Monday, August 22, 2016

WINNER OF TONIGHTS ROUND

Poor Throbbing Gristle. Ever time I get close to revisiting their stuff, something distracts me and they get put off, again and again. This time it was a Throbbing Gristle vs ESG mash up or something like that. It made me want to hear ESG by themselves, "Erase You" to be exact. I love that song. See you later Throbbing Gristle. Catch you on the flip flop.

Just for the heck of it, JJ Fad's "Supersonic" is down there. I love that song too. Big time. Listen to the whole thing, it builds.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
ESG - Erase You mp3 at ATumblr
JJ Fad - Supersonic mp3
at ATumblr The good stuff starts at :25
ESG - Moody mp3
at Loft and Lost
Throbbing Gristle United vs ESG Moody
(streaming) at Avant-Avant

Sunday, August 21, 2016

DUDE'S STILL CRUISING

A Quantic thing with Alice Russell and U Roy? Hell yeah, I'll bite. It's good to hear U Roy's voice, and to know that he's still active, though under-utilized on this cut, It's almost too chill. I started dozing off when I was listening to it. Really.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – A Life Worth Living mp3 at KEXP Featuring U Roy and Alice Russell

Saturday, August 20, 2016

EL PARCHE, EL BADASS

I went to a comedy thing last night, my sister competing against a handful of other comics in a competition where the best four move on to the next round. She made it to the next round, thank you very much, but not before some objectionable material was presented. Objectionable to me and about zero others in the room. It wasn't a particular word, or anything lewd or disgusting. That stuff doesn't offend me much. In her hilarious bit about taco shops, she mentioned that she could only tolerate the accordion in norteño music because it came with tacos attached. It didn't bother me that my sister has an aversion to norteño music. Like I said, it was likely just me that was bothered by the statement. What bothers me is that norteño music, including the variant Tex-Mex, is unappreciated in general by music lovers that consider themselves open to all sorts of other types of music. Why this is, I'm not certain. But I thought I might try to change my sister's mind, and perhaps others, by posting some stuff I liked. Flaco Jimenez was to be Exhibit A. To further my case, I went for a handy Exhibit B, and that's when the wheels came off. Fucking Esteban "Steve" Jordan. That guy was so damn nuts. It's not often that you think of Hendrix, Coltrane or even King Tubby, when you're thinking about the accordion, but, man, Jordan liked to fuck with things. He might not convince my sister to reevaluate norteño music, Tex-Mex or the accordion, but I think we can all appreciate his style; his, I don't know, undefinable weirdness. Surely my sister digs weird.

First thing you notice is his appearance. Is he an overly groomed ladies man, or will he rip your head off? I'm not going into that, I don't want to ruin it for anyone unfamiliar with him. He just looks like that. Before you start digging for his backstory, check these. "Las Coronelas" is a pretty straight up, with a couple tweaked parts. I could do without the chorus. It gets better. "Squeeze Box Man" is more my speed, accordion funk as far as I'm concerned. "Polkaplex" was written for his beloved Echoplex. Really. Ode to a tape delay. But wait, don't skip the videos. Start with the early one, "Ela Casabel". So fucking good. The cowbell, or whatever it is, is really prominent in the mix which kinda adds to it. Stick around for the flute solo by another member of the band. It smokes, even in that context. No, especially in that context. It's early Jordan too, but you can tell that he already knows he's badass. Next check "Fly Robin Fly". Dude goes effects crazy. Disco Tejano dub. Kraftwerk meets King Tubby in Texas. Something like that. "Clockwise" is insane. Stick around until at least :49 seconds into it. That's where he really takes off. If you have any doubts about whether this is jazz, replace the accordion with a sax. What didn't he do with that thing?

