Monday, December 28, 2009

Kid Creole and the Coconuts - Kid Creole Redux 1992

You who do not know the legend of Kid Creole please read up on the 1980's. The origin of King Creole by way of Harold Robbins then Elvis Presley does not prepare one for the innovative style of Kid Creole and the Coconuts. This 1992 overview is a good contribution to your education.

1. I'm a Wonderful Thing, Baby
2. Endicott
3. There's Something Wrong in Paradise
4. If You Wanna Be Happy
5. Stool Pigeon
6. Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy
7. Yolanda
8. It's a Wonderful Life
9. Dancin' at the Bains Douches
10. In the Jungle
11. Animal Crackers
12. Part of My Design
13. Call It a Day
14. The Lifeboat Party

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Muddy Waters - His Best 1956-1964

1. All Aboard
2. Forty Days and Forty Nights
3. Just to Be with You
4. Don't Go No Farther
5. Diamonds at Your Feet
6. I Love the Life I Live, I Live the Life I Love
7. Rock Me
8. Got My Mojo Working
9. She's Nineteen Years Old
10. Close to You
11. Walkin' Thru the Park
12. She's Into Something
13. I Feel So Good
14. You Shook Me
15. You Need Love
16. My Love Strikes Like Lightning
17. My Home Is in the Delta
18. Good Morning, Little School Girl
19. The Same Thing
20. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sesame Street - Sing the Alphabet 1996

F is for 40, and this should help set off any alphabetizing sessions.

1. ABC-Def-Ghi
2. A-The Sound of the Letter "A"
3. B- Oscar's "B" Sandwich
4. C- "C" Is for Cookie
5. D- Dee, Dee, Dee
6. E- What's My Letter?
7. F- Four Furry Friends
8. G- Two "G" Sounds
9. H- Ha Ha
10. I-I Stand Up Straight and Tall
11. J- "J" Friends
12. K- Herb's Silly Poem
13. L-La La La
14. M-MMM Monster Meal
15. N- The Noodle Story
16. O- Would You Like to Buy an "O"?
17. P- My Favorite Letter
18. Q- The Question Song
19. R- The "R" Machine
20. S-Sammy the Snake
21. T- The Tale of Tom Tattertall Tuttletut
22. U- "U" Lecture
23. V- Very, Very Special Letter
24. W- The National Association of "W" Lovers
25. X- "X" Marks the Spot
26. Y- Just Because
27. Z-The Zizzy Zoomers

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul: Complete & Unbelievable 1966

1. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
2. I'm Sick Y'All
3. Tennessee Waltz
4. Sweet Lorene
5. Try A Little Tenderness
6. Day Tripper
7. My Lover's Prayer
8. She Put The Hurt On Me
9. Ton Of Joy
10. You're Still My Baby
11. Hawg For You
12. Love Have Mercy

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Material Hallucination Engine 1994

1. - Black Light
2. - Mantra
3. - Ruins (Submutation Dub)
4. - Eternal Drift
5. - Words Of Advice
6. - Cucumber Slumber (Fluxus Mix)
7. - The Hidden Garden/Naima
8. - Shadows Of Paradise

Sunday, October 18, 2009

People Under the Stairs - Trippin' at the Disco

Back on the grind soon enough. Real life has been intruding far too much for an October. Nothing PUTS LP #7 & some live music won't fix.

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Art Ensemble of Chicago - Bap-Tizum 1972

It will be a special Columbus Day in North TX this year with both Oprah and U2 in the metroplex on the same day. Since the state prohibits me from parade planning anymore I'll just be listening to some old records.

1. Nfamoudou-Boudougou
2. Immm
3. Unanka
4. Oouffnoon
5. Ohnedaruth
6. Odwalla

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Mark Ronson - Here Comes the Fuzz 2003

Caught sleepin when this came out but found it for 4$ last weekend. For promotional use only, natch.

