Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Dig That Sound..."

Mike Lenaburg recorded great music in Phoenix, Arizona.
16 years old in this picture!
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2010.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Prins Thomas -- UGGEBUGG -- Prins Thomas (2010, Full Pupp)

Cantina Y Su Combo -- SANTA MARTA CUMBIA -- Cartagena! Curro Fuentes & The Big Band Cumbia & Descarga Sound of Columbia 1962-72 (2011, Soundway)
Jamie Liddell -- WHAT'S THE USE? -- Multiply (2005, Warp)
King Tubby -- KING TUBBY'S CONVERSATION DUB -- King Tubby Meets Scientist In A World Of Dub (1996, Burning Sounds)
Soul Blenders -- BLENDING SOUL -- Eccentric Soul: Mighty Mike Lenaburg (2006, Numero Group)

Blues Rockers -- CALLING ALL COWS -- Lux & Ivy's Favourites, Volume 2 (1955, Excello)
Johnny West -- DISOWNED UMBRELLAS -- An Absence of Sway (2009, Tosteestostas)
African Brothers Band -- WOSE YEANKO, PART 1 -- Yaa Amponsa Special (1974, African Feeling)
Wanda Jackson -- THUNDER ON THE MOUNTAIN -- The Party Ain't Over (2011, Third Man Records)
The British Columbians -- BROKE & BUSTED -- CJSW: Now With More Music (2010, CJSW)

Kiran Ahluwalia -- RABBA RU -- Aam Zameen: Common Ground (2011, Kiran Music)
Graham Townsend -- RAKES OF KILDARE -- World Champion Folk Fiddler (1970, Rodeo Records)
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX -- UR SOUL AND MINE -- We're New Here (2011, Young Turks)
Field Assembly -- STILL LIFE -- Broadsides & Ephemera (2009, Field Assembly)
Amp Fiddler / Sly & Robbie -- CRAZY DAY -- Inspiration Information (2008, Strut)

Sul.A -- MINIATURE LUCK -- Iceberg 2011 (2011, cccltd.)
Sonia Wieder-Atherton -- QUESTION -- Chants Juifs Pour Violoncelle et Piano (2010, naïve)
Scritti Politti -- COOKING -- White Bread, Black Beer (2006, Rough Trade)

Lonesome Lefty -- NIGHT OWL -- Souvenir Album, Volume 2 (2010, Lonesome Lefty)

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"The Vorpal Blade Went Snicker-Snack!"

Cover art for Bjørn Torske's 2010 LP Kokning,
by Kim Hiorthøy, for Smalltown Supersound.
This week The Snark presents a mini-tribute to Norway.  Fine musicians from the land of fjords appear in every set on the list (in purple). (Canadians are, as always, in red.)

The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

The Chemical Brothers -- SWOON (LINDSTRØM & PRINS THOMAS REMIX) -- Another World (2010, Parlophone)

Casiokids -- DET SNURRER I MIN -- Top stemning på lokal bar (2010, Polyvinyl)
Leon Spencer -- HIP SHAKER -- Acid Jazz, Volume 1 (1995, Beat Goes Public) [orig. 1972, Bad Walking Woman LP, Prestige]
The Poly Shores -- LLAMA -- CJSW: Now With More Music (2011, CJSW)
Mad Professor & Joe Ariwa feat. U-Roy -- NOTHING IS THICKER THAN DUB -- Old School Dubs (2007, Ariwa)

Rosendo Martinez Y Su Orquesta -- EL ALEGRON -- Cartagena! Curro Fuentes & The Big Band Cumbia & Descarga Sound of Colombia 1962-72 (2011, Soundway)
Lindstrøm & Christabelle -- SO MUCH FUN (DØLLE JØLLE REMIX) -- Real Life is No Cool (2010, Smalltown Supersound)
Crissi Cochrane -- COMING HOME -- Darling, Darling (2010, Crissi Cochrane)

The Nervous Wrecked -- (YOU'RE RIGHT) (ON TIME) -- Circles (2010, The Nervous Wrecked)
The Interns -- NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE -- Roots Techniques (1995, Pressure Sounds)
Kim Hiorthøy -- TAK -- Fjord Focus: A Norwegian Sampler (2002, Wire)
Johnny West -- SPIDER VENTRILOQUIST -- An Absence of Sway (2009, Tosteestostas)
Minotaurs -- GET DOWN -- The Thing (2010, Minotaurs)

Small Paul -- THERE'S GONNA BE SOME CRYING -- Eccentric Soul: Mighty Mike Lenaburg (2007, Numero) [orig. 1967]
Bjørn Torske -- BRYGGESJAU -- Kokning (2010, Smalltown Supersound)
Lopez Walker -- FLY AWAY -- Children Of Jah: The Chantells & Friends 1977-79 {imaginary title: Phase 1 Records: The Music Produced By Roy Francis} (1999, Blood & Fire)
Five Alarm Funk -- INTERLUDE -- Anything Is Possible (2010, Five Alarm Funk)

Annie -- ALWAYS TOO LATE -- Anniemal (2004, Smalltown Supersound)

