Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Eloise Trio - Chi Chi Merengue

Eloise Lewis, Bahamas
Most female calypsonians sing in an oddly high-pitched voice, unless it's an affectation, a copied style. The most famous "Bahama Mama" from the hi-fi LP era, and no doubt an inspiration to countless imitators, was Eloise Lewis, the First Lady of Bahamian Song. Born in Jacksonville, Forida but raised in Nassau, she studied guitar and began singing publicly at the age of thirteen. She headlined at the Drumbeat and toured Europe and North America. The original Goombay Trio which accompanied her consisted of George Wilson, bass, "Peanuts" Taylor, drums, and "Barbalou," maraccas. Her renditions of "Similau" and "Coconut Woman" are priceless, and her other experiments with Latin, folk songs, ballads, and added sounds are among the more successful in calypso.

This one is going out to the Calypso loving Schadenfreudian Therapy.

Also; Happy Birthhday to my Sister...! (Mine is tomorrow, send goodies!)

The Eloise Trio - Chi Chi Merengue

Monday, September 29, 2008

The Lurkers - Out In The Dark EP - Beggers Banquet 19

Formed in London in 1977, the first-generation punk outfit the Lurkers originally comprised vocalist Howard Wall, guitarist Pete Stride, bassist Arturo Bassick (born Arthur Billingsley) and drummer Manic Esso (a.k.a. Pete Haynes). Trumpteted as Britain's answer to the Ramones, the group debuted with the single "Shadow," released on the fledgling Beggars Banquet label; Bassick soon exited, and with ex-Saints bassist Kim Bradshaw, the Lurkers reached the U.K. Top Ten with the follow-ups "Ain't Got a Clue' and "I Don't Need to Tell Her." Their debut LP Fulham Fallout appeared in 1978, with God's Lonely Men arriving the next year. By the early 1980s, the Lurkers had dissolved, reuniting intermittently during the course of the decade to yield LPs including 1989's Edge of the Mountain and the live Wild Times Again.

The Lurkers get high marks for being relatively early in the punk game here (1979) and the 1st 2 tracks on this ep are pretty cool if not a little flat after 30 years, i'm sure in 79 this sounded like a bullet now i'm not so sure... but they lose almost everything they gained with by wearing their influences way to proudly on their sleeve on the 2nd side by ripping off The Ramones w/ Suzie is a Floozie and trying waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to hard to be The Clash (Christ wasn't one clash enough?) w/ a "dub" or pub version of a pretty ripping song Cyanide... But what the fuck do i know...??? So what do you think? Important punk document or B grade mimicking?

The Lurkers - Out In The Dark
The Lurkers - Cyanide
The Lurkers - Suzie Is A Floozie
The Lurkers - Cyanide Pub Version

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Shadows of Knight - Gloria '69

"The Stones, Animals and Yardbirds took the Chicago Blues and gave it an English interpretation. We've taken the English version of the Blues and re-added a Chicago touch." The Shadows of Knight's self-description was fairly accurate. Although this mid-'60s garage band from the Windy City did not match the excellence of either their British or African-American idols, the teen energy of their recordings remains enjoyable, if not overwhelmingly original. The group took a tamer version of Them's classic "Gloria" into the American Top Ten in 1966.

Trying to strike gold again in 1969 here's a kewl reworking of the Van Morrison penned Gloria. I can't be 100% positive because i didn't play them back to back but this reworking kinda sounds like the same exact cut with some very heavy and distorted guitar overdubbed on to the track??? Which is A-OK w/ the devil. We happen to dig them Gee-tars 'round these parts of hell.

So have a lil' bit o' fuzz for breakfast:

p.s. i really am growing a wizard beard...

Shadows of Knight - Gloria '69

Friday, September 26, 2008

i am growing a wizard beard...

and once complete i shall cast a spell over thy land...

heed my warning o' mortal fools...

The Worst - Expect The Worst - Mutha 005

Here is a little somethhng to get your blood pumping this Friday and get you ready for the weekend.

