(Oct 30, 2014): Foo Fighters – Monkey Wrench

From the 1997 album, The Colour and the Shape.  Grohl follows the example of Richard and Linda Thompson’s Shoot Out The Lights in putting out a divorce album here.  It did not dent sales though and this remains the band’s best selling LP.

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(Oct 26, 2014): Captain Sensible – Martha the Mouth

From the 1982 album, Women and Captains First.  Here you have “The Damned” guitarist Ray Burns as Mr. sugar.  I can remember living in London in 1982 when the South Pacific musical tune he covered, “Happy Talk”, was ubiquitous.  And later, when I got back to the U.S. “Wot” was all over MTV.

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(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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