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Saturday, April 30, 2011


Friday, April 29, 2011

Wire My Grave With Country Music (MP3)

John & Margie Cook - Wire My Grave With Country Music

Unfortunately, the production on this deep fried country effort makes the whole thing sound slightly mossy, but I can find no fault with the philosophy they're espousing.

If you're not inclined to embrace such a philosophy, spending the next two and a half minutes of your life listening to this record might not be such a good idea.



Thursday, April 28, 2011

This Weekend At The Fool's Paradise Twin

Intro con Los Monstruos - youtube clip


Santo VS. Blue Demon In Atlantis

This weekend only:  Santo Nachos at the concession stand!


Jungle 45 of the Week!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Huey Meaux Dead At 82

The devil finally caught up with Huey Meaux last week and we here at the Ichiban Head Office could not let that go unnoticed. Before all the gory details of his wicked personal life became public, it was hard not to marvel at Huey Meaux's remarkable accomplishments as a producer. Huey was one of the primary architects of swamp pop music - Gulf Coast Rock and Roll - epitomized by Meaux-produced hits like "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" by Jivin' Gene and Joe Barry's "I'm A Fool To Care". Then there were all the hits Meaux scored with Barbara Lynn, Freddie Fender, and Doug Sahm. But best of all were all the oddball records the man released on both major labels and hopelessly obscure imprints. Like Kim Fowley, a Huey Meaux credit on a 45 meant something interesting, strange and possibly disturbing was in store. Huey was also the most passionate (and pill-fueled) deejay to ever man a microphone--surpassed only by Dewey Phillips for pure broadcast mayem.

Here is some random weirdness from the Crazy Cajun including a sheet from his personal "memeaux" pad purloined from his office, an extended aircheck from an early 80s Meaux show on KUT in Austin, TX and perhaps the most disturbing Christmas 45 ever! As the Crazy Cajun himself would say, "you better sure believe it!!!"

Huey Meaux on WFMU's Aircheck (mp3)

The Weird Beard & Crazy Cajun - T'was A Weird Nite Before Christmas (mp3)

Editor's note: Don't miss this youtube clip of the Crazy Cajun in action on KPFT!


Billy Barty On His Wedding Day, 1962


Sunday, April 24, 2011


By Takeshi Tadatsu


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Caravan With Thumbs

Thumbs Carllile - Caravan (2:03)

If you're going to listen to only one country jazz version of Caravan today, I nominate the Thumbs Carllile version, recorded for the LP Roger Miller Presents Thumbs Carlille. Yes, his name was misspelled on the LP, as it often was throughout his life. At the time of the album's release, he was playing guitar in Miller's band.

And I hope you didn't miss the Thumbs video clip posted here the other day.

Now Playing At The Fool's Paradise Twin

Colossus Of New York


Netflix it!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Double Indemnity House

Here's a screen capture from Billy Wilder's superb 1944 film noir, Double Indemnity. Thanks to Debbie, I'm now helplessly addicted to the What Was There site, which will let you superimpose old photos on top of newer views -and- dissolve them back and forth, using the plus and minus keys. I'll try not to go too nuts with this trick here on Ichiban, but we'll see.

This is Quebec Drive at La Punta Drive, up in the Hollywood Hills. Go see what it looks like now. I learned about this (and yesterday's Sunset Strip film clip) via a Facebook group called Vintage Los Angeles, which I very highly recommend you check out.

Booker T. & the M.G.s on East McLemore

Here's the Beatles-inspired cover photo of the McLemore Avenue LP, shot just a few yards away from Stax label headquarters at 926 East Mclemore Avenue in Memphis. See how it looks today over on What Was There.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Roy Loney & Cyril Jordan

Roy Loney and Cyril Jordan of the Flamin' Groovies are playing at the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight, backed by the A-Bones. For some reason, the Loney-era Groovies didn't become the biggest band on earth, but they were the best, as good as, and often better than, the Rolling Stones. Don't get me wrong, I love the Stones (almost as much as I hate them, but that's a topic for another post, and if you know me personally it's probably a topic that you have tried to steer me away from after a few drinks), but Flamingo and Teenage Head stand up to their very best material, and the Groovies did it with a lot less money and - probably - lower-quality drugs.
I saw the Roy/Cyril/A-Bones configuration several times, the most recent being last September at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans where they just flat-out levitated the joint. Since time is of the essence here and we're trying to get the word out about this show, I will spare you any more of my clumsy superlatives and instead leave you with some songs the Groovies taught us. In the meantime, stop reading this and go out and buy Flamingo, Teenage Head, and California Born and Bred and Slow Death. Do it now. Tickets for tonight's show can be purchased here. This is the only show in the USA this time around. You can also catch them this Easter Sunday in London. Check your local listings.

