Hey! Pat Spurgeon from Rogue Wave got a new kidney last weekend! I received an email from his mom Jane, saying simply that Pat had been the recipient of a kidney on January 13th and that he was recovering at home. Since so many of you wonderful and generous people donated $$ to his medical care fund a few months ago, I thought I’d pass along the good news. We wish you a speedy recovery, Pat, and hope you’ll be back to your formidable drumming ways soon.
Part Of Me, Part Of You – Finn Brothers
(couldn’t resist) updated with complete file
More tunes for this week:
Look Out SOS!
The Ruby Suns
Ruby seems to be a hot catchphrase in today’s musical lexicon, but in this instance, I find that with The Ruby Suns the band name absolutely fits the kind of music you would expect here; it’s got a rosy and shimmery glow, like a sunrise, and a slightly psychedelic mid-60s pop feel. This is from their self-titled album on Lil’ Chief Records, and thanks iGIF for the tip.
You think you know this song because the Chili Peppers covered it, and it was played incessantly on the radio in 1997? Well, no, you best listen to this. One of my favorite opening guitar lines of any song; I love how it darts and has that sassy funk just flirting across the top. It came on the radio this weekend here (on Sunday Night Jams, which is an old-school funkalicious 3 hours to end every weekend) reminding me why I simply must bob my chin like nobody’s business whenever I hear it. Great tune, you need this one in your library.
War Pigs (Black Sabbath cover)
In what seems to be some sort of apocalyptical political statement, Cake has made this Black Sabbath cover available as a free download on their website for a limited time. It’s not so much my favorite, but I found it notable since I love me some Cake (both actual cake and the band Cake). I am excited to hear that these Sacramento lads just added into the Noise Pop lineup for a Sunday night show.
I Will Be Free (live on KFOG)
I came across this fantastic acoustic version of my favorite song from this Cuban-American artist who sings as if his heart is burning, from a live session on San Francisco’s KFOG radio. It gives me reason to mention that the reclusive artist (who has kind of been off the grid these days) will be performing on February 1st at the Transit Lounge in Miami. Thanks, anonymous commenter!
The Put Outs
I downloaded this somewhere along the line and forgot to ever write about it, but it came up on shuffle and at first I thought it was Superdrag. Close. This demo from Baltimore’s The Put-Outs indeed features Sam Powers of Superdrag on harmonies and was produced by Don Coffey Jr. (drummer of Superdrag). I also hear an early Replacements vibe here. Does anyone know whatever happened to these folks? I don’t see that this album was ever released, and all internet references to them seem to cease around 2003. Too bad.