Tuesday, March 31, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 9

This could be good. I haven't watched it yet. American Valhalla, a documentary about Iggy Pop and Josh Homme and the making of a recent LP. I'm wondering what kind of ego it would require to do a film like that. Pretty soon we'll be watching feature length films of our favorite stars clipping their toenails. Said the sourpuss. If this is your thing, like I said it could be good, see it soon, because I got the impression that it'll be coming down in a short amount of time.


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Visit:
Iggy Pop and Josh Homme are screening their ‘American Valhalla’ documentary online
at NME About the reason and the subject.

Monday, March 30, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 8

This should kill more than a few hours. These were first posted here five years ago, but it's worth a bookmark, especially not knowing how long the stay at home orders last. Without just repeating what was said when I first posted these, I'm just slapping a new title on the post. Here's what I said back then:

Dude looks pretty square doesn't he? Assuming you don't know who Hoss Allen is, if someone were to tell you that he hosted a syndicated TV show you'd probably think it would be fairly tepid, right? Wrong. He hosted The !!!! Beat, a 1966 music series with insanely solid line-ups of soul, R & B and blues artists all performing in the studio, most in front of a live band. The list of performers includes (prepare to drool here) Etta James, the Bar Kays, Louis Jordan, Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Freddie King, Willie Mitchell, Barbara Lynn, Sam and Dave, the Mighty Hannibal, Joe Tex, and on and on. Yeah, budget a night or two, get a six pack, and for fuck sake, turn off that phone.

Seriously you guys, this is insanity. For just a couple teasers of what can be found in random samplings, click here for Barbara Lynn doing "What I'd Say", with Clarence Gatemouth Brown on guitar. (Oh yeah, that's another thing. Brown was part of the house band! Holy shit and what not!) And one more quick one before you leave, click here for a goosebump inducing clip of Etta James doing "Only Time Will Tell". Those two are just completely random. Here's some links to entire shows, but there's lots more at Youtube.

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Listen:
The !!!! Beat, Vol 4 Show #15 at YouTube Louis Jordan and the Tympani Five (five songs) and Freddy King (two songs, one with Clarence Gatemouth Brown)
The !!!! Beat, Vol 6 # Show 26 at YouTube Otis Redding (guest host!), Percy Sledge, the Bar Kays, Sam and Dave, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, and more.
The !!!! Beat, Vol 1 # Show 2 at YouTube Joe Tex, Etta James, Little Milton, Gatemouth Brown, and more.
The !!!! Beat - More episodes (over fifteen) at YouTube

Sunday, March 29, 2020

AMONG THEM

Oh, man, here it comes. Manu Dibango died last Tuesday from Covid-19. He was 86 and had been playing live as recently as last year. Before you say "high risk" because of his age, considering he was a saxophonist, his lungs were probably in better shape than your average 86 year old. It's hitting home, if it hadn't already.

Dibango was from Cameroon, and his "Soul Makossa" was one the first African songs to chart in the US, hitting #35 in 1973. He released 72 LPs, and only a few are compilations. Sure, there are probably some stinkers in there, but I gotta say, the percentage must be low cause I've yet to hear one. Everything I've heard has been top rate, from Afro-funk to soul jazz, to Afro-beat. Shit, he's worked with Fela, Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Don Cherry, Sly and Robbie, King Sunny Adé, Youssou N'Dour and Hugh Masekela. Yeah. You should listen to him.

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Visit:
Manu Dibango - Soul Makossa mp3 at Le Mellotron
Manu Dibango - Wouri mp3 at Tumblr
Manu Dibango - New Bell mp3
at Beardo Disco
Manu Dibango - Pepe Soup mp3
at Art Decade
Video:

Manu Dibango - Soul Makossa (live, French TV) at YouTube
Visit:
Afro-Funk Saxophonist Manu Dibango Dies Of COVID-19
at NPR

Saturday, March 28, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 7

Ah hell, so much for going easy on the movies. Another day, another forgotten link. I couldn't let this ersatz film festival end after being reminded of the great films by Mike McCarthy. Seriously, his work is right dead center up my alley. Cool music, oddball plots, indeterminate era, and dangerously hot ladies in a fifties sort of dangerously hot. Pre-skanky ass. As far as the quality of these films, it's relative. They're low budget, but McCarthy more than makes up for it in capturing the feel. You can't imagine them as some big studio production, it would defuse them.




