Monday, October 29, 2012


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Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 
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The 2012 Steve Terrell Spooktacular
Big Black Witchcraft Rock by The Cramps
Monster by Fred Schneider
Voodoohexenshakit! by The Brimstones
Bloodletting by Concrete Blonde
Halloween (She Got So Mean) by Rob Zombie with The Ghastly Ones
Devil Dance by The A-Bones
Witchcraft by The Spiders
Creatures of the Night by Paradise

Feast of the Mau Mau by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Murder in the Graveyard by Screaming Lord Sutch
The Witch by Los Peyotes
Ghost Riders in the Sky by Lorne Greene
Zombie Lust by Hellfire Revival
Bloody Hammer by Roky Erikson with the Nervebreakers
Halloween by The Misfits
Deadman Slide by Shouting Thomas & The Torments

I Came From Hell by The Monsters
Haunted House by Jumpin' Gene Simmons
Hunger by The Bama Lamas
Little Demon by The Amazing Crowns
Zombified by Southern Culture on the Skids
Ghost Woman Blues by George Carter
You Must Be a Witch by The Lollipop Shoppe
You've Become a Witch by The Electric Mess
Halloween by Mudhoney
Frankenstein Meets The Beatles by Dickie Goodman

Green Sabbath Dance Party by The Hentchmen
Goblin Girl by Frank Zappa
Fire by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Shrunken Head by Deadbolt
I Kissed a Ghoul by Nekromantix
Halloween Spooks by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Brain Buffet by Evil Farm Children
Happy Halloween by Zacherle

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Friday, October 26, 2012


Santa Fe Opry Facebook BannerFriday, Oct. 26, 2012 
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 OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
(It's a) Monster's Holiday by Buck Owens
Banana Puddin' by Southern Culture on the Skids
Shake 'em Off Like Fleas by The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band
Hello Walls by Jason & The Scorchers
Rusted Up Old Pickup Trucks by Hellbound Glory
Get Rhythm by James Hand
Shotgun by Anthony Leon & The Chain
Lost Highway by The Dad Horse Experience
Get Your Kicks from the Country Hicks by Johnny Hicks

Dollar Dress by The Waco Brothers
Pearly Lee by Billy Lee Riley
Fish Out O Water by Ronnie Dawson
You're Gonna Like Me Baby by Bill Beach
Roots Rocks Weirdos by Robbie Fulks
Now Is The Time For Your Love by Wayne Walker
Drug Store Rock 'n' Roll by Rosie Flores
Liza Pull Down the Shades by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Sick Sober and Sorry by Johnny Bond

I Created a Monster by Glenn Barber
Spookie Boogie by Cecil Campbell's Tennessee Ramblers
Honky Tonk Halloween by Capt. Clegg & The Night Crawlers
The Ghost and Honest Joe by Pee Wee King
Night of the Wolves by Gary Heffern
The Werewolf by Peter Stampfel & The Bottlecaps
The Haunted House Boogie by Happy Wilson
The Thing in The Mud by Stephen W. Terrell
Haunted House by Hasil Adkins
24-Hour Store by The Handsome Family

Eatin' Fish and Drinkin' Sterno by The Imperial Rooster
You'll Never Be Mine Again by Levon Helm
Cocaine Blues by Bob Dylan
Last Train From Poor Valley by Norman Blake
No Letter Today by (unknown)
Gumtree Canoe by John Hartford
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

TERRELL'S TUNEUP: Halloween in the Garage

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
 Oct. 26 2012

October is perhaps the most wonderful time of the year for fans of
garage/punk/surf/psychedelic/rockabilly/primitive-trash-rock music.

Bubbling in the underground of this strange world, there’s an entire subgenre of Halloween spook music — songs of zombies, vampires, and werewolves.

Brought up on the works of old masters — or is it old monsters? — like Roky Erikson, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Screaming Lord Sutch, and The Cramps, the denizens of Garageville frequently employ horror-movie motifs.

Usually it’s done with a wink in the eye and a tongue in the cheek — more Herman Munster than Blair Witch. But when done correctly, the music will light you up like a jack-o’-lantern.

Which brings us to Garage Monsters: The Best of the Garage Punk Hideout, Vol. 9, the latest compilation from the online garage social network. Like the previous eight collections, Hideout honcho Jeff “Kopper” Kopp assembled this mess from songs submitted from bands and musicians who are Hideout members.It’s the biggest Hideout compilation yet, with 33 songs — an hour and 37 minutes worth of music.

The download-only compilation comes with colorful monsterous cover art by Stephen Blickenstaff, most famous for the cover of Bad Music for Bad People by The Cramps back in the ’80s.

Like other Hideout volumes, there’s good variety. There’s ’60s influenced Farfisa, fuzz ’n’ fury such as “Creatures of the Night” by Paradise from Oregon; more punk-oriented blasters like “Voodoohexenshakit!” by The Brimstones of New Jersey; some one-man-band action (“I’m Your Frankenstein” by Chazdaddy from Rochester, New York).

There's a taste of rockabilly-informed material such as “Rockin’ in the Graveyard” by Sweden’s two-man trash band Thee Gravemen; several surfy instrumentals including “The Maniac” by Thee Cormans and “The Wild Ride of Ichabod Crane” by The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies; and even a Tom Waits and ska-influenced tune, “Shoot Me Down” by an English band, Rattlin’ Bone.

