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    (Scott)-Sorry having just a bit of trouble with the Blodwyn Pig links, they should be up soon, in the
    meantime let Brian tell ya what he's been working on of late:

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    Glad to see the Halloween post went over well. And hey, if you haven't hit all the Dylan Covers volumes yet, give 'em some more love. Ok, enough plugging... I wanted to make a post that combined music and comedy, and this is definitely it. Like my other comedy stuff, I gotta be vague with names because I'm paranoid about that now.

    If you don't know Stan, chances are you've heard his material if your musical knowledge extends back past 1980. Heavily involved in radio, commercials, and TV, not to mention fantastic albums, Stan was unique. He had a gift for parody, and was a great arranger. He also had a hand in some Looney Tunes classics: he played Big Baby Bear in the Bugs Bunny shorts, and also performed the song for "The Three Little Bops". Look that one up on YouTube...


    ("PRESENTS THE UNITED STATES" picture)
    When I was a kid, my mom and I took a trip by car from Ohio to Connecticut. All we had to listen to - especially in the barren radio land of Pennsylvania - was a tape she had of Stan's album "Presents the United States Of America". Outside of Python, I'd never heard historical figures skewered like this! The album covers from Columbus up to the Revolution. He completely took the piss out of people who were still heroes at that time - Washington is an arrogant jackass, Ben Franklin is an idea-stealing old fart, Betsy Ross is an overworked old seamstress. This is a funny album, and very unique for a comedy record from the early 60's. This is so much a part of my musical DNA, I can't recommend it enough.


    This one is the rare gem. This box set came out in 1999, and has been out of print for a looonngg time! It covers the vital parts of his career. And since he didn't do albums very much - he mainly did singles - this presents stuff not readily available otherwise. Some of the best musical parodies evermade are on here. If you want to know where Weird Al came from, you'll find the answer.

    One of Stan's best situations was to have the comedy come from the musicians working in the studio, i.e. Elvis ripping his pants, the bongo player having a problem with the loud singer on "Day-O", the piano player hating the one note he plays over and over on "The Great Pretender"...it's just a classic setup. You'll also find this situation during the "Yankee Doodle" track on United States. And if you've ever sat through an episode of Lawrence Welk, "W'unerful W'unerful" will crack you up!

    Stan admittedly had a problem with the then-growing Rock and Roll scene in the 50's (he was a jazz lover), and he skewers it brilliantly on versions of "Heartbreak Hotel", "Sh' Boom", "Day-O", and "The Great Pretender". And his take on the 50's radio payola scandal is priceless!

    This is originally a 4 disc set, but the library copy I found didn't have the 4th disc, which was made up mostly of ads and latter-day songs. So, I don't have the disc 4 tracks at all, sorry. Everything else is prime material, though.

    As an extra goody, I've included a zip containing all the radio shows Stan did for one season on CBS in 1958. The same wit and musical pizzazz from his albums is present in the show. And that last episode is priceless - they knew they were getting cancelled and decided to have fun with it.

    I haven't seen this material out here in blog land, so go ahead and grab all this. And since Stan died back in April, I don't feel bad about putting this stuff up. And that box set is rare, and it shouldn't be, since his 50's comps like "Original Cast" and "Child's Garden Of Freberg" have never been reissued on CD.


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  • 11/07/15--12:41: Judy Nylon and Crucial
  • Here's a lessser-known semi-gem from 1982, "Pal Judy" from Judy Nylon and Crucial.....some above average, creative dub/reggae rock from a pretty much TOTALLY forgotten band.....This one is worth your while, if you're a fan of the reggae-rock sound of the early 80's......a good one, trust me.

    01 Information Rain/02 Dateline Miami/03 Live In a Lift/04 Jailhouse Rock/05 Trial By Fire/06 Sleepless Night/07 Others/08 The Dice/09 Room Without a View

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  • 11/07/15--13:42: White Lightning
  • Surprised I haven't put this one up before but I don't think I have.......excellent comp of White Lightning tracks from 1968-69, White Lightning were formed by Zippy Caplan after he left the (also great) Litter.....it'd be great if I had the original pressings, but I don't, and this really just abaout says it all for this band. Heavy, Cream-like rock n roll, from that late great era of hard pscyh that we are JUST NOW beginning to appreciate. Generally operating as a trio, White Lightning were guitarist Caplan, bassist Woody Woodrich, and drummer Mickey Stanhope......fans of hard rock of the 1968-72 era (one of MY faves) will thrill to this, check out "Bogged Down" and "(Under the Screaming Double) Eagle", then check the rest, this mother rocks and you know I'd never steer you wrong on the great hard psych of that era......this is a winner

    STRIKES TWICE-01 Prelude to Opus IV (Version 1)/02 (Under the Screaming Double) Eagle/03 Born Too Rich/04 Coming Down/05 Borrowed and Blue/06 Bogged Down/07 Let Me Feel It Too/08 Only Love/09 Age (Version 1)/10 Fantasy Days (Version 1)/11 No Time For Love/12 William Tell/13 Prelude to Opus IV (Version 2)/14 Freedom/15 Groundhog/16 1930/17 Just Let the World Roll On By/18 Before My Time/19 Age (Version 2)/20 Fantasy Days (Version 2).

    This is a good one.

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    Years back I posted a big slew of New York Dolls rarities, thought I had all the demo sets, but this one is new to me........"Private World, The Complete Early Studio Demos 1972/73" is one that I was unaware of, at least packaged like this, two discs.....some of the recordings have probably turned up on some of my other comps, but there is some stuff here I had not heard before.

    Basically, these are the tracks on the first two Dolls albums, done in various New York Recording studios......the tracks will be familiar for the most part, but these sludgy versions are quite pleasant to behold.......pretty sure my previous Dolls-Ultra rarities post is long gone, might even have been pre-zippyshare, but here's one I'm happy to discover and pass on.

    DISC 1-01 Bad Girl/02 Looking For a Kiss/03 Don't Start Me Talkin'/04 Don't Mess With Cupid/05 Human Being/06 Personality Crisis/07 Pills/08 Jet Boy/09 Frankenstien/10 Personality Crisis/11 Looking For a Kiss/12 Bad Girl/13 Subway Train/14 Seven Day Weekend/15 Frankenstien/16 Who Are the Mystery Girl/17 (There's Gonna Be A) Showdown/18 Back In the USA

    DISC 2-01 Endless Party/02 Jet Boy/03 It's Too Late (False Start)/04 It's Too Late (Full Version)/05 Bad Detective/06 Lonely Planet Boy/07 Subway Train/08 Private World/09 Trash/10 Human Being/11 Don't Start Me Talking/12 Hoochie Coochie Man/13 Give Her a Great Big Kiss/14 Vietnamese Baby/15 Babylon/16 Bad Girl/17 Pills/18 Personality Crisis

    Happy to find this gem, hope ya like it!

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  • 11/09/15--18:33: Rockabilly Rebels
  • While I am not a HUGE rockabilly fan, I do enjoy it in the same way that I enjoy punk or gangsta
    rap, even the nazi stuff I occasionally post, as it is/was music that threatens/scares people......a long time ago I posted the four disc classic "Rockin Bones", I think the best rockabilly comp of them all, and I've dabbled in some Wanda Jackson/Collins Kids and some others.

    Anyway, I found this one in outer space, apparently an internet creation from some unknown rockabilly lover....there's a lot of pretty standard stuff here, but also some stuff I had not heard before (keep in mind that I am NO expert in the field by any means).

    Disc 1 contains a couple of Elvis Presely tracks, who I DO NOT love, but these are pretty good, but great shit from Brenda Lee, Hank Mizell, and Sleepy LaBeef, among others, set the tone for what is a really enjoyable set, even if, you, like me, are not an expert on this stuff.

    Elvis turns up on disc 2 as well, but Carl Perkins basically steals the show with three great tracks, although the three Johnny Burnette tracks are pretty damn good as well. Also good stuff I hadn't heard before from Dean Beard With the Crew Cats, Graham Fenton, Don Cole, and others......expand your horizons, metal-heads, this is good stuff.

    Finally Disc 3......more Carl Perkins, more Johnny Burnette, plus Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and lots more.........I really enjoyed listening to this one on the commute (down/back) today, I think that if you are not genre-locked this might be something you might enjoy........if not, TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT, as you know my middle name is "Variety" (actually, it's "Michael", but whatever)...

    DISC 1-01 BILL FLAGG-I'm So Lonely/02 BRENDA LEE-Bigelow 6-2000/03 CHARLIE
    FEATHERS-One Hand Loose/04 CURTIS GORDON-Mobile Alabama/05 DON WOODY-Barking Up the Wrong Tree/06 ELVIS PRESELY-Mystery Train/07 ELVIS PRESELY-That's Alright/08 GLEN GLENN-One Cup of Coffee/09 HAL HARRIS-Jitterbop Baby/10 HANK MIZELL-Jungle Rock/11 HUELYN DUVALL-Comin' Or Goin'/12 JACKIE WALKER-Only Teenagers Allowed/13 JOE CLAY-Ducktail/14 JOHNNY GARNER-Didi Didi/15 JOHNNY RESTIVO-The Shape I'm In/16 LEW WILLIAMS-Abracadabra/17 PAT CUPP-Do Me No Wrong/18 REX ALLEN-Knock Knock Rattle/19 ROY HALL-Blue Suede Shoes/20 SLEEPY LABEEF-Little Bit More/21 TERRY NOLAND-Ten Little Women/22 VARIOUS-Pink Cadillac/23 VARIOUS-Pretty Bad Blues/24 VINCE TAYLOR-Brand New Cadillac/25 WEBB PIERCE-Teenage Boogie

    DISC 2-01 AL COKER-Don't Go Baby/02 CARL MANN-Pretend/03 CARL PERKINS-Boppin' the Blues/04 CARL PERKINS-Matchbox/05 CHARLIE FEATHERS-Tongue Tied Jill/06 DEAN BEARD WITH THE CREW CATS-Rakin' and Scrapin'/07 DON COLE-Snake Eyed Mama/08 DON WOODY-Bird Dog/09 ELVIS PRESELY-Blue Moon of Kentucky/10 FRIEDRICH GULDA-Chopin Ballad #2/11 GENE VINCENT-Bluejean Bop/12 GRAHAM FENTON-Rockabilly Rebel/13 HAL HARRIS-I Don't Know When/14 HUELYN DUVALL-Friday Night on a Dollar Bill/15 JACK SCOTT-Leroy/16 JIMMY STEWART & HIS NIGHTHAWKS-Nothin' But a Nuthin'/17 JOHNNY BURNETTE-All By Myself/18 JOHNNY BURNETTE-Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee/19 JOHNNY BURNETTE-Rock Billy Boogie/20 MOON MULLICAN-Moon's Rock/21 RICKY NELSON-Stood Up/22 RONNIE SMITH-Long Time No Love/23 ROY DUKE-Behave, Be Quiet, or Begone/24 THE STRIKES-If You Can't Rock Me/25 TOMMY SPURLIN-Hang Loose

    DISC 3-01 BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS-Two Hound Dogs/02 CARL PERKINS-Honey Don't/03
    CONWAY TWITTY-Rockhouse/04 EDDIE BONDS-Flip Flop Mama/05 EDDIE COCHRANE-Skinny Jim/06 GENE HENSLEE-Dig'n And Datin'/07 GENE MALTAIS-Crazy Baby/08 GENE VINCENT-Be-Bop-A-Lula/09 HANK THOMPSON-Rockin' In the Congo/10 HOYT STEVENS-'55 Chevy/11 JAY BLUE-Get Off My back/12 JERRY LEE LEWIS-Mean Woman Blues/13 JOE CLAY-Sixteen Chicks/14 JOHNNY BURNETTE-Sweet Love On My Mind/15 JOHNNY GARNER-Kiss Me Sweet/16 LEW WILLIAMS-Bop Bop A Doo Bop/17 MERLE KILGORE-Everybody Needs a Little Lovin'/18 ROCKIN' SAINTS-Cheat On Me Baby/19 ROY HALL-Three Alley Cats/20 ROY ORBISON-Ooby Dooby/21 SONNY BURGESS-Ain't Got a Thing/22 VARIOUS-Rockin' Rollin' Stone/23 WARREN SMITH-Rock N Roll Ruby/24 WAYNE RANEY-Shake Baby Shake/25 WELDON ROGERS-So Long, Good Luck, and Goodbye

    I think this is a fine collection, as I am ALWAYS interested in genres that I enjoy but am not really expert in (not that I'm "expert" in ANYTHING)...........I like this set quite a bit, please leave comments if you do as well.

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  • 11/10/15--18:55: Afraid of Mice
  • A one-album "wonder" from the UK, 1981, this is a real gem and a total period piece........guessing a lot of you might be unfamiliar with this one, it's really QUITE good when taken as an artifact of the particular time/place......

    Afraid of Mice were Phillip Franz Jones (vocals, flute, sax, keyboard), Geoff Kelly (bass, vocals), Roddie Gillard (guitar), and Clive Gee (drums)......the sound is COMPLETELY and DELICIOUSLY dated English 1980's new wave,  not one a whole lot of people remember, but including some good material such as "Popstar", "I'm On Fire", and "Intercontinental", actually, the whole disc is pretty damn good, give it a shot.......comments on this please, honest to God, I had forgotten about these lads, but for whatever reason I thought of this album today, drug it out, and, yeaaaaah.......


    AFRAID OF MICE-01 Popstar/02 Fool of Myself/03 Video Queen/04 I'm On Fire/05 Intercontinental/06 The Important Man/07 Taking It Easy/08 Bad News/09 Politicians/10 After Eight/11 I'm Not a Fighter/12 I Will Wait



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  • 11/12/15--14:42: Mighty Baby
  • This is a really good one, and hopefully rare enough that it's worth it even if not your thing....British
    somewhat folkish psychedelia, Mighty Baby were a really out-there crew, who rose from the ashes of The Action.....the real gem here is the self titled debut......if you've heard it, you know it's pretty good, BUT likely you've heard the CD re-issue with the bonus tracks and Action tracks and all....wish I had it BUT IMO what I have is BETTER, a goddamn VINYL rip of the original, actually from dear departed Dad's vinyl stash......the vinyl edition of this is quite rare, and sounds a HELL of a lot better than the digital versions I've heard........they were highly influenced, despite thier UK origins, by the San Francisco psych sounds of the same era (Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, perhaps).....perhaps the highlight is the highly complicated "A Friend You Know But Never See", which I personally would take over ANYTHING the Grateful Dead ever did, and there are other very, very good tracks here ("Egyptian Tomb", "A Point Between Fate and Destiny"......I highly recommend this, in particular in this vinyl-ripped version, you will love it!

    Now, thier next release (NOT a vinyl rip), "A Jug of Love", is quite different, in my estimation not nearly as good. Members of the band had adopted religion (Islam, I think, or some other Eastern religion) and it REALLY shows in the record....nonetheless, the instrumentation, in particular the guitar and piano, are quite good, and there have been worse songs of this type than "Virgin Spring" or "Tasting the Life"......this was originally created from a FLAC file, so accordingly has to be split......such is life.

    Finally we have "Live From the Attic". Released years later, (2009, I think), is a found tape, evidently from a NY show in support of one of my all time favorite bands, Love.....MUCH different from the studio efforts, with long, experimental, improvisational tracks, notably "Now You See It" and "Now You Don't"......Grateful-Dead like jamming, not really a favorite of mine, but kind of a cool curiosity.

    OK, if it were me, I'd jump all over the vinyl rip of the debut, trust me, and then if the other two efforts sound appealing, dive in......the debut is one any psych fan ought to have, the rest is open to personal taste. Please comment, I know that I, at least, don't see these on the net everyday.

    MIGHTY BABY-01 Egyptian Tomb/02 A Friend You know But Never See/03 I've Been Down So
    Long/04 Same Way With the Sun/05 House Without Windows/06 Trials of a City/07 I'm From the Country/08 A Point Between Fate and Destiny

    A JUG OF LOVE-01 A Jug of Love/02 The Happiest man in the Carnival/03 Keep On Jugging/04 Virgin Spring/05 Tasting the Life/06 Slipstreams/07 Devils Whisper/08 Virgin Spring (single version)/09 Messages/10 Ancient Traveller

    LIVE IN THE ATTIC-01 Now You See Me/02 Now You Don't/03 A Blanket in My Muesik

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  • 11/14/15--13:13: AC DC BBC Sessions 1976-79
  • I was NEVER a "huge" AC-DC fan, I did however enjoy them much more in the pre-death-of-Bon Scott era........Brian asked if I have any Bon-era boots, I thought I might, but I don't seem to find anything he doesn't already have, save MAYBE this......it's a good BBC Session, with music from 1976-79......frantic versions of some of thier older stuff, I think it does draw the line between the two singers, they do miss out on my fave of the era "Riff Raff".......anyway, if Brian already has this, perhaps you don't, and maybe my friend Alan, who has seen these guys TWELVE times (!) might need this one too....I actually saw them once, maybe 1978 or so and no one can say they don't bring the noise live, but TWELVE TIMES? I don't think I've seen anybody FOUR times.........wow just a lotta times, I guess......see whatcha think, more stuff later or tomorrow......


    AC-DC BBC SESSIONS 1976-79-01 Live Wire/02 It's a Long Way To the Top/03 Soul Stripper/04 High Voltage/05 Live Wire/06 Shot Down In Flames/07 Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be/08 Sin City/09 Walk All Over You/10 The Jack/11 Highway to Hell/12 Girl's Got Rythem/13 High Voltage/14 If You Want Blood (You've Got It)/15 Let There Be Rock

    Comments? Not exactly the normal post for the Big Man.......again, to show ya that ANYTHING goes here, whatever YOU want I will try to find it for ya.......I'll check the web, Brian, and see if I can find some shows of that era......stay tuned!

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  • 11/16/15--07:27: Brian Goes RETRO!
  • (SCOTT)-Well, Brian has come up with another intriguing post, I love the material and so will you, but of superior importance, allow me to say Vikings 7-2.......VIKINGS 7-2........VVVVVIKKKKIIINGGGGGS & 7-2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Scott's rockabilly post a week ago inspired me....that's what the blog could use: a good 'ol shot of 50's Badassery! It's a genre I've been immersing myself in the last few years, and it's all but disappeared from the airwaves, so some people might need a good primer of 50's youth music. I don't just say "rock and roll"...it's more than that.


     
    First off, I'll give you the box set Scott mentioned, the fantastic Rockin' Bones. Put out by Rhino, this box is a hell of a collection. Full of names both known and unknown, it's four discs stuffed to the gills with two-minute burners. I won't dissect the whole set, just know that you need it and it's out of print. So crank it, comb your ducktail, and don't forget your switchblade!

     
    In the middle of the whole Rockin'Bones set, you heard Link Wray's "Rumble". So, here's some more of him. For me, Link was the best guitarist in rock back then. While someone like Duane Eddy - who's no slouch - would have hits with that wide-open prairie feel, Link was steeped in hill music, honky tonk, and some damn filthy blues. And he was influential in that he would let the electricity of the guitar speak for itself. He'd let power chords just ring out. Dig the man.

     
    Now, on the true lunatic fringe of rockabilly, we have Hasil Adkins. A pioneer in the DIY one-man-band aesthetic, he cut records on his own for years, and languished in (maybe deserved) obscurity until dying in a four-wheeler accident. There is nothing more hillbilly than that! Imagine Jandek doing Carl Perkins...and a lot of the songs are about chicken. This is the true origin of psychobilly, kids.

     
    On the sweeter side of things, here's a great compilation of Roy Orbison's. With that voice, he's the king of rock and roll heartbreak for me. Many classics here: "Running Scared", "Leah", the stunning "In Dreams", and the whole set closes out with the snarl of "Oh, Pretty Woman". This one is a must.

    OK, it's time to blacken things up a bit around here. Cuz remember, rock and roll wasn't just built by white boys....

     
    Jumping back a little bit, we have a taste of doo wop. People forget that before the advent of rock and roll, doo wop was the predominant teen music of the early 50's. Anyway, this is Disc 1 of the Volume 2 box set put out by Rhino. The reason why I picked this one is that it has one of my favorites - a damned funky tune - "Smokey Joe's Cafe". I defy you to listen to that one and not clap your hands along! Lots of other greats too.
     

    When people say how rock and roll came from the blues, this is the kind of blues they're talking about - the honking and shouting, dance-all-nite kind of jump blues that evolved out of the 40's. Some songs were famously covered by rock and rollers, like "Hound Dog" and "Shake, Rattle, and Roll". Check it out, stomp your feet, and shout along! There is an energy to this music that is truly eternal.

