Friday, December 30, 2011

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Friday, August 5, 2011

REPOST: Psychedelic Phinland: Finnish Hippie & Underground Music 1967 - 1974 (PER REQUEST)

Psychedelic Phinland: Finnish Hippie & Underground Music 1967 - 1974

There's 29 tracks from almost as many artists, a fantastic trip into the early daze of the Finnish freak-scene. Psychedelic Phinland is just as political, and parodic, and perverse as it is potheaded. There's plenty of Flower Power pop and/or fuzzed-out blues rock, but you'll also find jazz-damaged prog and mystic folk, revolutionary theatre and electronic insanity.

Psychedelic Phinland: Finnish Hippie & Underground Music 1967 - 1974

01 CD1: Topmost The End - Topmost 02:42
02 Savu - Hector & Oscar 02:53
03 Kukkasen valta - Jukka Kuoppamäki 03:16
04 Hippijortsut pöhkölässä - Jorma Ikävalko 03:36
05 Cherry Cup-cake Twist - Blues Section 03:47
06 Must Be the Devil - Wigwam 04:26
07 Being Is More Than Life - Baby Grandmothers 05:45
08 Pientä peliä urbaanissa limousinessa - Eero Koivistoinen 06:03
09 Taiteen kritiikistä - Charlies 03:32
10 Ajatuksia - Apollo 05:06
11 Kasvoton kuolema ja Sirhan Sirhan - Suomen talvisota 1939-40 02:21
12 Tehtaan vahtimestarit - Suomen talvisota 1939-40 01:20
13 Flaggorna fladdrade i gentlemannens WC - Suomen talvisota 1939-40 03:56
14 Näkemiin, voi hyvin ystäväni - Tylympi kohtalo 05:21
15 Olen erilainen - Pekka Streng 03:44
16 Zeppeliini - Juice Leskinen & Coitus Int 03:14
17 Meiran laulu - Hector 05:05
18 Aurinkomaa - Jukka Kuoppamäki 03:34
19 Olen puhunut utopiaa - Markku Into 04:21
20 Tarzan apornas apa / Tarzan gregah / Jane Porter sivistyksen muurilla - Those Lovely Hula Hands 04:45
21 Menevät miehet - Those Lovely Hula Hands 01:40
22 Fos 2 - Pekka Airaksinen 05:33
23 Heinäsirkat I - The Sperm 16:05
24 Kaukana väijyy ystäviä - Sähkökvartetti 10:12
25 Simple Things - Kruununhaan Dynamo 05:04
26 Side one - Sikiöt 10:15
27 Trippin` Together - Sikiöt 10:48
28 Missä on Marilyn? - Those Lovely Hula Hands 05:11
29 Degnahc Ev´uoy - J. O. Mallander 01:41

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Plato's Trip A Psychedelic Journey To Greece In The 1970s, Vol 1

Plato's Trip
A Psychedelic Journey To Greece In The 1970s, Vol 1
2002 GR – O trellos / Mad – Kaliteri Zoi / ALLOY – Twra fevgeis / Thanassis Gaifilias – An eixa duo anases / Mariza Koch – Skepseis / Peloma Mpokiou – An thes ela kai esu / Sounds – Parakseno Taksidi / Boomerang – The Automobile / Despina Glezou - Stis 12 Iuliu tha ginei eklipsi iliu / Elena – Poso thelo / Daltons – O trellos / Elpida – Koita to fos / V. Dimitriu - I omologia

Friday, April 22, 2011

VA - Freak Off-Latin Breakbeats, Basslines & Boogaloo

01. Pete Rodriguez - Oh That's Nice
02. Orchestra Harlow - Freak Off
03. Ismael Quinones - Control
04. Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound - Que Se Sepa
05. Eddie Palmieri - Condiciones Que Existen
06. Joe Quijano & His Conjunto Cachana - Fun City Shingaling
07. Joe Bataan - Es Tu Cosa
08. Willie Bobo - Psychedelic Blues
09. Johnny Colon - Descarga
10. El Gran Combo - Combolu
11. Cal Tjader - Cubano Chant
12. Chollo Rivera & The Latin Soul Drives - Black & Blues
13. El Chicano - Spanish Grease
14. Tito Puente - Para Los Rumberos

