Chateau Dietrich

If You Would Like to Hear This Record

Because of various problems with public blogs and rights problems, I have decided to take my blog and convert it to a private email. If you’d like to listen to this album (and more) or any other album I am posting here, just send me your email address at radiovickers1@gmail.com and I will put you on my list. Along with this album, I have a gigantic archive of my vinyl digitizations that gets added to every week. I do them myself and de-click them. Most sound pretty darned good, if I do say so myself.
This is not some come on. Just caution on my part. It costs nothing and there’s nothing to join. Just an email address. I have about a hundred people on my list at the moment. Come and join the musical fun.


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Friday, August 12, 2011

Preston Epps – If You Like the Bongos – You'll Love Preston

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I was a very young man when I first heard of Preston Epps. A friend of mine, named Martin Hoffman, had received a box of records from somewhere. Mostly 78’s with a few 45’s. In this box were a few Elvis Presley 78’s and a song called Bongo, Bongo, Bongo by Mr. Epps. This tickled us pink. A few years later, I still had the 45 and played it on my Cable Access radio show (over the television) in Oshawa. We had an all night request show and my moniker was Captain Crewcut. I have not idea why. I was like that.

So now, all these years later, I am able to once again go public with my love of Bongo, Bongo, Bongo and many more bongo-oriented songs. I hope Martin reads this.

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Vital Epps info stolen from Wikipedia

Epps learned to play percussion instruments, including the bongos, while he was stationed in Okinawa during the Korean War. After his tour of duty he settled in Southern California, playing in coffee shops and working odd jobs.[1] Arthur Laboe, a local disc jockey, signed him to Original Sound Records, which released his single "Bongo Rock" in 1959. The tune became a hit in the U.S., reaching #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year.[2][3] The follow-up, "Bongo Bongo Bongo", reached #78 the following year.[2] Original Sound released a full-length LP in 1960, which reached #35 on the Billboard 200.[4] However, further bongo-themed singles, including "Bongo in the Congo", "Bongo Rocket", "Bootlace Bongo", "Bongo Boogie", "Flamenco Bongo", "Mr. Bongo", and "Bongo Shuffle", did not result in any further success.

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Bongo, Bongo, Bongo – I haven’t listened to this in years but it certainly holds up in its bongo-ness.



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Bongo Rock – Cute Video – It sounds a lot like the Batman theme but way more bongo-ey.



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Afro Mania – This seems to be one of the only songs Preston recorded that didn’t have Bongo in the title. Indeed, the sacred instrument is a little more back in the mix. Some nice rhythms going on in this.



Bongo Beach – Very 50’s type. Nothing very original here. I don’t really hear the beach in it, but I do hear the bongos!




Sing Donna Go – Actual singing. This moves along nicely.



Watusi Bongos – Lots of bongos in this baby. This guy must’ve had lead ends to his fingers. Mine hurt just listening to it.



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Preston Epps Wiki page is here:

Other Eppsian info here:

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Discount Romance is coming out with its very first single and video very soon.

This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.




Mick Abrahams – Get Well Soon

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Mick, the original guitarist for Jethro Tull has been having some health problems of late and we were at Radio Vickers wish him a speedy recovery.

Some days you just feel like the blues and today is one of them. I’ve always had a real weakness for British Blues and Mick has been a practitioner of this noble genre for about 50 years.

Info Stolen right from Wikipedia. (can you believe it!)

Michael Timothy 'Mick' Abrahams (born 7 April 1943, in Luton, Bedfordshire, England) was the original guitarist for Jethro Tull. He recorded the album This Was with the band in 1968, but conflicts between Abrahams and Ian Anderson over the musical direction of the band led Abrahams to leave once the album was finished. Abrahams wanted to pursue a more blues/rock direction, while Anderson wanted to incorporate more overt folk and jazz influences

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I could have covered his work from Blodwyn Pig, but I thought I’d do his solo album from 1971 instead. It has some very tasty stuff on it.

Greyhound Bus – I was actually looking through the collection for something to post and this was the first album I came to. I played this tune and knew that this was what I was seeking. Instantly appealing blues with a very nice groove.



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Why Do You Do Me This Way – This was taken from an appearance on Top of the Pops. Get a hold of the compare! Yikes. Fashions do change, don’t they? This boogies along at a very nice pace. Very enjoyable.



