Showing posts from October, 2007

All Hallows Eve 2007

Here are some more Halloween goodies for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

The Haunted House- 20 Tracks to Make You Jump in the Night

This is one swanky, toe-tapping, smart and sassy collection taken from old-timey blues and jazz 78's including Louis Armstrong's "The Skeleton In the Closet" and Ma Rainey's "Black Cat, Hoot Owl Blues". This is the Halloween album that you will want to put on when you've had your fill of spooky sounds and ghost stories, and are ready to jump-n-jive with the best of them. Enjoy!


1. The Haunted House - The Three Ginx
2. Nightmare - Artie Shaw And His Orchestra
3. The Skeleton In The Closet - Louis Armstrong
4. Skeleton Jangle - The Original Dixieland Five
5. 'Tain't No Sin (To Take Off Your Skin And Dance Around In Your Bones) - Dan Russo And His Oriole Orchestra
6. Dry Bones - Fats Waller And His Rhythm
7. Bogey Wail - Jack Hylton And His Orchestra/Sam Browne
8. Boogaboo - Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers

Spooky Vibrations

I'm sorry that I haven't been posting much this week, but I've just gotten over a nasty cold. Thanks to those of you who commented on my 1 year anniversary post. I really appreciated the kind words, especially since I wasn't feeling great.

I wanted to let you know that I have reposted the links from last years Halloween post here. While these songs aren't Halloween in the traditional sense, I'm sure they will fit nicely alongside the other spooky sounds in today's post.

Also, you can sample selections from these three releases in My Box player on the left of the page. Please let me know what you think of the Box.

Kid Stuff Repertory Theater "Mostly Ghostly" [Kid Stuff, 1962]

In 1977, Kid Stuff released an intensely experimentalHalloween sound effects album called "Mostly Ghostly. " The cover is very deceptive in that it looks like a Halloween record aimed at little children. What you get instead is a demented spookfest filled with bubbling…

Eclectic Grooves Turns the Page

It's hard to believe that Eclectic Grooves has already been around for a year. It seems like just yesterday that I posted to Blogger for the first time. While the year hasn't been as prolific or productive as I would have liked, I feel that it has been a great year in many ways. In honor of my one year aniversary, I am reposting a link to the Evan Parker live show at the 411 Club- Portland, Oregon that was first posted on here last December. This concert featured Evan Parker on saxophones, Alexander Von Schlippenbach on Piano and Paul Lytton on drums. It was recorded on mindisc by yours truly, and it is an amazing reproduction of the concert with an amazing sonic clarity that makes you feel like you are actually there. I am not going to go into detail here, since I am still getting over a cold. However, please visit the original post for more information and enjoy the re-up of this amazing performance. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by throughout the past year, and helped …

Problems with Links Being Removed

Unfortunately, the Brotzmann link has been removed from all services linked to Sharebee. This is the 3rd time I uploaded this file, so I am not going to take the time to upload again. Apparently certain people don't want you to hear these recordings, unless you pay 30+ for an import copy. I am perplexed as to why this link keeps getting deleted, while the links for new releases that are in print do not get removed. Are we sending the message that it's alright to share new releases but not out-of-print titles that can only be bought for a high import price?

I know that this has happened to many other bloggers out there, so I present you with this question: How am I supposed to share out-of-print records with people if they keep getting deleted by the file-sharing services? What file sharing services are less likely to remove my shares? I have used Sharebee which includes Rapidshare, Z-Share, Badongo and Megaupload, Media-Fire and Z-share. They have all deleted this lin…

A Little July in October

Well, I apologize for the lack of new posts this week, but I have been under the weather. If you want to know when this site is updated in the future, please sign up for my feed via Feedburner. Another way to receive this information is by adding Eclectic Grooves to your Technorati favorites. I hope to update more frequently next week with some new tunes that I'm sure you will dig. In the meantime, please feel free to leave any requests in the "General comments" above. It has been brought to my attention that the audio on Jolly Mary didn't sound right. So, I have uploaded a different version of this song as a separate download here. Please let me know if there are any other problems.July- S/TThis UK psychedelic gem is out of print in the US, but it can be purchased here in an expensive Japanese import edition. As far as I know, this is the only slab of wax that July ever recorded. Epic Records released this record at the height of psych rock's popularity in 1968.…

Comments at a Standstill

Link has been removed for the 3rd time, so I have thrown in the towel on the Brotzman/Hopkins/Ali share. Please see the above message for details on this.

Well, it appears that using Z-Share is not going to work, since they have already deleted the Brotzmann/Hopkins/Ali link from their server. Most of the file sharing services have been unreliable lately, but I am re-upping this link with Mediafire. Please let me know if there are any problems with the download using Mediafire.

