Showing posts from September, 2014

Parade of Flesh, The 1969s, Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, King Tuff, Magic Jake and the Power Crystals, Club Dada, and The Anvil Pub

I've never been to a bad show put on by Dallas promoters Parade of Flesh, and last night was no different. The wife and I decided to take in dinner and a show to celebrate her new job, so we went down to Deep Ellum for the King Tuff show at Club Dada. First we had dinner at The Anvil Pub - she had an experience with a dish called "Hammertime," which was penne noodles and cheese with chili and fritos. I had a reuben pizza - a pizza with corn beef, 1000 Island dressing as sauce, and sauerkraut. Both were inexpensive and delicious and we ate everything! The bartender was also a very personable fellow. I liked that bar. Stuffed after dinner, we ambled over to Club Dada, where the local Dallas "party blues" band the 1969s were just gearing up to play. We were both too full to stand for that show (sorry guys), but we did enjoy the tunes. Why are there no chairs in Club Dada for the old, fat crowd? I feel like I might have a lawsuit on my hands (j/k, j/k). Here'…

Michael Harren and Joan of Arse (2014)

Michael Harren is a composer and performer from Brooklyn who, per his site's About page, "combines elements of classical composition with experimental electronics and storytelling..." And he tours as pianist with Sandra Bernhard, who I've always had a crush on. Here's his new video - I like both song and video: Small Bear Records has a new release, the absolutely right on Joan of Arse, from the Isle of Man. The video is by vanguard artiste Venison Lamprey. The Youtube video has the best quote ever: "it's not illegal if you don't care."

Ermanna Melli: "Avevi Ragione" (New Star Records #1004, 1965)

New Star Records operated in Milan, Italy from the 1960s to the 80s. Ermanna Melli's "Avevi Ragione" ("You Were Right") is the B-side to "Cos'e' Questo Desiderio" ("What's This Desire"). Both tracks were written by Crisci-Gial, and I can't find any info on that songwriting team. Both tracks were produced by maestro Angelo Camis, who also founded the label. I can't find much on Ermanna Melli herself, and this seems to be her only work for New Star - maybe her only release period. Per the site Music & Memory, a backing band called The Whole may assist her on this record. This ebay listing has a picture of the original sleeve of the 45. Like I said, both tracks on this 45 were written by a team named Crisci-Gial. I did find a poem, "Mary Was The Poetess," on the site poetrysoup. It's copyright 2009 by Andrew Crisci, whom I believe is Mary Crisci's brother. In the poem he talks about how Mary wrote th…

Testing a new player with The Great Dismal Swamis

The first track off The Great Dismal Swamis' latest, a repost to test to see if the player works. I've been having problems with my mp3 embeds, or maybe the google sites page where I store mp3s, I dunno. Right click the link below to open another tab and hear "Box Wine Bitches:" Listen and download this MP3

Blind Blake: Police Dog Blues (1929)

Sammy Masters: "Say Yes Or No" b/w "When Fools Get Together" (Galahad 540, 1966)

I've had a couple of reports of my mp3 embeds not playing, so I'm trying out some new code tonight. If it won't play on your device, it should say so, and provide you with a link to download the song instead. If you've got a moment, leave me a note and let me know how this new code treats you. Thanks! Also, I know it's janky to just take a picture of my record with my cell phone. You can see my shadow over the vinyl - embarrassing. I need a new scanner. It's on my list. Sammy Masters was a rockabilly cat who recorded in the 50s and 60s. He wrote Turn the Cards Slowly, a minor hit for Patsy Cline. He was on The Jack Benny Show and Town Hall Party in the 50s. His song Rockin' Red Wing was a regional hit in L.A., and made it to #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. Another of his songs, Who Can I Count On, was recorded by Willie Nelson, Bobby Darin, and Wayne Newton. Masters' music career seems to have stalled, and he worked in TV production in the…

Adam Holtz: Volume 18 and Postcode: Year of the Zebra - Part One (2014)

Adam Holtz has been the darling of Clean, Nice, Quiet for pretty much ever since I've been posting (a little over two years now!). In previous posts I've gone on about Adam's ear for a great melody in both his ballads and his rockers, his fine songcrafting abilities, and the fact he's a consummate axeman. So I'll just say his new CD, Volume 18, is, not surprisingly, the absolute tops. Adam doesn't have a web presence, so the way to contact him is snail mail: 1616 Abbey Loop
Foley, Alabama 36535 The 25 songs on his new volume (clocking in at 1 hour, 19 minutes) bring his total copyrighted catalog to well over 400 songs. Here's a few of my favorites from Volume 18. The last three songs on the CD are Christmas jams, so I'll be saving those for in a few months. Click on the links below to listen and download: I Don't Know WhyKeep Stokin' That FireDangerous LadyThat's All I NeedI've Got To RockMeanwhile, CNQ's favorite Manx zebraco…

Dolores Ware: "If I'm Wrong" (Mercury, 1955)

I found this in my dad's old 45 record album. From 1955 comes Dolores Ware's There's a Whole Lot of Fish In the Sea/If I'm Wrong (Mercury 70559). Both songs written by "Evelyn/Kirkland." I'm not sure who Evelyn is, but Kirkland is Leroy Kirkland, who had an incredible behind the scenes career as an "arranger, bandleader, guitarist and songwriter," per his Wikipedia article. Kirkland worked with a lot of cool people, I'll have to keep my eye out for his name from now on. Ware has at least three 45s to her name from Mercury. There's this one, plus 1954's My Heart's In the Right Place/Please Tell Me Baby (Mercury 70394), and from '55, Can't Eat, Can't Sleep/Everything Will Be Alright (Mercury 70618). On Mercury subsidiary Wing Records, founded in 1955, she had two releases: Thrill-La-Dill/Sweetness (W90017), and Is It True/I'm Through (W90032). Discogs says Is It True/I'm Through was released in '55. Th…