Big Queen – It sounds like Mick is trying to be a little progressive here. The song doesn’t come up to some of the other songs on the album.



Not to Rearrange – A more country flavored piece. While better than the prog-rock effort, this feels a little ham fisted, where the blues is smooth. Still, nice to see an artist trying to stretch themselves.


Winds of Change – Some very appealing acoustic guitar on this. The lyrics could be better. About half way through, it breaks into a groove that just gets going when it goes back into ballad mode. This is definitely worth listening to. Not a classic, but two Radio Vickers thumbs up, regardless.



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Mick’s Wiki Page is here:

His homepage can be found here:

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Discount Romance is coming out with its very first single and video very soon.

This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.




Thursday, August 11, 2011

In Praise of Junk Shop Juke Box

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There are a lot of great blogs out there. Some almost as good as mine. Junk Shop Juke Box is a lot of fun. I myself have a fondness for vinyl picked up at the most unlikely of places. There can be some real finds in junk shops and faux antique stores. This site celebrates these sometimes rare and oft-times bizarre discoveries. You can get there by clicking here:

So this site lets you enjoy all the fun of these little bits of vinyl without your wife or kids nagging at you to hurry up. (Yes, I’ve been there)
These fascinating songs are also acquirable. Have fun!

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Fred Darian – Legend of The Ghost Stage – A very charming and goofy song on the ultra-famous JAF label. Complete with bullwhip crackin’, this is good stuff. There are some volume problems, unfortunately. This is exactly the kind of stuff one hopes will be sitting in some old cardboard box, under a shelf full of disease-ridden children’s toys.



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The Creep – Haldeman, Ehrichman, Mitchell and Dean – This is a corker. A bit flat considering the humor that could be mined out of this boneheaded event but charming, nonetheless. You ain’t gonna find something like this in the Target music section.



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Guy Drake – Welfare Cadillac – This is great. A slow-spoken country tune about a man who can’t be bothered to do anything with his life except to acquire a new Cadillac car. Those country people sure don’t like the unemployed much.



Again, if you like this type of thing (and who wouldn’t?) you can get all the goodies here:

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Discount Romance is coming out with its very first single and video very soon.

This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Marsbar Playlist ~ 8 - 6 &7 - 2011

A special thanks to http://rave-and-roll.com/ for letting us repost their playlist and to David Marsden for allowing us to link to his great podcast. This is simply amazing music that you can download and listen to anytime. All you need to do is look at this list of tunes and you know there's no other radio show like it. Enjoy!

Here is a video from Mr. Marsden’s birthday bash last week. As Neil Young so eloquently sang, “Long My You Run.”


Marsbar Playlist ~ 8-6-2011
August 6, 2011
David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.
It was wonderful to have David back in the theatre this week. All is definitely well with the world, the weekend is balanced, and it’s safe to turn the radio/Internet stream back on.
Here is the list until 10 pm. If anyone would like to help out with the Saturday night lists from 10 pm until midnight, it would be greatly appreciated.
69 Eyes – Betty Blue
Cabaret Voltaire – Crackdown
Crystal Castles – Crimewave
Crystal Method – Name Of The Game
Cut Copy – Need You Now
Darkroom – A Test Of Time
Diodes – Tired Of Waking Up Tired
Echo & The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
Frank Zappa – Dancing Fool
Goddo – So Walk On
Iggy Pop – Sister Midnight
Joel Plaskett Emergency – Fashionable People
Killing Joke – Love Like Blood
Love – My Little Red Book
Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer In The City
Martha & The Muffins – Black Stations / White Stations
Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
Pete Shelley – Homosapien
Peter Murphy – Indigo Eyes
Pink Floyd – The Dogs Of War
Propaganda – Dr. Mabuse
Pursuit Of Happiness – I’m An Adult Now
Romeo Void – Never Say Never
Rumour – Emotional Traffic
Sector 27 – One Fine Day
Simple Minds – Promised You A Miracle
Slave To The SQUAREwave – London Baby
Spoons – B Movie
Tim Curry – Paradise Garage
Tubes – What Do You Want From Life?

