Thursday, May 16, 2019

NOW, BILL, ABOUT THAT TITLE...

Been a while since I actually took the time to make a mix for the car. I have enough that I've made over the years that the surprises when listening are few and far between. I'm always mixing different types of music and I've found that the songs I'm pleasantly surprised by are the obscure instrumentals, the type you might not remember a few months after making the mix, when you'll actually have to look at the playlist to remind yourself who did this mighty fine version of this or that. So that's what these are. Putting in the folder as segues, for when you need to throw a curve.

NOTE: All of these are from Groove Addict. If you decide to explore over there, a few hints: Only the old posts, roughly pre-2015, have mp3 downloads, the newer posts are all YouTube. The most important thing: should you decide to download any of the full LPs, beware of the album links on the older posts. Some of the old LP zip links (usually "link" or "zippy") have been hijacked and unless you have good virus protection, you may get stung. Don't let that scare you, there's a lot of good music there if you just keep your guard up.

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Listen:
Wild Bill Davis - C.C. Rider mp3 at Groove Addict
Johnny Guitar Watson - Summertime mp3
at Groove Addict
Big John Patton - Amanda mp3
at Groove Addict
James Brown - Funky Soul mp3
at Groove Addict

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

OUR MOTOWN

Driving today with a compilation of Dangerhouse singles blasting away, I was reminded what a great fucking label it was. They only released about thirteen or fourteen seven inchers, one compilation (that was on one side of a picture disc twelve inch) and one proper LP, Black Randy and the Metro Squad's Pass the Angel Dust, I Think I'm Bowie. What's so special about the label is that they put out seminal records by seminal bands. All but a couple of the discs are the best that any of the bands ever recorded, and just about all of them were released early, 1977 - 1979. In their discography, the first Avengers 45, the first X, second Dils, first Bags, first Alleycats, second Weirdos,...you get the picture: seminal. And it was a strictly DIY label. Some of the recordings were done in hotel rooms, the sleeves were folded paper, their distribution through mostly independent record stores. It is the label that best represents the early L.A. punk scene (though the Avengers were from San Francisco and Howard Werth, the odd non-punk release, was from the UK). The only questionable release, aside from Werth's, was from 2013 (!) an LP by a someone named Sienna Nanini, a release that someone in the comments on YouTube referred to as ABDL, which a search revealed means "Adult Baby/Diaper Lover". Yikes! Not my bag at all, and that's all I have to say about that.

So here's a mess of Dangerhouse stuff. The two mp3s down there are my two favorite, but there are others at Killed By Death (linked below). Another link with the story behind the label, and a complete discography, including the few reissues there have been, at Discogs. If you want to read up, I suggest We Got the Neutron Bomb by Brendan Mullen (owner of the Masque, an underground club active back then) and Marc Spitz. It's an oral history in chronological snippets by many of the main players.

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Listen:
The Weirdos - Solitary Confinement mp3 at Killed By Death
The Dils - Class War mp3 at Killed By Death
More Dangerhouse releases at Killed By Death
Still more Dangerhouse releases at Killed By Death  Click on "Older posts" if you really want Rhino 36
Visit:
Dangerhouse discography at Discogs
The Dangerhouse story, part 1 at Break My Face
The Dangerhouse story, part 2 at Break My Face
Frontier Records at Bandcamp Releases by Black Randy, Red Cross, Weirdos and Middle Class and Dangerhouse compilations

Sunday, May 12, 2019

IT'S MOTHERS DAY SOMEWHERE

When I was trying to think of songs for Mothers Day, before I went the random route, the first one that came to mind was "Sonny's Lettah" by Linton Kwesi Johnson. I second guessed myself and went with something else and I shouldn't have. It isn't a Mothers Day song, but a recited letter, from a jailed son to his mother. When I was thinking about the song today I realized that, while it is a song with social commentary, it's also about the unique bond between a son and his mother. Hey, it made me think of writing a letter to my Mom but she's no longer here.

Johnson doesn't sing or toast. He recites. His timing is what makes it. The pauses, the pace, and all that meter and such.

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Listen:
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Sonny's Lettah (Anti-sus Poem) (streaming) at YouTube With lyrics.
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Fite Dem Back mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Bass Culture mp3
at Arkao666 (?)
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Making History (live) mp3
at Pixie Radio

Saturday, May 11, 2019

RESPECT YOUR MOM STONER

Totally blanking on ideas, I decided to just look for any song or band name with "mom" in it, what with Mother's Day and all that. The second name with "mom" in it was a band called "Respect Your Mom". Not so quick. This could go south. The first name I passed was "Say Hi To Your Mom". That sounded kind of creepy so I passed, and I had my guard up. Then I saw the song title. Perfect. It was a lucky click. This song ain't half bad, in an L7 way. So who the hell are these guys? According to their short bio at Jarmendo Music "Respect Your Mom is an experimental grunge band, formed in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2008 The atmosphere at RYM's concerts various and psychodelic. The sounds which are thrown up from their tools — groans of orgasms." Not my translation.

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Listen:
Respect Your Mom - Stoner mp3 at Jarmendo Music

Friday, May 10, 2019

FIVE FUCKING DOLLARS

Hell, the Sadies are so baddass. It's as if the Flying Burrito Brothers stayed together and stayed alive long enough to weave through punk rock, grunge, retro shit, alt-shit and everything else and figured they had the right idea all along. So, years down the road, their chops are sharper, the picking more dexterous. It's country, rock 'n' roll, surf and spaghetti western soundtrack all rolled into one. If you dig this stuff you ought to skip one of those candy ass fancy beers, grab a couple standard grade tall boys and spend the other five bucks on Best of The Sadies on their Bandcamp page. How the fuck these guys aren't huge I don't know.


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Listen:
The Sadies - The Double Wide mp3 at Groover's Paradise
The Sadies – The Horseshoe-Mossback
at Beat Surrender
John Doe with the Sadies - It Just Dawned On Me mp3
at The Adios Lounge
The Sadies – Part One mp3
at Beat Surrender
Neil Young with the Sadies - This Wheels on Fire mp3
at the Adios Lounge
The Sadies – Taller Than The Pines mp3
at Beat Surrender

Newer Vids:
The Sadies - Through Strange Eyes (Live) at YouTube
The Sadies - Live on 'The Neighbors Dog' at YouTube Very cool guitar starting at 1:25

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

THE MISSING LINK

Here's a couple oddballs of interest, if only to a certain breed of fiend. If you know Link Wray and Kip Tyler then, yeah, you'll dig these. Maybe only as oddities, from some weird annex in their discographies. They still happen. Strange Link Wray sightings. Wray is the guitar player on the Moon Men's "Some Kinda Nut" and I only caught it by the writing credit. "Wray, Sr." His dad wrote it. That's some proto-Murray Wilson shit right there. But there's no mistaking who's playing. It is classic Wray. I did find some info at Discogs that backed up my suspicions. The other one down there would have flown right past me had I not stopped and read the tiny text. The label credits "Jimmy O'Neill with Kipper and the Exciters", the text below says "great piece of Kip Tyler craziness!", so my guess is that Tyler is Kipper. The music is good and raucous. Unfortunately it's marred by Jimmy O'Neill, whom I'd bet dollars for donuts is a radio DJ. The lyrics are corny. Crappy. But Tyler and his damn Exciters make a nice racket.

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Listen:
The Moon Men - Some Kinda Nut mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Jimmy O'Neill with Kipper and the Exciters - Twistin' Train mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

SCREW THE ROTATION

Well you lucky fuckin' rodents. I've had visitors the last three nights and I'm fresh out of blab. I just feel like watching a ballgame. So, you get these badass sides by Dennis Brown without the normal pissing in the wind. But really, these are good, mid-era, later than that photo above. That's a cool shot of him though, so baby-faced, still getting his sea legs and already burnin'... Fuck, rambling again  I'm out.

