Thursday, August 31, 2006

Sweet Hall of Dixie Fried Jim

On this date in 1995, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame opened up in Cleveland...



It was celebrity soup of course, with stars paraded in front of the cameras, and a huge all star multi artist concert to celebrate the event... Bruce Springsteen, Al Green , Jerry Lee Lewis, George Clinton, Iggy Pop, Kinks, Allman Bros., Sheryl Crow and numerous others were up onstage. One special interest group that was lobbying hard for inclusion in that palace of the pantheon of pop was Lou Reed. He wasn't voted in right away, but they did let him play the party...




Here's Lou Reed backed by Soul Asylum on Sweet Jane from Aug 31st 1995, dedicated by Lou to the then just passed Velvet's bassist Sterling Morrison

Lou Reed w/ Soul Asylum - Sweet Jane

It's still available on Dbl CD with other highlights from the historic show including stuff from Johnny Cash, James Brown, Pretenders & many more.


p.s for more Soul Asylum, hit up the profile I posted a week ago on em and download some key early tracks while ya still can... it's stuff recorded in their scrappier days, well before they would ever be invited to Rock any Halls of Fame...

Speaking of worthy nominees...

One of the most colorful characters to surface in the muddy bywater holes of Rock n Roll , but who seems unlikely to ever be acknowledged by the hallowed hall, is James Luther Dickinson ...

His presence can first be traced to the early 60's Memphis scene, and many teenagers can say they had a contract with Sun Records?

Jim did, in fact his band The Jesters has the dubious distinction of being the last single released by ol' Sam Phillips when he still ran the label.

He has since had flings, fights & full fledged affiliations with many disreputable acts ranging from The Rolling Stones during their most scrappy hedonistic heroin infused era, to playing with Bob Dylan on the Grammy award winning Time Out of Mind album.

Jim has spent some of his idle hours producing Big Star, The Replacements, Mudhoney, Greeen On Red to his lesser known stints spent playing with Flash & The Memphis Casuals as well as Mudboy & The Neutrons.

Jim gained his notoriety basically by being one outstanding fella amidst a posse of top numerous Memphis studio musicians who played on many classic records backing artists like Aretha Franklin, Sam and Dave and so many others that it gets a little blurry.

Now who do ya think was down in Muscle Shoals & played the Piano on "Wild Horses" ?


Rolling Stones w/ Jim Dickinson - Wild Horses

In the early 70's, Atlantic honcho Jerry Wexler was convinced that Dickinson and his talented pals, a bunch of studio backing musicians by then known as The Dixie Flyers should record their own LPs and go on tour to become big stars in their own right. Comprised of Charley Freeman, Tommy McClure, Sammy Creason and Jim, they were considered a top notch rhythm section, and had relocated to Miami where they were already in demand for many sessions.

Apparently living out suitcases and impressing fickle teenagers & Yankees in suits in NY was not a priority for these already comfortable Memphis cats. Instead of slick radio ready tunes, they recorded an LP back home that was more a series of downhome muddy southern boogie blues rock jams that included guests like Dr. John and Charlie Freeman.

Jim Dickinson - O How She Dances

Dickinson's interpretation on that LP of Wild Bill Jones, a song written by Bob Frank,

"stands as one of the great testaments not only of rock 'n' roll but also of its ancient and unfathomable roots,"
...at least according to author Nick Tosches. Decide fer yerself...

Jim Dickinson - Wild Bill Jones

The 1972 album those two tracks are culled from was called "Dixie Fried" and any original vinyl still goes for a good penny in collectors circles, but a CD reissue is also out now on the indie Sepia Tone.

In the 70's Jim toured as part of Arlo Guthrie's band when Woody's son was riding high after City of New Orleans hit. Later he worked a lot with Ry Cooder scoring soundtracks including Paris Texas. Dickinson had won Producer of the Year seven times before retiring his name from competition.


Apparently his taste for fine swampy rock has been down to his children, Luther & Cody who now comprise the core of the North Missipppi All Stars...

North Mississippi All Stars - Eyes

Daddy Dickinson, despite his relatively important status amongst rock & rollers in the know, remains somewhat of an outsider in the music industry to this day. He is likely feeling no real pressure to please any bean counters or radio programmers, and now in his 60s, continues to record & release material ocasionally as he sees fit. In fact, he's put out about three studio solo albums in just about 34 years. Two in the last 5 ...

Some recent Jim Dickison material:

Jim Dickinson - Red Neck, Blue Collar
another Bob Frank tune , this one from the 2006 album Jungle Jim & The Voodoo Tiger

This next one is from Free Beer Tomorrow a 2002 release on Artemis, where he interprets a tune written by SF based singer/guitarist & occasional Dickinson collaborator Chuck Prophet...

Jim Dickinson - Hungry Town


Recently David Katz Nelson's Badman Recordings found fit to put out a spoken word album of Dickinson's distinctive delta dixie fried dialectics, featuring his grizzled voodoo invoking baritone. Each tale is a rambling poetic yarn, delivered with in a charming slow & simple southern drawl.

Said the eloquent former Austin writer Bill Bentley of Dickinson in 2004
"As a performer, Dickinson has notched plenty of prime-time hours on sessions and stages everywhere. He's been in bands capable of setting listeners' ears on fire, and recorded songs that have permanent positions on radio playlists across the planet. But underneath it all, like the true Southern gentleman, he is a storyteller. Because no matter what form of emotional reality Dickinson is working in, he is above all else telling a tale, with his hands on a keyboard, his voice at the microphone or his body behind a recording console. He will use whatever it takes to sell that story to the listener. In that way, he is almost like an auctioneer, spinning out music as he takes the performance to its highest bid in an attempt to be better and smarter and more alive, plugged into the huge beating heart at the center of all true art forms. Now, Dickinson is stripping his talent down to its essence on Fishing with Charlie, using only words to paint the pictures he is so good at. And what potent portraits they are....


Jim Dickinson - Congo

Fishing With Charlie, And Other Selected Readings

Download "Fishing With Charlie" (MP3, 192kbps)

a touching spoken word piece about Dickinson's late fishing buddy, Charlie Jacobs of the Mississippi band the Tangents.





Read more about Jim's old pal Charlie who passed away back in 1997 at this link

from : Fishing With Charlie, And Other Selected Readings

available via: Birdman Records

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I Don't Know If Anyone Noticed, But I

I don't know if anyone noticed, but I have been refraining from my usual pattern of rhetorical ranting lately...

I used to open up a newspaper or the days headlines on the interweb and just get all riled up about the state of things & spew some vitriol...

This started with me in earnest after Katrina rolled through a year ago and we saw just how bad things had gotten here in the states...

Not only are billions of dollars raked out of the hard working paws of the working classes each year in governemntal taxes, fees & fines... but god forbid you should need some assistance from that same government.

