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Weekend Playlist

9 May 2011

“The easiest way to get laid by a girl, or get rid of her, is to write a song about her.” ~ David Crosby


Fleet Foxes | Helplessness Blues


Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young | So Far


Lou Donaldson | Gravy Train


Dizzy Reece | Star Bright


Alice Cooper | Love It To Death


Paul Siebel | Woodsmoke and Oranges


Pink Floyd | Meddle


Kid Cudi | Man On The Moon: The End Of Day


Talking Heads | The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads


Various Artists | The Anthology Of American Folk Music, Volume Three: Songs


Freddie Roach | Good Move!


Various Artists | Latin Funk Flavas


Willie Colon | Cosa Nuestra


Santana | Abraxas


Various Monks | A Treasury Of Gregorian Chants


Various Artists | Fania DJ Series: Gilles Peterson


The Jazz Messengers | At Cafe Bohemia Volume 2


Curtis Fuller | New Trombone


Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers | Rare Bird Alert


Muse | Black Holes and Revelations

Weekend Playlist

3 August 2009

You got to have smelt a lot of mule manure before you can sing like a hillbilly.” ~ Hank Williams

Hank Williams | 40 Greatest Hits
Hank Williams | 40 Greatest Hits

Duke Ellington | Ellington At Newport
Duke Ellington | At Newport

J.J. Johnson | J.J. Inc.
The J.J. Johnson Sextet | J.J. Inc.

Donald Byrd | Long Green
Donald Byrd | Long Green: The Savoy Sessions

Arnett Cobb | Smooth Sailing
Arnett Cobb | Smooth Sailing

Lee 'Scratch Perry | Chicken Scratch
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry | Chicken Scratch

Eugene McDaniels | Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse
Eugene McDaniels | Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse

Moby Grape | The Place And The Time
Moby Grape | The Place And The Time

John Mayall | Blues From Laurel Canyon
John Mayall | Blues From Laurel Canyon

The Modern Lovers | The Modern Lovers
The Modern Lovers | The Modern Lovers

Black Uhuru | Black Sounds Of Freedom
Black Uhuru | Black Sounds Of Freedom

Freddie King | Texas Cannonball
Freddie King | Texas Cannonball

Bonniwell Music Machine | Ignition
Bonniwell Music Machine | Ignition

Gilles Peterson @ Dingwalls
Gilles Peterson & Patrick Force | Sunday Afternoon At Dingwalls
[Album cover not pictured]

Lyrics Born | Everywhere At Once
Lyrics Born | Everywhere At Once

Fania All Stars | Live At Yankee Stadium, Vol. 1
Fania All-Stars | Live At Yankee Stadium, Vol. 1

The Art Farmer Quintet | Blame It On My Youth
The Art Farmer Quintet | Blame It On My Youth

Miles Davis | Nefertiti
Miles Davis | Nefertiti

Dave Alvin | Public Domain: Songs From The Wild Land
Dave Alvin | Public Domain

Bo Diddley | The Chess Box
Bo Diddley | The Chess Box

De La Soul | 3 Feet High And Rising
De La Soul | 3 Feet High And Rising

Kris Kristofferson | The Silver Tongued Devil And I
Kris Kristofferson | The Silver Tongued Devil And I

The Meters | Look-Ka Py Py
The Meters | Look-Ka Py Py

Iron & Wine | The Shepherd's Dog
Iron & Wine | The Shepherd’s Dog

Weekend Playlist

8 June 2009

Unfortunately, it’s time to put another weekend in the books. The P and I made the most of it by enjoying the sunshine, visiting with friends, and listening to plenty of good music. Here’s some of what passed across our turntable…

Big Youth | Everyday Skank: The Best Of
Big Youth | Everyday Skank: The Best Of

Peter Tosh | The Toughest
Peter Tosh | The Toughest: The Selection 1978-1987

Sly & Robbie | Taxi Fare
Sly & Robbie | Taxi Fare

Black Uhuru | Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
Black Uhuru | Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

Lee 'Scratch' Perry | From The Secret Laboratory
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry | From The Secret Laboratory

Amadou & Mariam | Welcome To Mali
Amadou & Mariam | Welcome To Mali

Stevie Wonder | Where I'm Coming From
Stevie Wonder | Where I’m Coming From

The Remains | A Session With The Remains
The Remains | A Session With The Remains

Slade | Slayed?
Slade | Slayed?

