Sunday, June 25, 2017

TRES VIVA TIRADO. SI.

Did you know that Augustus Pablo did a cover of "Viva Tirado"? I did not. Cool, I have an excuse to re-post El Chicano's version too. And the original by Gerald Wilson. What the heck.

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Listen:
El Chicano - Viva Tirado mp3 at Internet Archive
Augustus Pablo - Viva Tirado
(streaming) at YouTube
Gerald Wilson - Viva Tirado mp3
at Musica del Alma

Saturday, June 24, 2017

ADD THIS GUY

It's a wonder that J.J. Jackson's "But It's Alright" hasn't been covered a zillion times. The riff that opens it was practically made for loud crunchy guitar. On the record it's a jazz session guy. Not that it needs it, but I'd love to hear it with a little more meat. I did a cursory check for covers and found only bar bands and one by Huey Lewis and the News, who might as well be a bar band. Actually, it might be better that there hasn't been a really great cover of the song. It makes the original all more  the precious.

The two other songs "I Dig Girls" and "Boogaloo Baby" forced my hand. Fuck, here we go. Add to want list...

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Listen:
J.J. Jackson - But It's Alright mp3 at Joe T's Soda Shop
J.J. Jackson - I Dig Girls
(streaming) at YouTube
J.J. Jackson - Boogaloo Baby
(streaming) at YouTube

Thursday, June 22, 2017

HOWDY OLD FRIEND

Everybody has those records that they can't objectively evaluate because they have personal associations entwined with the music. That happens to me all the time. Is it good? What would it be like to hear it now, for the first time? Shit, I can't answer that. This wasn't old music when I heard it. And all that crap you listen to was years in the future. Where were we? The Heartbreakers' debut LP,  L.A.M.F., has been a friend for many years. There are many good associations with that one, long lasting friendships and reoccurring interactions. Chicken Soup Rock.

So, I can't be objective. I dig the originally released version. The one I ran across tonight was the "Lost '77 mixes". I can tell the difference a little, but I don't care. It's just good to hear them again. It's not just music on this one. It's like a club.

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Listen:
The Heartbreakers - Born To Lose mp3 at Internet Archive
The Heartbreakers - Do You Love Me mp3 at Internet Archive
The LP:
The Heartbreakers - L.A.M.F. The Lost '77 Mixes at Internet Archive Note: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files".

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

MOM, CAN I HAVE SOME MORE GRAVEL?

I haven't really done much more than briefly scan the backstory of the Cosmic Tones. There's an interview with one of them at Garage Hangover that I'll get to, but I had to post this first. Pre-Weird Science kids singing about building a woman in their bedroom. Everything about this one is low-budget in a good way. The real star of the show is the singer, who sounds like his voice just cracked earlier in the week but is bound and determined to get that Howlin' Wolf  thing down.

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Listen:
The Cosmic Tones - I'm Gonna Build Me a Woman (streaming) at YouTube

Monday, June 19, 2017

WE BAD

Talk about a faceless band. Can you name them without reading any further? I wouldn't have been able to, and it's just as likely I won't remember who they are if asked next week. It's total wallpaper up there. The foursome above is the American Breed who had a hit with "Bend Me, Shape Me". If you're into oldies, you've heard it a million times but chances are, you've never seen a photo of the American Breed. Oh, but you have, You saw them yesterday, but you don't remember. That faceless.

Scrounging around the old posts over at De Disco y Monstruos, I ran into their "Short Skirts" a topical throwaway save for the fuzz. And what a fuzz fest it is. Doesn't even sound like the same band, and they were both released in the same year, 1967. Go figure. Another oddball factoid, some or all of the members became Rufus, as in Chaka Kahn Rufus. Damn chameleons these guys.

