Wednesday, April 26, 2017

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

Richard Berry
It may not be the go-to song that it once was, but there was a time when nearly every every band played "Louie Louie" at one time or another. Need to break in a new member that's not quite ready? Need one more song to pad your set? Need to give a nod to all the garage bands that came before you? "Louie Louie" is your song. As simple as a song gets.

There's a zillion covers. Here's two from opposite ends of the spectrum. The pallid and lethargic vocal stylings of the Sandpipers vs Black Flag's louder than necessary but it sure hits the spot version, plus Richard Berry's original. And just because I ran across it, a link to a copy of the FBI investigation of the song, its misinterpreted lyrics wrongly thought to be pornographic. Fake news.

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Listen:
The Sandpipers - Louie Louie mp3 at De Discos y Monstrous
Black Flag - Louie Louie mp3 at Secret Comics (?)
Richard Berry - Louie Louie mp3 at  Beware of the Blog
Visit:
The 1964 FBI Report on "Louie Louie" at FBI  119 pages
Louie Louie at Wikipedia

Monday, April 24, 2017

BECAUSE PAM GRIER IS PRETTIER

Somewhere in that salad bowl of Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Norman Whitfield, wah-wah pedals, strings, breaks, songs about pushers and pimps, movies about settling scores, Pam Grier, Richard Roundtree, and all of that, there is Willie Hutch. Even if this type of music isn't your bag, listen to them just to hear all the shit that's going on in them. These songs are packed.

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Listen:
Willie Hutch - Theme From Foxy Brown (streaming) at YouTube
Willie Hutch - I'm Gonna Hold On mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Willie Hutch - Give Me Some of That Good Old Love mp3
at ATumblr
Willie Hutch - Tell Me Why Has Our Love Turned Cold? mp3 at Crate Kings
Visit:
Willie Hutch
at Wikipedia

Saturday, April 22, 2017

QUESTION OF THE DAY

When I was in my teens, most of my good friends were made at the beach. I could share a class with a person, even become friends, but they would rarely become a good friend if there wasn't some sort of shared time at the beach. Among these guys were three brothers, all slightly younger than me. I would end up in a band with the middle brother, but it was short lived for me. I never made it to playing out with them. I had a habit of getting a little too lubricated before practices and the final straw, unbeknownst to me when it happened, was when the youngest brother, who was in his early teens at the time, came back to the garage and asked if he could sing a few songs. He was messing around, playing with other guys his age, and he was to be their singer. So, yeah, sure kid, "show us what you got", right? Let's try "Louie, Louie". Everybody knows that, backward and forward. Then he whipped out a spiral bound notebook in which he had transcribed lyrics. He was going cheat sheet. On "Louie, Louie". The horror. That's what my lubricated mind was telling me. I yanked the notebook out of his hand, through it against the wall and said something to the effect of "If you don't know the lyrics to 'Louie, Louie', make 'em up." I was never called for another practice. A few months later, I was relieved when I saw them playing at a party. I won't say they sucked. Let's just say that my idea of "ready" and theirs were different.



A few years passed and the youngest brother was still playing with the same gang. They were called the Monsters. I never bothered to see how they had developed, I was on to other things. By the time they secured a weekly gig at a local watering hole, I had been told that their gigs were a good time, so I decided to check them out. I wasn't expecting much, but I'd forgotten that they'd been playing together for several years. They had better chops, they had the confidence that comes with going through high school as the band that played at all the keg parties, and now they were of drinking age. On this particular night, they were well lubricated.



Among the Who, Kinks, surf and other cover band specials, they covered "Why Don't You Smile Now", a rather obscure choice. It's one of the first songs Lou Reed and John Cale wrote together, from the days when they were staff writers for Pickwick Records. The first recording of it was as a B-side by the All Night Workers (a band that included an ex-college roommate of Reed's). Sometime after that, the Downliners Sect covered it, and from that, somewhere around 1980, the Crawdaddys covered it. That's the version the Monsters probably picked up on, being that the Crawdaddys were a local band. The song's been covered by others as well, but I gotta say, all these years later, when I hear that song, any version of it, my memory is of the youngest brother singing that song, a drunk shitting eating grin on his face, with the looseness that only confidence, beer, and a "who gives a fuck" attitude can bring. I remember thinking on the way home, the kid did good.

