Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mabel Franklin "Let's Do The Wiggle" / "Dream I Had Last Night" (Ritzy, 1965)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train Party Platter

You may recall the pair of Sister Mable Franklin’s pulverizing Kangaroo gospel sides I put up here last year? ( This hot wax from seven years in the future finds the formerly pious gospel-shouting Sister Mable Franklin throwing her vocal flames into the most secular of blues! This one was laid down at drummer Ivory Lee Semien's studio on the Fifth Ward;s tough corner of Lyons and Jensen * - an intersection that grew so violent that it was referred to as “Pearl Harbor” by the end of the 1970s.

Apparently the second and last release on Houston’s obscure Ritzy imprint, Mabel’s take on the current dance craze trend doesn’t sound like a 1965 record and is so timeless that could’ve been from anywhere deep in the post-1948 Lightnin’ Hopkins “Katie Mae” Houston blues scene. But just because what your hearing is from a strong tradition doesn’t mean what you’re hearing isn’t an exquisite example of fresh and unique post-war Bayou City blues. Franklin’s windy wailing, growling, and shouting finds its ideal accompaniment in the raw elegance of drummer C.W. Thornton (Big Mama’s brother!) and the expressive, imaginative, and downright wild guitar heroics of Texas blues legend D.C. Bender. These sparse but loud and very present recordings make for two Texas’ most exciting blues sides.

Bender and Franklin teamed up again with Ivory Lee in 1967 with “Lucille Leave My Man Alone” / “Unhappy Woman” (Ivory, 1967)

Mabel Franklin and D.C. Bender were regular attractions in the colorful and prolific 1960s/1970s Fifth Ward club scene. Here’s Mike Leadbetter's action-packed 1967 account of a typical Bender/Ivory Lee band’s set at George’s on Cavalcade for “Blues Unlimited” (Aug 1967):

“George’s is a large, wild, tough beer joint and we sat as close to the band as we could. Ivory had told me that D.C. could sing, drink beer and play guitar all at once and this I had to see. To the hypnotic beat of “Boogie Chillen”, D.C. tipped back his head and, somehow, by clenching an open bottle between his teeth (broken), and by shouting out of the corner of his mouth did the impossible. Due to too much booze, D.C.;s voice is now little more than a hoarse cry, but his weird guitar playing, relying heavily on tremolo effects, is quite something as are his gymnastics. Laying down a pounding, rock rhythm behind D.C. were Big H. WIlliamson bass, Earl Gilliam on organ and Ivory beating beautifully on drums. All the musicians took turns to sing and by 9.30 most of the customers were hip shaking round the tables. There was no room to dance, but everyone stood up, shook all over and yelled. One couple, far gone, had a noisy if futile attempt to make love, half on a table and half on a chair, behind Tom’s head.”

Other than the Kangaroo sides, Sister Mabel Franklin had another early gospel record “How Many Years”/“All Over the World" on Franklin Records. In addition to the two 1960s Bender collaboration 45s, her mid-tempo soul burner “Come on and Go” turned up on Collectibles’ 1991 “Soul of Texas Blues Women: Good 'Ol Texas 60s Soul and Blues” collection. And a live recording of her belting “Wiggle Wiggle” on the Fifth Ward’s historic thoroughfare Lyons Avenue appears on Sunnyland Records’ 1970s compilation “Gulf Coast Blues” alongside D.C. Bender, Rockin’ Sidney, Silas Hogan, and other greats (somebody was kind enough to upload the entire lp here There's also a 45 bootleg of this floating around recently...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Buddy Ace "What Can I Do" (Duke, 1961)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train Party Platter

