Monday, November 30, 2015

Eagles of Death Metal on Paris Massacre

To divert somewhat from the normal lighthearted tone of this blog, I feel I have to post this interview in Vice with The Eagles of Death Metal, whose recent Paris concert ended in carnage.

Maniacal religious fanatics from ISIS (ir ISIL? Or Daesh or whatever you want to call these evil creeps) shot and killed dozens of people at the band's Nov. 13 show at the Batclan concert hall. (I've seen the death count at 89 and 90. Not sure which if either are accurate. The toal number of victims of the Paris attacks is about 130 people.)

It's hard to listen to but the video of the interview is below.

The Eagles of Death Metal will donate all publishing royalties of this song to a fund for the Par8is victims and are encouraging other musicians to record it.

Sunday, November 29, 2015


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Sunday, November 29, 2015
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell
101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell(at)

Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres

Rollin' and Tumblin' by Canned Heat

Skinny Legs and All by Joe Tex

Bangkok by Jello Biafra & Ther Raunch 'n' Roll All-Stars

Jello Biafra by Wesley Willis

All Women are Bad by The Cramps

Sick Bed by The Voluptuous World of Karen Black

The Hand Don't Fit the Glove by Miriam

Luci Baines by The A-Bones

I'll Be Back by Question Mark & The Mysterians


Nerja Sawa by Mazhott

Viento by Rolando Bruno

Held My Baby Last Night by Hound Dog Taylor

Let's Get Funky by Elvin Bishop

Disease by Dead Cat Stimpy

Wish I Was a Catfish by T. Model Ford


Blind and Deaf by No-Hit Makers

Nobody Spoil My Fun by The Seeds

Jimmy Would by Chuck E. Weiss

Looking for Somebody by Any Dirty Party

Shotgun by Yo La Tengo

Wade in Bloody Water by The Grannies

Rock 'n' Roll Murder by The Leaving Trains

I'm Just the Other Woman by MSR Singers


Govinda by The Radha Krsna Temple

Gypsy by Lovestuck

Don't Cry For Me New Jersey by Candye Kane

She Wasn't Around by Alex Maiorano & The Black Tales

The Lady's Letter by Pops Staples

It Must Be Sunday by Phoebe Snow

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, November 27, 2015


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Friday, November 27, 2015
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens

Skip a Rope by Kentucky Headhunters

Mud by Legendary Shack Shakers

What You Gonna Do, Leroy? by Brennen Leigh

Scorched by The Satellites

Corn Likker by Buck Owens

Together Again by Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen

Harm's Way by The Waco Brothers

I'm a Nut by Leroy Pullens

Go Find Your Heaven by Ted & The Wranglers

Turkey in the Straw by Sen. Robert Byrd


Send Me to the 'lectric Chair / I Like to Sleep Late in the Morning / Summer Wages by David Bromberg

Happy Hour by Ted Hawkins

Cold and Bitter Tears by Kasey Chambers

Tupelo County Jail by Old 97s

Two Dollar Strings by The Electric Rag Band

Dog by Bottle Rockets

Baby It's Cold Outside by Homer & Jethro


R.I.P. Davy Jones

Driftwood 40-23 / Side by Side Doublewides by The Hickoids

Song for David J by Glenn Jones

God Loves the Hickoids by The Grannies

Viva Mose McCormack!

It's No Secret / Beans and Make Believe / New Mexico Blues / Under the Jail by Mose McCormack


I'm Coming Home by Cynthia Becker

Four Old Brokes by Joe Ely

It Keeps Right on a Hurtin' by Louie Setzer

Big Fool of the Year by George Jones

I'vre Got a Tender Heart by Merle Haggard

Come on Up to the House by Oh Lazarus

Miracle of Five by Eleni Mandell

CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: Don't Fear the Foreign!

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
November 12, 2015

America: home of the brave, land of the fearful. And crown thy good with paranoid contradictions … Them foreigners, if they aren’t bringing terrorism, they’re bringing Ebola. Their gun-toting mass murderers are coming to take away the jobs of decent American gun-toting mass murderers ...

Recent events in the news — along with some new albums from around the world I’ve been listening to lately — got me thinking about a certain punk-rock band I discovered online earlier this year. It’s called Mazhott, and starting about 2007, the group rocked the casbah from Damascus, Syria. Yes, that Syria.
Mazhott live!

In a 2009 interview in Taqwacore Journal, the band’s guitarist Rashwan said, “We sing about stuff that matters to young people, in general, and social [issues]. [For example], the high school diploma, here, is unbelievably difficult, so, we wrote about that. We wrote about fathers forcing their young daughters to marry older men, about our generation that is frustrated and lost and don’t know [what] to do with their lives, about less separating of boys and girls, and about how we need more attention and freedom.”

Of course, I couldn’t understand any of the lyrics because they’re in Arabic. But the music rocks, so I bought the digital version of Mazhott’s EP from its Bandcamp page. With my modest payment, I wrote a note wishing the musicians well and hoping they were all safe from the troubles over there.

I got a nice email back from Rashwan, who said, “All of us at Mazhott are safe and sound, but unfortunately each in a different country.” I guess that would make them refugees, but if I’m not reading too much into it, “safe and sound” implies some level of stability.