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
Esteban Jordan - Las Coronelas mp3
at Let's Polka
Esteban Jordan - Squeeze Box Man mp3
at Super Sonido
Esteban Jordan - You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling mp3 at To the Sublime
Esteban Jordan - Polkaplex (streaming) at YouTube
Video:
Esteban Jordan - El Casabel at YouTube From Austin City Limits
Esteban Jordon - Fly Robin Fly at YouTube
Esteban Jordan - Clockwise at YouTube

Thursday, August 18, 2016

THIRTEEN WOMEN AND THIS GUY

Back when we were kids, before our record buying started to eat up every cent of our paper route and lawn mowing money, my brothers and I listened to the radio, a lot. We listened to top forty like every other kid, but we also listened to the oldies station, back when there were oldies stations. They played early rock 'n' roll and soul, doo wop, shit like that. To this day I can't remember what drew us to oldies, but in the overall scheme of things, it was incredible fortuitous. We didn't have to figure out where "Johnny B. Goode" came from when we eventually heard a cover, we already knew. Ditto "Summertime Blues", "Whole Lotta Shakin'" and other early rockers. But why we listened, I'm not sure. We weren't discerning, that much I know. It might be the Coasters one minute, and then with a flip of the dial, Neil Diamond or Mountain. Jerry Reed's "Amos Moses" might as well have been "Tutti Frutti" for all we cared. We just ate it up, all of it.

When we finally did start buying records, we just bought anything and everything. Among my younger brother's early LP purchases, right about the time he bought Black Sabbath Vol 4, and Who's Next, were a couple two record sets of greatest hits, one of Bill Haley and his Comets, and one by Eddie Cochran. Not bad for a twelve year old. Having only heard "Summertime Blues" by Cochran, and "Rock Around the Clock" by Haley, there was a lot of unfamiliar rock 'n' roll to be heard, and it was. Over and over and over. Here are two that were in constant rotation in the boys room, particularly "Thirteen Women". Imagine wrapping your young brain around that.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
Eddie Cochran - Nervous Breakdown mp3 at Internet Archive
Bill Halley and His Comets - Thirteen Women mp3 at Internet Archive

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

ROLL IN IT

I'm not even going to mess around with this one, Let's just say that Groove Addict just fucking did it again. The singles discography of Blue Beat Records, from number 001 to 400. Yeah. That's a whole lot of ska. Here's just a few. If you dig ska, go there. I'll see you in a couple weeks. There's four posts, each with multiple zips averaging 25 cuts each, and a few mp3 samples thrown in. Let me know how far you get.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
Don Drummond - Ska Town mp3 at Groove Addict
Roland Alphonso - Jericho Chain mp3
at Groove Addict
Prince Buster - Dance Cleopatra mp3
at Groove Addict
The orgy:
Blue Beat Records Singles Discography 001-099
at Groove Addict
Blue Beat Records Singles Discography 100-199
at Groove Addict
Blue Beat Records Singles Discography 200-299
at Groove Addict
Blue Beat Records Singles Discography 300-425
at Groove Addict

Monday, August 15, 2016

LLOYD NOLEN? NEVER HEARD OF HIM.

Back in the good ol' days, you didn't sample stuff or copy riffs. You just stole whole songs and changed the lyrics. That's what it sounds like here, the Sonics' "Witch" being the later of the two 45s. I think they did a bang up job.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
Lloyd Nolen - Fun Fun mp3
at Diddy Wah
The Sonics - The Witch mp3 at Tinyvices

Saturday, August 13, 2016

NEVER MIND THE PROGENY

His music got me through a few tough nights when I was younger. Come to think of it, he may be the only singer I've ever listened to when I really was actually crying in my beer. Forlorn? Really want to sink into it? No one does the job like Hank Williams. This multi-talented son of a gun did the happy shit too. Cry in it, or spill it. Whatever.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
Hank Williams - Your Cheatin' Heart mp3 at Rocky 52
Hank Williams - Last Night I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep mp3
at The Look Back
Hank Williams - Hey Good Lookin' mp3
at Rocky 52
Hank Williams - Move It On Over mp3
at Rocky 52
Hank Williams - Kaw-Liga mp3
at Internet Archive

Friday, August 12, 2016

A SHITLOAD OF STUDIO ONE

Because I've posted Studio One stuff here about a thousand times, I haven't bothered to look for anything else for a while, not because there isn't a lot out there but because there's so much of it that you have to give it a rest at some point. Or not. Tonight I was in the mood, and I ran into a page with over a hundred Studio One cuts. If you're familiar with the label, you already know that a second wasted here reading any crap I'm writing is a second you could be spending listening to good music. You are excused.

