Rev. Willis' Pick 6! (more or less)

Charles Bukowski, Underwater Poetry Festival a Rev. Willis recording

I received this rather minimal email with a subject line reading,

Anything from the Mermen (usually very high quality equipment used in the recording, especially those done by Steve Brown)

My Surf Coasters recordings...the performances are stunning."

That was pretty much it with the exception of a link to this...

Mermen, Live at Blondie's Sports Bar (March 18, 2005)

So I downloaded the 22 FLAC tracks from Live at Blondie's Sports Bar all of them (yes for free) recorded in 24/96, listened and smiled. There's really nothing I enjoy more than people offering up music they enjoy, sharing the gift. And there's an additonal sweetness when the recommendation comes from someone who took part in its making.

Surf Coasters, Live at Brookdale Lodge (April 16, 2004)

Japanese surf bands inhabit a special place in my musical storage chest which was first stoked by The El Caminos Reverb Explosion back in the '90s. This recording was tapped and transfered by the good Rev. Willis and its got enough reverb to make Dick Dale dance.

Check out Rev. Willis' musical gifts as well as his website for more.

Thanks Rev.!

p.s. I snuck that Charles Bukowski recording in there even though its a CD for two reasons; this may be the only chance I get to put a picture of Charles Bukowski on AudioStream, and why the hell not! You can purchase this wonderful recording of Bukowski reading from 1974 at the Underwater Poetry Festival in Salt Lake City right here.

slim's picture

made me get one from the fridge and fire up the Mermen: Yeah, great stuff! - musically and sonically, even from the AudioStream at The FLAC download still in progress - enuff beer left - gonna be a nice evening ...

Happy Easter,


Michael Lavorgna's picture

I'll join you and Charles in a bit.

beer + Mermen = a nice evening.

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kavon yarrum's picture

Thanks for link ML!

Great band. I have a 2010 show, and a couple of studio albums. This one escaped me.


kavon yarrum's picture

Hey ML:

The Mermen show FLAC files are actually 44.1/16. He did record at 24/96 then

downsampled. Still sounds great, sample rate is just a number. Cool stuff.

Michael Lavorgna's picture

It even said so in the description on the page. How'd I miss that?

I corrected the language in the post as well.

kavon yarrum's picture

Again, thanks for the link. FYI, for collectors, there are at least 25 more Mermen shows to download for those with incredible patience and large hard drives!

stephhance001's picture

Poetry uses forms and conventions to suggest differential interpretation to words, or to evoke emotive responses. Devices such as assonance, alliteration, onomatopoeia and rhythm are sometimes used to achieve musical or incantatory effects. -Steven C. Wyer