Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mix-Host Shake-down: Permanent Places, Wide Open Spaces

Hey, Greetings.  After a lot of procrastination I finally got all my mixes uploaded to the server for the indefinite future.  Having received a ton of inquiries about them, and scrambling on and off to upload individual links for thirsty parties, I just decided, f-it, let's make them available for good, for the good - yeah, the good of the people, man!  Haha!  It's a fun breeze through my "personal musical odyssey" (gasp), and a deep well of some really unseemly obscurity, sometimes house-be-rocking, others in time let the knock defrocking.  Sigh.  November may be the finally realized month de blog, in which I really devote some heave-ho to getting stuff up and reeling for your dancing and dining entertainment...  feel like I'm always under a cloud of one kind or another when it comes to really giving this site it's proper re-recognizance.  Life, what was it, what was that thing, I was looking for?  Music... music... music...

Alone Again, Or (2006)

love poem - richard brautigan
better dad than dead - mark levine
ill (worst) - r. stevie moore
frog song - merry airbrakes
Side B, Track 1 ["Untitled"] - david allen coe
mudiang priangan - the steps
one night - the shoes
lonely faces - dave bixby
love out of a crumbling forge - gene f. steiker and larry s. chengges
the fires are burning - charles manson family jams
mists and rains - ruth white
lost at sea - department store santas
inner light - index
in the eyes - virgin insanity
lonely fog - michael yonkers
mr. man - hickory wind
lamentation for hank williams - tina & david meltzer
i don't wanna love ya now - mistress mary
nature is my mother - yays and nays
persephone's song - journey of persephone
fingernail poem - alan watts
open road - hopkins & bradley
a song off of the HALF TRIBE surf lp


Bummer in the Summer (2008)

Side A
Euphoria - Lisa (A Gift From...)
The Dots - ??? (Tape - MA, 80s)
Conte Four - Shangri La (Music for Your Dancing Pleasure)
Ken Nordine - Zebras (Twink)
Michael Farneti - Good Morning Kisses (Good Morning Kisses)
Sonny Padilla Jr. - Dreams and Stories (7")
Gary Neiland - Album Tonight (S/T)
Les Paul and Mary Ford - ???
Music Emporium - Winds Have Changed

Side B
Donnie Bletz - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (7")
Crystalaugur - You've Got to Rap (Terranaut)
Marc Brandt - Roaring Texas Chief (Back to Better Days)
Dave Lamb and Gye Whiz - I Wonder Why (I'll Be Alright)
Donnie and Joe - Good Time (Dreamin' Wild)
Paul Levinson - Antique Shop (Twice Upon a Rhyme)
Billy Ashe - Friendship Song (You 'n You)
Austin Sirch - Rail Ride (Alter Alert)
Duncan Martin - Propane (Tape) 

You Really Would (2009)

A Wave - Woo
Measurement - Pat Madden
Take Me Home - Bert Keeley
Anthony Burgess - Bing Selfish & the Ideals
Have You Ever Had That Feeling? - Jim Hansen
It's Over - Gatsby
Misty - The Estate
Anybody Home - Dennis Soares
Dogs - Glenn Phillips
Fear of Flying - Jenny MacGregor
Where Are You? - Tim McKenna
Searchin' - Charmer
Universal Person - Grand Canyon
A Simple Thought - Greg Todd & the Jacks
Try Baby - Pat Madden
Diamond Love - Philip John Lewin
Tots in the Way - Ice Skates with Arms
The Stars are Bright - Benny Cook
A Job Well Done - Jo Ann Stokes
The Cleaner - Woo 

Duende (2010)

Keep Workin’ - Misty Hush Revival
- Eric
- Wailing Wall
Stone Phase - Moonlyte
- Utopia
Amor - Saints & Sinners
You Came to Me - Morly Grey
Journey of the Mind - El Gusano
3 AM - Misty Hush Revival
- Collective Tools
Salsa Friquea - Bandolero
On the Brink - Grapes of Rathe
- Eric
Drug Country - New Dawn
Our Love - Dennie Dioguardi
Girl From the Mountain - Ghetto Brothers
- Unity
- Haku
- Grupo Irakere
Outro - Misty Hush Revival

Nocturnal Plant Life (2010)

How Can You Know Yourself? - Cathy Ragland
River - Arica
The Wabe - First Lite
Crimson Dawn - Turiiya
Guide Me to the Light - Rohrbacker, Hendren, & Kingen
Bye Bye - T-Kail
Hey Guy - Harlem Avenue
I Owe It All to You - Froc
Seems Like One of Those Days - Konrad
Black River Lady - Drendall, Thrower, & Friends
Spring - Joey Garone
Atmospheric Dreams - Lightdreams
Dream of the M - Once
Take My Life - Ron Rude 

Exercise Your Face (And Smile) (2011)

