Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Connie Hall

Artist: Connie Hall
LP: Country Songs
Song: "Daddy Doesn't Live Here Anymore" 
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Here's something nice for a cool, clear late September evening from a country cupcake called Connie Hall. Born in Walden, Kentucky in June of 1929, Connie had a short string of top 40 country hits between 1959 and 1963. Never quite cracking the top ten, her biggest hit was "Fool Me Once" which peaked at #14. She hasn't made any music during my lifetime as far as I can tell, but according to Wikipedia, she resides in the Louisville area today. So, Connie...time for a comeback? 

[ Connie Hall ]

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Artist: Camillo
LP: 7" single
Song: "Sag Warum (Oh Why)" 
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Song: "Dein Zug Fährt Ab" 
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"It's a lovely Sunday afternoon for playing the piano," I thought to myself. But first I had to clear all the records out of the way that had accumulated on top of and around the thing since the last time I played it. This 1959 4-track Camillo single is one of the things I discovered while digging out my Czerny "finger dexterity" sheet music, op. 740. More melancholy autumn-time mood music, if you ask me—Camillo, I mean...not Czerny.

[ Camillo Felgen: November 17, 1920 — July 16, 2005 ]

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Norrie Paramor

Artist: Norrie Paramor and His Orchestra w/ Patricia Clark
LP: Autumn
Song: "Autumn Leaves" 
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I know autumn doesn't officially start until the middle of next week, but it's my favorite season so, like Fred Meyer with the holidays, I can't help getting an early head start. Somehow I've ended up with both a mono and a stereo copy of this 1960 LP in which Mr. Paramor celebrates this most glorious time of year while simultaneously supplying its soundtrack. I've used my mono copy for the front cover photo (the stereo copy cuts off part of the picture) and for the recorded track included here, but the images and notes below are from the back of my stereo copy since that cover is in much better shape. You can read all about Norrie Paramor here and here, and I tried to hunt down information about the tantalizing and intriguing Patricia Clark whose ethereal vocals float in and out like a modern-day Ariel, but her biography is missing. Anyway, to me autumn means sweaters, horror movies, pumpkin pie and flurries of wind-blown leaves. What does it mean to you?

[ Norrie Paramor: May 15, 1914 — September 9, 1979 ]

Thursday, September 10, 2015


Artist: Wolfe
LP: Wolfe
Song: "Time Is Money" 
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Song: "Funny, Funny" 
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Last weekend I met up with some friends at Vera's Restaurant for brunch here in Ballard. That's just around the corner from Sonic Boom Records, so I decided to pack a bunch of LPs into the car and take them in for trade after our meal to see what I could get for them...but not before we went strolling through Ballard's lovely Sunday Street Market! 

Well they gave me a lot for my records, and I spent hours (not one, not two, not three, not four) digging through the bins and ended up leaving with some real neat stuff. Just when I thought I'd finished looking, I came across two crates in the corner filled with Japanese pop albums from the '60s, '70s and '80s that someone had brought in—priced at just $2.49 apiece! I'll hopefully be posting some of those here soon. 

This 1972 Wolfe LP was another one of the things I found at Sonic Boom. There isn't much info on the web about the group, but there's a terrific review on the Bite It Deep blog here. Another review, a shorter one, can be found here, where additional musical experts have weighed in with their own opinions of the record. Someone called 'cosmowombo' gives the LP just two stars out of five and reports, "I don't like it"; 'daspmusik' also rates the record two stars and calls it "Below Mediocre"; 'Kanto_Sho' gives the album a single star and says, "Terrible - bro in the band wouldn't help." I don't know what that means, but I do know that those folks must have really shitty taste in music.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

McKendree Spring

Artist: McKendree Spring
LP: McKendree Spring
Song: "Morning Glory" 
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Song: "If the Sun Should Rise" 
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I just got back from the Williams Family Campout! We gathered at the lush and lovely Coho Campground (Loop B) by Wynoochee Lake in the Olympic National Forest. We had lots of good wholesome family fun. It rained about half the time, but we're the ones who decided to camp in a rain forest, so what did we expect?

Four days with no shower (not even a sponge bath) wasn't enough to keep me from making a public appearance in Olympia when I re-entered society on my way home, whereupon I raided Rainy Day Records and picked up all sorts of cool stuff. I wasn't there for just one hour and I wasn't there for two. Not even three. Not four. Anyway, this 1969 debut LP by McKendree Spring was one of the things I found; according to the price tag it had been languishing in their bins since March of 2013. All the tracks are keepers, but I was especially eager to hear their cover of Tim Buckley's "Morning Glory," which was immediately a teenage-new-waver-Alex favorite when I first heard it on This Mortal Coil's "Filigree & Shadow" LP back in 1986. You can read a bit about McKendree Spring here, and go here to visit their website, where you can get a copy of "Recording No. 9," their first new studio recording in over 30 years!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Why do people sometimes consider someone to be incomplete just because they

side one:
01. Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft - Carpenters
02. Somewhere In the World - Boney M.
03. Rock & Roll Candy Man - Bloodrock
04. You Make Me Come to Pieces - Essra Mohawk
05. Magic Love - Michele
06. Intermezzo In A-Major—Op. 118, No. 2 - Johannes Brahms 
      (piano: Håkon Austbø)
07. Does Anybody Love You - Cass Elliot
08. A Dream of You and Me - Future Islands
09. Neighbor, Neighbor - Maya Angelou
10. The Man I Love - Helmut Zacharias and His Magic Violins
11. Love Plus One - Haircut One Hundred
12. No More Honey - Blonde Redhead
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side two:
01. Master Booty - Fatback
02. Brando - Scott Walker + Sunn O)))
03. All Out of Love - Air Supply
04. Sí, Mama Mama - Il Balletto Di Bronzo
05. I Wonder (Departure) - ABBA
06. What You See - Seapony
07. Rembihnútur - Sigur Rós
08. The Bottle Turned Into a Blonde - Liz Anderson
09. Beautiful Love - The George Shearing Quintet with Brass Choir
10. My Love Needs Company - Little Royal
11. Polyesterday - GusGus
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