Various - Broasted Or Fried. Latin Breakbeats, Basslines & Boogaloo

01. Bobby Valentin Use It Before You Lose It (3:00)
02. Latinaires, The Creation (3:16)
03. Joey Pastrana And His Orchestra My Shingaling (3:03)
04. Joe Torres Get Out Of My Way (2:58)
05. Fire Flight To Cuba (3:08)
06. Harlem River Drive Seeds Of Life (5:04)
07. Monguito Santamaria Groovetime (4:41)
08. Joe Bataan So Fine (3:05)
09. Tito Puente Black Brothers (4:17)
10. Kako And His Orchestra Kako's Boogaloo (3:46)
11. Roberto Roena Canta Una Simple (Sing A Simple Song) (2:39)
12. Hector Rivera I Want A Chance For Romance (2:28)
13. Herbie Mann Jungle Fantasy (7:53)
14. St. Vincent Latinaires Broasted Or Fried (4:17

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Dengue Fever - Escape from Dragon House

01 We Were Gonna
02 Sni Bong
03 Tip My Canoe
04 Tap Water
05 Sleepwalking Through the Mekong
06 One Thousand Tears Of A Tarantula
07 Escape From Dragon House
08 Made Of Steam
09 Lake Dolores
10 Saran Wrap
11 Hummingbird

Monday, April 18, 2011

Quantic Soul Orchestra - Pushin On (2005)

01 Introducing...the Quantic Soul Orchestra
02 West Pier Getdown
03 Pushin' On
04 That Goose on My Grave
05 Feeling Good
06 The Conspirator (Main Theme)
07 Hands of My Love
08 Hold On Tight
09 Get a Move On
10 Paintings and Journeys
11 End of the Road

The second full-length release by the Quantic Soul Orchestra, which organizer Will Holland uses for his live-band recordings (distinguished from his solo projects as Quantic), is another funk-fest that doesn't just consider James Brown's late-'60s unit a band to emulate, but apparently a body to have exhumed. There's no doubt that Quantic is successful -- very much so -- at re-creating the energy and flair, even the precise studio sound, of its intended target. When the author of the liner notes assures readers, however, that "this is strictly about live music all the way, no samples or studio tricknology allowed," how are they supposed to understand the credits stating that Will Holland played at least guitars and bass on all of these tracks, and often saxophone to boot? The question is strictly academic, because Pushin On is an excellent party record that would do the Godfather proud (to say nothing of Lyn Collins and Pretty Purdie). Alice Russell nails her shrieking soul vocal on the title track, and drummer Russell Knight again earns bucketfuls of praise for his unhinged drumming. (If it's true that the opener uses no "studio tricknology," he should rightly take his place alongside the best, and quickest, drummers of all time.) Russell's cover of the Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse film titles "Feelin Good" and "Hold On Tight" don't quite come together, and the second half of the album devolves into mere imitation, but Holland shows himself a master of the funk band. (As producer, he also deserves a mountain of credit for giving Pushin On exactly the upfront sound it needs to succeed.) ~ John Bush, Rovi

Friday, April 15, 2011

Modern Funk (Freestyle 2007)

01. The Dap Kings - Nervous Like Me - (4:07)
02. The Bamboos Feat Alice Russell - Bring It Home - (3:34)
03. Cookin On 3 Burners Feat Fallon Williams - Cook It - (3:49)
04. Speedometer Feat Ria Currie - Am I Your Woman? - (3:11)
05. Mark Ronson - Just - (3:25)
06. The Snugs - Strugglin - (3:48)
07. Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings - Pick It Up, Lay It In The Cut - (4:06)
08. Spanky Wilson And The Quantic Soul Orchestra - When You're Through - (4:36)
09. The Grits - Boom Boom - (2:56)
10. Martin Solveig Feat Lee Fields - Im' A Good Man - (6:10)
11. The Sound Stylistics - Shake And Hip Drop - (2:35)
12. The Apples - Killin' - (4:19)
13. DJ Aeon 7 - Funky Furious - (3:43)
14. Funkshone - Purification (Parts 1 & 2) - (7:53)
15. Robert Moore - Make It Alright - (2:57)
16. Charles Bradley And The Bullets - Now That I'm Gone - (3:21)
17. Queen Eve And The Kings - All Hail The Queen - (2:10)
18. The Sweet Vandals - Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - (2:49)
19. The Fantastics - Give It Up And Turnit A Loose - (3:58)
20. Lack Of Afro - When The Sun Goes Down - (3:31)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Various Artists - Batucada: The Sound of the Favelas

01. Paulinho Da Costa - Ritmo Number One (8:31)
02. Portinho - Batumata (4:35)
03. Padre Miguel - Só No Apito (4:48)
04. Nicos Jaritz - Otão E Eu (5:07)
05. Dom Um E Jadir De Castro - Repimar (5:20)
06. Verde Amarelo - Vibrando Com A Seleção (2:54)
07. Par Ney De Castro - Ba-Tu-Ca-Da (8:20)
08. Dom Um E Jadir De Castro - Comunic-Ritmo (2:43)
09. Padre Miguel - Mulata Faceira (3:13)
10. Portinho - Rápido (3:54)
11. Pontela - Pai Bene, Queimou O Pé (3:09)
12. Dom Um E Jadir De Castro - Ozônio (2:59)
13. Fernando - Quando O Couro Fala (4:02)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

