Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Uroccan Cowboy & Show # 475

The first half of today’s three hour program featured two tracks from Chris Crossroads. Chris has roots in Winnipeg, but currently resides in Windsor, Ontario. The two songs we heard “Spare A Dime Blues” and “Rattlesnakes & Venom” both come from a release entitled Uroccan Cowboy and reflect a Folk, Country and Blues nature. The album was a limited DIY release and was recorded in Winnipeg with what was to become the Home Street Recording Company. The album was re-released in 2010. Recently Chris Crossroads took part in a 30 day song writing challenge in which he would write, record and post a video on youtube of a new song each day. During this 30 day span he wrote 30 songs, several in different genres. Currently Chris Crossroads is working on material for a new as of yet untitled album.

More info on Chris Crossroads and his music can be found at: http://chriscrossroads.com


This was the last week that i filled in for the time slot prior to mine from 9 AM – 10:30 AM on CJAM 99.1 FM. Each of these shows focused on Roots Rock oriented genres. This week the first hour and a half of music was devoted to the Country and Blues, and Folk music genres. The program featured selections from Lonesome Lefty, Little Walter, Drive-By Truckers, and Merle Haggard. The second half of the show was my usual mix of music you would find on Revolution Rock, playing several artists including music by The Sadies, Deer Tick and The Bell Peppers. 

Part One:
Revolution Rock (Country, Folk & Blues Edition):

1. JD Estes & The Blue Ridge Playboys – Wabash Cannonball
2. Wade Hemsworth - The Black Fly Song (Canada Folk Songs 1951-1957 - 2008)
3. Lonesome Lefty  - The One Rose That's Left In My Heart (Songs of Love, Death & Murder)
4. The Delmore Brothers - Boogie Woogie Blues (The History of Country & Western Music Vol. 10 -2001)
5. Bill Strength - Black Coffee Blues (The History of Country & Western Music Vol. 19 - 2001)
6. Little Walter - Doctor Ross Boogie (Blues Harmonica Blowin' and Suckin' - 2008)
7. Tommy Tucker – Hi Heel Sneakers (MOJO Chess Classics - 2005)
8. Middle Sister – Corduroy Roads(Walkerville Mix Tape Volume 2 - 2013)
9. Cass McCombs - The Executioner's Song (Catacombs - 2009)
10. The Drive-by Truckers - Daddy Needs a Drink (Brighter Than Creation's Dark - 2008)
11. Merle Haggard – Drink Up And Be Somebody (I'm a Lonesome Fugitive - 1967)
12. Chris Crossraods – Spare A Dime Blues (Uroccan Cowboy - 2010)
13. Chris Crossroads – Rattlesnakes & Venom (Uroccan Cowboy - 2010)
14. Olenka & The Autumn Lovers – Hard Times (Hard Times - 2013)
15. Elmore James - Look On Yonder Wall (The Sky Is Crying) (Shake Your Money Maker - 1961)
16. Big Boy Ellis - She's Gone (Some Blues Classics)
17. Leroy Dallas - Your Sweet Man Blues (Some Blues Classics)
18. The Rolling Stones – You Gotta Move (Sticky Fingers - 1971)
19. George Jones – I’m Ragged But I’m Right (Long Live King George - 1958)
20. Elliott Brood - Without Again (Mountain Meadows - 2008)
21. Jaron Freeman-Fox - Burnin Sun (Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything - 2013)
22. The Replacements - Waitress in The Sky (Tim - 1985)
23. The Byrds – Nothing Was Delivered (Sweetheart Of The Rodeo - 1968)

Download part one Revolution Rock (The Country, Folk and Blues Edition) here.

