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

29 February 2016

Remastered & Never Sounded Better

Womack & Womack – Family Spirit, Arista 211 356, 1991.
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Side A –
Family Spirit
Living in a Different World
United (in Paradise)

Side B –
My Dear (The Letter)
Blue Jean Baby
Keep on Climbing
Lonely Island


26 February 2016

Frack Hillary Clinton

Just days before the Iowa caucus, Hillary Clinton left the campaign trail for a high-dollar fundraiser at a hedge fund. That same hedge fund is a major investor in fracking, an incredibly destructive practice of extracting natural gas by pumping hundreds of secret chemicals into the ground.

Hillary Clinton supports fracking. I do not.

And just as I believe you can't take on Wall Street while taking their money, I don't believe you can take on climate change effectively while taking money from those who would profit off the destruction of the planet.

Dick Cheney pushed through changes to the Safe Drinking Water Act that legalized fracking, despite the fact that fracking companies keep the chemicals they pump into the ground a secret.

People who live near fracking locations no longer have drinkable water, and in some cases their tap water is actually flammable. Oklahoma has even seen a rash of earthquakes that many believe are a result of fracking.

In short, fracking is a disaster for the planet.

We need a president who is not beholden to special interests and who will do everything in his or her power to fight the effects of climate change. It's clear that to elect that kind of president, millions of people need to come together and chip in whatever they can.

We can’t afford to let people who would destroy our planet elect our next president.

Thank you for your support.

In solidarity,
Bernie Sanders

25 February 2016

For Zonk Ludlow

Here's Malcolm X & Keith's first two…

Malcolm X – No Sell Out 12" 45, Tommy Boy 12IS165, 1984.

Side A –
No Sell Out (vocal track)

Side B –
No Sell Out (instrumental track)
bonus track – No Sell Out (Kick the Beat demo version 2013)

Major Malfunction (cover mis-titled Major Malfuction [sic]) is basically the Sugar Hill Band with Nick Plytas tickling the 88s & Adrian Sherwood at the controls. I added "Einstein Mad Dub" as a bonus track 'cuz I wanted to post up my Einstein vinyl 12" but can't seem to locate it right now (but I will---& "Einstein Mad Dub" was on the MM re-issue, so). Until then…

Keith LeBlanc – Major Malfunction, World Records WR005, 1986.
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Side 1 –
Get This
Major Malfunction
Heaven on Earth
Object-Subject (Breakdown's not Enough)

Side 2 –
I’ll Come up with Something
Technology Works Dub
You Drummers Listen Good

bonus track – Einstein Mad Dub

Keith LeBlanc – Stranger than Fiction, Enigma Records 7 73364-1, 1989.

Side 1 –
But Whitey
Here's Looking at You
Count This

Side 2 –
Men in Capsules
Dream World
These Sounds
Mechanical Movements
Comedy of Errors

bonus track – Mechanical Movements Dub ('cuz you can never have too much Dub)


22 February 2016

Any Anxiety?

I'm going to blame this mess on my friend Jonder. We're always passing music back & forth as we have similar likes & both are always on the look-out for something good. He was sharing some Little Axe live sets with me & another friend had recently asked me about Jeb Loy Nichols. Knowing the J & Ø mutual love of all things On-U Sound, I shared Long Time Traveller with Jonder.

He wrote back & said: "Thanks again for Jeb Loy Nichols.  He has an interesting story that weaves in and out of On U history, just like Little Annie (Anxiety) Bandez.  Either one of them would make a good topic for your blog (hint), but I'm not the man to write them!"

Well, Jeb Loy surely is an interesting character but much of his music is in the 'folk' vein. I am not an educated follower of that particular genre, so doubted that I was "the man to write" it, either. I do have a fondness in my soul for all things Little Annie (it might stem from youthful pilfering of a friend's older brother's Playboys & Little Annie Fanny, who knows). So I thought I liked Jonder's idea & might tackle the project. Well, what I had got myself into was more than I had imagined (if I were the man). I’m blaming it on Jonder...yeah, that's the ticket.

