Friday, January 18, 2019

VENTILATOR BLUES? NOT OURS.

I was driving home today, listening to Exile on Main St., thinking what a zillion people have thought over the years, that it's a damn fine album. Then I asked myself the unanswerable question. Where were the American Stones back then? Who were the American Stones back then? Was there ever an American version of the Stones? No, not really. They were the Stones, at their peak. Who's gonna compete with that? Who's even close to the task?. I went through the checklist. Creedence? They were huge, hit after hit, and long jams on the LPs, they did cool covers, and there were a two guitar band. De-merits? They were a four piece and the lacked a certain je ne sais decadence.

Who else? NRBQ? Good songs, good covers, but one guitar. Terry Adams, one always in the spotlight, played keys. Shit, why go down the checklist. Thinking of them as an American version of the Stones is almost laughable. No danger apparent in NRBQ. Seems we're going to have to loosen the guidelines. Okay, Flamin' Groovies? Ooh, we're getting closer. Back around 1968-1970 before their power pop Beatle-y phase, they were two guitars, bass and drums, and a singer. Nice solid five piece. Again, well selected covers. Visually, in the medium-to-scrawny size, a little flashier on stage. Musically, some decent slide quitar, a reliance on Dan Armstrongs which could go either way. Still, there's something missing. They never really seemed to bang on all cylinders, and just where the fuck are the drugs? You can't scare parents with music alone. Fuck I give up. The Groovies were close enough, for tonight, for me to slide on out of here.

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Listen:
Flamin' Groovies - Teenage Head mp3 at Chris Wireman (?) 1971
Flamin' Groovies - Headin' to the Texas Border mp3
at Melting Pop 1970
Flamin' Groovies - Golden Clouds mp3
at The Rising Storm 1968
Flamin' Groovies - Take Me Back mp3
at Flying Snail 1978
Video:
Flamin' Groovies - Slow Death (live)
at YouTube ca 1972

Thursday, January 17, 2019

2786? LIAR.

The first time I heard "Hey Ladies" by the Beastie Boys, my opinion of them when up a notch. It was because they name-dropped Sadaharu Oh. "I got more hits than Sadaharu Oh." Okay, so it's not poetry, but it's baseball. Japanese baseball. As a hitter, Oh fucking dominated, some of his stats up with the best ever. Over 868 career home runs. Even casually name-dropping him in an era when young people couldn't give a shit, that's brownie points right there. Shit like that, and their old Grand Royal magazine, are why I'm dying to read their recent book, but shit, even at the online mega-dealers it's something like thirty bucks. That's coffee table stuff. Shine that, I'll wait.

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Listen:
Visit:
Old Beastie Boys posts Some of the links are still good.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

TUBA FATS. I DIDN'T EITHER.

Fuck me, someone backed into the front of my car today. It's not a big deal but it's big enough to not feel like hunting for stuff or blabbing, or putting forth any real effort. So here's a good post at Soul Sides. Cheered me the fuck up, Floyd Anckle and the Majestic Brass Band's "Hey Pocky-Way" in particular. After listening to that, I got sucked in.

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Listen:
Floyd Anckle and the Majestic Brass Band -Hey Pocky-Way mp3 at Soul Sides Go there to get it. Five more songs and good text. Shit, just go.

Monday, January 14, 2019

IN SPECTACULAR BRO-VISION!

Yesterday was my brother's birthday. Mine too, we were twins. He passed away years ago. That's fucked up I know, and it's a personal pity party around here every so often, and it can get heavy, but I don't bring this up to be a downer. Because there are still times where he's right here with me. That happens a lot. Twenty years gone and I can still feel him.

The Haze. Motherfuckin' Hasil Adkins. Every time I hear him, I don't even have to look up. My brother's right over there, a bemused look on his face, suckin' in noise. And loving it. So, to the dirty carpet, to dusty furniture and to scratchy records! To the elusive two beer buzz!

