Sunday, March 24, 2013


2007 (bootleg)

Re-up! by request from the mighty Chocoreve, no less.

THE summer compilation.
Originally from Mikael at the now-defunct forum.

This is a slightly condensed version (ie. my personal faves). I removed a few tracks that don't float my boat, and my original copy is lost in the hard drive meltdown... No matter, what's here is leaner and meaner. 45 out of 53 ain't bad, heh.

Disc 1:
01 Tony Valla And The Alamos - Maria Christina - Fortune 859
02 Gino Washington - Out Of This World - Amon 90580
03 Nathaniel Mayer - Village Of Love - Fortune 449
04 Brice Coefield - Cha-Cha Twist - Madison 137
05 Irma Thomas - Break-A-Way - Imperial 66013
06 Ronettes - He Did It - Colpix 486
07 Mary Wells - Bye Bye Baby - Motown 1003
08 Shangri-Las - It's Easier To Cry - Redbird 10-008
09 Gabriel And The Angels - Chumba (aka Chumbawa) - Amy 802
10 Mickey Lee Lane - Hey Sah-Lo-Ney (aka Hey Sailor) - Swan 4222
11 Otis Redding And The Pinetoppers - Shout Bamalama - Confederate 135 - Sue 362
12 Shirelles - Putty (In Your Hands) - Scepter 504
13 Solomon Burke - Stupidity - Atlantic 2196
14 Marvelettes - I'll Keep Holding On - Tamla 54116
15 Hank Ballard - I'll Be Home Someday - Federal 12285
16 Dusty Wilson - Can't Do Without You - Bronse 1800
17 Charlie Rich - Midnite Blues - Phillips 3582
18 Barrett Strong - You Knows What To Do - Anna 1116
19 Irma Thomas - Hittin' on Nothin' - Minit 666
20 Solomon Burke - Home In Your Heart (aka Find Me A Home) Atlantic 2180
21 Oblivians - Bad Man (aka Bad Girl) - Crypt 65
22 Deviants - Slum Lord - Sire 97005
23 Question Mark And The Mysterians - Ain't It A Shame - Tangerine 989
24 Billy Lee And The Rivieras - Won't You Dance With Me - Hyland 3016
25 5 Royales - The Slummer The Slum - King 5153
26 Polka Dot Slim - A Thing You Gotta Face (aka Down In Louisiana) - Instant 3269
27 Geeshie Wiley & Elvie Thomas - Over To My House - Paramount 12977

Disc 2
01 Gary U.S. Bonds - I Wanta Holler (But The Town's Too Small) - Varese 5938
02 5 Royales - The Real Thing - King 5162
03 Nite Riders - Lookin' For My Baby (aka Ya Ya Ya) - Sue 719
04 International Kansas City Playboys - Everybody's Going Wild - Wheelsville 115
05 Percy Sledge - Baby Help Me - Atlantic 2383
06 Gloria Jones - Heartbeat Part 1 - Uptown 712
07 Hoagy Lands - Baby Let Me Hold You Hand - Atlantic 2217
08 Ike & Tina Turner - You Can't Miss Nothing That You Never Had - Sonja 2005
09 Irma Thomas - Cry On - Minit 625
10 Jimmy Robins - I Can't Please You (aka Just Can't Please You) - Jerhart 207
11 Sister Rosette Tharpe - 99 And Half Won't Do - Mercury 20201
12 Davis Jones & The Fenders - Boss With The Hot Sauce (aka Boss Lady)
13 Clarence Carter - Slippin' Around (stereo) - Atlantic 8192
14 Betty Harris - Mean Man - Sansu 478
15 5 Royales - Right Around The Corner - King 4869
16 Olympics - Secret Agents - Mirwood 5513 (stereo) (aka My Baby Loves The Secret Agent)
17 Ruby Johnson - Weak Spot - Volt 133
18 Staple Singers - Don't Knock (aka You Don't Knock) - VeeJay 902
19 Irma Thomas - It's Raining - Minit 653
20 Koko Taylor & Willie Dixon - Insane Asylum - Checker 1191
21 Gardenias - I'm Laughing At You - HI-Q 5005 H24
22 Dorothy Love Coates - 99 And A Half Won't Do - Speciality 2134
23 Chiffons - Oh My Lover - Laurie 3152
24 Clyde Mcphatter - Let's Forget About The Past - Mercury 71941
25 5 Royales - When I Get Like This (Silver And Gold) - King 4806
26 Bobbie Smith - Now He's Gone (aka Now You're Gone) Big Top 3129
27 Strokes - Last Nite (stereo) - RCA 68101


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

That Olde Tyme Music (1920-1940ish - V/A)

That Olde Tyme Music (1920-1940ish)

2013 (bootleg) 

So... I finally replaced a hard drive, and got a new tape deck. Slowly transferring files, will re-up the rest as I find em.

This compilation is a real dog's breakfast of pre-war blues / folk / jazz / field recordings, likely harvested from the late great Locust St. blog. Top-shelf stuff!

