Thursday, December 05, 2013
Got a special Xmas request! We lost all of our previous Xmas mixes (the mp3 ones). We've still got the track listings, but the mp3 files are gone. Anybody got some or all of 'em they can send us, so we don't have to try to re-create? We'll have a special treat for ya, if you can help us out!
Ok, enough pleading. Let's stuff yr stockings!!!
BR549, that classic honky tonk bar band, weigh in with one of our favorite holiday genres, the Truckin' Christmas song!!!! They're making Red Simpson and Dave Dudley proud with this slice of yuletide! More truckin' Xmas to come!
Cactus Pryor and C.W. Stoneking kick it old-school jug-band style'n' Blues to rawk yr holidaze groove!
And The J's (with Jamie) slide into yr hipster xmas wrapping with a beatnik swing like nobody's business, daddy-o!
Santa's a Truckin' Fool!!!
BR549: A Truck Stop Christmas (mp3)
Cactus Pryor: Christmas Is A Very Merry Time (mp3)
The J's with Jamie: Cool Yule (mp3)
C.W. Stoneking: On A Christmas Day (mp3)
Please support your local bell ringers and ringing bells!
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
It's a ho ho ho's paradise! Day 2 of our Yuletide insanity! No preamble, let's stuff yr stockings!
The mighty Holly Golightly, one of our favorite artists, shakes off the punk for a vibes-drenched lounge-y xmas list. Her noir vocal take is perfect for a late night, snowy twinkle of tinsel and yule-log crackle. Break out the bear-skin rug!
Too mellow? Well, then, the Black Nights and the Guitar Slingers FT will kick yr holiday ass all around the tree, a rockabilly present wrapped up in a grit-down bow!
And the mighty Hank Thompson finishes us off with the greatest Christmas wish ever! (and one of our Top 5 fave rave Xmas tunes ever!)
Santa's a Stompin' Chimney Diver!
Holly Golightly: That's What I Want For Christmas (mp3)
Black Knights: Xmas Record Hop (mp3)
Guitar Slingers FT: Stomp That Christmas (mp3)
Hank Thompson: I'd Like To Have An Elephant For Christmas (mp3)
As ever, support the artists in any way you can. The best Xmas gift you can give is help 'em out!
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Well, 'spect its about that time. The Holidays (suck it Palin) are upon us, and the world's ears tune into the mighty Mountain to help 'em through the nonsense. We're here for you. Daily Posting from now 'til Shane MacGowan's birthday on December 25th!
Did we mention "daily posting"??? Yes we did.
This may be our last go-around, so we'll try to make it a little extra special.
Gonna break out long-standing rule, and post some stuff we've posted before. Lots of classics worth revisiting, and we've been doing this so long, that, well, why the hell not??? Fear not, there will be plenty of "new" tunes to slurp yr eggnog to.
As ever, feel free to snoop around the archives and make a request. We'll try to accommodate everyone!
And remember, if ya don't like what ya hear today, stick around. No day is the same, no style or genre is sacrosanct. We'll be changing it up daily.
Enough of the intro, let's hop in the sleigh!
Kicking things off is the mighty Untamed Youth, with a hot rod hootenanny, that happens to be one of our top 5 xmas tunes ever! Television City follow up with a Yuletide ode to punk icon Johnny Thunders, who could be our Santa any day of the year. Who else could save Christmas, indeed?
Dick Smith knows exactly how Santa gets through such a rough night. And The Davenports throw down what may actually be our theme over the past 9 years of doing this. No really.
Santa's bag is hanging low!
The Untamed Youth: Santa's Gonna Shut 'Em Down (mp3)
Television City: The Night Johnny Thunders Saved Christmas (mp3)
Dick Smith: Red-Eyed Santa (mp3)
The Davenports: Whore For the Holidays (mp3)
Please support your favorite charity this Holiday season!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Well...the Holidays (yeah, suck it Palin) are coming up...and regular readers will know what's coming up very soon...so stay tuned.
Got a couple of folks we wanna cover before things get completely insane, so we've got a special Thanksgiving post for ya today and a couple of other posts going forward that we'll mix in with the Holiday madness.
It's no secret our great love of John Paul Keith. And he's got a new rekkid out, Memphis Circa 3AM, that we'll be talking about a little later, and, yeah, it's fucking great. But you knew that, right?
But, for now, we wanna focus on another record Mr. Keith put out this year. It's called Motel Mirrors, and it features duets with the amazing Ms. Amy LaVere.
Some posit that the proper "duet" record is dead, with too many one-song, 10-line "collaborations" and not enough meat. Motel Mirrors is the perfect prescription for that kind of thinking.
