Friends learning together
A year after Bayview Secondary student Jeff Moore learned to play guitar, he sat in his marketing class trying to think of a school project when he was struck by the idea of recording and releasing an album of original music. Little did he know that 35 years later, single copies of his surprisingly great LP The Youngest Son would be selling on the folk-psych collectors market for roughly the cost of producing and pressing up the entire run.
The recording is credited to Jeff Moore & Friends to acknowledge the crucial contributions of his high school pals, primarily fellow singer/songwriter Christina Becker, whose charmingly enthusiastic performances helped make the LP such a sought-after item and why the Riverman label finally reissued it on disc. Move over, Trish Stratus, Bayview has another notable alum. blog.naver.com/rivermancafe.
Jeff Moore's The Youngest Son
"Blind Man" by Christine Becker
"Both Sides" by Jeff Moore
If there's any logic to the oddball reissue choices made by Japan's Creole Stream Music, it has so far eluded me. Two of their most recent releases, a German indie jazz recording from 1981 and a collection of swinging Colombian cumbia, gaita and porro jams from the Fuentes vault have nothing in common other than the relative obscurity of the original recordings.
In any case, the Rainer Pusch Quartet's Journey Agent is worth checking out if you enjoyed the spirited rare groove jams that Black Forest DJ Rainer Trüby used to rock before he stopped spinning jazz in clubs. Old Time Cumbia From Colombia uncovers some righteously raunchy hip-shakers from the 50s that you could imagine Quantic copping for his Flowering Inferno project. dustygroove.com.
Old Time Cumbia
La Nena by Juan Piña Y Sus Muchachos
San Fernando by Pacho Galan Y Su Orquesta
Boogie big up
To be honest, the only reason I picked up the Shim Sham Shimmy (Sub Rosa) collection assembled by Walter "Dr. Boogie" De Paduwa was because the sleeve image of a rundown Southern roadhouse made it look like a long-overdue follow-up to the Memphix boys' Chains And Black Exhaust collection of belligerent psych funk. Nope.
In fact, the Shim Sham Shimmy collection is drawn from similar terrain - except the stuff was recorded 15 to 20 years earlier by ornery bluesmen using electrified guitars to help settle their scores. Sure, there are loads of similar collections out there, but Dr. Boogie does his best to steer clear of overly comped artifacts to give you only the choice greasy goods.
The inclusion of Slim Gaillard's clucking, brilliant Fuck Off and the Rufus Thomas killer I'm Off That Stuff, issued under his Eddie Snow alias, should give you an idea of what sort of badness you're in for. subrosa.net.
Shim Sham Shimmy
"Fuck Off" by Slim Gaillard
"Bonus Pay" by Pat Hare