Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Waxidermy Mix #1

For those of you who don't know about the website Waxidermy, it is a collaborative effort put together by several music lovers who focus their attention on digging in the racks for rare gems. These guys search for vinyl that wasn't popular enough to appeal to the masses the first time around, and then they post a couple songs from their digging expeditions. It is updated almost every day, so there are always new sounds to be found. I have found this site to be a treasure trove of information and have expanded my listening repertoire quite a bit since discovering them over a year ago.

This mix that I am featuring today is called "Waxidermy Mix #1" because it is the first mix that I have compiled from the Waxidermy archives over the past year. Most of you won't be familiar with a lot of these artists, but rest assured that you will definitely dig this if you have enjoyed the previous mixes featured on Eclectic Grooves. I plan on featuring mixes more often, as I have a bunch of them on the backburner. So, I encourage you all to let me know what you like or dislike about the mixes and the artists featured. Your ongoing feedback on the music featured here is greatly appreciated and it will encourage me to post more often.

This mix features, spacey electronic, spoken word, mongolian rock, psychedelic, blues and psychedelic gospel.

Hope you guys enjoy the mix!

Felice Fugazza- Acceleration- 3:02
Opus Jazz- Introduction- 3:31
Neil Ardley- Persephones Jive- 3:26
Polish Jazz Quartet- Przechadzka- puustymni ulcami- 5:35
U.S. Atlantic Fleet Navy Show Band- Syrpentine Fire- 5:20
Bayan Mongol Variety Group- Bayan Mongol- 4:48
Troyka- Early Morning-3:56
Walt Rockman- Polluted Drums-1:44
Themlkakias and the Continentals- Dal Se Bami 77-4:55
The 3’s- Do You See-2:54
Suns of Truth- Give It Up-4:16
Langley High School Stage Band- Uptight-3:01
Hailu Mergia and the Walias- Musical Silt-3:59
Johnny Guitar Watson- Summertime-3:02

Total running time: 53 Minutes

Just a little taste of things to come: review of the recent release from avant-rock band Capillary Action, Space Age Mix and a new project that I am calling Everyday Music where I am going through my collection starting with the letter A and working my way to Z. Each day, I will be listening to one of these records and CD's and then writing a short review with Mp3's of select tracks. I feel that this will encourage me to listen to things that I already own and maybe grow to appreciate them more.

Link for mix in comments! Why not leave a comment while you're there?

Monday, August 25, 2008

Rediscoveries of Lost Gems-Patto- Roll 'em Smoke 'em Put Another Line Out

When I first thought of this feature, I hadn't taken into account that there was an entire book devoted to rare albums called Lost in the Grooves. While trawling through this book, I have discovered a plethora of rare records that I will start featuring here on Eclectic Grooves. As far as I know, most of these records are no longer in print.

Patto's Roll 'Em Smoke 'Em Put Another Line Out was first featured on My Favourite Records back in early 2007. Since it appears that the link is dead, I am posting a new link for your listening pleasure. When I first learned of this relatively unknown 70's band, I was perplexed as to why I had never heard of them before. All of the elements necessary for success were in place, but the band were just a little bit ahead of their time.

The first track, "Flat Footed Woman", sounds like an outtake from the Band's lost archives complete with fiery piano solos and fervent drumming that sounds like it's playing the background to a different song. However, the one that really gets this record cooking is "Singing the Blues on Reds" with it's syncopated grooves that recalls the Average White Band at it's funkiest. The slightly demented "Mummy" is almost a throwaway track, but it's madcap sense of humor makes it perfect mix-tape fodder.

From the title of the next track, "Loud Green Song", you get a fairly good idea of what it will sound like. Even though the album came out in 1972, the intense guitar solos and riffs on "Loud Green Song" have undoubtedly inspired rock enthusiasts to create the style of music known as heavy metal. I'll be the first to admit that I am not the biggest heavy metal fan by any stretch of the imagination, but this song tosses all normal conventions aside and simply rocks.

For my money, the best track on the record is "I Got Rhythm", with it's slow-burn grooves and deadpan vocals. When lead vocalist, Mike Patto, utters the lines Levi suit, buckskin shoes, Yeah I dig jazz and love my blues, you can't help but be reminded of Beck's cryptic lyrics and vocal delivery on Odelay's "Hotwax". The gift that lies within this record is that each successive spin reveals subtle sonic details that weren't obvious to the listener the first time around. But don't take my word for it, give it a listen!

Link is in comments!

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

This Ain't No Easy Listening Re-up

Well, I'm not going to apologize or make excuses for why I haven't been updating lately. Let's just say that I am facing a lot of internal challenges right now, and leave it with that. I have updated the links section with some new blogs that have caught my eye, and removed some links for blogs that have closed their doors or only updated sporadically. By this, I mean that they haven't been updated in over three months.