If you aren't familiar with Studio One, get with it, man. Just consider them one of the most important reggae labels of all time and you're off to a good start. From the late fifties, through the seventies and beyond, from R & B, through ska, rocksteady, reggae, DJ stuff, and all sub-genres in between, label owner Coxsone Dodd churned out quality shit, and when he was done with that he churned out more quality shit. Studio One was like Jamaica's Stax, Motown, Chess or Sun. And there's a lot of it. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who's heard all of it. Although by now someone must have put together a complete Studio One discography, the last time I checked, not one person knew of all of Dodd's releases, not even Dodd himself when he was still alive.

Part 2 can be seen here.

The songs at Internet Archive are almost all early, some from vinyl copies with audible surface noise. If you're expecting some sanitized remastered stuff, you're in the wrong place. That's kind of missing the point. Jamaican studios were rather funky in comparison to the fancy shit in the states, and their record pressing operations were even funkier. I'll take a loss in fidelity any day if it reminds me of the less than perfect conditions that something was recorded in.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
Sound Dimension - Time Is Tight mp3 at Interne1 Archive
Roy Richards - Another Thing mp3 at Interne1 Archive
The Skatalites - Exodus mp3 at Internet Archive
Dennis Alcapone - Power Version mp3 at Internet Archive
Visit:
Reggae From Studio One at Internet Archive NOTE: Scroll down to where it says "Download options" below that click on "VBR MP3". 105 cuts.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

ALL TOGETHER NOW

I just read a really good couple of lines in a book. "Everyone talked loud, smoked and drank, and made outrageous claims about what might happen and what they might do. And somehow, through shitty jobs and asshole bosses, we found time to rehearse and places to perform those half baked songs." That's John Doe of X, talking about the late seventies punk scene in L.A. circa '77-'79, It sounds like the beginning of every scene ever, but there is a difference. The beginning of most early punk scenes were considerably more DIY than other scenes, both before and after. In an era when word of mouth literally meant word of mouth. Shows, parties, records stores, and fanzines. That was the internet.

Doe just put out a book, Under the Big Black Sun, written partly by him, with chapters by others who were around at that time, including Exene Cervenka, Chris D, Pleasant Gehman, Mike Watt, Dave Alvin, a couple Go-Gos, and others, It's a good read. Some of them can write, some can't, and a couple seem a little self-absorbed, but it's all held together in purpose. Thirty some odd years ago the purpose was getting heard, now it's making sure everyone knows how it happened. Two miles uphill in the snow, bitches.

Here's a link to the first X 45, an appearance on Letterman a couple years later, and a link to the page for the book. You can even get an audio book version, voiced by the contributors themselves. That'd be kind of novel. I don't know. It might be kind of wrong.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
X - We're Desperate mp3 at Killed By Death Go there to get it.
X - Adult Books mp3
at Killed By Death Ditto.
Video:
X - Breathless
at YouTube Song starts at 2:33. David Letterman 1983
The book:
Under the Big Black Sun

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

THE HIRED GUN

I'd heard it once and dug it, so I went back tonight to Anderson .Paak's "Come On" with the intention of listening to more of his stuff afterwards. You know, give the guy a fair shake. I got through less than a minute of it. There was a sample or something buried in the intro that sounded like Harvey Mandel's "Peruvian Flake". So of course I had to go check that one out again. It ended up a total Mandel detour. 

Mandel was a guitarist who had played with Charlie Musselwhite, John Mayall and Canned Heat before going off on his own. Though that would seem to indicate a blues style, but listen to "The Snake" and "Peruvian Flake" and try to describe his style. Other than saying it's highly technical, it's tough to peg.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
Anderson .Paak - Come On (streaming) at YouTube
Harvey Mandel - Peruvian Flake mp3 at DK Presents
Harvey Mandel - The Snake mp3
at DK Presents
Harvey Mandel - You Can't Tell Me
(streaming) at The Rising Storm
Charlie Musslewhite - Cha Cha the Blues mp3
at Groove Addict With Harvey Mandel and Barry Goldberg.

Monday, August 8, 2016

YACHT ROCK? YEAH, SURE.