And I just heard from Rashwan last week for the first time in months. He sent me an MP3 of a new Mazhott song — their first recording in years. I'll play that on Terrell's Sound World, on KSFR-101.1 FM and, at 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29.

Did I say something about some music from around the world?

Damn the fear-mongering! Let these new albums cross your borders and immigrate into your ears!

* Bailazo by Rolando Bruno. Once upon a time, there was a Peruvian garage-punk band called Los Peyotes. (I’ve reviewed their work in this column and played their songs on my radio shows and podcast.)

Guitarist Bruno, who I believe is Argentine, was a member of this hopped-up, snot-rock combo. Now he’s been reborn as a cumbia king. Or as his new record company Voodoo Rhythm describes his new sound, “Full Blast Psychedelic Latino Cumbia Garage with a very Cheesy Touch of a ’70s Supermarket!!!”

His cumbia obsession started out as a side project while Los Peyotes was still happening. He’d upload old cumbia songs onto his computer and mutate them into rocking Latin dance numbers filtered through his own punk-rock perspective. For Bailazo, he composed original songs and hired actual musicians to create this crazy sound.

Bruno brings an international perspective to his already wild musical vision. He throws in Middle-Eastern sounds on “Falafel King.” (Is that an oud, dude?) And there’s also what sounds like a bagpipe. This tune would make the British world music band 3 Mustaphas 3 jealous.

And he’s turning Siamese on “Thai Cumbia,” which could almost be a kung fu movie soundtrack waiting to happen. This track starts off and ends relatively slow. But the sped-up middle section sounds like some frenzied Carlos Santana guitar attack.

Cankisou in action
* Supay by Cankisou. This band from the Czech Republic never ceases to amaze me. It’s a seven-piece group that mixes musical influences from who knows how many cultures into a unique blend of rock ’n’ roll.

You’ll hear strands of Middle-Eastern music; rhythmic Afro-beat sounding sounds; jazz excursions and sonic allusions to Balkan music; and a touch of metal here and there. (And Breaking Bad fans’ ears will perk up at the opening notes of the song “Korobori,” which sounds just like the soundtrack to that late, great show’s opening sequence. “Korobori” turns into what sounds like a salute to the band Morphine — except there’s a brief bluegrass section in there, too.)

I can’t write about Cankisou without quoting from its own origin myth on its website:

“Cankisou music is based on an old legend about one-legged Canki people, and the band also learnt their language, which is understandable all over the world.”

For a one-legged people, these guys sure kick butt. If you like Gogol Bordello or 3 Mustaphas 3 (them again!) or, to get a little more obscure, Polish rocker Kazik Staszewski and his band Kult, do yourself a favor and listen to some Cankisou.

Live at the old Santa Fe Brewing Company a few years ago
* Live in Paris, Oukis N’Asuf by Tinariwen. This live album is the latest by this musical collective made up of nomadic Tuareg tribesmen from northwestern Africa. They have played New Mexico several times in recent years.

Many of the original members of the band were living in Libya when they were forced into military service by the late and not-so-great dictator Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi. Some of Tinariwen also fought as Tuareg rebels against the government of Mali.

So truly, this music is what Joe Strummer would have called “rebel rock.” Actually it’s trancy guitar music with powerful Saharan percussion provided by a conga-like instrument called a darbuka. And no, I don’t understand the lyrics, sung in a Berber language, Tamasheq. But I understand the words have gotten the group banned on the radio in Mali and Algeria, so they must be subversive.

Even cooler, Tinariwen leader Ibrahim Ag Alhabib has said in interviews that some of his earliest influences were the singing cowboys of American Westerns. I don’t hear any Gene Autry in this album, but I’ll keep listening.

Songs from all the acts I discussed here can be found on the latest Big Enchilada podcast.

Let's have some videos!

Here is Mazhott's last live show in Damascus back in 2010

Enter Rolando Bruno

Those Cankisou boys were the wildest men in Borneo back in 2012

And here is Tinariwen live in Paris with Lalla Badi.

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends and loyal readers.

On this holiday -- which somehow always seems to coincide with Throwback Thursday -- I'm just going to give you a few songs of gratitude.

Here's a New Orleans singer named Allen  Matthews, also known as "Fat Man Matthews" and listed on this 1953 single as "Fats Matthews." The song is written by none other than Dave Bartholomew, the venerated band leader, songwriter, talent scout and A&R man who is responsible for the rise of another Fats, Antoine Domino.

Here's the Last of the Red Hot Mamas herself, Sophie Tucker who recorded this in 1934. (I'm thankful to B.C. for playing this on his pre-Thanksgiving episode of Blue Monday on KSFR this week.

Finally, I just stumbled across this song, recorded by one Charles Hackett in 1912, while messing around on the 78 RPMs and Cylinder Recordings section of 

Assuming this is the same guy,  Hackett, no relation to Buddy Hackett, was an opera singer from Massachusetts who was born in 1889 and died in 1942. He was best known for his role of Romeo in Roméo et Juliette.

The Allmusic Guide says of Hackett:

If at times his dramatic fires burned on low flame, he was nonetheless appreciated by many connoisseurs for his finesse and unfailingly musical performances.

