party like it's...

Yep, that's what I'm going to try and do this New Year's Eve - pretend its 1999 again with a future still looking bright, I say we just skip over the last ten years. By now, as it closes, most wags have weighed in on how this has been the worst decade ever. I'd started it fully enmeshed in what was then the brave glorious new world of the Internet. I loved working with customers because I was selling the biggest dream going - the World Wide Web, a place of riches unknown awaiting. All major cities were going to be fiber optic by 2002, or so we were told. After the new millennium was ushered in, on my first day back to work, I'd received notice and was told the ISP I worked for was going out of business. A few weeks later, I was lucky enough (or so I'd thought) to get a job with a networking company. They closed three months later, it took months to get my last paychecks. After that, their competitor hired me - they closed doors two months later. Soon after, I was interviewed for the San Diego Union Tribune, here's most of it:

Betrayed believers
Downturn in tech world leaves out-of-work dot-commers seeking a new life in the old economy
By Kim Peterson
September 24, 2001

San Diego County is supposed to be a bright light in the bleak U.S. economy, with steady job growth and a low unemployment rate.

When people lose jobs here, they usually find new employment quickly, experts say.

But try telling that to Dean Humphries, who can explain the workings of a T1 Internet line but repeatedly hears that his resume has "red flags."

Or to Lisa Pautler, who went from making $70,000 a year at a dot-com company to applying for temp work.

Or to Rebecca Schlesinger, who can create online magazines but now teaches tennis lessons part-time to make money.

They are among the betrayed believers -- the foot soldiers of the online revolution who were so confident in the dot-com industry that they staked their careers on its success.

Now, as the tech downturn continues, they have enough pink slips and dashed hopes to know that the cause they embraced was not going to bring them riches -- or even keep them employed.

Economists use the term "structural unemployment" to describe an industry-specific spike in unemployment that isn't seen in the general business climate, said Alan Gin, a University of San Diego economist. It usually happens when older, dying industries are replaced with new ones that require different skills.

The Internet is certainly not old or dying, but the dot-com philosophy of conducting commerce strictly online has certainly gone out of favor, he said. Revenue dropped, companies folded and workers are suddenly unemployed.

"Since all of this is happening all at once, it's difficult for them to find new jobs now," Gin said.

In San Diego County, where the unemployment rate is 3.3 percent, someone who has lost a job can usually find a new one, he said.

Yet it's different with dot-coms. While there is no specific data on local unemployment within the sector, Gin said, job cutbacks in this area have been severe nationwide as companies have gone out of business.

Now, as former dot-commers begin rebuilding their lives, they face a new battle: After months of hunting in San Diego County, a region where jobs are supposed to be plentiful, their calls are not being returned and their prospects are dim.

Take a look at the want ads these days and work is there -- for accountants, dental hygienists and receptionists -- but Internet-related positions are almost nonexistent.

"It's like the Internet died," said Humphries, who has spent all his savings and is burning through his "never-to-be-touched" money.

He was laid off from an Internet service provider in January and, four months later, from a company that installed computer networks in factories.

Potential employers spurned his resume, using phrases like "little red flag" to describe his job-hopping. He has tried to explain it away with a phrase of his own -- "it's a modern-day economy" -- but that doesn't work.

His unemployment is running out, but he dreads requesting a benefits extension.

"That's going to be hard to deal with," he said, "Hearing someone say, 'I don't understand. You've had four months to find a job and you can't find a job?'"

So now he's applying to places that have no interest in his Internet expertise, places like the bar at the Bahia Catamaran resort in Mission Beach. As bad as his situation may be, there's something else that worries Humphries: What if the economy gets worse?

"That's the scary factor in all of this," he said. "That's the kind of thing that wakes you up at four in the morning with a bit of a cold sweat."

The economy did get worse. I've never really economically recovered; I don't see that changing anytime soon. It's a life of hard budgeting - rarely eating out, cooking all my meals, cutting coupons, little money for entertainment. With all this depressing life, one could imagine my excitement when Barrack Obama ran for President of the United States. He seemed to address people like me when talking about how there needs to be jobs - one thing that really caught my attention was when a reporter asked about health-care, he answered that millions of Americans can't even afford one dollar for co-pays, that there needs to be coverage for those without money.