Part Two:
Revolution Rock:

1. Coachwhips – We Can’t Go Back To My Place
2. Billy Dre & The Poor Boys – Lip Balm Cray
3. King Khan & The Shrines – (How Can I Keep You) Outta Harms Way
4. Destruction Unit – Bumpy Road
5. The Kingsmen – The Cat Walk
6. The Bell Peppers – Drapes N’ Squares
7. The Soft Pack – Pull Out
8. Neo Boys – Under Control
9. Swimming Pool Q’s - Little Misfit
10. Miesha & The Spanks – Look At You
11. Hellaluya – Iggy Pop
12. Cellos – The New Religion
13. The Sadies – The First 5 Minutes
14. Deer Tick – Thyme
15. Lloyd Price – Stagger Lee
16. She Wolf – I’m So Glad You Don’t Know What’s On My Mind
17. Bob Dylan – The Man In Me
18. Jay Sad – Moving Day
19. Cold Warps – Dip Tripper
20. Obits – This Must Be Done
21. Ty Segall & White Fence – Time
22. Black Lips – Dirty Hands
23. Black Lips - Workin'

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Chuck Berry, Trains, Drivers & Show # 474

Ever since releasing his 1955 hit single “Maybeline” for Chess Records, Chuck Berry has gone on to be a highly influential Rock and Roll musician and songwriter.   Berry originally from St. Louis, Missouri would play Blues music with local musicians in St. Louis as a source of extra income.   This was where Berry developed his early style, he also would mix Country songs in with R&B songs all the while never being afraid to show off his talents.   In 1955, Chuck Berry moved to Chicago and contacted Leonard Chess upon a suggestion from Muddy Waters.   In May of 1955, Chuck Berry recorded “Maybeline” which was based off an early fiddle song “Ida Red”.   It went on to sell one million copies unexpectedly.

Today’s program featured some rarer and for the most part, lesser known Berry songs.  The first song “Downbound Train” was the b-side of the song “No Money Down”, which was originally released in 1955.   The song was said to be influenced by Chuck Berry’s extreme religious upbringing, but some have also said that it could have been based on an older song with a similar theme.   However, Chuck Berry’s version tells the story of the redemption and the warnings of alcohol abuse.   In the song a man passes out drunk at a bar and has a dream about riding a train, which is driven by the devil.  The man in the story wakes up renouncing the drink.  The song features a strong message in an almost folk-like format lyrically.

“I Want To Be Your Driver” was another song featured on today’s program.   This song is a more upbeat song than “Downbound Train” and this song features a more upbeat R&B Rock sound. This song was recorded in 1965 and was not released as a single.   Lyrically the song plays into the late 50’s/early 60’s subculture, featuring lyrics about automobiles amongst ancy guitar riffs.   The song can be found along with many other tracks on Chuck Berry’s 1965 release Chuck Berry In London, which is an often overlooked album of Berry’s that contains many hidden gems.


For the next few week’s I will be filling in for the time slot prior to mine from 9 AM – 10:30 AM on CJAM 99.1 FM.  Each of these shows will focus on Roots Rock oriented genres.  This week the first hour and a half of music was devoted to the Country and Blues music genres. The program featured selections from Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Sonny Boy Williamson, Indian Wars, Cuff The Duke and a rare and unreleased Country track from the 80s Garage band The Prehistoric Cavestrokers.  The second half of the show was my usual mix of music you would find on Revolution Rock, playing several artists including music by The Beatles, Young Rival and new music from Crocodiles and Papermaps.

Part One:
Revolution Rock (Country and Blues Edition):

1. Cuff the Duke - Long Road (Sidelines of the City - 2007)
2. Hank Williams - A Mansion On The Hill (40 Greatest Hits - 1978)
3. Bob Dylan - House Carpenter (Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait - 2013)
4. David Lynch - The Ballad of Hollis Brown (The Big Dream - 2013)
5. Neko Case - Local Girl (The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You - 2013)
6. Andre Williams & The Sadies - I Can Tell (Night & Day - 2012)
7. Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs - Nashville (Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs - 2011)
8. Prehistoric Cave Strokers - Jed's Rap (Unreleased Recording)
9. Chuck Berry - Downbound Train (After School Session - 1957)
10. Chuck Berry - I Want To Be Your Driver (The Great Twenty-Eight - 1982)
11. Muddy Waters - Tiger In Your Tank (At Newport 1960 - 1960)
12. Sonny Boy Williamson - Alice Mae Blues (Country Blues Obscurities - 2009)
13. Little Sam Davis - Goin' To New Orleans (Country Blues Obscurities - 2009)
14. Robert Johnson - Me and the Devil Blues (King of the Delta Blues Singers - 1961)
15. The White Stripes - It's My Fault For Being Famous (Conquest Single - 2007)
16. Neil Young - Mellow My Mind (Tonight's The Night - 1975)
17. Cowboy Junkies - Working on a Building (The Trinity Sessions - 1988)
18. Deer Tick - Houston, TX (Born On Flag Day - 2009)
19. The Locusts Have No King - Last Ride (THe Locusts Have No King - 2007)
20. Indian Wars - Missippi (Songs From The North - 2012)
21. Johnny Cash - Bottom Of A Mountain (Bootleg Series Vol. II - From Memphis To Hollywood - 2011)
22. Bob Dylan - This Evening, So Soon (Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait - 2013)

