I first discovered free improvising pianist Σάκης Παπαδημητρίου (Sakis Papadimitriou) in a bargain bin at a record show around ten years ago. There was a dealer with several boxes of $5 CDs, and Plus and Minus, by Papadimitriou and percussionist Lefteris Agouridakis, looked intriguing. Plus, it was on Leo Records, an excellent jazz label generally worth a risk (other Leo risks that proved fruitful have included South Wind by the Satoko Fujii Orchestra and Hidden Music by the Scottish improv combo Green Room).
Plus and Minus turned out to be a very cool album, and I've been searching out more Papadimitriou ever since. He's released several solo albums, in addition to collaborations with others, and today's piece is from his second release and first solo outing, Piano-Contacts (in English). The name of this piece translates to "DM/Cough." No, I don't speak or read Greek; there are translations for everything on the back cover. Papadimitriou sticks strictly to the keys on this number, but he often plays inside the piano as well, strumming, scraping, and plucking the strings. No matter how he plays, he's a master, imo.
The Jukebox is still on hiatus, but will be back in the next few days. I had to go out of town and did not have time to pre-schedule daily posts, and I did not want to announce, of course, that I was gone. I am now returned, however. After I get caughtup on things around the house, the Jukebox will once again flow.
I was invited to a Sadie Hawkins Dance my senior year of high school. Since the girl* I liked hadn't asked me, I accepted for the heck of it. It was my first (and last) high school dance. There was a live band, and they were horrible. The drummer cleverly added an extra beat to "Highway to Hell," thereby rendering the usually very danceable beat totally awkward. That was the only song to which we danced. The girl didn't want to dance or talk after that. We just sat there.
Afterward, we went to her house and watched Saturday Night Live. The musical guest was Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band. I thought they were bizarre but cool. It was by far the highlight of my evening.
Sadly, the Captain passed away this past week.
Another of my heroes is dead.
His music will live forever, though. Here're the two songs from that night; both from his then new record, Doc at the Radar Station, his penultimate album.
*I was still in heavy, heavy denial at the time
Still on hiatus . . . this is a special post.
(Criminal Damage Records, 1983)
various artists LP
(Power Pak, 1973)
You may have noticed I spelled the last word of the title Café; on the album itself, it's spelled Cafe. I'm sorry, but I could not bring myself to spell it that way in the post title. I'm such a pedant.
(Bahia Music, 1999)
Uh, oh! You either don't have the Flash plug-in installed, or you have it disabled.
Otherwise, there'd be a cute lil' streaming audio player on the left, rather than this message.
(DML Music Entertainment, 1998)
I think I'm one of about five people that actually dug Rob Halford's dance-metal-thing Two. Sure, Fight (his first post-Priest band) had gone splitsville, and he'd said that metal was dead, but he meant popularity-wise when he said it. Not long after Two kinda fell apart, I guess when it hit that lotsa folks hated it, he fired up the metal again with his third band since leaving Judas Priest, Halford, then rejoined Priest, for a really good album, Angel of Retribution, followed by a stinky embarrassment, Nostradamus. They'd gone poop before, can you say Turbo?, then flushed it with good stuff, aka Painkiller, in the past, though, so my fingers are crossed.
Oh, yeah, so, like, today's selection is the bonus track from the Japanese version of Voyeurs. Unlike the Japanese bonus track on his previous outing, Fight's otherwise heavy-f'ing-kick-ass second-and-final album A Small Deadly Space, it's an actual song!
(Drakkar Productions, 2002)
My goodness, what a naughty cover!
If you look at the release date, you'll note it's 1972, the same year that Lou Reed hit the charts with
Take a Walk on the Wild Side. But, wait, Lou was the leader of The Velvet Underground! What gives?
For the folks who don't already know, this is Doug Yule's Velvets. He replaced John Cale after the second Velvets album, White Light/White Heat. When Lou left two albums later, he proceeded to replace Lou. Squeeze was released only in the UK, and Doug played most of the instruments himself, as Sterling and Moe were also gone by the time it was recorded. If you find yourself wanting to set fire to a recording studio whilst listening, however, that's 'cause you're hearing Ian Paice, of Deep Purple, (uncredited) on the skins. Lotta folks hate this album, and I can understand why. I, on the other hand, have grown to like it over the years. I will say, though, that I'm glad I bought it for $4 rather than a crazy collector price. If I had spent a lot on it, I just might hate it, too.
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Last Days of May
(No-Fi Records, 1997)
Sativa Luv Box
The Bad Sleep Well
(Splat-Co Records, 1989)
Wayyyyy back in the '80s, Patrick Mata led the band Kommunity FK, who played a mix of punk, industrial and proto-goth. Their debut album, The Vision And The Voice, is an absolute classic in my book. The follow-up, 1985's Close One Sad Eye, was good, but they'd eased up on the punk end a bit too much, in my opinion. After that, they split.
In 2003, Mata re-emerged with a new band called Sativa Luvbox and an album called Beloved Satellite. What I heard sounded OK but nowhere near as quality as KFK. I mentioned that on a message board and a buddy of mine contacted me and told me it was actually their second album, and, just like with KFK, the first was better. Today's tune is from that first album, which was released only on vinyl and took me a couple of years to find, probably because the band name was slightly different: Sativa Luv Box. It's the most straight up, hard rocking thing Mata has done, and I like it quite a bit. Three of the ten songs were redone for the 2003 CD, but the originals rock harder.
(Engineous Productions, 2005)
(50,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Watts Records, 1988)