Friday, February 17, 2017

WAITING FOR THE ICE CREAM MAN

Calm down. It's fake.
I haven't run into this one for a long while. Forgive me if you've heard it, this is for those who haven't. Yo, pimply faced freshmen, I'm assuming you know the Archies' "Sugar Sugar", and you are aware of the Velvet Underground. If not, go to Wikipedia and/or YouTube. We won't hold your hands here. If you do know them and realize how diametrically opposed they are, you'll probably find this interesting. It's a mash up by Mark Vidler (who if I remember correctly went by Go Home Productions). "Velvet Sugar" mixes the vocals from "Sugar Sugar" and the music of the Velvet Underground. It's much more effective than it sounds. He did some other good ones, one favorite was Sex Pistols vs Madonna, "Ray of Gob".

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Listen:
Mark Vidler - Velvet Sugar mp3 at Internet Archive
Mark Vidler - Ray of Gob mp3 at Internet Archive
Mark Vidler - This Was Pop 2002 - 2007
at Internet Archive 18 more mash-ups. NOTE: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Thursday, February 16, 2017

HEAVY METAL

If you dig steel drums, you know how rare it is to hear anything with steel drums that isn't poorly recorded, lethargic or some shitty schlock, Tommy Bahama, old guys rule, ugly American, umbrella in your pinapple drink, parrot head cruise ship muzak. So this one, a cover of 50 Cent's "P.I.M.P,", kicks ass in comparison. This is one fucking cool song. I'm gonna have to buy the album.

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Listen:
Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band - P.I.M.P. mp3 at Soul Donuts

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

FEET OFF THE COUCH

Jerry McCain recorded some demos in a living room in 1955. They got him signed, and he began a long recording career. The demos languished somewhere, were found and then released many years later. Then some guy posted them on his blog in 2006, and I just ran into them tonight. And now I'm telling you about them. That about catches us up. Because, you will ask, "Where have these been all my life?" I'm just giving you the answer in advance.

You might not. You will either eat these up, or not get it at all. I'm not even going to set them up by describing them musically. You'll know.

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Listen:
Jerry McCain - My Next Door Neighbor mp3 at Dinosaur Gardens

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

HELL YEAH

If you dig soul funk and don't already have What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (1967-1977), you really need to check it out. It's a boxed set (four CDs I think), with some familiar names, some that you second tier types know, and a whole lotta of obscure on-offs. I've been messing with it for the past couple days. Here's a few samples and a link to whole thing. You can listen to in streaming or, you know.

I do need to insist that you listen to the alternate mix of Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady". Listen to all the shit that's going on, it's just insane, And her voice, total goosebumps. The drums, the background singers, the horns. It is high art. 

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Listen:
Don Covay - Sookie Sookie mp3 at Internet Archive
Lulu - Feelin' Alright mp3
at Internet Archive
Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady (alt mix) mp3
at Internet Archive
The whole thing:
What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (1967-1977)
at Internet Archive NOTE: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Sunday, February 12, 2017

JACK ON FIRE

These are cool, four early Jack Nitzsche instrumentals. "The Lonely Surfer" I've heard a million times, but the other three I hadn't heard until a couple days ago. Imagine the Wrecking Crew doing surf music, because that's what it is. It doesn't sound like surf music because they're the fucking Wrecking Crew. They gotta do everything perfect, and big. We could go on like this all night. One of the songs, "Baja", is just the missing link I'd been hoping to find. It's a cover of a surf instrumental by the Astronauts, from Colorado of all places (everybody was getting in on the  action). Nitzsche goes big on that one, and it's great to hear juxtaposed with the original. Still, look at that photo. Dude looks like a walking time bomb.