The record is too short, only 7 songs, it's an EP. That would be our only criticism. We wanted more. Much more. But perhaps that's a good thing. Always leave your audience hungry. And hungry we are. It's a stunner, perfect in it's brevity and astonishing in scope.
Amy LaVere has a voice that will break your heart, partly because she demands you love her, shy and demure one moment. And partly because she aint takin' no shit from ya, cool and detached when demanded. It's a great weapon, sultry and detached, warm and inviting, sometimes all in one line. And it plays perfectly to John Paul Keith's classic vocal style, a southern twang and Holly hiccup. We haven't heard such a perfect pairing since George and Tammy, Prine and DeMent, Dolly and Porter. Their voices entangle into a classic combo of kiss-off and love.
Every track on this EP is perfect, and we can't pick a favorite. It kicks off with a rager, "Meet Me on the Corner", a distilled boom chicka tale reminiscent of"Dark End of the Street", but with much more sass (on both parts), taking the meme into a realm that invites both sides, rather than machismo. "Your Tender Loving Care" continues the theme, with Keith and LeVere trading barbs like guilty lovers clinging.
"Dearest" continues, with lovely pedal steel, island groove, a longing reminiscent of "Love is Strange", yearning and beautiful. That may be our favorite track...until..."Suddenly You" kicks in, and we believe in Romeo and Juliet, without the weird suicide thing, Jangly honky-tonk geetar framing the pop of circumstance.
"As Far As I'm Concerned", "The Best Mistake I'd Ever Make Again", and "That Makes Two of Us" round out the rekkid with perfect banter, and vocal play, each poking the expected, yet framed in Country tropes. Almost subversive, but so perfectly framed by fiddle and pedal, and deep mountain arrangement that we revel in the 1950's innocence and awakening, swelled into the expected and fueled by the modern.
A modern re-telling, then, and Ms. LeVere and Mr. Keith throw down the gauntlet to our expected and take it to another level. It's the best "duet" record you're gonna hear, going back 30 years.
Easily one of our best rekkids of the year.
Amy LaVere has a new record coming out shortly. We're eagerly waiting for it.
Rock like the end of the world!!!
Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith: Dearest (mp3)
Please support your independent artists!!!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Don't forget to vote in the poll over to yr left! You can select as many choices as you want!
Now, it's all about The Greatest Song Ever Written (at least for today)!!!
We're mad crazy about the gospel song. No, not the contemporary lifeless "chorus" crap, or the egregious southern barbershop-harmony swill. We're talking about the soulful, shout to the heavens, sin'n'salvation, tambourine shakin', church-organ drenched hallelujahs, sweaty and hollerin' stuff. Hell, we should add that to our regular series. Anybody want a regular Gospel post?
Amongst all of the classic Gospel recordings ("Didn't It Rain", "Oh Happy Day", and way too many more to name check), "I'm Going To Live the Life I Sing About In My Song" may be our very favorite.
The very essence of the Saturday sinner and Sunday saint ("I can't go to church and shout all day Sunday/Go out and get drunk and raise sand all day Monday"), and made famous by Mahalia Jackson, it's a surging bit of testify, brothers and sisters! And it demands a bit of one-room church, warped piano plunking or salvation soaked organ roll. A holy roller rhythm and a bit of shoutin'! A sanctified bit of tent revival, bibles raised and booty down.
We got the classic by Mahalia, of course. And, as a bonus, the greatest rock 'n' roll band in 'Merica. The Oblivians, joined by the mighty Mr. Quintron on filthy organ, give it their greasy tabernacle spin! So, truly, the sinners and the saint.
The Greatest Song Ever Written (at least for today), indeed. 'Nuff said!
Be saint by day and a devil undercover!
Mahalia Jackson: I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About In My Song (mp3)
Oblivians (with Mr. Quintron): Live The Life (mp3)
Please support yr local, independent salvation peddlers, snake oil merchants, tent revivalists, and gospel glad-handers!
Monday, September 30, 2013
There's a special place in the world for the "burnt desert" song...a world of sneaky rattlesnakes and echoed canyon noir, songs of traveling and dust, the cactus dry yet alive, the kicking vintage truck transporting all manner of bad behavior and innocence freighted belief. Where the laws of men inhabit the expected, and the pistol could jam with sand and the Mariachi band is playing not for profit but for survival. The outpost is an empty tank away, the beer is on ice, melting, and the lizards are scrambling, hissing and flared. Step into the sepia-toned light, then, with bleached bones and death rattle and cosmic, red-hued hum..Georgiana Starlington.