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Listen:
The Downliners Sect - Why Don't You Smile Now mp3 at Internet Archive
The Crawdaddys - Why Don't You Smile Now
(streaming) at YouTube
The All Night Workers - Why Don't You Smile Now mp3
at Roio
Donnie Burkes - Why Don't You Smile Now
(streaming) at YouTube
Thee Headcoat Sect - Why Don't You Smile Now
(streaming) at YouTube

Thursday, April 20, 2017

FOUR TWENTY SOMEWHERE

Here's the oddest ballest slab of stoner rock you'll hear this week. Peruvians Los Comandos' cover of Zeppelin's "Moby Dick". It sounds like they were stoned when they did it, stoned when they first met and stoned throughout every practice and band meeting up until, and including, the day this was recorded. Wait for the drum solo. The guy sounds like he's going to fall asleep. Possibly the greatest stoner drum solo ever recorded.

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Listen

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

BLACK HOLE OF THE WEEK

Every once in a while I'll get in one of those moods when it all sounds good, all good music. Regardless of what type of music it is. It might be rockabilly one minute and afro-funk the next. It doesn't matter, it all sounds good. That type of mood lends itself to meandering. Usually it's a diversion of less than a half dozen songs, then back to what I was doing. No harm, no foul. But when that meandering lands me on a page as extensive as the Red Allen Index, I'm gone. I may not come up for air for a long while.

Read the intro on the home page to get the story about it. It's all soul and soul related genres, all the stuff Allen has posted on multiple sites over the past ten years, with audio. Deeper cuts, shit you probably haven't heard. The two below were my the first random selections. After that, it was all over. When you check his index pages, the links to the other pages of his index are at the bottom. Get lost.

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Listen:
The Ramrods - Soul Express - Part 1 mp3 at Soul Detective
The Tikis - I Was Doin' Alright mp3 at The B Side

Visit:
The Red Kelly Index

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"OUTTA MY WAY" SAID THE SAX

Owen Bradley Quintet. "Big Guitar" Right now that's I all know. They did at least one song, and I heard it for the first time a couple hours ago. And I listened to it a few more times. The sax, baby, the sax. I love songs that seem pedestrian until you listen to them a few times. Then they become weirder, or better, or more layered, or whatever; they change. If you're unfamiliar with the band, all the better. You can listen to the music, untainted by backstory.

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Listen:
Owen Bradley Quintet - Big Guitar mp3 at Mp3 Rockabilly

Saturday, April 15, 2017

SAME AS THE OLD BOSS

Well, oh well, lookie here. Another band reuniting. Fuck, this is getting old. I can't say I wouldn't do it, but it does sometimes reek of alternative motives. It could really be trying to pick up on unfinished business, "It felt like all the years just melted away" Really? Could happen, just as easy as it could be for the money or trying to reclaim some former glory. If it's for the latter you better make sure that you don't show up at the reunion looking like the out of shape burned out former football star. No one stays big man on campus forever.

I take reunions with a grain of salt, low expectations and all that jazz. So, no, I didn't run down the new Boss Hog LP. If it's good, it'll find me. I did go looking for a few samples of the new stuff, but I got totally sidetracked by a live set from 2008 and another live studio thing from last year. I'll move on to the new thing, most likely when it's no longer new.

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Listen:
Boss Hog - Hustler mp3
at Ten Bulls
Boss Hog - Jaguar mp3
at ATumblr (?)
Boss Hog - I'm Not Like Everybody Else mp3
at One Woman Show
Boss Hog - Live at WFMU at Internet Archive 12 songs 12/20/2008
Note:
In the right column at Internet Archive, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"
New stuff:
Boss Hog - Formula X
(streaming) at Soundcloud
Boss Hog - Wichita Grey
(streaming) at Soundcloud
Boss Hog - 17
(streaming) at Soundcloud
Boss Hog - Ground Control
(streaming) at Soundcloud
Video:
Boss Hog - Live on KEXP
at YouTube 4 songs, 2016

Thursday, April 13, 2017

I'M NOT LIKING THIS SHIT AT ALL

You can argue amongst yourselves about this one. I think we can all agree on the most basic level. When it gets to the point that people are getting blown up, whether it's one or a thousand, something is broken. Point your fingers all you want, you are not going to tell me that anyone blowing up anyone else is a good thing. It is awful, just about the worst thing done in the worst way, So, let's just back up and calm down. You, go over and sit on the lawn. You'll get your turn.

