Monday, July 26, 2021

OH, COUNT OSSIE. EXPLAINS EVERYTHING.


I've been listening to reggae for a long ass time, since my late teens. I'm a total sucker for anything that producer and label owner Coxsone Dodd was involved in. He was as instrumental in the sound and development of Jamaican music as it evolved from mento and  rhythm and blues to ska, rock steady and reggae. Here's the deal: I just heard one of his early releases today. It was "Lumumba" by Bunnie & Skitter released on Dodd's Worldisc label. It surprised the hell of of me when I found multiple sources that had the release date as 1960. For that era, it was heavy. Bare bones but heavy. Bass in your face. It does not sound like 1960. Something might be fucked up here.

The Cedric IM Brooks song is down there because it was at the same post. What the hell, it's a great song, from several years later but also a Dodd thing.

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Listen:
Bunnie and Skitter - Lumumba mp3
at Cocoringo's Circadian Sounds
Cedric IM Brooks w/the Sound Dimension - Mun-Dun-Gu mp3
at Cocoringo's Circadian Sounds

Sunday, July 25, 2021

GRAB BAG SPECIAL


I dig it when someone does a cover that isn't an obvious choice for them. Especially when it's not like they're cashing in on a recent hit by someone else. That's the common thread with these, to varying degrees. The Black Keys covering Eddie Cochran? Not that big of a stretch. But Eli "Paperboy" Reed covering Motorhead? Bluegrass granddad Ralph Stanley covering the Velvet Underground?

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Listen:
Black Keys - Summertime Blues mp3
at Tumblr
Eli "Paperboy" Reed - Ace of Spades mp3
at Thersl Weblog Motorhead cover
Ralph Stanley - White Light/White Heat mp3
at Tumblr Velvet Underground cover
Glen Campbell - Jesus
(streaming) at YouTube Velvet Underground cover
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - She's On It mp3
at Internet Archive Beastie Boys cover with a snippet of Link Wray. Live in studio.

Friday, July 23, 2021

THE BAD HAND GESTURE CLUB


The opening ceremonies of the Olympics are being replayed on TV and it occurred to me that it's been some time since I posted anything by the Olympics, the vocal group. That's a stretch. How about this: The first song I found was "Private Eye" and this was just after putting down the Raymond Chandler book I'm reading (Chandler was the one who wrote the Phillip Marlow pulp paperbacks). Regardless, "Private Eye" is a great. I used to play it when I DJd because any song that starts out with gunshots and a scream gets people's attention in a crowded bar. It probably wouldn't be a good idea these days. The Olympics were one of the sorta second tier groups, not in quality but in recognition. The Coasters and the Drifters were cleaning up. But like most doo wop groups they did have some killer stuff in them. "Private Eye" is one, "Pete Butter" is another. Many more, blah, blah, blah. What I dig is the sound, the mix or whatever, These sound, in parts, like you're there in the room.

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Listen:
The Olympics - Private Eye mp3
at Rocky 52
The Olympics - Peanut Butter
(streaming) at YouTube
The Olympics - (Baby) Hully Gully mp3
at Rocky 52
The Olympics - Western Movies mp3
at Rocky 52

Thursday, July 22, 2021

THEY'RE HOLDING MY HEAD HOSTAGE


This song has not left my head for days. Someone drove by and whatever they were blasting had the same kind of boom as JJ Fad's "Supersonic". I know it well. So that song stuck in my head, for a couple days before I even went to listen to it again. I bought the 12" out of a 99 cent bin with no idea who they were. That was probably thirty years ago. I still dig it.

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Listen:
J.J. Fad - Supersonic mp3 at Tumblr

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

POST LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 2


A double feature tonight because I ran into Desperate Teenage Lovedolls and the sequel, Lovedolls Superstar both on YouTube. Both were made on shoestring budgets by Dave Markey and both have band members from L.A. punk scene. I forget all of them. Some of the soundtrack cuts are below. The video directly below is the first film, Desperate Teenage Lovedolls. The sequel is linked below.



[Cut and paste snippet from old post because you're lazy like that.] This stuff is perfect for tonight. It speaks to me. It instills in me the spirit of the rascals singing. Sloppy and a little reckless, without a care in the goddamn world. It says to me, make it short asshole, and get back to goofing off.

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Watch:
Lovedolls Superstar
at YouTube Full film, director's cut, sequel to above.
Listen:

Redd Kross - Lovedolls Superstar mp3 at We Got Power Films
The Lovedolls w/Redd Kross - Beer & Ludes mp3 at We Got Power Films
The Lovedolls w/Redd Kross - Rex Smith (I Want to Be A Cholo Chick) mp3 at We Got Power Films
The Lovedolls w/Redd Kross - Sunshine Day mp3 at We Got Power Films
Sonic Youth - Hallowed By Thy Name mp3 at We Got Power Films
Lawndale - Wing Tips mp3 at We Got Power Films

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

LEI'D BACK. SUE ME.


