Thursday, November 21, 2019

THE ICE BREAKER, SIZE MEDIUM

Back when I was 26 I traveled around Europe solo for about five or six weeks. It was awesome trip, complete sensory overload. The history, art, architecture, food music and the people I met are indelibly etched in my memory. If you aren't settled down and have an opportunity to go solo, do it. Because nothing will make you open up to strangers more than being alone in a foreign city. So much happened and is so easily remembered, I hesitate to even touch on the subject because I could easily get carried away. So here's a snapshot.

Mid-trip, after stops in London, Oostende, and Amsterdam, I headed to Biefeld, Germany to hook up with a woman I met in the states. We hitched to Berlin, and the first night there went to a club I'd read about in The Face. The next night we went to an all night bar, where the bartender was Blixa Bargeld, who I found out later, after I returned to the states, was the singer from Einstürzende Neubauten, a band I'd never heard of. He was a nice guy, a nice enough impression that I later recognized him when I saw his mug on the cover of a magazine in San Francisco. Anyway, Berlin was all dreary and shit and I wanted to get to a warmer climate, so I made the executive decision to get to Florence, Italy. (Easy to do when you ride alone.)



I rode the train for twenty four hours to get to Florence. Between the train station and the pensione where I'd planned to stay (thank you Let's Go Europe!) I got lost. I ended up walking miles further than I needed to, had a slice of shitty "real" pizza and made the mistake of sampling Italian beer (insider's tip: stick to chianti), When I finally got to the pensione, I'd been on the train for a whole day and then walked for a couple hours with a heavy stuffed backpack. I was beat to shit. I went to my room and got cleaned up and then went to a common room and started chatting with a couple people from Australia. I found out that one of them worked in a record store back at home. We started talking music and she asked me what I'd been listening to. I lifted up the front of my sweatshirt and showed her my PiL T-shirt. She then lifted up her sweatshirt and she was wearing a Pil T-shirt. I nearly proposed to her on the spot. She was a sweetheart to boot. Harriet. I still have a crush on her to this day.

What did I say about getting carried away with the subject? I could have just related the PiL T-shirt part and left it at that, but noooo, I had to blab incessantly. That's why you should travel for a few weeks in Europe on your own. Here's some PiL.

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Listen:
Public Image Limited - Public Image mp3 at Warped Reality
Public Image Limited - Rise mp3
at Punk Rock Karl
Public Image Limited - Go Back mp3
at Tumblr
Public Image Limited - This Is Not A Love Song mp3
at In Bed With Dactylo

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

THE "DUDES CAMPING TRIP" LOOK

Quite a few years ago I reviewed a friend's band for my fanzine, I mentioned that they were something like a new wave K-Tel record. For those not as old as I am, K-Tel records were like 70s versions of that Now That's What I Call Music! franchise. You know, those records that compile the hits of the year and plop them on one disc. I made that comparison because they had songs that sounded like new wave, some that were closer to punk rock, a song or two that sounded like Tom Waits early stuff, you know, just all over the place. Not like Top 40, but still kind of a mixed bag. I think I remember them taking offense at my description. Well, shit, that may have been the last time I ever reviewed a friend's band in print. To this day I try not to write about friends' bands unless I am absolutely positive that I'd be into them even if I didn't know who they were. Unfortunately, I usually err on the side of caution, so as a result musician friends really aren't given a completely fair shake. I'll have to remedy that at some point.


The reason I bring that up is because the Bees are another band that are alike a K-Tel record. I don't remember how I first heard of them, but once I heard "Chicken Payback" I was hooked. Talk about catchy! The other night I was listening to a mix and a few seconds after that song began playing, a song I've heard many times over the years, I found myself on my feet dancing around the kitchen. This was unusual for a couple reasons. One is that I had no recollection of actually rising to my feet from a sitting position. It was as if the song yanked me up. But there I was shaking my ancient ass. The other reason it was unusual is that I don't dance often, at least not in the kitchen. What do they say? "Dance like nobody's watching"? Well, I was, and there was nobody watching. Just seconds ago I came across this video. Technical quality be damned, this could be my favorite music video of all time.


