Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New HC Punk from Texas and Buffalo, NY

There's a $5 show at the Taqueria Pedritos in East Dallas on Wednesday April 30th. Here's the Facebook page for the event.

KDC are originally from Puerto Rico, but now they're based in Buffalo.

Dallas' Releaser has been featured in a previous CNQ post, and they bear repeating:

Denton's Contusions will also be there:

Friday, April 18, 2014

Mirage512: Bonafide (2014)

Check out cool new Texas hip-hop from Mirage512 and producer Trill Gates:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Smattering of Sound

I'm waiting on San Andreas to download from Steam.

Some Elephant 6-esque psych from San Fran:

Grindcore from Leeds:

HC from New Jersey:

A spacey track from Paris:

The Notwist are cool:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

LaVern Baker: "I Cried A Tear" b/w "Dix-A-Billy" (Atlantic, 1958)

LaVern Baker was an R&B singer who had a string of hits in the '50s and '60s. "I Cried A Tear" was written by one Al Julia, and I think that might be the only song he ever wrote. The uptempo "Dix-A-Billy" is credited to Harris-Evans-Reardon. The Harris of that trio is Woody Harris, who wrote songs for Elvis, Bobby Darrin, and Della Reese. The Evans is Paul Evans, who wrote that Bobby Vinton song "Roses Are Red (My Love)," among other things. The final name is Jack Reardon, who wrote the lyrics for "The Good Life."

This 45 was put out by Atlantic in 1958. According to Wikipedia, "I Cried A Tear" went to #2 on the R&B charts and #6 on the pop charts in '59.

"Jim Dandy" was her biggest hit, but Baker had an interesting career and life. She acted on TV and film, performed on Broadway, was the second female solo artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and recorded a raunchy x-rated songs with Jackie Wilson. She lost both legs to diabetes in 1994 but continued to perform until she passed away in 1997, aged 67, from cardiovascular disease. Her last recording was of my favorite Harry Nilsson song, "Jump Into the Fire," which she did for a Nilsson tribute album.

I borrowed this from my in-laws, and someone has already put both songs back to back on Youtube, so here they are:

Here's her version of "Jump Into the Fire." It's boss!

Here's that dirty song she did with Jackie Wilson in 1965, "Think Twice." Pretty awesome, super-dirty, NSFW!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Carl Smith: "Hey Joe!" b/w "Loose Talk!" 7" (Columbia, 1963)

According to 45cat, Columbia released this Carl Smith 45 in 1963 as part of their Hall of Fame series. The A-side is a single from 1953, "Hey Joe!" (not the Hendrix song), and the flip is a single from 1954, "Loose Talk."

Per Wikipedia, Carl Smith was from Tennessee, known as "Mister Country" in his heyday, was June Carter's first husband, and was one of country music's most successful artists during the '50s. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003 and passed away of natural causes in 2010, at age 82.

"Loose Talk" was written by Freddie Hart and was number one on the Billboard C&W charts for seven weeks.

"Hey Joe!" was written by Boudleaux Bryant, who co-wrote with his wife the Everly Brothers songs "All I Have To Do Is Dream," "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," and that Nazareth song you love. And a lot of other songs, including Bob Moore's "Mexico," which is a cool song.

"Hey Joe!" spent eight weeks at number one.

I borrowed this 45 from my in-laws, but Youtubers have already posted both songs. So here they are, and here's another 45 off my checklist! Sweet.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Christopher Kingsley: "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool" b/w "Pursuit of Destiny" 7" (Winro, 1969)

I couldn't find this already online, and when that happens I just get flat out giddy.

It's a 7" single of Christopher Kingsley singing "Long-Haired Lover From Liverpool," a song he wrote and recorded in 1969, that didn't do too much except that (according to the Long-Haired Lover from Liverpool wiki page, linked above) four years later it turned little nine year old Jimmy Osmond, youngest of the Osmond clan, into the youngest dude ever to hit number one on the U.K. pop charts. The world screamed for change. It got little Jimmy Osmond.

As mentioned, the song was written by Kingsley. It was produced and arranged by Don Randi, who, according to Wikipedia, was a major contributor to Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound," played piano on "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" and the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations," and has played with the likes of Sarah Vaughan, Frank Zappa, Quincy Jones, Cannonball Adderly, and Linda Ronstadt to name a few.

Over to the side of my 45's label, with the issue # (W-112) and the song lengths, it says "Mike Curb Music Corp." I'm not sure what that means Curb did for the album - put up money? Distribute it? I've never thought about what that signifies before. I might look into it.

Mike Curb was Lt. Governor under Jerry Brown from 1979 to '83. He was also president of MGM Records, his own label Curb Records, which Hank III is on, aaaand he owns a NASCAR car. It is good to be Mike Curb.

Curb's band, the Mike Curb Congregation, recorded their own version of Long-Haired Lover from Liverpool in 1970, as a B-side for the song Sweet Gingerbread Man, which was from the MGM film "The Magic Garden Of Stanley Sweetheart," which is just hanging out on Youtube with 37 thumbs up and 6 thumbs down.

The record was released on Winro Records, "A Division of Winters/Rosen Productions." The only pictures/catalog of this 7" I could find online were on Ebay where someone is selling it for $7, and on 45cat, but both are the promo version and not what I have (pictured above), which I assume was actually released somewhere or another.

