Saturday, May 16, 2009



A Roddus Music Sampler Volume 10 - 60's Garage/Psych

Posted: 16 May 2009 11:17 AM PDT

Now here it is folks, something I have been wanting to do for some time now, the mother of all Roddus Music Samplers so far. It was all started by the 'Nuggets' album in 1972, then we had 'Boulders', 'Rubble', 'Pebbles' and 'Back From The Grave', just to name a few of the 60s garage/psych comps that have come out. I have had copies of many of these comps and more over the last 25 years, and this

The Yachts - The Yachts 1979

Posted: 16 May 2009 11:12 AM PDT

I posted a solo album by "Henry Priestman" recently and was reminded by Roddus that he was in another band before "The Christians" in the 70's. So I decided to track it down and share it y'all. They were called "The Yachts" and released a self-titled album in 1979. Let me know what you think folks.01. Box 202 (3:00)02. In A Second (3:17)03. Love You Love You (3:10)04. Tantamount To Bribery (2:17)

Jesse 'Ed' Davis - Keep Me Comin' 1973

Posted: 16 May 2009 07:54 AM PDT

Now for the third and final album "Keep Me Comin'" by ex-"Taj Mahal" bluesman "Jesse 'Ed' Davis" folks. If you enjoyed the first two and I know many of you have, then this should accommodate your needs also. We lost this young man to early and is a great loss to the world and the music industry as a whole. So do all yourselves a favor folks and snap up this very composed musician here FIRST. This

Jeff Cooper And The Stoned Wings - Tribute To Jimi Hendrix 1971

Posted: 16 May 2009 07:51 AM PDT

This is an obscure album by "Jeff Cooper And The Stoned Wings" that features two covers of Jimi Hendrix and the rest are in the style of. There is excellent heavy fuzz guitar with awesome blues licks and rather amusing lyrics in a few of the other tracks folks. These guys pay homage to Jimi with a great sense of fun and flair at the same time, that there is a good chance if Hendrix didn't do

Kursaal Flyers - Great Artiste 1975

Posted: 16 May 2009 07:51 AM PDT

Up next is another cool album from UK pub rock band "Kursaal Flyers". "Great Artiste" is from 1975 and actually features 'Brinsley Schwarz' on saxophone. This is also on request from rustythehusky in Switzerland. Enjoy y'all.01. Ugly Guys (3:09) 02. Great Artiste (3:24) 03. Fall Like The Rain (4:29) 04. Cruisin' For Love (4:22) 05. Back To The Book (2:13) 06. Palais De Dance (2:32) 07.

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Peter Bjorn and John @ 9:30 Club, Washington DC

Posted: 16 May 2009 10:02 AM PDT

The last stop on their North American tour brought Peter Bjorn and John to the for a sold-out show featuring a longer-than-usual set. These three are probably some of the nicest and most charming men in rock, and took plenty of time to engage with the crowd and make the most of this final show. However, that all happened after openers Chairlift warmed the masses up nicely with around thirty minutes of pop sounds from the dreamier end of the 80s (which makes me wonder — how come most indie music I hear now reminds me of something from before?), including their iPod flogging track “Bruises”. That’s one of their more accessible tunes, their sound overall being slightly more avante-garde (I thought “Kate Bush” but that’s probably just me) but working well in the always-great setting and being received happily by the young and pretty indie kids in attendance.

PB&J didn’t make us wait too long before coming on to a cheeky backdrop that was made up of the word ‘backdrop’ (it looked cooler than it sounds), with lead singer Peter Morén chatting away enthusiastically from the off about how the current tour has been the best one yet, and that that’s saying a lot since they’ve been around for ten years. He also pleased the DC crowd by telling us that the is his favorite venue on the tour and PB&J are well chuffed to be finishing up there (oh c’mon Peter, I’m sure you say that to all the venues!). The band’s onstage performance matched these grinning sentiments, especially Morén’s, who didn’t seem to stay still at all during the entire show, spending much of it either dancing or jumping up and down or both — talk about stamina! Bassist Björn Yttling also got involved, albeit in a more low-key bass-playery way.


New songs such as “It Don’t Move Me” and “Nothing to Worry About” stood out with their bigger and more solid beats (it helped that Morén introduced them with “and now for some new songs!”). Some songs were re-worked, these nice Swedes turning “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” into much heavier tune — betraying the Scandinavian penchant for Black Sabbath riffs perhaps? Others were stretched out and skatted over and yet more got the crowd involved, collective hand-claps providing the intro and backing to “Objects of my Affection”. I have no idea if every show was like this or not (though I can easily believe that PB&J are this nice all the time), but this one was very fan-friendly, with constant thanks from Morén and shout-outs from Yttling.

Halfway through the band took the time to introduce us to, and thank, their roadies, crew and Chairlift, which was a touching touch. One roadie, Rolf, stayed on to dance, drink Red Stripe, and play bongos along to “Young Folks” — it was nice to see PB&J not underplay their breakthrough hit, but instead go all out and acknowledge the anticipation crowds always feel for the songs they all know. The dancing roadie and live bongos (which returned a few more times, played by another roadie and then by one of the Chairlifters) were pretty brilliant, Rolf out-Bezzing Bez with his bottle, shorts, and shades.