Enjoy a little Thanksgiving finesse below

Have a safe and humane Thanksgiving. Don't accept any turkeys with drugs or razor blades.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


I can't believe I've done an entire year of Wacky Wednesdays and not done a feature on song-poems,

"What is a song-poem?" you may ask. Well, let me quote from myself from a 2001 Terrell's Tune-up where I wrote about a crazy compilation called I'm Just the Other Woman, which I'd just purchased.

You've seen those ads in the back of supermarket tabloids, detective mags, movie rags and girlie books: “Song Poems Wanted. Your poems turned into songs by professional musicians. Send immediately for FREE evaluation ...

Of course, its a scam. It's been going on for years — a century by some reports. 

You send in your poem and the company sends you back a glowing evaluation. Your song has true hit potential. Now all you need to do is send in $100 (or whatever the going rate is these days) and your poem will be put to music and recorded in an actual recording studio by some of the nations top session musicians.

They don't mention that these overworked and under-appreciated musicians crank out as many as a dozen songs an hour and sometimes the melody used on your song has been and will be used for others. 

Theres always the implication that this recording will be sent around to the top A&R people at major record companies. And of course youll get a few copies of the record to show your friends; in fact some song-poem companies actually have put out compilations.

And wouldn't you know it, this sleazy little corner of the music industry has attracted a subculture of fans who collect and groove on the strangest and most unintentionally funny song-poems they can unearth.

You can learn a lot more about this strange phenomenon at the American Song-Poem Archives, where I first learned about "I'm Just the Other Woman." (Caution though, a lot of those links are dead and it looks like they haven't updated the "news" section in more than 10 years.)

A year or so after I wrote that column there appeared a documentary directed by Jamie Meltzer called Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story.

Below is one of my favorite tunes from that movie. It was written by a gent named Caglar Juan Singletary.

Another one from the movie is one of the most infamous song-poems out there: "Blind Man's Penis" by John Trubee. Unlike Singletary and most other song-poem poets, Trubee purposely wrote strange and outrageous lyrics as a weird prank. Sung by Ramsey Kearney, the prank became an oughta-be country classic. (I played it on The Santa Fe Opry last week.)

Here is the title song of that song-poem compilation I reviewed in 2001. This is the original versionsung in falsetto by song-poem superstar Rodd Keith. This version, which has obvious mixing mistakes was rejected by lyrics writer Mary Clignett and was remixed with the backwards track gone.

Gene Marshall, who recorded under the name John Muir, delivered this anti-drug message.

This one's a sad story of a decent American cuckolded by an Argentine cowboy.

(From my 2001 column) E. Grange's “Palace Roses" is downright surreal. The music is raw honky tonk with a sweet, weeping steel guitar. Singer Todd Andrews drawls a verse about dancing roses before the speaking part: "I am the father of the palace roses/I sponsor many ceremony dances at my beautiful pink roses palace/the roses palace is attended by all the roses then there is dining after the dancing/and fun is had by all."

Here's another Rodd Keith classic. The lyrics were by a lady named Mildred Shankland.

And here's a loving cover of "Rug Bug" by NRBQ.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Be Thankful! There's a New Big Enchilada episode!


On this latest Big Enchilada Podcast episode we're going to make all the android babies boogie. But don't worry, androids of all ages -- and humans too -- are free to boogie as well. After a warm-up set of good old fashioned garage-punk sounds (mostly new material) we're going Around the World in a Daze with crazy sounds from around the globe.And then this show turns Seedy, finishing it off with a set of Seeds/Sky Saxon covers in honor of the bitchen new documentary, The Seeds: Pushin' Too Hard


Here's the playlist:

(Background Music: Shock Hop by Johnny Cale)
Android Robot by Acid Baby Jesus
Split Decision by JJ & The Real Jerks
Down and Out by The Vagoos
Just Let Me Know by Any Dirty Party
Across the River by Dead Cat Stimpy
Judy in Disguise by Jello Biafra & The Raunch and Soul All-Stars

(Background Music: Lipovacko Kolo by 3 Mustaphas 3)
El Brujito Ramon by Rolando Bruno
Chaghaybou by Tinariwen
Nomadisavej by Cankisou
Ram Say Sok by Dengue Fever
Awiha by Mazhott

(Background Music: Hammer Blow by Skip Martin)

Sky Saxon / Seeds Set
No Hay Mas Qui Dar by Los Shains
It's a Hard Life by The A-Bones
Stems and Flowers by The Chesterfield Kings
Moth and The Flame by Simon Stokes & The Heathen Angels
The Wind Blows Your Hair by Purple Merkins
You Can't Be Trusted by The Seeds

Sunday, November 22, 2015


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Sunday, November 22, 2015
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell
101.1 FM
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Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres

Jack Ruby by Camper Van Beethoven

Fish in the Jailhouse by Tom Waits

Highway 61 Revisted by Bob Dylan

Accelerated Emotion by The Fleshtones

Lose Your Mind by The Seeds

A+ on Arson Class by Rocket From The Crypt

Twist Man by Dead Cat Stimpy

Sai'een by Mazhott

A Man for the Nation by John Lee Granderson


November by The Rockin' Guys

Howl by J.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound

Give Me Back My Wig by Hound Dog Taylor

Ax Me by JJ & The Real Jerks

Crazy Pills by Quan & The Chinese Takeouts

Little Blonde Girl by Any Dirty Party

Lee Harvey was a Friend of Mine by Homer Henderson


A Man Amongst Men by Big Joe Williams

Livin' in Chaos by The Sonics

No, I'm Iron Man by Butthole Surfers

Now I Step Over Your World / Punch Me Again, Now Ya Drunken Idiot by John Trubee & The Ugly Janitors of America

