Queens in da house!:
New Joisey in da house!
Dublin in da house!
Puelto Lico in da house!
ok that's enough now.. Merry Christmas!
I'm on fi-ah!! More than one post on the same day! In the same week! In the same month!
Well, today, being today, I was going to put up the Smithereen's christmas album from last year, but, respecting Totally Fuzzy's policies as I do, instead, here are two of their best albums, from 1986 and 1988. I first heard "Blood and Roses" as it played over the credits of some long-forgotten 80's movie, and I was instantly obsessed by the solo baseline hook throughout the song.
Back again, in case you didn't notice (ha ha). Sorry about the breather, it's just that sometimes I just don't feel like posting, and when you do something without desire, it becomes work, and I've promised myself never to make this into work. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!
Anyway, what can I say about Sun Records that you don't know already? This is the place that saw the beginning of King Elvis, the beginning of Howling Wolf, of Jerry Lee Lewis, of Johnny Cash, of Roy Orbison, of B B King. And of many others of which you've never heard, and this set is good precisely because of these "also-rans". They capture a moment in time and place where black blues and white hillbilly came together into one music. Call it rock n roll, call it what you will, but it was good. And here it is in all its raw glory, crackle and pop and all.
|1. Gotta Let You Go - Louis, Joe Hill|
|2. Rocket 88 - Brenston, Jackie|
|3. B.B. Blues - King, Riley|
|4. Swamp Root - Floyd, Frank |
|5. Moanin' at Midnight - Howlin' Wolf|
|6. How Many More Years - Howlin' Wolf|
|7. There's a Man in Jerusalem - Ford|
|8. Rats in My Kitchen - Estes, Sleepy John|
|9. She May Be Yours (But She Comes to See Me Sometimes) - Louis, Joe Hill|
|10. Baker Shop Boogie - Nix, Willie|
|11. Easy - Horton, Big Walter|
| 12. Bear Cat - Phillips, Sam |
|13. Take a Little Chance - Burns, Sam|
|14. Just Walkin' in the Rain - Bragg, Johnny|
|15. Make Room in the Lifeboat for Me|
|16. Feelin' Good - Parker, Herman|
|17. Tiger Man (King of the Jungle) - Burns, Sam|
|18. Mystery Train - Parker, Junior|
|19. Come Back Baby - Ross, Doctor|
|20. Gospel Train - Traditional|
|21. My Kind of Carryin' On - Moore, Scotty|
|22. I'm Gonna Murder My Baby - Hare, Pat|
|23. Cotton Crop Blues - Cotton, James|
|1. That's All Right - Crudup, Arthur "Big|
|2. Good Rockin' Tonight - Brown, Roy |
|3. Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee - McGhee, Sticks|
|4. Turn Around - Perkins, Carl [Rock|
|5. Baby Let's Play House - Gunter, Arthur|
|6. Someday You Will Pay - Miller, Roy|
|7. Red Hot - Emerson, Bill|
|8. Lookin' for My Baby - Campbell, James |
|9. Cry Cry Cry - Cash, Johnny|
|10. Sitting by My Window - Five Tinos|
|11. Mystery Train - Parker, Junior|
|12. Let the Jukebox Keep on Playing - Perkins, Carl [Rock|
|13. Defrost Your Heart - Cantrell, Bill|
|14. Folsom Prison Blues - Cash, Johnny|
|15. Blue Suede Shoes - Perkins, Carl [Rock|
|16. Honey Don't - Perkins, Carl [Rock|
|17. Let's Get High - Gordon, Roscoe|
|18. Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby - Perkins, Carl [Rock|
|19. Rock & Roll Ruby - Cash, Johnny|
|20. I Walk the Line - Cash, Johnny|
|21. Get Rhythm - Cash, Johnny|
|22. Ooby Dooby - Moore, Wade|
|23. Red Headed Woman - Burgess, Sonny |
|24. Dixie Fried - Perkins, Carl [Rock|
|25. Ubangi Stomp - Underwood, Charles|
|1. Crazy Arms - Mooney, Ralph|
|2. End of the Road - Lewis, Jerry Lee|
|3. Flyin' Saucers Rock & Roll - Scott, Ray|
|4. Matchbox - Perkins, Carl [Rock|
|5. Down by the Riverside - Traditional|
|6. Devil Doll - Orbison, Roy|
|7. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - David, Sonny|
|8. So Long, I'm Gone - Orbison, Roy|
|9. Red Hot - Emerson, Bill|
|10. Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache - May, Lilly|
|11. Raunchy - Justis, Bill|
|12. You Win Again - Williams, Hank |
|13. Great Balls of Fire - Blackwell, Otis|
|14. Claudette - Orbison, Roy|
|15. Breathless - Blackwell, Otis|
|16. Guess Things Happen That Way - Clement, Jack|
|17. High School Confidential - Hargrave, Ron|
|18. Right Behind You Baby - Rich, Charlie|
|19. Jump Right Out of This Jukebox - Wheeler, Onie|
|20. Lovin' Up a Storm - Dixon, Luther|
|21. Mona Lisa - Evans, Ray|
|22. Lonely Weekends - Rich, Charlie|
|23. Who Will the Next Fool Be? - Rich, Charlie|
|24. Jack's Jump - Frost, Frank|
|25. Don't Put No Headstone on My Grave - Rich, Charlie|
|26. Cadillac Man - Minga, Tommy|
Los Lobos w/Special Guests: 30th Anniversary Seva Foundation Benefit
Please visit Seva Foundation's website at http://www.seva.org to learn more about this great organization.