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Listen:
Jack Nitzsche - The Lonely Surfer mp3 at Internet Archive
Jack Nitzsche - Baja mp3
at Internet Archive
The Astronauts - Baja mp3
at California Girls (?)
Jack Nitzsche - Old Town mp3
at Internet Archive
Jack Nitzsche - Puerto Vallarta mp3
at Internet Archive

Saturday, February 11, 2017

CHIN MUSIC

A couple days ago Lady Spinsta hepped me to Eli "Paperboy" Reed's podcast (or radio show, or whatever the hell it is), so that's where my computer dial has been set the last couple days. "We Got More Soul" is, as you'd guess, more soul, almost all of it obscure, with some R&B, gospel and funk. Not all that surprising given that Reed is a record collector and a shouter of some merit himself. I gotta say, dude's got taste. Here's some of his stuff and a link to whatever the hell it is you call them.

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Listen:
Eli "Paperboy" Reed - Ace of Spades mp3 at Ryan's Smashing Life Motorhead cover!
Eli "Paperboy" Reed - Doin' the Boom Boom mp3
at Leave You Wanting Less
Eli "Paperboy" Reed - It's Easier mp3
at The B Side
Eli "Paperboy" Reed - The Satisfier mp3
at Leave You Wanting Less
The show:
We Got More Soul - Past shows
at Mixcloud

Friday, February 10, 2017

WHILE ROD'S TAKING A PISS

Always liked this one, it sounds like the Faces trying their damnedest to do their version of a Booker T and the MGs groove without shaking a speck of what made the Faces the Faces. When Wood's guitar comes in you know it ain't going nowhere near McLemore Avenue.

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Listen:
The Faces - Fly In the Ointment mp3
at Internet Archive

Thursday, February 9, 2017

WHAT ARE YOU? A MAP?

Here's Mickey Baker again, this time acoustic, with Memphis Slim. There are things that I could nitpick about in "Mississippi Water", but the opportunity to hear just the two of them together (no bass, no drums) makes me forget all about nitpicking. This comes from a collection of Memphis Slim's stuff, (including songs with Peter Green, Freddy King, Roosevelt Sykes, Charlie McCoy, and Buddy Guy) that can be found here.

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Listen:
Memphis Slim and Mickey Baker - Mississippi Water mp3 at Internet Archive
Much more
Memphis Slim - Paris Mississippi Blues (30 songs) at Internet Archive
NOTE: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

NOT A TERRORIST

It's been a couple weeks since the asshat in chief did his little ban thing. What a complete idiot. Sorry, I got nothn'. Know this our international friends, we're as astonished as you are that such an ill-minded impossibly bad bullshiter could end up fronting any country, let alone our own. I may only speak for one, but I will speak loudly and often. He is not my president.

When said asshat attempted to roll out his seven country travel ban, I headed to Radio Diffusion International to revisit music that they've posted from the Middle East. I'm not exactly sure what I was hoping to accomplish by doing that, but I am exactly sure that there's whacked out shit everywhere. Do you really think that the United States is the only country that can produce someone like Hasil Adkins? The Shaggs? Beefheart? There are musical outliers everywhere.

Not all of the music I sampled was whacked out. Some was derivative of Western music, some were quality ethnic jams, but it was pert' near all listenable, and it was refreshing, in some odd way, to get out of the box. So, here's a look at just a few of them. These aren't intended to be representative, they're totally random picks, except for Assa's Khoury. You'll see why when you get to him.

Libya: Nasser Mizdawi and his Guitar. "Two Months" is like a less dynamic "Goldfinger" with faint Middle Eastern overtones. Mizdawi is no Nokie Edwards, but I suppose he gets the job done. Nice brass, but this sucker could definitely use more oomph.

Iraq: Munir Bachir. "Alouspour Ettaïr" He's an old fashioned country picker, if the country is Iraq. Chet Atkins after doing a U-Roy on a hookah.

Iran: Black Cats. "Marcella" What the hell? Behind that murky production is a capable James Brown take. Well I'll be dipped in shit.

Syria: Assa’d Khoury with his Oriental Electronic Organ and Band. This is the big daddy today. You're already hooked with just the name of the band. Dig the name of the LP, Electronic Touch Belly Dance. I know. huh?. The sample delivers. "Al Ghaba" is pure whacked out gold. He's like Syria's version of our old friend Luie Luie (not the song, this guy). Musical crackpots, I guess, know no borders.

