A little late, incl. in finding anything worth mentioning, but now we can start this off with a bang:
― dow, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 22:46 (three months ago) link
Randy Holden's Population II out Friday---heavy breathing and linked preview streams here:http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1103023679580&ca=49aea560-d948-42e5-ae61-ed1c2a390291
― dow, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 22:48 (three months ago) link
― dow, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 22:49 (three months ago) link
I've really been looking forward to this reissue since Riding Easy announced it, but I'm a little confused about the release date since Riding Easy's site itself says it's not due out until April 6th.
― soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 16:42 (three months ago) link
Rumours taht there is a box set and deluxe editions of the mid 70s Iggy Pop lps he cut with teh help fo david Bowie have been going around since the latest Robert Plant cover UNcut hasa big feature on the era. Not been able to find anything confiriming that though. Have been hoping for remasters of teh 2 main lps for ages though.
There is definitely a 15 disc vinyl box based around Funhouse coming including all of the Complete sessions and the Unganos set.A bit of overkill but it is the 50th anniversary.Wish I could get some of the packaging on its own though.Really want a poster with the remastered cover image in the same depth as the vinyl that came out at the time the 2cd set came out. Very sharp
― Stevolende, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 16:49 (three months ago) link
xpost good point Jon, have just queried publicist.
― dow, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 17:10 (three months ago) link
THere wasa good long interview with Randy Holden in Ugly THings a couple of issues ago #51. Goes right into the story behind the Population II lp and why nothings seemed to work for him at that point.He drifted out of music in disgust for decades.
― Stevolende, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 17:19 (three months ago) link
That was a great read, if overall depressing.
― soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 17:20 (three months ago) link
Publicist replies: Because the vinyl was delayed considerably, as is the norm these days. It will be out on digital platforms this Friday, but the physical format won’t hit shelves until April 6th. Yeah, prob re the big pressing plant fire in Cali, I should think (but why no CD yet oh well meanwhile we have those streams linked in the press release web page posted above)
― dow, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 18:13 (three months ago) link
Thanks for the clarification!
― soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 18:18 (three months ago) link
The Distractions – Nobody’s Perfect (Island/Occultation, 1980) Mar 20An exciting, relatively rare case where a lost classic (from major label Island no less) is reissued on CD (and digital and vinyl) for the first time ever. It was a long road to get there, as the project was first announced in 2016, then abandoned, then made into a crowdfunded project. You can stream or buy the 14 original tracks of the album now, or buy the physical two disc set with the singles, demos and remixed album to be delivered in March. The amazing Manchester band is the missing link between Buzzcocks and The Jam. https://fastnbulbous.com/distractions-nobodys-perfect/https://thedistractionsmcr.bandcamp.com/album/nobodys-perfect-2020-40th-anniversary-expanded-reissue
Nick Haeffner – The Great Indoors (Hanky Panky, 1987) Jan 8The voice of unsung cult post-punk/psych hero Nick Haeffner is finally being heard thanks to a renaissance of reissues, reunions and new material. Last year he got together with his old post-punk band The Tea Set (1978-81) for some performances, new song and video “Pharoahs,” and the Cleopatra released the compilation of their complete catalog in July, Back In Time For Tea. Then Hanky Panky reissued a double album version of his underrated solo debut, The Great Indoors (1987), a truly original collection that marries his post-punk background with Syd Barrett psych and jangle pop. It was officially released late last year in UK, so Jan is the US date -- mine just arrived this week.
UT – In Gut’s House (Blast First/UT, 1987) Jan 31UT formed in no wave-era NYC in 1978, but soon relocated to London. Their second album, In Gut’s House, is a masterpiece of spectral, skeletal noise rock and post-punk, one of the most original albums of the time. Had they not disbanded in 1990, perhaps they would have achieved at least a portion of the success that the likes of Swans and Sonic Youth saw. They’ve actually been active since 2010, and with luck we’ll hear new music someday.https://utmusic.bandcamp.com/album/in-guts-house-2
East Village – Hotrod Hotel (Slumberland) Jan 24I don’t know that East Village were one of the Great Lost Bands, but they did some nice jangle pop tunes that were in line with what was going on with Flying Nun and Creation label bands. They broke up in 1991, two years before their sole album was released. This collects their late 80s singles.https://slumberlandrecs.bandcamp.com/album/hotrod-hotel
Pale Saints – The Comforts Of Madness (4AD, 1990) Jan 17Second tier dream pop & shoegaze from Leeds deserves a fresh listen on this deluxe reissue of their debut album, the first of three in their 7 year existence, 1987-94.
The Flys – Today Belongs To Me: The Complete Recordings 1977-1980 (Warner/Cherry Red, 2019)This came out last year, but I just got my copy, tacked it on at the bottom of the Distractions review. One of the many Between The Cracks bands who navigated the murky gray areas between glam, pub rock, new wave and punk. https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/the-flys-today-belongs-to-me-the-complete-recordings-1977-1980-2cd/
ggy Pop – The Idiot (Universal, 2CD, 1977) MayIggy Pop – Lust For Life (Universal, 2CD 1977) MayIggy Pop – 1977: The Bowie Years (Universal, 7CD) May
This is exciting news, as I’ve been waiting for deluxe reissues of those albums for decades. No details on what’s on that 7 disc set yet, but I imagine there would be stuff starting with Raw Power era Stooges and some live recordings, possibly with Bowie serving on keyboards.
Pedaljets – Today, Today (Twilight, 1988) TBD - I reviewed their new album: https://fastnbulbous.com/winter-album-rundown-2020/
― Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 29 February 2020 13:35 (three months ago) link
Yeah, I might well spring for the full Iggy box. Maybe we'll get even more live recordings with the awesome fidelity of TV Eye!
― but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 29 February 2020 14:48 (three months ago) link
Batiscafo FINALLY being reissued, this is one crazy record and long overdue. It's out 4/3
Munster Records presents a reissue of Batiscafo by Gregorio Paniagua. Immersed in an age of re-releases and the pursuit of rarities, hidden gems and marvels, record labels are constantly rediscovering musical jewels, which previously only collectors have had the chance to own. Batiscafo is one of these elusive treasures. First released in 1980 on the label Hispavox, the album disappeared after a short run and no further editions in any format have been available until now, in spite of the huge level of interest shown by fans to get their hands on a vinyl record in mint condition by this outstanding musical oddity made in Spain. Paniagua is a classically trained musician and scholar of music with an extensive and fruitful history of researching, recording and rediscovering ancient music, varying from Las Cantigas de Santa María del Rey Alfonso X El Sabio (which earned him a gold record in Japan), to Andalusían music from Spain's past or compositions from ancient Greece, as well as playing with the vocal and instrumental ensemble Atrium Musicae, which toured across the world to great critical acclaim. In 1980, Paniagua embarked on a solo project, moving from the classical to the pop department at Hispavox. He shut himself off from the world every night for a whole month to record Batiscafo. Assisted solely by a sound technician at the controls of the latest mixing desk, his instruments and brilliant inventiveness, he managed to create this gem, a record that seeks to emulate Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells (1973) and which vanished all too soon, becoming the Holy Grail of Spanish experimental music. Batiscafo anticipated a wave of avant-garde Spanish music in the '80s with key figures such as Suso Sáiz, Pep Llopis, Ishinoana, or Finis Africae, who are now being rediscovered and admired outside Spain. It is a highly original and imaginative record that continues to surprise listeners forty years on, with its bold combination of early electronic music, classicism, experimentation and psychedelia. It's a masterpiece that endures the test of time.
― Deflatormouse, Monday, 9 March 2020 02:29 (two months ago) link
Oh! I'll order that East Village collection from Slumberland... Paul Kelly went on to form Birdie, who I love. And I guess Martin Kelly went on to marry Sarah Cracknell, who he loves.
― avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Monday, 9 March 2020 03:16 (two months ago) link
― Fastnbulbous, Saturday, February 29, 2020 1:35 PM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink
Has this been confirmed somewhere now. The word was going around a couple of weeks ago but everything was citing the Uncut article in the Robert Plant cover edition as the source.Iam looking forward to getting the lps if it is true but just haven't seen anything saying what makes them deluxe.Have been waiting for an upgrade on the old cd for years.