I've already did a post about the famous "Mutha" label Here: when I posted "The Beast" ep on Mutha so I'll spare you the Mutha details other than to say that these mutha records have grown to be very pricey "collectors" items...

That being said i will say that there is NOTHING punk rock about paying hundreds of dollars for punk albums that you weren't even around for. I traded my Circle Jerks Golden Shower of Hits album for this a way back and I still never found a replacement copy of the Jerks album, oh well... But it was a good deal because this is one of the best NJHC albums of the day and probably the best, along with the Chronic Sick and Fatal Rage, of the "Shore Core" bands.

The Worst - (formerly The Bad Guys) were - Sudz (drums), Jerome (bass), Trezza (guitar), Do It (vocals)

So now you don't have to be Jello Biafra to afford a copy of this New Jersey hardcore punk gem, whom it is told was one of the collectors diving the market on these East Coast records. Enjoy!

Side A:
The Worst - We Are Those
The Worst - Emergency Room
The Worst - I Don't Know - Going To N.Y.
The Worst - Go To Hell

Side B:
The Worst - Face
The Worst - City Of Sin
The Worst - Loud And Fast
The Worst - I Wanna Stop

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Jan & Arine - Gas Money

From a mid week bj to gas money, go figure...

I’m sending this one out to everyone who has a car and can’t afford the gas… That would be me... commuters of the world take heed!

Don’t be fooled by the ever soaring gas prices, even in 1958 gas money was a problem:

Do people still "cruise"...? I mean who can afford that? Anywho this is an early Jan & Dean incarnation, read on...

As teenagers, Jan Berry and Dean Torrence were in a garage band, called "The Barons", with a third man, Arnie Ginsberg. Shortly before entering the army, Dean sang with Jan on a recording called, "Jenny Lee", but it was released under the name of Jan and Arnie. The song was a top ten hit and Jan and Arnie released two more singles,"Gas Money" and "The Beat That Can't Be Beat", that didn't fair as well.

On these humble, early sessions, Berry played piano while Ginsburg played a drum set consisting of nothing more than a piano bench and a baby's high chair being hit with drum sticks heavily echoed. The duo overdubbed their vocals, layering them in mono on the same two track machine, also heavily echoed. This 'master' was then brought to bandleader Don Ralke, who utilized a small combo of Los Angeles session musicians to overdub these songs into a releasable form for the "Arwin" label.

After a couple of years, Arnie had decided he had had enough and informed Jan that it was time to look for a new partner. Dean had just gotten out of the service, and once again, teamed up with his old friend to record with the Dore label. And thus Jan & Dean were born…

Jan & Arine - Gas Money

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Red Peters - B_ _ _ Me (You Hardly Even Know Me)

Anyone down w/ a mid-week BJ?

A little something different here @ the devil's music, a raunchy little novelty tune by Red Peters. If this offends you, move along, please & thank you.

Red Peters was born Peter Peters on July 11, 1950 into a show business family that traveled around the country with a song-and-dance review featuring a dog act, Peters Family Flying Poodles. Thrust into the spotlight as a mere pup himself, young Red would entertain by mimicking Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Ed Sullivan, Dwight Eisenhower, and Timmy from Lassie. Barely out of diapers -- a triumph he can no longer claim -- it was obvious that for Red, singing was a natural gift.

A natural gift? You be the judge.

Red Peters - B_ _ _ Me (You Hardly Even Know Me)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Alligator Wine - There's Something Wrong With You

Happy Monday people:

Here's a little something i just picked up last week at a record store near my work.

Me and the Red Boy went on over at lunch time and dug through the LP's and as we were running out of time and had to start getting back we decided to pay up and a get a moving back to the old slave grind. So as were walking up to the counter to pay we notice a few new boxes of 45's sitting on the counter and we just kinda looked at them and good old Red Boys says something to effect of "We don't have time" to which i reply "i know" as i say that i just randomly pull out a 45 in the middle of the box and turn and show him this little gem and then i say "maybe we should look?"

and we did...