Here is a list of the blogs that have been added in the past week:

Jazz- Ile Oxumare, Magic Purple Sunshine, Eternal Rhythm, Folly For to See What, Vanish Your Self, El Goog Ja

Frequently Visited- Continuo, Sunflower Chakra Milk, Sure Nuff'N Yes I Do

Eclectic- Noizepills, Fuzzy Groin Land

Here is a list of the blogs that have been removed:

Eat My Art Out, Grown So Ugly, Orgy In Rhythm, Revolucion'No, Church Number Nine, Devil's Jazz Pit, Jizz Relics, From the Shed, Swami Hermitus Solus, Infinity in Sound, A Pound For a Brown, Bolachas Gratis, Bonobos Hump to Music, Headfonehaus, Musikalia, Rare & Vintage, The Sky Moves Sideways and Soul Shower.

I practically have carpal tunnel from writing out that list, which is not a good sign for the music bloggers of the world. There are, however, plenty of heavy hitters that are still in the game like Milkcrate Breaks, 4 Brothers Beats, FORREALHEADZ, Mutant Sounds, A Closet of Curiosities, Soulsides, Experimental, etc, Pharaohs Dance, Inconstant Sol, Make Mine Marvel and Crud Crud. Check out the links on the right to visit these sites!

Also, a few bloggers have decided to come back to the blogging scene after an extended hiatus. The legendary Curved Air has re-opened his archives under the new moniker Rainbow Over Curved Air and after several months the legendary Office Naps blog has started weekly posts again. Lastly, the person behind the soul jazz/free jazz blog Swami Hermitus Solus has created a new blog called Von Fat Bakon. Make sure you check out these blogs and show some love to these bloggers for sharing music that they love.

In other news, I have decided to re-up that Brotzman, Hopkins and Ali post from last October. I am attempting to use a different service that one of my readers suggested, so please let me know what you think of it. It is a Russian service, so the files are supposed to be free from the copyright restraints that services such as Zshare and Mediafire have to obey. For those of you looking for the original post and review, you can find it here. The link is in the comments, so why not leave one while you're there.

I'll be back soon with some new features and out-of-print rarities, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for that.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Feedback from Soul Sister #52

I expected to receive more feedback from you guys on last week's Sharon Jones post but it seems like lately there haven't been too many hits or downloads on here at all. I have been wondering if the demand for Eclectic Grooves is as high as it used to be. Without receiving consistent feedback from the readers, I am at a loss in figuring this one out. I imagine that one of the reasons that comments, hits and downloads are down is because people are subscribing to the blog's feed through Google or Yahoo reader. Another reason that I see is that the posts have been sporadic in the past three months due to circumstances out of my control.

Ideally, I would be writing about every piece of music that inspires me at the time, but we all know that this is not realistic. Also, since I have been contributing posts to Ear Fuzz as well, it cuts down on the time and resources that I have for Eclectic Grooves. In any event, I have every intention of continuing on with Eclectic Grooves, and I plan on revamping the site in the near future to make it more aesthetically appealing to the readers.

I realize that there are an extensive amount of blogs out there, but I truly feel that there are only a handful of them that do more than just post albums with a review from All Music or Dusty Groove tacked onto them. Along with the music, I am providing you with a fresh perspective or analysis of the music that I am listening to at the time. I haven't been able to keep up with the pace of many bloggers, but I promise to offer quality posts that will hopefully introduce new artists to your listening repertoire. I have a bunch of ideas for future posts simmering in the brain right now that I think you guys will really enjoy. Please keep checking back to see what's going on, and let me know if you have any thoughts or suggestions about the artists I feature on here.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings- Oregon Zoo- July 25, 2008

Since the last time I posted on here, you might recall that I was about to check out Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings for the first time. I can only repeat the inevitable refrain of Wow!!! This is the real deal folks. It was easily one of the most entertaining concerts I have ever seen. This must have been what it was like to witness James Brown at the Apollo.

Sharon Jones gyrated her body to the funky grooves of the Dap Kings, and it was all over from there. The crowd was instantly captivated as she pranced and danced around the stage like a uncaged animal. Her amazing pipes filled the sold-out Oregon Zoo pavillion, while over 3700 screaming fans feverishly danced to the captivating rhythms of the Dap Kings.

One of the highlights was when Ms. Jones pulled this guy out of the crowd to dance during the song "Be Easy". He was a young kid who acted cool, but also let the crowd and Sharon know that he could shake it as well as the next guy. I was able to capture this performance on my girlfriends digital camera, so I will try and post it here soon. The other main highlight for me was when Sharon went through a story describing how she learned how to dance. She went into detail about combining her African origins with Native American and American to create a special dance that had the crowd hooting and hollering. I honestly can't remember the last time I had this much fun.

After the band left the stage at the end of the show, the crowd screamed for more. Ms. Jones and crew had one more trick up their sleeve- a fantastic cover of James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's World" that made you truly believe that you were in NYC circa 1967 witnessing the godfather pouring his soul out to the crowd in a packed, smoky club. With an encore like this, there wasn't much more that could be said. The crowd went home with a smile on their face and the songs indelibly etched on their mind.

Here are some pictures that I took at the show. Most of them are blurry, but they have an almost psychedelic feel to them since they are motion shots. The last two were take by my talented photographer/girlfriend Verity Wilcox. Hope you enjoy them and be on the lookout for more great things to come here in the future.

This one makes it look like she's missing her right hand.

This one looks like the face morphing effects in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

There is a very psychedelic feel to this picture that captures the electricity of the performance.

These last two were take by my talented photographer/girlfriend Verity.

Doin' the Dap Dip!