Sunday, May 31, 2009


Sunday, May 31, 2009
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

101.1 FM
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OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Bo Diddley is Crazy by Bo Diddley
Sugarfoor by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Land of the Freak by King Khan & The Shrines
I Had to Chew My Own Leg Off/Born in a Haunted Barn by The Dirtbombs
You've Got My Mind Messed Up by James Carr
Farmer John by Don & Dewey
Conjuration by The Tex Reys

Puss n Boots by The New York Dolls
I Got Something for You Girl by Hot Nuts
Cosmic Belly Dance by The Monsters
Night of The Phantom by Larry & The Blue Notes
Oomp Boomp by The Rhythm Addicts
Blowout by Los Straitjackets
Devil Smile by Nekromantix
Sonic Reducer by The Dead Boys
The Hurdy Gurdy Man by The Butthole Surfers

Last Lost Fight by New Bomb Turks
Last Double Eagle by Little Howlin' Wolf
Predator by Modey Lemon
Put Down the Carving Knife by Singing Sadie
When You'd Go by The Cynics
The Wait by Pierced Arrows

Sacred Trickster by Sonic Youth
Jeepster by T-Rex
One For My Baby by Iggy Pop
I Ain't Got Nobody by Fats Waller
Where and When by Dion & The Belmonts
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis


Frogfest '09: Ya Shoulda Been There!

Festival season is starting early in Santa Fe this year. The Thirsty Ear Festival, which traditionally has been held on Labor Weekend, currently is scheduled for June 12-14. And Frogfest, which normally is in August, was held yesterday.

But I, for one, was happy it was earlier. I had to miss last year's Frogfest because that was the day I had to drive to Denver for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. And the year before, Frogville took a break from the Festival. So I hadn't been to a Frogfest since 2006. As the old Wolf Brand Chile ads used to say, "Well that's too long!"
Hundred Year Flood
Yesterday's festival was a fine show indeed. Thought I thought I was running late, I was actually got to the Santa Fe Brewing Company just in time to order a burger before the music started. I did have to leave for a couple of hours to go see my son's drama presentation at Capitol High (sorry, Taarka!), but otherwise I was there for the whole shebang.

Once again, it was a great reminder of what a cool little record label Frogville is and how lucky Santa Fe is to have it and all the acts associated with it.

Here's some random observations:
* This was the first time I've seen Hundred Year Flood since Jim and Kendra went on hiatus a few months ago to raise their little one. (Jim played with Goshen earlier in the day, while Kendra was there for most of the time there with the mighty Oak Palmer). Flood has John Courage filling in for Kendra on the bass and Andy Kravitz on drums. Plus they've added a second guitarist, Justin Lindsey. The new members fit nicely in the band. And Bill and Felecia soared. Damn, every time Felecia opens her mouth to sing it's goddamn magic! Flood's set included at least a couple of new songs, which Bill said are going to be on a new album that they plan to start on shortly.
Joe West & Mike the Can Man sing "Okie from Muskogee"
* Joe West not only writes some great tunes (he did my favorite last night, "Reprimand"), but he has a knack for choosing covers that make great sing-alongs. He sang "Like a Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Okie from "Muskogee" with his pal Mike the Can Man. The Joe West Situation is a heck of a band too. He's got mandolin angel Sharon Gilchrist, guitarist and Bob Dylan interpretter Josh Martin, bassist Margaret Burke (more on her below) and a drummer, whose name I didn't get. (Sorry!)

* Speaking of guest stars, the stage was crawling with them during his set. Among those was Terry Diers, who recently moved back to Santa Fe. I hadn't seen him in years. I'll never forget the time back at Club West in the '80s when I was interviewing Screamin' Jay Hawkins between sets. Terry, if I'm remembering this right, was in Hawkins' pick-up band. The two got in some kind of weird argument. At first it seemed like friendly banter, but Hawkins got more and more agitated. At one point he exclaimed, "You crazy, man!" When Screamin' Jay calls you crazy, that means something.
* Goshen's set was blistering! Grant Hyunga was pounding out his most intense blues, including some great slide numbers. Goshen would be right at home on Voodoo Rhythm Records along side of Thee Butchers' Orchestra, Stinky Lou and The Jukejoint Pimps. Too bad it was so early in the day that the crowds had yet to arrive.
Tiny dancers
* Boris McCutcheon & The Saltlicks were fortified on several songs by singer Stephanie Hatfield (who has her own band, Hot Mess.) Boris' daughter, who must be 3 or 4, commanded the dancing area during her favorite song by her dad, "Pony Ride."

* The surprise of the day for me was The Strange, who played a short second-stage set inside. The group includes Justin Lindsey, HYF's new guitarist and singer Lynsay Ayala, who wails. Good boogie rock. Santa Fe should be seeing more of them.
Margaret Burke
* Margaret Burke, who played bass and sang with Joe West and Bill Hearne, has to have more fun on stage than any performer I know. She's not flashy and doesn't engage in crazy antics. She just beams and it's infectuous.

* Bill Hearne's still a hell of a honkytonker. His Roadhouse Review, including Margaret, steel guitarist Augie Hayes and guitarist Bob Goldstein are aces.

Friday, May 29, 2009


Friday, May 29, 2009
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

101.1 FM
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OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
Pollyanna by Patterson Hood
Rock Island Line by Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band
Mutant Daddy by Flathead
Dance Crazed by Lil Mo & The Monicats
Spayed Cooley by Ry Cooder
Swinging the Devil's Dream by Spade Cooley
Goodness Gracious Gracie by The Light Crust Doughboys
The Blues My Naughty Baby Gives to Me by Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
The Big Enchilada by Bud Kurtz

The Way We Are by The Flatlanders
The Gardens by Freddy Fender
Are the Good Times Really Over For Good by John Doe & The Sadies
Fight (Tonight's the Night) by James McMurtry
Beyond Here Lies Nothin' by Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan's 300 Game by Emily Kaitz with Jimmy LaFave
Animal Hoedown by Harry Hayward

Frogfest 2006 Frogfest Set
Oklahoma by Joe West
The Wicked Things by Boris & The Saltlicks
Belladonna by Goshen
The Waltz of the Angels by Bill Hearne's Roadhouse Revue
My Angeline by Tarka
Jockey Full of Bourbon by Santa Fe All Stars
Hell or High Water by Hundred Year Flood

Hotel Grand by Eric Hisaw
Downey Girl by Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women
Hey Toughen Up by Candye Kane
Freight Train Boogie by Wayne Hancock
The Ghost by Willie Nelson
Old Friend by Loudon Wainwright
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, May 28, 2009


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
May 1, 2009

The bad news: Joe Ely summed up the current economic situation 20-plus years ago, “Prices keep rising every day and I keep getting paid the same.”

The good news: there’s so much free music on the Internet, you can go crazy trying to keep track of it, as long as you can afford to pay your Internet bill.

My latest Internet music obsession is WFMU’s Free Music Archive, a huge library of free — and legal — downloads of cooperating independent artists. There are thousands of tracks, which you can stream as well as download. You can build your own playlists.

WFMU is an amazing radio station in Jersey City, New Jersey. It started this archive, but other stations, music venues, and independent labels also have contributed. For instance, Bloodshot Records, that venerated home to “insurgent country,” has posted a couple of tracks from a wide sampling of its albums, new and old, by artists including the Waco Brothers, Andre Williams, Justin Townes Earle, Charlie Pickett, and Bobby Bare Jr.