World's Rarest Funk 45' (Volume 2)

01. Clap Your Hands Reginald Milton & The Soul Jets
02. Just Take Your Time Innersouls
03. Deal With It Jimmy Lane & The Incredible Five
04. Monkey In A Sack Lil Buck & The Top Cats
05. Congestion The Devastation
06. Party Abraham & The Metronomes
07. Walking On The Moon Reverend Jamel & Bob Johnson
08. No Names Will Be Called Road Runners
09. Backtalk (Pts. I & II) The 2nd Amendmen Band
10. Right On Right Off The Afros Band
11. Funky Manuel Black On White Affair
12. Top Going Down, Bottom Going Up Nathan Bartell
13. Baby Don't Cry The Third Guitar
14. New Generation The Universals
15. Zambezi (Pts. I & II) The Fun Company
16. Simmerin' Weston Prim & Backlash

Some of the best and rarest Funk 45s never to be heard before for the first time on CD! Includes previously unreleased material and, As with Volume 1, Jazzman continue to champion the magnificent and near forgotten sounds of America’s finest and funkiest 45 releases. Four decades on, these releases still pack a dancefloor beside any modern music production and more than often eclipse their modern counterparts with the sheer style and soul they exude. As we as listeners propel ourselves further into an ever more uncertain musical future I feel it of unique importance to honor and rejoice the musical wealth of these past recordings. Jazzman. 2007.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Love, Peace & Poetry Vol. 4 - Japan (2001)

Love, Peace & Poetry - Vol.4 Japan is the fourth volume in the Love, Peace & Poetry series released by QDK Media and Normal Records in 2001. This volume explores obscuro garage rock and psychedelic rock bands from Japan.

01. "Happenings Theme" (The Happenings Four) – 1:01
02. "Liver Juice Vending Machine" (Foodbrain) – 2:39
03. "Tomorrow's Child" (Apryl Fool) – 4:19
04. "Run and Hide" (Speed, Glue & Shinki) – 4:50
05. "Hidariashi No Otoko" (Yuya Uchida & The Flowers) – 4:39
06. "Brane Baster" (Blues Creation) – 2:02
07. "Freedom of a Mad Paper Lantern" (Shinki Chen) – 3:08
08. "Gloomy Flower" (Jacks) – 3:17
09. "Kimi Ha Darenanda" (Tokedashita Garasubako) – 3:00
10. "You All Should Think More" (Justin Heathcliff) – 2:23
11. "Keep It Cool" (Speed, Glue & Shinki) – 4:19
12. "The Lost Mother Land, Pt. 1" (Apryl Fool) – 5:41
13. "A White Dove in Disguise" (Masahiko Sato) – 2:03
14. "Kirikyogen" (Kawachi, Kuni & Friends) – 5:06
15. "Asamade Matenai" (The Mops) – 3:08
16. "Koishite Aishite" (The Beavers) – 3:15
17. "I Want You" (The Happenings) – 3:02

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics

The Heliocentrics – the London-based collective centered around drummer Malcolm Catto, bassist Jake Ferguson and producer Mike Burnham – first performed with legendary Ethiopian Jazz composer/arranger/pianist/vibraphonist Mulatu Astatke in early 2008. The pairing went so well – Astatke celebrated the band as the Heliocentrics performed the classic songs Astatke recorded for the Ethiopian Amha label in the late 60s and early 70s – that a collaborative recording session became a must. Thus began the landmark sessions in the Heliocentrics’ cavernous studio that resulted in Mulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics: Inspiration Information 3.

Though the ensemble run though some of Mulatu’s classic recordings, the bulk of this album is newly recorded psychedelic jazz with a funk and rock edge. Astatke’s presence clearly challenged the band to write and record an album worthy of the legend. From melancholic modal musings to thunderous funk, Mulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics: Inspiration Information 3 follows in the lines of the landmark, impossible-to-categorize albums that Astatke and the Heliocentrics have offered to the world.

01. Masenqo
02. Cha Cha
03. Addis Black Widow
04. Mulatu
05. Blue Nile
06. Esketa Dance
07. Chik Chikka
08. Live From Tigre Lounge
09. Chinese New Year
10. Phantom Of The Panther
11. Dewel
12. Fire In The Zoo
13. An Epic Story
14. Anglo Ethio Suite

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics - (OST)

Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics (OST)
Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Modal

Lloyd Miller and The Heliocentrics follows Now-Again's Heliocentrics collaboration with Ethio-jazz legend Mulatu Astatke with an album that pairs ethnomusicologist, jazz maestro and multi-instrumentalist, Lloyd Miller with the UK collective.

With multi-instrumentalist Lloyd Miller, a doctor who specializes in Persian classical music, The Heliocentrics create an album that is both courageous and moody. “Bali Bronze” and “Electricone”, for instance, with its haunting flutes, forceful piano, and pounding drums, crumble the distinctions between Western jazz and Middle Eastern compositions. The same goes for “Modality,” with roots established in John Coltrane-esque jazz and Iranian arrangements. But while (ost) is fidgety and restless, the Asian-influenced “Sunda Sunset” is a five-minute massage suited for deep meditation and immense introspection. All told, (ost) could be disassembled and studied for its dedication to international influences, or praised simply as good music. Then again, with musicians like the great Lloyd Miller and the distinguished Heliocentrics at the helm, should we really be surprised?

01. Electricone 3:40
02. Nava 4:52
03. Mandala 3:20
04. Spiritual Jazz 7:31
05. Bali Bronze 5:44
06. Fantasia Pt. 1 2:34
07. Modality 3:16
08. Salendro 2:07
09. Pari Ru 4:53
10. Lloyd's Diatribe 3:24
11. Fantasia Pt. 2 2:26
12. Chahargah 2:56
13. Sunda Sunset 5:29

Monday, February 21, 2011

Lloyd Miller -A Lifetime In Oriental Jazz

01 Gole gandom
02 Amber Eyes
03 Le Grand Bidou
04 Bizz-aire
05 Amber Eyes
06 Gole Gandom
07 Indo-European Improvisations
08 Hue Wail
09 Chant Inca
10 Bhairava Raga
11 Khamaj Curry
12 Gole Gandom
13 Bhairavi Raga
14 Shur Thing

2009 definitive anthology of the legendary jazz musician & ethno-musicologist. Selections from rare privately pressed albums, live sessions in Europe, and previously unreleased material. This is the story of his extraordinary personal journey from the West Coast to the Far East. Played on a plethora of exotic instruments from around the world, Miller's music is a unique blend of jazz with the modal and spiritual sounds of traditional Asian and Middle Eastern music. Newly remastered sound. Five stars in Mojo mag. 14 tracks.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Konono No.1 - Assume Crash Position

01 Wumbanzanga
02 Thin Legs
03 Mama Na Bana
04 Makembe
05 Fula Fula
06 Guiyome
07 Konono Wa Wa Wa
08 Nakobala Lususu Te

Album Review
For nearly 40 years, Mingiedi Mawangu and his Konono No. 1 likembe orchestra, have been playing street parties and festivals in the Congo, and since the 21st century, all over the world. The likembe is a thumb piano made from steel strips cut to various lengs and played across a steel bridge over a hollowed wooden box, creating a resonating tinny sound that registers from deep and and rumbles to high and reedy. Konono No. 1 make their instruments from car parts and amplify them with everything from microphones assembled from alternator magnets, camshafts, valves, and speakers to homemade amplifiers that distort the likembe's sound and create numerous overtones and effects accompanied by whistles and other percussion instruments made from discarded steel pots, pans, radiators, sheets of tin, trunk covers, car hoods, etc. The only conventional modern instrument is Duki Makumbu's electric bass and Vincent Visi's makeshift drum kit (likewise made of found items).

Previous recordings have documented the many kinds of sounds Konono No. 1 generate in their form of polyrhythmic bazombo trance music that incorporates interlinking folk and improvised melodies that are sometimes played by the likembes, and at other times chanted and sung with call and response vocals. Assume Crash Position, produced by Crammed's Vincent Kenis, was recorded in a proper studio setting in Kinshasa. Rather than let the environment take away from the kinetic, utterly organic, raw feel of their previous albums, the separation of sounds created here, and the clarity of the way the likembes interact with one another, create a new experience altogether. Konono No. 1's approach to playing is not at all different; it is still the sound of an hour-long celebration unfolding -- even adding a couple of likembe players from the Kasai All-Stars on "Mama Na Bana," and a few guitars littered throughout doesn't alter that. A solid example is in one of their set standards, “Konono Wa Wa Wa,” near the album's end. The bassline is clearly stated, followed by layers of drums and percussion. The melody unfolds in call and response chants before the likembes begin to enter gradually by tonality. What seems like an ordinary folk song is, by the four-minute mark of its nearly 12 minutes, a complete exercise in Konono No. 1's trademark ancient-to-future hip-shaking trance dance with echoing sounds, reverb, distortion, and overwhelming energy united inseparably. Another extended workout is on album0opener "Wumbanzanga," where a guitar line is woven through the intricate melody of likembes, percussion, and bass; deep shouted responses to Pauline Mbuka Nsiala's lead vocals make this a celebratory hypnosis inducer; it will make a dancer out of anyone within earshot. For fans, Assume Crash Position is a necessary addition to the catalog. For the intrigued, this is an excellent starting point. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ry Cooder - I, Flathead