     

    Ever since I was little, when I think of early rock and roll, I think of Little Richard. A pompadoured, mascara-wearing madman hollering from behind a piano. For me, he embodies that beautiful, rebellious caterwaul that scared parents way back then. A bunch of classics on here you already know. And if you listen in context, you can hear how Lil' Rich came out of the jump blues thing, but I can hear him saying "I'm so big, I don't need a big band!"
     
    And now we get down in the muck - the Goo Goo Muck if you will - with the Dark Lord of true rhythm & blues, Screamin' Jay Hawkins. A madman who did far-out shit onstage decades before Alice or Rob Zombie, he was also an amazing singer, with a versatile baritone. This CD is from his period on Okeh in the late 50's. Contains unhinged classics like "I Put A Spell On You", "Frenzy", the stomping swamp blues of "Alligator Wine", and the schizophrenic "There's Something Wrong With You". He also does some quite moving tracks, like "I Love Paris" and "Orange Colored Sky". Really, you're welcome for this one.
    Ok, that's it for now...a good slab of old school stuff. Sorry I don't have any comedy to go with it. Maybe listen to some of the Stan Freberg in context now. Hey, anybody remember that Jennifer Warnes CD I had up months ago? It was fairly popular. Well, I'm gonna repost it soon, along with an anthology I'm putting together that is the fruit of a recent obsession. So, stay tuned...









     

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  • 11/17/15--14:06: Savage Resurrection
  • The Savage Resurrection - The Savage Resurrection 1968Another forgotten psych gem, touching on the San Francisco scene again (ala Mighty Baby the other day).....Savage Resurrection was formed by guitarist Randy Hammon (who was 16 years old at the time of this album's release, more youthful even than his contemporary, Iron Butterfly's Eric Brann), singer Bill Harper, guitarist John Palmer, bassist Steve Lage and drummer Jeff Meyer.

    Overall this is no "classic", but an enjoyable enough chunk of late 60's acid stuff that it merits remembering....typical of the time/place, features a little psycho-guitar, some eastern-influenced stuff, and of course the requisite then-hip-now-hilarious lyrics and song titles ("Thing In E", "Fox Is Sick", both of which, by the way, are pretty fair tracks).

    Every now and again, one of these psych albums pops into my mind, I wonder who remembers this one......my Dad used to play this one, thought I had a vinyl rip but can't find it, so you'll have to settle for a digital version of this one.....pretty good album, if you're a fan of the psych of this era.

    SAVAGE RESURRECTION-01 Thing In E/02 Every Little Song/03 Talking To You/04 Tahitian Melody/05 Jammin'/06 Fox Is Sick/07 Someone's Changing/08 Remlap's Cave Part 2/09 Appeal to the Happy/10 Expectations/11 Thing In E 2/12 Tahitian Melody 2/13 River Deep Mountain High

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  • 11/17/15--18:03: A Punk Rock Sampler
  • I found this on Pirate Bay, thought I'd pass it along as it's one good comp, homemade obviously (YAY more
    music in alphabetical order!), but it does contain some damn interesting and more rarely-comped tunes than most on-line punk anthologies.......let me hit a highlight or two, it's really quite impressive how few layups/obvious selections are here.

    Agnostic Front, for example, are given a couple tracks here, it's kind of unusual that they are comped......Crass are practically NEVER comped, they turn up here with "Bloody Revolutions", a great representation of Crass' unique stylings. Oh, hell, what else.....Cro-Mags, DRI, Dummy, The Exploited ("Fuck the USA"), are rarely comped.....LOTS of good stuff here that is not the stuff that turns up on every collection, although, there are a few that are GOOD but readilly available, such as Bikini Kill's "Rebel Girl", The Dickies "Paranoid" (an absolute classic for my money), and Sham 69's great "Borstal Breakout"......great tracks, all, but commonly heard on comps.

    But, for the most part, the unusual/outstanding tracks dominate this set. "Tube Disasters" by Flux of Pink Indians certainly is not comped all that often. GG Alin, of all people, turns up with "Bite It You Scum".  There are THREE great tracks from Naked Raygun's fab "Throb Throb" album, which I imagine I have posted here at some point or another (I'll check, if I haven't I should have), my Ohio homies New Bomb Turks contribute a couple of efforts, Reagan Youth, The Partisians, The Wretched Ones, and Total Chaos all contribute fab tracks, and, if you like what I've touched on, browse the track list, there is some damn GREAT shit here, quite obviously a labor of love if I've ever seen one.

    This is another FLAC file, it BARELY exceeded the 200 mb Zippyshare limit, sorry, it has to be in two parts
    (the second one is TINY)......OK, this is a fine piece of work that someone who obviously loves the genre has put together, program it however you wish, but there is some FANTASTIC stuff here that you will want to have/hear if you are a fan of the fantastic punk of the 1970's-80's, and if you aren't, why are you here?

    A PUNK ROCK SAMPLER-01 4 SKINS-Plastic Gangster/02 7 SECONDS-Walk Together, Rock Together/03 ADOLESCENTS-Amobea/04 ADOLESCENTS-Wrecking Crew/05 AGNOSTIC FRONT-Final War/06 AGNOSTIC FRONT- No One Rules/07 BAD BRAINS-Banned In DC/08 BAD RELIGION-Into the Night/09 BHOPAL STIFFS-Too Many Things/10 BIKINI GIRL-Rebel Girl/11 BLANKS 77-Spirit of 77/12 BOLLWEEVILS-I Lied/13 COCKNEY REJECTS-Oi! Oi! Oi!/14 CRASS-Bloody Revolutions/15 CRO-MAGS-Don't Tread On Me/16 CRO-MAGS-We Gotta Know/17 DESCENDENTS-Hope/18 DRI-Money Stinks/19 DRI-Violent Pacification/20 DROPKICK MURPHYS-Walk Away/21 DUMMY-What Do I Know/22 DYS-Escape/23 DYS-Wolfpack/24
    EFFIGIES-Body Bag/25 EXPLOITED-Fuck the USA/26 FLUX OF PINK INDIANS-Tube Disasters/27 FUGAZI-Waiting Room/28 GBH-Give Me Fire/29 GG ALIN-Bite It You Scum/30 GOB-Na Na. Blah Blah, Fuck You/31 KRAUT-All Twisted/32 KRAUT-Matinee/33 MAD CADDIES-SOS/34 MDC-John Wayne Was a Nazi//35 NAKED RAYGUN-Metastasis/36 NAKED RAYGUN-Rat Patrol/37 NAKED RAYGUN-Surf Combat/38 NEW BOMB TURKS-Mr. Suit/39 NEW BOMB TURKS-Summer Romance/40 NIBLICK HENBANE-Roommate/41 PAILHEAD-I Will Refuse/42 PEGBOY-Strong Reaction/43 PEGBOY-Through My Fingers/44 REAGAN YOUTH-Degenerated/45 RUDIMENTARY PENI- Sacrifice/46 SCREECHING WEASEL-I Wanna Be a Homosexual/47 SHAM 69-Borstal Breakout/48 SOCIAL DISTORTION-Mommy's Little Monster/49 SOCIAL DISTORTION-When She
    Begins/50 STIFFS INC-Blown Away Baby/51 SUBHUMANS-Mickey Mouse Is Dead/52 SUICIDAL TENDENCIES-Saw Your Mommy/53 THE BRONX-Heart Attack America/54 THE BUISNESS-Suburban Rebels/55 THE DICKIES-Gigantor/56 THE DICKIES-Paranoid/57 THE EXPLOITED-Dogs of War/58 THE GERMS-Lexicon Devil/59 THE PARTISIANS-Police Story/60 THE VANDALS-My Girlfriend's Dead/61 THE WRETCHED ONES-Johnny Burnout/62 THE WRETCHED ONES-Oi! Rodgers/63  TOTAL CHAOS-Babylon/64 TSOL-Richard Hung Himself/65 UK SUBS-Another Typical City/66 VICE SQUAD-Last Rockers

    I assume some of you will LOVFE this, others maybe not as much, whatever, we strive for variety and blah blah......comment should you desire, but enjoy this set, it's a REAL labor of love (from SOMEONE).....



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  • 11/18/15--15:11: Eagles of Death Metal
  • A good band reintroduced to us in less than favorable circumstances, Eagles of Death Metal were performing last week in Paris at the sight of the ISIS attacks......first time I'd heard thier name in a while, Eagles of Death metal are/were basically a flosting conglommeration of various stoner scene vets, unified by QOTSA's Josh Homme......anyway, good enough time as any to feature them here. BTW, These lads have NOTHING to do with "death metal"......the name is more  a stab at the "band" The Eagles, actually.....

    "Peace Love and Death Metal" was released in 2004, it contains a lot of stoner-scene guests, such as my love Brody Dalle and Mark Oliveri, some good tracks on here, "Miss Alissa" and "I Only Want You" are decent (ahem) "Stoner-pop"......

    Next came "Death By Sexy", similar format, lots of guest appearances....."I Gotta Feelin'" and "I Want You So Hard" standout, not so much the "bonus" cover versions that are tacked on the end of the disc........you be the judge!

    Finally we have "Heart On", another similar collection, featuring "Wannabe In LA" and some other decent moments, who would have guessed that this crew would release three albums, decentones at that........I understand they have a recent release "Zipper Down" which I have not heard or found.....anyone wanna hook a brother up?

    And since I love you all so much, I have perhaps the DEFINITIVE Eagles of Death Metal recording, 2003's "Live at Slims".......nice and grungy, a lot of early versions of the tracks on the first album......note to dabblers, if I were to seek out only ONE album here, the live effort would be it......trust me?

    A badcircumstance for thrusting Eagles of Death metal back into the spotlight, but perhaps one tiney iota of good can come amidst the tragedy, if I can introduce them to a new fan or two. I hope so, we need to salvage SOMETHING good from a tragic situation.

