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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What's The Worst Soundtrack For Getting Stood Up?

Posted by on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 3:33 PM

So I had a date a couple of weeks ago. Well, “date” might be the wrong word because she didn’t show up.

I was pretty excited for it—we met online, immediately had rapport and some laughs, so I asked her out. That’s what you do. Given a choice between Wednesday and Monday, she chose Monday and gave me her phone number. We had a long text conversation about books, because she wants to be a librarian. Then, when she found out I have my library card number memorized she said, “That’s kinda hot.”

So Monday rolls around and I text her: “What time do you wanna get together today? Anytime after five is good for me.”

She responds with four little words: “Did we have plans?”

Ouch. Just to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating, I checked my inbox. Right there: plans for Monday. So I text back: “Yes, you suggested meeting today then gave me your number. What time works best for you?”

“We’ve been chatting over a week,” she texts back. “We never mentioned today.”

I check my email one more time, making extra sure that I’m not trying to catfish myself. She says she doesn’t save her messages, so I send a screencap of our exchange. Sexy, I know—but at this point I need to prove that I am not crazy. She gets the message and says “OK. Thanks, I don’t think you’re a creeper.”

“Awesome!” I respond. “So what time works for you?”

No response.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Record Nerd Post: Looking For Records You Thought You Owned, But Don't

Posted by on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Have you ever gone looking for a record in your personal collection, one you were POSITIVE you owned, but perhaps didn't in fact own? I have. Or, rather, I am. Yes, currently, I'm looking for a 45 which I'm starting to feel like MAYBE I don't actually own. Problem is I have lots of records and occasionally shit gets misplaced, also I have NO filing system. (Ahem) I spent all of December looking for my pic sleeve of ZZ Tops' "Tush!!" Anyways, at some point in the last five years I had the chance to buy one of my FAVORITE soul jams, the Fi-Dels mid-tempo shuffler, "Try A Little Harder." It's not a super hard record to find, but it is "in demand" and when copies turn up, they don't linger and I know I chased it several times on the ebay™ and then stopped 'cause I bought it! Or did I?

Thing is, around the time I THINK I bought this 45, I moved TWICE in three months and ALL my records got jumbled up. Like, I have A LOT of records, and it would make sense it might have been slipped in a box randomly cause there was room and I was in a hurry, but I've been sorting through my 45s for a year and half with no luck.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It's December 31st, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - "Louie Louie"

Posted by on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 5:19 PM

It seems kinda dumb now, or maybe it's just been forgotten, but I can't quite express the huge cultural impact the Kingsmen's version of "Louie Louie" had when it hit. In mid-1963 there was no Beatles presence in America and the Beach Boys were just beginning to get steady on their surf boards. Aside from some local garage bands, nothing had blown up like this.

Today, "Louie Louie" is rote, everyone has heard it, but in 1963 this goof version made number two on billboard; this, again, was all before the Beatles. However, the rock/pop scene was not a vaccum, the kids already had a flavor for cutting eged rock, and the edge sharpened thanks to "Louie Louie." The Kingsmen's version was actaully nicked off'a Rockin' Robin/the Wailers 1961 arrangement who had taken the song from Richard Berry, and arranged it in their style. Berry's version of "Louie Louie" is taken from "El Loco Cha Cha" via René Touzet arrangement who'd taken it from Cuban bandleader Rosendo Ruiz Jr.'s "Amarren Al Loco!!" Dag, what an evolution to revolution.

Monday, December 30, 2013

It's December 30st, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Unrelated Segments

Posted by on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 6:18 PM

For a band that only recorded a handful of tracks, I think only FIVE ever made it to wax, the Unrelated Segments are another '60s band which have earned their canonization in the top tier of '60s garage rock.

The Unrelated Segments were from the Detroit area and just sort of happened as they were all pals from the same scene. If you want to read a detailed interview/story it's all well sorted out here - '60s Garage Bands, but if you just wanna hear more of their attitude filled jams, dig their fucking wicked "Story Of My Life" and "Cry Cry Cry." Damn, such good songwriting.