Not a person, but a band. The darkest twilight criss-crossed lightning across the plains, finding the patter of a windstorm on vagabond tin-roof porch, beat beat beat the rhythm of safety and danger, lone yet part of the mythology of the West.
Georgiana Starlington is made up of husband and wife Jack and Julie Hines (also of the mighty K-Holes), along with Daniel Sheerin on drums and percussion , Andy Curtin on pedal steel, and Vashti Windish on singing saw. Their record, Paper Moon (out on Hozac), occupies the space inbetween the raindrops. The curdled muddy footsteps of bad deeds and the sinister sway of hardboiled regret. Jack and Julie trade vocals, occasionally as cow-noir duets, his voice a bourbon ramble, hers a gauzy gingham chanteuse, and surround themselves with hazy blanched rhythms and sound. A rumbled sand-surf guitar line, lonesome desperate pedal steel, the keening of a singing saw, midnight church harmonica. All hymns of hazy, steepled mesas.
Tracks like "Hard Grave", "The Great Divide", "Dry As A Bone", and "Days Like Heaven" shimmer like pale desert nights. "Moonlight" the saddest pedal-driven cowboy lament, campfire and crickets. And "Gust" is perfect, a rough-hewn diamond, sparkling darkly.
An essential album for anyone visiting these here sites, and easily one our best records of the year.
From Paper Moon LP (ripped from vinyl, natch):
Georgiana Starlington: Dry As A Bone (mp3)
From The Paper Moon Demos (free on Bandcamp)
Georgiana Starlington: Johnny Come Listen (mp3)
Please support yr local, independent labels, record stores, and bands. Support independent music. Go see shows. Buy a record or a t-shirt or a koozie. Whatever it takes!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Space is the place, as our buddy from Saturn, Sun Ra, used to say.
And that's today's theme in our ongoing series, Essential Comps Everybody Should Own! (or something like that, we're still tweaking what we're gonna call it).
Buffalo Bop has been a force of nature in comps for a good while now. They're loosely associated with/helpfully distributed by, the essential Bear Family Records. Buffalo Bop comps usually have a theme: Drinking, Juvenile Delinquency, Trains, Hot Rods, Rockabilly, Jungle, etc. All the things that the Mountain loves. Many of the songs are from public domain or from regional record labels of the 1950's and 1960's. All of their comps are highly recommended by us!
One of the more interesting of their comps is Rockin' Orbit, a collection of Country-Billy space-themed tunes informed by Cold War, nuclear fallout shelters, comic books, and the search for the "other" in the grand spinning diorama above us. There's some cheesy stuff, and lots of "count-downs" in many of the songs (kinda charming in a way-back-when way), but when the Country and Rockabilly kick in, it's killer stuff! Kickin', hollerin' cows on the moon space-billy goodness!
Take a time travel to distant worlds, then, a rollickin' hillbilly take on the space race, greasy rocket fuel and juiced-up dreams of mysterious night skies and escape!
Rockin' Orbit is...wait for it...Outta this World!!!! It's a Country-Billy travel into outer space!
Eddie Cletro: Flying Saucer Boogie (mp3)
Jackie Lowell: Rocket Trip (mp3)
Fabulous Imperials: Moon Beat (mp3)
Support yr local artists. To the moon and back!
Monday, September 23, 2013
Hey ho, here we go!
Got a poll over to yr left. Going forward, to help us post more regular-like 'n' shit, we're gonna set up a series of themed-posts. Some y'all will recognize. Others are new. Let your voice be heard!! You can vote in multiple categories.
Now that that little bit o'business is over...
There's a great fest coming up...The 2nd Annual Chicago Guitar Box Festival ...and man, it's a good 'un! (featuring The Ten Foot Polecats, Johnny Lowebow, White Trash Blues Revival, the mighty Lou Shields, and Tony Manno, amongst others...). Hopefully we'll see y'all there in November (plenty of time to book yr flight).
One of the great artists playing at the fest is Lone Wolf OMB. And he's our cover artist for this post...
We have a great love for one man (woman) bands....it's got a bit of history...Abner Jay, George Coleman, Molly Gene, Bob Log III, Hasil Adkins, Husky Burnette, Baby Ruth, and, well..check this link (we're still working through it ourselves). What makes them great, besides the killer tunes, is the unique personality infused into the performance. While the records are great, the real joy is seein' 'em live (those that haven't passed, that is). We're due for a length piece on One "Person" Bands, and the inherent meme thereof shortly (but asking for a longer piece). For now, let's concentrate on one...
