SONG OF THE DAY The Sonics – He’s Waitin’

The Sonics were the essence of rock’n’roll: loud, raw and uncouth!  Some would say that they were one of the first proper punk/garage bands to emerge out of the 60’s and that their aggressive sound, brash presence and unconventional style was both a defining and pioneering feature.

Over the years their music has been a major influence on punk, garage, grunge and rock, with various bands and artists citing them as a chief inspiration including Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, The Cramps and the Fall.

Taken from Boom, The Sonics second LP which was released in 1966, He’s Waitin’ is a wild and unleashed frenzy of fuzzed out guitar and howling lyrics.  Exploding as they proclaim, Well, Satan found out,” the song announces the consequences, explaining “Now you’re gonna learn, that lying don’t pay, it’s too late (it’s too late), you lied (you lied), now you (now you). Will fry (will fry)” …the devil surely is Waitin’…. Check it out above!

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SONG OF THE DAY Night Beats – Drowning in the Nile

Seattle’s purveyors of all things psychedelic create some of the finest, heavy doses of mind-bending hazy, crazy garage-nostalgia this side of the 60’s!  Coupled with hefty measures of heavy blues and r&b, the Night Beats erupt and consume everything with their mighty wall of authentic psych sounds (listen to lots more on my blog pages here.)

Today’s song is a howling frenzy of fuzz-guitar, rolling drums and stomping chaos, fronted by raucous vocals that cuts through this blissful mayhem like a knife through paper, shredding sound with melodic fury!  Drowning in the Nile first featured on a split release with The UFO Club which was released in 2011..check it out above!

The Night Beats are due to release a new album early in 2019 which will be accompanied by a tour – see dates here.  If you get chance to see the Night Beats live, do it!!  I saw them a couple of years ago and they were savage!! I highly recommend checking them out live!!..I’ll definitely be heading to one of their upcoming gigs!

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SONG OF THE DAY Chuck Berry – The Downbound Train

The Downbound train was originally released in December 1955 as the B Side of Chuck Berry’s No Money Down.

Driven by a relentless, fast locomotive tempo, the song hurls you onto the scorched carriage of a “train rushed on at a terrible pace” as it fast approaches its hellish destination, driven by none other than the devil himself.

Inspired by Chuck Berry’s staunch religious upbringing, Downbound Train is a song about redemption.  Warning against alcohol abuse it tells the story of a man who, after drinking far too much, falls asleep on a bar room floor and enters into a vivid dream about riding a train driven by the devil!  When the man wakes up he renounces the demon drink as the lyrics describe how he “fell on his knees on the bar room floor, And prayed a prayer like never before, And the prayers and vows were not in vain, for he never rode that down bound train…”

In his autobiography, Berry wrote this of the song:

“I could say my father, in many ways, really wrote the foundation for ‘Down Bound Train’ in his constant preaching of the horrors of hell once you’ve missed the blessings of salvation and heaven.  So let it be known that I’m not alone to reap what I’ve sown in fire and brimstone because of my own bad traits that I’ve shown.” 
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SONG OF THE DAY Calexico – Minas Cobre (for better metal)

Best known for their Americana, folk-rock sound, Calexico were one band I’d always wanted to see live and when I did, I didn’t stop grinning the whole way through!!

My favourite sound of Calexico is when the trumpets come out, just like with today’s track and El Picador (go go listen to that track on my page here).  This is what I love Calexico for and this is the sound that gives me shivers…..

Minas Cobre (for better metal) appears on Calexico’s 1998 album, The Black Light and for an extra treat I have found this awesome live recording of Minas de Cobre performed by Calexico & ORF Radio Symphonieorchester Wien on June 28th 2012 in course of a FM4 Radio Session at the ORF RadioKulturhaus in Vienna…It is utterly SUPERB!!!! Check it out above…

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SONG OF THE DAY Gavin Clark – The Russian

I have been saving up for Gavin Clark’s Beautiful Skeletons for quite some time now, but with an average selling price of just over £200, I’ve yet to justify the purchase..but he is a hero of mine and one of my all-time favourites so whatever happens, one day I will own a copy of Beautiful Skeletons, whatever the price!

His music just always makes me feel alright and turns even the worse moment into something magic..I love him, but I’m sure I’ve mentioned this on a few occasions!

Knowing the tragic fate of Gavin Clark, it does make you wonder how close and cutting his lyrics often were, like with today’s song.  The Russian is stunningly haunting and fragile, with Gavin Clark’s unique dusty-tone ruminating emotive and stirring lines such as, “I don’t need to need to figure out if I am blessed or I am cursed, there is darkness in the centre of every bone” and “there’s an inch of crimson thread sewn into my skin, a reminder of the truth, the hollow I am in..” 

Whether this song is an offering into Clark’s brittle mind, I can only speculate, but this song goes straight to the soul and for me that is where it has always remained. This poignant song is a special one, but there is not one Gavin Clark song that I do not love….Listen above.

