Friday, May 25, 2018

THUMPIN'

I was driving around the hood today and the Coaster's "Poison Ivy" came up on a mix unexpectedly. I did what any reasonable person would do. I rolled the windows down and blasted it as loud as I could. Yeah, look at me neighbors. I'm badass. Hey ladies, whenever you get tired of the cars that go boom, there's a guy with thinning hair and a breast pocket with a hundred pens blastin' OG Leiber and Stoller right over here. Fuck yeah. Coasters rule.

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Listen:
The Coasters - Poison Ivy mp3 at Angelfire.com (?)
The Coasters - Little Egypt mp3
at Angelfire.com (?)
The Coasters - Charlie Brown mp3
at Andree Blisson (?)
The Coasters - Yakety Yak mp3
at Angelfire.com (?)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

TIMMY THOMAS CHILLIN' IN A LOUD SUIT

You know, in keeping with my practice of not uploading any music, instead linking to stuff that's already sitting around online, it narrows the scope of music that I can mention or write about. But it's still a pretty deep well. I just know that if I started uploading, it would be a total rabbit hole. I know that with certainty. So when I run across a well written blog that has personal stuff with musical factoids and a wide range of music, I have to point you to it. It's really my favorite type of music blog. Sure, there are blogs with exhaustive research and biographical details. Those serve their purpose. But the type I'm talking about makes it feel like you're sitting around some unidentified living room, drinking and listening to music with the host. Margauxville totally fits that bill.

Here are just two random tunes, both awesome on their own and for very different reasons. Which speaks volumes about the host.

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Listen:
Timmy Thomas - Why Can’t We Live Together mp3 at Margauxville
The Mekons - Memphis, Egypt mp3
at Margauxville
Really, just go there:
Margauxville

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

THE NO DOWNLOAD LOW DOWN BLUES

Robert Nighthawk's stuff is all over YouTube but I couldn't find any downloads. No matter, you don't have to own it to sink into it. And you should sink into this. His music sounds like he looks. Come to think of it, that photo is the best song I've heard in days.

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Listen:
Robert Nighthawk - I Need Love So Bad
(streaming) at YouTube

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

JERRY LACROIX. REMEMBER THAT.

I ran into John D. Loudermilk's original version of "Tobacco Road" and I figured I'd go listen to Edgar Winter's version. The wheels came off, I ran into some Edgar Winter's White Trash with Jerry LaCroix and spent a good hour running down LaCroix's stuff. Here's a couple with him with White Trash and a video from when he was with Blood, Sweat and Tears. Man that guy could belt.


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Listen:
Edgar Winter's White Trash - I've Got News For You mp3
at Kellworth (?) LaCroix, lead vocal

Edgar Winter's White Trash - Let's Get It On (streaming) at YouTube Ditto

Monday, May 21, 2018

YOU SHOULD HAVE THIS

Over at Facebook a friend dragged me into a thing where you post the cover of one of your top ten favorite LPs every day for ten days. The catch is that they have to still be in your regular rotation. Today was day three and it was the LP above, the only good Modern Lovers LP. The best stuff on it was produced by John Cale. Here's two of them.

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Listen:
Modern Lovers - She Cracked mp3
at The Rising Storm
Modern Lovers - Pablo Picasso mp3
at Sutros (?)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

THE UTILITY GUY

Ry Cooder is so all over the place, it's hard to figure out where to begin. He's played with everybody. His first band, the Rising Sons, included Taj Majal and Ed Cassidy. He was playing with Captain Beefheart by the time he was twenty. He went on to play with the Stones, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Randy Newman, David Lindley, The Chieftains, the Buena Vista Social Club, Ali Farka Touré. I think Flaco Jimenez is in there someplace too. He does his own solo stuff too. 

My sister used to have one of his albums, Boomer's Story, but I don't remember her ever listing to it. The first time I really heard him, and knew it was him, was on the budget LP Jamming With Edward. Recorded during the Let It Bleed LP sessions but released after Sticky Fingers and before Exile. The band is Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Nicky Hopkins and Cooder. It's jams they had while waiting for Keith Richards to return to the studio. Cooder's slide is all over it. Shortly after that I heard Cooder again, with Jagger, on "Memo From Turner" from the soundtrack of the film Performance. Then he started popping up all over the damn place.

