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