Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fourth Of July Wrap Up

Life goes on, even after laying idle for most of the month.  Last month's rating found ourselves aroune 1340 views and I suppose that's the most reasonable of views. Now we are back to inflated rates over 200 views a day.  Russia has opened up the servers leading here I gather.

(6-28-17  Central City/Prairieburg EF-2 Tornado)

The later part of June found ourselves once again stuck in between tornado action again, just in time for NOAA radio to shut down operations to move to a new home.  That didn't keep the tornadoes away, just in time for the Linn County Fair to which one twister formed outside of the fairgrounds and tore up a good chunk of area leading to tear through Prairieburg's south side of the city and causing damage to their grain elevator, the second time this has happened in a decade. More tornadoes formed over an area past Monticello, Oxford Junction and a few other places.  I forgot who took the above picture but this is the tornado that would rumble through the country side on the way to Prarieburg, taken off County Home Rd, not far from our place of residence.   No damage here but as you can see it was a bit too close to home for my liking.

(Deb Zumbach: photo)

Although, the tornado did play havoc enough to close the opening day of the fair, it didn't stop the Bellamy Brothers from playing Friday Night.  For myself, I got to watch the final set of Justin Case at The Chrome Horse and then did a full nights worth of seeing Toxic Blonde and the return of Super Sized Seven playing outdoors at CRL, The Funk Daddies at New Bo, Past Masters moving on after the departure of Bart Carfizzi  at Rumors and finally New Trick at Aces And Eights although I called it a night once they started playing Bon Jovi.  I have no idea on what's happening with Dreams Of Arcadia, Ryan Paul announced he was moving back to the East Coast despite them having a full slate of July dates to play at and it looks like Bart will replace him, to be renamed the Julie and Bart Experience, Julie is out visiting relatives on the west coast.   Things are up in the air.

The dating scene can be a startling thing, especially when musicians date other musicians. Hayley Williams decided that she and New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert are parting ways after being married for a year and a half.   And of course, they request privacy as well.  That's standard procedure.

(Prairieburg Tornado 6/28/17)

 On the other side, Partrick Carney (Black Keys) is thinking the third time getting married will be the charm as he popped the question to Michelle Branch and she said yes.  Since musicians are more out there in the open in the social media it seems to be that most go their own way after a way.  It's no different if they were not musicians, the success rate for marriages are 50/50.  Of course finding that perfect somebody is going to be hard, we all tend to do no wrong till we either leave a seat up on the toilet, or fart too much or putting up unpredictable moods    And yes, it's most evident that in order for a relationship or marriage to last is to try to work things out and compromise.  For better or worse, for richer or poorer, for sickness and in health.  But most of the time, people usually take the easy way out when things don't go as planned.  To be an musician and working with somebody to make new music, sometimes it can happen that feelings can get more and more intimate.  The question then comes up, what's next.  Is it worth it taking the next step, but once you do share your feelings and soul and then your bed, you then cross a line that you can never return.  And if it does goes south or if you have a falling out, you eventually want nothing to do with them.  Then again who knows if Pat Carney and Michelle Branch will be together forever, the odds are not in their favor but sometimes love can conquer all.  Johnny Cash and June Carter was one,  John And Yoko another.  But also it might not mean forever either, Richard And Linda Thompson: they made great music together but alas, their marriage fell apart in our very eyes by the albums they made together (Shoot Out The Lights). Once in the while they'll get back together for some musical fun.  It is fun to be with somebody that can make music and things are fine on stage.

(Photo:Mirza Kudic  Des Moines Storm 6/28/17)


Norro Wilson-Singer songwriter that had a couple singles on Smash Mercury in the late 60s, later wrote hit songs like The Most Beautiful Girl In The World for Charlie Rich in 1973.  Produced Buck Owens when Buck was on Warner Brothers, discovered Keith Whitley.  Died June 8, at age 79.

Stevie Ryan, You Tube Star, hung herself on Sunday, the loss of her grandfather triggered her depression into where she didn't want to live anymore. She was 33.

John Blackwell Jr, drummer for Prince, passed away from cancer on Monday.  He was 43.

The Chicago Cubs have been a major disappointment this season. After the feel good season of last year and winning it all, the Cubs have barely played 500 ball and injuries have not helped either.  Nor Mingrel Montero, whose tirade about Jake Arrieta not holding runners on base, and the fact that Montero was 0 for 28 in throwing out runners, but blame the pitcher anyway.  Anyway, Montero got traded to Toronto soon afterwards.  While last season the Cubs had plenty of all stars, only Wade Davis got invited to the show (unless Kris Bryant wins the popular all star vote).  We are still waiting for the Cubs to get their act together.  Of course everybody says they will turn it around but at the halfway point, and Milwaukee and now St Louis catching on fire and winning games, the Cubs find themselves at second place still stumbling around and can't seem to put a winning streak going.  Losing Dexter Fowler has really hurt them more than singing Jon Jay who was supposed to be lead off hitter.  Kyle Schwarber, world series hero is now trying to find his swing in triple A Iowa.   Way things are going there won't be a World Series appearance, hell they might not be over 500.

CD Reviews:

The Rolling Stones Aftermath UK (Abkco 1966)

This may have had more songs but the US version of Aftermath made more sense.  The key placement of the 11 minute Goin Home also plays a role, on the US version it's the final track, here it's track 6 and it derails the rest of the album.  It's nice to hear the extended version of Out Of Time, to which it made more sense in edited form on the Flowers album.  The UK version offers up Mother's Little Helper, Take It Or Leave It and What To Do, but the omission of Paint It Black is reason why if you want the better album, you have to buy the US version.
Grade B+

Albert Hammond-Golden Classics (Collectibles 1974)

Albert could use a decent best of, but at the time, Collectibles decided to combine his first two albums as a whole, plus the singles of I'm A Train and Half A Million Miles From Home.  Perhaps adding Air Disaster and 99 Miles From LA would have made this a decent overview.  Hammond turned out to be a MOR artist, later albums for Epic turned him more schmaltz than pop anyway but this does have his number 2 hit It Never Rains In Southern California and one of my favorite tracks from him The Free Electric Band.  And of course the silly but fun I'm A Train.  For the lesser known tracks, The Hollies did find something out of The Air That I Breathe to make that a number 1 single for them, for him it's kinda of a snoozer.  Names, Tags, Numbers And Labels was given to The Association for a failed single, Albert would record it again on the S/T album.  Time has not aged It Never Rains In Southern California all that great and B side Brand New Day, while I like it eventually turned out to even lesser inspired when I hear it today.  And For The Peace Of Mankind is the bloated direction that Hammond would later go upon, it ventures too close to pompous Neil Diamond territory. For all the setbacks, I tend to favor the second album Free Electric Band a bit more despite Peace Of Mankind.  I guess there's a European Epic Import of Greatest Hits that simplifies everything but even that has Peace Of Mankind.
Grade B

T Bone-Choice Cuts (2000)

If you have made your way to Parlor City on any given Tuesday Night nowadays, chances are you will run into Tom (T Bone) Giblin who hosts the blues jam and always have some of the finer blues players in town backing him up.  He's also in the Iowa Music Hall Of Fame for his keyboard work.  He's the closest thing to Booker T Jones and of course has backed up many of legends around town. On this 1999 live setting featuring seven of the bands that he played in back then, it's a who's who of music knowledge.  Dennis McMurrin, Billy Lee and Bryce Janey, Craig Erickson, Bob Dorr and Kevin Burt are part of the 14 song selection here.  While there's no Green Onions here, Gibby as he's better known (for me that is) can put his own spin on Papa's Gotta Brand New Bag or Tighten Up, although Kevin Burt might hold the record for the most times he says I Know on Ain't No Sunshine.  Once in a while there's a track that will showcase Gibby's rock and roll side which isn't too often.  It's the Craig Erickson penned Imperfection.  Don't let that fool you, Gibby is very good at improvising.  That's why he's a hall of famer.
Grade B+

Albums From My Youth:  Tom Waits-Heart Attack And Vine (Asylum 1980)

In theory, this is the album that really hints at the future of where Tom Waits would go: a more slant toward weirdness that would get him bounced from Asylum and over to Island where they welcome him with open arms and he finally embraced his weirdness.  The title track and Till The Money Runs Out are oddball rockers to which on the latter Waits repeats the whole song lyrics twice before it fades out and the latter, showcasing an oddball guitar lead lick.   Waits seems to be bored by the tin pin alley balladry that made his late 70s work weird beyond belief.   The only time any ballad seems to work on this is the lovely Jersey Girl to which Bruce Springsteen covered, Saving My Love For You isn't bad but I have no use for side 2's On The Nickel and Ruby's Arms.  On the whole, Heart Attack And Vine seems to be a throwaway,  Waits's songs work better when they're uptempo and mysterious.   Usually Bones Howe keeps Tom a bit restrained on past recordings but you can sense that on In Shades or Downtown, he's considered to be a deterrent.  It would be the last time Howe would work with Tom on any album.  And the next album would ushered in the Island years, but Heart Attack And Vine is actually the first step in that direction of weirdness.
Grade B

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Singles Going Steady-Madison Picks And B Sides

Madison last week was the WNBR, but as well plenty of new 45s were found at various locations. The best picks came from the new location of Mad City Music Exchange which moved from Williamson Street and further up north, not too far from Sugar Shack Records. 

