Saturday, April 10, 2021

THE SMALL TOWN ROCKER


Well, I gave it another go, played rockabilly roulette at Rocky 52 and ended landing on Alvis Wayne, an early rockabilly dude out of Paducah, Texas. Never heard of the place, so I thought I'd take a look-see. Holy shit. The place is like a ghost town. The population in 2000 was only 1,498. By 2019 it had dwindled to 1,278. I took a look at the street view, boarded up storefronts and empty. There were cars on the road, but not a soul in sight as I traveled virtually through the town. The homes were in decent shape, as were the gas stations and one of four motels that I came across. But the town has seen better days. And it produced Alvis Wayne.

Wayne has a familiar story. Grew up listening to Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, blah, blah, blah, got a guitar at age ten and was playing professionally by the age of twelve. Ended up almost as a footnote when rockabilly fiends in the UK took notice of his old records, blah, blah, second wind, blah, signed with Rollin' Rock Records in the mid-seventies, two albums  and then sporadic appearances and another LP in 2000. Here's a few. I gotta go look into what the fuck happened to Paducah.

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Listen:
Alvis Wayne - Swing Bop Boogie mp3
at Rocky 52
Alvis Wayne - Sleep Rock-a-Roll, Rock-a-Baby mp3
at Rocky 52
Alvis Wayne - Don't Mean Maybe Baby mp3
at Rocky 52
Visit:
Paducah, TX
at Google Maps

Thursday, April 8, 2021

OH, I'M SO SCARED...POSEUR.


There I was, over at Rocky 52, intent on playing rockabilly roulette. That's where I look for any artist tagged as rockabilly. It's gotta be A) a name I don't recognize, B) old, as in not one of those newer rockabilly outfits with all that Dixie regalia, C) little or no backing vocals. Really, they can ruin a potentially brilliant record. and D) something wild. Preferably with a scream or two and some good guitar. It's like Russian roulette with shittier odds. But, you don't die.

Sometimes I hit pay dirt right away. Other times I get distracted. Like tonight. Keith O'Connor was listed as "US Rock 'n' Roll singer from Indiana", Close enough I thought. Clicked and the first song was only so-so. Then I saw that as a member of the Torkays he did a song "Karate". It was substantially better. Then I thought I remembered an old post that had a bunch of karate themed songs. After rummaging around some old posts, a link to our ol' buddy, The Probe. Sixteen karate non-chartbusters.

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Listen:
The Torkays - Karate mp3
at Rocky 52
Chop Chop - 16 Karate oddballs at Probe Is Turning-On the People Sandy Nelson, Travis Wammack, Dave and Ansel Collins, and others. Enough to make me forget what I was doing.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

THE "IS THIS DIET?" LOOK.


I can only think of one Gene Pitney record that I own, a 45 of "Town Without Pity". A great song, kind of a downer with a noir feel to it. I never bothered going any further with him. I know he had other hits, I just can't remember any right at the moment. But I do remember that he wrote "Hello Mary Lou", a hit for Rickey Nelson, and "He's A Rebel", a hit for the Crystals (produced by Phil Spector). Both were favorites of mine long before I knew who Gene Pitney was.

Pitney's versions of "Hello Mary Lou" and "She's A Rebel" are below. They're interesting to hear but, man, they pale in comparison. Not even close. Poor ol' Pitney. I was hoping the songwriting credit for "Town Without Pity" would be his redemption. Not to be. Some other dude.

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Listen:
Gene Pitney - Town Without Pity mp3
at Fimoculous
Ricky Nelson - Hello Mary Lou mp3
at Snuhthing Anything
Gene Pitney - Hello Mary Lou mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People
The Crystals - He's A Rebel
(streaming) at YouTube
Gene Pitney - She's A Rebel mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People

Monday, April 5, 2021

FUCK YOU DEATH. DAN SARTAIN LIVES.


Aw shit. Dan Sartain has died. It happened a few weeks ago but I just heard about it. He was only 39. This one hits me a little harder than most musician deaths. I didn't know him, and although I really love his music, not to the point of running out and buying everything. That said, there's a couple things that make me stop and reflect. One is the circumstances of how I came to know his music. Many years ago, I was working as a grunt on a job site. The mason on the job needed someone (me) to clean the old mortar on the bricks so they could be re-used (it was a historical building). A few months later I was in my local watering hole, and I ran into the mason. When I asked how he ended up there he told me his daughter was one of the bartenders. After having met her, I soon met her boyfriend, John Reis, guitarist and singer for Rocket From the Crypt.

