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Weekend Playlist

26 April 2010

“All is spontaneity.” ~ Can lead singer Damo Suzuki


Junior Wells | Coming At You


Van Halen | Van Halen II


Guy Clark | Old No. 1


Ween | The Mollusk


The Meters | Cabbage Alley


The Incredible String Band | Wee Tam


Iron & Wine | The Shepherd’s Dog


Ray Charles | Ray Charles Live


Eric Clapton | 461 Ocean Boulevard


Little Feat | Waiting For Columbus


The Black Crowes | Before The Frost…


Ramones | It’s Alive


Metallica | Metallica


Miles Davis | Tutu


Lee Morgan | Lee Morgan


The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Live At Clark University


Can | Ege Bamyasi


The Byrds | Untitled


Memphis Slim | The Blues Of Memphis Slim: Steady Rolling Blues


Lightnin’ Hopkins | Lightnin’ Strikes
[album cover not pictured]


Various Artists | I’m Not There Soundtrack

Doubleshot Tuesday: C’est Si Bon/Funkify Your Life

26 January 2010

[Today: The Saints go marching…]


Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints. By defeating Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings in overtime on Sunday, the Saints advanced to the first Super Bowl in the 43-year history of the team. This is a franchise that has practically defined the word awful during its lifespan, losing with a dreary regularity that inspired its fans to put paper bags over their heads. But these Saints are a different breed. Coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees have installed a high-octane offense that made the onetime ‘Aints perhaps the most exciting and watchable team in the NFL this year.

But the Saints’ rebound is nothing compared to what the city of New Orleans has been through. To see the Superdome awash in a blizzard of confetti and packed with cheering people was a stark contrast to the images beamed from that building during Hurricane Katrina. Then, it looked like the last refuge against the apocalypse – people huddled in small groups as fires burned throughout the building and gaping holes showed through the roof. On Sunday night it was host to a joyous party, and I can’t think of a more deserving city…

Listen: When The Saints Go Marching In [Louis Armstrong]

Listen: Funky Miracle [The Meters]

Weekend Playlist

23 November 2009

“The release date is just one day, but the record is forever.” ~ Bruce Springsteen


Townes Van Zandt | Flyin’ Shoes


Bar-Kays | Soul Finger


Ween | Chocolate & Cheese


Black Sabbath | Never Say Die!


Mylo | Destroy Rock & Roll


The Four Tops | Anthology


X | Under The Big Black Sun


Bruce Springsteen | Darkness On The Edge Of Town


Sweet | Desolation Boulevard


Jackie Wilson | My Way
[Album cover not pictured]


Nick Lowe | Pure Pop For Now People


Dead Can Dance | Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun


Lee Perry & The Upsetters | Double Seven


MC5 | Thunder Express


Neko Case | Fox Confessor Brings The Flood


Robert Johnson | King Of The Delta Blues Singers


Mark Lanegan Band | Bubblegum


Outkast | Stankonia


PJ Harvey | Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea


The Meters | Funkify Your Life: The Anthology


INXS | Underneath The Colours


Sly & Robbie | Sly & Robbie Present Taxi


Paul K & The Weathermen | Love Is A Gas

Weekend Playlist

26 October 2009

“We almost caved the roof in.” ~ George Clinton

Whiskeytown | Pneumonia
Whiskeytown | Pneumonia

Jerry Garcia Band | Cats Under The Stars
Jerry Garcia Band | Cats Under The Stars

The Rolling Stones | Tattoo You
The Rolling Stones | Tattoo You

M. Ward | Duet For Guitars #2
M. Ward | Duet For Guitars #2

Beastie Boys | Check Your Head
Beastie Boys | Check Your Head

The Black Keys | Thickfreakness
Black Keys | Thickfreakness

Dead Kennedys | Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
Dead Kennedys | Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

Zeph & Azeem | Rise Up
Zeph & Azeem | Rise Up

Stevie Wonder | Songs In The Key Of Life
Stevie Wonder | Songs In The Key Of Life

Outkast | Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Outkast | Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Toots & The Maytals | Funky Kingston
Toots & The Maytals | Funky Kingston

Pink Floyd | The Wall
Pink Floyd | The Wall

Various Artists | Old School Vs. New School
Various Artists | Old School Vs. New School

Talking Heads | Remain In Light
Talking Heads | Remain In Light

Funkadelic | Cosmic Slop
Funkadelic | Cosmic Slop

Blue Mitchell | Blue's Moods
Blue Mitchell | Blue’s Moods

Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker | Mulligan/Baker
Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker | Mulligan/Baker

Marvin Gaye | Trouble Man
Marvin Gaye | Trouble Man Soundtrack

The Meters | Rejuvenation
The Meters | Rejuvenation

Van Halen | Fair Warning
Van Halen | Fair Warning

Buried Treasure: In Yo’ Face! Vol 1/2 – The Roots Of Funk

20 August 2009

[Today: Pioneers of Funk…]

Various Artists | In Yo Face, Vol 1/2 - The Roots Of Funk

The evolution of Funk from the wellsprings of soul and R&B was a gradual process that was kicked off by Mr. Dynamite himself, James Brown. With his hit singles ‘Out Of Sight’ (1964) and ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’ (1965), JB and his band emphasized the bass, played on the downbeat, and pointed the way forward for black music. But more than any musical embellishment, Brown injected his tunes with the badass attitude (“Papa don’t take no mess!”) that would come to define Funk.

