Tuesday, October 30, 2007

All Hallows Eve 2007

Here are some more Halloween goodies for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

The Haunted House- 20 Tracks to Make You Jump in the Night

This is one swanky, toe-tapping, smart and sassy collection taken from old-timey blues and jazz 78's including Louis Armstrong's "The Skeleton In the Closet" and Ma Rainey's "Black Cat, Hoot Owl Blues". This is the Halloween album that you will want to put on when you've had your fill of spooky sounds and ghost stories, and are ready to jump-n-jive with the best of them. Enjoy!


1. The Haunted House - The Three Ginx
2. Nightmare - Artie Shaw And His Orchestra
3. The Skeleton In The Closet - Louis Armstrong
4. Skeleton Jangle - The Original Dixieland Five
5. 'Tain't No Sin (To Take Off Your Skin And Dance Around In Your Bones) - Dan Russo And His Oriole Orchestra
6. Dry Bones - Fats Waller And His Rhythm
7. Bogey Wail - Jack Hylton And His Orchestra/Sam Browne
8. Boogaboo - Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers
9. Black Cat Moan - Tiny Parham And His Muscians
10. Black Cat, Hoot Owl Blues - Ma Rainey And Her Tub Washboard Band
11. You've Got Me Voodoo'd - Louis Armstrong
12. Mysterioso - Artie Shaw And His Gramercy Five
13. Murder At Peyton Hall - Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra
14. Dracula - Gene Krupa And His Orchestra
15. Mr Ghost Goes To Town - Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra
16. Devil's Gonna Get You - Bessie Smith
17. Satanic Blues - Bud Freeman And His Summa Cum Laude Orchestra
18. With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm - Cyril Smith
19. Ain't It Grand To Be Bloomin' Well Dead - The Barmy Brothers
20. The Headless Horseman - Bing Crosby

Download below:

The Haunted House-20 Tracks to Make You Jump In the Night

Dr. Demento's 1984 Halloween Show

Dr Demento's sick and twisted Halloween radio show has been a staple for social outcasts and misfits looking to get that Halloween fix. This is a very eclectic mix of tunes ranging from rap to jazz with everything else in-between. Each one of the download files represents a separate segment in the show. Enjoy!


1- Trick Or Treat-Elvira
2. Haunted House Of Rock (a cappella version) -Whodini
3. Goblin Girl- Frank Zappa
4. Let's Twist Again (Mummy Time Is Here)- Zacherle
5. The Addams Family Theme (excerpt)- Vic Mizzy
6. Whatever Happened To Eddie?- Butch Patrick (Eddie & The Monsters)
7. Mr. Ghost Goes To Town - Jon Schwartz & Group
8. Halloween Spooks - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
9. Main Title From Night Of The Living Dead (excerpt)
10. Dead - The Poets
11. Werewolves Of London - Warren Zevon
12.The Vegas Vampire - Jim Parker/Bruce Popka
13. Human Fly - The Cramps
14.The Spider And The Fly - Bobby Christian & The Allen Sisters
15. It's Halloween - The Shaggs
16. Casper The Friendly Ghost - The Peter Pan Players
17. Haunted House - Jumpin' Gene Simmons
18. The Headless Horseman - Kay Kyser
19. With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm - Caryl P. Weiss
20. Spook Opera - The Hawaiian Pups
21. Skeleton In The Closet - Louis Armstrong
22. The Lurch - Ted Cassidy as Lurch
23. The Laughing Gnome - David Bowie
24. I Only Have Eyes For You - Spike Jones & The Band That Plays For Fun
25. I Want To Bite Your Hand - Gene Moss
26. Harry, The Toothless Vampire (short version) - SuLu
27. Please Mr. Gravedigger - David Bowie
28. Cemetery Girls - Barnes & Barnes#5

Download below:

Dr. Demento's 1984 Halloween Show

Sounds to Make You Shiver

This is another positively terrifying slice of horror featuring shrill screams, ominous moans and groans, creaking doors and breaking windows. Everything that you will need to spook you out this Halloween. Enjoy!

Download below:

Sounds to Make You Shiver

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Spooky Vibrations

I'm sorry that I haven't been posting much this week, but I've just gotten over a nasty cold. Thanks to those of you who commented on my 1 year anniversary post. I really appreciated the kind words, especially since I wasn't feeling great.

