In 1980 I was a teenager living in the west end of Toronto. Bands like Styx, Fleetwood Mac and Boston were getting hi rotation on FM stations. (Ironically they still freakin do)...ten years of bell bottoms, hippies, and disco ...then out of nowhere, came this thing called punk. I was more into the British punk bands like The Clash, Pistols, Sham 69 and good ol' Iggy....but the scene flipped the table. In came the fashion too. Like ankle pants, runners, leather jackets, black eyeliner, ripped t-shirts and bad haircuts...this was real change...you could feel it. The older crowd would actually laugh and stare at the young freaks walking the streets. These days anything goes. But even deeper underground, if you so dared, was a powerful music scene called HARDCORE. I only slightly touched this scene. It was too heavy even for me. Lots of fighting, unemployment, drugs, and hardcore living in warehouses with no heat. Not my thing. But there were a few bands coming to the surface that I liked, for a snotty young punk in west Toronto. A real music vibe happening in places like Washington DC, NYC and L.A...bands like Bad Brains, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys and Vancouver's D.O.A.
Canada's D.O.A helped to popularize the term HARDCORE with their 1981 album called HARDCORE 81...
I remember owning a record from D.O.A "Live". It has a picture of Margaret Trudeau on the cover. Rumour has it, that she is signing an autograph in New York City's - Studio 54 ....without any underwear on!!!!!
IMO...these are the three first bands of Hardcore that paved the way for Grunge, Thrash, and all the other sub gengres of music that would follow. Without these bands (and the Kilmister)...we would probably be still listening to Disco and Fleetwood Mac.
DOA HARDCORE 81
BLACK FLAG - NERVOUS BREAKDOWN - 78
Posted by wino at Wednesday, February 23, 2011
It's the long weekend. It's pay day and It's friday!...and we are getting a blast of warm air here in Toronto...plus 10C in February is like Cuba weather for us Canadians. A nice thaw. It don't get much better...so while I was opening up my BBQ, I found an old cassette sitting there. Thin Lizzy's Renegade!...why was a Thin Lizzy cassette sitting inside the BBQ? I have no fuckin idea! But I love this album. It's one of those records that you know is not there best, but it just grows on you. Plus the fact that Gary Moore is NOT on this recording is another bonus. (I can't stand that cliche guitar player) ...may you rest in peace Gary, but I really diggy Snow White instead. With a moniker like Snowy White, you get bonus points in the "cool" book. For those of you, who don't know who Snowy White is, he's the guitar player for Roger Waters. After leaving Thin Lizzy he went on tour with the Floyd during THE WALL tour...not bad...anyways...check out this under the radar Lynott session.
Like I said...It's not there best...but it does have minimoog on the session...if that's not a great reason to fire up the BBQ, then I don't know what is!
Recorded in London & Bahamas, 1981
Renegade was the eleventh studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1981 Though not his first appearance, this was the first album in which keyboard player Darren Wharton was credited as a permanent member, becoming the fifth member of the line-up. As such, he made a contribution as a song-writer on the opening track "Angel of Death". However, even though he had officially joined the band, his picture was omitted from the album sleeve.
* Phil Lynott - bass guitar, vocals
* Scott Gorham - guitars, backing vocals
* Snowy White - guitars, backing vocals
* Darren Wharton - keyboards, organ, Minimoog, backing vocals
* Brian Downey - drums, percussion
The Univox Super-Fuzz is a fuzzbox produced by the Univox company, primarily for use with the electric guitar or bass. Super-Fuzz pedals have become highly sought after, and have developed a fanatical following, exalted by many as the "Holy Grail" of fuzz pedals.
The circuit was designed in the late 1960s by the Japanese company Shin-ei, (who also produced another well known fuzz box, the Shin-ei Companion FY-2) and manufactured in Japan by Unicord. The first Super-Fuzzes were made in 1968, and production continued until the late 70s.
The first units were made in a simple stamped sheet metal box, painted grey, with a blue Univox sticker on the top. Around 1970 production was changed to a die-cast metal box, with a large pedal featuring a rubber cover that had the words "Super-Fuzz" embossed on it. The first die cast units were either grey or black, with a green or black foot pedal. Around 1973 or so, they were all produced with an orange pedal, with a green or blue foot pedal. The later models also featured an internal trim pot for controlling the octave balance.
Although the Univox is the most well known incarnation of this circuit, Shin Ei licensed this circuit out to dozens of manufacturers, including Ibanez, Apollo, Companion, Shaftsbury, Mica, JAX, Kent, Teisco, Marlboro, Royal, and many others. Sometimes it was packaged with a wah pedal, or with the tone switch being a footswitch, or both. This circuit is also very similar to the famous Fender "Blender", and Roland "Bee Baa". More recent applications of this circuit type can be found in Guyatone's TZ-2 Fuzz, MJM China Fuzz, Black Candy Superfuzz Deluxe, Prescription Electronics' Outbox, Boss's Hyper Fuzz, and others, although most agree the newer versions do not sound quite the same.
This unique fuzz tone is an octave fuzz using two germanium diodes to produce the square wave clipping. The controls are 'Balance' (volume), 'Expander' (fuzz amount), a two position 'tone' switch, and an on/off footswitch on top. There are two unique features of this device that set it apart from other distortion and fuzz pedals. The first is that the full-wave rectification of the circuit produces an upper octave as well as a slight lower octave. This also gives the sound a lot of compression and gives a mild ring modulator effect. The second unique feature is a tone switch that engages a 1khz filter that "scoops" the mids, giving a very fat, almost bassy tone, unique to this circuit.
Today, the Superfuzz is being manufactured under the name "Classic Fuzz" by Wattson Classic Electronics, which is in no way associated with Univox, Unicord, or any of the original companies that manufactured the Superfuzz. Other versions of the Super-Fuzz circuit are avaiilable from boutique companies like 73 Effects and Black Cat Pedals.
Notable musicians who have used the Super-Fuzz include:
* Pete Townshend of The Who
* Poison Ivy of The Cramps
* Mark Arm and Steve Turner of Mudhoney
* J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr.
* Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins (Although he was much more famous for using the Fender Blender and the Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi.)
* Fu Manchu
* Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys
* Jon Niederbrach of The Untold Fables
* Hillel Slovak of The Red Hot Chili Peppers
* Joe Preston of Thrones
* Johnny Gash of MAMMOTH MAMMOTH
* Creston Spiers of Harvey Milk
* Tony McPhee of The Groundhogs
* Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (Although he mainly used the BOSS DS-1 and DS-2.)
* Josh Homme of Them Crooked Vultures, Queens of the Stoneage, Kyuss
* Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie
* Joe Denardo of Growing
* Gary Louris of The Jayhawks
Posted by wino at Wednesday, February 16, 2011
In the next while, I'm goning to cut some music to a podcast. You can either play from your computer or stream to your iphone or just download. Knock your self out. Me...i like to stream to the Iphone while kickin around the big city streets. The are songs that are getting hi rotation in the flying saucer. Music to shine your shoes too, while we spin around the sun. Please don't ask me for the play list. I don't have it. Maybe if your so inclined, u can post it to comments if you've figured it out.
The podcast's can also be found on the right side of the page.
Posted by wino at Tuesday, February 15, 2011
February, 1979: Punk icon, suspected murderer and heroin addict Sid Vicious has just been released from Rikers prison in New York City. After a night of celebrating his freedom with friends and family, he wakes suddenly. Hell-bent on self-destruction, Sid ingests a massive amount of heroin into his recently drug free body. Sid is discovered dead the next morning. Join us as we delve into his past to uncover the series of events that led to Sid's death and reveal for the first time a shocking revelation that sheds new light on his last day.