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Listen:
Dennis Brown - Revolution mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Dennis Brown - Money In My Pocket at Mr. Suave

Monday, May 6, 2019

STEP IN WOLF SHIT

Here's a tip for you. If you run across a song here that you dig enough to download, don't put it off. Case in point: "Sookie Sookie" by Steppenwolf. I've posted it a bunch of times, and I've posted other covers of it (the original is by Don Covay). I wanted to hear it and my record is buried somewhere so I figured that I'd just listen to it via a link here. Wouldn't you just know it, every damn link to "Sookie Sookie", by Steppenwolf and all the others, dead. Ain't no thing to me, because I have the record. But you, should you like it, will have to dig elsewhere. And you should because Steppenwolf's version is where rock meets Booket T and the MGs. That's what it sounds like, like someone fed Cropper acid and told Booker T to make like Jon Lord with the Leslie.

 
Dig the video above. Performing on the short lived Playboy After Dark series. The performance itself is good and you're in the thick of it, then a quick segment of a baddass drummer at 1:35. At the 1:53 mark, someone flicks the freak switch on. Dancers go from bad, ill informed and exaggerated to just plain fucking weird.

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Listen:
Steppenwolf - Sookie Sookie (streaming) at YouTube
Steppenwolf - The Pusher mp3
at Omalley's Cycle Shed (?)
Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride mp3
at The Riddell Family (?)
Steppenwolf - Born to Be Wild mp3
at TSM Promusician (?)

Saturday, May 4, 2019

HIS YOU GEEKS

What's this crap about Star Wars Day? "May the Fourth Be With You", really. I don't think so. Dave fucking Brubeck owns this day. "Take Five" utilizes a 5/4 time signature, and has since 1959. I don't know how 5/4 became Dave Brubeck Day. For all I know it could have been a couple jazz stoners just waking from their extended 4/20 bliss. Doesn't matter. Here it's Brubeck day. Fuck that franchise nonsense.

Here's the original by the Dave Brubeck Quartet and a couple covers. The one by Carmen McRae is a vocal version (who knew?) and she's backed on it by Brubeck's mob. The other version is by Jimmy Johnson, a blues dude, but you can almost hear a surf version if there was some reverb on it. If only.

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Listen:
Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five mp3 at Time Goes By
Carmen McRae - Take Five mp3 at Time Goes By Backed by the Brubeck Quartet
Jimmy Johnson - Take Five mp3 at Time Goes By

Friday, May 3, 2019

ODE TO A WINDBREAKER PATCH

A found poem. Recited by Dennis Hopper, kiped here for Dave Dudley. For icing, two of my favorites from Dudley, one of which is like the "Johnny B. Goode" of trucker music. It's Friday.

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Listen:
Dennis Hopper - Heineken? [for Dave Dudley] mp3 at Lynchnet
Dave Dudley - Two Six Packs Away mp3 at Rocky 52
Dave Dudley - Six Days on the Road mp3
at J.Yuenger

Thursday, May 2, 2019

CHEAP GUITAR? CHECK. CHEAP AMP? CHECK.

It's not everyday that you come across unfamiliar recordings of someone whose entire output seemed to be well documented. Hound Dog Taylor didn't have a large discography. A handful of singles, two studio LPs released during his lifetime, a live album released shortly after his passing and a few others released later that consisted of unreleased stuff, compilations and more live stuff. I'm by no means a Hound Dog Taylor freak enough to have heard everything he recorded, but I am someone who knows something share-able when he runs across it, and if you are a Hound Dog Taylor freak this is something you might not have known about. A live recording that may or may not have been recorded in a radio station studio. It's labeled ABC Radio Australia and consists of twelve songs, five of them unnamed instrumentals. This might be one of the live things that Alligator Records released, I don't know. Not freak enough.

