Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tassel Twirlers

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

Kogar's Big Thrill-O-Rama Trash Show #2

Alright, here is my Buzzsaw Joint (Volume 11). The person that runs the site, Fritz Buzzsaw, asked me to do a compilation for his ongoing series called "Buzzsaw Joint." It's a series compilations made by DJ's that he makes available for download at his site.

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

Lux and Ivy's Favorites Update


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

Three Scorpions!

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

Psychotic Reactions with Pip

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!


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Psychotic Reactions w/ Pip

I think this is my fourth or fifth appearance on Pip's weekly 60's Garage show on WZBC (which is the radio station for Boston College in Newton Mass.). If there's a reason for me to ever be in Boston on a Wednesday I have an open invite to bring records and play them on his show.

It's always a good time, and most times it feels like a slapstick movie with crazy situations (which included, this time, illegal u-turns, driving on a one way street the wrong way, cutting people off, and probably a few other driving school no-no's along the way). We barely made it to the station by 5:00 to start the show and had to scramble to get everything up and running.

So what you get is my usual mix of instrumentals, jungle tracks, monkey songs, garage punks and vocal group numbers that when combined in a heady mix equal "Jungle Juice!"

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lux and Ivy's Favorites Volume Two (remaster)

Well, here's the "remastered" version of Volume 2. I basically just cleaned up the mp3's used for this edition and fixed some quirks that have always bothered me (the way Jennie Lee used to cut off at the last second).

And here's the second of the 2 covers that Slim Gil Deluxe did. As always, thanks to Adam Fitch for his layout work and having the patience to put up with me during this "haunted edition."

Up next will be a new volume that is almost ready. Expect to see it sometime this summer.



Saturday, February 18, 2012

Lux Lives Commemorative CD 2012

Lux Lives is an annual celebration of Lux Interior's life that takes place in Scotland. Colin Duff, the curator of the event, plans to make it a yearly gathering of Cramps fans and hopes that events like it spread across the globe in years to come. It is a non-profit event with most proceeds going to charity. There's bands, music, video...all catered towards Cramps fans, put on by Cramps fans.

Every year there is a CD giveaway as part of the event. In past years Next Big Thing fanzine founder and former Cramps fan club curator, Lindsay Hutton did a CD, as well as Ian Johnston, writer of the WILD WILD WORLD OF THE CRAMPS book. This year Colin wanted me to compile a CD and do some liner notes for it as well. He asked me to compile my favorite songs from the Lux and Ivy Favorites series. I kind of felt weird putting "my favorites" stamp on it, so what I did was compile songs with interview bits that I've acquired over the years of Lux and Ivy talking about music, and some movie sound bites from movies that they mentioned in various interviews. There's a track from the next volume of LAIF and I've also included some rare Pete 'Mad Daddy' Myers sound bites from his DJ days in Cleveland and in New York.

This year, there were two events, one was on February 3rd, and the other is tonight, February 18th at the Bar Bloc in Glasgow. If you happen to be in the area, I strongly suggest you attend and celebrate the life of someone who meant so much to a lot of us.

Along with the download are the liner notes and the fantastic artwork by J.R. Williams.

I want to thank Colin for all the work he and his friends put in to doing an event like this, and thanks to J.R. for volunteering his time to put together the amazing artwork.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Blue Knights

I'm a sucker for moody/creepy instrumentals. Here's a great one I recently stumbled across. This is right up there with the Morgus Creep by the Daringers.

I don't think it's ever been comped, and it doesn't even show up on the usually in depth INSTROMANIA website.

No info as to year, or part of the country it's from!