Now onto more pressing issues:
Lately there have been a lot of vistors here who have downloaded shares without leaving a comment. I too have downloaded something from a blog and then didn't leave a comment because I couldn't remember where I had gotten it from. So, I know where you're coming from on that one. However, it is generally just nice to hear that people appreciate what I'm doing here. A simple "thank you" will suffice, and I don't think that this is too much to ask. For t…

This Ain't No Easy Listening

Brotzmann/Hopkins/Ali- Songlines

Let me start off by saying that I am in no way responsible if your eardrums start bleeding from the sheer intensity and volume of this recording. It's not pure cacophony like Machine Gun or Nipples, but it is definitely not cocktail party jazz for the bachelor pad generation. Peter Brotzmann has played with so many free jazz greats that if I was to list them all here it would take up the entire post. "Songlines" was recorded in 1991 as part of the mythical "Total Music Meeting" with Fred Hopkins and Rashied Ali joining Brotzmann for an intensely spiritual meeting of the minds. This meeting was apparently meant to bring three saxophonists, three bassists and threee drummers from both sides of the Atlantic to play together in all sorts of interesting combinations. This record is the end result of one of these fantastically creative collaborations.

"Songlines" features virtuoso performances by all three members, but you wo…

Punk Jazz from Macabre Land

Dull Schicksal- They Saved Hitler's Brain
Unfortunately, I was unable to find much information on this album and that includes the cover art. This image was taken from the movie trailer for the 1966 Sci-Fi film that was adapted for television from the feature film "Madmen of Mandoras" directed by David Bradley. I do know that it was released in 1991 on the Dutch Label ADM, but it's extremely hard to find.Dull Schicksal was a Rotterdam-based band that existed from 1984 to 1999 with permanent members Lukas Simonis (guitar, synth, vocals), Hajo Doorn (drums, keyboards, vocals, also known as Raoul Goudvis), Colin McClure (accordeon, bass, sousaphone, keyboards, vocals, sometimes listed as Colin McClean), and Henk Bakker (flute, clarinet, vocals). I can only describe "They Saved Hitler's Brain" as avant garde prog punk jazz that sounds like nothing I've ever heard before. It has elements of The Ex, Marc Ribot and Dog Faced Hermans with marching band and f…

Bitter Lullabies

Nina Nastasia- I Write Down Lists, Odd Said the Doe, Our Discussion, andLate Night From: You Follow Me [Fatcat, 2007]

This is probably the first time these two words have ever been uttered in the same sentence- free-jazz folk. But, that's exactly what Nina Nastasia's latest album entitled "You Follow Me" sounds like. I know some of you won't agree with me on this, but I'm not saying it sounds like Milford Graves or Sunny Murray. The drums just sound like they could easily be accompanied by squalling saxophones and trumpets. Steve Albini, the highly revered sound engineer on Nastasia's previous albums and founding member of Shellac, is manning the boards again with his trademark drum sound remaining perfectly intact on this recording. Nastasia is joined on the record by Jim White from the Australian group the Dirty Three whose inventive free-form drumming creates a sound that is entrancing and complex. Nina's haunting and fragile vocals complement her b…

Bucket of Blues

Classic Blues from Smithsonian Folkways
I figured that I would shake things up a little bit by posting this compilation of raw and gritty blues. Smithsonian Folkways, long revered for releasing amazing compilations of classic blues, folk, international and bluegrass, have really pulled out the stops here. Classic Blues is a diverse collection of timeless blues featuring Mississipi Delta, Chicago, St Louis and Southwest styles. Artists on here range from popular virtuosos such as Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Slim and Son House to lesser known dynamos such as Cat Iron, K.C Douglas and Vera Hall.
After listening to this record on repeat for three weeks now, I can't seem to get these tunes out of my head. If you are new to blues music or are just interested in checking out some great toe- tapping tunes from some of the major trendsetters in blues music, you will love this collection. Highlights for me include the lyrically playful country blues number "Mule-Ridin Blues" by Big B…

Monomono in Stereo

Monomono- Dawn of Awareness
Lately, I have been on a psychedelic afro-beat kick. You will probably be into Monomono's Dawn of Awareness if you dug the Chrissy Zebby Tembo from last week . However, their sound is more reminiscent of Fela Kuti's syncopated afro-beat funk than Tembo's afro-psych fuzz guitar sound.

"Dawn of Awareness" was released on Capitol Records in 1974 to little critical acclaim. Friday Jumbo, the leader of Monomono was a member of Fela's group before he joined forces with vocalist Joni Hasstrup and bassist Kenneth Okulolo to form Monomono. The opening track entitled "Awareness Is What You Need" really nails the Fela afro-beat sound while still creating it's own sound. "Ipade Aladun" is the longest track on here at just over eight minutes and it really cooks with soulful vocals laid over a bed of funky organs and keyboards. Lots of breaks and weird sound effects for the beat junkies on this track alone. At just under fi…