If you're unfamiliar with Taylor you should know that he played one of the cheapest electric guitars on the market (at the time) a Teisco del Rey. Coupled with a cheap Sears and Roebuck amp, you have the makings of a raw sound, the type of sound that Jack White tried to emulate with some of his cheap guitar shenanigans. Like the first couple of Black Keys LPs. But Taylor was the real deal. I seriously doubt that Jack White or Dan Auerbach would chop off one of their extra fingers when they were drunk. Taylor did. On his picking hand. The fret hand still had all six fingers he was born with. He wasn't so drunk that he didn't realize that an extra finger on that hand would be useful.

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Listen:
Hound Dog Taylor - ABC Radio Australia at Internet Archive (March 14th 1975) 12 songs. In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

THUG FOR LIFE

I want to be challenged musically and culturally. That was just one of many cool things about getting into punk rock way back when. It it really wasn't all that different from the feeling I got when I was learning to surf. It was "What's this all about? Let's try this." And so on. So, I listen to jazz. Yeah. I don't know shit about it. But that's what I'm getting at. I don't want to listen to stuff I already know about, not all the time anyway. I like getting put in front of something that I don't find objectionable, but still don't fully understand. Jazz works for that.

Today, or what remains of it, is International Jazz Day. In 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization designated April 30 as the day "to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe." I'll buy. Here's some random links to jazz stuff. Three links to lengthy informative posts with ten songs each by John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Art Blakey. And another link to "A Beginners Guide to Free Jazz" with another thirteen songs.

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Listen:
Sun Ra - Angels and Demons at Play mp3 at Destination: Out
Sonny Rollins - I'm an Old Cow Hand (From the Rio Grande) mp3
at Time Goes By
The Ornette Coleman Trio - European Echoes mp3
at Art Decade
The goods:
Ten By John Coltrane
at Rubber City Review
Ten With Art Blakey
at Rubber City Review
Ten By Miles Davis
at Rubber City Review
A Beginners Guide to Free Jazz
at Destination Out

Sunday, April 28, 2019

THE DUDE FROM DEMON

A friend posted a Marc Bolan video today, a cover of Jody Reynolds's "Endless Sleep". Blech. I like TRex and Bolan as much as the next guy, but the dude can sure kill the vibe sometimes. I had to run to Reynold's version to detox. I needed that feel. It's funny, thinking about the Gun Club's cover of Reynolds's "Fire of Love", I don't recall recoiling from that. They retain the vibe. Bolan just does his boogie thing all over his cover. Ack!

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Listen:
Jody Reynolds - Fire of Love mp3 at Probe Is Turning-On the People Al Casey (Wrecking Crew) on guitar, Max Roach on drums!
Jody Reynolds - Endless Sleep mp3
at Rocky 52
Jody Reynolds - Beulah Lee mp3
at Rockabilly Hall
The Gun Club - Fire of Love
(steaming) at YouTube
Video:
Marc Bolan - Endless Sleep
at YouTube

Friday, April 26, 2019

HATE IT WHEN I BLINK

Bikini Kill, reunion tour? It kinda is but it isn't. It doesn't feel like it. It seems like they've just been waiting for their songs to be needed again. You know as well as I do, shit like this is needed. The whole thing, including the DIY. Back in the day they were playing to hundreds. Now they're playing to thousands. Needed.

A whole lot has been written about them in the past few days. The first show was last night. Rather then regurgitate, here's a couple songs and the stuff I perused. If you don't know Bikini Kill, you should probably do some preliminary wiki type shit.

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Listen:
Bikini Kill - Rebel Girl mp3 at Tully Craft
Bikini Kill - Double Bare Ya (live) mp3 at Adding Machine
Bikini Kill - Strawberry Julius mp3 at Tiscali (?)
Visit:
Bikini Kill played their first show in over 20 years (setlist, videos) at Brooklyn Vegan
How Bikini Kill Got Back Together
at Pitchfork

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

THE SONG TITLE THAT ATE MY NIGHT

Those sneaky Skatalites. They renamed "Comin' Home Baby" as "Christine Keiler". As you would imagine, my first question was "Who the hell is Christine Keiler and why does she rate?" Through the magic of the internut I know now that she was tabloid fodder in the UK back in the sixties and parts of her story are woven into Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow Up. For you Yardbird nuts, that's the film that shows the Beck/Page era Yardbirds playing "Train Kept A Rollin'" in a club. Beck rams his guitar into a shorting out amp and then breaks the damn thing. It's going to be one of those nights, I can already tell.