Seems our leaders are so busy spending our money like drunken sailors overseas, nary a rescue copter is available stateside to help out here.

We've all seen & heard about our so called Congressional "leadership", who spend 8 months a year fund raising for the few finite hours they sit in session trying to sneak in legislation benefitting pathetic pet projects of their patrons.

Then there's that brain addled president & his top advisor Rumsfeld...

Not only are the so full of sh%t that rooms clear whenever they open their lying mouths, they still think if the say it you believe it. Bush recently held one of the most in articulate press conferences in the history of the office, and claimed he never questions anyones patriotism who questions him...and then a few days later his boy Rummy has the gall to compare the administration's critics to Nazi appeasers?
hoo boy...
Neil Young - Let's Impeach The President

I, like anyone else I suppose, get a lil' distracted...

especially now with so many nutcase stories in the news these days, it's hard to no where to start.

Here in the Bay Area we have a plethora of fruits & nuts to pick from... not just in the governemnt either.
I mean sure you got your occasional transvestite on the planning commission, and random weirdos elected to various offices.. but the streets are full of em too...

Yesterday I suppose you heard about our disgruntled Afghani idiot who steamrolled his SUV through San Francisco attempting to kill as many pedestrians as possible. I'm not sure if it was a personal jihad, or just an a$$hole making a name for himself.

Can't wait to read his tell all book...

Maybe he was jealous of all the attention the moronic "mainstream" media was showing John Michael Karr, the former Petaluma based pedophile who admitted to accidentally killing Jon Benet Ramsey... even though he had never even been anywhere near her, either dead or alive.

On top of those big headline stories, there's plenty of disturbing sidebars to keep me nauseous ...

Most of them are urban crime reports, little shocking murders here and there that just keep spiraling out of control, and painting a sad portrait of our youth and the times we live...

egads...

here's some that are sticking in my cerebellum as I write...

On Monday, the first day of school in Richmond north of Berkeley, a gang related shooting incident near a school playground erupted at recess in front of a local elementary school where 250 some students were playing outside. Some bullets were discovered penetrating classroom walls...miraculously, no one was hurt. Suspects still at large...

At 10 am on Monday in Oakland, a couple were talking, when a man approached , shot & killed them both in broad daylight on 78th Avenue. The woman had just dropped her 4 year old at off for the first day of school. Suspect still at large...

Yesterday, also in Oakland, some 50 something year old unemployed former cable installer felt "disrespected" shot & killed a guy who had not paid him $30 owed to him for working on his cable. Maybe due to his "maturity", this guy turned himself in...


I recently read a tragedy about a 20 something guy with 3 jobs who was training to become a pilot, who was shot multiple times & paralyzed by the multiple bullet wounds after an incident in an Oakland barbershop because he simply asked a belligerant creep to stop hitting on his girlfriend... At least they got the suspect in this one
Stevie Ray Vaughn - Leave My Girl Alone

Turns out the shooter is a felon of some renown, having previously been charged with murder, but of course those charges were dropped. Ironically the girlfriend with whom he's been hiding out, works at the county jail...she met him there when he was visting some other incarcerated character a few months ago. Ah, true love... Oakland style.

Gotta love Oakland, with it's high quality of civil servants, where it appears particularly bad this year. There's just shy of 100 overall homicides as we enter the 9th month of 2006, a total now exceeding all committed in 2005. Bad parenting skills, governmental neglect, poor schools, ignorance, poverty, drugs, hopelessness, evil...whatever you wanna call it, the effects are in full effect here...

Oakland has also seen a 31 percent hike in aggravated assaults — including an almost doubled number of shootings — and a 41 percent overall increase in robberies. On Tuesday alone, there were 12 reported robberies in Oakland, including one where the victim was shot in the foot, and two carjackings according to police.

Of the 95 dead so far this year as I write , 60 of those killed were under age 25, almost 20 were under age 17...


A 16 year old high school football hopeful recently had his life taken during a random shooting outside a pre-season "party"...

In another sad but true tale, last week a 14 year old latino kid was killed outside a Quincenera party in Oakland when his 15 year old friend "accidentally" shot him while "playing" with a 9mm hand gun in a parked car. At first the guilty party told cops some local "gangsters" did it, but further questioning revealed that the gun was given to him for safe keeping by some other unnamed individual I assume is still at large...

Yesterday I saw that cops finally apprehended a white trash tweaker father, mother, son & daughter team that lived in a camper & went about armed robbing, stealing cars, pistol whipping and menacing various stores in the greater Oakland area for almost a year. When police finallly caught them, the mother wasn't arrested because even though she was complicit, she had an alibi as being in the trailer and taking care of the family baby... The mother is still at the trailer under the freeway, while the rest of the family is in jail, and the child is now in custody CPS. Said the half toothed Mom on the local news " I guess they done some bad things, I tole 'em to stop..."
To my own fault, I have been reading the Oakland paper more often lately on my way to work, but the crimes these are not restricted to the East Bay...

ex. There were 5 slayings alone last Sunday in SF, via 3 supposedly unrelated shootings, all in the Hunters Point area... One involved a 33 year old criminal who killed a couple in their car, but as their car rolled out of control, it hit the killer's vehicle where his 34 year old disabled accomplice waited. While struggling to get the accomplice into his wheelchair, Police arrived at the collision site and the suspect opened fire. The suspect was killed, the guy in the wheelchair is being held.

anyhow...

I refuse to dwell in that painful sort of cell, (even if some people do belong in one)...

my real focus here has always been focusing on annointing the miniscule masses that pass through these links with some varied tunes...

Whether they be old or new.. I tend to try to have a lil' something just for you ...
Gernado - Stop The Violence (Reggaeton Mix)

Today's next find has some East Bay roots, and is a recent signing to the Quanuum label, and a somewhat curious one at that...

Normally that label is a bastion of experimental indie hip hop beats, but here is something altogether of a different style...

I think it will work out, cuz the band has a definite sensibility that may surprise fans of the label, but may just please fans of pop & some radio programmers.

I started listening & saw the name Bart Davenport in the credits, and then it all started coming together in my head...

Holy Maroon Cocoon Batman!

He's a long time Bay Area music maker, this Loved One has trolled for a hit so long he just might be playing out a modern rock n roll version of Hemingway's the old man & the sea...

But leave it to that crafty hook wielding Bart to finally catch a tide before he lost his hair... good timing dude...

I think you'll hear a bit of the ol' Squeeze sound in this track...and one hipster suggestion made to me by their able PR staff is that there's some sorta Gnarls Barkley thang going on...

hmmm
but maybe a lil something else too...

you decide

Honeycut - Shadows

Bart's known for his mod bluesy work with his 90's rock outfits, got funky as the vocalist on a 2004 DJ greyboy disc, but on solo outings he shows some unashamed appreciation of soppy seventies pop, and effete balladeering...

