I just picked up the keys to the new place yesterday, and if all goes according to plan, we'll be headed to the south side of town in one weeks time. The cool thing is that my new landlords run a really cool bar that's within walking distance from the new place. The bad thing is that my new landlords run a really cool bar that's within walking distance from the new place... I guess i'll just have to get used to that.
Christ, i hate moving. Stuff is heavy.
Between the wife and myself we have 8+ boxes of CDs, more than 60 boxes of books, and don't even get me started on the records... Then theres furniture, our clothes, the bar (and everything in it), the kitchen, the banana-seat bicycle graveyard, appliances- both major and not-so major, the cats... That's why in our old age we hire srtong young guys to lift the heavy things for us, but it sure doesn't make it any less of a pain in the ass.
I know it's a week away still, but here's a little moving music to get me going. Time to really get packing.
That 'Hang on sloopy' riff was like the 12 bar blues of the 1960's. Everyone played it in one form or another, it's impossible to fuck up, and sounds great no matter what. I'm sure it has a more technical term to folks who are hip to music theory, but that's what i call it anyway. You know it when you hear it.
It's so good in fact, that they put it to work on both sides of this record.
Here's one of those tunes. Enjoy!
Here's a deuce from a fun little 7" EP i picked up recently. 8 songs of olde timey country & western. The longest track clocks in at a whopping 3 minutes and 20 seconds, the shortest is a quick minute 26. It probably came with a picture sleeve, or was part of a multi-record set, because the label doesn't provide a whole lot of information. But all i have is the record itself. I'm guessing that it was released in the early 1960s, but some of the songs sound like they could be from years earlier. Reissues of older material perhaps? 'Artistic Records' doesn't exactly turn up a whole lot of useful google results... I'm no expert on any of these artists, i just know what my ears tell me. Either way, it's a good un. Finding stuff like this is what makes rummaging through stacks of random old records all worthwhile.
Oh, those zany psychedelic rock groups and their wacky names. Vanilla Fudge, the Chocolate Watchband, the Ultimate Spinach. I could go on- how about The Strawberry Alarm clock, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, or Tangerine Zoo... They really loved naming the bands after food back in those days, it must have been all the dope they were smoking that was giving them the munchies. I'll have to ask my mother about that...
Anyway, here's the forgotten flip side to 'I had too much to dream last night,' one of the great psychedelic hits of this short lived but hungry era. Ladies and gents here are The Electric Prunes and their non-hit "Luvin."
This day, July 12 1979, is the anniversary of the unofficial death of disco. Disco demolition night was held at Comiskey park here in Chicago. If you are unfamiliar with what the event was, follow the link. If you do know or remember it, smash an old disco record to celebrate.
Me, i don't really collect disco records. This is pretty much the only one i've got, and even as a parody it sucks almost as much as the entire genre itself.
A friend of mine recently inherited a couple boxes of LPs and 45s from his father. He let me rummage through them and take a bunch on extended loan because his turntable is a piece of crap that only spins at 33 & 1/3 so he cant play them anyway. He also knows that random-ass crackly old 45s are my thing. So sadly this ones not technically my property, but it's close enough. And you weren't going to hear it otherwise....
This is the kind of thing that nerdy record collectors like me dream of finding. That obscure 1960s teenage garage band's only record. From the half-assed interweb searches i did, i learned that it's from 1965 and out of Minnesota. In 2006 it was featured on a compilation called Trip In Tyme. That's all i got.
Unfortunately, the flip of side of this one has a gouge so deep that you could drive a truck through it. It's a fun instrumental called 'Giantkiller.' I was able to get through about a minute of it, and then it was just skip skip skip skip skip and skip again... It's a damn shame really. This side is a moody garage jangle-fest. Pretty typical sound considering what it is, the fact that it's so obscure is why its so cool. Tell you what though, that hook is catchy as hell. I've listened to it a few times now and have been humming the vocal melody for days.
Now, if i can just convince my buddy to part with this one...
Last night a friend told me that Ringo just had a birthday the other day. I consulted the internets and sure enough, he was right. It was on the 7th, and i missed it.
So i says to him, i says: "I have a random old Ringo Starr record, i'm going to post it on my little two-bit hobby website tomorrow." So that's exactly what i'm going to do. Better late than never i say. I think ole Ringo would understand...
I tried playing this one at 33 1/3, because it's a wicked fast song. The music sounded pretty good, but the singer's voice was just a little bit too low. It was worth a try i guess...
The ultra-simplistic label on this looked interesting in a low budget sorta way, (and it's wicked off-center, you ought to see it spin.) I figured, what the hell. If it sucks, i'm out a quarter. I can live with that.
It is what it is. I think i got my money's worth.
Just for shits and giggles i googled "Royal Hawaiians tau tai" and found one copy of this record up for grabs for the meager sum of $12.50 (plus shipping.) If you like it so much, you could buy your own copy. Or, if you're a cheap bastard like me, you could just download mine for free... The choice is yours.
I posted this one last year on the fourth too. It was either this again or Grand Funk's 'We're an American band.' Whaddaya want- I went with the Godfather.... I think i made the right decision.
In addition to it being America's birthday, it's MY birthday as well.
That's right. Leave comments and tell me how great i am for providing all this music.
Now if you'll excuse me, i have a baseball game to go to where i plan on drinking overpriced yellow fizzy beer and consuming pork based encased meat products. I know. Pretty American right... That;s me. Just doin my part.
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