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Saturday, December 25, 2010


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David Axelrod - Songs of Innocence (1968) (buy)

I don't have any Christmas records ripped to my computer. This post has more to do with my fascination at Obama's top advisor sharing names with one of the greatest American composer's every than it does with Christmas, but maybe in some alternate universe this would get played around the holidays everywhere. Or something. Whatever. Bah humbug.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ghost In The Maschine

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Kraan - Bandits In The Woods (1975) (buy)

Kraan - Die Maschine (1975) (buy)

Kraan - Degado (1975) (buy)

Fresh off last week's beat swap meet got lots of goods to push at you. First up are a few sort of left field krautrock tracks from a bunch of normal Germans known as Kraan. Get past the Dave Matthews intro of the first one here and its worth it. 'Die Maschine' delivers on the acid cover art (also check out the pair of Avatars on the back), and 'Degado' is too easy to pass up.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Sea, The Sea

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Misha Shufutinsky - За Меня Невеста...

Misha Shufutinsky - Море Море

Keeping the international feel. At least I know the artist this time.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Shiti Popu

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??? Japanese Cassette - A5

??? Japanese Cassette - B6

Can't find much in the way of details on this - these tracks are from a cassette from 1981 where the only English is a song title - DISCO. The second one seems to be at least vaguely related to this Ray Kennedy track, but I haven't gotten much farther than that. In fact I'm only vaguely sure these are being sung in Japanese. If you or somebody you know can understand the lyrics, or if you yourself made these tracks, get at me.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Later Lounge

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Lalo Schifrin - Machinations (1968) (buy)

Lalo Schifrin - Dissolving (1968) (buy)

Lalo Schifrin - Secret Code (1968) (buy)

First three tracks of Lalo Schifrin's 1968 release There's A Whole Lalo Schifrin Goin' On all mixed up in a top secret order just for you.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

White Punks on Dope

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Tubes - Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman (1981) (buy)

I think fifty foot women might have some trouble keeping up with angular punk funk basslines like this, but then again there has to be music that suits them better than it does the rest of us.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Blow Your Whistle

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Gary Toms Empire - Do Your Thing (1975) (buy)

Gary Toms Empire - Slow & Funky (1975) (buy)

Whenever and wherever you do your thing this weekend make sure it's either slow or funky.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Body Poppin

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Shalamar - There It Is (1982) (buy)

Shalamar - Help Me (1982) (buy)

Not the only place you'll find these, but I finally ripped my copy of this album so if you don't know, get knowing. If you need any motivation, one of these guys taught Michael Jackson the moonwalk.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Stimulus Package

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Muzak - Lolita (19??) (buy)

Muzak - It's Impossible (19??) (buy)

Today's music is not music. In fact, according to the authoring Muzak Corporation it is:

"... a non-entertainment medium, employing rhythm, tempo instrumentation, etc., to scientifically determined specifications... In work situations, independent studies have documented the effectiveness of Muzak programs in improving employee attitude, efficiency and productivity. In commercial applications, special Muzak programs are employed to create environmental conditions conducive to improved customer relations and profits... Because it is a non-entertainment medium employing music only as the raw material of its service, Muzak is universally accepted and effective in a ll countries in which it operates.

So there you go. By the time you've made your way through these tracks either I'll have gotten richer or you'll have gotten a step up on whatever it is you don't do when your reading this. Now get back to work.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Smudge Music

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The Movies - Have Another Body (1980) (buy)

Slow jam this evening from the The Movies' fifth album India. According to what I guess could be called a tribute site:

There were computers. Funny things like Commodore Pets, and mini-computers that were plugged into mixing desks and made the faders go up and down. Fun to play with, but producers and engineers usually trusted their ears.

Except for a class of producer that was rare then. This was the guy who would throw into the pot his collection of sampled sounds. Listen, here's the snare sound I stole off a Bowie album. Good, isn't it? No need to spend hours setting up a drum sound. I've got it all here in my briefcase. Very efficient. Very dull.

The Movies stopped when this sort of thing was coming in. It was exhaustion. They'd spent months in New York on the final album, and the spirit had gone. Their bodies followed.

But it was good while it lasted.


Monday, October 11, 2010


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Reaching back to the dead of winter, Burlington, Iowa, 1984 for a couple golf course flyover bangers from Mark Moore's Hiway Hypnosis, released in '86. Straight from the jacket:

This album had been a labor of love in making music; but moreso, it is a labor of love in reaching you, and bringing enjoyment into your life.