I couldn't find much on Kingsley himself, but I did find a couple of Youtube posts from a couple of years ago, featuring him singing and playing guitar on a couch. Pretty cool!

Here he is rocking out at 512 Studios down in Austin:

According to Wikipedia, "Long-Haired Lover From Liverpool" is owned by Richard Kaye Publishing Company, but there's no citation. I did a brief Google search for the company but came up short.

I paid a buck for this, picked it up at the 1/2 Priced in Dallas. The flip to Long-Haired Lover, a John Denver-esque ballad called "Pursuit of Destiny," is heavy, man. Dig it.

Long-Haired Lover From Liverpool:

Pursuit of Destiny:

This record was a real rabbit-hole of trivia and fun facts, and Long-Haired Lover is a fun song. I hope you enjoy it and I hope Mr. Kingsley is doing well. Check out this freak show though:

Monday, April 7, 2014

David Dundas: "Jeans On" b/w "Sleepy Serena" (Air/Chrysalis 1976) + New Simo Soo

Loyal CNQers (both of you) may remember I originally started this blog to post songs from 7" vinyl that I could not find elsewhere on the Internet. That gave me an excuse to start a 7" collection, and although I've kept on buying 45s, I haven't posted near as many of them as I should, opting instead for the easy sharing of new music I like courtesy Bandcamp and Soundcloud. Late last year I made an attempt to get back into posting material from 45s with my Record Holder Series, but after a strong start that petered out and I was back to lazily sharing embeds of new tunes.

Anyway, the other night I got out all the 45s I haven't done anything with yet, and put them in a big stack on my desk (it's not /that/ many, maybe 60-70 records). With them staring at me, and not tucked away in a tub with our 12" records, I hope to make a dent in these before I get lazy again. Also, I think I got my levels good with Audacity now so the mp3 below should be in the Goldilocks zone of listenability. Alright, enough jibber jabber -- here's the skinny on tonight's tracks:

According to Wikipedia, Lord David Dundas (b. 1945) is an English musician, actor, and also scores television and films. He's the 3rd son of the Marquis of Zetland, which sounds like some Lord of the Rings stuff but I guess it's real. "Jeans On" was featured in a television commercial for Brutus Jeans and the Wikipedia article is unclear which came first, the ad jingle or the song. I think it was the song but I'm not sure. At any rate, the commercial definetly made the song popular enough so that it became a single, peaking at #3 on the UK charts and #17 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It's a catchy pop tune, if that's your thing. If catchy 70s pop/ad jingles/songs sampled by Fatboy Slim are not your thing, the song may still get stuck in your head, and make you hate your blue jeans and/or the act of putting them on. My apologies if that occurs after listening to "Jeans On."

I picked this 7" up at the 1/2 Priced Books in Dallas for a cool 49 cents, no sleeve, just the record. As you can see in the pic above, someone wrote "Crazy" on the label with a marker, and another word next to it I can't make out. "Find?" "Fin?" "Fiu?" I dunno.

Brutus Jeans is famous for making a shirt that was popular in the 60s called a "trimfit."

"Sleepy Serena" is the flip and I couldn't find it on the Internet. So, for educational and historical purposes only, here it is. It's a funky pop jam that has a little bit of Bee-Gees and a little bit of Beatles lurking behind it, I think. It's alright but certainly not as catchy "Jeans On."

Here's the Brutus Jeans ad, as well as the album version of "Jeans On," courtesy Youtube:

Meanwhile, back in the 21st century, Sydney's Simo Soo has three new tracks available on Bandcamp called TEARZZZZZZ EP. It's super-cool glitchy, noisey hip-hop, so check it out if that's what you're into.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Party Line/Spider And The Webs 7" Split (2006)

Party Line/Spider and the Webs 7" split. I picked this up for $4 at the 1/2 Priced last year. All four songs are choice lady-punk circa 2006, from a label called Local Kid. Somebody has put the Party Line songs on Youtube and Spider and the Webs have a Bandcamp presence, so no need for me to provide the mp3s for historical purposes:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Blood Fest in Dallas (April 4th and 5th)

To celebrate the re-opening of Dallas' Red Blood Club in Deep Ellum, the hc punks are playing there this Friday and Saturday (4/4 and 4/5). Doors open Friday at 7, 17 and up, $10 cover, and they advertise cheap drinks, so you know. All descriptions are cribbed from the tags on the bands' Bandcamp pages:

Straight edgers Modern Pain open at 8:30:

Releaser is at 10. You wanna know what's good? Releaser:

Sin Motivo is pretty rad, they come on at midnight:

On Saturday, Night Crimes starts the night off at 7:15:

Mean and Ugly, power violence from Denton, plays at 7:45:

Anarcho-grindcore artistes Pissed Grave get on stage round 8:30:

Garage metalists The Swingin' Dicks at 9:15:

Crusty death metal from Steel Bearing Hand at 10:

Sludgey doom/doomy sludge from Denton's Terminator 2 at 10:45. Which is an awesome band name, btdubs:

Black metal at ll:15, courtesy Peasant from Houston:

Finally, at midnight on Saturday, Tolar is scheduled. I couldn't find Tolar on Bandcamp or Soundcloud, but if this is the same Tolar, they're from Burleson and have a myspace page. The two songs they have on their myspace are righteous, click that link.