Tuesday, June 26, 2007

News and music...........

I finally started that new blog I have been threatening to start to post news and views on the state of the world. If my posts on the subject earlier were of any interest to you, I would like to invite any and all of you to check it out and anyone is welcome to contribute to that blog. My email address is there so drop me a line if you have any worthwhile news, anecdotes or , hell, anything. If you can find it in your hearts (as you've all been so nice and done in the past) , click on an ad or two while you are there. And I am working to get a few affiliates signed up (nothing so far) but I will be adding them as time allows. No corporate whores like amazon, just some mom and pop businesses looking to survive like you and I.


As I said before, with it being summertime, music posts are probably going be slow, but I will continue to to add stuff as time allows (for those who don't know, an average post of 4 albums takes around 3 to 4 hours start to finish). I am working on one for tonight. And here it is.........

First up, and probably the most well known of all I am going to post tonight is Sky Saxon and his merry band of acidheads with their 1967 LP Future. I found covers for this but apparently it was only released in conjunction with another LP, but I stuck them in their anyway. Maybe the other album will turn up sometime soon, but I don't have it at this time.


The Unspoken Word is another in my line of cool West Coast psych I have been posting. This one was released in 1968.


A mega rarity here from Brazil. This is Bango's self titled release from 1971. Acid soaked psych with fuzz guitars and heavy tunes.


Some softer sounds from 1969. Mortimer were a psych folk group that released this one album on Philips. Good stuff to wind down a hectic day.


And finally for this fine summer eve is the self titled LP from Mike Pinera and Blues Image. Not as good as Open and nothing as significant as "Ride Captain Ride" on this one, but not too bad either. Mike would soon be heading to Iron Butterfly for one interesting album called Metamorphosis after one more (way more challenging) album with these guys.


That's all for tonight!! Back soon!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Stop me before I rant again!!!!!!!

One or two more tiny rants before I get back to posting some cool obscure out of print music that I hope & pray CBS-Sony doesn't object too.
I was thinking about all this copyright this and copyright that bullshit I've been reading from several sources, and all of a sudden a big question popped into my head.....
Where the fuck are my rights? I guess I better buy a good pair of headphones because if Cary and his henchmen get their way, I might get sued for sharing sound waves of their precious bands. I am getting downright sick and fucking tired of everyone else's rights getting in the way of my rights as a consumer.
In a lot of ways this coincides with the post I made not too long ago about people getting alert and waking up to what is going down around them.
Back to the point----where can I find what rights I do have as a buyer of music (and movies as well) in the good old USSA. When I was twelve I bought a record album of Black Sabbath's Sabotage. When I was fourteen I bought the cassette, and a few years back I bought the damn CD. Now is it illegal for me to download the MP3's since I now have supposedly have some rights of ownership? Or can my 1995 burp and fart car be confiscated for doing so? Can I let my friends hear it legally? Will radio soon be only playing snippets of songs so no one can tape them of the airwaves? God forbid!!! Will the libraries soon only be able to loan out promo snippet copies of CDs and DVDs with constant 800 numbers flashing across the screen asking me to narc on the offending source of obtainment?
Does anyone know what my rights are and/or where I can find them? Or don't I have any other than being able to play my copy of my recording I purchased in a dark room by myself.

And to switch gears slightly and retouch on a oft-mentioned topic:

And to hit slightly on a related topic----It takes me back to the 80s when the RIAA was screaming foul at the makers of blank cassettes and boohooing that it would "kill the music". It didn't.
And here is a newsflash RIAA and henchmen. Bloggers aren't going to kill the music either and as long as MTV Cribs and all the other various TV tabloids are showing us the various houses of the stars (usually huge mansions with 8-10 cars parked outside) and all their flamboyant lifestyle choices, you aren't going to find many people sympathizing with you. Yes, again, I am a sensible person and I realize not all bands and artists are rich like that. But I can read, and I see the sales figures in billboard magazine and if the artists and performers aren't doing too well, it's probably got something to do with the life-draining contracts you've nailed them to, not the file swappers, and you just need a scapegoat.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Last word on a silly subject.......

