Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Back in the sleigh, with snow on the ground!
Everyone's favorite producer, Jim Diamond, starts us with a rockin' little soul garage combo, a stomper all 'bout the wastelands of Detroit at Xmas. After that, a blast of boozy Xmas trashpunksleaze courtesy of the mighty 10 Cent Fuck Flicks. Not, we repeat, not for the faint of heart.
Too cool things off a little, legend Eddie Floyd (he of the mighty "I'll Be Your Santa Claus") throws us sweet and soulful "Christmas Party".
And then there's Country crooner Jimmie Selph, with "A Little Boy's Letter to Santa Claus". It's a weeper, and y'all know how much we like our weepers, those classic Xmas tunes full of horribly delicious pathos and hilarious heart tugging.
And on the weeper note...why not revisit two of the best? What Holiday would be complete with the king, Red Sovine? Our favorites then...The alcoholic haze of "Here It Is Christmas" and the greatest yuletide tune of them all, "Billy's Christmas Wish", who's ending can only be heard to be believed!
Santa's an Emotional Punk!
Jim Diamond's Pop Monsoon: Christmas in Detroit (mp3)
Ten Cent Fuck Flicks: Whiskey Claus (mp3)
Eddie Floyd: Christmas Party (mp3)
Jimmy Selph: A Little Boy's Letter to Santa Claus (mp3)
Red Sovine: Here It Christmas (mp3)
Red Sovine: Billy's Christmas Wish (mp3)
Please give generously to all your favorite alcoholic Santa's the Holiday season.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Perhaps a little too much eggnog last night. The Mountain is a bit under the weather today. What better time, then, than to start re-posting some of our world famous Xmas mixes, that many of y'all were so kind to help us recover?? Figger some of y'all haven't heard 'em yet, so enjoy!
We'll make up for the lack of new stuff today over the next few weeks with some double posts or extra-loaded tunes!
We're also more than happy to take requests (as long as we actually have the tunes)!
Santa's Got a Boogie Woogie Heart!
A Big Rock Candy Mountain Juke'n'Jive Xmas (mp3 follows track listing)
1.Christmas In The Congo (The Marquees)
2.Xmas Twist (Twistin' Kings)
3.Santa Claus (The Sonics)
4.Christmas Tree's On Fire (Holly Golightly)
5.Rockabilly Santa Claus (Wanda Jackson)
6.Christmas Boogie (The Barnstompers)
7.Bring That Cadillac Back (The Doc Bagby Orchestra)
8.Here Comes The Fattest Man In Town (Bob Chester)
9.Santa and My Semi (Dale Watson)
10.The Christmas Cannonball (Hank Snow)
11.Cowboy Santa Claus (Prairie Ramblers)
12.On A Christmas Day (C.W. Stoneking)
13.Santa's Secret (Johnny Guarnieri)
14.Christmas In Jail (Leroy Carr)
15.Christmas Lights (Wild Billy Childish)
16.Blue Grey Christmas (King Coleman)
17.Hey Santa Claus (The Moonglows)
18.God Rest You Merry Gentlemen (Rev. Frost)
19.Will Hell Be Your Santa (Rev. J.M. Gates)
20.Santa Claus Boogie (Hasil Adkins)
21.Christmas Boogie (The Davis Sisters)
22.Christmas By The Bar B Que (Lynn August)
23.Christmas In The Mountains (Faron Young)
24.Gone Home For Christmas (Red Simpson)
25.Santa To The Moon (Sonny Cole)
26.Jingle Jangle Jump (Dexter Gordon)
27.Christmas Rush (Dead Moon)
28.Let Me Hang Your Stockings In Your Christmas Tree (Roosevelt Sykes)
29.Santa's Messin' With The Kid (Eddie C. Campbell)
30.Zydeco Christmas (C.J. Chenier)
31.What Will Santa Say (When He Finds Everybody Swinging) (Louis Prima)
32.Christmas Time Blues (Roy Milton and His Solid Senders)
33.If We Make It Through December (Merle Haggard)
A Big Rock Juke'n'Jive Xmas (mp3)
As ever, support the artists, check out a show, buy some merch, buy the rekkids! Artists have to buy presents for their family as well!
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Holy holidaze! We want to thank each and every person who helped us out in recovering the Xmas mixes from years past. We are humbled by yr generosity. And it confirms what we've always believed: regardless of religious affiliation or political stripe, we still think the holidays bring out the best in all of us. From pretty lights in yr favorite dive bar to the gift of giving, there's something about this time of year that bands us all together. That's what this is all about. In the end, all we have is each other, external quibbles aside. We're gonna be re-posting those mixes soon, plus a few new ones. So watch out, Scrooges...it's all about the love!
