Monthly Archives: October 2008

Boogsie Sharpe – Steel and Brass Equals Gold, 1988 (Strakers’s Records)

This is Boogsie Sharpe’s ELEVENTH record. God knows how many he has recorded. He is still playing Carnival in Trinidad, his Pan band is one of the best. What is astonishing is that on his ELEVENTH record, he is selling ad space. Ad space for a car repair shop and a moving company. I am actually surprised that I don’t see this more often!

Boogsie is a solid gold pan man. (A.K.K. steel drums, whatever you want to call them.) I personally lump this music into a broad category I call “calypso” but I know I am wrong. I just don’t care. Steel drums annoy me so much, I just can’t stand it. But, hey, if its your thing– have at it mon!

Bacchanal Lady/Party Mix (download)

And here is a bonus for you to enjoy. Boogsie Sharpe recorded a song by the one and only ROY AYERS in 1979 (well, past the Roy Ayers hey-day, but whatevs), “Can’t you see me?” Here is a youtube of the vibraphone king, ROY AYERS, doing “Can’t you see me?” (I am still on the lookout for the Boogsie record “Phase II Pan Groove.” Buy it for me if you see it!

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Teeny Weeny Tango and Curtain Time – Peggy Serra (Kenn Records, 1970?)


The mysterious Kenn Records! All we know about them is that they once employed Herb Albert as a songwriter. These two 45’s each have the track with vocals on one side, and the same track without vocals on the other, suggesting they were produced for children’s chorus? Whatever the case, here are some kid songs, play them for your rug rats, or play them ironically at your next Yacht Rock Tot Rock hipster party. Enjoy, dude!

“The dance
comes all the way from Argentina
A tune
played on a tiny concertina

1-2-3-4
and slide, across the floor
Let’s do
The teeny weeny tango.”

*UPDATE*

Has the mystery of Kenn Records been solved? A reader wrote in:

Growing up, I studied at Ken and Jean Dance Studio in the Pittsburgh area.  Our teacher, Ken Phifer, wrote and produced Kenn Records.  They were always used as repertory for the pre-school classes.  The children would do moves to the lyrics at the beginning and then go into a more elaborate dance sequence during the instrumental part at the end.  There were a lot of dance related songs like “The Kimbo Bop,” “Mini Charleston Rag,” and “Dancing Poodles” (we come from France/ and when we dance/ we always do ballet).  There were also songs that didn’t have to do with dancing specifically, like “I’m Something Special,” “I’m Growing Up,” and “When I Grow Up.”  I’m in my 30’s now and can still remember the words and moves to a bunch of them.

Curtain Time (download)

Teeny Weeny Tango (download)

Sunday Morning – Jad Fair with Daisy Cooper, 2007 (People in a Position to Know Records)

This track has its finger on all my buzzers – outsider artists, Texas, boutique vinyl and cover songs. Whew. Let’s get started.

Jad Fair, freaky-deaky Austin-area songster has been making noise forever. And most of that noise is pretty weird. Not quite Jandek weird, but still, the kind of music that would cause most people to make a sad face. People in a Position to Know described this record best, “It is an extremely weird Jad Fair record, largely because it is from Jad Fair and it is NOT weird.”

This record was part of the PIAPTK record subscription club, oh which there were only 100 subscriptions. It is on square, clear, hand lathed vinyl and came packed with a semi-translucent Jad Fair designed insert. Its really quite nice, and I feel super lucky to have this! Maybe I will share some of the other neat-o records I received through my subscription another day.

Today I have Jad Fair and Daisy Cooper’s cover of the Velvet Undergrounds “Sunday Morning.” Its pretty and fragile and it falls apart in all the right places. Enjoy!

Sunday Morning (download)

Lab 79: North Texas State University Lab Band – NTSU Jazz Lab Bands, 1979


North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) has long been known for an excellent music program. In 1979 it was the second largest School of Music in the country, with 1,600 music majors. The 1:00 Jazz Lab Band is the best of that pool, the students not only great musicians, but also composers and arrangers. Most of this record is not really my cup of tea, its 70’s white guy jazz mostly, a la Spyro Gyra, technical and precise and completely un-compelling. Here he have a break-neck arrangement of Cole Porter’s (again, blech) “Easy to Love” arranged by Charlie Young for the saxophones. If nothing else, this track is going to impress you for the virtuoso performances by the musicians.

Easy to Love (download)

Classic album covers recreated in MSPAINT

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So, yeah. I don’t have any music for you right now, I am in Texas and far away from all my rekkids. I had two interesting things to blog about, one was this great site full of album covers recreated in MSPAINT. The other was a story my Dad just told me about a lady who let an owl have sex with her elbow crease.

Be thankful you got MSPAINT.

There are some really inspired pieces in here. Check it out.