Paradise of Bachelors to reissue Terry Allen’s classics, Juarez and Lubbock (On Everything)!

I prefer to view Terry Allen’s 1975 debut, Juarez, as more a literary musical tour of the underbelly of border town existence as seen through the intersection of two couples, than, as it is often referred to, a concept album, which in Pop/Rock terms typically denotes varying levels of artistic pretense. In fact Juarez seems so refreshingly free of pretense, as to sucker you into it’s world, much like a particularly well storied drunk at a cheap bar might, and you don’t know if you’re gonna get rolled, arrested, or escape with a new found wisdom by the end of it. Funny thing is, the stories are so compelling that even aware of this you’re in it for the ride, consequences be damned.

It would be four years before Allen issued his 2LP follow, Lubbock (On Everything), and though neither record sold well, those that heard them (among those being Lucinda Williams, Little Feat, Sturgill Simpson, Don Everly, Doug Sahm, Guy Clark, Bobby Bare, Jason Isbell, and David Byrne, with whom he would collaborate on the soundtrack for True Stories ) became disciples, spreading the gospel of Allen’s unique vision. Thank the good folks at Paradise of Bachelors for putting these back in print, where they can only influence songwriting for the better. Also, these reissues look so nice, that even though I’m fortunate enough to own originals, I’ll be picking them up.

From Paradise of Bachelors website promo:

“As described in one of the periodic narrative “dialogue” interludes spoken by Allen, Juarez recounts a deceptively “simple story”: a bleak journey, told in nonlinear terms, from Southern California through Colorado and into the Texas-Mexico borderlands. Like many cross-country road trips, it’s as harrowing as it is humorous, often within the margins of a single song or even an isolated line. The action revolves around two couples and their fateful—or arbitrary—murderous meeting in Cortez, Colorado. Sailor, on leave from the Navy, meets Spanish Alice, a prostitute, in a Tijuana bar; they get married and honeymoon in a mountain trailer park in Cortez. Meanwhile, on a crime spree detour, pachuco antihero Jabo and the witchy “rock-writer” Chic Blundie drive North from L.A. to Cortez on their way South to Jabo’s hometown of Ciudad Juarez (until recently the homicide capital of the world). Only one couple emerges from the bloody trailer, escaping across the New Mexican desert to Juarez, where they part, assuming (or absorbing?) new identities.”

Terry Allen: Juarez (PoB-26)



The Country Teasers have another live LP coming out.

The best band of antagonistic, un-PC, Scottish drunks to ever turn the influence of Mark E Smith into it’s own genre. The one time that I saw them, sandwiched between a pre-fame Black Lips and outsider musician Wesley Willis, they finished off a bottle of Jack Daniels onstage by their third or fourth song, and proceeded to rule the night. Front man, Ben Wallers, continues to blaze a unique path with projects like The Rebel, and The Devil.
Here’s a great profile on the elusive, Wallers

It’s a Black Velvet Birthday for Alannah Myles

If you’ve ever spent anytime in a lesbian, redneck or karaoke bar, or a lesbian/redneck/karaoke bar, you have undoubtedly heard this. Should you find yourself in one of those bars and you belt this out, you’re immediately in. It’s as ubiquitous as Motown at a wedding. As far as I know, it’s the only Myles cut that I’ve ever heard and it took years of exposure in the above settings before I developed an appreciation for it’s charms. For what it’s worth, she won a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocalist for it, although to my ears it’s got more of a Bonnie Raitt gone contemporary country sorta vibe. Also, why does Google Search turn up zip when I look for “Alannah Myles portrait on black velvet”? Is there no Alannah Myles on black velvet portrait out there?!!! Make it happen, internetz!