Word. And if those doesn't get you going, ride out on this bonus:

Mark Moore - October Breezin' (1986) (buy)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Mississippi Queen

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You might know this one, but I like this one.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Turkish Prison

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Giorgio Moroder - Chase (1978) (buy)

Giorgio Moroder - (Theme From) Midnight Express (1978) (buy)

October rolling in and it's getting spooky how little musak there's been to be found around here, but coming back in a major way with a couple of tracks from Giorgio Moroder's score to the 1978 film Midnight Express which, among other things featured an Oliver Stone screenplay. I'm still looking for I don't enjoy about these tracks. For now the fact that every movie I watch can't include them somewhere tops the list. I guess the Oscar probably makes up for that.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

'Umble Pie

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Uriah Heep - Bird Of Prey (1970) (buy)

"If this group makes it I'll have to commit suicide. From the first note you know you don't want to hear any more." That's how the Mellisa Mills Rolling Stone review of the 1970 debut, Very 'Eavy... Very 'Umble from today's suspects began. Not sure if she took them up on it, but they certainly held up their end of the agreement. Brits would have to wait until the '71 release Salisbury for this one, though for us on the best side of Atlantic the first album flew under the considerably less phonetic title Uriah Heep.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

All The Together Now

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The Wynners - 齊心就事成 (1975)

The Wynners - L-O-V-E Love (1975)

This one goes out to all the Cantonese comment bots creeping around my blogger account. Rising from the ashes of an older group The Loosers (no joke), the group launched itself into the Hong Kong teenosphere with their 1974 debut Listen to the Wynners. The album marked the beginning of a wynnyng streak that would spill over into television, with The Wynners Specials, and three motion pictures, including Let's Rock, the soundtrack to which features today's tracks. According to the first one translates to 'The Together'. Mark another one in the W column.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Obv Power

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Psychic TV - Jigsaw (1990) (buy)

Psychic TV - Infinite Beat (1990) (buy)

Psychic TV - Drone Zone (1990) (buy)

Keeping things evil deep in the midst of another summer afternoon with a few Psychic TV tracks from the turn of the late 80s into the 90s. This is when Mr. Orridge, along with a slew of other artists and engineers were putting out music under not only the PTV moniker, but a bunch of fake names in an attempt to create a sort of shadow acid house scene in the UK. Today's first two definitely fit that bill, but that last one is the part of an acid trip where you can't use the bathroom because you're convinced there are zombies coming up out of the shower next to you. Cheers.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Derbooka Shade

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Tuxedomoon - Courante Marocaine (1982) (buy)

Caravan music today from Tuxedomoon, recorded in '82 with the help of a couple Moroccans - Khessassi Mohemmed on the oud, and Miri Mohammed on the derbooka. Get outside this weekend.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Out of Date

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Arthur Brown - Dance (1975) (buy)

Arthur Brown - Take A Chance (1975) (buy)

Arthur Brown - Is There Nothing Beyond God? (1975) (buy)

I know when I'm beat at my own game. Today's post is best left to prog-folk specialist Sean Trane as he comments on Dance, the Arthur Brown album whence today's tracks arose:

Definitely more of directionless pop album with soul and reggae tracks. He was a little lost by then! This album might be the weakest from one of the more interesting singer of the early 70's, the problem is that we are now in the mid-70's and things are not the same. Best avoided unless you are a real fan!

As Carrie Latet once said, one man's quiet is another man's din. See you next time.

Sunday, August 8, 2010


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Alessi - You're Out Of Love (1978) (buy)

Alessi - Space (1978) (buy)

Not to be confused with the Italian condiment design innovators of the same name, Alessi consists of Billy and Bobby Alessi. Like a couple of other artists who've graced the pages of this site they're probably best remembered for their contribution to the Ghostbusters movie, but today I present a couple of tracks from their 1978 effort Driftin'. The first one sounds like it could have gotten the Justice remix treatment, the second one has an intro that could be an out take from one of those Tomita classical synth reinterpretation albums.