1. Mark Ronson - Intro
2. Anthony Hamilton/Mark Ronson/Nappy Roots - Bluegrass Stain'd
3. Ghostface Killah/Mark Ronson/Nate Dogg/Trife & Larceny Of The Snakes - Ooh Wee
4. Aya/Mark Ronson - High
5. Mark Ronson/Rivers Cuomo - I Suck
6. Mark Ronson/Sean Paul/Tweet - International Affair
7. Mark Ronson/Saigon - Diduntdidunt
8. M.O.P./Mark Ronson/Mos Def - On the Run
9. Mark Ronson - Here Comes the Fuzz
10. Anthony Hamilton/Mark Ronson/Rhymefest - Bout to Get Ugly
11. Daniel Merriweather/Mark Ronson - She's Got Me
12. Debi Nova/Mark Ronson/Q-Tip - Tomorrow
13. Mark Ronson - Rashi (Outro)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Steel Pulse - Vex 1994

1. Bootstraps
2. Back to My Roots
3. Islands Unite
4. Better Days
5. In My Life
6. Endangered Species
7. New World Order
8. X Ressurection
9. Whirlwind Romance
10. No Justice, No Peace
11. Dirty H20
12. Dub to My Roots
13. Dubite

Friday, September 4, 2009

Street Jams: Electro Funk Part 1 1992

1. Various Artists - Skanless Electric Funk Mega-Mix
2. Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force - Planet Rock
3. Twilight 22 - Electric Kingdom
4. Planet Patrol - Play at Your Own Risk
5. Reggie Griffin - Mirda Rock
6. Guru - Who You Stealin' From
7. Hashim - Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)
8. Cybotron - Clear
9. Aleem - Release Yourself
10 Herbie Hancock - Rockit
11. Grandmixer D.ST - Megamix II: Why Is It Fresh?
12. Newcleus - Jam on Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song)
13. Bernard Fowler/Grandmixer D.ST - Crazy Cuts

Saturday, August 29, 2009

10cc - Sheet Music 1974

Tracks #1-10 are from the OG release. Track #11 was the first song 10cc ever recorded.

1. The Wall Street Shuffle
2. The Worst Band in the World
3. Hotel
4. Old Wild Men
5. Clockwork Creep
6. Silly Love [Long Version]
7. Somewhere in Hollywood
8. Baron Samedi
9. The Sacro-Iliac
10. Oh Effendi
11. Waterfall

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Michael Franks - Sleeping Gypsy 1977

1. The Lady Wants to Know
2. I Really Hope It's You
3. In the Eye of the Storm
4. B'wana-He No Home
5. Don't Be Blue
6. Antonio's Song (The Rainbow)
7. Chain Reaction
8. Down in Brazil

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

kc Flightt - In Flightt 1989

1. Planet E [House Mix]
2. Let's Get Jazzy
3. Summer Madness
4. Bass Line
5. Let's Go
6. Jazz Player
7. Fantasy
8. She's Sexxy [Fantasy Mix]
9. Your Place or Mine
10. It Goes Like This
11. Africa
12. Let's Get Jazzy [Dope Mix]

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Randy Brecker - 34th and Lex 2003

1. 34th N Lex
2. Streeange
3. Shanghigh [Live]
4. All 4 Love
5. Let It Go
6. Foregone Conclusion [Live]
7. Hula Dula
8. The Fisherman
9. Give It Up
10. Tokyo Freddie [Live]
11. The Castle Rocks

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wilson Pickett - The Very Best of Wilson Pickett 1993

1. In the Midnight Hour
2. 634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)
3. Land of 1000 Dances
4. Mustang Sally
5. Funky Broadway
6. I'm in Love
7. She's Lookin' Good
8. Hey Jude
9. Sugar, Sugar
10. Engine Number 9
11. Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You
12. Don't Knock My Love, Pt. 1
13. Fire and Water
14. I'm a Midnight Mover
15. I Found a Love, Pt. 1
16. Everybody Needs Somebody to Love

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Highes of the Sixties 1986

1. The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)
2. Love - Seven & Seven Is
3. The Count Five - Psychotic Reaction
4. Blue Cheer - Summertime Blues
5. Shadows of Knight - Gloria
6. The Young Rascals - I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
7. The Marketts - Out of Limits
8. The Left Banke - Walk Away Renee
9. Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs - Wooly Bully
10. The Seeds - Pushin' Too Hard
11. Vanilla Fudge - You Keep Me Hangin' On
12. The Knickerbockers - Lies
13. The Association - Six Man Band
14. The Swingin' Medallions - Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)
15. The Standells - Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White
16. The Beau Brummels - Laugh, Laugh
17. Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
18. Bobby Fuller Four - I Fought the Law
19. The Yardbirds - I'm a Man
20. The Kingsmen - Louie, Louie

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Johnny "Guitar" Watson - What the Hell Is This? 1979

U.S. Energy prices climb 6.6% in June - thousands seek solace in the words of prophet Johnny "Guitar" Watson
1. What the Hell Is This?
2. In the World
3. Proud of You
4. Cop & Blow
5. I Don't Want to Be President
6. Mother in Law
7. Strung Out
8. The Funk If I Know - bonus track
9. Watsonian Institute - bonus track

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Fresh/Music Inspired by the Film 1994

Summer madness...

1. Genius - I Gotcha' Back
2. Raekwon [featuring Ghost Face Killer] - Heaven & Hell
3. Wu-Tang Clan - Can It Be All So Simple [Remix]
4. Fresh 3 MC's - Fresh
5. Whodini - Freaks Come out at Night
6. Masterdon Committee - Funk Box Party
7. Cold Crush Brothers - Fresh, Wild, Fly and Bold
8. The Fearless Four - Rockin' It
9. T-Ski Valley - Catch the Beat
10. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five - It's Nasty
11. Funky Four And 1 More - Do You Wanna Rock
12. Spoonie Gee - Spoonin' Rap

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

24-7 Spyz - Strength in Numbers 1992

Contributed by anonymous - third LP by the legendary group.

1. Break the Chains
2. Crime Story
3. Judgement Day
4. Understanding
5. Got It Goin' On
6. My Desire
7. Purple
8. Stuntman
9. Earth and Sky
10. Room #9
11. Sireality
12. Last Call
13. I'm Not Going
14. Traveling Day

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tone Loc Cool Hand Loc 1991 (2)

Reups will be slow and rare but will occur before the Texas heat melts any files. Reminded that this went gold and only got one single. The game changed between '89 and '91. The label didn't ask for album #3. Since the game changed, Tone Loc changed his game and went into acting and voicework. Tone Loc is currently heard as Chestnut on the animated show Chowder.

1. Kenyatta/Tone-Loc - Funky Westside
2. Scott Mayo/Tone-Loc - Pimp Without a Caddy
3. Dave Forman/Jason White/John Rogers/Tone-Loc/Val Young - I Adore You
4. El DeBarge/Howie Robbins/Kevin O'Neil/Scott Mayo/Tone-Loc - All Through the Night
5. Jazmine Vega/Leslie McCracken/Ronald Jeffreys/Tone-Loc - Fatal Attraction
6. Tone-Loc - I Joke But I Don't Play
7. Kenyatta/Tone-Loc - Freaky Behavior
8. Donna Simon/Ron Jeffrey/Stuart Wylen/Tone-Loc - Mean Green
9. Herman Jackson/Kevin O'Neil/Phillip Gordy/Tone-Loc - Why
10. Kevin O'Neil/M. Walk/MC Wink dog/Tone-Loc - Hip-Hop It Is Kinda Different
11. Tone-Loc - Funky Westside Reprise

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Little Milton - Friend of Mine 1976

"Any category they want to put me in is fine with me as long as they accept what I do." - Little Milton