A bunch of old Hawaiian guitar records, from the 1920s-30s. I don't know anything at all about this vintage of Hawaiian guitar other than it really hits the spot after coming home from a quick dip in the ocean. I also know that a collection like this is worth checking out. It may be gone tomorrow. Aloha Mr, Hand.

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Listen:
Jim and Bob - By the Waters of the Minnetonka mp3
at Internet Archive That's them, Jim and Bob, in the photo above.
MKane's Hawaiians - Hilo mp3
at Internet Archive
Sol Ho'op'i - In Ma-La-Ka-Mo-Ka-Lu mp3
at Internet Archive
The whole collection:
Hawaiian Guitar Hot Shots
at Internet Archive Note: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Sunday, July 18, 2021

RETURN TO NORMALCY


A couple days ago an old friend and roommate mentioned a book he'd read about the Replacements and said that he had never had the chance to see them live. That prompted a string of comments from others, most of them about how drunk and sloppy the Replacements were live. I saw them a few times and I don't remember the shows being that way at all, probably because I don't remember much of anything about the shows. In those years, when I was seeing them, I was drunk and sloppy. See there? A nice little circular thing. Everyone's drunk, everyone's happy. Everyone's hungover.


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Listen:
The Replacements - Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out mp3
at Tumblr
The Replacements - Black Diamond mp3
at Tumblr
The Replacements - Beer For Breakfast mp3
at Review Stalker
The Replacements - Can't Hardly Wait (alternate take) mp3
at Tumblr
The Replacements - I will Dare  mp3
at Tumblr
Live stuff:
The Replacements Live Archive Project
A shitload of live stuff.
Video:
Replacements - 7th Street Entry, second set
at YouTube The first set is the video above.
Replacements - 7th Street Entry
at YouTube (Same show, divided into six parts)

Friday, July 16, 2021

STRAIGHT OUTTA WORLD, OKAY? DONE.


I revisited Zara Moussa again. Who? I know. I'd forgotten. She's a rapper from Niger, West Africa. There a couple things that kind of stood out listening this time. One is that her sound seems more organic, in a way, than American hip hop. While there are synthetic (er, digital) elements, the sparse backing with even the lightest touch of percussion grounds it. It might just be the locale, because hip hop from other countries always sounds less processed that the American version. In Moussa's case it might too be that with fewer rappers, particularly female rappers, in West Africa there's less of a chest beating attitude. At least I think there is, I can't understand a single word she's saying. But the delivery is less in-your-face than it is matter-of-fact. The other thing that hit me is that this might have been the sort of thing that the re-formed Slits would have been headed for had the late Ari Up still been alive. Who the hell knows? I just dig this stuff. Check the video below. I don't even want to describe it or say how much I like it. I don't want to ruin it for...fuck it. The thing is awesome.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

NEED A NAME


This is cool. A minimal sax and drum combo. This is raw bare bones jazz funk no wave whatever. If I ever came across this in a subway, i spring for a buck and I know I'd be late for something. Wait for his moving in a circle thing, just past the one minute mark. Super smooth.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

READY HEADPHONES. CHECK.


Oh, well, hell yeah. I was thinking of something completely different to post tonight, but then I ran into a Fela song that I'd never linked to. Whenever I think of Fela, I think of what the former boyfriend of a friend of mine said. He was the jazz buyer for Tower Records, so I figured he'd be the one to ask, so I asked. "What is a good Charlie Parker album to get?" (We all have to start somewhere, us jazz plebeians). He answered "There's no bad Charlie Parker." So I bought the cheapest compilation they had. I haven't listened to it a whole lot, but I have listened to Fela Kuti quite a bit. If someone asked me what Fela album to buy, I would have to answer "There's no bad Fela." Honestly, there may be, but if there is I sure haven't heard it. So here you go, a fifteen minute jam from the man. Extended sax soloing in the middle, with that grounding beat, like a pulse. This certainly is no bad Fela.

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Listen:
Fela Kuti - No Agreement mp3
at Rock Town Hall

Monday, July 12, 2021

OH YES IT'S PLUNDER NIGHT


Fu-huck. I don't know how much longer I'm going to be doing this. In the past I was able to find shit at other blogs or the odd archive pretty easily. There were more people posting, much less reliance on YouTube, And there were decent safe mp3 search sites. What once took about the same effort as going to the kitchen for a beer, now becomes a time consuming scavenger hunt. A right pain in the ass. All spontaneity is lost. So, at times like these I seek out the old links here. Plunder and pillage my own blog for old links to other blogs? How messed up is that? Watch out, it's digital cannibalism. It'll do until I make up my mind.