These are just four songs from four countries, Radio Diffusion has a shitload more, from all over the place not just the Middle East. What are you doing right now anyway? As long as you're online, you might as well sit on your ass and travel. Go there.

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Listen:
Nasser Mizdawi and his Guitar - Two Months mp3 at Radio Diffusion Libya
Munir Bachir - Alouspour Ettaïr mp3
at Radio Diffusion Iraq
Black Cats - Marcella mp3
at Radio Diffusion Iran
Assa’d Khoury with his Oriental Electronic Organ and Band - Al Ghaba mp3
at Radio Diffusion Syria

Monday, February 6, 2017

WE'LL LET THE PROFESSOR EXPLAIN

Earlier tonight I was reading something about the Meters and it reminded me that Mardi Gras is only a couple weeks away. I always end up forgetting until the last minute, and never get to all of the New Orleans stuff I like. So, getting started early this year, and who better to start with than good ol' Professor Longhair. "Ball the Wall", am I right? 

Here's two songs. "Mardi Gras In New Orleans" was recorded in 1949. The version of "Tipitina" below is from 1974 (his first version was from 1953). The two below are separated by a quarter century, and despite the different bands and recording qualities, they still feel the same.

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Listen:
Profesor Longhair - Mardi Gras in New Orleans mp3 at Groove Addict 1949
Professor Longhair - Tipitina mp3
at Groove Addict 1973
The LPs:
Professor Longhair - New Orleans Piano
at Groove Addict
Professor Longhair - Rock' 'n' Roll Gumbo
at Groove Addict

Sunday, February 5, 2017

MY UNCLE DON USED TO SIT LIKE THAT

Look at that album cover, the pose, the outfit. This might be the exact moment when country and western lost the western. It sure doesn't look western to me.. I tried not to let that taint what little I knew about Del Reeves. But, man, just look at it. The real old school cats probably flipped. Here's a couple that were hits for him, sounding very much like trucker music, except they're about girl watching. He might wamt to think of a different way to cross his legs if he ever wants to do more than watch. There's nothing wrong with the way he's sitting, it just doesn't look cool. Maybe it does. It's just not a cool cover photo. Cool design though. He should have borrowed one of Porter Wagoner's fancy suits...
When I was searching for an image, what I imagined I'd find was a look something like Dave Dudley. You know, everyman. I instead found that LP cover. There were several others just as dorky but I'm cutting my losses.

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Listen:

Saturday, February 4, 2017

PUT ON MY AEROBICS TAPE

Fuck, I didn't know At The Drive-In were back at it. I was just browsing sites that I rarely visit, the ones that keep up with the latest releases, just to see what's going on out there. Even with low expectations, I was surpised at how few songs there were with any teeth at all. I needed something else. For some reason At The Drive-In came to mind. Now, there was a band with teeth. I remember when I first saw them, on MTV of all places, they were all over the place. It was cool to see a band rock out. They were a little abrasive, nice bonus. Now that I think about it, I don't remember ever seeing one of them smile. (Note to young bands: Don't give smiles too early. You do and you give up the game.) I went looking for "One Armed Scissor" that first video I saw, and yeah, that's when I found out that they're at least temporarily back together again. Is this their second reunion? I don't know. Hard to reckon with the thought of them being something of elders all these years later.

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Listen:
At The Drive In - Governed by Contagions mp3 at At The Drive-In Note: Email address required for download. 2016
At The Drive In - Governed by Contagions (streaming) at YouTube
At The Drive-In - One Armed Scissor mp3 at Herbert
At The Drive-In - Pattern Against User mp3 at Central Village
At The Drive-In - For Now … We Toast mp3 at Cause Equals Time
Video:

At The Drive In - One Armed Scissor at YouTube Official
At The Drive In - One Armed Scissor at YouTube Live on the Late Show 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

WE'LL WRECK YOU BEFORE YOU WRECK US

I don't want to over-analyze anything.  I've been pissed about a lot of things the past couple weeks, and it all seems to stem from Trump and his mob. I won't even refer to them as leaders. Just look at them, it's ridiculous. We are going to stop this right? I know I ain't riding out four years of this shit. I won't even make it to the mid-terms. 