Will The Wolf Survive?
A Matter Of Time*
Bottle Up And Go**
Baby What You Want Me To Do?***
Not Fade Away
* w/ Elvis Costello on vocals & guitar, Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar
** w/ Jack Cassady on bass, Jorma Kaukonen on guitar, Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar, ? on guitar
*** w/ Jack Cassady on bass, Jorma Kaukonen on guitar, Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar
**** w/ Jackson Browne on guitar.
Ok this one goes out to Bert! Since he's as big a Los Lobos fan as I am, here is a CD that they put out for children, featuring the spoken word narrative of one of their chicano heroes, Lalo Guerrero.
I wouldn't say it's a "proper" Lobos album, but a one-off experiment, and as such it has a couple of duds, but there's some rockin' music on it too, particularly "Buzz Buzz".
“Jon just works. He doesn’t sleep. He’s like a bat,” says songwriter Richard Buckner, who Langford lured to Chicago to help record an album. “He’s a pure, sweet guy, and I think his art is pure.”
This here is one of my very favorite records of all of what we call time.
Bobby "Blue" Bland grew up in Memphis, and for a long time he and BB King played together. As a solo artist, he developed a style that was as much soul as it was blues, going from a smooth, Hammondlaced groove to a throatripping scream in the blink of an eye.
Anyway, this is, imho, his bestest of the bestest!! Standouts: Little Boy Blue, St. James Infirmary, I'll take care of you.
Mick Hucknall of Simply Red, surprisingly recorded a tribute to Bobby, which is his new album an his first solo project. It's a very interesting modern-day take on his songs. A little too clean, but worthwhile nonetheless. There's a youtube clip about that after the cut.
Ok, back at you again! Thanks for the couple of notes that I received. It's because of you that i am making this attempt again! I know it sounds childish and insecure (which i am both!) but i like to feel like there's actually SOMEBODY there behind the blinking glass...
Well, to start up with anew, here are some ace jump blues that is naughty, naughty, and therefore all the better.
Ok. First post in forever, I know. Just haven't felt like it in a long time, seeing as nobody leaves any messages (ok, with the odd random exception, and i thank you for those) so it feels like pissing into the ocean.
So, please, take a second, tell me where you are and who you are and whatever else you want to say.
Anyway, enough whining.
This is Tones on Tail, post-Bauhaus, pre-Love and Rockets and superior to both (blasphemy!). Silly, minimal industrialish pop genius. Enjoy.
|1.04||The Never Never (Is Forever) (3:20)|
|1.06||Slender Fungus (3:35)|
|1.07||Movement of Fear (3:51)|
|1.08||Real Life (5:06)|
|2.01||Go! (Club Mix) (4:27)|
|2.02||Christian Says (3:42)|
|2.04||Burning Skies (6:27)|
|2.05||O.K., This Is The Pops (3:03)|
|2.06||You, The Night And The Music (5:00)|
|2.07||When You're Smiling (5:47)|
|2.08||There's Only One (4:03)|
|2.09||Now We Lustre (4:29)|
|2.10||A Bigger Splash (4:31)|
|2.12||Means of Escape (3:51)|
|2.14||Performance (7" Version) (3:12)|
|2.16||Heartbreak Hotel (Live) / Interview With Daniel Ash (Hidden Track) (12:17)|
This record is back from 1989. Again, the culprits behind my finding out about this band was mtv's 120 minutes. When I heard "Biting My Nails", not only did I identify with the lyrics (and, unfortunately, I still do bite my nails, or rather, what is left of my freakish nubs), but I dug the Mark E Smith-y vocal delivery and the poppy hooks. Their latter more clubby dub stuff is interesting too, but I wish they had done more things along this line. Oh and the name of the band itself is one of the best ever:
|1. Blue Eyed Boy|
|2. Lucky Luke|| |
|3. On TV|| |
|4. Probably A Robbery|
|5. Traitor|| |
|6. Space Gladiator|
|7. Murder Music|| |
|8. Biting My Nails|| |
|9. Pocket Porn|| |
|10. Can't Get Used To Losing You|| |
|11. The Phantom, It's In There|| |
|12. Ozone Breakdown|
This was my first Wedding Present album. I bought it because I had heard "Kennedy" and "Brassneck" in the heyday of MTV's 120 Minutes show (which, despite its string of annoying hosts - most notably, Dave Kendall and Matt Pinhead .. er, I mean, Pinfield -, was really good). Not as good as Seamonsters, but definitely a great, great album. And David Gedge has a heart of gold and is supernice, so go out and get this if you likey.
