Friday, November 13, 2015

I Will Stand With France!

Allons enfants de la Patrie, Arise, children of the Fatherland,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé ! The day of glory has arrived!
Contre nous de la tyrannie, Against us tyranny's
L'étendard sanglant est levé, Bloody banner is raised,
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes Do you hear, in the countryside,
Mugir ces féroces soldats? The roar of those ferocious soldiers?
Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras They're coming right into our arms
Égorger nos fils, nos compagnes ! To cut the throats of our sons, our women!

Aux armes, citoyens, To arms, citizens,
Formez vos bataillons, Form your battalions,
Marchons, marchons! Let's march, let's march!
Qu'un sang impur Let an impure blood
Abreuve nos sillons! Water our furrows!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Homespun Songs Of The Union Army

So, there was a booksale at my local library this weekend - all you could fit in a paper grocery bag for $5 -  and I was happy to find a cool little cassette titled Homespun Songs Of The Union Army.  Surprisingly, the musician, Bobby Horton, has everything available online!  Check it out...and long live the Union!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Record Messages: Girl Watching in Vietnam

I was doing my usual thing at the Record & Tape Exchange, digging in the bargain bins, when I came across this odd little item.  Sgt. Dick Hagen bought this in Chu Lai, Vietnam in 1967.  Of all the music that was probably available at the PX, this soldier went with some swingin' jazz?!  I have never seen a Vietnam-related movie or television show which had a soundtrack that was not composed entirely of Rolling Stones, Jimi, and other 1960s radio juggernauts.  I wonder what led Sgt. Hagen to pick this up.

Anyway, there is no record of a Dick or Richard Hagen on the Vietnam War Memorial 'Virtual' Wall website, so I can only assume he was the one who brought this record home.  Here's to you, Sgt. Hagen, wherever you are!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Album Review: Wholewheat - Songs From My Parents Basement

Someone offered me this record at no cost, and who am I to say no to a free "new" album?!  In return I offered to write up a review.

I found myself enjoying this album quite a bit; something I didn't expect when it was being offered to me for free.  Once I opened up the album and scanned the credits, seeing that it was recorded on a 4-track machine, my expectations didn't shift much - this may indeed sound like it was recorded in a parent's basement, surrounded by mildew and wood paneling!  Well, color me surprised, because this isn't as pedestrian as I thought it would be.  It's pretty good!

What stands out to me the most is Wholewheat's ability to craft gentle, catchy keyboard textures on nearly every song.  That said, I would still label this as more of an acoustic album than anything else.  Wholewheat's strumming is mixed on top of the synthetic rhythms, and the vocals seem to casually float right above everything.

My main issue - and some may not think it's much of an issue at all - is that the lyrics are sometimes a bit...lazy. But that's just me.  TO be clear, I'm giving this a very solid B for what it is - a lo-fi indie project with some tunes you can get lost in.

So head over to Wholewheat's Bandcamp page and give some love if this is your kinda thing!

Friday, October 9, 2015

New Official Thunders Release Imminent!

Well, folks the second release in the Johnny Thunders:1978 series is almost ready to hit record shelves!  Remarquable Records is proud to (almost) present Daddy Rollin' Stone,  which contains never-before heard versions of the title track, London Boys, New York, and Hurtin'.

Head over to Remarquable's Soundcloud page for all the details!  Also, look for updates on my tumblrs:

And if you're dyin' for more of my crap, head on over to my All My Record Labels tumblr, where I post photos of my latest vinyl finds!