So here's The Sore Losers and Teenage Tupelo, the latter with a soundtrack by Impala (highly recommended). The Sore Losers soundtrack can be had at the link below. There's all sorts of goodies. Mick Collins, Guitar Wolf, the Makers, Jack Oblivion, 68 Comeback and so forth, (m4a format, playable by most players). Do check out the home page of McCarthy's Guerilla Monster Films. You'll be there for days.

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Now showing:
Teenage Tupelo - Film by Mike McCarthy at YouTube
The Sore Losers - Film by Mike McCarthy at YouTube

Listen:
The Sore Losers - Soundtrack
at Guerilla Monster Films 30 songs
Visit:
Guerilla Monster home page
Guerilla Monster channel at YouTube

Thursday, March 26, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 6

You know when I said that I'd cut out the posting of movies? I lied. Not entirely. I just forgot I'd bookmarked Rock, Rock, Rock! the 1957 rock-sploitation flick with clips of Chuck Berry, Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n' Roll Trio, and LaVern Baker. Spoiler alert: Rock 'n' roll does not die. Considering I haven't even watched the whole thing and don't know what the plot is, that's still a safe assumption. I've watched enough of it to see that it's not far off from the other early rock 'n' roll movies. You get a couple bona fide rockers, a solo female singer and a couple doo wop groups, throw in a dash of an elder pro-rock 'n' roll suit (businessman, MC or promoter) and a pretty young woman in the starring or co-starring role, and put at least one "rock" or "shake" in the title. Voila! Still, a relative hoot. As a bonus, links to three posts, one for each Baker, Burnette and Berry (Note: some of the Berry mp3 links are dead but there are at least five that are still good. Hunt and peck rock.)


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Visit:
La Vern Baker post with six songs
Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n' Roll Trio post with six songs
Chuck Berry post with at least five songs

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 5

It's getting boring. Staying at home doesn't have to mean sitting in front of a screen. Read a book. Listen to music. Read liner notes. Make art. Do a fanzine about being bored at home (actually, that's a good idea). I'll try to give it a rest after this one. The Decline of Western Civilization is an early documentary of the L.A. punk scene, late 1979 - 1980, when the scene was pretty much past it it's anything goes peak. Patterns, copy cats and stereotypes abound. The most clichéd part of it is the spitting at Lee Ving during the segment on Fear. And then a leather clad chick with spiky hair jumps on stage and starts a fracas with him. (at around 1:29:01) Microscopic factoid: I knew that women, me and my roommates were watching her kid back in San Diego when she was at that show. Her name was Tracy and her boyfriend was a guy named John Vomit. Also in the crowd in that scene is Lou Skum, singer of the Injections and another roommate at the time. And there's a couple sightings of Chico Tony a super nice guy. Back in San Diego he got kicked in the Adam's apple in a pit and had to have a tracheotomy. Oh, and another factoid: Billy Zoom, the guitarist in X (the band appears in "Decline"), was a rockabilly guy just a few years earlier and recorded for Ronny Weiser's Rollin' Rock record label (see song on yesterday's post). Anywho, here's the flick. Another one you would rarely see online just a few years ago.


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Listen:
Germs - Richie Dagger's Crime mp3 at The Adios Lounge
Germs - Communist Eyes mp3
at Modpoppunk Archive

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 4

I got sucked into this one, Rebel Beat, The Story of L.A. Rockabilly a documentary, kinda sorta as advertised. It kind of jumps around a little, and I could do without the picture perfect overly groomed types. What hooked me was the interviews with Ray Campi and Ronny Weiser. Really cool if you're if you're familiar with those two and the Rollin' Rock record label and all their cronies. Here's three that Weiser released.


