As if being humiliated in an interview as sell-outs on video by Extreme Elvis wasn't enough, this prank phone call (MP3) to Gabe from costumed hardcore mutants the Locust comes courtesy of a Buddyhead compilation CD (the same disc with the Iggy Pop song where he inexplicably focuses on beating up Moby). Slipknot's "manager" offers a more-than-willing Gabe an opening slot on his client's upcoming South American stadium tour, prattling on about "mask rock" taking over.
Taken from the Mad Deadly Worldwide Communist Gangster Computer God label comp Industry Wannabes and Radio Anomalies a few years back (but heard for many many years on WFMU and elsewhere), there is little in the way of words to describe the J & H Productions guy. Except that many of you who work in the "recording industry" are familiar with messages "pertaining to" this kind of biz (MP3).
Jobriath was Elektra's big attempt to replicate Ziggy Stardust, and was a financial disaster for everyone involved. Relegated to being a footnote in rock history, only recently has attention turned to this strange and charismatic artist who fell between the cracks; Morrissey even produced a retrospective compilation for Sanctuary in the UK last year. Here's a rare live excerpt of Jobraith in front of an audience of mostly industry cronies toasting their hopeful Future of Rock, his song "Good Time" live at the Bottom Line in NYC, 1974 (MP3).
We've been enjoying a whole lot of recent South African female vocalists lately in the library, in particular Dorothy Masuka, with a great disc called Hamba Notsokolo donated by our own Doug Schulkind. Here's an MP3 of the track "My Parents", taken from another appearance of Masuka on a 1950's collection on the BB label of Hot Jazz and Dance from South Africa.
Another soul-stirring voice from another land is Gurmeet Bawa, a Punjabi vocalist with total power, emotion, and as you can here on this MP3 of "Bolia" from her 1988 album Love and Life in the Punjab, one hell of an ability to hold a note. I often think of Bawa everytime American Idol is on, wondering what it would be like to watch Simon, Randy and Paula dive under the table and render the whole contest nil, but perhaps she is somewhat of the Indian equivalent to Kelly Clarkson after all? Or so you might ascertain by reading this recent quote from a review of one of her homeland concerts: Rajni and Sandeep, third year engineering students said, “She is too good. She expressed deep feelings. Her songs were as soulful as those of Celine Dion in Titanic. She has bound us to our culture.”
Chubby Checker may have told us to do the Twist, but while we were doing that, he went to Holland, smoked a lot of pot, and recorded a single called "Stoned In the Bathroom". The flip, "My Mind" (MP3) is found on the new Toytown compilation of obscuro psych, called Nightmares At Toby's Shop, findable via Forced Exposure.
The Japanese artist known as Yann Tomita records under a lot of different names, including Pardon Kimura. Here's a track by Yann, aka Pardon, called La Strada, (MP3) not to be confused with the Fellini movie of the same name.
Another artist who makes up recording pseudonyms faster than we can keep track of them is Lassigue Bendthaus, aka LB, aka Senor Coconut, aka 386 DX. As 386 DX, he records cover versions of western and russian pop songs. Fans of Ken's new automated co-host Julio may enjoy this version of Erik Clapton's Layla.
On a recent show, our own Mike Lupica did a nice collage of Glenn Miller's In The Mood along with a hilarious segment from an unidentified Joe Frank episode. So overwhelmed was Mike with inquiries over this fine radio moment that he has excerpted it in MP3 form for your downloading pleasure: In The Mood For A Prayer (MP3).
Finally, in our new download offerings for the month of July, here is Go Home Productions' mashup of the Velvet Underground and Christna Agui!era: Girl Just Want to Say Goodbye to Rock and Roll (MP3). It's not new, but it sure is great.
Here's a digest of all MP3s featured on Beware of the Blog in the past month:
- MP3s of early
recordings available on Turtle’s 78 rpm Jukebox; posted by Station Manager Ken
- Read about Prophet Yahweh’s plot to summon spaceships down upon the earth, and grab an MP3 of an interview with this forward-thinker; courtesy of the Professor
- German comedian Helge
Schneider covers a handful of popular tunes, backed up by the Firefuckers; thanks to Foreign Listener C
- Fatty Jubbo edited a supreme mix of failed dating attempts from the Girl Talk Date Line board game from the 80’s
- Artist Chuck Jones provides audio edits from the TV Show "Loveline,” MP3s available on this post, courtesy of Kenny G
- A gazillion versions of Iggy and the Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” unleashed on this post, thanks to Mike Lupica
- MP3s of wild and unconventional vocal stylings "ranging from Ethiopian herdsmen serenading their cow's udders to avant garde types with microphones lodged in their esophaguses;" from Donna’s 2001 Marathon premium
- "Stairway to Heaven" on a glass harmonica, MP3 submitted by listener Max on this post