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Listen:
Jamming With Edward - Blow With Ry (streaming) at YouTube Cooder, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Nicky Hopkins
Mick Jagger with Ry Cooder - Memo From Turner mp3
at ATumblr (?) From Performance OST
Ry Cooder w/Jim Keltner, Ice T and Ice Cude - King of the Street mp3
at Drummer World WTF
Ry Cooder - Down In Hollywood mp3
at Pierre Cabel (?)
Ry Cooder and Ali Farka Touré - [Title unknown] mp3
at H Chicha (?)

Saturday, May 19, 2018

INDEPENDENT GEORGE WILL CEASE TO EXIST

I don't know if you own any of the Nuggets box sets (Nuggets, Nuggets II, Children of Nuggets) but they're pretty decent cross sections. The first set, Nuggets, was American garage era, Nuggets II centers on the UK and "beyond". Children of Nuggets is garage bands and the paisley underground type stuff from the eighties. The four below are from Nuggets II.

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Listen:
The Slaves - Slaves Time mp3 at Internet Archive
The Downliners Sect - Glendora mp3
at Internet Archive
The Pretty Things - Rosalyn mp3
at Internet Archive
The Missing Links - You're Driving Me Insane mp3
at Internet Archive

Thursday, May 17, 2018

THE HASIL ADKINS RESET BUTTON

A couple friends dropped by tonight, so I'm a little low on time. Here's a quickie Haze break. Hasil Adkins should need no introduction around here. I would hope most of you are familiar with "No More Hot Dogs". If not, look him up. He was a good ol' fashioned primitive hillbilly nutcase.

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Listen:
Hasil Askins - No More Hot Dogs mp3 at David Garlitz (>)
Hasil Adkins - Waitin' For the Graveyard mp3
at Beware of the Blog

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

FROM THE LAND OF LUX AND IVY'S FAVORITES

I really don't know what to think of Jack Scott. He's the guy that did the original version of "The Way I Walk" (later covered by the Cramps and Robert Gordon). That's a wicked song, and he has other wicked songs. Some decent rockers too. He's got the Jody Reynolds "She's My Witch" vibe thing going on some of his stuff too. His only demerit for me is the sometimes cheesy, often unneeded, background vocals. The whole package though is a net mega-plus.

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Listen:
Jack Scott - The Way I Walk mp3 at Internet Archive
Jack Scott - Baby, She's Gone mp3
at Internet Archive
Jack Scott - Bella mp3
at Internet Archive
Robert Gordon w/Link Wray - The Way I Walk
(streaming) at YouTube
The Cramps - The Way I Walk
(streaming) at YouTube
Video:
The Cramps - The Way I Walk (live)
at YouTube California State Mental Hospital in Napa, CA 1978

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

THAT WENT BY FAST

I heard the Breeders' "Cannonball" today, for the first time in ages. It still sounds good, not really dated at all unless you remember it from back in the day. Further back than I remembered it being. Shit, it's been twenty five years.

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Listen:
The Breeders - Cannonball mp3 at Snuhthing Anything
The Breeders - Cannonball (Live, 2008) mp3 at Bradcast
Video:
The Breeders - Cannonball (John Stewart Show) at YouTube

Monday, May 14, 2018

DON AND DEWEY VS SHIT WEEK TWO

It wasn't quite Shit Week II, but it might as well have been. Just before my, er, "event", San Diego suffered the loss of two true believers from back in the day. Frank Gutch, the owner of one of the very few independent record stores, and Kit Johnson, a super fan turned front woman of her own band, Pharmacy. Then, the day after returning home, word came that Tony Kinman, bassist and co-lead vocalist of the Dils, Rank and File, Blackbird and Cowboy Nation, passed from cancer. Kinman was from Carlsbad, just about forty miles from here and the Dils were one of the first punk bands to play in San Diego. The very first punk show to be exact, a show that was organized at meetings at Gutch's store, and attended by Kit who was scene fixture from day one. All that shit tied together, with my own near miss, made for a very personal Shit Week II. I'll probably touch on all three in the coming days, but it's too much to cover in one post. Right now I just want to fucking wig out and listen to some favorites, you know, chicken soup shit. Don and Dewey were posted just a few months ago but, fuck it, they fit that bill handily.

