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  • 09/27/15--14:48: Another Creation from Jonder
  • I am loving these homemade cover comps from Jonder and Brian, hopefully they inspire others to contribute the same. I'll let Jonder himself describe the procedeings here:

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    NOBODY KNOWS THIS IS ANYWHERE - homemade tribute to Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

    1. Cinnamon Girl - Dan McCafferty
    2. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere - Dar Williams
    3. Round and Round - OP8
    4. Down By The River - Low & The Dirty Three
    5. The Losing End - Meat Puppets
    6. Running Dry (Requiem For The Rockets) - Carla Bozulich
    7. Cowgirl In The Sand - Houssaine Kili


    Dan McCafferty does "Cinnamon Girl" as a ballad, rather than replicating the crunchy riff of the original. It's from Dan's first solo album, which came out in 1975, the same year that his band Nazareth hit it big with Hair Of The Dog.

    Dar Williams matches the country flavor of the title track, with a nice touch of mandolin. OP8's dreamy version of "Round And Round" features Lisa Germano's lovely voice and violin, backed by members of Giant Sand and Calexico.

    Warren Ellis adds violin to "Down By The River", a collaboration between his trio The Dirty Three and the slowcore trio Low. Mimi Parker from Low sings. This comes from a series of experimental collaborations called "In The Fishtank", where two groups would meet in a studio to improvise and create songs together. I cut about four minutes of improv from the beginning of the song. Warren Ellis has become well known for his work with Nick Cave.

    The Meat Puppets shamble through "The Losing End", which appeared on the punk comp Keats Rides a Harley. The Meat Puppets have claimed that they sometimes played badly on purpose to piss off the hardcore crowd. This is one of those times.

    You may recognize the distinctive voice of Carla Bozulich from Mike Watt's "Ball-Hog Or Tugboat", the late great Geraldine Fibbers, her current group Evangelista, or maybe even her first band Ethyl Meatplow. Carla once covered Willie Nelson's album Red Headed Stranger in its entirety. Violin appears again on "Running Dry", this time played by Carla Kihlstedt.

    Houssaine Kili is from Morocco. His unique version of "Cowgirl In The Sand" is sung in English and Arabic. He plays an African stringed instrument called the guimbri, and his music incorporates African and rock instruments, like the "desert rock" of Tinariwen.


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  • 09/27/15--15:06: 150+ Artists Cover Bob
  • Here is Brian's latest creation, this is one for the ages...please read the whole thing as the tracks list is
    in a seperate link........please, do NOT miss this one and please, as usual, let it inspire you to create similar works, these are just great!

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    Now I've gone and done it! The VU and Stooges post gave me the insane idea: what about HIM? Seriously, the guy who has a songbook covering decades, and has had innumerable people take his tunes to varying levels of success...

    I was gonna do a big "greatest hits" covers post initially, maybe 50 to 75 songs....but this thing kept growing! I became obsessed...could I find every one? Well no, but I was hellbent on finding as many covers of BD songs as I could. Now you're curious to see the track list I bet. I'm taking a precaution with this post though - hence the "BD" used everywhere. Because...well... all these songs' titles belong to big S[]NY, I've put the tracklist on a text hosting page. Open it in a another page, and we'll come back and talk....


    ....Welcome back. Fuckin' nuts, right? That's why it's on a separate page...this steps on a whole bunch of music publishing rights! It's around 230 songs, about 16 1/2 hours of music, almost 2 GB! The idea boggles the mind, and it took me awhile, but I went for it! Damn near melted my iPhone doing it, though. Given the mammoth task, I gave myself a few guidelines...

    1.) No song gets repeated. I know there's multiple great versions of many of the songs, but given the size of this I couldn't risk overlap. There are two accidental doubles, though.
    Richie's "Times/Changin", and PP&M's "Too Much" were forgotten in the shuffle, so delete those two if you wish.
    2.) Artists get two or three songs... Except for a few who get 5. It's not to show preference to them, because I wanted absolute diversity, and not lean towards any particular artist, but they were useful in filling in songs that not many others had covered.
    3.) I tried to stay away from famous versions (Byrds, PP&M, Jimi), but not the famous people. I just want to get away from the standard stuff everybody knows or owns. A lot of the people you expect to see are here, but not doing the songs you usually think of.
    4.) I stayed away from the Chimes of Freedom Amnesty Intnl. box set. I honestly was underwhelmed by Chimes. There's a few names on there that should be nowhere near a BD song. (Go listen to Kesha's solo track from it....ugh). I guess that was part of the inspiration for this. And given the size of this monster, I think I outdid them. Musical richness and great performances were a key goal here, not marketing disguised as charity....

    Try as I might, not every song of his is here. Because of the common words of some of the song titles (Tell Me or Poor Boy, for example), they were hard to search for. Every non-traditional album of BD's is represented up to the mid 2000s, even albums nobody listens to like Saved. And I didn't include versions of songs he'd done that were traditionals, cuz that would be a whole other post. Just BD-penned songs as far as I can tell. A few traditionals may have snuck in, but I consider them performances influenced by BD.

    The keen-eyed among you may notice I also violated the rules in one spot - I put Bob doing a song. Simple: that version of Babe is an amazing reinvention, and one of my favorites, so nyah!

    When it comes to the BD songs to look for, I referenced his main albums, the tracks that were unique to the Greatest Hits sets, the B00TLEG Series 1=3, some of the Witmark stuff, and the original Bsmnt Tapes album. There may be songs of his that aren't here, but I was hitting dead ends for the reasons I said earlier, and had to stop! Many of them are here though. Maybe they weren't all covered....

    Everything was edited on my iTunes, so all are tagged, despite their disparate sources. The Artist name will just be "Various Artists", though each track will have the artist's name in the title. Though the titles of the files look clipped, when you upload them the whole file name will be there. And it's a point of pride of mine that only 2 of these are YouTube audio rips, and they sound stellar! Everything else is a 192-320 Kbps mp3 file. No .m4a or .aac tracks hiding in here, I promise.
    And regarding the organization of songs: I had originally put them with the artist name first, but then realized that would make it harder to search for a song. So, it's alphabetical by song title. And the pile is divided up into ten volumes, each with its own art. It should be noted that the divisions were meant for the uploading limit (200 MB) - not a CD length - so the running time for each is at least 90 minutes, except for the last volume. And dividing them that way makes for some interesting listening. For example: J-M is largely quiet and contemplative, until RATM's track punches you in the face!
    This isn't too compilation-heavy. Many of these come from an artist's proper albums, or BD-themed albums done by that person. Lesser-known tribute and themed albums out there were sampled, but I copied none of them over completely. As I said, no Chimes, and I only hit the 30th Anniversary Concert for Lou Reed's track. This is intentionally off the beaten path. And none of this intended to be funny in a Golden Throats kind of way. Even Sebastian Cabot's "Boots Of Spanish Leather" from his much-ridiculed spoken word BD album is actually really good! This is great music, not an attempt to gather a bunch of oddball versions together.

    Guys...I thought I knew a lot about music, but I didn't know about 85% of these covers! And when it comes to BD's material, there's whole parts of the discography I was unfamiliar with - mainly the late 70's through the late 80's. And hearing versions of these lesser-heard songs done by others made me admire BD's words even more. There's plenty of known and unknown names here, but so many great versions! Some of the best covers are done by country or blues artists. That's fitting, since both those genres are where BD's musical soul comes from. But there's also different kinds of pop, R&B, jazz, and rock and roll represented here. And then there's whatever the hell that version of "Wiggle Wiggle" is. (Note: that's GeneWeen though!) These are intentionally diverse, so please don't be a snob or a purist with this stuff. It has its own flow... even just laid out alphabetically. Open yourself up to these songs, and BD shines through them, trust me!

    Even a brief survey of highlights would be a hell of a list. Bonnie Raitt will crush your heart during "Standing In...". You'll want to smash a pint glass over some bloke's head during the Pogues'"When the Ship...". The applause will shock you at the end of Baez's angelic "With God..." Jack Downing's gorgeous "Queen Jane" makes me ache. Link Wray's "Baby Blue" will rock your ass. And then you'll have to surrender to the power of Laibach's "Ballad Of A Thin Man"! Jodi Jean & Aylon (a U.S. bossa nova/jazz vocal combo, of all things) deliver an unbelievably graceful "Simple Twist". Mick Taylor wrings every drop of blues out of "Blind Willie McTell". Neil Young's "Blowin" (from Weld) is a guitar apocalypse! Sheryl Crow's "Tombstone" has a well-honed but shambling electricity, like the original. Hanne Boel (a Scandinavian popstar) shows "Emotionally Yours" to be the great soul song it always was. D. Matthews' cover of "Watchtower" is astonishing! Bryan Ferry makes "Hard Rain" all his own. And I'm utterly smitten with Glen Campbell's "I Don't Believe You". Hell, even the much-maligned Great White do a full-bodied, rocking "Tangled...". And I'm glad I dug through all the versions of "I Shall Be Released" until I found Pearl Before Swine's take on it.
    I could go on and on and on. I've been road-testing these for a week, and I love em! Hearing all these people - across many many styles - sing BD's music is just amazing. And nothing was arbitrary: all these songs got a listen, got checked against other versions, got a yay or a nay, and then put in the files.

    I'm glad I've inspired some others to look for covers. You want some well-worn advice? Here's the sites I used...and don't edit or tag the MP3 file names until you put them on your computer. Trust me!

    1. Song365.co - I mention it a lot, but it's still the best site for looking for single mp3s, as well as having indexed artist and album pages. It often has obscurities (like BD and F-Z boots) and there's NO popup bullshit.
    2. Mp3pm.net - I great backup site I only found recently. This saved my life many times, especially by searching "(artist's name) cover". Good interface, too.
    3. Redmp3.me - Your standard Russian-type site, so there's a lot of popups. It can be worth it when the other places stump you, though. And at least the mp3s link to album index pages. Gotta have fast thumbs if your using your phone.
    4. As a database, I started by using Allmusic and searching by song, but ended up using Wiki's index of BD's songs.

