The Jam Session: Urban Turban
On a warm summer afternoon, Glenn Brooks, Jason Staczek, Mark Oppfelt
and Scott Boggan listened to music
accompanied by Thomas Kemper Weizenberry, a raspberry flavored wheat
Urban Turban Urban Turban
Scott had not heard this CD before; the rest of us had.
Rollin' and Tumblin'
"Folsom Prison Blues"?
JI think that's
one of the best cuts on the CD.
It's pretty darn straight too.
on Wood"? Is that the Eddie Floyd tune?
GNope, same title
but it's by J. Finneran, whoever that is. Great tune though.
JThat one is not
straight at all!
SHey, wait, it's
not Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison." The liner notes say it's by
someone named Johnny Chash! And McKinley Morghansfield wrote
"Hoochie Coochie Man."
MYeah, that's how
they spell it in Sweden. Billy Kwan says "Mind Your Manners."
GThere goes the
hurdy-gurdy. Sort of a medieval Farfisa.
Knock on Wood
G "I know
what it feels to be dead..." Doesn't it sound like "She said,
she said"? Maybe it's the sitar.
making me feel like I never been born."
SThese guys are
JIt's hard to
GI think this is
some kind of genius, no question about it.
JI'd sign up to
go see these guys in a heartbeat if they came to town.
SThis has a
little of that Flash and the Pan sound.
ominous half-spoken slightly foreign voice. "Walkin', just walkin'
in the rain...."
don't know what they're singing.
This one sounds really good loud. You feel like you're right there in
some Middle East marketplace.
GThe intros to
the songs are so out of left field. Even after you've heard the CD a
couple of times, they can still take you by surprise.
"Voodoo Child" with a polka fiddle intro.
Child"!? No way!
There's a little guitar.
MAre you sure
that's a guitar? It might be the krummhorn.
SI would never
get "Voodoo Child" out if this. Have you heard the new Hendrix
MWhat's the name
SIt's just called
Blues. I heard a friend's copy. It's pretty nice. I may have to pick it
unreleased stuff, a remix of "Voodoo Child" as a matter of
fact. It's really good.
Wang Dang Doodle
connection between Hendrix and Swedish folk music is a remarkable
Captain Beefheart feel here, circa Clear Spot, with that horn chart
GYeah and that
growly voice. There's a lot of Beefheart here. But there's a lot of
blues in Beefheart.
was a Howlin' Wolf man.
reminds me also of the guy with the Guess Who...
MThat's it. He's
got that edge to his voice.
GNot the greatest
harp playing in the world.
JI think it would
be safe to call it squawking. That cut goes on too long.
GYeah, you get
they idea, and then...
JThen it goes on
"all night long."
Let's Work Together
GThis is my
favorite cut. That ukulele or whatever it is, playing a riff in some
completely unrelated key. But it works so well.
played on Middle Eastern instruments by a Swedish duo.
SBut does it
express the blues gestalt?
Swedes can be pretty damn melancholy.
SThis is the song
Canned Heat did. But who was Wilbert Harrison?
GHe was an R'n'B
guy. This was his big hit. These guys change the melody so it's more
ominous that the original. More interesting too, I think.
JThis is their
should stick to covers. Let's hear that Johnny Chash song.
Folsom Prison Blues
lonesome Swedish train whistle.
Express. Here it comes....
GI think he sings
it an octave lower than Johnny.
Leonard Cohen territory. Oh, I like this one, this is very nice.
to watch him die."
excited as a Swede ever gets. Just had a really good cup of coffee.
SOr a bolus of
GThink back on
Little Axe. These guys are not just taking a formula and applying it,
they're re-creating this music in a unique fashion.
playing. Little Axe was programming.
Hoochie Coochie Man
JSeems like they
decided to do this one pretty straight.
GThey've got that
slow triplet feel.
SI like the
stutter step at the end of each phrase makes the lines fall not quite
where you expect them to.
SOh, yeah, even
if it is fairly straight, it's still wacky enough to be its own thing.
SAnd that whole
bevy of weird string instruments in the background carrying the rhythm.
GIt should be a
weird sounding song. Magical, slightly threatening.