Lost links & Re-ups

On any post, if the link is no longer good, leave a comment if you want the music re-uploaded. As long as I still have the file, or the record, cd, or cassette to re-rip, I will gladly accommodate in a timely manner all such requests.

03 February 2016

Residents Unknown

I previously posted up another entirely different sort of offering from C.W. Vrtacek (Ver – tass' – ik) & Dancing Lessons called Monkey on a Hard Roll. Here's another tastee morsel of wonderful insanity.

I found this over at the strangely different now Willard’s Wormhole from someone tagged Zed (no #s any more???). Thought I’d share it with ya'll.

From the tape insert:

"This is a parody. A parody is a satirical imitation of something. This is an imitation of the underground recording group The Residents. It is in NO WAY connected with or authorized by The Residents, Ralph Records, or the Cryptic Corp.  It Is also in NO WAY representative of my own musical output, which can be heard on the award winning, #1 album "Victory Through Grace" and the forthcoming "Days And Days" (which is different from "Victory..."). Confused? Don't feel bad, it happens to me all the time."

Here is a comment posted on a music blog by C.W. Vrtacek (Charles O'Meara) in response to critics accusing him of plagiarizing the sound of The Residents:

"hi i'm C.W. Vrtacek, the guy who created the Residents parody. my real legal name by the way is Charles O'Meara.

let's get a few things straight...by the time i did the residents parody i had already recorded two solo albums, i didn't "copy" the residents sound, it isn't representative of what i do, it was JOKE because i know "the inidividuals responsible" for the residents sound, i.e., i knew "their real names"...so it was just an inside joke that circulated to some friends at the time...chris cutler, david thomas, a few others i forget, probably fred frith...

in a lot of ways i wish i had never done that thing because people keep digging it up without realizing that i've recorded BUNCH of solo albums, that i'm a member of Biota, that i've collaborated with Nick Didkovsky, Chris Cutler, Steve MacLean, Thomas DiMuzio and others and released five albums with my band Forever Einstein...


Everything on Now Available  was done by C.W. hisself. Kool, eh?

C.W. Vrtacek – Now Available single-sided cassette, Leisure Time Records, 1983.

Tracklist –

Now Available:
     Pt. 1 – Who are The Residents
     Pt. 2 – Tailored Lunacy
     Pt. 3 – enoynA ekiL tsuJ
     Pt. 4 –  reprise
     Pt. 5 – On the Eighth Day
     Pt. 6. – Direct from Shreveport


01 February 2016

One Down!!!

On May 26 of last year when Bernie Sanders announced he was going to run for President in 2016, many people around the country wondered just who Bernie Sanders is, if they even were aware at all. Now less than 3/4 of a year later, the results of the Iowa Caucus just came out. Pretender-to-the-Throne Hillary Clinton received a 49.9% piece of the Democratic pie & 22 delegates to the DNC while unknown Bernie Sanders received 49.6% & 21 delegates. Not bad for someone supported & financed by "We the People" instead of the politics-as-usual 1%.

Next stop New Hampshire & the Bernie Rocket will be blasting off.

The Revolution will be televised!

31 January 2016

Time for Some Voodoo & Juju

Lafayette Afro Rock Band – Voodounon EP, Editions Makossa EM23.04, 1974.
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Side One –

Side Two –

bonus tracks –
Soul Makossa (Manu Dibango cover)
Darkest Light
Dr. Beezar: Soul Frankenstein (using the Captain Dax moniker)

Oneness of Ju Ju – Electric Juju Nation (introducing Virtania Tillery), Move MVLP14, 1986.

Side One –
Electric Juju Nation/Keep it Moving
Plastic is Easy to See Through
Get Your Head Together
Be About the Future

Side Two –
This Time I’ll be Sweeter
Share with You
Later for You
Turning on to Me


27 January 2016

Mid(west)-Life Crisis

As with the first two volumes in the series, this compilation contains tracks from rare punk records from 1978-1982, this time by bands from across the U.S. Midwest.

