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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

Thursday, Friday, Saturday: WFMU Live from Primavera Sound

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Prima From an April post:

Festival time for WFMU once again and this time a little further than a jaunt into the autumnal Catskills. Thanks to kind invitation and plane tickets courtesy of Primavera Sound, WFMU is hopping the pond over to Barcelona, Spain for live broadcasts from the prestigious festival at the Parc del Fòrum on May 28th, 29th, and 30th! We'll be packing our remote gear (and 3D glasses for Gaudi building viewing) and parking it alongside the Mediterranean for three days of multiple-stage broadcasts of some sure-to-be stellar FMU-friendly live sets. The schedule exact set-time broadcasts for us have not been finalized, but take a gander at some of the fest's heavy participants here. We're unbelievably stoked to be invited as American radio ambassadors for these shows; the lineup is dizzying, and again, totally perfect for WFMU and its freeform-lovin' listenership. Super thanks to our pal Jaime Casas for helping to get the ball rolling, and all the cool peops at the fest we're looking forward to working with!


WFMU is here, the weather is ridiculously incredible. We survived the post-Barcelona victory over Manchester United street carnage last night, and we're starting our broadcast from Spain today around 4:30 PM Eastern time, going until 7:00, then reconvening 8:00 PM through 11:00PM. During that time we''ll be shuttling between the ATP, Rayban, Estrella, Pitchfork, and Rockdelux stages (yeah, it's a big ass festival) and you're likely to hear the Magik Markers, Bats, Spectrum, Vaselines, the Jesus Lizard, Jay Reatard, and Wooden Shjips! Maybe more as permissions are still being finalized. Some of these may spill into our Day 2 broadcast if time doesn't allow. WFMU will be on its Facebook and Twitter pages too to try to give you a rundown of exact start times and what you can expect during the evenings.

Friday, the 29th: the festivities commence on air at 3:00 PM Eastern, going until 7 and then again from 8-11PM, where we'll try to squeeze in some full sets and excerpts from Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls, Spiritualized, Sunn o))), Throwing Muses, Fucked Up, and possibly more.

Saturday, the 30th: Day three from 3:00 PM Eastern until midnight. Perhaps airing some of the sets we were unable to get to from Thursday or Friday? But playing on assorted stages that day are Jeremy Jay, Th' Faith Healers, Oneida, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Deerhunter. Once again, this is all subject to change, but to the best of our knowledge you'll be hearing these sets on these particular days, and we'll do our gosh darndest to keep you up to date online. As usual, we'll also be looking into archiving as much of this as we can ala our ATP and SXSW shows, and get some up on the Free Music Archive too (artist-approval-pending)! Tune in, send us good vibes to keep us fueled for our all-nighters in Barcelona!

Written by Brian Turner

May 28th, 2009 at 8:29 am

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

black to the future

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Ica This is a picture of the bathroom at the ICA in Philadelphia.  It's not my favorite image from my visit there this past weekend, it is the only picture I could take unnoticed.  I tried to slyly sneak some shots in the Sun Ra exhibit, but the damn bleep of my digital camera gave me away instantly.  It's an attractive bathroom, covered in wallpaper made up of vintage fashion ads.  And while you are visiting this luscious WC, do check out the Sun Ra show upstairs.  Last Sunday was the 85th birthday of Marshall Allen, leader of the Arkestra and May 22nd was the 95th anniversary of Sun Ra's arrival on Earth.

Sun Ra and his Arkestra lived In Germantown, on the edge of Philadelphia, for over 35 years, until his death in 1993.   When I heard that the ICA was planning a Sun Ra show, I assumed it would be based on images and album art from his Philadelphia days.  The title of the show, Pathways to Unknown Worlds: Sun Ra, El Saturn and Chicago's Afro-Futurist Underground 1954-58 tells a different story.

The show is lent from the collection of the Hyde Park Art Center, in Chicago, and shines a light on a formative time for Sun Ra. The preponderance of free spirited and radical philosophies embraced by black creative communities in post-war Chicago created the Sun Ra Arkestra we know today; an expression of musical experimentation, cosmic philosophies, and cultural reconfiguring.  Predating the punk DIY scene by decades Sun Ra formed his own record company, El Saturn records.  In addition to living communally in Philadelphia, Sun Ra and the Arkestra designed and printed many of their record covers and sold them at gigs.

The gallery's presentation of album covers and artwork is made more compelling by the screening of several films, photos, and collections of Sun Ra's unreleased music.  On July 1 the mighty Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen takes the stage.   July 15th a documentary made by British DJ Don Letts, Sun Ra: Brother from Another Planet will be shown.  July 8 John Szwed, Author of Space is the Place lectures.  Check out the ICA's website for more events.

Written by DJ Trouble

May 26th, 2009 at 8:06 am

Beastie Boys “So What’cha Want ” ft. The Roots

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Beastie Boys talk about "Check Your Head" and play So What'cha Want ft. The Roots Crew live on Jimmy Fallon May 25, 2009. (p.s. i named it "check your head" because of the album and was just gonna put up the interview. thanks for looking out tho XD ) THIS VIDEO SHOULD NOT BE DOWNLOADED OR USED OTHER THAN WATCHING HERE ON YOU TUBE.)

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

Auktyon – My Love (video)

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Great video for a great song by Russian art-rock band Auktyon.

This video is from 1991, but Auktyon is still around and going to play a bunch of shows in the US in June, July, and August. Check out their website for details.

Written by Lukas

May 25th, 2009 at 9:00 am

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

Austin, TX City Council Public Hearing, 8/24/06 (video)

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Written by Listener Jonathan Steinke

May 23rd, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Just a Bunch Of Oldie Videos

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Actually, it's not really fair to lump all these videos into the oldies category.  It's just become so easy to do so with music videos from the black and white area.  Even on the radio now, oldies seems to include stuff like the Doors and Led Zeppelin.  So, to go along with history's tendency to lump together things that were once differentiated, I'll include some really diverse clips today.  On the top left are Korea's Kim Sisters, the multiinstrumentalist stalwarts, singing "Spring".  Top right is a Caetano Veloso selection from the 1968's Festival de Música Popular Brasileira.  I wasn't aware that Caetano was this much of a rock star.  The crowd knows every word and Caetano is totally elated.  These songs are from my favorite Caetano Veloso album, the 1968 LP. There's actually a lot of great footage from this festival of much smaller Tropicalia acts.  I'd especially recommend this clip from Marilia Medalha e Edu Lobo.

Bottom left is some Japanese freak beat via The Cougars, singing Aphrodite in 1967.  Bottom right is the most oldie thing of this whole bunch, Les Missles singing Sacre Dollar in 1963.

Written by Nat Roe

May 21st, 2009 at 1:14 pm

More WFMU DJ Off-Mic Activities

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Not only can you catch Dave the Spazz rubbing shoulders with Mick Collins and the Paul Green School of Rock kids tonight at BB King Blues Club in Manhattan... a few other DJs have some upcoming off-mic events this week that are worth checking out.

HotRod DJs tonight @ the Lamp Post in Jersey City (352 2nd St), 9pm-2am... Free!


Maria Levitsky
celebrates the opening of her photography show, "Building Photographs," at Deborah Berke & Partners Architecture Gallery (220 5th Ave, 7th Floor) in Manhattan tomorrow evening (Thurs 5/21), 6:30 - 8:30pm.

Small Change DJs at the Down & Derby roller disco party at Studio B in Brooklyn (259 Banker St) this Saturday with DJ Ayres and Rok One, 10pm onward (RSVP here for discounted admission).

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Written by Liz Berg

May 20th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

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

Mick Collins to appear at School of Rock Benefit tonight!

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2008_02_dirtbombs Rock hero Mick Collins (from the Dirtbombs!!!!) will be joining Dave the Spazz and the Paul Green School of Rock kids for the WFMU Benefit tonight at the BB King Blues Club in Manhattan!

Tonight marks the second and final night of performances hosted by Dave the Spazz, who has handpicked music to be performed by local branches of the Paul Green School of Rock and the SCHOOL OF ROCK ALLSTARS.

The kids will compete for rock glory, as Dave selects the winning school. Expect a chimpified, sonic soiree of overmodulated, toe-stubbing rock and roll music as performed by junior high and high school kids! Plus a special guest appearance by Mick Collins! Don't miss it!

Wednesday May 20th - 8pm

BB King Blues Club

New York, NY

$15 advance and door

Written by Liz Berg

May 20th, 2009 at 10:39 am

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

I Hate Spring (video)

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A seasonal classic by Beatrice Lillie, with a modern video.

Thanks to good friend Arwulf Arwulf at WCBN for introducing me to this song many years ago.

Written by Lukas

May 18th, 2009 at 9:00 am

“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

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

The Gods Are Here, and Maybe the Channelled Spirit of Sam Kinison

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via Greg Baise/Stephen O'Malley

Written by Brian Turner

May 13th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Truckers Shuckers Freeks & Geeks

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Mark_lee_allen Since keeping track of all the millions of podcasts out there is a hopeless task, I thought I'd put together a post hyping an outstanding show that might otherwise escape your attention.

For quite some time I've been immensely enjoying Truckers Shuckers Freeks & Geeks, produced and hosted by a hardcore record maniac named Mark Lee Allen (not to be confused with Beware Of The Blog contributor Mark Allen).  Over on his myspace page, Mark Lee Allen describes himself as a "record collector, idiot, DJ, and all-around geek" and he's certainly got discs to prove it.  His massive collection of original issue rockabilly, hillbilly, rhythm and blues, and doo-wop 45s and 78s, seems pretty close to endless.

Originally from Portsmouth, England and now living in Oregon, Mark's been in the US only about 5 years.  Unfortunately for the rest of us record hunters here in America, it seems he's wasting no time in his efforts to acquire every cool disc ever waxed.  Listening to his show is always a blast.  On mic, his between song ramblings absolutely brim with enthusiasm, humor and arcane record collecting details that invariably ring true.

The shows themselves usually (but not always) have themes, frequently centering on a specific record label or topical theme. 

His "record label" shows usually involve diving incredibly deeply (really, where does he find these discs?) into the hillbilly-flavored obscurities released by a given label.  Examples include, but aren't strictly limited to, Columbia, Starday, Mercury, Coral, Goldband, and King.

His topically-themed shows are all over the place and have included subjects like truck driving, guitar blues, Johnny Cash soundalikes, and Elvis Presley tribute records.  And any show with "Trailer Park" in the title is sure to be a winner as that's where Mark spins some of his most deranged discs covering subjects like hippies, beatniks, gambling, oddball trucker songs, murder, suicide, alcoholism, all-purpose oddities,  assorted parodies and demented novelties. I'm told that tomorrow he'll be uploading a show called Garage Sale At The Trailer Park.  I'm there.

Don't know where to start?  You could always check out his January 8, 2009 show, which kicks off with Pee Wee King's soaring version of Dragnet, recorded in 1955.  That's right, Dragnet - with steel guitars,  fiddles and cowboy hats!  And for some additional fun, hang in there until at least 47 minutes in (or cheat and move the positioning bar) and listen in as Mark gleefully mangles his repeated attempts to pronounce Nuevo Laredo when back-announcing an Elton Britt recording by that name.

Written by Listener Greg G.

May 13th, 2009 at 4:52 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

So When Is the Benny Tudino’s Show Already?

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Haven't seen them on a Maxwells marquee yet, but Personal and the Pizzas assure everyone that they are indeed New Jersey's finest rock and roll band. As a radio station in the central orbit of many Jersey bands (some of whom utilize weaponry), we issue our standard "who are we to argue?" response.

Written by Brian Turner

May 11th, 2009 at 11:03 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

ISSUE Project Room’s 6th Anniversary Party

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Holymountainissuecollage2On May 19th, Brooklyn's excellent non-profit performance space, ISSUE Project Room, will be celebrating their 6th year of kicking ass and taking names in the experimental music, film, literature, and art scenes (and also on the Free Music Archive).

The 6th birthday party/benefit for ISSUE Project Room takes place at Galapagos in Dumbo Brooklyn (16 Main St), and WFMU's own Fabio will be representing on the ones and twos. Other notable highlights on the bill include:

- The Pinch of the Baboon (JG Thirlwell, Ed Pastorini, Oren Bloedow and Ben Perowsky)

- Elysian Fields

- Mountains

- members of Excepter

- “Straight and Narrow” (1970), Film screening by Tony Conrad with soundtrack by John Cale and Terry Riley

- Robot Movie by Jim Sharpe with Soundtrack by Lary Seven

On top of this, IPR will reward a prize to the person who shows up in the best Holy Mountain-inspired costume, so you know there's potential for this party to be way better than Halloween. Purchase tickets here, and you'll get $10 off if you use the promotional code fidelio - have fun!

Written by Liz Berg

May 11th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Look Around You – Music (video)

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Written by Lukas

May 11th, 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

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

Los Maurauders Live

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Iowa rockabilly kings had a record on Teenbeat back in the early 1990's called "Every Song We Fuckin' Know" that featured such classics as "Wigglin' Couch", "Martians From Mars" and "Bake That Brisket." There's now 28 minutes of them on Public Access TV on their My Space page. The singer's name is Nobody, and Teenbeat boss Mark Robinson once told me that when he visited, the guy kept a refrigerator full of nothing but canned peaches.

via Potomac River

Written by Brian Turner

May 5th, 2009 at 9:32 am

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

Sainkho on Russian TV (videos)

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Digging around on YouTube recently, I found several videos of amazing Tuvan avant-throat singer Sainkho Namtchylak. Here are two beautiful songs she performed on Russian TV, and I have no clue when this was recorded, who the other musicians are, and what kind of TV show this was. Maybe one of our readers knows?

The second song follows after the jump.

If this is too tame for you, or if you just want to see how Sainkho looks like without a wig, check out this excerpt (YouTube link) of a documentary called Sainkho - A Voice On The Edge - A Journey of Extremes. Or even better, check out all the Sainkho on YouTube and go out and buy her albums. There are not too many other avant-throat singers with a seven-octave range out there.

Written by Lukas

May 4th, 2009 at 9:00 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)

[password = ghostfinger]


[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)

[password = posted_first_at_chocoreve]


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

NYC Indian Classical All-nighter Preview on WFMU

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RW While being a usual event on the subcontinent, all-night Indian classical concert events are not so common here in NYC. Rob Weisberg's Transpacific Sound Paradise previews one this Saturday, May 2nd between 6 and 9 PM live on WFMU : NY-based tabla player and scene advocate Samir Chatterjee has organized a 10th annual all-nighter taking place Saturday to Sunday May 9 to 10 at the Society of Ethical Culture (2 West 64th Street, Manhattan). Included on the show: three musicians who will be among the many participants in the concert: highly regarded veteran virtuosos Pandit Soumitra Lahiri (sitar) and Sri Shailendra Misra (tabla); and representing the next generation, Samir Chatterjee's son, up-and-coming tabla player Dibyarka Chatterjee. Tune in and prep for Saturday's all night-flight.

Written by Brian Turner

April 29th, 2009 at 11:56 am

SONAR in NYC One Night Only

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Cap If you're out and about in NYC on Tuesday, May 12th, Spain's esteemed SONAR festival makes a one-night-only soujourn to our fair city with assorted artists from Barcelona, plus Prefuse 73, Beans, and our own Mudd Up! host DJ/Rupture. The show is free, but you need to sign up here, and it'll all be happening at the Baryshnikov Arts Center at the Howard Gilman Performance Space, 450 West 37th Street. SONAR NYC is part of an ongoing Catalan Days fest happening in town now through May 20th. Also, if you haven't heard the news yet, WFMU will be making its own little pilgrimage to Barcelona at the end of May for a three day simulcast of some of Primavera Sound's massive fest, more details on that forthcoming.

Written by Brian Turner

April 28th, 2009 at 11:15 am

Solo Banjo with Paul Metzger (video)

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I recently stumbled across some recordings of Paul Metzger, solo improvisations for modified banjo and guitar. YouTube has quite a few videos of him and here is one, the first part of a longer piece performed live at Pat's In The Flats in Cleveland, OH, in November 2008.

YouTube: [link]

Written by Lukas

April 27th, 2009 at 9:01 am

Billboard Magazine archives on Google Books

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Books Just spent some time flipping through old issues of Billboard Magazine via Google Books. Turns out the goog has scanned and posted full issues of the magazine, dating all the way back to 1942.

Though it's mainly an industry mag, you'll find tons of gems like goofy old ads, lots of bad hair, an article about piracy/copyright in just about every other issue, anti smut campaigns throughout the ages, and a nice overall documentation of the rise and demise of the record industry.

Written by Liz Berg

April 24th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

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

Blitzen Trapper with Fleet Foxes-Furr

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Mcdonald Theatre, Eugene, Oregon

Written by sosocceror

April 23rd, 2009 at 11:08 pm

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

Whoremonks-momentary fixation

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whoremonks---momentary fixation

Written by ohbehi

February 25th, 2009 at 2:46 am

Blondie – I´m always touched by your presence, dear

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"(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear" is a song from the 1977 album Plastic Letters by Blondie, and was the second single off that album, following up the international breakthrough single "Denis", reaching number 10 in the UK in May 1978. It was never released as a single in the US. It was written by former bass player Gary Valentine, for his then girlfriend before his departure from the band. Valentine had also written the band's first single, "X-Offender". The single was issued in both 7" & 12" formats in the UK, with two songs on the B-side, as were previous singles, "Rip Her to Shreds" and "Denis (Denee)". One of the single's B-side tracks was "Detroit 442", and the other was Jimmy Destri's "Poets Problem", which was not on the original release of Plastic Letters. "Poets Problem" was first issued on CD on the 1993 rarities compilation Blonde and Beyond and later as a bonus track on both the 1994 and 2001 re-releases of Plastic Letters. "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear" was included on Blondie's first 'greatest hits' compilation, The Best of Blondie, released in October 1981

Written by SPrainbow

February 20th, 2009 at 3:40 pm