Friday, June 18, 2021

TCCDM 4 For Friday

(4 For Friday)

* Seven songs about footwear (or not) at Star Maker Machine.

* Here are 30 small actor roles in movies that had a really big impact.

* Echoes In The Wind discusses another song by the cannibal-minded...The Buoys.

* Here is another pretty cool film from The Criterion Collection.  "Equinox" (1970).  A horror mystery filled with silly, crazy-cool ideas.  It's weird, creepy, and sometimes unintentionally funny.  Made on a shoestring, this goodish-bad film can still be easily appreciated. (free-Youtube)

"Frenchette" / David Johansen / David Johansen (1978)

Good stuff.


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

I Went...SI--SI--SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again) #40

 (a short jaunt)

"Glad And Sorry" - Golden Smog / "Down By The Old Mainstream" (1995)

I remember rescuing this CD from a tall Walmart wire basket filled to the brim with dozens of other lesser-known artists.  Golden Smog has been one of my go-to's ever since. The band was a bit of an Americana supergroup that included...Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, and Kraig Johnson, (The Jayhawks), Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum), and Noah Levy (Honeydogs)   And the guys play like they really enjoy being together.  You can actually hear it.  Fun and loose, but definitely not sloppy.  "Glad and Sorry" was written by Ronnie Lane for the Faces' last album..."Ooh La La" (1973)  And with this cover, Golden Smog gets to honor one of their heroes. (NEED).  

"Rockin' Round the World" -  Country Joe and the Fish / "CJ Fish" (1970)

Country Joe almost whispers the mantra "Rockin' all around the world.  Rockin' all around the world.  Rockin' all around the world." like someone's light-sleeping baby is napping upstairs.  And The Fish delivers the mantra in a mellow, down-low, jazzy-psych groove blanket.  It shouldn't work, but the mojo has my head and shoulders snakin' anyway.  This was their 5th album. (NEED)

"Zomby Woof" - Frank Zappa And The Mothers / "Over-Nite Sensation" (1973)

"Didja ever wake up in the mornin'
with a zomby woof behind your eyes?
Just about as evil as you could be."
Frank Zappa rattles off his supernatural question like he's just mailed an urgent letter to Dear Abby and is expecting a logical answer.  The song is just badass all way around.  The keyboards.  The percussion.  The guitar blistering.  The sinister vocals and insane lyrics.  I dig it.  But 'troof' be told...the song took a little while to grow on me.  Whaddyagonnado?  Anyway, this was Zappa's 14th album, not including live ones, unofficial ones, and other flibbity-floos.  Hey, your mileage may vary. (OWN)


Good stuff.


Sunday, June 13, 2021

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Nature Boy" - Joe Beck (1969)

 "Nature Boy" - Joe Beck (1969)

This is a really good album.  Joe Beck is better known for his jazz guitar wizardry, having jammed with Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Stan Getz, and dozens of others, but on "Nature Boy"...jammin' psych-rock is on tap.  And his vocals are perfect for what's going down.  Six of the nine tracks are over 5-minutes long and each song rocks, trips, and floats without falling into a dull "sameness" that so often plague otherwise good albums.

Don't be fooled by the laidback, country-charm album cover, either.  "Nature Boy" has some fire.  Beck is extremely solid on the guitar, throwing down wah-wah, fuzz, and killer lead runs all in just the right measures.  And any jazz dust flowing out of Beck's fingers only serve to kiss the sky.  It was also cool to find Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten lending a hand on this gem, as well.

"Nature Boy" - Joe Beck (back)

Favorites include the killer title track..."Nature Boy."  "Please Believe Me” has a dreamy jazz-psych quality that builds into a frantic guitar burn before returning to its dreamy groove.  The garage-like "Maybe” is a cool jam.  And the shortest track clocking in at just over 3-minutes is the dark and portent "Spoon’s Caress.” 

This OG copy is on the Verve label still in shrink.  It has a round yellow sticker on the plastic and a bb hole in the bottom-right corner.  I've never seen this one in the wild, so I decided to make an early eBay bid and won.  I own it now for $28 shipped which is a bit of a steal.  The album is also recommended in The Acid Archives, but I think I enjoyed the spin even better than they did.

Verve Forecast label

Cat #
FTS3081  /  FTS-3081
MGS 2044-1  S-1  FTS-3081  11  DC  <--(this might be an at symbol.)
FTS 3081  Side 2  MGS-2045  21  DC  <--(this might be an at symbol.)

"Nature Boy" - Joe Beck / "Nature Boy" (1969)

A1  "Nature Boy" 5:29
A2  "Spoon's Caress" 3:06
A3  "Let Me Go" 3:43
A4  "Come Back: Vision Without You" 6:07
A5  "Maybe" 3:18
B1  "No More Blues" 6:21
B2  "Goodbye L. A." 6:15
B3  "Please Believe Me" 5:35
B4  "Ain't No Use In Talkin'" 5:34

Joe Beck - guitar, bass, organ, vocals
Don Payne - bass (B2, B4)
Danny Whitten - rhythm guitar, vocals (A3)
Donald MacDonald - drums. percussion
Randy Brecker - trumpet (A4)

Good stuff.


Friday, June 11, 2021

TCCDM 4 For Friday

 (4 For Friday)

Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook offers up his Top 10 favorite songs at 40 Year Itch.

The first 25 episodes of New Wave Theatre...the independent half-hour music show that spotlighted new wave acts doing their thang.  It was hosted with mucho bravado by Peter Ivers.  Binge-worthy.

A little Q and A with Stephen King about his novel Lisey's Story soon to be an 8-part television series.

Anthony Perkins plays a familiar kind of role as a young man recently released from a mental hospital in the film..."Pretty Poison." (1968)  This strange, dark, and quirky movie was his first since nailing Norman Bates in "Psycho."  His co-star Tuesday Weld is equally enjoyable.  ("Sunday's on the phone to Monday.  Tuesday's on the phone to me.  Oh yeah")  (free-Youtube)

"Nosferatu" - Blue Oyster Cult / "Spectres" (1977)

Good stuff.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Volume Two" - The Soft Machine (1969)

 "Volume Two" - The Soft Machine (1969)

As the title alludes, this was Soft Machine's second album.  The music is clever and nicely unexpected with ducks and louies everywhere.  Prog-psych, both fuzzed-out, and jazzed-off.  This is avant-garde without losing direction.  Only two of the 17 heady tracks are over 3-minutes, but it all holds together.  Side two is a little more to my liking, though.  A little jammier.  Zappa-ish at times, but mostly, this is straight-up Soft Machine.  

"Volume Two" - The Soft Machine (back)

Favorites include the tripped-out "10.30 Returns to the Bedroom."  The longest song at nearly 6-minutes..."Hibou, Anemone and Bear" is fuzzy jazz-psych goodness.  The proggy-pop of "As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still" is as close to a radio-friendly song as it's ever gonna get on this album and is quite nice.  Finally, it must be said, Robert Wyatt's creative drumming on this little square can not be overstated.  He absolutely kills it.

I've often read that The Soft Machine's album "Third" is their tour-de-force.  And that might well be, I've yet to find a copy.  But "Volume Two" is really, really good and is an album that rewards the listener for active participation.  Don't nibble.  Swallow it whole.  I found this early pressing in vg+ at an AOK Record Swap sometime last year for $14. 

ABC Command - Probe label

Cat #
CPLP  4505  A  2-LW  LW  C. Stevens [in script]  SS LH
CPLP  4505  B  2-LW  LW  SS LH

"Hibou, Anemone and Bear" - The Soft Machine / "Volume Two" (1969)

Rivmic Melodies
A1   "Pataphysical Introduction - Pt. I" 1:00
A2   "A Concise British Alphabet - Pt. I" 0:10
A3   "Hibou, Anemone and Bear" 5:58
A4   "A Concise British Alphabet - Pt. II" 0:12
A5   "Hulloder" 0:52
A6   "Dada Was Here" 3:25
A7   "Thank You Pierrot Lunaire" 0:47
A8   "Have You Ever Bean Green?" 1:23
A9   "Pataphysical Introduction - Pt. II" 0:50
A10  "Out of Tunes" 2:30
Esther's Nose Job
B1   "As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still" 2:30
B2   "Dedicated to You But You Weren't Listening" 2:30
B3   "Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging" 1:50
B4   "Pig" 2:08
B5   "Orange Skin Food" 1:52
B6   "A Door Opens and Closes" 1:09
B7   "10.30 Returns to the Bedroom" 4:14

Mike Ratledge - piano, Lowrey Holiday De Luxe organ; Hammond organ, harpsichord, flute
Hugh Hopper - bass, acoustic guitar, alto saxophone
Robert Wyatt - drums, vocals, b-vocals
Brian Hopper - soprano and tenor saxophone

Good stuff.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

I Went...SI--SI--SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again) #39

 (a short jaunt)

"Heterosexual Man"  - Odds / "Bedbugs" (1993)

Hearing this song on the radio makes me talk like Beavis and Butthead all the way home.  That's where a lot of us heard the song for the first time.  Me, anyway.  And once Buthead gets a hold of a song...ya just never forget it.  A friend told me he also heard Dr. Demento giving the song a ride or two.  I told him, "Shut up, Beavis!"  This was Odds second studio album. (NEED)

"Wasted On The Way" - CSN / "Daylight Again" (1982)

Graham Nash extends the olive branch gently, but firmly.  And those CSN harmonies are so sweet.  The song was obviously written about the old gang getting back together again, but how easily Nash's lyrics transcend into our very own private Idaho.  But I always thought Stills' "Southern Cross"...from the same album...strikes a little closer to the bone and for that reason, I give Stills the edge. (NEED)

"Living In A Ghost Town" - Rolling Stones / Single (2020)

For a while...when we had to jump into the car for something...the streets looked like a Sunday morning on a Saturday night.  It felt like being an extra in a black-and-white Twilight Zone episode.  "The Year of the Covid Scare."  And The Rolling Stones got out in front...sleazing it and funking it and then reporting it in Rolling Stones fashion.  What everyone was feeling.  Was it necessary?  Maybe not.  But the song is a far cry from being a throw-away.  And I'm glad they did it. (NEED)


Good stuff.


Friday, June 4, 2021

TCCDM 4 For Friday

(4 For Friday)

Larry King was a bit of a badass!  Here he is telling a wild and crazy story about the JFK assassination.

Plain and Fancy reviews the acid psych-rock goodness of Sam Gopal - "Escalator." (1968 - Rei 2010)  Having pre-Motorhead "Lemmy" in the band just made this more interesting.

Enjoy some record finds and online buys from The Psychedelic Experience Record Run #43 with Matt Sands and Sam.

DeMilked shares 30...yep 30...awesome and smart, smart, smart public restroom ideas that go the extra mile. 

"Running With The Angels" - Russ Ballard / "Barnet Dogs" (1980)

Good stuff.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Return To Bliss" - Bliss (1969 - Rei 2007)

"Return To Bliss" - Bliss (1969 - Rei 2007)

This is the sound of early 70s hard rock right at the cusp.  The vocals, at times, remind me of Grand Funk Railroad, but without the heavy crunch.  And a few songs have a rock funkiness that adds some teeth.  Bliss hails from Arizona and were pieces of an earlier band known as…The Sect.  They had a bit of a following out there.  The album “Return To Bliss” is made up of leftover songs from the band's self-titled (and only) album recorded in 1969.  Both records are favorably mentioned in The Acid Archives, and though I didn't quite like it as much as they did, it's still a pretty enjoyable spin.

"Return To Bliss" (back)

"Return to Bliss" is often labeled a psych album, but there's really not much psych to be found here.  Mostly a bluesy-rock experience.  Still, there are many goodies to be found within.  Favorites include the fantastic and slightly dark "Fear Of Fears."  The songs "Music Train” and "City Woman" are much better than their titles might imply.  “Hippies, Cops and a Bunch of Rocks” is something Country Joe would've had fun with.

This is a re-issue from Void Records released in 2007…initially released in 2004.  Some are floating around eBay for pretty cheap and are a steal.  "Return To Bliss" is not an amazing spin or anything like that, but it captures that early 70s rock vibe I like with a few songs to put on repeat.

Void Records

Cat #
108818  VOID 45  A
108819  VOID 45  B

"Fear Of Fears" - Bliss / "Return To Bliss" (1969 - Rei 2007)

A1  "Hotche Blues" 4:18 
A2  "Music Train" 3:22 
A3  "Nothing In My Life" 1:53 
A4  "Fear Of Fears" 4:04 
B1  "Reach Out And Touch You" 5:01 
B2  "City Woman" 3:19 
B3  "Hippies, Cops, And A Bunch Of Rocks" 3:54
B4  "Sandbox Symphony" 2:25

Brad Reed - vocals, guitar
Rusty Martin - bass
Corky Aldred - vocals, drums

Good stuff.


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

TCCDM Dig and Flip: "UFOs, JFK, And Elvis" - Richard Belzer (1999)

"UFOs, JFK, And Elvis"
by Richard Belzer
Hardcover, 228 pages

"Americans have been trained by media to go into Pavlovian giggles at the mention of...conspiracy." -Gore Vidal.  And isn't that the knee-jerk reaction?  Forget the message; kill the messenger.  But one has to discern and discriminate and not throw away the wheat with the chaff.  Richard Belzer's "UFOs, JFK, and Elvis" revisits a couple of conspiracies that have never been explained away with any great clarity.  The JFK assassination or the UFO cover-up. 

In this highly readable and fascinating page-turner...Belzer first focuses on the confusing and contradicting and down-right sloppy investigation of our murdered president on November 22, 1963.  We are reminded of the players and possible motives leading up to the assassination along with the dozens of stones left unturned by the Warren Commission.  Readers will no doubt be familiar with many of the strange coincidences and odd happenstances surrounding this mess, but Belzer lays out all the snafus in an easy, entertaining style. (An extensive bibliography is also included.) 

As for the subject of UFOs..with all the recent sightings and actual acknowledgment from our own government, Belzer's spotlight on UFOs, extraterrestrial life, and documented reports make for a timely and equally enjoyable read. never mentioned.

"Goin Blind" - Kiss / "Hotter Than Hell" (1974)

Good stuff.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Life Is But A Dream" - Wichita Fall (1968)

"Life Is But A Dream" - Wichita Fall (1968)

Looking at this album front and back, I thought the band was going to play some variation of the country-rock sound.  But I was not even near the ballpark.  "Life Is But A Dream" is filled with catchy pop and slightly psych-tinged songs delivered via heavy orchestral arrangements.  Very, very good arrangements.  The vocals are outstanding, as well without dipping into the sunshine.  But I was so unprepared for the wave, I had to give the record a couple of spins before my mind was accepting of the sound.  Note To Self:  Stop with the preconceived notions. 

Wichita Fall was totally in for a penny and a pound with the mostly uplifting arrangements, and yet the band never allows itself to slip into cheap sugarshack land.  I read somewhere that Wichita Fall was closer to Buffalo Springfield before signing with Imperial.  It would've been interesting to hear Wichita Fall with some of the orchestral paint scraped off, but this was to be Wichita Fall's only album.  Still, the album is good for what it is and I'm sure there are many who'll eat this right up.  

"Life Is But A Dream" - Wichita Fall (back)

The album is a gatefold made of heavy stock and the vinyl is heavy, too.  You'll notice this right away. Favorites are "Ornamental Sideshow"”Once In The Morning" … “Going To Ohio.”  And the album overall is a grower, for sure.  The soup is really good…it's just not my cup of soup.  I've only seen this album one other time and for pretty cheap.  My copy has a name written on the top-back cover and found at a garage sale and I think $7 took it home.

"Life Is But A Dream" - Wichita Fall (inside gatefold)

Imperial label

Cat #
LP-12417-1  AudioMatrix  ELLISON  9-20-68
LP-12417-2  E  9-20-68  AudioMatrix

"Ornamental Sideshow" - Wichita Fall ‎/ "Life Is But A Dream" (1968)

A1  "Morning Sun" 2:09
A2  "Once in the Morning" 2:35
A3  "Sunny Road" 3:49
A4  "Going to Ohio" 3:22
A5  "Playground" 2:43
A6  "Ornamental Sideshow" 2:56
B1  "Poor Mr. Drake's Afternoon Show" 2:16
B2  "Crystal Rain" 3:28
B3  "Hectivity" 2:48
B4  "Schubert's Theme" 2:40
B5  "Night Time Suite" 1:03
B6  "Are You Sleeping" 1:11
B7  "Life Is But a Dream" 2:50

Philip Black - vocals, lead guitar
David Roush - guitar, vocals 
Larry Watson - bass
Len Feigin - drums

Good stuff.