Sunday, September 19, 2021

I Went...SI--SI--SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again) #47

 (a short jaunt)

"How Are You" - Kinks / "Think Visual" (1986)
"How is your life?  How is it going?
Are you still dreaming and making big plans?
How are the nights?  Are they still lonely?
Are you still struggling the way that I am? 
Oh, how are you?"

From The Kinks 22nd album.  Really?!  And it's one of those songs that fell through the cracks and went mostly unnoticed.  As did the album.  But what a damn good song.  Rainy and grey and...hopeful.  Wear it on the days when the melancholy pulls on your sweater.  Screw the video.  Let your head play its own story.

"Only A Fool Would Say That" - Steely Dan / "Can't Buy A Thrill" (1972)
"I heard it was you
talkin' 'bout a world
where all is free.
It just couldn't be.
And only a fool would say that."

Steely Dan's debut was a fantastic album with a fantastic closing track with a bonus fantastic album cover.  I put Becker and Fagen right up there with Keith and Mick.  Paul and John.  Captain and Tennille.  All the great music duos.  Only somehow, Steely Dan albums seem to have a more...timeless vibe.  The coolness seldom feels nostalgic.  I read somewhere this song was inspired by Lennon's "Imagine" that came out a year earlier.  If so, then the cynicism is a wee tongue-in-cheek because someone can be heard in Spanish laughing and telling Fagen  "Ha, ha, only a fool said this."   FWIW: The album landed #238  on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time."

"Night Ride Across the Caucasus" - Loreena McKennitt / "The Book of Secrets" (1997)
"Find the answers, ask the questions.
Find the roots of an ancient tree.
Take me dancing, take me singing.
I'll ride on till the moon meets the sea.
Ride on through the night, ride on"

One night, I was driving back home from a standup gig I had at some bar in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  It was pitch the middle of nowhere.  No traffic.  Not even delivery trucks.  No far-off lights.  And I was listening to "Open Line - Coast To Coast."  A caller was explaining to George Noory his experience with "night scares" and not being able to move.  It must have been about 3:00 in the morning.  All of a radio went silent.  No static.  No nothing.  I tried pressing other channel buttons...nothing.  Just dead silence.  And I drove like this for maybe 5 or 6 minutes.  During this stretch of silence and darkness, I passed one of those tall wooden school crossing police figures with a white-gloved hand holding a "Slow For Children" sign.  It was just leaning against a tree.  Spooky as hell.  And while I was trying to catch another glimpse of the strange figure in my rearview check if I really saw what I really saw...the radio came back on.  LOUD!  (I must've turned the volume up trying to find another station.)  The same guy was still talking about his "night scares."  Anyway, Loreena McKennitt caused me to have a late-night flashback.


Good stuff.


Friday, September 17, 2021

TCCDM 4 For Friday

 (4 For Friday)

 The great Norm Macdonald has a fantastic conversation with Larry King.  You're gonna wanna see this!

*  "Talk amongst yourselves.  Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.  Are they out of their minds or merely smoking the green weed?  Discuss."

*  Make mine a double!  A taste from the Chicago Transit Authority debut at Reel and Rock.

*  This entertaining film..."Gangster Story" (1959)...stars a much younger Walter Matthau as a successful bank robber on the run.  Very cool and strange seeing Mathau with a lithe cut.  To me, he will always be the hunched-over Coach Buttermaker.  Tempus Fugit in reverse, my friends. 

"It's Been A Long Time" - Southside Johnny (Van Zandt & Springsteen) "Better Days" (1991)

Good stuff.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

TCCDM Pulls One Out...“Live Trips 1971" - C.A. Quintet (1971 - Rei 2017)

“Live Trips 1971" - C.A. Quintet (1971 - Rei 2017)

"Live Trips 1971" is a reissue of a live concert the C. A. Quintet recorded at the Lake Pepin High School in Wisconsin.  The show was recorded almost as an afterthought using just two microphones. Surprisingly, the sound quality is pretty good.  Much better than one might expect.  It's a fun listen with garage-rock attitude and jam psych goodness.   And I enjoyed spinning it, but the album is not a “must own” by any means.  Very good for what it is, but there's nothing here that really stands out.  

This live album sounds very little like C.A. Quintet's better-known studio square…"Trip Thru Hell.” (1969)  Now that one is a dark and edgy psych biscuit that has earned its reputation.  But the music here has a much more garage-rock feel.  Plenty of moxy with some great solos, but a little less of the psych-trippage.  As I said, the sound quality is pretty good, and there are still enough surprises that either way, the high schoolers and whoever had themselves a real good time.