Among my favorites are the all-you-can-eat cannibal rocker “Brain Buffet” by The Evil Farm Children, a Canadian band; “Shoot the Freak” — by LoveStruck — named for a now-closed Coney Island attraction (Danish-born singer Anne Mette Rasmussen spits out the line “I am a lunatic!” pretty convincingly).

Other favorites include “A Bloody Life” by Rev. Tom Frost, a Frenchman who sounds like he’s familiar with both Nick Cave and Waits, though this song has echoes of The Dickies’ “Killer Clowns From Outer Space” and “Rattlin’ Bones,” a primitive stomp sweetened by electric organ by Fire Bad! of Oklahoma City; and the twangy, slow-burning noir-rock of “Voodoo Love Song” by Northside Garage from Cincinnati.

You can find this compilation at all the usual download joints. The GaragePunk Hideout is HERE

Beyond the Monster Mash: Steve Terrell’s top 11 Halloween hits

1) “Bloody Hammer” by Roky Erickson. Actually, just about any song from his early-’80s horror-rock masterpiece The Evil One would fit in on this list. But “Bloody Hammer” has to be the scariest song Erickson ever sang — and that’s really saying something. The lyrics refer to a demon in the attic, baby ghosts, and Dracula vampires, but the most frightening character is the narrator himself, a psychiatrist who insists, “I never had the bloody hammer!”

2) “Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)” by Concrete Blonde. It’s the title song of CB’s greatest album, and it deserves to be a Halloween classic. I knew the minute I heard Johnette Napolitano sing the opening lines of this tune (“There’s a crack in the mirror and a bloodstain on the bed”) that I’d be a fan for life.

3) “Murder in the Graveyard” by Screaming Lord Sutch. In the 1960s, David Edward Sutch was one of the first rockers to make horror themes a predominant feature of his stage show. This little tune had it all: violent death in a spooky setting with a happy melody and a rocking beat.

4) “You Must Be a Witch” by The Lollipop Shoppe. This was Fred Cole’s first major band, back in the mid-’60s, decades before Dead Moon or The Pierced Arrows. In this song, immortalized years later in the Nuggets collection, Cole sounds like he’s at the mercy of supernatural forces not inclined to show any mercy at all.

5) “Fire” by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. British rocker Arthur Brown took Lord Sutch’s shtick to even greater heights. The familiar opening invocation, “I am the God of Hell’s fire and I bring you …” was a shout heard over AM radios the world over in the psychedelic autumn of 1968.

6 & 7) “Feast of the Mau Mau” and “Alligator Wine” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. These basically are the same song — dark recipes with different ingredients. The former has “the fat off the back of a baboon” and the “fleas from the knees of a demon,” while the latter includes “the blood out of an alligator” and “the left eye of a fish.”

8) “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” by The Cramps. The scariest element of this song isn’t the lyrics. It’s how alien and threatening this music must sound to someone not familiar with the wild pleasures of The Cramps. Here the late Lux Interior sounds as if he’s about to sprout fangs and fur.

9) “Ghost Riders in the Sky” by Lorne Greene. I wrote a column on this hallucinatory cowboy tale a few Halloweens back. There’s a galaxy of versions of this song, but my favorite is still good old Ben Cartwright’s orchestrated take from his album Welcome to the Ponderosa.

10) “Living Dead Girl” by Rob Zombie. While a lot of Mr. Zombie’s techno/metal doesn’t do much for me, this ditty from his Hellbilly Deluxe album always brings joy to my heart.

11) “(It Was a) Monsters’ Holiday” by Buck Owens. This was Buck’s shameless effort to cash in on the monster craze of the mid ’60s. It beat “The Monster Mash” by a country mile.

BLOG BONUS: Enjoy some holiday videos!

Here's a creepy version of Roky's "Bloody Hammer."

A touch of Sutch

Thee Cormans, who appear on Garage Monsters.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012


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KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M. 
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time 
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 OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Bottle Baby by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Heels by Andre Williams
Bloody Mary by King Salami & The Cumberland 3
Keep a Knockin' by The Flamin' Groovies
Take a Trip by The Rev. Utah Smith
The Trip by The Rockin' Guys
Take a Trip by King Khan & The Shrines
Banana Splits by The Dickies
Bastards of Young by The Replacements

Your Haunted Head by Concrete Blonde
El Huevon by 7 Shot Screamers
Hank Watson Stalks the Earth by Deadbolt
I Found Out by Willie Tee
Miniskirt Blues by Simon Stokes & The Heathen Angels
Shoot Me Down by Rattlin' Bone (with the Vampirettes)
El Dedo by El Compa Chuey

I Dreamed I Met Lou Reed by Gregg Turner
Edgar Allen Poe by Lou Reed
Hunger by The Bama Lamas
Breaking the Rules by The Fall
I Want Candy by Lydia Lunch
Rude Boy Bob by The Rodeo Carburator
Fifteen by Big Daddy Meatstraw
Butt Town by Iggy Pop
Run Witch Run by The Desperate Twisters

Lost Avenue by Johnny Dowd
Grown So Ugly by The Black Keys
Crew Slut by Frank Zappa
Wild America by Wayne Kramer
Swamp Thing by Giant Sand
Bad Vibrations by The Black Angels
Take Your Tomorrow (and Give Me Today) by Geoff Muldaur's Futuristic Ensemble
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, October 19, 2012


