Wednesday, June 29, 2022

HERMANOS GUZANOS - "Crash'em Up Cowboys" (1987)

The music on this early tape of ours was never really intended to be heard by anyone except the three of us. We let loose this tape on the public in 1992, but the music was really recorded in 1987. 
This was work all week, get together on the weekend in Gary's garage, plug in, and go. Recording it was just an afterthought. It's unsophisticated and unrefined, and more fun than three grown men should be having. There was no leader, there were no rules, and frankly, that's what it sounds like.
There are some songs I like but most of them have some part I wish could have been edited out, so that's what I was able to do with this one. My verbal introduction always bugged me, so tonight, I cut it out, and here's the new version that I can finally say I actually like.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

HEDWIG GORSKI - "Polish Gypsy With Ghost" (1992)

This is a very cool four song 7" EP I got from the phenomenal Hedwig Gorski back in the early 90's. In a real world, one of these songs should have been a hit 1992. Thirty years later, maybe there's still a chance. It was called "Polish Gypsy With Ghost" and Hedwig's band was called East Of Eden Band. The members of East Of Eden Band were percussionist Booka Michel, Guitarist D'Jalma Matthew Garnier III, and Bass player Horatio Rodriguez. These guys cook and give Hedwig the perfect background to tell you her stories.
Lucky me, my copy is numbered 1/200.

I don't know why, and they have very little in common except maybe a kindred spirit, but for some reason when I hear this song I think of the late Christina Joy Amphlett of The Divinyls.
Hedwig Gorski's detailed story can be found on Wikipedia.
But in the meantime, here's

Thursday, June 23, 2022

DIG - "Metropolitan Surfer" (1986)

I sent the 76th copy of our first tape "The Worm's Turn" to "Miracle Music Unlimited" in Seattle, and this 45 by DIG is what I got in return.

The band consisted of Darryn Brott on Drums, Tim Chamberlain on Bass, with Mark Horn and Lee Conley on Guitars.
The A Side was titled "Don't You Have Any Feelings, and the B Side was..........

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

CHRIS PHINNEY & ED DRURY - "Did You Get My Letter?" (2022)

I wondered why I hadn't heard from Chris Phinney in a while, then I realized I probably didn't get his letter! 
Chris & Ed have been busy! Covid didn't stop them, nothing seems to slow them down, and I think they are getting even better. Follow the path of their many releases over the past year or so, and you'll find it's like a musical diary written by the two of them, and just like life, there's good days, and sometimes there's bad days!
Today was a good day!

Thursday, June 9, 2022

RICH ARITHMETIC - "I Wonder Why" (1991)

Rich Horton released this Rich Arithmetic 45 on his Optional Art label back in 1991.
This was his debut single as "Rich Arithmetic." He had an earlier EP in 1985 in which he was called "Richard H," a moniker that died not long afterwards.

The A Side is a song called "Cambridge, and the B Side was titled "I Wonder Why."
The cassingle of this contained a bonus track -- so 3 songs instead of 2!

Although I normally go for the more uptempo songs, this time I'm opting for the mellower B Side with it's wild Country Joe style guitar intro.

I don't know why the song "I Wonder Why" shown here is called "I Don't Know Why." Maybe Rich don't know why either. Rich is a perfectionist, so I'm sure it's something he did on porpoise.
 (c) Hortones, 1991, (p) Optional Art, 1991

Saturday, June 4, 2022

JOHN BARTLES - "Erie Niagara Noir" (2005)

As the liner notes say, "Erie Niagara Noir" is the third in the Summer 2005 Series of free jazz projects by John Bartles. This style suits John well, and sets the mood for Summer 2022 as well.

Here's the third cut on this CD. It features John telling you all about it, with Todd Whitman providing the atmosphere with his saxophone stylings.