Various – Bloodstains Across the Midwest, Bloodstains BLO-03, 1994.
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Side A –
Can’t Stand the Midwest - Dow Jones & the Industrials
Takin’ the City by Storm (pt. III) – Haskels
Sex Drive – Embarrassment
Human Garbage Disposal – Gizmos
I’m a Drunk – Baloneyheads
Long Gone – Customs
Slack – NNB

Side B –
Killed in Jail – Latin Dogs
War Hero – Toxic Reasons
Gym Gerrard – Gynecologists
Berlin Wall – Cult Heroes
I Let Jenny Ride – Brain Police
Soldier 19 – Mentally Ill
Process of Elimination – Endtables
Police State – Crap Detectors
Death – The Five


24 January 2016

Welcome to My Life

Back in May 2014 I posted up Bloodstains Across Texas, the first offering in the ever-thrilling Bloodstains series. Here’s the second dose from my own present state (of mind).

Bloodstains Across California is a compilation of tracks from rare California punk singles from 1977-1982.

Various – Bloodstains Across California, Bloodstains BLO-02, 1993.
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Side Ahhhhh –
American Society – Eddie & the Subtitles
Prison Walls – Injections
Waiting for the Bomb Blast - Funeral
Don’t Blame Me – Reign of Terror
Wasted – Silver Chalice
I’m Gonna Punch You – Child Molesters
Stiff Love – Insults
Mean Boy – Destry Hampton
Laurie’s Lament - Vidiots

Side Blaahhhhh –
Bloodstains – Agent Orange
Midget – Vktms
Tammy Wynette – Maggots
Cutie’s Wrong Now – Seizure
Hard Rock – Gears
Move – Plugz
Slow Boy – Controllers
Class War – Plain Jane & Jokes
Criminals in My Car – Jones
Tower 18 – Chiefs
John Rock - Dogs


21 January 2016

Democracy Should not be FOR SALE!

Very little will ever get done until we reform our broken and corrupt campaign finance system. I hear about it everyday. The economic and political systems in this country are stacked against ordinary Americans. The rich get richer and use their wealth to buy elections.

Today is the sixth-year anniversary of Citizens United, one of the most disastrous Supreme Court decisions in my lifetime. This decision hinges on the absurd notion that money is speech, that corporations are people, and that giving huge piles of undisclosed cash in support of politicians in exchange for influence does not constitute corruption.

In essence, this ruling handed millionaires and billionaires — who have already rigged our economy — unlimited influence in our elections. It gave billionaires like the Koch Brothers an even bigger opportunity to purchase the House, the Senate, even the White House.

Super PACs — a direct outgrowth of the Citizens United decision — are enabling the wealthiest people and the largest corporations in this country to spend unlimited amounts on elections.

We know, for example, that the Koch brothers, the second wealthiest family in America, want to use the Citizens United decision to buy politicians across the country. This election cycle alone, they have committed to spend at least $750 million on political activities — an outrageous sum that is corrupting our political process. And I can assure you, brothers and sisters, they won’t be spending that money with the interests of working families, women, and seniors in mind. That is simply unacceptable, and it’s time for the American people to rise up and reclaim our democracy.

Let’s be honest and acknowledge what we are talking about. We are talking about a rapid movement in this country towards a political system in which a handful of very wealthy people and special interests will determine who gets elected or who does not get elected. That is not what this country is supposed to be about. That was not Abraham Lincoln’s vision of a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

The need for real campaign finance reform is not a progressive issue. It is not a conservative issue. It is an American issue. It is an issue that should concern all Americans, regardless of their political point of view, who wish to preserve the essence of the longest standing democracy in the world — a government that represents all of the people and not a handful of powerful and wealthy special interests.

Our campaign is doing so well because we are telling the truth about the reality of American life today. We are talking about a reality in which most of the new wealth and income in this country are going to the top one percent while working families are struggling more than at any point since the Great Depression.

My vision for American democracy is a nation in which all people, regardless of their income, can participate in the political process, and can run for office without begging for contributions from the wealthy and the powerful. While other politicians will make you the same promise, I am the only candidate running for the Democratic nomination who does not have a super PAC. And I am the only one who is telling the truth about the corrupting influence of Wall Street bankers and the obscenely wealthy in our elections.

We have to create a political revolution where working Americans come together to say they have had ENOUGH of the billionaire class buying our elections to enrich themselves while everyone else gets poorer. More than ever, we need a president who has a firm commitment to the American people — and no one else.

Our vision for democracy should be one in which candidates are speaking to the vast majority of our people – working people, the middle class, low-income people, the elderly, the children, the sick, and the poor – and discussing with them their ideas as to how we can improve lives for all people in this country.

I believe this vision of American can be a reality once again. We just have to do something unprecedented in the coming months — defy the odds and win the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

I am glad you are standing with us.

In solidarity,
Bernie Sanders

13 January 2016

Facism or Freedom, it's not a Hard Decision

"If (we allow) the Republicans (to) win the presidency in 2016, they will also almost inevitably control both the Senate and the House of Representatives, giving them virtually unfettered command over the entire Federal government to go along with their domination of the great majority of the state governments. The Republican president could easily be in a position to appoint new justices to the Supreme Court for an unstoppable right-wing majority that would last for a generation to come. Bush v Gore, Citizens United, and Shelby County v Holder [the 2013 ruling that greatly weakened the 1965 Voting Rights Act] would be merely the prelude to tilting political and social power."

"(But when) the Democrats win the presidency in 2016, they will almost certainly take back the Senate and make gains in the House and the Democratic president will likely be able to appoint new justices to the Supreme Court that will eventually comprise a liberal majority."

"Between these two stark alternatives, there is no middle ground. In 2016, the country will become either one thing (God's Own Party Oligarchy) or the other (Democratic 'We, the People')."

     Taken from December 17 - 31, 2015 Rolling Stone, "The Turning Point" by Princeton historian Sean Wilentz.
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Bernie Sanders is the one person who can make the changes that need made in America if we are to fulfill our our potential. The other choice of immigration walls, religious persecution, & wage slavery is not something we can endure as a free people. It is time for the 99% to join together & take back our nation. This could be our last chance. Don't throw away our freedom in exchange for bigotry. It is not who we are.

06 January 2016

Greed, Fraud, Dishonesty, & Arrogance

Greed, fraud, dishonesty, and arrogance: these are the words that best describe the reality of Wall Street today.

We can no longer tolerate an economy and a political system that have been rigged by Wall Street to benefit the wealthiest Americans in this country at the expense of everyone else. While President Obama deserves credit for getting this economy back on track after the Wall Street crash, the reality is there is a lot of unfinished business.

That's why today in New York City I announced my plan for taking on Wall Street. We must break up the banks, end their casino-style gambling, and fundamentally change the approach of the financial industry to focus on helping the American people.

To those on Wall Street, let me be very clear. Greed is not good. In fact, the greed of Wall Street and corporate America is destroying the fabric of our nation. And here is a promise I will make as president: If Wall Street does not end its greed, we will end it for them.

As most people know, in the 1990s and later, financial interests spent billions of dollars in lobbying and campaign contributions to force through Congress the deregulation of Wall Street, the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, and the weakening of consumer protection laws.

They paid this money to show the American people all that they could do with that freedom. Well, they sure showed the American people. In 2008, the greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior on Wall Street nearly destroyed the U.S. and global economy. Millions of Americans lost their jobs, their homes, and their life savings.

Meanwhile, the American middle class continues to disappear, poverty is increasing, and the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing wider and wider by the day. But the American people are catching on. They also know that a handful of people on Wall Street have extraordinary power over the economic and political life of our country.
We must act now to change that. Our goal must be to create a financial system and an economy that works for all Americans, not just a handful of billionaires.

There are eight points to my plan, and I want to go through each of them here because I think it's important for our campaign to discuss specific policies with our supporters. Some of this may seem a little in the weeds, but I trust our supporters to be able to handle this kind of policy discussion.

Here's my plan for what I will do with Wall Street when I am president:

Break up huge financial institutions in the first year of my administration. Within the first 100 days of my administration, I will require the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a “Too Big to Fail” list of commercial banks, shadow banks, and insurance companies whose failure would pose a catastrophic risk to the U.S. economy without a taxpayer bailout. Within one year, my administration will break these institutions up so that they no longer pose a grave threat to the economy.

Reinstate a 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act to clearly separate traditional banking from risky investment banking and insurance services. It is not enough to tell Wall Street to "cut it out," propose a few new rules and slap on some fines. Under my administration, financial institutions will no longer be too big to fail or too big to manage. Wall Street cannot continue to be an island unto itself, gambling trillions in risky financial instruments. If an institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist.

End too-big-to-jail. We live in a country today that has an economy that is rigged, a campaign finance system which is corrupt, and a criminal justice system which often does not dispense justice. The average American sees kids being arrested and sometimes even jailed for possessing marijuana. But when it comes to Wall Street executives — some of the most wealthy and powerful people in this country whose illegal behavior hurt millions of Americans — somehow nothing happens to them. No jail time. No police record. No justice.