In essence, this may have been some of the best finds since the Great Davenport Buddy Holly/Bob Dylan finds of a couple years ago.  Although I had to pass on the In The Court Of The Crimson King and Would You Go All The Way For The USA by Zappa on Bizarre, I think I found better finds at a much cheaper price.  On the other side of things I have expanded my Paul Anka collection by about 5 records, which might be 4 too many for those who like their rock and roll.  Comparing Lonely Boy from the ABC to the RCA remake, the RCA has it's a more mature charm but Paul had a bigger hit when he recorded for ABC Paramount.  Round here I keep a more open mind than the average record collector.  The biggest Hoot and Holler 45 was Crow's Something In Your Blood and of course I could have gotten a copy off EBAY but for two dollars at Mad City Music X, it was about 6 dollars cheaper.  A few other oddities popped up as well.  I also did score a few singles two weeks ago at a garage sale and yet to post them.  But this SGS segment features sorely on the Mad City 45's 

1)  Something In Your Blood-Crow (Amaret 45-1338)  1971

Their major hits were in 1970 and 1971 Evil Woman the best known and highest charting and Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On The King Of Rock And Roll. Although Something In Your Blood didn't chart here, it showed some regional top 30 chart action, the folks at WIRL playing it a few times during my summer stay with my grandparents in Illinois in 1971.  It came from the movie HUD but this song has never appeared on any Crow album or Best ofs.  Dave Wagner played this during a concert back in the 80s when Crow toured with Jan And Dean but for whatever reason this never made any best ofs. A shame actually. Dave Wagner still tours under the Crow name. 

2)   Wild Thing-Senator Bobby (The Hardly Worth It Players featuring Bill Minkin) Parkway P-127
# 20  1967

Parodies of Senators back in the 60s was commonplace, especially if you were a Kennedy and on this Bill Minkin appears as Senator Bobby and even the songwriter Chip Taylor managed to produced this side as well the B side to which Everett McKinley gets parodied.  In the end Senator Bobby won out, it's a bit more funnier than the McKinley parody.  But then again I suppose you can live without it too. 

3)    Everybody-Tommy Roe (ABC Paramount 45-10478)  #3 1963

Felton Jarvis got more rock and rockabilly out of Roe than Steve Barri ever did.  In fact, Barri basically steered Roe into bubblegum territory, more so than usual but even in early 60s AM radio Everybody sounded tailored made for the radio, although I could have done without the soprano woman at the end.  Roe was inspired to redo Everybody in a different set of tempo and words as a followup, known as Come On, which made number 36 in early 1964, including soprano singer at the end of that song as well.  You hardly hear Come On anywhere anymore.

4)   Daddy I Know-Dr West Medicine Show And Junk Band (Norman Greenbaum) 
(Gregar 71-0100)  1970

Greenbaum had a major hit with Spirit In The Sky to which a former label decided to release some of the early stuff to cash in on the success of said song but the A Side Gondoliers, Shakespeares,  Overseers, Playboys And Bums was interesting only for the title.  In fact Daddy I Know would have been the better pick, since the folks at Varese Vintage put this song before the A side on Greenbaum's best of.   With Dr West Medicine Show, Greenbaum wrote off the wall ditties (The Eggplant That Ate Chicago, Weird) and RCA was interested to issue Daddy I Know and Gondoliers as a single but it failed to do much of anything.  In theory, Spirit In The Sky was the ultimate one hit wonder for Norman, he did managed to place two more singles in the top 100 but nobody ever plays them either.   Or Daddy I Know for that matter.

5)   Stand Up-Underworld (Sire/WB  7-22852)  #67 1989

Later on, they were techno wizards but in the late 80s they tried for a alt rock sound with real drums, and while critical praise was few and far between I tend to like Change The Weather, their album with Stand Up on it more than the Under The Radar, their first album.  KFMW had this song in regular rotation but the comparisons to other techno bands (Depeche Mode, New Order) rendered Underworld to be second tier new wave.  Underworld later would ditch the drums for a more militant dance sound but I have yet to hear those albums.  And it's not high on my list of things to listen to so that will have to wait.

6)   Waitin' On You-Dave Mason (Blue Thumb 7122)  1970
       Walk To The Point-Dave Mason & Cass Elliot (ABC/Dunhill D-4271)  1969

It's weird to ever think that the late great Mama Cass Elliot did worked with Dave Mason on a album but it mostly her singing background to Mason's song, to which Walk To The Point is more Mason than Mama Cass Elliot.  I've never seen the Dunhill single before and for two dollars it was worth picking up I think.  Walk To The Point did managed to make it to a one  of the quick buck Dave Mason Blue Thumb Best of's after Columbia threw more money his way, but the A side Too Much Truth, Too Much Love is ho hum.  Waitin' On You was the lead off track from Alone Together and it's one of the more tougher rocking numbers Mason has ever come up with.  I was surprised it was released as a single in the first place.

7)   Who Do You Love-Juicy Lucy  (Atco 45-6751)  1970

I came across this song via the Bronze overview A Quiet Night In.... to which Gerry Bron, who formed Bronze Records produced and Atlantic acquired the master to issue on Atco.  It did some FM airplay, but it had more to do with Ronnie Hawkins rather than Bo Diddley.  Juicy Lucy did record a few albums but mostly they were a bit too British for the American public to get behind with.  

8)  Jewel Eyed Judy/Station Man-Fleetwood Mac  (Reprise 0984) 1970

Danny Kirwan could write some great songs (Bare Trees, Child Of Mine) but Jewel Eyed Judy wasn't one of his better numbers.  Station Man was much better and was a FM album cut in the early 70s.  The 45 version of Station Man edits out the 45 second fade in but for the most part it still clocks at 5:49.  Plus that 45 is fairly hard to find.  Not as 50 dollars hard to find as Tell Me You Love Me by Frank Zappa/Mothers but for four dollars a worthy addition to my collection.

9)   Red Eye Blues-Redeye  (Pentagram PE-206)  #78 1971

This placed on the regional top 30 after the success of their other hit Games, and although I had a copy of this, mine disappeared over the years and I couldn't locate another copy till Mad City Music X had this for three dollars.  I think I liked the B side The Making Of A Hero better though.

10)   Hide Nor Hair- #20
        At The Club- #44   Ray Charles (ABC Paramount 45-10314)  1962

It seems back in the early 60s  Brother Ray could have both sides of his 45s make the top 50 but with the exception of Hit The Road Jack and couple others, you would never know he had many more hits that charted.  Ray's ABC Paramount singles have been sighted more often on occasion but this single would be one of the his last attempts for straight R and B before updating country music to his own style, which a lot do sound dated from all the strings arrangements. Both songs were written by the late great Percy Mayfield to which Ray continue to tap Percy for new songs and even recorded Percy for his own Tangerine label in the 60s.  Steve Hoffman used both songs on the original Dunhill CD Ray Charles Greatest Hits Volume 1 and 2  and later Concord Music would render those albums useless by putting the complete ABC Paramount Singles a few years ago.   I haven't played that collection all that much but I'm glad I have it just in case.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Notes From The Underground: The Week In Review

The big story was having The Failed Reality Star popping into our little town to clog traffic up and tell everybody that everything is great.  There was protesting out on the streets but most of it was peaceful.  In the meantime while this was going on, Ryan's Steak House and Buffet closed their doors. I kind of expected that since the last few times I ate there, the food was subpar.  But I guess I will miss the Rice and Gravy Special that I would made for myself when I couldn't find anything edible to eat.  Ryan's is the one of a few places that have closed that was located on Collins Road, Burger King closed (if anybody needs another BK, there's a new one opening on Blairs Ferry Road), Pizza Hut closed (no more pizza buffets in town here) and Village Inn.

In the meantime summer is here, and so is the Bar B Q Roundup this weekend with a few of my fellow musicians playing on stage, the likes of Wooden Nickel Lottery, Flex and JC Project to name a few.  Basically I was disappointed that Madison didn't have this kind of celebrations going on when I was there but I'm sure they will something on the weekend to bring out the masses.

For the first time all year we finally got some decent new music out there.  Great new albums from Steve Earle, Kasey Chambers has a very good 2 CD set called Dragonfly, which one cd is produced by Paul Kelly and the other by her brother Nash Chambers and while it's not as creepy classic as Bittersweet is, it remains a good listen.  Ride returns with a new album Weather Diaries, which was, as if, Carnival Of Light and Tarantula never existed.  Funny thing about shoegazer albums is that they have their charm but in this day and age that early 90s alternative sound is badly dated.  While Pitchfork lambasted Tarantula, and Creation deleted the record a week after its release, I still find that record to be a enjoyable but somewhat so so modern rock album.  In fact, Black Light Crash remains a classic cut but the rest is ho hum. Weather Diaries starts out strong, the highlights are when Ride channel the power pop excursions of Going Blank Again.  Ride is at their best if they keep it under four minutes, when they balloon songs over 6 minutes the listener nods off to sleep. I'm not sure if White Sands is a perfect song to end this comeback and while Weather Diaries will not make the masses forget Going Blank Again or Nowhere but I do think this would have been a better followup to Going Blank Again rather than Carnival Of Light.   And it did help getting Alan Moulder to mix the album too.