What scares me is that it's starting to remind me of some evil cocktail, the end of Dr Strangelove mixed with the Weirdo's "(We Got the) Neutron Bomb". Check the lyrics to the Weirdos song, released around 1978 (I think).:

"We got the neutron bomb, gonna drop it all over the place. You're gonna get it on your face. Foreign aid from the land of the free, but don't blame me.

We got the neutron bomb...Don't understand you, don't know what you mean. We don't want you, we want your machines. United Nations and NATO won't do, it's just the red, white and blue."



They had another song, "Fort USA" with the refrain "You're never going to blow away Fort USA!". Oh, and "I oppose gun control, I don't even like rock 'n' roll!" These punkers are a laugh riot.


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Listen:
The Weirdos - We Got the Neutron Bomb mp3 at Killed By Death Go there to get it
The Weirdos - Fort USA (streaming)
at YouTube
The Weirdos - Solitary Confinement mp3
at Killed By Death Go there to get it.
The Weirdos - Destroy All Music.mp3
at Killed By Death (Ditto)
The Weirdos - A Life Of Crime.mp3
at Killed By Death (Ditto)
The Weirdos - Why Do You Exist.mp3
at Killed By Death (Ditto)
Video:
The Weirdos - Life of Crime (Live)
at YouTube Los Angeles 1978
The Weirdos at the Dive (Live)
at YouTube Las Vegas 2014, a full set, 56 minutes

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

THE LP AS LEGACY

J. Geils died today and you may not give a shit. If you learned about the J. Geils Band from their MTV era hit "Centerfold" you probably think of them as a bland also-ran. I'm here to tell you that back in the day, they were contenders. Their first two albums, the self titled debut and The Morning After, were both worthy of attention; they had decidedly more grease in their game than their contemporaries, but nothing that would really grab you enough to bug out. Their reputation was really made by their live show. I remember my brother coming home after seeing them right around then, telling me that everyone was moving and sweat was flying. That's what impressed him. Then their third album came out, Full House, a live set that did...not...quit. From beginning to end it really did sound like everyone was moving and sweat was flying. I've listened to that LP consistently in the ensuing decades and it still ranks up there as one of my favorite live albums of all time.

Geils greased, second from right, High res version here,


If you don't know Full House, you may have dismissed the J. Geils Band long ago. I can't say I'd blame you. But in the interest of giving Geils his due, I consider it my duty to set the record straight for you late comers. Listen to Full House in its entirety and see if you don't come away with a different view of them. Blast it from beginning to end. It's all sprint.

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Listen:
J. Geils Band - Full House (Full LP) (streaming) at YouTube

Sunday, April 9, 2017

BLOW UP THE PERFECTO

Man, have I been out of the loop. Apparently all this soul music got released and nobody informed me. Soul Donuts posted a year end list a while back and I was cognizant of.maybe a half dozen of them. Here's four. There's a lot more over there with little blurbs about each one. An excellent post.

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Listen:
Shirley Davis and the Silverbacks - Black Rose mp3 at Soul Donuts
Lack of Afro feat. Elliot Cole - I Got the Rhythm mp3
at Soul Donuts
The Soul Snatchers - How Ya Do It mp3
at Soul Donuts
Nick Waterhouse -The Old Place mp3
at Soul Donuts
22 more
at Soul Dounts

Saturday, April 8, 2017

THE PARTY BAND

I ran into a Joe Cuba Sextet cut over at Soul Sides. You know that lead-in. Yeah, I ended up revisiting some of their other stuff. Those guys slay me. When they decide to go goofy, it's like some Latin version of Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts. I only have the "Bang Bang" LP, so my initial  exposure included "Bang, Bang" and "Push, Push, Push". You can guess what they're getting at with those titles. If not, check "Pud-Da-Din", which is about as subtle as a frat party band doing Donna Summers's "Love to Love You Baby".

