Saturday, December 25, 2021

General Comments

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Mix 2014

It's once again time for the annual summer mix on Eclectic Grooves. This time around, the tracks were compiled from various sources:  a summer funk mix on mixcloud, a few recommendations from a DJ friend of mine and several selections that barely missed the cut on last year's summer mix.   Overall, this mix is way more funkdafied than previous ones, with small servings of rock, African high-life, reggae and hip-hop to balance out the proceedings.

As usual, my hope was to post this mix much earlier in the summer, but at least you will have the entire month of August to enjoy these savory summer jams. If there is anyone who still checks out Eclectic Grooves, I would love to hear what you guys think of this year's mix.

Summer Mix 2014

1) The Breeders- No Aloha
2) The Creation- How Does it Feel to Feel
3) Skull Snaps- It's a New Day
4) Camp Lo- Luchini (aka This Is It)
5) Spider Harrison- Beautiful Day
6) Googie Rene Combo- Smokey Joe's La La
7) Cross Bronx Expressway- S/T
8) The Clarendonians- You Won't See Me
9) Ibo- Ayamma
10) The Equals- Baby Come Back
11) Willie Bobo and the Bo Gents- Broasted or Fried
12) James Gang- Funk #49
13) The Latin Brothers- Dulzura En Sol
14) The Niteliters- Traveling-Listen Here
15) Lulu- Love Loves to Love Love
16) Tony Joe White- Polk Salad Annie
17) Television- Untitled Instrumental
18) Elijah and the Ebonites- Hot Grits !!!
19) Spanky Wilson- Sunshine of Your Love
20) Gene Harris and the Three Sounds- What's the Answer
21) Pete Rock and CL Smooth- They Reminisce Over You
22) Beach Fossils- Gathering
23) Sic Alps- Low Kid

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I Hear a New World Vol.22

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After a long period of silence, I am happy to say that I am back again. Sadly, events beyond my control have prevented me from compiling and recording a new podcast during the past few months, but I have a feeling that this podcast will more than make up for my absence.

Today's podcast is mostly inspired by the eclectic radio shows featured on the new Portland radio station Since its inception a couple months ago, I have been obsessively listening to a few of these shows such as Live Vinyl Treats, Hot Fudge Sundaze  and Headbanded. Afterwards, I usually find myself scouring through my hard drive looking for songs, extemporaneously compiling mixes on the fly that would be perfect for this podcast. The range of tunes on this edition of I Hear a New World run the gamut from free-jazz funk, folk-jazz, hip-hop, psychedelic, electro-acoustic, whacked-out country, instrumental funk, etc. If you are down with this one, you will most likely enjoy the new direction in sound that I will be taking in the future. I have already completed 3 more mixes in the same vein that will hopefully be posted soon.

Addendum: I neglected to mention a couple other shows that are definitely worth checking out:  Backroad to Nowhere and 'Buked and Scorned: The Gospel Radio Hour. 

I Hear a New World Vol.22

1) Bill Spencer- The Jackson's Part 1&2
2) Ros Serysothea- Chnam Oum Dop Pram Muy (I'm 16)
3) The Flys- Love and Molotov Cocktail
4) Neo Boys- Dirty White Lies
5) Darondo- The Wolf
6) Jeremiah Jae and Oliver the 2nd- Survival
7) Claudio Gabis- Esto Se Acoba Aqui
8) Jean Pierre Massiera- La Turbie Perhanienne
9) Eero Koivistoinen Music Society- Hot C
10) John Cale- Hello There
11) The Inner Space- Kamerasong
12) Juana Molina- Sin Guia No
13) Flying Lotus- Arkestry
14) Josephine Foster- Shay Shay
15) Eddie Gale- The Rain
16) Embryo- End of Soul
17) The Three Suns- Bidin' My Time
18) Pete Drake and His Talking Steel Guitar- My Abilene
19) Prodigal Suns- Little Girl from Puerto Rico
20) Lena Hughes- Spanish Fandango

Until next time, I hope you hear some new tunes here that bring a smile to your face.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

I Hear a New World Vol.21

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It's been a long time since I posted a new podcast on here, but this one has been in the works for awhile. This episode was compiled a few months ago, and it was recorded through my computer since my turntable is not currently hooked up to my stereo due to a change in my entertainment center setup. I was inspired to create this mix one evening when I was just listening to random tunes while surfing the web. As I went from folder to folder on my computer, I began to see the podcast take shape right before my eyes. In fact, you could even imagine listening to this one without the song identification between the songs.

As far as content, you can expect a heady mix of jazz, hip-hop, soul, shoegaze and international sounds. In any event, I hope that you find something here amongst this batch of tunes that makes your ears smile!

I Hear a New World Vol.21

1) Black Truth Rhythm Band- Ifetayo
2) Lee Moses- Time and Place
3) The Bar Kays- Smilin' Stylin and Profilin'
4) Joey Bada$$- Hillary Swank
5) Dizzy Gillespie- Matrix
6) King Tubby- Chapter of Money
7) Choo Ja Kim- Nobody Knows What's On My Mind
8) La Luz- Call Me in the Day
9) Hailu Mergia- Shemonmuanaye
10) Parquet Courts- You've Got Me Wonderin' Now
11) White Poppy- Wear Me Away
12) Grouper- Cloud in Places

Until next time...

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Honorable mentions, Compilations, Reissues and Ep's of 2013

As promised, here is my list of favorite records that barely missed the cut, compilations, reissues and ep's. I hope that you find some things on here that are to your liking.

Happy New Year!

Honorable Mentions

1) Bill Callahan- Dream River
2) Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears- Electric Slave

3) Day Ravies- Tussle
4) Jeffrey Novak- Lemon Kid
5) Magik Markers- Surrender to the Fantasy
6) Sebadoh- Defend Yourself
7) Steve Gunn- Time Off
8) The Liminanas- Costa Blanca
9) No Joy- Wait to Pleasure
10) Mike Donovan- Wot
11) The Shivas- Whiteout
12) Dirty Beaches- Drifter/Love is the Devil
13) Retribution Gospel Choir- 3
14) Follakzoid- II
15) Charlie Megira and the Modern Dance Club- Love Police
16) The Spyrals- Out of Sight
17) Mdou-Moctar- Afelan
18) Kurt Vile- Wakin' On a Pretty Daze
19) Julian Lynch- Lines
20) Girls Names- The New Life
21) Ghostface Killah- 12 Reasons to Die
23) Tape Deck Mountain- Sway
24) Akron Family- Sub Verses
25) Pond- Hobo Rocket


1) Enjoy the Experience Homemade Records 1958-1992 (Now-Again Records)
2) Good God! Apocryphal Hymns (Numero Group)
3) Pop Yeh Yeh Psychedelic Rock From Singapore & Malaysia 1964-1970 - Vol 1 (Sublime Frequencies)
4) William Onyeabor- Who is William Onyeabor? ( Luaka Bop)
5) Thee Oh Sees- Singles Collection Vol.3 (Castleface Records)
6) Codeine- What About the Lonely (Numero Group)
7) Unowund- Kid Is Gone- (Numero Group)
8) Upstream Color- Original Motion Picture Score
9) Kenya Special Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & '80s (Soundway)
10) Scattered Melodies Korean Kayagum Sanjo from 78rpm Records (Sublime Frequencies)


1) Hailu Mergia - Hailu Mergia and His Classical Instrument
2) Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell and Angels
3) Lena Hughes - Queen of the Flat Top Guitar
4) The Herms - drop out vol.1
5) Chance- In Search
6) Dark- Round the Edges
7) Otis G. Johnson- Everything: God Is Love
8) Victor Dimisch Band- S-T
9) Robbie Basho - Visions of the Country
10) Scott key- This Forest and the Sea

Singles and EP's

1) La Luz- Brainwash 7"
2) Cate Le Bon- Cyrk 2
3) Parquet Courts- Tally all the Things That you Broke
4) Sic Alps- She's On Top 7"
5) Unknown Mortal Orchestra- Blue Record EP
6) Angel Olsen- Sleepwalker 7"
7) Soft Healer- S-T
8) Alex Calder- Time
9) Kim Deal- Walking with a Killer 7"
10) Mmoss w/ Quilt- New Hampshire Freaks