Friday, March 22, 2019

GENE VINCENT'S ALL "GET OFF ME!"

Man, oh man. Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent, both absolute top tier early rockers. You know that. I just came across that photo above (high resolution here). Good enough to dig up a few that I haven't posted before. Even if you know these songs, they're likely on an LP or playlist and you're listening to multiple songs in succession. Do yourself a favor. Even if you, like me, have heard them a thousand times over the years, isolate one of them. Just set aside three minutes of your time and pick that shit apart. I've heard Cochran's "Ping Peg Slacks" hundreds of times, but it wasn't until tonight that I really heard him mid-song (at 1:04) with the snotty delivery on "I went to see my ba-behh!". I was cracking up. It sounded like some bratty twenty one year old kid, which it technically was. Catching that for the first time convinced me to pick apart others. Which is where I'm going. Liftoff.

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Listen:
Eddie Cochran - Pink Peg Slacks mp3 at Rockabilly Hall
Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps - Red Blue Jeans mp3 at Rockabilly Hall
Eddie Cochran - Nervous Breakdown mp3 at Rockabilly Hall
Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps - Pink Thunderbird mp3 at Rockabilly Hall

Thursday, March 21, 2019

THIRTY SECONDS OF THIS SONG

There's always that guy who knows the Velvet Underground, the first Modern Lovers LP, and Television and has always steered clear of Frank Zappa. I was that dude. Still not a real fan, I have a few records that I never listen to. But one song I really dig is "Trouble Every Day", from 1966. The lyrics are frighteningly relevant today. But right now I am marveling at the similarity, the big fat splotch in the middle of the Venn diagram, of jagged guitar interplay. If you know the three bands mentioned above, dig on the solo starting at 3:50.

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Listen:
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - Trouble Every Day mp3 at Gorveg (?)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

RETURN OF THE STONE COLD CLASSIC

You gotta know by now that I'm not above posting something a second or third time. There's a few reasons. One is that sometimes it's just too damn hard to think of something to post. You try to think of 2835 different artists. That's how many posts are here. So there's going to be artists or songs posted repeatedly. Which brings up another reason. Sometimes I'm A) Amazed that the old links still work, or B) I've found new links. Neither would be reason enough, but if it's something I dig enough to really want to push it in front of you, all bets are off. Cutting to the chase: Horace Andy's debut LP on Studio One is a true reggae classic, period. It's made the top reggae LPs of all time lists  a zillion times for good reason. It's an iconic slab containing Andy's young voice as smooth as it ever was, the fantastic prime-era-Studio One sound and band (Leroy Sibbles and, Jackie Mittoo undoubtedly in the mix). Think of it this way, it's like the first Ramones LP of reggae. I guess.

It's a hard title to find on Studio One, meaning the original versions. He rerecorded most, if not all, of the songs in later years on other labels, but none are nearly as good as the originals. But the re-recordings are the ones that always seem to pop up, new or used. Not the original recordings. So, if you find it on Studio One, snag it. In case you never do, it's down there. Dig it.

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Listen:
Horace Andy - Skylarking mp3
at ATumblr (?)
The full LP:
Horace Andy - Skylarking
(streaming) at YouTube
Horace Andy - Skylarking (download)
at Global Grooves Click on the green download button, fill in the captcha, and you're gold baby. Note: you may have to do the captcha twice.
Visit:
Other Studio One posts
(scroll down)

Monday, March 18, 2019

MORE THAN REVERB, A MAN.

It was a heavy morning, waking up to the news that Dick Dale had passed away. I've said it before, "this one hurts", but this one really hurts. There's so much that could be said about him and his music. He was an icon of surf music, the self proclaimed "King of the Surf Guitar". Accurate or not, he was there at the beginning and was one of the most visible surf guitarists in the history of the genre, gigging consistently for over fifty years. If you like surf music, you know that Dick Dale was the man.

I first heard about Dick Dale in the early seventies from a review in Surfer magazine of a Surfers Stomp, what was essentially a revue, a bunch surf bands that had been big back in the day. Whatever it had said about Dick Dale, it sent me on a hunt for his records. Back then his entire catalog was out of print and thrift stores and garage sales yielded nothing. I watched and waited. Had to. He had made the list without me hearing a note. I was already familiar with surf music from the countless Lively Ones, Challengers and Surfaris LPs you practically tripped over in thrift stores. But, alas, no Dick Dale.

When I was in high school my older sister had a boyfriend that was from San Clemente and after interrogating him, my brothers and I found out that he had heard Dick Dale, but not really being a music fiend he was unable to give us a definitive description of what his sound was like. Nonetheless, Dick Dale was on the want list and would remain there. Then in 1975, out of the blue, a new Dick Dale LP. It was a titled as a greatest hits collection, but all of the songs had been re-recorded specifically for this release. My brothers and I didn't give a shit. We finally got to hear what Dick Dale sounded like and we were in awe. After the release of that LP, thanks to the "once on, never off" want list, in the ensuing years we were actually scoring some of his original releases. We hadn't yet seen him live.



