Thursday, May 30, 2013

Kan-Gu-Wa! Katanga! Chop Chop!

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 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

Kan-Gu-Wa (info)
Ahbe Casabe (info)
Katanga (info)
Chop Chop! (info)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Lookey-Dookey! Sin Alley!

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...



"JRpopartz" on Flickr

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Voodoo Exotica

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

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Hot Pearl Snatch

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 Cramps - The Hot Pearl Snatch (YouTube)

Friday, May 10, 2013

45s - Believe It or Not!

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 much weird, cool, and strange stuff out there in the 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

Japanese Monsters

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.


MOTHRA trailer (YouTube)


RODAN trailer (YouTube)

GAMERA trailer (YouTube)

GHIDRAH trailer (YouTube)


The Moons - GAMMERA (YouTube)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Lost Treasures

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 also includes an informative booklet.


Friday, May 3, 2013

45s Warped My Mind!

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.