The band also features RV Salters (aka General Electriks) so y'know it's got plenty of willy nilly moderne influences going on. Salters has collborated on stuff by Femi Kuti, and Blackalicious as well as his own stuff. In fact it was apparently Blackalicious’ Chief Xcel who brought Honeycut to the attention of the Quanuum label.

I'll be catching these guys either at the Rock & Soul extravaganza in Oakland on Sept 2nd on the Live 105 stage, or at the Quanuum showcase at Mezzanine in SF on Sept 28th... looks like a solid bill there too...

Maybe if yer in the hood, you should check em out too...

  • Sept 25th The Showcase is at The House of Blues San Diego

  • Sept 27th Knitting Factory in Hollywood CA

    &

  • Sept 28th in SF


Quannum Records Showcase featuring Honeycut / Curumin / Tommy Guerrero
at Mezzanine ( on Jessie St behind the Old Mint twixt 5th & 6th )
Buy Tix

Buy Honeycut at iTunes Music Store


I thought I'd drop just one or two more related cuts to get ya spiced up for that Quannuum west coast showcase tour in the near future. Also featured on the bill is Curumin, the Brazilian born bad azzz who has been making some headway in this country since his release last year on Quanuum.


Achados E Perdidos
He's got skills, and while he also digging Run DMC as a kid was trained in Sao Paolo and playing gigs with some of the greats of Brazilian music. Expect some Samba infused tropicalia flava with yer modern urban dance floor friendly grooves. This cut is one I posted last year... but since you likely slept on it.. here it is again y'all

Curumin - Guerreiro

From The CD: Achados E Perdidos


label: Quannum Projects

Urgh! Again !

The Lost Turntable is a blog that earlier this year started when the operator decided to mp3 encode the soundtrack for the great flick Urgh! A Music War for us all...

Well, mission was accomplished and I posted some of those tracks here previously...

for more info & tracks etc. see my posts :

Urgh!

and one I did after the film's co-producer Ian Copeland passed away in May

RIP Ian Copeland




well today the Lost Turntable dude sends an email & lets me know he's come out of semi-retirement & that he's taken the last four missing segements from a VHS copy of Urgh! and put em up as mp3z

Now you really do have the whole darn thing.... even some cool stuff left off the original vinyl!

Sweet !

These are also some of the most visually interesting songs in the film, considering we get great footage of the early DK's, the goofy antics of The Surf Punks, the fury of Gene October's Chelsea, and the wacky punk poetry of Mr. Clarke...

I recently saw a momentarily reunited Overwhelming Colorfast do a cover of I'm On Fire at 12 Galaxies in SF , and it was killer... enjoy the original...

As the poster sez: "The following MP3s are not of the best quality, but they're listenable."

Surf Punks - Go Home

John Cooper Clarke - Health Fanatic

Chelsea - I'm On Fire

Dead Kennedys - Bleed For Me

visit the Lost Turntable

p.s

if you'd live a homemade DVD of this out of print flick

Urgh! features a total of 34 bands in approx two hours on stages in London, Los Angles, Frejus, San Diego, Portsmouth and New York City.

I've seen E Bay auctions of old VHS Cassettes & copies of the soundtrack going for $100, and a recent website offering a DVD dubbed version for $70. The poster alone sells for $50.

But if you really want a DVD-R copy of this must see film, you can click the VHS URGH cover image link buttons below & for just $20 via PayPal I'll personally send one to ya. I'll alos throw in a CD w/ some rare mp3'z featuring related music from he era including some Police demos and other stuff that any reader of this site might appreciate.

Thanx for visiting my site and reading my rants, and for that I'll gladly dub ya a fresh copy and pack it off either via US Priority Mail (or Global Priority Mail if you are in Europe). Depending on your locale, the disc will be packed in either a plastic slimline case for international mail or here in North America in an Amaray case...

Someone told me their DVD-R copy I sent didn't play in their older DVD player, so if that's the case, just send it back and I'll refund yer dough if it don't work for ya...



Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Random Go Go Mash Up Revelations

Hey welcome to Lil Mike's Last Known Thought & Random Revelations..."straining the psyche of our country" since 2005...

As of today, in the past year we have had well over 140,000 visitors who've checked out over 400,000 pageviews. 62% of the visits originated from North America, and they've been looking for everything from tips on cleaning dog poop, to Don Henley's teen hooker scandal, to expanded info on the organic milk industry.

... and indeed, depending on where my head wuz at, you could find that type of info and tons of other topics here.

we are talking about my last known thoughts & random revelations after all...

But mainly , my real last known love is sharing noise... or at least the organized noise called "music" i suppose depending on your perspective...

here's some examples of the stuff you might find here if ya keep coming back...

I was trolling the web when I came across a coool asian website called Tofu Magazine, and even though I pertain to a vegetarian diet, the veritable soybean product had nothing to do with my discovery. Instead I found a vinyl sourced repository of old 60's era tuneage from the innocent heyday of the ol' school au go - go Asian rock n roll scene.

Here's a twist happy band from Singapore called Charlie & His Go-Go Boys doing a couple numbers for y'all

Charlie & His Go Go Boys - Woolly Bully

Charlie & His Go Go Boys - Let's A Go Go

Speaking of Go-Go...

Here's a track from spicy early 90's rappers Salt n Pepa, made all the more flavaful by the delicious addition of DC's most sucessful charting Go Go band E.U.

E.U stood for Experience Unlimited, which is something that band leader Suga Bear and his rhythmic gang all certainly brang to their legendary stage shows... Go Go never made it big outside of the mid Atlantic region, and that likely seems due to the fact that asssembling a talented 9 or 10 piece percussive based group, much less pay & travel with 'em proves to be a daunting task. Despite having some of the funkiest live shows going, even major label affiliated Go Go bands like E.U and Trouble Funk were not really radio ready, and could not translate their live appeal into airplay.

Instead, the popularity of rap music & it's canned beats which arose simultaneously to surpass Go-Go's thunder can easily be attributed to the simplistic personality driven tunes, performed against those prerecorded backing tracks.

At least Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor producer of the gals of Salt n Pepa acknowledged & exploited to good effect here the basic Go Go beat provided by E.U. Other tunes that Azor produced that took Go Go beats onto the charts were Kid-n-Play’s "Rolling with Kid-n-Play" as well as Salt n Pepa's "My Mic Sounds Nice"...

Other early Hip Hop artists to incorporate Go-Go beats included LL Cool J, Heavy D, Dougie Fresh & The Beastie Boys.

This Salt n Pepa cut here, Azor based off an old Isley Bros. tune and it was a club hit, but in my not so humble opinion deserved more play than it ever got upon release circa 1988...

