Monthly Archives: December 2023


December 26, 2023

The first show in a Gulls Window Circus hard rock series, which starts with 2 weeks of late 60s to 70s artists, then moves for several weeks to artists drawing from the hard rock well in modern times. This week lesser known entities mingle with names you know, and 3 tracks deviate from the stated bounds: Kyuss with a ’95 track, Night Ranger with a 2011 one and Deep Purple (covering Love!) from 2021. The lesser-known (but must-hear) are: Coloured Balls. Cradle, Cromwell, Orang-Utan, Three Man Army, and Heavy Rain. The rest are names you will already know, but I chose less obvious tracks from each, so now… it is time to dig in …and rock.


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Artist Song Release Label
MC5 The Human Being Lawnmower Back In The USA Rhino Records
Montrose Paper Money Paper Money Friday Music
Coloured Balls Working Man’s Boogie The First Supper Last Or Scenes We Didn’t Get To See Just Add Water
Cradle Last Laugh The History Modern Harmonic
Cromwell Down On The Town At The Gallop Got Kinda Lost Records
Black Oak Arkansas I Could Love You Black Oak Arkansas ATCO Records
Blue Öyster Cult Born To Be Wild Live ’83 Real Gone Music
Foghat Easy Money Stone Blue Friday Music
Free Fire And Water Fire And Water Island Records
13th Floor Elevators Livin’ On Bull Of The Woods Lmlr
Thin Lizzy Opium Trail Bad Reputation Vertigo
Orang-Utan I Can See Inside Your Head Orang-Utan Guerssen
Sweet California Nights (Clearwell Castle Demo) Level Headed Alternate Mixes & Demos Sound City Records

Artist Song Release Label
Kyuss Flip The Phase Muchas Gracias: The Best Of Kyuss Run Out Groove
Rory Gallagher Philby The Best Of Rory Gallagher UMC
Deep Purple 7 And 7 Is Turning To Crime Ear Music
Three Man Army Polecat Woman Two Real Gone Music
Heavy Rain Rising Of The Tide / Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun Heavy Rain Guerssen
Jimi Hendrix Experience I Don’t Live Today Los Angeles Forum • April 26, 1969 Experience Hendrix
Black Sabbath Thrill Of It All Sabotage BMG
UFO Reasons Love No Heavy Petting Chrysalis Catalogue
Robin Trower Man Of The World Twice Removed From Yesterday Chrysalis Catalogue
Night Ranger Follow Your Heart Somewhere In California Postseason Records
Jeff Beck Goin” Down (Live) Tribute ATCO Records
Sparks Thank God It’s Not Christmas Live At The Record Plant 1974 Sound City Records


December 19, 2023

A CD spinning’ rock show: all CDs by necessity/availability. The show starts with a song each to celebrate the lives of Shane MacGowan, Denny Laine and Scott Kempner. Then we move to a lesser-known Boston band that introduced both a notable WZBC DJ (Commodore Vic) and a Freeze Pop (Sean Drinkwater). I had forgotten that I play trumpet on the track, but I can’t even hear it so it doesn’t interfere with my ‘never play your own band’ rule. 4 other contemporary Boston bands appear too (Crow Follow, The Complaints, American Beauties, Audioscam). The 2 latest releases of the revived (and delivering the goods!) label Harriet Records (The Coronets, Kisswhistle). The final recordings of Only Ones drummer Mike Kellie, a pre-Stone Foundation Dance Stance, a post-Sally Skull The Nettelles, a post-Charles Brown Superstar Bennett and a post-Mott British Lions make appearances. Thanks to Frank for urging me to do tribute songs, and supplying me with the treat that closes out the second hour.

The Nettelles

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Artist Song Release Label
The Nips Gabrielle Bops, Babes, Booze & Bovver Big Beat Records
The Moody Blues Go Now Go Now – Moody Blues #1 Varèse Vintage
The Dictators Hey Boys Manifest Destiny Asylum Records
The Nettelles Sugar B Do You Believe In… The Nettelles Back To Beat Records
Veronica Black Morpheus Nipple Hopp On Popp Special Problem Music Varicose Brand
David Byrne Finite=Alright Feelings Luaka Bop
The Complaints That’s What You Get Chasing Light CompRecords
Crow Follow Iron Bottom Sound Red Velvet Radio Band 4 Band Records
Wojciech Mazolewski Wszystko, Co Mnie Pamięta Yugen 2 Jestem WMQ Records
Thursday’s Children A Part Of You Epitaph For A Legend Charly Records
Neil Young With Crazy Horse Farmer John Way Down In The Rust Bucket Reprise Records
American Beauties Good Excuses Sound of Mind American Beauties
The Apers Teenage Kicks Live At The Eldorado Asian Man Records
Patto Hold Me Back Patto Think Like A Key Music
The Coronets A Punch In The Face Veld: 20th Anniversary Edition Harriet Records
Benett Freeze So You’re Not Coming Over? WIN Records

