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Favorite Reissues, Compilations and Ep's of 2012

I had planned on getting this one up earlier in the week, but time has not permitted this until today.  After putting so much time into my "Favorite Albums of 2012" list with barely any comments or feedback, I have decided to scale back this post to feature a numbered list of my favorite compilations, reissues, box sets and ep's from 2012 without descriptions. Most of these records will speak for themselves, but if you want to know anything further about them, drop me a line in the comments.

Favorite Compilations of 2012

1) Country Funk- 1969-1975 ( Light in the Attic)
2) Firehose-lowFLOWs: The Columbia Anthology (91-93) (Columbia)
3) Lee Hazlewood - The LHI Years- Singles, Nudes & Backsides 1968-71 (Light in the Attic)
4) The Funkees - Dancing Time The Best of Eastern Nigeria’s Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77 (Soundway)
5) Time to Go- The Southern Psychedelic Moment:1981-1986 ( Flying Nun Records)
6) Put No Blame on the Master, Jamaican Gospel Vol.2 (Social Music Record…

Favorite Albums of 2012

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Once again, it's that time of year where I set my stacks of  wax aside to make way for albums released throughout the current year.  As usual, my perfectionistic tendencies have prevented me from completing this list earlier in December, but I think the regular readers of Eclectic Grooves will find plenty on this list to satisfy their daily musical cravings.

Thanks to a couple blog resources (who shall remain nameless to protect their identity from the RIAA) I have been exposed to more new music in 2012 than in any previous year. While I didn't have to scramble at the last minute to discover the music released throughout the year, I still found myself rifling through the never-ending "Best of 2012 " lists for music that I may have missed through my virtual digging expeditions. For the most part, I found these lists to cater towards a mainstream listening demographic, but there were a few exceptions to the rule. Ty Segall, Flying Lotus, The Swans and Tame Impala were…

Creeptacular Spookfest 2012

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The Halloween edition of the I Hear a New World Podcast is available for download here, and at http://ihearanewworld.podomatic.com/.

Previous Halloween podcasts can be downloaded at the following locations:

House of Horros 2008

Halloween Hodgepodge 2009

Halloween Hodgepodge 2010

Every year towards the end of October, I start getting that itch to dig into my haunted vault of spook-tacular tracks to compile a new Halloween podcast. This year, I managed to get the podcast completed ahead of time so that you can all enjoy it during the week before Halloween. As usual, this mix is definitely not for the faint-hearted, so I strongly suggest that you don't listen to this in the dark on a stormy evening. I can't be held responsible for what might happen to you while listening to this mix, so please proceed with caution, and do remember to close all the windows and lock the doors.

Oh, and for those of you who would like a tracklist for this mix, if you ask nicely in the comments I might…

I Hear a New World Vol.17

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

Back when I used to have more time on my hands, I listened to music for hours in a row, and in turn created eclectic mixes on the fly by manically scouring through the plethora of files residing on my two external hard drives. For the most part, it was delayed so long because I neglected to store the songs in its own folder, which meant that I had to search my two external hard drives for the files. At some point, I just decided to download a few of them from Soulseek, as I was unable to recall where I had moved them.  Even though this mix has been shelved since sometime in 2007, I feel that it deserves to be heard in all its glory. I have several eclectic mixes that were created in this same fashion that will eventually make their way onto future podcasts.

This one features a heavy dose of blues and soul, along with a smattering of garage, funk, p…

Feedburner subscribers and stats problem

To those of you who are currently subscribed to my RSS feed, Feedburner has been experiencing problems with the subscriber counts and stats. I have checked the Feedburner forum, and many others have been experiencing this problem since Sep 17th. There has been no workaround or fix at the moment, but as far as I can tell this doesn't affect the feed. It simply shows 0 subscribers, and isn't providing any new statistics.

I am posting this to alert you of the problem, and to let you know that my actual total number of subscribers should actually be 753 not 0.

