Friday, November 17, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Robert Nighthawk, playing on the street, 1964. Icepick-to-the-brain slide guitar solo. . . .

Robert Nighthawk • Murderin’ Blues • 1964

Monday, November 13, 2017


Today may be November 13 but now, with climate change bouncing us all around like a ping pong ball, summer songs are almost always in season. . . .

Sam Cooke • Summertime • 1958

Get it: Portrait of a Legend

Wednesday, November 08, 2017


A quarter century later I don’t remember all that much about the movie, but it seems like I do remember the soundtrack being packed with Louis Prima tunes. . . .

Get it: The Wildest!

Monday, November 06, 2017


Blue Monday, “Odds & Ends” edition. Blues but not blues. The Blues What Am? So to speak. You’ll smell trouble, even from the first track. Somethin’ fishy here. The programmer must be on a bender. Strong possibility. All we know is if the shoe fit swear it. Or at it. We had a hard time narrowing it all down for you this time around. But don’t be blue, that’s what we’re here for. And we’ll be rockin’ and rollin’ down by the river in our leopard-skin pill-box hat for the next twelve Mondays or so. . . . —Irving “I’m at a loss for a convincing rationale” Snurd

Little Johnny Taylor • I Smell Trouble • 1964

Oops . . . this is from a pretty scratchy 45 but what are a few clicks and pops among friends?

Friday, November 03, 2017