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KSFR, Santa Fe, NM 
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time 
Host: Steve Terrell 
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 OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
Down on the Farm by Big Al Dowling
Redneck Reel by 16 Horsepower
Big Daddy by Dale Watson
Cat Music by Tommy Scott
Monkey and the Baboon by Crazy Caven & The Rhythm Rockers
Never Say Die by Waylon Jennings
Parchment Song by Ray Condo & The Ricochets
Woman Train by Hank Davis
Too Much by Rosie Flores
Skid Row Hall of Fame by Carroll Gilley
Rye Whiskey by Tex Ritter

Hurt by Lucinda Williams
Mama You Been on My Mind by Johnny Cash
Hey Porter by Buddy Miller
Orange Blossom Special by Johnny Cash
Shell of a Man by Johnny Bush with Justin Trevino
Satan is Real/Straight to Hell by Hank 3
On the Sly by The Waco Brothers and Paul Burch
The Thing by June Carter

Lawd I'm Just a Country Boy in This Great Big Freaky City by Alvin Youngblood Hart
Harder Than Your Husband by Jimmy Carl Black with Frank Zappa
Brand New Heartache by Chris & Herb
Seein' Double, Feelin' Single by Merle Kilgore
Truckload of Art by Cracker
One Day After Payday by Buck Griffin
Riro's House by The Carolina Chocolate Drops
Old Man Henry by James Hand
Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Us All by Ry Cooder
The Soba Song by 3 Mustaphas 3

My Blood is Too Red by Ronny Elliott
The Cold Hard Facts of Life by John Doe & The Sadies
Train Yard by Ray Wylie Hubbard
Matty Groves by ThaMuseMeant
Lakes of Ponchatrain by Peter Case
Summer Rangers by Michael Martin Murphey
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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TERRELL'S TUNEUP: Blues Explosion Blows Up Again

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
Oct. 19 2012

Last week I wrote about two great bands — Mission of Burma and Dinosaur Jr. — that were broken up for years and then returned to reestablish themselves not as nostalgic casino acts but as actual creative bands, writing new songs and making exciting new music.

Well, here’s another one: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

This unholy trio — which includes guitarist Judah Bauer and drummer Russell Simins — is back with an album called Meat and Bone. And it’s a dandy, stuffed full of the maniacal, irreverent, rompin’-stompin’ sounds that shook the free world back in the ’90s.

Spencer, Bauer, and Simins weren’t gone as long as Dinosaur Jr. or Mission of Burma. The previous Blues Explosion studio album was 2004’s Damage. And since that time, Spencer has put out three albums with Matt Verta-Ray under the name of Heavy Trash. But while they were good, Heavy Trash was no substitute.

“A lot of people are being lauded for making music I think is kind of boring and safe and dull,” Spencer said in a recent interview with Spin. “True rock ’n’ roll is a strange and beautiful, kind of scary music.”

That’s been his credo since the beginning. The Blues Explosion rose from the ashes of Spencer’s 1980s group, Pussy Galore, a fun little trash-rock band that should have gotten a lot more famous than it did. You can hear the genesis of the Blues Explosion sound in the sheer craziness of Pussy Galore. They were a “noise band,” but unlike some of their No Wave forebears, they were far more fartsy than artsy. You’d hear strains of rockabilly and The Rolling Stones in Pussy Galore through waves of screaming and guitar distortion. Every song was a party out of control.

With the Blues Explosion, Spencer kept that spirit going, creating a minimalist sound that was grounded in blues and soul — with a touch of blaxploitation-soundtrack music on some tunes.

Snooty purists dismissed Spencer’s Stooges-filtered blues riffs and faux soulman antics.

But he introduced a new generation of punk and alt-rock kids to real live razor-fightin’ Mississippi blues — and helped breathe life into the fledgling Fat Possum label — when the Blues Explosion joined Hill Country blues codger R.L. Burnside on the 1996 album A Ass Pocket of Whiskey. It’s still the best old- bluesman-meets-young-rock-band team-up since Sonny Boy Williamson recorded with The Animals and The Yardbirds in the mid ’60s.

All the old intensity is evident on “Black Mold,” the riff-driven first song of the new album. The tune was inspired by Spencer’s discovery of a box of records that had gotten damp and moldy in his basement. By the end of the track, he’s shouting the names of the artists — Ornette Coleman, Lonnie Smith, Little Walter, the explosive Little Richard. While he’s raging about what has been lost, this can also be heard as an invocation to the immortals, a frantic blessing for the rest of the album.
Explosion 2012

Spencer is at his funkiest on “Get Your Pants Off.” There’s not much to the lyrics (though I can only assume that the message of the title is sincere), but the band members sound like they’re having a lot more fun than most middle-aged guys.

You probably can’t tell from the loud crunching music, but “Strange Baby” is actually a sentimental tune about Spencer meeting his wife. He raps the verses, but he doesn’t sound like he’s trying to be a rapper.

Spencer pulls out his harmonica on “Bag of Bones,” which could almost be called “swampy,” though Spencer’s howls and the sheer volume would scare the alligators back onto the endangered-species list. “Unclear” is loud and trashy also, but to those with ears to hear, it sounds like a distant brain-damaged cousin of Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long.”

“Danger” is two minutes and 43 seconds of reckless fury set to a hellbound-train beat. I think I hear a distant echo of The Rolling Stones’ “She Was Hot” in there; and in the next song, “Black Thoughts,” there are definite traces of Exile on Main Street beneath the distortion and wild theremin squiggles. (True fact: Pussy Galore released a track-for-track cover of Exile on cassette back in 1986.)

A big standout on Meat and Bone is “Bottle Baby.” Here Spencer imagines himself as someone accepting some kind of award — “Standing up here at the podium holding this fabulous statuette/I feel like a god, but I still have a hard time payin’ my rent.” I don’t think there’s much danger of Spencer and his band winning a Grammy, but this album deserves some kind of prize.