This is just the type of stuff that you need to spice up that boring mix of yours, when the other stuff starts getting way too familiar. Or you can just heap them into that "I forgot how good this was" folder and forget about them for a while. Whatever, they sound good tonight. They've all been posted before. So what.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
The Jay Jays - Shake It Some More mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Flash and the Mephis Casuals - Uptight Tonight mp3 at Beware of the Blog
The Other Half - Mr. Pharmacist mp3
at Beware of the Blog
The Zakary Thaks - Bad Girl mp3
at Garage Rock Radio

Sunday, August 7, 2016

A COUPLE MORE STUDIO ONE ODDBALLS

This first one starts out sounding like another excellent Sound Dimension instrumental. Even if you've heard a lot of their stuff, do check this one. When Cedric IM Brooks's solo comes in, it becomes a whole different monster.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
Cedric IM Brooks and The Sound Dimension - Mun-Dun-Gu mp3 at Cocoringo's Circadian Sounds
Bunnie and Skitter - Lumumbo mp3
at Cocoringo's Circadian Sounds Go there to get it. Unrelated but equally cool.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

BOSTIC BINGE

The local jazz station recently changed their line-up and came close to fucking things up entirely. Gone was my favorite show, Jazz West Coast, and gone were the late night jazz freak out shows. One plus is that they now have a three hour show, Saturday Night Fish Fry, that's all vintage R & B, forties and fifties. Yeah baby, the good shit, just before rock 'n' roll was hatched. Maybe it's just me, but there's nothing quite like walking around your neighborhood listening to Big Mama Thornton, or Jackie Brenston on a tinny transistor radio. Knowing that you can do it for three hours every Saturday night is worth planning things around. Or not. Since it's on broadcast radio, anyone in my neck of the woods can listen to it anywhere as long as they have access to an FM radio. (Anyone not in the vicinity of San Diego can listen to it streaming online, but that isn't quite as cool.)

Tonight, because he was the featured artist, they played a ton of Earl Bostic. You know him; you should at least know "Harlem Nocturne". Great as that song is, he's got a whole lot more. When the show was done, I wasn't. I was just getting started, so I went looking. Bam! Right out of the gate, 140 songs at Internet Archive



Bostic was no slouch. This is what Art Blakey had to say about him "Nobody knew more about the saxophone than Bostic. I mean technically, and that includes Bird [Charlie Parker]. Bostic could take any make of saxophone and tell you its faults and its best points. Working with Earl Bostic is like attending a university of the saxophone." And Blakey should know.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
Earl Bostic - Harlem Nocturne mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Earl Bostic - Rockin' and Reelin' mp3 at Internet Archive
Earl Bostic - Jungle Drums mp3 at Internet Archive
The whole shooting match:
Earl Bostic - 140 songs at Internet Archive  NOTE: At Internet Archive scroll down to "Download Options" in the right hand column. Click on "VBR MP3" for individual mp3s.
Visit:
Earl Bostic at Wikipedia

Friday, August 5, 2016

QUESTION, FOR PAT AND DAN

I don't think they suck. Maybe there is, deep down, still something redeeming about them. They might not be my bag, not anymore, but after a debut album as good as theirs was, you know they knew how to do it at one time. As things happen, budgets get bigger, aspirations higher, and music further and further away from the struggle. It's just a matter how much it's resisted or embraced. That's what determines how fast it happens.

Never has my interest spiked as high, and waned so fast as it did with the Black Keys. I loved their first LP, and I still do. But I haven't bought anything past their second album, because what I liked about them was all but gone by their third. Check these, all from their their first.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
The Black Keys - Heavy Soul mp3
at SB Dave
The Black Keys - She Said, She Said mp3
at Hear Ya Beatles cover.
The Black Keys - Brooklyn Bound mp3
at Hey Lisa
The Black Keys - I'll Be Your Man mp3
at Susie Bright

Thursday, August 4, 2016

BLAME IT ON RIO

I had been planning on doing one good Brazilian music post before the Olympics started. All of a sudden it's "Holy shit, the Olympics are starting tomorrow", so there goes that plan right out the window. I'm just too lazy tonight. It's kind of editing by procrastination. You put it off until it's do or die, and then you realize it's just a fucking blog.

