Friday, April 29, 2016

THE SANTA FE OPRY PLAYLIST


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Friday, April 29, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
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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
Red Red Robin by Rosie Flores
OnTop of Spaghetti by Jane Baxter Miller 
Stay a Little Longer by Glambilly
Deep Fat Fried by Jim Stringer
Everybody Out by Al Scorch
Columbus Stockade Blues by Pine Hill Haints
Drugstore Truckdrivin' Man by Jason & The Scorchers
What's a Simple Man to Do by Steve Earle
Pool Cue by Two Tons of Steel
Anytime by Eddie Arnold

Keep Your Mouth Shut by Beth Lee & The Breakups
This Life With You by Supersuckers with Hayes Carll
Please Believe Me by Dave Insley
The Asp and the Albatross by Freakwater
Big Mack's Off the Blocks by Bill Kirchen
The Hot Guitar by Smilin' Eddie Hill & His Boys
Dyin' Crapshooter's Blues by David Bromberg
Music Makin' Mama from Memphis by RD Hendon

Long Road by Alice Wallace
Rainy Day Woman by Waylon Jennings
Sea Stories by Sturgill Simpson
Pocket of a Clown by Dwight Yoakam
False Prophet by Dash Rip Rock
To Ramona by The Mystix
Yesterday's News Just Hit Home Today by Johnny Paycheck
Cakewalk into Town by Taj Mahal 

Wish You Back by Stephanie Hatfield
Gallo de Cielo by Tom Russell with Katy Moffatt
Tomorrow by Eric Hisaw
Sarah Jane by Robbie Fulks
Kern River by Dave Alvin
Lay Me Down by Loretta Lynn with Willie Nelson
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets


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Thursday, April 28, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY: April Showers


Walking out to the parking lot after work today I looked up to the sky and saw the clouds. But, being from New Mexico, I realized it probably wasn't really going to rain.

And then this song popped into my head:

Though April showers may come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom in May ...

It's one of those songs folks my age and older have just known all our lives. I probably first heard it on a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

But the song, written by written by Louis Silvers and lyricist B. G. De Sylva, goes back to a 1921 Broadway musical called Bombo, starring a young Al Jolson.

"April Showers" became one of Jolson's signature songs -- though it wasn't identified with him nearly as much as "My Mammy" or "Swanee."

So let's start with the Jolson original. This YouTube version features a 1933 Betty Boop cartoon as a backdrop. I don't think it has anything to do with the song, but hey. it's a Betty Boop cartoon!



I'm not exactly sure when Mel Torme shot this version with the Page Cavanaugh Trio. But it's pretty snazzy.




Santo & Johnny, best known for their spooky classic "Sleep Walk,"  turned "April Showers" into a rock 'n' roll instrumental.



But, about 14 years after Jolson first sang this tune, there was another song that had "April Showers" in its title, "March Winds and April Showers," written by Walter G. Samuels, Leonard Whitcup and Teddy Powell.  Here's a 1935 recording by Abe Lyman & His California Orchestra, with vocals by crooner Louis Rapp.



And somehow, decades later, that song evolved into this, thanks to  ProleteR, a French guy who loves remixing and modernizing old jazz, R&B and soul tunes. (He does a great "Melancholy Baby")

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY:Attack of the Singing Clowns




Feeling low? Nothing like a singing clown to wipe away your blues.


Unless, of course your sad mood is caused by coulrophobia ...

So without further ado, let's send in the singing clowns.

This first one was an actual TV ad in Argentina a few years ago:



I'm not sure where this video was shot. But I like the title: "Crazy, Hilarious, Funny, Singing Clowns Playing Banjo and Accordion"



These merry fellows are having fun backstage, apparently after a performance of Slava's Snow Show, a theatrical production created in the 90s by Slava Polunin, a Russian clown artist.



And here's Puddles Pity Party singing a Crazy, Hilarious, Funny Big Top favorite



(Puddles actually is better known for this hit )

So if you need more music to awaken your inner Bozo, check out this classic Big Enchlada episode;





Monday, April 25, 2016

Big Enchilada for Mutants

THE BIG ENCHILADA



Welcome to the latest Big Enchilada Podcast now on Radio Mutation, formerly known as GaragePunk Pirate radio. In honor of the new name change, I'm dedicating this show to rock 'n' roll mutants every where. Let's mutate together!

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Here's the playlist:

(Background Music: Ave Genghis Khan by Os Mutantes)
Keep Movin' by Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon & The Gears
Don't Be Afraid to Pogo by The Gears
I Dreamt of the Dead by The Bonnevilles
All I Want is More by Kathy Freeman & Auto Pilot Club
Tribo Canibal by Horror Deluxe
Hoochie Woman by Tony Joe White

(Background Music: 2 Nigs United for West Compton by Prince)
Come Over Tonight by Terminal Licks 
Beeline by The Ugly Beats
If Mother Knew by The Oblivians with Mr. Quintron
I Know Your Name by Scratch Buffalo 
Red Headed Strangler by Friends of Caesar Romero
Cone of Light by Almighty Defenders

(Background Music: Whipping Post by The Fontanas)
Get Your Kick on Route 666 by Monkeyshines
Boundless by The Blues Against Youth
Chicken Yodeling Woman by O Lendario Chucrobillyman
Hotdog by The No-Brainers
Feeling Very Difficult Today by The Outta Sorts
Yesterday is Here by Rattlin' Bone

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

UPDATED: Now you can listen to my L.A. punk rock set and interview with The Gears on the Mixcloud player below


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Sunday, April 24, 2016 
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M. 
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time 
Host: Steve Terrell
Webcasting!
101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell(at)ksfr.org

Here's the playlist

OPENING THEME: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Hombre Secreto by The Plugz
We're Desperate by X
Egyptomania by Angry Samoans
Forming by The Germs
Don't Push Me Around by The Zeros
A Life of Crime by The Weirdos
Elk's Lodge Blues by The Gears

Live phone interview with The Gears 

Teenage Brain / When Punk Rock Ruled the World by The Gears

Hanky Panky by Horror Deluxe
In Hell by The Monsters
Opening of the Box by Tony Joe White
Back When Dogs Could Talk by Wayne Kramer
Love Taco by Piñata Protest
I Just Want Some Skank by The Circle Jerks

PRINCE TRRIBUTE (all songs by Prince except where noted)
Darling Nikki
Can't Stop the Feeling I've Got
Superfunkycalifragisexy
Never Take the Place of Your Man by The Goo Goo Dolls (with Lance Diamond)
U Got the Look by Prince & Sheena Easton
The Future
A Case of You

Raspberry Beret by Hindu Love Gods
Musicology
One of Us
Space
Kiss by Tom Jones & The Art of Noise
Substitute CLOSING THEME: I Would Die 4U by Prince




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Friday, April 22, 2016

THE SANTA FE OPRY PLAYLIST


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Friday, April , 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
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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

Little Red Corvette by The Gear Daddies
Man on a Mission by The Supersuckers
Dope Smokin' Song by Jesse Dayton
Shotgun Blues by Jason & The Scorchers
Don't Feed Me by Black Eyed Vermillion
MisAmerica by Legendary Shack Shakers
Love You 'cause You're Perfect by Al Scorch
Call Me If Your Ever Change Your Mind by Dave Insley
Men's Room L.A. By Kinky Friedman

Satellite of Love by DM Bob & The Deficits
Rowboat by Johnny Cash
Aunt Peg's New Old Man by Robbie Fulks
Crawdad Hole by Doc Watson
Some Velvet Morning by Frontier Circus
No Law in Lurgan by The Bonnevilles
It's Moving Day by Charlie Poole
Lovesick Blues Emmett Miller

Move it On Over by Freddy Cannon & The Gears
Liquored Up by Southern Culture on The Skids
Trainsfusion Blues by Paul Burch & The Waco Brothers
Everything It Takes by Loretta Lynn with Elvis Costello
Holding Things Together by Merle Haggard
I'm a Fool to Fool Around with You by Hank Thompson
Catahoula by Jimbo Mathis
Up in the Holler by Stella Parton
All Around You by Sturgill Simpson
Mockingbird Yodel by Carolina Cotton

Hank Williams by Brent Hoodenpyle & The Loners
Honky Tonkin' by Tom Hiddleston & The Saddle Spring Boys
Wedding Day by Alejandro Escovedo
Apartment #9 by Tammy Wynette 
Falls of Sleep by Freakwater
Louise by Jerry Jeff Walker
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets


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Thursday, April 21, 2016

TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: Are You Afraid to Pogo?

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
April 22, 2016


Andy Warhol was half-right: In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. But he left out one important part. In the future, everyone will star in their own documentary. Seems like every time you turn around these days, there’s a new movie about some band — some famous, some less so.

The northeast Los Angeles “punk surfabilly” band called The Gears got theirs with a fun new rock doc called Don’t Be Afraid to Pogo, which is playing next week at the Jean Cocteau Cinema.

I’ve never pretended to be an expert on the L.A. punk scene, though I’m a longtime fan of bands like X, The Germs, and Angry Samoans (even before founding member Gregg Turner moved to Santa Fe). I loved the movie The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) as well as Repo Man (1984), which had a soundtrack featuring Black Flag, The Circle Jerks, and The Plugz.

But I have to confess, until I recently saw Don’t Be Afraid to Pogo, I’d never heard of The Gears. But now I’m a fan. 

Like any decent band documentary, this one, directed by Gears manager Chris Ashford, is crammed full of interviews with band members past and present, others from the L.A. punk world, live footage both ancient and recent, photos, and all sorts of Gear lore. Which Gear got kicked out of the band for breaking a beer bottle across a roadie’s face? Why is singer Axxel G. Reese obsessed with pirates? What was The Gears’ connection with early-’60s rocker Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon, Chicano artist Richard Duardo, and Santa Fe photographer Ronn Spencer? You not only get to know the band, but the whole milieu from which the group sprang.