That said, that "Chicken Payback" is an undeniable butt shaker, those damn Bees do come off as a K-Tel record. It would be frustrating as hell if you're trying to figure out what the true sound of the Bees is. The thing is that they do other other types of music just as good as the sixties swamp rock inflected dance song that dragged me into their sphere in the first place. To wit, the vintage reggae groove of "No Trophy", their cover of the Os Mutantes' "A Minha Menina", and the seventies soul sound on "Listening Man". Now that's what I call identity crisis!

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Listen:
The Bees - Chicken Payback mp3 at Audio Drums
The Bees - No Trophy
(streaming) at YouTube
The Bees - A Minha Menina
(streaming) at YouTube

Monday, November 18, 2019

IT'S LOUNGE MUSIC SOMEWHERE.

There I was, just listening to the jazz station. It can be hit or miss sometimes. There are good shows, featuring sub-genres like Latin jazz or free jazz. There's also some less thematic shows could easily veer into the dreaded new age-y shit, softy light jazz ("cool" or otherwise). Tonight I was walking out the door to head out to the alley and they started playing a tinkly, almost lounge-y version of the theme to Star Wars. It was complete total crap. (Though it did remind me of the old SNL clip of Bill Murray as a lounge singer doing a vocal cover of it.) I had to get me away from there. I turned off the radio. Melvins to the rescue.

Switching the fuck away from lounge-y jazz corn, you couldn't ask for a better route than straight to the Melvins. The first thing I checked out was kind of lame. Them doing "Let It All Bee" as part of some sort of CD Rom magazine (remember those?). It's linked at the bottom. The video directly below though is great. From 2018, with Steve McDonald (Redd Kross) on bass. Or second bass. That's part of what makes it sound so thick. One guitar, two bassists and a drummer. This is some heavy shit.


Check the song "Hooch". Try to figure out what he's singing, then go to one of the lyric sites to see how they heard it. Yee haw.

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Listen:
The Melvins - Hooch mp3 at Tumblr
The Melvins - The Kicking Machine mp3 at Wired
Video
The Melvins - Let It All Be
at YouTube Launch CD Rom magazine

Visit:
The Melvins - Hooch lyrics at Genius
The Melvins - Hooch lyrics
at AZ Lyrics

Sunday, November 17, 2019

IT'S SUNDAY SOMEWHERE

I've been meaning to mention these two gospel songs for the past several weeks but I wanted to post them on Sunday Morning. Problem was I was getting up too late to get them posted on a Sunday Morning. I have to fittle fart around for a couple hours before I do stuff like that. So guess what? Tonight it finally dawned on me, to post these Sunday morning songs on a Saturday night (technically early Sunday morning) before I go to bed. Duh. So here are two kick ass gospel songs.

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Listen:
Pastor T.L. Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir - Ever Since mp3 at Art Decade
Pastor T.L. Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir - Nobody Knows mp3
at Art Decade Go there to get it

Friday, November 15, 2019

AFRICA GAVE THE BEAT. WE GAVE DAVIE ALLAN.

This is a rare jam. I'm sure that it is almost impossible to find a vinyl copy, but it has been on at least one compilation that I own. The introduction to the post read as so: "A massive Nigerian psyche/Afrobeat number for you today. Babalawo was the b-side to The Thermometers' 1973 single...". It had me at "Nigerian psyche/Afrobeat" and "1973". I was in disbelief, not because of it's scarcity, but because of where I ran across it. Fucking Hype Machine. That used to be a go-to music blog aggregator for me. There used to a bunch of good music blogs linked there, but it's become total crap in recent years. This weeks flavor, over and over again. And you know as well as I do, this weeks flavor usually sucks. I hadn't checked it in a long time, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Imagine my surprise when I actually came across a worthy blog, doubly satisfying because I'd been to it a number of times in the past. Go visit Doklands. Tell 'em "Hype Machine sucks. You're cool."

