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Monday, December 30, 2013

A Quick One! (DEVO live Akron '77)

Well I got all the links caught up....waiting to prepare some more Jam material, "Part 3" of "Here Comes the Jam" promises to be exciting in that I will, also, be getting my hands on some "new" (for me) material... gotta love that! Tonight I have another sleep study, to try to find the proper remedy for the sleep apnea that nearly killed me in September..... but I got time for a QUICK post, you guys deserve something for waiting out the Opeth posting fiasco.....

Just scanning the shelves, and why not put this one up? I don't THINK I've ever posted this one before, if I did it's been a long is my fellow Buckeyes Devo, live in their home  of Akron, from February 1977....this was before the band's first album ("Q: Are We Not Men? A: We are Devo") had made much of a dent, they seemed to be developing a cult following with their electronic "rock" and de-evolutionary be honest, it got quite old quite quickly (for my money at least), jokes are generally funny only once or so, and the fact that they actually scored a huge "hit" ("Whip It") numbs the mind.....however, at the time of THIS performance, the joke WAS funny and the bit was fresh, there is some stuff here that didn't crack the album's tracklist.

Check this one out, I don't think we see too many vintage live Devo recordings at all, and this is one band that TRULY peaked early (and if your father or uncle or babysitter was in the band and don't like my less-than-reverent attitude towards them, please get a life).....

We'll get the Jam stuff done here in the next couple of days, until then, sleep well, and "crank up" this live Devo set!

01 Praying Hands/02 Social Fools/03 Be Stiff/04 Uncontrollable Urge/05 Secret Agent Man/06 Shrivel Up/07 The Last Time I Saw St. Louis/08 Fraulien (glitches)/09 Too Much Paranoia/10 Huboon Stomp/11 Space Junk/12 Mongoloid/13 I Think I'm Falling In Love Again/14 Soo Bawlz/15 Blockhead/16 Jocko Homo (fades)/17 The Words Get Stuck In My Throat

Wish they'd have included their "Satisfaction" cover, or, better yet, their version of "Working In a Coal Mine", but I guess we can't have everything.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Some more Christmas music for the REST of us

Because, of course, traditional Christmas music not only sucks ass, the repetitive NON STOP mind-numbingness of it turns it from mindless irritant to bullet-to-the-temple material....even the "respectable" parties are not immune to my wrath when it comes to thi particular subject....Springsteen's "Santa Claus is Coming to Town?" Gag. The Pretenders "2000 Miles" at least a partial gag.....and WORST OF ALL IS JOHN FUCKING LENNON'S "SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS" I would prefer to drink a gallon of house paint to EVER hearing that thing again......uuuuughhhh.

So, anyway.....I have a few albums here to offer some relief, I have probably posted some/all of them before, but 90% of you won't remember my doing so.....I thought about making a "Depressing Christmas" compilation, didn't get around to it, but it could include stuff like the Who's "Tommy Doesn't Know What Day It Is", Axl Rose's mangling of "White Christmas" (ever heard it?), Ben Folds Five's "Brick" (TECHNICALLY not about Christmas as it takes place the day AFTER Christmas, but is one of the most depressing songs ever written and is about taking his girlfriend to get an abortion),  and of course Elliott Smith's immortal "King's Crossing" which IS THE most depressing song ever written, witness, at least to me, the fact that he committed suicide shortly afterwards ("It's Christmas time, and the needle's on the tree, a skinny Santa is bringing something to me, his voice is overwhelming, and his speech is slurred, and I only understand every other word")....anyways I never got around to making that Ativan-inducing collection, and I did dig out these goodies, along with the WAY COOL "Power Pop Christmas" set from the other day (and if you didn't check it out you are doing yourself a disservice if you didn't download blog friend Tiltingsud's very great and I assume rare two-part Bob Dylan Christmas radio show, it is excellent and you SHOULD hear it!

So what have I got for you on this Christmas Eve? Well, a few things.....I have a pair of comps, one titled "A Punk Rock Christmas", the other titled "A Santa Cause: It's a Punk Rock Christmas".....these two sets are VERY similar, and I am going to do something I rarely do.....I am going to reprogram this, making it a two disc set without general, I like for you to hear things as they were intended to be heard at the time of release, but I think in this case it was most likely issued and updated the following year, or something like that (if it is something else, don't correct me because I don't care, just appreciate the EXTRA WORK your uncle has done for ya here, so you get the WHOLE ENTIRE COMPLETE MASTERWORK! And there are some good uns on here.....Something Corporate, Blink 182, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Descendents, as well as lesser knowns as Punchline, Cousin Oliver, The Humpers, and LOTS LOTS MORE, in fact, so much more, that, as I said before, I need to make it into a pair of discs.....APPRECIATE the fucking work I do damnit!

Next up is a simple set entitled only "Merry Christmas", a short (10 track) collection of tracks from The Sonics, The Wailers, and The Galaxies. I like this one probably better than any, other than maybe the power pop set of the other day, dunno why really, I assume it's rare, and I really enjoyed it when listening to it today.

"Midnight Christmas Mess Again", part of a series of which I unfortunately do not have the others, is a some fairly unknown/obscure garage-punk type bands, Cheepskates, Vipers, Psycho Daisies, Dementia 13 check in with some sounds-o-the season, listened to some of this one today and enjoyed it quite a bit as well......

Not EXACTLY a Christmas album, I thought I'd put up the fairly obscure "Holy Fuzz Compilation" as well, while not "Christmas" stuff per se, it DOES come from some Christian metal bands of the 1970's-80's that at least I've never heard of, figured Christmas/Christianity, it's all the same hog trough, right?

And, now, get this, Skippy.....I was gonna quit here, but decided to see if there was anything of interest on the Bay, most of it is the usual swill, but a couple DID pique my interest, so I grabbed em for all of us: First, I found "Indie Rock Christmas Playlist", and I kind of wish I hadn't because it is ONE HUNDRED fucking tracks, but, I DO LOVE YOU GUYS, and I am going to split it into five discs, and I hope some of you download and tell me how great I am for giving you this gift and etc....The Ravonettes (whom you know I LOVE), Dropkick Murphys, The Darkness, The Killers, Bad Religion, and enough legit acts here that I think I should post it. Merry Christmas, minions, this is a bit of work, and this proves how much I love my massive usual, ALL i ask in return is if you have anything cool, anything rare, anything you think is of interest, PLEASE share it..not just with ME, but with the other good folks who make this blog what I want it to be....a place for music lovers to SHARE, SHARE, SHARE.....I won't give speech again just yet, but, simply, that is what it is all about.

"Christmas Rock" overlaps the "Punk Rock" set a bit, but it includes some other stuff too, including
Lemmy kilmister, Dandy Warhols, Mew, No Doubt and some others, so basically I deem it worthy of inclusion here as well.....

Sometimes I wonder why I spend so much time on this fucking wonderful wife questions it as times as well...but the reason is, I know what a joy it is to FINALLY find that impossible-to-get bootleg, it's exhilarating to say the least.....and if I've ever provided that feeling for EVEN ONE of you, it is worth it.......just please, please please, EVERYONE, continue to share all this great music with the rest of us, it makes the world such a MUCH better place.....

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you and your families. May this holiday season be a wonderful, loving experience for you, and may you all come to appreciate LIFE and FAMILY as much as I have come to in 2013. God bless you all! Love ya!

