Sunday, May 24, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 15

Two years before Woodstock, in July of 1967, there was the Monterey International Pop Festival. It featured Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, the Mamas and Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Booker T and the MGs,the Byrds, Country Joe and the Fish and a mess of others (see the Wikipedia page for the complete set lists). I ran into a YouTube link titled "1967 Music Festival Video Concert" with the poster for the festival used in the thumbnail. The video title may have been deliberately vague so the video wouldn't be taken down, as it appears to have a big part of the film. It's been years since I've seen the entire film, and I haven't sat through the entire video yet, but it's two hours and nearly all the footage I did watch (jumping from place to place for about an hour) was from the film, and worth watching. Before viewing any of the video, I tried to remember the performances that were particularly good. The Who, Hendrix, Otis Redding, and Janis Joplin were all really good, but I had a hard time thinking of who else was in it. It's been years since I've seen the entire film, and even if some of this two hour video is from other sources I don't care. I'm going to watch the whole thing regardless. Besides the four acts above and a good deal of others, the big reason is because the video dealt me one big fat surprise.  A band I'd always thought of as just an over-produced pop vocal group were actually a well-tuned live act. The Association's "Along Comes Mary" on record is just them singing backed by studio musicians. It was the only version I'd ever heard. To see them do it live makes me sorry I dismissed them a thousand years ago. The vid directly below is the festival movie. There's a link to the Association segment below.



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Watch/Listen:
The Association - Along Comes Mary (live) at YouTube Segment from the film
Along Comes Mary - Backing track
(streaming) at YouTube
Visit:
Monterey International Pop Festival line up/set list
at Wikipedia For the whole festival, not the film.
Monterey International Pop Festival - Official site

Friday, May 22, 2020

ALL-TIME EPIC COVERS NIGHT

The other day I was listening to a jazz compilation and John Coltrane's "My Favorite Things" came on. The very next day the jazz station played it. I was reminded how I felt the first time I'd heard it in it's entirety. It was a few years ago. I'd heard it before, but skipped passed it after hearing the beginning of what sounded like it was going to be a straight forward cover of the song from the film The Sound of Music. I should have known. Then there was the one time that I just let in roll. After thirteen minutes, I pried my jaw off the floor.

The song is a monster. One of my favorite covers of all time. I've posted it before, and I'm not really sure why I even bother mentioning that. If I've heard it a bunch of times, and twice in the past few days, and I still feel like hearing it, you can use the refresher. If you haven't heard it, I suggest you listen to it all the way through, loud, with headphones, spliff optional. Sonny Rollin's equally tweaked cover of "I'm an Old Cow Hand (From the Rio Grande)" is down there too, because it too takes the original to another dimension.

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Listen:
John Coltrane - My Favorite Things mp3 at LBCC (?)
Sonny Rollins - I'm an Old Cow Hand (From the Rio Grande) mp3 at Time Goes By.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

MAKE THAT THREE.

Most of you know who Robert Johnson is and some of you know exactly how many known photos of him there are. I hadn't checked in a while, but I know the last time I did, probably about twenty years ago, there were two. Now there are three. And that's big news. It was recently posted online, as in the last day or two, and is from the cover of a book about him by his sister. She had the photo with others in a cedar chest for years. The whole story about it is at Vanity Fair.

For those of you who don't know shit, Johnson was a blues man, had a short life, highly influential, sold his soul to the devil, blah, blah, blah. There's tons of shit elsewhere. There's a couple songs down there and a couple covers (the Stones and the Gun Club) but the real reason is just to hep you to photo #3.

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Listen:
Robert Johnson - Preaching Blues mp3 at More Things
Robert Johnson - Stop Breaking Songs mp3
at More Things
Gun Club - Preaching The Blues (streaming) at YouTube
The Rolling Stones - Stop Breakin' Down
(streaming) at YouTube

Monday, May 18, 2020

FOUR MINUTES OF SOUL BLISS

This song is epic. Imagine Norman Whitfield and Isaac Hayes (sorry if you don't know them) co-producing Sharon Jones. All sorts of dynamic strings n' shit. And her voice, fuck, how can anyone keep that up? This song gives me goosebumps.

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Listen:
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - Girl (You Got To Forgive Him) mp3
at Soul Donuts

Sunday, May 17, 2020

BLUES MEN? YEAH, RIGHT, GOT IT.

