Archive for the ‘rock jots’ Category

The Acid Archives of Underground Sounds

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

The ACID ARCHIVES OF UNDERGROUND SOUNDS is a guide to unknown, obscure and hard-to-find LPs from the USA & Canada 1965-1982.

Our mission is to provide basic data and capsule reviews to assist the rare music explorer in his quest.

This website represents a merger of two projects that began in the mid-1990s. After a 2-year transition period, the complete Archives went live in April 2005. Updates and additions will continue indefinitely.

Sarah Kernochan

Sunday, June 5th, 2005

I only “discovered” Sarah Kernochan this afternoon when I spotted two of her early 70’s record albums at the local Salvation Army. The album covers were interesting, the titles were rather intriguing (i.e. Beat Around the Bush, House of Pain), and she looked attractive. Always interested in expanding my musical horizons, I forked over my $2. I didn’t find anything listed in the record guides, but a quick Google search on her name took me here – to her website. A very interesting young lady – indeed.

Friday Random Ten

Friday, May 20th, 2005

Being a follower and not a leader, once again Jeff has nudged me into action. Instructions are as follow: Fire up your music player. Set to random play. List the first ten songs. Ok, here is what I came up with on the first go…

1. Darkness Darkness – Mott the Hoople

2. Simple – Phish

3. Siren Song – Alan Parsons

4. Moved On (Album Version) Brian M. Weidemann

5. I Couldn’t Get High – The Fugs

6. Squad Car – Eddie & The Showmen

7. Secret of the Bloom – Victoria

8. The World’s Address – They Might Be Giants

9. Born Under A Bad Sign – William Bell

10. Join Together – The Who

What’s in YOUR player?

KCRW – Thank God for College Radio!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

KCRW’s programming reflects the diversity of the community it serves. National Public Radio’s Southern California flagship station, KCRW airs more news programming from National Public Radio than any station in the Southland. KCRW also produces award-winning literary and drama programs within its studios.

Named ‘Best Bit of Everything’ radio station by Details magazine, KCRW’s innovative and acclaimed programming has been recognized with significant press coverage in Los Angeles and around the country and the world. In recent years, the station’s local cultural and public affairs programs have won The George Foster Peabody Award, Ohio Awards, the Cindy, the Major Armstrong, The Radio and Television News Directors Association and Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards. The station was twice named ‘Nation’s Best Non-Commercial Station’ at the College Media Journal’s New Music Awards, and in 1994, was the first public radio station ever to be honored with a Crystal Eagle Award from the Coro Foundation for meritorious community service.

After reading a review in the UK’s Uncut magazine, they talked about the “buzz” created for Ray Lamontagne when he played The Troubadour in West LA recently – and attributed it to KCRW. I have now added it to my streaming radio channel that I listen to while I help people refinance their homes. Keeps me young.

Adtunes.com > Find TV Commercial Ad Music

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005

‘What was the song used in that television commercial?’ – Now you can find the answer at Adtunes.com – the weblog of information on music from TV ads, film trailers, and more.

You know the music in that new commercial for Target was haunting you. Now you know where you can find the answers to these and many other obscure pieces of musical knowledge…

Garage Rock Radio

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

What is Garage Rock? – Garage Rock is a type of rock music created in the 1960s often by young musicians playing guitars, organs and drums. These bands generally started playing in a member’s garage. Many groups recorded just one or two records. They were often locally well known, either winning ‘Battles of the Bands’ or playing at local nightclubs. Their records often did well in their home or regional market but may not have charted nationally. Some did have national or even international success, but generally only with one record, although they may have recorded many.

Album Cover Art Gallery

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

“Although the albums presented here may not be high on everyone’s list of ‘Classics’, we here at the Tralfaz Archives Music Department felt that they should be recognized for their music, artwork, photography or possibly because of their own inherent strangeness.”

Kindred spirits! Returning the favor of them adding Epiclectic’s Vintage Vinyl to their links page.

Dark Side of Oz

Friday, April 8th, 2005

If you haven’t tried this before, you might give it a shot next time you feel in the mood to entertain yourself for a few hours…

“I’ve done this experiment quite a few times, and I’ll have to admit that there are a lot of coincidental events and themes. Although Pink Floyd has never admitted to doing such a thing (except Roger, who stays quiet when asked), there are just a few points that should be examined. I guess you’ll just have to come to your own conclusion. It’s just the way it is with this band. But one thing this experiment does do is bring the theme of The Dark Side to life, whether it was intentional or not. In other words, IT’S WORTH DOING! This page was brought to life to explore a possible theme for this great controversy. Hope you enjoy the show! “

THE Home Entertainment Center

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

Compromise.

For most people, when you get married, you are required to compromise on things such as furniture arrangement, decor, and such. Typically, “the guy” brings with him a collection of audio visual equipment, complete with racks, shelves, cables, speakers and peripherals. “The gal”, for the most part, is unwilling to compromise and most times ends up displacing the equipment to a small den, a closet or – heaven forbid – the thrift store or garage sale.

