Sunday, February 28, 2010


Sunday, February 28, 2010
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
Goodbye Sweet Dreams by Roky Erikson & Okkervile River
The Sky is a Poisonous Garden by Concrete Blonde
Drinkin' Wine Spo Dee O-Dee by Jerry Lee Lewis
Too Much Fun by Sons of Hercules
New Orleans by The Plimsouls with The Fleshtones
7 and 7 Is by Love
Two Shakes by The Ettes
Pachuco Boogie by Don Tosti's Pachuco Boogie Boys

Ralph Rook by The Scrams
Diet Pill by L7
Howlin' at the Moon by The Nekromantix
Emotional Cockroach by TAD
You Are What You Is by Frank Zappa
A House is Not a Motel by Marshmallow Overcoat
Fireman Ring That Bell by R.L. Burnside

Let it Rain by Pierced Arrows
You Must Be a Witch by The Lollipop Shoppe
Dead Moon Night by Dead Moon
Fire in the Western World by The Dirtbombs
Ain't Life Strange by Pierced Arrows

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Only Darkness Has the Power by The Mekons
Human Cannonball by The Butthole Surfers

Start Wearing Purple by Gogol Bordello
Do It Yourself by The Polkaholics
Crack in the Universe by Wayne Kramer
Part Time Lover by Howard Tate
Tne Third Degree by The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker
Oomp Boomp by The Rhythm Addicts
I'll Take Care of You by Gil Scott Heron
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis



Madness & Glory is the name of this episode of The Big Enchilada. I'm going to subject you to about 40 minutes of musical madness from the likes of Pierced Arrows, The Reigning Sound, King Automatic, Sun Ra, Kim Fowley, Butterbeans & Susie and Rev. Beat-Man -- plus some great New Mexico bands like Gary Farmer & The Troublemakers and The Scrams. Then, for the conclusion, we switch to sweet gospel glory with The Persuasions, The Pilgrim Travelers, Luther Magby and more. It'll be good for your soul -- and maybe even your sanity.

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(Background Music: La Pajarera by Freddie Gomez y Sus Dinamicos)
Buried Alive by Pierced Arrows
Night of the Hunter by Kim Fowley
Eugene Landy by Oh No! and the Tiger Pit
Vague Information by King Automatic
Straight Shooter by Reigning Sound
Big and Strong by Gary Farmer & The Troublemakers
Massius Ray by T. Valentine

(Background Music: Flight of the Batman by The Sensational Guitars of Dan & Dale)
I Am Gonna Unmask the Batman by Lacy Gibson (with Sun Ra)
Flea Market Rock by The Scrams
Slight Delight by The Routes
Under New Management by Crappy Dracula
Eat My Wiener by Lothar
I Want a Hotdog for My Roll by Butterbeans & Susie
Save My Soul From Hell by Rev. Beat-Man & The Unbelievers

(Background Music: God Wants Your Soul to Be Holy by Bryan "Josh" Taylor and Elder Jerry Taylor)
The Old Rugged Cross by The Pilgrim Travelers
Where Shall I Be by Professor Johnson & His Gospel Singers
When Jesus Comes by The Persuasions
Babylon's Fallen by The Trumpeteers
Jesus is Getting Us Ready For That Great Day by Luther Magby
Let it Be by Rev. Robert Ballinger

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Friday, February 26, 2010


The man who downloaded the 10 billionth iTunes song is older than the 9 billionth, 8 billionth and 7 billionth customer put together.

That's just a guess. But Mr. 10 Billion is a grandfather with good taste in music.

Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgia was minding his own business, downloading “Guess Things Happen That Way,” a 1958 hit for JC, for his new iPod Nano when the bells went off and the confetti came down. No, actually he got a phone call from Steve Jobs, another from Roseanne Cash (who sang him the song over the phone) and, best of all, a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card (which I bet his none grandchildren are already fighting over.)

This song's for Louie:

Thursday, February 25, 2010


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
February 26, 2010

Fred Cole, as he's told us himself, has "been screaming at the top of my lungs since 1965."

That's from a song called "Poor Born" by Cole's lost lamented band Dead Moon, which broke up about four years ago after a roughly 20-year run that produced more than a dozen albums (mainly self-released on the band's own Tombstone Records label, though Sub Pop Records released a great double-disc retrospect compilation, Echoes of the Past, a few years ago).

But don't spend too much time lamenting. Even though Dead Moon is gone, two-thirds of the band — Fred Cole and his bass player and wife of 40-plus years, Toody Cole — are back with another fine group, Pierced Arrows. The Arrows released an album called Straight to the Heart a couple of years ago on Tombstone.

And now comes their sophomore effort — and it's no slump — Descending Shadows on Vice Records (also the home of The King Khan & BBQ Show, The Black Lips, and others among my recent favorites), which is a rocking triumph and a sweet jab in the eye to the idiotic notion that rock 'n' roll belongs exclusively to the young.

Lollipops and witches: According to a recent online interview with Fred and Toody, as a mere teen in Las Vegas, in the mid-'60s, Fred played bass with Frank Sinatra Jr.'s band. Now that's paying dues. He also had a band called The Weeds. Some record-label munchkin thought that name was too close to The Seeds, so they renamed the group The Lollipop Shoppe. I've always believed this qualified Cole and company to be the best band with the crappiest name. Their intense, urgent-sounding hit "You Must Be a Witch", which can be found on the first Nuggets box set of '60s garage-band hits, brings a lot of images to a listener's head, none of which are of lollipops.

After the Shoppe closed for business, Fred Cole persevered. He and the Mrs. opened a music store in the Portland area, raised a bunch of kids, and kept playing music. The birth of punk rock inspired a group called The Rats, which also featured Toody.