A PUNK ROCK CHRISTMAS REPROGRAMMED DISC 1-01 THE AKA'S-Christmas In Hollis/02 SOMETHING CORPORATE-Forget Decemeber/03 THE MATCHES-December Is For Cynics/04 BLINK 182-I Won't Be Home For Christmas/05 FAR (FEATURING CHINO MORENO)- Feed the World (Do They Know It's Christmas)/06 FALL OUT BOY-Yule Shoot You Eye Out/07 MXPX-Christmas Night of the Zombies/08 FROM FIRST TO LAST-X12 or XXXMASX/09 ACCEPTANCE-So This Is Christmas/10 GATSBY'S AMERICAN DREAM-Christmas Time Is Here/11 JASON GLEASON (OF FURTHER SEEMS FOREVER)-Sleigh Bells and Wine/12 IN MEMORY-The Most Wonderful Time of the Year/13 MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES-This Time Of Year/14 STAND STILL-I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus/15 THE BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE-A Cradle In Bethlehem/16 PUNCHLINE-Icicles

A PUNK ROCK CHRISTMAS REPROGRAMMED DISC 2-01  PUNK ROCK CHRISTMAS-Deck the Halls/02 COCA COLA-White Christmas/03 COUSIN OLIVER-Naked Christmas/04 DESCENDENTS-Christma Vacation/05 DI-Mr Grinch/06 FLIGHT 180-O Come All Ye Faithful/07 GOB-Very Shitty Christmas/08 HOMEGROWN-Christmas Crush/09 HUMPERS-Run Run Rudolph/10 MATCHBOOK ROMANCE-I'll Be Home For Christmas/11 NEW FOUND GLORY-Ex-Miss/12 SAOSIN-Mookie's Last Christmas/13 THE RED WEST-It Came Upon a Midnight Clear/14 UNKNOWN-Christmas Bells/15 UNKNOWN-Bonus Track

MERRY CHRISTMAS-01 THE SONICS-Santa Claus/02 THE WAILERS-She's Comin' Home/03 THE GALAXIES-Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer/04 THE WAILERS-Christmas Spirit/05 THE SONICS-The Villiage Idiot/06 THE SONICS-I Don't Beleive In Christmas/07 THE GALAXIES-Please Come Home For Christmas/08 THE WAILERS-Maybe This Year/09 THE GALAXIES-Christmas Eve/10 THE GALAXIES-Christmas Eve

MIDNIGHT CHRISTMAS MESS AGAIN-01 THE SLICKEE BOYS-Hazy Shade of Winter/02 THE VIPERS-Christmas I'll Be Home/03 CHEEPSKATES-Star/04 THE PSYCHO DAISIES-Santa Is Comin' Down Again/05 WOOFING COOKIES-Santa Aint Santa/06 THE LOVE PUSHERS-Jesus Christ/07 DAS FURLINES-O Tannenbum Now/08 THE RAVENS-Blue Christmas/09 HOWARD & JAG'S XMAS VACATION-Wreck These Halls/10 THE HOLIDAYS-Sleighbell Bop/11 THE BACKBONES-Coal In My Stocking/12 THE IGUANAS-Christmas Eve at KNI (Kansas Neurological Institute)/13 DEMENTIA 13-Snow Is Falling

Jesus/04 THE SEARCH PARTY-The News Is You/05 PRE-AGAPE-In the Light/06 STONEWOOD CROSS-Majic Man/07 ALL SAVED FREAK BAND-All Across the Nation/08 THE SEARCH PARTY-You And I/09 THE EXKURSIONS-Dry Ground/10 THE CONCRETE RUBBER BAND-Christian/11 PRESSED DOWN, SHAKEN TOGETHER, AND RUNNING OVER-Pressed Down, Shaken Together and Running Over/12 AGAPE-Rejoice

INDIE ROCK CHRISTMAS DISC 1-01 DON CROLL-A Guardian Christmas/02 THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO-A Happy Christmas Baby/03 GLASVEGAS-A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like a Kiss)/04 THE NEW MENDICANTS-A Very Sorry Christmas/05 HAPPY FANGS-All I Want For Christmas is Halloween/06 !!!-And Anyway It's Christmas/07 BAD RELIGION-Angels We Have Heard On High/08 BRIGHT EYES-Blue Christmas/09 THE LAST BISON-Carol of the Bells/10 ORBITAL-Christmas Chime (Stocking Filler)/11 GERMANY GERMANY-Christmas Club Banger/12 CRYING DAY CARE CHOIR-Christmas Day Care Choir/13 LATCH KEY KID-Christmas Everyday/14 THE RAVEONETTES-Christmas Ghosts/15 THE KILLERS-Christmas In LA/16 THE TUTS-Christmas Is in the Air/17 YELLOWCARD-Christmas Lights/18 THE ROCKET SUMMER-Christmas Madness/19 DR DOG-Christmas party/20 THE GARLANDS-Christmas Song

INDIE  ROCK CHRISTMAS DISC 2-01 THE DARKNESS-Christmas Time (Don't let the Bells End)/02 AM & SHAWN LEE-Christmas Time Is Here/03 DOG IS DEAD-Christmas Wrapping/04 BETA RADIO-Coventry Carol, King Without a Mountain/05 STRANGEJUICE-Deck the Halls (Bad Christmas Carol)/06  THE POLYPHONIC SPREE-Do You Hear What I Hear/07 CHARLIES HAND MOVEMENTS-Don't You Love Christmas Time/08 I  WAS ONCE A DINOSAUR-Drugs For Christmas/09 THE OH HELLOS-Every Bell On Earth Will Ring/10 EELS-Everything Gonna Be Cool This Christmas/11 MAN OVERBOARD-Father Christmas/12 HAP-Frosty the Snowman/13 PATCH & THE GIANT-God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/14 PURE BATHING CULTURE-Good King Wenceslas/15 EXPO-Good Night, Sleep Tight, Christmas/16 HELLO GOODBYE-Happy Xmas (War Is Over)/17 CITIZENS-Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/18 CHARLES WILLIAMS-ave Yourself a Merry Little Christmas/19 DANIELSON & LILLYIDEALIN-Holly Jolly Christmas Cookie/20 THE FAMILY CREST-Home For Christmas

INDIE ROCK CHRISTMAS DISC 3-01 THEATRE ROYAL & FRIENDS-I Believe In Father Christmas (I Don't Want Socks)/02 THE GARLANDS-I Don't Intend to Spend Christmas Without You/03 YOUNG STATUES-I Don't Wanna Know What's Under Your Tree/04 THE READY SET-I Don't Wanna Spend Another Christmas Without You/05 ECHOSMITH-I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day/06 JULIAN CASABLANCAS-I Wish It Was Christmas Today/07 YAST-If Santa Aint Real/08 THE BRIDGES-I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus/09 THE WINTER EXPERIMENT-It Feels Like Christmas/10 SHY NATURE-It's Christmas (Close Your Eyes)/11 FRIGHTENED RABBIT-It's Christmas So We'll Stop/12 SUGAR & THE HI LO'S-Jingle Bells/13 THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO-Jingle My Bells/14 CITIZENS-Joy to the World/15 SUMMER CAMP-Last Christmas/16 OWL CITY-Light of Christmas/17 ANDY BURROWS-Light the Night/18 SANDI THOM-Little Donkey/19 FOR KING AND COUNTRY-Little Drummer Boy/20 SARA BARIELLES-Love Is Christmas

INDIE ROCK CHRISTMAS DISC 4-01 BESTIE-Merry Christmas/02 WYATT FUNDERBURK-Merry Christmas (I'm In Love With You)/03 SIDEWALK PROPHETS-Merry Christmas to You/04 SLOAN-Merry Xmas Everybody/05 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA-Midnight Christmas Eve/06 WORK DRUGS-Never Gonna Be Alone on Christmas/07 KYE KYE-Noel/08  NEW FOUND GLORY-Nothing For Christmas/09 BAD RELIGION-O Come, O Come, Emmanual/10 BEHIND SAPPHIRE-Picture a Christmas/11 A FINE FRENZY-Redribbon Foxes/12 PARENTHETICAL GIRLS-Rejoice! Rejoice!/13 BEN & VESPER-Rest Is All Normal Ones Want/14 ROYAL ALBATROSS-Ring the Bell Noel/15 HAP-Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer/16 JOE INNES & THE CAVALCADE-Santa Says Relax/17 LOW-Santa's Coming Over/18 EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS-Saving Christmas/19 ERASURE-Silver Bells/20 SHEL-Sleigh Ride

LUMBERJACK-SoCal For Xmas/03 CAMERA OBSCURA-The Blizzard/04 NATALY DAWN-The Christmas Ballad/05 ERASURE-The Christmas Song/06 THE RAVEONETTES-The Christmas Song/07 THE HONORARY TITLE-The City On Christmas/08 LEFT WITH PICTURES-The Coldest Night/09 THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO-The First Snowlake/10 LOS CAMPASINOS!-The Holly and the Ivy/11 BRAINPOOL-The Last Christmas/12 DROPKICK MURPHYS-The Season's Upon Us/13 EIGHT TO INFINITY-There's Nothing Interesting to Say about snow/14 LAZY FLIES-Time and Tide/15 THE CIVIL WARS-Tracks in the Snow/16 RUSTY & SAVANNA-Under the Mistletoe/17 POMPLAMOOSE-Up On the Housetop/18 BAD RELIGION-What Child Is This/19 A FINE FRENZY-Winter White/20 SLEEPER AGENT-Winter Wonderland

