Hobo – “Fish In A Tree”

Once Eric Din had written “Fish In a Tree”, which by the way doesn’t sound like any other song he’s ever written, I knew this song would either be a glorious throw away for the band Hobo or something truly special. Once Eric one-talked the vocal that day at Hyde Street Studio – he made it special.  Since then it’s always been one of my favorites. I wish I could bottle this combination of poetry in the lyric, tempo of the song, and vocal quality. Then I’d be able to use it over and over. Oh, what a producer’s dream. Plus good job of recording by Josh Tobias. P.S. There’s a reward for anyone who can explain what this song is about.

Hobo
“Fish In A Tree” (download mp3)
from “Hobo”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)
Hobo – “Fish In a Tree” (play)

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The Uptones, “Ridiculous”

What a monster song!  Moose hits the nail on the head.  This is the simplest message song I’ve ever heard.  It’s soo right on. Scott Tee and his muted trumpet really set up Moose’s vocals, and Scott’s solo is centerfold material in Trumpet Magazine. The entire band plays their asses off. I predict big things for this song.

Ridiculous (play/download mp3)

The Uptones – “Bested By Pelicans” MP3

sfu-coverHow can you describe a song about the superior evolution of pelicans compared to man.  But that’s what the Rev. Paul Jackson wrote and sings about. Sitting on the beach observing pelicans in flight, the Rev. explains why he has pelican envy.  This is truly a one of a kind song. Once you get it, you love it.

The Uptones – “Bested By Pelicans” MP3
The Uptones
from “Skankin’ Foolz Unite!
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)
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Son Of Pete – “Mankind” mp3

This song from the extraordinary conceptual music/art pioneer Son of Pete is intellectual novelty at its best. It has a message that is so simple but true that it should be hailed as truly international patriotism. The human species should embrace this as their anthem.

The Uptones – “East Of A Western Bay” mp3

An early instrumental work by Berkeley’s Ska music pioneers, The Uptones, this ebullient punk ska jazz opus was penned by the Rev. Paul Jackson. Originally on trumpet duties at the time of the band’s founding, Jackson soon moved to Hammond Organ and before long became one of their key songwriters. “East Of A Western Bay” is the lone instrumental cut from “The Uptones Live!! 924 Gilman” CD, and it rocks.

The Uptones – “East Of A Western Bay” mp3