Well, shame on me. Like many of you, I've been fooled by politicians, long ago realizing they are comprised from the start, they'll say whatever they need to be elected. But this time I let down my guard in hope it was going to be different, that Barrack was a man of the people. President Obama now says he never campaigned on what is called the Public Option - if one re-listens to what he said, he used weasel words. He's playing semantics, which is one game I'll never join. I'm sure he's still a better President than the rest of the candidates that ran, but it doesn't matter - he lost me. Instead of taking the reigns of this country with bold leadership and the hard changes that need to be done, he's spending his term running for the next election, doing his best to pander those that will never accept him and ignoring those that helped get him elected.

After World War II, no civilization in recorded history had the high standard of living the United States experienced. We peaked at the beginning of this decade and now the long, slow decline has begun. I consider this a crossroad period - through chaos comes opportunity and I'd thought with Obama's rhetoric he'd understood that, I'd thought he had what it took to lead the country through this turbulent time.

I'm not saying that society is going to freefall and collapse, but things have changed and it's never going to be the same. Happy New Year's peeps - the struggle lives on, here's hoping it's a little less tomorrow than it is today.

David Bowie: Art Decade

Prince: 1999

Johnny Otis Orchestra: Happy New Year Baby

Lonnie Johnson: Happy New Year Darling

Led Zeppelin: Ten Years Gone

Smokey Hogg: New Year's Eve Blues

Bob Dylan: Things Have Changed

The Beatles: I've Got A Feeling

Louis Jordan: Let The Good Times Roll

Other New Year mixes:
champagne wishes and caviar dreams

have a great two thousand and eight!

time for 2009
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it came upon the midnight clear

Though I'd been uploading music to the Internet since the beginning of the decade, my first real mix was a collection of Christmas songs posted back in 2005. These last four years have been an interesting trip; through music blogging I've made the acquaintance and friendship of endless talented musicians, writers, artists and knowledgeable music lovers, many that taught me a thing or two. Usually, my yearly Christmas post looks back at the accomplishments of the past twelve months, there's no danger of that occurring this time 'round. It's been a somber and sobering year for most that read this, surviving this one is an achievement - I'll leave all that for my year-end post, I rather keep this as pleasant as possible. Thanks for being here, though things could be better, I'm going into 2010 feeling upbeat - hopefully, you are as well. Without further ado, on to the music...

Lindsey Buckingham: Holiday Road

The Ronettes: Frosty The Snowman

Yo La Tengo: Rock N Roll Santa

Sugar Chile Robinson: Christmas Boogie

The Cats & The Fiddle: Hep Cat's Holiday

Tom Waits: Jesus Gonna Be Here (live)

Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers: Dig That Crazy Santa Claus

The Cadillacs: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Barrington Levy: Christmas Day

Sons Of Heaven: When Jesus Was Born

Coil: Christmas Is Now Drawing Near

Ghostface Killah: Ghostface X-Mas

Little Esther with Johnny Otis: Faraway Christmas Blues

Jimmy Butler: Trim Your Tree

Was (Not Was): Christmas Time In Motor City

Bob Seger & The Last Heard: Sock It To Me Santa

Santo & Johnny: Twistin' Bells

Bob Dylan: Must Be Santa

Mixes from Xmas past:
cool yule

tis the season...

i guess there'll be no airing of grievances this year

deck the hall with boughs of bandwidth
This complete collection of Beatle fan club Christmas recordings has been linked far and wide - among them, the online editions of USA Today and The Village Voice - check it out:
happy chrismas to ya list'nas

To each and every one of you, have a safe and happy holiday season - I'm looking forward to seeing all here next year!web hit counter

the battle of xmas #1

Happily, Rage Against The Machine are still up to their old tricks - they're on a Facebook/Twitter campaign to get their song, Killing In The Name, to the Christmas Number One spot on the UK Singles Chart. As Wikipedia mentions, the slot has been dominated for four consecutive years by winners from the popular UK teevee show The X Factor, created and hosted by Simon Cowell. Even Paul McCartney has jumped in, declaring his support for RATM despite recently performing with Joe McElderry, currently second in Xmas#1. All this led to the latest controversy:

Rage In F-Word Shock
BBC bosses were forced to apologise today after rockers Rage Against The Machine unleashed a barrage of F-words on Radio Five Live's breakfast show.