Little Annie Anxiety Bandez has been at this musick thing since the late 70s when she first took the stage as an under-age (16) teenager at Max's Kansas City, fronting her atonal, savage dance-rhythmed band Annie & the Asexuals. If you want to find out the true story, Annie has chronicled it in her book, You Can't Sing the Blues While Drinking Milk. I rather just let her music speak for itself, which is a gargantuan undertaking in itself. So without further bullshit, let's hit it…

As I already stated, Annie's musical career started with Annie & the Asexuals. Here's a track of theirs from Here We Go, Sterile SR08, release date 1985 (this is a benefit album for the UK Miners' Strike - also appearing on the album are Bourbonese Qualk, Nocturnal Emissions, The Hafler Trio, & Lustmord).

After meeting Steve Ignorant from the band Crass, Annie visited the UK for two weeks that turned into more than ten years. She began working with Penny Rimbaud & Crass, touring extensively as a solo artist & in collaboration with other musicians. Here, with Penny Rimbaud, is a single from Crass Records, ahead of its time for a bunch of punks in 1981. Annie Anxiety does eerie vocals & spoken word over various background noise / broken tape loops.

Annie Anxiety – Barbed Wire Halo 7”, Crass 321984/3, 1981.

Side A –

Side B –

After some time in London, Annie went on team up with Adrian Sherwood at On-U Sound to become their premiere multi-media artist & post-modern cabaret queen, including the recording of three solo LPs Soul Possession, Short & Sweet, & Jackamo & many singles & remixes.

Soul Possession features On-U Sound members as well as artists from Crass with whom Annie toured. It was produced by Adrian Sherwood. This record was never released on On-U Sound. Although all copies have the On-U number ON-U LP29 on the back of the sleeve it is clearly officially only a Corpus Christi release.

Soul Possession: Annie Anxiety – vocals; Martin Frederix – guitar; Kishi Yamamoto - Prophet piano, Chinese harp, & drums; Derek Birkett – bass; Adrian ‘Prisoner’ Sherwood – drums; Penny Rimbaud – drums; Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah – percussion with
Eve Libertine -  additional vocals.

Annie Anxiety - Soul Possession, Corpus Christi Christ It's 10, 1984.
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Side One –

Closet Love 
Third Gear
Turkey Girl
Burnt Offering

Side Two –

To Know Evil
Sad Shadows
Viet Not Mine, El Salvador Yours
Waiting for the Fun

The album Jackamo was initially intended to be titled Giacomo & possibly before that My Life in the Shed Out Back. As an On-U Sound release, it never materialized. The tracks were produced & mixed by Adrian Sherwood & Kishi Yamamoto. The CD contains two tracks not on the LP ("Down by the Station" & "Rise (Dub)"). In 1996 the German label Echo Beach re-issued it as the Echo Beach Serious Classics (Echo Beach EB003) in a metal box with three new remixes which are added as bonus tracks here.

Jackamo is: Annie Anxiety – vocals & sound effects; Martin Frederix – guitar; Kishi Yamamoto - keyboards, rhythm tracks, & sounds; Ian Hill – accordion & piano; Doug Wimbish – bass; & Bonjo Lyabinghi Noah – percussion with Skip McDonald doing the remixing.

Annie Anxiety Bandez – Jackamo, One Little Indian TPLP 4, 1987.

Tracklist –

As I Lie In Your Arms
Chasing the Dragon down Broadway
Jack Yo Mama
One Mourning (for Marvin Gaye)
Hier Encore

CD bonus tracks (TPLP4CD) –

Down by the Station
Rise (Dub)

Echo Beach remix tracks (Echo Beach EB003)

Hier Encore (96 remix)
Rise Dub (96 remix)
As I Lie in Your Arms (96 remix)

Short & Sweet was produced by Adrian Sherwood. It features: Annie Anxiety – vocals; David Harrow – programming; Skip McDonald – guitar; Doug Wimbish – bass; & Somay Akpan – percussion.

