Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Poison Ivy League - "Don't Tease Me"

Hey Gang,

My band The Poison Ivy League out of Richmond, VA just finished our 1st demo recordings.
Check out this version of Question Mark & The Mysterians, "Dont Tease Me".
Chime in and let me know what you think!
Here's the link to our bandcamp site.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Nitro-Retro Winter Mix 2016

Baby it's cold outside!
But you're in luck! This 20-song Nitro-Retro Winter Mix is designed to keep you warm!
A variety of sources here. We start off with a random international set, leading into a 3-pack of some sweaty-soul by Don Bryant, into some deep-cut early psychedelia featuring some early demo's from Pink Floyd and some vintage San Francisco groups, then wrapping up with some various 60's garage and soul nuggets.
Hope u dig it - so let's get it on! Turn it up!

Click to play or download:
"The Nitro-Retro Winter Mix"

1. Los Peyotes - "Serial Killer"
2. Los Peyotes - "El Humo Te Hace Mal"
3. France Gall - "Pense à Moi"
4. Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra - "Uprising"
5. Pioneers - "No Dope Me Pony"
6. Don Bryant - "That Ain't Right Woman"
7. Don Bryant - "Hurt No Longer"
8. Don Bryant - "She's Lookin' Good"
9. Robins - "If It's So Baby"
10. Pink Floyd (Early) - "Double O Bo"
11. Pink Floyd (Early) - "Butterfly"
12. Notes From Underground - "Where I'm At Today"
13. Notes From Underground - "What Am I Doing Here"
14. Country Joe & The Fish - "Thing Called Love"
15. Great Society - "Daydream Nightmare Love"
16. Vejtables - "Hide Yourself"
17. Tears - "Rat Race"
18. E-Types - "I Can't Do it"
19. Holly Maxwell - "Philly Barracuda (Pt. I)"
20. ? & The Mysterians - "Don't Tease Me"

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Welcome to 2016 Soul Shaker Mixdown

Happy New Year 2016!
After a long hiatus & just in time for the New Years Eve Nitro-Retro Dance Party! This nearly 30 minute, 11-song mix of rare, raw & vintage soul-shakers will be sure to keep the heat going tonight! DIG IT!

Click to play or download:
"The 2016 Soul Shake

1. "Hip Shaken GoGo" - Guy Maurice (Buttshakers! Soul Party Vol. 8)
2. "Tell Me" - Barefacts (Lost Souls Vol. 1:1960's Garage & Psychedelic Rock 'N' Roll from the Un-Natural State: Arkansas)
3. "Hurt No Longer" - Don Bryant (Doin' The Mustang 65-69)
4. "The Meeting Place" - Gene Yarbrough (Chitown Boogaloo)
5. "Lost" - South Soul (Back From The Grave Vol. 10)
6. "Jerk It" - Gypsies (Think Smart LP)
7. "Lover And A Friend" - Eddie Bo (Let's Boogaloo Vol. 2)
8. "This Thing Called Love" - Webs (Funky16Corners Blog)
9. "Temptation Walk" - Sly Stone (Precious Stone - In The Studio with Sly Stone 1963-1965)
10. "Uprising" - Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra (Liberation Afro Beat Vol. 1)
11. "Hung Over" - Martini's (Buttshakers! Soul Party Vol. 5)

Friday, October 9, 2015

Beach Boys Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow

Been diggin' on Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys lately.
DIG THIS live performance!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The High Spirits

The High Spirits was a popular teen-beat surf and garage band from Minneapolis, Minnesota signed with Soma Records. The original line-up consisted of lead guitar and manager Owen Husney, drums Doug Ahrens, lead vocals Cliff Siegel, bass guitar Rick Beresford, rhythm guitar Rick Levinson, and Jay Luttio on keyboards. The band was among the Midwest groups that are credited with being the forefathers of the later punk rock scene. Owen Husney later went on to discover and manage the artist, Prince as well as eleven other gold and platinum artists! The group's first hit was a rave-up of Bobby "Blue" Bland's "(Turn on Your) Love Light," recorded in 1965. The record did well in the Twin Cities, and hit Number 1 in both Kansas City and Dallas during the fall of 1965. Their second release was "I Believe" recorded in 1966. In 2006, the band was inducted into the Minnesota Rock Country Hall of Fame. (Thanks Wiki!)
The song in our Nitro-Retro focus here is from a rare acetate from 1966. "It's Alright With Me" is one of the best reworkings of a Zombies tune I've heard—Just brilliant. Featured on "Back From The Grave Vol. 9" DIGIT! (click the 45 label below to hear the tune on YouTube)

Dig The Original Zombies tune on YouTube!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Blind Willie Johnson - IN SPACE!

(click the above image to hear on uTube)

This is really cool. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Scratch - Itch - Break Out!

Set List (click to listen via uTube):

1. "Shake" - Animals
2. "Screaming Skull" - Fleshtones
3. "Dont Tease Me" - ? and The Mysterians
4. "In The Basement" - Sugar Pie DeSanto
5. "Skinny Minny" - Sonics
6. "She Cools My Mind" - Streys
7. "Celestial Empire" - Dragonfly
8. "Dont Send Me No Flowers" - Breakers
9. "Diddy Wah Diddy" - Remains
10. "Unchain My Heart" - Undertakers
11. "The Bag I'm In" - Fabs
12. "Sorry" - Easybeats
13. "Have Love Will Travel" - Sonics
14. "My Baby Likes to Boogaloo" - Don Gardner
15. "Glad All Over" - DC5/Rezillos
16. "1-2-5" - Haunted
18. "She's Wicked" - Fuzztones
19. "Good Lovin" - The Olympics
20. "Silly Savage" - Golden Toadstools
21. "Poison Ivy" - Rolling Stones
22. "A Certain Girl" - Ernie K Doe / "A Certain Girl" - Yardbirds
23. "Chills and Fever" - Tom Jones and The Esquires (live) / Studio version w Organ
      "Chills & Fever" - Jack Oblivian
24. "You Can't Judge A Book By Lookin' At The Cover" - Bo Diddley

Cover Considerations (click to listen via uTube):
"Night Time" - Strangeloves
"Soulfinger" - Barkays / "Soulfinger" (vocal) Oscar and The Majestics
"It's Alright with Me" - High Spirits / Zombies original version
"Downtown Soulville" - Chuck Edwards
"The Girl Cant Help It" - Swingin' Neckbreakers
"Shake a Tail Feather" - James and Bobby Purify
"I Feel Good" - The Artwoods
"Midnight Hour" - The Wanted
"Midnight Hour" - The Jam
"Hold Me Now" - Rumors
"I'm a Man" - Spencer Davis Group
"She's Looking Good" - Rodger Collins
"Fishing Pole" - Mighty Hannibal
"Do The Swim" - Bobby Freeman
"Come On Up" - Young Rascals
"Dont Bring Me Down" - Jades
"Shimmy Like Kate" - Olympics / "Shimmy Shake" - Beatles
"Down Home Girl" - Bushmen

"Gone Away" - Wylde Mammoths
"Teenage Head" - Flamin Groovies
"Abba" - Paragons
"Up Side" - ? and The Mysterians
"Last of the Steam Powered Trains" - Kinks
"Solitary Man" - Neil Diamond
"Do Like Me" - The Uncalled For
"Kingbee" - Slim Harpo

Inspiration (click to listen via uTube):