RIP: Rip Spencer of Marvin & Johnny, the Valiants, more..

“Rip” Sheridan Spencer of Marvin & Johnny, The Valiants, the Chavelles, the Sabers, the Gents, and the Untouchables is dead.

The Los Angeles Times had a simple obituary with no real mention of his musical career.

Sheridan Spencer, a 70-year-old black man, was shot and killed Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the 1600 block […]

The Gun Club in 1984 – LOUIE of the Week, maybe the Year?

My friend Theo de Grood of The LOUIE LOUIE Pages sent a message to the LOUIE Yahoo group that was too good to not share on this LOUIE blog…

Yesterday I bought the European 2CD extended edition of the 1984 Gun Club album ‘The Las Vegas Story’. Another one of those shamefully underestimated bands […]

Happy Holidays to ALL my friends!

I’d like to send a shout-out to all of my friends! Happy Holidays to all my friends- Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, Joyful Hanukkah, Peaceful Solistice, Groovin’ Kwanzaa, Festive Festivus, Happy New Year and anything else you feel like celebrating! May this special period of the year be a time of peace, reflection and celebration!


Jr. Cadillac- Live at Evergreen Ballroom 1974- LOUIE of the Week

This week, the LOUIE of the Week award goes out to Jr. Cadillac for their very rare recording of LOUIE LOUIE captured live in 1974 at the Evergreen Ballroom, with Jimmy Manolides on piano, and special guest artist Rube Tubin on guitar.

There’s a few things that make this particular recording especially noteworthy:


Today is Frank Zappa Day!

Today is officially Frank Zappa Day in Baltimore. Mayor Sheila Dixon has declared it so. Last week, Baltimore’s public art commission decided that it will erect a bust of Zappa outside a public library. The statue of Zappa was donated over a year ago by a Lithuanian Zappa fan club. Since that time, city […]

Holy Mackerel! – Best Roots Rock Compilation of 2009

As 2009 comes to a close, and many folks are still frantically running around trying to figure out what sort of holiday presents to buy for their loved ones, I feel I would be remiss to not share my opinion about one of the coolest CDs to be released this year. My friends at […]

Hail Hail John “Kando” Kandarian!

Our friend John “Kando” Kandarian got some attention in the “back-from-hibernation” Lance Monthly. He’s featured in the latest issue- December 2009, so if you want to read it or download it, do it now if you want to read it for free.

John’s a roadie veteran that I met via his work with the […]

The Sonics AND The Hives – LOUIE of the Week

I think I’ve probably given The Sonics the slightly-prestigious “LOUIE of the Week” more times than any other musical group, but it’s a band that I never expected to reunite. After they did that big Cavestomp reunion in 2007, things have been on a roll for the band, and they’re getting more attention than they […]

The Suburban Kids – LOUIE of the Week

This week’s LOUIE of the Week has a lot of different things going for it. FIrst, it’s a rare version of the song, which performed live at KFJC Open Mike show, then played again as part of the KFJC Maximum LOUIE LOUIE marathon of 1983*.

Second, this version is by The Suburban Kids, the […]

Whole lotta Zappa

As administrator of a website that receives a lot of traffic from fellow Frank Zappa fans, I feel it is my duty to pass along some information about a special auction that just started.

Here’s some recycled words from a press release:

For all of the Zappa webmasters, fanatical fans and serious collectors, we’d […]