Also Recommended:

* Life by Andre Williams. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion waited eight years to release its new album. Williams waited five months for this.

Seriously, this is the old coot’s third album this year. Hoods and Shades came out in February; Night & Day was released in May. And now he brings us Life. The man is nearly 76 years old. You’d think he’d be getting tired. But he sure doesn’t sound like it here.

Playing with a trio of Detroit cohorts, including Jim Diamond on bass (he’s best known as a producer, but he has also played bass with the Dirtbombs), Williams slinks into a slow-groove swampy sound on most of the songs — those alligators I mentioned before would be hypnotized by this music. It suits his gruff vocals.

Highlights on Life include the opening “Stuck in the Middle,” which features some downright menacing psychedelic guitar from Mark Smith (who produced the album); “Beep Beep Beep,” which works off a modified Bo Diddley beat (I can’t for the life of me figure out what this song is about); and “Heels,” which reinforces Williams’ reputation as the ultimate dirty old man.

It’s election season, so I should mention “Blame It on Obama,” a trudging tune with pseudo-gospel piano in which the singer wryly blames the president for everything from high prices to chickens who won’t lay and a wife who won't either.

There’s also Williams’ umpteenth (but far from best) version of his signature song, “Shake a Tail Feather,” followed by “Ty the Fly,” a shaggy-dog fable about an insect. The album would have been better without the last two songs. But what the heck? He’s almost 76 years old. He can do what he wants.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A New Free Music Source (New to Me at Least)

I'm always raving about WFMU's Free Music Archive and to a lesser extent, the Live Music Archive. Now here's another one I think I'm going to enjoy.

It's called "Public Domain 4 U" and it's full of free MP3s of the music that made America great during the early years of recording.

Apparently the site, which is the brainchild of Beserkley Records Founder Matthew King Kaufman has been around since 1999, but they haven't gotten much attention. But yesterday, I got a press release plugging the site's new Public Domain Top 10 page.

Of  Public Domain 4 U, the news release said:

Most of the recordings at the site were 78 RPM vinyl records that have been ripped and are available now in the MP3 format. The Songs posted at are from our past. Thanks to the most modern technologies, you can freely learn about this wonderful music. Posting these music treasures keeps their magic alive. Music individualism and creativity should be recognized and appreciated, not lost to time.

Every song there is posted with what they call a  "Music Flash Card," which gives a little information about the song's history, a music stream of the tune, and a link to the  MP3 if you want to download."

So far I've downloaded Victoria Spivey's "Dope Head Blues" (for some reason the MP3's genre listing is "religious"); an old calypso tune from Lord Executor ("Three Friends' Advice") and Blind Blake's "Diddie Wa Diddie" (Can anyone tell me what that means?)

Public Domain 4U apparently is part of a network of sites with free music, including and Fun Fun Fun Media. both of which have a wide array of genres represented.

Check 'em out.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Greatest Jukebox on God's Green Internet

If you've never heard the mighty podcasts of The GaragePunk Pirate Radio Network, you're missing out on some dang fine music -- primitive rock 'n' roll, crazy R&B, riotous rockabilly and every now an then some country music as the good Lord intended it to sound.

Yes, there's some self promotion here because my own Big Enchilada is part of this sinister international cabal of misfits. But there are loads of shows here to fill your day with incredible music.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Black Joe Lewis in Santa Fe Tonight

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears are playing Sol Santa Fe tonight (Monday Oct. 15). Doors open at 7:30 pm. HERE are the details.

I've said it before, but last years Black Joe show was the best Santa Fe's concert I saw all year.

Enjoy a song I found on Soundcloud, as well as couple of tacky iPhone videos I shot last year.

Sunday, October 14, 2012


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KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M. 
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time 
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 OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres (R.I.P. B.B. Cunningham)
Psycho by Nick Curran
Flyin' Blind by Nick Curran with Phil Alvin
Dangerous Madness by Wayne Kramer
Bag of Bones by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
'The Desperate Man by The Black Keys
Negative and Hostile by The Grannies
Stuck in the Middle by Andre Williams

The Stranger in Our Town by The Gun Club
Girl Hunting by Found Dead in Trunk
Add in Unison by Mission of Burma
Pierce the Morning Rain by Dinosaur Jr
If I Can't Change Your Mind by Sugar
Mojo Hannah by Tami Lynn
Sometimes Sometimes by April march & The Makers
House of Smoke and Mirrors by The Nevermores
Gunpowder by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears (playing Santa Fe Sol on Monday!)
Old Black Joe by Jerry Lee Lewis

San Francisco Fan by Joe Jackson
Beyond the Sea by Royal Crown Revue
Rockin' at the Dog House by The Love Dogs
Savage Night by The Blue Hawaiians
This Cat's on a Hot Tin Roof by The Brian Setzer Orchestra
No Mercy for Swine by The Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Slim and Sally by Alien Fashion Show
Reefer Man by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Stevie's Spanking by Frank Zappa
Cycle Annie by Gregg Turner
What's the Matter Now by The Oblivians
Til the Following Night by Screaming Lord Sutch
The Gravedigger's Blues by Mark Lannegan
Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Get in the Holiday Spirit with the Big Enchilada Spooktacular


Boo! It's that most wonderful time of the year. Join me in the joyous spirit of this holiday.