There are a few clicks in pops in this classic 45 but hey, for 99 cents I aint complaining....

Enjoy some Screamin' Jay Hawkins on Okeh!

Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Alligator Wine
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - There's Something Wrong With You

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Raw Meat - Funky Humpback - Run For Your Life

The Raw Meat, a band that fused jazz with rock and had Jimmy Mack on guitar as a member. The Raw Meat played for an extended period at the Cheetah at 310 West Fifty-second Street in New York City and released this 45 titled "Funky Hump Back" on the Musicor label.

Unfortunately, the band broke up weeks before a promised appearance on The Ed Sullivan show so they never achieved what Blood Sweat and Tears and Chicago accomplished with the same sound.

The Raw Meat - Funky Humpback
The Raw Meat - Run For Your Life

Saturday, September 20, 2008

New Scores - Eye Candy

Got out for hot second this morning with my kiddies and found a few gems...

Ladies & Gents, today i give you something special from "Jeff"... among others.

The hook handed Jeff album has me totally intrigued but the damn thing is sealed and I'm a freak about opening sealed things but i may have to crack the seal on that one and do some sampling...

This makes the 3rd weekend in a row i actually got out and did some digging and i've just been to lazy to post any of my scores but as i sit here having a nice ice cold Spaten Oktoberfest and listening to some J.B. Lenoir i might start typing some finds but for now dig on some of the groovy vinyl eye candy i dug up today...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Forward to the Caves Radio Show Tonight...???

we may or may not be on the air tonight from 8 to 10 PM EST.

Seems the schools Dean has deactivated all swipe entry cards to the radio station pending signing a contract at the break. I'm not a student and don't live close to the school and i missed the last meeting so my contract remains unsigned.

If i can get confirmation that i can get it tonight i will be there w/ 45 box in hand...

*Edit: On air now, here's the play list.

Alex Harvey - Hammer Song
Johnny Cash - Like the 309
Wanda Jackson - Funnel of Love
Eddie Cochran - Sittin' in the Balcony
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Aligator Wine
Edward Bear - Edware Station
Speed, Glue, & Shinki - Stoned Out Of My Mind
Son House - John the Revelator
Butthole Surfers - Mexican Caravan
Sundial - Exploding In Your Mind
Gods Acre - She
Captain Beafheart & his Magic Band - Yellow Brick Road
Die Kreuzen - Man in the Tree
Christ Child - Five Finger Exercise

Dinosuar Jr - Repulsion
Noosebomb - Mans Best Friend
Killing Joke - The Gathering
Bill Nettles - Hadacol Boogie
Johnny Temple - Yum, Yum, Yum
The Stanly Brothers - gathering Flowers for the Masters Bouquet
Peetie Wheatstraw - Good Whiskey Blues
Jimmy Liggins - Drunk
Wynonie Harris - Rot Gut

Steve Hillage - Hurdy Gurdy Man
Butthole Surfers - Boiled Dove
Paternoster - Realization
Beaver - Enetr the Treasury
Quintain Americana - One Way Out
Tom Waits - Pontiac
Totimoshi - The Drunken Sun Forever Watching
Dragon Tears - Borderline
Mission of Burma - Tremelo
500 Foot Pipe - Turn Me On Baby


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Court Jesters - Roaches

I’m sending this one out to several folks at once:

1st off to Vincent over at “FuFuStew” and to Todd & Brain over at “It’s Great Shakes” because Vincent just laid a great mix on everyone over at It’s great Shakes and included the Maskman & The Agents, Harmon Bethea version of this track.

Also to “ The Red Boy” because he also posted the same Maskman & The Agents (Harmon Bethea) track a while back on his fine blog and while I’m at it I’ll send it out to “The Hound” because I’m sure at some point this had to have hit the airwaves while he was doing his fanatic radio show back in the day at WFMU.

Alright, all that being said and ass kissing out of the way there is a small story about this 45 and how it kicked my record obsession into overdrive.