Born in Jasper, TX in 1936, Jimmie Lee Land was raised in a musical family in Baytown, a booming refinery town outside of Houston. He was in a gospel quartet in high school with the one and only Joe Tex. Tex won a number of Houston talent shows, including one that included the trip to New York where The Rapper won Amateur Night at The Apollo four times and was signed to King Records by legendary producer Henry Glover. Similarly Jimmie Lee Land was discovered at a Houston talent show by Duke/Peacock big bossman Don Robey. After the tragic oft-disputed suicide of Duke's biggest hitmaker Johnny Ace backstage at Houston’s City Auditorium Christmas Day 1954, Robey christened his top star’s brother, St. Clair Alexander, “Buddy Ace” to cash in on his famous sibling’s popularity. When the move didn’t pan out, Jimmie Lee Land became Duke Records’ new “Buddy Ace”. While never striking gold, he recorded a few minor hits and a number of standout sides during his Duke Records tenure that spanned a number of distinct musical eras, 1956 to 1969, from early rock’n’roll to funkier times. Buddy Ace, who went grey in the 1970s and became known as “The Silver Fox of the Blues,” continued to record and slay audiences on the road all the way up to his fatal heart attack onstage in Waco, TX December 26, 1994 - 40th years and a day after Johnny Ace’s death.

The "Screaming Please" writing credit Brown/Malone means that Texas Johnny Brown, the legendary Texas guitarist and author of Bobby Blue Bland's iconic "Two Steps From The Blues," was probably the writer. Deadric Malone is the pseudonym Don Robey to get writing credits on a number of Duke sides he wasn’t involved in composing. As this reveals so many of the dynamic brassy hallmarks of the stellar Bobby "Blue" Bland material of the era, until someone shows me different, I will conclude for now that 1) Duke's house arranger/trumpeter Joe Scott is threading the elaborate tapestry and 2) the band is the same killer all-star ensemble from "Two Steps From The Blues" driven by the dynamic beat of earth-shattering future James Brown drummer John "Jabo" Starks.

Monday, October 16, 2017

School of Life Monday:
LITERATURE - George Orwell

George Orwell is the most famous English language writer of the 20th century, the author of Animal Farm and 1984. What was he trying to tell us and what is his genius?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

King Carl "I'm Just A Lonely Man" (La Louissianne, 1964)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train Party Platter

Any of my night owls who stick around for the last hour of dancing probably recognize this minor key masterpiece! Born in Grand Coteau in 1931, in the fertile south Louisianna culture between Lafayette and Opelousas, King Carl AKA King Karl briefly was a singer in Lloyd Price's review in the early 1950s and soon became a pioneering force in the fusion of rhythm and blues, Cajun, and Creole music that we today call "Swamp Pop." He spent years rolling around with Guitar Gable and wrote so many killer classics like "Irene," "Life Problem," "This Should Go On Forever," and many many more. By 1964 he had split from Gable's band and waxed this powerful platter for Lafayette's amazing La Louissianne impr

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Los Dug Dug's "Brinca Brinca" (RCA Mexico, 1966)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train Party Platter

Feliz cinco de mayo! Tonight we celebrate the Black Lips' record release at Home Sweet Home with a night of dancing to amazing Spanish language rock'n'roll! Today's party platter "Brinca Brinca" is by one of the most legendary and influential Mexican bands Los Dug Dug's.

Formed as Xippos Rock in the Durango in the early-1960s, Los Dug Dugs moved to Tijuana and by 1966 had made their way to Mexico City where they made a huge splash right away and laid down this blazing' track! "Brinca Brinca" is the B-Side to their first single, children's TV show theme "Chicotito Si, Chicotito No."

Los Dug Dug's moved to New York City in 1968 and then back to Mexico where they released a number of classic albums in the 1970s - including the universally-acclaimed heavy psych rock masterpiece LP "Smog" (reissued on Light In The Attic). Leader Armando Nava and his Los Dug Dug's are still rocking deep into the 21st century!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Charles Brimmer "The Glide" (A.B.S., 1967)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train Party Platter

Today's song, Charles Brimmer's "The Glide," has been turned a lot at thee Clap the last year or two and I've been getting a lot of inquiries for you about it, and since there's no youtube or other internet file up so far, I'm happy for you to give all of you a chance to listen!