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Listen:
Joe Cuba Sextet - Bang, Bang mp3 at LP Cover Lover

Joe Cuba Sextet - Push, Push, Push mp3 at Alejandro Borrero
Joe Cuba Sextet - Pud-Da-Din mp3 at Super Sonido
Joe Cuba Sextet - Ooh Ah! mp3 at Super Sonido
Joe Cuba Sextet - Una Nenita mp3 at Soul Sides Go there to get it.
Joe Cuba Sextet - You Better Believe It mp3 at Groove Addict
Joe Cuba - Around the World mp3 at Groove Addict

Thursday, April 6, 2017

RANDOM CLICK PAYDIRT

A couple hours ago I'd never heard of  Zara Moussa, so I can't fill you in on anything that you can't already find with a simple web search. She's a rapper from Niger, West Africa. The blog that has her music, Awesome Tapes From Africa, speculates that the language used is "zarma and maybe hausa?", and one commenter says that the lyrics are French. Whatever it is, I can't understand a lick of it;  other than the international language of badass. I'm a sucker for this shit.

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Listen:
Zara Moussa - Soyeya mp3 at Awesome Tapes From Africa
Zara Moussa - Femme mp3
at Awesome Tapes From Africa
Zara Moussa - 11 more songs
at Awesome Tapes From Africa Go there to get them

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

THE VERSATILE POST-SUBTLETY LADY ROCKER

Lest you think Sam Phillips was all Sun Records, country, blues and rockabilly, dig this one by Barbara Pittman. Though she's much better known for her big rockabilly side, "I Need A Man" (incidentally the only song I could think of off the top of my head), she veered. This one, "Handsome Man" is credited to "Barbara Pittman with Gene Lowery Singers", which should tell you something right there. It is not rockabilly, but some mix of torch singing, jazz and r&b. Still completely dig-able.

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Listen:
Barbara Pittman with Gene Lowery Singers - Handsome Man mp3 at Office Naps
Barbara Pittman - I Need A Man
(streaming) at YouTube

Sunday, April 2, 2017

DOWN WITH MATCHING TUXES

Fuck, the intro to "It's A Shame" sure does it's job. Once everything comes in and the vocals start, you're in it, deep. After listening to it a few times in a row, I went looking for whoever it was that produced this nice slice of layered seventies soul. Turns out Stevie Wonder produced it. 1970. Dude owned it.

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Listen:
The Spinners - It's A Shame mp3 at Inernet Archive

Saturday, April 1, 2017

STILL MADE THE ALMANAC

It's just insane how cheap rockabilly compilations have become. Actually, compilations of other types of old music too, but I bring up rockabilly because that's what I was listening to. It was Essential Rockabilly - The King Story, a budget compilation, two 2 CDs/40 songs for ten bucks. The thing smokes. And there's more in this rockabilly series, somewhere around ten or so, each for a different label, Columbia, Decca, RCA, Sun, and Imperial among them. Shit, add them to the list. I was listening to the King one, and "Guitar Playin' Fool" was blasting. It's a cool song, Teddy Humphries. I realized I didn't really know much about him, and I knew where to go, Rocky-52. Blow me down, I had no idea he was more of an r&b singer. That's cool. Even if "Guitar Pickin' Fool" was his lone rocker, it's rocker enough.

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Listen:
Teddy Humphries - Guitar Pickin' Fool mp3 at Rocky 52
Teddy Humphries - What Makes You So Tough mp3
at Rocky 52
Teddy Humphries - Firm Foundation mp3
at Rocky 52
Teddy Humphries - Theif In the Night mp3
at Rocky 52

Thursday, March 30, 2017

HERE'S A ROCK 'N' ROLL RECORD

If you've seen that record cover above, chances are you have the record. When was the last time you listened to it? I hadn't listened to mine in a while, but it's there all right, just sitting there waiting to be played, practically apologizing for leaning too heavily on covers, "but you like 'Teenage Head' right? Everybody likes that song." It's a great LP, really, a nice sturdy rock 'n' roll record.