Not coincidentally, Funk began to develop during an era of Civil Rights marches and the rise of Black Power. Following the path cut by James Brown, and reflecting the confidence of a just cause, black artists began to make music with a swagger and strut that set it apart from R&B and soul. The first piece of Rhino’s excellent 6-disc history of Funk, In Yo’ Face! Vol 1/2 – The Roots Of Funk captures a cross-section of Funk from 1966-1973, and serves as a thorough primer on the early pioneers of the form.

While a little bit of soul seeps through on early tracks by Lowell Fulsom (‘Tramp’) and Don Covay & The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band (‘Sookie Sookie’), things get fully funky by the third track, when Dyke & The Blazers weigh in with ‘Funky Broadway’. Some artists compiled here are known commodities (The Meters, Wilson Pickett, Lee Dorsey) while others are more obscure (Paul Humphrey & His Cool Aid Chemists, Fugi, Soul Brothers Six) but they all share a common sound and funky purpose. The recipe for the genre may already have been set, but these songs are driven by the genuine enthusiasm of musicians leaping headlong into a new style.

By the early 70’s, Funk was the dominant black musical style, and soul was on the wane (even soul holdouts like The Temptations and The Four Tops eventually came around). More danceable Funk bands, like Kool & The Gang and Earth, Wind & Fire, would prefigure the rise of disco, while heavier artists who reported from the streets, like Curtis Mayfield and Isaac Hayes, set the wheels in motion for gangsta rap. But before all that, Funk was party music, set to a nasty beat, with a ton of bottom. And …The Roots Of Funk captures many of the folks who got the party started.

Listen: Tramp [Lowell Fulsom]

Listen: Some Kind Of Wonderful [Soul Brothers Six]

Listen: Mary Don’t Take Me On No Bad Trip [Fugi]

Listen: Mojo Hanna [Tami Lynn]

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

20 July 2009

I’m more in love with Rock-n-Roll today than other things. It grows, you know?” – Bon Scott

*****

AC/DC | Live From The Atlantic Studios
AC/DC | Live From The Atlantic Studios

Bob Marley & The Wailers | Buffalo Soldier [12" single]
Bob Marley & The Wailers | Buffalo Soldier [12″ single]

Jorge Ben | Ben
Jorge Ben | Ben

The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Live At Winterland
The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Live At Winterland

Paul McCartney | McCartney
Paul McCartney | McCartney

Freddie Hubbard | Breaking Point
Freddie Hubbard | Breaking Point

The Kinks | The Great Lost Kinks Album
The Kinks | The Great Lost Kinks Album

The Police | Outlandos d'Amour
The Police | Outlandos d’Amour

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

The Rolling Stones | Emotional Rescue
The Rolling Stones | Emotional Rescue

Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin II

Paul Simon | Negotiations And Love Songs 1971-1986
Paul Simon | Negotiations And Love Songs 1971-1986

The Meters | Fire On The Bayou
The Meters | Fire On The Bayou

My Morning Jacket | It Still Moves
My Morning Jacket | It Still Moves

Gary Higgins | Red Hash
Gary Higgins | Red Hash

Traffic | Welcome To The Canteen
Traffic | Welcome To The Canteen

Eric B. & Rakim | Don't Sweat The Technique
Eric B. & Rakim | Don’t Sweat The Technique

Bruce Springsteen | We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
Bruce Springsteen | We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

Os Mutantes | A Divina Comedia Ou
Os Mutantes | A Divina Comedia Ou

John Prine | The Missing Years
John Prine | The Missing Years

Thin Lizzy | Johnny The Fox
Thin Lizzy | Johnny The Fox

James Luther Dickinson | Free Beer Tomorrow
James Luther Dickinson | Free Beer Tomorrow

Radio Birdman | The Essential Radio Birdman
Radio Birdman | The Essential Radio Birdman

Temple Of The Dog | Temple Of The Dog
Temple Of The Dog | Temple Of The Dog

Liz Phair | Exile In Guyville
Liz Phair | Exile In Guyville

The Juan MacLean | Less Than Human
The Juan MacLean | Less Than Human

G. Love & Special Sauce | The Best Of...
G. Love And Special Sauce | The Best Of…

Various Artists | The Sun Records Collection [Disc 3]
Various Artists | The Sun Records Collection

