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Mining the Audio Motherlode, Vol. 19 (MP3s)

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Miner Give the Drummer Some's

10 Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere

(see Comments, below, for helpful info about downloading)

Twenty-one years after having his prophetic auditory hallucination of William Blake reading "Ah! Sunflower" and "The Sick Rose" in his East Harlem flat, Allen Ginsberg recorded his own version of Blake's "songs" set to a dreamy score (with loving contributions from Peter Orlovsky, Don Cherry, Bob Dorough, Jon Sholle and others).

Today being Ginsberg's 83rd birthday, Mining the Audio Motherlode is celebrating by linking to a download of this 1969 album – along with nine other gems.

Alleng Holy Holy Holy!

Allen Ginsberg  ~  "William Blake: Songs of Innocence and Experience"

(Blog: Music Musica Musique)

From the album: Laughing Song (mp3)

[Note: Follow link, then click on "Music Links" on the left-hand margin.]

Some Outsize Entertainments

Various  ~  "Tiny Topsy & Friends"

(Blog: Twilightzone!)

[Note: This appeared on the original Twilightzone blog, which got taken down. The Rapidshare link, though, is still active. Click the above link, then scroll down to find two-part download.]


Chevy Chase's Old Band

Chamaeleon Church  ~  "Chamaeleon Church"

(Blog: Sir Psych's Psychedelic Shack)

From the album: Blueberry Pie (mp3)

[7 more mind-tongue moisteners, after the jump]


Highlife Kings Play Songs of Love

E.T. Mensah & Sir Victor Olaiya  ~  "Highlife Giants of Africa

(Blog: Magic of Juju)


Songs by Eisler, Texts by Brecht

Heiner Goebbels & Alfred 23 Harth  ~  "Goebbels Heart"

(Blog: Lucky Psychic Hut)

From the album: Kein Krigsspielzeug Fuer Jonathan (mp3)


Peruvian Maestro Goes to Colombia

Melochita  ~  "Con Sabor a Pueblo"

(Blog: Global Grooves)


Keeping Hank's Flame Alight

George & Earl  ~  "Going Steady With the Blues"

(Blog: Uncle Gil's Rockin' Archives)

From the album: I'll Keep Your Name on File (mp3) by George McCormick


Baudelaire Done Up Electronical

Ruth White  ~  "Flowers of Evil"

(Blog: Different Waters)

[See Mining the Audio Motherlode, Vol. 4 for a vastly different treatment of Baudelaire]


Not a Toy Piano, a Pianist "Toy"

The Three Peppers  ~  "1937-1940"

(Blog: Regálme Esta Noche)

From the album: Swing Out, Uncle Wilson (mp3)


Gimme a Head With Hear, Long Beautiful Hair...

Odair Cabeça de Poeta  ~  "O Forró Vai Ser Doutor"

(Blog: Pense...Arte Pense...Brasil)

Listen for music from these and other incredible finds on

Give the Drummer Some, Fridays on WFMU, 9 to Noon (ET).


Check out every installment of Mining the Audio Motherlode

Written by Doug Schulkind

June 3rd, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Adventures in Not Really Getting It (MP3’s)

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Tops in Pops I collect budget label collections of then-current hit songs from every era, on albums, 45's and 78. More than a few of them, particularly Beatles covers, have been shared here and on other sites. The HIT record label which ran from around 1962-68 or so was probably the most endearing, but the genre flourished from the early '50's until at least the early '70's. There was even another little flareup of cover records in the '90's, as labels started pushing radio-only hits, with no commercial singles.

Most of these are good mostly for a laugh, if that, but today I'd like to share three which I think cross over into the land of the deeply odd, with one of them having a lyrical error which is spectacularly weird. All three demonstrate the inability of those behind these labels to "get it" when it came to Rock and Roll.

First up, from the Hollywood Label, is a version of Little Richard's "Keep a Knockin'", the original of which I consider one of the most powerful records ever made. The hamfisted attempt at the opening drums here is a perfect introduction to the overall performance, in which the singer repeatedly sings a line wrong: "Too bad you love me, and you can't come in", then offers (at the 1:49 point) one of the weakest rock and roll screams imaginable.

The other two songs are from the Tops in Pops album pictured above. The real killer here is their version of "Jailhouse Rock", which features a singer who shouts his way through the thing, over a clunky band (I really like the guitarist sliding down to the note on the verses). But the amazing moment here is when the singer sings a few mistaken words in place of "I sure would be delighted with your company" (about the one minute mark), replacing "company" with something that wouldn't have been allowed on the radio in the '50's or the '60's, and possibly not the '70's.

I've also included the same album's version of "Wake Up Little Suzie", because I got a kick out of the fact that they apparently couldn't figure out the key guitar lick (which isn't hard to play at all).


1.) Unknown - Keep a Knockin' (MP3)

2.) Unknown - Jailhouse Rock (MP3)

3.) Unknown - Wake Up Little Suzie (MP3)

Album Cover (JPG)

Written by Bob Purse

June 1st, 2009 at 3:00 pm

“Edgar Varèse and the Jazzmen” (MP3s)

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Today's post is something I stumbled upon in the dark and dusty corners of the Internet, a tape recording of composer Edgar Varèse conducting a workshop of Jazz musicians in the year 1957. Here is the original announcement of the MP3 release of these tapes.

Edgard_Varese Edgard Varèse conducts a workshop with jazzmen Art Farmer (trumpet), Hal McKusik (clarinet, alto sax), Teo Macero (tenor sax), Eddie Bert (trombone), Frank Rehak (trombone), Don Butterfield (tuba), Hall Overton (piano), Charlie Mingus (bass), Ed Shaughnessy (drums), probably John La Porta (alto sax)... We don't know who is on vibes...

It might be the first free jazz recording (totally unissued) of History of Music. Varèse might have influenced jazzmen or was he only aware of what was happening on the jazz scene? No matter of the answer, it's a bomb, as this music is 3 years earlier than Free Jazz by Ornette Coleman! We also know Charlie Parker wanted to study with Varèse in autumn 1954 but the composer flew to Europe to conduct Déserts. When he came back to New York in May 1955, Parker had already died. We also know that Varèse used to listen to John Coltrane at the Village.

Between March and August 1957, these Sunday jam-sessions were followed by arranger George Handy, journalist Robert Reisner, composers James Tenney, Earle Brown and John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham. The organizers were Earle Brown and Teo Macero who will become Miles Davis' producer among others. Varèse used certain extracts of the workshop for his Poème électronique.

The original of this tape is at Fondation Paul Sacher.

Please excuse the crappy audio quality, it is the best we have.

MP3s: 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19

Written by Lukas

June 1st, 2009 at 9:00 am

A Memory With Trip Lane Doctor Down

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Dr Memory 300p A lot of comedy groups have flung open the mind's ramparts over the years and many have coerced this writer's style and approach but few like the Firesign Theater and littler still like the mad fresh improvisation done on their live radio programs in 1970 and '71.

Aside from the double-record collection of bits from the Dear Friends shows on Columbia, the first time I heard full uncut programs was on 'Spud Tyrebiter's' show on KZSC. Or was it Monterey where he was on- there is actually a dispute here. There was a terrific comedy records/etc DJ out of Monterey, and yet I also have a station ID (presented as an MP3 hare) from KZSC which was apparently where this episode was being run. In any case, I used to record shows off of many stations around Santa Cruz, Ca. 

The Dear Friends series ran originally on KPFK between September 9th, 1970, and February 17th, 1971, 21 episodes total. Some of this was later cut down to album-length slices and sent out to Pacifica radio network stations and others on white-label lps.

I've always been a huge fan and proponent of jamming and riffing material live on the air when appropriate and possible, and during this period the group was as hot as could be, and were comfortable enough on air to not push to even be 'funny' all of the time, using some other colors on radio that weren't used much then or now.

