Friday, August 31, 2007

Too Much Pressure!

The above image is the cover of the first release from The Selecter from way back in 1980 when I graduated from high school, specially dedicated to all the cool kids that got "let go" from the Atkins Groups - crank up the totally bitchin' Too Much Pressure!

And here's another nice little ska ditty to get your Friday started - also from the Selecter, James Bond off of their 1992 album Out On The Streets.

The Selecter's 1980 debut is every bit as tough as The Specials' first album, and for the most part is much groovier. When The Specials slowed down, they sounded as if something was wrong; Too Much Pressure shows that The Selecter were able to pull off the perfect mix of power and soul. "Three Minute Hero", "Danger", and "Murder" are absolute Ska killers, while tunes like "Missing Words", "My Collie" and the great "Black & Blue" show that even when playing below the speed limit, The Selecter are still deadly. Arguably the best album of the 2 Tone era.

Have a bueno and safe weekend y'all!



Thanks to Mick Sleeper.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

CBGB Founder Dies at 75

Hilly Kristal founded CBGB in 1973.

NEW YORK (AP) Hilly Kristal, whose dank Bowery rock club CBGB served as the birthplace of the punk rock movement and a launching pad for bands like the Ramones, Blondie and the Talking Heads, has died. He was 75.

Kristal, who lost a bitter fight last year to stop the club's eviction from its home of 33 years, died Tuesday at Cabrini Hospital after a battle with lung cancer, his son Mark Dana Kristal said Wednesday.

Last October, as the club headed toward its final show with Patti Smith, Kristal was using a cane to get around and showing the effects of his cancer treatment. He was hoping to open a Las Vegas incarnation of the infamous venue that opened in 1973.

"He created a club that started on a small, out-of-the-way skid row, and saw it go around the world," said Lenny Kaye, a longtime member of the Patti Smith Group. "Everywhere you travel around the world, you saw somebody wearing a CBGB T-shirt."

More after the jump: Go!

Thanks Hilly.


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Sounds Good To Me

I was on a conference call the other morning with a potential new client and after a few minutes into the discussion they asked if I was talking to them from a bar or a night club.

Well, although that has been known to happened on occasion, I told them that I was if fact sitting alone in my studio, The Tiki Room, taking notes and enjoying a fresh cup of coffee.

What I didn't realize was that they could actually hear the music I had on very very low in the background and they loved it.

Long story short, we laughed, talked a little about music and, thanks to John Coltrane, I got another nice little project that starts in October. Sweet.

Here's the tune, Time Was from the amazing Mr. John Coltrane off of his 1957 album Coltrane: Prestige 7105.

Make it louder!


Monday, August 27, 2007

Bonus Episode! iF: Ambient Passport: 001

Please keep in mind that this episode was intentionally produced at a low decibel level for use as a background, ambient wallpaper soundscape.

You know that trippy, half conscious feeling of both excitement and sleep deprivation that usually always accompanies an over seas flight?

Well, the folks here at Totally Bitchin' Recording have recreated the nuance of that sublime dream state with our first episode of what we're calling the Irregular Frequency: Ambient Passport.

An exclusive, hour long soundscape and journey to a place that never really existed, until now...

For maximum effect and enjoyment, either listen using your headphones or play at a low volume in the background as you either get into a positive concentrated work flow or as you simply sit back and relax... Enjoy your flight: CLICK HEAR!


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sunday, August 19, 2007

HMK Mystery Stream iF: 042: Supernatural Bologna

Well Howdy Cuz! Howz it?. We're almost ready to get started and dude, we're really glad that you decided to join us. Relax, chill out and get comfortable. Here's your key, there's an open bar and some goodies for you in your room and we'll be meeting downstairs in the Tiki Room in about an hour around 7 or so. We've got a swanky, rocking fresh new mystery stream for you that'll hopefully get you in the right mood for this evening's venture into town, so while you check in, unpack and get settled, please, enjoy the vibes. It's not your average, everyday supernatural bologna, we promise. Relax and again, welcome to the Totally Bitchin' Recording Inn. Cheers and we hope you enjoy your stay.

Click here for this weeks Official HMK Mystery Stream: 042 TBR Inn.

Click Hear and you'll be taken directly to the HMK Mystery Stream in iTunes!

©Stay Tuned Y'all.


As usual, headphones are recommended for this episode and it'll sound just fine coming out of your hi-fi speakers out by the pool as well.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Future iF: Special Bonus Episode

iF: Irregular Frequency Tweed

Coming This Fall: iF: Special Bonus Episode: Tweed

©Stay Tuned Y'all!


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

New & Groovy!

New and Groovy. Couldn't have said it better - it's new to me and yup, it's groovy all right!

Don't know a whole lot about Johnny Lytle other than he's a pretty bad ass vibes man.

Here's a couple of my favorite tracks from the New & Groovy lp released on January 21, 1966: Come And Get It and Pulpit.


Make it louder...