Here's some Jackie Mittoo. First posted him around 2009 and he's been here a few times since. Are you going to sit there and tell me that posting Jackie Mitto every few years is overdoing it? The original Skatalites keyboard player at age 15? Part and parcel of the sound of Studio One before he was twenty one tears old, that Jackie Mittoo?

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Listen:

Saturday, July 10, 2021

POST-LOCK DOWN THEATER NIGHT 1


I'm not sure how I missed this one but it's been sitting online for a few years. A documentary, The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry. If you know Lee Perry, it ought to be a treat. I haven't watched more than a few minutes but it looks like it'll be good enough to keep you from chores. Let me correct that: keep me from chores (pretty low threshold there). As long as I'm posting it, there are a few other things down there. Perry shown at work in his Black Ark studio sometime before he intentionally burned it to the ground. Perry's crazy like that. Check out the Guinness commercials he did and see if you can make sense out of them.

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Listen:
Lee Perry - Roast Fish and Cornbread mp3
at Passion of the Weiss
Lee Perry - Jungle Lion mp3
at Stop Smiling Instrumental cover of Al Green's "Love and Happiness"
Lee Perry vs King Tubby - Africa mp3
at Nintendo Planet Video
Video:
The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry
at YouTube 90 minutes
Lee Scratch Perry - Play On Mr. Music
at YouTube Perry at work in his studio
Lee Scratch Perry and Subatomic Sound System (live)
at YouTube Blackboard Jungle Dub, Brooklyn 2013
Lee Scratch Perry Guinness Ads
at YouTube

Thursday, July 8, 2021

AND THE WINNAH IS


Some friends were posting links to a gig by the Nashville Ramblers, who rarely play out. They're playing at Tiki Oasis this year. Tiki Oasis is like a convention for people into all that tiki stuff. They have other stuff too, burlesque, exotica and assorted retro stuff and I've never been. The thought of seeing the Nashville Ramblers appealed to me enough to check out the event site. Once there I saw the other bands that are playing. One of the bands was the Toumaliners, who I'd never heard of. There's a old man's surf spot a few miles north called Tourmaline, so I figured they were a surf band, although curious as to why the picked a not-so-challenging surf spot to name their band after. What the hell, I headed to their site to see what they were all about. One song and already dismissed. A "surf" cover of a Coldplay song. What. The. Fuck. Bad idea all around. Then I looked at their photos and saw that their keyboard player had a laptop in here set up. And done.

I started thinking about contemporary surf bands and how the bulk of them always have something that they just get wrong. I don't mind if the equipment's isn't all vintage or how their dressed, shit like that. The real surf bands can still pull it off. And the ones that can't sure as hell shouldn't cover Coldplay. No surf band should. And it's not because it's not a vintage song. It's just so, well, nothing. It has no punch. It's Chris fucking Martin. There are thousands of songs that would make good surf covers. Never mind the band's name, the surf spot or the laptop. The song choice alone invalidates them for me. Adding reverb to a shitty overplayed and overrated song does not work. Unless you're mining for page views.

Here's a couple medleys by two instrumental bands that slay the Tourmalamers. Both irreverent in style (power chords?) and song juxtapositions. But they make up for it in their deal-with-it blasphemy. I'll deal with it, especially if it gets me the hell away from Coldplay.

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Listen:
Tourmaliners - Clocks mp3
at Tourmaliners Orig: Coldfuckingplay
Surf Manchu - Pipeline Über Alles mp3 at Internet Archive  Orig: Chantays/Dead Kennedys
Lawndale - Interstellar Caravan
(streaming) at YouTube Orig: Pink Floyd/Duke Ellington

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?


Sanford Clark died yesterday, from covid. "Sanford who?" you say. I said it too, then racked my brain. The headline referred to him as a rockabilly artist, that's what threw me. Once I saw the song "The Fool" mentioned it came back to me. Yeeaahhh, I guess you could consider him rockabilly in a stretch, he did have some more up-tempo stuff. But "The Fool", like a lot of his stuff, has more of a Ricky Nelson's "Lonesome Town" or Jody Reynolds' "Endless Sleep" vibe. More of a downer-billy thing going on. You know, the sultry sullen plaintive thing that Chris Isaak borrowed liberally from, to great effect.

