Friday, December 15, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

This is the “Mind Your Own Business” edition of our long running Odds & Ends series. So it makes sense that we’d ask Hank Jr. and friends to weigh in on the subject at hand. Here to help out ol’ Bocephus are Reba, Willie, the late Tom Petty, and . . . wait for it . . . Reverend Ike!


Hank Williams Jr. (with Reba McEntire, Tom Petty, 
Reverend Ike & Willie Nelson) • Mind Your Own Business • 1986

Get it: 35 Biggest Hits

Monday, December 11, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

This is possibly the earliest version of “San Francisco Bay Blues,” and also possibly Jesse Fuller’s first recording. It was made in Oakland by J. R. Fulbright for his Elko label but not originally issued. Fuller went on to record a couple of albums worth of songs in the mid-50s, then recorded fairly extensively from 1958 on during the folk craze as his song became one of the big folkie tunes of the era. Lucky for us, there is plenty of Jesse Fuller’s music still available today. Two of the best collections are Frisco Bound and Move on Down the Line.


Jesse Fuller • San Francisco Bay Blues • c. early 1950s

Friday, December 08, 2017

ODDS & ENDS


Jimmy Martin • You Are My Sunshine • 1966

Image: detail of Sunny Side of the Mountain LP

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

. . . You’ll be a gentleman, you’ll be a champion
Like Mr. Bunny Grant


Alton Ellis & The Flames • Dance Crasher • 1965

Monday, December 04, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

Little Milton at the beginning . . . kickin’ it with a rough and ready synthesis of B. B. King and Elmore James. . . .


Little Milton • If You Love Me • 1954

Friday, December 01, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

A few months ago we played Lil’ Son Jackson’s follow-up to his hit “Rockin’ and Rollin’, better known in later years as “Rock Me Baby.” Today, we’re listening to the 1950 hit.


Lil’ Son Jackson • Rockin’ And Rollin’ • 1950

Sunday, November 26, 2017

THIS MAGIC MOMENT

Rewatching Lost Highway the other night, Lou Reed’s take on the Drifters’ “This Magic Moment” came up on the soundtrack and has pretty much been playing in my head ever since. It originally appeared on the Doc Pomus tribute album Till the Night Is Gone.


Lou Reed • This Magic Moment • 1995

Friday, November 24, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

Did they say it or didn’t they? Did they not sing it and make you think they did? Or did they sing it and make you think they didn’t? Or, or, or? This one comes a lot closer than the Kingsmen’s version of “Louie Louie” ever supposedly did. A Parental Advisory sticker for a prewar 78? PTA moms in an uproar? Nah. The adults were having too much fun swingin’ and. . . .


Modern Mountaineers • Everybody’s Truckin’ • 1937

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

Clarence Fountain and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama during their sort-of “pop” period. . . .


Five Blind Boys of Alabama • Dimming of the Day • 1994

Monday, November 20, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

Here’s Romeo Nelson knockin’ em dead with “Head Rag Hop.” That’s Tampa Red and Frankie “Half Pint” Jaxon cuttin’ up behind him.


Romeo Nelson • Head Rag Hop • 1929

Sunday, November 19, 2017

SMYRNEIKOS BLUES AGAIN

This one pops up now and again on my shuffle play and never fails to send a big shiver down my spine, as it did yesterday. . . .

Marika Papagika, born on the island of Kos, emigrated to the U.S. early in the last century, recorded over 225 sides in New York and Chicago between 1918 and 1937, here declaiming the “Greek blues.” This is a later version of her recording of “Smyrneikos Balos.” Her 1922 recording can be heard here.


Marika Papagika • Zmirneïkos Balos (No Hope But You) • 1928


Friday, November 17, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

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


Robert Nighthawk • Murderin’ Blues • 1964

Monday, November 13, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

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

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

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

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

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

You used to call me Bobby, little boy blue,
You said, “Blow your horn, baby. . . ”


Bobby “Blue” Bland • Little Boy Blue • 1958

Get it: Two Steps from the Blues

Monday, October 30, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

ODDS & ENDS


Sikumiut • Utirumavunga • 1976

Find it: Native North America Vol. One

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


Charlie Rich • Mood Indigo • 1992

Find it: Pictures and Paintings

Album cover: All Music

Monday, October 23, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

Recorded at the aptly named Club Bizarre in Canton, Mississippi in 1952. Amazing that a performance this intense didn’t just melt down everything it came in contact with. . . .


Elmore James & His Broomdusters • Hand in Hand • 1954


LP cover: Paris Jazz Corner

Friday, October 20, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

“Draggin’ the Bow” is a jumpin’ solo showcase for Cliff Bruner and his Texas Wanderers. Cliff’s up first on fiddle, followed by Leo Raley’s amplified mandolin, Moon Mullican on piano, and then the great Bob Dunn zipping away on electric steel. Ten years later, Cajun great Harry Choates recorded his take on this classic.


