GRAB BAG (DEC 2013)

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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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H-TOWN BOOGIE

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Supergrass: Alright
From I Should Coco (Parlophone, 1995)

Fat Pat: Tops Drop
From Ghetto Dreams (Wreckshop, 1998)

Systema Solar: Mi Kolombia
From S/T (Intermundos, 2010)

Ocote Soul Sounds and Adrian Quesada: Tu Fin, Mi Comienzo
From 7″ (Aire Sol, 2013). Also on Coconut Rock

Penny & The Quarters: You and Me (Prince of Ballard remix)
Originally from 7″ (Numero Group, 2011)

Bonus: Icona Pop: I Love It
From This Is… (Atlantic, 2013)

I was recently in Houston and Galveston to DJ a wedding (what up Alex [...]

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FUNK DEL MEXICO

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Los Socios Del Ritmo: Frijol Con Puerco
From S/T (EMI, 1971)

Los Lazos: La Rola
From Como Has Hecho (Orfeon, 1970)

I’m not saying, “if you see a record by a Mexican band from the early 1970s where the band members are standing next to or leaning against a wood paneled wall, you should definitely pick it up.”But really, what do you have to lose?

Just be forewarned – with both these LPs, the two tracks I highlight [...]

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PRIVATE PILE: TEXAS PRISON MUSIC

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There’s albums recorded in prisons – think Johnny Cash’s famous At Folsom Prison or Eddie Palmieri’s Live at Sing Sing albums – but then there are prison albums recorded by prisoners. These seem to coincide with the heyday of custom album-making (since most of them were recorded remotely, at prison) as well as, perhaps, pre-“War on Crime” era prison policies were music was seen as one pathway to rehabilitation.

That was certainly the idea behind this prison LP issued in 1965 by the Texas Department of Corrections, with help from Austin [...]

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’60S POP EN ESPAÑOL

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Los Freddy’s: Vuelve Mi Amor (Never My Love)
From 7″ (Peerless, 196?)

Los Xochimilcas: Y La Amo (And I Love Her)
From Cumbias y Dengues (Eco, 196?)

I recently got the Los Freddy’s in…I always did love the original version by The Association and the Los Freddy’s pull off a pretty loyal cover musically. I could be wrong but doesn’t this sound like a bunch of teenagers? Either that or the lead has a naturally “young” sounding voice.

The Los Xochimilcas’ cumbia flip on “And I Love [...]

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