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Listen:
The America Breed - Bend Me, Shape Me mp3 at Futurama
The American Breed - Short Skirts mp3 at De Disco y Monstuos

Sunday, June 18, 2017

200%? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

Here's a mixed bag of reggae cuts, a compilation called 200% Dynamite!, with all sorts of odds and ends. I'm not sure what the underlying theme is; it really is all over the place. Toots and the Maytals' "Funky Kingston" is probably the best known. There's a U Roy ("Tom Drunk"!), Augustus Pablo, a surprisingly funky cut from the Skatalites, Prince Buster, the Upsetters, Jackie Mittoo and a bunch of others. Check out the Abyssinians' "Mandela". That thing is stoney.

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Listen:
Augustus Pablo - Rockers Rock mp3 at Internet Archive
U Roy - Tom Drunk mp3
at Internet Archive
The Abyssinians - Mandela mp3
at Internet Archive
The whole LP:
200% Dynamite! - 17 tracks
at Internet Archive
Note: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Saturday, June 17, 2017

KNOW THIS DUDE

Larry Williams. If you don't know that name, you should. He was an early rocker, filling the void for Specialty Records when Little Richard went back his religious thing in 1957. His star rose and dimmed within the space of a few years, but it was long enough for him to be heard by the Beatles, who covered three of his songs ("Slow Down", Dizzy Miss Lizzy" and "Bad Boy") and the Stones ("She Said Yeah"). He did record later, but it was those early records that have been covered a million times. "Boney Moronie", for instance, was covered by Johnny Burnette, the Standells, Dick Dale and Bill Haley just to name a few. "Short Fat Fannie" was covered by Ronnie Self, Billy Preston and Little Richard. You get the idea. This is a guy you should be hep to.

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Listen:
Larry Williams - Bad Boy mp3 at Internet Archive
Larry Williams - She Said Yeah mp3 at Internet Archive
Larry Williams - Thirty one other songs at Internet Archive Note: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Friday, June 16, 2017

SHE OPENED HER EYES. WHAT WAS THIS RACKET?

Man, check that photo out. The 13th Floor Elevators playing for young lovers. Yowza. It's hard to believe that the man with the guitar, Roky Erickson, will soon be taking all the acid he can gobble up. That may be exaggerating, but he did his fair share and may already have been when that photo was taken.

Here's a collection of singles from the International Artists label that may leave you wondering. Back then, 1966, if a song was released as a single the record company usually had designs, or at least hopes, that it would become a hit. So why would you release a five minute cover of Dylan's "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" by a bunch of acid heads on a 45?

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Listen:
13th Floor Elevators - Reverbaration [sic] (Doubt) mp3
at Internet Archive
13th Floor Elevators - Fire Engine mp3
at Internet Archive
13th Floor Elevators - It's All Over Now Baby Blue mp3
at Internet Archive
Pre-Elevators:
The Spades - You're Gonna Miss Me
(streaming) at YouTube 1965 Erickson at age 18
The Compilation:
13th Floor Elevators - 7th Heaven: Music of the Spheres, The Complete Singles Collection
at Internet Archive Note: In the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files"

Thursday, June 15, 2017

YESSIR, ROCKABILLY. SOMEONE TOLD US.

The earliest rockabilly band? That's a tough one. You would guess someone would have done sped up hillbilly with hiccupy vocals before Elvis, but who would be considered the first?  The Rockabilly Hall of Fame says "Sid King and his band were often credited as being the first to create, record and play rockabilly music...the first sounds of rock and roll" citing a date of 1952. I was unable to come up with anything that sounded like rockabilly by them that was that early. (Maybe that's the reason for the "were often credited". Blame it on someone else. Good job Rockabilly Hall, it was your job to make the definitive call and you lamed out.) King and his Five Strings did get loose by 1955, that much we can ascertain.