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Listen:
The Blasters - American Music mp3 at the Adios Lounge

Sunday, March 22, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 3

If you're a reggae person, you may very well have seen The Harder They Come. It's a film starring Jimmy Cliff as an aspiring singer turned outlaw in Jamaica. As you'd imagine, a film made in Jamaica with a reggae singer as it's star, it would have a reggae heavy soundtrack. This particular soundtrack is, and it's one of the best selling reggae records of all time. It is a great introduction to reggae, it was mine. It's still, decades later, one of my favorite reggae albums of all time. And that's due, at least in part, to associations with the movie.

I've seen the movie a bunch of times, but the quality of the DVD I have is not even close to the version on YouTube. And I remember the quality was dubious when I saw it in a theater as well. Someone's cleaned this thing up, or whatever remastering is called in the film world. It you have seen The Harder They Come and don't care to see it again, a link to Countryman is down there too, also set in Jamaica with a reggae soundtrack.


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Listen:
Jimmy Cliff - You Can Get It If You Really Want mp3 at Tumblr
The Slickers - Johnny Too Bad mp3
at Snuhthing Anything
Toots and the Maytals - Sweet and Dandy mp3
at Tumblr
The Melodians - Rivers of Babylon mp3
at Brendan McGetrick (?)
Second feature:
Countryman - A film by Dickie Johnson
at YouTube

Saturday, March 21, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 2

Here's one I haven't seen in a while. Maybe it's the same for you. I gotta say, as much as Russ Meyer's whole thing was B-movies with cantilevered women, you take that out of the equation and there's still tons of scenes, sets, lobby cards, posters, scripts and camera shots that have been co-opted over the years by other films, ad agencies, fashion magazines, bands and so on. None lifted from as much as Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Like I said, I haven't seen it in a while. I'm sinking back in my chair, going full screen and turning it up.


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Listen:
The Cramps - Faster Pussycat!! Kill! Kill! (live) mp3 at MacHeath (?)
The Bostweeds - Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (streamimg) at YouTube
Watch:
Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! - A film by Russ Meyer at YouTube With Spanish subtitles. Alternate link here.
Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (dubbed in Italian) at YouTube

Friday, March 20, 2020

LOCK DOWN THEATER

Shit, I don't know why it never occurred to me to look for Quadrophenia online. It's been years since I've seen it, but faced with a stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus I went looking for full length music oriented movies and it was the first one I thought of. It's essentially a film about mods and mod culture as the backdrop for a troubled kid with multiple personalities. So, yeah, that's what I'll be doing tonight. Join me?

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Watch:
Quadrophenia - A film by Franc Roddam at Internet Archive

Thursday, March 19, 2020

HANG IN THERE BABY

I'm not sure how many of you might be housebound because of the coronavirus, but here's a good exercise. Romp through the old shit. I just went through some old posts and found these covers. There's a search box at the top left of the page. You might be surprised at what you might find. There's also the tags in the right column. That's how I found these covers. With over three thousand posts, you get the idea. These covers range from relatively predictable to wildly re-imagined. Some of the juxtapositions are unbelievably cool and others are downright scary. Relatively speaking of course.

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Listen:
The Who - Young Man Blues (live) mp3 at Tumblr Mose Allison cover
David Bowie - See Emily Play mp3
at Stop Okay Go Pink Floyd cover
Liverbirds - Peanut Butter mp3
at Internet Archive Marathons cover
New York Dolls - There's Gonna Be a Showdown mp3
at Tumblr Archie Bell and the Drells cover
The Slits - I Heard It Through the Grapevine mp3
at Tumblr Marvin Gaye cover
Paul Anka - Smells Like Teen Spirit mp3
at Clayton Counts Nirvana cover
Eli "Paperboy" Reed - Ace of Spades mp3
at Thersl Weblog (?) Motorhead cover
Ralph Stanley - White Light/White Heat mp3
at Tumblr Velvet Underground Cover
Sonny Rollins - T'm an Old Cowhand mp3
at Time Goes By Bing Crosby cover

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

PRESCRIPTION: ¡AZÚCAR!

Okay, so a friend of mine posted Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" on Facebook, as a soundtrack to keeping your chin up with this whole covid-19 thing. I have something better. Celia Cruz's version. No disco this one, it's pure Latin inflected azúcar. Here's that one and a few others to keep you social distancing your ass off in your living room.