The song itself is great. I'm sure you read "psyche/Afrobeat" with a little skepticism. I'll be damned if the description doesn't fit. Oh, but that fuzz tickles my innards.

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Listen:
The Thermometers - Babalawo (streaming) at YouTube
The Thermometers - Babalawo mp3
at Doklands Go there to get it.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

COOL UNRELATED PHOTO OF THE DAY

Here's enough. A cool photo by Charles "Teenie" Harris and a cool song by Lloyd Nolen. I couldn't find a photo of Nolen, but Harris's photo popped up in the search and it's a hell of a lot cooler than some old 45 label. The image above has been cropped, but you can see the original at the National Museum of African American History and Culture site, accompanying the article "Traveling Through Jim Crow America", As for Nolen, his "Fun Fun" has been here before, but it hit the spot tonight and that's enough. You will notice a similarity to the Sonics' "The Witch", but you forget about that by the time it gets to the sax solo in the middle of the song. At one point it sounds like it short circuits. Squawk baby, squawk.

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Listen:
Lloyd Nolen - Fun Fun mp3
at Diddy Wah

Visit:
Traveling Through Jim Crow America
at National Museum of African American History and Culture

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

PROTO-NORMCORE SWEATER ROCK

I don't remember exactly when or where I first heard these songs. Two are affiliated with films, but I've only seen one of them and that was after I already knew the song. The only place I can think of that I might have heard them would be on an oldies radio station. That was one of the good things about oldies stations. Because of the format, they'd be playing oldies 24 /7, so there would have to be some somewhat deeper cuts, songs that weren't massive hits but still had chart showings, though if you blinked you probably would have missed them. I do know that I started really liking them at roughly the same time. They were regular spins at a studio apartment I lived in for four years, at a time sandwiched between short residences in San Francisco and New York. It was a great granny flat behind a nice couple that were rarely home, with a pool and jacuzzi right out my front door. Don't get me started about that place. It was awesome. Anyway, downers though these songs are, all three are excellent. (I generally hate Johnny Rivers but "Poor Side of Town" is too good to ignore.)  They're well written, nicely produced bummers. I do emo differently.

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Listen:
Gene Pitney - Town Without Pity mp3 at Fimoculous #32. 1962
Johnny Rivers - Poor Side of Town mp3
at Smokeys Trail #1, 1966
Glenn Yarbrough - Baby, The Rain Must Fall
(streaming) at YouTube #12, 1965

Monday, November 11, 2019

THE SIX WORD BAND NAME THAT MAKES NO SENSE

Gads! Calling it quits early tonight. I had the good fortune of tracking down some hard to find tunes by Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her, then ruined the mood by trying to take it further and running across a Greek rockabilly blog that only served to remind me how entirely cliche modern rockabilly has become. We need to face it, rockabilly is all but dead. I wouldn't say completely gone, because there are still a few true practitioners out there, but by and large most new stuff is crap.

So, Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her (who some refer to as SSKHKH for brevity but I choose not to because I happen to like dragging your ass through reading Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her over and over again) were the great find of the night. They were a Japanese three piece, and their stuff is kind of hard to define. Kind of like Sonic Youth, not quite as dense but with a similar crunch, without getting overly arty. I ran across a five song EP, from 1996, a decent enough introduction. Just know that their stuff does not pop up very often, other than YouTube, so dig in. Here's a good live video from a reformed (I think) six member version of Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her in 2014. Hang in there through the :42 intro, then decide.

