Friday, July 31, 2009

Lucio Battisti - Anima Latina

A paean to the human spirit. Big thanks to The Bin for the rip.

also available on compact disc

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ithaca - "Times" (Seven Seasons-The Path-Given Time)

Delving into the mushrumps archives for this one. This is a tight jam.

Words and Music: John Ferdinando
the female voice: Lee Menelaus

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Cargoe - I Love You Anyway

Dave Brubeck: In Your Own Sweet Way

The line up:

Dave Brubeck, piano
Anthony Braxton, alto saxophone
Jack Six, bass
Roy Haynes, drums

From All the Things We Are.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Mighty Clouds Of Joy - Mighty Cloud Of Joy

A prequel, if you like, to this one. Written and produced by Dave Crawford. Featuring Ronnie Davis on bass and Earl Young on drums. Recorded at Sigma Sound Studio, Philadelphia, PA.

A man's got to make--and ride--his own mighty cloud of joy.

Stan Getz and Luiz Bonfa: Insensatez

Antonion Carlos Jobim contributes not only the composition but the beautifully phrased piano.

Album artwork by Olga Albizu.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Jimmy Smith: Back at the Chicken Shack

The line up:

Jimmy Smith, organ
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Stanley Turrentine, tenor saxophone
Donald Bailey, drums

I like the bit that begins at 4:56. This goes out to Jazione and his chicks.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

April 12, 2004
Queen Mary Union, Glasglow

Franz Ferdinand -
Tell Her Tonight
Cheating On You
Auf Achse
Take Me Out
Love & Destroy
Dark of the Matinee
Van Tango
Come On Home
This Fire
Shopping For Blood

BONUS BEATS - April 25, 2004
Darts of Pleasure

Friday, July 24, 2009


fall in, fall out, fall down, get ready

Fela Kuti: Zombie

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dolly Parton: Just Because I'm a Woman

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Bob Weir: Bombs Away

When I was young and in the early stages of the rituals that accompany fandom of the Grateful Dead - filling blank tdk's with live recordings from Avalon Ballroom or Barton Hall or Anchorage, memorizing the time line of keyboardists, learning to turn my nose up at studio recordings, etc, etc - I got two albums that I assumed, because they seemed to be unknown, were woefully overlooked and were bound to contain hidden depths. And so I bought two cassettes in quite quick succession - The first was Ned Lagin's (helped out by Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, David Crosby) Seastones, a tape I had read 'helped plants grow.' I assumed it was psychedelic, organic, mood music. Instead I recall - and Mike can vouch for this - an electronic nightmare. Undeterred, I followed that up with Bob Weir's 1978 Heaven Help the Fool , containing the above track, which opens the album. And I knew, at the sound of that synthesizer, that there weren't to be any hidden depths on this one.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Carla Thomas: A Love of My Own

I look at the moonlight, I feel the soft breeze, then I wanna know, why...

Monday, July 20, 2009

Brian Eno:
Silver Morning

"Like everybody else, I sat and watched the first moon landing and the films from the subsequent missions, but for two reasons this television coverage left me unsatisfied. First, I felt that the small screen with its shallow colors was quite inadequate to the vastness of space: it made the whole enterprise look like an inferior edition of Star Trek. Secondly, it seemed to me that the fear of boring the general public had led the editors and commentators to present the transmissions from space in an up tempo, 'newsy' manner that was unsympathetic: short shots, fast cuts and too many experts obscuring the grandeur and strangeness of the event with a patina of down-to-earth chatter....I was excited by this project. It afforded an opportunity to explore the feelings of space travel: being weightless, seeing the night-time campfires of Saharan nomads from high above the earth, looking back to a little blue planet drifting alone in space, looking out into the endless darkness beyond, and finally, stepping on to another planet."

--Brian Eno on doing the music to Al Reinert's film of the Apollo missions

Friday, July 17, 2009

Public Enemy: Bring the Noise

From It Takes a Nation... with a nod to the 20th anniversary of Do the Right Thing. Possibly containing the only rap shout out to Yoko Ono, to say nothing of Sonny Bono.

Here's Vincent Canby's original review of Do the Right Thing.

Loudon Wainwright III: Lullaby

Shut up and shut your eyes
No more histrionics no more college tries
Stop pushing stop shoving stop straining
Shut your mouth and button your lip
You're a late night faucet that's got a drip

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Albert King - I Get Evil

The first time I heard Albert King I was in a car driving down i95 with Sheridan, Rich, and Preston - on our way to these shows.
Eddie and the Hot Rods

The Rods: Do Anything You Wanna Do

"I'm sure I must be someone, now I'm gonna find out who..."

