Monday, November 29, 2004
rule number1: i don't work mondays. it's the only way i found to skip the late sunday afternoon stress contracted back in the schooldays. so monday is off and it works : when evening comes, i don't have the same stress about tuesday.
rule number2: mondays are supposed to be cool. but the phone calls keep bringing me back to reality: estimates, call-conferences, the 2months-old job suddenly sooo urgent... it's been a busy weekend of friends visiting, wine libations, birthday lunches, i just wanted to sit quietly, doin' nothing. maybe feed the blog, surf the favorites and the new exciting ones:
THE OF MIRROR EYE
it finally was a busy day and now it's getting late but let's play the perfect monday soundtrack anyway:
world famous: sound sniper in sri-lanka was originally issued in the SHOWA 64 compilation on the japanese disorient label. it's a soulful moist downtempo grower
tokyo bullet by the powder rhinos is a 90's groovy slice of discojazz
rule number3: try to go to bed early when you want to get up late.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
from the stockholm sessions, 1961
enja records, 1988
i won't dare to try to write anything smart about eric dolphy. i discovered him thru john coltrane's records and fell for his music immediately (the love supreme sessions of course) but the record that really did it for me is a live performance of coltrane's quartet in stockholm in 1961.
they play "my favorite things" for the zillionth time, the recording is pretty bad.
the tyner/reggie workman/jones rythm section sounds like an earthquake in the back, coltrane's chorus goes across the universe and beyond, then dolphy's flute solo comes out of nowhere and brings peace back to earth.
as many american jazz musicians, dolphy seemed to enjoy europe's scene and consideration for his music. in 1961, a tv special titled "eric in town" brought him in the swedish broadcast station in stockholm with rune Ã¶wferman on piano, jimmy woode on bass and sture kallin on drums. his flute playing on this standard is "notably fluid and imaginative".
it's one of my favorite dolphy tracks you can enjoy at 192 kb/s.
the genius died in berlin in 1964, he was 36.
ERIC DOLPHY BIOGRAPHY
Monday, November 22, 2004
mute records, 1983
a year ago, everybody was sooo totally into 80's music... and i finally was asked to do
a mixtape that would blend some classics and the hype (dfa's, lcd's, tiga's, etc.)
i plugged the time machine and among tracks by material, a certain ration, esg...
these two songs surfaced. i don't know if it's because they had been on my hard-disk brain for ever but they still sounded fresh and at the same time, had very few in common with the current stuff... you'll listen and tell.
more interesting info on QUANDO QUANGO and the legendary FACTORYHERE
more info on YAZOO HERE
both 12"s are beautiful so try to find them at your favorite record store
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
CENTIPEDE: SEPTOBER ENERGY
let's wander into some 1971 psychedelic-jazz trip with the collective soul of centipede's septober energy:produced by robert fripp, feat. keith & julie tippett, robert wyatt and an extensive list of musicians:
first time i found this record in a junk sale, the original sleeve and the plates were a mess but i got kurious. 2nd time it was a mint second edition and it looked beautiful, weird and full of promises. the dealer seemed pleased to finally get rid of it. he said this album had cost him a lot years ago. someone brought it to him as a real gem and swore he would get top $ for it. but it just stood here and nobody ever seemed interested. well, this dealer loves to talk and tell stories, especially after a few beers on a long hot afternoon.
and if you bring the beers he'll say: "you take a lot of them records, i'll cut you a good deal..." another round and prices drop down and you're in paradise. i took A LOT of albums and came back for more the next day with a full cooler. the place was stacked with lp's and the piles were so high i couldn't even touch them or the damn shop would collapse.
the guy won't waste anything and is kinda smart. take a stack of various lp's in very bad shape: he built his own machine to cut the vinyl neatly around the center, sells the waste by the ton to a record factory and keeps the small labels and charges a buck a piece. if you're a dedicated vinyl junkie, isn't it great to rest your beer on some hot curtoms, motowns, verves, blue notes, marvins, slys or funkadelics?... he let me hunt the best ones from the huge cardboard box and believe me, when i hit a strata-east label i had second thoughts about the album's true condition and the number of beers that led to its destruction...
the selection here are edits of my favorite centipede tracks.
EDIT ONE/track deleted
EDIT TWO/track deleted
the rest is for you to discover...