1. Friend of Mine
2. You're Gonna Make Me Cry
3. Baby It Ain't No Way
4. Mis-Using My Love
5. Don't Turn Away
6. It's All Bad News
7. Bring It on Back
8. Sundown /Sundown [Monologue]
9. I'm in Love with My Best Friend's Wife

Saturday, June 6, 2009

H.E.A.L. Civilation Vs. Technology 1991

1. Big Daddy Kane/Freddy Foxx/Harmony/Kid Capri/KRS-One/LL Cool J/
MC Lyte/Queen Latifah - Heal Yourself
2. Sister Carol - I Am What I Am
3. Ms. Melodie - Anti-Ho
4. Skadanks - Whole World African
5. Heather B. - Don't Hold Us Back
6. Bigga Don/Kevin B/Mickey Jarrett/Reverend Badoo/Shabba Ranks/Shell Thunder/Sleepy Wonder - Know Your Culture
7. Kushite/Musik G./Sky High & Mau Mau - O' Freedom
8. Melody Makers/Ziggy Marley - One Bright Day
9. DMC/Grand Daddy I.U./Kid Capri/Kool Moe Dee/KRS-One/Ms. Melodie/
Salt-N-Pepa/Ziggy Marley - Family Got to Get Busy
10. Ready Z - Correct Education
11. Simone - Family
12. Harmony/KRS-One/Michael Stipe - Civilization Vs. Technology
13. Billy Bragg/DJ Woody Dee/The Athenians - Tighten up Your Wig

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Aceyalone - All Balls Don't Bounce 1995

1. All Balls
2. Anywhere You Go
3. Deep and Wide
4. Mr. Outsider
5. Annallillia
6. Knownots
7. Arythamaticulas
8. Greatest Show on Earth
9. Mic Check
10. Call It Cali
11. Headaches & Woes
12. I Think
13. Makeba
14. B-Boy Kingdom
15. Keep It True

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bessie Smith - Beale Street Mama 1996

The same advances that make life better usually make the heartache worse. I've been enjoying these remastered tracks from the 1920's and wondering who had it worse - Bessie or Lauryn Hill. 21 Adjectives to describe Bessie Smith's style - Distraught, Gutsy, Dramatic, Weary, Reflective, Intense, Passionate, Organic, Intimate, Earnest, Melancholy, Cathartic, Angst-Ridden, Carefree, Earthy, Confident, Rousing, Boisterous, Raucous, Sexy, Irreverent

1. Downhearted Blues
2. Gulf Coast Blues
3. Beale Street Mama
4. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
5. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
6. Bleeding Hearted Blues
7. Midnight Blues
8. Nobody in Town Can Bake a Sweet Jelly Roll Like Mine
9. St. Louis Gal
10. Graveyard Dream Blues
11. I'm Going Back to My Used to Be
12. My Sweetie Went Away
13. Any Woman's Blues
14. Frosty Morning Blues
15. Haunted House Blues
16. Easy Come, Easy Go Blues
17. Rocking Chair Blues
18. Sorrowful Blues
19. Bo Weavil Blues
20. Hateful Blues

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Multiplication Rock 1973

To lighten things up here's something to help the children of today. Don't think I forgot you kiddies but please stop asking if the long-promised kid's blog will ever see the light of day. Everything in time. For now, practice counting. There's still only eight of us left including one known clone. Back in the day you couldn't get this funkin lesson until Rhino released the lot on CD in 1997. Let me just add that if anyone ever thought Electric Company would be better as a disco/vocabulary/Heroes style show, well then, your time is now. Free Letterman & RIP Blossom Dearie ...

1. Lynn Ahrens - Schoolhouse Rocky
2. Bob Dorough - Elementary, My Dear
3. Bob Dorough - Three Is a Magic Number
4. Bob Dorough - The Four-Legged Zoo
5. Bob Dorough - Ready or Not, Here I Come
6. Bob Dorough - My Hero, Zero
7. Grady Tate - I Got Six
8. Bob Dorough - Lucky Seven Sampson
9. Blossom Dearie - Figure Eight
10. Grady Tate - Naughty Number Nine
11. Bob Dorough - The Good Eleven
12. Bob Dorough - Little Twelvetoes

Image jacked from Soul Strut - original LP cover. Two tracks, "My Hero, Zero" and "Three Is A Magic Number" had been edited for TV to keep each video within three minutes. The LP featured both songs in their full, unedited forms. The LP version of "The Four-Legged Zoo" has a slightly different ending than the television version.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

America Is Dying Slowly 1996

Number eight in the Red Hot Blue Series. Wash your hands while you're at it.

1. Biz Markie, Chubb Rock, Prince Paul - No Rubber, No Backstage Pass
2. Pete Rock & The Lost Boyz - The Yearn
3. Wu-Tang Clan - America
4. Goodie Mob with Big Rube - Blood
5. Coolio - I Breaks 'Em Off
6. 8Ball & MJG - Listen to Me Now
7. Mobb Deep, L.E.S. & ACD - Street Life
8. Money Boss Players - Games
9. Spice 1, Celly Cel, 187-Fac, Ant Banks, & Gangsta P - Check Ya Self
10. Common & Sean Lett - (Lately) I've Been Thinking
11. Organized Konfusion - Decisions
12. De la Soul & Da Beatminerz - The Hustle
13. O.C. & Buckwild - What I Represent
14. Sadat X, Fat Joe, Diamond D - (Stay Away From The) Nasty Hoes
15. Domino - Sport That Raincoat
16. Mac Mall - Suckas P.H.

Bonus Round - Count how many things in this video raise your level of paranoia, fear or doubt. No guessing. Know your facts.

Git Beats Feat. LadyBug Mecca "America"

Friday, May 1, 2009

Joe Sedelmaier/Laura Kightlinger April 30 2009

Last night I saw some short films and a tribute to Joe Sedelmaier at one of DFW's film festivals (third coast, baby!) Laura Kightlinger had a new short that was excellent. The best part was seeing her wearing a mask so she didn't have to risk breathing the same air as us DFW movie goers. I have to say she looked way better in her mask than MF DOOM. Here's a spot to show some love for Sedelmaier. Don't think you could air this ad in today's American ad market. Just say no to swine flu and always wear a rubber.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Si Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba, Vol . 1 2006

1. Juan Pablo Torres Y Algo Nuevo - Son a Propulsion
2. Irakere - Bacalao con Pan
3. Los Van Van - Y No le Conviene
4. Los Reyes '73 - Adeoey
5. Combo Tiempos Nuevos - De La Fiesta La Mejor
6. Grupo Monumental - Si, Para Usted
7. Tainos - Amor Mio
8. Ricardo Eddy Martinez - Tambo Iya
9. Orquesta Riverside - En Casa del Trompo No Bailes
10. Juan Pablo Torres Y Algo Nuevo - Y Viva La Felicidad
11. Juan Pablo Torres Y Algo Nuevo - Rompe Cocorioco
12. Los 5-U-4 - Baila, Ven y Baila
13. Sintesis - Con la Luz Del La Manana
14. Jorge Reyes - Pocito 11
15. Grupo Los Yoyi - El Fino
16. Grupo de Experimentacion Sonora Del Icaic - Sondeando
17. Mirtha Y Raul - Casina y Epidecus

Thursday, April 23, 2009

10cc - 10cc 1973

1. Rubber Bullets [Long Version]
2. Johnny Don't Do It
3. Sand in My Face
4. Donna
5. The Dean and I
6. Headline Hustler
7. Speed Kills
8. The Hospital Song
9. Ships Don't Disappear in the Night (Do They?)
10. Fresh Air for My Mama

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Disco Party: The Best of the TK Collection 1993

Happy Record Store Day. I did my part today. Do yours. Dig for vinyl. Dig for cassettes. Just don't stop.

