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.

Slinging tuneage like some fried or otherwise soused short-order cook

31 December 2010

Happy New One

UPDATE: This post was re-uploaded 04/13/2014. Enjoy, NØ.

Hope this next one increases your every desire by leaps & bounds.

Singers & Players - Leaps & Bounds,
OnU Sound ON-LP 33/B Red 58, 1984.
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Enjoy this & all that the future holds for each & every one,

25 December 2010

At the Drive In at Xmas Tyme

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Even thought I’m not an Xtian, I get a kick out of the holidays. I've got to admit that some of my friends are definitely geeks & some of my closest friends are total musick geeks, which has its real advantages this time of year.

I’ve been selling off parts of my record collection in a move to down-size my life to a more realistic, less materialistic level. So some of my musick geek friends have taken it upon themselves to attempt giving me musick that I will desire so much that I’ll be forced to keep it, no matter what my financial or habitational situation.

The holiday season is made for these (5, mainly) geeks friends. They all gifted me with 'invaluable' records, to my chagrin as well as benefit.

Two of these presents I mention here now, along with public (blogland) thanks.

My friend MAJ sent me Gila Monster’s Scottishe Grammophon 7". It contains flyers, stickers, & three different interchangeable covers. Why it is most prized by me is because Jer Reid, of Glasgow noise outfit Dawson, plays guitar on "Scaredom". This is a rarity with which I won’t be parting. Thanks, babe.

Then my friend Horsefly topped everything. He is an artiste as well as musick geek & he hand-made me a silver box that he filled with some of the greatest musick I now safeguard.

I am sure anyone familiar with my bizarre musickal tastes know I’m a large fan of The Mars Volta. Well, I will brave the limb I am climbing & say that The Mars Volta were unnecessary if only At the Drive In had not folded or imploded or whatever. At the Drive In played some of the tastiest, most articulated PUNK RAWK around, kinda like a West Texas Clash, only completely different.

ATDI is one band that I never get tired of hearing, or ranting on about, as Horsefly well knows from many chemically-fueled late-night talk & rawk sessions at the Casa Nada. Well, not only did he create the box this box set came in, but filled it with the following vinyl:

3 12"ers -
1998 In/Casino/Out (clear vinyl)
200 Relationship of Command
2001 Live in Tokyo (yellow vinyl)

1 10"er -
1999 Vaya (white vinyl)

3 7"ers -
1995 ¡Alfaro Vive, Carajo!
200 Invalid Litter Dept. (yellow vinyl)
2000 One Armed Scissor...

I don’t even have the words to express my overwhelming gratitude. For your listening pleasure...

At the Drive In - ¡Alfaro Vive, Carajo! 7“, Western Breed, 1995.
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22 December 2010

This Boy's Gone Crazy

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As everyone sez around the Casa Nada this time of year, "What up, Dog?".

A gift for everyone from us.

Overlooked band’s best effort. Just cuz theys inalectyuals donenot mean they cain’t FUNK!

What up, Dawg?

Was (Not Was) - What Up, Dog?,Chrysalis F2 21664, 1988.
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Tracklist -

Somewhere in America There's a Street Named after My Dad
Spy in the House of Love
Out Come the Freaks
Earth to Doris
Love Can Be Bad Luck
Boy's Gone Crazy
11 MPH
What up, Dog?
Anything Can Happen
Robot Girl
Wedding Vows in Vegas
Anytime Lisa
Walk the Dinosaur
I Can't Turn You Loose
Shadow & Jimmy
Dad I'm in Jail

Enjoy yer Brumalia,

15 December 2010

American Woman

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Sweeping across the wheat fields of Manitoba, Canada blown by the winds of hard-rock that was rearing its head in the late 60s - early 70s, The Guess Who took America & the rest of the world by storm. "American Woman" was the first #1 hit by a Canadian group since The Crew Cuts hit the top with 1954s "Sh-Boom".

This selection goes out to my friend Jonder, who brought up the current epitome of American Womanhood, Kim Kardashian. After years of pencil-thin waifs & heroin-chic skeletons, it’s nice to drool over a curvaceous cutey. This post is dedicated to the two of them

The Guess Who, in their fourth incarnation on this album, were: Burton Cummings - keyboards, vocals, guitar, & harmonica; Randy Bachman - guitar; Jim Kale - bass; & Garry Peterson - drums.

The Guess Who - American Woman, RCA Victor LSP-4266, 1970.
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Side 1 -

American Woman
No Time
No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature

Side 2 -

969 (The Oldest Man) (Instrumental)
When Friends Fall Out
Proper Stranger
Humpty's Blues / American Woman (Epilogue)


11 December 2010


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I was going to post up Bloodrock 2 just because it contains the great proto-metal masterpiece "D.O.A." but Bloodrock’s debut album is in my opinion a better album overall. It is a dark heavy album with drummer Jim Rutledge singing songs of great lyrical imagery, with Steve Hill’s mesmerizing swirling organ, & Lee Pickens’ fiery guitar lines.

Emerging from Texas in 1969, Bloodrock prove that good ol' Southern boys could rock as good as any English band at the time. At times, the interplay of guitar & organ reminds a bit of Ritchie Blackmore & Jon Lord in Deep Purple except that Lee Pickens is a more soulful guitar player than Ritchie Blackmore, possibly one of the most underrated guitar players of his era.

Bloodrock - Bloodrock, Capitol Records 435, 1970.
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Side A -
Gotta Find A Way
Castle of Thought
Double Cross

Side B -
Wicked Truth
Gimme Your Head
Fantastic Piece of Architecture
Melvin Laid an Egg


09 December 2010


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There was one band that I saw at Winterland even more than Humble Pie. Bill Graham would stick them on any bill that needed another band & a little wake-up-the-crowd musick.

That was Montrose.

They seem to have been lost in the 70s history rewrite, especially when other American hard rock bands like Grand Funk Railroad & Aerosmith have gained much more (undeserved) exposure.

I would really like to post up Jump On It just because of all the testosterone-laced memories it brings up. That cover gives the 'Red Rocker' new meaning. Brother, that’s no camel-toe.

But, fact is, Montrose' self-titled first album is a greater hard rock album. Ronnie Montrose is a talented virtuoso guitarist who had a vision...a vision to rock & to rock hard.

Released in 1973, this record introduced a young Sammy Hagar to the world, but the explosive aggression of Ronnie Montrose's biting guitar left no doubt as to why the band was thusly named. Then there is the rock-solid rhythm section featuring drummer Denny Carmassi & bassist Bill Church.

Songs like "Rock the Nation" & "Good Rockin' Tonight" lay the ground rules for an entire generation of late-70s California bands. But it was the sheer euphoria of "Bad Motor Scooter," the adolescent nastiness of "Rock Candy," & the gargantuan riffage of the phenomenal stand-out tune "Space Station #5" that propelled this slab o' vinyl. If this musick doesn’t rock you, then you’re rock done rolled away. You better go find it, zombi.

Montrose - Montrose, Warner Bros. Records BS 2740, 1973.
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Side A -

Rock The Nation
Bad Motor Scooter
Space Station
I Don't Want It

Side B -

Good Rockin' Tonight
Rock Candy
One Thing On My Mind
Make It Last


04 December 2010


 UPDATE: This post was re-uploaded 11/25/2013. Enjoy, NØ.

Whenever I say Procol Harum to anyone, they always give one of two responses..."A Whiter Shade of Pale" or "Conquistador".

I think??? Robin Trower...Gary Brooker...Keith Reid & two albums that if you haven’t heard, then you don’t know jack...er,Procol Harum. 1968s Shine On Brightly & 1970s Home.

I am constantly torn trying to decide which one I like the best. I think Shine On right now, but I’m posting Home nonetheless.

I’ll blacken your Christmas & piss on your door. You’ll cry for mercy, but still there’ll be more.”

Procol Harum 1970: Robin Trower - guitar; Gary Brooker - vocals & piano; Chris Copping - bass & organ; & B.J. Wilson - drums. Lyrics by Keith Reid, music by Brooker or Trower. Produced by Chris Thomas.

