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topanga linda perhacs

Tonight at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Linda Perhacs will be interviewed at 18 o’clock CET and will perform at 21:30 – mostly from her new album The soul of all natural things, to be released 2014-01. Below’s a reprint of our 2003-11 review of her legendary debut Parallelograms (Kapp 1970). Almost ten years old to the day, it’s from [uzine 03.17]. Since the switch of this blog from Posterous to WordPress we’re no longer able to offer you a zip of the e-zine back catalogue but we’re working on it! Meanwhile, here’s a sample issue and the table of contents … Since that 2003 review, the album has been re-reissued a number of times, e.g. on cd and lp by Sunbeam (with exclusive bonus tracks) or vinyl only by Sundazed. The Mexican Summer and Guerssen editions seem to be out of print.

LINDA PERHACS “Parallelograms – High Quality Sleeve – Large Sized Poster & Insert – 600 Copies Limited Edition” ****1/4
lp – 2003 – Merry-Go-Round MGR / Beatball (BMRL-2001)
LINDA PERHACS “Parallelograms” ****1/4
cd – 2003 – The Wild Places / Ace of Discs (WILD-005-RE) – 60’18”

Sweet, naively introverted and sometimes eerie – and always on the right side of twee. Very lovely and delightful, but not always as unique as some hypers would have you believe either. Linda reminds less of Vashti than of Joni and of Jacqui, sometimes even of Judy and Joan and Sandy and Carole and Karen. And Hope. Fans of “Willow song” on the soundtrack of “The Wicker Man” (cf. U0226) and of acts such as Mellow Candle, Tudor Lodge or even the Carpenters will like this too, while I’m even tempted to draw a parallel with Fred Neil, though not in sound. But a sweet, contemplative, Californialbion Joni trying to please Burt Bacharach comes closest, I guess. (Incidentally: ms Perhacs used to live in Topanga Canyon and in the Pacific Northwest of the USA – that whole ‘Hawaiian maiden’ story is untrue.) The cd adds five bonus tracks to the 1970 lp, the Korean lp reissue only two of them. The cd-only tracks (viz. a longer version of “Hey, who really cares” with added intro, a demo of “If you were my man”, a demo of “Chimacum rain” with extra sounds and a spoken note to her producer Leonard Rosenman) are worthwhile, but not crucial, so if you’d rather go for that poster… Note too that there’s been an earlier reissue on Ace of Discs which was mastered from a mint vinyl copy of the original lp but with a sound that wasn’t as close to the sound of the quarter track reel to reel tapes that have been used this time around, as the original lp had apparently been poorly mastered. And do note, as well, that this the WP brings together *everything* which ms. Perhacs has ever recorded. [Bunyan, Mitchell, McShee, Collins, Baez, Denny, King, Carpenter, Sandoval.]

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rip marva whitney

Shux! Just learned from Funky 16 Corners that Marva Whitney (1944-05-01 > 2012-12-22) has left us for that great jam by the Styx!
http://www.wefunkradio.com/extra/marva
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marva_Whitney
http://www.facebook.com/Transatlantics/posts/471999922845858
http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/news/international/34507/RIP-Marva-Whitney-Soul-Sister-1
http://osakamonaurail.com/discography/2006/12/i-am-what-i-am.html

im mr skin


RIP Ed Cassidy (1923-05-04 > 2012-12-06), drummer of Spirit … and IM Randy California (1951-02-20 > 1997-01-02) and John Locke (1943-09-25 > 2006-08-04). Cassidy was instantly recognizable by his shaven head (hence his nicknameMr Skin“) and his fondness for wearing black. He was around twenty years older than the rest of the group (born in 1923). His earlier career was primarily in jazz and included stints with Cannonball Adderley, Gerry Mulligan, Roland Kirk, Thelonious Monk and Lee Konitz. He was a founding member of Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder.” Quoted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_%28band%29


bill dylan vs bob wilson

Amidst the Dylanmania: “Indiana’s Bill Wilson drove to Nashville and knocked on producer Bob Johnston’s kitchen door in 1973. Bob let him in to play a few songs, liked it, and rounded up his crew that played on Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde”. They recorded “Ever Changing Minstrel” that night, and it was released on Columbia [CBS] in 1973. The album is now reissued with rare photographs, notes by reissue producer and Tompkins Square label owner Josh Rosenthal, and remastered from the original tapes.” Dixit Rosenthal: “I bought Bill Wilson’s “Ever Changing Minstrel” lp for a quarter in January. Never saw it before. Tracked down Bob Johnston (Dylan, Cohen, Cash) who produced it. He said Bill just showed up at his house one day. They made the record that night, with some of the guys who played on “Blonde On Blonde”. Bill and Bob never saw each other again.” Wilson would die of a heart attack at the age of 46, in 1993. Reissue label: Tompkins Square, cat. no. TSQ2684, rel. 2012-09-18. And do check that Sonobeat / Sonosong story for Wilson’s 1969 demo lp!
http://www.billwilsonmusic.net/
http://sonobeatrecords.com/billwilson.html
http://www.tompkinssquare.com/bill-wilson.html
http://www.isleofwrite.com/stories/Sonobeat.pdf
http://www.stringdancer.com/billwilson/index.html
http://www.scarletdukes.com/st/tm_aussonobeat.html
http://soundcloud.com/tompkinssquare/sets/bill-wilson-ever-changing

a shorty longer shade of pale

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Frederick ‘Shorty’ Long’s Motown recordings – mostly from 1968, including “Here comes the judge”, “Ain’t no justice”, “Night fo’ last”, “Don’t mess with my weekend”, “Here comes Fat Albert”, “Function at the junction”, “Stranded in the jungleànd an awful interpretation of “A whiter shade of pale” (1969 the latter) – have been compiled by Kent on Here Comes… The Complete Motown Stereo Masters(2012-03, cat. no. CDTOP 369).

flower machine’s first fading yellow lp

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Some tracks off Flower Machine‘s first vinyl outing, viz. Fading Yellow (Timeless Pop-Sike And Other Delights – Euro 45s 1968-1972)(2011-11, cat. no. FYLP001, limited edition of 300 copies, yellow vinyl, no inserts, 16 tracks). Way too expensive, imnsho … hence anxious to learn how forthcoming the price setting of the announced “Spanish Popsike And Other Delights” lp will be. Too greedy isn’t cool, Mr. Swede! [Below: Nothing today” by Barry Fantoni (1966).]
http://fadingyellow.tumblr.com/





listen whitey

Noted music producer and scholar Pat Thomas spent five years in Oakland researching Listen, Whitey! The Sights And Sounds Of Black Power 1965-1975“. It also chronicles the forgotten history of Motown’s Black Power subsidiary label, Black Forum (1970-1973). The tracklisting (listen to tracks  1, 5 & 12 below) on Listen, Whitey!(named after Huey P. Newton’s 1972 lp on Folkways) does miss God bless America for what(1972) by the once again forgotten Swamp Dogg, though – imho more relevant than Roy Harper‘s I hate the white manwith its rather vague lyrics, however poignant their delivery  … Even so, and especially with the accompanying book on Fantagraphics, this v/a compilation is a great addition to “(Rich Mix Presents) Back To Blackon Lo (2005), the Black & Proudcomps on Trikont (2002 & 2005), the two Stand Up And Be Counted – Soul, Funk And Jazz From A Revolutionary Erav/a volumes on Harmless (1999 & 2000) and What’s The Word? on the revamped Harmless (2011). Extra (viva RotA): Mable Hillery! And Denise Sullivan‘s book Keep on pushing – black power music from blues to hip hop(ISBN 9781556528170, Chicago Review Press / IPG 2011-07)!
http://listen-whitey.tumblr.com/
http://roomonetwofour.com/books.htm
http://lightintheattic.net/releases/685-listen-whitey-the-sounds-of-black-power-1967-1974
http://www.fantagraphics.com/browse-shop/listen-whitey-the-sights-and-sounds-of-black-power-1965-1975-2.html
http://www.wnyc.org/shows/soundcheck/2012/feb/22/motown-records-lost-history/
http://newblackman.blogspot.com/2010/06/rhythm-and-protest-motowns-forgotten.html
http://www.alternet.org/story/154559/listen,_whitey!_talking_with_author_pat_thomas_about_the_black_panthers
http://lightintheattic.net/news/?p=4882
http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2012/03/seize-the-time-pat-thomas-black-power-and-listen-whitey.html
http://jamesrtracy.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/listen-whitey-james-tracy-interviews-pat-thomas/
http://revoltoftheapes.com/2012/08/14/pat-thomas-author-of-listen-whitey-the-sights-and-sounds-of-black-power-1965-1975/
http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/79645

Listenwhitey

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