Monday, March 31, 2014

Lesley Duncan

Toulouse Street

Phantom Blues Band - Death Letter

Today's theme is Mike Finnigan.

The Jerry Hahn Brotherhood - One Man Woman

Drinking Alone

Dudek Finnigan Krueger Band.

Bag's Groove - Jeff Garfield & Friends

This is off a tribute album to the late Jeff Porcaro. Jeff played drums on a lot of Steely Dan records and was considered by many to have the tightest groove in the business. I have heard ace black drummers talk about his pocket in the most reverential of terms. Jeff's father, longtime L.A. session player Joe Porcaro, is playing drums on this Milt Jackson tune. Sometime Steely Dan guitar player Denny Dias is on guitar on this track.

Porcaro is best known for being in the band Toto but played sessions with a murderer's row of talent. I print his wiki discography below.

Porcaro died young, there was a slight controversy if the cause was an allergic reaction to pesticides or a bad ticker, exacerbated by cocaine use. In any case, whatever the cause, the world lost an outstanding musician.

Seals & Crofts - Diamond Girl (1973), Unborn Child (1974), Get Closer (1976)
Joe Cocker - I Can Stand a Little Rain (1974), Civilized Man (1984)
Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic (1974), Katy Lied (1975), "FM (No Static at All)" (1978), Gaucho (1980)
Tommy Bolin - Teaser (1975) - tracks 1, 2, 3, 5
Les Dudek - Les Dudek Debut (1976), Say No More (1977), Ghost Town Parade (1978), Deeper Shades Of Blues, (1995), Freestyle! (2000)
Leo Sayer - Endless Flight (1976) - "When I Need You", Thunder in My Heart (1977), Leo Sayer (1978), World Radio (1982), Have You Ever Been in Love (1983)
Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees (1976), Down Two Then Left (1977), Middle Man (1980), Other Roads (1988)
Eric Carmen - She Did It, Boats Against the Current (1977)
Hall & Oates - Beauty on a Back Street (1977)
Diana Ross - Baby It's Me (1977), Ross (1983)
Colin Blunstone - Never Even Thought (1978)
KISS - Peter Criss (1978)
Larry Carlton - Larry Carlton (1978), Sleepwalk (1981), Friends (1983)
Allen Toussaint - Motion (1978)
Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy (1978) - "Nighttime in the Switching Yard"
Lowell George - Thanks, I'll Eat It Here (1979)
Chicago - Chicago 17 (1984) - "Stay the Night"
Pink Floyd - The Wall (1979) - "Mother"
Aretha Franklin - Aretha (1980), Love All the Hurt Away (1981)
Bee Gees - Living Eyes (1981)
Randy Crawford - Secret Combination (1981), Windsong (1982)
Al Jarreau - Breakin' Away (1981) - "Breakin' Away", Jarreau (1983) - "Mornin'", "Step by Step", "Black and Blues"
Amii Ozaki - Hot Baby (1981)
Greg Lake - Greg Lake (1981)
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Daylight Again (1982), Allies (1983)
Eye to Eye - Eye to Eye (1982)
Michael Jackson - Thriller (1982) - "Beat It", "Human Nature", "The Girl is Mine", "The Lady in my Life", Dangerous (1991) - "Heal the World"
Elton John - Jump Up! (1982)
Donald Fagen - The Nightfly (1982)
Herbie Hancock - Lite Me Up (1982)
Don Henley - I Can't Stand Still (1982) - "Dirty Laundry", The End of the Innocence (1989)
Michael McDonald - If That's What It Takes (1982) - "I Keep Forgettin'", No Lookin' Back (1985), Take It To Heart (1990)
George Benson - In Your Eyes (1983) - "Lady Love Me (One More Time)"
Christopher Cross - Another Page (1983)
James Newton Howard - "James Newton Howard and Friends" (1983)
Lionel Richie - Can't Slow Down (1983) - "Running with the Night"
Paul Simon - Hearts and Bones (1983) - "Train in the Distance"
David Gilmour - About Face (1984)
The Jacksons - Victory (1984) - "Torture", "Wait"
Paul McCartney - Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984)
Eric Clapton - Behind the Sun (1985) - "Forever Man"
Roger Hodgson - Hai Hai (1987)
Jon Anderson - In the City of Angels (1988)
Dr. John - In a Sentimental Mood (1989)
Clair Marlo - Let It Go (1989)
Madonna - Like a Prayer (1989), I'm Breathless (1990)
Twenty Mondays - The Twist Inside (1990)
Michael Bolton - Time, Love & Tenderness (1991)
Cher - Love Hurts (1991)
Dire Straits - On Every Street (1991)
Richard Marx - Rush Street (1991), Paid Vacation (1993) - "One Man"
B-52s - Good Stuff (1992)
Bruce Springsteen - Human Touch (1992)
Christopher Cross - Rendezvous (1992)
10cc - ...Meanwhile (1992)
Roger Waters - Amused to death (1992) - "It's a Miracle"
Jude Cole - Start the Car (1992) - "Open Road", "Tell The Truth"
Paul Young - The Crossing (1993)

