Sunday, September 19, 2021

LET'S JUST THROW EVERYTHING IN


I'd forgotten about Waxidermy until I saw a link to one of their posts from 2006. What the hell, it'd been a while. It was about The Bayan Mongol Variety Group from Mongolia. It's thought by the host to be from the late sixties. Whenever it was recorded, it's nuts. It's got every trick in the bag, sounding in different parts like a spaghetti western theme, psych, ska and cop show soundtrack (Quinn Martin shit). Fuzz, some primitive synth-sounding thing, horns, repetitive bass line, this thing is four minutes and forty eight seconds of not knowing what's around the corner.

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Listen:
The Bayan Mongol Variety Group - [title unknown] mp3
at Waxidermy If the mp3 link here doesn't work, go there to get it.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

BONUS ROUND


Here's a good one you can pull with your record geek friends, assuming they're geek enough to know record labels. Ask them to name someone who has recorded for Sun Records and Chess. They'll likely puff out their chest and say "Howlin' Wolf". That's when you get them with the follow up question. Who recorded for Sun, Chess and Studio One? This will throw them off. If they're strictly into roots type music, blues, r&b, rockabilly, soul, they may not know Studio One. Studio One was a Jamaican label, owned by Coxsone Dodd, and had a long track record starting with rhythm and blues tinged boogie, then ska, rock steady and reggae. They were like the Stax of Jamaica, the dominant reggae label. The answer, if you haven't guessed by that publicity photo above, is Rosco Gordon. Anyway, whether they know reggae and Studio One or not, you've likely won yourself a bet. You will note the absence of the Studio One single below. It's such an oddball that I wasn't able to find it on YouTube. It really isn't as good as his older stuff, recorded likely in the eighties when both Dodd and Gordon were living in New York. But it does exist because I have a copy.

Really though, you need to dig the stuff he recorded at Sun (much of it licensed to other labels). If you have paper route money laying around spring for Let's Get High - The Man About Music From Memphis. It's 54 cuts of raw filthy r&b. Dirty, honking. (Under twenty bucks online.) Just check "Decorate the Counter" and "Booted" before you take your bath.

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Listen:
Rosco Gordon - Rosco's Boogie mp3
at Rocky 52 1951
Rosco Gordon - Booted mp3
at Internet Archive 1952
Rosco Gordon - Decorate the Counter mp3
at Internet Archive 1952
Rosco Gordon - No More Doggin'
(streaming) at YouTube 1952
Rosco Gordon - Shoobie Doobie mp3
at Rocky 52 1956
Rosco Gordon - Just A Little Bit mp3
at Rocky 52 1964

Thursday, September 16, 2021

LIGHTNING ROUND


Quick, name five women who recorded at Sun Records. Pass? Oh, wait, we have an egghead-abilly over here. Okay hotshot, name a woman who recorded at Sun who also had a brother who recorded at Sun. Oh, you're good. Watch it or you'll get a crease in your cuffed Levis. Now, name a song that both brother and sister recorded separate versions of. Bonus question: Name a man, a brother who had a sister and both had recorded different versions of the same song at Sun and who also happens to be the greatest first generation rocker still among us. (Answers below.)

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Listen:
Patsy Holcomb - I Wanna Rock mp3
at Internet Archive
Jean Chapel - Welcome to the Club mp3
at Internet Archive
Charlotte Smith - I Just Discovered Boys mp3
at Internet Archive
Barbara Pittman - I Need a Man mp3
at Internet Archive
Linda Gail Lewis - C.C. Rider mp3
at Internet Archive
Jerry Lee Lewis - C.C. Rider
(streaming) at YouTube
Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire mp3
at Bousculade

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

THE FOURTEEN MINUTE SOUNDTRACK


I was just listening to this at a high volume while making dinner and putzing around. It starts out kind of quiet and then,,,changes. I'm not going to ruin it for you. Pick an activity that will last about fourteen minutes without interruption, let it rip. It's like having a soundtrack in real time. Turn it up. Start moving.