Little Annie - Short & Sweet, On-U Sound ON-ULP60, 1992.

Side One –

Watch the World Go Bye
Bless Those (Little Annie's Prayer)
Going for Gold
I Think of You
I Think of You Dub

Side Two –

Give it to Me
You, the Night, & the Music
Little Man
Prisoner of Paradise
Everything & More

bonus track 1 – If Cain Were Able (ON-U CD16/dl only)

bonus track 2 - Watch the World Go Bye in Dub (from Short, Sweet, & Dread, Restless 72797, 1995)

In Dread with Little Annie EP was produced by Little Annie, Richard Norris, Dave Curtis, & Keith LeBlanc. Tracks were mixed by Adrian Sherwood & Skip McDonald. 

Little Annie - In Dread with Little Annie (Four Pieces of Heart at 33rpm)
On-U Sound ON-UDP30, 1994.

Side A -

10 Killer Hurtz More (remix)
Miss the Light

Side B –

This Town
Le Manger Hereux

Here are some individual tracks with Annie & other members of the On-U family.

I featured The Missing Brazilians – Warzone on NSS previously. It was recorded at the same time as Soul Possession. The Missing Brazillians was a one-off album project led by Adrian Sherwood (listed as The Prisoner). Annie was mistakenly identified as Annia Anxiety.

Missing Brazilians – Warzone, On-U Sound ON-ULP34, 1984.

Keith LeBlanc is a key part of the On-U Soundsystem, Fats Comet, Tackhead & Dub Syndicate. He has performed on numerous Annie releases.

Keith LeBlanc - Stranger Than Fiction, Nettwerk W2-30032, 1989.

Pay it All Back is an ongoing series of releases from the On-U Sound label, collecting various artists from the roster, often with exclusive tracks (like this one).

Various - Pay It All Back Vol. 5, On-U Sound 0075, 1995.

During this same time period, Little Annie Anxiety Bandez was a much sought-after artist who also recorded with The Wolfgang Press, Current 93, Coil, Nurse With Wound, Finitribe, & Collapsed Lung (to name but a few).

"The Mystical Body" was originally released in 1984. Annie is listed as being a member of Current 93, however, her voice is only audible on these tracks. At this time, she was performing with both Current 93 & Nurse With Wound, but her vocals are not audible on any (official) Nurse With Wound release.

Current 93 - Nature Unveiled, LAYLAH LAY4, 1984.

Side b of Gyllensköld, Geijerstam & Friends - Live at Bar Maldoror was later included on the Nurse With Wound CD release of the same name, however, side b, where Annie can clearly be heard, is not included on the CD issue.

Personnel listed (on both releases) are: Steven Stapleton; Ruby Wallis; John Balance; Annie Anxiety; Chris Wallis; David Tibet; Diana Rogerson; Knori; & Tim o' the violin.

Gyllensköld, Geijerstam & Friends - Live at Bar Maldoror, Mi Mort 3, 1985.

Devastate to Liberate was originally released by David Tibet's Yangki label, later issued on cassette by Steven Stapleton's United Dairies label. Annie is one of a dozen artists & bands featured on the compilation.

Various – Devastate to Liberate, Yangki YANGKI1, 1985.

On these songs, Annie Teams up with Finitribe. The avowed vegetarian terrorists band Finitribe formed in the early 80s. Members included Chris Connelly, David Miller, Philip Pinsky, Simon McGlynn, Thomas McGregor, & John Vick although membership went through many changes until by 1989 the group was down to a trio of David Miller, Philip Pinsky, & John Vick. Annie lends vox.

Finitribe - Noise, Lust & Fun, One Little Indian TPLP 21 CD, 1989.

07 - Fluke

Sleazy Listening features the song "Waltzer", an Annie tune taken from an earlier Finitribe recording session. By the time of its release, Finitribe was only David Miller & Philip Pinsky.

Finitribe - Sleazy Listening, Infectious Records INFECT43LP, 1998.

Side A – 05 - Waltzer

Annie performs on two linked songs on The Wolfgang Press release Queer.