For you fiends, check out the full size version of the photo above. Duane Eddy is playing behind him. What's wrong with this picture? The guy that looks like Eddy is the guitar player on the right. The other guitar player, behind the drummer, doesn't really look like him. Now what's wrong with this picture? Hint, two words: solid body.

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Listen:
Sanford Clark - The Fool mp3
at Rockabilly Hall
Sanford Clark - Usta Be My Baby mp3
at Rocky 52
Sanford Clark - A Cheat mp3
at Rockabilly Hall
Sanford Clark - Modern Romance mp3
at Rocky 52
Sanford Clark - It's Nothin' To Me mp3
at Rockabilly Hall

Monday, July 5, 2021

AND I'LL NEVER HEAR IT THE SAME WAY AGAIN.


Walking back from the beach tonight, I passed by the Noodle House and Ragland, two restaurants a block and a half away from where I live. They are the last possible danger zones in the musical mine field I traverse coming back from the beach. You might remember the Noodle House from a couple days ago when I was ragging about them blasting "Freebird". Today it was worse. The two restaurants were both blasting music. The Noodle House was blasting the Marshall Tucker Band and Ragland was blasting something with Auto-Tune. Hearing both at the same time as I was walking past was like a perfect storm of music I can't stand. Once I got home I remembered the reprieve I enjoyed yesterday. Among the nuts blasting fireworks in a crowded residential area was one nut to my liking. For whatever reason this guy, or gal, was driving down the street every fifteen minutes or so. Though I didn't see him, or her, I knew it was the same person because they were blasting the Champ's "Tequila" from their car, every mother loving time they drove by. Any other day it might have been slightly annoying, but under duress from the shitty music I heard all weekend, it was welcome, and comical, relief. Who the hell does that? Driving back and forth down the same street blasting a song as inane as "Tequila" over and over for what must have been thirty or forty minutes? They wore me out and I had to laugh. I've heard that song a thousand times but it was such a respite. Corny, ridiculous, and way too familiar, but objectively a great tight instrumental.

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Listen:
The Champs - Tequila mp3
at Rocky 52
The Champs - Midnighter mp3
at Rocky 52
Video:
The Champs - Tequila (live)
at YouTube TV appearance. The sax player is a totally crazed clapper towards the end.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

KATE SMITH, GRAB SOME PINE


It's a simple song, simple enough that you learn it in grade school. It's written by one of America's greatest songwriters and it's one of the best songs about America ever written. Maybe it's lost it's shine for grade school, but I don't remember ever not knowing the song. Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" is ingrained in my head. And most people have only heard two thirds of it.

A couple days ago Mental Floss posted a story about the song that speculates that the two missing verses were omitted because of what could be perceived as political content, but to me read more like truth and common sense. Per the article "It may have had something to do with the mounting anti-communist furor that would lead to the Red Scare of the late '40s and early '50s." The article includes the two missing verses and an anecdote about how, when Bruce Springsteen joined Pete Seeger to play the song at an inauguration event for Barack Obama, Seeger was insistent that they include the two verses.

My favorite version of the song is the one recorded by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. It's a groove and a half, really, an awesome reworking. They include the two additional verses and another with slightly re-written lyrics. But, guess what? There was a real seventh verse too, one that I'd not known about until I looked at the official Woody Guthrie web site, run by his daughter. There's a link to it below. Remember, "Antifa" means anti-fascist. To be anti-fascist is to be patriotic. Happy 4th.

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Listen:
Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land mp3
at Rocky 52
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - This Land Is Your Land mp3
at Tumblr
Video:
Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen - This Land Is Your Land (live)
at YouTube
Visit:

Saturday, July 3, 2021

THANKS STRANGER'S T-SHIRT!


Ack! Holiday weekends are challenging when you live near the beach. It's like hosting a completely different community for two or three days. I'm not complaining, I'm lucky to live where I do. And I do get a kick watching people experience the ocean on a rare visit or for the first time. Sincerely. No one can have that experience more than once, so it's nice to see at least that on a holiday weekend. The one thing bad about the crowds though is the omnipresent Bluetooth speakers or whatever the fuck they are. They're always pumping crap with Auto=Tune. Then there's the mega-woofers on wheels, the bass that you can hear two blocks away. I get it. I love bass, I really do. But you don't have to subject everyone in a two block radius. The capper, today's lowlight, was hearing "Freebird" blasting from the Noodle House of all places. A song high on my list of songs I would not miss. Today's silver lining: The one thing that cancels out all of the bad musical crap was seeing a guy at the beach with a Viceroys T-shirt. I came home and listened to the Viceroys and forgot all about Bluetooth speakers, Auto-Tune, loud woofers and fucking "Freebird".

