Our man Q inquired about the origins of “Buzz Me In” and how a lo-fi dweeb such as meself came to work with the notorious Mr. Vinyl…Well, the key figure here is tireless restauranteur and music freak Clay Harper who I have known since his days fronting the legendary ATL outfit The Coolies. Kosmo has promised to jump in here so check out the comments for the scoop…
Found an acoustic practice tape that I think features Kelly, Bob, and some of the Possibilities chaps. This tune was the only thing that was ever reviewed on Robert “The Dean” Christgau’s site (and possibly his old Village Voice column). He has since deleted it because I’m, y’know, insignificant. I think he liked it OK though. HERE
Since I’m not producing any new content I may be recycling things that appeared on my previous blog, but with the player on the Mediafire site you don’t have to download it to see if you’ve already heard it. As you know, all my menus and grocery lists were vaporized in a enigmatic panty raid…
Sounds like somebody was drinking… HERE
Back when my shoulders were freckled and the air smelled of fresh persimmons I appeared on popular Dutch game show “Mountain Stage” to play a few songs off my critically-panned “Revolver” LP. HERE
Forgive me if I’ve posted before but all of my nail files and yule logs were destroyed in a catastrophic thunder storm…
…another loopy leftover HERE
As most of you know and understand when I do these little cheap vinyl reviews I’m doing so after one or two cursory spins…strictly first impressions. And I will continue to do so because, really, who cares what I think? It’s an opinion and not usually a particularly valuable one. But for whatever reason, I spun the “Bluegrass According To The Hoyles ” disc again last night and it’s really quite solid and I would have to say calling their picking and singing “competent” is a little unfair. Bluegrass, like reggae is a very particular kind of music that appeals to particular tastes and while I enjoy both on occasion, I really don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.
THE HOYLES RULE!!!!!
A couple of weeks ago on one of my thrift shop vinyl hunts there was a large tub of sleeveless vinyl LPs being offered for zero cents. Against my better judgement I fished through the vat of plastic for anything that looked mildly interesting (and playable) and this is what I came up with…
GRAHAM PARKER-“Squeezing Out Sparks”– Arguably GP’s finest work (I still prefer “Howling Wind”), I already had a copy but the vinyl was in such good shape I picked it up anyway. This is an incredibly focused record in which backing group the Rumour displays a very sharp, tight, almost Dr. Feelgood intensity and Parker’s pissed-off vocalizing matches it song-for-song. A few numbers I could do without but the good stuff is very good indeed. I still marvel at Brinsley Schwartz’s propulsive lick on “Nobody Hurts You”…BOOTSY COLLINS- “My Name Is Bootsy Baby”–Wherin the P-Funk alum lays down the funky grooves and mostly talks a bunch of entertaining bullshit over the top. I would guess it was 4:20 when this was recorded and it’s kind of a mess, but like I said, an enjoyable listen full of weirdness including an out-of-nowhere Tommy Iommi-sounding guitar quoting “Auld Lang Syne”, random keyboard squiggles, party crowd sounds and more…JAMES GANG-“In Concert”–typical 70’s live record elevated by Joe Walsh’s inventive-for-the-genre guitar playing and some decent tunes. I particularly like the sole keyboard-driven tune “Tend My Garden”…CLAUDIA SCHMIDT-“Midwestern Heart”–Fairly pleasant, acoustic folk…a little too earthy and unpretentious for it’s own good…THE HOYLES-“Bluegrass According To The Hoyles” –Competent picking and singing but nothing ear-opening. Sort of interesting choice of covers including “Nashville Skyline Rag”, the Hag’s “Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink”and THREE (!) New Riders Of The Purple Sage tunes… HARRY NILSSON-“Nilsson Schmilsson”–Also one I already had. Really good record with all the hits from this tuneful and eccentric alkie…if you haven’t seen the documentary on him it’s worth a look…EMMYLOU HARRIS-“Luxury Liner”–My fave ELH record, contains two written by the other GP including the percolating title cut and “She”, a nice version of Townes Van Zandt’s “Pancho and Lefty”, and a really good tune by Mr. Consistant Rodney Crowell called “You’re Supposed To Be Feeling Good”…PAUL DAVIS-“Southern