Friday, January 28, 2011

The Residents- I Can't Get No Satisfaction!

Recorded in 1976, another great weirdo deconstruction of one of rock's most recognizable songs (I assume you already know Devo's version, but this one is further out there...freak out vs. quirk). And with a great B-Side to boot.
I guess this was either too weird, arty or obscure to get lumped in with early punk (shit, even Blondie was considered to this), but that's not worth worrying about. This is a great and challenging little record. The songs don't sound alike at all and each are interesting and challenging in different ways. Feels like longer than 6 minutes...this little record's a monster.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Martin Denny- Exotic Moog

As you can imagine, this is a very cheesy album, but that's why it's fun, isn't it? There are some real musical instruments in the mix (drums, bass, vibraphone) which helps out, or at least makes some of it come off a bizarre soft rock. It's just a different kind of exotic.
I definitely prefer non-electronic Denny, but like all musical experiments, the flaws have a stronger ability to become what is endearing about it. Is that the case here? Make up your own damn mind.

on the LP all the songs run directly into each other, which made recording it difficult. Close enough, though.

Residue of the Residents

This is one of those few "odds and ends" records that is strong enough to stand up on its own. The songs were recorded between 1971-83, but flows like one great weird record, as most Residents records tend to do.
Click on the picture below if you want the details on each track.
It's weird that the "mopping up" from a handful of years could be so fucking good...I understand cutting things that don't fit the concept and that is was very nice of the Residents to hand the rest over. Now we just need all those album length tapes from the early 70's...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Jean Ferrat- S/T

I first came across Jean Ferrat in Jean Luc Godard's, "Vivre Sa Vie" (see the clip below). In trying to find this song ("Ma Mome"), and any others from the early 60's, I could only find 80's re-recordings that I was not too fond of.
The record is a little worn, but I really couldn't care less about audiophiles (shouldn't it be the music you're worried about?). It is also an exception to most foreign language pop music I'm into (I usually assume the lyrics are bad and am thankful I can't understand them). After seeing the lyrics to "Ma Mome" in the subtitles it made me curious about the rest. I'm usually not too into love songs (therefore happy for the language barrier), but one that proletariat, however cheesy, is bound to prick my interest in the rest...
Overall, a very enjoyable, easy going record.

and that's Ferrat at the jukebox

Throbbing Gristle- Mission Of Dead Souls: The Last Live Performance Of TG

More like their first last show in Golden Gate Park, May 29, 1981.
Another great live TG recording, even if you can hear some audience members chatting at times.
Seems to have been mastered a bit quietly, turned it up as loud as I could.
Once again I didn't separate the tracks on each side. There's usually improv. bleed-through between tracks, but it also adds to the live TG onslaught.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Fall- City Gardens, NJ- June 12, 1981

Taken from the same tour as the fantastic, "A Part Of America Therein, 1981."
Good sound quality, great performance...a real treat for fans and an absolute must for fanatics.
I ripped this from the YoungMossTongue blog. Tons and tons of Fall, and Fall related posts there.

1) Impression of J. Temperance
2) Deer Park
3) Leave the Capitol
4) Fortress/Totally Wired
5) Hip Priest
6) 2nd Dark Age
7) Fantastic Life
8) Lie Dream of a Casino Soul
9) Fit and Working Again
10) Jawbone and Air Rifle
11) Session Musician
12) Container Drivers
13) Middle Mass
14) Prole Art Threat

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Fall- Peel Session: November 28, 1978

Recorded a few months before the release of "Live at the Witch Trials," this is a great session from the early band (collaborative-ish?). "Put Away," later to appear on "Dragnet," sounds like it's still being worked out where the only other track not to end up on their debut album ("Mess Of My") is probably my favorite here, "oh give me another drink, you're as strong as your weakest link."
One of Peel's favorite bands, The Mighty Fall, always different, always the same.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thinking Fellers Union Local 282- Peel Sessions 02-13-94

Too busy drooling to write. The Peel treatment (raw live energy) fits the Fellers to a T. One of the best.
Just listen.

