Archive for May, 2011

31
May
11

The J.B.’s – Funky Good Time Anthology

jbsThese days you’d think business’s would be falling over them selves to take your money, especially with the American economy in the shitter.  Alas my experiences with another home improvement store have proven me wrong yet again.

So my girlfriend and I head down to Irvine at the end of May to finally purchase the new vanity set I wanted from The Great Indoors.  I tell the sales guy I have cash and I’m ready to buy,  which I figure will be music to his ears.  He takes down a list of my products and disappears in back.  A half an hour later he’s looking at the computer and telling me he can’t find any of the pieces I want and asks if I can just come back later in the week.

Irvine is no where near close to my house, so he agrees to call me a few days later.  He doesn’t.  I call his worthless ass and he tells me they don’t have any of the pieces I want.

“Anywhere???” I ask.

“Nope” he says.

So now I figure this pathetic excuse for a salesman probably hates his job and doesn’t care about anyone or anything.  So I decide to go online.  Order from the website and let the central warehouse take care of things, but apparently this was problematic for the company as well.

It’s been just about a month now since I placed that order, and still no product.  From what I can tell, no one at the company has any idea what they have or where they have it…and if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m obsessively compulsive about getting what I want, I haven’t canceled the order yet.

Yet.

(UPDATE: I canceled it.  Go Lowes!)

Speaking of getting everything you want, do you want some James Brown?

Of course you do…you’re only human.

But the Godfather has so many albums and collections, it’s hard to know where to start.  Thankfully the folks at Polygram Records realized this was a problem back in 1995 and decided that instead of focusing on James (too easy) they should focus on what was undeniably his funkiest and most badass backing band of all time.  I give you The J.B.’s – Funky Good Time Anthology.

That isn’t to say James doesn’t appear on this collection, because his voice and his fingerprints are all over this collection which covers mostly the band’s early 1970’s sounds.  But it also goes beyond that to include a lot of rarities (James TV show theme song ‘Future Shock!’) and material from band members side outfits like Maceo and The Macks or The Last Word.

This is funk in it’s purest form.  Although vocals appear on a great many of these tracks, the majority is instrumental and what a collection of instrumentals it is.  I dug deep into the vaults of youtube to try and give you the best idea of what you’ll find in Funky Good Time, but nothing can really do it justice.

Go get it people!!!

And keep an eye out!

26
May
11

dj spinbad – the 90s megamix

You may remember my old post about DJ Spinbad and his fantastic 80s mix – Rock The Casbah.  In it, he took the greatest pop hits of the 80s and did them up like it was a hip hop mix-tape.

Blends, scratches and fades took 80s tunes to a place they hadn’t been before…and served as an outlet for the guiltiest of guilty pleasures.

But for a while, Spinbad seemed to drop off the map.  He went on tour and I thought his mix-tape days were over.  I was sitting in my loft one day, staring longingly out the window and I wondered if Spinbad would ever drop something that awesome ever again.  After several glasses of scotch, I thought about how rad it would be if he came back and gave the Rock The Casbah treatment to the hits of the ninties. (yeah…I said rad)

Well, it looks like Spinbad heard my prayers cause HERE it is. (right click – save as)

All of your 90s memories…good and bad, all rolled up into a nice little package.

I recommend browsing through his mix page if you have a few minutes because it is chock full of goodies for the musically inclined…and they are all up for download too!!!

Here’s a  tracklisting:

1. Intro – DJ Spinbad
2. What I Got – Sublime
3. Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
4. Pretty Fly For A White Guy – The Offspring
5. Suck My Kiss – Red Hot Chili Peppers
6. Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
7. Two Princes – Spin Doctors
8. Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
9. Are You Jimmy Ray? – Jimmy Ray
10. Hard To Handle – Black Crowes
11. All Star – Smashmouth
12. Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
13. One Week – Barenaked Ladies
14. Marky Mark Is Here – Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch
15. Good Vibrations – Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch
16. Gonna Make U Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) – C&C Music Factory
17. I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys
18. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
19. Enjoy The Silence – Depeche Mode
20. How I Could Just Kill A Man – Cypress Hill
21. Here Comes The Hot Stepper – Ini Kamoze
22. Rico Suave – Gerardo
23. The What – Notorious B.I.G.
24. Unbelievable – EMF
25. Wonderwall – Oasis
26. Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
27. Fly – Sugar Ray
28. Informer – Snow
29. I Wish – Skee Lo
30. My Own Worst Enemy – Lit
31. Just A Girl – No Doubt
32. I Touch Myself – Divinyls
33. Mmmbop – Hanson
34. This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
35. Rump Shaker – Wreckx-N-Effect
36. Jump – Kris Kross
37. Jump Around – House Of Pain
38. Murder Was The Case – Snoop Dogg
39. Thong Song – Sisqo
40. Smack My Bitch Up – The Prodigy
41. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
42. Viva Viagra – DJ Spinbad
43. Love Shack – B52s
44. Poison – Bel Biv Devoe
45. Show Me Love – Robin S.
46. Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) – Crystal Waters
47. Groove Is In The Heart – Deee-Lite
48. Remember The Time – Michael Jackson
49. Escapade – Janet Jackson
50. Beautiful People – Marilyn Manson
51. Longview – Green Day
52. All The Small Things – Blink 182
53. Loser – Beck
54. Closing Time – Semisonic

It’s free people!  Go get it!!!

