SPLIT: CONTACT HIGH

Split

Split: Drifting (Solid, 1977, 7″)

Psych instrumental out of Baltimore.

Split was the band of George Brigman, who apparently has some heavy cred in the psych world for maybe some super druggy garage rock back in the ’60s. And he’s still out there, recording.

File under “irony”: Split split apart soon after this 7″ came out.

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MUSIC MACHINE: THE WATER’S FINE

Music machine

The Music Machine: Come On In (Original, 1966, 7″)

Garage single from Los Angeles.

Oh hey, Cypress Hill sample! (Sorry, I can’t help it). This was the b-side to the group’s popular “Talk, Talk” single. That opening keyboard (which I’ve always describe as a calliope) is apparently a Farfisa organ.

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WE LIKE BREAKS: HARD STUFF

Bolex

Hard Stuff: Libel + Spider’s Web
From Bolex Dementia (Phonogram, 1973)

Gotta give the hat tip here to DJ Paul Nice, who worked both of these into one of his breaks mixes (Breaks for Days>?). Hard Stuff were a British rock band that included members of Atomic Rooster so you figure the pedigree for funky rock breaks was already rather strong. Between these two, I’m more inclined towards “Libel” if only for its more subtle touch, especially with that baseline. But if you like your drums loud n’ crunchy […]

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H-TOWN BOOGIE

Heyhipster

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 […]

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IN ROTATION

If you’ll indulge me in a little self-reflexivity…I’m finding it harder to muster the energy for my traditional posts, which tend to discuss single recordings (or thematically connected recordings) but I’m trying to stay in good faith with y’all rather than just hitting you with a bunch of songs with zero context (I mean, maybe some of you would actually prefer that but that’s never been my steez and it never will be).

So as an experiment, I’m plucking a grip of songs out of my current “in rotation” playlist […]

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