The origin of The Gears goes back to when Reese and drummer Dave Drive (real names Terry Davis and Dave Fernandez) went to elementary school together in the largely Hispanic Glassell Park neighborhood. They knocked around in various bands for years, finally coming back together as The Gears in the late ’70s.

Current Gears bassist Mike Manifold (real name Mike Villalobos), was just a kid when The Gears started out. But living near Dave Drive’s house, he was familiar with the group. He’d watch the musicians load and unload their equipment and often smell marijuana smoke wafting out of the house as he walked home from school. His grandmother, he said, warned him to “stay away from those kids.”

Apparently a secret nexus of L.A. punk rock was the Budget Rent-a-Car office in Glendale. That’s where Kidd Spike (Jeff Austin) and Brian “Redz” Anderson met before they joined The Gears. Marc Moreland of Wall of Voodoo and Johnny Stingray of The Controllers worked there, too. Spike originally played with The Controllers, but The Gears managed to steal him. Spike, who learned to play guitar from listening to a Ramones record, is credited for bringing the rockabilly influence to the band.

Miss Mercy of the infamous GTOs — a collective of groupies that Frank Zappa fashioned into an a cappella singing group — took The Gears under her wing, becoming known as their “fashion consultant.” She’d find seersucker suits, leopard-skin jackets, and cowboy boots for the band and do their hair, which in those days involved exaggerated rockabilly greaser styles. “They always smelled like Tres Flores [hair pomade],” the singer from Mad Society, another early L.A. punk group, says.

The documentary tells the stories behind some of The Gears’ songs. Their first single was “Let’s Go to the Beach.” Reese explains that living in northeast Los Angeles, the beach was “a trek for us. We weren’t really beach kids by any stretch of the imagination.” “Hard Rock” was written by original guitarist “Crazy Ruben” Urbina, inspired, he says, by the death of Elvis Presley. “Trudie Trudie” was an ode to a scenester and early Gears fan from South Bay. The real Trudie appears in the documentary.

“Elks Lodge Riot” is about the notorious “St. Patrick’s Day Massacre,” which occurred on March 17, 1979, at a big punk show (with an all-star bill including X, The Go-Gos, The Plugz and others) in an actual Elks Lodge near MacArthur Park. That night, Los Angeles police in riot gear raided the joint right in the middle of The Plugz’s set. A bunch of kids got beat up, and the reason is still pretty hazy.

And naturally they talk about the song that became the title for this movie, “Don’t Be Afraid to Pogo.” Crazy Ruben explains that he was self-conscious about diving head-on into punk culture, so the song was basically written as a message to himself. 

Of course, as a dance craze, the pogo was much tamer than the crazy moshing at punk shows that soon followed. And as the ’80s progressed, the L.A. punk scene grew a lot more aggressive. The violence and fury of the hardcore scene was off-putting to members of The Gears. “There was a transition in L.A. punk that I didn’t like,” Spike says. By that point, he was getting pretty burned out anyway, he says.

So after Spike split, The Gears broke up in the mid-’80s and hived off into various other groups. But they’ve regrouped at least a couple of times through the years. And judging from their more recent album, When Things Get Ugly (2014), as well as the live footage from the movie, they’re still in fine form. 

So check out this flick, and if the spirit moves you, don’t be afraid to pogo.

Don’t Be Afraid to Pogo is showing on one night only, at 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. Director Chris Ashford and some members of the band will be on hand for the showing.

I’ll be doing a live interview with Axxel and Spike from The Gears this week on my radio show, Terrell’s Sound World. The show starts at 10 p.m. on KSFR, 101.1 FM. 

Here's the promo for the doc



Let's Go to the Beach



Freddy Cannon teams up with The Gears for a crazed take on "Tallahassee Lassie."


THROWBACK THURSDAY: Fare Thee Well, Old Hickory

No, the new $20 bill will NOT be a Bozo Buck

It looks like Andy Jackson is moving to the back of the buck.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Wednesday a redesign of the nation's $5, $10 and $20 bills. On the $20, President Andrew Jackson is being moved to the backside of the bill while Harriet Tubman will replace him on the front.

For those who don't their history, Tubman was born a slave in 1822. But she escaped to her freedom and went on to become an abolitionist, a spy for the Union during the Civil War and a major player in the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to non-slave states.

Most the folks I talked to Wednesday were glad to see Jackson go.  After all, he was a slaveholder and dedicated advocate of removing Indians from their homelands in the southeastern U.S. The Trail of Tears? That was his. He signed the Indian Removal Act which forced many Southern tribes to Indian Territory (now known as Oklahoma.)

And I agree, Tubman's a better choice. But still, somewhere inside me I hear the voice of Johnny Horton and feel some bittersweet nostalgia for Old Hickoy.

Here's what I'm talking about:



I've known this song since I was a little kid. But I didn't realize until recently that it's a descendant of a song, written in 1821 by one Samuel Woodworth.