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Listen:
Don and Dewey - Jungle Hop mp3 at The Adios Lounge
Don and Dewey - Justine mp3
at Diddy Wah
Don and Dewey - Bim Bam mp3
at Diddy Wah
Don and Dewey - Farmer John mp3
at Rock Town Hall

Sunday, May 13, 2018

MONK TO THE RESCUE

You may have noticed the lack of updates for the past couple weeks. Out of nowhere I had a leak in the engine room. It started as a bad headache, really bad headache, and within three hours I was in intensive care, official diagnosis: nontraumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage. Basically, bleeding in the brain that didn't kill me. So I was on my back in the hospital for a week, doped to the gills, with another week before I could resume to semi-normal activities.

They had me so sedated that it wasn't until about the third or fourth day that I realized that I hadn't heard a lick of music since entering the hospital. When a nurse came in to check my vitals (this happened every hour or so) I asked why there wasn't any music in the hospital. She said that most people who wanted to hear music in their room just used the keyboard and accessed YouTube through their TV. No one had told me that there was a keyboard in the room, not that I was in the condition to fuck around online. It hurt my head to even watch TV. But now, armed with the keyboard, the first thing that came to mind that would sooth me was one of Stan Getz's Brasil/bossa nova type things. Dude had at least four LPs of that type of stuff. I just needed something to doze to. Click.

For days, whenever my pain medications started to wear off my head would feel like it exploded. This would wake me from my Getz la-la land. Luckily, it was time for the nurse to check my vitals again because she would also ask me what my pain level was, on a scale of one to ten. On this particular occasion it was about a six or seven. The nurse gave me a shot of morphine, straight into the vein, no drip bag. I could feel the relaxation creep up my arm and take over my entire body, right when the YouTube playlist that had been playing Getz clicked over to Thelonious Monk's Monk's Dream. Folks, this was a match made in heaven, morphine and Monk. It was the first time I was able to ignore all the shit that had happened. Needless to say, my pain level would be about a six or seven again before I left the hospital, and I listened to Monk every time.

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Listen:
Thelonious Monk - Caravan mp3 at In Bed With Dactylo
Thelonious Monk Quartety w/John Coltrane - Epistrophy mp3 at Petit Family
Thelonious Monk - Work mp3 at Pixie Radio
The LP that saved the day:
Thelonious Monk - Monk's Dream (streaming) at YouTube

Sunday, May 6, 2018

YO, CHECKIN' IN.

I didn't forget about you. A whole lotta shit has happened in the past week or so. Long story short, I ended up in the hospital for five days and am still recovering at home. My screen time is to remain limited, scaling back up as the days progress.  I'm OK, just have to recover physically from laying around for five days straight. My muscle tissue is basically saying: "Fuck off, you ignored us for five days straight." The top half of my body is saying, "Hey we're cool, we want to move around again anyway" but the thighs and calves are being total bitches.

Here's a song I may have posted before. Whatever. I'm really just posting to let you know what's been going on. I'll be banging on all cylinders sooner than you want me to be.

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Listen:
The Art Blakey Percussion Ensemble - The Sacrifice mp3 at Internet Archive

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

AND NO CLAPTON!

I hadn't heard the first Bluesbreakers LP before tonight, probably because it's called John Mayall Plays John MayalI, and it only credits the Bluesbreakers on the back of the cover. Whatever. I like Mayall, enough to listen to the records I already have but not enough to actively hunt down others. This first one though, it's like the missing link between old school British blues bands and the U.S. garage bands. It was recorded live, so it sounds a little rougher, louder than the Bluesbreakers studio LPs that followed. And, yes, no Clapton. Yee haw.