1. T-Connection - Do What You Wanna Do
2. The Ritchie Family - Lady Luck
3. Foxy - Get off Your Ahh and Dance
4. George McCrae - Rock Your Baby
5. Peter Brown - Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me
6. Eli's Second Coming - Love Chant
7. KC & the Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight
8. Ralph MacDonald - Calypso Breakdown
9. The Ritchie Family - Best Disco in Town
10. Connection - Disco Magic
11. Buzzy Bunch/Celi Bee - Superman
12. Jimmy "Bo" Horne - Gimme Some
13. George McCrae - Kiss Me (The Way I Like It)
14. Betty Wright - Where Is the Love

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Weird World of Blowfly 1971

One of funk's original masked supervillains stopped by Denton this past Thursday. If you don't know about the man with the odes to the procreation of God's creations you need to listen closer. These hymns can help you two put the fertility back in Easter. 1-16 OG; 17-19 from the 1995 reissue

1. Weird World
2. My Baby Keeps Farting in My Face
3. Hold on It's Running
4. Hole Man
5. The Eating Song (Yum-Yum)
6. Shitting on the Dock of the Bay
7. To-To-To-To-To (The Fart Song)
8. I Don't Want No Woman to Give Me Nothing
9. The Eater
10. Spermy Night in Georgia
11. Odd Balls
12. Baby Let Me Do It to You
13. It's a Faggot's World
14. A Child's Dick
15. The Sperm Is Gone
16 Outro
17. Jingle Fuckin' Bells
18. Queer For The New Year
19. Fonky Party

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Young Black Teenagers - 1990

Never Black, no longer young but still backed by the Bomb Squad. They kind of lost whatever remaining credibility they had when the second LP's big single was "Tap the Bottle", a celebration of drinking out of the bottle complete w/ instructions. Trust me, the only guy that can pull off singing about food or drink is Weird Al.

1. Punks, Lies & Video Tape
2. Korner Groove
3. Traci
4. First Stage of a Rampage Called the Rap Rage
5. Nobody Knows Kelli
6. Daddy Kalled Me Niga Cause I Likeded to Rhyme
7. Chillin' Wit Me Posse
8. Mack Daddy Don of the Underworld
9. Loud and Hard to Hit
10. My TV Went Black and White on Me
11. Proud to Be Black
12. To My Donna
13. My Color TV

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Twin Peaks OST (TV) Angelo Badalamenti 1990

1. Twin Peaks Theme [Instrumental]
2. Laura Palmer's Theme [Instrumental]
3. Audrey's Dance [Instrumental]
4. The Nightingale
5. Freshly Squeezed [Instrumental]
6. Bookhouse Boys [Instrumental]
7. Into the Night
8. Night Life in Twin Peaks [Instrumental]
9. Dance of the Dream Man [Instrumental]
10. Love Theme from "Twin Peaks" [Instrumental]
11. Falling

Friday, March 20, 2009

Randy Brecker - Into the Sun 1995

1. Village Dawn
2. Just Between Us
3. The Sleaze Factor
4. Into the Sun
5. After Love
6. Gray Area
7. Tijuca
8. Buds
9. Four Worlds
10. Hottest Man in Town: Prophecy/Growth/Realization/The Horn/Finale

Thursday, March 12, 2009

24-7 Spyz - Gumbo Millenium 1990

1. John Connelly's Theory
2. New Super Hero Worship
3. Deathstyle
4. Dude U Knew
5. Culo Posse
6. Don't Push Me
7. Spyz on Piano
8. Valdez 27 Million?
9. Don't Break My Heart!
10. We'll Have Power
11. Racism
12. Heaven and Hell
13. We Got a Date
14. Some Defenders' Memories