I also liked the new Buckingham/McVie album as well.  Despite the absence of Stevie Nicks, it's mostly the return of Fleetwood Mac (although Mick and John are missing on a couple number therefore the change of name) and at 10 songs it's much more easier to listen to than the overblown Say You Will, to which Ms. McVie was missed.  It's mostly Lindsay's show, Christine adds a couple of love songs at the end.  I'm always happy to listen to a new album of Fleetwood Mac once Christine rejoins and yes Stevie is missed, but still for later day pop and rock, it's recommended.

After 30 radio broadcasts on Lucky Star Radio. Townedger Radio signed off the air.  It was a fun ride but I ran out of CDs and patience to keep on doing it.  Perhaps some later time I'll return with a more underground sounding show but for now, real life happens.

Loretta Lynn had to cancel shows this summer, she suffered a stroke and has been trying to recover from that.  If she's well enough, she has a September 6th show but as of the moment I'll send some good vibes her way.

Albums from my youth:  Golden Earring-To The Hilt (MCA 1976)

These guys has been around for over five decades and the only songs you ever hear remain Radar Love and Twilight Zone.  The Earrings never had much label support be it Atlantic, MCA or Polydor and the idiots at MCA deleted Just Like Vince Taylor from the Moontan album. But sometimes they needed a good edit, Atlantic did managed to make their 20 minute version of Eight Miles High into a much more easier to take two and half minutes.  Which shows the rub on the Earrings, their jamming tended to be a bit more pointless and off the melody although the whole Radar Love song does have a nice jam before MCA edited that out but still remained over 5 minutes.   I bought To The Hilt on the cover art done by Hipnosis, which managed to do great cover art for the likes of UFO, Pink Floyd and many others.  Reviews were so so but I like this album a bit more than Moontan, although that album had better songs.  In fact Sleepwalking is a rewrite of Radar Love in terms of melody and it bombed as a single (edited of course). Highlights remain Why Me, which is a typical G.E. jam up to the ending, and all but the title track are over five minutes, and the 10 minute closer Violins which has a herky jerky guitar riff at the beginning before the band goes into a whole different sound at the end including, crazy violins playing in the background, a Bernard Herrman sort of arrangement.  The CD has never been in print in the US but Golden Earrings main label Red Bullet reissued this and I found this for 3 dollars at the new Mad City Music Exchange and thought it would worth it hearing it again out in the car. To the ones that are looking for a good overview, you're better off with The Continuing Story Of Radar Love, but To The Hilt remains my favorite Golden Earring album.  Even without their main hit.
Grade B+


Rolling Stones-Some Girls (Live In Texas 78)  (Eagle Music 2017)

As they have gotten older, The Stones has actually been opening up their vaults of vintage past concerts and basically it's buyer beware.  But in theory, this 1978 concert blows away the 1977 Love You Live album and perhaps Some Girls Live might have been the final great concert that The Stones ever recorded, although I'm sure that is open to debate. It does steal 7 tracks from Some Girls (but not the title track, nor Lies, nor Before They Made Me Run, the three less dubious tracks from that album) but there's a sense of urgency and The Stones playing is on fire.  In fact this might rival Get Your Ya Yas Out in terms of best overall Stones live album.  It's interesting to hear how the new songs play on, since The Stones didn't overkill Miss You or Beast Of Burden at that time.  Interesting that they decided to play Star Star rather than Satisfaction but that's all right by me.  Yeah, it would have been fun to see Keith and Ronnie trade sloppy guitar licks but with Charlie Watts holding the beat down, they can't get too sloppy.  Perhaps the reason why this album was available as bootleg only due to more than half of Some Girls made up the setlist but I think there's not a bad cut from those songs, except maybe the corniness of Far Away Eyes but it can be tolerated. This recording does give valid arguments that The Stones could be the world's greatest rock and roll band when they want to be.  And it may have been their last truly great live album before pretentiousness and the almighty dollar took over.
Grade A-

Monday, June 19, 2017

WNBR Madison Notes

The 8th annual Madison World Naked Bike Ride is now in the history books.  It started out cloudy but once the sun came out I got burnt to a crisp riding the 12 mile bike route through Madison and the usual twice around the Capitol. I'm guessing the turn out was slightly less than the 160 bikers that was with us last year.  It was also the first time I rode a bike since last year's WNBR.  But on sight there was about 40 people that returned, including the crazy skating woman and the other one, I'm terrible with names but if you google WNBR Madison, you would see her face.  But for the most part guys outnumber the girls about 2 to 1.

On the plus side, I didn't cramp up.  Last year, my downfall was doing a 10 mile bike ride before the main event.  While I went full frontal last year, I opted for having silk boxers and a floppy hat.  While there was reports of people getting offended when some of the bikers shouted out "join us and go naked" but the only thing I saw was some girl covering her eyes and looking downward on her bike as everybody passed on by.   Like last year, the meeting place was the UW parking lot and the staging place the co operate house near the hotel that I stayed at.  Elijan, who was one of the folks living there said that anybody can live there for 515 dollars a month. You get room and board, all things paid, and it's like living in a commute. If I was younger I would considered moving there.

Once again plenty of road construction everywhere and the road that had The Graduate Hotel was tore up.  For 183 dollars a night, I decided to park the car there. There's not too many parking spots down in the basement and I didn't care about parking a block away. I think I stayed at the same room last year, room 202.  But any hotel in downtown Madison is going to pricey, but The Graduate is two blocks from the staging area.  Perfect place to hang out.

I have to say that giving up TV has been the best thing for me.  I tried my best to watch something but ended up watching old Gomer Pyle reruns and Turner Classic Movies.  The Big Pharma monopoly of drug commercials is epidemic, 8 out of 10 spots were drug related, for your pets and for your limp dick.  I never thought I've seen TV go this far down the shitter.  You get tired of it, I know I do, thank the Cialis and Viagra stiff necks for forever keeping the TV off over here. Don't need it anymore.

Once the bike ride was done, I stayed around looking bored for about 15 minutes and then made my way back to the hotel, took a nap, then tried a Five Guys Cheeseburger (overrated), then rented a bike to do another 15 miles ride.  The change chasers all over the place.  I don't think I ever seen so many beggers on State Street shaking their cups and asking for spare change.  Plenty of people sleeping on the side walks and in front of closed businesses   And there was a few musicians playing for change as well, one woman was playing her violin for a good eight hours Saturday.  That's dedication. But there was a great Chinese place upstairs across the street from a convenience store, and they were real Chinese food all the way down to the chopsticks at hand.  For Saturday, I managed to do plenty of walking up and down State Street all the way to the hotel by Lake Monona to which a massive sinkhole started after all the heavy rain Friday Night.  Of course on the Terrance, plenty of people getting married and taking plenty of photos, even had a couple dancing on M L King Street in front of the capitol and then somebody rented the Orpheum  Theater for their own wedding reception. Good luck to them.

The bargains this time out was pretty good for 45s, but there were a few museum 45s as well. One was King Crimson's In The Court Of The Crimson King (Part 1 and 2) to which I would have loved to hear how Atlantic chopped that 9 and half minute song into a 4 and half minute edited 45, but that sold for 25 dollars.  The other was Frank Zappa Tell Me You Love Me on Bizarre for 40 dollars (a steal) and they were sold at the new location of Mad City Music Exchange which moved from Williamson Street to Atwood Drive close to the Majestic theater.  While the new location is more roomy than the old place, I like the old location due to its closeness to Lake Monona.  Despite the high prices of both 45s, both were gone the next day I return back there.  While I didn't get those two museum pieces, I did managed to find 10 other 45s of more sentimental value, including Crow's Something In Your Blood, which I have been searching for, for many many years.  I will have to compile that later for a Singles Going Steady blog. I did also find some decent CDs too.   Pawn America was a bust, either they are remodeling or ready to close up shop.  They finally threw out the crappy CDs that they couldn't sell.   Strange when they opened up, I found 100 cds in the first three years.  Now they simply don't sell CDs.  Even Half Priced Books East Side chopped their CD bins in half.   Ain't gonna be much for CDs anymore.  LPs, I didn't find anything and although I did find a good copy of Black Oak Arkansas' Keep The Faith, I forgot all about it while 45 crate digging and left it behind.  When I realized what I've done, Mad City was closed.

The way it goes.

Gas prices averaged 2.17 a gallon.  Most of Verona road going out of Madison still had road construction but over all it wasn't that bad getting through it.   On the west side of Madison, Copps closed their grocery store, so the only thing around was Big Lots and they didn't have shit either.  They're becoming a disappointment.  

So that's the WNBR Madison 2017 story in a nutshell. People riding nude and not much came from it.  Nothing to see.