Not one major Wall Street executive has been prosecuted for causing the near collapse of our entire economy. That will change under my administration. “Equal Justice Under Law” will not just be words engraved on the entrance of the Supreme Court. It will be the standard that applies to Wall Street and all Americans.

Establish a tax on Wall Street to discourage reckless gambling and encourage productive investments in the job-creating economy. We will use the revenue from this tax to make public colleges and universities tuition free. During the financial crisis, the middle class of this country bailed out Wall Street. Now, it’s Wall Street’s turn to help the middle class.

Cap Credit Card Interest Rates and ATM Fees. We have got to stop financial institutions from ripping off the American people by charging sky-high interest rates and outrageous fees. In my view, it is unacceptable that Americans are paying a $4 or $5 fee each time they go to the ATM. And it is unacceptable that millions of Americans are paying credit card interest rates of 20 or 30 percent.

The Bible has a term for this practice. It's called usury. And in The Divine Comedy, Dante reserved a special place in the Seventh Circle of Hell for sinners who charged people usurious interest rates. Today, we don't need the hellfire and the pitchforks, we don't need the rivers of boiling blood, but we do need a national usury law.

We need to cap interest rates on credit cards and consumer loans at 15 percent. I would also cap ATM fees at $2.

Allow Post Offices to Offer Banking Services. We also need to give Americans affordable banking options. The reality is that, unbelievably, millions of low-income Americans live in communities where there are no normal banking services. Today, if you live in a low-income community and you need to cash a check or get a loan to pay for a car repair or a medical emergency, where do you go? You go to a payday lender who could charge an interest rate of over 300 percent and trap you into a vicious cycle of debt. That is unacceptable.

We need to stop payday lenders from ripping off millions of Americans. Post offices exist in almost every community in our country. One important way to provide decent banking opportunities for low-income communities is to allow the U.S. Postal Service to engage in basic banking services, and that's what I will fight for.

Reform Credit Rating Agencies. We cannot have a safe and sound financial system if we cannot trust the credit agencies to accurately rate financial products. The only way we can restore that trust is to make sure credit rating agencies cannot make a profit from Wall Street. Under my administration, we will turn for-profit credit rating agencies into non-profit institutions, independent from Wall Street. No longer will Wall Street be able to pick and choose which credit agency will rate their products.

Reform the Federal Reserve. We need to structurally reform the Federal Reserve to make it a more democratic institution responsive to the needs of ordinary Americans, not just the billionaires on Wall Street. It is unacceptable that the Federal Reserve has been hijacked by the very bankers it is in charge of regulating. When Wall Street was on the verge of collapse, the Federal Reserve acted with a fierce sense of urgency to save the financial system. We need the Fed to act with the same boldness to combat the unemployment crisis and fulfill its full employment mandate.
So my message to you is straightforward: I’ll rein in Wall Street's reckless behavior so they can’t crash our economy again.
Will Wall Street like me? No. Will they begin to play by the rules if I’m president? You better believe it.

No president alone, not Bernie Sanders or anyone else, can effectively address the crises facing the working families of this country without a powerful grassroots movement. When we stand together, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.

Thank you for standing with me.

In solidarity,
Bernie Sanders

04 January 2016

“I like to give on a scale where I can see impact...” - David Koch

Earlier this year, a number of Republicans flew to California to make fundraising pitches to more than four hundred wealthy conservative donors attending a private conference hosted by the Koch brothers.

It’s worth taking a moment to ask the question, who are the Koch brothers, and what do they want?

The Koch brothers are the second-wealthiest family in America worth $82 billion. For the Koch brothers, $82 billion in wealth apparently is not good enough. Owning the second-largest private company in America is apparently not good enough. It doesn’t appear that they will be satisfied until they are able to control the entire political process.

This issue isn't personal for me. I don't know the Koch brothers, but I do know this. They have advocated for destroying the federal programs that are critical to the financial and personal health of middle class Americans.

Now, most Americans know that the Koch brothers are the primary source of funding for the Tea Party, and that’s fine. They know that they favor the outright repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and that’s their opinion. It’s wrong, but that’s fine as well.

But it is not widely known that David Koch once ran for Vice President of the United States of America on the Libertarian Party ticket because he believed Ronald Reagan was much too liberal. And he ran on a platform that included the following:
  • “We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt and increasingly oppressive Social Security system.”
  • “We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.”
  • “We support repeal of all laws which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws…”
  • “We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.”

