Friday, October 31, 2008

Bee Gees: Lemons Never Forget (mono mix)

Jerry Garcia Band: Werewolves of London

Only for the very curious. Trust me. Recorded 15 years ago today in New Jersey. I was in attendance, sitting somewhere behind the soundboard at Brendan Byrne Arena.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Monty Python & Monty Python & The Holy Grail: Executive Edition Addendum

Sparks: Tryouts For The Human Race

It seems like Russell, Ron, and Giorgio had a nice, creative vibe going in the studio when they convened in Munich to record this LP.

COMING SOON: the extended mix

Marijata: No Condition Is Permanent

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Al Stewart: On The Border

I'm feeling the need to revisit this bumrocks via cracklin' chim heater from '06. Best snare-drum-on-2-but-not-on-4 tension since the intro to this one.

From Year of the Cat. Produced by Alan Parsons. Sleeve by Hipgnosis.

The Beat: Twist & Crawl Dub

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Steve Hunter: Eldorado Street

From Swept Away. Best part at 1:47. Jim Gordon on drums.

Cover illustration by Don Punchatz.

Vitalic: Trahison

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sonic Youth: I Dreamed I Dream

Donovan: Wear Your Love Like Heaven b/w Oh, Gosh!

Big B, that melodic connoisseur, emailed me an mp3 of "Wear Your Love" a few months back. "Oh, Gosh!", a similarly blissed-out major-seventh ditty, was the B-side of the original U.S. single release. Too much.

Both songs available on A Gift from a Flower to a Garden.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

April 7, 1995

Smashing Pumpkins:
Tonight, Tonight
Fuck You (An Ode To No One)
To Forgive
Bullet With Butterfly Wings
Thru The Eyes Of Ruby
Porcelina Of The Vast Oceans
Cherub Rock

Friday, October 24, 2008

Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids: She's So Fine

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Grateful Dead: Crazy Fingers

Arguably my favorite Garcia/Hunter composition. It was cool to see this getting some reaction from the dream chimney community awhile back. The one downside of the studio version is you miss the Spanish bit they used to do at the end, so I spliced in some live footage to remedy that.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Gabor Szabo:
It's So Hard To Say Goodbye

original air date: 4/27/07

both compositions by Wolfgang Melz

Dee Clark: Nobody But You

First hitting turntables in October '58 on Chicago's Vee-Jay Records. [Check out their jukebox.] What's missing are Vee-Jay's first US releases of The Beatles.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tim Maia: Verão Carioca

The triumphant re-return of T. Maia to these pages. Featuring Tim himself on drums, making the executive decision to drop the tempo slightly after each chorus. Also: great snare drum sound.

available on: this

Monday, October 20, 2008

Wanderléa: Calypso

written by Egberto Gismonti & Geraldo Eduardo Carneiro; arranged by Egberto; featuring Egberto on kalimba, tonton e sintetizadores

available on: Vamos Que Eu Ja Vou

Friday, October 17, 2008

Roxy Music: To Turn You On

Not necessarily the best song on the album, but one that's been speaking to me lately. A semi-schmaltzy yuppie power ballad with a beat. Featuring the legendary Alan Spenner on bass. Wicked muted fill from guitarist Neil Hubbard at the 0:25 mark; anomalous vocal double-tracking at 1:51.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Belle and Sebastian: The Blues are Still Blue

Sometimes a big dollop of seventies glam is all one needs...

Daryl Hall: Babs and Babs

Words and music by Daryl Hall. Produced and featuring guitar & Frippertronics by Robert Fripp. With Kenny Passarelli on bass, evidently enjoying himself on the outro. From the album Sacred Songs.

This is a good one to turn to when you're in the mood to listen to "Rich Girl" but you don't actually want to listen to "Rich Girl".

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New Order:
Temptation 12" A and B Sides

General Echo: Hot Reggae Music (version)

available on: Teacher Fe Di Class

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pavement: Birds in the Majik Industry

From the B-side of the "Stereo" 45. Be sure to pick up the forthcoming deluxe Brighten The Corners reissue on Matador to hear the "unedited vocal version"...

Mighty Mighty:
Night After Night

Monday, October 13, 2008

Hatsune Miku: Thatness and Thereness

Composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto. Vocals by Hatsune Miku. This recording and video by ???

Friday, October 10, 2008

Harpers Bizarre: Witchi Tai To

The triumphant return of Harpers Bizarre to these pages. This one has appeared on a couple of other blogs before, and with good reason, as it's a bloody masterpiece. Written by Jim Pepper, based on Native American healing chants. Available on Harpers Bizarre IV.

Jim Pepper: Witchitai-To, from Pepper's Pow Wow. With Billy Cobham, Chuck Rainey, and Larry Coryell.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Touch Of Class: I'm In Heaven

Produced & featuring keyboards by John "The Monster" Davis. Written by Mervin & Melvin Steals. Recorded & mixed at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia. Vince Montana on vibes.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Johanna Group:
Strange Love Action
Hors Phase

Foot-stompin' good times from Germany's Johanna Group, a collective of anonymous library musicians. Both tracks originally from the album Strange Love Action; now available on this and this respectively. (If anyone has the original LP, please feel free to post a full rip.)

Talking Heads: Pulled Up

"Sleeping, dreaming, such a simple thing,
I think of things that I might be...."

Philip Glass:
V2 Schneider

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Odyssey: Who

A hypnotic favorite off of this compilation from days of yore. Arranged and produced by Vangelis Papathanassiou.


Blondie: Heroes

(Sorry about the horrible quality - 128 kbs)

Monday, October 06, 2008

Roger and the Human Body: Nature's Song

Music by Roger Troutman. Lyrics by Larry Troutman. Featuring Roger Troutman on vocals, bass, flute, guitar, and synthesizer. Available on the album Introducing Roger.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Hot Chocolate: Mindless Boogie

Words & music by Errol Brown. Still relevant.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Elton John: Rocket Man (Hardkiss remix)

Don Gibson: Oh Lonesome Me

For those that dare, watch The Walkers 1974 cover version here.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Traffic: Shootout At The Fantasy Factory

Featuring the all-universe rhythm section of Roger Hawkins (drums), David Hood (bass), and Rebop. If the lengthy guitar solo isn't to your taste, you can just focus on what David Hood is playing during that part.

Recorded at Strawberry Hill Studios, Jamaica

American Beauty: 1970 Firebird (I Rule!)

Hmm, let me think.