The Video.  I appear at the 1:23 mark.  I'm wearing the silk boxes as promised. ;)
Too bad you can't see it, it's been removed due to decency rules here :(
But I'm sure it's out on You Tube if you look hard enough.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kyle Bookholz

Kyle Bookholz was part of the folks that made up the Besides it's a B Side Facebook site and even I got bounced from that site we remained friends.  He had a deep musical knowledge and we both shared a love of nostalgia and old baseball parks.  He died Tuesday from cancer.  He will be missed.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Robert Christgau On The New Chuck Berry Album

Chuck Berry: The Definitive Collection (Geffen/Chess) I hope a few young folks out there are aware that the inventor of rock and roll made his bones with six genre- and generation-defining '50s hits: "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "School Day," "Rock and Roll Music," "Sweet Little Sixteen," and "Johnny B. Goode." I also hope they'll believe that he later wrote three equally titanic songs: "Almost Grown" and "You Never Can Tell," in which his patented American teenager goes out on his own and gets married, and the sub rosa celebration of the Freedom Rides "Promised Land." And I hope they won't be surprised to learn that those nine titles are only the cream of a 10-buck, 30-tracks-in-75-minutes collection whose most dubious selection both the Kinks and the Rolling Stones thought choice enough to cover. ("Beautiful Delilah," to be precise—I've come around on Berry's sole #1, the naughty 1972 sing-along "My Ding-a-Ling.") Bo Diddley excepted, Berry was the most spectacular guitarist of the rock and roll era, and every '60s band learned his licks. His bassist-producer was the capo of Chicago blues, his pianist entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on his own recognizance, and his drummers were huge. Yet though the size of his sound was unprecedented, the penetrating lightness of his unslurred vocals was as boyish as the young Eminem's because the crystalline words meant even more than the irresistible music. In the hall of mirrors that is Chuck Berry's catalogue, this is where to get oriented. But be forewarned that there's also a 71-track three-CD box that slightly overplays his blues pretensions and Nat King Cole dreams, and that this one could tempt a person to covet that consumable too. I dare you to find out. A PLUS

Chuck Berry: Chuck (Dualtone) In the first 89 years of his life, Chuck Berry recorded two full-length albums worthy of the name, neither currently available for under a C-note although one is set for reissue: 1964's St. Louis to Liverpool, three comeback classics plus seven keepers that include the atypically companionable "You Two" and the atypically familial "Little Marie" as well as two atypically engaging instrumentals. The other is the 1979 groove album Rockit, sharpened by two back-end songs skewering the racist society he'd striven so audaciously to integrate and enlighten. That was his last record for 38 years, when he generated this de facto farewell, which stands as both a summation he put his all into and a little something he might have followed up if he hadn't up and died at 90. Mischievous and horny and locked in, he plays undiminished guitar as a few subtle guest shots add texture. His timbre has deepened—on the recitative "Dutchman," he's a relaxed near-bass. But he's hale vocally and acute verbally on eight well-crafted new ones and two savvy covers that indicate he's learned a few things—the warm songs to the long-suffering wife he married in 1948 and the progeny who chime in like they've earned it have the kind of detail he always reserved for his fictions, musical and otherwise. I've never stopped loving Chuck Berry as an artist, but it's been a while since I thought the old reprobate was anything but a fucked up human being. This miracle gives me second thoughts. A MINUS

Steve Earle: So You Wannabe an Outlaw (Warner Bros.) He's tried the outlaw thing, and on his best album in 15 years sets out to tell the world why it ain't all that. Your buddies on those roughneck temp gigs always head elsewhere. When the news from home is bad, and it will be, there's not a damn thing you can do about it. Hitchhiking is so over a fella could write a keeper about it. And to sum up: "Everybody reckons that they want to be free / Nobody wants to be alone." A guy who's been married seven times is more likely to know nothing about women than everything. But from "Comes to love fallin' is the easy part" to "You can't pretend / The line between a secret and a lie ain't razor thin," he gets a keeper out of that too. While I surely do agree that in love a secret and a lie are the same thing, I hope it will interest him to be told that the secret of not being alone is to let yourself keep falling—for the same one. A MINUS 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Week In Review: Final Edition?

Houby Days came and went and the crappy weather pretty much took away the outdoors stage so the only bands that did play were on the band stage next to Aces And Eights.  The weather has sucked, five days of rain, five days of cloudy weather and five days of March weather in May.   And it continues to rain.  Maybe we won't have a summer.

BMG continues the glorious task of reissuing Emerson Lake And Palmer albums, this time out if you haven't already gotten them, you can get Works Vol 1 and 2 and their all time classic Love Beach.

I guess the love affair with Record World has died.  Blogspot reported after a long streak of 100 plus views we haven't gotten out of 38 to 40 range of total views.  Over the weekend, I had 41 views and yesterday 29 folks from around the world came to read anything.  The Blogspot all time most read blogs is a joke, I still have only 9 of 10 blogs posted.  I'm still over 7,000 views of the month but I can bet you next month we won't clear 1000.  Somehow the Bruce Stanley memorial has fallen out of the top 9.   Last weekend, his mom joined him in the great beyond.  She finally succumbed from demteria.  I think she was 95.

Passings; Roger Moore, the best known and longest lasting of the James Bond players, passed away Monday, he was 89 and lived a long good life.Till cancer claimed him...Wendell Goodman, Wanda Jackson's husband of 50 plus years and her manager as well died suddenly on Sunday Night after a show.  He was 81...Jimmy Lafaye, beloved singer songwriter on the Austin Music scene passed away from cancer on Sunday, he was 61.

The days of 100 plus views are done, I haven't gotten out of 50 views  according to the Blogspot tracker, which doesn't work very well.  I suspect those are the actual views.

On that note: Record World will be on hiatus for a while. I'll be busy working on music projects and seeing where the road leads.  From time to time if something of note comes up it will be posted. But I  have finally gotten bored with the music news and views, after 15 years of  blogging, we all know this come to be.

Goodbye doesn't mean forever.

(the love affair had ended is about Record World the blog, it has been a labor of love, that's all)

Records from my youth:  Dave Clark Five-Glad All Over (Epic 1964)

It's hard to believe when you listen to them nowadays is hard to believe they were next to the Beatles in records sold and while they could generate some hard rocking hits, their albums were spotty and sometimes cringeworthy such as the fucking awful Doo Dah and really bad Beatles rip offs (She's All Mine and No Time To Lose which Dave Clark apes Twist And Shout).  Certainly  Dave Clark knew he was nowhere near the caliber of Lennon/McCartney and his shrewd businesslike mannerisms made it clear he was in it for the money more than the music, which the rest of the band suffered greatly.  Nevertheless, the one element that made The DC5 worthy was he had Mike Smith as vocalist, Smith may have been the most grittiest of all British singers and he could have done well doing blues and soul covers, in fact Do You Love Me is more punk garage than Contours Motown and that might be one of the original punk rock numbers much to Dave Clark's chagrin.  The instrumentals are filler, Chaquita is Tequila and Time is Lenny Davidson going for a passable jazz but you won't remember it.  And they managed to turn Stay into a fucking trainwreck with the oofs and Ahs, which hardly a effort to make it more just another filler song.  However, this album is saved by four numbers of note, Do You Love Me, Bits And Pieces and Glad All Over, with the call and response that while inferior to The Beatles is actually one of their best all time two songs, and the 1:53 throwaway I Know You which I still love to hear (although Clark found it not worth to include on that 50 Greatest Hits limited edition 2 Fer that Hollywood Records issued for a couple years and is hard to find).  So does four good to great songs make this album worth hearing over the 7 shitty to so so to subpar numbers that are on this album?  There will be defenders of the DC 5 and their recording output but in reality these 7 shitty to subpar songs don't stand up.  And there are debates on if Dave Clark played drums on this (legend has it Bobby Graham who was the British Hal Blaine of drums who played on a lot of better known songs, You Really Got Me by The Kinks etc) but I'm guessing it's Clark's sloppy drumming on the ending of Bits And Pieces.   I actually found a copy of this LP in fairly good condition (usually Dave Clark albums, the grooves have worn off from so much playing, even on the crappy Doo Dah) and upon hearing it, the mono mastering was terrible, distorted and drenched in compression and echo.  But it does capture the excitement of the DC 5 in it's glory, the hits do jump at you.  But in the end, the DC5 was very limited by their manager/leader who really hasn't bothered to reissue his music outside of the better known hits and perhaps he had the right idea. I don't deny the DC 5 had good musicians, their leader was simply a tyrant.  And The Beatles were the better and most lasting of the two bands.
Grade B-

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Week In Review: Chris Cornell RIP

I just woke up and looked at the news feed that Chris Cornell, lead singer for Soundgarden and Audioslave passed away last night at age 52.

It was revealed that Cornell, hanged himself last night after the concert.  Thoughts and prayers to his family.

Houby Days are coming this week, where many bands and musicians will be taking part. The big story around here is that The Acousta Kitties are no longer, Cathy Hart wanting to do more time away from the gig grind, but she is working on a new music project.  The Acousta Kitties had been a big part of my acoustic guitar gigs and I'll miss them.  In the meantime, Julie And The Mad Dogs return next week to Rumors.

Mandy Mamiman has departed from Wishbone Ash after being with them for over a decade and Mark Abrahams has taken his place.

As you may have noticed I haven't done much posting although there continues to be rock and roll news.  Basically, I have been doing other things and while the ratings have been pretty good, I have been simply burned out.  I think this month might be the most lackluster of all months. The bare bones of music news and even Chris Cornell's suicide hasn't gotten me to post.

I haven't gone away, I'm still buying music and such.  I am just  living life. In real time.