Salt n Pepa - Shake Your Thang ( Herbie Luv Bug Re-Edit w/ E.U )

Hey I just found the video of the original mix on YouTube... so get ya 80's history buffs can get a visual as well y'all... we're talkin' italian biker/painters style caps, cameos of Kid n Play w/ Philly fades, and the gals with bad blonde dye jobs & conspicuous looking torn acid wash jeans...ya boyyyyyyeee!

"I can't tell ya how to catch a groove..."



This next tawdry tune was brought to my attention by the site Mashuptown...

It's an amalgamation by digital DJ Dangerous Orange combines some classic New Order, Nirvana, Blue Oyster Cult and even Johnny Cash doing his Trent Reznor impersonation...

Sure it's a bit of lo-fi overkill, but it's got so much going on, ya just gotta find something to like within...

Dangerous Orange - Hurts Like Teen Spirit


Anyhow onto the next contestant tune...

How about another strange Mash Up combining some already mutant Malcolm Mclaren material with The Zombies "She's Not There"

Holowach - Shocksoul vs Zombies

I guess I will throw up a lil' hyphy number, cuz pop yo collaz ya ballaz, datz jest how they do it in da bay these daze...

Federation - Hyphy Remix ( Keak da Sneak, San Quinn, E-40 , Turf Talk)

oh and please excuse my lack of proper punctuation for portions of this post tonight as Im getting strife from a Blogger vs Firefox browser error...if I reach for the comma or semi colon keys or what not I get crazy rejected...

here's an instrumental mix from a Talib Kweli track I came across... enjoy

Talib Kweli - Listen (Instrumental)


Back to the DC Go-Go I suppose...

I'm just gonna relink up a Trouble Funk tune I posted earlier this month that not enuf of ya saw the first time around...

get all 9 megs of it while ya can...

It's pretty much out of print again as far as I can tell, although a few old 12" records of it can be had on E-Bay for a pretty penny...

Trouble Funk - So Early In The Morning





anyhow...

that's all folks

except for this James Blunt Parody & a very special public service message from Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al - You're Pitiful

Weird Al - Don't Download This Song

Monday, August 28, 2006

Operation Heartache : Talkin Bout New Orleans

It was about a year ago today that we all got a really rude awakening about what was happening in New Orleans.New Orleans

As you know, not only did a ferocious storm hit, but a strange tide of neglect as well...
AP photo by Eric Gay
I won't go over the horrific details and finger pointing, the civic idiocy of hundreds of thousands living in a below sea level hole with no plan to get 'em out


Whether you see a simple natural disaster, a rebuilding bureaucracy gone amok, a racist conspiracy or just a giant f' up of biblical proportions...

it's all just part & parcel of a story of two hundred plus year old political piss-ant territorial battles and governments gone awol...


and the "K" word of 2005 is just history now i suppose...

But, here's some classic music from that city that care forgot, where a special kinship between musicians and the mystic muddy water has always existed...

I myself look forward to returning some day, for beignets and spicy crawdads, and creepin' round in clubs & cemetaries on long wicked hot nights that peeter out on old iron balconies.

Sweet Home New Orleans...

Where the booze & humidity never runs dry, and the nocturnal hijinks don't end until the sun climbs over the causeway with the flies and smells in the sewers that seep in & spoil everything...

that is until the sun sets again...

So enjoy some classic New Orleans related tuneage for ya'll, before it all floats away again...

keep yer heads up y'all, especially those in the path of the next potential big 'un...
Click here to visit The New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund site.

This track circa done in the early 50's by an old blues master I featured another cut from not so long ago. Joe Liggins recorded numerous sides for Art Rupe's Specialty label, and in 1952, this hit was one of 'em with "Crying Over You" on the flip...

Joe Liggins & The Honeydrippers- Going Back To New Orleans

Few artists represent New Orleans more than the legendary Fats Domino. His smiling face and numerous early rock & roll recordings dappled with his piano work have been part of the crescent city scene for more than half a century. I can think of few sadder moments than fearing he was lost to the flood waters. Eventually we saw news footage of the elder pianist being rescued out of his 9th Ward home by boat...

Fats Domino - Help Me

Of course one of Fats successors is Mac Rebbenack whose unique career has simultaneously helped play a mighty part in keeping the city's musical heritage up front & center. Like Allen Toussaint, he credits those juke join pianists before him, such as Professor Longhair & James Booker, but as Dr. John he took the role to new heights. Here's a famous song , I believe perhaps somehow credited to the Memphis based publisher W.C Handy, that the Doctor returns back down to it's rightful home.

Dr. John - Basin Street Blues

The next track is about New Orleans, but is by blind singer Robert Bradley who was raised at the famous Alabama School for The Blind ( also home of the famed 5 Blind Boys of Alabama). By the latter 90's Bradley was an itinerent street singer in Detroit who was discovered by some indie rock musicians. After listening to him sing , they invited him up to their practice studio, and the rest is history I suppose. I really dig some of the original material that was cut with the Nehra brothers, who were also at one time former backing band of Kid Rock. When I caught them live , their was an obvious tension between the young ockes, and the older blind dude that couldn't help but be noticed. Eventually I noticed Bradley had changed backing bands, and this track is a more recent release on the Kufala label, a New Yera's eve set from Bloomington Indiana. While the new group is more hippie dippie jam band, Bradley's soulful singing can still tug at your heart, especially when just backed by a piano as here.... I can just imagine some old guy on his wrecked front porch in Pass Christian MS, singing this out as the water rises up over his ankles...

Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise - New Orleans

Here's a track that helped put New Orleans on the rock & roll map, that was ironically composed in Norfolk VA, and this particular version was recorded in Memphis...go figger.

Frank Guida, the writer is an Italian character from NY, who set up in Norfolk VA and recorded some great beachy keen R&B stuff with Gary US Bonds including his breakthrough "A Quarter To Three"... Other groups that went on to record this fun rowdy track include Paul Revere & The Raiders, and in this case flute player Herbie Mann's outsatnding late sixties instrumental combo that feated guitarists Sonny Sharrock and Larry Coryell and even vibes guy Roy Ayers...

The shortest track on Herbie's 1969 "Memphis Underground" LP, it's a far mellower reading than the raw & rockin' original, but interesting in it's own right. What gives it proper southern grounding is the addition of the real Memphis sound, namely session cats like Bobby Emmons, Reggie Young (guitar); and bassist Tommy Cogbill. These are the guys I mentioned a week or so ago who played on Elvis Memphis sessions, as well as Dusty in Memphis, most of Aretha's best sh*t and numerous other hits of the day. Produced by Tom Dowd, it's a quick & smooth little number I thought ya might dig...

Herbie Mann - New Orleans

Next instrumental track up is New Orleans resident musical genius, and Rock & Roll hall of Famer on one of his many splendored 60's instrumental tunes.