Based on this context, do you think this guy is married or has kids???

SPARKS: A Spark in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

I loved Sparks, and most people have probably never heard of them. You might enjoy this cleverly designed (albeit initially annoying) site. If I recall, my buddy Mark had mentioned they were from So Cal – probably verifiable on the site, if I take the time to explore it all.

Nostalgia Central – Music

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Welcome to the Time Machine . . .

Most families own a box or a scrapbook full of tokens and mementoes of their lives. Every object unlocks an attic in the mind, a storehouse of reminiscence. Nostalgia Central is a scrapbook providing a trip from the Swinging Sixties, via the Mirror-balled Seventies, to the Day-Glo Eighties.

Psychedelic Albums

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

Reviews, ratings and reader polls of Psychedelic Rock, Folk and Krautrock albums past and present.

A Robert W. Morgan Boss-ography

Thursday, March 10th, 2005

‘Robert W. Morgan was to Los Angeles radio what Johnny Carson was to national TV. It would be hard to imagine morning drive in Los Angeles without Robert W. Morgan.’

Robert W. Morgan entertained the Los Angeles radio audience for over three decades. His unique sense of timing, wit and charm earned him a place of honor in the entertainment industry. He won almost every major award the industry has to offer including Charter membership in the National Broadcasters Hall Of Fame, along with Larry King, Ted Turner, Art Linkletter and Gary Owens. He received Billboard Magazine’s Air Personality of The Year Award, and a Star on the World Famous Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

I recall Robert being one of the radio icons I grew up with as a kid and enjoyed this tribute to the man. Thanks to those responsible.

Radio Rumpus Room

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

Radio Rumpus Room. If a musical mixmaster of Surf, Hot Rod, ’60s Garage, Hillbilly, Rockabilly, Psychedelia, Back-To-The-Roots Country, Primal Pop and Primitive Rock’n’Roll sounds good to you, you’re home.

Every Friday night for nearly 11 years we have unleashed this unholy smorgasbord of sounds on a loyal listenership. Stop by each week and participate in ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Radio!

Counting Out Time

Monday, February 21st, 2005

In April 2002, following a two year absence, Counting Out Time was revived due to popular demand. Every so often a special album will be reviewed by a DPRP (Dutch Progressive Rock Page) Team Member, and by doing so we are counting out time… to illustrate the strength and diversity within prog rock.

The albums featured will either be milestones in the history of progressive rock, other influential albums, or just good examples from the catalogue of a certain band. Each article is designed to offer an insight into the background of the band, the musicians, the writing and events surrounding the recordings. Not so much a review but more of an in-depth feature assessing the impact made by these particular recordings.

Museum of Bad Album Covers

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

“The Worst Album Covers Ever!”

Thanks to my friend Jeff for pointing out this site that pays tribute to the uniqueness of that which is artwork designed to sell record albums. Good design and taste can be left at the door.

Reminds me of a popular site I recall visiting – Epiclectic’s Vintage Vinyl.

MusicStack – Music Marketplace

Sunday, February 13th, 2005

Buy music CDs, used cds and vinyl records from thousands of online record stores at MusicStack.

Find used music, Cheap CDs, Out-Of-Print Albums, Rare CD Singles and Hard To Find LPs from record shops.

Welcome To Get Hip

Sunday, February 13th, 2005

From the About page…

“Get Hip records was founded in 1985 by Gregg Kostelich, Michael Kastelic, and Bill von Hagen, then three of the four members of the Cynics. Our original intent was two-fold: to provide a way to release Cynics material and guarantee some promotion, and to start a more accessible label that could sponsor and release material by some of the truly cool bands we knew about. Today, almost eightteen years later, The Cynics are still together and Get Hip is totally owned by Gregg, with several hundred CD, LP, 10”, and single releases under our belts.

“Over the years, we’ve expanded our roster of artists and created the “Get Hip Archive Series”, for the sole purpose of reissuing countless number of bands from the fifties and sixties.”

Houseplant Picture Studio

Sunday, February 13th, 2005

Another site to visit when you feel like browsing and discovering smiles you did not know you had inside you. You will find some cool tunes, and links – Check out the Dr Demento site. Bring back old memories. Enjoy and tell your friends.

[See comments below]

Welcome to TheDoctorDementoShow.com!

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

Don’t rely on your failing memory to bring back the Doctor Demento show. Now you can listen to them online! Nifty…

Demophonic – The Nu Kats

Thursday, February 10th, 2005

While playing a music trivia game on the Record Collectors Guild Forum, the name of a song I remember from the early 80’s came to mind – “It’s Not A Rumor” by an L.A. Group named The Nu Kats. I had first heard the song on a collection of LA bands entitled “Yes Nukes”, and subsequently bought the group’s EP “Plastic Facts”.