And then, with drummer Andrew Loomis, came Dead Moon; its history is lovingly told in the documentary Unknown Passage: The Dead Moon Story (Netflix fans, you can find it there).

In that group, Fred didn't stray far from "You Must Be a Witch" (a song Dead Moon was known to sometimes include in its sets). His ragged, at times falsetto voice and fuzzy guitar were still out front. Rooted in the Nuggets era and invigorated by psychedelia and punk rock, Dead Moon played a timeless style of rock, comparable to that of Cole's contemporary Roky Erickson.

And now, Pierced Arrows: I'm not sure why Dead Moon broke up. But at least Mr. and Mrs. Cole are still together.

The good news for Dead Moon fans is that the new trio sounds like a continuation of Moon's basic guitar/bass/drums sound. I suppose hard-core followers could argue over which drummer is better, Loomis or new guy Kelly Halliburton (no relation to Dick Cheney), but I don't see a major difference. The important thing is there was no cheesy attempt to update or "modernize" the sound. And Fred is still writing some memorable songs.

"Buried Alive" is a grungy stomper (this is probably an obscure reference, but the arrangement reminds me of L7's "Diet Pill") telling a story of "sinister science." Fred sings of a nightmare future where bio-electronic implants are used to "improve" people.

"My spirit's in a ditch, a machine's replacing me/They can make me even better than how I used to be," he sings. "It doesn't make mistakes, it doesn't get confused/It doesn't eat or drink or think or feel it's being used."

In "Down to Earth," an emotional cruncher in which the guitar and drums remind me of some Crazy Horse tune, Toody sings of her mixed feelings about being a rock 'n' roll granny:

"Once upon the stage nervousness and age hit me like a plague/I've told myself before/Can't do this anymore/It's hard to walk away/Guess it's in my blood, I still can't get enough enough/It's what I've come to love."

My favorite here is "Paranoia," a snarling slow-burner given an almost playful bounce by Toody's bass. Fred sounds downright paranoid as he screeches about shadowy enemies coming after him. I'm also fond of "On the Move," especially when Fred and Toody do some call-and-response vocals, and it's hard to immediately tell who is who.

It's refreshing to see a good example of rockers not becoming old softies after a few decades. But actually, it's missing the point to emphasize their age. Fred and Toody are clearly possessed of a spirit that's beyond the strangling hands of time. May they ever rock.

Cool Pierced Arrows links: You can find five free and legal tracks from the Arrows' first album, Straight to the Heart, at the Free Music Archive. And while you're there, check out a live Dead Moon show on WFMU in 2001 at the archive.

Meanwhile, the entire Descending Shadows album is streaming at and at Vice Records. And for that Fred and Toody interview I mentioned, go HERE. And, of course there's their MySpace page.

Quality radio: I'll pierce your lollipop this week on Terrell's Sound World, freeform weirdo radio, in a little tribute to Fred Cole's career. That's 10 p.m. Sunday on KSFR-FM 101.1. It's streaming and screaming on the Web


Here's an update on the Kookaburra Krisis.

Loyal readers might remember a couple of months ago when I blogged about an Australian music publishing company suing Colin Hay and Ron Strykert of the early '80s Aussie band Men at Work claiming copyright violation. The owners of the copyright of the song "Kookaburra" -- yes, the kiddie song about the bird who sits in the old gum tree you might have learned at summer camp -- claim The Men stole their song by using two bars of it in an instrumental section of their hit "Down Under."

I thought this probably was some kind of nuisance suit. So I nearly choked on my vegemite sandwich when I learned the Evil Doers actually won their suit!

MAW's record company, EMI, is appealing according to ABC News, which put me in the position of rooting for a major record level.

As Benjamin J. Grimm would say, "What a revoltin' development."

Here's the NPR story that first alerted me to this.

Hey, Larriken Music, why don't you do something constructive and sue Barney the Dinosaur?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


PLIMSOULS 3-16-06I'd just like to share a couple of new songs from a couple of my favorite artists.

Well the first one's not really "new" per se. It was recorded in 1981. But it's on the newly released CD Live! Beg, Borrow & Steal by The Plimsouls. I'll be telling you a lot more about that album in the near future. But for now, enjoy this song.

Secondly, Roky Erikson is coming out with a new album, True Love Cast Out All Evil, featuring the Austin band Okkervile River. It's not due out until April, but Pitchfork magazine is making available the song "Goodbye Sweet Dreams."

Sweet dreams.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Sunday, February 21, 2010
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
Leave the Capitol by The Fall
A Hit Gone Wrong by Deadbolt
Tripped by Pierced Arrows
Gentleman's Twist by The Fleshtones
Frog Went a Courtin' by Flat Duo Jets
Flea Market Rock by The Scrams
Pappa Satan Sang Louie by The Cramps
Parties in the Sea by Jonathan Richman
Hang On Sloopy by Lolita #18
I Can't Surf by The Rev. Horton Heat

Cherry Bomb by Joan Jett & L7
California Swamp Dance by Kim Fowley
Subway Train by New York Dolls
Archive From '59 by The Buff Medways
Cock a Hoop by The Purple Merkins
How Do You Catch a Girl? by Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs
Ace of Spades by 3 Bad Jacks
Diggin' Up My Date by Blood-Drained Cows
Batman Theme by Iggy Pop

Ramblin' Rose by The Persuasions
Rudy Wants to Buy Yez a Drink by Frank Zappa
The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing by The Persuasions
Runnin' Wild by Ron Haydock & The Boppers
The Devil's Comin' by Stud Cole
Mean and Evil by The Juke Joint Pimps
Built For Comfort by Gary Farmer & The Troublemakers
I'm Gonna Dig Up Howlin' Wolf by Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper
Dig a Hole by Little Freddie King