One of the most interesting sections in the archive is the “Old-Time/Historic” section. Not only are there some great old recordings by the likes of Sophie Tucker (the Last of the Red Hot Mamas!) and Billy Murray, but there are some interesting new artists dabbling in the old styles. More on one of them later.
Pierced Arrows
Of course, most of the artists are folks you’ve probably never heard of. As I noted, these are independent artists, some of whom are so independent that they aren’t even on indie labels. Some of the better known are Billy Childish (who has a batch of literally phoned-in solo blues tunes from a WFMU show called Phoning It In), Dengue Fever, Pierced Arrows (the new band from Fred and Toody Cole of Dead Moon), Alan Vega, The Moaners (an all-woman blues duo featuring Melissa Swingle of Trailer Bride), Edith Frost, Xiu Xiu, and garage rockers like the New Bomb Turks and The Cynics.

Here are some of my favorite discoveries on the Free Music Archive:

Little Howlin' Wolf
* Little Howlin’ Wolf. James Pobiega has nothing to do with the late Chester Burnett, the original Howlin’ Wolf. He’s a gigantic (I’ve read height estimates from 6-foot-6 to 6-foot-9) street musician from Chicago who looks like a caveman and growls some of the most primitive gutbucket blues I’ve ever heard. He makes T-Model Ford sound like Debby Boone. But there’s another musical side to him.

In addition to the blues, LHW doubles on sax and performs crazy Beefheartian free-form jazz. Truly some of the wildest stuff I’ve heard lately.

* Modey Lemon. This is a Pittsburgh trio that sounds like The Blues Magoos (remember “We Ain’t Got Nothin’ Yet”?) might have sounded if they had a Moog synthesizer. On one track here the radio hostess jokingly introduces them as Golden Earring (remember “Radar Love”?). Normally I don’t care much for synthy stuff, but Jason Kirker plays his Moog like a Farfisa from the Forbidden Planet.

Singing Sadie. I found her filed with the “Old Time/Historic” stuff, so when I first listened to her songs “Put Down the Carving Knife and Everyone in Town Wants You Dead,” I thought they were from some bizarre 78s from the ’30s. I later learned she’s “the all singing all dancing queen of the burgeoning underground show tunes scene.” She wails happily off-tune in her Aussie accent like Betty Boop on angel dust. And she tap-dances.

I think I’m in love.

Frogs on fire!

It’s becoming a summer tradition in Santa Fe. I’m talking about FrogFest, a showcase for the mighty Santa Fe record label Frogville. It’s on Saturday, May 30, at the Santa Fe Brewing Company (37 Fire Place, 424-3333), starting at 2 p.m. and lasting until the witching hour.

In case you haven’t been paying attention to local music since the turn of the century or so, Frogville Records, which is celebrating its sixth anniversary this year, is responsible for some of the most impressive New Mexico albums of this millennium. The label is the creature of co-founder, CEO, and president for life John “Big Frog” Treadwell, a big charismatic guy (and self-described “artist, hermit, and entrepreneur”) who looks like a hippie Viking and must be certifiably insane to want to run a record company in these dark days for the music biz. But Treadwell’s major accomplishment — besides getting some fine music on disc — is making possible a creative community of musicians who continue to delight and amaze.

A good chunk of Frogville’s musical family is on this year’s bill, including Hundred Year Flood, Goshen (I just reviewed their pounding new EP, The Como Sessions, a few weeks ago), the Santa Fe All-Stars (Joe West, Sharon Gilchrist, Susan Hyde Holmes, and Ben Wright), Boris McCutcheon and the Saltlicks, Taarka (featuring Dave Tiller and Enion Pelta-Tiller of ThaMuseMeant), and Bill Hearne’s Roadhouse Revue.
There also will be several non-Frogville acts, including Peacefield (a San Antonio band whose CD was produced by Bill Palmer of Hundred Year Flood), the Sean Healen Band, The Strange, and Stephanie Hatfield & Hot Mess.

Indoor sets are planned by West with his pal Mike the Can Man (West recorded an EP of Can Man songs a few years ago) and John Courage (who has been playing bass with HYF in recent months) with Gilchrist.

So go hear some great music. And while you’re there, buy a couple of CDs. Support your local musicians! Admission is $10, and kids under 12 get in free. The first 100 people who pay at the door (translation: not freeloading Santa Fe scenesters) get a free T-shirt.

* Frog radio: John Treadwell has his own Frogville Radio Show at 7 p.m. on Thursdays on KBAC-FM 98.1. But I’m going to totally rip him off on The Santa Fe Opry on Friday, May 29, and do my own Frogville half-hour on KSFR-FM 101.1. The show starts at 10 p.m, and the Frogville set will start at 11 p.m

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


This just in from the New Mexico Music Commission:

Many of the biggest names in music started their careers in New Mexico. And, for musicians like Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Leann Rimes and the Fireballs, it began at the Norman Petty Recording Studios in Clovis.

On Thursday, June 4, the New Mexico Music Commission, You And Me Productions and PBS stations throughout the state are teaming up to tell audiences about the music legends who came out of eastern New Mexico and west Texas. Included will be a tour of the studio where the original equipment is still preserved and where songs like Buddy Holly's “That'll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue” were recorded.

Audiences will also learn what the Clovis community is currently doing to honor musicians, and see and hear from the talent that is still coming from the area. During the New Mexico premiere, live from the KNME studios, members of the Fireballs will join Music Commission Director Nancy Laflin talking about what it was like for a group of teens from New Mexico to have a number one hit song, “Sugar Shack.”

The documentary will air Thursday, June 4, at 7:00 PM, simulcast on New Mexico's three PBS stations: KENW ( Ch. 3 - Portales) serving Eastern N.M., KNME (Ch. 5 - Albuquerque/Santa Fe) serving northern and central N.M., and KRWG (Ch. 22 - Las Cruces) serving Southern N.M.

Monday, May 25, 2009


As Bob Dylan wisely pointed out, "God gave names to the animals." And in that spirit, I'm giving a name to this animal, i.e. my podcast:


That's a little snazzier than "The Steve Terrell Podcast." Plus, as I mention in this latest installment, I got sick of all the numbers -- "Podcast 9, Terrell's Sound World 3," etc.

So welcome to THE BIG ENCHILADA!!

Number 10 is a hillbilly show, more Santa Fe Opry favorites, with lots of western swing and rockabilly, great tunes by Little Jummy Dickens, Mama Rosin, The Pine Valley Cosmonauts, The Supersuckers, Austin Lounge Lizards. Kris Hollis Key, Eugene Chadbourne, Emily Kaitz & Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bayou Seco, Hazeldine, Smokey Wood & The Wood Chips, Cecil McNabb, Andy Anderson and more. There's even a fine old murder song recorded live by Willie Nelson more than 40 years ago.

These are songs that will make you proud to be an American -- even if you aren't one.

CLICK HERE to download the podcast. (To save it, right click on the link and select "Save Target As.")

Or better yet, stop messing around and CLICK HERE to subscribe to my podcasts and HERE to directly subscribe on iTunes.

You can play it on the little feedplayer below:

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Here's the play list:

Hillbilly Fever by Little Jimmy Dickens
Hot Rod King by Kris Hollis Key
Clock Tickin' Rhythm by Cecil McNabb
Tough, Tough, Tough by Andy Anderson
Keep on Truckin' by Smokey Wood & The Wood Chips
I'm So Lonesome Without You by Hazeldine
(Background: David Bromberg Fiddle Tunes)

Silver City Two-Step by Bayou Seco
Honky Tonky Trout Le Temps by Mama Rosin
The Golden Triangle by The Austin Lounge Lizards
Sweet Kind of Love by The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
Sally's Got a Wooden Leg by Sons of the West
I Will Stay With You by Emily Kaitz with Ray Wylie Hubbard
(Background: All the Pretty Horses by Friends of Dean Martinez)

Hungover Together by The Supersuckers with Kelly Deal
Hard Travelin' by Simon Stokes
I'm the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised by Eugene Chadbourne
I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye by Willie Nelson

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Sunday, May 24, 2009
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

101.1 FM
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OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Stormy Weather by The Reigning Sound
A Million Miles Away by The Plimsouls
Shades by Pierced Arrows
Storm Warning by Edison Rocket Train
Coffin Talk by Modey Lemon
God Jazz Time by Thee Michelle Gun Elephant
One Thousand Tears of a Tarantula by Dengue Fever

Cave Girl by The Texreys
Wolfman's Romp by The Juke Joint Pimps
White Lightning by Doo Rag
Honest I Do by John Schooley
I Want Oblivion by Heavy Trash
Tough Frog to Swallow by Little Freddie King
I'm Shufflin' by Little Howlin' Wolf

The Fat Angel by The Jefferson Airplane
Season of the Witch by Key
The Trip by Donovan
Booze, Tobacco, Dope, Pussy, Cars by The Butthole Surfers
Subway Train by New York Dolls
Hungarian Dance # 5 by The Red Elvises

In Your Grave by King Khan & The Shrines
Get Yo Shit by Black James Lewis & The Honey Bears
Pushing Through the Night by The Soul of John Black
Maybe Your Baby by The Dirtbombs
Let Me Tell You Baby by Larry Williams
Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed by Candye Kane
The Sky Above, The Mud Below by Johnny Dowd
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Friday, May 22, 2009


Friday, May, 22, 2009
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

101.1 FM
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OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
The Golden Triangle by The Austin Lounge Lizards
Two Six Packs Away by Dave Duddley
Rebel Thunder by Kris Hollis Key
I Think Hank Woulda Done it This Way by The Blue Chieftains
California's Burning by Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women
Rockin' Chair on the Moon by Little Mo & The Monicats
Don't Tempt Me by Todd Snider with Loretta Lynn
I'm Talkin' About You by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

Waco Express by The Waco Brothers
The Fame of Lofty Deeds by Jon Langford
The Whole Thing Stinks by Rico Bell
Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You by Sally Timms
Stateline Bar by Deano Waco & The Meat Purveyors
Shanty by The Mekons
The Comedians by Roy Orbison
If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time by Lefty Frizzell

Shout Out Loud by Eric Hisaw
Homeland Rufugee by The Flatlanders
Keep on Truckin' by Hot Tuna
Jolene by Bob Dylan
Jolene by Dolly Parton
Bus Fare to Kentucky by Skeeter Davis
Off the Couch by The Blacks
Let's Waste Another Evening by Josh Lederman y Los Diablos
Bonapart's Retreat by Glen Campbell

What Can You Do To Me Now by Willie Nelson
Take These Chains From My Heart by John Doe & The Sadies
Walkin' My Baby Back Home by Dan Hicks with Maryanne Price
Viper of Melody by Wayne Hancock
King of the Blues by Robbie Fulks
Big in Vegas by Buck Owens
I'm So Proud by Dan Penn
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Here's one that got me pig-bitin' mad this evening.

Sparklehouse and Danger Mouse have colaborated on a new album called Dark Night of the Soul. It's got guest vocals by all sorts of folks including Iggy Pop, Frank Black, Vic Chessnutt and -- I'm not kidding -- David Lynch. Lynch also produced several strange photographs for the project (including the one here I nabbed from the NPR site.)

But, according to NPR, don't expect to see Dark Night of the Soul on record store shelves, or on iTunes or Amazon anytime soon.

An unnamed spokesperson for Danger Mouse says that "due to an ongoing dispute with EMI" the book of photographs will "now come with a blank, recordable CD-R. All copies will be clearly labeled: 'For legal reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.'" While offering no specifics, EMI has acknowledged the legal dispute with Danger Mouse and released a statement saying, "Danger Mouse is a brilliant, talented artist for whom we have enormous respect. We continue to make every effort to resolve this situation and we are talking to Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) directly. Meanwhile, we need to reserve our rights."

I think EMI needs to reserve its last rites.

Like one of the commenters on the NPR site wrote, "Would they rather I download it for free illegally from a bit torrent client...instead of having my money from iTunes..."

Indeed. And record company suits wonder why their stupid industry is in the toilet. There's lots of fans who gladly would pay for this music.

Anyway, you can listen to the entire album -- or any track you want -- streaming on the NPR site.

And if you look hard enough on the web, (I haven't yet) I'm sure you can find illegal downloads of the album.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
May 22, 2009

In the twilight of his career, Bob Dylan is still making solid albums that are worth listening to and that spark passionate debate. Most important, as his new one, Together Through Life shows, it’s music worth debating.

It’s not his best album. Far from it.

Dylan’s throat is getting so froggy he’s starting to make Tom Waits sound like Beverly Sills (as if anyone ever listened to Dylan for his vocal abilities). Just to use examples from his (fairly) recent works, there’s nothing here that’s as deep as his chess game with Sgt. Death on Time Out of Mind, nothing as ominous as “High Water” or as funny as “Poor Boy.” But still, the new album is a sweet, sometimes-funny hobo journey into the hazy mists of American music.

As with his other 21st-century albums — Love & Theft (released on Sept. 11, 2001) and Modern Times (2006) — Dylan presents himself as a bluesman oracle, half Homer, half Howlin‘ Wolf. You can almost picture him as the blind bard in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, using simple tunes to offer otherworldly wisdom, popping up at opportune times on his railroad handcar. Or perhaps the Ancient One in the Doctor Strange comics — if the Ancient One sang in a Tex-Mex band.

Yes, there’s a distinctive Southwestern flavor on this record. Much of the credit for that belongs to Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo, whose accordion colors just about every cut. On the song “This Dream of You,” Hidalgo’s accordion is there, as is a violin that will remind longtime Dylan fans of Scarlet Rivera’s playing on Desire.

Then on “I Feel a Change Comin’ On,” Dylan’s band sounds like Dylan & The Band on Planet Waves, with Hidalgo doing his best Garth Hudson and Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) doing his best Robbie Robertson.

“I’m listening to Billy Joe Shaver and I’m reading James Joyce,” Dylan sings here. “Some people they tell me I’ve got the blood of the lamb in my voice.” (I love that there’s a national dialogue about whether he’s singing “blood of the lamb” or “blood of the land” here. Either works.)

My favorites on the album are the rocking, blues-based numbers, such as the opening song (“Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ ”), “Jolene” (no, not the Dolly Parton song, though it could be about the same home-wrecking woman), “Shake Mama Shake,“ and “It’s All Good” — though, had God made me the producer of this album, I would have added a screaming sax to this last song.

Some have complained about Dylan lifting way too much from classic blues songs and claiming them as his own. For instance, “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ ” owes much to Howlin’ Wolf’s “Who’s Been Talkin’,” “If You Ever Go to Houston” is a mutated version of “The Midnight Special,” and “My Wife’s Home Town” is so close to “I Just Want to Make Love for You” that a listener might suspect the bass line is sampled from Willie Dixon himself. This isn’t a new Dylan practice. “Rollin’ and Tumblin’ ” from Modern Times was even more blatant reworking.