    I could've almost done a complete other post with different versions, there were so many great
    contenders. Jamie Saft's version of "Thin Man" with Mike Patton was almost here. I felt cheeky and almost put Emtombed's version of "Hollis Brown" here, but thought it obliterated the mood. And I think you'll agree with me that David Lynch's (!!!) version is plenty awesome on its own. Honorable mention goes to Thea Gilmore's amazing cover album of John Wesley Harding, JJ & Aylon's great BD-themed album, the wealth of Fairport Convention, Richie Havens, and Baez covers, as well as the Outlaw Blues BD tribute for that Thurston track.

    I'm a Level 3 out of 5 when it comes to being a BD fan. Not an obsessive, but I've got quite a bit. I've always tried to turn people on to his stuff, and it hasn't always worked. I made these for people who may not like him, to show them the rich diversity of the man's music. I also made this to appeal to BD fans by chasing down every damn track I could. If you are in either of those camps - or if you just like really good music - dig into these! I guarantee you, people, no one has ever put all this material together!!!

    COMMENTS MOST WELCOME. Just don't use BD's name, OK?

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    Also, at the end of the links there is an unrelated funny bonus, we know some of you guys do enjoy those, and we're trying to be discrete about that as well, ya know/



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  • 10/04/15--17:07: Couple of Brian projects
  • (Scott) Hello, all, I have been really busy of late, I thank the guests that keep the blog alive until I can
    get back to it, should be soon, at least I think......anyway, Brian is much more ambitious than myself (wasn't his last project the fucking shit?).......well, here he is with a couple more which I'm glad to post.......remember, his blog is gone, so if you wish to comment, leave it here and he will see it! Haven't listened to these yet, hope to tomorrow, but until then, I'll let him do the talking:
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    SOME THINGS I'VE BEEN WORKING ON

    I got the Bob monkey off my back, but I've been using those same tools to find more cool things. First off, a response to Jonder's great "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" covers comp...

    On The Beach is my personal favorite Neil Young album. Part of his drugged-out 70's Quartet, it's an essential release. Spare and haunting, yet nervy and threatening. If you don't have it, you're cheating yourself.
     
     

                                                                                      
    1. Widespread Panic - Walk On
    2. Colleen Rennison - See the Sky About To Rain
    3. Cowboys On Dope - Revolution Blues
    4. The Be Good Tanyas - For The Turnstiles
    5. Wooden Shjips - Vampire Blues
    6. Radiohead - On the Beach
    7. Swaggrangers1 - Motion Pictures
    8. Pat Nevins - Ambulance Blues

    This collection of covers keeps the spirit of the album, I think. I had to dig to find a good "Ambulance Blues". I found Pat Nevin's live version on Archive.org. He's also got an album out called Shakey Zimmerman. Does anyone know the source of Radiohead's fantastic"On the Beach"? A perfect match of song and singer, isn't it? Widespread Panic do a great, jammy "Walk On". The Be Good Tanyas give a harmonious, even more country"For The Turnstiles". Colleen Rennison's "See the Sky About To Rain" has a lot of soul in it.

    Regarding "Revolution Blues" - my fave NY song, by the way - Bush's version (yes, them) was originally here... but it just didn't fit. And for me, it didn't feel at all like the same song. So, with some digging I found The Cowboys On Dope's great live version of it. They're a German country/blues rock band. Goddamn! Now, that's a cover! Wouldn't even know it was ripped from a YT vid unless I told ya (oops). Back to actual releases, Wooden Shjips (real spelling) deliver a very Suicide-ish "Vampire Blues". I like it.

    "Motion Pictures" was a problem. Nothing as an actual release, and any YouTube vids were just guys with their acoustic guitars. I don't usually go for that, but I was stuck. So I ended up going with this guy's performance. His YT username is "swaggrangers1". While I admit his range is a little limited, the performance is faithful and very well recorded. Here's links to the two videos I sourced from:

    Cowboys on Dope video - http://youtu.be/29r3agrEy4U

    Motion Pictures Cover - http://youtu.be/zH1aJd0gTUk

    Hope you guys like this. And look, Jonder...you inspired me back. What do you wanna do next? Harvest? Maybe Zuma? Trans?

     

    Some may remember that great Fantomas album I put up here awhile ago. Mike Patton is a madman! He releases a lot of stuff of his own, not to mention his work with other people. That's what I put together here. Had some covers he'd done sitting around, so I decided to beef it up with collaborations, some soundtrack stuff, and an infinitesimal sampling of his many projects. No FNM or Bungle here though...I didn't want to make it a multi-volume post. When it comes to that, go get Angel Dust and Disco Volante....like NOW, kids.

    This is only a small introduction to the breadth of his music. I didn't really sample his soundtrack work, or much from his work with John Zorn (I heartily recommend the Moonchild trio albums). NOTE: Though it says "with" such-and-such artist, it's MP that's guesting on their albums. He is in demand as a guest artist because he has such a distinct voice that can suit any song. This comp swerves from orchestral pop to avant-garde howling to rap to splatter metal....so be ready! Allow me to give you a walk through...

     

     
     
    1.) Chelios - ringtone (from Crank 2)
    2.) The Man In The Lower Left Hand Corner Of the Photograph - This is my favorite track off of his man-and-a-mike gonzo classic Adult Themes For Voice. A strange ride, but great on headphones!
    3.) Dracula Cha Cha (w Tango Saloon) - yeah, do that undead tango! Sounds like it could've been on a Bungle album, doesn't it?
    4.) Six Pack (w Mother Superior) - from the great Rise Above West Memphis Three tribute. He rips through this one!
    5.) I Am the Dead (w Eyvynd Kang) - this is a great, gentle atmospheric track. Kang is an Icelandic classical guy who's done some unique work.
    6.) Prairie Fire (w Guano Padano) - reminds me of latter-day FNM.
    7.) Julia (w Carla Hassett) - proof that he's a great supportive voice, even in another language.
    8) Kool Aid Party (w Team Sleep) - a great shrieking dirge of a track. He reminds me a bit of M. Manson on this one. Don't hit me for saying that!
    9.) Putting On the Blitz (from Bunraku OST) - some steampunk-ish big band, anyone?
    10.) Seule (w Kaada) - from their great duo album Romances.
    11.) Ballad Of A Thin Man (w Jamie Saft Trio) - from Saft's Dylan tribute Trouble. This is a great cover! It almost made the BD Covers post, but ended up being the inspiration for this compilation.
    12.) Lost Weekend (w Qemists) - a good one. Don't know what you'd call it exactly.
    13.) Procura O Cara (w Sepultura)
    14.) The Waste (w Sepultura) - he suits Sepultura, especially the more tribal-sounding stuff. This is from the Freddy vs Jason soundtrack.
    15.) Are You Down With It? (w Handsome Boy Modeling School) - this is a great grooving rap song.
    16.) Untitled (w DJ Skizo) - from the 3/16/02 boot. He gets into some almost Mongolian throat singing at the end.
    17.) Come to Daddy (w Dillinger Escape Plan) - Aphex Twin cover from DEP's first release. He was the perfect singer for them! Even better than what's-his-face off of Calculating Infinity.
    18.) Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me - from his group Fantomas's stellar Director'sCut album.
    19.) Il Cielo In Una Stanza - one of the loveliest songs off of his Italian pop album Mondo Cane. This is a live version from The Holland Festival. Check out the organ and that trumpet solo!
    20.) The Ballad Of Hank McCain (w John Zorn, et al) - from the great Morricone tribute The Big Gundown.
    21.) Bird's Eye (w Serj Tankian) - from the Body Of Lies soundtrack. I like it, it's almost like a James Bond tune.
    22.) Chariot Choogle - T. Rex cover. A Fantomas rarity...from the Tzadik Records Marc Bolan tribute.
    23.) Did You Miss Me? (w Young Gods & Laussane Sinfionetta) - a great indescribable live track. Is this a cover?
    24.) No Flag (w Dub Trio) - Doom metal as all hell!
    25.) Untitled (w Rahzel) - from a live boot. Great beatbox improvisation.
    26.) La Chanson De Jacky (w Secret Chiefs 3) - otherwise known as "Jackie". Jacques Brel cover, maybe you've heard Scott Walker's version. I think this was from a 7 inch. It's great. Would fit with the MondoCane stuff.
    27.) Mayday - from his group Tomahawk's awesome MitGas album.
    28.) Across 110th Street - great live version by his rap/rock/pop group Peeping Tom. Check out the album - some great crossover stuff there. This version has better sound than the similar MP3 that's floating around. And that violin is live, not DAT! One of my favorite covers ever, and a good closer for all this madness.

    Sorry for being wordy, but MP is one of my favorite artists. Hopefully you like this. And it's great that Faith No More reunited and stuff, but please give me one more Fantomas album, Mike! Ten years I've been waiting...
     
    As always now with posts I put up here at Growing Bored, there's a Funny Bonus for the Comedy Minions. Remember this guy? I'm reposting his funny first release from 1986, along with a self-titled effort from 2001 that I believe is his only other CD. Enjoy, and don't forget the coleslaw.....

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  • 10/06/15--18:20: Cliff is BACK!
  • (Scott): Cliff has had some health issues and has taken some time away from blogging here, but once
    a blog-brother, ALWAYS a blog brother, and he, as my ultimate reggae "go to guy", has decided to treat us to another wonderful reggae post..........I am glad you are feeling better cliff, that is the main thing, and I appreciate the effort you (and ALL my guest bloggers but into helping me out!) LOVE you all, no fucking joke!

