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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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tragic Motorcycle Songs - Where the Skin Meets the Road

Radio Vickers explores the romance between man and death on his hog. There seems to be nary a tune that the singer doesn’t profess undying love and respect for this noble (if incredibly dangerous) metal steed right before the owner dies horribly while attempting to head off to the shops for some milk or perhaps take his best girl out to the movies. The first selection was a minor hit for Vaughn Monroe back in 1955. Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots made it to #184 on the charts that year. He recorded for RCA throughout the 50’s and reportedly turned down an opportunity to record Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Apparently, he preferred riding motorcycles to traveling around on a sleigh.

You can read more about the roughest, toughest hombre ever to wear a tuxedo and loafers here.

Richard Thompson was only 6 years old when Vaughn was recording his motorcycle song.
36 years later, he would record his own classic tale of motorcycles and death. The guitar work alone is to die for.  I’ve seen Richard perform this song almost a dozen times. It’s always brilliant, but one night at the Troubadour, I think I might have been with Tony D., it was mesmerizing. A performance for the ages. It’s amazing how touching this story is considering that the protagonist crashes his hog (leaving him a barely breathing pile of open sores and bone splinters) and then, on his death bed or unsaintly agony, bequeaths this suicidal death machine to his girlfriend.

Here is a 1952 Vincent Black Lightning and a man demonstrating the proper way to fall of it to your death.

You can read more about Mr. Quick Fingers here.

If these here tunes get you in the mood for a little blood and skin being scraped down to the bone, here is a list of other grisly motorcycle songs you might want to give a listen to where young men and women (well, mostly men) meet their end while attempting to feel breeze through their young curly locks.



So sit back, (you girls might want to grab a hankie), and get ready to head out for the open road….and eventually a closed coffin.

Listen to the magnificent playing by Richard on this. What a treasure he is. A truly great song about grisly motorcycle death.



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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.

A Tale of Two Concerts – Josh Ritter – The Old 97’s

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Where: The Wiltern Theater – Los Angeles

When: August 17th 2011

My daughter is very fond of both of these acts, so it seemed like a great concert for the whole family (and Steve B.) to go to. Well this was certainly an interesting time. (and good) The two sets couldn’t have been more interesting and divergent. Although both acts share a country-flavored pop style, Josh is a much more mellow individual. The Old 97’s can go from a teary ballad (19) to punkish bravado (Time Bomb). But, it wasn’t so much the material that carved the huge chasm between them.

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Josh Ritter
Josh seems to be the sweetest guy in world on stage. It’s like every second he’s in front of an audience is like opening a Christmas present for him. The never stops thanking folks for coming and you really believe he means it. When he sings his songs, even the dark ones, there’s a joy that just bursts out of his every pore.
The set was very good, though (and I’ve said this before) when someone has such a large collection of good songs, you’re bound to disappoint by omission.
I’m a gigantic fan of 2007’s The Historical Conquests Of Josh Ritter. While he did Right Moves, Mind’s Eye and To the Dogs or Whoever but he didn’t do The Temptation of Adam or Next to the Last Romantic or Empty Hearts. But, you only have so much time and you have other albums with concert worthy material on them. It’s a good problem to have.
He also played The Curse, Rattling Locks, Folk Bloodbath,

In fact, here’s the set list
Setlist:
Other Side
Wolves
Right Moves
Lillian, Egypt
Southern Pacifica
Folk Bloodbath
Rattling Locks
Harrisburg
The Curse
In the Dark
Galahad
Pale Blue Eyes
Thin Blue Flame
Monster Ballads
Kathleen
Encore:
Change of Time
To the Dogs or Whoever

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Good Man – I really like this tune. Very effective in concert. It was a little livelier than this at the Wiltern. (And when I saw him at the Music Box.)


To the Dogs or Whoever – This is a fantastic song. He usually does it as an encore and why not? It’s absolutely brilliant.