Tracks and Fantasies”–A very odd record that I found entertaining. Ambitious in it’s way and sort of a concept record, the songs go from pretty good to godawful, and Davis reminds me of a cross between Elton John and Barry Manilow ( UPDATE: Elton John and Barry Manilow? He sounds nothing like that. More like a gospel-southerny, more commercial Little Feat with some acousticy and pianoey bits. Major apologies to Paul Davis fanatics that probably would have sent me nasty emails had you ever seen this which you haven’t so you’ll probably never see this either. And furthermore there’s nothing really godawful here, it’s just not my bag at all at the moment…There, I feel better.) , but thankfully more interesting than either, due mainly to his inability to be as commercial as those mega-platinum fellows (although he’s obviously trying)…THE HOLLIES-“The Hollies (1974)”–This contains what may have been their last big hit “All I Need Is The Air That I Breathe” .These guys are known for their vocals but what I found most interesting about this record is the guitar playing which is inventive and tasteful and borders on Robbie Robertson-like in places. Pretty lightweight, but playful and easy on the ears…CHEMICAL BROS.-“Out Of Control” 12″–My oldest son is into electronic stuff so I’m starting to develop a little bit of a taste for it. Well arranged, holds my interest for the most part…TRICKY w/DJ MUGGS & GREASE 12″EP–I was marginally familiar with Tricky from his association with PJ Harvey and I really dug this. Very dark, foreboding hip-hopish stuff, includes an ironic cover of Boney M’s “Pop Music”…JAMES TAYLOR-“Mudslide Slim And The Blue Horizon”–Haven’t mustered the courage to spin it…MELANIE-“Stoneground Words”–This was the biggest surprise of the lot. I remembered her from her AM radio hits “Brand New Key”and “Candles In The Rain”, but had never really considered acquiring any of her work…and, on paper, a bleating hippiechick folksinger doing a pretentious song-cycle looks like sheer torture but I have to say this is a really nice record! While the vocal similarities to Stevie Nicks/sheep should have been a deal-breaker, I warmed up to it remarkably quickly and found her to be an emotive and relatively restrained singer. Despite some dodgy lyrics there are also some clever turns of phrase and the real attraction turns out to be the extremely well thought-out and effective arrangements provided by hubby Peter Schekeryk…all in all a compelling listen, and it’s discoveries like this that make these cheap vinyl searches worthwhile.
…Apparently I was at the Ga. Theater for at least a night, astride the inebriated juggernaut that was The Liquor Cabinet…pretty decent recording, performance has it’s moments, and embarrassing stage patter is included. HERE
I thought I had posted this here but it may have been on the old”Priceless Trax” blog…If you’ve already heard it I apologize. My “Enjoy Music” logs and records were destroyed in a catastrophic earthquake.
Most of you know I loves me some Rolling Stones, have since the day Kelly Keneipp put an eight-track tape of “Hot Rocks” into heavy rotation in the ’66 Impala back in 1976 (or was it his Mom’s ’67 Pontiac “woody”station wagon, AKA “The Starship”?…Yes, the 70’s were like that y’all) . For a bit over a C-note I could go see ‘em in June over at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. The truth is I have never even contemplated attending one of those big stadium shows since seeing ‘em at Soldier Field in Chicago on the “Some Girls” tour, so ahhh…no thanks.
The question I hear most people ask is “Why the hell are they doing this?” and the consensus is usually greed, vanity, or both. Not unreasonable assumptions and probably a big factor but, naive as it may sound, I think they still like doing this. It’s really all they’ve ever done and all they know how to do. And for all the shit about wheelchairs and Geritol, I think it’s incredible that they still want to. I understand that it seems embarrassing, maybe even pathetic. I understand that at this point they are utterly incapable of producing anything that comes within the same cosmos as their finest work, live or in the studio. Keith looks like a melting witch. But still…I can’t help pulling for ‘em.
BTW, there’s something a bit screwy with the blogamadoodle and it’s refusing to display photos…Sorry Karel, but that Wonder Woman costume malfunction post will have to wait…