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Listen:

Saturday, January 12, 2019

DUDE WAS COOL FOR DECADES

Went on a Latin kick today, heavy on Tito Puente, Perez Prado, and Ray Barretto. Kinda poking around looking for something, I don't know, a little out of the classic Latin mold. A couple Ray Barretto cuts at Drummerworld really hit the spot. They're from his last LP in 2006, with his son playing sax. Not really Latin, but old school. These two did it for me, enough that I bought the CD in the middle of writing this. Check the bio there at Drummerwold. They would know.

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Listen:
Ray Barretto - Lean On Me mp3 at Drummerworld
Ray Barretto - Strange Music mp3
at Drummerworld
Earlier:
Ray Barretto - Acid mp3
at Ozgood

Thursday, January 10, 2019

GO THERE. I DON'T CARE.

Aquarium Drunkard recently posted a Velvet Underground show from January 10, 1969. Exactly fifty years ago today. Man, the shit just keeps coming. Amazing that there's still stuff popping up all these years later. So, I went looking for some more VU meat and found a handful of different mixes from a pre-release acetate of the first LP. Posted here some time back, a little scratchy, but it you're a VU fiend probably no more scratchy then your worn out copy of the first LP, plus it's different mixes. All of this is probably only of interest to someone who's into the Velvets. Fuck it, I'm not going to rationalize things. I'm going to go listen to some alternate versions I've heard a dozen times, of songs that I've heard a hundred times.

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Listen:
The Velvet Underground :: The Boston Tea Party – January 10, 1969 at Aquarium Drunkard Live set, 12 songs
Velvet Underground - Acetates at Beware of the Blog Rough mixes of songs from the first LP
Velvet Underground - Rock & Roll (demo) mp3 at Review Stalker
Velvet Underground - Guess I'm Falling In Love (live) mp3 at Ernie Film The guitars on this one rule, near perfect amount of slop, licks and chunka.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

MEANWHILE, EIGHT YEARS LATER...

Bookmarked in 2011. They're still online. And I don't remember ever listening to them. A couple awesome mixes, one Panamanian, the other international in scope. Vintage stuff, the good, bad and ugly, interesting enough to think "Fuck everything else. This has my full attention right now." So, I defer to this rascal DJ Papito.

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Listen:
DJ Papito - El Recolector: Panama Golden Nuggets at Soul Bonanza 46 minute mix, zip
DJ Papito - Out of Hell
at Soul Bonanza 21 song mix, zip

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

INNUENDOS? WHATEVER FOR?

It happened again. I was looking for something entirely different, Big Youth to be exact, and got sidetracked by Lavern Baker. The happened again part wasn't getting sidetracked. It was seizing the opportunity to, at the mere mention of Lavern Baker's name, succumb to the force that is "Better Think Twice", more precisely, "Better Think Twice (Version X)", a duet with Jackie Wilson. Pardon me if you've heard it before, here or somewhere else. I've posted about four times over the years, but I always accompany it with something I haven't posted. So, among the  Baker songs below there are a couple that haven't been posted. But taste that song, it won't be around forever. If you don't know Lavern Baker, go do some research. By the time you get back you'll know why maybe you do need a song with her and Jackie Wilson volleying candy mouthed barbs.

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Listen:
Lavern Baker and Jackie Wilson - Better Think Twice (Version X) mp3 at Beware of the Blog 
Lavern Baker - Saved mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Lavern Baker - Give Me a Pigfoot and a Bottle mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Lavern Baker - Jim Dandy mp3
at Rocky 52
Lavern Baker - Batman to the Rescue mp3
at Alert Nerd
Lavern Baker – Bumble Bee mp3
at Soul Garage

Monday, January 7, 2019

OKAY SMART GUY, WHERE'S EVE?

Man, sometimes the wandering mouse clicks turn up some good shit. You blues fiends may know of Satan and Adam, but I sure didn't. Now I do. And now the list is longer. I'd given up on hearing anything interesting in blues, semi-recent blues, in years. Too much twelve bar hooey, all sounding the same, most with too much Blues Hammer. A seemingly easy music to play often makes for too little imagination. Not expecting to hear anything I'd like, particularly because the accompanying photo was of an old black guy and a much younger white dude. Looked like a kid dangling from a coattail. But "Satan and Adam"? Yeah, the name alone made me click.

