Sunday, September 7, 2014

Spotify Users: Plenty of folks mentioned they wish they could hear the records I post pictures of on my Instagram account ( - so I put together this Spotify playlist to cover the very same songs. Not all of my records are available on Spotify, and I left off the harder rock styles, but I think you'll find it's a very good representation of the music I enjoy. If this goes over well, I'll try to keep it current.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Friday, September 13, 2013

Available Friday, September 13: Hear Me Oh Demons!

Tired of the onslaught of shit music coming from the speakers in the car next to you?  "Awards" shows which praise some of the very worst music ever produced? "Music Television" programs that don't even play music anymore?! I have something that will help.  After a very long break, my new mix is here!  This is the first cassette tape mix I've done since '98 or so, and I'm pretty excited about it.  "Hear Me Oh Demons!" is over 50 minutes of my favorite Soul 45s, with a couple of Reggae and Boogaloo tunes thrown in for good measure.  Each tape has been hand painted and comes in the snazzy packaging shown here.  Inside, I've included a custom demonic incantation which is 90% guaranteed to call the Dark Lords into action against the false music idols who currently rule the airwaves.  Speaking the incantation while the mix is being played can cause such things as

  • Lady Gaga to grow a mustache!
  • Miley Cyrus to throw her back out twerking!
  • One Direction to have bad hair days for 666 continuous days!
  • and much, much, more! (also, these chicks should be harassed)

Right now this mix is exclusively available on cassette tape.  I intend to have copies available at some local record shops - expect an update on locations soon (update: a few copies now at Greenpoint's own Co-Op 87!)  But anyone can get a copy from me by mail.  $6 for locals (store purchase or delivered in person), $8 to anywhere in the US by mail, and $12 to my overseas friends; all payable via Paypal. Email me at djmikecrash at gmail for more info. I have a strict no tracklist policy, so you'll have to trust me - you'll dig it the most!  Included incantation will help you decode the tracklist should you desire.  Happy Friday the 13th!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Irma Thomas Rocks My World - Twice!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This is the Soul Queen of New Orleans. And here are two of her biggest cuts!

The first, released in 1960 on Ron, came out when Irma was the tender age of 19. But by that time she'd been married twice and had four children! So she could tell you a thing or two about men.  This one hit #22 on the charts and was her first hit. Great sense of humor, swinging beat, screaming horns - "Don't Mess With My Man" has all the makings of a Nola classic.

"Wish Someone Would Care" came out in 1964, and was Irma's biggest hit.  It's about a perfect soul tune if you ask me. 

Irma Thomas never got the mainstream success she deserved, but she is still known and adored by music lovers everywhere.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Professor Longhair - "Big Chief" - Watch Records, 1964

Today it's a real treat - one of my favorite records from New Orleans legend Professor Longhair!

Henry Roeland Byrd AKA Professor Longhair AKA Fess was born in 1918 in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Although he didn't really begin to play music seriously until his 30's, and never had a large repertoire, Fess became a huge figure in New Orleans music. He had a unique style which instantly set him apart from his peers, but he lacked the crossover appeal to become a national star.
Black or white, local or out-of-town, they all had Longhair's music in common. Just that mambo-rhumba boogie thing. —Allen Toussaint
Check out "Tipitina", "Let's Go To The Mardi Gras" and "Bald Head" for more of a feel for this cat's sound.
I don't have much info on Watch Records, but I believe it was run by Earl King and Wardell Quezergue. They recorded a ton of great NOLA artists from that era like Eddie Bo, Tommy Ridgley, Benny Spellman and others. Now listen to this and start strutting!

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Cynics - "Sweet Young Thing" - Dionysis, 1985

Today it's a mid-80's garage rocker from Pittsburgh! So who are The Cynics?

They formed in '83, with Gregg Kostelich on guitar and Michael Kastelic on vocals the constant driving force over many years and lineup changes.The influence of 60's garage punkers and RnB is definitely apparent in this record, their first outing.

“I was maybe 4 or 5 when I started collecting Garage records, and I’ve been listening to that type of music ever since." - Gregg Kostelich
Cynics '92 lineup
These guys are still going strong after 25 years, now on Gregg's "Get Hip" label.

Dionysus Records was based out of California and hosted the Cynics first two outings. Interesting, not only was this The Cynics' first release, I believe this was the label's first 45 release. From the label website:
"Dionysus Records was started by me, quite haphazardly and from scratch at the tail end of 1983 because I wanted to release a 45 by my then band Yard Trauma. The label was actually an extension of a cassette-only label run I ran out of the Roads to Moscow record store on Park Ave in my hometown of Tucson, AZ between ‘81 and ‘83. In 1984, I moved to Los Angeles and became pals with Greg and Suzy Shaw at Bomp who helped me to establish the label here in Southern California and distribute the first two albums (by Yard Trauma and Thee Fourgiven) and a couple of singles (by The Cynics.)"
And of course, the clip!