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Listen:
The Flamin' Groovies - Teenage Head mp3 at Internet Archive NOTE: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"
The Flamin' Groovies -  Evil Hearted Ada mp3 at Internet Archive
The Flamin' Groovies - Walking the Dog mp3 at Internet Archive
The whole LP:
The Flamin; Groovies - Teenage Head (1971) at Internet Archive The original LP (nine songs), and seven bonus cuts.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

PLANO HAS A RIDDIM

The world needs 45s like this. The world needs to be reminded that there is something between the Shaggs and Tammy Wynette. There are a thousand styles and a thousand singers and a thousand levels of expertise. I like the Shaggs, or at least the idea that they existed, and I like Tammy Wynette. I think we can all agree that they are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of talent and polish, so there's plenty of room in there for varying degrees of the two. Imagine my delight when I hear a record that sounds like an untrained flat-sounding Tammy Wynette doing a song with lyrics right out of the Shaggs playbook. For whatever reason, the oddball-ness of this record reminded me. Reminded me of what, I've no clue. But it made me pause to relish it's earnest shittyness. As a bonus, an instrumental version of the song, of similar quality.

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Listen:
Ilene Rushing - Shake It Baby mp3 (via Box) at Dead Wax Once at Box look for blue "download" button to save. arrow to stream.
Richard Wolfe - Shake It Baby mp3
(via Box) at Dead Wax Ditto

Sunday, March 26, 2017

MEME, CIRCA 1970

A few days ago I had an earwig, a song I just could not get out of my damn head. It's one you've heard before, I guarantee it. One of those songs people hate, but is near impossible to get out of your head once you hear it. I won't subject you to the title, because that would just set things off. When I get a song in my head like that, if listening to other music doesn't work, I just start singing random lyrics that I know. That always results in some songs that I hadn't thought about in years, but I might know some of the words. This time it happened to be "Cracklin' Rosie" by Neil Diamond. Where the fuck that came from, I have no idea. It's a cool-era Neil Diamond song, around 1970, back when he had a bunch of Top 40 hits. On most of them he was backed by the Wrecking Crew. Classic AM radio.

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Listen:
Neil Diamond - Cracklin' Rosie mp3 at Cross Roads Duo (?)
Neil Diamond - Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon mp3 at Pensées en Images 
Neil Diamond - Holly Holy mp3 at Jon Grauer
Video:
Neil Diamond Parking Lot - Interviews with tailgating Neil Diamond fans at YouTube From the team that brought you Heavy Metal Parking Lot

Thursday, March 23, 2017

THE TRANSYLVANIA TWIST

It's not always about the sound of a particular song or the type of music that sucks you in. There are other factors you might take into consideration. When you're young you're often drawn to a band that looks cool, and wanting to seem as cool, you adopt their style as your own if only to have something rub off on you. Sometimes you're drawn to a particular band because you want to hang with the other people who follow them, what you perceive as a cool crowd. Sometimes you can't put your finger on why you are drawn to something.

In the case of Romanian singer Sandu Ciorba, the self anointed "King of Gipsy Music", I can tell you why I'm drawn to him. When I watch his videos I can't look away. As far as I can tell, Ciorba is a competent singer. I'm no Roma music expert, so I can't tell you if the music he makes is faithfully traditional or not. Because some of it has a beat similar to dance music, I would guess that he delves into updated Romanian jams. Actually, when I watch his videos, the music is almost secondary. I've sampled several, and from beginning to end every one is, well, total WTF. Not because there is anything alarming. It's just that they seem to have been made in a vacuum, without any awareness of more sophisticated videos or anything current, despite the fact that some of were made as late as 2015. This one was my introduction. After watching the whole thing, trying to make sense of it, I was sucked in.


It would be easy to make fun of Ciorba's videos. There is an abundance of women in short skirts and a handful of shirtless bruisers (that bring to mind Vladimir Putin in his vanity shots), and a lot of extras, dancing, flexing, shaking and gesturing this way or that. The dancing style is foreign to me, I'll leave it at that. Besides Ciorba and his cast of extras, another big star of some of the videos is the green screen, which seems to be the favorite tool of the director. That and the jagged editing. But, damn. Dude loves the green screen.

What of Ciorba himself? He has a bit of a gut, scraggly hair and in almost every video a wrinkled shirt that looks like it was pulled from the laundry pile, unbuttoned to mid-chest. He carries himself as if he was the Tom Jones of Romanian Gypsies. Who knows, he might be. Like I said, it might be tempting to make fun of his videos, but I prefer to look at them in a different way. Watch them and imagine that they came from a David Lynch film. David Lynch meets Benny Hill. Lettin' it fly. What I really dig about him, his videos, his cast of characters and the green screen is that they sucked me in with their undefinable weirdness. When that happens, I tip my hat, and I don't ask questions.

