Those Pretty Wrongs ‘A Day In The Park’

THOSE PRETTY WRONGS are Jody Stephens and Luther Russell, two old friends and veterans of the music scene in different ways. Jody was the drummer for the legendary band Big Star and now helps run equally legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis. Luther Russell was the leader of seminal roots-rock band The Freewheelers and is now an acclaimed solo artist and producer. As another exclusive Shindig! offers the first hear of the flip of their new single ‘A Time To Fly’ (Burger Records)


Jody and Luther began writing songs together in 2013 and performing them whenever possible, soon taking their name from the opening line of Shakespeare Sonnet 41. In 2015, underground SoCal sensation Burger Records released ‘Lucky Guy’ as a 7” single . There was an outpouring
of support for the new song, which gave Jody and Luther the confidence to move forward with a full-length LP.

Those Pretty Wrongs’ self-titled debut album was released on Ardent/Burger in 2016 to instant raves from critics and fans alike. Jody was way out in front on this release – really for the first time ever – taking all lead vocals and co-writing all of the songs with Luther. The duo toured the North America, UK, Australia and Europe and the reception around the world gave them the confidence to keep pushing with the project. Ultimately this goodwill led Jody and Luther to start recording a follow-up record – once again at Ardent, and once again to 2” tape using much of the original gear Big Star used on their classic records. Read more Those Pretty Wrongs ‘A Day In The Park’

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The LOVE band featuring Johnny Echols Farewell UK Tour Summer 2019

The LOVE band featuring Johnny Echols sees Arthur Lee’s longest serving band return to the UK to perform classic songs from LOVE’s first three albums Love, De Capo and Forever Changes as well as some special deep cuts for the last time


From 1993 until Arthur’s death in 2006, the band Baby Lemonade performed with him, being an essential part of the renaissance of Love’s music. This iteration of Love saw many sold-out tours, as well as back to back Glastonbury performances and an appearance on Later With Jools Holland.

Joining Baby Lemonade is Love’s original lead guitarplayer and founding member Johnny Echols, who was part of the classic line-up that recorded the seminal Forever Changes.

Johnny Echols and Arthur Lee were childhood friends whose families both moved from Memphis to Los Angeles. Teenage Johnny & Arthur teamed up to form the groups Arthur Lee & The LAG’s and The American Four before they formed Love in 1965. The classic Love line-up featuring Johnny disbanded in ’68. Johnny reunited with Arthur Lee in 2005 to perform with Love once more.

Baby Lemonade formed in 1992 by Rusty Squeezebox, Mike Randle, David “Daddy-O” Green, later adding Dave Chapple to the mix. In ’93 the band landed the gig of a lifetime opening up for Love. That show was the last for that incarnation of Love as Arthur replaced them with the four Baby Lemonade members. Baby Lemonade released records on Sympathy For The Record Industry, Munster and Big Deal between ’93 and 2001.  Read more The LOVE band featuring Johnny Echols Farewell UK Tour Summer 2019

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More Fudge

CAMILLA AISA, inspired by TY SEGALL’s latest, picks a selection of yummy modern spins on some classics (and a few cult gems) from Shindig!‘s own favourite eras



Ty Segall – ‘St. Stephen’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needless to say, it’s been a busy year for Ty Segall. And for Ty Segall fans, too. Now that I think about it – what do Ty and The Grateful Dead have in common? Well, they surely belong to the same list of favourites I’ll never be able to properly keep up with (they’re on top – the Dead being honorary chairmen along with Guided by Voices). There’s way more to it now: Ty Segall’s fourth release of the year is a collection of groovy covers titled Fudge Sandwich, and the Aoxomoxoa classic ‘St. Stephen’ is on it. The Dead reimagined as punk superheroes, we couldn’t have asked for more. And as with the rest of the LP, the song now sounds like a Ty original. 

Jonathan Wilson – ‘Fazon’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll be honest, Jonathan Wilson’s latest was one of my biggest disappointments of the year. So I found myself going back to 2013’s Fanfare, and thinking about the first track of that record that caught my attention. It was ‘Fazon’, a cover of a Sopwith Camel song from the San Franciscan band’s second and final LP, The Miraculous Hump Returns From The Moon. I can remember a wonderful sense of astonishment – Sopwith Camel still felt like a kept secret, and ‘Fazon’ was its most precious hidden gem. It felt great to see a hip young artist recognising its timeless beauty, so that it could be hidden no more. Five years later, it still feels so.

Nicole Atkins – ‘Vitamin C’

Nicole Atkins’ take on this CAN classic has been released earlier this year, but recorded way back, eight years ago. As she explained: “Recently we’ve been playing it in our live set again and through tags on Instagram I noticed that some B-Boys have been using my version to breakdance at competitions. I decided I should release it digitally so more people can hear it and more easily dance to it!”I’m convinced there could be no better reason for a CAN cover to circulate. 