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Listen:
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers - Crawling Up a Hill mp3 at Internet Archive
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers - Crocodile Walk mp3
at Internet Archive

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

TWELVE YEAR OLD AS SELECTOR

Of the early records that ended up in the "boys' room", the bedroom that I shared with my brothers, many were oldies. Many. We listened to Top 40, like all kids did back then, but we also listened to oldies almost more than current music. I've no clue why we latched onto oldies. It might have been because the playlists were vast, but repeated month after month, year after year, unlike Top 40 hits which came and went. Whatever the reason, we latched onto oldies when we were barely teens. To give you an idea, the first LPs that I remember my younger brother Ted buying were an Eddie Cochran two disc set, the Who's Who's Next, Black Sabbath Vol 4, and a Bill Haley and the Comets compilation. When he was twelve. Who buys Bill fucking Haley with their paper route money in the seventies? My brother Ted did.

Buying the compilations gave us an opportunity to hear deeper cuts than what the oldies stations played. Haley's a good case in point. How many people nowadays can name one Bill Haley and the Comets song that isn't "Rock Around the Clock". I know one who can. Ted.



This all came back to me this past weekend. Several months ago, someone had given Ted a busted up Rockola jukebox that didn't work. Being the kind of guy who never shrinks from rolling up his sleeves, he went to work right away cleaning it up. After getting the cosmetics taken care of, it looked good but mechanically was still kaput. He ended up finding a guy online that lived about an hour away that said that he would completely rehab the thing for $150 plus parts. He went for it, and when he got it back was ready to load it. He'd rounded up a sizable collection of 45s, around 600 or so, from estate sales. There must be a lot of aging rockers in his neck of the woods because he picked up a formidable catalog of good shit (The Killer on Sun! Little Richard on Specialty!). After all of that, which he shrugged off as not that big of a deal, the real work was just beginning. What to put on the damn thing.


This was a big deal. Me and my brothers have wanted a jukebox for years and years. Since we listened to oldies back in our bedroom. This would be the first. What would be the inaugural record to be loaded in? I don't think he's ever deliberated more about anything. Last weekend he called me. He had made his selection. Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" would be the first record loaded. He selected that one not for the well known hit, but the B side, "Thirteen Women". That particular song was a big favorite in the boys room, despite it's vintage. It's about a guy who has a dream about an H-bomb going off and the only people left in town are him and thirteen women. Can you imagine what thoughts go through a puberty age brain with a song like that? No competition! Thirteen women! Fuckin' sign me up, H-bomb or not!

Haley was the first rock 'n' roll star. He had a crack band and, despite sub-marquee looks and a somewhat advanced age (28 when he had his first hit), dazzled teens with his fun lovin', always smiling, stage presence. Check the videos. Dude had it down.

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Listen:
Bill Haley and the Comets - Thirteen Women mp3 at Internet Archive
Bill Haley and the Comets - Crazy Man Crazy mp3
at Russ Strathdee
Bill Haley and the Comets - Rock Around the Clock mp3
at Rocky 52
Bill Haley and the Comets - Mambo Rock mp3
at Rocky 52
Bill Haley and the Comets - See You Later Alligator mp3
at Rocky 52

Video:
Bill Haley and the Comets - Goofin' Around at YouTube Dig the licks.
Bill Haley and the Comets - Rip It Up at YouTube 

Friday, April 20, 2018

ANATOMY OF A CRAP SHOOT

An unrelated earlier record cover. Very cool.
If you go record shopping, you know how it is. You gather a stack with the intention of weeding some out before you make it to the register. All of a sudden you realize that the store is closing in a couple minutes and you have to sort through the possibilities really quick, The first couple of picks are the no brainers, then you get to the maybe-maybe not part of the stack. You weigh the price, the certainty, the hunch and the crap shoot factors. You settle on one, because it's just cheap enough to take a chance.

That happened to me. The crap shoot/hunch that was just cheap enough was an LP by a band called Chakachas, the title was Jungle Fever. What? Check the cover below, You can't tell shit. I checked the back, no credits other than a bunch of song titles, songwriting credits, the names of the engineer and producer. No mention of band members, studio or anything else to go on. But most of the song titles were in Spanish, there was a cover of "Harlem Nocturne", and another titled "Chica Chica Bau Bau". It was worth a gamble. Or so I thought.