1) Star Trek
2) More Glee
3) 1" Tall
4) Father

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Eugene Chadbourne- German Country and Western (Bach Sonata and Partita #1 for Violin Adapted for 5-String Banjo)

What can I say about this? It's just what I would think in respects of Bach and Chadbourne. Dignified and out there is equal measure. Appalachian Bavaria?
I imagine this would be great background reading music for Gunter Grass, or doing anything else for that matter.
If you can make out the liner notes (click on the picture) please be sure to read them.

The Raydios- Original Demo Recordings

I don't know how I forgot about this record. Maybe the blank spine? Shit.
You, like me, where probably very bummed when Teengenerate broke up. I first heard of this record in a review and that the band (Fink and Sammy from Teengenerate with Yoda on drums) wasn't pleased with it. A few days later I saw it at a record store (when there still was one in Greensboro) and seeing the hefty import price of $15 (new records were more like $8 then, and I was 19 with no money) made me hesitate. So when I got home I brought out some Teengenerate that hadn't seen the light of day in quite some time and the next day I went back and forked over the $15 I thankfully had.
I still have no idea what the band was dissatisfied with. It's not as lo-fi as Teengenerate (but it's still lo-fi) and the pace isn't as frantic but that only makes it sound that much more like first wave Punk ROCK. If you were one of three Japanese guys whose favorite records were the first by the Ramones, the Saints, the Dead Boys, and Pagans (7") this would be your band. Turn this up LOUD and tell me otherwise. No frills, thankfully. Under 30 minutes and everything. The sleeve art also fits.
Only the cover song ("Kidnapped" by the Rubber City Rebels) breaks the momentum a bit. What can I's just not up to par with the rest of the album. Plus it's the only song over three minutes on the whole thing, go figure.
Goddammit this record is good, and with a song called "Fartful Eyes" how can you go wrong?.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Eugene Chadbourne- Country Protest

Most people here in Greensboro, NC probably couldn't care less about our should be hometown hero, Eugene Chadbourne, if they even know who he is. This includes "indie"-"rockers," "punks," "artists," etc. But in a way it's got to be nice to tour and be known all over the world and be left alone in your hometown, I guess.
This record sounds like Greensboro to me. Seems like you've got to get weird or give in before you go crazy(er), and most of them are drunk singing like a flat Willie Nelson. What am I talking about?
With Eugene's music, like any experimental art-form, you have to accept the flaws before you can truly appreciate it as a whole. The review of this album on all music is a good example. It does make a difference, probably, being familiar with the places mentioned in "Perverts On Northridge," and if that reviewer knew that street, the song would make a lot more sense, that it's more about frustration than humor, and just creative personal expression. It's a great song regardless.
To me a lot of the originals (every weirdo pot-head is bound to enjoy "Choppin' Down Weeds") especially those that deal with Greensboro, or NC are just venting frustration in a less aggressive way, rather than trying to be an album of "funny" songs (even though they are). People always seem to take everything too seriously to notice a different sense of humor. God forbid these "liberals" open their minds to different ways of thinking...
The opening medley (Always On My Mind/Whiter Shade Of Pale/San Francisco Nights/Ain't Misbehavin'/Imagine/TV Party/Misty/Dang Me/England Swings/I Started A Joke/To Sir With Love/Some Guys Have All The Luck/Waltz Across Texas/The Shah Sleeps In Lee Harvey's Grave) is a weird start, and kind of makes it take longer for the album to unfold, but I like this. I must say that I'm not a big fan of Buffy St. Marie or Phil Ochs, but I'd rather listen to Eugene's versions any day of the week. However, there are great Merle Haggard and Ernest Tubb covers.
I'll just shut up now...let's get weird and humorously serious, southern style...Greensboro style.

Lee Hazlewood- A House Safe For Tigers

Just saw that this sold for a ridiculous sum on ebay, which is incredibly frustrating. So, for those of you, like me, who can't throw down a few hundred dollars for a record, here is yet another great and rare Hazlewood record. Come to think of it, does Lee have any records that aren't great and rare?
These are cold hard times, indeed.

Deleted link: Light In The Attic Records just did a fantastic my vinyl with giant poster and extensive liner notes today.  Definitely worth buying.