Here we have an slightly incomplete episode, right off of my radio aircheck of someone playing side one of the October 4th, 1970 episode: "I Could Always Shoot Him With the Camera" as broadcast around 1982. Enjoy.

The tracklist of side one:Dear Friend 300p

1  Equipment trouble   2  Japanese miniature TVs   3  Surrogate mothers   4  Hair   5  Drunks   6  President and committee (live from the Senate bar)   7  The greening of America discussion

And the MP3s :

Phillip Proctor - KZSC Station ID    

I Could Always Shoot Him With the Camera / side one

Written by Listener Mindwrecker

May 30th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Mining the Audio Motherlode, Vol. 18 (MP3s)

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Miner Give the Drummer Some's

10 Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere

(see Comments, below, for helpful info about downloading)

Warmest regards go out this week to the Miner's all-time musical hero and guru Yusef Lateef, who has just been awarded—along with seven others—a Jazz Masters Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. The recognition carries with it a one-time grant of $25,000 which is no small perk for any working musician, let alone a vital improviser, composer and educator, who's career is now stretching into its seventh decade.

There are no Yusef Lateef discs among this week's offerings, but there are many dozens of astounding recordings of his to seek out. (The Miner recommends "Yusef Lateef's Nigeria," "Psychicemotus" and "Yusef's Mood: The Complete 1957 Sessions" to start.)


Merlin in Ragas

Robbie Basho  ~  "The Falconers Arm I & II"

(Blog: FM Shades)


Sunny Ade's Secret Weapon

Bob Aladeniyi & His Juju Rock Stars  ~  "Juju Rock Sound"

(Blog: With Comb & Razor)


Killer Dillers from Chicago's J.O.B. Records

Various  ~  "Blues Is Killin' Me"

(Blog: Bluestown)

From the album: Things Going So Tough With Me (mp3) by Little Hudson's Red Devil Trio

[Yusef would dig the 7 additional selections, provided after the jump]


Trombone Colossus

Grachan Moncur  ~  "Echoes of Prayer"

(Blog: Nothing Is V2.0)


Amazing Amazigh Pop!

Fatima Tabaamrant  ~  "Amazigh Music of the Anti-Atlas"

(Blog: Snap, Crackle & Pop)

From the album: Nswingm Sawlghe (mp3)


No Mere JB Wannabe — A JB Wanna Is

Bobby Williams  ~  "Funky Super Fly"

(Blog: Soul Food)


Jamaican 78s from the Mid-'50s

Various  ~  "Dip & Fall Back: Classic Jamaican Mento"

(Blog: El Diablo Tun Tun)

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From the album: Dr. Kinsey Report (mp3)


Swedish Jazz Orchestra Slays Afro Pop

Archimedes Badkar  ~  "Tre"

(Blog: Tyme After Tyme)

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Rumba Rejuvenated

Daniel Ponce  ~  "New York Now!"

(Blog: Music Hertz)


Grab-You-By-the-Lungs Japanese Free-Jazz Ensemble

Shibusashirazu Orchestra  ~  "Dettaramen"

(Blog: Mutant Sounds)

Listen for music from these and other incredible finds on

Give the Drummer Some, Fridays on WFMU, 9 to Noon (ET).


Check out every installment of Mining the Audio Motherlode

Written by Doug Schulkind

May 27th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Songs That Deke Taught Us

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Portoposter Jerry Lee Lewis - Mexicali Rose

Nervous Norvus  - The Fang

Jimmy Bryant - Georgia Boogie

Freddie Hart  - Snatch It And Grab It

Lee Dresser - Beat Out My Love

Skeets McDonald - Don't Push Me Too Far 

Faron Young - I'm Gonna Live Some Before I Die

Carl Sonny Leyland - Long Time In The Ground

Donald & The Delighters - Wang Dang Dula

Autry Inman  - It Would Be A Doggone Lie

Carl Perkins - Look At That Moon

Jerry Lee Lewis - As Long As I Live

Joe Maphis - The Rockin' Gypsy

Willie Nelson - Make Way For A Better Man

Ernie Chaffin  - Feelin' Low

The Moonlighters - Broken Heart 

Malcolm Yelvington - (Got Me A) Trumpet

Jimmy Martin - Deep River

Eddie Noack - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 

Hank Penny - Peroxide Blonde

Gene O'Quin - Too Hot To Handle

The Coasters - The Hatchet Man

Grandpa Jones - Hello Blues

Roy Tann - Hot Rod Queen

Louie Innis - I Ain't Got A Pot (To Peel Potatoes In)

Willie Nelson - I Never Cared For You

Ernie Chaffin - I'm Lonesome

The Four Knights - I Get So Lonely (When I Dream About You)

Bob Luman - In The Deep Dark Jungle

Johnny Horton - Let's Take The Long Way Home

Johnny Horton - Mean Mean Son Of A Gun

Fendermen - Muleskinner Blues

Red Foley - Pinball Boogie

The Rebel Rousers - Red Headed Woman

The Treniers - Poontang

More songs after the jump!

Faron Young - Safely In Love Again 

Rich Allen - Samoa

Charlie Rich - Sittin' And Thinkin'

Billy Mize - Solid Sender

Buddy Holly - Tell Me How

Miller Bros. - Tulsa Baby

Merle Travis - Gambler's Guitar

Eddie Noack - Have Blues Will Travel

Warren Smith - So Long I'm Gone

Deke & The Ecco-Fonics will be appearing at Lincoln Center as part of the Ponderosa Stomp Festival on July 17th

Written by Debbie D

May 26th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Posted in Debbie's Posts,MP3s

Memorial Day, 2009

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Walker_plaque We live in the Land of the Free — because it's the Home of the Brave.

I don't know much about PFC Gerald J. Walker, except what it says on the plaque (at left), which is installed over a doorway in the weight room of the Hoboken YMCA. Next month he would have turned 60. He died at 20, in uniform.

Because of the memorial's placement, everyone who stops in for a workout is reminded of Gerard Walker's sacrifice. Amid the Cybex machines, barbell racks, and treadmills, it's a haunting memento.

The Y is closed for Memorial Day, but the plaque is on duty.

Some songs for Memorial Day (all posted as mp3):

Tan Sleeve: "American Blood" (2005, courtesy songwriter Lane Steinberg)

Bo Diddley: "Ain't It Good to Be Free" (1983)

Elton Britt: "There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere" (1942)

Do something patriotic with your money today:

Soldier's Angels

Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Welcome Back Veterans

Written by Irwin Chusid

May 25th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

A CAMP (f/ Nina Persson of the Cardigans) LIVE tonight – with HD Video!

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Wow, you know, every once in a while, things really just turn out pretty awesome, like this performance from A Camp that will air tonight on Sound and Safe.  Four perfectly-rendered pop songs - including a cover of Eddie Noack's weird and wonderful "Psycho" - done by my favorite singer in the world, Nina Persson, with husband Nathan Larson (of Shudder to Think) on bass, and Niclas Frisk (of Atomic Swing) on guitar.

We got some really nice HD video of the songs - check out a preview here, for the song "Love Has Left the Room." 

Thanks very much to Tim Smith and Jacqueline Castel for shooting the video.

Tune in tonight to hear all four songs and to see all four videos.  Also keep an eye on the Free Music Archive for MP3s of the set.

A Camp kicks off a North American tour at Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night.  Their new album Colonia is out now.

Written by Trent

May 25th, 2009 at 8:30 am

Mining the Audio Motherlode, Vol. 17 (MP3s)

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Miner Give the Drummer Some's

10 Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere

(see Comments, below, for helpful info about downloading)

The Miner was saddened to learn this week of the April 27 death of painter Philip Stein. Longtime assistant to, and biographer of, Mexican social-realist muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros, Stein's most famous work has been viewed by patrons in the world's most famous jazz club for the past 40 years. At the request of his brother-in-law Max Gordon, Estaño (as his mentor dubbed him) painted a vibrant, enigmatic three-panel canvas for the back wall in Gordon's Greenwich Village nightspot the Village Vanguard.