Procol Harum - Home, A&M Records, SP 4261, 1970.
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Side 1 -

Whisky Train
The Dead Man's Dream
Still There'll Be More
Nothing That I Didn't Know
About to Die

Side 2 -

Barnyard Story
Piggy Pig Pig
Whaling Stories
Your Own Choice


Fascist Eats Donut

UPDATE: This post was re-uploaded 10/31/2013. Happy Halloween, NØ

Pop-O-Pies - The White EP, 415 Records 415A-0009, 1982.
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02 December 2010

Play, Don't Worry

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I’ve been listening to a lot of my old (late 60s - early/mid 70s) vinyl. I’ve been driving everyone here at Casa Nada totally bonkers. Decided to pass it on to you. I’ve been going through Traffic (from Mr. Fantasy through Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory), Deep Purple (mainly In Rock), Procol Harum (Shine on Brightly & Home), Free (Heartbreaker), Thin Lizzy (everything from their self-titled first through Bad Reputation), Nazareth (especially Hair of the Dog), Vanilla Fudge (the first four), Ten Years After (from Ssssh through A Space in Time)...well, you get the idea...clean rock, great guitars, lotsa hair.

I never know where to start, exactly, when I get on one of these weird tangents.

I have decided to start with the second album from the much overlooked solo career of one great guitar-slinger, Mick Ronson, ex-Spider from Mars. Mick at first wanted to be a music teacher, but the likes of Jeff Beck, whom he idolized & strove to emulate in his own guitar stylings, filled Ronno's young mind with secret dreams of rock stardom.

Mick played in the obligatory rock (Voices) & soul (Wanted) groups before joining the Rats, a Yardbirds-like r&b unit. They had a few singles on UK Decca & Oriole, but broke up after an ill-fated European tour.


Enter one David Jones, now not wanting to be confused with Davy Jones of the Monkees & calling himself David Bowie. Ronson signed on as guitarist for Bowie’s new project, brought along friend & ex-Rats drummer Woody Woodmansey & proceeded to create the classic The Man Who Sold the World. After the session, Ronno was again out of work.

Mick was close to calling it quits as a professional musician when Bowie called once more. Mick returned to London with Woodmansey & yet another ex-Rat, bassist Trevor Bolder. They began the sessions for Bowie's brilliant follow-up album Hunky Dory(1971). With the ouster of long-time Bowie co-hort Tony Visconti, Mick took over on the production as well, doing the arrangements for many of the songs, which favored strings, piano & horns.

With this kind of momentum, the ex-Rats were no longer just session musicians, but were finally a band again, becoming the Spiders from Mars. They followed Hunky Dory with The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars. Bowie’s exceptional songwriting & charismatic stage presence were undeniable, but equally crucial was the album’s truly unique sound, which again, as on Hunky Dory, combined strings, keyboards, & acoustic guitars with a crunching rock power trio. Mick Ronson was responsible for that sound. He co-arranged the entire album & performed all the keyboard parts as well as filling his usual role as the guitar-slinger.

Ziggy Stardust’s glitter rock & polysexual decadence made superstars of Bowie & "the Spiders". Ronson, as leader of the Spiders became a star in his own right through several sold-out tours & follow-up work on Bowie's next two albums, Aladdin Sane & Pin Ups (both 1973). Then Bowie announced his "retirement" from the stage. Actually he only retired the band.

Mick didn’t stay retired long, quickly releasing two albums, the Ziggy-influenced Slaughter on 10th Avenue in 1974, followed the next year by the more straight-ahead Play Don't Worry.

He then donned numerous hats: joined Mott the Hoople as guitarist; then when Hoople broke up, he partnered with Ian Hunter for Hunter’s next five solo albums; toured with Hunter in the Hunter-Ronson band; did session work with Kinky Friedman, Pure Prairie League, Genya Ravan, Ellen Foley, Slaughter & the Dogs, & John Cougar (Mellencamp); played guitar in Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue; where he hooked up with Roger McGuinn for the Cardiff Rose album; Ronno also worked as producer for the likes of David Johansen, Morrissey, Iron City Houserockers, the Payolas, & Glen Matlock’s post-Sex Pistols The Rich Kids.

Mick was working on his third solo album when he died of cancer on April 29, 1993 . The result was the posthumous Heaven & Hull.