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Listen:
Sid King and the Five Strings - Sag, Drag and Fall mp3 at Rocky 52 1955
Sid King and the Five Strings - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight mp3 at Rocky 52 1956
Video:
Sid King and the Five Strings - Sag, Drag and Fall at YouTube

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WHEN FUZZ RULED THE WORLD

I certainly wasn't expecting any wildness when I saw this. What the hell, the host said it was an "exceptionally cool" and it was from 1966, a good era for exceptionally cool music in general. The song was from Malaysia and was by an outfit called Rosnah and the Siglap Five. There's the curve ball. If you dig oddball stuff, you know as well as I do that your mouse acts like that thing on a Ouija board, the click comes from another force. The song starts out a respectfully novel pop song, with some good organ backing, then at 1:20 the guitar solo.  About four notes of harmless guitar, and then the fuzz comes on and things get freaky, exceptionally cool as it were. Twenty seconds of, not only tweaked fuzz, but a drummer laying into the cymbals like he's had two pots of coffee.

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Listen:
Rosnah and the Siglap Five - Gembira Ria mp3 (via Box) at gmtPlus9(-15)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

NO SURF

Guess who else did "B-Gas Rickshaw"? The Raybeats, everyone's favorite instrumental no wave supergroup; part Eight Eyed Spy, part Contortions, a brand of severely twisted surf music, heavy on periodically reverb-enhanced guitar, bass bordering on minimalist funk, Farfisa and sax. Some really tweaked shit. Whammy bar doing overtime. Dig "Tight Turn". So entirely badass. Their whole debut LP is like that. Whatever you want to call it, I'm buying in.


Raybeats, the shit. 1980

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Listen:
The Raybeats - Tight Turn (streaming) at YouTube
The Raybeats - B-Gas Rickshaw mp3 (via Box) at gmtPlus9(-15) (?!)
The first LP:
The Raybeats - Guitar Beat (streaming) YouTube Not the greatest sound on this playlist, but there's tons of individual songs at YouTube

Monday, June 12, 2017

WHAT THE HELL YOU GUYS?

An instrumental credited to a vocal duo? How does that work? From a Jan and Dean LP, Jan wrote it, the Wrecking Crew played it. Don't know where Dean comes in, but hey, you only have so many hits that you can put on an album, you gotta fill the rest of the LP with something. The Wrecking Crew was used to being that mystery band, on the filler type sessions. This is over-qualified surf music, study hall stuff they did in their sleep.

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Listen:
Jan and Dean - B-Gas Rickshaw mp3 at Internet Archive

Sunday, June 11, 2017

WHAT IS A MAYTAL ANYWAY?

Here's some early Maytals, two on PriNce Buster's label and two on Coxsone. Early as in pretty darn close to ska. at least a couple. There's also a couple from when they were on Island label; cleaner and still well done, but they just don't push the same buttons.

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Listen:
The Maytals - Little Flea mp3 at Soul Garage Prince Buster Records
The Maytals - Six & Seven Books mp3
at Soul Garage Coxsone Pecords
The Maytals - Four other songs
at Soul Garage

Saturday, June 10, 2017

LAST TRIP TO THE BAT CAVE

Adam West died on Friday. He was Batman in the TV series, from 1966-68. There have been a bunch of other Batmans on film, but he really owned that role. Totally dry, with every other line total corn. Even the fight scenes were total corn, so bad they were good, with "Pow!" "Bam!" "Whack!" and other impact exclamations. No one did that shit better. He got a lot of mileage out of that role, appearing in one TV show after another for over forty years, usually as a guest star based on his Batman notoriety.

The theme song from the TV show has been recorded a thousand times and there's been a bunch of Batsploitation knock-offs as well. Here's just a few. You'll probably be sick of the song before you listen to all of them.

