Shadows From the East

Che Prasad

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A sitar driven groove from Che Prasad's album Shiva Me Timbers based on his own Mom and Dad

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Christmastime in the Apocalypse

Che Prasad

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Lock the doors and enjoy the re-release of this Christmas classic featuring all your favorite childhood Christmas characters...in zombie form!

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Werewolf

Shark Alley Hobos (music and lyrics by Michael Hurley)

Just in time for Halloween! The Shark Alley Hobos give you their hackles raising version of Werewolf...recorded under a full moon with the Hobos a-howlin'!

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Two Brothers

Alex McMurray

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El Che Records is honored to announce the release of “Two Brothers”, a new single by New Orleans musician Alex McMurray. Alex was one of Mikie Lee Prasad's all-time favorite singer/songwriter/guitarists and I know wherever he is, Mikie is listening to the song, tapping his foot and smiling…

Two Brothers

music and lyrics by Alex McMurray

Alex McMurray - guitar, vocals

Andy J. Forest - harmonica

Recorded and mixed by Michael Mehiel at Studio Seurat, New Orleans, LA

Mastered by Bruce Barielle

Artwork by Kourtney Keller

El Che Records 2017

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A note from Alex McMurray:

 

"This one is for Mikie Lee Prasad, my friend from the wilds of California. Our paths first crossed at a Royal Fingerbowl gig in San Francisco back in the late 90’s. Some little club I can’t remember the name of. Mikie was in the opening band and I’m not even sure we even spoke to one another that night, but somehow I stayed on his radar and in 2005 he talked me into playing a semi-private affair at a crazy little bar way out on Long Island where he and his family were staying. That party was too insane to go into detail here, but after that we stayed in touch and he was instrumental in getting me gigs in the Bay Area. We hung out a lot talking about music and life and all that follows. Mikie was a beautiful guitar player and writer and used to record his own albums in his home studio on 1” tape. I helped him out a little with the songs that eventually became his great “Jukebox Folktales Vol. 1” album, and he used me on some sessions while I was out West. He and his brother Che used to put together these junkets to New Orleans, usually around Halloween and Jazz Fest, and bring their friends down here to blow their minds, eat and drink as much as they could and hear as much music as was humanly possible. They’d hire people like Luke Allen, Scully, Schatzy and myself to play these command performances at the Saturn Bar and later on at Siberia. Just huge music lovers and great spirits with the air of folks who just can’t believe their good luck. Mikie and Che had a special bond, like if you cut one guy the other guy would bleed—what I imagine the Wright Brothers, or the Van Halens, or Dizzy and Daffy Dean would be like. Mikie and Che were about as tight as any two brothers I’ve known.

 

When Mikie got sick Che sprang into action, pulling every string he could and looking at every possible option to save his brother’s life. But Mikie got dealt a bad hand, as they say, and he checked out in October 2015, leaving behind his beautiful daughter Daisy along with his parents Judy and Kedar and brother Che. The day after he died this song jumped up out of the void. My son was about a year and a half old at the time and it was all hands on deck pretty much constantly, so pretty much zero songs got written for a couple of years. Any song at all that came was as precious and rare as Beluga Caviar, or enriched uranium. I’m not sure how much stock I take in the Spirit World, but I give Mikie most of the credit on this one. It was written in the kitchen of 617 Gallier Street, and recorded in the next room over on September 26 2017. Thanks to Andy Forest for his (always) great harp playing and to Michael Mehiel for capturing the performance with his usual sensitivity and elan. Thanks especially to Mikie for writing this tune for me. I hope it satisfies and brings a smile, wherever it is that you are. We miss you, man. Stay cool until we meet again."

When Doves Cry: Sea Shanty Style

Shark Alley Hobos (music and lyrics by Prince)

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The Shark Alley Hobos pay tribute to the Purple One with this sea shanty infused version of When Doves Cry. Stay tuned to the end for the rousing “Purple Danny Boy”…

While making their first (and last) appearance at the Northern California Pirate Festival, the Hobos were missing their fallen leader Mike Lee. Squinty and One Eyed Jack remembered that they had always wanted to form a Prince tribute band called Darling Mikki and the Beautiful Ones. While reminiscing over a Mai Tais and a giant turkey leg, Squinty and One Eyed Jack grew tired of watching the other Hobos watching the belly dancing act—and began to dream big. What if the Hobos did the entire Purple Rain album sea shanty style? Within minutes, the sea shanty version of When Doves Cry was born! Will the dream of Purple Rain sea shanty style--maybe with belly dancers--ever be realized? Probably not, but reality has never stopped the Shark Alley Hobos…

Raise a glass to the Purple One and sing along with the chorus!

Performed by the Shark Alley Hobos

Written by Prince

Cover art by Smokey Joe (aka Ken Jacobs)

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Dumpstah Dave (aka Dave Bell) at Bellboy Recording Studios

El Che Records 2017

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Sally Brown

Shark Alley Hobos

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The Shark Alley Hobos get back to their roots with the traditional sea shanty Sally Brown. A tale of love, lust and loss. Every choirboy-turned-pirate’s fantasy is to share a bed with Sally Brown…or Sally Brown’s daughter!

Enjoy this bawdy, rowdy version of a classic sea shanty!

Traditional sea shanty

Performed by the Shark Alley Hobos

Cover art by Smokey Joe (aka Ken Jacobs)

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Dumpstah Dave (aka Dave Bell) at Bellboy Recording Studios

El Che Records 2017

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Men of the Cloth

Shark Alley Hobos

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Men of the Cloth

Lyrics and music by Che and Mikie Lee Prasad

Performed by the Shark Alley Hobos

Cover art by Ken Jacobs

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Bell at Bellboy Recording Studios

El Che Records 2017

Men of the Cloth was written by Mikie Lee and Che while they were in England taking a songwriting course from one of the Shark Alley Hobos’ music heroes, Ray Davies from the Kinks. Mikie and Che were assigned the task of writing a song for the two priest characters for a musical based on the 1963 British movie The Servant. Ray laughed out loud during the performance which Che and Mikie thought could be a good sign or bad sign but were too afraid to ask…

This Shark Alley Hobos song has a few surprises. The coolest one is that the bridge is sung by our dearly missed leader Mikie Lee (from a demo he and Che recorded in England while writing the song). It was an honor to sing along with Mikie once again! At the very end of the song you can hear Mikie and Che walking the grounds of an English castle talking about nothing in particular, a conversation that is now a treasured moment in time.

The song features some archaic phrases that might need some explaining such as:

  • Men of the Cloth: priests

  • Admirals of the red: heavy drinkers

  • Beat your gums: idle chatter

  • Tooth music: making loud sounds while eating

We hope you enjoy this new song that reunites Mikie Lee with his crew of Hobos!

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