Thursday, April 30, 2009

Vic Godard & The Subway Sect -
Nobody's Scared
Out Of Touch

Be Bop Deluxe - Sound Track

Am I making this up, or is there a scene in Fast Times where Judge Reinhold is washing his car in the driveway, listening to "American Girl"? For some reason this song reminds me of that scene.

Available on: Futurama. Produced by Roy Thomas Baker.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Shop Assistants -
Train From Kansas City
After Dark

The Pioneers - Long Shot Kick De Bucket

Simply a classic that's been hitting the mark for me lately. I like drum machines, but good luck catching this groove with one. Gotta love the discrepancy between the tempo the drummer counts out and the tempo the band (quickly) arrives at.

Produced by Leslie Kong.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Gilded Youth - Please Don't Kiss

If you are of roughly college age and were recently dumped by your girlfriend/boyfriend, you may want to listen to this. Watch for a sound quality upgrade on this one soon (whenever the record gets here from France).

Gilded Youth on myspace

Flamin' Groovies: Yesterday's Numbers

An overdue return of the Flamin' Groovies since Mike's January '07 post.

[Photo courtesy of Life in Lomo]

Monday, April 27, 2009

Orange Juice - Flesh Of My Flesh (long version)

Mixed with reckless abandon by Dennis Bovell, who was most likely also on hand for this one.
karate dance
The Emperors: Karate

Check out the history of this track from this funky site.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

November 1, 1978
The Howard Theater, Washington, D.C.

P Funk -
Cosmic Slop
Give Up the Funk > May We Funk You
Red Hot Mama
Into You
Standing on the Verge > Headstrong
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes > Maggot Brain
One Nation Under a Groove
Mothership Connection

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Replacements: Bastards of Young

Big B posted "Swinging Party" about a year ago, and in the comments I alluded to this, my favorite song off of Tim. Now, almost a year later, I've gotten around to posting it. Touching on disappointment, income taxes, alienation, and sharecropping, this song has it all.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Smiths -
Girlfriend in a Coma
Work is a Four Letter Word
I Keep Mine Hidden

Here's a vinyl rip of the last Smiths release. Dedicated to Emmett, today.


Hey folks, I've been a bit spotty in my posting lately. Sadly, the obligations of "real life" have left me with no time to do what I really want to be doing, i.e. posting songs on this site and studying The Bible. But I'm happy to announce that I have put together the 66th installment of our show for Viva Radio, which drops today at 2 PM. Archived Viva shows can be accessed here, as always. Thanks for listening. See you soon...

Everything is coming up Love...

John Holt: In the Springtime

(a double-shot of Holt to kick start the season)

The Paragons: The Tide Is High

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Dream Syndicate: Until Lately

They say he was in a good position
A man of pride and ambition
Until lately

Yes, it just goes to show how wrong you can be. I love how Steve Wynn yells out, "He was an ordinary guy!"

Monday, April 20, 2009

3rd Bass: Brooklyn-Queens

Can you believe that it's been twenty years since The Cactus Album? Where's the remastered anniversary edition? I was listening to this CD recently - these guys really didn't like MC Hammer. So here, from my dusty music collection to your ears, is some late 80s hip hop, with some "Best of My Love" sampling. Running man, anyone? Enjoy.

Aside: Prime Minister (Sinister) Pete Nice now co-owns a bar in Boston with a member of the Dropkick Murphys. It looks terrible.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Paul Zaza - The Payback

Um... yeah. Thanks to Citizen Kane for this one. Can't find jack $hit about this on-line (let alone get the record), hence rolling with a bootleg from the Beats In Space webcast. My French is execrable but is this about Québécois separatism?

Good cover version.

Sparks - Saccharin And The War

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Dinosaur jr.: In a Jar

And in other jar-related songs...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Tortured Soul - In Motion

Buy it. Seriously.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Only Chrome-Waterfall Orchestra - Nairam

From the album Mike Gibbs directs The only Chrome-Waterfall Orchestra. Arguably the best album title and sleeve design of all time.

Essential Logic - Fanfare In The Garden

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Stud Leather - Cut Loose

Prescient sounds from London's The Stud Leather. Thanks to Robin Wills for this one. Best minimalist drum breaks since "Birthday". Hallelujah.

