Friday, November 16, 2018

R(oy)IP Clark





















I know when and how I bought this album (1978 and RCA record club 12 for a penny) but I don't know the why (I previously had shown no affection for bluegrass). I sort of have a vague memory that I may have read a favorable review (probably in Stereo Review). Regardless, it was an anomaly in my otherwise rockist record collection. It's not the most old-timey authentic-sounding bluegrass record (no "let's all gather around one microphone" recording here, but pure 70s multi-tracking in a dry room) but maybe that's why I thought that I would like it. Whatever the reason, I did, and has remained in occasional play rotation ever since, even as I've discovered more "authentic" sounding bluegrass.

Roy Clark and Buck Trent-Banjo Bandits ABC Records AY-1084

1 Earl's Breakdown
2 Bugle Call Rag
3 Down Yonder
4 Bluegrass Breakdown
5 The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
6 Jolly Ho (Happy Hour)
7 Black Mountain Rag
8 Beer Barrel Polka
9 John Cumberland Creek
10 Banjo Signal

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Flexi-Fall 6

I don't recall the provenance of this flexi-disc - it may well have been a radio promo. It's a cool chunk of avant/noise featuring two tracks from the 1987 Blitzoids album "Stealing From Helpless Children". The Blitzoids-The Beard of Percy/Lobotomy

Friday, September 21, 2018

Flexi-Fall Five

Trouser Press is one of the great lost magazines. Here's a split single from 1983. TV Toy-Boy's Life/Design-Not Even For A Minute

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Flexi-Fall 04

Here's a sampler from the first issue of On-Slaught magazine (1982). On-Slaught New Music Compilation No. 1 Alan R-Logarithm TV Toy-Instant This/Instant That Neef-Bison Mark Lane-Third Party

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Flexi-Fall 03

I assume that this probably came out of a magazine like Electronic Musician in the early 80s (LinnDrum was released in 1982). As much as I have drum machines, I have to admit this was revolutionary. LinnDrum The Ultimate Dream Machine

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Flexi-Fall 02

Skipping a decade of National Geographic, here's Roger Payne, PhD., in 1979 playing and explaining the "Sounds of the Humpback Whale". I think that enjoyed this one because it sounded a lot like the synthesizers of the day.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Flexi-Fall Blasts Off

It's Flexidisk Fall! Here's a disc close to my heart - Astronaut Frank Borman narrates the "Sounds of the Space Age" on this disc that was included in National Geographic in 1969, the height of the space race. You can see for yourself my skill with scissors at age 7.