Satan and Adam were an unlikely pair. Satan, real name Sterling Magee, was fifty something, playing on the street when he met Adam Gussow, a twenty something fellow busker. Somehow, the two clicked and a twenty two year friendship began. They were playing on the street when a film crew following U2 around New York (for the film Rattle and Hum) snagged a clip that was not left on the cutting room floor. After that they got noticed, got signed, toured, and stayed in touch. Their last LP Back In the Game was released in 2011. Seven years later, I took a chance and clicked. Catchy names work.

The two songs at Rollo and Grady are a good place to start. After you check those out, check YouTube for a shitload more, including a few earlier records by Sterling Magee. Oh yeah, he recorded for, among others, Ray Charles's Tangerine Records. No hack, this Satan.

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Listen:
Satan and Adam - Mother Mojo mp3 at Rollo and Grady Go there to get it.
Satan and Adam - Ride the Wind mp3 at Rollo and Grady Ditto above.
Sterling Magee - I Still Believe in You (streaming) at YouTube
Visit:
Satan and Adam at Wikipedia

Sunday, January 6, 2019

SEND REVERB

I'm not one to bitch and moan, well, yeah I am. So I will. I hate bad surf music. Especially with cliché band names or song titles. I know there's good, authentic stuff being made, but I'm here to tell you, Surf Guitar 101 is not the type of site that you're going to find it at. At least in current "surf" bands. Nonetheless, I find it my duty to at check out their compilations every couple of years. The latest one I could find is 2016. A piece of work, that one. Rather then ragging on it at length lets just say that A) Most of these bands think any guitar instrumental is surf music. B) More than a few find it necessary to use surf type terms in their song titles or band names. C) Few have the classic tone, and D) almost none have the real dripping sort of reverb. Taken as non-surf music, some are interesting. One that is not surf at all but worth listening to, for curiosity sake, is Surf Manchu's "Pipeline Über Alles". If you're familiar with the Chantays' "Pipeline" and the Dead Kennedys' "California Über Alles", you can pretty much guess what they're trying to do here. As surf music, it pretty much blows, but as a mash up it's definitely got some interesting stuff going on.

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Listen:
Surf Manchu - Pipeline Über Alles mp3 at Internet Archive
The Chantays - Pipeline mp3 at Rocky 52
Dead Kennedys - California Über Alles mp3 at Ebianchi (?)
SurfGuitar101.com 2016 Compilation at Internet Archive 23 songs.

Friday, January 4, 2019

RIKKI DON'T LOSE THAT RIFF

Some of you have heard this song a million times. But more of you know the opening riff from somewhere else. Fuckin' Steely Dan. Did they play us for patsies? Shit, who knows, they may have credited Silver in one way or another. All I know is that a stashed a 99 cent beat up copy of the Silver LP is in the bins of the local wax shop and I better remember to go get it this weekend. I should have snagged it the first time. But, noooo, I was Mr. I Don't Want To Carry it Home. Such the hack digger.

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Listen:
Horace Silver Quintet - Song For My Father mp3 at Groove Addict
Steely Dan - Rikki Don't Lose That Number (streaming) at YouTube

Thursday, January 3, 2019

GREAT MOMENTS IN STONER CINEMA

One thing you have to realize about anybody that was young when the Monkees were on the top of the charts is that most wouldn't have known the difference between them and the Beatles. It didn't matter, they had long hair, they appeared to be a band, and they were on a wacky TV show every week. They were in magazines and had trading cards that came with banana flavored yellow gum. If you were in my neighborhood there was a kid that would pay five cents for a piece of the unusual gum, and the pack of trading cards only cost five cents, so yeah, if you snagged him when he still had his allowance, you had your first introduction to the world of flim flam.



Where was I? Oh yeah, the Monkees appeal wasn't just the music. They were a brand, way more accessible than real bands that actually played instruments. They were marketed like crazy, every possible way you could imagine. And the hits? Well, when the pool of songwriters include Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Neil Diamond, Boyce and Hart, Neil Sedaka, and Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich among others, and the music is played by the Wrecking Crew and other studio musicians, that path to hits is simple: don't fuck up.