Freddie Cannon - Talahassee Lassie
Chuck Berry - Sweet Little Rock & Roller
Bill Woman Orchestra - Jumpin' Jack Flash
Dr. Ross - Boogie Disease
Rufus Thomas - Tiger Man
Joe Hill Louis - Tiger Man

Sunset Strip 1967

This silent clip shows the spectacular beauty of Los Angeles' Sunset Strip, as seen in 1967.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Take The Cowgirls Bowling

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Conway Twitty - "Ain't It Sad To Stand and Watch Love Die"

Ain't It Sad To Stand and Watch Love Die - Conway Twitty

Monday, April 18, 2011


Dennis and the Menaces - Drumble

The Westwoods

The answer to New York's A Lonely Town.

I Miss My Surfer Boy Too (mp3)


Let's Go To The Beach!

Ichiban Live Music Show on Network Awesome!

Get ready for summer with these Beach Blasts from the past!!
-The Beach Boys & Annette perform the title track from "The Monkey's Uncle" 1965
-Gary Lewis & The Playboys perform "Malibu Run from the 1966 movie "Out Of Sight"
-Arch Hall Jr. performs his hit "Twist Fever" in the 1962 movie "Wild Guitar" while Nancy Czar works it on out.
-Bob Denver aka Gilligan performs "Ho Daddy" from the 1964 film "For Those Who Think Young"
-Dick Dale performs the song "Swingin' and Surfin'" from Frankie and Annette's "Beach Party" 1963
-Former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley performs the title track to "Get Yourself A College Girl" 1964
-The song "Don't Stop Now" from Frankie and Annette's "Beach Party"
-The Pyramids perform "Bikini Drag" in the 1964 movie "Bikini Beach"
-The Rip Chords perform "Red Hot Roadster" in the 1965 movie "A Swingin' Summer" while Lance Rock works it on out.
-Gary Lewis & The Playboys sing "Little Miss Go Go" for this Scopitone that features a young Teri Garr

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Saturday, April 16, 2011

KENT MORRILL 1941-2011

The Wailers, 1959. Mr. Morrill is second from the right, on keyboards.

The mighty Kent Morrill, vocalist/keyboardist for the original Wailers departed this mortal coil on Friday, after a four-year struggle with cancer.  His wife reports that he was singing "Louie Louie" in his sleep the previous night, which is about equal portions of comforting and heartbreaking. The Louie Report has the story; the band's official website is here. Condolences to his family and fellow musicians.

Now Playing At The Fool's Paradise Twin

Horror Of Party Beach

The Del-Aires - Zombie Stomp (mp3)


Frank Sinatra - Dance Baby Dance (mp3)

Watch Now!


Friday, April 15, 2011


Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine
Fridays 7pm-8pm EST on WFMU 91.1 FM

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Jungle 45 of the Week!


Kayton Roberts & The Rock Island Line

This makes me happy. Check out talented steel guitarist Kayton Roberts (along with Rob McNurlin on guitar and Jeff Ware on bass) as he entertains the kids at a Kentucky elementary school with Rock Island Line. Roberts played (non-pedal) steel guitar for Hank Snow for about thirty years, starting in the mid 1960s.

Watch as he expertly mimics the sounds of cows, pigs, dogs, mosquitoes, crying babies and laughing ladies with his steel guitar. I don't know who's having more fun, Kayton or the kids.

In The Jailhouse Now (MP3)

Nudie suits don't come much cooler than this one, sported by Webb Pierce as a salute to his biggest hit, In The Jailhouse Now.

Webb Pierce - In The Jailhouse Now

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Recent Additions To The Ichiban New Bin

Midnight Sound Studio in Danville, Illinois is responsible for some of the most wigged-out sounds I've ever heard.  Here's a track from the world's first Amish garage rockers, Willie & the Travelairs, who came to the studio in horse and buggy.