Like you should do.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Townedger Radio Part 30-The Final Installment

Townedger Radio 30-The Final Show Playlist 5/17/17
Broadcast on Lucky Star Radio

Promised Land-Elvis Presley
Sweet Little Lisa-Dave Edmunds
You Better Think Twice-Poco
Rock And Roll-Bo Diddley
Close To The Borderline-Billy Joel
Everybody Went Low-John Hiatt
C'mon And Swim (Part 1)-Bobby Freeman
Ring A Ling-Johnny Otis Show
Love Me Like Crazy-Doc Starkes
Bottle Of Wine-The Fireballs
Love's Made A Fool Of You-Bobby Fuller Four
That's What Life Is All About-Paul Collins Beat
The Living End-The Tearaways
Syllables-Drivin And Cryin
Shame On You-Neal Ford And The Fanatics
I Ain't The One-The Angels (Angel City)
Walking Contradiction-Green Day
Now And Always-Rockpile
Earache My Eye-Cheech And Chong
Up In Smoke (reprise)-Cheech And Chong

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Singles Going Steady: Prom Tunes From Davenport

Saturday I spent the whole day in Davenport and managed to find some interesting forty fives of note.  It was also prom night at the ball park as Quad Cities got blown to bits 13-3, and most of the crowd was people attending the prom upstairs.  Sorry to say kiddies that your music of today really sucks.

But then again, this batch of 45s isn't much better.

1)  The Battle Of Kookamonga-Homer And Jethro (RCA 47-7585) #14 1959

Homer and Jethro remains a soft spot in my heart as they were one of the best country duos that can cover country songs for fun and games and this was their only showing on the billboard pop chart.  A parody of The Battle Of New Orleans, this may have been the inspiration for the movie Meatballs almost twenty years later, the simple fact of boys going to camp during the summer and discovering girls and if lucky, finding them swimming with their bathing suits on, or less.   B side was them remaking Waterloo.

2)  Chit Atkins, Make Me A Star-Don Bowman (RCA 47-8384)  1964

Bowman, on the other hand was not as funny as Homer And Jethro and somehow RCA held on to him for a good long time, this was his first RCA 45, his last would be in 1971 and he would move on the Mega for a couple more.  Backed with the Anita Kerr Singers and the famed RCA session players, Bowman yucks it up and attempts to do Wildwood Flower, with flawed results.  Sheb Wooley was better, B side was I Never Did Finish The Song..  Which is as mundane as the title suggests.

3)   Careless Hands-Jan Howard (Challenge 9112)  1961

Future country star but on this song goes for a Connie Francis sound.  The guess is that Jan is using the the famed country sessions players that did so many recordings for Decca/RCA etc etc.  The backing vocals are MOR pop than country and a bit dated so to speak.  B Side Let Me Know is uptempo country somewhat like Lynn Anderson would do later on in the 60s.  I like this song better. Including that bass scatting background singer.

4)   The Son Of Rebel Rouser-Duane Eddy (RCA 47-8276)  #97  1964

Duane's last chart placement and further proof that followup to big hits don't usually guarantee the same results.   But I don't care, I love Duane Eddy's stuff, the Jamie stuff rocks but going to RCA, Eddy begin to embrace a more muzak and MOR sound.   The whooping shouts and the chorus reminds me more of Billy Vaughn than Lee Hazelwood   Then again I rarely see any RCA singles that are not scratched up to holy hell either.  This is playable.

5)   Elusive Butterfly-Bob Lind (World Pacific 77808)   #5  1966

He benefits from Jack Nitchize's arrangements and although the song is probably the best thing Bob ever written, it's not one of those all time favorites that I'd play, probably once a year and that's that.  B side Cheryl's Going Home, might have been the A side till the DJ's flipped it over.  Not exactly memorable. Lind had two other songs that reached the top 100 but I have never heard them.  And not about to start now.

6)  Dance Only With Me-Robert Knight (Dot 45-16256)  1961

Teen pop I suppose, although I'm not sure this is the same one that did Everlasting Love years later, but I'm guessing this is the same Robert Knight that did Isn't It Lonely Together   A variation on the Drifters' Dance With Me I suspect.  B Side Because sucks.

7)   My Heat Cries For You-Ray Charles (ABC Paramount 45-10530) #38  1964
       Baby Don't You Cry #39

I think Guy Mitchell did this way back in the 1950s as a straight pop number.  This was during Ray's attempt to re do country music, but it's more MOR pop than country but Ray really puts his effort into this song and it becomes stronger than it should have been.   B side Baby Don't You Cry is a more big band bossa nova sound, but I can't help but hearing the introduction sounding a lot like The Doors Break On Through To The Other Side.   Perhaps the Doors maybe listened to this?

8)   Take  A Girl Like You-The Foundations (Uni 55210)  1969

More sunny pop from the gang that gave you Build Me Up Buttercup but this didn't chart on the Billboard top 100 although it did on the regional charts.  Can't understand why this didn't do better. B Side I'm Going  Be A Rich Man is perhaps their most hard rocking number but you'll never hear it on the radio.  It almost passes off as a garage rock song.

9)   Then I'll Count Again-Johnny Tillotson  #86  1965

Johnny's 45s seem to find their way over here and most of them I enjoyed a lot.  This one, not so much, he's still using the teen idol pop via country way. Written by Chip Taylor (Wild Thing).  Since it clocks two seconds over 2 minutes, you hardly notice it much.  Neither did the compilers of Johnny's Greatest Hits that came out on Varese, they left it off.

10)  Hot Smoke And Sassafras-Bubble Puppy (International Artists IA 128)  #14 1969

Granted from the rest of the Davenport finds, I managed to find something from BDW today, this little hard rock number that still remains one of the best hard rock garage songs ever.  Reissues still have a crappy mix, so I rather much hear this via an old scratchy record.  One of the few times somebody one upped on Ted Nugent during the Amboy Dukes period.

  The Rest of the Finds (and soon to be redonated)

The One Fingered Symphony-Rod Lauren (RCA 47-7786)  1960
Wild Imagination probably was the A side but this is teen idol pop with a heart.  Not bad.

I Don't Want To See Tomorrow-Nat King Cole (Capitol  5261)  #34 1964
LOVE  #81

Later in his life Nat Cole went to a more country sound, like what Ray Charles was doing and for contemporary country at that time, Cole could rival Brother Ray. I can listen to it, B Side LOVE has a bounce jazz like Mack The Knife.  Cole might have been listening to Bobby Darin at that time.

Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On-Dean Martin (Reprise 334)  #22 1965

It has that arrangement that made Everybody Loves Somebody a big hit and while this arrangement was getting tedious this still crack into the top 25.  Jimmy Bowen produced, Ernie Freeman did the arrangements, Earl Palmer is playing drums.  B Side  I'll Be Seeing You is even more tedious.

The First Thing Every Morning-Jimmy Dean (Columbia 4-43283)  #91 1965

Lor Crane (Chad And Jeremy) had a bright idea of taking the Jimmy Bowen way of making Jimmy Dean do songs in a pop vein.  Didn't work very well.  Sounds like a weaker Everybody Loves Somebody.  B side Awkward Situation tells a story about a man talking about the birds and bees to a kid that knew more than his dad.  (But I'll give him five buck to hear how much he really knows,meaning his child, the punch line).  Good for a chuckle.

Goodtime Charlie-Roy Clark (Capitol 5047)  1964

Roy Clark, helluva country guitar player but gawd his albums were spotty as hell.  This song you can file under half assed predicament.   B side Application Of Love is worse.

My Devotion-Tab Hunter (Dot 45-16205)  1961

Laughable teen idol pop garbage.  B Side Wild Side Of Life is another misstep, to which Hunter talks rather than sings the song.   There are great teen idols, and there are good ones and there are so so ones and then there's ones that are simply bad.  Guess where Tab figures in this.

Gotta See Jane- R. Dean Taylor (Rare Earth RE-5026)  #67 1971

Taylor scored big with Indiana Wants Me and then failed to find the decent followup.  This sounds like Indiana Wants Me Part 2.  Taylor would try a couple more times and then faded to one hit wonder status.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Week In Review: Col Bruce Hampton RIP, Metallica In Iowa

It's May and as always the rainy season is upon us.  If you live in Illinois and Missouri you know that all too well as rains from the past five days have turn small streams and creeks into raging rivers and floods. Up here we have been lucky by staying in the colder sector of Spring Storm Cocksucker, which we only had about two inches of rain the past five days.  But have not seen the sun of late.  I think we are playing.  Meanwhile the Meramac River in Sullivan has reached 36.5 feet Monday, four feet above the previous record. The Missouri River at West Alton is slated to reach 36.3 feet on Thursday.  Meanwhile they continue to deny climate change.

The big news announcement is Metallica coming to Newton in the summer to do a concert.  Avenged Sevenfold is the opening act.  This month Boston comes to the Five Seasons Center (US Cellular Center but it will always be the Five to me) with Blue Oyster Cult being the opening act on May 27th.  I doubt if I will make it to that one.  Other notables is In This Moment, Primus/Clutch.

The other big news announcement is that Cedar Rapids is going to build a Water park and Motel across the street from my place of employment, which means we will have more stop lights and traffic congestion.  But at least in the wintertime when snows are around we'll some place closer to spend the night when we have overtime in the winter.

And Marion considering yet another roundabout. Enough already.

I really haven't comment much on The Great Jones County Fair but the lineups included everybody's favorite band to slam, Nickelback with Daugerty opening up, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban and Mercyme. I think it's kinda of Meh lineup but they do have their fans out there. Thomas Rhett has been on the ups, Keith is kinda winding down but he's always put on a good show.