Kid Charlemagne- Steely Dan

Are You Experienced

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Rickie Lee Jones - Just My Baby

Magic Sam

Robert Cray - All Your Lovin

Leslie and I saw Clapton play the Sports Arena several years ago. She is college buds with Mitch, Clapton's videographer, and he graciously gifted us first row center seats and we got to go hang out on the tour bus. No crapping on the tour bus, they made it very clear.

It was an interesting show. J.J. Cale played a few songs, sitting on a chair. Other guitarists were Robert Cray, Doyle Bramhall II and Derek Trucks. All of the performers equipped themselves very well but at least to my ear, Cray rose above the group. Like George Benson, he seemed to vocalize every note.  He is really a fine player.

Albert Collins - Same Old Thing

When I am down I come back over and over to this groove. Albert Collins, a telecaster, a small old amp and his fingers, that's it, what an amazing tone! All hail the iceman…As you might notice, usually everything is played above the seventh fret. Loses a string near the end of this one but doesn't seem to miss a lick.

This was shot in Japan, there is a night time version of the Mt. Fuji gig on line where he plays with his regular bass player, also good, this player James Stevens was on loan from the Brecker Brothers. Trumpeter Steve Howard plays with the Meters and a bunch of New Orleans people. The mullet. I love guys like Albert Collins, T.Bone Walker, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, guitarists that all sang as well as they played. We lost a great player when Albert passed.

John Jorgenson Quintet - In Memory of Danny Gatton

John is one of the greatest players I have ever watched perform. Also a mad clarinetist.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Little Wing - Eric Gales at Slidebar

                                           One of the greatest guitar players on the planet... check out his solo that starts to crank at around the 7:45 mark.......really something to behold! With Matt Schofield and Tomo Fujita.

Mike Keneally - "I'm Raining Here, Inside"

                                         Liked the cut that Robert posted here so much that I decided to jump on and add this great track from his 2012 LP "WBF".

Soul Kitchen

Tried So Hard

Jesse Ed Davis - Keep Me Comin'

Suck - Season of the Witch (1970)

From the wonderfully titled album, Time to suck (1970) this South African band had a nice hard rock sound.

Blue Chalk - Maura O'Connell - Stories

The Young Ones Season 2 Episode 01 Bambi

Kronenbourg 1664 - Motörhead Ace Of Spades (Full Version)

Motörhead - Ace Of Spades

Hawkwind - Silver Machine (Promo) [Complete]

Are You The One?

Everybody has a favorite guitar player. There is no right answer. What's better, strawberry or grape jam? There is no right answer. McLaughlin is my personal favorite, his notes seem to touch the more remote crevices of my soul and he always plays with the best of accompanying musicians. An attack that is admittedly too fast for some ears, but always underscored by a tremendous musicality and an almost alien sense of time.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Plastic People, you're such a drag

Hot Rats is still my favorite. Another day, don't want to kill the mood. Hated the late stuff.

Mothers of Invention: Brown Shoes Don't Make It

I can almost guarantee that this is the first Mother's song that Robert ever heard.  I didn't have the money for a lot of albums as a kid, but the ones I had were choice.

Generation Landslide

Aynsley Dunbar's Retaliation - Watch 'n' Chain

The Mothers of Invention - Igor's Boogie, Phase Two/Holiday in Berlin, F...

