Friday, February 28, 2014

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - From The Beginning

Lene Lovich - New Toy

If the topic is synthesizers, I would like to bring up Thomas Dolby. He both wrote and performed this song with Lena Lovich. Leslie and I saw Dolby several years ago after he emerged from his rabbit hole and a long retirement where he had been reduced to creating phone jingles. He sat alone at a computer and synth console and wove the most incredible and breathtaking textural web of sounds. One of the all time great performances we have witnessed.

Gary Numan Live KCRW Radio Broadcast

The Bees

My friend Bob Zinner played rhythm for this mid sixties Los Angeles band. He went on later to play in another L.A. band, the W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band. I think that there might have been two Los Angeles groups called the bees, not sure which one was responsible for voices green and purple.

The Poets, Don't do it

circa 1966.

A wee bit of self-promotion

I've asked Robert's indulgence to mention a personal project I'm hoping some of the Blast/Bird's Eye readers might find interesting.

I'm Randy Walters, and I've been playing synthesizers for over 40 years. I've just received a new instrument that's been getting a fair amount of media attention; it's called the Seaboard.

It has a flexible foam-rubber-like surface that allows you to bend notes, manually add vibrato, change tone color by altering pressure - you can use its modulation capabilities to alter any sound parameter you take the initiative to have it control. All this, to say it's a real kick in the head for a keyboard player.

It's made by a British company called ROLI, and I'll be blogging about my experiences with this new instrument at You can also get announcements of new posts by following me on Twitter at @Seaboardist.

I'm very excited about my new baby; I've had it for a week now, and I'm having more fun the more I play it!

We now return you to your regularly scheduled website. Thanks!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Miles Davis - Flamenco Sketches


FOOL ON THE HILL - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

Nightcrawlers - Little Black Egg

The Nightcrawlers were a sixties garage band from Daytona Beach, Florida. The Cars did a nice demo of this that I have on a greatest hits compilation.

Milkwood - How's The Weather - Timetrain Wonderwheel

Early effort by Rick Ocasek and Benjamin Orr, later of the Cars.

My little red book - Performed by Love

Bacharach wasn't too happy with Arthur Lee's workup of this tune. Said that he was playing the wrong chords...

Billy J. Kramer

Another great Bacharach composition, I think the definitive version...

The Look Of Love - Dusty Springfield, Casino Royale (HQ)

The High Numbers (The Who) live in 1964

The Sonics - Strychnine

The Sonics - The Witch

Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels "C.C. Rider" 1966

Amboy Dukes, The Journey to the Center of the Mind

The Young Rascals Good Lovin

Grand Funk Railroad - Get It Together

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

You Can Close Your Eyes - James Taylor

Those fabulous fifties

Run C&W - The Burns Brothers on Crook & Chase 1993

Open My Eyes

Todd Rundgren - Want of a Nail

I love this song! From "Nearly Human," it was recorded live in one take; no overdubs. A little off the beaten track for Todd, but that's the kind of guy he is.

Frank Vignola and Jimmy Rosenberg

This is something that Kerr shared with me at his home. This was filmed the night after Rosenberg's 2004 Carnegie Hall concert. Guys supposedly stayed up and played music all night. Kerr loves Rosenberg and listening to him here you can see why. Dude playing the phone book ain't bad either.

Frank Vignola - Guitar
Jimmy Rosenberg - Guitar
Federico Britos - Violin
Joe Ascione - Percussion

Monday, February 24, 2014

Fazon - Sopwith Camel

I'll see your Popol Vuh and raise you one Sopwith Camel. Kerr, I really enjoyed Popul Vuh's sound, quite ethereal.

The Jimmy Rosenberg post was missing a video so I reverted it to draft. Love to get that stuff you showed me with Frank Vignola.

Have you asked Dennis about joining our little musical collective?

Rev. Gary Davis plays "Slow Drag / Cincinnati Flow Rag"

Doc Watson pt 2

So great it's just sick, this in an alternating thumb style that he used on occasion. Man did everything and also did it better than anybody else. First tune had a great version cut by the Delmore Brothers, obviously at least vocally a big influence on Doc.