Completed in 1968, this untitled work wasn't Stein's only connection to jazz. He began collecting 78s as a kid and later produced a couple of records by Dixieland trombonist Big Chief Russell Moore. In the 1980s, Stein moved to Spain where he continued to paint and hosted a jazz radio program. Philip Stein was 90.


Cult Hero of Polish Jazz

Krzysztof Komeda  ~  "Astigmatic"

(Blog: Pan Mietek)


Amusing Thai Dancehallers (what a cover!)

Buddha Bless  ~  "Kat Man Du"

(Blog: Monrakplengthai)

From the album: Pak Takhrai (mp3)


Greatest Brother Act Ever? You Bet

Blue Sky Boys  ~  "Blue Sky Boys"

(Blog: Jeremy's Saggy Record Cabinet)

[7 more soundtracks to accompany the visions in your head, after the jump]


Latin Jazz à la Modal

Emanuel K. Rahim  ~  "Total Submission"

(Blog: Ile Oxumaré)

From the album: Dorian (mp3)


Simply Sizzling Batucada

Meireles e Sua Orquestra ~ "Brazilian Beat, Vol. 2"

(Blog: Global Groove)

From the album: Madureira Chorou (mp3)


Horny Horns? You Bet

The Pazant Brothers & The Beaufort Express  ~  "Loose and Juicy"

(Blog: Blog do Nirso)


Mary Lou Williams was the Resident Genius Here

Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds of Joy  ~  "1929-1931"

(Blog: Regálme Esta Noche)


Only Big-Ass Bamboo Need Apply

Swara Cipta Priyanti  ~  "Music of Bali: Jegog"

(Blog: Aphelion Shelter)


Here's the Tender Coming

Dave Burland  ~  "A Dalesman's Litany"

(Blog: Time Has Told Me)

From the album: Lord Lovel (mp3)


North of the Border Funk

Carla Whitney  ~  "...With Choker Campbell & the Super Sounds"

(Blog: Oufar Khan)

Listen for music from these and other incredible finds on

Give the Drummer Some, Fridays on WFMU, 9 to Noon (ET).


Check out every installment of Mining the Audio Motherlode

Written by Doug Schulkind

May 20th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

The Ballad Of Patty Hearst (MP3s)

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Hearst_al_cartwright   Hearst_sue_lloyd

Here are a couple of songs that serve as sort of a thematic follow-up to my recent post on the kidnapping of Peggy Ann Bradnick in Pennsylvania in 1966.

Al Cartwright  -  Patty  (2:31)

Sue Lloyd & William O'Donnell  -  The Ballad Of Patty Hearst (Listen To Tania)  (3:32)

Today's selections, however, concern a far more notorious kidnapping, that of Patty Hearst, granddaughter of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst.   On February 2, 1974 Hearst was abducted in Berkeley, California by several members of the Symbionese Liberation Army, a group of revolutionary left-wing radicals.  Members of the SLA would later be convicted of a wide variety of crimes in addition to kidnapping: first degree murder, second degree murder, possession of explosives with intent to murder and various passport crimes, among other offenses.

After Hearst participated in an SLA bank robbery on April 15, 1974 a warrant was issued for her arrest.  Along with several other SLA members, she was arrested in a San Francisco apartment in September 1975.  She was eventually tried and convicted of bank robbery and sentenced to 35 years in prison, though she served less than 2 years of that time before President Carter commuted her sentence.

By the way, I should probably apologize for the second of the two MP3s above: not only is the record in horrifically mangled condition, the song is pretty damn irritating to boot!  You've been warned.

Written by Listener Greg G.

May 20th, 2009 at 8:58 am

George W. Husak (MP3’s)

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Husak_Front My story begins well over 25 years ago, back to the day when I heard Dr. Demento play an excerpt of a 45 called "I'm Surfing" by George W. Husak. This was during an segment on some of the worst records in his collection. I was intrigued, and was quite glad when, several years later, the good doctor played the record in its entirety, prefacing it with the following (edited) comments:

"If you asked me, 'what is the worst musical performance that was ever actually released on a 45…a record that somebody actually expected somebody to go out and buy‘, this might well be my choice. It’s from some time in the early to mid ‘60’s, and it came out on a label based in San Francisco. The perpetrator of this truly incredible performance is one George W. Husak."

Here is that record, from that episode of the show. It unfortunately contains a couple of turkey sound effects, which were being employed that week, in honor of "Musical Turkeys". I do have a clean version of it somewhere, but have been unable to track it down.

1.) George W. Husak - I’m Surfing - 45 version (MP3)

For the last two decades, I've been looking for a copy of this record, a search that was helped, in recent years, by correspondence with Dr. Demento, to whom I am eternally grateful (not just for his help, but for 35 years of radio entertainment). Earlier this year, my searching paid off, to a degree I never would have hoped for. I found an ALBUM by George Husak, in which he shares billing with his brother Anton (curiously, despite the shared credit and shared cover pictures, it's titled "George's Album", anyway).

The album contains twelve songs, three written by George, four by Anton, and five covers, including songs by Hank Williams and Bob Wills. There's even a version of "I'm Surfing", different than the one on the 45 I'd been tracking down all these years. It's not as completely unhinged and radically bad as the 45, but it does feature - like most of the tracks on the album - a barely competent guitarist who is way too overly fond of descending scale riffs, and basically uninspired vocal and instrumental performances all around. 

The notes on the back of the album are sort of vague about who is singing when, but I am sure that Anton is the performer on tracks seven and eight, based on the text on the front cover. I've identified George as the singer on the rest of the tracks, but could easily be wrong. I will say this: the most amazing moment - nothing short of astonishing, in my opinion, comes during a crucial spot in one of the two songs I've identified as featuring a vocal from Anton. I'll let you discover the song and the moment on your own - to describe it would be to ruin it.

But I also find this entire album amazing, and a very rewarding end to a search of more than 20 years.


2.) George Husak - Golden Gate Love (MP3)

3.) George Husak - Heartbreak and Teardrops (MP3)

4.) George Husak - Call Me On the Telephone (MP3)

5.) George Husak - The Last Letter (MP3)

6.) George Husak - San Antonio Rose (MP3)

7.) George Husak - Mother, The Queen of My Heart (MP3)

8.) Anton Husak - I Walk the Floor Each Night (MP3)

9.) Anton Husak - Let’s Have a Look at the Bottle (MP3)

10.) George Husak - I’m Surfing (MP3)

11.) George Husak - Cold, Cold Heart (MP3)

12.) George Husak - I’m Sorry If That’s the Way You Feel (MP3)

13.) George Husak - Indianola (MP3)

Front Cover (JPG)

Back Cover (JPG)

Written by Bob Purse

May 18th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

“It’s Full of Holes / It’s Full of Holes…”

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Boll Weevil graphic Department of Musical Project Compost Pile(s) / part 2.

Here are some floor sweepings from an experiment planned for several years: To create a bizarre and multi-artist inclusive METAVERSION/crashup of the song Boll Weevil Blues. Last year I finally did create a first attempt at melting down all of my ideas for this song into a piece, but I'm not terribly impressed with my first try (despite it's imminent release); so here are some of the raw components for you to play with to create your OWN sick remix of BOLL WEEVIL. The song has been burrowing and crawling around since 1908 and was further spread when Charley Patton recorded his first version in 1929, with the later format that we know today somewhat codified by Leadbelly in his 1934 telling of it as recorded by Alan Lomax.

Since then there are hundreds of larval re-recordings of this flexible song, and the four elements we have here are portrayed by none other than a few of my favorite people: Homer and Jethro, Walter Brennan, the 'hit' version by Brook Benton, and most especially, a sly cross-referencing of the song's lyric by William S. Burroughs, as used by Spring-Heeled Jack in their piece 'The Western Lands', of which I'm presenting an abridged version here. In original discussion of the Burroughs inclusion in our own re-do of the song, we debated about whether he 'meant' to reference the song in his repeating of the refrain "it's full of holes / it's full of holes", but knowing Burroughs and his love of cutting-in lyrics and old-timey American fragments along with futuristic and ancient materials, I think that he must have been doing this 'consciously'.

