Friday, January 9, 2015

NNB - A Bigger Taste Of



Minneapolis record store geeks take matters into their own hands, leaving twenty minutes of wax for the ages. I saw them at a Soho loft No Wave fest as many of that movement's pioneers were passing into history. Original post has been augmented with an early hometown show. Check out YouTube NNB live @ Hurrah NYC 1981 here.

Studio Recordings
01 Slack 1978 4.03
02 New World 1978 2.04
03 Listen 1979 3.10
04 Uruguay-1983 1979 4.26
05 Well, Oh Well 1979 4.27
Slack b/w New World were released as Wave 7 single W7-100
Listen and Uruguay-1983 are from Twin-Tone 7907 - Big Hits Of Mid-America III
Well, Oh Well was one side of a No Magazine flexi, w/ Information and No Group on the flip

Live @ Jay's Longhorn - MPLS - July 11, 1978
01 Listen
02 Don't You
03 Nothing Can Harm Me
04 I Tried To Tell You
05 Friction (Television)
06 New World
07 Look Me Up
08 I Can't Control Myself
09 Slack
10 Uruguay 1983
11 Final Solution (Pere Ubu)
12 (crowd ruckus)
13 What Goes On (Velvet Undeground)
Sincere thanks to the original (Dime?) uploader, unknown to me at this point.

flexidisc rip / interweb downloads

Saturday, September 27, 2014

african fiesta @ 45tours on vita 1963-5 docteur nico 01.4

Version 01.4 adds 01b Tremendo Punto, at long last.
Version 01.3 adds 19b Liwa Na Ngai.
Version 01.2 adds 03a Eso La Vida.
Version 01.1 Enthusiast discographer Alastair Johnston has kindly provided information and files, resulting in the addition of four tracks - 08a En Guantanamo, 13b Nkembo Na Nzambe, 18b Willy Mopaya, 23a Azongi Na Bomengo. I thank him for his generosity and infinite wisdom.
According to Johnston's invaluable Docteur Nico Discography, African Fiesta came together in 1963, featuring Nicolas Kasanda on lead, his brother Dechaud on rhythm guitar and Tabu Ley Rochereau on lead vocals, with Roger Izeidi, Kwamy Munsi, Joseph 'Mujos' Mulamba, Joseph Mwena and Depuissant, adding Faugus Izeidi, Paul Mizele, Dominique Kuntima and Jeef Mingiedi in due time. Having developed his electric guitar skills in African Jazz and Rock-a-Mambo, Nico was really sailing by this time, exploring exotic tones and textures like a Congolese Jeff Beck. Elastic cascades of single notes alternate with thick clusters, generally plucked instead of flat-picked, all purring and growling with natural tube sustain and distortion, tremolo and reverb. Check Angola Siempre for a characteristic 'Dieu de la Guitare' solo. African Fiesta managed to record over 250 sides in just two years, with 128 Vita singles released and nary a dud among the ones I've heard. This collection comes from my own vinyl and CDs along with many many downloads from across the interwebs, with Moos @ Global Groove a prime source. I've been advised that compilation tracks are not necessarily the same takes as the original 45s, but I don't often have multiple sources to compare. 25 Vita numbers will be covered in each post, however many tracks I actually have, with downloads revised if and when additions turn up. A list of missing sides is included in the rar, and any digital contributions would be very greatly appreciated.

docteur nico african fiesta @ 45 tours
the far from complete vita singles 1963-5
part 01 - vita 01-25

01 01a Rendezvous Chez Labas
02 01b Tremendo Punto
03 02a Bilomba Ya Africa
04 02b Mwasi Abandaka
05 03a Eso La Vida
06 03b Naleli Leo
07 04a Angola Siempre
08 04b Permission
09 05a Moto Abungaka
10 05b Rythmo Ya Suka
11 06a Bandimi Ngaï Tata
12 06b Tembe Nde Tembe
13 07a Camalée
14 07b Seli Kutu
15 08a En Guantanamo
16 08b Keba
17 09a Pesa Le Tout
18 09b Vivo Africa
19 10a Toyei Na Sango
20 10b Vidas
21 13a Nico Azongi
22 13b Nkembe Na Nzambe
23 14a Conseil Monetaire
24 14b Barumbu
25 15a Boni Boye
26 17a Bisengo Na Capitale
27 18b Willy Mopaya
28 19a Arsène Dionge
29 19b Liwa Na Ngai
30 20a A.M. Decantonio
31 21b Natuna Nani
32 23a Azongi Na Bomengo
33 25a Ngonga Ebeti
34 25b Godee

cd and vinyl and downloads @ various bitrates

African Fiesta Sukisa 1966-73 Docteur Nico 06.1

Version 06.1 adds 82b Mal, 86b I Got The Feelin', 90a Nalapi, 99a Baoule to Part One; 133b Mobali Akolimbisa Mwasizon and 506a Echantillon Ya Pambamazon to Part Three.
Last batch of Docteur Nico Vita & Sukisa 45s. As always, Alastair Johnston's discography has been an invaluable resource, without which these six compilations would not exist. And of course, if you might possibly have any missing numbers you would consider sharing, let me know.