CHRISTMAS ROCK-01 GATSBY'S AMERICAN DREAM-Christmas Time Is Here/02 MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE-All I Want For Christmas Is You/03  WEEZER-Christmas Song/04 FALL OUT BOY-Yule Shoot Your Eye Out/05 THE DARKNESS-Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)/06 STREET DRUM CORPS FEAT. BEN MCCRACKEN (THE USED)-Happy Xmas (War Is Over)/07 NO DOUBT-Oi To the World/08 MATCHBOOK ROMANCE-I'll Be Home For Christmas/09 LESS THAN JAKE-Frosty the Snowman/10 IN MEMORY-The Most Wonderful Time of the Year/11 FROM FIRST TO LAST-12 Days of Xmas/12 THE DANDY WARHOLS-Little Drummer Boy/13 ZAKK WYLDE-White Christmas/14 BON JOVI (gawd)-I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas (gawd)/15 TEENAGE FANCLUB-Christmas Eve/16 EL VEZ-Feliz Navi-Nada/17 SIMPLE PLAN-My Christmas List/18 FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE-I Want an Aline for Christmas/19 MEW-Snow Brigade/20 BLINK 182-I Wont Be Home For Christmas/21 NEW FOUND GLORY-Ex Miss/22 KORN-Jingle Bells (Death Metal Version)/23 LEMMY KILMISTER-Run Run Rudolph/24 LINKIN PARK-My December

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND THE MOST JOYOUS OF NEW YEARS FROM BIGSCOTT62, as well as BIGCARLA66 (Mrs BIGSCOTT) and BIGGRANT97 (BIGSCOTT JR)........thanks for reading and listenting and contributing and EVERYTHING.....hope the new year finds you happy and healthy and in good spirits, from my family to yours!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Music For "the rest of us"!

Busy, busy, busy.....getting ready for the holidays, getting ready to go back to (sigh) work soon, working on the huge, on going Jam post (great reaction, also great reaction to the Au-Pairs, and I continue to struggle with how I'm going to do the Yo La Tengo post, I just have SO MUCH material, more than I thought.... I'll get it figured out at some point).... so today, let me have a breather. (I've been working on the Jam post today too, finally got it up, but SO MANY links with all the FLAC files.....anyway the links are still uploading, it'll take a while.),

I don't THINK I have posted this before, sorry if I have, but it's a good one, full title: "Santa Claus and the Power Pop Criminals-A Collection of Power Pop Christmas Songs" would assume that it likely came from the great "Power Pop Criminals" site (, probably 2-3 years ago, but I don't think I've used it before on the blog.....if I have, enjoy it AGAIN, cause I'm not checking.

Standing out, to me, is one band you know I love, The Len Price Three, who check in with "It's Christmas Time, Ebeneezer". Other well known acts giving us some yuletide wonderment include Redd Kross, Weezer, Dwight Tilley, and the Smithereens, all stirred together with other less luminous lights of the power pop
universe, such as The Montgomey Clifts, Carpet Frogs, Nudge Em All, and Barely Pink.....TWENTY SEVEN Christmas nuggets in total, ALL worth a listen and ALL at the very least a refreshing change of pace from the "regular" Christmas music you've heard 1000 times by now......let this be a private, personal change of pace for ya, a gift from BigScott62 to yourself! I think I have a few more Christmas comps (punk, metal, don't recall), so maybe while I wait on "minion assistance" on the Jam/Au pairs, I may just take the lazy road and pop up another one or two in the next few days.

In all sincerity, I hope all the readers of this blog have a wonderful, happy, and joyous Christmas season. Myself I am happy that I am alive after the incident of September 20, and to find out now that it's pretty treatable stuff ("Complex" Sleep Apnea), I am overjoyed that I may have some years left!

Any of you guys got any rocking Christmas comps to share? Be a wonderful thing to do......the door is open for them until the big day, either send to me via email or simply convert and post in comments section, I'm sure EVERYONE here will appreciate the shares.......Christmas.....what BETTER time for SHARING the good things we have with OTHERS?

01 BLACK HALO-Homeless For Christmas/02 BARELY PINK-Come On Christmas/03 WEEZER-Christmas
Celebration/04 THE MONTGOMERY CLIFTS-Don't Feel Much Like Christmas/05 DWIGHT TILLEY-Snowman Magic/06 PUGWASH-Tinsle and Marzipan/07 DOUG POWELL-Mary Christmas/08 REDD KROSS-Mary Christmas/09 JOE ALGERI-Xmas Stockholm/10 THE SPRING COLLECTION-Christmas With You/11 MARK BACINO-Merry Christmas I Love You/12 CARPET FROGS-Christmas Would Not Be Christmas/13 EPICYCLE-Xmas/14 LOVE NUT-It's Christmas Time So What/15 THE LEN PRICE THREE-It's Christmas Time Ebeneezer/16 THE WELLINGTONS-I Guess It's Christmas/17 FUTURE CLOUDS AND RADAR-Christmas Day 1923/18 JEREMY-Christmas Spirit/19 SUPER DELUXE-A Wonderful Christmas Time/20 AIMEE MANN & MICHAEL PENN-Christmastime/21 NUDGE EM ALL-Christmas/22 JEFFERY FOSKETT-Christmas Time Is Here/23 THE SMITHEREENS-Merry Christmas Baby/24 THE YULE LOGS-Christmas From Berlin/25 THE CHEVELLES-Come All Ye Faithful Surfer Girls/26 HUNTINGTONS-It's Always Christmas Time At My House

PLEASE, contribute/share GOOD ROCKING Christmas Comps to the blog the next couple of days....ones like this or if you're ambitious enough make your own! Love to hear any that you guys have, I'll try to dig up a couple more!

Here Comes THE JAM Part 2

Thursday was some predictable and obvious stuff, nonetheless it was important to get these fine
albums up, in their original form, for anyone who missed them the first time...... great albums from a great band.....and of course, as with MOST legitimately "great" bands the official releases are about 20% of the total dig a little deeper, you find some harder to locates stuff, and it "unites" you with the band, you're NOT just some kid who got "Sound Affects" from the Columbia House Record Club because you forgot to send your card in....the Jam WERE the fucking deal on record, on stage, wherever you want to hear of the greatest of all bands of their era, while I assume they got their "just do" in the UK, they sure as FUCK never got it here. We're here to change some of that, hopefully.

The "centerpiece" here is the exhaustive "Direction Reaction Creation", a very comprehensive FIVE disc box set.....overlaps a lot with the "original" studio LP's, BUT includes a treasure chest of alternate version, demos, live cuts,'s a dilemma, really....listen to the original LP's in the form they were intended, or listen to this and an even 'fuller" picture of what these lads were about.....for an interested novice, it'd be a remarkable introduction, for a full blown Jam-addict, it is a gift from above (wonder what it retailed for?)

We have a fine double disc of BBC sessions, not released until 2002, but some hard-ass shit.....It's wonderful, FULL of great shit, even some interviews. Highly recommended, Jam-sters!

In case we have any OTHER "dabblers" (and you are making a huge mistake), we ALSO have "The Jam Collection", again, these are great songs....they are BETTER heard within the context of their original albums....but if this is your "thing", it IS a  excellent effort. Enjoy it if you wish, I find it to be more enjoyable/comprehensive than "Snap!", just my opinion though....

So what say we get to some RARE stuff? That's why you folks come here anyway, right? (that and you BABES who hope it gets you a better chance at getting in my pants)'s a rare one, "When We Were Young"....tracks dating back to '75 and '76, before the "were" The Jam.....interesting as hell to hear tracks like "Got By In Time" and "Non Stop Dancing" in their infant versions, there are also tracks here that didn't make the legit "albums".....hunting for rare shit? This is it!

"Celluloid Heroes" is a fine collection of "Live in the Studio" efforts, again, some smoked out versions of some of their early works, "London Girl" in particular goes full bore, HIGHLY recommended!

We have, also, a fine set of demos/rarities, entitled "Saturday's Kids Demos & Sessions"'s another set you'll want to get your mitts on, there is a LOT of shit here.....Couple of Weller solo demos ("Saturday's Kids", "Hey Mister").....hell of a find here, also highly recommended for fanatics.

