It’s A Bad Brains Christmas, Charlie Brown

My favorite Christmas mash-up.


Song of The Day: Lee Hazlewood – The Night Before

Definitely not to be confused with a Christmas Eve song. One of my favorites from the master. “I see those empty whiskey bottles, and records scattered on the florrr-orrr-orrr”


Newly posted live video of Country Teasers in Louisville

Having posted several other Country Teasers videos, I’m always surprised at how many views they end up receiving. It’s not like they are a particularly well known band, but those of us who love them, obviously cannot get enough.

There’s a new 7″ box set from Cle Punk’s, The Styrenes

If you’ve followed this blog for any period of time, you know that I’m sorta obsessed with Proto-Punk, particularly the Cle Punk scene of the 70’s. Bands like the Electric Eels, Mirrors, Rocket From The Tombs, X_X, The Styrenes, and later, the godlike Pagans, etc, produced some of the most exciting music of the era, influenced in varying doses by the Velvet Underground, the Avant Garde, Performance Art, and a take no prisoners approach to live shows. Though most bands received minimal, if any, fanfare outside of the area during their existence, the sphere of their influence posthumously, is substantially wider.

As noted, The Styrenes were one such band, formed with former and future members of several of those other Cle Punk bands. They released several singles (one as the Poli Styrene Jazz Band) and one LP on the seminal Cleveland label Mustard, from the mid-70’s to the early 80’s, which showed an updated, take on Psych and Prog, with a twisted, more cynical, sense of humor, not to mention being blessed with one of the best post-Reed/Morrison guitarists, in one Jamie Klimek. Check out Drano In Your Veins, posted below, for ample evidence.

All of this leads me to the new 3x 7″ box set, Cle 76-79 Unreleased, which includes a version of Cle Punk’s own Louie Louie style obligatory┬áregional┬ácover, Jaguar Ride (a song on which I will soon do a separate post), and sixteen other unreleased recordings, issued on My MInd’s Eye Records. Yet another essential part of the Cle Punk puzzle, for those of us who care about such things.

Songs of The Day: Tommy McGee -We Ought To Be Together, and Make Sure

I’m a total sucker for that falsetto, those strings, the keys, and that GROOVE! Sweet Soul vibes abound.

Watch Platinum Tips, from Royal Trux performance at Webster Hall, last night

The reunion moves on, as a third reunion date has been confirmed for next year’s Levitation Festival.

Dave Brubeck’s, Take Five, gets the Pakistani treatment

Fantastic! Just watch that tabla player go!

Song of The Day: Tamaryn – Softcore

Absolutely loving this track, featured on Tamaryn’s most recent Mexican Summer Records LP, Cranekiss. Dark, atmospheric Pop, that very few people seem to be able to do well these days. Produced by Jorge Elbrecht, of Violens and Lansing-Dreiden fame, who most recently worked with both Ariel Pink and Caroline Polachek, in addition to his fabulous Coral Cross and Drynx projects, and god knows what else, creating an impressively diverse and resume.

Sharing a second, more recent version, as it appears that the drummer has been replaced by programmed beats.