Thursday, January 31, 2013

Inflation in the nation



I like the Dickie Goodman break-in records of this era because they usually have an interesting instrumental track on the flip. Some of these b-sides are better than others, but they always sound like they weren't very well rehearsed, and were recorded in a hurry. They just needed something to slap on the flip side. It's a little sloppy? So what, no one's ever going to listen to it anyway...  We're paying these guys... That's good enough. Off to the presses!

Inflation in the nation is the classic Dickie Goodman break-in record. The narrator leads the listener through snippets of popular songs of the day which help tell the 'story.'

Jon and Jed's theme is the instrumental. I'd highly recommend sticking around and giving it a listen. It'll be two minutes of your life well spent. Dig that wild organ...

Enjoy!
Inflation in the nation



Jon and Jed's theme



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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The fisherman's widow


The fisherman's widow.

Enjoy!


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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I'm a hog for you


'Wipe out' was the first song i learned how to play on guitar when i was a teenager. I learned it with help from a friend, and by playing along with the record. Ever since i was a kid, I have always known the flip side of that 45 to be a tune called 'Surfer Joe.'
Until i found this copy recently that is...  A new B-side... Who knew..?

I'm a hog for you baby!
Enjoy!


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Monday, January 28, 2013

The beat generation


I wonder if Richard Hell ever heard this record?

Enjoy!


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Friday, January 25, 2013

the blizzard of 1978




Today marks the 35th anniversary of The Blizzard Of 1978 (Midwest version.)

This tune is about the storm that struck Michigan, Ohio and Great Lakes areas on this day. The singer calls out his local radio station by name: WLEN. I googled it and learned that the station is out of a town in Michigan called Adrian. Seems like kind of a random place for the record to come from, but it is what it is... The town looks to be about two hours south of Ann Arbor, and about two hours north of Toledo (traffic wise- assuming there's not a blizzard going on.) I wonder if this record was produced by that radio station?

I personally remember the storm that hit New England about a week later since i lived in a suburb of Hartford CT at the time. I was five years old in 1978, so the magnitude and huge-ness of the storm was kinda lost on me. I don't remember much about it other than lots of snow, and school being cancelled.


(Your host, and my mom's 1977 Toyota. 35 years ago this week.)



Enjoy this mediocre homage to an epic snowstorm.


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Groovin


I like themes. I was thinking about doing nothing but 'Hit Records' for the month of March. I have  a handful already recorded, and 25-30 others that haven't been recorded yet. I also have some other 60's sound-alike stuff on labels like "Giant" "Song Hits" and "Hit Parader."

Some will skip, some will be too noisy (even by my low-ass standards) and some of the renditions will just plain suck. I'll still have more than enough sides to get through an entire month... I'll save the cream of the crop for the Junk Shop crowd.

Good idea? Bad idea? Thoughts?

Anyway, dig the Jalopy Five and their hurried take on the Young Rascals classic, 'Groovin.'
Enjoy!



Here's a LINK for a little more information on the Hit Records label.



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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

chicken necks


Old songs about chicken...
Is there one out there that isn't awesome? Seriously. If one does exist, i sure haven't found it yet, and don't think i ever will. Here's two and a half minutes of some serious poultry in motion!

Enjoy!


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Monday, January 21, 2013

Top of the mountain



Today is Martin Luther King day.

Enjoy the day off if you get one. The good doctor would have wanted it that way.



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Saturday, January 19, 2013

A hunk o funk


Just as the title says- A hunk o funk. Nothing more, nothing less.

Dig it!


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Friday, January 18, 2013

image of a girl


Personally, i've been a fan of "Oldies" music for a long time. Like forever. And while nobody has heard everything, i like to think that i have a broader knowledge of the forgotten music of yesteryear than your average schmoe. That's why it blows my mind when i can still find a record, which hit #6 on the Billboard chart in 1959, that i have never heard before... 

I like to take chances on cheapo records- "The Safaris, with the Phantom's band" sounded promising. It's a pretty cool song too. The 'clock ticking' woodblock sounds are great.

Enjoy!


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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Red Ryder


Er, uhh, tell me man, where does Red Ryder stay?!

Enjoy!


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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

City Dump

Gettin down and dirty at the city dump.

Enjoy!



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Monday, January 14, 2013

My little bimbo

From Wikipedia:



Clarence Leonard Hayes was a jazz vocalist, banjoist and guitarist born November 14, 1908 in Caney, Kansas. He lived in Parsons, Kansas for a short time, and the town is the subject of his song "The Parsons, Kansas Blues." He worked always as a professional musician, turning up in San Francisco in 1926. By 1927 he was a regular on the music scene there. He performed regularly on radio in San Francisco until the 1950s when live music came to be replaced with recordings.