You Knock Me Out by The Del Moroccos
Bitch, I Love You by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
The Slouch by Ray Gee & His Orchestra
Long Green by Barrence Whitfield
Fancy Dan by Gene Summers
All Beauty Taken From You by Chris Whiltey
Deathletter in the Mail by Bernadette Seacrest
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Friday, February 19, 2010


Friday, February 19, 2010
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
Tomorrow's Just a Train Wreck Away by Joe Swank & The Zen Pirates
Beyond Our Means by Dollar Store
The Golden Inn Song by The Last Mile Ramblers
Preacher Man by Quarter Mile Combo
Hole in the Ground by Iggy Yoakam & His Famous Pogo Ponies
Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer by Johnny Russell
Detroit City by Bobby Bare
I Could Love You (If You Let Me) by The Persuasions
Frankie by Dyke's Magic City Trio
Look at That Moon by Carl Mann

George Jones Talkin' Cell Phone Blues by Drive-By Truckers
Small Ya'll by George Jones
Drinking For Two by Mudhoney
Dirty Mouth Flo by Robbie Fulks
Baby He's a Wolf by Werly Fairburn
The Check's in the Mail by Johnny Dilks
Haggard (Like I've Never Been Before) by Merle Haggard
Wrong, Wrong, Wrong by John Lily
Zat You Myrtle? by The Carlisles
Kentucky Blues by Little Hat Jones

I'll Have to Forget You by The Pine Leaf Boys
Zydeco Gris Gris by BeauSoleil
Keep on the Sunny Side of Life by Bayou Seco
You're Not the First Girl by Lonnie Barron
Natural Man by Dale Hawkins
Rub a Dub Dub by Hank Thompson
Blues in a Bottle by The Texas Sheiks
Let You Light Shine on Me by The West Memphis String Band
Wade in the Water by Aylum Street Spankers

Up on the Ridge by Joe Ely & Joel Guzman
Are You Afraid to Die? by Red Allen
Rank Stranger by The Stanley Brothers
Your Love Light Never Shone by The Maddox Brothers & Rose
Take it Easy Mama by Ryan Bingham
Dreamin' My Dreams with You by Waylon Jennings
Old Friends by Roger Miller, Ray Price & Willie Nelson
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, February 18, 2010


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
February 19, 2010

The whole band only played one instrument — the human voice.

I'm talking about The Persuasions, the undisputed kings of a cappella soul. Armed only with their vocal cords, these guys, who first got together in New York City more than 40 years ago, made some magical sounds covering doo-wop, gospel, show tunes, rock 'n' roll, and, of course, sweet '60s soul.

On their latest release, The Persuasions: Live at McCabe's Guitar Shop, they do songs made famous by Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, The Drifters, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Mills Brothers, and Frank Zappa, and songs written by Arlen and Mercer, Leiber and Stoller, Thomas Dorsey, Kurt Weill, and Bobby Bare.

But it all sounds like The Persuasions to me. And that's a good thing.

This album was recorded 12 years ago in Santa Monica. (Local note: the night before they recorded this show, The Persuasions drove all night from Silver City. "It's wonderful," one of the group members says.)

After a rousing "I Woke Up in Love This Morning," The Persuasions launch into one of the greatest songs they've ever sung — Cooke's "Chain Gang," which kicked off their wonderful second album (the first Persuasions album I ever owned), 1971's We Came to Play. With no disrespect to Cooke's original, The Persuasions do this more convincingly than he did. While none of the individual Persuasions could match Cooke's vocals (few if any mortals can), without the strings and slick arrangement of Cooke's classic record, The Persuasions sound as if they really could be on a chain gang working on some highway or byway.

This is followed by "Looking for an Echo," which originally appeared on The Persuasions' 1977 album, Chirpin'. Though they didn't write it, they altered the lyrics a bit so it tells their story. "We used to practice in a subway, in a lobby, or a hall/Even in the doorway, singing doo-wops to the wall./And if we went to a party, and they wouldn't let us sing/We'd lock ourselves in the bathroom, and nobody could get in"

Two of my favorites on this album are Nat King Cole hits — "Mona Lisa" (with lead vocals by Jayotis Washington and bassman Jimmy Hayes) and "Ramblin' Rose." Lead singer Jerry Lawson's finest moment in this show might have been "500 Miles Away From Home." Shortly before this show, his home had been destroyed by a flood. He sings the refrain "away from home, away from home, cold and tired and all alone" with real urgency.

Gospel music was always one of The Persuasions' major strengths. They do some fine versions of "Peace in the Valley," "Come on and Save Me," "I Have but One Desire," and Weill's "Oh Heavenly Salvation." So it comes as a real sucker punch when they do Frank Zappa's "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing," a cynical look at church hypocrisy and superstition right between "When Jesus Comes" and "Building a Home" ("Some take the bible/For what it's worth/When it says that the meek/Shall inherit the Earth/Well, I heard that some sheik/Has bought New Jersey last week/'n you suckers ain't getting nothing.")

True fact: The Persuasions and Zappa went back a long way. He signed the group to his Bizarre label, on which they released their first album, Acappella, in 1970. The group paid tribute to him in 2000 with an all-Zappa covers album called Frankly A Cappella.)

But they sound heavenly, even when singing Zappa's hilarious blasphemy. If there is a kingdom come, I bet Zappa and Mark Twain are up there listening to The Persuasions.