                                         From side 2 of Burnt Weenie Sandwich one of Zappa's greatest works. Along with "Little House I Used to Live in" posted below.

The Mothers of Invention - The Little House I Used to Live in (Part 1 of 2)

                                          Really soars with the incredible Don SugarCane Harris on violin!

Desolation Row (1966-05-05 Dublin)

Everybody has their own favorite.  This is mine.

Fred Neil

I could post Fred Neil songs all day, he never wrote or performed a bad one. An incredible musician and voice, he influenced so many people, Kantner, Stills, Nillson, Campbell notwithstanding. A musical superhero with just the right touch of melancholy.

Jackson C. Frank : Blues Run The Game

Quadruple shot of Junior Parker

Junior Parker was a Memphis musician, discovered by Ike Turner, who had an imprint far beyond the short 39 years of his life.

Ben E King - Spanish Harlem

The Drifters - Under the Boardwalk

Gene Chandler Duke of Earl

Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - Why Do Fools Fall In Love

In the Still of the Night - Fred Parris and The Satins

Book Of Love by The Monotones

mars bonfire - born to be wild - 1969 - ( vinilo)

Bobby D. / Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? (窓からはいだせ)

Grumpy asked me to post this for him.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Christopher Parkening - Bach: Fugue from Violin Sonata No. 1 BWV 1001 (G...

toshi reagon: battle of the broken word

Phoebe Snow: Electra (45 RPM)

And everything worth having

He mistook for something you bought

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Uncle Joe

Blue Stingrays- Goldfinger

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live 12.31.78 New Years Eve concert Santa ...

Neil Young - In Concert 1971 - BBC

Joni Mitchell playing live in 1970 (complete concert)

Joni Mitchell-Born to Take the Highway (1965)

Major seven with cheese

I think that it is time to celebrate one of the current red headed stepchildren of music, the poor old major 7th. In the seventies you couldn't get away from the blasted thing, think America and Michael Martin Murphy, now its as passé as a loud fart at the church picnic.

My friend Eric plays keyboard with a lot of bands, Chemical Romance, Jason Mraz among others. He turned me on to the yacht rock concept a few years ago, seeking out seventies cheese for your listening pleasure. In fact he set the bar to what may be an unprecedented height with this song by the danish Tommy Seebach Band doing Apache.

Cathy Berberian

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


A couple tracks from Mickey Hart's excellent Dafos album.

From the roof of the world you can see forever

I can only speak for myself. When Wolff and Hennings' Tibetan Bells album came out in the early seventies, it was a revelation for many of us. Propelled a few major excursions for me.

Terry Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air (1969)


Etta James, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody Business (live B...

1987 - magic in these voices.

Millie Jackson Slow Tongue

Dave Blackburn - Michael Maas

My friend Dave Blackburn is a superb musician on so many levels. Started out on sax, then became an ace jazz drummer and guitar player. He and his wife Robin Adler lead a stellar group of musicians named Mutts of the Planet and he has been producing and recording music for decades. I hesitate to call him my guitar teacher because I haven't had a lesson in several years but at least he was once, and a very patient one at that.

This is a score he did for a film for another artist friend, Michael Maas, for a video commemorating Michael's most recent art opening. Hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

Crosby Nash BBC - Lee Shore (4 of 5)

The music starts after some dialogue at 1:22. A very simple & beautiful version of this song.

Crosby & Nash put on a free "No Nukes" concert at Churches Beach park in 1979, just north
of San Onofre Nuclear power plant in North San Diego County. After some serious re-engineering
mistakes and new construction defects of tubes that hold and cool fuel, the state of California forced
So Cal Edison to permanently shut down the reactors last year. IMHO, excellent governance, in righting a wrong that should never have happened in the first place.

Find the Cost of Freedom - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Monday, March 24, 2014

Billy Stewart

Big Star - Thirteen 1972

Because you can't talk about Power Pop without them.

The McCoys, Hang on Sloopy, unedited, stereo

Just to annoy Robert some more.  This was the power pop of my adolesence and I still love it.

