Sunday, September 22, 2019

IT STARTED OUT BACK BY THE DUMPSTER

Yeah, so yesterday's post was thrown together quickly. My friends were coming over and I didn't want to sacrifice hanging out to sit in front of a computer. It turned out that the friends brought one of their friends, a guy from the Midwest that I'd never met. As often happens with these friends, talked turned to music. First it was chit chat about Thundercat (who my friend's son had turned them onto) and after I mentioned that I'd read that Thundercat was, for a few years, the bassist of Suicidal Tendencies, the talk turned to other types of music. All of a sudden, I forget the exact seque, the Midwest friend and I were talking Dirtbombs, then Mick Collins, the Gories, and by that point we were off the rails. Ty Seagull, King Khan and so on. It was great, it had been a while. One of those excitable music related volleys. Like I used to have with my brothers, lucky enough back then to get a fix daily. Good times.

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Listen:
Dirtbombs - Chains of Love mp3 at Indie Dock Cafe
Dirtbombs - Can't Stop Thinking About It mp3
at Mr. Tambourin
Dirtbombs - Underdog mp3
at Tumblr
Dirtbombs - Sharevari mp3
at I Rock Cleveland
Ty Segall - The Drag mp3
at The Bay Bridged
Ty Segall - The Tongue mp3
at Tumblr
Ty Segall - Sad Fuzz mp3
at New York Market
Ty Segall - Wave Goodbye mp3
at Gimme Tinnittus
Ty Segall - I Bought My Eyes mp3
at Magnet
King Khan and the Shrines - Outta Harms Way mp3
at Urban Outfitters (?)
King Khan and the Shrines - Land of the Freak mp3
at Stereogum
King Khan and the Shrines - Don't Walk Away Mad mp3
at Music Alliance Pact
King Khan and the BBQ Show - Zombies mp3
at Indie Rock Cafe

Saturday, September 21, 2019

GO GRILL YOUR WEENIES

Tomorrow is the last day of summer. I have a few friends coming over right now so I'm going to make it short. There are other end of summer songs, but these were released just a few years apart so, yeah, that'll have to do. Get outside tomorrow. Unless the weather is crappy, then you're on your own.

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Listen:
The Beach Boys - All Summer Long mp3 at The Pop History Dig
Dusty Spingfield - Summer Is Over mp3 at Tumblr
The Drifters - Sand In My Shoes
mp3 at R Strathdee (?)

Friday, September 20, 2019

NOT A PARTY 'TIL I GET THERE

A nutty album title and timeless cover art (as in unable to date design-wise), and I'm finally introduced to Thundercat, which will no doubt cause some of you to mutter "what took ya so long?" Here's the deal, I don't follow charts and I read very little about current music. There's so much good music that's been made in the past that I'll never catch up, and I really don't give a shit about being relevant to anything let alone current musical trends. Never forget, current musical trends gave us auto-tune, metal ballads, pop-punk, new wave and all sorts of total crap that followers follow. If the good shit is out there, it'll find it's way to me eventually.


In the case of Thundercat, the cover of his 2017 LP Drunk just sort of stared at me from the side bar of Discogs when I was looking for something else. The cover looked kind of seventies-ish and the name Thundercat seemed vaguely familiiar. There was a link to a video, and I bit. Good click there. "Them Changes", the music was good in a lightly funky soul way, like the album cover hard to peg in terms of when it was made. The video itself was trippy. Bang.


The more I listened to his stuff, the more he sounded like the Bill Withers meets Brian Wilson. Make that Bill Withers meets Brian Wilson and they both get stoned as shit. I don't really care what this music is classified as, it's interesting and nice to fill the air with. If it keeps my interest, why bother over analyzing it?

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Listen:
Thundercat - Them Changes mp3 at Mix Tape Riot If the link doesn't work, go there to get it.
Thundercat - A Message for Austin / Praise the Lord / Enter the Void mp3
at Tumblr
Thundercat - Evangelion mp3
at Tumblr
Thundercat - Is It Love mp3
at Tumblr

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

GEEZ, HOW MANY LOFTS ARE THERE IN NY?

Been on a Richard Hell binge today. It was really more because I wanted to hear Robert Quine's playing. They were a pretty tight band but Quine kept it real.  A bunch of his solos start out almost like regular solos then go all over the place in a matter of seconds. Not because be couldn't play. On the contrary, he most definitely could play, and probably knew more about music than most of his CBGBs contemporaries. When he wigged out it was his interpretation of haywire jazz in a rock 'n' roll setting. I would love to have seen how he developed as years went on, but he OD'd in 2004 after the death of his wife. A big loss.