I'm not sure why Live at McCabe's Guitar Shop took so long to release. Perhaps it had something to do with Lawson leaving the group in 2003 and moving to Arizona (where he hooked up with a group called Talk of The Town.) But it really doesn't matter. This is timeless music that sounds good in any decade.

Also recommended:

* The Filthy South Sessions by Bernadette Seacrest & Her Provocateurs. Back in the early part of this century, Seacrest, then with a band called The Yes Men, was a fixture on the Albuquerque and Santa Fe circuit, playing smoky, sultry, sexy torch songs and cocktail jazz. The group broke up by the end of 2005 and Seacrest grew discouraged with the music biz in general. She flew south. But she reemerged in Atlanta with a new band, The Provocateurs, and she sounds as smoky, sultry, and sexy as ever.

All the songs on this album are written by her guitarist, Charles Williams. (The other Provocateur is Kris Dale, whose main instrument is double bass.) The tunes are all well suited for Seacrest's voice and persona, and a few really stand out.

"Empty Streets" is slow and ominous with its refrain, "I love you, daddy, but put down that gun" — it sounds like it could be straight out of some film noir soundtrack. "G-d's Been Drinking" — which starts out with a sweet, a cappella "Amazing Grace" — is bound to invite comparisons with Tom Waits ("When the locusts start to flyin' I started thinkin'/What would happen if God started drinkin'").

"The Rain Has Rained Away" hints at Seacrest's rockabilly roots (an early band of hers was The Long Goners), with a cool steel-guitar solo by Dale.

Most of the tracks feature the basic band, but the up-tempo "Where Does it Hurt," which has guest drums and organ, is a treat, as is "Trashcan Lens," which features a horn section and brake-drum percussion.

It's great to hear from Bernadette again.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Sunday, February 14, 2010
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
I'm 18 by Alice Cooper
Valentine by Concrete Blonde
Valentine by The Replacements
Gentle Violence by Black Lips
Al Capone by Salvajes
The Midnight Creep by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Night of the Hunter by Kim Fowley
Young Man Blues by The Who

Number Nine Train by Dale Hawkins
Suzie Q by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Wildcat Tamer by Dale Hawkins

Attack of the Zorch Men by The Meteors
I Got the Rock in My Underpants by Lightning Beat-Man
Wowsville by Bob Taylor
Down on Me by Big Brother & The Holding Company
Niki Hoeky by Bobby Rush
Little Red Rooster by Sam Cooke
Angelita by Mod East

The Next Stop is Jupiter by The Cosmic Rays
I'm Gonna Unmask the Batman by Lacy Gibson
Batman & Robin Over the Roofs by The Sensational Guitars of Dan & Dale
Little Sally Walker by The Crystals
Africa by Nu Sounds
Zippity Do-Dah by Sun Ra
Teenager's Love Letter of Promises by Juanita Rogers & Lynn Hollings

Cure for Pain by Morphine
All Over Again by Jay Reatard
(How Can I Keep You) Outta Harms Way by King Khan & The Shrines
Won't You Try/Saturday Afternoon by The Jefferson Airplane
The City Never Sleeps by The Fall
Who's Buying? by Bernadette Seacrest & Her Provocateurs
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Friday, February 12, 2010


Friday, February 12, 2010
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
Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way by Carl Smith
Wrong by Splitlip Rayfield
Crazy Boogie by Merle Travis
I Needed You by Johnny Gimble with Dale Watson
Rock Me by Little Jimmy Dickens
Jesus Walking on the Water by Asylum Street Spankers
My Knees Are Tremblin' by Hipbone Slim & The Knee Tremblers
Ring of Fire by Mingo Saldivar

I Cry, Then I Drink , Then I Cry by Cornell Hurd
I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive by Rosie Flores
Rockin' Rollin' Mama by Budddy Jones
Freight Train Boogie by Doc & Merle Watson
Cattin' Around by Charlie Adams
Stripper Song by Jacques & The Shakey Boys
Slide Off of Your Satin Sheets by DM Bob & The Derelicts
Sittin' on Top of The World by Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys
Wild Little Willie by Ronnie Hawkins

Under the Chicken Tree by Geoff Muldaur & The Texas Shieks
The Diplomat by Maria Muldaur
Easy Ridin' Mama by Devil in the Woodpile
Old Hen by South Memphis String Band
Ragtime Cowboy Joe by Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
That Nasty Swing by Cliff Carlisle
Skinny White Girl by Trailer Bride
Voodoo Queen Marie by The Du-Tells

Valentine's Day by Steve Earle & The Fairfield Four
Blue Kentucky Girl by Loretta Lynn
One Sweet Hello by Merle Haggard
I Just Want to Meet the Man by Robbie Fulks
Just Between You and Me by Charlie Pride
Louise by Jerry Jeff Walker & Nicolette Larson
I Know I've Been Changed by Johnny Hammond & Tom Waits
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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In the great cat-and-mouse game known as the digital music revolution, the cat struck back last week.

As The Guardian (UK) reported:

In what critics are calling "musicblogocide 2010", Google has deleted at least six popular music blogs that it claims violated copyright law. These sites, hosted by Google's Blogger and Blogspot services, received notices only after their sites – and years of archives – were wiped from the internet.

The law being invoked here is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The blogs in question are Pop Tarts, Masala, I Rock Cleveland, To Die By Your Side, It's a Rap and Living Ears.

Of those, Samuel Axon on Mashable wrote, "Each was dedicated to introducing music fans to new songs and genres they might not otherwise experience, usually from obscure and independent artists."

