Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Ettore Stratta and His Orchestra:
Theme from "Stavisky"
Theme from "Amarcord"

from the album Themes '75

Theme from "Stavisky" by Stephen Sondheim, arranged by Jim Tyler

Theme from "Amarcord" by Nino Rota, arranged by Emanuel Vardi

Recorded at Davout Studios in Paris on Jan. 10, 11, 12, 1975

Somebody get this still-sealed copy for $45 on eBay, rip it, and mail me the mp3's!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Hurricane Smith: Don't Let It Die [1971]

"What we see is what we choose..."

Hmm. What's up with the horses?
Former engineer for The Beatles and producer for Pink Floyd pens a psychedelic nugget under the name Hurricane Smith. By the end, the track almost collapses on itself with the wurlitzer swooning and the accompanying string section sounding seasick. Overall, a straggly little pop gem.

Perhaps anything sounding faintly like The Beatles in the early Seventies was enough to be a U.K hit. And, why not?

Support Hurricane "Normal" Smith here

Merry Clayton:
Gimme Shelter and Tell All The People [1971]

from the album Merry Clayton

Gimme Shelter written by Jagger/Richards
Tell All The People written by Robbie Krieger

For those who don't know, Merry Clayton (born on Christmas Day in New Orleans) sang the spine-tingling female vocals on the Stones' original version of Gimme Shelter. This is her solo version from her self-titled 1971 LP, which I was stoked to find at Academy on Friday for a reasonable $20. I'm also including Merry's cover of the Soft Parade deep cut "Tell All The People". Perhaps the idea to cover this came from Merry's husband Curtis Amy, who played the sax solo on "Touch Me" (also from The Soft Parade) and co-produced this record.

Album credits:
Produced by Lou Adler with considerable help from Curtis Amy
Arranged by Gene Page

Guitars: David T. Walker, David Cohen, Louie Shelton, Lou Morrell, Orville "Red" Rhodes; Piano & Organ: Joe Sample, the Late Great Billy Preston; Conga: King Errisson; Percussion: Gary Coleman, Victor Feldman; Bass: Bob West; Drums: Paul Humphrey

available on LP

Ed Bogas (Arr.): Michael's Scarborough Fair [1973]

This is Ed Bogas' library music-esque arrangement of Simon & Garfunkel's classic. Featuring Merl Saunders on clavinet, this track from the soundtrack for Heavy Traffic is the latest in the brief series I'm doing on songs from Bakshi movies.

The other two songs from the series can be found here and here.

I posted The Riot last night, and was amazed to find, this morning, that it hasn't received a single hit from hype-machine. That goes against everything I previously believed to be true; that being: 'if it's on hype-machine, people will listen to it.' This is nearly as interesting to me as a Neil Young song going to number 3 on the most popular list otherwise populated with songs by Arcade Fire and Klaxons, and will certainly be added fodder for some conversations I've been having with Emmett re: what makes people download a song from an mp3 blog.

Buy the movie here. The song is, obviously, part of the movie.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Ed Bogas and Merl Saunders: The Riot [1972]

Guitar - Cornell Dupree
Bass - Chuck Rainey
Drums - Bernard Purdie
Percussion - Bobby Porter
Keys - Merl Saunders

Another solid tune from a Ralph Bakshi film.

(If this song had been performed a few months later, Merl Saunders would have been on it too.)

This theme to be continued tomorrow.

Might as well buy this one.

Neil Young:
Mr. Soul (dance remix) [1982]
Sample And Hold (dance remix) [1982]

As so often happens, the moment we brought up Neil Young on Thursday, people started clamoring to hear something from Trans. So for the hardcore Trans-fans among us (I'm thinking in particular of Sheridan DuPre II, Jude, and JAZ chimney), here are the dance remixes from the Sample And Hold 12". Two great floor-fillers from the post-stagflation Neil. Get up!

Why don't you own Trans yet?

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better [1977]

written by Carole Bayer Sager and Marvin Hamlisch
string & horns arranged & conducted by Richard Hewson

I love everything about this: The stately piano intro, the Lydian melody, the dreamy chords, the fat drums, the electro-toms, and especially the horns, strings, and vocal overdubs on the outro, all of which combine to make this the most-played song on my iPod (37 plays).

For another track from the Spy Who Loved Me soundtrack, see here.
The Flaming Groovies: Please Please Girl [1976]

Some 1960s-retro sound from the 1970s for this frosty Sunday morning in 2007.