1.: Jumping From 6 To 6
2.: Different Girl
3.: True Blue
4.: Someone Like You
5.: When I Found You
6.: Who Tell Me Who
7.: Weary Blues From Waitin'
8.: Hi-Billy Music
9.: This Ain't A Good Time
10.: Barnyard Beatnik
11.: Honey Stick Around A While
12.: Honky Tonk Queen
13.: This Heart O' Mine
14.: Lookin' For A "Love Me" Gal
15.: Foothill Boogie
performing live on Art Fein's Poker Party:
|2. Thirty Days|
|3. You Can't Catch Me|
|4. Too Much Monkey Business|
|5. Brown Eyed Handsome Man|
|6. Roll over Beethoven|
|7. Havana Moon|
|8. School Days|
|9. Rock & Roll Music|
|10. Oh Baby Doll|
|11. Reelin' and Rockin'|
|12. Sweet Little Sixteen|
|13. Johnny B. Goode|
|14. Around and Around|
|16. Beautiful Delilah|
|18. Sweet Little Rock & Roller|
|19. Little Queenie|
|20. Almost Grown|
|21. Back in the U.S.A.|
|22. Let It Rock|
|23. Bye Bye Johnny|
|24. I'm Talking About You|
|25. Come On|
|27. No Particular Place to Go|
|28. I Want to Be Your Driver|
Lubbock, TX. Buddy Holly. Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Joe Ely.
Well I give up all my sculpturing
'Cause my life had gone all sad
An I went to work down at the factory
It weren't art...but it weren't bad
So They put me on the assembly line
Puttin plastic leaves on the plastic palms
Then they shipped them off the Los Angeles
Yeah it weren't art...but it weren't wrong
Now some say it's pathetic
When you give up your aesthetic
For a blue collar job in the factory
But all that exhibiting
Was just too damn inhibiting
For a beer drinking
Regular guy...like me
Engineered & Mastered by DON CALDWELL & LLOYD MAINES
Produced by: everyone on this record
Piano & Vocal/Terry Allen
Pedal steel, acoustic & electric guitars, dobro, mandolin,
tenor banjo, bell tree/Lloyd Maines
Percussion, marimba, jawbone, skin castanets/Alan Shinn
Harmonica/Joe Ely (courtesy MCA Records)
Jazz Guitar on "Cocktails for Three"/Luis Martinez
Flatland guitar on "Flatland Farmer"/Jesse Taylor
Strings/Ruth Ann Truncale (violin), Susan Allen (viola), Karen Blalack (cello),
Leslie Blackburn (viola)
String arrangements/Don Caldwell
School song/Monterey High School Marching Band
Harmony/Lloyd Maines, Kenny Maines, Sylvester "band-aid" Rice, Gwen Hewitt, Suzanne Paulk, Jo Harvey Allen
"Whooooit" Harmony/Freddy Pride, Mike Austin, Vincent Thomas, Jimmy Sampson
In the early 90's, the Afghan Whigs was (one of) THE band(s) for me. They had the punk rock at ti tude, the soul pimp swagger I never knew I admired, and their lyrics read like therapy session transcripts. True to form, the small notoriety achieved thus went to foreman Greg Dulli's head (sais I, anyhoo) and they fizzled like a humid leftover Alkaseltzer tab.
I see they're back now, but I haven't heard their new thang. Good luck to 'em! This is when I knew them best, loved them best, and whence they rocked my puny lil teenage world. Check out the Sally Mann-esque cover, too.
Enjoy. Oh, and check out John Rasmussen's much better-informed take on this disc.
|1.||If I Were Going|
|5.||When We Two Parted|
|6.||Fountain And Fairfax|
|7.||What Jail Is Like|
|9.||Now You Know|
|10.||I Keep Coming Back|
|11.||Brother Woodrow / Closing Prayer|