Gentle Giant - A Reunion (Rob Martino - Chapman Stick)

A Reunion - Gentle Giant (1973)

Tommy Fogerty And The Blue Velvets - Golliwogs

Prior to Creedence, there was the Blue Velvets. The band started with John, Stu and Doug in 1959, fine rhythm player Tom joins the band in 1960. They joined Fantasy in 1963 and briefly had their name changed to The Visions. In 1964 the label renamed them the Golliwogs. In 1967 the name of the band was once again changed to Creedence Clearwater Revival.

I look at the history of Creedence as almost a tragedy. The animosity between the former band members, who John didn't even allow on stage at the Rock and Roll hall of fame induction, is legendary.

I hate it when front men get all the glory and think that they alone are responsible for the music. Go down the list of people who were seduced by the spotlight and ultimately diminished the sound, Paul Simon, Sting, John Fogerty, David Byrne all immediately come to mind. Never quite as good as the original group effort.

The Mynah Birds

Another early Toronto band, the members included Rick James, Neil Young and Bruce Palmer. (Yes, that Rick James.)

ISn't it strAnGe?

Sparrow was John Kay's first band in Toronto. This song was written by Dennis Edmonton aka Mars Bonfire, who was the brother of the drummer in both Steppenwolf and Sparrow, Jerry Edmonton.  The name of the band was originally Jack London and the Sparrows when they were founded in 1964. German born John Kay did not join the band until 1965. Wiki says that they originally faked british accents. The original band had future Springfield member, the late Bruce Palmer on bass.

Steppenwolf were a truly pioneering band, saw them many times, I think that they coined the term heavy metal (as in heavy metal thunder). Goldy McJohn had one of the great white afros, rivaling the guy in Room 222.

History should give more credit to this fine band.

Relatively Clean Rivers - Relatively Clean Rivers (1975)

                                                    In my opinion the greatest privately released American LP. Deserves to be listened to in it's entirety. From the mind of the truly incredible Phil Pearlman.

Los Spiders "Something I Heard (Last NIght)"

Som Imaginario- Super God

                                                  Great psych cut from 1970. "I drink coffee you drink milk"

Sunday, March 23, 2014

40,000 Headmen

Larry Williams

Johnny's garden-stephen stills

The Incredible String Band - Ithkos

I think that I can safely spill his secret identity. NYSTAN, who often comments on the Blue Heron Blast and occasionally here, once played bass with the Incredible String Band, known at the time as Stan Lee.

Stan is a sweetheart, still gigs occasionally in his native New York, a brilliant man, a wonderful photographer, an irascible curmudgeon at times, teaches photography and has worked with a ton of musicians through the years, people as diverse as Muddy Waters and Janice Ian. Lives with a small dog somewhere near Central Park. I never see him anymore except in cyberspace and it is a real drag.

The Jaggerz

Red Rubber Ball - Cyrkle, The

Jean-Luc Ponty - Mirage

The Beatles- Dear Prudence

THE CREATION - We Are Paintermen (1967)

Seminal brit mod band.

Mandolin Wind

Chris Knight - It Ain't Easy Being Me

Another singer/songwriter who is not well known enough.  This was his first (and maybe only) hit/video from the late '90s.  The only other song anybody seems to be House and 90 Acres which I also considered posting.

Tim Hardin - Lady Came From Baltimore

Tim Hardin - Don't Make Promises

The Pretty Things "Balloon Burning"

                                      The Pretty Things "SF Sorrow" preceded "Tommy" as the first rock concept album. Several great cuts on the LP.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

This and that

Between- Dharana.wmv

                                         A bit long but if you have the time one of the best tracks ever to chill/meditate to. Imagine being on a caravan traveling thru the desert at night looking up at the stars. A really beautiful LP.


The Stranglers

Dark End of the Street

Lee Michaels

"Stop" Al Kooper & Mike Bloomfield (Super Session)

                                            Bloomfield's guitar cuts through like a of the truly great players of all time.

Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth 1967

The Zombies - Time Of The Season

Friday, March 21, 2014

Steve Miller Band-Fly Like An Eagle

One of my favorite songs to do surfing visualization to, back in the '70's. I was all of 14 or 15 at the time.

Your Saving Grace

Jefferson Airplane

Filmed by Jean Luc Godard on a Manhattan rooftop in 1968.

The Beatles on the Roof Top 1969 Don't Let Me Down

Peter Tosh - Johnny Be Good

It Makes No Difference

Here Rick is in Japan, It is getting near the end. Rick is seriously overweight and obviously very unhealthy. Yet for all of his travails he still manages to coax out the most beautiful and bittersweet notes on this plaintiff tune, my favorite of all of the great songs by the Band.

This concert was from April 8, 1997. He was arrested a month later in Japan with a small amount of heroin and ultimately given a suspended sentence. He died in his sleep, of heart failure, two years later, at home in Marbletown.

I loved Rick Danko, caught him solo when I could and still miss him and his music terribly.


This is a song by Fallbrook's favorite troubadour, the late Larry Robinson. Russ Kunkel on drums, Larry on rhythm, Steve Runolfsson with vocals, Lynn Rominger on lead guitar and Bryan Garofalo playing bass.  This was their third single, released in 1968 and was produced by David Crosby.

Larry was senselessly murdered last year at the music store he worked in in Temecula. There is a large reward out now, people still trying hard  to find his killer. You couldn't ever meet a nicer man than Larry Robinson. He passed away March 23, 2013. I believe that there is a memorial march this weekend for him in Temecula.

Lee Dorsey - Get Out Of My Life Woman

G.B.T.V. CultureShare ARCHIVES 1999: LORD PRETENDER ..#1

                                          Lord Pretty....R.I.P.

Roaring Lion - Mary Ann (original)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Evie Sands

Evie on the Johnny Cash show, 1969.

Evie was the first to record Chip Taylor's Angel of the morning in 1967 but she experienced serious problems with her label immediately folding after she had cut the single. Most people are more familiar with Merrilee Rush's version but they are both equally good. Also done by P.P. Arnold, Skeeter Davis, Juice Newton and a million other people. Some people think that Chrissie Hynde has delivered the greatest version and it certainly ranks with the best. Evie's can be heard here.

Lonely Avenue

Sail Away

Battle Is Over (But the War Goes On)

Los Shakers - Espero que les guste 042

                                           One of my very favorite 60's psych songs from S.A. (Uruguay circa 1967)

Los Mac's - Dear Friend Bob (1967)

                                    Killer Chilean 60's psych ban

Los Gatos Cuando llegue el año 2000

                                           One of the great beat/psych bands from South America with the incredible Litto Nebbia on vocals. Promo clip from 1968.

Effects Projector Meteor 100 año 1973 - Music by Los Gatos "Esperando a ...

Timmy Thomas - Why can't we live together?

Clarence Carter - Too Weak To Fight [Original Version]

Bobby Bland -- I've Got To Use My Imagination

Allison Moorer and Shelby Lynne: Going Down

Keeping it all in the family...

Allan Holdsworth

Allan Holdsworth - guitar

Dave Carpenter - bass

Chad Wackerman - drums

Germany '97

Jean Luc Ponty,Al Di Meola & Stanley Clarke

Premiata Forneria Marconi

Got turned on to PFM while hanging out with the prog rockers in the eleventh grade in Oxnard. PFM "Cook" was a great live album with a nice cover illustration.

Yes with Bill Bruford

Annette Peacock with Bruford

Mussorgsky:A NIGHT AT THE BARE MOUNTAIN ( Original )

Al DiMeola, Pictures of the Sea.m4v

Absolute Elsewhere - In Search Of The Ancient Gods-1976 ( Full Album ) .wmv

Bill Bruford on drums. This is album gets me pumped to drive up the coast and go surf.

Los Vidrios Quebrados - Inside your Eyes

                                Excellent late 60's Chilean band...Broken Windows

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Natalie Maines 2013 Mother Pink Floyd)

Something from last year.  My husband (who hates twang) turned me on to it after he heard it on NPR.  This one seems to appeal to all sorts.

Joe Ely - Me And Billy The Kid

If you're wondering how my sister got to be such a redneck, let me tell you a little about our childhood. We traveled all over the country, one crappy missile base to another, never quite shook the dust off. One of the stops was Las Cruces, about 1963, under the shade of the Billy the Kid bar in Mesilla, NM. Stuff sticks to you like hot winds, cotton fields and freight trains.

