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.