Monday, November 15, 2004
Thursday, November 11, 2004
music by SCHOOLY D &JOE DELIA, scratches by DJ SWIFT
one of the great moments of onscreen hip hop is abel ferrara's "king of new york":
schoolyD's "am i black enough for you" rockin' the frenzy club scene, from playa's ball to uzi mayhem. ferrara's and the O.G's collaboration followed on, with hits and misses.
i remember when THE BLACKOUT opened at cannes film festival. the main attraction was claudia schiffer. it was her first role and she shared with beatrice dalle a few sexy scenes that drove the press and paparazzi nuts. both girls escorted ferrara on tv sets, promos, parties. abel was always either high or drunk and acting silly pimpstyle, proud to parade with his hot chicks all over him, praising his genius.
i remember the movie was rather bad, with its few moments of course. claudia couldn't act but sure looked good, beatrice did her junkie routine and dennis hopper was his usual overrated self. schoolyD sure didn't top the king of NY gig, but these sleazy/jazzy miami background tracks are perfect warm-ups for early winter times.
LIVE AND DIE/gone
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
there's a fetichism of the object itself, levels of interest beyond its musical "quality" : the cover art, the quality of the packaging, etc. as we're mainly dealing with coded immaterial mp3 format, it's a discussion i'll be glad to share with concerned bloggers out there.
back to music and records, i'll be straight on this: i'm addicted to both.
i think i developed a neurotic syndrom, very much alike bulimia or sex: the more i get, the more i want. and there's such an incredible amount of music at hand everywhere that the frustration leads to more dependance, musicblogs being the latest form of addiction.
out of blogosphere, here's what happens to me every 2 or 3 weeks at the record store:
i pick up albums until i can't hold everything in my hands. oh i don't grab them randomly, frantically: i usually have a list of what i'm looking for, a selection i wrote down from magazine reviews, hints i got online, etc. and from hip-hop to electronica, it can easily escalade up to twenty items. the shop carries "used" records but a lot of new stuff ends up here: promos sold by journalists or label representatives for easy cash, news addicts (even worse than me) who had already sold their advance copies for the next fix, whatever.
so i check my fave sections and on a good day i'll find most of the stuff i want at bargain price, forming a pile i can't barely hold - or afford. then i realize my crazyness and make a more thorough selection, listen to the more dubious, swear i'll never read reviews again or follow any online tips and i finally put most back in place. except when i can't resist to "hide" a special one in the death/metal section (just to be sure i'm the one who'll get it later...) though i usually feel it's now or never, because there will be new stuff next time, leading to the urgency of taking it right now.
yeah, it's pathetic, i know. and on top of that the dealers, very aware of my condition, put a few irresistible hot picks aside just for me: rare imports, promo 12"s, limited editions, special digipacks with bonus unreleased material. i hate them, but i'm so glad they did it,too...
LATEST PICKS: diplo/florida, the album leaf/in a safe place, murs/end of the beginning, dj numark&pomo/blend crafters vol.1, maroons/ambush, yesterdays new quintet/angles without edges(+elle's theme e.p/uno esta e.p), abdominal&dj fase/flowtation device, nicky siano's the gallery, headset/space settings.
now guess what? as i work at home i listen to music all day long and then sometimes i don't know what to listen to, really. my fine lp collection in the basement? the selection of tracks grabbed online? the latest cd's i purchased-supposedly the hottest sounds around? the slept-over albums i'll finally give a chance? or should i turn the radio on or just pick up a book and listen to the fire... in such blank moments, i usually turn to a few favorites, a set of cds i keep together in a separate drawer. some kind of a rescue set. and from this safer place comes:
HAROLD BUDD/THE ROOM OF MIRRORS, atlantic, 2000
if you've heard of harold budd, you can imagine the soothing quality of the album.
budd's biography reveals influences as diverse as albert ayler, john cage, morton feldman and includes collaborations with brian eno, the cocteau twins and andy partridge of xtc.
there's plenty of info about him online but all of this can't even give you the slightest idea of the depth, creativity and beauty of his music. luckily, epitonic shares a few of his tracks, and a fila brazilia remix of THE ROOM.
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
as a mac user i have a hard time with blogger. it won't display anything but unicode characters so tryin' to dive in the source code is impossible except when my girlfriend accepts to mess with it on her pc. that's why the link list isn't updated as often as it should be. it will be done asap but all apologies for those who showed support and were fast to add me in their faves. props to jazz and conversation, stereogum, scenestars, funk you, dozer, comfort music, sticker shock, bumrocks, silence is a rythm too, slow rotation, nite songs.
great tracks, discoveries and painkillers for a poor music addict's soul.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
small, sony. 2000
ROBERT HOOD:FRAGILE MINDS
baddest day for the worldwide majority. it's been hard to act as if nothing happened, when so much was at stake and expected. so that's it? after hundreds of millions of $ spent on bad tv ads, let's just call it quits. say thank you to everybody, spell U.N.I.T.Y and please go back to normal. business as usual.
first one is a french track by samiah farah that says something like: "cool, even when everything falls apart, even if nothing looks good..." i guess it's the way we better look at it and keep some hope. remixer erik rug is one of the true and early french pioneers of house and electronic music. great dj and producer as dirty jesus (gwb will love this moniker) on paper records or on his own label, maine.
