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#8 – Super Angels OST – Kitty Records

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As always, the download link is located near the bottom of the post.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Here at Garbage and Gold we are not content with monotony. This is now the 8th record that has been offered up to the masses on this blog and I have decided to do something a little bit different this time. Don’t worry, an LP’s worth of great music is still headed your way, that much will never change. But being the sole contributor of this blog can be a lonesome affair, so for this post, I have asked some of my best friends to contribute their creative talents to the blog.

Front Cover

The LP that we are presenting today is called Japanese Super Angels, a musical record promising “120% Exciting Sounds”, “Fighting Stereo Recording” and “360 Degree Sound”. The songs contained are individualized Wrestler Theme Songs for fans of Women’s Wrestling All Japan or The Super Angels in the 1980s and 90s. It is a beautiful picture disc record that caught my eye one day misfiled in the Sound Effects section at Amoeba Music (Hollywood). I took it home expecting wrestling sound effects, I was pleasantly surprised. This record contains some of the grooviest 80s Rock-Jazz-Funk-Synth-Pop-Nintendo-Fusion jams that I have ever come across. They are driving, motivational and inspiring, perfect for the adolescent wrestling fans that this record was probably targeted toward. They are catchy as the flu, yet, I couldn’t find any other copies or digital versions of these songs anywhere! This is a perfect example of the type of record that I started this blog for. A hidden gem. Someone’s garbage sold for a couple dollars has become this record collector’s gold. When you download below, you can share my plunder. Go ahead, download it now. Throw it on. Then continue reading, we have a lot of good stuff for you!

Picture Disc

As I mentioned before, we have some great guest-writers that have contributed to this post. About half of the wrestlers profiled on this record have a short piece that accompany their information. In some cases this piece is a bio, in others the writers have taken their creative liberties to truly capture the essence of these modern gladiators.  Please take the time to download and read these pieces. The writers have worked hard on them so that you could get an extra laugh/cry as you enjoy this music, so please feel free to do so. I offer a sincere thank-you to these writers for taking the time to make this a better post. Further gratitude goes out to reddit users: EasternNinja (for so much information and real character bios) and dxn126 (for the song titles). I hope that you all enjoy the multimedia.

The Wrestlers

Here is a gallery of all the images of the wrestlers.

The Writings

Chigusa Nagayo by Mikey Bulanti

Jaguar Yokoda by Jason Katz

Lioness Asuka by Robert Sobel

Yukari Ohmori by Bunko Yamazaki (Anna Roth)

Yumi Ogura by Sam Eaton 

Dump Matsumoto by Greg Johnson

Devil Masami by Blake Gaines

Bull Nakano by Joey Halegua

Some Good Tag-Team Shit

The Music

Side 1:

  1. Super Angels
  2. Storm Rider (Chigusa Nagayo’s Theme)
  3. Explosion “Shinba! Yea! Asuka!” (Lioness Asuka’s Theme)
  4. Dirty Chains
  5. Magical Force (Yukari’s Ohmori’s Theme)
  6. Steel Heroine (Jaguar Yokoda’s Theme)

Side 2:

  1. Heat Up (Itsuki Yamazaki’s Theme)
  2. Prism Circus (Noriyo Tateno’s Theme)
  3. Sparkle (Yumi Ogura’s Theme)
  4. Purple Typhoon (Devil Masami’s Theme)
  5. Tower of Power (Jumbo Hori’s Theme)
  6. Lonely Eyes

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The Links

http://www.amyaction.com/ajw_promotion.html

Bull Nakano Interview

Excellent Puroresu Resource

#5: PT. Vijay Raghava Rao – In Concert – ‘Flute Classics’ – Six Traditional Compositions in Vocal Classical Style

Posted in Gold with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2011 by xxx

As always, the download link is located at the bottom of the page


Cover

This is probably my favorite record in my modest collection of Indian music. I remember buying this blindly at Amoeba Hollywood with no doubt in my mind that it was going to be great. I had never really heard Indian flute music; most of the Indian music that I’d heard had the Sitar covering melodies. Perhaps it was the peacock feathers on the front that reassured me that this was going to be a worthwhile purchase. Growing up in an area rife with peacocks or “El Pavo Real”, I am attracted to art that involves them. But enough about Peacocks…

If you are at all a fan of Indian music, you will like this record. It contains six ragas all performed in front of a live audience and all featuring the master flute-work of Pt. Vijay Raghava Rao. Like most music of this kind it’s very mellow and good for meditating, relaxing, sexing or dreaming. I don’t really know what else to say about it, so, I will let other connoisseurs speak for me:

“No substitute for his flute…the complete master” – The Hindustan Times

“A volcano of creative expression” – The Indian Express

“His flute is an unending fountain of myriad melodies, always fresh, always original…” – The Patriot

“Creator of beautiful, wide and ethereal canvasses…” – The Deccan Herald

“20th Century Renaissance Genius..” – The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Intensely romantic…lyrical…extremely serene…” – Rave Magazine

“Innovator in the world of music.. a versatile genius.,” -The JS Magazine

“Seeker of truth through music. One of the greatest flautists of this world” – The Times of India

“Reflective music, refreshing and genuinely haunting” – The New York Times

“Awe inspiring. Freshness and finesse in every note. Marked by gay abandon, innovativeness and imaginative vitality” – The Statesman

“Suave tonicity, lyricism, rich melodic beauty” – The Listening Post

Download Here

PS. If anyone out there knows how to speak Hindi I would love to find out what these track titles mean.

#4 – The Fabulous McClevertys – Calypso!

Posted in Gold with tags , , , , , , on October 3, 2011 by xxx

As always, the download link is located at the bottom of the page.

Cover

The Fabulous McClevertys were a Calypso group from St. Thomas, V.I. in the 1950s. This record put out on the trustworthy Verve record label is the only document of their existence that I can find. It contains their most popular “hit” song, “Don’t Blame it on Elvis”. This is a great collection of real Calypso music from a forgotten band. There are some really great songs on here rife with social commentary and humor. Put it on, turn up the mids and enjoy! Download below.

http://www.mediafire.com/?3hfc55fz5z3avmu

#2: The Doors – Resurrection – Bootleg

Posted in Gold with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2011 by xxx

As always, the download link is located at the bottom of the page.

Resurrection is a 2xLP put out on Paris Records by the French Fan Club of The Doors. It is an unofficial compilation of various live recordings of The Doors during their peak years: 1967-1969. This is a must listen for any fan of The Doors. You think you know the band, but you have no idea. The studio recordings in no way properly represent the band’s live performance.  The long improvisational versions of their songs contained on this record capture the essence of The Doors in all it’s uncensored and unedited spectacle. This is the true sound of The Doors.

This is a very rare record issued in 1985 as a limited pressing distributed to members of the French Fan Club: “Not For Sale”. The recording quality is not great since these are bootleg recordings. But as far as bootleg recordings go, they aren’t bad. The French Fan Club printed 500 copies on Black Vinyl, 100 on Clear and 100 on Green. The copy I have is on clear vinyl. I found it at Amoeba Records (Hollywood) mis-filed in the Dosh section. This is a very special record in my collection and it is the record that inspired me to create this blog.

Jim getting Hassled by the Police

This record has rare recordings that you can only hear by owning one of the 700 copies (until now). You will get a very clear idea of what it must have been like to see The Doors perform in their prime. Light My Fire appears three times on the record, twice as an afterward to the Celebration of the Lizard Poem. Musically, highlight of the album for me is the Mack the Knife/Alabama Song/Back Door Man medley. There are some incredible improvisations from all members of the band. You really get a feel for how Jim lead the band through the songs, they really are all reacting to his vocal improving, much like a shaman leads a trip. There are some fantastic hidden gems in these recordings.