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Listen:
Mythic Sunship - Resolution
(streaming) at YouTube

Monday, September 13, 2021

HERE HERE'S GLEN GLENN


It's been ages since I've had a smoke and cup of coffee at the same time. I can't smoke in my apartment complex and can't smoke in a coffee shop. That used to be one of my favorite ways to relax, A smoke, coffee and a book or magazine. I was thinking about that today, and then thought about the Jim Jarmusch film Coffee and Cigarettes. I was on that tack when I remembered Glen Glenn's "One Cup of Coffee and a Cigarette". It occurred to me that he was one of the rockabilly cats that slipped through the cracks here. I don't remember if I've posted him before. I'm too lazy to do the full bio thing. No apologies. Because: coffee and cigarettes.

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Listen:
Glen Glenn - Blue Jeans and a Boys Shirt mp3
at Rockabilly Hall

Glen Glenn - One Cup of Coffee and a Cigarette mp3
at Rockabilly Hall
Glen Glenn - If I Had Me a Woman mp3
at Rockabilly Hall
Visit:
Coffee and Cigarettes
- Trailer at YouTube
Glen Glenn - Long bio
at Deke Dickerson

Sunday, September 12, 2021

THEY CALL HIM THE SWINGING APE


If you haunt Boss Radio 66 (formerly Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban), or Kogar's Jungle Juice, you've no doubt run across one of Kogar's mixes. They're always good, no stinkers, and always have a lot bands that you've never heard of. The best way to describe his selections might not ring familiar with some of you who've never haunted thrift stores, swap meets and garage sales for random 45s. If you don't look for records in places like those you're missing out. Granted, with sites like Ebay and Discogs, the golden age of thrifting is gone, there are still some that slip through, particularly the type that go through the Kogar filter. I suspect he buys records like a lot of people with collections of obscure non-hit wonders. Look at the band name, the song name and sorta guess at the year. When at least one or two of those variables rank as favorable, you might have a cheap keeper that you may never see again. In short, with a Kogar mix, he's done the thrift store safari for you.

Kogar's latest mix, Any Way You Wanta Do the Doy, consists of songs that had been posted over the past year. It's got soul shouters, instrumentals and classic B-list frat rock, all sounding like sixties releases, some possibly late fifties. There are a few names you'll recognize (Ike and Tina Turner, Thee Midnighters, Art Neville, etc.) and a lot that you won't.

A note about the downloads: They're at hosted on Mega and despite appearances, you don't have to sign up. You got enough shit on your phone as it is. The first link is to the mix, a zip with 32 separate mp3s. The other is a link to the individual songs as they were originally posted in case you want to cherry pick. I wouldn't. Snag the mix.

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Listen:
Any Way You Wanta Do the Do! - 32 song mix
(via Mega) at Boss Radio 66
Movers and Groovers - Individual posts with single songs from the above mix
at Radio 66

Saturday, September 11, 2021

YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN A COVER VERSION


We've all learned of songs from covers and most of us have gone on back to hear the originals. Everybody has made a mix tape (or playlist) consisting of all covers. What I like to do is make mixes of originals of songs that I first heard as covers. But you can't mix the covers in, it ruins it. Because if it's all originals of songs you first heard as covers, there's something a little off. It's like reliving an alternate version of your life. Or something like that.

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Listen:
Erma Franklin - Piece Of My Heart mp3
at Internet Archive Covered by Janis Joplin
Betty Everett - You're No Good mp3
at Internet Archive Covered by Linda Ronstadt
Gloria Jones - Tainted Love mp3
at Internet Archive Covered by Soft Cell
The Velvettes = He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' mp3
at Internet Archive Covered by Bananarama
The Contours - First I Look At The Purse mp3
at Internet Archive Covered by the J.Geils Band
Marvin Gaye - Can I Get A Witness mp3
at Internet Archive Covered by the Rolling Stones

Friday, September 10, 2021

CANDYMOUTH GOLD


I've heard my share of dirty songs, but this is one I'd never heard. The Clovers, who I knew from "Love Potion Number Nine", were a doo wop group with a few other hits under their belt. They were pretty successful, successful enough to convince Atlantic Records honcho Ahmet Ertegun to let them record their own song. Thus, "Rotten Cocksuckers Ball". The song went nowhere primarily because it was pressed nowhere. That is, until it was bootlegged roughly twenty years later. But as far as dirty songs recorded by major artists go it rivals Jackie Wilson and LaVern Baker's "You Better Think Twice (Version X)". Both pretty much make the Stones' "Cocksucker Blues" sound like childs play.