Well, I found a website that pays tribute to this long forgotten – at least in my aging brain – rock band. Give

It’s Not A Rumor a listen and see what you think!

Vinyl Eaters – Photo Opportunity

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

If you have any desire to photograph wild vinyl collectors gathering together and participating in a feeding frenzy, you will find a listing here of meeting spots of the wandering bands of nomads.

I, myself, have yet to witness one of these events in person, but may decide to visit one or two of the local ones – proudly wearing my “epiclectic vinyl” t-shirt and see if it has any impact on visits to my site… Maybe I could even sell one or two of ’em!

Freak Emporium – Music mail order

Monday, February 7th, 2005

The Freak Emporium was started in 1991 as an insert inside the cult UK fanzine Freakbeat – a magazine dedicated to garage rock and psychedelia. Since those simple photocopied catalogues The Freak Emporium has grown into a huge and sophisticated specialist music collector’s website with over 20,000 products.

Calgary homeless getting drunk on burned LPs

Saturday, January 29th, 2005

CALGARY (mytelus.com) – Skid row alcoholics are heating LP records so they can drink the alcohol that blushes on to the surface, said a volunteer working with homeless alcoholics and an AADAC nurse.

According to the two independent sources, who asked for anonymity, only a couple of tablespoons of the effluent are required to make the hardened alcoholics drunk.

But the young addicts can often die of heart attacks from it because they don�t have sufficient tolerance built up in their bodies to withstand the toxins and alcohol, the nurse said.

The latter source said the practice dates back at least 20 years but it is undergoing a revival, the volunteer added.

Southern Culture on the Skids

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005

A guilty pleasure that I just discovered. Caught the Ben Stiller movie “Flirting With Disaster” for the first time on cable the other night, and really liked the soundtrack. The last song playing over the credits had a nice twangy, garage-quasi surf guitar and something about a camel in the lyrics. Reminded me a lot of Webb Wilder. [You do know who Webb Wilder is, don’t you?]

Anyway, low and behold, a quick search on our wonderful friend – the internet (courtesy of Google) turned up SCOTS website. You’ll find a few soundbytes of songs – including Camel Walk.

Don’t be put off by their style – they are cool!

Oddio Overplay – RADIO

Sunday, January 16th, 2005

Take a step outside the everyday and pedestrian world you live in and explore the bizarro side of your personality. You will never know what really hits your button unless you try changing channels every once and a while.

Here’s a way to explore from the comfort of your keyboard.

PRETTY MAIDS – Future World

Thursday, December 30th, 2004

THE METAL OBSERVER – Review – PRETTY MAIDS – Future World: “OK, let’s talk about classics here. There are a number of bands that are known for one album, yes one song even. Of course that does not mean that the rest of the releases was not good as well, but there is that one very special track. One of those bands that attained almost legendary status hails from Denmark and bears a rather misleading name: PRETTY MAIDS.”

weirdomusic.com – exotica, lounge, easy listening, outsider music, and more!

Saturday, December 25th, 2004

“Welcome everyone. This is it: weirdomusic.com – your first step in exploring the wonderful world of strange, wacky, odd, and just plain bizarre music.
Exotica? Easy Listening? Outsider Music? Space Age Pop? Library Music? Whatever it is that you’re looking for, weirdomusic.com will try to point you in the right direction”

Dana’s Downloadable Album of the Month

Saturday, December 25th, 2004

Dana’s Downloadable Album of the Month

Conversation with Ian Hunter

Saturday, December 25th, 2004

“When British rocker Ian Hunter wrote and recorded ‘Cleveland Rocks’ with guitarist Mick Ronson and members of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, our city finally had an anthem. Since Cleveland International Records released it in 1979, it has been used a the theme song for The Drew Carey Show and covered by the likes of The Presidents of the United States of America. With Mott The Hoople, Hunter sang lead on ‘All The Young Dudes,’ written by David Bowie, which is still a staple on rock radio in Cleveland, as is Hunter’s own ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy,’ also a hit for Great White in the ’80s. Through it all, Cleveland has maintained its love affair for Hunter and his songwriting, a fact that was obvious on the evening of Thu 10/7 when Beachland Ballroom owner Cindy Barber jumped onstage in the middle of his set to present Ian Hunter with a proclamation from Cleveland City Council. Hunter returned the favor by serenading Barber elaborately, to her obvious joy and embarrassment. Cool Cleveland caught up with Hunter backstage at the Beachland immediately after an electrifying show with his top-shelf band featuring Graham Maby on bass (from Joe Jackson’s band), James Mastro and Jack Petruzzelli [Joan Osborne] on guitar, Andy Burton on keys, and Steve Holley on drums (Elton John, Paul McCartney). The set included his popular chestnuts (‘This is the part of the show where we shamelessly exploit the catalog…’) as well as his post 9/11 composition, ‘Twisted Steel,’ his Mick Ronson tribute, ‘Michael Picasso,’ and songs from every stage of his prolific career. He talked about his songwriting, his favorite song, and his ever-present sunglasses.”

MP3 Musicvine – Family Tree?

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

A few minutes ago, I discovered this really nifty resource as I was Googling the late 60’s rock group Ultimate Spinach. (You remember them, don’t you?)

This three-dimensional family tree groups musicians and groups together based on affinities with others. In some cases, the relationship is based on their names (i.e. Mott The Hoople linked with Tony Mottola); in others, individual artists are linked to groups they had been associated with (i.e., Ian Hunter linked with Mott The Hoople.)

One could spend hours exploring the relationships!

Suggest you give it a shot, type in the name of your favorite group, and waste some time. Make sure to have some bitchen’ music from the 60’s blasting to complete the experience.

Rock on.

LOGO-Magazine.com

Friday, November 12th, 2004

“LOGO doesn’t toe a company line, we don’t provide a platform for bands based on how much revenue we can generate from them, and we’re honest. On this site and in the pages of LOGO magazine you will find unbiased opinion based entirely on the quality of a performance, be it live or in a studio. If we like a record, we’ll tell you. If we don’t like it we’ll tell you why. If we think a band is great on record but can’t cut it live, we’ll tell you that as well. Not to cut bands down to size, but because we all need accurate information on the music that we love. Not many of us have money to burn, and when the light at the end of your working day is a trip to your local record shop or venue you don’t want to waste your hard-earned cash. ”

Tired of Rolling Stone? (I am) Add LOGO to your list of magazines that provide you with teasers about new bands that probably get little play on the radio… And that is a good thing – since the only stuff you get on FM anymore is those 40 overplayed classic rock cuts by the Eagles, Who and Led Zepp.

I’m also a big fan of UNCut!

Guilty Pleasures

Friday, November 5th, 2004

This compilation album features 22 amazing and timeless songs by artists such as 10cc, David Essex, Pilot and Alessi. There is no need to feel guilty. Confess and you will be redeemed!

Take a minute and contribute your favorite guilty pleasures for a possible future compilation.

Should History Be Altered?

Sunday, October 24th, 2004

I worked in the garage most of last Saturday, and had the wife’s radio on. It was tuned to the local “oldies” station – K-RTH 101. As a rule, I don’t listen to FM radio, opting to either my computer’s MusicMatch generate a random playlist from my personal CD collection, or listening to other people’s playlists on Mercora.

What struck me, as I listened to the 40 song, 2 hour long rotation on K-RTH (my perception only), is that NONE of the songs from the 60’s sounded the same any more. No matter if it was Elvis or the Beach Boys, the Supremes or [ insert 60’s band name here ], the versions of the songs that played on the radio now have been remastered.

While I suppose there is always the urge to improve the mix on an old song, and take advantage of all the fancy schmancy technology available, I think it is reprehensible. No longer does listening to one of your favorite songs from the past bring back memories; now it brings back thoughts of “I don’t remember this song sounding like THAT!”

I’m certain that my opinion doesn’t really matter to anyone, I would hope that the purists out there will hold the line and refuse to purchase or promote the reprocessing and repackaging of our musical memories.

No one in their right mind would consider picking up a copy of Mark Twain’s “Tom Sawyer” and rewriting it using today’s jargon and lingo. Sam Clemens would be churning in his grave.

So why is it OK to do it with the music.

So THAT is why I enjoy listening to vinyl records – complete with scratches, pops and clicks – because every nuance brings back specific thoughts and recollections from my past; and I value every one of them.

Voices From Your Past

Monday, September 27th, 2004

While the music from our past is indelibly etched into our souls, you also have to give credit to the people – the disk jockeys – that played a significant part in introducing them to each of us. For me, the personalities of Ace Young, Paraquat Kelly, Sam Riddle and Jim Ladd created the aura that put a frame of reference to the music.

I think you might find this website a great help in bringing back some of these names from the dead – or even from the live. I’m sure they would appreciate getting an email from you telling you how much they meant to you. Do it.

ACTION: 440: Satisfaction – Radio People, Radio History, Radio Stations

Monday, September 13th, 2004

[Progweed.net == Progressive Music Reviews]

What Got Me 40 Years Ago

Friday, September 10th, 2004

The cover story in the September issue of Uncut (see my references below on how excellent this music magazine really is) targets The Kinks. What I was pleased to learn is that their hit You Really Got Me was released 40 years ago this month! Damn. I was a mere lad of 12 when I first heard the tune – clay waiting to be molded and it is now obvious that what is now being referred to as the first in the string of heavy metal tunes produced by the Davies clan was key in shaping my musical substance.

The opening rif of 5 simple notes defines rock for me.

And as you know, it was this very song that first endeared me to the “then unknown” rock group, Mott The Hoople, when their instrumetal version pierced my soul for good back in ’70.

ACTION: Listen, it’s ALL about the music.

