Hello fellow music lovers from a rainy Philadelphia. Ah, but the rain is just a slight distraction from the business at hand – music discovery! And also the fact that I’m pretty freaking psyched to be heading down to SXSW next week. That said, on with the show, this is it.
For Something Old, we set the Wayback machine to 1969 for the garage rock Motor City classic “Rock And Roll Music” by The Frost a band from Alpena, Michigan led by guitarist, singer and songwriter Dick Wagner.
Wagner is still kicking strong and while you may not know his name or this band, you’ve definitely heard some of his co-writes and guitar playing on more than a handful of classic rock and roll records. You all know that song “Welcome To My Nightmare” by Alice Cooper? Wagner co-wrote it and played on and co-wrote many songs with Cooper. Wagner has recorded with many folks including Peter Gabriel, Etta James, Kiss (that’s Wagner on “Beth,”) and (gulp) Air Supply. You know that intro guitar intro to “Sweet Jane” on Lou Reed’s Rock And Roll Animal> (one of the greatest live rock albums EVAH) That’s Wagner with Steve Hunter dueling it out. Wagner also played on Reed’s Berlin. If there was a Motor City Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, Wagner would be in it.
This song below, “Rock And Roll Music” (not a cover of the Chuck Berry song) is the title song from The Frost’s second album, released on Vanguard Records in 1969. Hard to believe this crazy rock music was released by the same label who at the time were also putting out records by Joan Baez, John Fahey and Buddy Guy. Damn.
Download: Rock And Roll Music – The Frost
For Something New, I have to give a shout to one of my favorite “new” discoveries from the last six months or so, the London-based Still Corners featuring singer Tessa Murray, and main songwriter Greg Hughes. A couple of days ago I was excited to hear that the band have signed with Sub Pop. This past summer the band received a bit of that hipster blog buzz and when I first heard them, I fell in love (and am still in love) with their “Endless Summer” single. It’s exciting to hear they have joined the Sup Popster roster. File under: Dreampop w/ a cherry on the top. There’s a lot to
like love about this band.
Download: Endless Summer – Still Corners