Introducing Tim Maia

If you’re not familiar with Brazilian superstar Tim Maia‘s music and story then start with this 2 minute animated bio narrated by Devandra Banhart then listen to Luaka Bop‘s excellent Tim Maia compilation ‘Nobody Can Live Forever’.



Tom Waits interview 1979

Great hour plus interview backstage at the Shyrock Auditorium in Carbondale, Illinois. “I gotta shake this whole wino image.” (BT)

James Brown, Bobby Byrd and Bootsy on Italian TV

James Brown performs Soul Power + Get Involved on Italian TV in 1971 – with Bobby Byrd and Bootsy Collins!

Novos Baianos

This jammer “Alunte” from 1973, Baby Consuelo doing the Bahian breakdown. Novos Baianos ruled between 1969-78 with some frequent help from João Gilberto, had a great effect on Brazilian rock, and at one point lived in a garage playing soccer a lot, accounting for the title of their ’72 LP Novos Baianos F.C. (Brian Turner)

In The Chapel

This rare Bob Marley gem came to my attention via the excellent recent ‘Marley’ documentary.



somewhat influenced by this song sung by Elvis and many others



here’s where I take it one step too far……



Upon hosting a live set on my WFMU show from Pink Reason (which was at that particular time just a solo Kevin Failure) back in 2006, I learned about the years Kevin spent with his relocated American parents in 1990’s Siberia, and also learned some history of what was surely a rich but uber-contained underground punk and psychedelic rock scene going on. A couple years earlier, Igor from Kim’s record store in NYC had already floated me a CD of Opizdenevshie which I really dug, couldn’t quite assimilate to anything else in contempo psych-punk, and wanted to know more. I later found out that this band had done music with Egor Letov, an Omsk-born avant-protest-punk who had laid a pretty intensive foundation for mid-to-late 80’s Soviet underground music, particularly in the band Grazhdanskaya Oborona. A few months ago after Kevin had settled down in Brooklyn, I jumped at the opportunity when he offered to bring out some of his collected sounds from the then-Soviet (and especially Siberian) underground; the three hour show’s archived here. Pretty much everything he brought down blew me away, especially the LP Stid I Sram by a Novosibirsk-born woman named Yanka (AKA Yana Stanislavovna Dyagileva). During her 1988-91 presence on what was a super tight-knit scene, she was the significant other of Letov playing in assorted combos as well, and he played on her records in turn. Yanka was found dead in 1991, drowned in a river with the official tag of suicide, though apparently that’s been somewhat debated. That particular debate can surely be fueled by the track “Pridyot Voda” which Kevin played, an epic, 9 minute fiery folk-punk anthem with Yanka spitting out angry verse after verse, literally referring to the act of drowning before the song leaps into a devastating, swirling organ solo that wouldn’t sound out of place on a noise record. It’s really incredible, but apologies for the short skip within the MP3 (right below) due to the vinyl not being in optimal shape. Letov, by the way, passed away from heart failure in 2008, and Kevin did a tribute performance in tribute to him, which you can check out some of on You Tube. (brian turner)

Yanka: “Prodyot Voda” (MP3)

Some more songs (including a solo video clip, hard to find much more):

The Ex and Getatchew Mekuria – Y’Ambessaw Tezeta

The Ex have released an excellent record, ‘Y’Ambessaw Tezeta’, collaborating with Getatchew Mekuria, the legendary Ethiopian saxophonist known to some of us via the Ethipioques 14 CD. Friend and photographer Matias Corral  has traveled with the  Ex to Ethiopia and has had the good fortune to take the following photos with Getatchew Mekuria and The Ex.

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Chris Lee – Bury the Kings Video + Williamsburg Park Show

Chris Lee’s new video for the title track from his new LP :


Chris and his band will open for the Jayhawks at Williamsburg Park in Brooklyn, NY on september 15. The All-Ages show is free and doors are at 5:30pm.