In 1980, David Koch’s presidential ticket received one percent of the vote from the American people. And rightly so. His views were so extreme they were rejected completely out of hand by the American people.

But fast forward almost thirty-six years, and one of the most significant realities of modern politics is just how successful David Koch and the like-minded billionaires attending his retreat have been at moving the Republican Party to the extreme right. The ideas above that were dismissed as downright crazy in 1980 are now part of today’s mainstream Republican thinking.

The Koch brothers, and billionaires like them, have bought up the private sector and now they’re buying up the government. It’s up to us to put a stop to them, but it will require all of us standing together with one voice on this issue. 

Here’s the truth: The economic and political systems of this country are stacked against ordinary Americans. The rich get richer and use their wealth to buy elections, and I believe that we cannot change this corrupt system by taking its money. If we’re serious about creating jobs, health care for all, climate change, and the needs of our children and the elderly, we must be serious about campaign finance reform.

So far in this election, less than four hundred families have contributed the majority of all the money raised by all the candidates and super PACs combined. According to media reports, one family will spend more money in this election than either the Democratic or Republican Parties.

This is not democracy. This is oligarchy.

Our job is not to think small in this moment. The current system of campaign finance in this country is utterly corrupt. That is one of the reasons I am so proud of how we have funded our campaign — over 2.5 million contributions from working Americans giving less than $30 at a time. But our campaign is unique.

We must pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, and I will not nominate any justice to the Supreme Court who does not make it abundantly clear that she or he will overturn that decision. We need legislation that requires wealthy individuals and corporations who make large campaign contributions to disclose where their money is going. And more importantly, I believe we need to move towards the public funding of elections.

Our vision for American democracy should be a nation in which all people, regardless of their income, can participate in the political process, can run for office without begging for contributions from the wealthy and the powerful.

Tomorrow afternoon I’ll be in New York City to deliver a major speech about our need to create a financial system that works for all Americans, not just the few. I’ll be in touch shortly after. I hope that you’ll keep an eye on your inbox for my message.

In solidarity,
Bernie Sanders

01 January 2016

Eulogy for a HawkLord

One for the ages.

Here’s something from one of Lemmy’s other bands.

Some great old nuggets done only as Lemmy could do them, with the help from some of his friends. We will not forget you brother.

The Head Cat: Lemmy Kilmister – bass & vocals; Danny B. Harvey - lead guitar & piano; & Slim Jim Phantom - drums.

The Head Cat  –  Walk the Walk…Talk the Talk, Niji Entertainment Group NEG007, 2011.
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Tracklist -

American Beat
Say Mama
I Ain’t Never
Bad Boy
Shaking all Over
Let it Rock
Something Else
The Eagle Flies on Friday
Trying to Get to You
You Can’t do that
It’ll be Me


28 December 2015

Final F For 2015

The Fatima Mansions – The Loyaliser CD single, Kitchenware Records SKCD67, 1994
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Tracklist –

The Loyaliser
Gary Numan’s Porsche
Arnie’s Five
Into Thinner Air with The Loyaliser (Juno Reactor mix)

Feliz año nuevo,

23 December 2015

Back to Alphabet City

Got both Fad Gadget & Frank Tovey under F, so let's go.

Francis John (Frank) Tovey is Fad Gadget.

He was an early practitioner in the melding of New Wave & Industrial into skewed pop songs filled with his black-humor lyrics regarding dehumanization in the modern Industrial age & the mass media's enslavement of modern society.

Fad Gadget's music was synth-driven but augmented by the sounds of electrical appliances such as electric drills or razors. The vocals were satirically deadpan.

Fad Gadget was the first artist to sign to Daniel Miller's Mute Records. "Back to Nature" was recorded as the second Mute Records release at RMS Studio in London.

Side A –
Back to Nature

Side B –
The Box

"Back to Nature" was a great success for Mute Records so the follow-up record titled "Ricky's Hand" was recorded. The recording included Tovey's wife, Barbara, singing a vocal part near the end of the recording; the vocal part is then mixed with a synthesiser part into the outro of the song.

Side A –
Ricky’s Hand

Side B –

By the time Frank/Fad recorded the album Fireside Favourites at Blackwing Studios, he had decided to record the album without Daniel Miller's assistance. He wanted the final say to be his alone. Tovey recorded two more albums for Mute at Blackwing, Incontinent & Under the Flag. During the recording of Under the Flag Frank began using a Roland MC-4 Microcomposer. This made it easier for him to create a more controlled style of music. This style was carried on with the recording of the album Gag.