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The Snark's semi-impromptu feature on some Norwegian artists from the Smalltown Supersound label is entirely due to my friend Pat's record collection. Casiokids appear (yet again) mainly because they actually toured North America in 2010 and we got to see them LIVE! In Detroit! A memorable night.
Special thanks to Pat for the loan of many great CDs from Norway (among other places).
Why no Jaga Jazzist? (Ask not. No reason.)
Kokning inside cover art by Kim Hiorthøy, 2010.
Anonymous comment (see below) points out that Casiokids are touring the south and east of the United States right now, but Detroit is not on the list of destinations. We are used to having our musical hearts broken this way, but we still don't like it. There's a link in the comments that doesn't work. Use this one: http://www.myspace.com/casiokids instead.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"I'm Rich As Old Croesus When I've Got Ten Pieces"

Kokning cover art by Kim Hiorthey, 2010.
Cheers to Five Alarm Funk, the exceptional 10-piece funk band from Vancouver, British Columbia, currently touring Canada. They chewed up the Phog Lounge last Wednesday. People who couldn't get in were watching through the front window and grooving out in the cold and damp on the sidewalk. Inside was extremely funky, foggy, and fun.
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)
Five Alarm Funk -- GORILLA -- Voodoo Hairdoo (2008, Five Alarm Funk)
Fat Freddys Drop -- ROADY -- Based On A True Story (2005, Kartel)
Bjorn Torske -- LANGT FRA AFRIKA -- Kokning (2010, Smalltown Supersound)
DePedro -- NUBES DE PAPEL -- Nubes De Papel (2010, Nat Geo)
Phelps & Munro -- NOTHING TO SEE HERE -- Invaderism: Round Trip Mars Presents A Ten Year Celebration (2010, Round Trip Mars)
Type Monkey Type -- SMOOTH LIKE CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER -- CJSW: Now With More Music (2011, CJSW)
Mr. OK feat. Larose -- YAYA -- Men Mwen (2011, Mr. OK)
Five Alarm Funk -- KING ARTHUR'S COURT -- Five Alarm Funk (2006, Five Alarm Funk)
Toots & the Maytals -- BAM BAM -- Trojan Calypso Box (2002, Trojan) [orig. 1966]
Louise Bennett -- CH-CHI BUD -- Jamaican Folk Songs Sung By Louise Bennett (1954, Folkways)
The Minotaurs -- NOTHING NEW -- The Thing (2010, Minotaurs)
Crissi Cochrane -- DARLING, DARLING -- Darling, Darling (2010, Crissi Cochrane)
The Bees -- WINTER ROSE -- Every Step's A Yes (2010, Fiction Records)
Johnny Green & His Orchestra feat. Fred Astaire -- I'D RATHER LEAD A BAND -- The Essential Collection [orig.1936]  {Hear dancing on the radio!}
Five Alarm Funk -- PAYDAY -- Anything Is Possible (2010, Five Alarm Funk)
Franco et l'O.K. Jazz -- BAILA MI CARABINE -- Franco et l'O.K. Jazz (196?)
The Budos Band -- BUDOS DIRGE -- Budos III (2010, Daptone)
Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra -- I'M GONNA LOCK MY HEART (AND THROW AWAY THE KEY -- Billie, Ella, Lena, Sarah! (1994, Sony) [orig. Columbia]
Alton Ellis -- AFRICAN DESCENDANTS -- Studio One Funk (2004, Soul Jazz) [orig. 197?, Coxsone]
Vinicius Cantuária & Bill Frissell -- LÁGRIMAS MEXICANAS -- Lágrimas Mexicanas (2010, Eone)

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"To Live My Life The Way I Want, To Sing And Do Whatever I Please"

Female musicians and singers are featured on this episode, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day! So we had some extremely good tunes today, with a special focus on Jamaica, the tiny island of great music, super sound systems, massive amounts of records, and the best singers and players.
Louise Bennett is one of the heroes of independent Jamaica, and this week she sings the mento classic Linstead Market.  Also see the video below from Marcia Griffiths, one of the I-Threes (the back-up singers for Bob Marley and Wailers). Ms. Griffiths sings us a song (that I don't remember hearing before) from the 80s-90s, but apparently Electric Boogie introduced the world to the dance called The Electric Slide. The video is incredibly charming and shows us how easily Jamaica and New York mesh together into total awesomeness. Enjoy!