We missed yesterday, so we'll try to make that up over the next few days.
So...organ drenched be-bop spirit from the Barbary Coasters! The Boulevards bring the doo-wop to the tinsel hanging. J.B. Summers and the Doc Bagby Orchestra give us some Rhythm 'n' Soul ornamentation. And the Hipwaders rockabilly us on a never-ending Yuletide train!
As a bonus, two classic Xmas tunes from one of our favorite artists, Mike Ireland. Possessing a classic Country voice, able to voice the epitome of sadness and beauty in the Holiday season. These tunes are not to be missed!
Secret Santa doesn't believe in Himself!
The Barbary Coasters: Secret Santa (mp3)
The Boulevards: I Don't Believe In Santa Claus (mp3)
J.B. Summers and Doc Bagby's Orchestra: I Want A Present For Christmas (mp3)
The Hipwaders: Santa's Train (mp3)
Bonus Xmas tunes from way back when...
Mike Ireland and Holler: Christmas Past (mp3)
Mike Ireland and Holler: Christmas From A Bar (mp3)
Take care of each other this Holiday season...the measure of each of us is in how we treat "the least of these".
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Got a special Xmas request! We lost all of our previous Xmas mixes (the mp3 ones). We've still got the track listings, but the mp3 files are gone. Anybody got some or all of 'em they can send us, so we don't have to try to re-create? We'll have a special treat for ya, if you can help us out!
Ok, enough pleading. Let's stuff yr stockings!!!
BR549, that classic honky tonk bar band, weigh in with one of our favorite holiday genres, the Truckin' Christmas song!!!! They're making Red Simpson and Dave Dudley proud with this slice of yuletide! More truckin' Xmas to come!
Cactus Pryor and C.W. Stoneking kick it old-school jug-band style'n' Blues to rawk yr holidaze groove!
And The J's (with Jamie) slide into yr hipster xmas wrapping with a beatnik swing like nobody's business, daddy-o!
Santa's a Truckin' Fool!!!
BR549: A Truck Stop Christmas (mp3)
Cactus Pryor: Christmas Is A Very Merry Time (mp3)
The J's with Jamie: Cool Yule (mp3)
C.W. Stoneking: On A Christmas Day (mp3)
Please support your local bell ringers and ringing bells!
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
It's a ho ho ho's paradise! Day 2 of our Yuletide insanity! No preamble, let's stuff yr stockings!
The mighty Holly Golightly, one of our favorite artists, shakes off the punk for a vibes-drenched lounge-y xmas list. Her noir vocal take is perfect for a late night, snowy twinkle of tinsel and yule-log crackle. Break out the bear-skin rug!
Too mellow? Well, then, the Black Nights and the Guitar Slingers FT will kick yr holiday ass all around the tree, a rockabilly present wrapped up in a grit-down bow!
And the mighty Hank Thompson finishes us off with the greatest Christmas wish ever! (and one of our Top 5 fave rave Xmas tunes ever!)
Santa's a Stompin' Chimney Diver!
Holly Golightly: That's What I Want For Christmas (mp3)
Black Knights: Xmas Record Hop (mp3)
Guitar Slingers FT: Stomp That Christmas (mp3)
Hank Thompson: I'd Like To Have An Elephant For Christmas (mp3)
As ever, support the artists in any way you can. The best Xmas gift you can give is help 'em out!
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Well, 'spect its about that time. The Holidays (suck it Palin) are upon us, and the world's ears tune into the mighty Mountain to help 'em through the nonsense. We're here for you. Daily Posting from now 'til Shane MacGowan's birthday on December 25th!
Did we mention "daily posting"??? Yes we did.
This may be our last go-around, so we'll try to make it a little extra special.
Gonna break out long-standing rule, and post some stuff we've posted before. Lots of classics worth revisiting, and we've been doing this so long, that, well, why the hell not??? Fear not, there will be plenty of "new" tunes to slurp yr eggnog to.
As ever, feel free to snoop around the archives and make a request. We'll try to accommodate everyone!
And remember, if ya don't like what ya hear today, stick around. No day is the same, no style or genre is sacrosanct. We'll be changing it up daily.
Enough of the intro, let's hop in the sleigh!
Kicking things off is the mighty Untamed Youth, with a hot rod hootenanny, that happens to be one of our top 5 xmas tunes ever! Television City follow up with a Yuletide ode to punk icon Johnny Thunders, who could be our Santa any day of the year. Who else could save Christmas, indeed?