Damage Done - Plateau
Midnight on Mopac - Aerosol Lettuce
Sweet Sirene - Zoa
Turnaround - Ambiance
Secret Squirrel
It Gets Me Hot - Slippery When Wet
Hummingbird - Marc, Tim, and Group
No Not Really - Michael Land
A Dream Shared By Two - Tubular Face
Before the Snowfall - Sixth Station
Jesus, Watch Over Me - Jerry Hawkins
Chinga Tu Madre - The Jugs
Blue Sea - Follies Bazaar
The Impossible Dream (Excerpt) - Kay Dennis 

It’s the Same Moon in China

Good Times Rock’n’Roll Band - Khamba Shuffle (Variations)
Summer Wine - Lady of Dreams
Stir Crazy - I Am Free
Pumpkin - Frightened Little Girl
The Calliope - Everybody’s High
Mark Dutton - Sun on the Run
The Waterproof Candle - Electrically Heated Child
Betty Everett - 1900 Yesterday
The Eldees - Don’t Be Afraid to Love
The Westwinds - Summer
Pittsburgh Phil - Don’t Tell Her Lies
Josie Taylor - I’ll Love You For Awhile
Staff & Management - Fresh Dirt
Yellow Hair - Talent for Lovin’
Daisy Clan - San Francisco China Town
Strimbling Blimbles - Perfect Dream
Gloria March - The Other Side of the Moon
Bran’ Spankin’ - You Gotta Change

Hope this all hits the spot, drop me a note if anything specific touches you...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Reissues to watch!

Donnie Emerson in wintry attire

And so it was...  the summer of Donnie and Joe Emerson!  I must say that I am overjoyed and flabbergasted at the waves of positive energy that have emanated from Light in the Attic's reissue of this magical, one of a kind LP.  Finding the record in  Spokane some 5 or 6 years ago I was blissfully wrapped in its spell, and immediately thrilled with their charm, but never could have expected the love that would pour in from across the globe for these teenage cabin-pop wunderkinds...  I think it speaks to the inherent goodness in personal vision, and the kind of do-it-yourself ethos that permeated the groundwater of American music from the birth of rock-n-roll well into the dawn of indie-rock.  I realize I'm probably just preaching to the choir, but I think that their latter day success elevates a truth in spirit for music in general, and I'm deeply humbled to be apart of that in any way.  So cheers!  If you're looking for more of the goods, I can't recommend these already available, or shortly forthcoming reissues of vintage self-released music enough...

It may seem like an odd place to jump to next, namely the NINETIES, but from my end, there is nothing else out there like Woo's 1990 LP "It's Cosy Inside."  Issued on a small indie label called Independent Project, the LP by this reclusive British duo saw little attention out of the usual circles at the time, but in recent years has caught deep appreciation from fans of lush ambient otherworldly instrumental textures that transcend everything from Eno to New Age to the more etheral branches of the Krautrock wellschpring...  which is no small feat when it all comes down to it, and in their complete originality, and moving tonal vision that encompasses the entire spectrum lying between melancholy and bliss is one of the best records you will hear this fall (if you've never heard before, I guess, that is)...  out on a Drag City and Yoga Records collaborative issue October 2nd, this is absolutely not to be missed.

It would seem our friends at Yoga are on quite the roll this year, as they unfurl the banner of further greatness  in late November with this mad rare beast of 60s pop dementia funneled through central valley realness and drag race pathos...  If you're interested in the wilder underbelly of American pop pre-tofu but post British Invasion, and adore the boy-scout deep down inside Lynch's more unhinged digressions this is the record for you...  there's nothing like it, and that's about one of the highest compliments you can pay in this day and age!  So hi-ho, silver...  check out the amazing doc they made on him too...  he's very much alive and well in the belly of the Californian dream...

From another end of the pool of possessed and catatonic visionary American songsmiths seeing the light of day in the near future is none other than KONRAD - a man so embedded in a fractured 80s consciousness whirling about casio synth rave-ups and extraterrestrial neuroses that it's a wonder he ever managed to write an album's worth of some of the best glitch pop gems you've never heard...  If future science conspiracy, white funk, and New York after hours metro hallucinations are your bag there's nothing better to soothe the soul - or start a completely spontaneous dance party.  I love him to death, and I hope you will too...  (if it's your first time getting this weird) ...  hehe...  due out on a yet un-named imprint in early 2013, so stay tuned!

One of my all time faves for the retro set came straight out of the dustbins of your mind on Guerssen this summer...  a rare LP I was happy to help see back into some kind of circulation for lovers of the low life meeting the high life and rocking late into the nocturnal Gotham skyline...  The original record was a post-posthumous debut of a Staten Island club band that channeled late 60s pop and psychedelic rock for a swirling brew of soulful melancholic dirges and after thoughts to love gone bad or nearly arrived...  a very hard disc to put your finger precisely on what is going down, but something deep and unusual arises over the course of two sides to say the least, and it is no pun intended so close to my heart.  Pick it up if it sounds like your thing...  a rare bird rarely roosts...  or so they say!

In other news, it was a great surprise to find this reissue on our doorstep after trying to elicit the secrets of the Metz puzzle by showcasing their unbelievably rare 45 from after (?) their equally rare LP debut...  to say the least it is a buckwild party machine of an album that others have done way better justice to than I can even begin to do in such a short time here...  please check out my friend Collin's full length report back from the depths of Houston gender bending MDMA wildness...  and pick up the record at a distro near you!

And finally I want to give props to my buddy Nemo's herculean efforts to get out 4 of the highest quality reissues of the year, w/ the quadruple threat of Virgil Caine's "Great Lunar Oil Strike of 1976," Eddie Callahan's "False Ego," The Bachs' "Out of the Bachs," and Drywater's "Backbone of the Nation."  Each one of these records deserves a write-up in and of their own right, but because (I believe) they're mostly sold -out, I'll just briefly speak to the rust-belt basement rock clout of the mighty Drywater who pressed a whopping 25 copies of their ode to teenage heartache and work-a-day blues (I believe the label still has stock on this one!).  It's a deeply American trip into the very heart of private press tomfoolery, and I couldn't recommend it more if those stock cover clouds don't already have you weak in the knees.

Friends, it's been a great time getting to know you all here, and I can only hope I have more to offer in the near future.  Life sails on, and I hope to put out a reissue of my own in the near future (perhaps first and last - but it's a GREAT one, the mighty TURIIYA!), in addition to a variety of film and art projects which are becoming my primary focus now.  Love you all, send me music, and take care -- jdf

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

News flash: Rare piece of Kinbotes ephemera surfaces! Crowd goes wild!

Only known extant copy of Kinbotes newsprint! 

Late summer greetings...  semi-sweltering here, but loving every minute of it.  Brief news-worthy blip was this stoke-worthy piece of the Kinbotes puzzle, origin unknown - for the moment...  maybe Maximum R&R?  I got it already clipped, so who's to say...  in light of a potential reissue, I say - party on!  More music soon...  much love, JDF

Friday, July 6, 2012

SICK SUMMER MIXXX: "It's the Same Moon in China"

Here it be...  the annual Waxidermy mix-swap contribution...  have very little to say about it other than that I quite enjoyed making, and the traxx are top notch!  Will try to get a listing together soon, though I have misplaced most of the records by now...  sigh...  Hope everyone's summers are trending upward, blissfully moving toward a circle around the sun.  Cheers, JDF

Friday, June 22, 2012

Shades of Rayne

Hey everybody.  Summer rings heavy in the ectoplasm.  Sort of preoccupied here, but for some reason this 45 was really calling itself to my mind's eye, and I figured it was worth a post.  The step-son of one of the greatest bands ever - New Orleans' mighty Rayne - this little offshoot is still really kinda hep, and has a nice faded southern stoner aura to the whole jag.  I'm into it, and it's shimmery summery stoney slack-eyed cat's eye mind's eye fry, etc.  so therefore, appropriate?  For you?  For me?  Pretty sure this 45 is the only remedy to the deep gash their older brothers inflicted on the private press scene.  Nothing quite like the LP, yet I can totally get behind this swamp folk errata...  (the 45! -- aha!)  I really hope you enjoy it too.  My annual summer mix CD is done, and I'll get it up here really soon.  Sure to be a doozy!  Talk soon -- Much luv, jdf

High Again

I'm Waitin'

Friday, May 25, 2012

M.H. Stanley Intermediate School Big and Little Choruses - Movin' On

Really, really late on fulfilling this promise, but here's my first real post back...  Top top tier middle school band rock out sesh, kinda unparalleled for my money - barring say something like, Context '70, or whatever!  NorCal preteens just totally running amok here, great cover choices, and some total tear-jerker softee moments to boot.  Their teacher was obviously a head of one stripe or another...  Essential pick for this kind of scene...  so get hip already!!  And say hi if you've got any good stories about the LP!  More soon...  Much love, JDF

Monday, April 9, 2012


Rare promotional photo of the once lost Peach and Pockets!!!

Well, almost. I just wanted to say hi to everybody after being reminded that I had a blog stashed away somewhere in cyber space during a recent conversationin which Nabokov and thus, the almighty Kinbotes came up. I haven't been posting because after yet another relocation to sunny southern California I've been very busy getting an MFA, and in the meanwhile accruing a nasty stack of blog-worthy records that are threatening to jump off the shelves and write about themselves for you all to hear and see, a flood-gate that will surely burst in but a few weeks. If you're curious about various other projects I have a very infrequently updated Tumblr for miniature art crud - and hopefully a lot more of my films soon! Take care, talk soon, and be well. It's the time of the season, you know...