At the time of the purchase of this 45 many many years ago I was still pretty much a bottom feeder when it came to old school R&B and Doo-Wop, picking up Lloyd Price 45’s out of dusty bins for pennies. I had been buying records from “The Old Man” at “The Spot” but pretty much just stuff he had out on the table and never any of the GOOD STUFF he had hidden away in the back of his car. Well after a few years of this he started to run out of Chuck Berry and Fats Domino records for me as I pretty much had all the common stuff by then and it was time for both of us to “Move On”…

He knew I was not a Big Time Spender and showed me this record but said “You can’t afford this one”… Well, I said how much do you want for it? And he had it marked for $17.00! This was a HUGE leap for me because as I said I NEVER paid that much for a record before. But I bit the bullet shelled out the 17 bucks and took this thing home and was really blown away. It was like the Coasters on Crack and I loved it… Anyway since that day the old man and I have had a pretty good symbiotic relationship when it comes to records and since that day I stepped it up from single cell bottom feeder to next rung on the record food chain and that was the start of me paying anything over a few dollars for vinyl.

It all started with this here little kooky record:

So please enjoy – Roaches by The Court Jesters on Blast records from 1961

The Court Jesters - Roaches

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Dyna-Tones - The Skunk Pt. 1

Dynatones "The Skunk Pt. 1 - 1966 Alto 2020

Today we have a classic soul instrumental reworking of "Watermelon Man" to groove to on this Saturday morning. I got up early to do some record digging but the weather was a bit damp so there was no digging to be had as the flea market down the street was pretty dead. So no tales of hit or miss scores just sit back and dig in to the soul groove... Dig the cool horns and hot funky guitar!

The Dyna-Tones - The Skunk Pt. 1

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Forward To The Caves Radio Show Tonight 9/11/08

For anyone out there that gives a rats ass we will be on the air tonight from around 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM EST! (the DJ before us bailed on his show so were taking his slot)



*Edit: On the air now; here's what were playing:

Silver Apples - Lady and the Clown
Silver Apples - Tabouli Noodle
Silver Apples - Walkin'
Jimi Hendrix - Bleeding Heart
Arthur Lee - E-Z Rider
Pretty Things - Scene One
Pretty Things - She's A Lover
T-Rex - Hot Love

Irish Coffee - The Show
Witch - Tooth Factory
Iron Knowledge - Show Stopper
Bobby Gregg - The Jam Pt. 1
Frankie Baldo & the Novletones - Strange Guitar
Bobby Bland - Aint That Loving You
Sticks McGhee - Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
The Frogmen - Underwater
Gatemouth Moore - Did You Ever Love A Woman
Willie mabon - Too Hot To Handle
The Crowns - Kiss & Make Up
Johnny Fortune - Dragster
Davie Allan & the Arrows - Scratchy

The Clippers - Beanie
Ken Jones - Chicken Pot Pie
Joe Tex - Chicken Crazy
Bill Robbin - Bo Weevil
Pentagons - Down at the Beach
Plun Nelly - The Demon

Ollie & Jerry - Breakin' there's No Stoppin' Us
Buckner & Garcia - Pac man Fever
Styx - Mr. Roboto
Ramones - Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
Ramones - I Want You Around
The Cramps - Why Do You Do Me?
Neil Burris - The Sissy Song
Bonnie Lou - Tennesse Wig Walk
Bobby Williamson - I Need Everything
Hawklords - PSI Power

Amon Duul II - Made In Germany - Side A;
The Kings Chocolate Waltz
Blue Grotto
Emigrant Song
La Krautoma

Amon Duull II - Made In Germany - Side B:
Loosy Girls
Gala Gnome
Top Of The Mud
Mr. Kraut's Mix

Mick Farren - To Know Him Is To Love Him
Crucifucks - Similar Items
The Rubber City Rebels - Child Eaters
Jerry's Kids - I don't Belong
Jerry's Kids - Cracks In The Wall/Tear It Up
Skulls - Jesus Put A Bullet Thru My Soul
Genocide - Knives
Crawlpappy - Take It
Crawlpappy - Fineline
Joy Division - Novelty