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Listen:
Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her – Fly EP (zip) at Egg City Radio
Five songs:
It's Good It's Real
Fitting (Motorhead and Fuck version)
I'm A Diva
Choking
If I happen to Fall Down (In Your Arms)

Video:
Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her - Coma
at YouTube
Visit:
Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her, A Retrospective
at Louder Than War Good profile.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

TO LONGEVITY

What started out as just a quick listen to a couple covers by Stevie Wonder ended up being a Stevie Wonder Appreciation Night listening party for one. For a few hours last night, it was all over the place, there's just so much good stuff spread out over decades. I'm not going to sit here and say that he didn't put out his share of dogs, but dogs to me because they're overly sappy. Not a huge crime, just not my bag. But you really do have to look at his career as a whole to realize that he's an all timer. Shit, he's shared the stage with the Stones and Dick Dale. You'd be hard pressed to find someone else who did that. He had a mess of hits while still in his teens. And when his original contract with Motown was over, he negotiated to get more control and his music became his own. He no longer had the hit machine type Motown sound. His records got better, uniquely Stevie Wonder (see "Superstition").

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Listen:
Stevie Wonder - We Can Work It Out mp3 at Foo Surfer 3 (?)
Stevie Wonder - Light My Fire mp3
at The Frump
Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed and Delivered mp3
at Keilwerth (?)
Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground (live) mp3
at Troubled Souls Unite 1974 Long intro, song starts at about 2:26
Stevie Wonder - Superstition (live) mp3
at Troubled Souls Unite 1974

Thursday, November 7, 2019

A NICE BREATHER

Someone posted this on Facebook and I about peed my pants. Then I went looking. I came to find that it's nearly impossible to find anywhere but Facebook. It might be because it is easily searchable under the original title and was being taken down all the time. Who knows? I looked elsewhere, used different search terms and eventually found it. That's the good news. The bad news for those lacking in a sense of humor is that it is not a vintage live performance. It is a piss take, a shred video. It's silly and it's just what I need. Watch the first thirty seconds. If you don't at least chuckle, I don't know you.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

APPLES AND ORANGES

Still trying to wrap my head around this one. I like Ricky Nelson's early work. I like Mississippi Fred McDowell's stuff as well. They both covered Little Walter's classic "My Babe" (which is what led to that video I posted yesterday). Both did bang up jobs, neither sounding like Walter's original. Nelson delivers with his usual restrained style. If you're into Ricky Nelson, you know that the guy never really cut loose, which is fine. He had James Burton backing him, so he had that going for him. Plus it was a good choice for a cover, a relatively deep cut for the time in which he recorded it (the late fifties). But, oh man, McDowell's version is so raw it almost makes Little Walter sound like Sinatra, never mind what it does to Nelson's version.

Now, right about here is what made me just call it a night and just post that video last night. Walter and McDowell were contemporaries, and unlike Nelson both were blues artists. I associate Little Walter with Chicago blues, city blues, because he was on Chess Records. Okay, so he was city blues. McDowell is country blues. There's a big difference. I've never really read up on either Little Walter or Mississippi Fred McDowell, but being reasonably sure Walter was from Chicago, one question remained. Where was Mississippi Fred McDowell from? No online search, no Wiki; I know this one. Wait, wait, why do I think I know this one? Shit, it'll come to me. I was racking my brain. Where was Mississippi Fred McDowell from? Can you see why I walked?

So, guess what? He did play music in Mississippi, but he was born in Tennessee and he died in Tennessee. Now on to the next big question. Who the hell cares about where Mississippi Fred McDowell is from?

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Listen:
Ricky Nelson - My Babe mp3 at Diddy Wah
Mississippi Fred McDowell - My Babe mp3
at Frederator Blogs
Little Walter - My Babe
(streaming) at YouTube

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

STOPPING AT THIS ONE

There it is. Hound Dog Taylor, Little Walter and Koko Taylor on the same stage. Hell yeah, that shit will work. Put it on repeat and zone out to it. After that you won't feel like doing a proper blog post either. I'm here to tell you, I have a thousand excuses and behind that are a thousand more. And, I might add, nobody's paying me. I have every right to be lazy.