As long as we're on a Richard Hell tack, I thought I'd post the cover of the first issue of Substitute, a fanzine I co-edited with my long time friend Jacqui Ramirez. That's Richard Hell on the cover. To give you an idea of how things worked back then, the photo was taken by Roberta Bayley, a photographer friend of Hell's that Jacqui had contacted to ask if she had a photo we could use. Not only did Bayley send the photo, but she asked for nothing in return other than a photo credit. Today her photos are famous for documenting the New York punk scene in its embryonic state. She took the cover photo of the first Ramones LP, so, yeah, she was there.

The fanzine came out in the pre-internet days. The interview that Jacqui did with Hell was done by mail. The questions were mailed from California and the answers were mailed back from New York. Hand written. Try that today. Just to get answers to questions took a couple weeks. Patience. Instagrammers take heed.

There is one oddball down there. A song by the Victors that the Probe posted, jokingly (I think) referring to it as "(Richard Hell's first record?)". It does sound a lot like a Richard Hell song, particularly the vocals and phrasing. I don't care if it is or not, I've come this far, I might as well like it.

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Listen:
Richard Hell & the Voidoids - Blank Generation mp3 at Plain or Pan (1976 Ork Records 45 version)
Richard Hell & the Voidoids - Blank Generation mp3
(via Box.net) at Creuse ta Tombe (Sire LP version)
Richard Hell & the Voidoids - Love Comes In Spurts mp3
at Snuhthing Anything Definitive Quine solo on this, especially the way it ends.

The Victors - We Struck A Match mp3 at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Visit:
Roberta Bayley

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

DON'T BOGART THAT ABALONE

There's no doubt that most of us would have liked to see what it was like in a different era and a different music scene, in a different environment. Not necessarily permanently, just to test the waters and see what it was like. It might be a rock 'n' roll era. The fifties in Memphis, or Chicago? The sixties in Detroit or Memphis? London in the mid to late sixties? San Francisco? Bakersfield in the early sixties? Shit, Lagos, Nigeria in the early seventies? Man, I'd love to have been in any of those places back in the day(s). Another time travel fantasy for me is to have been in Southern California in the days before rock 'n' roll, before surf music, before Gidget, before the surf craze that followed, before the Beach Boys, before all that shit. When the beaches were less crowded, and you could catch dinner in the ocean. When lobster and abalone were literally free. Feast on that while feeling the burn of a day in the sun, and the powdery skin from forgetting to take a post-dip shower. Pop a few cool ones, and hang out, or head out, whatever. No hurray. Get anywhere you need to go on the PCH. Stan Getz is the soundtrack.

I love hearing his stuff when I get home from the beach. Any Getz is good for that. Here's some random stuff I was able to find. If you don't have any of his stuff, there's a handful of multi-CD sets of his early stuff that are budget priced, usually containing four or five LPs. Don't OD on the bossa nova. Great as it is, he was much more than that.

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Listen:
Stan Getz and Zoot Sims - Five Brothers mp3 at Pixie Radio 1949
Stan Getz - Lullaby of Birdland mp3
at Tumblr
Stan Getz - Samba Triste mp3
at Tumblr
Stan Getz - Serenade In Blue mp3 at Tumblr
Stan Getz - I Remember Clifford mp3
at maelgaudry (?)
Stan Getz - O Grande Amor mp3
at Tumblr

Saturday, September 14, 2019

WOMEN LEAVE, DOGS DIE, MEN DRINK. TWANG.

The documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is at it again, this time covering the history of country music. It's a eight part series airing on PBS starting Sunday, September 15, each episode two hours long. (It will also be available streaming from their site.) If you've ever seen any of his documentaries, you know he does them right. Burns first came to my attention with his exhaustive nine part documentary on baseball, likely because it aired during the baseball strike of 1994. The strike shortened the season. It was pitiful. Burns's documentary aired at the perfect time. Total serendipity. It reminded baseball people that the history of the game was a long one, and the strike was but a blip.

The baseball series gave me an appreciation for the game that I've retained all these years, twenty five to be exact. Ken Burns did that. Not Little League, not watching games on TV, or going to the ball bark. But, he hade me appreciate all of those things more. I'm a country and western music dabbler. I'm anxious to see what this series will do for me.

Dig around at the site for the series. There's schedules, previews and streaming mixes of featured artists. If you're a dabbler like me, consider it a crash course.