A finally, three live boots......oldest being "The Night at The Theatre", from 12/19/79, LOTS of good shit here, a smoking performance (where? unsure).....Lots of "Setting Sons"-era faves like "Smithers-Jones" and "Saturday's Kids", as well as classics such as "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight" and "Mr Clean"......a fine set, what can I say? I recommend this one as well

A boott from Dortmund (11/30/80) entitled "Set the Skies Ablaze" is a damn fine set as well......actually more "Sound Affects"-era stuff, with  killer renditions of "Set the House Ablaze" and "Start!", as well as greatly refined classic numbers such as "In the City" and "Going Underground".....These guys COOKED on stage, one of many who I never saw but certainly wish I could have.

Last one I got for ya is 3/22/82 Bingley Hall, by this time, they were on the downside, of the three boots here, this is the weakest. Not even a great set list, as though the songs they elected to perform were any of MY business, but how did they miss on "Set the House Ablaze" or "Saturday's Kids"? Hey, good health to you, cranked out five GREAT studio albums ("The Gift"?, ehhhhhh), as well as demonstrating your significant live chops on the work featured here. I love Bruce Foxton's bass playing, one of the best, often nearly a lead instrument in these unique-sounding songs.

Just never made it big in USA, so much, "too English" the Yanks would this they were full of shit, the Jam were one of the VERY best bands of their era, musically energetic, lyrically angry and creative, capable of brining GREAT songs to the argument (such as "Saturday's Kids", "Going Underground", "The Modern World"......lots more too), can we maybe consider the Jam the most underappreciated of the UK punk/new wave bands of that era? At least I think in USA we can......too bad, though.....the Jam were, as I said earlier, "a motherfucker", and not about to change my mind on that.

Certainly do hope my new "blog friend" who has said he will come through with some MORE Jam rarities, so we can have a "Part 3", it's all in HIS hands the members of the Jam: THANK YOU for all the great music......I loved it at the time, and continue to love it today. Great job......fines songs, fine albums, fine live performances.....and what else is there? Thank you gents!

THE COLLECTION-01 Away From the Numbers/02 I got By In Time/03 I Need You/04 To Be Someone/05 Mr Clean/06 English Rose/07 In the Crowd/08 It's Too Bad/09 The Butterfly Collector/10 Thick as THheves/11 Private Hell/12 Wasteland/13 Burning Sky/14 Saturday's Kids/15 Liza Radley/16 Pretty Green/17 Monday/18 Man in the Corner Shop/19 Boy Abut Town/20 Tales From the Riverbank/21 Ghosts/22 Just Who Is the Five O'Clock Hero/23 Carnation/24 The Great Depression/25 Shopping

WHEN WE WERE YOUNG-01 Non-Stop Dancing (May 1976)/02 Left Right and Centre (May '76)/03 Again (Oct '75)/04 One Hundred Ways (march '76)/05 Forever and Always (March '75)/06 I Will Be There (March 75)/07 When I Needed You (Dec. 75)/08 Please Don't Treat Me Bad (Dec 75)/09 Soul Dance (May 76)/10 I Got By In Time (May 76)/11 Wonderful World (Apr '80)/12 Isolation (Apr 80)

SET THE SKIES ABLAZE (DORTMUND 11/30/80)-01 Dreamtime/02 Thick as Thieves/03 Boy About Town/04 Going Underground/05 Pretty Green/06 Man in the Cornershop/07 Set the House Ablaze/08 Private Hell/09 Liza Radley/10 Dreams of Children/11 The Modern World/12 Little Boy Soldiers/13 But I'm Different Now/14 Start!/15 Scrape Away/16 Strange Town/17 When You're Young/18 In the City/19 To Be Someone/20 David Watts/21 Eton Rifles/22 Down in the Tube Station at Midnight

NIGHT AT THE THEATER (12/29/79)-01 Girl on the Phone/02 It's Too Bad/03 Burning Sky/04 Away From the Numbers/05 Smithers-Jones/06 Mr Clean/07 The Butterfly Collector/Private Hell/08 Thick as Thieves/09 When You're Young/10 Strange Town/11 The Eton Rifles/12 Down in the Tube Station At Midnight/13 Saturdays Kids/14 All Mod Cons/15 David Watts

BINGLEY HALL 3/22/82-01 Strange Case/02 Carnation/03 Town Called Malice/04 Happy Together/05 Boy About Town/06 Ghosts/07 5 O Clock Hero/08 That's entertainment/09 Tales From the Riverbank/10 Precious/11 Running  the Spot/12 Move On Up/13 In the Crowd/14 Private Hell/15 Pretty Green/16 Transglobal Express/17 The Gift/18 Circus/19 Pity For Alfie/Fever/20 Funeral Pyre/21  The Butterfly Collector/22 When You're Young

SATURDAYS KIDS DEMOS AND SESSIONS-01 Time For Truth/02 In the City/03 Sounds From the Street (demo)/04 All Around the World/05 Carnaby Street (Peel Session)/06 Billy Hunt(alt. version)/07 To Be Someone (demo)/08 Worlds Apart (demo)/09 The Night/10 Best of Both Worlds/11 Innocent Man (unreleased Foxton)/12 Hey Mister (Weller Solo)/13 Thick as Thieves (Peel Session/14 Eton Rifles/15 Saturday's Kids (Weller Solo Demo)

DIRECTION REACTION CREATION DISC 1-01 In the City/02 Takin My Love/03 Art School/04 I've  Changed My Address/05 Slow Down/06 I Got By In Time/07 Away From the Numbers/08 Batman Theme/09 Sounds From the Street/10 Non-Stop Dancing/11 Time For Truth/12 Bricks and Mortar/13 All Around the World/14 Carnaby Street/15 The Modern World (Album Version)/16 London Traffic/17 Standards/18 Life From a Window/19 The Combine/20 Don't Tell Them You're Sane/21 In the Street Today/22 London Girl/23 I Need You (For Someone)/24 Here Comes the Weekend/25 Tonight at Noon/26 In the Midnight Hour

DIRECTION REACTION CREATION DISC 2-01 News of the World/02 Aunties and Uncles (Impulsive Youth)/03 Innocent Man/04 David Watts (Album Version)/05 A-Bomb In Wardour Street (Album Version)/06 Down in the Tube Station at Midnight (Album Version)/07 So Sad About Us/ 08 The Night/09 All Mod Cons/10 To Be Someone (Didn't We Have a Nice Time)/11 Mr Clean/12 English Rose/13 In the Crowd/14 Billy Hunt/15 It's Too Bad/16 Fly/17 The Place I Love/18 Strange Town/19 The Butterfly Collector/20 When You're Young/21 Smithers-Jones (single Version)/22 The Eton Rifles (album version)/23 See-Saw

DIRECTION REACTION CREATION DISC 3-01 Girl on the Phone/02 Thick as Thieves/03 Private Hell/04  Little Boy Soldiers/05 Wasteland/06 Burning Sky/07 Smithers-Jones (album version)/08 Saturday's Kids/09 Heat Wave/10 Going Underground/11 The Dreams of Children/12 Start!/13 Liza Radley/14 Pretty Green/15 Monday/16 But I'm Different Now/17 Set the House Ablaze/18 That's Entertainment/19 Dream Time/20 Man in the Corner Shop/21 Music For the Last Couple/22 Boy About Town/23 Scrape Away

DIRECTION REACTION CREATION DISC 4-01 Funeral Pyre/02 Disguises/03 Absolute Beginners/04 Tales From the Riverbank/05 Town Called Malice/06 Precious (12" Version)/07 Happy Together/08 Ghosts/09 Just Who Is the 5 O'Clock Hero?/10 Trans-Global Express/11 Running On the Spot/12 Circus/13 The Planner's Dream Goes Wrong/14 Carnation/15 The Gift/16 The Great Depression/17 The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow)/18 Pity Poor Alfie/Fever/19 Beat Surrender/20 Shopping/21 Move On Up/22 Stoned Out of My Mind/23 War

DIRECTION REACTION CREATION DISC 5-01 In the City (8-track Polydor band Demo)/02 Time For Truth (8-track Polydor band Demo)/03 Sounds From the Street (8 Track Polydor Band Demo)/04 So Sad About Us (band Demo)/05 Worlds Apart (Demo)/06 Billy Hunt (Alternate Version)/07 It's Too Bad (band Demo)/08 To Be Someone (Band Demo)/09 David Watts (Band Demo)/10 Best of Both Worlds (Band Demo)/11 That's Entertainment (Band Demo)/12 Rain (demo)/13 Dream Time (demo)/14 Dead End Street (Demo)/15 Stand By Me (Demo)/16 Every Little Bit Hurts (Demo)/17 Tales From the Riverbank (Alternate Version)/18 Walking In Heaven's Sunshine (Demo)/19 Precious (Demo)/20 Pity Poor Alfie (Swing Version)/21 The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow) (First Version)/22 A Solid Bond In Your Heart (Demo)

