Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Reverend Charlie Jackson

All right, back to the glorious 45!

This week’s 45 offering comes from the Reverend Charlie Jackson!

Back in 2003, Case Quarter issued a CD made up of the good Reverend’s recordings. It was a revelation. Blues fans, garage fans (crypt put out the vinyl, I think?), punk rockers…everyone was getting’ down to what the Reverend Charlie Jackson was slingin’. To me it was one of the releases of the year that year.

I had heard about Jackson through the Lux and Ivy Interview in the INCREDIBLY STRANGE MUSIC book. The way they described the song, “Wrapped up and Tangled Up in Jesus” made me want to hear the song immediately! I had to wait a few years till this cd hit the shelves.

Jackson was a blues man first, and at some point became a Reverend. He played crazy, dirty sounding guitar and used to play and sing during his sermons. At some point he started recording some of these songs to give to his parishioners.

The CD is called God's Got It: The Legendary Booker and Jackson Singles, and is higly recommended!

At some point, he formed his own label and started releasing his material.

Here are the 2 songs from his 45 released on his own JACKSON record label. Both of these songs have not be re-released in any form! One is a re-recording of Wrapped Up (although, its spelled “Wraped” Up!?).


And if they still have them, you can get your own copy of the 45 from the great website;

Tell em, Kogar send you!

Wraped Up and Tangled Up in Jesus

Lord Your so Good (no spell check in the 70’s, I guess…)

Also, I wanted to mention that Debbie D was awesome enough to invite me to join the new WFMU blog! I don’t think the site is “live” yet (you can certainly go there and check it out, you just can’t “add it” to your favorite “blogger” list of blogs).

My only post so far is a review and links to download the new bootleg of MILAN, aka The Leather Boy,’s re-issue LP; HELL BENT FOR LEATHER. A great collection of the work of Milan!

I will also be doing a DJ set for the page once I can figure out this whole “record your voice onto your computer” thing….

Check it out here:

Next Thursday, I’m heading up to Montreal for the WOOLY WEEKEND, so there may not be a Blog.



Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Lux and Ivy's Favorites Volume 13
This is the first Lux and Ivy's Favorites to include artwork. I worked closely with a friend of mine to come up with some cool artwork that would fit in with the theme of the series.

At some point, all of the other volumes will have artwork as well.

This one was a tough one to put together. It just took a lot out of me for some reason. As time goes on, there are less and less L and I interviews, etc to take from.

You'll notice a bunch of "modern bands" this time around. An interview with Lux and Ivy from the 90's was posted online some point after Lux's passing. L and I mentioned some current bands that they liked. Of these bands (The Mummies, The Oblivians, The Gories, The Demolition Doll Rods, the's), I picked songs that I thought fit in (i.e. Queen Bee Drag Racin because of the car theme, Pinball party because of the Cramps riff lifted in the middle of the song, they mentioned The Mummies, who "covered Sonic's tunes!"). I didn't think it was too much of a stretch to include them on this edition.

Lux also said in effect, "The most Cramps influenced band he had heard in a long time was Guitar Wolf." He mentioned that the album they were working on was called "Planet of the Wolves", so I chose that song. Plus with the theme of the last volume being outer space, I thought it made a good continuation of that theme.

I also lifted bits from some of their favorite movies; The Devil on Wheels, and The Horror of Party Beach (Zombie Stomp).

The Devil on Wheels was interesting in that I read an interview with The Cramps that appeared in "the ancient knowledge" book and it mentioned "cassette tapes" in their hotel room and that one of them was the "soundtrack" of the film The Devil on Wheels. I searched for a while, but came up empty on an actual soundtrack. I don't think one was ever issued. What I DO think is that Lux recorded the whole movie (it's a slick 70 minutes or so) onto audiocassette and listened to it while driving around!

The last thing I want to mention is that for years people have been asking me about covers for this series. I was really hesitant to do anything, because I thought that it would lead to bootlegging. I am adamant about these cd's being as free as free can be. There is no fucking way anyone should be paying for these. Download them, copy them for friends, but please do not sell these cd's!

In the long run, I decided to take an active part in coming up with "official" covers for the series. So that's all these are. I hope you like what we come up with. There also might be a guest artist or two. Keep an eye out for them, and the re-mastered editions of some of the early volumes of LAIF right here.

Enjoy everybody!

Kogar the Swinging Ape

Cover concept by Kogar
Everything else by Adam Fitch 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Songs we Taught Walter Daniels (The Jack O' Fire)

Geez, sorry about the lack of blogs lately. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks since getting back from Memphis.

Here is the last of the “songs we taught” comps I’ve made.

This “Songs we taught” is for the Jack O' Fire!

The Jack O’ Fire was a great band that released a bunch of stuff back in the early to mid 90’s. It featured Tim Kerr on guitar and Walter Daniels on harp and vocals.

Man, what a band. The basic principal of the band was to do fucked up blues cover songs. But going further than that, they would “blues-ify” punk rock classics. The sound they got on their recordings was fucking outstanding.

On certain albums you’d get covers of chuck berry right next to a version of a minutemen song! All done like fucked up blues tunes.

Amazing stuff. Track down their albums; BEWARE THE SOULESS COOL, FOREVER, and THE DESTRUCTION OF SQUARESVILLE …good listening is guaranteed!

So, this is a compilation I made of songs that the jack o’ fire covered.

Songs we taught Walter Daniels

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Gories and The Oblivians Live in Paris!
A friend of mine recorded both sets by garage legends The Gories and The Oblivians last night. Here is the result.
I'm gonna let the music speak for itself on this one...
Thanks to Patrick for sharing these great recordings!
The Gories
The Oblivians

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Songs we Taught Billy Childish Volume One
Next to The Cramps, I think the artst who introduced me to the most interesting stuff is Billy Childish. On his 100 or so releases he's covered, copped, outright stole some fantastic songs. I think I made this "songs we taught" compilation right after The Mummies one. I think I jokingly called this one "volume one" because if you had the desire, or the time, you could make 50 volumes of songs Childish covered!
I never really got past this volume. But if you have a decent punk or 60's garage collection, you can make your own volume 2 pretty easily!