Download part one (Revolution Rock - Country & Blues Edition) here: 

Part Two:
Revolution Rock:

1. TV Freaks – Pusher
2. Jacuzzi Boys – Hotline
3. The Night People – We Got It
4. The Canadian Rogues – You Better Stop
5. The Premiers – Farmer John
6. The Magic Mushrooms – It’s-A-Happening
7. Ty Segall – The Keepers
8. Pokey Lafarge – Pack It Up
9. Curbside Sofa – Be My Girl
10. Holograms – Meditations
11. Crocodiles – Cockroach
12. Orphan Choir – Broken Upright Piano
13. Contradance – Black Preppies
14. Brazilian Money – Filthy Dreams
15. The Mark Inside – Dead Heart
16. The Mark Inside – Balloons
17. Papermaps – The Hedonist
18. The Beatles – Devil In Her Heart
19. The Beatles – Not A Second Time
20. Young Rival – Lost
21. Undertones – I Know A Girl
22. The Embarassment – Sound of Wasps
23. Link Wray – Dance Party Pt.1
24. Deerhunter - Back To The Middle

Download part two (Revolution Rock) here.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Revolution Bo Diddley & Show # 473

Often called “The Originator”, Bo Diddley has influenced everyone from Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, to The Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley and The Yardbirds. It is suffice to say that his influence is everywhere. Bo Diddley had a signature beat which was based on African Clave rhythm, which is now viewed as a cornerstone of Rock and Roll music everywhere. Bo Diddley had a classically trained background in music, but became interested in the guitar at an early age. He would mix styles such as R&B, Blues, and African and church music blending the styles into his own unique sound. He once said that he played the guitar like he was playing the drums. He had this to say of his first single in 1955:

“I made 'Bo Diddley' in '55, they started playing it, and everybody freaked out. Caucasian kids threw Beethoven into the garbage can.”

And that couldn’t be anymore true, once he put out his first release in 1955, it made people rethink music, which as a result went on to influence some of the most influential artists of the 20th century in music. Bo Diddley was also known for his own specific type of guitar that was once called a “cigar box shaped” guitar by Dick Clark. This square shaped guitar was nick named “The Twang Machine” by Bo Diddley and was originally made by “The Originator” himself in 1958 so that he could jump around on stage more when playing live. In addition to these things, Bo Diddley was also recognized for his unique abilities as lyricist. Bo Diddley went on to release 24 full length studio albums, not counting singles and compilation albums. His influence is everywhere and his music is still relevant and influential today.


For the next few week’s I will be filling in for the time slot prior to mine from 9 AM – 10:30 AM on CJAM 99.1 FM. Each of these shows will focus on Roots Rock oriented genres. This week the first hour and a half of music was devoted to Bo Diddley’s music and influence. He has a wealth of material and the show focused on his own material, covers done by other artists and some obscure Bo Diddley songs. The second half of the show was my usual mix of music you would find on Revolution Rock, playing several artists including two rare recordings from the MC5's Purity Accuracy boxed set.