THE JAM AT THE BBC DISC 1-01 In the City/02 Art School/03 I've Changed My Address/04 The Modern World/05 All Around the World/06 London Girl/07 Bricks and Mortar/08 Carnaby Street/09 Billy Hunt/10 In the Street Today/11 The Combine/12 Sounds From the Street/13 Don't Tell Them You're Sane/14 The Modern World/15 A-Bomb In Wardour Street/16 News of the World/17 Here Comes the Weekend/18 All Around the World

THE JAM AT THE BBC DISC 2-01 Thick As Thieves/02 The Eton Rifles/03 Saturday's Kids/04 When You're Young/05 Absolute Beginners/06 Tales From the Riverbank/07 Funeral Pyre/08 Sweet Soul Music/09 The Gift/10 Down In the Tube Station At Midnight/11 Ghosts/12 Absolute Beginners/13 Tales From the Riverbank/14 Precious/15 Town Called Malice/16 In the Crowd/17 Circus/18 Pretty Green/19 Start!/20 Boy About Town

So, there it is, a LOT of material, it's taken me longer to do than I expected.....and yet, emails pour in from fellow Jam-lovers who wish to send me MORE, and I'll happily do a THIRD part of the series..I've already received a couple other Jam goodies via email, I will wait a couple of days and post whatever I have received by then (I have some more Au-Pairs to post as well, I'll do a combo Au-Pairs/Jam post (assuming I have enough, which it sounds like I will)....and remember I'll post ANYTHING you guys send me and wish to share, unless it is something I personally find unbearable (hair metal, for example, or Journey) bring it on.....this is a blog for EVERYONE! I have a great music collection, and each gem you guys help me add makes it that much closer to perfection.....and that goes for EVERYONE.....the more we share this great stuff, the closer we ALL come to having out personalized, customized "perfect" music collection.....

So, something different (and SHORTER) for tomorrow, I'll wait a few days for any Jam and Au pairs stuff to drift in, then we'll do another "Minions take over" post.....but PLEASE, anything you would like to share with the rest of the blogosphere, please do so and I WILL get it put up. Sharing, as i continually tell anyone who will listen, is NOT "stealing" nor is it "piracy"....."sharing" is simply that, "sharing" what we have with other human beings, and anyone who thinks that is a BAD thing, I feel incredibly sorry for, truly.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Here Comes THE JAM.....Part 1

Late Edit : Was going this as a single post an discovered that I have WAY too much stuff for that. I'll split it in two, another poster says he has a bunch of Jam too that he'll share after I put mine up at the end of this we should have TONS of Jam rarities, boots, demos, etc, coz I know I have a BUNCH.... Today, just the obvious stuff.....t heir six studio albums, the live "Dig the New Breed", and the compilation "Snap!"...... that is still a LOT of shit, but it's essential and if we are going to do this we must do it right. Also had to decide between re-upping my scratchy vinyl rips or some nice clean FLAC files found on the Bay, gonna go with the FLAC's to save a little time...I know they are a bit of a pain in the ass for you, but with SO MUCH material here, manually uploading it would take a serious amount of my time! OK, here is the post as I originally wrote it, before deciding to split it apart:

The Jam were an important element of the punk/new wave movement of the 1970's, not as popular in the US as many of the other English bands, due being, for lack of a better terminology, "too" English. They were a motherfucker though, kicking out some damn great albums that still sound magnificent today. Headed up by leader/vocalist/guitarist Paul Weller, who was joined by bassist-extraordinaire Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler, they slammed out some great mod-influenced punk, ranking with the Pistols and Clash on the "angry" scale.

The first release was 1977's fine "In the City" ...a good but not great beginning, full of short, smart numbers like the title track and "Non-Stop Dancing" (they also covered the theme from "Batman") .....MUCH better was the followup, "This Is the Modern World", on which the band begins to create an identity for itself, define what it's sound would become, and give foreshadow to the great albums yet to come. "Modern World" is stunning, the title track, "In the Street Today" and "Tonight at Noon" standout among others, their by-now obligatory  cover version on this LP was a fine version of "In the Midnight Hour".

Better, yet, even, is 1978's "All Mod Cons"..... arguably their best record (we can argue also for "Modern World" as well as "Setting Sons", to me a testimony to their excellence), it is filled with standout tracks, and the anger by this point is boiling: "Mr. Clean" and "Down In the Tube Station at Midnight" best exemplify this, there is also a very good cover of "David Watts" by the Kinks who are an obvious influence. Tremendous album.

I think most music critics would disagree with me (preferring "All Mod Cons), but I will take 1979's "Setting Sons" as my favorite Jam album, generally the one I will pull out today. Maybe it was just where I was in 1979, but that album was a HUGE part of the soundtrack....." Burning Sky", "Smithers-Jones", (especially) "Saturday's Kids", "The Eton Rifles"...... about every track a standout. The one clunker in my estimation is their fairly listless cover of "Heat Wave". Nonetheless, this is a great album, ***** for my money, and as I said before, to me still sounds tremendous today.

The decline phase began with "Sound Affects", which is by no means a "bad" album, just not as excellent as its predecessors...... "Set the House Ablaze" is probably the hardest rocker they ever recorded, "Start!" and "That's Entertainment" standout as well. "Dig the New Breed" is a decent live disc which doesn't feature the same numbers I would have selected, there is a smoking version of "Set the House Ablaze". Sounds as though they were a hell of an energetic live crew and I wish I could have seen em.

1982's "The Gift" was their final studio effort, and I'd call it their weakest effort..... I will say there are STILL some good songs here ("Just Who Is the Five O'Clock Hero", "A Town Called Malice"), but by this point they were pretty much a done deal.

"Snap!" crams a bunch of their better songs onto a greatest hits package, in my estimation the albums stand on their own and should be heard as such, I'll put "Snap!" here in case we have some dabblers.

Tomorrow, I'll start with some rare stuff, including the five disc box "Direction Reaction Creations", lots of live, demos, rare, all kind of shit! Be there or be, uh, somewhere else.  This is going to be a good series, I think, I love the Jam and a "friend of the blog" has promised lots of rare material as well. I'm pretty excited about it, at least.

IN THE CITY-01 Art School/02 I've Changed My Address/03 Slow Down/04 I  Got By In Time/05 Away From the Numbers/06 Batman Theme/07 In the City/08 Sounds of the Street/09 Non-Stop Dancing/10 Time For Truth/11 Takin My Love/12 Bricks and Mortar

THIS IS THE MODERN WORLD-01 The Modern World/02 London Traffic/03 Standards/04 Life From a Window/05 The Combine/06 Don't Tell Them You're Sane/07 In the Street Today/08 London Girl/09 I Need You (For Someone)/10 Here Comes the Weekend/11 Tonight at Noon/12 In the Midnight Hour

ALL MOD CONS-01 All Mod Cons/02 To Be Someone (Didn't We have a Nice Time)/03 Mr Clean/04 David Watts/05 English Rose/06 In the Crowd/07 Billy Hunt/08 It's  Too Bad/09 Fly/10 The Place I Love/11 A-Bomb in Wardour Street/12 Down In the Tube Station at Midnight

SETTING SONS-01 Girl On the Phone/02  Thick As Thieves/03 Private Hell/04 Little Boy Soldiers/05 Burning Sky/09 Smithers-Jones/10 Saturday's Kids/11 The Eton Rifles/12 Heat Wave

SOUND AFFECTS-01 Pretty Green/02 Monday/03 But I'm Different Now/04 Set the House Ablaze/05 Start!/06 That's Entertainment/07 Dream Time/08 Man in the Corner Shop/09 Music For the Last Couple/10 Boy About Town/11 Scrape Away

THE GIFT-01 Happy Together/02 Ghosts/03 Precious/04 Just Who Is the Five O'Clock Hero?/05 Trans-Global Express/06 Running On the Spot/07 Circus/08 The Planners Dream Goes Wrong/09 Carnation/10 Town Called Malice/11 The Gift

DIG THE NEW BREED-01 In the City/02 All Mod Cons/03  Be Someone (Didn't We Have a  Time)/04 It's Too Bad/05 Start!/06 Big Bird/07 Set the House Ablaze/08 Ghosts/09 Standards/10 In the Crowd/11 Going Underground/12 Dreams Of Children/13 That's Entertainment/14 Private Hell

