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, January 7, 2012

Great Canadian Singles - Skylark

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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 some 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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It’s hard not to state the obvious here. Skylark? Wildflower. A huge song and a very nice single from the early 70’s. So nice that people are still covering and sampling that sucker. I’m going to not only give you that song but go deep into the album for some choice tracks. Surprisingly, Wildflower was the 9th cut out of ten on the album. How many classic singles today end up at the bottom of the CD tracklist? How many people even listen to those last few songs? The musical dregs.

Info, shamelessly stolen from Wikipedia:
Skylark was a former Canadian pop/rock band active from 1971–1973 and based in the Pacific Northwest. The band formed from one of Ronnie Hawkins' backup groups and signed with Capitol Records, releasing a self-titled album in 1972 which spawned three singles. The group, whose alumni include renowned composer/arranger David Foster, disbanded after the lukewarm reception of their second album, 2, and its members achieved mixed success in other projects.
Their biggest single, "Wildflower", was a 1972 number one hit in Canada, then peaking at #9 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart the following spring, and selling over a million copies.[1] It was written by guitarist Doug Edwards and Dave Richardson, who was a Victoria police officer at the time. "Wildflower" is an early example of the power ballad, featuring a strong, emotional lead vocal, a blend of electric guitar, strings and harp, distinctive "slow dance" percussion, and almost-gospel background vocals. It has since been covered by Johnny Mathis, The New Birth, The O'Jays, Kenny Rogers, Aaron Neville, Gary Morris, Color Me Badd, Phil Perry, Lisa Fischer, Hong Kong superstar Sandy Lam, Lana Wolf and sampled by Tupac Shakur.

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Writing’s On The Wall – This is a great song. Written by Domenic Troiano for his first and most wonderful solo album. (Get that, by the way. I have a blog of it on the site) This is spirited version. It misses Domenic’s guitar playing but the organ gives it a nice vibe.



Brother Eddie – Boy is this a change of pace. This is the lead-off song on the album. It’s got a lot of spunk to it. Some of the lesser songs drift into drippy ballady goop, but this tune is very listenable. I still don’t know how you don’t lead off this album with Wildflower, though. I’m sure they must have had their reasons.



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Wildflower – Okay. Here it is. There’s a nice bluesy quality to this song. And it’s an original! Can you imagine how many people have danced to this at weddings? The mind boggles!



What Would I Do Without You – This is the second song on the album. Now this sounds like a 70’s single. Not a hit single, but you can certainly here what they’re going for. Not my cup of tea, but it has a soupcon of nostalgic charm.

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I’ll Have to Go Away – The girl singer takes this one. She doesn’t have the greatest set of pipes and that vibrato is a bit unsteady. The verse is a little slow but the chorus is pretty.



Suites For My Lady – This is an odd song. If you can call it a song. I don’t quite know what they had in mind here. It’s interesting. That’s about all you can say. Listen to it, yourself. You’ll say to yourself, “That was interesting.”



Skylark’s wiki page:

There’s even a Wiki page for the song Wildflower! Here:

PLUS!!!!

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?

Radio Vicker Broadcast #31

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Sarah Blasko – We Won’t Run, off the album As Day Follows Night. There seem to be a lot of scratchy voiced-girlie singers around these days. Sarah is certainly one of them. That being said, it’s a very nice scratchy, girlie voice. The tune is quite catchy. I give it one and three quarters Radio Vickers thumbs up.



All I Want – All she wants, apparently, is to talk a horse and dance real funny. Very nice song. And of course, that scratchy voice of hers is very, very appealing.



Planet New Year – If one is to believe the video, this song concerns a woman dating a piano. Perhaps Planet New Year is a code phrase for tonge-eating-nutso. It’s a sweet song, if it weren’t being sung to a dancing piano. And no, I’m not kidding.



Perfect Now – Her voice is a lot smoother on this song. Nice song, though.


Here is Ms. Blasko’s homepage

And her wiki page is here:

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Terez Moncalm – I Want to Be Around – I love this. The trumpet is fabulous. Terez’s singing is fabulous. It’s a must hear. Go out and buy this album.



Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word – Terez, gets a little sadder on this Elton John cover. Notice how scratchy her voice is? Not quite as girlie as Sarah, but she could easily pull off that shtick. I’d love to hear her sing this in a smoky saloon….only to me. I don’t know where they’d get the smoke from. Perhaps they could just pipe it in.



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Le Requin Danse – This is simply wonderful. Have you gone out and bought her albums yet? I told you to, a couple of songs ago. That’s plenty of time when you’re dealing with the internet age and a singer this good.



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Sweet Dreams – (this is the Eurythmics song) and it’s a very nice version. The vocals and the jazz feel really reinvent this song in a very agreeable way.



Parce Que C’est Toi – This is so good, I don’t even mind that it’s in French. She’s quickly becoming on of my favorite singers.



Le Cinema – Another one of those French songs that I’m forced to lie. Drat!



An actual video where she’s moving. This is a little documentary of her performing at the Festival Saint-Germain-des-Pres in 2010. Unfortunately the interviewees speak French. The music works in any language.



Ms. Montcalm’s wiki page is here:

Terez’s hompage is here:

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The Orbweavers – Double Thread – off their new album Orb. There’s a bit of a sea shanty quality to the opening of this song. It’s a bit to smooth and folkie to go the whole mariner hog. The singer sings girlie but not scratchy.



You Can Run (Fern’s Theme) This is a nice pop tune. Sounds like something that might have come out in the 60’s. The arrangement would have been a little different, of course. This would be a good Sunday Morning song. Cup of coffee and a little reflection and Orbweaver. Says it all.



Diving Bell – This is kind of a moody little tune.



Vitus – Another moody little tune. This one is a little more tuneful (pretty perhaps) than Diving Bell.



Japanese Mountains – Another pretty song. I wonder whether these guys ever play any songs that get a little more high kickin’. Might help to have a couple of rockier tunes to change up the pace.



The Orbweavers homepage is here:

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The Postmarks – No One Said This Would Be Easy – The title song of their new album. Speaking of the sixties. This sounds like it’s right out of a western or a spy movie at the beginning. Then it settles into a very pleasing pop song. This singer is also a little girlie. I like these guys a lot. When you’re finished buying Terez’s albums, go out and by a couple of albums by these guys. They’re from Florida, if you’re at all interested.



Balloons – Very cute song and a cute video. The toy piano can be a terrific instrument in the right song. This is the right song.



Let Go – This is another terrific little pop tune. No toy piano this time but it doesn’t need it. There’s a sixties-movie feel to this song.



The Postmarks Wiki page is here:

Their Homepage is here:

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.



Gretchen Peters, hello cruel world, Gillian Welch, david rawlings, scarlet town, the way it goes, joe venuti, eddie lang, a mug of ale, two tone stomp, the move respectable, Abigail Washburn, city of refuge

Friday, January 6, 2012

Radio Vickers Broadcast # 30

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

Today, we have a rather female heavy bunch songs. We do have a little sausage among our sweeter meats, but when you get in the mood for those beautiful gal voices, it’s hard to get away again.

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Abigail Washburn – City of Refuge – This is the title track off here new album and it’s a dilly. The song has a beautiful build to it and Abigail’s sad and angelic voice don’t hurt. It’s really hard to give a song like this an adequate review. You must listen to it yourself and then you’ll probably go buy the album and you’d be a very sensible person, if you did that.



City of Refuge – Here is a video of Abigail performing the song solo, on one of those live radio station performances. She also plays a mean banjo!


And just because I can’t get enough of this song, here she is with a full band doing another Radio performance. This is so charming, you’ll want to take off your pants. There’s also an interview with Abigail. She also performs a Chinese folk song and she makes it rock!



Here she is performing A Fuller Wine with the Sparrow Quartet.



Abigail’s wiki page is here:

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And if that weren’t gigantically fabulous enough, I now have Gillian Welch! I’ve seen her live and she is a delight. Do not hesitate to buy or steal tickets, should she be playing within a 100 mile radius of your house.