CREEM ONLINE: Rock-A-Rama Raview

Friday, September 10th, 2004

“Mott The Hoople Live [30th Anniversary Edition]

2004 Columbia UK

To quote Ben Edmonds’ CREEM review of Mott’s Hoople LP 30 years ago, MTH was ‘a band that could probably please me just by farting with the slightest degree of sincerity.’ And while the thought (and smell) of a gassy Overend Watts may not reek of rock ‘n’ roll as much as Mr. Edmonds may have thought in 1974, the fact remains that Mott The Hoople were probably the best live act seven bucks could buy a teenager anywhere that year.

The problem was their new Mott Live long player was a half-assed chop job splitting two different shows on each side, short-changing fans with an oddball song selection, muddy production and sorely missing any tracks from their then-current release The Hoople.

Well, all that has now changed with the 30th anniversary release of Mott The Hoople Live.

ACTION: Read the Review

Sunday, August 29th, 2004

kissthisguy.com – – The Archive of Misheard Lyrics

One Hit Wonders

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

Discovered this nifty little site that is a great integration of chat forums, artist profiles and links to Amazon and other providers. I like the way that context-sensitive links are on the artist page. For example, if I’m looking at the Bloodrock 2 page, they have a link for “find your classmates from 1971”. Adding to my dropping crumbs list, too.

ACTION: One Hit Wonder Central

ABOUT FANTASY VINYL

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

If you frequent weidemannia, you might have noticed the past few postings titled “Fantasy Vinyl”. [If you missed them, check out the links on the Previous Posts listing on the right-hand menu.]

On first glance, they seem like regular album covers. Right? But if you are perceptive – and I think you are – you will have determined that some of the faces shown on the covers don’t seem to match the images in your memory. And you are right. [If you click the Fantasy album cover, you will see the original album cover for comparison.]

MY GOAL: Alter history for the better!

OFFER – I would love to create a personalized, custom album cover for YOU, too! Simply drop me an email, attach a few of your pictures you would like me to incorporate, let me know which album cover you want “enhanced”, and I’ll create your cover for absolutely NO CHARGE for the time being. Browse my gallery of album covers at Epiclectic’s Vintage Vinyl – to get some ideas.

Wouldn’t it be great to not only tell your friends you were with the band, but you can SHOW THEM THE ALBUM COVER TO PROVE IT?

MY MISSION: To Make YOU Smile. Period.

Love Token

Monday, August 16th, 2004

While listening to a recent garage sale find, I read the notes on the back of the Mystic Moods Orchestra’s Love Token album.

Get a load of this:

“The gift of life is but a LOVE TOKEN; and, I am a witness to the birth of LOVE TOKEN. The operation is complete, and the delivery is an overwhelming success. The implements required, were innumerable years of experienced talent, and a complement of creative minds, working together with hundreds of exhilarating instruments and sounds. This new life is Melody Infinite. The presiding specialists were Richard Clements, Brad Miller, and Michael Shields. The patient – The MYSTIC MOODS ORCHESTRA, and a new guardian – you!

As young lovers grow together, so do the MYSTIC MOODS and their lovers. Every note breathes and responsibly procreates another note, until a realization is reached… that this fresh new life is an eternal love. THE MYSTIC MOODS – a LOVE TOKEN forever!” – Ro Barnwell

I’m gonna barf!

ReadyMade: Feature – A New Spin on Old LPs

Friday, August 13th, 2004

Note that I do NOT condone this destruction of property. It makes it near impossible to play your records, but an interesting way to give new life to your mutilated disks. Actually, I tried this earlier today before having explored the internet, and its amazingly easy to do. I’m trying to think of something other than “a bowl” and will let you now what i come up with.

ACTION: Three Ways to Recycle Your Old Vinyl

The One and Only

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

Everyone on the planet is familiar with the now infamous record album cover featuring a beautiful woman sitting in a pile of whipped cream. BUT, if you, for some reason, have never ventured into a thrift store and browsed the bins of old LPs, I can guarantee that if you get in your car RIGHT NOW and drive to the nearest Salvation Army, Goodwill or garage sale, you WILL spot a copy of this album.

Amazing but True!

ACTION > Check out Dolores Erickson’s website – The One and Only

Tom Guerra’s Website – Ian Hunter Interview

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

Some interesting parallels in what the world of “business” has done over the past 30 years.

Tom Guerra’s Website – Ian Hunter Interview: “TG: You’ve been recording for about thirty years – how has the business changed?

IH: I used to be keen and enthusiastic, but as this business has changed I’ve changed as well. I recognize record people a mile away and I try to avoid them. They have no knowledge of what they are doing. I think when I was coming up it was so much better because people were into it. The kids were maniacs and they were coming out of retail, not business schools. Today, they have to keep the board of directors happy, and these people speak the same language. The emphasis has gone from music to accountancy. It’s the same in art or sports or everything. “

RECORD STORES in LOS ANGELES

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

I came across this nice compilation of record resources in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Figured that some day, I might want to pack a lunch, and set out to visit many of these shops to see what they have to offer. May get some ideas, too.