Dale had been playing the Tahoe/Reno/Vegas circuit for several years when he finally had a gig in my neck of the woods, around '79-'80. Two nights, two shows per night if I remember correctly. I went both nights, once with my buddies from the beach, and once with a friend from the punk scene. After the first set on the first night, I approached Dale and asked to sign my copy of Surfers Choice, not something I'd ever done. In fact I was against that sort of fandom, but I had waited too long to see this person perform and thought I might not ever get the chance again. Now, here is the deal. Dick Dale gave me, a kid he had never met, as much time as I wanted. Super gracious, not a speck of condescension. He talked, and he boasted, but it was like the exaggerations of an uncle telling his war stories embellished over the years. There was doubt when he started talking story about both Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Cochran, but I didn't give a shit. Really. What impressed me the most was that I was there talking one on one with Dick Dale about Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Cochran. When he handed my record back he had signed it "To my friend Tom". And that's exactly what he made me feel like. A few weeks later one of the local punk fanzines made comments about one of there own missing whatever the show of the week was to go see surf music, as was if they thought they were outing me as some sort of defector. In my mind they were fucking idiots.



Dick Dale made me feel like his friend. That was big. I spoke with him a couple other times in ensuing years, and although he didn't remember me from previous meetings, that was to be expected. This was over a period of several years. But he was always the same, totally nice and accommodating. To wit, the video above, shot in 2007, roughly twenty seven years after I met him, and he is just as accommodating. The person who shot it asked him if he had any advice for up and coming musicians. Boy, did he get a helluva answer. Dale gives away his playbook. This is Indie 101, maybe not as effective these days, but the gist is. Don't be a sucker.

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Listen:
Dick Dale and his Del-Tones - Miserlou mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Dick Dale and his Del-Tones - Surf Beat mp3
at Beware of the Blog
Dick Dale and his Del-Tones - Night Rider mp3
at Rocky 52
Dick Dale and his Del-Tones - Jungle Fever mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichidan
Dick Dale and his Del-Tones - Ghost Riders In the Sky mp3
at Rocky 52

Saturday, March 16, 2019

PLAIN AND FANCY

Man, ol' Stereolab might have just sent me on a new career path. I was listening to the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique in the car this week and thinking about the one time I saw them. It was a Lollapolooza show with a killer line up, among the other acts were George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and L7, and among other bands on the side stage the Flaming Lips and Stereolab. When I saw Stereolab (on a recommendation from my friend Max, the only person I knew who had heard them) I remember coming away thinking they sounded kind of like the first Modern Lovers LP, maybe some Velvets, that kind of pleasant mind numbing repetitive plodding rhythm. Keep in mind that it was the first time hearing them.

It took a few years but I finally got a Stereolab CD. I always lag, and I knew that they would always be there. The one I got sounded nothing like what I remembered them sounding like. Several more years pass. I dabble in their back catalog but couldn't find that sound. Then, a few months ago, the local used record and CD store had about eight different titles, a lot for such a tiny store. They were cheap enough that I figured I'd just start from the beginning. I snagged their first album. The second song got my attention. That was the band I saw. I've come to love that album. In some ways it seems like it's not even the same band. That's cool with me.

It took years to hear that version of Stereolab, and it got me to thinking why I lagged so much with them. Then I remembered that I'm a habitual lagger. I am. I thought, well shit, that's something I excel at, consistently. How can I market this? There's no competition, professional laggers that is. It you think that's because there's not a market for a professional lagger, look at all the money people shell out to get that distressed look instead of letting the stuff they already have wear out from use. If there are people that pay extra to have their stuff beat to shit for them, do you really think there aren't people out there that want people to do their lagging for them? Now I'll just have to come up with a business plan. I'll get around to that later.

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Listen:
Stereolab - Orgiastic mp3 at Heavently (?) 1992
Stereolab - Bongolia mp3
at Benoitro 2000
Stereolab - Fractal Dream of a Thing mp3
at Rock Town Hall 2008

Thursday, March 14, 2019

BRASS WORSHIP

Royalty: Rico Rodriquez, Don Drummond, Carlos Malcolm
A few nights ago, after posting the J.B.'s I went on a trombone binge, thanks in no small part to Fred Wesley, the trombonist of said J.B.s. Because there's a general trombone ignorance on my part, I could only think of trombonists from reggae and ska, and even that list was short. The binge started with Don Drummond. Before I'd finished with him, I saw that Carlos Malcolm, ska OG and Jamaican musicologist, had posted a thing on Facebook that had an excerpt from his book, A Personal History of Post-War Jamaican Music: New Orleans Jazz, Blues to Reggae. A quick aside: If you at all serious about reggae music, even if you consider yourself schooled, it would behoove you to friend him on Facebook and soak up his knowledge, first hand knowledge. He answers questions, sometimes not about music but about life in general, and he sometimes quotes his book. The guy is walking history.

