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Number 208. July 29, 2022.
THE WEEK AHEAD: AUGUST 1-5                                                      
Podcast: Work songs, Jack White & more!

Happy Birthday: 
August 2, 1962: Lee Mavers (The La's)
August 3, 1963: James Hetfield (Metallica)
August 4, 1901: Louis Armstrong

Musical Milestones:
August 1, 1927: The Carter Family record for the first time in Bristol, Tennessee.
August 3, 2017: Camila Cabello releases "Havana." 
August 4, 2022: Suburbs Fest Midwest, Day One.
August 4, 1984: Purple Rain hits #1, holds top spot for 24 weeks.
August 5, 2022: Suburbs Fest Midwest, Day Two.
August 5, 1966: Beatles release Revolver in the UK.

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Aug. 4-6, 2022 – Chicago area

  • Thursday Aug. 4 – Live Hootenanny at Arlington Ale House. 7.30pm
  • Friday Aug 5 – Record a 10-minute podcast w/ Jim & Patrick. You pick the topic. 5pm. Arlington Ale House.
  • Friday Aug. 5 - Frank Muffin show at Arlington Ale House. 9pm.
  • Saturday Aug 6 – Show at Hidden Cove: Demolition Means Progress/The Stick Arounds/Cutest Nuisance. 6pm. 


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Sept. 29-Oct. 1 – DC area

  • Thursday Sept. 29 – Live Hootenanny - VFW Post 350. 6pm.
  • Friday Sept. 30 – Frank Muffin and the HalFSmokes show at Hank Dietle’s in Rockville MD. 9pm.
  • Saturday Oct 1 – Show at American Legion Post 41: Wingtip Sloat/ Apollo 66/ Late Earth/ J. Schnitt. 7.30pm.
PLAYLIST:  DAPTONE RECORDS                                                              
Today's episode was an installment of What Was First, featuring the outstanding Brooklyn label Daptone Records. The label got off the ground with the excellent Dap Dappin' With Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, but they have released many, many great sides since. 

Some helpful soul out on the streamings made a playlist that covers Daptone's entire discography! Hit play right away because it may take you all weekend to get through it all.

We are working to add an "Album Spotlight" (see below or this example) to the newsletter each week and are looking for occasional contributors. No writing experience necessary (though you should know how to spell a few words), just enthusiasm for the album in question. Any and all albums are fair game: old, new, borrowed or (kinda) blue. Contribute once or once a week. 

If you're interested, just let us know by emailing us here. Thanks! 
MJ'S BAND NAME O' THE WEEK                                                        
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ALBUM SPOTLIGHT                                                                                 

Various Artists 
The Rhino Brothers Present the World's Worst Records
Rhino Records 

It's a rotten business, being the worst.

And this is an awful record, truly horrible. Drop the needle on side one and you are assaulted with The Novas doing "The Crusher," a wrestling song that stinks like a sweaty locker room. The singer sounds like he just gargled a handful of broken glass. His moans and groans are the kind of thing you think you can hear somewhere outside when you're lying awake in the middle of the night in a panic.

And it gets worse from there. All the copies of Edith Massey's version of "Big Girls Don't Cry" should have been melted down as soon as they were made, while "I Want My Baby Back" sends creepy fingers up your spine with its sheer awfulness. Heathen Dan's disgusting "I Like" drags the record (and all love songs for that matter) to new lows as he bellows:

I like barfin' on nice rugs
Chewin' little slugs
Leeches suckin' blood
and mud

And I like you, too

When it's a relief to hear a totally crap song like The Temple City Kazoo Orchestra doing  "Kazooed On Klassics" something is truly wrong. Gloria Balsam's version of "Fluffy" makes me ill, while the Legendary Stardust Cowboy's one-man performance on "Paralyzed" should get the toilet bowl award for the most un-hinged drumming and trumpet playing in human history. And that's just side one!

The nightmare continues on side two, where the Seven Stooges murder "I Wanna Be Your Dog,"  Barnes & Barnes' "Boogie Woogie Amputee" leaves a truly foul stench and hopefully Ogden Edsl has been behind bars for years for creating "Kinko The Clown." If you haven't passed out by this point, The Turtles absolutely putrid  "Umbassa And The Dragon" might do the trick. The title speaks for itself on Johnny Meeskite's "Ugly" and it's a sign of how low the record has sunk that a repugnant creation like The Breakers' "Surfin' Tragedy" actually sounds pleasant for a few moments. Any strength you had left to prevent yourself from vomiting will be worn down by the closing "Young at Heart" by Wild Man Fischer. It's a good thing the album comes with a barf bag. 

The whole experience is so disgusting, so awful, there's nothing to do but play it again. And again. And again. Take my advice and do what I did: Buy a second copy just in case the first one wears out. You'll be glad you did.

---Patrick Foster 
WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO                                                                   

Jason: Kim Jung Mi - Now
Mary: Metric - All Comes Crashing
Matt: The Beaches - "Grow Up Tomorrow"
Patrick: The Har-You Percussion Group 
Sam: Stevie Wonder - "Light My Fire" 
Sami: The Vamps - "Married in Vegas"
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