Thanks to Andy, who developed this list as a hobby, and is having difficulties with “free webhosting services”. The downside of getting to popular, is the pimps want to get their cut of your traffic.

No one said the internet was fair.

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

RECORD STORES in LOS ANGELES & the Internet

The History of Rock and Roll

Sunday, July 18th, 2004

Rock-and-Roll (räk’n roll’) n. first so used (1951) by Alan Freed, Cleveland disc jockey, taken from the song “My Baby Rocks Me with a Steady Roll”. The use of rock, roll, rock and roll, etc., with reference to sexual intercourse, is traditional in blues, a form of popular music that evolved in the 1950’s from rhythm and blues, characterized by the use of electric guitars, a strong rhythm with an accent on the offbeat, and youth-oriented lyrics. [ more ]

What’s That Worth?

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004

Popsike.com provides auction results of rare vinyl records, specializing in Pop, Rock, Beat and Psych from the 60’s and 70’s.

To check it out, I searched on one of my old Seeds albums, Future, and found a like copy/condition recently sold for $54 US! Seems like the values I’ve been logging into my collection database may be undervaluing these puppies. Good to know if it ever comes time to liquidate.

[ more ]

Jerkin’ Crocus – Get It Right

Tuesday, July 13th, 2004

Because sometimes you want to sing along, and you don’t want to sound like an idiot if people start listening to what you are saying.

Mott the Hoople Jerkin’ Crocus lyrics: (Ian Hunter)

Old man Tyler had a crash in his car down on the fortune highway

Doctor said it was his cruel sick heart didn’t go to church on Sunday

Oh your pace is going to knock you dead

Out of the race you got time to spare

Jerkin’ Crocus is the cause of the cross you bear

Didn’t you wish you were there

I know what she want

Just a lick of your ice cream cone

I know what you say

Pappas in bed well hey hey hey

When he got stuck with a hole in his head she asked to try it my way

Get down low with all that haughty jive you don’t know what it’s like babe

Oh oh oh it’s getting down around here

I got nothing to hide I’m to tired to fear

Jerkin’ Crocus didn’t kill me but she sure came near

She’s a nads puller

I know what she want

A judo hold on a black mans balls

I know what you think

Ease over baby going to rock that thing

Alright!

I know what she want

Just a lick of your ice cream cone

I know what you say

Pappas in bed well hey hey hey

I know what she want

A judo hold on a black mans bones

I know what you think

Ease over baby going to rock that thing

Alright!

C’mon Jerkin’

C’mon Jerkin’

I know

No no no no

Alright!

I know

That’s better

No no no no

That’s much better

[No one said the lyrics were going to insightful or philosophical. Remember: It’s all about the rock – and the roll.]

RecordStoreReview.com

Saturday, July 10th, 2004

RecordStoreReview.com features record store listings and reviews from around the world including the US, Canada, England, Japan and more. We’re building the guide together with a community of collectors (like you) who share reviews of stores they’ve visited. We hope the directory leads you to those elusive records and CDs missing from your collection. [ more ]

The Greatest Album Covers That Never Were

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

Maybe you can’t always judge a book by looking at its cover, but you can often judge an album by its cover. The cover art of a record or CD has always been an integral part of portraying the image and the essence of the recording artist. Documented by many books, record cover art has become an art form in itself, above and beyond the music inside the jacket. Many renowned artists have shown their love for this medium by creating covers for their favorite musicians. [ more ]

If You Like Tangerine Dream

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

We are happy to announce that Edgar W. Froese’s personal website presentation opened in the evening of July 5th, 2004.

The website is all-round presentation of the man behind Tangerine Dream, with all the bells and whistles. It features:

– an extensive bio
– a comprehensive discography
– a presentation of Froese’s visual arts
– regular news updates on his activities with and outside of TD

All of this is embedded in an extravagant web presentation that invites anyone who visits to explore. We, thus, urge you to pay the site a visit today at http://www.edgarfroese.com.

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

VinylRevolution.com – Vinyl Record Store

When Did You Last Twist?

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

If you didn’t already know, I collect vinyl records. During one of my recent treasure hunts, I uncovered a copy of Parkway’s ‘Your Twist Party With The King Of Twist Chubby Checker’, from 1962, in pretty nice shape. As I cataloged the album, I enjoyed reading the 42 year old cover notes, and I reflected on how times have changed. Enjoy this flash from the past. [ more ]

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

Album Cover Art Gallery Nice gallery, with fronts, backs, technical notes and editorial comments.

