Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Another Great Concert

Today in Music History:

In 1977, Keith Richards was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Toronto’s Harbour Castle Hotel, for possession of heroin and cocaine. Bail was set at $25,000.
Colin James and the Little Big BandAnyone who has hung around here for any length of time knows that I am a huge Colin James fan. I have extolled the virtues of this great blues guitarist many times on this site. He is also a very diverse artist, exploring different genres of music. One of his favorite side projects is releasing music as Colin James and the Little Big Band. Colin recently released his third album with the Little Big Band and we were lucky enough to catch his first show in support of this new album a couple of weeks ago. Once again I took the camera and managed to take a lot of lousy pictures. Although I did get one that turned out decent.

Colin plays the aislesAs you may have guessed the little Big Band is a mixture of swing and light blues. As far as I'm concerned no one does it better than Colin and you can tell he really loves what he's doing as it's obvious he's having a blast. We actually arrived a bit late as we missed the bus and had to wait 20 minutes for the next one. As we entered the theatre I could hear the strains of Reet Petite coming from the auditorium. We made our way to our great seats and proceeded to get our socks knocked off. The Little Big Band consists of one trumpet, one trombone, a bass and alto sax, stand up bass, drummer, piano and of course Colin's amazing guitar. Being the first show of the tour was fun to watch as their were a few mistakes which Colin would joke about during the concert. One highlight was when Colin took to running down the aisles while jamming his ass off, that is also where I took the only decent pic of the night. Another highlight of the show was something you rarely see anymore. During the song Feelin' Good it became to much for one female fan to withstand and she ran down the aisle and jumped on stage with Colin and the boys and danced alongside Colin as he was laying the groove down. At first you kept expecting security to run onstage and drag her off, but apparently it was all right with Colin as they played off each other for the remainder of the song. I've noticed that Canadians tend to be rather sedate when attending concerts, yet during a few songs which were obviously crowd favorites, the audience was really getting into it. Colin was masterful as always and the trombone and bass sax were simply amazing. They certainly knew their chops. Even though this was Little Big Band night we were treated to one of Colin's blistering blues numbers.

Something else that was different was back in the lobby, instead of kiosks selling tshirts and memorabilia they had a large setup for World Vision where for a donation you would receive a Cd. An artist not lining his pockets but helping a good cause. It was a great night and I cannot stress more that if you ever have the chance, this is a musician that should be on every one's must see list. Unfortunately for those south of the border, Colin rarely tours the states. So today homercat serves up a dose of Little Big Band material for those who may be unfamiliar with these swinging sounds.

Mary Anne
Jumpin' From 6 to 6
Buy It

I'm Shakin'
Feelin' Good
Buy It

Funny Toon

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Rare Buffett

Today in Music History:

In 1976, All four members of Kiss had their footprints implanted on the pavement outside Grumman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Weather on the island is for the most part pretty good all year round. We rarely get snow and the temps stay pretty decent even allowing for flowers to grow in the winter. Yet what we lack in snow or cold we more than make up for with gray, wet, rainy days. Day after day. Last Friday it warmed up nicely and the sun was shining and I had spring on the mind. Which caused me to dig out the Buffett CD's and crack open a Travis McGee, salvage consultant, novel. All in an effort to jump start spring and get it here quicker. Although that nice sunny day was short lived and we are back into the gray and wet, the buffet is still coursing through the cat's thirsty ears.

So I got to thinking, Jimmy Buffett probably has more "official" live albums than any other artist out there. A bit of overkill yet the concerts are legendary. Over the years homercat has acquired many Buffett tracks that have appeared on soundtracks and other albums but not on any of his albums. Many of these are out of print or just plain hard to find. So in a sense these are Buffett rarities, yet any die hard fan probably has these in his collection. I have had some email requests in the past for some of these and know a couple folks who may be interested in them. So here goes.

This tune comes from the Arachnophobia soundtrack.
Don't Bug Me by Jimmy Buffett

Even though you may be a Buffett fan maybe you couldn't bring yourself to splurge for the Box set, Boats Beaches Bars and Ballads, Which these two tunes are only available on.
Elvis Imitators
Take It Back

This track comes from the soundtrack for The Great Outdoors with Dan Aykroyd and John Candy.
Turning Around(As many of you pointed out in the comments, this song actually comes from the movie Summer Rental with John Candy. I stand corrected. Also this is one the hardest tracks to find in the Buffett universe)

From Elmopalooza this is a great duet with Jimmy Buffett and Kermit the Frog. Excellent track.
Carribbean Amphibian

Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a classic 80's movie with a great soundtrack as well. This is also known as Spicoli's theme
I Don't Know

In 1980 the movie Urban Cowboy had drunk people in bars across the country wanting to try and crush their genitals on those mechanical bull thingies. Jimmy also had a song on the soundtrack.
Hello Texas

This track is taken from the 1999 millennium concert and is a stones cover
You Can't Always Get What You Want (rs)

Finally these last three tunes come from a series of Margaritaville Cafe albums. Three that I know of which feature various artists including Jimmy himself. They are all quite good and deliver a great sampling of different artists.
Another Saturday Night
No Woman, No Cry (with Club Trini)

These tracks won't be up long so get crackin'.