Monday, August 13, 2007

iF: Irregular Frequency Episode 031: Planet Of Sound

Due to an unexpected time-shift, iF: Irregular Frequency Episode 031: Planet Of Sound of the HMK Mystery Stream will proceed our regularly scheduled Episode 030: Sunscreen, which will hopefully appear before the next full moon.

Headphones are recommended for this episode, but in no way are they manditory.

Click here for this weeks Official HMK Mystery Stream: 031 Planet Of Sound.

Click Hear and you'll be taken directly to the HMK Mystery Stream in iTunes!

©Stay Tuned Y'all.


Monday, August 06, 2007

Sunday, August 05, 2007

iF: HMK Mystrery Stream 029: Nice Sounds

It's Summer. It's Hot. It's time grab your honey and a cooler, find a nice spot in the shade near the water, relax and observe some cloud formations as you let it all soak in.

Click here for this weeks Official HMK Mystery Stream: 029 Nice Sounds

Click Hear and you'll be taken directly to the HMK Mystery Stream in iTunes!

Or, just type HMK in iTunes and there you have it.

Whatever you do - Do Not Click Here!

Bon Voyage and have a Nice day.



Friday, August 03, 2007

Sir Brian Wilson on the Boards

Ok, before we get into this Brian Wilson post, you gotta check out this saxy, start your weekend number, Tum-Tiki from The Enchanters. Direct from the 1963 45!

Ok, back to Brian:

Yes, it's true. Brian Wilson never surfed. But, as you'll see on the incomplete list below, he was always on the boards...

Check out this rare gem that 21 year old Brian produced back in the summer of 1963, dig Beach Girl by The Nodeans.

With thanks to Steve Dunn, here's my staggering wish list of Brian Wilson's work for other artists.

This is the most comprehensive list available and an ideal point of reference to start or add to your collection.

Steven points out that the list only includes work where Brian Wilson had a creative input. For example if he only sang harmony or played piano on a track it is not included in this list.

Ah, wouldn't it be nice to have it all... Speaking of Wouldn't It Be Nice, check out this promotional video for "Wouldn't It Be Nice" from 1966!

My wish list focuses primarily on what I like to call the Genius Years, the innocent Brian Wilson years, like the one in the above promo video, the pre-1970's.

Brian Wilson Wish List: *Got it.

Honeys - *Surfin' Down The Swanee River, *Shoot The Curl (1963)

Westwoods (=Honeys) - Miss My Little Surfer Boy (1963)

Honeys - *Pray For Surf, Hide Go Seek, Rabbits Foot, The One You Can't Have, From Jimmy With Tears (all 1963), You Brought It All On, Make The Night (Just A Little Bit Longer), In The Still Of The Night, Raindrops, He's A Doll,The Love Of A Boy And Girl all 1964), Tonight You Belong To Me, Goodnight My Love, I Know You're Gonna Be Alright (all 1968)

Kenny & The Cadets (=Bbs) - Barbie (1962)

Rachel & Revolvers - The Revolution (1962), Number One, What Is A Young Girl Made Of (1962)

Bob & Sheri - Surfer Moon, The Humpty Dumpty (1962)

Johnny Dew (=Brian) - Farmers Daughter, Lana (1962)

Jan & Dean - Gonna Hustle You, Get a Chance With You, *Surf City, *She's My Summer Girl, *Sidewalk Surfin', *Drag City, The New Girl In School (all 1963), *Dead Man's Curve (version one), *Surf Route 101, *Dead Man's Curve (version two), *Ride The Wild Surf, Surfin' Wild (all 1964)

Survivors (=BBs) - *Pamela Jean, After The Game (1963)

Sharon Marie - Runaround Lover, Summertime (1963),Thinkin' Bout You Baby, The Story Of My Life (1964)

Glen Campbell - *Malibu Sunset (1963)

Sunsets - *My Surfin' Little Woodie (1963)

Nodeans - *Beach Girl (1963)

Tri 5 (=include Carl & Dennis) - Come And Get It, Like Chop (1963)

Timers -No Go Showboat (1963)

Ron Wilson - If It Can't Be You (1963)

Castells - I Do (1964)

Gary Usher - Sacramento, That's Just The Way I Feel (1964)

Rick Denton - Endless Sleep (1964)

Paul Peterson - She Rides With Me (1964)

Donna Loren - Muscle Bustle (1964)

Annette (Funnicello) - Surfer's Holiday, Monkeys Uncle (1964)

Hale & Hushabyes - Yes Sir (1964)

Hondells - My Buddy Seat (1964)

Basil Swift & Seegrams - Farmers Daughter (1965)

Glen Campbell - *Guess I'm Dumb (1965)

Bob & Bobby(=Sheri) - Twelve O Four, What You Want Me To Do (1968)

Ron Wilson - I'll Keep On Loving You, As Tears Go By (1968)

Laughing Gravy - Vega-Tables (1967)

MAke It Louder!


Again, big thanks to Steve Dunn and all the cool cats at Ready Steady Go!