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Listen:
Bill Monroe - Orange Blossom Special mp3 at Rocky 52 1941
Roy Acuff - Blue Moon of Kentucky mp3
at Rocky 52 1946
Hank Williams - Move It On Over mp3
at Rocky 52 1947
Kitty Wells - Release Me mp3
at Rocky 52 1954
Johnny Cash - I Walk the Line mp3
at Rocky 52 1956
Maddox Brothers and Rose - I'll Go Steppin' Too mp3 a
t Rocky 52 1957
George Jones - White Lightning mp3
at Rocky 52 1959
Patsy Cline - Walking After Midnight mp3
at Rocky 52 1960
Buck Owens - I Don't Care (Just As Long As Love Me) mp3
at Rocky 52 1964
Willie Nelson - I Love You Because mp3
at Rocky 52 1966
Merle Haggard - Branded mp3
at Rocky 52 1967

Visit:
Country Music - A Film by Ken Burns at PBS
Rocky 52 - Country music, hillbilly, rockabilly and blugrass Bios, discographies and music.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

HE ALSO DID THIS

Robert Frank just died, on Monday. He was 94. He was a damn good photographer whose lifes work would be complete if he did nothing other than The Americans, a book of his photographic images, with text by Jack Kerouac, published in 1958. In the glossy days of Ozzie and Harriet, white picket fences and All-Americans, he chose as his subject matter the flip side. The seedy, the poor, the tough, all the shit that the get-off-my-lawners wanted to pretend didn't exist.

Robert Frank, 1973, photographed by Richard Avedon.

 
Frank also made films. A year after The Americans, he made his first film, Pull My Daisy, with narration by Kerouac and featuring poets Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso. That's some heavy hitters. In the early seventies, he worked with some other heavy hitters, making a feature length film with the Rolling Stones. (His photography was also featured on the cover of Exile on Main St.) Finished in 1972, the film, Cocksucker Blues was never widely released, apparently a little too telling. If you know anything about the Stones, you can probably think of a dozen things that happen behind the scenes with them on tour that they would think would damage their career. Probably two dozen. The Stones tried to keep the lid on it but Frank wanted it released. After the dust settled the court order stated that it could be shown, but only if Frank was present in the theater. Now that Frank is dead, what happens?

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I only mention this because I was amazed to find it online, on YouTube of all places. There are a few links to it on dubious looking sites so I went way back in the search results. If you want to see it, particularly if you're a Robert Frank person, I'd check it out right away. With Frank's profile raised after his passing, it probably won't be up for long. Check the comment by "whenAM radiorocked" under the video (at YouTube) for the story of how it ended up there. And check out Frank's work. Photography today would be different if he had not been so tuned to the street.

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Visit:
Robert Frank Dies; Pivotal Documentary Photographer Was 94 at NY Times
The Shock of Robert Frank's "The Americans" at The New Yorker
Robert Frank
at Wikipedia
Robert Frank photos
via Google image search
Video:
The Rolling Stones - Rocks Off
at YouTube Shot by Frank

Monday, September 9, 2019

URSULA'S THINKING "WHERE'S VIC FLICK?"

One of the cable stations (TCM) is showing James Bond movies on Thursday nights for the month of September. Last Thursday it was all early ones with Sean Connery. It was awesome being able to turn on the TV at any time over the course of eight hours and know that I'd be catching some vintage Bond. Next week they have the one with George Lazenby as Bond, then one more Sean Connery and then it's off to the Roger Moore era. I prefer the earliest, but as the movies progress, so do the stunts and special effects. They're still entertaining, but they lack the Connery cool.

The original James Bond theme by John Barry is all-time, particularly the guitar tone. It's always reminded me of someone like Billy Strange, but Strange was an American studio guitarist, and Barry was British so one would assume that he recorded in England. After hearing the song countless times over the years, it finally occurred to me in a Homer Simpson "Doh!" moment, Google the fucker. The answer: Vic Flick. Who? Here we go. While I'm out looking into this Flick character, here's a few Bond related things, including Barry's version, and a version that Billy Strange did do. I gotta say, Flick wins the guitar tone contest. This time.

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Listen:
John Barry - James Bond Theme mp3 at Tumblr
Billy Strange - James Bond Theme
(streaming) at YouTube
John Zorn - James Bond Theme mp3
at Pat's Lies Killer.
Shirley Bassey - Goldfinger mp3
at Tumblr
John Barry Orchestra - On Her Majesty's Secret Service mp3
at Like A Blockbuster
Visit:
Vic Flick - Interview from Vintage Guitar
(pdf) at Vic Flick

Friday, September 6, 2019

ONE AMERICAN BAND

A friend mentioned that he had some Replacements live sets on Color Me Impressed, a site that archives old Replacements sets. That reminded me. I hadn't listened to the Replacements in a while so I started digging through the old stuff here and found enough to occupy the rest of my night. I'm cutting out early because at this point in my night I'm thinking that, upon updated assessment, the Replacements are one of the greatest American rock 'n' roll bands that ever existed. When I think great American rock 'n' roll band, I'm not thinking about a band that resembles anything in particular, in sound, era, look or anything. It's more like they have some sort of secret combination of slop, style, chops, fuck it all attitude, volume, and songwriting. All those qualities can be found in Creedence Clearwater Revival or the Flamin' Grooves, bands like that. But the Replacements were later, throw in a dash of punk rock. These guys are you before the neck tie, before settling down, before the kids, before the mortgage, before punk rock reunions. Get lit.

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Listen:
Live stuff:
The Replacements Live Archive Project A shitload of live stuff.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

TONY BENNETT'S SPIT IS STILL ON THIS THING.

I was looking for something completely different, yeah again, and ran across a cover of Dylan's "Wicked Messenger" by the Black Keys. I'd never heard it before and it was sufficiently crunchy, like the Keys of yore. I was just on the cusp of going to check on some of their old stuff (I stopped after their second LP), but the thought that there had been a lot of covers of "Wicked Messenger", for a song that wasn't close to a hit, popped into my head.. The Faces were my indoctrination, so I have a sentimental attachment. But, shit, Patti Smith does something with that song. That might be tainted by me just digging the type of person she is, but she feels the song, puts more into it. Mitch Ryders approach is total seventies rock. I'd probably like it better if it didn't screw up "Little Latin Lupe Lu" for me going forward. Now I'm just nit picking. Just listen to Patti Smith's and go from there.

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Listen:

Monday, September 2, 2019

A RAISED FIST FOR MY FELLOW WORKERS

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

Sunday, September 1, 2019

REMEMBER WHEN THIS USED TO HAPPEN?

A friend posted a thing on Facebook today of kids reacting to the music of Led Zeppelin. Sounds straight forward enough right? Some of the kids show signs of familiarity from hearing them when their parents played them, one from having heard one of the songs from a video game or cartoon, and one kid who tries to appear above it all, voicing a distaste for "real instruments". There are some that really get off on the songs.

I've mentioned several times in past posts how lucky I was to have grown up sharing a bedroom with two brothers who were also music fiends. That all came rushing back when I watched the video. See that kid above? Totally digs Zeppelin. His reactions to the songs totally reminds me of my younger brother at that age. It also takes me back to the enthusiasm that you have as a kid when you first start buying records. The "This is the shit!" mind set. Fuck yeah.


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Listen:
Kids React to Guns n' Roses at YouTube
Kids React to Nirvana
at YouTube

Saturday, August 31, 2019

BLAST THESE IN YOUR DORM

Here in the U.S. it's Labor Day weekend. Monday is Labor day, a holiday for, ahem, workers, of which I'm one and have been my since I first started mowing lawns at the age of ten. Hell yeah, a day off for workers, I'll take it. I deserve a day off. So, in the interest of that, I'm going to lean on The New Yorker of all sources. In the newest issue there's a long profile of Iggy Pop and it's good reading. Much of it will be familiar to most of you, but there are enough tidbits sprinkled throughout to make it interesting. For those of you not familiar with Pop, or his late sixties band the Stooges, I'm reposting a bunch of songs that I just posted back in April. Consider them essential, a counterpoint to all of the flower power stuff that was going on out west and a precursor to punk rock. I really hope that last sentence wasn't necessary.

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

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

Visit:
The Survival of Iggy Pop at The New Yorker

Friday, August 30, 2019

THIS IS ON BUSINESS

Holy shit. I had to have posted a link to this at some point in the past. In case I haven't, and I am too lazy to check,...shit, I don't care if I posted it before, it hits the spot. It's a reggae post is at Snuhthing Anything, and it's been stewing online for twelve damn years. If you're into reggae, you probably know these well. But it is the cream, big names, stuff you know from The Harder They Come, and the ones you know from covers. Dandy Livingston's "Rudy, A Message to You", which was covered by the Specials, the Paragons' "Tide Is High" was covered by Blondie, Junior Murvin's "Police and Thieves", covered by the Clash, blah, blah, blah. It's a great post and, so far, the only mp3s I've found to be dead are the Desmond Dekker and King Tubby cuts. But, shit, "Johnny Too Bad" or "Draw Your Brakes" alone qualify as a great post in these quarters. Take it away, Snuthing, you ol' dead ass blog you.