Nice try there Skatalites, misspelling her last name. You won't get sued by the "Comin' Home Baby" writer, and you won't get sued by the Keeler lady. But your record will get noticed in the UK. Just what I'd expect from an LP that begins with a song called "Lee Oswald".

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Listen:
The Skatalites - Christine Keiler mp3 at Pixie Radio
Mel Torme - Comin' Home Baby mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Video:
The Yardbirds - Train Kept A Rollin' (from Blow Up) at YouTube
Visit:
Blow Up - The Christine Keeler connection at Seen and Heard At the Movies

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

AIN'T I'M A DOG

It just occurred to me that there have been a disproportionate amount of black and white images in recent posts, so I figured that I'd find a really nice looking color photo. Why Brigitte Bardot came to mind instead of a waterfall I have no clue. But I'm sticking to that image because A) The waterfall doesn't have any records out, and B) I'd be a liar if I said that I've never thought of Bardot for something other than her music. Be that what it may, bow wow.

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Listen:
Brigitte Bardot - Je Danse Donc Je Suis mp3 at Le Mellotron
Brigitte Bardot - Oh Qu'il Est Vilain mp3
at Surreptitious Music
Ronnie Self - Ain't I'm A Dog mp3
at Rocky-52.net

Monday, April 22, 2019

THE TREEHUGGER SUPER HIT

There was a Motown 60th anniversary special on last night. I don't normally watch that sort of thing because they're usually just corny fluff. What the hell, I let it roll. I gotta say, in the short amount of time I was watching there were moments. John Legend did Marvin Gaye's "Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)" and it was very faithful to the original, same arrangement, full band with all accoutrements and so on. Then I realized that it was a timely choice being the eve of Earth Day. Okay, so today's Earth Day. A no brainer is in order.

Gaye's original is down there along with an oddball cover I came across by Eddie Vedder with the backing of the Strokes and it's actually a decent take. A few other things down there because what the fuck. "What's Going On" is godhead.

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Listen:
Marvin Gaye - Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology) mp3 at Michael Axx (?)
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On mp3
at Muzik World
Marvin Gaye - Got to Give It Up mp3
at ATumblr (?)

Marvin Gaye - Can I Get A Witness mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Eddie Vedder with the Strokes - Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology) mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Rolling Stones - Can I Get A Witness
(streaming) at YouTube

Sunday, April 21, 2019

REEDER, S.Q.REEDER.

If you aren't familiar with the guy above, with the piled high hair, you'd be tempted to think he was ripping off Little Richard. You'd be wrong. Esquerita was a contemporary of Richard's and they first met before either had made it big. One of them would, make it big, the other was just a little too wild. Per The Hound (Jim Marshall), a guy who knows more about these things than you or I put together, "S.Q. [Esquerita] taught him his thundering piano style, this would be the key element in Little Richard's development of the style that would take him to the top of the charts." That tells you which one made it big. Esquerita was too out there to make a dent.  

Today, a nice surprise, an email from Norton Records that contained a link to a free download, a biography and discography of Esquirita, 48 pages. Haven't read it yet, but it's likely the most thorough Esquerita guide there is. I never thought I'd see anything lengthier then The Hound's awesome post. Between that, and the Esquerita re-issues and unreleased records put out by Norton, I considered myself set. This is some awesome icing. Put together by Big Beat magazine (per Norton "alias the French Esquerita Fan Club"). Dig it.