Scarlet Town – This is off Gillian’s new album, The Harrow and the Harvest. There is some beautiful and tasteful playing on this song, but then again Gillian and David Rawlings are pretty well known for that.
 


The Way It Goes - Gillian doesn’t seem to write and perform many happy songs, but her sad ones are so good that you can’t help but loving them and enjoying yourself. I can’t recommend this album enough. It is simply wonderful and if you don’t hear it in these two songs, it maybe time to get your wonderful meter checked.



Here is Gillian and David performing The Way It Goes on the magnificent Jools Holland show.



Here are Gillian, David and the Old Crow Medicine Show performing The Weight.



Here they are performing The Way it Will Be on Austin City Limits. (another fantastic show)



Gillian’s wiki page is here:

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Another gal!

Gretchen Peters –Hello Cruel World – This is the title song from her new album. And why wouldn’t this be the title song? It’s wonderful, moody and sexy and perfectly performed. And I will second her musical supposition. It is a very, very cruel world and every year on your birthday it gets a bigger “whippin’ stick”.



England Blues – The sound isn’t great but the performance and song make it worth it. I can tell already that I’d like to see Gretchen live.



Sunday Morning (Up and Down My Street) – Nice little country/folk tune.


Gretchen’s wiki page is here:

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We had to move on to the men folk at some point. This will be a considerable change of pace. I first saw Joe Venuti on the old Dick Cavett Show. I was young and had never really heard jazz violin before. It blew me away.

Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang – A Mug of Ale. I you’re listening to this now, you know what I meant by a change of pace. From beautiful, lugubrious women to high kickin’ fellas. There’s such joy in this kind of jazz. You can practically see Joe and Eddie smiling while they’re playing it.



Two Tone Stomp – Eddy leads this song off with his tasty guitar pickin’. The mandolin adds a little country into the jazz. This is a very fine thing and should be treasured.



Here is Joe on that very Dick Cavett Show that I mentioned. Isn’t Youtube amazing? Dick gives a very nice introduction to Mr. Venuti.



This is Mr. Venuti playing with another guitarist of some renown, George Barnes. Again, this is joyous music. Who every thought and instrument as fundamentally sad as the violin could be so happy?



And speaking of Happy – Here is I Want to Be Happy – There’s some very nice bass fiddle in this. There’s a comical section in the middle where his amp shorts out. Luckily, amplification is restored and Joe concludes the number with a slam bang finish.



Joe’s wiki page is here

Mr. Lang’s Wiki page is here

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Another change of pace, but not of gender. Here are those Birmingham goofs, The Move doing Respectable. I only heard this tune this morning for the first time and fell in love with it. Of course. Roy Wood and the boys put out a ton of great pop in their day. There’s a bit of R&B in this. Great tune.



Here are the paisley-shirted boys doing one of their big songs, I Can Hear the Grass Grow. 



Blackberry Way – Very nice tune.


Fire Brigade – The boys look like they’re tipping in this performance.


Flowers in the Rain – This is just a classic pop song. I have no idea why they didn’t really catch on in North America. Perhaps they were too English and too good to be acceptable.


The Move’s Wiki page is here:

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Radio Vickers Broadcast #29

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

Radio Vickers is a all over the map today. Literally! I’m putting up heavy metal bands from the U.S., Australia, Isreal and Japan. They also present very different types of heavy metal. It’s practically a musical Epcot Center. So put on your travellin’ shoes and your leatheriest jacket and get ready to rock!

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Wolfmother:
I was listening to a new a new compilation of Australian music and these guys caught my ear. After watching a few videos, I’ve come to conclusion that these guys are the Australian White Stripes. That is not a bad thing. In fact these guys are very entertaining in that retro-but-keeping-it-fresh sort of way. There have been a lot of changes in personnel in the band but there is a new lineup and a new album is supposed to be due early this year. I, for one, (and I’m sure there are a lot of Australians who agree with me) am looking forward to it.