― Stevolende, Monday, 9 March 2020 10:06 (two months ago) link
There's a new African Head Charge box out: Drumming is a Language: 1990-2011. It compiles four albums - Songs of Praise, In Pursuit of Shashamane Land, Vision of a Psychedelic Africa and Voodoo of the Godsent - with a 10-disc set of outtakes, Churchical Chant of the Iyabinghi. I bought the 5CD version from the On-U store on Bleep.com (along with the 2017 Dub Syndicate box Ambience in Dub 1982-1985) and got free downloads (MP3, WAV, or FLAC) of everything.
― but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 9 March 2020 16:42 (two months ago) link
Now that's what I call talkin' about!Wonder how this is?
VARIOUS ARTISTSThe All American Powerhouse (Themes)BE WITH RECORDSOriginally released in 1976, The All American Powerhouse is one of the very best of the Themes library releases. It’s killer. A feast of dramatic jazz, horizontal, melodic funk and bouncing sunshine-y West-Coast feels throughout, there also lurks an intense injection of the Blaxploitation sound. Understandable, given the subject matter and year it was released. Highlights include Alan Parker’s confident, horn-heavy wah-wah-fuelled album-opener “Sweeny Todd”, Hawkshaw’s graceful “Getaway” glide and dramatic, breathless “Speed Run”, Mike Moran’s loose, organ-driven propulsive B-Boy classic “The Pick-Up” and Keith Roberts’ percussive tour de force “Overide” that closes out the LP. Yet, perhaps the most significant track here is Les Hurdle’s long-adored “Soul Train”. A grooving, bass-heavy library classic, it’s all swirling strings, stabbing horns, heavy open drums and melodic funk-rock guitars. Add in the funky clavinet, and the combination works beautifully. Excerpts etc. of this and other label reissues here: https://www.phonicarecords.com/product/various-artists-the-all-american-powerhouse-themes-be-with-records/165104
― dow, Monday, 9 March 2020 20:23 (two months ago) link
Another Be With (tho currently Out of Stock on this site)VARIOUS ARTISTSVisual Impact (kpm) LPBE WITH RECORDS
Arguably the single greatest album in KPM history. An ensemble piece of staggeringly heavy works from none other than Brian Bennett, John Scott, Steve Gray, Jim Lawless and Johnny Pearson. For our immense pleasure, Visual Impact includes the insanely ace “Nuplex” by Brian Bennett, a nagging, sweeping, punchy funk piece that exists in a world of its own. If you don’t know, get to know - the record’s worth getting for this track alone. The same goes for the beautifully paced, string-drenched, horn-fed LP opener “Canaveral Scape”, courtesy of John Scott. Truly sublime. Other highlights on the A-side include Bennett’s easy, bass-heavy jazz groover “Sequence Of Events” and the spare, building, undercover funk of Steve Gray’s aptly-named “Low Profile”. The B-side is straight-up fantastic. The percussive, vibey exotica of Jim Lawless’s “Keeping Pace” is followed by five tracks of slick, weighty funk breaks from Johnny Pearson. Check the pure groove of “Jaguar” with its head-nod drum break intro, the creeping piano-strings combo and… er… giant neck-snapping breaks of “Giant’s Causeway”, the speaker-smashing progressive bass groove of “Fugitive”, the tense “Rock Climb” and the sheer heft of “Heavy Load". Library largeness. If that isn’t enough, John Scott’s incessant “Flight Of The Phoenix” ends the session, brilliantly pilfered by M.O.P. for their much-loved “We Run New York.”More samples etc.:https://www.phonicarecords.com/product/various-artists-visual-impact-kpm-lp-be-with-records/165102
― dow, Monday, 9 March 2020 20:30 (two months ago) link
I had a weird mix of going between CDRs of The Cult and The Doobie Brothers today at work.
― earlnash, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 02:09 (two months ago) link
As RidingEasy Records' highly successful Brown Acid series (now at 10 volumes and counting) proves, there is a massive amount of incredible heavy psych and proto-metal music that has been lost to the sands of time. Case in point, the astoundingly great 50-year-old album The Ice Age by Indianapolis quintet ICE was never even released upon its completion.
In 1970, the band recorded 10 original songs at 8-Track Studios in Chicago, only to break up shortly thereafter. Two of the tracks were eventually released as a 45 in 1972, but confusingly under a different band name, Zukus! The A-side of that single was featured on Brown Acid: The Ninth Trip, which led RidingEasy Records to discover when licensing the track that an entire album had been languishing in obscurity all of this time. The 2-inch master tapes had been shelved and forgotten until recently when The Ice Age tracks were converted to digital and remixed, preserving the sounds of the original vocals & instruments. Finally, half a century later, this 10-song album of radio-ready rock will finally see light of day.
The Ice Age is an exceptional archive of hard edged rock with serious pop hooks akin to something like Grand Funk Railroad meets The Guess Who and The Move. It rocks hard, but is also interlaced with glorious melodic hooks. Had fate been less fickle, this album would've long been a classic rock radio staple.
"Goes back and forth between riffy '70s hard rock and the more mind-bending psych-pop sounds of the '60s. It's not hard to picture this being recorded in 1970 - like a lot of that year's rock records, you can feel the hangover of '60s hippie culture coming on but the sounds of the summer of love aren't completely gone yet." -- Brooklyn VeganLinks to first single + more words:http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1103023679580&ca=0611db24-05a7-4d09-9ebb-f41d5a7b0f8b
― dow, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 17:47 (two months ago) link
Sir Lord Baltimore finally getting an official reissue of their lps as a 3cd on April 24th. Through Cherry Red .That includes a 2006 reunion lp.
I think all cd releases to now have been bootlegs.
― Stevolende, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 07:31 (two months ago) link
Any updates on what is on the Iggy Pop 2cds or actual confirmation beyond the Uncut article?
― Stevolende, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 07:33 (two months ago) link
Just reposted your SLB news here, stevolende: Singing drummerswhere I prev posted this, without having heard that those CDs were bootlegs(?) Got the legit orig lps, but only heard reissues and reunion on youtube:
Surprised that John Garner of Sir Lord Baltimore isn't on here. SLB's 1971 Kingdom Come is what would now be called proto-metal I guess---tagged as heavy metal when that was still a new, esoteric rock critic category---real good, and the follow-up was okay; way later when they were mentioned in CREEM again, somebody wrote in to say that Garner had become a Christian EMT and wedding singer. Then about 12 years ago the third album was finally released, earlier sessions re-worked with Christian-themed lyrics (considering the title of the debut, maybe this was always in there, but originally over my head if so). Kingdom Come's re-reissue on CD is prob OOP by now but worth looking for.
― dow, Thursday, September 6, 2018 10:30 AM (one year ago) bookmarkflaglink
Listening again---if you want visionary caveman vocals x drums for the wedding, Garner is your guy! Or was (RIP).
― dow, Thursday, September 6, 2018 1:17 PM
― dow, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 21:39 (two months ago) link
Mercury/Polygram put the first two SLB albums on one CD way back in 1994; I still have a copy (and it might even still be in print). Weirdly, both albums had their sides reversed, so the CD ran
Kingdom Come, Side AKingdom Come, Side BSir Lord Baltimore, Side BSir Lord Baltimore, Side A
I think I'm gonna spring for the Cherry Red box. That third album was good; I interviewed the two surviving members when it came out in 2007.
― but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 22:59 (two months ago) link
The Mercury set has been OOP for awhile; Garner himself published a review on Amazon complaining that he'd neither been approached nor compensated for it.
― a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 23:02 (two months ago) link
Well, I've just pre-ordered the Cherry Red box (only about $27 including shipping to the US; release date 4/24, which is just far enough in the future that I'll have forgotten I ordered it by the time it lands in my PO box).
― but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 23:14 (two months ago) link
From Sounds of the Universe, Soul Jazz Records storefront:
OVER 60% OFF RETAIL PRICE - ESSENTIAL BOOK!
From the writers of 'Last Night A DJ Saved My Life', Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton have come up trumps again with this fabulous book 'The Record Players'!!!
Leading dance music writers Brewster and Broughton detail the visionary DJs who dramatically changed the course of music: from the very first nightclub DJs, to the founders of entire genres, including northern soul, hip hop, disco, techno, drum’n’bass and beyond.
These are the obsessives, the playboys, the musical eccentrics who founded the craft of DJing, developed amazing techniques for performing with recorded music, and revolutionised the way music is conceived, created and enjoyed. They gave us new ways to have the times of our lives and forged a worldwide industry of nightlife and dance music. From unsung pioneers to overheated superstars, all the biggest DJ names are here!
Includes Tom Moulton, Francois Kevorkian, Louie Vega, Marshall Jefferson, John Peel, David Mancuso, Alfredo, Shut Up & Dance, Danielle Badelli and lots, lots more!!!!!https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/the-record-players-the-story-of-dance-music-told-by-history-s-greatest-djs-by-bill-brewster-and-frank-broughton
― dow, Sunday, 29 March 2020 19:49 (two months ago) link
also from SOTU:
(update) SORRY SOLD OUT!!
Absolutely seminal dubby tripped-out POST-PUNK DANCE CLASSIC originally on New York's seminal 99 RECORDS in the USA and Goldman's tiny own label in the UK in 1981.
Recorded at the height of dance/punk crossover, Vivienne's seminal single features John Lydon and Keith Levene from PIL's production, and the flip produced by Adrian Sherwood. It's even got Robert Wyatt on percussion! It's the bomb!
This is a beautiful new exact reproduction of the single with its stunning original sleeve with paper inner and polyurethene plastic outer sleeve. It has been unavailable for 40 years and you have one chance to get this before it gets deleted!
*ONE COPY ONLY PLEASE*!!! Oh well you can still hear some of the a-side: https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/vivien-goldman-launderette
― dow, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:47 (two months ago) link
Haven't heard from Anthology Editions in years, thought gone!
Anthology Editions Announces 13th Floor Elevators: A Visual History Book, Out April 21stTheir journey still occasions wonder and awe. For so many years, it was hardly told. Here it is, in pictures and words. This is the way, step inside.” - Jon Savage 13th Floor Elevators: A Visual History, written and curated by Paul Drummond and published by Anthology Editions, will be released April 21st, and is available for preorder now. Direct orders of the book through the Anthology website will be shipped immediately. 13th Floor Elevators: A Visual History tells the complete and unvarnished story of a band, which, until now, has been thought of as tragically underdocumented. Drummond has spent years amassing an unprecedented archive of primary materials, including scores of previously-unseen band photographs, rare and iconic psychedelic artworks, and more. A full list of visual assets can be found belowBorn out of a union of club bands on the burgeoning Austin bohemian scene and a pronounced taste for hallucinogens, the 13th Floor Elevators formed in late 1965 when lyricist Tommy Hall asked a local singer named Roky Erickson to join up with his new rock outfit. Four years, three official albums, and countless acid trips later, it was over: the Elevators’ pioneering first run ended in a dizzying jumble of professional mismanagement, internal arguments, drug busts, and forced psychiatric imprisonments. In their short existence, however, the group succeeded in blowing the lid off the budding musical underground, logging early salvos in the countercultural struggle against state authorities, and turning their deeply hallucinatory take on jug-band garage rock into a new American institution called psychedelic music. Before the hippies, before the punks, there were the 13th Floor Elevators: an unlikely crew of outcast weirdo geniuses who changed culture. 13th Floor Elevators: A Visual History places the band finally and undeniably in the pantheon of innovators of American rock music to which they have always belonged. 13th Floor Elevators: A Visual History Visual Assets:● Rare photos, including many newly-discovered color shots● Family scrapbook photos and clippings● Photography and ephemera from the band’s friends, a who’s-who of the 1960s Austin arts scene● Stills from the band’s television appearances● Contemporary newspaper and underground press clippings covering the band’s rise (and fall)● Materials from the books that inspired the band’s unique iconography● Internal documents from the band’s label International Artists documenting the disastrous business side of the Elevators’ career in detail● Materials relating to the band’s legal troubles, from handwritten drug deal letters to Austin Police Department surveillance photos to mugshots and draft cards● The most complete collection of show flyers and handbills ever assembled, including many rare alternate printings of iconic psychedelic posters About the Author:Paul Drummond is a renowned antiquarian bookseller based in London. He has spent years documenting every aspect of the history of the 13th Floor Elevators, and is the author of Eye Mind (2007), the exhaustive and definitive biography of the band. Order 13th Floor Elevators: A Visual Historyhttps://shop.mexicansummer.com/product/paul-drummond-13th-floor-elevators/ (even if you don't want to pre-order, maybe check their reissues still available, like Tully's Sea of Joy)
― dow, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 23:36 (two months ago) link
I wish Eye Mind would get put back into print. My copy got trashed and it's fetching ridiculous $$$ online.
― "...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 23:51 (two months ago) link
Matador's promo page for the new Alien Lanes vinyl re-ish includes this teaser at the bottom:
Other Matador Revisionist History Catalog Features Coming in 2020April 11, 1995 — Pavement Wowee Zowee — 25th anniversaryMay 2, 1995 — Yo La Tengo Electr-O-Pura — 25th anniversaryAnniversary releases for Chavez‘s Gone Glimmering, Bailter Space’s Wammo, and Mary Timony‘s Mountains to follow later this year.
― morrisp, Thursday, 2 April 2020 18:05 (two months ago) link
New Zealand’s legendary group The Clean have dusted off several releases from their catalog and made them available on all digital platforms! Today marks the digital debut of the band’s 1996 studio album Unknown Country and that of Live Dead Clean, a six-song EP of early live tracks recorded in 1981 and 1982. Pop some “Champagne & Misery” to celebrate.
The Clean’s David Kilgour and Robert Scott on Unknown Country:
DK: The Clean always wanna try something different, but on this LP, we were obsessed with the idea. Tracks like “Wipe Me, I’m Lucky” and “Franz Kafka at the Zoo” are fine examples of the approach, I reckon. Quite a long way from “Tally Ho!” and “Beatnik”!
I remember we generally left vocal ideas to last, after the tracks were recorded, so we never really knew where we were headed. Might also explain all the instrumentals!
Made during the Balkan War, hence the reference. And for the freaks, I think “Balkans” is the only Clean track ever to not actually feature the Clean playing. It’s all Alan Starrett, as we removed the backing track.
RS: This album is very different from our other albums. We didn’t go into the studio with many “song” ideas—a lot of it was written on the spot. I really enjoyed recording this as it was free of expectation. We weren’t playing much live at the time. It does contain some of my favourite Clean songs such as “Twist Top,” “Wipe Me, I’m Lucky,” and “Valley Cab.” Certainly our most experimental album.
In addition to the releases mentioned above, Compilation, Vehicle, Modern Rock, and In-A-Live are available for your listening pleasure on your favorite digital service today!
contact: mike at mergerecords.com
― dow, Monday, 27 April 2020 18:43 (one month ago) link
So last year, Reappearing Records released a listening companion to Love and Death on the New York Dance Floor, the third volume of historian Tim Lawrence's NYC saga--link to stream that is on the below bandcamp page, for upcoming soundtrack of his first book, Love Saves The Day (stream for this not yet available):With knowledge to share, and a readership as well as a dance floor to feed, Lawrence released Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor as the debut imprint on Reappearing Records. A year in the making, a compilation featuring rare and iconic tracks that appear in his much-loved and heavily-thumbed classic Love Saves the Day amounts to the follow-up. The collection features several tracks selected regularly by David Mancuso, the party host who exerted a prophetic and unparalleled influence on New York City party culture, as charted by Lawrence. It also includes choice picks from groundbreaking DJs such as Michael Cappello, Steve D’Acquisto, Francis Grasso, Richie Kaczor, Larry Levan and Nicky Siano, whose expressive contributions are faithfully recorded in Love Saves the Day. The compilation traces how disco grew out of the record collections and intuitive sensibility of these and other DJs, offering a unique survey of the era’s expansive sonic palette.
releases May 22, 2020, digital and vinyltracks:1.Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin - Dibwe Diambula Kabanda2.Chuck Mangione - Land Of Make Believe3.Wilson Pickett - Don't Knock My Love (Part 1)4.Wilson Pickett - Don't Knock My Love (Part 2)5.James Brown - Give It Up Or Turn It Loose6.Jackson 5 - Hum Along And Dance (Uncut Version)7.Brainstorm - Lovin' Is Really My Game (12" Version)8.Domenic Troiano - We All Need Love (12" Version)9.Gladys Knight And The Pips - It's Time To Go Nowhttps://reappearingrecords.bandcamp.com/album/love-saves-the-day-a-history-of-american-dance-music-culture-1970-1979-part-1 Don't know if Part 1 refers only to the book's placement in series or if there will be a another audio release re the book.
PS:this is how it's divided up on vinyl, according to Vinyl Factory:Side A
1. Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin – Dibwe Diambula Kabanda2. Chuck Mangione – Land Of Make Believe
1. Wilson Pickett – Don’t Knock My Love (Part 1)2. Wilson Pickett – Don’t Knock My Love (Part 2)3. James Brown – Give It Up Or Turn It Loose
1. Jackson 5 – Hum Along And Dance (Uncut Version)
1. Brainstorm – Lovin Is Really My Game (12 Version)2. Domenic Troiano – We All Need Love3. Gladys Knight And The Pips – It’s Time To Go Now
― dow, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 18:56 (one month ago) link
Here's the one that came out last year, with 16 tracks:https://reappearingrecords.bandcamp.com/album/life-death-on-a-new-york-dance-floor-1980-1983
― dow, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 19:08 (one month ago) link
This Delta 5 comp came out on CD in '06, then two vinyl editions and cassette were released late last year, but don't think I noticed---either way, listen/order here:https://delta5.bandcamp.com/album/singles-and-sessions-1979-81excerpts from post on that page:Delta 5 - BiographyBy Alan Riggs
Ros Allen - Bass guitar & vocalsKelvin Knight - DrumsBethan Peters - Bass guitar & vocalsAlan Riggs - Guitar & vocalsJulz Sale - Vocals
Formed in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK 1979.
There was a Leeds music scene at the time that revolved around the Leeds University Art Department, and local bands The Gang of Four and The Mekons were doing well. Kelvin had briefly replaced Hugo in The Gang of Four and was recommended to Delta 5 as a drummer. Kelvin and I played in a band in York together so I went along to audition and joined in May 1979....The single came out in December.
John Peel was given a pre-release copy and he decided to play it twice that night. The next day we got a call asking if we'd like to do a session for him - yes please!! Then, we were off and running.
"Delta 5" and "Make Up" included on this CD are from that session of February 1980. We recorded a follow-up, "Anticipation" / "You" in February 1980. We were gigging more often at this point and "You" turned out pretty well. More gigging in Europe and the UK; around 1980 - 81, we played quite a bit at The Lyceum in London and shared the bill with The Gang of Four a few times, Echo and the Bunnymen, B52s, Specials, Teardrop Explodes and U2 to name a few. We toured with The Gang of Four and Pere Ubu in 1980.
In September 1980 we did our second Peel session, which included "Triangle," which is included on this CD. Later in September 1980 we went to the USA.
We played New York and all along the East Coast. Then we went West, and "Shadow," "Circuit," and "Journey" are all from a show we did at the Berkeley Square in Berkeley, CA. Back to England in October and we recorded "Try"/ "Colour" with the Bad Manners horn section who we had met at a festival In Finland....We experimented quite a bit on the album and perhaps we should have just recorded the songs as they were - the session versions included here are more a reflection of how we were live as they were all recorded quickly in one or two takes....The early days were the best and although we did argue a lot, (what band doesn't!), we also had a lot of laughs - for a couple of years we got to play live and make some records, and then that was enough.
― dow, Friday, 1 May 2020 17:36 (one month ago) link
PHIL OCHSThe Best Of the Rest: Rare and Unreleased RecordingsComing to CD on May 22nd
"As much as has been written about the sixties, it's arguable that no one experienced that defining moment in American history more personally than Phil Ochs" - Steve Earle
Phil Ochs is known primarily as a songwriter; however, his oeuvre extends far beyond that - to short stories, poetry, criticism, journalism and satire More than a torrent, less than a flood-the songs poured out of Ochs so quickly in the early days of his career that not all were able to find their place on his albums, leaving a fair few in limbo. Some of those "betwixt and between" songs would only emerge decades later and a few have hitherto languished in the archives.
The Warner/Chappell demos which make up the main portion of this new album represent a time period spanning Ochs' last two albums for Elektra: I Ain't Marching Anymore and In Concert, when Phil was finding his full strength as a songwriter and moving to include the lyrical in his repertoire, alongside the topical and satirical.
Songs such as "In the Heat of the Summer" and "Here's to the State of Mississippi" will certainly be familiar to most Phil Ochs fans. Others, like "The Confession" and "I'm Tired" (the latter with subtlety adjusted lyrics) may be known only to those who have the Farewells and Fantasies and A Toast to Those Who are Gone albums, respectively (or perhaps Shawn Phillips' rare cover of "I'm Tired" on his 1965 album for Capitol, Favorite Things).
Readers of Broadside ("the national topical song magazine") issue 69, in April 1966 would have encountered Ochs' "Take It Out of My Youth. However, if they missed that issue, or did not have the rare good fortune to hear Ochs perform it live, then they might never have even been aware of the song. Rather than paying for a drink from a five or ten ("depending upon one's station in life"), Ochs suggests a more personal, and perhaps more draining, means of payment.
"I Wish I Could Have Been Along" is even more obscure-never published in any magazine, with no known live recordings or cover versions. The song ranges from (barely) repressed wanderlust and the desire for experience on the one hand, to introspection and mournfulness on the other (there are times when one can almost hear Ochs sing, "I Wish I Could Have Been Alone," son of "As I Walk Alone" perhaps?). Another line calls to mind an even more famous Ochs song, of similar vintage, "tell me of the changes in your mind." "Sailors and Soldiers," perhaps partially inspired by the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Monument in Riverside Park in New York City-with Phil transposing the armed services, either for the sake of emphasis through unfamiliarity or, perhaps more likely for the sake of how the line would scan, lyrically. In any case, it too was completely unknown before being rescued and covered by the Long Ryder's Sid Griffin with Billy Bragg (Phil fans both) on Griffin's solo album Little Victories in 1997. The words ("far from the planners who sent them to die") cut as deeply today as they did when the song was written.
The bonus tracks delve even more deeply into the Ochs Archives. The version of "The War is Over" from a November 20, 1967 WBAI broadcast, in advance of the protest celebration five days later, features almost entirely divergent lyrics ("all the children play with Gatling guns, tattooed mothers with their tattooed sons") from those of the released version and is a wonderful example of Ochs never being satisfied with the merely clever and well-written, forever polishing to a fine poetic point.
"All Quiet on the Western Front," from 1969, was previously only known from incomplete versions recorded live in New York and Philadelphia (both missing, as though through some conspiracy, the opening verses). Ochs was more economical with his songs later in his career and this is a rare example of a lost song saved from those latter days.
In "No More Songs" we close with a familiar song, but something new-a rehearsal take, replete with comments on what instrumentation and countermelodies Phil envisioned. It is a rare glimpse behind the curtain and a fitting last word from Phil.
I'm Gonna Say It Now: the Writings of Phil Ochs (Backbeat Books, May 2020) compiles damn near all of Phil's non-song works, sourced, in part, from the Ochs Archives at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Phil is known primarily as a songwriter; however, his oeuvre extends far beyond that - to short stories, poetry, criticism, journalism and satire, all of which are included in this tome.
Spanning foundational texts written while still in school at Staunton Military Academy and Ohio State University-to the music criticism, polemics and satire penned in New York City (appearing in such diverse magazines as Sing Out, Mainstream, The Realist and Hit Parader). Onward, with ringing calls to action, from an absurdist point of view, for the two War Is Over rallies in Los Angeles and New York City-to exploring Phil's more lyrical side, via his poetry (the majority previously unpublished) to, finally, a recapitulation of sorts, in works written in the early 1970's touching on movies, travel (from his private journal), Bruce Lee and, dare we say it... Impeachment and the fate of presidents.Track ListingIn the Heat of the SummerThat's What I Want To HearThe Men Behind the GunsDays of DecisionHere's To the State of MississippiSailors and Soldiers (previously unreleased)City BoyI'm TiredI Wish I Could Have Been Along (previously unreleased)I'm Gonna Say It NowCanons of ChristianitySong of SoldierColored TownThe ConfessionLove Me, I'm A Liberal (previously unreleased)Take It Out Of My YouthBraceroWar Is Over: 20 November, 1967 (previously unreleased)All Quiet On the Western Front (previously unreleased)No More Songs (rehearsal, previously unreleased)"Phil Ochs told the truth before it was ready to be accepted, before it was politically expedient. He was the kind of truth teller that made liberal allies nervous because his truth demanded an accountability to their own compromise." - Tim Robbins
"Phil Ochs was a tireless crusader for justice. He is one of the all-time great activist troubadours. With wit and fire, his songs skewered the evildoers of his day and remain perfect examples of how to fight the power with guitar in hand."- Tom Morello
"Phil Ochs was a born writer. He played guitar because that was the language his generation was speaking. Today, his questioning voice chimes as clearly as it ever did."- Billy Bragg
― dow, Thursday, 7 May 2020 23:42 (four weeks ago) link
Volume 2 of Kyriakos Sfetsas' 1976 "Greek Fusion Orchestra" project. Sfetsas' vision behind the formation of GFO, was to create a piece of work that would expand the boundaries of Greek traditional music. The result was a Progressive-Jazz Fusion masterpiece comprising complex and intriguing compositions, performed by Athens' best musicians of the day.more info, audio: https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/--greek-fusion-orchestra-vol-2
― dow, Friday, 8 May 2020 19:25 (three weeks ago) link
https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/img/Q2puam13Uk1EM1hMcHowK0ZIZW4xQT09/new5026328504520-black-riot-sleeve-copy.jpgSoul Jazz Records’ new Black Riot: Early Jungle, Rave and Hardcore is a brand new collection of heavyweight ragga-influenced hardcore jungle tracks from the early 1990s. Dark and heavy!