Buy the album here.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Isaac Hayes: Something [1970]

from The Isaac Hayes Movement

I'm going to see Isaac at B.B. King's tonight, so that seems a reasonable excuse to post this pocket symphony, the track that first got me delving into the manifold delights of the Hayes catalogue a few years ago.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Love: Gather Round [1969]

The Kinks: Apeman [1970]

Two from the years '69-'70 which I like because they serve as good if odd transitional songs. Set somewhere after the summer of love but before the summer of sam, sometime after Woodstock but before stagflation, released on either side of Altamont. Together they show man the hubristic animal, skepticism towards success and progress, urbanism and its discontents, and an alienation from both reality and ideal. The Kinks (from Lola Versus Powerman) retreat to kind of fantasy in witty exasperation: “So I’m no better than the animals sitting in their cages in the zoo man / cos compared to the flowers and the birds and the trees, I am an ape man.” Love (from Out Here), on the other hand, take a more somber, enigmatic, and confrontational approach: “I'm gonna tell another story bout an animal called man / Well he struts all around with his tailor made suits / But his mind is all filled up with bullshit.”

Eddie Harris: Live Right Now and Why Don't You Quit [1970]

from the album Come On Down!


The personnel is: Eddie Harris, electric tenor sax; Ira Sullivan, trumpet; Jimmy O'Rourke & Cornell Dupree, guitars; Billy Carter, organ; Dave Crawford, piano; Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass; Tubby Ziegler, drums.

Recorded at Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida
Produced by Tom Dowd

The electric saxophone played by Eddie Harris is made by Innovex, Division of Hammond Corporation.

available on CD

Carole King: Where You Lead [1971]

Off Tapestry. One side of a one-time song-writing duo with the co-writer of yesterday's track, Carole will be a senior citizen in a week or two.

This is my early happy birthday to her.

Buy Carole King here.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Neil Young: On The Beach [1974]

Not very obscure, but I was feeling this on the subway yesterday so here 'tis. Each verse is over one minute long (I timed it).

Featuring Graham Nash on Wurlitzer electric piano.

Get it on CD or LP.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Marianne Faithfull: Something Better [1968]

This performance was part of the Rolling Stones' December 11th, 1968 "Rock & Roll Circus."

Say hey have you heard...

Buy some Marianne Faithfull here.

Bettye LaVette: Doin' The Best That I Can (Walter Gibbons Remix) [1978]

This is apparently a seminal moment in the history of remixing. (For instance, see this article.) The radically minimalist/cubist approach of the remix is evident from the first listen, but it took me a few listens to actually start to enjoy the song. I think I was thrown at first by the extremely trebly textures (like those insane bell sounds, and the absence of bass in the beginning). But after multiple listens I started to hear the beautiful song behind the spooky emptiness of the sound. This is a great torch song, standing at the emotional crossroads of "I Will Survive", "I'm Coming Out", and a third song (you decide) that's a little despondent ("Don't Get Around Much Anymore", maybe?).

Written Mark Sameth (about whom I can find nothing on the Internet)
Vocal by Bettye LaVette
Remixed by Walter Gibbons

Get it on CD or vinyl.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Elton John: Amoreena [1970]

“The most touching element in Dog Day Afternoon is Sonny’s inability to handle all of the responsibilities he has assumed. Though he is half-crazed by his situation, he is trying to do the right thing by everybody—his wife and children, the suicidal Leon, the hostages in the bank. In the sequence in which Sonny dictates his will, we can see that inside this ludicrous bungling robber there’s a complicatedly unhappy man, operating out of a sense of noblesse oblige....This picture is one of the most satisfying of all the movies starring New York City because the director, Sidney Lumet, and the screenwriter, Frank Pierson...let us move into the dark, confused areas of Sonny’s frustrations and don’t explain everything to us. They trust us to feel without being told how to feel.”
-- Pauline Kael, in When the Lights Go Down

This song from Tumbleweed Connection plays during the opening montage of New York City scenes in Dog Day Afternoon (1976) which, for my money, is one of the more memorable movie beginnings. If you haven’t seen it, rent it. Early Elton John’s not bad either. Nor, for that matter, is Pauline Kael's writing on movies of the 70s.

Jeff Beck: Cause We've Ended As Lovers [1975]

written by Stevie Wonder

from Blow By Blow

This is for anyone working the night shift.