Though his first single was from when he was in high school in the lower 9th, recorded with his brother as Charles and Ivory, "The Glide" is the first recording of his prolific career. If you think this sounds like a Wardell Quezergue arrangement you hit the nail on the head. And this appears on a Quezerque and Camille Incardona shortlived imprint A.B.S. (Always Better Sound). The B-Side "I Need You I Do" is a super-fine ballad showing off Brimmer's deep pipes. "The Glide" never caught on but this overlooked dance jam kicked off the recording career of one of the great New Orleans voices and remains a unique go-to record for me.

Charles Brimmer also has a lot of other top jams worth checking out. There's also a lot of biographical information on line to start your search:

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Don Fredrick "A Little Bit Of Soap" (La Louisianne, 1967)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train Party Platter

A killer Louisiana version of the Jarmels classic that put Bert Berns on the map on Lafayette amazing La Louisianne imprint that I just pulled out of my stacks after a long break! I couldn't find any information about Don Fredrick or this track. Feel free to chime in if you know anything...

p.s. some of you hip-hop heads may recognize that De La Soul sampled this song ...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Creep "Betty Lou Got A New Tattoo" (Oakridge, 1964)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train Party Platter

I learned “Betty Lou Got A New Tattoo” from the A-Bones cover that for years remained a staple of their live set and also from Norton Records’ stellar “Fort Worth Teen Scene” compilation on which this appears. I will always associate this song with Billy Miller and remember the playful smirk on his face and his distinctive vocal delivery as the band reliably tore through this one with unbridled gusto. Since Billy passed away a few months ago I play this every Friday at Home Sweet Home in his memory and I feel his spirit in the room when it inevitably shakes the house down. So this of course goes out to him.

The Creep, AKA Nick Kithas of Creep and the Deacons, moved on from his rockin' roots to become a notable a jazz musician, club owner, and restauranteur in Ft. Worth. Another hero of mine Jim "The Hound" Marshall says, "It's basically a take off on Bobby Freeman's Betty Lou Got A New Pair Of Shoes, but better, and dumber."

I hope that you enjoy this classic as much as I do and get yourself a copy of "Fort Worth Teen Scene" to get wowed by all the killer rock'n'roll coming out of DFW in the 1960s.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Honey Drippers "Impeach the President" (Alaga, 1973)
via Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train Party Platter

In the last year or so, when i have to leave town I post some cool songs each day, to make life easier on the road, by one of my favorite DJ's ever Jonathan Toubin. So while I am on a whirlwind Euro visit to solidify some exhibitions for 2018/19, I will start you off here with the platters and descriptions via Jonathan. Thanks for staying tuned.

Tonight, after a long day of consuming political theater, I turn this summer's theme song as I take over Questlove's Bowl Train at Brooklyn Bowl... I finally picked up Roy C and the Honey Drippers' much-sampled Nixon-era classic "Impeach the President" from thee immortal Todd-O-Phonic Todd at WFMU Record Fair and its going keep spinning round and round all summer long until I don't need to play it anymore!

Monday, October 9, 2017

School of Life Monday
Can never watch this one too often :-)
Political Theory - Karl Marx

Karl Marx remains deeply important today not as the man who told us what to replace capitalism with, but as someone who brilliantly pointed out certain of its problems. The School of Life, a pro-Capitalist institution, takes a look.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

HITS on my instagram last few days

MINOR THREAT - IAN MACKAYE - ... July 1982 at show in southern California, with The Dead Kennedys, MDC, and The Zero Boys, allon the bill. An incredible night, in my all time top ten Punk shows, everyone killed it. Minor Threat one of the greatest hardcore punk bands ever, practically responsible for the term “Hardcore”. Everyone LOVED them and in the front row here in the photograph there is Dave from MDC and Big Frank from GoldenVoice... This photo is in the, 324 page, huge, MY RULES book. Get it at your local book store or Amazon if you can’t find it locally. #inspiration #integrity #PUNK #HarDCore #OldSchool #WashingtonDC #MDC #GetOutaMyShot #DISCHORD #WhatTheFuckHaveYouDone? #MinorThreat #StraightEdge @dischordrecords #1982 #ImAPersonJustLikeYou #screamingAtAWall #OutOfStep @dischordrecords #1982 #MyRules

