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no, i don't think it has something to do with howlin' wolf. just listen to eleggua and you will know what i mean. that is pure, true beefheart in mexican mode,fantastico.

alex in mainhattan, Thursday, 5 April 2012 20:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, none of them are quite as spacey as Gris Gris. Babylon has a bunch of weird shit on it - children's choirs, odd time signatures, also this amazing song:

Remedies *wanted* to be a psych record but his manager fucked that one up pretty bad afaict. By the time he got around to Sun, Moon, and Herbs things had straightened out a little sonically but the material is all still in that voodoo-blues vein (also features Keith Richards and Mick Jagger iirc). Once he hooked up with the Meters he was pretty solidly in the fonk pocket.

You big bully, why are you hitting that little bully? (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 5 April 2012 20:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

it is really obvious how the manager/producer completely fucked this up:

You big bully, why are you hitting that little bully? (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 5 April 2012 20:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Gris Gris is really great. Opening track is like taking a swim down the bayou with w/ an old stoned gator. Love all the layers of instruments/voices/sounds floating in and out and around.

Spottie_Ottie_Dope, Thursday, 5 April 2012 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

scratch vocal, three different takes just strung together one after the other etc.

xp

You big bully, why are you hitting that little bully? (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 5 April 2012 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

honestly everything up through like 1976 has something to recommend it

You big bully, why are you hitting that little bully? (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 5 April 2012 20:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

actually kind of annoying it is not a longer interview!

tylerw, Thursday, 5 April 2012 20:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha okay that's a great album cover

You big bully, why are you hitting that little bully? (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 5 April 2012 20:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

and on that photo he even looks like the captain, it is almost spooky:

alex in mainhattan, Thursday, 5 April 2012 20:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

just got back from the show at BAM, it was good. they played guilded splinters and zu zu mamou. and he did a solo piano of such night which was great. the new songs are cool, if a little too dap-tone sounding or something. but props to auerbach for turning him on to mulatu astake.

mizzell, Friday, 6 April 2012 02:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Auerbach of the Keys has him backed by Daptone folks on those new ones so that would make sense

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 April 2012 13:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Doctor's latest album Locked Down is surprisingly vital sounding. The old dog's still got a lot of bite.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Sunday, 8 April 2012 10:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Thinking about trying to go to one of the BAM events. Wonder if I can still
get a ticket

MIke Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 8 April 2012 18:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Some of his new stuff is great. I love to hear older people dissing the man and sounding like they are still engaged to the world.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Sunday, 8 April 2012 20:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Are these older folks opposed to his lyrics on the latest, or the music, both, something else or are they aficianados of the first album only???

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 April 2012 14:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

think he means The Man there, not Dr. John

Disco Bob & MC Criminal (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 9 April 2012 15:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ha, misread that at first myself but managed to take a deep breath and parse it correctly

zing left unguarded, the j/k palace in flames (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh, now I get it. Thanks

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 April 2012 16:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

OK, I'm going Saturday

zing left unguarded, the j/k palace in flames (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Would greatly appreciate any setlist or review you could bring back. It seems that he might delve into some NOLA R&B obscurities, which are just about my favorite music genre ever, but it's hard to tell exactly from the description.

Hey Jude, don't make it BAD MENTAL HEALTH (Dan Peterson), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

The whole album is pretty solid, but I'm really loving "Ice Age":

Cuba Pudding, Jr. (jaymc), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 19:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sorry about the lack of clarity above folks; The Man. I do try and contribute here like I am having a conversation, but I am shit at it!

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Thursday, 12 April 2012 01:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wonder if the Ernie K Doe book will be on sale at this gig?

zing left unguarded, the j/k palace in flames (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 April 2012 03:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

OK, Dan P, I have enlisted the services of an expert for this project

zing left unguarded, the j/k palace in flames (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 April 2012 14:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Awesome, thanks! I'm sure there will be some Fats Domino and memories of Booker, and there will certainly be Irma Thomas hits. Davell Crawford is along, and he has recorded some of his grandfather Sugarboy Crawford's stuff, and it's a longshot but Tami Lynn might even do "I'm Gonna Run Away From You."

Hey Jude, don't make it BAD MENTAL HEALTH (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 12 April 2012 15:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

It actually just dawned on me that I saw Tami Lynn sing a couple songs at Jazzfest last time I was in N.O. and she (um, delicately) wasn't all that good. She did do "Mojo Hannah."

Hey Jude, don't make it BAD MENTAL HEALTH (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 12 April 2012 15:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

I never saw her sing. I did overhear her once in the old South Street Seaport Strand Bookstore complaining about one of her mentors

zing left unguarded, the j/k palace in flames (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 April 2012 16:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Irma Thomas was awesome. fun show.

mizzell, Saturday, 14 April 2012 13:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Standing outside BAM, waiting for Mr. Fine Wine to arrive

i just believe in memes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 14 April 2012 23:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sorry, Dan, don't know if there were too many obscurities. It was actually kind of hard to hear especially the lyrics where I was sitting. Irma Thomas we could hear pretty clearly, she sang two numbers "Wish Someone Would Care" and "(You Can Have My Husband but) Don't Mess with My Man." The biggest pleasant surprises were Ivan Neville singing his dad's "Hercules" and the band playing Smokey Johnson's "It Ain't My Fault," but apparently the latter gets covered a lot. Tami Lynn did not sing "Mojo Hannah" couldn't tell what else she did sing. She seems like a last minute addition since everybody else's bio was printed in there program but her info was inserted on a separate sheet of paper.

i just believe in memes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 15 April 2012 06:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

pic is str8 awesome

Jilly Boel and the Eltones (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

At least on Thursday they did

i just believe in memes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 16 April 2012 18:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Thanks! The songs listed in the review are all great, if unsurprising (St. James Infirmary, Hey Pocky Way.) Yeah, props to them for digging up Hercules.

Advanced Uncle Meat recovery system (Dan Peterson), Monday, 16 April 2012 19:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

I meant to say that "St. James Infirmary" sounded nothing like "St. James Infirmary" until I was able to hear some of the words.

i just believe in memes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 16 April 2012 19:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, "Hercules" and Nicholas Payton were the best things. Don't think I mentioned that Davell Crawford sang "Junko Partner."

i just believe in memes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 16 April 2012 19:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Arrgh, "Junco Partner."

i just believe in memes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 16 April 2012 19:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

i just worked our big Dr John gala at BAM! was a lot of fun

surm, Monday, 16 April 2012 19:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Doc's been doing this mambo arrangement of St. James Infirmary for a while now, so probably this one?

Advanced Uncle Meat recovery system (Dan Peterson), Monday, 16 April 2012 19:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

video for revolution with footage from BAM
http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2012/05/08/152296239/live-from-brooklyn-dr-john-launches-into-a-revolution

mizzell, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 17:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

http://www.offbeat.com/2012/07/01/dr-johns-next-maneuver/

After touring Europe plans to release Querzergue (spelling?) coproduced sessions with singer Will Porter

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 12:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

"in the right place" - 40 years old and still going strong

nonightsweats, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 05:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/68/Dr_john_-_city_lights.jpg

just listened to City Lights for the first time. it's slicker than the first four records but pretty good in it's own right.

Lost in Crafton, Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:44 (3 days ago) Permalink

One of my favorite Dr. John songs is from one of his weaker records, Tango Palace. "I Thought I Heard New Orleans Say."

Dick Clownload (Dan Peterson), Saturday, 18 October 2014 13:35 (3 days ago) Permalink

Always loved this one off Remedies.

Jazzbo, Saturday, 18 October 2014 13:45 (3 days ago) Permalink

I love City Lights, has a vibe approaching steely dan.

mizzell, Saturday, 18 October 2014 16:54 (3 days ago) Permalink


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