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Listen:
Sandu Ciorba - Pe Cimpoi mp3 at Internet Archive
Sandu Ciorba - Dalibomba mp3
at Internet Archive

Video:
Sandu Ciorba -  Lady at YouTube
Sandu Ciorba - Camau at YouTube
Sandu Ciorba - Istanbulu'
at YouTube Green screen gold
Sandu Ciorba - Mamaliga Cu Malai
at YouTube Jackpot!

NOTE: There are plenty more at YouTube, each one special in their own way.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

PRE-FLANNEL

Man. Look at those get-ups. Goofy hats, plaid pants, puffy sleeves, ascots. Epic fail. That's Creedence, then the Golliwogs, just a year prior to "Suzie Q". Yeesh. Here's one by the them in the earlier incarnation, and a great cover by the Nashville Ramblers. The latter, most badass.

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Listen:
The Golliwogs - Fragile Child mp3 at Internet Archive
The Nashville Ramblers - Fragile Child (streaming) at YouTube

Monday, March 20, 2017

PRE-FACE FEATHERS

Billy Gibbons wasn't always that goofy guy with a beard everyone knows from ZZ Top. Prior to goofy get-ups, ZZ Top was a straight forward blues rock band. Then came the eighties, and visual presentation became a bigger part of a bands image due to the advent of music videos. ZZ Top jumped all over that shit with a string of goofy videos and outfits that betrayed their somewhat humble roots. They went so far as to remix their seventies LPs to sound more eighties, which pretty much ruined them.

Before ZZ Top, guitarist Billy Gibbons was in the Moving Sidewalks, playing the same Texas teen scene circuit as the 13th Floor Elevators. While their records didn't take the world by storm, regionally they were a big deal. Then two members were drafted and that was that. The band broke up and Gibbons started ZZ Top.

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Listen:
The Moving Sidewalks - 99Th Floor mp3 at Internet Archive
The Moving Sidewalks - Need Me mp3
at Internet Archive
The Moving Sidewalks - Every Night A New Surprise mp3
at Soylent Cream

Saturday, March 18, 2017

TO SIR WITH LOVE

This one hurts. You may have heard that Chuck Berry died earlier today. Of all of the early first generation rockers, those there at the beginning who helped define the genre, he may very well be the most significant. His work certainly was. For starters, he wrote almost all of his own material, far more than his peers. Elvis? Get outta here. Gene Vincent? Uh, no. Little Richard? He wrote a lot, but not nearly as much as Berry. Jerry Lee Lewis wasn't close, and even as prolific as Bo Diddley he wasn't close either. No one was. It would be different if his songs weren't top notch, but the music was pure, unadulterated, un-hyphenated, rock 'n' roll, his lyrics pure poetry. His music was, for many, the template from which they worked. To put it simply, he was rock 'n' roll.



There were missteps along the way. You can't blame him for that shitty novelty song "My Ding-A-Ling" being his biggest hit, he didn't even write it, Dave Bartholomew did. I'm sure he would have rather had it been one of his own songs. And you can poo-poo many of the live dates that he did with pick up bands as being less than top notch. He would show up before gigs and expect bands to just follow his lead, without a set list or a sound check. Bruce Springsteen once described the prep he was given when his band was to back Berry. When he asked what songs they would be playing, Berry answered matter of factly "Chuck Berry songs". But even his practice of playing dates without a touring band was a matter of economics. There were lean years, particularly in the late sixties and early seventies. To wit, my cousin went to see him at a college located just a mile from where she lived. After the show she was thumbing home and a VW bug pulled over. The passenger door opened and there was Chuck Berry, driving. His guitar case was in the back seat. He traveled light.

A novelty hit and ill prepared back up bands are just minor blemishes. There were other more grievous offenses. In 1959 he was arrested for transporting an underage girl across state lines. He was 33 at the time. The biggest dog to get over though was an incident in 1990. He was raided and was popped for weed, but also having in his possession video tapes from a camera that was installed in the women's restroom of his restaurant. He claimed that the camera was there to try to catch a female employee who he thought was stealing from him. C'mon. Not even his best song could have me believing that story. That has always pissed me off. One thing that I just can't get past. So what are you gonna do? Can I still like his music? Well, I guess I can because I do, immensely.