The Fiery Stomp (mp3)

Thanks to Greg O for the add.


Monday, April 11, 2011


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Now Playing At The Fool's Paradise Twin

Brought to you by Joe Non Papa.

This Island Earth (Watch Now!)


Revenge Of The Creature (MST 3K Version)


Friday, April 8, 2011

Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves (MP3)

Burl Ives (and Grady Martin And His Slew Foot Five) - Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves

Assuming that you've never heard this record, it's safe to say I was as shocked as you probably are now to learn that Burl Ives made a great record. It definitely didn't hurt that he had the legendarily talented Grady Martin manning the guitar for the session.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Trade Winds

New York's A Lonely Town (mp3)


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Nuclear Plant

Takeshi Tadatsu


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Benefit For Japan At Union Pool

This just in from the Underthings:

Hey! It's a big rock-n-roll event for a very worthy cause.



Union Pool
484 Union Avenue (corner of Meeker)
Brooklyn, NY

Proceeds going to AmeriCares ( and Direct Relief International ( to support their continuing disaster relief efforts in Japan.

Doors at 4 PM.

Admission is $10, includes one raffle ticket (additional raffle tickets are $2 each). Raffle prizes donated by The Great Jones Cafe, Harefield Road, Academy Records, The Richardson, Norton Records, Permanent Records, and more!


With appearances by these great bands:

THE UNDERTHINGS (with a special guest!)

DJ sets by WFMU's Dave the Spazz, WFMU's Gaylord Fields, WMBR's John Funke, DJ Shimmy, and DJ Kongress.

Plus, a rock-n-roll tag sale with records, t-shirts, posters, and more! With items donated by Guitar Wolf, Superchunk, the Jet Boys, Jackie and the Cedrics, Super Snazz, and a lot of other great bands.

See List Here

Special thanks to Ron Kellum for supplying the art work (see the very spiffy flyer that's attached).

Please spread the word high and wide and come on out to support a good cause.


On The Air With Greg Cartwright Vol. 4

DJ'ing at Union Pool (Thanks, Andy!)

Greg stopped by the Ichiban studios on his way home from the Allentown 45 only Record Fair and played us some of his best tracks.

1-Sammy Johns & The Devilles - Words Won't Come My Way
2-Dynettes - New Guy
3-Sandy Salisbury - Do Unto Others
4-Troggs - Meet Jaqueline
5-Grifs - Catch A Ride
6-Nick Harris & The Sound Barriers - Big Nick
7-Phil & The Frantics - Til You Get What You Want
8-Grainger Hunt - Noah
9-Nobody's Children - Good Times
10-Countdowns - You Know I Do
11-David Coleman - Drown My Heart
12-Majestics - Oasis
13-Andy Anderson - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You
14-Fabuliers - The Night Belongs To You
15-Dion - Spoonful
16-Freddie Haeffner - Steady Me Baby
17-Lime - Soul Kitchen
18-Johnny Tropea - Jet Set
19-Shadden & The King Lears - Baby It's Too Late
20-Werps - Love Is A Fire
21-The Entertainers - Ginza
22-Dick Watson Five - I'll Make It Up Some Other Way
23-Doc & The Interns - Baby I Know
24-G.L. Crockett - Every Hour Every Day
25-Johnny Tropea - Fort Lee Ramble
26-The Sty-Lettes - Too Far To Turn Around
27-Emil O'Conner - There's A Time
28-Wilson Pickett - Baby Call On Me
29-Beethoven 4 - Sets My Soul On Fire
30-Converts - Don't Leave Me
31-Gene Clark - I Found You
32-Druids Of Stonehenge - Speed
33-Lloyd Green - Panic (The Trip)

Tune In!  (mp3)

Vol. 1

Vol. 2

Vol. 3


If You Ain't Gonna Take It Off....

Bobby Jenkins - If You Ain't Gonna Take It Off

Above: Jane Russell, 1953. So long, Jane (1921 - 2011).

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Now Playing At The Fool's Paradise Twin

Brought to you by Count Reeshard

The Day The Earth Stood Still

First contact


Starring Bruce Bennett