Screwdriver by The BellRays

Land of 1,000 Dances by Jello Biafra & The Raunch and Soul All-Stars

Darlin' Corey by Oh Lazarus

Moonlight Motel by Gun Club


Falafel King by Rolando Bruno

Tinde by Tinariwen with Lalla Badi

Venom Party by The Vagoos

Make You Mine by The Black Lips

The River in Reverse by Allen Toussaint & Elvis Costello

Full Moon in the Daylight Sky by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

President Kennedy Gave His Life by Mary Ross

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, November 20, 2015


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Friday, November 20, 2015
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)

Here's my playlist :
OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens
Mudflap Girl by The Misery Jackals
Pigsville by The Waco Brothers
Shadows Where the Magic Was by James Hand
FBI Top 10 by DM Bob & The Deficits
Here Am I, Oh Lord, Send Me by Alvin Youngblood Hart
It'll Be Me by The Malpass Brothers
Sister Kate by Oh Lazarus
Whiskey in a Jar by Hazeldine
Blind Man's Penis by John Trubee & The Ugly Janitors Of America

Don Houston by Slackeye Slim
Anything Goes at a Rooster Show by The Imperial Rooster
Revelation Blues by Garner Sloan
Paranormal Girlfriend by Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band
Devil in Her Eyes by Calamity Cubes
Down to the Bone by Legendary Shack Shakers
Three Bullets by Electric Rag Band
Fuck Off by Audrey Auld

Stranger in Town by Dave Alvin
I Pity the Poor Immigrant by Richie Havens
Worried Mind / A Man I Hardly Know by Eilen Jewell
Jailhouse Tears by Lucinda Williams with Elvis Costello
One Has My Name, The Other Has My Heart by Jerry Lee Lewis
All My Rowdy Friends by The Supersuckers

Big Things by James McMurtry
There Stands the Glass by Ted Hawkins
Shake Sugaree by David Bromberg
Dover to Dunkirk by Jack Hardy
Opportunity to Cry by Willie Nelson
Evicted by Peter Case
The Beast in Me by Nick Lowe
Where I Fell by Robbie Fulks
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY: A Year of Great Old Songs

I don't know what got into me a year ago this week, but only one day after debuting my Wacky Wednesday feature on this blog,

I launched Throwback Thursday to explore the music and musicians of decades past. The original intent was to spotlight music from before I was born -- and echoes of those old sounds in more contemporary music. I haven't strictly adhered to that, but nearly all of my Throwback posts are based on music from at least 50 years ago.

Frequently on Throwback Thursday I'll select an old song, try to give a little history about it and show various versions of it to show how it's evolved.

I'm pretty sure this is a complete list of those tunes with links to the original posts. If I left out any you know of, please let me know. (I threw in a couple of Wacky Wednesday songs plus a few from a few years before I started Throwback Thursday as well)


The Throwback Thursday Songbook, Volume 1

All My Trials

Auld Lang Syne

Beedle um Bum  (This was my first Throwback Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014)

Brennan on the Moor

Cabbage Head / Four Nights Drunk / Wake Up Baby (from August 2014, a few months before I started Throwback Thursday)

Crawdad Hole     

Diver Boy / Edwin

Ghost Riders in the Sky 

Going Home / Miracles

Goober Peas

Goodnight Irene

House of the Rising Sun

I'll See You in My Dreams

Lili Marleen (from April 2011)

Moonlight Bay

Pretty Peggy-O

Sam Hall

See That My Grave is Kept Clean / One Kind Favor

Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair

The Sheik of Araby (This one appeared in Wacky Wednesday)

Shortnin' Bread

Sloop John B   

Stagolee (This one is from 2008)

St. James Infirmary / Streets of Laredo / Dyin' Crapshooter Blues / Unfortunate Rake (This one is from 2012)

Two Lovely Black Eyes

White House Bues / Mr. Garfield 

WPLJ (This one also appeared in Wacky Wednesday)

The Year of Jubilo

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

WACKY WEDNESDAY: One Year of Wacky

One year ago, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, I unleashed a new weekly feature on this here web log.

Wacky Wednesday, was created, I wrote, "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. Some weeks work better than others, but I think I've provided you guys with a lot of wackiness this past 12 months.

My very first post was a salute to a musician named Bob Purse who I'd just discovered on the Free Music Archive.

Below are videos and other mementos of the first year of Wacky Wednesday. Keep the wackiness alive!

Early on, I wrote about a song that tore at the soul of a youngster (yours truly) who loved The Beatles as well as Allan Sherman. The day I posted this, I showed it to my oldest grandson, then 3. He looked at me bewildered and asked, "Why does Pop hate The Beatles?"

I wish I knew, kid, I wish I knew!

Wacky Wednesday has explored the musical legacy of Muhammad Ali.

Bad karaoke is usually good for some good wholesome fun (and cheap laffs).