SNAP! DISC 01-In the City/02 All Around the World/03 Away From the Numbers/04 The Modern World (single version)/05 News of the World/06 Billy Hunt/07 English Rose/08 Mr. Clean/09 David Watts/10 A-Bomb In Wardour Street/11 Down In the Tube Station at Midnight/12 Strange Town/13 The Butterfly Collector/14 When Your Young/15 Smithers-Jones/16 Thick as Thieves

SNAP! DISC 02-01  The Eton Rifles/02 GoingUnderground/03 Dreams of Children/04 That's Entertainment/05 Start!/06 Man in the Corner Shop/07 Funeral Pyre (remixed version)/08 Absolute Beginners/09 Tales From the Riverbank/10 Town Called Malice/11 Precious (single Edit)/12 The Bitterest Pill Ever had To Swallow)/13 Beat Surrender

Good albums, all...... like the Kinks and the Who, each album made a "statement" and stood well on its own..... that is why "Snap!" is fairly redundant, but I know some dabblers would make it their top choice, so what can you do? Anyway, this is the OBVIOUS stuff...... check back tomorrow for the "fun" stuff, you'll not want to miss it!

"Saturdays boys live life with insults, drink lots of  beer for halftime results......." always DID love that lyric!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The best Detroit Cobras post, ever

The Detroit Cobras crank out some awesome garage-style rock, specializing in semi-obscure cover versions. Thier constantly shifitng lineups make personnel lists redundant, suffice to say they are more a floating amolgation of musicians than anything stable or standard.....poking around the scene since at least 1998 when they released "Mink, Bat, or Rabbit".....loaded with fairly unknown covers, such as "Easier to Cry" originally by the Shagri-La's, "Putty In Your Hand" by the Shirelles, and Charlie Rich's "Midnight Blues".....seekng ou such esoteric material lends tha same materialew life, unlike the slavish, carbon  covers that I have discussed my dislike for so many times before. These sound fresh and new, and it is a fine listening experience.

Rachel Nagy's fine vocals were the reference point of that album, also of the second, 2001's "Life, Love, and Leaving"......another batch of semi-unknown cover version (for example: "Stupidity" by Solomon Burk  , and , "Cry On" by Irma Thomas....EXCELLENT cover materal was the key to this band's success, and, ironically, to it originality. Anyother worthwhile album (somewhat hard to find but fear not I have one)

They released an EP "Seven Easy Pieces" a fwe years later, I DO have one but the entire thing is incorporated on their third release, "Baby"......includng the all of the previously mentioned EP, and a fresh string of nearly 20 MORE unknown tracks, it also incudes an ORIGINAL song, "Hot Dog (Watch me Eat") which fits like a glove and you'd NEVER know it was NOT some other bizarre cover choice. Plenty of more fine cover versions, well chosen, well done, and abaited by intelligent ord collecting: a few examples are "I Wanna Holler" by Gary US Bonds, "Mean Man" by Betty Harris, and "Weak Spot" by Ruby Johnson.

Their fourth disc, "Tied and True", continues the formula, these guys knew their formula, one with which I agree.....take cover versions and MAKE THEM YOUR OWN in a way.. don't have to be "better" than the originals, chances are they WON'T be....but make them YOUR OWN. Takes a specil kind of talent, and the Detroit Cobras did it to the tune of perfection. "Leave My Kitten Alone" (by Little Willie John) and "Only to Other People" by the Cookies are among the unknown- that are transformed on this album.....

Personally I'd rank all four of the above at around ***1/2 stars, pretty good and consistent, and then we have "Original Recording: Singles and Unreleased" which features exactly what the title would imply. A little more esoteric material on this one, a Wana Jackson number, as well as the Deviants, ? and the Mysterians, The Kinks and others, as well as outtakes/unreleased from some of their earlier LP's......sounds like a perfect fit, actually, I'd give it maybe a ***.

Some of you garage rock lovers will love this.....some might despise it (can't see why though)....these are fine albums, and I think highly of them......hope you do, esecially if this NEW to you. We can always find SOMETHING under that big old rock n roll sun, this is todays find......I like these albums. Do you? You don't hear a lot about them, but I'd think to a crowd like this blog's audience, perhaps they would be one that would go over big! Let me know

MINK RAT OR RABBIT-01 Cha Cha Twist/02 I'll Keep Holding On/03 Putty (In Your Hands)/04 Easier to Cry/05 Bad Girl/06 Summer (The Slum)/07 Midnight Blues/08 You Knows What To Do/09 Can't Do Without You/10 Hittin On Nothing/11 Out of This World/12 Chumbawa/13 Breakaway
LIFE LOVE AND LEAVING-01 Hey Sailor/02 He Did It/03 Find Me A Home/04 Oh My Lover/05 Cry On/06 Stupidity/07 Bye Bye Love/08 Boss Lady/09 Laughing at You/10 Can't Miss Nothing/11 Right Around the Corner/12 Won't You Dance With Me/13 Let's Forget About the Past/14 Shout Bama Lama
BABY-01 Slipping Around/02 I Wanna Holler (But the Town's Too Small)/03 Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand/04 Weak Spot/05 Everybody's Going Wild/06 Hot Dog (Watch Me Eat)/07 Mean Man/08 Now You're Gone/09 It's Raining/10 Just Can't Please You/11 The Real Thing/12 Baby Help Me/13 Cha Cha Twist/14 Ya Ya Ya/15 My baby Loves the Secret Agent/16 Heartbeat/17 You Don't Knock/18 Silver and Gold/19 99 1/2 Percent Just Won't Do/20 Insane Asylum
TIED AND TRUE-01 As Long As I have You/02 Noting But a Heartache/03 (If You Don't Think) You Better Change/04 Leave My Kitten Alone/05 (I Wanna Know) What's Going On/06 Try Love/07 You'll Never Change/08 Puppet on a String/09 Only To Other People/10 The Hurt's All Gone/11 It's My Delight/12 On a Monday/13 Green Light
ORIGINAL RECORDINGS-SINGLES AND UNRELEASED-01 Village of Love/02 Maria Christina/03 Over To My House/04 Sad Affair/05 Down In Louisiana/06 Ain't It a Shame/07 Slum Lord/08 It's Raining/09 Cha Cha Twist/10 Funnel Of Love/11 I've Got a Feeling/12 Time Changes Eveything/13 Brainwashed/14 With Body and Soul
Good stuff here, hope you find a new groove you can get into......I've liked the older records for a while now, it's good stuff! Let me know your concurance or lack thereof!!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

For Psyclist (M.I.A.?) Part #3, hope ya don't have all these either!

Hope all is well with longtime blogger friend Psyclist,
 he's contributed LOTS of fine stuff to the blog (as well as to my personal collection!).....haven't heard from him for while, don't know if he's still checking in or not as "psycles" around Southeast Asia (I think).....yes my life is boring......

Anyway I have three more discs that he might not have (he has a BUNCH of em though) and they are of significant interest that I might as well post the style of posting ALBUMS (rather than best of comps) by the Remains, Count 5, Standells, and more, I have turned up four more....keep in mind, MOST of the "nuggets" bands of the era DID NOT make solid albums for the (maybe two) stunning singles per album, cover versions of reasonalby well known stuff for filler, and a lot of (frankly) bad tracks to flesh things out.....and I know that Music Machine released finealbums, they were the exception (Love, also, for that matter)....

What do we got fer ye today? Well, let's begin with Syndicate of Sound....from San Jose California, they of course released the sneering classic "Hey Little Girl" (one of the first songs I EVER remember hearing!), and, well, not much else.....that was about it. The rest of the album is fleshed out with stuff like "Big Boss Man" and "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby"'s rough to listen to, actually, but as a historical novelty/curiosity indespensable.

Fairing a bit better are Chicago's "Shadows of Knight" (likely pointed out before that SOOOO many bands thought it was the hippest thing possible to spell their name "Knight" instead of "Night"'d think if they REALLY had access to the REALLY GOOD drugs, they'd have been able to cme up with something a bit more creative).....anyway, the title track "Gloria" is here, as is "Oh Yeah" which appears on the first Nuggets set......after that (just) passable Chicago blues, "Got My mojo Workin'", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Boom Boom"....get the pitcha? Listenable enough so dig in....

