Haunting Waltz by Eddie Harkness and His Orchestra
Haunting Waltz by Eddie Harkness and His Orchestra
I found this 78 here in Arcata in this old guy’s antique shop. I wish I could have included the track titles and artist name, but I can’t read the Japanese characters that adorn the label. It’s a pretty weird record, and probably my favorite from the ones I found.
I also got one by “Eddie Harkness and His Orchestra” titled “Haunting Waltz”, which was pressed by Victor in 1927. Oh man… what a name.
It’s been such a long time since I’ve posted. It seems like I haven’t found much new music recently. I did, however, get a chance to see Mountain Man play in Austin earlier this spring, which was a great show. Also been enjoying their CD. They seem like they would be nice to be friends with.
I decided to post this mystery 78 as a sort of prologue to the compilation which I will be putting up in the next week or so. It’s been a work in progress for weeks now, not because of some sort of decisions involved in the playlist-making process, but because I have been entirely too lost in the music of Charlie Patton to think straight.
Well anyways, I hope you all are doing well!
This is a spring mix that’s pretty well suited for a blissful stretch of Highway 1 (hint hint, east/west coast people buy your tickets and make it out to the most beautiful drive/venue in the world for what looks to be a fairly epic line-up). I’ve been pretty set on these long, sprawling melodic tracks for the past few weeks and have finally whittled them down to a romantic thirteen. Born as an aside from the end of the left coast; it’s also just where the weather has been.
Full tracklist below, some selected tracks:
I think Blind Melon owe a debt of gratitude to this rad sunwashed and stoned 60’s San Francisco band whose riff off this track sounds nearly indistinguishable from “No Rain’s.” I like where Kak take it. Something about this song makes so much sense again, it was one of my first discoveries when I first moved to San Francisco and captures that similar quixotic wave of optimism. They recorded one album in ’68 which was never promoted, played a few shows around San Francisco then called it quits.
The production on this song really makes it. This track has been on constant rotation since I first heard it a bit back. Better than the original.
Can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic when the beat kicks into this track. Cruiser just conjures up some oddly formative days spent watching generic alt., house, hip hop and grunge music videos ad infinitum while your older sister tried on chokers and you increasingly felt slightly sick to your stomach staring at the Brass Plumbs poorly contrived sign. What? Only adding to the perfection of the track are the barely audible vocals carrying an early JAMCesque melody.
I find it pretty difficult to really define Peter Greens musical output for Fleetwood Mac and his solo material in a single genre as his songwriting was so diverse in style and changed so quickly between song and album. As big of a travesty as it was that for much of the 70’s Green’s music was absent (bad acid trip sent him along a similar path as Barrett), there is still a few later gems from the rough (and I mean rough, some of his later material saw him recording his brothers disco songs). This track from 77 is one of those tracks that is subtle on first listen but by the end builds to something tiptoeing in on what made Albatross so incredible.
|.||01 – Kak – Lemonaide Kid|
|.||02 – Yo La Tengo – Nowhere near|
|.||03 – Disco Inferno – At The End Of The Line|
|.||04 – Mark & Suzann Farmer – Dreams|
|.||05 – Speculator – Cruiser|
|.||06 – The Turtles – You Showed Me|
|.||07 – Alexander Skip Spence – War in Peace|
|.||08 – Fleetwood Mac – Thats All For Everyone|
|.||09 – Sagittarius – Will You Ever See Me|
|.||10 – Wool Fed – Way Under|
|.||11 – low sea – Sweet Jane|
|.||12 – Paul McCartney – Summer’s Day Song|
|.||13 – Peter Green – Little Dreamer|
Nothing new or old has really been catching my ear lately or blowin’ my mind. Even that new Ariel Pink album is pretty much just a rehash of a lot of his older songs sprinkled with some great covers. It’s good, but just not exactly as groundbreaking as I’d hoped it would be. Anyways, getting impatient trying to track down that next gem. In the meantime enjoy these surreally catchy Dutch pop videos from the early 70’s. Kinda capture something unique:
This video totally kills me, so catchy and completely ridiculous. Great to see them playing this song live too, no lip syncing.
Director really makes the camera work for him in this video. Similarly undeniably catchy Byrdsyan inspired tune.
Can’t tell if I even really like this video/song or if I’m just half mesmerized/horrified by the contorting women vignette.
This song has been growing on me for awhile.
Has such an unexpectedly incredible chorus come in at the halfway point
If you’re a big Dylan dork there’s some serious connections between these songs.
Thanks to McG for the S∞O track
This song couldn’t have arrived at a better time. As warm weather swarms San Francisco I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better song this entire summer. Increasingly amazed at Ariel’s small output over the past year that has more lasting power than pretty much any other releases by any artist. Coming to the game a little late on this, a bit laid out with a cold but I haven’t seen anyone post the original version of Round and Round yet that was released awhile back. I get the feeling that Ariel has enough old taped song sketches to rework for quite some time. His reworking of “Phantasm” to “Phantasthma” on last summers E.P. has become one of my favorite songs. Needless to say this reworking, after basically nonstop listening for a week, seems on path to do the same.
A tinkerer, an eccentric, an alchemist — the Michael Yonkers of my imagination is in a room of detritus and scattered cranks, whistles, pulleys, and chain links. There are curious inventions and abandoned contraptions strewn across the floorboards. Yesterday’s inspiration lies aborted and beautiful next to today’s. There is no apparent order to this space but, at least in my version of his life, he sits on a stool in the corner of a cavernous workshop wearing week-worn clothes with a guitar in his hand and a tape recorder on his table. There’s some seriously blissed-out rockabilly loner-folk bouncing between the walls. Where one song is as ethereal and fuzzy as an English acid-rock dirge, the next has the punch and shake of Buddy Holly or early Elvis. Though unapologetic about its idiosyncrasy, this record is altogether catchy, approachable, and hummable. If it weren’t for the pervading spookiness of his off-kilter vocal layering, I might even call it danceable. I’m definitely going to explore this guy some more; supposedly in the mid-70’s he released a trio of folk albums — Grimwood, Goodby Sunball and Michael Lee Yonkers — that stand in stark contrast to his theretofore established proto-garage styling. Lovely Gold’s release date is set for March 23 on Drag City — take a listen.