Featuring classic and seminal tracks from the likes of Levictus and Krome &Time, alongside a host of rare and little-known ragga & junglist hardcore tunes from the likes of Babylon Timewarp’s hypnotic Durban Poison, Rhythm for Reasons’ mad ‘The Smokers Rhythm’, The Freaky rave-y breakbeat sound of ‘Time and Age,’ Trip One’s super dark ‘Snowball’ and loads more!
Expect super heavy basslines, equally heavy twisted Amen drum loops, even heavier ragga vocals! Original jungle style - roots and culture - from the earliest days of drum and bass.
Included with the album is a free limited-edition graphic mini-novel “Black Riot: The Mysterons save Planet Earth from the Xatheroid Angels.” This is the third collaboration between Soul Jazz Records and writer/illustrator Paulo Parisi, the highly respected author of graphic books on Jean Michel Basquiat and John Coltrane.
This new graphic story continues the story of black electronic dance music – this time set around the birth of Jungle and continues onwards from Soul Jazz’s earlier ‘Invasion of the Killer Mysterons’ (Jamaican electronic Dub, co-compiled by Kevin Martin (The Bug)) and Mysterons Invade the Jackin’ Zone (about Chicago Acid & Experimental House).LP, CD, mp3---more info, audio:https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/black-riot
― dow, Friday, 8 May 2020 19:30 (three weeks ago) link
Far Out Recordings reissue Milton Nascimento’s 'Maria Maria'! Recorded in 1974 and unreleased until almost thirty years later, the album was written as the soundtrack to a ballet which dealt with the legacy of slavery in Brazil. Raw, atmospheric and emotionally charged, Maria Maria reveals one of Brazil’s greatest ever songwriters at his creative peak.
― dow, Friday, 8 May 2020 19:39 (three weeks ago) link
cor just got a crossword I couldn't finish a little closer to completion.Probably ought to know that name a bit better though.
― Stevolende, Friday, 8 May 2020 19:46 (three weeks ago) link
A favourite within the rare-groove scene and Latin jazz scene alike, this classic from Eumir Deodato gets reissued via Far Out! At the height of Deodato’s productivity in the early 70s, 'Os Catedraticos 73' was recorded between Rio de Janeiro and New York, featuring a Brazilian rhythm section comprising Azymuth drummer Ivan ‘Mamao’ Conti, percussion master Orlandivo and Sergio Barroso on bass, while the horn section features some of NYC's top players from CTI's in-house brass section.More info, audio:https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/eumir-deodato-os-catedrticos-73They also have reissues of the Deodato-produced group Caterdraticos, Azymuth, and a bunch of other Brazilain on the Far Out Label.
― dow, Friday, 8 May 2020 19:47 (three weeks ago) link
And speaking of jungle etc
All Crews: Journeys Through Jungle/Drum & Bass Culture By Brian Belle-Fortune Killer book on the evolution of Jungle and Drum and Bass in the UK. The raves, the shops, the djs, the mcs. Essential!
"The Definitive book on Jungle". GROOVERIDERMore info: https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/all-crews-journey-s-through-jungle-drum-bass-culture-by-brian-belle-fortune
― dow, Friday, 8 May 2020 19:53 (three weeks ago) link
And several, maybe all, Felas on Knitting Factory, incl. The Complete (?) Works[/i]:
https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/img/ejJ4a1JWSFZGU090bm1KT2xkV2E1UT09/s-l640.jpOne copy for sale £542 on Discogs! Buy it here for £442 less!
29 cds + dvd! The whole kaboodle, the whole nine yards, the big whammy. Complete indeed! Phew!Info, no audio (for this particular release):https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/fela-kuti-the-complete-works-of-fela-anikulapo-kuti
― dow, Friday, 8 May 2020 20:00 (three weeks ago) link
More Red Kross reissues/editions, optimistic tour dates----excerpt from Third Man Records press release:
Brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald formed Redd Kross (originally Red Cross) in Hawthorne, CA in the late ‘70s. Rumor has it that the band name was inspired by a prop from the 1973 horror film The Exorcist. Their first show was opening for Black Flag and they released their debut record the mythical Posh Boy EP in 1980 when they were just 17 and 13 respectively. The Posh Boy EP features Black Flag’s 2nd singer, Ron Reyes, on drums and founding member of Circle Jerks, Greg Heston, on guitar. 1982 saw a line up change and the release of Born Innocent, a high water mark of American Punk Rock. Containing nods to Jim and Tammy Faye Baker, Linda Blair, Lita Ford and breakfast cereal as well as a killer cover of Charlie Manson’s "Cease To Exist." Redd Kross loves pop culture.
The brothers have kept Redd Kross going through the decades (and line-up changes), releasing 8 studio albums and a slew of EPs and singles. They have also stayed busy with side projects, production gigs and even occasional acting jobs. What are Redd Kross? Punk Rock? Psychedelia? Heavy Metal? Bubblegum? Power Pop? Whatever they are they are 100% Redd Kross, the catchiest of catchy, chock full of hooks, melodies and harmonies, impossible to not smile and sing along.....maybe even dance. Their live show just keeps getting better. Redd Kross are one of those rare bands who would be equally at home in a dark punk club and on stage at the Enormodome.
The McDonald brothers are joined by drummer Brian Reitzell, guitarist Eddie Kurdziel (R.I.P.) and keyboardist Gere Fennelly on 1993’s Phaseshifter. Redd Kross leaves the ‘60s and ‘70s pop culture references at the door (well, most of them) and brings their strong melodies, dreamy harmonies, psychedelic punk/bubblegum metal to the front, tearing through 12 new Redd Kross tunes. Every track is a full-on Redd Kross gem, with standouts like "Crazy World," "Dumb Angel," "Pay For Love" and "After School Special."
Phaseshifter line-up intact (Gere Fennelly would soon move on, but plays all the keyboards on the recording), Redd Kross came back at us with amps turned up and smiles on their faces on 1997’s Show World. The album starts off with a spot on cover of The Quick’s L.A. power pop classic, "Pretty Please Me," and sets the tone for yet another killer album by the thinking person’s good time band.
Like all RK albums before and since, this one is all killer, no filler, with special highlights "Stoned," "Vanity Mirror," "One Chord Progression" and the absolutely sublime "Follow The Leader."
ON TOUR 2020
09-24 Cologne, Germany - Yard Club at Kantine
09-25 Copenhagen, Denmark - Stengade
09-26 Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
09-27 Oslo, Norway - Krosset
09-29 Malmo, Sweden - Plan B
10-02 Hamburg, Germany - Headcrash
10-03 Berlin, Germany - Hole 44
10-05 Epinal, France - La Souris Verte
10-06 Paris, France - Petit Bain
10-07 Antwerp, Belgium - Kavka Zappa
10-08 Brighton, England - The Albert
10-09 London, England - The Lexington
10-10 London, England - The Lexington
10-11 Bristol, England - Exchange
10-13 Glasgow, Scotland – Broadcast
10-14 Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club
10-15 Manchester, England - The Deaf Institute
― dow, Sunday, 10 May 2020 01:57 (three weeks ago) link
Oops. should have started w this info:Third Man Records has released its reissues of Redd Kross' two beloved 1990s albums, Phaseshifter (1993) and Show World (1997). The 180-gram vinyl-only reissues, which come on the heels of their amazing 2019 album Beyond The Door and after 40 years as a band, mark the first-ever North American vinyl pressings of either album. Exclusive colored vinyl editions are also available -- Phaseshifter is available on red vinyl, and Show World on green. Purchase Phaseshifter HERE and Show World HERE. The band has also scheduled a slate of fall European tour dates, and will have the colored vinyl editions for sale on the road.
