Posts Tagged ‘Latin Funk Flavas’

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

24 August 2009

“Our music is red – with purple flashes.” ~ Eddie Fisher of The Creation

Bettye Swann | Bettye Swann (1968-1970)
Bettye Swann | Bettye Swann (1968-1970)

Eric Clapton | circa 2004
Eric Clapton | Crossroads Guitar Festival – Dallas, TX – 6/6/04
[Album cover not pictured]

Eric Clapton | Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert
Eric Clapton | Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert

Various Artists | Latin Funk Flavas
Various Artists | Latin Funk Flavas

Pink Floyd | Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Pink Floyd | Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Muddy Waters | At Newport 1960
Muddy Waters | At Newport 1960

Tosca | J.A.C.
Tosca | J.A.C.

Furry Lewis | Shake 'Em On Down
Furry Lewis | Shake ‘Em On Down

Bar-Kays | The Best Of
Bar-Kays | The Best Of

The Beatles | The Alternate Revolver
The Beatles | The Alternate Revolver

Various Artists | Mojo presents Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers
Various Artists | Mojo presents Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers

The Pharcyde | Cydeways: The Best Of
The Pharcyde | Cydeways: The Best Of

The Byrds | Fifth Dimension
The Byrds | Fifth Dimension

The Creation | We Are Paintermen
The Creation | We Are Paintermen

Ray Charles | Standards
Ray Charles | Standards

Whiskeytown | Faithless Street
Whiskeytown | Faithless Street

Ramones | Leave Home
Ramones | Leave Home

Willie Colon | El Malo
Willie Colon | El Malo

Jackie Mittoo | Showcase
Jackie Mittoo | Showcase

The Last Emperor | Palace Of The Pretender
The Last Emperor | Palace Of The Pretender

Bob Dylan | Modern Times
Bob Dylan | Modern Times

Fear | The Record
Fear | The Record

Wynton Marsalis | Baroque Music For Trumpets
Wynton Marsalis | Baroque Music For Trumpets

Nitin Sawhney | Prophesy
Nitin Sawhney | Prophesy

Thievery Corporation | DJ Kicks
Thievery Corporation | DJ Kicks

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

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

26 January 2009

Here’s some of what we heard during the weekend that was…

J.K. & Co. | Suddenly One Summer
J.K. & Co. _ Suddenly One Summer

Esther Phillips | Home Is Where The Hatred Is
Esther Phillips _ Home Is Where The Hatred Is: The Kudu Years 1971-1977

Neil Young & Crazy Horse | Sleeps With Angels
Neil Young & Crazy Horse _ Sleeps With Angels

Grandmaster Flash | The Official Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash
Grandmaster Flash _ The Official Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash

Gomez | In Our Gun
Gomez _ In Our Gun

Deltron 3030 | Deltron 3030
Deltron 3030 _ Deltron 3030

Gorillaz | Demon Days
Gorillaz _ Demon Days

Nitin Sawhney | Prophesy
Nitin Sawhney _ Prophesy

The Stooges | Heavy Liquid [6CD]
The Stooges _ Heavy Liquid

Various Artists | Even More Dazed & Confused
Various Artists _ Even More Dazed & Confused

Various Artists | Children Of Nuggets
Various Artists _ Children Of Nuggets

Various Artists | Latin Funk Flavas
Various Artists _ Latin Funk Flavas

The Story Of UK Funk
Various Artists _ Brothers On The Slide: The Story Of UK Funk

Stevie Ray Vaughan | The Boxed Set
Stevie Ray Vaughan _ The Boxed Set

David Crosby | If I Could Only Remember My Name
David Crosby _ If I Could Only Remember My Name

Steve Miller Band | The King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents The Steve Miller Band
Steve Miller Band _ King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents The Steve Miller Band

Skip James | Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
Skip James _ Hard Time Killing Floor Blues

Bob Marley & The Wailers | Exodus
Bob Marley & The Wailers _ Exodus

Sweet | Desolation Boulevard
Sweet _ Desolation Boulevard

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Tosca _ J.A.C.

Kings Of Leon | Aha Shake Heartbreak
Kings Of Leon _ Aha Shake Heartbreak

Michelle Shocked | Captain Swing
Michelle Shocked _ Captain Swing

The Complete Live Recordings 1963-1971
Fred Neil _ The Sky Is Falling: The Complete Live Recordings 1963-1971


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