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Pocket Orchestra – “Imom Bilde ” – [None (It's a Cart!)]

We got this from Craig Bork This was recorded in a mobile studio, school bus converted, backed up to a garage in San Bruno. It was recorded sometime in 1980. Although the band had been together for 10 years it was recorded towards the end of its existence, although they played together in different forms for years after that. Tim Parr passed away around 1985, Tim Lyons died a few years ago.
Very fluid, cartoony, Zappa-esq, art-jazz-rock with lots of fun tricks going on. All instrumental. *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:55 pm
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  • Pocket Orchestra – “Pocket Orchestra ” – [Self Produced]

    We got this CDR from Craig Bork (we have had “Imon Bilde” on cart for eons, he saw it listed on a KFJC playlist and sent all of what he had.) This was recorded in a mobile studio, school bus converted, backed up to a garage in San Bruno. It was recorded sometime in 1980. Although the band had been together for 10 years it was recorded towards the end of its existence, although they played together in different forms for years after that. Tim Parr passed away around 1985, Tim Lyons died a few years ago.
    Very fluid, cartoony, Zappa-esq, art-jazz-rock with lots of fun tricks going on. All instrumental. *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:54 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Pocket Orchestra – “Knebnagauge ” – [Self Produced]

    We got this CDR from Craig Bork (we have had “Imon Bilde” on cart for eons, he saw it listed on a KFJC playlist and sent all of what he had.) Knebnagauge was the previous name for Pocket Orchestra (and is pronounced Neeb-Nah-Gawgh) This was recorded in a mobile studio, school bus converted, backed up to a garage in San Bruno. It was recorded sometime before 1980. Tim Parr passed away around 1985, Tim Lyons died a few years ago.
    Very fluid, cartoony, Zappa-esq, art-jazz-rock with lots of fun tricks going on. All instrumental *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:54 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Dolomites – “Lovely Day for a Hogshead Of.. ” – [Walking Records]

    Pirates and Drunken Punk Irishmen are alive in the hills of Portland Oregon! This band of reclusive weirdoes have been stomping around the stranger bars and clubs in the Pacific Northwest for a few years (but there is very little known about them – even the best local Elvis impersonator stood in awe as they performed at a recent Oktoberfest). They look like a fine bunch of geeks but they sound much like the Pogues in top form. Cap’t Jack will love them dearly and I think many other DJs will hoist a glass to their rather unique take on an ancient musical art form!
    Clean lyrics as far as my ear (and the lyric sheet) can tell – but the vocals are so rough sounding it would be hard to tell…
    *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:53 pm
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  • Tiger Lillies, the – “Circus Songs ” – [Misery Guts Music]

    Imagine if Tom Waits and Dame Edna somehow had a love child and he grew up to be a Contra Tenor (male soprano) singer and accordion player – well, this is what it might sound like…
    Euro/Brit singer-songwriter Martyn Jaeques and two Adrians form the Tiger Lillies and they have been turning out a huge library of CDs in the last few years that have been almost totally ignored in the USA. This particular release takes us to a Circus that is more twisted and ugly than most Big Tops and Freak Shows, but there is somehow a sad respect for the mutants that run the show. There are a few obvious choices for over-the-top cover songs: Send In The Clowns, in particular but mostly these are originals. Track 3 has the only bad language, but this is very strong stuff in general – a very dark, dramatic and strange recording. *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:52 pm
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  • Davis, Sammy Jr. – “Yes! I Can (Vol One) ” – [Rhino Records]

    Starting at the age of 2 and a half in 1928, Sammy Davis Jr. was almost instantly an incredible Vaudeville performer, dancing, singing, comedy, acting and becoming a big part of “American Show-Biz” for 64 years. This 4 CD set spans most of his adult career (from 1949 to 1988) with outstanding quality and variety. Even if you ignore the religion, politics and “Rat-Pack” environment that came later his lifetime you will have to agree that the guy had the chops! Jazz songs, Blues, Tin-Pan Alley classics, Broadway show-stoppers, ballads and Pop – many hits and award winning stuff here (and even the less well known tracks are moving!) Disc One covers 1949 to 1960 including some of his tracks from the film version of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.”
    My Hot Picks for this disc: #1, #7, #8, #15, #21but give the others a try as well. *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:51 pm
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  • Davis, Sammy Jr. – “Yes! I Can (Vol Two) ” – [Rhino Records]

    Disc Two covers 1961 to 1965 – includes some of his most successful work. His long association with Frank Sinatra and the rest of the original “Rat Pack” leads to much more film work and international fame. His versions of songs by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse kept him on the top of the charts (even against the “British Invasion.”) Some of these tracks continue the jazzier feeling interpretations and some great duets. *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:51 pm
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  • Davis, Sammy Jr. – “Yes! I Can (Vol Three) ” – [Rhino Records]

