Sunday, November 29, 2015

Travelogue


My car is a clunker
Not like the fancy ones for which I valet
And when it breaks down
I ditch it hoping someone will just tow it away
I own one nice shirt
And one nice pair of pants
I go to work and take my place
With all the other worker ants

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John Ussery


Some funky '70s rock, produced by Delaney Bramblett.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

P.K. & the Sound Explosion


Here's a record that's got to be the very essence of exploito: a bunch of studio hacks knocking out versions of the hits of the day. If anyone has any other albums from P.K. & the Sound Explosion (they did ones of Paul McCartney, Paul Williams, the Beach Boys, and even Donny and Marie), please share a link in the comments.

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101


Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position
But certainty is an absurd one
Why not celebrate the vastness of our ignorance
And be a possibilian

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Promise


You talk like a politician
Or a guy who sells used cars
Or a guy who says he doesn't want your money
Or a guy who tells stories in bars
You sound oh so confident
Like you really believe what you say
Where's the truth
Where's the lie
What does it matter anyway

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Main Attraction


And now ... something light to help you digest after your Thanksgiving meal.

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Something Festive


Since we're getting into the season (something my daughter constantly reminds me of), I thought I'd post one of my fav holiday records.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Michael Seven


Here's an extremely rare instro record that features sessioners Mike Melvoin, Louie Shelton and Hal Blaine.

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Lost Time


We write novels that tell our stories
But they don't get it right
We build great statues to our heroes
But they cast a strange light
We get ourselves ready for takeoff
But we never take flight

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thought Palaces


You boyfriend was a jerk
And he beat you to a pulp
One time I kicked his ass
You jumped back with a gulp
Then you disappeared
Moved out to LA
Starred on "Melrose Place"
Life is one big soiree

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Monday, November 23, 2015

The Essential Invisible


I heard a song in the middle of a dream
And it woke me from my slumber
It spurred me on, it rocked my world
You could say it had my number
I got my sack and I got good shoes
And I got a certain esprit
And I know when I get to the top of the mountain
I will be set free

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Arthur Miller and All the Little Millers


Kinda folky, kinda bluesy, kinda jazzy, kinda who-knows-what. A thoroughly enjoyable record in any event.

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Scoundrels


Most of the characters in these songs are people I know, have once known or, perhaps, imagined I knew. They are all rather slippery people, the kind you are not quite sure of, the kind that leave you guessing. When they tell you something personal, as they often do, you wonder how much of it is true and how much fabrication. The thing is, they don't know themselves - so how can you? And yet, because they are often good at sounding like they know what they are saying, and because they look and act completely convincing, you want to buy in.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Personality Crisis


For people who live unexamined lives, the world just happens, happening as it does beyond their will or ability to act upon it. Because, to them, there are always external forces - perhaps God, perhaps chance, perhaps circumstance - that they believe are outside their ability to understand and control. In most cases, they get away with so much because they think so little. But if they began a process of self-evaluation and -examination, they may come to discover that there is much they can do. Or, at the very least, they can stop deflecting blame for the pain they inflict. Coming to this place of discovery requires much work - more work than most people want to invest in. But the ultimate reward can be great, not only for the people who awaken to their lives, but also to the people in their orbit. They just need to start. But the question remains: How to begin?

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

P.F. Sloan


Remembering P.F. Sloan. Rest in peace.

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The Spinners


Not those Spinners, unless those Spinners were, in a previous incarnation, a slightly wobbly barroom country band.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Quartet


An all-instro album based on "The Alexandria Quartet" tetralogy by Lawrence Durrell. Best heard in a single sitting with the lights off and the headphones cranked.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Jonah


I picked up this one for two reasons: the mustaches and Ron "Sugar Sugar" Dante's production. Turns out, it's really a sweet little record. Give it a spin.

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Skymonters


By request, here's the Skymonters record, which features singer and sometime actor Hamilton Camp.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Social Studies


Nowadays everyone's got a window
A clear and unobstructed view
You'd think with all that information
That we would know
We would know what to do

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Hamilton Affair


Would anyone out there in Mondoland have this record to share? I tried to snag it on Soulseek, but the ungenerous uploader disallowed me from downloading it. You know, I've posted hundreds of albums over years and have answered as many of your requests as best I can. Now's your chance to return the favor.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Soul Concern


It's likely your soul was their sole concern. Either that, or your money.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

End of the Road


There comes a time when a certain relationship reaches an end, but one of the parties seems to be unaware that this has happened. Or maybe that person lives in a state of denial. Or is oblivious. Or just wants to pretend that what's has gone on for the last decade or two or three is hunky dory, even though no effort or energy whatsoever has been put into keeping the relationship alive. It's just this thing, this entity - but it is not true; it does not breathe, it does not move, it is not about anything at all. And what do you say to this person? How do you tell him or her that you are at the end of the road?

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Speak, Memory


This album, originally recorded in 2010, has several of my favorite tracks on it, including "Crossing the Line," "Midnight Town" and "The Devil Ain't Got No Music," which was inspired by a line that Mavis Staples uttered on "The Colbert Report" when asked how she felt about singing the devil's music. (Subsequently, in the past year, the blues singer Lurrie Bell has recorded a tune using the same title, but I got there first!). At any rate, after listening to this record recently, I thought it could be better - not only the mix, but the vocals as well. So I've given it a fresh coat of paint.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015