I am gonna be working all night and well into the Saturday afternoon, doing everything from demoing new MP3 players in an SF nightspot to a predawn setting up of a giant tent in the dangerous Iron Triangle zone of Richmond CA.
Named for the railroad tracks that delineate its three pronged edges, the Iron Triangle west of city center, is 1 1/2 square miles dominated by gov't housing projects where 13 were killed last year, seven within a block of the park I'm headed too. So far this year though, only 71 recorded police interventions have been reported at Nevin Park, but no outright murders...
Although last Saturday, a man driving a gold minivan pulled up to the intersection of Macdonald Avenue and Fourth Street and let out a burst of automatic gunfire into the park, wounding one man in the leg.
So anyways, here's some tunes for ya to check out , and I'll post a few more than normal in case i ain't coming back anytime soon...
Howlin' Wolf - All Night Boogie
Ray Charles got his start playing in the road band of this artist, the man known as Lowell Fulson, but also recorded under the name Fulsom. Born on a Choctaw Indian Reservation in 1921 he left the US army in 1945 and began recording music, first for Bob Geddins in Oakland CA. He stayed on that same musical road road for decades, making records for Big Town, Gilt Edge, Trilon, Down Town, Swing Time, Aladdin and eventually Chicago's Chess/Checker where his most lasting recording relationship was. He also recorded for Kent, Jewel and in the 1990's the Bullseye Blues label before dying in 1999. He was one of several black artists whom Elvis used as fodder for his climb to the top, covering Fulson's R&B hit "Reconsider Baby" in 1960 and taking it places this chitlin circuit act never had a shot at. Here's a song that bemoans a certain pending sense...in fact, it's so bad, he bemoans it twice in a row...
Lowell Fulson - Trouble, Trouble
A lot of people associate the Beatles career with Capitol, the EMI subsidiary that was founded and built on the success of Nat King Cole & Frank Sinatra. Well , Capitol did have quite a bit of success with the Beatles catalog, but they weren't the first to bring them to US shores....
That would be Vee Jay a tiny label out of Chicago, who also had the original version of The Twist. Vee Jay's twist though was done by Hank Ballard, a singer with a less than perfectly palatable image. Dick Clark smelled money on and took the top of the charts with his protege', the squeaky clean Philly act Chubby Checker...
Hank Ballard & The Midnighters - Twist ( Vee Jay Records version )
Dinosaur Jr have been on the comeback trail for awhile, releasing their first new material in awhile via Fat Possum, but here' some stuff from a 2005 TV appearance.
Dinosaur Jr - The Lung ( live 2005 on Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show)
The Wu Tang Clan recently released over 200 free mp3s for their fans at their official website , and amongst them was this track, a collab with Alicia Keys...
Alicia Keys - You Don't Know My Name ( ft Raekwon & Polite )
Ladytron have been on tour as of late, and here's a remix to satiate that certain sensation if you were left out...
Ladytron - "Soft Power (Vicarious Bliss Gutter Mix)"
I guess we could segue into some hardcore electro from the album Badlands by puritan UK purveyors Jackal & Hyde formed in 1998 by partners Scott Weiser, and Todd Walker .
Jackal & Hyde - Freaks Come Out At Night ( Night of Living Basshead Mix)
David Byrne has collaborated with the NYC-based yet Brazilian pop band Forro In The Dark, who are doing something here that sounds vaguely New Orleans brass IMHO... dig it or don't...
Forro In The Dark w/ David Byrne) - I Wish (Bundle of Contradictions )
These kids just rolled through town late last month, and I can say I missed them, although I did hear their radio interview last year...and I do note that the arrangements are getting a wee bit more ambitious... For folks looking for the missing link between Herman's Hermits & Baby Shambles...
Arctic Monkeys - Flourescent Adolescent
In the past few years Ravi Shankar's daughter has put more people to sleep than decades of her dad's sitar playing ever did... but it's not too late for you to get on the bedwagon...
Norah Jones - Not Too Late
Wake up to the sounds of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, the Bay Area based band that isn't afraid to take thrash metal to the dramatic dungeons of meter and emerge with an omnipotent math rock successor to the crown of thorny musical hellscape...
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Headless Corpses Enactment
Their long awaited new album comes out later this month on The End Records, and here's a sneak preview followed up by some don't miss tourdates...
Sleepytime Tour dates:
05/24/07 Thu @ The Phoenix Theater - Petaluma, CA (w/ Sex Goddess)
05/25/07 Fri @ Aladdin Theater - Portland, OR (w/ Subarachnoid Space)
05/26/07 Sat @ Neumos - Seattle, WA
05/28/07 Mon @ Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN (w/ Stinking Lizaveta)
05/29/07 Tue @ Todd Wehr Center - Milwaukee, WI (w/ Stinking Lizaveta)
05/30/07 Wed @ The Abbey Pub - Chicago, IL (w/ Stinking Lizaveta)
05/31/07 Thu @ Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN (w/ Stinking Lizaveta)
06/01/07 Fri @ Magic Stick - Detroit, MI (w/ Stinking Lizaveta)
06/02/07 Sat @ Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH (w/ Stinking Lizaveta)
06/03/07 Sun @ The Middle East - Cambridge, MA (w/ Stinking Lizaveta)
06/04/07 Mon @ Northstar - Philadelphia, PA (w/ Stinking Lizaveta)
06/05/07 Tue @ The Black Cat - Washington, DC (w/ Stinking Lizaveta)
06/06/07 Wed @ Warsaw - Brooklyn, NY (w/ Stinking Lizaveta) *CD RELEASE PARTY*
06/08/07 Fri @ The Earl - Atlanta, GA
06/09/07 Sat @ Cell Block - Mobile, AL (w/ Cheer Accident)
06/11/07 Mon @ Emos - Austin, TX (w/ Cheer Accident)
06/12/07 Tue @ Wreck Room - Ft. Worth, TX (w/ Cheer Accident)
06/14/07 Thu @ Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA (w/ Cheer Accident)
06/15/07 Fri @ Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA (w/ Cheer Accident)
06/16/07 Sat @ The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA (w/ Cheer Accident)
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