I dunno. Maybe Dylan should have shared songwriter credits (and, who knows, perhaps copyright lawyers are poring over these tunes at this very moment). But for good or for ill, this “love and theft” is a time-honored American tradition. Willie Dixon himself, not to mention A.P. Carter, Woody Guthrie, and who knows how many others have been accused of taking hoary old folk melodies and motifs and melding them into their own. Dylan reignites these songs with his own crazy fire.

So here it is 2009. Dylan’s approaching 70. It’s been 40 years since Nashville Skyline and 30 since Slow Train Coming. Those weren’t Dylan’s greatest albums either, but all these years later we still remember them. And I still love “Lay Lady Lay” and “You Gotta Serve Somebody.” And we’re still listening to crusty old Bob. I wonder if we’ll still be doing this in 2019?

* This just in! Dylan, along with Willie Nelson and John Cougar Melencamp are scheduled to appear at the Journal Pavilion Aug. 9. Tickets go on sale May 30 and range from $79.50 to $29.50 (lawn tickets). They will be available at Live Nation.

* Roy Orbison lives! Well not really. But sometimes late at night during heartbreak hour, the lonely can hear his voice in the wind ...

And you can see and hear the bard of Wink, Texas, on the big screen when his great 1987 concert A Black and White Night is shown at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 23. His widow, Barbara Orbison, and “surprise guests” will be on hand to answer questions.

A Black and White Night, originally a Cinemax special on cable TV, featured Orbison with a super band including Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and guitar super-stud James Burton. Big names aside though, the star here is Roy himself. He sings his greatest tunes, mainly from the early 1960s, and does justice to each one. Another treat is Orbison’s first recorded performance of “The Comedians,”a Costello song that sounds as if it were written with Orbison in mind.

Not only is the music solid, it’s almost worth the price of admission just to catch a glimpse of Orbison laughing at one of Waits’ bizarre organ solos.

The show was part of a well-planned Orbison comeback campaign that began when weirdo filmmaker David Lynch used Orbison’s “In Dreams” in one of the most intense scenes in Blue Velvet. To this day, I can’t hear the song without hearing Dennis Hopper as thl Frank Booth rasping menacingly, “In dreams I walk with you. In dreams I talk with you.” (In fact, sometimes I hear that when I’m not even listening to the song.)

So there was Blue Velvet, then A Black and White Night, and then Roy joined Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and others in the Traveling Wilburys. And then, in late 1988, at the age of 52, he died.

At the time, I wrote in Pasatiempo, “Roy Orbison is dead and the world is a cheaper and colder place because of it.”

I still believe that. Mercy!

* Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night shows at 7:30 p.m. at the Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234, presented to benefit New Mexico Women in Film. Tickets are $20, available at the box office.


My old No Depression board buddy Paul Bonanos writes in The New York Times about's latest deal with Youtube to bring music videos to its service.

Paul's story is HERE .

His Blip page is HERE

My Blip page is HERE.

And below is a very short clip of Al Hurricane and his brother Tiny Morrie. The video doesn't show up when you embed the blip, so I'll embed the Youtube itself.

Sunday, May 17, 2009


Sunday, May 17, 2009
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

101.1 FM
email me during the show!

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Animal Party by The King Khan & BBQ Show
Psychotic Girl by Black Keys
Sookie Sookie by Roy Thompson
Wigglin' Room by Bob Log III
Yesterday's Trash by The Hentchmen
Patty by Half Japanese
Who Dat? by The Jury
Sexy Boots by The Hollywood Sinners
I Saw God by The Black Lips

I See Lights by King Khan & The Shrines
Big Booty Woman by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Bad News Travels Fast by The Fuzztones
Old Dog, New Tricks by Rufus Thomas
Stalking My Woman by Howard Tate
Electrik Fool by Troy Gregory with the Glow In the Dark Monsters
Bottle Up and Go by Jawbone
Shout Sister Shout by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground by The White Stripes
Time Bomb High by The Reigning Sound
Alabama's Doomed by Wizzard Sleeve
Life by The Residents
Seething Pyschosexual Conflict Blues by Figures of Light
Octapussy by Hog Molly
Magadelena by Frank Zappa

Phantom Surfer by Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos
The Wild Mouse by Los Straightjackets
Preparation Clount by Man or Astroman?
Blue's Theme by Davy Allan & The Arrows
Let's Go Trippin' by Dick Dale
Taos Pueblo by Impala
Shut Up Little Man by The Wipeouters
Echoes From Neptune/Shenendoah by The Surf Lords
Jump the Shark by The SG Sound
Gouch by The Astronauts
The Black Widow by Link Wray
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis


First of all there's a new local music radio show, The Santa Fe Mix, which debuts Monday, May 25, 10 p.m. to midnight, from the new Milagro 139 restaurant in downtown Santa Fe. The performance will be broadcast the following week, June 1 on KBAC-FM 98.1, 10 p.m. to midnight, and will stream on the internet at HERE.

The show, hosted by David Schwartz and Clayton Cheek, will feature live acoustic performances combined with interviews, Santa Fe music calendar updates, along with Schwartz and what the press release says is "Cheek's insider views on the music scene, both locally and nationally." The show will center on singer-songwriters and soloists and feature several artists per show.

Schwartz was the founder and former editor-in-chief of Mix magazine, a music and audio technology trade magazine, while Cheek is a Nashville singer/songwriter and recording artist and a former classical music announcer for eleven years on PBS. (No, he's not the owner of Cheek's.)

Scheduled guests for the May 25th inaugural Santa Fe Mix show include Jono Manson, Sharon Gilchrist, Wiley Jim and Terry Diers. The first broadcast will be Monday, June 1 featuring Joe West, Jim Almand, Ramsey Scott and Jesus Bas.

The public is invited to attend the free live performances at 139 W. San Francisco St. Monday's at 10 pm.


Secondly there's FrogFest 4, 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, May 30 at the Santa Fe Brewing Company. Admission is $10 and kids under 12 free.

Here's this year's line-up:

Main stage outside:

Bill Hearne's Roadhouse Revue 2pm-3pm
Goshen 3:30-4:30 pm
Peacefield 5pm-6pm
Taarka 6:30-7:30pm
Boris & the Saltlicks 8pm-9pm
Hundred Year Flood 9:30-10:30pm
Santa Fe All Stars (inside) 10:30pm

Be-tweener stage inside:

The Strange 3pm-3:30pm
Joe West + Mike the Can Man 4:30-5pm
John Courage + Sharon Gilchrist 6pm-6:30pm
Stephanie Hatfield & Hot Mess 7:30-8pm
Sean Healen band 9-9:30pm


This morning, while selecting some gospel tunes for, I stumbled across a moving little tune, "Been in the Storm Too Long" by Tommy Ellison.

Googling the artist, I found a nice little Web site called Just Moving On, which is dedicated to gospel sounds of the '70s. It's well worth checking out. (I also learned Ellison died on Jan. 3.)

There I came upon a link for a WFMU radio show called Sinner's Crossroads with Kevin Nutt, which he describes as "Scratchy vanity 45s, pilfered field recordings, muddy off-the-radio sounds, homemade congregational tapes and vintage commercial gospel throw-downs; a little preachin', a little salvation, a little audio tomfoolery."