Here is vital Wofmother info stolen from Wikipedia

Wolfmother is an Australian rock band from Erskineville, Sydney. Formed in 2000, the group was originally a trio composed of vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale, bassist and keyboardist Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett. Wolfmother released their self-titled debut album in October 2005, which reached number three on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart. The album was also a critical success, winning the 2005 J Award and 2006 ARIA Awards for Best Breakthrough Album and Best Rock Album. "Woman", a single from the album, won the band their first Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2007.
In August 2008, co-founding members Ross and Heskett left the band due to "irreconcilable personal and musical differences", after which Stockdale decided to continue using the Wolfmother moniker with new musicians. After a brief hiatus, Stockdale returned with a new four-piece band in January 2009 featuring bassist and keyboardist Ian Peres, rhythm guitarist Aidan Nemeth and drummer Dave Atkins. The new lineup's first album, entitled Cosmic Egg, was released in October 2009 and reached the same Australian chart peak as Wolfmother. Atkins left the band in April 2010 following extensive touring to be replaced by Will Rockwell-Scott of American garage rock band The Mooney Suzuki, and the follow-up to Cosmic Egg is expected in early 2012.

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Joker and the Thief – Right away you can see they take their musical history seriously. Though, this tune would blow Bob Dylan’s head off. You can hear the White Stripes influence right away in the driving guitar. His voice has some Mike Finelly (Crabby Appleton) and Marc Bolin in it. High and reedy. Good stuff.



Woman – This was the song that caught my ear. Talk about 70’s rock flashback! Bit of Zeppelin, bit of Sabbath etc. etc. This is a terrific song, thus it being a successful single down under. I don’t see this kind of thing breaking through on U.S. radio though. Shame. There was a day when you could find the odd good radio station. They’re performing in here, live on the David Letterman Show. They’re obviously a pretty dynamic band live.



White Unicorn – This has some of the excesses that I think killed 70’s rock. Pretty good but a little much in spots. What band wasn’t, back in those days?


Love Train – They ride a heavy riff here for all it’s worth. This cooks. Simple but effective. These guys were built for stadiums.


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California Queen – This is off the second album Cosmic Egg. There is a definite Sabbath break in this song. It almost sounds like it’s going to break into Iron man. I really like the lead guitar. I miss leads like this.



Here is a video of California Queen song live, with the new lineup. Timothy Stockdale looks a little less boyish now. The drummer looks like everyone’s drunken uncle. Hard to imagine a guy that out of shape could play the drums for any length of time without keeling over.



Don’t Let It Bring You Down – Here the boys are doing an unplugged version of the Neil Young Classic. Australians cover Canadians! A good combination. Nice performance.



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Dimension – There’s a little Yes in their riff in this song, plus that Sabbath-ey two chord combination. Thoroughly enjoyable despite or maybe because of the borrowing.



Mistress – Calling the Guard – This isn’t bad but goes on way too long at 6 plus minutes. I actually listened to this album because it has one of the dumbest covers I have ever seen. (and there have been some doozies) They’re a bit generic but there are far worse bands. I couldn’t really find out much information about the band, other than they’re from the U.S.


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And just for good measure…here is some heavy metal from Isreal.
Metal scen T – Never Too Late – This is off their Homemade album from 2011. The guy’s voice reminds me of someone. There’s a bit of Flower Travelin’ Band in his voice. Let’s just say, the singer has a big set of pipes. The music is pretty good though the lyrics could be a little less mundane.

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And speaking of the Flower Travellin’ Band…

Kamikaze – Flower Travellin’ Band – I bought this album of a Cheapie rack, back in the day. I always liked this tune. They certainly add a Japanese flavor to their heavy metal. Something a little different.


Here is some silent footage of the band performing along with the studio version of Sartori Part II. The singer looks like quite a trip.



This appears to be The Flower Travellin’ Band today with a new song.


Here is the Travellin’ band’s wiki page:

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Radio Vickers Broadcast #28

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

I must warn you, that I’ve got some oddities today. Sometimes, that just happens. I’ll starting off with a fairly normal tune, just to ease you into today’s broadcast. So, sit back and allow the music to waft over you like a warm summer breeze without the mosquitoes.

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James Harries – Let’s Hope – This is off the Growing Pains album. There’s just something about his song and singer that caught my ear. It’s kind of folkie/country but there’s just a hint of Leonard Cohen in here. (certainly not in the vocals) Nice mandolin playing and nice slow, rambling song.