Although Slaughter on 10th Avenue is probably his most well-known non-Bowie work, my personal favorite is this album, his second solo release from 1975. The album starts off with "Billy Porter" on which Ronson plays all of the instruments himself, showcasing his multi-faceted talent, then goes into one of my favorite tracks, "Angel No. 9". On this song, Ronson’s fierce guitar playing is very up in the mix, highlighting his greatest talent, his sweet guitar chops.

Hope this was a good place to begin this retro-madness.

Mick Ronson - Play Don't Worry, RCA APL1-0681, 1975.
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Side A -

Billy Porter
Angel No.9
This is for You
White Light / White Heat

Side B -

Play Don't Worry
Hazy Days
Girl Can't Help It
Empty Bed (Io Me Ne Andrei)


27 November 2010

Legendary Pink Dots at Cafe Du Nord

Last Saturday Lao Elanya, Black Dahlia, Guitar Mike & I ventured out in the worst downpour we’ve had in quite a few years, at times (near Vacaville) with zero visibility, to drop into the basement of San Francisco’s Cafe Du Nord to partake in the artistry that is the Legendary Pink Dots on their (unbelievable) 30th Anniversary tour. Nothing could have kept NØ away.

Anyone familiar with this blog knows that I’m a LPD junkie, but honestly, it was the best show
I’ve been to in years. Cafe Du Nord is always a great venue for LPD. Everyone in attendance was ready for some great entertainment. They were not denied. LPD played for nearly two hours & did two long encore sets without much begging (some begging, not too much).

Words fail me, so I’ll let this approximation of their set speak for the band & my feeble attempt at review.

I will briefly add that Phil Knight (aka: The Silverman, Phil Harmonix) on keyboards, soundscapes, electronics devices, gadgets, technology; & Edward Ka-Spel (aka: Prophet Qa-Spel, Qa'Sepel, Che Banana, D'Archangel) on vocals, keyboards, devices, gadgets, interference, & premonitions work together as a finely tuned machine & new-comer Erik Drost was , as they say, a thunder of stringed things including acoustic, electric, bass & Hawaiian guitars. It was all lovingly presented by Raymond Steeg, LPD's long-serving mixing & engineering guru.

The Legendary Pink Dots - Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, November 20,2010.

Endless Time
The More it Changes
The More it Stays the Same
Waiting for the Call
Another Kind of Violence
Love Puppets
The Key to Heaven
The Brightest Star
Remember Me this way

Soft Toy
A Crack in Melancholy Time

another encore
Close Your Eyes, You Can be a Space Captain

Enjoy the show,

18 November 2010


Out of the harrowing days of the Spanish Inquisition, across the centuries, comes the torturous & unforgettable saga of Ambrosio, The Monk.

Proud & powerful, Ambrosio commands legions of adoring followers until violent, forbidden passions drive him from the holy embrace of the Church into the waiting arms of Matilda, an enchanting & treacherous temptress in league with the Devil. Desperate with depraved desires for yet another mysterious, though innocent, woman, Ambrosio is plunged into the terrors of profane, unspeakable acts & dark occult deeds from which there is only one escape.


Matthew G. Lewis - The Monk,
Avon (Publishers of Bard, Camelot, Discus, Equinox, & Flare Books),
First Avon Printing, September, 1975.

Just got back from driving a LA round-tripper this weekend. Crazee good hash/sinsemilla voyage. Ate at The Supreme Masters Loving Hut after a mad rush down I5 to the high desert past Palmdale & into the back-door of the Inland Empire. The pure-energy food woke our bodies & souls. We called our contacts & met them on Baseline. They gave us two nights in a plush sweet suite with in-room jacuzzi; the place had a state-of-the art work-out room & indoor pool & sauna. I swam & sweated. We then headed out to Bright Star Vegan Thai for late dinner. They emptied the place out as we munched on Shrimp Batter 1 (vegan tempura from on high!). Then the chef cooked up a presentation dinner that equaled anything from Greens or Millennium.

Somehow through all the insanity of the past few weeks (Tobee dying, Tony in the nursing home), I’ve somehow read my way through the Stieg Larsson The Girl trilogy, The Monkey Wrench Gang (thanks Michelle, I finished it & lent it to a friend who had read it years ago & had been wanting to read it again), & am now reading this.

