Friday, December 31, 2021

ZZAJ - "10 Years After" (1990)

Here's my end of the years presentation, a 1990 tape by Dick Metcalf, aka zZaj called "10 Years After" I think, or maybe "Trillium Less One." It's zZaj, it's up to you to figure it out.

The musicians involved on this project are Atkins - Rhodes, Zzaj - Sampler, Bells, Glaude - Drums, Trumpet, Pepper - Percussion, Sax, and P. Atkins - Rhodes Adjustment. Side 2 has contributions also by Vale - D50, and Mark - Drums.
From the "Freeing The Natural" side.....Hold on to your hats......

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

AMAZING THRIFT VOLUME SEVENTEEN - "The Murder Of Two Men By A Young Kid Wearing Lemon-Colored Gloves" (1992)

Besides home produced tapes, and D.I.Y. magazines, there were art projects, mail projects, and nutty things like the "Amazing Thrift" compilation series put together by the Amazing Michael Gonzales, and his OOH OOH Music label in North Canton, Ohio.

 This series of tapes were compilations put together by people Michael knew or corresponded with that included cuts found on records found in thrift stores, hence the title.

The songs for this tape were chosen by yours truly, and included a cover of "Tell Mama" by the Stanford University Marching Band, the original horrid version of "My Little Red Book" by Burt Bacharach, an outlandish cover of "Yellow Rose Of Texas" by Hochpops, Voodoo Drums, Stan "The Man" Musial, and more.

 But one of my favorites among the bunch has got to be this wild jazz poem!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

LORD LITTER - "Just Blame Eddie" (2001)

Back in the early 2000's Steve Zimmerman launched his Orange Entropy label. Hermanos Guzanos had four CD's on his label, and Lord Litter had a few also. This one titled "Just Blame Eddie" is pretty close to a masterpiece in my humble opinion. Simple, yet very, very effective.

It's all done by Lord Litter himself, and if you want to know more about what he's doing today, you can always go to his website
And if you want to check out some of his killer radio broadcasts, you can also get lost at his Internet Archive site for a few days, or weeks, which I highly recommend!

I had a hard picking out a song for you to hear, but I got it down to two when I realized they were both the same song, but two distinctively different versions. So here you go, as the good Lord likes to say himself, Cheerz!!

Monday, December 13, 2021

GAJOOB SAMPLER - Issue #9, Sampler #5 (1993)

Issue #9 of Gajoob magazine came with five sampler tapes. Each tape included music that was reviewed in the magazine. and all the tapes in this series had this same artwork from my best pal Gary Wray! This cassette included a wide variety of acts from the Wallmen to The Blind Mime Ensemble. Mixed in between all that was music by people like the Lobelia Haymakers from North Carolina.
 I never had any direct contact with Lobelia Haymakers, but there were two cassettes reviewed in this issue, "Wish I Had Two Of 'Em," and "Life Among The Shimfs," and the general consensus was that this was "very good guitar rock 'n' roll with a definite good time garage element." If it all sounded like this song, I couldn't agree more!
"Words & music copyright D.W. Bostic, who also was the guitarist, bassist and vocalist, with help from vocalist Wahoo Willie Thibodeaux, drummer Tim Pyne, and engineer Chris Massie.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

ZAZERAC - "Peace" (2006)

 The whole freakin' world needs to chill right about now, and I can't think of a better way to do it than with some more Super Cool music from John Sanders and Zazerac.
This is a tune from 2006 when Zazerac were based in Memphis, and it features John Sanders on Keyboards, Aaron Northern playing Drums, Troy Isom on Guitar, Matt on Bass, Larry Randolph playing Saxophone, and it's perfect for this rainy day morning.

Friday, December 3, 2021


I've met a lot of interesting artists and musicians in my life, but none was any cooler than my good buddy Whitey Thomas. They called him Whitey because of his blonde locks. Whitey played trumpet with the Glenn Miller Army Air Force band, and when the war was over, he played with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Whitey claimed he was the last man to see Glenn Miller alive, and I have no reason to doubt him.

When the war was over, and the big band days came to an end, musicians like Whitey became band leaders, or formed their own groups, and played in nightclubs and restaurants from Las Vegas to New York. Joining Whitey in this combo were Larry Kinnamon who had formerly played with The Harry James Orchestra, on piano and vibes, Jack Ordean who had played in The Stan Kenton Orchestra, on sax and clarinet, John Snyder, former Tommy Dorsey Orchestra member, on drums, and Roland Evans playing the bass.

Whitey landed in Bakersfield, California, and became a regular at a fancy French restaurant and steakhouse called Maison Jaussand. Back then, the highway still ran through town, and Jaussaud's as it was sometimes referred to, was a very popular place.

I was very lucky to find a copy of the original 1960's Maison Jaussaud menu on the internet.

I'm really hoping that's spaghetti sauce and not blood on the menu!

More than anything, check out those prices, you could get a whole lobster for $4.50, or a filet mignon for five bucks, and it came with Hors d' Oeuvres Maison, soup, salad, vegetables, bread and butter, and ice cream. Incredible, but not as incredible as this vintage music, which was obviously the last song of the night!