Saturday, June 20, 2015

My Absence...

My posts here have come to a crawl as of late, so for the six people that drop by on the regular, I'm sorry for that. I realized that I have about half-a-dozen blogs/tumblrs and I wish there was an easy way to combine them all into a single site. I mean, after all, they pretty much cover the same ground: Lou Reed, Johnny Thunders, New York Dolls, bootlegs, music, and cool stuff on the Interwebs! Any of you know of a site where it's easy to blend a bunch of blogs into a single website?!

Not being able to break with my usual interests, here is the latest Easy Action project I helped out with:

 
It's the remastered 2CD In Cold Blood, which puts together all of Johnny's recording sessions with Jimmy Miller, plus some other one-off sessions, all from 1982. This material has never been issued together in a single release, and is essentially all of Johnny's studio recordings from 1982.

Nina Antonia provides detailed liner notes, which include photos you've never seen. Also, it all comes in a classy thick-stock gatefold with individual sleeves for the CDs.

But Wait, There's More! 

Disc two is a never-before released audience recording of his 3 June 1982 gig at the Marquee Club in London, straight from the master tape.

This is also available on vinyl, but without the live recording.  As with all Easy Action releases, this is NOT a bootleg. It is an official release with all royalties going to the JT estate.



Friday, June 5, 2015

Slow Day At Work (2006)


Here is another piece of "busy work" I created while it was slow at work.  I had just started my job, and I and other newly hired colleagues would battle for workload!  On the days when I lost a battle, I found other ways to spend my time constructively.  Here, I charted the creation of the Israel Defense Forces.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Linda Ronstadt: 10


This is from the inner sleeve of Linda Ronstadt's 1973 Don't Cry Now LP.  I can't get enough of 1970s Ronstadt...I could stare at her forever...

Thursday, March 5, 2015

New Release by 'Wish List' Available!

For those that missed my last post about Wish List, I caught these guys at a gig near me and they definitely impressed.  For those of you that wanna give this Pennsylvania-based band a try, here is their latest EP.  You can pay whatever you want for the EP in flac format, or pay $5 (+ s/h) for the 7" on either black or blue vinyl.

Everything you need to know is on their Bandcamp page...so get over there and give 'em a shot!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

I Gotta Right - James Williamson with Lisa Kekaula



This is 1000x more powerful to me than Jello Biafra's take of Head On, where he emotes a lot of forced aggression.  I imagine the blasphemy of Lisa and James doing this in early 1960s America, with a black woman howling "I gotta right to sing anytime I want!" over a white man's guitar licks.  That woulda been something fer sure.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Death Of A Blitz Kid



Last week we lost Steve Strange, so sorry this entry comes a little late.  I remember Fade To Grey as one of those MTV videos that captivated me as a kid.  Remember those days when you would camp out in front of MTV for hours and see all those awesome videos with the whites turned all the way up?!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Bootleg Time: David Bowie & Marc Bolan Rehearsals (1977)


Standing Next To You was recorded on 7 September 1977 either at Bolan's Manchester hotel room (The Post House?) or in a Granada TV Studios rehearsal room. Madman is from earlier in '77 when Bowie was staying at Bolan's Barnes, southwest London house, around the time of the Iggy Pop tour and just before Bolan's 'Dandy In The Underworld' tour - so sometime around late February or early March.

The original recordings are on two separate reels and are in the collection of a private collector in Germany. A Bolan CD-R entitled 'Collaborations' containing these tracks was released about 20 years ago. The original reels were used for this disc.

The only other musician on these recordings is Gloria Jones on keyboards and backing vocals.


Tracks 1-5  Standing Next To You
Tracks 6-8  Madman
Tracks 9-11 Unknown Titles

David Bowie - Vocals & Guitar
Marc Bolan - Vocals & Guitar

Gloria Jones - Backing Vocals & Keyboards