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Saturday Matinee – Barbara Mandrell, Ry Cooder, John Lee Hooker & Bonnie Raitt

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Steel guitar prodigy Barbara Mandrell appeared numerous times on The Johnny Cash Show. (This one is from the 1976 Christmas Special.)

I asked a comely waitress, “Is this a new teaching?” She said, “There is no God but God, and Ralph Mooney is his name.”

Ry Cooder, one of the greatest slide guitar players ever, paid tribute to Mooney in 2018.

Let’s stay with the slide. Bonnie Raitt & John Lee Hooker (1912, 1915, 1917, 1920 or 1923-2001) got down and dirty in 1991.

That’s a wrap – for now. Have a great weekend, stay cool if it’s hot, relax if it’s not, and we’ll be back tomorrow with something.

Saturday Matinee – Yotuel, Gente de Zona y Descemer Bueno; Santana, Golden Earring & The Skids

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Cuba Libre.

When the people of Cuba took to the streets by the thousands in protest over the past weekend, the mainstream media in our county fired up the spin machine. It’s about COVID and shortages, they said.

They were all lying.

This video is credited with helping inspire the uprising. It says everything about the human desire to be free and Cuba’s desire to throw off the shackles of communist tyranny. If you don’t speak Spanish, make sure to watch it with the captions on.


Carlos Santana & Everlast from the 1999 Santana album Supernatural, one of my few impulse purchases. Good stuff.
(Sí, sé que Carlos no es cubano, pero aun así…)

Golden Earring was active from 1961 to 2021, and were the best known and internationally most successful rock band to come out of the Netherlands. [h/t Feral Irishman]

The Skids. The vocals are notoriously unintelligible so the song works for just about anything.

Lotta heavy stuff coming down the road, so stay alert and be safe while I go get a haircut. See you tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers, The Clash, Petty Booka & Freshlyground

Saturday, 10 July 2021

“Don’t be gaslightin’ me, MoFo.”
Jerry Casale (of DEVO fame) airs some grievances as Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers, a new release after a 15 year break. After three minutes of that I gotta rest my earballs.

The Clash, live at Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo, 1982.

Petty Booka features Petty and Booka, except Petty left in 1997 and was replaced with a different Petty, and in 2002 Booka left and a new Booka joined the new Petty. Here they are at Cheapo Disc in Austin, Texas, 2007 with a better version of Connie Francis’ song from 1962. (I don’t know why, but there’s some extraneous bluegrass filler from somewhere in El Paso).

UPDATE: Got a thank you note from Petty & Booka!

Freshlyground features Zolani Mahola (the one who sings) who has one of the prettiest voices I’ve heard. The band hails from Capetown, South Africa, and their style is Afro-eclectic pop jazz – at least that’s how my ears see it.

Gonna be a hot one tomorrow – Death Valley is expected to reach 130°F so don’t go there. Go somewhere else, point and laugh at someone for no reason, and have a great weekend.

 

Saturday Matinee – Otis Rush, Dale Watson and Fred Wesley & The New JBs

Saturday, 3 July 2021

I went downstairs, made a cup of coffee, had a chat with the neighbor, took the clothes in, came back up to my laptop, and he was still holding the first “Well”.

Otis Rush (1934-2018) plays Willie Dixon‘s classic I Can’t Quit You Baby. Can’t confirm the date or show of this vid.

Dale Watson, keeper of the true country music flame and the Memphis sound (despite hailing from Austin) is right up there with Johnny, Willie & Waylon – and a lot of others.

Fred Wesley & The New JBs is comprised of:

Fred Wesley – trombone
Gary Winters – trumpet
Phillip Whack – saxophone
Bruce Cox – drums
Dwayne Dolphin – bass
Reggie Ward – guitar
Peter Madsen – keyboards

Happy Independence Day weekend to all. Don’t get too ‘splodey tomorrow – you’re gonna want to be whole come Monday.

Saturday Matinee – Pwnisher’s Render Challenge, Rex Race, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band & The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Saturday, 26 June 2021

Pwnisher hosted a competition that resulted in this mesmerizing compilation of entries based on the same “simple” animation:

It’s way beyond my capabilities, and I’m surprised no one walked the poor bastard up the stairs.

Nice find, Jonco.

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is always a fun romp, and they have a new album in the works.
Rev. Peyton – Guitar/Vocals
Breezy Peyton – Washboard/Vocals
Sad Max Senteney – Drums/Vocals

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones don’t believe in anything anymore. It’s from their 11th studio album, When God Was Great (2021).

Yep, that’ll do for now. Have a great weekend, watch out for the bugbears and we’ll throw something on the floor to kick around tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – Bobby Ramone, America Paz, Greensky Bluegrass & GA-20

Saturday, 19 June 2021

GANJA GANJA HEY!