Artist Song Release Label
Ikue Mori Latino Interactive B/Side Tzadik
Mike Kellie I’m Free Music From … The Hidden Finkel Productions
Tom Heyman Show Business Show Business, Baby Bohemian Neglect Recording Works
New Math Die Trying Die Trying & Other Hot Sounds [1979 – 1983] Propeller Sound Recordings
Kisswhistle Mixtape Hear Closure, Collected Songs: 1996-2000 Harriet Records
The Wake Crush The Flowers (Demo) Country Music (Songs For Keith Girdler) Siesta
Dance Stance Love Parade The Other Side Of Paradise EP What Records
Lady Caroline Love and the Flame Demo That Got The Deal Vol. 5 Varulven
Audioscam Hand of Sin #Kickingandscreaming – EP Audioscam
British Lions Wild In The Streets British Lions Think Like A Key Music
Bees Make Honey Knee Trembler Music Every Night Vivid Sound
The Minstrels 69 Counterattack Of U.S. Indie (U.S. Pop Life Vol.1) Contact Records
Ninotchka I’ve Got Wings Counterattack Of U.S. Indie (U.S. Pop Life Vol.1) Contact Records
Skypark Morse Code Counterattack Of U.S. Indie (U.S. Pop Life Vol.1) Contact Records
Kitty Craft Half Court Press Counterattack Of U.S. Indie (U.S. Pop Life Vol.1) Contact Records
Gritty Kitty Transport Beaches Counterattack Of U.S. Indie (U.S. Pop Life Vol.1) Contact Records
Jimi Hendrix Little Drummer Boy / Silent Night / Auld Lang Syne Merry Christmas And Happy New Year Experience Hendrix


December 12, 2023

The second week in a row (and third in total) of Jazz shows on Gulls Window Circus. Quincy James, Wes Montgomery, Bob James, Pat Metheny, Don Cherry and Herbie Hancock would be the big names in the show. Artists from the past that may be big names to those familiar with them are Mundell Lowe, Charles Lloyd, Rudolph Johnson, Bobbi Humphrey, Lee Konitz, Kellee Patterson, Doug Carn, Gene Russell, Chester Thompson, Ahmad Jamal, and George Russell. Surprise (but fitting in well) appearances are by Chrissie Hyde and Deborah Harry.

Bob James

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Artist Song Release Label
Don Cherry Mahakali Hear & Now Real Gone Music
Mundell Lowe Montage Blues For A Stripper Modern Harmonic
Charles Lloyd Lady Gabor Manhattan Stories Resonance Records
Herbie Hancock Butterfly Directstep Get On Down
Rudolph Johnson Fonda Spring Rain Real Gone Music
Bobbi Humphrey Sweeter Than Sugar Fancy Dancer Blue Note
Lee Konitz Plays With The Gerry Mulligan Quartet I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me Lee Konitz Plays With The Gerry Mulligan Quartet Blue Note
Kellee Patterson Maiden Voyage Maiden Voyage Real Gone Music
Chrissie Hynde With The Valve Bone Woe Ensemble Caroline, No Valve Bone Woe BMG
Artist Song Release Label
The Jazz Passengers Featuring Deborah Harry, Elvis Costello Pork Chop Individually Twisted Modern Harmonic
Quincy Jones Betcha’ Wouldn’t Hurt Me The Dude A&M Records
Bob James Valley Of The Shadows One Evosound
Doug Carn Featuring The Voice Of Jean Carn Fatherhood Revelation Real Gone Music
Gene Russell Get Down Talk To My Lady Real Gone Music
Pat Metheny Never Was Love Dream Box BMG
Chester Thompson Power House Powerhouse Real Gone Music
Ahmad Jamal All Of You Emerald City Nights – Live At The Penthouse 1963-1964 Jazz Detective
Wes Montgomery / Wynton Kelly Trio Laura Maximum Swing: The Unissued 1965 Half Note Recordings Resonance Records
George Russell And His Orchestra A Helluva Town New York, N.Y. Verve Records


December 5, 2023

Landmark 600th show – jazz LP tracks. A sneaky mix of old and new, with the big names from the past [Miles Davis, Vince Guaraldi Trio, Art Blakeys Jazz Messengers, Albert Ayler], lesser-known masters from the past [The Southern University Jazz Ensemble, Duke Edwards & The Young Ones, Jazz Sabbath, “Prince Igor” Yahilevich, Doug Carn, Rudolph Johnson, Dorothy Ashby And Frank Wess], and new artists planting mines in the time-tested waters of the masters [Theo Parrish, Madlib, Nala Sinephro, Ill Considered]. Show 601 will be a jazz show as well, so dip in and test the waters!

Miles Davis

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Artist Song Release Label
Artist Song Release Label
Vince Guaraldi Trio Alma-Ville (Take 2, Previously Unreleased) Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus Craft Recordings
Miles Davis Stuff Miles In The Sky Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
The NJE With Adrian Sherwood Songo Afloat In Dub Sartorial Records
Art Blakeys Jazz Messengers Deo-X Hard Drive Bethlehem Records
Albert Ayler Truth Is Marching In Europe 1966 ORG Music
Theo Parrish Flip The Funk Out Sketches / Somethin About Detroit Sound Signature
The Southern University Jazz Ensemble Straight Life Live At The 1971 American College Jazz Festival Now-Again Records
Jazz Sabbath Behind The Wall Of Sleep Vol. 2 Blacklake

Artist Song Release Label
Duke Edwards & The Young Ones Is It Too Late? Soul Of A Nation (Afro-Centric Visions In The Age of Black Power: Underground Jazz, Street Funk & The Roots Of Rap 1968-79) Soul Jazz Records
Madlib Sound Ancestors Sound Ancestors Madlib Invazion
Nala Sinephro Space 6 Space 1.8 Warp Records
Ill Considered Long Way Home (Live At The Crypt) Kaleidoscope (New Spirits Known & Unknown) Soul Jazz Records
“Prince Igor” Yahilevich Double Sun If Music Presents You Need This: Eastern European Sounds (1970-1986) (If Music 3.0) IF Music
Doug Carn Passion Dance Infant Eyes Real Gone Music
Rudolph Johnson The Second Coming The Second Coming Real Gone Music
Dorothy Ashby And Frank Wess Bohemia After Dark In A Minor Groove Real Gone Music