Bad Brains Switchplate Cover
Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention Ceramic Coaster Set of 4
Sally Fields Flying Nun Pocket Purse Mirror
I was poking around Etsy today and found these gems by seller Nightmarebox. I bought the Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention ceramic coaster set.
This weekend is the weekend that every reggae fanatic (or reggae snob, as the case may be) in Southern California waits for—the annual Ragga Muffins Festival in Long Beach. Now in its 29th year, the Ragga Muffins Festival (formerly Bob Marley Day) has a stellar lineup that includes classic roots performers from the 1970s—Gregory Isaacs, Big Youth and the Mighty Diamonds—and dancehall superstars like Capleton, Frankie Paul, Yellowman and Shaggy. The fest features North America’s largest international crafts and food fair and free admission for children 12 and younger when accompanied by a paid adult.
Admittedly, I am one of those reggae snobs. I’ve waited years to see the one and only Big Youth—who was Bob Marley’s favorite Jamaican musician—in concert. I’ll be there.
Ragga Muffins Festival, Long Beach Arena, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Feb. 20-21, doors open at noon, $38-$60
Dazed and Confused is thought of as a Led Zeppelin original and Jimmy Page’s dramatic use of the violin bow during his extended soloing made the song a centerpiece of the Zeppelin live experience. But the song actually debuted during Page’s tenure in the Yardbirds, and apparently before that as well. From The Thieving Magpies: Jimmy Page’s Dubious Recording Legacy:
On August 25, 1967 the Yardbirds caught an acoustic act fronted by Jake Holmes at the Village Theatre in New York’s Greenwich Village. Holmes and his two sidemen played a song about a love affair gone dreadfully wrong. The song was called “Dazed & Confused.” It’s often been described as a song about a bad acid trip. Jake Holmes set this author straight in a 2001 interview.
“No, I never took acid. I smoked grass and tripped on it, but I never took acid. I was afraid to take it. The song’s about a girl who hasn’t decided whether she wants to stay with me or not. It’s pretty much one of those love songs,” Holmes explained.
Asked whether he remembered opening for the Yardbirds, Holmes laughed.
“Yes. Yes. And that was the infamous moment of my life when ‘Dazed & Confused’ fell into the loving arms and hands of Jimmy Page,” he said.
The Thieving Magpies: Jimmy Page’s Dubious Recording Legacy (Perfect Sound Forever)
Part II (which is even juicier than part 1)
Hear Dazed and Confused by Jake Holmes on his Myspace page
Here’s a very heavy new track, the first in nearly 2 years, from my Hometapes labelmates Pattern is Movement of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Chris Ward’s drumming is truly amazing here. Utterly unique and that’s hard to do in this tidy digital age.
Bonus: the boys in live action, essaying a track from their excellent 2008 LP “All Together”.