Enjoy the tune..."Amen" by Bardo Pond from 1993s No Hashish, No Change Money, No Saki Saki. Thought Amen went with THE MONK.


09 November 2010

State of Decay Across the USA

I dug this out a little while ago & it’s been getting a lotta play aroun’ heeyah. Great goth-tinged post-punk from Don Diego & Linda LeSabre. They had both been members of Washington D.C. post-punk outfit Grand Mal. After leaving that band, they moved to Los Angeles in 1987 & their four-song EP followed shortly thereafter.

I originally had the four-song Elvis Christ EP which features the first four songs of side two of this LP. Then came The LP. This is the original vinyl release from 1988 on Gymnastic Records, a great goth/industrial label out of Germany. It was also released the following year on vinyl by Flipside Records & as a CD by Little Sister Records. Both 1989 versions are identical but the 1988 version not only has "Drums Along the Mohawk" (which was replaced in the later versions by "Chain of Abuse") but it contains earlier different mixes. The 1989 versions have been remixed, & the sound is more clear, the vocals more to the forefront. I prefer this original version which is a bit muddier, but is much richer instrumentally. The bass of Don Diego is the lead instrument on all the releases, but on this earlier version there is more use of studio effects, yet it conveys a much more raw sound.

Credits: Don Diego - bass & vocals; Linda LeSabre - drums & vocals; Dave Haas - guitar (B1 - B4); Wrex Mok - guitar & vocals (A1 - A4 & B5); & Danny Frankel - percussion, voodoo shakers & rattles.

Death Ride '69 - The LP!, Gymnastic Records GYM 102, 1988.

Side A -
Blue Gel Green
God Tab
Drums Along The Mohawk
Side B -
State Of Decay
Sex Drive ‘68
Elvis Christ
Crash & Burn
1969 (Stooges cover)


31 October 2010

Joyous Samhain

This album from Perth, Australia native Abbe May was knocked out in five days with members of Kill Devil Hills, The Lazy Railway & Abbe’s regular band The Rockin' Pneumonia. It is brimming with spectral sexual energy, perfect for knocking up a chilly Samhain eve.

Her MySpace page says: “Five days, four musicians, three chords, too many bottles of spliff wine & one Willie Dixon song.”

Abbe isn’t worried about evangelical threats of calling Satan into her life by using his name; she’s willing to play with the Big Boy if He’s willing to play with her. Well, are you, Natas, are you?

The Devil & Abbe May - Hoodoo You Do, Independent, 2009.

Hoodoo You Do
Call Me Back or I'll Unleash Hells Hounds
Oh Sweet Jaysus!
You Gonna Get It
A Wail of Sirens
My Heart, it Struck Sorrow
I’ve Been Thirsty, I Haven't Found Any Yet
The Soul of a Man
Howard Moon
Wang Wang Doodle
The Ballad of Ignatius Elliot Archer
Goodnight Irene


02 October 2010


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This goes out to Salmagundi Syncopation. She posted some Buk on her blog & I’m returning the flavor.

This here masterpiece was recorded in 1966.

It was finally released by Steve Richmond’s Earth Books, 137 Holister Avenue, Santa Monica, CA. in 1977.

The great photos on the front & back covers & inside left & right gatefold are by Lawrence Robbin.

Bukowski is in fine form: drinking; smoking; & wise-cracking throughout the 90 minutes in hell.

According to legend, there were supposedly only 500 copies printed. I consider myself lucky to be one of those Fortunate 500.

Hank begins Side 4:
"Well, what’re you gonna do? All right, if you can’t waste tape, you can’t waste anything. If you can’t waste anything, you might as well quit. So, the next move is mine, right? & I’m too loaded to even be decent. All right, let’s try some more just for laughs. (Ho Ho Ho)."
He then follows up with the scathingly brilliant "A Report Upon the Consumption of Myself". Classic Bukowski, talking tough.

