Sunday, July 28, 2013

L.A. is the Place for Me

  I was going to wait until later in the week to post this, but as I was putting the final touches on the cover art (yeah, it was just adding the title to an existing picture), I thought it's an excellent day to crank up some 60s rock, so I should just post it now.  To be more specific, it's L.A. mid to late 60s bands (or bands that were produced in L.A.) - a lot of garage rock, but also some "sunshine pop" and just a wee bit of country rock.  I owe a big debt of gratitude to the website Through a Vast Crystal Sphere and the mammoth rock and pop box sets on that site.  I tried not to over-rely on the selections there, as there's also several cuts from the Rhino 4 disc set Where the Action Is: LA Nuggets 1965-1968, plus various and sundry other sources. (Disclaimer: I think all the bands are from LA or LA based, but I didn't check that hard.)

       In addition to the aforementioned box sets, my general infatuation with Los Angeles in the late 1960s, I'd also cite a Sadies concert from several years ago where they did a killer cover of Love's "A House is not a Motel" as the spark for my obsession with LA rock from this period.  And if any of The Sadies (or their friends) are reading this blog, I'd highly recommend an entire album of 60s psychedelic rock covers or heck, just a tribute album to Love. 

Side A

I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night The Electric Prunes
Put the Clock Back on the Wall The E-Types
Swim Penny Arkade
To Claudia on Thursday The Millennium
Louise Keith Allison
Underground Lady Kim Fowley
It's A Hard Life The Seeds
Gone And Passes By Chocolate Watch Band
That's the Way the World Has Got to Be Chris Lucey
Buy for Me the Rain The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
If You Want This Love The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
Little Girl, Little Boy Odyssey
You're Gonna Miss Me 13th Floor Elevators
Love Special Delivery Fire Escape
Oh My Baby The Kicks
A Clown's No Good Merry Go Round
Follow Me Lyme & Cybelle
Falling Sugar The Palace Guard

Side B

A House Is Not A Motel Love
Guaranteed Love Limey & The Yanks
Lies The Knickerbockers
I Don't Walk There No More Research 1-6-12
Where Were You When I Needed You? Grass Roots
Wasn't Born to Follow The Byrds
November Night Peter Fonda
Underground Fire Ventures
Sleepy Hollow The Last Word
Zig Zag Wanderer Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band
Riot On Sunset Strip The Standells
What I Want You To Say Barracudas
Superman The Clique
Night Time The Strangeloves
Hey Joe The Leaves
Snowblind Judy Henske & Jerry Yester
Moonlight Drive The Doors
Words Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart

Thursday, July 4, 2013

An Afternoon with the Gilbertos

    Well, it's hot and humid here on the east coast (and only going to get worse), so it seemed like a good time for some Brazilian music.  I know that Bebel Gilberto is not Astrud's daughter (she and Joao broke up not long after she recorded The Girl from Ipanema), but I still think the three of them sound quite dandy together.


Um Segundo (Album Version) Bebel Gilberto
O Grande Amor Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto
Dreamer Astrud Gilberto
A Felicidade Astrud Gilberto
Trevo de 4 Folhas  Joao Gilberto
Batucada Bebel Gilberto & Vini­cius Cantuaria
Berimbau Astrud Gilberto
Falsa Baiana Joao Gilberto
It Might As Well Be Spring Astrud Gilberto
Nossa Senhora Bebel Gilberto
Wave Joao Gilberto
Desde Que O Samba E Samba Joao Gilberto
Fly Me To The Moon Astrud Gilberto
Lonely Bebel Gilberto
Who Needs Forever? Thievery Corporation (Astrud Gilberto)
Chega de Saudade Joao Gilberto
Oba, Oba Astrud Gilberto
Tim Tim Por Tim Tim João Gilberto
All Around Bebel Gilberto
I Wish You Love (Que Reste-T-Il De Nos Amours) Joao Gilberto
Non-Stop to Brazil Astrud Gilberto