A new video from the Residents has been making the rounds in the past couple of days. "Die! Die! Die!" is a cover of a song by Dyin' Dog. Black Francis (ex-Pixies front man) handles the vocals, and the video ties it in with Covid and Trump imagery via basic animation, but the song itself gets the point across. Dark sounding, even for the Residents, and worth hearing. After listening to it and seeing the blurb at Rolling Stone, which really doesn't tell you much, I was still skeptical.



The big question is who's Dyin' Dog anyway?  As with anything to do with the Residents, the bullshit detector was on standby. The story goes that the Residents have a friend in Louisiana that knew Dyin' Dog back in the day and recorded with him for Stan Lewis's Jewel Records. Supposedly nothing was ever officially released, only promo copies existed. This is where it gets interesting. Doing a search for anything about Dyin' Dog or Alvin Snow, his real name, I came across a long post by someone who had a Dyin' Dog acetate and had been looking for information on him. He came across another acetate of a different song on ebay. It's a long post but it fills in a lot of blanks as does the promo the Residents have up on YouTube for some Dyin' Dog related releases. Of the releases, one is a compilation of demos by Dyin' Dog and another is an album by the Residents themselves with covers of the demos and songs inspired by them.



All of this is neither here nor there. Not even whether any of it is the straight story. None of that matters after you hear whoever it is singing. It's Howlin' Wolf meets Reverend Beat Man with added gravel. You'll be wanting it to be the real thing. The Residents can wait.

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Listen:
The Residents - Die! Die! Die! (video) at YouTube
Dyin' Dog - Bury My Bone
(streaming) at YouTube
Older covers:
The Residents - Hit the Road Jack mp3
at Aquabotic Ray Charles cover
The Residents - I'm So Lonesome I could Cry mp3
at Beware of the Blog Hank Williams cover
Video:
The Residents Present Dyin' Dog - Promo video
at YouTube
Visit:
Lost in the Blues: The Search for Dyin’ Dog
at Chisler This is great.
The Residents and Black Francis Drop Searing Indictment of Trump’s Handling of COVID-19
at Rolling Stone

Friday, May 15, 2020

TWENTY EIGHT MINUTES OF THIS GUY

Among other things I like about Fela is his knack for lengthy jams, much closer in spirit to long songs by James Brown then any of those guitar oriented diddly-diddly things. While the playing is good, it's the groove that matters. Less "look at me" than "let's get down". I swung by Soul Safari tonight and in tribute on the occasion of Tony Allen's death there were a couple Fela cuts, two that I don't think I've posted before. That's good enough, particularly with the stay at home orders which provide the perfect opportunity to dance like nobody's watching. You ought to check out his posts too, one with an account of seeing Fela live back in 1983.

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Listen:
Fela Kuti - Yellow Fever mp3 at Soul Safari 1976
Fela Kuti and Africa 70 Organization - Colonial Mentality mp3
at Soul Safari 1977

Thursday, May 14, 2020

HOT ASS LINK OF THE DAY

A buddy of mine just posted this link on Facebook and I know I'll be occupied for a while. It's an interactive globe that you can spin and zoom in on a country and click on an area to hear the radio stations of that area. Right now I'm listening to Alpha Boys School radio in Jamaica (the Alpha Boys School is where many reggae icons learned their trade). This is after listening to a station in Cuba and another in Paris. Yeah, this is a definite no brainer bookmark.

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Listen:
Radio Garden - Radio station broadcasts streaming from all over the world.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

IT'S FU MANCHU MANIA OVER HERE.

Just as I was parking my car tonight a song came on my CD player from a long forgotten reggae compilation. I was listening to it, thinking "Maybe I should post some reggae tonight". I had second thoughts, "Oh jeez, what a segue, from Fu Manchu (yesterday) to reggae". Then I looked at the title. It was a song by Desmond Dekker, the song was "Fu Man Chu". It doesn't take much for me to select something to post. A little coincidence like that is all I needed to seal the deal, so there you go. You get Desmond Dekker courtesy of the loosest of affiliations.


