Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"I'm In Doubt Of What The Modern Cynics Shout Of..."

Blossom Dearie is her real name.
Bob Haymes & Marty Clarke wrote "They Say It's Spring."
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011.
(Artitst/SONG/Album, etc.)

Bjorn Torske -- FURU -- Kokning (2010, Smalltown Supersound)

Booker T. Jones -- HARLEM HOUSE -- The Road From Memphis (2011, Anti)
Al Tuck -- BUDDAH -- All Time Favourite (2010, Youth Club)
The Gladiators -- SOCKING GOOD TIME -- Socking Good Time: Rare & Unreleased Gems From The Trojan Vaults (1999, Trojan)
Beastie Boys -- NONSTOP DISCO POWERPACK -- Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (2011, Capitol)

Aurelio -- LARU BEYA -- Laru Beya (2011, Stone Tree Records/Subpop)
Scritti Politti -- FROM TINSELTOWN TO THE BOOGIEDOWN -- Absolute (2011, EMI) [orig.1999]
Blossom Dearie -- THEY SAY IT'S SPRING -- Putumayo Presents: Jazz (2011, Putumayo World Music) [orig. 1956, Verve]
Fat Freddys Drop -- CAY'S CRAYS (REMIXED) -- Cay's Crays Digital Mystikz Remix (2006, Kartel)

Kiran Ahluwalia -- MUSTT MUSTT (REDUX) -- Aam Zameen: Common Ground (2011, Kiran Music)
To Rococco Rot -- HORSES -- Speculation (2010, Domino)
Keren Ann -- LE SABLE MOUVANT -- La Disparition (2002, EMI)
The Souljazz Orchestra -- INSURRECTION -- Freedom No Go Die (2007, Do Right! Music)
The Albertans -- JACKPOT -- New Age (2011, Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
Balkan Beat Box -- SUNDAY ARAK -- Putumayo Presents: Gypsy Groove (Putumayo World Music)
Johnny West -- YOU WON'T BOND WITH THE VINE, BUT I CAN'T CUT YOU LOOSE -- If I Had A Quarter For Every Time Someone Stuck A Gun In My Face, I'd At Least Have Enough Change To By A Few Chocolate Bars (2009, Tosteestostas)
Dubmatix -- MY SELECTA -- Atomic Subsonic (2006, 7Arts Entertainment)

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Thanks to Marc from CJAM's Cowboys and Indies program for the Digital Mystikz remix of Fat Freddy's Drop, which I confess I've listened to at least four times throughout the day today.  The 12" remix that I have is totally different.  It's a delicious drum-n-bass version of the same song (Cay's Crays).  Can't wait to play it for you!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

"I Program My Own Computer..."

Detroit Electronic Music Festival is this weekend, May 28-31, 2011.
My imaginary DEMF is neverneverland.
"Think of the sales of the records you could've sung, if you'd got up on time." That's a crazy, futile wish from a Fats Comet lyric, in the paternalistic voice of some kind of early-rising record company executive-type. It's almost as good as my own futile wish that Tackhead (Fats Comet's big brother) would be invited, and hence recognised at some future DEMF for their gigantic influence on music, electronic music, etc.

Three of the members of Tackhead were the funky funky backbone at Sugar Hill Records, and played on Rapper's Delight, probably the first rap record ever made. The history of the Tackhead crew is fascinating and complicated, and I don't really want to get into all that on this humble blog. (Maybe someday.) Instead here's a link to the Adrian Sherwood interview I was talking about on the show today. (Thanks to Desmond for sending it over.) Sherwood talks a bit about how the band got together, among other wonderful things.

I think it was DEMF 2003 that programmed Liquid Liquid and ESG in a Hart Plaza parking garage, two performances that I think of fondly and often. So much fun. (I wanted to play Liquid Liquid this week, but there wasn't enough time. ESG was on last week's list.) However, no parking structure could withstand the onslaught of Tackhead sound. Ha ha! Getting Keith LeBlanc, Doug Wimbish, Skip McDonald, and Adrian Sherwood into the Motor City to do a show at DEMF would right the wrong of Tackhead never having played in Detroit ever.

Come on!

The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Chet Singh -- RECESSIONARY REVOLUTIONARIES -- Recessionary Revolutionaries (2010, Chet Singh)
Casiokids -- TOGENS HULE -- Topp Stemning på lokal bar (2010, Polyvinyl)

Tackhead -- TICKING TIME BOMB -- Friendly As A Hand Grenade (1989, World Records)
Fatboy Slim & David Byrne, feat. Cyndi Lauper -- ELEVEN DAYS -- Here Lies Love (2010, Todomundo/Nonesuch)
Jaga Jazzist -- REAL RACECARS HAVE DOORS -- A Livingroom Hush (2001, Ninjatune)

Lonesome Lefty -- RHYTHM KING -- Souvenir Album, Volume 2 (2010, Lonesome Lefty)
SuB -- SUBSONIT -- Neferiu Records: Tendown (2010, Neferiu)
Fred Williams & The Jewels Band -- THE DANCE GOT OLD -- Eccentric Soul: Smart's Palace (2009, Numero) [orig. 1969?]
Hey-O-Hansen -- CREEP -- We So Horny: Serious Pleasure Riddims (2010, Pingipung!)