Allen Toussaint - Cast Your Fate To The Wind


Shortly after the Hurricane hit, Toussaint was recruited for some post-Katrina benefits where he hooked up with Elvis Costello. This next track is the title cut from an album of some recordings that were done over the past winter, once order and a modicum of services were restored in the crescent city...

Elvis Costello w/ Allen Toussaint - The River In Reverse


Here's a greasy obviously old scratchy vinyl sourced cut called Go Back Home from the prolofic Mr. Toussaint during his 60's era partnership with Joe Banashak's ALON records. I found it via the Nawlin's centric blog known as http://redkelly.blogspot.com/

Allen Toussaint - Go Back Home



The next cut featured here is Toussaint classic , done most famously by Lee Dorsey & of course Devo did a remarkable job as well in the early 80's. I was first exposed via DEvo's 7", which was included as a bonus disc in their Freedom of Choice LP package.

The version here is from an LA based group on Whiz Records circa 1969/70 called Senor Soul, who might have just disappeared from the radar entirely if they hadn't also evolved into WAR. Ironically, decades later WAR's drummer Harold Brown ended up living in New Orleans and became an official licensed tour guide. He is still playing with the core group of original WAR members as the Lowrider band, since they lost the rights to their own name some years ago in a court case. After being in touch, I lost Harold Brown's email address and have no idea how he fared in the Katrina aftermath, but the Lowrider band are apparently scheduled for a show in Kansas City Mo on Oct 2nd, and leave for a week long blues cruise event to Mexico the next day ...

Senor Soul - Working In A Coal Mine

This track of course leads us to an actual cracklin vinyl lift of a 1966 era Lee Dorsey single featuring Toussaint as primary songwriter, producer and musician...

Lee Dorsey - Operation Heartache

From greasy bywater bars to fancy concert halls, no one can top Toussaint's finds The Meters in the seriously funky dept., this track is from their later Warner Bros era circa 1975...

The Meters - Talkin' Bout New Orleans



Big Al Hirt played for decades in the quarter, and here he teams up with another saxman of no small renown...

Al Hirt - Feuding Pipers (w/ Boots Randolph in The Dueling Banjos of Saxophone)

One of my first live intros to the vivacious & irresistible sounds of modern urban New Orleans was accientally catching this act on New Years Eve 1990-91 in a lounge South of Market in SF... I've caught em several times since, at big outdoor festivals on down to a few times at their weekly stomping grounds of The Mapleleaf Bar...

The Rebirth Brass Band are local legends in N.O.L.A, and this cut captures some of that infectious energy from an album they did for Rounder circa 1991...

Rebirth Brass Band - Do Whatcha Wanna pt. 3

If ya wanna hear how their drummer Derrick managed to survive the aftermath of Katrina, appropriated 5 cars & vans to transport his neighbors, family and other survivors to safety, head over to CityPages.com

No New Orleans musical tour, no matter how brief, could exclude Louis Prima. This legendary figure was born & raised there, evetually operating clubs in town, and running his ponies at the local race tracks. Like Fats Waller, Louis learned a thing or two as a young musician playing gigs after hours in the whore houses of Bienville ( aka Storyville).

A swarthy dark Italian, Prima could pass for light skin colored when he needed too, which came in handy when he wanted to play certain clubs on the "wrong side" of the tracks, or later sell out The Apollo Theater in NYC. He swung for decades, rising & falling in popularity several times, and the cat had 9 show biz lives, always landing on his feet & exceeding expectations. The track here predates his rise as a Vegas entertainer, back before he dismantled his old school orchestra. The song you may recognize as it was re-popularized and is still in print on his Capitol recordings of the later 50's. Here's a version off an old ten inch I have supposedly taken from an early 50's date done for Jimmie Durante's TV show.

Louis Prima - Angelina ( from Jimmy Durante TV show)

One of the most notable moments from Katrina's aftermath occured not in the Gulf area itself, but in New York's Rockefeller Center. It was there that Kanye West, the young, rich college dropout rapper could no longer contain himself, and called out the prez...

Standing alongside a clearly uncomfortable Canadian comedian, West left the script behind & decried the Bush admin's lackluster response to the crisis... here's a remix that surfaced soon after...

Kanye West - He Say Bush Doesn't Care Mix...


Click here to visit The New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund site.

buy this great benefit album



Sunday, August 27, 2006

Born To Run ( from yer marriages ?)

I'm not a big Springsteen fan, not being from, or even fond of New Jersey, I don't have to I guess...

Which is fortunate since I can also ignore other native sons like Bon Jovi, The Smithereens and the films of the fat ball cap wearing auteur known as Kevin Smith.

But no matter if they call him the Boss or not, New Jersey's current top musical export doesn't have immunity from arch Australian right winger Rupert Murdoch's notorious Page Six potshots. This week the NY Post published an unsubstantiated rumor that Bruce Springsteen had "secretly" left his wife and taken up with a 9/11 widow.

Immediately dozens of other news organizations worldwide ran the same story, fueling the speculation & promoting a myth that sounds so improbable, yet simultaneously so dumbly patriotic & passionate that it must be true if were talkin' bout Bruce.


Meanwhile, ignored in all the hype & hyperbole was that just on Friday Springsteen was seen happily shopping for antiques with wife Patti Scialfa in Red Bank New Jersey. They apparently sang an impromptu performance aided by an old guitar & mandolin spotted in a shop, and bought $3,000 worth of other goodies. Fans snatched up the instruments. On Tuesday, Bruce was spotted attending the 75th Anniversary of the opening of New Jersey's Manasquan Inlet ( sans any widow).

I found it interesting that the story surfaced in Murdoch's paper, where Bruce's recent tribute to Pete Seeger, a legendary American folk singer was less than warmly received. Bruce has been out performing Seeger material all summer, and these tunes hardly sing the praises of trusting multinational corporations & the barons of free maket capitalism to provide for all our needs.

Pete Seeger was blacklisted at the height of McCarthyism, and faced the House Unamerican Activities Committee for his communist leanings. The former running partner of Woody Guthrie, was kept off the airwaves, including his own televison show, and lost his scraped by for a decade playing coffeehouses and college campus gatherings. Finally towards the end of the sixties, he could resurface in our popular culture, and is now in his 80's, still an environmental activist and notable musical elder living in his beloved Hudson River Valley. ( Read a full post I did earlier this year on Seeger here - Seeger And Ye Shall Find)

Yer guess is as good as mine if Bruce has really ditched his wife kids... do you trust everything ya read in the NY Post?

I have noted a lot of longtime fans on internet message boards condemning him for his supposed lack of family values already. One said "Once a cheater, always a cheater" in reference to his previous first marriage collapsing over a secret relationship with then background singer Scialfa.

Another said the BOSS backwards is SSOB ( Same Son of Bitch) as he was 15 years back when he cheated on his first wife...

one even was apparently so distressed she was giving up on love herself...
"God..Patti, I feel for ya. I loved that he married her. I just imagined her pining over him all those years and finally he realized he loved her as much she loved him.. now.. damn. I give up on love."

Since I'm kinda shy of good rare Bruce tracks to complement this item, I hadta dig even deeper in the crates...

Here is a Springsteen cover by Trevor Horn's gay disco sensations of 1984, Frankie Goes To Hollywood...

Oddly enough it's pretty straightforward rock number, and I believe was recorded live in Newcastle... I found it as a live b-side on a 12" single released during the hype of the Welcome To The Pleasuredome era.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Born To Run - live


It blows my frickin' mind, that almost simultaneously, a studio version of this long forgotten Frankie cover song was posted at Some Velvet Blog this morning... go figger

just for that I better throw up some other audio junk into this "series of tubes" to away from any copy cat allegations that could ruin my interweb street cred...

keeping with a live theme...

How about that live version London Calling done as a tribute to the late Joe Strummer from he Grammy's a few years back when Bruce & Elvis Costello got together with Dave Grohl and some folks?

Springsteen, Costello, Grohl - etc - London Calling


and while we are at it, here's that live James @ 16 Medley from Soul Asylum circa 87, featuring late Clash fan Karl Mueller on Prince's the Cross...

Soul Asylum - James At 16 Medley

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Soul Asylum - keeps on chooglin'

Soul Asylum

Man, I remember when those words used to mean something...

I have tix for their gig tomorrow night here at The Great American Music Hall, and fear the worst, even though they've long been a fave of mine...

They are flogging a new middle of the road album, supposedly mourning the dead bass player while touring with just two original members, and I guess are kinda like the Who or many other rock dinosaurs on the state fair circuit I suppose...

I appreciate that they are stil rolling of course, even if I ain't feeling the this new album much...

Soul Asylum - Stand Up & Be Strong

I saw that one of their gigs this summer was literally at the Mid America Rib Fest. I suspect someone must have some mortgage payments due...

Anyhow, here's some Soul Asylum tunes from an earlier era, and a little of my morose memory lane rambling...

(portions of which first appeared here last year when Karl Mueller their bassist died)

When I heard that Soul Asylum's bassist Karl Mueller passed away at age 41 in 2005 from throat cancer I was a bit stunned. I actually saw it on some blog called "Pimps of Gore" (well, sheeeeeeeeet, Karl woulda found some irony in that I'm sure...)

But ultimately, damn, it was a real bummer, a reminder to enjoy all of life's fleeting moments. I had no idea how seriously ill he was...

In the fall of 2004, apparently Soul Asylum had a reunion to raise money for Mueller's health care bills in Minneapolis and I didn't hear about it til Karl was already way past the point of helping.

Oh well, aside from buyin' a ticket, there's not much I coulda done I s'pose so I don't resent not being contacted personally...although they were a band that made everything seem personal.

From their low key friendly midwestern banter backstage & even onstage, to their touching music that bordered on incredible on the right nights.

I first saw 'em open for Husker Du in D.C at the old 9:30 on F St in Feb of 85 and they just tore the roof off the sucker and make Mould & Hart look like lazy fat guys. I was a teenage runaway, and after trying to sneak in twice , I reluctantly droppped my last 10 bucks at the door and got my money's worth in the first 15 minutes.

I went and saw em again a month or so later at some weird gay disco called The Eastside Club, and there were like 5 people there besides them. But man, they played that show just as fiercely as the packed one a few months prior and had a great time despite the dismal turnout. I was hooked, I bought the 7" single, the Times Incinerator cassette outtakes with Mueller gleefully singing James Brown's Hot Pants, the EPs , the new albums, and even the old albums like "Say What You Will Clarence, Karl Sold The Truck" etc.


Soul Asylum - Long Day (First track from their first LP on Twin Tone circa 1984, recorded shortly after changing their name from Loud, Fast Rules. Hosted courtesy the always cool PostPunkJunk.com)



As much I wish I coulda been some use to them over the years, they pretty much had it covered. Hi energy stage show, intense personal tunes, and a work ethic that took them through every podunk bar in the country twice.


poster i made circa 1988


I caught a greyhound & moved here to San Francisco where I'd just show up early at various venues and bug 'em, especially if I was broke. To get in free I'd load their gear (and laugh at their jokes while I drank their beer). I'd loiter and wait at the Mab, Berkeley Square or wherever they were playing cuz there'd be lotsa stories and good humor, & more beers. I began noticing as they came around, they had upgraded to rental vans, and seemed things must be looking up. Some local kids had even screen printed up their own t-shirts, with just the enigmatic words "Dave" below a black & white live shot of Pirner in one of his classic headbanging moments...

I tried to get the band some press once, but Twin Tone sold their contract to A&M and Maximum Rock & Roll wouldn't publish my interview piece. Instead, Kerrang the metal mag sent a photographer and took pictures of them on the stairs of the old I-Beam on Haight Street. I plyed pinball with Pirner, and while a photographer with his own lights set up, he told me his band was his only option left, since he was to old to join the army.

From the melted Eagles tape on their dashboard to Dave Pirner's ripped t-shirts & jeans and Dan Murphy's baseball jerseys, to their voices just passionately wailing at the top of their lungs above the guitar drenched din. It was amazing to see circa 1985-1989 and something I'll never forget. Someday I'll get around to posting a crazy video clip I edited of footage from my Friend Lou of those guys at The Rathskeller in Boston blasting through Closer to The Stars from one of those last indie hurrah's called While You Were Out.

This track represents the band nearing a creative and energetic apex, it was included on the album While You Were Out, released in 1986, their last full length LP for Twin Tone. After this album, they left indie rock behind, and began an ambituous period of working with Herb Alperts label A&M records.

Soul Asylum - Closer To The Stars


Soul Asylum - While You Were Out CD



At some point someone at A&M decided to pump up the band with a 12" radio airplay single of their Hang Time record, but to this day no one can barely remember the A side, it was the B side recorded at The Roxy in LA That put the band on the college radio map for good...

The James at 16 Medley which incorporates everything from The Godfathers "Birth School Work Death" to Buffalo Springfield, Ted Nugent, Prince & Wild Cherry cribs. Long before we had Mash Up DJs & Me First & The Gimme Gimmes , we had Soul Asylum... kickin down thirteen covers in just over eleven minutes and that was all we needed man...

Here it is culled of some old creakly vinyl, featuring the amazing late Karl Mueller, here's a live cover medley recorded at The Roxy in LA in 1987... It was used as b-side of a 12 inch promo single of he track Standing In The Doorway, which was part of the push for their first major label record Hang Time.

