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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 08:20 am:   

Lucius, I realized I hadn't taken a look at that 1980 Chorus TV performance of the Captain's I sent ya, so decided to spin it over the last week. Was pretty amazed overall, it's definitely too short, but it's great to see the band in such fine form so late. So I dug up the other Beefheart DVD which happens to be a British TV documentary of Van Vliet, although the interviews are mostly old bandmates like Ry Cooder, and, oddly enough, Matt Groening. Fascinating stuff, and it was nice to finally see some of the Captain's artwork. Anyway, I like Beefheart but all this watching started making it click for me. You need the docu? Would also be interested in hearing people's favorite CB albums as well, I think it's time to go back and revisit some classics.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 09:12 am:   

Sure, I'd be interested. Thanks. As far as favorite albums, Trout Mask Replica for the spoke word greatness of Orange Claw Hammer, The Dust Blows Forward, the Dust Blows Back, and such, but after that its neck and neck between Ice Cream For Crow, Lick My Decals Off, the Spotlight Kid, Safe as Milk...if pushed I'd probably take Lick My Decals Off second.
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jk
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 10:15 am:   

I'm pretty fond of Strictly Personal, out of date phasing and all. For later albums I like Doc at the Radar Station. Clear Spot is good too. I'd steer clear of Bluejeans and Moonbeams and Unconditionally Guaranteed they are both stinkers.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 10:24 am:   

I've have both versions of Strictly Person...phased and dephased. I have to admit, I prefer the dephased.

"I was born on a desert/far from New Orleans...
I came upon a tomato..."
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 11:00 am:   

Nice...

It's night now and the moon looks like uh dandelion
It's black now 'n the blackbirds feedin' on rice
'n his red wings look like diamonds 'n lice
I could hear the mice toes scamperin'
Gophers rumblin' in pile crater rock hole
One red bean stuck in the bottom of uh tin bowl
Hot coffee from uh krimpt up can
Me 'n my girl named Bimbo Limbo Spam

Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) got me in the door, but I'd probably have to go for Trout Mask Replica as well, an album that sounds better every visit.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 11:22 am:   

There's old Gray in her dove-wing hat
there old Green with her sewing machine...
where's the bobbin at?
The dust blows forward and the dust blows back...

Yeah!

Not to mention many others on that album...
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Rich Patterson
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 11:26 am:   

I only have The Dust Blows Forward on CD, which is a a pretty sweet 2 disc anthology. Which one has "Japan in a Dish Pan", 'Lick My Decals Off'? That might be my favourite. And 'Shiny Beast' And. And. And.

Your cage is getting too dirty Apes-Ma :-) .
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 11:40 am:   

Over the last week, I listened to that Grow Fins box set, which seems to have a lot of great stuff on it, it will just take some listens to let it all absorb. Anyone else familiar with it?
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 11:51 am:   

I've got Grow Fins but have only played it once.

I remember hearing Beefheart for the first time, on FM radio in Detroit....when that voice kicked in with "Some people, some people, sing blues/like a crazy baboon..." I fucking sat up like I'd been shot and said Who the hell is that? Abba Zabba still one of my favorites.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 12:08 pm:   

I've had Ella Guru as an earworm since I spun that documentary. Ry Cooder still seems traumatized by his experience in the band. :D
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 12:44 pm:   

I'd like to hear about that. Cooder's been victimized by all sorts of bands, apparently.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 12:46 pm:   

I'll be sure to send it in the next mailer. You ever hear that album Tanyet by the Ceyleib People? Don't know much Cooder, but always really liked that one.
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Rich Patterson
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 01:04 pm:   

"Cooder's been victimized by all sorts of bands, apparently."

...and the U.S. government, who won't let him return to Cuba to make records.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 01:11 pm:   

No, Mike. Never heard it.

I didn't know about that. How can they stop him. Hell, I can get to Cuba.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 01:23 pm:   

Here's a review for reference:

http://gnosis2000.net/reviews/ceyleibpeople.htm
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Rich Patterson
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 01:26 pm:   

Apparently there is a limit to how much time American's can spend in Cuba and Cooder exceeded it. He was really bummed out because he wanted to do a lot more recording with elderly musicians who'll be gone by the time he gets back.
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Rich Patterson
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 01:49 pm:   

OK, here's the whole story...


Adios Amigos

Buena Vista Social Club put Cuban music on the map. Its driving force Ry Cooder tells Nigel Williamson why his latest trip to Havana will probaby be his last...

http://arts.guardian.co.uk/fridayreview/story/0,12102,875849,00.html
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 02:36 pm:   

Hmmm. Oh well. Yeah, to bad.

The review sounds cool. I wonder how I missed Celeb People?
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 04:22 pm:   

This all reminds me of my favorite Jon Hassell record, Fascinoma, with Cooder and an Indian flautist....It;'s a little New Agey, but it goes way past NA
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 04:30 pm:   

Will have to check that one out, never heard Fascinoma. My favorite is Dream Theory in Malaya part 2, the one with the Mati Klarwein painting with a blue border.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 04:44 pm:   

That's a great album, better than Fascinoma, but I just have fondness for that sound.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 06:23 pm:   

Boy. so many great lines....

Women like long neck bottles and a big head on the beer...

There Ain't No Santa Claus on the Evening Stage...

Help me, Mama! Here come Doctor Dark,
his horse clip-cloppin' and it's hooves makin' sparks...

etc, etc...
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 07:10 pm:   

Bulbs shoot from its snoot
And vanish into darkness
It whistles like a root snatched from dry earth
Sodbustin’ rakes with grey dust claws
Announces its coming in the morning
This train with grey tubes
That houses people’s very thoughts and belongings.


Heard some fairly sad news, apparently Hermeto Pascoal has hung up the Grupo and won't be touring anymore. I guess a new album just came out with his current partner as a duo.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 07:22 pm:   

One band I was in covered a Beefheart tune -- we did Crazy Little Thing off Clear Spot, straightened it out, and rocked it a little more -- we had to for the venues we were playing. It was pretty cool. I did some spoken word things with one band that were kind of Beefhearty, yet mine own. This sort of weird gospel personna I'd drop into....One song had a sermon in the middle and another, called Sermonette, was a song to which I'd improvise the words. So I guess I was influenced by CB and Dr. John the Night Tripper and such.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 07:23 pm:   

Oh, yeah. Too bad about Hermeto.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Thursday, September 07, 2006 - 08:02 am:   

Sounds cool Lucius, would have been fun to hear that. Are there any recordings available from any of your bands?

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