Lee Oskar | Before The Rain
Lee Oskar | Before The Rain

Dan Tyminski | Carry Me Across The Mountain
Dan Tyminski | Carry Me Across The Mountain

War | Deliver The Word
War | Deliver The Word

Charlie Rich | The Sun Sessions
Charlie Rich | The Sun Sessions

Lyrics Born | Everywhere At Once
Lyrics Born | Everywhere At Once

Peter Tosh | Equal Rights
Peter Tosh | Equal Rights

Erlend Øye | Unrest
Erlend Øye | Unrest

Rodriquez | Coming From Reality
Rodriguez | Coming From Reality

Gilles Peterson @ Dingwalls
Various Artists | Gilles Peterson & Patrick Forge Present Sunday Afternoon At Dingwalls
[Album cover not pictured]

X | Ain't Love Grand
X | Ain’t Love Grand

Johnny Cash & June Carter | Carryin' On With...
Johnny Cash & June Carter | Carryin’ On With…

Band Of Horses | Cease To Begin
Band Of Horses | Cease To Begin

The Cars | Greatest Hits
The Cars | Greatest Hits

Parliament | Mothership Connection
Parliament | Mothership Connection

Donny Hathaway | Live
Donny Hathaway | Live

Pixies | Surfer Rosa
Pixies | Surfer Rosa

New Order | Substance
New Order | Substance

Brass Construction | Brass Construction IV
Brass Construction | Brass Construction IV

Johnny Griffin | The Little Giant
Johnny Griffin | The Little Giant

Dean Martin
Dean Martin | The Best Of
[Album cover not pictured]

Nirvana | From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah
Nirvana | From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah

The Byrds | Untitled
The Byrds | Untitled

Dr. John | The Sun Moon & Herbs
Dr. John | The Sun Moon & Herbs

Doubleshot Tuesday: Latin Funk Flavas/Fania DJ Series

5 May 2009

[Today: Getting funky on Cinco de Mayo...]

Various Artists | Latin Funk Flavas
Various Artists | Fania DJ Series: Gilles Peterson

Crate diggers are a notoriously rare breed. It takes a special constitution to relish rooting through thousands of dusty, dismal, damaged albums in search of a single elusive treasure that may or may not appear. But even if you don’t enjoy getting up at dawn to hit a flea market or scrounge through garage sale dollar bins of records, you can still build a collection of rare beats worthy of the dustiest vinyl hound. Thanks to compilation masters like record label Salsoul and BBC DJ Gilles Peterson, thousands of dollars (and thousands of hours of digging) worth of fat grooves can be had for the price of a couple of compact discs.

Latin Funk Flavas compiles rare latin-disco/funk grooves from the 70s – it’s up to you to supply the shag rug, bell-bottom pants, and piña coladas. These tracks teeter on the edge of kitsch, but the sheer intensity of the beats wins out in the end. Imagine the soundtrack to a Saturday Night Fever that starred Freddie Prinze instead of John Travolta and you’re halfway there. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Meanwhile, Fania Records turned noted record-finder Gilles Peterson loose on their vaults, and the results are reason for jubilation. Peterson reportedly listened to more than 200 albums before culling the best of it all down into 26 tracks over two discs. There’s nothing remotely kitschy about this edition of the Fania DJ Series – it’s one of the best salsa/funk compilations to be found anywhere, period.

Personally, I like digging through a big pile of records in search of a few new sounds, even if all it nets me is a couple of nasty hives. But Cinco de Mayo is a de facto holiday in these parts, so I’ll leave the digging to the pros for today, and concentrate on other pursuits instead:

World’s Best Margarita

Mix together equal parts:
-Lime Juice (3-5 limes will make enough juice for two drinks)
-Simple Syrup (1 cup sugar + 1 cup water, boil until dissolved)
-Silver Tequila (Don Julio is recommended, but any silver works)

For added flavor, cut your silver tequila with a bit of Cointreau, and top drinks with a splash of Grand Marnier.

Serve with ice and a wedge of lime… and enjoy!

Listen: Latin Strut [Joe Bataan - from Latin Funk Flavas]

Listen: Tighten Up [Al Escobar - from Fania DJ Series: Gilles Peterson]

Listen: The Return Of Leroy Pts. 1 & 2 [Jimmy Castor - from Latin Funk Flavas]

Listen: Saona [Noro Morales Quintet - from Fania DJ Series: Gilles Peterson]

Weekend Playlist

30 March 2009

The P and I observed Earth Hour with cocktails on the deck Saturday evening, and took a day trip to the Russian River on Sunday, but we still found time to drop the needle on a few albums. Here are some highlights from the weekend that was…

Brazilian Girls | Brazilian Girls
Brazilian Girls | Brazilian Girls

David Byrne | Rei Momo
David Byrne | Rei Momo

John Martyn | Foundations
John Martyn | Foundations

Van Morrison | Veedon Fleece
Van Morrison | Veedon Fleece

Van Morrison | Into The Music
Van Morrison | Into The Music

Lil' Wayne | Tha Carter III
Lil’ Wayne | Tha Carter III

Various Artists | Gilles Peterson In Africa
Various Artists | Gilles Peterson In Africa

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings | Naturally
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings | Naturally

