Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Duran Duran - Rio

Duran Duran - Rio.

Duran Duran were the mersh Japan, but they were fucking amazing in that role.

Their videos were totally groundbreaking for their time, pairing catchy dance pop with breathtaking scenery, glamor and fun, and they raised the bar for all the MTV clips that followed.

Their visual style and omnipresence made a lasting imprint on my childhood memory. Watching the video for "Rio", I realize again how much my memories of the '80s are intertwined with the flash and color of the early MTV stars and their video clips.

Saw the VH1 "Behind the Music" special on the band last week and noticed Brad Elterman talking about the guys from Duran. You can find some of his photos from the group's early days here.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dow Jones and the Industrials - Indeterminism

Dow Jones and the Industrials - Indeterminism.

TJ Mahr at Post Punk Tumblr is the reason I know of this band, so if you liked the song or found it all interesting, go check out his very cool site.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Old School Friday, Vol. 1

Just some Old School Friday fun in my Twitter stream; a snapshot of some of the old school hip hop & club records I'm entertaining myself with (and the stories behind them).

You can check out the Old School Friday Vol. 1 playlist here. Decided to throw these songs together after I had so much fun listening to them last night on YouTube.

You'll find some early rap from New York, Philadelphia, and L.A. in the mix, along with club hits of the period and some party records that fueled the birth of hip hop.

I'll add more to the mix next time I throw out some old school jams on Twitter. For now, enjoy these jams from the Funky Four +1, James Brown, ESG, Run DMC, L.A. Dream Team and more.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five - The Message

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five - The Message.

Update: Sorry rap fans. We had to remove this classic cut from Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five due to a DMCA take down notice received today.

In it's place, you'll find the cover image for the album of the same name and a link to our recent Old School Friday mix, which includes some important precursors of rap music as well as some early hip hop and club hits of the period.

We hope artists & labels will be moved to learn that online sharing of music can bring their past hits and new creations to a whole new listening audience.

Until then, we'll be happy to take down any videos that artists & copyright owners don't want shared on this blog (you can email us at the address in the Trader Rock profile).

Monday, September 20, 2010

Generation X - Untouchables

Generation X - Untouchables.

Great song from Gen X's Kiss Me Deadly LP, a record I'll have to post in its entirety in the near future.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Scientists - We Had Love

The Scientists - We Had Love.

This is (was) Kim Salmon's band from Perth. I'd be lying if I told you I knew much more about the band at this point, although I can tell you they are revered to this day by those in the know.

If you listen to a song like "Swampland", you are bound to notice the influence The Scientists had on 80's underground/garage bands, notably, Mudhoney. And they rock. So I guess you should check this out.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Iggy Pop - French TV interview 1977

Iggy Pop wears lipstick, disrobes, and discusses David Bowie and life in Europe in this rather bizarre French TV interview from 1977. Voila!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Tomorrow Show (1977): Joan Jett & Paul Weller

Joan Jett (then of The Runaways), Paul Weller (The Jam), Kim Fowley, concert promoter Bill Graham, and rock critic Robert Hilburn sit down to talk rock n' roll, punk rock, and the "New Wave" with Tom Snyder on the Tomorrow Show back in 1977.

Quite the time capsule piece and amazing to see these two great musicians in their youth (Joan and Paul are both about 18 here). There are 3 additional segments from the show added to the playlist that center around Fowley, Graham, and Hilburn discussing the state of rock n' roll and the music industry. Enjoy the clips, gang.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Mott the Hoople - Roll Away the Stone

Mott the Hoople - Roll Away the Stone.

There are so many English bands that are, even to this day, totally overlooked by most US listeners.

What's so surprising about the lack of attention paid to Mott the Hoople here in the states (looking past the obvious quality of their many great records) is that behind their glam period looks and British working-class pedigrees, Mott were a group bleeding with American influence.

From Ian Hunter's love of Jerry Lee Lewis to Mick Ralph's "love of West Coast pop", these guys blew soul and boogie all over the grooves of their finest hits.

"Roll Away the Stone", from Mott's 1973 album, The Hoople, is a prime example of their ability to do just that. I hope you'll spin it again and again.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick

Listen to Cheap Trick's self titled debut in full on Grooveshark.

If you need a reason to hear this damn fine pop record, check out Stephen Thomas Erlewine's album review at Allmusic.com.

You may already be hooked in from Friday's jukebox pick, "Oh Candy", or from your own memories of listening to this now-classic album. Either way, pull up a seat and press play. Enjoy.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Runaways - I Love Playing With Fire

The Runaways - I Love Playing With Fire.

Hey gang, we've just passed the 300 posts mark. Which means there must be close to (or over) 300 songs, full albums, and music features and documentaries here on the jukebox.

Take a few minutes to browse through our archives and see what strikes your fancy. Thanks for tuning in and rocking out with us.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Phil Collins - I Don't Care Anymore

Phil Collins - I Don't Care Anymore.

Now here is an artist who seems to get it.

Phil Collins, much like Bryan Ferry, seems to understand what fans are looking for on YouTube (namely, their favorite artist's music on demand and in high quality) and how easy it is to give them what they want.

When you search for a song or an original music video on YouTube these days, much of the time you're in for disappointment. The video is often quickly yanked by some mega-label or an artists' rep.

If you do find an officially sanctioned song or video clip, more often than not the video's embedding feature will be disabled, making it damn near impossible to share.

So it's a pleasant surprise when you go looking for a high quality video and find an embeddable clip from the artist's own YouTube page. Well done, Phil and Bryan. Let's hope more artists follow your lead, for the fans' sake, and their own.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bryan Ferry - A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

Bryan Ferry - A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall.

Hat tip to my friends Luke, Andy Zax, and Mike Newman for conspiring (unwittingly) to bring this to my attention.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Soundgarden - Into the Void (Sealth)

Soundgarden - Into the Void (Sealth).

Wake and bake, kids. It's your old friends, Soundgarden covering Black Sabbath's classic "Into the Void", from 1971's Master of Reality LP.

This SG cover originally appeared on a CD single for "Jesus Christ Pose", so it's nice to get a YouTube clip that reflects that with the cover art.

Soundgarden's take on Void has a twist: while staying musically faithful to the Sabbath original, Soundgarden uses the (alleged) words of Chief Sealth (or more correctly, Chief Si'hal, for whom Seattle was named) for lyrical styling.

This was a stroke of brilliance, as bassist Ben Shepard saw that the words attributed to Chief Sealth fit the meter of this song, though the environmental plea credited to him was, in fact, a total fabrication.

You can learn more about Chief Sealth's actual speech or, lack thereof, here.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Faces - Richmond (TOTP 1971)

The Faces - Richmond (TOTP 1971).

The Faces doing "Richmond", live on Top of the Pops in 1971. No miming for Ronnie Lane and the boys. If this doesn't put a smile on your face, well, there's not much I can say for you.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine

Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine.

I'm sorry, but this song just keeps popping up in recent days.

When I was 9, I used to watch this video in heavy rotation on MTV. This was just after Bon Jovi released New Jersey, which went on to become a huge multi-platinum hit in short order. Basically, Jon and the boys were at the height of their powers at this time.

Anyway, I had a sudden yen to hear this last week. Went over to YouTube and watched the video, which I hadn't seen in who knows how many years. The following night, I came home and turned on Vh1 Classic. The first thing I saw was the Sam Kinison intro to this same video.

Half an hour ago, Adam Warner of Daily Options Report sent out a tweet from Stocktwits highlighting an ONN.tv clip on VIX premium selling. The intro music that I heard? You guessed it.

Appropriately enough, Adam also hails from that great state of New Jersey. I live for this shit.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Sex Pistols - EMI

Sex Pistols - EMI.

A fitting end to a week of pure swindle in the markets, in the environment, and in a world filled with non-stop political theater.

The Sex Pistols sing their (original) tale of rock n' roll swindle and openly taunt their former label, EMI (which promptly dropped them after the infamous Bill Grundy incident) on this glorious track.

Of course, this particular swindle was a celebrated case of "the people" (the punks) pulling one over on the big corporations who controlled the distribution of recorded music in England at the time. The Pistols also name-drop (and razz) A&M at the end of this song, from their debut album recorded for Richard Branson's upstart label, Virgin.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

ESG - Moody (Remix)

ESG - Moody (Remix).

So, it turns out I'm not the only one who thinks of ESG and Liquid Liquid in the same frame of reference.

Although I've only really known a handful of either group's songs, it turns out these 99 Records labelmates have enough in common, sonically, to have been paired together in Volume 2 of The Perfect Beats series (thanks for that heads up, Andy Kellman).

Early on in their career, Bronx natives ESG also caught the eye of Factory Records magnate Tony Wilson, who brought the group over to Manchester to gig and record their first 3 song single with the legendary Martin Hannett.

You can hear the original version of "Moody", recorded with Hannett, here. Enjoy!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Chris Bell - I Am the Cosmos

The Oxford American recently ran a great piece by John Jeremiah Sullivan called, "Chris Bell: Big Star's 'Other Genius'".

If you take an interest in today's artist, I highly recommend reading this article, not only for its focus on Bell and Big Star, but for its fabulous insights on pop music in general.

Following the recent sudden death of Big Star vocalist & solo musician, Alex Chilton, there's been a rush of posthumous interest in the great Memphis pop group and its individual members.

While Chilton usually garnered the most attention, his Big Star co-pilot Bell was an extremely gifted songwriter and musician in his own right.

In fact, of all the great music that I heard last year, Ardent Music's stream of Bell's I Am the Cosmos is the album that stands out most in my mind. If I had compiled a list of my favorite albums of 2009, it'd be right up at the top, despite being recorded at various times in the mid-late '70s and (originally) released back in 1992.

There is currently a dearth of Bell's music up on YouTube, but I hope you'll enjoy today's jukebox selection, the title track from Bell's only solo LP (this clip chosen for its audio quality rather than its video slideshow - I assure you). I hope you'll also check out the album in full - it's a stunner.

Chris Bell - I Am the Cosmos.

Related articles and posts:

1. Chris Bell: Big Star's Other Genius - Oxford American.

The Story of Big Star - NPR via YouTube.

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Heartbreakers - Born To Lose

The Heartbreakers - Born To Lose.

I believe this version of "Born To Lose" comes from L.A.M.F: The Lost '77 Mixes, which many listeners cite as the definitive mix of The Heartbreakers' debut album.

There's another great version of this song (possibly an outtake?) on YouTube that I'll have to post in the future. It's very clear, loud and up front, with the most emphatic yells from Johnny on the "I said hit it!" lines. Fuck it, I'll include it here now.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Melvins - Houdini

Well. Here's an album that should require no introduction for those of you who grew up, or reached prime headbanging age, during the grunge '90s.

Houdini was The Melvins' first album for major label, Atlantic, and came out at a time when many "alternative" rock bands were riding the crest of the post-Nirvana wave. In fact, long-time friend of The Melvins and scene prince, Kurt Cobain shares a producer credit on the album and even lends instrumentation on two of its tracks.

Amazing how these things work out, considering The Melvins were one of the originators of the heavy metal-punk hybrid that came to be known as "the Seattle Sound". First to wail, and among the last to get a big record deal.

I listened to this album on Grooveshark the other night for what had to be the first time in over 10-12 years. Just as awesome as I remembered it, and I was surprised to find that I remembered most of the songs (I never owned a copy and was usually pulling this one out of my friends' collections). This 14 song version seems to be pulled from a Japanese CD release which includes the MC5 cover, "Rocket Reducer No. 62"

Rather than wade through a track-by-track highlight reel, let me just assure you that this album rocks heavily and should have you banging your head in no time. You may run out of steam by the time you get to the latter part of the record, with its more difficult, noisy percussion tracks. Still, the surprising catchiness and monster riffs of Houdini's earlier tunes, along with the faithfully executed MC5 closer, may leave you wondering if it's actually legal for one band to kick so much ass.

Friday, March 12, 2010

David Bowie - Warszawa

David Bowie - Warszawa.

Is it really possible that I haven't played any Bowie on the blog until now? Amazingly, a glance over at our post labels reveals this to be so.

Well, I'm glad today's jukebox pick happens to right this oversight on my part. Maybe I'll also try to post some of the old David Bowie interviews and performances from the Dick Cavett show that I had posted to my other blog, Finance Trends, some time ago. Hope those clips are still up on YouTube...