Monday, January 22, 2007

The Zombies: Friends of Mine - BBC Session [1967]
"But now, those friends of mine..."
A song for many occasions.
This one goes out to all the folks who attended Miss Ava's birthday party.

Michael Henderson: Solid [1976]

Michael Henderson: The young man who became a legend in his own time, providing the heroic basslines on such Miles Davis albums as Jack Johnson, Live-Evil, Agharta, and Pangaea, gets stupid fresh on this funk fantasia from his first solo LP.

Read a fireside chat with Michael.

Solid seems to be out of print on CD. Get it on vinyl.

The players:
Keyboards: Rudy Robinson, Lester Williams, Rod Lumpkin
Synthesizer: Mark Johnson, Bruce Nazarian
Guitars: Bruce Nazarian, Ralph Armstrong, Michael Henderson
Bass: Michael Henderson
Percussion: Muruga Sharma
Drums: Leslie Daniels, Jerry Jones, Michael Henderson (Solid)*

*I think this means that Michael did a drum overdub on top of the basic drum track.

Public Image Ltd.: Solitaire [1983]
Public Image Ltd.: (This Is Not A) Love Song [1983]

Taken from Live In Tokyo.

This from
"With Keith Levene & Pete Jones' departure, PiL found themselves without a band for the upcoming Japanese tour. As a panic measure musicians were hired from auditions by Bob Miller and Martin Atkins. The line-up of Louis Bernardi (bass), Joseph Guida (guitar) & Tommy Zvoncheck (keyboards) – often dubbed the "Cabaret Band" – had no real experience outside the New Jersey bar scene. Atkins is so concerned with the new band's image he persuades them to wear cabaret suits!
'Live in Tokyo' was one of the first digital live albums ever recorded (if not the first). The gigs were recorded on a Mitsubishi X-800 32ch tape recorder. At the time there were only three in existence and the cutting edge of musical technology."

Buy this instead.

Photograph by Chris Klugman. Check him out here.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Gyorgy Ligeti:

Requiem For Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Two Mixed Choirs & Orchestra [1963-65]

Lux Aeterna, for 16 solo voices [1966]

Atmospheres [1961]

Finally, the tracks everyone has been clamoring for: the scary-voices music from 2001.

This is a bit of a belated tribute to Gyorgy, who departed this solar system on June 12, 2006.

The next Ligeti piece I am excited to hear is:
Clocks and Clouds, for 12 female voices (1973)

Get some Ligeti on CD or vinyl.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Barclay James Harvest: Pools Of Blue [1968]

Recorded for the BBC during the making of their first album, this song remained inexplicably unreleased until the 2002 CD reissue.

Good for a snowy Saturday.

Check out the official BJH website and also this interesting article about their use of the mellotron.

P.S. As it happens, today is original BJH drummer Mel Pritchard's birthday. Happy Birthday Mel! I had no idea until I began the research for this post 5 minutes ago. I love when that happens.

Friday, January 19, 2007

The Art Of Noise:
Moments In Love (12" beaten version) [1985]
Moments In Love (original version) [1983]

This is fantastic. As the bio of Art Of Noise on says, "Moments In Love anticipated an entire genre -- chillout." The song worked very well yesterday as I was riding on a bus through Central Park and then past glamourous Madison Avenue shop windows.

Both long and "short" versions have their pros and cons, and both should be heard.

Buy some Art Of Noise CDs.
Little Beaver: I Can Dig It Baby [1975]

Vox and guitar: Willie "Little Beaver" Hale
Keys: Benny Latimore and Timmy Thomas
Bass: Jaco Pastorius
Drums and percussions: Robert Ferguson, Willie Clarke and Glen Holmes
Background vocals: Betty Wright

Little Beaver's short career produced a few noteworthy tracks; this collaboration with 23-year-old Jaco Pastorius was one of them. Steady steady.

Find more Jaco here.

Off Party Down. Buy it here.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Rod Stewart: Handbags and Gladrags [1969]

written by one-time Manfred Mann lead singer Mike d'Abo, who also plays piano on the track

from the LP An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down

Released as a single in 1969, "Handbags" was re-released in January of '72 and went to #42 in the U.S. and #25 in Canada.

The song was originally recorded by Chris Farlowe, whose version made it to #33 on the UK charts in November of '67.

Also, what is a "gladrag"?