Alas, the wool can only cover the eyes for so long. The Monkees knew they were frauds, but wanted the gravy train to stay on track. There were attempts to actually play instruments, but as the fans grew older and less naive, they had to step it up. So they made a movie. A weird movie. A movie that sprang from a stoned weekend with the producer of their TV series, Bob Rafelson, and a young screenwriter, Jack Nicholson. That Jack Nicholson. The movie, Head, bombed, as many interesting but out of the ordinary movies do. That doesn't mean that it isn't worth watching. No, it's good, really good if you're of the sort that digs pop culture gone haywire. It's fucking nuts. It's like one of those hair brained ideas that you have when you're stoned, but think better of when you're not. Thankfully they didn't second guess their stoned selves. As if to make a point, the cast includes the A and Z of opposites, Annette Funicello and Frank Zappa. In the same flick. Man, they had to have been stoned to dream up that juxtaposition.


I've posted it before, but a friend just posted a recent thing from NPR about the movie and it occurred to me that what respect I may have lost for their musical output over the years was replaced by a healthy respect for their efforts to cross over to a more counterculture audience. As "music" movies go, only the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour and Frank Zappa's 200 Motels come close to the crackpottedness of Head. That's high praise over here.

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Listen:
The Monkees - Porpoise Song mp3 at ATumblr (?) From Head
The Monkees - She mp3 at ATumblr
The Monkees - Goin' Down mp3 at ATumblr Dolenz raps
The Monkees - Sweet Young Thing mp3 at ATumblr
Visit:
The Monkees Tried To Cut Their Strings With 'Head' at NPR

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

WHERE YOU BEEN?

I hadn't thought about these guys in a while but I ran into a mention of them today. I had to hear one, did a random search and found one, at the Urban Outfitters site of all places. Where, over there I'm not sure. But it hit the spot for a quick fix.

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Listen:
King Khan and the Shrines - Outta Harms Way mp3 at Urban Outfitters Blog

Monday, December 31, 2018

LONG LIVE THE KILLER

Hell, if there's anything worth celebrating, it sure isn't a clock hitting midnight. It's the end of the year and I suggest we all get over it. There is one thing tonight that is worth celebrating, Jerry Lee Lewis is still alive. He is, in fact, playing tonight in Memphis, possibly as I'm typing this. The Killer is 83, and he's given us more good music than we deserve. He's wrecked cars, fought audiences, been in and out of hospitals and rehab, and buried a few wives. He's always walked the walk, never hid from the real Jerry Lee, always told the truth and taken his lumps. The dude is an open book. An open book that shows no immediate signs of ending.


An awful lot of gushing I know. I just finished reading his sorta autobiography, Jerry Lee Lewis, His Own Story by Rick Bragg. It's a biography written from one on one interviews, the Killer's story not necessarily in his own words, but with enough semi-recent quotes and killerisms written into the text to make it seem like you're sitting in the same room. Bragg does a bang up job, and any blanks that I've had even after reading a couple other biographies of the Killer, along with multiple books about Sun Records, are duly filled. With this book the job is complete, at least up to 2014 when it was published. It makes no excuses for Jerry Lee Lewis, nor does he himself. He is exactly what he is, and always has been. Long live the Killer.

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Listen:
Jerry Lee Lewis - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On mp3 at Otsotm (?)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire mp3
at Bousculade (?)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Lovin' Up a Storm On mp3
at ATumblr
Jerry Lee Lewis - Wild One mp3
at ATumblr
Oddballs:

Jerry Lee Lewis - Jerry's Boogie mp3 at The Cosimo Code Earliest recording, age 16, 1952
Jerry Lee Lewis - Don't Stay Away (Till Love Grows Cold) mp3 
at The Cosimo Code  Ditto above.
The Hawk - In the Mood mp3 at Probe Is Turning-On the People Throwaway instrumental released under a pseudonym.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

HOWDY NEIGHBOR!