LoneWolf OMB plays some seriously nasty groove, tearing off shreds of geetar rhythmn'swelter, lowdown drivin' blooze punk coutry pickup truck travelin'! Mr. Lone Wolf hollers and harmonica-izes the ends of the earth, kicking out sleaze and swampy grit-down alligator chomping...follow, brothers and sisters. to the end of the ocean-washed shore.
A voice, stomped and filtered through the finest Florida tar, look and see the Man, regaling the disintegrating concrete, fluid and distilled, bad whiskey in delirium tremens....you didn't know the dance you made, but it was the ends of the earth..thus, is Lone Wolf OMB.
Lone Wolf OMB: I'm o' Take You On Out, Baby (mp3)
Lone Wolf OMB: Masked Marvel (mp3)
As always...please support yr local artists...see a show, buy some merch...that's how these folks make their money. Music aint free...these folks are workin' and workin' hard for pennies. Ya like what ya hear? Thank the bands by helpin' 'em make a living.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Here we go.
Another new feature: Essential Comps Everyone Should Own! Great compilation albums essential for every hi-fi! Let's see how long this one lasts!!!
Our first entry is the mighty comp "Beat Jazz-Pictures From the Gone World", on Pesky Serpent Records.
Dig that swing, daddy-o, cuz this a mighty slab o' bongo-beatin', be-bop swingin' down'n'dirty finger poppin' groove and rhythm rebellion, featuring such luminaries as Jack Kerouac, Slim Gaillard, Kenneth Rexroth, Moondog, Sun Ra, Coleman Hawkins, and Bob Dorough.
It's a beat-noir masterpiece of funky jazz, Autumnal groove, caffeinated word-bop and SEX, SEX, SEX!!! Perfect for every party, when the mood gets down and the mellow vibe is needed, slap this fucker on and watch the berets go flyin' as the kids get their freak on! Ya think you've got a mad pad now? Its' about to get even madder!
"Beat Jazz-Pictures From the Gone World" can be found all over the world-wide web (even available on the inferior CD version...we, of course, recommend the vinyl)....Check it out, now, you beatnik funk soul brothers and sisters!
Perhaps our favorite "comp" of all time.
The following is ripped from our vinyl copy.
Roy Glenn: Big High Song For Somebody (mp3)
Ellie Glenn and the 7 Beat Sulks: Let's Make It (mp3)
Please support yr local, independent chin-bearded bongo-beatin' beatnik.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Hey Now! Rock'n'Roll raconteurs! Where y'all been? Got the holy rollin' spirit deep down, Amen! Sabbatical over, let's kick off with a new installment of the world famous Big Rock Candy Mountain 6 Pack Series!
6 tunes, ripped from vinyl, that are sure to move yr feet and save yr sinnin' soul! Goin' heavy on the sleaze this time, with some salvation worked in, so gird yr loins in yr special, sanctified undepants, we're goin' on trip from Heaven to Hell!
Jerry Jaye kicks us off with a proper, down home honky tonk bootstomper of a life live in the bottle (and drivin', of course, not that we condone that behaviour, of course). Follow that up with a Voodoo Rhythm two-fer, the good lord willin'. A couple of tracks, unearthed grubs from the dirtiest Bloooze'n' Jaysis dirt, to rattle yr bones and shake yr sinner hips, courtesy of The Gospel Pimps and the mighty, mighty, mighty Reverend Beat Man.
If y'all can survive that....take it down to Texas for a little more boozin', courtesy of the seminal Jon Wayne!
Gotta wipe the sleaze of yr chin after all that? Well, get truly sanctified by Reverend Douglas Bell and the Stage Cruisers, and a low-down gospel rave-up to send the Holy Spirit wingin' yr way (and he's comin' on missile, so watch out!).
And, finally, after all our indulgence, a cautionary tale, from our old pal, and fave rave Country artist, Hank Snow. And what would life be like without ol' Hank? Not good. Not good at all.
Enjoy! Buy rekkids! All songs ripped from our library of vinyl! Rock'n'Roll daddy-O!
Jerry Jaye: Drinkin' My Way Back Home (mp3)
Gospel Pimps: Oh When the Pimps (mp3)
Reverend Beat Man: It's A Beat Man's World (mp3)
Jon Wayne: Texas Wine (mp3)
Reverend Douglas Bell and the Stage Cruisers: Nuclear Blast (mp3)
Hank Snow: The Face on the Barroom Floor (mp3)
All songs are from vinyl, which is how god intended it. Support yr local, independent rekkid store!