Wednesday, June 13, 2007

No Catchy Titles This Month, Just Random Tunes and Notes...

Lightnin' Hopkins, available on various compilations, most music services

What men like Mozart were to Austria, performers like Hopkins are to the United States. The guy turns a single acoustic guitar into a veritable symphony of sound and hand movement.

While the guitar has been around for centuries, it was not the Old World that mastered it but the New. A large, mostly barren continent was tamed by its legendary musicians, many of whom younger generations tend to forget about, despite being able to download music in mere nanoseconds.

Performers like Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, The Carter Family, Ralph Stanley, Waylon Jennings, Fats Domino, Marty Robbins, Dizzy Gillespie, Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, Ellis Marsalis, Billie Holiday, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton...

It's all blues in the end, baby. All blues. And you either get it, or you don't. God have mercy on those who don't.

Black Flag, 7" Single, (Posh Boy, 1981)

This is one of the last studio recordings featuring early BF vocalist Dez Cadena, the precursor to that other guy, that angry bodybuilder dude with the tats...

You know, what's his name? The guy who does the spoken word albums? The dude from the Independent Film Channel who kinda dresses like me?

Mr. Rollins, please don't kill me. Your neck veins scare me.

Seriously, dude. I worshiped The Boxed Life in high school. Changed my life and helped make me the nonconformist, impractical bastard that I am today. And you alone may share my grief, the dreaded fountains - for - armpits curse, that is the bane of the tee-shirt wearin' thinker's existence.

Hank Williams, Jr.,
That's How They Do It Down in Dixie- The Essential Collection
(Curb, 2006)

When I got home from work this afternoon, I just had to play this song, a protest of sorts.

While running some work-related errands after lunch the other day, I heard a group of kids making fun of this older guy, a gentleman who wore his decades as a farmer on his face, for, well, just being an old guy who speaks slow and country.

I've had conversations with the guy before, a cool cat with lots of stories about his time in the Army, growing up in rural Kentucky, and his giving up on a college scholarship to be a farmer. When he was younger, the man was a fighter. He fought for his country, fought the banks, and fought the goddamn State of Indiana to keep funding for the public school his kids and grandkids attended.

He deserves his own song on the Playlist. And a lot more respect.

Jesse "The Devil" Hughes, avail. via Artist MySpace Page

Yup. This track, from that former Republican speechwriter and Eagles of Death Metal vocalist, is completely amazing, a New Wave-ish cover of a great Distillers song, probably one of the best Brody Dalle and Co. every recorded.

I first discovered this unreleased gem through a blog lurker, actually. Who knew there were so many Distillers fans out there?

LL Cool J, Mama Said Knock You Out (Def Jam, 1990)

You know, I'm just now starting to get well enough to resume my morning chin-up routine. Five sets of eight reps each.

NPR? I don't do that shit. Frankly, Morning Edition puts me to sleep - almost as pointless as commercial radio. I'd still listen occasionally, if Bob Edwards hadn't been booted to make the suits happy. His voice, at least, had rhythm and inflection, much like Mr. Cool J.

And who the hell wants to shadow box in a lonely apartment at five in the morning, listening to a newscast? Seriously.

And while I'm ranting... I miss Around The Way Girls. Maybe I'm just getting old, but Around The Country Club Girls just don't cut it.

Around The Way Girls are generally more independent, make ratty flannel boxers look sexy, and can just keep it real 24-7. Around The Country Club Girls are high maintenance, shallow, and just about as interesting and intelligent as a dead ferret.

Raekwon and Prince Po, The Vatican Mixtape, Vol. 1 (2006/2007)

Wow. There are still emcees in the Rap Game who know how to turn a simple loop and a catchy flow into dance floor perfection.

Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Blank Generation (Sire, 1977)

There's something ominous about this song turning 30 years old this year. It's hard to believe that the Sex Pistols' only true studio album turns the big 3-0 this year, too.

Raza De Odio, La Nueva Alarma (Scarlet, 2004)

I'm not afraid to admit that I still dig Heavy Metal. And there are only two places on earth that still seem to appreciate the musical genre - Europe and, of course, Central America.

The Razas, based in Italy, are known for their blend of that old-school crunch, with just enough flamenco-influenced leads to make things interesting. And this song, originally by New York thrash pioneers S.O.D., proves that the world can be united through the art of headbanging.

The Dicks, 1980-1986 (Comp., Alternative Tentacles, 1997)

When I was still big into actually living like a Punker (Christ, even the memories stink of cheap beer and ratty jeans worn for weeks straight), this song was one of my favorites by one of the Greatest Punk Bands in the history of the Great State of Texas. The AT compilation covers their best stuff.

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cooper said...

Texas had a "Punk Band"?



The ZenFo Pro said...

Yup. Who knew, huh?

I mean, it seems like such an obvious place for a band with a gay Communist lead vocalist, right?


xboxgirl said...

I'm familiar with all but 3 on this list.

If I randomly picked out a bunch of songs I liked it would be all over the map, as in you'd see [hear] music {of almost every different type} from 40's to now.

Jess said...


Wow and you told me to quit looking for hidden messages in posts.

So...jesse hughes has a pornstache. i've heard interesting things about shit growing on your face these days man. (SHAVE IT NOW MISTER!!!!) and the rollins thing has to have some hidden message, cuz i know i've SEEN you when you rant and dude at times you look like rollins.

okay too much caffeine. going to bed now. btw, yes i still sleep naked and have no curtains at the house. the neighbors don't complain either. i'm still just an exhibitionist. and a whore. and i like my life mr. cuntface


coyotemike said...

Blues music is a wonderful thing.

The ZenFo Pro said...

Hmmm...only three??? Damn girl! That's actually really impressive!


Lol, there are very few women able to drive me to drink with a blog comment.:)

Everyone and their mother seems to be commenting on my regrowth of facial hair. Lol, it's not like I'm 17 - seriously, I used to sport a beard and a goat. Why is it that no woman believes me????

And ha! I've been sleeping naked, too, and I don't have curtains, either. But, lol, I think most people'd rather see you naked than me :)

Mr. Cuntface???


Dude, it sure the fuck is.

EsotericWombat said...

Oh damn. I love that song. Gotta love acoustic blues. It reminds me of what I read about the first time Brian Jones introduced Keith Richards to Robert Johnson tunes. Richards was asking who the other guitarist was.

Cat. said...

....okay then...

Been gone, computer-less, all week, just returned, and I only know three artists (and one song) on your playlist, but I know--and love--virtually every guitar player in your list.

I'm old. And I don't sleep naked AND I have curtains...because the neighbors would call the police otherwise. In a bad way. However, even I get "Mr. Cuntface." ;-)

You=Henry Rollins....Hee hee hee. And I happen to like facial hair done well. It is done well, right?

amy said...

fuck it dude. you're no fun anymore. 5 texts an noting. drinkin by mysel f sucks and you sucj.

i was at skippers drinkin with the dz whores. and you were workin this afternoon.

i'm going out now bastard. call u later

The ZenFo Pro said...

Nothing like Lightnin' Hopkins for a hot summer. Those guys were gods amongst musicians.

Lol, you're only as old as you feel, hon :)

Hell, give it a shot. Turn off the ol' AC, fling open the windows, and just go in the buff. It's good for you :)

Lol.Well, we talked since you commented. Sorry - just not a Skippers guy, esp. on Reunion Weekend.

Hope ya got home okay, kiddo :)