An amazing, well-researched series of compilations digging deep into L.A.’s post-punk scene. Tons of rare stuff — I’ve barely heard of most of these bands, let alone heard them. The blog’s author sez: “I’m having a hard time finding a truly accurate title for the comp, since many of the bands are from the county but from places with very particular scenes, like Pasadena and Long Beach, and a few are from outside of the city altogether (but within a two-hour drive). And to call these ‘post-punk’ bands is not entirely accurate; many of them are ‘new wave,’ ‘darkwave,’ ‘deathrock,’ ‘art rock,’ even something like ‘freak folk.’ Oh well.” Whatever you want to call it, this is so cool. Thanks to Evan Kindley for the heads up.
One of my favourite ditties from Whaur The Pig Gaed On The Spree, the recent Drag City compilation of some of Alan Lomax’s Scottish recordings. I have always had a soft spot for tales of swine and their hi-jinks, so it’s not that surprising, I guess.
MCGINTY’S MEAL AND ALE
Words by George Bruce Thomson; Music by Willie Kemp
1. This is nae a sang o’ love na’, nor yet a sang o’ money,
Faith it’s naethin’ verra peetifu’, it’s naethin’ verra funny;
But there’s hielan’ Scotch, Lowland Scotch, Butter Scotch an’ honey,
If there’s nane o’ them for a’ there’s a mixture o’ the three.
An’ there’s nae a word o’ beef, brose, sowens, sauty bannocks na’
Nor pancakes, paes eggs for them wi’ dainty stammicks;
But it’s a’ aboot a meal and ale that happened at Balmannocks,
McGinty’s meal and ale, whaur the pig ga’ed on the spree.
KwieKulik, slide from Activities with Dobromierz, 1972-4.
When we saw Zofia Kulik speak at the Tate last year, the highlight was when a man spoke up from the audience: “I am Dobromierz!” And indeed it was him.
Gorilla bros, stop hating and start primating.