Bones in the Desert
The new album by Jack Logan and Scott Baxendale, featuring members of the Drive-By Truckers, is now available on vinyl or digital download. A driving, at times swampy guitar record with a dark and eclectic Southern perspective.

On The Shoulder

This song is based on a very cool instrumental track provided by Jeremy Michael Cashman, with assistance from his friend Seattle resident Michael John Serpe (What’s with the three-names-and-one-is-Micheal, fellas?) on Epiphone casino and organ floor bass (What’s with the instruments I’ve never heard of fellas?)…Not sure I did it justice but you can check it out HERE

This Is Radio Koz…

Friend of the Blogamadoodle and Indisputable Legend Kosmo Vinyl has sent me link to a recent radio interview he did while visiting his native land. Not only does he elaborate on his adventures with The Clash, Ian Dury, and Stiff Records, he also hand-picked the tunes they spin twixt interview bits. Also of interest, one of the interviewers is Ben Gallagher, son of Ian Dury/Blockhead member Mickey Gallagher. HIGHLY recommended!

Major props to Free Seed On Soho Radio out of Swingin’ London for having him on.  These things are sometimes time sensitive so don’t fuck around…go HERE and check it out ASAP!

Cheap Vinyl Returns….

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Actually I have quite a bit of new stuff I’ve picked up this summer but I’m a little behind on my listening. I do have a few to share however…

When we moved to New York state for a year, I was flipping around the channels and caught part of a jazz show ( I know…Jazz on the radio? Madness! ) wherein I heard a wonderful version of a song partially  composed by Leonard Bernstein called “Lonely Town” which I just loved to pieces. Turns out it was performed by a guy named Andy Bey and I wound up buying the CD it was taken from which is comprised of  standards like “Angel Eyes” and “It’s Only A Paper Moon”. Dug it quite a bit, but knew nothing about Mr. Bey and really didn’t inquire any further. So when I ran across his Experience and Judgement LP for a quarter I snapped it right up. While his unique voice is recognizable and some of the music is sort of interesting, what we have here are ponderous songs weighted down by lots of embarrassingly cliched…what should I call it?.. “Cosmic Advice”… Uh, no thanks. I suppose the title should have made me suspicious… Back during the punk/new wave craze, I mailed off for a Ralph Records sampler that contained tracks from a group that was neither punk nor new wave called The Residents. The sampler contained stuff from their Commercial Album, a record of songs that clocked in at one minute each. I’ve been a casual fan ever since, but, admittedly, I had kind of forgotten about them. Well, recently I received an Amazon gift card for some phony holiday of some sort and decided to go looking for a copy of the Commercial Album only to find that it was fetching collector’s prices. Ouch! However, I did find an 12 dollar copy of Duck Stab (making it borderline-too-expensive to include here ) and I must say I’m delighted with it! I can see where sing -songy weirdness and head-scratching lyrics backed by oddball electronics may not be everyones cup of tea but I highly approve and will be beefing up my Residents catalog pronto…The Milestones record? What can I say? I can’t imagine this guy has put out anything that I wouldn’t be interested in on some level. This sounds to me to be in the hard bop Bird-influenced vein and it kicks ass. Eight dollars which, again, is more expensive than most stuff I call “cheap vinyl” but it’s a steal for a record this good.  Speaking of Byrds (Sorry), I picked up their Untitled double-LP for two smackers. This was partially prompted by hearing all my picker buddies go on and on about Clarence White. Well, the guy can flat get after it no doubt, but it’s a little distracting to hear all the twangy hot licks that accompany  Byrds classics like “Eight Miles High” on the “live” disc. I’m sort of getting used to it though. The studio disc has some good stuff on it but the McGuinn composed/sung material puts the other dudes stuff to shame. Democracy often sucks within a band context. Interesting record though… The Temptations Greatest Hits II is all that Norman Whitfield-penned stuff from the early seventies that I grew up listening to on the radio. Andy Bey could have learned a thing or two from Norm about how to incorporate heavy subject matter without turning things all preachy and obvious…And finally we have another Jackie Lomax record. This guy is really hard to describe, and it’s easy to see how he fell through the cracks, but I really like both of the records I have by him and will certainly give anything with his name on it a shot…price permitting, of course…