The excerpt that Malcolm posted was about trombonists in reggae, heavy on the Don Drummond and Rico Rodriquez. Between the three of them I had plenty to keep me out of trouble.

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Listen:
Carlos Malcolm - Ska-mania mp3 at Basement Rug
Don Drummond - Far East mp3 at Groove Addict
Don Drummond - Dewdrops mp3
at Groove Addict
Don Drummond - Alipang mp3
at Groove Addict
Video:
Carlos Malcolm - Short profile
at YouTube

Monday, March 11, 2019

DRUMMER IN REPOSE

Fuck, Hal Blaine died today. I'm sure most of you know who he is. Studio drummer, first string in the Wrecking Crew. Those of you who don't know who he is, I can guarantee you've heard his playing. Take a look at the list of #1 hits he played on, or the other partial list of records he played on that didn't hit the top slot. He was the go-to.

Blaine was on more records that most of you own, over six thousand by his estimation. The drummer for Phil Spector and Brian Wilson, two of the greatest producers of all time, in any genre. They knew what was what, and Blaine was definitely what. Wilson said today, "I’m so sad, I don’t know what to say. Hal Blaine was such a great musician and friend that I can’t put it into words. Hal taught me a lot, and he had so much to do with our success - he was the greatest drummer ever. We also laughed an awful lot."



A drummer friend of mine, who's been playing for four decades, posted a YouTube audio clip (above) of the making of "Be My Baby" today, and noted the following "Listen to the fills at the 8 minute mark!" adding a few minutes later "At the 8:26 mark Phil stops the recording and says "OK hold it, I wanna make sure it's the same tempo" and Hal responds......" it's fucking perfect Phil"! Classic."

There's a whole hell of a lot online about Blaine, and there will be a lot more as obits and remembrances are posted. Those of you that don't know what definitely was what might take the opportunity to learn about Blaine.

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Listen:
Hal Blaine - Gear Stripper mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Hal Blaine - Drums! Drums! A Go Go (full album)
(streaming) at YouTube 1965
Hal Blaine - Interview
at NPR
Hal Blaine on Phil Spector
at YouTube
Hal Blaine - The Sessions Panel
at YouTube 40 minute interview, 2017

Sunday, March 10, 2019

TAKE IT HIGHER FRED

If a song makes you forget about everything for nine minutes, that's really more than you can ask for. I don't know what I was looking for when I saw Fred Wesley's name mentioned, but it sent me lookin' for some J.B.'s stuff. One long version (but not the longest) of "Doin' It to Death" later, I don't even know what kinda mood I was in when I walked in the door. I've no idea the science behind it and it doesn't quite matter anyway. It worked.

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Listen:
James Brown and the J.B.'s - Doing It To Death mp3 at Frederator
Fred Wesley and the J.B.'s - It's the J.B.'s Monorail mp3 at ATumblr (?)

Saturday, March 9, 2019

STILL WAITING

The Black Keys have a new song out, their first in something like five years. Will someone please tell me why I still hang on the hope that they'll return to their broke-ass shit? I fear this new one is as close as were going to get to a step back. Progress, schmogress. I dig the raw shit.

Here's the new song and a handful from their first LP in 2002, my personal favorite. But you don't give a shit about that. Dig the contrast anyway.


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Listen:
The Black Keys - Heavy Soul mp3
at SB Dave
The Black Keys - She Said, She Said mp3
at Hear Ya.
The Black Keys - Brooklyn Bound mp3
at Hey Lisa
The Black Keys - I'll Be Your Man mp3
at Susie Bright

Thursday, March 7, 2019

NO ONE IS INNOCENT

Is punk rock really worth revisiting again and again? Do OG punk bands, irregardless of their vintage merit really need to tour every few years to "keep the fire burning". Yes and no. Yes if the intent is true to original punk rock worth as a matter of social consciousness and the DIY ethos. No as an oldies revue, which is what all the reunions and yacking often are. By going over and over the ancient tried and once true routines we've lost the ability to create something out of nothing. And that is what is really missing. It's scary to look back and realize that just about everything since that initial wave of punk rock has been formulaic, and much of punk was that as well. The inception of hip hop, or rap as it was referred to then, is about the last time things changed in a big way, really made something out if nothing. Is inventiveness dead?