The controversial US band, who are locked in a battle for Christmas Number One with X Factor winner Joe McElderry, shocked presenters Nicky Campbell and Shelagh Fogarty after performing the explicit version of the single Killing in The Name.

Speaking to host Campbell, the band had earlier discussed the internet campaign to get them to the top of the charts as a protest against "manufactured music".

The presenters then introduced the band expecting the "clean" version of the song to be performed.

But Campbell and Fogarty frantically faded out at the climax of the song as singer Zack de la Rocha repeated the lyrics "F*** you I won't do what you tell me".

As the sound of the band was drowned out, Fogarty was heard to say: "Get rid of it."

She then said: "Sorry, we needed to get rid of that because that suddenly turned into something we were not expecting.

"Well, we were expecting it but we asked them not to do it and they did it anyway. So buy Joe's records instead."

A BBC spokesman said a handful of listeners had complained about the broadcast.

He added: "Five live Breakfast featured a live broadcast of the song Killing In the Name by Rage Against the Machine. We had spoken to the band repeatedly beforehand and they had agreed not to swear.

"When they did we faded the band out and said sorry immediately. We apologise again to anyone who was offended."

The band, who had taken the opportunity to criticise X Factor mogul Simon Cowell, played their song live down the phone line from Los Angeles.

They are currently the subject of a Facebook campaign to get their 1992 hit to the festive top spot ahead of 18-year-old Joe's version of The Climb.

Speaking about the race, de la Rocha attacked Cowell, saying: "Simon is an interesting character. He seems to have profited greatly off humiliating people on live television and has a unique position of capturing the attention of people on television, but also the airwaves. We see this [campaign] as a necessary break of that control."

Meanwhile guitarist Tom Morello explained why the band had decided to back the fan-led campaign. He said: "People are tired of being spoon fed one schmaltzy ballad after another.

"They want to take back their own charts. We're honoured they've chosen our song to be the rebel anthem to topple The X Factor monopoly.

"People aren't buying Killing In The Name to protest a record coming out on a major company. We wrote Killing In The Name in a small industrial slum in Los Angeles.

"The X Factor song is written by a cabal of overpaid songwriters to shove the schmaltzy business down your throats. So there is two very different choices.

"The thing the listeners need to know is, it's a really close race and its a real liberating musical revolution and we're honoured to be a part of it."

Killing In The Name recently became the bookies favourite to bag the Christmas Number One slot.

Cowell has slammed the campaign, calling it "stupid", "cynical" and "very Scrooge".

DJ Chris Evans has also been forced to say sorry for offending listeners after George Michael used the F-word on his drive-time show yesterday.

Asked by a fan whether he would ever appear on BBC show Top Gear, in a feature in which celebrities race round a track, he replied: "Other than the fact I'd be afraid of coming last on that f****** score board."

It's heartening to find RATM still doesn't go gentle into that good night.

Rage Against the Machine: Killing In The Name

Rage Against the Machine: Sleep Now In The Fire

Rage Against the Machine: Guerrilla Radio

Rage Against the Machine: People of the Sun

Rage Against the Machine: Renegades Of Funk

The Christmas elves are feverishly working away, putting together the very finest holiday music for your listening pleasure - hopefully, that will be up shortly. I'll also be waxing philosophically on the merciful end of perhaps the worst decade in American history - you won't want to miss any of it!web hit counter

<3 & tnx 4 U

Another year, another Thanksgiving - time to recharge with family, food, stories, good times. Though the last twelve months haven't been easy for many, I'm in the holiday mood - as the year closes, things have started looking up, so by all signs, I won't be eating dog food while living in my car after all, the wolves have been kept at bay for yet another day, thanks for everyone's concern! Other than that, I'm thankful my other web projects have taken off well, not happy the Web Sheriff (no links for that loser) had a post yanked down on behalf of his client, I'll restore it down the road, sans the Van Morrison tune. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, World Wide Web netizens, even if the majority of you don't celebrate it - enjoy this year's mix! And no, I haven't any idea what the deal is on all those over-sized, anthropomorphized balloons of animals, I'm pretty sure no American does either, which is the true beauty of it.