In honor of the 41st anniversary of the resignation of President Nixon, I did a Wacky Wednesday full of Watergate songs. Here is one I stumbled across while searching for another song.

On April Fool's Day I looked at a cruel prank that cost The Dwarves a record contract.

One of my favorite Wacky Wednesdays was one about "Cult Classics" -- by real cults.

And one Wednesday I featured songs by, about and associated with Popeye.

One Wacky Wednesday I wrote about that strange night in 1986 when Camper Van Beethoven served as Tiny Tim's pickup band. The complete show, starting with Camper's set, can be heard in the player below.

And not very long ago, in belated honor of R. Crumb's birthday, I explored the cartoonist's contributions to music.

One week we had a musical battle royal with songs by and about wrestlers. Here is a heartbreaker.

One week I looked at the history of "Louie Louie," including the your-tax-money-at-work FBI investigation of the subsersve song:

And the world of Bollywood is rarely short on wackiness.

This world isn't getting any saner. Something tells me there will be plenty of wackiness to mine in the year ahead.

Please come back to this blog tomorrow for a very special Throwback Thursday.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Eilen Jewell in Santa Fe Thursday

Big mea culpa here: I've been playing Eilen Jewell's music for years on The Santa Fe Opry for years now and I've been mispronouncing her name. I've called her "Eileen," I've called her "Ellen," I've called her "Zsa Zsa" (OK, I'm just lying there), everything but her actual name, which, (as I found out tonight listening to some of her YouTube videos) is pronounced "EEL-un."

But the point is, I have been playing her songs on the radio for years, and I only play the stuff I like. So I heartily recommend you catch her show in Santa Fe this Thursday (November 19). She'll be playing at the Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de Los Marquez. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Buy tickets HERE.

This is a homecoming of sorts for Eilen. She attended St. John's College around the turn of the century and she's said many times in interviews that her first public gigs were busking at the Farmer's Market here.

So be there at her show. Until then, enjoy a couple of her videos:

Sunday, November 15, 2015


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Sunday, November, 2015 
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M. 
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time 
Host: Steve Terrell
101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell(at)

Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Mercury Blues by David Lindley
Don't Slander Me by Roky Erikson
I Guess You're My Girl by The Vagoos
Dial Up Doll by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Tuned Out by JJ & The Real Jerks
Baby Doll by The Del Morrocos
Rickshaw Rattletrap by Churchwood
The Claw by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Why You Leave Me by T. Valentine & Daddy Long Legs

Eclipse Boliviano by Rolando Bruno
Naspare by Cankisou
Bemin Sebeb Letlash by Mahmoud Ahmed
Tamiditin by Tinariwen
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child by Rev. Johnny L. Jones

Satisfy You by The Seeds
Can't Seem to Make You Mine by Alex Chilton
It's a Hard Life by The A-Bones
Moth and the Flame by Simon Stokes & The Heathen Angel Band
Stems and Flowers by The Chesterfield Kings
You Gotta Ride by Sky Saxon
The Wind Blows Your Hair by Purple Merkins
No Hay Mas Qui Dar [Pushin' Too Hard] by Los Shains
900 Million People Daily The Seeds

Price Tag by Sleater-Kinney
Lovecrimes by The Afghan Whigs
Queen Jane Approximately by Bob Dylan
Wish That I Was Dead by The Dwarves
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis
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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Hula Nite with Sky Saxon

Yesterday, following my Tune-Up column on The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard documentary, which is showing at the Jean Cocteau next week, my KSFR crony and fellow Seeds fan Sean Conlon sent me an email about the time he went to a Sky Saxon show 25 years ago.

With Sean's permission, I share the email here:

"Bring me the hula girls!"
In 1990 I visited a friend in San Francisco and he told me we were going to see another friend's band open for Sky!  I was surprised because I'd heard Saxon had burned out and disappeared, but my friend told me he'd seen a reunited Seeds share a bill with Love a few months earlier, and that Sky had been in fine form.  

So we head down to the venue, which turns out to be the lobby of a seemingly deserted SRO hotel in the Tenderloin.  There was a hand-drawn cardboard sign on the door, and that was apparently the only advertising that had been done for the gig besides word of mouth.  There were maybe 20 people in the dimly lit room.  There was a bar, but no stage; just a corner that had been cleared out.  In another corner was Sky, sitting with 5 or 6 hippie chicks.  They were young, maybe about 20.  He looked old, and in bad shape.  

During my friend's opening set (they were sort of a Toiling Midgets-wannabe band.  In 1983 the Midgets had been our upstairs neighbors in the Mission district.)  Sky's entourage got on the dance floor and hula-hooped.  Things were looking up.

There was a problem, though.  Sky hadn't brought a band.  I'm not sure if he thought the promoter was going to provide one, or if he just forgot.  He asked my friend's group to back him, although they didn't know any of his material.  No worries, he said, just do your thing and I'll work with it.  So they noodled around while he recited some verse and a few lines from Pushin' Too Hard, and sang "Mr Mojo Risin'" over and over while the hippie chicks continued with the hula hoops.  After about 10 minutes of this, Sky went back to his table in the corner, the entourage packed up and they all left.  

I'm still not sure if it was the best or worst show I ever saw.

So there you have it.

