Friday, July 29, 2011

The Marvelettes - The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game

So sultry.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

new Viva show (#112) in the archive

Haruomi Hosono with Friends Of Earth - Alternative 3

Pretty abstract stuff here from Harry, but ultimately successful (I think) as a self-contained piece of music. Recorded and mixed digitally October-November, 1984, Tokyo.

bonus beats:
Kurtis Blow - AJ Scratch (1984)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Antennas - Just Your Love

The hugest of thanks to Jimmy Virkki at for the rip. Shades of Once In A Lifetime in the bassline. Featuring Franco Falsini of Sensations' Fix fame. Good times.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Return To Forever - Earth Juice

Friday, July 22, 2011

Johnny Russell - Catfish John

Thanks to my friend Jerry for turning me on to this one. Written by Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds. Vocal accompaniment by The Jordanaires.

Best vocal phrasing on "thangkin back" (1:01).

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sadistic Mika Band - Hi Jack (I'm Just Dying)

Some choice pre-YMO here of sorts (Yukihiro Takahashi is the drummer in this band). Music by Kazuhiko Katoh, lyrics by Yuji Konno, in tribute to Jack Nicholson. Recorded at Onkyo House Studio, Tokyo, July 1975. Produced by Chris Thomas.

Don't go to Houston, you should come to Tokyo
Would you believe in a big chance meeting?

Monday, July 18, 2011

David Sylvian / Ryuichi Sakamoto: Bamboo Houses (12" version)

And the '00 remix from David Sylvian's Everything and Nothing compilation.

Might as well place these tunes back to back with Emmett's Haruomi Hosono post to extend the YMO tangent. Please enjoy.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Haruomi Hosono - Sports Men
(細野晴臣 - スポーツマン)

The world of YMO and related configurations is such a rich musical seam; the dedicated seeker may mine at length and continue to reap sumptuous delights.

available on compact disc

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

new Viva show (#111) in the archive

Monday, July 11, 2011

Marlon Asher - Ganja Farmer

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Miharu Koshi -
Bara No Yakai~Arui Wa Amai Mitsu No Imashime

Japanese title: 薔薇の夜会~あるいは甘い蜜の戒め
English translation (as per Google translate): Soirée, or, Sweet Nectar of the Commandments of Roses

Happy birthday (yesterday) to Harry Hosono, who produced this and presumably played the fretless bass(es). Written by Miharu Koshi. See here for another cut from the same LP. Artwork by Satoshi Nishizaki.

Best part at 2:15.

Friday, July 08, 2011

The Soft Rocks - Whore Your Love

Disco Power Play, The Album, now available from all the finest European record-sellers.

The drummer does something quite nifty at 1:24 (and again at 2:14, 4:35, and 5:26). Kudos.

And yeah, I've had no luck trying to find the source of this re-edit so far, although I did encounter an even slower Nils Lofgren reggae-halftime version.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

The July Four - Mr. Miff

I'm down with this instro mainly because of the mellow strums that kick in at 0:05 and again at 0:57, foreshadowing not only Like A Hurricane* but also the mellotron interlude from Space Oddity^.

*Check the vocal version of this cut for further reinforcement of the Like A Hurricane connection.

^I mean the passage at 2:34 in this clip.