22
May
11

Eastbound and Down – OST

So it appears I am back again, for the time being, as the writing seems to agree with me and fight off malaise.

The reason I skipped out was that was becoming too much of a chore to write these really long in depth posts and do all the research and whatnot.  Then I kind of realized that I didn’t have to write long posts.  In fact, the rest of the ADD population would probably be okay with it too.

So in the future, the posts may be shorter, but the albums will be no less essential.

I don’t know if you  have seen Eastbound and Down, Jody Hill and Danny McBride’s show about a washout MLB pitcher…but you should. If you don’t have HBO, you should buy the DVDs or simply download the episodes off a torrent site like the rest of the world.

But, aside from the fact that is was some of the funniest shit I’ve ever seen on TV, it also had some of the most expertly chosen music I’ve ever seen put on a TV show.  I’ve searched the interwebs high and low for the name of the individual responsible for this picking, but so far I’ve come up with nothing except a vague reference to Wayne Kramer.  If he was the man, then kudos to you Wayne!  If it was someone else,  then someone please post his name in the comment section so I can send him beer in the mail because…damn!

Yes…this song is on the soundtrack.

Aside from some monstrous blues riffs like Freddie King’s – Going Down and R.L. Burnside’s – Let My Baby Ride, the musical selection jumps all over …from The Black Keys to Canadian rockers April Wine.  Where Trentemoller and Spank Rock sit beside Lee Hazlewood  and Kenny Rogers.  If you see them used on the show, every song hits the mood perfectly.  If you just pop in the soundtrack, you’re left with a no less enjoyable trip down eclectic lane.   And if you don’t own any music from these artists, you can pop this in at your next gathering and look like a real music geek.

Unfortunately, HBO and the guys from the show never got around to compiling or releasing this soundtrack.  Why, I’ll never know?

Thank God for the internets, but mostly a shout out to Robot from Drunk on Dreams who was the first to answer my prayers by doing what HBO didn’t.

Note: All the links on his sharebee post are down… 😦

Luckily nothing really dies on the internet, so you can just torrent the fuck out of  this soundtrack HERE.

As and extra bonus, you can DL the season two soundtrack as well (Thanks to Percy Dovetonsils over at the Bastards Blog!!!) It’s even longer and more badass, and with a lot of awesome latin tunes that I recommend just as highly.

It’s too bad this wasn’t given a proper release, but at least you can still get it anyways.

20
May
11

Greg Wilson – Random Influences

Okay so this isn’t an album,…but since this is my blog I can change the rules however I see fit.

And this project makes me see fit.

Greg Wilson is one of my favorite DJs/Producers in the world.  He has an ear for the beat that I just can’t touch and his crates are deep.  Well, they should be since he just turned 50 this year.  And how does the greatest DJ ever celebrate his 50th birthday?  By creating Random Influences, a nonstop mix of all his favorite 7inch singles from the 60s and 70s!

But, see, Greg didn’t just make one mix.  He made twelve.  That’s twelve mixes that clock in at about 2 hours each…which equals 24 hours of heaven.  Motown…check.  Rock n roll?  Check.  UK Ska…you betcha!  It’s all here.  Originally he put them all up on Soundcloud (which, if you like new music and haven’t visited this site yet…shame on you), but soon received the dreaded take down notices for mixes #3 and #12 over some shitty copyright trolling.

So, if you wanted to go and download the other ten mixes, they are still up on Greg’s Soundcloud page.  If you listen to music at work and are aloud to stream, Greg also created this page where you can stream all twelve.  What a guy!  I also recommend his personal site for all manner of musical knowledge.

Listening to this mix series is like finding the greatest radio station in the world that plays all day and has no commercials. So if you love classic tunes, many of which are not the “overplayed on the radio” types, then this is for you.

UPDATE:  Now up for free on Itunes HERE!!!

19
May
11

Michael Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Steven Stills – Super Session 69


I know its been a while, but I kind of figured I had finished my list…and set out to compile new awesomeness.

This takes a long time obviously, and this was the album that got me.

Michale Bloomfield was a blues guitar master who worked with Bob Dylan and The Butterfield Blues Band when he hooked up with Dylan producer Al Kooper in May of 68 to lay down some studio tacks ove the course of two days.  The first batch of track are from that magical first day when Bloomfield really laid it down.

Then he failed to show up for day two.  He was on a lot of drugs at the time and they would eventually cause his death in 1981.

Kooper hastily called in Steven Stills to help finish the album, which he graciously did. His work fleshes out the second half of the album and it rocks just as hard as Bloomfields work.

So if you like Blues, Rock…or any combination of the two this is for you.  Every damn track.  Period.

Only $8 on Amazon! 

Bargain!!!




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