I was lucky enough to see Doc many times, the first time with Merle and then often with Jack. Such a blessing!


Ravi Shankar - Mangalam

Popol Vuh - Kyrie 1973

H.P. Lovecraft - That's The Bag I'm In (US 1967)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

W P L J by The Four Deuces

"White Port & Lemon Juice" - Daryl Hall

Frank Zappa WPLJ

Christa Ludwig sings Schubert

Daryl Hall Dave Stewart Here Comes The Rain Again

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley - Welcome To Jamrock (AOL Sessions)

Nektar - Desolation Valley / Waves (Live, BBC The Old Grey Whistle Test)...

McCoys - Hang on sloopy

How do I post to this blog?

There are a couple ways to accomplish this, you can also embed/copy/paste and then toggle the html/compose button but the following method is pretty easy.

1.Accept invitation to join the blog. If you have not received one, request one at azurebirds at
2.Go to a Youtube video of your choice.
3. Beneath the video hit share.
4.Mouse over and press the fourth orange box from the left.
5. Change the title and write a comment underneath the video body if you wish.
6. Make sure that the little window upper right says birdseye music if you have multiple blogs on the blogger platform.
7. Hit the orange button that says publish post.

Great cure for insomnia, too.

Stutz came by my gallery a few weeks back and told me that he had recently gone to a Hot Tuna concert at the Belly Up Tavern.

"How many songs did you make it through?"I asked him.

"About three or four maybe," he says. "It was weird, everybody there was like over 70."

I nodded my head in assent. Not about the age thing but about a normal human being's ability to listen to a whole Hot Tuna  concert, at least in this day and age.

In the best of times you could fall asleep in the middle of a tune (and I often did) at a Hot Tuna concert and wake up an hour later and swear that you were in the middle of the same song. To say that the music lacked dynamics is a definite understatement.

When I was a kid, the majority of Hot Tuna denizens were kids from New Jersey who took pride in the fact that they could take even more drugs than your average deadhead. And they did.

Now I love Jorma's playing and longtime readers know how much I love the Jefferson Airplane. And I am also a huge blues lover. I respect that many aficionados thought that Jack was the best bass player in the world or did anyway at one distant point in time. Unfortunately the pair got stuck in one spot, the music didn't change and the whole thing ultimately lacks relevance in today's world. Takes boring to a new apogee. The monotony can even be painful at times, definitely nothing that I would ever want to try sober.

I salute Michael for trying but if he had asked me I could have saved him the price of a ticket.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Jaynetts - Sally, Go 'Round The Roses

Now that is some dancing. Lots of great versions of this out, Grace Slick and The Great Society, Donna Summer, Tim Buckley, The Ikettes, Question Mark and the Mysterians among others. My favorite after this original one is Pentangle's version.

Thane Russal - Security

Swelling Itching Brain

R.I.P. Bob Casale. You were incredible.

FLEETWOOD MAC - Albatross (1970 UK TV Performance) ~ HIGH QUALITY HQ ~

Bobby Blue Bland - Little Boy Blue

B.B. King - Don't Get Around Much Anymore

Joy of Cooking

The Chocolate Watchband

The Knight Riders 'I'

Monday, February 17, 2014

Maggie's Farm

but everybody wants me to be just like them...

John Cale

Donald Byrd - Cristo Redentor

Mission statement

This is going to be the deal with this one. I am going to grant permissions to a few friends with great musical tastes and we can try an experiment of using this forum for turning each other on to interesting music. I don't care if it is mongolian throat music, Alice Coltrane or barbershop quartet, it is all cool. You just have to post every once in a while or whenever you want. We all become equal authors.

You either hit new post up on top and embed from any music or video source or or go straight from Youtube. Very intuitive. If you are having technical difficulties I will show you how to embed or share from youtube. Quite easy really. Take this thing in any direction you want.

If anybody else wants in, let me know.

Killing Floor

Them - It's All Over Now Baby Blue

All Things Must Pass

George's last live performance.