― dow, Sunday, 10 May 2020 02:04 (three weeks ago) link
THE MYSTERY KINDAICHI BANDThe Adventures Of Kindaichi Kosuke LP
The ‘imaginary’ soundtrack to the adventures Of Kindaichi Kosuke, the cult detective book series by writer Seishi Yokomizo is on many DJ want-lists. Arranged by soundtrack master Kentaro Haneda and featuring a mysterious group of the best 70s Japanese Funk musicians, the album is pure undiluted Disco Funk. This reissue is the album's first official release outside of Japan. Remastered from the original tapes, it features artwork by renowned illustrator Ichibun Sugimoto, OBI strip and a 4 page insert with a new introduction by Anton Spice. Writer Seishi Yokomizo is an institution in Japan. He could be compared to Agatha Christie with his series of novels based on the adventures of detective Kosuke Kindaich...a peculiar character. He is a sort of goofy, yet scrupulous detective, not dissimilar to Columbo, and has become legendary in Japan over the decades. Yokomizo's novels have been a prime source for film and TV scenarios, so when, in 1977, Japanese label King Records decided to record a concept album based on the Kindaichi novels, it made complete sense. The writer was slightly surprised though...
The concept album was arranged by pianist Kentaro Haneda, a key TV and film composer who has worked on many anime films and is also famous outside of Japan for composing the music for the video game 'Wizardry'. For "The Adventures Of Kindaichi Kosuke" album, he assembled a supergroup of some of the best Tokyo funk and City Pop musicians. The long list includes jazz pianist Hideo Ichikawa who played on the 1971 'Joe Henderson In Japan' album, Jun Moriya (ds), who is on Joe Hisaichi's cult 'Wonder City Orchestra' album, Tadaomi Anai (perc) who played with Disco singer Eri Ohno, Koji Hadori (tpt) who's featured on Haruomi Hosono's "Pacific" album. Also present on the album are Takeru Muraoka (sax) who plays on many Tatsuro Yamashita cult albums including "For You" and "Spacy", Kimiko Yamauchi (koto) who's on Akiko Yano's landmark "Japanese Girl" and, last but not least, Koji Yamaguchi (fr horn) who plays on Yazuaki Shimizu's "Kakashi" album Together they lay the funk on ten instrumentals filled with pur disco and funk breakbeats, making the album one of the highly-coveted Japanese LPs on international cratedigger scene.This reissue which Wewantsounds is delighted to officially put back on the market, features OBI strip and a four page insert faithfully reproduces the original artwork plus audio remastered from the original tapes.Hear some of it here: https://www.phonicarecords.com/product/the-mystery-kindaichi-band-the-adventures-of-kindaichi-kosuke-lp-wewantsounds/165913
― dow, Tuesday, 12 May 2020 04:19 (three weeks ago) link
VARIOUS ARTISTSThis Is Mainstream! LPWEWANTSOUNDS
£24.982 x LP
Wewantsounds continues its collaboration with Bob Shad's grandchildren, Mia and Judd Apatow, to present a 2LP selection of 13 turntable-friendly Mainstream Records tracks recorded between 1970 and 1973 and showcasing the label's superb blend of Funk, Soul and Jazz. All tracks remastered from the original tapes, most of them released for the first time since their original release with a few highly sought-after ones. Liner notes by UK journalist Paul Bowler. The Mainstream sound is unmistakable: earthy, rich and funky, it's the signature sound of producer Bob Shad. After working with such geniuses as Charlie Parker, The Platters, Billie Holiday and Janis Joplin over three decades, Shad decided to go back to producing Great Black Music in the early 70s through his label Mainstream Records and started releasing a formidable series of jazz albums known as the 300 series. Released between 1971 and 1974, these albums are the main source of this set. Coincidentally, it opens with one of the two tracks on the tracklist not produced by Shad himself. Saundra Phillips' "Miss Fatback" is nonetheless fascinating as it's one of cult disco producer Greg Carmichael's earliest productions from 1975 (before he went on to produce Inner Life, Bumblebee Unlimited, Universal Robot Band with fellow producer Patrick Adams). The other track not issued by the Shad sound factory is Almeta Lattimore's 7" single "These Memories," a truly great soulful track from 1975 and now a sought-after classic on the international Soul scene. Shad's forte was Jazz, and the sessions usually used the best musicians you could think of, including Bernard Purdie, Billy Hart, Stanley Clarke, Dom Um Romao, Joe Sample, Freddie Robinson, Gordon Edwards, Larry Willis, Wilbur Bascomb to name just a few. Filled with gorgeous Fender Rhodes chords and heavy basslines, they define the unmistakable Mainstream sound which had one foot in the great jazz and bop tradition and the other in the sonic jazz explorations of the early 70s. Oscillating between jazzed-up covers of soul hits like Jay Berliner’s "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" or Afrique’s "Kissing My Love" and more introspective originals such as Hal Galper's "This Moment" or Dave Hubbard's "T.B.'s Delight", They all have this perfectbalance between groove and depth. One perfect example is Pete Yellin's "Bird and The Ouija Board," a superb 12 min opus starting off with a deep abstract improvisation before switching to an up-tempo funk beat fueled by drummer Billy Hart and bass player Stanley Clarke.
― dow, Tuesday, 12 May 2020 04:29 (three weeks ago) link
From Numero's Wayfaring Strangers series:
As the hippie movement hurtled towards its imminent demise, bad vibes infiltrated the rock world. Tainted LSD, loud motorcycles, and a series of brutal deaths spawned inspiration for guitar-wielding teenagers across the globe. Implementing deafening fuzz and satanic screams to create their proto-metal monstrosities, short-lived stoner bands pressed their lysergic experiments in microscopic quantities before blacking out entirely. Lifted from the ashes of the acid rock hell fire are 18 distorted tales of dope fiends, pill poppers, and the baddest of trips.
Deluxe 2LP comes housed in a blacklight poster-style jacket illustrated by Benjamin Marra, replete with flocking and lysergic neon. 24 pages documenting the creeping existential dread of the hard rock underground are tucked into the gatefold pocket alongside two dead dinosaur-heavy LPs. Compact disc is packaged in standard Numero slipcase, with digipak and 40-page book, limited to 2000 copies.In the fall of 1967, signs of San Francisco’s darkening fell like leaves. The transient young people who’d invaded the Bay Area to cash in on the media’s cheap drugs/free love promises had departed for points east. Haight-Ashbury, what remained of it, had become an open-air market for illicit substances, overrun with speed freaks, panhandlers, and Hell’s Angels motorcycle club adherents. Throughout the summer, leather-clad Hells Angels had become a fixture in the San Francisco scene, their Harleys crowding sidewalks outside the Fillmore West and the Carousel Ballroom, on nights when hometown rock n’ roll heroes the Grateful Dead or Big Brother and the Holding Company crowded the stage.
Hippie harbingers Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters had established ties to the Angels in ’65, introducing the biker brutes to LSD at a house happening in the hills of nearby La Honda. The Angels turned on and, for the most part, got along with psychedelic types who just liked to get high and groove. They loathed Berkeley’s politico set and were far from peaceniks. In less than two decades of activity, Angels had racked up more than 800 felony arrests—for sexual aberrations, drug charges, assault, and even attempted murder. On August 24, 1967, a prominent Hell’s Angel known as Chocolate George cruised Haight and crashed—at high speed and most likely high otherwise—into the back of a ’55 Chevy. For droves of locals, the demise of Chocolate George signified the Summer of Love’s departure.From his apartment at 369 Haight Street, San Francisco musician Dickie Peterson looked down on the deathscape of Chocolate George’s last ride. At summer’s end, suffused with the Haight’s baddest vibes, Peterson and his bandmates took to Amigo Studios in North Hollywood to capture their fried acid trips on tape. They named themselves Blue Cheer, after a potent strain of LSD cooked up by Grateful Dead engineer and chemist Augustus Owsley Stanley. Vincebus Eruptum—mangled Latin for some kind of conquering eruption—emerged at the dawn of ‘68. The LP’s lead single was a fuzzed-over rendition of Eddie Cochran’s 1954 hit, “Summertime Blues.” On May 4, 1968, the single hit #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, sending fuzz-fueled acid rock into wildfire combustion. With pained ears and expanded minds, early Stateside adopters wasted little time cutting their own lysergic episodes to wax.
