Thursday, October 18, 2018

MEANWHILE AT THE ITCH

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

DON'T OVERTHINK LOUD

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

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

Monday, October 15, 2018

DRINKIN' BLOOD SPO-DEE-OH-DEE

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

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

Sunday, October 14, 2018

MISSING THESE TWO

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

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

Friday, October 12, 2018

NOT FIGHTING IT

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

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

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A SOLID GAS

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

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

BLACK METAL

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED

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

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

Monday, October 8, 2018

CAN YOU SPOT THE SQUARE?

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

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

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

Saturday, October 6, 2018

YEAH? SAYS WHO?

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

FUCK YEAH NON-HITS

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

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

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

NEVER TOO LATE TO SAY THANKS

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


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

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

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

Sunday, September 30, 2018

JUST PLAIN COOL AS SHIT

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

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

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

When Tony Allen Met Fela Kuti at Red Bull Academy

Friday, September 28, 2018

HOWLIN' WHO?

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

FACT: IT WON'T KILL YOU TO SMILE

Holly Cook is playing for free this weekend, at a street fair a few miles from here. Playing the day before: the Schitzophonics, Deke Dickerson, the Loons. Definitely worth seeing too. Weighing my options. Who else is playing on Sunday? Do I need to look? I mean, I like Holly Cook. Good, clean, modern reggae fun. Her records are a little too clean for me, production-wise, but maybe she's a little grittier live. Okay, so who else is playing? Oh, shit, it's the Sure Fire Soul Ensemble! A local outfit I'd completely forgotten about! I don't even remember where I've heard them but it's been a while. From their Bandcamp page: "They draw influence from the masters of the style from the past and modern day, including: Quincy Jones, Jimmy McGriff, Mulatu Astatke, Isaac Hayes, and The Poets of Rhythm." Shit, why go any further?

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Listen:
Holly Cook - Remember (Walking In the Sand) mp3 at 13th Floor Office
Holly Cook - You Know I'm No Good mp3
at ATumblr (?)
The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble - Out On The Coast (Full LP)
(streaming) at YouTube

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

SLY AND WHO?

If you were going to press me, I don't know if I could properly tell you why I like ESG. Quite honestly, part of the reason is that if you described them on paper, I'd probably not have the slightest interest. Wait. Nevermind. That's how I first heard of them, on paper, pre-pixel paper, an issue of New York Rocker to be exact, way back in the day. I bought their first EP on the strength of a review and didn't exactly go apeshit over it, but over the years I've returned to it, and subsequent ESG records, over and over again because when you want to hear something like ESG, you're not going to find it anywhere else. I wish I could remember what the review said because if I did, I could paraphrase it, but instead all I can come up with is that "nothing sounds like ESG". Pfft.

The best description might be stripped down funk, in the way Sly and Robbie playing together without any additional instruments is stripped down reggae. I saw that once, at a Black Uhuru show, everyone left the stage one by one until it was just the two of them. People were still dancing. Then Sly Dunbar left and it was just Robbie Shakespeare. Musically naked. Bass bones. And people were still dancing. I can see where this is going.

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Listen:
ESG - Erase You mp3 at Atumblr (?)
ESG - Moody mp3
at Ozgood
ESG - Earn It (live) mp3
at Beware of the Blog
ESG - Dance mp3
at Self Titled
ESG - You're No Good mp3
at Nevver Go there to get it