A couple weeks ago, the 10th edition of Record Store Day came around and while many folks did go to their local record store and buy overpriced limited edition LPs, I took a pass.  I figure any time I go to the record store is RSD in my book.  There's some places I really miss going to.  Living in Arizona that would be Zia's Records.  This one is not too far from where I used to live.

Passings: Col Bruce Hampton.  Died on stage Monday Night while playing Turn On Your Love Light during a birthday tribute to him at the Fox Theater.  He was 70.  Hampton played in the Hampton Grease Band, which made a poor selling album for Columbia that became a cult favorite.   Hampton later form the Aquarian Rescue Unit and the Fiji Mariners.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Upon You Tube, somebody posted the final song that Bruce sang on, and while Brandan "Taz" Niederauer  was playing some fine lead guitar playing,
 Bruce collapsed and died on the spot.  In some ways it's unnerving and sad to see this, but on the other hand while John Popper was wailing away on harmonica and Warren Haynes was playing guitar and having  (Susan Tedeschi) sing Turn On Your Love Light, The good Col. decided it was a nice time to bid all farewell.   Yeah, I cried when I saw it too, but in reality Col. Bruce Hampton did the ultimate rock and roll farewell, joining Johnny Guitar Watson and Mark Sandman from Morphine to die on stage.   For his albums, The Hampton Grease Band Music To Eat is like Sun Ra meeting The Grateful Dead, the ESP Disk Godz and Jefferson Airplane on stage.  I think his albums with Aquarian Rescue Unit and Fiji Mariners  are more accessible and more jam worthy.   Bruce Hampton may have been closer to Sun Ra than any other jammers but he still managed to keep the music as rocking as possible, although he did go into Avant Garde mode.  Anyway, Bruce is now committed to the ages, his job on Earth is done.  We'll miss you Bruce.

(photo: Live for live Music)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Some news:

I'm still around but got things in reality land going for me that has taken away my attention to the music world.

I see that Erin Moran passed away at age 56 from Cancer and Scott Baio being a total prick about her death.  His time is coming.  Jonathan Demme, famed movie producer passed away Wednesday Morning, he was 73.

Ann Coulter canceled her Berkeley appearance bitching about fucking liberals the cause of that.  As far I know she's full of shit and yet we continue to give her attention.  And I just gave her/it more attention too. Sorry about that.

I've been asked time and time again, about  the future of Record World as my band projects are taking taking more time and attention away.  There's projects with The Townedgers, acoustic jams, whatever comes to mind.  Minor league baseball is underway, I don't watch TV all that much but am aware about how well the Chicago Cubs are doing.

I look at the ratings and still shake my head.  Blogspot is sadly outdated but there's nothing I can do about it.

If there's any thing of note, I'll continue to post things. But life is just beginning once again.

And hope things are going well for you dear reader.

A review from Robert Christgau:

Brad Paisley: Love and War (Arista) If you believe the only country superstar ever to record a pro-Obama song owes us an anti-Trump song, you're not getting it—not exactly. What you are getting is the antiwar title track, a John Fogerty collab that unites Iraq and Vietnam—and also, by extension, Syria and whatever else they got. And toward the back where the Christian gesture is usually tucked away you're also getting an anti-hate song that decries the evil done in God's name in both "the darkest prison" and "the largest church," because after all, "God is love." That'll do, doncha think? This is easily Paisley's strongest album since American Saturday Night—not a bum track, loaded with good jokes (including, after several failed attempts, one about the internet), hymns to marriage haters will hate because they don't have what conjugal love takes, and, word of honor, a fun Mick Jagger cameo. It begins with something called "Heaven South," which one kind of hater will dismiss as escapist piffle but I say is Paisley's way of telling another kind of hater to quit feeling sorry for themselves and be grateful for what they got. It ends by reprising the same song. A

Body Count: Bloodlust (Century Media) There've been other Body Count albums in the quarter century since "Cop Killer" put a police bull's-eye on the pre- Law and Order Ice-T's back. But it took Donald Trump to revive Tracy Marrow's active interest in the metal band he assembled with his Crenshaw High buddy Ernie C. back when he was a hot rapper. In this year of the rock protest song, there hasn't yet been a lyric as bitter, complex, and powerful as "No Lives Matter." From the lead "Civil War," set in the present and let's hope it remains a fiction, to "Black Hoodie," less hard-hitting but wider-ranging than Vic Mensa's "16 Shots," you feel both a mind at work and an entertainer putting himself across. In the title track, Ice includes himself in the humanity whose propensity for murder he's been going on about. In "Here I Go Again" he concocts a horrorcore fantasy so gruesome he figures most people won't want to hear it twice and bets some sickos will put on repeat. A MINUS

Monday, April 17, 2017

Week In Review: TE Radio 29, RSD, Alan Holdsworth

For Record Store Day 2017, I went to Davenport a week early and basically found nothing of note.  New Feelies album, new Deep Purple album, some odds and ends.  Somebody bought in some old moldy 45s at the Salvation Army Moline store (the Davenport Collector's Store had four scratched up things worth mentioning but will they play?) and it's a shame that they were in such bad shape. Aside from a Leroy Van Dyke Dim Dark Places and a Dick Feller Asylum 45, most looked like they were fished out of the Mississippi River.  And the meantime I watch Marcus Wilson hit 2 home runs to propel Kane Country to a 8-4 win over Quad Cities in baseball.

In the meantime I forgot all about some of my friend's bands playing at local bars in the Q.C in favor of looking for the recently opened Blue Grass Drive In, which sits to the north and west of Blue Grass Iowa.  A strangely looking double screen it looks small and there's no marquee to let you know where you're at or what movies are playing. The guess is that it looks smaller than the 61 Drive In in Maquoketa and of course the screens you can't see from the highway.  Best route to get there is take Oak Street exit and take a right on Mayne Street and it's next door to Jenny's Dance Academy.  We still have three working drive ins, in this area, The Valle in Newton, of course the 61 Drive In and now The Blue Grass Drive In, which replaced the Grandview Drive in, which closed last year after a developer threw a bunch of money to the owners of the Grand View and they took it.  As always I hope the Blue Grass has a fighting chance to keep the movies coming for whose who desire watching them outdoors. 

It's the rainy season and on the way home from Davenport I ended up getting caught in a monsoon storm that had at least four stages of heavy rains, winds and lightning, which made getting home a chore upon itself.  While my time in Davenport stayed dry, they had Thunderstorm Warnings that didn't come into play till later.  We ended up with at least three inches of rain and a river going through the backyard.  So far, our 8,000 dollar investment of keeping the basement dry has paid off.  In previous weeks, I'd be moving fans to dry the place out. With the inner canals built from inside, the water stays in those canals and I no longer have creeks going through my bedroom anymore.  Ain't technology fun?

(Photo: Jalyn Souchek via KWWL)

During the Monsoon storm of Saturday Night, a EF-1 Tornado came out and destroyed a couple of farm building outside Amber, near Anamosa.

Passings: on Sunday Alan Holdsworth passed away, this came from his daughter Louise who didn't provide much of what Alan died from (heart attack perhaps) outside of  the usual announcement that he's now gone and the family request privacy.  Holdsworth was one of the premier progressive rock guitarists out there, performing as a solo artist as well playing in bands such as Gong, UK (to which he joins John Wetton in the great beyond) and Bill Bruford.   He was 70.

Cuba Gooding Sr, lead singer for The Main Ingredient was found dead in his car Thursday from a drug overdose.  He was 72.

Celebrations, Angel Delgadillo turns 90 on Wednesday.  He's still doing quite well out there in Seligman with his shop.  Record World salutes the Guardian of Route 66.

(Photo: Jotsen's)

You have to hand it to the jewelers who designed the Chicago Cubs' world series championship ring. Jotsen's Jewelers  ended up putting 108 diamonds into their rings and even included the billy goat on top of the ring.  So far, the Cubs have struggled a bit playing, they did take 2 out of 3 from St Louis and Los Angeles but their bullpen remains an questionmark, especially Petro Strop who the Pirates teed off on him Saturday as the bullpen blew the lead.  While Garret Cole continues to wonder if the Cubs are overrated that didn't stop Migel Montero from going up to bat and flashing off the world series ring on his hand saying don't you wish you could have one of these babies?   When you win the World Series, talk is cheap.  Just like Donald Trump.

Singles Going Steady Medley: Davenport Record Store Day Scratchy Records

Not A Lot found but some meddling pop ballads and such.

Cap And Gown-Marty Robbins (Columbia 4-40418)  #45 1959

Part of Marty Robbins' attempt to broaden his horizons on the pop chart and it did chart despite it's tepid arrangments.  I can also attest that I never heard this song ever.  I thought b side Last Night Was About This Time was the plug side, it sounds more of a rewrite of A White Sport Coat which did hit number 2.  Robbins would score big next time on his cowboy country ballad El Paso, which did topped the chart.

Remember When-The Platters (Mercury 71467)  #41 1959

They were on the decline when this smooth ballad came out.  Nothing wrong with it, great passionate vocals from Tony Williams, great arrangements from Buck Ram but the public had other things to buy it seems. B side has a big scratch on the groove so I couldn't play that one.

Race With The Wind-The Robbs (Mercury 72579)  1966

It's hard to find good 45s of jangly pop bands of the 60s in good shape.  And The Robbs had a few singles and albums on Mercury but I never heard any of those until I found this well worn copy that fits somewhere near The Turtles and The Byrds.  B side In A Funny Sort Of Way owes a bit to P F Sloan. Or Eric Andersen.