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Lumpy Gravy 1968

From wikipedia - Lumpy Gravy uses sound effects and dialogue to link highly dissimilar musical themes. Some orchestral parts have a jazz-like feel while other sections show tonal and atonal classical music influences. On first listening, the album may appear to have no musical structure. But after repeated listening the album's unique flow begins to make more sense. Zappa's first instrument was drums. Through careful attention to rhythm, dynamics, pacing, and technology, he was able to bring sound elements together in a way that was almost without precedent. The closest parallels would be cartoon music soundtrack recordings of the 1930s-1950's, such as the work of Carl Stalling, and the music of Zappa's favorite classical composer, Edgard Varèse. Zappa also acknowledged the influence of John Cage in his use of random and chance processes. While editing the work Zappa randomly strung together some blocks of recorded material. Other Zappa albums such as Läther use these types of musical elements in a similar way. But the radical nature of Zappa's musical structures are at their most extreme on this album because Lumpy Gravy is composed of many short segments.

Duodenum, also known as "Lumpy Gravy Main Theme" was probably recorded at Zappa's own Studio Z, which he operated in Rancho Cucamonga, California, circa 1963-1964. This tune was originally written as the theme for Zappa's unfinished 1964 film project Captain Beefheart vs. The Grunt People. The 'surf music' style ending of the album was also recorded at Zappa's Studio Z. The blues harmonica fragment, "Another Pickup", comes from a 1966 live recording of The Mothers of Invention at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Sounds of bells, coughing and "snorks", recorded in New York City, were leftovers from an animated television commercial for Luden's cough drops. This advertisement, called "The Big Squeeze", won Zappa a Clio Award for sound in 1967. Though Zappa was not credited as a performer on the disc, he probably did play guitar and percussion on some of these additional recordings.

There are several thematic and musical links between Lumpy Gravy and We're Only in It for the Money. Both have extensive use of dialog, editing and musique concrète. On the back cover of Lumpy Gravy, Frank says in a speech bubble, "Is this phase 2 of We're Only in It for the Money?" The 'surf music' instrumental finale appears in a vocal version on We're Only in It for the Money under the title "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance". One short orchestral section of Lumpy Gravy was also used in the song "Mother People" on We're Only in It for the Money.

Lumpy Gravy, Part One – 15:48

The Way I See It, Barry/Duodenum/Oh No/Bit Of Nostalgia/It's From Kansas/Bored Out 90 Over/Almost Chinese/Switching Girls/Oh No Again/At the Gas Station/Another Pickup/I Don't Know If I Can Go Through This Again

Lumpy Gravy, Part Two – 15:51

Very Distraughtening/White Ugliness/Amen/Just One More Time/A Vicious Circle/King Kong/Drums Are Too Noisy/Kangaroos/Envelops the Bath Tub/Take Your Clothes Off

Friday, February 27, 2009

Rap Archives, Vol 1. 1996

What we're going to do right now is go back. If you never saw a good live hip-hop show then you never saw a real MC. It's never too late to find one. Here are some examples.

1. Intro
2. Doug E. Fresh/Slick Rick - Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh at the Lincoln Project, NY 1984
3. Zulu Nation - Zulu Nation Anniversary at the Roxy, Bronx, NY 1984
4. Force MC's - Force MC's at the Harlem World, Manhattan, NY 1981
5. Busy Bee/Kool Moe Dee - Kool Moe Dee vs Busy Bee at the Harlem World, Manhattan, NY 1981
6. Fu Kwan/The Real Roxanne - Fu Kwan vs Roxanne
7. Big Daddy Kane/Biz Markie - Biz Markie & Big Daddy Kane at the Mansonic Temple, NY 1986
8. Kool Moe Dee/TLA Rock - Kool Moe Dee & TLA Rock at LL Cool J's BDay 1987
9. LL Cool J - LL Cool J at LL Cool J's B'day Lan, Philly 1987
10. Master Don - Master Don at the Y.M.C.A., Manhattan, NY 1983
11. Run-DMC - Run-DMC at Madison Square Garden, NY 1986
12. DJ Cheese - DJ Cheese Live at UK Fresh, Wembley, London, England 1986
13. Boogie Down Productions - Boogie Down Productions at the Masonic Temple, NY 1986
14. The Message, the Word!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Joshua Redman - Beyond 2000