So here's a few last Brazilian music things to keep you busy.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~ 
Listen:
Gal Costa - Vou Recomecar mp3
at Super Sonido
Gal Costa - Relance mp3
at Super Sonido
Gal Costa - Acauã mp3
at Super Sonido Wait for the freakout.
Gal Costa - Pontos de Luz mp3
at Super Sonido
Gal Costa & Gilberto Gil - Sebastiania mp3
at Super Sonido Freakout endings seem to be a trend.
Gal Costa -10 more cuts, 15 in all and great copy
at Super Sonido
Jorge Ben - Mais Que Nada mp3 ('65)
at Guizzz Orleans
Jorge Ben - Lalari-Olala ('65) mp3 at Guizzz Orleans

Mixes:
Clifton’s Corner: Volume 20 – Brazilian Favorites
at Aquarium Drnnkard 10 songs
España Hits No 1: Spanish Bossa
at Estudio el Sonido Esnob
Video:
Brazil - The Tropicalist Revolution Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6
at YouTube
Tropicalia Collection
at Network Awesome
Visit: 

Troplicália
at Wikipedia
The Best Troplicália Albums
at Sounds and Colors

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

BOSS RECORD POSTED ELSEWHERE

Before Del Fi Records was bought out by Warners in 2003, this thing used to be everywhere. Maybe not everywhere, but Tower Records always had it. It was one of those "It's always here, I'll get it some other time" records. And if I remember correctly it was cheap. I always put it off. Now it's out of print, or at least I think it is. Good news: Surfadelic just posted it, bless their reverb drenched souls. Click on the three red asterisks at the bottom of the song list, or if you don't give a shit about liner notes, take a short cut. Go ahead, walk around like that.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
KFWB’s Battle Of The Surfing Bands (via Zippyshare) at Surfadelic LP download, twelve songs in a zip and a handful of samples streaming. Dave Myers and the Surf Tones, the Lively Ones, the Sentinals, the Rhythm Kings (!) and others. NOTE: Once at Zippyshare, click on the orange "Download Now" button.

Monday, August 1, 2016

FILLIN' IN THE BLANKS

I don't know if this guy is clueless, though I doubt it. Maybe he's trying to be Mr. Deep Cut, or maybe he's just trying to piss me off. A collection, "imaginary compilation" if you will, of the Faces. Some interesting choices, with one big fat glaring omission. It doesn't include "Stay With Me". Maybe he thinks everybody's heard it enough. I haven't.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
The Faces - Stay With Me mp3
at Juke Box Junior
The Faces - An Imaginary Compilation Album at Vinyl Villain Ten songs
Video:
The Faces - Stay With Me at YouTube
The Faces - BBC Crown Jewels (complete set) at YouTube 43 minutes

Sunday, July 31, 2016

BRAZIL NUTS? I DON'T GET IT.

Holy shit, the Summer Olympics start in less than a week. I better step it up with the Brazilian shit. You've but a few days to brainwash yourself. Here's a good start. Os Mutanes. If you already know them, there's some live stuff and rehearsal takes below that you might not have heard. If you haven't heard them, time's a wastin'. Drill them into your skull before all hell breaks loose in Rio.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
Os Mutantes - Dom Quixotet mp3 at Internet Archive
Os Mutantes - Ando Meio Desligado
at Avant Avant Go there to get it
Os Mutantes - Fuga Nº2 Dos Mutantes mp3
at Avant Avant Ditto.
Os Mutantes - Adeus Maria Fulo mp3
at 20 Jazz Funk Greats
Big ol' bonus:
NOTE:
When you click on the Big O link, a thing will pop up from Cloudfare, it's just checking that you aren't some mp3 stealing bot.
Os Mutantes- Seattle 2009 / Brazill 1970
at Big O 10 live tracks from 2009 and 6 rehearsal takes from 1970

