Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"Zungguzungguguzungguzeng! ... Jump Fi Happiness, A Jump Fi Joy!"

Les amis et amies chantent et jouent!
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five -- FREEDOM -- The Sugar Hill Records Story (1999, Rhino/WEA) [orig. 1980]
Wild Domestic -- WHAT ONCE RAN WILD -- Wild Domestic (2011, Out Of Sound)
Patsy & The Count Ossie Band -- PATA PATA ROCK STEADY -- Reggae Songbirds: 17 Great Tracks From The Hi Note Label (1999, Heartbeat)
Balkan Beat Box -- ENEMY IN ECONOMY -- Give (2012, Nat Geo)
Kinetic Ideals -- ANIMALISTIC -- Reason 12" E.P. (1981, Mannequin)
N'dambi -- THE WORLD IS A BEAT -- Soul Sisters: A Black History Month Celebration (2012, Conchord)
Jean Carignan Et Ses Amis -- LES FRAISES ET LES FRAMBOISES / LE FESTIN DE CAMPAGNE / AH! SI MON MOINE VOULAIT DANSER -- Classic Canadian Songs From Smithsonian Folkways (2006, Smithsonian Folkways)
Yellowman -- ZUNGGUZUNGGUGUZUNGGUZENG -- Reggae Box (2001, Hip-O)
Feist -- THE BAD IN EACH OTHER -- Metals (2011, Arts & Crafts)
Phoenecia -- MUSHROOM CLOUD OVER MIAMI -- Demissions (2011, DETUND)
King Cobb Steelie -- THE SITUATION -- Mayday (2000, Outside Music)
Mr. OK, feat. Larose -- YAYA -- Men Mwen (2011, Mr. OK)
Air -- ASTRONOMIC CLUB -- Le Voyage Dans La Lune (2012, Astralwerks)
Jorge Martinez -- AMERICANA -- Cadencias (2011, Cuntrera)
The Big Pink -- FUTURE THIS -- Future This (2011, 4AD)
Harmonia -- WALKY TALKY -- Deluxe (1975, Brain)

Thanks for listening!

Here's the link from the CJAM archives, if you wanna check out what this list sounds like.
(The link is live for about 4 weeks from the original broadcast date.  Sometimes more...)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"Come On Baby, Give Me A Kiss... Stop Writing Everything Down..."

Brand new Balkan Beat Box LP.

The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Balkan Beat Box -- INTRO (TASTE OF WHERE I'M FROM) -- Give (2012, Nat Geo)
Phoenecia -- DOGNESS -- Demissions (2011, DETUND)
Destroy All Monsters -- NOBODY KNOWS -- Bored (1999)
Willie Rosario -- CALYPSO BLUES -- Boogaloo Pow Wow: Dancefloor Rendez-Vous In Young Nuyorica (2006, Honest Jon's Records)
Wiley -- THIS IS JUST AN ALBUM -- Evolve Or Be Extinct (2012, Big Dada)
The Chieftains, feat. Imelda May -- CAROLINA RUA / REEL: THE LADIES PANTALETTES -- Voice of Ages (2012, Hear Music)
Andre Williams -- HOT COFFEE -- Nightclub (2011, Pravda)
Efan -- 1980 -- Electro-Lava (2008, Efan)
LiLiPUT -- WIG-WAM -- LiLiPUT / Kleenex: 1978-83 (Kill Rock Stars)
Jackie Mittoo -- CHAMPION OF THE ARENA -- Champion In The Arena: 1976-77 (2003, Blood & Fire)
God Made Me Funky -- TOO SHY -- Enter The Beat (2008, New Empire)
A Place To Bury Strangers -- DRILL IT UP -- Onwards To The Wall (2012, Dead Oceans)
Aline Morales -- UN CHEIRO QUE ARREPIA -- Flores, Tambores, E Amores (2011, Aline Morales)
Leonard Cohen -- DIFFERENT SIDES -- Old Ideas (2012, Columbia)
Busy Bee -- BUSY BEE'S GROOVE -- The Sugar Hill Records Story (1999, Rhino/WEA) [orig.1985]
Old Man Luedecke & Lake Of Stew -- MONSANTO JONES -- Sing All About It (2011, Noise Trade)
Vinicius Cantuária -- CORRE CAMPO -- Sol Na Cara (1996, Gramavision)
Amerigo Gazaway -- STAKES IS HIGH -- Fela Soul (2011, Gummy Soul)
Big Sugar -- COME A LITTLE CLOSER... NOW COME! -- Revolution Per Minute (2011, Bread & Water)
Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair -- WILTON'S MOOD -- Alpha Boys School: Music In Education 1920-2006 (2006, Sanctuary)

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Sing along!


Two weeks ago, at the place to be
They were standing in line to see the Busy Bee
I pulled up in the curve in the ‘98
Then I rushed inside so we won’t be late
The party was packed, well, you couldn’t even move
Now everybody’s rocking to the Busy Bee’s groove!
Busy Bee!  Busy Bee!
Everybody clap hands, stomp your feet!
Clap hands, stomp your feet!
Hey y’all! From coast to coast, and from land to land
As the super-fly brother, with the master plan
With the beat that’s unique to sound real sweet
To make you party to the rhythm seven days a week
Yes, it’s true that dreams can come through
If it happened to me it can happen to you
So let’s get up on our feet, let our fingers pop
Because Busy Bee’s just about ready to rock
Ha! Uh!
Now y’all heard the rest and y’all ready to go
With the baddest in hi-fi stereo
So just groove to the rhythm, while you groove to the beat
And you wanna hear this record every day of the week
Because the sound that you hear, so def to your ears
So have no fear, Busy Bee is here!
Uh! Ow!
Busy Bee!
I met a young lady that fainted on the scene
She want she win the lotto, that was always her dream
People gathered around, and ask did she move?
Then she jump back to life to a Busy Bee’s groove
Busy Bee make you dance, scream, and shout
That’s what the Busy Bee is all about
So before I go and before I quit,
I’m gonna gi’ you some more of this Busy Bee hit!
Hey y’all, one day I hit the number and it must be told
Oh I won a million dollars and ten bags of gold
I took a lady shopping as I played the role
Of a rich millionaire twenty-two years old
I called the daily news and then I told the pope
You shoulda heard me on the phone as I began to boast,
Man, they hung up the phone, rushed to the scene
Just to interview me in that same limousine
A six door Cadillac, TV and bar,
A space antennae at the back of the car
I tore the streets all through the night
But to hang with Busy Bee ya got ta be all right
Said winter, spring, after that come fall
Anytime you ready just gimme a call
We’ll talk about the birds and the bees
And the way I check the house for you young ladies
I was raised in the sun, strong as a ox
Slim, trim, fine as the fox
But right about this time, I just want y’all to know
I choose the life that they call the disco
So get up on your feet, let your fingers pop
It’s Busy Bee’s here and I’m ready to rock, oh!
And I rock New York City, all years around
And my name is known all over the town
People here love the way I run my game
They can’t wait to see me make the Hall Of Fame
And Busy Bee is my name and that’s a fact
And you can’t beat that with a stickball bat
Young ladies: rock the house
And to all the fly guys: rock the house
And you dance and you dance and don’t quit
Coz the music’s designed to be a rock hit
Just ooh ah!  
Uh ooh uh ooh ah!  
Ooh ah uh uh!
Said there’s a place where the ranch boys go
To get a little cheeky, to get gus go
But in order to you to come in our spot
Ya gotta own three girls, a mansion and a yacht
And then you come inside and beat the stride
You gotta bet cash money to keep the game alive
You couldn’t stay on your feet from 9 to 5
Because the boys of the ranch don’t take no jive
Uh ah uh uh ah ah!
Uh ah uh uh ah ah!
Uh ah uh uh uh ah ah!
Uh uh uh uh uh uh uh uh!
DJs, radio stations all over the nation
Take this record out ya cover wi’out a hesitation
It’s a gift from me, and the studio in the sky
Put it on the turntables and you’ll a-know why
The B-U-S-Y the B-E-E’s
The man rocks the house, most definitely
And he floats like a butterfly, sting like a bee
He’s not the latest, he’s the greatest
And they call him Busy Bee!
You don’t care if I’m the one
Because all you wanna do is have some fun
So put your hand on your hip, I’ll make your backbone slip
Put the pedal to the metal, feet with the beat
And get down, stop that messin’ around
Coz Chief Rocker-Biz-Bee is in your town
Clap your hands, do the freak dance
Become a victim of circumstance
Because everybody rocks when Busy Bee is down
Come alive y’all, come on!
Busy Bee, Busy Bee Busy Bee Busy Bee Busy Bee
That’s right, I’m takin’ them all out, all bums
All MCs that are bums, I’m taking them all out
I’ll straighten them out
You got a problem MC? You?
I’ll straighten them out
Doctor?  You got a problem?
I’ll straighten them out
I’ll straighten them all out
Busy Bee!
Busy Bee! 

lyric by Busy Bee Starski, 1985.
(a.k.a  Chief Rocker Busy Bee, a.k.a. David Parker)
It should be safe to say that the musicians were Doug Wimbish, Skip McDonald, and Keith LeBlanc, but there may have been others, and various combinations, etc.
More research is always necessary!  I'll keep digging.
(These lyrics were transcribed by me, so if you spot any errors or have a better interpretation, please leave a comment so I can correct the mistakes. Thanks!)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"Take Out All Your Books, Write Down Every LIne, Pull Out Every Phrase..."

Smuktonovsky as Hamlet, Vertinkskaya as Ophelia,
soundtrack by Shostakovich, directed by Kozintsev, 1964.
Listening to Shostakovich's "Duel & Death of Hamlet" (Opus 116), you can decide for yourself at what point in the music Laertes strikes Hamlet (unnecessarily, cheater-style) with the poisoned sword tip.  I heard it.
Or I think I did.
Check if you're right by watching the movie. (Couldn't find the duel for you.)
Poor Hamlet...

The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2012.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Phoenecia -- GESUNDHEIT -- Demissions (2011, Schematic/detund)
Wiley -- BOOM BLAST -- Evolve Or Be Extinct (2012, Big Dada)
A Place To Bury Strangers -- ONWARDS TO THE WALL -- Onwards To The Wall (2012, Dead Oceans)
Leonard Cohen -- BANJO -- Old Ideas (2012, Columbia)
Positive Force -- PEOPLE GET ON UP -- The Sugar Hill Records Story (1999, Rhino/WEA) [orig. 1980, Sugar Hill]
The Raincoats -- BALOONACY -- Kitchen Tapes (1998, ROIR) [originally a 1983 cassette-only release (!) on ROIR]
Mad Professor & Scientist -- HUNGARIAN GHOULASH -- Method To The Madness (2005, Trojan)
Cœur De Pirate -- PLACE DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE -- Blonde (2011, Grosse Boite)
José Serebrier & the Belgian Radio Symphony Orchestra -- SUITE FROM HAMLET, OPUS 116: THE DUEL & DEATH OF HAMLET -- Shostakovich: Film Music From 'Hamlet,' 'King Lear,' & 'Five Days & Five Nights' (2011, Warner Classics)
Adaline -- THAT'S WHAT YOU DO BEST -- Modern Romantics (2011, Light Organ)
The Bobby Peterson Quintet -- IRRESISTIBLE YOU -- 7"single (1960, V-Tone)
Casiokids -- DRESINEN -- Aabenbaringen over aaskammen (2011, Polyvinyl)
Big James & The Chicago Playboys -- COLDEST MAN I EVER KNEW -- The Big Payback (2012, Blind Pig)
Bisko -- POP COMA -- Ricochet (2011, Dep)
The Chieftains, feat. The Civil Wars -- LILY LOVE -- Voice Of Ages (2012, Hear Music)
The Ronald Reagan Story -- JUST ANOTHER WARNING -- Is This Love Or Is This War? The Frank Carlone Story (1983, RRS)
Old Man Luedecke & Lake Of Stew -- TOO MUCH TOO LATE -- Sing All About It (2011, Noise Trade)
Amerigo Gazaway -- ITSOWEEZEE -- Fela Soul (2011, Gummy Soul)

Thanks for listening!

To hear this playlist, you can click this here link thing.
(The link is live for about 4-6 weeks from original broadcast date.)

Correction: Today I mixed up Ghana with Guyana.  
Mad Professor is from Guyana, which is in South America. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"I Won't Stop Trying To Create A Disturbance In Your Mind!"

Thank you, Jesse Hill, for creating a disturbance in my mind.
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2012.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Spoonie Gee vs. The Sequence -- MONSTER JAM -- The Sugar Hill Records Story (1999, Rhino/WEA) [orig. 1980, Sugar Hill]
Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots -- COW COW BOOGIE -- The Legendary Decca Recordings (1995, Verve) [orig. 1944, Decca]
Birth Of Sharon -- VOLITION -- Andy Fairly: Fishfood vs. Birth Of Sharon (1981, Bristol Archive Records)
The Painted Ship -- SHE SAID YES -- 7"single (1966, London)
New Age Steppers -- CONQUER -- Love Forever (2012, ON-U Sound)
The Undertones -- HYPNOTISED -- Hypnotised (1980, Rykodisc)
Cœur De Pirate -- ADIEU -- Blonde (2011, Grosse Boite)
Cowlick -- HEY CAR -- Everybody Dance Now: Songs From Hamilton 6 (2011, C+C Music)
Gasper Lawal -- KAI ANIBABA -- Abio'sunni (1985, Hot Records)
Theory Of Everything -- WHAT YOU THOUGHT -- Schizophrenic Symphony (?)
Old Man Luedecke & Lake Of Stew -- TAP WATER -- Sing All About It (2011, Noise Trade)
Jesse Hill -- OOH POO PAH DOO, PT. 1 -- 7"single (1960, Minit)
100 Mile House -- BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE -- Hollow Ponds (2011, 100 Mile House)
Lotus -- GOLDEN GHOST -- Lotus (2011, Sci Fidelity Records)
Graydon James & The Young Novelists -- WE NEVER GET THE HEART WE WANT -- Live At Dublin Street Church (2011, Young Novelists)
Desmond Dekker & The Aces -- FU MAN CHU -- Trojan Reggae Brothers Box Set (2003, Trojan) [orig. 1968, Beverly]
Transkapela -- OLD-TIME SIRBA -- Klezmer Carpathian Music (2007, Arc Music)
Minotaurs -- LAZY EYE -- The Thing (2010, Static Clang)
Sonar Kollectiv Orchester -- MIDNIGHT MARAUDERS -- Guaranteed Niceness (2008, Sonar Kollectiv Records)

Thanks for listening!

Click here to hear this list! It's a direct connection to CJAM's archives, yo.
(Link is live for 4-6 weeks, sometimes more...)

Finally got around to reading the Doug Wimbish interview that Pinwheel Herman has been urging me to look at for quite a while now. Mr. Herman even posted a link to this DW interview in the Snark blog comments recently. (It's in "I Got A Twenty-Bar Poem In A Battle Rap..." from Dec.27/11.)
I enjoyed Doug Wimbish talking about his Sugar Hill days so much that I want to do a new weekly special highlighting Sugar Hill songs he played his monster bass on. (The Winter of Wimbish?) Let's get funky!
Photo of Doug Wimbish by Tasic Dragan.

"'Tis The Voice of The Jubjub!"

Yes, Willie C. Echols is The Moon Man!
Thanks to Mike Hillis, who hipped me to this disc.
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Cyclist -- POCKET MONEY -- Double Dip (2010, Dublum)
Cœur De Pirate -- DANSE ET DANSE -- Blonde (2011, Grosse Boite)
Dubmatix -- WHATCHYA GONNA DO (WEBCAM HI-FI DO DEM REMIX) -- Clash of The Titans: System Shakedown Remixes (2011, Renegade)
Charlotte Gainsbourgh -- PARADISCO -- Stage Whisper (Because Music)
Graydon James & The Young Novelists -- OLDER BROS. NEVER LISTEN -- Live At Dublin Street Church (2011, Young Novelists)
Emile Vacher -- SPORTING JAVA -- Café de Paris 1930-41: 24 Accordion Classics From The Boulevards of Paris (1999, Music Club)
Dungen -- SATT ATT SE -- 4 (2008, Kemado)
The Moon Man (Willie C. Echols) -- THE MOON MAN IS BACK -- 7" single (1964, Good Sounds)
Old Man Luedecke & Lake Of Stew -- PHONE IS TAPPED (AND I DON'T CARE) -- Sing All About It (2011, Noise Trade)
Dave & Ansil Collins -- THE DRIVING INSTRUCTOR -- Dave & Ansil Collins in Toronto (1974, G-Clef)
Roll The Dice -- CAUSE & EFFECT -- In Dust (2011, Leaf)
New Age Steppers -- THE FURY OF ARI -- Love Forever (2012, ON-U Sound)
The Round Robin Monopoly -- LIFE IS FUNKY -- Acid Jazz, Volume 3 (1991, BGP Records UK)
The Skeletones Four -- TRAP DOOR -- Gravestone Rock (2011, Label Fantastic!)
The Locusts Have No King -- ON MY WAY -- Come One, Come All E.P. (2010, The Locusts Have No King)
Jah Wobble, feat. Julie Campbell -- RUINLUST -- Psychic Life (2011, Cherry Red)
Domenico + 2 -- TELEPATA -- Sincerely Hot (2004, Luaka Bop)
Dinner Belles -- COMPROMISE -- West Simcoe County (2011, Dinner Belles)
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou -- LA LA LA LA -- The First Album (2011, Analog Africa) [orig. 1973]

Thanks for listening!

To hear this list, click here for a direct link to CJAM archived show.  No waiting!
(Link is live for about 4 to 6 to 8 weeks from original broadcast date.)

Coincidentally, Dave Konstantino, the host and dj of Revolution Rock, played another Willie C. Echols tune on the following Tuesday after I played this one. We agreed that, surely, that is the most radio play the Moon Man has gotten for a very, very, very long time. The Moon Man is back! Right here on CJAM 99.1-fm!
from Moon Man, by Tomi Ungerer, 1966, Harper & Row.