Part One:
Revolution Diddley Play List:

1. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley (single - 1955)
2. Bo Diddley - Bring It To Jerome (Bo Diddley - 1958)
3. Bo Diddley - The Great Grandfather (Go Bo Diddley - 1959)
4. The Juvenilles - Bo Diddley (History of Northwest Rock Vol. 4 Battle of the Bands - 2009)
5. The Ugly Ducklings - Hey Mamma Keep Your Big Mouth Shut (Somewhere Outside - 1967)
6. The Gruesomes - I Can Tell (Gruesomania - 1987)
7. Captain Beefheart - Diddy Wah Diddy (single - 1965)
8. The Clash - You Can't Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover (Golden Bullets Bootleg - 2001)
9. Bo Diddley - Surf, Sink or Swim (Surfin' With Bo Diddley - 1963)
10. Bo Diddley - Aztec (Bo Diddley Is A Lover - 1961)
11. Super Blues (Bo Diddley, Little Walter, Muddy Waters) - You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care) (Super Blues - 1967)
12. Bo Diddley - Rock & Roll (Rare and Well Done - 1991)
13. Bo Diddley - Bo Meets The Monster (single - 1958)
14. Light Bulb Alley - Who Do You Love? (The Sound of Things - 2011)
15. King Khan & The Shrines - Crackin' Up (The Supreme Genius of - 2008)
16. Ronnie Hawkins - Who Do You Love (The Roulette Years - 1995)
17. The Pack A.D. - Blackout (Funeral Mixtape - 2008)
18. Jesus & Mary Chain - Bo Diddley is Jesus (Barbed Wire Kisses - 1988)
19. Bo Diddley - Pills (single - 1961)
20. New York Dolls - Pills (New York Dolls - 1973)
21. The Rolling Stones – Please Go Home (Between The Buttons - 1967)
22. Bo Diddley - Gunslinger (Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger - 1960)

Download part one (Revolution Diddley) here.

Part Two:
Revolution Rock Play List:

1. The Seeds – Try To Understand
2. The Epics – Humpty Dumpty
3. Actual Water – Ivory & Oak
4. Gold Country – Carried Away And The Wind
5. Chad Vangaalen – Molten Light
6. J Mascis – Not Enough
7. Robin Tyner & The Hotrods – Till the Night Is Gone
8. Ultravox! – ROckWrok
9. The Terminal Sunglasses – Antenna Dilemma
10. The Catch – Competition
11. Chang-A-Lang – Vigilante Man
12. The Forgotten Rebels – Me Generation
13. X – Sugarlight
14. Joy Division – Disorder
15. Vic Goddard & The Subway Sect – Johnny Thunders
16. Fergus & Geronimo – Spies
17. The Howlies – Walk On Home
18. Raised By Weeds – Trip To The Ocean
19. Deja Voodoo – Bo Diddley's Cat
19. Deja Voodoo - My Girlfriend
20. The Fall – Mr. Pharmacist
21. The Hives – Find Yourself Another Girl
22. MC5 – One Of The Guys
23. MC5 – Sister Ann (W Sonic On Guide Vocals)

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Ty Segall's Sleeper, Rockabilly & Show # 472

After releasing three albums last year of Psychedelic, Garage and general loud proportions in 2012, the first release from Ty Segall in 2013 is the acoustic filled album entitled Sleeper. While many critics and fans mention Segall’s ability to write more melodic Pop songs on albums such as Goodbye Bread and even last years Hair that he recorded with White Fence, Sleeper takes that to another level. Sleeper is ten songs all acoustic, with the exception of electric guitar at the end of “The Man Man”, all of which reflects a stripped down approach to Segall’s sound. As he stated in an interview for Billboard.com, “I couldn't have written a loud, heavy song if somebody had paid me to. I tried-it just wasn't working." The songs all reflect the recent passing of his adopted father and the aftermath which included a fall out with his mother. This album serves as a sort of therapy for that time, as Segall has also stated in interviews.

