Wednesday, August 22

John Fahey - 1965 - The Dance of Death and Other Plantation Favorites

John Fahey: "The Dance of Death and Other Plantation Favorites"
Takoma, 1965
(American Primitive Guitar)

Track: "Worried Blues"


I knew that sooner or later I'd post something by John Fahey, although I wasn't sure what it would be. I've decided to start near the beginning. Over the next few weeks I will most likely post more from his catalog, so if you have any requests leave a comment. I'm not going to waste your time or mine by reviewing this because I believe the sample track will speak for itself. If you like it at all, you'll like John Fahey's music. It's as simple as that.

John Fahey's First Recordings:

Track: "Blind Blues"

DOWNLOAD 4 SONGS (11.18 MB) .zip

These are four songs recorded under the name Blind Thomas for Joe Bussard's Fonotone Record label in 1964 (I believe that year is correct).

Monday, August 13

The Third Rail - 1967 - Id Music

The Third Rail: "Id Music"
Epic, 1967
(Psych Pop/Bubblegum)

Track: "Run Run Run"


The single "Run, Run, Run" hit #53, but that is the highest The Third Rail would ever climb on the charts. This is an album I nearly overlooked due to it's overwhelmingly poppy demeanor. The production of the record is outstanding, and should almost be seen as a stereo-type for how bubblegum pop should have been produced. All-in-all this is a fun album, good for a few listens at the very least. Song highlights include "From a Parachute," "Dream Street," and "The Shape of Things To Come." If you ever need help putting a smile on your face, this is the album to reach for.

*The last 4 tracks on this are bonuses from the Revola re-release.

Sunday, August 12

Lava - 1973 - Tears Are Goin' Home

Lava: "Tears Are Goin' Home"
Brain, 1973
(Prog rock)

Track: "Crimes of Love"


First of all, I would like to send my thanks to alienvomit for turning me onto this album. Without her, I'd have probably never heard it.

This is a nearly folky progressive album from a, at one time, promising group called Lava. Conservative would be a good word to describe this in terms of progressive rock, but that is not a bad thing at all. Overall, this is a great example of down to earth prog rock.
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Monday, August 6

Conventional Sound Radio, Episode 1

From now on, this will be a weekly item on the Conventional Sound Blog. I will basically host a radio show in the form of a "podcast," which is basically a downloadable version of a radio show. Just one big mp3 with all the songs and chit chat and what not all put together.

40 minutes, 43 seconds .mp3

by John Hinkle

I've poured my heart and soul into this. I've never done anything like it. This has a little bit of everything: ranging from metal, to jazz, to hip hop, and all the way back to 60s pop, with weird and often hilarious(!) sound clips thrown in. You'll love it, I swear. Put it on your iPod, listen to it at work, home, burn it to a CD and listen to it in the car. Make copies and spread it to your friends!

And, as always, your comments are appreciated. I will be out of town for two days, so I will see you Wednesday! Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 1

Chrome - 1977 - The Visitation

Chrome: "The Visitation"
Siren, 1977
(Experimental Rock/Punk)

Track: "Return To Zanzibar"


Chrome embodies the raw punk aesthetic of the late 70s, although their music was much more adventurous. The band was only together for 6 years, but put out 9 LPs and a slew of EPs and singles. Vocalist and drummer Damon Edge, guitarist John Lambdin, and bassist Garry Spain formed the band in '77, and vocalist/guitarist Helios Creed joined the line-up the following year/album. All of the members played a variety of instruments, ranging from sythesizers to electric violin. This first album is merely a taste of what was to come for Chrome, as their sound would fully develop in the coming albums.
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