely related to Halloween, again. Because it's far easier to repost Halloween stuff than it is to do a proper new post. Seriously, fuck it. I don't dress up for Halloween, I get hardly any trick or treaters, I don't go to Halloween parties. I repost. Oh wait, I guess I do dress up. Right now, I'm dressed as lame.

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Listen:
Rocket From the Crypt - I Drink Blood mp3 at Xtrmntr
Rocket From the Crypt - Rise From the Dead mp3
at Xtrmntr
Rocket From the Crypt - 27 more songs
at Xtrmntr
Video:
Rocket From the Crypt - Village People Medley/I Drink Blood
at YouTube Halloween 2003, dressed as the Village People
Rocket From the Crypt - I Drink Blood, Sturdy Wrists
at YouTube Halloween 2013, dressed as astronauts

Sunday, October 14, 2018

MISSING THESE TWO

Man, I'm scrapin' it here. Lumping these Cramps songs into the Halloween category is stretch. but a stretch is all that's required to get me outta here ASAP. It's not all that lame though. Halloween is coming and they wouldn't be out of place in a mix. Shit, just burn them and hand them out to the kids instead of candy. No cavities.

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Listen:
The Cramps - I Was a Teenage Werewolf mp3
at Hey Cool Kid
The Cramps - Rockin' Bones mp3
at Johan Urban (?)
The Cramps - Confessions of a Psycho Cat mp3
at Review Stalker

Friday, October 12, 2018

NOT FIGHTING IT

I wasn't in the mood for Lou Donaldson. Wasn't thinking jazz. Then I heard "The Squirrel". Fine. Okay, perfect. It's raining out, nowhere to go. Lou fucking Donaldson it is. "The Squirrel" swings. Dig the percussion. Shit, here come the beatniks.

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Listen:
Lou Donaldson - The Squirrel mp3 at Beware of the Blog 1960
Lou Donaldson - Blues Walk mp3
at ATumblr (?) 1958
Lou Donaldson - Reverend Moses mp3
at Pixie Radio 1967

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A SOLID GAS

I've got no clue and, quite honestly, I don't want one. All I know is when I hear something like these two cuts, I don't care about genres, eras, personnel, writers or any of that. I don't even want to go as far as seeing if these were the same Premiers that did an excellent cover of Don and Dewey's "Farmer John" (though I doubt it, different sound and this Premiers record was on a NY label).  I just want to imagine it as a soundtrack for doing nothing, because that's just what I'm about to do.

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Listen: 
The Premiers - Orbit Bound mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
The Premiers - Shawnee mp3 at Rock 'n'Soul ichiban

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

BLACK METAL

No apologies here. You know how, when you first hear a song you that you've never heard and you actually like, maybe even a lot, you hesitate to consider it a favorite? You might just be in a mood that is more conducive to some shit jam. And then you hear it again a while later and it sounds just as good, even better? You listen to it again periodically and then after a while it kind of dissipates into the ether of your not-discerning-enough gluttonous music library. Happens to me a lot. But this also happens to me. I pull a random mix CD to listen to while driving and hear this, now officially a favorite, song. It sounded so good, really loud and booming. Here's the surprising part. It's what's known as cod reggae, or close to it. Cod reggae is watered down not-quite reggae, by and large by white people, and I hate that shit. But when it comes in the form of Clout's "Sunshine Baby" I'll lap it up. Theirs isn't really reggae, except that it is. It relies on the bass, and ultra simple rhythm (can you even call it "riddim" when it's from South Africa and it's white?), and the pace is the same. It does have a lot of brass and a lot of strings but they're wrapped around a cool organ riff and that mother lovin' bass, more punctuating than anything else. This one is good, one of those freak one cult record wonders. "Sunshine Baby" has a posse.

The song has been posted before but it's been years and this time I bring extended versions, one an officially released EP and the other a mysto-remix that appeared on a boot of remixes.

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Listen:
Clout - Sunshine Baby (streaming) at YouTube
Clout - Sunshine Baby mp3 (via Mediafire) at Sound Boutique
Clout - Sunshine Baby (Maxi) mp3
(via ti1ca) at Docover Official EP b/w Save Me in a zip
Clout - Sunshine Baby
(streaming) at YouTube Mysto-remix

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED

You just gotta know that at some point in the eighties or nineties, there was some college radio DJ somewhere that just thought his shit did not stink because he pieced a five song set of the songs below. Oh yeah, he's a hero all right, no Boingo for him. He stepped out of that booth at the end of his shift practically beating his chest. There's a chance he got laid that night. A couple decades later, he's got the corner office and he's wondering what went haywire.