Oh yeah, annoying the neighbors. That was, at my partying peak, a habit of mine. I seem to remember that much. Though I don't remember it being intentional, it very will may have. If it was a weekend, I'd just let it rip. Had to, there was almost always a handful of beer drinkers over, whether there were plans for later or not. As I said in the last post, the Germs and Flipper were standbys for those sort of asshole nights. Cuttin' loose, neighbors be damned.


Flipper's "Sex Bomb", the 45 version, was the go-to when things got loud. I couldn't find an mp3, so it's YouTube only for that, but you do need to hear it. I did find the flip, "Brainwash" on an old post at Bleedin' Out that also had Anarchy 6 (Redd Kross) and Teengenerate. If you'd like some visuals check the two videos. The one above is a 1983 performance by Einstürzende Neubauten. It's a healthy racket, I tell you. As long as we're on this FTW tack, there's another link below to a demolition derby with cars pulling trailers. Total destruction. Basho dominates.

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Listen:
Flipper - Sex Bomb (streaming) at YouTube
Flipper - Brainwash mp3
(via Box, download button, top right) at Bleeding Out Go there for Redd Kross, Teengenerate and a few others.
Video:
Banger Caravan Racing, Ipswich
at YouTube Demolition derby, a solid Revel Skill Level 2

Friday, December 28, 2018

ADULT ORIENTED NEIGHBOR ANNOYERS

A couple weeks ago I was listening to the jazz station, half paying attention when they introduced the song. I heard Ornette Coleman, and as they listed the other musicians I was distracted, I thought that they said Eric Dolphy and Don Cherry. As the song played, it was "Ho-ly shit, what is this?!? I just stopped what I was doing. Sat right in the center of the speakers and just soaked in it. Fuck, was it haywire.

It was late, and the computer was off, so I just made a note of the time so I could go to the station's website and look at the playlist. Wouldn't you know it, the fucking playlist listed the wrong song. For the last week and a half I've been trying to find it and I finally did tonight. It's "Free Jazz" from the album of the same name. Duh. Forehead slap, hard. The thing has been in on my Amazon wish list for over a year. The song is the only one the album, a side each for parts 1 and 2. It's crazy.

The full title, Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation, credited to the Ornette Coleman Double Quartet, which included Dolphy and Cherry, as well as Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Haden and so on. Check the Wiki page, it lists all the personnel, in which channel you'll hear them, and has a complete play by play listing of where in the song you can hear any one of the members' solos. 

There's a couple other songs down there that I came across, just as crazy. It's kind of funny, in my younger years I was like any other younger idiot. You blame the neighbors if there's a noise complaint, it's never your fault. Once the cops split, you turn it up. I have been on both ends of that shit. When I was on the snotty offensive, I'd blast Flipper or the Germs, maybe something a little WTF, like the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. Now, if I was to go on the offensive, I think it would have to be some of this crazy jazz shit. You can't ignore it, it's impossible to chill. "Comin' in low, neighbors!"

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Listen:
The Ornette Coleman Double Quartet - Free Jazz (Parts 1 and 2) (streaming) at YouTube
Ornette Coleman -  Civilization Day (streaming) at YouTube
Ornette Coleman - Midnight Sunrise mp3 at Rock Town Hall

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

YOU KNOW WHAT? FUCK THE HALL.

What a joke the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame [sic] is. They take the fame part of it way too seriously. They all but ignore the rock 'n' roll part of it, and rock 'n' roll is not a game of numbers, in fans, records sold, press ink or dollars. This year Stevie Nicks was inducted for a second time, once as a member of the Fleetwood Mac, and this year as a solo artist. Rock 'n' roll? I think not.

Link Wray is not in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame [sic]. The man had more rock 'n' roll under his fingernail than Stevie Nicks has had in her entire career. If he never recorded anything but "Rumble" he'd still be a no-brainer, that is if this so called Hall lived up to its name. Fuck record sales, fuck numbers, fuck the hall.

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Listen:
Link Wray - Rumble mp3 at California Girls (?)
Link Wray - Oddball mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Link Wray - The Fuzz mp3 at Record Brother
Link Wray - Ace of Spades mp3
at Kogars Jungle Juice
Link Wray - Tijuana mp3
at Ray Carram (?)
Link Wray - Comanche mp3
at RocknDog
Link Wray - Comanche (alternate nix) mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Promo 45

Monday, December 24, 2018

THE HOLIDAY DUMP CONTINUES!

