20TH ANNIVERSARY GROOVE MERCHANT 45 BOX

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This is insanely fresh; Ubiquity commissioned a special 20th Anniversary Groove Merchant 7″ box, handmade! Peep the “making of” video below:

Making of: Groove Merchant 20 Record Box from Ubiquity Records on Vimeo.

Each box comes with these 7″s:

LH7062A:
A. The McCrary – Emerge 3:39
B. Ron Forella – Crystals 4:25 (part 1)

LH7062B:
A. Twilight – Straight To My Heart 3:16
B. Numonics – You Lied 4:04

LH7062C:
A. Rod Abernethy – Ron and Eddie Blues 5:04
B. April Fulladosa – Sunlit Horizon 3:57

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FREDDIE HUGHES + MIGHTY MARVELOWS: ALL MARVELOUS


Freddie Hughes: Send My Baby Back
What Am I Gonna Do Without Your Sweet Lovin’
He’s No Good
From Send My Baby Back (Scepter, 1965). Available from DG and AMZ.

I first saw this LP at Good Records in NYC and since it was on Scepter, I just assumed Hughes was out of New York but when I flipped it around, what caught my eye was that the LP was produced by Lonnie Hewitt, the great Bay Area talent (and founder of Wee Records). When I dug around, I realized that […]

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MARIUS CULTIER + GRUPO LOS YOYI: CARIBBEAN CRAZINESS


Marius Cultier: The Way It Should Be
Nathalie
Ochung
Zouk
From My Way (Magidisco, 1976)

Grupo Los Yoyi: Banana
Paco La Calle
From S/T (Egrem, 1977)

This is easily one of the most extraordinary albums I’ve come across in a long, long time. Cultier represents one of those ultimate examples of transnational musical mastery – a pianist born in Martinique but recorded in both Canada and France and sounds like he’s from everywhere and nowhere at once. Even though My Way […]

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ALLEN TOUSSAINT: FOR THE SISTERS


Allen Toussaint: Soul Sister
Fingers and Toes
From Life, Love and Faith (WEA, 1972)

i originally posted this song almost exactly five years ago, albeit under very different circumstances. At the time, it was following the Katrina disaster and I was mentally and emotionally spent and I posted a few of Toussaint’s songs as both homage and salve.

Five years later and I was at the Groove Merchant this past weekend and Cool Chris was playing “Soul Sister” and I remembered how fucking great this song is (pardon mon fran├žais). It’s funny because I […]

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DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE


Thee Midnighters: Chicano Power b/w
Never Gonna Give You Up
On 7″ (Whittier, 1968). Also on Thee Complete Midniters.

Lee Williams and the Cymbals: I’ll Be Gone b/w
I Love You More
On 7″ (Carnival, 1966). Also on CD here and here.

The Magic Tones: Let’s Let Our Love Roll On b/w
There Is Nothing Better Than Love
On 7″ (Mah’s, 1960s).

James Young and the House Wreckers: Barkin’ Up the Wrong Tree b/w
Funky Booty
On 7″ (Jetstream, 1960s)

Carrie Cleveland: Make Love […]

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ALZO AND UDINE: THEY GOT SOMETHING GOING


Alzo and Udine: C’mon and Join Us
Something Going
From C’mon and Join Us (Mercury, 1968)

Alzo & Udine were Alzo Fronte and Uddi “Udine” Alinoor, one of those “only in New York” combos of singer/songwriters who only released this one album together in the late ’60s. I’m not even certain where I first heard this LP (probably at the Groove Merchant), but it’s been one of the sleeper albums that I’ll forget about and then rediscover how awesome it is. It’s hard to classify this LP; if I mashed up all the various descriptions of it, […]

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DISCO BOOGIE


Pazazz: So Hard To Find
From 7″ reissue (Soulplex, 2009)

Twilight: You’re In Love
From Pains of Love (Ross, 1986)

The folks at Soulflex in Germany were kind enough to hep me to this new reissue they put out of a killer Florida disco single by Pazazz called “So Hard To Find” (an apt name considering how insanely obscure it is). This is the kind of disco I never tire of: a simple but infectious groove, upbeat vocals and a general air of happiness that’s like a mood-enhancing substance minus the substance. I’m sure those who hate […]

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SOCIAL CLIMBERS + LIQUID LIQUID: DIPPING UNDER THE NO WAVE



Social Climbers: Chris and Debbie
From (Hoboken, 1981)

In principle, I really like the whole idea of No Wave; I just don’t happen to be that knowledgeable about the movement besides a cursory awareness of 99 Records, Liquid Liquid and ESG (given their influence on hip-hop). When Cool Chris started playing the Social Climbers LP at the Groove Merchant (as you may have noticed, most of my recent posts have all been inspired by my recent trip to the Bay), I was really drawn into the blend of sounds here. Most obviously – at first […]

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THE METROS: SO SWEET



The Metros: Sweetest One
Since I Found My Baby
From Sweetest One (RCA, 1967)

Dustygroove.com’s been re-releasing a slew of CDs for the last couple of years and it’s covered a wide range of styles, from latin funk, to soul jazz, to Brazilian. As far as I can tell, their reissue of The Metros’ Sweetest One is their first foray into Northern soul. The genre is really much more based around singles and Sweetest One is part of a select group of Northern soul LPs that have become collector favorites. I was lucky enough to […]

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MORE LEE FIELDS

As promised, one of my two NPR pieces on Lee Fields. This music list includes music I didn’t include in my post from the other week.

BONUS:

Lee Fields: Bewildered b/w Tell Her I Love Her
From 7″ (Bedford, 1969)

Just picked this up at the Groove Merchant over the weekend – supposedly Fields very first single, released back in ’69. I’m really feeling “Bewildered” especially – so Southern soul!

By the way, if you’re in New York and need something to do tonight…. But hey, if you don’t live in NY, you can still listen […]

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