Sunday, November 19, 2017

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST





Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
The Wasp by Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons
Bunny Run by The Ghost Wolves
The Ladder by Travel in Space
My Life My Love by Flat Duo Jets
No Stoppin' by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
No Going Back by The Yawpers
Animated Violence by Thee Oh Sees
Everybody Eats When They Come to My House by Cab Calloway
Lonesome Electric Turkey by Frank Zappa & The Mothers

Tales from the Megaplex by Count Vaseline
Rocking Farmers by Dow Jones & The Industrials
Hootchie by The Why Oh Whys
Walking The Streets by Oh! Gunquit
Why I Cry by The Howlin' Max Messer Show
Here and There by Phil Hayes & The Trees
That Reason Why by The Blues Against Youth
Let's Get Funky by Hound Dog Taylor

November by The Rockin' Guys
Memories of Kennedy by Hasil Adkins
I Tried Not to Cry by Johnny Young
Lee Harvey by T. Tex Edwards

Never Learn Not to Love by The Beach Boys
People Say I'm No Good by Charles Manson
The Sheik of Araby by Fats Domino
Sail on by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

Pain for Pretty by Dead Moon
The Doorway by Pierced Arrows
Get Messy by The Darts
Rodeo Chica by Boss Hog
Starry Eyes by Roky Erickson
You Are My Sunshine by Jackie Shane
Thanksgiving by Loudon Wainwright III
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, November 17, 2017

THE SANTA FE OPRY PLAYLIST



Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens
Barstool Mountain by Johnny Paycheck
The Road Goes on Forever by Joe Ely
Moonshiner by Uncle Tupelo
Deep Red Bells by Neko Case
Smilin' Ed by The Imperial Rooster
That's Just What I Am by Hellbound Glory
Homesick Blues by Ed Sanders
Let's Go Burn Ole Nashville Down by Jello Biafra & Mojo Nixon

New Polly Wolly Doodle by Peter Stampfel
Amarillo Highway by Terry Allen
Pay Day by Peter Case
Fun All Night by Banditos
Jump in the River by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
The Streets of Bakersfield by Jon Langford & Sally Timms
I Can Talk to Crows by Chipper Thompson
Lost On the Desert by Marty Stuart

Only the Lonely by NRBQ
The Comedians by Roy Orbison
When That Helicopter Comes by The Handsome Family
Sing a Worried Song by Legendary Shack Shakers
Florida by The War and Treaty
Blood Red Velvet by Joe West
How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away by Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
The Poor Girl's Story by Eilen Jewell

Put 'em Up Solid by David Rawlings
Learning to Lose by Margo Price with Willie Nelson
Funny How Time Slips Away by Willie Nelson
No Good for Me by Waylon Jennings
Same God by Calamity Cubes
Going Where The Lonely Go by Merle Haggard


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Another Year of Great Old Songs



It's just about the third anniversary of Throwback Thursday on my music blog, my humble effort to explore the music and musicians of decades past, and, when appropriate, to show how that music reverberates in contemporary music. As always, this comes a day after the just-about third anniversary of Wacky Wednesday here. (I don't know what got into me three years ago ...)

Here are the wonderful old tunes I looked at this past year, including one from Wacky Wednesday. Enjoy them all again.

And here's something new: I've created a new page, The Stephen W. Terrell Web Log Songbook where you can find all the links to all the songs any time. I'll update as I go along. You can find that HERE.

But here are the songs I looked at in the last 12 months:

The Throwback Thursday Songbook, Volume 3

Are You Lonesome Tonight

Artificial Flowers

The Band Played On

Big Bad John



Darktown Strutters' Ball

Flora The Lily of the West

Gotta Travel On

Hanging Johnny



I'll See You in My Dreams (part 2)

Long Black Veil

Pablo Picasso (Wacky Wednesday)

Sinner Man



This Train

True Religion

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WACKY WEDNESDAY: 12 More Months Worth of Wacky


On Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 I unleashed a new weekly feature on this here web log.

As I wrote back then, Wacky Wednesday, was created,  "to introduce you, the reader to strange, funny and/or confounding music -- the type of "unclaimed melodies" that the Firesign Theatre's Don G. O'Vani was talking about when he said, `if you were to go into a record store and ask for them they would think you were crazy!' "

I've tried to live up to that mission statement, doing my best to fill your hearts with wackiness each Wednesday this past 12 months. Some weeks I spotlight music that's supposed to be funny, sometimes it's music by artists who aren't comedians but make music that can't help but make you smile.

