Saturday, September 29, 2007


MOG Post: 09/29/2007
Artist: Carl Perkins
Album: The Complete Sun Singles Vol. 2
Track: Matchbox
1995 Bear Family Records

Only 2 weeks in I'm addicted with 5 meager posts on 'my mog'- wow do I feel good in this place. Newbie me didn't have the brain to check the Carl Perkins artist MOG (and had not a clue about the artist/mp3 link/post connections there). With all due respect, I didn't know who deadmandeadman even was or that he had just (nicely) posted Blue Suede Shoes just the day prior on August 1st.
Yes, I just recently (even after he graciously commented on another post of mine), checked the Carl Perkins artist site. My faux-pas seems obvious and I apologize. If anything, it certainly shows we were on the same sheet of music and wavelength. :D My fellow mogger - I hope I have learned enough since then to make some amends in this html place. Let's just share some more good music for the mog masses, shall we? I sure got a long way to go (and a lot to learn). Peace.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Is it Funky Friday or something?

MOG Post: 09/28/2007
Artist: Donovan
Album: Barabajagal
Track: Barabajagal
1969 Epic Records

No huge dialog from me this Friday. I've been so busy lately that I've been denied my favorite MOG surfing (that and I've been forced off by certain family members because I spend far too much time on this cool site)! ;-)
I heard this on the radio recently and it really funked my day up well. Have a nice weekend my friends and have a good time with whomever you please (whatever their name is). I'm not gonna research and blab here either lol! YOU TELL ME what the heck he's talking about! Be well moggers! Dig that guitar intro (now that's funky)! Hint: Jeff Beck Group.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

James Marshall Hendrix (November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970)

MOG Post: 09/18/2007
Artist: Jimi Hendrix
Album: Nine To The Universe
Track: Nine To The Universe
1980 Reprise Records

Here are some late, great, creative juices for your ears - a nice audio spectrum from Jimi Hendrix' luscious guitar palette and virtuoso hands. Underscored by Jimi's studio man Alan Douglas, I think this title cut is ultimately the most pure jamming session - and my favorite from the L.P. record. I love the progression the song goes through and the amazing control of Stratocastor and the sound Jimi wrenches from it. I busted to get this vinyl copy of the album in my collection because the clarity had long since worn out on my cassette. Sadly - Nine To The Universe has not yet been released on CD! Let me just type for you from the phenomenal Joe Robinson and Gene Sculatti review (on the back of this here 12 3/8" cardboard sleeve):

"... He had outraged, menaced, seduced, evoked a generation. In three years. He'd done Monterey, Woodstock, the Isle of Wight, Johnny Carson. And in the translation from musician to pop deity he was feeling increasingly hemmed in. He couldn't take one more "Foxy Lady."
And so it was that he wound up on a very different stage in 1969, in a swank jazz club in London's West End, Ronnie Scott's. Known as the place for jazz in London by those who have the money to get in it, Ronnie Scott's was at least several light shows from th
e circuit the rock-guitarist had begun three years prior right down to the rain-slicked streets in Soho.
But, true to form, Hendrix had chosen the perfect traveler with whom to clear
ly state his growing interest in jazz, Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The late Kirk, who could play three instruments at once and was every bit the innovator in his realm that Hendrix was in his. They hit it off. They planned to record together, but Hendrix didn't live to see it out.
When Hendrix went back to the Record Plant in New York he continued to complain about the restrictions, contractual and managerial, that kept him from stretching out beyond pop confines. Despite the pressures he couldn't deny his own evolution, which wa
s leading inevitably to an embryonic fusion of jazz and rock.
The sparks of fusion were already cracking through the Record Plant. John McLaughlin, who had switched to electric guitar with a vengeance, would often drop by to trade notes with Hendrix. Larry Young and Tony Williams were frequent guests. Miles Davis, whose music guided all of these players - and was a Hendrix favorite - was an important visitor.
In many ways, it was no surprise when Hendrix changed personnel in the spr
ing of 1969, recruiting army buddy Billy Cox on bass and drummer Buddy Miles. In between sessions for his last pop album, Hendrix jammed with his new band and his many visitors, thus creating the music that now makes up Nine To The Universe.
... If Hendrix had become restless within the confines of his public role as ev
idence indicates, this set gives indication of some of the specific directions he wanted to take.
Planned recordings with Kirk, Gil Evans and other jazz luminaries offer prospects of even more imaginative Hendrix music, music which, sadly, we can only speculate about."