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    Studio One Ska: The Original.

    This is a cool collection of ska tunes from Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd's legendary Studio One Records, Jamaica's foundation label of reggae music.
    Ska was a forerunner to Reggae; it was a fast popular music which had a strong offbeat. The 1960s was when Ska became the most dominant form of music
    in Jamaica. Featuring classic cuts from the originators of Ska – The Skatalites, Delroy Wilson, Jackie Mittoo, The Maytals, alongside other greats.
    Sir Coxsone led the way in Jamaica at the time and The Skatalites and Studio One turned out on a daily basis an endless stream of blistering, scorching
    classic tunes. There is nothing bad to say about this, impossible to keep your feet still to

    Track List: 1. El Bang Bang - Jackie Mittoo 2. Arte Bella – Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole 3. (I’m Gonna) Put It On – The Wailers
    4. Addis Ababa – The Skatalites 5. President Kennedy – Roland Alphonso 6. (I’m The) Song My Enemies Sing – Joe Higgs
    7. Beardsman Ska – The Skatalites 8. I Want Justice – Delroy Wilson 9. Sampson – Tommy McCook’s Orchestra 10. I’m Gonna Take Over Now – The Ethiopians
    11. Freedom Sounds – Tommy McCook 12. Marching On – The Maytals 13. Exodus – The Skatalites 14. Look Away Ska – roland Alphonso
    15. Don Cosmic – Don Drummond 16. Scambelena – Roland Alphonso 17. You’re Wondering Now – Andy & Joey

    Link: http://www42.zippyshare.com/v/XR6Gl5dO/file.html

    Third World – 96 Degrees In The Shade

    Third World received critisicm in their early days because some wankers felt they had a couple
    of members who came from priviliged backgrounds. What the fuck does it matter what backgrounds they came from as long as what they produce is fine.
    And on this album the music can be damn fine, although some tracks are a bit over produced. They were one of the best self contained reggae bands
    in Jamaica at the time and for me I think 96 Degrees In The Shade is the best piece of work they ever released. Pick of the tracks has to be the stunning Human Market Place
    and the 1865 (96 Degrees In The Shade)

    Track List: 1. Jah Glory 2. Tribal War 3. Dreamland 4. Feel A Little Better 5. Human market Place 6. Third World Man 7. 1865 (96° In The Shade) 8. Rhythm Of Life
    Link: http://www79.zippyshare.com/v/ElmAZObt/file.html

    Dillinger - CB 200

    Dillinger was one of the most famous reggae deejays back in the 1970’s. Probably best known for Cokane In My Brain,
    which is included on this album, he had a style similar to that of Big Youth. However his has a slightly more mellow feel than Big Youth delivered
    and this is a great album to kick off your shoes, pour a cold one and light up a smoke. Although Cokane In My Brain is the best known track there
    are others that are at least its equal. None more than the superb No Chuck It. The riddims throughout the album are flawless and with Dillinger’s
    exuberent and joyous toasting over them with backing vocals supplied by Trinity this album can not help but bring a smile to your face.

    Track List: 1. C.B. 200 2. No Chuck It 3. Cokane In My Brain 4. The General 5. Power Bank 6. Plantation Heights 7. Race Day 8. Natty Kick Like Lightning 9. Buckingham Palace 10. Crankface

    Link: http://www87.zippyshare.com/v/zxhfk5F6/file.html

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    Thanks millions and millions to my wonderful guest posters.....you are great and have allowed me to keep the blog alive........I hope my loyal subjects enjoy the stuff from other sources, ya know I REALLY DID hafta go back to work and all, as I keep saying, wait till my winter layoff, you ain't seen SHIT when you see the stuff I post then......Just go NOWHERE, enjoy the (great) guest material, and my own occcasional post (when I can, it IS also FOOTBALL SEASON/BASEBALL PLAYOFFS TIME, ya know?)........seriously, I LOOOOOOOVE my guest posters and I HOPE more of you will be inspired to do the same....in a couple months or so I'll be back to my everyday posting thing for a while, but the guests have been and ARE fantastic......hope I NEVER lose them, you guys are truly LOVED, at least by the BigBoy!





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  • 10/08/15--14:14: Troyka
  • Been relying on guest material a bit too much lately, and I appreciate the fuck out of it too, but I've been itching to keep MY wonderful personality alive on here, as well, just been busy as shit lately.....anyway, I was thinking of this album earlier and listened to it via IPod today, hard to beleive I've never posted this.....you know I LOVE my early 1970's psychedelia, and this is a fairly unknown gem from Edmonton Alberta Canada.

    A progressive, yet hard rocking band, this trio of Robert Edwards, Michael Richards, and Ron Lukawitski cranked out but this one album (I THINK, cannot confirm), and like SO many more of those early 70's unearhted psych classics, this one sounds fantastic in 2015 if you've never heard it before......if you like some of the other stuff from this era/genre, don't delay, this is FOR YOU. I'm going to try to get a couple more posts of MY stuff up between now and Sunday, hope you check em out, and keep the GREAT guest material coming, I LOVE IT!

    01 Introduction/02 Natural/03 Early Morning/04 Life's OK/05 Burning of the Witch/06 Rub A Dub Dub, Troyka in a Tub/07 Troyka Lament/08 Troyka Solo/09 Rolling Down the Back Road/10 Berry Picking/11 Dear Margaret (Malgosia)/12 Go East Young Man/Beautiful Pink Eyes/13 Troyka Finale

    A Good one trust me.

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  • 10/10/15--00:04: Dresden China
  • Hey, even though I am posting much more sporadically now than in the past, I am still ALL about the VARIETY of stuff out there that is either forgotten or unknown........not a REAL fave of mine, but what the hell, let's present, from Germany,1986, a VERY prototypical synth/disco/new wave band that you either never heard of OR forgot all about......

    Dresden China were keyboardists Jurgen Beckmann and Werner Littau, singer Ulrich Werdin, guitarists Lutz Somer and Stephan Neumeier, drummer Wahrmut Sobainsky, and bassist Patrice T Jones.....they produced a swill of sound that was NOT that great at the time (IMHO), but serves now as a perfect time capsule for those not-so-wonderful 1980's......you know the sound, I've posted some of this type of thing before, and you know full well whether this is worth your time or not.......hey, diversity, diversity, diversity, hell, it could be my middle name except my parents stuck me with "Michael" instead.......


    DRESDEN CHINA-01 Steam Roller Introduction/02 Fire and Rain/03 Tonight You've Got No Dream/04 So Young and Wild/05 Don't Leave Me With a Broken Heart/06 Who Said Goodbye/07 Comeback/08 Nightflyer/09 We Are Wise/10 Let Me Kiss You/11 Dancing on Broadway

    While not a huge favorite of mine, this really is (sort of) what 1980's music was about.......of course I prefer the music of almost ANY other decade, but of course we need to investigate all corners.....see ya later today I hope, and it'll be something ROCKIN!!!

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  • 10/10/15--00:36: Oi! A Tribute
  • I like stuff like this, a "tribute album", to, uhhhh, what exactly? I guess the "oi/punk" sound of the late 1970's early 1980's, this is a fairly rare comp, at least I think so, which is worth a listen......these are NOT the most well-known of tunes, thusly, the cover versions aren't exactly in the public domain either.....nonetheless, this is a decent album and definitley worth a listen.......the track listings in this instance includes the ORIGINAL artist for easy reference. I am quite the guy, am I not?

    OI!-A TRIBUTE-01 HEROES-Razor in the Night (Blitz)/02 ULTIMA THULE-The Power and the Glory (Cockney Rejects)/03 BLIND SYSTEM-If the Kids Are United (Sham 69)/04 MIDGARDS SONER-Real Enemy (The Buisness)/05 JINX-Give Us a Future (One Way System)/06 TIN SOLDIERS-New Punks (Anti Social)/07 NORDWIND-The Beginning of the End (Cockney Rejects)/08 HASSLICH-Stolz (Bohse Onkelz)/09 MIDGARD'S SONER-Someone's Gonna Die (Blitz)/10 ULTIMA THULE- Take Em All (Cock Sparrer)/11 BLIND SYSTEM-Hersham Boys (Sham 69)/12 HEROES-Yesterday's Heroes (4-Skins)/13 WEST SIDE BOYS-Rapist (Combat 84)/14 TIN SOLDIER-Get Adicted (The Adicts)/15 HASSLICH-Varient (Bohse Onkelz)/16 VARINGARNER-Watch Your Back (Cock Sparrer)/17 JINX-Warriors (Blitz)/18 NORWIND-Questions and Answers (Sham 69)/19 ULTIMA THULE/JINX-Chaos (4-Skins)/20 KAI-Because You're Young (Cock Sparrer)/21 BOOTS AND BRACES-Last Years Youth (Menace)

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  • 10/10/15--19:08: Robert Hazard and the Heroes
  • Robert Hazard and the Heroes were a really pretty good rock band from Philly, ca. early 1980's, Robert Hazard is best known for composing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", which was of course made into a big hit by Cindy Lauper......this is a good overview of a career that, while interesting, seems to be one of those "local legends" (In Philly, this one)........really good tunes here, LOTS of em, check out some more of that good 1980's stuff on the cool tracks ala "Change Reaction" and "Escalator of Life", among several others, this album basically summarizes thier career, but TRUST ME, it's worth it.......a great and overloked, underappreciated album, I think some of you may just LOVE this one as much as I do!


    OUT OF THE BLUE-01Escalator of Life/02 Change Reaction/03 Hang Around With You/04 Out of the Blue/05 Blowin' In the Wind/06 Fire On Fire/07 Interplanetary Private Eye/08 The Cool Life/09 Undercover Lover/10 She's Hot/11 Miami Beach/12 Darling/13 Hip Pocket/14 Be My Girl/15 Hard Hearted/16 Say Yo! (Live)



    This is an unknown/overlooked gem, I highly recommend it for fans of 1980's rock.......what have ya got to lose?     Opinions/comments, please????????

