25 Dec '06 -17:31
Jaaaames Brown

The Godfather of Soul, the Prime Minister of Funk, the Man Who Unmasked Micheal Jackson's Moonwalk As Nothin' But The Camel Walk In Reverse is dead. (more)

21 Dec '06 -09:03
The Dead List 2006

John Lomax III sent me a piece written by his young'un, John Nova Lomax, in the Houston Press. In the spirit of all the RIPs posted here over the last couple years, the article is pasted below. John the Elder noted that the article was done before Ahmet Ertegun's death, otherwise, he'd of topped the list due to how he died, slipping on stairs at a Stones concert and going into a coma. Which brings to mind this Ahmet anecdote by Craig Zeller, passed along to me by Andy Schwartz,:

"I had the pleasure of sitting next to Mr.Ertegun at a Ramones show at CBGB in the spring of 1975. He was dressed to the nines, bouncing a young Asian girl on his knee, and having quite a time for himself. However, I suspect it was the company rather than the music that put such a wide smile on his face. When the set ended I leaned over and asked him: 'Mr.Ertegun, will you be signing the Ramones to your label?'

"He looked at me, laughed, and said: 'Man, you must be out of your mind.'" (more)

19 Dec '06 -20:43
Winter of Hate

OK, OK, maybe the hed is too harsh. But nine years after the Summer of Love in San Francisco, the long winter of people in black inhabiting the last dregs of urban decay in New York came to the fore. Heroin replaced acid as the drug of choice. Bands reverted to minimalism and seeking the edge, discarding rhythm and technological state of the art in favor of stripping it all down to the basics. Which sorta explains the Radical NY! The Downtown Show: the New York Art Scene 1974-1984 that is currently running at the Austin Museum of Art. As part of the exhibition, a November panel I WAS THERE: NEW YORK pondered the meaning of the music scene that was attached at the hip to the art scene in New York; on January 25, I'll be sitting on a panel I WAS HERE: AUSTIN, dissecting the music scene that was evolving in Austin bringing along the rest of the arts with it. Jesse Sublett, Eddie Wilson, and Bill Narum will explain it all. I'll be there nodding in agreement, spinning my own take. All's I can say now is, as interesting as what was going down in New York may have been, it was a hell of a lot more interesting here, with a whole lot less heroin and a whole lot more beer and pot.

Summer of Love

A very cool three CD project about the San Francisco Summer of Love and all it begat caught my ear, courtesy of my friend Tom Ordon, with an interesting discourse about Bill Graham that followed.

Here's the package, according to Tom:

COOL 4 CD BOX SET...Coming in June of 2007 on Rhino Records


01 Dino Valenti – Let’s Get Together

02 Country Joe & The Fish – I Feel Like I’m Fixin To Die (EP version)

03 We Five – You Were On My Mind

04 Charlatans – Number One

05 Warlocks – Can’t Come Down

06 Beau Brummels – Don’t Talk To Strangers

07 Vejtables – Anything

08 Jefferson Airplane – It’s No Secret

09 Mystery Trend – Johnny Was A Good Boy

10 Great! Society – Free Advice

11 Grass Roots – Mr Jones

12 Blackburn & Snow – Stranger In A Strange Land

13 Quicksilver Messenger Service – Who Do You Love (demo)

14 Big Brother & The Holding Company – Light Is Faster Than Sound

15 Mojo Men – She’s My Baby

16 Wildflower – Coffee Cup

17 Family Tree – Live Your Own Life

18 Sons Of Champlin - Fat City

19 Frantics – Human Monkey

20 Tikis – Bye Bye Bye (WB 45 version)

21 Country Joe & The Fish – Section 43 (EP version)

22 Sopwith Camel – Hello Hello

01 Count Five – Psychotic Reaction

02 Front Line – Got Love

03 Mourning Reign – Satisfaction Guaranteed

04 Golliwogs – Walking On The Water

05 Oxford Circle – Foolish Woman

06 Stained Glass – My Buddy Sin

07 Otherside – Streetcar

08 Teddy His Patches – Suzy Creamcheese

09 Immediate Family – Rubiyat

10 Syndicate Of Sound – Rumors

11 Harbinger Complex – Sometimes I Wonder

12 New Breed – Want Ad Reader

13 Generation – I’m A Good Woman

14 Chocolate Watchband – No Way Out

15 Butch Engle & The Styx – Hey I’m Lost

16 People – I Love You

17 Public Nuisance – America

18 Country Weather – Fly To New York

19 Savage Resurrection – Thing In E

20 Frumious Bandersnatch – Hearts To Cry

01 Charlatans – Alabama Bound (Golden State Recorders version)

02 Mystery Trend – Carl Street

03 Great! Society– Somebody To Love (LP version)

04 Country Joe & The Fish – Super Bird

05 Beau Brummels – Two Days Til Tomorrow

06 Moby Grape – Omaha

07 Serpent Power – Up & Down

08 Grateful Dead – The Golden Road

09 Quicksilver Messenger Service – Codine

10 Electric Flag – Groovin’ Is Easy

11 Big Brother & The Holding Company – Down On Me (live)

12 Salvation – Think Twice (45 version)

13 Jefferson Airplane –White Rabbit

14 Steve Miller Band – Roll With It

15 Notes From The Underground – Why Did You Put Me On

16 Sly & The Family Stone – Underdog (45 version)

17 Blue Cheer – Summertime Blues

18 Creedence Clearwater Revival – Suzie Q (Part One)

10 Santana – Soul Sacrifice

20 Ace Of Cups - Glue

21 Loading Zone – The Bells

01 Big Brother & The Holding Company– Piece Of My Heart

02 Santana – Evil Ways

03 Fifty Foot Hose – Red The Sign Post

04 Kak – Lemonaide Kid

05 Sons Of Champlin – 1982-A

06 Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks – How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away

07 Mad River – Amphetamine Gazelle

08 Sly & The Family Stone – I Want To Take You Higher

09 Steve Miller Band – Quicksilver Girl

10 Mother Earth – Revolution

11 Moby Grape – Murder In My Heart For The Judge

12 Quicksilver Messenger Service – Light Your Windows

13 Flamin’ Groovies – I’m Drowning

14 Seatrain – Portrait Of the Artist As A Young Lady

15 It’s A Beautiful Day – White Bird

16 Creedence Clearwater Revival – Born On The Bayou

17 Grateful Dead – Dark Star (45 version)

18 Blue Cheer – Fool (45 version)

19 Jefferson Airplane – Mexico

20 Janis Joplin – Mercedes Benz

21 Youngbloods – Get Together (more)

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