garage rock

? & The Mysterians

I have loved “96 Tears” by ? & The Mysterions my whole life. I’ve never known anything about the band until this recent post in Vice. Not really sure I get the whole “punk or not” discussion, but this song is critical in the garage rock influences in my personal playlist of life.

Buy ? & The Mysterions’ song here on Amazon or on iTunes, 96 Tears – Cameo Parkway – The Best of ? & The Mysterians, 1966-1967.

The Wearies

Check out some garage rock from The Wearies. Click their name to check them out on Facebook.

From their bio:

The Wearies are back with a new lineup and revved up sound. Their catchy rock anthems and hooks galore will take you back to a time when rock and roll was king. Originally formed in 2005 by Singer/Songwriter/guitarist Erik Mullin, the band quickly got to work producing their own music and playing shows all over California. After putting out two independent EP’s and one full length album the band took a break from shows and started working on their next studio release. The band like so many independent artists who support themselves without the help of any label found it difficult to continue, and the band members went their seperate ways in 2010. Erik Mullin, the driving force behind the band refused to call it a day and continued to do what he does, write songs and perform. Popping up at open mics all over the Bay Area and recording a plethora demos. E* as his friends know him decided it was time to get back in the game and put a new band together. Now the band is in full swing with Robbie Martinez killing it on lead guitar, Kevin Michael holding down the heavy groove on bass and Reid Murry laying into the drums. The band is brimming with renewed energy and take no prisoner attitude. Brace yourself for the dirty pop gilded guitars and glistening melodies that begs the old new again.

Ponderosa Stomp

I love garage rock, and spent much of my early teens seeking out these then-vintage recordings and bands. The Ponderosa Stomp is going to be cool. Wish I could go, too!

Bex Marshall #1311

Bex Marshall’s latest album, House of Mercy, reflects both the songs on this record, and the actual name of her home-recording studio-record label-life. She is a noted slide guitar player, who also loves the resonator (dobro) and banjo, and manages to bring in those sounds to a cohesive, roots rock record.  I am always interested when a British musician melds what we think of as American sounds into music that becomes its own, rather than being imitative.  Marshall’s songs and production combine for a rollicking  album, and her reflection on what led to it–heard in this week’s radio program–is worthwhile for anyone seeking a lifetime playing music, or fans who like it real.

Click HERE to listen and buy this record, or here to buy on iTunes.

Liner Notes

  • Bex Marshall House of Mercy House of Mercy is not just the title track and album, it’s also the name of the house where Bex and Barry live, their record label and recording studio, radio station and more.  Marshall lives a life of music.
  • I was not able to find a legal mp3 to purchase of Bex’s “Uncle David’s” band, The Marauders’ minor hit, “That’s What I Want.” I also was not able to confirm whether “Uncle David” is known as “Charlie Harper” of the UK Subs or not. If you have more information, please clarify! I think this is a video for the correct band. I did find a song on a garage rock compilation by a band of the same name, but I cannot confirm if it’s the same people or not. It’s a pretty cool tune, though, and a fantastic compilation. Storm in the Garage on Amazon
  • Brigitte de Meyer Rose Of Jericho on Amazon
  • Joan Armatrading Greatest Hits on Amazon One of the best British blues vocalists around. I used to listen to “Drop the Pilot” on WRAS Album 88 all the time.
  • Hayseed Dixie Nicotine and Alcohol on Amazon Hayseed Dixie are not just the beloved bluegrass covers of AC/DC tunes or tributes to hillbilly love, they are also noted players and the sons of Don Reno, of Reno and Smiley.
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn live The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble on Amazon doing “Superstition.”  A great example of amazing blues working well with other styles of music.
  • Israel Nash Gripka Barn Doors and Concrete Floors on Amazon