    PEACE LOVE AND DEATH METAL-01 I Only Want You/02 Speaking In Tongues/03 So Easy/04 Flames Go Higher/05 Bad Dream Mama/06 English Girl/07 Stacks o' Money/08 Midnight Creeper/09 Stuck In the Metal/10 Already Died/11 Kiss the Devil/12 Whorehoppin' (Shit, Goddamn)/13 San Berdoo Sunburn/14 Wastin My Time/15 Miss Alissa/16 Miss Sanders/17 Just Nineteen

    DEATH BY SEXY-01 I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News)/02 I Got a Feelin (Just Nineteen)/03 Cherry Cola/04 I Like to Move in the Night/05 Solid Gold/06 Don't Speak (I Came to Make a BANG!)/07 Keep Your Head Up/08 The Ballad of Queen Bee and Baby Duck/09 Poor Doggie/10 Chase the Devil/11 Eagles Goth/12 Shasta Beast/13 Bag O Mirales/14 Nasty Notion/15 Beat On the Brat/16 Addicted to love/17 High Voltage Rock n Roll
     
    HEART ON-01 Anything 'Cept the Truth/02 Wannabe In LA/03 (I Used to Couldn't Dance) Tight Pants/04 High Voltage/05 Secret Plans/06 Now I'm a Fool/07 Heart On/08 Cheap Thrills/09 How Can a Man With Som Many Friends Feel So All Alone/10 Solo Flights/11 Prissy Prancin/12 I'm Your Torpedo
     
    LIVE AT SLIMS-01 Intro/02 Bad Dream Mama/03 Kiss the Devil (Who Will)/04 So Easy/05 Wastin My Time/06 English Girl/07 Already Died/08 Stuck In the Metal With You/09 Miss Reprezentin (Miss Alissa)/10 Whorehoppin/11 Speaking In Tongues/12 I Only Want You

    Good stuff here, check it out, but all the while keep in mind the victims of the attack......as I said before, if a tiny smidgen of good comes from this tragedy, could it be that a few of you discover that Eagles of Death Metal really were a good, solid, humorous, novelty rock band........hope you enjoy em!





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  • 11/19/15--16:53: A Metal Tribute to ABBA
  • You know whenever I stumble across something like this, "A Metal Tribute to ABBA", I'm posting
    it, no matter how stellar or awful it is....in this case I just found it today so I can't offer up a review or opinion (rarely do I post unheard albums, but of course I AM "mr variety/My OWN MAN!"......

    OK, the obsession that people have had with ABBA over the decades has been one that was WAAAAY over my head, obviously some (many) enjoy some of thier stuff......I remember the singles from my youth well, "Waterloo", "SOS", and "Dancing Queen" come most readilly to mind, and I'll always remember that classic Halloween episode of "Community" in which the school was overtaken by horrific ABBA "music"......

    Anyway, long LONG ago I posted "Gabba", it is SOOOOO great, ABBA tunes done up Ramones-style, I doubt the link is still up, you can check for yourself.......but it's a hilarious mess, and I am willing to bet this one is as well.

    Look, if ABBA is your thing, 1) why are you here?, and 2) have you NO sense of humor?....I mean its GREAT that the band maintains it's status of classic 1970's kitsch, that can be bowlderized by modern day bands, who DO have a sense of humor.......most bands just become forgotten, "Your name goes hot, then your heart get cold", to quote Ian Hunter, but what happens NEXT, is your NAME gets cold, too......at least ABBA lives on, and if my band could live on simply for bands of other genres to take on thier material, well, hell, I'd be damn proud of that!

    Got a dandy for tomorrow, a guest post from a long time contributor who is going to tell us A LOT
    about one of his "obsessions"......wait and see, but it's a GOOD post, I've read it and listened to some of the music, it's not exactly the kind of stuff that I usualy post, but as you know "ANYTHING goes here, ESPECIALLY if it is something you are passionate about (no problem this case, trust me)......ANYTHING you want to send me and share with the world, PLEASE PLEASE do.....this is the way we will inform each other of cool music in the future, may as well get used to it......and, is it REALLY so bad? I think not.........

    A METAL TRIBUTE TO ABBA-01 THERION-Summer Night City/02 METALIUM-Thank You For the Music/03 SINERGY-Gimme Gimme Gimme/04 AT VANCE-Money Money Money/05 MORGAN LEFAY-Voulez Vouz/06 PARADOX-SOS/07 ROUGH SILK-Take a Chance On Me/08 SPIRAL TOWER-Chiquitita/09 SARGEANT EAGLE-Eagle/10 FLOWING TEARS-One of Us/11 NATION-Waterloo/12 CUSTARD-Super Trouper/13 TAD MORSE-Knowing Me Knowing You/14 GLOW-Dancing Queen

    OK, this one is RIGHT UP MY ALLEY, and I assume it will be for some of the minions as well.......and hey, if you DON'T like it, remember that I am trying for VARIETY, and no matter what you say I AM SUCCEEDING!

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    The otherday someone (Brian to be specific) asked about ancient AC-DC recordings, I didn't have a
    lot, just a BBC session that he may or may not have already had....but in that post I also mentionedmy friend Alan, who is an AC DC obsessive (Seen them 12 times) and he promised to share a couple of rarities with us.......this is his first contribution, and I know that at least I have not heard it....

    The Marcus Hook Roll Band gave us the album "Tales of Old Granddad" in 1973......this is the Young brothers, Angus and Malcolm, of course later of AC-DC fame, also guitarist George Young (relationship, unsure), sax wailer Alex Young (ditto), bassist Freddie Smith, and drummer Ian Campbell........hey I NEVER said this was a GREAT album, but with the interest that has always existed with this band (AC-DC, I mean), any rarity submitted is almost as good as double coupons at Kroger-day.

    Although there are only some slim fragments of what would become AC DC songs later, one can certainly hear the roots of what was coming.......this isn't bad, it's nothing if not interesting, and I hope it is a new fid for some of ya.......my buddy Alan will be TOTALLY pissed (I had to explain to him how to RAR/share, etc), if you hosers ignore it,so do me a fave and check this out.....hell, maybe it's a good one?......I found it to be listenable, at least, and, for what more can we ask?


    Here it is.......for those about to rock.......FIRE!........I guess so.......


    MARCUS HOOK ROLL BAND-TALES OF OLD GRANDDAD-01 Natural Man/02 Louisiana
    lady/03 Shot In the Head/04 Can't Stand the Heat/05 Godbye Jane/06 Quick Reaction/07 The People and the Power/08 Red Revolution/09 Cry For Me/10 Silver SHoes and Strawberry Wine/11 Watch Her Do It Now/12 Ape Man

    REALLY like to hear comments on this one....NEVER  ahuge AC-DC fan, but certainly DID enjoy at least, thier most obnoxious material..........this is the bare/raw bones of what would eventually sell millions of albums (gag) and begat stuff like "Highway to Hell" and "Hells Bells"........gosh don't you just love life sometimes?




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    (SCOTT)-OK, not really going to have a lot to add to this one myself, once you read it you'll see
    why......this is an obvious labor of love here, and I'll leave it to you to see if you agree or not. I know (personally) that a LOT of work went into this, and I've listened to most of it, and it's quite good. Please check it out and report back, of course, opinions/comments are always welcome.  There'll be some stuff from me later tonight and tomorrow (HUGE football weekend for an Ohio State/Minnesota Vikings fan for certain), but for now, let THIS one digest.....Brian really went all out on this one, please appreciate and comment should you be inclined
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    Ok, be warned of a few things. First: This might be the most words ever put down in one place about Jennifer Warnes. I have always loved this woman's music and voice, so my enthusiasm will be loud and verbose, but please give it a read. I've put together a compilation, and it needs some explaining. And sorry in advance for all the emphasis with italics. It's my way. Second: this post touches on pop and country music of the 70's/80's. Way back when, pop music used to be made for people over 13, too... Anyway, if you feel you may be too hip for this party, please grab your Vampire Weekend albums and split... But if you wanna learn about an astonishingly talented singer and her journeys in and out of popular music since the 60's, read on...

    As I mentioned in my last post here, I'm reposting the Reprise album Jennifer from 1972. It was one of my post popular downloads before Rust Belt Outpost got shut down (sigh), so clearly people liked it and/or were looking for it. This post of the album will be an upgrade: it's ripped @320kps from my 2013 Japanese import CD I recently bought. It's a stellar album, so download it from me and if you like it, please buy your own copy. It's a miracle it got reissued after 40 years. Do a search with her name and "Growing Bored" if you wanna read the original post I did. Keep in mind though, those links are dead. Now on to the lady in question and the anthology I've assembled....

    Jennifer Warnes can be different things to different people. Scott remembers when she was a solo talent on the fringe of country and pop music in the 70's, but by the time I was a kid hearing songs in the 80's, she was the gal who did the movie song duets. Now, those two songs - "Up Where We Belong" and  "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" - were two of the biggest songs of the 80's, and they hooked me when I was little. And yes, I loved Dirty Dancing and pop music as a boy, OK? If anyone has something to say about that, I'll put on Slayer's Reign In Blood or some Jandek and we'll talk music street cred all night....
    Jennifer doesn't get much notice in rock/pop history, and I think I know why. She wasn't known really as a singer-songwriter like Joni Mitchell, but more a singer who was always excellent and reliable behind a microphone. She did a lot of session work...she's even somewhere on The Bootleg Series 1-3. And with the deluge of female singer-songwriters in the 70's (Carole King, Joni, Emmylou Harris, Carly Simon, Judy Collins) who all had something to "say" - yawn - she got lost in the shuffle, or maybe just dismissed as a pop singer. But to me it doesn't matter that she didn't write all of it - it's about what feelings come across in the songs and what she does with her voice. That voice was one of the first I ever associated with women in song. I was 6 in 1983 when I first heard her, and to me that became what a female pop singer should sound like: warm, vulnerable, but with a strength of feeling, and not octave-warblingIf angels do sing, they sound like Jennifer Warnes....

    I'll try to condense her history from Wiki as we go along. Instead of putting 41 track names in a list amidst all this other text, I'll tell you that every song I mention is on this anthology. Settle in....
    She was a child prodigy. She grew up singing in church. Offered a recording contract at seven years old. Father turns it down. Offered a scholarship to college at 17 singing opera. She turns it down. Gets involved in the booming California folk/cabaret scene. She then lands a contract with a London Records subsidiary in '67. Around the same time, she joined the cast of The Smothers Brothers Show. This was about the hippest place to be on TV in the late 60's. Also around that time, she was the female lead in a long-running L.A. production of the musical Hair.  

    Now one thing might be apparent about her early years after you listen to all of this and if you watch the videos. It seems like the powers that be - whether on record or on TV - wanted to put her raw talent into a kind of blonde hippie ingenue mold, like Petula Clark or something. That's just my sense of it. There was back and forth with her name, too... managers changed it from Warnes to Warren, then found out there was another Jennifer Warren. At one point, she went just by the name "Jennifer". She released two albums on Parrot Records in 1967 and 1968. 

     
     
     
     
    And they didn't sell. They may be a bit dated, but they shouldn't be dismissed out of hand. You can still hear her in there. I picked out some good tracks from both Just Jennifer and See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me. From the first album I've included "It's Hard To Love A Poet", "I Want To Meander In the Meadow", and "Sunny Day Blue". They're all definitely pop songs of that Summer Of Love era, but I like the huskily girlish voice she sings in. She was 20 or 21 when she released this album.

    As you might guess from the second album title, she covers "We're Not Gonna Take It" from Tommy. Be warned: it's got these annoyingly loud horn parts after the intro (why do people always add extra crap to Tommy songs?). Despite this, check out her vocal. It is just startlingly raw and earnest....it sounds like she's about to blow the tape heads apart! Another great song she covers here is Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues". If I would've known of it, it woulda replaced Judy Collins' version in my Dylan covers post. She sings it with so much soul...it's one of the best Dylan covers of the late 60's, and that's saying something! She also does "Let the Sunshine In" from Hair, with the apocalyptic verses missing from the 5th Dimension version intact. I think it's really good, and I've never been able to stand that song. Having played the female lead in Hair onstage so many times, she really belts it out! I've also included her take on the French song "Tell Me Again I Love Thee". While it's really different from the other tracks here, it shows why she was offered that opera scholarship.

    After getting dropped by her label Parrot, she met Leonard Cohen in 1971, and they've been good friends and collaborators since. She toured with him in '72 (check the video section), sang on several of his albums over the years, and did a Cohen album of her own. But more on that later.

    In 1972, she signed to Reprise and released her third album Jennifer, which I mentioned earlier and posted before. And for the first time she used her real name on an LP. I love every track on this album, but don't want to over-represent it since I'm giving it to you separately as well. It's haunting, it's sensual, it's an absolute masterpiece that got forgotten for 40 years. You don't just forget an album this good, and one that also is produced by John Cale! I've never heard him interviewed about producing this (it's always about The Stooges or The Modern Lovers)... I think it'd be an interesting story. To represent Jennifer in the anthology I've picked my three favorite tracks: the dramatic "Sand and Foam", the sexy and soulful "Be My Friend" (Isaac Hayes look out!), and the beautifully melodious pop of "Needle and Thread". This is her greatest album; it makes no concessions to a musical scene, it's really diverse, and for me it's utterly timeless.

    And it didn't sell either! She was dropped by Reprise and the album was deleted from their catalog by 1974. She found work as a vocal arranger and guest singer on other artists' albums, and didn't release another album until '77. But I found a good song from this time....on March 3, 1975, she reappeared on The Smothers Brothers show. That night she performed "Brand New Start/If You Could See Through My Eyes" solo at the piano. It's a stunningly beautiful version of the songs - her singing is sublime. If you also look on YouTube, you can see a clip from that episode where they all square danced at the end of a skit. It's cute. 

    By 1977, things were picking up. She released her album Jennifer Warnes on Arista, containing her first true hit, "Right Time Of the Night". It was a big pop and country hit (hah, and Taylor Swift acts like she's the first). "Right Time" is on here, and I've included four other great songs from the album. She covers the Rolling Stones amazingly ("Shine A Light") and Nazareth (a better-than-the-original "Love Hurts"). "Don't Lead Me On" is a great straight country tune. "Round and Round" is a very dramatic sad song, with maybe her most heart-wrenching singing of the 70's. And I find "I'm Dreaming" utterly beautiful: one of those perfectly sad Quiet Storm brand of pop love songs they don't make anymore... This album has never seen CD, hence a few of the vinyl sounds on "Round and Round".
    In 1978, she did a duet with Eagles songwriter Jack Tempchin, his original version of "Peaceful Easy Feeling". It's a great duet; her harmony parts are gorgeous. She then recorded a duet with Steve Gillette called "Lost The Good Thing We Had". It's a sad song, but a good one. Then in 1979, she performed on Leonard Cohen's album Recent Songs. I pulled their duet "The Smokey Life" off of that. They really  complement each other vocally.

    She kept things going with her next album Shot Through The Heart. The title track is a great tune that has a really complex hook. "I Know A Heartache When I See One" is an even better pop song than "Right Time..." was. Judging by her history with labels and management, I'm sure "Don't Make Me Over" is more than a little bit autobiographical. "Tell Me Just One More Time" is great, Steely Dan-ish pop. "You Remember Me" is another dramatic, Jim Steinman-esque sad road song. And check out the close-harmony acapella "Hard Times"....O Brother, Where Art Thou? fans should like it. Remember, she was a vocal arranger on the side...and she was good at it. One thing about Jennifer... her Arista albums are not easily classifiable: elements of country, rock, soul, pop, and bluegrass weave in and out. They really are unique.

    Also in '79, Jennifer recorded her first song for a movie, "It Goes Like It Goes" from Norma Rae. It went on to win an Oscar. Maybe unexpectedly, the path of movie songs opened up to her. She next did "One More Hour" - written by Randy Newman - for the 1981 film Ragtime. A beautiful, almost-waltz ballad. I then pulled "The Direction You Take" from a 1982 Kazu Matsui album. While it is standard early 80's fusion-pop, it is a nice ballad, and it's one of the last times on record you hear her hit those high, girlish notes. She was 34 at the time.

    Now comes her 80's hits. The ballad "Up Where We Belong" with Joe Cocker was huge. I wanted to put a performance version here, so I went looking. Most of the live versions from the period (The Oscars, Top Of the Pops, German TV) were lacking something - the arrangement would be weak or Joe's voice would be off. So I ultimately found a great version from a Belgian concert they did in '92. I'll talk about it more in the video section.

    1987/88 was a watershed year for Jennifer, when the world couldn't help but notice her. She released both the Cohen tribute album Famous Blue Raincoat and the smash  hit "I've Had the Time Of My Life" from Dirty Dancing. I remember back then: you could not escape that song, especially if you were anywhere near a girl with a stereo in 1988. That single went platinum back when that still meant something. Don't go in thinking all her songs sound like this one, though... big misconception. And instead of dropping the shiny original single in this mix, I've included a live version from Top Of the Pops. I know it's an instrumental backing track, but it's live and she and Bill Medley are actually singing the harmony that well. Pros don't need "Pro Tools", you know what I mean? 
    Famous Blue Raincoat has been well regarded ever since it came out, and any Leonard Cohen fan should have it. It's like the warmer female flip side to his album I'm Your Man. I didn't want to only just copy the album versions over, though. "Song Of Bernadette" is from an '88 Smothers Brothers TV appearance (a little hiss, but a great version) and "Joan of Arc" is from the same Belgian 1992 concert as the song with Joe Cocker. It is, quite simply, transcendent. Her voice was made for that "La La La" melody. It's her definitive version, even though it's not a duet with Leonard like on the album. "Famous Blue Raincoat", "Bird On A Wire", and the heartbreakingly stark "Ballad Of the Runaway Horse" are both presented in their original studio versions. Want the whole album? Go buy the 20th anniversary edition. I did. Support the artist, man....

    I'm fascinated by the period of time around her 1992 album The Hunter. By her mid-40's, Jennifer's voice had matured into an expressive, warm instrument. Just listen to the simple, bouncing pop of "Somewhere, Somebody" (presented here in a live version with Max Carl) or the bucolic, hazy beauty of "Lights Of Louisianne". (God, if Neil Young woulda had Jennifer's number in '92, Harvest Moon would've been much better album.) From The Hunter I've also included the devastating ballad "Pretending To Care". Tori Amos fans, you'll dig it.

    Nine years passed until her next album, the self-released The Well in 2001. It's also her last record to date. With no pressure to be or sell anything, she made a subtle, beautiful record. "You Don't Know Me" is a beautiful jazz song...turns out it's a genre she sounds great in. "The Panther" is a moody, indescribable tune. Great stuff going on in the background there. The last song included from the album is a version of Tom Wait's "Invitation To The Blues". It's a great song, and makes me wish she would cover more Waits someday.
    But I don't know when that'll happen. At 68, Jennifer still plays ocassionally - places like McCabe's, or going on a small Canadian tour in 2011. And according to an update on her site, she has an album somewhere in the works. It's hard to find interview material, from any time period. All I could scare up is a 8 minute NPR sound clip from 2002 and a text interview from 2011. Anyway, here's my creation.....
     
     
     
     
     
    A few things about this monster (2 Discs, 42 tracks)...first, grab the cover image from here. It might not be on the files. Also, in real life Jennifer could never have a comprehensive collection like this... her multiple label associations make that impossible. And her two most well known songs haven't been on an album of her own. And yes, this is a bit obsessive, but it is designed for good listening. There's actually stuff that isn't here, like some movie tracks that have dated really bad...anybody remember the songs from The Twilight Zone Movie or Blind Date? Thought not. The REAL kicker with this comp (and this is important) is that I've sequenced it in reverse chronological order, starting with songs from The Well. I was inspired this way by Roxy Music's Greatest Hits. Trust me, it'll make no more sense to you the other way. I just like it like this: she gets younger as you listen. Call it wish fulfillment, I guess. And it allowed me to close out with the power of "We're Not Gonna Take It", just like on Tommy.
    And if anyone is mad that the original singles of the movie songs aren't here, you can go grab those MP3s inside of two minutes; you don't need me for that. I wanted you to hear her performing...

     
     
     
     
     
     
    THE VIDEOS:

    As an extra, I've provided one file of videos that help flesh out her history, as well as show some cool performances. Please check it out. Actually seeing her sing shows you one thing: she was never fake onstage. There's no artifice, there's just the singer and how they connect people with the song. And if she's singing with someone, she's completely attentive to what they're doing...that's why all the duets. And in these old clips she's captivating to watch - well, to me at least. Her simple beauty (which reminds me of a pretty small-town schoolteacher) melds with the pure lilt of her singing voice. It makes you wanna just hold her. Yeah, I do have a bad crush on a singer from way back... shut up...

    The videos start with her time on the Smothers Brothers. She was a cast member doing songs and skits, but now and again she'd get a music showcase where she'd sing a song solo. One thing should be said - she sang devastatingly good live on television, which couldn't be said of everyone in the late 60's. The first clip is her singing "Help Me Make It Through The Night" on the Smothers Brothers, going by just the name "Jennifer"While I admit they overdo the golden gauze look, talk about raw talent! Next is her singing "Easy To Be Hard" (from Hair), which was on her second album. Even standing out amidst the audience, she sings with vulnerability and power at the same time. And check out that last "No" that ends the song; she's impressive

    From her time touring with Leonard Cohen in '72, I've included a clip from a BBC film of them performing "Sisters Of Mercy" live. She's a spectral figure behind Cohenhidden in a black turtleneck....all blonde hair and glasses, cooing harmony over his shoulder. It's hypnotic

    I love the clip of "Brand New Start" from the Smothers Brothers in '75. She's vulnerable, earnest, and - cue crush again - absolutely beautiful. I dig shy, pretty girls with glasses, OK... even with hot comb bangs. And though Tommy Smothers introductory joke is lame, it's sweet to see that the friendship with the Brothers was helpful, especially during those lean years after Jennifer failed. This is a great performance. ONE NOTE: if you watch this video on a single speaker system - like maybe your phone - it may sound like nothing's there. If you have stereo or headphones, it's fine. Same with the audio track in the compilation. It was unavoidable.
    Big Scott has talked about Jennifer's SNL performance of "Right Time Of the Night", but I could only find it through iTunes. Can't transfer it over. Instead, I've included a rockier, kinda sexier version from The Midnight Special in '77 (I was a few months away from being born). She sings good, looks great, and seems like she's having fun with her first hit. I love the moment where she kinda draws inside herself and stumbles just a little during that "I'll be cool, you be kind" bridge before coming back out all smiles. The girl wasn't fake. And it was during the year of stuff like the Bee Gees and disco, so God bless her for being genuine... oh, and Goofy 70's Backup Singers Alert!!!!
    The next clip is the Top Of the Pops "Time Of My Life" performance in 88. They're having fun with it. Don't be a hater. Then I have a TV performance of "First We Take Manhattan" from Famous Blue Raincoat. Yes, it's very 80's, but it's still cool...and yeah, that's Stevie Ray Vaughan you see in the video. Then there's a Smothers Brothers 20th anniversary appearance singing "Song Of Bernadette". She sings it beautifully, and there's a nice embrace from the Brothers at the end. Brings things full circle I think.

     
     
     
     
     
    Then comes the TV performance of "Somewhere, Somebody" that was the source for the track on the comp. She and Max Carl have a great rapport, and that live bass sound and the bridge she sings around 1:25 are worth that little bit of VHS hiss. From the CBS This Morning show promoting The Hunter in 1992And from TNN around the same time there's a clip of her singing "Lights Of Lousianne". At 45, she still looked lovely singing...

    Next are the two performances from the Belgian concert in '92. "Joan Of Arc" is amazing to watch: she stands there, completely at ease in front of an full orchestra and a big audience...dressed simply, with a mane of red hair and red gloves on her hands, slowly raising them as if in prayer as she sings the first "la la la"s.....

     
    She sings nothing but that melody for the last two and a half minutes of the song, and believe me, you won't mind. This might be the best single performance of her career.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    The performance of "Up Where We Belong" is great because they're backed by a full orchestra and not a tape for once. And watch their body language; she's looking attentively, following Joe, and as they sing the first chorus, Jennifer can tell she's not loud enough. Joe makes a tiny gesture as if to say "we're steaming ahead..." She then starts building in volume as the song goes, and by the end she and Cocker are ripping their hearts out on the choruses. He makes her laugh at one point; it's very sweet and genuine. Like I said, no artifice. And she keeps throwing him these looks like "Damn, we're doing it!", and Joe does this tiny shrug, as if to say "going good, kid..." It's a joy to watch, and she is just a powerhouse. They both were.
     
    And the well (no pun intended) dries up from there. As for recent things, I've included a fan video of her singing "Song Of Bernadette" in 2009. It cuts out right before the end, sorry. On YouTube you can find a vid of her and Joe singing "Up Where..." on a German awards show sometime before he died last year. Joe looked rough, but she can still hit some of those notes.
    That's it. If you made it this far, thank you. I had to get this all out. Check her out if you haven't. Jennifer is an amazing singer with a long and varied career that not many people know of. I find her unclassifiable. And if some of this is country, country music don't sound this good or pure nowadays. And above all that, she seems like a genuinely good soul. Here's to hoping there will be something new in the future....I'll listen.

    And there is a comedy bonus for weathering that mountain of text.... People may not remember David Brenner. He was a big comic on TV in the 70's and early 80's. I remember seeing him on Carson a lot. I picked this because it's a unique album: a mixture of standup, sound effects, and monologues...it's like a comedy concept record about his youth in Philadelphia, and it's really funny. Comedy Minions, Go!!!!



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  • 11/20/15--16:40: Best of Nordland

  • Feel like stirring some shit up, haven't done so in a while.......my mind was sparked by a "comment" I
    recieved today from someone who just tripped over one of my old "Nazi Rock" posts that you folks love so much.......this comment was something like (paraphrasing) :"Yeah preach it bro! White Power!".......Uhh, yeah, OK....

    I DO NOT, as I have explained many times, post Nazi-rock bands/skinhead bands/racist bands because I agree with thier ideology......I post them because I am GLAD that I live in a country where people are ALLOWED to be racists, and NOT have thier thoughts censured.....it's rare that someone understands this, and I'm THRILLED when someone DOES absorb the message completely, but I must admit I get a laugh or three out of comments like the above, as well as comments preaching at me that I should not acknowledge that this stuff even exists......I always counter that with where were you when I was posting Rage Against the machine, or Crass, or Le Tigre, or Tom Robinson Band, or any of 100 OTHER "hateful" LEFTIST bands I have posted.......I ask, again, are only persons of the liberal/leftist persuasion "allowed" to be hateful? NEVER ONCE has anyone answered this, in general they prefer just to call me names and then disappear.

    The album in question here, "Best of Nordland", is pretty decent AS THESE THINGS GO, meaning if you are 100% DOWN on this type of music, likely you aren't going to like this one, and maybe you will even bitch about my posting of it......have at it, nothing wrong with an adult discussion on the topic, name-calling, however is another matter, so please check yourself.

    As for the album: well, if one were a FAN of this type of thing, I would say they'd probably enjoy this one a good bit......No Remorse checks in with "Farewell Ian Stuart", an almost embarassing ode to the late Skrewdriver vocalist. Involved Patriots "Three Years of Winter" is a fairly interesting track that I hadn't heard before. Garrison present a couple of fairly good punk/anger stompers, and the finale is from Svastika, whom were featured here in full-post mode a while back.


    OK, it'll never sink in to some, but once again......I enjoy that rock n roll scares/threatens some
    people.....punk, rockabilly, gangsta rap, and a few others (incuding this stuff) SCARE people......and THAT is rock n roll.....it's personal shit, it's supposed to scare your parents, your girlfriend, annoying holier-than-thou liberals etc......at the end of the day, it's generic, second line punk, with hateful/racist lyrics to draw in the target "audience"......I personally, "get" exactly what they are doing, the people who will complain about my posting AS WELL AS anyone making "White Power" comments in regards to it, well, they are opposite sides of the same coin......they simply don't get it.

    I will continue from time to time to post these, not because I really enjoy them that much, but because they stir thought/debate/arguement......a few of you (happens every time) will "never read my blog again"......you will be missed, what can I say.

    This costs you nothing, check it out and see what you think.......perhaps you will HATE it. Great. At least, though, you will have HEARD it, rather than just making unfounded criticisms in the dark......ready,aim,fire guys, I am ready for the usual "hater" comments and the like, but the point remains, this IS rock n roll, and that is what I attempt to explore each time I make a post here.

    BEST OF NORLAND-01 KRAFTSCHLAG-Norwind/02 NO REMORSE-Farewel Ian Stuart/03 TOTENKOPF-Stand Proud/04 KINDRED SPIRIT-For You/05 FREIKORPS-Schwarz-Reis-Rot/06 INVOLVED PATRIOTS-Three Years Of Winter/07 RAHOWA-The Rain Will Come Again/08 DIVISION S-A Twisted Tale From/09 SQUADRON-Final Salute/10 VOICE-Fallen hero/11 GARRISON-Pushed to the Limit/12 KRAFTSCHLAG-Sechs Jahre/13 MAX RESIST-Maximum Resistance/14 NO REMORSE-Play the Winning Hand/15 KRAFTSCHLAG-Leif Der Wikinger/16 GARRISON-Have a Drink With Me/17 SVASTIKA-Alliance

    There it is, fire away, I can take it......it IS rock n roll.......is it GREAT rock n roll? Nope, but not everything needs to be. It's loud and crude and attempts to be intimidating. It's listenable, at least once. Just remember, if you are going to criticize me for putting this up (completely your right), examine your own thoughts and wonder why you gave it not a thought when I have posted the aforementioned "hateful" leftists?

    That said, BigScott loves you all, really, just like to start shit really. Please, go see "The Hunger
    Games: Mockingjay part 2" this weekend, and report back.....I have LOVED the Hunger Games series, the novels as well as the films, both REALLY right up my alley, plus Jennifer Lawerence has that NICE BIG ASS, mmmmmmmmmmm........gonna go see it tomorrow myself, but if you've been here any length of time you will know of my love for distopian fiction........what a weekend? Ohio State vs Michigan State, Minnesota vs Green Bay, AND the fucking Hunger Games.........and with layoff looming in the air for me, HOW COULD LIFE GE ANY BETTER? (I've always loved winter and it's coming up fast!)

    Maybe something else tonight, certainly tomorrow, more stuff from da Big Boy.......I'm in  a posting mood.........TELL me what ya want, OR better yet, create/contribute someting like my great friends Brian, Cliff, Jonder, Apantabapanta (MIA?) Dave Sez, Psychlist, and everyone else who has helped over the years to make this scene what it's been, I can't tell you all enough how much it's appreciated.


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  • 11/20/15--17:52: Titus Andronicus
  • I've been quite taken with this band since I first heard em, that they have not developed more of a
    following is kind of a mystery to me.......they have what it takes.

    Titus Andronicus is vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stickles, drummer Eric Harm, bassist Julian Veronesi, guitarist Adam Reich, guitarist Jonah Maurer, and keyboardist Elio DeLuca.....they hail from New Jersey, and, as for the sounds of the now half-over decade of the "2010's", they have really cranked out the noisy rock n roll, in an era in which noisy rock n roll findings are like striking oil in your backyard......you'd THINK they'd be more well known, more "in your face" than they are......instead they turn out some blistering noise rock, and if you are not familiar with them, become so, great hard rock n roll bands are a relative scarcity in this era,,,,,,and here is one.

    The debut album "The Airing of Grievances", is a very minor classic from 2008, it was one of the top albums of that year....the sound is somewhat akin to........Kelhaul? A Place to Bury Strangers?......somewhere around there. I love this disjointed, incoherrent rock n roll noise/mess, for me this album will, I think, be MUCH more appreciated in the future than it is now (often I say that, I'll be dead before I'm proved right/wrong, so I may as well act as though I know of what I speak.)

    2010 saw the release of album #2, "The Monitor". It follows up on the concepts of the debut and builds on them, it's MY favorite effort that they've churned out (although, if you're a noise-rock fan, I'd say these are ALL essential. for whatever THAT is worth).......this a FINE album, perhaps 2010's best, with the great leadoff number "A More Perfect Union" and many other freaked-out gems ala "Titus Andronicus Forver" and "Theme From Cheers" (!)....a must hear, and a totally underrated album, unless I missed something (always a possibility)

    Album #3, from 2012, is "Local Buisness"......a step backwards, but only IMO, as I know people who love it......WAAAAY more stripped down than the other two, but again, this is a good, solid, interesting, and hard ROCKING band that deserved a better follwoing than I suspect the have/had. Personally (don't have it in front of me), but I would consider it one of the top 10 of IT'S year of release (2012), it's a fine listen all the way through, as are the others......you will do yourself a favor if you get turned on to THESE guys, they are really awesome and you will LOVE them.

    They also have a 2015 album ("The Most Lamentable Tragedy") which I don't have and havenot heard.....obviously the best thing would be for someone to share a copy with then rest of us, should one of you have one. 

    These albums flat out rock........all three (suspend judgement om #4 til I hear it).......if you love hard
    rock, metal, fuzz rock, noize rock, and flatout feedback assaults, PLE$ASE, PLEASE don't miss this tremendously underappreciated and blazing, smoking hard rock band......each decade has its overlooked great bands that are not appreciated until they are anthologized 20 years later. Perhaps Titus Andronicus will be that band, right now, to these ears, they are THAT good.

    THE AIRING OF GRIEVANCES-01 Fear and Loathing In Mahwah, NJ/02 My Time Outside the Womb/03 Joset of Nazerat'sBlues/04Arms Against Atrophy/05 Upon Viewing Brughel's "Landscape With the Fall of Icarus"/06 Titus Andronicus/07 No Future Part One/08o Future Part Two/09 Albert Camus

    THE MONITOR-01 A More Perfect Union/02 Titus Andronicus Forever/03 No Future Part Three-Escape From No Future/04 Richard II/05 A Pot In Which To Piss/06 Four Score and Seven/07 Theme From "Cheers"/08 To Old Friends and New/09 ....And Ever/10 The Battle of Hampton Roads

    LOCAL BUISNESS-01 Ecce Homo/02 Still Life With Hot Duece On Silver Platter/03 Upon Viewing Oregon's Landscape With the Flood of Detritus/04 Food Fight!/05 My Eating Disorder/06 Titus Andronicus vs the Absurd Univers (3rd Round KO)/07 In a Big City/08 In A Small Body/09 (I Am the) Electric Man/10 I Tried to Quit Smoking


    I feel so weird, posting thetse guys, trying to expose them a bit, when, in my estimation, they should already be big stars......someday or another, there will once again be a market for skull-shattering rock n roll......my hope is that Titus Andronecus is still at it at that point, because they are great.....imagine had they turned up in 1976 or in 1994, just as examples....the trends were right and they'd have been mega-stars......life, quite simply, is unfair to a lot of us.

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    Hello, I've been a bit sporadic in  my posting of late, understand that while I am still working full
    time with a three hour round trip commute each day ( layoff should come in 2-3 weeks, can hardly wait), my wife, son, and  I opened a Hickory Farms store at the mall for the holidays and I've been working there a bit as well (see? I truly AM a money grubbing capitalist, no arguing that I guess).  Plus, of course, it IS football season, enough said.....

    However, what I wish to discuss here are some recent comments regarding "The Best of Norland" compilation which I posted recently.......I can't help myself, I would post ANYTHING that would puss people off, because, well, it's fun. Among the comments, there has been some good discussion from blog-friend jonder and another anonymous contributor, both who make their points well and in an adult manner, and some cry-baby, name-calling gibberish from a different anonymous reader........THAT, along with the " YEAH WHITE POWER BRO" comments I've gotten on previous, similar posts, are really what I love because they show how moronic some people can be.

    Ok, let me play this out simply.....I agree with, basically NOTHING, in the nazi/skin philosophy......you call it "hateful", you are correct.......but to say that Rage Against the Machine, for example, ISNT ALSO "hateful" is insane.....at no time did I attempt to compare them, nor, give an opinion as to which is "worse", the fact is RATM were supporters of terrorist organization Shining Path, and released stuff like "Bullet in the head"......sounds hateful to me......I deliberately leave my personal feelings out of this stuff for the most part, but it never fails to amaze me when NO ONE complains about leftists who have equally, in my opinion, looney theories about stuff.....and I mean NEVER A WORD, and if you check, I've posted FAR more left wing stuff than Nazi stuff......not even close.

    I'm trying to explain myself.....I post this stuff (ANY of it) NOT because it's good music (necessarily) or because I agree/disagree with any of it, but because: 1) it's for the most part unusual, 2) I freely admit I do love to offend/piss people off, and 3) because it's my blog and I will do anything I damn well please.....don't listen to it, if you don't want to, BUT IF YOU DONT, please don't offer up your uninformed criticism, you simply, imo, cannot evaluate an album you HAVENT HEARD......I just can't see it.

    Lol, I will tell you one thing that DOES offend and annoy me....that would be organized religion.....but if someone submits some Christian rock, or maybe even some fire and brimstone gospel stuff, I will GLADLY post it, for the controversy factor, and in the hope that some clueless numerous will insist I am some type of religious fanatic or something......hey, sue me I ENJOY it when my fellow humans sound stupid.....character flaw, I guess.....hell, I once posted an album by CHARLES FUCKING MANSON and no one said shit. It's a curiosity, as are albums by artists of any (IMO, again) whacked-out political view.....


    It's up to YOU to decide if the right wing stuff or the left wing stuff is "worse"......I have not and do
    not, at least for the most part, reveal my political beliefs on this blog......that's not what it's here for.....BUT when some tool tells me that I "shouldn't" post Nazi-rock THAT HE HASNT EVEN LISTENED TO, it only GUARENTEEES that I will be posting more of it from time to time....I love both the intelligent discussion as well as (more, actually) the moronic, hiss fit posters who either HATE this stuff, or LOVE it, too an extreme degree.....

    I am happy to post ANYTHING ANY one of you submits, satanic stuff, Christian stuff, racist stuff ( black OR white), gay stuff, ANTI gay stuff.....ANY FUCKING THING.......THATS what we are about here, NOT trumpeting MY personal beliefs.....but, to ALL.....please keep the comments coming......and PLEASE submit ANY damn thing you think would be interesting, my history clearly shows I WILL POST IT.

    Now, just for fun, here is something I WAS NOT planning on posting right now, but JUST FOR Mr. Anonymous Tough Guy, who vowed that he WILL NOT stop visiting here (check his comment), here is a personal gift to YOU.....the SIX DISC "White Pride World Wide" set......yes, it's the same lame-ass punk-metal with goofball lyrics that will cause at lest a few of you to call me names and whatever......but THAT is what I want, FIGURE OUT THAT YOU ARE BEING PLAYED......REALLY you are.

    DISC 1-01 NORDIC THUNDER-True Heroes/02 FREIKORPS-Schwarz Weib Rot/03 CENTURION-Hear My Cry/04 BULLY BOYS-White Pride/05 BULLY BOYS-Keep Fighting/06 BULLY BOYS-No Way Home/07 RAHOWA-White People Awake/08 KONKWISTA 88- Znaky Prawdy/09 KONKWISTA 88-Skinheads/10 KONKWISTA 88-Prawdziwe Lysle/11 ARYAN- New Storm Rising/12 SVASTIKA-Aryan Pride/13 SVASTIKA-88/14 SVASTIKA-Kick To Kill/15 SVASTIKA-Day of the Rope/16 BOUND FOR GLORY-Our Voice is Stronger

    DISC 2-01 SVASTIKA-Spandau Hero/02 SVASTIKA-Alliance/03 INVOLVED PATRIOTS-Ignorant Society/04 INVOLVED PATRIOTS-Three Years of Winter/05 INVOLVED PATRIOTS-Another One Died/06 BULDOK-Lvi Srdce/07 BULDOK-Ohen A Led/08 BULDOK-Slzy Zen/09 THE VOICE-Never/10 THE VOICE-Fallen Hero/11 NO REMORS-Deutschland/12 NO REMORS-A.H./13 NO REMORS-We Fly the Swastika/14 EXCALIBER-Den Soudu/15 STORM-White Skinhead Warrior/16 STORM-Not In Vain

    DISC 3-01 01 RAHOWA-The Rain Will Come Again/02 RHOWA-Final Call/03 WIETZE-Confrontation/04 STRONGHOLD-Dismembered/05 ESTRIPE IMPERIAL-Morir O Vencer/06 ESTRIPE IMPERIAL-Es Por Ti/07 NIBELUNGEN-In Our Minds/08 SQUADRON-Vote With a Bullet/09 SQUADRON-A Fine Day To Die/10 EXCALIBUR-Vlejmuz/11 EXCALIBUR-1985/12 SS TOTENKOPF-Can't Be Beaten/13 SS TOTENKOPF-My Child/14 FINAL SOLUTION-Vanguard/15 FINAL SOLUTION-Allegiance/16 ENGLISH ROSE-One Mission/17 ENGLISH ROSE-By Any Means/18-NEW MINORITY-Take Back Our Streets

    DISC 4-01 BLUE EYED DEVILS-Total War/02 BLUE EYED DEVILS-On the Attack/03
    VOLKSTROI-Lobeck/04 VOLKSTROI-Dem Duetschen Volk/05 PUTON SVEA-The New Dawn/06 PLUTON SVEA-Segregation/07 CELTIC WARRIOR-The White Flame/08 CELTIC WARRIOR-Survivor/09 STURMWHER-The Hammer/10 VE'RSZERZDO'S-Szent HaBoru/11 VE'RSZERZDO'S-Fuher Eggsog Forradalma/12 HEYSSEL-Be My Enemy/13 HEYSEL-I hate You/14 CENOTAPH-White Metal/15 CENOTAPH-Blood Covenant/16 CENOTAPH-Circle of Traitors/17 STONEHAMMER-Little Red Lies/18 STONEHAMMER-I See My Race

    DISC 5-01 FORTRESS-Magnum Maid/02 FORTRESS-Our War/03 JOCKE KARRLSON-Violence/04 JOCKE KARRLSON-Ursinnig Vrede/05 KONKWISTA 88-We've Got the Power/06 KONKWISTA 88-No Way No Excuse/07 MIGHT OF RAGE-Temptation/08 MIGHT OF RAGE-Last Hour/09 HEYSEL-Hate Core/10 HEYSEL-Defiance/11 YOUNGLAND-The Pride of America/12 YOUNGLAND-I Think It's Time/13 VINLAND WARRIORS-My Hammer/14 VINLAND WARRIORS-Berserker/15 SAGA-Our Pride Is Our Loyalty/16 SAGA-Justice

    DISC 6-01 SAGA-Arise/02 SAGA-Kinsland/03 RAVENOUS-Be the Same/04 RAVENOUS-Stand Up/05 RAVENOUS-We're Not Gonna Take It/06 JOCKE KARLSON-Nightriders/07 KOLOVRAT-Third Way/08 KOLOVRAT-Holy Fight/09 BRIGADE M-Oorlog In Nederland/10 BRIGADE M-Media-Maffia/11 INJUSTICE SIDE-Rudolf Hess/12 INJUSTICE SIDE-SSF/13 RACE RIOT-Payback/14 RACE RIOT-Adrenalin

    Now, THAT oughta bring ought the nutjobs from EITHER side of the ailse......a veritable "Nuggets" of hateful racist rock n roll.......and, before anyone accuses me of "enriching" these douches by "purchasing" thier music, please......do you really think I have "purchased", say, more than about 10% of my stash?......I DOWNLOADED it for free, they didn't make a nickle. You are under NO obligation to listne to this, obviously.......but understand that I have every right to post it, and I do so AS A STATEMENT OF FREE SPEECH, as well as to annoy/aggrevate the segment that will take it THAT way, and, as I've said, I REALLY enjoy upsetting such whack-jobs, AS WELL AS inulting any nitwit who lavishes this with the "Yeah Maaan Waytogo" comments as well.......honestly, I swear to you, the GREATEST feeling is when someone REALLY (and I mean REALLY) UNDERSTANDS what I am really trying to do with these......if you don't, you don't, but if you cannot discuss it anymore maturely than to call me names, you are every BIT as ignorant as these performers here......have a look in the mirror......

    "Anonymous Internet Tough Guy", this one is JUST FOR YOU.......I'm sure the many, many racist bands here appreciate YOUR efforts in getting thier work exposed......why not submit your email address so they can PERSONALLY thank you?


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  • 11/29/15--20:03: Random Good Stuff From Brian
  • (Scott) This one is a REAL grab bag, and an excellent one, too......lot of good variety here, I am looking forward to hearing the Led  Zeppelin cover project in particular.....I'm working on a post of classic King Crimson albums, hopefully for tomorrow, and since I will be seeing Sleater Kinney Saturday (YES!) I'd like to get some of their stuff up this week as well (old timers may remember my 7 part Sleater Kinney post from a few years back, to this day one of my most popular).......anyway, tear into THIS stuff for tonight, literally something for just about everyone in THIS one, thanks, Brian!
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    It's heartening to see the Jennifer Warnes stuff get some downloads... though part 2 has gotten more downloads than part 1. Guys, I feel like apologizing for how long that last post about her was. I was telling Scott: I felt like I'd gotten over being possessed after I wrote that! And it's also heartening to see fellow old pop lovers. (C'mon, doesn't everyone have a copy of ABBA Gold?). Anyway, I've found one goody since: a Jennifer Warnes bootleg! Like, the only Jennifer Warnes bootleg....


    This was recorded at The Bottom Line, NYC, on April 8th, 1977. It was just as "Right Time Of the Night" was on the charts, and a month before she appeared on SNL. She was an opening act for Dave Edmunds... Anyway, this is a great recording. A few mic sputters at the start, but the rest of it is fine. Much of the material is from her '76/'77 Jennifer Warnes album. She is in great voice (of course), and very engaging and giggly with the audience. Its a small room apparently, and there's some good audience banter. It's very sweet. After singing "Right Time...", she says "I got a hit"! After her wrenching "Love Hurts", she's met with shouts of "Bravo"! I hadn't really heard her speaking voice before. Though she was from California, she must've spent some time living in Canada in the 70's. I can hear it. I also like the track list... I just wish "Round and Round" were here. As it is, I like it very much... And since there are no other boots of her around, this is one to grab! Runtime is 50 mins. This was originally one long file, but thanks to Jonder it is now broken up into tracks. He took the care to convert a problematic track to mono, and include the stereo as a bonus track. Thanks, Jonder! And enjoy...this is a good gig.

                                                                                                                                                                    

    Keeping the AC/DC 70's live material going, I've got a good one. It's from the Bonfire box set. Live From the Atlantic Studios is my fave of the early live stuff. Recorded at Atlantic Records' NYC studios with a small audience. It says it was gonna be the first in a series recorded there - anyone know of any others? Either way, you gotta hear this! It's like trying to fit a Panzer division in a car wash! The first track I ever heard from this was "Whole Lotta Rosie", and I recommend you listen to that one first, too. When I first heard it, that intro riff comes in, and I think "God, this one is gonna be loud, and they are gonna rock these people to death!" Sure enough, when the song kicks in, it's devastating! They rock so far beyond the capacity of the room, it's a wonder to behold. Definitely check it out!


    I've been a Henry Rollins fan for a long time, both music and especially his spoken word stuff. He hasn't released any new spoken word CDs in the last few years - even though he tours constantly. I've included one of the only bootlegs of his I have, a recording from Alexandria, VA in 2011. It's a great show, and I think it's tighter and funnier than the corresponding "Spoken Word Guy" CDs that came from the same time period. Check 'em out, and if any fans have other spoken word boots of his - besides earlier stuff like Hoboken '87 or London '93 - let me know!


    This one I pulled together on a whim: it's an all-covers version of Led Zeppelin 1! It was my first Zep
    album, and is a blues/rock necessity. The mighty thrash band Nuclear Assault lead off with "Good Times, Bad Times". This was on their album Survive I think.... Then Great White cover "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You". This is the original MTV Unplugged performance, and it was the one that led them to release several all-cover albums later. I know they're hacks now, but this was actually a revelation to see and hear back in the day. I cheated a little with "You Shook Me" - it's the Black Crowes and Jimmy Page - but it's a great cut.

    DJ Spooky is a very heady turtablist and producer. His version of "Dazed and Confused" gets pretty far out, but still remains faithful to the original. Sandie Shaw was a big UK girl singer in the 60's, and I really like her version of "Your Time Is Gonna Come". Even though Jimmy and J.P.J. wrote it, was this maybe released first? Vanilla Fudge - Zep contemporaries - do a lovely version of "Black Mountain Side". Jeff Healey deliveries a great, rocking live cut of "Communication Breakdown", where all the vocal lines are replaced by guitar or harmonica. And then the mighty Dread Zeppelin rock their "reggae by way of Elvis" take of "I Can't Quit You Baby". What, you're not down with Tortelvis? Pat Travers - a great blues guitarist - faithfully rips through "How Many More Times" to close things out.


    The Comedy Bonus this time is Gilda - Live In New York. It's a mixture of characters from SNL as well as songs she sings. "Let's Talk Dirty To the Animals" is a personal favorite. The Patti Smith parody "If You Look Close" is dead on! The album closes with the deceptively heartbreaking "Honey". I've missed Gilda for a long time.


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    Brian brought up this band when we were talking the other day, I was thinking how long it's been since I've listened to this stuff, used to really love some of it back in "high" school, of course now I would listen to it in a different light (it's wonderfully dated, as is a LOT of older stuff I like, which is just fine, as long as one maintains a sense of humor, if you understnad what I mean.)

    Well, first of all, I USED to have these albums somewhere, but on my shelf now, all I have is "In the Court of the Crimson King"....this copy is no joke however, it's a TOTAL bad-ass sounding vinyl rip, MUCH better than any digital effort you might locate......I am not going to dwell to much on the band's constantly shifting lineups, let's just say they have been the playground of guitarist Robert Fripp for the most part.....anyway, THIS one was always my fave, ahead of it's time then, a dated wonder now, a classic of trippy acid/jazzy prog and more, if you've never heard it, do yourself a favor and enjoy this VINYL version, it's the best you'll hear.......highlighted, of course, by the title track, and of course, "Twenty First Century Schizoid Man" (sample lyric: "Cat's paw, iron claw, neurosurgeons scream, for more....at paranoia's posison door....twenty first century schizoid maaaaaaan", there are LOTS more classic lyrics of this mode as well)......must have classic.

    I don't know what happened to the rest of my vinyl editions of the early albums, apparently I never ripped them to CD and don't seem to have the vinyl originals around here either, my best guess is I loaned them to a friend long ago, this "friend" was a HUGE fan of King Crimson, as well as Genesis and Yes, and my vinyl from those acts is suspiciously missing as well, so DAVE TIEMANN, wherever you are, if you still have my fucking vinyl why the FUCK not bring it back, loser?

    So, anyway, it's quite easy to go to the Bay and grab digital copies, what we have here are FLAC versions, which, for this type of music, sound very good (better than say MP3, of course NOT NEARLY as good as vinyl).......so let's run through the rest of the bands peak era, I'm going to stop about 1975 as I doubt I've ever heard anything post-that date, if there are any gems in there, point them out to me......maybe YOU can, Dave Tiemann........

    OK, I've hit a snag.....my computer is FULL, due to my laziness, I need to transfer a bunch of stuff to an outside harddrive before I can do much with these gigantic Flac files......so what the fuck, I'm doing it, but it'll take nearly 24 hours.....so why not just give you a LITTLE sample for now until I get my computer straightened out, by providing you my WONDERSOME vinyl rip of the debut album? It's great, it's vinyl, and if you are unfamiliar, it will give you a fine introduction until I can get the computer ready to work with me? Better than me posting NOTHING, and by Wedensday, I'll have a whole GLUT of King Crimson stuff for ya! Cheers!


    IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING (VINYL RIP)-01 21st Century Schizoid Man (Including "Mirrors")/02 I Talk to the Wind/03 Epitaph (Including "March For No Reason" and "Tomorrow")/04 Moonchild (including "The Dream" and "The Illusion")/05 The Court of the Crimson King (including "The Return of the Fire Witch" and "The Dance of the Puppets")


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