Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Anti DiFrancos/Ass End Offend "My Imperialist Hard-On Is Bigger Than Yours" (2002)

I picked this 7" up from B4 in Deep Ellum because I liked the name Anti-DiFranco and the album art was cool. Righteous D.I.Y. hardcore from Missoula, Montana, early 2000s.

Poisoned Candy Records and the two bands on this split moved to Portland later in the decade. They continue to operate, here's their Facebook page. Ass End Offend changed their name to Squalora. I e-mailed Poisoned Candy and Matt from PC (and Squalora) was kind enough to email me back, and point me to their Bandcamp page, where they have their entire discography available for free/pay what thou wilt, which is nice of them. If you're into hardcore punk I'd recommend checking them out after you're done here.

Here's the Discogs entry on the album, here's the Wikipedia entry on anarcho-syndicalism, and here's 8 great, angry songs in about fifteen minutes or so, courtesy Poisoned Candy Records and Bandcamp. Enjoy!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Jimmy Pruett: My Gal Sal/A Shanty In Old Shanty Town (1962?)

I was over at vintage store B4 in Deep Ellum again tonight, and, among a few other righteous treasures, found this 7". According to Jimmy Pruett's German-language Wikipedia entry (he doesn't have one in English), Pruett was a blind pianist and guitarist, born in 1925 in Los Angeles. Here's another bio from Hillbilly.com.

Pruett was a member of this radio and television country music program called Town Hall Party. I'd never heard of it -- Town Hall Party looks pretty cool.

Here's a brief bio of Pruett from musician Lee Bloom's list of important jazz pianists.

Here's a copy of this record (a Capitol Records release) on gemm.com for $12.00, and here's a copy on Ebay for $4.79. That's what my copy looks like.

The Discogs page for Jimmy Pruett is sparse and doesn't list this recording. Over on 45cat, Pruett's name is even more rare, with only one listing, as piano on a Jackie Lee Cochran bootleg reproduction from 1973.

The Worldcat entry for this 45 is the only site I found that hazards to guess what year this was released.

The two songs on this 45 are more like swing jazz, like Reinhardt/Tatum kinda stuff, and I really dig it. But as you can see from the Youtube videos below the two mp3s, Pruett also had more rockin' fare. Jimmy Pruett is 89 or so years old now, and, as far as I could tell using the Internet, may still be alive somewhere. I hope he's doing well. This guy wailed on axe and the keys. I've very glad I found this!

Here's "My Gal Sal," a traditional written by Paul Dresser:

And here's "A Shanty In Old Shanty Town," which says it was written by Siras-Little-Young:

Here's Pruett wailin' on guitar, both vidjas from Town Hall Party:

Finally, here's those two Jackie Lee Cochran songs with Pruett on piano. Cool stuff.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Johnny Wright: "They're All Going Home But One" (1964)

Johnny Wright was the husband of country music star Kitty Wells.

Wright's big hit was "Hello Vietnam," a pro-Vietnam War song that topped the Billboard country charts in 1965, a time when anti-war sentiment across America was like, freaking out all the squares. This is the B-Side to "Walkin', Talkin', Cryin', Barely Beatin' Broken Heart," a tune Roger Miller and Justin Tubb co-wrote, which was on the "Hello Vietnam" album, but was released as a single in '64 by Decca and charted on the Billboard country charts at 22. It's Record No. 31593 and was written by Karl Davis, Hary Taylor, and Pat McAdory. It says on the 45 label that Wright is backed up by the Tennessee Mountain Boys, but it looks like the Tennessee Mountain Boys were just Wright and his singing partner, Jack Anglin, who, according to his Wikipedia entry, died in a car crash on the way to Patsy Cline's funeral in 1963. The entry also says Anglin was married to Kitty Wells' sister, Louise. I wonder if that's Kitty or Louise doing backing vocals on this track.

The song was also covered by Porter Wagoner, and I can't find any mention of this 45 on Discogs or 45cat, and it's not on Youtube or the first page of a Google search. I found one copy for sale on ebay, where somebody has a promotional copy for sale for $10 and change. The only other reference to the 45 that I found is on Worldcat, and they list their copy as a "promotional copy" as well.

So while what I have probably isn't really rare or super special (or even, in my opinion, all that good of a song), I do love finding and sharing something for educational and historical purposes that isn't readily available on the first page of a Google search yet.

The song is about a guy who goes to the city with his brothers, and then when it's time to go visit mama back home in Georgie he's in jail for some unspecified reason. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time, buddy.

Found this and a few other 45s yesterday at a store called B4 in Deep Ellum, in Dallas. Cool store, I hope to be back soon!

And here's the Tubbs/Miller A-side, it's a cool song:

Monday, January 20, 2014

Five New Punk Rock Sounds Via Bandcamp

Neither Shakespeare nor Dick Van Patten said, "The essence of soul is brevity."

