Ahhh, mann. The good Richard Swift recently turned us on to the following 2006 BBC documentary on one of my all-time heroes of any trade – New Orleans’ Allen Toussaint. Ride your pony…


“…Nancy Dupree’s 1969 album Ghetto Reality, essentially an inner city version of the Langley Schools Music Project, but with the kids writing their own songs rather than covering contemporary pop hits.” – Mike McGonigal

I quoted the above, via McGonigal, several years ago while introducing Nancy Dupree’s “James Brown” on the radio and was reminded of it, recently, during a conversation centered around ‘noteworthy’ children’s musical projects. If you’ve yet to hear this one…I envy your ears. A reminder for the rest of you.

Nancy Dupree :: James Brown


Fairport Convention :: The Ballad of Easy Rider (Sandy Denny)

hardyOur weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can be heard twice every Friday – Noon EST with an encore broadcast at Midnight EST.

We are in NYC this week. Sebastian Freed, talent buyer at the new Rough Trade room in Williamsburg, guests.

SIRIUS 348: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Pavement – Baptist Blacktick ++ That Summer Feeling – Jonathan Richman ++ Livin’ Was Easy – The Glands ++ Sucker – Water Liars ++ Shakedown – Clear Plastic Masks ++ Black Night Woman – F.J. McMahon ++ Ballad Of Franie Lee and Judas Priest – Bob Dylan ++ Dogs – Sun Kil Moon ++ Point That Thing Somewhere Else – The Clean ++ I Need A Friend – Curtis Harding ++ Love Junkie -Snakegrinder ++ Fallin’ Rain – Link Wray ++ Call Him Daylight – Hiss Golden Messenger ++ Phone Went West Live’ – My Morning Jacket ++ Making Breakfast – Twin Peaks ++ Keep Me Under Your Arms – Modern Vices ++ Dead Flowers – The Rolling Stones ++ Miss June 75′ – The Brian Jonestown Massacre ++ Auto Neutron – Fat White Family ++ Gloves for Garbage – Damaged Bug ++ Flesh War – Total Control ++ Coronado – Deerhunter ++ Pill – Ought ++ Dead Radio – Roland S. Howard ++ Where The Wild Roses Grow – NIck Cave and The Bad Seeds ++ She Came And She Touched Me – Townes Van Zandt ++ Father To A Sister of Thought – Pavement ++ The Allah-Las – Da Vida Voz

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0137It was 1966, a year that saw the Beach Boys drop Pet Sounds, the Beatles unleash Revolver, and the Kinks dethrone the Mop-Tops from Liverpool by scoring a #1 hit with “Sunny Afternoon,” supplanting “Paperback Writer” and cementing their place as legitimate vanguards of the British Invasion. By this time, however, the music of the Beatles and Kinks had already spread like wildfire, inspiring garage bands across the globe to take to their studios and earnestly hammer out versions of their favorite tunes in their native tongues.

From the “Uruguayan Beatles,” Los Shakers, to the Mexican group Los Freddy’s, to the French Les Sultans, seemingly everyone had their own translation of bowlcuts and jangle. This tune, which members of the Rushmore Generation will instantly recognize, is dripping with haunting naïveté – a gem in a sea of tunes worth sailing. words / r wilson

Les Sultans :: Il N’y A Rien Au Monde Que Je Ne Ferais Pas Pour Cette Fille


It’s summer and the monsoon has finally crept in. Time to stash a few cervezas in a cooler and sit by a body of water. This cut from Roy and the Dew Drops might function well as a soundtrack. Put to tape in August ‘67 by Hadley Murrell at Audio Recorders in Phoenix, Arizona, the teenage Dew Drops led by Roy Figueroa offer a take on Tejano soul combo Sunny & the Sunliner’s “The One Who’s Hurting Is You.” The Dew Drop’s version is woozy and heat-dazed, with the sax and trumpet bleeding together under Figueroa’s vocals. The tricky turnaround on the key midway seals the deal. We included this song in our Range & Basin: Sonoran Roots, R&B, And Hard Rock 1966-1978 mixtape, so be sure to get that if you haven’t yet. words / j woodbury

Roy And The Dew Drops :: The One Who’s Hurting Is You


Brian Wilson And The Story of SMiLE. 2004 David Leaf directed oral history of Smile. Originally presented by Showtime, the documentary is loaded with archival footage corresponding around the release of Brian Wilson’s SMiLE and subsequent tour. Worth the watch.

And speaking of SMiLE, consider the following absolute required reading: The AD Interview :: Darian Sahanaja (Behind The Smile Sessions)


Philadelphia soul will always be remembered for the hits of the 1970’s; a lush, string-driven, hit-making sound that was probably more responsible for the birth of disco than any other style of music. However, in the 1960’s, Philadelphia began carving out its own sound on stacks of soul 45’s that took the vibe of this gritty east coast city and began adding the type of trademark arrangements into the mix that birthed the patented Philly sound. These records, presented today, are a handful of my all-time favorite soul releases from ANY city; the level of quality from the songwriting, arranging, producing, musicianship and (most of all) the vocals simply don’t get any better.