The Curse – Beautiful video to a beautiful song. The puppetry was done by Josh’s drummer. Mesmerizingly good.


Kathleen – The guy can sure put a bunch of words together.


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Josh Ritter's website is here:

Mr. Ritter's Wiki page is here:

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The Old 97’s – This part of the concert was night and day from what had preceded it. While Josh was having a great time, this band was not. (And I love these guys. I’ve seen them almost a dozen times) They certainly boast a canon that is the equal of Josh’s exemplary catalog but there was something missing at the Wiltern. Where Mr. Ritter interacted with his marvelous band as much as he did with the audience, the 97’s could barely stand to look at one another. Ken, the guitarist, looked like he was auditioning for another band. He never acknowledged Rhett at all. He went over to the drummer and occasionally nodded at Murray (the bass player) but there was no lead singer that night as far as he was concerned. His playing was terrific but he distracted from the band because of his antisocial antics.
I’ll wager the Rhett can be exceedingly hard to deal with and infuriating to tour with but that isn’t the fault of the audience. This is show business. Act like you’re getting along.
When Josh finished, he got with his band, and arm in arm they took a bow. When the last song was done, Rhett just walked off the stage and left everyone there. Murray and the drummer followed and Ken hung around hoping someone in the audience would offer him a better job.
Perhaps the most engaged Rhett was all night was when he and Sam Phillips did two songs with the rest of the band absent.
Rather than enjoying the concert, I kept wondering if I would ever see this band perform together again. Hopefully, not like this.

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Here are some of the songs from the set.

Salome - I think this was probably well done but I was too distracted, watching the guitarist moping, to really remember.



Question - Terrific little ballad and pretty well done.


Won’t Be Home – The lead off song from Blame it on Gravity and a classic song. Done Well.


Doreen - This was a bit too high energy. It was as if the band were trying to take out their frustrations on the faster tunes.



No Simple Machine – From the new album. It’s not my favorite of their songs but is one of the better ones on the new album.



Perfume – Probably my favorite on the new album. I much preferred Grand Theater Vol. 1. But the new one may grow on me yet.



I’m a Train Wreck – This is a pretty fine song. It had even more life when they did it live.



Roller Skate Skinny – Supposedly writer about Wynona Rider. A fabulous song. Rhett does this song a lot in his solo concerts.

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Timebomb – This was a mess. To loud. Probably too fast. Rhett was dying to leave and this song was standing in his way.



The Old 97's Wiki page is here

The Old 97's website is here:

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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.





Songs That Must Be Heard #13 – Tim Curry

Tim Curry

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Yes people know that Tim Curry can sing. But did you know he used to sing without wearing women’s underwear? After Rocky Horror, Tim, besides his acting, put our some very nifty rock albums and even toured. And why not? Tim had a great voice and a great stage presence. Although he put out some very nice songs over three or four albums, they didn’t catch on and he pretty well went back into acting full time. Pity.

I Do The Rock – This is just a magnificent song. The lyrics in this thing are exquisite. Brilliantly put together. A high point in rock and roll. Too bad only a few people actually got to hear it at the time.



Simplicity – I’m not a huge fan of this type of song, but I like this one done this way. Tim’s voice pulls this out of the mush wagon.


Birds of a Feather - This is actually a cover of a song by Carole Pope and Rough Trade. I never thought Rough Trade actually knew what a tune was. They were more art and shock than songsters. This is about as toe-tappin’ as they ever got. Tim does a nice job of it.



The Zucchini Song – I saw him do this on Saturday Night Live.  Who's a naughty boy, then?



I’m Going Home – My absolute favorite song from Rocky Horror. A beautiful song and a beautiful performance.


Tim’s Wiki page is here:

Carole Pope’s Wike page is here:

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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.




Songs That Must be Heard #12 - Fairground Attraction


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Fairground Attraction

Stolen from Wikipedia

In 1987 Fairground Attraction were signed to RCA, and launched their first single, "Perfect", in April 1988. It was an immediate success, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart. Their album The First of a Million Kisses was a blend of folk, jazz, country, and cajun elements (all but one of its songs being written by Nevin). Released in May 1988, it followed the success of "Perfect" by entering the UK Albums Chart at number three, and rising to number two; it was eventually certified platinum. Three other singles were released from the same album: "Find My Love" (which reached number seven on the UK Singles Chart), "A Smile in a Whisper", and "Clare".

Perfect – This is…Perfect. Just a magnificent pop song, sung by the resplendent Eddi Reader. There’s a little jazz, a little pop and little Eddi. You can’t go wrong. The video is a little silly, but you can’t damage this song.



Find My Love – Quite nice. Not quite up to the transcendent Perfect, but a very fine tune.



Blue Moon – The video quality isn’t great but Eddi does this country classic up a treat.



A Smile in a Whisper – Nice tune.



Clare – Nice little jazzy tune. Some very tasty clarinet. You don’t get a lot of tasty clarinet in rock and roll these days.



Do You Want To Know a Secret – Something missing from this cover of the Beatles song. It just seems a little flat.



Fairground Attraction’s Wiki page is here

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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.



Songs That Must be Heard #11 - Keith Hampshire

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Keith Hampshire

Stolen from Wikipedia:
Keith Hampshire (born November 23, 1945 in Dulwich, London) is an English-born Canadian popular singer of the 1970s, famous in Canada for three top ten hits (including his #1 version of "The First Cut Is The Deepest", which topped the RPM 100 national singles chart on May 12, 1973),[1] and the successful television show Music Machine. Though his voice resembles David Clayton-Thomas', Hampshire was not as successful in the United States, where his highest single only reached number 51.[2]


Daytime, Nighttime – This was a big fave when I was growing up. I used to listen to this on CHUM Am on my little portable radio in the super-deluxe leather case. It made it all the way to number 5 on the charts. Interesting factoid: This song was written by Mike Hugg of Manfred Mann.




Big Time – I don’t really remember this being huge in my AM radio love list but it did make it to number 5 on the charts. This would not be puppy as my tastes leaned in those days.


The First Cut is the Deepest – I used to hear this on CHUM as well. I had never heard the Cat Stevens’ version at the time and thought he wrote it. I didn’t like it as much as Daytime, Nighttime, but it was pretty good.


Here is Keith singing First Cut live in 2000. The audio could be better.



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Keith Hampshire’s Wiki page is here:

Keith’s Website is here:

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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.





Great Canadian Singles – Willie P. Bennett

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post a couple of artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.

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Information about the late Willie P. Bennett stolen from here:

Willie P. (William Patrick) Bennett. Singer-songwriter, guitarist, mandolin and harmonica player, b Toronto 26 Oct 1951, d Peterborough, Ont, 15 Feb 2008. Willie P. Bennett began writing songs in his teens; 'White Line,' first recorded in 1973 by David Wiffen, was an early effort. He began his performing career in 1971 at the Smale's Pace coffeehouse in London, Ont, and appeared regularly throughout the 1970s and 1980s at universities, coffeehouses and bars in southern Ontario (Campbell's in Hamilton, Ont, and the Free Times Café in Toronto) and at folk events across Canada (the Festival of Friends in Hamilton and the Summerfolk, Edmonton, Mariposa, Vancouver and Winnipeg folk festivals). He also toured as a harmonica player 1974-9 with the Dixie Flyers.

Willie P. Bennett – Lonely One Car Funerals – Nice little county/folk tune.



Come On Train – Very nice song.



Here’s Willie as a much older man, singing Turn Out the Light



Here is Brent and Liam Titcomb covering the song a couple of years back.
http://youtu.be/JIK4r_yGyLg

More information about Willie P. Bennett here:

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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.




Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Happy Birthday to Darby!!!!

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Well this is a very special day in Radio Vickersland. It is Darby’s birthday. It is hard to believe that it is 23 years ago that a little lump of pink flesh was pulled into this world as her father desperately yelled, “Stay out of Showbiz”. Luckily she has shied away from the profession of lepers and fools and fallen in love the academe.
Having been a person who never wanted children, I can only say that in my particular case, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I don’t believe in blessings, but if there were such a silly thing, she would certainly fall into that silly class of silly things. The last 23 years that have flown by much too quickly. (And I am quite sure the next 23 will follow suit) I have treasured every moment of those days now gone. (So obviously, it follows that I'm going to treasure the upcoming ones just as much)
Some have pondered how such a polite, intelligent creature as Darby could have ever been brought up by a person such as myself.  (Of course having a polite, intelligent mother has, I’m sure, helped counterbalance any negative affects that I may have attempted to hand down to her.)   Perhaps, sometimes, no matter what you do wrong, you have a winner from the start. I certainly rolled a fist full of sevens, the day she was born.

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When Darby was in pre-school, the kids were asked to bring in a song they liked to play to the rest of the class. While most kids brought in tunes sung by Barney and various muppets, Darby asked me if I could tape the following song.



If you recognized it as Sister Seagull by BeBop Deluxe, then you win a cracker. Even then, she was travelling her own road.

I thought as an appropriate Radio Vickers tribute to this shining light in my life, I would dig out some songs that bore here name. To be honest, there aren’t a lot and I had to stretch the rules a little but I feel confident that you will find my collection of Darby monikered tunes an interesting musical journey.

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Paul Brewster – Darby’s Castle -
This is pretty well the most famous Darby song I came across. It’s a bit of cheat. It’s about a guy whose last name is Darby and he has some bad luck with real estate. That second part is very much in line with the Vickers fortunes.



Kris Kristofferson – Darby’s Castle – Here is the Krister taking a shot at it. And, since he wrote it, I think he has every right.



Addul Majid al Fawzaan – Nawar Darby – I have not idea what this is about. Perhaps a young boy? There are a couple of videos with different storylines. Darby is especially fond of Bollywood, so this is closer to the mark. If it is Bollywood, of course. I have no idea.



Cantaria – Dick Darby – Another guys whose last name is Darby.  This is one of those Irish folk-songie things. 



Clay Steele & Cho – Darby – A lot of electronic stuff here. Interesting in parts. In the middle, there’s this gigantic electronic fart than keeps repeating. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this was not inspired by the Darby I know. This is definitely the kind of thing they would be drooling all over on NPR.



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Jason Sturges – Darby – Hard to say why this is called Darby. It’s an instrumental that seems to highly favor the bass guitar. An interesting piece.



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Memeshift – Darby – More electronic music. A lot of these songs named Darby don’t have any words in them. Boy did they pick the wrong name for that!


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Steve Hartz – Darby’s Horn – Red Wolf Sequence – Finally, some words. It’s short and sweet. Just like my beloved daughter. Definitely the catchiest of all the Darby songs.



The Poison Control Center – Upper Darby – A rockier song. Starts out like something from Mott the Hoople. It has a little (Heroes vibe to it in the middle) This is about a town.



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Happy Birthday, Sweetheart!

