Live Skull–Rare and Unreleased tracks

Live Skull–Broken Strings (unreleased live at Folk City NYC 1983)

I’ll be adding some Live Skull rare and unreleased tracks here…here’s the first, an unreleased track from 1983 at Folk City, live, I’ve entitled it “Broken Strings” based on some stage patter from Mark C (someone apparently broke three of the strings on his guitar while he was away from the stage!!! If you’re unfamiliar, Live Skull is only one of the best bands of the 80s, sort of the unknown twin to Sonic Youth and just as good, Bringing Home the Bait and Cloud One were just as good if not better at times (though less poppy so less “universally accessible”) than Sister and Daydream Nation. A little more harsh, etc.

Live Skull–Broken Strings (unreleased live at Folk City NYC 1983).mp3


Wayne Rogers–Blues Ul-Alb


Awesome!!! Wayne Rogers is definitely one of my heroes.

Yonin Bayashi – Japanese Prog Rock


MP3s available at:

Fun stuff–the intro to Oyogua Nessie is awesome. So is the middle part which sounds like some indie prog band like Pink Floyd meets Sonic Youth with parts of John McLaughlin’s Devotion (of course parts in Daydream Nation sound like Pink Floyd anyway)–and then the crazy robotic guitar solo which sounds like something from Green Magnet School/Robert Fripp/MX-80 Sound and the bassline like a nice King Crimson Red-era John Wetton/early Minutemen!

It’s funny how the first few Minutemen albums were like, basically prog rock (does anyone mention that) except with punk vocals and songs under a minute instead of like ten minutes long.

Crystallized Movements–Revelations from Pandemonium


Another great Wayne Rogers album–not as polished as some Magic Hour and Major Stars albums, but fun psychadelic folk/rock nevertheless.


Moogs, Library Music, Easy Listening, Exotica, Soundtrack Musicw


Ahh…this is the sound I love…bring the horns and the cushy strings…Francis Lai, Peter Thomas, Jerry Van Rooyen, Dorothy Ashby, Syd Dale, John Keating, Nick Ingman, James Last, John Fox, Jack Arel & Pierre Dutour, Brian Bennett, Mike Vickers, Mort Garson, Lex de Azevedo, Hollywood Cinema Orchestra, Keith Mansfield, François de Roubaix, Alan Hawkshaw, Steve Gray, Hugo Montenegro, Georges Teperino, Accadde A, Riz Ortolani, Tony Hatch, Francis Coppieters, Daniel Janin, Camille Sauvage, Monk Higgins, Lalo Schifrin. Do a “Jack Arel” similar artists station listen on…Bascially, a lot of this stuff sounds like that one Lalo Schifrin Portishead sample…soundtrack music…

Library music: funky bass and drums and guitar, insane moogs and other synths, strings, horns, and that strange feeling with some of this stuff where it starts to border on…muzak or easy listening…but then gets good again… has a lot of this stuff to listen to, it’s great! That Further Nuggets compilation sounds especially excellent. Psychadelic, exotica, jazz, blaxploitation, the roots of a lot of italo sounds and modern stuff like Stereolab, fountains of good hip hop samples too…a lot of this stuff can be found on the Dusty Fingers record series. I think we can extrapolate that Krautrock, Can, Faust, none of that would exist without this stuff. Compare Dorothy Ashby’s “Soul Vibrations” with a lot of Can stuff for example…Just Blaze sampled some Nick Ingman for example. I’m sure Madlib has a bunch of this stuff. But you know what, the real stuff sounds better anyway: hip hop, without live instrumentation, is getting kind of old.

Easy listening/exotica/big band: Frank Pourcel’s Similar Artists station on

The more easy-listening side includes stuff like Percy Faith, Bill Pursell, Franck Pourcel, Frank Chacksfield, Edmundo Ros, Billy Vaughn, Nelson Riddle, Eddie Cano, Ray Conniff, Les Baxter, Tuby Hayes, Esquivel, etc. You can hear a lot of this stuff on the Escape channel (formerly the Sunny channel, which now plays different stuff) on XM Radio–also on Favorites are the Gary Pacifc Orchestra and Jack Arel similar artists stations on

Some highlights:

Accadde A-Accadde A Bali
Georges Teperino-Minor Mind
Daniel Janin-Fat Fat Fellow
Francis Coppieters-Sales Talk
Francis Lai-Rapt
Les Baxter-Pyramid of the Sun
Dorothy Ashby-Soul Vibrations

F. McDonald-Night Moves

Fred Bongusto-Una Rotonda sul mare

Generique-Dernier Domicile Connu

Gianni Ferrio-For Whom the Bell Tolls

Georges Garvarentz-Hashisch Party

Syd Dale-Let me take you there

Jerry Gold Smith-Crossing the Border

Janne Schatter-Atlanta Inn

Nancy Priddy-You’ve Come this Way

Billy Brooks-Fourty Days

Intimate Strangers-Love Sounds

Gary Pacific Orchestra-Soft Wind

Ed Scogillera-Compression

Danielle Patucci – La Dimo Strzione

Harnell-Jamie’s Theme

Hysear Don Walker-Children of the Night

Absolute Elsewhere-Future Past

The Pheonix Authority-

Not quite library music but equally enjoyable:
Gabor Szabo – Keep Smilin

Minnie Ripperton – Black Gold of the Sun

Lafayette Afro Rock Band–Darkest Light

Methinks they have a lot of this stuff at the venerable Dusty Groove

Some pretty fun easy-listening type library music by the Hollywood Cinema Orchestra can be found at:

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frank chacksfield–you are my destiny

Magical Power Mako–Japanese psych rock/heavy/krautrock?


Man, this is great stuff, Magical Power Mako–krautrock, classic rock, psych rock, lots of guitar solos, whatever you want to call it, from the 1970s. Sort of like a Japanese Amon Duul?

Check out Magical Power Mako, on the Kosmik Radiation Radio show, showcasing some Julian Cope “Japrock Sampler” book -era music, rock from the 1970s Japan:

A great show, Major Stars, Magical Power Mako, and maybe Magma!

Francis Lai


Francis Lai is one of my favorite musicians ever…up there with Arthur Verocai.  Funk, jazz, soul, soundtrack, library music.  Great background music for work or studying!  Sort of like Bill Conti, Brian Bennett, etc.