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Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Saturday Matinee – Traffic Circle, Yes, Commander Cody & Bill Kirchen

Saturday, 13 July 2019

I have that record somewhere. I think it’s called “Roundabout.”
Oh wait.

YES, they did some some cool stuff to listen to while sitting in the dark at 2:30AM staring at a lava lamp and watching rotating light cylinder projections on the walls of your dorm bedroom and suddenly realizing that all your friends had gone to bed. C’mon admit it. They sang like musically talented prepubescent girls. Relayer was their last decent album IMO, but none of their stuff was roadtrip music.

Commander Cody‘s classic cover (of Charlie Ryan‘s 1955 recording of “Hot Rod Lincoln“) featured the King of Dieselbilly Bill Kirchen.

Check out what Kirchen did with some guitar mods over 60 years ago:

See what he did there? Now listen to this:

Be patient, there’s some awesome in that vid.

Have a great weekend, folks, and we’ll do something or other tomorrow.

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Pink Floyd fans will get this one.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

[Found here via FB advert.]

Saturday Matinee – The Iguanas, The Forbidden Pigs & The Paladins

Saturday, 29 June 2019

New Orleans band The Iguanas (Rod Hodges on guitar & accordion, Joe Cabral on sax & guitar, Rene Coman on bass, Doug Garrison on drums, and Eric Lucero on trumpet) live at Cafe Nine, New Haven, Connecticut on Oct. 19th, 2008. Nice vibe.

I have an Iguanas CD.

The missus and I saw them live. Billy would climb up on his upright bass, the drummer would leap over his drum set and hammer on the strings. Great show.

I have a Forbidden Pigs CD.

Glad to see The Paladins are still around. Saw them live – they were the warm up band for The Fabulous Thunderbirds at the now-defunct Golden Bear. Bass player was killer, looked like he was biting an invisible tennis ball while slapping.

I have a Paladins CD.

Have a great weekend, folks. See you back here tomorrow for stuff.

Trombone Kazoo

Thursday, 27 June 2019

I got one of these as a present when I was a tad. The slide was inoperable as it was for looks only, and I recall that I annoyed a lot of adults with it. Somehow it disappeared for a long while, but reappeared a couple of years later.

No idea where it is now.

[Found here.]

Saturday Matinee – The Veteran & The Neighbor, Junior Wells, The Healers & Roy Buchanan

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Iraq war veteran (Airborne Infantry) bought a plot of farmland in rural Virginia and discovered that something came with it. Grab a mug and listen to his story.

Junior Wells‘ performed his 1960 hit “Messin’ With The Kid” live in 1993. The Blues Brothers did a decent cover in 1978, and this version by The Healers is killer.

The Healers have one fine lineup, and one fine cause.

Roy Buchanan (1939-1988) was one of the greatest unknown blues guitarists in modern history. Have a listen to “Roy’s Bluz” live in Austin Texas, 1976. [Related posts here.]

Have a great weekend, folks. Got a nice assortment of Hot Links for you to sift through tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – Leon Redbone (1892-2019)

Saturday, 1 June 2019

“Why don’t they play pretty music any more?”

Leon Redbone was an iconic performer who reinvigorated the music of the late 19th to early 20th century, including blues, ragtime, dixieland jazz and country. That he pulled it off in the mid 1970s is an interesting commentary of the state of music of the time (mainstream rock was sucking donkeys). You couldn’t get more retro than Leon Redbone at that time, and he stepped right into the mix.

Rolling Stone described his repertoire as “so authentic you can hear the surface noise of an old 78 rpm.” During a 1974 interview (prior to release of any album) they asked where he first played in public. Redbone responded, “In a pool hall, but I wasn’t playing guitar, you see. I was playing pool.” Apparently he was pretty good at it.

I learned of the song “Ain’t Misbehavin” via some sheet music my late grampa had, and I liked the tune. I’d never heard of Fats Waller before I heard Leon Redbone’s version.

Then I heard Redbone’s over-the-top absurd version of The Sheik of Araby, a cover of this (1937) which was a cover of this (1922). I became a fan.