MORE RUG INFO
i'm usually not really into detroit techno for home listening, but robert hood's 2nd track is a grower. the whole album has a minimal melodic vibe that seems to built up to this track with layers of rather simple and articulate patterns in true house music tradition, but with a soulful mood and almost traditional japanese music vibe.
more on one of the great detroit tech/house architects
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
props to craig bonnell for starting it and all music bloggers for spreadin' the act
let's hope we'll celebrate soon!
Hey!! Stop what you're doing! You're not going to find that Arcade Fire live bootleg today, nor will you be stumbling across the b-side to "Hand In Glove", and there's no way you'll be finding that unreleased Pixies album. What you need to do is get ready to vote in the most important election of our lives. åÊFigure out where your nearest polling place is and make sure you are registered. åÊTell your friends to vote, tell your enemies for that matter. But just vote. åÊ
Worried that you're not informed enough to vote? You're on the internet - the information is out there waiting for you. åÊNot a U.S. citizen? Then please call or email all your American friends and make sure they plan on voting. Many artists/organizations are stepping up and helping with the Get Out the Vote campaign, and now so are many of us in the music blogging community. åÊBelow are some links but please continue to add your own.
And since this is an mp3blog we've added a song or two as well.
Vote by Chris Stamey w/Yo La Tengo
Get Out And Vote On Novemeber 2nd. Regular Blogging Will Commence On November 3rd.
Music Bloggers For Democracy
Monday, November 01, 2004
from DISCO FIED lp/abc records,1976
CAM/CONDOR-ESPIONAGE feat.bald head slick (guru)
from SOULSHINE lp/inflamable records, 2001
oliver w. at soul sides recently posted geoff love's cover of the 3 days of the condor/main theme. i enjoyed his funky version and as this filmscore is one of my favorites, i felt i had to dig a little deeper.
RYTHM HERITAGE is one of these bands in the tradition of cover albums-except it's a reunion of top-notch studio sharks: dean parks, lee ritenour, ray parker on guitar, scott edwards/bass), ed green/drums), victor feldman/perc) and michael omartian/keyboards) as leader. they usually give an extra edge to their efforts, that include theme from s.w.a.t, baretta's theme, stevie wonder's my cherie amour and duke's caravan.
there's a good chance that most of these guys and guests (tom scott, ernie watts) performed the original filmscore session with dave grusin the very same year. then, as disco charts called, they smashed a few disco numbers (discofied) and add some electronics licks here and there. no version can't top the original condor but it has interesting synths and frankly, the disco cover artwork itself is worth the chase at record stores or on ebay.
very little google info about the band so you'll have to do your own homework.
3 DAYS OF THE CONDOR/track deleted
i don't know if any of you out there are familiar with french dj producer DJ CAM (french readers please stand up !). probably not. he's one of the first major electronic producers that emerged on the french scene in the 90's. djcam/laurent daumail's first prods were labeled as trip-hop but firmly rooted in jazz, breaks and hiphop tradition. early on, he created his own label, inflamable records and got on some kind of abstract tip. when french touch kicked in, he kept it real and stuck to his roots (instead of turning all 4 on the floor or deep or jazzy) he sometimes realized a few quality remixes of french pop artists (from post-mortem gainsbourg to jean-louis murat). plenty of djcam info here:
DJ CAM BIO
more about inflamable records & 2 bonus free downloads of gainsbourg and michael jackson cam remixes: INFLAMABLE
i always enjoyed cam's work. he has a distinctive style (classic jazz horns and piano, minimal but clever scratch technique)-though he never dares to wander too far from it.
then his SOULSHINE lp came out and the combination of live jams and studio prods reached a perfect balance of soul and hip hop. it was/is the perfect summer album. not a bad track on the whole lp (there's even a dj premier remix), no recipes he previously served. thanks to major contribution from duo tassel (tp) &naturel(sax) who as "fillet of soul" released in 2002 their own similar project on cam's label. cam (who dropped here the dj on the way) sure knows his classics but it takes some guts to mess with grusin's theme, blend it with beats and live jazz, guru's rhymes, keep the original B-movie groove and end with a winner.
roll down the roadster's windows and cruise on.
if you can't find/order it at your local record store on amazon you can try here: