Saturday Matinee – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Contours, and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros is a bit of an enigma to me. Some songs sound like folk busker music, some seem almost evangelical, and then they morph into a psychedelic jug band. Formed by singer Alex Ebert, the band’s name is based on a story he wrote about a messianic figure named Edward Sharpe.

The Contours should need no introduction, but not according to some of the comments in the Utoobage. The 1962 hit Do You Love Me was written by James Brown and Pee Wee Ellis.

A former James Brown impersonator, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires turned up the soul groove with this retro gem from 2014. Great bassline too.

Happy Memorial Day weekend, stay safe in your travels, and we’ll be sitting on the porch as usual if you want to stop by.

Saturday Matinee – Lonnie Mack, Steve Ripley & The Tractors, and Malford Milligan

The late great Lonnie Mack.

Steve Ripley & The Tractors were responsible for creating the highest selling album ever recorded in the state of Oklahoma.

In 2019, Malford Milligan, backed by Danny Vera (& band), performed a great cover of Sam Cooke’s 1963 classic on Dutch television.

After attending Bunkessa’s wedding in NOLA, I had a busy week doing nothing and I loved it. Have a great weekend, see you tomorrow, rain or shine.

Cardophagal Hot Links

Let’s Dust, Planet Seven (2001) From their album The Tomorrow That Never Was, Planet Seven launched spacesurf punk from San Francisco, CA.

Camo.

Now do this.

Tiny Bubbles.

Dear Pen Pals.

Toxic clarinets.

The Great White.

CGI realism today.

Image description.

Helene [via Memo Of The Air].

Rollin’ & Rockin’ [via Bunkerville].

All the dance moves you’ll ever need. [Sound up]

One more thing to see before bedtime [via Mme. Jujujive].

[Top image found somewhere, possible Reddit photoshop.]


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Saturday Matinee – Smooth Hound Smith, Justin Johnson & Cam Cole

Smooth Hound Smith were an Americana duo comprised of Zack Smith and Caitlin Doyle-Smith; their sound reminds me of Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks. After ten years of performing and recording, they closed up shop during The Great Covid Lockdown.  Apparently Z.G. Smith is now back in business.

Justin Johnson‘s unusual cover of Howlin’ Wolf fits my mood.

Cam Cole, busker, bluesman, rocker, recording artist, and “the most impressive one-man band you will ever see” has a new EP out, but this one is still my favorite.

Porch time is on schedule for tomorrow, so we’ll see you there.

Malleating Hot Links

Farmer Brown (No. 2), Officer Roseland (2006) “Hailing from the outskirts of Philadelphia, Officer Roseland has been protecting and serving rock music since 2000. Comprised of Dan Daidone (bass/vocals), Brian Jones (keyboards/guitar), Harry Grannis (bass/guitar) and John Ilisco Jr (drums/percussion).”
Officer Roseland provided soundtracks for several Billy Blob animations.

BeepBox.

PASTAAAA!

The Ricochet.

Cat sings Alugalug.

Dance Little Stevie.

Mr. Swingline, I presume.

A link dump of rabbit holes.

How to survive a sloth attack.

When the doggy day care calls.

Mine is low [via Memo Of The Air].

Mr. Chosen One got all humpy (01:30).

Money-saving drinking game [via Feral Irishman].

Babs Streisand has a mall in her basement (pic #13).

The Grand Marshal of the Tree Parade [via Bunkerville].

How to calm the kangaroo you just pissed off [via Mme. Jujujive].

[Top image: Danny D.’s high pressure boiler, photo cropped & enhanced.]


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Saturday Matinee – Mississippi John Hurt, John Hiatt w/ The Jerry Douglas Band & Les Greene w/ The Televisionaries

Mississippi John Hurt, recording from Pete Seeger’s “Rainbow Quest” series (1965/1966) a television show devoted to folk music.

The great John Hiatt, backed by The Jerry Douglas Band, gets all sweet and swampy and stuff.

Grammy nominee and Swayzees frontman Les Greene teams up with The Televisionaries, a surf punk band from Rochester New York, and the result is.. that.

Have a great weekend, see you on the back porch tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – The Quantum Creep (2007), G.E. Smith, Ally Venable w/ Buddy Guy, and Lonnie Brooks & Sugar Blue w/ the Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra

This is the work of  Billy Blob.
Sundance Film Festival award-winning short Bumble Beeing Part 1 – The Butterfly Effect (2002) has the back story, and Mr. Butterfly later agreed to do a Special Commentary interview.

“I started playing around the age of four, and started getting good at seven.” G.E. Smith is an unpretentious and underrated guitar player with an impressive resume, best known as the pony-tailed bandleader for The Saturday Night Live Band. The song is a cover of Robert Johnson’s 1936 recording of 32-20 Blues, which itself is a remake of Skip Jame’s 22-20 Blues.(1931).

Buddy Guy with Ally Venable (and vice versa) is a killer match up. From Venable’s studio album Real Gone (2023).

Chicago legends Lonnie Brooks and James Sugar BlueWhiting jammed with the Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra in 1999.

And that’ll do it for this installment. Have a great weekend and we’ll have a sit down on the back porch tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – Propellerheads w/ Shirley Bassey, Harry & The Howlers, and (the other) Roy Rogers

Propellerheads, with Shirley Bassey, the Welsh vocalist known for her renditions of themes to three James Bond movies.

“Propellerheads were a British big beat music band, formed in 1995, from Bath made up of electronic producers Will White and Alex Gifford. The term ‘Propellerhead’ is Californian slang for a computer nerd, and when Gifford and White heard a friend from California drop this into conversation, they thought it the perfect name for their band.”

From Birmingham, UK, Harry & The Howlers features what Harry (Haley) Jordan calls “sleaze-fuelled rock and roll.”

Roy Rogers is one of those guitslingers who doesn’t need a backup band to sound good, but give him one and the results are amazing.

Have a blessed Easter.

Saturday Matinee – The World’s Largest Laser Gun, Oorutaichi, The Heavy Heavy, and St. Paul & The Broken Bones

World’s Largest Laser Gun (2018) by Corridor.

Oorutaichi is a “free-form, improvisational electropop artist from Osaka. Inspired by The Doors and The Residents,” he once had a band called Urichipang, and the Utoob description (via Google Translate) doesn’t help much:

PV of “Atlantis” from the album “Giant Club” by Urichipan-gun, which has been well received by UA, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Seiichi Yamamoto, and many other people as one of the masterpieces in J-POP history.

What a laid-back groovy groove. The Heavy Heavy is “a reverb-drenched collision of psychedelia and blues, acid rock and sunshine pop” based in Brighton, UK.

Jake’s and Elmore’s long lost nephew.
Paul Janeway of St. Paul & The Broken Bones nails the Stax/Volt soul sound, while Janelle Issis makes the video even better.

Might get a haircut tomorrow before someone starts calling me “mulletman” – again. See you back here for popcicles and beer.

Saturday Matinee – Tokyo Groove Jyoshi, Edward Phillips & The Raunch Hands

What is hip? Tokyo Groove Jyoshi is. They’re a groove band formed in 2018 by three session musicians:
Juna Serita – Bass
Emi Kanazashi – Keyboard
Yuriko Seki – Drums
w/ Shinobu KawashimaShamisen
[h/t Feral Irishman]

Blind Boy Fuller‘s Step It Up and Go (1940) as covered by blues roots historian Edward Phillips.

New York retro-rockers The Raunch Hands were underrated and overrated at the same time. [h/t Gord S.]

Hope you have a wet weekend and we’ll check the rain gauge tomorrow.

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