Docteur Nico African Fiesta Sukisa @ 45Tours
The Far From Complete Sukisa Singles 1966-73
Part 2 of 2 

01 80a Nakei Abidjan
02 80b Lion du Desespoir
03 82a Semeki Etali Yo Te
04 82b Mal
05 86a Chantal Komonela Ngai
06 86b I Got The Feelin'
07 87a Mobali Atulaka Te
08 89a Manzedi
09 89b Libaku Eponi Te
10 90a Nalapi
11 90b Olga
12 92a Capacite Ya Bolingo
13 93b Mokili Makambo
14 94a Pauline La Preferée
15 94b Mwasi Va Mibali Mibale
16 95a Boya Kobina
17 95b Lassen Yembila Ngai
18 96a Adeline
19 97a Mira
20 97b Mokili Ya Nzambe
21 98a Julienne Importée
22 98b Oluki Likambo Obangi
23 99a Baoulé
24 100a Sukisa Miziki Ya Lokumu
25 100b Aimé Zonga!
26 101a Okosi Ngai Libala
27 102a Cherie Julie Nalingaka
28 102b Marie Anne
29 103a Tekele
30 104a Motema Se Likolo
31 104b Kilimadjaro
32 105a Asala Malekoun
33 105b Mbanda Peugeot
34 107b Bolingo Ezali Mpo Na Kisi Te
35 108a Nakopenda Marie Nella
36 108b Ntumba
37 109a Adieu Freetown
38 109b Afrique de l'Ouest
39 110a Lucifer
40 112a Sadi Na Boyi Masumu
41 112b Ruguia
42 113a Nazali Se Mobali Na Yo
43 114a Kamunganzi Ko
44 116b Fanta Diara
45 119a Bolongo
46 119b Adios
47 129a Mandona
48 130a Celina
49 130b Mwika
50 133a Bolingo Ya Kobomba
51 133b Mobali Akolimbisa Mwasizon
52 Kamulanga (African Jazz)
53 501a Yokolo Pt 1
54 501b Yokolo Pt 2
55 502a Nalingi Yo Na Motema
56 502b Ozali Suka Ya Mobali
57 503a Munka
58 503b Angèle Ozali Wapi
59 504a Talaka Na Miso
60 504b Merengue Nico
61 506a Echantillon Ya Pambamazon

cd, vinyl and downloads @ various bitrates
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Monday, March 17, 2014

L'Orchestre National Jazz du Dahomey - Impressions Sonores du Benin 1968




A joint effort with Benin music enthusiast Oro, whose original post of NJD 002 was my introduction to these almost forgotten heroes. 002 is reposted here along with 001 & 003, my own recent finds, as natural bookends. Explore Oro for more National-Jazz and countless other African treasures.

L'Orchestre National Jazz du Dahomey
Impressions Sonore du Benin eps circa 1968

NJD 001
01 Gbèto Koclozin Dohoun
02 Homé Su Bu Dè Ko
03 Étoile Sportive de Porto-Novo

NJD 002
01 Ave N'Dé Gninan
02 Jerk-Houélié
03 Ablanon
04 Ade Wè Dji Vi Ton

NJD 003
01 To Hô Gnon
02 A Vespa Ya
03 De L'Argent

National Jazz @320

Billie Jo Spears - United Artists 45s 1966-7

Three elusive and amazing singles produced by Kelso Herston just before Spears followed him to Capitol. On her first major-label releases, Billie Jo is already resigned to the fact that men are dogs. She acts accordingly, grimly determined to make the most of whatever flashes of happiness fall her way, her voice breaking throughout these six tales of classic honky-tonk hurt.

From the darkest taverns
I rescued you
Gave you all the good things
A love so sweet and true
The dens of lust have lured you to the dark side of the town 
There's just not enough of you to go around

You're a willing victim
You can't say no
Followed by sorrows everywhere you go
You always overlook me when you're fannin' all your fires
Count the hearts that you have broken curbing desires

As I walk the streets of evil
Searching for you
I'd bet my last breath you can be found
With the dirt in your favorite tavern
There's just not enough of you to go around

Billie Jo Spears 1966-7
UA 50022, UA 50092, UA 50184
Produced by Kelso Herston

01 Much Too Busy To Cry
02 Easy To Be Evil
03 If That's What It Takes
04 Conscience Keep An Eye On Me Tonight
05 Not Enough Of You To Go Around
06 You're Too Much Like Me

FLAC

We were cut from the same lowly pattern
Since we met, all we do is disagree
Even drink from the same pain-filled bottles
I can't love you, you're too much like me

When you cheat, I just smile and forgive you
Take you back, prop you up with sympathy
Then go out, find someone, start gettin' even
I can't love you, you're too much like me

I thought I could lead you from the barroom to the altar
Take you and show you the good side of the street
But the alike that we're a-livin' seems never ending
I can't love you, you're too much like me


You took him from me so easy
I just called to let you know I'm not mad
You don't love him no more, so tell me
How do I go about goin' bad?

Show me how to wear my makeup
With red wine, what perfume works the best
With your help, I will learn how to hold him
Learn to love all the things I detest

If that's what it takes to hold him
Surely you can correct my mistakes
If you'll wait, I'll come down to the tavern
Yes, I'll go bad, if that's what it takes


Standin' together, all the lies you ever told me
Side by side, they're all walkin' toward me
Pretty soon they'll look me in the eye
But I'll be much too busy to cry

My apologies for any misheard lyrics...

Tom Verlaine - Dave Bascombe Sessions 1986

Rejected by Fontana UK, which begat Flash Light. Loose and slightly goofy, many of these ended up as b-sides for Flash Light and The Wonder singles. The rough mixes of 'Sixteen Tulips' and 'One Time At Sundown' here end in breakdown instead of the usual fade, while 'Olive' has not circulated widely as far as I can tell. Although Flash Light is more literate and more focused, guitar rave-ups like 'Call Me The' can hold their own against bratty Yardbirds b-sides like 'The Nazz Are Blue' and 'Psycho Daisies'.

Tom Verlaine
Dave Bascombe Sessions 1986

01 Sixteen Tulips   5.01
02 Caveman-Flashlight   3.13
03 Anna   5.09
04 The Scientist Writes A Letter   5.23
05 Call Me The   3.39
06 Circling   2.33
07 Smoother Than Jones   3.30
08 Vanity Fair   5.58
09 Olive   4.03
10 One Time At Sundown   4.53

GamefrontFLAC
ZippyshareFLAC1
ZippyshareFLAC2

Friday, September 6, 2013

african fiesta @ 45tours on vita 1963-5 docteur nico 04.1

4.1 repost adds 83a L'Age Et L'Amour, 83b Ya Gaby 2, 114a Una Sabroso, 115a Dit Coco, 121a African Club, 121b Porti Caliente, 122a Belinda, 122b Faux Millionaire, 124a African Fiesta Congo, 124b Tu Son, 125a Djeke, 125b Sangana, 133b Mwanza Distinguée.
Here's the final installment of the Nico Vita story, just in case the end of days has come. The next to last track, from a YouTube post, is a mystery. Nico discographer Alastair Johnston thinks it's probably African Fiesta Sukisa, formed in the wake of Nico's split with Rochereau. Whatever the case, it's killer.

docteur nico african fiesta @ 45 tours
the far from complete vita singles 1963-5
part 04 - vita 76-128

01 76a Camalée
02 76b Kiboloso
03 77a Exhibition Dechaud
04 78a Mambo Hawaiienne
05 78b PB Zonga
06 79a Imana Ya Daring
07 81a Au Complet
08 82a Libala Nde Bisengo
09 82b Naleli Godee
10 83a L'age et L'amour
11 83b Ya Gaby 2
12 100a Amartes
13 100b Minge Rumba Fiesta
14 101a Amasco Rwe Dima
15 101b Makila Eyina Nzoto
16 103a A Mimeza
17 103b Worriend
19 104b Nkulu Mobongisi
20 105a Asi Tu Viere
21 105b Molangi Ya Malasi
22 106a Foti Ya Ye
23 106b Le Chant De Malory
24 107b Calabosso
25 108a Sukisa
26 108b Tabalissimo
27 109a Cubana Na Vis-a-Vis
28 109b Pablito
29 110a Café Rio
30 110b Majolina
31 111b Jaloux Jaloux
32 113a Carolina Carolina
33 114a Una Sabroso
34 114b Mama Ida
35 115a Dit Coco
36 121a African Club
37 121b Porti Caliente
38 122a Belinda
39 122b Faux Millionaire
40 123a Kele Ya Nini Saka
41 123b Pablo Gonzales
42 124a African Fiesta Congo
43 124b Tu Son
44 125a Djeke
45 125b Sangana
46 128a Omeli Mavi Na Tonga
47 xxxx Kamulanga
48 133b Mwanza Distinguée 

cd and vinyl and downloads @ various bitrates
re-up 03/22/14