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SIRIUS 400: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Alain Goraguer – La Femme ++ Carsten Meinert Kvartet – One For Alice ++ Mad A – Aouh Aouh ++ Dr. John – I Walk On Guilded Splinters ++ Trinidad Steel All Stars – Do Your Thing ++ Larry Ellis & The Black Hammer – Funky Thing, Pt I ++ Sweet Breeze – Good Thing ++ Los Holy’s – Psicodelico Desconocido (Cissy Strut) ++ Bo Diddley – Another Sugar Daddy ++ Al Green – All Because ++ Thee Image – Outasite ++ Adanowsky – Me Siento Solo ++ The Clique – Pretty Thing (demo) ++ Gabor Szabo – Caravan ++ Blossom Dearie – That’s Just The Way I Want To Be ++ Jennifer – I Am Waiting ++ Michel Colombier – Canon ++ Kim Jung Mi – Haenim ++ Marcos Valle – Dez Leis ++ Harari – Give ++ Panda Bear – Slow Motion ++ Elvis Presley – Blue Moon (Sun Sessions) ++ Julee Cruise – Floating ++ Linda Perhaps – Paper Mountain Man ++ Amen Dunes – Spirits Are Parted ++ David Crosby – I’d Swear There Was Somebody Here ++ John Martyn – Solid Air ++ Oliver – Off On A Trek ++ Jim Woehrle & Michael Yonkers – Monkey’s Tail ++ Manassas – So Begins The Task ++ The Who – Fortune Teller ++ Billy Nicholls – Girl From New York ++ The Kinks – Supersonic Rocket Ship ++ Tommy James – Midnight Train ++ Ty Segall – Bees ++ Bernard Chabert – Il Part En Californie (He Moved To California) ++ Rolling Stones – Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind

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Los Sonidos FM“Tema De Los Adolescentes”, one of the all time grooviest slices of Latin Soul, was buried as the b-side of a very lightweight and downright forgettable instrumental. Los Sonidos De FM were a studio group that were the official house backing band for RCA Mexico, who released a few instrumental LPs between 1969-75.

Which brings us to “Tema”: Not only does this track swing like crazy, but from the horn opening, through the bass riff, piano melody all the way to the dramatic ending, the track is a sampling producers dream.

The blurb on the back of their debut LP (which also features this track) tells the story: “Modern music, strictly instrumental. Exclusively intended to all the refined teenagers. It is the result of the combined effort of three Mexican musicians of international reputation: Fuentes, Ferrer and Magallanes, who wrote their themes with the special purpose of gratifying teenagers all over the world in the name of modern Mexico. The FM sounds. Quality in music. Quality in sounds and recording. Quality in performance. Music for teenagers that adult people will also enjoy.”

Luckily for us adult folk, it’s not just for teenagers. words / d see

Los Sonidos De FM :: Tema De Los Adolescentes

Dave Davies Creeping JeanDuring a period when the Kinks commercial stock was at a particular low ebb, both Ray and Dave Davies were experiencing songwriting and performing peaks that, while appreciated early on by a core group of kult fans, saw greater acknowledgment with time influencing several generations of artists and writers.

While Dave’s “Death Of A Clown” is featured prominently on The Kinks 1967 masterpiece Something Else By The Kinks, the track was originally released as a Dave Davies solo single just a few months prior. The song became a big hit in the UK and Europe, which led to a series of other ‘solo’ singles from Dave; all of which feature The Kinks. Perhaps the Kinkiest of all – “Creeping Jean” – was buried on the b-side of Dave’s final solo release of the ’60s, the relatively lightweight “Hold My Hand” (itself a commercial failure). “Creeping Jean” prominently features Dave’s slashing guitar, matched with a very punk vocal, hypnotic bass guitar swoops, and a seethingly hooky chorus.

Dave continued contributing occasional tracks to Kinks albums throughout the 70s (see the amazing “Strangers” on 1970’s Lola Vs The Powerman And The Money Go Round lp) but didn’t release another solo release until 1980. His 1960’s singles and outtakes have been compiled a few times as a ‘lost’ album, but nothing matches the power of this, the original mono single. words / d see

Dave Davies :: Creeping Jean

Nick Ashford DoctorA soul classic, the most famous recording of “I Don’t Need No Doctor” was cut by Ray Charles, and later, by many a rock & roller (Humble Pie and Chocolate Watchband being two notable examples). The track was penned by the NYC based songwriting team of Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson and Jo Armstead (one native New Yorker – Simpson – and two southerners), who also wrote “Let’s Go Get Stoned” — itself famously cut by Ray Charles in 1966.

