SPLIT: CONTACT HIGH

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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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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SUMMER SONGS 2013: MICHAEL GONZALES

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(Soul man Michael A. Gonzales has written about music, film and art for Wax Poetics, New York, XXL and HYCIDE. A prolific short story writer, his latest “Jaguar and the Jungleland Boogie” appears in Black Pulp (Pro Se Press). He blogs at Blackadelicpop.blogspot.com and lives in Brooklyn.)

Prince: When Doves Cry
From Purple Rain (Warner Bros., 1984)

It was Orwellian summer of 1984 and big brother Ronny Raygun was in the White House cutting social programs and replacing them with crack. I was living in Harlem with my grandmother […]

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SUMMER SONGS 2013: EOTHEN “EGON” ALAPATT

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(Editor’s Note: How is it possible I hadn’t had Egon on to do this before? I’ve known E going back to the late ’90s, when he was still an undergraduate at Vanderbilt and I was still living in Oakland – shout out to Byze One, who connected us. Since then, I’ve followed his career to become one of the biggest forces in soul/funk/psych record rediscoveries, first at Stones Throw, now at Now-Again. And heck, we live only 15 minutes away from one another so we’re practically neighbors. For […]

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THE FAB APAT: PINOY BEATLES

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Dyna Souls: Do You Want To Know a Secret
I Will
From Pinoy Beatles (Zodiac, 197?)

I love the Beatles, I’m interested in American pop music made by Asian/Asian American artists…how am I not going to cop this when I see it at the Record Jungle?

This came out of Manila in what I can only guess would be the early 1970s. Assuming the band stuck the same assignments as the original Beatles, then Vick Generoso would have been John, Tony Generoso was Paul, Walter Pennington was […]

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SCHOOL DAZE

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Gary Gassell and Pam Tims: School’s Out – Let’s Shout
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Ba Ba Ba “B”
From School Days (Melody House, 197?)

Let’s just get this out of the way…this is not one of “those” Melody House LPs, i.e. chock full of funky breaks and loops. That said, I almost never pass up a MH title simply because their approach to kids’ music was so deeply informed by pop conventions in a way that seems “very ’70s” and as a ’70s baby myself, I feel a kinship […]

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SUMMER SONGS 2013: JOAN MORGAN

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(Editor’s Note: I first “met” Joan Morgan through her writing. It’s no exaggeration to say that she’s been one of the most important and formative music critics out there, part of the golden era of the Village Voice’s hip-hop squad. She’s also author of the groundbreaking work of hip-hop feminism, When Chickenheads Come Home To Roost. And most recently, she’s decided to enter the world of academia and should be within a few years of adding the title “Dr.” along her other honorifics. Mostly though, Joan kicks ass as one of […]

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