Vince Guaraldi Trio: Thanksgiving Theme

The Soul Stirrers: I'm a Pilgrim

Simon and Garfunkel: Homeward Bound (live)

Talking Heads: This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

Sly & The Family Stone: Family Affair

Loudon Wainwright III: Thanksgiving

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Stories We Could Tell

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth: Appreciate

Previous Thanksgiving Day mixes:
thanks & praises

"it all started two thanksgivings ago... "

... though you may not drive a great, big cadillac, happy thanksgiving!

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i'm done with sergio

I still have themes on deck, but this tune has drilled deep into my head for some major earwormage - maybe posting it will serve as a cathartic act of sorts. Jane Says is an evocative track, for many it strongly recalls another time and place, like all great songs do. Enjoy.

Jane’s Addiction: Jane Says
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sporty sunday seven

I had an OMG moment after I looked at last week's stats, I'm pretty amazed how many peeps stopped by. It's nice to know after laying off for so long that anyone would still be interested, it's extremely heartening - thanks to all of you! It's sure a lot easier updating knowing it's appreciated.

Welcome to November, the month that starts the holiday cycle that ends with New Years Day in January. It can be the most hectic and stressful part of the year, no better time for good tunes to keep things running smooth - here's seven songs to help that along.

Oakland-based Tony! Toni! Toné! landed at number 7 on US Billboard charts with If I Had No Loot, off of 1993's Sons of Soul. The album was produced by the band and eventually led to leader Raphael Saadiq's career as a topflight R&B producer, where he had hits with D'Angelo, Total and The Roots. The group recently reformed without him, the result of an Alicia Keys collaboration that charted in the top ten. The groovin' guitar riff comes courtesy of Eddie Floyd's Knock On Wood, which gives If I Had No Loot that driving Stax Records sound that causes it to be such a fun listen.
Tony! Toni! Toné!: If I Had No Loot

With Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young breaking up and his band Crazy Horse signing their own record deal, Neil Young teamed up with Jack Nitzsche, added some choice session musicians and came out with Harvest, the best-selling album of 1972. Heart of Gold was the only number 1 hit in his career, the Folk/Country flavor the result a back injury that caused Young to switch to acoustic guitar, which could be easily played sitting down rather than standing with an electric.
Neil Young: Heart Of Gold

The Clash's love of Dub is apparent in Straight To Hell, a song with a theme of alienation and rejection. The first verse deals with racism suffered by immigrants in Northern England's steel mills, the second's about abandoned Amerasian children fathered by GIs during the Viet Nam War and the third references Puerto Rican immigrants driven out of New York's Alphabet City. Strong music with a powerful message is a heady combination, The Clash possessed both in droves.
The Clash: Straight To Hell

This is one of those songs that halfway through, you stop and ask who it is. Manu Chao sings in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, English, which he mixes with Salsa, Reggae, Ska, Rock and Punk - The Clash are one of his biggest influences. His parents emigrated from Spain to Paris trying to escape Francisco Franco's dictatorship, after Manu's birth, they moved to the suburbs of Boulogne-Billancourt and Sèvres. Chao started his musical career with Hot Pants, a French Rockabilly band that disbanded in 1985. Afterward, he formed Mano Negra with his brother and a cousin. They toured mostly in Europe and South America, breaking up in 1995, which led to the beginning of Manu's solo career. Keep up with the latest at his MySpace page.
Manu Chao: Me Gustas Tu

