Monterey Pop: California Dreamin’

Ah the sounds of Summer! And with it comes the now ubiquitous Summer Festival. Think I’m kidding? In April Rolling published a piece on summer concerts, “Summer 2015’s 50 Must-See Music Festivals.” No matter your musical tastes there’s a Festival that caters to it.

But  once upon a time in the West, when there hadn’t even been one rock festival, suddenly, in a two week period there were two. Naturally they took place in California, in 1967, the epicenter of Youth Culture.

This upcoming week marks the 48th anniversary of The Monterey International Pop Festival (June 16-18, 1967).

Last week marked the 48th anniversary of The KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival (June 10-11, 1967) which is considered to have been America’s – if not the world’s – first rock festival.

The Magic Mountain Music Festival was primarily a regional music affair because the majority of the artists who performed

were groups that played the Fillmore and Avalon ballrooms and were part of the psychedelic rock scene at the time,

A  list of regional acts included The Sparrow, Every Mother’s Son, Kaleidoscope, The Mojo Men, Sons of Champlin, The Loading Zone and The Mystery Trend.

Performers with, a bit, more name recognition (at the time) included Dionne Warwick, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds with Hugh Masekela, The Seeds, The Grass Roots and The 5th Dimension.

Interestingly The Magic Mountain Music Festival was The Doors first large show and just happened to coincide with the rise of group’s first major hit, “Light My Fire” to the top of the charts.

 Monterey, on the other hand,

was … the first high-profile event to mix acts from major regional music centers in the U.S.A. — San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Memphis and New York City


boasted a lineup that put established stars like The Mamas and the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel and The Byrds alongside groundbreaking new acts from the UK and the USA.

At Monterey was American audiences first introduction to The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who and Ravi Shankar, while also introducing Otis Redding “to a large, predominantly white audience.”

Playing Monterey helped to launch the careers of Janis Joplin (Big Brother and the Holding Company), Canned Heat, Laura Nyro and Steve Miller.

In 2015 we remember Monterey, rather than Magic Mountain simply

 because Monterey was widely promoted and heavily attended, featured historic performances, and was the subject of a popular theatrical documentary film…

Monterey served as both inspiration and template for future music festivals, including the Woodstock Festival two years later.

Combined both festivals were spark that helped to jumpstart 1967’s “Summer of Love.”

If you were a teenager or young adult in 1967 the “Summer of Love” were heady times, but at the time, who could have ever imagined that 1968, would be so dark.

Enjoy the music, remain in the light.




Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 1

Playing time: 74:14


1. John Phillips – Festival Introduction (0:51)
2. The Association – Along Comes Mary (2:46)
3. The Association – Windy (3:00)
4. Lou Rawls – Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing (3:28)
5. Lou Rawls – Dead End Street (4:27)
6. Lou Rawls – Tobacco Road (6:19)
7. Eric Burdon & The Animals – San Franciscan Nights (4:17)
8. Eric Burdon & The Animals – Hey Gyp (7:10)
9. Canned Heat – Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (4:18)
10. Canned Heat – Dust My Broom (5:02)
11. Canned Heat – Bullfrog Blues (3:01)
12. Country Joe & The Fish – Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine (5:37)
13. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Down On Me (3:26)
14. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Combination Of The Two (5:22)
15. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Harry (0:37)
16. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Road Block (6:18)
17. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Ball And Chain (8:15)


Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 2

Playing time: 73:46


1. The Butterfield Blues Band – Look Over Yonders Wall (2:51)
2. The Butterfield Blues Band – Mystery Train (4:11)
3. The Butterfield Blues Band – Born in Chicago (3:58)
4. The Butterfield Blues Band – Double Trouble (4:56)
5. The Butterfield Blues Band – Mary Ann (3:09)
6. The Steve Miller Band – Mercury Blues (4:27)
7. The Electric Flag – Groovin’ is Easy (3:43)
8. The Electric Flag – Wine (3:02)
9. Hugh Masakela – Bajabula Bonke (Healing Song) (3:43)
10. The Byrds – Renaissance Fair (2:16)
11. The Byrds – Have You Seen Her Face (3:19)
12. The Byrds – Hey Joe (2:43)
13. The Byrds – He Was A Friend Of Mine (3:23)
14. The Byrds – Lady Friend (2:46)
15. The Byrds – Chimes of Freedom (4:03)
16. The Byrds – So You Want Top Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (3:23)
17. Ravi Shankar – Dhun: Fast Teental (excerpt) (6:05)
18. The Blues Project – Wake Me, Shake Me (11:48)


Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 3 

Playing time: 73:54


1. Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love (3:18)
2. Jefferson Airplane – The Other Side Of This Life (6:47)
3. Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit (2:28)
4. Jefferson Airplane – High Flyin’ Bird (4:07)
5. Jefferson Airplane – She Has Funny Cars (3:24)
6. Booker T. & The MG’s – Booker-Loo (2:59)
7. Booker T. & The MG’s – Hip Hug-Her (2:36)
8. Booker T. & The MG’s With The Mar-Keys – Philly Dog (3:22)
9. Otis Redding – Shake (3:17)
10. Otis Redding – Respect (2:39)
11. Otis Redding – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) (4:08)
12. Otis Redding – Satisfaction (3:46)
13. Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness (5:04)
14. The Who – Substitute (4:03)
15. The Who – Summertime Blues (3:42)
16. The Who – Pictures Of Lily (2:53)
17. The Who – A Quick One While He’s Away (8:24)
18. The Who – Happy Jack (2:25)
19. The Who – My Generation (4:32)


Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 4

Playing time: 74:37


1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Killing Floor (3:23)
2. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Foxey Lady (3:45)
3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Like A Rolling Stone (6:52)
4. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Rock Me Baby (3:38)
5. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Hey Joe (5:13)
6. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Can You See Me (2:43)
7. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – The Wind Cries Mary (3:47)
8. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Purple Haze (5:38)
9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Wild Thing (8:12)
10. The Mamas & The Papas – Straight Shooter (4:04)
11. The Mamas & The Papas – Got A Feelin’ (4:10)
12. The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin’ (4:06)
13. The Mamas & The Papas – I Call Your Name (6:16)
14. The Mamas & The Papas – Monday, Monday (4:19)
15. Scott McKenzie – San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) (3:35)
16. The Mamas & The Papas (Festival Finale) – Dancing In The Street (4:56)


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In Heavy Rotation

Talk about falling into a rut! For the last month, whether because of laziness, or maybe I thought that they’d provide the answers to the secrets of the Universe, these three albums, Dawnrazor, The Essential Radio Birdman and Crickets And Fireflies were my constant musical companions on my daily walk. 

No matter how you like your music, the straight with chaser punk and rock n’ roll of Radio Birdman, the throat shredding Goth of Fields of the Nephilim or the psychedelic noodling of Kinski, Paik and Surface Of Eceyon this post likely has something to suit your musical tastes.

Rock Steady!


Fields of the Nephilim – Dawnrazor (1987)

Playing time: 58:14


fields of the nephilim - dawnrazor


1. Intro (The Harmonica Man) 1:59
2. Slow Kill 3:40
3. Laura II 4:37
4. Preacher Man 4:46
5. Volcane 5:01
6. Vet for the Insane 6:50
7. Secrets 3:33
8. Dust 4:21
9. Reanimator 2:56
10. Power 4:33
11. The Tower 5:37
12. Dawnrazor 7:09
13. The Sequel 3:12


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Radio Birdman – The Essential Radio Birdman (1974-1978) (2001)

Playing time: 71:01


1. Aloha Steve and Danno 4:00
2. Murder City Nights 2:25
3. New Race 2:45
4. Love Kills 3:46
5. Descent Into the Maelstrom 4:26
6. Burn My Eye ’78 1:37
7. I-94 3:38
8. Anglo Girl Desire 3:11
9. Hand of Law 4:48
10. Snake 3:09
11. Do the Pop 2:36
12. Non-Stop Girls 2:44
13. What Gives- 2:28
14. Man With the Golden Helmet 5:40
15. Hanging On 3:40
16. Crying Sun 2:57
17. Smith & Wesson Blues 2:57
18. Time To Fall 3:14
19. Alone In the Endzone 2:09
20. Breaks In My Heart (live) 2:55
21. More Fun (live) 2:00
22. Dark Surprise (live) 3:56


(Part 1)  (Part 2)


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Kinski •  Paik •  Surface Of Eceyon ‎– Crickets And Fireflies (2004)
Playing Time: 70:49



1. Kinski – Keep Clear of Me I Am Maneuvering With Difficulty (20:08)
2. Paik – Spanish Holiday (13:49)
3. Paik – Eva (6:57)
4. Surface of Eceyon – Concert of Stars (29:55)


(Part 1)  (Part 2)


 Crickets and Fireflies is available from these sellers at


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Summer Re-runs

I don’t know where you live but it’s been HOT here in New England. I’m sure that many of you are even hotter. My condolences. When it’s HOT and the humidity levels are high enough that it would have been better to have been born with gills one is forced to stay indoors and turn up the AC, close the blinds and hunker down from the heat.

Of course it helps that summertime is also re-run time and at this time of the year there certainly enough to choose from, so whether it’s a Law & Order, NCIS, or Storage Wars marathon there’s bound be something on TV to help pass the time.

With that in mind I continue with my own version of Summer Re-runs, this time around I’ve refreshed all the links for my 2007 4 part series, Boston’s Big Boss Sounds.

Sharp eyed readers are sure to point out that curiously between Part 1 and Part 3 there no  Part 2. Not to worry, as the links for Boston’s Big Boss Sounds Part 2: The Dambuilders are still active after all these years.

So for those American readers who are part of the the 60% of Americans currently sweltering from the heat and living in a drought stricken area here’s something that just might get you to turn off that The Three Stooges marathon.

For the rest of my readers hopefully it’s a cooler where you live.

Boston’s Big Boss Sounds Part 1

Bulkhead Green Magnet School
Smackmelon The Dirt Merchants

Boston’s Big Boss Sounds – Part 3


Morphine Orangutang

Boston’s Big Boss Sounds – Part 4

Buffalo Tom Buffalo Tom
Scarce Scarce

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The Carnivorous Lunar Activities Of…

lupine howl

Lupine Howl was formed in 1999 by bassist Sean Cook, guitarist Mike Mooney and drummer Damon Reece, all former members of the band Spiritualized. 

The band’s debut release, 2001’s, The Carnivorous Lunar Activities of Lupine Howl, described by frontman Sean Cook as 

nine schizophrenic tracks which chart the life experiments and transgressions of the group over the past year

follows along the same path blazed by former group’s Spiritualized’s Pure Phase and Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, but also affords the group the freedom to embrace

electronic effects, synthesizers, neo-psychedelic guitar riffs, and Cook’s trademark harmonica.


Full Length:

125 (CD) Beggars Banquet 2000  
The Carnivorous Lunar Activities Of… (CD, LP, Digital)Beggars Banquet 2001   
The Bar At The End Of The World (CD, LP, Digital) Beggars Banquet 2002
Singles & EPs:

Vaporizer (12") Vinyl Hiss 1999   
Vaporizer (CD Single) Vinyl Hiss 1999   
Vaporizer (12") Not On Label 2001   
Vaporizer (CD) Beggars Banquet 2002   
Vaporizer (12") Beggars Banquet 2002   
Vaporizer – 3D Mix (12") Not On Label   
125 (CDr Promo) Beggars Banquet 2000   
125 (7") Beggars Banquet 2000   
125 (CD Single, Digital) Beggars Banquet 2000   
Bronzage (CDr Single Promo) Vinyl Hiss 2000   
Bronzage (CD Maxi) Vinyl Hiss 2000   
Bronzage (12") Vinyl Hiss 2000   
Don’t Lose Your Head (7") Beggars Banquet 2002 

Radio Session (CDr Promo) Beggars Banquet


"Voodoo Raygun" Uncut: Unconditionally Guaranteed – December 2000 (CD) Uncut Magazine  2000  
"Sniff The Glue" (Demo) Come On Try Young (CD)  New Musical Express  2000  
"Sniff The Glue" Rock Sound Volume 36 (CD) Rock Sound 2001  
"The Jam That Ate Itself" (Alternate Version) Music With Attitude Volume 24 (CD) Rock Sound 2001  
"Vaporizer" Eight Labels Sixteen Tracks Second Edition(CD) Beggars Banquet 2001


"Grave To Go To" The Cornerstone Player 039 (CD, Promo + CD, Comp, Promo + DVD) Cornerstone Promotion 2003 

 The Carnivorous Lunar Activities Of… (2001)

Playing Time: 55:37

The Carnivorous Lunar Activities Of...

1. Vaporizer (5:20) 
2. Sniff The Glue (5:55) 
3. 125 (5:11) 
4. Carnival (10:22) 
5. Lonely Roads (4:13) 
6. Sometimes (8:26) 
7. Planet X (5:01) 
8. This Condition (7:26) 
9. The Jam That Ate Itself (4:01) 

The Carnivorous Lunar Activities Of…  (Part 1) (Part 2)

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