Here's a handful that have been sitting around since 2012, posted at Black Squirrel Amusements. They're all from the same post, there's thirty songs in all. A few others are worth checking out, and more than a few are worthless. The Chipmunks, really? Yeah, it's a real mixed bag. These are just vaguely connected, but if you file them under what-not, it gives you a license to lump just about anything together. Plus, they're good. The unexpected treat was Mr.President, who I've never heard before, so that was cool to run into. Afro-funk from France. I'll be damned. I wanted to hate it, but it's so damn catchy.

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Listen:

YOU KNOW WHO THEY ARE

I don't have kids, but I remember very clearly how antsy I was on Christmas Eve when I was young. Just thinking about waking up in the morning with all sorts of new shit to play with, appearing out of nowhere. One year me and my siblings put out heads together and tried to outfox the fat man. We didn't have a fireplace, so we figured the logical place for him to enter would be through the front door, so we hatched a plan. We would put a note on the outside of the front door that said "Santa if you come in this door take this note down." Couldn't fail. I'll tell you though, that jolly fucker is smart. He sent my aunt and uncle over to our house, and they knocked front door, and when my parents answered they said "Hey, look at this note that was out here." Shifty son of a bitch. That was the last year we hassled with anything like that. In the years that followed, the word got out that the man was a fake. So, to whoever got us the Hot Wheels, thanks.

Here's some records that were sent to members of the Beatles fan club, from 1963 through 1969. They range from cocksure smart asses to appreciative wits, but if you've never heard them, they are entertaining. The first link has mp3s, just click on the record labels of each individual record. The second link has the same records streaming, but with descriptions and click-able high resolution images of the covers.

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Listen:
The Beatles Christmas Records Records - 1963 - 1969 mp3s at The Beatles Source NOTE: Click on record labels for mp3s.
The Beatles Christmas Records Records - 1963 - 1969 (streaming) at All Dylan Right click on record labels for high resolution.
High resolution source of above photo

THE TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY SONG

If you haven't heard "A Christmas Duel" I don't want to ruin it for you. In fact, it is such a heartfelt holiday ditty that you should withhold listening to it yourself until you can spring it on your office party, or better yet your family gathering when all the kids and in laws are in attendance, because there's nothing like the look of holiday joy on the faces of a group of people when they all hear it for the first time.

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Listen:
The Hives and Cyndi Lauper - A Christmas Duel mp3 at Blogbdon

Saturday, December 22, 2018

BIG JAY CHECKED OUT

I should have known something was up. All of a sudden a Big Jay McNeely post was getting all sorts of hits. The post was from a year and a half ago, when he was still alive. Then it hit me, the reason for the hits. Sure as shit, McNeely had passed, back in September. Why the fuck didn't I hear about it? McNeely was the epitome of honking r&b sax. Crazy, wild and everything in between. He died and I didn't hear a peep about it. What a sorry fucking world this is.

Because the links on the old post are dead, here's some more of his stuff so you can get an idea of how he blew that thing. Dig the song titles. Just as crazy as he looks in that photo above. Me? I feel like that screaming dude in the photo every time I hear him. Long live the honk.

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Listen:
Big Jay McNeely - Jay's Frantic mp3 at Internet Archive
Big Jay McNeely - Psycho Serenade mp3
at Internet Archive
Big Jay McNeely - Just Crazy mp3
at Internet Archive
Big Jay McNeely - Wild Wig mp3
at Internet Archive
Big Jay McNeely - Mule Milk mp3
at Internet Archive

Friday, December 21, 2018

SPIKE EGGNOG. PLAY MIXES. GET FRISKY.

Can't believe that this post at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban has eluded me. Sitting there since 2014, three holiday mixes in three separate mp3s, each about the perfect length (1:10) to make a pre-fab CD mix to give someone. Because it's cooler than a zip drive, you still get to make a cover. 