That's my sourpuss mood for the night after seeing a post at Brooklyn Vegan. It's about a panel discussion that had on hand Henry Rollins, Duff McKagen, John Lydon, Harley Flanagan, Marky Ramone and Donita Sparks. What a shit show, the highlight of which is the bickering of Lydon and Ramone. A blowhard frontman with a genuine CV vs a, let's just face it, adequate drummer with a excess of self-important pomp. It's rich, I tell ya, and Marky Ramone comes off looking stuck in the past (with the signature bowl cut and leather that he's been wearing for forty years) and clueless about anything outside of his sphere, the Ramones and Richard Hell and the Voidoids, the band he was in before joining the Ramones. Lydon just makes you think "Ah, good ol' Johnny, the dude's still his loudmouth self." And that's just the two of them. There are other moments worth watching but I'm too lazy and I've taken too much of your time. Go make something.

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Visit:
Johnny Rotten, Henry Rollins & Marky Ramone walk into a panel… (anarchy ensued) at Brooklyn Vegan Four videos and a story.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

SPREAD THE JOY

The frantic hand guy, Benny Joy. Every photo I've seen of him has odd hand gestures. He only had a handful of 45s when his career was at his peak, but that doesn't mean there weren't a shitload of other sides that saw the light of day decades later courtesy of those nutty rockabilly revivalists. But, hey, there's a lot of lesser shit out there passing as rockabilly. They may have the twang, the requisite stand up bass and spare drum kit, but all those guys with the perfect hair are missing a vital ingredient. Craziness.

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Listen:
Benny Joy - Miss Bobby Sox mp3 at Rockabilly Hall
Benny Joy - Crash the Party mp3
at Rocky 52
Benny Joy - Little Bittie Everything mp3
at Rocky 52

More Benny Joy here and here

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

TAKE IT PLUME HEAD

Hey it's Fat Tuesday, or was, depending on where you are. regardless, it is here, right now. It is also my excuse for a hasty exit. Dig on the man on the left (above), Mr. Ernie K-Doe. The dude who did "Mother In Law" and a zillion other N.O. classics. Several years later, he was a radio DJ on WWOZ, and his between song banter was all over the place. Making things up spontaneously is tough, but he goes on weird tangents almost like he's talking just to hear his own voice, ranting about all sorts of shit. After a few minutes, it's back to the music. This is good stuff.

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Listen:
Ernie K-Doe - Wanted, $10.000 Reward mp3
at J Yuenger
Ernie K-Doe - Mother In Law mp3
at Net Animations (?)
Radio show:
Ernie K-Doe on WWOZ
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 110 minutes

Monday, March 4, 2019

TOUSSAINT WINS THE COOL PHOTO CONTEST

Jeez, for some reason this year the whole New Orleans music vibe is hitting me hard. Maybe it's because I haven't listened io music from New Orleans since about this time last year, which is just stupid. There's holiday music and there's holiday music. I'd never listen to Christmas music in the middle of summer. That's the most black and white type of an off season decision that needs to be made. Halloween is a different story. The real goofy "Monster Mash" type shit only gets played at Halloween, but the Sonic's "The Witch"? All bets are off. Any day of the year. Valentines Day? Shit, if I wanna get soapy, I've been known to play a love song. Okay, so Christmas music is the only truly limited type of holiday music. So, what the fuck? New Orleans music isn't just a soundtrack to people in loud clothes yelling in your year and then turning to puke. All of this because of Joe Jones's "You Talk Too Much". It set me off.

It was at one of the four posts over at Time Goes By, a blog for Australian seniors that has among its ranks a Mr. Peter Tibbles. Dude knows music. He has a weekly column over there and they're always interesting regardless of the genre. Among his posts are four that have all varieties of New Orleans music. Tibbles's posts are at the bottom. Here's a few others as appetizers.

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Listen:
Joe Jones - You Talk Too Much mp3 at Time Goes By
Professor Longhair - Mardi Gras in New Orleans mp3 at Groove Addict
Ernie K-Doe - Popeye Joe mp3 at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Lee Dorsey - Workin' In a Coal Mine mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Al Tousan (Allen Toussaint) - Moo Moo mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 
The Posts:
New Orleans Music at Time Goes By
Part 1:
King Oliver, Sidney Bechet, Roy Brown, Lee Dorsey, Joe Jones, Bobby Charles, Dave Bartholomew, Jessie Hill, Coco Bobicheaux
Part 2:
Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair, Lloyd Price, Eddie Bo, the Neville Brothers, Benny Spellman, the Dixie Cups, Smiley Lewis
Part 3:
Kid Ory, Johnny Dodds, Alvin Robinson, Fats Domino, Johnny Adams, Ernie K-Doe, Lonnie Johnson, Chris Kenner, The Meters, Dr, John
Part 4:
Jelly Roll Morton, Champion Jack Dupree, James Booker, Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Larry Williams, Shirley and Lee. Wynton Marsalis