Sunday, September 23, 2018

"COOL RULER" FOR A REASON

It doesn't happen that often, hearing music, music that I like enough to own, in a public setting. Not a club, a record store or a friend's house, but just going about my business somewhere. That's the reason, as my recent posts about Sister Nancy and Althea and Donna attest, that I wig out. And it's happened again. I was making a regular stop in the corner market picking up a bottled water on my way to the beach. The market, curiously called Newport Farms despite the fact that they carry no produce whatsoever, has been a regular stop for years. It's owned and staffed by guys from the Middle East, I forget the actual country, Iraq or Iran I think. They sell alcohol, sodas, snacks and smokes. Not even a proper corner market really, unless having packaged snacks and toilet paper make you a corner market. So I walk in and there's Gregory Isaacs blaring away. This was a real life, honest to goodness, what-the-fuck moment. So I ask whose playlist it is, expecting it to be the younger guy behind the counter. Lo and fucking behold, the selector was the older guy, someone who I've seen, talked with, and bought crap food and water from for years. The dude is probably in his forties or fifties, from the Middle East and not at all what one would expect a person cognizant of Gregory Isaacs to look like. What is going on here? I didn't want to ask any questions. When any possible scenario would be pleasantly unlikely, I'd rather walk away imagining the least likely. Count my winnings. But it was a comforting few minutes, like we shared something. a thread of a wavelength, even if only an appreciation of one of the smoothest singers in the history of reggae. Isaacs was the shit.

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Listen:
Gregory Isaacs - Poor and Clean mp3 at Kazo's Wailers Discography
Gregory Isaacs - Let's Dance  mp3
at Kazo's Wailers Discography
Dirty Harry and The All Stars - [Let's Dance] Version mp3
at Kazo's Wailers Discography
Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse mp3
at Earmilk

Saturday, September 22, 2018

HOW BIG WAS THE FISH JOE?

Ahh, that fertile period when rhythm and blues was being pilfered for rock 'n' roll. How many early rockers gave proper credit to the original artists? How many introduced a song "Now were gonna do a song from a record by Tiny Bradshaw, who really is sumpin', you should check him out."? Uh, none. Or even "Paul here is going to knock it out with a killer guitar tone which is really the thing that makes it all okay for you crazy white kids to get off on it" for that matter? Too busy counting their cover version semi-ill gotten gains, touring and combing their goddamn duck tails, shit, and getting laid. The injustice.

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Listen:
Tiny Bradshaw - Train Kept A Rollin' mp3 at Internet Archive
Big Joe Turner - Shake Rattle and Roll mp3 at Internet Archive
Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog mp3 at Internet Archive
Wynonie Harris - Good Rockin' Tonight mp3 at Internet Archive

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

PICASSO NEVER POSTED REGGAE

I'm pretty sure that most of you just tolerate the reggae posts here because there's stuff on other posts you might dig. If I were an asshole, I'd say tough shit. But it's not to piss you off. It's just that there might be a handful of people that would get excited about a a combination like this: Burning Spear, Coxsone Dodd, the Sound Dimension, both sides of a 45, the B side a version. I'd be lapping that shit up if I was you. That doesn't necessarily make me an asshole.

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Listen:
Burning Spear - Call On You mp3 at Kazo's Wailers Discography
The Sound Dimension - Call On You Version mp3
at Kazo's Wailers Discography

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

ADJECTIVES ARE A GATEWAY

Here we go. My foot just crossed the border with into get lost territory. Starting innocently enough, taking a dive into Soul Safari's Ethiopia tagged posts. Who knows, maybe he'll have an Mulatu Astatke post. Then I see a post from 2010 titled Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex -Ethiopunk. Ethiopunk?? Okay then, here we go.

First it was just Getatchew Mekuria and the Ex and the song "Almaz Yeharerwa". Smoking in a Velvets plodding way. But the sax, by Getatchew Mekuria, an Ethiopian legend I'm soon to learn, is awesome. Kinda gives it a plodding Velvets meets X Ray Spex feel. Time to backtrack. How did this well known Ethiopian sax player end up playing with a Dutch band?

It's all at Soul Safari: "The Ex, from Holland, often described as an avant-ethno-improv-punk band, toured Ethiopia twice and fell in love with its music. The Ex had their 25th year anniversary party in November 2004 and they invited Getatchew to perform there with the ICP, the Instant Composers Pool, for many decades Holland’s most amazing free-improvising jazz group." Sounds good. But how did they end up recording together? The answer, again, at Soul Safari. I won't be a spoiler, let's just say it was Mekuria's idea.  He was seventy years old at the time.


