Thursday, March 28, 2013
Hey, here's another of my appearances on WZBC's PSYCHOTIC REACTIONS with my buddy Pip. Grabbed a stack of records and brought them to his show.
Enjoy...if only you could have seen the hijinks in the studio. Anh, sometimes it's better heard, and NOT seen...
Monday, February 4, 2013
Here is the last Lux and Ivy’s Favorites; Volume Seventeen.
Over a year ago when I put up the Ez listening double CD together I had kind of made up my mind that it was going to be the last volume for a few reasons. The main reason being the increasing number of bootlegs “stealing” my idea. There have been at least 3, that I know of, CD’s (or now even LP’s) of material taken from my compilations and being sold on the market. The worst of these even have liner notes from some guy that writes for that bastion of musical excellence, Mojo Magazine (huh?). I believe the guy even picked the tracks for them too. Wow, what a lot of hard work that must have been! Spending years collecting information, tracking down rare tracks, identifying and going through old tapes….wow, he must be a busy guy! Oh wait; he did most of that with the click of a button….
The worst thing about these endeavors is that they use Lux and Ivy’s name to turn a profit. Something I’ve never done. Over the years I’ve gotten numerous requests from people wanting me to put these on vinyl. I was always adamant that I wouldn’t do something like that. I do these for fun and to expose people to music that they may not have known about. Some people do radio shows, I put together compilations. The idea of some record label making money off this is too much for me to take.
For that reason, this volume has no track listing.
Now, any fan of the series that downloads this last volume should have a good idea of what artist does what song. How could you not recognize (NAME REDACTED)’s voice or (NAME REDACTED)’s guitar tone? Most of the songs have been on any number of other compilations and now that you’ve listened to 16 other volumes of this stuff, I would hope you would have gone on to buying copious amounts of music from your favorite online retailers or those things that still exist in some corners of the world; record shops. If Seventeen was going to be made available, I couldn’t just put the track listing out with it so that some douchebag could throw it on some future compilation. Though the risk is there that it will happen anyway, I guess, but I’m not going to make it easy for them.
Seventeen basically exists because it was nearly done back when Sixteen came out. Sixteen came about because a track listing fell into my lap and it was easy to find a lot of that Ez listening stuff pretty quickly. Meanwhile Seventeen languished in my car CD player. A good portion of Seventeen came from a tape that Lux gave to someone back in the late 70’s. That person was kind enough to send it my way. It took a lot of work to get this original tape copied because he didn’t have the means to copy it! Then once I received it, I had to go thru it song by song to identify them (much like you will have to when you listen to Seventeen), track them down, and then make mp3’s out of them.
So since so much went in to actually finding the tape and having the tape transferred to another tape, and so much work had already gone in to it that I felt it should be made available. Plus it would coincide with the Lux Lives events being held all over the world.
And since I mentioned it, I figured I’d throw this gauntlet down for everyone that reads this blog, listens to The Cramps, or digs LAIF’s: throw your own Lux Lives events every year! Don’t sit around bitching that nothing like that ever happens in your town. If no one else is doing it, YOU do it! Have a party, get some friends together, watch some Herschell Gordon Lewis movies, listen to cool music, and celebrate the life of Lux and all that The Cramps have given you over the years.
Every year we have the media reminding us that this is the day Elvis died, or the day John Lennon died, etc etc; but for someone like Lux, no one’s going to keep his memory alive unless YOU do something.
Special thanks go out to Adam Fitch for working on the cover, Bruce Milne, Howie Pyro, Martin Hemmel, and MizzKizz for identifying/uncovering some of these tracks, and the fine folks at WFMU.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Here is another new compilation (wow, two in one month) I did for WFMU's Ichiban Rock n' Soul blog (you all go there on a daily basis, right?). It was called TASSEL TWIRLER TUESDAYS. Every week I posted a 45 scan and the corresponding track to go along with it. I missed a few weeks here and there due to all sorts of personal crap going on this year. But I think the finished product came out pretty good!
Of course the birthplace for this sort of music was the amazing LAS VEGAS GRIND series of LP's. Most of the tracks on my comp with a few exceptions have not appeared on LVG.
Head on over to Ichiban for a quick download! And a big thanks goes out to J.R. Williams (Ichiban cohort) for the tantalizing, titillating, tassel twirling cover!
Friday, November 30, 2012
Some things you should know. This is the 3rd volume in a proposed series of 4 volumes subtitled Kogar's Big Thrill-O-Rama Trash Show. The first two have appeared here, and over at WFMU's Rock 'n' Soul page.
What is Kogar's Big Thrill-O-Rama Trash Show? It's my tribute to something called "the vip vop tapes." Basically it's a mix with various exploitation sound clips interspersed with some songs that, to me, stand above the pack from your average run of the mill tunes. The first 2 volumes were posted over at my blog and at WFMU's Rock n' Soul Ichiban blog site. Feel free to bounce over there for other stuff that might be up your (back) alley. Thanks to JR Williams for the amazing artwork, as always. And thanks to Fritz for letting me fill a CD's worth of material.
One more thing. In tribute to Mad Mike none of the tracks are labeled. This will probably piss off more than a few people, but hey, that's what I wanted to do. It also plays all in one track so that you have to listen to it like a tape!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
I've been getting many complaints about some of the links for the series being down, so I've re-uploaded everything that's been done to date. Please let me know if there's any more issues.
So here is everything that is done to date; Volume 1,2,6,12,13,14,15,16. All the other volumes are either available via the original WFMU blog (do a google search) or here. As the series is being remastered to fix glitches and errors, download them and get rid of the old versions. The ones above are as done as they're going to be.
Super special thanks to the folks over at WFMU for their support of the series and especially Debbie D of WFMU's Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban!
Monday, November 19, 2012
Here are 3 different versions of one of my favorite instrumentals, Scorpion!
The original version of this song came out in 1960 by Jimmy Mcconville. A few years later he formed another band, The Carnations and re-recorded the song. The Carnations version was the theme song for Louisville KY DJ Jack Saunders.
I just recently found a third version by an Indiana band called the Dawnell's. This one released in '65. Fascinating to hear what a mid sixties band did to the song.
I'm also including their fantastically inept take on Little Egypt from the flip side!
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Wow, the last post on this blog was back in April. Sorry! It has been a really rough year and I haven't had a lot of time to dedicate to the blog.
I Deejayed last night at a bar/restaurant down in Cambridge Mass. But before all that craziness, I hooked up with my friend Pip for his show Psychotic Reactions on WZBC out of Newton Mass. WZBC is the 1000 watt station that emanates from the campus of Boston College. His show has been going strong for years and is usually a show that primarily focuses on 60's garage.
So, if you weren't able to make it down to River Gods last night here is a taste of what you missed. Or it's a neat souvenir for those of you who did make it and kept asking what the songs were that i was playing!
Sadly, we didn't get to play all that many 45's on the hour long show because Pip wanted to talk about the 45's that I brought, which is cool, but not if you want to play as many 45's as you can in an hour time frame!
He loves the hour long format, whereas I would like a 2 hour slot to develop a rhythm with the tracks being played. So sorry if it seems like there's too much jabbering!
Enjoy the show!
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