Ry Cooder has always been a musical storyteller, from his self-titled debut album (which featured both well-known and under-recognized folk, blues, swing, and jug tunes) to Boomer's Story, his last two offerings for Nonesuch (Chavez Ravine and My Name Is Buddy), and his many film scores (including those for The Long Riders, Paris, Texas, Last Man Standing, Geronimo, and The End of Violence, just to mention a few). When his contributions as a musicologist, producer, and collaborator -- such as his contributions to the various Buena Vista Social Club recordings (including the film score) and his work with V.M. Bhatt, Pops Staples, Ersi Arvizu, and guitarist Manuel Galbán of Los Zafiros -- are included, he becomes a genuine mythmaker. I, Flathead contributes to the weight of Cooder's legend in many ways. First, there's the title, an obvious nod to the late Isaac Asimov's I, Robot; then there's the legend -- the entire story is told in a 100-page, hardbound novella that accompanies the Deluxe Edition -- about beatnik, country music nut, and salt-flats racer Kash Buk, his band the Klowns, the strange and wonderful extraterrestrial visitor called Shakey, and the Passenger who pursues him. It's even subtitled "The Songs of Kash Buk and the Klowns." Finally, there's the music; it's a set of 14 original tunes that employ everything from country rockabilly to blues; strange, shimmering exotica; and Latin-influenced rock, swing, and mariachi music.

Musically, there isn't anything here you haven't heard from Cooder before, but it's shaken and stirred differently and owes a nod or two to Tom Waits' deadpan storytelling manner. This album doesn't have the futuristic Latin groove of Chavez Ravine or the traveling dust-bowl balladic country and folk that was on My Name Is Buddy, but it is simultaneously as welcoming and off-putting as both those earlier records. The songs can be enjoyed with or without the novella, as they were meant to stand apart. The story in it is directly related, but there is a story the recording tells on its own. The sound of the record is frighteningly crystalline for roots-oriented music -- the dirty-assed bottleneck slide guitar-fueled "Ridin' with the Blues," with drummer Jim Keltner and guitarist Rene Camacho, feels too clean despite its tempo and loose vibe. "Pink-O Boogie" follows with the same band -- with added percussion from Joachim Cooder -- but the groove is nastier and dirtier, and feels like it could have come from the Get Rhythm album in 1987. Near the end, Jesús Guzmán arranges some crazy string work to take it out. The rootsy rocker "Waitin' for Some Girl," where Cooder plays everything but drums (courtesy of Martin Pradler) sounds like a lost John Hiatt tune from Ry's Slide Area period (it's also better than anything that Hiatt has come up with himself in ages). Old pal Flaco Jiménez lends his accordion to "Filipino Dancehall Girl," a beautiful norteño tune that is kissed by cha-cha in Joachim's rhythms. "Spayed Kooley" is, as one might expect, a humorous Western swing jam, but played by a basic rock trio. And then there's the beautifully articulated swing ballad "My Dwarf Is Getting Tired," one of the more beautifully warm broken love songs Cooder has ever written -- and the string touches by Guzmán make it a shuffling lounge fave. Ultimately, "quirky" doesn't begin to describe I, Flathead, but it doesn't have to: this disc is simultaneously both vintage and futuristic Cooder doing what he does best, offering listeners ghost traces of the past as they materialize on the dusty desert horizon like a mirage. ~ AMG

01 Drive Like I Never Been Hurt 04:07
02 Waitin' for Some Girl 03:48
03 Johnny Cash 03:08
04 Can I Smoke I Here? 04:19
05 Steel Guitar Heaven 03:40
06 Ridin' with the Blues 03:01
07 Pink-O Boogie 03:05
08 Fernando Sez 04:44
09 Spayed Kooley 02:09
10 Filipino Dancehall Girl 03:54
11 My Dwarf Is Getting Tired 03:59
12 Flathead One More Time 03:12
13 5000 Country Music Songs 06:41
14 Little Trona Girl