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Listen:
The Slickers - Johnny Too Bad mp3 at Snuhthing Anything
Scotty - Draw Your Brakes mp3
at Snuhthing Anything
Roots Reggae Sunday - Roughly ten more songs
at Snuhthing Anything

Thursday, August 29, 2019

THE "OH YEAH, THAT ONE."

I had to post this one, Johnny Thunders's cover of "Treat Her Right", from an LP of covers he did with Patti Palladin, Copycats. When I first heard it, in 1980, it turned me on to Roy Head and the Traits. I vaguely remembered hearing the original version by Head in my preteen years, likely out of my Dad's workbench radio. That was where most mid-sixties songs came from when I was a kid, songs I would later recognize when I became more cognizant of music. At that age I didn't even have a favorite song. When I heard Thunders's version it was familiar so I had to find the original version. Keep in mind this was pre-internet. Back then only half the battle was finding the song title and artist. The hard part was finding actual physical product. There were no mp3s, no YouTube, no Wikipedia, no Ebay. And, that dilemma, is exactly what records stores were good for, especially the smaller independent record stores. It always seemed like the smaller the record store, the more people you're likely to know, the more people you could shoot the shit about music with, and the more people you could share info with. And the more likely someone would know the song. You should go to your local record store. The price might be a little higher, but you're paying for something entirely different. It's a flesh and blood experience, bits be damned. You do not want that to get away. Saddle up tightwad.

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Listen:
Johnny Thunders and Patti Palladin - Treat Her Right mp3 at For The Sake of the Song
Johnny Thunders - Great Big Kiss mp3
at Tumblr

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

WRITER OF RAW MATERIAL

One thing I dig about good songwriters is that after you've heard a handful of versions of a particular song, the original version, sometimes a hit, sort of dissolves and every version becomes more about the song and whether, depending on the amount of tweaking, it is still there. Burt Bacharach's songs are like that. I can't remember what any of his own versions of his songs sound like, though "The Look of Love" comes to mind. I can think of some hit versions, mostly Dionne Warwick stuff and I've never been a big fan of hers. Nothing personal, I'd just rather hear Isaac Haye's Quiet Storm version of "Walk On By". That one's hitting the bong filled with Courvoisier.

As is often the case with any cover that Isaac Hayes does, as the slow down and chill part of the Bacharach speedball, there is a more upbeat version that bears just a skeletal resemblance of Hayes's source material. In this case it's Roland Raashan Kirk, the man with more reeds than hands. His version is a goddamn party.

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Listen:
Isaac Hayes - Walk On By mp3 at Belkan Air Force (?) Half your lunch break for one song.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Walk On By mp3
at Melting Pot Three other Kirk songs too.

Monday, August 26, 2019

GREASY, AND STICKY, AND GOOEY, AND SALTY

Well, I wanted the story on this one and I got it. An early 45 by the Supremes, "Buttered Popcorn". The first thing I noticed was that it wasn't the spit shined sound I associated with them. This, being an early cut, was a little more to my liking. None of that string laden shit, and a lead vocal by Florence Ballard, before Berry Gordy decided that Diana Ross's pipes were more marketable. Then I realized that the lyrics could be said to be a little racy. "Greasy, and sticky, and gooey, and salty." Full blown smut. Gordy, who wrote the song, feigned innocence. Yeah, right.

That there would be the end of my interest if not that the song is a catchy number, in a Northern Soul sorta way. Came to find out that the early Supremes were a quartet. Laugh all you want about me not knowing that, but the Motown I dig is more the did Talking Book, Innervisions-era Stevie Wonder, What's Goin' On-era Marvin Gaye, and anything the Temptations did with Norman Whitfield, particularly if there was wah-wah involved. I also found that before they were the Supremes they were the Primettes. Well, that's a good name. Could mean prime as in the good shit. Or if you're a math whiz, it's because they like prime numbers. That might explain why they whittled the group down from four to three. Only after being renamed as the Supremes. Oh shit, they are prime and they are supreme. One marvellettes at that.