All of the music reflects a 60s Psychedelic Folk influence. Comparisons have been made to early T Rex, Bert Jansch, Donovan and John Fahey. The First track “Sleeper” was initially written by Ty for his girlfriend as she was sleeping, but in the context of this album and its background it takes on another meaning. “The Keepers” doesn’t sound like it would have been out of place on Hair, “She Don’t Care” is a bitter Psychedelic Folk song complete with orchestral strings, “6th Street” digs deep with its Blues sounding guitar slides and 60’s vocal harmonies, while “Sweet C.C” reflects a T-Rex sound. Sleeper ends with “The West” a dusty Country flavoured Folk song which ends the album on a poignant note given its context. The song also, as does most of the songs on this album, has more than one meaning and connotation. It can be directly related to Ty Segall’s situation which spawned this album, or to anyone listening that can take their own meaning from it. The words amongst the acoustic melodies are veiled in words that are more universal, but we do get brief glimpses into Segall’s frame of mind at different points throughout the album. Sleeper starts off 2013 showing us a stripped down version of Ty Segall we haven’t heard before. The title of the album may be Sleeper, but is just as exciting as even the loudest Ty Segall album.


For the next few week’s I will be filling in for the time slot prior to mine from 9 AM – 10:30 AM on CJAM 99.1 FM. Each of these shows will focus on Roots Rock oriented genres. This week I focused on the Rockabilly genre playing a mix of old and new artists within the genre, many obscure artists were included in the mix as well. You can view the play list and download the program along with this week’s episode of Revolution Rock which followed from 10:30-Noon.

Part One:
Revolution-A-Billy Play List:

1. Elvis Presley – I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone
2. Jack Scott – Geraldine
3. Jack Scott – Save My Soul
4. Wanda Jackson – Fujiyama Mama
5. Clyde Stacy - So Shy
6. Whitey Pullen – Broke Waitin’ For A Break
7. Tandoori Knights - Big Belly Giant
8. Hal Willis – My Pink Cadillac
9. Kenny Smith - I'm So Lonesome Baby
10. Aubrey Cagle - Rockabilly Boy
11. Parker Cunningham - Dry Run
12. Ray St. Germain & The Satins - She's A Square
13. Little Billy Stoltz & The Stotlz Bros – Rock & Roll Riot
14. R. Dean Taylor – At The High School Dance
15. Joe, Ron & George - Roachie
16. Zig Dillion - On Down The Line (Alternate Take)
17. Bloodshot Bill – Thunder And Lightning
18. Jerry Jerry & The Sons of Rhythm Orchestra - Bad Idea
19. The Dusty Chaps - Yukon Buddy
20. Hellbound Hepcats - Hellbound Hepcat
21. The Stray Cats – Built For Speed
22. Vince Taylor And The Playboys – Brand New Cadillac
23. Johnny Carrol - Two Timin'
24. Baker Knight – Bring My Cadillac Back
25. Robert Gordon With Link Wray - Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache
26. Stingin' Hornets - Hornet Hive Hop
27. The Phantom - Love Me
28. Tay Falco's Panther Burns – Come On Little Mama
29. Ray condo & His Hardrock Goners – Sweet Loving On My Mind

Download part one (Revolution-A-Billy) here.

Part Two: 
Revolution Rock Play List:

1. Monomyth – 10,000
2. Old And Weird – All of My Friends
3. Holy Cobras – Escalation
4. The Crabs – Victim
5. The Abandos – Speed Ball (Demo)
6. Dum Dum Girls – Wasted Away
7. Crocodiles – Summer of Hate
8. King Khan & The Shrines – Yes I Can’t
9. The Falcons – Somebrero Del Diablo
10. Dan Sartain – Telegram Sam
11. 101ers – Maybeline (Live)
12. Bo Diddley – Gunslinger
13. The Kinks – Milk Cow Blues
14. Sex Pistols – No Future (God Save The Queen) (Manchester Square Session 1976)
15. Gang of Four – I Found That Essence Rare
16. Pluto - Details
17. The Dirtbombs – Stuck Under My Shoe
18. Nothing At All – Nothing At All
19. Modern Lovers – Hospital
20. Simply Saucer – I Take (Demo)
21. Ty Segall – Sleeper
22. Ty Segall – Sweet C.C.
23. Ty Segall – The West
24. Elvis Presley - Mystery Train

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