Merry Merry

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!

Over There

I'm on fi-ah!! More than one post on the same day! In the same week! In the same month!

Anyway, I just wanted to share what has been one of the most influential records of my life. I usually don't go for live recordings too much, cos usually it's a "you had to be there" type thing, but this is somethin' else. Originally this was only a 6 track EP. But with the release of the Slash compilation "Testament", we got 4 more tracks recorded on this same date (May 22, 1982, at the Venue in London), plus the Alvin brothers doing a Jimmy Reed cover. I just wish that I had been at this show or seen the band during this period, which I think was their peak. This ain't technically punk rock, but it's punk rock to me.


01. High School Confidential
02. What Will Lucy Do?
03. Crazy Baby
04. Got Love If You Want It
05. Rock Boppin' Baby
06. Walkin' With Mr. Lee
07. Keep a Knockin'
08. I Don't Want To
09. Go, Go, Go
10. Roll 'Em Pete
11. Take Out Some Insurance(1985)

Plus, this gives me a good opportunity to post a few good youtubes:

A funny newwavey video for "Barefoot Rock" from their first album on Rolling Rock Records

"Marie Marie" 1985

Crazy Phil talking about furniture companies:

Mellow Dave talking about the Blasters and blues:

Blood and Roses

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.

Compact DiscSo, I bought the CD. I believe it was one of my first digital purchases, and I was awestruck by the crystal clear goodness of it all.

Anyway, "Especially For You" is a great, great pop album. "Green Thoughts", while not as good, has some amazing pop songs. Enjoy! Their latest two albums are great Beatles covers. As always, buy it/ if you /like it! (if you can)..

1 Strangers When We Meet 3:46
2 Listen to Me Girl 3:00
3 Groovy Tuesday 2:39
4 Cigarette 2:30
5 I Don't Want to Lose You 3:20
6 Time and Time Again 3:09
7 Behind the Wall of Sleep 3:23
8 In a Lonely Place 6:19
9 Blood and Roses 3:36
10 Crazy Mixed-Up Kid 2:07
11 Hand of Glory 2:45
12 Alone at Midnight 3:41
13 White Castle Blues 3:57

1 Only a Memory 3:42
2 House We Used to Live In 4:02
3 Something New 1:56
4 The World We Know 3:47
5 Especially for You 3:07
6 Drown in My Own Tears 3:11
7 Deep Black 2:56
8 Elaine 2:32
9 Spellbound 4:11
10 If the Sun Doesn't Shine 3:32
11 Green Thoughts 2:28

Here's a more recent video of this New Jersey band. Like all of us, heavier in the gut but still rockin'!!:

here is the video for the duet with Suzanne Vega from the first album:

and a good interview with Pat Dinizio

Sun Records Collection Pt. 1

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 [1]
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 [1]
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 [1]
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 [1]
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 [1]
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



Seeing as I get so many hits from my past live Los Lobos post (now disappeared into cyberlimbo), I thought I would humor those of you who are into these awesome musicians.

Seva FoundationThis is a charity gig from late September in San Francisco, for a real worthy cause, as one would expect, called Seva. Check it out and donate if you can and are so inclined!!

Guests include Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and some dude named Elvis:

Thanks go out to the original taper who goes by the name of RasBobre!!

I took the FLAC file and remixed the sound w SoundForge. Maybe I overdid it w the treble, but hey, I ain't no Butch Vig (nor would i wish to be, actually..).

Enjoy, WolfHeads!!:
Los Lobos w/Special Guests: 30th Anniversary Seva Foundation Benefit

Please visit Seva Foundation's website at to learn more about this great organization.

Will The Wolf Survive?
The Valley
A Matter Of Time*
The Neighborhood
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.

Back to Basics

Often described as the "one-man Clash", Billy Bragg is much more than that. As much as I love "The Only Band That Matters", Billy's songs are political in a way that the Clash's songs never were, mining a much more personal and confessional vein. This record (which is actually his first two albums plus an EP on one CD), to me, has him at his best, and while it does contain some amazing protopunk-sounding tunes, for me his most affecting are songs like "A New England", "The Saturday Boy" and "A Lover Sings".

Before he was "The" Billy Bragg, he was in a band called Riff Raff. Whilst researching this post I found a nice blog with a complilation of their singles. So head on over to SOMENOISE if you want to check that out!!

