Saturday, December 31, 2011

Beauty And The Beast/The Beast Lets Belle Go 7" - 1991

This one is a one day only type thing. The 7-inch single from Beauty and the Beast. I'm not even really sure why I'm posting this. You can get these tracks anywhere and I don't plan on keeping them up long. Also my rips have plenty of pops and crackles so you might just want to get the soundtrack on CD or downloaded from your favorite digital store. I guess I thought the scans might be interesting for people to see.


01 Beauty And The Beast - Celine Dion.m4a
02 The Beast Lets Belle Go (Instrumental).m4a

Two in one zip.
Celine Dion - Beauty And The Beast-The Beast Lets Belle Go 7" -

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

John Mayal - Turning Point - 1969

This one won't be up long because it is a pretty easy record to find. This record I've seen quite a bit over the years in the thrift store bins. It is always pretty beat up. My copy isn't great by any means. I also digitized this years ago long before I had click repair to clean things up and I didn't feel like going back. So you'll have to enjoy my snap, crackle and pop copy.

It was one of those records I picked up not knowing much about the music. I looked at the picture and the liner notes and I think I knew I was in for some blues, but that was about it. It is also one of those records that I bought with a bunch of other records and so I didn't get around to listening to it for a long time. When I did finally drop a needle on it I loved it. It one of those records where I understand why it isn't necessarily a classic for the general public like say a Cream record, but if you like blues rock from that era then you'll probably enjoy this record. I certainly do.

I really like "The Laws Must Change". It is a longer number basically about legalizing marijuana. Though I'm not really in favor for legalizing marijuana I do like the sentiment of protest songs. I think much of the sentiment could work for some of the occupy movements around the country. I'm all for calling for change by calling for laws to change through peaceful means. So I really like lyrics like "You're screamin' at policemen but they're only doin' a gig" and "don't throw rocks at policemen but get the knots of law untied." It's a nice change from the sentiment that all policemen are bad.

I also really like "Room to Move" because it really cooks. There is some great harp being blown on that track.

The song "California" is almost 10 minutes long. It wonders and weaves. It seems like the track that was good to trio out to or smoke pot to because of it's spacey mellow quality. However I find that even without the drugs the song can get you into a cool mellow vibe. I also live in California and am partial to songs about the state, just as I'm also partial to songs about Chicago where grew up.

I don't know if this record technically falls into the jam band category (I'm not really good at placing labels and classifications on things), but the songs do have a certain jam quality. The album is live and the songs are generally long. It is a record for people who like music that breaks out of the 3 minute pop song format. Jazz and blues fans I think will find something they like. So if you think you are one of those people, give it a listen.


01 The Laws Must Change.m4a
02 Saw Mill Gulch Road.m4a
03 I'm Gonna Fight For You J.B..m4a
04 So Hard To Share.m4a
05 California.m4a
06 Thoughts About Roxanne.m4a
07 Room To Move.m4a

John Mayall - Turning Point - Side 1 -
John Mayall - Turning Point - Side 2 -

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

"Bald" Bill Hagan and his Trocaderons - Music To Strip By - 1966

Looking for some saucy music to spice up your love life? How about some music to strip by? I find it funny that back in the day there were complete records devoted to strip music. There are the two classic albums by David Rose which are pretty popular and quite enjoyable. Then I have this one which I love not only for the music, but because Bill Hagan has "Bald" in front of his name. I'm not sure what it is, but "bald" and "stripper" makes me laugh inside. The songs are all in the classic burlesque style, which by today's standards seems almost quaint. I actually throw records like this on anytime because they are fun. In all honesty they may not spice up the love life as much as make for a humorous love life. So maybe if you are looking for a laugh with your lover this could be just the right mood maker.

The most disturbing title of the record has to be the last track, "My Heart Belongs To Daddy." Not exactly the kind of thing I would think that you would want connected to stripping in my opinion. I would think daddy and daughter are a couple words and images you would want to keep far away from the strip show or the boudoir. Might not set the most romantic mood. Take the title away and the song is just a fun stripper track.


01 A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody
02 Bumps And Grinds
03 Frankie And Johnnie
04 G-String Twist
05 Temptation
06 Night Train
07 The Stripper
08 Party Time
09 Bedroom Blues
10 Second Honeymoon
11 Girdles Aweigh
12 My Heart Belongs To Daddy

Side 1 - Mediafire
Side 2 - Mediafire

Monday, December 26, 2011

Alfred Apaka - Hawaiian Village Nights

Christmas has come and gone and now we have the rest of Winter to look forward to. I thought perhaps some Hawaiian tunes would be a nice escape from the cold. This must have been a pretty popular record back in the day. I say that because I see it over and over again in thrift store bins so it must have been in a lot of households. I liked it enough to digitize. Maybe you'll like it as well.


01 Kawohikukapulani.m4a
02 Moonlight And Shadows.m4a
03 Somewhere In Hawaii.m4a
04 Harbor Lights.m4a
05 Sunset In Hawaii.m4a
06 Hiilawe.m4a
07 Red Sails In The Sunset.m4a
08 Ka-Lu-A.m4a
09 Blue Hawaii.m4a
10 The Palm Trees Sing Aloha.m4a
11 Tower Of Love.m4a
12 Song Of Old Hawaii.m4a

Hawaiian Village Nights Side
Hawaiian Village Nights Side

Friday, November 25, 2011

SAP Music Christmas Mix 2011

Time for Christmas music. I've got an eclectic mix of music and sound bites to kick off the holidays. Check the image above for the track listing and below is a printable insert for a CD case if you'd like to burn a CD.


SAP Music Christmas Mix 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Camouflage - The Great Commandment - 1988

Before we get into the holidays I thought I should try and squeeze in one more post. This is a record I got from a friend a year or so ago. Very good 80's club track and there are plenty of fun mixes on this 12 inch. Reminds of the vibe of the movie "Bright Lights Big City." Remember the Michael J. Fox movie? New York, dance clubs, and lots of cocaine if I remember. That movie reminds me of New Order and Depeche Mode and this record has that vibe as well. So if you were or still are into that kind of thing you'll like this record.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Peeks, Patetico Mondo, Lock/Jaw & The Scarred @ The California Institute Of Abnormal Arts (CIA) - 11.11.11

Just a quick post to say I had a great time at the CIA last Friday night. Took some photos and created a photo album. You can check that out here. Below are a few highlights.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Troy Walker Halloween Show at Viva Cantina - 10.26.11

Wednesday evening my son and I headed over to Viva Cantina in Burbank to catch Troy Walker and his Halloween show. Troy performs every Wednesday, but neither of us had ever seen him before. We discovered when we got there that we were in the minority. The crowd was mostly made up of regulars who come to see Troy every week. We also discovered that we were considered you amongst this crowd. Don't lat that statement mislead you. The folks may have been older, but they knew how to get up, shake it and have a good time.

Check out this article on Troy from 1999. It gives you some history and a flavor of the man that is Troy Walker. He's got an amazing story. It was written by Jonny Whiteside for LA Weekly. Whiteside has been a fan for ages and is a Wednesday regular at Troy's shows.

Here are a few photos from the evening. A fuller photo album can be found on my Flickr account here. You probably need a little context to understand the photos. As mentioned earlier it was a Halloween show which is why Troy and the patrons are dressed in costume. You'll notice flapper, sailors, Little Orphan Annie and King Arthur (Or some knight) in the photos. The guy in the cowboy hat, though I don't believe was in costume. Viva Cantina is in the equestrian district of Burbank and so the bar is basically a country bar and attracts a lot of the local cowboys. So I think that guy was just being himself. Also you'll notice that Troy is in two outfits. He began the evening in the sunglasses and turban and performed for about an hour. He then took a break and came back dressed with the fedora and mustache. He then gave us another hour. It was a full evening of pure entertainment.

And the baby doll? What is up with that? Well when Troy first came out in the turban outfit he had a big pregnant belly and then at a couple points in the show he gave birth. First he birthed the little doll and then later on he revealed a stuffed monkey. The monkey ended up being pretty funny because the monkey got stuck on his belt or something and it took about five minutes of Troy bantering and joking with the audience before he got the thing out.

Also I shot a little video which captures the spirit of the performance and the evening.

Troy performs "My Girl" and "Annie Had A Baby" in this clip.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Leadbelly - The Legend Of Leadbelly

In the mood for some old time blues? This record will fit the bill. Anyone familiar with any sort of blues history knows the name Leadbelly. He holds a place next to Robert Johnson as far as being a legendary blues man. This record is a collection of songs he recorded for Alan Lomax. The record jacket says 8 of the recordings were made in New York in 1939, but it doesn't say which 8. I'm guessing the remaining couple songs were recorded around the same time. Leadbelly died in 1949 according to quite a few sources on the internet. The funny thing is that on the back of this record it says he dies a pauper in 1941. Makes me wonder why the date is so off.

Many of these songs you may recognize. A song like "In New Orleans" you may recognize as "House Of The Rising Son" which The Animals made hugely popular. "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" you will recognize as a song Nirvana covered on their Unplugged record.

Every track is great on this record is great. Each one is filled with heart and soul. Each oozes the blues.

I like playing this album loud in the house. The songs echoing through the hallway are kind of haunting. You can feel the sense of time because of the aged quality of the recordings, and yet they feel very live. It is like a ghost voice from the past echoing through the house. I love it. Maybe you will to.


01 In New Orleans
02 Goodnight Irene
03 Where Did You Sleep Last Night
04 How Long (With Sonny Terry)
05 John Hardy
06 When The Boys Were On The Western Plains
07 Pretty Flower In Your Backyard
08 Roberta
09 I've A Pretty Flower (With Josh White)
10 Yellow Gal

Friday, October 21, 2011

Lock/Jaw at Guitar Merchant with Fallujah 71 - 09.30.11

This post is quite late in coming. As you can see by the date in the title, this show was weeks ago. It happened to be in a week where I wasn't feeling great and so I didn't end up processing the photos until last week and then I just never got around to posting them. Just yesterday I realized that I never put the photos up. So better late than never.

This was a show at Guitar Merchant with my son's band Lock/Jaw. Fallujah 71 also played and I took some photos of them. The Peeks and another band played, but I didn't get any photos of them. The venue was cool. It is this little backroom to a music store. It wasn't too crowded and the crowd was basically friends and family from what I could gather. It made for a fun evening. Several times people from the crowd came up to sing with the band. My son join Fallujah for a song and some kids came up to sing with Lock/Jaw as well. It was just that kind of friendly atmosphere. I had a great time.

The entire photo album is here.