The Wolfgang Press – Queer, 4AD CAD1011, 1991.

Coil’s Love's Secret Domain was originally released by Torso in Europe & WaxTrax! in North America. Both editions were long out of print, but Torso re-issued it in 2013. Annie appears on track 3.

Coil - Love's Secret Domain, Wax Trax! Records WAXCD7143, 1991.

Collapsed Lung enlisted Annie for their pop/rap release Jackpot Goalie. Collapsed Lung were: Jim Burke, Steve Harcourt, Anthony Chapman, & Jonny Dawe. Anthony Chapman now records as DJ Scissorkicks. The other three are in the band Junior Blanks.

Collapsed Lung - Jackpot Goalie, Deceptive Records BLUFF015, 1995.

At this time various tracks by various variations of Annie's nom de musique appeared on various compilations

F/Ear This (A Collection of Unheard Music, Unwritten Words, & Unseen Images Inspired by Fear) is a compilation arranged by music journalist & magazine editor Marco Pandin, who now operates Stella Nera out of Italy. Stella Nera is an autonomous anarchistic record label which has existed under different guises since the early 80s. Earlier incarnations included Rockgarage Records (which evolved out of the Italian fanzine by the same name that Marco wrote for & edited), Catfood Press, P.E.A.C.E., Divergo, & art as hammer until Pandin settled with Stella Nera in the 2000s.

"It Was July" features Annie – lyrics & vocals with Cecilia Dobner on piano.

Various - F/Ear This, P.E.A.C.E. Cat. No 4/5, 1987

Interiors is a collection of tracks from John Everall's Sentrax label. It includes contributions by Panasonic's Mika Vainio, Drew McDowell's Screwtape, Mick Harris, & Coil's ELpH as well as this spoken word track that was later expanded (with music added) for the CoH - Vox Tinnitus release (which I’m posting next).

Various – Interiors, Invisible INV7001, 1998.

CoH (pronounced "son") is the musical project of Russian electronic musical artist Ivan Pavlov. As well as Annie, Peter Christopherson of Coil appears on this release.

CoH - Vox Tinnitus 2 x 7" 45s, Raster-Noton Raster-Static STATIC1, 1999.

After about 1995, Annie took a hiatus from music to teach herself painting. She put in long hours learning her Art. Her primary musical efforts during this period usually involved her friend Kid Congo Powers.

Kid Congo Powers formed a new project The Legally Jammin' with Christian Jendrieko & Khan Oral. The 2003 album The Legally Jammin' was voted by Mojo #1 Dance Album of the Year.

Side A –
Take it from Me
2nd Avenue Blues

Side B –
Backtrack Jack
No Angels
Chicken Delight

& then there was the remixed.

Side A –
Bleach (Illegally Club mixed)

Side B –
Bleach (Illegally Rock mixed)
Blacktrack Jack (Illegally Cramp mixed)

Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds – Philosophy & Underwear,
Trans Solar SOL029LP, 2005.

Side B – 02 – The Weather The War

It was during this same period that Annie met the late actor Bill Rice. The two became close friends & appeared together many times in numerous plays & theater pieces at Café La MaMa's, PS 122 & Dixon Place (doing works by writer, performer, & choreographer George Stamos, playwrights Charles Alcroft & (the late…d. 2010) Jim Neu whose play Alone Together was the couples last play together as Bill passed a few month after the end of its run in January 2007.

By 2006, Annie returned to music renewed, featuring a more chanson-centric piano / string section style.

"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."  Oscar Wilde 1854-1900

Her first released came about with the help of Antony Hegarty (of Antony & the Johnsons fame).

Little Annie – Songs from the Coal Mine Canary, Durtro DURTRO/JNANA1967, 2006.

Tracklist –

Freddy & Me
The Good Ship Nasty Queen
If I Were a Man
Diamonds Made of Glassine
Strange Love
Sit on Down
End is Near

Much of  her recent work has primarily found her teamed with pianist Paul Wallfisch (of the band Botanica) releasing 2008s When Good Things Happen to Bad Pianos covers album & 2010s Genderful. In 2013 Little Annie teamed up with Baby Dee, a renowned performance artist & musician hirself. Annie's latest, titled Trace ( with Ryan Driver, Opal/ Onyx, & Paul Wallfisch) has been pre-released in download format for the supporters of her Pledge campaign. The release date is imminent. Since all these releases are readily available & currently purchasable, I will only showcase a few select tracks.

Little Annie & Paul Wallfisch - When Good Things Happen to Bad Pianos,
Durtro/Jnana 1966, 2008.

Little Annie & Paul Wallfisch – Genderful, Southern Records 28160, 2010.

Little Annie & Baby Dee – State of Grace, Tin Angel Records TAR033LP, 2012

Here is a live version of  "Dear John" from the upcoming Trace. Recorded live at Dortmund November 2, 2013.

Little Annie – Dear John

Following are a variety of songs revealing just a few more of the myriad faces/phases of Miss Little Annie, chanteuse.

Little Annie - Diamonds Made of Glass 12" EP, Streamline STREAMLINE1021, 2001.
(with cover art by Annie)

Blue Light Fever is the musical project of UK-based electronic musician Matt Preston.

Blue Light Fever – Blue Light Fever, S:alt Records SALTCD007, 2002.

03 - Toytown

These 3xCD sets were given to all audience members (500) at the three day Brainwaves Festival in November, 2006 (the 10th annual). There is no printing on the packaging whatsoever. The cover was intended for autographs. The sleeve is blank without any tracklisting or other details printed on it.

Various – Brainwaves, Brainwashed Recordings BRAIN012, 2006.

Here Annie fronts the band Larsen.

Larsen - La Fever Lit, Important Records IMPREC221, 2008

06 - Flower
08 - T-Song

As the title so apply relates, this CD is made up of interpretations of Scott Walker tunes inspired by the must-see flick 30 Century Man.

Various – Scott Walker - 30 Century Man (Music Inspired by the Film)
Lakeshore Records LKS339672, 2009.

Little Annie & Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo – Blue Xmas EP
Tourette Records tourette028, 2011. 
(another cover art by Annie Bandez)

Side B – 01 – Blue Moon

& ending up back at On-U Sound.

Various – Trevor Jackson Presents: Science Fiction Dancehall Classics 3xLP,
On-U Sound ONULP129. 2015.

… one last item, a live version of Lullaby recorded February 3, 2007 at Museo Serralves, Portugal. Take the time to listen to Annie's rambling intro, it is very revealing.


15 February 2016

Lois --- By Request

I while back I posted up some Courtney Love (the band, not the hole). CL was the brainchild of Lois Maffeo or The Lois. At that time I also included Butterfly Kiss by Lois (the band, also Lois Maffeo). Here are three other offerings under the Lois moniker, a full length & two 7"ers.

Lois – The Strumpet, K Records Klp21, 1993.
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Tracklist –
Evening in Paris
Return (Your Turn)
The Trouble with Me
Sugar Rush
Wet Eyes
From a Heart
Danger UXB
The Way I Feel Inside (acapella Zombies cover – Damn you, Wes Anderson)

The Strumpet is: Lois Maffeo – guitar & vocals; Steve Peters – guitar;  Donna Dresch – bass; Stephen Immerwahr – bass & vocals; & Molly Neuman – drums.

Lois – Press Play & Record 7'' 45,
K Records IPU30 (International Pop Underground Vol. XXX), 1992.

Side A –
Press Play & Record

Side B –
Long Time Gone

Press Play & Record: Lois Maffeo – guitar & vocals; Stuart Moxham – bass; & Molly Neuman – drums.

Lois – The Trouble with Me 7'' 45,
K Records IPU40 (International Pop Underground Vol. XXXX), 1993.

Side A –
The Trouble with Me

Side B –
Page Two

The Trouble with Me: Lois Maffeo – guitar & singing; Stephen Immerwahr – bass (Side A); Donna Dresch – bass (Side B); & Molly Neuman – drums.