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Guy Pedersen: Kermesse Non Heroique [1972]

taken from the CD accompanying the book The Music Library, compiled by Jonny Trunk (highly recommended)

originally from the album Maxi-Music [Telemusic, 1972]

I gather that a "kermesse" is something like a fair or carnival. The title "Kermesse Non Heroique" appears to be a reference to this French film from 1935. (Can any French speakers out there illuminate this furthur?)

Anyways, fasten your seatbelts -- this is a wild ride!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Holger Czukay: Persian Love [1979]
Brian Eno & David Byrne: A Secret Life [1981]

Persian Love is off Can founding-member Holger Czukay's Movies.

A Secret Life is off the often extolled Eno and Byrne collaboration My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.

Two songs that oddly enough, and randomly, played back-to-back on my mp3 player today.

Buy Holger Czukay's striking album here.
Buy the Eno & Byrne collaboration here.
Al Stewart: Year Of The Cat [1976]

I was intrigued to see this song on a record I found in Argentina called "Special Discoteque Sound" (sic). The line-up for side 2 is fascinating:

Year of the Cat - Al Stewart
Rich Girl - Hall & Oates
Dancing Queen - Abba
I Like To Do It - K.C. And The Sunshine Band
Rock On Baby, Rock On - Betty Wright
Love In Motion - George McRae

From this I think we can infer that "Year Of The Cat" was a hit in Argentinian discotheques. Awesome.

Buy this and other Al Stewart records here.
David Bowie: Real Cool World (Cool Dub Thing #1) [1992]

Monday, January 15, 2007

David Bowie: Real Cool World [1992]

Two more in honor of David's 60th birthday. David was 45 when he got back with Nile Rodgers for the first time since 1983's Let's Dance to record this single for Ralph Bakshi's Cool World.

The highly-recommended, even groundbreaking soundtrack to Cool World can be purchased here. Check out the tracklist.

Nancy Sinatra: Sugar Town [1966]

This song is like a bag of jelly beans. Only to lead one to a stupefying sugar crash. This pop morsel reached #8 on the charts.

If you know someone who is about to commit karaoke to this tune, by all means, please call me.

John Coltrane Quartet: Afro-Blue [1963]

written by Mongo Santamaria

recorded live at Birdland (52nd & Broadway), October 8, 1963

available on the classic Live At Birdland

Trane's re-entrance after McCoy's solo, coming on the heels of Elvin's thunderous tom-tom fill, is among the most spine-tingling moments in musical history.

(dedicated to MLK)

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Little Sister: You're The One [1970]

This is a rare Sly Stone-produced single (for another one, see here). Little Sister was a trio consisting of Vaetta Stewart (Sly's little sister), Mary McCreary, and Elva Mouton. This song reminds me of an interview with Sly and the Family Stone drummer Greg Errico in which he described the song "Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf...)" as "Intricate funk. Like a jigsaw puzzle. If you remove one piece, it becomes something different" (I'm paraphrasing). "You're The One" employs that same jigsaw-funk technology.

For more details on the history of Little Sister (and more music!), see Vaetta's great website and also this article.
13th Floor Elevators: It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [1967]

from Easter Everywhere

This is what the dudes at Academy LPs were listening to when I was in there the other day. Love the twin guitar attack on this.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

The Jerry Garcia Band: The Harder They Come [1978]

written by Jimmy Cliff

recorded live at the Warner Theatre, Washington D.C., March 18th, 1978

Buy the whole show here.

For more live music from the Warner Theatre, see here.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Fantastic Four: If I Lose My Job [1976]

from the album Night People

The Fantastic Four are: James Epps (Sweet James) [lead singer]; Joseph Pruitt (baritone & second tenor); Cleveland Horne (1st tenor); Paul Scott (bass)


For the title track of this album, see here.

some notes about the cover:


Bob Marley: Jah Live [1975]

written and recorded after the death of Emperor Haile Selassie I on 8/27/75

available on Songs Of Freedom
Brian Wilson: Let's Go Away For Awhile [2006]
Brian Wilson: Sloop John B [2006]
Brian Wilson: God Only Knows [2006]
Brian Wilson: I Know There's An Answer [2006]
Brian Wilson: Pet Sounds [2006]

Five selections from Brian's show at the Warner Theater in DC on November 18, 2006. This was to be his final performance of The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, in its entirety, but the next shows are already planned for California this winter.

With Al Jardine on guitar.

Emmett's recent Beach Boys post: Friends.