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Listen:
Esquerita - Good Golly Annie Mae mp3 at Rockabilly Hall
Esquerita - The Rock Around mp3 at Rockabilly Hall
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
The book:
Esquerita! The True, the False and Some Mysteries! at Big Beat
Visit:
Esquerita - Bio at The Hound Blog

Buy:
Esquerita LPs at Norton Records

Saturday, April 20, 2019

POCKETS WAYNE, POCKETS.

Fuck, do I dig hard songs with horns. There's something about adding horns, or even a lone sax, to a hard hitting song that's almost daring you to gripe about it. It's like they're saying "You came for the loud guitars, we choose to give you this", a particularly good attitude when it's coming from a band that isn't known for horns. And when you think of the MC5, you don't normally think about horns. That's right where they get you. This mind blowing chunk of horns comes right about the three and a half minute mark, and continues for the rest of the song, about two minutes. But those horns send it.

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Listen:
MC5 - Skunk (Sonicly Speaking) mp3 at For the Sake of the Song
MC5 - More songs on this post Scroll to the bottom
Visit:
MC5 - Large high resolution band shot From the same session as the photo above. Tape it on your locker.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

BIG WEDNESDAY

Big Bopper
Big Jay McNeely
Big Joe Turner
Big Joe Williams
Big John Patton
Big Mama Thornton
Big Maybelle
I gotta say, I was surprised when I started rounding up the artists that used "Big" as a prefix to their name. Not surprised at the quantity, but surprised that the short list I could come up with without much effort contained more than its share of all-timers. Most are rhythm and blues artists with one jazz "Big" (Big John Patton) and one blues (Big Joe Williams). Even the Big Bopper laid off the "Hello baby" schtick long enough to boogie. Hey, this "Big" thing is an admittedly weak thread, but check the goods. It's some pretty good shit.

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Listen:
Big Bopper - Bopper's Boogie Woogie mp3 at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Big Jay McNeely - Nervous Man Nervous mp3
at Internet Archive
Big Joe Turner - Shake Rattle and Roll mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Big Joe Williams - Baby Please Don't Go
at Internet Archive
Big John Patton - Hot Sauce mp3 at Groove Addict
Big Mama Thornton - Wade in the Water mp3
at Joshua Vorbis (?)
Big Maybelle - Ocean of Tears mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

1977. ROB FROM GHANA. KILLIN' IT.

Hey, here's a quick one that will turn into a rabbit hole for those of you who get off on funky African grooves from the seventies. This guy, Rob, that's his name, is not the easiest person to find online if you search by his stage name. But, if you search for Funky Rob Way, you'll find a shitload of stuff. I did that last night and am still digging through it all.

I don't even know how I ended up on the Bandcamp blog post that had a clip. I do know that Rob Roy Reindorf is now on the list. Funky Rob Way, what everybody seems to refer to the album above as, has recently been reissued. I'm buying in. Stop the presses. Your favorite tightwad is actually going to pry his dusty wallet from his pocket.

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Listen:
Rob - Funky Rob Way LP (streaming) at BandCamp Buy it there if so inclined. Good bio too.
Rob - Funky Rob Way LP (streaming) at YouTube In case the link above goes bad.

Monday, April 15, 2019

AIN'T NO BRUBECK I KNOW

I've never listened to these three reggae versions of "Take Five" back to back, so you're stuck with them. The first of the three is Val Bennett's "The Russians Are Coming", which is just a cover renamed, a scrappy attempt to skirt publishing royalties. Yeah, you know, fooled everybody. The next, also by Bennett, was found with the title "Blow Mr. Hornsman Part 2". My guess is that it's a version B-side. Whatever. It's a little more out there. The third is attributed to King Tubby even though he doesn't play a damn instrument. This is about where I start thinking about what a huge mess record keeping must have been in the sixties and seventies Jamaican music biz. With a shitload of independent labels, a bunch of studios, musicians often on multiple labels, repeatedly used riddims, versions, dubs, and DJ versions, many with different names. Shit, who could keep up with all of that?

