MIKE VICKERS: HEAVY FORCEFUL MOVEMENT

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Mike Vickers: Superman (KPM, 1972, Brass Plus Moog)

British library album. Produced by Mike Vickers.

Picked this up at the Groove Merchant over the holidays and it dawned on me that this is the first KPM title I ever picked up. That’s not totally surprising insofar as I never went out of the way to collect library titles but I still would have thought, at some point, I would have copped a KPM record. Never too late.

I’m guessing this is more of a second tier KPM title; […]

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CECIL LEUTER: CRUELLA DE MOOG

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Cecil Leuter: Electro Theme No. 3 (Chappell, 1973, TVMusic 104)

French library album. A-side produced by Cecil Leuter, B-side produced by Georges Teperino.

Most people want this LP because of the (justifiably mental) drum break cut by Teperino on the b-side but while that’s fire, I love that this also has Leuter basically doing a mooged-out version of the “Cruella De Vil” theme.

8/365

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 […]

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PRIVATE PILE: SNOW TO RAIN

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BJ Coulson: Squib Cakes + When I’m Kissin’ My Love
From Live at the Elkhorn (Edgar, 197?)

So I was hanging out with my friend Andy last night and he and his partner Lisa spend a lot up of time up in Idaho (long story). Anyways, Andy is a consummate digger, especially with thrift stores and he was saying, “hey, I have this LP for you that I always see in the thrift stores up there. It’s this really bad, private press lounge album.”

(Note: in most cases, all you […]

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GUEST SET: MELTING POT 11/14/10

I sat in for Michael Barnes on KPFK’s Melting Pot today. Included a few tracks I’ve had up here of late but a lot you haven’t heard from me yet. Enjoy!

The Melting Pot, 11-14-10

Quantic: Cumbia De Dilla
The East St. Louis Gospelettes: Have Mercy On Me
Kanye West: Devil in a New Dress
The Whatnauts: I’ll Erase the Pain
Golden Harmonettes: I Do Love You
Syl Johnson: Try Me (LP Version)
Syl Johnson: All I Need Is Someone Like You
Syl Johnson: Soul Heaven (All from The Complete […]

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BACK TO THE GM



Aaron Neville: She Took You For a Ride
From Tell It Like It Is (Par-lo, 1966)

Quantic Soul Orchestra: Tropidelico
From Tropidelico (Tru Thoughts, 2007)

The B.U.M.S.: West Coast Smack
From Lyfe N’ Tyme (1995)

DJ Shadow: Best of the KMEL Mixes Part 1 (snippet)
From The 4-Track Era (DJ Shadow, 2007)

Crystal Mansion: And It Will Take Your Breath Away
From S/T (Rare Earth, 1972)

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these GM posts but I was recently in the Bay Area on a short holiday/family trip and, of course, […]

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Frank Cunimondo + The Silhouettes: Commuversations



Frank Cunimondo: Gentle One + Lush Life
From Communication (Mondo, 1968)

The Silhouettes: Norwegian Wood + Lunar Invasion
From Conversations With the Silhouettes (Segue, 1969)

Sorry I’ve taken a minute for an update. I’m back up in the Bay Area (weather has been amazing so far…damn, I miss this place) for the week and have been running around, seeing friends, eating, etc. On that note, some places I’d recommend checking out for Bay visitors (or locals):

1. Ici in Berkeley. Normally, gourmet ice cream leaves me a little skeptical, especially in an […]

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM SOUL SIDES



Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shante, MC Shan: A Cold Chillin’ Christmas
From Winter Warnerland (Warner Bros, 1988)

SS Exclusive: Christmas Medley
From (ssssshhhhh)

I’ve been laid up with grading 70+ papers so alas, I haven’t had time to do up a more extensive holiday post but I’ve been meaning to at least put these two songs out there.

The “Cold Chillin Christmas” originally (and only) came out on a holiday album (2xLP actually) put […]

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BATTERED ORNAMENTS: PSYCH ON SMASH



Battered Ornaments: The Crossword and the Safety Pins + Late Into the Night
From Mantle-Piece (Harvest/EMI, 1969)

I’m a psych newbie – actually, now that I think about it, I don’t know if there’s any genre I’d dare profess expertise in. One thing about music you learn very quickly is that there’s always more to learn. This said, I really don’t know much about psych except that 1) psych collectors are not to be messed with lightly. They’ll drop mortgage loot on a record if they want it bad enough and 2) it’s appeal lies […]

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NICO GOMEZ: BOSSA BOSS



Nico Gomez: Aquarela + Samba De Uma Nota So
From Bossa Nova (Omega, 197?)

This was the very last LP I picked up at the Groove Merchant before blowing out of town. I think it’s safe to say that the store has the best Brazilian collections on the West Coast and even though I’m still a babe in the woods about the various genres coming out of Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, I certainly got exposed to more good Brazilian there than I would have under other circumstances.

What’s interesting about Nico […]

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