Friday, December 19, 2008


Patrick Cowley - Get A Little
Starflight – Dance To The Beat
Turntable Terror - Scream
Material - Change The Beat
Ray Parker Jr. - N2U2
Baba, Berta & Marta – Polvo De Estrella
Hollywood - Hollywood's Message
Jamnowgen - The Gang Goes To Dub It
Big Youth - Marcus Garvey Dread
I Roy - How Mean Version
Sister Loraine – Loving You
Two Sisters - B-Boys Beware
PBC Crew – PBC Is In The Place
Strictly Business - Nonstop Rockin'
Slimline – Get It Up
Major Lee Vincente - You & Me
Whispers – I Can Make It
The Source feat. Candi Staton – You Got The Love
Autumn – Computer Touch
Bose – Subway

Friday, December 12, 2008

It's All Soul

Part One

Johnny Jones – Soul Poppin’
Accents – New Girl
Natural 4 - You Did This To Me
Prince Harold – Baby You Got Me
Jimmy Dobbins – Little Miss Perfect
Joe Simon - Just Like Yesterday
Spyder Turner – Hold On I’m Coming
Honey Duo Twins – C’mon Baby
Ernie Washington – Lonesome Shack
Marilyn Brown – Walk On The Wild Side
Five Royales – They Don’t Know
Freddie Scott – Pow City
Willie Hobbs - Gloria
Jr. Wells - It's All Soul

Part Two

Monguito – You Need Help
Rex Garvin - Raw Funky
Homer Banks - 60 Minutes
Willie Mitchell - 30 60 90
Impalas – Whip It On Me
Harvey Averne - Girl
Bobby Holloway - Cornbread, Hog Maw & Chitterlin’s
Gail Anderson - My Turn Now
Willie Parker – Live The Life I Love
Vontastics - You Can Work It Out
Marvels - Forget About That Mess Pt.1
Dimas II – So Much In Love
Magnificent Men – Nobody Treats Me

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Don't Play With the Devil (The Devil Don't Play With You)

(Eastern Recording Co., 1662 7th. St.) sermon excerpt
Sensational Spiritual Uplifters - Heaven Bound Train
Sister OM Terrell – Lord I Want You To Lead Me On
Shirley Ann Lee – Without God
Kansas City Melodyaires – Softly The Night Is Falling
Willie Mae Williams – Don’t Want To Go There
Crowns - Little Flowers Bloom
James Herndon Singers – One Day
Rev. & Mme. EG Robinson – Stay With Me
Watts Community Choir – Keep On Keeping On
Clarence Triplett & The Voices Of Faith Of Kansas City, MO – We Can Make It
Gospel Sounds - Nowhere To Run
Unknown - I Gotta Keep Movin
Mighty Mellotones & Operation Breadbasket – Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray
Knight Dreamers - No Juegues Con El Diablo
Williams Brothers – Check Yourself
Holy Lights Of Baltimore - You Are My Savior
Teddy Grover & Joy - I Am Determined
The Source Feat. Candi Staton - You Got The Love (House Radio)
(Eastern Recording Co., 1662 7th. St.) Where Could I Go

So one of these doesn’t really belong (can you guess which?), but it's lyric inspired our title, and it's awesome and pretty unknown too. Many of the 45s were purchased recently, other tracks have been long time favorites. All apologies for the condition of the instant-cut disc that opens and closes (go find me a cleaner one, haha). In my eagerness to share new finds, this is more thrown-together than the usual fare, but at least the narrative is a little more clearly stated. As always, hope you enjoy (and please let me know if you do!).

Friday, November 21, 2008

Self-Defeating Prophecy


officer! - boxers versus wrestlers
couch flambeau - satan’s school for girls
willful neglect - deprogrammed
yukio yung - exceedingly deep person
louis paul - misty crystal
milton nascimento - nada sera como
jonee jonee - glas
rheingold - dreiklangs dimensional
suburban lawns - baby
flesheaters - dominoes
the work - fingers & toes


the doll - trash
dickies - eve of destruction
wingtip sloat - M31
dave E & the cool marriage counselors - searching through sears
tubeway army - blue eyes
sparks - in the future
spizz energi - mega city three
zeros - beat your heart out
999 - quite disappointing
stains - quit the human race
the dogs - nineteen
korphu - i kant read


saxon - street fighting gang
mike hanopol - pinoy blues
budgie - in for the kill
hallow's eve - metal merchants
focus - i need a bathroom