Don't forget the The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard is showing at the Jean Cocteau Cinema (418 Montezuma Ave., 505-466-5528) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and Thursday, Nov. 19. The doc’s director, Neil Norman will be on hand for Q & both nights.

I don't think hula hoops will be provided.

And don't forget tomorrow night's Terrell’s Sound World on on KSFR-101.1 FM. here I'll be playing a special segment featuring the music of the Seeds, Sky Saxon, and lots of cool bands covering their songs. The show starts at 10 p.m. with the Seeds set starting at the 11th hour.

Friday, November 13, 2015


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Friday, November 13, 2015
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
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Here's my playlist :

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens
Tobacco Road by Southern Culture On The Skids
Drinking Problem by Audrey Auld
Tied by The Yawpers
MisAmerica by Legendary Shack Shakers
Still Sober (After All These Beers) by The Banditos
Streets of Bordeaux by Texas Martha & The House of Twang
Oui (A French Song) by Terry Allen
Swing Troubador by Christine Albert

When First Unto This Country by David Bromberg
Yuppie Scum by Emily Kaitz
Crazy Crazy Lovin' by Johnny Carroll
Hot Rod Lincoln by The Satellites
Blackeyed Susie by J.P. Nestor
No Judgement Day by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
In New Orleans (Rising Sun Blues) by Dave & Phil Alvin
Cigarette Party by Dex Romweber Duo
LSD by Wendell Austin

UFO on Farm Road 318 by Sidney Ester
If You Mess with the Bull by Luke Reed
Long White Cadillac by Janis Martin
The Over You Rag by Electric Rag Band
Crazy Heart by Augie Meyers
Sorry You're Sick by Mary Gauthier
Bad Dog by Ted Hawkins
Dried Out River by Dad Horse Experience
Lucille by The Beat Farmers

Dust Off The Old Songs by Jason Eklund, Mike Good & Tom Irwin
Mary Lou by Kell Robertson
Big Train From Memphis by Mary & Mars
Cold Black Hammer by Joe Ely
My Walking Stick by Leon Redbone
Legend in My Time by Leon Russell
Green Fields of France by Dropkick Murphys
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, November 12, 2015


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
November 13, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2009. A beloved and influential innovator of modern popular music is dead. A stunned nation mourns.

Actually, most of those stunned and mourning people that day were grieving for some guy named Michael Jackson. But not me. The only tears I shed that summer day were for Richard Marsh, better known as Sky Saxon, the singer of one of most important ’60s-garage, proto-punk (and don’t forget flower power) bands in rock ’n’ roll history.

I didn’t care about the King of Pop! On that sad day, I looked to the Sky!

Saxon and his band, the Seeds, are now the subject of a well-researched, thoroughly entertaining, and totally rocking documentary called The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard.

I’ve been a Seeds fan since I was in junior high in the mid-’60s, which was back when their song (“You’re) Pushin’ Too Hard” was first a big hit. That tune fit in perfectly with some of the great snot-rock of the era such as “Dirty Water,” “96 Tears,” and “Psychotic Reaction.” but until this film I didn’t really know that much about Saxon or the Seeds.

The Seeds
First of all, this was a real band, not just a charismatic singer with a bunch of sidemen. Director Neil Norman (whose father Gene Norman signed the group to his GNP Crescendo Records) includes footage of recent interviews with former Seeds keyboardist Daryl Hooper (whose Wurlitzer electric piano with heavy tremolo made early Seeds records unforgettable) and fuzztone-guitar pioneer Jan Savage, as well as some footage and taped commentary of drummer Rick Andridge, who died in 2011.

I also didn’t realize that Saxon himself had been knocking around Hollywood for as long as he did, trying to get a break in the showbiz game. Born in Utah, he first went to Tinseltown in the late ’50s, initially signing to a label co-owned by Fred Astaire. Some of those quasi-doo-wop songs, which he released under the name “Little Richie Marsh,” can be found on YouTube today. They’re kind of cool, but you’d never realize these songs are the seeds of the Seeds.

The magic didn’t really start until Little Richie hooked up with Hooper and Andridge, a couple of high school pals who moved to Hollywood from their hometown of Farmington, Michigan. They started out covering the usual early rock classics. Things started to happen after they began writing their own songs.

Like many rock docs, much of the story told comes from famous folks who are fans of the film’s subject. Here we have the likes of the late Hollywood creep Kim Fowley, Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys, members of the ’80s girl band the Bangles, Johnny Echols of the group Love, and others.

Iggy opines from his throne
My favorite celeb testimony in Pushin’ Too Hard is Iggy Pop, who says The Seeds “gave a lot of people a vocabulary.” Of Saxon, Iggy says, “Besides his great name, which is super cool, he doesn’t sound stoppable. He sounds like you can’t stop him or shut him up. ... He couldn’t really sing, but neither can anyone else who’s any fucking good.”

Watching the rise of the Seeds is exciting, and watching their fall in the documentary is painful. Norman presents the case that it was too much ego, as well as too many drugs, that led to Saxon’s decline and the disintegration of the band.

After two snarling, rocking albums came Future, an ill-conceived, badly executed third album — an artsy experiment, probably influenced by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and all the other “rock is art” idiocy of the era. The Beach Boys’ Johnston grouses, “I didn’t want to hear the Seeds with harps.” (Perhaps he didn’t recognize the irony here — a lot of people said the same thing about the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds.)

