Friday, December 14, 2018

Weekend Mix/ Oh No, It's Christmas Again!

11 years ago I  reunited with a college crush, and in the process acquired a seven year old daughter.
It didn't take long to realize I couldn't say I hate Christmas anymore, or that I find Christmas music so loathsome it makes me angry, or that "Jingle Bell Rock" just might be the most offensive piece of shit ever written, and that Hall & Oates version, in particular, occupied a special place in Hell's jukebox.
At just the right moment I found myself in front of a wall of TV's when that very song came on.
I stood there, ready to fully enjoy hating every smarmy second of it.
That I wasn't a fan of H&O's oeuvre was an understatement.
Instead I experienced a sudden paradigm shift and was dumbstruck by it's charm and utter perfection as a piece of popular art.
I'll even watch "Live From Daryl's House" now.
Returning home I quickly acquired "Jingle Bell Rock", and set about making our first annual Christmas mix. We shot a "fun" family portrait for the cover, made 50, and mailed them out to friends and family.
I've made seven so far, with some years skipped due to lack of inspiring material.
I usually begin by finding a first song, and this time it was JD McPherson's "Socks", from his truly excellent album of the same title.
An instant classic that will even sound good in July.
I stumbled across a wealth of new Christmas releases by the likes of Rodney Crowell, The Mavericks, Los Straitjackets, The Monkees, Loretta Lynn, and Cheap Trick
Everything fell into place pretty quickly.

We usually shoot the family portrait in the dining room, but now it's full of recording gear (long story), and the living room is dominated by drums. So I got the idea of exploiting the situation by "forming" a band. (My mom doesn't gig with us anymore but does her bit in the studio)

I hope everyone's Holiday is Happy!


Oh No, It's Christmas Again!

Oh No It's Christmas, Too!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Bad Kitty Music #3: Terry Reid

Once upon a time, there was a guy named Terry and he sang quite well. Rumour has it that Jimmy Page asked him to be in a new band he was putting together in 1968. Terry said, "No thanks, dude. I just got a record deal." Jimmy's new band, Led Zeppelin, put out their first album the same year as Terry's. One of these albums sold quite well. 8 years later, a little band from Rockford, Illinois covered a song from this album, "Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace", on their debut LP, which is where I (a wee lad, also from Rockford, Illinois) first heard about Terry. Cheap Trick's debut album sold quite well, too. Poor Terry. Jimmy and Cheap Trick were onto something. Mosey on out to the Manchester Army/Navy Record Show - Fall 2018 on Sunday, and take Terry home with you. It will probably be the best decision you make all day.

-John G.

Bad Kitty Music #2: Roy Buchanan

Bad Kitty Music #1:  Bobby "Blue"Bland

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Where Has This Been All My Life?

As part of the ongoing extended copyright releases, two more Beach Boys collections have surfaced digitally, both from 1968- "I Can Hear The Music: The 20/20 Sessions" and "Wake The World: The Friends Sessions." I've been listening to "20/20" a lot lately, a truly underappreciated record, to say the least, so I decided to slog through the sessions for that album first. It's worth the time, if you're a fan. This version of "Walk On By," in its less than two minute glory, knocked me out. How have I never heard this before? Huh? Answer me, damnit!

Monday, December 10, 2018

2018: The Year In Mucus

This cold started as a scratchy throat, which gave way to an eye twitch. Then, I sneezed and the sore throat disappeared. Now my chest hurt. I began coughing. I coughed for 5 seconds, stopped for 5 seconds, coughed for 5 seconds, and so on, all of Saturday night. I did not sleep. I only coughed. Then, on Sunday morning I began sneezing, and I sneezed for approximately 8 consecutive hours. I pulled my back out. The sneezing stopped long enough to sit in a hot bath, which made my body temperature go up to 101.5, which gave me a headache, so I spent the next 4 hours with a cold rag on my head. I had a pint of NyQuil and a shot of whisky and fell into a hallucinogenic sleep, where I saw unicorns, giant rats, Andrew Ridgeley, Valerie Perrine, lots of pizzas and a guy named Phil Turnbull. I woke up this morning, feeling like I might be over it, made a pot of coffee, took a hot shower, and started sneezing repeatedly. I can't see too well and I am starting to resemble Red Skelton. I am not a good patient.

That said, I will have my favorite records of 2018 written up and posted, as soon as I feel up to it. In the meantime, please use this time and space to tell us your favorite records of 2018.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Songs Of The Week, 2018: 12/1-12/7

Jealous- Robert Palmer
The Book I Read- Talking Heads
Separate Beds- Squeeze
Never My Love- Ken Stringfellow
Little White Lies- Status Quo
Reach Out- Cheap Trick
I Believe- Stevie Wonder


Sorry no backstories today. I am under the weather and just getting this up took the last bit of energy I had left.

Please enjoy anyhow.

Friday, December 7, 2018

"Nothing Doing" from The John Sally Ride- OUT NOW

Here it is. The new full length from The John Sally Ride.

Once again, John Dunbar's incredible songwriting takes the cake. Rehearsals began in March. Recording started in September. I am beyond proud of this record and extremely honored to play behind the talents of these wonderful musicians.

John Dunbar- Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Sal Maida- Bass
Sal Nunziato- Drums, Backing Vocals

I hope you enjoy "Nothing Doing."

It is available now!




ITunes will be available any moment now.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Bad Kitty Music #2: Roy Buchanan

Sometimes funny looking people are tremendous musicians. There was a time when such people were allowed to be successful. And so it came to pass that a guy that looked like a high school shop teacher (but just so happened to be one of the greatest guitarists to walk the earth ever. Fight me.) could be a major label recording artist. Legend has it that, at live shows, he turned all the knobs on his amp to 11, and turned the amp to face the back wall, and controlled all the sound from the two knobs and pickup switch on his guitar. Bad Ass. Legend has it he was asked to join The Rolling Stones, but told them to piss off. Badder Asser. He had such command of the instrument that he was beyond any “riff” that any lesser mortal guitar player may often resort to. Both “Sweet Dreams” and “The Messiah Will Come Again” from this LP will make any guitarist want to set all their guitars on fire, and shove their hands into the garbage disposal in the warm glow of the flickering flames. Intrigued? Head on out to the Manchester Army/Navy Record Show - Fall 2018 to grab this copy of this album. Before the whole bonfire/garbage disposal part, that is.
-John G.

Bad Kitty Music #1: Bobby "Blue" Bland