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SONG OF THE DAY Alogte Oho and his Sounds of Joy – Mam Yinne Wa

Almost two years ago to this day German label Philophon released a gloriously vibrant song entitled, Mam Yinne Wa.  

Specialising in authentic local styles, from from heavy grooving Ethio-Jazz coming out of Addis Abeba to cheerful Frafra-Gospel, most of Philophon’s recordings take place exactly where the music is located and this is, as stated by the label, the “recipe for Philophon!”

Today’s song is performed by Alogte Oho, the number one Frafra gospel artist from the explosive music scene of Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana.  His international debut single, Zota Yinne, was released in 2014 and this has already become a collector’s item!  Always by Alogte Oho’s side are his powerful female choir, the Sounds of Joy, which consist of Lizzy Amaliyenga, Patricia Adongo and Florence Adooni); all of which are fantastic gospel performers in their own rights….and once you hear them sing, there will be no doubt in your mind as to why the call themselves the Sounds of Joy! This music will lift even the darkest of spirits…so, go forth and soar and listen above and if you want to purchase yourself a copy of this single, you can find that here. 

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SONG OF THE DAY The Birthday Party – King Ink

The deep, dark and very dirty-sounding King Ink is one of a handful of songs written by Nick Cave whilst he was in England during the Birthday Party’s brief residence in the UK in 1980.

Featuring on the band’s 1981 debut LP, Prayers on Fire, the song is one of eight tracks co-written by Nick Cave and has been described as “a dramatic highlight of their debut record” – a comment I wholly subscribe to!  Dark by nature, the song is a disturbing portrayal of a rotten soul, its grimy, self-loathing lyrics delivered by Cave’s superbly depraved vocals; whilst musically the bass line is so gloriously scuzzy and mean!…I need to start leaning some of The Birthday Party bass lines!! Check it out above.

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SONG OF THE DAY Billy Childish & The Chatham Singers – I Believe

For his 2005 album, Heavens Journey, Billy Childish was joined by Wolf Howard and his wife Julie on backing vocals and bass guitar. 

The Chatham Singers is another outlet for Childish’s blues work and although Billy had been playing and recording blues for over a quarter of a century, this was the first LP he had made in this genre for many years. 

Heavens Journey featured a hearty selection of great tunes, but this collaboration with his wife and friends also served as a showcase for many new poems, offering 10 blues tracks and 13 poems. 

I Believe is a smouldering sensation of howling harmonica, hushed, sultry vocals and blues rawness! Stripped back with dark sparseness, the beat creeps along like a slow, mystery train….Soooooo nice! Check it out above..

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SONG OF THE DAY The Cotton Jones Basket Ride – Chewing Gum

I had to double check the release date of today’s song when I first heard it about half hour ago, because it flawlessly and authentically sounds like something from the late 60’s.  This particular track, however, only dates back to 2008, but its has that sun-drenched, hazy, dreamy, psych-pop sound that could quite easily fool you into believing it was 50-or-so years old.

I’d never heard of Maryland’s Cotton Jones (formerly The Cotton Jones Basket Ride) until this evening when I stumbled upon Chewing Gum, but these indie-psych folksters have a real nice, easy sound about them.  Currently signed to Suicide Squeeze Records, Cotton Jones were founded in 2008 and create a sound that fuses psychedelic folk, dream pop, baroque pop and Americana.

Chewing Gum features on the band’s debut LP, The River Strumming which, was perfectly described as being a “delightful slab of fuzzed-out dream folk” upon its release in 2008.  Check it out above.

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SONG OF THE DAY Alan Vega, Alex Chilton, Ben Vaughn – Fat City

Cubist Blues is an album I stumbled upon a couple of years ago and I dare say it sounds just as unique now as it did when it was first recorded in 1996!

I have to admit that I am most definitely swayed by the Doors-meets-Elvis vocals and the obvious rock & roll driven elements it possesses, but what I also love is that once you press play you don’t quite know where it will go, but I was more than happy to follow!  Parts of this album even makes me think of Mark E. Smith and that’s always a good thing, its win-win all the way really…

Cubist Blues was originally recorded over the course of two evenings in what was to be a very impressive and completely improvised couple of jam sessions.  The unlikely union of Suicide’s Alan Vega, Big Star’s Alex Chilton, and singer-songwriter Ben Vaughn happened one night in December 1994 at Dessau Studios in New York, and from out of this came the groups only release.

At the time of its release the record was greatly overlooked which is a crying shame, but in December 2015, record label Light in the Attic reissued the album, thus rescuing the vital record from years of out-of-print obscurity.

Light In The Attic described Cubist Blues as:   “Timeless, groundbreaking in sound even now, a woefully overlooked album that–had it not been so–might have re-shaped the next decade of music.”  

Fat City rolls in with smouldering, loose-fitting vocals, an edgy guitar riff and a driving rhythm section…tell me where else you have heard a sound like this!? Check it out above.


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