Spectre Folk + Chris Lee LPs on Vampire Blues

Vampire Blues, Steve Shelley’s new record label after running Smells Like Records for 20 years,  celebrates the release of two new lps this July 31:  Spectre Folk’s ‘The Ancient Storm’ and Chris Lee’s ‘Bury the Kings’. Both records to be released  as vinyl LPs (with download cards) and as digital downloads. Steve produced the Chris Lee LP and plays drums on both records. The first Vampire Blues release was a 7″ by Hallogallo 2010, a group assembled by Neu! guitarist Michael Rother with Shelley + Aaron Mullan. Later in 2012 Vampire Blues releases ‘Disappears in White/Light’, a collaboration recording with Chicago groups Disappears, White/Light along with Steve Shelley. Vampire Blues records are available  at our web store and via Revolver USA/


Spectre Folk’s ‘The Ancient Storm’ LP is the first full-length by Pete Nolan (of Magik Markers) along with Peter Meehan, Aaron Mullan (of Tall Firs) and Steve Shelley. The 6 song LP comes with a free download card that includes 5 bonus songs not on the LP.

Spectre Folk  – The Ancient Storm

1. Inchin’ Worm
2. Mantraphonics
3. Please Come Home
4. Gyspy Grammar
5. Knife
6. Trees with 12 Bones

bonus free downloads
7. Display Case
8. Fourth Dimension Refs (Alternate Mix)
9. I Don’t Know
10. Lazy Killer Bees
11. I Don’t Know (Demo)


Chris Lee’s ‘Bury the Kings’ LP is the 4th full length by Chris Lee.  The LP was produced by Steve Shelley at Sonic Youth’s Echo Canyon studio and features Chris on vocals and guitar backed by David Nagler on keyboards, Aaron McClellan on bass, Joey McClellan on guitar and Shelley on drums.

Chris Lee – Bury the Kings

1. Antony Flew
2. Bonnie Brown Eyes
3. (I Love the Way You) Bring Me Down
4. Sadie
5. Bury the Kings
6. Aubade
7. Culloden
8. Don’t Go Back Again

To pre-order either LP from Midheaven, click here and here.

Beefheart: Full Beat Club Bremen 4/12/72

30 minutes of full-on booglery bliss just uploaded, have seen this numerous times, but this is the best quality I’ve seen online yet, via bookheaven1thousand. Fascinating notes about ‘keeping it down’. (Brian Turner)

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
Radio Bremen, Funkhaus, Bremen, Germany
TV Program ‘Beat Club’
April 12, 1972

1. Hair Pie Bass Solo (The Mascara Snake) (0:00)
2. Click Clack Take 1 (3:08)
3. Click Clack Take 2 (6:51)
4. Golden Birdies and Band Intro (8:18)
5. I’m Gonna Booglaraize You Baby Take 1 (11:12)
6. I’m Gonna Booglaraize You Baby Take 2 (15:41)
7. Steal Softly Through Snow (Band Instrumental) (20:49)
8. I’m Gonna Booglaraize You Baby Take 3 (24:18)

Bill Harkleroad: I’m Gonna Booglarize You got played an awful lot and was definitely part of our live show. Like Click Clack and Alice In Blunderland, Booglarize you was a staple part of the set on three basic tours – 1971, 1972 and 1973. I can specifically remember the band performing it on a German TV show called Beat Club. Like all TV shows at that time, they weren’t ready for loudly performed music. Our type of music was designed to be played loud, it didn’t have to be earsplitting, but it had to be played with a certain amount of volume just to push enough air to feel the excitement level of it – because we did have energy, no question about it!
I remember how difficult it was, beating the crap out of the instrument and jumping around, when you could hear people whispering over the low volume. … Back then live TV shows were only one step better than lip-synching. It always felt funny playing to 30-odd people who were clapping politely while the TV producer was trying to make it look like a crowd 500. It was a very sterile environment and of course the Magic Band came over as being totally ‘over-the-top’ with our look – I remember stumbling around on my high heeled green shoes.

Heiko Hasenbein: They played I’m Gonna Booglarize You Baby. The presenter called the song burlesque and pointed out that Captain Beefheart is musically connected with Frank Zappa; she said that Captain Beefheart doesn’t want to hear about this, because he always gets wild and crazy if someone mentions Frank Zappa. The live performance was astonishing. Captain Beefheart got two microphones bound together with tape. He tried to hit the deepest note he could get. Beefheart wore a black jacket and red satin trousers. The band (Zoot Horn Rollo, Ed Marimba, Roy Estrada, Rockette Morton, Winged Eel Fingerling) sounded tight and compact to give Captain Beefheart the vocal freedom he needs. The psychedelic light effects were a bit disturbing; but apart from that a great performance with Captain Beefheart in fine form.