So there you go. If you're not into the tracks, switch gears back to the
Alessi catalogue and get yourself something nice.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Deep Pockets

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Pockets - Come Go With Me (1977) (buy)

Pockets - Pasado (1977) (buy)

Shout out to Baby Grandpa for beating me to the punch on this one, but these songs are too easy to listen to and I've been sitting on this since I turned a little paper into a lot of vinyl at the beginning of July. These guys started out in Baltimore under the name Inner Visions in 1975, but made the switch to Pockets before moving out to LA. Apparently it was as small then as it is today as in no time they were recording for Earth, Wind and Fire's label Kalimba, and warming up crowds waiting to hear 'September'. Checking the calendar we've only just entered August, so hold off and check these out.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


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Tower of Power - Loves To Do It (1972) (buy)

Tower of Power feat. Lydia Pense - Dead (1972) (buy)

Long time no see but back for more with a couple Tower of Power bangers from the Abe 'Voco' Kesh compiled Lights Out: San Francisco. Manning the helm of his radio show of the same name, Kesh was a don of the SF funk, rock, blues etc. scene, turning listeners on to people like Harvey Mandel and Blue Cheer. Definitely would be all over the Hype Machine if he'd been kickin around a few decades later. Anyway enjoy what will hopefully return to your semi daily anachronism, and get bonding with your parents over Tower of Power.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Nowhere To Run

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Charles Earland and Odyssey - Singing A Song For You (1977) (buy)

Charles Earland and Odyssey - Revelation (1977) (buy)

Money in the bank funk from Mr. Earland and Co this morning - guitar from the first minute or so of Reveletion sounds like something that might end up in of this guy's beats, while the first one will groove up and down your spine. Get em' while they're hot.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Moving and Shaking All Over

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Kathy Dalton - Gypsy Dancer (1973) (buy)

Backed by Little Feat, we've got the amazing Kathy Dalton delivering a perfect piece of summer caravanning music, replete with vocal intricacies, smashing & rending percussion and firelight 12-string. Engineered and remixed by sound magician Kerry McNabb in his secret laboratories at Paramount Studies here in SoCal - I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Plug Research

If you should find yourself in the Echo Park/Silverlake/Los Feliz etc. tri state area get over to Pehrspace tomorrow night. I'll be spinning all the hits betweeen:

Lola Loshkey

Halloween Swim Team



Magick Orchids

Hit the Facebook for the deets.

Lyras Born

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Nikos Xiloyris - ΚΑΙ ΝΑ ΑΔΕΛΦΕ ΜΟΥ (1983) (buy)

Nikos Xiloyris - ΓΥΡΝΑΝ ΑΜΙΛΗΤΑ ΠΑΙΔΙΑ (1983) (buy)

Nikos Xiloyris - ΤΟΥ ΘΑΝΑΤΟΥ ΠΑΡΑΓΓΕΙΛΑ (1983) (buy)

Cutting the sabbatical short coming back at you with more Greek characters than a calc book, not the least of which the man behind the today's music, the archangel of Crete - Nikos Xiloyris. No doubt the guy can shred it on the lyra, but these arrangements don't stop there. Step away from the drum pads and let them play out.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Quart heureux de juillet!

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Patof - Ne Brisez Pas Vos Jouets (1976)

Patof - Je Veux Revoir Mon Pays (1976)

Patof - Quand Patof Voyage (1976)

Starting off the fireworks a little early this year, I've decided to celebrate the Fourth of July with three of the Frenchest tracks currently on my hardrive. These also happen to be three tracks of the tracks about which I know the least. I can't find anything about this record anywhere, and I'm not even sure the artist is actually Patof. I'm about 30% sure it isn't Superpatof. Judging from the cover art I thought maybe 'patof' is French for clown. Nope. It's just clown. Or maybe bouffon. Anyway music for in between the marches this Fourth.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Feel Of Your Steering Wheel

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Christiane F. - Wunderbar (1982) (buy)

Christiane F. - Heimweh (1982) (buy)

Christiane F. - Wonderbar (1982) (buy)

Three slabs of stiff, upright funk coming at you today from Christiane F. aka Vera Christiane Felscherinow probably aka at least a couple others if you happened to be hanging around Bahnhof Zoo, the rendezvous point of choice for many a junkie and prostitute in mid 70's Berlin. Born in Hamburg, at an early age Christiane moved with her family to the concrete high rises of Gropiusstadt in West Berlin. By age 12 she had started smoking hash, and by 14 she was on the street. After interviews with Christiane for an expose of the drug scene ran past their expected duration of two hours to two months, a series of articles appeared in news magazine Stern. Later a narrative book, Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo, partially ghost written and incorporating input from witnesses such as Christiane's mother would appear. The book provided the basis for a movie, Christiane F. in English speaking countries, Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo for German speakers, directed by Uli Edel and scored by David Bowie, Christiane's favorite singer.