Saturday, July 30, 2016

FUNK ROCK STARTED SOMEWHERE

This could be good. Unreleased early stuff by Betty Davis, recorded in 1968-69, with Mitch Mitchell on drums, guitarist John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock on keyboards, Wayne Shorter on sax, and organist Larry Young. The three songs I've heard are telling, not quite as hard as the stuff she did just a couple years later, but you can hear it coming.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
Betty Davis - Down Home Girl mp3
at Aquarium Drunkard Go there to get it.
Betty Davis - Hangin' Out
(streaming) at F Yeah Black Rock Music
Betty Davis - Polititian Man
(sample, streaming) at Sound Shelter
Earlier:
Betty Mabry - Get Ready for Betty
(streaming) at YouTube
Later:
Betty Davis - He Was a Big Freak mp3
at Surreptitious Music
Betty Davis - Anti-Love Song mp3
at The Frump
Visit:
Betty Davis - Interview on The Sound of Young America
at Maximum Fun
Podcast:
Behind The Black Power Goddess: Betty Davis' Early Demos Released
at NPR
Video teaser:
Betty Davis - The Columbia Years 1968-69 at YouTube

Friday, July 29, 2016

COMMENCE GOOFING OFF

I've no clue what you listen to while you get stuff done or why. I try not to think too much about what I listen to on those occasions. I don't want those associations to stick. I can tell you what I won't play while I get shit done. The Cramps, Pussy Galore or Gun Club. They're reserved for leisure. Nights that I know full well shit ain't getting done. Do the dishes later. Let's Party.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
The Cramps - Live at CBGB Jan 19, 1978 at Internet Archive
Go there for the set list.
Pussy Galore - Renegade at Recidivism Go there to get it. Scroll down a bit, it's there.
Pussy Galore  - Exile on Main St. at Xtrmntr A cover of the whole LP. I've seen it referred to as a train wreck, and that's about as accurate as it gets. Any band that audacious was someone to watch.
Gun Club - Fire of Love (LP) (streaming) at YouTube You can find lots of live videos at YouTube, but if you haven't heard them, start with this, their first LP.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

SUN #298, ANOTHER ROCKER ON THE BOOKS

Another Sun artist that left and was tamed by the biz. Ray Smith, whose "Right Behind You Baby" packs a wallop, first recorded at Sun, and then went through a succession of labels. I've only hear two non-Sun sides and they're okay, but nothing like "Right Behind You Baby". A cursory listen detects early symptoms of the dreaded Johnny Burnette "Only Sixteen" disease.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
Ray Smith - Right Behind You Baby mp3 at Rocky 52 Sun, 1958
Ray Smith - That's All Right mp3 at Rocky 52 Judd, 1959
Ray Smith - Rockin' Little Angel mp3 at Rocky 52 Judd 1959
Visit:
Rocky 52 Click on "Discography" and kiss your night goodbye.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

WHERE THE HELL DID THIS COME FROM?

From out of nowhere, this one. Illinois Jacquet. Who the hell is he? All I know is after hearing his "Bonita", the rest of the night is his. It's got this very late night sounding stoney vibe to it. The after hours wind down. Dig it. The whole LP is there too, at Groove Addict, and it's really good, When was the last time you listened to an LP by a bassoon player? Before you dismiss it, check the cover above. Kenny Burrell's on it and I think I remember that he's supposed to be something special. The credits say that it was recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's. You jazz freaks should know who he is. Note: If you're going for the whole LP, beware. Watch out for pop-ups and deceiving buttons. When Adfly pops up, don't click on anything. Wait about five seconds and a button will appear in the top right corner that says "Skip ad". Click on that. If you run into unfamiliar territory, caution is advised. Virus protection on stun.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
The whole LP:
Illinois Jacquet with Kenny Burrell - The Message (zip) at Groove Addict 7 songs in a zip. Beware of the pop-ups and fake buttons,

Monday, July 25, 2016

THE IMPOSSIBLE COVER

Jeez, has anyone ever covered the Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner" and even come close to the feel of the original? I've yet to hear a really good one. Joan Jett got the song on national TV, bless her heart, but even her version might have been better left undone. Yo la Tengo's version has a nice guitar freakout, but the rest is pretty bland as far as covers go. How hard can it be? It's a simple song. Just turn it up and go at it! And don't let John Lydon get anywhere near you.