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Listen:
Celia Cruz - Yo Vivre (I Will Survive) mp3 at Clones Project
Celia Cruz - Quimbara mp3
at Sadko Martin
Celia Cruz - Mi Cuba mp3
at Baby In Vaggio (?)
Celia Cruz - Cuba Libre mp3
at Tumblr
Celia Cruz - Guantanamera mp3
at Tumblr
Celia Cruz - Sopita en Botella mp3
at Computer Whiz Guru (?)

Monday, March 16, 2020

STEVIE: ONE. BEATLES: ZERO.

It's been a long while since I listened to any mainstream rock albums start to finish. I'd been ignoring that part of my listening. I'd been listening to reggae, jazz, funk, rockabilly, international music and various compilations. Listening to a rock album, to me, is scary, as if by listening to a band that could be played on a "classic rock" station I'm somehow endorsing the format. I loathe the classic rock format. But I'd be a liar if I said I didn't like that era of music, I do. It's just that people who listen to classic rock don't seem to care about going beyond classic rock. That's generalizing I know, but shit, just let the Allman Brothers go.

So I started my experiment with the White Album, beginning to end. I've listened to it a thousand times. But never, in all the times I've heard it it, did I have a song stuck in my head days later. This time it happened, and it had to be motherfucking "Bungalow Bill". After a day of that rattling my skull, it was on to LP #2. I found a mis-filed copy of Stevie Wonder's Innervisions. From the first bars of "Too High" all the way through to the end, it was like gargling with CBD oil. Everything was A-OK, "Bungalow Bill" was the fuck out of my head.

Innervisions was the third LP Stevie Wonder released after renewing his contract with Motown at the age of twenty-one, following Music of My Mind and Talking Book. He'd received a higher rate of royalties and, more important, total artistic control. He responded with three of his most enduring albums ever. Those three LPs pretty much define the classic Stevie Wonder sound, and he played the bulk of the instruments himself. Of the four all time classics below, he is only aided by backing vocals on one ("Too High") and percussion on another ("Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing"). This, at the age of twenty two. What were you doing when you were that age?

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Listen:
Stevie Wonder - Too High mp3 at NTNU (?)
Stevie Wonder - Living For the City
(streaming) at YouTube
Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground
(streaming) at YouTube
Stevie Wonder - Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing (
streaming) at YouTube

Saturday, March 14, 2020

HEY RICH, THIS IS THE GUY.

A friend of mine stopped by a couple nights ago, one of a very few who are full on reggae fiends and he's probably the most full on of the bunch. I haven't seen him for a while. He knows reggae enough that a conversation can be challenging, in a good way. Let's say that he's knows his U Roy from his Big Youth. So, it was kind of surprising when he said that he doesn't listen to reggae much these days. He said that he primarily listens to the jazz station, which I understand. I listen to the jazz station myself. Right then, I thought of a song I'd just listened to a few nights ago and was thinking about how it was one of the best examples of reggae with at least a part of it jazz informed. I asked him if he'd ever heard of Cedric Im Brooks. He said he hadn't, adding "write it down" and before I had a chance to the conversation went off to a general distaste for what is currently thought of as reggae. That part of the conversation was cathartic. I've known this particular guy for thirty years and our friendship began with a shared love of reggae. He understands why the current stuff doesn't move me like the old school reggae. He gets me. What more can you ask of a friend?

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Listen:
Cedric IM Brooks and The Sound Dimension - Mun-Dun-Gu mp3 at Cocoringo's Circadian Sounds
Visit:
Rhythm Revolution: Cedric “Im” Brooks at Wax Poitics Long profile and interview with a few songs (streaming).

Friday, March 13, 2020

THE AW FUCK CRESCENDO

It's Friday the 13th. Whoah. Look out. All sorts of bad shit floats around on a day like today. I know. Years ago a friend of mine had a Friday the 13th party. He showed horror movies chocked full of evil and shit. Given the fact that everybody was watching the movies, there wasn't much proper partying going on, so I left before midnight. On my way home, about two blocks from home, I realized that nothing bad had happened to me, and there were only a a few minutes left of the 13th. I decided to celebrate by picking up some beer, and as I turned into the parking I hit the edge of the driveway just so. Bam! Two flat tires. Not one, two. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone that has two spares in their trunk. I knew I didn't, so I parked my car, bought the beer and trudged the two blocks home.