Sunday, March 3, 2019

TWO DAYS AND COUNTING

Aaron Neville. Party Hard.
More Fat Tuesday prep tonight. Why not overdo it? Music from New Orleans is just so uniquely American, shit, more accurately uniquely New Orleans. You can pretty much peg the type of rhythm and blues that comes from there. If I were a musician, or knew the mechanics of music, I could throw around some technical mumbo jumbo to say why and how, but I'm not a musician and I don't know much technical mumbo jumbo so I will resort to the litmus test: Does the music make me feel a little closer to New Orleans? Yes. Jubilant? Check. Willing to stand in the street shoulder to shoulder with people who are clearly there for the wrong kind of folly just to enjoy the soundtrack? Yep. That is New Orleans music.

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Listen:
Aaron Neville - Humdinger mp3 at DJ Perro
Art Neville - Arabian Love Call mp3
at Office Naps
Al Tousan (Allen Toussaint) - Cow Cow Blues mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Two mixes:
Funky16Corners Mardi Gras!
at Funky 16 Corners Two fine mixes, Mardi Gras Boogaloo and Keep the Fire Burning. One click and mix the drinks.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

BECAUSE, WHY NOT?

I ran into a cover of James Brown's "I Got You (I feel Good)" by a Filipina movie star from the late sixties and if I don't post it, I'll forget it existed. Not exactly a gushing endorsement, I know. But it's oddball enough that I might get a hankering for it later. What the hell. There's another cover down there too, of Desmond Dekker's "Israelites". This night is just full of thrills.

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Listen:
Vilma Valera - I Got You (I Feel Good) mp3 at Office Naps
Vilma Valera - Israelites
(streaming) at YouTube

Friday, March 1, 2019

THE BEGINNERS ALWAYS WANT BEADS

Holy shit Fat Tuesday is only days away! And this is the weekend before Fat Tuesday AKA the amateur Mardi Gras, so commence posting of New Orleans shit! This won't hurt a bit. A mix of better and lesser known Crescent City sides, once or twice per season. It won't kill you.

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Listen:
Warren Lee - Star Revue mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Shirley & Lee - Feel So Good mp3
at Rocky 52
Dave Bartholomew - Carnival Time mp3
at Home of the Groove
Professor Longhair - In the Night mp3
at DJ Perro
Smiley Lewis - I Hear You Knockin' mp3
at DJ Perro
Roger and the Gypsies - Pass the Hatchet (Pts 1 and 2) mp3 at A Terrible Blogger Is Born
Champion Jack Dupree - Drunk Again mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Huey "Piano" Smith - Popeye mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Jessie Hill - Whip It On Me mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Al Tousan (Allen Toussaint) - Pelican Parade mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Frankie Ford - Roberta mp3
at Rocky 52
Eddie Lang - Something Within Me mp3
at Soul Garage
Eddie Bo - Roamin-itis mp3
at Groove Addict
Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can, Pt 2 mp3
at Videogotz
Huey "Piano" Smith - Would You Believe It mp3
at Modern Kicks
Jessie Hill - Oogsey Moo mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Lee Dorsey - Holy Cow mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Wax Wonders: The Soul Of NOLA at Aquarium Drunkard Three New Orleans sides, Irma Thomas, Bobby Parker, Little Bob. ( The two by Willie Tee are dead.)

Thursday, February 28, 2019

THE NAME THAT ATE A NIGHT

It's funny how just a name can send you back decades. Tapper Zukie, the reggae DJ, my first reggae 45 ever. Bought at a record store once owned by Dan McClain (some years later he would be branded Country Dick, from the eighties band the Beat Farmers). There weren't many record stores carrying reggae back then, before the Marley explosion. Ratner's Electric, downtown, had the best reggae section at the time. I seem to remember that the odd pairing of an electrical supply shop with a small reggae record department was the doing of Dave Allard, a guy who would later open up his own shop, Strictly Reggae. The local reggae crowd back then was mostly black. The only guys I knew who really knew reggae, more than me anyway (which wasn't much at all), were a couple of older white guys, Mad Jack and Looby. Cool guys, good overall tastes and knowledgeable. Way more multi-cultural than anyone else I knew. I think that's when I first become aware of Allard. See? I'm just getting started, just from the name Tapper Zukie. Screw it, I ain't got all night.

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Listen:
Tapper Zukie - New Star (streaming) at YouTube
Johnny Clarke and Tapper Zukie - Phensic mp3
at Pixie Radio
Tapper Zukie - Double Struggle mp3
at Radio Milwaukee
Cool mix:

Algoriddim 20030530: Tappa Zukie Part 1 at Internet Archive Tapper Zukie cuts and others with shared riddims. Download: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

PLEASE DON'T FART

I recommended the Schitzophonics to someone today, and I did what I do every time their name comes up. I when on a hunt for an mp3 or two. Per usual, skunked. So I did what I always do when I'm skunked looking for Schitzoponics mp3s, I watched a few videos of theirs.


The Schitzophonics always remind me of the MC5, and that always calls for a detour. Happens every time. And again, as is routine, I tried a couple of non-Kick Out the Jams MC5 tracks, and wouldn't you know it, I was reminded what shitty producers did to their studio stuff. A damn shame that is because I could do without all the brothers and sisters jive that is the intro to "Ramblin' Rose". But, boy, does that song smoke.

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Listen:
MC5 - Ramblin' Rose mp3 at Probe Is Turning On the People
MC5 - Kick Out the Jams mp3
at The Helpless Dancer
MC5 - Tutti Frutti mp3
at Perrier Ville Ave (?)
MC5 - The American Ruse mp3
at Kempa A few blips on this one, to discourage people who care about blips.

Monday, February 25, 2019

BACK, BY NO DEMAND

Wow, this was a nice to hear on a Monday night. Maybe because seeing Link Wray and 1975 on the same page doesn't usually indicate a five minute and hairy live version of "Jack the Ripper" (originally released in 1962). This later version shreds in the way classic Wray does. You know what I'm talking about. The hills are alive with the sound of menace. Technique takes a backseat to the feel, and the feel here is a guy who knows his menace.

Here's just a couple highlights here to the LP that's posted in its entirety at Xtrmntr. The rest of the LP is good, but it's not the loud Link that we all know and love. But you ought to visit the post. It's an awesome read. The other song below, "BoJack", sounds very much like one the Cramps would've had a field day with. Who knows, maybe they did cover it. I could never keep up with those rascals.

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Listen:
Link Wray - Jack the Ripper flac at Xtrmntr
Link Wray - BoJack flac at Xtrmntr
Link Wray - Stuck In Gear (full LP) flac at Xtrmntr Go there to get it. I have no idea what plays flac files and what doesn't. I can hear them, that's all I need.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

NICE SANDALS, ROCKER.

Okay, so there's an older lady that moved in across the alley. She's 77, thin and walks with a cane. She was out there having a smoke, as was I. Not having seen her come or go before, I figured she was new to the neighborhood, so I introduced myself. Her name was Jeanie.

I know I'll be talking to Jeanie again soon. Gotta remember her name. This one is easy, a song association, "Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie" by Eddie Cochran. Come to think of it, at her age she would have been in high school when that song was released. Note to self: Ask Jeanie if she knows the song "Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie" by Eddie Cochran.

I went looking for the song. Squat. I expanded my search and all sorts of shit popped up. Amongst it, a collection of Led Zeppelin rarities that included two Eddie Cochran covers. First thought: this is gonna be rich.

The covers sound just like what you would expect Led Zeppelin covering Eddie Cochran to sound like, basically like shit. Okay, it does sound like Zeppelin and if you didn't know the songs they would sound like anything else they were doing at the time. But if you do know the songs and you like Eddie Cochran just fine, there are parts that will make you cringe. For example, near the end of the first verse of "C'mon Everybody", when Plant sings "who cares" it sounds like a parody of a seventies rock vocalist. Totally whiney.

All fourteen tracks are in one file, and there's plenty of listenable stuff here. You just have to let the whole thing roll or pick through it to find individual songs. The Cochran covers are at 11:22 ("Something Else") and 31:55 ("C'mon Everybody"). Along with those are covers of Sonny Boy Williamson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Howlin' Wolf, you get the idea.

The Sex Pistols covered the same Cochran songs (three quarters of the Sex Pistols anyway, with Sid Vicious on vocals and Johnny Rotten absent). Compare their takes and Zeppelin's and you will sense a difference. Here's the thing, if you know early rock 'n' roll, you know that certain OG rockers had a sort of swagger. Vicious, in his delivery, has some of that. But 1970-era Robert Plant was suffering from bell bottoms and frilly tops, and a high pitched whiney "who cares".

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Listen:
Led Zeppelin - Rarities mp3 at Internet Archive Single 14 song mp3. "Something Else" at 11:22, "C'mon Everybody" at 31:55. In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"
Eddie Cochran - Something Else mp3 at Rocky 52
Eddie Cochran - C'mon Everybody mp3 at Rocky 52
Sex Pistols - Something Else (streaming) at YouTube
Sex Pistols - C'mon Everybody (streaming) at YouTube

Friday, February 22, 2019

DUDE. LIGHTEN UP.

When it comes to cry in your beer, my wife just left me and my dog died, Ray Price was right up there with the best, ur, saddest. He could make the phone book sound sad. Take "Crazy Arms". Price's reading will have you sinking into woe is me anti-bliss. Jerry Lee Lewis reads it rollicking. The Killer wins again.