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Listen:
The Clovers - Rotten Cocksuckers Ball mp3
at Internet Archive
Jackie Wilson and LaVern Baker - Better Think Twice (Version X) mp3
at Beware of the Blog
Rolling Stones- Cocksucker Blues
(streaming) at YouTube
Bonus Clovers:
The Clovers - Love Potion Number Nine
(streaming) at YouTube
The Clovers - One Mint Julep mp3
at Internet Archive

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

POST-LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 5


It was to be just a couple from X. The first one "Hungry Wolf" is my jam. I remember when I first moved to NYC, I was staying with friends on Sullivan St. They said it was okay if I smoked if I blew the smoke out the window, which overlooked the street. I remember one of the few times I was alone in the apartment, putting on the second X LP, the one with "Hungry Wold", and cranking it. Right as I lit up, the opening chords blasted forth. I sat there, surveying the street and having my smoke and thinking, "What now?" That was a thousand years ago and the song still takes me to that exact moment.

Then, not even looking for it, I ran into The Unheard Music, a 1986 documentary about the band, The full movie is at YouTube and it's on X's page there, so it's not going anywhere anytime soon. If you haven't seen it and have any interest in the early-ish L.A. punk scene, you should check it out.


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Listen:
X - Hungry Wolf mp3
at Internet Archive
X - Blue Spark mp3
at Internet Archive
Visit:
X - The Band - X's channel
at YouTube

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

ONE DEMERIT: RUNNING PROMO SHOT


If you're a regular here, you know by now my propensity toward distractions and weak excuses for not giving you any usable info. It's the whole shopping bag tonight. I was poking around at the long dormant Art Decade and ran into Gang of Four's "Love Like Anthrax". Remembering what a great abrasive guitarist Andy Gill was, I nosedived through a few other songs and landed on a live video from a reunion tour, I'm guessing (it's from 2010). Two things hit me. One was what a great live band they were. The 2010 performance was over twenty five years after I'd seen them and this set is just as riveting. The other thing that hit me, reminded me, how many types of music they mix up. Funk, no wave, punk and, at times, crazy feedback. The first song on the live thing, "Return the Gift" is like a no wave band covering Roxy Music. (There are parts that sound like a deconstructed "Editions of You".) I got that far in and realized that, naw, I'm backing away from the keyboard. I'm going to go in the other room and break something, just for the hell of it.


Monday, September 6, 2021

UNIONS WORK

I work and I believe in unions and I believe in workers' rights. I also believe that I will keep it short because today is Labor Day, a holiday for American workers. Though Billy Bragg is British, his "There Is Power In a Union" is right on the money.



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Listen:
Billy Bragg - There Is Power In A Union mp3 at Zed Equals Zee
Visit:
Labor Day Purpose and History at ThoughtCo

Saturday, September 4, 2021

HOWLIN' WILLIE WOLF DIXON


Willie Dixon wrote a fuckload of songs and Howlin' Wolf sang a lot of them. Here's six that have been covered a zillion times. If you haven't heard any of them you are missing something fundamental. I am not lying.

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Listen:
Howlin' Wolf - Evil mp3
at Internet Archive
Howlin' Wolf - Back Door Man mp3
at Internet Archive
Howlin' Wolf - Spoonful mp3
at Internet Archive
Howlin' Wolf - Down In The Bottom mp3
at Internet Archive
Howlin' Wolf - Wang Dang Doodle mp3
at Internet Archive
Howlin' Wolf - The Red Rooster mp3
at Internet Archive

Thursday, September 2, 2021

THE WTF LOCATION SHOT, JAMAICA EDITION


It's not often you hear a distorted guitar intro on a Studio One record. Leave it to Jackie Mittoo (above) to make a record that is just barely reggae. I don't want to ruin this song by saying that sound-wise it sounds like it could have been recorded by a third wave ska band...shit, forget what I just said. That's degrading. Just think of as Mittoo with the production values of Guitar Wolf, who once complained that it was hard to make records with engineers that wouldn't let the VU meters go into the red. It terms of distortion, this has gotta be the rawest Studio One record I've ever heard. It's metal. There's a good reggae mix down there too, because I ran into it and if I don't post it right away I'll forget. Just being honest.

