I haven’t been promoting my own DJ nights on this site much, but this one is special: a New Year’s Eve party to benefit local community radio station WGXC 90.7 FM. Admission is only $10 all of which goes to the station.
There will be a live band featuring Bobby Previte bashing out some rocking r&b, with DJ sets by Peter Aaron of the Chrome Cranks and me.
If you’re in the Albany / Kingston / Hudson NY area please come out and support community radio.
Saturday, December 31, 2016, 10 PM to 2 AM
The Half Moon 48 S Front St Hudson, NY 12534
Easy walk to the Amtrak station. 21 and over. Food and drink available.
This Friday, November 7, I’ll be spinning records with Jeff the Chef, formerly of the Empire Soul Club at this month’s SmashCrashBash at the Half Moon on Front Street in Hudson, NY. Peter Aaron of the Chrome Cranks has been hosting these parties for over a year now. Records sound amazing on this sound system in this room, it’s a pleasure to spin for it. The night starts at 9:00, admission is $8.
This night’s bands will be the Cocktail Slippers from Norway with the Connection from Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
I’ll be spinning 45s at the next SmashCrashBash at the Half Moon in Hudson, NY on Friday, September 5, with bands the Luxurious Faux Furs and the Beech Creeps. It should be an insane night of crude garage rock!
This afternoon I’ll be joining Phast Phreddie to spin 78s on Gaylord Field’s radio show on WFMU, from 5:00-700 PM Eastern. I’ll be one of several DJs, playing r&b, country, jazz, gospel, rockabilly and who knows what else.
78s were obsolete well before the ‘garage’ era, though I’ve heard Beatles 78s were pressed in India – maybe something garage-like exists on 78? Wish I had Link Wray’s “Rumble” to spin.
I’ve had 78s in the back corner of a closet for years and never had a chance to play them out before. This music really sounds great played loud and live on its original format.
Well, it was a blast! Thanks Phreddie, Ted and especially Gaylord for having us on his show!
Now that the show’s over, hear it on the WFMU archives.
Here’s what I played from my tiny 78 collection:
Miff Mole and the Little Molars – Feelin’ No Pain (Okeh) Howlin’ Wolf – Forty-Four (Chess) Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee Williamson) – Polly Put the Kettle On (RCA Victor) Little Walter – Juke (Checker) Alfredito and His Orchestra – Round World Mambo #2 (Rainbow) Shirley & Lee – Let the Good Times Roll (Aladdin) Webb Pierce with the Wilburn Brothers – Sparkling Brown Eyes (Decca) Fairfield Four – You’ve Got to Move (Bullet) Clara Ward – How I Got Over (Gotham) The Blue Sky Boys – Sake Hands with Your Mother Today (RCA Victor)
There’s a free garage DJ night Thursday Nov. 1 in Brooklyn, in the Park Slope neighborhood. I’ll be deejaying there, along with Mop Top Mike, Alec Palao (of Ace/Big Beat records), Josh Styles of Smashed Blocked, PJ from Dirty Water Club London and some other folks. I’ll have a small box of 45s for trade/sale as well. Come out and say hello before the Cavestomp/ WFMU Record Fair madness begins on Friday!
9:00 to late night
The Royale 506 Fifth Avenue Park Slope, Brooklyn
(between 12 & 13 Streets, a short walk from the Fourth Avenue stop on the F-Train or the 9th Street stop on the R-Train)
Saturday, Feb 24, 2007, there’s a benefit in Brooklyn for Rudy Martinez aka “Question Mark” the singer and songwriter of 96 Tears. His house burned down on January 9, and he lost all of his memorabilia, including the actual Farfisa on which Mysterians’ organist Frank Rodriguez played the famous 96 Tears riff. There’s a moving video of Question Mark walking through the wreckage at http://96tears.net/ and if you want to donate something to Rudy, you can do it there.
Come out to the Laila Lounge, 113 N. 7th St. (near the L train at Bedford) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There will be bands from 8 pm until 11, then djs including Phast Phreddie, Mike Lynch and myself, and a raffle of rare 60’s movie posters. Only $5, and all proceeds will go to Question Mark.
Most people familiar with garage will know their famous songs “96 Tears”, “I Need Somebody”, “‘8’ Teen”, so I’m including just a few lesser-known tracks as samples of their sound.
The version of “96 Tears” here is an earlier, slower take. It’s good, but I don’t think this version would have gotten them to #1 on the charts. “Ten O’Clock” is one of the best songs from their first lp, and was never released on 45. The soulful “Ain’t It a Shame” is from a 1969 single on the Tangerine label (? has a thing for the color orange, supposedly signing with Cameo-Parkway and Tangerine because of the color of their labels!)
? and the Mysterians cut plenty of good garage songs, and I definitely can recommend either of their original lps or the ‘Best of’ compilaton for those who want to hear more.