Thursday, April 24, 2014

Psychotic Reactions with Pip!

Here's my appearance on yesterday's Psychotic Reactions. All in all a pretty good show, I think.
Hear my take on proper pants wearing and my altercation with a vocal group dealer at Allentown...

(download quick, who knows how long it will be there with the media fire big brother programs that like to shut things down)

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Playboys - Jungle Fever

Here's a classic instrumental from 1959!  I'd heard for years this was a song The Cramps were either into, or adapted in to one of their songs. It's been on a few instrumental compilations and it sounded a bit like The Cramps, but not a hundred percent. I never put it on a Lux and Ivy's Favorites volume because I could never find anywhere they mentioned the song, etc.

So I found the actual 45 in Allentown this past year and snapped it up in a hurry.

Playing it at 33 1/3 it becomes a BIT more apparent that The Cramps used it for a song. Give a listen and see what you think.

As a side note, I've heard a few times that the labels on this particular 45 were somehow reversed and this is actually a song called Shotgun, but I don't see that since the stamp in the dead wax matches the label number of R 572.

Either way, here they both are, one at 45 and the other at 33!

Jungle_Fever at 45

Jungle_Fever at 33

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Rural Blues Vol. 3 - Down Home Stomp

Back in the early 90's I was up in Portland Maine. I ended up at a local place that sold only vinyl. NO compact discs allowed! In fact, their CD section was a zip lock bag with broken CD's inside. I think its still there, but I forget the name of the place.

So I'm in there browsing around when the most fucked up distorted blues I had ever heard came chugging out of the little speaker in the store. It hit me like a freight train. What the fuck was this?! Ok, play it cool, don't go running up to the counter asking what the hell this was.  So I continue shopping around.

Then another track bursts forth and its even more mind blowing then the previous one!  Distorted vocals, killer harmonica that mimicked a train sound....jaw dropping stuff...

At the time I had been listening to a lot of what is now known as "garage punk" of that era. One band in particular that I couldn't get enough of was the Jack O' Fire. These guys were amazing.  Amazing harmonica playing lead singer, like a twisted little brother of Howlin' Wolfe himself. The rest of the band was amazing too. They covered a ton of blues tunes and also did punk rock covers but in a blues style.  Great, great fucking band.

Well the first two songs I heard that day sounded a hell of a lot like the Jack O' Fire. 

It ended up being Papa Lightfoot. 

So after a while I went up to the owner and asked what record he was playing. He showed me the record pictured above.  It was a compilation of various artists from the Imperial record label. I asked him how much it was, to which he replied; "Oh, THAT'S not for sale!"

UGH, like a punch to the gut. I wrote down the name of the record and some of the artists and after buying some stuff that WAS for sale, went on my merry way. 

That record haunted me for like 3 years. I found it at Amoeba records in SF.  It's one of my favorite records that I play all the time.  Pick up the other records in the series if you can find them. All great that I've heard anyway...


Saturday, December 21, 2013

VPRO Interview with Lux and Ivy

Here's a cool interview someone hipped me to on Facebook (thanks Jan Kooi!). It's from around the time Stay Sick came out. It's always great hearing Lux and Ivy talk about movies and music.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Here's a great Cramps boot of the band recorded live in Palo Alto, California, 1979.  I think it was originally brodcast on KFAT. 

Mentioned in the Ian Johnston book as being the one good Cramps bootleg (according to L and I).  Of course, they suggested you burn the album sleeve and liner notes because of the nazi connection...


Add here is the insert so you can see what i was talking about...

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A SCORPION by any other name...

Head over to Ichi Ban to download another version of Jimmie McConville's SCORPION!


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lux and Ivy's Favorites Volume 3 (remaster)

Presenting the Remaster of Volume 3!

A few tweaks here and there (one being the major change of the correct version of The Gorilla!), and overall improvement in sound.

Looking at the tracklist this volume reveals that I probably finished compiling it in 2001 or 2. The reason why is that the movie Ghost World came out in 2001. And that is the when the mystery of Ted Lyons and his Cubs was solved.

Most folks know this story, but it bears repeating. In the Incredibly Strange Music interview with Lux and Ivy, they talk about this amazing video of a band called Ted Lyons and his Cubs.  They go on and on about it and how cool it is, etc. I searched for anything by this "band" for years.  By now everyone's seen the famous Ghost World/Gumnaam video, hell it's even parodied in a fuckin' beer commercial!  But back in the early 2000's not a lot of people knew about it.  So the DVD of GWorld comes out and a friend spots it right away, the Ted Lyons logo on the drum head!  Mystery solved...

Thanks to J.R. Williams for the amazing artwork (sorry it took so long, J.R.!) and to Adam Fitch for his impecible layout work. And as always WFMU.

Incidentally, here is a photo of Lux with one of the comic books that was the basis of this volume's cover.