This tune inevitably gets a "you should really see the video, it's truly bizarre...", so I made sure to include it. Like Soundgarden, Black Hole Sun is the name of a sculpture found in Seattle's Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill, which can be seen here. Though it spent seven weeks at number 1 on Billboard's Rock Chart, they broke up in 1997.
Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun

Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun

Blondie's Sunday Girl was number 1 on the UK Charts for 3 weeks in 1979. It's 3 minutes of Pure Power Pop that sounds just right on a Sunday afternoon.
Blondie: Sunday Girl

Steve Miller's dad was a doctor, Jazz enthusiast and amateur recording engineer. Young Steve would watch him record Bluesmen like T-Bone Walker - his godfather was Les Paul, guitarist and father of modern recording. With that sort of pedigree, success seemed a sure-shot. After dropping out of college six credit hours short of a degree, Miller moved to Chicago and started the Goldberg-Miller Blues Band. In 1967, he bought a used Volkswagen Bus and headed to San Francisco, just in time for the Summer of Love. He formed The Steve Miller Band and during the next year, they released their first album, Children of the Future. In succession, he scored radio play with Livin' in the USA, Space Cowboy and Quicksilver Girl - Miller was playing authenic raw Blues mixed with a healthy dollop of Psychedelia. In 1973, his platinum-selling album, The Joker, changed all that. Extremely radio-friendly, Miller departed from his roots and went commerical with great success. The next few years, he had all sorts of hits, but none topped The Joker. His last release was 1993's Wide River, Miller gave up producing records altogether since.
The Steve Miller Band: The Joker

Look for a return to themes, the next is a hot topic that's been cooking in my head for some time now: fire.web hit counter

i believe in you great pumpkin

Video: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (full version)

One thing for sure - 2009 has been the scariest year in recent memory. Halloween just might be the sort of cathartic therapy needed, maybe a horror movie or three to chase away some of those Great Depression II willies. Perhaps these thirteen scary songs will do the trick as well - throw caution to the wind and be all ears, with these tunes full of frightful fears.

YouTube: Drive In Horror Movie Trailers

Elvis Costello: Spooky Girlfriend

Little Tibia And The Fibulas: The Mummy

The White Stripes: Walking With A Ghost

No Kids: For Halloween

The Who: Boris The Spider

Yacht: Psychic City - Classixx Remix

INXS: Devil Inside

Tech N9ne: Devil Boy

The Seeds: Evil Hoodoo

Billie Jo Spears: Get Behind Me Satan And Push (h/t necrowafer)

The Ventures: He Never Came Back

The Bollock Brothers: Horror Movies

The Grateful Dead: Friend Of The Devil

There's a whole bunch of goodies from the ghosts posts of Halloween past, make sure to visit:
monster chiller horror blogging

witches mix

trick or treat

Have a happy and safe Halloween!web hit counter

swingin' sunday seven

A Sunday Seven - why not? Some tunes to enjoy the day by, the one I feel is best suited for music listening.

After the success of Purple Rain, record industry weasels flocked to Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis, hoping to find musicians and songwriters who could deliver that funky Roland TR-808-based sound the Purple One garnered hits with. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were at the right place at the right time - they had just been fired from The Time, a band Prince had put together. They quickly delivered, producing and writing songs for the SOS Band, the Human League and Cherrelle, who scored a top ten R&B hit with I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On. Palmer had asked Jam & Lewis for a song, they gave him the Cherrelle tune (I've included the video below), which he interpreted very nicely. It’s from the Riptide album, where it was overshadowed by the supermegamonster hit, Addicted to Love.
Robert Palmer: I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On

