Ready for more beloved 45s? Well here you go, another handful of party platters. Let’s start with a couple of soul jams courtesy of the Secret Stash label.
Sonny Knight and The Lakers bring it with “Hey Girl,” an upbeat dancer that has Sonny Knight pitching woo. He got his start in the ’60s so you know he’s got the moves. The flip is a soul tribute to the Sugarman, originally by Detroit’s Rodriguez. From the same label we have The Valdons with “Stop, Wait A Minute Girl/Love Me Or Leave Me.” A group that has their roots in the Twin Cities, not only are they from the early ’70s, but so are these two cuts. A couple of soul burners from Prince’s home town.
The next single is brought to us by Rev. Louis Overstreet and his rockin’ guitar carrying a gospel sermon. Great guitar work with an uplifting spiritual message. Taken from a ’70s session and gifted to us from the Little Axe label. Fans of Missipppi releases, this is for you.
From Germany, we have the Kidnappers. With past releases on Rip Off and Alien Snatch, you know what to expect. Hard fast rock n roll with a powerpop tinge. Also on the rock n roll tip we have Endless Bummer on In the Red Records.
Co-founders of Permanent Records, Liz Tooley and Lance Barresi, get together with Greg T from the Spits to bring us Endless Bummer. Four songs of dark, sludgey tunes recorded by Ty Segall and released by In the Red in a limited pressing. It doesn’t stop here folks, we a got a couple more for ya.
M.O.T.O. has too many releases to count and “Shitty Kids” holds its own with all of them. Not only is Paul Caporino the Master Of The Obvious, he is also a master at writing a song with nonstop riffs and a great pop edge.
Last on our list is from supergroup Altamont. With members of Melvins, Big Business and Acid King and art work by Alan Forbes, I’m sure you know what to expect. But in case you don’t, here is a taste of this and the other singles we mentioned. The Rev Louis Overstreet is not the song from the before mentioned single, but it gives you an idea of his powerful voice and great guitar playing.
Keep 45s alive!!!
Drag City Records has been Ty Segall’s home for his last four full lengths, and this week they have released a limited edition LP-only reprise to Twins called Gemini.
As Drag City puts it, “The tracklist is familiar. The artwork’s a burnt-eyed reminder reminder of shapes we know so well, but it’s not Twins. It’s a few minutes older, and it’s Gemini.”
This very limited LP is demos of cuts on Twins and some tracks that didn’t make it. This release was made available only to record stores that deal direct with the Chicago-based Drag City. It will not be around for long and once they’re gone be prepared to get into a bidding war on Ebay.
Hurry down to Streetlight Records and grab one while they last and one per customer please. We want to be fair to all of Ty’s vinyl fans, so act fast because once they’re gone we will not be able to restock them.
Sorry CD and MP3 fans this is a vinyl only release.
Do I really need to write about a legend such as Roky Erickson?! The answer is NO!, but due to the amazing job Light In The Attic has done with the three Roky reissues, I’ll give a reminder.
This Texas madman stuck his flag in the Rock ‘N’ Roll world as the throat-shredding lead vocalist of the 13th Floor Elevators and made it to R’N’R-hating Dick Clark’s (emphasis on Dick) American Bandstand with the legendary Garage Punk cut, “You’re Gonna Miss Me.” After a few records with the Elevators and some time in San Francisco, Roky ran into a bit of trouble with the law back in Texas.
Texas law was not a fan of the Elevators Rock ‘N’ Roll lifestyle (much like Detroit law and The MC5). In 1969, Roky was caught with a single joint and was facing 10 years in prison. Being diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic a year earlier and receiving involuntary electroshock therapy, Roky pleaded innocent by reason of insanity. He was first sentenced to Austin State Hospital, but after a few attempts to escape he was sentenced to Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. There he received more electroshock therapy and was kept until the early ’70s.
In ‘74 Roky put a band together and, with the production of Doug Sahm, released the the “Two Headed Dog” single. This was the beginning of Roky leaving the Psychedelic rock scene behind for a more hard ‘n’ heavy Rock ‘n’ Roll sound. He also started to write lyrics with demon, aliens and science fiction themes.
Light In The Attic has reissued the three albums following this era, The Evil One, Don’t Slander Me and Gremlins Have Pictures. Each one is done to the finest detail with the love and care that the label usually puts into the music they love.
Released on both CD and vinyl, the reissues are available now at Streetlight Records. Here is a taste of each one.
Hi everyone! It’s been a while since the last Can U Dig It? post, but I’m back and I want to talk about my favorite music format, the 7” single. I love everything about it from the packaging to the content.
