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songs everyone should own: travis wammack – easy evil

Like a bolt of lightening out of a quiet storm, country star Travis Wammack definitely hits the spot with this soulful smooth number that seems like it should be getting airplay on any number of seventies stations.

But it’s not.  Instead, you may have heard one of the many other versions by Captain and Tennille, Merle Saunders or the original by Larry Carlton.

This is still my favorite version.


mixes everyone should hear: dj neil armstrong – music for when nobody’s looking

And, I’m back.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday, because I got an extra present for all of you.

Do you have any guilty pleasures of the musical variety?  Of course you do.  We all do.  I may get somewhat snobbish about my Led Zeppelin collection, but part of me still pines for Def Leppard.  Luckily DJ Neil Armstrong came along and made this mix full of nothing but guilty pleasures called “Music for When Nobody’s Looking.”

On a personal note, I have been desperately awaiting a new mix from Neil for some time because, as those of you who read this blog may have figured out, I simply love his dirty drawers.  As far as I am concerned the man can do no wrong, and he has a real knack for mining my formative years for tunes that hit all the right spots, mixed with style and reverence.  I discovered this mix last night, and immediately bought, downloaded and digested the entire thing within an hour.


Because I wouldn’t waste your time if the mix sucked.

It doesn’t, and here’s a little sample of what you’ll be getting:

And while I wish I could float you a free download, I can now honestly tell you that the $6.50 I spent via PayPal for the download was totally worth it.  Check the set list:

Good Bad Music

1) introduction – guilty as charged
2) Say Say Say Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney
3) Everything She Wants – Wham
4) The Right Stuff – New Kids on the Block
5) Ladies Night – Kool & the Gang
6) The Rhythm of the Night – El Debarge
7) Give me the Night – George Benson
8) Stay with me Tonight – Jeffrey Osborne
9) Caribbean Queen – Billy Ocean
10) She’s Fresh – Kool & the Gang
11) Say It Isn’t So – Hall & Oates
12) Time – Culture Club
13) You Are – Lionel Richie
14) Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

The Kareoke Section

15) Eternal Flame – Bangles
16) I Can’t Fight this Feeling Anymore – REO Speedwagon
17) Keep on Loving You – REO Speedwagon
18) Home Sweet Home – Motley Crue
19) Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
20) I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boy’s
21) LFO (Lyte Funkie Ones)- Summer Girls
22) I’ll Be Loving You Forever – New Kids on the Block
23) Faithfully – Journey
24) Against All Odds = Phil Collins

The Sleazy 80’s

25) Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back to My Room) – Paul Lekakis
26) We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off- Jermaine Stewart
27) He’s So Shy – Pointer Sisters
28) Heat of the Moment – Asia
29) Your Love – The Outfield
30) Easy Lover – Philip Bailey & Phil Collins
31) Private Eyes – Hall & Oates
32) Jesse’s Girl – Rick Springfield
33) Photograph – Def Leppard
34) You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi

The Pretty 80’s

35) Total Eclipse of the Heart – (The Dan Band / Bonnie Tyler )
36) Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
37) We Belong – Pat Benatar

HunkaBunkas, Club Abyss, Joey’s in Clifton…

38) Another Night – Real McCoy
39) This Is your Night – Amber
40) This Is the Rhythm of the Night – Corona
41) Rhythm Is A Dancer – Snap!
42) Where Do You Go – No Mercy
43) Better Off Alone – Alice DeeJay song
44) Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Eiffel 65
45) SandStorm – Darude
46) All Night Long – Lionel Richie

If this sounds like the kind of shit that would tickle your fancy, or maybe the fancy of an important audiophile in your life, then grab yourself a copy from Neil’s site HERE!  Hard copy CD is $10, but digital download is only $6.50.  That’s a fuckin bargain.


songs everyone should own: michael wycoff – looking up to you

This is one of those nuggets that almost everybody recognizes, but no one knows the title or who sang it.  It was Michael Wycoff (FTW,) from his 1982 album “Love Conquers All.”

But you probably knew that.


songs everyone should own: timmy thomas – why can’t we live together

Timmy was a great soul singer, producer and keyboardist who originally cut his chops accompanying Donald Byrd and Cannonball Adderly.  This remains his only big hit (from 1972), and not one you hear very often…but if you were to dig into his lengthy back catalog you might find a lot more gems like this as Mr Thomas has been dropping bombs since the mid sixties.

I will give props to the local oldies station for dropping this the other day, I take back all those things I said about you.


music sites everyone should visit: resident advisor

I am constantly amazed at what can be found on the internet for free.  Free maps, free information, free pictures…free porn.  But my all time favorite is the amount of free music you can find with a simple click of the mouse, and one of my favorite places to do this is over at Resident Advisor.

Founded in 2001 as a site to cover the Australian dance music scene, it quickly outgrew it’s regional focus within a year and began a more global focus on electronic music from all over.  The site is full of all kinds of articles, reviews,  information, DJ charts, upcoming event listings, tickets and most notably podcasts.

(Note: try googling podcasts sometime.  You’ll find all kinds of stuff)

It’s the podcasts that really set RA apart from other music sites because they get some of the best and brightest musicians, DJs and producers to make mixes for them every week.  and if you sign up with them, you get em all for free.  I know what you’re thinking.  Another site that wants my info…blah blah blah.  They’ll send me emails, and spam and everything will suck.

True…maybe.  But that’s why you open a separate email account just for these purposes, because the music is worth it.

Previous podcast mixes of note came from such luminaries as Greg Wilson, DJ Harvey, Trus’me, The Orb, Todd Terje and Richie Hawtin.  But aside from the guys you know and love, you’ll discover a slew of names and styles you may never have heard of.  There’s also a Soundcloud page where it appears they are posting mixes of their monthly picks.

