Sunday, January 31, 2016

Remember Me


So I am a peephole
Into a windowless room
Where the sweat on the tiles
Is the only perfume
On the desk is a diary
And next to it a vase
The rose draws blood
And it drips on the lace

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Young Lovers


A fresh vinyl rip of yet another Pickwick/33 knock-off. BTW, Ol' Mondo appreciates those select few of you who take the time to comment ... but I know there are literally thousands who download from this site without leaving so much as a word. It'd be nice to know what you think. And if you have an album you'd like to share that fits with what I am doing here, please do. Put it this way: without your active involvement there's really no point in me continuing with this, capice?

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Friday, January 29, 2016

From Eliot With Love


Our conversation moves in circles
And so do the hands of the clock
We sound like we are saying something
But it's all only idle talk
Mel says love is spiritual
But some of us disagree
Some get a kick out of being kicked
Every beater needs a beatee

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Rock Flowers


By request, here's a re-up of what is easily the best record based on a line of cheapie dolls.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Honky Tonk Freeway


Obscure country soundtrack featuring Beverly D'Angelo. Anyone remember this one?

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Armistice Day


What would it take to end
All this fighting
What could we do to stop
All the war
It's been going on
Since the very first caveman
Since he figured out
What a club was for

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Scary Guy at the End of the Hall


I got a dream in me
That nothing can quite kill
You may try to squash me
I know that's where you get your thrill
And I am gonna get myself up
And shake off these cliches
And I will see myself clear
Living in better days

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Far Country


I see justice
Just out of view
Yeah, I see justice
Don't have much to do
But I got no worries
Why give a toss
I'm already long gone from here
And I don't feel a loss

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Stockholm Syndrome


Out of left field
There came a sudden wind
Blew down our well-built fences
While the devil grinned
We were aghast
The end was here at last

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Monday, January 18, 2016

The Sentimental Education of Eliot Wilder


Here's a collection of tracks you won't find on my Bandcamp page. It's my very first solo album, recorded over the course of several years (starting around 2002) at Woolly Mammoth Sound here in Boston. When I began this project, I'd not thought about writing songs in about 20 years, but with the encouragement and help of Dave Westner (who plays all over thing), I found myself slowly flexing that muscle again. Some of these tunes, like "Sensitive Boy," "Nobody," and "Hard Won" were written as far back as the late 1970s for my old band, Catch 22 (these versions were rerecorded for this album). The song "True" goes pretty far back as well, and was transferred from a crummy old cassette into the digital realm, where I added new instruments and vocals. I have a great fondness for these songs; they may not be my absolute best, but they were my starting point. This album goes out to Bob Gartland (my old songwriting buddy) and Natalia Cooper, who provided backing vocals and sang a spine-shivering lead on "Everyone's Gone to the Moon."

As a side note, this record was named after my old web site, which, curiously, has now been hijacked by a Japanese company selling hair tonic. Why they stole my domain name - and why they think it is appropriate for their products - I will never know. It's a crazy old world.

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Roger Shriver


Part of my ongoing quest to track down every obscure artist that was on Buddah Records. Got any suggestions?

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

14 Hit Songs


Sweet collection of Buddah/Kama Sutra tracks.

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The Best of Buddah


More good stuff from one of my all-time favorite labels.

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Incense and Oldies


This one comps artists from Buddah's jarringly eclectic roster ... I mean, Sopwith Camel and the Shangra-Las? Classic.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

A Proper Viking Funeral


I bleed real blood
Red as a your lips
It gushes out of me
In Technicolor strips
Can't hold it back
It is out of control
That's the way that it is
When you're a slave to your soul

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Primitive Man


I like the way that the world
Revolves around me
I am at the center
Of my very own galaxy
I get to call the shots
I get to say what's cool
I am no idiot, no
I suffer no fool

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Very Soul of Me


You shut the door
You turned the key
Never looked back into that darkened room
Never looked back at me
You left a note
You left it blank
No explanation given, no final words
Not even, I have you to thank

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David Anderson


Rare loner-folk, or whatever the current euphemism is for this kind of thing.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Walk Away




Featuring Dave Westner, Natalia Beth Cooper, and Chris and Astrid.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

Broken Things


To say that Bowie was an influence is to understate matters. At one point, a huge chunk of my old band's live set consisted of songs like "The Jean Genie," "Suffragette City," and "All the Young Dudes." Painful to imagine him gone. David, this one is for you.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Soundsville!


A rare exploito classic, which features none other than Lou Reed on three tracks. Read more about it.

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Funzone


My guess is these guys thought they were comedians. At any rate, Ben Benay is playing lead guitar.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Woebegone


The good and the bad
The happy and the sad
All the living and the dead
It will stay with me
For eternity
My thoughts are a tornado
In my head

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Better


Is this the way to live a life
Never think about the meaning
Then one day you wake up
And the whole world is careening
Well I'm no philosopher
Not Jean Paul Sartre
But it doesn't take a genius to know
You gotta have heart, miles of heart

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Teegarden & VanWinkle


A rockin' little Southern duo.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Eliot Wilder's America


We drank ourselves sick with lust
We spit into the brown southern night
We made a pact sealed with a prick
Somehow that black blood felt so right

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Mike Post


A bit of a supersession (Jim Gordon, Larry Knechtel, Mike Melvoin) from the guy who went on to score some great TV theme songs, including "Hill Street Blues," "Law & Order," and "The Rockford Files."

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Blue Skies Ahead


I look at a faded photo
I don't recall the time or place
There is some girl in blue jeans
I don't recognize the face

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Brutal Beauty


We ought to write it down in a book
And put it on our shelves
'Cause the past is just a story
We tell ourselves

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

S.C.I. Youth Choir


To ring in the new year, here's an ueber-rare gospel record. Wake up!

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