Cliff Bruner’s Texas Wanderers • Draggin’ The Bow • 1938

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


Thelonious Monk Septet • Abide with Me • 1957

Ray Copeland, trumpet; Gigi Gryce, alto saxophone; John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophones. 
New York City, 26 June 1957

Get it: Monk’s Music

Monday, October 16, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

Is he? Easy answer: Well, sure. Complex, more nuanced answer: Yes indeedy.


John Lee Hooker • Boom Boom • 1965

Thanks to Marie

Sunday, October 15, 2017

I PITY THE COUNTRY

They’re seeking to draw me
Away from the roundness of the life


Willie Dunn • I Pity the Country • 1971

Find it: Native North America (Vol. 1)

Willie Dunn image: Native North America (Vol. 1)

Friday, October 13, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

Cleoma Breaux sings “Prenez Courage” to the tune of “Aloha ‘Oe.”


Clemo Breaux with Joe Falcon & Ophy Breaux

Get it: American Epic

Photo: Cleoma Breaux and Jospeh Falcon via My Old Weird America

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

D.P.R.B. “the postscript” returns and continues. . . .

Twenty-three years before today’s song was used as the opening theme music for the second season of The Leftovers it was the opening track on Iris DeMent’s first LP Infamous Angel. And it remains a pretty good statement of faith whatever your faith may be. . . .


Iris DeMent • Let The Mystery Be • 1992

Get it: Infamous Angel

Monday, October 09, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

I been drinkin’ Joe Louis whiskey,
I’m just as treacherous as I can be


Little Johnny Jones • Chicago Blues • 1953

Get it: Messing with the Blues

CD cover: Little Johnny Jones, center right

Friday, October 06, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

An early slack-key recording featuring lovely Hawaiian falsetto vocals by Led and Ned Kaapana’s mom, Tina, with father George on guitar, and probably Fred Punahoa on steel.


 Tina Kaapana • Punaluu • 1953

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

I wanna watch the ocean bend
the edges of the sun. . . .


Lucinda Williams • Ventura • 2003

Get it: World Without Tears

Monday, September 25, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

Issued originally as by the mysterious Sly Williams, the actual artist here, Curley Page, isn’t exactly a household name either. But as the lead-off track on the blues comp My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama, Mr. Page’s record certainly comes off as the most dangerous tune on that album, both aurally and domestically. . . .


Curley Page & Band • Boot Hill • 1958

Friday, September 22, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

Those listeners who have called us “chicken stuff” or worse for presenting what some would deem leftovers or substandard minor pop hits have possibly missed the point entirely. Many of these songs have been waiting in the wings, patiently, for decades to at last have the chance to present themselves to a sophisticated audience of music aficionados, listeners who will validate, after many long years of flying under the radar of Top 40 radio programmers, their significant and undying contribution to what can only be described as high art, indeed the highest of art, that of the phonograph record, melodies pressed into wax or vinyl or those little mathematical bits as is the current fashion. We can only entreat our faithful listeners to open their ears and experience what are at once timely and eternal offerings to that great universal omnichordal pool of musical understanding without which we would all be so much poorer in spirit. —Melvyn Cowznofski


Hop Wilson • Chicken Stuff [alternate take] • 1958

Get it: Steel Guitar Flash! . . . Plus

Hop Wilson photo from booklet to above CD.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Loretta Lynn, heard here at 84, robust and coming full circle on the Carters’ “I Never Will Marry.”


Loretta Lynn • I Never Will Marry • 2016

Get it: Full Circle

Monday, September 18, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

First time I heard Wright Holmes he scared me a little bit. I didn’t know what to make of the intense craziness of “Alley Special” reissued on a Blues Classics LP many years ago. Decades after that, I heard his other two issued performances and was pretty well convinced we had a real Texas mad-
man on our hands here. I believe I read somewhere that he later gave up blues for the church . . . hope that helped!


Wright Holmes • Alley Special • 1947

Sunday, September 17, 2017

OUR PRAYER


Albert Ayler • Our Prayer • 1967

Get it: In Greenwich Village

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

Last week we featured Maxine Brown with her brother Jim Edward and sister Bonnie. This week we have a completely different Maxine Brown singing, perhaps appropriately, “maybe it’s all in my mind . . . ”


Maxine Brown • All in My Mind • 1961

Friday, September 08, 2017

ODDS & ENDS


Grace Tennessee & The American Spirits • Pow Wow • 1961

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT

The Browns’ first record for RCA. Sure glad the A-side was the hit. . . .


Jim Edward & Maxine Brown & Bonnie • I Take the Chance • 1956

Monday, September 04, 2017