So that's been my train of thought the last week and a half. Little has lightened up that dark shit. But music has, in some strange ways. I don't know why, whether these two are a distraction or inadvertently appropriate soundtrack, but they sure do hit the spot tonight. Music is so great.


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Listen:
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - Trouble Every Day mp3 at Gorveg (?)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

DIG THE CUSP DAD!

Try as I might to switch directions occasionally just to mix things up, when I run into something really killer, impulse presides. So, no excuses here, just a collection of old rhythm and blues that includes Arthur Crudup (writer of "That's Alright Mama"), Bunker Hill (a shouter that makes Little Richard sound like Pat Boone) and Laurel Aitken (a ska pioneer that did straight up R&B as well), among many, many others. Amos Milburn, Etta James, Rosco Gordon, Wynonie Harris and, shit, a load of people I ain't never heard of. This is some really good shit. Total dance, sweat, drink and get laid, pre-rockabilly, pre-rock-n-roll, get down and get dirty type stuff. Dig it!

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Listen:
Amos Milburn - House Party Tonight mp3 at Internet Archive Filthy sax
Laurel Aitken - Boogie In My Bones mp3
at Internet Archive
Bunker Hill - The Girl Can Dance mp3
at Internet Archive Crazy, fully.
Bumps Blackwell - Summin' Jumpin' mp3
at Internet Archive
The Big Bag:
46 more!
at Internet Archive NOTE: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

FOUR MINUTES OF RESPITE BY THIS MYSTO-CAT

A totally random click this one. Revisited a Clifton Chenier post I had bookmarked at Groove Addict and there was a "you might also like" below it, Lynn August, some dude I never heard of. Now I've listened to the the same Lynn August song four times in a row. Not sure what his other stuff sounds like, but this one sounds like Little Richard's restrained cousin singing with Clifton Chenier backing him. His voice almost cracks a half dozen times, as if he'd be belting out one of those Little Richard "Wooooo!"s if he went one notch louder. This is a good one, I mean, I listened to it four times in a row. That gave me sixteen minutes of respite. Felt good. Now, back to the project at hand. Resist.

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Listen:
Lynn August - Did You Have Fun Making Me Cry? mp3 at Groove Addict
Clifton Chenier - Monifique mp3 at Groove Addict

Sunday, January 29, 2017

DIG MY WHAMMY BAR BABY

Man, I can't get enough of this one. "Prancing" by Ike and Tina's Kings of Rhythm, which on this cut was minus Tina, because it's an instrumental. A guitar instrumental with some sufficiently tweaked playing, and intermittent whammy bar flare. The horns are really cool too. This is one of those instrumentals that despite the repetitiveness, keeps you guessing; you don't really want it to end. That doesn't happen nowadays.

The strange thing: The instrumental is the A-side, th vocal number with Tina Turner is the flip, That doesn't happen often. Usually instrumentals are put on the B-side. Said flip, "It's Gonna Work Out Fine", is just as badass as "Prancing". The two together on the same record is just about everything you'd want out of a 45.

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Listen:
Ike and Tina's Kings of Rhythm - Prancing mp3 at Groove Addict
Ike and Tina's Kings of Rhythm - It's Gonna Work Out Fine mp3
at Groove Addict

Saturday, January 28, 2017

I STILL SWEAR IT'S MAGIC

I heard T-Bone Walker on the radio today. It's 2017 and you can still hear T-Bone Walker on the radio. A regular radio. In your yard. In a parking lot. Really, how cool is that? The simple things. Keep your fancy shit, I heard T-Bone Walker on a ten dollar radio today. Hell yeah.