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    Who is up for a multi part Queens of the Stone Age extravaganza? Hell I sure am..,
    Instrumentalist in the great modern genre we call "stoner rock", my personal opinion is this stuff will sound even better in the future, much like the early 70s psych that I love so much sounds so great now.

    Vocalist/guitarist/pianist Josh Homme formed the Queens after the breakup of Kyuss, utilizing the talents of multi-instrumentalist Troy Van Leeuen, bassist/keyboardist Michael Shuman, guitarist/keyboardist Dean Fertita, and (later addition) drummer Jon Theodore. They've also utilized many guest musicians and collaborators, which has led to the "anything goes" fomat for which they are known. Frankly, and as would be expected, thier stuff can be quite "hit or miss", similar, maybe to Flaming Lips in the sense that they will try pretty much anything, which of course is admirable.

    Looks like the earliest work I have from them is a split disc from 1997, with early Queens material and three Kyuss tracks from the final days of that band. Their "proper" debut, a self-titled gem was released in 1998, VERY Kyuss-like and good, strange hard rock with the prerequisite goofy song titles ("How to Handle a Rope", "I Was a Teenage Hand Model")..

    "Rated R" was released in 2000, a classic then and a classic now....Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford loans his talents to the amazing "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" (TOTAL lyrics: "Nicotine, vicodine, valium, marjuana, ecstacy and alcohol.......c-c-c-c-coCAINE") repeated over an over.....funny: Wal Mart suspected the song promoted drug use.......hey, REALLY?.....there is a TON of good shit here, "I Think I Lost My Headache", ""Better Living Through Chemistry" and more, it's a classic of the 2000's and of early REAL stoner rock

    In 2002 they released the amazing "Songs For the Deaf", a great and underappreciated album if ever there was one......remarkably cohesive and challenging, there is GREAT shit on this (dare I say) 5-star album......"Song For the Dead", "First it Giveth", "The Sky is Fallin".......hell it's ALL great....my favorite QOTSA album by a wide margin....you WANT this if you are not familiar.

    Also including a semi-rare split Ep with the great  13eaver, whom have been featured on this blog before, I forget when, check and see if the links are still up, they are/were really great as well....

    This is only the beginning, I think this is their best work, but we will touch on their later albums and
    some boots and stuff soon.......great, great innovative band, and both "rated r" and "songs for the deaf" are classics that should be in ANY responsible household.

    By the way these are FLAC files, bigger and more cumbersome, but DO sound great, that's the reason for the multiple links.

    KYUSS/QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE SPLIT-01 Into the Void/02 Fatso Forgettso/03 Fatso Forggettso Phase 2 (Flip the Phase)/04 If Only Everything/05 Born To Hula/06 Spiders and Vinegroons

    QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE-01 Regular John/02 Avon/03 If Only/04 Walkin On the Sidewalks/05 You Would Know/06 How To Handle a Rope/07 Mexicola/08 Hispanic Impressions/09 You Can't Quit Me Baby/10  Give the Mule What He Wants/11 I Was a Teenage Hand Model

    RATED R-01 Feel Good Hit of the Summer/02 The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret/03 Leg of Lamb/04 Auto Pilot/05 Beter living Throuhg Chemistry/06 Monsters in the Parasol/07 Quick and to the Pointless/08 In the Fade/09 Feel Good Hit of the Summer (Reprise)/10 Tension Head/11Lightning Song/12 I Think I LOst My Headache

    SPLIT WITH 13EAVER-01 The Bronze/02 These Aren't the
    Droids You're Looking For/03Absence Without Leave/04 Morocco

    SONGS FOR THE DEAF-01 You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I feel Like a MIllionaire/02 No One Knows/03 First It Giveth/04 A Song For the Dead/05 The Sky Is Falling/06 Six Shooter/07 Hanging Tree/08 Go With the Flow/09 Gonna Leave You/10 Do It Again/11 God is In the Radio/12 Another Love Song/13 A Song For the Deaf/14 Mosquito Song/15 Everybody's Gonna Be Happy

    LOTS more to come, bonus tracks, live stuff, rarities.........if you love QOTSA as I do, stay tuned and check into one of the GREAT bands of the 2000's!





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    Great weekend!!!! TWO wins by the Royals in the ALCS, a good win by Ohio State, and the Vikings defense looked superb against the Chiefs as they won as well! Great stuff, now I'd like to see the Cubbies advance to to the world series versus the Royals, that would be great, so let's see tonight if thy can even up THIER series......other than that, great efforts by the Buckeyes, Vikings, and especially the Royals who showed exceptional fortitude in coming back in Game 2 when David Price had perplexed them for most of the game.......shades of the great 1985 club!

    So, how did you like the first part of the Queens saga? If you're a longtime fan of them, it's likely old stuff to you (maybe not that fab split with the great 13eaver), but if you are new to the Queens, this should be a cool new discovery for ya....hope ya enjoy the rest, the Queens were a significant band of the 2000's, and, as I said before, I think this is the type of thing that will be influential and be appreciated much more in the future.

    Picking up where we left off, lets begin with another EP, from 2004, "Stone Age Complication". A fine collection of rarities and B-Sides, this six-track gem is a must for fans.....a cover of the Kinks "Who Will Be the Next In Line", also a fine cover of Subhumanz "Wake Up Screaming", and a third cover, the Cramps "Most Exalted Potentate of Love"........also some other original material best of which I think is a cool remix of "No One Knows".

    2005 brought us "Lullabies to Paralyze", a workmanlike effort that isn't essential, but isn't bad either....a 2 disc effort which features a live disc, this is perhaps the weakest Queens studio effort, but there are some standout, uniquelly Queens tunes, "Medication", "That's a Killer Scene You Got There Man", "Tangled Up In Plaid".......a fan of the band (myself) wouldn't be without it, for a dabbler, I'm not so sure. The second disc, the live effort from an Atlanta show, is decent, and features a smoking "Song For the Dead".

    2007's "Era Vulgaris" brought us a true comeback, a stunning effort in my opinion."Turning the
    Screw", "River in the Road", "Sick Sick Sick" are standouts, but this is a fine and underrated album. I wouldn't dismiss it no matter what my feelings on the band were.....a really good one.

    Most recently the "band" (not really the right term, given the shifting lineups and countless guest appearances, but that is QOTSA in a nutshell) has given us "Like Clockwork", 2013, and it is quite a good effort as well......Dave Grohl, Mark Lanegan, Trent Reznor and others make appearances on this one, I think it's also an under-appreciated album, "Keep Your Eyes Peeled" and "My God is the Sun" are standouts.

    I think I'll wrap this part up today.......I have to go find my bootlegs in the other room, and I just remembered that I also have the "Deluxe Editions", released later, of the debut and "Rated R".......likely I will just post the extra tracks from those two, you can edit it however you prefer.......we'll wrap this up later in the week with part 3, but IMHO, Queens of the Stone Age rank with The White Stripes, Sleater Kinney, the Black Keys, and a handful of others as the best and most innovative rock bands of the decade of the 2000's........am i right or wrong?

    Again, these are FLAC files, so allow for that fact......it explains the multiple links, but offers a bit better sound than MP3.........some like it, some don't, but the can be converted with a free converter available online.....

    STONE AGE COMPLICATION-01 Who'll Be the Next In Line/02 Wake Up Screaming/03 No One Knows (UNKLE remix)/04 Most Exalted Potentae of Love/05 Born To Hula/06 The Bronze

    LULLABIES TO PARALYZE DISC 1-01 This Lullaby/02 Medication/03 Everybody Knows That You Are Insane/04 Tangled Up In Plaid/05 Burn the Witch/06 In My head/07 Little Sister/08 I Never Came/09 Someone's In the Wolf/10 The Blood Is Love/11 Skin on Skin/12 Broken Box/13 You Got a Killer Scene There, Man/14 Long Slow Goodbye/15 Like a Drug

    LULLABYES TO PARALYZE DISC 2-01 The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret/02 Little Sister/03 In My Head/04 No One Knows/05 Song For the Dead/06 Regular John

    ERA VULGARIS-01 Turnin' the Screw/02 Sick Sick Sick/03 I'm Designer/04 Into the Hollow/05 Misfit Love/06 Battery Acid/07 Make It Wit Chu/08 3's & 7's/09 Suture Up Your Future/10 River In the Road

    LIKE CLOCKWORK-01 Keep Your Eyes Peeled/02 I Sat By the Ocean/03 The Vampyre of Time and Memory/04 If I Had a Tail/05 My God is the Sun/06 Kalopsia/07 Fairweather Friends/08 Smooth Sailing/09 I Appear Missing/10.....Like Clockwork


    Links are coming they will (should ) be up yet this evening!











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  • 10/23/15--06:09: A Jonder Project for ya
  • (SCOTT)-haven't quite got the QOTSA part 3 ready yet, likely Sunday.......until then, here is another of the homemade cover projects that I love so much, I will let the creator, Jonder, tell you all about it.....I like these so much that I think I will do a few myself over the winter, I wonder if there are enough cover versions of MY very favorite album, "Forever Changes" by Love, to enable THAT creation? I will find out.....