Saxon’s appetite for LSD became a problem. “On stage it was like talking to a six-year-old,” a bandmate says. He tended to adopt stray humanoids who took advantage of his generosity and trust. Saxon’s house became a “flophouse for degenerates,” Savage says. “People fed Sky’s ego, giving him dope. He lost his edge.”

The Seeds broke up in 1969. Saxon apparently went to seed. (I apologize for that.) He lost his house, and folks would see him walking the streets or “wandering around the hills playing the flute,” according to one account in the film.
Saxon in later years

At one point in the ’70s, Saxon became involved with a utopian communal experiment (none dare call it cult) in Hollywood that ran a popular Sunset Strip health food restaurant (which is the subject of another fine documentary, The Source Family, released in 2012). Saxon was given a new name, “Arelich Aquarian,” by the group’s head honcho Father Yod. The former rock star worked in the restaurant and moved to Hawaii with the group when Yod decided it was time to flee the mainland.

There were reunions and reformations of the Seeds. Saxon recorded several solo albums (I have Transparency, which was released a few years before he died. It’s not bad, though it’s not the Seeds).

He eventually moved to Austin, where he worked with a band called Shapes Have Fangs. At the time of his death, he’d been planning on a tour with the contemporary versions of the Electric Prunes and Love.

It’s a corny cliché to compare a fallen music star to Icarus, who flew too close to the sun. Yet it seems appropriate for Saxon, who in his final years, this film shows, seemed like a sad, bewildered Icarus on a doomed quest to find his long-lost wings. But don’t forget — this crazy sucker in his prime flew pretty darn close to the sun.

The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard is showing at the Jean Cocteau Cinema (418 Montezuma Ave., 505-466-5528) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and Thursday, Nov. 19. The doc’s director will be on hand both nights.

Tune in to Terrell’s Sound World on Sunday, Nov. 15,  for a special segment featuring the music of the Seeds, Sky Saxon, and lots of cool bands covering their songs. The show starts at 10 p.m. with the Seeds set starting at the 11th hour. That’s on KSFR-101.1 FM.

Hot video fun

Here is the official trailer for this movie:

Here's Little Richie Marsh:

And here is an epic Seeds song:

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Remembering Armistice Day

This one is for all the Willie McBrides and the other forgotten heroes of forgotten wars. And for Kurt Vonnegut too.

Yesterday was Veteran's Day, a day to honor the men and the women who have served in the military. Veteran's Day was born in 1945 after the end of World War II.

But it started out as something different: Armistice Day. A day to mark the end of a war. Kurt Vonnegut spoke of Armistice Day in his 1973 novel Breakfast of Champions. (I was going to look for this passage in in my battered old copy of  the book to use here, but those wackos at Wonkette made it easier for me to copy and paste.)

I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.

Armistice Day has become Veterans’ Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ Day is not.

Indeed, I've heard lots of speeches by lots of politicians on Veteran's Day thanking veterans for their service and praising the military in general. But rarely do you hear them talk about the horror of war.

Eric Bogle
So in that spirit of Armistice Day as descried by Vonnegut, I'm going to share some moving songs about World War I -- and some of the most powerful anti-war tunes ever sung by human beings.

The first two were written by Eric Bogle. a Scottish folksinger who immigrated to Australia decades ago.

Both of the songs tell of the horrors of the War to End All Wars. And the first time I heard both of them I incorrectly assumed each was written by someone who had to be personally acquainted with that war. Actually Bogle wrote both of these songs in the 1970s.

To my ears the best versions of these Bogle songs are by Celt-Punk bands. Here is "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" as recorded by The Pogues for their seminal 1985 album Rum, Sodomy & The Lash.

Bogle wrote the song "No Man's Land," which came to be better known as "The Green Fields of France" after visiting a graveyard in the French countryside and coming across the grave of an Irish soldier named Willie McBride who was killed in 1916. Here's the recorded version by The Dropkick Murphys from their 2005 album The Warriors Code.

Lastly here's John McCutcheon's "Christmas in the Trenches." I know it's a little early, but as McCutcheon says in the introduction to this live performance, the story needs to be told 365 days a year.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Twisted Tales Rides Again!

As I've said here many times before, I'm a huge fan of an amazing if obscure series of albums called Twisted Tales from the Vinyl Wastelands. I've been a devotee of these crazy CDs ever since my friend Sean at KSFR alerted me to their existence.

I wrote a Tune-up column about the series about five years ago (and a Wacky Wednesday pre-Halloween post just recently.)

Through the years I've played dozens of songs from Twisted Tales and on my radio shows and even did a segment of them on an episode of The Big Enchilada podcast.

So what is Twisted Tales From The Vinyl Wastelands?

As described in its own promo, the "series takes the listener on a dark adventure, a wrong turn into a bizarre, alternate world of American country music performed by small town, unknown hicks ..."

And as I wrote, "... in Twisted Tales you’ll find story songs, answer songs to popular hits of the day, and novelty songs. There are topical songs ripped from the headlines of the time and politically incorrect songs — some probably racist, or at least shockingly unenlightened. The tracks are full of sex. But there are usually tragic consequences attached to lovemaking. It’s the same with liquor and drugs or being a hippie."