When I got home I was anxious to find out if my crap shoot/hunch would pay off, so I started on "Harlem Nocturne", a song I knew well from the shitload of other versions. I was underwhelmed. It was passable, but not the surprise I'd hoped for. So it was on to one of the sure things I'd picked up.

Jungle Fever faded into the back of the stack of recent plays and was forgotten. Fast forward a couple months and I'm browsing old bookmarks. There was a page at Art Decade bookmarked with a song called "Turtle Soup" by Chakachas, but I didn't recognize the name of the band, that's how little of an impression I had from the crap shoot/hunch. I listened to "Turtle Soup" by this band that was essentially unknown to me. It was actually funky as shit, with wah-wah and strings and killer breaks, the whole Isaac Hayes shootin' match. Sounded early seventies. So I went looking for other stuff, most of what I found was older. Then I remembered that the post at Art Decade mentioned another song, so back I went. The other song that they mentioned was "Jungle Fever", but it's still not ringing a bell. I tracked it down and, holy shit, is this one a keeper. Sounds a lot like the early Budos Band stuff, but repetitive, with a sexy woman voice panting and uttering unintelligible sweet nothings. Just weird enough to give it the edge over the funkier "Turtle Soup".

The epilogue? I went looking for an image and found the one of the Jungle Fever LP. That's when it hit me that the song that I had been digging on was on the crap shoot/hunch LP that I hadn't fully listened to. That's some random shit.

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Listen:
Les Chakachas - Turtle Soup mp3 at Art Decade
Les Chakachas - Jungle Fever mp3 at ATumblr (?)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WAH-WAH UTILIZATION 101

This sucker, from 1972, is period perfect blues rock, heavy on the rock. It's the first song on the first Foghat album, a cover of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You". The LP was produced by Dave Edmunds, who was not far removed from his own hit, a cover of Smiley Lewis's "I Hear You Knockin'". Foghat and Edmunds was a good pairing. Nothing too flash, just crunchy sturdy twelve bar shit.

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Listen:
Foghat - I Just Want to Make Love to You mp3 at Internet Archive

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

STUPIDITY IS NOT A CRIME.

I hadn't heard Crime in quite a while, and I ran into "Hot Wire My Heart" over at Newer. That song plops you right back in the late seventies San Francisco. I went looking for more and ran into a video I'd forgotten about, Crime playing for inmates at San Quentin, a maximum security prison. A band called Crime. Dressed like cops.

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Listen:
Crime - Hot Wire My Heart mp3 at Newer Go there to get it. 1977
Video:
Crime - Live at San Quentin at YouTube 1984

Monday, April 16, 2018

TOTAL GO MAN GO

Big Jay McNeely was the shit, the epitome of a honker, just pure unadulterated blasts. Providing exactly what the songs needed. Distilled down to the basics and there for a reason, to take a song to the next rambunctious level. The intent was clear. You just have to see a handful of his titles to see where he was coming from. "Nervous Man Nervous", "Psycho Serenade", "Wild Wig", "Insect Ball", "Just Crazy", "Jay's Frantic". Fuck yeah, he's a crazy sax man.

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Listen:
Big Jay McNeely - Nervous Man Nervous mp3 at Internet Archive
Big Jay McNeely - Psycho Serenade mp3
at Internet Archive
Big Jay McNeely - Wild Wig mp3
at Internet Archive
Big Jay McNeely - Insect Ball mp3
at Internet Archive
Big Jay McNeely - Just Crazy mp3
at Internet Archive
Big Jay McNeely - Jay's Frantic mp3
at Internet Archive

Friday, April 13, 2018

MAY I NEVER HAVE TO RESORT TO SHITTY MUSIC

Boy, have I got a lot to learn. Since the lapse of my jazz phobia sometime in the past decade, I can't say that I've listened to a shitload of it, more so than the before maybe but still just sort of dabbling in the names that pop up all the time. Before today I'd never heard of Joe Henderson. I listened to one cut and Ill be damned if another one didn't just get added to the list. This is how it happens. Now that I know that Joe Henderson existed, I'll see his name all over liner notes. That happens all the time, especially in jazz (is there anyone that Gerry Mulligan hasn't met?). So, new name, credit goes to For the Sake of the Song. You ought to check them out. They have a lot of good varied stuff, Ethio-jazz to proto-stoner rock and everything in between. They probably have a huge record collection. Jealous. Sort of.