Aretha Franklin | Lady Soul
Aretha Franklin | Lady Soul

The Temptations | Greatest Hits II
The Temptations | Greatest Hits II

Raphael Saadiq | The Way I See It
Raphael Saadiq | The Way I See It

Horace Andy | In The Light
Horace Andy | In The Light

M. Ward | Hold Time
M. Ward | Hold Time

Hank Mobley | The Turnaround!
Hank Mobley | The Turnaround

Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong | The Louis Armstrong Story, Vol 4: Favorites
[cover not pictured]

Miles Davis | Seven Steps To Heaven
Miles Davis | Seven Steps To Heaven

The Byrds | The Notorious Byrd Brothers
The Byrds | The Notorious Byrd Brothers

Johann Sebastian Bach | The Brandenburg Concertos
Johann Sebastian Bach | The Brandenburg Concertos

Dan Auerbach | Keep It Hid
Dan Auerbach | Keep It Hid

Don Cavalli | Cryland
Don Cavalli | Cryland

Balkan Beat Box | Balkan Beat Box
Balkan Beat Box | Balkan Beat Box

Little Barrie | We Are Little Barrie
Little Barrie | We Are Little Barrie

Free Wheelin’: A Dozen Great Road Trip Albums

5 February 2008

JB over at EyeEatMusic has written up her top five ‘road trip’ albums, and I just couldn’t resist chiming in with my own list on the subject. I’m not sure if there’s a better purpose for great music than providing the atmosphere for an escape to somewhere far, far away. Here are 12 albums that were made for a fast car, a worthwhile destination, and an open stretch of highway…

Doors - album
The Doors * L.A. Woman ~ The title track alone makes this a tremendous album for the road – it’s the rock and roll equivalent of riding in a convertible with the wind blowing in your hair as you speed towards the apocalypse.

X - album
X * Beyond & Back: The X Anthology ~ Another important Los Angeles band that made essential music for the open road. X fused the energy of early rock & roll with the sneer of punk, a driving back beat, and tales of love and death. What more could you ask for?

Exile On Coldharbour Lane
Alabama 3 * Exile On Coldharbour Lane ~ ‘Woke Up This Morning’ was featured in the opening credits for The Sopranos, and this album boasts many other fine songs as well. You just can’t help but feel as tough as Tony Soprano when your hand’s on the wheel and this one’s in the deck.

Red Meat - album
Red Meat * Meet Red Meat ~ Red Meat makes the right kind of music for keeping the mood light. It’s genuine country, played for laughs, and there are plenty of good punch lines here. Fantastic songs, too – ’14 Hours To Tulsa’ is one of the best driving songs ever laid down.

Fania/Gilles Peterson - album
Gilles Peterson * Fania DJ Series ~ Noted British DJ Gilles Peterson selects two discs worth of his favorite tracks from the recent flurry of Fania re-issues. It’s an album of scorching latin salsa/funk/boogaloo that is ideally paced for a nice long drive.

MMJ - album
My Morning Jacket * It Still Moves ~ This is one of my favorite albums for the journey over the Bay Bridge and into San Francisco. The first half dozen songs are just the right speed and mood for a night drive. Or, as Jim James puts it, “Dancefloors, headlights, in my blood there’s gasoline.”

Josh Ritter - album
Josh Ritter * Golden Age Of Radio ~ Josh Ritter is the great plains version of Nick Drake, and this album is a different kind of soundtrack for an outing in the automobile. It’s longing, wistful, and gorgeous – in other words, the proper music for your very own VW commercial.

QOTSA - album
Queens Of The Stone Age * Songs For The Deaf ~ Yep, every trip needs a little head-bangin’ and this album will do just fine (but feel free to insert your favorite AC/DC, Zeppelin, or Motorhead album here). QOTSA put it all together here – the addition of Mark Lanegan on some vocal tracks and Dave Grohl on drums were brilliant moves that paid off in an epic album.

Double Nickels On The Dime
Minutemen * Double Nickels On The Dime ~ This album is loosely dedicated to the concept of driving – it opens and closes with the sound of car engines revving. Loaded with excellent songs that are all over the stylistic map, Double Nickels On The Dime plays out like a carefully selected mix tape. If I had to narrow this list to just a single album, this would be it.

Groove Armada - album
Groove Armada * Love Box ~ This Electronica/Hip-Hop hybrid is an instant jolt of adrenaline and features a non-stop mix of joyous party tunes that will have you traveling in beats per minute instead of miles per hour.

Anyway The Wind Blows
J.J. Cale * Anyway The Wind Blows: The Anthology ~ Cooler than cool. J.J. Cale plays down home country blues/folk/whathaveyou that sound like a shrug and a cloud of dust. ‘Call Me The Breeze’ is one of the all-time travel tunes, and it’s matched here by a number of tumbleweed classics.

Fela Kuti - album
Fela Kuti * The Best Best Of Fela Kuti ~ Afrobeat is the definition of propulsive, and Fela Kuti is the King of Afrobeat. Does that mean Fela Kuti is the King of Propulsion?? You better believe it does…

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[To see my 13 runners-up, please check the comments section here.]


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