Jim Mouthing Off. Ray stepping in.

The last track is also really special, it contains excerpts from the infamous 1969 Miami concert at Dinner Key Auditorium.  The record titles it Miami Rap Excerpts. This is a spliced recording of the tirade that ended with Jim purportedly exposing himself and getting arrested by Miami PD. You can hear the rest of the band’s frustration come through their instruments during Jim’s rant! The Coconut Grove venue hasn’t existed for quite some time, since it was converted into the Coconut Grove Convention Center, which is now the soundstage for the TV show Burn Notice. I can see the old venue very clearly from my window as I write this article. Very trippy.

Trippy Clear Vinyl

Take a trip back to 1969. Close your eyes and see The Doors live in concert. Visionary supplements recommended. Download Below!

Back Cover Detail (Left)

Back Cover Detail (Right)

Download Link:

http://www.mediafire.com/?xmcxfgcdeu2ubmc

#1: Lambchop – Turd Goes Back: Essential Tracks from Secret Secret Sourpuss & Big Tussie – Grapefruit Records

Posted in Gold with tags , , , , , , on July 20, 2011 by xxx

Album Art

First of all, download the files at the bottom of the post.

No one seems to know how to categorize Nashville’s Lambchop. The most common genre-tag slapped on to their music is “alt-country”. Probably due to singer/songwriter Kurt Wagner’s southern-tinged vocals, his acoustic guitar, laid-back style and unconventional songwriting. However, anyone who has listened to a Lambchop album or two (you really need to listen to a couple albums to really get a grasp of how diverse this band’s musical output is) knows that this is more than “alt-country”, whatever that means.

Kurt Wagner of Lambchop

Turd Goes Back is a compilation of Lambchop’s first two cassette releases: Secret Secret Sourpuss and Big Tussie put together by Wagner and released by the brand-new Grapefruit Record Club. In fact, this limited vinyl-only release is Grapefruit’s first release of four planned for their first year. The vinyl was available only to subscribers and is limited to 314 copies.

The selections offer the listener a glimpse into Lamchop’s awkward teenage years, so to speak. While the songs are very lo-fi and often times juvenile in comparison to the band’s more modern releases, this collection of songs fully captures the experimental nature of Lambchop’s music that has become apparent through the band’s later work.

Packaging for Original Cassette

Side A:

The album opener “The Fish Fry” for example is not quite a song according to our typical understanding of the term. Wagner plucks his guitar while remembering the good ol’ days when you could buy a piece of fish for a nickel. In description, is sounds like it could be a southern blues song with a splash of humor. However, it stands out in that Wagner isn’t singing us a song, he is telling us a story. Literally he is speaking to the listener with a plain and casual voice. It is the sort of thing you could imagine happening on a front porch somewhere in the south, an old man on guitar, playing carelessly and sharing a story of days past. While the song is filled with longing for days passed, it isn’t hitting you over the head with hyperbole or poeticism. As a sort of aural wasabi the following song “Daktari” is a lo-fi, noisy piece speckled by obscure and humorous vocal samples coming from who knows what all held together by a simple and repetitive drum beat. “My Cliche” is the album’s first song song, sloppy electric-organ riffs over a repetitive drum beat (again), topped with Kurt Wagners wavering vocals, slightly wet with tape echo. The singer is obviously young and perhaps less confident than he is even on 1994’s I Hope You’re Sitting Down (the band’s first LP). “They Were Made For Eachother” is an early prototype of what has become the typical Lambchop song as we’ve come to know them. Wagners pitched-down vocals make him sound like a stoned-out version of himself.  In the song Wagner shares several rather commonplace scenarios, “Everytime I sit down, all the change falls out of my pockets, it happened at the restaurant, it happened at the movie-house next door”. Perhaps he is telling the story of some simpleton characters who “were made for each other”. More importantly he is putting to song, experiences that most of us can relate to. It’s nothing big or complex but that is why it’s so important. The next song, “Que Sera Sera” is a sort of a cover of the classic, with a modern twist. It sounds like a teenage angst-driven type of song, but Wagner admits, “I know I’m 28” after admitting he’s depressed, with nothing to be depressed about. The song ends with a verbal exchange between Wagner and one of his fellow musicians as they giggle to each other and joke about the future. “Came Home Late” is probably as close to actual country as this album is going to get. Over acoustic guitar finger-picking, Wagner and another voice harmonize about coming home late to a “gas range on my front porch… fresh roses on the table“. Megalomaniac” is weird at best. A little 4-track vocal experiment from the sounds of it. Side closer, “Old Dog Blue”, is the Lambchop version of the classic Jim Jackson folk song. Wagner performs it in a comedic kind of hillbilly voice that makes the song seem like a spoof. The song and side end abruptly.

Side B:

The second side starts with a gorgeous and more familiar type of Lambchop song. All at once deeply poetic, somber yet beautiful. The instrumentation is moving and well organized, unlike most of the haphazard-sounding arrangements from Side A. “Soaky in the Pooper” is classic Lambchop at it’s best. This song was rerecorded for the first Lambchop LP. “The Music City Shits” is a little interlude that has something to do with someone running around Nashville with a bad case of the runs. “Oh Noooooo” is the perfect title for the next song, Wagner sings with a pseudo-delta blues type of croon, with a very tongue-in-cheek sort of bend. The tape echo is back again, this time with more oscillations. A strangely comedic song. “All Over the World” has one of those now familiar drum beats, kind of like a toned down punk beat. This is a lo-fi number with Wagner singing too close to the mic, guitar low in the mix this time, with recorders (?) taking the forefront. Nothing too spectacular here in my humble opinion. “Fa-Q” is quite humorously titled (just sound it out), and is a really beautiful song. The guitar playing is gorgeous with it’s wavering intensity. Wagner’s delivery is more speedy and rhyme-based than I’ve heard before, evoking the great Dylan. This slows down for the delivery of the titular chorus, a sweet, “Faaaaa-kyu”. Tape echo finds it’s way back here, it seems a little over-used and unnecessary at this point. The song, side and record ends on a high note.

Final Notes:

The boys over at Grapefruit Record Club screwed up a little bit with this release. Not only was it’s release delayed, but they printed the records without the final two songs included on the B-side. That being said, I think the press sounds great considering it is coming off of a cassette tape. I also commend them for releasing artists with such a niche audience; all of their shortcoming are forgiven since we are talking about a hyper-independent label, run by musicians, putting out such quality material. Check them out here, maybe even subscribe, if they haven’t run out of room already?

I think that this is a very well put together selection of early Lambchop rarities. A must-have for any fan of the band, and perhaps the ideal jumping-off point for any newcomers (it only gets better from here). Listening to these songs helps paint a fuller picture of Lambchop and it’s main creative force: Kurt Wagner. It’s playful, humorous and emotional, sometimes but not always at the same time. These are qualities that carry through the rest of the Lambchop ouevre. Calling the music alt-country is nothing more than an easy way to label something that is otherwise undefinable. Maybe it will sell better that way. What this music really is, is the work of a musical auteur, a single man’s creative conceptions captured onto tape. It draws from a rich history of American music, but unlike much modern blues, folk, country, what-have-you, this music is not derivative. Lambchop is one of the rare bands who are pushing American music to new grounds with their loose adherence to formula and strict disregard for genre.

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned. JRH.

Files: FLAC (note: you can play FLAC files with VLC media player); MP3; Missing Songs

Further Reading (watching/listening):

Grapefruit Records Page

Old Dog Blue (Jim Jackson)

Lambchop Doc (Pt. 1)

Lambchop Doc (Different One; Pt. 1)