Steel Pulse | True Democracy
Steel Pulse | True Democracy

Otis Rush | Right Place, Wrong Time
Otis Rush | Right Place, Wrong Time

Easy Star All-Stars | Dub Side Of The Moon

Easy Star All-Stars | Dub Side Of The Moon

Weekend Playlist

26 May 2009

Long weekend, short playlist…

Lee Perry And Friends | Give Me Power
Lee Perry And Friends | Give Me Power

Lee 'Scratch' Perry | The Upsetter Box Set
Lee Perry | The Upsetter Box Set

Tosca | No Hassle
Tosca | No Hassle

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

Blue Mitchell | Blue's Moods
Blue Mitchell | Blue’s Moods

Bon Iver | For Emma, Forever Ago
Bon Iver | For Emma, Forever Ago

XTC | Drums And Wires
XTC | Drums And Wires

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

The Temptations | Anthology
The Temptations | Anthology

The Meters | Rejuvenation
The Meters | Rejuvenation

Calexico | The Black Light
Calexico | The Black Light

Stereo MC's | Connected
Stereo MC’s | Connected

Fela Kuti | Up Side Down
Fela Anikulapo Kuti & The Africa 70 | Up Side Down
[Album cover not pictured]

Dire Straits | Dire Straits
Dire Straits | Dire Straits

J.J. Cale | #8
J.J. Cale | #8

Talking Heads | Fear Of Music
Talking Heads | Fear Of Music

The Cure | Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
The Cure | Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

Melvin Jackson | Funky Skull
Melvin Jackson | Funky Skull

Tim Buckley | Greetings From L.A.
Tim Buckley | Greetings From L.A.

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

George Brigman | Jungle Rot
George Brigman | Jungle Rot

Led Zeppelin | Physical Graffiti
Led Zeppelin | Physical Graffiti

The Kleptones | A Night At The Hip Hopera
The Kleptones | A Night At The Hip Hopera

Rushmore | Soundtrack
Rushmore | Soundtrack

The Beatles | Rubber Soul
The Beatles | Rubber Soul

Ike Turner | A Black Man's Soul
Ike Turner | A Black Man’s Soul

Steely Dan | Can't Buy A Thrill
Steely Dan | Can’t Buy A Thrill

Clarence Carter | Testifyin'
Clarence Carter | Testifyin’

Weekend Playlist

20 April 2009

Here’s a sampling of some of the music The P and I got into over the weekend…

Various Artists | Superfly Soul
Various Artists | Superfly Soul

Chet Baker | In Paris: The Barclay Sessions 1955-1956
Chet Baker | In Paris: Barclay Sessions 1955-1956

Peter Tosh | Equal Rights
Peter Tosh | Equal Rights

Brazilian Girls | Brazilian Girls
Brazilian Girls | Brazilian Girls

ESG | A South Bronx Story
ESG | A South Bronx Story

Simon And Garfunkel | Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon And Garfunkel | Bridge Over Troubled Water

Bonniwell Music Machine | Ignition
Bonniwell Music Machine | Ignition

Fela Kuti
Fela Anikulapo Kuti & The Africa 70 | Up Side Down
[cover not pictured]

The Black Keys | Thickfreakness
The Black Keys | Thickfreakness

The Cars | Greatest Hits
The Cars | Greatest Hits

Steve Earle | Washington Square Serenade
Steve Earle | Washington Square Serenade

Dillard & Clark | The Fantastic Expedition Of Dillard & Clark
Dillard & Clark | The Fantastic Expedition Of Dillard & Clark

Lee Dorsey | Yes We Can
Lee Dorsey | Yes We Can

Tony Joe White | Tony Joe
Tony Joe White | Tony Joe

Babe Ruth | First Base
Babe Ruth | First Base

HP Lovecraft | HP Lovecraft
HP Lovecraft | HP Lovecraft

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

The Clash | Live At Shea Stadium
The Clash | Live At Shea Stadium

Atmosphere | Seven's Travels
Atmosphere | Seven’s Travels

Nas | Illmatic
Nas | Illmatic

Doubleshot Tuesday: Fire On The Bayou/ Crawfish Fiesta

24 February 2009

[Today: The fattest Tuesday of the year…]

The Meters | Fire On The Bayou
Professor Longhair | Crawfish Fiesta

A pair of albums for a Mardi Gras day…

Listen: Talkin’ ‘Bout New Orleans [The Meters]

Listen: Big Chief [Professor Longhair]

Listen: Fire On The Bayou [The Meters]

Listen: Crawfish Fiesta [Professor Longhair]


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