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Listen:
T-Bone Walker - Bobby Sox Blues mp3 at Internet Archive
T-Bone Walker - Stormy Monday mp3
at Internet Archive
T-Bone Walker - Two Bones and a Pick mp3
at Internet Archive
T-Bone Walker - The Hustle mp3
at Internet Archive
T-Bone Walker - 26 more
at Internet Archive NOTE: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Friday, January 27, 2017

THE RESISTANCE STARTED A WEEK AGO.

It's a good thing I reserved judgement. I've never been a big Pink Floyd fan, but I never hated them, always ambivalent, well aware of their days with Syd Barrett as well as a young Johnny Rotten's homemade "I Hate Pink Floyd" T-shirt. But the constant exposure to Dark Side of the Moon, which was played incessantly by heads and FM free format stations back in the day (and still is in some parts), put off objective appraisal for decades. Pink Floyd, or anything Pink Floyd oriented, was the last thing I'd ever expect to be posted here. But that changed a couple days ago. A video of Roger Waters playing "Pigs" has started to circulate. It was filmed in October, but was posted on YouTube by Waters a week ago, on the day of Trump's inauguration, with the comment "The Resistance begins today". I liked that comment, I agree with that comment, and I was pleased as punch to see Waters, a Brit, be so bold as to pipe in on a concern that many of us share. I was not prepared for the video, rather, the stage and lighting of  the live gig, Mammoth in scale, well done, and loud in its color and intensity, and there is no mistaking who he is singing about this time, despite the songs vintage. Take a look at the clip, read the lyrics, and spread this sucker like butter. This is not some attempt to boost page views here, I've nothing to gain from that. Link directly to the YouTube video if that's how you roll. If resistance is in order, and it most certainly is, you know someone who needs some firing up.


A brief note to the anonymous pro-Trump person who chose to leave a now deleted comment on an earlier post. Dear misguided "anonymous", Try as you might to do the same thing again, I will continue to delete your comments. Even if I have to use one of those filters that requires comments to be approved. Get this straight: My blog, my ideology. Blogger doesn't charge anything to create your own blog, so have at it. Make your own noise over there. There is no agreeing to disagree on this one. Trump is just plain bad. There's just no way to reason out of it. Try as you might to convince yourself otherwise, there's going to be a time when you question whether or not you should jump ship. Make no mistake, this is a blog that does not like Trump, or anything he represents. This is not tit for tat. This is all tit. I am part of the resistance.

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Listen:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

IT'S THAT AL WILSON SONG

Al Wilson had a bigger hit than "The Snake". In 1973 "Show and Tell" hit #1, but "The Snake", #27 in 1968, was way cooler. It was his song, but it didn't matter who sang it, it was a cool record. AM radio, stealth badass creeping out from Dad's workbench. That's where I am every time I hear it, right outside the garage at the end of the driveway.

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Listen:
Al Wilson - The Snake mp3
at Margauxville
 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

START WITH A GOOD TITLE

I don't know much about Ty Segall. I don't know that it matters. His story will always be there. When the time comes I'll read up on him or something. I know enough to know that he has about a thousand records out and that I've yet to hear a stinker. I don't know how old he is. When I first heard him I thought of him as a kid, a general impression from what had crossed my path. But that was something like eight years ago. I blinked. Has he matured? How the hell would I know? I've never paid attention to what chronological order his stuff was released. I do know that "The Drag" is from about 2009 and "Break A Guitar" was just released. Compare those two. "The Drag" reminds me why I started paying attention to him. Loud distorted guitar. That's a nice start. The new one "Break A Guitar" is a buzz ride. As ridiculous as it sounds, it's like Ron Asheton, Mark Bolan, Badfinger, Sabbath, and Redd Kross all on the same song.

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Listen:
Ty Segall - The Drag mp3 at The Bay Bridged
Ty Segall - Break A Guitar
(streaming) at Raven Sings the Blues
Ty Segall - Girlfriend mp3
at Pitchfork
Ty Segall - Sad Fuzz mp3
at New York Rock Market

Monday, January 23, 2017

HOW DO YOU HOLD THIS THING?

Via the folder of forgotten band images, here's a cool one of Pee Wee Crayton, and an excuse to go hunt. Bam, right off the bat, a compilation of twenty Pee Wee Crayton songs ranging from slow blues to rockin' R & B, some with a real nice raw sound, as though Crayton and Co. turned it up, right out back behind the house. Damn, that would be heaven wouldn't it?. You come home early evening, after a day at the beach, and fuckin' Pee Wee Crayton's doing his thing in your back yard. Your friends are there, some already past that elusive four beer buzz, and it smells of lit coals, beers and salty beach funk. Pee Wee Crayton. Write that name down. We gotta get him for our kegger.

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Listen:
Pee Wee Crayton - Rockin' the Blues mp3 at Internet Archive
Pee Wee Crayton - Ever Get Lucky mp3
at Internet Archive
Pee Wee Crayton - 18 more songs
at Internet Archive NOTE: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Sunday, January 22, 2017

J.J. WHAT?

When I go from the Equals to J.J. Fad in a matter of minutes, it's time to give in to distractions. So here's just the first couple legs of my fucking around tonight. It began with a funky live cut from 1968, by the Equals. It may be a full five piece, but all you really hear are the guitar, bass, and drums with the vocals. There's organ in there somewhere, but it's barely audible. Regardless, this isn't anything like "Baby Come Back" or "Police on My Back". This song, as its title suggests, is funky like a train. Funky as it is, and being an extended jam (sixteen minutes plus), you might hear James Brown, or Fela, something like that. But the sparse instrumentation, the guitar, the bareness of the beats, it kind of reminded me of no wave stuff, then it hit me, ESG. Not in structure or sound, just the feel, the naked sound of the rhythm. After a brief stop at ESG's "Moody" it was off to look for their "Erase You", It's been posted here before, but the link went dead. (Unfortunately, no mp3 just streaming, but if you've not heard it, you out to give it a listen.) After that I was off to J.J. Fad's "Supersonic", because I always follow ESG with J.J. Fad. Don't ask me why. I don't know, I just do. I just fucking love "Supersonic", just as much as "Erase You", but the two back to back is a dyn-o-mite pairing. That's where I get off.

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Listen:
The Equals - Funky Like a Train mp3 at Art Decade
ESG - Moody mp3
at Loft and Lost
ESG - Erase You
(streaming) at YouTube
JJ Fad - Supersonic mp3
at ATumblr The good stuff starts at :25

Saturday, January 21, 2017

CLASS PROJECT

This is a fun and liberating experiment. I was browsing the offerings from Bear Family, a label known for reissues. They had an Dick Dale album, Live on the Santa Monica Pier, and with the listing were fifteen samples, each thirty seconds long. You see where I'm going? I clicked on all the samples in quick succession, until they were all playing at once. It was a rush, a glorious racket. After one faded out, the rest followed, in the same order they were originally clicked on. When it was over I was wishing I had a record of it. So I did it again, this time clicking out of order with different amounts of delay, then clicking on samples as they ended, and kept the mess going for a couple minutes, composing my own surf noise symphony. If that sounds like fun to you, the link to the page at Bear Family is below. If it's not your thing, or worse, you question why it would be anybody's thing, then you're in the wrong place.

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Click frenzy here:
Dick Dale - Live on the Santa Monica Pier at Bear Family
Visit:
Past Dick Dale posts Scroll down the page.

Friday, January 20, 2017

BAKER? HE"S IN THE HEAD. WHY?

Hell, Champion Jack Dupree would be good enough, add Mickey Baker and what you have is bona fide 100% click bait. Dupree was a pianist from New Orleans, and Micky Baker, one half of Mickey and Sylvia ("Love is Strange"), was one well used session guitarist. He's the guy, Baker that is, that I was actually hunting for. He was all over all sorts of records in the fifties and sixties, with concise licks and, almost without exception, a killer guitar tone. Dupree was something of a boogie woogie blues guy with just enough New Orleans feel that once you know he's from there you begin to hear it. The pairing is some good shit.

