Thursday, May 30, 2013
Just got these four new-ish comps via the generous & accommodating Mr. Lemon of San Francisco. The tracks featured on these albums are mostly vocals, with a few instrumentals also included. Below I've posted a four-track mix...one instro track from each album...for your listening pleasure.
The Three Suns - Volcano
Jack La Forge - The Cleopatra Kick
Sandy Nelson - Chop Chop
Classie Ballou - Classie's Whip
Ahbe Casabe (info)
Chop Chop! (info)
Friday, May 24, 2013
I had both of these comps on vinyl, back in the day, & both have stood up well to repeated listenings over the years. LOOKEY-DOOKEY is a fine collection of grimy R & B howlers, while SIN ALLEY combines R & B with inspired Rockabilly lunacy. Find 'em at the ROWFISHERMANROW blog. Also...have a "lookey-dookey" at my Flickr page. Flickr dropped a big site redesign bomb this week, and love it or hate it, I thought it was high time I updated my stuff posted there...
SIN ALLEY Part One
"JRpopartz" on Flickr
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Music City Two In One - Snag Nasty
Moe Koffman - Funky Monkey
Willie Mitchell - Tails Out
Gerry Hayes - Soulgirl (Philly Dog)
The Monclairs - Sore Feet
Albert Collins - Do the Sissy
The Soul Runners - What Can I Say
Johnny (Spider) Martin Organ Quartet - Hicup's [sic]
Los Masters - Cissy Strut
Los Sudamericanos - El Trencito
Los Seims - Mister Acelerador
The Magnificents - Last Night
Larry Page Orch. - You Really Got Me
The Spacewalkers - Gemini, Go Baby Go!
The Ski Stompers - Blacksmith Blues
Bob Summers - Rattle Rhythm
The Valli Boys - Night Hawk
Little Miguel's Golden Five - Garlic Breath
Billy & the King Bees - Bango
Twangy Rebels - Lazy Rebel
The Fireballs - Chicken
Sammy Lowe & Orch. - Speak Up
The Rhythm Masters - Break-A-Way
The Upsetters - Jaywalking
Vinny & the Nitelites - Poppin' Popcorn
Doc Bagby - Cornbread
The Roller Coasters - Slap-Back
Mickey Lane - Dum Dee Dee Dum
The Hygrades - In the Jungle
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Dust off that tiki bar! Fire up the tiki torches! Get a blaze going in that fire pit or barbecue, and load up the pu-pu platters…summertime is just around the corner! It's not too early to start planning those warm weather "exotica" parties. Music can be a huge part of creating the proper ambience, of course…but if you're sick and tired of the same old Martin Denny & Arthur Lyman LPs, there are alternatives. I've blogged about this before, but may I suggest that you check out THE EXOTICA PROJECT once more…? DJ "Little Danny" Shiman has posted one-hundred rare and exotic vintage 45s there for your listening pleasure. It's worth returning for a fresh look every now & again because he often removes older tunes & replaces them with new ones. Although I sincerely love this stuff, I personally favor the somewhat sleazier, more rock 'n' roll-oriented "mondo" music featured on the JUNGLE EXOTICA compilation (which is apparently still available via SMUTSHAKE CUPCAKE). Crank it up, and let the virgin sacrifices begin!!!
Extra bonus: JUNGLE EXOTICA VOL. 2
Extra bonus: JUNGLE EXOTICA VOL. 2
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Here's an original painting based on the poster for THE HOT PEARL SNATCH (1966)...the film obviously inspired the identically titled song by The Cramps. Apparently the original movie poster was a bit racy for public display, so they later painted some red bikinis over the girls' naughty bits! I couldn't find a trailer for the film on YouTube (or anywhere else, for that matter), but I did dig up an interesting post at the TRASH VIDEO blog (which includes a few photos). My original painting is available for purchase via my Comic Art Collective page.
THE HOT PEARL SNATCH (Trash Video)
The Cramps - The Hot Pearl Snatch (YouTube)
Friday, May 10, 2013
As a kid I loved Ripley's Believe It or Not! I had several paperback reprints of the original newspaper feature, and I read them over and over...so much weird, cool, and strange stuff out there in the world...it just took a guy like Robert Ripley to go out & find it, then share it with the rest of us. Fishing for obscure 45s on YouTube can be sort of like that. I never really know what I might dig up...frantic faux "exotica," wild ventures in heavy reverb/sound effects, or just plain great records which never attracted the attention they deserved. Thanks to the many & various obsessive crate-diggers out there who share their fantastic finds on YouTube!
Black Zoo - Russ Faith & Orch.
Blutus (Le Lion) - Billy Nash
Baby Elephant Walk - Alan Parker
Giggle Wiggle - The Birds of Paradise
Jo Barbara - Fried Rice
Appletree Theatre - Lotus Flower
The Flying Carpet - Laguestra & his Orch.
The Shin-Diggers - The Mummy Walk
The Noose - The Executioners
The Spirits - Kaput
Prentiss McPhail - It's Uncle Willie Time
Fred Adison - Drive In and Twist
Kid Burbank - Madison Rocket
Bob Summers - Space Walkin'
The Westwoods - Limbo (The Land of Inbetween)
The Rangers - La Citta Sommersa
The Fabulous Imperials - Wierd [sic]
Louis Jackson - Fran's Mood
The Gallahads - Barracuda
Brunswick bowling promo - Hully Gully Bowling Ball
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Prints on glossy Kodak photo paper, 5" x 5" each. Any two prints, only $12 (domestic shipping included). Set of all 6 prints, just $32 (includes domestic shipping). I accept PayPal.
GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS trailer (YouTube)
MOTHRA trailer (YouTube)
MOTHRA'S SONG (YouTube)
RODAN trailer (YouTube)
GAMERA trailer (YouTube)
GHIDRAH trailer (YouTube)
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS trailer (YouTube)
The Moons - GAMMERA (YouTube)
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Del-Fi was a great record label, and this LOST TREASURES compilation is well worth repeated listenings. Be on the lookout for the other fine Del-Fi comps: JUNGLE JIVE, POOL PARTY, BEACH PARTY, and HELLBOUND HOT RODS! All include some swinging instrumentals.
DEL-FI LOST TREASURES! (via Fantastic Retrovision)
Dave "Baby" Cortez was a tremendous keyboard artist. ACE Records (out of the UK) is a top notch reissue label, and this collection of Cortez's work is terrific...it also includes an informative booklet.
DAVE "BABY" CORTEZ: HAPPY ORGANS (& etc.) (via ROW FISHERMAN ROW)
Friday, May 3, 2013
I developed a taste for oddball records early in life. I have two older sisters who were both teenagers by the time I was old enough to use a turntable. They left home when I was still quite young, but left behind some unusual 45s. One of these was Jack Paar's "Blue Wiggle." Paar, as you might already know, hosted THE TONIGHT SHOW from 1957 to 1962. His early broadcast background included stints as a "humorous disc jockey" at various Midwest radio stations, and stand-up comedy on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. With "Blue Wiggle" (1958) he seems to be poking fun at the "beatnik"-style poetry that was in vogue at the time. My young friends & I thought the record was extremely weird & funny. After this, I was always on the lookout for similarly unique & transcendent discs…
Jack Paar - Blue Wiggle
Another childhood favorite was "Suffocate," by Ralph Smedley & the Breathers, a parody of teenage rock 'n' roll dance crazes…instead of encouraging listeners to learn the twist or the frug, the singer instructs listeners to stop breathing: "You'll feel great when you suffocate!" Some other kids in the neighborhood had the record, and once I'd heard it I knew I had to have it…I finally convinced them to sell it to me, and I still own it. Both sides of this sick 45 are included on the REAL GONE GARBAGE compilation LP. The flip side, "Drown," is equally demented.
Ralph Smedley & the Breathers - Suffocate
One day my mother came home from shopping downtown & brought me a box of "bargain" 45s. Some retailer got the bright idea to buy up a bunch of unsold "cut-out" singles, package 10 or 12 of them randomly in a box, & sell it for 99 cents. My box contained a record that permanently blew my mind: "Paralyzed," by the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. At first, my friends & I couldn't believe that adult humans had actually gone to the trouble to record & release this little slice of insanity. Nothing "The Ledge" has released since then matches the wild savagery displayed on this recording--flailing, pounding drums & unintelligible shrieking--this is like primal scream therapy, or something…
The Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Paralyzed
Later on, I selected the Stardust Cowboy as my subject for the WFMU "Crackpots & Visionaries" card set.