Friday, November 14, 2008

moody in 3d

Jorge Darden - alone again
Harvey Mandel - fishwalk
Monette Sudler - to be exposed
Black Velvet - come on heart
Harold Celius - that’s what love can do
Jimmy & Eddie - needle in a haystack
Checkmates - i must be dreaming
7th Wonder - ain’t nothing going to break us up
NCCU - superstar
Johnny Guitar Watson - all about you
Lee Bonds - a true love
Gino Washington - what can a man do
Marisa - cadeira vazia

Friday, November 7, 2008

Cobwebs in Your Hair


raudales - scotch on the rocks
benninghoff - supersong
los ovnis - es tiempo que decidas
hudson ford - angels
jay dees - scatter
azteca - a night in nazca
perez prado - love story
usha uthup - aaj sanam mujhe


mittoo - wintergreen
black messengers - blame them dub
mekons - another one
count coolout - rhythm rap edit
madam rapper - street talk
alice street gang - hustle edit
sso - tonight’s the night edit
the count - magic drop
leslie demonstration

Saturday, November 1, 2008


electric eels / cyclotron
broken talent / my god can beat up your god
SCG / bobby sands boogie
cosmetics / twinkie madness
pilgrim state / burning autumn
ludus / my cherry is in sherry
013 / takaisin todellisuuteen
los violadores / viejos pateticos
sado-nation / cut of the cord
SVDB / chain reaction
zero boys / civilizations's dying
GG allin / fuck up
new regime / night sticks
ribsy / collapse
deadly reign / system sucks
no thanks / party's over now
raw power / fuck authority
half japanese / fun again
dead C / bad politics
PHC / sasquatch
purrkur pillnikk / loknir
von brigbi / guodfraebi
ypa-viis / mikkiteline
ville emard blues band / le drum solo
nektar / let it grow
jackie lomax / eagle
the sweet / man from mecca
melvins encore 12.18.90
crimson glory / eternal world
kayak / mirielle
slapp happy / blue eyed william

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Wistful Thinking

Sauter- Finegan Orch.
Mess Group- The Beginning (At the Perished Mountaineer's Hotel)
Terry Riley - journey
Tones On Tail - rain
Salon de Musique
Khmensayok (Thailand 1959, rec. Kaufman)
Atrium Musicae de Madrid – hymne au soleil
Kraus & Bird - gnossienne
Columbia University Group for Contemporary Music – yo ko (c. Chou Wen Chung)
Austin Wells – west of eden
John Gavanti
Open Sky – spirit in the sky
Pyramids - reaffirmation
Sonny & Linda Sharrock - gary's step
Beggars Opera -nimbus
Francoise Hardie - il est trop loin
Renderers – I can hear the devil call me
Hedy West - shady grove
Grayson & Oberheim - homage to Bach
JI Ivey - pinball (University of Toronto EMS 1965)
Reuben Siggers – ebb tide

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hostel Takeover

Part One

airedales - drumsville
kishor kumar & asha bhosle - chor
selcuk alagoz - gecti yolun yarisi
tania maria – fio maravilha
eileen – le parfum des bois
growing society - the red fuzz
telstars – hold tight
what for – gonna destroy that boy
roberto carlos - negro gato
seawind – new orleans

Part Two

association - changes
leaves – lemon princess
fedra y maximiliano – ayer de noche
wendy & bonnie - it’s what’s really happening
recurring love habit - faiola brothers
kim sang hee
los juniors de santa tecla – que puedo hacer sin ti
richard shann - wooly buger part 2
sounds of harley – victo blues
stained glass – scene in between
status quo - when my mind is not live
roger miller – shame bird
acoma - my long lost friend
last mile ramblers - future on ice
castells – two lovers

Friday, October 10, 2008

Violent Squirrels

Part One

chrome - electric chair
this heat – health & efficiency
twist II
stranglers - do the euro
fatal microbes – violence grows
tuxedomoon - everything you want
asbestos rockpile – police state
joe crow - compulsion
wang chuck & tesheten dorjee - boom boom boom
anand raj – disco TM (Dashat)
afrosound – el regreso de ET
pop group - she is beyond good & evil

Part Two

wally gonzalez – wally’s blues
toiling midgets - preludes
frith & kaiser – objects every day
bourbonese qualk - qualk street
revolutionaries - earthquake
H&L all stars – give me more music
westwood magic
puff tube - boys of summer

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Hot Cold Blooded Invertebrates

In which oldies, string-driven things, blues with a feeling, field recordings (mostly from the American Southeast), and a few novelty records about othering sit together at one table, fiddling with their party favors and wondering who’s going to say what first.