Now your mission is to take these disparate versions, plus stirring-in other covers of Boll Weevil that YOU have and enjoy to create a 'new' and unique mix of the song. If people would like to actually submit their results, drop a line here, and I'll do a future post featuring the new offspring of this old bug.Weevil Diagram

Homer and Jethro / Boll Weevil

Walter Brennan / Boll Weevil

Brook Benton / Boll Weevil

Spring-Heeled Jack / The Western Lands

Written by Listener Mindwrecker

May 16th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Songs We Taught The Blasters

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Johnny Paycheck - I'm The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised

Bill Haley & The Comets - Real Rock Drive

Tani Allen - Tennesse Jive

Little Junior Parker - Barefoot Rock

The Rockin' R's - Crazy Baby

Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys - Never No More Blues

The Hollywood Flames - Buzz Buzz Buzz

Little Willie John - I'm Shakin'

Sunnyland Slim - Highway 61

Bo Diddley - I Love You So

Bob Ehret - Stop The Clock

Jerry Lee Lewis - High School Confidential

Magic Sam - 21 Days In Jail

Little Richard - Keep a Knockin'

Roy Orbison - Go! Go! Go! 

Billy Boy Arnold - I Wish You Would

Big Joe Turner - Roll 'Em Pete                             

Frankie Lee Sims - What Will Lucy Do?

Rocket Morgan - Tag Along

Lee Allen - Walkin' With Mr. Lee

Honey Bears - One Bad Stud

Staple Singers - Samson & Delilah

Elmore James - Cry For Me

Don & Dewey - Justine 

Jerry Byrne - Lights Out

Jimmy Ricks & The Raves - Daddy Rollin' Stone

Joe Jones - California Sun

Stick McGhee & His Buddies - Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee

Chuck Willis - What Am I Livin' For?

Tarheel Slim - Number Nine Train

Charlie Rich - Rebound

Bobby Lee Trammell - It's All Your Fault

George Jones - Window Up Above

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Okie Doke Stomp

Thanks To Listener Greg G for sending this one in!

Written by Debbie D

May 16th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Weasel Walter/Mary Halvorson/Peter Evans Live on WFMU

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IMG_4587 A year or so ago I briefly exchanged e-mails with Weasel Walter about possibly doing a live improv set for WFMU on one of his whirlwind trips through NYC.  I have long been a fan of the Flying Luttenbachers and also many of the other more aggresive "punk" "rock" projects he's been a part of including XRBRX, Burmese, To Live and Shave in LA 2, etc.

For the past few years Weasel's musical involvement has been strictly in full-on improvisational settings with a who's-who of collaborators in the Bay Area like Damon Smith, Nels Cline, Vinny Golia, Henry Kaiser, and in NYC with bassist Reuben Radding and trumpeter Nate Wooley.  So when our esteemed music director Brian Turner wrote me to say that Weasel was interested in doing something at the station on his next trip through town, I jumped at the chance and left it up to Weasel as to who he wanted to invite along.  I could not have been more ecstatic with his selections--Mary Halvorson (guitar) and Peter Evans (trumpet)--two artists who have played on my show in the past, and are both on my shortlist of the finest instrumentalists/improvisors/composers working in music in '09.

I expected a serious improv tussle from three total pros (at one point I asked Weasel if he needed a music stand and he just giggled!), but what I didn't expect was the pure sense of camaraderie and common vision that is evident from the first note.  After all, these three seldom play together as a group and this was their first meeting on this trip (there is a multi-camera DVD coming of one of their gigs, as well as an extremely limited CD-R of a handful of performances from last year, both on ugExplode).  After the set they embarked on a week of shows in Europe and I can hardly imagine the type of transcendence and lucidity they must have achieved by the end of the week, considering where they started on this night.  Thanks to Weasel for setting this up and to Mary and Peter for killing it!  Special thanks to Jason Sigal for coming through in the clutch and engineering.

01. Mystery

02. Meat

These tracks are also streaming/downloadable from the FMA, as is a track from Weasel Walter & Mary Halvorson's duo release, Opulence.  There are also two releases with Peter Evans & Weasel Walter available from Weasel's ugExplode label (Oculus Ex Abyssus duo LP and Evans/Fei/Smith Walter CD-R), and I recommend them both without reservation, as well as the Mary Halvorson Trio release Dragon's Head, and The Peter Evans Quartet.  And speaking of the FMA, both Mary's set and Peter's set from past episodes of the Long Rally are available there as well.  And, in case that wasn't enough, check out the  new solo trumpet double CD from Peter Evans, Nature/Culture, on Evan Parker's Psi label.  Whew!  More photos after the jump.

The live audio in this post is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States license.






Written by Scott McDowell

May 15th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Song-poem Archived Music: Volume 4 – During Evening

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Guygax This particular collection features two works by the 'Avant-Garde Linguistic Genius' Thomas Guygax Sr, plus many more worthy tunesmithes and tunesmithesses.

(click here to download the artwork zip)

Spam04_thumb1. Sonny Cash - Psychic Cigarette

2. Sonny Cash - Merry Christmas Polka

3. The Sisterhood - Yonder

4. Ralph Lowe - Shall We Not Forget The Times Of Our Lives

5. Ralph Lowe - Stars Love

6. Kay Lastima - Furdee

7. Dick Kent - Common Sense Of Love

8. John Fulker - She Knows How To Do The Doo Dee Do

9. The Sisterhood - During Evening

10. "Linda Lane" - A New Kind Of Letter

11. Allen Scott - Bopping In Flip Flops

12. Allen Scott - A Corner Of Your Heart

13. Matt Vincent - Sky Diver's Lament

14. Linda Lane - Tribute To America

15. Keith Sargent - What's In A Mind?

16. Norris And The Collegians - Wall St. Daily Cry

17. Rodd Keith - Gloria

18. Kay Weaver - Junkies and Monkeys

19. Kay Weaver - Is It The End?

20. Ralph Lowe - The Crime Shows

21. Rod Keith - Put A Little Love

22. Rod Keith - Whisper To Me

23. unknown - Rock Me Slow

24. unknown - Put A Little Love

25. Gene Marshall - We Are The Men Counting Sheep

26. Kay Weaver - Wish I Could Shoot A Gun

27. Kay Weaver - Ripoff USA

28. Ralph Lowe - An Old Man's Life

29. Ralph Lowe - Becky

30. Ralph Lowe - Joe Goes Disco

Written by Listener Lee Rosevere

May 13th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Mining the Audio Motherlode, Vol. 16 (MP3s)

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Miner Give the Drummer Some's

10 Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere

(see Comments, below, for helpful info about downloading)

This past January, the majestic tenor saxophonist David S. Ware released Shakti, his first studio recording in six years. Two weeks earlier, urgent news had come down that he was in dire need of a new kidney. Yesterday, following a successful search for a donor, David underwent transplant surgery and today he begins a three-month convalescence.

Dsw Unable to work during this period David has relied on donations to help cover expenses, and the fine people at his label, AUM Fidelity, have been coordinating a fund-raising effort.

If you choose to download any of the discs offered below — or if you've helped yourself to offerings in previous columns — then the Miner is requesting that you make a thoughtful donation to help a musician in need. Please go here for the details. Thanks.


Massive Tracks from '49

Orquestra Afro-Brasileira  ~  "Obaluayê!"

(Blog: Oro)

From the album: Índia (mp3)


Amazing Comps of Tunes from Derek's Daily 45

Various  ~  "Soul Deep, Volume 1"

(Blog: Twilight Zone

[And don't you dare neglect to grab volumes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8!]