Gregory Isaacs - Cool Down the Pace

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

George Harrison -
Awaiting On You All
Art Of Dying

Hott City - Feelin' Love

Thanks to our friends at Ambulansen for this rip, which is slowed down a taste. It's difficult to mount an argument against the "percussion" part that kicks in at 1:22.

Enjoy a quiet evening at home with Hott City.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Grateful Dead -
Scarlet Begonias
Touch Of Grey
Fire On The Mountain

Performed July 13, 1984
Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA

Thinking a bit about the article that was printed in the NYT the other day... I don't care much for the "best show ever" discussion, but I am interested in this "Survival of the Fittest" idea - that the crème de la crème rises to the top. If a show was widely circulated in the days before the Internet, does that make it a great show? Obviously 5/8/77 is a great show, and the soundboard that circulates, the Betty Board is also of such amazing quality that if you care at all about the Grateful Dead, it is required listening. The show is also from a period in which the Grateful Dead are generally accepted to have played at their near-best if not their best. Regardless of whether or not it is one of their best performances, I get a kick out the fact that every Deadhead knows where Barton Hall is, and the mere mention of Barton Hall triggers a recollection of the date 5/8/77.

In my earliest days of trading tapes through the mail, I ended up with 7/13/84; only Set II if memory serves me correctly. It sounded funny to me back then. A little thin, and a little fast - and quite a contrast to the Dead that people probably initially hear - the Dead of 67-72, or the late 70s. It is a fun tape, but not one I would throw into my tape player too often. I also think it was widely traded, and I am unsure why. Maybe it was the placement of the fairly recently (within 2 years) composed Touch of Grey, or the Dark Star encore, but otherwise the rest of the show is, in my opinion of course, ho-hum. I do like the jam between Scarlet and Touch, and in general the Fire is played very well. Maybe it was the venue, which is right up there with the Frost Amphitheater as perhaps the best places to see a show. But that too, is a point for discussion.

Anyway. Emmett posted the Scarlet > Fire from 5/8/77 about a year ago for those of you who would like to compare.

Coming tomorrow - a post containing all 44 live performances of Easy Answers.

BONUS BEATS, from the same show. I was reminded that this song from the first set is also worth a listen. Thanks, Rich.

Units - High Pressure Days

Music from San Francisco's The Units. Thanks to Caterwauling at Waxidermy for the rip.


Sunday, April 12, 2009


Delaney & Bonnie - Groupie (Superstar)

Original air date 6/20/08. Love the mix on this one.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Two posts on the World Wide Web that might be worth your time:

1) Terry Riley's In C for free from Amazon.

2) The NYT running a piece on the Grateful Dead. Don't miss the photos, the vote for the best show ever, or the discussion on the vote, in which I felt compelled to add a comment.

I have some Otis Redding lined up for the morning. Goodnight.

Friday, April 10, 2009

"So much confusion in this world below..."

Mahalia Jackson: Standing Here Wondering Which Way to Go

Thursday, April 09, 2009

John Lennon: Watching The Wheels (acoustic)

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Yo La Tengo: Somebody's Baby

Gonna shine tonight, make her mine tonight...

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Augustus Pablo: Memories of the Ghetto

Monday, April 06, 2009

David Crosby: Song With No Words (Tree With No Leaves)

Speaking of Jerry Garcia, that's his searing guitar at the end of this, one of Crosby's finest lyrical efforts, IMHO. Off of If I Could Only Remember My Name.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Jerry Garcia Band - Palm Sunday

Saturday, April 04, 2009

February 21, 1979
Hatfield Polytechnic BBC Rock Hour

The Police -
Can't Stand Losing You
So Lonely
Fall Out
Hole in My Life
Truth Hits Everybody
Message in a Bottle
Next to You
Can't Stand Losing You (Reprise)

Chris Bell: Speed of Sound

Friday, April 03, 2009

Fred Neil Bleecker and MacDougal
Fred Neil: Other Side to This Life

Discography here. The photo below is pulled from the link showing a young Bob Dylan, Karen Dalton and Fred Neil, circa 1961.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Bob Dylan: License to Kill

Hey, we got a request for a song from Dylan's Infidels.

Oh yeah? Jokerman?

Noooo, um, something else.

This one goes out to my cousin K. and her fiance T. The dance floor will be hopping when this one comes on! Remember, be humble kids!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

D'Arcy Advertising Company: Experts

So convincing, eh?