The first two below are on Sly and Robbie's Taxi label. from 1980. Do listen to the version. It's not all that dub-like. Though it gets stripped and rebuilt, there's relatively few electronic gizmos firing.

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Listen:
Viceroys - Heart Made Of Stone mp3
at Marley Discography
Viceroys - Version mp3
at Marley Discography
Viceroys - Ya Ho (Full LP)
(streaming) at YouTube

Friday, July 2, 2021

REMOTE LEARNING: SUN RA 101


Sometimes the inexplicable happens. The New Yorker just ran a story on Sun Ra. Although it does mention a couple relatively recent reissues, that doesn't seem to be the reason for the story. Usually when they print a profile of someone it's because of a book they recently wrote or a movie the made or something else that's newsworthy. Sun Ra is not newsworthy. As good as the article is, I was left wondering why it was in the magazine in the first place. The only thing I can surmise is that Sun Ra claims to have been abducted by aliens back in the thirties. With all of the "now we're going to take them serious" reports on past UFO sightings recently, maybe that's the reason. Whatever. Here's the article, a good introduction. The documentary directly below is by Don Letts, some of you know who he is. I also threw a few songs down there that have been posted before just because, if you've never heard them or Sun Ra before, now you have no excuse.


Thursday, July 1, 2021

I'LL POST IT AGAIN AND AGAIN. SO?...


After hearing Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels' "Devil In Blue Dress" a thousand times, I had no inclination to go further. Then, sometime in my twenties, I ran into a 45 of "Sock It to Me Baby" in a thrift store. What a game-changer. I didn't think that "Devil.." was bad, I was just sick of hearing it. It is a major drag that the Devil song is the only one you ever hear. It was like that back then and it still is. But, boy, "Sock It ti Me Baby" is a piece of work. It's got a heavy sound, the beat and the horns are a deadly combo. It's got fuzz and slide whistle all over it. What's not to like? After hearing a decent amount of his non-Devil stuff, I gotta say, I think that one was the fluke. All of his other stuff is good. Dig "Liberty" below, Ryder backed by Booker T and the MGs and the Memphis Horns. It is a whopper. Funky soul, hard driving. Devil who?

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Listen:
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels -  Sock It to Me Baby mp3
at Tumblr
Mitch Ryder - Liberty mp3
at Groove Addict Backed by Booker T and the MGs and the Memphis Horns.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

DA BULL WAS HUMAN.


After having just mentioned Greg Noll a few days ago, I found out last night that he had just died, yesterday. It hadn't even been picked up by Wikipedia yet. It hit me in a weird way. He was a surfing legend, one of the first big wave riders, all-time and all that jazz. It is like rock 'n' roll losing Chuck Berry. But that's not what made it feel weird. What made it unusual was that it felt like a friend had passed away. As I mentioned in the post a few days ago, I met him a few years ago in a parking lot outside a supermarket. I'd actually seen him about a half hour earlier just inside the entrance of the Target store next door to the grocery store. There he was, just standing there in shorts, flip-flops and sweatshirt with the sleeves cut off, holding one of those big ass plastic mugs with a lid and a straw (the type favored by soda pop fiends and highschoolers at their first keg party). He was looking around as if he was looking for someone. I thought to myself "That looks like Greg Noll, but that couldn't be him, he lives in Crescent City." (Crescent City is in Northern California just south of Oregon.) I went about my business figuring it was just a doppelganger.

Leaving Target I was headed to my car. I ran into my cousin and walked with her in the same general direction. We were approaching a truck with a Noll Surfboards sticker on the tailgate. Ordinarily I would just figured it a coincidence. I see those stickers occasionally, as the surf shop (now owned by his son) is just about seventy miles north. But this sticker was centered in the middle of the tailgate, with pin-striping around it. So, this sticker held more significance to whoever...wait! Could it be?, I thought. I stopped, and muttered to my cousin something like "Want to meet a big wave legend?" She begged off and said goodbye. I walked to the side of the truck and saw the silhouette of a big guy in the passenger seat. Noll is big. A bruiser. I figured that if it was him, I'd never forgive myself if I didn't do something. I approached the car door. It was Noll. I just walked up and before I could get past "Mr. Noll,..." his hand was already out the window, to shake.

Here's the weird part. I wasn't nervous at all. Later I chalked that up to having read his memoir, Da Bull, and watched enough semi-recent interviews to know his matter of speaking. He cusses in all the right places, using it as color, not to cuss for cussing sake, That is an art. It almost seemed as if I knew him, there was that sort of one-on-one comfort in conversation, like have having a beer with a buddy.



