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Cheer The Fuck Up II

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”Streets of gold, that’s where we’re going, you and I. We’ll cross over these uncertain waters and make our home on the other side.”

More endorphin stimulating sounds to lure you away from the abyss. Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em, kids!

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Cheer The Fuck Up II from dirtyimpound on 8tracks Radio.

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In Your Eye

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1970 Week

Michael Nesmith & The First National Band

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DI takes its role as edutainers seriously, and in that spirit we’re spotlighting great albums and choice cuts from 1970-1999 to edify our readers’ musical breadth of knowledge. Each week will focus on a single year and some of the sweetmeat it produced.

“Has anybody here seen Jesus? He is gone from where I laid him down. He was always into helping people, and he asked me for a ride to town.”

Michael Nesmith and The First National Band

Michael Nesmith and The First National Band (Artwork on photo by Mike Myers)

Discussions of the late 1960s/early 1970s country rock movement frequently center around The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Gram Parsons’ brief solo output. It’s a limited view that even when expanded to include Poco, Eagles, Nitty Gritty Dirty Band and New Riders of the Purple Sage there are still usually two major notable absences: Goose Creek Symphony and the equally unheralded yet equally influential and pioneering Michael Nesmith & The First National Band.

Nesmith’s first post-Monkees band let the twang echoes of his earlier work take full flourish, the vision of a newfangled cowboy poet, the sort that had studied a few tumbling tumbleweeds while lysergically switched-on and perhaps pondered the cosmos after a freshly rolled number – the man himself once noted in a Monkees studio outtake, “That doesn’t smell like corn silk!” Joined by the core of The First National Band – O.J. “Red” Rhodes (pedal steel guitar), John London (bass) and John Ware (drums) – and supplemented by keyboardists Glen Hardin and Earl P. Ball, Nesmith delivered two stunning cross-pollinations just a few months apart in 1970 with this appealing mixture of tight, talented and loose-limbed players.

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Magnetic South arrived in July and saunters in with samba-Western swing hybrid “Calico Girlfriend,” as warm an invitation as one could want, and then proceeds to wander in a most organic way, Nesmith’s voice revealed without having to compete with the Monkees machinery, a kissing cousin to Buck Owens and the Grateful Dead, hip but also grandly hick, a philosopher in scuffed up boots with a top-flight bunch of shit-pickers at this back. The title loosely references the wandering point on Earth’s Southern Hemisphere but probably more likely directs listeners to the American South and its rich musical heritage as interpreted by this California contingent. With a personalized rag from Red Rhodes [Dirty Impound’s All-Time Fave-O-Rite Pedal Steel Player], a swoony ballad (“Joanne”), a swell cover of a 1930s hit (“Beyond The Blue Horizon,” covered to country-pop success four years later by Lou Christie), and more, Magnetic South is what one calls an auspicious debut.

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Loose Salute followed in November with the band’s collective confidence and personality more to the fore in a set that lets their freak flag wave a bit more freely. While still boot scootin’ gold, their sophomore effort is subtly weirder in the best of ways and the performances shimmer and kick with authority. If there were any expectations of Monkees style pop for Nesmith’s post-TV life they were surely dashed by Loose Salute, which was very much a piece with the expanded sonic horizons that the new FM radio format offered. There’s a bit more Latinismo (“Tengo Amore”), a boffo remake of a Monkees cut (“Listen To The Band”), a country barroom classic (“I Fall To Pieces”), a hopping tell-off ditty (“Bye Bye Bye”) and more treasures still on this end-to-end charmer, every bit the equal of Parsons’ over-praised GP and Grievous Angel, which didn’t reach the same musical territory for a few more years, begging the question of who influenced who.

The First National Band only lasted one more album, 1971’s Nevada Fighter, completing their “Red, White & Blue” trilogy, and for some diehard Nesmith fans (DI included) remains perhaps the most satisfying phase of Mike’s long, varied career (particularly if one tosses in the sarcastically titled Nez/Red 1972 duo album And The Hits Just Keep On Comin’). There was great swing and cosmic joy to these late 20th century twangers, which resulted in music that is that rarest of things – truly timeless.

For photos and other tidbits about this short-lived band, check out the fab First National Band Facebook Page.

A trio of selections from each album for yo’ enjoyment!

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Sunday Brunch VII

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Waking from a dream, we find the world as we left it, a muddle of bills, plans and missteps. The panic patter begins in our chest and our still drowsy brain sloshes to attention. Take a breath, push this rising stress aside. Know you are doing just fine. Someone and perhaps more someones than you realize think you are beautiful and cool and lots of other good things. Let that take the place of the panic. See if you can make this Sunday bright for you and don’t be surprised if your residual glow doesn’t make others shine a bit too.

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Sunday Brunch VII from dirtyimpound on 8tracks Radio.

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Snack Time V

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When we were young, radio was a blessing, something one turned on to find a smile, a comforting shoulder, or just a nifty tune that made the world shine a bit brighter for a few minutes. Those days – very sadly – are largely past with the commercial radio programming of today, but we at Dirty Impound like to conjecture what a better radio world might sound like. Our fifth installment in this daydream offers Beatles covers, Richard Thompson tackling a Squeeze hit, fresh new talent right at the top, and more with ample nods to the 70s AM radio magnificence of our youth.

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Snack Time II

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Grab yo’ self something tasty and a fine beverage and join us for a different vision for what radio pop might be with the Impound’s monthly contribution to sweeter, sweller virtual airwaves, which offers up new noteworthys (Ex Norwegian, Drug Rug), perennial pleasures (Sam Phillips, Kelley Stoltz, Luther Russell) and vintage charmers (The Kinks, double shot of The Monkees). We begin with one for the ladies (and certain boys, too)…

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Classic Rock Orgy IV

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We’re taking a break from our current trawl through the “Box of Intrigue” to envelop y’all in the vinyl-rich sounds of the 60s & 70s. As with previous Classic Rock Orgy mixes, we’ve gathered names you know but songs you probably don’t. It’s a sad fact that most of these artists are represented by a dozen or so overly familiar tunes in the general consciousness, and the Impound aims to rectify that shortcoming with these periodic assortments.

This time out we offer up a double shot of The Monkees and choice covers of Dylan (by Small Faces), Bad Company (by Golden Smog) and Joni Mitchell (by Jennifer Warnes). Ladies, slip into your macrame bikini and lather up with some coconut oil while we slap on some Aqua Velva and comb our chest hair. It’s time to make those refrigerator sized Klimpt speakers boogie…

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