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Listen:
The Supremes - Buttered Popcorn mp3 at Tumblr
The Supremes - Buttered Popcorn (original version)
(streaming) at YouTube
The Supremes - Buttered Popcorn (2nd version)
(streaming) at YouTube
The Primettes - Tears of Sorrow
(streaming) at YouTube
The Primettes - Pretty Baby
(streaming) at YouTube
Visit:
Buttered Popcorn
at Motown Junkies
Buttered Popcorn
at Wikipedia

Saturday, August 24, 2019

BUSBOY WAGES SPENT HERE

Back when the Tower Records was still around, the one near me had a killer 45 section. They of course had the top hits, the Billboard Top 100 if I recall, all displayed side by side with all the picture sleeves competing for attention. But my attention was elsewhere; down below the display of the hits lay the oldies. Hundereds of titles, a lot you wouldn't believe were still in print. Jerry Lee Lewis on Sun, Little Richard, Guitar Slim and others on Specialty, Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters on Chess, Stax all over the place. Of course, these weren't first pressings, but besides collectors who the fuck cares? Little Richard's "Rip It Up" with the classic Specialty label for a little over a buck? Are you kidding? I snagged many.

There were also oddballs, one hit wonders originally released on smaller labels that were licensed by generic oldies labels, often with two different artists on the same 45. Hey, it's still a 45, and will still go in a jukebox should that day arrive. One of the generic oldies label 45s my brother bought was "All American Boy" by Bill Parsons. He'd never heard it, but bought on a whim right about the time Rick Derringer's All American Boy LP came out. What the hell, right? Anyway, the song was in my head the other night when I was on my way home from the beach, toying once again with the thought of getting a guitar giving it a go. My thought was that if I had started learning the guitar instead of doing this blog, and spent all that time on my chops, I would have much more to show for my time. It's been 12 years, and many, many hours have been spent in front of a screen. "Get a guitar and put it in tune, you'll be rockin' and rollin' soon", that's the line that was in my head.

Bobby Bare

When it came to looking for the song, I knew who would have it. Mother lovin' Rocky 52 never disappoints. That was that. Or so I thought. I didn't know until yesterday that the song, written by Parsons, was miscredited on the label and was actually sung by Bobby Bare. So in lieu of looking for a photo of the 45 I went looking for a photo of Bobby Bare, and in doing so saw a blurb about Dylan covering it, released on one his Bootleg Series things, apparently from around the time he was messing around with the Band out in the sticks. In the beginning of his version it sounds like just a goofy jam where he's improvising the lyrics, but then it goes on and it's almost like he's cut up the lyrics and rearranged them and added his own in between. It's a sloppy hoot, and that's a good thing since the original is so goddamn corny you feel guilty just listening to it.

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Listen:
Bill Parsons (Bobby Bare) - All American Boy mp3 at Rocky 52
Bob Dylan - All American Boy (streaming) at Elsewhere

Thursday, August 22, 2019

WGASA NIGHT SPECIAL

Don't know wgasa? The story goes like this. The San Diego Zoological Society already had the "World Famous" San Diego Zoo (it is a good zoo) and were getting ready to either open, or add an attraction to, the San Diego Wild Animal Park (now called Safari Park"), which isn't in San Diego proper but about thirty miles North. The attraction was a tram that would zip you around the park which was like a zoo but with way more open space to give the illusion of natural habitats. Anyway, according to the story, prior to the debut, the suits were having meetings, decisions had to be made. One of the things that had yet to be decided: they had to think of a name for this tram. Someone, bold and bored, said, "Who Gives A Shit Anyway?" There you have it. WGASA. That's what tonight is. I'll just post some random crap, because this Jeff the Brotherhood video has me more interested in a fuckin' summertime nature party. Good times. Who gives a shit anyway?


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Listen:
King Khan - Suffragette City mp3 at Rollo and Grady
Pack - Nobody Can Tell Us mp3 at Rising Storm
The Oblivians - I'm Not a Sicko, There's a Plate in my Head mp3 at Internet Archive
Video:
The Seeds - Mr. Farmer at YouTube

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

THIS IS NOT BLACK FLAG

How to go from punk rock to cod reggae in one easy step? Here you go, my binge slipped off the tracks and it was post these now and get out or subject you to more varying degrees of cod reggae, that is to say not authentic reggae but well intended enough. That is a slippery slope. I'll explain later after I've exorcised the cod demons.