He was waiting for his wife who was in the grocery store. As our conversation was going on (15 or 20 minutes at that point) I apologized for taking his time and he said something to the effect of "Hey, it's alright. I'm just sitting in a truck waiting for my wife," and the conversation lasted for several more minutes. He talked about his brother (who lives in east county San Diego), the boat he just bought (and was to be docked here), his love for San Diego (Sunset Cliffs in particular), his son, the crowds in line ups these days and then the conversation went to his relationship with Miki Dora. I asked him what he thought about the Miki Dora biography that was published a few years earlier. The two had been friends since they were about ten or twelve, and Noll is quoted heavily in the Dora book. Contemporaries, Noll later favoring the North Shore of Oahu (Waimea, Sunset, Pipeline and Makaha) and Dora at Malibu. They both had rough edges but Dora was a scammer and a thief. A rat fuck. Anyway, once Noll got started on Dora, it was off to the races. This story and that, how they met, the wave they shared at Waimea that was shot during the filming of Ride the Wild Surf. (Noll was the stuntman for the surfing scenes and had gotten Dora, a four foot and under guy, a job doing it. The trouble was, Dora was not at all comfortable in huge surf. Noll knew that. Tee hee, friend.)

Every story would lead to another, and every other segue he would say, "oh wait, that's in the book" and start on another one. Here I was, getting first hand stories, stories that weren't in the books, about a legend, from a legend. Let's take that Chuck Berry comparison again. It would be like asking Chuck Berry about Bo Diddley and have him generously offer up story after story. It was the surfing equivalent of that. He was genial, down to earth and warm in a no bullshit way. No wonder it seemed like a friend died.

I have no clue what music Noll liked, but I have to wash out that surf music with something. In the late fifties surfers dug jazz. And in 1959, what would have been Noll's third year on the North Shore, Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" was a jazz smash hit.

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Listen:
Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five mp3
at Time Goes By
Visit:
Greg Noll
at Encyclopedia of Surfing A great page with videos, a profile and articles from years past.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

L.. L. LITTLE WILLIE J.


Here's a fun one. Three cover versions of "Fever", the song first recorded by Little Willie John in 1956 and a hit by for Peggy Lee two years later. The three covers below are all are close enough in length that you can open them open separately and try your hand at syncing your own chorus. Haven't tried it yet myself, but my evening ahead is empty enough that I'm sure I will. It just seems like, if it is possible, it will either sound really good, bizarre or laughable. Any of those could describe my mood, so there's nothing to lose at this end. That's not to say that these versions aren't good on their own. They're all great, and all different.

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Listen:
Little Willie John - Fever
(streaming) at YouTube
La Lupe - Fever mp3
at Aurgasm
Sharon Cash - Fever mp3
at De Discos y Monstruos
Patti Drew - Fever mp3
at Music Dawn

Friday, June 25, 2021

BUFFALO DAUGHTER'S FAULT


Last night I pulled out a random CD and put it on. Buffalo Daughter, a Japanese band. After listening through "Earth Punk Rockers" (an all-encompassing title if there ever was one), I went on a Japanese band binge. Here's just a few. After these I feel into videos. I tend to forget to look for stuff by bands I like if I've already done exhaustive searches before. It hit me tonight that the last time I looked for stuff by any of these bands was years ago, up to fourteen in one instance. There's all sorts of stuff online now.  Do a search for any any of the bands below and kiss your night goodbye.

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Listen:
Buffalo Daughter - Earth Punk Rockers
(streaming) at YouTube
Cornelius - Ape Shall Never Kill Ape mp3
at Zeleny Digital Freaks
Shonen Knife - Super Group mp3
at Magnet Magazine
Cibo Matto - Birthday Cake mp3
at The Sound of Indie
Melt Banana - We Will Rock You mp3
at Beware of the Blog

Thursday, June 24, 2021

AND HE PROBABLY HATED SURF MUSIC.


Did I ever tell you about the time I met Greg Noll? Probably not since most of you don't know he is. He was a big wave surfer, a gutsy pioneer who excelled in giant surf, late fifties, early sixties. When he wasn't surfing, he made films, shaped surfboards and raised hell. And, as I found out roughly five years ago, sometimes he waited for his wife, in a truck in a parking lot at Ralphs, a supermarket.. Remind me to tell you about that encounter some time. Like you could give a shit. Really, I figured I better say something other than "Here's some surf music. Later." That's Noll in both photos. Check that one above, a half century before tow-ins. Imagine paddling into that on a log with block fin. You'd need a slug of juice too. There's a good reel with vintage clips at the Encyclopedia of Surfing. Now, here's some surf music. Later.



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Monday, June 21, 2021

RETURN OF THE ALL TIME JAM


Hot damn! It's the first day of summer. The ocean water temperature is 66 degrees (warm enough to not notice it), the forecast for the next week is the mid-70s. You know, all the cliché Southern California shit. Sue me. Anyway, I know I'm going to post Althea and Donna's "Uptown Top Ranking" sometime during the summer.so why not now? I went for a swim a couple hours ago, read, had a tamale and the Padres are currently leading the Dodgers in the sixth. It a rivalry that goes way back, and both teams are good this year. So I'm in a good mood, and "Uptown Top Ranking" fortifies that.

The riddim comes from Alton Ellis's "I;m Still In Love With You". Althea and Donna's "Uptown Top Ranking" was by no means the only record to use it. Here's a couple others. And if you're already familiar with all of these, dig this exercise. Try syncing Ellis's with Althea and Donna's, opening them in separate windows and pausing one if needed. Then fuck with the volume in each window. When they do sync well you can strut around like some two bit King Tubby,

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Listen:
Althea and Donna - Uptown Top Ranking mp3
at Tumblr
Alton Ellis - I'm Still In Love With You mp3
at Stop Okay Go
Mighty Two - Calico Suit
(streaming) at YouTube
Trinity - Three Piece Suit
(streaming) at YouTube

Sunday, June 20, 2021

PRINCE BUSTER TO THE RESCUE


Prince Buster started out working security for Coxsone Dodd's sound system, and then left and began his own system. He started dabbling in producing, finally making records of his own. Lots of them. You know what else he did? He afforded me a way out of trying to think of something to post. I clicked on an old post. "Enjoy Yourself". I'm gonna flake off and do just that.

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Listen: 
Prince Buster - Soul of Africa mp3
at Groove Addict
Prince Buster - Respect mp3
at Groove Addict 
Prince Buster - Enjoy Yourself mp3
at Audio Drums
Prince Buster - Danny Dane and Lorraine mp3
at Jaliskoska
Prince Buster - Fowl Theif mp3
at Jaliskoska
Prince Buster - The Fugitive mp3
at Jaliskoska
Prince Buster All Stars - Desafinado mp3
at Jaliskoska
Prince Buster All Stars - Prince of Peace mp3
at Jaliskoska
Prince Buster - Blackhead Chinaman mp3
at Jaliskoska

Saturday, June 19, 2021

BASS PLAYER, STAR FEMININE BAND


Years ago I was at some show in San Francisco and somebody handed me a one page double-sided flyer about what seemed like an art collective, Bazooka Productions, with art by LouLou Picasso and Kiki Picasso. It looked cool and in the ensuing years I picked up artwork by them when I came across it, including an LP, La Perversita, bought just for the cover. That was (gulp) about forty years ago. So, two days ago, I  was looking around Super Super Sounds, a neat blog that focuses on looking through Bandcamp for good shit (there's a lot of not good shit on Bandcamp to sift through). There was a blurb about a French punk compilation on Bandcamp, and the cover looked like something by Kiki and LouLou Picasso, and as it turns out it was. So I go to the Bandcamp page and start to sift through the offerings of the label, Born Bad Records (which has a decidedly Cramps ring to it via the Born Bad compilations of songs the Cramps taught us). This was not the first place you'd expect to find a band like Star Feminine Band.


Star Feminine Band is an all girl band from Benin (Africa). Literally girls, ranging in ages from 10-17 (or thereabouts). They met at a music workshop for girls. Per The Guardian, André Balaguemon, the instructor and host of the workshop, said "Some of his proteges hadn’t ever seen keyboards or a drum kit when they signed up. Undeterred, he spent the first two weeks teaching them to clap to the beat." When you hear them you'll agree that they have come a long way. Read the thing at The Guardian, it tells the whole story. This is a movie waiting to happen.



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Listen:
Star Feminine Band
at Bandcamp
Visit:
'When we play, everyone dances!' Benin girl group Star Feminine Band
at The Guardian
Born Bad Records
at Bandcamp

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

POST-PUNKY REGGAE


New Order covering Keith Hudson? Who knew? Leave it to Plain or Pan to land this oddball. It sounds exactly like you would expect New Order playing reggae would sound like. Obviously not the real thing, but as an oddball New Order song it certainly passes.

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Listen:
Keith Hudson - Turn the Heater On mp3
at Plain or Pan
New Order - Turn the Heater on mp3
at Plain or Pan

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

IT LOOKS PHONY IF YOU ALL WEAR SHADES. OH.


At this point I'm just tossing you treats so you remember to piss outside. It is what it is. Fifty two minutes of Mudhoney live at Primavera Sound in 2012. The photo is from about twelve years earlier but it's a cool photo. And I'm lazy.

