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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – There’s Something Wrong With You

Does it matter that this song sounds quite a lot like I Put a Spell on You?  I mean, who else could snarl about “monkey toes and strain beans,” whilst howling out the lines “Big barbecue gorilla riffs,” whilst all the time … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Abner Jay – I’m So Depressed

“You know why Elephants don’t smoke? Because they can’t get their butts in the ashtray!” Born in Fitzgerald, Georgia in 1921 Abner Jay was a multi-instrumentalist best known for performing eccentric, blues-infused folk.  Playing as a one-man band his idiosyncratic … Continue reading

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