Friday, December 31, 2010

Hallelujah: The Portsmouth Sinfonia at the Royal Albert Hall

A perfect title for the unholy cacophony unleashed by the Sinfonia live at the Royal Albert Hall, of all places. Comes off more like a comedy record than an evening of classical favorites.
In its own way, this is a "top notch" live recording.
Ever wonder why Brian Eno isn't better known for his chops on the clarinet?
On this blog I try to post a wide array of records providing any kind non-professional mess to help you unwind, forget, and just laugh. This one is no exception.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Legendary Stardust Cowboy- Paralyzed! His Vintage Recordings 1968-1981

For some reason this collection left off "I'm Standing In A Trashcan (Thinking About You)," so I added it to the file. This album is made up of early singles and the classic 1981 "Rock-it To Stardom" album.
Unfortunately, he is not as legendary as he deserves to be. You need this music. Gets even more amazing with every listen. Non-professional hollerin' outer space cowboy music can't really go wrong.
See below to get an idea.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Embarrassing Fruits- First Demo

I remember sitting on a Wilson St. porch, hanging out and getting drunk with a few friends, while other friends, Embarrassing Fruits, recorded a few songs so they could have something to post on their Myspace page, and it still remains my favorite recording of theirs. This is the fruits I came to love.
I don't even think they have a copy of this...
If slowed down Dinosaur Jr/Pavementy stuff is up your alley, you should check this out.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

This Heat- Made Available: John Peel Sessions

This is the band the term "before their time" should be coined for. Shit.
Any band since then who has tried to sound like this has pretty much just pathetically fallen flat on their faces.
This is made up of more experimental tracks, occasionally weaving in and out of more structured "songs." If the opener doesn't win you over...also keep in mind this was recorded live in studio.
If you are new to This Heat, maybe try their self titled debut or "Deceipt" first. Or start here, this is great stuff-not too pretentious British experimental progressive-ish post-punk.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Portsmouth Sinfonia Plays The Popular Classics

This will make the Guckenheimer Sour Kraut Band post below sound, well, almost professional.
What do you think it would sound like if a bunch of non-musicians formed an orchestra and played some well know classical music (I'm thinking the King Uszniewicz of classical)?
Also, Brian Eno is one of the clarinet players. You can see him in the upper right hand side of the cover.
If you find classical music too formal or stuffy, the Portsmouth Sinfonia does more than just take the wind out of its' sails.

Guckenheimer Sour Kraut Band- Music for Non-Thinkers

A classic from a goofy Oom Pah band who shows little to no concern for playing in tune or in time. Their complete lack of seriousness makes this far better than any Oom Pah record I've ever heard, and even more fun than the Portsmouth Sinfonia (available one post above this).
Geez, I love this stuff...
Their other 2 albums can be found on this blog, and they are both fucking fantastic fun.

Lee Hazlewood- Forty

Another collection of low-key downerish, with a sense of humor, cheesy goodness. Lee can do no wrong...
Somewhere between "Love And Other Crimes" and "Cowboy In Sweden," both chronologically and sonically, I think.

1) It Was A Very Good Year
2) What's More, I Don't Need Her
3) The Night Before
4) The Bed
5) Paris Bells
6) Wait Till Next Year
7) September Song
8) Let's Burn Down The Cornfield
9) Bye Babe
10) Mary

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

DOO WACKA DOO- The Happy Wacky Sounds of The Doowackadoodlers

This is a record you really can judge by the cover. It sounds exactly like I expected, which I have absolutely no problem with.

"Make no mistake about this music-we call it 'doo wacka doo' in this album. It's not out to kid anybody or anything: it's not really satirical or parody music. It's a kind of early jazz with a down-home inflection, corn-if I have to use the word-with a Dixie influence. It's full of high spirits and humor. And it really swings with a good beat-a square dance type of country music beat. You will hear slap-tonguing by the reeds in it, ricky-ticky musical phrasing and doo wacka doo sounds by the trumpets. It takes darn good musicians to play this music!" -Marty Gold: Arranger and Conductor and ex-member of the old Korn Kobblers Band.

I must say I like the instrumentals better than the vocal tracks.

Ulysse & Jacques Delecluse- The Clarinet Volume 1

I'm surprised that this is just a demonstration record for Selmer Clarinets. I love small ensembles in classical music, and this one is only clarinet and piano. Very enjoyable.
Do you want to buy a Selmer Clarinet yet?

Enoch Light and the Light Brigade play Happy Cha Cha's Volume 2

"We feel sure that you will enjoy this collection of Cha Cha's and that their engaging instrumentation and infectious beat will prove the perfect accompaniment to the cocktail hour or an evening of dancing pleasure."

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Male Nurse- 2nd 7"

More Fall inspired goodness, featuring members of the Country Teasers and the Yummy Fur, from a band with regrettably few recordings.

1) Magic Circle In The Sky
2) What Does Woman Want?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Uuhng Schpugg Oldies Radio: Wrong Speed Edition

Yet another dumb idea to share.
One night while less than sober I put a 45 on 33 rpm and was too lazy to get up and change it. In my mind at the time, making a whole tape this way seemed like a great idea, even though I didn't have the 45 adapter thing and with intoxicated accuracy, a lot of the songs, to my amusement, came out incredibly wobbly (warning: could make you barf if you're too drunk). All this seemed funny at the time, and at least a year has passed since then, and it is still amusing now, but would probably just be annoying if you're sober. I do find myself getting oddly adapted to slow motion living.
This could be the soundtrack for a pathetically drunken/stoner attempt at a party, by yourself or with others, where dancing is encouraged...should at least be funny to who ever's there.
I'm full of stupid shit like this...
Waging war on people who take themselves seriously...
Many of these songs have been posted on this blog before, but at the correct speed and non-wobbly.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Summer Camp Casanova- Little Pieces Of Big Things

It takes time to be able to listen to your friend(')s(') music before you can listen to it without thinking that you know anyone in the band personally and still really get into the music. Either way, this is some good shit.
Erik, who previously recorded solo for Summer Camp Casanova, enlisted friends into a band to play live but also record this CD. With Michael [Secret Message Machine (two albums posted on this blog)], Andrew (Blank_Blank, etc.), and Lee (Casual Curious) Summer Camp Casanova ignited, or was at least a flash in the pan, as short attention spans tend to render things. It's brainy but simplifies it, and usually just rocks it out in lo-fi slacker form with inside jokes that can never allow you (me) to forget that these were your (my) friends.

And one of Erik's tasty Common Sense beers, a French Blonde complete with spooie foam nipple...