01. Cocaine Habit Blues - Memphis Jug Band
02. I'm Gonna Get High - Tampa Red & The Chicago Five
03. The Haunted House - unknown
04. Shave 'Em Dry I - Lucille Bogan
05. Rosie - C.B. and axe gang
06. It Don't Mean A Thing - Billy Banks
07. I'm Just Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail - The Blue Sky Boys
08. Don't Tear My Clothes - Chicago Black Swans
09. The Nasty Swing - Cliff Carlisle
10. My Bones Gonna Rise Again - Dave and Howard
11. Evil Motherfuyer - Dirty Red
12. I Ain''t Got Nobody - Emmett Miller
13. Blue Yodel No. 9 - Jimmie Rodgers
14. Busy Bootin' - Kokomo Arnold
15. Dangerous Blues - Mattie May Thomas
16. You Keep A-Knockin' - Milton Brown
17. Dan The Banana Man - Nettles Brothers String Band
18. Shave 'Em Dry II - Lucille Bogan
19. She's A Hum Dum Dinger From Dingersville - Sheriff Buddy Jones
20. Two Little Fish And Five Loaves Of Bread - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
21. Polly Put The Kettle On - Sonny Boy Williamson 
22. Crazy People - The Boswell Sisters
23. Walk Around - The Soul Stirrers
24. The Mighty Number - The Trumpeteers
25. No More The Moon Shines On Lorena - Carter Family
26. My Buddy - Alvino & Luise Rey


Monday, March 4, 2013


1994 (Matador)


"Barbara Manning is the noise-lovers pop singer. Of that, everyone is certain. We could tell you more about her formative years raised in a junkyard, her long-term relationship with the San Francisco music scene, and her unabashed love of baseball, but I can't find the press kit. Besides, this isn't about Barbara Manning (yeah, right) but the San Francisco Seals, her new band...
So what do you need to know? The album, Nowhere, is on Matador. It's loaded with covers and ever-so-tuneful B.Manning originals . . . bouncy pop numbers cut up with scratchy needles, sampled noise and fragments." - Franz Kunst and Carrie McLaren

"barbara manning has such a gorgeous voice -- cool as a popsicle, transparent as a whisper of chiffon -- that her general creepiness might throw you for a loop...She has a way of adding weight and heft to the stark beauty of her voice by giving us multiple layers of meaning to swim through. And unlike gloomsters like Nick Cave, Manning doesn't distance herself from the misery of the characters in her songs -- she collapses that distance, moving right in like a zoom lens to show us what makes these people tick." - Stephanie Zacharek

"I always had a hell of time trying to peg Barbara Manning until I realized that was probably the reason I liked her so much. She's thought of as 'alternative' (whatever that means) though she sounds like a sweet-voiced folkie who plays a dizzying range of rock covers and then writes even better songs on her own. I guess it was out of laziness that she was lumped with the 'grrl' movement (Courtney, Liz Phair, L7) but she's too smart and thoughtful to fall into categories that easy. A baseball fan who sings of sour relationships and toasts her favorite bands through covers and name checks, she didn't make it easy to say what she was. Manning is definitely an original." - Jason Gross

"In the early nineties, World of Pooh members Barbara Manning, Melanie Clarin, and Kim Osterwald transformed into the San Francisco Seals. Lead vocalist Manning wrote the band's original songs; Clarin handled the drumming duties and also sang and played accordion, as well as other instruments, while Osterwald played cello. The music of SF Seals was largely pop-oriented, drawing inspiration from the '60s Bay Area scene and often spiced with samples and strange noises -- although as the band grew instrumentally, those aspects became less prominent in their live work. Manning was particularly fond of covering other artists -- often obscure tunes -- both on record and in the Seals' live shows.

After recording a series of seven-inch singles with Margaret Murray, formerly of U.S. Saucer, on bass, SF Seals toured with bassist Chris Milner of the Molecules and drummer Jay Page. Guitarist Brently Pusser of Nerd Rock Pioneers and 3 Day Stubble joined the band for the recording of Nowhere, their first LP, released in 1994 on the Matador label. Murray and Clarin also played on the album. The band's second album, Truth Walks in Sleepy Shadows, was released the next year, and they toured in support of the release, after which they disbanded." - Nick Kemper

"I've gotten lots of bad reviews of this record. But, to tell you the truth, I just don't care. The record was completely a selfish thing; I wasn't even thinking of how to please my sister or my mom. I was completely pleasing myself. Every single second on that record I know really well. We'd been collecting sounds for months. I knew I wanted to have a nice, long improv piece. Maybe certain things were calculated because I knew I wanted to do them. But they were only for myself. I guess I shouldn't be so selfish and make a record that makes more sense to me than anyone else but I was really trying to make a soundtrack for how I was feeling and I wasn't feeling that happy at the time. A lot of the extra soundbits meant something, for me, like an upset stomach or your brain getting overwhelmed by voices...These things are like an inside joke and I'm the only one who gets it." - Barbara Manning

"Nowhere, spelled out on the recording as "Now Here," is the first of two full-length albums the SF Seals released before calling it quits a couple of years later. As with many of the projects with which Manning has been involved, it features a number of tasteful covers, most notably Badfinger's chiming "Baby Blue" and Faine Jade's Zombies-sounding "Don't Underestimate Me" (how's that for obscure?). The material all works quite well, with the exception of "Demons on the Corners," eight minutes of ambient noise that would have made more sense as a bonus or hidden track. It threatens to derail the entire mostly pop-oriented enterprise, but is followed by the brassy "Missing," which ends the set on a strong note -- almost as strong as the exuberant "Back Again" which opens it." - Kathleen C. Fennessy

The San Francisco Seals:
Barbara Manning
Melanie Clarin
Michelle Cernuto
Lincoln Allen
Jay Paget
Brently Pusser
Chris Milner
Margaret Murray

1. Back Again
2. Don't Underestimate Me
3. 8's
4. Janine's Dream
5. Still?
6. Day 12
7. Winter Song
8. Baby Blue
9. Demons on the Corners
10. Missing