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

VIP-24.com- CDs, vinyl, memorabilia, music resources

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

Collectable Records-Rare collectable vinyl records, art cover and labels, posters

Pictures Worth a Million Words

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

Collectable Records – Rare collectable vinyl records, art cover and labels, posters is a great Russian website. To take full advantage of the site, you need to register. However, I found that I was able to browse the psychedelic posters for free, and much to my enjoyment, discovered a Fillmore West poster for Quicksilver Messenger Service – one of my favorite bands from the late 60’s.

But more importantly, it notes supporting act Mott the Hoople – as you know, one of my favorite bands OF ALL TIME.

Guilty Pleasure: Tri Atma

Sunday, June 27th, 2004

I have been running Mercora continually for the past few weeks, and thoroughly enjoy allowing it to randomly broadcast music from my CD collection. A few minutes ago, I was pleasantly reminded of a song that I hadn’t heard in years. The electronic composition, “Naturliche Liebe (Natural Loving)” by Tri Atma, appeared on the very first CD I bought back in 1985. The imported German compilation disc titled Music From Utopia Vol. I included music from Yello, Laurie Anderson, Howard Jones and a number of German artists I hadn’t heard – including Tri Atma. It was a great way to be introduced to electronica – a far cry from anything that was broadcast on the radio back then, or since. I find the ambient music to be soothing and relaxing when the rock ‘n’ roll needs a rest. [ listen to tri atma ]

Change is Refreshing

Friday, June 25th, 2004

One of my earliest musical recollections was riding my bike on our street, and hearing Jan and Dean’s “Surf City” coming from the bedroom window of a house down the street. I loved that song, and immediately turned my green Stingray around, raced to my bedroom, slamming the door behind me, and turned on the Realistic transistor radio to KHJ to catch the final minute of the song. I think that was one of the first times I recall the hair on the back of my neck tingling. The tune bounced around my music-hungry mind and stuck, as many more have done over the years… [ more ]

Friday, June 25th, 2004

the Vinyl Underground – Picture Discs and Colored Vinyl Records

Friday, June 25th, 2004

Welcome To Goner Records, Memphis, TN

The Message Board of the Record Collectors Guild

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

The Message Board of the Record Collectors Guild – A thriving, global community of avid vinyl junkies and record collectors. A comprehensive site and great resource for you late-comers who want to get into the vinyl craze.

BigBlackDisk.com

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004


The concepts are being developed and the domain is registered.

Technicolor Web of Sound

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

60s PSYCHEDELIC WEB RADIO – Please don’t consider that rock music from the 60’s should be called “oldies”. Rather, I think if you take the time to listen to some of these rare and probably “new to you” groups, like me, you will discover more NEW 60’s music than you can stand. Try it, and I think you might enjoy the change from the same old crap you hear on FM radio.

Monday, June 21st, 2004

Japanese Pop discography – Because sometimes you need listen to things that ClearChannel hasn’t approved. It IS a free musicworld.

Has It Been 30 Years Already?

Sunday, June 20th, 2004

Well, it arrived in the mail today, and couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting recently, and remembering the past 30 years, it’s comforting to know that some things remain with you your entire life. Without warning, a simple song can instantly trigger vivid and emotional memories. I can’t imagine what a day going by without music would be like, and this double-CD set brings back a plethora of pleasantries from ’74.

FACT: Mott The Hoople was the very FIRST rock and roll band to play Broadway. Sony UK has just released a remastered and enhanced 2-CD package of that quintessential live concert from 30 years ago.

“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If you own only ONE Mott The Hoople CD, this MUST be IT!” – weidemanniaBuy it on Amazon.com.

Ray Charles Lives

Sunday, June 13th, 2004

June 11, 2004, marked the day a treasured musical institution moved to a higher plane. While the music of Ray Charles has never been specifically on my radar or in my personal record collection, I am now extremely aware of how much of a part he played in evolving the art of rock’n’roll. Expect to see more Ray Charles albums show up in my collection.

R.I.P. – Rock In Peace, Ray… and even though your vision will return, please don’t lose the shades!

Webb Wilder

Thursday, June 10th, 2004

“Webb Wilder, ‘the Last of the Full-Grown Men,’ is large enough for the big screen, hip enough to star in cult classic b-movies and tough enough to keep his seat on a never-ending rock ‘n’ roll caravan that has crisscrossed the map performing to enthusiastic crowds for over a decade now. His latest Watermelon album, Acres of Suede, is a bumper crop of classic Webb Wilder rockers.”

If you don’t think you’ve ever heard Webb Wilder, think again. Check out his Music page, click on the album Doo-Dad and listen to Tough It Out. If that don’t ring a bell, or float your boat, you must have been dead 10 years ago. A true original, and worthy of a mention here.

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

ROCK JOTS GOES LIVE
Today, I have decided to perform a “cell division” and create a separate blog specifically related to music, musicians and all things rock and roll. As I travel the wires, I will be depositing my nuggets along with witty and/or insightful comments on ROCK JOTS.

But, don’t worry. You can still find an ODDIT trail of my non-musically inclined discoveries here on dropping crumbs.

