Sunday, August 10, 2008
Trixie Smith was born in 1895 in Atlanta, Georgia. A blues singer, a vaudeville entertainer, and an actress, Trixie Smith is credited as having titled the genre of Rock and Roll with her 1922 track entitled "My Man Rocks Me (With One Steady Roll). Take a listen to Volume 1 and 2 of her recorded works, 1922 through 1939 (2 discs, 1 download).
Wanda Jackson, born in Oklahoma in 1937, is often credited as the first female Rock and Roll singer. First recording in 1954, Wanda toured with the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly, but never achieved the same level of success as her male counterparts here in the states. Today, she is still affectionately known as the "Queen of Rockabilly." Here are her recorded works 1954 through 1962 (4 discs, 1 download).
Right or Wrong
Saturday, July 5, 2008
If you've had a chance to check our my good friend's blog over at the PsychoMafia (link to the right), then you may have had a chance to listen to April March with the Makers, a great example of garage rock. You may also be familiar with April March from "The Shitbirds" posted here on musicisabetternoise (see below). This bilingual album may not be her best example as a garage rocker, but definitely of the 60s Rock and Roll sort, and a bit of France Gall from "Gay Paris" (note French pronunciation on Paris). Hope you enjoy this one.
Paris in April
Holly Golightly will rock your socks off. This British singer/songwriter once fronted the all female garage group "Thee Headcoatees," a variation on the Billy Childish act. You might also recognizing her as a collaborating artist with the White Stripes, but personally, I think she's much more rockin. Check this one out.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
For some reason, this Nina Simone album seems particularly hard to find in its entirety, maybe because it is so highly coveted as her best. Recorded in 1974, this album contains some of her more funky tracks, most obviously "Funkier than a Mosquitoes Tweeter." Nina is just the best. Love this album.
It is Finished
Donna Hightower was a jazz vocalist from the 1950s, but you probably won't recognize any "hits" from her, surprisingly. Hightower was born in Missouri was discovered while she was working at a diner in Chicago - singing as she worked. After making a series of singles for Decca and RPM, Capitol records singed her on around 1958. This is the resulting record from that first session with sax giant Ben Webster.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
From Athens, Georgia, Pylon released their first 7 inch in 1979. I don't have that EP, I have this, their 1980 full-length debut album. When Pylon first emerged, they were able to make inroads in the New York City scene due to support from the B-52s, and soon were opening for The Talking Heads, Gang of Four, and REM to name a few. The group disbanded around 1983, but since 2004 have been playing impromptu shows. Singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay is currently part of a music project called Supercluster, which thus far, has no recorded albums.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
The Best of The Ronettes
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas gained fame around the same time as The Ronettes, surfacing first in 1963. Their motown style, as well as social relevance with anthems such as "Dancing in the Streets," allowed them to maintain fame into the early 70s. Martha Reeves today is still considered one of the most important vocalists in Rock n' Roll history, influencing Lou Reed and Mick Jagger to name a few. Here is another best of.
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Famous Recording Artists
This is Cat Power's first full-length album, also released in 1995. While Chan Marshall's style has been characterized as unpolished, listening to this, you begin to see where that all started, and appreciate her roots in punk, blues, and folk.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
This album is a bit reminiscent of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, although was out in the world way before - 1982 to be exact. Nina is from Berlin, Germany, which you probably won't find surprising when you take a listen. Nina is still around making music and being politically active, but is now in the states. Take a listen to the Nina Hagen band, her first solo gig.Nunsexmonkrock