It's called "The Hunters of Kentucky," though it's also known as "The Battle of New Orleans" "Jackson and Kentucky" and "Half Horse or Half Alligator." Jackson himself used the song as his campaign theme both times he ran for president (1824 and 1828.)

Here's a version by a singer named Tom Roush.



While searching for Andrew Jackson songs last night (somehow I thought there would be more) I found a group from Arizona called the Andrew Jackson Jihad. They're pretty cool, but they're demoting Andrew Jackson too. A couple of months ago they shortened their name to simply AJJ. "Interesting historical figure as he was, he was an odious person and our fascination with him has grown stale," the band said.

Old Hickory can't get a break these days.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: It's 4-20 Again!



Yes, it's that that time of the year again ...

And here's some music for a little holiday joy.

I just saw The Super Suckers play this song live Tuesday Monday night at Meow Wolf.




Some Arkansas depravity from Rockin' Guys. (The original version is HERE)



I remember this Steppenwolf song from high school.



The late John Hartford sings about bonding with his grandmother



Espanola's own Imperial Rooster, responsible citizens that they are, encourages the youth not to toke and drive



If this ain't enough for ya, check out last year's Throwback Thursday 4-20 post.

Have a safe and happy 4-20













Sunday, April 17, 2016

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

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Sunday, April 17, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell
Webcasting!
101.1 FM
email me during the show! terrell(at)ksfr.org

Here's the playlist

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

All I Want is More by Kathy Freeman with Auto Pilot Club

Cheap Thrills by Ruben & The Jets

Bee Line by The Ugly Beats

She's Got Fangs by The Electric Mess

Like Food, It Feeds by Coachwhips

Primitive Man by The Monsters

CC Rider by The Gibson Brothers and Workdog

One Night of Sin by Simon Stokes

Murder in My Heart for the Judge by Moby Grape

 

FUF / Trudie Trudie by The Gears

Tribe Cannibal by Horror Deluxe

Yona's Blues by The Come N' Go

Death of Beewak by Angry Samoans

New Kind of a Kick by The Cramps

Nerja' sawa (نرجع سوا ) by Mazhott

Almost Black by James Chance

8th Grade (Pre-teen Cretins) by The Conjugal Visits

 

Tie My Hands to the Floor by Sulphur City

Got Blood in My Rhythm by The Blues Against Youth

Sugar Farm by Lonesome Shack

Bad Habits by The Outta Sorts

Egypt Berry by The Night Beats

Left of the Dial by The Replacements

One More Try by Barrence Whitfiled & The Savages

 

Nantucket Girls Song by The Tossers

Breakup From Hell by The Barbarellatones

Centerfold by Beach Balls

Ballroom by Vulgargrad

I'll Take Care of You by Gil Scott-Heron

Yesterday is Gone by Rattlin' Bone

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Record Store Day Grooviness in Santa Fe

Just a quick note to let New Mexico folks know that there is  Record Store Day events in Santa Fe The Guy In The Groove (inside A Sound Look) today at 502 Cerillos Road (at Manhattan Ave.) and -- at least according to the Record Day site -- at The Good Stuff Cafe, 401 W. San Francisco St.

Guy in the Groove  owner Dick Rosemont tells me there will be Record Store Day releases for sale, snacks and he will be spinning vinyl.

Friday, April 15, 2016

THE SANTA FE OPRY PLAYLIST

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Friday, April 15, 2016
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

Lost at Sea by Al Scorch

Tupelo County Jail by Webb Pierce

Jesus Car by The Yawpers

Cherry Bomb by Jimmy & The Mustangs

Love's Made a Fool of You by Bobby Fuller Four

Crazy Boogie by Merle Travis

The Cat Never Sleeps by Mama Rosin with Hipbone Slim & The Knee-Tremblers

Shotgun Boogie by Tennessee Ernie Ford

Somewhere Between You and Me by Buck Owens & Susan Raye

Sixteen Tons by Homer & Jethro

 

I'm an Old Cowhand by Asleep at the Wheel

The Shape I'm in by Levon Helm Band

Dirty Overalls by Del McCoury

Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy by Red Foley

Hoboes Are My Heros by Legendary Shack Shakers

I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am by Merle Haggard

I'm a Hobo by Danny Reevers

Happy Hicky The Hobo by The Delmore Brothers

Daddy Got Bit by a Rabid Possum by Angry Johnny & GTO

 

The Road Goes on Forever by Robert Earl Keene

The Girl at the End of the Bar by The Waco Brothers

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven by Loretta Lynn

My Baby is a Tramp by Brennan Leigh

Living With the Animals by Mother Earth

The Gypsy by Cornell Hurd

It's All Going to Pot by Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Jamey Johnson

The Girl I Sawed in Half by Paul Burch

 

Arizona Territory by Dave Insley

They'll Never Take Her Love From Me by Doug Sahm

Too Close to Heaven by Dad Horse Experience

Sometimes I Dream by Steve Young

Put Down the Gun by Peter Case with David Perales

Epitaph (Black and Blue) by Kris Kristofferson

CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets


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Thursday, April 14, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Songs of the Hoboes

A week ago, putting together my Throwback Thursday tribute to the late Merle Haggard, I came across one of his finest early hit, "I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am."