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    UMMAZUMA: A homemade tribute to the Neil Young & Crazy Horse album ZUMA

    1. Don't Cry No Tears - Allison Moorer
    2. Danger Bird - 27
    3. Pardon My Heart - Aldingarðurinn ásamt Kristó og Bjarna
    4. Looking For A Love - Valle de Muñecas
    5. Barstool Blues - The Feelies
    6. Stupid Girl - Teenage Kicks
    7. Drive Back - The Stars Of Heaven
    8. Cortez The Killer - Tina Age 13
    9. Through My Sails - Soulsavers featuring Mark Lanegan

    I knew that there were many versions of "Cortez The Killer", but I was surprised to find out how often "Don't Cry No Tears" has been covered. Allison Moorer emphasizes the country side of "Don't Cry". "Danger Bird" is perfomed by 27, a currently active "dark pop" band from Boston (www.27.vg).

    I love this gorgeous acoustic version of "Pardon My Heart". Google translates the group's name as The Garden With Kristó and Bjarna. Apparently this song won a Neil Young covers competition in Iceland, and their victory was well deserved. You can listen to all of the finalists here: https://soundcloud.com/ras_2/sets

    "Looking For A Love" is another great acoustic cover, performed by the Mexican quartet Valle de Muñecas. I think the band name translates as Dolls Valley. Not all of their music is acoustic; this song comes from an album called "Folk", which also includes a Violent Femmes cover. You can hear it (and more) at valledemunecas.bandcamp.com.

    These are the only versions of "Stupid Girl" and "Drive Back" that I could find, perhaps because they are the cruelest songs that Neil Young wrote for Zuma. "Stupid Girl" is from the Toronto band Teenage Kicks. Check out teenagekicksteenagekicks.bandcamp.com/music for more of their covers and original "punk rock soul" songs.

    "Drive Back" is performed by The Stars Of Heaven, an Irish band from the 80's. I am indebted to the blog Jumping Someone Else's Song for this one. I highly recommend this music blog (deadboy.wordpress.com). The site appears to be dormant, but most of the cover compilations are still available, including three collections of Neil Young songs.

    "Cortez The Killer" was a tough choice. I went with this raw and passionate version by a trio from the 90's called Tina Age 13. The blog Willfully Obscure posted the band's EP The Alcoholic Father of My Inner Child, and noted that "Cortez" runs for 56 minutes. You get the first 7 minutes here. Chris Johanson, the bassist for Tina Age 13, is now a famous painter.

    This tribute to Zuma ends with one of my favorite singers, Mark Lanegan. Thanks are due to the music blogs deadboy.wordpress.com, wilfullyobscure.blogspot.com, and thenewvinylvillain.wordpress.com (as well as growboredbigscott62.blogspot.com)!

    LINK: https://mega.nz/#!acYAmALA!SnrwMtBl-K6sYk3T8EfRxkEWfnbE3KMLcPJEOLo8X8w

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  • 10/25/15--14:17: Halloween Stuff from Brian
  • (Scott), I likely won't get the Part 3 of QOTSA done until tomorrow, so as so often happens Brian
    steps in with some very different material, and you know we LOVE this kinda stuff here......can't wait to hear these myself........
    (And of course congratulations to the AL Champion KC Royals!)
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    Hello all. I took some time off. I wanted to put together something cool for Halloween, but I was at a loss as to what to do. Initially, it was gonna be some great horror movie soundtracks, or some good spooky metal albums. But I think I finally settled on a good themed post.
     

    I've been a Edgar Allan Poe fan since I first read "The Cask Of Amontillado" and "Masque Of the Red Death" when I was 11. I shouldn't have to tell you how genius his stories are or how beautiful his poetry is. Suffice to say, if all you know is "The Raven", you're doing yourself a colossal disservice... So, here's some Edgar Allan Poe audio!

                                                                            
     
     
    First up is the Closed On Account Of Rabies tribute. This was an album produced by the great Hal Willner, and it features an eclectic array of talent doing adaptations of Poe. Some highlights - Christopher Walken reading "The Raven", Ken Nordine's amazing "Conqueror Worm", Iggy Pop's "Tell-Tale Heart", Jeff Buckley's lovely and haunting "Ulalume".... My favorite has always Diamanda Galas's hypnotic, possessed reading of "The Black Cat". There's others too. And while I've never warmed to the few music tracks on this - and my personal copy has them edited out - I've included the whole 2 disc album here so you can make your own decision. And thanks to Willard's Wormholes for originally putting this and other Hal Willner tribute albums up. Just google the phrase "Hal Willner Week" - you'll find the others on his blog. They're all good.

     
    This next one is something I put together. The core of it is the album Tales Of Mystery and Imagination... and no, I don't mean the Alan Parsons release. It is a collection of readings by a man named Bill Mitchell. I don't know anything about him, and I can't find info on this album (sound like the early 60's), but it is a great listen! His deep, sonorous voice and subtly English diction make it riveting. And it is helped along by just enough music and sound effects. I think you'll like it.

    Tacked onto this are two good single tracks I found. From a poetry anthology (I think), we have William Dufris' straightforward, entertaining "The Raven". And as a super-special bonus, I have includes William Burroughs'reading "The Masque Of the Red Death". One of my favorite writers, and my favorite Poe story...it's perfect. And hey, I just realized all three of these guys' names is "William". Weeeeeiiiiiirrrrdddd.......

    I collect Poe-related CDs and tapes. I thought of including the 5 Disc Vincent Price/Basil Rathbone collection, but figured that'd be overkill. Maybe I'll save it for next year, huh?

     
    The most famous Halloween prank ever pulled was Orson Welles's War Of The Worlds radio broadcast in 1938. While the hook for people has always been the mass-media panic that ensued (A. Brad Schwartz wrote a great book about it), I've always found it just a riveting piece of drama, as well as a great adaptation of the original novel. The Mercury Theater players were really good. There's one moment I've always loved: when the Martian ship starts killing with it's heat ray, and it cuts off the reporter's broadcast mid-sentence....it's just chilling.

    I have a Halloween ritual I heartily recommend to you. First, have a good real Jack O' Lantern. Put it in your living room - or where you're comfortable - as your only light (this means turn off all your damn devices, kids). Light it, and play the broadcast. Let your mind create pictures as you listen in the shifting shadows. It's pretty cool, I think. Gives you an appreciation for the lost art of radio shows. Come to think of it, it'd work well for the Poe, too....

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    A bit of a delay in getting this ready, but for Queens fans should be worth the wait.......quite a few
    live and rare treats for today, quite a bit of material so we'll keep the commentary short and get on with telling ya exactly what is here.....

    Let's begin with the "Deluxe" re-issues of the debut and "Rated R".....I forgot I had these or I simply would have posted them in the first place, but I'm NOT going to post the entire "deluxe" editions, just the additional material from each and leave the programming to you......the debut reissue features only three additional tracks, "The Bronze", "These Aren't the Droids You're Looking For", and "Spiders and Vinegrooms", all worthwhile.

    "Rated R" on the other hand featured an additional disc, "B Sides and Live at the Reading Festival 2000", the Reading show being a very early effort, quite an interesting find. A fairly short set, but always great to hear a different interpretation of "Feel Good Hit of the Summer", right? Just kidding in case you took me like serious.

    That wraps the "official" albums, now lets see what else is on thet shelf......we'll start with a two disc mish mash, "Live Recordings". I don't recall whom I got this one from, not sure if it's a homemade effort or what, but if you check the set list, you'll see that it is fairly career-spanning, and from a BUNCH of different locales (I'll list them in the track list, but the DATES are NOT made available)...as I said, kind of a grab-bag format, definitely for fans only.

    Along the same line is "Live and Non-LP Tracks, for which I have even LESS data, no locales OR dates, there are some nice rarities here, though, and it's not nearly as sprawling as the previous set.

    From 02 comes a Full set from Stockholm, pretty tight show, and also from 02 a good 2-disc live set from Wasahington DC......the Queens keep there set lists pretty regular, but they seem like they'd be a good act to see (I never got to)a more recent live example of the Queens in action comes from 2013, from the Brazil Lollapalooza, nice to have a live version of "My God is the Sun", also an undated but fairly recent set from the KCRW studios, which features the same tune, a good bit of "Like Clockwork" material, and a Josh Homme interview........anyway, that's what I got, this stuff is more for fans than dabblers I'd say, but the response to the studio albums was good, so maybe a few "dabblers" have become "fans" due to that?

    Hope I can dance around the World Series (GO ROYALS) this week and get MY Halloween-kinda
    post up, likely Thursday or so, I think in the past, other than some appropriate music I may feature a photo set of either hot Goth chicks or Vampire women........maybe even both. We shall see.

    QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE DELUXE (Additional Tracks Only)-01 The Bronze/02 These Aren't the Droids You're Looking For/03 Spiders and Vinegrooms

    RATED R (Bonus Disc)-01 Ode to Clarissa/02 You're So Vague/03 Never Say Never/04 Who'll Be the Next In Line/05 Born to Hula/06 (Reading Set)-Monsters in the Pairasol/07 Feel Good Hit of the Summer/08 Regular John/09 Avon/10 Quick and to the Pointless/11 Better Living Through Chemistry/12 Ode to Clarissa/13 The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret/14 You Can't Quit Me Now/15 Millionaire

    LIVE RECORDINGS DISC 1-01 Regular John (Melkweg Amsterdam)/02 Little Sister (Earthlink Atlanta)/03 Better Living Through Chemistry (Belgique Belgium)/04 Monsters in the Parasol/05 Quick and to the Pointless (Vintage Vinyl)/06 Avon (Mean Fiddler)/07 No One Knows (Earthlink Atlanta)/08 Another Love Song (Belgique Belgium)/09 Tension Head (Mean Fiddler)/10 Long Slow Goodbye (AOL Sessions)/11 The lost Art of Keeping a Secret (Earthlink, Atlanta)/12 A Song For the Dead (Earthlink Atlanta)/13 I Think I Lost My Headache (Earthlink Atlanta)