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Listen:
Mudhoney - Full Set, Live at Primavera Sound
at Free Music Archive 2012, on WFMU
NOTE: Once there, to download click on the arrow on the end of the orange streaming bar.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

DARE YOU TO USE A SHAGGS SONG


Oh, now everybody's got a Delta 5 song stuck in their head. Never thought I'd see the day. Apple has some post-punk person selecting the music for their commercials. Every once in a while something like this will happen, someone with unusual taste with get their favorite band in an ad, commercial, soundtrack or something else. I remember years ago when the Sears catalog still existed, it had the second New York Dolls LP as a prop on one of the stereos for sale. WTF? And about ten years ago there was a commercial with a Monks song as the soundtrack, a totally obscure choice for a national ad campaign (I seem to remember it was for a car).

So, how did Delta 5, a little known post-punk band from forty years ago, end up on an Apple commercial? I'm glad you asked that question. After some arduous research (seriously, typing three words into Google really takes it out of you), I found that Variety had already done the legwork.

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Listen:
Delta5 - Mind Your Own Business mp3
at Tumblr
Visit:
How Did ‘Mind Your Own Business,’ Delta 5’s 40-Year-Old Cult Hit, End Up in an Apple Ad?
at Variety

Saturday, June 12, 2021

GREAT MOMENTS IN STONER CINEMA

Another repost, for a good reason. I hung out with some friends today and for the first time in over a year actually shook hands and hugged. It's amazing what a difference that makes. Anyway, two of them couldn't remember if they'd ever seen Head, the film starring the Monkees. (A description is below.) So I thought I'd post it again so it would be easy to find. I checked the mp3 links and in doing so was reminded what great shit they had, never mind the fact that it's the Wrecking Crew actually playing. Theses songs (below) are just damn good songs. I gotta revisit their records one of these days. Here's the old post:

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



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

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


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

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

Friday, June 11, 2021

FROM THE "GET OFF MY LAWN" FILE


I mentioned a couple days ago that I'm reading Art and Laurie Pepper's The Straight Life. Without going too much into it, a word to Art Pepper fans thinking of reading it: Pepper at times could be a really fucked up human being, and an idiot. We are all human, but just so you know he doesn't gloss over the parts that don't make him look good. The idiot part is that he seemed to make the same mistakes over and over again, with dire results.

I just reached the part of the book where he's out of prison and auditioning for Buddy Rich's band and he's nervous. He'd heard that Rich is a hard guy to work for. I don't know how it turned out (that's still to be read), but I smell a conflict. Anyway, it reminded me of the Buddy Rich tirades I posted several years ago. This is what I said back then:

Here's some good ol' fashioned "fuck" laced tirades, old school style, wherein a member of the old guard, in this case Buddy Rich, berates his younger band. There's a lot of cussin' going on, heavy on the f-bombs. A random line: "You’re all up there, fuckin’ high school, bullshit jive artists." In the one tirade that I tried counting, I lost track at about twenty seven "fucks". Seriously, dude's on the front lines of the Fuck Liberation Army. When it all comes down to it, it's just a word. It should carry no more weight or stigma than the word "fornicate". But it does. And Buddy Rich knows this, as do other foot soldiers. Which is why the artful cusser uses it liberally for flavor. It's cheap ammo. Avoiding the cutesy "fuckin' fuck" and the conceding "fuck you" (which pretty much translates as "I got nothin'"), demonstrating a chef's deftness, seasoning to taste.

There's one of Rich's tirades below, just as a preview. You really should go to the hosting page, they have four in all, audio and transcribed text, so you can follow along in the muddy parts. Plus a comment from a former band member attesting to his nice guy side. "Big Swing Face" is down there because that title rules. It has a nice ring to it.

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Listen: 
Buddy Rich - Big Swing Face mp3 at NT Jazz
Visit:
Buddy Rich Audio Page
at Track Drummer
Four tapes, audio (streaming and downloads) and transcribed text.,

Thursday, June 10, 2021

NOW, ABOUT THAT BAND NAME


This'll clear out the ol' ear canals. The Cripples, Never heard of 'sm. Synth punk from the late nineties, says here. That's all I know so far. Some of it is hard, some gimmicky, but all are "ah, what the hell" enough. At least those I've listened to. There's twenty seven in all.

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Listen:
The Cripples - Crutch mp3
at Xtrmntr
The Cripples - Hell mp3
at Xtrmntr
The Cripples - The Day the World Turned Dayglo mp3
at Xtrmntr Cover
X Ray Spex - The Day the World Turned Dayglo mp3
at Tumblr Original
The Cripples - 24 more songs
at Xtrmntr
Video:
The Cripples on Rock! Rock! Rock!
at YouTube