Marsbar Playlist ~ 8-7-2011
August 7, 2011
David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.
Sundays are truly special in the Marsbar Theatre. Even if you don’t listen in, just looking at how the playlists differ dramatically from Saturday to Sunday night will clue you in. David ensures our week gets off to the perfect start in only the way a free-form master can. If you haven’t joined us yet, do yourself a huge favor and be sure to be in the theatre next weekend. Your ears will thank you.
And, speaking of “thank you,” Heartfelt appreciation goes to JerusalemSlim for his help with the list from 10 pm until midnight each Sunday. Looking for someone to help with the Saturday night list. Leave a message if you’re interested.

? & The Mysterians – 96 Tears
10cc – I’m Not In Love
Assembly – Never Never
Band – Stage Fright
B.B. King and Gary Moore – The Thrill Is Gone (Live)
Bill Nelson – Flaming Desire
Brian Eno – Backwater
Bryan Ferry – I Put A Spell On You
City Boy – Young Man Gone West
Colin James – Why’d You Lie
Cure – Friday I’m In Love
David Usher – A Day In The Life
Dee Long – Dogstar
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Electric Flag – Killing Floor
Freedom Or Death – Inside
Freedom Or Death – Nobody Listens
Genesis – The Cinema Show
Grace Jones – The Apple Stretching
Hedwig & The Angry Inch – The Origin Of Love
Hidden Cameras – Origin: Orphan
Imaginary Cities – Calm Before The Storm
Jeremy Fisher – High School
John Cooper Clarke – Beasley Street
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (12″ mix)
Kinks – Permanent Waves
Leonard Cohen – The Future
Lighthouse – 1849
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Forest Fire
Long John Baldry – Flying
Manfred Mann – Father Of Day, Father Of Night
Mavis Staples – Eyes On The Prize
Morrissey – Every Day Is Like Sunday
Paul Hyde – Started Smoking Again
Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away
Phil Lynott – Solo In Soho
Pink Floyd – Wot’s…Uh The Deal
Ray Davies, Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora – Celluloid Heroes
Roderick Falconer – Mr. Radio
Roy Orbison – In Dreams
Simply Red – Positively 4th Street
Small Faces – Itchycoo Park
Snowy White – Bird Of Paradise
Strawbs – Round & Round
Sugarloaf – Green Eyed Lady
The The – Sweet Bird Of Truth
Tommy Bolin – Post Toastee
Vis-A-Vis – Shadowplay
Waterboys – Independence Day
Waterwalk – Never Leaving Eden
XTC – Dear God

http://www.therock.fm/ 

Click on the Saturday part of the icon to download or stream the Saturday show and the same for Sunday.



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Discount Romance is coming out with its very first single and video very soon.  Many thanks to Jeff M. for the design and Judith and Darby for the pic.

This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.




Papa Nebo – Yes, It’s a Dumb Name – Are They Any Good

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This is one of those albums I probably bought at the shopping center that had Canadian Tire in it. This particular copy of the record has been downloaded from a site I don’t have permission to mention, but it is out there should you wish to acquire the album yourself.
It didn’t get a lot of play from me as a young man. Listening to it now, it has one very fine song and some reasonably good ones. Nothing gigantically original but some very pleasant country-flavored pop/rock. The singer reminds me a lot of a young Murray McLaughlan and Arlo Guthrie. The band also reminds one of the Allman Brothers here and there, minus the guitars.
Overall, it's a pretty good album. I can't say I overlooked a classsic here, but there are a couple of songs that would be welcome on a compilation CD or MP3 playlist today.

Some interesting Papa Nebo info blatantly stolen from here:


PAPA NEBO which ultimately morphed into FREE BEER was described by legendary music exec Ahmet Ertegun who personally signed them to Atlantic Records as %u201CSo fresh it's amazing, an artist with a girl violinist, a jazz saxophone(Bob Mintzer, now leader of the Yellow Jackets), classical piano, hard rock guitar and soft country rock harmonies". Two years later the group splintered into FREE BEER headed by Michael Packer & Sandy Allen, two of the founding members of Papa Nebo. Free Beer recorded one album for Buddah and two albums for RCA. Produced by Alan Lorber

Lazy Day – The lead-off song and the best tune on the album. The lyrics fail them on some of the more disappointing efforts but this is very nice. You see what I mean about Murray McLaughlan?



