Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Band - Look Out Cleveland

The Real People -
I Can't Wait
Window Pane

Two from legendary britpop pioneers The Real People. I saw them in (probably) spring 1992 at one of the WFNX festivals on Lansdowne Street, in Boston, and I remember being quite struck by the unusual chord changes on the song I Can't Wait. Also on the bill that night: another band I had not heard of called Blur, who memorably left the stage after about two songs, declaring themselves "too drunk to play."

The Real People on myspace and amazon

Monday, June 29, 2009

sony walkman

13-year-old given a walkman, seems confused...

[Thanks to JB for the heads up on this article.]

Lavender Hill Mob - The Party Song

At 1,026 posts, we come to Montreal's Lavender Hill Mob. Great lead vocals from Nicky Prigeno, and classy background vox moments at 1:42 and 3:24.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Paul Zaza - Le Payback

I finally got a copy of this record. Please enjoy.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

October 29, 1998
Kesselhaus, Berlin

Air -
J'ai Dormi Sous L'eau
Le Soleil est Pres de Moi
Kelly Watch the Stars
La Femme D'Argent
Be a Bee > Tomorrow Never Knows > Sexy Boy
Le Voyage de Penelope
Trente Millions d'Amis
Le Slow
New Star in the Sky

Le Voyage de Penelope reminds me a lot of Funkadelic, and the Tomorrow Never Knows needs to be listened to.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Jackson Five - Mama's Pearl

Michael Jackson -
I Wanna Be Where You Are
People Make The World Go 'Round


Also, from two weeks ago.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Our new Viva show airs today at 2 PM, featuring some songs that I'll be posting here next week.

also: doin' the twitter thing

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Justin Hinds

Justin Hinds & The Dominoes: Carry Go Bring Come was recorded in one take and landed on the top of the Jamaican charts in '63.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Charles Mingus - Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk

Some Monday afternoon jazz, from Mingus at Monterey, recorded September 20, 1964.

"'Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk' was done for a television show in New York. I could really depict this kind of rich broad. It's bluesy because my sadness for the person. It's angry, it's dirty, it's old-fashioned blues and it also has a sad little melody. It's everything that would arise out of two complete opposites meeting and, for some reason, not being able to pull themselves apart from each other. You can see them sitting there glued to each other, for eternity perhaps, and not even knowing why they can't really get together."
--Charles Mingus, liner notes

Line up:
Charles Mingus, bass
Bobby Bryant, trumpet
Lonnie Hillyer, trumpet
Melvin Moore, trumpet
Buddy Collette, alto sax, flute, piccolo
Charles McPherson, alto sax
John Handy, tenor sax
Jack Nimitz, baritone sax, bass clarinet
Red Callender, tuba
Jaki Byard, piano
Dannie Richmond, drums

Friday, June 19, 2009

Lynyrd Skynyrd - I Ain't The One

It's a Friday afternoon in June, and it's fucking sunny outside. But mostly because of the first 13 seconds.

The Wailers - Midnight Ravers

Please don't let me down

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Units:
High Pressure Days (Headman Rework)
High Pressure Days (Rory Phillips Remix)

Two remixes based on one of my favorite recent Emmett posts.

INXS: Original Sin

J.J. Cale - Travelin' Light

Featuring J.J. kickin' butt on rhythm guitar in the right channel. Rhythm guitar in the left channel = Harold Bradley.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wings - Backwards Traveller
Sandie Shaw

This is a follow-up to Emmett's post earlier last week from Zeppelin's debut. Sandie Shaw's version of Your Time Is Gonna Come made her the first artist to cover them.

new Viva show "drops" today at 2 PM

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Jimmy Reed: Life is Funny

A hypothetical: You're a hippy hustler who looks like a young Seymour Cassel; you pick up four middle aged married women at a club; you all go back to the house of one of the women for drinks and dancing; in the stack of records there's a Jimmy Reed record.

If everything above happened to be true, then isn't this the song you'd play?

"These dancers, these wild and crazy dancers, I think they've succeeded where science failed." Read here why you should watch Faces right now.

KRS-One - Sound Of Da Police

For Sheridan.

R. Stevie Moore - Showing Shadows

Keeping the vibe going. Lots of tasty chord changes in this one. Extended version available on this.
Sir Douglas Quintet: Nuevo Laredo

It's been ages since the last Doug Sahm post. Time to dust off the boots for this Texas legend.