Soul Asylum - James at 16 Medley

Hear the late bass player Karl Mueller's rarely heard singing voice belting out the Prince cover tune "The Cross". Next up is track from Hang Time that Dan Murphy ( now also of Golden Smog) sang & wrote that has long been a live set favorite. Apparently the band are playing it in their sets this year, and I really look forward to hearing it.

Soul Asylum - Cartoon

The Village Voice & Spin magazine called them the best live act in the US in the late 80's, and things could only get brighter...

But rumor had it that A&M brass weren't sure what to do with the band, and got pissed off when their recording sessions were too loud at the old Chaplin soundstage studios lot in Hollywood.

When the two A&M records they released into a hair metal sea failed to generate sales growth in the platinum range, Soul Asylum were unsummarily dropped, and their bassist Karl went back to washing dishes in the Minneapolis club they were used to headlining. Ironically it was at this time that a resurgence in rock's gritty alternative underbelly was starting to shake up the industry, and as the "grunge" sound swept up the charts, a certain band from Minneapolis was woodshedding.



By the time Sony picked up the band, the demos circulating showed a further refining and outright mellowing of the tunes. Pirner was leaning towards an even folksier style, with less feedback & fuzztone, and even some vaguely romantically charged balladeering.


Seems they had matured, and somehow a year after getting dropped by A&M, were signed to Sony and reording with some studio pros in NYC.


During the hiatus, Pirner got all extra sensitive, and let his inner hippy shine through more...




Despite my mixed feelings about the lack of barnburners on the breakthrough disc, one cannot doubt the creative & commercial merits of the record. Released on Sony in 1992, at the height of Nirvana-mania, Grave Dancers Union, largely pulled the band out of the grunge ghetto and made them radio friendly stars. The first single, Somebody To Shove didn't really catch on, but the followups , Black Gold & especially Runaway Train became MTV faves, and cemented the band in the public memory.

Soul Asylum - Black Gold

Gone were most of the pranks and cheesy covers eating up half a set, and in was the cover of Rolling Stone, a Hammond B-3 player and the singer's movie star girlfriend with tix to the Oscars.

Seemed as quickly as they arose, they had just disappeared, and left just when the going got good. Instead of flying the flannel Pirner complained of hearing loss, and switched drummers & made the new one sit in a plexi glass box.


They put out a video that featured those runaway kids, and the next thing ya know they are double platinum and the first rock band to play on the White House lawn!

I myself began to lose interest, as the world discovered my teenage faves, I felt somewhat left out of the parade, and watched as the group began drifting away from the things I truly held dear. There were always good tunes on the records, but the live shows were no longer at intimate venues, and chances to haul their gear, drink beer, play pinball and shoot the shit with them as regular guys were over.

The madding crowds, and even papparazzzi were there, what with Pirner dumping his longtime gal back home for pill poppng movie starlet Winona Ryder. They toured relentlessly still, just the venues cost closer to $30 and up to get in, instead of $5 or $10, and the bills were no longer with cool idiesque bands like Blake Babies, Mojo Nixon or The Gear Daddies, but detestable schlock like Matchbox 20 and the Spin Doctors.

Live they still could entertain a crowd, but the hits were getting more predicable, and damn Pirner was getting sappy too. It seemed Dave "chief raincloud" Pirner had led Soul Asylum into a brick wall of public disinterest and they basically petered out on the charts in '98. Their last Sony album Candy From A Stranger barely registered on the radio radar and dropped off the Sound Scan just days after release. Most suspicious was the weak wheezing and yelping from the former fireball Pirner that sounded suspiciously like an Eddie Money/James Taylor outtake collection.


I missed the jubilance and goofiness, such as this cover of a Wyclef song about life on the road, actually featuring Wyclef, but generally the flava was leaving the train station if ya know what I mean...

Soul Asylum - Gone Til November w/ Wyclef Jean

I haven't picked up the new record yet, but the tunes I've heard, and most reviews suggest I ain't missing much. I am looking forward to catching the group live again though...as their sts wil include a few chestnuts from what I consider their finest years, before the hype and hubbub made them into something altogether different.

Sony, in a classic spurt of a day late & a dollar short finally released a live album in 2005 of a concert from 1997 that the band played for a high school prom in a flood damaged part of North Dakota.

The band opens up the set by ripping into School's Out by Alice Cooper, and besides playing their own hits & near misses they toss in some other covers like Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell, Johnny Nash's I Can See Clearly Now, Marvin Gaye's Sexual Healing, Smokey Robinson's The Tracks Of My Tears & Lulu's To Sir with Love...

click to purchase : SOUL ASYLUM
After The Flood: Live From The Grand Forks Prom
recorded live 6/28/97
Soul Asylum - After The Flood: Live From The Grand Forks Prom June 28, 1997 CD

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Tonight ! Zolar X, Thor & Boyjazz = Stank On The Halo &

note: For diehard readers, this post may seem a bit of a rehashtrostophe , so please understand, this is my first entry as an official SF Metroblogger. I had to annoint some Bay Area folks to the glory that is happening tonight in Oaktown, and thought digging up some of my previous verbiage on Zolar X, just might do the trick. As an avid and some might say voluntarily rabid over communicator, I feel ready to accept the challenge of providing relevant Bay Area-centric info to local Metroblog readers, and if that is ok with you... I included some cool new tuneage downloads for y'all as well, so no whining y'all.



If you are a fan of mythic metallic Norse warriors, cranky Canadian political punk rock, or crazed tin foil hat outerspace bred Glam Rock Sci-Fi creepos ... maybe you need to board a space age Bart train to the easily accessible 14th St stop in Oakland tonight ...as destiny awaits at the top of the stairs at The Golden Bull.

You'll be able to slink in & catch the mighty Thor , the space glam of Zolar X. the cranky Canadian's of The Martyr Index and likely other stuff too...perhaps even a disease!

It's Maybe The Craziest Golden Bull Gala Dive Bar Sunday Night Show Biz Extravaganza Awards Cup Of All Time...a musical event perhaps on par with a live performance of Ziggy Stardust battling Conan The Barbarian whilst Capt. Kirk seeks nubile space ho's on one of his " tang" seeking benders...

Don't Miss Out ...It's like cartoons come to life, but louder! Maybe you just want to drop less than $10 & see something beyond memorable, drink cheap beer in a dingy classic O-town club and rock out with yer space cock or clit out...

This show is all about a freakishly entertaining night of exceeding & leaving behind all that's wrong in rock & roll these days, which makes this event my pick of the night by far... be there! (or be at home laming out & way into yer I-pod or whatever it is you really care about it...)

Maybe you should attend this awesome event just because you know you don't have the dough saved up to catch Venom & High On Fire at the corporate rock palace known as The Fillmore this week in SF.