The Ghastly Ones - A-Haunting We Will Go-Go;

An Invitation
Ghastly Stomp
Hangman Hangten
Pacific Ghost Highway
Haulin' Hearse
Lonesome Undertaker
The Boys Go Creeping...
Diablo's Theme
Action Squad
Doctor Diablo Speaks
Attack Of Robot Atomico

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Poppy Family - Shadows On My Wall

While in recent years dozens of would-be hipsters have written about the dark undercurrents to be found in the music of the Carpenters, anyone looking for a truly great bummed-out soft rock experience needs to dig up the long out of print debut LP from Vancouver's Poppy Family. While producer, arranger, songwriter, and general straw boss Terry Jacks later found fame for his hit adaptation of Jacques Brel's "Seasons in the Sun," his greatest work was with his then-wife Susan Jacks and their group, the Poppy Family. Blending moody soft pop with light psychedelia, the group hit a rich vein of gorgeous melancholy that made sadness sound positively sensual...

This is a strange soft spooky psych tune that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck...

Red Boy, you got your ears on...???

The Poppy Family - Shadows On My Wall

Monday, September 8, 2008

William DeVaughn - Be Thankful For What You Got

Although I usually like my soul and funk on the heavier and funkier side i can get down with some smoothness now and again. Here's a cut i love and enjoy and I should actually try and live by the title more than i actually do, surly and ungrateful bastard that I am...

This aint a rare side but damn if it aint fucking cool as shit...

Here's the 911 on Mr. DeVaugn:

William DeVaughn (b 1948, Washington D.C.) is an American R&B singer, songwriter and guitarist, best known for the hit song "Be Thankful for What You Got".

DeVaughn was a salaried government employee as a drafting technician, part-time singer, and member of the Jehovah's Witnesses. He wrote "Be Thankful for What You Got" in 1972, and paid $900 for its recording at the Sigma studio in Philadelphia. Remarkably, the session featured members of the MFSB group - guitarist Norman Harris, drummer Earl Young, bassist Ron Baker, and vibist Vince Montana - and was produced by Allan Felder. The owner of Sigma, Frank Fioravanti, was impressed, and secured its release on the Roxbury Records record label.

The record sold nearly two million copies on its release in spring 1974, reaching #1 on the U.S. R&B charts and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, selling a million copies. With a sound and content influenced by Curtis Mayfield, its simple and encouraging lyrics hit home, to the extent that it became featured on gospel radio stations.

DeVaughn released an album, featuring mostly songs of an overtly religious character, and the second single, "Blood Is Thicker Than Water", made the R&B top ten and the pop top fifty later in 1974; "Give the Little Man a Great Big Hand" had minor success early the next year. Live, DeVaughn preached to and admonished his audience from the stage. He lost interest in the music industry not long after, working in a record store and again as a draftsman. His 1980 album Figures Can't Calculate (TEC) included the title song, which was a minor R&B hit, and a remake of "Be Thankful for What You Got".

William DeVaughn - Be Thankful For What You Got

Sunday Scores & A Broken Record Today

Just a few pics today:

I scored a box of 45's yesterday at a flea market near my house. Looks like around 400 or so 45's for a mere 10 bucks! a mix of juke box stuff from teh late 60's to the early 80's, I started to go through them last night but i have no list as of yet. Maybe if i have time tonight i can put together some of the finer moments of the box....

I also received a record in the mail today. One that i have been looking for for a while now. Toe Fat Two bu Toe Fat on Rare Earth Records.

I'm very happy with the condition it arrived. Only the U.S. Post Office could make Fragile Do Not Bend look so good!

Thanks U.S. Postal Service! You Rule!!!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Turtles - Buzz Saw

Who knew that before they were "Happy Together" the Turtles were a funky buzzed out bunch of surf cats that would have made Davie Allen & the Arrows proud...???

I know Mr, Red Boy knew... Dig that funky organ & fuzz guitar!

