Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Duende Out-Take: The Moon Lions on DJ

Here's a missing link from that old mix... absolute mystery band (whatta name!), on a mega obscure El Paso label - and as usual with the border-town blasters 1 side is scorching and the flip is a pretty mellow traditional waltz... But what a scorcher! "Voy A Llorar" sounds alot like a traditional mid-60s garage work-out (primal scream before the break included) but is lost in a fuzzy early 70s (?) tunnel... epic dive bar atmosphere, total twilight zone material, here... An LP full of stuff like this with some longer work-outs, moody ballads, etc. is just a complete dreamland record for me. Have asked a few Tejanos about this label and it's kind of a head-scratcher, though I'm sure someone knows the scoop. Have to doubt there's much more from the Moon Lions though... but hey, one can dream!

Voy a Llorar

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Dash of Yule with Summer Madness

Admittedly this is as close as I'm going to come this fair Holiday season to posting anything actually related to Christmas music, and with that being said, it's really only a wee bit of the ol' jingle and mostly just some very odd jangle... I found this beguiling 7" EP recently and immediately fell in love despite the fact that they cover "Leaving on a Jet Plane" (rarely as listenable as their wonderfully progressive take would have you believe) and round it out with, yes "The Little Drummer Boy" among other strange cover choices (an undeniably spooky "Hills of Shiloh" is, however, magnificently refurbished with basement electronics and atonal vocals!!). The one group original is a beautiful mini-slab of psychedelic pop that sounds like an out-take from Surf's Up era Beach Boys! Seriously! With all this being said, I am nowhere near figuring out what exactly is going on here, but I really like it and figured I'd post it up for further examination. Housed in a cardboard sleeve with a wild psychedelic illustration and self-released on their own Summer Madness imprint, there is little else to add in the way of information from the cryptic package. Check it out, stay warm, and be in touch! Talk soon, J

Side A - Little Drummer Boy / Hills of Shiloh

Side B - Leaving on a Jet Plane / Summer Madness

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Back with a Blast: Sonaura on Uncles Richie's

Hopefully this marks a return for a while at least of steady dependable brain dredge from yours truly... had a blast down south and am now back to the wintry lair, trying to keep the puzzle put together! Stumbled across this ungodly raw blast from an early 70s hard-rock group (sounds like a trio) called Sonaura... I tried tracking them down but couldn't quite figure it out. To say the least the vibe here is frantic, desperate, and dark - matched with a production that sounds like it was recorded in an empty castle... which checks off most of the stops on my short-list to perfection! "Song of Sauron" is the hype here, but I dig the flip too which is a moody down-tempo basement number... This kind of shit absolutely slays me in part because of how good it is, but also just how buried it stays on 45s... If anyone has further info give me a shout, I'm curious about the label too...

Song of Sauron

Don't Ever Leave