Charles Bukowski - 90 Minutes in Hell, Earth Books P.B. QT-2 01187, 1977.
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Side 1 -

Buffalo Bill
A Little Atomic Bomb
The Hairy Hairy Fist
An Action Afternoon
No Charge

Side 2 -

Love is a Piece of Paper Torn to Bits
Song for Sadists Without a Place to Sit Down
Genius of the Crowd
Their Finest Art
May Make Paris Yet (1st stanza)

Side 3 -

May Make Paris Yet (cont.)
Men And The Sun
The Japanese Wife / Bukowski Still At It
True Story

Side 4 -

A Report Upon the Consumption of Myself


28 August 2010

Punk Til Ya Poop!

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Following closely on the heels of the notorious compilation Punk Til Ya Puke!...

I got this one from my friend Dirty Mike from Dirty Records in Phoenix. This gem is on another Phoenix DIY label Bad Stain Records, which is run by some friends of Dirty Mike’s. A new entry into the always popular Bad Stain punk compilation line-up, featuring no less than 32 rare & unreleased songs by some of the youngest, funniest punk/hardcore/ska bands from the the last gasps of the 20th Century.

Some of these bands are from the Phoenix area. Others are bands with ties to Dirty Records & Bad Stains in one way or another. Maybe they released stuff on one of their labels, or played gigs or shared floor space in Phoenix. Wherever they’re from, this is an eclectic but fun mix.

Some of the acts you’ll know, like: Less than Jake; or At the Drive In; or Drain Bramaged. Some of the bands are on Dirty Records & have been featured here in the past: No Fraud; Mandingo: or Adam’s Alcoholics. Some of them are obviously into some weird-name thing that must have been going on at the time: The Fonzarellies; The Liverrotchies; The Grubbies; Beezlebullies; or Swookumchuck. Then there are some bands you may not have ever heard that are worth the listen, particularly Against All Odds; Dirty Laundry; & Subject Mad.

Whatever the case, check this sucker out.

Various Artists - Punk Til Ya Poop!, Bad Stain Records BS015, 1998.


14 August 2010

Go Fuck Your Music Reviews

During the 1990s resurgence of punk rock & the alternative labels’ ‘feeding frenzy’, I used to get a lot of musick from the DIY, anti-corporate Rot’en Roll Records folks out of East Northport, NY who released 7” records to the fans for a dollar apiece. Negative Reaction, Violent Society, Youth Gone Mad, Bastard Squad & many many more cool as shit bands got their chance to be heard thanks to the Rot’en Roll folks.

Well, here’s a compilation from Stink Box Records out of River Edge, NJ, another DIY outfit, distributed by Rot’en Roll with thirty songs by 12 different bands. They recorded 4000 copies & gave them to the bands for free, to give away or sell for no more than $3. Think about that for a minute. Also, it states that unauthorized copying, hiring, lending, public performance & broadcasting of this record encouraged.

Various Artists - Go Fuck Your Music Reviews
Stink Box & Rot’en Roll Records SBR002, 1996.
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Tracklist -
What this CD is about
Test Toned

I Scream - Rump-le

Friday Night
Punk Skunk - Odd Normal

Blow ‘em Up
Chaos - Bomb Squadron

It’s Only Your Life
Corporate Cocksucker - Violent Society

Identity Crisis
Born to Lose - No Fraud

The Time is Now
Grasping at Straws
Yukon - Rest Assured?

Ode to Benny Hill
Blue - Nothing Yet

Rebecca - Felix Frump

New World
By the Way - Putrid Flowers

Judge’s Son
Hate - Dog Pound

Sinead - Grady

Sodium Kid Inc.
Silver Silver Gasoline - Fischer

Rot’en Roll will never die!

01 August 2010

SoFA's Choice

Here’s another compilation of San Jose bands, this from Little Lucky (in fact it starts off with Horchata’s “Green Butter” that was on the last Little Lucky post). It is a broad brush-stroke of downtown San Jose bands of that time. This one’s called SoFA’s Choice.

A little history.

In the second wave of San Jose’s attempted musickal renaissance (the first wave involved The Laundry Works, Scottish Rites Temple, Ribzy, Los Olvidados, Frontier Wives etc.), clubs & bands flourished in the South First Street Area. The area was labeled SoFA, echoing San Francisco’s South of Market SoMA.