1. Courage (Asymmetric Aria)
2. Belonging (Lopsided Lullaby)
3. Neverend
4. Leap of Faith
5. Balance
6. Twilight... And Beyond
7. Stoic Revolutions
8. Suspended Emanations
9. Last Rites of Rock 'N' Roll
10. A Life?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Insomnia - The Erick Sermon Compilation Album - 1996

1. Various Artists - Intro
2. Redman - Funkorama
3. Xross-Breed - The Vibe
4. Passion - As the...
5. Jamal & Calif - Beez Like That (Sometimes)
6. Keith Murray - It's That Hit
7. The Wixtons - Up Jump the Boogie
8. Various Artists - Caller's Interlude
9. L.O.D. - I Feel It
10. DuO - On the Regular
11. Tommy Gunn - Fear
12. Domo - Ready for War
13. Erick Sermon - Reign

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

We're Only in It for the Money 1967/1985

When this was released on CD in 1985 the censored bits from 1967 were restored but all new rhythm tracks were laid down as well. ... so it's not OG but still pretty good. For those that slept, Zappa was a sampler long before hip-hop. I'd like to think if he were still with us he'd be making lots of cash from those sampling his original work plus backing some massive cross-genre pieces. Since we'll never know, don't sleep.

1. Are You Hung Up?
2. Who Needs the Peace Corps?
3. Concentration Moon
4. Mom & Dad
5. Telephone Conversation
6. Bow Tie Daddy
7. Harry, You're a Beast
8. What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body?
9. Absolutely Free
10. Flower Punk
11. Hot Poop
12. Nasal Retentive Calliope Music
13. Let's Make the Water Turn Black
14. The Idiot Bastard Son
15. Lonely Little Girl
16. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
17. What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body? (Reprise)
18. Mother People
19. The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Redd Foxx - Sly Sex 1960

The Holy Golf Game
People That Eat
Pushed For Money
Brains And Money
Licked Husband
The Rabbit And The Lion
The Particular Eater
Women's Exercises
Shooting For Fun
Government Fun
Honeymoon Fun
Big Posse

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Johnnie Taylor - Live at the Summit Club

After Taylor was bumped from Wattstax he ended up playing in a club in front of LA regulars who, according to the notes, were "fur-lined players and ice cold hustlers." This 1972 show did not get its due until 2007. Two parts - 320 - in case you know don't know it goes.

1. Introduction by Rufus Thomas
2. Take Care of Your Homework
3. Little Bluebird
4. Steal Away [Version 1]
5. I Don't Wanna Lose You
6. Who's Making Love
7. Hello Sundown
8. Steal Away
9. Stop Doggin' Me
10. Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. - New Funky Nation 1990

Greatest six-man Samoan hip-hop group ever.

1. Six Bad Brothers
2. Rated R
3. Don't Mess
4. New Funky Nation
5. Once upon a Drive By
6. T.R.I.B.E.
7. Walk the Line
8. R.A.I.D.
9. Psyko Funk
10. Riot Pump
11. Pickin' up Metal

Sunday, January 11, 2009

In Yo' Face!: The History of Funk, Vol. 5

1. Sly & the Family Stone - Loose Booty
2. Con Funk Shun - Ffun
3. Parliament - Flash Light
4. George Duke - Dukey Stick, Pt. 1
5. Fatback - I Like Girls
6. The Brides of Funkenstein - Disco to Go
7. The Bar-Kays - Holy Ghost
8. Chuck Brown/Soul Searchers - Bustin' Loose, Pt. 1
9. The Gap Band - Shake
10. Bernie Worrell - Insurance Man for the Funk
11. The Ohio Players - Take de Funk off, Fly
12. Rick James - Bustin' Out (On Funk)
13. Cameo - I Just Want to Be
14. Sly & the Family Stone - The Same Thing (Makes You Laugh, Makes You Cry)
15. Zapp - More Bounce to the Ounce, Pt. 1