I've been listening to his most recent (May 14) podcast since, and it's wonderful. If you like the kind of music I did on my gospel podcast a couple of months ago  (and the kind of gospel I play on my own radio shows sometimes and my Sunday blips) check out Sinner's Crossroads

Meanwhile, here's that Tommy Ellison song:

Friday, May 15, 2009


Friday, May 15, 2009
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

101.1 FM
email me during the show!

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
Milkcow Blues Boogie by Elvis Presley
Roots Rock Weirdos by Robbie Fulks
American Music by The Blasters
Marie Marie by Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women
Silent Partner by Big Sandy & Los Straitjackets
One Last Question by Jason & The Scorchers
Amos Moses by Jerry Reed
When the Police Came by Mama Rosin
Kissin' Kouzans by C.C. Adcock

Soy Chicano by Flaco Jimenez
Jockey Full of Bourbon by Los Lobos
If You Ever Go to Houston by Bob Dylan
Boxcars by Rosie Flores
Honky Tonkin' by Joe Ely
Hank Williams Saved My Life by Ashley Raines
Steam Roller by Kris Hollis Key

I Could Get Used to This by Lil Mo & The Monicats
After All These Years by Mose McCormack
It Wouldn't Be Hell Without You by Cornell Hurd
One Kiss Away from Lonliness by Amber Digby
Shakin' All Over by Eilene Jewell
Hillbilly Blues by Ronnie Dawson
Ladies Love Outlaws by Waylon Jennings
Honky Tonk Affair by David Serby
Midnight Stars and You by Wayne Hancock

Back in the Goodle Days by John Hartford
The Cold Hard Facts of Life by John Doe & The Sadies
Botomless Well by Bobby Bare
Comeback Kid by Deano Waco & The Meat Purveyors
Now We Have the Bomb by Jon Langford
The Magician by Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Johnny One Time by Willie Nelson
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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I'll be there.

Will you?


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
May 15, 2009

Unlikely as it might seem, one of the greatest living soul men happens to be a Canadian of East Indian descent living in Europe. I'm talking about his majesty King Khan (born Erick Khan), who, with his band The Shrines, will amaze and delight all his subjects with the group's latest album, What Is?!

Khan is known — though not nearly as known as he should be — in two musical contexts. With his Montreal pal Mark Sultan, he's part of a stripped-down blues/punk/doo-wop duo called The King Khan & BBQ Show. But it's with The Shrines that he really shines. They're an extremely tight, though thoroughly insane, nine- or 10- or 11-piece band complete with horn section and a go-go dancer (billed as "Bamboorella, Go-Go Queen of the Underworld").
KING KHAN & THE SHRINES at the Pitchfork Festival 2008
I was fortunate enough to see this band last summer at the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. With The Shrines cooking ("like Stax/Volt all-stars on crystal meth," is what I wrote at the time) and Bamboorella gyrating like a crazy cheerleader, Khan bounced and lurched around the stage like a cross between Screamin' Jay Hawkins and some Hindu god.

A little explanation about this album. What What Is?! is is a reissue of The Shrines' most recent studio album, which was released by the German label Hazelwood in 2007. But, for reasons known only to the gods of commerce, it wasn't released in the U.S. at that time. It's now on Vice Records, which last year released the band's "greatest hits" compilation The Supreme Genius of King Khan. Five of this album's 14 songs also appeared on Supreme Genius.

Songs like "Land of the Freak," "I See Lights" (I love the bongos here), "I Wanna Be a Girl," and "Le Fils de Jacques Dutronc" (French lyrics on this one) show Khan and The Shrines at their hopped-up, rock 'n' soul finest. A classic tune is "In Your Grave," which starts out with a basic garage-rock guitar hook, and then takes a sharp turn to the funky with a snaky blaxploitation wah-wah guitar. The band plays like a dynamite truck with no brakes going 100 mph down a mountain road.

But Khan can also get mellow and meaningful. "Welfare Bread" is sweet, Southern-style soul with lyrics like "You don't have to pay your bills anymore, now/You just have to eat my welfare bread."

But the biggest surprise on What Is?! has to be the five-and-a-half minute "Cosmic Serenade." What can I say? It's cosmic. I'd read before that Khan considers one of his biggest influences to be the music of Sun Ra, but I never really heard much evidence of that until I heard this song. Meandering horns and primitive, jangly percussion (tambourine? rainstick?). Khan doesn't start singing until nearly two minutes into the track and then not for long.

After hearing this, I think Khan and the band ought to try Pharaoh Sanders' "The Creator Has a Master Plan."

You also can hear Sun Ra echoes, though not quite as obviously, in the opening minute or so of "Fear and Love." It's a fast-paced tune, but Khan doesn't play the soul shouter here. Instead he sounds like some laconic, psychedelic ranger. There's an irresistible multihorn freakout where most people would have put a solo.

The album ends with "The Ballad of Lady Godiva" — no, not the stupid old Peter & Gordon hit. This is an uncharacteristic folk-rockish, lo-fi tune with droning keyboards (by Freddy Rococo) and what sounds like a dulcimer. Khan sounds almost like Bob Dylan as he urges everyone to take off all their clothes.

It's great that Vice is rereleasing this album. I hope someday the company rereleases Khan's other albums, Three Hairs and You're Mine (originally on Switzerland's Voodoo Rhythm Records) and Mr. Supernatural, as well. And perhaps Khan will get his supernatural self to a recording studio soon and make a new album. I believe America is ready.

Also recommended:

Blue Day
by Howard Tate. This album is the latest effort by Tate, an underappreciated soul man of the 1960s who re-emerged earlier this decade after decades in the wilderness of drugs, tragedy, and undeserved obscurity. Blue Day doesn't quite have the excitement level of his 2003 comeback album, Rediscovered. It's fun and very listenable, but too many tunes are run-of-the-mill.

A couple of the songs here are remarkable, however. The opening tune, "Miss Beehive," is a cautionary tale apparently inspired by troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse, the "Miss Beehive" who "likes to misbehave."

Sings Tate, "Everybody knows she puts something up her nose/And she don't want to go to rehab." But, with Tate's experience in life's gutter, there's compassion in the lyrics. "The girl is so defensive/Why does she act so tough/All of us should reach out to her/And send her a little love."

And there's "Stalking My Woman," a minor-key, first-person account of an obsessed lover who doesn't care about a judge's warnings to leave the poor girl alone.