    LIVE RECORDINGS DISC 2-01 God Is In the Radio (Stubbs,
    Austin)/02 Mexicola (Bob's Garage)/03 No One Knows (Belgique Belgium)/04 If Only (Bob's Garage)/05 The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret (The Troubador)/06 Do It Again (Melkweg Amsterdam)/07 The Sky Is Fallin' (Belgique Belgium)/08 In My head (Earthlink Atlanta)/09 Regular John (Earthlink Atlanta)/10 Ode to Clarissa (Vintage Vinyl)/11 Hangin Tree (Melkweg Amsterdam)/12 Auto Pilot (Belgique Belgium)/13 A Song For the Dead (Mean Fiddler

    LIVE AND NON LP TRACKS-01 Tension Head/02 You Can't Quit Me baby/03 Avon/04 Ode to Clarissa/05 Song For the Dead/06 Better Living Through Chemistry/07 Monsters In the Parasol/08 If Only/09 Green Machine/10 You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire/11 Who'll Be the Next In Line/12 Two Tears/13 You're So Vague/14 Never Say Never/15 Infinity/16 Born To Hula/17 Morocco

    STOCKHOLM (6/11/02)-01 Regular John/02 If Only/03 You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire/04 Quick and To the Pointless/05 Gonna Love You/06 Hangin Tree/07 Auto pilot/08 Song For the Dead/09 No One Knows/10 Go With the Flow/11 The lost Art of Keeping a Secret/12 Mexicola/13 Ode To Clarissa/14 Feel Good Hit of the Summer

    WASHINGTON DC 2/6/02 DISC 1-01 Intro/02 Monsters In the Parasol/03 Feel Good Hit of the Summer/04 Quick and to the Pointless/05 Ode to Clarissa/06 You WOuld Know/07 Song For the Dead/08 Hangin Tree/09 I Think I Lost My headache/10 Avon

    WASHINGTON DC 2/6/02 DISC 2-01 No One Knows/02 Gonna Leave You/03 Walking on the
    Sidewalks/04 Mexicola/05 Tension Head/06 Regular John/07 Do It Again/08 God Is In the Radio/09 You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire/10 The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret

    BRAZIL LOLLAPALOOZA 2013-01 The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret/02 No One Knows/03 First It Giveth/04 Sick Sick Sick/05 Burn the Witch/06 Monsters in the Parasol/07 Hangin Tree/08 Make It Wit Chu/09 My God Is the Sun/10 Little Sister/11 Better Living Through Chemistry/12 Do It Again/13 Go With the Flow/14 A Song For the Dead

    KCRW STUDIOS-01 If I Had a Tail/02 My God Is the Sun/03 Like Clockwork/04 Keep Your Eyes Peeled/05 Josh Homme Interview/06 The Vampyre of Time and Memory/07 I Sat By the Ocean/08 Smooth Sailing/09 I Appear Missing/10 Jam/11 Little Sister/12 Make It Wit Chu

    Lotta stuff if all the links aren't up tonight (I'll try) check back tomorrow!


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    As Brian has provided us with a Halloween post already, and a WAY cool one at that, it's only right that I put something together as well......we'll do a couple of things here, musically first and then some fun photo collections that pervs like myself will appreciate.

    First the music. I am going to go with some stuff from a duo from San Fernando California, She Wants Revenge......I have had this stuff sitting around for years and frankly had forgotten pretty much about them until reently (more on that later), they consisted of Justin Warfield (vocals/guitar/keyboards) and Adam Bravin (bass/keyboard/guitar/drum machine/percussion/vocals)....they put forth a post-80's creepy-goth sound, not GREAT but certainly worth a listen.......thier creepy/cold goth sound is reminiscent of maybe The Bauhaus or even Big Black (see previous posts of they are still up),they have released three albums, only two of which I have, and a handful of EP's and stuff........

    The self titled debut is a pretty good effort, from (without checking) about 2005-6 or so, I enjoyed it a good bit at the time, there are good creepy tunes like "Monologue" and "These Things", as well as the magnificent "Tear You Apart"......."Tear You Apart" is fantastic, it was recently used to phenominal effect in the season opening episode of "American Horror Story", a really excellent segment in my opinion, which brought this great song back to my memory.......if you watch "AHS" I'm sure you recall it, but it's a GREAT song that can stand on its own anytime.........were it not for this song, She Wants Revenge would be TOTALLY unmemorable instead of only 90% so or whatever....nonetheless is is a GREAT retro-80's dark-goth-alt track, worth the price of admission alone.

    The follow up effort, "This is Forever" (2007) is not nearly as good as there is no standout track ala "Tear You Apart", but it's here in all it's glory should you deem them worthy of further investigation.

    After "American Horror Story" sparked my memory of that great tune, I checked the Bay for any rarities and such and found a few items.......first and best, we have "Live at Rock Am Ring 04/06/06" which I really enjoyed a lot, the sound is fuller (I assume additional musicians were used onstage), and it concludes with a majestic version of "Tear You Apart"......the tracks are unsplit, sorry, but it's a short set, maybe a half hour or so, and REALLY enjoyable.

    "Save Your Soul" is a 2008 EP with four tracks, actually, all four of which are pretty fair, we have the "Tear You Apart" single, which features the original backed with an interesting remix of the same song. The "These Things" EP contains some familiar material ("Tear You Apart" yet again) with a couple new tracks, and finally, we have a single, "True Romance" with both an album version as well as a radio edit.

    I just learned that they released a third album in 2011, never heard it, likely never will unless someone tells me of its unknown greatness....

    I recommend, if you dabble, the debut, and ESPECIALLY the live set, it was REALLY surprisingly ood, in my opinion, anyway, this is my Halloween post for ya, musically, but don't go way, after I bore ya with the track lists I got some more stuff for ya......anyway......

    SHE WANTS REVENGE-01 Red Flags and Long Nights/02 These Things/03 I Don't Want To Fall In Love/04 Out of Control/05 Monologue/06 Broken Promises For Broken Hearts/07 Sister/08 Disconect/09 Us/10 Someone Must Get Hurt/11 Tear You Apart/12 She Loves Me She Loves Me Not

    THIS IS FOREVER-01 First, Love/02 Written In Blood/03 Walking Away/04 True Romance/05 What I Want/06 It's Just Begun/07 She Will Always Be a Broken Girl/08 This is the End/09 Checking Out/10 Pretend the World Has Ended/11 Replacement/12 All Those Moments/13 Rachael/14 And a Song For Los Angeles

    LIVE AT ROCK AM RING 04/6/06-01 Unsplit Tracks (sorry)

    SAVE YOUR SOUL EP-01 Sugar/02 Save Your Soul/03 Sleep/04 A Hundred Kisses

    TEAR YOU APART SINGLE-01 Tear You Apart/02 Tear You Apart (Ladytron remix)

    THESE THINGS EP-01 These Things (radio edit)/02 Tear You Apart/03 Spend the Night/04 Black Liner Run

    TRUE ROMANCE SINGLE-01 True Romance (Radio)/02 True Romance (Album)

    BONUS  TRACK (from the "Nightmare Before Christmas" Soundtrack)-01 Kidnap the Sandy Claws
    (Don't go out of your way for this one if ya get my drift)......

    OK, that is that, hope you enjoy these, it is cool (for me) to rediscover a band I had forgotten about, and in this case I have to thank "American Horror Story" for using "Tear You Apart" to such great effect (even though they did edit out ONE word of the key lyric, "I Wanna fucking tear you apart"....guess which one?) Anyway it was still great, check it out on Netflix or something if you wanna see what I mean, I thought it was freaky-cool.....

    And speaking of freaky cool, as a Halloween bonus, let us do a few photo collections....I haven't done this in a while, it really used to be kind of popular. First off, let us begin with a couple of sets of pix of stunning goth chicks, all tatooed and pierced and all ready for Uncle BigScott62.......let me make this clear, at 53 I am old enough to be most of these babe's grandfather, but, should they all decide that they need a guinea pig to determine which could
    out-weird the others in bed, I am fucking volunteering.

    Next is a series I don't think I've posted previously, "Sexy Halloween", some cool pix here too but not as, uhh, "enticing" as the previous intoxicating batch of goth girls.

    We will wrap up the Halloween stuff with a set of pics of "Female Vampires", maybe it's just me, but I find them intruging and sexy as hell also..........yes I'm a sick motherfucker.........just don't tell anyone.

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  • 10/30/15--16:46: Post Punk Rules
  • Someone sent this to me a couple days ago, thought I'd pass it along.......best as I can tell it's a 2014 internet creation, and no question it does contain some interesting material. I'm gonna watch the Royals play game 3 in a few minutes, but I thought why the hell not toss this one up.....from what I can find, it's available for free elsewhere on the internet, for whatever that is worth.......eyeball the track list, this might be a collection you'll enjoy, although thematically, it doesn't really seem to hold together that well, nonetheless, some lesser-comped morsels are here and are worth a listen.

    GO ROYALS!

    01 THE BLOW MONKEYS-A New Morning/02 THE DEVIANTS-Guarenteed to Bleed/03 BIG SEXY NOISE-Collision Course/04 DEAD KENNEDYS-Holiday In Cambodia (Single Version)/05 THE FALL-Laptop Dog/06 ANDY BLADE-Let's Burn the Internet Down/07 THE PRIMITIVES-Across My Shoulder/08 FIVE OR SIX-Sleepwalk/09 THE BLUE ORCHIDS-Bad Education/10 THE MONOCHROME SET-Fallout/11 CAPTAIN SENSIBLE-Happy Talk/12 ARTERY-The Stalker/13 CORDUROY-Clearing Up Music

    If you behave I will get you a couple more albums this weekend.........trying to think of a band from Kansas City or with Royals in thier name or something to pay tribute to thte eventual champions of baseball!