From the great Pacific Northwest come the Sonics, whom I am sure you know from their crude, saxaphone driven singles such as "Psycho", "Strychnine", "He's Waitin".....they released a pair of LP's in 1965-66, "Here Are the Sonics" and "Boom".....this CD ("Psycho") contains all of the material from both of those albums on one handy disc.....this is MUCH more enjoyable, as an album, than the Syndicate of Sound and Shadows of Knight items here. The Sonics were the real deal, "Boss Hoss", "Louie Louie", "Jenny Jenny", they were a high-energy act and we are lucky that we have thier (pretty much) complete body of work on a single CD!

And finally Yesterday's Children.....really they had no standout singles on their only album release, and to compound matters they were one of at least three (if not more) bands who shared that moniker....this was crew from Connecticut, they had a minor hit ("To Be Or Not To Be" appears on "Psychedelic Unknowns").....that single was typical garage/psych/nugget rock, but by the time they released this album (1969), they were headed more in a direction of the straight up hard rock of the early 1970's. It's quite a good album, unsure it fits here, but be that as it may, try this one, you may enjoy it.....might, perhaps, remind you of Josefus or Toad, maybe something like's a good one. Recommended.

SYNDICATE OF SOUND-01 Big Boss Man/02 Almost Grown/03 So Alone/04 Dream Baby/05 Rumours/06 Little Girl/07 That Kind of Man/08 I'm Alive/09 You/10 Lookin For The Goodtimes/11 Witch/12 Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby

SHADOWS OF KNIGHT-01 Gloria/02 Light Bulb Blues/03 I Got My Mojo Workin/04 Darksde/05 Boom Boom/06 Let It Rock/07 Oh Yeah/08 It Always Happens That Way/09 You Can't Judge a Book By Looking at the Cover/10 (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man/11 I Just Want to Make Love To You

THE SONICS-01 Witch/02 Do You Love Me/03 Roll Over Beethoven/04 Boss Hoss/05 Dirty Robber/06 Have Love Will Travel/07 Psycho/08 Money (That's What I Want)/09 Walking the Dog/10 Night Time Is the Right Thing/11 Strychnine/12 Good Golly Miss Molly/13 The Hustler/14 Psycho (Live)/15 Cinderella/16 Don't Be Afraid of th Dark/17 Skinny Minnie/18 Let the Good Times Roll/19 Don't You Just Know It/20 Jenny Jenny/21 He's Waitin/22 Louie Louie/23 Since I Fell For You/24 Hitch Hike/25 It's Alright/26 Shot Doown/27 Keep a Knockin'/28 Witch (Live)/29 Witch (Version 2)

YESTERDAY'S CHILLDREN-01 Paranoia/02 Sad Born Loser/03 What Of I/04 She's Easy/05 Sailing/06 Providence Bummer/07 Evil Woman/08 Hunter's Moon

Whaddya think about these.....I'm sure I could do several more in this style.....but often the music is more interesting than memorable, so I don;t know......I enjoy them, but I wonder REALLY how many people want to hear a whole album from Syndicate of Sound? I guess I will find out!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Vaselines

Probably completely unknown today if not for their
association with Nirvana (opened for Nirvana, and Nirvana did some covers of their work), today we have the Vaselines, formed in Glasgow Scotland in the late 1980's. Originally a duo of Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, the band would late add drummer Charlie Kelly (COOL, like the guy on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", the BigMan's favorite show!) and bassist James Seenan.

This is pretty cool shit really, on the authority of no less than Kurt Cobain.....Nirvana would cover THREE of the 19 songs on this disc, "Son of a Gun""Molly's Lips (blows Nirvana's version away IMO)", and "Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam".....but actually you can see Nirvana covering pretty much anything here, really...I WAS planning on putting up the only Vaselines disc I own, "Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History", released in 1992 and to that point their body of work in its totality.....but on a whim checked the "Bay", and WAIT THERE'S MORE.....haven't listened to any of it yet, but might as well provide it to all you loyal Vaselines fans that frequent this here blog thing.....also "Live In London (Split with Beat Happeing"), "Enter the Vaselines", "All the Stuff and More".....we'll check on the "overlap" rate before posting, me suspects there may be a good bit, I'm not gonna double up TOO much of it, there is also their 2010 (!) release, "Sex With an X".....never heard it, so we'll all find out togther I guess.

Variety.....variety....variety....the spice of fucking life! Leave a comment and lemme know what ya think bout this one too, me thinks it is pretty kewl, and that is WITHOUT the additional "Bay" material.....please report back as so as ya listen to any of the non-"Complete History" stuff, you may hear it before I do......."Enter the Vaselines" incorporates some remixes, demos and the "Live in London" disc, might a well put that one up as well.

WAY OF THE VASELINES A COMPLETE HISTORY-01 Son of a Gun/02 Rory Rides Me Raw/03 You Think You're a Man/04 Dying For It/05 Molly's Lips/06 Teenage Superstars/07 Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam/08 Sex Sux (Amen)/09 Slushy/10 Monsterpussy/11 Bitch/12 No Hope/13 Oliver Twisted/14 The Day I Was a Horse/15 Dum-Dum/16 Hairy/17 Love Craft/18 Dying For It (The Blues)/19 Let's Get Ugly

ENTER THE VASELINES DISC 1-01 Son of a Gun/02 Rory Rides Me Raw/03 You Think You're a man/04 Dying For It/05 Molly's Lips/06 Teenage Superstars/07 Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam/08 Sex Sux (Amen)/09 Slushy (Remix)/10 Monsterpussy (Remix)/11 Bitch (Remix)/12 No Hope (remix)/13 Oliver Twisted (Remix)/14 The Day I Was a Horse (remix)/15 Dum Dum (remix)/16 Hairy (remix)/17 Lovecraft (Remix)/18 Dying For It (The Blues) (Remix)/19 Let's Get Ugly (Remix)

ENTER THE VASELINES DISC 2-01 Son of a Gun (Demo '86)/02 Rosary Job (Demo '86)/03 Red Poppy (Demo '86)/04 Son of a Gun (Live Bristol 86)/05 Rosary Job (Live Bristol '86)/06 Red Poppy (Live Bristol '86)/07 Rory Rides Me Raw (Live Bristol '86)/08 You Think You're a Man (live Bristol '86)/09 Dying For It (Live London '88)/10 Monsterpussy (Live London '88)/11 Let's Get Ugly (London '88)/12 Molly's Lips (Live London '88)/13 The Day I Was a Horse (London '88)/14 The Day I Was a Horse (Again) (Live London '88)/15 Sex Sux (Amen) (Live '88)/16 I Didn't Know I Loved You (Live London '88)/17 Teenage Superstars (Live London '88)

SEX WITH AN X-01 Ruined/02 Sex With an X/03 The Devil's Inside Me/04 Such a Fool/05 Turning It On/06 Overweight But Over You/07 Poison Pen/08 I hate the 80's/09 Mouth To Mouth/10 Whitechappel/11 My God's Bigger Than Your God/12 Exit the Vaselines

Gotta go for a "sleep Study" tomorrow so maybe we can figure out what happened to me back in September (stroke? seizure? sleep apnea attack?).....I know this, whatever it was, my mind is NOT back to 100% of what it was BEFORE September 20......I'm still having trouble with short-term memory, and just remembering simple converstaions.....ah, well....I'll likely still be off work until January.....then return for a while and FUCKING RETIRE (already have my 30 FUCKING years in).....anyway, September 20 is going to be "one of those" landmark dates for me, life before/after were two different things. We all have a series of them in our lives, and that was definitlely one of em. Something loud and obnoxious tomorrow hopefully.

LATE EDIT: Couple things for you to check out....first of all, Tiltingsuds is workintime to continue to bring us the most rare in Clash boots, it is amazing the stuff he is piling on here. Everyone should check this out and be VERY appreciative of his efforts! I for one thank him with all I have, he's a TRUE FRIEND OF THE BLOG and has provided us ALL with some VERY VERY valuable stuff. Hat's off  to him!