Funny Toon

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Scorchin' Sounds

Today in Music History:

In 1971 The Osmonds first album, 'Osmonds', hits #14 on the Billboard charts.
Jason and the Scorchers
During the eighties, Jason and the Scorchers were able to erect a sound that sounded like Joe Strummer hurling a wrecking ball through the Grand Ole Opry. Jason and the Scorchers were rock enough not to be country, punk enough not to be rock and metal enough not to be cool… that probably has a lot to do with why they have never got the props that they so deserve.

Jason Ringenberg was raised on a hog farm in northern Illinois. Ringenburg, fresh out of college in 1981, came storming into Nashville looking for a "rock n' roll wild band" and found the Scorchers, three Nashville upstarts who had punk-rock leanings. As the band roared into the eighties, their sound was described as "TNT From Tennessee and "Merle Haggard meets the Ramones." Reportedly in late 1983, during a concert held "in the basement of a now-boarded Philadelphia dive...Jason Ringenberg balanced himself on a rickety stool...and wished aloud what he wanted his band to sound like. 'Like a religious service,' he said wistfully, 'only a lot dirtier.'"

From 1982 to 1985 Jason and the Scorchers were one of the best live bands ever. EMI signed them in 1984 and in 1985 released their first full length album "Lost and Found". For some reason EMI didn't "get it" and tried to turn the Scorchers into a radio friendly band, without really getting behind them. Their last release for EMI was "Still Standing" in 1986. Through the years Jason and the Scorchers have put out albums on different labels and it has always made me scratch my head how come they never got really big. The music really rocks and some of their licks can put heavy metal bands to shame.

Broken Whiskey Glass by Jason and the Scorchers
Harvest Moon by Jason and the Scorchers
Absolutely Sweet Marie by Jason and the Scorchers
Buy It

Funny Toon

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Rare Donnas

Today in Music History:

In 1969, John and Yoko were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents. John was named as Rolling Stone’s ‘Man Of The Year’.

the Donnas
When I first heard The Donnas back in 1998 I was struck by their Ramones meet the Runaways type sound. I thought that these girls held a lot of promise. I mean this was pretty good stuff for a group who recorded their first album while still in high school and were all self taught musicians. Not many bands can say they had to take a week out of their senior year in High school so they could go tour Japan. Through the years the Donnas have grown up and their sound has matured a lot. Make no mistake these pretty gals can rock hard.

All four girls were born in 1979 and started their first band together while in eighth grade. Listening to their early stuff, it's obvious that they were influenced by bands like KISS and the Ramones. They are sometimes described as a punk band, but the band itself says they aren't punk. The band used pseudonyms as a tribute to The Ramones. Each member was known as "Donna" followed by the first initial of their surname. When they released 2004's Gold Medal they started using their own names as they felt their music was more mature.

By the release of their third album in 1999 at the ripe old age of 19, they were finally writing all their own material and a distinct hard rock influence began to creep into their compositions. As their songs concerned themselves mostly with boys, booze, drugs, and hated classmates, critics felt that their party-hardy subject matter was less than stellar and felt forced. This didn't stop the girls and in 2001 they signed to major label Atlantic. The Donnas' label debut, Spend the Night, More Donnas goodnessarrived in 2002 and became their first album to break into the Top 100 of the pop charts. It also earned them their biggest radio hit to date in the single "Take It Off". After two albums with Atlantic they parted way with the label and are currently working on material for a new album. While we await the upcoming record they are self-releasing a digital single of their new song "Don't Wait Up For Me." The single will include a bonus track, a rocked-up cover of "Safety Dance" that they have just finished recording and will not be included on the new record.

Which brings us to the rarities section. While the new songs are not yet available, the Donnas have recorded several songs that have not appeared on their studio albums. Some from compilation albums or soundtracks or even eps. Luckily homercat is here to fill in some of the gaps.

Backstage is taken from the movie Freaky Friday

Big Rig was a bonus track available on the Japanese version of Spend the Night

Strutter (KISS cover) from the movie Detroit Rock City

Speedin' Back to My Baby (Frehley cover) taken from All Punk Rods: a gearhead magazine compilation.

Take it Off, an acoustic version recorded live and don't have a clue how I came to be in possession of this one.

Wig Wam Bam (Sweet cover) from another gearhead compilation album, could also be found on 7" vinyl

Whether or not you're a fan you gotta give props to these girls for what they've accomplished.

Funny Toon