Tuesday, June 14, 2016

And Arnold Palmer Wept or We Live As We Dream, Alone



1. I Believe In Love- Lou Reed
2. London Girl- The Pogues
3. Fly- The Jam
4. The Morning After- Count Five
5. 96 Tears- ? & the Mysterians
6. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times- Peggy Lipton
7. I'll Never Learn- The Shangri-Las
8. Dazed and Confused- Jake Holmes
9. Devil Town- Daniel Johnston
10. I'm One- The Who
11. She's Falling Apart- The Flamin' Groovies
12. All We Ever Wanted Was Everything- Bauhaus
13. Guess Things Happen That Way- Johnny Cash
14. Pronto Un Doctor- Los York's
15. Word On A Wing- David Bowie
16. We Live As We Dream, Alone- Gang of Four
17. Wear Your Love Like Heaven- Peggy Lipton

I was in a grocery store the other night feeling sick.  I was only there to get a few needed items, things that I could no longer put off the purchase of, you know, the essentials.  The effort to get dressed, and drive to the store felt Herculean and took its requisite toll - my body drooped, my eyes ached under the fluorescent lights glare. I hate the grocery store even in the best circumstances but this was pure hell. I dragged myself along the shiny aisles hunched with eyes averted from others, feeling like some kind of strung out Quasimodo. But as I walked down the pet food aisle what should come over the loudspeakers but ? & the Mysterians "96 Tears" and Lord have mercy it sounded so damn good that despite my illness I found my posture straightening and a spring and bounce coming back in my step.  It was like a faith healer had suddenly given me the sonic touch and lit some healing fire in my soul. Hearing this song loud in such a public place was revelatory, its relentless weirdness and drive filled me with an uncommon joy that while the song lasted almost made me feel well. That's some powerful medicine.

"And when the sun comes up, I'll be on top, you'll be right down there, looking up".



Friday, May 6, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

You Just May Be The One


Unofficial soundtracks for I Shot Andy Warhol & Nicolas Roeg's Bad Timing are in the pipeline, but not yet ready for posting, in the meantime here's another great Mike Nesmith tune from the Monkee's monumental Headquarters LP released May 22nd 1967.



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Taking a Lifetime Lease- Prince R.I.P.

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Jesus I'm getting tired of everybody dying, pretty soon I won't recognize the landscape at all. I feel a bit self-conscious rushing off a post after anyone passes, but Prince's music meant a hell of lot to me as a kid and still does today, and his passing at such a young age is shocking and sad. So in tribute, no cover versions by those less talented than the man himself, the 12 inch mixes for Paisley Park and Raspberry Beret and the unreleased Cosmic Day excerpt.     

I remember being a bit confused by Prince's new direction when Around The World In A Day was first released in 1985. But after that initial confusion, and though I love almost equally all of his 80's work, it quickly became one of my favorite Prince albums. The neo-psychedelia of the record fit in well with REM's Fables of the Reconstruction (another favorite) also released in 1985 and the whole Paisley Underground scene including The Three O'Clock who Prince eventually signed to Paisley Park.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

And What Exactly Is A Dream- The Pink Floyd's Second Album

What would the second Pink Floyd album have sounded like if Syd Barrett hadn't left the band in early 1968 or at least not until first managing to complete their second record?  Here's my attempt to reconstruct just that particular pop fantasy with tracks that are all late 1967 or early 1968 vintage -post Piper and pre-Syd's April 1968 departure from the Floyd.

Every song featured here has Syd either singing or playing guitar (or both) with one exception, "Julia's Dream", which I agonized over including but reasoned that since it's an early Roger Waters' song written in Syd's style contemporaneous with the record I'm imagining and sung by new member David Gilmour during the brief 1968 five man line up (see pic below), it fit both the overall mood that the 2nd record should conjure and the emerging democracy of the band's songwriting. Of the ten songs featured here Syd wrote five or six.

I messed around with the order of the songs for quite a while trying to get it to work as a two sided record and I'm reasonably satisfied with the results. Tracks like "In The Beechwoods" were obviously never finished, so there's only so far you can go, but that's part of the fun or its supposed to be, I admit some frustration ensued at points trying to get the damn thing to cohere. I encourage listeners to work out their own versions, especially if they hear something different or better.

I had trouble deciding whether to call the record Scream Thy Last Scream or And What Exactly Is A Dream which is the second to last line of "Jugband Blues". Finally went with the latter, "And what exactly is a dream"-not sure if it's intended as a question or a statement?  Is Syd asking what is real and what is a dream or is he calling into question the entire concept of "what exactly"- the impossibility of exactitude. The final line of the song by the way is "and what exactly is a joke".

Side One
1. Apples & Oranges
2. Remember A Day
3. Vegetable Man
4. Sunshine Interlude
5. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun

Side Two
6. Scream Thy Last Scream
7. Paint Box
8. Julia Dream
9. In The Beechwoods
10. Jugband Blues





The short lived five man line up of Pink Floyd

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Going Round And Round-Four Versions

A young Darby Crash yawns.

Going round and round with Around and Around-each version getting more raucous and deconstructed than the last.




Friday, March 18, 2016

---------------------------------Eyes On Fire--------------------------------

COVER STAR- PATRICIA HIGHSMITH


1. BUSY KIDS- THE HUNS 
2. AIN'T IT HARD-GYPSY TRIPS
3. DON'T TOUCH MY BIKINI- THE HALO BENDERS
4. I'M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE- THE FLIES
5. I GOT LOVE IF YOU WANT IT- SLIM HARPO
6. WHORE'S HEART?-KENNY POWERS
7. DO YOU WANNA TOUCH ME?- GARY GLITTER
8. YES SHE IS MY SKINHEAD GIRL- UNREST
9. SUNSET- LIQUID SKY OST
10. WHO WILL SURVIVE AMERICA?- AMIRI BARAKA
11. SOMEWHERE THEY CAN'T FIND ME- SIMON & GARFUNKEL
12. PULL THE TRIGGER- NATIONAL LAMPOON
13. GODZILLA FLICK- THE FLAMING LIPS
14. WOULDN'T IT BE SAD IF THERE WERE NO CONES?- G.T.O.'S
15. OH THOSE EYES- THE VAGRANTS
16. THAT DAY (PART 1)- E&W EIDERDOWN *
17.  AROUND THE CORNER- THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES
18. FAST FREIGHT- RITCHIE VALENS
19. FLIM FLAM FLUM- IVOR CUTLER
20. SHINY CAGE- DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR
21. DOWN IN THE FLOOD- FLATT & SCRUGGS
22. MESSAGE FROM BOB DYLAN
23. MOONSHOT- GALAXIE 500
24. CAN YOU TAKE ME BACK?- THE BEATLES

*Track 16 is me and an old friend from high school. On weekends we occasionally stay up all night bullshitting and improvising. Sometimes we record ourselves playing along to earlier tapes of improvisations. All low-fi, maybe even no-fi- recorded on his phone and played on thrift store guitars, keyboards, bongos, xylophones, penny whistles and drums, which he collects during the week. There are endless recordings and buried in all of it are some neat moments where we occasionally hit on something, though God knows we'll probably never have the patience to find the "good" stuff amongst all the fooling round and talking. But I like this little excerpt from last year, it sounds like the Shaggs covering Can while a bunch of elves build a cabinet in the background.
1978-Lead Singer of early Austin punk group The Huns is arrested on stage at Raul's