I wanted to let you know that I have reposted the links from last years Halloween post here. While these songs aren't Halloween in the traditional sense, I'm sure they will fit nicely alongside the other spooky sounds in today's post.

Also, you can sample selections from these three releases in My Box player on the left of the page. Please let me know what you think of the Box.

Kid Stuff Repertory Theater "Mostly Ghostly" [Kid Stuff, 1962]

In 1977, Kid Stuff released an intensely experimental Halloween sound effects album called "Mostly Ghostly. " The cover is very deceptive in that it looks like a Halloween record aimed at little children. What you get instead is a demented spookfest filled with bubbling and gurgling sounds, funereal organs, screeching feral kittens and moaning phantoms. This is really not that different from the experimental noise found on a Throbbing Gristle or Nurse With Wound record. Listen with caution and be prepared for an assault on your senses.

Download it here

Spooky Sounds-S/T- [Sounds Records, 1962]

"Spooky Sounds" was released in 1962 by the Sounds Records company from Glendale, CA. This was a Halloween sound effects record with laughing goblins, howling dogs and footsteps with chains. However it also has several tracks featuring a spooky theremin with campy titles such as "Banshee Love Call" and "Dinner Music For a Monster". Perfect music for scaring the hell out of one another. Highly recommended!

Download it here

Boris Karloff- Tales of the Frightened Vol.1 [Mercury 1963]

"Tales of the Frightened Vol.1" was released in 1963 on Mercury Records, and it featured the ever creepy voice of Boris Karloff reading ghost stories over avant garde electronic blips and squelches. This is perfect for listening to while sitting by the open fire anxiously awaiting trick-or-treaters.

Download it here

I'll be back with more spooky downloads tomorrow.

Your comments are always appreciated!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Eclectic Grooves Turns the Page

It's hard to believe that Eclectic Grooves has already been around for a year. It seems like just yesterday that I posted to Blogger for the first time. While the year hasn't been as prolific or productive as I would have liked, I feel that it has been a great year in many ways. In honor of my one year aniversary, I am reposting a link to the Evan Parker live show at the 411 Club- Portland, Oregon that was first posted on here last December. This concert featured Evan Parker on saxophones, Alexander Von Schlippenbach on Piano and Paul Lytton on drums. It was recorded on mindisc by yours truly, and it is an amazing reproduction of the concert with an amazing sonic clarity that makes you feel like you are actually there. I am not going to go into detail here, since I am still getting over a cold. However, please visit the original post for more information and enjoy the re-up of this amazing performance. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by throughout the past year, and helped to make Eclectic Grooves what it is today. I'll be back soon with some ghoulish posts in spirit of the Halloween season.

Your comments are always appreciated!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Problems with Links Being Removed

Unfortunately, the Brotzmann link has been removed from all services linked to Sharebee. This is the 3rd time I uploaded this file, so I am not going to take the time to upload again. Apparently certain people don't want you to hear these recordings, unless you pay 30+ for an import copy. I am perplexed as to why this link keeps getting deleted, while the links for new releases that are in print do not get removed. Are we sending the message that it's alright to share new releases but not out-of-print titles that can only be bought for a high import price?

I know that this has happened to many other bloggers out there, so I present you with this question: How am I supposed to share out-of-print records with people if they keep getting deleted by the file-sharing services? What file sharing services are less likely to remove my shares? I have used Sharebee which includes Rapidshare, Z-Share, Badongo and Megaupload, Media-Fire and Z-share. They have all deleted this link because of copyright infringement and becausethey have received complaints about this share( no doubt from stodgy old collectors who are worried that the value of their record will go down because of this share). What are the guidelines for sharing music over the internet? Why is it Ok to share the new Wilco album but not an out-of-print record from some obscure Japanese prog folk band from the 60's. Isn't the music the most important thing here, and not some collector's misguided perception that the monetary value of a record should take precedent over the music itself. I do not run this blog to violate copyright issues or to piss off the RIAA. I do it because I have a desire to share the music I love with others who might enjoy listening to it.

If my links continue to be deleted, I may have to go back to only sharing a few songs off each record. I would like to continue sharing both full albums and selected songs, so please speak up if you have any ideas on how I can make this work for both of us.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

A Little July in October

Well, I apologize for the lack of new posts this week, but I have been under the weather. If you want to know when this site is updated in the future, please sign up for my feed via Feedburner. Another way to receive this information is by adding Eclectic Grooves to your Technorati favorites. I hope to update more frequently next week with some new tunes that I'm sure you will dig. In the meantime, please feel free to leave any requests in the "General comments" above.

It has been brought to my attention that the audio on Jolly Mary didn't sound right. So, I have uploaded a different version of this song as a separate download here. Please let me know if there are any other problems.

July- S/T

This UK psychedelic gem is out of print in the US, but it can be purchased here in an expensive Japanese import edition. As far as I know, this is the only slab of wax that July ever recorded. Epic Records released this record at the height of psych rock's popularity in 1968. Unfortunately, the band received very little fanfare and disbanded a year after their inception. Lead vocalist, Tom Newman, would become renowned as the recording engineer for Mike Oldfield's instrumental concept album Tubular Bells, while lead guitarist Tony Duhig and multi-instrumentalist Jon Field went on to form prog/art rock band Jade Warrior.

With phased vocal effects, blistering fuzz guitar and an extremely infectious chorus, "My Clown" stands to be one of the most sought after psychedelic gems of the late 60's. Other standouts on the record includes the reverb soaked blues psych of "Dandelion Seeds"; the dynamic fuzz-guitar infused "You Missed It All" and "Crying Is For Writers", and the carnivalesque Kinks-influenced "Hello Who's There". Fans of Beatles circa White Album and Pink Floyd's first two records will adore this record.

Your comments are always appreciated!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Comments at a Standstill

Link has been removed for the 3rd time, so I have thrown in the towel on the Brotzman/Hopkins/Ali share. Please see the above message for details on this.

Well, it appears that using Z-Share is not going to work, since they have already deleted the Brotzmann/Hopkins/Ali link from their server. Most of the file sharing services have been unreliable lately, but I am re-upping this link with Mediafire. Please let me know if there are any problems with the download using Mediafire.

Now onto more pressing issues:

Lately there have been a lot of vistors here who have downloaded shares without leaving a comment. I too have downloaded something from a blog and then didn't leave a comment because I couldn't remember where I had gotten it from. So, I know where you're coming from on that one. However, it is generally just nice to hear that people appreciate what I'm doing here. A simple "thank you" will suffice, and I don't think that this is too much to ask. For those precious few that have left comments, this message does not pertain to you.

I'm not asking every single person to comment about what they download, but there have been roughy 150 downloads and only 1 comment on the last two posts. The comments are what inspires me to share more stuff and post more often. Please tell me what you think of the music, the writing, the design, etc. I am also open to posting things that you guys request, so let's get the dialogue going.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

This Ain't No Easy Listening

Brotzmann/Hopkins/Ali- Songlines

Let me start off by saying that I am in no way responsible if your eardrums start bleeding from the sheer intensity and volume of this recording. It's not pure cacophony like Machine Gun or Nipples, but it is definitely not cocktail party jazz for the bachelor pad generation. Peter Brotzmann has played with so many free jazz greats that if I was to list them all here it would take up the entire post. "Songlines" was recorded in 1991 as part of the mythical "Total Music Meeting" with Fred Hopkins and Rashied Ali joining Brotzmann for an intensely spiritual meeting of the minds. This meeting was apparently meant to bring three saxophonists, three bassists and threee drummers from both sides of the Atlantic to play together in all sorts of interesting combinations. This record is the end result of one of these fantastically creative collaborations.

"Songlines" features virtuoso performances by all three members, but you wouldn't expect anything less from these indelible masters of free jazz improvisation. Rashied Ali introduces the first track with a charismatic drum solo that anchors the ship until Hopkins's bassline enters in at around one-and-a-half minutes, bursting head first into Brotzmann's crashing waves of cacophonous sound. Around the seven minute mark, Hopkins slows down the pace with a nimble-fingered bass solo that showcases his mastery of the instrument. Then, the original melody is revisited for the last minute while the song fades like a lost memory. On "Old Man Kangaroo", Brotzmann comes crashing through the gates with an astounding level of intensity that doesn't let up until close to the four minute mark, when Hopkins dexterous bass solo gives the listener a breather. After the exceptional bass solo, Brotzmann attacks his saxophone with unbridled enthusiasm until the final curtain has been drawn. The closing tune entitled "Two Birds in a Feather" demonstrates the trio's range as they create a mesmerizing jazz-noir with a haunting bassline, brushed drums and an especially restrained saxophone solo from Brotzmann.

If you like what you hear, it can be purchased here on a German import.

Link has been removed by Z-Share. See the latest post for the re-up.

Your comments are always appreciated!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Punk Jazz from Macabre Land

Dull Schicksal- They Saved Hitler's Brain

Unfortunately, I was unable to find much information on this album and that includes the cover art. This image was taken from the movie trailer for the 1966 Sci-Fi film that was adapted for television from the feature film "Madmen of Mandoras" directed by David Bradley. I do know that it was released in 1991 on the Dutch Label ADM, but it's extremely hard to find.

Dull Schicksal was a Rotterdam-based band that existed from 1984 to 1999 with permanent members Lukas Simonis (guitar, synth, vocals), Hajo Doorn (drums, keyboards, vocals, also known as Raoul Goudvis), Colin McClure (accordeon, bass, sousaphone, keyboards, vocals, sometimes listed as Colin McClean), and Henk Bakker (flute, clarinet, vocals).

I can only describe "They Saved Hitler's Brain" as avant garde prog punk jazz that sounds like nothing I've ever heard before. It has elements of The Ex, Marc Ribot and Dog Faced Hermans with marching band and free-jazz textures added to it's already rich musical stew. Songs on the record veer wildly from exuberant marching band jazz to cacophonous punk within the confines of one song. "Dreigroscheneissler" is a playful tune that combines military beats and trumpets, creating a carnivalesque vibe and "Dogstabber" features haunting sound effects, marching band drum rolls and goth vocals that recall Nurse With Wound at their most macabre. These guys are stylistically all over the map.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Bitter Lullabies

From: You Follow Me [Fatcat, 2007]

This is probably the first time these two words have ever been uttered in the same sentence- free-jazz folk. But, that's exactly what Nina Nastasia's latest album entitled "You Follow Me" sounds like. I know some of you won't agree with me on this, but I'm not saying it sounds like Milford Graves or Sunny Murray. The drums just sound like they could easily be accompanied by squalling saxophones and trumpets. Steve Albini, the highly revered sound engineer on Nastasia's previous albums and founding member of Shellac, is manning the boards again with his trademark drum sound remaining perfectly intact on this recording. Nastasia is joined on the record by Jim White from the Australian group the Dirty Three whose inventive free-form drumming creates a sound that is entrancing and complex. Nina's haunting and fragile vocals complement her bittersweet tales of longing and despair.

On "I Write Down Lists" minimal guitar scrapings battle militaristic drumming as Nastasia's haunting vocals pull you into a deep trance. "Odd Said the Doe" has a relatively straightforward folk sound mixed with scattershot drumming that evokes the free spirit of Han Bennink. "Our Discussion" is a gentle ballad with brushed drums and galloping percussion that creates a serene feeling with chaos brewing just below the surface. The longest track on the record entitled "Late Night" clocks in at four minutes. However, Nastasia and White manage to pack so many intriguing things into this song that the length of it is competely irrelevant. Nastasia really sings her heart out while White accompanies her with an impressive array of drum rolls, cymbal crashes and intricate dynamics.

Recently, I was graced with the opportunity to experience Nina Nastasia in a live setting, and she brought along White to assume the drumming duties. It makes sense that she would collaborate with him since he has backed up other indie singer-songwriters such as Bonnie Prince Billy, Cat Power and Smog. Jim has a calm and confident stage presence that reels you in to his dynamic interplay with Nastasia's fragile vocals. His brushed drums and subtle accompaniment on one song contrast with furious waves of rumbling thunder on the next. Sometimes it seems like he's playing a completely different song than Nastasia, but somehow it all comes together perfectly. Nastasia has the on-stage persona of a shy girl who never got asked to the homecoming dance, but she comes out of her shell once her dynamic voice wraps precious melodies around your ears.

Even though the album is not available on vinyl in the US, it is readily available on CD across the world. Please do yourself a favor and pick this record up here, or at your local record store. Then, be sure to check out Nina Nastasia and Jim White when they come to your town.

Your comments are always appreciated!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Bucket of Blues

Classic Blues from Smithsonian Folkways

I figured that I would shake things up a little bit by posting this compilation of raw and gritty blues. Smithsonian Folkways, long revered for releasing amazing compilations of classic blues, folk, international and bluegrass, have really pulled out the stops here. Classic Blues is a diverse collection of timeless blues featuring Mississipi Delta, Chicago, St Louis and Southwest styles. Artists on here range from popular virtuosos such as Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Slim and Son House to lesser known dynamos such as Cat Iron, K.C Douglas and Vera Hall.

After listening to this record on repeat for three weeks now, I can't seem to get these tunes out of my head. If you are new to blues music or are just interested in checking out some great toe- tapping tunes from some of the major trendsetters in blues music, you will love this collection. Highlights for me include the lyrically playful country blues number "Mule-Ridin Blues" by Big Bill Broonzy; the upbeat instrumental boogie-woogie piano classic by Memphis Slim called " Joggie Woggie"; fun in the cotton-fields country-blues from Pink Anderson called "Boll Weevil"; and K.C. Douglas's little known homage to the 1949 Mercury Ford automobile.

I have posted the tracklist below for the entire record. If you like this record, please follow the link below to purchase a copy. Please let me know what you think.

Classic Blues from Smithsonian Folkways

1) Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee- Old Jabo- 2:11
2) Big Bill Broonzy- Mule-Ridin' Blues- 3:43
3) Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon- Joggie Boogie- 3:25
4) Vera Hall- Black Woman-1:24
5) K.C. Douglas- Merury Blues- 2:18
6) Roosevelt Sykes- Ran the Blues Out My Window- 2:54
7) Lead Belly- Leaving Blues- 2:21
8) Etta Baker- One Dime Blues- 3:43
9) Son House- Country Farm Blues- 2:08
10) Champion Jack Dupree- Clog Dance (Stomping Blues)- 1:59
11) Pink Anderson- Boll Weevil- 3:03
12) Edith North Johnson and Henry Brown- Nickels Worth of Liver- 2:40
13) Big Joe Williams- Don't Leave Me Here- 2:40
14) Cat Iron- Jimmy Bell- 2:17
15) Reverend Gary Davis- Candy Man- 2:32
16) Memhis Slim and Wille Dixon- Beer Drinking Woman- 2:30
17) Lightnin' Hopkins- Come Go Home with Me- 3:51
18) Josh White- Careless Love- 3:20
19) Henry Townsend-I Asked Her If She Loved Me- 2:52
20) Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry- Rising Sun- 2:40
21) David "Honeyboy" Edwards- Pony Blues- 3:26
22) Little Brother Montgomery- Vicksburg Blues- 3:59
23) Elizabeth Cotten- Vastapol- 2:09
24) Lonnie Johnson- Drifting Along Blues- 2:56
25) The Chambers Brothers- Oh Baby, You Don't Have to Go- 2:46
26) Lead Belly and Josh White- Don't Lie Buddy- 2:21

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Monomono in Stereo

Lately, I have been on a psychedelic afro-beat kick. You will probably be into Monomono's Dawn of Awareness if you dug the Chrissy Zebby Tembo from last week . However, their sound is more reminiscent of Fela Kuti's syncopated afro-beat funk than Tembo's afro-psych fuzz guitar sound.

"Dawn of Awareness" was released on Capitol Records in 1974 to little critical acclaim. Friday Jumbo, the leader of Monomono was a member of Fela's group before he joined forces with vocalist Joni Hasstrup and bassist Kenneth Okulolo to form Monomono. The opening track entitled "Awareness Is What You Need" really nails the Fela afro-beat sound while still creating it's own sound. "Ipade Aladun" is the longest track on here at just over eight minutes and it really cooks with soulful vocals laid over a bed of funky organs and keyboards. Lots of breaks and weird sound effects for the beat junkies on this track alone. At just under five minutes, "Tire Loma Da Nigbehin" is the epitome of Clift-notes for afro-beat with complex syncopated basslines, repetitive vocal refrains and incendiary organs. This one says it's "Out of Stock" on Dusty Groove's website, so I'm pretty sure it's out-of-print. Enjoy!

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