So far pretty cool, but who are The Ex? They formed in 1979, and already in the first paragraph of their bio, I'm kinda liking their their methodology. From their bio: "...choosing their instruments by drawing straws to decide on who-plays-what, and start from scratch. For the first half year the group concentrates mainly on an extended hit-and-run graffiti publicity campaign, the name being chosen based on the fact that it could be sprayed on a wall in two seconds flat!." Sounds good enough for another detour.

I checked out a video of The Ex playing in Ethiopia. A small portion of the audience seems to be into them, but the dominant expression of the audience is WTF bewilderment. That set me thinking about other unusual audience juxtapositions. By the time I think of Crime playing at San Quentin and the Cramps playing at Napa State Mental Hospital, the wheels are coming off. I can feel the whole night getting pulled out from under me.

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Listen:
Getatchew Mekuria and the Ex - Yeharerwa mp3 at Soul Safari
Getatchew Mekuria and the Ex - Eywat Setenafegagn mp3 at Internet Archive

Getatchew Mekuria - Tezeta mp3 at Soul Safari

Sunday, September 16, 2018

WELL, LOOK WHO'S BACK.

Ah hell yeah. A band I thought was dead and gone has reunited for a new LP that I hadn't heard about, and it's actually a band I like. It's been twenty years but their sound really hasn't changed. Still analog. It's aged well. Actually it was old to begin with. I just realized what they sound like, one of those small combos that played in the jiggle clubs in the fifties, you know, the honking ba-boom-ba-ba-boom "go baby go!" stripper music. Impala sounds like a band like that, trying to play Henry Mancini. Here's some of their older stuff. The Teenage Tupelo flick is a film by Mike McCarthy that Impala did the soundtrack for. That was my first exposure to both the band and the film maker, A black hole right there.


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Listen:
Impala - Epilogue mp3
at Electraphonic Recording
Impala - Night Full of Sirens mp3
at Electraphonic Recording
Impala - Rope of Sand mp3
at Electraphonic Recording
Impala - Tomb of the Tupelo Twin mp3
at Electraphonic Recording

The new one:
Impala - In the Late Hours - Promo video at Pledge Music

Friday, September 14, 2018

TONIGHTS OXYMORON: A WORKING CONGRESS

I don't know about you, but to me "My Little Red Book" has always been a Love song, as in by Love (not a lower case love song). It had meat on it. I never bothered to see who wrote it. My first exposure to it was on the original Nuggets garage compilation that Lenny Kaye put together back in the seventies. Back then Nuggets was two LPs, later expanded to a 4 CD box set in the eighties, and later joined by Nuggets II (international garage rock) and then Children of Nuggets (eighties revivalist bands). It was a fucking cottage industry once Rhino got wise to it. Then there were Pebbles compilations, Back From the Grave compilations. The shit got deep. Where was I? Oh yeah, so, given that my first exposure was that long ago, I'm not all that embarrassed to admit that I never knew it was a Burt Bacharach song. No clue. Love made it sound so tough, it never occurred to me. After running into a post at Aquarium Drunkard, I went looking. Their post had a Hammond dominated version by Robert Walter's 20th Congress. Walter (above) was somewhere in the middle of that whole Greboy All-Stars mob, which I've always had a soft spot for. T'was a time when Greyboy's All-Stars and the B-Side Players were gigging all over locally (this was the nineties) and it was a very cool scene. A break from all of the post-punk, alternative and in-your-face stuff. Who was that guy, the sax player who ended up taking over Bobby Keys's spot on a Stones tour a few years back? Oh yeah, Karl Denson, he was in one of those bands as well. The music these guys were making was somewhat smart, if only because it wasn't dumb. They appealed to your books/film side, art that didn't have to be trashy to be cool. Anyway, here's some versions of "My Little Red Book". Dig the Other Half's version. (Love who?) You can do a search for stuff by the other people I'm too lazy to search for. I'm interactive, dad, just the first step of you getting lost.