I have gone here before so I am not gonna go haywire on the subject. Emails are pouring on both sides (as usual) and comments are being made so here is the deal........

First let it be said I have made notice in the past, and it holds for the future, that if anything I post here on this blog goes against anyone's wishes, please let me know and I will take it down immediately. I do not wish to infringe upon anyone's rights, weather they seem ridiculous or not.

I used to get email notifications instantly when someone responded to my posts, and for some reason blogger stopped sending them. I though no one was responding to what I was posting. No big deal, I just figuredno one had anything to say. Maybe I turned something off somewhere, I do not know, but for whatever reason, they are not going to my email.

On a whim I happened to go into blogger "dashboard" and found some 30 odd comments that needed moderation. Among them 2 requesting I remove an album I posted. One was a decent request to remove the said album, the second, a more venomous note with an implied warning or threat (perception in the eye of the beholder, may or may not be true).

Now, that being said, I have had folks ask that I remove albums before, and usually I get a decent email from either a band member or an associate of the band with a request to remove said item(s). I have always compiled as soon as humanly possible to these requests and never made a big deal about it, because it is the band's music and if they don't want people grabbing it to check out that is their business. I am at least of average intelligence and I knew the risks when I went into to blogging. I try my best to only post out of print stuff, and yes I know out of print doesn't mean it has no copyright. And I am very familiar with all the good work one Salvador Bono did to make those copyrights laws absolutely absurd.

But this has gotten way out of control. After my explanation of the reason why I did not comply to this person's request to remove said files immediately, that seems not to be good enough. Someone feels I need a lesson of facts I already know, and since they are being sent anonymously I cannot tell if these are associated with the person sending the original request to remove said files, if some rouge holier than thou is back in business, or what the hell is going on. Whatever it is, the file is gone forever, the band will never ever be mentioned in this blog again, and it is done and over with on my end. I have apologized three times now, and I will apologize no more. I fucked up, get over it. Gonna try to get money outta me? Get in line, my friend!

As far as a record label suing me goes---let me fill you in on my sordid details in case you haven't already heard me complaining in the past.

I am a 40 year old guy who works at a gas station. A clerk for christsakes. I am below poverty level's poverty level and I owe everyone and their brother at least a dollar. I couldn't borrow a quarter with 2 as collateral. My next three paychecks are spent already, friends! I ain't got nothing but an ever shrinking record collection that is slowly ending up at record stores/on ebay and this here computer (an eight year old Dell Dimension desktop) that is the one guilty pleasure I get out of life. And my internet gets shut off from time to time, they are one of the many that have to wait from time to time too. My back is completely fucked up, but I can't afford to take off work to go to the doctor, I support two kids that live with me and I drive a 1995 lawnmower on wheels with 123,000 miles on it . When it idles you could make milkshakes on the dashboard.

Yep--a perfect target for the RIAA. Come get me. As I said in my response to whoever in the comments--3 hots and cot ain't lookin' too fuckin' bad right now.

Now, please, this is over on my end. And if what I have done (complied with your request) isn't good enough for you, I am at a loss. And if this is some rouge piggy-backing you, then also know that will stop too, because any further comments pertaining to this will be deleted.

Again, longwinded as usual, I hope I made my point. I am still going to try to maintain this blog, but as it's summer and I am trying to get a second job to cover the first one, posts may be sporatic. But it ain't gonna be a fucking soap opera. I already live one. This is supposed to be my escape from that.


Saturday, June 16, 2007

Time for a new batch

Stuff mostly in a psych vein today, because that's where my head's been lately, listening to some mind expanding trippy sixties (and early 70's) vibrations. But as always a few surprises thrown in to hopefully give everyone a bit of enjoyment. First up for today is some psychy hard rock from the Floating Bridge. This Seattle, Washington band's only LP, released on Vault in 1969, is mainly good fuzzed out hard originals, and then two kinda Deadish jam cover tunes done as instrumentals. Although I could do without the cover tunes, the rest of the album is highly recommended.