  1. "The Milkman of Human Kindness"
  2. "To Have and To Have Not"
  3. "Richard"
  4. "Lovers Town Revisited"
  5. "A New England"
  6. "The Man in the Iron Mask"
  7. "The Busy Girl Buys Beauty"
  8. "It Says Here"
  9. "Love Gets Dangerous"
  10. "The Myth of Trust"
  11. "From a Vauxhall Velox"
  12. "The Saturday Boy"
  13. "Island of No Return"
  14. "St Swithin's Day"
  15. "Like Soldiers Do"
  16. "This Guitar Says Sorry"
  17. "Strange Things Happen"
  18. "A Lover Sings"
  19. "Between the Wars"
  20. "World Turned Upside Down"
  21. "Which Side are You on"

And here is a more recent song that has some great lyrics - "Waiting for the Great Leap Forward":

Lobos for Kids

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".



1. La Bamba - Los Lobos, Traditional
2. (Narration) - Los Lobos,
3. Wooly Bully - Los Lobos, Samudio, Domingo
4. (Narration) - Los Lobos,
5. Buzz Buzz Buzz - Los Lobos, Byrd, Robert
6. (Narration) - Los Lobos,
7. Route 90 - Los Lobos, Garlow, B.
8. Corrido for Papa Lalo - Los Lobos, Traditional
9. (Narration) - Los Lobos,
10. La Bicicleta - Los Lobos, Traditional
11. (Narration) - Los Lobos,
12. Cielito Lindo - Los Lobos, Traditional
13. (Narration) - Los Lobos,
14. La Mañanitas Alegre - Los Lobos, Traditional
15. El Pato - Los Lobos, Traditional
16. (Narration) - Los Lobos,
17. De Colores - Los Lobos, Traditional
18. (Narration) - Los Lobos,
19. Las Mañanitas Tapatias - Los Lobos, Traditional
20. (Narration) - Los Lobos,
21. La Piñata - Los Lobos, Traditional
22. (Narration) - Los Lobos,
23. La, La, La - Los Lobos, Paul, Clarence
24. La Bamba - Los Lobos, Traditional
25. (Narration) - Los Lobos,
26. Wooly Bully Banda (Reprise) - Los Lobos, Samudio, Domingo
27. (Narration) - Los Lobos



The Odd Couple

“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.”

A match made in purgarory..

These are two of my favorite artists doing a very unexpected one-off collaboration.

Mekon Jon Langford and Devotion and Doubt Richard Buckner get together in Sally Timm's pad to lay down some tunage.

Like Ruben Blades said, "La vida te da sorpresas, sorpresas te da la vida, Ay Dios!"..

I debated on whether or not to post this, but I decided I would since it's a tough-to-find cd, particularly for us thirld-world types.

That being said, please, please, PLEASE:

BUY the cd if you hear this and do enjoy it.


Thanks for having me back. enjoy.

1. Rolling Of The Eyes (Buckner/Langford)
2. Nothing To Show (Langford)
3. Sweet Anybody (Buckner)
4. From Attic to Basement (Langford)
5. Torn Apart (Langford)
6. Stayed (Buckner)
7. The Inca Princess (Buckner/Langford/Rice/Odom)
8. No Tears Tonight (Buckner/Langford)
9. Do You Wanna Go Somewhere? (Buckner)

Why Obama, by Jon Langford

Little Boy Blue

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.

  1. "Two Steps From the Blues" – 2:34
  2. "Cry Cry Cry" – 2:43
  3. "I'm Not Ashamed" – 2:36
  4. "Don't Cry No More" – 2:28
  5. "Lead Me On" – 2:06
  6. "I Pity the Fool" – 2:44
  7. "I've Got to Forget You" – 2:34
  8. "Little Boy Blue" – 2:40
  9. "St James Infirmary" – 2:26
  10. "I'll Take Care of You" – 2:26
  11. "I Don't Want No Woman" – 2:40
  12. "I've Been Wrong So Long" – 2:19

Risque Rhythm

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.


1. Big Ten-Inch Record - Moose Jackson
2. Big Long Slidin' Thing - Dinah Washington
3. Laundromat Blues - The '5' Royales
4. The Walkin' Blues (Walk Right In, Walk Right Out) - The Jesse Powell Orchestra
5. Wasn't That Good - Wynonie Harris
6. Butcher Pete-Pt. 1 - Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men
7. It Ain't The Meat - The Swallows
8. Sixty-Minute Man - The Dominoes
9. Lemon Squeezing Daddy - The Sultans
10. Work With Me Annie - The Royals
11. Keep On Churnin' - Wynonie Harris
12. Silent George - Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra
13. Long John Blues - Dinah Washington
14. Mountain Oysters - Eddis Davis
15. My Man Stands Out - Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends
16. Toy Bell - The Bees
17. Rocket 69 - Todd Rhodes & Orchestra
18. (I Love To Play Your Piano) Let Me Bang Your Box - The Toppers With Orchestra

Tones On Tails

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.


