Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Wave Benders - Surfin' Christmas

Surfy versions of Christmas songs. "The Wave Benders" are a bunch of studio musicians in Amsterdam recording their idea of surf. Pretty good, if somewhat generic. More rough around the edges, frat surf rather than the polished sound of The Ventures. Still good to throw in the holiday mix.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 2. What Child Is This? 3. Deck the Halls 4. Twelve Days of Christmas 5. Do You Hear What I Hear? 6. We Three Kings 7. Joy to the World 8. Jingle Bells 9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 10. Silent Night 11. Little Drummer Boy 12. We Wish You a Merry Christmas


The Honkeys - Tequila Mockingbird

The Honkeys are St. Louis’ current premier surf/instrumental rock ’n’ roll sensations. With lightning-fast Fender and Mosrite guitar-picking artistry; tons of fuzz and reverb effects; heart-pumping bass; foot-stomping, big-beat percussion; mysterious, spine-tingling organ riffs; and intriguing melodies bristling with excitement and adolescent menace, these fine young men lay down some of the wildest, sexiest, and most exotic surf and instrumental rock ’n’ roll stylings ever attempted around this part of the landlocked Midwest. Inspired by their love of ’60s go-go movies, reverb, chili, yo-yos, and the occasional professional wrestling match, they molded their noise into a groovy modern interpretation of instrumental surf music that is both unmistakable and unforgettable. They are faithful to their instruments’ traditional vocabularies as they strive to create the instrumental sound of now; contemporary in attitude, fresh and exciting in execution.

Solid heavy surf, and a Zappa cover to boot. Merry Christmas Tru.

Tsunami? 2. The Sound of Two Checmicals Being Swirled Around In An Erlenmeyer Flask: Good / Evil 3. Fire Backstage 4. The Wayback Machine 5. Wolfman's Got Nards 6. Honkey's Can't Surf 7. Open The Pod Bay Doors, Hal 8. Tell 'Em Large Marge Sent Ya 9. S'othern Repercussions 10. Dr. Strangelove / A Separate Peace 11. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance 12. Intergalatic Cheese 13. No Brakes 14. Beast 15. Tossage 16. ...untitled bonus vocal at the end of a tedious 11 minutes of silence


Art Van Damme - The Van Damme Sound/Martini Time

Well, here it is. For all you loungeophiles some Christmas cool. Art Van Damme played jazz music on the accordian. Some of the best fifties jazz quintet you will ever find. Art’s accordion style with his unique tunings are a treat for those interested in a very clean crisp (non mussette ) tonal quality. If you like lounge music or exotica, then you will enjoy this. It brings back *the* jazz accordionist of the 50's and 60's. Too many people dismiss the accordion as a toy, but in talented hands, it is a very much a musical instrument. Give it a listen and get ready for fun. At times it sounds as if you're strolling down the aisles at Home Depot, but other times the music really swings. Great for chillin' and parties.

1. Carioca - Art Van Damme, Kahn, Gus 2. I'll Remember April - Art Van Damme, Raye, Don 3. Lullaby of Broadway - Art Van Damme, Dubin, Al 4. Early Autumn - Art Van Damme, Mercer, Johnny 5. Ol' Man River - Art Van Damme, Hammerstein, Oscar 6. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue - Art Van Damme, Rodgers, Richard 7. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart - Art Van Damme, Redmond, John [Comp 8. Thou Swell - Art Van Damme, Hart, Lorenz 9. Deep Night - Art Van Damme, Vallee, Rudy 10. Let's Fall in Love - Art Van Damme, Koehler, Ted 11. Don't Worry 'Bout Me - Art Van Damme, Koehler, Ted 12. Tea for Two - Art Van Damme, Caesar, Irving 13. Adios - Art Van Damme, Madriguera, Enric 14. Blue Lou - Art Van Damme, Sampson, Edgar 15. Cheek to Cheek - Art Van Damme, Berlin, Irving 16. Let Yourself Down - Art Van Damme, VanDamme, Art 17. My Kinda Love - Art Van Damme, Alter, Louis 18. I Hear Music - Art Van Damme, Loesser, Frank 19. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight) - Art Van Damme, Creamer, Henry 20. I Didn't Know What Time It Was - Art Van Damme, Hart, Lorenz 21. The Surrey With the Fringe on Top - Art Van Damme, Hammerstein, Oscar 22. Tenderly - Art Van Damme, Lawrence, Jack 23. It's Easy to Remember - Art Van Damme, Hart, Lorenz 24. Madame Van Damme - Art Van Damme, Van Damme, A.