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Listen:
Val Bennett - The Russians Are Coming mp3 at Aurgasm
Val Bennett - Blow Mr. Hornsman Pt 2 mp3 at Beware of the Blog
King Tubby - Take Five mp3 (streaming) at YouTube
The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five (streaming) at YouTube

Saturday, April 13, 2019

THIS MAN IS STILL ALIVE

They do not get much more textbook than Little Richard. All of the original fifties rockers had their strong points and little (or big) things that distinguished them from the rest of the pack. Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, the list goes on and on. But little Richard was a unique package. Flamboyant to the point of swish, sharp dresser, mile high hair, and that band he had behind him smoked. Earl Palmer on drums, Lee Allen on tenor sax and Alvin "Red" Tyler on baritone sax, Frank Fields on bass and Edgar Blanchard on guitar, that's the line up on most of his early hits. Just Palmer or Allen alone are enough to make you pay attention, not that you need more than Little Richard himself. But it's all there on  those early records, the driving beat, the honking sax, the piano pounding, and that glorious screaming without screaming voice. Well dressed gravel.

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Listen:
Little Richard - Slippin' and Slidin' mp3 at Stolen Records
Little Richard - Keep-A Knockin' mp3
at The New LoFi
Little Richard - Rip It Up mp3
at Kid America Club
Little Richard - The Girl Can't Help It mp3
at Blog Rage

Friday, April 12, 2019

THE STOOGES EXCUSE

Hey, it's Friday. I really don't feel like running around looking for something. The first thing that came to mind was the Stooges and when I checked the links on old posts I found that most were dead. I couldn't let that go. The Stooges need to be represented here and although I know many of you have their essential stuff (the first three LPs), some of you rug biters don't have a clue. No sense trying to figure out how some young hipster would respond to the Stooges, particularly because I don't care for hipsters of any age. Let's just say that the first three Stooges LPs, The Stooges, Fun House and Raw Power, are about as essential as it gets. Iggy's old now, and really hasn't been vital in a long time, blah, blah, blah. Shit, just take it from me, get those LPs.

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Listen:
From The Stooges
The Stooges - 1969 mp3
at Olcos (?)
The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog mp3
at ATumblr (?)
The Stooges - No Fun mp3
at Olcos (?)
The Stooges - Real Cool Time mp3
at ATumblr (?)
The Stooges - Not Right mp3
at ATumblr (?)
The Stooges - Little Doll mp3
at ATumblr (?)
From Fun House

The Stooges - Down On the Street mp3 at Olcos (?)
The Stooges - Dirt mp3
at Quit Mumbling
The Stooges - 1970
at ATumblr (?)
From Raw Power
Iggy and the Stooges - Search and Destroy mp3
at Olcos (?)
Iggy and the Stooges - Gimme Danger mp3 
at Olcos (?)
Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power mp3
at Olcos (?)
Iggy and the Stooges - Death Trip mp3
at ATumblr (?)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

THIS HERE IS THE SHIT

A while back the jazz station played an old interview with Art Pepper, about his 1957 LP Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section. Let's see how good my memory is. I could have it all fouled up. If I remember correctly the Rhythm Section was Miles Davis's just sacked rhythm section, the recording date arranged by Pepper's wife without his knowledge and he just found out the night before. He'd never met the players and hadn't played in weeks. When he retrieved his sax the reed was bone dry and splitting. He was just off smack. I think I remember that it was after a stint in either rehab, the hospital or jail. Nevertheless, what was achieved at the session rivals anything Keith Richards was able to do coming off smack. When I heard the LP all I could think of was what inherent feel Pepper must have had to be able to do that cold. The LP is, I'm told, a West Coast meets East Coast classic, and I'm not one to argue particularly because I'm only just learning to hear the difference between East Coast and West Coast. Whether my memory is accurate or not, it provided me an Exile On Main St. type association, a vibe, where all of the crappy circumstances aren't enough to blunt what is going on. Some magic shit.

Here's a few things to warm you up, a couple not from that LP, and a link to the whole album at YouTube. Do check the thing at Rubber City Review, an excellent profile with ten cuts (a few are below). Dig his cover of "Caravan" from 1977. Just insane.