The Guardian says:

Although such sites once operated on the internet's fringes, almost exclusively posting songs without permission, many blogs are now wined, dined and even paid (via advertising) by record labels. After the success of blog-buzzy acts such as Arcade Fire, Lily Allen and Vampire Weekend, entire PR firms are dedicated to courting armchair DJs and amateur critics.

A Los Angeles Weekly story, published a week ago appears that the assault started slowly, with individual blog posts -- not entire blogs -- disappearing. Weekly writer Jeff Weiss noted:

U.K.-based Web-scouring copyright detective Web Sheriff will soon open its first U.S. office, no doubt spurred by its success in policing the Web for unauthorized mp3 leaks. Music bloggers are bracing themselves for a new round of scrutiny, and are taking measures to prevent the RIAA from working its way into their music blogs.

Google's response on Wednesday:

“When we receive multiple DMCA complaints about the same blog, and have no indication that the offending content is being used in an authorized manner, we will remove the blog.”

Yesterday there was an update that said:

We looked into this issue further and identified one case where a blogger did not receive notification of any DMCA complaints before their blog was removed. We're sorry about this.

We've contacted the blog owner and restored their blog, effective immediately ... We know the DMCA process can be difficult to navigate, and we're working on ways to make this process as smooth as possible.

Smooth move, Google.

The ball is in the mice's court.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
February 12, 2010

In the eyes of many jazz critics and jazz fans, there is "serious" music (jazz) and there is lowbrow unwashed pop music, which is to be disdained or perhaps tolerated in a condescending way.

Of course, a lot of actual jazz musicians don't quite feel that way. Miles Davis dug Hendrix and Sly. Sonny Rollins recorded with The Rolling Stones. Even back in the early days, Louis Armstrong recorded with country-music pioneer Jimmie Rodgers. And Herman Poole "Sonny" Blount, better known in this solar system as Sun Ra (1914-1993), not only played cosmic jazz but also dabbled in doo-wop and R & B in the 1950s and a little funky soul in the '60s and '70s. And danged if Ra didn't make that sound cosmic too!

Norton Records recently released three CDs of his material. Interplanetary Melodies and The Second Stop Is Jupiter feature recordings from the mid-1950s, while Rocket Ship Rock spans the late '50s through early '70s. Some of these songs appeared, mostly in different versions, on earlier Sun Ra lations like The Singles (1996) and Spaceship Lullaby (2003).

Ra's relationship with R & B goes back to the late 1940s. His first recordings were with R & B wild man Wynonie Harris. Back in 1954, Ra, then living in Chicago, became fascinated with R & B vocal groups. According to John F. Szwed's 1998 biography Space Is the Place: The Loves and Times of Sun Ra, Ra grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, listening to gospel quartets, so writing music for doo-wop groups came naturally to him.

Among those who appear on Interplanetary and Jupiter are The Qualities, The Crystals (not the girl group Phil Spector made famous), and, most appropriately for Sun Ra, The Cosmic Rays. But The Cosmic Rays weren't as otherworldly as The Nu Sounds, who performed on songs like "Spaceship Lullaby" and the drum-heavy "Africa."

One of the truest delights on the first two albums is Juanita Rogers, who sang a couple of heartbreakers called "Teenager's Letter of Promises" and "I'm So Glad You Love Me." Interplanetary has little Juanita singing the first song a cappella (under the title "Love Letters Full of Promises"). This is immediately followed by the full-blown version featuring a spoken introduction — with heavy reverb — by a guy named Lynn Hollings, saying, "Yes, teenagers do sometimes keep their promises. Meet Little Juanita, a teenager with the soul of an angel and the recipient of a love letter full of promises."

My favorite of these three albums is Rocket Ship Rock, simply because the music is at least a couple of notches crazier than it is on the other albums. Credit this to a singer called Yochanan, an R & B shouter who made Little Richard sound like a certified public accountant by comparison.

According to Szwed's book, by the mid-1950s, Ra had a way of attracting top-notch musicians, as well as some outright weirdos:
"The band was also a magnet for the strange, drawing all sorts of people off the streets for rehearsals and performances. One of the most bizarre of those who turned up was Yochanan ... [who] had many stage names, including the Man from Outer Space, the Man from Mars, and the Muck Muck Man, and declared himself a descendant of the Sun. Dressed in turban, sandals, and red, orange, and yellow 'Asiatic' robes, he was always quick to hold forth to anyone on his private philosophy. And when he performed, he was unpredictable and crude, often working bawdy material into the last song he sang at club appearances."

In other words, my kind of entertainer.

The Man from Mars is featured on the first nine tracks of Rocket Ship Rock. His shining moment is the down-and-gritty "Hot Skillet Mama." There are two versions on the CD, one of which was the flip side of the single "Muck Muck," which also appears in two versions here. But even nuttier than Yochanan's contributions is the song "I Am Gonna Unmask the Batman." There are two versions. A short one (under four minutes) is sung by Chicago blues guitarist Lacy Gibson, who at the time was Ra's brother-in-law. A horn riff suggests the "Batman Theme" from the Adam West television show. This is an extended version of a single released by Ra in 1974. And then there's a sprawling seven-minute lo-fi version that sounds like a rehearsal.

This wasn't Sun Ra's first encounter with the caped crusader. In 1966, he played organ on what Szwed called a "children's album" — but I call a "cash-in" record — titled Batman & Robin, released during the height of popularity for the TV series. It's jazzy, kinda cheesy, mostly instrumental rock — with song titles referring to the Dynamic Duo and the villains they fought. The band was called The Sensational Guitars of Dan & Dale, and musicians include Al Kooper and members of The Blues Project. It's actually available —
in glorious mono! — for download on Amazon and iTunes.

These Norton CDs show that while Sun Ra had his head in the cosmos, his feet were firmly planted in the soil and grit of this crazy planet.