1. I Don’t Wanna Stand Up
2. Stirring In My Room
3. Today One Love, Tomorrow The World
4. Jamming Affairs
5. Three Little Surfin’ Birds
6. Kaya Bop
7. Glad To See You Cry
8. Is This Love Kills
9. Bye Bye Redemption


America Paz: “I spent three years playing on the street in Chile – when the video went viral my career changed.” More about her here.

Greensky BluegrassLiving Over reminds me of some of the stuff I’d listen to on early morning cross-country roadtrips many years ago.

GA-20 does a mighty fine cover of Billy The Kid Emerson‘s No Teasin’ Around (1954). I need to pay more attention to these guys from Boston.

That’ll do for this edition of The Saturday Matinee. Rock on me bloogies, have a great weekend, and we’ll think of something else to do tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – Old Buckers, Roy Buchanan, Pete Anderson & The Swamp Shakers

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Buckin’ and beer. Buck dancing is related to clogging, flat footing, step dancing, and this film from the 1950s refers to it as skiffle. You already know about beer.

Roy Buchanan, aka “The World’s Greatest Unknown Guitarist,” from a PBS documentary 1971. Buchanan was most famously associated with a 1953 Fender Telecaster nicknamed ‘Nancy’. In 1988 he was arrested for public intoxication and was found hanged from his own shirt in the Fairfax County Virginia Jail. He was 48.

Pete Anderson was “the very first true rocker in the entire former Soviet Union” and formed The Swamp Shakers in Riga, Latvia, in 2009. Anderson passed away in 2016, but The Swamp Shakers continue performing as a trio.

Getting kinda late, so I’ll wrap this up and send it off to the internest. Have a great weekend, we’ll have more fun tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – A NY Mom, The Paladins, The Fabulous Thunderbirds & The Stray Cats

Saturday, 5 June 2021

If you have children or grandchildren in public school, or know someone who does, watch this before YouTube takes it down.


Now for the fun stuff.

The Paladins were/are an underrated but great 3-man flat head six rockabilly band. I saw them decades ago opening for The Fabulous Thunderbirds at the original Golden Bear.

That’s the original T-Bird lineup from 1980
Jimmie Vaughan (guitar)
Kim Wilson (harmonica)
Fran Christina (drums)
Keith Ferguson (bass)
covering Slim Harpo‘s Baby Scratch My Back.

Brian Setzer & The Stray Cats did Eddie Cochran righteously in 1981. (Wanna feel old? Look at Brian Setzer now.)

That’s gonna do it for now. Have a great weekend, see you back here tomorrow and we’ll, um, you know. Do stuff.

The Most Terrifying Bird In The World?

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

“Clamping down on its prey, the bird will start to swing its massive head back and forth, tipping out whatever stuff it doesn’t want to eat. When there’s nothing but lungfish or crocodile left, the shoebill will give it a quick decapitation with the sharp edges of the bill.”
[Audubon Society]

The shoebill lives in the wetlands of central Africa and grows up to 5 feet tall, has a wingspan of up to 9 feet, and is known to devour snakes, eels, monitor lizards, and baby crocodiles. It’s kinda big and scary, but it’s docile around humans, making it easy prey for poachers. It was the Audubonnies who called the shoebill stork “the most terrifying bird in the world” because it can stare you to death.

[Images and story from here. Bottom image found here, h/t Pam M.]

Update: Corrine L. notified me that when a spoonbill comes up to greet you there’s screaming and gunfire.

Saturday Matinee – Romdraculas Firenze w/ Jun-Hyuk Choi, Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Eels & Messer Chups

Saturday, 29 May 2021

In 2016, Korean tourist Jun-Hyuk Choi asked to borrow the bass and sat in with some buskers in Florence, Italy. The trio is Romdraculas Firenze.

Influenced by a number of genres including nuevo flamenco, rock, and heavy metal, Rodrigo y Gabriela eventually got tired of the Mexican rock scene. In 1999, despite not speaking English, they moved to Dublin, Ireland and were a hit. They’ve done much more since. More about them here.]

Aw yeah! The Eels vid is an odd one, kinda fits my attitude. The song was released in Japan in 2001, U.S. in 2002, on the album of the same name. The video volume is a bit low, so if you turn it up, turn it back down so you don’t blow your spickers.

Messer Chups doesn’t appear in my “suggested for you” Utoobage, but I know where to find them: St. Petersburg, Russia. They’re listed under vampire space zombie surf rock. Oleg Gitaracula – Guitar; Zombierella – Bass; Rockin Eugene – Drums

“While Messer Chups’ mostly instrumental sound is hard to neatly categorize, it’s safe to say that it would be embraced by fans of rockabilly, horror punk, vintage surf records, Italian slasher films, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Pulp Fiction, lounge music, the theremin, The Cramps, and the theme song from The Munsters.”


Hey, Utoob. Just because I click on a random video out of curiosity doesn’t mean that I like garbage like this, so you can remove it from the “suggested for you” list. I’d really appreciate it, because I’m only interested in finding the really good stuff.

Three day weekend for some of you out there, but we’ll hold down the fart until you return. See you then.


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