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Listen:
Misfits - Halloween mp3
at Emotion Lotion
Dead Kennedys - Halloween mp3
at Hey Cool Kid
The Dream Syndicate - Halloween mp3
at Quit Mumbling
Mudhoney - Halloween
(streaming) at YouTube Sonic Youth cover
Sonic Youth - Halloween (streaming) at YouTube

Monday, October 8, 2018

CAN YOU SPOT THE SQUARE?

It's a debate that's been going on for years. Was Alan Freed a rocker friendly DJ or a straight laced carpetbagger? That debate is so old it's ridiculous. Are radio DJs really supposed to have principles? Yeah, he did promote rock 'n' roll shows, but was he only in it for the money? He wasn't a musician, what was his interest? He did seem enthused. But then there's that pesky little payola thing. Pay to play. Record companies paid him to play their product, and he was getting co-writing credits in exchange for airplay, benefiting from the publishing royalties. Fuck, whether or not he coined the term "rock 'n' roll", he all but invented a crime.

I ran into a collections of his live broadcasts from 1956. Right on the cusp here, there's big band, rhythm and blues, doo wop, and the earliest strains of rock 'n' roll. Somewhere among these broadcasts are Count Basie, Joe Williams, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, LaVerne Baker, The Robins, The Jacks, The Treniers, The Penguins, Etta James, The Clovers, The Cadillacs, Clyde McPhatter, Della Reese, The Platters, The Drifters, The Moonglows, Chuck Willis, Ivory Joe Hunter, Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, Johnny Burnette Trio, Chuck Berry, Flamingos, Big Maybelle, Jimmy Cavallo and The House Rockers, and Bill Haley and His Comets. A crap shoot yes, but shit, just stream them while you're doing the dishes or something. There's 24 broadcasts, all about 25-28 minutes long. You may get sick of all of the spots for Camel cigarettes, the sponsor of the show. I sure did. Otherwise, good eatin'.

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Listen:
Alan Freed - Camel Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party at Internet Archive 24 episodes.
NOTE: Once there, to download, scroll down In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Saturday, October 6, 2018

YEAH? SAYS WHO?

The Sonics have been here plenty of times. I know that some of you know them like the back of your hand, as I do. Take one for the team. This is a public service. While I have posted these in the past, the downloads they linked to have all expired. I can't go walking around, going about my business, knowing full well that there isn't a working link of the Sonics' "Psycho" here. It's just not right.

This is for those of you who don't know the Sonics. Put simply, the Sonics were an hard driving American rock 'n' roll band with a minimal amount of flash and a singer with one of the most durable throats in the biz. Listen to the vocals on "Psycho", particularly the screams. I bet you couldn't match that once, let alone every night. To refer to them as proto-punk, which they often are, doesn't do them justice. They worked out of the Pacific Northwest hundreds of miles from the closest music epicenter. They weren't signed to a major label, they didn't record in some big fancy studio, and they definitely didn't lean on the manicured licks of the Wrecking Crew to dandy up their recordings (which is what Paul Revere and the Raiders, also from the Northwest, did), and they didn't buy into the peacock shit. While the Beatles were singing la la la about Michelle my belle, the Sonics were screaming about psychos and drinking strychnine. They were the shit.

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Listen:
The Sonics - Psycho mp3 at Internet Archive
The Sonics - Strychnine mp3
at Internet Archive
The Sonics - Boss Hoss mp3
at Internet Archive
For your wall:
High resolution copy of above photo

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

FUCK YEAH NON-HITS

Okay, I think there's enough of an age gap between me and some of you that I can rationalize pushing shit on you. Five words: Buy albums, read liner notes. Exhibit A: For those of you who have no more than a greatest hits package of Creedence, if even that, listen up. Buy a fucking long player. Because the only way to hear Creedence is in the context of a never intended as a hit type song in the middle, or end, of a side. You won't get a "Graveyard Train" or "Penthouse Pauper" on a greatest hits package, but they're on the same album, along with a cover of "Good Golly Miss Molly". Kind of unbelievable that these are on the same LP as fucking "Proud Mary", one of the only two songs from their Bayou Country LP that will show on your compact little compilation (the other, "Born On the Bayou"). Now. Buy albums, read liner notes.

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Listen:
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Penthouse Pauper mp3 at The Adios Lounge
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Graveyard Train mp3
at Internet Archive
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Good Golly Miss Molly
(streaming) at YouTube

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

NEVER TOO LATE TO SAY THANKS

Otis Rush died a few days ago. Confession: It never occurred to me that he was still alive. Does that make me a bad person? Well, shit, I can barely keep track of birthdays, so how would I be expected to remember who's alive and who isn't. Particularly because I don't really follow current blues. I mean, yeah, old rockers I keep track of to a certain extent (Little Richard? Still kickin'. Jerry Lee Lewis? Check. Dick Dale? Hell, he's coming to town soon so I know he's still up and around). But for some reason I still feel bad that I hadn't been appreciative enough while Rush was still alive.


