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The Leaves

We all know Jimi Hendrix’s version of “Hey Joe.”  The earliest known recording of the song is by a Los Angeles garage band called The Leaves.  It recorded three versions.  The first, which is featured here, was done in 1965.  It then recorded a second version in 1966, but pulled it.  A third version, with a new guitarist, was released later that year and became a hit.

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Elvis Costello

Listening to John Prine’s “Hello In There” provoked me to play another song about aging – Elvis Costello’s “Veronica” from Spike (1989).  It was co-written by Paul McCartney (who also plays the Höfner bass for it).  

Missing from this posting of the video is Costello’s closing monologue.  “Sometimes, she’d just sit there and she wouldn’t say anything. I wouldn’t say anything.  And you could try to work out what was going on in here head.  But I think it’s something we don’t understand; not yet anyway.”

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John Prine

Going through a bunch of old records and came across my favorite song from John Prine.  First learned of Prine after hearing Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) and Billy Bragg do a live cover of “Hello In There.”  Other notable covers have been done by Joan Baez, Bette Midler, and 10,000 Maniacs.  Lesser known versions also worth seeking out have been done by Andrew Calhoun and Tim Mccarty.

“Hello In There” is a song that appears on Prine’s S/T debut LP from 1971.  A classic record well worth checking out.  Here is a live performance for the television show Sessions At West 54th.  It was recorded on January 30, 2000.

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Jimmy McGriff

Philly’s master of the Hammond B-3 released a very good album in 1970 called ELECTRIC FUNK.  “Chris Cross” is my favorite song off the LP.

Battleships

“In Time” is the Sydney band’s first single after three of its four members left the group late last year.  Jordan Sturdee is the only remaining original member. 

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Violent Femmes

This first new music from the Femmes in 17 years is a 12-inch vinyl EP called HAPPY NEW YEAR NEXT YEAR.  It is a special release for this year’s Record Store Day (April 18).  In addition to the title-track, it contains three other new songs (“Good At/For Nothing,” “Fast Horses,” and “Love Love Love Love Love”).  We can now stream that last song.

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Best Coast

“Heaven Sent” is the second single off the Los Angeles duo’s third album, CALIFORNIA NIGHTS (due out May 4).  The first is the title-track.

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