Things I learned in hobo jungle / Were things they never taught me in a class room

Now Hag wasn't really a hobo. But he was born in a boxcar in Oildale, Calif., which served as his family home. And, of course, some of his best songs were those from the perspective of the downtrodden. If anyone could sing about hoboes, it was Haggard.

But he definitely wasn't the first to sing about them. Songs about the rail-riders spread across this great land throughout the early part of the 20th Century. Hoboes popped up in blues songs and hillbilly records.

Some of these tunes were full of pity for the wayward and impoverished lives of these men. Some were cautionary tales, warning others to stay away from that life.

But many romanticized the hobo, expressing envy for their freedom. And today, the classic train-hopping hobo is seen as a mythological character

Perhaps the first hobo hit was "Hallelujah. I'm a Bum," in which a tramp with attitude has witty comebacks for proper people who question the way he lives.

There were several recordings of it around 1928 including versions by Hobo Jack Turner, Vernon Dalhart, John Bennett, Arthur Fields and Harry McClintock, who is best known for his song "Big Rock Candy Mountain," another important contribution to the Hobo Hit Parade. Later, Al Jolson starred in a movie called Hallelujah. I'm a Bum.

Carl Sandburg in The American Songbag, wrote "This old song heard at the water tanks of railroads in Kansas in 1897 and from harvest hands who worked in the wheat fields of Pawnee County, was picked up later by the [International Workers of the World] who made verses of their own for it, and gave it a wide fame."

McClintock, a member of the I.W.W.,  claimed he wrote "Hallelujah. I'm a Bum" years before he recorded it. I can't say if that's true, but he's the only one I know who's claimed authorship.

Here's a McClintock version:



Louis Armstrong had his own hobo song:



A classic hillbilly hobo song, "Rambling Reckless Hobo" by Dick Burnett & Leonard Rutherford

 

Here's a rockin' tune from the year I was born: "Hobo" by J.D. Edwards



And in case you haven't heard enough, here's a whole Mulligan stew pot of Hobo songs

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Happy Cambodian New Year!!!

Happy Cambodian New Year!

That's right, the traditional three-day celebration starts Wednesday, April 13.

I don't actually know much about Khmer traditions. But I'm a huge fan of Cambodian rock 'n' roll from the 1960s and '70s. I've written several times about how the evil Khmer Rouge basically wiped out that music. Follow that link if you need to catch up on that history. Or better yet, watch the documentary Don't Think I've Forgotten.

But today is Cambodian New Year -- not to mention Wacky Wednesday -- so let's not dwell on the horrors of the past.

Let's welcome the New Year angel and honor the Khmer people with some crazy rock 'n' roll.

Let;s start out with Sinn Sisamouth's version of "House of the Rising Sun." I don't know how I missed this when I featured this song on Throwback Thursday a few months ago,



Here's "Shave Your Beard" by Ros Sereysothea, a song I first heard done by Dengue Fever. (Not sure who this lovely lip syncher is.)

 

Here's a little psychedelia by Pan Ron


Some Cambodian surf music with Baksey Cham Krong (from the Don't Think I've Forgotten soundtrack.)

 

Finally, here's Dengue Fever, a contemporary California group with a Cambodia-born singer, Chhom Nimol,  Just like The Animals led me (and countless others) to John Lee Hooker in the '60s, Dengue Fever lured me to Cambodian rock. And I'll always love them for it, This song's called "Mr. Orange"



Happy New Year!





Sunday, April 10, 2016

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell
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Here's the playlist

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

Keep Movin' Freddy Cannon & The Gears

Elks Lodge Blues by The Gears

Boychucker by Rocket from The Crypt

Jungle Noise by The Monsters

Bandstand by Tandoori Knights

Seersucker Suit by JJ & The Real Jerks

Funeral in These Streets by Scratch Buffalo

Lemmy by The Come N' Go

 

Strange Things Are Happening Every Day by '68 Comeback

To the Floor by Lonesome Shack

Hate O Oso by Horror Deluxe

Across the River by Dead Cat Stimpy

Old Lady Sittin' in the Dining Room by The Copper Gamins

Decontrol by Alex Maiorano & The Black Tales

Dregs by Bass Drum of Death

I Feel Good by The Dirtbombs

 

Right/Wrong by The Night Beats

Black Sheep by The Woggles

War Going On by Sulphur City

Someone's Knocking on My Door by T. Model Ford & Gravelroad

Psychedelic Freakout by The Barbarellatones

Psychedelic Woman by Honny & The Bees Band

Rock 'n' Roll Deacon by Screamin' Joe Neal

 

