Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lost Soul Shoots Himself With Rock n' Roll- Story At 11

Isn't it good to be lost in the woods?

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1. Walk On- Neil Young- "Some get strong, some get strange". Neil Young, David Bowie, Brian Eno and John Cale towered over all in the 70's, those four guys carried the decade.

2. I've Got A Feeling (Acetate)- The Beatles- "I'm so ashamed, I goofed again". The sound of things falling apart, and yet there's something strangely compelling about this ragged early version of "I've Got A Feeling". John is sickly from his slight junk habit (just a sniffer), his voice is shot, and he's obviously in a shitty mood (listen for his sarcastic "good" after Paul sings the first line about having a feeling) but Paul's enthusiasm manages to rouse him, he just pulls the performance out of the band through sheer fucking will. Everybody had a hard year.

3. Music When The Lights Go Out- The Libertines- And speaking of ragged, right on cue here's these guys. It took me a long time to make up my mind about The Libertines. I liked the first album but then all the predictable and boring rock n' roll decadence stories that filled the press afterwards turned me off. Nothing against drugs mind you (like drugs just not most of the people who do them) but be discrete. Decadence IS boring. 

Anyway I've decided I like them a lot now, as the songs really hold up and these cats are never scared to lapse into la la la's or even shoop shoop's. I like that. I started listening to them again after sitting through a crappy movie called Kill Your Darlings about Lucien Carr, at the very end of the movie over the credits the Libertines "Don't Look Back Into The Sun" played. I had never heard that track and it was easily the best thing about the whole damn film. Maybe I just want to be one of the lads, heh.

4. Heckler Spray- Pavement- Powerful stuff, couldn't decide whether or not to lead off the mix with this one, the overtones from the guitars always used to make me think I heard horns somewhere in the mix.

5. I Am A Scientist- Guided By Voices- Probably my favorite song of the 1990's, just perfect. Great lyrics- "I am a scientist I seek to understand me, all of my impurities and evils yet unknown". Nice jump shot too!

6. Octopus- Syd Barrett- One has to be careful when unlocking your mind cause as that German philosopher said- when you gaze long into the abyss the abyss also gazes into you.

7. Lucky Like St. Sebastian- The Momus- When Momus played Austin he stepped in dog shit at the club (EMOS) much to his chagrin. I find this anecdote amusing. 

8. Everybody's Been Burned- The Byrds- I thought I'd used this in another mix but I can't find it in a search, so here it is, one of my favorites by the Byrds and probably the best thing Crosby ever wrote. Of special note is Chris Hillman's beautiful bass playing on this track.

9. Forget That Girl- The Monkees- Eternally sound advice from Chip Douglas and Davey Jones.

10. Like Glass- The Soft Set- This is my old band, I really like the guitar parts on this one. I love the sound of interlocking guitars, and how the chorus for the song is an instrumental bit, no words, just a delicate guitar figure.

This Japanese label approached me at one point about releasing this but wanted me to replace all the harmonica with trumpets, thought that was funny. The Japanese are nothing if not wacky. Wish this cd wasn't mastered so loud, I remember at the time asking the guy about it and he just said "industry standard" which is/was unfortunately true. 

11. Holiday- The Bee-Gees- 60's Bee-Gees chamber pop is pretty nifty once you've acquired a taste for it. The film Melody is what finally drove home the appeal for me. Those "dee dee dee's" are a bit much, but whatever. 

12 Lucy Leave- The Pink Floyd- Early Pink Floyd, this one has been blacked out on youtube by whoever owns the copyright, so no video to accompany it, you'll just have to download my mix if you wanna hear it. But here's a groovy 1966 photo of The Pink Floyd.

13. Shoulder Pads 1- The Fall- "You couldn't tell Lou Reed from Doug Yule" sounds like somebody is a bit of a Velvets snob. Doug does after all sound a lot like Lou and vice versa. The line "my power's" reminds me of that Burroughs preacher bit "my power's coming, my power's coming". 

I was in a record store a while back and they were playing Bend Sinister, hadn't heard it in a while, and damn it sounded so good, especially this track, people could dance to this one, its got that much groove. I would love to see a dance floor filled with people dancing to this, that would be something. 

14. The Sad Skinhead- Faust- "Apart from all the good times I gave you, you alway felt bad with me". It's hard to believe this was done in 1973, guess its that higher Germanic thought process.

15. Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel- Townes Van Zandt- Another beautiful ballad from Townes. 

16. Summer Babe- Pavement- Powerful live performance below, it's amazing what a difference their first drummer Gary Young made (see video)- sometimes you need that wild card in the mix to up the energy level. "Everytime I sit around I find I'm shot", boy tell me about it.