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Listen:
Robert Walters 20th Congress - My Little Red Book mp3 at Aquarium Drunkard Go there to get it. Three other covers as well.
Love - My Little Red Book
(streaming) at YouTube
Burt Bacharach (Tony Middleton: vocals) - My Little Red Book
(streaming) at YouTube
The Other Half - My Little Red Book mp3
at Garage Hangover TOUGH! This one is a keeper!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

GOOD SHIT MAYNARD

A band called the Flaming Souls. I don't care what they look like, what their record covers look like, where they're from or anything at all about the band. I will click, on the merit of their band name. It got my attention, just as they had hoped for five decades ago. The click paid off. It is South African soul jazz. I don't really like the term soul jazz, but that's what, I guess, this stuff is. It is good stuff, just weird enough production to let you know what the budget was and were it wasn't recorded. Think Booker T, only stoned.

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Listen:
The Flaming Souls - Souly Mama mp3 at Soul Safari
The Flaming Souls - Soul Again mp3
at Soul Safari
The Flaming Souls - Two more
at Soul Safari

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

WHO MADE YOU BOSS, SINGER?

I was listening to stuff from the Nuggets II boxed set and it hit me that it was about 1965-66 that guitar playing really started to change. Prior to that time, guitar playing was tasty, expert, precision and at times, primitive. But not much was aggressive, chest-beating, over-indulgent or even dangerous sounding, not en masse anyway. You had your odd Link Wray, your Paul Burlison/Grady Martin, Dick Dale or what have you, you know, ego driven maybe but not hairy. But somewhere around '64 or '65, someone pushed the Davie Allan button and fuzz and distortion spread like an infection. Guitar players started to value the whole badass thing, If your phallic instrument of choice is a guitar rather than a dainty lil microphone, it would stand to reason that your stand-in balls are bigger as well. "Give me a section in the middle of a song so I can wack off. And at least one really long song so I can have an overly long session that bores even me." You can point out any number of guitarists of note that defy my theory. There were bands that were completely wild before the mid-sxties, I know that. But it wasn't until the mid-sixties that bands like the La De Das (seen above) and the Voice got the memo.Thousands of bands like them too. Disciples of fuzz.

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Listen:
The La De Das - How Is the Air Up There? mp3 at Internet Archive
The Voice - The Train to Disaster mp3
at Internet Archive

Monday, September 10, 2018

THE AFTER BEACH RECORD

Ken Boothe is the type of reggae singer I like. Long career, good voice, and an ample golden age era catalog, much of it on Studio One. I happened to find the LP below a few years ago at a record store a few blocks away. Fucking store is always hit and miss. Hits were/are few and far between but just often enough that you go regularly. It's maddening. Record store roulette. But sometimes you go in at the right time (The Fabulous Wailers in the 99 cent bin anyone?). I had some Boothe previously, but only on compilations. Having this thing on vinyl only enhanced it, being able to physically put the needle on it felt like a privilege. Here's a few unrelated Boothe songs from over the years, at least a couple from Studio One.



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Sunday, September 9, 2018

COOL PHOTO NIGHT

Clearing out the backlog. I've been meaning to post a link to the original of the photo above. An uncropped high resolution version (not the chintzy one above). It's just a great image. Try isolating or cropping any part of it and you still have something cool. I kept putting it off, because then I'd have to think about the accompanying text that goes with the photo. Or not. Fuck it, here's five from the happy household.

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Listen:
Ike and Tina Turner - Wake Up mp3 at Groove Addict
Ike and Tina Turner - Stagger Lee and Billy mp3
at Groove Addict
Visit:

Saturday, September 8, 2018

VELVET HILLBILLIES

I'd been meaning to repost this for a while but kept forgetting. Then I stumbled onto a post at Crying All the Way to the Chip Shop with Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner'. I remembered the Romans covered it and I was reminded. The Roman's second, a solid LP, is out of print, but one of the band members put it online. It's worth it. Here's the old post:

I ran into that fake album cover above on Pinterest a week or so ago. It's one I did for a post about the Romans, posted a year ago. Distraction prone as I am, I was off to re-visit their music and, you know what? I try to be as objective as I can, this is some hot ass shit. I do know two of the guys, but trust me on this one, you'll want this stuff. It's almost impossible to find, it's really really good. And it's guilt free, posted on a site by one of the band members.