Monday, November 4, 2019

THAT "I KNOW I'M THE SHIT" LOOK

In the five years that I've known who James Black was and five years of sporadically hearing stuff he's played on, it is now well ingrained. He was one hot shit drummer. There's no doubting that. Ginger Baker hot. Earl Palmer. Tony Allen. Funky when it's called for, swinging on jazz stuff, breaks up the ass. That said, he's played on his share of dogs. Some so mediocre that his drumming is out of place once you start listening to it. He's too good. I kind of like that juxtaposition. Say there's five other musicians on the record. Four of them could suck. But if one member is James Black, the record will never suck 100%.

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Listen:
Eddie Bo - Hook and Sling mp3 at Drummer World
Inell Young - The Next Ball Game mp3 at Drummer World The drums on this rule.
Roy Ward - Horse With a Freeze mp3 at Soul Garage 1968 
Sonny Jones - Sissy Walk mp3 at Soul Garage 1971
Mary Jane Hooper - I've Got What You Need (streaming) at YouTube 1969
Eddie Bo and the Soul Finders - We're Doin' It (streaming) at YouTube  1969
The Explosions - Hip Drop (streaming) at YouTube 1971
This is good: James Black - Guardian of the Groove - Audio documentary at YouTube
Note: This is part one. At YouTube, check the right column for the rest.

Visit:
James Black bio and discography at Drummer World

Sunday, November 3, 2019

IS THIS THE LINE? OH. YOU'RE THE BAND?

I ran across a misfiled Shaolin Afronauts CD the other day, and after listening to it in the car I thought I'd look for something of theirs to post. It was a long shot, I didn't expect to find much, and I expected right. Squat. But I saw a few by some outfit called Shaolin Temple Defenders. Fucking ridiculous name. Of course I took the bait. It ended up being some pretty good shit. Good solid funky soul. Here's all I've gleamed about the band: They're white, one woman and the rest men. They might have been inspired by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and least that's what it seems to say in their bio. Then again, the bio reads like a poor translation so I may have misinterpreted what they were saying. Regardless, the few that I ran into were solid; completely derivative, but solidly so. They kinda remind me of The Commitments.

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Listen:

Friday, November 1, 2019

BOSS SONG ALERT

This a most awesome song. Something about it, the whole feel, all kinda dark and smoky. Dig it: The song has been sitting there at Office Naps for eight years, on a post with two other songs, by Marv Johnson and Bobby King, every bit as good. He's got the story behind all three as well, so you should really just go there.

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Listen:
Charles Sheffield - It's Your Voodoo Working mp3 at Office Naps
Two other early 60s obscuros at Office Naps Good reading too.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

CRUSHES BONES, SPLITS SKULLS, BLASTS BRAINS

Was anybody going to tell me that there's a new bio-flick about Rudy Ray Moore? I just checked Funky 16 Corners and Larry over there re-posted a mix, on the occasion of the movies release. Funky16Corners Meets Dolemite! with all sorts of Grade-A soul and funk and sound bites from Dolemite. After listening to a good chunk of it, I decided to check for a trailer for the movie. Holy shit, Eddie Murphy's is in it, as Moore aka Dolemite.Wesley Snipes and Keegan-Michael Key are in it too. Check the trailers for the the film, Dolemite is My Name, at the link below, but first dig the OG:


I was able to find a few things, some oddballs. Blast 'em in your cubicle, totally fuckin' safe for work.

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Listen:
Rudy Ray Moore - Human Tornado mp3 at Big Money Hustlas 
Rudy Ray Moore - The Sensuous Black Woman mp3 at Tumblr
Rudy Ray Moore - The Sensuous Black Woman Pt 2 mp3
at Tumblr
Dolemite Radio Promo mp3
at Probe is Turning-On the People
The movie:
Dolemite Is My Name
at Netflix Four trailers and a few other shorts

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

TRICK.

Here's some last minute Halloween tunage, still in time to cherry pick for your ghoul infested soirée. These come from a bunch I ran into a year ago and, surprise, surprise, the links are still good. So take a dip and see if any will work for your mix. A special note to anyone familiar with 45 Grave's early work, you'll be interested in Don Hinson's original version of  "Riboflavin Flavored Non-Carbonated Polyunsaturated Blood", a cover of which was, I think, the first thing 45 Grave ever committed to vinyl.