Boundless by The Blues Against Youth

Western Plain by Van Morrison

Cross-eyed and Painless by Talking Heads

See That My Grave is Kept Clean by B.B. King

Noble Experiment by Thinking Fellers Union Local 242

One for My Baby by Iggy Pop

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, April 08, 2016

THE SANTA FE OPRY PLAYLIST

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Friday, April 8, 2016
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
Webcasting!
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

Long Time Gone by The Dixie Chicks

Win-Win Situation for Losers by Dave Insley with Kelly WIllis

My Old Man Boogie by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

All the Way Back Home by The Dinosaur Truckers

Slipknot by Al Scorch

Sober and Stupid by Fortytwenty

Lucky Fool by The Waco Brothers

Hesitation Boogie by Hardrock Gunter

Out of Hand by Gene Watson & Rhonda Vincent

 

Honky Tonk Song by Webb Pierce

I've Come Too Far for Love to Die by The Bonnevilles

Barbed Times by The Blues Against Youth

A Girl Named Johnny Cash by Harry Hayward

Never Come Home by Robbie Fulks

Who's Gonna Miss Me by Loretta Lynn

Raise a Ruckus by Tom Jones

Corn Liquor Made a Fool of Me by Bad Livers

Art by Jon Langford from his book
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MERLE HAGGARD TRIBUTE SET
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I'll Fix Your Flat Tire, Merle by Pure Prairie League

Branded Man / That's the Way Love Goes by Merle Haggard

Old Man From the Mountain by Bryan & The Haggards with Dr. Eugene Chadbourne

Train of Life by Hag

Sing Me Back Home by The Chesterfield Kings

Ida Red by Hag

Sweet Georgia Brown by Johnny Gimble with Merle Haggard

My Own Kind of Hat by Rosie Flores

 

It's All Going to Pot by Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Jamey Johnson

Life in Prison by The Byrds

If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time by Hag

Reasons to Quit by Cracker

Mama Tried by Hag

Today I Started Loving You Again by Rufus Thomas

Someday We'll Look Back by Hag

CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets


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TERRELL'S TUNE-UP: When Young Monsters Roamed

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
April 8, 2016



Back in 1986, decades before he became an international playboy and record-industry titan (he’s supreme commander and president for life of Switzerland’s Voodoo Rhythm Records), young “Beat-Man” Zeller was just a hopped-up young punk rocker who got together with some like-minded cronies and formed a fierce little band of Swiss miscreants called The Monsters, which had a deep affinity for classic American garage rock and loud grating noise.

Hard to believe, but Beat-Man and his Monsters are still around, older (Beat-Man’s pushing fifty!) but just as dangerous. And to celebrate 30 monstrous years, Voodoo Rhythm is releasing not one but two records.

One will be a new album, coming later this year. The first is a rerelease — with added bonus tracks — of one of their long out-of-print early albums, The Jungle Noise Recordings, originally released on a German label called Jungle Noise.

Although Voodoo Rhythm’s press release proclaims, “This is where primitive rock ’n’ roll chainsaw massacre trash garage began,” Jungle Noise, recorded in 1994, was not the first Monsters album. There were at least a couple of proper (I use that word in a relative sense) studio records, including their previous album The Hunch (the title being a tribute to West Virginia wild man Hasil Adkins), which was basically a psychobilly effort full of songs about movie monsters.

Beat-Man today contemplating the Universe
But by this point, Zeller wanted a rawer sound for his band, which was now a trio. Instead of going to a studio, the musicians rented some recording equipment and did the album at home. They replaced their stand-up bass, a staple of their early recordings, with an electric bass. And Zeller let his guitar go crazy with the fuzz and feedback. As the title of the opening track suggests, the result was a joyful invitation to “Psych Out With Me.”

The Monsters at this point were still fond of horror material, as evidenced by their uptempo cover of Kip Tyler’s 1958 spookabilly tune “She’s My Witch,” and songs like “Rock Around the Tombstone,” “Skeleton Stomp,” “Plan 9,” (an ode to Ed Wood’s outer space vampire movie), and 'Mummy Fucker Blues," in which Beat-Man’s trademark gravel voice sounds like a bizarre blend of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Tuvan throat-singing, and Popeye.

There’s a marijuana song here called “The Pot” in which the music is a mutant grandchild of the Isley Brothers’ “Shout.” And there are spirited covers of The Rolling Stones’ “Play With Fire” and Ricky Nelson’s “Lonesome Town,” though I actually prefer The Monsters’ live version on their 20th anniversary album The Worst of Garage Punk Vol. 1, in which Beat-Man comically weeps hysterically during the instrumental.

All in all, The Jungle Noise Recordings is a pinnacle of trash rock. And it whets my appetite for the upcoming new Monsters album.

Also recommended

* Tumbling Heights by The Come N’ Go. Here’s another Swiss band that cut its proverbial teeth in
the crazed world of garage-punk. On this, The Come N’ Go’s fourth album for Voodoo Rhythm, the musicians prove they can play it fast, furious, and trashy like their labelmates The Monsters. But they also go psychedelic on us. This album shows the band still working hard to get our butts shaking. But they also seem interested in getting our minds expanding.

