The Deadly Snakes return to the garage rock recklessness of their early shows on In the Red 's I Can't Sleep At Night double-pack 7-inch set. Long-time fans will be familiar with their cover of Eddie Floyd 's Big Bird, which gets a sloppy-great thrashing here along with another crowd-pleaser, Shot Down - not the familiar Sonics anthem, but the overlooked Neil Diamond tune, which benefits from the Snakey revision.
One-man wrecking crew
It must've been about 18 years back that I first stumbled across the howling glory of outsider entertainer Abner Jay , whose 19th-century throwback style of vaudevillian street performance is well documented by Sweden's Subliminal Sounds label on the One Man Band collection. He bashes away at his electrified banjo while simultaneously kicking drums and blowing harp like a hopped-up Wilbert Harrison to accompany his bluesy story songs when not telling off-colour jokes and dropping wiseacre science on "teeeerible thangs" like LSD-dabbling hippies, Vietnam, VD and cocaine. Strangely engrossing.
Among the more underrated Southern soul divas of the late-60s golden era, Candi Staton had a sound that was too churchy and too Alabama country to ever score the elusive crossover, but her emotionally charged Fame recordings cut with the righteously raunchy Muscle Shoals crew - collected on this comprehensive self-titled Honest Jon's label comp - still sound exceptionally potent today. And since EMI Music Canada has kindly released the 26-track disc here, you'll no longer have to pay the outrageous import price.
Revealing Foot Prints
With the growing popularity of the Movement club sessions, there's been a mainstreaming shift away from the rare groove of the original sound concept toward contemporary house and broken beat. So it's great that Movement co-founder Jason Palma is getting to play his pricey old-school Latin jazz and Brazilian joints at his Foot Prints nights (continuing March 20 at the Rivoli) with conspirators DJ Stuart and General Eclectic , as can be heard on their Foot Prints Sessions Vol. 1 mix disc. From Eddie Palmieri 's Azucar to Heavy Joker 's Leaving For Calabassa and Sapo 's Been Had, it's a sizzling set that will bring back fond memories of Movement nights past. Contact email@example.com for more Foot Prints info.