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Listen:
Ray Price - Crazy Arms mp3 at Internet Archive
Jerry Lee Lewis - Crazy Arms mp3 at Rockabilly Hall
Ray Price - I've Got a New Heartache mp3 at Internet Archive

Thursday, February 21, 2019

WHEN YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU NEEDED IT

I can well imagine not being in the mood for this type of music, but I thank my lucky stars that I am in the mood because it really hits the spot. Sucked in by the text, the psychedelic dirge plods with meandering freakout guitar. Then the dirge of a sax on top of that, a sax player with bottomless lungs and no end in sight. Cleared my head right up.

I'm linking to the original post, just go there to read the text that sucked me in, and download it if you want it. After listening to a chunk of the LP that the song comes from, (posted by some character by the name of Stoned Meadow of Doom), I'll probably go out and buy it. Goes well with Flipper and PiL type stuff, wait, eleven minutes into it now, the LP, it sounds more like an outtake of some extended jam from the Stooges' Funhouse. I'll be damned.

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Visit:
Mythic Sunship - Way Ahead mp3 at For the Sake of the Song Go there to get it.
Mythic Sunship - Another Shape of Psychedelic Music (Full LP)
(streaming) at YouTube

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

LET'S HEAR IT FOR ARTHUR'S EXIT

Other than "Fire", I can't remember every hearing another song from the Crazy World of Arthur Brown. "Fire" ain't all that bad, a bit corny, but not enough to avoid Arthur Brown without going further. Okay, so where would one start? The first song I happened to hear was "Spontaneous Apple Creation". Oh brother. A bunch of spaced out hippy jive. If you thought "Fire" was a little dramatic, try the "Spontaneous..." thing. Done? You have reached the end of my interest in Arthur Brown and his Crazy drugged out corn World. Should have trusted my gut.

Onto things slightly more interesting. How's about a soul cover of "Fire"? You're right. It couldn't be any goofier the Brown's novelty thud. The Seven Souls do it up right. Give it a whirl and see why I occasionally dig through blog posts from 2001 on a blog that hasn't been tended to in six years.

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Visit:
Seven Souls - Fire mp3 at Soul Garage
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Fire (streaming) at YouTube
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Spontaneous Apple Creation mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Seven Souls - Hold On I'm Coming mp3 at Soul Garage

Monday, February 18, 2019

"COOL" SAID LESTER YOUNG.

Today in the U.S. it was Presidents Day. The jazz station celebrated by making it Lester "Prez" Young day. That's a weak ass link that I will take full advantage of. Here's Lester Young, Prez yo.

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Listen:
Lester Young - Jumpin' at the Woodside mp3 at Internet Archive
Lester Young - Willow Weep For Me mp3
at Internet Archive

Sunday, February 17, 2019

VIO CON DIOS WORD MAN

Ken Nordine died yesterday, he was a word jazz guy. That's the stuff that sounds like bad beatniks in the movies, spoken word over jazz. It sometimes sounds like someone is trying to come off as profound and/or authoritative. It's not always corny. There are times when the speaking itself, the meter or diction, whatever, the sound of it is a factor. Ken Nordine was the king of that shit.

There's tons of stuff online, so here's just a few things. The Colors LP is a good place to start. Something like thirty eight descriptions of colors. After the first couple you'll be hooked on the off the wall text. I kept listening just to hear what kind of crackpot thing he'd say next.

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Listen:
Ken Nordine - Colors (1966) mp3 at Internet Archive 59 minutes
Film of Death - Hosted by Ken Nordine (radio show 1951) mp3 at Weird Lectures
NPR Radio Feature about Ken Nordine (1980) at Internet Archive

Friday, February 15, 2019

FUCK. LIVE AND LEARN.

There's a guy I know that hardly ever talks about anybody by name. It's always "the pit bull guy" or "the girl that works as Poma's [a local deli]", "the rockabilly kids". Whenever he gets in a tight spot, he talks about where he can get a quick loan. It's usually one of his cronies from L.A. or Vegas. Rarely do they loan him money, but he hits them up anyway. One guy is a friend he calls "the Pharmacist". Something tells me he's loaded, but been burned a few too many times. He probably had a few outstanding loans in which he recouped squat.


Not too long ago, this friend was unemployed, his wife moved out and he was trying to get some money together so he wouldn't get evicted. Over the course of a few weeks, in his process of elimination type hunt for funds, I must have heard "pharmacist" a hundred times. Everytime he said it, the song "Mr Pharmacist" started playing in my imagined soundtrack of the day. This caused problems when he would repeat it several times in a single conversation. It had the effect of a record skipping in my imagined soundtrack. Now, every time I hear that song I begin to wonder if I'm ever going to see the money he owes me. I bet he probably owes the pharmacist more.