Secondly, there was a comment left by Deanna Mitchell of I'll repaste the whole thing:

Hello from Frightwig. We are playing out again. Go to Check out our video of Crawford. It's on our new EP Hit Return! Rock on, Deanna
--------------------------------so Frightwig have a new EP out , and a new video? And they WANT people to see and hear them? What kind of concept is THIS? You mean they aren't going to whine and cry like babies whom have lost their colorforms such as SOME bands (Ohhhh, off the top of my head: Green Day, Sublime, Bratmobile, and especially the oh-so-ironically named Corrosion of Conformity)....these are bands that have made it clear that they want FEWER listeners/potential fans of their music, rather than more.....I am noone to argue and took their shit down, as I would with ANY band that insisted that they prefer FEWER listeners over MORE......seems so illogical, and silly, but you know, that is how some people ARE. Thanks to  Deanna Mitchell and Frightwig, I'll checkyour site and your EP, I've always liked your work (which is WHY I did a post on you in the first place!).....thanks for aknowledging that my blog exists, and I hope that you pick up a few more fas/listeners because I put some of your excellent material up here! Thanks again Deanna!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love Always-BigScott62 !!!!!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The best Nebula post, ever

More goods from my deep stash of heavy psych/stoner bands,
 a bit of a lesser-known one it seems to me at least relative to some of their contemporaries. Guitarist/vocalist Eddie Glass started the band after departing Fu Manchu, and the latter band's fingerprints are all over the sound (nothing wrong there).... Glass brought with him Fu Manchu drummer Ruben Romano as well as bassist Mark Abshire for the original lineup..... the band is Glass' project, pretty much exclusively, as they have been through more than a couple of bassists and drummer since then.

I'll tell you what....these are quite consistently good albums.....they have a sort of garage band sloppiness to them that is sort of unusual in the often technically proficient stoner scene, NOT that there are not plenty of wah wah pedals, screamed vocals, out-there lyrics, and heavy pounding bass is STONER ROCK! LIke Kyuss? Fu Manchu? JACKPOT!

The oldest I can locate from them is a 1998 EP, a very good one too, entitled "Let It Burn", sounding, as you might expect like a psychedelic Fu Manchu record, and that would not be such a bad thing...."Raga In the Bloodshot Pyramid" and "Sonic Titan" give you a good idea of what's in store....I hear that this disc is kind of hard to locate, not sure, I've had mine forever....if it IS, well, you are most wel!

The NEXT oldest I can locate from them is a "Split EP" ("Split EP's" on which 2 bands shared the recordin, were quiite big in the early days of stoner rock for some reason.....I guess cause noone had the jack to make a disc by themselves.....personally, I have always HATED splits because they FUCK UP MY FILING STYSTEM.......the nerve) with Lowrider, features four tracks from each band.....the early (1999) Nebula is in good form, "Full Throttle" and "Back to the Down" stand out.....I'll give ya the Lowider tracks too, without comment, they were decent as well and I'll give them a post sometime.  By the way, Nebula DO have an older EP entitled "Sun Creature" also from 1999....if you can find a copy of it you are a better man than myself, but I hope ya share it here) if ya do have one!

Later in 1999 they released their first full-length, the great "To the Center"'s the most psyched of their discs and features a BUNCH of good rocking tracks, such as "Synthetic Dream" and "Fields of Psilocybin"......recommeded for stoner fans.

Next disc was 2001's "Charged", they crank up the amps a small bit, but these guys knew who they were and what they meant to ....heavy psych/stoner like "Giant" and the epic "All the Way" ae highlights, don't miss this one either.

2003's "Atomic Ritual" finds a maturing band, taking things (and themselves) a bit more seriously (wittness the Alistair Crowley quotes all over the cover)....however, it IS a good album as well. The two-part title track (part 2 is a dreaded "hidden track") and a few more bring the goods, this is probably my LEAST favorite of their albums, but it's certainly not bad.

For 2006's "Apollo" thy retruned to more spacy sound, reminiscent of "To the Center" but more mature, more well thought out, and simply an excellent album. The TOTALLY weird finale "Opiate Float/Orbit" is worth the price of admission here for my money.

Their most recent release is an EP, 2009, entitled "Heavy Psych".....lives up to its name quite well, with a bunch of good numbers that they'd often do in concert, such as "The Dagger" and "Aphrodite".....always wondered why they didn't tack on some filler and make it a full length, but what are ya gonna do?

They gave it a good run, they were a good band, as I said somewhat not as appreciated as they might be in stoner circles..I have some live boots from them including a show I attended which I found VERY enjoyable, they they rocked the house with a good, long loud set that the crowd was REALLY into!

The show I attended was from 8/14/09 in wonderful Columbus Ohio (GO BUCKS!), they played a fine set which a friend of mine recorded..... his track list doesn't QUITE match up, I think the tunes are all their but they are not split as listed below and I don't have time to correct'll see what I mean Also have a Chicago set from the DAY BEFORE the Columbus one, another good set, fun to compare the two shows on consecutive nights, the Columbus show to my ears was the better of the two.....I note they changed their set list up a good bit (remember those Police boots with IDENTICAL set lists?).My third and final show is from Helmond, 2/13/10, possibly the same tour as the other two sets, with a version of "Sister Morphine" (!) thrown in for good measure.

I guess they're done, they haven't officially broken up, but in general three years away is an indicator.  And if you have ever seen/heard a copy of "Sun Creature" (or "Dos EPs", which combines "Sun Creature", the stuff from the Lowrider split, but also three new tracks, this would be the one to have, actually, if anyone it and wants to share it!

Hope you guys enjoy these, I have often turned to Nebula when I need some good, psych stoner stuff......they were a good band. Well done.

LET IT BURN-01 Elevation/02 Down the Highway/03 Let It Burn/04 Vulcan Bomber/05 Dragon Eye/06 Raga In the Bloodshot Pyramid/07 Sonic Titan/08 Devil's Liquid

NEBULA/LOWRIDER SPLIT EP-NEBULA-01 Anything From You/02 Full Throttle/03 Back to the Dawn/04 Fall of Icarus/ LOWRIDER-05 Lameneshma/06 The Gnome, The Spirit, The Sun/07 Shivaree/08 Upon the Dune (Full Version)
TO THE CENTER-01 To the Center/02 Come Down/03 Whatcha Lookin For/04 Clearlight/05 Freedom/06 Antigone/07 I Need Somebody/08 So Low/09 Synthetic Dream/10 Fields of Psilocybin/11 Betwen Time/12 You Meant Nothing
CHARGED-01 Do It Now/02 Beyond/03 Giant/04 Trvelin' Man's BLues/05 Instant Gravitation/06 This On/07 Ignition/08 Shaker/09 Goodbye Yesterday/10 All the Way
ATOMIC RITUAL-01 Atomic Ritual/02 So It Goes/03 Carpe Diem/04 More/05 The Beast/06 Out Of Your Head/07 The Way to Venus/08 Paradise Engineer/09 Electric Synapse/10 Strange Human/11 Fin/12 Atomic Ritual Revisited
APOLLO-01 Orbit/02 Loose Cannon/03 Fever Fray/04 Lightbringer/05 Future Days/06 Ghost
Ride/07 The Alchemist/08 Trapezium Procession/09 Controlled/10 The Eagle Has Landed/11 Fruit of My Soul/12 Decadent Garden/13 Wired/14 Opiate Float/Orbit
HEAVY PSYCH EP-01 Pulse/02 The Dagger/03 Aphrodite/04 Dream Submarine/05 In the Depths/06 The Other Side/07 Crow of Thorns/08 Lead Sky/09 Little Yellow Pill/10 Running of the Bulls

CHICAGO 8/13/09-01 Bardo Airways/02 The Dagger/03 Pulse/04 Aphrodite/05 Full Throttle/06 To the Center/07 The Way to Venus/08 Crown of Thornes/09 Giant/Clear Light/10 Little Yellow Pill/11 Elevation/12 Down the Highway/13 Intermission/14 Let it Burn/15 It's Been a Long Day
COLUMBUS 8/14/09-01 "We're Gonna Play Right Now!"/02 Instant Gratification/03 The Dagger/04 Pulse/05 Giant/Clearlight/06 Aphrodite/07 Devil's Liquid/08 The Other Side/09 The Way to Venus/10 To the CeEnter/11 Crown of Thornes/12 Bardo Airways/13 Down the Highway/14 Long Day/15 Let It Burn/16 Sonic Titan/17 Vulcan Bomber

HELMOND 2/13/10-01 Tuning and Shit/02 Perfect Rapture/03 The Dagger/04 Giant/Clearlight/05 Search and Destroy/06 Aphrodite/07 Dream Submarine/In the Depths/Heavy Psych/08 All the Way/09 Let It Burn/10 Pulse/11 Come Down/12 Void/13 The Other Side/14 Fields of Psilocybin/Sister Morphine/15 The Eagle Has Landed/16 Lead Sky/17 Down Highway