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Listen:
Don Hinson and the Riga-Morticians - Riboflavin Flavored Non-Carbonated Polyunsaturated 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

Sunday, October 27, 2019

BUT DOES SHE HAVE LONG BLACK-A HAIR?

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

Saturday, October 26, 2019

IN HER MEDIUM LENGTH BLACK-A HAIR PHASE

I know, I know, you're up to your eyeballs with Halloween type music. Well pull an eyeball out and make room for more, because this particular holiday is not only an excuse to raid thematic standbys, they're also an excuse to force the Sonics on you. You got it, "The Witch", with absolutely no shame. "Psycho" is down there too. Not quite a Halloween song, but close enough. Dig the screams.

What the hell, I've given up trying to find mp3s of the Creepy Creeps, so a video of them doing a cover of "The Witch" will have to suffice. You will note that the singing Creep pays proper respect by preserving Gerry Roslie's diction, as in "she's got long black-a hair". True to cool.

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Listen:
The Sonics - The Witch mp3 at Tinyvices
The Sonics - Psycho mp3
at The Adios Lounge
Video:
The Creepy Creeps - The Witch (live) at YouTube

Friday, October 25, 2019

THEY WILL NOT GO QUIETLY

It's that time. Here's all of Rev Tom Frost's Bloody Halloween mixes. Every year, a grand Halloween lazy night repost cop out. But this one is has five, count 'em five, Halloween mixes that I haven't posted before (mixes 21-25). I'd imagine there are a few of you who haven't heard any of 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.

And don't forget, the Frosty one is a kick ass musician himself. Ask your local Mr. Record Store Man to put the Reverend's goods in their racks. While you wait, buy his shit at Bandcamp.

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The mixes:
NOTE: Song lists are available for mixes 1-16 and the links to the mixes are below the song listings. The links to the other mixes go directly to the posts at MixCloud.
Bloody Halloween Mix 25
Bloody Halloween Mix 24
Bloody Halloween Mix 23
Bloody Halloween Mix 22
Bloody Halloween Mix 21

Bloody Halloween Mix 20
Bloody Halloween Mix 19
Bloody Halloween Mix 18

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
Reverend Tom Frost - Much more
at YouTube
Visit:
Reverend Tom Frost
at BandCamp

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

IT'S MONSTER SURFING REPOST TIME

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.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

STAY GOLDEN PONY BOY

I'm not all that into the Black Lips, not enough to know anything about them other than they're from Georgia, use guitars well and don't seem to take themselves very seriousy. I don't even know if they're still together. I don't care. This is listening at its lamest. I've never pulled apart a single song or read a bio. I just click on their stuff when I see it and go about my day. That all said, random sampling over the last ten years or so have shown a trend of not sucking and, more to the point, caring only a fraction of a fuck, if that.

Here's a couple songs I ran into from an old post of someone's Best of 2007 list. A ten year old post still spreading the love. The video clip is of a couple of them being interviewed by a local TV station a few weeks ago here in San Diego. There's only a couple of them and they seem a little too goofy for that early in the morning. They may very well be drunk. The interviewer doesn't seem all that flustered or pissed. She could even be thinking "If these were the Rolling Stones I'd put up with it" because she doesn't know who the fuck the Black Lips are. For all she knows they could be as big as the Stones.

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Listen:
The Black Lips - Hippy Hippy Hurrah mp3 at Central Village
The Black Lips - O Katrina mp3
at Central Village
Video:
The Black Lips on Good Morning San Diego
at KUSI

Sunday, October 20, 2019

THIS COVER PAYED DIVIDENDS

I just ran into U Roy's "Runaway Girl". It was the first song on the first U Roy album I ever bought, Dread In A Babylon. The very first time I'd ever heard U Roy. I was about twenty years old and was sucked in by the photo on the cover. Excellent marketing. That was decades ago and it's been a favorite ever since. I've posted it before, but the old link is dead, so there's not an ounce of lazy guilt in this corner. The other song below, "Chalice In the Palace" is the second song on the Dread album. It's about smoking out with the Queen (chalice = bong). Yeah, baby.

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Listen:
U Roy - Runaway Girl mp3 at Pixieradio
U Roy - Chalice In the Palace mp3
at Pixieradio

Friday, October 18, 2019

WHAT THE HELL WOULD THIS SMELL LIKE?

I just ran into Sun Ra branded perfume at Norton Records. Ostensibly a promotional tool for a Sun Ra book, I can think of several uses regardless of what it smells like. You could put on your knick knack shelf and just wait until someone notices how cool you are. Or you could put it in the medicine cabinet so everybody thinks you have a girlfriend that has excellent taste in wacked out interplanetary jazz. Or you could use it as a litmus test. Just leave it laying around when you're just starting to date someone. If they see it and ask who Sun Ra is, BAHHHHHH! [game show wrong answer buzzer], save yourself the agony of grooming their musical tastes.  If, on the other hand, they get excited when they see it, jackpot! Get down on one knee, take their hand, look them in the eye and ask them, with all the sincerity that the occasion demands, "Do you have a mint copy of 'Rocket Number Nine'?"

Programing note: I have a friend visiting from out of town, so I may not be updating for a couple days. But, heck, there's 2,970 posts here. Dig around. You may find something you haven't heard before.

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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
Sun Ra - There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of) mp3 at Melting Pot
Sun Ra - Rocket Number Nine (streaming) at YouTube Six minute version

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

IS POST-CUMBIA A THING?

It happens from time to time. When I get bored with music I'm familiar with, I get the hell away from my record collection and nose dive into something I know nothing about. It's usually some sort of international music. Today I went cumbia crazy. Actually started last night. The thing that gets me, as little as I know about it, and in terms of what I've heard (basically other peoples mixes), cumbia's been hot shit a long, long time.

Here's three mixes. Two are downloads, one is streaming. A nice good binge, think of it as a reset button sort of thing.

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Listen:
Cumbia Costeña by DJ Slim Jenkins at Musica Del Alma 15 song mix, go there for the song list.
¡Guepa Caramba! by Alex LaRotta
(streaming) at Nerdtorious 17 song mix
Cumbia 78 RPM Mix - Quantic mix mp3
at Paris DJs 28 minute mix, single mp3, awesome

Monday, October 14, 2019

NEVER TOO SOON TO PLAN A PARTY

I don't think that a title has ever grabbed me quite as quickly. I mean, I perked up, noticeably, the instant I read three words. The funny thing is, I'd heard the song before but forgot about it completely. I think it was from an old issue of Waxpoetics, it had to be at least five or ten years ago. Something about how it's been sampled a zillion times, and it has. Listen to it. You may have heard some of the elements, the drums in particular. Just a short list of people who've sampled it includes Eric B & Rakim, N.W.A., Tupac, Wu-Tang Clan, Ice Cube, L.L.Cool J, De La Soul, Nas, and Biggee. And that's just in hip hop. There were plenty of others that dipped. Prince, George Benson, Amy Winehouse, and Stevie Wonder, to name a few. Reason enough to listen to it.

Another reason to listen to it is that, although written in the Nixon era, there aren't any references to Nixon by name. Here we have a song that truly is relevant a second time. Oh, and it's good song, regardless of lyrics, it nice and funky. But you'll want to sing along. You'd better.

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Listen:
The Honey Drippers - Impeach the President (streaming) at YouTube
Visit:
Impeach the President (song entry) at Wikipedia
Impeach the President at Who Sampled Clips of songs that sampled it.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

SQUEEZE IN THERE GUYS. CLOSER. CLOSER...

Okay, I ran across this surf mix. The first song is Dick Dale's "Let's Go Trippin'" and I've heard that one a million times, so I skipped ahead, right to the end of the song, then heard the beginning of the second song, "Surf Rider" by the Lively Ones.  It was good to hear again. In just the first few bars, I thought about how their Surf City LP used to be in just about every thrift store in town, and they were always kind of a second tier surf band. You didn't go looking for their records, you just kept running into them for practically nothing. You had to buy. But they never really got a lot of attention, not until they appeared in the soundtrack of Pulp Fiction. They've probably got more attention from that then they had during their entire recording career.



So, that's what I thought after hearing just a few bars of "Surf Rider". I can't go through a fifty song mix worth of commentary in this mood, so I'm cutting out. But dig the mix. There's a lot of classics, the Belairs, the Astronauts, Eddie and the Showmen, the Sentinals, the Pyramids and a bunch that you probably don't know. "Mr. Moto" is there. "Baja", "Penetration". Beats what you got.

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Listen:
The Lively Ones - Surf Rider mp3 at The California Girls
Mix:
Surfin' Hangover - 50 song mix mp3 at Internet Archive
Surfin' Hangover - Song list and streaming mix

Friday, October 11, 2019

RISE OF THE TURTLENECKED STONERS

I don't know, am I supposed to hate this? It seems like the sort of music that some chump with sideburns and a sports car would play in a tender moment with his would be lady. The sort of guy who thought he was counterculture because he read, actually read, Playboy. A Mort Sahl man.

Now would be a good time to remind you that Lysergic Funk is a bad ass place to find oddball funk, soul and shit like this. There really is a lot of good stuff over there. I just picked this one because it's almost comical in its laidbackness, both in song selection and execution.

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Listen:
Gabor Szabo - Stormy mp3 at Internet Archive
Gabor Szabo - Stormy (streaming) at Lysergic Funk

Thursday, October 10, 2019

DEFERRING TO DEBBIE D.

You never know what you'll find digging through old posts. Wander and you will occasionally hit pay-dirt. Sometimes it will be click after click. Sometimes it will be the first random click of the day, and that's what happened here. Just a chance click on a post from 2010 (!) at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban found a great mix by the always reliable Debbie D. She's not even posting there or at Beware of the Blog anymore, but I knew from years past that, with her name attached to it, there's going to be some good shit. (How can you go wrong knowing that her favorite band is the Oblivians?)

So this mix was ostensibly for New Years Eve, but being that there is no running holiday theme the intent was likely to free up the hosts so they could guzzle more champagne. So, yeah, good for year round listening, a great mix, varied in styles and eras. You get the familiar (Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Aretha, the Shangri-las) and the insanely obscure (Parting Gifts, Los Sirex, the Unrelated Segments) in all sorts of styles (first album era Modern Lovers and Charlie Rich in the same mix!). Twenty seven cuts and a few sound bites in a post that you never would have run across, put together by a woman with excellent taste. I sure do miss Debbie D.

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Listen:
Midnight Blues -  27 song mix at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Individual mp3s in a zip.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

HONK AND GRIND, SPILL YOUR HAMMS

A couple more here from Big Jay McNeely, one of the finest honkers to ever pick up a saxophone. There are more technically proficient sax players, more innovative and so forth, but McNeely just flat out wailed. Check out the songs on this post for some examples of that. He also excelled at strip tease type instrumentals. Here's a couple of them and surprisingly "Strip Tease Swing" isn't even the best of the two. Though I've only heard a fraction of McNeely's output, I can't imagine anything surpassing his cover of "Night Train" for backing the bump and grind. Amazing that it was recorded in 1984, right about when metal invaded the strip clubs (as I've been told...). What a damn trouper, keeping that tassle twirlin' torch lit. Fuck that "Cherry Pie" shit.

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Listen:
Big Jay McNeely - Strip Tease Swing mp3
at Internet Archive

Big Jay McNeely - Night Train mp3 at Internet Archive
Big Jay McNeely - Four more songs on this old post. This is the crazy shit.