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Listen:
Jackie Mittoo - Killer Diller mp3
at Groove Addict
The mix:
Introducing DJ Pork Chops - Reggae mix at Internet Archive Note: Once there, in the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files". 24 songs, all good, one hour long. Song list posted.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

THEY CALLED HIM SWAMP FOX


How many of you can name two Tony Joe White songs? Yeah, I know, after "Polk Salad Annie" it's "Uh, gimme a second, I swear I've heard other songs by him, wait, it's coming to me..." What the hell is wrong with us? "Polk Salad Annie" is entirely baddass. In that category, attitude, it's like "Rumble" and "Who Do You Love" getting stoned with J.J. Cale. So, here we go. A couple random cuts. Dig the guitar tone on his long ass version of John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom". Not sure of the vintage, could be later, but it has a cool vibe. And as much as the guitar on these is a critical element, the economic horns on "They Caught The Devil And Put Him In Jail In Eudora Arkansas" put it over the top. You can just see the people in the studio during the first playback, looking at each other, going "We got it."

Monday, August 30, 2021

WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU CALL IT?


Here's some random funk from some B-listers, second tier stuff but good. There was so much back in the sixties and seventies that you won't find on compilations. Scratch that. You might find them on compilations, but they'd be on one of those pricey "rare funk" crate digger specials that have ten pages of liner notes about some dude that put out one 45. Anyway, these are solid and you probably haven't heard 'em.

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Listen:
Maceo & All The King's Men - Got To Get' Cha mp3
at Internet Archive
Moody Scott - I Don't Dig No Phoney - Parts 1 & 2 mp3
at Internet Archive Dude really wants to be James Brown.
Ripple - A Funky Song mp3
at Internet Archive

Sunday, August 29, 2021

SHIT WEEK (SLIGHT RETURN)


I just posted everything below a little over a month ago but I just heard that Lee Perry has died so rather than blather on, here's a link to the obituary in the Guardian. Know this: there's one less unpredictable musical genius in the world.



!'m not sure how I missed this one but it's been sitting online for a few years. A documentary, The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry. If you know Lee Perry, it ought to be a treat. I haven't watched more than a few minutes but it looks like it'll be good enough to keep you from chores. Let me correct that: keep me from chores (pretty low threshold there). As long as I'm posting it, there are a few other things down there. Perry shown at work in his Black Ark studio sometime before he intentionally burned it to the ground. Perry's crazy like that. Check out the Guinness commercials he did and see if you can make sense out of them.

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Listen:
Lee Perry - Roast Fish and Cornbread mp3
at Passion of the Weiss
Lee Perry - Jungle Lion mp3
at Stop Smiling Instrumental cover of Al Green's "Love and Happiness"
Lee Perry vs King Tubby - Africa mp3
at Nintendo Planet Video
Video:
The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry
at YouTube 90 minutes
Lee Scratch Perry - Play On Mr. Music
at YouTube Perry at work in his studio
Lee Scratch Perry and Subatomic Sound System (live)
at YouTube Blackboard Jungle Dub, Brooklyn 2013
Lee Scratch Perry Guinness Ads
at YouTube
Visit:
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, visionary master of reggae, dies aged 85
at The Guardian

Friday, August 27, 2021

RANDOM SCORES SOUND BETTER


A few nights ago there was shit that needed to be done in my apartment. My next door neighbors were out for the night. They're cool people so I try not to blast anything too loud. But, they were gone so I had to blast something. I pulled out a compilation I snagged about twenty years ago, Africafunk. It was used and I didn't even look to see who was on it. If I had I would have seen Fela, Tony Allen and Antibalas, but it was so cheap that I didn't even bother to look. The CD turned out to be a bargain; great, great, shit, beginning to end. By far, my favorite song was by a band I'd never heard if, The Rwenzori's (hyphen placement theirs). It's the first song on the CD, "Handsome Boy (Parts 1 & 2)" and by the middle of it, I knew shit was not going to get done. Had myself undulating like someone trying to scare a sea of muddy Deadheads. Half calisthenics, all spazz. It felt great.

The song is such an oddball the extensive liner notes skip past them saying that there's no biographical information available. Granted, this was over twenty years ago. So I checked Discogs and found just three entries (they do have used 45s for sale). I'd just as soon not look further though, plenty of time for that. For now I'll retire to the living room and let the ants take control of my pants.

