Monthly Archives: October 2012

5 great moonshine songs

Loyal reader, just the other day I was at a photo shoot for our December issue in which our model (you’re going to love her) posed as a moonshiner’s daughter. Here then is a list of five great songs about moonshine.

  • Corn Liquor” by Southern Culture on the Skids – I can’t see how this requires any explanation. It’s a song about moonshine by SCOTS.
  • Moonshiner’s Daughter” by Hayseed Dixie – This song says, “I married the moonshiner’s daughter. How can I go wrong?” Indeed.
  • Copperhead Road” by Steve Earle – Steve Earle tells a great story and in this song, he tells a story about a moonshiner’s fight with the law.
  • Moonshine” by North Mississippi Allstars – This is just a great blues groove…as if you’d expect anything else from North Mississippi Allstars.
  • Revenooer Man” by George Jones – Instead of taking the point of view of the moonshiner, George Jones gives us the perspective of the law in the whole moonshine issue. Oh, and you can also find a version of this song on Loud and Plowed and Live by The Beat Farmers.

Incognito pick of the week: The Mission Creeps

photo by Dominic Bonuccelli

OK, so maybe you had your Halloween festivities on Saturday. Or maybe you’re having them tonight (we don’t judge people for partying on a Wednesday). In any case, even if you’re at home handing out candy, it’s good to have some Halloween music. Enter The Mission Creeps. “The Monster Mash” it ain’t. This is a creepy rock album that begins with the song “Halloween.” Frankly, that might be one of the least creepy songs on the album.

The vocals in “Witches” are altered to make them sound scarier and they are twisted around some sounds that you might expect to hear if you visit a local haunted house.

It’s easy to think that a band is being gimmicky if it releases a Halloween album. That is not the case with The Mission Creeps. This is a genuinely spooky album and if some filmmaker wanted to lend some real eeriness to his horror film with the choice of music, he would enlist The Mission Creeps to do the soundtrack. And if you want to freak out the kids that come to your door looking for candy, play this album.

Trashy Tuesday (classic) The Dirty Shames

Does it get any more rock and roll than this?

Sometimes it’s hard to put these things into context, but let’s just think about this. It’s 1966 and you’re a teenager. You come home with a 45 of a band called The Dirty Shames. You put it on your stereo and, along with the trashy rock and roll sound, one of the first things you hear is “Baby, I wanna make love to you.” You’ve basically just created the perfect storm to get yourself in trouble. At a time when people were really uptight (unlike now when people are so accepting), a song called “Makin’ Love” by The Dirty Shames was the perfect little rebellion for kids and the perfect way to offend parents. So on this Trashy Tuesday, we celebrate the genius of The Dirty Shames.

Trashy Tuesday: The Bidons

Granma Killer!!! is available now on Bandcamp

The Bidons (from southern Italy) reached out to me via the contact page here at Incognito HQ. Before I even listened to any of the band’s songs, I knew it would be a good fit for Trashy Tuesday. Why? Well, for starters the band’s album is called Granma Killer. Obviously, we don’t condone the killing of granmas or anyone else, but tell me that title doesn’t fit Trashy Tuesday. Also, one of the songs on this album is called “Be a Caveman.” Sold.

Then I heard the band’s eight songs and it only confirmed that my instincts were right. This is trashy lo-fi goodness that is right up our alley here at Incognito. Fuzzy guitar, hard-hit drums and raw vocals accented by solid bass lines. Oh, and some wolf howls in the song “Wolves of Saint August.” I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for a well-placed howl in a song. The guys in The Bidons definitely get the garage sound right. If you’ve been looking for some new garage rock to add to your collection, give this band a try.

Our next featured model: Barbie Bre Gallegos

Loyal reader, you are mere days away from the November issue of Incognito and I will tell you this. We keep improving here at Incognito HQ. If you liked the Halloween issue, you will love our November issue. Here is a little taste, with our November model Barbie Bre Gallegos.

Photo by George Swar, makeup by Karen Bates-Ashley

Blue Monday (classic): Blind Willie McTell

Blind Willie laid it down

Our first post of the day is about an Americana band that incorporates some definite country blues sounds. And the thing with music is to see where it is, you have to see where it came from. Not to get all scholastic on you, but there wouldn’t be any country blues artists today if it weren’t for artists like Blind Willie McTell. Listen to how this guy laid it down on a 12-string guitar. He was the truth.

Blue Monday: Justin and The Salty Dogs

This is a little bit of a twist on Blue Monday. Justin and The Salty Dogs is really more of an Americana band, but there is a healthy dose of the blues in it too.  Now, it’s not surprising to find a blues band from Chicago. What might be a little surprising about Justin and The Salty Dogs is the lowdown sound these guys can sound. Take the song “Shara Mae for instance. This is one of those tunes with the recurring of a woman who just won’t do you right. The woman in this song not only did not come home one night, but also took all the narrator’s whiskey. Talk about doing a guy wrong. And if that’s not enough, this song includes some great harmonica work and a guitar solo that will make you wish you knew how to get that lowdown sound with a six-string.

“Po’ Farmer” is another song that fits pretty well into the blues category although you should think country blues more than Chicago blues. This is a solid band that is easy to listen to. If you generally like Americana music, this is a band I think you’ll like.

Surf Music Sunday (classic): The Centurians

How am I going to ignore a song with the title “Bullwinkle”? Frankly, I can’t do it. This one not only has the classic reverb guitar, but it also has a more prominent bassline than you’re used to hearing from surf music. The only problem with this song is that it’s too short. I felt like I was just getting my groove going when the song ended.

 

Surf Music Sunday: The Tequila Worms

I have to admit. I think this is another great name for a band even though I don’t like tequila. And the sound is pretty good too. The Tequila Worms (from Orange County, CA) have a very classic sound that brings The Ventures and The Chantays to mind. The band does throw a little twist into “Gypsy Trail” with some trumpet (much like Los Coronas) that makes this song read-made for a Quentin Tarantino movie. If you like classic surf music with a little Latin twist, check out The Tequila Worms.

Ska Saturday (classic): The Mudsharks

OK, so maybe ska bands were a dime a dozen back in the 90s. Still, it’s not out of order to say that The Mudsharks is one of the great forgotten ska bands. I don’t know about you, but I can always make space for a band that says, “The more you drink, the better we sound.” And this song in particular is a good one. Really, if this one doesn’t get you skankin’ in your living room, I’m not sure what would. And since the sound on the video is a little dodgy, I’ve also included the album version.