After a month long sojourn in rural New Jersey (holla, Freehold!), I'm back to the old blogamawhosits world, and frankly I'm feeling a little left behind. That internet moves fast, I tell ya, and you have to be on top of the latest meme or you'll seem, you know, UNcool. So I spent the whole day today catching up on blogs, news, sudden underground phenomenons, and sarcastic nasty commentaries - and finally I discovered what I've really been missing. THIS:
Speaking of minds renewed, how about that Sarah Palin, huh? I am really into her education platform, especially because it means that high school history lessons may be replaced by a tape of Hilton Sutton's "The U.S.A. In Prophecy". I think his reconstruction of the Great Depression alone may teach us about the root our current financial crisis.
Listen to: "I Will Destroy Them Economically", "World War 2", "Intellectualism"
If you subscribe to Sutton's revised history lesson, the most evil thing about the 70s wasn't Richard Nixon, but a young composer named Tom Wilson Weinberg. His album Gay Name Game was a direct product of the way-gay hey-day of the late 70s. His off-Broadway plays were a hit in Village, and he also wrote a little ditty called "Lesbian Seagull", which became legendary many years later as a meaningful moment for Beavis and Butthead (and Engelbert Humperdink). His second album, All-American Boy, is full of gay anthems - and an incredibly literal title track. If you like Tom's stylings, you can buy your own copy of the original vinyl recordings directly from the man himself. At only $5, how can you go wrong? (via Waxidermy)
Work out to: "All American Boy"
If you really grooved to Hazy Osterwald Jet Set doing "Swinging London" on volume two of The In-Kraut compilations, then here's a real treat - a double album of his hits. While the trumpet sounds and composition of some songs will remind you of Mr. Acker Bilk, just stay tuned, as this album really does deliver a pounding dose of variety.
Listen to: "Tai-Weh", "New Mexico", "The Power of the Lord"
and possibly a lost Mel Brooks title: "Putz Den Schmutz Von Der Welt"
Follow the jump for some more lovely mp3 oddities from the past month or so.
Every once in a while, Our Lady of Perpetual Obsolescence Vinyl Rescue Mission and Orphanage pulls out some random awesomeness and sets it right in our laps. And this month, lo they did bring us Carol Nelson's homemade album My Happiness. Crazy Carol (her stage name) hammers out some great cover songs, but nothing beats that signature tune.
Shine on with: "My Happiness", "I Will Survive"
Halloween approaches, and that means it's time to whip out some horror dub. My favorite for years has been King Horror (thanks for the reminder, Boot Sale Sounds).
Scream along with: "Loch Ness Monster"
Or how about a chilling song from The Vampires. Oh, wait, this Chinese all girl band isn't scary at all...but they have "won many fans among the young" (via mod-ified music).
Shiver to: "Han You Qu (Chilling Rain Song)"
As always, Crud Crud digs into the vault and delivers a 45 of merit. Which means that Georgia Gibb's saucy 50s number is about to be played at many a nouveau burlesque night.
Sizzle to: "Kiss of Fire"
You know, even though they are damn hummable, I really hate those Wagnerian John Williams scores. Can you imagine how much cooler Close Encounters would be if, for instance, the music were played on a space aged Moog. Yeah, it would be so much cooler.
Bleep out to: "Space Symphony"
Hey, looking for some un-PC Chinese songs from the heart of Americana? Music For Maniacs has a nice selection. But the best of them all is the bizarre George Van Dusen.
Scratch your head to: "The Yodeling Chinaman"
Finally, if you're feeling randy and want to point your peepers at nearly 1500 Nude Album Covers, they are right here.