January 22, 2007

Monday Music Roundup

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.

Love Rollercoaster
Ohio Players
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)
Nil Lara

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!

Lovely Ones
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.


  • Just an extra note. Cake’s web site is offering several free downloads. A few songs from all of their albums. Good deal!

    Anonymous — January 22, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

  • Disregard. It is just minute long samples of the songs. Still good since their music is so great.

    Anonymous — January 22, 2007 @ 5:58 pm

  • I think Tommy Stinson produced The Put Outs. I’ve been looking for this album for a few years with no luck. The Royal Crescent Mob covered Love Rollercoaster around 1987 but their early albums are hard to find now too.

    Philco Brothers — January 22, 2007 @ 7:54 pm

  • Interesting, Philco. Thanks! Hard to find info…

    heather — January 22, 2007 @ 8:03 pm

  • Why isn’t Royal Crescent Mob available on CD? Those Cincy kids kicked the crap outta the competition–including the Chili Peps. Someone make this happen.

    Kudos for the Ohio Players!

    harry lime — January 22, 2007 @ 9:10 pm

  • The Put-Outs are (were?) from Baltimore. I saw them open for Tommy Stinson’s band Perfect at a sparsely attended show in 1996 at Washington DC’s Bayou. This may have led to Tommy producing their record Sing the Hits. Like Tommy, they play(ed) very solid rock and roll with pop influences, and were great live. Don’t know what has become of them. Suspect they packed it in. Underappreciation tends to do that to a band. Speaking of underappreciated, how about Tommy Stinson? He embodies rock and roll, and his post-Replacements output has been really solid, but barely noticed.
    Had he been a little more successful on his own, maybe he
    wouldn’t have chosen to join Guns and Roses, and avoided being beholden to one of the biggest nincompoops in music.

    terploser — January 22, 2007 @ 9:39 pm

  • Heather,

    Thanks for the Cake cover! Just thought I’d mention that I posted a few live tracks from Cake on my blog, and also praised your site as well. (Suck up, I know, I know) Check it out!


    Oh, and I’m tellin you girl, you’ll want the Davy Jones song as well…

    Claim E. Claimer — January 23, 2007 @ 1:40 am

  • Part of Me, Part of You…hillarious! Thanks for the foirst laugh of my day!

    Jamie — January 23, 2007 @ 7:12 am

  • “the put-outs sing the hits” was in fact produced by tommy stinson and it is an incredible CD of power pop magic – much more loud and aggressive then the demo heather has posted. great friday night party record. half.com has it for $8.98 and it is worth every penny. reminds me of a combination of “sorry mom” replacements and hootenanny.” heather, let me know if you want a couple samples emailed. johnbuck100@yahoo.com

    Anonymous — January 23, 2007 @ 10:46 am

  • I’ve posted Love Rollercoaster and other Mob hits if anyone’s interested.

    Philco Brothers — January 23, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

  • The Finn Brothers download is incomplete. It cuts off early. Great song though…

    Callie — January 23, 2007 @ 8:25 pm

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
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