A few years later Reis started his own label, Swami Records. As I'd found out after getting to know him, we had similar tastes in music. Any friend that has a record label and has similar tastes also has my attention. One after another I road tested the artists on the Swami roster.

When I got to Sartain, I realized that this Sartain guy was the type of person I'd like to have a beer with. (Oh, that table would be crowded. Also sitting there, Ted Williams, Miki Dora, John Steinbeck, Hasil Adkins, Raymond Chandler, Dick Dale,..yeah, you know, the regular drinking buddies. "Hey, who let Duchamp in here?!? Get 'im a drink, would you Picasso?") After seeing a couple interviews, Sartain kind of reminded me of my brother in his self-effacing sort of humor and acute bullshit detector. To wit, of Jack White he said "He was a fucking dick. That man is uncool." How succinct are you going to get? Even if the subject was someone else, those two sentences are pure poetry. Then there's the Hasil Adkins question. Asked what his favorite Hasil Adkins song is, his answer would have been my brother's exact words,"'No More Hot Dogs,' stupid! What the fuck else would I choose?"



Apparently since he had slicked back hair and favored hollow bodies, he was assumed to be rockabilly by some, and about that he referred to the rockabilly crowd as fantasy driven, "picking their teeth with swithblades" and here's the kicker "like MC Hammer never happened." I laughed my ass off. That juxtaposition is hilarious.

There are other reasons why he's seated with the other heavy hitters. He's worked regular jobs, delivered pizza, worked in a record store and after touring big venues with the Hives and the White Stripes and releasing a few records, he took over a barber shop. Enough of the blabbing. Here's some of his music. If you like it you outta buy some. There's a digital compilation that contains all of his albums, one hundred songs, for twenty bucks at Bandcamp. Here's a few to sample. Do check the 46 minute film, Dan Sartain Lives: The Motion Picture, posted in 2014.

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

LIVE FROM THE BACK OF THE HALL CLOSET


I just ran into a live set of Neil Young and Crazy Horse from 1976. I'd posted it as the last link in a list of several on a post in 2012. I never bothered to really listen to it. It's actually pretty good. I've got to slow down and smell the roses around this dump.

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Listen:
Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Down By the River (live) mp3
at Visible Voice
Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Cinnamon Girl (live) mp3
at Visible Voice
The whole set:
Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA
at Visible Voice 11/22/76 The Full set, individual or as a full set.

Friday, April 2, 2021

HAUNTED FRANKIE VAUGHN RESPONDS


There's a letter making the rounds online. An alleged rejection letter sent to Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music from Polydor Records. I say alleged because it's been posted a lot in the past twenty four hours. Yesterday was April 1st, April Fools Day. I normally wouldn't regard it as fake, because I couldn't care less one way or another. But in looking for a high resolution version, I ran into an alleged response from Bryan Ferry. There is a line in the response that make me think both are jokes.

"If you really must, at least make sure it's on a REAL Polydor letterhead, you thick twat, otherwise I might think it's another late April Fool." Scans of both letters can be seen here.

Like I said, I really don't give a shit. It's just a good excuse to post some Roxy Music stuff. This way....

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Listen:
Roxy Music - The Bogus Man mp3
at Tumblr
Roxy Music - Do the Strand mp3
at Self Starter Foundation (?)
Roxy Music - Re-Make Re-Model mp3
at Rock Town Hall
Roxy Music - Virginia Plain mp3
at  Rock Town Hall
Cover:
Mudhoney - Editions of You mp3
at I Am Fuel You Are Friends
Video:
Roxy Music - Editions of You
at YouTube
Visit:

Both letters, side by side
at some his dude's Twitter

Thursday, April 1, 2021

AH YES, THE OL' ETHIOPIAN PARTY JAMS TRICK.


I had a hankering for some Mulatu Astatqé. Dang me if it didn't become an Ethiopian smorgasbord. It hits the spot when you're in the mood for something that you didn't know that you were in the mood for. Foreign. Exotic. Cool. Here's a mix and a handful of of songs. Eat up.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

MIGHT BE BETTER WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED


I had something entirely different in mind, but then I ran into this. Sounds Incorporated, corny moves but hard as hell. I did not want to forget to post it. They share one thing with the Sonics, the Wailers and the Monks, at least in this song. Picking a simple song and just playing the shit out of it. Banging away. Whatever the volume, it sounds loud. Anyway, I hate those fucking suits.