Here is one of my favorite mixes from 2008 from Aeroplane, which still gets played in my car from time to time. Download em, check em out…and then head over to RA for more.

RA 114 – Aeroplane

Because there’s always more.


mixes everyone should hear: dj same – rock edits for aor disco

Yeah…I know I kind of bow at the alter of AOR Disco these days, but they do kind of deserve it and you should visit their site, book mark it and check that shit regularly.  And I still believe that Adult Oriented Rock is the new Heavy Metal.

DJ Same really kills it here with smooth transitions and blends that are on point as well as in key.  That, and his selection is top notch.  Check the set list.

01. Whistle Test
02. Two Tribes – Frankie Goes to Hollywood(Annihilation)(Wu Tang Edit)
03. The Isley Brothers Don’t Live Here Anymore – Heavenly Mash
<<The Isley Brothers – Footsteps in the Dark (Vins Edit)
<<Rose Royce – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (LNTG Rework)
04. The Eagles – Tell Me Why (Tony Jacolone Edit)
05. Thunderclap Newman – Something in the Air (DeepSoundDesignRemix)
06. Saint Etienne – Sun in my Morning (The Starkiller’s I Love The Smell Of Balearic Piano Disco In The Morning Remix)
07. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (A Jimmy Michaels Mix)
08. James Taylor – Something In The Way She Moves (BP’s ‘Feelin’ Fine In The Countryside’ Dub)
09. Amy Holland – Strengthen my Love (Northern Rascal Stronger Edit 2011)
10. Dr. Hook – Sexy Eyes (BP’s Edit)
11. Carole King – It’s Too Late (Tony Jacalone Edit)
12. Jaye P Morgan – Let’s Get Together (Ole Smokey’s Looking For Love Edit)
13. Rayko_Em_Vee_-_All_Around_The_Watchtower
14. Young Edits – Smiling At You (Young Edits Going Home Version)
15. Chicken Lips – Sweet Cow (mikeBurns Twisted Disco Version)
16. Talking Heads – Take Me To The River (AC’s Live Jam Re-Edit)
17. ZZ Top – Gimme all your Lovin’ (Scratchandsniff’s Beardy Rerub)
18. Christopher Cross – Ride like the Wind (Henry’s Lost Disco Mix)
19. Ace – How Long (Tony Jacolone Edit)
20. Fleetwood Mac – Hypnotized (Zambon Edit)

This mix is free to download (just click on the arrow on the right side of the play window for the download link) and will make you happier than any commercial garbage out there.  Better yet, if you find a specific remix on here that you like…chances are you can also download it from Soundcloud.

Don’t sleep, this one is pretty special.



ike & tina turner – the soul of ike and tina & dynamite

So the other week I decided to open an ING savings account, because…who doesn’t want to earn 1% interest on their money.  I gotta say it was a mistake.

After closing my savings account and transferring my cash to my checking account, I filled out their online forms and waited for the go ahead to transfer my money over.  A few days went by and …nothing happened.

I got worried and called to find out what the deal was, and was informed by the Customer Service rep that while my routing number was fine, my account number was invalid.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I have a hard enough time deciphering the hieroglyphics on the bottom of my check as it is.  So I asked the guy which number, specifically that he needed.  He told me it was all the numbers after the routing number (I had originally only given them the last five.)  I gave him the new number, he said it should all be kosher in a day or two, and I waited.

When nothing happened four days later, I called again.  I talked to another rep who I went over the same info with and he said it was all fixed and would be ready in a few days.  WRONG!!!

Jump ahead four days later when there is still no activity.  I call ING again (notice that I’m doing all the contacting.)  This time the  rep tells me my account has been deleted, and she goes to find out why.  The next thing I know I’m talking to some harpy who informs me that my account number was still invalid and that ING would be terminating any business they had with me.  I protested that all I wanted to do was give them my money, she insisted that they had tried to contact me about this issue…which was a lie because no one from ING ever tried to contact me!!!  EVER!

So I guess ING doesn’t need your money.  Fuck ING!!!  <<<That’s the moral of my story.  Fuck them right in their fucking asses!!! And fuck their customer service too…

Now on to things that are far more awesome, I give you this sparkling reissue of two of Ike and Tina Turners most bad ass albums…The Soul of Ike and Tina and Dynamite.  First of all I gotta say I’m loving these two for one package deals.  It’s nice that someone finally realized that a CD can hold over an hour’s worth of music and anything less was a waste of space.  As a bonus they even threw in five bonus tracks to round it all out!  These two gems from 1960 and 1962 catch Ike and Tina doing what they do best…producing some of the most high energy, gritty, dark, funky southern music.

What makes it even better was that the two original albums weren’t even recorded as albums.  These were just compilations of their many hit singles of the day, so you don’t get the typical handful of hits with a bunch of filler.  You get ALL HITS.  And when it comes to Ike and Tina, this is exactly where you want to be. It’s also got the world famous Ikkettes on back up too! It’s got the kind of musical power on it like “Worried and Hurtin Inside,” “Letter from Tina ” and “I Had a Notion” guaranteed to make you the hero of the next soul BBQ you attend.

I’ve listened to this collection at least ten times since I discovered it a month or two ago.  If any of this sounds good the folks at Emd also gave the same treatment to another two early sixties albums with:Ike and Tina Turner Don’t Play Me Cheap / It’s Gonna Work Out Fine.  So if this album gave you an ear boner, you’ll definitely blow your audio load over the other one too.

Only $9 on amazon for the downloadable version!  But if you google the fucker you might find it cheaper…or free.  Just sayin.

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