The band called it a night with a four song encore. PB&J masks were handed out before the band, joined on stage by Chairlift, the entire road crew, and probably many other people, launched into “Lay it Down”, everyone on-stage dancing around with their masks on before mass hugging ensued. It all ended with a grand rendition of “Up Against the Wall” that merged into the Roses‘ “I Wanna be Adored” and Joy Division’s “Transmission” — a final reference to the darker elements within PB&J’s music that are hidden beneath their sunny exteriors. Those sunny exteriors are what they brought to this show though; the chatting, dancing, and hugging adding up to a memorable experience that left us all with warm fuzzy feelings and comedy Peter Bjorn & John makes — can’t really ask for more than that.

Set List:
Just The Past
Start To Melt
It Beats Me Everytime
Don’t Move
Nothing To Worry About
Living Thing
Young Folks
I’m Losing My Mind
Let’s Call It Off
Objects of My Affection
Lay It Down
Stay This Way
Up Against The Wall

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The Brook Lee Catastrophe - The Weight of Waiting

Posted: 16 May 2009 02:34 AM PDT

The Brook Lee Catastrophe

A great discovery that warmed me up during these cold winter months is The Brook Lee Catastrophe. The Weight of Waiting is the second collective effort from this Californian band : a collection of 11 powerful songs : simple and so efficient in both musical and lyrical expression …

“We look at the record as a whole, not just a package of songs. It’s a road, with dips and curves, and if every corner looked the same, the ride would get boring really fast. So there are surprises along the way.”

Thus explained front man and songwriter Brook Lee in an interview. And dealing with surprise, if the discovery of this band has been a great one, perusing through the whole album was full of rebounds…
A mountain of  Little Things‘ is the opening track : a soft string ballad with a delicate melody followed by a fully orchestral drummed catchy piece of chamber folk  entitled ‘Down‘. Then tone is level to a higher range with a 60s reminiscent of an unforgettable  ‘Love is All‘ : it’s ‘Everybody’s Asking‘.  And if these three tracks are already enough to leave you addicted to the band’s arguments ; you’re far from having reached the complete overview on their talents.  The whole album is just perfect from start to end, reaching a musical climax with the center two Constellations tracks and the pure acoustic ‘Big Nothing’ which highlights Brook Lee’s fluent songwriting talent.  Then, then… many other beautifully crafted tunes that will force you to loop this album indefatigably.

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Sherman Payne - Classified (Short Film)

Posted: 16 May 2009 07:00 AM PDT


Sherman Payne is an old friend of ours from the Philaflava Forums who happens to be an award winning filmmaker and screenwriter. He is currently pursuing his master's degree at Columbia University's prestigious film division, and has a penchant for incorporating hip hop music, imagery, and themes into his work. In 2007, he was named Filmmaker-in-Residence at The Ghetto Film School where he taught filmmaking to youth in the Bronx, New York. The embedded video you see above is his first film, from 2007, titled Classified.

Classified clocks in at a little under fifteen minutes but manages to exude thoughtfulness and eccentricity even in that short amount of time. The story centers on a seemingly ordinary Harlem youth named Chris (played with commendable restraint by Terron Jones, who fittingly bears a slight resemblance to the late Big L). Chris' everyday struggles are like those of any urban youth, ranging from attempting to establish a more functional bond with his incarcerated father to keeping his fridge stocked and feet covered by immaculate kicks. But life is never mundane for too long, right?

Chris' stonefaced composure and uncomplicated outlook are challenged and ultimately altered, in a huge way, when he nonchalantly decides to address his privations by answering an oddly vague job listing. Payne's skillful writing and direction move this mini-drama forward with just enough bizarre Twilight Zone appeal sprinkled in to add extra dimension to already weighty themes like generation gaps and the balancing of individual wants versus collective needs. Play the video and see for yourself.

Nowadays Payne is working on his latest film, Cred, a drama about Wynton Richardson who returns to the neighborhood he grew up in as a building superintendent. When noisy tenants ignore his pleas for silence, Wynton is drawn into a spiral of masculine one-upsmanship that forces him to utilize behavior and friends he thought he left behind. Music plays a big role in this film, too. Payne and the producers of Cred are now soliciting hip hop songs to be played from the nosy tenant's apartment. According to Payne "this is a chance for indie and up-and-coming hip hop acts to have their music included in a film that is sure to have a successful run on the festival circuit as well as likely showings on HBO in 2010." Check it out:

What we're looking for: music should be dense, noisy, glitchy, and have a sense of urgency. Think Bomb Squad era PE or 90's era RZA beats. Some of the songs that have inspired us while working on the film are "Liquid Swords" by GZA, "Here I Come" by the Roots, "You Know What I'm About" by Big L , and "Juice (Know the Ledge)" by Eric B. and Rakim. But please do not hesitate to submit songs that don't fit this profile. Send any mp3s or wavs to We ask that you are the sole owner to the rights of any songs you send and that you're willing to sign a simple release granting us the right to use the song in the film (this is a non-exclusive release, meaning you still own the song and can do with it as you please). Also, we'll include your website or myspace info in the credits so everyone who sees the film knows where to find you online.

Think your music can hang with the boom-bap of yore? Give it a shot, and submit your song to Sounds Like The 90s, too.

-- Thun