Ramadanman -- TEMPEST -- Glut/Tempest (2010, Hemlock Recordings)
Sèyfu Yohannès -- MÈLA MÈLA -- Ethiopiques, Volume 1: Golden Years of Modern Ethiopian Music (1998, Buda Musique)
Mark Stewart + Maffia -- TO HAVE THE VISION -- Learning To Cope With Cowardice (1984, On-U Sound)
Ronald Reagan Story -- BOMBS -- Is This Love Or Is This War? The Frank Carlone Story (1981, RRS)

Deadbeat -- MELBOURNE ROUND MIDNIGHT -- Journeyman's Annual (2007, Scape/Forced Exposure)
Zapp & Roger -- SO RUFF, SO TUFF -- Double Dose of Funk: The Best of Zapp & Roger (2010, Thump) [orig. 1981]
Kode9 & The Spaceape -- BLACK SUN (PARTIAL ECLIPSE VERSION) -- Black Sun (2011, Hyperdub Records)

Beastie Boys -- LONG BURN THE FIRE -- Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (2011, Capitol)
Big Sugar -- 100 CIGARETTES -- Heated (1998, A&M)
We're Not Popstars -- LOST ON EDGE -- Full Colour (2011, We're Not Popstars)

Fats Comet -- ROCKCHESTER -- Tackhead Power Inc., Volume 1 (1993, Blanc Records) [orig. 1986, World Records]

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Yes. I love Tackhead. And Fats Comet. And all their musical relations.
12"single, World Records, 1988.
Adrian Sherwood at the controls.
Chicago, 2004.
Danger: Unexploded Tackhead
AMS at the controls in Toronto, 1988.
Photo: P. Ingenkamp
12" single, back cover (detail)
OK, bye.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

You Said Oblivion... I Said Oblivious...

Hello Detroit, give us music, please.
Movement, a.k.a. the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, will take place in less than 2 weeks (May 28-31, 2011) over at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit, and all the artists listed below in purple ink will be there. Sounds good.

(Oh yeah, and as usual, Canadians are listed in red.)

The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Fatboy Slim -- YOU'RE NOT FROM BRIGHTON -- You've Come A Long Way Baby (1996, Skint)
Badawi -- I SAID OBLIVION -- Safe (2006, Asphodel)

Beastie Boys -- MULTILATERAL NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT -- Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (2011, Capitol)
Four Letter Word -- THE PUT ON -- From The Tank: 17 Unreleased Tracks From the Windsor Music Collective (2010, Sharktank Productions)
Flying Lotus -- DISCO BALLS -- 5 Years Of Hyperdub (2009, Hyperdub)
Nilla -- FULL OF GRACE -- Everybody Dance Now: Songs From Hamilton 5 (2010, C+C Music)
Gerry Robichaud -- TWIN SISTERS -- Down East Fiddling/Violonneux de l'est (1973, Voyager) {Thanks, Lefty!}
The Meligrove Band -- BONES ATTACK!! -- Shimmering Lights (2010, Nevado)

Plastikman -- PLASTICINE -- Abridged version from Myspace (1993)
Althea -- DOWN TOWN THING -- Joe Gibbs Productions (2003, Souljazz)
ESG -- I WANNA DANCE -- A South Bronx Story 2 (2007, Souljazz)
Five Alarm Funk -- CUBAN BALLERS -- Voodoo Hairdoo (2008, Five Alarm Funk)

Scuba -- RESPIRATOR -- Box Of Dub: Dubstep & Future Dub (2007, Souljazz)
Fishfood -- MODERN DANCE CRAZE -- Fishfood vs. Birth Of Sharon (1982, Bristol Archive Records)
Eddie Floyd -- BIG BIRD -- The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-68 (Atlantic, 1991) [orig.1867, Stax]
Magic System -- PETIT POMPIER -- The Sound of Club Secousse, Volume 1 (2010, Crammed Disc)

Minotaurs -- PINK FLOYD -- The Thing (2010, Static Clang)
African Head Charge -- IN "I" HEAD -- Voodoo Of The Godsent (2011, On-U Sound)
Los Seven Del Swing -- SILENCIO -- Cartagena! Curro Fuentes & The Big Band Cumbia & Descarga Sound of Columbia 1962-72 (2011, Soundway)

Hudson Mohawke -- SPOTTED -- Mary Anne Hobbs: Wild Angels (2009, Planet Mu Records)
Thanks for listening!
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OK, I admit I cut off the last song... but it comes back on after an excruciating pause. I knew I was gonna press the wrong button to end the show: but EJECT? Really? Yikes.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

"We Was Just Little, Itty Bitty Little People In Our Little Tiny Corner..."