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Listen:
The Other Half - Mr. Pharmacist mp3 at Plain or Pan
The Fall - Mr. Pharmacist mp3 at Skynet (?)
Video:
The Other Half 0n The Mod Squad at YouTube

Thursday, February 14, 2019

MUSIC FOR ROMAN HANDS

Photo found by Pea Hix
Well, today I did what I wished someone had done for me when I needed it. During the course of the day I reminded a half dozen guys that it was Valentines Day and they better get their squeeze something or suffer the consequences. While flowers or candy (or booze, if I know my demographic) might do it, what to do once you've handed over the goods? Try putting one of Reverend Tom Frost's Bloody Love mixes. Three different mixes of vintage make out soundtracks, roughly three hours worth. That's enough time for you to git down and have a post-coital smoke. Seal the deal with Ronnie Self's "You're So Right For Me".

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Listen:
Ronnie Self - You're So Right For Me mp3
at Rocky-52.net
The mixes:
A Bloody Love Mix: Part 1
at Spread the Good Word
A Bloody Love Mix: Part 2
at Spread the Good Word
A Bloody Love Mix: Part 3
at Spread the Good Word

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

THIS IS NOT ROBERT QUINE

I wasn't expecting to revisit an LP I bought years ago when I clicked on a random funky soul song. "Keep On Dancin'" is a five minute jam reminiscent of B.T. Express, by Hamilton Bohannon (seen above) who, according to the liner notes of the album, had been "Motown's bandleader for a number of years" (this in 1974). That's not the reason for the detour. Reading the short blurb at Art Decade, it says "Featuring Fernando Saunders on bass. Does he play any two-bar unit exactly the same, or is each one different, like snowflakes?" Shit, I knew that name, but from where? I had a look at Saunders's discography. There it was. He played on a bunch of mid-late Lou Reed studio albums, none of which I owned. But, wait, there it really was, Lou Reed - Live In Italy, an album I had heard, many times. I bought it on cassette in Italy when it came out. I was doing the backpack/hostel/Eurail pass thing. Florence, Firenze to locals, 1984. I remember because when I went to see Michelangelo's David the place was full of noisy tourists so I decided I'd rather listen to music. The cheapo Walkman knock off that I had was loaded with the Lou Reed album and I let the fifteen minute medley of "Some Kinda Love/Sister Ray" rip while I checked out the marble. Yee haw.

That album is notable because Reed and Saunders's band mate was guitarist Robert Quine, one of the most underrated guitarists of all time (in my book, the only one that matters to me}. Quine had been in Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and on the two albums that he did with them he thoroughly ripped, but not in a normal rock 'n' roll way. There was something else going on. His leads were disjointed and abrasive, but it wasn't showmanship or guitar hero shit. It was more cerebral, irreverently so.

I am, no doubt, going to be listening to the Voidoids tonight, but you ought to check the Lou Reed live thing. As far as I know, that tour, the album and the video that was released later, are the only live recordings of Quine. Reed's playing is good too, and, hey, they have  that guy who may or may not play any two-bar unit exactly the same holding down the low end. You've gone this far. Click on something.

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Listen:
Hamilton Bohannon - Keep On Dancin' mp3 at Art Decade
Lou Reed - Live In Italy (full LP) (streaming) at YouTube

Monday, February 11, 2019

PARTY WITH MR. LOW KEY COOL

I'm re-reading that Ry Cooder penned book of fiction that I read last summer, and again, in the middle of the chapter that features cameos by Merle Travis and Joe Maphis, my thoughts turn to my brother. His tastes were varied. One minute it might be Flipper, the next Esquivel. So watching an old clip of some aw shucks he knows he's awesome picker was not out of the ordinary. The picker I speak of is Merle Travis, on a cabin porch in a rocking chair, introduced thusly,  "With us today is Country and Western Hall of Fame member Merle Travis". I remember that because we, along with his roommate and assorted friends on different occasions, watched that clip many, many times. It was one of those things that you take delight in running into the ground.  Keep in mind that there was usually beer or weed involved. When Travis gets to one part of the song, in the middle of some masterful picking, he says "I usually play that part on the jug." At an impromptu weekend afternoon party, hanging with friends, it was instant hysterics. It wasn't the clip, or Travis's comment, it became all about running it into the ground. We excelled at that. Merle Travis excelled at finger picking, and he made it look easy.

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Listen:
Merle Travis - Blue Smoke mp3 at Rocky 52
Merle Travis - Sixteen Tons mp3
at Rocky 52
Merle Travis - Louisiana Boogie mp3
at Bousculade (?)
Video:
Merle Travis - The Real Deal at YouTube Compilation of clips.