Dekker had a bona fide top ten hit in the U.S. with "Israelites" in 1968. That's nothing short of mindblowing when you consider that reggae was a totally unfamiliar music in the U.S. at the time. The film The Harder They Come was still a few years away and Bob Marley wouldn't be widely known in the states for another five years or so, and even then he never had a top ten hit here. Dig it.

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Listen:
Desmond Dekker - Fu Man Chu mp3 at Le Mellotron
Desmond Dekker - Pickney Girl mp3
at Cubik Music
Desmond Dekker - Pretty Africa mp3
at Dinosaur Gardens
Desmond Dekker - Jeserene mp3
at Oh Hey Great
Desmond Dekker - Wise Man mp3
at So Well Remembered
Desmond Dekker - 007 mp3
at Tumblr
Desmond Dekker - Problems mp3
at Tumblr

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

KEGGER ROCK

Swear to God, that dude above from Fu Manchu looks like half the people I went to high school with. It's like the second wave of ska in the UK eighties, the Two Tone thing, except these guys, instead of mods, seem to be copping the Southern California surf stoners style guide from back in the day. They might not even be from Southern California. I'm too lazy to look. I really don't know shit about them and I'd put off posting their stuff because what I've heard, though good, didn't (yet) blow me away. I wasn't going to post them tonight, but then I ran into a song by one of our dear departed friends about the band and a thought crossed my mind. If it's good enough for Wesley, it's good enough for us.

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Listen:
Fu Manchu - Chevy Van mp3 at J. Yuenger
Fu Manchu - Urethane mp3
at J. Yuenger
Wesley Willis - Fu Manchu mp3
at Derek Erdman

Monday, May 11, 2020

RANDOM AWESOME BLUES SONG NIGHT

It's been posted before but that doesn't mean I can't dig it again. I really like the vocals on this one, and obviously the playing. Enough for three times in a row.

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Listen:
Elmore James - Goodbye Baby mp3 at Clayton Counts

Sunday, May 10, 2020

THE ANTI-SNEAKERS LEAGUE

With all the crap that's been happening recently, it's easy to get bummed out. Yesterday, something occurred to me that helped put things in perspective. When I'm outside around the hood, there's a shitload of birds, particularly parrots, seagulls, crows, doves, finches, sparrows, humming birds, an occasional hawk of some sort and every once in a while a bluebird. Oh, and a little after the sun goes down three white owls go out on their sorties. With the lack of air traffic (I live in a flight path), the abundance of birds is easier to notice. They tweet, they chirp, and they squawk. They don't know anything about Covid, Trump, or that Little Richard, Tony Allen and Florian Schneider all died this week. Snails still crawl, trees still grow. It's not all about us humans. The rest of the living world is still cruising along. We're just fucking ants.

I decided a good ol' fashioned pick me up was in order and I chose the first song that came to mind, "Nice Day" by Persephone's Bees. Man, I totally forgot what a great song it is. It really hit the spot. It's epic well crafted pop.

It also occurred to me that today is Mother's Day. Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy" is the last song I saw my Mom get lost in, so it's down there too. It too puts things in perspective. Totally different types of music but both songs push the same buttons, for me anyway.

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Listen:
Persephone's Bees - Nice Day mp3 at Audio Drums
Nat King Cole - Nature Boy mp3
at Tumblr

Saturday, May 9, 2020

SHIT WEEK CONTINUES

Little Richard just died. This one really, really hurts. I'll do another post, but for now, re-upping an old post from a year ago, the original title of which was "This Man Is Still Alive". Unfortunately, that's no longer true.

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

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

Thursday, May 7, 2020

THE RETURN OF SHIT WEEK

I woke up this morning and before I even had a sip of coffee I got some bad news. My friend Espen commented (comment below) on an old post that drummer Tony Allen had passed. So, fuck, I guess shit week is on. I don't care if anything else crappy happens this week. Losing Florian Schneider and Tony Allen back to back qualifies as a shit week by itself.

Seeing as how I'd just posted the songs below a year and a half ago, I'm not going to bother looking for more. If you're wondering if any of this is worth your time I should point out that Tony Allen was perhaps the greatest living drummer when he passed. A phenomenal talent. So, here's what was posted in September 2018 with a few minor update tweaks.