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Listen:
The Skints - My War mp3
at Soul Donuts
Black Flag - My War
(streaming) at YouTube

Monday, August 19, 2019

MISSISSIPPI SLIM JOHNSON

Been on a bit of a Stones binge lately. Let It Bleed through Exile, at the same time reading Keith Richard's Life and the 33 1/3 Series book on Exile On Main St.. Both books are great, they complement each other, particularly if you're into that era of the Stones, roughly '69 through '72, and you happen to be on that sort of binge. Alas, every time I've posted Stones stuff I've been respectively requested to cut that shit out. Freddy Sessler is on it. So, here's three songs they covered, "You Gotta Move" by Mississippi Fred McDowell (covered on Sticky Fingers), and Slim Harpo's "Shake Your Hips" and Robert Johnson's "Stop Breaking Down Blues" (covered on Exile On Main St.).

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Listen:
Mississippi Fred McDowell You Gotta Move mp3 at Tumblr (?)
Slim Harpo - Shake Your Hips mp3
at Le Mellotron
Robert Johnson - Stop Breaking Down Blues mp3
at More Things

Sunday, August 18, 2019

AUTO-TUNE MUST DIE!

Man, I have no clue how anybody can listen to music with Auto-Tune in it. It sounds so plastic, worse than artificial, soulless. Thankfully I usually only hear it in passing, but today it seemed like no matter where I was, I was passing it. It usually doesn't bother me that much, but today every lick of music I heard outside of my apartment had Auto-Tune in it. I remember hearing on some radio show once that it's big with "singers" because their songs on ring tones sound more like the released version, and ring tones are apparently a big source of income. Really? So the solution is to make all of your music sound as shitty as a ring tone? What. The. Fuck.

So, when I got home I had to listen to something more organic. Most of the music I listen to has some sort of electric instrumentation, so it was looking like it was down to folk music or delta blues or some shit like that. But that shit don't swing, and besides, I already had the blues from hearing Auto-Tune all over the place. So I settled on Latin music, because there is an abundance of percussion and banging on things is about as organic as it gets.

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Listen:

Saturday, August 17, 2019

BARRETT STRONG WAS WRONG

I recently read John Perkins's The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, a chilling book. A guy I know who is homeless left it on my porch. I had no idea where it came from, it was just there. (I found out later when he asked me if I'd gotten the book he left me.) A few days later, a neighbor who had seen it laying there asked me if I'd started it yet. I hadn't even cracked it. Being in the middle of Raymond Chandler binge, anything to do with economics wasn't really what I was in the mood for. But the neighbor recommended that I give it a shot, and I respected his opinion, so I dug into it. Holy shit. It was an eye opener. I highly recommend it. If you see the disparity of wealth and the power of corporations as a problem, not just in the U.S. but worldwide, you should check it out. It's not as dry as you'd expect. I'll leave it that. Almost.

The reason why it was on my mind is because I ran into a friend while bodysurfing today. I hadn't seen him since last summer, so between sets we were getting caught up. I asked how his son was, because roughly ten years ago when his kid was in high school I'd see the two of out in the water together. He said his kid was doing well. I asked him if his kid was still working in the financial world, kind of hoping that he wasn't. I should have known better. This was a kid who was reading Forbes at the beach when he was still in high school. (His dad, my friend, owned a small landscaping business). He told me his kid was doing great, making infrastructure deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars for his company in Colombia and Venezuela. Uh oh. If you've read Perkins book, you'll know why this was familiar. Then, bracing myself, I dared ask what company he worked for. The answer: Deutsche Bank. Fuck. His kid is an EHM, an economic hit man. Holy shit. If you haven't read Perkins's book, you need to. That will give you an idea why I had the O'Jays' "For the Love of Money" in my head on the way home.

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Listen:
The O'Jays - For the Love of Money mp3 at Man In the Maze

Visit:
The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man at Berrett-Koehler Publishers
John Perkins speaking about The New Confessions an Economic Hit Man
at YouTube

Thursday, August 15, 2019

WHAT THE HELL

Royal Trux. I have an LP of theirs someplace. I haven't listened to it in ages. It was bought because Neil Hagerty was in Pussy Galore. When they imploded I had to keep my eye on the shake.  He was part of it, as was Jon Spencer. Spencer got more of my attention, possibly more than he deserved. I'd made vague plans to keep up with Hagerty's output but, as with thousands of other artists, that fell by the wayside.

After seeing an interview with his partner, Jennifer Herrema, I decided to poke around looking for some Trux. I ran into a cover of "Suicide is Painless", the theme song from the TV show M.A.S.H. To hear it by Royal Trux is to hear an Exile on Main St. outtake, recorded while Jagger is fussing in the mirror and an American stoner has wanders in. Never mind the fact that the TV series probably hadn't aired when Exile was recorded, this is my imagined universe and you'd best keep your mouth shut. Anyways, what ever shit Keith Richards took earlier hits just before the tape rolls. This is sloppy stuff. Exactly why I dig it.