"Live Trips 1971" - C.A. Quintet (back)

Favorites include both of the longer tracks that close out each side..."Bayou Jam" and "Fresh Garbage Jam."  The former has a heavier keyboard presence and the latter is a busy fuzzed-out Spirit psych rocker with liberties.  Each is over 10-min long and has a "play it like you feel it" hippie-trippy vibe I liked.  Both cover songs on the album are enjoyable, but Cream's…"Badge" the better track.  C.A. Quintet tackles the song straight, but in a louder sloppy-good fashion.  It's a fun album, but not nearly as ominous as their studio release.

I found my copy at a local record shop for $25.  The reissue does include three added tracks, but there was no digital card.  And it would have been nice if they had included some more liner notes.  The small bit of information on the back cover is all you get.  The album was pressed in Germany.   There are only a couple of streams on Youtube to taste and owner rights might send you there to listen.  Sorry, nothing I can do about that.

 Merlins Nose Records

Cat #
(Stamped) 162726E1/A
(Stamped)  162726E2/A

"Badge" - C.A. Quintet / "Live Trips 1971" (1971 - Rei 2017)

A1  "And Your Bird Can Sing" 5:16
A2  "Badge" 3:53
A3  "Bayou Jam" 14:45
B1  "4am in New York" 4:59
B2  "Wild Child" 5:53
B3  "Country Boy" 4:35
B4  "Fresh Garbage Jam" 10:19

Ken "The Captain" Erwin - bass, vocals
Tom Pohling - lead guitar
Doug "Beaver" Reynolds - keyboards, vocals
Donnie Chapin - drums

Good stuff.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

I Went...SI--SI--SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again) #46

(a short jaunt)

"Seagull" - Bad Company / "Bad Company" (1974)
"Seagull, you fly across the horizon
into the misty morning sun.
Nobody asks you where you are going,
Nobody knows where you're from."

This is the last song on Bad Company's debut album.  And I just didn't get it.  This wasn't "Rock Steady."  This wasn't "Ready For Love."   And I would eject the CD every time it got to that song.  It was like forever and a day before I ever heard the song again.  Years!  Then one night out of the blue I hear Paul Rodgers's voice from my radio singing the song.  That same song I automatically skipped over without a thought.  But I was wearing a different face then and listening from a different place.  And it was at that moment I knew "Seagull" was the most beautiful farewell song I'd ever heard.  (OWN)

"San Francisco Girls" - Fever Tree / "Fever Tree" (1968)
"Out there it's summertime.
Milk and honey days.
Oh, San Francisco girls with
San Francisco ways."

Ah...the summer days of hippie chicks and hipsters.  I dig all the psychedelic glad rags and handbags and patched jeans and glow-in-the-dark Pepper posters.  The west coast vibe of free adventures.  I'd love to time-machine my way back and "make the scene, man."  But until someone can make that happen, I'll just throw on my own patches and "make the bed, man."  That and spin some records.  Oh yeah, the sustain at the end of this song is killer.  This was Fever Tree's first album. (OWN)

"Love Street" - The Doors / "Waiting For The Sun" (1968)
"She lives on Love Street.
Lingers long on Love Street.
She has a house and garden.
I would like to see what happens."

Never heard "Love Street" in my life, but I love Ray Manzarek and Krieger's jangly and strangely ominous interplay.  Truth is...I've never heard the album.  I have no Doors in my collection.  That's not intentional.  It's just kind of worked out that way.  Anyway, come to find out...there really is a Love I'm giving Jim a pass on the eye-roll song title.  Morrison was in love..."and love's a funny state of mind." (kudos to Steve Forbert.)  This was The Doors' third album. (WANT) 


Good stuff.


Friday, September 10, 2021

TCCDM 4 For Friday

(4 For Friday)

*  The Hog's Ear Report shows us a short stack of vinyl reissues he recently picked up online and in the wild.  Always something to pique our interest. 

*  Very cool optical illusion you'll be practicing all day.

*  You're gonna wanna stream the new John Carpenter song.  I hope the movie is half as good. 

*  And here are 30 creepy photos to go with it.

"Melvin Laid An Egg" - Bloodrock / "Bloodrock" (1970)

Good stuff.