Your Used To Be-Brenda Lee (Decca 31454)  #32 1963

It seems that Brenda was getting into the heartbreak ballads as we have seen the past couple of SGS medley that we have thrown together.  Although pop in nature this song was tailor made for country radio with easy sing along chorus. And she was quite good with this sort of balladry, although when we rediscover these songs I can't understand why they charted so high. B side She'll Never Know made number 47, another heartbreak ballad.  Howard Greenfield wrote Your Used To Be with Jack Keller.  Both figured greatly in the music careers of Neil Sedaka and The Monkees.

Mountain Of Love-Bobby Brooks (Hit Record No. 156)  1964

From the folks at Spur Records and the incognito Nashville Sessionmen under various alias name, this is actually a nice cover of the Harold Dorman number although probably more toward Johnny Rivers' version. I tend to think that these forgotten cheap 45s sometimes do rival the original version, there's some thought to the music and it's not as throwaway as what Pickwick would come up for alternative cheap versions of the hit singles.  Even at 39 cents Hit Records couldn't give away most of these records, but there's a few choice collectors out there that will seek these songs out, your's truly for example.   B side Be Yourself by The Jalopy Five might be one of the few original songs that Spur/Hit issued, the giveaway is that it was written by Bobby Russell who did record a few songs under different alias for Hit Records before striking it big with his song called Honey that Bobby Goldsboro recorded and Russell scored his own hit with Saturday Morning Confusion in 1971.  Be Yourself sounds a bit like The Beach Boys' Be True To Your School.

New Reviews!

Deep Purple-Infinite (E.a.r. Music/Edel 2017)

I gotta hand it to Ian Gillan, the guy can be amazingly funny and scathing at the same time.  Johnny's Band might be Gillan's tongue in cheek song to his band (the punch line is the final line: and here we are singing along) and it may be a poke at their former guitar player.  Turns out this version of Deep Purple has been the longest lasting lineup since Bananas and since 1996 only one change: Don Airey for the late Jon Lord on keyboards and they have been making listenable albums, Purplendicular a damn fine one and Now What? came close.  But while fans will continue to say without Richie Blackmore it's not Deep Purple but really Steve Morse has done wonders with his own style.  Infinite is tagged as the best hard rock album of 2017 by the sticker on the CD and for old time hard rock and roll that may be true.  The only soso song is Birds Of Prey, and while the world really doesn't need another version of Roadhouse Blues, Deep Purple actually does a fine version of this song.  The Surprising sounds a bit prog rockish and that's all right.  There's a bit of jazz at the beginning of one song before it goes into a hard rock number (All I Got Is You) but that's all right.  If you're looking for another Smoke On The Water or Child In Time, as one DP song goes don't hold your breath but if you're looking for a hard rock album done by senior citizens pushing 70 and doing a fine job then Infinite is worth hearing.
Grade B+

The Feelies-In Between (Bar/None 2017)

The other big story, the return of The Feelies for a more low key album but still full of the simple licks that made them worth hearing.  For them it's more stripped down than usual, with shorter songs (Gone Gone Gone, Turn Back Time, In Between Part 1), Side 2 does step up the tempo and where else can you hear the reprise of In Between go for about 7 minutes long with plenty of guitar from Glenn Mercer.  In the end, if you're a fan, you'll be wanting a copy.
Grade A-

Brian Fallon-Painkillers (Island 2016)

To which Brian takes a sabbatical from The Gaslight Anthem and hook up with wunderkind producer Butch Walker (The Donnas, Marvelous 3) in a wide variety of rock and Americana blues.  I'm not a big fan of Walker's production and recording (the drums sound borrow too much from Munford And Sons) but for 12 songs going for 40 minutes it's not bad.  A couple songs do sound unfinished but when Fallon gets it right (Red Lights, Steve McQueen) it does rock a bit.  But if you want hard rock, better get Deep Purple's latest.
Grade B+

Past Masters-What Ever Happened To The Radio (Self Released 2016)

Local oldie classic rock cover band that managed to garner a following over the years turned out this self produced demo of some of their best covers plus the sole original, a title track that is dead on about the state of music and radio in particular.  It might have been better had they recorded this live. Perhaps they'll consider a live album next time.
Grade B

J E Sunde-Now I Feel Adored (Cartouche 2017)

I tend to think that the local music scene has some great up and coming artists.  Cedar Rapids has Tommy Bruner and Wooden Nickel Lottery and the Quad Cities has the beloved The Dawn and Bob Herrington not only has Ragged Records but also is in involved in Cartouche Records which he has The Multiple Cat and Sunde on this label.  Sunde is considered to be a more of a folk artist, although Pat Stolley (Multiple Cat) and Marty Bruggleman helping out on the mix.   At his best Sunde sounds a bit like Freedy Johnson and the dude from Del Amtri, at his least interesting, he comes across like Jeff Buckley and to a lesser extent Nick Drake.  But you'll only hear this via NPR or College Radio and it's a shame really that Corporate Radio has forsaken the new artists of today.  I'm not sure that Sunde's music is up my alley but he does end this album on a high note with Wedding Ring.  Which sounds more like a death song rather than a love song.  And sometimes I do like a death song better than a love song.
Grade B

Josie Cotton-Convertible Music/From The Hip (Collectibles 2002)

Teen age new wave bubblegum perhaps?  Cotton will forever be famous for her songs that made it on the movie Valley Girl and the two best songs, He Could Be The One and the more famous Johnny Are You Queer.  Collectibles issued her two Elektra albums on one CD and Convertible Music is the more fun of the two although there's way too much filler.  In some ways that album can be considered the kid sister of Bonnie Hayes' Good Clean Fun, although neither He Could Be The One nor Johnny Are You Queer was as rocking as Girls Like Me.  From The Hip, is a bit more darker and despite Prescott Niles and Don Heffington helping out, the only decent songs is her version of the Looking Glass' Jimmy Loves Mary Anne, with Lindsay Buckingham on guitar and final track Way Out West, which does have a bit of GO GO's pop to it. Despite better production, the songs were less than stellar and Come With Me shows that Josie is better a rocker and balladeer.  The problem with new wave music of the 1980s was most artists and bands could make a decent first album but could never follow it up proper, which after two albums, Elektra cut her loose.  But at least she's preserved in rock history by her appearance on Valley Girl and of course He Could Be The One and...ahem, Johnny Are You Queer.
Grade B-

Albums From My Youth-Pink Floyd The Wall (Pink Floyd Music 1979)

In these dangerous times, this album really speaks to me more about the idiot in the White House than ever before, although I'm sure Roger Waters never thought about The Failed Reality Star when he wrote this rock opera about a fucked up rock star and even though the The Wall itself is a clumsy story, I tend to like this album a bit more than Dark Side Of The Moon.  Of course the album has been reissued a few times, Columbia and EMI ping ponging back and forth of the rights of the album before Pink Floyd issued it under their own name and banner.   I did find the Columbia 2 CD reissue for 1.99 and the CD's were in pristine shape.  I'm sure we are all sick of hearing Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 on classic rock radio or perhaps Comfortably Numb, to which just about every hard rock band in town plays this song, my band included on jam nights but it still a rock and roll classic song. But I can identify with the song Mother, to which the subject at hand may have been smothered by his mommy while growing up but I do chuckle at the lines.  Everything comes together on Side 4 beginning with In The Flesh, to which I envision Donald Trump at a rally, then on to Run Like Hell, another song played to death by radio but I enjoy hearing Waiting For The Worms and The Trial because radio won't play those songs and somewhere in the mix lies Toni Tennile from you know who adding some backing vocals.  Perhaps Robert Christgau has a point of not getting the plot of the story or the music but he said the music wasn't bad.  I don't know, The Wall, (the Cd) remains a good listen and getting either the Columbia 1997 remaster or for that matter the latter day Harvest or Pink Floyd Music probably has better sound, but when I watch Pink Floyd The Wall (the movie) it left me cold and a bit disturbed, especially toward the end and the movie didn't work for me.  But The Wall, the album should be in your collection, just like Dark Side Of The Moon.  I have one but for the other, unless I find it for a 1.99 or less, I can live without it.
Grade B+

Townedger Radio 29 Broadcast (4-20-17)  On Lucky Star Radio


Asshole-Denis Leary
Mother In Law-Ernie K Doe
Good Lovin-The Olympics
Turn On Your Love Light-The Human Beinz
Rocking The Clock-The Open Highway Band
Shitty Record Deal-The Bloodhound Gang
U Can't Touch This-The Wapsipinicon Dreamers
Get Out Of Denver-Bob Seger
It Wasn't Me-Chuck Berry
Take A Look At The Boy-Izzy Stratlin and Ronnie Wood
It's Never Too Late-Steppenwolf
No Expectations-The Rolling Stones
Country Girls Ain't Cheap-Trailer Radio
I Can't Sleep-The La's
A Stranger To Himself-The Townedgers
Scream-Collective Soul

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Week In Review: J.Geils, Hall Of Fame notes, Ann Shaw

(From Ultimate Classic Rock)

Been busy doing other things but the highlight of the Rock Hall Of Fame honors had to be Geddy Lee playing bass on Roundabout with YES. While that is going on, Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman renamed themselves YES featuring ARW.  And basically the official YES band had to consent, since Jon Anderson owns part of the name.   Other notes was seeing Journey reunite with Steve Perry on stage, with Ainsley Dunbar being part of the band and Greg Rolie.  While Perry was gracious with the honor and thanking each and everybody of the band, he didn't take the stage.  However, Neil Schon did find time to add Dunbar and Rolie into part of Journey set.  David Letterman did give the speech inducting Pearl Jam. And of course ELO and Joan Baez had their moments too.