The selections on these are pretty varied: country, soul, instrumental, surf,...you know, that group of people over there have good taste, so they're low on stinkers. At the very least you either have a soundtrack for three and a half hours of eggnog swilling, which actually sounds disgusting, or a host/hostess gift in a mix CD with your own custom cover. Yee haw, dig it.

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Listen:
Merry Twistmas from Ichiban!!! - Three mp3 mixes at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 81 songs in all. Originally posted here a year ago.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

TOO MUCH GO POWER

I don't care if you've heard these before. They're awesome and there's only about a three week period when they're not premature or wholly inappropriate. That's Christmas music for you. Just dig on these, before they go back in the rafters for another year. They're textbook GFOS. You could do much worse.

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Listen:
James Brown - Funky Christmas mp3 at SB Dave
James Brown - Go Power At Christmas Time mp3 at The Sound of Indie
James Brown - Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto mp3 at The Mob Third Coast
James Brown - Let's Unite the World at Christmas mp3 at Panic Stream
James Brown - Please Come Home For Christmas mp3 at Panic Stream

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

SHOW ME JOLLY

Yeah, another repost, but it's tripled in size. The blabbing below is about a Christmas mix made by Lux Interior and Ivy Rorschach from the Cramps, fourteen songs. Added this year, a Christmas mix given to Kristian Hoffman by Lux a zillion years ago. That one, Jeezus Fuck, It's Christmas!!!, is in two parts, one for each side of the tape. Thirty-seven songs when you add them up. Here's the old shit:

I gotta admit after just a few holiday posts I'm kinda over it. I hardly ever listen to holiday music even during high season (the obvious exception being Halloween themed music which usually yields more crackpots). That said, I'm not the one hosting a gathering, so you party planners rejoice. You'll be getting a few more things to free up time to perfect your eggnog spiking.



Here's a short mix made by Lux (RIP) and Ivy from the Cramps. Not quite as crazy as the series of Lux and Ivy's Favorites (which, by the way, are highly recommended), but there are enough oddballs to keep you guessing. If you're curious, the mix includes songs by the Sonics, John Lee Hooker, the Diablos, Elvis, the Youngsters, Jack Scott, the Vel Mares, the Five Red Caps, the Castelles, King Curtis, Washboard Pete, and the Brown Dots. Fourteen individual mp3s in a zip. Have at it.

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Listen:
Black Christmas - Holiday mix from Lux and Ivy at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 14 cuts in a zip, with high resolution artwork.
Jeezus Fuck, It's Christmas!!! - Lux Interior Christmas Tape at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban 37 cuts in two zips

Monday, December 17, 2018

I'LL TWEAK THIS SHIT UP GOOD

You gotta like Esquivel. A perfectly capable musician, composer and what not. Talented, probably had non-stop work. In the face of everything, he decided to inject normal with just a little weird, just enough to keep his job. Sure, he's no Can, but I'll tell you what, Can sure ain't no Esquivel.

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Listen:
Esquivel - Frosty the Snowman mp3 at The Decibel Tolls
Can - Silent Night mp3 at The Decibel Tolls

Sunday, December 16, 2018

ATTN: PARTY PLANNING COMITTEE

You knew this was coming. The holiday tradition, at the peak of laziness and in need of breathing room, the annual reposting of Reverend Tom Frost's Bloody Xmas Mixes.

For all of you party planners running around like headless chickens, a reminder is in order. Spread the Good Word's Bloody Christmas mixes are still online. They used to be downloads, but they're now streaming (click on the download links below the song lists). Though they are streaming, I'm sure someone you know is savvy enough to run them through your sound system

The Mixes:
Spread The Good Word Bloody Holiday Mix 9
Spread The Good Word Bloody Holiday Mix 8
Spread The Good Word Bloody Holiday Mix 7
Spread The Good Word Bloody Holiday Mix 6
Spread The Good Word Bloody Holiday Mix 5
Spread The Good Word Bloody Holiday Mix 4
Spread The Good Word Bloody Holiday Mix 3
Spread The Good Word Bloody Holiday Mix 2
Spread The Good Word Bloody Holiday Mix 1
Visit:
Reverend Tom Frost - The host of the mixes and a damn fine musician in own right.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

SPIN IT, JUNIOR.