He's had sufficient time to learn this one.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
The Modern Lovers - Roadrunner mp3 at Waking Up To
Yo la Tengo - Roadrunner (streaming) at YouTube
Video:
Joan Jett - Roadrunner at YouTube Live on Letterman
Visit:
Past Modern Lovers posts Scroll down the page, a lot of good stuff.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

DUDE...SHOES.

Astrud and João Gilberto
You'll have to excuse me. After day at the beach, with trunks still well, sunburned and salty, I had to cool off. I had little choice. It was time for some bossa nova. Yeah, laid back. Sue me. I've been meaning to post some Brazilian stuff anyway, ahead of the Summer Olympics, because there might be all sorts of side stories there and they may taint your associations with Brazilian music (that is, if you haven't heard much). At the very least there's the Zika virus, which is tragic no matter how you look at it. Then there's that "Welcome to Hell" thing. Yeesh. You never know though, things could go well.

If you've heard one bossa nova song, chances are it's "The Girl From Ipanema", most likely the English version, sung by Astrud Gilberto and backed by João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Stan Getz. It's like the "Johnny B, Goode" of bossa nova (although that reference may be lost on you younger folk). The story goes that in the midst of a recording session for the Getz/Gilberto LP, which included the Portuguese version sung by Antonio Carlos Jobim, someone had the big idea to record a version sung in English. Gilberto's wife Astrud, an untrained singer, was chosen to sing because she was the only Brazilian in the studio that spoke English well enough to wing it.


Here's that song, and a few Astrud Gilberto oddballs, if only because she managed to milk a career out of a chance opportunity. Then there's a link to a post that includes, what the author claims are, the eleven best bossa nova songs, past and present. I'm in no position to argue. If you're still not fully chillin', there's another link to a 46 song compilation Blue Note Plays Bossa Nova, featuring jazz artists on the Blue Note label, which means most aren't Brazilian but, hell, I ran across it so I'm not going to let the link go to waste.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
Stan Getz and João Gilberto with Antonio Carlos Jobim and Astrud Gilberto - The Girl From Ipanema mp3 at Caipirinha Lounge
Walter Wanderley Trio with Astrud Gilberto - It's A Lovely Day Today mp3
at Art Decade Bossa nova with organ, you don't hear that everyday.
Thievery Corporation with Astrud Gilberto - Light My Fire mp3
at Spacepack Not bossa nova, but interesting pairing
Elis Regina - Águas de Março mp3 at Caipirinha Lounge Because the author claims it is the number one of all time, the best version of "the perfect bossa nova". Sounds good to me. Awesome in fact.
Visit:
Top 11 Bossa Nova Songs, Past & Present
at Caipirinha Lounge
Blue Note Plays Bossa Nova
at Internet Archive Note: Scroll down until you see VBR MP3 iunder "Download options" in the right column. Click on that.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

WOW, LOOK AT MR. SPIT SHINE

I hadn't looked for Captain Beefheart stuff that I hadn't heard in a while. So when I ran into a 1974 live radio broadcast (at Big O), I went looking for more. I found enough that it'll take a while to digest it all, so here's just a brief rundown. Note before clicking the live thing is at Big O: A thing will pop up from Cloudfare, it's just checking that you aren't some mp3 stealing bot. The live thing is from 1974, right after the Magic Band walked, so it was recorded with a new band. It's kind of an odd mix of some jam band and no wave tweaks, with a pissed off Howlin' Wolf jabbering all over it. 

The thing at Vinyl Villan is good. An imagined Beefheart compilation by someone way more into him than I am. It's a nice cross section. The cover of "Evil" down there is live, from 1966, and kicks beaucoup ass.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
Captain Beefheart - Evil mp3 at Cover Me
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band - Where There's Woman mp3 at Avant Avant
Captain Beefheart - An Imaginary Compilation at Vinyl Villain Ten songs, good reading.
Captain Beefheart - Live, Kansas City MO, 1974 at Big O/Roio Twelve individual songs.