Turtles - Buzz Saw

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Crowbar - Oh What A Feeling

Crowbar was a Canadian rock band based in Hamilton, Ontario, probably best known for their 1971 hit "Oh, What a Feeling".

From 1969 to 1970, most of the members of the group had been a backup band for Ronnie Hawkins under the name "And Many Others". However, in early 1970, he fired them, saying "You guys are so crazy that you could f*ck up a crowbar in three seconds!" They recorded their first album in 1970 (Official Music) as King Biscuit Boy and Crowbar. King Biscuit Boy left the band later in 1970, but continued to appear off-and-on as a guest performer.

Crowbar's rock, blues and boogie mix made it one of Canada's most popular touring bands of the early 1970s. The band toured in the United Kingdom but, otherwise, made little impact outside of Canada, perhaps the result of the strong nationalistic fervor that characterized its performances.

Disbanded in 1975, it was revived in 1977 (minus Jozef Chirowski, who had joined Alice Cooper's band) for a tour of eastern Canada and again by Kelly Jay and others intermittently during the 1980s for club work in southern Ontario.

The band consisted of a variety of players in various combinations over its lifetime including:

King Biscuit Boy (Richard Newell) on harmonica
Roly Greenway on bass guitar
Kelly Jay (Blake Fordham) on harmonica, vocals and piano
John Rutter on vocals (1970)
Richard Bell on keyboards (1970)
Jozef Chirowski on keyboards
Larry Atamanuik on drums (1970)
Sonnie Bernardi on drums
Rheal Lanthier on guitar
John Gibbard on guitar and slide guitar
Sonny Del-Rio on saxophone

And while they might have been Canadian this has a certain funky American rock vibe.

Crowbar - Oh What A Feeling

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

45 Eye Candy: Funk & Soul

Just a little slide show of some of the funk & soul i've featured on the devil's musci and a bunch more to come...

Monday, September 1, 2008

Utica Club Natural Carbonation Band - The Utica Club Natural Carbonation Beer Drinking Song - Natural Carbonation

Ok, after the success of my last beer song post about Pabst Blue Ribbon here is another beer related little diddy. I'm not even sure they still make Utica Club anymore? But i drank a few when i was a young lad.

I just did a search and yep, it's still being made: here's the low down.

Utica Club is a brand of naturally-aged pilsner beer from Utica, New York. Since 1888, Utica Club has been brewed at the West End Brewing Company (today the Matt Brewing Company). It was the first beer officially sold after Prohibition.

Utica Club's most famous campaign icons were a pair of talking beer steins, Schultz and Dooley, who appeared in several popular television commercials that ran from 1959 to 1964. DDB (Doyle Dane Bernbach) copywriter David Reider created the characters and comedian Jonathan Winters supplied the voices of Schultz, Dooley, and the other beer steins that appeared in the commercials. Many Utica Club commercials depicted two characters ending the argument abruptly on ordering a Utica Club beer, leading to the jingle "It's tough to argue over a Utica Club, 'cause they put too much love into it!"

Today, Utica Club is still being manufactured, although it is a minor brand in comparison to the brewery's primary line of Saranac beers. It is, however, still a favorite among residents of the Utica area.

Some affectionately refer to Utica Club as "Uncle Charlie." Accordingly, Utica Club Light (UCL) has been referred to as "Uncle Charlie Lewis."

Anywho, back to the tunes. A nice light 60's style pop psych tune with loads of groovy organ and a cool break with delayed vox singing of course about one of my fave subjects, BEER! Written and produced by a one Sasha Burland, who had his hand in the making of the Nutty Squirrels albums.
The flip is the same tune w/ some funky horns instead of vocals that almost makes the tune a jazzy soul jam. From looking around the web i guess this originally came with a picture sleeve but i found mine sans sleeve.

Enjoy a nice tall cool one (or 2 or 6) on this fine labor day!

Utica Club Natural Carbonation Band - The Utica Club Natural Carbonation Beer Drinking Song

Utica Club Natural Carbonation Band - Natural Carbonation