Monday, March 29, 2021

WHEN PARTIES WERE THE INTERNET


I'm sure all of us have favorite records that we've had for years. Records that are so special that you remember the moment when they became significant to you personally. Sometimes it's the first time you ever heard them, and sometimes it might be an already familiar song but something significant happened while the song happened to be playing. If a record is special, it's likely you'll remember  more details than you'd expect.

I like Don and Dewey a lot. I remember where I was when I first heard them. It was at a party, a friend of a friend's party or something like that. There was good music being played, I'm sure. There was enough party action going on that I hadn't taken notice of where the records were. I'm not a snoop like that. If it were a friend's party I'd probably taken a gander, but I was there as a guest of a guest. Anyway, I remember hearing something that was so damn hot that I stopped the conversation and went looking for the host to ask who it was. It was Don and Dewey, and act I'd never heard of. This was well before the internet. The host showed me the LP and I saw that it was on Specialty, the same label that Little Richard's records were on (!) and that was all I needed to know. I had a copy of the LP within days and it's been a favorite ever since.

That was over thirty years ago and for the last three decades I tried to remember whose party it was so I could thank them.  I thought that there was some sort of connection with my brother, but he passed away in 1997 before I thought to ask him. Meanwhile, the years trickled by with the mystery of who turned me on to Don and Dewey still hanging.

Last week a woman who I'm friends with on Facebook posted a playlist of what was on her shuffle. She's not someone I really know, just one of those friends you pick up on Facebook because you have a lot of friends in common. She's posted playlists before, but the most recent one showed such varying music types that I knew she had good, and informed, taste. Something on the list, I'm not exactly sure what record it was, prompted me to wonder if this was the person who had that party years ago. I was actually pretty excited thinking that after all these years there was a possibility of solving the mystery, or at least eliminating someone from the long list of people it could have been.  

Via Facebook messaging, It went like this:
"Jackie, did you once have a party (late 70s early 80s) in which you played Don and Dewey?"
"Probably. With Steve [last name]?"
("Holy shit", I thought. I hadn't seen or heard from Steve in decades. He was a good friend of my brother's who, I think, used to live with Jackie.)
Then Steve piped in:
"I remember a party back then, that I think both Tom and Tim were at. This was before I knew either of them very well. Not surprised that Don and Dewey would have been played. Hey Tom!"

Wow, mystery finally solved after three decades. I thanked them and told them I'd been wanting to thank the person(s) responsible for years. That's why I keep posting Don and Dewey. Just paying it forward for Jackie and Steve, until now not knowing that it was Jackie and Steve.

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Listen:
Don and Dewey - Justine
(streaming) at YouTube

Don and Dewey - Farmer John mp3 at Rock Town Hall Specialty 659 A-side
Don and Dewey - Jungle Hop mp3 at The Adios Lounge Specialty 599 A-side
Don and Dewey - A Little Love mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Specialty 599 B-side
Don and Dewey - Kill Me (streaming) at YouTube Specialty SPS 2131
Don and Dewey - I'm Leaving It All Up To You
(streaming) at YouTube Specialty 610 A-side
Don and Dewey - Stretchin' Out (streaming) at YouTube Rush 1002
Little Richard (with Don and Dewey)- Bama Lama Loo mp3 at Jeub (?) Specialty 699
Visit:
Don & Dewey - Excellent bio
at The Hound Blog Unfortunately the mp3 links are dead.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

MY SOCIAL LIFE'S A DUD.


Two minutes that never get old: the Music Machine's "Talk Talk". Man, what a piece of work that one is. The vocals, the guitar, the delivery, the lyrics, everything. When I think garage, this is the song I think of, and I hardly ever listen to it just once. I almost always play it twice back to back. And periodically that leads to an unashamed Music Machine refresher course, commencing right after I post this.


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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

WHEN WING TIPS WALKED THE EARTH


It's been a while since I've posted what are usually referred to as "shakers" "titty shakers" and "tassel twirlers". I call them what they are, strip tease instrumentals. They're not just any strip tease instrumentals. This is the type of stuff they'd be playing in the late fifties to mid-sixties. Dynamic rhythms, honkin' sax, ba-boom-ba-ba-boom shit in all it's flat-topped Oly-tainted, black and white glory.

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Listen:
The Syd Dale Orchestra - The Hell Raisers mp3
at Boss Radio 66
Pancho Villa and the Bandits - Ain't That Bad mp3
at Boss Radio 66
Tassel Twirler Tuesdays
at Boss Radio 66 More strip tease instrumentals. When you get to the bottom click on "Next post" for a whole lot more.

Monday, March 22, 2021

TOWER, POWER BURGER, AND THEN TURNER'S


I ran into some old Flipside vinyl compilations and things turned to quicksand. Flipside was a fanzine started in L.A. in 1977, running over twenty yearss. It was crudely laid out, some of it handwritten, and the photo reproductions were shitty. But it's heart was the street, the scene, and gossip. What it lacked in presentation it more than made up for in immediacy.

After Flipside had been going for a while, they put out three "vinyl fanzines", which were compilations with oddball line-ups. The three posted below have a combined 59 songs. Few of the band names will be recognizable to most of you, but they are good to kind of pick through.


I was just listening to a few cuts randomly while perusing some of the back issues of the print zine at Internet Archive. There's a dozen or so posted and I decided to start with the oldest, from 1979. A few pages in were short scene reports from different cities. I'd forgotten that I had written the scene report for San Diego. I don't even remember how many issues I submitted one to. One thing that's apparent, the San Diego scene was small. In the report (snippets above) I wrote that there were only twelve bands "in the scene". Small as the scene was, after the Dils and Zeros split for San Francisco, two of combos just beginning in 1979 were the Crawdaddys and Non, both known internationally all these years later and two bands that couldn't be more disparate. More on that contrast later. I can feel the wheels coming off so I'm cutting out. Memory Lane is a narrow road.

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Listen:
Flipside Vinyl Fanzine, Volume 1
at Xtrmntr 19 songs
Full band credits here.

Flipside Vinyl Fanzine, Volume 2
at Xtrmntr 21 songs
Full band credits here.

Flipside Vinyl Fanzine, Volume 3
at Xtrmntr 19 songs
Full band credits here.

Visit:
Flipside 16, 1979
at Internet Archive
More Flipside issues
at Internet Archive Scroll down the page, all of the Flipside podcast are unrelated.
10 of the Best fLiPSiDE Fanzine Interviews
at LA Weekly Not the interviews themselves, just a top ten.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

ONE DAY PACKED INTO TWENTY ONE MINUTES


File this one under "music to listen to when you're trying hard to think of something to write about" or "twenty one minutes of all over the place". Pharoah Saunders's "Healing Song". Listen to the whole thing. It's busy, beginning to end, and it builds and builds. When the freakout comes, it's a whopper. Then it comes down, way down. Something tells me I'll be trailing off after this one.

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Listen:

Thursday, March 18, 2021

NO SKIN IN THIS GAAME


How many of you are suffering from Johnny Thunders fatigue? I know I am, but this shit just keeps popping up. This is really just a heads up. Probe is Turning-On the People just posted four different versions of "Chinese Rocks", three with different writing credits. As per usual, he doesn't offer much comment. That's great, I often wish I could keep my mouth shut. Anyway, here's the four versions and what I know of them.



The first version is the earliest, when Richard Hell was in the band. He does the singing. It's either a demo or a practice tape. Being the earliest version, from 1975, this gives it provenance. The writing credits Colvin and Hell. Colvin is Dee Dee Ramone.  Then the Heartbreakers (Mark II) recorded it with Hell gone and Thunders and Walter Lure singing, what most people recognize as the version. Recorded in 1977, this time credited to Dee Dee Ramone, Thunders, [Heartbreaker Jerry] Nolan and Meyers [Hell]. There's actually at least a couple versions of this one with different mixes. There is another version from 1979, a live version from the Live at Max's Kansas City LP, with the same credits. The third version that the Probe posted is the Ramones' version, this one credits the Ramones as writers, The last version that the Probe posted is a live one from CBGBs in 1975 with Thunders and Hell singing. No writing credits on this one, but it you just can't get enough of this "Chinese Rocks" intrigue, I ran into a post on a blog that goes into real detail about the song, lyric changes, claims of ownership, the whole shooting match. Dude has more time than I do.

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The Heartbreakers - Chinese Rocks (Live) (streaming) at YouTube 1979
The Heartbreakers - Chinese Rocks - Four versions at Probe Is Turning-On the People Note: As of today it is the post at the top of the page, labeled Session 644, If time has passed since this was posted, you may have to scroll down.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

NAME YOUR PRICE NIGHT


What the fuck. When you can't think of anything to post and feel like you've been pissing in the wind as of late, you just spin the damn wheel. There's a list of folks I want to write about at length, but instead I phone it in every night. Not enough time what with my allotted goofing off. Wah wah wah. Spin the fucking wheel.

The wheel landed on a pretty cool freebie at BandCamp. Technically not a freebie but a "name your price". It's The Confined 4. I'm not sure what they are, some sorta beatmaker collective. These two are soundtracks to movies that don't exist. Kind of a pandemic meets science fiction theme going on, but entirely listenable, actually pretty good considering this sort of thing isn't in my wheelhouse.