A very charming performance of Eyes Shut somewhere in Amsterdam in front of some apartments.



Here is Mr. Harries hompage:

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Re:Plus – Let the Story Tell – This is off the Ordinary Landscape album. What first caught my attention about this band is that they mix light jazz/pop and rap and they’re Japanese. What a combo! So, I had to give it a listen. It’s not bad. I don’t know if I would want a whole album of it, but this song has it’s moments. And for me to say that about a rap song, is saying something.



Time Goes By (feat. Hydroponikz & Anika) – this one is a little more rap that light jazz and thus, not as appealing to me. The singing is nice.



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Sagittarious

Facts stolen from Wikipedia
Usher had been involved with music as a songwriter since the early 1960s (including writing lyrics for some of Brian Wilson's earliest songs), and soon branched out into production work. After considerable success as a producer, he eventually became a staff producer for Columbia Records. It was at this position that, during 1967, he produced Chad & Jeremy. They had played him several songs, which he felt lacked any commercial potential. He had heard a demo around that time for a song called "My World Fell Down" (also recorded by the British pop group The Ivy League), and he played it for them, thinking that it was a sure-fire hit. They balked at the idea of covering the song, and Usher felt that he would do it himself.
He brought in Los Angeles session musicians, as well as drafting friends such as Beach Boys touring alumni Glen Campbell (who did the lead vocal on the track)[1] and Bruce Johnston and singer-turned-producer Terry Melcher for vocals. He finished off the recording by adding a musique concrète bridge. He presented it to Columbia executives under the group name Sagittarius, named after his astrological sign.
The single, reached #70 in the Billboard Hot 100. When there was pressure from Columbia for the group to tour, it was revealed that a group did not exist. Usher did, however, start working on an album for Columbia under the Sagittarius name. Most of this work was done in conjunction with Curt Boettcher.
Usher had met Boettcher when he was working with a group that he led and produced called The Ballroom. They were signed to Warner Bros. Records, and they recorded an album which was not released at the time. Usher, however, was impressed enough by Boettcher's talents that he utilized him as a songwriter, musician, and producer (two of the album's tracks were the same recordings made for the unreleased Ballroom album, though they appeared in stereo) throughout the album.
Prior to releasing an album, another single appeared, with the song "Hotel Indiscreet" as the A-side. The B-sides for some of the Sagittarius singles consisted of instrumentals that Usher had originally recorded for another studio project. As was the case with "My World Fell Down", the bridge featured an unrelated comedy bit by The Firesign Theatre, another Usher discovery, but unlike the previous single, it failed to chart.
In 1968, the Present Tense album was released, though it was a commercial failure. Because Clive Davis disliked the usage of musique concrete in the two singles, Usher removed these segments from the album versions. The album version of "My World Fell Down" featured a few bars of additional music between the first and second verses, that did not appear in the single version, and both were mixed in stereo for the album.

Sagittarius – Hotel Indiscreet – This is off the 1968 album, Present Tense. This song is a bit schizophrenic. It starts off like one of those late 60’s light pop song. Girl harmonies over bouncy poppy music and then it gets into an evangelist rant that turns into Nazi orders to begin marching. I’m not quite what they were trying to say. Then it finishes off with the girlie pop song again.



Love’s Fatal Way – Off the same album. A more normal pop song. You can certainly here the 60’s in the arrangement.



Musty Dusty – An pretty acoustic number. Has more folk in it than pop. A sad realization that the innocence of childhood is over and will never come back.



Would You Like To Go – There’s a light Mama’s and Papa’s about the vocals. Seems to be another song of the sad realization that time and circumstance march on.



Song to the Magic Frog – A much, much prettier song that you’d suspect by the title. Maybe that’s why the song is so magical, it actually has a comely countenance.



Get the Message – Not as catchy a tune until you get to the chorus which is pretty good. I’m surprised these guys weren’t bigger.