The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

New Age Steppers feat. Ari-Up -- GUIDING STAR -- Action Battlefield (1981, On-U Sound)
Lost Patrol feat. Karen Marrero -- YOU DON'T OWN ME -- Tell No Lies [orig. 1990, casette]
Samantha Robichaud -- MUSICAL PREACHER -- Atlantic Standards: Kitchen Party (2010, Rhino)

Marcia Griffiths -- ELECTRIC BOOGIE -- Carousel (1990, Island)
Brie Neilson -- BOOTS -- Then We Learned To Dance (2009, Brie Neilson)
Bonnie & Sheila -- YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON -- New Orleans Funk, Volume 2 (2008, Soul Jazz) [orig. 1970?]
The Unsettlers, feat. Genevieve Schreier -- THE TRIZZLE -- Blood (2010, Unsettlers)
Louise Bennett -- LINSTEAD MARKET -- Jamaica Before Ska

Luxury Christ feat. Nancy Drew -- BLIX (A LOVE STORY) -- Problematic For The People (1996, Eleven37 Records)
Lizzy Mercier Descloux -- HARD-BOILED BABE -- Press Color (2003 reissue, ZE Records) [orig. 1979, ZE]
Marlena Shaw -- LIBERATION CONVERSATION -- Chess Classics (2005, Mojo) [orig. 1969, Verve]
Dry & Heavy feat. Likkle Mai -- RADICAL STAR -- One Punch (1999, Green Tea)

Carol Kalphat & Clint Eastwood -- AFRICAN LAND / AFRICA WE WANT TO GO -- Reggae Archive  (1994, On-U Sound) [orig. 1979, Hit Run]
Random Recipe feat. Frannie Holder and Fab -- WONDERWOMAN -- Fold It! Mold It! (2010, Bonsound)
Sonia Wieder-Atherton -- CHANSON -- Chants Juifs Pour Violoncelle et Piano (2010, naïve)
Shadon -- PLACES I WON'T GO -- Chainstore Massacre (2002, On-U Sound)

Dorothy Masuka -- KHAULEZA -- London Is The Place For Me, Volume 4: African Dreams & the Piccadilly High Life (2006, Honest Jons Records)
Annie -- I DON'T LIKE YOUR BAND -- Don't Stop (2009, Smalltown Supersound)
Big Mama Thornton -- I AIN'T NO FOOL EITHER -- The Original Hound Dog (1990, Ace Records UK) [orig. 1950-53?]
Perilelle -- WHO AM I TO COMPLAIN -- Fog Like This (2010, Exchange Bureau Records)

Bonjay feat. Alanna Stuart -- CREEPIN -- Broughtupsy (2010, Mysteries of Trade)

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sherlock's Older, Smarter Brother...

pg.95 of Sleeveface: Be The Vinyl, compiled by Carl Morris & John Rostron.
Artisan/Workman Publishing, 2008.
Photo by Gunnar Bangsmoen.
bob hund, Stenåldern kan börja, Bob Hund Förlag, 2001.
Hey! Thanks to cool NewZealand label ROUND TRIP MARS for the free download of Invaderism, a compilation featuring new and unreleased tracks from their roster of green-faced geniuses.
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)
Ancient Astronauts -- ANTI-POP SONG -- Into Bass And Time (2011, ESL Music)
Wanda Jackson -- DUST ON THE BIBLE -- The Party Ain't Over (2011, Nonesuch)
Five Alarm Funk -- FACE RIOT -- Anything Is Possible (2010, Five Alarm Funk)
Fujiya & Miyagi -- TAIWANESE BOOTS -- Ventriloquizzing (2011, Yep Rock)
Magic Plants -- I'M A NOTHING -- Essential Pebbles, Volume 2 (????)
Dugong -- PANDEMONIUM, EQUILIBRIUM WALK WITH ME -- Iceberg 2011 (2011, Dugong)
Ska Cubano -- CHISPA TREN -- ¡Ay Caramba! (2006, Cumbancha)
Willie Wright -- JACKIE'S SONG -- Willie Wright: Telling The Truth (2011, Numero) [orig. 1977]
Casiokids -- MIN SISTE DAG -- Top stemning på lokal bar (2010, Polyvinyl)
Lee Gaul -- NOTHING AT ALL -- Some Primitive Recordings (2006?, Lee Gaul)
Mycroft Holmes -- SIDESHOW VIEWING -- Invaderism: Round Trip Mars Presents A 10-Year Celebration (2010, free download at Round Trip Mars Bandcamp page)
The Wave Pictures -- NOTHING CAN CHANGE THIS LOVE -- If You Leave It Alone (2009, Moshi Moshi)
bob hund -- GRÖNT LJUS ÅT ALLA -- Folkmusik för folk som kan bete sig som folk (2009, bob hund)
Mr. OK -- MEN MWEN -- Men Mwen (2011, Mr. OK)
Sonia Wieder-Atherton -- DANSE -- Chants Juifs Pour Violoncelle Et Piano (2010, näive)
Wab Kinew feat. isKwé -- GIVE IT UP -- Manitoba Music 2011 (2011)
Ike & Tina Turner's Kings Of Rhythm -- STEEL GUITAR RAG -- I Like Ike! The Best Of Ike Turner (1994, Rhino) [orig. 1961, Sue]
The Psychic Alliance -- TRI-SCARE-A-TOPS -- CJSW: Now With More Music (2011)
Jonathan Richman -- O MOON, QUEEN OF NIGHT ON EARTH -- O Moon, Queen of Night on Earth (2010, Vapor)
Five Alarm Funk -- WATERBOAT -- Voodoo Haircut (2008, Five Alarm Funk)
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FIVE ALARM FUNK is coming to Phog Lounge on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9th, 2011!
gorilla vs. shark: who do you root for?
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