I've probably said it before, but most of the so called Christian psych I hear sounds more like folk music to me, not that there's anything wrong with that, but when the word psych is thrown in, I wanna hear psych for Christian sake. That problem is not an issue here, however. This one, the Last Call of Shiloh, from 1969 ranks up there with People, Moonrakers and All Saved Freak Band on my list of dyed in the tye, hippie psych Jesus rock. Nice stuff with some good guitar licks and although the lyrics overbear a bit, it's some gosh darn good listenin'.


Here's an interesting rock album I picked up a few years ago based on cover (always a 50/50 chance of something good coming from it) and what I got turned out to an album with a bit of history. I'll share what I found out from an unknown (forgotten) site on the web:

Produced by Peter Schekeryk; Engineered by Eddie Kramer & Bruce Staple. Recorded at the Electric Lady Studios, NYC, NY in 1972. Is alleged to features Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley on backing vocals, BUT this has not been substantiated. Five dollar Shoes was: Gregg Diamond (drums, percussion, vocals), Tom Graves (keyboards, vocals), Jim Gregory (bass, vocals), Mike Millius (harmonica, vocals), and Scott Woody (guitar, vocals). As for the music, it's kinda "Allman Bros. Meets New York Dolls with a touch of Pink Floyd" early 70's rock.


R. Meltzer compared them to the VU with a west coast vibe on the title track, Hackamore Brick's LP from '70 called One Kiss Leads To Another. Very cool stuff.


Saw this on a want list from 60/70 rock and hopefully he'll catch this one. This is a very early shred album from either '81 or '83 from a band called Meat Phredd. It was recorded in Columbus, Ohio and I could kick my own ass, because I sold mine a year and half ago for 5 bucks and it gets 150+ on ebay!!!! This one is a vinyl rip from that said LP and is unfortunetly divided into side one and side two mp3s with no song titles listed. Being that it is instrumental guitar music, I guess the song titles really don't matter, but they can be found on the net if one were to look a bit. Recommended if you are into the Joe Satriani Steve Vai type wanking, otherwise you may wanna avoid.


I just found this the other day in a bargain bin at a local CD store!! 3 bucks for this one. Turned out to be some really cool hard proggy stuff. I haven't really done much digging on the band (again, check the 'net, there's probably more info on it) but I'm guessing from the dates on the CD it comes from 1975 originally.
Anywho, it's Brainstorm with their LP Last Smile.


Sunday, June 10, 2007

Here's a few finally.......

More Detroit rock and roll. Dick Wagner led the Frost, and it's hard rock with maybe a slight RnB tinge. Dick as many of you know went on to play with Alice Cooper supplying tasty licks to some of Alice's post Cooper band LPs . This is Frost Music from 1969, originally released on Vanguard in the states.


This one I uploaded as a favor to a friend, and decided to include it here if anyone would like to check it out. In the late 60's Marshall Chess was trying to hop on trends, since his roster of 50's blues and RnB clients were considered passe and behind the times, he decided to pair them up with hip and happening new sounds (i.e: Chuck Berry with the Steve Miller band) and see if he couldn't score some action with it. This is Muddy's result. The gatefold LP's inner sleeve showing a picture of Muddy with a process hairdo and a long flowing robe says it all. He tried the same thing with Howlin' Wolf (the title was: Howlin' Wolf Does Not Like This Album.....) with mixed results. But Muddy's LP was actually pretty cool. He covers the Stones (logical choice bandwise since they were disciples of his, but song choice a bit iffy) and retooled some of his classics to "fit the times". A mixed bag, but one that is never boring.


Another LP from '69, this time some Canadian psych from the Rabble with their LP "Give Us Back Elaine"


And finally, some more mainstream rock, this being Brandywine's Aged LP from 1970. A few hard rock tunes intertwine with more mainstream rock sounds. Never bubblegummy or sappy, just nice AOR for the times and well worth checking out. I will admit I'd never heard this U.S. band until a couple weeks ago and was pleasently surprised.


Hopefully I get a few more up tonight. Been working way too much and finally got a couple days off.