Cherrelle: I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On

Blanchmange were one of the plethora of Synthpop bands on the 80s music scene. The duo of vocalist Neil Arthur and keyboardist Stephen Luscombe landed the #7 spot on the UK singles chart with the exotic-sounding Living On The Ceiling. However, their success was short lived and they split up in 1987. They recently reformed - you can read all about it at their MySpace page.
Blanchmange: Living On The Ceiling
No matter what your opinion of mashups, through Girl Talk, Gregg Gillis creates legitimate art, all the dizzying amount of samples turn into one cohesive piece of work. Here's a link that lists all that were used: Mechanical Turk Meets Girl Talk's Feed the Animals.
Girl Talk: Here’s The Thing
The Human League are yet another 80s Synthpop band, they hit big with Don't You Want Me, which sold over 1,400,000 copies sold worldwide. They had much record company pressure to recreate those sales, to their credit they tried branching out with more of a R&B sound. Fascination channels a Motown groove, albeit through an ARP Odyssey.
The Human League: Fascination

During the 60s, Small Faces vocalist, Steve Marriott, was pretty much considered the best singer of the UK rock scene. If his manager had been able to overcome contractual disagreements with a then-forming Led Zeppelin and their management, they would have chosen him instead of Robert Plant as their singer. Too bad, it's scary to think how good they would've been.
Small Faces: Lazy Sunday

In 1982, for all intent and purpose, the Jackson 5 were pretty much done. Though they had another album and world tour in 1984, it was the year Michael unleashed the Moonwalk on Motown’s 25th anniversary television special, which sent his solo career in motion. The writing was on the wall for his siblings - branch out, diversify or spend the rest of your life giving interviews of what it was like to work with Michael. Unfortunately, it was the latter for all but Janet (Marlon Jackson stocks shelves at a Vons supermarket in San Diego), but it wasn’t from a lack of effort. Props to Jermaine for stretching out that year and bringing in Devo to help him record this track. It’s not a bad tune at all and it’s worth the price of admission alone to hear Devo grunt out a white bread version of the Soul music call, "Good god" during the bridge. Check it out - Jermaine gets devolved!
Jermaine Jackson & Devo: Let Me Tickle Your Fancy

I've attended literally thousands of music shows and the best live performance I've ever witnessed was by The Average White Band. They came on stage and just killed it from the first note to the very last, the crowd was floating from the music. I've never heard a tighter group, and I've attended James Brown shows during his heyday, they were just amazing. Pick Up The Pieces reached the #1 spot on the US charts in 1975, despite their popularity, the group disbanded in 1982. Afterward, Paul McCartney was smart enough to grab guitarist/vocalist Hamish Stuart and drummer Steve Ferrone spent time with Duran Duran before joining Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
The Average White Band: Pick Up The Pieces

Seven songs for Sunday - enjoy while you can, cause soon enough it'll be time to rejoin the Rat Race, already in progress.web hit counter

revive the friday five

I'm aware of the conspicuousness of my absence, I've actually had peeps in my real life start grabbing me by the shoulders asking why I'm not updating, it's hard not feeling I've let them and everyone else down. I prefer to save the details, but like many of you out there, the economy is still kicking me hard in the ass. It brings about a certain malaise that causes one to have the attention span of a gnat. I have tons of stuff in my head, getting it out is another story.

Though everyone has their own reasons, I've noticed a lot of my favorite blogs have either called it quits or mothballed operations, most notably Locust St. Chris made mention of not having it in himself anymore to continue, I certainly can relate. Getting this thing out regularly is a job in itself - hosting bills through the roof, the never-ending leeching services that suck gigs of bandwidth I pay for, lazy peeps cut and pasting my unaccredited words that I've spent hour upon hour researching and writing onto their own blogs. The only way for this to work is not thinking about that crap and remind myself why I do this - for fun. In my world, there's nothing better than listening, sharing and discussing good music.

I plan on continuing, but I can't make any promises how often I end up updating other than I wish it was a few times a week instead of once a month. Stick with me - rest assured I'll continue, if for no other reason than having the chance, within minutes, of registering my disgust throughout the world via the Internet. Besides porn, that's one thing it's good for, 'eh?

Front 242 were an early leader of Electronica and Industrial music, one of the first bands that used looped samples of soundbites. Welcome To Paradise is chock full of them, using a fiery sermon delivered by televangelist Reverend Ferrell Griswold, the centerpiece being, "NO SEX UNTIL MARRIAGE!" Back in the day, this was a huge hit in dance clubs, it always packed the floor.