If I were to make any changes in Champion Jack Dupree And His Blues Band featuring Mickey Baker it would be to make it mono. The separation is just too, uh, separate. That's a problem easily solved by moving your speakers closer together. You headphone people are on your own.

Baker's playing with Dupree is decidedly more blues than the stuff he plays on rock 'n' roll oriented stuff, so I included a few of those so you get an idea of his versatility.

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Listen:
Champion Jack Dupree (with Mickey Baker) - Caldonia mp3 at Internet Archive
Champion Jack Dupree (with Mickey Baker) - Under Her Hood mp3
at Internet Archive
Champion Jack Dupree Blues Band featuring Mickey Baker - The whole LP
at Internet Archive NOTE: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"
Some of Baker's other work:
Mickey and Sylvia - No Good Lover mp3
at RocknDog
Larry Dale (Mickey Baker: guitar) - Down to the Bottom mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly
Joe Clay (Mickey Baker on guitar) -  Get on the Right Track mp3
at Rocky 52

Thursday, January 19, 2017

EVE OF DESTRUCTION

Don't get me started. I'm old enough to have lived through bad Presidents. This time I'm lacing up my boots. It's going to be a hell ride. Resist. Don't ask me to give him a chance, don't tell me the country should come together. He is not my President. I have less respect for him than I do the common thug that lives down the street.

For the Sake of the Song posted the cut below back in December. Blaze Foley actually wrote it with Reagan in mind, so it could use a bit more bite to accurately fit the ire. But it's a little nicer than saying FUCK DONALD TRUMP AND EVERY IDIOT THAT VOTED FOR HIM.

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Listen:
Blaze Foley - Oval Office mp3 at For the Sake of the Song
Vent your ire special:
YG with G-Eazy and Macklemore - Fuck Donald Trump at YouTube

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

THE OTHER QUEEN

Last Saturday, I was listing to Saturday Night Fish Fry, a show on the local jazz station that's three hours of jump blues and early R&B. Out here on the west coast it's on at 8:00 to 11:00 (Pacific time), an opportune time to get tuned for the night. It could be just as good a couple hours later, so for the better part of the U.S. it's either a party starter or after hours extension. Stream it here, click on "Listen Live" (and don't let DJ Raymond O'Donnell's mellow looks fool you, Dude knows boogie).

This past Saturday they featured Ruth Brown, "the Queen of R&B", the biggest seller in the early days of Atlantic Records. This was back when R&B really was rhythm and blues, before Aretha was the queen of anything, So for the past few days, I've been high on Ruth Brown. I ran into a collection of twenty one cuts of her early stuff, including her breakthrough, "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean". Dig it.

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Listen:
Ruth Brown - (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean mp3 at Internet Archive
Ruth Brown - This Little Girl's Gone Rockin' mp3
at Internet Archive
Ruth Brown - Wild, Wild Young Man mp3
at Internet Archive
Ruth Brown - 17 more songs
at Internet Archive NOTE: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Video:
Ruth Brown - (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean at YouTube

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

SCREW IT. I'M NOT DONE.

I've been meaning to get off my retro bag of late, but, man, one thing always seems to lead to another You're looking for something completely different when you run across a video of a Willie Highwater session at Fame Studio, and then it's all over. Bam, Cool video, dynamite old promo photo and the most haunting song you'll hear all week. Play "It's Too Late" loud and try to go back to what you were doing.

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Listen:
Willie Hightower - It's Too Late mp3 at Smiles Davis
Video:
Willie Hightower - Walk a Mile In My Shoes at YouTube FAME recording session

Monday, January 16, 2017

WHAT'S THAT THING ON YOUR FINGER?

Man, Mississippi Fred McDowell was some kinda slide player, wasn't he? Good, no, excellent, but not too flashy, and not afraid of a sour note. Relaxed. Like he owned the style. Rock guitarists could try all they wanted, and many did, but the bigger they were, the more self aware they were and that is what dissipates the feel. McDowell, though, was the real thing. They wished they could be him, maybe, if only for a song.