One of the events moving the scene in the right direction began on Sunday, Sept. 27, 1992, when the first SoFA Street Fair took place on South First Street. The fair flaunted a more Bohemian bent than its downtown mainstream cousins like Tapestry in Talent. It celebrated more alternative culture & musick. The first year was wild, as all the numerous bars & night clubs located along the street were open for free & featured a non-stop roster of the newest local acts. Street vendors, artists, & poets were in abundance. Believe it or not, a lot of the locals hauled out their old beat up sofas & set them up on the sidewalk for seating to relax on & watch the events of the day unfold. But soon the fair evolved from its freewheeling free-for-all beginnings to a more traditional sort of music festival with the addition of gates & fences, admission charges, & hundreds of cops. By the third year, few of the original SoFA denizens even attended & sofas were banned. After 10 years, the SoFA Street Fair died an ugly death.

This compilation is named after that area, those events, & the bands that tried to sustain the scene.

Various Artists - Sofa’s Choice (Sounds from Downtown), Little Lucky, 1997.

Tracks -
Green Butter - Horchata
The Giant Fish - Neosoreskin
Artebella (Timbale mix) - Monkey
Live My Empty - Grits
Snowflake - Creamsickle
Willie’s Blunt - Willie’s Conception
Front - Insolence
Cocktails - Jalopy Taco Stand
It’s Alright - The Odd Numbers (only band to play every SoFA Street Fair)
Clay Wheels’ Theme - Clay Wheels
If You’re About to Cry - The New Mosquitos
He & She - Terra Nova
The Rain - Andalusia
Under the Lean-to - Lisa Dewey (incorrectly titled on the release as “Close to My Honeypie”)
Here’s Your Song - Your Precious You
The Devil Just Got Fired - Redd Devlin
Spies - Caustic Notions
Would You, Really - Elric


28 July 2010

Bombs for Whitey

Way back in September of 2007, not long after I started this mess, I posted up two songs from some friends of mine in a band called Bombs for Whitey. They were from San Jose & relocated to Lost Angels about the time I sloughed off to Sacko’tomato. While I was digging through my boxes of clutter recently, I unearthed their self-titled release, so without any further ado than to say all song are by Al Langone (guitarist) & Paul Nevins (vocalist) except for the last cut, a live cover by Pop/Williamson, here they are...

Bombs for Whitey - Bombs for Whitey, 1998.

Tracklist -
Time Waits for No One
I Don’t Need a Reason
Far Away
No Respect
Standing on My Head
Everything Comes & Goes
All My Heros are Dead
Lost Generation
True Confessions
Only Losers Deny
In My Head
Bullet to the Soul
Some Things Never Change
Search (live)


15 July 2010

San Jo Haze

Here’s a compilation of bands from San Jose from about the same time as the previous post. Give you an idea what was going on there then. I always hated the original cover


so I made my own.

Various Artists - San Jo’ & Proud,
Lithuanian Snake Dance Records LSD 003, 1995.

The Odd Numbers - When You’re Young
Cookie - Kathy & Eddie
Slip - Flooded Waters
The Spit Muffins - 25 Cent Monsters
Plum Loco - Tail Spin
Drug - We Can Go
The Kindred - Be a Fool
Shovelhead - Consequences of Ignorance
The Smashtones - Best Friend
Crack - Kramer
The Clay Wheels - Pep Armstrong
The Sugarbombs - Love to Stay
The Blanks - Death Wish
Shangri-La - Space Train
Ridlin - Past Tense


14 July 2010

Right Upside Your Head, Sucka!

Been culling through my musick & have been concentrating this last week on bands from my old homestead, San Jose.

Here’s one from San Jose's spastic jazz-improv group Horchata. They got together in 1993 playing informal jam sessions that got out of hand. The core members performed as Sacrilicious before adding horn players & arriving at this line-up: Jim Lopez - vocals; Ona Stewart - vocals & guitar; Jim Carrico - vocals & guitar; Brady Laucher - bass; Dale Means - drums; Reggie Webb - alto saxophone; Jason Walker - tenor saxophone; Rob Lombardi - trumpet; Justin Rivera - trombone; & Steve Delaney - harmonica.

