Monday, October 31, 2016

9 to 5 or Midnight to Six

I want to put in a plug for these History of Rock by year magazines (one every month) that Uncut has been publishing.  I guess they own NME and Melody Makers archives so the contents are all vintage articles from whatever the given year is that they are covering. They started with 1965 and are now up to 1979 (well here in the U.S. that is looks like 1981 is already out in the U.K.) 1979 is in my estimation the best year yet check the contents-The Jam, The Pop Group, Rough Trade, The Human League, Roxy Music, McLaren vs. Rotten, The Mekons, The Undertones, Blondie, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Tom Waits, Tubeway Army, B-52's, The Damned, The Pretenders, Talking Heads, Joy Division, 2-Tone, and last but not least The Clash.  Whew, the late 70's definitely rivaled the mid-60's for sheer diversity of pop rock and roll goodness. Only thing in this one I'm not really interested in is Kate Bush, but who knows maybe one day I'll get with that. I find the mag, which is pricey but meaty locally at Barnes and Noble, though there's only one in town that seems to carry them, any case if you are interested in the mid to late 20th Century music keep an eye out for it.

With this penchant for the past firmly lodged in yr mind here are my favorite albums of late 2016- Barrett, Machine Gun Etiquette, Jazz Noir 3 disc set, Ace of Spades, Valley of the Dolls, Drums and Wires, Fast Mutant Pop, Lodger, Dreams Less Sweet, Wild Gift, Germicide, A Minute to Pray A Second to Die, Give The People What They Want, Eternally Yours, Tattoo You, We Are Time, Pretenders I & II, Bauhaus Volumes 1 & 2 (a really perfect distillation of their career), The Prisoner OST, Farewell My Lovely OST, and The Man Who Fell to Earth OST.

Heavy rotation on the T.V. are The Avengers (the complete Emma Peel set, natch), Dark Shadows, Hammer Horror box sets, Apocalypse Now 2 disc Blu-Ray (the extras are great on this set and it can be had for 5 bucks at Target so don't whine about downloading it for free), The Cure Staring at The Sea (VHS), Dance Craze (VHS), Return of the Living Dead, Sing Street, The Outer Limits, The Odd Couple, Old Grey Whistle Test compilations, The Allan Clarke Collection and The Hardy Boys (dig if you dare the Claude Bessy aka Kickboy Face cameo in the Season 2 opener as Frenchie).

Gotta go pay some bills so I will turn you over to Los Ramones, The Pretty Things, Talking Heads and Camper.  Aloha friends. 


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

It's Later Than You Think

1. Enjoy Yourself (Reprise)- The Specials 
2. Have You Ever Seen The Rain?-CCR
3. Instant Karma- John Lennon
4. You Never Give Me Yer Money- Los Beatles
5. Little Church- Miles Davis
6. Children of the Grave- Black Sabbath
7. Going Mobile- The Who
8. Shakin' Street- MC5
9. Cool It Down- Velvet Underground
10. Right On- Marvin Gaye
11. Burning Airlines Give You So Much More- Brian Eno
12. Blues Run The Game- Simon & Garfunkel
13. Cortez The Killer- Neil Young (one day gonna do a mix of all of Neil's American Indian tunes)
14. The Sun King- The Beatles
15. Another Appendage Casts A Spell (rough mix)- William
16. When I Write The Book- Nick Lowe (with Rockpile)
17. Sway- The Rolling Stones  my suggestion is to delete this track as the mix flows better without it.
18. Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)- The Specials
19. Battle Hymn of the Republic- Herbie Mann

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bonjour Mon Ami!

Elvis Costello apparently had some nasty things to say about Wreckless Eric in his autobiography- this earns Costello no points in my book, as Eric seemed to me the heart of good naturedness, a lovable imp, if a little wasted. I guess Eric called Costello overly ambitious in his own book, but who could argue with that? He may not be nearly as prolific as Elvis, but I'll put his best up with just about anybody from the period.  "Reconnez Cherie" is my favorite (3 versions below), though "Whole Wide World", "Take The Cash" and "Someone Must Have Nailed Us Together" all rank up there. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Strike Another Match - 1971

Marianne Faithfull as Lilith in Kennth Anger's Lucifer Rising

From the deep breath she audibly takes at the start all the way to the abrupt cold ending some 3:50 later, Marianne Faithfull's version of "It's All All Over Now Baby Blue" gives me chills every time I hear it.  This and other tracks compiled on Rich Kid Blues cover an interesting transitional period in her life- the early 70's- post-Jagger, post-O.D. post-fame -as her voice was starting to change due to drug abuse and hard living but hadn't made the complete transformation you would hear on late 70's albums like Broken English.  It's a period I'm quite fond of and I recommend the compilation  highly.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Southern Girls-In Color And Black & White-1977

Sissy Spacek in B&W
If I had to pick my favorite record by the perennially underrated Cheap Trick it would be their second album In Color, a real power pop masterpiece from late 1977.  I further plead my case with my two favorite tracks from the album, "Southern Girls" and "Downed".

Spacek in Color
Robert Altman's 3 Women -1977