I'm not even gonna go on & on about Thor... why hould I, a picture is worth at least a thousand beer burps...



I believe that the SF Weekly even mentioned his mythic metal stature not so long ago...or I guess it was just last summer when he played 12 Galaxies.

and I could give a rats buttocks about some opening bands we are all destined to miss tonight, so I'm gonna do my best to just annoint ye dear readers to the magic space presence of Zolar X ( some mp3'z included, so get clickin')...

The good news for you curious potential Zolar X fans is that they play early, so you can be heading home to be tucked into your oxygen tents way before Thor throws his final fiery lightning hammers in your direction...





Last summer I stumbled unwittingly upon Zolar X... I guess I'm late to the Zolar X party, since it started somewhere in the 70's, but it was all new to me.

I first knew something was up that fateful night when I saw Jello Biafra pacing nervously in the corridors of The Great American Music Hall.
I doubted he was there to catch the 70's boogie rock derivative opening act, as one could feel him cringing at every nascent noodley note from across the hall.

Then I spotted the odd geometric reject shaped oversize amps coated in extra terrestrial blinkers ( or at least some kinda cheesy rope lighting )

Biafra took the stage and explained how he found their early out of print recordings in the bargain bin at Aquarius years ago and sought out the masters for an Alternative Tentacles reissue. Then, out popped some dudes with bad blonde Spock haircuts shaped into pointy forehead peaks. They kicked into a poppy glam sound reminiscent of the Undertones popping pills with Alice Cooper in the parking lot of a Battlestar Galactica fandom convention. They made a din that was vintage Ziggy Stardust meets Sweet in ridiculous spandex jumpsuits with glitter puff cuffs.

Apparently these guys were regulars on the Sunset Strip @ Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco back in the 1970's. They gigged with Jobriath, the NY Dolls and had fans like Lenny Kaye, Red Kross & Ace Frehley and have been waiting in stoic frozen fashion for the limelight to return them to early earthly glory...

I can say after their first SF show in 20 + years, it was deliciously dorky and left me feeling so so strange I had to ooze out the door before the encore. The eeriest bit of all for me was when the cute young girl swigging from an illicit brown bagged bottle in the front near the PA stacks tapped me on the shoulder & asked how I was related to freaky space age Zolar X frontman Ygarr Ygarris.

Uh, I do not know darling... but maybe the answer is in the music...

mp3 downloads linked below

Zolar X - Timeless


TIMELESS
(Music and Lyrics by SDB. Lead vocals: Ygarr)

I'm caught in time, so I'm imprisoned.
The tick of time goes on on and on.
Time will never wait for you.
Life is short and time takes it away.
I want to be Timeless.
I would like to live with infinity.
Sail on ships through timeless seas.
Never grow old live for eternity.
I wish this for you, I wish this for me.


Zolar X - Jetstar 19

Jet Star 19.
It's a power packed, fiber wedged,
a dune surfers dream!
Jet Star 19.


Zolar X - Silver Shapes

Look-up look high, look-up to the sky. [repeat]
Silver Shapes in the sky, Silver Shapes in the sky. [repeat]0
ELEE VOW KARDOMVOU, ELEE OKK NEBBULOR. [repeat].


more Zolar X at this web link

The facts as I understand them

Tonight : SUNDAY, AUGUST 20TH
Alcoholocaust Presents

THOR (The Legendary Rock Warrior - from Vancouver, Canada)
Thor Central

Thor - Darkmaster Theme

ZOLAR X (from Zolaria City, Plutonia aka L.A dude !)
Zolar X

THE MARTYR INDEX (Social / Political punk band from Calgary, Canada)
Martyr Index .com also http://www.myspace.com/themartyrindex

BOYJAZZ - don't know much, but delightfully glammy & apparently worthy of an MTV Road Rules soundtrack appearance
Boy Jazz

also try http://www.myspace.com/boyjazz

a BoyJazz mp3 fer your approval
BoyJazz - Stank On The Halo

plus yer man on the wheels of steak

D.J. ISAAC OWEN MONEY
http://www.myspace.com/isaacowenmoney

Doors open at 6pm / Show at 7pm
$7.00 Admission / 21+

note: Scott's Alcoholocaust shows in Oaktown get over before the last Bart train leaves, so commuters can feel free to attend from wherever in the Bay & enjoy...

see ya there

Saturday, August 19, 2006

JuJu Dub & Puff n Stuff

Weekend warrior reports in for a briefing:

Last night I had nearly no concerns, just let my mind wander (as well as my physical being) onto an island...







That island being the mysterious & exotic nation of of Alameda...

note: all photos of this Alameda adventure shamelessly stolen from Flickr since i didn't bring my own picture taking device

Where I spent hours just bumber banging, flippering, bleeping, dinging, tilting and whatnot at the Lucky Ju Ju Pinball Gallery...

I don't want to hype it anymore than necessary, because if you show up next time, there might not be plenty of room in the mini fridge for my brews.



Let's just say that no waiting for a Bally Fireball Machine is a good thing, and I don't want to f%$k that up...so y'all stay away. Do not go to The Lucky Ju Ju Pinball Gallery, or eat across the street at the sushi joint for that matter. I need my space... not MySpace. You can have MySpace, I am claiming west Alameda for my Tribe...


Other Things that concern me today:


Getting The Linksys WPS54G wireless print server configured and working. Apparently I am not alone in my concerns... Some web forums reveal near universal frustrations, multiple hours on the phone with tech support etc.

hmmm... I'll get back to you on that one.

Oh wait... success... brought the damn thing back from the dead, must be some Comatose Luck

Xploding Plastix - Comatose Luck

here enjoy a video clip I shot & edited a few years ago of the Extra Action Marching Band




and since ya passed that test...

I'll throw in some more trashy tuneage to take ya home...

Aampirellas - Pinball Superstar

and one last Pinball related track up from a Warner Bros Music Publishing sampler, a marching band version of The Who's best known track from Tommy.

Marching Band - Pinball Wizard

now, how about we end it all with a lil Dub and related stuff today for ya


King Tubby - Dub On My Mind

here's a uk grime hip hop / ska mash up of sorts

THE SPECIALS remix FT RIFF RAFF "GHOST TOWN"
THE SPECIALS remix...


I guess this one is part dub, part mash up / remix , whatever it is...y'all might just dig it...

Bill Withers - vs Grievious Angel - Ain't No Sunshine

the next one up from Grievious Angel is a 2004 era remix of an old Niney The Observer track



Grievious Angel vs Niney The Observer - Blood & Fire ( More Fire Junglist Dub Mix)


the next two are a couple similar sorta sonic excercises from a Dutch dub crew

Twilight Circus Dub Sound System - w/ Ranking Joe Don't Follow Babylon


DJ Spooky - Cybernetique Twiligh Circus Remix