1.01 Lions (3:57)
1.02 War (3:18)
1.03 Happiness (3:08)
1.04 The Never Never (Is Forever) (3:20)
1.05 Performance (4:12)
1.06 Slender Fungus (3:35)
1.07 Movement of Fear (3:51)
1.08 Real Life (5:06)
1.09 Rain (8:27)
2.01 Go! (Club Mix) (4:27)
2.02 Christian Says (3:42)
2.03 Twist (5:10)
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)
2.11 Copper (3:06)
2.12 Means of Escape (3:51)
2.13 Instrumental (3:29)
2.14 Performance (7" Version) (3:12)
2.15 Shakes (3:54)
2.16 Heartbreak Hotel (Live) / Interview With Daniel Ash (Hidden Track) (12:17)

1 * 2 * 3

Biting My Nails

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

Bizarro World

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. Brassneck
2. Crushed
3. No
4. Thanks
5. Kennedy
6. What Have I Said Now?
7. Granadaland
8. Bewitched
9. Take Me!
10. Be Honest
11. Unfaithful
12. One Day This Will All Be Yours
13. It's Not Unusual
14. Brassneck [Single Version]
15. Don't Talk, Just Kiss
16. Gone
17. Box Elder

Jumpin' Sandy

This is Big Sandy's first release on Hightone Records, and my first taste of them as well. Their first album produced by Dave Alvin, this is ...

"Jumping From 6 To 6"

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

16.: Juiced

performing live on Art Fein's Poker Party:

The Great 28

Not much to say

Chuck Berry.

Legendary pervert. RnR pioneer.


1. Maybellene
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
15. Carol
16. Beautiful Delilah
17. Memphis
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
26. Nadine
27. No Particular Place to Go
28. I Want to Be Your Driver

Lubbock on Everything

Lubbock, TX. Buddy Holly. Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Joe Ely.

And then there's Terry Allen.

Terry is a conceptual multimedia country artist, if there is such a thing. Born in Kansas, bred in Lubbock, educated in L.A., and now in Santa Fe, Terry writes wry lyrics about art, good ole boys, pillpopping and the Nashville country establishment, among other things. And he's a sculptor. I actually got the chance to meet and talk with him when I was getting my mfa in New Orleans in 1997. Nice enough guy, very unassuming. At the time, I was undergoing a small existential conflict about Art, so when I heard this song on a wonderful country show on WWOZ, It really hit a nerve:

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 me

This double album was recorded in Lubbock in 1979, with the participation of folks like Joe Ely and Lloyd maines. To be more precise:

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
Bass/Kenny Maines
Drums/Curtis McBride
Percussion, marimba, jawbone, skin castanets/Alan Shinn
Fiddle/Richard Bowden
Accordian/Ponty Bone
Saxophone/Don Caldwell
Harmonica/Joe Ely (courtesy MCA Records)
Jazz Guitar on "Cocktails for Three"/Luis Martinez
Flatland guitar on "Flatland Farmer"/Jesse Taylor
Trumpet/Tommy Anderson
Trombone/Mark Anthony
Tuba/Russ Standefer
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

1 Amarillo Highway
2 High Plains Jamboree
3 Great Joe Bob (A Regional Tragedy)
4 The Wolfman of del Rio
5 Lubbock Woman
6 The Girl Who Danced Oklahoma
7 Truckload of Art
8 Collector (And the Art Mob)
9 Oui (A French Song)
10 Rendevouz USA
11 Cocktails for Three
12 The Beautiful Waitress
13 Blue Asian Reds
14 New Delhi Freight Train
15 Ffa
16 Flatland Farmer
17 My Amigo
18 The Pink and Black Song
19 The Thrity Years Waltz
20 I Just Left Myself

NOTE: tracks in compressed file are out of order. Reorganize at will!!

I'm a gentle man

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


3.Be Sweet


5.When We Two Parted

6.Fountain And Fairfax

7.What Jail Is Like

8.My Curse

9.Now You Know

10.I Keep Coming Back

11.Brother Woodrow / Closing Prayer