If you’re the type to pick off and enjoy the pepperoni before grubbing down the whole slice. Or if you like eating the cream from an Oreo before dunking the chocolate into a glass of ice cold milk, 7” singles are right up your alley; a wonderfully delicious pre-game before the big show.
7″s have one or two songs that usually make it to the artist’s next album with a B-side that at times trumps the A-side or packs a bigger punch than any of the filler on the upcoming full length. If that’s not enough to reel you in, think of it as a way to connect with friends without Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Invite a few friends over and play them some of your favorite singles. It’s a great way to turn people on to bands they may have never heard, or connect on similar taste. Either way it’s a good way to get real face time with your friends.
Here are a few of my favorite singles that we have on hand at Streetlight. I’ll try and keep you all updated with recommended new, and used, incoming. Until then, happy hunting and keep your local record store alive!
A short film about the love people feel for vinyl, independent record stores, seemingly unending record libraries, and the occasional (and fleeting) wax guilt.
by Cat Johnson
Different people have different ways of filing their records. Some alphabetize them, some split them into genres, some alphabetize them within their genres and some go for the ol’ put-it-anywhere-I’ll-find-it-someday method.
I have to say though, in all my years of hanging out with record nerds, I’ve never heard of anyone who files their records by record label. Until now.
Cut Chemist, one of the standout DJs of the last 20 years; the man who has worked with Jurassic 5, Ozomatli, DJ Shadow and many other top-tier acts, does just that.
Check it out:
by Cat Johnson
For Record Store Day this year, Calexico is releasing a career-spanning collection of songs. This alone is something to look forward to since the band has been releasing solid records since the early ’90s.
What makes this release, titled Spiritoso, even cooler is that the songs were recorded live, accompanied by symphony; strings, horns, vibes and all.
Here’s a teaser:
Squirrel Bait, much like Husker Du, was playing Emo before it had a name or a scene. Formed in 1983 by friends David Grubbs, Clark Johnson, and Rich Schuler in Louisville Kentucky, Squirrel Bait had quite a successful run with a few lineup changes until ‘87. Opening for big names of the Chicago underground such as Naked Reagan and Big Black they were able to land a record deal with Homestead Records. Flying under the radar and fizzling out in ‘87, Squirrel Bait left a blueprint for both Grunge and Emo. In case you missed out, Drag City is bringing Squirrel Bait back with vinyl reissues of their first EP and full-length LP. Both will be available at Streetlight Records on January 22nd. Here is what Drag City had to say about Squirrel Bait.
Louisville’s been a pipe-line of pure hot bed (hot bed of pure pipe-line?) for Drag City singers and songs and sounds for dang near decades now, some of which we’ve even resurrected from a time prior to our own birth (These two hands… our clay children!)! One such band bore the likes of long time DC artist-in-residence David Grubbs, as well as the the Palace-collabing and Slint foundling bros, Brian McMahon and Britt Walford (along with the man called M, “Papa” David Pajo) – yes, that’s right, the seminal punk outfit, Squirrel Bait. Squirrel Bait may’ve been rocking out before you were born (circa ’85-’87, in case you were wondering what years existed before you were born), but (visually) excitingly, they were barely outta diapers themselves when they made these tunes, from “Hammering So Hard” and “Sun God” to “Black Light Poster Child and “Too Close To the Fire.”
What were they gonna do? It was the mid 80s, they were young teens in Louisville, punk rock was less than ten years old and hard rock wasn’t much older and was as much fun to play as the punk shit! Nothing else to do but write some songs in the negative, expressing themselves through a refusal of rules perceived in the songs they loved and hated! What else, bookish pre-internet teenagers from the past? How about shying away from angst and transparent confession lyrically, and instead portraying hard-edged, decadent youth scenes in fictive brush-strokes, without glorifying or even explaining what they’re about? Yes, and yes! Then they drowned the songs and lyrics and meanings in a cacaphony of thunderous drums, strangely indistinct guitars, and insistent power changes and choruses. Check, and mate! There’s nothing to do but flip the record and drop the needle again. And now, there’s no asking why – because both the self-titled EP and full-length LP, Skag Heaven, are back in print on the vinyl format for the first time in an internet generation (approximately 5 years)! Available for you, for now, as long as they’re available – so get ‘em from us here, now or go out and grab ‘em at your local brick and mortar, horder!
by Cat Johnson
Two of the heavy-hitters of the roots music world, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, have teamed up for a project that blends country, rock, roots and blues. The album resonates with authenticity and warmth and is an audio snapshot of two of the Americana scene’s most admired and influential musicians. The following video offers a glimpse into the recording process, the personalities of Buddy and Jim and their 30+ year friendship. Buddy & Jim is available on both vinyl and CD.