No. 10 Upping St.

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Check out these guns. This Week’s Runner is the 1986 post Clash dance sensation Big Audio Dynamites’ No. 10 Upping St. This is P90X of extreme club dance music.

“Sit tight and listen keenly while I play for you another brand new musical biscuit.”

1.     “C’mon Every Beatbox”   Jones/Letts     5:26
2.     “Beyond the Pale”        Strummer/Jones     4:41
3.     “Limbo the Law”       Strummer/Jones/Donovan     4:44
4.     “Sambadrome”           Jones/Letts     4:48
5.     “V. Thirteen”       Strummer/Jones     4:54
6.     “Ticket”           Strummer/Jones/Letts/Roberts     3:28
7.     “Hollywood Boulevard”   Jones/Letts     4:29
8.     “Dial A Hitman”       Jones/Letts     5:04
9.     “Sightsee M.C!”       Strummer/Jones     4:55
Bonus tracks
10.     “Ice Cool Killer”     Strummer/Jones/Donovan     5:33
11.     “The Big V”         Strummer/Jones/Donovan     4:48
12.     “Badrock City”        Jones/Letts         7:00

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The Black Keys – Turn Blue

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The men from Akron, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney in my humble opinion have created a great late night headphone alternative blues album. The entire album theme is about a break up of a relationship, and lost love. The bended guitar notes in many of the songs show just how blue Dan Auerbach was composing the music. Just listen.

The critic’s have kindof panned “Turn Blue”. I guess they are getting tired of Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse producing great music with The Black Keys. I think they missed the whole point. The album “Turn Blue” is the definition of alternative blues music, visceral, cathartic, and starkly emotional. The lyrics back it all up. Plug in your favorite headphone hit play it might take a few spins. Tell me if you think I’m wrong.

 The Black Keys – Turn Blue

  1. Weight of Love
  2. In Time
  3. Turn Blue
  4. Fever
  5. Year in Review
  6. Bullet in the Brain
  7. It’s Up to You Now
  8. Waiting on Words
  9. 10 Lovers
  10. In Our Prime
  11. Gotta Get Away

David

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Muswell Hillbillies

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In Today’s Runner, the brothers Davies sing and lament about a simpler time and days gone by, medicinal benefits of drinking tea, and the twist of technological conveniences that complicate our lives. Arguably the Kinks best set. Certainly my favorite.

Enjoy!

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Combat Rock – The Clash

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Clash_poster_billIt’s June 20th, 1982. My third year of college is finished. My parents are off on another backpacking travel adventure to some remote place in Alaska with my little sister. I have the house to myself for the better part of the summer. So why not take advantage of this! Simply invite all my Cal Poly friends to stay at the house. See The Clash and The English Beat play at The Santa Barbara County Bowl and go off like a Brixton riot. The album really is a far cry from the musical, lyrical and political genius of the previous Clash album “Sandinista”. “Combat Rock” still has it share memorable songs, but it’s the lingering memories that are best part, hanging out with friends and enjoying the music together.

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The Concert – June 20th, 1982

“The show was awesome. Joe Strummer sporting a Mohawk crowed and stalked a stage overhung with camouflage netting; girls in miniskirts with hard black leather jackets, short-haired boys in monogrammed 4H jackets, all skanking like Brixtoners. Maybe it was the end of hippiedom, but it was a liberating end.”

 

The future is unwritten – know your rights – David

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CSNY 1974 – first set

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Have you ever seen one of those guys out on the beach meticulously scouring every inch of the sand with a metal detector? Everyone else out there is enjoying the summer fun, swimming, and sunning, taking in the views along with the rays, but this guy has his head down, unaware of everything around him, moving back and forth like a vacuum combing the sand. He might as well be on Mars, he is so out of place and weird. The other beach dwellers eye him and move out of the way when he gets near. He is in another place and another time, and every once in a while, he stops and bends down to poke at a spot in the sand and if he is lucky, he will reach down and pull out a long lost hidden treasure such as this one from 1974.

CSNY 1974 is like a rare stone that has been buried in the sand for over 40 years. It documents one of the most chaotic, highest-grossing rock tours of the time. The music here, the versions of these classic songs, is exciting and the harmonies are fine. It showcases some of the best work from these four talented musicians who, like lightning striking, came together to form CSN&Y. But this tour was notorious for its turbulent and troubled coarse. The playing and singing only veils the disdain and bitter infighting within the group. It is this combination, the competition and hostility between band members that fuels these three exciting live sets of music in this treasure chest box set. This is truly a sweet and sour gem that sparkles in the sun, but it’s sharp, and has an undertone that cuts. CSNY 1974 is every bit as good as 4 Way Street. It has power, excitement and energy and is sounds great! Everything you want in a live performance. It is a real find. Just don’t step on it. Rather, pick it up and run with it.

CSNY 1974 – First Set

1. Love the One Your With
2. Wooden Ships
3. Immigration Man
4. Helpless
5. Carry Me
6. Johnny’s Garden
7. Traces
8. Grave Concern
9. On the Beach
10. Black Queen
11. Almost Cut My Hair

Time capsules like this remind us how powerful music can be. It’s not all just rhyming, chirping and twerking. It’s funny, or maybe not so funny, how 40 years later songs like Immigration Man, Prison Song and World Game are as pertinent today as they were back then. On the Beach, Neil Young sings, “The world is turning, I hope it don’t turn away…”

Enjoy some new, old CSN&Y
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