Shoji Yokouchi and His Allstar Latin Combo
Romantic Latin Guitar
Here we go with a real virtuoso. Down with Santana. Boo-boo. Long-time sideman, occasionally leader: the man worked with Mari Nakamoto, hooked merry women and gramophones and wore exquisite shirts. Japanese discipline meets Mediterranean passions; the rest is silence. (And yes: he recorded Summertime.) If you still don't fall in love with someone even after you're done with this album, then maybe you should quit it.
TITLE: INGREDIENTS IN A RECIPE FOR SOUL ARTIST: RAY CHARLES REF.: ABC-PARAMOUNT LP 465
FIRST EDITION: USA 1963, August
When INGREDIENTS IN A RECIPE FOR SOUL was released by ABC-Paramount Records in August of 1963 it immediately burst up the charts. Ray Charles has wanted to do an album that was mainly jazz/blues-based in an effort to distance himself a little bit from the country and western songs he was singing throughout 1962.
The album jumped up the Billboard album chart in August of ’63, peaking at number 2. It stayed on the charts for 32 weeks. The two singles released from the album did extremely well. “Busted” hit number 4 in September of that year. “That Lucky Old Sun” peaked at number 20 in December, two weeks after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Although it had been released in the middle of November, “Sun” seemed to be played much more after Kennedy was killed. It seemed to be perfect for the mood of the country in that bleak December.
Even a cursory glance at the credits of INGREDIENTS IN A RECIPE FOR SOUL reveal an amazing fact: This album was recorded in just two days. Three songs were recorded live in four hours at United in Hollywood and the the others were laid down in an amazing six hour session at Capitol in N.Y.C. The fact is that Ray and Producer Sid Feller knew what they wanted from each other and what they expected from the musicians, arrangers and recording engineers – nothing less than perfection. As a listen to this disc will reveal, perfection was attained.
Have just spent the afternoon in dark thrall to this densely atmospheric gem - adapted from the score for the dance production "Blush" - this David Eugene Edwards (16 Horsepower) side project is an extraordinary aural experience which includes the damndest cover of Bill Wither's Ain't No Sunshine as you'll ever hear - and it's glorious, in it's doom addled way.
Blush Music extends the familiar noise based neo-folk sound (all manner of creaking, straining, gringing and moaning is the norm) nearly into the mainstream whilst still staying true to the genre's formand intent.
Quality Exotica compilations are almost non-existent, and hard-to-find at best. Which makes the Adventures in Paradise series that much more special. The four volume collection (issued separately) followed it's namesake TV series, which aired on ABC-TV between 1959 and 1962. This initial volume includes soothing Hawaiian standards from stars Alfred Apaka and Roy Smeck, but Tahitian artist Terorotua may just steal the show here. Enjoy - Vic
Up this week is a curious little album by The Transitones, a combo that according to the liner notes, was a favorite in southwest Florida in the early eighties. The album is mainly a showcase for the song writing, keyboard, and vocal talents of Henry Forschino who along with song writing partner Rick Lynge, contributes six original tunes. Mr. Forschino’s (I’m assuming) wife backs her husband up with some husky harmonies, and the group is rounded out by Joseph Mignone on drums, Bert Hogan on trumpet (with a seriously wide vibrato), and Jimmy Byrd on guitar and bass. The overall effect creates an odd atmosphere where Casio keyboards meet Harry James imitators, Les Paul style guitar playing coexists with cheesy string synths, and television theme songs are reborn as cabaret entertainment
Welcome to UNSUNG, Head Heritage's repository for lost and unchampioned rock'n'roll. Since launching in 2000ce, UNSUNG contributors have notched up over a thousand reviews covering a wide range of rock'n'roll, and UNSUNG has been instrumental in kickstarting interest in groups such as Sir Lord Baltimore, Les Rallizes Denudes, Blue Cheer, Flower Travellin' Band, The Groundhogs and other bands who were barely on the musical map 4 years ago but who are now regularly name-dropped the world over.