If you're hesitant, do this. Listen to "Last Days" below. It's five minutes long. Dig the guitar interplay, take it all in. At 2:56, an extended outro begins. Guitar, then drums. Then it gets wicked sick all up in there. At 3:13, feeding back guitar and a banjo fade in at the same time, to great effect. It's a most awesome racket. And it gets noisier. It's the Velvet Underground on The Beverly Hillbillies. 

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Listen:
The Romans - Last Days mp3 at House of Here
The Romans - Greed, Hate and Drinking mp3 at House of Here
The Romans - You're Coming With Me mp3 at House of Here
Unreleased:
The Romans - A Wretched Son of Satan mp3 at House of Here
The whole collection:
The Romans - Last Days at the Ranch at House of Here The whole album plus 12 unreleased tracks, in individual mp3s.
Visit:
The Romans at House of Here
The Romans at Facebook
The Romans - You Only Live Once available at Warning Label Records

Friday, September 7, 2018

LODESTAR

I've got my nose in Ry Cooder's book again, reading it for the second time, trying to connect more dots. It's a series of short stories but nearly every chapter mentions some dive bar or restaurant that's mentioned in another story. There's more than a few shady characters and musicians mentioned in nearly every story. Some of the musicians actually existed, but it's hard to figure out if the scenarios he paints around them are factual or not. For instance it the chapter that mentioned Lorrie Collins (of the Collins Kids) it has her in a car with two hoods that are up to no good and a bottle of hooch. Did that really happen? Who knows?

In the story I reread yesterday, it mentions Esquerita. He was a real person, a singer in the mold of Little Richard. They actually knew each other which, given Esquerita's appearance, sometimes leads to chicken or egg debates, who influenced who. In this story he's mentioned because a shady guy needs a plastic surgeon for a sex change. A mechanic he encounters might know a guy, one who did some fine work on Esquerita. "You know what you're doing Doc. Esquerita was good work." And that's about where the mention ends. But it was enough to remind me that I haven't listened to Esquerita in a long time.

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Listen:
Esquerita - Hole In My Heart mp3 at Rocky 52
Esquerita - Rockin' the Joint mp3
at Rocky 52
Esquerita - Crazy Crazy Feeling mp3
at Rocky 52

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

RELIABLE CRUNCH

I'm not a completist anymore. Not of anyone or anything. Why? If there's an artist I like and they're prolific, and if I adjust my pace of consumption, there will always be something left to hear that I've never heard. What's the rush? If it goes out of print, I can usually find it again, if nothing else but a YouTube stream. I don't have a need to keep current with anyone, but I'll check every once in a while.

I was fixin' for some crunchy guitar. It's been a while since I checked in on good ol' reliable Jon Spencer. I checked the Blues Explosion page and it seems that the last thing he put out was last year. Didn't know about that one, but being a reformed completist, I am relieved of that sort of transgression. No matter, as stated above, there's plenty of Spencer's stuff I've yet to hear so I went dinking around and what is below is some of what I tracked down. One thing I did find is that some of his earlier out of print stuff with Pussy Galore is now available again, albeit digitally, on BandCamp. Good to know since I can't play my records in the car. Note to self: get Right Now and Dial M For Motherfucker before they disappear again.

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Listen:
Jon Spencer and the Elegant Trio - Here Come the Fuzz mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Money Rock 'n' Roll mp3
at Review Stalker
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Dynamite Lover mp3
at Alexi Hobbs
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Get Your Pants Off mp3
at Vibe Right
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - She's On It/Jack the Ripper mp3
at Plain or Pan
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Live set, WFMU
at Internet Archive 12 songs

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

NICE BAYOU, SWAMP MAN.

A photo of Creedence chowing down at Taco Bell, around 1967. The five item menu days. Tacos, tostadas, burritos, Bellburgers and frijoles. That's it. Pre-Enchiritos. Long before the ridiculous combinations, Aurally, there's a live version of "I Put a Spell On You" from right around that same time ((I think). I dig it. There's more distortion than there is on the record. And with that I am done for the night.

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Listen:
Creedence Clearwater Revival - I Put a Spell On You (live) mp3 at Internet Archive