Here's the playlist:
(Background Music: The Spook by The Tomkos)
Satan's Bride by Gregg Turner
Blood Train by The Bloody Jug Band
Rattlin' Bones by Fire Bad! *
Love is a Dog From Hell by Help Me Devil
Haunted Heart by Micragirls
Devil's Run by Angry Johnny & The Killbillies

(Background Music: Ghost Train by Agent Twang *)
Night of The Queerwolf by The Spook Lights
Barbara by THEM!
Ichibod by Legendary Shack Shakers
Busy Ghost by Zentralheizung of Death
The Devil's Tale by Jim Nazzstix & The Hard Rocknbillys

(Background Music: The Wild Ride of Ichabod Crane by The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies *)
Mojo Hannah by Tami Lynn
The Black Cat by The Tombstones
A Bloody Life by Rev. Tom Frost *
I Created a Monster by Glenn Barber
Voodoo Love Song by Northside Garage *

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Songs marked with a * indicates they are from the new compilation Garage Monsters: The Best of the GaragePunk Hideout Vol. 9.

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Check out my previous Halloween podcasts:
Big Enchilada Spooktacular 2011: CLICK HERE
Big Enchilada Spooktacular 2010: CLICK HERE
Big Enchilada Spooktacular 2009: CLICK HERE
Big Enchilada Spooktacular 2008:  CLICK HERE

Saturday, October 13, 2012

eMusic October

Play Nine Songs with Mr. Quintron by The Oblivians. Here's a band that's on the verge of a comeback. These garage-punk icons from Memphis broke up back in 1997. Though they've regrouped since then -- they toured with The Gories a few years back -- the trio hasn't had an album of new material since the old days. Until later this year. They've recorded a new one on In the Red Records, allegedly titled "Desperation" and reportedly ready to pounce before the end of the year.

Mr. Quintron was the Oblivian's last studio album before they broke up. It's an unusual effort in that they actually do play with Mr. Quintron, an German-born organist/one-man band based in New Orleans. his own music is an upbeat swampy mix of techno and R&B. The session with The Oblivians brought ought the blues, R&B, soul and gospel influence of both acts.

Best tunes here are gospel-fired tunes like "Ride That Train" and "What's the Matter Now" (featuring Greg Oblivian shouting "The Holy Ghost is in me!"). But I also like the slow, spookhouse/lounge sound on "Final Stretch."

* 8-Eyed Spy by Lydia Lunch. No-Wave boho rocker/poet/noise demon Lydia Lunch made Joan Jet look like Joannie Cunningham. 8-Eyed Spy was her band after she left Teenage Jesus & The Jerks. Though they didn't last very long (they broke up after their drummer George Scott died) Lunch and 8 Eyed Spy combined the no-future detachment of  No Wave with a rootsy funk sensibility.

The album contains several covers. There's a version of "Diddy Wah Diddey" which is closer to Captain Beefheart's cover than the Bo Diddley original. There's a live version of The Strangeloves'  "I Want Candy" but the tape is so lo-fi it makes you wish for a studio version.

Even before The Gun Club covered Creedence Clearwater Revival's swampy nightmare "Run Through the Jungle," Lydia ran through that jungle with the devil on the loose. I haven't decided which did the scariest version.

I mentioned Nancy Sinatra's "Lightning's Girl" in last month's eMusic report. That song always reminded me of  "My Boyfriend's Back" by The Angels -- though Nancy's Lightning seemed more dangerous than The Angels' boyfriend. The boyfriend might beat you up. Lightning would skin you alive. Lunch's Lightning might just saute your brian too.

Most of the originals are wothwhile too. "Motor Oil Shanty" goes deep into the swamp, while "Looking for Someone," with Pat Irwin's greasy sax" sounds like a punk take on crime jazz. And is that a subtle disco influence I hear on "Lazy in Love" ?

Trubble Trubble and Bloody Mary by King Salami. The old fashioned 45 seems to be the preferred medium of this British soul/punk/funk/garage band out of England. Except for one album on the German Soundflat Records a couple of years ago (14 Blazin' Bangers -- I reviewed it HERE -- scroll down), most  music of his available seem to be two-song sets like these. (Mojo Workout has a generous four songs).

The four songs on these recent downloads show that Salami and crew continuing their basic good-time soul shakedown. Salami has long been an admirer of Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, so it's fitting that he tackles "Bloody Mary," (written by original Savage bassist Phil Lenker) with such abandon.

The rest of the songs also are energetic, frantic ass-shakers for which King Salami should be much better known.

Unsound  by Mission of Burma This will be the third or fourth time I've publicly raved about the fact that this Boston "post-punk" (is that what they called it) band after taking a near two-decade breakcame back from the dead and not only made a great comeback album (ONoffON, 2004) but continued to make great records ever since -- arguably just as powerful as their early '80swork.

They came back. And they stayed.

Sound familiar? Perhaps you read this only yesterday in Terrell's Tuneup. Read my full review HERE.