Hell yeah. I'm not going to give this a second thought. If you're at all into Tony Allen, the drummer behind the Fela back in the day, or Fela's music, or afrobeat, or even drummers for that matter, buckle up. Melting Pot recently posted a two hour radio show that's all Tony Allen, with an interview and a shit load of music, and it's split into two download-able segments. If you're not familiar with Allen, know this. He is a master, no one trick pony. Afrobeat, jazz, and a stint in The Good, The Bad and the Queen (which included Paul Simonon from the Clash and some other rock dudes). Hell, he had Ginger Baker's respect and that's not easy to come by.

Here's the radio show, and links to some other stuff that's been posted before so you don't have to go digging.

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Listen:
Tony Allen Tribute and Interview at Melting Pot Originally aired on KPFK
Tony Allen - Crazy Afrobeat mp3 at Augasm
Tony Allen - Every Season mp3
at Augasm
Tony Allen - Elewon Po mp3
at Aurgasm
Tony Allen and Africa 70- No Discrimination
(streaming) at YouTube
Fela Kuti - Live! - Full Album
(streaming) at YouTube With Tony Allen and Ginger Baker
Tony Allen - Secret Agent mp3 at Honorama
Recent stuff (2017):
Tony Allen - Moanin' (streaming) at Twisted Soul Art Blakely cover
Tony Allen - Push and Pull
(streaming) at Impose
Tony Allen - Wolf Eats Wolf
(streaming) at Burl Veneer
Visit:

When Tony Allen Met Fela Kuti at Red Bull Academy
Tony Allen, Drummer Who Created the Beat of Afrobeat, Dies at 79 at NY Times

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

YES, COOLER THAN YOU.

Boy, I sure didn't expect this. When I heard this afternoon that Florian Schneider passed away I actually felt a human emotion, for a man whose music was intentionally robotic and soulless. Schneider was one of the founders of Kraftwerk, as such a sort of electronic godfather. Their 1974 hit "Autobahn" was one of the earliest uses of synthesized music on a pop record. Less than ten years after it was released, the whole electro/synth pop thing exploded but not before they released Man Machine in 1978, their most perfectly crafted LP to date at that point. That record was all the rage with my friends and I, enough to stage a copy cat photo on a boring summer evening.



Kraftwerk has been in my collection for years. To wit, I remember driving my '61 Ford Falcon with a used FM radio just installed and "Autobahn" being played as I drove downtown for some long forgotten punk show. Being that I was listening to it, in my car and in stereo, I imagined myself on the autobahn, nevermind the fact that the speed limit was 55 MPH and my car could barely go 65 with a tailwind. That had to have been in the mid-late seventies. Yeah, that old. Point is, I've been listening to Kraftwerk a long time. No wonder I felt a human emotion.

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Listen:
Kraftwerk - Elektrisches Roulette mp3 at Pretty Goes With Pretty 1973
Kraftwerk - Autobahn mp3
at Get the Curse (?) 1974
Kraftwerk - Radioactivity mp3
at 666 Thrash Tripes (?) 1975
Kraftwerk - Die Roboter mp3
at Dark and White (?) 1978
Kraftwerk - The Man Machine mp3
at UCSB 1978
Kraftwerk - Electro Kardiogramm Roulette mp3
at Acquiesce to Music 2003
Africa Bambaataa - Planet Rock mp3
at Tumblr 1982 Kraftwerk sampled.
David Bowie - V-2 Schneider
(streaming) at YouTube 1977 Named after Florian Schneider.
Video: 
Kraftwerk - Köln II (live in TV studio) at YouTube 1971 Long hair, overalls, flute, guitar, drums!
Kraftwerk - Three more early videos at Beware of the Blog
Kraftwerk - Radioactivity (French TV 1978) at YouTube
Kraftwerk - Live, Lattitude Festival UK 2013 at YouTube
Lemmchen Primary School - The Robots at YouTube Cover by kids in cardboard robot costumes. Keeping the torch lit.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 14