Maybe it's my hearing going bad but I can almost here The Replacements, er, Paul Westerberg, penning this song.

Eddie & The Hot Rods hit the UK Top 10 with this kiss off.

Dave Dudley: Six Days on the Road

Jimmy Colvard on lead guitar. Late night driving music.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Roberta Flack: Do What You Gotta Do

Yes, this is the stuff.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Steve Winwood: While You See a Chance

The line up:

Steve Winwood: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Bass, Drums, Percussion, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Lead & Backing Vocals

Winwood decided to give recording one last try. To do so, paradoxically, he burrowed deeper into himself, holing up n the 16-track studio in his home in Gloucestershire. Over the next 3 years, he wrote, played and produced all of the music for Arc of a Diver. "I knew 'Okay, I've got one shot left, and I've got to make it count,'" he says. "At the point of Arc of a Diver, I wanted to give it everything, and if that wasn't successful, that would be it. But I had to make sure I was giving everything. And I certainly did - there was nobody else on the record!"
from Rolling Stone, 12/1/88

And what did Robert Christgau say?

Winwood hasn't been a song artist since Dave Mason left Traffic, but at least here he takes responsibility for his own atmospherics. Instead of consorting with Ijahman or Stomu Yamashta, he's laid down this lulling British-international groove all by himself. Overdubbing, the technique is called. Very up-to-date. B-

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Wailers: Let Him Go

Lead vocals by Bunny Livingston. I always want to add 'Seagull' to Bunny Livingston's name. Now that's a book I would have loved in high school.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

October 17, 1973
Forest National, Brussels

Rolling Stones -
Brown Sugar
Gimme Shelter
Tumbling Dice
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
Dancing With Mr D
You Can't Always Get What You Want
Honky Tonk Women
Midnight Rambler
All Down The Line
Rip This Joint
Jumping Jack Flash

September 9, 1973
Wembley Empire Pool. London
Street Fighting Man

Perhaps the most circulated of Rolling Stones bootlegs, this one is typically titled Brussels Affair 1973.

Friday, July 10, 2009

You didn't hear? It's all going down tonight at Club Le Baron, 6 Avenue Marceau, Paris. DJ Emmett (me) will be there playing records from 23 PM to 2 AM, representing the Art Decade Crew. Come down and say hi if you are in the neighborhood. This is happening one hour from now.

Dusty Springfield: Goodbye
Elton John: Goodbye

Goodbye bye bye bye, was all he said to me.

I'm sorry I took your time.

Which song entitled 'Goodbye' etc etc etc.

And thus ends the pairings experiment.

Have lovely weekends.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Jóhann Jóhannsson - City Building

Cat Stevens: Trouble
Bob Dylan: Trouble

Trouble move away, I have seen your face and it's too much for me today.

Trouble, trouble, trouble, nothing but trouble.

Which song entitled 'Trouble' do you think is better?

The answer, as always, in the comments section.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The Beach Boys: Friends
Whodini: Friends

Ooooooh, oooh oh oh ohhhhhhh ooooooh ooooo-hhhh-hhhh.

And then there are some we wish we never knew at all.

Which song entitled 'Friends' do you think is better?

The answer in the comments section.

NB - this is an archive post. See here. And yes, this Whodini song was sampled by Nas in "If I Ruled the World."

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The Talking Heads: Heaven
The Rolling Stones: Heaven

Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens.

Nothing will stand in your way.

Which song entitled 'Heaven' do you think is better?

The correct answer in the comments section.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Rolling Stones - The Worst

I was traveling through HK in 1994; had been traveling for a month or two without music. Raided a CD store - 25 CDs for $25. Voodoo Lounge was in the stack. The Rolling Stones ought to be able to pop out about 10 of these songs a day - and yet it is not a bad song at all.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Neil Young - Throw Your Hatred Down

This played randomly as I was running the other day. With Pearl Jam serving as Neil's backing band, Mirrorball represents, in my opinion, one of the many high points in Neil Young's post-1990 career.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

The Division Bell (Trance Remix)

In my opinion the most underrated of the Pink Floyd remixed series.

Bruce Springsteen: 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)

Friday, July 03, 2009

Kate Winslet

A little piano piece to reach across the miles...

Jon Brion - Row

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Eurythmics - Do You Want To Break Up? (Dance Mix)

Dollar -
Shooting Star
Shooting Star (with overture!)

The triumphant return of Dollar to these pages. Have a great weekend, everybody.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Derek & The Dominos - Jam III

The Enticers - Calling For Your Love

I'm a huge fan of the way the drums roll into the chorus on this. Recorded at Malaco Studio, Jackson, Mississippi, on Sunday, June 13th, 1971. Available on: this.