It’s worth noting that while Valerie Simpson’s birth date is reported to be either 1946 or 1948, she was (impressively) still a teenager while crafting these amazing songs. Eventually, Jo Armstead ended up writing and producing more incredible soul sides in Chicago, while Ashford and Simpson found fame a few years later in the 70s as a smooth soul duo.

While Nick Ashford didn’t have the gift of Brother Ray’s smooth upper register, his ardent reading of “Doctor” is a real kick, driven by a forceful drummer (listen to that powerful snare work), excellent female backing vocals, and an intense energy. words / d see

Nick Ashford :: I Don’t Need No Doctor

$_35Discovered on the Baltimore club scene in the 1960s, Betty James cut six original sides of raw, sizzling, rhythm and blues for Chess Records. Though largely obscure (she’s been artistically dormant since her last recording in 1966), James best-known track was 1961’s “I’m A Little Mixed Up”. With her husband on guitar and son on bass, Betty’s bold, brazen voice delivers a cool, sure-handed reproach of infidelity. As a band, the groove plays nice and loose, with a thumping bass line and scrappy electric guitar. Raw, gritty and cool.

Betty James :: I’m A Little Mixed Up
Betty James :: I’m Not Mixed Up Anymore

The next year, in an amusing self-referential move, Betty cut a sequel of sorts with 1962’s “I’m Not Mixed Up Anymore.” A chugging, high-spirited, country blues, Betty and a group of backup singers welcome home her troublemaker, though one can’t help read a knowing wink in the title. Tunes like “Help Me To Find My Love” and “I Like The Way You Walk” fully display the lean, effortless groove of the band; with Betty’s cool, sultry delivery gliding alongside her husband’s guitar, ripping like it were doused in gasoline.

Betty James :: Help Me To Find My Love
Betty James :: I Like The Way You Walk

Singing the blues with her booming baritone and dark turn of mind, “Henry Lee” slinks out of the speakers with its electrifying riff and rhythmic strut.“You got the blues in your coffee / and the church all in your shoes,” she sings. What exactly that means doesn’t matter as much as how good it sounds coming from her voice. “Salt In Your Coffee” slows things down for a sinister, bluesy vamp. Like a paranoid nightmare murder ballad, Betty’s stretches out her voice and sleepwalks into the streets, not seeing the light.

Betty James :: Henry Lee
Betty James :: Salt In Your Coffee

Given the unique quality of these six sides, it’s a crime Betty’s music isn’t more widely known. Her vigorous tone, twisted originality and gritty, blazing family band all point to a lost legend. words / c depasquale

william tyler

On July 2nd, 2015, William Tyler, sidestepping I-65, drove his new-to-him Toyota south from his home in Nashville, down Hillsboro Pike and Highways 106 and 431, through Franklin, Lewisburg, Fayetteville, Hazel Green, and Meridianville, to downtown Huntsville, Alabama.

William, a guy who embodies everything that is good and authentic about Music City in the same way that Brown’s Diner does, then took up his Huntsville audience on a road trip—over to Vietnam, through the mountains outside Chattanooga, and inside a cathedral “for all faiths”, meeting a couple of girls and nodding to the Grateful Dead along the way—never taking the Interstate.  It was a nice trip, and Willy T is a great traveling partner. words / recording  p chesnut

William Tyler :: Live – Huntsville, Alabama / July 2015

setlist / notes after the jump. . .

deloroHaving lurked in Toronto’s shadows for a number of years, Deloro stepped into the light in 2011 with this, their self-titled debut, and only release to date. Along with visual artist Tony Romano, the five-piece is comprised of some of the biggest talents in Canadian music: Jennifer Castle, David Clarke (One Hundred Dollars), Paul Mortimer (One Hundred Dollars), and Dallas Wherle (Constantines). The group’s differing musical personalities bring out something remarkable in one another, and with songwriting and vocal contributions from all five members, Deloro is truly a sum of its parts.