Front 242: Welcome To Paradise (V 1.0)

About two months ago, I came across the Diplo and Switch project, Major Lazer, first through the totally insane video of Pon De Floor (nws) and then listening to the rest of their fine full-length album, Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do. They're on tour now and I've heard the live show kills, so make sure to check 'em out if they come to your town.

Major Lazer: Lazer Boom 1 (Album Mix by Diplo)

The Rolling Stones covered this on Exile On Main Street, but the original just can’t be beat - Slim Harpo drives it through like a freight train barreling down the track. ZZ Top later used the riff for La Grange, there's no denying Slim's a master of Boggie Woggie.

Slim Harpo: Shake Your Hips

One of the things I try to keep quiet about is my embarrassing love of mid-period Deep Purple. Jon Lord's swirling Hammond B3 mixed in with the nibble guitar work of Ritchie Blackmore and Ian Paice's pounding drums expanded the Heavy Metal genre out of the Stone Age. The vocals didn't matter much, just as long as this year's lead singer could screech on key. Hush is from early Purple, when they thought they were a Pop band and recorded commercial tunes aimed at the teenybopper market. This one came up because I recently caught an advertisement for some crummy movie using a remake, it served to remind what a good job Deep Purple did with this Joe South song.

Deep Purple: Hush

I was lucky enough to catch Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers during their first national tour, back when they were laughably marketed as a Punk band, then New Wave. During 2005, a friend carted me along to one of their shows and I was pleasantly surprised to hear how the group had nicely matured since those days. Outside of The Blasters, one of the few authentic American Rock bands still cranking it out. I picked this tune cause it pretty well sums up life of late.

Tom Petty: You Don't Know How It Feels

Okay, peeps - have a great weekend and I'll see you soon for this year's Halloween mix!web hit counter

remembering otis

If his twin engine Beechcraft airplane hadn't plunged into the frigid waters of Wisconsin's Lake Monona in Madison on December 10th, 1967, Otis Redding would have celebrated his 68th birthday last September 9th. His body was recovered from the lake bed the day after the crash, he was just 26 years old when he died.

This isn't meant to be a detailed overview of Otis' career, more of a note to remind what an amazing musician he was, though his life had enough twists and turns to make for an engrossing biography. He was Joe Frazier to Marvin Gaye's Muhammad Ali - while Marvin could precisely take a song apart like Ali an opponent, Otis would bowl one over with the shear strength of his voice, much the bulldog Frazier was in the ring.

In 1962, while a member of Chitlin' Circuit regulars, Johnny Jenkins and The Pinetoppers (where he did double-duty as a driver), Redding used left over studio time to record These Arms of Mine, which climbed to #20 on the national R&B charts. His church choir days evident, it was the first of a series of 6/8 time Gospel-tinged ballads his record company released, setting the tone for his early career.

After a few successful tours of Europe, Otis finally moved from just another circuit soul shouter to superstar in the eyes (and ears) of the American public after his riveting appearance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, where he brought the house down.

Ironically, Redding finally landed that number one hit he spent a career chasing, (Sittin' On The) Dock Of The Bay, one month after the plane crash. Below you'll find his first recording, a few choice songs with some live cuts from the Whiskey a Go Go and Monterey albums, along with an alternative take of Dock Of The Bay - a bit more sparse, changed vocal phrasings, along with a different whistle on the fade out. I hope you enjoy the tunes as much as I do, to these ears they sound as fresh as the first time around.

Monterey Pop Festival: I've Been Loving You Too Long & Satisfaction

Otis Redding: These Arms Of Mine

Otis Redding: Mr. Pitiful

Otis Redding: Respect

Otis Redding: Satisfaction

Otis Redding: I Can't Turn You Loose [live]

Otis Redding: I've Been Loving You Too Long [live]

Otis Redding: Try A Little Tenderness [live]

Otis Redding: Hard To Handle

Otis Redding: (Sittin' On The) Dock Of The Bay

Otis Redding: (Sittin' On The) Dock Of The Bay (Alt Take 2) tnx LS
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