Recorded 5/29/69 - Record Plant, N.Y.
Jimi Hendrix - Guitar
Billy Cox - Bass
Buddy Miles - Drums

Sunday, September 16, 2007

R.I.P. Bobby Byrd

MOG Post: 09/16/2007
Artist: James Brown
Album: 20 All Time Greatest Hits!
Track: Make It Funky, Pt.1

Many Thanks to Sonical & Ivylander for posting this news. I didn't see anything posted under the James Brown artist site and I thought it apropos to do so. I can't tell you how many times I've quoted the beginning of this song.

Read the WP news today.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Wouldn't It Be Nice....

MOG Post: 9/11/2007
Artist: The Beach Boys
Album: The Pet Sounds Sessions: A 30th Anniversary Collection
Track: Wouldn't It Be Nice - (Vocals Only)
1997 Capitol Records

War is Over If You Want It

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

I'm not quite sure what to say on this anniversary of 9/11/2001. I miss those beautiful buildings; I'm still angry that I never got a chance to see their architecture up close and personal. The calendar has brought us around to another Tuesday morning. I really don't know where we are this 6 years hence: I still have a lot of questions as do a lot of other good folks. Let me just say that there's too much global suffering, too much anger, and not enough love and communication anymore. I'm disheartened that we live in a 'post 9/11' world. It is what it is - and we must make of it what we can now. I urge you to activate yourselves in this crazy, collapsing 'civilization' by, well, being civil every second of your being (with yourself, others, and all creatures). Free your minds and take back your daily moments and your Self. THINK globally and ACT locally! We have to get our hands on the levers and make the machine stop. We need to take some breath and enjoy it - to really stop and smell the roses for a change. Stop the huffing and puffing (for what?!), and really start listening and loving more. I'm grateful for this Internet -it gives us a phenomenal opportunity to really converge on that chant: Power To The People! I hope we can use it well and take it back. It would be nice too if we relaxed and surfed the real sunsets a bit more. It would be truly nice if we lived in a NOW world that smiled because there are more reasons to. Rampant raison d'ĂȘtre is my parting wish for humanity..nice and slow. We really are all together on this Third Stone From The Sun. Indeed, there isn't anything funny about Peace, Love, and Understanding (except perhaps that it puts a real nice smile on your face). Imagine.
I dedicate this beautiful love song to all the people that lost their lives unknowingly - just striving for at least one smile in that fateful day. You are not forgotten. Kiss someone you love (and please wear a smile always).

"Brothers and Sisters: We bring to your thought and minds that right-minded human beings seek to promote above all else the life of all things. We direct to your minds that peace is not merely the absence of war, but the constant effort to maintain harmonious existence between all peoples, from individual to individual, and between humans and the other beings on this planet. We point out to you that a Spiritual Consciousness is the Path to Survival of Humankind."

-The Haudenosaunee Declaration, (1979)

Monday, September 10, 2007

Four Fried Chickens, a Coke, and one piece of dry white Toast!

MOG Post: 9/10/2007
Artist: The Blues Brothers
Album: The Blues Brothers: Original Soundtrack Recording
Track: "She Caught The Katy"

Classic. A Soul tour de force. A Rhythm & Blues coup de grace. This movie is in your library isn't it? Well ..get it .. and get into it maaan! Get Into It! "The BanD! The BaaaaaaanD!" Those immortal words of Jake as the GFOS James Brown pulls him into the light. That recent STAX Records special (and a nice comment by missjunk) sparked some cool spins and conversations about Steve 'The Colonel' Cropper and Donald 'Duck' Dunn. Essentially the core of the MGs, they glued the two comedians as solid, R&B front men for the movie classic. The SNL sunglasses skit payed off and the music was real - genuine "Memphis Group" chowing down on some real standards. The music and the theme throughout is time well spent - many times. I've always got a kick out of Carrie Fisher's role in the film, just hilarious counter to John Belushi (and key to the sunglasses). I'm also enthralled by Cab Calloway. I almost think the movie was written for him, especially in the "Minnie The Moocher" cut: the suspension of time as he warms the audience in the old 1940s dance hall - it's simply the coolest respect for Cab's true place in history. Or Ray Charles settin' them all up with their instruments. You'll also find that the car is a very special character in of itself. Indeed, the movie revolves around it, as The Brothers spin their yarn around Chicago. Some of the best tunes can be scene with the Sam & Dave tape in the dash. SCMODS !