Moon Duo – ‘No Fun’

Some songs just can’t help but live second, third, infinite lives. They’re the ones we love to call anthems, I guess, whether they like it or not. ‘No Fun’ is among them, towering above the punk and garage pantheon. So, do we need another ‘No Fun’ cover? Probably not. But we definitely need to reclaim the sneer that caused its existence in the first place. And when it’s Moon Duo revisiting it, as it happens on the B-side to this year’s single ‘Jukebox Babe’, we’ll embrace the additional fun even more heartily. 

Allah-Las – ‘Hard On Love’

The Allah-Las’ 2017 EP Covers #1 steers clear of predictable choices – surprises sound better, no doubt. One of these surprises is the band’s rework of a Television rarity, ‘Hard On Love’. A staple of early Television live sets, the track had been demoed in the fall of 1975 and – who knows – could have been a hit. It was a strong contender to become the band’s first single until Tom Verlaine – in pure Tom Verlaine fashion – eventually chose the seven-minute long ‘Little Johnny Jewel’ (divided in two parts on the 7-inch). The Allah-Las perfectly recreate the cool laziness of the harmonies (“tell me why, tell me why”) and elegantly champion the rediscovery of a lost gem.

Happyness – ‘Surfer Girl’

London trio Happyness interpret this 1963 Beach Boys hit as if they had just woken up in a desert golden beach. And, be honest, is there a better way to approach an early Brian Wilson song?

JC Flowers – ‘China Girl’

Goodbye to the ’60s Californian muse, hello to ‘China Girl’ (and another young London group). JC Flowers’ debut LP Driving Excitement And The Pleasure Of Ownership is way more pleasant than its title, and so is this cover of the Iggy/Bowie penned classic that first appeared on 1977’s The Idiot. According to Nile Rodgers (producer of the ’83 Bowie version), the song was about – guess what? – doing drugs. JC Flowers reimagine it as if it was actually about daydreaming next to a dusty turntable in an early 60s summer. A charming take. 

The Vacant Lots – ‘Julia’

2015 saw the release of a record called The Magical Mystery Psych – Out – A Tribute To The Beatles. The concept was enticing: modern psych bands covering visionary Fab Four classics. The result sounds at times too reverential, though. But the American duo known as The Vacant Lots fortunately didn’t forget that covers aren’t supposed to merely pay respect, and chose to revisit and transform a Lennon gem. Their ‘Julia’ swaps the delicate acoustic flavour of the original for an unprecedented jangly bite paired with some sweet narcotic singing. 

Ulrika Spacek – ‘Lady Godiva’s Operation’

We’re surveying contemporary groovy bands and their take on ’60s and ’70s pillars, right? So – how could we NOT include a cover of the one group that every contemporary artist considers so cool and so unavoidable when compiling their list of influences? It’s Velvet Underground, of course, and much of this affection, these days, seems more fashionable than profound. But fortunately that’s not the case for Ulrika Spacek. For them the 1968 classic ‘Lady Godiva’s Operation’ – released as B-side to the 2016 single ‘Everything: All the Time’ – is a natural fit. As simple as that. 

The Brian Jonestown Massacre – ‘Dust’

And now you were just waiting for an Anton Newcombe/Roky Erickson combo, admit it. In case you missed it in 2015, when The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Mini Album Thingy Wingy came out, here it is. It’s ‘Dust’, from Easter Everywhere. And there’s even The Black Angels’ Alex Maas on indisputable jug duties. 

Beechwood – ‘I’m Not Like Everybody Else’

Not content with producing an outstanding debut LP, in 2018 Beechwood have managed to release two of the most interesting albums of the year (Songs From The Land Of Nod and Inside The Flesh Hotel). And not content with that either, they proved that they can take The Kinks out for a walk down the Bowery and leave us waiting for more and more and more. 

Sexwitch – ‘War In Peace’

English band Toy and Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan collaborate under the tantalising moniker of Sexwitch – releasing a self-titled debut album in 2015. An interest in exotic – or at least eccentric – folk typifies the record, which reworks songs from all around the world (Morocco, Thailand, Iran…). There’s an American cover, too, and it comes from every freak-folk lover’s favourite cult classic: Skip Spence’s Oar. So sit down and enjoy this nocturnal take on ‘War In Peace’. “Risen dead will cross another generation…”. 

Cass McCombs & The Chapin Sisters – ‘The Dolphins’ 

Still wrapped in the Sexwitch dark trip, we thence emerge to see the ocean – courtesy of Cass McCombs & The Chapin Sisters. Simple ingredients, this time around: an intimate arrangement, soothing harmonies and, most importantly, one of those great, great songs that never cease to reveal another side to their timeless beauty. In this case, it’s the Fred Neil masterpiece ‘Dolphins’. It’s still true – truer than ever, perhaps: “This old world will never change the way it’s been.” But this old world still has some potent gorgeous songs to help defy its old habits. 