If You Were A Bluebird

Steve Earle-Fort Worth Blues

This was written by a clean and sober Steve Earle.  I don't remember what year.  This is one of my very favorite songs by anyone.  Guy Clark also did an amazing cover of it.  I haven't been listening to a lot of music this year (this blog is helping with that) but I could probably fill the blog up with just amazing stuff by Steve.

Tom Jones & Jerry Lee Lewis - Rock 'n' Roll Medley (1969) #Uncut

Syd Barrett - Baby lemonade

BABY LEMONADE: "Tomorrow Never Knows"

Foggy Notion

X - Los Angeles

Night Time

From Wiki, the bizarre story of the Strangeloves:

The Strangeloves were a fictional band created in 1964 by a New York-based American songwriting production team who pretended to be from Australia. Consisting of Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, and Richard Gottehrer, The Strangeloves most successful singles were "I Want Candy," "Cara-Lin", and "Night Time". Before the invention of The Strangeloves, the three-member team ‒ often going by FGG Productions ‒ had already scored hits for other artists including 1963's "My Boyfriend's Back" by the American female group, The Angels.

According to the press releases, The Strangeloves were three brothers named Giles, Miles, and Niles Strange who were raised on an Australian sheep farm. The brothers' fictional backstory involved getting rich with the invention of a new form of sheep crossbreeding (the long-haired "Gottehrer" sheep allegedly registered with the Feldman-Goldstein Company of Australia) which allowed them the time and financial freedom to form a band. The story did not exactly capture the public's imagination, but The Strangeloves' singles still performed respectably well especially in the United States.

And an even better version from the early Texas band, the Chayns:

The Weirdos - Seven and Seven Is

There was a great live video of this out that appears to have now disappeared from YouTube.

THE WEIRDOS - We got the Neutron Bomb

Lulu - To Sir With Love

One of my wife Michelle's favorite songs from her early childhood in Saigon. A very idealistic time for her, but like so many, by the end of the decade, those rose colored images would be shattered.


Moby Grape - 8:05

Nashville Bluegrass Band & Fairfield 4 - Roll Jordan Roll

JOHNNY NICHOLAS - John The Revelator

Oxford Circle - Since you've been away

From Richie Unterberger:
Although the Oxford Circle are remembered by hardcore psychedelic collectors as a San Francisco psychedelic band due to their shows on the city's ballroom circuit in 1966 and 1967, they actually formed in Davis, about an hour to the east. The group played energetic garage-psychedelia that was heavily derivative of British bands such as the Yardbirds and Them, and managed to release just one single, "Foolish Woman"/"Mind Destruction," for the tiny World United label. The flipside was a feedback-drenched piece of raw psychedelia, but it would not be appropriate to place the Oxford Circle in such rarefied air as unheralded Northern California psychedelic legends like the Great Society or even the Final Solution. The group's original material was unexceptional, owing more to punkish blues-rock than groundbreaking psychedelic sounds. Drummer Paul Whaley joined Blue Cheer, which sowed the seeds of the Oxford Circle's breakup, though oddly enough, future blues star Joe Louis Walker played with the group briefly. Gary Lee Yoder, the Oxford Circle's principal songwriter, formed Kak (which recorded for Epic) and also showed up in a late version of Blue Cheer. An entire 1966 concert, in surprisingly excellent fidelity, formed the basis for an Oxford Circle CD in 1997 that also included their single and a couple of unissued cuts. 

Lulu and The Luvvers - Shout (1964)

16 year old Lulu tears it up.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Great Italian late 60's & 70's prog/psych band.

Norma Tanega "Walkin' My Cat Named Dog"

14 - Steve Earle - I Ain't Ever Satisfied

Just to complete things.  It is real hard to choose a Steve Earle song.  This one has always been one of my favorites.  In fact the entire Exit 0 album rocks hard.  Then, once you have chosen a song you have to decide where in his career do you want to hear it from.  BTW, this is an amazing album.

Bedpost Oracle - Chest Fever (1971)

tuesday - sewing machine

B side of Tuesday's single Big Mr. Little, released on 10th November 1972 on the Pye label (7N45194)

Townes Van Zandt - Tecumseh Valley

The second of the big 3 (although the other two both say they learned everything they knew from him).

