Jo Ann Campbell, Jackie Dee, Brenda Lee, Nedra Price...

I promised a post of upbeat rockabilly ages ago. When I promise something, I do (usually) carry through eventually. This will be a long one; hold tight.

Jo Ann Campbell

I'm Nobody's Baby (1959)
Wassa Matter With You Baby?
Self-penned 1958 awesome. Campbell is a hero.

Jackie Dee

Best Of...1958-1980: Come and Get Me (2000)
a.k.a. Jackie DeShannon. She recorded this in 1959 when she was fifteen and wore gold pants. Later, she'd be responsible for "When You Walk Into the Room," which is pretty much the pinnacle.

Brenda Lee

Anthology (1956-1980) (1991)
Bigelow 6-200
This song is penned by Don Woody, who is a pretty great singer in his own right.

Nedra Price

Sugar Doll (2005)
Let's Have a Party
I want to meet this girl.

Lou & Ginny

Sugar Doll (2005)
Do I Do Right?
yeah, I like Sugar Doll...

Penny Candy

The Rockin' Lady (1959)
The Rockin' Lady
Discovered this in a big bag of my dad's 45s a while ago. Became obsessed.



King Tee & Ice Cube
St. Ides Promos (Unreleased Compilation) (1989?)
Get Ya Girl In The Mood Quicker
Most of the King Tee and Dj Pooh fronted St. Ides commercials from the late 80s were amazing, but this one pretty much sums up why they were too awesome to not be banned

Linda Perhacs

Parallelograms (1970)
All of Linda Perhac's Parallelograms sounds to me like what you would sing to the giant oak in the woods so that it would assume the form of a wise elder. The title song is a beautiful exercise in acid+folk.

Polka Polka Polka

Okay, stop laughing. Seriously, this post is about polkas. A "polka" is a dance in 2/4 time of Czech origin. The music that accompanies it is (obviously) in the same time, but is not limited to sound like "The Chicken Dance". Now, I'm not so talented an ear that I can pick out a polka when I hear it without reading the word "polka" in the title of the song, but after a while, I am sure keener ears could do it. I know they exist (the songs & the ears). Below are some fine polkas from various sources, many recent tunes, & one scratchy pearl from way back when.

Vesely Muzyky

Music From the Ukraine (1998)
Vesilna Polka
Most of my favorite polkas are from Eastern Europe somewhere, generally Ukraine, but not always. Oddly, for being a Czech style, I've heard no Czech polkas that I know of.

Al Duvall

The Butler's Revenge (2001)
Flophouse Polka
A little bit novelty, a little bit dark, this reminds me in spirit of Tom Waits' "Cemetary Polka" (not posted because I assumed most of you would already know it). Duvall is apparently pretty out-there & unknown. I posted this as a prime example of a non-folk, non-traditional polka.

Guido Deiro

Vaudeville Accordion Classics: The Complete Works of Guido Deiro (2003)
I Don't Care Polka
Originally released in 1913, this novel little ditty is being performed by the Italian musician who first popularized the piano accordion.

Haugaard & Høirup

Duo for Violin & Guitar (2000)
Arnes Polka
I actually don't think I am posting any low tempo polkas, but that's because I like the lively stuff better. This is from a Dutch pair who've been acclaimed & touted from the mountain tops in recent years amongst the Dutch press, apparently.

The Warsaw Village Band

People's Spring (2002)
Traditional Rural Polka
Not to be confused with the Polish style of music/dance "polska," this is a Polish group performing polka. Probably my favorite of this bunch.

Let me know if I am posting far too soon after other folk have posted.

Back Like Cooked Crack


Block Movement (2005)
Guess Who's Back (feat. E-40)
One of the Bay Area's finest. This was one of the catchiest tracks of 2005.

Kyu Sakamoto

Sukiyaki and Other Japanese Hits (1963)
Ashita Ga Aru Sa
Sakamoto became famous worldwide with his hit "Sukiyaki," which became the most popular song in Japanese history. His music was some of the first Japanese music to get major Billboard attention in the U.S., and "Sukiyaki" actually topped the charts for a short time.

The Brown Dots

For Sentimental Reasons: The Brown Dots Collection (2000)
The Brown Dots was formed by former Ink Spots member Deek Watson. He originally simply called the group the Ink Spots, but was forced to change the name to the Brown Dots. Stylistically, however, the Dots were almost identical to the Spots. The group became famous for with "Sentimental Reasons," which would be covered a countless number of times in later decades.


cat's got the measles, dog's got the whooping cough

A few weeks ago I Say to my friend, hey, I wish I were sick, so easy, stress-free & now finally it's got me on the wrong week. I haven't dealt w/ fevers & fog like this for a long, long time. W/ no voice or legs the internet seems like much more of a viable time-option than it normally does, so here I am.

The Memphis Jug Band were one of the most popular & prolific jug bands around in the 20's and 30's, led by Will Shade on guitar/bullfiddle. They were rad. Wish I had Cocaine Habit Blues handy to put up here.

So much packed & tiny energy in "The Spasm," damn. Can't say much except that it gets me every time -- it's not clear to me if that low horn's a stovepipe (Daddy got his name from his hat, not his instrumentation) but it sounds like one anyway. Old Hat releases some serious stuff.

Memphis Jug Band

Flashbacks Vol 2: Novelty Songs 1916-46, Crazy & Obscure (2000)
Insane Crazy Blues
hear the "jump in line" in that fiddle line?

Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah // Tommie Bradley

Good For What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows 1926-37 (2005)
The Spasm // Nobody's Business If I Do
daddy stovepipe info




Ma-On (2005)
Ma-On & Red Flower
written by mako hasegawa (maher's bassoon player); played w/ tori kudo & some of mshb -- order from the amazing das gemeine

Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments

No Old Guy Lo-Fi Cry (2000)
big words & thanks to ally at satan is real again for getting me into t.j. slave apartments & for being unspeakably rad


The Pussywillows

Elinor Blake --> Pussywillows w/ Mike Chandler from the Raunch Hands --> Shitbirds --> (Theme song to "Cow & Chicken" cartoon...) --> April March

The Pussywillows

Rutles Highway Revisited (1990)
Hold My Hand



Arrh! I be returnin'! Hopefully, much to your overwhelmin' joy, or at the very lest of it, your utmost terror! Here be swarthy, seasome tunes of my dear, dear home port, from the well loved inhabitants thereof, me 'earties. Avast!


Uptown 4 Life (1996)
Uptown 4 Life
I live in a much higher part of the U-P-T, & I fear some of the streets dropped in these songs didn't fare as well as mine. Still, much of it survived, especially on the riverside.

B. G.

Chopper City in the Ghetto (1999)
Trigga Play
I'm sure you've heard this, or something off this album. If not, you owe it to yourself to give it a listen.

I'll be back with more sooner rather than later, unless I get eaten by owls. Yarr!


Welcome to the new year; it's about to get even better, so let's earn it.

Mountain Goats
Live at Yoyo-a-Gogo 7/16 (1997)
Black Molly