Well, shit, when Marc Bolan stuff appears a bunch of times in the matter of a couple weeks it's time for a link dump. Here's all that I ran across, and it's plenty, particularly for any of you that don't know T Rex or Mark Bolan. The video below is a short documentary that aired in 1997 on the twentieth anniversary of his death. That gets me out of doing a thumbnail bio. There's a handful of songs down there and if there's one thing to take away from them, it's the guitar tone. Man, it's a light crunch, like Mick Ronson Lite. That might account for half of the T Rex fans, the other fans likely thought of him as a heartthrob. Those would be the female fans, for the most part anyways. But one thing I kind of like about Bolan was that he was one of the few that bridged the gap between glam and punk rock. If you've read any old punk bios, be it the Clash, Sex Pistols or other, you'll know that a good percentage of them cite T Rex as a pre-punk favorite. Bolan had a short lived TV show in the months before his death (links below). Some of the bands that appeared on the show were borderline punk bands. Generation X (Billy Idol's band before going solo), the Jam, the Boomtown Rats, and Eddie and the Hot Rods, along with a bunch of other bands that were big in England at the time but I've never heard of. Oh, and Bowie was on the last show, the famous guitar face incident.


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Listen:
T Rex - Solid Gold Easy Action mp3 at Get The Curse (?)
Marc Bolan - Children of the Revolution mp3
at Passion at the Weiss
T Rex - Bang A Gong mp3 at Tumblr
T Rex - Lean Woman Blues mp3 at Tumblr
T Rex - Girl mp3
at Tumblr
T Rex - Rip Off mp3
at Tumblr
T Rex - 20th Century Boy mp3
at Tumblr
Video:
Marc Show, Nos 1-6
at YouTube
Marc Show, No 1
at YouTube with the Jam and Showaddywaddy
Marc Show, No 3
at YouTube with the Boomtown Rats, Hawkwind
Marc Show, No 4
at YouTube with the Steve Gibbons Band, Roger Taylor (Queen)
Marc Show, No 6
at YouTube with Generation X, Eddie and the Hot Rods, David Bowie

Sunday, May 3, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 13

This ain't really my cup of tea, but it warrants a bookmark nonetheless. Depending on how old you are, you may like it, laugh at it, hate it, or long for "the good ol' days". Someone posted a shitload of old MTV clips at Internet Archive, and I mean shitload. And they're apt to be taken down, so go there soon if you're interested.

For you younger folk, you gotta know that MTV used to be almost exclusively music videos. All sorts of shit, all the time. It was a new format and it really did plug along a good many years like that, primarily music videos. Then some sort of shit hit the fan, I don't know because the novelty had already worn off and I was rarely watching it. But seemingly overnight the non-music shows took over. Probably because a big chunk of their original viewership was just as bored as I was. Now it's just another bad network.

There's a whole mess of multi-hour blocks from the eighties going back to the very first broadcast (from August 1, 1981). There's also special themed shows, guest VJs, best-of shows, and other miscellaneous crap including the broadcast of Live Aid in the mid-eighties. Many, many hours of music videos. It might not be your first choice, but probably good enough while you're working on that jigsaw puzzle.

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Listen:
80s MTV VHS Recordings 1981 to 1989 Collection at Internet Archive Scroll down the page for the complete listings.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

AND SHE LOOKED COOL DOING IT

When it comes to Hammond B3, there are quite a few male organists that come to mind (do your "that's what she said" thing, we'll wait), but only one female. As far as I know anyway. But Shirley Scott is the one I know, and I dig the shit out of her. I just ran across a live video, which apparently is something that doesn't pop up that often. It's a good one despite the sound quality, but there's a couple of other songs down there as well. If your Hammond listening is restricted to the three Jimmys and Brother Jack McDuff, you'll dig these.




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Listen:
Shirley Scott - Messie Bessie mp3 at Saxosaurus
Shirley Scott - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free mp3
at Internet Archive (?)

Thursday, April 30, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 12

You may have seen this before if you're a Stones freak or old, or both. If you haven't seen it you might want to see what the Stones were like back when the were still cool. Live footage, off stage footage, studio footage. It looks like it's the whole film, but I didn't watch every minute so I could be wrong. I have the DVD so I know how it ends.


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 11

I was at Internet Archive, looking for something completely different when I saw a record called "Rockabilly Party" and it was on a 78. Release year, 1957. Could go either way. It went nowhere. But it is a piece of rare early rockabilly-sploitation. Then I noticed the lyrics were familiar, I knew where they were going, I'd never hear this song before. Then it hit me. Mott the Hoople lifted part of the lyrics for "Roll Away the Stone". So, that's where they got it. We can close that chapter. And Mott night it is. Including this hour and a half documentary.



