PICK SIX: RUBY ANDREWS


Ruby andrews

Despite appearances otherwise, I’m not much of a completionist. I may go through pet phases of interest in a particular artist or label but generally, I lack the time (or better said, focus) to dive into entire discographies (I mean, that’s what we have Numero for). One of the “drawbacks” to foregoing such an approach is that I’m continually rediscovering how good a catalog is even if I realize, in hindsight, “I should have known better.” Case in point: Ruby Andrews.

This Chicago singer, backed […]

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PICK SIX: DESCER COMIGO



I’ve spent the last few days, trying to figure out what it is about the Brazilian music I find myself gravitating towards. I am not, remotely, a hardcore Brazila-phile, though not for lack of interest…as I’ve probably said in the past, Brazilian music is just so insanely massive that to really “get into it” you have be willing to turn over a good part of your life, dedicated to its majesty and complexity. Tempting as that siren’s call may be, I have to concede that to my betters.

To be sure, Brazilian music in […]

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BLAZE IT UP: FUNK HEATERS



James Brown: The Chicken
From 7″ (King, 1969). Also on Popcorn.

Sugar Pie DeSanto: A Little Taste of Soul
From 7″ (Gedinson’s 100 Wax, 1962).

John Ellison: You’ve Got to Have Rhythm
From 7″ (Phil L.A. of Soul, 1970). Also on Funky, Funky Way of Making Love.

Lou Courtney: Hey Joyce
From 7″ (Pop-Side, 1967)

Toussaint McCall: Shimmy
From 7″ (Ronn, 196?). Also on Nothing Takes the Place of You.

Little Eva Harris: Get Ready – Uptight
From 7″ (Spring, 1968). Also on The Spring Story.

Bonus: Mighty Mo: The Next Message (Version)
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PICK SIX: NUEVO LATIN SABOR


Bronx River Parkway & Candela All Stars: Donde
Bronx River Parkway & Candela All Stars: San Sebastian 152
From San Sebastian 152 (Truth and Soul/Candela, 2008)

Johnny Pacheco: Boogaloo De Johnny (Quantic Remix)
Dave Cortez: Happy Soul With a Hook (DJ Format Remix)
From I Like It Like That (Fania, 2008)

Los Po-Boy-Citos: Wobble Cha
Los Po-Boy-Citos: Fat Mama/Mother-In-Law
From New Orleans Latin Soul (2008)

You have retro-soul on one hand but there’s also an equally strong trend of what I’m going to […]

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PICK SIX: HARMONIZE!



The Notations: It Only Hurts For a Little While
From S/T (Gemigo, 1975)

The Temprees: Explain It To Her Mama
From Lovemen (We Produce, 1972). Also on Best Of.

The Persuaders: Trying Girls Out
From S/T (ATCO, 1973)

The Modulations: Those Were the Best Days of My Life
From It’s Rough Out Here (Buddah, 1975)

The Moments: Love on a 2-Way Street
From Not On the Outside, But on the Inside, Strong! (Stang, 197?)

The Montclairs: Dreaming Out of Season
From Dreaming Out of Season (Paula, […]

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PICK SIX: LOUIE LOUIE



Louie Ramirez: The New Breed
From In the Heart of Spanish Harlem (Mercury, 1967)

The Latin Blues Band: Oye Mi Guaguanco
From Take a Trip Pussycat (Speed, 1968)

Dianne & Carole: The Fuzz
From Feeling the Pain (Speed, 1968)

Kako and His Orchestra: Shingaling Shingaling
From Live It Up (Musicor, 1968)

Jose “Cheo” Feliciano: Esto Es El Guaguanco
From Cheo (Vaya, 1971)

La Crema: Cisco Kid
From El Party Con La Crema (WS Latino, 1973)

Bonus: Beatfanatic: Cookin’
From Adventures in the World of No-Fi Beats (Raw Fusion, 2006)

My most recent Side Dishes […]

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