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Marsbar Playlist ~ 8 - 13 &14 - 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 ~ 8-13-2011
August 13, 2011
David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.
David Marsden rocked our worlds once again…and stuck a few Marsbars in our ears along the way. Here’s the list until 10 pm. If Someone would like to help out with the list from 10 pm until midnight, please let me know.
69 Eyes – Betty Blue
Blue Peter – Chinese Graffiti
Breeding Ground – Reunion
Crystal Castles – Crimewave
Dee Long – Little Neutrino
Depeche Mode – Puppets
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Fixx – Red Skies
Frank Zappa – Montana
Freedom Or Death – Inside
Gary Numan – Are Friends Electric
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Killing Joke – Requiem
Lotus Eaters – First Picture Of You
Love & Rockets – Ball Of Confusion
Midge Ure & Mick Karn – After A Fashion
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Secret
Rammstein – Sehnsucht
Richard Wright – Night Of A Thousand Furry Toys
Rough Trade – Crimes Of Passion
Shriekback – My Spine Is The Bassline
Spoons – B Movie
Spoons – Nova Heart
Status Quo – You’re In The Army Now
Stranglers – Nice ‘N’ Sleazy
T. Rex – Rock On
Tin Star Orphans – Men With Guns
Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Way Of The West – Don’t Say That’s Just For White Boys
Yello – Lost Again

Marsbar Playlist ~ 8-14-2011
August 14, 2011
David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.
Another weekend gone, but not forgotten, thanks to David Marsden. JerusalemSlim saved the day once again by providing the balance of the list until midnight. Plan on being with us next weekend to make sure your week not only has a great end, but a fabulous beginning, as well.
10CC – Dreadlock Holiday
A-4 – Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Low-Life
Barclay James Harvest – She Said
Beautiful South – Old Red Eyes Is Back
Blackmore’s Night – Ocean Gypsy
Bolus – Postman
Boys Brigade – Into The Flow
City Boy – Dinner At The Ritz
Clash – The Magnificent Seven
Comsat Angels – The Cutting Edge
Counting Crows – If I Could Give All My Love (Richard Manuel Is Dead)
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Deftones – Drive
Dillinger – Cocaine In My Brain
Elvis Costello – Watching The Detectives
Eric Clapton – Change The World
Freedom Or Death – Nobody Listens
Golden Dogs – Saints At The Gates
Holly Johnson & Friends – Ferry Cross the Mersey
Jam – Town Called Malice
Japan – All Tomorrow’s Parties
Jerry Lee Lewis feat. Robbie Robertson – Twilight
John Lee Hooker – Chill Out (Things Gonna Change)
Julian Cope – Sunspots
King Crimson – Easy Money
Kinks – Lost & Found
Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Lewis Furey – The Sky Is Falling
Long John Baldry – (Walk Me Out In The) Morning Dew
Marianne Faithfull – The Blue Millionaire
Martha & The Muffins – Echo Beach (30th Anniversary Version)
Moev – Open Mind
New Pornographers – Use It
Papermaps – Complicate Things
Patti Smith – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Peter Gabriel – Here Comes The Flood
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd – The Show Must Go On
Pukka Orchestra – Your Secret Is Safe With Me
Rammstein – Stirb Nicht Vor Mir
Robbie Robertson – Fallen Angel
Rock & Hyde – Dirty Water
Sinead O’Connor & The Band – Mother (live)
SLAVE To The Squarewave – Love Unknown
Stan Ridgway – Drive She Said
Steppenwolf – Snowblind Friend
Stranglers – The Raven
Tears For Fears – Change
Thomas Dolby – Windpower
Timber Timbre – Lay Down In The Tall Grass
Timi Yuro – Hurt
Tom Robinson – War Baby
Vladymir Rogov – If A Tree Falls
WhosArmy – Revolution Girl
Yaz – Situation

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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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.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Music Project - Tough to Find Songs #2

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This is the second in my serious on seriously hard to find recordings. Steve b. and myself have been attempting to get every song ever to make it onto the charts since the beginning of recorded music. 6 or 7 years into the search, we find that we are down to about 400 missing. Some of this 400 slowly dribble in. Three such songs have found their way to us today.
We fear that a number of these songs no longer exist but with each find, or finds, we come closer to our goal of completion. Below are the three newest songs to surface in our endless search.]
A warning!  These song were written and performed way, way before political correctness. (especially the first one)

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Vernon Dalhart – Dear Old Southland – This seems to be a love song to pickin’ cotton. There was a lot of this type of song back early in the 1900’s. These songs are sung by a white guy in a black dialect. The world Pickaninny comes up. (many words such as this come up in the songs of the time. (such as Darkie and Quadroon (someone who is ¼ black)) It basically takes the position than blacks who have escaped the plantation system actually begin to miss it. This touching little ditty to race relations made it all the way to 140 on the 1922 hit parade.