So a good friend calls me up. Says " Wino I have a free ticket to Rick Derringer and The Edgar Winter Group, ya wanna go?"...at first I'm thinking. This is going to be a haphazard concert in an effort to shake out the few dollars I have in my pocket these days. The garden-variety classic rocker in his post 50 years, playing the one or two hits they had 30 years ago. But I said yes. FREE is one of my favorite words. So I pulled some cash out from the ATM for beer money headed straight from work, to the local pub for my end of the week, Friday pint - o Guinness and waited for my buddy. ...I have three words...EDGAR FREAKIN ROCKS!!!!...his guitar player is powerfully practiced. Slash meets Townsend meets Zack Wilde!!! Great night.
...thanks for the ticket man. A man who owns two of the most musically qualified ears, north of the USA....Tedder!
UP NEXT....MOTORHEAD WITH CLUTCH
Drive-By Truckers are an alternative country/Southern rock band based in Athens, Georgia and they are playing Ontario Canada this summer at the saugeen summer nights fest
Three out of six members (Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, and Shonna Tucker) are originally from The Shoals region of Northern Alabama, and the band more strongly identify as Alabamians. Their music uses three guitars as well as bass, drums, and now keyboards. Like many alternative country acts, the Drive-By Truckers record in analog (using 2 inch tape). However, unlike the majority of their contemporaries, the Drive-By Truckers have consistently pushed their labels to also release the band's records in a vinyl format.
The Big To-Do is the eighth studio album (tenth total) by the alternative country band Drive-By Truckers, released on March 16, 2010. It is their first album released on ATO Records, which they signed to after completing their four album deal with New West Records. The Big To-Do marks the seventh Drive-By Truckers album produced by David Barbe. The addition of keyboardist Jay Gonzalez to the band's line-up (though he played on the band's second live album) further differentiates this album from its predecessors, and showcases the influence Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (specifically Benmont Tench) have had on the band.
The Big To-Do was recorded over three blocks of sessions in 2009 (ten days in January, five days in March, and ten days in May) resulting in 25 songs. The band decided to split these tracks between The Big To-Do and its follow up Go-Go Boot's. The album had been mixed, mastered, and completely done before Cooley wrote "Birthday Boy," which was quickly recorded, mixed, and inserted into The Big To-Do.
Bandmember Patterson Hood said that The Big To-Do is "very much a rock album. Very melodic and more rocking than anything since disc 2 of Southern Rock Opera." Hood also states in the album's liner notes that The Big To-Do was not written or recorded with a specific concept in mind (unlike many of the band's earlier albums). The recurring images of the circus, Hood explains, are analogous to "rock shows." While most of the Drive-By Trucker's albums have chronicled the Southern past, The Big To-Do is written entirely about the present. Hood and Cooley's respective songs "This Fucking Job" and "Get Downtown," describe from different points of view the current floundering economy (and are argued by Grant Alden to be the bands most political songs since "The Living Bubba").
Guitarist Mike Cooley commented on the development of the album, explaining that because he didn't have many songs to contribute when the band started working on the album he decided to focus on "being a player on everybody else's songs while still trying to come up with my own thing." Cooley's hook of a riff in "That Wig He Made Her Wear," exemplifies this statement. He continued by saying that for him, the turning points in creating the album were working on the songs "You Got Another" and "The Flying Wallendas.
Posted by wino at Thursday, February 10, 2011
North Mississippi Allstars is a Southern rock/blues jam band from Hernando, Mississippi, founded in 1996. The band is composed of brothers Luther Dickinson (guitar, vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, keyboards, electric washboard), and Chris Chew (electric bass guitar). In addition to the guitar, Dickinson also plays a cigar box guitar called the "lowebow."[specify] Duwayne Burnside, who formerly played second guitar in the band, is a son of R. L. Burnside (who also played on some of the band's tracks).
In November 2007, Luther Dickinson joined The Black Crowes as lead guitarist, and has appeared on their albums Warpaint (2008), Before the Frost...Until the Freeze (2009) and Croweology (2010). Luther Dickinson currently devotes his time to both the Black Crowes and the North Mississippi Allstars. Cody Dickinson has also started a side project, Hill Country Revue, featuring Daniel Coburn, Kirk Smithhart, Doc Samba and Ed Cleveland. They are sometimes joined by Luther Dickinson and members of the Burnside family. They have released two albums, Make A Move (2009) and Zebra Ranch (2010).
