(Oct 25, 2014): Cream – Crossroads

RIP Jack Bruce.  From the 1968 double LP, Wheels of Fire, the first platinum double LP.  This the opening track of the four live San Francisco recordings on the “Live at The Fillmore” disc.  This Robert Johnson tune, however, was recorded at The Winterland Ballroom.  It has more Clapton than Bruce connotations because of Clapton’s arrangement (and his rehab center), but this was one of the four tunes Cream play when inducted into the hall of fame.

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(Oct 24, 2014): Joanne Brackeen – Let Me Know

From the 1979 album, Keyed In.  This LP was in the group of recordings that Bob James put out on his Tappan Zee label in the late 70′ and early 80′.  All of them had unusual eye catching covers.  Brackeen was one of the most hip in this stable. She had earlier played with the Stan Getz Quartet at Montmartre.  Jack DeJohnette is on drums here.



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(Oct 23, 2014): Flamin’ Groovies – Shake Some Action

The title track from the 1976 album, Shake Some Action.  Sticking with San Fransisco bands, this LP was a come back after five years out of the studio and the loss of Roy Loney. This version of the band sounded different, but just as good in its continuing obsession with old fashioned rock & roll.

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(Oct 22, 2013) – Wooden Shjips – These Shadows

From the 2013 album, Back to Land.  Another San Francisco band today.  Guitarist Erik “Ripley” Johnson, who is also in Moon Duo, did all the writing for this outing.  The LP comes with a bonus 7″ (at least the pre-order version did).  There were also white and pink vinyl pressing.

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(Oct 21, 2014): Scissors For Lefty – Ghetto Ways

From the 2006 12″ single, Ghetto Ways / Marsha.  A two family (Garza and Krimmel) SF band.  After a hiatus of six years, the band put out a third long-player last year.

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(Oct 20, 2014): Baron – Decade

From the 2006 12″ single, At the Drive-In / Decade.  The juxtaposition of the titles makes me think that it has been well over a decade since I have been at the drive-in.  The tune also appears on the Breakbeat Kaos compilation Jungle Sound Gold.  Piers Bailey a been producing smooth drum and bass for over a decade.  Those into skateboard / snowboard films will also be familiar with his soundtrack work.

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(Oct 19, 2014) – Elvis Presley – Stranger in My Home Town (rehearsal)

Back after a brief hiatus.  This tune was captured in a “The Elvis Presley Show” rehearsal recorded in July 1970.  It was first released on the 1995 5xCD box set, Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential ’70s Masters.  It is also on the the 1999 bootleg, Cut Me and I Bleed and this is the cover you see here.

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