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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Exotique Shakers

Here's another one of "those mixes," which could provide a suitably sleazy soundtrack for the upcoming New Year's Eve festivities...plenty of pounding drums, squealing saxes, distorted guitars, pulsing organs & grinding rhythms.  Prospero año nuevo, amigos!


Friday, December 28, 2012

Debbie Does WFMU

Sweetest man I've ever known
Tune in today from 3-5 PM for Debbie Does WFMU on the Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban webstream.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Tanoshii Kurisumasu Wo!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Havin' A Cartwright Christmas

Little Joe  -  Santa Got Lost In Texas

Ben Cartwright  -  Stuck In The Chimney

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Lenny Kaye Discusses Nuggets

Lenny Kaye on the Nuggets LP, released 40 years ago:  "And of course the bottom line is that all of these are great songs. They're just not genre pieces. There has been a lot of archaeological dig in the world of garage since Nuggets. But to me, what made the album initially attractive beyond any musical philosophizing was the fact that every one of these songs were great songs beyond genre."

Hat tip: Allen Larmin.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


                      You sho'nuff know he takes a Buggy Ride...

Monday, December 17, 2012

It's a Dolemite Christmas

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Works Every Time

Milt Jackson & Sly Stone for Schlitz Malt Liquor (:58)

Monkees Mania

Review and Photos: Jacob Blickenstaff

The Monkees, reunited with guitarist Michael Nesmith for the first time since disbanding in 1971 (not counting a few fitful UK dates in 1997), played the final show of their US tour at the Beacon Theater on December 2, 2012. The reunion with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork came after - and possibly as a result of - the untimely death of Davy Jones last February.

Even while reverting to playful bits of vaudeville humor between songs, The Monkees mostly avoided schtick and focused on the great and under appreciated value of their music (cough, cough, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, cough). The group dug deeply into album tracks, including sections devoted to "HEAD" and lesser known tracks from "Headquarters," the self-produced album that The Monkees released to assert their autonomy as a band.  This did not detract from their well-loved and exceptionally crafted hits, many of which, as Dolenz pointed out, were written by stellar talents such as Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Neil Diamond, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill, and Harry Nilsson, among others.

Embracing their innovative role within television and film, the stage setup prominently featured a continuous video projection that collaged and referenced everything from campy cash-in TV commercials to clips from the subversive, satirical film "HEAD." Video montages were used twice to pay tribute to Davy Jones, and when it was time for "Daydream Believer" (Jones' signature song) Dolenz invited a young woman from the audience to lead an audience sing-along.

Despite the absence of Davy Jones' irreplaceable charm and charisma, the concert scratched a deep itch on Monkees fans' backs, honoring the depth and creativity of their music while becoming again, for two vivid, flickering  hours, the multimedia pop-culture stars they are.  By embracing both their creative and pop-culture powers (as their best work always has) the concert resolved the paradox of The Monkees;  born inside a cathode ray test tube, they emerged as musical artists yet remained inside the medium, reconciling the artistry and artifice with integrity in a way that no 90's boy band or American Idol has yet to do.

Set List - Beacon Theater, December 2 , 2012
Compiled by Teri Landi

Last Train To Clarksville (Micky lead vocal)

Papa Gene's Blues (Mike lead vocal)

Your Auntie Grizelda (Peter lead vocal)

She (Micky lead vocal)
Sweet Young Thing (Mike lead vocal, Micky on brushes and box)
I'm A Believer (Micky lead vocal)
I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone (Micky lead vocal)

I Wanna Be Free (Davy Jones video tribute)


You Told Me (Mike lead vocal)
Sunny Girlfriend (Mike lead vocal)
You Just May Be The One (Mike lead vocal)

Mary, Mary (Micky lead vocal)
The Girl I Knew Somewhere (Micky lead vocal)
For Pete's Sake (Peter lead vocal)

Early Morning Blues And Greens (Peter lead vocal)
Randy Scouse Git (Micky lead vocal & kettle drum)

Daily Nightly (Micky lead vocal, Mike making Moog synth noises)

Tapioca Tundra (Mike lead vocal)
Goin' Down (Micky lead vocal)


Porpoise Song (Micky lead vocal)

Daddy's Song (Davy Jones video tribute, dance clip from movie - band synchs to Davy's vocal & original track)
Can You Dig It? (Micky lead vocal)
As We Go Along (Micky lead vocal)
Circle Sky (Mike lead vocal)

Do I Have To Do This All Over Again? (Peter lead vocal)

Davy Jones video tribute (various songs)

Daydream Believer (audience sing along with Micky)
What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? (Mike lead vocal, Peter on banjo)


Listen To The Band (Mike lead vocal)
Pleasant Valley Sunday (Micky lead vocal)

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Human Tornado

From FUNKY spot for THE HUMAN TORNADO, plus SOUL EXPRESS - PART 1 by the Ramrods.