The 3 Degrees :: Are You Satis-fied?

While it’s fun to own and collect “rare” records, I am always the first one to say that I love hit records of the sixties just as much as deep rarities. Just because a record is rare and sells for lots of money certainly doesn’t make it great! Many super expensive 45′s make me scratch my head at WHY they are so valuable. But, of course, there’s also a few really expensive ones that more than likely I’ll never be able to afford. When I’m DJ’ing, I NEVER leave home without this record.

That said, I am proud to say that this (from 1966) is one of the rarest 45′s in my collection, but, rare or not, it’s SO GOOD. This was released right around the time that tiny little Swan Records went belly up, so more than likely very few got pressed. This song is yet another example of a song that with the right exposure probably could have been a massive hit. The tune was penned by the late great General Johnson, he of The Showmen and Chairmen Of The Board.


Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes :: Get Out (And Let Me Cry)

Recorded 5 years before Teddy Pendergrass took over lead vocal duties from John Atkins (who is heard here on one of his first lead vocals after Bernard Williams left to form The Original Blue Notes. Huh? One of the rare cases when the named person in the band (Harold Melvin) was hardly ever a lead singer.

This Philadelphia group lasted from the early ’50s until Melvin’s death in the late ’90s, but this 1965 release is the best thing they ever did. Incredibly passionate lead vocals and wonderful group backing with an arrangement to die for. I have learned that just about any record that has Richard Barrett’s name on the label as writer producer or arranger is gonna be a winner (for instance, “Are You Satis-fied”, by the 3 Degrees).

The Orlons :: Don’t You Want My Lovin’

After a few hits and lineup changes, this group took on a surprising, harder edged sound for this single that wasn’t a hit but should have been. What an incredible song. The Orlons story is a bit too complex to get into here (their wikipedia entry is well written and comprehensive) but they hit big with “South Street” and “The Wah Wahtusi” in the pre-British Invasion days; kept making records, such as this one, but never had another hit).

Barbara Mason :: You Better Stop It

The highly charged ‘You Better Stop It’ (1968) was Barbara Mason’s final single for the brilliant Arctic label (essentially the birthplace for Philly soul), and possibly the most raw and soulful performance of her career. Of course this is purely subjective, as her vocal performances are typically oozing with palpable emotion. As is true with many of her other greatest sides (including the unbelievably amazing hit single “Yes, I’m Ready”) Barbara wrote the track as well.

Hard to believe that, at the time of this records’ release, Barbara Mason was only 20 years old and already had three years of recordings under her belt.

(Derek See is a Bay area based musician who plays guitar with The Bang Girl Group Revue, Joel Gion & Primary Colours, and occasionally makes records on his own with The Gentle Cycle.)

erhodesOur weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can be heard twice every Friday – Noon EST with an encore broadcast at Midnight EST.

SIRIUS 347: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up (solo piano) ++ Bedlam’s Offspring – I’ll Be There ++ The Emperors – I Want My Woman ++ The Blue Rondos – Baby I Go For You ++ The Graham Bond Organisation – Early In The Morning ++ Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley ++ Cat – Do The Watussi ++ Vichan Maneechot – Dance, Dance, Dance ++ The Shangri-Las – How Pretty Can You Get (Radio Spot) ++ Fleur De Lys – Circles ++ Michelle’s Menagerie – Stay Away ++ The Worlocks – I Love You ++ Blue Condition – Coming Home ++ White Fence – Swagger Vets And Double Moon ++ CAN – Mushroom ++ Ty Segall – The Slider (Ty Rex) ++ Atlas Sound – Recent Bedroom ++ No Age – Sun Spots ++ Julian Lynch – Just Enough ++ Lou Reed – Perfect Day (demo) ++ Mac DeMarco – Rock And Roll Night Club ++ Alan Vega – Jukebox Babe ++ Calvin Love – Missions ++ Ify Jerry Krusade – Everybody Likes Something Good ++ Aguaturbia – Rollin’ ‘N Tumblin’ ++ Sea-Ders – Thanks A Lot ++ The Olivia Tremor Control – Memories of Jacqueline 1906 ++ The Millennium – I Just Don’t Know To Say Goodbye ++ Harry Nilsson – You Can’t Do That (Alternate Take) ++ Roy Wood – Wake Up ++ Emitt Rhodes – Long Time No See ++ Jacques Dutronc – L’Espace D’Une Fille ++ Jim Schoenfeld – Before ++ The Swamp Rats – I’m Going Home ++ Dennis Wilson / Beach Boys – Lady ++ The Kinks – I Go To Sleep (demo) ++ Le Bain Didonc – 4 Cheveux Dans Le Vent ++ The Brummels – Bof! ++ Chaweewan Dumnern – Sao Lam Plearn ++ Nancy Sinatra (w/ Hal Blaine) – Drummer Man ++ The Motions – Beatle Drums ++ Naomi And The Boys – As Tears Go By ++ The Soul Inc. – Love Me When I’m Down ++ Thee Oh Sees – Mincing Around The Frocks ++ The Allah-Las – Busman’s Holiday ++ The Non Travellin’ Band – Two Hands Full Of Fingers

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