Archive for October, 2011

29
Oct
11

artists everyone should follow: mr scruff

There are a lot of great DJs slash producers out there, but none of them get my vote like Mr Scruff does.  Aside from putting out some amazing albums of electronic music, he is also a great illustrator, marathon DJ and tea enthusiast.

Born Andrew Carthy, Scruff started DJing in 1994 at the age of 22 around Manchester, England. His name came from his scruffy facial hair and odd cartooning style.  He released his first single, “Hocus Pocus” on the small Rob’s records label. He dropped his first album “Mr Scruff” soon after, but due to some odd choices of lay out, it is often referred to as “Mrs Cruff.” Eventually he would transition over the the trip hop centric Ninja Tune label.

To be honest, you’ve probably heard of Mr Scruff even if you weren’t aware of it thanks to his big hit “Get a Move On” which was used in multiple commercials.

He is kind of considered a national treasure in England and amongst fans world-wide for his six hour or longer sets, where most DJs would only play for two or three.  And his taste…where to begin? It’s hard to pin down, but I’d venture to say he likes any kind of music that’s good, which covers a lot.  So a set could begin with some Orchestra Baobab and end up six hours later with some Macka B.  But the musical journey in between is wonderful to say the least.

He has an avid fan club on his website too HERE, as well as a popular line of teas (yes…teas!)

But better yet, Scruff has an active Soundcloud page that you should book mark HERE, where he regularly posts new work and giant DJ sets like the ones I’ve posted below.   That’s eighteen hours of music right there.

If you are savvy enough to join his fan club, you’ll receive updates, announcements and even download codes for some of said 6 hour sets…which make for excellent iPod stuffing.

19
Oct
11

songs everyone should own: ken mansfield and ron wright – van nuys blvd (musica hermosa’s edit dub)

I don’t know what it is about Musica Hermosa’s edit of this old Ken Mansfield and Ron Wright tune that does it for me, but it definitely does it.

The fact that it may be one of the only redeeming parts of the movie might be it (it’s a low budget movie about cruising Van Nuys Blvd…like a poor mans American Graffiti,) but Musica definitely turned this into a dance floor heater.

If you feel the same about it, you can download a copy over HERE.

16
Oct
11

songs everyone should own: gossip – dimestore diamond (gramatik remix)


I can’t actually say that I am a big fan of glitch hop. Maybe I need to dig a little deeper, but who has the time?

I’ll make the time if there’s more out there like this little remixed gem from Gramatik and Gossip.

This is some heavy shit right here!

Check out more of Gramatik on the links below.

http://www.gramatik.net/

https://www.facebook.com/gramatik

http://www.youtube.com/user/Gramatikk

14
Oct
11

songs everyone should own: willie bobo – spanish grease

Willie Bobo was an excellent musician and producer who made a butt load of awesome tunes that most people don’t know about.

This is one of them.

10
Oct
11

That’s New Orleans

I don’t know if you’ve ever been to New Orleans, but it is a magical place…as this 2009 video shows.

“Jaran ‘Julio’ Green’s homegoing in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans, La. He was 23 years old, father of a new born baby girl, killed on March 26, 2009. Loved ones danced on his casket, carried him thru his old neighborhood one last time.”

I think I need to head back to New Orleans soon.  I don’t know about you, but when I go… I want my funeral to be like this.

As a bonus, here’s some footage of the Rebirth Brass Band playing in the French Quarter.

10
Oct
11

songs everyone should own: muddy waters – champagne and reefer

You know those eCigarettes that were all the rage for about five minutes?

Some super genius figured out a real use for them…by selling marijuana chargers for them now.

On a side note, this song was written by Muddy Waters, another super genius who understood what a person truly needs in life.

Off his “King Bee” album…Cheap DL at Amazon!

07
Oct
11

stan getz & charlie byrd – jazz samba / stan getz & luiz bonfa – jazz samba encore

Having a good week so far since a friend emailed me with free tickets to the Further show at the Greek tonight…and its been a while since I’ve seen the Dead. And who doesn’t enjoy a miracle ticket?

Moving right along, chalk these albums up on the list of great things I have found in the bargain bin at the record store.

I had found the first volume Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz – Jazz Samba some months before, liked it and was eager to digest the sequel. The Byrd/Getz dynamic in the first volume is a great example an album that began a musical movement in the 60s. Charlie had traveled to Brazil and became completely enamored with the place and it’s music…so much so that upon his return he sat down with Stan Getz and some very talented session players and recorded an album of Brazilian tunes that would start the bossa nova craze.

It’s a great album, and one that begs to be listened to all the way through every time…with hits like Desafinado and Bahia standing out, although not so much that you’ll want to skip ahead to reach them. Let it transport you away to a magical beach on a tropical isle at sunset, where waves of melancholy coolness wash over you in the torchlight.

That, and the album really lets the light shine on Getz as one of the greatest sax men ever.

But Getz wasn’t finished, and two years later returned with “Jazz Samba Encore” featuring Luiz Bonfa, Maria Toledo and the incomparable Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Where the original album was bright and dynamic, “Encore” feels much softer in comparison…but not in a bad way. The addition of some real Brazilian stars to the line-up definitely changed the flavor of the work, but it remains as solid as it’s predecessor if not better. Getz simply took this album back to it’s roots and the quality really shows.

With it’s even greater ethereal tropical sound, “Encore” continues the journey down roads only hinted at in the first volume. Sometimes I like to have both these albums on a loop at my place while I cook…because even on loop they never get old or tired. I like ‘Saudabe vem correndo ” myself and the track above, ‘O morro nao tem vez.” So if you like jazz, bossa nova or brazillian tunes…or maybe you’re just a Stan Getz fan and don’t have these. Well, now’s your chance.

On Amazon HERE and HERE.

If you were to Google both albums, you could find them for free as well…but I think these are worth the cash.




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