Epiclectic Radio Now On the Air!

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

MERCORA P2P NETRADIO
Well, if I’m online, you can use this really cool peer-to-peer radio client to listen to my mottmania playlist. Once you load the application, add epiclectic to your friends list and tune in.

Formats Change – Deal With It

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

Today, ROCK JOTS goes live. The format from here forward should have more editorial opinion and comment, but I’ve put previous links found on the dropping crumbs page for reference.

Monday, June 7th, 2004

The Greatest Album Covers That Never Were

Sunday, June 6th, 2004

Every Cover Tells a Story…

Happy Birthday Ian

Friday, June 4th, 2004


HAPPY BIRTHDAY IAN HUNTER
from all of us at weidemannia and threeFOUR.

[Photo from his early years – generously borrowed by a fan.]

TAKE a minute and visit ianhunter.com and see what he’s up to TODAY. Perhaps his current tour will take him near your town.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LISTENING!

Do You Like Boston?

Saturday, May 29th, 2004

Like Boston? Then give a listen to Brian’s latest in-the-works tune, Distraction. More importantly, if you like what you hear, click the pic to visit his site and let him know.

Friday, May 28th, 2004

Vinyl Record Day is the First Nonprofit organization dedicated to: The Preservation of the Cultural Influence, the Recordings and the Cover Art of the Vinyl Record

Monday, May 24th, 2004

TrouserPress.com

Reunited At Last

Wednesday, May 19th, 2004

 
Finally, after all these years, the secret is out…

I HAVE A TWIN BROTHER! (By the way, that’s me on the right.)

Pete: Drop me a note, and maybe we can get together for coffee next time you’re in town, and catch up on the past.

Monday, May 10th, 2004

Google Search: vintage vinyl record album covers Epiclectic’s Vintage Vinyl is now listed on a google search at #119.

Saturday, May 1st, 2004

radio vox populi: live from the commons

CREEM ONLINE!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

CREEM ONLINE! Fantastic rebirth of a classic magazine.

Wednesday, April 7th, 2004

LYRICS – Great collection of lyrics for those of you that are memory challenged.

Thursday, April 1st, 2004

BBC – Top of the Pops 2 – Homepage

BBC – Top of the Pops 2 – Homepage

Thursday, April 1st, 2004

BBC – Top of the Pops 2 – Homepage

Dodging Bullets

Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

HARD ROCK’S BIG 50 – The Top 50 Classic Hard Rock LPs

The readers of this magazine are very lucky. For our own Andrew Kereakos is the world’s most renown expert in all matters of hard rock. His own band, The Blood Shot, carry the torch of the golden era more so than any other rock band going today. We are fortunate that he took the time to compile this list for you. Below are his personal choices for the 50 most crackin’ hard rock classics of all time. We won’t argue with the dude. He has spent far too much time researching the 50 cent record wall at Treehouse to be wrong about these things. Enjoy. (forward by Sir Issac Newbile)

DPRP – Dutch Progressive Rock Page

Tuesday, March 30th, 2004

DPRP – Dutch Progressive Rock Page

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004

What is your Glam Rock Name?

Amateur Garage Bands From The 60’s

Saturday, March 20th, 2004

Amateur Garage Bands From The 60’s

Freak Emporium – Music mail order

Saturday, March 20th, 2004

Freak Emporium – Music mail order

Uncut: Homepage::

Saturday, March 20th, 2004

Uncut: Homepage:: If you are tired of the same old crap music rags, check out Uncut from the UK. After 20+ years of watching Rolling Stone go to hell, its nice to have a new outlook on life. Highly recommended.

SONG LYRICS

Friday, March 19th, 2004

SONG LYRICS Search Engine + A-Z Archive )

The Strangest Secret

Friday, March 19th, 2004

SoCalRocks.com

Sunday, February 29th, 2004

SoCalRocks.com – Catering to LIVE music fans within Southern California, SoCalRocks.com was created in February 2003 by drummer/guitarist Loren Scott as a central point of contact for his fellow SoCal performing musicians, the venues that book them, and the fans that love to see them perform. When live music fans want to know where to spend their music-filled nights, SoCalRocks.com tells them where the action is before heading out for the night!

Parallel Time

Saturday, February 28th, 2004

Parallel Time – The Unofficial Donnie Iris Site
“She wears a dress that’s sure to please ya
She wear a half smile like the Mona Lisa
And what she wear she really wear
Wanna squeeze her up like a teddy bear…”

Bluefish Band

Saturday, February 28th, 2004

The Bluefish Band

www.Foghat.com

Thursday, February 26th, 2004

www.Foghat.com – Had to go exploring, since Sherry and I had just seen them at the Coach House. Older, but still rocking hard with those memorable songs. Stone Blue, indeed.

The Berlin Fan Page

Thursday, February 26th, 2004

The Berlin Fan Page

The Home of OCROCK

Thursday, February 26th, 2004

The Home of OCROCK