Makes Me Feel Fine – Very Murray-esque.



On The Bus to Meet Branden, But He Wasn’t There – The most original title and a pretty nice instrumental track.



Louisiana Woman – This bops along at a pleasant pace. Nothing stunningly original, but well worth a listen.



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Discount Romance is coming out with its very first single and video very soon. (many thanks to Jeff M. for the design and Judith and Darby for the pic.

This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.




Sunday, August 7, 2011

John Hiatt at the Troubadour (8-4-11)

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I’m a big fan of the Troubadour. I’ve seen some great concerts there over the years and John Hiatt (in his first appearance at the venue) only added to that list. He’s out promoting his latest album, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns. This was fairly early in the tour and John said that he’s adding more songs to the band’s repertoire as they go. Fear not though, he played a lot of tunes and a lot of favorites.
When you have such a voluminous and extraordinary catalogue of songs, you have to disappoint everyone merely by the omissions. Time and the human voice could not possibly fit everything everyone wanted to hear into on night off of his 20 studio albums. That said, the songs he did have time to play did not disappoint. Mr. Hiatt is also in better voice for this album and it was also evident in concert. Hopefully, he’s quit smoking.

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My one quibble with the great man is his absolute refusal to sing anything off Slug Line or All of a Sudden. I’ve seen him almost a dozen times over the decades and he hasn’t played a single tune from a pretty creative period in his life. Perhaps the tunes hearken back to dark times that he’d rather not revisit.
So, great venue, stunning songs, good voice and stellar band. There’s a recipe I’d like to have every night. The crowd was mostly middle-aged but they did their best to rock along with the lively set. Although John has fistfuls of tender ballads, he chose wisely and didn’t dampen the pace by throwing in to many of them. In fact, the set was decidedly more rockin’ than I would have expected.

I have to also give a big shout out to Tony B. who not only alerted me to this fine evening of entertainment but also accompanied myself and Judith to the concert and Dan Tana's beforehand.  (I had the shrimp marinara, which was quite tasty.

Below are some of the tunes that I heard on a glorious night at the Troub.

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For those interested (and you should be) John’s new album is quite good. As stated earlier, he’s in better voice than the last couple of albums and the songs are a number of very good songs on it. There are some stinkers, though. Overall, it’s well worth the sales price and if you’re a fan, there’s plenty hear to love.

Damn This Town – This is the lead-off song to his new album. You’ll have to wait for the encore to hear it though.


Adios to California – Another tune from the new album. Quite nice.


Detroit Made – While not a classic, (also from the new album) it’s better than 99 percent of the songs out there.


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Perfectly Good Guitar – Very nice version. Not as rockin’ as you might hope, but still very enjoyable.


Cry Love – A classic. You don’t need many chords to have a corker of a tune.


Crossing Muddy Waters – I really like this album. Possibly his last consistently wonderful album. Later albums have high points but aren’t up to this wonderful collection.


Feels Like Rain - Very nice version of this very nice song.


Slow Turning – He was a skinny little boy back then!


Tennessee Plates – This will always be a crowd pleaser and it really got them going at the Troub.


Drive South –The crowd pleasers just kept coming all night long. 



Have a Little Faith in Me – They don’t come any better than this. It was strange hearing it with guitars and drums and no piano. It’s tough to diminish a song of this quality, though.


Riding With the King – He finished the night with a very rockin’ version of this classic. A very nice ending to a hugely enjoyable night.


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His official website is here:

Mr. Hiatt’s Wiki page is here:

The Complete Set list:

Thank You Girl/TIl I Get My Lovin' Back/The Open Road/Crossing Muddy Waters/Cry Love/Drive South/Paper Thin/Like a Freight Train/Detroit Made//Don't Want to Leave You Now/Thing Called Love/Feels Like Rain/Perfectly Good Guitar/Adios to California/Slow Turning/Tennessee Plates/Memphis in the Meantime
Encore: Damn This Town/Have a Little Faith in Me/Riding with the King

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Here is Discount Romance’s very first single and video. Now available on I-Tunes and Amazon!





This is their promo video.



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Click this for their blog with news, demos, videos and goofy-captioned pictures of the band.

Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest single.



Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?



And here is Don’t Tell Betsy’s latest video. Enjoy the spectacle.