Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
Jan 28th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – “Empire State of Mind” Jay-Z | Alicia Keys [OFFICIAL VIDEO].

Man, I’m getting old.  This song is like one of the biggest ever and I just heard it for the first time a week ago!  Sometimes I think I live in a vacuum.

Dinosaur Jr – Muck
Jan 27th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Dinosaur.Jr – Muck (1991).

This has always been my favorite Dinosaur Jr song.   The three rhythm instruments sound great together, and the J Mascis guitar soloing doesn’t get too out of hand.  I need to buy this album again, it has been lost over the years.

They are expecting snow this weekend in Durham, and I hope we actually get it.  If so, I will try to update this site (I’m making a few text edits to some of the pages now) instead of falling asleep early like I did last night after watching Brick City, which was a great series.

Frank Black – Old Black Dawning
Jan 26th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Old Black Dawning – Frank Black.

The audio quality isn’t great on this video, but it’s the only one I could find for this song.

Tonight I will finally have some time to update some of the pages that have old or erroneous info on them on this site, and maybe upload a few more photos and mp3’s as I continue to listen to the cassette tapes.

I check the “stats” on this site from time to time, and there have been a ton of people listening to Mulligan Stump and G Faithful songs, and not the ones I would think people would listen to, either.  It makes me wonder if some weird spam site has linked those particular songs.  A lot of people get directed to this site from strange Russian and Japanese mp3 download sites (I’m sure they are confused when they actually arrive at this page), and I also get lots of spam comments each day that I delete.  It’s to the point where I think I may just shut off comments altogether as it’s not worth weeding through the spam to find the occasional real comment, but for now I’ll deal with it.  Or I guess I could buy anti-spam software, but I’m cheap.

Kinski – The Wives of Artie Shaw
Jan 25th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Kinski “The Wives of Artie Shaw”.

This is a great instrumental band from Seattle that I saw a few times when I lived there, featuring the phenomenal drumming of my acquaintance Barrett Wilke.

Gavin Rhodes sent me this article last week.  It’s The Cure’s Roger O’Donnell reminiscing about the making of Disintegration, and it was a fascinating read.

Also, my friend Thomas Tomlinson sent me the drawing below of Creepy G today.
Creepy G was the character in an improvised G Faithful song, and I have added the full size image to that band’s page as well.  Thomas is an amazing artist and I thank him for spending time recreating this character as the original sketches of Creepy G have been lost over the years.

Creepy G drawing by Thomas Tomlinson

He's a cockroach baby, can't you see?

The Specials – Do The Dog
Jan 22nd, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – The Specials – Do The Dog – Edinburgh Corn Exchange 12.11.2009.

From Chris:

I saw the coachella band listing for 2010 and noticed the Specials are playing. They got back together in 2009 with the entire original line-up of the band including lead singer, Terry Hall, but without the original keyboard player, Jerry Dammers. I got a chance to open for the Specials twice back in Albuquerque, but it was a formation that didnt include all original members (Terry Hall was not part of it). Having Terry Hall sing captures the Specials as they were in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Their sold out tour of the UK has received rave reviews. This is the first song in their live set, Do The Dog, and includes an opening ska track, Double Barrel, by Ansel Collins.
Opening for the Specials was the highlight of my drum-playing career (thus far!), and they were a very nice bunch of guys. Roddy Radiation, lead guitar, even gave me his glass of whiskey that he ordered but couldnt drink because he had to get on the tour bus!
Ride- Vapour Trail
Jan 21st, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Ride- Vapour Trail.

I have been searching for this song on YouTube forever, and finally somebody posted it.  I guess I should have done it myself rather than waiting around for somebody else to do it.  This song reminds me of Albuquerque.

Greg Golden and I traveled to Oxford after a summer in Spain when we were 19 (Chris Chavez was with us in Spain as well, where us three came up with the concept of being in a band called Mini Cañas, something we are just now starting to finally work on).  While there, we attended an afternoon reggae concert and met the drummer and bassist of Ride (and got their autographs, which I’m sure was annoying to them).  The whole point of us going to Oxford was to try to meet Ride, so mission accomplished, I guess.  We also saw Swervedriver play in London,  and went to Rough Trade’s record store.  For a 19 year old boy, it was a totally awesome time.

If I ever go to London again, I’ll spend less time hunting down britpop shoegazers and more time hunting down great pubs and restaurants.  I don’t think I ate anything the week I was there.

Cornelius – Mic Check
Jan 20th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Cornelius – Mic Check.

This is another song I haven’t listened to since I lived in San Francisco – I almost forgot about Cornelius’ album Fantasma, but I’m glad I remembered it.

I started to go through Nick’s cassette tapes last night, but so far I have most of what he gave me up on the site already.  There are quite a few tapes to go through still.

The Beta Band – Dry The Rain
Jan 19th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – The Beta Band – Dry The Rain.

This song will always remind me of Seattle.  The first time I went there, Greg Golden picked me up at the airport wearing full long-underwear grunge-gear (as a jokingly throw-back Seattle grunge-style slacker) and I didn’t even recognize him.  We listened to this song the next day on the drive from Seattle to Tacoma so we could attend a monster truck rally.  It was not the introduction to Seattle I was expecting, but it was far better.

YouTube – Love TKO
Jan 15th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – Love tko teddy pendergrass.

From Chris:

Teddy Pendergrass died on Wednesday.
This is my favorite T.P. track.  I love the bassline.
M.I.A. – Paper Planes
Jan 14th, 2010 by lo-budge

YouTube – M.I.A. – Paper Planes.

I have been listening to this song enough in the past few months to warrant posting it up on here.  I think the sample of “Straight to Hell” by The Clash is done very well.

I forgot to mention that Nick gave me a stack of old tapes while I was in Albuquerque, so I will be adding more Osuna, Mulligan Stump, and Entropy songs in the next few weeks as I get to listening to them.

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