NORTHERN-ISH

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Concept Nine: No Escape b/w When
From 7″ (Tangerine, 1960s/70s)

Picked this one up at the Groove Merchant a while back and was hoping to find more info on them. Cool Chris seemed to think they were out of the Bay Area or at the very least, California. That makes sense since Tangerine was a Ray Charles-owned label, presumably based in L.A. at the time. The record’s producer, Dave Braithwaite, also worked on other Charles-related productions, including at ABC (he also engineered Billy Brooks’s “Forty Days“!) which probably means [...]

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GRAB BAG: JULY 2014

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A FB commentator (uncharitably) suggested that I should post more music to the site…as if I had been withholding out of malice or ignorance. While I may question the spirit of the comment, I at least received the message component, loud and clear. Here, my dears

Kenny Dope Unreleased Project: Comin’ Inside
From: The Pushin Dope EP (TNT, 1994)

Back when I posted this Brass Construction song, I thought [...]

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DAPTONE SUMMER

After what seemed like a quiet winter/spring, Daptone has burst out with a grip of new releases over the last few months.

Of the bunch, my favorite has been Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens’ “Sinner“:

I wouldn’t have expected this to have been the cut I’d gravitate to but there’s such power here, especially in those opening bars where Shelton lights into “I…was…born!!!!!” This is the lead cut off the upcoming Naomi Shelton album.

I’m also into the new Ever-Soul reissue of The Relatives’ “Leave Something Worthwhile”.

From what I can suss out, this is the [...]

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FLIPPIN’ IT AGAIN

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Wallace Brothers: I Need Someone
Flipside of “Airborne Shuffle” (Jewel, 1969)

Alvin Robinson: Fever
Flipside of “Down Home Girl” (Red Bird, 1964)

I should really know better but I’m constantly forgetting to spend quality time with the flipsides of singles I like. Perhaps the most embarrassing example of the last year or so has been “Ball of Fire” by Marva Whitney and even then, I still am re-discovering songs that have been in my library for years.

Case in point, in response to my recent Common [...]

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KNOCKED OUT BY THE SAN FRANCISCO T.K.O.’S

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San Francisco T.K.O.’s: Herm + Ooh Baby Baby
From 7″ (Golden State, 1971/2)

This past week, with the help of the Record Jungle’s Andy Perez, I was able to scratch off one of the holiest of my holy grail records. It’s one of the rarest (and best!) Bay Area soul/funk releases I know of, one of those 7″s in which both sides are absolutely killer.

First you have “Herm,” which is a fantastic, funky slow-groover. To me, it sounds loosely influenced by something like “Cleo’s Back” but with [...]

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