Buy Brian Wilson here.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Bruce Springsteen: Wild Billy's Circus Story [1973]

In 1989, the American novelist Walker Percy wrote a letter to Bruce Springsteen, expressing a desire to meet him. Percy had heard of Springsteen’s admiration for Flannery O’Connor and wanted to discuss the role that “spiritual journey” played in his music and life. However, it was not to be as Percy, already in ill health, died the following year. Some eight years later, Will Percy, Walker’s nephew, conducted an interview for DoubleTake magazine in the spirit of that original letter. It is an interesting read, particularly on Springsteen’s literary influences.

This is from Springsteen’s second album, 1973’s The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle. It’s one of my favorites and not only for the spirited use of the tuba. The songwriting is earnest but not without irony. And these early songs which seem to be set on boardwalks, in the shadow of carnivals, populated with stock characters, show a surprising sensitivity to the grotesque. Not quite Tom Waits, perhaps, but I do think there is something that isn’t that far removed from O’Connor here. God bless the human cannonball, indeed.

And thanks to Big B for giving me a copy of this interview years ago...
Black on White Affair: Bold Soul Sister, Bold Soul Brother [1970]

'Talkin' bout nobody but my girl...'

This track comes courtesy of
Wheedle's Groove: Seattle's Finest in Funk & Soul 1965-75

The Doors: Hyacinth House [1971]
The Doors: Maggie M'Gill [1970]

from L.A. Woman and Morrison Hotel, respectively

The time to hesitate is through: Doors madness keeps on rolling with these two alliterative deep cuts.

bass on "Maggie M'Gill": Lonnie Mack

Hear more Doors here.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Meireles e Sua Orquestra: Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 - Uma Odisséia no Espaço) [1974]

from the album Brasilian Explosion

I just got back from a trip to Buenos Aires, and while there I did some pretty serious crate-digging. This is the first fruit of my "labors" -- Meireles covering Deodato covering Kubrick covering Strauss (later covered by Phish). Love the extensive Moog on this, and also that great Brasilian percussion instrument that sounds a little like an excited chimp -- Airto plays it a lot on "Live Evil"... what's it called? Oh yeah, a cuica.

Fashiøn: White Stuff (Short Cut) [1982]

I love these guys Fashiøn. Apparently their one goal in life was to create music that makes you feel like you are locked in some kind of James Bond/Miami Vice-esque glamourous dreamscape. (Indeed, "White Stuff" was used on this episode of Miami Vice three years later.)

available on The Height Of Fashiøn (highly recommended)

For another cut from Fashiøn, see here.
David Bowie: China Girl [1983]
4.27.1983 - Los Colinas, TX

David Bowie: Station To Station [1983]
4.27.1983 - Los Colinas, Texas (Tour rehearsals)

With Stevie Ray Vaughn on guitar. The band was willing enough to rehearse for the tour in Stevie's hometown, but one agent couldn't agree with another agent, and Stevie walked before the start of the tour.

Also check here for John, I'm Only Dancing (Again).

David Bowie turned 60 on January 8th.

Buy David Bowie music here.
Buy Stevie Ray Vaughn music here.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

David Bowie: TVC15 [1983]
4.27.1983 - Los Colinas, TX

Hall & Oates: You Make My Dreams [1980]

from the album Voices

Notable for the almost total lack of cymbals. Also, there's a chiming, clipped rhythm guitar sound, combined with a loping shuffle beat, that feels very characteristic of the era. I'm pretty sure that Pavement was referencing this sound on "Carrot Rope", and that the Beatles invented it on "Getting Better".

Note: I had the perfect image in mind to post with this song, but I simply could not find it on the Internet, so instead I went with two recently married alligators sticking their heads out of a limo.

The Magic Disco Machine: Scratchin' [1975]

available on Super Disco Brake's Volume One

"Super Disco Brake's" (sic), released by Paul Winley Records in 1979, is a fabulous compilation of early breakbeat songs. "Scratchin'" sounds very familiar to me, though I couldn't tell you where it's been sampled (...little help, anyone?). The SQ on this is admittedly flawed, but until I track down a CD version from Japan or whatever, this will have to do.

For other tracks from Super Disco Brake's Volume One see here and here.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Herbie Hancock: Chameleon [1977]

Recorded at the Ivanhoe Theater, Chicago, IL
February 16, 1977

Keyboard: Herbie Hancock
Bass: Jaco Pastorius
Sax: Bennie Maupin
Drums: James Levi

Here's Hancock performing Chameleon in 1975:

Buy some Herbie Hancock here.
The Doors: Five To One - From In Concert [1970]
Jay-Zed: Takeover - From Unplugged [2001]

Kanye West produced Jay-Zed's Takeover. Is that the Doors? Who would do that? Nobody samples anymore!