Manu Dibango  ~  "Countdown at Kusini"  (OST)

(Blog: Babe(B)logue)

[7 more vital organs (and other groovy noisemakers) after the jump]


Free Jazz Goes Dutch

Leo Cuypers  ~  "Zeeland Suite / Johnny Rep Suite"

(Blog: 17 Green Buicks)


Semi-Twisted Honky Tonker

Hugh X. Lewis  ~  "My Kind of Country"

(Blog: Red Neckerson's Radio Round Up)

Not from the album: Evolution and the Bible (mp3)


Sibling Chivalry

Lal & Mike Waterson  ~  "Bright Phoebus"

(Blog: Kick to Kill)


A Chants Encounter

Various  ~  "Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants"

(Blog: South Pacific Music)


Before She Gave Up Soul for Gospel

Tommie Young  ~  "Do You Still Feel the Same Way"

(Blog: My Blog Too)

From the album: That's How Strong My Love Is (mp3)


A Coupla Salty Dogs

Allen Brothers  ~  Every record they made!

(Blog: Lonesome Lefty's Scratchy Attic)


Hot, Between the Knees Action

Jack Costanzo  ~  "Costanzo, Cano & Bongos"

(Blog: Orgy in Rhythm)

From the album: Abaniquito (mp3)

Listen for music from these and other incredible finds on

Give the Drummer Some, Fridays on WFMU, 9 to Noon (ET).


Check out every installment of Mining the Audio Motherlode

Written by Doug Schulkind

May 13th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Akron/Family live improv on The Frow Show (mp3s)

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Akron Family recorded a live improv for The Frow Show, which aired this past weekend. Host Jesse Jarnow writes:

The plans for Cobra-like cues and Oblique Strategies borne from the Love Room loft fell by the wayside, and very quickly Akron/Family shut off the lights in WFMU's Studio B. Literally stumbling in the dark between their usual instruments, upright and toy pianos, Farfisa organ, space blaster, Scott Williams' cigar box guitar, Bryce's accordion, and other toys, the trio jammed for an hour-and-a-half straight, reconnecting with the experimental investigations that run beneath their current incarnation's cosmic folk and Afrodelic dreaminess.

Akron/Family live on The Frow Show 5/11/09 - part 1 (mp3) | part 2 (mp3) | part 3 (mp3)

WFMU's Playlist & Streaming Archive  |  Engineers: Chris Koltay & Jeff Simmons

mp3s shared under Creative Commons | Check out Akron/Family on the Free Music Archive

Akron/Family is currently touring in support of Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free, their new CD/2xLP on Dead Oceans

Written by Jason Sigal

May 11th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Posted in Audio,MP3s,music

Laura Cantrell At The Grand Ole Opry

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LauraRTS5 The Proprietress of WFMU's Radio Thrift Shop made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry this week!  She will also be paying tribute to the Queen of Country music, Mrs. Kitty Wells, today at the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Get the tissues out and hear her Opry performance here (mp3)

Laura says this is her version of Wanda Jackson's "Tears At The Grand Ole Opry" (mp3)

Rock On, Laura!

Written by Debbie D

May 9th, 2009 at 9:00 am

Bang on a Jam 2009, hosted by Billy Jam

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Xkenscottmike In case you missed the crazy-fun Bang on a Jam noisefest on Billy Jam's show last week, you can download the whole segment here:

Bang on a Jam - 2009 (MP3) | Playlist

Who made all that racket? Billy Jam, Station Manager Ken, Jason Sigal, Doron, Scott Williams, Jeff Mullan, Mike, Nick The Bard, and Bill Bowen, that's who.

Bang on a Jam began in 2008 after Billy was underwhelmed by the annual Bang on a Can festival in NYC. Clearly the Can has been upstaged by the Jam!

Written by Liz Berg

May 8th, 2009 at 9:00 am

AA’s Essential Entertainment

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AA Killer new 7" reissue of 1981 Fall/Joy Division-inspired Belgians AA, out via Brooklyn's Softspot Music label in a limited edition of 500. The band chose its monicker as such so they could be filed in store bins in front of Abba. They got some brief buzz in the Rough Trade shops; Bush Tetras and Y Pants took some of their 45s back to New York, but the band never really got into cruising altitude playing sporadic gigs here and there. Neat to see this resurface.

AA "Hymn of Praise" (MP3) from Essential Entertainment 7"

Written by Brian Turner

May 7th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

s P L e e N c o F F i N Dygytl Archyvz of Noyz

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SP18CSffa I really dig it when limited run tape trading labels make their out-of-print releases available for free online.  The Tanzprocesz Records archives, which I found a while back, enabled me to hear a lot of noise I wouldn't have had the bucks for otherwise.  Just the other day I noticed that Spleencoffin Records also has a good amount of out-of-print downloads available with super fancy flash streaming too.  As it's looking, Spleencoffin material will also be available soon on freemusicarchive.org.  Based in Baltimore, Spleencoffin first caught my attention when the par none boxset Ladyz in Noyz arrived in the WFMU new bin.  Turns out Spleencoffin is one of the finer up and coming venues for the noise Body More Murder Land is becoming famous for - so good it actually won "best label" award from the Baltimore City Paper. You can browse the Spleencoffin free online archive here.  Definitely make sure to check out the first disk of the Ladyz of Noyz box that just went up on the archive.  Pictured above is the cover of a new release, El Imperio, from the Uruguayan improv garage outfit Fiesta Animal. Sik.

Oh man, so I just put another thing together that is very much related.  Check out the Mattin online archive of free conceptual music, including a release from WFMU's own Kurt Gottschalk.

Written by Nat Roe

May 7th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

UbuWeb Featured Resources, April/May 09: David Toop & Pauline Oliveros

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UbuWeb Featured Resources, May 2009

Selected by David Toop

1. Henri Michaux: Images du Monde Visionnaire

2. Yves Klein: Anthropometries of the Blue Period & Fire Paintings

3. Jacques Lacan: Télévision

4. Yukio Mishima: Rite of Love and Death

5. Chris Marker, John Chapman & Frank Simeone: Junkopia

6. Ethnopoetics: Canntaireachd - Earl of Seaforth's Salute

7. Ethnopoetics: Slim and Slam - 'African Jive'

8. La Monte Young: Drift Study 31 1 69, Aspen 8, item 5.

9. J.G. Ballard: Shanghai Jim

10. Group Ongaku: Automatism

David Toop is a musician/composer, writer and curator. More here.



UbuWeb Featured Resources, April 2009

Selected by Pauline Oliveros

1. Billy Bang - "Daydreams"

2. Guy Klucevsek - "Clairvoyant"

3. Mauricio Kagel - Antithese

4. Tehching Hsieh (b. 1950) - One Year Performance, No. 2 (1980-81)

5. Her Noise - The Making Of

6. Terry Fox - Children's Tapes

7. Glenn Gould - Karlheinz Klopweisser Promo for CBC

8. Sainkho Namtchylak - Roulette TV

9. John Baldessari- Baldessari Sings Lewitt

Pauline Oliveros (b. 1932) is an accordionist and composer who was a central figure in the development of post-war electronic art music. Oliveros was a founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the 1960s, and served as its director. She has taught music at Mills College, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Oliveros has written books, formulated new music theories and investigated new ways to focus attention on music including her concepts of Deep Listening and "sonic awareness". More here.

Written by Kenny G

May 6th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Prizehog: MP3s from WFMU/AQ SXSW 09

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Prizehog Back on March 20th, WFMU did its second SXSW show down in Austin, this time joined in the hand-picking and presentation of the bill by our friends at Aquarius Records in San Francisco. It was a pretty massive event, 14 bands in all, and the outdoor stage kicked off that evening with one of AQ's picks from their hometown, Prizehog. Like the band Harvey Milk (who coincidentally opened WFMU's SXSW show the previous year), this trio specializes in downtuned, sludged-out epic psychedelic metal, though for my money these guys take it into a more spaced-out realm. Their great studio CDR had a somewhat primitive vibe of lo-fi basement doom done on bareboned recording equipment, but live in the outdoor concrete pit of Spiro's I thought they sounded no less destructive, and even more expansive. Worked totally great on the radio as well, check out these MP3s below. And also check out an assortment of 2008/2009 live MP3s from our SXSW shows up on the Free Music Archive (with more to come). Thanks again to Prizehog, AQ, and all the bands and Austin attendees!