In 1968, Ty Gilliland was introduced to hard drugs by a member of the Outlaws motorcycle club after a gig in Columbus, Ohio. “They liked us enough because we played some Stones songs,” Gilliland said. “One of the Outlaws they called Muscles came up to me after a show. He held out his hand and said, ‘This’ll make you feel better.’ It was speed. Boy, I could sure play fast on that stuff.” And so he did. One amphetamine addiction later, Gilliland wrote “Speed Freak” for his band, The Rituals. Four hundred miles away, on the eastern seaboard, Baltimore high schoolers The Cross Blood Experiment were turning on with LSD—Orange Sunshine, specifically, a varietal concocted by the Brotherhood Of Eternal Love. They named their distortion-drenched single after the stuff, and made the drug’s effects sound far less than sunny. The embodiment of a bad trip, it comes on slowly, weaving vivid lyrical trails before speeding on into a rhythmic gallop beside an unhinged guitar solo. Out in Kansas City, Paul Parkinson of Bulbous Creation was having just as little fun, on pot or smack or whatever it was that had him “Hooked.” “I’m sick of hearing myself,” he sang. “My head hurts like hell. My mouth so dry I can’t spit. Oh Lord, I wish I had another hit.”Darkness billowed out of the psychedelic cloud in the final weeks of 1969. In the months leading up to the West Coast answer to Woodstock, lurid tales of Charles Manson’s deathcult and their affiliations with rock’s literati had spilled across the headlines. The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young were set to share the bill at Altamont Speedway in northern California on December 6. Bad vibes disturbed the air long before sunrise. Concert-goers arrived the night before, ill-prepared for near-freezing temperatures; for warmth, they burned fencing, garbage, and rock show road cases, adding a crusty stench to a cold, dusty valley. As the morning rolled on, the highway leading to Altamont clogged for miles. Hell’s Angels showed up for security duty, parting the dense crowd on 800-pound metal bikes. By noon, the medical tent overflowed with acid casualties. An hour later, when Santana took the stage, the Angels had long since helped themselves to handfuls of uppers, downers, wine, joints, and the $500 beer allotment they’d received in lieu of pay. Power-mad, they descended on any fan who posed even the slightest threat, unleashing flurries of fists and pool cues. At sundown, the Stones mounted the stage, as tension filled the air. "The vibes were bad,” Grace Slick recalled. "It was that kind of hazy, abrasive and unsure day. I had expected the loving vibes of Woodstock but that wasn't coming at me. This was a whole different thing." Breaking point at Altamont and “Under My Thumb” arrived together, when a juiced-up Angel stabbed 18-year-old fan Meredith Hunter repeatedly with a buck knife. Hunter had been armed; he’d been on speed; he died of his wounds. The 1960s were officially fried.
Noxious fumes quickly crossed the Atlantic, as evidenced by Black Sabbath’s emergence from the haze on a Friday the 13th in February of 1970 with their Billboard debut LP. It’s a record that bears the pall of the sunny ’60s into a drug-addled English wood; lyrics are written in Lucifer’s voice, and “The Wizard” is as much an ode to Gandalf as it is to the band’s dealer. Sabbath countrymen Brass Alley and Sardonicus got the memo, dropping pink pills on the way toward eroding their own brains. In Portugal, the like-minded band Xarhanga didn’t even bother to mince words, delivering an actual “Acid Nightmare” that spun at 45 RPM. And a Viennese group called Novak’s Kapelle planted a flag firmly in the drug rock canon with their daring single “Hypodermic Needle,” its message mangled by a language barrier and a misunderstanding of what exactly was happening in the U.S. rock scene.As the ’70s dragged on, a deep, dark hangover set in. In the American Midwest, Whistler’s Mother, TNS, and Gollum came in dehydrated and fumbling with the child-proof cap on a bottle of expired aspirin before issuing “Dark Dawn,” “Times Up,” and “Prayer of Despair.” In the south, the Shy Guys fretted about the dangers of lightning, Mass Temper wrote an ode to a drunk driving casualty, and The Purple Sun preached of “Doomsday.” Terre Haute, Indiana’s Goliath had made most of their career abusing drugs, but the comedown came at a terrible cost. “I had two guitar players and both of them committed suicide,” said Goliath drummer Steve Peterson. “In those days, it was very hard to keep young guys straight.”
The nightmare is over, but the flashbacks remain.
Bulbous CreationYOU WON'T REMEMBER DYINGNUM1227A truly underground document of the national obsession with heavy, mind-bent psychedelia....[LP, Digital]Bulbous CreationYOU WON'T REMEMBER DYING
GoliathHOT ROCK & THUNDERNUM5004Crib notes from a 12-step confession gone awry. Wasted Terra Haute, Indiana, hard rock for the blue...[Digital]GoliathHOT ROCK & THUNDER
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― dow, Wednesday, 13 May 2020 16:07 (three weeks ago) link
cd?I thought they totally dropped those.
― Stevolende, Wednesday, 13 May 2020 19:14 (three weeks ago) link
From MVD Entertainment Group:
FLAMIN' GROOVIES To Reissue"Now" and "Jumpin' In the Night" This Summer
The band that played a major role in the evolution of power pop and are considered a forerunner of punk rock readies two of their most popular albums.
The Flamin' Groovies played a major role in the evolution of power pop and are considered a forerunner of punk rock. This summer they will reissue two classic albums: "Now" on July 10th and "Jumpin' In the Night" on August 7th.NOW (CD, July 10th)
While it took a long and torturous five years for the Flamin' Groovies to find their way back to an American record deal with Shake Some Action, a year and a half later the band had a follow-up ready, and while 1978's Flamin' Groovies Now isn't quite as cohesive as the album that preceded it, in many respects the band sounds at once tighter and more relaxed, with some time on the road firming up the rhythm section while giving the songs a bit more room to swing (which wasn't one of the strong suits of the British Invasion bands that provided their aural template). The band lost guitarist James Ferrell during the post-Shake Some Action tour, but former Charlatans picker Mike Wilhelm proved to be a more than simpatico replacement on these sessions, and while leader Cyril Jordan didn't come up with another new song as transcendent as "Shake Some Action," "All I Wanted" comes pretty close. But it's significant that most of the songs on Flamin' Groovies Now are covers, and while all of them are played with love, enthusiasm, and the right period flair (especially the Beatles' "There's a Place," Paul Revere & the Raiders' "Ups and Downs," and "Move It," an early U.K. hit for Cliff Richard), they give the album a feeling of being padded, and just because covering the Rolling Stones rarity "Blue Turns to Grey" was a good idea didn't mean the Flamin' Groovies had any business tackling "Paint It Black." All in all, Flamin' Groovies Now is a terrific-sounding record that captures a fine band when it was in great form, but it also makes clear that the gremlins that often dogged the Groovies in the studio (namely their inability to make a 100 percent satisfying album) hadn't gone away.
Tracklist:Feel A Whole Lot Better 2:26 Gene ClarkBetween the Lines 4:15 Cyril Jordan/Chris WilsonUps and Downs 3:07 Mark Lindsay/Terry MelcherMove It 2:57 Ian SamwellTake Me Back 2:50 Cyril Jordan/Chris WilsonReminiscing 2:03 King CurtisGood Laugh Mun 2:55 Dave Edmunds/Cyril Jordan/Chris WilsonYeah My Baby 3:55 Dave Edmunds/Cyril Jordan/Chris WilsonHouse of Blue Lights 2:18 C. Miller/Don Raye/Freddie SlackBlue Turns to Grey 2:29 Mick Jagger/Keith RichardsPaint It Black 3:04 Mick Jagger/Keith RichardsAll I Wanted 3:02 Cyril Jordan/Chris WilsonDon't Put Me On 4:12 Cyril Jordan/Chris WilsonThere's A Place 1:50 John Lennon/Paul McCartneyCredits:Cyril Jordan: Lead/rhythm guitars, guitars, mellotron, vocalsChris Wilson: Vocals, Rhythm guitar, harpsichordMike Wilhelm: Lead/rhythm guitarsGeorge Alexander: Bass/vocalsDavid Wright: DrumsAll percussion: David Chris, GeorgeDave Edmunds: Piano, guitar on "Move It" and Piano, vocals on "Yeah My Baby"JUMPIN' IN THE NIGHT (CD, August 7th)
The third and last of the Flamin' Groovies late-'70s albums for Sire, Jumpin' in the Night storms out of the gate with the title song, a top-shelf rocker that brings the muscle of the Flamingo-era lineup of the Groovies to the more style-conscious British Invasion sonics of Cyril Jordan's version. Though Jumpin' in the Night never rocks that hard or that well again, it does sound decidedly tighter and tougher than 1978's Flamin' Groovies Now, and guitarist Mike Wilhelm, a new addition to the Now lineup, is much better integrated into their wall of guitars, with the Groovies sounding more solid than they did a year before. But while Jumpin' in the Night finds the Flamin' Groovies sounding better than ever, the material unfortunately lets them down. It's no wonder why the Flamin' Groovies loved the Byrds -- both were American bands who fell in love with the sounds of British rock and crafted their own variation on the style -- but three Byrds covers on this album is about two too many (especially given how clunky David Wright's drumming sounds on "5D"), and though having the Groovies tackle "Absolutely Sweet Marie" and "Please Please Me" sounds good on paper, the audible results are a bit underwhelming. (On the other hand, their cover of "Werewolves of London" is better than anyone had a right to expect.) The production and engineering by Roger Bechirian is crisp and flattering to the guitars, but lacks the resonance of Dave Edmunds' more layered approach on Shake Some Action and Now. A great band, the Flamin' Groovies often seemed to have a hard time reconciling their best qualities with the record-making process, and Jumpin' in the Night is probably the best example of this dilemma, though it has more than enough worthwhile moments to compensate.