Watch out, comes the TWISTER!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tassel Twirlers

Here is the finished comp in case you missed any of the tracks.  Thanks to JR for his great cover!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tassel Twirler Tuesday!

Thanks everyone for their support on this series. Maybe I'll do a volume 2 someday. Later this week I'll post the whole series so you can download it and burn it to a CD. Cover by J.R. Williams!
(sorry for the above photo! been waiting to throw it out there for the final track!)

Never Forgotten

Otis Redding Memorial statue, Macon, Georgia.

9/9/1941 - 12/10/1967

Note the Macon Coliseum in the background.

Monday, December 10, 2012


I ain't lyin'

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tassel Twirler Tuesday!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Dallas/Fort Worth - Norton Records Benefit Show!

Attention North Texas Ichibaners/Nortonites: Don't miss the D/FW Norton Records Benefit Show in Fort Worth! Sunday, Dec. 9th! Details Here!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

December Is Rudy Ray Moore Month On Ichiban

Lakeside Lounge

Friday, November 30, 2012

Kogar's Big Thrill-O-Rama Trash Show #2!

Here is the 3rd in a proposed series of 4 CD's that will eventually all be available here at Ichiban! Special thanks once again to JR Williams for the amazing cover!


(volume one is here )
Volume Zero is here )

Thursday, November 29, 2012

McHouston "Mickey" ("Guitar") Baker, 1925-2012

As many of you are already aware, Mickey Baker died a couple of days ago. He was the greatest non-household-name guitarist that Rock & Roll has ever known and quite possibly the greatest guitarist period. He played on countless sessions for Atlantic, Savoy, Okeh, and a zillion other labels. He was half of Mickey and Sylvia of "Love Is Strange" fame. There was no one like him. No other musician of such enormous chops would have the good taste to play a one-note solo and the power to play it as authoritatively as he did (see the Coasters' "I'm A Hog For You Baby"). We'll never know for sure how many records he played on, since he was very busy as New York's first-call R&B session guitarist from the mid 50's to early 60's, and the record keeping was not so meticulous in those days. This was before the powers that be decided that Rock & Roll was art and if somebody farted within a few blocks of where the Beatles were recording, we would know who did it and what they had for lunch that day. Mickey Baker was ranked 53rd in Rolling Stone's 100 greatest guitarists list, behind such greats as The Edge, Joe Perry, and the guy from Metallica.

Today on my Ichiban show (1 to 3 PM), the majority of the two hours will be dedicated to him, showcasing his scorchingest recorded work and making the case for Mickey as the all-time champion of Rock & Roll Guitar.

In a way we should count ourselves lucky that Mickey Baker never became a mainstream household name, because he had the kind of life tailor-made for a horrible Hollywood biopic, and with any luck we will now be spared that movie. For more on Mickey, we recommend this piece from 2009 by the Hound (sadly, most of the mp3 links are now dead), and this amazing photograph and story by Jim Herrington.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ichiban Is Back From Exile

The Jersey City Ichiban server has finally been brought back to life, and thusly your Thursday live programming will again be heard on the Ichiban stream: Matt from 1 to 3 PM and Ted from 3 to 5, Eastern Standard Time. Debbie's show will not be heard this Friday; check this webpage for updates.

Immeasurable gratitude to Doug Schulkind at our sister stream Give The Drummer Radio for keeping us on the webwaves during Sandy's aftermath, and to WFMU tech guru Jeff Moore for getting us back on our feet.

Oh, and: WFMU has reached its post-hurricane fundraising goal! Thanks to everyone who donated.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tassel Twirler Tuesday!

Monday, November 26, 2012

I've Got A Polecat By The Tail (MP3)

Abbie Gaye with Ken & Mel  -  I've Got A Polecat By The Tail

I don't know what Buck Owens would say about this take-off on his Tiger By The Tail, but I approve wholeheartedly.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Ichiban HQ

The Usual

Do It Again!

Thanks to Billy for this photo of the Norton 3

DJ lineup for today's Norton Records Wash-A-Rhon Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Whyte Street

(The Sultan Of Squat)
(Smashed! Blocked!)
(The Dictators)
(Norton Records)
(Friars Club)
(Metropolis Vintage)
(Music To Spazz By, WFMU)
(Little Killers, Piggies)
5:30PM * REX
(Fool's Paradise, WFMU)
(Rock N' Soul Ichiban)
(The Nouvellas)
(Norton Records)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tassel Twirler Tuesday!

Candy Barr

Monday, November 19, 2012

In With The Out Crowd At Brooklyn Bowl

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday to help save Norton Records!  It was like a crazy Batman movie.  Thanks, also, to everyone who tweeted and texted, etc. that the sound was distorted.  You helped us get it right.  Sorry we blew the archive.  Shame photo coming soon.

DJ Ted Barron
Photo by Ted Barron
Todd-o-Phonic Todd
The Hound
J. Toubin
Nortons working non-stop
Miriam gets a dance break
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