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Listen:
Art Pepper - Caravan mp3 at Rubber City Review
Art Pepper - 'Round Midnight mp3 at Space Age Pop
Art Pepper - Straight Life mp3
at Rubber City Review From Meets the Rhythm Section
Art Pepper - Birks Works mp3
at Rubber City Review Ditto
Art Pepper - More songs and excellent profile
at Rubber City Review
The LP:
Art Pepper - Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section
(streaming) at YouTube

Monday, April 8, 2019

THIRTEEN YEARS BEFORE METAL MACHINE MUSIC

I wasn't looking for this, but that's usually how it starts. After my brother, Snail, commented on a post a couple days ago, I started thinking about all of the records that he brought home to the boys room. The early, and I mean early (age 10-13), stellar choices he made were often dead on. He was the first to bring home Bill Haley, Eddie Cochran, Black Sabbath, and the Who. B-lister choices were good too. Cactus, Jo Jo Gunne, Status Quo, stuff like that. And the garage sale finds? The Fabulous Wailers, Bud Shank's soundtrack to the surf movie Barefoot Adventure, and Screamin' Lord Sutch, heavy friends and all. So I was all set on doing some sort of "Snail Gold" post. I thought I'd try looking for Screamin' Lord Sutch and just get the nut cases out of the way ASAP. Detour! While looking for Sutch shit I ended up running across a pre-Velvets Lou Reed cut from 1962, a demo unreleased until 2000.

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Listen:
Lou Reed - Your Love mp3 at A Terrible Blogger Is Born
Visit:
Lou Reed- All Tomorrows Dance Parties at Norton Buy it tightwad.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

THE MYSTO FAVORITE

The longer it goes the more obsessed I get. The very first song I posted twelve years ago was the Ardells' "Stronger Than Dirt", an instrumental that could easily pass as the Sonics. That kind of crunch. It really smokes. It's been twelve years and I still not able to find anything but a paragraph long bio. To make things worse, the only photo of the label I've been able to find was missing the record labels name. Screwy. Even weirder is that the original mp3 link is still working twelve years later. That never happens. Give it a listen. It smokes, it crunches and it passes for the Sonics..

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Listen:
The Ardells - Stronger Than Dirt mp3 at Probe is Turning-On the People

Friday, April 5, 2019

KID BROTHER AS SELECTER

I was talking music with a friend of mine today and mentioned that my younger brother had posted a Mott the Hoople thing on Facebook a couple days ago and how it had sent me right back to the boys room. The boys room, our shared bedroom, was rock 'n' roll ground zero for my brothers and I, all through our teens until we came of age and moved out. When we did leave home, we did so with our own part of the record collection that had grown over the years with surprisingly little overlapping. Having little duplication, it was a little daunting having to decide what part of the other brothers' collections to go out and buy for ourselves. Think about that, two thirds of the vinyl that you've had access to, gone the day you move out of the house.

One LP that was almost immediately purchased by both my twin brother and I was Mott the Hoople's Mott. We all had our own bands in the boys room and Mott the Hoople was my one of my younger brother's. The other two of us couldn't be without it. It's remained a favorite ever since and every time I listen to it I think of my bros. So, you can imagine the horror of finding out my friend who I'd been talking music with today was not familiar with Mott the Hoople. He's half my age so it really isn't all that surprising. But it made me think that I'd better post Mott the Hoople stuff to pass the torch handed to me by my thirteen year old brother.

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Listen:
Mott the Hoople - All the Young Dudes mp3 at ATumblr
Mott the Hoople - All the Way From Memphis mp3 at Mercury Paradise
Mott the Hoople - Honaloochie Boogie mp3 at Egloos (?)
Mott the Hoople - Barking Up the Wrong Tree mp3 at Rockabilly Bash Total oddball, full rockabilly. Goofy dialog ends at :58
Video:
Mott the Hoople - Under Review (documentary) at YouTube 1:21 minutes