some favorite sounds
Here's a short list of current favorite discs and bands including some that I've
just never grown out of. They're in no particular order and are just ones I
could think of at the moment.
The old list
Yma Sumac - is she Amy
Camus from NJ? I think not!
Nearly any Ramones record
Billion Dollar Babies -
Alice Cooper. I spent more time drumming along to this record than any other as
a kid. Nearly anything with the original Alice Cooper band is great.
Lather - amazing new
record. Frank originally tried to release it in the 80's as a 4 record set of
all new music. Warner Brothers refused so Zappa played it over the radio
telling fans to tape it! Warner released it as the records Sleep Dirt, Live in
New York, Studio Tan, and Orchestral Favorites.
Civillization, Phase III.
This was Frank's last and I think best (and most serious) record.
Freak Out. Rumour has it it
totally influenced the Beatles when making Sgt Pepper.
Mothers Live in the
Fillmore. Featuring Flo and Eddie of the Turtles. Very funny.
Just Another Band from LA.
Has best version of Billy the Mountain - need I say more
Bongo Fury - with Captain
We're Only In It For The
Money. The best cover ever! Parodying Sgt Pepper with the Mothers dressed
in drag. Made in 1967, this record is still state of the art.
You Can't Do That On Stage
Anymore series. Frank recorded nearly every live concert with the best mobile
equipment. These records capture the best of the live shows.
Miles Davis, John
Coltraine, Cecil Taylor, Dr Lonnie Smith, Eddie Henderson
Charles Earland - the
The amazing vibe player,
UK - UK
Guitar Wolf - Japaneese
Punk - "Evelybody Lock and Loll"
Never mind the Bollocks.
Here's the Sex Pistols
Anything with Tony
Williams or Bill Bruford on it - two of my druming favs.
Magma - an amazing French
70's-80's prog rock I couldn't say enough about.
Gong - more prog rock from
I, Swinger - Combustble
Esquivel - mind curdling
Space Age Bachelor Pad Music!
Peng's their best
Space Age Bachelor Pad
Music. Homage to Esquivel but no sonic similarity whatsoever.
Mars Audiac Quintet
Ok, most Stereolab is worth
Powerful Pain Relief - The
Love Jones -- cheesy
Eno. Lots and lots of Eno.
Axiom Stuff. Bill Laswell
projects like Praxis.
Funkadelic and James Brown
kick my ass.
Anything with the amazing
soul drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie.
Out of the Woods - Dr Didg
- extra funky didgeridoo music from a dude I grew up with.
Medeski, Martin, and Wood
The Grassy Knoll
Tower of Power
Synergy - amazing pre midi
synthesis that still blows away anything anyone else has ever done with a room
full of keyboards
Descarte's Ruse - Freaks
The Free Design. Sort of
like the Partridge Family meets the Manson Family. Or maybe the Carpenters meet
Radio Stuyvesant - Bite
the Wax Godhead
Pretty Things - SF Sorrow.
Wow, a rock opera that predates Tommy. Some great songs.
Anything really, really
strange that I've forgotten.
& I really love Indian
- I guess I have a soft spot for Prog Rock type stuff ranging from old Genesis to
Can, King Crimson. I like most of that stuff. It can't have too many
synthesisers for me I guess.
The new list
So what's new 4 or so years after I originally created the list above? Not
much. More jazz. Much more Garage and Psychedelic. The Music
Emporium (great 60's band!). More current things? Queens of the
Stoneage rocks. The Bad Plus put out a special record. The funk revival
among the young-uns is reassuring via bands like Sugarman 3 and the Hot
Pants Funk Sextet.
If you like an eclectic bunch of music and listen to nearly anything and are in
the NYC/NJ area then check out WFMU 91.1 They now broadcast over the internet.
Radio 91.1 in East Orange, NJ and 90.1 in North Jersey & Pennsylvania
Irwin and Michelle's Incorrect Music Hour is beyond amazing. They're on WFMU but
have a page of their own:
WNYU's station has a great Psych show on Monday nights called Plastic Tales from
the Marshmallow Dimension. There's some playlists and audio streams on their
24 hour a day streaming psych and garage courtesey of these guys
Web of Sound (www.techwebsound.com)
WBAI 99.5 and WKCR 89.9 are also very special stations. WBAI has a great show on
Tuesday nights 8pm called Off the Hook which covers all aspects of the Hacker
World, the Internet, and the Phone system.
Radio 99.5 in NY City
WKCR, run by Columbia University, has the distinction of being the country's
first FM station.