Gov't Mule (pronounced Government Mule) is a Southern rock jam band formed in 1994 as an Allman Brothers Band side project by Warren Haynes and Allen Woody. They released their debut album Gov't Mule in 1995. Gov't Mule has become a staple act at music festivals across North America, with both its members and frequent guests boasting members from other notable bands, adding various funk and blues rock elements to the band's sound.
Gov't Mule is the self-titled debut album of southern rock/jam band Gov't Mule.
It has a very jam oriented feel to it and was mostly recorded live in the studio with many tracks running into each other. "Mule" is still a concert favorite, and "Rockin' Horse" was later recorded by The Allman Brothers Band when Warren Haynes rejoined the group for the album Hittin' the Note.
Widespread Panic is an American rock band from Athens, Georgia. The current lineup includes guitarist/singer John Bell, bassist Dave Schools, drummer Todd Nance, percussionist Domingo "Sunny" Ortiz, keyboardist John "JoJo" Hermann, and guitarist Jimmy Herring. Michael Houser and George McConnell have also played lead guitar for the band.
Light Fuse, Get Away is the first live album released by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. It was first released by Capricorn Records on April 12, 1998. It would later be re-released in 2001 by Zomba Music Group. The album was recorded over various concerts by the band in 1997. Pickin' Up The Pieces featured Branford Marsalis on saxophone and was recorded on September 7, 1997 in Boston.
On April 18, 1998, the band played a free live show in downtown Athens as part of their CD release party. According to the band, attendance was estimated at around 100,000 people. This in turn broke a previous record by Metallica for "largest record release party". The show was filmed and released later in 1998 on video.
The album reached a peak position of #67 on the Billboard 200 chart.
1. "Porch Song" – 7:42
2. "Disco" – 4:23
3. "Diner" – 14:04
4. "Wondering" – 4:24
5. "Love Tractor" – 5:52
6. "Pilgrims" – 8:35
7. "Space Wrangler" – 9:00
8. "Travelin' Light" (Cale) – 5:51
9. "Pickin' Up the Pieces" – 5:30
10. "Conrad" – 9:01
1. "Papa Legba" (Byrne) – 7:10
2. "Rebirtha" – 7:51
3. "Rock" – 6:33
4. "Greta" – 10:44
5. "Barstools & Dreamers" – 10:53
6. "Impossible/Jam" – 10:51
7. "Drums" – 6:25
8. "Gimme" – 6:01
9. "Pigeons" – 8:56
John Bell - guitar, vocals
Michael Houser - guitar, vocals
Todd Nance - percussion, drums, vocals
Domingo S. Ortiz - percussion
Dave Schools - bass, percussion, vocals
John Hermann - keyboards
John Keane - producer, mixing
Brad Blettenburg - assistant engineer
Billy Fields - assistant
Frank Gargiulo - art direction
Eve Kakassy - photography
Ken Love - mastering
Branford Marsalis - horn
Thomas G. Smith - photography
Jeremy Stein - photography
Buck Williams - management
Junior Kimbrough was born in Hudsonville, Mississippi, and lived in the North Mississippi Hill Country near Holly Springs. He recorded for the Fat Possum Records label. He was a long-time associate of labelmate R. L. Burnside, and the Burnside and Kimbrough families often collaborated on musical projects. This relationship continues today. Rockabilly musician and friend Charlie Feathers called Kimbrough "the beginning and end of all music." This is written on Kimbrough's tombstone outside his family's church, the Kimbrough Family Church, in Holly Springs.
Beginning around 1992, Kimbrough operated a juke joint known as "Junior's Place" in Chulahoma, Mississippi, which attracted visitors from around the world, including members of U2, Keith Richards, and Iggy Pop. Kimbrough's sons, musicians Kinney and David Malone Kimbrough, kept it open following his death, until it burned to the ground on April 6, 2000.
Junior Kimbrough died of a heart attack in 1998 in Holly Springs following a stroke, at the age of 67.
Posted by wino at Tuesday, February 01, 2011