A big part of the reason I love Chuck Berry's music is the effect it has had on my life, particularly in the boys room. Had my brothers and I not been fans of Chuck Berry as early as we had (our mid-teens), we might not have been the young music fiends that we were. And because that was the biggest thing that we shared, our brotherly dynamic may have been very different. I believe in the butterfly effect.

Here's a bunch of Berry related things. Let me say this, particularly to you younger folks. If you don't know anything about Chuck Berry, do some poking around. This is Rock 'n' Roll 101, you should know it. I'd start with a compilation, a more complete one. There are easily forty or fifty songs that should be considered essential. (A link to fifty is below.) Read his autobiography. It's out of print, but there are still copies easily found online. It's good, really good, worth seeking out. His writing (or dictation) in the long form is just as fluid, well constructed and descriptive as his songwriting. It was written in 1989, so the 1990 bust doesn't come up. In fact, forget I ever mentioned it.

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Update 3/25/17, first posthumous song released this week:
Chuck Berry - Big Boys (streaming) at YouTube
Listen:
Chuck Berry - Promised Land mp3
at Archive.org
Chuck Berry - Maybellene mp3
at Rocky 52
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode mp3
at Tune the Proletariat
Chuck Berry - Downbound Train mp3
at Clumsy and Shy
Chuck Berry - Roll Over Beethoven mp3
Thierry's Official Web Site
Chuck Berry - Memphis mp3
at Taking Over the Internet
Chuck Berry - Back In the USA mp3
at Riddell Family (?)
Chuck Berry - It's My Own Business mp3
at the Rising Storm
Chuck Berry - Duece mp3
at The Rising Storm
Instrumental mix:
Chuck Berry - A Berry Rainy Day mp3
at Basement Rug 30 minute mix, go there to get the song list.

The 50 song comp:
The Chuck Berry Collection at Internet Archive NOTE: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"
Video:
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode at YouTube From The TAMI Show
Chuck Berry - Roll Over Beethoven at YouTube
Chuck Berry and Keith Richards - Carol (rehearsal) at Vimeo From the film Hail, Hail Rock 'n' Roll
Chuck Berry and John Lennon - Johnny B Goode at YouTube Interesting juxtaposed with video below.
Chuck Berry and Julian Lennon - Johnny B Goode
at YouTube
Visit:

Chuck Berry Lives! at New Yorker
Chuck Berry Dies at 90; Helped Define Rock ’n’ Roll at NY Times
Chuck Berry
Official site

Chuck Berry at Wikipedia
Chuck Berry Song Listings at Songwriters Hall of Fame

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

THIS SONG STOLE MY NIGHT

Man, never heard this one before tonight and I can't stop listening to it. Irma Thomas at Fame Studio, Muscle Shoals, 1967. "Cheater Man", vintage soul from the sticks. 100% genuine American soul music. 

Groove Addict has another song and the whole LP in a zip, along with other posts with stuff by her from Stax and other studios. (See the links right under each of the posts.)

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Listen:
Irma Thomas - Cheater Man mp3 at Groove Addict
Irma Thomas - I Did My Part mp3 at Groove Addict

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

DANCE WITH THE DREAD THAT BROUGHT YOU

Back when I was twenty years old I knew very little about the different types of reggae. I knew I liked reggae, but I didn't have many friends who knew much about it, the internet didn't exist and there were few books on the subject in book stores or record stores other than Bab Marley bios, I had to go by gut instinct, what looked like it could be heavy, and the photo above of U Roy was all it took to take a chance on his Dread In A Babylon LP. I mean, look at it. "Three Little Birds" it ain't. That lead to road testing other reggae DJs, Two others among the earliest of my reggae albums were Big Youth's Hit the Road Jack LP, and Dr. Alimantado's Best Dressed Chicken in Town. I've been listening to all three for over half my life and they still never get old. Toe tippers start here.