The band musick seems to be about Kung-fu, getting baked, & Horchata drinks. They’re also into " weird solos & transitions," says alto saxophonist Reggie Webb. "Instead of jazz to jazz, we'll go from reggae to swing to ska to punk rock. Then we'll have a harmonica solo instead of a guitar solo."

Recorded live at Third Street Dojo; produced by Papa Hawk; released on Little Lucky.

Horchata - Right Upside Your Head, Little Lucky A01, 1994.

Harry Hempseed
Speakerbutt II
Green Butter
Beans & Rice


20 June 2010

Purple Hazel

UPDATE: This post was re-uploaded 02/09/2014. Enjoy, NØ.

While I was pondering all things Parliamentally Funkadelified, thinking 'Good night, Star Child!', I thought of the Maggots that crawled in the Brain of the greatest of all Mothershippers, MB hisself, 'The Haze'. The song "Good Nite Eddie" popped unbid into my mind. I dragged out this ole double cassette I hadn't listened to in quite some time & luxuriated in the heavenly FUNK! of Bootsy's NEW Rubber Band. The lyrical plaint of Eddie's guitar is sweetest nectar to a bruised soul. Hope you all enjoy.

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Cassette 1 -

Side 1 -
Funk Express Card
J.R. (Just Right)
Blasters of the Universe
Bad Girls
Back 'n' the Day
Where 'r' the Children
Female Trouble's (The National Anthem)

Side 2 -
Wide Track
Funk Me Dirty
Blasters Featuting Eddie Hazel
Good Nite Eddie
A Sacred Place
Half Past Midnight
It's a Silly Serious World

Cassette 2 (Instrumental Versions) -

Side 1 -
J.R. (Just Right)
Funk Express Card
Back 'n' the Day
Bad Girls
Good Nite Eddie

Side 2 -
Where 'r' the Children
Funk Me Dirty
It's a Silly Serious World
A Sacred Place

17 June 2010

R.I.P Nappy Star Child

I'll be missing you, brother...but I gots yer tunes & I'll be seein' you aboard the Mothership.

You were always Standing on the Verge...

Funk On!

09 June 2010

Nasal Sex is back

UPDATE: thanks to dedos.info for letting me know the link to Nasal Sex - Golly was no longer working. I have re-upload the file to mediafire. Several of my accounts on Fileden (a host I originally used here) have been suspended for so-called violations & now links to more than 50 past posts are no good. I'll try to get them back up as I see fit, so if there is something you are desiring but the link is bad, let me know here. I'll get things back up in order of request. It's the best I can do.

UPDATE UPDATE: Once again I have re-uploaded this, this time to MEGA. Just click on the link above to the original post. One of the most requested post here. All right!

28 May 2010

Courtney Love (the band, not the Hole)

UPDATE: This post was re-uploaded 09/07/2013. Enjoy, NØ.

Been some conversation going on around here about Courtney Love, the band from Olympia,Washington that contributed the track "Spray" to the Throw compilation I posted a few days ago. Thought I'd post up three 7"ers from the band & a solo album by Courtney Love brain grrrl Lois Maffeo (known professionally [usually] as just Lois).

Courtney Love - Uncrushworthy, K Records IPU 12, 1990.
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Side A -

Sunny Day

Side B -

Motorcycle Boy
The 2nd Most Beautiful Girl in the World

Courtney Love - Hey! Antoinette,
Feel Good All Over Records FGAO #4, 1991.

Side A -

Hey! Antoinette

Side B -

My Last Night

Courtney Love- Highlights, K Records IPU 22, 1991.

Side A -


Side B -

Disappearing Lessons

On all three:
Guitar, Vocals - Lois Maffeo
Drums - Pat Maley

plus Lois Maffeo’s first solo release subsequent to Courtney Love.

Lois - Butterfly Kiss, K Records KLP 015, 1992.

Side A -

Press Play And Record
Staring At The Sun

Side B -

Stroll Always
Never Last
Bonds in Seconds
Look Who's Sorry

On this release:
Guitar, Vocals - Lois Maffeo
Bass - Stuart Moxham
Drums - Molly Neuman

Enjoy, all you Courtney haters...