Weyes Blood – ‘Everybody’s Talkin’’

Christmas is coming; a good excuse to pretend we all deserve an early gift. Here it is, then: not one, but two Fred Neil covers. Weyes Blood reimagines ‘Everybody’s Talkin’’  – a breathtaking version released as a single last year with ‘A Certain Kind’. And since last year, when people ask me what I think the point of cover songs is or should be, I refer them to this recording. 

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – ‘The Calvary Cross’

The Richard and Linda Thompson classic ‘The Calvary Cross’ gets an epic treatment. It happens at the end of Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band’s 2016 LP The Rarity Of Experience. An hypnotic, inspired rework that comes with a sudden realisation: Chris Forsyth beholds the gift of tasteful, understated solos. And that, at least in my book, is the true, precious rarity. 

Ty Segall – ‘Every 1’s A Winner’ 

It all comes back to Ty Segall. Fudge Sandwich is his appetising collection of covers but back in January his first release of the year, the successfully ambitious Freedom’s Goblin, already proved what a master of covers he is. Oh, January 2018. It’s been years since January 2018. What surely hasn’t changed is the exhilarating energy of Ty’s version of the Hot Chocolate 1978 hit ‘Every 1’s a Winner’. Flashy, boisterous, brash. Exactly what we need in these times. 

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Mandrake Paddle Steamer ‘Pandemonium Shadow Show’

Previously unreleased recordings, 1968-70, by British quintessential psychedelic /progressive band MANDRAKE PADDLE STEAMER / MANDRAKE, culled from the band’s archive of reel tapes and acetates.
Released on Sommor, premiered on Shindig!

Pure late 60s UK psychedelic sound with early prog moves, plenty of Hammond and fuzzed out guitar, powerful vocals…Including such lost gems as the Barrett-Floyd sounding ‘The World Whistles By’, killer psych-rockers like ‘Pandemonium Shadow Show’ or ‘Doris The Piper’, the mellotron fuelled ‘October Country’ and more!

Unlike other ’60s British bands who changed their music to “psychedelic” or “progressive” with the time, MPS were born “progressive” from day one. Formed in 1967 in Walthamstow (London) by a core of art school students, their members were Brian Engel, Martin Briley, Paula Riordan, Martin Hooker and Barry Nightingale (later replaced by David Potts).

During their short lifespan (’67-70), MPS supported big names like Pink Floyd, The Nice or Vanilla Fudge. They played at The Isle Of Wight Festival, had a residence at the Star Club in Germany and ran their own club night (Asgard).

Signed to the Parlophone label (though the band was aiming to be part of the more progressive Harvest imprint) they released in ’69 the ‘Strange Walking Man’ 45, recorded at Abbey Road and now widely considered a lost British psychedelic classic (check Rubbles, Perfumed Garden, etc). Due to lack of promotion and interest from their record label, the 45 went nowhere. After some line-up changes and shortening their name to just Mandrake, the band definitively split in 1970.

Pandemonium Shadow Show collects studio recordings registered by Mandrake Paddle Steamer / Mandrake during ’68-70 at various London studios such as Regent, Orange and other unknown locations. Some of these tracks had been previously included on several bootleg albums with inferior sound quality / wrong titles and others have remained unreleased until now. Pre-order here

Tracklist: 1. Pandemonium Shadow Show – 2. Solitair Husk – 3. Stella Mermaid – 4. The World Whistles By – 5. Upminster Windows – 6. Doris The Piper – 7. The Doorway To January – 8. Simple Song – 9. The October Country


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The Chocolate Watchband ‘This Is My Voice’

Iconic California psychedelic-punk legends THE CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND are touring to celebrate the release of their new album (soon to released by Dirty Water Records), led by founding and current members, vocalist David Aguilar and guitarist Tim Abbott, plus Gary Andrijasevich on drums. Second generation fans, guitarist Derek See and bassist Alec Palao (Grammy-nominated producer/ historian ), bring their enthusiasm and love for the music to the table to help weave their sound which both faithfully recreates the sonic energy and tone of the original recordings, as well as giving a rare edge to new material that is a logical progression to the bands legacy


Documented as influencing legendary bands far and wide within the psych, garage, and punk scene for the past 50 years, their live performances sizzle with the same outrageous audacity of the late 60s scene they helped usher into the San Francisco Bay area ballroom scene. The group was also seen as featured bands in the 1967 cult films  Riot on the Sunset Strip and  The Love-Ins, and their powerful stage presence continues to the present day in a timeless stage show which is oozing electric cool-aid energy.
The band will be hitting the road in 2019 in support of their new album This Is My Voice with a string of shows next weeked in San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. Are YOU gonna be there?

 

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