Every month Julian Cope selects a record to review for ALBUM OF THE MONTH (though often as not these end up being extensive biographies of the artists and the scenes in which they operate),
A few months ago - while Bellybongo was supposedly on hiatus, I posted on some bizarre and highly offensive text that kept appearing on the site - no one else seemed to notice and when the site returned everyone seemed to re-embrace it, so I put the prior experience down to a joke in poor taste or even a malicious hack and, after ignoring the first couple of new releases, I also began pointing to it again. That appears to have been a mistake...
From the site...
USA as we knew and loved it no longer exist, dumb negro culture, jews, serial killers and Disney rule now, lets get back into the swing of things, a Bellybongo favorite is up today, yes this has been reissued, but not in a decent way, the LP reissue lack the heavy bass in all tracks, and especially track A3.
I can't even to begin to imagine what sort of mental illness prompts someone to post this kind of rubbish on a website. Just the way he effortlessly swings from hate speech to anorakish record collector nit-picking is creepy. Magnus, the site's operator, does at least have the stones to post the following "explaination"...
Emails to Bellybongo
mag, this is really offensive. can you please explain your negro culture & jews reference?
Magnus reply: That's not an easy task, what I wrote was rooted in feelings rather than intellect. Truth is American culture of today is the thing that keep me away from TV, I just can't stand your culture nowadays. Since jews and blacks get to say everything, I guess it's my right to say I disagree with mostly everything. Weak propaganda don't fool Bellybongo. Bellybongo is a white gangster.
Doesn't actually improve things much does it?
So scratch off one pathetic anti-semitic, racist, anti-American site from ever appearing on this site again.
772. Dreams: Softly, Softly
773. La Sega Del Canto: Dark Eyes
774. Harumi Ando: Fire By The River
775. Peaches: I Don't Give A...
776. Terry Reid: Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
777. Tito Fontana: Sweden
778. Al Casey: Surfin' Hootenanny
Hello friends and welcome to Tape Findings. This site is an archive of one of a kind cassette tape recordings and other odd sounds that I have discovered throughout my years searching thrift stores and garage sales...
Weelk 11 :1. Whitney Singers (2:35)
Here's a couple of youngsters doing their rendition of Whitney Houston's '85 hit "Greatest Love of All."
...Up this week are two performances from The Interludes, a four-man variety act singing and playing a multitude of instruments. There’s no date listed on the cover or album, but judging from the clothes and hair styles of the star struck ladies on the cover I’d put it in the early sixties. The recording captures a form of entertainment that is pretty much dead around these parts nowadays. Sure there are plenty of places where you can catch a live band and throw back a couple of beers, but this is different. These guys are putting on a show! From the moment they start to the end of their set, The Interludes hit you with non-stop, tightly orchestrated entertainment that totally draws you in...
TITLE: GATHER ME ARTIST: MELANIE REF.: NEIGHBORHOOD RECORDS NRS 47001 FIRST EDITION: USA 1971, November
The main thing about Melanie's work - and something that comes through very clearly on this album - is that strange combination she brought musically that is part of the basic feel and simplicity of the early American music, criss-crossed with the mid-European patch of her vocal delivery. It was a voice that was both frantic and gently bawdy so that at times she used to sound vulnerable and at others challenging.
GATHER ME is the album she was best pleased with, and it is certainly an album that takes a little longer to get into than her past efforts
Nifty radio program with recent archives available for streaming - though the process is a bit of a pain thanks to host station CKUT 90.3 FM's time based archives (choose the hour you want to listen to - not the program - whose brilliant idea was that?) Anyway, the show's well worth the effort, as are a number of other CKUT offerings...
The focus of Space Bop is obscure and esoteric music that might not otherwise be heard - primarily electronic, experimental, early DIY, pub rock, punk, new wave, neue Deutsche welle, film soundtrack, dance or performance music, exotica, loungecore, garage... but mostly music with a sense of humour and a sense of adventure! Our goal is to expose our listeners to interesting music that they likely won't hear anywhere else!
Globally diverse selection of music and moving images ranging from The Associates to Alice Coltrane and back again, round the shed and deep down in the cellar.... not everything will thrill you but I'm willing to bet something will...
Three: The Director Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock Remakes Himself Ten: The Spring, Defiled: Ingmar Bergman's Virgin Spring and Wes Craven's Last House on the Left Twelve: Made in Hong Kong: Translation and Transmutation Fifteen: Nosferatu , or the Phantom of the Cinema
During my research, I've discovered that there are a disturbingly large number of "cannibalism" films out there. I had to limit myself to selecting only those which dealt directly with food, eating establishments and/or gluttony. The fact that I have recently moved into a neighborhood which seems to be populated almost entirely by nocturnal flesh-eating zombies makes me wonder. Why there are so many people-eater films? Are they based on true stories? Frightening thought! Another thing I've learned while compiling this list is that, whenever meat pies are featured in a film, they are invariably human meat pies. I've labelled all of the "meat pie" movies with this handy meat pie icon: so you can be forewarned. I didn't mark all of the a cannibal movies, since that might spoil the "surprise" element in a lot of them. Just the meat pie movies.
Last.fm is a personalised online radio station that plays the right music to the right people. Songs spread from listener to listener.
You get your own online radio station that you can fill up with the music you like. This information is used to find users who are similar to you. With this information Last.fm can play you new artists and songs you might like.
Well, it's difficult, as it is a subjective thing! But I'd say it's any sound which some people feel shouldn't really be there, and in a perfect world, wouldn't be there! Something which, years later, people are finding and saying, "So what caused that?", or "What did he say again?". Examples are edits which stick out (where takes have been joined together), vocal chatter not directly part of the record, recording glitches .... It's not only limited to mistakes -- a mistake is an anomaly, but not all anomalies are mistakes.
By popular demand, one of my first Bellybongo LP uploads return. I picked this LP after a boring-no-scoring fleamarket round, thinking: "Yes, it is crap!... It's totally boring... But at least I'll have a record to listen to when I get home".
Chenard Walcker writes, "I love Surrealist automatic writing, and working on poems I don't understand as musical material sounds very much like cadavres exquis, doesn't it? Many of my tunes use voices I can't speak : Ethiopia and many other Africa countries, Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, China, India..."
There's good news and bad news from this pair of modern Zombie flicks.
The good news is that 2004 produced the best yet horror film directly inspured by George A. Romero's classic Zombie trilogy - the masterpiece of which is often considered to be Dawn of the Dead. The bad news is that it is the British comedy Shaun of the Dead that completely eclispses the Hollywood remake. Shaun of the Dead feels closer to Romero's film in spirit and execution while the only two things the remake has in common with the original are Zombies and a shopping mall.
Shaun of the Dead, the brain child of Spaced creators Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, is a pants wettingly funny take on the Zombie theme. Pegg's Shaun faces a London chock a block with re-animated corpses and figures what better way to get back with the girlfriend who'd just dumped him then by saving her from the Zombie hordes. As funny as Shaun of the Dead is it does pack it's fair share of shock and gore plus one of the most emotionally wrenching scenes in Zombie movie history. The script is flat out brilliant - the kind of script that destroys other would be film writers because they know there is no way in hell they can compete with the talent that created it. The cast is supurb and the direction polished without being showy.
Not only is Shaun of the Dead the best Dawn of the Dead remake it's also the best british Zombie movie - outpacing the earlier and highly over rated 28 Days Later with ease.
The Dawn of the Dead remake, on the other hand, is a total mess. It continues one of the saddest traditions of Zombie films - the second rate cast. Usually the use of low budget thesps can be forgiven in genres such as this but the new Dawn of the Dead is full of actual name actors - not huge names but still - and yet they can't compete with their no-name predecessors or the comedians of Shaun of the Dead. Of course the script gives them little support - to someone unfamiliar with the original this Dawn of the Dead must seem like just another mediocre survival-horror fllick - but to those of us who know the source material it is a boring, misguided failure.
How do you screw up the script to a direct Dawn of the Dead remake? It's been out for a couple of decades - how can you not improve on it? Any random fan boy who'se ever read a copy of Fangoria could have produced a tighter, smarter, scarier script. What a waste...
The director shows a bit more promise but the Zombie effects are a joke - even the Zombies of Shaun of the Dead - not it's strongest feature - are far superior than the losers on display here.
There is something worse than Dawn of the Dead though - the bonus features on the DVD are embarrassingly inept.
Brilliant! A work of staggering comic genius - and that's not just the 600ml or so of cheap chardonnay I'd recently consumed talking - Anchorman is the kind of comedy that cults will grow up around, college courses will be taught about and decades from now will be hailed as a true masterpiece. Will Ferrell, who I'm not always a huge fan of, is phenomenal, fully committed to his character - Christina Applegate displays some serious comic acting chops and the script - and the insane improv it allows for - is a gem. The fantastic suppoprting cast features the likes of Fred Willard, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd.
Well okay, maybe some of it is the chardonnay - the last act or so does drag ona bit and I laughed a whole lot less once the buzz started to wear off. Still this is one hell of a comedy - though it won't be to everyone's taste - you have to really appreciate 70's kitsch and be able to tolerate Ferrell in full comic bluster.
Rough hewn indie/power pop from Boston quartet Satellite 7. Promising stuff....
...Satellite 7 is poised to establish their home city
of choice, Boston, as the East Coast Mecca for rock
music. "The difference between us and these New York
bands is honesty. I don't go see bad bands to decide
what clothes are cool and what music is trendy," says
McMahon. "I put on jeans because they fit and I listen
to the Cars."
More info and Web Radio at the Official Site or listen to 2 minute samples and buy the EP at CD Baby.
The Best of
And His Orchestra
The Fleet fingers of Mr. Maxwell range with superb skills across the golden strings
of his instrument, setting up a rhythmic storm of sound.
The harp "jumps", it "swings", it reveals sounds you would never think it capable
of. Delving into the potentialities of tape recordings, he comes up with delightful
(and amazing) "over-dubbings", multiple tracks, doubling tapes of speeds.
The MP3 blogging has begun over at SWO's sister site TelstarWeb. Every few days I'll be posting tracks - some familar, some quite rare - from that troubled genius of 60's Brit-pop - Joe Meek. (who is Joe Meek? Read the FAQ!)
To start things off a pair of personal faves from Alan Dean and his Problems...
Great minds can sometimes guess the truth before they have either the evidence or arguments for it (Diderot called it having the "esprit de divination"). What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?
8. Circumcision proves the existence of God. It beats all of the other proofs hollow - forget all of that Ontological and Teleological stuff. Get the hell out of here with your Thomas Aquinas. The practice of circumcision is the proof that settles the question once and for all.
If you were going to invent a religion, would you start by cutting off the end of your genital apparatus? Only God would have thought of such a thing, and only an almighty God would convince people to do it. Would you do it for Elron Hubbard? Hell, no. And this, by the way, also proves that God has a great sense of humor.
I guess that one belongs on a list of things that I can prove, but I got carried away with myself.
Read all of Glen's List and then head over to Edge for more than a hundred other fairly brilliant responses.
I figure this is going to drive most of my Bush-hating buddies nuts. I wonder if BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) is strong enough to defeat the cult of the IPod. If sales plummet and Ebay is flooded with 'pods I think we'll finally be able to win the war on drugs - no, really, hear me out... just have the Prez do a bit of Ecstasy in the Rose Garden, install a Presidential bong in the Oval Office and start offering speedballs to visiting leaders and before you know it the hardest thing being consumed on college campuses from NYU to Berkely will be Pocari Sweat.
On the other hand he could also bring down the entire music industry if he were ever to be caught on camera working out in his 50 Cent tee...