Monday, September 6, 2021

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Touch" - Touch (1969)

"Touch" - Touch (1969)

Touch, with their eponymous and only album, brought us some psych-dusted prog rock.  Or prog-heavy psych-rock.  Somewhere in the middle, but definitely leaning closer to prog is where this album lands.  It's keyboard-driven, for sure, but without all the pompous self-flagellation other keyboardists would sometimes fall into.  There are also some tasty guitar burns and bass runs to be found.  And the vocals are tight.  "Touch" is considered some of the earliest prog stuff to come out of the States.

Keyboard wizard and writer, Don Gallucci was 19 when Touch went into the studio to make the album.  Prior to Touch...Galluci was responsible for the "Louie Louie" keyboard riff that everybody has come to know while he was a member of The Kingsmen.  He was just 15.  He had to quit because Galluci wasn't allowed to play at many of the places where The Kingsmen performed.  So..."Louie Louie...he had to go now."  Whaddyagonnado?

"Touch" - Touch (back)

Favorites include the psyched-up "Down At Circes' Place."  The rocking "We Feel Fine" opens the box.  "The Spiritual Death Of Howard Greer" is a rush of atmospheric highs and lows.  And the epic 11-min. "Seventy Five" closes the album and lays down the gauntlet for all the "prog-dancers" yet to come.  The entire album has plenty of replay value. 

My copy was found at a record shop for $16 and I was surprised to find it sitting in the regular "T" section and not with the "new arrivals."  The album has a gimmix flip-open cover with the album sliding in from the top.  There was also a cool poster included never used.

"Touch" (inside foldout cover)

Poster included

Coliseum label

Cat #
DS 51004
Ⓨ SAHS-1539  C
J  Ѡ  0  SAHS-1540  A 01

"Down At Circes' Place" - Touch / "Touch" (1969)

A1  "We Feel Fine" 4:33
A2  "Friendly Birds" 4:50
A3  "Miss Teach" 3:22
A4  "The Spiritual Death Of Howard Greer" 9:31
B1  "Down At Circes' Place" 3:52
B2  "Alesha And Others" 3:05
B3  "Seventy Five" 10:58

Jeff Hawks - vocals
Joey Newman - guitar, vocals
Don Gallucci - keyboards, vocals
Bruce Hauser - bass, vocals
John Bordonaro - drums, percussion, vocals

Good stuff.


Friday, September 3, 2021

TCCDM 4 For Friday

(4 For Friday)

*  The Rising Storm gives us a gentle reminder about the 1968 self-titled debut album from Quicksilver Messenger Service.

Perhaps you have heard of them.  Here is the Official "The Velvet Underground" Trailer for the documentary coming in October.

*  As visitors walk past this piece of artwork, the child becomes old.  Awesome and strange.

The 1968 drugsploitation film..."Psych-Out" now streaming on Youtube.  It's a pretty clunky story, but it does have its hippie moments.  Plus we get to see The Seeds and Strawberry Alarm Clock do their thing.  Even Jack Nicholson, in his fictional band, jams a bit.  But it's Dean Stockwell and Bruce Dern that really steal the movie.  It's all love, drugs, and rock and roll.  Also, here is the soundtrack album I picked up last year.  

"The Late Show" - Jackson Browne / "Late For The Sky" (1974)
"Everyone I've ever known has wished me well.
Anyway, that's how it seems, it's hard to tell.
Maybe people only ask you how you're doing,
'Cause that's easier than letting on how little they could care."

Good stuff.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

TCCDM Dig and Flip: "Killers of the Flower Moon" - David Grann (2017)

"Killers of the Flower Moon"
by David Grann
Hardcover, 338 pages

    In the very late 19th century, the Osage Indian Nation was forcibly moved by the U.S. government from their ancestral land to a mostly barren piece of squat in Oklahoma.  But that relocation rightfully backfired in the government's face when it was unexpectedly discovered the Osage Indians were now sitting atop one of the richest oil veins in the world.  This discovery suddenly made the Osage some of the richest people in the country.  To make matters worse, the mineral rights were only legally transferable to a family member.  This little jig in the hitch meant no one outside the Osage could get to the money.

    So, of course, a few greedy local bastards attempted to get their hands on some of that green paper by winning the trust of members of the Osage Indians and then meticulously began a drawn-out killing spree of dozens in the community.  This was to become known as The Osage Murders.  And the exact number killed may never be known.