The album starts out with a tasty rocker called “Château Phoquoeupe” as well as an intense lo-fi cover of Bad Brains’ “Attitude.” Even more impressive is the six-minute song called “Lemmy,” a good rockin’ tribute to the late Mr. Kilmister. But “Lemmy” showcases the intriguing dichotomy of this album. The first three or four minutes are basic and catchy, then evolve seamlessly into a lengthy feedback/noise-skronk roar.

The short-but-surreal “Borderland” is even more crazy. It starts out with some discordant ambient noise joined later by a female vocalist. And on some songs, such as “Yona’s Blues,” they can actually be melodic as well as spacey.

On “I’ll Sing You a Song,” the melody sounds like some folk song right on the tip of your memory. It’s colored by feedback and what sounds like a distant harmonica. And speaking of folkish sounds, “What Is It?” (which could have been an apt title for the whole album) features acoustic guitar and what might or might not be a flute embellished by electronic feedback that almost seems to be in harmony.

While Tumbling Heights has lots of different dimensions to ponder, and while I do enjoy the psychedelic touches, the songs I like best are the ones in which The Come ‘N Go don’t forget they’re a rock ’n’ roll band.


* Who Sold My Generation by The Night Beats. Now here’s another band that’s often described as psychedelic. Indeed, this Seattle trio draws from the better bands of the Summer of Love.

The song “Shangri Lah,” for instance, owes a debt to The Electric Prunes. The Night Beats are frequently compared to psychedelic rangers like The Black Angels, though with singer Danny Lee Blackwell often singing in falsetto, a better comparison might be The Oh Sees.

But this group has a lot going on, including a subtle influence of soul and funk if you listen close enough (and you should).

With a title that’s a sweet nod to Pete Townsend’s old group, Who Sold My Generation is a solid selection of songs. Blackwell knows the power of the riff. Virtually every one of these songs has hooks that stick to your brain.

Among the highlights are “Bad Love,” which features a sax section; “Porque Mañana,” which is sung in Spanish, “Egypt Berry,” which features a faux-Middle Eastern guitar riff and a melody that reminds me of “Endless Sleep,” and “No Cops,” which ain’t country but sounds as if Blackwell’s been listening to Waylon Jennings’ cover of “Ain’t Living Long Like This.”

Video Madness

Psych Out with The Monsters



Some "Attitude" by The Come N' Go



And here's a cool video by The Night Beats

Thursday, April 07, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Goodbye, Hag


I hesitated to slap the "Throwback Thursday" label on this. Most the musicians I celebrate in this feature are those who left us years ago, Merle died yesterday.

But his music has been an important part of American culture for the past 50 years or so. It's important historical stuff deserving of respect and veneration, And yet Hag's music still is a living force, still moving people, and still serving as a soundtrack for good times and lonesome times, still a soundtrack getting drunk and getting laid, for deep thought and deep forgetting. Like Hank Williams' songs that never get old, Merle Haggard's music will outlive us all.

Hag as a youth
Singer Dave Alvin probably expressed it most eloquently on his Facebook page Wednesday:

Merle Haggard meant a lot of different things to a lot of different people but to me he was THE songwriter of California. Not the California of Malibu, Silicon Valley or Beverly Hills but the California of Highway 99, migrant workers and the struggle to survive in the promised land. All the political ambiguity and one dimensional stereotypes aside, Mr Haggard was one of the giants of modern American Music (not just Country) along with Ray Charles, Miles Davis and Bob Dylan. Merle was a brilliant balladeer, soulful bluesman, guitar wrangler, musical trailblazer and one of our greatest songwriters/poets in the Roots tradition. In his way he was also a true, fearless rock and roll rebel. Rest easy from the long highway, Mr Haggard. It's been a hell of a ride.

I got to see Merle in concert twice.

The first time was in the early '80s at the old Albuquerque Civic Auditorium. I was covering the show for The New Mexico Sun, a bi-weekly paper in Albuquerque that didn't last very long. The main thing I remember about that performance was being impressed with what a great bandleader he was. He was emphasizing his western-swing influence that night and his band, The Strangers was one tight unit under Hag's command. Bob Wills would have been proud.

The other time I saw him was in the mid '90s at Tingley Coliseum. That was the last concert I ever saw with my mom. The band was no match for the one I saw in the '80s, but they were good, Haggard started singing "Okie from Muskogee" and the crowd roared in approval. But after singong the very first line, he stopped the band and said, "Now who the Hell gives a damn whether or not they smoke marijuana in Muskogee?"

The crowd roared louder.

So today let's celebrate the songs Merle Haggard gave us. Today's that someday we look back and say it was fun.

Here are some Haggard performance that I love:

Here he is on the Porter Wagoner Show, in the late '60s, I think, singing "That Little Old Winedrinker, Me " and one of his greatest tunes, "Today I Started Loving You Again" 



Hag with The Texas Playboys in 1976



In 2011, Willie Nelson joined Merle on stage to help him preach against the evils of marijuana in Muskogee.