Well here's some long-awaited news. Vinyl Wastelands mastermind G Minus Mark (who has a bitchen podcast called Truckers, Shuckers, Freaks and Geeks) has reimagined, reconfigured, reshuffled  and reconfluberated Twisted Tales into a new series with original artwork by Olaf Jens, which will be available on vinyl and digital as well as CD.

Volume One, called UFO on Farm Road 318, is available now. Volume Two, Beating on The Bars is set for release next month, You can order both HERE.

And you can listen to all the songs from Volume 1 below (and download them HERE)

The original Twisted Tales CDs, 15 volumes, I believe, can be found at Norton Records.

And find out mroe at the Vinyl Wastelands Facebook page.

Sunday, November 08, 2015


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Sunday, November 8, 2015
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell
101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell(at)

Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres

Spend the Night by The Sonics

Hey Darling by Sleater-Kinney

Poor Queen by Thee Oh Sees

No Confidence by Simon Stokes

Crankcase Blues by Mudhoney

The Sharpest Claws by The Dirtbombs

Bo Diddley is Crazy by Bo Diddley

Hanged Man by Churchwood

Rappin' Rodney by Rodney Dangerfield


Evil Hoodoo by The Seeds

Sheeba by Sky Saxon

Cooking for Television by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

One Kind Favor by Canned Heat

It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry by Bob Dylan

Mother-in-Law by Jello Biafra & The Raunch and Soul All-Stars

I Got Spies Watching You by Figures of Light

It's a Man Down There by Sir Douglas Quintet


After the Rain by Mission of Burma

Love Comes in Spurts by Richard Hell & The Voidoids

Jail Bait by Andre Williams

Dirty Spliff Blues by Left Lane Cruiser

I Wanna Job by Abner Jay

Livin' in My Skin by The Pretty Things

Nasaparé by Cankisou

I'm at His Command by The Violinaires


The AARP is After Me by Drywall

House of Pain by Johnny Dowd

Absolutely Free by The Mothers of Invention

Tomorrow Wendy by Concrete Blonde

It's Only Make Believe by Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Love Letters by De Romweber Duo with Cat Power

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, November 06, 2015


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Friday, November 6, 2015
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell 101.1 FM
Email me during the show! terrel(at)
Here's my playlist :
OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens
Semi Truck by Commander Cody
The One That Got Away by Legendary Shack Shakers
Beaten and Broken by Robbie Fulks & The Mini-Mekons
Apartment 34 by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Monkey on the Moon by Gene Hall
Pardon Me I've Got Someone to Kill by Andre Williams & The Sadies
Pappa's on the Rooftop by Dave & Phil Alvin
Scorched by The Satellites
Pick a Bale of Cotton by Flathead
If There Wasn't Any Cows by Luke Reed

All Dressed Up for Trial by Peter Case
Big Fat Love by John Prine
Big Old Pussy Cat by John Riggs
Living With the Animals by Mother Earth
Big Fat Nuthiin' by Bottle Rockets
Tom Dooley by Bobby Bare

(All songs by Kell except where noted)
Cool and Dark Inside
Guns, Guitars and Women
Go On Home by Jason Eklund, Mike Good & Tom Irwin
Mary's Bar
Star Motel Blues
Wine Spodee Odee
Down the Bar From Me
I Always Loved a Waltz
I'll Walk Around Heaven With You by Blonde Boy Grunt & The Groans

Emotional Needs by Uncle Monk
My Side by Electric Rag Band
The Long Way Home by Hot Club of Cowtown
Worried Mind by Eilen Jewell
Lonesome Suzie by The Band
The Ballad of Maverick by George Thorogood
Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me by Mississippi John Hurt
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Kell Robertson: Four Years Gone

Kell Robertson live at the Oasis, Santa Fe circa 2004

Four years ago this Saturday, Nov. 7, Kell Robertson, poet, songwriter, country singer, storyteller and self-described old drunk left this world at the age of 81.

You don't know Kell Robertson? Well educate yourself, dammit! Read the profile I did on him for No Depression in 2004. Read the obituary I did for him in The New Mexican four years ago. And please lose yourself in the wonderful website some of his friends put together for Kell.

I still think about the old troublesome desert rat all the time. I think about his stories, his b.s., his phone calls that always seemed to come when I needed a good laugh. And I especially think about those soulful songs he left behind.

Here are a couple of those tunes that have popped up on YouTube

We'll start with "I'll Probably Live."

This next one, "Cool and Dark Inside," has always been my personal favorite of all his songs. And this video is nice because it's got footage of Kell at Mary's Bar in Cerrillos.

And this is a song he sang on my radio show, The Santa Fe Opry back in 2008. "Wine Spodee Odee," of course is not a Kell original. But there's no denying he put his own unique stamp on it. I turned it into a video just a few days ago, using some snapshots I'd taken of the man.

And here's a radio feature the late Joe Day did about him right after he died. (We also lost Joe earlier this year. Damn I get tired of writing obits about my friends!)

I'll be commemorating Kell on tonight's Santa Fe Opry. It's on KSFR, 101.1 FM or at 10 p.m. Mountain Time. Come on in. It's cool and dark inside.

Ride easy, Kell


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