New Sound From Bandcamp

I have seen several headlines on the music websites I follow about Thurston Moore's opinion on black metal. Thurston Moore's music and style have been a real influence on me. But Thurston's off-the-cuff comments on black metal are not headline worthy, and are, in fact, inconsequential. So then why did all the music sites and blogs I follow just regurgitate that headline? I think it's lazy journalism, but hey, let's listen to some new tunes. Idiot Stroszek is one guy from Athens, Greece. Here are four tracks from him, I just love this so much - it's everything I love about lo-fi, outsider-type of music - it's mainline rock'n'roll, it's personal art, I daresay it is a soul exposed: Idiot Stroszek/Ved Hånden split "Svart Galla" by Idiot Stroszek/Ved HåndenFrom Lowell, MA. here's the most, man. The most. Sorry State says these guys'll have this on vinyl out this month. Oh, man, this is tight action: Language Of Violence b…

Jan Howard: "Bring It On Back To Me" (Challenge, 1961)

Jan Howard was born Lula Grace Johnson to a poor farming couple on March 13, 1932, in West Plains, Missouri. She was one of eight kids and was married at the age of 15, with three sons before she was twenty. She divorced twice before moving to L.A. in 1955. There she met her future husband, songwriter Harlan Howard, and after that her career took off. Despite her success, she's had a rough go at life - the bio on her website has this to say about Mrs. Howard's hard road to becoming one of the "Grand Ole Ladies" of the Grand Ole Opry: "Jan is the survivor of a difficult life, but has always made it clear that she doesn't want pity. Her saga - which includes miscarriages, marital abuse, bigamy, poverty, war, suicide, cheating, divorce, thievery, depression, and mental collapse - has only made her stronger."Dang! Bring It On Back To Me was the flip to the non-charting My Baby's In Berlin, both written by Harlan Howard. Released in 1961, on Los Angele…

Dickie Goodman: "Irv's Theme" (Cash Records, 1975)

From Dickie Goodman's Wikipedia page: "Richard Dorian "Dickie" Goodman (April 19, 1934 – November 6, 1989) was an American music and record producer born in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for inventing and using the technique of the "break-in", an early precursor to sampling, that used brief clips of popular records and songs to "answer" comedic questions posed by voice actors on his novelty records. He also wrote and produced some original material, most often heard on the "b-side" of his break-in records."Irv's Theme is one of those b-sides, written by Goodman and Bill Ramal. It's the flip for Mr. Jaws and is a neat little instrumental. Per Wikipedia's Mr. Jaws entry: "("Mr. Jaws") peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1975. On Cash Box magazine's chart, it fared even better, reaching #1."Goodman has an impressive discography. He committed suicide in 1989, age 55. The comme…

The Crawford Brothers: "You Gotta Wear Shoes" (Del-Fi, 1962)

We just got back from a vacation to Los Angeles. This 45, Good Buddies/You Gotta Have Shoes, has some cool L.A. and Hollywood history attached to it. I picked it up for $1.98 at The Record Parlour. Good Buddies was written by Carole King and Jerry Gofffin. "You Gotta Wear Shoes," the flip, was written by Hal Winn and Joseph Hooven, the founders of the Hollywood labels Double Shot Records and Whiz Records. Double-Shot put out the Count Five's Psychotic Reaction. This 45 was released in '62 on Del-Fi Records, another Hollywood label. Del-Fi was famous for signing Ritchie Valens, but a lot of cool acts were on it. L.A. native Johnny Crawford was Del-Fi's biggest chart topper. The guy was the kid in TV's The Rifleman and one of the original Mouseketeers. His older brother, Robert Crawford Jr., listed on this 45 as Bobby, was an actor as well, but apparently they both recorded together and separately. Good Buddies is an okay Carole King song, someone has poste…

New Punk

So I'm up a little late and rockin it ya know, cruisin the Net, y'all. Can u feel it 2? From Total Punk Records: Polish goregrind: Fading Reliefs by CALM HATCHERYSan Fran's Punch. I just capitulated, first song. Love the whole thing. The craziest sound. Love it. Max volume, whole thing, fr sure: They Don't Have to Believe by PUNCH

Les Chats Sauvages avec Dick Rivers (Pathé, 1962)

This 45 was a birthday present from my sister. Thanks, sis! Per Wikipedia, Les Chats Sauvages (that's The Wild Cats to you and me, Rus) operated from '61 to '64. They were originally fronted by French singer/songwriter Dick Rivers, who left the band to pursue his solo career in '62. According to Wikipedia, Rivers has continued to record and perform up until at least 2011. Per Wikipedia and Discogs, Rivers and Les Chats Sauvages helped bring rock'n'roll to France in the early 60s, and, in February of '61, they caused a riot at a gig in Paris with Vince Taylor. Super-cool.
Pathé Records released the record. Per Discogs, Pathé was active in the U.S. market from the late 1800s until the 30s. They continued to operate in Europe, especially in France, until the 1980s. Neat history. The single, Laissez-Nous Twister, is a wild, rockabilly, Elvisy, French language cover of Sam Cooke's Twistin' the Night Away. It is just the most, man. The other son…