    Disc Three covers 1961 to 1978 (but mostly late 1960s) with a mixed bag of originals and adaptations: TV theme , show tunes and the infamous “The Candy Man”/”Mr. Bojangles” that have been staples of KFJC programming since I don’t know when… Not my particularly favorite era for Sammy but who can argue with success. (where is that picture of him and Nixon hugging, anyway?) *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:51 pm
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  • Davis, Sammy Jr. – “Yes! I Can (Vol Four) ” – [Rhino Records]

    Disc Four is “live recordings” from 1959 to 1988 – includes some versions of tracks heard on Vol 1 thru 3. Sammy’s spontaneity, humor and style really come through in these recordings. Some tracks have somewhat smarmy introductions. *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:50 pm
  • Filed as B Library,CD
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  • Gimme Dat Harp Boy [coll] – [Big Snake Records]

    Starting with a spoken intro from Captain Beefheart hiz own self, this collections spans about 50 years of roots blues, odd jazz (trad, swing and flute honks-n-squirts,) pre-psychedelic poetry, raw hillbilly/Hawaiian country, novelty tunes, raunch & roll and other nifty treats that influenced the young Don Van Vliet as he developed into the Captain of Beefheart weirdness. Not arranged in any chronologic order and the extensive LINER NOTES DO NOT MATCH THE TRACK ORDER! You will find some amazing stuff here, some that were eventually covered by the Magic band. Basically clean for language but there are some suggestive old blues (Black Snake tracks #6 & #7 especially) *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:49 pm
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  • Skeriks Syncopated Taint Septe – “Skeriks Syncopated Taint Septe ” – [Ropeadope Records]

    Some Fun, Fine, Funky, Punky, Hip-Hop Jazz from Seattle. Saxophonist Skerik (he has been on many other recordings with groups like Critters Buggin’, Frog Brigade and Galactic.) There is a lot of variety here from Horn Driven Groove-Monster to Zappaesque Aligned Noodles, but nothing is too scary – I could have almost put this in A library… all tracks are instrumental – no vocals. No idea on Skerik’s real name. Recorded Summer of 2003 live in one session at the Owl & Thistle club in Seattle.
    Track 2 has an odd Latin beat – not quite sure if it is a Rumba or something else, but it is way fun. Track 4 is just a short introduction to Track 5 a mostly very happy, pop rock jazz thing – let it play through! Track 6 features a twisted analog synth-piano and B-3 Organ duet with wild guitar.
    Track 9 is a Double Bari-Sax Monster Mash -YOW!
    The group name comes from the 1930′s Anti-Drug Czar Harry J. Anslinger – it was the term he used for the “Rhythmic and Moral Contamination that is Jazz? *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:47 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Reefer Songs [coll] – [Mojo Records]

    Proving the often stated case that early Jazz Musicians were nothin’ but a lot of Dope Smokin’ Vipers that would soon corrupt the moral values of our “Youth”- this is a GREAT collection of songs that relate to the drug culture of the 1920s through the 1940s. There are solos, small groups and big bands singing about Dopey Joe, Minnie the Moocher, Jerry the Junker, Texas Tea, and all that other “Fine stuff.” These are some of the songs that inspired the revival of jug bands in the 1960s and the re-revival by groups like the Asylum Street Spankers and many others. Sometimes funny but there are some sweet-sad songs as well. Remember, grass was quasi-legal up until about 1937 so these were songs that fit into the culture of the times. Just the thing for your “4:20 Break” and as far as I can tell the lyrics are all clean (if suggestive…) 1996 release date. We also have another version in Blues *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:46 pm
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  • Primetime Sublime Community or – “A Life in a Day of a Micro… ” – [Corporate Blob Records]

    East coast project combining real and synthi musicians, cut-ups and complex editing for a lot of funny stuff. There are a lot of references to modern classical composition but more silly than most.
    The long production ‘A Life in a Day of A Microorganism? is a take on those 1950′s elementary school science films that soon goes horribly wrong. Even broken into 3 parts it is a bit too long (and there are a few lame ‘Gay Jokes?) but it might fit somewhere in your show. The shorter tracks are outstanding and well worth a spin. There are some ‘self-promotion? sort of announcements but not overdone… *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:42 pm
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  • Skerik – “Left for Dead in Seattle ” – [Critters Buggin]

