Friday, May 24, 2019

See how They ROAH-UN!

Sorry for the intrusion. I was listening to "Fats Is Back," Fats Domino's "comeback" record from 1968 and this really made me happy.

Carry on.

"The Roxy Music Cavalcade Of Stars" : THE WEEKEND MIX

This mix is for me, as much as it is for you. I have been doing some binge listening as of late, specifically a lot of bayou blues from Lafayette, a good amount of classic ska and reggae from the likes of Alton Ellis, Dave & Ansel Collins, The Heptones, etc., and the Roxy Music cavalcade of stars, which includes solo work, as well as the band proper. All were in the running for a Weekend Mix. I chose to go with a Roxy mix, as I feel like many either love the band or hate the band. Or worse, judge their merits based solely on "Love Is The Drug" and "Avalon."

The tracks included here are all personal faves, with mostly deep cuts taking the spotlight. For long time fans of all things Roxy Music, this might seem like a greatest hits of sorts, in which case, just listen and enjoy. But for others, dig in with a clear head. It'll do ya good! Plus, I am really happy with the sequencing of the whole thing.


Manifesto- Roxy Music
T.N.K.- 801
You Can Dance- Bryan Ferry
Cindy Tells Me- Brian Eno
Serenade- Roxy Music
Bitter-Sweet- Bryan Ferry
Miss Shapiro- Phil Manzanera
Sentimental Fool- Roxy Music
Golden Hours- 801
St. Elmo's Fire- Brian Eno
In Every Dream Home, A Heartache- Roxy Music
Love Me Madly Again- Bryan Ferry
Just Another High- Roxy Music
A Really Good Time- Roxy Music


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Bad Kitty Music #12: The Everly Brothers

THE EVERLY BROTHERS - SONGS OUR DADDY TAUGHT US 1958. I know I have written about this LP before (several times over the years), but I just found another clean copy, and I won't shut up about it, because it is that goddamn good. Before there was Chris Stapleton, there were The Bottle Rockets. Before The Bottle Rockets, there was Uncle Tupelo. Before Uncle Tupelo, there were The Flying Burrito Brothers. Before The Flying Burrito Brothers, there was The Sir Douglas Quintet. But even before Sir Doug, there were Don and Phil Everly, a couple of hillrod brothers who could harmonize like Jesus himself had commanded it. There is something more than a little bit creepy about siblings singing really tight harmonies. It can almost sound like the same voice at times, warbling though some kind of semi-functional chorus effects pedal. Add to that a bleak set of ancient mountain songs about death, poverty, and heartache, and you have a twang boomerang that will keep hitting you in the head with its awesomeness with every listen. The brothers were just about to become huge rock stars at this point, and releasing a full LP of hill tunes with only acoustic backing may not have been the best career move in the nascent rock and roll scene, but they knew where they had come from, and were not afraid to show it. The Green Day dude and Norah Jones released a cover album of this entire record a few years back, and they are not total meatheads. If you have never heard the original, you probably should, and your copy awaits you at the Record Fair Part Deux at Counterweight Brewing this Sunday, the 19th.

-John G.

Bad Kitty Music #11: Albert King/Otis Rush

Bad Kitty Music #10: Uriah Heep

Bad Kitty Music #9: George Thorogood & The Destroyers

Bad Kitty Music #8: Bob(by) Darin

Bad Kitty Music #7: Todd Rundgren

Bad Kitty Music #6: The Rockets

Bad Kitty Music #5: Rush

Bad Kitty Music #4: Dr. John

Bad Kitty Music #3: Terry Reid

Bad Kitty Music #2: Roy Buchanan

Bad Kitty Music #1:  Bobby "Blue"Bland

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Happy Birthday, Tin Machine

On this day, 30 years ago, David Bowie unleashed Tin Machine's debut record into the world. Misunderstood from day one, and still considered one of the low points in Bowie's career, Tin Machine confused almost everyone. But not me. I loved it.

The music on Tin Machine's debut is metallic. It's both art rock and punk rock. It has some amazing music on it, as well as some true crap. As All Music writes, "A remarkable recording for many reasons, the debut of Tin Machine predates by nearly half a decade, much of the guitar-oriented alternative pop that followed the grunge explosion of 1991-1992. This record would have been more popular had it been released five or six years later"

The problem with the record is that it is unsure of what it wants to be. Bowie wanted it to be a band, so drummer Hunt Sales gets to sing a bit. Bowie also gives the spotlight, more often than not, to guitarist Reeves Gabrels, who shines at times, but also occasionally overplays to an uncomfortable extent. With the exception of the brilliant "I Can't Read," a song that remained in Bowie's setlist years later, little sounded like anything Bowie had done prior. The same could be said for just about every record Bowie had released from 1966 until his death 50 years later. It's just that this time, in 1989, after the huge MTV success of "Let's Dance" and "Blue Jean," the blame went on Gabrels and the Sales brothers and few took to the maniacal sounds emanating from those grooves.

30 years later, Tin Machine still has its moments and their second release "Tin Machine II," actually aged better than their first. I think it's time to give Tin Machine one more shot. It's a helluva lot better than either 1984's "Tonight" and 1987's "Never Let Me Down," and most likely will sound brand new to many who had completely dismissed it in 1989.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Songs Of The Week, 2019: 5/11-5/17

Rockin' Behind The Iron Curtain- Bobby Marchan
When These Shoes Were New- Billy Bremner
King's Call- Phil Lynott
What's The World Got In Store- Wilco
Outbreak Of Love- Midnight Oil
Here Come The Girls- Ernie K. Doe
My Home Is Not A House- Jason Falkner


I finished reading Jeff Tweedy's book, and of course, I had been listening to Uncle Tupelo and Wilco on an off during the entire read. The track here is the one that made it to the SOTD.

I recently came across Billy Bremner's solo record "Bash." I always liked it, but I just discovered I really love it.

The other tracks were all random plays from the trusty iPod, over the course of two train rides.

Friday, May 17, 2019


With a new album set for 6/14, as well as a rumored E Street Band record and tour to follow, there is no better time than now to serve this baby up. I don't recall where or how I acquired all of this, but what we have here is the work of an anonymous overseas philanthropist who found the time to track down every song played on the 2006 "Bruce Springsteen Seeger Sessions Band" and sequence them all into a remarkable 5 disc set. It is not chronological, and from what I can tell, does not follow any specific set list. It was clearly made with love from a number of sources and venues.


Disc One

Atlantic City
Mary Don't You Weep
Old Dan Tucker
John Henry
Cadillac Ranch
Jesse James
Eyes On The Prize
Further Up (On The Road)
Long Black Veil
Love Of The Common People
My Oklahoma Home
Mrs. McGrath

Disc Two

How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times
Jacob's Ladder
We Shall Overcome
Open All Night
Pay Me My Money Down
Bring Them Home (full band)
Rag Mama Rag
You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
When The Saints Go Marching In
This Little Light Of Mine
American Land

Disc Three

Blinded By The Light
Johnny 99
My Oklahoma Home (#2)
If I Should Fall Behind
Maria's Bed
How Can I Keep From Singing
Long Time Coming
Devils & Dust
Long Walk Home
Dirty Water
Buffalo Gals

Disc Four

Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street
For You
Adam Raised A Cain
All The Way Home
Erie Canal
Samson & Delilah
The River
Growing Up
Mansion On The Hill
The Ghost Of Tom Joad
The Promised Land
Land Of Hopes & Dreams
My City Of Ruins
Froggie Went A Courtin'

Disc Five

Bring Them Home (Acoustic)
Highway Patrolman
John Henry #2
Bobby Jean
Jesus Was An Only Son
Into the Fire
Open All Night #2
Turn Turn Turn
Buffalo Gals #2
Daring Young Men On The Flying Trapeze
Bring Them Home (Studio)