The Sagittarius wiki page is here:

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Sebastian Karlsson – Bring Me Some Water – This is off the 2006 album, Sebastian. This is another one of those reality show talent winners. Mr. Karlsson came in second on the Swedish Idol. There’s a little INXS in this song. A pretty good singer and a pretty good song.



Here is Sebastian on Ido (Sweden) doing Right Here, Right Now.


Sebastian’s wiki page is here:

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These guys seem to really like naked women. (well, who doesn't) I found it very hard to find a band related pic that didn't include one. This may disappear because of Photobucket rules. We'll see. Enjoy it while it is up.

Seven That Spells – Let’s Go to San Francisco – This is off the Acid Talking and Sweet Love Making album. It’s a bit of an odd duck but I like it. It’s pretty well a rave from start to finish. It’s begins with a girl saying Let’s Go to San Francisco (that may have been where they came up with the title) and then it is a non stop guitar shredding assault. It is way, way better than it sounds.



Here they are doing Anum – This is a little darker than the San Francisco tune (piece?) There’s still a lot of shredding going on, though. The black and white adds to the feel of the video. Nicely done.



Olympos –this starts off a little like Thus Spoke Zarathustra be quickly turns into a throbbing jazz fusion workout.



That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.
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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

The first day of a new year. Well, it is when I’m writing this. Today, I’ve got a bunch of interesting and tuneful ditties to slake your musical thirst.  Hope everyone has a wonderful year and that we all end up in 2013 better off mentally and physically than we finished off 2011.

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Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes - Love Letter - I found the big fat sax on this tune irresistible. This is Amy Winehouse territory but it has tons of energy and sass. Clairy has a big, emotive voice and anyone who like old Motown, is going to love this throw-back song and style. This is off Clairy’s Baby Caught the Bus album.



Here is a video of Clairy and the Rackettes – You can see how much fun they’d be live.



Here is Clairy and the girls doing a live in the studio performance of Baby Caught the Bus.



Clairy’s homepage is here:

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Lewis Furey - Last Night – This is off Lewis’ first album. It seems appropriate doing a song about last night and regrets on New Years day. Lewis was a unique writer. I can remember this from the old CFNY days. Interesting lyrics and a wonderful chorus. That voice of his sticks with you.



Lewis’ wiki page is here:

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Dia Frampton – Isabella – I’m a bit of a musical snob. Had I known that Dia won one of those reality talent shows, I probably would have listened to this with jaundiced ears. But I didn’t. I really like this song, and indeed, there are a bunch of appealing songs on her album, Red. So here’s to my open mind and a great pop song. Do I detect a little Cocorosie with a soupcon of Cynda Lauper in her voice?



The Broken Ones – A nice ballad. Good arrangement. She does a terrific job on this. I guess that’s how you win those talent competitions. You have talent. What I like about her voice is, it isn’t one of those typical blow-the-roof-off types. She’s got a lot of character in those tonsils. Those big eyes sure don’t hurt.



Here is the wiki page for Dia and her sister Meg.

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Here’s a bit of a change of pace. I don’t play a lot of rap on Radio Vickers (mainly because I fucking hate it) but this is Slovak rapper Majk Spirit and I felt it was something people might want to sample. So…sample away.

Majk Spirit – Som Aky Som – My Slovak is a little rusty so I don’t know exactly what he’s saying but there is a baby’s cry and a lion’s roar in the song. I hope this rap is not detailing a tragic zoo accident.



This is Majk adding his Slovakian rap to that old club chestnut – Good Vibration.



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To wrap it up, I thought I’d play a song off Matt Corby’s My False EP of last year. Is my false, like My Bad only a lie instead on fucking something up? It’s so hard to stay current with the lingo, isn’t it?

Matt Corby – My False – This is a very pretty tune. Acoustic guitars and soaring voices just make this a pick-me-up kind of tune. (even though the subject matter is a bit of a downer) There’s even whistling in this sucker. You have to feel good when you’re listening to it. There’s also a tiny bit of Bright Eyes in his voice.



Here is Matt performing Brother on Australian Television. (Oh, and I now know that Matt is Australian)



Matt Corby’s homepage is here:

Matt’s Wiki page is here:

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.



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