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Listen:
Link Wray - Batman mp3 at Record Brother
The Jam - Batman mp3
at ATumblr
The Who - Batman
(streaming) at YouTube
Jan & Dean - Batman
(streaming) at YouTube
Los Monjes - Batman mp3
at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Sun Ra Arkestra with the Blues Project - Batman mp3
at Beware of the Blog
Butch Baker - Batman at the Go Go mp3
at Soul Garage
Lavern Baker - Batman to the Rescue mp3
at Alert Nerd
Nelson Riddle - Batusi A Go Go mp3
at Beware of the Blog
Batman - Radio spot (JC Penny ad) mp3
at Beware of the Blog
Video:
The Best of 1966 Batman/Bruce Wayne
at YouTube Corn gold
Batman fight scenes
at YouTube

Batman Garage Sale at Funny or Die 2009
Adam West Hits on You...Hard
at Vimeo By Funny or Die 2013

Thursday, June 8, 2017

HAVE THEM HANKIES AT READY

Here's a couple semi-tearjerkers, Kris Kristofferson's version of "For the Good Times" (made a hit by crossover geezer Ray Price), and one of the last Gun Club songs recorded before Jefferey Lee Pierce went solo. Both are at For the Sake of the Song where there's always a lot of interesting stuff that you don't see anywhere else.

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Listen:
Kris Kristofferson - For the Good Times mp3 at For the Sake of the Song Go there to get it.
The Gun Club - Not Supposed to Be That Way mp3 at For the Sake of the Song Ditto.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

LONG LIVE GUYS LIKE THIS

I'm currently reading David Byrne's How Music Works, his tome on everything music, from making it, to selling it, hearing it, making a scene, succeeding in the music biz and so on. It's like a fucking text book. It can get dry at times, but is pulled up, peppered with humorous references and great insights every time it seems to lull. If you're a serious musician or a total eggheead that likes music, both of which Byrne is, it should be considered required reading. I'm nearing the end and I've reached the chapter titled "Amateurs!" and there was this gem: "The 'don't give a shit' attitude of the amateur is another precious commodity." and then this "Amateurism, or at least the lack of pretension associated with it, can be liberating." Amen, egghead brother!

So, how do you pull on the heart strings of some cynical "I know what I like but really know what I hate" blogging asshat? The equation is something like this: take one part Hasil Atkins, one part Cramps, one part Flat Duo Jets, and a small town locale, and subtract finesse, budget, and the fucks that they (the band) do not give. You end up with Waylon Thornton and the Heavy Hands. Waylon Thornton plays guitar, and the Heavy Hands are just that, two hands belonging to his wife, who plays the drums, which are just that, two drums. Their music is simple, loose, spirited,  are completely devoid of pretension. And not only is there a lot of it (and yes, there are some misses), it's hard to buy it. You have to want to buy it. The bulk of it is either at Bandcamp as a "name your price" download, or at the Free Music Archive.



I've posted Thornton's stuff before, a couple years ago. The reason I'm posting his stuff again is not because I'm too lazy to think of something else. It's just that, in reading Byrne's book, every few pages I found myself thinking about Thornton and his wife, in some room someplace, making music because that's what they do (did). Not just in the book's chapter about amateurs. When Byrne starts to go into the business of music, you start to realize that it's all math and money, accounting. Who wants to think about that? That's time away from rocking out, time away from making music. Wayne Thornton and the Heavy Hands appear less concerned about selling their music than making it. It remains pure. Unheard by the vast majority of even the most fiendish of fiends. But you want to know if it's listenable. If you dig, for instance, the Adkins/Cramps/Flat Duo Jets ersatz trinity of trash, you'll probably dig them. I know some of you may think that their stuff is just total slop, total crap. I'd better not hear that from anyone who worships at the alter of Pussy Galore's cover of the Exile on Main St. That is total crap, total slop, but we all dig the idea right? If you do know that one, ask yourself, is the Pussy Galore Exile folly a bit pretentious? Self conscious "don't give a shit"-ist? Something to think about.


This just in: All of my previous attempts to find Thornton's music as a physical product (45, LP or other) were fruitless, but tonight I did find a 45 for sale, from 2015, him playing in another two piece, Strange Lords, with some other dude (not his wife). There were only 200 pressed. Get it while you can here.

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Waylon Thornton - Human Worm mp3 at Gimme Tinnitus Phew!
Waylon Thornton – Four mp3
at Augasm
At Free Music Archive:

NOTE: Click on the downward pointing arrows, to the right of the song titles.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

YOU WILL HATE THIS OR YOU WILL LOVE THIS

If you don't know the Beach Boys music beyond Pet Sounds and their early hits, then you're likely not to know "Feel Flows", which was Carl Wilson's baby. He co-wrote it, he sang it, and, among other instruments, he played the wicked fuzz. It's about as psychedelic as they ever got. Fuzz and flute going off at the same time? How could that possibly work? Somehow it does.

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Listen:
The Beach Boys - Feel Flows mp3 at Immerse (?)

Monday, June 5, 2017

SUGAR PIE AND HER HEAVY FRIENDS

Oh holy hell. A random click at Boogaloo Time, landed me on an awesome selection of songs on a post titled Hey Soul Sister. It's just what it implies. Heavy on Northern soul, including a Spector produced Darlene Love cut, "Lord If You're a Woman", best described as "'Wall of Motown' looked good on paper". Though not as epic as Spector probably imagined, it's a great cut.

Now for something that will make your hair stand on end. Did for me. There's a transition in the Sugar Pie Desanto song, "Do the Whoopie", where she ends a verse with a scream and her voice cracks, followed two seconds later with a honking sax solo. Even the short two seconds between the two fits in a micro drum break. Bliss. But don't skip ahead, it's much better if you're already locked in the groove. It's at :51.

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Listen:
Darlene Love - Lord If You're a Woman mp3 at Boogaloo Time
Sugar Pie DeSanto - Do the Whoopie mp3
at Boogaloo Time
Hey Soul Sister - Eight more songs
at Boogaloo Time

Sunday, June 4, 2017

NO PUN

Here's a classic case of an A side of a 45 being completely different from a B side, and in my opinion, the B side is better. The band is Head, who I'd never heard of before last night. The song I dig is "Killed By Death", which has a late seventies punk sound; surprisingly informed in that way,  considering it was released in 2002.  After looking at the lyrics at One Base On an Overthrow, it appears that the song is about the inflated prices on small run 45s based on rarity, not quality. So maybe the style of the song was supposed to infer that they were singing about the inflated prices of punk records, or maybe that's how they usually sound. But they sure don't sound like that on the A side, "Spend the Night Alone", albeit the intro sounds like the Buzzcocks. But when the vocals come in, it loses me. Too poppy. Anything that comes within a hundred miles of pop punk, with those sort of Blink 182 vocals, that repels me. I hate that shit. Which is weird, because I like punk rock and I like pop music, and bands like the Buzzcocks and the Ramones who definitely approached pop at times. I just know that there is this blurry line in regards to nasally late-to-the-party pop punk vocals. Once you cross over it, you're in that Blink 182 shit category (Green Day, you're being watched). These guys are straddling that line, good thing for them it's blurry.

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Listen:
Head - Killed By Death mp3 (via Box.net) at One Base on an Overthrow Note: Once you get to Box.net, the download button is in the top left.
Head - Spend the Night Alone mp3 at One Base on an Overthrow Go there to get it.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

WHAT HIPSTERS LOOK LIKE TO ME

A song called "Aphrodesia" by those guys above. You know it's gonna be either really good or really bad. I hadn't seen a photo of them when I heard the song for the first time, so I can't say that it swayed my opinion. But, man, just look at them. Nice wigs hipsters. They're the Pop Concerto Orchestra, but it sure ain't no orchestra I know. It sounds like Italian library music, or Morricone in the seventies. There's another song on the album I've yet to hear, "Lady Milady". Oh, and there's "Girl's Room". What the hell are these guys all about? I'm not so sure I want to know.

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Listen:
Pop Concerto Orchestra - Aphrodisiac mp3 at De Discos y Monstruos 1974

Friday, June 2, 2017

STUDIO ONE (SLIGHT RETURN)

Here's a whole heap of stuff from Coxsone Dodd's Studio One. If you're not familiar with the label, there's some links below to get you caught up. Suffice it to say that it was one of the most important reggae labels of all time, particularly during the sixties and seventies. There's over a hundred and fifty cuts and they run the gamut. Vocals, instrumentals, dub, ska, some with excellent sound and some with surface noise and occasional pops and skips. (I miss skips in records.) If you dig golden era reggae, there'll be some names you'll recognize and many you won't. Even if you consider yourself knowledgeable about Studio One, there's some surprises. There's also a link to a two part documentary, which can lag in parts, but just seeing Dodd in conversation should be enough for some of you fiends.

A note about downloading from Internet Archive: Once there, in the right column, under "Download options" click on "VBR MP3 Files".

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Listen:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

GUDBUY T' RODNEY

Circa 1978
You might not know who Rodney Bingenheimer is, but a lot of people who have spent time in Southern California sure do. That includes rock stars. He is the grand poobah of fan boys. From being the stand-in for Davy Jones of the Monkees in the mid-sixties, to hob-nobbing with just about every hip act that's passed through Hollywood, to hosting rock stars, groupies and freaks at his own Rodney's English Disco, he had a huge head start by the time punk rock and new wave appeared in the late seventies. In 1976 he was given a radio show, Rodney on the Roq, on (pun intended) KROQ in Los Angeles, and it has aired live since 1976. That's coming to an end this Sunday night. It was the station's choice, a bad one.

The first time I ever laid my eyes on Rodney was at a stoplight right in front of the Whiskey. He was with Kim Fowley. If I remember correctly Blondie was playing that night. That's another thing. He was one of the first DJs to play Blondie. Shit, he was one of the first to play Cheap Trick, the Ramones, and the Runaways and that was early on. I remember hearing the original version of Devo's "Jocko Homo" on his show, well before they were signed. Another very early (possibly the EMI) spin was the Sex Pistols "Anarchy In the UK". And you had to be complete crap of a L.A. punk band to not get played. He didn't discriminate. It could be pop, punk, garage, hardcore, or whatever, it was his nugget if he dug it and that's all that mattered.


Living a hundred miles away, I couldn't tune it in often in the pre-internet past, but now you can stream his show, at least one more time. It's on June 4, at 12:00 AM (Pacific Time). There's a link below. In the meantime there's a few other links. You have to check "I Hate the 90's" (zip linked below). The first lines of it are "Why do people send me large and extra large T-shirts? What happened to medium and small T-shirts? Why do girls have spikes on their tongues? Marcia Brady never had one, she's godhead!" What a nut. The band? It includes Eric Erlandson from Hole, Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth, and Pat Fear (White Flag if memory serves). (On Rodney's first 45 he was backed by Blondie.) There's tons more shit out there with him and about him. I'm sure you can find downloads of past shows. I could dredge up more old trivial personal stories, but I'd get carried away with fond memories and it'd get all geezer in here. (A friend of a friend that lived in LA used to plan her Sundays to end with a bath, with booze, a book and a radio to listen to Rodney on the ROQ. There you go. Spa day. That'd be a paragraph right there.)

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Listen:
Rodney and the Tube Tops - I Hate the 90s (streaming) at YouTube
Rodney and the Tube Tops - I Hate the 90s, Tube Tops Forever/Cell Phone Madness
  at The (Formerly) Daily 7 Two songs in a zip.
The GTOs with Rodney Bingenheimer - Rodney Bingenhemer mp3 at Beware of the Blog 1969
On the Radio:
Rodney on the ROQ - Final show live this Sunday, June 4 at 12:00 AM (Pacific time) HERE Click on "Listen Live" (right column) and a player will open.
Rodney on the ROQ September 21,1980 (streaming) at YouTube :49 minutes
Rodney on the ROQ 1978 with Joan Jett (streaming) at YouTube She wishes Tomata (from the Screamers) Happy Birthday at 3:30. Cute.
Visit:
Influential KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer talks about being taken off the air at OC Weekly
A Man Out of Time (a long profile) at LAWeekly
Rodney Bingenheimer
at Wikipedia

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

DEMAND THE FAKE!

Blah, blah, blah Sgt Peppers. As you may have heard, it's been cleaned up, remixed and re-released in four or five different versions, with outtakes, studio chatter and what not. If you're really into the Beatles, you probably already have some version of it. I'm waiting to hear what my Beatle freak friends have to say, because most of them are audio geeks as well. Regardless, I have to steer clear of posting Beatles stuff here. Every time I do, someone complains and I get my hand slapped. So, what the hell, how about a few parodies.



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Listen:
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore - The L.S. Bumble Bee mp3 at the 365 Degree Project
The Rutles - Sgt. Rutter's Only Darts Club Band
(streaming) at YouTube
Palette-Swap Ninja - Princess Leia's Stolen Death Star Plans
(streaming) at NPR Star Wars parody.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

IT DON'T COME EASY

I can't be objective about Moe Tucker's first solo LP Playin' Possum. If you didn't know who she was and took it as just as it is, you would probably think it sucked, and objectively you'd probably be right. But knowing the Velvet Underground, the first thing you do is try to find the similarity. She was, after all, part of a rhythm section that plodded along, practically droning at times, making songs seem longer than the actually were.  When you realize that her lack of fills and other fancy drummer stuff that made her the perfect drummer for a band like the Velvet Underground, isn't necessarily apropos for covers of Little Richard, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry, you start to realize that her plain Jane style of drumming was likely the result of being technically primitive. And that's part of what makes Playin' Possum so endearing.

Released in 1982, she recorded it her living room. She played all of the instruments, including sax and synthesizer. Just the thought of a post-Velvets semi-retired Tucker getting the hell out of New York, raising a family and then doing this in her living room - its all too much. I found a way to really dig it. Even after hearing that she was a Tea Partier, I took the record for what it was. A homemade rock 'n' roll record (with two different versions of Little Richard's "Slippin' and Slidin'" mind you), created in a critic free vacuum. That always rules.

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Listen:
Maureen Tucker - Slippin' and Slidin' (Version 2) mp3 at Dinosaur Gardens
The whole LP:
Maureen Tucker - Playin' Possum at Dinosaur Gardens Nine individual mp3s

Friday, May 26, 2017

GRACE JONES, YOU'VE BEEN SERVED.

As someone who's had a thing for Suzi Quatro for years, this is somewhat mind-blowing. A cover of the Normal's "Warm Leatherette" from 1980 (not released until 2014). If you're familiar with her 70's output you know that she was best known for the foot stomping glam of "48 Crash", "Devil Gate Drive", "Can the Can" and the like. You may have heard "Stumblin' In" released a few years later and lamented the loss of your rockin' leather clad dream girl. To hear her version of "Warm Leatherette", recorded just two years later, is a revelation. As Lee, of the hosting site Crying All the Way to the Chip Shop, points out "She even ups the ante by changing the original line 'Let’s make love before you die' to 'Let’s fuck before [we] die'." Gads! How would that be as the last words you hear? On your deathbed, Suzi Quatro right there. You'll be thinking that you're headed to heaven, because, shit, Suzi fucking Quatro is there. Then she says "Let’s fuck before we die". You don't know whether you're crossing over and going to heaven, because where else would you hear Suzi Quatro say that, or have one foot in hell, because she says it now, at the end of your life when it isn't possible. It's fucked up. All I know is that the thirteen year old me would have regarded this one a certified nut buster.

I'm not linking directly to the mp3 because you really should check out Crying All the Way to the Chip Shop. He's got good taste and it's a smart looking site.

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Listen:
Suzi Quatro - Warm Leatherette mp3 at Crying All the Way to the Chip Shop Go there to get it.

THERE'S NO SURF IN DENVER

A quick one to start off your three day weekend (in the U.S. at least), Here's a surf band from Colorado, of all places, doing a song about Mexico. WTF you say? A surf band from hundreds of miles inland? There were lots of cash-ins back then. Like many others, these guys had no shame. At least they got the Fender memo.

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Listen:
The Astronauts - Baja mp3 at California Girls (?)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

IT'S HAPPENED

For a song that I'm not all that nuts about, I can't tell you how many times the title "The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum" has popped into my head over the years. Every time idiots have some sort of influence over policy in government or the workplace it pops into my head. Whenever doing things in a lame (or just plain wrong) manner, mob rule raises it's ugly head, the song pops into my head. When a filthy rich completely ignorant motherfucker that lacks the sense god gave a goose ends up getting elected president of the United States, you better believe that song is running through my head. But shit, now I have to post it because in the past few weeks, just about every time I look at the headlines coming out of Washington, the song in my head is on repeat. This for a song that, until today, I hadn't listened to in ten or twenty years. Awesome title.

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Listen:
Fun Boy Three - The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum mp3 at Stop Smiling

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CRUNCHY RIFFS AND SHARPIE HAIR

I'm not exactly sure what to make of Amyl and the Sniffers and I'm not sure I want to dig too deep. Half the stuff I've heard of theirs is a promising racket, but I'm not quite sure what their thing is. A couple of them have those sharpie hair cuts, they have crunchy guitars, a singer who seems to be nodding towards Cherie Currie, a stupid name, short songs, cheaply produced recordings. If I didn't know better I'd swear they were a clueless 1979 era band trying to cash in on punk. Who cares. Even somewhat off they're a nice change.

It seems as though all of their music is downloads at Bandcamp, a buck a pop or "name your price" for the whole EP. . I haven't run into any physical project. I guess that would make it the ultimate low budget/DIY. "We made this on the cheap, you can pay what you want."

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Listen:
Amyl and the Sniffers - Balaclava Lover Boogie
at BandCamp
The whole EP:
Amyl and the Sniffers - Big Attraction at BandCamp
Visit:
Amyl and the Sniffers on Facebook

Sunday, May 21, 2017

THE BAND WOULD LIKE A BEER

A while back I took a chance on a three dollar jazz LP, Chili Con Soul by the Jazz Crusaders. It was one of those last minute wild cards that come when you're wrapping up your record shopping and you just want one more thing. I didn't know anything about the Jazz Crusaders. I liked the title and figured it was of mid-sixties vintage, and it was on a West coast label, so what the hell. It's ended up a favorite. West coast Latin barbecue jazz, sunburns and cheap beer. As luck would have it, I ran into an old post at Groove Addict that has mp3s of two of the songs and a download for the whole LP. Dig it.

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Listen:
The Jazz Crusaders - Agua Dulce (Sweetwater) mp3 at Groove Addict
The Jazz Crusaders - Tacos mp3
at Groove Addict
The LP:
The Jazz Crusaders - Chili Con Soul
at Groove Addict

Saturday, May 20, 2017

TIJUANA GIRLS ARE REALLY THE MOST

This is a good one. A collection of sixties rock en Español. Actually, there's an instrumental or two and at least one sung in English, but it's all stuff from Mexico and Latin America. Maybe Spain too, I don't know. I'm guessing here. The title of the mix is Latin American Nuggets, but the zip file that contains it is titled Mexican Nuggets, and when you unzip it, the file info says Los Nuggets. Who gives a shit? Their foreign and raw, some covers, some fuzz, some Bond-eslque guitar tones. Thirty four of them. All in a language that you may not understand. Take solace in "Tijuana Sun" by the Famous Finks. It's in English, so you can enjoy the tweaked lyrics. But, shit, you need to check out Los Sirex's "El Tren de la Costa" (a cover of "Train Kept A Rollin'"). It's one of those songs that sounds relatively tame at the beginning, but then the whole house falls down. Frantic vocals in the red, seriously tweaked solos, weird mix, the whole package. And that's just one of 34 songs. Dig it!

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Listen:
Los Sirex - El Tren de la Costa (streaming) at YouTube
The Mix:
Latin American Nuggets at Beware of the Blog 34 individual mp3s in a zip. Click on "download".