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Listen:
Joe Henderson - El Barrio mp3 at For the Sake of the Song
Horace Silver (with Joe Henderson) - Song For My Father
mp3 at For the Sake of the Song This is the song that Steely Dan copped for the intro of "Rikki Don't Lose that Number". That much I knew.
Four more songs with Joe Henderson
at For the Sake of the Song

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

BEWARE THE GEAR SWAPPIN' MAMA

There are trucker songs about driving, about drinking, about getting home to a woman, and some about screwin' around while out on the road. And then there are trucker songs by women. Those are usually about waiting for a man to get home or worrying about what hijinks they're getting into while on the road. Maybe some longing for this or that. But there are few songs about women truckers. That's where Kay Adams comes in. Her "Little Pink Mack" was, for lack of a better comparison, something akin to a 1966 version of Riot Grrrl gone trucking. It might not seem like a big deal, but if you want to look at a good ol' boy network, you'd be hard pressed to find a tighter, more male dominated group.

Besides the subject matter, the song is notable for the period perfect guitar. It was recorded in 1966, and Kay Adams was hovering around Bakersfield. Yeah, that means some clean succinct pickin' including the clickity sound of a Bakersfield guitar (presumably a Telecaster), some tasty pedal steel and some rogue fuzz. Yee haw.

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Listen:
Kay Adams - Little Pink Mack mp3 at Rocky 52
Norma Jean - Truck Driving Woman (streaming) at YouTube Two years later, Norma Jean picks up on it. 
Kay Adams and Dick Curless - Devil Like Me (With an Angel Like You) mp3 at Rocky 52

Sunday, April 8, 2018

KINDA MISSED HER ANYWAY

I'm a sucker for Brazilian music, especially when I want it to be warmer, it's getting warmer, or it is warm. I'm not one for cold weather. So it is with pity that I look to you guys that are still ass deep in cold, or rain, or whatever it does where you live. You can keep that change of seasons crap. Me, I'd just as soon park my butt in Brazil.

For the Sake of the Song recently posted a duet by Gal Costa and Caetano Veloso. That's what got me going. Gal Costa's been posted here a number of times, but I'm going with her again because she can get a little crazy. Veloso will get his turn. Hey, there is a link to a documentary on Tropicália. It's just one slice of Brazilian music, we still have the rest of spring and summer to go.

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Listen:
Gal Costa e Caetano Veloso - Coração Vagabundo mp3 at For the Sake of the Song Go there to get it.
Gal Costa - Vou Recomecar mp3
at Super Sonido
Gal Costa - Relance mp3
at Super Sonido
Gal Costa - Acauã mp3
at Super Sonido Wait for the freakout.
Gal Costa - Pontos de Luz mp3
at Super Sonido
Gal Costa & Gilberto Gil - Sebastiania mp3
at Super Sonido Freakout endings seem to be a trend.
Gal Costa -10 more cuts,
15 in all and great copy at Super Sonido
Video:
Brazil - The Tropicalist Revolution Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6
at YouTube

Friday, April 6, 2018

MORE IMPORTANT, NOT BIG MOUNTAIN

Okay, if you're a reggae purist, you'd be tempted to shun the Grasspoppers. I know how you feel. I have an aversion to reggae bands from outside of Jamaica myself. But the Grasspoppers taught me something. Actually at least two things. One is that I shouldn't base my dismissal of non-Jamaican reggae on what I have seen in the U.S., which is disproportionately white (relatively speaking) and though well intended, often lame. If they're anywhere near a hackysack or college campus, get the fuck out. But, the Grasspoppers are not from the U.S., they are from Lisbon, Portugal, and more importantly they are open about reggae not being their main thing. That's the second thing I learned from them. If a band does not portend to be the real deal, you can drop the critical act. Still, they do a good job, and I'm not in the mood to be harsh anyway.