Aum ~ '' Movin Man '' ( Psychedelic Blues US 1969 )

Aum was a bay area blues power trio that regularly played a lot of shows at the Fillmore and Avalon. Fronted by excellent guitarist Wayne Ceballos. There is an interesting excerpt in Greenfield's Bill Graham biography that recounts how Ceballos played with the Grateful Dead one night when Jerry Garcia was late to the show. And I guess that he played really well. I came across this excellent post this morning that reveals that he jammed with the Dead on at least four occasions.

Neighb'rhood Childr'n

A band from Phoenix, Oregon that moved to the big city by the bay in the 60's.

The Lotus - I'll be waiting 1967

I believe that the lead singer is Kauai Ted's brother in law, Sam Hui.

The Loading Zone

Crome Syrcus - Long Hard Road (1968)

Love this hard rocking single. Kind of reminds me of hellbound train.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Laghonia - Speed Fever

Great Peruvian band from the late 60's early 70's. One of the best songs ever to capture the feeling of freedom of riding on a motorcycle. A metaphor for political freedom during a time of repression in S.A..

Baby (Inglês) - Rita Lee (Só a música)

English version of Brazilian classic. If you like this check out the Portuguese version by Gal Costa.

Jerry Harrison

Danseparc (Every Day It's Tomorrow) / Martha and the Muffins

Free Yourself

Martha and the Muffins - Echo Beach

Iggy - Passenger

Longtime and original Stooges drummer Scott Asheton died the day before yesterday of cancer at the age of 64. One of the Chi-lites died last week. They are dropping off like flies ladies and gentlemen.

Sly and the Family Stone "Hot Fun in the Summertime" Wanna take u Higher"

The Doors - GLORIA - dirty version (music video, fantasy cut)

Elizabeth Cotten - Wilson Rag

"A good example of the country ragtime style, as Elizabeth Cotten calls it, that might be played at cornshucking parties. Portions of this piece are known by other fold guitar pickers, and she herself rarely plays it twice through the same way. The term ragtime generally describes a guitar style with a steady rhythm on the 3 bass strings with a highly syncopated melody on the 3 treble strings. - Mike Seeger"

THE MOVE - I Can Hear The Grass Grow

Gary Allan - Smoke Rings In The Dark

The Preachers - Who Do You Love?

Rosa Lee Brooks - My Diary (with Jimi Hendrix) [1965]

Jimi Hendrix & Love - Jam (Loon)

Arthur Lee & the L.A.G's = The Ninth Wave ~ Surf

Conway Twitty - It's Only Make Believe

There are singers and then there are singers. Who today sings with the late Conway Twitty's power and passion?


Gentle On My Mind

Not having had a television for so long I must admit that things slip by. One person who I have somehow missed is Raul Malo. What a beautiful voice he has.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Águas de Março - Tom Jobim e Elis Regina no Fantástico

From God's mouth to our ears. Tom & Elis live circa 1974

Shape Of Things To Come

The Raiders version definitely can't hang with old Max Frost and the Troopers. If you ever get up to the Hendrix Museum in Seattle you will be amazed at how much play both the Kingsmen and Raiders get up in those parts. Science Fiction museum is attached to the same Gehry building, great must do experience if you are up that way.

Blues Section: 'Answer to Life' (1967)


From Finland 1967...Jim Pembroke's pre-Wigwam  Blues Section.

nasty sex la revolucion de emiliano zapata

                                                 Mexico 1970

The Association - Along Comes Mary

A very underrated band, at least in my opinion, great vocals, good musicians. I think if I remember correctly a bunch of them got busted for weed and went to jail. Have to check.

The Turtles Elenore 1968

Question Mark & The Mysterians - 96 Tears

The Misunderstood

The Misunderstood were a Riverside, CA sixties band that has definitely reached major cult status in recent years. This may be off a very late release from the band. They were fronted by an exceptional steel guitar player named Glenn Ross Campbell, who is said to have created the first light show.