Dick Smith knows exactly how Santa gets through such a rough night. And The Davenports throw down what may actually be our theme over the past 9 years of doing this. No really.
Santa's bag is hanging low!
The Untamed Youth: Santa's Gonna Shut 'Em Down (mp3)
Television City: The Night Johnny Thunders Saved Christmas (mp3)
Dick Smith: Red-Eyed Santa (mp3)
The Davenports: Whore For the Holidays (mp3)
Please support your favorite charity this Holiday season!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Well...the Holidays (yeah, suck it Palin) are coming up...and regular readers will know what's coming up very soon...so stay tuned.
Got a couple of folks we wanna cover before things get completely insane, so we've got a special Thanksgiving post for ya today and a couple of other posts going forward that we'll mix in with the Holiday madness.
It's no secret our great love of John Paul Keith. And he's got a new rekkid out, Memphis Circa 3AM, that we'll be talking about a little later, and, yeah, it's fucking great. But you knew that, right?
But, for now, we wanna focus on another record Mr. Keith put out this year. It's called Motel Mirrors, and it features duets with the amazing Ms. Amy LaVere.
Some posit that the proper "duet" record is dead, with too many one-song, 10-line "collaborations" and not enough meat. Motel Mirrors is the perfect prescription for that kind of thinking.
The record is too short, only 7 songs, it's an EP. That would be our only criticism. We wanted more. Much more. But perhaps that's a good thing. Always leave your audience hungry. And hungry we are. It's a stunner, perfect in it's brevity and astonishing in scope.
Amy LaVere has a voice that will break your heart, partly because she demands you love her, shy and demure one moment. And partly because she aint takin' no shit from ya, cool and detached when demanded. It's a great weapon, sultry and detached, warm and inviting, sometimes all in one line. And it plays perfectly to John Paul Keith's classic vocal style, a southern twang and Holly hiccup. We haven't heard such a perfect pairing since George and Tammy, Prine and DeMent, Dolly and Porter. Their voices entangle into a classic combo of kiss-off and love.
Every track on this EP is perfect, and we can't pick a favorite. It kicks off with a rager, "Meet Me on the Corner", a distilled boom chicka tale reminiscent of"Dark End of the Street", but with much more sass (on both parts), taking the meme into a realm that invites both sides, rather than machismo. "Your Tender Loving Care" continues the theme, with Keith and LeVere trading barbs like guilty lovers clinging.
"Dearest" continues, with lovely pedal steel, island groove, a longing reminiscent of "Love is Strange", yearning and beautiful. That may be our favorite track...until..."Suddenly You" kicks in, and we believe in Romeo and Juliet, without the weird suicide thing, Jangly honky-tonk geetar framing the pop of circumstance.
"As Far As I'm Concerned", "The Best Mistake I'd Ever Make Again", and "That Makes Two of Us" round out the rekkid with perfect banter, and vocal play, each poking the expected, yet framed in Country tropes. Almost subversive, but so perfectly framed by fiddle and pedal, and deep mountain arrangement that we revel in the 1950's innocence and awakening, swelled into the expected and fueled by the modern.
A modern re-telling, then, and Ms. LeVere and Mr. Keith throw down the gauntlet to our expected and take it to another level. It's the best "duet" record you're gonna hear, going back 30 years.
Easily one of our best rekkids of the year.
Amy LaVere has a new record coming out shortly. We're eagerly waiting for it.
Rock like the end of the world!!!
Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith: Dearest (mp3)
Please support your independent artists!!!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Don't forget to vote in the poll over to yr left! You can select as many choices as you want!
Now, it's all about The Greatest Song Ever Written (at least for today)!!!
We're mad crazy about the gospel song. No, not the contemporary lifeless "chorus" crap, or the egregious southern barbershop-harmony swill. We're talking about the soulful, shout to the heavens, sin'n'salvation, tambourine shakin', church-organ drenched hallelujahs, sweaty and hollerin' stuff. Hell, we should add that to our regular series. Anybody want a regular Gospel post?
Amongst all of the classic Gospel recordings ("Didn't It Rain", "Oh Happy Day", and way too many more to name check), "I'm Going To Live the Life I Sing About In My Song" may be our very favorite.
The very essence of the Saturday sinner and Sunday saint ("I can't go to church and shout all day Sunday/Go out and get drunk and raise sand all day Monday"), and made famous by Mahalia Jackson, it's a surging bit of testify, brothers and sisters! And it demands a bit of one-room church, warped piano plunking or salvation soaked organ roll. A holy roller rhythm and a bit of shoutin'! A sanctified bit of tent revival, bibles raised and booty down.