a divshare refugee, first uploaded October 2008

We begin with a portion of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s letter to Thomas Edison, recorded to cylinder in England on October 5th, 1888; truly the beginning of the end. Gary Kail’s “Media Saturation” is early 80’s LA collage damage. “Journey into Space” comes from a friend’s father, who as a carny in Atlantic City would play this record for amusement rides. Vess L. Ossman’s smokin’ ”Smoky Mokes” was cut in 1900. Ossman was the eddie van of his day, and recorded for virtually every label of the time. This tune stuck around for a while, too; I know some western swing bands played it. Although people classify stuff like the Brilliant Quartette’s “Hear Dem Bells” as the vulgar distortion of minstrelsy (and it sort of am), I hear a lot of actual white folk hollering in there too, which therefore makes this c.1896 Berliner an early antecedent to country recording indeed.
Next, Scotch mystic absurdist Ivor Cutler offers some beekeeping advice, followed by a bit of Jim Fassett’s “Symphony of the Birds” and some colonial residue from the Indian film Junoon. Continuing the ethnoforgery, Lincoln Chase throws some real Africa into his “Deep in the Jungle” routine, but is almost outdone by the sheer obtusity of Lou Berrington’s “The Kwela,” whose intended audience one can hardly imagine (the slightly less impenetrable flip’s been comped on Arf Arf).
Moving on, Dick Clair delivers social commentary at its most wry with “Hi, Dad,” an answer record (and not the only one, at that), to Confused Father anthem “Letter to a Teenage Son.” More hammers hit the felt with Hobart Smith, a master of folk musics who recorded prolifically on many instruments. Here he bangs out a simple but deliciously syncopated “Fly Around my Blue-Eyed Girl.” Herschell Brown’s spoons hit too near the horn on “Spanish Rag,” nearly obscuring a fine raga-rag plectrist (whose name, it should be recorded, is L.K. Sentell), and then music hall belter Billy Bennett encourages us to wave our pints in the air and cry along with “Don’t Send my Boy to Prison.”
Then we set a course for Middle Eastern Virginia and the syncopated banjo of John Lawson Tyree: “Hop Along Lou” is an awful good tune to dance off of. Can’t get enough of the Turkish saz-wielding from Sezai Ulukaya: “Kavalla Oyun Havasi” is from a ubiquitous Nonesuch (you probably have it filed). Buddy Sarkisan & Fred Elias’s “Tempo of the Veils” can be classified under “songs from belly dance records that don’t suck,” and Pat y Mary’s “Mustafa” proves that it wasn’t just American ladies that had a thing for sheiks.
Remaining south, Los Diablos Rojos pull out their guitars’n bongos and swing hard on “El Picor,” and Grupo Guitarras Internacionales (who were actually Cubano) follow with a “Danza Campesina” drenched in Folkways realness, and as intricate and delicate as hand cut doilies. On “Hasta Siempre,” Carlos Puebla lays down the suave before brand Buena Vista was everywhere.
Drawing back another iron curtain, Arcady Severny’s heart-wrenching Soviet blues “The Engine Expands,” sounds like it was recorded on an x-ray and subsequently smuggled into an American pressing plant. The Man in Black reminds us about that Cold War thing, but we can quickly forget it with the nourishing wellspring of swamp soul: Big Walter’s bold yet tender “Never Too Old” is maybe one to play over my box of pine. Speaking of eternal flames, check the solo on Guitar Slim’s “Story of My Life.” The amp is weak, but the spirit is willing. And Marvin & Johnny’s “Ain’t That Right?” might sound like decent Diddley beat R&B, but stick around for that polecat tearing out of the hills slobbering all over your damn picnic. Are you sure Slam did it like that? Throwing back further: Munro Moe Jackson’s “Go Away From my Door” was cut for Mercury in 1949 but it’s pre-war as heck, even besides the throat singing. Incidentally, Ruby Glaze recorded that long ago too, but Big Joe Williams’ guitar brings her back, and Pete Welding was thankfully around to capture it: “Rising Sun, Shine On.” On the other hand, folklorist Lawrence Gellert may have rightly earned the trust of the many black North Carolinian men who sat before his recorder, but its still unpublished who sang “White Folks Ain’t Jesus,” or even when (sometime in the 1930’s or 40’s).
Returning one state north again, where black accordion saw an unexpected survival (I’d be an expert if my record came with the booklet). Clarence Waddy’s “Eve” wheezes and moans like the Arcadians settled in tidewater VA. Meanwhile, Louisianan Lawrence Walker asks (pleads, really) on “What’s The Matter Now?,” Cajun emo at its most raw. And then yet another field recording, this time from the mic of John Storm Roberts, most of whose legacy is egregiously out-of-print. “Mango Time” is Jamaican, from sometime in the 70’s. And finally, Fred Ramsey captured a tragicomic country brass band misfire in Alabama in 1954, and it is there that we leave it.