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Listen:
Royal Trux - Suicide Is Painless mp3 at IHow (?) Site appears dead. But the mp3 isn't.
Royal Trux - Liar mp3 at Mr. Tambourin

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

WELCOME FUTURE PUENTE HEADS

Man, if there was ever someone who remained elusive on a hunt for mp3s, it's Tito Puente. Seriously, through all the back alleys of the web for years, all I've encountered is streaming songs and YouTube clips. I know that, with all the streaming services these days, mp3s seem moot. But in my efforts to share music that you might never have considered, I know that a download found is usually listened to more than something that is suggested to you on a stream, for the simple reason that it's easier to listen to again and again, until the familiarity starts seeping in and all of a sudden you're a Puente-head.

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Listen:
Tito Puente -  Loco Bossa Nova mp3 at Gazfunk
Tito Puente - Oye Como Va (streaming) at YouTube The original version. 

Monday, August 12, 2019

THREE DAYS OF MUD AND BAD ACID

Here's something for you aging hippies and you kids curious about Gramp's wild years. A radio station will be playing the complete 1969 Woodstock Festival, all three days, exactly as it happened, exactly fifty years later. It will be available streaming so you can listen to it on your chosen gizmo.

What's the big deal, you ask? The movie has been out for decades, the soundtrack and second volume of the soundtrack have been out almost as long. There have been later expanded editions with music and artists not originally released with the first bunch. Well, here's the deal, until recently, the entire Woodstock roster had not been released. Believe me, I know. As a teen I loved Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Johnny Winter. I knew that they had played at Woodstock, but their sets weren't released because they never signed on. But their sets, and everyone else's, were recorded and put on the shelf. For decades. Apparently it took some time because "the shelf" was all over the place, some professionally recorded, some just soundboard tapes. It took some work to put is all together and clean up tapes with inferior sound (read about it here).  A week and a half ago Rhino Records released the whole sheebang, 38 CDs, in an edition of 1969 (cute, huh?). Not surprisingly, the boxed set sold out quickly, as in days. At $800 a pop, that amounts to a million and a half bucks. It's now selling on ebay for double the retail price. Take that, hippie.

So, this radio stream/broadcast maybe your only chance to hear the the whole thing. It starts at just a little after 5:00 PM, Eastern (U.S.) time, and plays for roughly six hours on Thursday, twelve hours on Friday and Saturday and another six hours on Sunday. 36 hours including 20 hours never released, 432 tracks, including stage announcements and acid warnings. Saturday looks like the best line up: Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly & The Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Country Joe & The Fish (this would be the piss break), Ten Years After, and The Band. The schedule for all four days can be found at WXPN's website (linked below) and the complete song list at Rhino (also linked below). And don't do acid. That shit fries your brain. Getting muddy though, that shit's fun.

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Listen:
XPN presents Woodstock — As It Happened — 50 Years On
(streaming, starting Thursday, Aug. 15) at WXPN Need to plan? Go there for the band schedule.
Time coverter
It'll come in handy.
Complete song listing
at Rhino Records

Saturday, August 10, 2019

NO WORDS

After a couple days of digesting the latest compilation by Kogar the Swinging Ape, Bali Ha'i Twisten' Train, I figured out why I was listening to it again and again. It's thirty four instrumentals that were posted over the course of a few months at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban as "Instrumental 45 of the Week". They're mostly guitar instrumentals and most, if not all, by bands that you've never heard of. Not even a Travis Wammack level of obscure. These are downright nobodies. Without looking I'd guess that the average discography of these bands was two 45s long. So it is with Apeman. Even in the heyday of thrifting, you'd be hard pressed to uncover this many worthy, practically anonymous, instrumental 45s. Pat him on his hairy back.

So what sucked me into multiple listenings wasn't something I immediately noticed, but then it dawned on me. At different times, I'd pause to really listen to the guitar work.  I realized that the songs I was digging on the most were the ones that I was trying to pick apart. Take the Moon Men's "Some Kinda Nut". When I was listening to that my first thought was that they had definitely heard Link Wray. But then there was a kind of disjointed solo and I was thinking "Robert Quine has definitely heard this record." Thirty four songs of that. With quite a few good band names and song titles, from nobodies.

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Listen:
The Moon Men - Some Kinda Nut mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
The mix:
Bali Ha'i Twistin' Train
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Thirty four individual obscuro instros in a zip.