This is how they describe themselves:
"Working as an artistic collective connected to several artists from all areas in Lisbon, Maputo and Luanda, The Grasspoppers main areas of work are music production, events, remixing, blogging and movie making."  Okay then. I'm too damn laid back to put up a good fight.

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Listen:
The Grasspoppers - Brown Skin Guy mp3 at Caipirinha Lounge
The Grasspoppers - Doo Doo Doo mp3 at Caipirinha Lounge
The Grasspoppers - Carta a Uma Cidade Adormecida mp3 at Caipirinha Lounge

Visit:
Grasspoppers at Bandcamp Nine more songs

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

TAKE YOUR FOOT OFF THE FURNITURE

I started a post and was getting all tangled up in the Nuggets II box set. I decided to stop on Them for a second. I knew it would be over. After one play of "I Can Only Give You Everything" I wouldn't be much in the mood for writing anything, let alone lame blog drivel. So here we are, Them, the band between me and Astral Weeks. I may never hear the latter, not the way things are going.

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Listen:
Them - I Can Only Give You Everything .mp3 at Pretty Goes With Pretty

Them - Mystic Eyes .mp3 at Smiles Davis
Them - One Two Brown Eyes .mp3 at Smiles Davis
Video:
Them - Baby Please Don't Go at YouTube
Them - Gloria at YouTube

Sunday, April 1, 2018

RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE THE WHOLE TIME

I remember the first person who I heard about Terry Reid from. Actually, now that I think about it, it's the only time I've ever had a conversation about Reid. That wouldn't be all that surprising if he was some sort of complete unknown and was just now being unearthed, but that's not the case. The conversation happened when I was in my teens, decades ago, and I've heard not one peep in conversation since. Unfortunately, it came from my friend's younger brother who was a complete dick, so I didn't bother following it up. The crazy thing is that I have conversations about music with knowledgeable music fiends every day and since that first mention the topic of Terry Reid has never come up again, not once. How is that possible? The funny thing is, I know exactly what friends of mine are fans of Reid even though the subject has never come up. Anglophile music freaks that are into sixties stuff, know a lot about music and are probably a musician themselves. The majority of them play guitar. I can think of a half dozen friends that fit that description in the time it took to type this sentence. Actually eight by the end of it. It's shit ass bad luck that Reid's name doesn't come up more. He deserves better. In 1968, Aretha Franklin said "There are only three things happening in England: the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Terry Reid". Yeah.


At Glastonbury Fayre (1971), David Lindley on lap steel.

What started this all was hearing a later 2004 song, "Secret". What struck me is how much his voice sounds like John Fogerty in parts. Not in all of it, he hits a few high notes that Fogerty would never hit. There's a couple early cuts down there too, where the fuss all began. Check the documentary trailer, see who his better known fans are. There's a few other things about him too. Now I gotta go talk shop with one of those guys.

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Listen:
Terry Reid - Secrets mp3
at Internet Archive 2004
Terry Reid - Superlungs My Supergirl mp3
at The Rising Storm
Terry Reid - Things to Try mp3
at The Rising Storm
Video:
Superlungs - A Terry Reid Documentary (trailer)
at YouTube
Terry Reid Beat Club - Live 1969
at YouTube
Good read:
Even Superlungs has to pay the pawn shop
at Washington Post

Thursday, March 29, 2018

HITTING TIPS FROM TED WILLIAMS

Opening day today, the baseball season gets underway. For the first time in few years I'm actually paying attention. To commemorate the return of even the slightest detectable interest, here's a few baseball related things. If you have no interest in the sport, skip straight to Mabel Scott (that's her above), whose "Baseball Boogie" swings regardless of topic. The same cannot be said of Pamela Neal's disco tribute to the autograph whore with the bad hair cut, Pete fucking Rose. Banned from the Hall of Fame not for bad taste, surprisingly, but because he tasted bad. He fucking bet on the game. Neal's disco thing is called "Charlie Hustle" as in "Do the Charlie Hustle". Clever.

The kid's portion of the show is "Tips On How to Become a Better Hitter". If your kid plays, throw him a room with that one. Ted Williams was one of the best hitters in the game, and his stats still stand as some of the best ever. Shit, this spoken word record couldn't possibly hurt. I know you over the top sports parents are looking for an edge anywhere you can find it. You'll give anything a shot.

