Saturday, December 25, 2021

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Choice Cuts Vol.7















It is once again time for me to reach back in the refrigerator for some "choice cuts". Each time, I will be featuring sizzling and succulent morsels that are grabbing my ear right now that range from funk to country, from afro-beat to garage rock, etc. Sometimes there will be a theme to these songs that ties them all together in a nice bow, but other times the songs featured will just be a musical hodgepodge of eclectic delights. Without further ado, lets see what "choice cuts" the vinyl butcher has prepared for us today.

Peter Green: Bottoms Up
From: End of the Game [1970, Reprise]











I can't believe that the last time I posted a Choice Cuts episode was July of 2013. How time flies, regardless of whether you are having fun or not. This is a special Choice Cuts episode as it only features one song. I feel that this song is so great that it deserves its own post.

Over the past several months, I have listened to many songs, none of which have impacted me to the same extent as as Peter Green's "Bottoms Up". When I first ran across this song, it wasn't while digging in the crates at one of my local record stores, or while searching for tunes within the plethora of music blogs that I had earmarked for further exploration, but while listening to the new Portland independent radio station XRAY.fm.

It was the beginning of June, and my former employer had enlisted me with performing the mind-numbing task of administering their technical knowledge base. In order to prevent myself from falling into a stupor due to extreme boredom, I needed some music to keep my head in the game.  I had been checking out some of the radio shows on XRAY.fm, and became particularly fond of one called Going to Bed with Morning Remorse. I can't recall when I first listened to the show featuring Peter Green, but it had been broadcast in the previous week or two, and archived for everyone's listening pleasure. Considering that the set started out with the whacked-out electro-funk of Bruce Haack seamlessly segueing into the psychedelic wonder of Animated Egg, I should have been prepared for the mind-blowing track waiting patiently in the wings.

As the final strains of Michael Chapman’s epic folk song"The Aviator" faded out, the bass line of Peter Green's "Bottoms Up" unassumingly enters the scene. After some introductory noodling, the song starts to really build some steam around the minute mark, with each beat of the drum moving it along at a steady clip. Around the 2:30 minute mark, Green's solo takes off, and reaches for the heavens. All the while, the rhythm section increases the tempo to unbelievable heights, only to slow things down completely at the 3:30 minute mark. At this point, a subtle rhodes piano works perfectly with the undulating bass line and skittering drums. This goes on for about a minute, until the funky bass line congeals with the drums, rhodes piano and Green's otherworldly, effects-heavy guitar.  At the six-minute mark of the song every single member of the band is firing on all cylinders, creating a sound that literally sends chills up and down the listener's spine. While the rest of the album features some interesting experimental rock, there is nothing else that comes even close to the level of musicianship of "Bottoms Up".

I’m sure that you will agree that it’s worth the price of admission alone to take this ride with Peter Green. Bottoms up, indeed!

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

The latest edition of I Hear a New World is available to listen to here, and to listen\download at http://ihearanewworld.podomatic.com/.

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 http://xray.fm. 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 Xray.fm 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

The latest edition of I Hear a New World is available to listen to here, and to listen\download at http://ihearanewworld.podomatic.com/.

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...