Tracklist:Jumping In the Night (3:24) - Cyril Jordan; Chris WilsonNext One Crying (2:36) - Cyril Jordan; Chris WilsonFirst Plane Home (3:50) - Cyril Jordan; Chris WilsonIn the U.S.A. (3:20) - Cyril Jordan; Chris WilsonDown, Down, Down (2:49) - James BurtonYes I Am (2:35) - Cyril Jordan; Chris WilsonWerewolves of London (3:37) - LeRoy Marinelli; Waddy Wachtel; Warren ZevonIt Won't Be Wrong (1:57) - Roger McGuinn, Harvey GerstPlease, Please Me (2:00) - John Lennon; Paul McCartney; Cyril Jordan; Chris WilsonTell Me Again (2:00) - Cyril Jordan; Chris WilsonAbsolutely, Sweet Marie (3:15) - Bob Dylan5D (Fifth Dimension (2:41) - Roger McGuinnLady Friend (2:31) - David Crosby Credits:Cyril Jordan: Lead/rhythm guitars, mellotron, vocalsChris Wilson: Vocals, Rhythm guitar, harpsichordMike Wilhelm: Lead/rhythm guitarsGeorge Alexander: Bass/vocalsDavid Wright: Drums
― dow, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 17:37 (two weeks ago) link
Expanded Editions added here:https://elliottsmith.bandcamp.com/
― dow, Friday, 22 May 2020 17:38 (one week ago) link
Ugly things has a review of a compilation of the songs cowritten by the pair of Chris Wilson and Cyril Jordan between 1971 and whatever.
― Stevolende, Friday, 22 May 2020 18:28 (one week ago) link
Jackpot Records is coming out with five very special releases on August 29, the rescheduled first date of Record Store Day 2020
Artist: DUNE - OSTTitle: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1984)Format: Limited Edition Color VinylLimited to 2000Release Date: Aug. 29th, 2020 (Record Store Day)Catalog Number: JPR063UPC: 602508565625LP Suggested List: $34.99• Soundtrack to David Lynch’s 1984 cult film.•Composed by TOTO and Brian Eno.• Sourced from the original master tapes.•Limited “Spice” colored vinyl.•Includes 24 x 24 full color poster.•Audiophile Pressing at RTI.• Limited to 2000 copies.1. Prologue, Main Title2. Robot Fight3. Leto’s Theme4. The Box5. The Floating Fat Man (The Baron)6. Trip to Arrakis7. First Attack8. ProphecyTheme9. Dune (Desert Theme)10. Paul Meets Chani11. Prelude (Take My Hand)12.Paul Takes The Water Of Life13.Big Battle14. Paul Kills Feyd15.Final Dream16.Take My Hand
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Artist: Martin DennyTitle: Exotic MoogNEW RELEASE FROM JACKPOT RECORDSFormat: Limited Edition Color VinylLimited to 1500Release Date: Aug. 29th, 2020 (Record Store Day)Catalog Number: JPR061UPC: 602508591679LP Suggested List: $29.99• The Inventor of Exotica/Cocktail Music goesElectronic/Moog.•First time ever reissued.•Originally released in 1969.•“Exotic Moog” starts off our reissue campaign ofMartin Denny classics coming out in 2020.•Colored Vinyl.•Audiophile pressing at RTI.•Limited to 1500 copies.•RSD exclusive.Track listing1. Quiet Village2. I Talk To The Trees3. Yellow Bird4. The Enchanted Sea5. Delilah6. Let Go (Canto de Ossanha)7. Midnight Cowboy8. Cast Your Fate To The Wind9. Let It Be Me (JeT’ Appartiens)10.A Taste Of Honey11.Was It Really Love12.Love Me Tonight (All Fine Della Strada)
― dow, Monday, 1 June 2020 20:17 (three days ago) link
Artist: Ted CassidyTitle: The LurchFormat: Limited Edition 7” - Limited to 500Release Date: Aug. 29th, 2020 (Record Store Day)Catalog Number: JPR060UPC: 602508561603LP Suggested List: $14.99• Ted Cassidy (Lurch of TV - The Addams Family)sings as Lurch, the Motown influenced monstertrack : “The Lurch”.•One of the rarest US Capitol Records 7”picture sleeves.•Never before reissued.•Sourced from the original 1965 master tapes.•Limited to 500 copies.Track listing1.The Lurch2.Wesley
― dow, Monday, 1 June 2020 20:24 (three days ago) link
Artist: Wild TchoupitoulasTitle: Wild TchoupitoulasFormat: Limited Edition Color Vinyl EditionLimited to 1500Release Date: Aug. 29th, 2020 (Record Store Day)Catalog Number: JPR062UPC: 602508630811LP Suggested List: $29.99• 1976 New Orleans funk masterpiece of MardiGras Indians backed up by The Meters andThe Neville Brothers.•Inducted into the Library Of CongressNational Recording Registry for its cultural,artistic and historic importance.• Sourced from the original master tapes.•Features liner notes and lyrics.• Colored Vinyl audiophile pressing at RTI.•Limited to 1500.Track listingNEW RELEASE FROM JACKPOT RECORDS1.Brother John2.Meet De Boys On The Battlefront3.Indians Here Dey Come4.Hey Pocky A-Way5.Indian Red6.Big Chief Got A Golden Crown7.Hey Mama (Wild Tchoupitoulas)8.Hey Hey (Indians Comin’)
― dow, Monday, 1 June 2020 20:30 (three days ago) link
Artist: WipersTitle: Is This Real? Anniversary Edition: 1980 – 2020Format: Limited Edition Color Vinyl w/ 7”Limited to 2000Release Date: Aug. 29th, 2020 (Record Store Day)Catalog Number: JPR059UPC: 843563123706LP Suggested List: $34.99• Celebrating the 40 year Anniversary of the debut LP by the Wipers.•Includes individually AUTOGRAPHED concert poster by Greg Sage.• Bonus 45 with four songs from the original 4 track sessions.• Transparent Clear Audiophile Vinyl pressed at RTIwith custom reflective mirror board jacket.• Limited to 2000 worldwide.RSD exclusive.Track listing1. Return Of The Rat2. Mystery3. Up Front4. Let’s Go Let’s Go Away5. Is This Real?6. Tragedy7. Alien Boy8. D-79. Potential Suicide10.Don’t Know What I Am11.Window Shop For Love
for more info on these releases, check jackpotrecords.com
― dow, Monday, 1 June 2020 20:41 (three days ago) link
If they wanted me to publicize those RSD releases, why not let me post the jpegs they sent me---oh well here's some more RSD, from jambase:Aug. 29 highlights include the archival ChangesNowBowie by David Bowie – spotlighting unreleased acoustic tracks circa 1996 stemming from a number of rehearsals at Madison Square Garden – as well as a 50th anniversary reissue of Paul McCartney’s solo debut, McCartney. Sept. 26 will spotlight Fleetwood Mac’s The Alternate Rumors – with alternate versions of the group’s iconic 1977 release... Also, according to the following linked pages:
ROBBIE BASHOSelections from Song of the Avatars: The Lost Master Tapes(sampler rom forthcoming box on Tompkins Square)DAVID BOWIEI’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74)PENDERECKI/DON CHERRY & THE NEW ETERNAL RHYTHMActionsDON CHERRYCherry Jam
For more info, check this list and click on artists/titles:https://recordstoreday.com/NewsItem/9003
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