Deloro :: Traveling Man

The subdued opener “My Country” immediately establishes the album’s melancholic tone with a gently plucked guitar carrying the song forward as voices float in and out. It’s all a haze and, like the rest of Deloro, sounds like it was written and recorded in the dead of winter. Jennifer Castle steps to the front on “Traveling Man,” one of the album’s more rousing numbers. With pendulum-like percussion filling the space left in the wake of Mortimer’s searing lead guitar, it’s a grittier companion to “Poor As Him,” from Castle’s own excellent 2011 release, Castlemusic.

Deloro :: Joy Joy

David Clarke’s “Joy Joy” is the album’s perfect encapsulation, and perhaps its brightest moment. Though the song sounds rather downtrodden at first, the chorus brings remarkable clarity and resolution as Clarke and Castle’s voices combine to shoulder the burden. “No Fun” takes Deloro in yet another direction as Tony Romano’s unsteady voice cuts through the fog of the song as voices and instruments spar in the background. Paul Mortimer’s “Years” and “Nostalgia R.I.P.” bring the ever-prevalent cosmic country influence to the forefront.

Deloro :: Watertower

After the lighthearted romp of “Ain’t No Business,” an incredibly distorted guitar introduces “Watertower,” seemingly Jennifer Castle’s paean to both lost love and a Toronto neighborhood of old. “I am a water tower up on my stilts,” she sings, sounding as tall and proud as the structure she’s describing. The combination of her honey slide-sweet voice and the twisted guitar marks another of the record’s highest points. Closing the album is the stomping “Take Me As I Am,” leading into “Doesn’t Take Much,” which ends Deloro on a deceptively serene note. All is accounted for, last shots are taken, and after a Crazy Horse-esque breakdown, the record ends with a stunning vocal harmony. “I’ll be on the way / Smoke and signal call / It’s harder by the fire” are Deloro’s last words and it’s the perfect summation of the beautiful duality Deloro presents: dark and light, hope and despair. words / k evans


The return of Bomboclat!: Volume Six. A twenty-two track compilation of crate digging Jamaican vintage with just the right amount of soul and funk to move your feet and shake your seat.

Download: Bomboclat! Island Soak 6 :: Vintage Rocksteady II (A Mixtape) (zipped folder)

Tracklisting after the jump . . .


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

SIRIUS 399: JJean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Kevin Morby – Wild Side (Oh The Places You’ll Go) ++ B.F. Trike – Be Free ++ Dinosaurs – Sinister Purpose ++ Flaming Groovies – Golden Clouds ++ The Ramones – Oh Oh I Love Her So ++ The Nerves – Stand Back And Take A Good Look (Demo) ++ Chris Spedding – Bored Bored ++ The Lovin’ – I’m In Command ++ Giant Jelly Bean Copout – Awake In A Dream ++ Velvet Underground – I Found A Reason (Demo) ++ Mahmoud Ahmed – Wogenie ++ Agincourt – Mirabella ++ Trap Door – £™ ++ Human Expression – Calm Me Down ++ J.J. Cale – In Our Time ++ West Coast Consortium – Listen To The Man ++ Wimple Winch – The Last Hooray ++ The Squires w/ Neil Young – I’ll Love You Forever ++ Erasmos Carlos – Grilos ++ Lazy Smoke – There Was A Time ++ Bob Lind – Cool Summer ++ Nico Gomez And His Afro Percussion, Inc. – El Condor Pasa ++ Ted Lucas – Now That I Know ++ The Troggs – Push It Up To Me ++ The Flying Burrito Brothers – Tried So Hard ++ The Equals – Can’t Find A Girl To Love Me ++ The Dovers – About Me ++ The Blue Rondos – Little Baby ++ The Allah Las – Come On (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ The Allah Las – I Cannot Lie (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ The Allah Las – Lady Rachel (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Margo Guryan – Sunday Morning ++ Neil Diamond – Someday Baby ++ Brinsley Schwartz – Hymn To Me ++ Creation – How Does It Feel To Feel ++ Jonathan Halper – Leaving My Old Life Behind ++ Blue Things – High Life ++ Chico Buarque – Funeral De Um Lavrador ++ Arzachel – Queen St Gang ++ Savages – I Believe ++ Druids Of Stonehenge – Speed ++ Flamin Groovies – Shake Some Action ++ Kim Jung Mi – Oh Heart ++ Misunderstood – I Can Take You To The Sun

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