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

BLAME IT ON BASS FACE


Years ago I was a total Rory Gallagher fan. When I was in my mid-late teens it was all about guitar players. The licks. The blues rock boogie guitar slinger shit. Rory Gallagher was second tier when it comes to overall recognition but he was a guitarist's guitarist. In other words other guitar players knew his work and paid attention. The reason I was watching the video was essentially to try to see what got me off so much when I was younger. I'm not a fanboy of blues rock guitarists like I was in my teens. But that's neither here nor there because what grabbed my attention with this video was the bass player. When you see the guy, his stance and rocking out style is more like a bass player in hardcore band. The comical part of it is his expression. It's hard to see but it's pretty damn extreme guitar face, rather bass face. I hate guitar face, really hate it. But, as I'm wont to do when I have strong negative feelings, I try to find a counterpoint. Some way I can look at it to prove myself wrong. Objectivity is hard enough with music. When it comes to guitar face, or bass face, I thought that there would be no way I'd relate. Then it hit me. Gerry McAvoy, Gallagher's bassist, gets a pass on this one. Know why? Because when I was younger, and a Rory Gallagher freak, I was also a bassist (a shitty one). McAvoy's moves, his expressions and stance, his whole rocking out oeuvre is exactly how I would have been at the time had I had something called talent and an opportunity to play with a hot shit like Rory Gallagher. McAvoy was living my sixteen year old self's dream. Pass granted.

McAvoy's enthusiasm for playing with a hot shit like Rory Gallagher reminded me of the infamous "Oktoberfest drummer", a drummer playing at an Oktoberfest some years back. In his clip he's just fucking banging the shit out of his totally minimal hit, a big bass drum with a cymbal on top, probably de rigueur for Oktoberfest drummers. Seriously if this guy does this regularly, October after October, year after year, he's going to have the same problems as retired football players and boxers. All to perform for drunks. Where was I, oh yeah, Rory Gallagher...

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Watch:
Oktoberfest drummer
at YouTube

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

SHIT WEEK RETURNS


Oh man. If the name Charlie Watts means anything to you, you already know. He passed away today. The only Rolling Stone ever that I can think of, save maybe Mick Taylor, that didn't become a caricature of himself. Fuck, fuck, fuck. The anchor is dead. The one guy that made it seem like the Stones still held some sort of musicianship higher than glory or fame. The wheels are off now. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are not the Stones, throw in Ron Wood and you aren't much closer. In my book, if the band is a five piece, a minimum of three would have to be OGs for the band to be considered the same band. It will be interesting to see what shakes out after this loss. Come to think of it, if Jagger and Richards try to continue as the Stones, sad to say that I can't think of any way that wouldn't end comically. And Watts, or his spirit or whatever, is going to take a break from whatever jazz band he'll be in and watch from the curtains, watch everything unfold, and chuckle.


Here's just a couple things. You really need to go to Drummer World's Charlie Watts page for a ton of videos, photos, mp3s and a short bio.

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Listen:
Charlie Watts Orchestra - Stomping at the Savoy mp3
at Drummer World
Charlie Watts - Alternate Versions and Outtakes mp3
at Drummer World Over an hour
Visit:
Charlie Watts page
at Drummer World

Monday, August 23, 2021

THINK THEY'LL HOOK UP?


Don Everly, of the Everly Brothers, died yesterday. His brother Phil passed away in 2014. Like a lot of people, my introduction to the Everly Brothers came from oldies radio stations and soundtracks of movies and TV shows that took place in the fifties. I bought my first Everly Brothers after hearing the Dils, a punk band, cover "Cathy's Clown". The Dils had distinctive voices that sounded good when they harmonized, which wasn't often. So, I ran out and bought an Everlys compilation to hear the source, the two voices that sounded as one. When I got around to really listening, it was like going from a beat up VW bug to an Eldorado without going through all the increments of cars in between. The LP is in a category all it's own. I don't think I've ever heard two male voices that sound so good together. Really, you need to cough up and buy a compilation. It will provide the reference point you need when hearing other attempts.

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Listen:
The Everly Brothers - Cathy's Clown mp3 at Rocky 52
The Everly Brothers - Keep A Lovin Me mp3
at Rocky 52 Very early, 1955
The Everly Brothers - Be Bop A Lula mp3
at Rocky 52
The Everly Brothers - Eight more songs and profile
at Time Goes By