In the early ’80s I saw Mr. Redbone perform at The Golden Bear (a small but famous venue with no bad seats). His props were a rattan chair, a side table with a lamp, and his guitar. He was in the middle of a song when he saw the flash of a Kodak Instamatic camera. With lightning speed, he stopped, grabbed a Polaroid Swinger and took a photo of the photographer, then sat quietly humming until the image appeared. He held it up to view.

“Ahhh. Not a bad likeness.”

Then he resumed the song exactly where he left off.

I wasn’t aware of this until today, but there is a documentary on Leon Redbone. Here’s the trailer:

“He was always mysterious, he was always coming and going. It was almost like he was there one second and he’d be gone the next… and you never knew where he’d gone or why or how he’d even left, but suddenly he wasn’t there anymore.” – Jane Harbury, Publicist.

Here’s a link to the full documentary if you’re interested. It’s only 16 minutes, but it’s worth it.

Leon Redbone, you were a breath of fresh air into the stagnant late 70s music scene. May You Rest In Peace.

[Related posts here.]

Declassified Hot Links

Sunday, 26 May 2019

This.

How to make a bug.

What’s the big idea?

Renewable resources.

Der Schweißermeister [via].

What does a zero sound like?

Free breakfast. And lunch. And dinner.

Sports Illustrated and creeping sharia.

Ancient beer recipe translated and brewed by monks.

All of Don McClean’s songs were sappy. There. I said it.


This creeped me right out. [G] [via]

This creeped me right out, too. [PG13]

This creeped me right out even more. [PG13]


From The World is Run by C Students Department:
In 2017, Jim Kenney, the democrat mayor of Philadelphia increased the soda tax to 1.5 cents per ounce, raising the price of a two-liter bottle of soda by roughly 67%. Tax revenue fell by 51%, shops closed and workers lost their jobs as people began shopping out of town. Brilliant move, moron.

[Top image found in here. Happy 30th Anniversary to Bunk & Bunkdalene.]

Saturday Matinee – Hahn Beer, Ten Years After, Samantha Fish & Justin Johnson

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Here’s another.

Okay, I think I see a pattern. Here’s one more.

Okay, I’ll stop, but not before I link to this Danier Leather commercial.

Alvin Lee & Ten Years After‘s “I’m Going Home” is one of the greatest speed metal rock tribute songs ever, and this live version dates to 1969 – Woodstock. TYA had only one Top 40 hit.

How ’bout some Samantha Fish?

Definitely dangerous. Hand her something with four wires nailed to it and she’ll jam it down your throat. I want to hear what she can do with a diddley bow.

That’s Justin Johnson playing classic Son House on a custom-made glorified diddley bow.

Have a great three-day weekend folks and please remember what Memorial Day is all about. See you back here tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – Lake Street Dive, Ry Cooder & Cats Puking To Techno

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Lake Street Dive sings “Take On Me.
That’s not A-ha’s version, but it’s a lot better. At least she doesn’t have to hike up her chonies to hit the high notes. The bass player is hot and the trumpet dweeb is killer.

Ry Cooder is a classic American guitarist. You’ve heard his stuff even if you don’t know his name. Watch for Harry Dean Stanton in this clip.

Cats puking to Techno is awesome [via].

Have a great weekend, folks. See you back here tomorrow, but before you go, click this.

Saturday Matinee – Mitch Ryder, The Swingin’ Medallions & Robin Trower

Saturday, 11 May 2019

William S. Levise, Jr. (aka Mitch Ryder) was entirely awesome and way ahead of his time, even though he was echoing bluesmen who weren’t getting credit or pay for their songs. Yeah, he ripped them off.

The Swingin’ Medallions had some cool hits in the ’60s, especially “Double Shot Of My Baby’s Love.” (Note the stage floor choreography markers.) Killer stuff.

I was in Jr. Hi when I first heard those guys. I liked the music, but at the same time I thought they were dangerous. I don’t remember why.

How ’bout this? Here’s a faceload of Robin Trower.

Have a great weekend, folks. See you back here tomorrow.


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