Friday, October 12, 2012


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 OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos

If My Harley Was Running by Waylon Jennings
Cowboy Boots by The Backsliders
See Willie Fly By by The Waco Brothers
Truck Drivin' Man by The Twang Bangers
Smokin' Dope and Snortin' Coke by Todd Andrews
Christine's Tune by The Flying Burrito Brothers
Qualudes Again by Bobby Bare
Thrown Out of the Bar by Hank 3
Lillybelle by The Calamity Cubes

I Wish You Would Kiss Me by James Hand
Honky Tonkin' by Merle Haggard
Diggin' in the Dirt by Tom Irwin
Mother Blues by Ray Wylie Hubbard
Another Round by Ol' Red Shed
Oak Tree Hangin' by Gary Gorence
Brand New Cadillac by Wayne Hancock

I've Done Everything I Could Do Wrong by Reckless Kelly
Family Tradition by Cracker
Between  the Ditches by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
It'll Be Me by Janis Martin
Boy Named Lucy by The Bloody Jug Band
Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man by Johnny Cash & June Carter
Reprimand by Santa Fe All Stars
Okie Boogie by Jack Guthrie & His Oklahomans

Julia Belle Swain by John Hartford
No Man's Mama by The Carolina Chocolate Drops
You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma by David Frizzel & Shelly West
Take Me Back by The World Famous Headliners
Sweet William by Holy Modal Rounders
When the Last Curtain Falls by George Jones
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

TERRELL'S TUNEUP: Second Acts in America

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
Oct. 12, 2012

“The separation didn’t work out.” That’s what John Lennon said when he got back with Yoko Ono following the couple’s widely publicized mid-’70s split. It could also apply to a couple of bands that have recently released new material.

I’m talking about Mission of Burma and Dinosaur Jr. Both groups broke up years ago and got back together after prolonged absences — not as desperate casino-touring nostalgia acts but as vital creative forces that picked up where they left off and resumed making the same kind of sounds for which we loved them in the first place.

The bands are several years and several albums into their respective comebacks, and neither has worn out its welcome-back.

Here’s a look at the groups’ latest albums:

* Unsound by Mission of Burma. Mission broke up in the early ’80s because singer/guitarist Roger Miller (no, not that Roger Miller) began suffering ear damage from playing deafening rock ’n’ roll night after night.

But thanks to advances in noise-cancelling ear-plug technology, Mission came back. And it stayed.

This will be the third or fourth time I’ve publicly raved about the fact that this Boston “post-punk” (is that what they called it?) band came back from the dead and not only made a great album (ONoffON, 2004) but has continued to make great records ever since — The Obliterati in 2006 and The Sound, the Speed, the Light in 2009. Most of the material is arguably just as or almost as powerful as the group’s early-’80s work, and none of it sounds dated.

It’s probably beginning to sound patronizing by now, and I’m sure that the members of Mission probably are getting sick of hearing that line of praise from critics. But the praise is sincere. When a bunch of grizzled war dogs come out rocking this strong, reprobate rock geezers like me can’t help but feel somewhat vindicated.

It’s obvious from the bouncy, muscular opening song,“Dust Devil,” sung by bassist Clint Conley, that Unsound doesn’t stray far from the ferocious guitar-driven sound Mission of Burma has been known for since Reagan’s first term. But Miller and crew have added some jiffy touches here and there to keep the sound fresh.

 Bob Weston’s trumpet is a nice touch on “Add in Unison” and “What They Tell Me,” while the faux Beach Boy harmonies sound pretty cool on “7’s.” The android hip-hop arrangement of “This Is Hi-Fi” is pretty wild, but Peter Prescott’s crazed caveman drumming is what really carries the song.

Mission was one of the first rock bands to include a mad-scientist tape-loop mixer/manipulator in both the studio and on stage. Martin Swope was the original manipulator, and Weston took his place after the band reformed.

I’m not the first to note that Mission of Burma has released more albums since its reunion than it did during its original incarnation. I think that the musicians had as good a time making this album as their fans have listening to it.

* I Bet on Sky by Dinosaur Jr. There are lots of similarities between this band and Mission of Burma. Both hail from Massachusetts. Both released their first records in the 1980s. Both are guitar-centric groups that ride the feedback like rodeo stars — with Dinosaur Jr. being a proud devotee of Neil Young’s electric side.

But unlike Mission of Burma’s breakup, the split between Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis and Lou Barlow in the late ’80s was hardly amicable. Nobody had a hearing problem, Mascis and Barlow were just sick of hearing each other.

Mascis soldiered on fronting a new Dinosaur Jr. lineup (usually with longtime DJ drummer Murph as part of the lineup) and later, J. Mascis & The Fog. Meanwhile Barlow enjoyed some success with his band Sebadoh and, later, with the less notable Folk Implosion.

Mascis and Barlow came together again around 2005 to do a short tour when Merge Records rereleased some of their early material. They must have overcome those past differences, because a year later they did another tour and announced they’d be recording a new Dinosaur Jr. album. Beyond was the product of that reunion, and it is a fine record.

Dinosaur Jr. at Pitchfork Festival, Chicago 2008
The followup, Farm was just as amazing, if not better, and now we have I Bet on Sky, which is no letdown. The band is more melodic than it was back in its young days. But the intensity remains.

As has been the case since the band’s early days, Mascis is still the indisputable frontman. He wrote and sings most of the songs on Sky — his high-pitched whine still provides the emotional center for Dinosaur Jr., while his trademark stormy guitar solos dominate the proceedings. And yes, Uncle Neil is still a huge influence on Mascis.

Trying to listen to the guitar intro of “See It on Your Side” without thinking of Young is as hard as listening to the William Tell Overture without envisioning the Lone Ranger.

But, as always, Barlow contributes some wonderful moments here as well. His “Rude” is a country-influenced stomp, while the melody of “Recognition” is outright catchy.

One standout on this album is the rhythmic “I Know It Oh So Well,” on which Mascis sounds like a kid who just got his first wah-wah pedal for his birthday. Then there’s the opening song, “Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know,” in which the guitar sounds closer to Archie Bell & the Drells than anything Dinosaur Jr. has ever attempted before.

