Dagnabbit, I meant to do one of these for January but then the month up and flew by me and now it’s the end of February. Anyways…for this month’s grab bag, I’m still drawing from some leftovers from 2013 that I’m only now catching up on plus the usual assortments of recent arrivals and the like.
Art Farmer: Soulsides
From Gentle Eyes (Mainstream, 1972)
Ok…so I only just got this album recently despite the fact that it has a song called “Soulsides”. I mean, I’m pretty sure I heard this [...]
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Our friends at Get On Down are re-releasing a green vinyl version of “Jump Around” (feat. the Pete Rock remix on the B-side), just in time for St. Patty’s Day. They’ve generously offered a 12″ up as a giveaway. Interested? Email us, subject line: “jump up and get down.” We’ll select a winner at random in a few days.
It took literally months to put together but my “1993″ piece on Buhloone Mindstate aired on NPR’s Morning Edition on Monday .1
I’ve been doing record reviews for NPR for nearly 10 years now but this is the first reported piece I’ve done for them and I had forgotten how much work radio journalism entails. Most of it is fun – chatting with Prince Paul is always a pleasure – but then comes the culling of the darlings. This was exceptionally hard, especially since I’m so used to quasi-word limits where I [...]
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Earwaves: Young Girls In Mini-Skirts
From S/T (Surrend, 1984)
Earwaves was a short-lived S.F. group that grew out of another short-lived S.F. band: C.P. Salt; I got interested in both because half their personnel was Chinese American including “Hugh Dong” (yeah, I know what you’re thinking). C.P. Salt had more of a boogie feel but as you can hear here, Earwaves had more of a funky new wave style, especially in those crazy synths.
Chano Scotty and His Combo Society: Bossa-a-Go-Go + Consolacion
From The New Sound [...]
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JVC Force: Introduction 2 Dance + It’s a Force Thing
From 12″ (Idlers, 1990). Also on Force Field.
Picked this one up the other week at the Groove Merchant and it was quirky enough to give a quick write-up.
JVC Force is one of the early golden era groups that weren’t random rap obscure – songs like “Strong Island,” and “Big Trax” got legitimate, national play – but they weren’t household names either. Their [...]
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