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Listen:
Mabel Scott - Baseball Boogie mp3
at Keep the Coffee Coming
Pamela Neal - Charlie Hustle mp3
at Beware of the Blog
Spoken Word:
Ted Williams - Tips On How to Become a Better Hitter: Part 1 and Part2 mp3s
at Beware of the Blog
Video:
Ozzy Osborne - Take Me Out to the Ball Game
at YouTube

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

DIG, ON MULTIPLE FRONTS, MAN

Up until the release of his "Rockit", my only impression of Herbie Hancock had been his LP Head Hunters, found under the arms of some of the more technically minded musicians in high school. In other words, the jazz dudes who I had no time for. I wouldn't have, and didn't, give it half a chance. No interest whatsoever. It was the guitar-only diet back then. Fast forward roughly ten years: mind blown. His video of "Rockit" was in regular rotation on MTV and when you consider the year, it's easy to see why I took notice. It might seem tame now, but the robotics, as primitive as they were, were freaky. Not only that, it featured scratching by Grandmixer DST (who also do his thing on Malcom McLaren's Duck Rock LP). For the time it was WTF when they used to actually spell it out. What the fuck.


Years later and less threatened by jazz, I realized that to dismiss Hancock is a mistake. He did lots of cool shit. That brings us to Fat Albert's Rotunda, his eighth album released in 1969. Originally intended as a soundtrack to Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert, an animated TV special based on a character created by a pre-bust Bill Cosby (before we knew he was a bad egg).

The LP is an awesome mix of jazz, funk and soul. If you lived in that era, you'll hear a TV show soundtrack, but you might hear it differently without visuals or dialog. It's pretty fucking tight. If you haven't heard TV shows with music like this as a soundtrack, you'll hear an awesome mix of jazz, funk and soul, that's pretty fucking tight. Maybe I should say that again.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

THERE'S A MINGUS AMONG US

How do you end up going from the Liverpool Five to Charles Mingus in a handful of songs? Shit like that happens to me all the time. After looking into the Liverpool Five the other day, I saw that they did a cover of "The Snake", the song that was a hit for Al Wilson. The song was written by Oscar Brown Jr. who also recorded the original version. After going back to Brown's version, I went and looked at his bio (which for some odd reason I'd never done before) where I saw that he had also written "The Work Song". Sheeiit, I love both of those songs, just about every version I've heard of either of them. I knew that Brown had recorded it but not that he written it. So it was off to check for any other odd version. I ended up finding an entirely different "Work Song" by Charles Mingus. It's live and it's very cool, all smoky and after hours 'n' shit. After that, I was off to Mingusland. And done.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

THEY'RE SO BRITISH THEY LEFT

Oh, brother. I don't know about you, but when I see an LP by a band called the Liverpool Five I'm already thinking it's some sort of cash in, trying to capitalize on the success of the Beatles. When you see that the LP contains covers of "I Can Only Give You Everything" and "My Generation", you think it's going to be the worst. You expect nothing.

The Liverpool Five weren't from Liverpool, they were actually from London. Sounding suspect. They found their audience in Asia and then relocated to the U.S. where there was a distinct shortage of English mop top bands. It's sounding less promising by the minute, eh?  Guess what? They aren't half bad. Forget the back story and the sucky name, just use your ears on this one.

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Listen:
Liverpool Five - I Can Only Give You Everything mp3 at Internet Archive
Liverpool Five - My Generation mp3
at Internet Archive

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

SABOTAGE DEPOT

I was in the mood to see someone scream but good, really let it out. The first thing that came to mind was the Beastie Boys doing "Sabotage" on Letterman. Man, there's one scream by Ad-Rock near the beginning that's just awesome, really sets the tone, but the one near the end is all-time. I'm not going to tell you exactly where because I think you need to invest yourself in the song to get the full effect.




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Listen:
Beastie Boys - Sabotage mp3 at Internet Archive
Video:
Beastie Boys - Sabotage at YouTube Official video, by Spike Jonze
Visit:
Sabotage - Song entry at Wikipedia