This album grows on you with each listen. I hope this dinosaur never goes extinct.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

R.I.P. Nick Curran

A couple of years ago, Russ Gordon, who produces all those great free shows in Los Alamos, told me that he was bringing in a performer to Los Alamos he knew I'd love  -- Nick Curran.

As frequently is the case, Russ was right. I listened to a couple of sound clips from Curran's then-current album Reform School Girl. It became my favorite album of the year.

I missed the Los Alamos show -- which I regret even more now. Curran died over the weekend  at the age of 35 following a lengthy struggle with cancer. His obit is HERE.

When I first hear Curran, I assumed he was older. His raw voice sounded like he had decades of hard living. But indeed, he packed a lot of life into his short time here, starting out as a teenager playing in rockabilly ace Ronnie Dawson's road band.

Here's my review of Reform School Girl. And below are a couple of videos to remember him by.

Sunday, October 07, 2012


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KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M. 
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 OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Shoot the Freak by LoveStruck
Teena Head by The Flamin' Groovies
Ice Cream Killer by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Money Ain't Got No Loyalty by Andre Williams
The Clown of the Town by Rev. Beat-Man
She's Goin' Crazy by The Fast Takers
Shakin' All Over by Lolita #18
Have Some Mercy by The Sonic Reverends
Ramblin' Rose by Wayne Kramer & The Pink Fairies

Barbara by THEM!
Preachin', Prayin', Guitar Playin' by The Tombstones
Are You Serious? by The King Khan Experience
I've Become Flaccid from Eating Bad Acid by Gregg Turner
Angel with Bat Wings by The Improbables
I Love My Car by Dennis Most
Voodoo Barbecue by Big John Bates
Crescent Moon by The Nevermores
It's a Hard Life by The A-Bones

That's What They Told Mr by Mission of Burma
Dum Dum Boys by Sugar
I Know It Oh So Well by Dinosaur Jr
Nebraska Alcohol Abuse by David Thomas & Two Pale Boys
Like Flies on Sherbet by Alex Chilton
Manny's Bones by Los Lobos
Rock 'n' Soul Music/Love by Country Joe & The Fish
She Said, She Said by The Black Keys
Washington Bullets by The Clash
Dance Like a Leper by Al's Equinox Party
Sunny by Johnny Rivers
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, October 05, 2012


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 OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
Your Favorite Fool by James Hand
Stupid Boy by The Gear Daddies
Up Against the Wall by Jerry Jeff Walker
200 Proof Lovin by Jason & The Scorchers
W.I.F.E.  by The Old 97s
Act Like a Married Man by Robbie Fulks
16 Chicks by J.P. McDermott & Western Bop
Frankie's Man Johnny by Johnny Cash
Trail Of The Lonesome Pine by Laurel & Hardy (See the video of this classic on the Santa Fe Opry Facebook Page)
Poor Little Critter on the Road by Trailer Bride

I Wish I Didn't Like Whiskey by Mike Cullison
Wham Bam Jam by Janis Martin
Jesus Never Lived on Mars by Eddie Spaghetti
Gambling Barroom Blues by Steve Forbert
Pistol Blues by Ray Cashman
10,000 Miles by Broomdust Caravan
Goin' Down Rockin' by Waylon Jennings
Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight by Whiskeytown with Alejandro Escovedo
Busy Body Boogie by The Carlisles

Over the Cliff by Jon Langford's Hillbilly Love Child
Hang You Head and Cry by Scott H. Biram
House Rent Jump by Peter Case
Chords of Fame by Phil Ochs
Cigarettes & Truckstops by Lindi Ortega
Rita's Breakdown by Mama Rosin
A Horse Called Music by Willie Nelson with Merle Haggard
Please Warm my Wiener by Bo Carter

Scarlet Town by Bob Dylan
Railroad Lady by Lefty Frizzell
Greenwood by Stevie Tombstone
Tombstone Blues by Tom O'Brien
Tumbling Tumbleweeds by Sally Timms
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Thursday, October 04, 2012

TERRELL'S TUNEUP: Shelter From the Tempest

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican 
Oct. 5, 2012

Every few years Bob Dylan comes out with a new album like a medicine-show huckster returning to fleece a sleepy town.

Maybe the snake oil he sold you the last few times didn’t really cure what was ailing you. Maybe the euphoric effects didn’t last very long. But the show is usually fun; the music is nearly always great. And the joy juice the sly old crook is peddling does have a weird kick — whatever it is.

And such is the case with Tempest, the latest Dylan album, released last month. Some critics immediately declared that it’s one of the old master’s best, ranking it up there with Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde, Blood on the Tracks, and Empire Burlesque. (Just checking if you’re paying attention there with that last one.)

I wouldn’t go that far, but I’m inclined to agree with one review that proclaimed Tempest to be Dylan’s best album since the turn of the century. Of course, there’s not much competition for that distinction. Not counting his 2009 Christmas album, it’s only his fourth record since the end of the ’90s.

For the past 10 or 15 years, Dylan’s voice has evolved into a wizened rasp, a world-weary hobo growl. But somehow he makes his ravaged vocal cords work in his favor. The gravel in his gut and the phlegm in his throat give his voice a fascinating aura.

Call it the croak of authority.

We don’t even hear Dylan’s voice for almost a minute into the album, but that’s OK. The guitar and steel-guitar instrumental intro to “Duquesne Whistle” can’t help but make a listener grin. It sounds like some strange old 78, evoking images of both Jimmie Rodgers and Laurel and Hardy before it settles into a railroad shuffle.