  Local law enforcement was unwilling to put much effort into the heinous crimes and was unskilled in their investigating techniques, as well.  So bad was the noise, it finally drew the attention of J. Edgar Hoover and his newly formed investigation unit (FBI) to come down and break a few eggs.  This story screams for your attention and is such an evil part of another cruel chapter in the mistreatment of Native Americans.

    "Killers of the Flower Moon"  has plenty of old photographs mixed within the pages that put names to faces.  This non-fiction story is not a flaming page-turner, but it is written well and begs the reader to continue to the end.  I appreciate David Grann bringing this horribly neglected part of history to light and I won't soon forget it.

"Indian Song" - Drivin' N' Cryin' / "Wrapped In Sky" (1995)

Good stuff.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."The Fallen Angels" - The Fallen Angels (1967)

"The Fallen Angels" - The Fallen Angels (1967)

The Fallen Angels was a garagey psych-rock band with good pop-rock sensibilities.  Their self-titled debut album was a pretty solid affair.  Good lyrics and nice melodic catch with enough pop-psych flavor to make things interesting without losing direction.  The band hailed from our nation's capital, Washington D.C.  And off the top of my head and without doing a quick Google search, I can't think of another rock band from those parts. (I'm sure there must be a few.)

There are occasional light dustings of horns here and there, but not very much.  I only mention this because the opening track, and it's a really good one, has a little brass.  But this is absolutely not a horn album, so don't let that damper your picnic. 

"The Fallen Angels" (back)

Favorites include the pop-psych dreamcatcher "Introspective Looking Glass" and shadow-vibed "Love, Don't Talk To Strangers."  Both are strong keepers.  The garagey psych-rocker "You Have Changed" is excellent stuff.  “Room At The Top” is a cool psych-pop opener.  And the psych-folk “Most Children Do” is a wonderful chill and makes me think Beck might've heard this one.  There are a couple of jug band whatevers that just sound out of place.  I mean a kazoo is never a good idea, but the good songs far outweigh the weaker ones.

I found my copy at a record shop and dropped $17 on it.  It has a small tear on the top-front of the album, but the vinyl is an easy vg+.  The Fallen Angels' first offering is a pretty cool psych album to slip into the collection.

Roulette Records label

 Cat #
RSD  RLP - 497-A-1  9-13-67  AB  9-67  Audio???
RLP 497 B  MIRASOUND  AB  8-67  AB

"Introspective Looking Glass" - The Fallen Angels / "The Fallen Angels" (1967)

A1  "Room At The Top" 2:35
A2  "Love, Don't Talk To Strangers" 1:52
A3  "Your Friends Here in Dundersville" 2:23
A4  "I've Been Thinking" 1:46
A5  "It Might Have Been Easier To Stay at Home" 2:07
A6  "Most Children Do" 3:10
B1  "Introspective Looking Glass" 2:25
B2  "I Don't Wanna Fall" 2:18
B3  "No Way Out" 2:39
B4  "Painted Bird" 2:20
B5  "Mother's Homesick Too" 2:17
B6  "You Have Changed" 2:27

Jack Bryant - vocals, bass, kazoo
Richard "Luvly" Kumer - drums, percussion
Wally Cook - guitar
Jack Lauritsen - guitar, sitar, vibraphone
Barry Seidel - horns, effects, shoes
*Tom Traynor - laughter, good vibrations, first aid

Good stuff.

Friday, August 27, 2021

TCCDM 4 For Friday

(4 For Friday)

*  The Vinyl Richie Channel begins a theme (subject to end at any time) starting with his "Ten Best Albums 1965."  Richie shares minutia about each album and why they made the list.  It's just a list...and you can pretty much dig it or smell it.  Vinyl Richie is always warped fun and nothing to get hung about.  Subscribe and watch a few. 

*  Rule #1.  Don't drink and mosh.

*  Remember when The Cramps performed at a California Psychiatric Hospital?  Now there's a very cool, short documentary..."We Were There To Be There"...about how it all went down.  And you're gonna want to watch it.

*  Put your nose very close to the screen and then slowly pull away.  You'll see an impossibly cool 3-D butterfly.  It's one of those brain game things.  It took me a couple of tries, but it's worth it. (It's easier with an iPad.)

"Slow Turning" - John Hiatt / "Slow Turning" (Letterman 1988)
"Now I'm in my car.
I got the radio on.
I'm yellin' at the kids in the back seat
'cause, they're bangin' like Charlie Watts."

--> Charlie "Bangin' Pots" Watts <--
(Here's hoping you get to do that little dance you do
right before banging through St. Peter's gate.)

Good stuff.