Friday, July 22, 2016

I HATE TRAFFIC JAMS

Well, oh well, Comic-Con is in town this week. My bet is that a few of you have heard of it. It started out as a small get together for comic book collectors and creators. That was a few decades ago. It's now grown to this massive pop culture/sci-fi/geek orgy, three (or is it four?) days of all sorts of left field gluttony. It's the biggest convention that comes to San Diego, and I think it's the biggest comic related convention anywhere. It's a big deal for some, and if you live here, a giant pain in the ass. Because it brings in so much tourism related revenue, the city leaders lay down for it.



I went to it only once, a very early Comic-Con, then held in the basement of a hotel, but I only had a passing interest in comics. The reason why I went was because, for whatever reason, the Deadbeats were playing. I have no clue why they were booked, there was no comic connection whatsoever, and they were practically unknown in these parts. They were a L.A. punk band that had a record on Dangerhouse and played occasionally in L.A., but weren't really well known outside of California. Even in Southern California, they had a second tier status in terms of name recognition, for a few reasons. They were weird, didn't really subscribe to any sort of punk rock mode of fashion or sound, they had a sax player in their ranks, as well as a young drummer who's chops were pretty advanced (I think I remember that his dad was a jazz musician). The only members that were omnipresent in the L.A. scene (as most band members were back then) were the sax player, Pat Delaney, and the guitarist, Geza X, at least that's how it seemed. A reunion gig in 2014 (top photo above) also had ex-Screamer Paul Roessler on keyboards. I had the record, and I'd never had an opportunity to seen them, so off to whatever a comic convention is.



The show was in a small room and the crowd was pretty thin, mostly local scenesters, and the scene back then was really, really small. There might have been fifty to a hundred people, and that's if you include the Deadbeats entourage. Among the L.A. people was Brendan Mullen, proprietor of L.A.'s Masque. (He was wearing a hand drawn badge that I had made a week earlier for a friend who was in a local band. How he ended up with it, I don't know.) The show was short, but memorable enough that some friends and I put on a show not long after (flyer above) that included the Deadbeats, the Zeros, and the Young Americans (the latter, an out there band that included Ferrara Brain Pan, then Steve Hitchcock, a criminally overlooked influence on the early San Diego scene). That's a pretty tight bill in itself, though that show is probably better known in some circles as the debut live performance of Non. That's a whole other story.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
The Deadbeats – Kill The Hippies E.P. at Killed By Death Four songs, individual mp3s

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

PADDLE OUT? YEAH, SURE, ALL I EVER DO.

This one's bugging me. "Our Favorite Martian", by Bobby Fuller and the Fanatics, a surf song I've heard a million times, but either I'm like one of you liner note slackers, or I've heard it a million times under a different title by another band and I can't remember who in the hell it was. That still makes me a liner note slacker. The shame. If another version pops into your memory, fill me in. Like I said, it's buggin'. Do check that photo above. It just screams surf, doesn't it?

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
Bobby Fuller and the Fanatics - Our Favorite Martian mp3 at Rocky 52
Related: 
Bobby Fuller - Earlier post with way more stuff
Past surf posts and there's been several.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

THE DRILLING IT INTO THICK SKULLS DEPT.

How badass is Larry Williams? If you've heard of him, you likely know. (He's been here before, several times.) If you haven't heard of him, I'll bite my tongue. His songs have been covered by the Beatles, the Stones, the Who and Led Zeppelin. And Little Richard. And a thousand others, but you get the idea. If that doesn't make you want to check him out, then adding that his seminal recordings were on Specialty probably won't mean a thing, or that he did some damn good semi-Northern soul sides with Johnny Guitar Watson in the second half of the sixties. No, you'll just keep walking around like that.

The always peckin' Boogaloo Time just did a Larry Williams post with eight songs, including three the Beatles covered. There's a few others down there too because it's a link dump kinda night.

~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~
Listen:
Larry Williams - She Said Yeah mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Larry Williams - Short Fat Annie mp3
at The New LoFi
Larry Williams - Eight songs at Boogaloo Time
With Johnny Guitar Watson:
The Larry Williams Show (with Johnny Watson) - Two mp3s and LP
at Groove Addict
Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Larry Williams - The Best of the Okeh Years - Four mp3s and an LP
at Groove Addict
Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Larry Williams - Two For the Price of One - One mp3 and an LP
at Groove Addict
Pin up:
High resolution version of above photo
at Ace Records