From Toronto:

From Glasgow:

Super-cool from Sydney:

From Houston:

From Moscow:

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Ric Manrique, Jr.: D'Yos Lamang Ang Nakakaalam 12" (1970s)

My lovely wife picked this up for me at a Goodwill for a buck. According to Ric Manrique Jr.'s wikipedia entry, he is one of the two Filipino "Kings of Kundiman," the other being Ruben Tagalog, whom I first learned about through the music blog Crud Crud, which was my favorite music blog for years and is now sadly defunct. I think I've mentioned before that Crud Crud was a direct inspiration for Clean, Nice, Quiet. Anyway. Sniff.

This LP features 12 lovely Kundiman songs, Kundiman being a genre of traditional Filipino love jawns. The LP was put out by the Phillipine's own Villar Records, which, as their Wikipedia entry states, was founded by the late Manuel P. Villar, the "Father of Philippine Recording." Very interesting history, check out Villar Records' Wikipedia entry when you're done here.

I contacted Villar Records and Peter J. Villar was kind enough to respond, giving me the go ahead to share a couple of these great Manrique Jr. tracks. He says this album was released in the early '70s (There's no date on it, and the album isn't listed on Discogs or 45cat. Here somebody has it for sale on ebay for $40! So I'm very lucky the wife picked it up for a buck at that Goodwill.

Here's the Villar Records website, but Mr. Villar suggests CDBaby for their CD 1995 re-issue of "D'Yos Lamang Ang Nakakaalam," as well as more of their classic Kundiman releases.

So, strictly for lovers, here's the title track off "D'Yos Lamang Ang Nakakaalam," which, according to the write-up on CDBaby for the re-issue, was written by Don Manolo Villar, with music by Leopoldo Silos.

D'Yos Lamang Ang Nakakaalam:

And here's the third track off the LP, "Sabihin Lang":

(I think, or maybe hope is the better term, that the code I've used above should allow for playback of these tracks on all browsers. If you can't get sound or don't see a player below, let me know, would ya?)

Monday, January 13, 2014

New Punk Rock Arrivals From Bandcamp y Soundcloud

This was all over the place on the big music sites last week but I can't get enough of it! Check it out if you haven't heard it yet:

If my frequent searches thru Bandcamp's new arrivals section is to be believed, there's some bitchin punk coming out of Spain these days. From Madrid:

From the Basque Country:

From Toronto:

From Sydney, this may be my jam:

From the same Australian cat, this Drake cover is pretty rad:

Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Arrivals from Bandcamp & Soundcloud

Punk Rock from Pennsylvania:

Alt-rock, from Melbourne:

I've gotten into Soundcloud recently, it's five years old but new to me. I look forward to all my Burger Records Soundcloud updates:

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Not My Son: "Gruesome Worms of Hate" (1994)

Not My Son was a punk band: Carol Steele on bass/vocals, Tim King on guitar, and Rich Hahn on drums. I don't think it's the same Tim King who's in the metal band Soil. According to Discogs, this "Gruesome Worms of Hate" 7" had two versions, a reggie black vinyl and a red vinyl. I picked up the red vinyl for $5 at Half-Priced Books.

It was recorded by Martin Feveyear, who I'd never heard of before. But, according to his wiki entry, he has produced and worked on a ton of albums, many of which are big name bands. After you're done here, check out Feveyear's Jupiter Studios. Cool stuff!

GWoH was recorded in Seattle and released on Rejection Records, which I can't find much information on, but I did Google Street View the address listed on the back of the 45. Looks like it got gentrified after Rejection Records moved out.

Discogs sez "Gruesome Worms of Hate" was recorded back in 1994. As far as I can tell, this was their only release.

Here's the one Youtube video I could find, them covering ABBA's "SOS":

Lead singer/bass player/lady boss Carol Steele seems to have disappeared, not an easy feat in this digital age. She put out a zine in the mid-90s called Now Meet Satan, which is rad, moved from Seattle to either Austin or San Antonio, and then her trail goes cold. I couldn't find any info re: Tim King or Rich Hahn either, assuming the Tim King on GWoH is not the same Tim King of Soil fame. So, life's mysteries. If anybody knows what became of these righteous punkers, let Clean, Nice, Quiet know. Meanwhile, here's the two songs off the B side of "Gruesome Worms of Hate!"

Dad:

Dog Party:

Here's a pic of the A side:

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Glorium: Divebomb/Chemical Angel (1992)

Glorium is a Texas post-punk band formed in San Antonio in 1991. I picked up their Divebomb/Chemical Angel 45, on sweet sweet clear vinyl, from Half-Priced Books for three bux. Apparently I have lead singer Paul Streckfus' mom to thank for that!

Released on Austin's EV Records in 1992 (excellent year), with a pressing of just 300. Glorium has a Bandcamp page, where they've uploaded a lot of their 90s output. Check it out when you're done here!

Divebomb:

Chemical Angel: