Now we all know outlaw country is great in it's own right. But in the past 5 to 6 years those "firey issue" kids (if you catch my drift) amongst other annoying folks have had a great hand in making the love of that sort of music very annoying. And you know what I'm talking about. All of a sudden 80% of the population thought that individually they were the only person(s) that ever listened to Willy, Waylon or Cash and felt it necessary to tell how great and honest that music was like you did'nt fucking know already. I said all that to let you folks know where I'm coming from on this one. I really enjoy a good bit of David Allan Coe's catalog...At least the first 12 or so years. But not in a "my inner outlaw indentifies with him cuz I'mma rebel at heart" sort of way.
I think in DAC's case the outlaw personna overshadowed what was really so great about him. The simple fact that he was an astute, articulate, clever and extremely witty songwriter with an ear for melody and structure far superior to any of his second generation contemporaries . In the later part of his career he kinda dwindled to his image and was damned to play biker rallies for the rest of his days. And futhermore it's hard to really find good representations of his earlier work due to hundreds of bullshit greatest hits albums. This is a comp I made for a trip to the Smokies, but never made it to the burner. This comp spans from 1969's "Penitentiary Blues"to 1982's "Underground Album" and shows the most eclectic range any country artist has ever had to offer... And honestly has far more to do with Southern Rock than country..... This comp is the Charles Bukowski of Southern rock..... I stand behind that statement.
Run-on Sentances Forever!!!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Renaissance were formed by Keith Relf of The Yard Birds fame, and were one of a small hand full of projects he would embark on in his path to sheer insanity in his later years. Mr.Relf died when he was 33 from an electric shock he received from his guitar.... But anyhoo he was not actually on this album so thats neither here or there. Renaissance had a proggy sound that focused on what proggers of the time were adding to rock. So more or less it was more classical than rockin at most points. The arrangements are absolutely beautiful and sometimes haunting. Do yourself a solid and check this out.
Holocaust is tired of you. Sitting around your house, overeating, farting and making excuses for the state of your life. Well them days are over. These five men on horses, riding out of the sky are coming for you...And it's night, that's why it's called the nightcomers. And if you don't play your cards right you just might be riffed into an early grave. This is the audio equivalent of Russian roulette...There is a 1 in 6 chance you are gonna die, and just like a bullet Holocaust never lies. The below link is your chance to participate in this sonic Darwinism . If you make through this album then you are the strong... But if you don't... Well then sorry dude, but you just did'nt have what it took.
Monday, March 23, 2009
With summer rapidly approaching, it's a good time to stock up on driving music worthy of loud play... And what a fine place to start this is. Holocaust were the Stooges of the nwobhm bands, and my favorite of the aforementioned. Extremely gritty, heavy, and apathetic to everything except the concept of rocking harder than their counterparts. The songs are well constructed and will cause the most, involuntary, unironic fist pumping and head nodding ever seen in these parts or any other for that matter. The production is hazy and perfect and the stage banter is top notch.This album should be issued to every American male on their 18th birthday, and viewed in our culture as a right of passage.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
This is some of the most atonal, menacing music ever made. The compositions are mainly written and performed by many guitars in many different tunings with minimal and rhythmic drumming, spacey textures and devastating unison rhythms. This album has a huge sound and can sometimes be very intense.Good Folks such as , Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo and Page Hamilton all cut their teeth playing with Branca and his influence shows throughout their career for certain. This is like Earth for latter middle-aged record store clerks of band wagons past...But it's still great.
Friday, March 20, 2009
This is the first of many CDB posts. 1974's Fire on the Mountain is a crucial piece of Tennessee history. With obtuse mountain epics "Caballo Diablo" and "No Place to Go" and down to earth foothill shakers like "Trudy" and "Georgia" one would be hard pressed to find a better masterpiece that utilizes fiddle, banjo, twin lead guitar harmony, dobro and a conga player nicknamed "coconut". The album art by James Floruroy Holmes really captures feel of the album... Racoons, vegetables being grown, Mountains and Waterfalls!!! "Hungover, red eyed, dog tired satisfied-It's a long road and a little wheel and it takes a lot of turns to get there.Thank you,damnit"
Our friendly local weatherman here in Chattanooga turned me on to this album. It slays, smokes, whales, screams, starts fires, dominates, puts out fires, kills animals, creates new unknown species, covers that song from looney tunes, blows the cold wind of death and the warm breath of life all at the same time.SO CHECK IT OUT!!!
After creating the rythyms that defined rock n' roll Bo Diddley felt he had earned the right to experiment with various drugs and effects pedals. The results were truly interesting. With such anthems as "Shut up, woman" and "I don't like you" it's a wonder this album did'nt re-re-define rock. According to rumor Mr.Diddley's last words were "Wow(while presenting a thumbs up) I'm going to heaven..... May he shuffle in streets of gold.
Frank Marino honestly believed he was Jimi Hendrix reincarnated. However him and Jimi were both alive simultaneously for a number of years. I don't know if he meant for this album to absolutely rule, but nonetheless it did.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
If you have ever wondered why King Diamond loves the falsetto and Queens of the Stone Age have ghostly"ahhhhh" backing vocals under half of their fucking catalog then David Byron and the boys will be glad to explain. Many folks of yesteryear wrote these guys off as the poor man's Deep Purple, and some of the organ work might have bruised Jon Lord's toes from time to time but these fellas still belted out a number of gems in their time....If you consider their time to be between '70 and '76. Salisbury was released in '72 and was Uriah Heep's second release. Check out the song "Lady in Black" drink hot tea while doing so... Now reflect....Yes thats it..mmmmm.