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Listen:
The Confined Four - The Final Hour!
at Bandcamp
The Confined Four - The Day After
at Bandcamp
Promo videos:
The Confined Four - The Final Hour!
at YouTube
The Confined Four - The Day After
at YouTube

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

FOURTEEN SECONDS, POOF, GONE


An obscure 1979 punk record. The Commited's "Crash Victim". Ooh, scary, right? Never mind that, or anything else about them. I direct your attention to the best fourteen seconds of music you'll hear today, the solo that starts at :46 seconds into it. It's either crude, barely holding it together, or genius. Maybe all three. Doesn't matter. If the measure of good music is how it makes you feel, that solo keeps me on edge. I dig that.

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Listen:
The Commited - Crash Victim mp3
at Killed By Death Solo is at :46
The Commited - Three more songs and short description
at Killed By Death

Sunday, March 14, 2021

FOUR MINUTES OF SCRATCHY GUITAR


Man, I really dig that kind of scratchy post-punk guitar style. Which is funny now that I think about it. I always thought of post-punk as a reaction to punk rock becoming formulaic. If that was the case, what's with the preponderance of scratchy guitar in post-punk? I don't really give a shit, that's for them to figure out.

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Listen:
Au Pairs - Diet mp3
at 30 Milkshakes

Saturday, March 13, 2021

DIG IT. A MESS OF FELA. (SLIGHT RETURN)

There's a reason for this repost. I was in a Fela mood and once I started grooving that outweighed hassling with doing something from scratch. Plus, Fela. Here's the original post:

Yesterday I was talking to a friend and the conversation turned to Fela Kuti. He'd never heard of him, so a thumbnail sketch was in order. I told him that Fela was the like the James Brown of Nigeria. He had spent some time in the U.S., back in the 1969, and while he was here he was exposed to the black power movement, the Black Panthers, activism and so forth. When he went back to Nigeria, he did so recharged. That's about as thumbnail as I could muster. (Check Wikipedia or elsewhere for a more detailed or accurate profile. I'm a little lazy tonight.)

I'd planned on just sending him links to some of the past posts about Fela here, but when I went back to check them, there were quite a few dead links. The cuts below are all the links that were still working. If you come here regularly, you've heard them, but the good news is that when I went looking for some that I hadn't posted I ran into a whole mess of 'em. Seriously, over seventy Fela cuts.

The songs below are the ones that have been posted before. The mother lode is at Internet Archive, available streaming and as downloads in multiple formats. These things don't stay around long, so if you dig Fela, don't blink.

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Listen:
Fela Kuti - Water No Get Enemy mp3 at Miss Trade
Fela Kuti - Shakara mp3
at Essentially Eclectic
Fela Kuti - Mistake mp3
at Soul Donuts
Fela Kuti - Lady mp3
at Tumblr

Fela Kuti & Africa 70 Organization - Colonial Mentality (1977) mp3 at Soul Safari
Fela Kuti & Africa 70 Organization - Monkey Banana (1976) mp3
at Soul Safari
Fela Kuti & Africa 70 Organization - Yellow Fever (1976) mp3
at Soul Safari

The big bag:
Fela Kuti - Saluting the Black President
at Internet Archive 78 songs. NOTE: Once there, scroll down the page. In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files".

Friday, March 12, 2021

FOLKS YOU SHOULD KNOW


Rocky 52
and the Hound are two of the first blogs that I first frequented when I was just starting to check out music blogs (roughly fifteen years ago). Both have been regular haunts over the years, Rocky 52 for his insane breadth of country and western, rockabilly, hillbilly, instrumental bands and early rockers, and the Hound for his detailed bios of key figures, many second and third tier of familiarity. His music of choice is early rock 'n' roll, blues, r&b, and so on. More city, less hick.

These two sites complement each other well. Although the Hound's music links have been disabled for years, there is a shitload of well written and informed profiles. When the two sites intersect it's like a trip to the main library. Today, for instance, I saw a few Tarheel Slim songs at Rocky 52 (that's Slim pictured above) and the most detailed bio of Tarheel Slim I could find was at the Hound's site. Yee haw.

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Listen:
Tarheel Slim - Number 9 Train mp3
at Rocky 52
Tarheel Slim - Wildcat Trainer mp3
at Rocky 52
Tarheel Slim and Little Ann - Three songs
at Rocky 52
Visit:
Tarheel Slim - Profile
at The Hound
Rocky 52
- Home page