Radio Ra: Hear selections from these new Sun Ra collections — plus a little taste of that crazy Batman record — on Terrell's Sound World, free-form weirdo radio, 10 p.m. Sunday. And don't forget The Santa Fe Opry, the country music Nashville does not want you to hear, same time on Friday, both on KSFR-FM 101.1.

Monday, February 08, 2010


Nothing like using the title of a James Taylor song to plug the fact that The Big Enchilada is now part of the official GaragePunk Jukebox!

The latest 20 shows from podcasters all over the world are there. Hours of entertainment right on your computer. The newest show will always be on top, so the latest Big Enchilada currently is number seven there, right between Rock 'n' Roll Rampage and The Mal Thursday Show.

So check out the jukebox. Won't even cost you a quarter.

UPDATE: Feb. 11, 2010 _ There were some technical difficulties for a few days there -- and problems my feed apparently caused at least one of the GaragePunk music players to crash. But it seems to be working again.

Sunday, February 07, 2010


Sunday, February 7, 2010
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
I Wish I Was in New Orleans by Tom Waits
Wild Injuns by The Neville Brothers
The Great Joe Bob by Terry Allen
In New Orleans by C.W. Stoneking
I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say by Jelly Roll Morton
Goin' to New Orleans by Bobby Davis & The Rhythm Rockers
Coney Island Baby by Lou Reed
When the Saints Go Marching In by Jerry Lee Lewis

Mamma's Fried Potatoes by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Zydeco Tonight by Felix y Los Gatos
Muck Muck by Yochanan with Sun Ra
Flight of the Batman by The Sensational Guitars of Dan & Dale
Smash Crash by The Fleshtones
Cruisin' for a Bruisin' by Rev. Horton Heat
Don't Save it Too Long by Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends
I See the Light by Reverend Beat-Man

All songs by The Cramps except where noted

You Got Good Taste
What's Behind the Mask
Miniskirt Blues by The Flower Children
All Women Are Bad
The Goo Goo Muck by Ronnie Cook & The Gaylads
The Mad Daddy
Funnel of Love by Wanda Jackson with The Cramps
Can Your Pussy Do the Dog? by The Rockin' Guys

Big Black Witchcraft Rock
Bikini Girls with Machine Guns
Strolling after Dark by The Shades
I Was a Teenage Werewolf
Booze Party by 3 Aces and a Joker
Psychotic Reaction
Bend Over I'll Drive
Rock-N-Bones by Elroy Dietzel
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Saturday, February 06, 2010

eMusic February

* Slipping And Sliding by Big Al Downing. He was an Okie kid who idolized Fats Domino, a country boy who loved rock 'n' roll. He won a talent contest on Coffeyville. Kansas radio station singing "Blueberry Hill." One of the listeners was a white singer named Bobby Poe who hired Downing, still a teenager, to play piano and sing in his band The Poe Cats. The Poe Cats were hired as the backup band for a young rockabilly gal from Oklahoma, Wanda Jackson and in 1957 backed her on her biggest song "Let's Have a Party."

It was one of the first integrated rock 'n' roll bands and it wasn't easy on Downing. In 2003, he told No Depression, “I remember once when we were in Butte, Montana ... There were no blacks anywhere in the town. They put a blanket over my head and we went into the hotel. Once we got to the show, people were hurling food and other things at me on the stage and we had to go back to the dressing room.”

But besides his work with Jackson, Downing, with the Poe Cats cut lots of tunes on their own and that's what's on this collection. Domino's influence is apparent on several of the tracks, as is Little Richard's. Los Lobos fans will recognize "Georgia Slop." Basically this album is full of every I love about early rock 'n' roll. Big Al is one of the great under-recognized heroes of the era.

* Hill Country Revue: Live at Bonnaroo by North Mississippi Allstars. This live set from the 2004 festival in Tennessee is a gathering of the Dickinson (Luther, Cody and daddy Jim) and the Burnside (R.L., his sons Garry and Duwayne, and his grandson Cody) families plus some friends like Othar Turner's Rising Star Fife & Drum Band (featuring the grandchildren of the late fife master), Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes and others.

What they produced was a magic mix of blues, Southern rock and some Dixie-fried psychedelia. "Psychedelic Sex Machine" is just loads of fun. But Jim Dickinson's version of "Down in Mississippi" (written by J.B. Lenoir, but a signature song of the elder Dickinson) might be the mightiest version he ever did.

* The Essential Carl Smith 1950-1956. This honky tonk giant toured with Hank Williams, who got him his first appearance on the Grand Old Opry in 1950. He married June Carter before Johnny Cash did (Carlene Carter is his daughter). And when he died last month, The Nashville Tennessean in his obit used an old quote from Waylon Jennings: "From the minute he came out, I wanted to look like him, tried to comb my hair like him and learned every song he ever recorded."

This collection of 20 songs from 1950 to 1956 makes you realize what Waylon was talking about. You can hear Hank's influence in songs like "Trademark" (which was co-written by Porter Wagoner) and "Are You Teasing Me" (a Louvin Brothers song). Meanwhile songs like "Go Boy Go" and "Back Up Buddy" ("back up, buddy, don't you come any closer/I know you want her, but the answer is `No, sir' ...") sound as if they were recorded right on the border of honky tonk and rockabilly.

* Most of The Sheik Said Shake by Hipbone Slim & The Knee-Tremblers. Allright! Voodoo Rhythm last month quietly added a bunch of albums to eMusic including some relatively new ones (The Pussywarmers, The Movie Star Junkies and the latest from King Automatic and The Guilty Hearts).

