Monthly Archives: April 2013

Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell / 1964 single

chuck berry 1964

Heard this first on that scene on Pulp Fiction. Was stuck in my head. Headed down and bought it and never looked back. Oh what a great song, will get you dancing with your girl

Chuck Berry , 1964

You Never Can Tell” also occasionally referred to as “C’est La Vie” is a rock and roll song by Chuck Berry. It was composed while he was in prison for intent to commit a sex crime.[1] The song was originally released in 1964 on the album St. Louis to Liverpool,


You Never Can Tell mp3



Kurt Vile – Constant Hitmaker / 2008

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The tracks on Constant Hitmaker veer from lo-fi solo bedroom folk with Devendra Banhart-like vocals, to heavy reverbed psych pop numbers, to damn near Classic Rock devotion, coming off as a lo-fi Tom Petty. It’s no wonder the sound and vibe is all over the map as this album is culled from tracks recorded between 2003 and 2007. Some of the tracks are pretty sparse, featuring just a drum machine(sometimes) and Vile’s reverbed picked guitar. Occasionally, though, there are some tracks with multi-layered vocal effects, cryptic keys and oddball synths, which end up giving the album it’s weird psychedelic side.

kurt vile 2008

Philadelphian one-man Americana band Kurt Vile kicks off this excellent record with a lo-fi pop anthem: “Freeway” is a simple enough guitar and drum machine affair, but there’s a raw, energetic romanticism that instantly taps into the tropes of great Americana songwriters, and the fact that this is all strung together in a punky, DIY setting only serves to make the record more effective and heartstring-tugging.

Freeway mp3

kurt vile 2008

Great Big Sea – Safe Upon The Shore / 2010


Track List:

1. Long Life (Where Did You Go)
2. Nothing but a Song
3. Yankee Sailor
4. Good People
5. Dear Home Town
6. Over the Hills
7. Hit the Ground and Run
8. Safe Upon the Shore
9. Have a Cuppa Tea
10. Wandering Ways
11. Follow Me Back
12. Road to Ruin
13. Gallows Pole
14. Don’t Wanna Go Home


For the most part, there’s a different sound than what we usually associate with GBS throughout this collection; some of the songs were recorded straight into a laptop computer, and others in an actual studio in New Orleans. The resulting album is definitely a step forward for GBS. “Dear Home Town” is a mid-tempo song about what gets left behind along life’s journey, and “Long Life” also touches on the journey to and from, and back again. As mentioned above, both songs have a decidedly different sound than what we’re used to from the boys. Don’t fret though, the band’s history of reeling and rocking hasn’t been abandoned; “Road To Ruin”, “Hit The Ground And Run” and “Wandering Ways” are all about shotgun weddings, pubs, ladies and the old black rum!


Long Life (Where Did You Go) mp3


The Kingsmen – Trouble / 1967 single


The killer first track from their 1966 album “Up and Away”.


Trouble mp3

Kingsmen 1967 gold-451


King Crimson—“In the Wake of Poseidon” / 1970 LP

king crimson 1970

King Crimson’s second album…“In The Wake Of Poseidon” (1970)…was initially met with disappointment by many fans/critics.

But listening to this album with fresh ears…nearly forty years after its release…I find it inspiring and a great follow-up.

king crimson live

The common complaint about this album is that it is an almost song-for-song clone of the band’s debut, “In The Court Of The Crimson King.” To make things worse, the band has already begun to fragment and lineup changes had already begun before the disk was completed. However, this is still a great album.


in the wake of poseidon


In The Wake Of Poseidon mp3


Surfer Blood “Demon Dance” / 2013 single


Surfer Blood previously previewed their upcoming album Pythons with the single “Weird Shapes,” and now the Floridian ’90s-lovers have shared a track called “Demon Dance.”

Surfer Blood

‘Pythons’ sees the band truly realising their sonic potential. Where ‘Astro Coast’ was characterized by its lo-fi charm, the new record sees the band cranked up to eleven while losing none of the personality that had fans falling in love with their sun-drenched melodies the first time round.


Surfer Blood - Pythons

Demon Dance mp3


The Lovin’ Spoonful – Didn’t Want To Have To Do It / 1966 B side


They didn’t play this much on AM radio back in the day…..but every time I heard it…..I stopped and listened…….applied to my life in later years…….great song…..but a testament to that sadness when the fire burns out.


Didn’t Want To Have To Do It – mp3

Lovin Spoonful

Kansas – Dust In The Wind / 1978 single


Dust in the Wind” is a song recorded by American progressive rock band Kansas and written by band member Kerry Livgren, first released on their 1977 album Point of Know Return.

The song peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of April 22, 1978, making it Kansas’ only top ten Billboard Hot 100 charting single. The 45-rpm single was certified Gold for sales of one million units by the RIAA shortly after the height of its popularity as a hit single. More than 25 years later, the RIAA certified Gold the digital download format of the song, Kansas’ only single so certified as of September 17, 2008


kansas dust in the wind

Dust In The Wind mp3

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Jennifer Knapp – Kansas, 1998 CD


Jennifer Knapp’s first album is simply amazing!

jennifer knapp

The album starts off with the haunting intro “Faithful to Me” (which is later reprised in its entirety at the end of the album). “Whole Again” is a personal yet relatable song about crying out to God for His undying love–one of the running themes throughout the whole album. “Undo Me” went on to become not only the first single and one of the biggest tracks off the album, but also one of the biggest of Jennifer’s carrier. The blend of southern rock rifts and raw lyrics such as “Abba Father You must wonder why/More times than Peter I have denied./Three nails and a cross to prove/I owe my Life eternally to You,” made it very clear that Jennifer wasn’t afraid to share her brokenness nor the hope she had found through it.

Whole Again [Acoustic] mp3


BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE / Hey You / 1975 single

bachman turner overdrive

CHAD ALLAN & The REFLECTIONS formed in  Canda in 1959 became CHAD ALLAN &
The EXPRESSIONS the mid 60s they changed name to the GUESS WHO.
Allan left the band after they had released some singles around 1968.
A 1st LP got release in 1969, with the hit AMERICAN WOMAN they became worlwide known.
Randy Bachman left the band shortley after the hit to record a solo LP and founded the band
BRAVE BELT now again with CHAD ALLAN on vocals, in 1973 (Allan left) they changed name
to BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE  (BTO) and had their biggest success with the song
YOU AINT SEEN NOTHIN YET  (No 1 in USA) in autumn 1974.
The band split in 1979, but re-united for a first time in 1984 lasting till 1986.


The first album with the modified lineup, 1974’s Not Fragile (a play on the hit album Fragile by Yes), became a massive hit and reached #1 on the Canadian and U.S. album charts. It included the #1 single “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet[10] and AOR favorite “Roll On Down the Highway”. The band continued to steadily produce successful albums through the mid-1970s including Four Wheel Drive and Head On (both 1975). Each of these albums produced a hit single: “Hey You” (from Four Wheel Drive) and “Take It Like A Man” (from Head On).



Hey You mp3

BTO 1975



Hey You
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