Friday, December 27, 2013

It's December 27th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - Red Beard and The Pirates

Posted by on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 5:17 PM

No matter how much Red Beard and The Pirates wants us to "Go On Leave," I ain't goin' nowheres. C'mon, how can I with them layin' down SO MUCH fuzz!!


Red Beard and The Pirates were from Blue Ridge, Georgia and were the top band in their region. Sadly tho', they only had the one single.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

It's December 26th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Toads

Posted by on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Tho' garage was mostly steeped in black music, there was a lesser college campfire button down folk footprint element also. It was stood on its ear by Bob Dylan; he affected everyone and the Toads' come off like they're a solid Bob Dylan, and the Byrds, study!

This a Gary Usher production, a one-off from what I can tell, so perhaps a Los Angeles studio band.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

It's December 25th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - "Don't Believe In Christmas"

Posted by on Wed, Dec 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM

The Sonics' "Don't Believe In Christmas" is the best Xmas song ever recorded.

What a way to rewrite of Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business."

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

It's December 24th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Troggs

Posted by on Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 5:14 PM

I don't think there was another more appropriate name for a garage band - The Troggs. They're jams are riff driven and SO simple; even at their most sophisticated their songs are stripped down to the basics. And then there was front man Reg Presley and his singing voice. There was no other band like 'em.

The Troggs were an English band which were quite successful, their music touched everyone in the sixties as their version of "Wild Thing" became canon. They're still playing out today.

Monday, December 23, 2013

It's December 23rd, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - Paul Revere and the Raiders

Posted by on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Paul Revere & the Raiders were a formative group for me. Way back when I was first sussing out garage records in North Carolina, I could only find the first Blues Magoos LP, some beat to shit Rolling Stones albums, and a clutch of Raiders LPs. It wasn't much, but it was enough for a righteous schooling. My favorite track off'a all the albums at the time was the killer "Great Airplane Strike"; its crunchy, percussive guitar playing is of singular greatness!

Paul Revere & the Raiders were originally an instrumental group from Boise, Idaho. They played regionally for a few years, successfully too, with a couple albums and a string of 45s. By 1965 they were signed to Columbia and had a string of Top 40 hits, but by the '70s their pop garage was passé and their popularity and relevance waned. Eventually they settled on being an "oldies" group, a smart move as they're still touring. And "Paul Revere"... he's 76.

Friday, December 20, 2013

It's December 20th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Turtles

Posted by on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM

We all know the Turtles were a pop band, for the most part. It's impossible to deny their HUGE Top 40/AM radio appeal with such pop sweet tarts as "Happy Together," "She'd Rather Be With Me," and "Let Me Be," but their albums were great, too. Their filler was all killer. This LP-only track, "A Walk in the Sun," could have been a Standells or Electric Prunes A-side, easily. It's on their first LP, It Ain't Me Babe, and it's RAW!

The Turtles were from Los Angeles and began in 1961 as the Nightriders and then became a surf band called the Crossfires. They changed their name to the Turtles after they signed to White Whale. When they split, members Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman became Flo and Eddie; that pair were also involved with some of Frank Zappa's theatrical endeavors.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

It's December 18th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Keymen

Posted by on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Just what my fat ass needs, another sweet Everly Brothers sounding rave-up!!!

The Keymen were from Las Cruces, New Mexico, and they only had one 45; it was, however, issued with fancy a picture sleeve!! And they did have an album, which I've not heard, but I think it is a live recording. Its title is Keymen Live (DUH), of their show, so lots of covers.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It's December 17th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Worlocks

Posted by on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM

For a 45 recorded in 1965, sonically, it kinda has a LOT in common with SoCal punk from the late '70s... and prolly also the Ventures.

The group of Worlocks were from Port Byron, New York, and began as the Capital Five; they became the Worlocks in 1964. The flip of "I Love You," "Stay By My Side," is a goofy stunner.

