Sunday, October 24, 2010
Tack piano, clacky percussion, frantic kazoos, and extra cheese make these instrumental (except for laughing) Vaudeville inspired versions of Hazlewood hits an extremely enjoyable listen, with many happy returns.
Just can't get enough Hazlewood...
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I've all but ceased listening to the radio since oldies stations went off the air (plus college radio seems to only play that Shitfork crap). So why not make mixes from old vinyl (50s-70s) and pretend it's "radio?" And to make it even cheesier I'm not including a tracklist here (it is available once downloaded) and recommend not looking at it when first playing this. Why? Why not?
Attempted simulation of radio (not knowing what's coming next) with the added bonus of no DJs or commercials (and skipping, if you must).
There are well known songs in here, so if you have a problem with that, kindly fuck off.
More U.S.O.R. to come.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Another one I'd passed at Salvation Army many times, and while it's not exactly amazing (by non-Salvation Army standards), it is definitely enjoyable, has some hits. I'm guessing most of you aren't burnt out on Hungarian jazzy easy listening.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Usually odds and ends compilations are inconsistent at best, which is most certainly NOT the case with "Terminal Tower."
It spans from when the only reason they formed the band was to record 2 Rocket From the Tombs songs up to the more avant garde Mayo Thompson/Rough Trade era (5 years). Too many classics here to ever be out of print, but it is.
Rather than just go on about how great this record is...
All Pere Ubu CDs I have are unfortunately mastered at a very low volume, leaving the music sounding unfortunately thin. So I recorded my LP to CD with the levels turned up. I must say it enhances the chunkiness their earliest songs (especially "Final Solution").
For me, this sounds better...hope you agree.
Where it leaves off...
Monday, October 11, 2010
One of my favorites for so many reasons.
Lee's solo debut begins to show the promise shown by his writing and production for Duane Eddy. The songs are a little more stripped down than what would follow and every song is prefaced by a story of a town called Trouble. As always, Hazlewood delivers deceptively simple, oh so cheesy, subtly brainy, reverby baritone, fun to sing along to goodness.
If you aren't won over on the first listen, just give him some time to creep under your skin. He'll never leave.
More Hazlewood posts coming soon...
where I dowloaded this, for some reason "Son Of A Gun" was not included. I have included that song, from my mono LP.
if you want to hear the mono LP in its entirety:
I really have trouble getting into more recent classical recordings, therefore the Habitat Restore has become my #1 stop for classical music...old $1 records.
This was my introduction to Schumann, and quite a good one at that. The quality of the vinyl isn't the best, but it's all worth it if just for the Third Movement alone.
After passing this one up on several trips to the Salvation Army, I finally (thankfully) took the $1 plunge. This record makes me feel like an extra in a Fellini nightclub scene. Great for doing anything around the house.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
As you probably already know, RFTT was one of those classic bands who would have been hugely influential had they ever recorded an album, but upon breaking up split into two great first wave punk bands from opposite ends of the spectrum: Pere Ubu and the Dead Boys (compare each of their first and second albums). I always found this strange, but I guess the pre-punk crowd in Cleveland, OH in the early to mid 70's was less the bustling (even though there were a lot of great bands...those big city assholes always get all the credit...fucking jerks).
This is the closest thing to an original RFTT album there is...a live to borrowed reel to reel through a reverb unit in their practice space to be broadcast on local radio a few days later. Early punk pushers of DIY.
Even the reunion show I saw (2004?) was great, this tape is much better (RNR always was, and always should be a young person's genre, even if reunited RFTT was way better than today's dumb ass youth...no fucking contest).