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    This will take a couple of days as these guys have an extensive catalogue.....likely not for everyone,
    but what the fuck is? Great win today by the Vikings, Royals can wrap up the World Series tonight, Buckeyes on a bye week, so why not a semi-mega post, this is whom came blazing into my mushy brain.......

    These boys from San Francisco began in the late 80's as a kind of shoegaze (think maybe My Bloody Valentine) band, over the years they developed a more conventional psychedelic rock sound, I have enjoyed SOME of thier stuff, some not so much, and perhaps that will be your feeling as well......anyway, if this is new to you, congrats, please comment if you would.

    The first album we have here is "Spacegirl and Other Favorites".....it's pretty rare I think and contains the trippy single "Hide and Seek".....more "interesting" than good, I think.......the follow up, 1994's "Methodrone" is the first "real"highlight, an homage to the previously mentioned My Bloody Valentine and maybe Spaceman 3, it features the singles "She Made Me" and "Evergreen", and is actually quite an underappreciated album. Recommended.

    They cranked out THREE (!) albums in 1996, and we'll check those out today, and maybe the rest later this week......."Thier Satanic Majestie's Second Request" is a total homage to trippy mid-60's psych rock, and would epitomoze the sound they would eventually call thier own....sitars, mellotrons, all that great shit, if you like that kind of stuff (the original stuff i mean), this is a good album, they do the music justice and add just a bit of a 1990's touch to it.

    The second album of 1996, "Take It From the Man!", is TOTALLY different, it's bluesy-Rolling Stones style rock, while I don't feel it is characteristic of thte band's careet, I do kind of enjoy it......."Vacuum Boots", "Who", and "Oh Lord" stand out.......you may or may not like this one, I kind of do.

    Finally the THIRD album from 1996 was "Thank God For Mental Illness", an experimental effort
    split into two segments, the first featuring some country-ish accoustic numbers (I'm not crazy about it), ane the second is a long single track, "Sound of Confusion" which combines "songs" and blurry sound collages, I like it, but I can see someone hating it as well.

    SPACEIRL AND OTHER FAVORITES-01 Crushed/02 That Girl Suicide/03 Deep In the Devil's Eye and You/04 Kid's Garden/05 When I Was Yesterday/06 Spacegirl/07 Spacegirl Revisited/08 After the Fall/09 Thoughts of You/10 Hide and Seek/11 Never Ever!/12 Ashtray/13 FireSong

    METHODRONE-01 Evergreen/02 Wisdom/03 Crushed/04 That Girl Suicide/05 Wasted/06 Everyone Says/07 Short Wave/08 She Made Me/09 Hyperventilation/10 Records/11 I Love You/12 End of the Day/13 Outback/14 She's Gone/15 Methodrone

    THIER SATANIC MAJESTIES SECOND REQUEST-01 All Around You (intro)/02 Cold to the Touch/03 Donovan Said/04 In India You/05 No Come Down/06  (Around You) Everywhere/07 Jesus/08 Before You/09 Miss June '75/10 Anenome/11 Baby (Prepraise)/12 Feelers/13 Bad baby Intro/14 Bad Baby/15 Cause I Lover/16 (Baby) Love of My Life/17 Slowdown (Fuck Tomorrow)/Here It Comes/18 All Around You (Outro)

    TAKE IT FROM THE MAN!-01 Vacuum Boots/02 Who?/03 Oh Lord/04 Caress/05 (David Bowie I Love You) Since I Was Six/06 Straight Up and Down/07 Monster/08 Take It From the Man/09 BSA/10 Mary, Please/11 Monkey Puzzle/12 Fucker/13 Dawn/14 Cabin Fever/15 In My Life/16 The Be Song/17 My Man Syd/18 Straight Up and Down (Long Version)

    THANK GOD FOR MENTAL ILLNESS-01 Spanish Bee/02 It Girl/ 03 13/04 Ballad of Jim Jones/05
    Those Memories/06 Stars/07 Free and Easy, Take 2/08 Down/09 Cause I Love Her/10 Too Crazy To Care/11 Talk-Action=Shit/12 True Love/13 Sound of Confusion

    OK, let me know what you think about these.......and of course GO ROYALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    (Also, please keep the great guest material coming, at least until I get laid off for the winter.........some (most) of that stuff is beyond priceless!)

    Also, while I think I have all of these guys "regular" releases, I don't think I have any rare or live stuff, so if you are a big fan of them and have something to contribute, PLEASE do!

    Links will be up tonight, before the ROYALS win the WORLS SERIES for the first time since 1985......remember it like it was last night, going through a divorce, hadn't even met the TRUE love of my life yet (it wouldn't be for another couple of weeks)......freaks me out how this is wrapping up into a neat little 30-year package, honestly.......life is FUCKING BIZARRE.


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  • 11/03/15--05:55: Welcome back Cliff!
  • (Scott)-I'll take a break in the Brian Jonestown Massacre thing, because our good friend Cliff
    submitted some more reggae stuff for our consumption.....I am unfamiliar with them which thrills me to no end, so I guess tomorrow's commute will be filled with some fresh reggae tunes.

    Of course, before I turn it over to Cliff, you knew I was going to point out that the Royal s are champions of the baseball universe....I'm along, longtime  Royals fan and this year's team was gritty and unique, a very different kind of team than I have ever seen......they have no truly "great" players, but MAN do they have a BUNCH of "really good" ones....a team in the truest sense of the word, and I congratulate them and thank them for a great season and an incredible, refuse-to-lose post season.....now, if the Vikings would just get it going a bit more....
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    WAYNE SMITH – YOUTHMAN SKANKING
    Wayne Smith will forever be known as the artist who introduced the world to Ragga (computerized riddims).  Smith’s 1985 hit “Under Mi Sleng Teng” was the first fully digital rhythm ever released however Smith’s accomplishments as a roots artist should not be overlooked.  The album Youthman Skanking was produced by Prince Jammy in 1982 and was released on the Black Joy label.  This album is comprised of ten of the toughest roots tracks you will find.  Smith's style on this album is similar to other great artists of the time, such as Barry Brown and Johnny Clarke.  The tracks "Eden Out Deh" and "Live Honestly" are the standout tracks for me  but they are only a small taste of this highly conscious and beautifully carved album
    Track List: 1. Solve The Situation 2. Eden Out Deh 3. Losing You 4. No More Will I Roam 5. It Soon Be Done 6. Youthman Skanking  7. Take A Trip 8. Live Honestly 9. Isim Skisim 10. Ain’t No Me Without You
    Link: http://www38.zippyshare.com/v/lTFoZV1k/file.html

    THE CONGOS – THE HEART OF THE CONGOS
    Any list of greatest reggae albums you look at this will always be somewhere near the top. It should be near the top of any list of greatest albums ever.  This record  sets a perfect groove all the way through and is one of the most authentic and unique roots albums to be produced. The harmonising from Cedric Myton and Roy Johnson throughout the whole album is sublime; it's like the Beach Boys turned up and made an authentic reggae album. The production by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is out of this world and although he produced some great albums this has to be close to be his greatest piece of production. There's a lot of variety on this album, the influences run from deep African rhythms to soulful Jamaican ballads, to root-heavy dubbing by Perry. It would be wrong to single out any standout track as each is worth a listen,no fillers here. Originally released in 1977 the version that I offer you is the 1996 reissue with bonus tracks, enjoy.
    Track List: 1. Fisherman 2. Congoman 3. Open Up The Gate 4. Children Crying 5. La la Bam-Bam 6. Can’t Come In 7. Sodom and Gomorrow 8. The Wrong Thing 9. Ark Of The Covenant 10. Solid Foundation 11. At The Feast 12. Nicodemus 13. Congoman (12” mix) 14. Congoman Chant 15. Bring The Mackaback 16. Noah Sugar Pan 17. Solid Foundation (Disco Cork Mix)
    Link: http://www62.zippyshare.com/v/wApdFYaj/file.html



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    Picking up where we left off the other day, these guys released "Give It Back!" in 1997......it's a fairly
    respectable effort, not thier greatest, but it does include "Not If You Were the Last Dandy On Earth", a response to the Dandy Warhols'"Not If You Were the Last Junkie On Earth", which originally was a slap at THIS band (think Pavement's "Range Life" and you'll have the general idea).I've always for some reason enjoyed bands attempting to insult each other on record, I don't know why......I ought to make a comp of attempted musical "insults" and responses......always gave props to Neil Young for saying he'd rather listen to "Sweet Home Alabama" than "Southern Man" any time, shows what a cool guy he is, but of course I digress......

    The following year the released "Strung Out In Heaven", not a real favorite of mine either, at least lacking the life of some of the earlier discs......highlights are "Wasting Away" and the single "Love".....not bad but not essential.

    Something of a comeback, IMO, is 2001's "Bravery, Repitition, and Noise", which is an under-appreciated effort I think, good tracks such as "Open Heart Surgery" and "If I Love You?" remind us that this really IS one of the era's better "Modern Psych" bands.

    "And This Is Our Music" was released in 2003, I have debated this albuma  bit, I know some hate it's psuedo folk/psych, I don't know, I kind of like it......come on, "Prozac vs. Heroin"? "You Look Great When I'm Fucked Up"?  I like the album, maybe you don't, but I think it's one of their better efforts. As I said, many do not agree.

    And speaking of which, along comes "My Bloody Underground" (2008), which I happen to think is
    great......highly experimental, the sound owes a lot to My Bloody Valentine and The Velvet Underground (duh) as well as The Jesus and Mary Chain, and I find it's noisy psych rock wonderfully innovative and refreshing........if you've not heard it, please experience "We Are the Niggers of the World", "Black Hole Symphony" and LOTS more, uncharacteristic of myself to pick a effort so late in the career of a band as my fave, but this may just be an exception......AND< I'm sure some people hate this one too.