For two years beginning in 1938 he was a singer, banjoist and sometimes percussionist with Lu Watters's Yerba Buena Jazz band, the group that helped spark the Dixieland revival that continues to this day. He went on to play with Bob Scobey's Frisco Jazz Band for many years; both he and Scobey were alumni of Watters's earlier band, as was trombonist Turk Murphy at whose San Francisco nightclub Hayes often played. He recorded fairly widely and with many different groups.


Hayes's light baritone singing is relaxed, unmannered and marked by a perfect sense of rhythm which allowed him to attack phrases at just the perfect instant, and his renditions of classics from the twenties and of moralistic saloon songs such as "Ace in the Hole", "Wise Guy" and "Silver Dollar" are splendid. Hayes wrote only one hit tune, "Huggin' and Chalkin'", made famous by Hoagy Carmichael, though Hayes himself recorded it with Scobey's band.


Hayes's banjo playing was essentially rhythmic rather than melodic and is generally unobtrusive and very tasteful, two qualities often lacking in jazz banjoists. He was unusual in playing a six-string banjo rather than the more common plectrum or tenor which have four strings.


He died in San Francisco in March 1972.



Enjoy!


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Friday, January 11, 2013

Green Hornet



I don't know everything there is to know about everything, and i don't claim to... but i can tell you this much- They don't make TV theme songs as awesome as this anymore. This much i'm pretty sure of.

This is even better than the version that was actually used on the show...

Enjoy!


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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Light bulb blues



All needles in the red on this one! Every time around the guitar is right on the edge of feeding back at the end of the riff, but never quite makes it there. Mid 60s garage rock at its very finest. Rehearsed and polished enough to actually sound decent, while still wild enough to be able to freak out some squares.
Perfect.

Enjoy!


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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

throw your cat away


Even though i actually like cats, i pretty much agree with this statement. I do not agree with the dog comparisons. Dogs are even more useless than cats are.

Enjoy!


throw it away

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

She likes kiolbasa


Polka music: Good-time party tunes for beer swilling white people.

I'm not Polish, i'm not even a native midwesterner, maybe that's why i dig old Polka music so much. This music simply did not exist where i grew up on the east coast. I only started finding these records since living in Chicago these past few years, so most of these songs are still new to me...

This is a good un.
Enjoy!



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Monday, January 7, 2013

Twistin with Linda


Round and around and around and around and around and a....

Enjoy!


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Saturday, January 5, 2013

goodbye happiness


Sometimes collecting records is like an archaelogical dig. You know you're going to find something, you just never know what it will be exactly.

I don't come across them often, but I usually grab these home-recorded discs when i see them. These records were made to be used with recording turntables that were around in the 40s until who-knows-when... They are interesting because they are a totally unique snapshot in audio form. One of a kind recordings that regular people made in their living rooms.

I don't know how common the recording machines used to make them were in average homes, but i do seem to recall an episode of the Honeymooners where Ralph makes a message recording of some important something-or-other for Ed. Of course, the records end up getting switched, and the hilarity ensued... If blue-collar schmucks like Ralph Cramden could afford one on a bus drivers salary in 1955, maybe they were pretty common. I've never seen one in person though- That i know of...

I only have a handful of these discs in my collection, most of them are just people speaking messages to other people. I have one sent from a WWII soldier to his sweetheart back home that'll bring a tear to your eye. Every time i listen to it i hope that that guy made it home safe and made lots of babies with the lady he sent that record to... Another one i have is an excerpt of Teddy Roosevelt's acceptance speech that someone apparently recorded off of the radio dated Nov 4th 1940, i have at least one drunk party message one, and so on... Aside from the really awful sounding church recordings, and noisy group renditions of lame Christmas songs in my meager collection, this is the one decent recording of a good song sung by a singer who can actually sing! This is why i grab these when i find them... You just never know...

I'm not familiar with it, so i consulted the google-nets to try to figure out who originally performed the song "Goodbye Happiness," because i wanted to give the record an approximate date. I'm guessing mid to late 1940s was when the blank disc was manufactured, but when it was recorded is still a mystery.  Without knowing when the song was popular it's tough to say when this recording was made. (Go ahead and google the song title yourself- you'll see what happens.)

If ANYONE has ANY information on the song, (Who sang it, when it was a hit, etc) PLEASE comment. I look forward to hearing from you...

The other side, simply labeled "Thunder & Rain" is just that. It's about a minute long.

Goodbye Happiness


Thunder & Rain


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Friday, January 4, 2013

Hey Joe


The top side of the two b-sides i just featured...
Classic.

Enjoy!


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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Girl from the east


Here's the other other side. (See yesterdays post.)
Enjoy!


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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Funny little world


I own two copies of the Leaves classic version of Hey Joe. They have two different B-sides, and this is one of em. How or why this record exists this way is anybody's guess... I'm no expert on these sorts of things, but obviously it was released at least two times back in it's day.
I'll post the other B-side tomorrow.

Enjoy!


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