Like a lot of blues lifers, most of his best stuff was recorded decades ago. Shit, "I Can't Quit You Baby" was his first single and probably his best known song (it reached #6 on the r&b charts in 1956). "All Your Love"? Late fifties. "Homework"? 1962. And with those three, I'm tapped out of song titles I actually remember.

One part of one song you should check: Little Walter's "Goin' Down Slow", with Rush on guitar. At :27, listen to the way he hammers the strings. Remind you of any other left handed guitarists?

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Listen:
Otis Rush - Homework mp3 at Snuhthing Anything
Otis Rush - All My Love (I Miss Loving)
(streaming) at YouTube
Little Walter with Otis Rush - Goin' Down Slow mp3
at Internet Archive

Sunday, September 30, 2018

JUST PLAIN COOL AS SHIT

Hell yeah. I'm not going to give this a second thought. If you're at all into Tony Allen, the drummer behind the Fela back in the day, or Fela's music, or afrobeat, or even drummers for that matter, buckle up. Melting Pot recently posted a two hour radio show that's all Tony Allen, with an interview and a shit load of music, and it's split into two download-able segments. If you're not familiar with Allen, know this. He is a master, no one trick pony. Afrobeat, jazz, and a stint in The Good, The Bad and the Queen (which included Paul Simonon from the Clash and some other rock dudes). Hell, he's got Ginger Baker's respect and that's not easy to come by.

Here's the radio show, and links to some other stuff that's been posted before so you don't have to go digging.

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Listen:
Tony Allen Tribute and Interview at Melting Pot Originally aired on KPFK
Tony Allen - Crazy Afrobeat mp3 at Augasm
Tony Allen - Every Season mp3
at Augasm
Tony Allen - Elewon Po mp3
at Aurgasm
Tony Allen and Africa 70- No Discrimination
(streaming) at YouTube
Fela Kuti - Live! - Full Album
(streaming) at YouTube With Tony Allen and Ginger Baker
Tony Allen - Secret Agent mp3 at Honorama
Tony Allen - Jealousy mp3
at Dub Lab
Recent stuff (2017):
Tony Allen - Moanin' (streaming) at Twisted Soul Art Blakely cover
Tony Allen - Push and Pull
(streaming) at Impose
Tony Allen - Wolf Eats Wolf
(streaming) at Burl Veneer
Visit:

When Tony Allen Met Fela Kuti at Red Bull Academy

Friday, September 28, 2018

HOWLIN' WHO?

This sort of shit happens all the time. Ever since I first heard it on a garage compilation about ten years ago, I've played the shit out of the Groupies "Down In the Bottom". And, as I've done periodically for, shit, years, I was just looking for an mp3 of it last night. I didn't find it but, what the hell are the chances, I ran into Howlin' Wolf's original version today. (It was written by Willie Dixon, but the Wolf was the first to record it.) I hadn't heard it, or even thought of it, in years. Like I said, what are the chances?

But, back to the Groupies. They're the guys that brought you "Primitive", the song the Cramps taught us. The Groupies had but one 45 when they existed, "Primitive" backed with "Hog (I'm A Hog For You Baby)" That was it. They didn't exactly endear themselves to Atlantic Records head honcho Ahmet Ertegun. This is a good stuff (from The Great Hollywood Hangover):

"Everybody, including Ahmet, figured they had a big career ahead, but the Groupies kept screwing up. One of the worst screw-ups, was when they were scheduled for a concert appearance in Philadelphia.  The Groupies cashed in the plane tickets and flew to Los Angeles instead. That may have been the straw that broke Ahmet's backing. The Groupies, however, were only sixteen and seventeen years old, and had no handle on responsibility." Classic.

What I like about their version, or at least what attracted me to it, was the combination of snotty vocals and ratty ass, practically entry level, slide guitar. The singer's grunts and such, vocal swagger. The fact that it was a remote recording, by a fan with remarkably good equipment, of them playing live on some L.A. area beach (likely at some local radio station beach party. It was the mid-sixties) makes it better. And that it didn't see release until four decades after it was recorded makes it even better. Great, in fact. Great enough to continue trying to find a download-able version for you guys year after year. To no avail. Fuck it, here's Howlin' Wolf's.

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Listen:
Howlin' Wolf - Down In the Bottom mp3 at Internet Archive
The Groupies - Down In the Bottom
(streaming) at YouTube
The Groupies - Primitive
(streaming) at YouTube
The Groupies - Hog (I'm A Hog For You Baby)
(streaming) at YouTube