Monday, June 15, 2009

R. Stevie Moore - Here Comes Summer Again

Thanks to Piper for the tip and to Stevie for CD. Recorded on Tuesday, May 3rd, 1977, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Be sure to check out Stevie's store for lots, lots more where this came from.

The Beach Boys -
In My Room (Demo)
Surfer Girl (Live in Hawaii rehearsal)

And for kicks, here's this. Vocals only, it sounds kind of wistful.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Emmylou Harris: Hello Stranger

With Nicolette Larson. And here is Neil Young with Nicolette Larson.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


In honor of our recent milestone (1,000 posts in 924 days; or 1.08 posts per day since November '06), here is a selection of songs that kick ass. Congrats guys... on to the next 1,000.

The Art of Noise - Moments In Love (12" Beaten Version)
Originally aired: 1.19.2007

Shuggie Otis - Aht Uh Mi Hed
Originally aired: 2.13.2007

Harry Thumann - Underwater (12" Version)
Originally aired: 3.8.2007

The Professionals - Rio Ontario
Originally aired: 4.3.2007

The Might Clouds of Joy - Mighty High
Originally aired: 7.27.2007

Pilot - Canada
Originally aired: 8.14.2007

Peter Green - Funky Chunk
Originally aired: 10.23.2007

West Phillips - (I'm Just a) Sucker For a Pretty Face (Instrumental)
Originally aired: 1.16.2008

Paul Humphrey - Hot Ice Cream
Originally aired: 1.29.2008

The Pool - Bisa Blues
Originally aired: 5.12.2008 (with perhaps my favorite picture pairing)

Mike Bloomfield and Al Cooper - Stop
Originally aired: 6.9.2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

Michael Jackson - One Day In Your Life

Hi-Voltage Orchestra - Midnight Blue

Original air date: 6/16/08. I finally secured a copy of this on vinyl. Ta-dow. I don't know if the dude breaks a string or whatever at the 2:47 mark, but that is a great moment.

This is on the Ronnex label.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Jermaine Jackson - Erucu

This is what you might have heard in the West Village 34 years ago.

Donald Byrd: The Cat Walk

From the album of the same name with the following line up:

Donald Byrd: trumpet
Pepper Adams: baritone sax
Duke Pearson: piano
Laymon Jackson: bass
Philly Joe Jones: drums

Of course there are those who have other associations with "The Cat Walk".

And then, before you know what hits you, I hit you with this. Donald Byrd in 1993, with Guru, on Jazzmatazz vol 1.

"Everybody knows that they have times when they just want to lay back, kick their feet up, you know, listen to some good music, and just lounge."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Smyle - She Means A Lot To Me

The triumphant return of Smyle to these pages. Written and sung by the legendary Bas Muijs.

available on: this

Townes Van Zandt: Don't Take It Too Bad

It's just some kind of game
made out of all of this living
that we got left to do...

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper: Stop

This one goes out to the Strand Bookstore, where I recently unloaded a ton of books, and where the helpful fellow there asked me, a propos of the cover of a book I was selling, whether or not I knew Bloomfield and Kooper's work. I know OF Bloomfield and Kooper, I replied hesitatingly. And then he went off on a great disquisition which inspired me to dig further. And that brings us to this moment.

The photo is of Bloomfield, yes; Kooper, quite right; but the third musketeer? All I can say is that these three must have raised some serious hell up at the Red Lion in Stockbridge.

This is off of the Bloomfield/Kooper/Stills Super Session album. The fade out is cruel.

Flo & Eddie - I Been Born Again

Monday, June 08, 2009

Led Zeppelin - Good Times Bad Times

This is ripped from my mom's copy of the album, which appears to be a 1st U.S. pressing (Atlantic SD 8216, orange lettering, Superhype publishing credit). It's a close contest between Jimmy and John Paul as to who has the kinder tone on this.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

June 20, 1970
Filmore East, New York

Miles Davis -
The Mask >
It's About That Time >
I Fall In Love Too Easily >
Sanctuary >
Bitches Brew >
Willie Nelson >
The Theme

This is what you could have or might have heard in the East Village 39 years ago.

Sorry about the annoying and inexplicable track listing.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Genesis - The Musical Box

Still obsessed with this.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Koko Taylor - I Don't Care Who Knows
Koko Taylor - I Need More and More

Had to brush off an old CD today. It wasn't even loaded into my computer. It's been that long. Shameful.