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Listen:
Hugo and Luigi - Rockabilly Party mp3 at Internet Archive Shared lyric starts at :10
Mott the Hoople - Roll Away the Stone mp3 at Tumblr Shared lyric starts at 1:55
Mott the Hoople - One of the Boys mp3 at Tumblr
Mott the Hoople - All the Young Dudes mp3 at ATumblr
Mott the Hoople - All the Way From Memphis mp3 at Mercury Paradise
Mott the Hoople - Honaloochie Boogie mp3 at Egloos (?)
Mott the Hoople - Barking Up the Wrong Tree mp3 at Rockabilly Bash Total oddball, full rockabilly. Goofy dialog ends at :58

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

THE WAR ON CASUAL

A chance click on a old post and I'm gone. Sunny Ozuna, Sunny and the Sunliners. Fuck yeah, been a while. I'm not going to ruin the hunt for you. Here's a couple from their funky era. They did all sorts of stuff, but these are the two that set me off tonight, particularly the drums in the instrumental break in the middle of "Get Down" at about 1:25. Go browse YouTube. Pick a Sunny and the Sunliners song and, before listening to it, try to guess what the music will be like, based solely on the title.

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Listen:
Sunny and the Sunliners - Cissy Strut mp3 at Musica Del Alma Meters cover.
Sunny and the Sunliners - Get Down mp3
at NowAgain
Sunny and the Sunliners, one-hit wonders?
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Several songs, YouTube links.

Monday, April 27, 2020

IT'S WORLD MUSIC SOMEWHERE

A friend posted a video on Facebook of a string sextet playing the Dead Kennedy's "California Über Alles". Just the thought of it made me want to hate it. I did not. There's a few reasons for that. First off, I've never been all that into the Dead Kennedys. Jello Biafra's voice just ain't my thing. I don't know what it is. It has nothing to do with a string sextet, but hear me out. Biafra's voice has become less grating to me over the years, and I know they were a good (perhaps great) band and all of that, but I still can only take his voice in small doses.

Now, about this video. It reinforced what I really already knew, but made it much more obvious. The Dead Kennedys were tight, thought provoking at times, and good at getting you all kinds of riled up. But this cover really shows what the other elements distract from. The Dead Kennedys were good at making really good songs. If you know the song you will hear, amplified, the one part of the song that often gets missed. It sounds sinister with strings, like the soundtrack to some sinister movie. And it's not the strings. Listen again to the Dead Kennedy's version and see if you don't hear all of the sinisterishness.



There's another video linked below, but before we get to that, one more thing about the version above. These guys are not from the UK, or the US. They're from Brazil. WTF, right? The other video below is even more WTF. A school orchestra, comprised of primary and secondary students playing "California Über Alles" at a benefit for two ill students. Weird enough in and of itself. The kicker? The school is in Subotica, Serbia, and the audience has more than it's share of seniors and middle age people.

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Listen:
Dead Kennedys - California Über Alles mp3 at Margauxville
Surf Manchu  - Pipeline Über Alles mp3
at Internet Archive Surf mash-up, because why the fuck not?
Video:
Serbian school orchestra - California Über Alles
at YouTube

Saturday, April 25, 2020

AND DON'T EAT THIS

Ha! Right after bagging on the Stones for releasing a topical song based on current events, here I go posting an LP just because the album title ties in with current events. You've all heard by now that Trump raised the question on Thursday, wondering out loud during a nationally televised briefing on the Coronavirus if ingesting or shooting up disinfectants or bleach would kill the virus. What a complete fucking idiot. At this point it isn't "How did this idiot get elected?", it's way beyond that. Now the big question is, how did someone so fucking ignorant and completely devoid of common sense stay alive as long as he has? Without even including the politics and all fucked up policy changes, you know the crap that's made him the laughing stock of the world, how can someone that stupid stay alive? The mind boggles.



So here we are. Nirvana's first LP, before they made it big, Bleach. There's the tie-in. I wouldn't even be posting it except that I found the whole LP and it's worth hearing. It really is what put them on the map, for those in tune with what was going on. The masses would have to wait for Nevermind.

If you're digging the songs below, get them and the others quick. They're hosted at Internet Archive and they convert the files to "samples only" as soon as they realize they've been posted in full. When you get there, in the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files".