This is Hipbone Slim's third Voodoo Rhythm album, released a couple of years ago. Like his previous albums is dangerous sounding British psychobilly.

So far I don't hear anything quite as snarling as the title song of Snake Pit or as catchy as "What Do You Look Like," Sir Bald Diddley's duet with Holly Golightly on Have Knees, Will Tremble.

Still, it's irresistible. I'll definitely pick up the rest of this album when my account refreshes next week.

And (speaking of the rest of an album) ...

* The remaining four tracks from tracks from No Requests Tonight by The Devil Dogs, which I didn't get last month. It's good and rocking, though my favorite track on the album still is the cover of Sonny Bono's "Laugh at Me."

Friday, February 05, 2010


Friday, February 5, 2010
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
That's What She Said Last Night by Billy Joe Shaver
Barn Dance Rag by Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers
Fiddlin' Around by Johnny Gimble with Jason Roberts
Over the Cliff by Jon Langford
Evil Clutches by Hipbone Slim & The Knee Tremblers
I Remember by Shelley King
Downhome Country Blues by Ray Wylie Hubbard
I'm Building a (?) on the Moon y Weldon Rogers
Love's Gonna Get You by Ethyl & The Regulars
Crazy Suzy by Ron Haydock & The Boppers

Rockin' Granny by Nancy Apple
Tied Up by Cordell Jackson
Drinkin' Wine Spo Dee O Dee by Malcom Yelvington
Liquor, Beer & Wine by The Reverend Horton Heat
Boy Next Door by Fantic Flattops
Rainy Day Blues by Willie Nelson
Nine Pound Hammer by Last Mile Ramblers
Rockin' Granny by Nancy Apple
Tied Up by Cordell Jackson
Drinkin' Wine Spo Dee O Dee by Malcom Yelvington
Liquor, Beer & Wine by The Reverend Horton Heat
Boy Next Door by Fantic Flattops
Rainy Day Blues by Willie Nelson
Nine Pound Hammer by Last Mile Ramblers
Side by Side Doublewides by The Hickoids

Garden of Joy by Maria Muldaur
Cocaine Habbit Blues by The Memphis Jug Band
Selling the Jelly by The Noah Lewis Jug Band
Ol' Corn Likker by The Carolina Chocolate Drops
Beedle Um Bum by Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions
Jesus Walking on the Water by Asylum Street Spankers
Vamps of 28 by Whistler's Jug Band
Jug Band Music by Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band

Big Railroad Blues by Cannon's Jug Stompers
Shiek of Araby by Martin, Bogan & The Armstrongs
I Love Onions by Susan Christie
Bill Wilson by The Birmingham Jug Band
Patent Medicine by Dr. West's Medicine Show & Junk Band
Bootlegger's Blues by The South Memphis String Band
I've Got Blood in My Eyes For You by The Memphis Sheiks
Shake Hands and Tell Me Goodbye by Maria Muldaur
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

Steve Terrell is proud to report to the monthly Freeform American Roots Radio list


Poster by Psychotonic That's what I'll be doing Sunday night on Terrell's Sound World on KSFR, 101.1 FM.

Yesterday was the first anniversary of the passing of Erick Lee Purkhiser, aka Lux Interior, the voice of The Cramps.

I'll play lots of songs by The Cramps and original versions of the songs Lux and Ivy loved so well. Sound World starts at 10 p.m. Mountain Time. The Lux tribute will start at the 11th Hour.

Speaking of radio specials, don't miss my big jug-band set tonight on The Santa Fe Opry, same time, same channel.

Until then, enjoy this video:

Thursday, February 04, 2010


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
February 5, 2010

I've said it before, I'll say it again: jug-band music was the original punk rock. It's been said that punk rock, in its early days, was the most democratic kind of music, because you didn't have to know how to play your instrument to be in a band.

But with a jug band, you don't even need to have a real instrument. Antiquated household appliances like the washtub and washboard serve as your rhythm section. You could become a virtuoso on kindergarten percussion instruments and kazoo. And, of course, there's the jug, which is cheaper and much easier to transport than a tuba.

And jug-band music refuses to die. The genre's direct influence can be heard on the recent South Memphis String Band album Home Sweet Home (reviewed here a few weeks ago), featuring Alvin Youngblood Hart, Jimbo Mathus, and Luther Dickinson — though they didn't use a jug. And it lives in Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy and the Asylum Street Spankers' latest album, God's Favorite Band, which is one of the group's best.

History in a jug: Nobody knows who was the first person to blow into a jug to provide the bass part in a band. According to Don Kent's liner notes for the excellent jug-band compilation Ruckus Juice & Chittlins, by the year 1900, there was a group called the Cy Anderson Jug Band playing in the streets of Louisville, Kentucky. And by 1913, a banjo player named Earl McDonald had a steady gig for his jug band at the Kentucky Derby.

The jug-band virus spread south to Birmingham, north to Chicago and Cincinnati, and to Memphis, where it gave birth to influential groups like The Memphis Jug Band and Cannon's Jug Stompers.

Jug-band fever faded after the '30s. But it reared its head again during the folk revival of the 1960s. One of the prime movers was an outfit called The Even Dozen Jug Band, which never got famous during its short lifetime, even though its alumni include The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian; mandolin great David Grisman; guitarist Stefan Grossman; Steve Katz, an original member of Blood, Sweat & Tears; and Muldaur, then Maria D'Amato. She became best known in the mainstream for her early '70s hit "Midnight at the Oasis," but she first got a taste of national fame with jug-band music.

I just met a girl named Maria: She later joined what became the most important of the jug-band revival groups, Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band (which included singer/guitarist Geoff Muldaur, who would become her husband). Kweskin, whose band appeared on several national television variety shows, spawned a number of other jug bands around the country.