Vernon’s Wiki page is here:

The Wiki page on the word Pickaninny is here:

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Irving Kaufman (Ben Selvin Orchestra) Dirty Hands! Dirty Face! - This is a tribute to a young lad who cannot stop being a rascal but his daddy does love him so. Cornball knew no bounds back in 1923 when this was the 150th most popular song.



Irving Kaufman’s Wiki page is here:

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Wayne King – Mickey Mouse’s Birthday Party – This blatant commercial suck-up tune made it all the way to 277 in 1936. It’s kind of what you would expect. It would not be out of place in a cartoon. It may have been in a cartoon for all I know. But, until now, it was monstrously hard to find.



Wayne’s King’s Wiki page is here:

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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.




Discount Romance - Carrie's Got a Lover (The Official Vidoe)

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Well, it’s finally happened! Discount Romance has released its very first single. The bedtrack was recorded at Mystery Mammal Studios, the vocals were done at Sanctuary Entertainment Studios and overdubs at The House of Kent in Hollywood.

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Dong, Dan, Jason, Kent, Juan and Carissa would also offer a special thank you to Dan K. for his brilliant mixing job and Aaron for the extra keyboard tracks.

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The video was put together by Dong.

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I would like to point out that no female singers were hurt in the making of the music video. Give it a listen and if you like it, for God’s sake pass it on to your friends!



And now…..More stupid Captioned Pics!

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"I'm miffed.  When I signed onto this band, I was promised a fine array of sandwiches."

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“Who wrote “Lick this and win a prize” on my microphone?”

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Dan’s favorite perfume is Eau de Corona.

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When it comes to playing the guitar, Kent stands alone. That’s because, if you get anywhere near him, he will bean you with his Epiphone.

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“Whoa! There’s no way I should have had that last, sinfully sweet Little Debbie Cake.

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“The next guy who cracks wise about me being a lumberjack and being okay is going to get a mouth full of tuning pegs. Capische?”

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“Oh Kent’s a lumberjack and he’s OKAYYYYYYY!”

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“I just can’t decide which is my favorite furry woodland creature. There all so cute. What’s your favorite woodland creature, Kent?”

“Fuck off, you little shit!”

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What Carissa doesn’t know is…never mind, it’s way, way to gross to even bring up. Ewwwwwww!

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Dan hits that perfect moment of head-swirling drunkenness. Three minutes from when this pic was taken, he was vomiting into his own underwear.

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“Everybody hates me. But what I really want is for everyone to hate and fear me.”

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“How’s that even possible, that he’s puking in his own underwear? Oh God, now he’s barfing in Dong’s underwear.”

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Jason spots a cockroach walking towards him carrying a trouser-ladder and a saw.

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Kent continues to work on his manifesto: “And the meek shall know not peace and the disobedient will know not their heads.”

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Dan closes his eyes so he can dream about walking into Carissa’s room and seeing her naked.

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Carissa closes her eyes so she can dream about putting on some clothes before Dan gets there.

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“And those who sing songs about lumberjacks will be especially punished.”

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“Shit man, what’s a guy got to do to get his unflattering picture and an insulting caption put in this fucking blog?

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Dong is one drunken, ugly motherfucker.


“Finally! Was that so hard?”

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“Maybe I’m just too cute to say nasty things about?”

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“You see the shit a girl has got to put up with to be in a band with a super bad-ass new single?”

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This is the very first Discount Romance promo video. It’s now a classic collector’s item worth thousands of dollars.



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