"Someday We'll Look Back" is one of Merle's most soulful tunes.

 

And here's a fairly recent version one of his earliest hits, "Sing Me Back Home."



Tune into The Santa Fe Opry Friday night (KSFR, 10 p.m. to midnight) for the mother of all Merle Haggard tributes.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Random Acts of Wackiness



Usually I have a theme for Wacky Wednesday.

This week I don't.

All I've got are a few stray videos of musical weirdness.

First of all, this panhandler, who definitely earned his handout.



A little Greek yodeling Hawaiian style by Kostas Bezos



Sam the Sham -- yes THAT Sam the Sham! -- sings about the joys of modern air travel



A sweet song about a kitty cat



And, in conclusion, a little Mongolian Nazi pop


Sunday, April 03, 2016

TERRELL'S SOUND WORLD PLAYLIST

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Sunday,

April 3, 2016 KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.

10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time

Host: Steve Terrell

Webcasting!101.1 FM

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Here's the playlist

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

Mojo Workout by King Salami & The Cumberland 3

Jungle Noise by The Monsters

Down in the Basement by The Gears

Burn to Breathe by The Night Beats

I Know Your Name by Scratch Buffalo

Goin' on Down to the BBQ by Drywall

Again and Again by Black Lips

I Don't Like You No More by Andre Williams

 

Video Violence by Lou Reed

Gudbuy t' Jane by Hickoids

She's a Hunchback by The Dickies

The Lonely Streets by Pirate Love

Big Mouth Mickey by The Guilty Hearts

Whispers by Sulphur City

The Hunch by Hasil Adkins

War Dancers by King Mud

Rapping with Lee by Lee Fields

 

David Briggs' Talk by The Come N' Go

Voodoo Moonshine by Deadbolt

Mesopotamia by B-52s

Heart Attack and Vine by Lydia Lunch

Cock in Pocket by Iggy & The Stooges

Lost and Found by The Hunchmen

La Coulleuvre by Thee Verduns

Let's Dress Up the Naked Truth by New Bomb Turks

Dotted White Line by Blues Against Youth

Man on the Flying Trapeze by Spike Jones & His City Slickers

 

I'm Not Gonna Cry by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

Wilderness by Sleater-Kinney

Turn Back the Hands of Time by Timmy Thomas

Let Me Down Easy by Bettey LaVette

CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis Youth

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Friday, April 01, 2016

THE SANTA FE OPRY PLAYLIST

 

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KSFR, Santa Fe, NM

Webcasting! 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

Polk Salad Annie by Tony Joe White

Nitty Gritty by Southern Culture on the Skids

A Fool Such as I by Marti Brom

Johnny Come Lately by Steve Earle & The Pogues

Don't Fall in Love With a Girl Like That by The Boxcars

Blue Eyed Elaine by John Prine & Mac Wiseman

The Women Make a Fool Out of Me by Ernest Tubb

Drinkin' Wine and Staring at the Phone by Dave Insley

Little Birdy by Steve Young

 

Big Fool of the Year by George Jones

My Name is Jorge by The Gourds

UFO on Farm Road by Sidney Ester

Walk Right In by Dave Alvin

Too Much Sex (Not Enough Jesus) by Drive-By Truckers

Twang Town Blues by Jason & The Scorchers

Driftwood 40-23 by Hickoids

Hey Good Lookin' by Tom Hiddleston

 

Seven Nights to Rock by Moon Mullican

Lonesome Hearted Blues by The Maddox Brothers & Rose

Cherokee Boogie by Hank Williams

River of Fools by Los Lobos

Favorite Fool by James Hand

One Sweet Hello by Merle Haggard

Cadillacin' by Paul Burch

Out of Jail by Waylon Jennings

Fire and Flame by Del McCoury

You're Gonna Miss Me by Hasil Adkins


I'm Just a Fool to Care by C.C. Adcock

In the Pines by Loretta Lynn

The Longest Train I Ever Saw by The Tenneva Ramblers

Hidden Love by Peter Case

World of Fools by David Bromberg 

South Bend Soldiers On by Robbie Fulks

The Scarlet Tide by Elvis Costello with Emmylou Harris

CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets


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Listen to Steve Young Live on the Santa Fe Opry in 2005

I was out of town last month when singer-songwriter Steve Young died, so I didn't get to pay him proper tribute on the radio until last week's Santa Fe Opry.

There I played a couple of songs from Steve's appearance on the show back in October 2005. They sounded so good to me I thought maybe I should put last week's show up on Mixcloud.

Then I thought, Hell! I should post his whole live appearance.

And so I did and here it is.

Unfortunately, the first moments of the conversation didn't make it onto the recording . But all the songs he played are there, Steve sang a few originals, a couple of covers of songs best known by Hank and Elvis and talked with me about his life and career.

Thanks again to Jim Terr, a longtime friend of Steve Young's, for arranging him to come on the show.

Play it below and find all sorts of my radio shows and podcasts on my Mixcloud page,

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