Been reading a lot lately. After four books in a row about UK punk followed by a autobiography by surfer Israel Paskowitz, I needed me some fiction. Raymond Chandler, yo. I've read him, but never read one of his books a second time, so they've been sitting there for years, glaring at me. "Fuck you Mr. Four Punk Books In A Row." So, I'm a third of the way through The Big Sleep and having a hard time putting it down. I forgot how packed with oddball descriptions and wisecracks under fire Chandler's books were. During a break in the hard boiled action, I went for some associative tunes. I knew just where to find them, in the dusty back pages of Office Naps. It occurred to me that it might be a good time to remind you that Office Naps exists. It's a blog with lots of music, mixes and profiles of long gone obscure bands and such, but the highlight for me are the posts that include handfuls of 45s thematically grouped. There's good stuff, most from the fifties and sixties and most songs that you probably won't experience elsewhere. That wouldn't be a big deal, but the music is all good, interesting at the very least, and the back stories are well researched. Just the kind of shit I'm too lazy to do.

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Listen:

Friday, December 14, 2018

CAN 2,218 COPIES BE A CASH-IN?

I gotta say, unless there's a good reason, Christmas records ought to be limited to 45s. A full album of Christmas tunes just seems too much like a cash-in. And if the Christmas songs are limited to a 45, all the better if they're original songs. I mean, c'mon, if we're even going to hope for new Christmas classics, there's going to have to be new material, and a steady supply because most aren't going to make the cut. While some might cite the Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping" or Run DMC's "Christmas In Hollis" as modern Christmas classics, even those are a bit worn. I've got my own not-yet-worn playlist, and it includes Jon Spencer's 1992 Subpop Singles Club 45 (limited to 2,218 copies), "Big Yule Log Boogie" b/w "My Christmas Wish". Hell yeah.

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Listen:
Jon Spencer - Big Yule Log Boogie mp3 at I Am Fuel You Are Friends
Jon Spencer - My Christmas Wish mp3 at I Am Fuel You Are Friends

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

ANOTHER FESTIVUS MIRACLE!

Holy shit. Steady yourself. Keith Richards quit drinking. I never thought I'd live to see the day. I could make a thousand jokes about this but I won't because making a decision like that is a humbling thing to do, and if there was ever a person who would benefit from it, it's him. If you've followed the Stones for more than a few years, you know his rep. How he's still walking around is anybody's guess. But this is a good thing. Personally, I don't give a shit if he ever plays another note (but then, I haven't really cared since Goats Head Soup). Actually, it'll be interesting to see how this sober Keith thing shakes out.

So, guess what? Now you get his cover of Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run" along with Chuck Berry's version, and Berry's "Merry Christmas Baby". And a sigh of relief, because no matter how many he days he had in front of him as a drinker, he has more now. He's given us enough good music (pre-Goats Head of course) that he deserves it. He deserves more days to sit around with his wife and kids.

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Listen:
Chuck Berry - Run, Rudolph, Run mp3
at Snuhthing Anything
Chuck Berry - Merry Christmas Baby mp3
at Panic Stream
Keith Richards - Run Rudolph Run mp3
at Panic Stream
Stop the presses:
Keith Richards has given up drinking: “It was time to quit” at NME

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

OLD TEXT. TIMELESS JAMS.

The jazz station just played Vince Guaraldi for the umpteenth time. Yeesh. I'm sick of that guy, at least the Christmas stuff that gets played to death every year. You gotta realize, growing up when and where I did, I've heard the music from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" every year for decades. Now, when I want keyboard driven holiday songs I need a little more meat on the bones. Jimmy Smith does a fine job. So do Booker T and the MGs.

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Listen:
Jimmy Smith - Jingle Bells mp3 at Panic Stream
Jimmy Smith - Santa Claus is Coming to Town mp3
at Review Stalker
Jimmy Smith - God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman mp3
at Panic Stream
Booker T and the MGs - Jingle Bells mp3 at The Rising Storm
Booker T and the MGs - Santa Claus is Coming to Town mp3
at The Rising Storm