There was loads of talent in Kweskin's group, but, especially for the boys, Maria D'Amato Muldaur was the star. Try to listen to her version of Mississippi John Hurt's "Richland Woman" without falling in lust.

Garden of Joy is a glorious return to jug-band music for Muldaur. Even Dozen buddies Sebastian and Grisman are here, as is fellow Kweskin vet Fritz Richmond, who poots forth on jug on "Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul." There are other notable guest stars, too. None other than Taj Mahal plays banjo and guitar on several cuts.

And then there's Dan Hicks. He shows up for a snazzy duet on the medley of the sexy "Life's Too Short" and the silly "When Elephants Roost in Bamboo Trees." Plus Muldaur sings a couple of songs from Hicks' latest album, Tangled Tales — "The Diplomat" and "Let It Simmer." She was always a wonderful interpreter of Hicks. "Walkin' One and Only" was a highlight of her first solo album, while she got the title of her second album, Waitress in a Donut Shop, from Hicks' song "Sweetheart."

While jug-band music is a joyful and nostalgic sound, there's an edge to Garden of Joy, which is subtitled Good Time Music for Hard Times. The last two songs on the album emphasize the hard times. These are the Depression-era tunes "Bank Failure Blues" and "The Panic Is On." She has updated the lyrics of the latter. "Obama's in the White House sayin' 'Yes we can'/I know he's gonna come up with a real good plan."

Meanwhile, back in heaven: One of the best tunes on Garden of Joy is "He Calls That Religion." This old Mississippi Sheiks tune calls out greedy, lecherous preachers ("He calls that religion, but you know he's going to Hell when he dies").

This song would fit in perfectly on the new Asylum Street Spankers album. God's Favorite Band is a raucous live record full of classic gospel tunes — "Down By the Riverside," "Wade in the Water," and Blind Willie Johnson's "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground," for instance. And singer Christina Marrs, while no Maria Muldaur, belts out "Each Day" and "By and By" with brass and bravado.

It's also got some left-field gospel, such as Violent Femmes' "Jesus Walking on the Water," and the ultra-goofy original tune "Volkswagen Thing," in which singer/washboard man Wammo claims God drives the vehicle of the title.

But for me, the highlight on this set is "It Ain't Necessarily So." This song is from Porgy and Bess and perhaps best known from Cab Calloway's version. My first real concert memory is hearing Calloway singing that during a half-time show at a Harlem Globetrotters game. It twisted my head off! I didn't know anyone was allowed to sing things like "The things that you're liable to read in the Bible, it ain't necessarily so" and poke fun at biblical stories in public — at least not at a basketball game in Oklahoma!

It's not shocking that the Spankers would do a song like this. But ending an album full of gospel songs with it is delightfully subversive in itself.

Fill that jug: I'm going to do a lengthy jug-band set Friday night on The Santa Fe Opry, on KSFR-FM 101.1 and streaming live at My show starts at 10 p.m., and the jug-band set will start at 11 p.m.

And check out my new Big Enchilada podcast. The last set is made up of some of my favorite jug-band tunes.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Johnny Pink's doing his darnedest to put Santa Fe on the a psychobilly destination map. This Sunday he's bringing a Texas trio called The Hotrod Hillbillies to The Underground (or, as we oldtimers call it, Evangelos' basement.)

I probably can't make it, mainly because it would be psychologically devastating for me to miss doing Terrell's Sound World two weeks in a row (last week I took off to catch Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band at the Brewing Company.)

But I tell you what ... If you want to skip Sound World to go hear the Hotrod Hillbillies, that'll be an excused absence.

That show starts at 9 pm and the tickets are a mere $5.

Speaking of the Reverend Peyton (I commented on Twitter that in recent months I've seen Rev. Horton Heat, Rev. Beat-Man and now Rev. Peyton. Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, you're next!), check out my photos HERE and if you want to hear some his tunes, scroll down a little and check this blog post.

Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band

Monday, February 01, 2010




Howdy podlubbers and welcome to my mind!

This month The Big Enchilada presents a big blast of crazy rock, soul and psychobilly. You'll hear a couple of great New Mexico bands, Felix y Los Gatos and The Blood-Drained Cows. Plus a great musical image to keep you warm in the February cold from 1950s beauties June Wilkinson & Mamie Van Doren. Then we take a sharp turn straight into the Old Weird America with a set of authentic American jug band music. It all makes sense in my mind. Welcome to my mind!

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Here's the play list:
(Background Music: Fish Taco by Surficide)
The Flesh Remover by The Sworn Liars
Voodoo BBQ by Big John Bates
Woodpecker Rock by Nat Couty
Bikini With No Top on Top by June Wilkinson & Mamie Van Doren

(Background Music: Tipi Tipi Tin by Baby Gaby)
Chupacabra Rock 'n' Roll by The Blood Drained Cows
Your Miserable Life by Movie Star Junkies
Crazy in the Head by Three Bad Jacks
Serial Killer by Hayride to Hell
Your Cousin's on Cops by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Jug Band Jump by Delbert Barker.

(Background Music: The Memphis Shake by The Dixieland Jug Blowers)
He Calls That Religion by Maria Muldaur
She's in the Graveyard Now by Earl McDonald's Original Louisville Jug Band
Viola Lee Blues by Cannon's Jug Stompers
The Old Folks Started It by Minnie Wallace
Insane Crazy Blues by Memphis Jug Band
How Lew Sin Ate by Dr. West's Medicine Show & Junk Band.
(Background Music: Welcome to My Mind by Duggie Ward)


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