If all the songs were as powerful as these two, Blue Day would have been a soul classic.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Sunday, May 10, 2009
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

101.1 FM
email me during the show!

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Not to Touch the Earth by Modey Lemon
Do the Rump by The Black Keys
Big ol' Bear by Little Howlin' Wolf
Cheap Women by The Black Smokers
Get Down Lover by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Let Me Holler by King Khan & The Shrines
Deliliah by Tom Jones

Voodoo Love by The Monsters
You Don't Love Me Yet by Roky Erikson
Motorpsycho by Nekromantix
They Saved Einstein's Brain by The Dirtbombs
Designed to Kill by James Chance
Insane Jane by The Molting Vultures
Dragstrip Riot by New Bomb Turks
Hulkster's in the House by Hulk Hogan

Hey Thelma by Don & Dewey
Crazy Lover by Richard Berry
Little Chickie by Jimmy Kelly & The Rockabouts
A La Carte by James "Red" Holloway
Bopper's Boogie Woogie by The Big Bopper
The Boogie Disease by Doctor Ross
Jungle Talk by Shane Kai Ray
Yessiree by Impala
Andre Williams is Moving by Andre Williams
Bad Boy by Larry Williams

It's All Good by Bob Dylan
Fork in the Road by Neil Young
Nocturnal Twist by Los Straightjackets
Vanity Surfin' by Jesus H. Christ & The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalyose
Sugarfoot by Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears
Back to My Old Ways Again by Howard Tate
Pouring Water on a Drowning Man by James Carr
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Friday, May 08, 2009


Friday, May 8, 2009
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

101.1 FM
email me during the show!

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
Bluebird by Dallas Good
It Just Dawned on Me by John Doe & The Sadies
Lady Killin' Papa by Deke Dekerson
Lulu's Back in Town by Dan Hicks
I Can't Be Satisfied by Hot Tuna
Betty Lou Got a New Pair of Shoes by Neil Young & The Shocking Pinks
Hot Rod King by Kris Hollis Key
Next Sunday, Darlin' is My Birthday by Hank Williams

Lonesome, On'ry and Mean by Waylon Jennings
Why You Always Cheatin' on Me by Nancy Apple
House of Blues by Mose McCormack
In the Tank by Ruthie & The Wranglers
I'm Gonna Dress in Black by Eilene Jewell
I Miss Being Broken, Lowdown and Alone by Andy Friedman & The Other Failures
Mom and Dad's Waltz by George Jones

Crazy as a Loon by John Prine
Doghouse Blues by Wayne Hancock
Hesitation Blues by Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel
A Wild Cat Woman and a Tom Cat Man by Cliff Carlisle
Honky Tonkin' by Merle Haggard
Mound of Clay by Charlie Feathers
Reality Blues by Deano Waco & The Meat Purveyors
Pollyanna by Patterson Hood
Rock and Roll Killed My Mother by The Hi Fi Guys

Don't Touch Me by Eleni Mandell
Hong Kong Blues by Chris Darrow
Clouds of Swallows by Goshen
Jamie Was a Boozer by Joe West
Complicated Shadows by Elvis Costello
Will You Miss Me by June Carter Cash
One of the Unsatisfied by Lacy J. Dalton
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, May 07, 2009


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
May 6, 2009

With apologies to Edgard Varèse (and Ruben Sano), "The modern-day garage snot rocker refuses to die." Not only that, they're all over the world.

I just got this bitchen little CD, Drop In and Go from sweet Adelaide, Australia, by an Aussie band I'd never heard of called The Molting Vultures. I had a feeling I was going to like it when I first saw the cartoon vulture surfing on the cover.

And I was right. The music of the Vultures is a modern-day extension of the basic Question Mark and the Mysterians/Blues Magoos sound, which hardly ever gets old. Lot of great Farfisa organ (or at least it sounds like the good old Farfisa) and fuzztone guitar.

Plus, the band has a singer, Phillip Vulture, whose only instrument is the theremin, giving some nice science-fiction effects on songs like "Gulls Rock," "Mummy Shakes," and "Bad Bad Woman." All the musicians have the surname "Vulture." Besides Phillip, there are Nick, Mick, Jamie, and Michael "Popeye" Vulture. Their mom, Mrs. Vulture, must be very proud.

While the band rarely strays from the basic hopped-up garage sound, there are some unusual touches. For instance, the song "It's What I Wanted" features some pounding piano that sounds straight out of "Crocodile Rock." This boogie sound returns on the album closer, "Tear It Apart," which also features a childlike harmonica solo by Popeye.

One of my favorites here is the roughly six-minute "Insane Jane," in which the band gets slow and psychedelic, with Jamie Vulture playing the organ nice and spooky and the guitars growling, reminding me a little bit of The Black Angels' sound.

Yes, this kind of music has been done a zillion times before, and The Molting Vultures don't score a lot of points in the originality category.

Still, this is the sound I've loved since the days of "Dirty Water" and "Liar Liar." May these down-under Vultures ever molt.

Also recommended

* Used by Black Smokers. Another sound that refuses to die is that of the crazed guitar-and-drums blues/punk duo. Think Flat Duo Jets, The Black Keys, and The Moaners — and The White Stripes in their early days.

And now, from the great nation of Italy — via Chicago's Pravda Records, one of my favorite little labels — comes Black Smokers, which consists of singer/guitarist/theremin (that again!) player Marcello Milanese and Ivano Zanotti on drums.

The Smokers do lots of high-charged, crunching rockers — as bands of this sort are prone to do. "Kickboxer Girl" is an oughta-be classic. The instrumental "Raccoon City Limits" packs a solid punch in less than two minutes, as does "Notturno Op. 69," in which Milanese makes his slide guitar wail. "Cheap Woman" sounds like the music of a punkier ZZ Top, and "Toc Toc" suggests a stripped-down quasi-rockabilly style.

The thing is, the Smokers aren't afraid to tackle the slower and dare I say pretty ballads as well, such as the dark minor-key "Foggy Days" and the meandering "Rain on the Ocean." Milanese has a gruff, soulful voice that lends itself to these songs as well as to the crunching rockers. And speaking of the Flat Duo Jets, I bet Dex Romweber would dig the tango-soaked blues of the title song on this record.

Gee, it seems like only yesterday — actually it was just a week ago — that I wrote "the free world probably didn't need another version of 'Folsom Prison Blues.'" Nobody listens to me. Here's another one, a 90 mph slide-guitar version. I gotta admit, I kinda like it.

* Happier Than You by Jesus H. Christ and The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse. This is a poppy little New York group with, yes, four hornsmen (trumpet, sax, and two trombones) and an amazing singer, Risa Mickenberg, who has a sexy, nasally voice and a nicely skewed outlook on love, life, and people we all know.

The album starts out with a song about a character that office workers around the world will recognize: "Liz, the Hot Receptionist." ("She never got promoted/Always wondered why/Her desk was by the printer: easy to stop by.")

Mickenberg sings about the type of relationship that rarely makes it to song in "Back Burner Guy." It's about a man she wants around to "talk about music, talk about art" and have in case her real relationship falls through. "As long as I know you lust after me/I can be the girl he wants me to be," she happily chirps.

Another favorite is "Alcoholics in My Town" sung by Mickenberg and band mate Joel Shelton. It's a folk/rocky little tune about the sad but lovable town drunks they know. Mickenberg and Shelton also share vocals on "Vanity Surfing," which is about Googling yourself on the Internet. (”It’s a special kind of masturbation,” Shelton sings.”)

I hope they Google this. Hey Risa, you're in Pasatiempo!


Pasatiempo, the arts and entertainment mag for The New Mexican, is one of eight recipients of the 2009 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

I'll take a tiny bit of the credit for that. Terrell's Tuneup, my weekly music column has run in Pasa almost every Friday for more than 20 years. (I know the governor reads my music column sometimes.)

Here's what the Department of Cultural Affairs had to say about us:

Pasatiempo, Santa Fe’s ubiquitous arts and entertainment weekly magazine, has been covering northern New Mexico’s active and high impact arts industry for nearly three decades.

Pasatiempo is published by the Santa Fe New Mexican, the city’s locally owned, independent daily newspaper since 1849. The New Mexican has supported Santa Fe’s many arts organizations and cultural events from its very beginnings, most especially under publisher Robert McKinney and now through the leadership of his daughter, publisher Robin Martin.

Pasatiempo is locally produced and uses no syndication or wire services for its editorial content which each week includes a mix of stories and reviews for music, dance, theater, books, films, architecture, restaurants, galleries and museum exhibitions.

“Pasatiempo editor Kristina Melcher, associate editor Robert Nott, art director Marcella Sandoval, and a staff of dedicated and skilled writers, take on, every week, a dizzying array of articles,” said Richard Gaddes, the recently retired director of the Santa Fe Opera, in his letter supporting the nomination. “It has been noted that an average issue of Pasatiempo has the same amount of editorial material as does a Sunday New York Times Arts and Leisure section.”

Not only does Pasatiempo cover arts events with feature stories and reviews, it also serves as an advocate and important watchdog, making sure that organizations live up to the promises they make. The magazine’s writers and editors are not afraid to point out when promises are not met, and the result is a healthier arts industry and a more appreciative audience.

“Santa Fe’s vibrant arts scene has achieved international prominence, but it’s impossible to imagine how that level of recognition could have occurred without the steadfast support for the arts demonstrated at the local level by Pasatiempo, its astute and hardworking reporters and editors, and the New Mexican’s enlightened and committed management,” said Jon Bowman, the executive director of the Santa Fe Film Festival, in his nomination letter.

“Every other week, another newspaper folds,” Bowman said. “Against such a backdrop, where the very survival of newspapers appears in doubt, the thoughtful and nurturing coverage, as well as dedication toward the arts exhibited by Pasatiempo, becomes all the more singular – even heroic and inspiring.”

Gee, nice words from Bowman even.


* Undead 'n' Live by Nekromantix. Horror-obsessed psychobilly from a band that started out in Denmark.

Granted the concept isn't that original -- and Roky Erikson does the spookhouse schtik far more convincingly that these guys.

But Nekromantix rocks. This nuclear-powered monster mash is irresistible.

Among my favorite songs on this live "greatest hits" collection are "Bloody Holiday," "Devil Smile" (which owes more to Black Sabbath than rockabilly) and the title song to one of their studio albums, "Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend."

*You Got My Mind Messed Up by James Carr. He never made it as big as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett or even Percy Sledge.

But here's what Stax/Volt songwriter Dan Penn had to say about this amazing soulman: “Everybody keeps asking me what’s my favorite version of `Dark End of the Street.' As if there was any others but James Carr’s.” Penn should know. He co-wrote the song. (He makes this decalration when introducing the tune on the 2005 album Moments From This Theatre: Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham Live.)

Carr, who died of lung cancer in 2001, reminds me a lot of Redding -- and I don't throw around such compliments lightly.

This is an album of Carr's greatest hits -- or shoulda-been hits. "Dark End" is here and I pretty much have to agree with Dan Penn.

Carr's story is a tragic one. The cry in his voice was authentic. And when he sang "You Got My Mind Messed Up," he knew what he was singing about. Carr suffered from severe depression. According to the All Music Guide, " ... Carr found himself unable to deal with the stress of touring; he frequently wandered off alone and got lost. By 1968, his mental state had deteriorated greatly, making even recording sessions a challenge. "

This album is pure unadulterated Memphis soul that deserves a wider audience.

Consumer note: One of those weird e-Music blunders. The last two tracks have the song titles mixed up. "To Love Somebody" (yes, the old Bee Gee's hit) is labeled "Freedom Train" and vica versa. Come on, eMusic, there's way too much of this!

Tinariwen at Sf Brewing Company last month
* The Radio Tisdas Sessions by Tinariwen. I stumbled upon this, Tinariwen's first album, the night after I saw them play at The Santa Fe Brewing Company.

These guys are all Tuareg tribesmen from the country of Mali. They were nomadic folk forced into military service by Col. Muammar Gaddafi.

Crazy Mo didn't teach 'em how to play electric guitar though. This is trancy guitar rock with strong Saharan percussion provided via derbouka, a conga-like instrument. I don't understand the lyrics, but I understand they've gotten the group banned on the radio in Mali and Algeria, so they must be subversive.

This was the only Tinariwn album I didn't have. I actually prefer Aman Iman: Water Is Life (2007) and Amassakoul (2004). The good news is that eMusic has them too. And I've conveniently linked them for you.

* Jungle Hop by Don & Dewey . Here are the original righteous brothers! In fact you'll find a couple of actual songs here that Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield later covered -- "Koko Joe" ("the coolest little monkey in town ...") and, more importantly, "Justine. (" ... you just don't treat me right.")

You'll also find original versions of early rock 'n' roll staples like "Farmer John" and "Big Boy Pete" (The Kingsmen later turned this into "The Jolly Green Giant") here, not to mention "I'm Leaving It All Up to You," a tune turned into a country pop hit a few years later by a duo called Dale & Grace.

Don Harris and Dewey Terry, both of whom came from Pasadena, recorded for Specialty Records in the late '50s. When you listen to these tracks you have to wonder why they never became stars in their own right.

Harris, however, didn't exactly fade into obscurity. By the end of the '60s, he adopted the nickname "Sugarcane" and was playing electric violin -- not on Desolation Row, but with Frank Zappa, John Mayall and others. Fans of Zappa's Weasels Ripped My Flesh will remember him wailing on "Directly From My Heart to You."

*Youth Against Nature by The Monsters. Tender little love songs your grandma would enjoy.

If your grandma is Ma Barker or Typhoid Mary.

This is rock 'n' roll the Beatman way -- wild, raw and trashy! If you don't know what I'm talking about, get thee to Voodoo Rhythm!

This album was recorded in 1997 at Toe Rag Studios in London (that's where Billy Childish has recorded his best stuff in recent years.)

Uncompromising as it is, this album is far more accessible to the only other Monsters album I have, Garage Punk Vol. 1. (For my review of that, CLICK HERE and scroll down.)

Check out the noirish instrumental "Cosmic Bell Dance." Also the crazed jungle-drum/fuzz-guitar driven "Voodoo Love" where Beat-man sings about "suicide murders from Hell."

Plus ....
* The last seven songs on Merriweather Post Pavilion, the new album by Animal Collective. (I downloaded the first four at the end of last month.)

About the first thing that pops in to my head when listening to this music is "Brian Wilson Conquers the Martians."

This band and TV on the Radio are about the only distinctively 21st Century modern rock I'm listening to these days. Usually I hate synth-based music, but you can't deny how creative these boys are -- and how catchy and addictive their music is.

That being said, I think I prefer 2007's Strawberry Jam. Merriweather's growing on me though.

and ...

* Eight tracks from Como Amigos by Flaco Jimenez. Back about the time I graduated from college and moved back to Santa -- we're talking the fall of 1976 to be exact, I heard Ry Cooder's version of "He'll Have to Go," a Tex-Mex arrangement featuring an accordian player I'd never heard of previous -- Flaco Jimenez. I was astonished! I was so impressed that I didn't even want to get the Ry Cooder album until I sought out more music by Flaco.

A couple of days later, I was downtown and decided to check out the old Star Records, which then was located in La Fonda. Sure enough, they had a Flaco album on some tiny Texas label, so I bought it. Pure unadulterated Flaco. My favorite tune was one of ethnic pride, "Soy Chicano."

Who knows what happened to my copy of that album. But though I've heard Doug Sahm's version (which he just called "Chicano"), I hadn't heard that original Flaco version in years -- until last Monday night.

Bob Hastings was on B.C. Caldwell's Blue Monday show on KSFR. When two record collectors that serious get together, you know something amazing is going to happen. Bob was playing some of his great old family '78s -- mariachi music, Mexican, Tex-Mex. And sure enough, he played that original Flaco version of "Soy Chicano." Man, it sounded great.