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Listen:
Nirvana - Blew mp3 at Internet Archive
Nirvana - Love Buzz mp3
at Internet Archive
Nirvana - Negative Creep mp3
at Internet Archive
The full LP:
Nirvana - Bleach
at Internet Archive NOTE: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files" 

Thursday, April 23, 2020

THE SPECIALS ARE GHOSTIER

Well, would you look who's recorded a "stay at home" song. The Rolling Stones. Two things occur to me. One is that although "we're all in this together", it's hard to imagine the Exile On Main St.-era Stones (arguably when they peaked) recording a topical song based on current events, that is unless it was something that happened to them. Well, this one did, they had to postpone a tour. Although the song was already written, Jagger went back and changed some of the lyrics. It kind of reeks. Cheap gimmicks, stealth marketing. Pandering. Not because it's a bad song, it just really isn't the "we're all in this together" moment it would seem. I can't read their minds but by releasing it and getting mentions in the press (and hack blogs) they're keeping their name out there for when the tour is allowed to go on.

The other thing that occurred to me is that the Specials visited the same terrain in a heavier sounding song almost forty years ago. Right after the stay at home orders were issued and the streets became deserted at least three or four of my friends posted the Specials' "Ghost Town". I'd been putting it off because it seemed too obvious. That and because I'm tired of thinking about covid shit all day.

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Listen:
The Specials - Ghost Town mp3 at Thighs Wide Shut
Video:
The Rolling Stones - Living In a Ghost Town at YouTube
The Specials - Ghost Town at YouTube

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

DIDN'T SEE THIS COMING.

Wow, out of nowhere, a new X album. Maybe I just haven't been following things. It's been decades since their last and I gotta tell you, the old fart wing over there at Facebook is rejoicing. Hey, there are worse diversions. Fuck yeah, I guess.

Here's a video and a link to the LP at Bandcamp page where you can preview it or buy it in various unnecessary formats.



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Listen:
X - Alphabetland at Bandcamp Entire album. Preview it or buy it.
Visit:
The world’s a mess, and X is back
at the L.A.Times

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

JAMES BROWN? CHECK. GINGER BAKER? CHECK.

Ever heard of the Dapps? Me neither, not until a couple hours ago. They were a band from Cincinnati that somehow ended up working within James Brown's orbit, filling in when any of Brown's Famous Flames was sick. They had a few of their own records and, from I've heard so far, they smoke. "The Rabbit Got the Gun" is credited to The Dapps Featuring Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis (Ellis being a JB first stringer). The Dapps/Ellis version of "Rabbit" came out in 1968, the JB's proper did their own version a couple years later.

Here's where fucking around gets fun. After hearing another Dapps/Ellis song, "There Was A Time", with some insanely good sax, I had to look up ol' Alfred Ellis. Ho-ly shit, he's the sax player that was on Ginger Baker's Why? LP a few years back! I love that Baker LP! You'd think I'd know his name, there's only four musicians on the damn album. How could I have never looked this guy up before? So lame. My pre-Google self would be appalled. This shit just never ends.

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Listen:

Monday, April 20, 2020

GO AHEAD, GET BAKED, WE'LL WAIT.

I was browsing. trying to think of something to listen to, and I ran into an old post at Super Sonido with a bio and several songs by Gal Costa. It sounded like it would hit the spot and it did. I've posted a link to it a handful of times in the past few years but it's been a while (the post is ten years old) but I was thinking that, given the date, 4/20, it might be the kind of thing that would sound good to some of you. I don't know, someone might have told me that. Regardless, it'll make your digs smell fresher.

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Listen:
Gal Costa with Gilberto Gil - Sebastiana mp3 at Super Sonido
Gal Costa - Vou Recomecar mp3
at Super Sonido
Gal Costa - 13 more songs and bio at Super Sonido

Sunday, April 19, 2020

OKAY BOYS, SHOW ME "PLAIN"

Many years ago a friend of mine went on a Bowie fast. She liked David Bowie so much that she stopped listening to him so she wouldn't get sick of him. This was back when he only had about a half dozen albums out. Though the term "Bowie fast" was kind of comical, it made sense. I'd done something similar in the past without really labeling as a fast, but I've laid off LPs that I played a lot so that I wouldn't tire of them. In some cases, not only did I not get sick of them, when I went back and listened to them again, I heard parts that I hadn't heard before despite having heard them a zillion times.

