Saturday, February 03, 2007

D.C's Tavern Record Swap - Saturday February 3rd - 2PM - Closing

Hello Y'all,
Holy shit this has been an odd winter. What better way to celebrate the end of existence then Bar-B-Queing fresh meats, drinking beer and spinning some fresh hot wax. So far each swap has been better than the last so if you haven't been by yet make this your first. Come for the music come for the beer but come often. Music provided by myself, DJ Inbetween, and Chilly Freeze Steak. Of course guest DJ’s pop by as well. Remember if you’re driving don’t drink, if you’re drinking don’t drive and always be kind to your barkeep.

Please bring by a box or two (or three) to sell, trade or giveaway (promos welcome). The Swaps have always been a blast but the more records there are the better the day is.

[Keep in mind, not everyone is a hardcore collector. Just some guys and gals who want some good tunes whether it is rare or not is not an issue. Condition is not always everything when you are looking for records to listen to! Of course rare gems and mint condition records are always welcome.]

DJ Inbetween, Chilly Freeze Streak and Primitive Sound System will be spinning during the trading, buying, and selling, eating and especially the drinking.

- pat.
Primitive Jugend System

D.C's Tavern Record Swap
Saturday February 3rd 2PM - Closing
DJ's and Grub all day.
Bring records to swap, sell or use as coasters.


D.C.'s Tavern
505 8th Street
Between Jefferson and Madison
Hoboken, New Jersey
PH: 201-792-5550

Some new records to spin...

Noble Watts - "F.L.A." (Brunswick cat. 55382)
Busting out of the gates with a "Hard Times" blast F.L.A scronks, squeaks and screams it's way from start to finish. The Thin Man barely catches his breath to spit out some lyrics about flying down the highway before returning to this up-tempo groover.

Joy Venders - "Popeye Line" (Pawn Records cat. PAWN 1201)
Heavy, slow drums break open this can of spinach. "HEY!" I don't know anything about the Joy Venders but this soulful garage 45 is very New Orleans sounding, filled with yelled vocals, sax and snapping drums. I can't stop myself from swaying back and forth and bobbing my head with each listen.

Robert Parker - "Everybody's Hip Huggin" (Nola Records cat. 735)
Robert Parker never disappoints me. The slow and funky "Hip Huggin" is no different. A bit of that Popeye sound pokes in and out of the horns with a very steady beat and a simple strummed guitar.

Lee Dorsey - "Rain Rain Go Away" (Amy cat. AMY 974)
I have been looking for a clean one of these for a very, very long time. Hasumi, one of the dealers who hung out at Finyl Vinyl and was definitely family, played me this in 1990/91 and I have been searching since. Damn it is as good as I remember. Slow and yes, FUNKY. Obviously this is the Meters backing this so you can guess what it sounds like. Stripped down and simple but unmistakable none-the-less. Lee Dorsey's voice is one of my favorites and I know I will be playing this a lot.

James Brown and the Famous Flames - "The Soul of J.B." (King cat. 45-6133)
Easily one of my favorite James Brown instrumentals and of course it sounds best on 45. The organ takes the lead on this one and it doesn't seem like it is going to let go but Maceo has his way and goes for a short but powerful solo over the top of swirling guitar. The organ winds up again and gets a second shot at showing who is the boss and takes us to the end while the horns blast and the drums pound. I can listen to this endlessly.

Bobby Byrd - "Try It Again" (Kwanza Records cat. KWA 7703)
I never even heard this Bobby Byrd MONSTER until my brother picked up the Rhino "What It Is" comp. I had to immediately track one down. This has a big, big horn sound and some cracking drums with a very tight snare sound. The bass just pushes this bad boy along and Bobby Byrd seems to be able to sing without the need for oxygen. Not the most creative of the James Brown related records but certainly one heavy funky affair.

Willie Hutch - "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" (Motown cat. M 1222F)
Do I really have to talk about this? If you don't know it run out now and watch The Mack, then buy the soundtrack. Really, I mean it. I never had it on 45 so I am pretty happy.

Della Reese - "Compared To What" (Avco Embassy cat. AVE-4515)
HOLY CRAP! Thank you Mr. Fine Wine for one of my favorite new versions of possibly my favorite song (named our record label Compared To What? in the late 80's). Ms. Reese is better known to me as an actress than a singer but I knew she had a long career as a such. At first this comes off as a Funky Lounge vamp with a bit of a sense of humor. Slowly the arrangement and vocal transform and build into a big band Funk monster. The guitar cuts the groove like a knife and Ms. Reese's voice becomes more elevated and emotional. Somehow by the outro the arrangement sounds stripped and hard with very little hint of it's Loungey beginnings. Find one of these and be amazed.

Johnny Williams - "Slow Motion (Part 1)" (Philadelphia International Records cat. ZS7 3518)
An echoey drum break and shout open this Soulful love song. Damn I wish I could think where I know that riff from. Oh well, regardless of its familiar sound this thing is sweet in all that right places. The drums never let up but a big horn section and Williams beautiful vocals make this less of a Funk song and just plain sweet Soul.

Benny Poole - "I Can Dig It" (The Cascade Sound cat. BP 303)
Another new one via the aforementioned Mr. Fine Wine. I am a sucker. That's right a sucker for bubbling organ and whaling sax. And this gem has them in excess. The backing track to Mr. Poole's song length solo sounds as if it could be a loop. Usually that ends up being boring or pedestrian but not here.

The Bad Boys - "Black Olives" (Paula Records cat. PAULA 254 (One Sided Promo))
It is pretty obvious that these guys are a Garage Rock outfit but let me tell you this is a dream come true. Fuzzed up guitar, heavy bass and drums and a soulful run on the organ. There are some shouts and hoots in the background giving the already live sound a party feel but the guitar is the lead here and it is fuzzy and raw. The song comes to a pretty quick, abrupt end which probably means they considered this a throw away studio jam. I'd love to hear the "A" side which is called "Love" but this is a one sided promo.

Sebastian and the House Rockers - "Nobody Can Do The Dog Like I Do" (Key Records cat. RECORD NO. K452A 302)
Mix the Isleys and Rufus Thomas and what do you think you get? Do I really have to ask? This one even has a real dog bark as an intro! Taken at a bit faster pace than both of its name sakes for a frantic party floor filler. Dogs barking, drums banging around like they aren't even in the same room as the rest of the band and vocals so raw and raspy Dyke is brewing this guy some Throat Coat. Fantastic!

Fred Flintstone and his Bedrock Beaters - "Stone Age Rock" (Epic cat. 5-9475 (Radio Station Copy))
"Hello dumb dumbs." Barney and Fred cranked up the band on more than one occasion during their days in the Creationists view of evil-ution. I don't remember this amazing little instrumental in any of the episodes but then again I was probably eight when I was watching them. Classic 50's early 60's instrumental. Starts out almost a little corny but slowly builds into a frantic mess with screaming sax and crazy ass guitar. Bed Rock, Twitch!

Annette - "The Monkey's Uncle" (Buena Vista Records cat. F-440 (w/ pic sleeve))
I have always wanted one of these. The Beach Boys invite Annette Funicello into their sandbox to monkey around. Nice revved up guitar cranks things up before we are treated to Beach Boys harmonies and gosh darn sweetness from Annette. From the movie of the same name about smart chimps, dumb football players and flying machines.

Larry Birdsong - "Fairly Well" (ref-o-ree cat. 710)
I can never get enough of Electric Blues but I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Mr. Birdsong was taking us to chu'ch. Basically he asks everyone he can think of how they are doing in this Gospel fueled Funky Blues number. Finally he tells us that not only is he also doing "Fairly Well" but if you are impressed with the Godfather of Soul wait, wait 'til you see The Larry Birdsong. Simple Funky instrumentation, a unique sounding voice including some disorganized backing vocals make this a definite keeper. "Fairly Well" indeed.

Freddy King - "Funky" (Cotillion cat. 44015)
I bought the LP that this if from when we were on tour in New Orleans many years ago. This is pretty high up on my list of favorite Electric Blues instrumentals. Freddy King's guitar is just fucking dynamite. The drums break a few times throughout the track and Mr. King never steps on them. Horns and heavy bass round out this storming track worthy of its title.

Zip-Codes - "Sweet Meat Part 2" (Better Records cat. B001)
If you haven't guessed yet, you could buy this one on title alone. I have a few instrumentals with this same guitar sound. Not exactly what you call it but it is very rubbery. The lead vocal is deep and rough and the backing is sweet and soulful which sounds great together. The song rolls along with congas, tight bass, piano and horns. Very joyful but never silly. Love it, gotta have that sweet meat.

Rhythm 'N' Blues Classical Funk Band - "Monster Walk Pt. 2" (Mankind cat. 12001)
This is another one of those songs that I can't believe I never stumbled upon. Instrumental, great title, two parts, SCREAMS of terror, sounds of people fighting, a maniacal laugh, pounding drums, great organ, guitar and a siren [check]. I'll take it.


Brooklyn's Hold Steady speak up for D.C.'s Tavern in the NY Press:
DC’s Tavern, 505 8th St., Hoboken

Kubler: The guy who drum techs for Bobby [Drake] on [the forthcoming Boys and Girls in America] is one of the owners of the place. It’s super small, and they’ve got a pool table in there, and it’s just tiny.

Finn: It’s the smallest bar I’ve ever been in. It’s like a small living room.

Kubler: It’s hardly big enough to put people in, let alone a functioning pool table. Great tunes. There’s a record player behind the bar, and you get to hear the whole side of an album.