    They have released a handful of EP's, only one of which I happen to have (sorry, can anyone help with the others? I am also lacking the post-"Bloody" issues), 2009's "Smoking Acid".....it's here as well.......I hope this paints a DECENT picture of a band I like but don't love, I would bet they are the type of band that has some really cool rarities in the closet, so if anyone has anything to fill in the gaps here, NOW is the time to share!

    GIVE IT BACK!-01 Super-Sonic/02 This Is Why You love Me/03 Satellite/04 Malela/05 Salaam/06 Whoever You Are/07 Sue/08 (You Better Love Me) Before I Am Gone/09 Not If You Were the Last Dandy On Earth/10 #1 Hit Jam/11 Servo/12 The Devil may Care (Mom & Dad Don't)/13 Thier Satanic Majesties Second Request (Enrique's Dream)

    STRUNG OUT IN HEAVEN-01 Going to Hell/02 Let's Pretend It's Summer/03 Wasting Away/04 Jennifer/05 Got My Eye On You/06 Nothing To lose/07 Love/08 Maybe Tomorrow/09 Spun/10 I've Been Waiting/11 Dawn/12 Lantern/13 Wisdom

    BRAVERY, REPITITION AND NOISE-01 Just For Today/02 Telegram/03 Stolen/04 Open Heart Surgery/05 Nevertheless/06 Sailor/07 You have Been Disconnected/08 Leave Nothing For Sancho/09 Let Me Stand Next To Your Flower/10 If I Love You?/11 (I Love You) Always/12 If I Love You? (New European Gold Secret Babylonian Brotherhood Cinema Mix)

    AND THIS IS OUR MUSIC-01 The Wrong Way/02 Introesque/03 Starcleaner/04 Here To Go/05
    When Jokers Attack/06 Prozac vs. Heroin/07 Geezers/08 Maryanne/09 You Look Great hen I'm Fucked Up/10 Here It Comes/11 What Did You Say?/12 Prozac Vs Heroin Revisited/13 A New Low In Getting High/14 Some Things Go Without Saying/15 Tschuss/16 The Pregnancy Test/17 The Right Way

    MY BLOODY UNDERGROUND-Bring Me the Head of Paul McCartney on Heather Mill's Wooden Peg (Dropping Bombs on the White House)/02 Infinite Wisdom Tooth/My last Night in Bed With You/03 Who Fucking Pissed In My Well/04 We Are the Niggers of the World/05 Who Cares Why?/06 Yeah-Yeah/07 Golden Frost/08 Just Like Kicking Jesus/09 Ljosmyndir/10 Auto-matic-Faggot for the People/11 Dark-Wave-Driver/Big Drill Car/12 Monkey Powder/13 Black Hole Symphony

    SMOKING ACID EP-01 The Serious Matter/02 I Alvaru Talaau/03 Tempo 116.7  (Reaching For Dangerous Levels of Sobriety)/04 Tempo 116.7 (Clean Sobriety Beats)/05 Super Fucked


    Links Will be up in a bit, tomorrow morning at the latest.

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    (Scott)-This one is pretty amazing, Jonder has done cover version-albums TWICE of the Stooges
    great second album "Funhouse"........you have been enjoying these, my own 18-year old is (supposedly) working on a covers-only version of the Pixie's "Surfer Rosa" (did I raise him right or what?), but he's taking his good ol' 18-year-old time doing it.......anyway, layoff looms soon for me, and I plan on doing a few of these myself on some of my favorite albums, I doubt, however, that they will be as great as those already submitted........please keep them coming.

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    THIS AIN'T NO FUNHOUSE - a homemade covers compilation

    01. DOWN ON THE STREET - Pig Destroyer/ 02. LOOSE - Buick MacKane/ 03. TV EYE - Radio Birdman, 04. DIRT - Neneh Cherry and The Thing/ 05. 1970 - Monster Magnet/ 06. NO FUN (HOUSE) - Sour Jazz/ 07. FUNHOUSE - Red Giant/ 08. FREAK (TAKE 2) - The Stooges

    Funhouse is IMHO one of the greatest rock albums ever recorded. I compiled a Funhouse covers album about ten years ago for another blog, and have updated it for my friends here at Grow Bored with some more recent finds, such as Red Giant's passionate take on the title track, and Pig Destroyer's pummelling "Down On The Street". I also found a real surprise: Neneh Cherry singing "Dirt" with The Thing, a group of Swedish jazz musicians who got together to play the music of Neneh's father, Don Cherry.

    Buick MacKane was a short-lived band formed by Alejandro Escovedo shortly after the breakup of the True Believers. This mach speed live performance of "TV Eye" by Radio Birdman incorporates lyrics from the Chocolate Watchband and briefly segues into "Looking At You" by the MC5. Dave Wyndorf changes a few words in Monster Magnet's version of "1970" but redeems himself with his wah-wah wizardry.

    "No Fun (House)" isn't exactly a cover, but Sour Jazz borrows the "Funhouse" bassline and some Iggy-inspired vocals The song is excerpted from the Sour Jazz album "Lost For Life". With "LA Blues" I had the same question that Brian faced with the Velvets'"The Gift" -- who would cover it? "Freak" was the Stooges' original title for "LA Blues", and this alternate take is from The Complete Funhouse Sessions. The Stooges reportedly claimed that "LA Blues" was a Nico cover!

    Other than "LA Blues", I found so many good covers that I did another set.

    AIN'T NO MORE FUNHOUSE

    01. DOWN ON THE STREET - The Ridiculous Trio/ 02. LOOSE - The Blake Babies/ 03. TV EYE - Scott Morgan's Powertrane 04. O.D. CATASTROPHE - Spacemen 3/ 05. DIRT - Ec8or/ 06. 1970 - Flesh For Lulu/ 07. FUNHOUSE - Steve Mackay, Mike Watt & Estel/ 08. TV EYE - John Zorn and Yamatsuka Eye

    The Ridiculous Trio exclusively performs Stooges covers on trombone, tuba and drums. Hear more archive.org/details/Plays_The_Stooges-2680 and at slovenly.bandcamp.com/album/ridiculous-trio-tv-eye-b-w-not-right-ep
    Ridiculous Trio at

    Juliana Hatfield sings "Loose" with the Blake Babies and samples of Iggy's voice. "TV Eye" is a live version with Ron Asheton on lead guitar, Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman) on rhythm, and Detroit legend Scott Morgan on vocals. Spacemen 3 essentially rewrote "TV Eye" as "O.D. Catastrophe". "Dirt" is performed by the digital hardcore duo Ec8or, and Flesh For Lulu tear it up on a live "1970".

    Steve Mackay, who played sax on the original Funhouse album, revisits the title tune with Irish band Estel, and Mike Watt sits in on bass. Mackay died last month, and singer/guitarist Nick Marsh from Flesh For Lulu also died this year. Rest in peace, all you Funhouse Stooges: Steve Mackay, Ron and Scott Asheton, and Dave Alexander.

    Again, what to do about "LA Blues"? This time I substituted a chaotic "TV Eye" performed by Boredoms' vocalist Yamatsuka Eye and avant-garde saxophonist John Zorn, as it seemed to match the spirit of Mackay's sax damage and Iggy's wordless howls in "LA Blues".

    https://mega.nz/#!aVwFlZIQ!OyicL7QTyQPJj5suYlxWzAliSNAroRwH67GDCW9Etj8

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    (Scott)-Great huh? Even includes a few of my fave bands such as Monster Magnet and Spacemen 3......also a generous dose of off-the-wall stuff...........great contribution

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  • 11/06/15--14:50: Blodwyn Pig
  • Generally when I venture back to the turn of the 70's it's for some of that great heavy-psych that was
    turned out and unappreciated at that time......this is a bit different. Blodwyn Pig were formed by Mick Abrahams who left Jethro Tull after one-album......thier sound? Somewhat Tull-ish, blusier, with somewhat less-than great vocals for the most part. With thier sax/flute stuff they turn out a fairly memorable jazz/prog/blues blend for a pair of albums.

    "Ahead Rings Out", the debut, is a good effort, ahead of it's time, I'd have preferred it rocked a bit more, but still completely interesting. "Dear Jill" was the single from the album, and there are other decent tracks such as "It's Only Love" and "Modern Alchemist".

    The follow up, "Getting to This", is more of the same, basically, highlighted in my opinion by the long, multi-part "San Francisco Sketches"......if you liked "Ahead", you'll like this as well, if not, likely not......

    And I do have one more, "Basement Tapes 1969-74", featuring the original crew (they reunited or reformed or something in the 1990's and I don't care), a collection of BBC recordings from the era, with good versions of "Modern Alchemist" and "It's Only Love", also some tunes that didn't make the albums.

    I got a few more I might do over the weekend, for now, let me know about this semi-forgotten band.

    AHEAD RINGS OUT-01 It's Only Love/02 Dear Jill/03 Sing Me a Song That I Know/04 The

    Modern Alchemist/05 Up and Coming/06 Leave It With Me/07 The Change Song/08 Backwash/09 Ain't Ya Coming Home Babe?

    GETTING TO THIS-01 Drive Me/02 Variations on Nainos/03 See My Way/04 Long Bomb Blues/05 The Squirrling Must Go On/06 San Francisco Sketches a) Beach Scape b) Fisherman's Wharf c)Telegraph Hill d) Close the Door I'm Falling Out of the Room/07 Worry/08 Toys/09 To Rassman/10 Send Your Son To Die

    BASEMENT TAPES-01 The Modern Alchemist/02 Mr Green's Blues/03 It's Only Love/04 See My Way/05 Blues of a Dunstable Truck Driving Man/06 Baby Girl/07 The Leaving Song/08 I Know/09 It's Only Love (Live)/10 See My Way(Live)/11 Blues of a Dunstaable Truck Driving Man (Live)/12 Hound Dog/13 Drive Me


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