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Listen:
Memphis Minnie - I'm a Bad Luck Woman mp3 at Keep the Coffee Coming
Memphis Slim - Bad Luck and Troubles mp3
at Keep the Coffee Coming
Johnny Otis - Bad Luck Shadow mp3
at Keep the Coffee Coming

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

T-SHIRT, CHECK. TATS, CHECK. BEER GUT, CHECK.

I listened to the Heartbreakers "Pirate Love" a few days ago and the damn thing has been running through my head ever since, the opening line "You gotta walk that walk..." in particular. It's a song I've heard a thousand times, and I like it and all that, yet it's still been on repeat in my head. Fuck it, maybe by posting it it'll make room for something else.

The good news is that when I went to the site that posted it, among the songs it was posted with was one by Priors, who I'd never heard of. When I heard them I couldn't peg when the song may have been recorded, the post featuring other songs by Heartbreakers class mates (Ramones, Lou Reed and the Modern Lovers) and more recent grads (Ty Segall, Beck). So, with nothing to go on, I went looking. It turns out they're from Montreal, not exactly a hotbed of punk rock, and they're recent. Okay, a band to watch. Here we go...

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Listen:
The Heartbreakers - Pirate Love mp3 at Still In Rock
Priors - Big Love mp3 at Still In Rock 
Video:
Priors - Story Blind at YouTube

Monday, March 9, 2020

MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH

Somewhere between Gene Vincent and Hasil Adkins there are heck of a lot of oddball rockabilly wannnabes. Guys that, while not as crazed as the Adkins, ain't nowhere near Vincent. They're just off. Whether it's the material, the singer, the playing, or the recording quality, something is off. And there's a shitload of this type of rockabilly. I kind of dig it.

The production on these two by Warren Robbe is so out of whack it's almost as if the session was sabotaged intentionally. The guitar is buried and that muffled picking is about the only thing above average about these. Robbe's not blameless. He's surely not going to get his share of girly action by singing songs about his damn chicken pen.

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Listen:
Warren Robbe - My Chicken Pen mp3 at Rocky 52
Warren Robbe - Single Man mp3
at Rocky 52

Saturday, March 7, 2020

MAN. ANOTHER ONE.

McCoy Tyner passed away yesterday. I don't have much to say because I really don't know shit about him. I'm not going to wing it. He was a pianist, was in Coltrane's outfit for a while, that I know.  His own shit, of what I've heard, is fucking awesome. Here are the first few I ran into tonight, totally random. You know where to find more.

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Listen:
McCoy Tyner - Smitty's Place mp3 at Basement Rug
McCoy Tyner - Yesterdays mp3
at Tumblr
McCoy Tyner - I Will Wait For You mp3
at Ttrunghocnguyendu
McCoy Tyner - Miss Bea mp3
at Internet Archive
John Coltrane Quartet - Wise One (streaming) at YouTube

Friday, March 6, 2020

CRACK YOUR KNUCKLES. GET TO WORK.

It's always good when something makes you want to go shop for records, and it sure makes it a quick post full of diversions elsewhere. After just poking around indiscriminately I decided to drop by Funky 16 Corners and landed on a post about DJ Prestige, the record hound that runs Flea Market Funk. On the post there's a link to a short doc on him and his blog, his DJing and his record hunting. The part that really impressed me, and makes me want to hit thrift stores this weekend, was that the name of the blog, Flea Market Funk, is almost literal. He says that he doesn't buy big ticket rarities and that most of his records only cost him between one and five dollars, bought at flea markets, 99 cent bins and so forth. And that's not even the best of it, because he points out two important elements. One is that the aimless hunt is a big part of it, good old fashion scavenging. Exactly the part I dig. The second is that records find you. If it's on your mental checklist, at some point it will find you. Of course that's not true of every coveted record, but it does happen more than most non-fiends realize.

Here's a few links to get you in the mood. Funky 16 Corner's post on DJ Prestige, the documentary of DJ Prestige, a reggae mix Prestige did for Funky 16 Corners and then there's the real time suck, a link to a bunch of Prestige's mixes at Flea Market Funk.

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Listen:
DJ Prestige – The Hustle Is Real at Funky 19 Corners
DJ Prestige – Bionic Reggae mp3
at Funky 16 Corners 19 songs, go there for the song list
Buried Vinyl Treasures, More Flea Market Funk Mixes
at Flea Market Funk
The documentary:
The Hustle Is Real - DJ Prestige documentary
at Thomas Draudt

Thursday, March 5, 2020

BAND CRUSH

I've no clue how I ended up on a Raincoats binge tonight, but it'll be taking me away from here. Some of you know them. Some of you don't know them and will think they're absolute crap. And some of you don't know them but will be intrigued. Their first record came about 1979. Punk rock was still happening and the hardcore thing wasn't yet on its feet. There were relatively few punk-informed bands that said "fuck that shit" and stepped beyond the restrictive unwritten codes. Seriously, good post-punk makes punk rock seem like new wave in regards to all that formulaic crap, albeit three chord formulaic crap. The Raincoats were one of the first bands I remember hearing breaking out of that. They were one of those bands that, when you first heard them you thought "Okay, so this is the direction things are going." 

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

POST-TEETOTALISM

That whole straight edge thing always bugged me. Drink or don't drink, but don't make a big deal about it either way. If you go the sober route, great. but don't do it because other people are doing it, or because your favorite band is doing it. Succumbing to peer pressure is more soul destroying than getting fucked up.

I'm not sure if Fugazi were straight edge, but it included Ian MacKaye who was also in Minor Threat, who were, if I remember correctly, like the Chuck Berry of straight edge. Something like that. I wouldn't know for sure because I avoided that shit like the plague.

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Listen:

Monday, March 2, 2020

LEARN SHIT YOU DIDN'T KNOW

Years ago my friend Eric used to drive a pick-up truck. On the back, a bumper sticker for the local jazz station. I took note. This was a guy I knew from the gang I used to hang with at the beach. We were all rock dudes, with some surf music, blues and so forth. Martin Denny was about as exotic as we got. But none of us were listening to jazz at the time. There were some people I went to school with dabbled in fusion, but no one was listening to regular jazz. So, yeah, the bumper sticker was telling. Eric had actually named his cat Miles. It would be a few years before I gave jazz a fair shake, thanks to another friend, but still, Eric planted the seed. So today when I saw a friend of mine posted a link to a new documentary on Miles Davis, Eric was the first person I thought of, I haven't watched it yet, but it'll be online until March 25th. So if you don't know shit about jazz, and I really don't, this documentary might be a good place to start. Note: It might not be available in all countries.

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Listen:
Miles Davis - Nuit Sur Les Champs-Elysees  (Take 2) mp3 at Aurgasm
Miles Davis - Final  (Take 1) mp3
at Aurgasm
Miles Davis - Le Petit Bal (Take 1) mp3
at Drummerworld
Documentary:
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (American Masters)
at PBS

Sunday, March 1, 2020

TWTTY WAH TWITTY

Here's one that a friend recommended to me years ago. I had no interest whatsoever in Conway Twitty. My only impressions were from the seventies and after. Leisure suits and a square Dad hair cut didn't exactly ring cool, nor did his output at the time. Hell, as far as I was concerned he was straight cornball country. Then my friend made my listen to "Lonely Blue Boy". He pointed out how he drags out the "is" in the line "Lonely Blue Boy i-i-is my name". It's as painful as a one syllable word can be.You'll dig the guitar intro too. This sucker has all the ingredients. I'll bet you dollars for donuts, if the Conway Twitty name wasn't so well known there would have been a Cramps cover. I've posted it before, years ago. If you've heard it alreadty, hey, there's another one down there, "Long Black Train", straight up rockabilly, including a tight solo and requisite mumbling of lyrics.

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Listen
Conway Twitty - Lonely Blue Boy mp3 at Punch Drunk Love
Conway Twitty - Long Black Train mp3
at Rocky 52