Buy music from The Doors here.
Buy music from Jay-Zed here.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Henry Mancini: Baretta's Theme (Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow) [1976]

Produced by Joe Reisman
Engineer: Mickey Crofford
Recorded July 26, 1976 at RCA Studios, Hollywood

The theme from Baretta (1975-1978, starring Robert Blake, ABC Wednesday nights), was written by Dave Grusin and Morgan Ames. This is Henry's arrangement of it, from the album The Cop Show Themes (1976). I actually do not own The Cop Show Themes; instead, I have this song on the "Maxell Jazz Sampler" (1979), a fascinating LP put out by the Maxell corporation to highlight the superior quality of their recording tape.

The original T.V. version of "Baretta's Theme" was sung by none other than Sammy Davis, Jr. (actually it's a bit of a long story). Apparently there were also successful cover versions by Merry Clayton and Rhythm Heritage, both of which I am eager to hear in the near future.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

The Pop Group: She is Beyond Good and Evil [1979]

Ever meet someone like that?
For some reason this song reminds me of 'Rock the Cashbah' which wouldn't reign on the radio until three years later.

The Beach Boys: Friends [1968]

from the album Friends

Mad props to Page Hamilton of Helmet for recommending this one to me in his "iTunes celebrity playlist."

Friday, January 05, 2007

Steely Dan: Dirty Work [1972]

This song plays as the final credits roll in Once in a Lifetime, the recent documentary on the New York Cosmos. It had been a while since I heard it and was reminded of what a great song - tired and decadent - it is.

Fagen and Becker recently penned a hilarious letter to Luke Wilson accusing his brother Owen of being a sellout who stole the title character in You, Me, and Dupree from them. They warn Luke that he risks being remembered “as the brother of the Zal Yanovsky of the 21st century.”

Ruth: Polaroïd/Roman/Photo [1985]

The Parisian quartet might have been somewhat popular when I was a young kid living in Paris, but I didn't know them until I heard them on WNYU two or three years ago.

Vox: Françoise Portes
Guitar: Thierry Muller
Bass: Ruth Ellyeri
Drums: Patrick Renard

Buy the album here.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Velvet Underground: I'll Be Your Mirror [1967]

I can't stand the sound...

Yes I can.

I've always connected the song from the post below to Nico. Maybe I'm being too literal.

The documentary Nico Icon contains a brilliant scene in which Nico's mother is listening to a recording of this song and lamenting the fact that her daughter is no longer a part of her life. It's touching and funny at the same time.

Here's the song I would have liked to have posted, but I can't find it right now. Maybe some other time...

Buy The Velvet Underground sound here. It's cheap!
Miss TK & The Revenge: Unicornucopia (I Love Nico) [2004]

This post isn't as off-the-mark as it seems. I was thinking about Miss TK today, and their 2004 album which was released to no acclaim. I never mind hearing Miss TK coming out of the shuffle feature on my MP3 player.

Miss TK, when are you going to play NYC? I'd like to catch your 30-minute set sometime soon. Are you even real?

Buy Miss TK here. For reals.

And what's the spurious connection to the long 70s? See the post above.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Kinks: Mindless Child Of Motherhood [1970]

This was the B-side to "Lola". Written and sung by Dave Davies.

available on The Kink Kronikles

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Smiths: Miserable Lie [1983]
The Smiths: The Hand That Rocks The Cradle [1983]

From the infamous Troy Tate sessions.

Buy music from The Smiths here.

Iggy Pop: T.V. Eye [1979]

recorded live at the Stardust Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA, 11/30/1979

from the album Heroin Hates You

This has everything you could possibly want in a live recording: shitty sound quality, a tempo that's 3 times as fast as the studio version, incipient chaos, out-of-tune guitars, feedback...the works. And don't miss Iggy's priceless rant at the end!

Monday, January 01, 2007

William Onyeabor: Better Change Your Mind [1978]

Happy 2007.

I first heard this track on World Psychedelic Classics Volume 3.

Buy more William Onyeabor here!

Chicago Transit Authority: Beginnings [1969]

from Chicago Transit Authority

one of the great classic rock codas, along with "Hey Jude", "I'm Your Captain", and... (¿help me out here?)