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LL COOL J - St Albans, Queens early 90’s. By this time i had known LL for a while and i was brought back into the fold to do the photography for “14 Shots to the Dome” after a couple of covers that weren’t quite up to par with the last one I did with him (B.A.D.) Lots of cool images during this day long session. This one was published in my book THE IDEALIST.. the streaks of light behind him are cause by a liquid tanker truck driving by as i was doing a time exposure. Check the details of the car and background due to the time exposure with only available light on the street. I love this photograph. May not have been his most creative era, but we made some cool as fuck photos this day. Out on Farmers Blvd. that he name checked on his records time and again, it’s always good to shoot in a persons own ‘hood. #HipHop #Rap #BBoy #LLCOOLJ #inspiration #DefJam #The Idealist #BMW #14shotsToTheDome #FILM #35mm #Kodachrome #PhotoSession #Work #art #chillin #TimeExposure

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HENRY ROLLINS, in the band BLACK FLAG at this time, at a rented rehearsal space circa 1982. If you have read the captions in any of my books or seen me talk about Black Flag during this era, you would know that practice to them was often more intense than a show. I felt privileged that i was able to hang out at practice now and again during this peak era, and occasionally make photographs too. They were my favorite band, hands down. The trials and tribulations they endured with police crackdowns were unheard of for any other band ever. BLACK FLAG were a huge inspiration, not just trend setters or trailblazers, they fucking kicked ass and were serious about what they did. Many of us learned from them. Their work ethic was unmatched. Their self sufficiency was emulated. DIY ‘cause without it, it did not happen. All my favorite output came up until the time Chuck Dukowski left the band, Damaged one of the greatest albums ever, and the “First Four Years” package a must for anyone who wasn’t around as each of those EPs were released. #RiseAbove #PUNK #PunkRock #HardcorePunk #BLACKFLAG #DAMAGED #KnowYourRoots #NervousBreakdown #Revenge #NoValues #SprayPaint #AmericanWaste #RiseAbove #Damaged #ThirstyAndMiserable #NoMore #GimmeGimmeGimme #MyWar #OG #SouthBay #WashingtonDC #harDCore #PracticePracticePractice #CreepyCrawl this photograph first appeared in My book FUCK YOU HEROES and several from this same afternoon also appear in the MY RULES book, as well the cover of the BLACK FLAG biography written by Stevie Chick also used photos from this day on the front and back covers. #SeriousAsAHeartAttack #FUN #early80s #REAL #aggro #release #energy

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DR. KNOW (Gary Miller) of BAD BRAINS circa 1981 at a club called “A7” in the east village here in NYC. I am posting this photograph today because i spent some time hanging out with Gary over in Tompkins Square Park sunday afternoon, less than a few hundred feet away from where i made this photo! We and what seemed like a 1000 others were celebrating the life of RAY BEEZ who passed away 20 years ago this weekend. There were bands playing all afternoon, with plenty of NYHC all-stars... good fun seeing a lot of the old punk friends and the new ones too. The club A7 had a stage less than a foot off the ground, the dance floor and the stage where the room was, was probably 15’x15’ feet. Gigs there were amazing. This night i believe the BAD BRAINS played with either The UnDead or Reagan Youth, or maybe both! Wish you coulda been there! Good news is Gary said HR is more his old self than he’s been in 40 years 😃 this was the best thing to hear. They are playing some shows soon, something tells me these may be better than they have in as many years. #BadBrains #knowYourRoots #Punk #NYC #DC #RightBrigade #FearlessVampireKillers #SailinOn #PMA #PositiveMentalAttitude #HardCorePunk #inspiration #OG #Originals #WashingtonDC #BadAss #A7 #PunkRock #GuitarHero #FuckYouHeroes #MyRules Gary put some words together for the MY RULES book as well... if you haven’t seen it, I don’t know why, it beats the hell outa this Instagram stuff ✌🏽 (Niagra is the current name of the location where the A7 club was, in the back room down 7th street). #EastVillage

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Get Ready NEXT WEEK+ preview

i will be sharing platters from the incredible DJ Jonathan Toubin, here's a taste of what he can be found doing a least several nights a week live...