I got a line on you - SPIRIT

Blues Magoos - We Ain t Got Nothin Yet (RARE clip) (High)

Emerge the Litter

Arthur Lee & Love - Seven & Seven Is (Live)

Love - My Little Red Book (1966)

Music Machine - 'Talk Talk'

The Music Explosion - Little Bit O'Soul

Syndicate of Sound Little Girl

The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind (French TV, 1967) 1080p HD

The Knickerbockers - Lies - [original STEREO]

Jimmy Reed - Big Boss Man

Slim Harpo - The Hippy Song

Merle Haggard - Working Man Blues

A very young Merle Haggard.  Some people call this the National Anthem.

Marianne Faithfull - "Working Class Hero" (live)

I love this song.  I also love this version even more than the one on Broken English.  I think this is one of Lennon's best songs.

Pat Boone - Good Rockin Tonight

Ali Farka Toure

Wynonie Harris - Good Rockin' Tonight

The real father of rock and roll? How 'bout Wynonie Harris, 1948. Read this interesting essay. I speak with tongue firmly in cheek, movements like music don't really have fathers, nothing is borne entirely in a vacuum. What we do have is transitional periods where cultural trends seem to quickly accelerate.

The term Rock and roll came from an earlier antecedent, Rock music, which was derived from rhythm and blues, which was borne from blues, which was beget by gospel, which was based on early jubilee music which came from the life experience of slavery, which came from Africa. I have written on jubilee before, it was a non secular singing practice once outlawed in this country.
"After regular worship service, congregations used to stay for a “ring shout”. It was a survival of primitive African dance. So, educated ministers and members placed a ban on it. The men and women arranged themselves in a ring. The music started, perhaps with a Spiritual, and the ring began to move, at first slowly, then with quickening pace. The same musical phrase was repeated over and over for hours. This produced an ecstatic state. Women screamed and fell. Men, exhausted, dropped out of the ring."
I reject the treatise that Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Alan Freed, Bill Haley or any other fine character was the father of this movement.  Elvis was heavily influenced by Jake Hess, the fine tenor in Hovie Lister's Statesmen, a band themselves heavily influenced by the black jubilee groups. Hess was reportedly devastated when Elvis chose secular music over gospel. These people were all very important but there were definitely earlier "fathers."

Another "father" that we can certainly credit is Sam Cooke. Here is a clip of the band he started with, the Soul Stirrers. They were an early Texas "hard gospel" band, started by Roy Crain, fronted by Paul Foster and eventually Cooke. They were a major influence on many artists including Mahalia Jackson and the great Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

You see what a short jump it is from this music to Chuck and Little Richard. All the notes are already there. Sam Cooke's decision to sing non religious songs  led the way to the "bird" bands, the black bands and doo woppers of the fifties whose music suddenly got  more secular and less conspicuously religious. This following cut is religious but also damn good so I include it here.

Jazz, blues, rock, we owe all the greatest American musical idioms to Africa and the horrible practice of slavery. The exposure of the african rhythm to the scottish/irish music of their masters' forebears and gave birth to a musical hybridization and explosion that has rocked and rolled the world. Would shudder to think what we would be listening to today without the african contribution. Thanks Bill Haley, thanks Elvis, even you Pat Boone, you know who you owe big time.

Upsetter Rock - The Upsetters (Little Richard)

UPSETTERS (Little Richard) Every night about this time R+B

Upsetters - I'm In Love Again - Rare Little Richard Rocker

Little Richard Long Tall Sally - Tutti Frutti


Little Richard - forget about Elvis, here's the true King of Rock,n,Roll

Esquerita - Believe Me When I Say Rock´n´Roll Is Here To Stay

Esquirita, obviously, was Little Richard's main influence.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Hard Work-John Handy

Rahsaan Roland Kirk-Volunteered Slavery

Pharoah Sanders - The Creator Has A Master Plan

L.A. Freeway, Guy Clark

If you don't know Guy Clark, this is a good place to start with him.  I don't think he is capable of writing a bad song.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra visits Milwaukee Art Museum - Bolero

William Tell Overture Finale

Carmen - Ouverture

Jewish Sephardic wedding song from Morocco

Carmen Amaya y su troupe por Bulerias - 1961

The Legendary Carmen Amaya (1913-1963), Flamenco Potpourri 1

Sephardic Jewish Arabic Moroccan Gitano Flamenco song & dance Al-Andalus