Sometimes I just throw pies of weirdness in your face and hope nobody gets injured.

Below is a small sampling of the music that hopefully made your Wednesdays a little wackier.

Early in the year, I explored Korla Pandit's Universal Language of Music.



Inspired by Dan Taberski's podcast Missing Richard Simmons, I explored Richard's contributions to modern music.



I wished Monty Python's Eric Idle a happy birthday.



The world of Golden Throats is always a goldmine.



And so is the realm of outsider music.



Late last November we had a 1960s Battle of the Bands between Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos and The Weird-ohs in Airplane Glue Rock 'n' Roll. Here's Gasser and the boys ...



One Wednesday a few months ago I devoted a post to songs about serial killers. And a few months before I did one with songs about Jeffrey Dahmer. Both posts included this video from Dead Moon, featuring the late, great Fred Cole, and their ode to  Dahmer, "Room 213."



The Found Footage Festival is a fountain of weirdness -- including lots of musical weirdness.

And speaking of the Irish I caught some (probably deserved) flack for even calling attention to this culturally insensitive band of Micks who have a thing for (fake) Native American culture. (I can call them "Micks." I'm part Paddy.) Someone should have given these guys the advice in this song -- Don't go near the Indians!!!




Sunday, November 12, 2017

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST





Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Dead Moon Night / Don't Burn the Fires by Dead Moon
Funk 49 by Pere Ubu
Funk #49 by The James Gang
Don't Be Afraid to Pogo by The Gears
Squatting in Heaven by Black Lips
She's Alright by Bo Diddley
It's Still You/Running Out Of Time by Fred & Toody Cole

A Decision is Made by The Yawpers
Then Comes Dudley by he Jesus Lizard
I'll Be Your Johnny on the Spot by Count Vaseline
Crazy to the Bone by Dead Moon
Do You Understand Me by The JuJus
She's Like Heroin to Me by The Gun Club
Lost in Music by The Fall
Pineapple Mama by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
A Message from Firmin Deslodge by Churchwood

I Hate the Blues by Dead Moon
Black Rat by Big Mama Thornton
What is Wrong With Your Mind by Mark "Porkchop" Holder
Hills on Fire by Pierced Arrows
Sin by Lollipop Shoppe
Daddy's in the Shadows by The Rats
Who'll Read the Will by The Weeds
Room 213 by Dead Moon
We Won't Break by Fred & Toody Cole


DeControl by Maiorano & The Black Tales
Here Come the Mushroom People by The Molting Vultures
Mop Mop by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
These Tears by The Howlin' Max Messer Show
Thrift Baby by JJ & The Real Jerks
Fools Gold Rush by Datura
In Oxford Mississippi by Jon Langford & Four Lost Souls
It's OK by Dead Moon
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, November 10, 2017

THE SANTA FE OPRY PLAYLIST



Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)ksfr.org

Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens
I Fought the Law by The Waco Brothers
Joy by Harry Nilsson
Coulda Shoulda Woulda by Peter Case
Run Mountain by Flathead
Don't Leave Poor Me by Eilen Jewell
Keeper of the Light by Joe West
Put Your Teeth Up on the Window Sill by Southern Culture on the Skids
Banded Clovis by Tyler Childers
New Johnny Get Your Gun by Peter Stampfel

Cocktails by Robbie Fulks
Corporate Man by Honky Tonk Hustlas
Silver City by Ugly Valley Boys
Down to the River by Rosie Flores
Second Fiddle by Rodney Crowell
Nobody to Blame by Chris Stapleton
Oh You Pretty Woman by Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel
Lovesick Blues Boy by Paul Burch
The Losing Kind by The George Jonestown Massacre

Pay Gap by Margo Price
The Morning After by Ashley Monroe
I'm Over You by Tommy Miles & The Milestones
The Trouble With Angels by Bobby Bare
Mother's Chile by The War & Treaty
Yes I Have a Banana by NRBQ
Healin' Slow by Banditos

Love Me by Flat Duo Jets
Town by Dashboard Saviors
Come on Over My House by David Rawlings
Powder Blue by The Cactus Blossoms
House of the White Rose Bouquet by Ray Wylie Hubbard
Hippie Boy by Flying Burrito Brothers
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets


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TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: Monkeys & Clowns ... Sex Clowns!

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
Nov. 10, 2017

Monkeys and clowns. They’ll bounce around. At least that’s what Pere Ubu’s David Thomas tells us on the first track of Ubu’s new album 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo. It must be an important message. In that song, “Monkey Bizness,” he repeats it over and over again, sometimes exclaiming, “Sex clowns! Bounce around!”