Texas Pigbag from Big Boys.
Photo from The Fat Elvis liner notes.
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Artist, etc.)
Phil Ranelin & Tribe -- SOUNDS FROM THE VILLAGE -- Message From The Tribe: An Anthology of Tribe Records 1972-1976 (2010, Universal Sound) [Orig. 1975]
Rosalyn Sweet & The Paragons -- BLACKBIRD SINGING -- Essential Reggae (2009, Ministry of Sound) [Orig. 1973]
Federico Aubele -- IN YOUR NAME -- Berlin 13 (2011, ESL Music)
Al Tuck -- ONE DAY THE WARNER -- All Time Favourite (2010, Youth Club)
Big Boys -- WE GOT SOUL -- The Fat Elvis (1993, Touch & Go) [Orig. 1982]
The Black Mirrors -- THE WORLD ENDS -- The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria (2010, Soundway)
Harry Belafonte -- LOVE, LOVE ALONE -- Belafonte Sings Of The Caribbean (2008, Golden Stars) [Orig. 1957]
Jack-O & The Tennessee Tearjerkers -- SWITCHBLADE COMB -- The Disco Outlaw (2009, Goner)
Ragga Twins -- ILLEGAL GUNSHOT -- Ragga Twins Step Out (2008, Soul Jazz) [Orig. 1990]
The Hypnotics -- RUN JOHNNY RUN -- Soul At Seven (2010, Hypnotics)
Salmonella Dub -- TUI DUB -- Inside The Dub Plates (2001, Virgin)
Cris Derksen -- SMILE AT ME -- The Cusp (2010, Cris Derksen)
Bureaucrats -- PASSION BASTARDS -- Bureaucrats ROI (1999, Bureaucrats) [Orig. 1980]
Michael Jackson -- DON'T STOP 'TIL YOU GET ENOUGH (original demo) -- Off The Wall (2001, Sony) [Orig. recorded 1978]
Fred Astaire -- MUSIC MAKES ME -- The Essential Collection (2006, Avid) [Orig. 1933]
Mr. OK feat. Larose -- YAYA -- Men Mwen (2011, Mr. OK)
Tussle -- DISCO D'ORO (2004, Rong)
The Mountain Goats -- FOR CHARLES  BRONSON -- All Eternals Deck (2011, Merge)
Citywide Vacuum -- INTERLUDE -- Pact (2007, Eleven37Music)
Citywide Vacuum -- SWEET KRAUT -- Pact (2007, Eleven37Music)
Ammoye & Rise Ashen -- SWING ME -- Haffi Win (2010, Balanced)

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Thanks to Pat for the loan of the Big Boys CD. You'll get it back someday! Plus all the other music...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

"I Don't Care, I Don't Care, I Don't Care"

Australia + Sweden + U.S.A. = BBT (Invisible Origins)
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Beaten By Them -- NUSLA NIF -- Invisible Origins (2011, Thrill Jockey)
Jagga Jazzist -- ENDLESS GALAXY -- Ninja Tune XX, Vol. 2 (2010, Ninja Tune)

Lloyd & Glen -- THAT GIRL -- Socking Good Time: Rare & Unreleased Gems From The Trojan Vaults (1999, Trojan)
Red Cross -- I HATE MY SCHOOL -- Red Cross E.P. (1980)
Fruko & Sus Tesos -- MAMBO #5 -- Putumayo Presents Rumba Mambo Cha Cha Chá (2011, Putumayo World Music)
The Chambermaids -- LILY -- Down In The Berries (2011, Modern Radio)

Federico Aubele -- EL MIEDO -- Berlin 13 (2011, ESL Music)
Wordburglar -- S'UP BURG -- Burgie's Basement: Rarities, B-Sides, Remixes (2010, Hand'Solo/Urbnet)
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo -- OCÉ -- Cotonou Club (2011, Strut)
The Albertans -- FURNITURE -- New Age (2011, Ernest Jenning Record Co.)

Dub Spencer & Trance Hill -- LONDON CALLING -- The Clashification of Dub (2011, Echo Beach)
Ronald Reagan Story -- RONNIE (I VOTED FOR YOU) -- Is This Love Or Is This War: The Frank Carlone Story (1981, RRS)
Rah Rah -- COMMUNIST MAN -- Breaking Hearts (2010, Young Soul Records)
Scritti Politti -- LOVER TO FALL -- Cupid & Psyche '85 (1985, Virgin/Warner)

African Head Charge -- AFRICAN BREDDA -- Voodoo of The Godsent (2011, On-U Sound)
Orlando Fortich Y Su Orquesta -- YOLANDA -- Cartagena! (2011, Soundway)

Black Dub -- SIRENS -- Black Dub (2010, Sony Canada)
Random Recipe -- I DON'T WANT TO WANT YOU -- Fold It! Mold It! (2010, Bon Sound Records)
Bureaucrats -- YOU NEVER WANTED ME (live) -- Bureaucrats roi (1999, Bureaucrats) [orig. Feb. 1980, recorded at Barrymore's in Ottawa]
Lindstrom & Christabelle -- LOVESICK -- Real Life Is No Cool (2010, Smalltown Supersound)
George McCrae -- I GET LIFTED -- Miami Sound: Rare Funk & Soul From Miami, Florida (2003, Soul Jazz) [orig. 1975]


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Jaga video as promised: