Tuesday, July 31, 2018

YEP, TOTALLY SAFE FOR WORK.

I gotta be honest. When presented with the music of Blowfly I think novelty act, like a more vulgar version of Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts. Songs about screwing with all sorts of cuss words, ha, ha, ha. Doesn't really move me, seems cheap. I know that's the point and they are humorous, but nothing that I'd necessarily think of as a great achievement. So he's not the sort of singer that I feel a need to read up on. But in the interest of due diligence, I checked Wikipedia (oh yeah, real diligent). I knew he had a "normal" music career under his real name, Clarence Reid, but no idea that he'd written for, or produced, Betty Wright, Sam & Dave, Gwen McCrae, Jimmy "Bo" Horne, Bobby Byrd, and KC & the Sunshine Band.
 


I ran into Blowfly's "The First Black President" at Probe is Turning-On the People. The fucking thing hooked me, just because it was so brainless. Right night I guess. That lead me to more. When I ran into his Punk Rock Party, I was thinking about what a complete cheap joke wonder he was. Writing dirty lyrics to the Clash? Adding cuss words to Black Flag? What does that accomplish? Cheap gags and records sold. The whole point.

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Listen:
Blowfly - The First Black President, Part 1 mp3 at Probe is Turning-On the People
Blowfly - The First Black President, Part 2 mp3 at Probe is Turning-On the People Go there to get it. Scroll down to Session 242
Blowfly - Live at WFMU (five songs) at Free Music Archive Click on the downward pointing arrows to the right of the song titles to download.
Blowfly's Punk Rock Party (streaming) at YouTube
More Blowfly and Clarence Reid stuff on this old post

Sunday, July 29, 2018

SONG BUDDY HOLLY'S DRUMMER TAUGHT US

Poor ol' Johnny O'Keefe (above). There's possibly only one song of his that you might know, though likely from a cover. "Wild One", often re-titled "Real Wild Child" or "Real Wild Child (Wild One)", or whatever you want to call it, has been recorded by everybody and their mother. Ivan (Jerry Allison, the drummer for the Buddy Holly's Crickets), Jerry Lee Lewis, Iggy Pop, Joan Jett, Def Leppard and so on. It's likely that most can be traced back to Ivan's (Allison's) version. The grapevine was not as effective as it is today. Chances are few people in the U.S. would have heard O'Keefe's original version. It was 1958 and O'Keefe was from Australia. Fat chance that had in a U.S. playing field that included all the heavies, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Elvis and so on. Allison had only heard it when Buddy Holly and the Crickets toured with O'Keefe in Australia. It was just dangling there, ripe for the picking. I'd like to think that Allison suggested it to Holly but Holly declined it because, well, what with the glasses and all, could he even be a convincing wild child? Why Allison chose the name Ivan is anybody's guess.

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Listen:
Johnny O'Keefe - Wild One mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Ivan - Real Wild Child mp3
at Diddy Wah
Jerry Lee Lewis - Real Wild Child (Wild One)
(streaming) at YouTube
Iggy Pop -
Real Wild Child mp3 at Probe is Turning-On the People

Friday, July 27, 2018

GO ON, GIT!

Tonight I had some unexpected visitors, so low on time, low on blab. Just the reason I've been putting off mentioning Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban's latest series of Instrumental 45[s] of the Week[s]. It's a quick post that gets you out of my hair but still gives you something to chew on. Especially if you dig raunchy twangy and honking instrumentals with questionable production merits by bands you've never heard of before and bands you probably won't hear of again. Yeah, that's the ticket.

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Listen:
The Flintales - D-Rail mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban This weeks selection
The whole lot:
Instrumental 45s of the Weeks
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Go there to get them.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

THE VIBES GUY

If it hadn't been for the packaging, it might have been years before I heard Cal Tjader. A long time ago, picking through things at a garage sale, I eyed an LP on Creedence's label (Fantasy) with a cool illustration on the cover and red vinyl to boot. I didn't know who the fuck Cal Tjader was. Just being on Creedence's label was enough of a selling point. That's how long ago it was, probably early seventies. No interest whatsoever in jazz, Latin or otherwise. But it was cheap and I brought it home. Vibraphone. Latin Percussion. File under "what the fuck is this?". Somehow, just by having it laying around I became friends with that LP. Cal Tjader's been my go-to vibes guy ever since. I didn't even realize it was linked to jazz.



Tjader was no stranger to doing covers of pop songs, or rock 'n' roll for that matter. Listen to his breezy take on the Jackson Five's "Never Can Say Goodbye". It's practically lounge music. Now listen to his cover of the Stones' "Gimme Shelter". He's got wah-wah, a theremin and all sorts of shit going on. Unusual covers nonwithstanding Tjader's Latin stuff, what he's known for, is the shit, particularly the early sixties stuff. Check "Afro Blue" with Willie Bobo and Mongo Santamaria. It's as good a Tjader gets. I lucked out at that garage sale.

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Listen:
Cal Tjader - Lucero mp3 at Internet Archive
Cal Tjader - Linda Chicana mp3
at DRB's Blog
Cal Tjader - Philly Mambo (live) mp3
at DM Reed
Cal Tjader - Soul Sauce (live) mp3
at Internet Archive
Cal Tjader - Armando's Hideaway mp3
at Aida-E (?)
Cal Tjader - Never Can Say Goodbye mp3
at Internet Archive
Cal Tjader - Gimme Shelter
(streaming) at YouTube
Cal Tjader - Afro Blue
(streaming) at YouTube

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

SAG, DRAG, FALL, AND DIG BOY, DIG, DIG

Playing a little rockabilly pinball over here. Bouncing all over the place. I was over at The Probe and saw that he had recently posted a mix of a bunch of covers of "Blue Suede Shoes". I looked at the playlist and there it was, a name I hadn't seen in a thousand years, Sid King and the Five Strings. Shit howdy, I knew them. Columbia put out a couple of rockabilly compilations in the late seventies and they were one of my earliest exposures to obscure, non-hit, rockabilly by a bunch of people I didn't know. These compilations were good. Fucking packed. Sid King and the Five Strings had a couple cuts on each one. The one that came to mind was "Sag, Drag and Fall". Check that and consider that it was recorded in 1955, right when things were picking up steam, still retaining a good deal of the -abilly.

Freddie Hart is down there because he was on the first of the compilations and that particular song reminds me of my younger brother. One time we were drinking beer, getting a little buzzed as twenty something brothers are want to do, and he started singing the "you gotta dig boy, dig, dig" chorus. The record wasn't even playing. It made me happy, and still does, that he had been listening.

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Listen:
Sid King and The Five Strings - Sag, Drag and Fall mp3 at Rocky 52
Sid King and The Five Strings - When My Baby Left Me mp3
at Rocky 52
Sid King and The Five Strings - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight mp3
at Rocky 52
Sid King and The Five Strings - Blue Suede Shoes mp3
at Rocky 52
Freddie Hart - Dig Boy Dig
(streaming) at YouTube
The Probe's mix:
Blue Suede Shoes - Eleven versions
(zip) at Probe is Turning-On the People Scroll down to session 609

Monday, July 23, 2018

THE PARTY BAND

I was poking around the old posts at Soul Garage and there was a post from 2011 with a song by Irma and the Fascinators. It seemed familiar but I don't think I've posted it before. Here's where it went sideways tonight. I listened to the song "Lost Love" and after a couple lines Irma's voice sounded kind of like that singer in the Detroit Cobras. So, yeah, no. The singers don't sound all that much alike. But it was too late, the damage was done, I was off to Detroit Cobraland where it's always a party.


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Listen:
Irma and the Fascinators - Lost Love mp3 at Soul Garage
The Detroit Cobras - Stupidity mp3 at Pogo Pop
The Detroit Cobras - Shout Bama Lama mp3
at ATumblr (?)
The Detroit Cobras - Hot Dog mp3
at Internet Archive

Sunday, July 22, 2018

THANKS FIENDS

With practically everything available at the click of a mouse these days. it's easy to forget that there is still stuff out there that has yet to be found by diggers or reissue labels. The scenario usually goes like this: a fiend of a particular type of regional music, not satiated with what little there is that is readily available, sets out to find stuff for their collection. They have a list of what they're looking for, but that list grows as they get closer to the source. Other stuff from the same label, or producer, stuff by the backing musicians, or other acts in the same scene that they didn't know existed when they were making their lists. When they get to their destination they start knocking on doors, meeting people at popular hangouts, meeting the "I know a guy" type acquaintances, radio stations, flea markets, etc. They start scooping stuff up, usually more than they intended because "I came all this way...". They go home with their stash and start evaluating what the fuck they scored. They already know what's already available, otherwise their hunt would have been truly aimless. They were looking for the stuff that hadn't been found.

So, being a fiend of whatever type of regional music it is, after digesting their take they decide that they have enough material to approach a reissue label (if they hadn't already done that prior to their excursion). The label says "Ooh yeah, we can put that out" and commence all the licensing and clearance stuff that reissue labels have down pat. A record is released and now, all of a sudden, they've found that there is a demand for the music. The original musician(s) (sometimes retired at this point) have found that they were right all along. Their music was just incubating in the dusty backrooms of records stores, garages, and radio stations in Nowheresville, Africa waiting to be heard.

In the case of Ebo Taylor, his stuff was sitting in Ghana. Diggers found it, and there was a demand. Taylor was tracked down by musicians of the Afrobeat Academy and was soon back in action, first with a new album (Love and Death, 2010), and then a series of reissues, records previously available only in Ghana, some in numbers as low as 500 copies. Taylor had been active in his native Ghana since the fifties but it wasn't until Love and Death that he gained worldwide attention. This happened when he was 75 years old.

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Listen:
Ebo Taylor - Ayesama mp3 at Bama Love Soul 
Ebo Taylor - Victory mp3 at Mixtape Riot Go there to get it. It's worth the trip.
Ebo Taylor - Mizin mp3 at Mixtape Riot Go there to get it.

Friday, July 20, 2018

POSTER BOYS FOR SOMETHING

Full on research has the night off. Here's what I know about the Oblivians: They're a trio from Memphis, and they make a racket, they may or may not still play together. They're scuffed up, like a beat up pair of shoes, and I don't recall a single song by them that isn't balls to the wall crazy. That makes them perfect for a Friday night.

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Listen:
The Oblivians - That's What Rock 'n' Roll Is All About mp3 at NJ Speed Crazy
The Oblivians - I'm Not a Sicko, There's a Plate in my Head mp3
at Internet Archive
The Oblivians - Let Him Try mp3
at Nevver Go there to get it.
The Oblivians - Blow Their Cool EP
at All I Want 4 songs in a zip
 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

NINE MINUTES IN THE TRANSPORTER ROOM

Man, the other night I needed a break. I decided to do something I haven't done in a while, sit my ass down on the couch and just listen to music with no distractions, eyes closed, the whole bit. The jazz station was on, a show called Cool Struttin' which can be hit and miss, but the host DJ, John Phillips, has some old school taste so I gave it a shot. After about twenty seconds of piano the sax came in, then the cymbals and barely noticeable bass. You know, I hate it when people use the term "transported" when they describe music, but fuck me if I wasn't transported. When the song ended, I couldn't have told you if I was sitting there listening for five minutes or an hour. I do know that I was taken out of my dank apartment and sent somewhere.

The song was "Wise One" by the John Coltrane Quartet ("the classic quartet" as my friend PJ likes to say). Listen to it, McCoy Tyner in the middle, Coltrane on the left, Elvin Jones, with just cymbals, on the right and a very sparse Jimmy Garrison way in the background, playing so sparingly it makes reggae bass lines sound busy in comparison. This is the shit.

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Listen:
John Coltrane Quartet - Wise One (streaming) at YouTube

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

PHONETICALLY CORRECT

After yesterday's Los Shain's post, I have to push Los Saicos in front of you, for two reasons. One is that I compared the vocals on Los Shain's "El Mounstro" to those of Los Saicos without posting a single Saicos cut or mentioning the undisputed King of the Ravaged Larynx, Erwin Flores, by name. It would be unfair to not let you hear what real Peruvian gravel sounds like. The second reason is because there's no reason not to. This isn't the first time they've been here, but you need to hear them. Unless you already perused the shit out of the old posts, you probably missed them anyway.



Here's what I remember about their backstory. They got a quick start thanks to lucking into a TV appearance (or was it more then one?), barely knew how to play, recorded six singles and then called it quits. No dispute, no drama. They just stopped playing. How many bands can you name that should have called it quits after their first twelve songs? How many can you name that, out of twelve songs, had one called "Camisa de Fuerza" ("Straightjacket") and another "Demolicion" ("Demolition")? Shit, listen to the first thirty seconds of "Fugitivo de Alcatraz" and tell me that isn't primordial Stooges. Even the band shot above, that prop they've got dangling over the card door (or should I say beat ass rusty old truck door) is all you need to know. For real.

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Listen:
Los Saicos - Camisa de Fuerza mp3
at Laoficinalive (?)
Los Saicos - Fugitivo de Alcatraz mp3
at Berceuse Electrique
Los Saicos - Salvaje mp3
at Tape Wrecks
Los Saico's - Cemetenterio mp3
(via Box.net) at Pop Goes the Radio Download button at top right at Box.net
Los Saicos - Demolicion mp3
at AWS(?)
Los Saicos - Ana mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Los Saicos - Besando A Otras mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Los Saicos - Complete discography
(streaming) at YouTube 12 songs
Video:
Was Punk Rock Born in Peru? - Los Saicos documentary
at YouTube 13 minutes
Saicomania trailer
at YouTube
Los Saicos - El Entierro De Los Gatos
(live, Spain, 2010) at YouTube
Visit:
Where did punk begin? A cinema in Peru
at The Guardian UK
Los Saicos
at Wikipedia

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

WE ONLY STOLE PARTS OF SONGS

There must have been something in the water in Peru in the sixties. No other explanation. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start with Los Shains, a band that really seemed to like surf music and covers, and they had a knack for renaming some of them. It wasn't a case of a song title being lost in the translation, some of the changed titles make no sense at all. How does the Revels' "Church Key" become "The Bathroom of the Bird"? Is the gargling supposed be like "Surfin' Bird"? What the fuck? Even if the online translation doohickeys are off, there's no way they're that off. The real treat though is "The Monster" ("El Mounstro") which uses the Marketts' "Out of Limits" intro and then goes into the Novas' "The Crusher". I'm getting to the like these guys. Then I started liking the voice. It reminded me of the singer for Los Saicos. Total gravel. Guess what? Los Saicos, also Peruvian, also mid-sixties. Oh shit, here we go...

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Listen:
Los Shain's - El Baño del Pajaro mp3 at Internet Archive
The Revels - Church Key
(streaming) at YouTube
The Trashmen - Surfin' Bird mp3
at Review Stalker

Los Shain's - El Mounstro mp3
at Internet Archive

The Marketts - Out of Limits (streaming) at YouTube
The Novas- The Crusher
(streaming) at YouTube

Monday, July 16, 2018

GET MY HEAD IN THERE

I ran into P.J. on my way home from the beach today. He's a good friend, like family, my brother's old roommate, and the only non-family member ever presented a key to my Mom's house by my Mom. He's also a drummer and the guy who told me to listen to The Ultimate Elvin Jones. He was listening to music on headphones today and when I asked what he was listening to; he said it was the jazz station. I asked him what his favorite show was, because sometimes it can get lame (newish borderline smooth jazz). He said his favorite was Saturday Night Fish Fry. Hell yeah. That's a show I listen to, jump blues and early r&b. Honking 'n shit. So that's what Ive been listening to tonight. Heavy on the Amos.

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Listen:
Amos Milburn - Birmingham Bounce mp3 at Rocky 52 1950
Amos Milburn - Rock, Rock, Rock mp3 at Rocky 52 1952
Amos Milburn - One, Two, Three Everybody mp3 at Rocky 52 1954

Amos Milburn - Let's Have a Party mp3 at Internet Archive

Sunday, July 15, 2018

THEY CALLED HER DAD "INSISTENT CLYDE"

I'm as guilty as anyone. I'll see names in liner notes for backing vocals and unless it's someone really active, I'm never going to remember their name. There was a nice post at Art Decade, with a song by Clydie King, mentioning that she did backing vocals on "Let It Loose" from the Stones' Exile on Main St. LP.. The song posted, "The Thrill Is Gone", is from a few years earlier. It's some sort of Phil Spector meets Northern soul thing.

King is all over stuff in the late sixties and early seventies. Exile On Main St., Steely Dan's Can't By a Thrill, Humble Pie's Eat It, and tons of uhter stuff.
 
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Listen:
Clydie King - The Thrill Is Gone mp3 at Art Decade
Visit:
Clydie Kink Discography
at Wikipedia

Friday, July 13, 2018

GOOD SHIT MAYNARD

I've always been a bird in the hand guy. I know enough to stop where I'm satisfied and avoid being a glutton. Sometimes I have stupid ideas and if I act on them without caution, I end up mired in shit. That's my reasoning to stop at the first click tonight. Lucky for you it's an awesome mix of Studio One instrumentals, quite a few hard to come by. Two hours. Fuck yeah.

This one has all the big hitters and multiple eras, all from the golden age. Studio bands Sound Dimension, Soul Defenders, Soul Defenders and the Brentford Road All Stars and solo cuts by Jackie Mittoo, Ernest Ranglin, Cedric Brooks, and Roland Alphonso. Hell, the second cut is by Lennie Hibbert, one of the very few, if not the only vibraphonist in reggae. The reliable bonus here, as with most of the Studio One from those years, Leroy Sibbles's bass is all over these. To put it simply, this mix is killer.

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Listen:
Studio One Instrumentals at Internet Archive Streaming and as a download.  In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"
Visit:
More Studio One posts (scroll down the page)

Thursday, July 12, 2018

NOW, ABOUT THAT TITLE GUYS....

Two different versions of "Comanche" by He Whose Shit Does Not Stink and the Raymen, both raw as all get out. The first, the released version, begs for a second listen after you hear the fade out. Starting at about the 2:00 mark, ten seconds of what sounds like someone banging on a cardboard box. Ending the record with two isolated instruments, and one of them is the most poorly recorded instrument on the record. Brilliant.

Whoa, sit still for the alternate mix! This one was promotional copy version, notable because someone is totally beating the living shit out of a tambourine. The tambourine player isn't on the released version because after he injured his hand beating the living shit out of a tambourine, they took him out back and shot him.

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Listen:
Link Wray - Comanche mp3 at RocknDog
Link Wray - Comanche (alternate nix) mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Promo 45

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

LIVE IT UP, TREAT HER RIGHT WITH HEAD

How the hell did I miss this one? Roy Head's "Live It Up" somehow slipped through the cracks, surprising because Head has been a favorite of mine for a while. (Go ahead. I'll wait. Okay, done being funny? So, who is this "she"?) Let me elaborate as succinctly as possible: I came for the hit ("Treat Her Right") but stayed for the nut case. That's a little harsh. Let's say that I stayed for he who did not give a shit. He once bit Elvis. Once, after slipping during a performance, he got all contorted on the floor. He called it a dance, "the gator", which he then repeated in performances that followed. Speaking of dance, check out his moves in the video below.


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Listen:
Roy Head - Live It Up mp3 at Rocky 52
Roy Head - Treat Her Right mp3
at Rocky 52

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

LET'S TWIST AGAIN

Back when the Dils' "Class War" came out in 1977, it was an exotic idea, a fantasy. Now it's sounds reasonable.

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Listen:
The Dils, - Class War mp3 at Killed By Death
The Dils - Mr. Big mp3
at Killed By Death
Video:
The Dils - Class War (live, 1978)  at YouTube

Monday, July 9, 2018

THE KID AND THE LIFER

This past weekend I was walking down the short three block long business district towards the beach. Walking in the opposite direction was a kid, looking like he was in his mid-teens. He was walking down the street holding a record album with both hands, reading the liner notes with a big shit eating grin on his face. I was so enamored with the look of a kid that age being that excited by an album cover, I didn't even notice what record he was looking at. I just looked at his face and imagined what lay before him, because many years ago, I was that kid, on that very same sidewalk, doing that exact same thing. Checking out the liner notes of a just purchased record. Back then the record store was Soundsville, and it was just two doors down from the current record store, the curiously named Cow. I flashed back to all of the excitement of the trek home to listen to a new record for the first time. I thought about all of the record stores I've been in, all the counter guys whose wisdom I soaked up, all the discoveries and chances taken merely on the merit of a cool album cover. I was hoping that kid's smile would reappear, week after week for decades as mine has.

I just found out that on the very same day I saw that kid, San Diego lost one of the longest running and most knowledgeable counter guys that has ever worked in a local record store. His name was Lou Curtiss, and he may not be well known outside of his hometown but believe me, music freaks here knew him, particularly those who are into roots music. He ran his own record store, Folk Arts, for 47 years (he sold it in, I think, 2014). His specialty was the old shit. Old timey, early blues, early jazz, folk and so on, with 78s as far back as 1892. As a local musician put it on Facebook today, "Who else would have a whole section in their store of rare 78’s labeled ‘Honking Sax’" And he had a radio show, Jazz Roots, on the local jazz station. And he wrote for the local roots music tabloid, Troubadour, and he put on folk festivals, and later roots festivals. Dude knew his shit.



Curtiss was an early supporter of Tom Waits, before he was signed and after. That top photo above is Waits hanging outside Folk Arts in 1974, taken by Curtiss's wife Virginia. So that's the tie in with the link below to a 1976 Waits show. There's also a link to Honey Where You Been So Long, an unrelated but similar in theme old timey blues site, and a link to Folk Arts' partial library of late sixties folk festivals Curtiss was involved in. Because Curtiss has been described as a curmudgeon, and just for good measure, a totally unrelated interview with 78 collector Joe Bussard, an opinionated sourpuss with an insane record collection.

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Listen:

Sunday, July 8, 2018

SONGS THE PROBE TAUGHT US

There's something to be said for old school bare bones music sites. Probe Is Turning-On the People is my favorite example. Looks like shit, confusing at first to navigate and very little editorial comment. You might get a sentence. Might. But that's part of the beauty of it. After visiting the site regularly for roughly ten years, I can kind of tell what is supposed to be significant about something he posts because, by now, I kind of know his taste, and it's good. Obscure references abound, but that's part of the fun. He knows that you know how to use Google. Do your own damn legwork. One good example, and what prompted this post, is a 2006 post with a couple songs by Hank Jacobs. The name didn't register, but the Probe's description did: "sounds like Jackie Mittoo jamming with Cambodian rock band." Yee haw! I'm bitin'! If you don't know who Jackie Mittoo is, or what a Cambodian rock band sounds like, well I guess you know how to use Google. See how that works?

"Heide" by Jacobs does sound like Jackie Mittoo fronting a Cambodian rock band. I checked out the LP at YouTube. Holy shit, it's great in a weird mix sort of way. The prominence of different instruments in the mix is a little off but that's a good thing. It makes it sound raw.

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Listen:
Hank Jacobs - Hank's Groove (streaming) at YouTube 
Hank Jacobs - Heide mp3 at Probe Is Turning-On the People Go there to get it, scroll down to Session 32 (left side, in red)
Hank Jacobs - Playboy's Penthouse mp3
at Probe Is Turning-On the People Ditto above
The LP:
Hank Jacobs - So Far Away
(streaming) at YouTube

Saturday, July 7, 2018

DEAD SOUL SINGER SAVES DAY.

I was prepared to make ten kinds of fun of Goddo. The were a band from Canada back in the seventies. I happened on a live video featuring a bassist that looks like one of the Buggles and guitarist whose solo (scorching, if his guitar face can be believed) would require the talent of a high school-age aspiring metal head. It's ridiculous, a medley of two songs, "Tough Times/Cock On"", the titles of which would have you expecting this band to have something to back it up with. But it's just rock, shitty contrived clichéd rock. That got me to thinking. This live video was from 1979. I wanted to compare it to U.S. bands at the time to see if I was giving Canada a fair shake, but I couldn't think of what bands were massively popular in the U.S. in '79, not because there weren't any. It's just that I was ignoring mainstream shit. I was, and still am, in a bubble. Punk rock, rockabilly, reggae, soul, blues, surf, and so on. Very little mainstream shit seeps in.

Then I remembered; one band I was listening to in 1979 was the Crawdaddys. The Crawdaddys were from a completely different planet than Goddo's. They were an r&b band, in the vein of an early Stones. So, that got me to check out some Crawdaddys videos, one from around 1979, a shitty quality video of them doing "Cadillac", then a more recent live video of them doing "36-22-36" which was great. It prompted me to revisit Bobby Blue Bland's version. And once you realize how quickly you went from Goddo to Bobby Blue Bland you just keep moving forward and don't look back.

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Listen:
Bobby Blue Bland - Turn On Your Lovelight mp3 at Corey Barksdale (?)
Bobby Blue Bland - I Wouldn't Treat a Dog The Way You Treat Me mp3 at Crowell
Bobby Blue Bland - 36-22-36 (live) mp3
at LP Cover Lover
Video:
Goddo - Tough Times/Cock On!
at YouTube
The Crawdaddys - Cadillac
at YouTube 1979?
The Crawdaddys - 36-22-36 (live)
at YouTube 2015

Thursday, July 5, 2018

BRUBECK SAYS "WHAT?"

I love the way early reggae artists would take a popular song and reinvent it, and slap it with a title that makes no sense in relation to the original title. Take "The Russians Are Coming" by Val Bennett. It's Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" with a title tie-in which, following a pattern, makes no sense whatsoever in relation to the movie of the same name. The nuts.

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Listen:
Val Bennett - The Russians Are Coming mp3 at Aurgasm
Dave Brubeck - Take Five
(streaming) at YouTube

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A PRETTY LADY AND A FUNNY SONG

For the four of you who haven't heard it, here's an ode to American idiocy. When I first heard this song about seven years ago, I found it comical. Now, however, it's kind of scary to realize how much of America actually thinks like these lyrics. Though, I gotta admit, dressed up in a tacky ass metal song, lyrics like these are pretty funny: "Terrorists, you're game is through, cause now you have ta answer to, America, Fuck yeah! So lick my butt and suck on my balls."

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Listen:
Trey Parker - America Fuck Yeah mp3 at You're the Man Now Dog From the film Team America: World Police

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY. FUCK DONALD TRUMP.

Fellow world citizens, please know that the majority of Americans hate Donald Trump as much as you do. He does not represent us. He is a self serving racist ego-maniacal buffoon. We have our job cut out for us, namely voting his yes men out of office this November.


Woody Guthrie though, it doesn't get more American than that, a songwriter for everyman. Here's Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings doing a cover of his "This Land Is Your Land". Persist and resist, that's what this Indepedence Day is about.

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Listen:
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - This Land is Your Land mp3 at Evil Vince

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

BLACK BELT JONES GUARDS THE VOLVO

An old post at Soul Donuts about blaxploitation films fucked my whole night. From their post I went to IMDB to see who did the soundtrack for Friday Foster, and then found out that the same guy, Luchi De Jesus, did some work on the soundtrack to Black Belt Jones, as did Dennis Coffey. From there, it was a slippery slope. Willie Hutch and so on. The night was shot.

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Listen:
Luchi De Jesus - Friday Foster Main Title mp3 at Soul Donuts
Dennis Coffey - Love Theme from Black Belt Jones mp3
at Blaxplotation
The Dells - No Way Back mp3
at Soul Donuts
Willie Hutch - Tell Me Why Has Our Love Turned Cold mp3
at Crate Kings

Sunday, July 1, 2018

WAS SOMEONE GOING TO TELL ME?

Until today I had never heard of Johnny Griffin, not that I remember anyway. I happened to be on a blog called Spychedelic Sally and ran into a cut of his "The Message": It was good enough that I went looking for a anything else. That's when I ran into "Smoke Stack". Holy shit. After listening to it I was thinking that its exactly the type of jazz I think of when I just hear the term "jazz". This particular one rips, beginning to end, all ten minutes of it. Then, I saw who was in the band:

Johnny Griffin-Tenor Sax, John Coltrane-Tenor Sax, Hank Mobley-Tenor Sax, Lee Morgan - Trumpet, Art Blakey - Drums and two others. 

Explains everything. Fuck, what a line up.

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