A strange voice led me to eMusic, where I found the song on this album. So I used my last remaining to download that plus seven others. All primal Flaco. No guest rock stars. No English lyrics. No covers of popular American songs. Just that cosmic accordion.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


My podcasts are getting a bigger audience down in southwestern New Mexico.

KOOT, 88.1 FM in Silver City -- that's right, Billy the Kid's boyhood home -- is playing the podcasts at midnight Friday and Saturday nights (I guess technically that's 12 am Saturday and Sunday mornings -- that's always confused me).

KOOT doesn't yet have a Web site, but it's connected with Community Access Television of Silver.

And no, I'm not going to change anything -- though I'll probably play some Bayou Seco, a great Silver City band on my next "Santa Fe Opry Favorites" episode. And it gives me extra incentive to keep the shows right at an hour long.

Of course, you don't have to go to Silver City to hear the podcasts. My latest one is HERE (or just scroll down a few posts) and you can find all of them HERE. Do yourself a favor and subscribe to it HERE.

Monday, May 04, 2009


Pete Seeger just celebrated his 90th birthday at Madison Square Garden in New York over the weekend in a star-studded tribute concert.

And according to Lone Monk, who has been recording some stuff with Jono Manson in recent months, Santa Fe's own Jono was in the house band. Cool gig, Jono!

You can read about the concert HERE, HERE and HERE.

Sunday, May 03, 2009


Sunday, May 3, 2009
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

101.1 FM
email me during the show!

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
69 Faces of Love by King Khan & The Shrines
Drums a Go Go by The Hollywood Persuaders
She Said Yeah by Larry Williams
Black Shiny Beast by Buick MacKane
Space Age by The Monks
Bullet Proof by The Black Smokers
Sheela Na Gig by P.J. Harvey
The Crusher by The Novas
Pleasure Unit by The Gore Gore Girls

Little Red Riding Hood by The Big Bopper
Red Riding Hood and The Wolf by Bunker Hill with Link Wray
Little Red Riding Hood by Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs
Burning Red by The Molting Vultures
Sookie Sookie by Steppenwolf
Later That Night by Ruben & The Jets
Leave the Ghost at Home by Troy Gregory & The Sights
Lap Dancer by Big Ugly Guys
Minority Report by Los Straightjackets
Dos Hojas Sin Rumbo by Al Hurricane

Wrong Way Ticket by The Cramps
Take My Heart by The Black Lips
Torture Rock by The Rockin' Bellmarx
I'm a Hog for You Baby by Screaming Lord Sutch
You Treat Me Bad by The Ju Jus
Mr. Link Wray by The Happy Happy Jihads
The Black Widow by Link Wray
Moonlight Boogie by Billy Miles Brook
Ain't That Just Like Me by The Astronauts
Madhouse by Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

Get Happy by Simon Stokes
Experiment in Terror/Stalkin' by Impala
I Hear Sirens by The Dirtbombs
Money (That's What I Want) by Junior Walker & The All Stars
Alcoholics in My Town by Jesus H. Christ & The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse
Sign of the Judgement by Marcus Randolph
Muriel by Eleni Mandell
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis


Podcast #9, Terrell's Sound World Favorites Vol. 3, is up, and it's a doozy -- the finest in freeform weirdo podcasting. King Khan! The Dirtbombs with Troy Gregory! The Standells! Nekromantix! The Big Ugly Guys! And the ever-sexy Singing Sadie!!! Plus some rocking tunes from New Mexico past -- The Fe-Fi-Four Plus Two --- and present -- The mighty Goshen.

CLICK HERE to download the podcast. (To save it, right click on the link and select "Save Target As.")

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Here's the play list:
(Background Music: Let It Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Hit the Road Jack by Cat
Born in a Haunted Barn by Troy Greggory with The Dirtbombs
Why Pick on Me by The Standells
Hate You Baby by Marshmallow Overcoat
Double Crossin' Girl by Fe-Fi-Four Plus Two
Monster Surfing Time by The Deadly Ones
La La La by ZzZ
Put Down the Carving Knife by Singing Sadie

(Background Music: El Mosquito by Eddie Dimas)

Theme From a Summer Place by Ross Johnson
Wreckin' Ball by The Frantic Flattops
Bloody Holiday by Nekromantix
Mummy Shakes by The Molting Vultures
Lipstick by The Big Ugly Guys
She Got a Nose Job (from Mad Magazine)

(Background Music: Mi Amigo El Borracho by Miguel y Miguel)

Belladona by Goshen
Owe Money by Scat Rag Boosters
Kickboxer Girl by The Black Smokers
Pachuca Hop by Mad Mel Sebastian
Mumbles by Jack Ross
Let Me Holler by King Khan & The Shrines
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Saturday, May 02, 2009


Peter Case and me a few years ago at The Paramount in Santa Fe, NM
Good ol' Stan Ridgway sent out this e-mail alert about a series of benefit concerts for Peter Case, who faces enormous medical bills following open heart surgery in January.

This weekend I'll be joining up with Dave Alvin, Loudon Wainwright III, T-Bone Burnett, Van Dyke Parks, Amy Farris, The Dark Bob, and a host of other friends and art - kooks at McCabe's in Santa Monica CA for some great shows in aid of our friend, musician and songwriter Peter Case in helping handle some insanely high medical bills. Mr. Case is back on the road to recovery! And these shows will help - but you can now help too! - from wherever you are in this crazy round ridiculous world.

The concerts are this weekend at McCabe's In Santa Monica, Friday (ooops, too late!), Saturday and Sunday.

Friends of Case's have set up the Hidden Love Foundation, which is collecting money to help with expenses. If you're in the area, go to one of the shows. If not, check out Hidden Love and if you can contribute, do.

Friday, May 01, 2009


Friday, May , 2009
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

101.1 FM
email me during the show!

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
Où est passé E.C Lenoir ? / Le Two-Step de L'haricot by Mama Rosin
T'es pas la Mem by The Pine Leaf Boys
I Spent All My Money Loving You by BeauSoleil with Garth Hudson
Fraulien by Bobby Helms
I Hit the Road and the Road Hit Back by Dallas Wayne
High Rolling Train by Wayne Hancock
Comeback Kid by Deano Waco & The Meat Purveyors
A Woman's Intuition by Johnny Paycheck

Ode to Swine Flu
Hogtied Over You by Billy Bacon & The Forbidden Pigs with Candye Kane
Pig Pig by The King Khan & BBQ Show
Pig Snoots (part 1 & 2) by Andre Williams
The Hog of the Forsaken by Michael Hurley
Pigmeat by Leadbelly
Filipino Box Spring Hog by Tom Waits

Umm Boy You're My Baby by Bill Johnson & The Dabblers
Too Many Pills by Arkey & The Blue Cowboys Blue

In the Rushes/Slow Burn by Goshen
Screwtopia by Patterson Hood
Old Chunk of Coal by Billy Joe Shaver
Up For Air by John Egenes
A Fool Such as I by John Doe & The Sadies
Tombstone Blues by Tim O'Brien
Curly Toes by (unknown)

A Lion in Winter by Hoyt Axton & Linda Rondstadt
Dying Breed by Kim & The Cabelleros
Never Gonna Be Your Bride by Carrie Rodriguez
This House is Filled With Sickness by The Victor Mourning
I Shook His Hand by Gary Heffern
Blue Distance by Peter Case
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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