“Listen to that Dusquesne whistle blowin’, blowin’ like it’s gonna sweep my world away,” Dylan sings. The words — written by Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter — may sound foreboding. Later Dylan sings that the whistle is “blowin’ like the sky’s gonna blow apart.” But any apprehension is overshadowed by the joyfulness of the melody.

The next tune, “Soon After Midnight,” is a slow love song, one of the prettiest Dylan has done in a long time. The melody and the arrangement are reminiscent of sweet, melancholic instrumentals from about 50 years ago like Floyd Cramer’s “Last Date” and “Sleep Walk” by Santo & Johnny.

This leads into “Narrow Way,” a rocking blues like many of the better tunes on Dylan’s previous two albums, Together Through Life and Modern Times. In the song, Dylan warns, “I’m armed to the hilt, and I’m struggling hard/You won’t get out of here unscarred.”

He’s darn tootin’. This one contains an unusual historical lesson: “Ever since the British burned the White House down/There’s been a bleeding wound in the heart of town.” I can’t help but think this is a disguised reference to the 2001 attack on American soil and the effect it’s had on the American psyche during the past 11 years.

Speaking of bleeding wounds, the body count on Tempest is much higher than on your usual Dylan album.”Pay in Blood” is the title of one song. “I pay in blood, but not my own,” goes the refrain. In one verse he snarls, “I got something in my pocket make your eyeballs swim I got dogs could tear you limb from limb.” Yikes! And by the final verse he’s threatening, “Come here I’ll break your lousy head.”

The record is full of several epic story songs, lengthy tracks that deal with violence and/or death. “Roll On John” is a seven-minute ode to his friend John Lennon. He was murdered more than 30 years ago, but Dylan makes the pain of his death seem fresh. The title song is a near-14-minute sea chantey about the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. Dylan turns this oft-told tale into an apocalyptic metaphor set to an upbeat melody with echoes of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.”

The most impressive of these songs is “Tin Angel,” a violent minor-key dirge that probably has roots in a dozen or so folk and gunfighter ballads. I hear a lot of “Black Jack Davy” in it, though it also has elements of “Matty Groves.” It’s an age-old story of a cuckold, his unfaithful wife, and her lover. In this story there are no sympathetic characters, which probably is good. No one survives the final encounter.
My secrets are safe (Photo by Associated Press)

In a dirge called “Long and Wasted Years” — one in which the only tragic victim may be the soul of the singer — Dylan croaks, “I wear dark glasses to cover my eyes/There are secrets in them I can’t disguise.”

(Dylan fans might recall cool Bob raising some eyebrows this year by wearing his shades at the White House when accepting his Medal of Freedom from the president.)

 With Tempest, once again, he’s lifted those glasses a little and let a few more secrets out. Dylan’s never-ending medicine show rolls on.

Also recommended:

* Greenwood by Stevie Tombstone. No, I’m not declaring Tombstone “the new Dylan.” But I bet a lot of Dylan fans would appreciate his music.

In fact. you might argue he’s like a reverse Dylan. The sainted Bob started out as a folkie and then went electric. The Georgia-born Tombstone started out electric, with a powerful if unsung “swamp rockabilly” (as he calls it) band called The Tombstones, and then went acoustic.

I’ve heard several Tombstone solo albums, and this one’s my favorite. It may be his most personal as far as lyrics go, but he never sounds self indulgent. He grabs you from the very first line in the opening track, “Lucky”:

“I’m lucky that I’m still alive/Well, I thought I’d used nine, but I must have been high/Forgotten and shot at, delivered denied, I’m lucky that I’m still alive.”

The title song is not about the awful singer who wrote and recorded “God Bless the U.S.A.” It’s the story of a young Tombstone who in 1991 bought a tombstone for blues god Robert Johnson.

Accompanied by Johnson contemporary Johnny Shines, Tombstone went to the purported Johnson grave in Greenwood, Mississippi, to place the headstone. Apparently that evoked some criticism by some blues fans who blasted Tombstone for what the singer thought was an act of respect.

“I won’t go back to Greenwood, I’m not welcome there,” he sings.

While these are strong tunes, my favorite is the jaunty country song “I Wish I Was Back in Las Vegas.” Maybe it’s just because it’s the only song I know of that starts out talking about huevos rancheros.

Blog Bonus:

Here's Mr. Tombstone telling the story behind the title song.

Monday, October 01, 2012

I Am The Slime on the DVD

Here's something to look forward to: Frank Zappa & The Mothers' December 1973 performances at the Roxy Theater are coming to DVD. (Hat tip to David Barsanti for alerting his friends to this.)

According to the Gibson Guitars website:

Over the weekend, the Zappa Family Trust announced that they've quite thoroughly identified all parts and participles of the audio and video recordings of this famous run of shows, and will finally deliver a concert film in theatres, DVD and on Blu-Ray some time before December 2013.

In the meantime, in anticipation of the actual movie, the ZFT will release a prequel to the soundtrack. Or as Gail Zappa describes it, "75 minutes and 49 seconds of Roxy without the Elsewhere."

This features the George Duke/Ruth Underwood/Napoleon Murphy Brock/Fowler BRos. era Mothers -- one great band..

For Zappa fans, this is a long-anticipated development to say the least.

Below is a trailer/teaser released last week:

And below is 32 minutes of a '73 Roxy show. (Watch this quick. I have a feeling it could get taken down before the DVD comes out.)


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