The recording of Gag was a change of direction for Tovey. It was the first time he used a band of musicians to record an album. Before he had recorded most of the musical parts himself. He also moved the recording from London to Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin. This recording included many acoustic instruments (like Joni Sackett – viola & David Simmonds – keyboards). Frank had utilized synthesisers before they were fashionable, now he moved away from electronic instrumentation which was the trend at the time. At this same time, Einstürzende Neubauten played a show with Fad Gadget at The Loft in Berlin & Tovey was moved by the use of heavy machinery for percussion. He had heard a large printing press nearby & got recording engineer Gareth Jones to record it. This was looped & would become the basis for "Collapsing New People".

Here Fad Gadget was assisted by: David Rodgers – guitar, double bass, & bass synthesizer; David Simmonds – piano, synthesizer, organ, celesta, bottles, & marimba; Joni Sackett – vocals & viola with additional vocal chores by Tovey’s wife Barbara Frost & daughter Morgan Tovey-Frost as well as guitars by Rowland S. Howard.

Fad Gadget – Gag, Mute STUMM 15, 1984.
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Side 1 –
Ideal World (featuring Rowland S Howard – guitar)
Collapsing New People
Sleep (featuring Morgan Tovey-Frost – baby vocals)
Stand Up
Speak to Me

Side 2 –
One Man’s Meat
The Ring
Ad Nauseam (featuring Rowland S Howard – guitar)

After recording Gag, Tovey began recording under his own name, Frank Tovey. In 1986 he released Snakes & Ladders. The dancefloor success of the Fad Gadget single "Collapsing New People" led to the song's inclusion on both the U.S. & Canadian versions of Snakes & Ladders as it was the first Frank Tovey or Fad Gadget album released in North America. This special edition French version includes a free limited issue 12" maxi EP with songs selected from all four previous Fad Gadget albums.

Frank Tovey – Snakes & Ladders w/bonus 4-song 12" 45, Mute STUMM 23, 1986.

Face A –
The Cutting Edge
Snakes & Ladders
The Cutting Edge (reprise)
Shot in the Dark

Face B –
Small World
Luddite Joe

Maxi Face A –
Coitus Interruptus
Innocent Bystander

Maxi Face B –
Sheep Look Up
Ideal World

In 2001, Tovey resurrected his old pseudonym to support his former colleagues & Mute label-mates, Depeche Mode on their Exciter tour. Tovey suffered from heart problems since his childhood & died of a heart attack on April 3, 2002 at the age of 45. He was working on a new album at the time of his death.


13 December 2015

Space Dub - Zither Style

This gem came out the same year as Audio Active’s On-U Sound release Happy Happer.

Here Audio Active are Taki 244 (Tsuyoshi Taki), 2 DD (Daisuke Omura), Masa the Al-Tamyran (Masa Osada), & Nanao (Shigemoto Nanao), on this outing joining zither great Laraaji Nanananda (Edward Larry Gordon).

Audio Active & Laraaji – The Way Out is the Way In, All Saints ASCD26, 1995.
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Tracklist –
New Laughter Mode (the Way In)
Music & Cosmic (Feel Yourself) w/Bill Nelson - guitar
Think Cosmically
How Time Flies (when You’re Having None)
Space Visitors for Tea-That Lump on Your Head
Hither & Zither
Blooper’s Dance Floor
New Laughter Mode (the Way Out)


12 December 2015

& Now for Somethin’ Completely Different

Here is Man Klan's only LP, released in 1987. Their output consists of two 12" EPs  released in 1985, this LP, & a 12" single of  "Wanting & Waiting". They were from Stockholm, Sweden although this particular LP was released on the UK label Wire. Some good female-fronted punky Goth grooves in the vein of Devils era Concrete Blonde or 4ADs X-Mal Deustchland.

Man Klan was started by Carita Palmroos – vocals & Jacki Pazda/Huberhoff – bass with Jens Lansman – guitar; & Johan Bomberg – drums on this release.

Man Klan- Flesh Machine, Wire Records WRLP007, 1987.
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Side A –

Wanting & Waiting
Love for Pleasure
No Time for Mercy

Side B –

Getting Closer
Flesh Machine
Love Child


06 December 2015

Today's E is You, Gene

Eugene McDaniels, 70s revolutionary radical & all-around heavy cat, was once Gene McDaniels, mellow soul singer & #1 contender for the Black Scott Walker title. Here's a pair of doozies from the mid-60s Genester.