(Photo:AP) (L to R: Steve Smith, Ross Valory, Anysley Dunbar, Greg Rolie, Neil Schon, Jon Cain)

(plus the other guy: Steve Perry, Photo:Getty Images)

John Warren Geils, aka J.Geils who played in his namesake band was found dead in his home Tuesday, he was 71.  He was part of the blues rock band that made the classic Live Full House album of 1973.  While they had hits for Atlantic, their career took over, going over to EMI America for three albums, best known was Freeze Frame which had their number 1 hit Centerfold, which featured Martha Quinn as one of the girls in the video.  Of course MTV played that video every hour on the hour and that song remains a Corporate Rock Staple.  After Peter Wolf left for a solo career, the band made one album and broke up, Geils joining up with Magic Dick to do a few blues albums.  When the band got back together, Geils filed a lawsuit trying to stop them from using J Geils Band name but failed, to which afterward he quit the band.

Reality wise, the Failed Reality Star is shooting Tomahawk Missles at Syria and basically putting pot holes in their runway.  In the meantime, gas prices has shot up 30 cents in two weeks, which means since we have GOP oil barons running things, we'll be back up to 4 dollar gas again.  The main story was the antics of United Airlines, which continues to overbook flights and uproot people trying to get to their destination.  On a flight to Louisville, the story was that United had four workers needing to get their for some reason and United tried to bribe passengers with tepid pocket change, offering 400 dollars, then 800 dollars and still no takers.  So then a computer chose four unlucky people, one of which was a so called Doctor that had a shady past but was a good poker player, somehow he was the chosen one to which the goon squad came on board and forced him off.   Of course the CEO of United blamed the doctor for being disruptive but once social media showed what really happened he was forced to make another apology.  But no matter, the damage has been done and United sucked as a airline anyway.  Tales of lost baggage, busted guitars and the usual body searches on flight has really forced me never to fly them again.  One Arizona trip they managed to bungle my return flight home and I basically had to spend a night at Sky Harbor before getting on a late night flight and making it home just in time for the morning rush hour traffic.   Southwest is contemplating a new slogan, Southwestern: beating the competition, not our customers.  However, they been known to bump a few off the plane as well.   I didn't mind using Allegiant till they started five dollaring me to death on seat choices and carry on fees.  So in essence if I decide to hit the desert I may as well rent a car.

The new music today, I only reviewed four total and outside of wanting to hear the Chuck Berry album and Buckingham McVie, it's going to be slim pickings.  There really hasn't been much out there that has impressed me all that much.  Sometimes something will come out of the way in internet land and perhaps one of the better songs I heard comes from Scotland born, Hawaii based rock and roller Ann Shaw, who's latest single In Drive, could basically be played on country radio as well.  I'd love to hear more songs from her.

(Photo: Ann Shaw Music)

Come to think of it, Ann might have better luck getting this on Country Radio, given how lame Modern Rock has become.   Best of luck Ann.  You can find her at Facebook, she's very good at responding to your requests as well.   Plus she has plenty of pictures of her as well.

Since I have been working the past couple weeks, I have not have much time doing the Bargain Hunts and Half Priced Books hasn't had much in the dollar bins.  But there's always next week.

Changes continue for the New Bo District, which means I may have to find a new path to do my walking at since they have plans to turn the green area which has been that way since the flood of 2008 into more pricey condos and apartments.  Plans call for extending 16th Avenue to St. Wincelaus Church, with of course another roundabout as well.  Guess we don't have enough of the fucking things as is. It also brings up finally turning the abandoned Sinclair bridge (half eaten away by the 2008 flood) into a walk/bike trail bridge, all fun and good till the next big flood comes around.  I will miss walking on the old sidewalks that used to be in front of my friend's house Dennis Pusateri's and more memories lost in the name of progress.  All this crap slated to be done by the end of the year.

More passings:  Banner Thomas, bass player for Molly Hatchet died from Pneumonia Tuesday.  He was 63.  Keni Richards, drummer for Autograph died from a short illness on Monday, he was 60.
Bob Wooten, long time guitarist for Johnny Cash's Tennessee Three replacing Wayne Perkins died Sunday, He was 75.

It seems to me that all but Dave Hlubek and Steve Roland from the original Molly Hatchet band are now jamming in the great beyond.  Banner Thomas joins, Duane Roland, Danny Joe Brown, Bruce Crump and Riff West, and if you can hear the wind just right, you can hear the beginning of Flirting With Disaster.

Rock Candy the metal reissue import label has taken the task of reissuing the last three Columbia albums from Frank Marino,  What's Next, The Power Of Rock And Roll and Juggernaut.  While fans might be happy to finally get these albums, Marino distanced himself and cited ongoing problems with Sony Music and  didn't contributed his thoughts on the subject.  Thing about this is that Marino said the recording masters were subpar and he's right.  What's Next suffered greatly from a very tinny and distorted mix and Power Of Rock And Roll was not much better.  If you look at the history of Frank's albums starting with Maxoom, he was more into the guitar playing side of things.  Maxoom is still somewhat corny as Frank demonstrated  a love of Axis: Bold As Love Hendrix but Child Of The Novelty and Strange Universe I consider to be his best albums.  Frank continues to promote these albums over the Columbia LP, starting with Mahogany Rush 4 up till Juggernaut album. On his website Frank has warmed up better on The Power Of Rock And Roll although he's still not a fan of the title track or wanker cover art, but if given a better remaster or mix the record would be a better listen.  All three albums are a good three star rating.

Marshall Chess on Chuck Berry's Funeral:

Ten Best J. Geils Band Songs:

It's easy to stick Centerfold up at number one, but since I have a disdain for it, you won't see it on my ten best.  In essence that song did change the band to MTV wonderkinds and it may have to do with the implosion of the band.  Plus it didn't help they were on EMI America, the worst label to be on.  So what to decide on the best of the bunch?  The songs that got me interested in the first place.  Centerfold remains a fun song, likewise Freeze Frame but I'm sick of hearing both.  Your 10 best will vary.

1)  First I Look At The Purse (Live Full House)
While people say the Blow Your Face Out was the better of the live albums, Full House was much rougher and to the point.  The studio version hinted what the band could be, the live version shows why J. Geils Band and Peter Wolf were the best live acts at that time.  You can make a case for Looking For A Love.

2)  Give It To Me- (Bloodshot)

The single version and the album version are different. The album version cuts into a major jam, but the single version sounded quite nice on AM radio too.

3)  Looking For A Love-(The Morning After)

The song that I first heard by these guys and it was played on WLS.  None of the stations played this song.  I think I'm more prone into the guys wailing it out back in the early 70s rather than the MTV era.

4)  Rage In The Cage (Freeze Frame)

The only song from that album that echoes from the past with raging harmonica and call and response from the band.  It was a B side to Centerfold.

5)  I Don't Need You No More (The Morning After)

Actually the single before Looking For A Love but got pulled at the last minute, it's your typical Geils rocker and perhaps Whammer Jammer, might have been the better choice.  But those Rave ups that this band did will win me over more so than Harmonica Jams.

6)  Ain't Nothing But A House Party (Bloodshot)

This band always had an open ear to cover other songs of note and they chose this obscure cut from the Show Stoppers, this got played a few times on FM radio.

7)  I Do (Monkey Island)

Another cover from another unknown band The Marvellows, this originally was on Monkey Island, to which that album begins the transition from bar band to a more modern rock sound.  Monkey Island sold very poorly and eventually Atlantic dropped this band.  This became a modest hit on the Showtime live album in 1982.

8)  One Last Kiss (Sanctuary)

After being let go by Atlantic, they signed on to EMI America and they made a underground classic record with Sanctuary to which the band expanded on what they were doing on the Monkey Island.  It turned out to be a fine song with a hooky chorus.  I don't have this as a single but I did find the two followups, Take It Back and Wildman for a quarter when Sam Goody was getting rid of unwanted 45s.

9)  I Musta Gotten Lost (Nightmares And Tales From The Vinyl Jungle)

Again, the single version and album version differ, I never heard the album version till I bought Nightmares and promptly liked it more.  Most radio stations still play the single cut.  J. Geils Band were perfect at creating the R and B sound when they wanted to and this original does pay tribute to the soul bands of long ago and far away.

10)  Love Stinks (Love Stinks)

With Love Stinks, J. Geils Band went full bore into new wave and while fans and critics were scratching their heads over that move, they did managed to put some interesting stuff on this album, including the anti Valentine's Day number that gets played from time to time.

Honorable Mentions:

No Anchovies Please (Love Stinks)
Stoop Down 39 (Nightmares)
Love Itis (Hot Line)
Whammer Jammer (Full House)
Freeze Frame (Freeze Frame)
Detroit Breakdown (Nightmares)
Cry One More Time (The Morning After)
Hard Driving Man (The J. Geils Band)
Southside Shuffle (Bloodshot)
Monkey Island (Monkey Island)