The Riff Randells
I'm not going to lie, I don't know jack shit about this band except
they were fairly entertaining when they
opened for King Khan & BBQ late last year. Actually, I guess
they opened for Harold Ray: Live in Concert,
as they were the headliners, but whatever. Shit, I even thought
they were a local band but I guess they are
Canucks. Um, just go to their myspace page and listen to
some tracks...the Lethal Lipgloss one is pretty
And for no real reason, here's a pinhole shot of a Mankind toy holding
a llama eraser. So, yeah.
Girl Group Sounds - Lost & Found - Best of Disc 2...
Dolly Parton - Don't
Drop Out. I know, who would have thought Dolly and her boobs
would have been a part of
this box set, but early in her
career she dabbled in pop music before she hit the big time in Nashville.
takes one listen to this track
to realize she was talented enough to have conquered this world if she
the desire to. Mary Wells - Bye
Bye Baby. Mary had no shortage of hits, but this was the
first - and as far as I'm concerned, the
best. Not only that, she
wrote this song herself, an extremely rare accomplishment in those days.
P.P. Arnold - The
First Cut Is The Deepest. About a million people have covered
this Cat Steven's-penned track,
but P.P. was the first and the
best. Mick Jagger was an early force in her career, urging her to
record music with
the Stone's manager that would
later be released on his label. She also spent some time as a backup
Ike & Tina Turner, had a
role on Knot's Landing, and most importantly, was seriously hott. The Shangri-Las - The
Train From Kansas City. Color me retarded, but for the longest
time I thought this was a
Superchunk song - it's featured
on an early singles compilation of theirs, and I never bothered to read
notes (the same thing applies
to the Sebadoh songs they cover on there, but I figured that one out a little
earlier). The Tammys - Egyptian
Shumba. I'm pretty sure I've actually posted this here before,
but you can't get enough of
of a good thing and this is friggin'
fantastic. Such a catchy song, constantly stuck in my head.
***March Twelfth Two Thousand and Six***
Here's a digital pic from a recent show by The Pets...go listen
to their musics and if yer local, check them
out live, they put on a nice Buzzcocks-ish good time.
Here's a few pics of the new version of Black Ghost, from the same show
as the Replicator snaps below.
Try to imagine Nirvana's "Bleach" album run through a metal filter,
and that is the ballpark these guys are
in. A good time for sure, if you like your rock music...rockin'.
I recently got this fantastic box set from Rhino, pictured above -
it's "Girl Group Sounds - Lost & Found": 4 CDs,
120 songs, with a thick informative booklet and it comes in a fake
hat box. So what better time for a mix? I'm
picking my 5 favorite songs from each disc, so 20 songs in total,
that will make up a "best of this box set" mix.
Here are the five choices from the first disc...
Bessie Banks - Go
Now. This is easily one of my favorite songs from this era.
It was rerecorded by the Moody
Blues only months after Bessie's
version came out, and theirs skyrocketed up the charts, somewhat obscuring
the greatness of the original.
But time has been good to this song and I'd venture to guess that
you now hear
Bessie's version more often
than any of the subsequent covers. Brenda Lee - Is
It True. Known mostly for her country output, this British-produced
track was one of Brenda's
few forays into pop music and
features the one and only Jimmy Page on guitar. Songs like this
wish she had concentrated a
little harder on this type of music, as it is very strong. Irma Thomas - Break-A-Way.
This track was a B-side to the hit "Wish Someone Would Care", and
is a bit of a
digression from her usual stable
of love ballads, but easily one of my favorites from the New Orleans star.
The Fabulettes - Try
The Worryin' Way. A fabulous track that was new to my ears
- this south Florida group
based a song around the premise
that dating bad boys is great, because you spend so much time worrying
about what they are up to when
you aren't with them that you'll worry the pounds right off your frame.
might be miserable, but at least
you'll be skinny. The Velvelettes - Needle
In A Haystack. Labelmates with both the Vandellas and the
Supremes on a Motown
subsidiary, this ladies kinda
fell to the wayside of popularity until this track apparently made a resurgence
from the northern soul scene
in England. It's a damn catchy track.
***March First Two Thousand and Six***
I have this thing about taking photos while I'm driving my car...I
dunno what I find so fascinating about the outcome.
Maybe it's the inherent motion in the photos, or that you can
still recognize the objects despite the focus
problems? Maybe. Or maybe I'm just an easy-to-please
I've seen these local lads play about a thousand times, but I
finally took a couple of pictures. Got them put
on CD so I wouldn't have to deal with my wonky scanner, so now
you only have to deal with the photos being
crappy. The last three shots I was experimenting sans flash,
hence the darkness and grainyness.
There's a ton of tracks to download over on their website so I won't bother uploading
any myself, and they
always put on an entertaining show if you ever get a chance to
I'm not feelin' real descriptive-y right now, so you'll have to
pardon my brevity...
Aesop Rock - Dryspell.
Tasty hip-hop...this guy is solid every release. Brian Eno - Baby's
On Fire. A glam-rock classic from Eno's first album...I'm
always getting this stuck in my head. Chuck Berry - Too
Much Monkey Business. Been really digging the Chuck Berry
lately. So simple and good. The Clientele - Since
K Got Over Me. This Brits sound like they are genuinely
from a different era. Very timeless. Wu-Tang Clan - Da
Mystery Of Chessboxin'. Probably the best song on one
of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.