    Every Track is Different! These are recordings done over the last 10 years with various combinations of musicians. They were ‘left for dead? on the shelf because Skerik was too busy doing other things to finish them, but he finally did it. This is not at all like Skerik’s Syncopated Taint Septet – not much ‘jazz? here at all.
    Track 1: just a low voice intro.
    Track 2: sort of a Tower of Power/JB Horns Groove thang. Shake it!
    Track 3: goofy Vocorder + Parlament-Funkadelic feel – very fine!
    Track 4: vocal + sax jazzy thing that has more than a touch of Zappa.
    Track 5: rapping drum (real and machine) & bass low ride – clean vocals.
    Track 6: violin feature over various vibes and marimbas
    Track 7: Psycho-Klez with Idiot Flesh like craziness vocals – scary stuff but fun.
    Track 8: the feel of track 7 continues instrumentally into the desert…
    Track 9: Goof-Rap version of this Xmas classic – not just for December!
    Track 10: continues the Santa thing into Hell- lots of guitars.
    Track 11: Bonus track with string orchestral effects – very minimal.
    All are interesting and worth a spin!!! *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:41 pm
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  • Walls of Genius – “Before … and After ” – [Self Release]

    Walls of Genius were not the first to use a mix of goofy instruments, samples, vocals/spoken word and noisemakers in a post-punk/new wave experimental weirdo band but they were certainly among the early ‘well known? perpetrators of this kind of quirky SubGenious music that has since become a staple of KFJC’s library. This is a CD reissue of a 1984 cassette release, part of a series of about 30 tapes made between 1982 and 1986. Little Fyodor is still touring around the country, performing for secret societies in strange little clubs. He pronounces his name as: “fee-ay-dor” ‘Spazz Music of Macho Irony? is what the Rev. Stang calls it. More at letterstodanfogelberg.50megs.com/ and littlefyodor.com MANY FUCKS on Track 10 otherwise clean *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:40 pm
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  • Holland Band – “Truck Liedjes Vol 2 ” – [H C D Music Productions]

    All Time Favorite Dutch Truck Driving Songs (Volume 2)!
    The Ones That Were Not Quite Favorite Enough To Make Volume One!
    By A Completely Unknown Band!
    Singing in Dutch! You Might Understand One Word In Twenty!
    Check’em ALL out! (LIEDJES = Lye Ghezz, sort of. That means Song. Truck means Truck, dammit! for any other pronunciation talk to Ned Walker… )

    Tien-Vier Goede Vriend! (Ten-Four, Good Buddy!) *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:29 pm
  • Filed as CD,Country
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  • Gove County Philharmonic, the – “Circus Doesn’t Stop At…, the ” – [Pfmentum]

    Starting off with an old, scratchy recording of a pleasant little city park band (strings and horns) playing a waltz on a Sunday afternoon, the Grove County Philharmonic is a quaint look back at another century of music. THEN THE EVIL CLOWN HITS YOU IN THE FACE WITH A TURD PIE, KICKS YOU IN THE ASS WITH HIS FLOPPY SHOES AND STOMPS ALL OVER YOUR EARS WITH A SCREAMING, DISCORDANT MUTANT CIRCUS BAND FROM HELL!!!!!!
    Actually, after that first shock things get stranger, nicer, and back to strange again – all over the place, musically until the band kinda just fades away down the road …. I like it! *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:28 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Free Radicals – “Our Lady of Eternal Sunny… ” – [Rastaman Work Ethic]

    Take a whole bunch of people to recording studios in Houston and New York and turn them loose – what you get is an amazing mixture of jazz, funk/soul, noodles, beats, poots and honks – some great, some don’t go much of anywhere (and they cut after a few seconds – watch out!) A few tracks have a ska/rock flavor but overall it is mostly more leaning towards somewhat structured jazz. Very nice when they get going… *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:27 pm
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  • Connah, Graham – “Because of Wayne/The Only Song ” – [Evander Music]

    This 3 CD 2 Group set from Graham Connah is quite something! Part jazz, part rock, part Zappaesque weirdness with interesting combinations of wind, string and electronic instruments, some clever vocals and a wacky, playful quality that will have you trying to dance along to the odd time signatures and jolly funky squonks. Disc One (Because of Wayne) were recorded live at Bruno’s in 98/99 as “Sour Note Seven” and the other 2 discs are 2000 studio sessions as “Jettison Slinky” with many line-up changes but there is a conceptual continuity throughout. Mighty Fine! *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:26 pm
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  • Brass Monkey Brass Band – “Live in Time and Space ” – [Weed]

    Some local brass wackos have formed this modern New Orleans Brass Band to put the SF/Improv flavor into some old standards and new tunes. Jon Birdsong (Lords of Outland) on the sousaphone really sets the funk pace but everybody else does a lot of interesting stuff here as well. Goofy fun in a “live in studio recording” (must have been some party!) Mostly instrumental with some incidental vocal things between songs. Track 7 is a nice take on a Steve Wonder tune and is actually 16 minutes long with a little gap – the end is a dub take (very odd) so let it play! *review by Studebaker Hawk

  • Reviewed by Studebaker Hawk on January 16, 2005 at 12:25 pm
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