Mister Neutron - Mister Neutron Loves You

With a tight trio of talented musicians behind its sturdy, steady sound, Mister Neutron Loves You takes you in 19 different musical directions, all of them leading back to the roots of great rock 'n' roll. Especially strong are the blues and surf tracks that make you realize just how good these genres can be with the right people playing the instruments. The instros like Danger:Diabolik are surf/spy goodies so you can tell they are leaning in that direction.

This is the first and lesser known Mister Neutron album - more indie rock - like a less frantic They Might Be Giants - yes- this one has vocals. They evolved into a powerful surf instro combo for the next two outings - Red Triangle has been posted by Trustar - see links.

1 Love Theme From Mister Neutron 2 A Mod Proposal 3 Soledad O'Brien 4 Danger: Diabolik 5 Pretty Green Thing 6 Special Boy 7 Mrs. Neil Armstrong 8 Atomic Supermen 9 Naughty Bits 10 Hydroplaning 11 Go, Stinky Monkey! 12 Casbah 13 Waterworks 14 Pyramid Scheme 15 Dreaming I'm Driving 16 10'll Gretsch You 20 17 Robot Arm 18 Mister Neutron Loves You 19 Whirligig



Saturday, December 13, 2008

Thurston Lava Tube - Move Over Rover, Let Clover Take Over

The Thurston Lava Tube are a psychedelic, experimental surf instrumental band from Leicester, England. The Lava Tube sound features an interesting range of vintage organs in addition to the traditional surf guitar line-up. Super ballsy, rock'n'roll, surfy instros. A++. I mean it. Besides, any band that covers Zappa gets a first look in my book. See, Trustar, there are Zappa fans out there.

1 Penetration 2 Gluon Boy 3 Lumpy Gravy 4 The Man with no Ping 5 Dogmatic 6 Lullaby of the Leaves 7 func_surf entity 8 Rocket Science 9 Being and Nothingness 10 Pempslider 11 Fox Sharp, Badger Minor 12 Don't Eat Aluminium 13 Dogs are from Pluto 14 Forget about Freeman


Milo De Venus

The self-titled CD by Santa Fe's Milo De Venus starts innocently enough, with "Little Big Hair," a simple, catchy little surf rocker. But by the third track, "Goddess of Sloth," you get the feeling that if you went to see the group play and requested "Wipe Out," you'd be more embarrassed than the band, who would probably stare you down and then break into something like "The Ed Tube" - punk energy, squawking fuzz guitar, and an inescapable, mantra-like bass line. Or the melodic "The Last Dance" - understated and moody while eschewing self-conscious lounginess.

Revolving around guitarist Jason Goodyear and bassist Susan Holmes (with Mark Clark and Jon Gagan alternating on drums), Milo De Venus has carved its own niche in the sea of instrumental surf and lounge bands. It doesn't sound as though it consciously resisted falling into either camp as much as it simply created its own.

There's a sparseness, with the guitar tones sounding like the amp is never cranked beyond 3, with more emphasis on grooves than virtuosity, and a welcome sense of humor - like the Jew's harp tone Goodyear gets in the middle of the funky "Nonsequitor." And he answers the Plungers' "Spring Break" with "Tremolo King," inspired, he writes, by love - "the love of a good man for his Roland tremolo pedal." Well, someone had to have the courage to say it.

A bit of surf, a touch of instrumental Meat Puppets and just a pinch of Camper Van Beethoven when they weren't fighting each other for the spotlight. Damn fine.

1.Little Big Hair 2. Osage City 3. Goddess of Sloth 4. Ed Tube 5. Last Dance 6. Backyard Betty 7. Bonehead 8. Nonsequitor 9. Prime Time 10. Tremolo King


Legends of Acid Jazz - Hammond Heros

Lots of compilations that you buy have several tracks that are really good, but also contain some poor or disappointing stuff. This is completely different. Taken from Prestige Records albums from 1958 to 1967 this contains some organ based tracks that appeared on other artists albums, as well as some excellent material from organists that are currently unavailable elsewhere on CD .

Favorite tracks are difficult to choose (and there's not a poor one amongst them). However I'd especially mention the following."Please Mr Jackson" is the title track of a Willis Jackson album from 1959 and features some excellent B3 sounds from Jack McDuff, with a special mention for the guitar of Bill Jennings."Sticks and Stones" is another version of the Joe Turner/Henry Glover track made famous by Ray Charles. This version features Johnny "Hammond" Smith set off against the vibraphone of Freddy McCoy.Possibly my favourite is "One track mind" which features Freddy Roach from the album "The Soul Book".Roach really smoulders on this outing.This is an album which you should own if you like organ driven combo's. Don't, above all, be put off by the fact that it appears with the sub-title "Legends of Acid Jazz" - this is an inappropriate title that could easily mislead. An excellent album!

1.Please Mr. Jackson - McDuff, Jack 2. Takin' Care of Business - Scott, Shirley 3. Smooth Sailing - Cobb, Arnett 4. Sticks and Stones - Turner, Titus 5. Remember - Berlin, Irving 6. Twistin' the Jug - Ammons, Gene 7. Crib Theme - Cadena, Ozzie 8. Rock Candy - McDuff, Jack 9. Pool Shark - Jackson, Willis "Ga 10. Donald Duck - Patterson, Don [1] 11. Misty - Burke, Johnny [Voca 12. One Track Mind - Roach, Freddie 13. Take Five - Desmond, Paul



Rare Grooves Vol.1 - The Originals

This is an incredible collection of jazz works during a very brief era, where the innovators were turning out exceptionally funky tunes, probably inspired by both Motown, and the Bossa. It has a very mellow groove, undisturbed except for the more raucous Ohio Players track (Fopp). The 15-song collection contains certain classics that can never be overplayed: Sweet Thing by Chaka Khan & Rufus, Cruisin by Smokey Robinson, and For the Love of You by the Isley Brothers; but also the rarer Riding High by Faze-O and Be Thankful for What You've Got by William DeVaughn. It’s great to listen to on a sunny afternoon at home or behind the wheel. The Al Green track's intricate opening beat was sampled by Notorious BIG. Other songs have been sampled and re-made, but these are the ORIGINALS. You won't be disappointed! Unfortunately, this phase didn't last very long - some of the artists went back to more traditional jazz, others to fusion, and yet others to slippery sweet disco (unbelievable but true). Man, I wish there were more of these...

1. Riding High - Harrison, Keith 2. Oh Honey - Denne, Michael 3. Playing Your Game, Baby - Johnson, Austin 4. Be Thankful for What You Got - DeVaughn, William 5. Everybody Loves the Sunshine - Ayers, Roy 6. In the Mood - Richmond, Paul 7. Mister Magic - MacDonald, Ralph 8. Fopp - Wiliams, F. 9. Cruisin' - Robinson, Smokey 10. I'm Glad You're Mine - Green, Al 11. Sweet Thing - Maiden, Tony 12. Remind Me - Rushen, Patrice 13. For the Love of You, Pts. 1 & 2 - Isley, Ernie



Lonnies Smith Trio - Foxy Lady

Four lengthy interpretations of Hendrix tunes by a relaxed trio of John Abercrombie, Lonnie Smith, and Marvin Smith. Abercrombie retains his identity while spooling out tasty lines of dissonance and happy threads of jazzy melody. But it is Smith who most impresses, pulverizing with abrupt keyboard washes from Mars, while still maintaining a groove and a direction.

These guys are masters of their respective instruments ,all are legends in their own right .. their interpretations of Jimi's stuff is a very nice listen ..John does not play like Jimi ,John is John , and what a fine guitarist he is..His ECM work is wonderful , especially when teamed with Charles Lloyd . I like the track 'Jimi Meets Miles' on this disc .. makes you wonder ..boy , if only they could have got together in the studio! Great Jazz Power Trio here!! Not a Hendrix imitation, instead, a very cool jazz Jimi tribute not many have heard.

Foxy Lady 2. Castles Made Of Sand - Star Spangled Banner 3. Third Stone From The Sun 4. Jimi Meets Miles



Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Kustard Kings - BLAM!

For my money, this is classically beat music. Everyone'll tell you these guys do the instrumental thing a la Meters...hip grinding, knee genuflecting, neck swivelling like an Egyptian Hieroglyph cat. You get the idea, I'm sure. Excellent all instrumental, original , with enough points of reference so that the uninitiated can get it quick. The final two cuts, covers of "Jungle Boogie" and "Spiderman," will hook many listeners, not simply because the tunes are familiar but because the Kustard Kings somehow make the songs their own--as if Spidey and Kool and the Gang never realized until now that their tunes would sound so fresh as lounge-fare-with-organ. The rest of this is even livelier: Terhune, McGinty, and Woolsey are inventive songwriters, and the band is crisp and explosive. And really, really tight. A great record for parties and driving. Highly recommended.

1. Hideko 2. Nina E. 3. The Golden Ram 4. Maya (Pick Up Sticks) 5. Blam! 6. Scream Savers 7. Elene Laura 8. Space Nutz 9. Vampcamp 10. Jungle Boogie 11. Spiderman

The Hi- Frequencies

Released in 2002 the Hi-Frequencies feels and sounds shimmeringly and like it could have been cut in 1963. The
Hi-Frequencies throw detail-obsessed surf rock and early garage playing into a blender and hit the majestic power pop button. But as much as audiophile-level mono sound replication is a key to the group's sound, so is conjuring the spirit of the pleasant part of the early '60s on the West Coast, exploring its boundaries and expanding them.

A combination of instrumentals and vocals. The rollicking "Clairton Beat" tumbles wonderfully into the opening "Mr. Tambourine Man" jangle of "To Do." "Jerome Green" is a shaking Bo Diddley-beat revival, played with style and pride. The album's best track, the beautiful "Stranded," is deceptively simple and effortless, with Kate Daly's bass working up a throbbing jungle beat, McAdams weaving an intoxicated reverb frenzy, rhythm guitar player Jason Lizzi hitting his chords always at exactly the right moment, and drummer Bill Scully alternating between rolls and four-on-the-floor playing, the whole thing timeless, effortless, and perfect. Bonus points for the meticulous All Summer Long send-up cover art and the deliciously quirky liner notes. A fully realized and convincing debut.

1. Clairton Beat 2. To Do 3. I've Got to Know 4. Junior Varsity 5. Wrong Again 6. Eldorado 7. Shaky 8. Peggy Sue Got Married 9. Jerome Green 10. Stranded 11. Riviera 12. Hodad's Revenge 13. You Never Win 14. Corvette Hollow


So Blue So Funky

If you're just getting into the classic B-3 organ combo sound, or have been into it for sometime, and want to get your hands on some great tracks which have fallen out of print, this is THE COLLECTION. And probably something very different than you're used to hearing. - - I mean, it’s the difference between Ruth Chris’ Steak and greasy hot barbeque at your favorite soul food joint. Both are good, but I guarentee you, sometimes its best to have that hot sauce dripping down your chin with a bit of Bro' McDuff blaring on the juke box (though you might not exactly impress your date... especially after you pop a button off your suit get that stuff all over your shirt.)

Here is the groovy soulful side of the Blue Note organ combo sound, the highlights of which are several grooves that got deep down in the vaults. Worth the purchase alone is BOOP BOP BING BASH, from an out of print Blue Note CD featuring Billy Gardner on organ and featuring George Braithe, a frequent John Patton/Ben Dixon Grant Green sideman. John Patton's Fat Judy really has that early '60s B-3 combo juke box feel. Grant Green tears the roof off on AIN'T IT FUNKY NOW with a very James Brown feel.

All About My Girl - McGriff, Jimmy 2. The Silver Meter - Patton, Big John 3. I'm Movin' On - Snow, Hank 4. Brown Sugar - Roach, Freddie 5. Hootin' 'N' Tootin' - Jackson, Fred 6. Face to Face - Willette, Baby Face 7. Plaza de Toros - Green, Grant 8. Boop Bop Bing Bash - Gardner, Billy 9. Fat Judy - Dixon, Ben 10. Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On) - Toussaint, Allen 11. Butter (For Yo' Popcorn) - McDuff, Jack 12. Ain't It Funky Now - Brown, James



Blue'N' Groovy Vol. 2 Mostly Modal

Absolutely killer collection of hard bop, guaranteed to rock ANY dancefloor. Ideal record for people who think they don't like jazz -- or to play to people who think they don't. The Art Pepper track is my favorite, but it is all excellent.

The Flip - Mobley, Hank 2. And Satisfy - Bright, Ronald 3. Dixie Lee - Byrd, Donald 4. Greasy - Davis, Walter [2] 5. A Little Busy - Timmons, Bobby 6. Mambo de la Pinta - Pepper, Art 7. Mamacita - Henderson, Joe [1] 8. Señorita Eula - Wilkerson, Don 9. Afreaka - Walton, Cedar 10. Wahoo - Pearson, Duke 11. Message from the Nile - Tyner, McCoy
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