Prizehog live at Spiro's, March 20, 2009:

Part 1 (MP3)

Part 2 (MP3)

Part 3 (MP3)

Written by Brian Turner

May 6th, 2009 at 11:40 am

Mining the Audio Motherlode, Vol. 15 (MP3s)

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Miner Give the Drummer Some's

10 Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere

(see Comments, below, for helpful info about downloading)

We'll get to the music in a sec, but the Miner wanted to offer a tip of the illuminated helmet to radio hero Herb Morrison, who on this day, 72 years ago, narrated the tragic final moments of the zeppelin Hindenburg as it attempted to moor in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Covering the scene for Chicago's WLS, Morrison meticulously described the horror with shocking clarity. Listen (mp3)

Once the goosebumps recede, sink your ears into the following:


Her Pipes Are Smoking

Gurmeet Bawa  ~  "Love and Life in the Punjab"

(Blog: We Love Music)

From the album: Jugani (mp3)


Jimi Hendrix and Stan Kenton Had a Baby: This Groovy Album

Gil Evans  ~  "There Comes a Time"

(Blog: Kazuyann35)


On a Whole Other Plena

Cortijo y Su Combo  ~  "Baile con Cortijo y Su Combo"

(Blog: Flageolette)

[7 more "Oh the humanity!"-worthy selections, after the jump]


Soulscapes Bold and Sweet

Maxayn  ~  "Maxayn"

(Blog: Fullundie)


Texan's Ear-Tickling Novelties

Doye O'Dell  ~  "Bath Tub Blues"

(Blog: Rockabilly Ranch)

From the album: Lookin' Poor But Feelin' Rich (mp3)


Avant Samba Composed for a Fashion Show

Seigen Ono  ~  "Comme des Garçon, Vol. 2"

(Blog: Music Hertz)


This Bollywood Flick's Title Translates as "Laughing Wounds"

Madan Mohan  ~  "Hanste Zakhm" (OST)

(Blog: Music From the Third Floor)

From the soundtrack: Aaj Socha To Ansoo Bhar Aaye (mp3) by Lata Mangeshkar


Rocked Wild, Loved Hard, Died Young

Tooter Boatman  ~  "Rockin'"

(Blog: Johnny One-Note's Earcandies)

From the album: Wayward Wind (mp3)


Brash Trad Singer from Norfolk  (3 CDs)

Peter Bellamy  ~  "Wake the Vaulted Echoes"

(Blog: Time Has Told Me)


Perfect for the iPhone's New "Contact High" App

David Peel & the Lower East Side  ~  "Have a Marijuana"

(Blog: Hippy Djkit)

Listen for music from these and other incredible finds on

Give the Drummer Some, Fridays on WFMU, 9 to Noon (ET).


Check out every installment of Mining the Audio Motherlode

Written by Doug Schulkind

May 6th, 2009 at 11:08 am

The Kidnapping Of Peggy Ann Bradnick (MP3)

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Russ Edwards  -  Eight Days At Shade Gap  (3:13)

On May 11, 1966 17-year-old Peggy Ann Bradnick, a high school junior from rural Shade Gap, Pennsylvania got off the school bus and started walking home with her five brothers and sisters. 

Before they made it to the house, they were approached by a shotgun-toting man known locally as the Bicycle Man, in reference to his normal mode of transportation.  He took Peggy at gunpoint and warned her siblings that he'd kill all of them if they tried to help her.  With that, he dragged Peggy into the woods of the Tuscarora Mountains and disappeared.  The kidnapper, 44-year-old former mental patient William Hollenbaugh, had  spent 6 years of his life in prison and an additional 13 years in Pennsylvania's hospital for the criminally insane after being diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.

More details (and a slew of photos) after the jump.

The abduction was the beginning of what turned out to be a painful 8 day ordeal at the hands of Bill Hollenbaugh.  Most of the time was spent scrambling from one remote mountain hiding spot to another hiding from an ever-growing rescue search and rescue party.   Hollenbaugh gave Peggy some filthy old men's clothes to wear and dragged her up and down the mountains and through creeks and rivers to various isolated spots where he'd stashed food and supplies.  The entire time he made two things clear to her: one, that he'd kill her if she gave him any trouble and two, that he planned to keep her and to never let her go.

Eventually, FBI agents caught up with the pair and Hollenbaugh gunned down agent Terry Anderson (only the ninth FBI agent ever to die in the line of duty).   Following Anderson's death, the efforts to capture Hollenbaugh were further intensified and he was eventually shot and killed on a nearby farm owned by the Rubeck family.

Following the eight day ordeal, during which she lost 14 pounds, Peggy spent a week in the hospital recovering from cuts, bruises, and severe dehydration. 


In 1991, a full 25 years after the incident, the story of Peggy Ann's kidnapping was the subject of an NBC TV movie called A Cry In The Wild: The Taking Of Peggy Ann.   The movie featured Megan Follows as Peggy Ann, while kidnapper William Hollenbaugh was played by David Morse (recently seen portraying George Washington in the HBO series John Adams), and murdered FBI agent Terry Anderson was played by David Soul.

Despite the emotionally and physically painful ordeal, Bradnick maintained a remarkably compassionate view of her kidnapper.  As she said in a July 16, 1966 article in the Saturday Evening Post:

"It would be easy to say that I despise the very memory of the Mountain Man and let it go at that.  But I don't believe that all the misery, sorrow and death he caused was entirely his fault, any more than it is a snake's fault when it strikes someone who steps on it.  I'll leave it to the psychiatrists to diagnose what's wrong with his mind, but it seemed to me that he was a person everybody had rejected, not tried to help.  Apparently nobody ever took an interest in him.  He was about as lonely as a human being can get.  So he was fighting back in the only way he could figure out, trying to capture by force the human companionship he couldn't get any other way.  I just happened to be the one he caught."

These days Peggy Ann Bradnick Jackson manages a senior citizen center in Three Springs, Pa about a dozen miles from Shade Gap.  In October 2008, she spoke at length about her kidnapping to the Fulton County Historical Society.

The black and white photos below appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in July 1966.  The color photo, which appeared in the Fulton County News, was taken in October 2008, when Bradnick Jackson spoke to the Fulton County Historical Society about the kidnapping and its aftermath.










And if you're still hungry for additional photos, the LIFE magazine archives feature six more.

Written by Listener Greg G.

May 6th, 2009 at 9:00 am

Songs The Fall Taught Us

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Couldnt get ahead big This post courtesy of Listener Thomas G.

Johnny Paycheck - Cocaine Train
Merle Haggard - White Line Fever
Lonnie Irving - Pinball Machine
Leadbelly - The Bourgeois Blues
Dean Martin - Houston
Luke The Drifter - Just Waitin'
Tommy Blake - F-Olding Money
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich - The Legend Of Xanadu
Nancy Sinatra - The City Never Sleeps At Night
R. Dean Taylor - There's A Ghost In My House
Gene Vincent  - Rollin' Danny
The Kinks - Victoria
The Sonics - Strychnine
Hank Mizell - Jungle Rock  
The Monks - Oh, How To Do Now 
The Searchers - Popcorn Double Feature
The Other Half  - Mr. Pharmacist
The Groundhogs  - Junkman
Lou Reed - Kill Your Sons
The Move - I Can Hear The Grass Grow
Gene Pitney  - Last Chance To Turn Around
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Beatle Bones 'n' Smokin' Stones
The Saints - This Perfect Day
Iggy Pop - African Man
Mother's Of Invention  - I'm Not Satisfied
Deep Purple - Black Night
Henry Cow - War
Mr. Bloe - Groovin' With Mr. Bloe
Bob McFadden & Dor - The Mummy
The Idle Race -The Birthday
Richard Berry - Louie, Louie
Lee Perry - Kimble
Sir Gibbs - People Grudgeful
Steve Bent - I'm Going To Spain
Sister Sledge - Lost In Music
The Fall - A Day In The Life 

More after the jump!

From Thomas:

I've been thinking about the Fall lately. That's nothing new, but I've been obsessed with them more than usual, probably for two reasons: I just paid a weekend visit to a friend who promises when his baby is born in June that his first order of business will be to play her their entire catalog in chronological order (shhhh - don't tell his wife) and second, I finally got around to reading Mark E Smith's memoir "Renegade" (said friend thrust a copy in my hand upon meeting up). It reads more like a drunken bar rant than a life recalled (the world according to MES) and not surprisingly much of the time he's interested in making sure you know he's the Fall and not, say, Karl Burns or Craig Scanlon. One of my favorite moments is when he writes, "A lot of people say I'd be a really good dad. But I'm the sort who'd forget about the child. I'd be at the pub engrossed in a conversation when I should be at home because the baby's in front of the fire slowly getting roasted." I'd bet a paycheck that a lot of people have never told Mark he'd make a really good dad, maybe not even one. In the course of a week various Fall songs kept running through my head and I realized a lot of them were covers. I wondered what it'd look and sound like to compile them in one place. Upon doing so, and listening to them repeated times, I realized that this collection of 45 songs says almost as much about MES as his book does. Eclectic, eccentric, and rarely obvious, they are a fascinating insight into a very original mind. Starting with Gene Vincent's "Rollin' Danny" on This Nation's Saving Grace, MES has included a cover on nearly every album released since then. Then there are the Peel sessions, b-sides, tribute albums, and the live covers. As for "A Day In the Life," the Fall version is posted here because it's probably the best known song they've covered, while their cover is also one of the most obscure songs in their catalog.

Written by Debbie D

May 5th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

The Anti-Aphrodisiac That Is Square Dancing (mp3s)

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Lord, I feel like an old man right now. 

I'm not sure what gym class meant in other the other parts of the country but in suburban Rochester, NY in the mid-70's when you weren't playing "Kill The Queer" (aka: dodgeball), shuffling through Robert Preston's Chicken Fat or wondering what that funny feeling meant when you were climbing the massive, knotted rope, it meant square dancing.

Yes.  Square dancing.

Like Lynyrd Skynyrd, I don't mean to to put it down but I wish my gym teacher had remembered that a western New York state boy didn't need it around.  Anyhow, back then, awkward barely, pubescent kids, barely able to look at the opposite sex, suffered even more humiliation at the hands of jack-booted gym teachers everywhere by not only dancing with them, but square-dancing with them.

Square dancing.

I'm sure there are parts of the country where happy little worker ants scurry to and fro, honoring their partner and ecstatically forming stars and other geometric shapes but like ice dancing, I just don't get it. Who came up with it?  And why?  Isn't the whole point of dancing about getting laid?  Dancing is foreplay - how does your partner touch you, do they move well and, if you score, will they stalk you when you don't call them the next day.  In contrast, square dancing is like asking your potential sexy-time mate to help you move into your new apartment.

Watch that molding on the door
Lug that couch across the floor
Whaddya think you wanna fuck?
Gotta return that Ryder truck

You get my point.  No matter how much I stare at the cover of the album it speaks not a word of "square dance" to me.  In fact, there's a case to be made that the cute cowboy couple are actually a cowboy god and goddess staring down and laughing at the bunch of pimply teens engaged in avoiding eye contact and do-si-do'ing.  "Suckers!"

I present, then, for your non-sexy-time-having enjoyment, the utilitarian-named Square Dances With Calls.  The main pleasure I get from this comes from imagining the only Jewish square dance caller in New Jersey getting the nod to do his first album.

Perhaps it's my snotty, Boston-bias shining through, but I don't see any need to split up the sides into track lists.  Does anyone really have a favorite square dance song?  "OOOH! Duck For The Oyster!  I LOVE that one!"

And thanks to the lack of any kind of editorial interference, I can add the line "I don't know much about square dancing, but I know it when I see it."

Square Dance Side 1

Square Dance Side 2

Written by Hbee

May 5th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Posted in Hbee's Posts,MP3s

Too Much Information (MP3’s)

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Dad I've seen plenty of singles with labels which carry a plethora of information. I'm thinking here mainly of jazz 78's from the swing era, as well as reissues of the same type of records.

But I don't think I've ever seen nearly as much text regarding separate categories of information as is present on Paul Kosty's "Dad From Trinidad". As you can see, in addition to the label name, artist name, songwriter, speed publishing and label number, we're also treated to a number of unique bits of information.

Here's a list of the performers on the record, including what they played, in addition to the name of the group. There's the location of the recording session. Here are the names of not one, not two, but THREE different dramatic works which feature the song (including a book - not sure how that would work).

And then my two favorite's: The legend "The Hit that Put Clarity Records in Business", and Paul Kosty's own title, "Baltimore's Singing Taxidriver".

So, how does the record sound? As a guy who loves calypso a lot more than the next guy (it's probably my favorite genre of music), I'll say that although this one is not likely to make it onto one of my calypso compilations any time soon, it is nontheless a fascinating little record. Have a listen!


Paul Kosty - Dad From Trinidad (MP3)

Paul Kosty - Panama Mama (MP3)

45 Label

Written by Bob Purse

May 4th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

The Crime Lounge

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Crime I'll admit that I have often struggled with plenty of your basic computer technology. Until recently I had no idea how to save an mp3 to my computer, only listen to it (including everything on this very site!). Well now that I finally have figured that out, I am going hog (swine) wild to get everything I possibly can for the Ipod. One of my favorite sites is The Crime Lounge, an exhaustive archive seemingly devoted to compiling every secret agent sound ever mustered on vinyl during the spy heyday of the nineteen sixties. Seventeen different and elaborate comps of spy music can be found on this page. Strictly the James Bond stuff is here. The Crime Lounge moves into the post-spy era to share with us Lalo Schifrin's scores from the Dirty Harry films here. Just an all round fantastic music website from Britain.

Written by Listener Kliph Nesteroff

May 3rd, 2009 at 12:29 am

Samuel Pottle / Unforgetable Fur

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FUR Department of Puppet Audio / Part 1
Today let's visit the tasteful and clever arrangements of Sam Pottle along with his various songwriting partners, during his tenure as music director on Sesame Street from seasons six through nine.
My two selections are from the Grammy-nominated lp The Sesame Street MONSTERS! (1975).

FUR features the full Broadway blitz of Pottle styling and fantastic lyrics by David Axelrod. As well as this lp appearance, it came out as a single in 1976. The words are included herein in full for your furbulous edification:

Distressed puppet Fur! I am covered with fur / From my snoot to my spur / I'm a furry fella./ Fur! When you stroke it I purr / When you poke it I grrr / It's maroon and yella. / Fur! Keeps you warm when it's brrr / Don't you wish that you were / Fairly bursting with fur, fur fur ! / Yes, fur is beautiful / fur is clever / furthermore I'll love it forever / Fur! Unforgettable fur. // Now you may find fur too frightful but / I'd never switch / I find my fur delightful but / boy, does it itch./ You may see fur as horrible / I say no sir / To me my fur's adorable / and I'm covered with FUR! (I kinda grow it) ...(repeat second verse)

And one of my favorite slow, bluesy ballads from Sesame Street (more in upcoming posts): I Can't Help It, written with Joseph A. Bailey and David Axelrod. This one has a lovely melody that sounds so familiar that I can't figure out if it's copped from some tin pan alley song from the 'teens or not. If so- I want to know what it is. This lp has a terrific cover and is full of great material. A good place to start a Sesame Street album collection. Actually I could virtually throw out all of my others, if only this one had Bert and Ern.  Many of the lps in the SS series have only a handful of songs I want to hear more than once but this one is paced so well I always tend to leave it on until it's done. In a future post we'll explore the Vic Flick/Sesame Street connection. In the meantime, enjoy these gems.



Written by Listener Mindwrecker

May 2nd, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Yanka / Янка

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Yanka001 Upon hosting a live set on my show from Pink Reason (which was at that particular time just a solo Kevin Failure) back in 2006, I learned about the years Kevin spent with his relocated American parents in 1990's Siberia, and also learned some history of what was surely a rich but uber-contained underground punk and psychedelic rock scene going on. A couple years earlier, Igor from Kim's record store in NYC had already floated me a CD of Opizdenevshie which I really dug, couldn't quite assimilate to anything else in contempo psych-punk, and wanted to know more. I later found out that this band had done music with Egor Letov, an Omsk-born avant-protest-punk who had laid a pretty intensive foundation for mid-to-late 80's Soviet underground music, particularly in the band Grazhdanskaya Oborona. A few months ago after Kevin had settled down in Brooklyn, I jumped at the opportunity when he offered to bring out some of his collected sounds from the then-Soviet (and especially Siberian) underground; the three hour show's archived here. Pretty much everything he brought down blew me away, especially the LP Stid I Sram by a Novosibirsk-born woman named Yanka (AKA Yana Stanislavovna Dyagileva). During her 1988-91 presence on what was a super tight-knit scene, she was the significant other of Letov playing in assorted combos as well, and he played on her records in turn. Yanka was found dead in 1991, drowned in a river with the official tag of suicide, though apparently that's been somewhat debated. That particular debate can surely be fueled by the track "Pridyot Voda" which Kevin played, an epic, 9 minute fiery folk-punk anthem with Yanka spitting out angry verse after verse, literally referring to the act of drowning before the song leaps into a devastating, swirling organ solo that wouldn't sound out of place on a noise record. It's really incredible, but apologies for the short skip within the MP3 due to the vinyl not being in optimal shape. Letov, by the way, passed away from heart failure in 2008, and Kevin did a tribute performance in tribute to him, which you can check out some of on You Tube.

Yanka "Pridyot Voda" (MP3)

Written by Brian Turner

April 30th, 2009 at 11:30 am

Mining the Audio Motherlode, Vol. 14 (MP3s)

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Miner All of us here at Mining the Audio Motherlode want to extend a firm handshake (followed by quick Purell shpritz) to new Democratic senator Arlen Specter. With Specter deserting the sinking GOP, visions of gaining a filibuster-proof supermajority in the senate have us all aflutter. Nevertheless, thoughts of invoking cloture also brings up bitter reminders of the senate's inability over the course of decades to defeat Southern racist filibustering of nearly 200 anti-lynching bills.

How ironic is it, then, that on the same day and at the same U.S. Capitol building were Specter switched parties, a bust of crusading abolitionist Sojourner Truth was unveiled (by First Lady Michelle Obama)—making her the first African American woman so honored. An even richer irony took place four years ago, when the senate voted to officially apologize for failing to act on the lynching scourge. That resolution was introduced by two white Southern senators, one of whom, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, invoked Billie Holiday's performance of "Strange Fruit" on the floor of the senate.

Speaking of thrilling music, here are this week's downloads:


Sioux Rockers from New Mexico (No Relation to

Lincoln Street Exit  ~  "Drive It!"

(Blog: PHROCK)



Hysterical Covers from Mexico (and Brazil and Cuba and Peru)

Various  ~  "Easy Melodías"

From the album: Médico Brujo (mp3) by Manuel "Loco" Valdés

(Blog: Mexicovers)


Rare Self-Released Soul Outta Cleveland

Lou Ragland  ~  "...Is the Conveyor"

(Blog: Diggin the Crates)

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[7 more gavel-smashers, after the jump]


Extraordinary Moments in Stoner Jazz

John Klemmer  ~  "Blowin' Gold"

(Blog: Ile Oxumare)

From the album: Excursion #2 (mp3)


He's Backed by Hank's Drifting Cowboys

Tibby Edwards  ~  "Tibby Edwards"

(Blog: Uncle Gil's Rockin' Archives)


Lovely French Folkies Sing (Mostly) in English

Folkdove  ~  "Folkdove"

(Blog: Mutant Sounds)

From the album: Reverdie (mp3)


Roiling Organ-Driven Danceables

Hank Marr  ~  "Greasy Spoon"

(Blog: Be Bop Wino)


Japan's Answer to Black Sabbath?

Blues Creation  ~ "Blues Creation"

(Blog: Savage Saints)

From the album: Double Crossing Time (mp3)


Outtakes from the "Nashville Skyline" Sessions (and more)

Bob Dylan/Johnny Cash  ~  "Nashville 1969"

(Blog: Chocoreve)

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Fats Waller, Coleman Hawkins, Don Redman, Benny Carter & James P. Johnson were all in the Band!

McKinney's Cotton Pickers  ~  Tons of RealAudio Song Downloads

(Blog: Red Hot Jazz)

Listen for music from these and other incredible finds on

Give the Drummer Some, Fridays on WFMU, 9 to Noon (ET).


Check out every installment of Mining the Audio Motherlode

Written by Doug Schulkind

April 29th, 2009 at 11:59 am

From Bacteria to Boys Live on WFMU

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DSC_0325 Brooklyn drummer/hustler Mike Pride brought his wonderfully named jazz quartet From Bacteria to Boys to WFMU recently to record a set for The Long Rally.  Mike plays in tons of bands in a range of genres and non-genres so I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but I knew he'd bring a freeform approach to jazz.  I was not mistaken and happily blown away by the musicians in the band; each one brought a burst of personality to Mike's rugged and zigzagging tunes.  Darius Jones (whose debut as a leader will be a trio with Cooper-Moore and Bob Moses coming soon!) totally wails on alto.  Peter Bitenc and Alex Marcello (bass and piano, respectively) were real eye-openers, two musicians who I had not heard before but will be checking on in the future.  They both killed it.  From behind the kit, Mike Pride directed these difficult twisting songs and made it look easy!  MP3s from the set are below or streaming/downloadable/mixtapeable, etc. on the Free Music Archive page.  For more please check out Mike Pride's Funhole Records or his MySpace page.  Thanks to Mark Triant for engineering.

From Bacteria to Boys

Rec. Date: April 6, 2009

Air Date: April 8, 2009

Engineer: Mark Triant

Show: The Long Rally with Scott McDowell

12 Lines for Build > It Doesn't Stop


Reese Witherspoon



Emo Hope

More photos after the jump.

The live audio in this post is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States license.






Written by Scott McDowell

April 24th, 2009 at 10:18 am

Magic Carpathians Project Live on WFMU, 2001

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(Reposting this with links that work)

Indeed hailing from Poland's plot of the Carpathian mountain range, The Magic Carpathians Project ("Projekt Karpaty Magiczne", to wy i ja) first announced themselves to a U.S. audience in March 2001, with a stunning and absolutely captivating performance on my radio show. The project of two artists, multi-instrumentalist / vocal shapeshifter Anna Nacher, and multi-instrumentalist / sound-sculptor Marek Styczyński (formerly of enviro-politico psych legends ATMAN), on this date they were joined by bassist Tomasz Radziuk and percussionist Jan Kubek.  Irene Trudel and Chris Stubbs engineered.

Tracks: One Mother  ||  The Magic Carpathians  ||  Mountains Above Clouds  ||  Ragana's Story  ||  Lullaby For Rainbow Warrior  ||  Bluff  ||  Dance  ||  Under a Northern Sky  ||  Vydunas

THE MAGIC CARPATHIANS PROJECT artist page on the Free Music Archive is here, along with the entire radio session available to listen or download.

Magic Carpathians Project on Beware of the Blog 3 years ago, with video, here

Magic Carpathians Project perform live on Rich Hazelton's WFMU show in 2006 here

Written by Scott W

April 23rd, 2009 at 6:26 pm