Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Neumans

Dig The Neumans!
A major player among the new-breed of garage rockers, these 5 young rockers from Santa Ana, California formed in 2012. SO COOL. Gotta pass it along.
Thanks for the tip Ted!
Check em out on FB.

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Northwest Company MIX

SNOWED IN again from all this cold winter weather, so we've decided to give a big warm THANKS and pay tribute to our Canadian friends up north and focus on one cool Canadian 60's rock group, The Northwest Company.
In 1967 The 5-man Northwest Company, ("a group well known to the local teenage-minded dancers") made their mark rocking out in-and-around Vancouver, Canada.
Originally consisting of: (left to right in the below photo)
Ray O'Toole - lead guitar
Jerry Ringrose - drums
Rick McCartey - lead singer
Gowan Jorgenson - bass guitar
Vidar Skofleby - rhythm guitar

From The Museum of Canadian Music:
"...Known originally as the Bad Boys, this vastly-underrated Canadian quintet consisted of Rick McCartey (lead vocals), Ray O'Toole (lead guitar/vocals), Vidor Skofteby (rhythm guitar), Gowan Jurgensen (bass), and Richard Stepp (drums, vocals) -- the successor to Jerry Ringrose. The band hailed from Haney, BC -- a Vancouver suburb. Local radio personality Tom Peacock of CFUN recommended a name change to ease the fears of female fans' mothers. Thus did Jorgensen pluck from the pages of history a more conservative handle -- that of a 19th-century fur-trading consortium. 
However, nothing about the band's music was conservative. Raw and raucous, they red-lined sound meters -- strafing ears with incendiary chord bursts. The band's stage-antics included synchronized dance steps, with burly McCartey hoisting diminutive O'Toole onto his shoulders in the middle of a song! In July 1967, five tracks were laid down at Vancouver's Telesound Studios, including "Eight Hour Day" and "Get Away from It All" (both O'Toole/Jurgensen efforts) and Skofteby's "Hard to Cry." "Hard To Cry" was chosen as the band's first release - an all-out reverb assault patterned after the Kinks..."
I first heard these boys way back when they really stood out on the 'Midwest vs. Canada vol. 2' comp. I always thought the singers "lumberjack-like" deep husky voice really complemented the loud, super-reverbed, super-cool guitar sound. After hearing these tunes you will have some idea how Canadians rockers keep warm up there!
So thanks for stopping by and we hope you enjoy The Northwest Company!

Track list:
1. Eight Hour Day
2. Hard to Cry
3. Get Away From it All
4. Grey Skies (early 70's?)
5. Let It All (1974)

For more, you gotta check out the recently released live-on TV- rock&roll medley videos (there are 3!) of The Northwest Company in their prime back in 1968. Dig those go-go dancers! Click here!






Saturday, February 15, 2014

Boz and The Merrymen

Come with me now to the Stockholm, Sweden. 
It's 1965 and one of the top groups in town are The Merrymen. Known as the Swedish Rolling Stones, they released one of the best of all the Swedish-Beat singles, "Walking Down Lonesome Road" b/w "Spider".
To quote from the cool site: Swedish Beat and Psyche:
"The Merrymen came together in 1965 and had instantly a huge success when they won a pop competition that gave them the epithet; the Rolling Stones of Sweden. First price was to play with the Stones on their tour in Sweden.
(Members were:) Bill Öhrström did the vocals, Perre Brickman played bass, Åke “Budda” Berg did the drums, Bo Hansson, Leif Sundberg and Birger “Biggen” Sivertsson all played guitar.
The band had a rough rhythm & blues sound, by chance, it sounds quite similar to Rolling Stones. Bill was one of the few singers in Sweden at this time that could handle the English language because of his former studies overseas. Merrymen did not even exist a year but managed to release two singles - (On the)
 second release they were joined by Boz Scaggs who later became a member of the Steve Miller Band.
Did they say, Boz Scaggs?
The Lowdown, Lido Shufflin', We're All Alone, (gasp!) Boz Scaggs?
I never paid much attention to The Boz, but upon a second look, he does have an interesting back-story: From his official website:
William Royce “Boz” Scaggs started playing in bands during high school in Dallas in the Sixties. He entered college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and soon after decided instead to devote himself to journeyman playing around campuses and various clubs and resorts. Scaggs’ guitar and voice provided his self-described “ticket to ride” as he left the States to travel with his guitar in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He developed a club following in Sweden and began his recording career there in 1965 with a solo album for Polydor. Curiosity along with yearning for a blues and R&B band brought him to San Francisco in 1967."

Click here for the A-side of The Merrymen's second and last single. - "Searchin'"

This mix starts with both sides of first Merrymen single, The b-side of the Merrymen with Boz single. A track off the 1965 Boz solo acoustic album on the Polydor label during his time in Sweden. And ending with Boz singing one of our favorite cuts off the first Steve Miller Band album, Children of The Future. Enjoy!


 Maybe it's me, but I think he looks a little like Sky Saxon.