Last night I ended an unintended Creedence fast. It had just gotten to the point that I pretty much knew every lick of every song on their first five or six LPs. The candle was flickering. Then this stay at home order. Day after day of the same thing. Had to break it up. I'd resisted going to familiar albums but ended up going with Green River anyway. It had been a while. I'd forgotten how good they were at their peak. Fogerty wrote some damn good songs, oh shit, i don't want to go down that path. I haven't got all night, Here's a couple, neither from Green River. "Suzie Q" is their first single and hit, a Dale Hawkins cover. "Penthouse Pauper" is Creedence at their most Creedence. That song could have been a hit had it not been on the same LP as "Born on the Bayou" and "Proud Mary". It's my favorite Creedence song and that's all I really give a shit about.

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Listen:
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Penthouse Pauper mp3 at The Adios Lounge
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Suzie Q (Part 1) mp3 at  Tumblr

Friday, April 17, 2020

WANTED: LONGER STRAP

I'm not sure what advantages there are to having a guitar stuck in your armpit, but I think the last time it was the thing to do was during the British Invasion. I'm guessing it has to do with technique or something, if that's the case then what's his face from Thee Oh Sees gets a pass. I like his playing. He gets bonus points too, along with the occasional band-mate, for wearing cut offs on stage. For a couple reasons. One, I like cutoffs when they're practical. You run out of shorts, you have extra long pants, you take out a pair and you cut them off. One negative is that Mr. Armpit Guitar wears cut offs so often that a person's short-to-long pants ratio would have to be severely out of whack to have all of your shorts as cut offs. You don't suppose (shudder) he bought long pants and cut them off right away? You know I'm bored as fuck when I start going off about cut offs. He plays guitar good.


You thought it was over didn't you? Nope. Because I haven't finished with the big reason why he gets a pass on the armpit guitar thing and a neutral score on the cut offs (pending confirmation). The big reason why the shorts thing is an overwhelming positive, despite my own opinion, is because I know it would get under the Crippler's skin. First, the Crippler. So named because, about twenty five years ago, a bunch of friends where hanging outside the (old) Casbah, most drunk, and I went to give the soon-to-be-named Crippler a playful kick. He grabbed my foot, yanked, BAM! Down on the sidewalk I went, on both knee caps. I hobbled a good week. The thing is that the Crippler doesn't approve of shorts being worn onstage. Anything that gets under the Crippler's skin is just one part of my slow painful revenge. Dude does play guitar good.

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Listen:
Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler mp3
at Still In Rock 2011 NOTE: Goes direct to download. To preview go here.
Oh Sees - Animated Violence mp3
at Still In Rock 2015 Ditto above.
Oh Sees - The Dream (live) mp3
at Still In Rock 2016 Ditto, and so on.
Oh Sees - Gelatinous Cube mp3
at Still In Rock 2016
Oh Sees - Sticky Hulks mp3 at Still In Rock 2017
Oh Sees - All above songs streaming
at Still In Rock Along with about ninety other songs by other artists.
Video:
Oh Sees - Live at La Route du Rock 2017
at YouTube About an hour.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

FUCK YEAH MOMENT OF THE DAY

Reggae two nights in a row? Yep, I got a reason for that. I just heard a car driving down the street blasting the Abyssinians' "Satta Massagana" an absolute stone cold classic. The reason why I'm such a pushover on this one is that I had a shitty day, really shitty. "Satta Massagana" is rather obscure, in the US anyway. You have to be relatively deep in reggae to know it. It's from 1969 but its vintage belies its roots sound. I love the song, and hearing blaring down the road was welcome particularly after a shitty day and a social distancing night ahead of me. It was comforting. All one needs is just one "Fuck yeah!" moment a day.

I found the song by accident. If you know the Internet Archive, then you've probably found that a lot of the songs posted there get changed to samples only. I only found this one because they've misspelled the name of the group. Regardless, if you want to hear the full songs, don't delay.

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Listen:
The Abyssinians - Satta Massagana mp3 at Internet Archive
The Abyssinians - Declaration of Rights mp3
at Internet Archive
The Abyssinians - 12 more
at Internet Archive In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"