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Listen:
U Roy - Dreadlocks Dread mp3 at Now That's What I Call Bullshit
Dr, Alimantado - I Killed the Barber mp3 at Now That's What I Call Bullshit
Big Youth - Hit the Road Jack mp3 at PashPash

Monday, March 13, 2017

WHY DON'T YOU SMILE NOW

Boone (detail) - Jean-Michel Basquiat
I heard Nat King Cole's "Mona Lisa" earlier tonight on the jazz station. It's not what I was expecting on a jazz station but it still stopped me dead in my tracks. Really beautiful, It's easy to see why my Mom was such a fan of his. The song is awesome for what it is, a vocal number. But I needed something to twitch to. So it was on to Carl Mann's version.

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Listen:
Nat King Cole - Mona Lisa mp3
at Internet Archive

Carl Mann - Mona Lisa mp3 at Rocky 52

Sunday, March 12, 2017

STRIKE TWO

You're in a punk band in Australia with an unusual name, one that will make you stand out. Unbeknownst to you, there is an American punk band at the same time with the same name, and they will become much better known than you and your mates. Several years later, the internet happens. Now people all over the world will know about your band. Oh shit. The name of your band is X. Welcome to Google hell.

The Australian X doesn't pop up online very often. I don't think I've ever seen anything of theirs posted anywhere but YouTube. Still In Rock, to their credit, just posted a couple songs of theirs, along with a heap of text, but it's in French so later with that.

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Listen:
X - I Don't Wanna Go Out mp3 at Still In Rock
X - Present mp3
at Still In Rock
X - X-Aspirations (Full Album)
(streaming) at YouTube

Thursday, March 9, 2017

RAMONES COVER DEPOT

You might not need a whole shitload of Ramones covers, I know I sure don't. But a handful of oddball Ramones covers is a worthy diversion, if only for mix meat. Here's a few that are by bands that you may or may not recognize and links to pages at Cover Me of covers of every Ramones song on their first five LPs, around sixty in all.

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Listen:
Flesh Eaters – I Don’t Wanna Go Down to the Basement mp3 at Cover Me
Shonen Knife – Pinhead mp3
at Cover Me
Ramonetures – I Wanna Be Well mp3 a
t Cover Me Davie Allan with the Phantom Surfers
Tom Waits – The Return of Jackie and Judy mp3
at Cover Me

Full album cover posts:
The Ramones - Covers at Cover Me
The Ramonse - Leave Home cov
ers at Cover Me
The Ramones - Rocket to Russia covers
at Cover Me
The Ramones - Road to Ruin covers
at Cover Me
The Ramones - End of the Century covers
at Cover Me

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

MITTY NIGHT

A cool image and two cool songs. Done. That's how lazy I am.

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Listen:
Mitty Collier - Little Miss Loneliness mp3 at Groove Addict
Mitty Collier - Ain't Than Love mp3 at Groove Addict

Monday, March 6, 2017

HIT RESET DAD!

An acquaintance of mine recently mentioned that she was going to buy the most recent Iggy Pop LP. Intrigued, I asked if she had any Iggy Pop stuff already. When she replied that she didn't, I advised her to start with something early, specifically Fun House, even more specifically, "L.A. Blues". It's the one song to start with. You can get one of the extremes out of the way right away. From there you can just leap frog forward depending on your tolerance. But "L.A. Blues" pretty much takes care of the primal whacked out shit end of things. In terms of cacophony, it is "Johnny B. Goode", like that last sinus blow out when you're getting over a head cold, what your arms feel like after an hour or so with a jack hammer, or what it feels like when a big wave closes out right in front of you and you're held under almost, but not quite, to the point of panic.

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Listen:

Sunday, March 5, 2017

HE JUST NEEDS TO TAKE IT

He sounds like Jackie Wilson, Ben E. King, Sam Cooke, and Ray Charles all rolled into one (yet he's white and he's British). He has a tight band, and now he's on Daptone. What does it take? If you're one of those people who wonders why James Hunter isn't better known, then you know he's been at it a while. His shit is perfectly good, so what's the deal?

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Listen:
The James Hunter Six - A Truer Heart mp3 at Soul Doughnuts
James Hunter - No Smoke Without Fire mp3
at ATumblr (?)
James Hunter - Carina mp3
at Caffeine Headache
James Hunter - Jaqueline mp3
at Bag of Songs
Video
The James Hunter Six - (Baby) Hold On (Live at WFUV)
at YouTube