18. Used To- Wire- Sometime I forget how great Wire were ( I wonder if its cause they were so faceless) until I hear a track like this again and it just knocks me out. 

19. An Hour Before Light- The Clientele- "And when I awake enchanted and alone, I don't know where to turn my eyes". I want to get the vinyl reissue of Suburban Light, just found out about it, sounds like its nicely done. 

20. Everybody's Got To Live- Love- I'm just trying to live was a favorite expression of one my pals. God I love Arthur Lee.

21. Don't Look Back Into The Sun- The Libertines- These guys are perennially sweaty and disheveled, is that what makes them lads? I'm very clean though so I might not make it. I do however favor and tend to write little single line guitar hooks like these.

22. My Back Pages (Alternate Version)-The Byrds- I prefer this alternate take, it sparkles with that Lesliefied organ. 

23. When You Come Out Of The Wilderness- James Collins and the Hunter's Chapel Singers

Monday, July 14, 2014

I'm Frightfully Keen On Her Too!

Peter Sellers goofs on the The Beatles.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Still The One/Still The Same

Kenny Powers bending America over and making her cum!
One day I will return triumphant!

Until then.....You gotta clean up your own fixin's

And for more K.P. fun and games in the form of his own personal mix tape click here https://app.box.com/s/lqj3bl4nse285ivarxdj

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

When People Were Content To Be Unambitious

I've been on a strange 1990's nostalgia trip brought on largely by my best friend's seven (going on eight, kids are touchy about their age) year old daughter who is wild about Deee-Lite's "Groove Is In The Heart". Maybe I should say fuck it and retire early to Portland, nah I never did like grunge, tattoos, piercings or clowns. But I do like what follows, I took my 90's with a strong dose of 60's.

Monday, June 23, 2014

To Make My Day Complete-The Statler Brothers 1965

Jesus that harmony! I never get tired of this one.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Godz' Organic Tribal Body Music

In celebration of finally getting my hands on an original pressing of GODZ 2 I'm reposting this awesome 8mm film of the Godz by Jud Yalkut. An Ugly Things interview with Jim McCarthy of the Godz can and should be read here. For anyone curious about musical connections the Godz might have with other NYC luminaries here's a bit from an interview with Jim McCarthy from a fanzine called 200 Pound Underground

200LBU: Was there anyone else besides The Fugs that inspired you at the time?

JM: Mostly English bands like The Beatles and The Stones, but it was The Fugs that definitely turned my head around. We lived in the same area as them and the whole mood of the Lower East Side at the time was right for us starving artistic types. I was searching my soul for truth and found it in what I did.

200LBU: Did you have connection with the Velvet Underground?

JM: When I was in the hospital for hepatitis, I was in the same ward as Lou Reed. He had hepatitis as well. Mine was infectious, his was serum. This was before either of us had recorded our first albums. We used to get together to smoke cigarettes in this little room outside the ward. We would listen to the radio and I remember his favorite song at the time was ’Red Rubber Ball’ by The Cyrkle and mine was ’I Want You’ by Dylan. After he got out of the hospital, I was walking from the east side to the west side and we both walked towards one another but didn’t say anything. When the first Velvet Underground record came out, I realized who he was and I found out that he had ’Contact High’ and liked it, so we had this mutual appreciation society. He hung out once in awhile and we played with the Velvet Underground at some place out in Long Island called the Action House. It was a big concert with The Ronnettes, The Rascals, and a few others. They had 2 or 3 stages set up for the bands to play and it was a very weird scene. I have vague memories of it because I was pretty stoned. The last time I saw Lou was after the ’Transformer’ record came out and I ran into him at Max’s one night and we just talked.

Yowsa! 8mm footage of the Godz in 1966 by experimental filmmaker Jud Yalkut, who at the time worked with the members of the band at Sam Goody. See the Godz as they play, watch football, have a party, dance, get high, play with the cat and eat cornflakes! See they might be Godz, but they're also just good plain folk, much like you and me!

Notice the Fugs poster in the background at one point. The soundtrack is a medley of the incredibly hypnotic "Lay in the Sun" that segues into "Turn On", both songs are from their 1966 debut on ESP records Contact High With the Godz.  Like many I was turned on to the Godz by the Lester Bang's piece "Do the Godz Speak Esperanto" which you can find in the anthology of his writings edited by (nebbish Godz hater) Greil Marcus- Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Robert W. Morgan-KHJ Boss Radio 1965

Here's another sampling of KHJ Boss Angeles Radio in the beautiful mid-1960's, this time courtesy of the Cruisin' LP series. The first track has a little clicking that I unfortunately can't fix- it's gone completely by about 50 seconds in.

Check those wonderful L.A. summer temperatures- "76 righteous degrees"!

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