Gene McDaniels – The Facts of Life from Sometimes I'm Happy Sometimes I'm Blue LP, 
Liberty 7175, 1960.


Gene McDaniels – (There goes) The Forgotten Man single side B, Liberty F 55752, 1964.

Leap ahead to 1970: Here’s a Bible-toting, denim-clad McDaniels on the grainy, guerilla-styled cover shot for Outlaw accompanied by then-wife Ramona, outfitted in ammo-belt & Angela Davis afro, & a grim-faced feminist Susan James with a semi-automatic.  Like many other of us from that era, something BIG had happened to Eugene McDaniels between 1965 & 1970 that transformed him from Gene McDaniels to "Eugene McDaniels the Left Rev. Mc D". This is a back-to-the-country rock album in many places, but the funky soul shines through strongly, especially on tracks like "Reverend Lee". McDaniels recorded Outlaw with a rock/jazz band that featured legendary Miles Davis alum jazz bassist Ron Carter & ubiquitous 70s session guitarist Hugh McCracken. The group fleshed out the Rev's hippie-folk-funky dreams with smooth style. The band is largely responsible for the record’s pure cohesiveness, as they bring McDaniels disparate elements together into one of the most powerfully lasting statements of post-Aquarian Age culture.

"Under conditions of national emergency, like now, there are only two kinds of people – those who work for freedom and those who do not." -Mc D.

Eugene McDaniels – Outlaw, Atlantic SD 8259, 1970.
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Side One –

Sagittarius Red
Welfare City
Silent Majority
Love Letter to America

Side Two –

Unspoken Dreams of Light
Reverend Lee
Black Boy

Outlaw's follow-up, 1971s Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse cover superimposes McDaniels' screaming face on a painting of a samurai battle scene. This release features a more jazz-inflected moodiness than Outlaw. While much of Outlaw was countrified blues, casually arranged, Headless Heroes is a much tougher, tighter, & more adventurous outing. With a distinctive two-bass attack supplied by the tag-team of prog hero Miroslav Vitous on acoustic & Gary King electric, HHotA is largely the work of seasoned jazzmen essaying early 70s funk.

Vice President Spiro Agnew allegedly called Atlantic to issue a verbal cease-&-desist order upon the release of Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse. Altantic pulled support for & finally sales of the album, though they cited "poor sales numbers".

Side One –

The Lord is Back
Jagger the Dagger
Lovin’ Man
Headless Heroes
Susan Jane

Side Two –

Freedom Death Dance
Supermarket Blues
The Parasite (for Buffy)

In 1975, Gene (once more) McDaniels released Natural Juices. Here McDaniels delivers his by-now perfected blend of Soul/Funk combined with his exceptional songwriting abilities.

Gene McDaniels – Natural Juices, Ode Records SP 77028, 1975.

Side 1 –

Feel like Makin' Love
Lady Fair
Natural Juices
Can't Get Enough of You

Side 2 –

Shell of a Man
Dream of You & Me
Honey Can You Know
The Perfect Dream

But just before he became a true Outlaw, McDaniels handled the vocal duties on my favorite Bobby Hutcherson release, Blue Notes's Now! from 1969. Here is that sometimes neglected gem. If you've come along this far with Eu/Gene, you should really enjoy this (I added some alternate takes as a bonus).

Bobby's band members: Bobby Hutcherson – vibraphone & marimba; Harold Land - tenor saxophone; Kenny Barron & George Cables – piano; Wally Richardson – guitar; Herbie Lewis & James Leary – bass; Joe Chambers & Eddie Marshall – drums; Candido Camero – congas; Gene McDaniels – vocals; Hilda Harris, Albertine M. Robinson, Christine Spencer, Eileen Gilbert, & Maeretha Stewart - backing vocals; Stanley Cowell – piano & electric piano; Manny Boyd - tenor & soprano saxophone; & Bobbye Hall Porter – percussion.

Bobby Hutcherson – Now!, Blue Note BST 84333, 1969.

Side One –

Slow Change
Hello to the Wind

Side Two –

The Creators
Black Heroes

+ bonus tracks –

Slow Change II
Now! II
Hello to the Wind (live)
Now! (reprise)