Monday, December 16, 2013

It's December 16th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - Bobby Fuller Four

Posted by on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Over the years, there have been GALLONS of ink spilled over Bobby Fuller/Bobby Fuller Four. Fuller was a Texan who was a perfect Buddy Holly study. However, not soon after he charted with AM hit "I Fought The Law," he was found dead in his car. His death was ruled suicide/accident, tho' it was never conclusive. This song, "Magic Touch," was a 45-only track, and my fave of ALL of Bobby's raves.

As you might reckon, Bobby's catalog is solid. There were two LPs and a STACK of 45s by Bobby Fuller/Bobby Fuller Four issued up till his death.

Friday, December 13, 2013

It's December 13th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Xtreens

Posted by on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 4:26 PM

The Xtremes were a band based in St. Louis and this, as far as I know, was their only 45. It's quite a killer fuzz blast, and on the Star Trek label no less!!

The flip is a good cover of the Who's "Substitute." Also, evidently, there are two versions of this 45; you can only tell which issue you're listening to by reading the matrix number in the runout/dead wax.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

It's December 12th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Rayders

Posted by on Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Oh. Dear fucking LORD, this is one fucking amazing Who rave-up ripoff!

The Rayders were a beat group from Auckland, New Zealand, and their "Working Man" is the best song from their catalog of four singles AND LP. They split in '66.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

It's December 11th, 2013 And You're In A Rad Garage Band - H.M. Subjects

Posted by on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 5:10 PM

I don't think there were ever any shit covers of early Pretty Things songs. Not from Americans, at least; even tho' this version of "Don't Bring Me Down" is sightly stock, it holds up.

This 45 was issued as a double 'A' side, one side censored and the other uncensored. Seems like the standards assumed the line "laid her on the ground" was too suggestive. Uh, I kinda think the "beep" makes it sound as if he really said "fucked," but then what would else you expect from Florida!?

HM Subjects were a Miami, Florida band and first known as the Montells, who's cool "You Can't Make Me" has been widely comped. The band were heavily influenced by the English groups, directly, as their drummer had spent time in the UK. As by the HM Subjects they had two 45s, as by the Montells they had only one 45.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

It's December 10th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Wanted

Posted by on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM

The Wanted's "Lots More Where You Came From" is maybe one of the heaviest of the fuzz-led put-down songs; this track is so full of attitude and swagger!!

The Wanted were based in Detroit and had six 45s, four on Detroit Sound and two on A&M. Their biggest song was a fucking good version of Wilson Pickett's “In The Midnight Hour.” It was so good it charted #1 on local radio station WKNR in Detroit in early 1967. Oh, they also had a handful of appearances on Robin Seymour’s TV show Swingin’ Time.

Monday, December 9, 2013

It's December 9th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - Bunker Hill

Posted by on Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 5:35 PM

This 1963 Bunker Hill B-side, "The Girl Can't Dance," is easily one of the hollerin'est and screamin'est frantic throwdowns ever committed to styrene by anyone, anywhere...EVER!! Oh, his backing band was the mighty Link Wray & His Wraymen.

David Walker, AKA Bunker Hill, was actually a member of the popular gospel singing group Mighty Clouds Of Joy. He only took a stab at secular music after meeting Mr. Vernon Wray. Vernon, turns out, was brother to the infamous Link Wray, and that's how Walker/Hill came to be backed by Link Wray & the Wraymen. In all they recorded four more songs: "Hide And Seek," "You Can't Make Me Doubt My Baby," "Red Ridin' Hood And The Wolf," and "Nobody Knows."

Friday, December 6, 2013

It's December 6th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Heart Attacks

Posted by on Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Here is the original version of the Mummies fave rave, "Babba Diddy Baby!!"

This Virginia Beach group, the Heart Attacks, were actually known as the Beach Nuts. From what I can tell they issued one more 45, "What Makes You Think" b/w "Professional Loving Man" in 1968. It was decidedly heavier!

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