Nonsense? Probably.

But it’s inspired nonsense. And most important, it’s rocking nonsense. In fact, 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo, by my estimation, is the most outright rocking studio album Pere Ubu has unleashed in about a decade, maybe longer.

No, the band hasn’t forsaken its heritage of avant-garde, experimental, atmospheric sounds.
But they also haven’t forgotten how to make your feet move and head bang either. As Thomas himself explains in the official press release, “To my way of thinking, the new album is The James Gang teaming up with Tangerine Dream. Or something like that.”

For those who haven’t followed Ubu for all these decades (the 40th anniversary of the group’s first album, The Modern Dance, is coming up next year), this Cleveland band emerged during the punk and New Wave scare of the late ’70s, even though they’d been around several years before they made their first album. But they didn’t sound like your typical punk outfit. Their foundation was clearly garage and surf rock, but with their darkly bizarre lyrics, Thomas’ warbling vocals, and Plan 9 From Outer Space-esque synth noises, Ubu was a unique force.

Despite countless personnel changes, the band has remained true through all these years to its original vision. Thomas is the only original Ubu in the current line-up, though three members — bassist Michele Temple, synth man Robert Wheeler, and drummer Steve Mehlman — have been in the band since the mid-’90s.

Pere Ubu: David Thomas in his Big Sombrero
Photo by K. Boon
After that blast of joy and weirdness that is “Monkey Bizness” comes one that may explain Thomas’ reference to the James Gang.

For you youngsters who might not remember many Nixon-era bands, the James Gang was a popular power trio that was the pre-Eagles launching pad for Joe Walsh. Probably their best-known tune was one called “Funk #49,” which also is the title of one of the songs here.

But even though the opening guitar riff is kind of similar to the James Gang sound in a mutated, otherworldly way, it’s not the same song. I can’t imagine Walsh singing lyrics like “It’s a bird of prey/It hunts for blood/I let it hunt for blood. … It’s not a song you want to sing along to/You don’t want to get these thoughts inside your head.”

Nope, that’s a pure Pere Ubu sentiment.

Thomas has a knack for appropriating titles of old rock, soul, and country songs. Back on Ubu’s second album, Dub Housing, they did a song called “Drinking Wine Spodyody,” which definitely was not the old R&B pounder. On 1991’s Worlds in Collision, they took the great notion to do a song called “Goodnite Irene,” which wasn’t anything like Leadbelly’s tune. They’ve also recorded songs called “Memphis,” “Woolie Bullie,” and “Blue Velvet” that are nothing like the originals. And here, besides “Funk 49,” they borrow a James Brown title, “Cold Sweat.” Ironically — or perhaps not — this song, which ends Missile Silo, is one of the slowest, prettiest ones on the album. It doesn’t sound much like the Godfather of Soul, but it’s got an odd soul of its own.

There are a few slower, less frantic moments on this record.“The Healer” is one. But the better one is the creepy “Walking Again,” which has subtly ominous lyrics like “C’mon, baby, that’s what I say/C’mon, baby, you’re gonna walk this way/We’re gonna see/We’re gonna say what’s on our mind/We’re gonna see/Gonna be a good time.” And that’s followed by the eerie “I Can Still See” (“I can still see/that picture of you and me/It’s carved in my head/with a knife that’s kept in my head”).

But my favorites are the rockers, like the fast-and-furious little number called “Toe to Toe.” Here Thomas not quite sings but shouts, “20 years of a living hell/At the bottom of a missile well/20 years a forgotten son/Staring at the border of the Kingdom Come/20 years toe to toe with Uncle Joe.” This might be some nightmarish remembrance of the Cold War — “Uncle Joe” being Stalin? I dunno.

The whole song lasts less than two minutes, which is the case of a couple of the other coolest rockers on Missile Silo, “Swampland” and “Red Eye Blues (“I’m snowblind in the hollering dark/I’m chasing time and I’m coming apart”). Though these guys aren’t strangers to epic tracks that last five or six minutes, many songs here are on the shorter end of the spectrum. And that serves them well.

I guess my problem is that I’ve let Pere Ubu’s thoughts into my head. I hope they stay around spreading their strange glory and rocking like maniacs for another 40 years.


Here's some videos.


I've always been a sucker for sinister pinball, so I love this one.



Here's another one from 20 Years in a Missile Silo



And just for the heck of it, here's a clip from David Sanborn's Night Music, circa 1989. Here Ubi does "Waiting for Mary" -- with Debbie Harry on backup vocals



TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

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