We got the classic by Mahalia, of course. And, as a bonus, the greatest rock 'n' roll band in 'Merica. The Oblivians, joined by the mighty Mr. Quintron on filthy organ, give it their greasy tabernacle spin! So, truly, the sinners and the saint.
The Greatest Song Ever Written (at least for today), indeed. 'Nuff said!
Be saint by day and a devil undercover!
Mahalia Jackson: I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About In My Song (mp3)
Oblivians (with Mr. Quintron): Live The Life (mp3)
Please support yr local, independent salvation peddlers, snake oil merchants, tent revivalists, and gospel glad-handers!
Monday, September 30, 2013
There's a special place in the world for the "burnt desert" song...a world of sneaky rattlesnakes and echoed canyon noir, songs of traveling and dust, the cactus dry yet alive, the kicking vintage truck transporting all manner of bad behavior and innocence freighted belief. Where the laws of men inhabit the expected, and the pistol could jam with sand and the Mariachi band is playing not for profit but for survival. The outpost is an empty tank away, the beer is on ice, melting, and the lizards are scrambling, hissing and flared. Step into the sepia-toned light, then, with bleached bones and death rattle and cosmic, red-hued hum..Georgiana Starlington.
Not a person, but a band. The darkest twilight criss-crossed lightning across the plains, finding the patter of a windstorm on vagabond tin-roof porch, beat beat beat the rhythm of safety and danger, lone yet part of the mythology of the West.
Georgiana Starlington is made up of husband and wife Jack and Julie Hines (also of the mighty K-Holes), along with Daniel Sheerin on drums and percussion , Andy Curtin on pedal steel, and Vashti Windish on singing saw. Their record, Paper Moon (out on Hozac), occupies the space inbetween the raindrops. The curdled muddy footsteps of bad deeds and the sinister sway of hardboiled regret. Jack and Julie trade vocals, occasionally as cow-noir duets, his voice a bourbon ramble, hers a gauzy gingham chanteuse, and surround themselves with hazy blanched rhythms and sound. A rumbled sand-surf guitar line, lonesome desperate pedal steel, the keening of a singing saw, midnight church harmonica. All hymns of hazy, steepled mesas.
Tracks like "Hard Grave", "The Great Divide", "Dry As A Bone", and "Days Like Heaven" shimmer like pale desert nights. "Moonlight" the saddest pedal-driven cowboy lament, campfire and crickets. And "Gust" is perfect, a rough-hewn diamond, sparkling darkly.
An essential album for anyone visiting these here sites, and easily one our best records of the year.
From Paper Moon LP (ripped from vinyl, natch):
Georgiana Starlington: Dry As A Bone (mp3)
From The Paper Moon Demos (free on Bandcamp)
Georgiana Starlington: Johnny Come Listen (mp3)
Please support yr local, independent labels, record stores, and bands. Support independent music. Go see shows. Buy a record or a t-shirt or a koozie. Whatever it takes!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Space is the place, as our buddy from Saturn, Sun Ra, used to say.
And that's today's theme in our ongoing series, Essential Comps Everybody Should Own! (or something like that, we're still tweaking what we're gonna call it).
Buffalo Bop has been a force of nature in comps for a good while now. They're loosely associated with/helpfully distributed by, the essential Bear Family Records. Buffalo Bop comps usually have a theme: Drinking, Juvenile Delinquency, Trains, Hot Rods, Rockabilly, Jungle, etc. All the things that the Mountain loves. Many of the songs are from public domain or from regional record labels of the 1950's and 1960's. All of their comps are highly recommended by us!
One of the more interesting of their comps is Rockin' Orbit, a collection of Country-Billy space-themed tunes informed by Cold War, nuclear fallout shelters, comic books, and the search for the "other" in the grand spinning diorama above us. There's some cheesy stuff, and lots of "count-downs" in many of the songs (kinda charming in a way-back-when way), but when the Country and Rockabilly kick in, it's killer stuff! Kickin', hollerin' cows on the moon space-billy goodness!
Take a time travel to distant worlds, then, a rollickin' hillbilly take on the space race, greasy rocket fuel and juiced-up dreams of mysterious night skies and escape!
Rockin' Orbit is...wait for it...Outta this World!!!! It's a Country-Billy travel into outer space!
Eddie Cletro: Flying Saucer Boogie (mp3)
Jackie Lowell: Rocket Trip (mp3)
Fabulous Imperials: Moon Beat (mp3)
Support yr local artists. To the moon and back!