Here's a few of his, including "Good Morning Little School Girl", a song that became a staple in the sets of Ten Years After and Johnny Winter, and "You Gotta Move", one the Stones covered on Sticky Fingers. Speaking of Stones, check out "61 Highway" and tell me you don't hear more than a little of Exile on Main St., that is until he takes a solo at 3:30. That starts out sounding like like someone fooling around with a slide for the first time (see "sour note" above) and gets reeled in just as it ends.

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Listen:
Mississippi Fred McDowell - Good Morning Little Scchoolgirl mp3 at Internet Archive
Mississippi Fred McDowell - Sheke 'em On Down mp3
at Internet Archive
Mississippi Fred McDowell - You Gotta Move
(streaming) at YouTube
Mississippi Fred McDowell - 61 Highway mp3
at Fredrator

Saturday, January 14, 2017

(SLAPS FOREHEAD)

Gads! I've been doing this thing for almost ten years and have never posted any Carl Perkins. What the hell? That's a hugh oversight. It didn't even occur to me until I started reading the Sam Phillips bio. My only excuse, if there is one, is that he's such an obvious go-to rockabilly guy that I figured I'd already posted some of his stuff before.

Perkins was the first Sun Records artist with a million seller, "Blue Suede Shoes", right after Elvis jumped ship. He was only on the label for a few years, and, like Billy Lee Riley, left in the dust as Phillips put all his promo resources behind Jerry Lee Lewis. Pissed off, he went to Columbia, a label ill equipped to get the performances that Phillips had, and make no mistake, Phillips didn't just press "record" and turn knobs. He coached and he coaxed. It doesn't matter what your studio is like, if you don't have the patience or wherewithal to do that, you might get a good record, but you won't get the awesome shit for the ages that Phillips did.

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Listen:
Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes mp3 at Rocky 52
Carl Perkins - Honey Don't mp3
at Rocky 52
Carl Perkins - Put Your Cat Clothes On mp3
at Bag of Songs
Carl Perkins - Gone, Gone, Gone mp3
at Cold Splinters
Carl Perkins - Matchbox mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly
Carl Perkins - Dixie Fried mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly
Carl Perkins - Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly

Friday, January 13, 2017

NO MO' HOT DOGS

A few months ago, I read Getting Nowhere Fast: The Untold Story of Independent Music in San Diego 1976 - 1986 by Ray Brandes. Primarily about the local music scene, there is an antidote as told by Joel Kmak, a drummer and mainstay of the San Diego scene for decades. He describes a local show that actually predates the particular period, but is a crack up that makes me smile every time I imagine the scenario. One night Howlin' Wolf was playing a club gig, and Bo Diddley, who happened to be playing at another club across town, showed up unannounced and joined Howlin' Wolf onstage. Kmak says "So they're playing and then all of a sudden Howlin' Wolf gets off stage and goes back to the bar and orders a  bunch of hot dogs! He's sitting back at the bar, eating hot dogs and talking to the cute groupies! Meanwhile Bo Diddley's getting pissed because he's up on the stage playing Howlin' Wolf's show!"

It's with that scenario in mind that I went looking again for "The Super Super Blues Band" an album that features Bo Diddley, Howlin Wolf, and Muddy Waters (along with Otis Spann, Hubert Sumlin and Buddy Guy). It's not a compilation, but rather in-studio jams featuring different combinations of the assembled giants. The big reason I wanted to hear again it is because it includes a lot of wisecracks and ribbing that might shed some light on the goat-getting dynamic of the hot dog incident. In other words, I wanted to hear them giving each other shit. There might not be much of it in there, but, hey, I get to listen to Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters fuckin' around while I look for it.

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Listen:
The Super Super Blues Band - Spoonful mp3 at Internet Archive
The Super Super Blues Band - Diddley Daddy mp3 at Internet Archive
The Super Super Blues Band - Long Distance Call mp3 at Internet Archive
The whole LP:
The Super Super Blues Band at Internet Archive In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"