I Hear a New World- Stacks of Wax Vol.16

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

This edition of I Hear a New World starts off slow with the rumbling sounds of a train seguing into a road-worn-instrumental, but it gradually builds up to a boil by the middle of the set with a mix of garage, R&B and noise, only to close with a stellar jazz tune. Artists featured on this edition of the show are Long John Hunter, Billy Mure, Ngozi Family, Mahavishnu Orchestra and The Hospitals.

I Hear a New World- Stacks of Wax Vol.16

1) Ustad Abdul Karim Khan- Malkavns Piran Jani Dekki
2) Ralroad Sounds- The Sounds of a Vanishing Era
3) Calexico- Humano
4) Long John Hunter- El Paso Rock
5) Ty Segall- The Drag
6) Billy Mure- Firecrackers
7) The Hospitals- Rules for Being Alive
8) Mahavishnu Orchestra- Birds of Fire
9) Ngozi Family- Nizaka Panga Ngozi
10) Ripple- I Don't Know What It Is
11) John Coltrane- Village Blues  

I would lo…

Choice Cuts Vol.4

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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.


















May Blitz- Squeet
From: S/T- [ Vertigo, 1970]

The old adage "You can't judge a book by it's cover" holds true in many cases, none more so than for this British classic rock band's cover artwork for their debut album. I remember working at Music Millenium, upstocking my section of rock cd's one day and coming across this peculiar looking record with an ape sporting long matted hair and a bikini. I thought to myself, this lo…

I Hear a New World- Stacks of Wax Vol.15

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

This episode features more stacks of wax from my ever expanding collection of gems. Artists that were featured on this edition include Ali Farka Toure, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Electric Flag and Miles Davis. I feel that this mix expertly juxtaposes light and dark elements, giving you upbeat tunes to hum along with as well as more moody detours into psychedelia and fusion.

I Hear a New World- Stacks of Wax Vol.15

1) Manitas De Plata- Fandango-
2) Glen Francis- Hold My Hand
3) Lucille Span- Women's Lib
4) Miles Davis- John McLaughlin
5) Electric Flag- Flash, Bam, Pow
6) Eternal Tapestry- Bread and Dreams
7) Ali Farka Toure- Farri
8) Blood Beach- Ghost Pusher
9) Aesop Rock- Gopher Guts
10) Unknown Mortal Orchestra- Thought Ballune

I would love to hear what you think of this edition of I Hear a New World, so please don't hesitate to drop me a…

Favorite Albums of 2012 (so far)

This post has been in the forefront of my mind, but somehow didn't get posted before July 1st. As I have been mining through my seemingly endless archive of new music, it is evident that 2012 has already been a fantastic year for music.  I have narrowed it down to fifteen records that made the cut so far, and I have only represented albums that were released from January through June. Unfortunately, this meant that certain albums like Aesop Rock Skelethon, Beak-S-T and Mission of Burma Unsound didn't make the cut, but they will more than likely have a spot on the year-end list. This list is also not comprehensive, as it does not feature singles, compilations or reissues that were released this year.  What I am featuring here is a distillation of the year's full-length records according to my taste, so this will not necessarily appeal to everyone, though it does feature a diverse assortment of hip-hop, garage rock, shoegazer rock, psych-folk, jazz and African-folk.


Favorite…

Concerts from the Vault: Rashaan Roland Kirk

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Summer has been in full bloom in Portland since the first week of July, so my time on the computer has been sporadic at best. Recently, I caught Bettye Lavette at the Riverfront Blues Festival, and witnessing this soul diva groove to the music and belt out old and new tunes with such enthusiasm was an awe-inspiring experience. I left feeling that there are artists out there who really feel each and every note that they are singing, who live and breathe each chord progression as it unfolds in front of the audience. They aren't in it for the money, fame or adulation, though I'm sure they aren't going to turn it down.  This is simply a passion that runs deep in their blood and surges through them, never letting up until they have created music that resonates in their soul.

This is why I am so passionate about live music. There is something about the sound, the vibrations, the groove, the beats, the melodies and the chord progressions that keep me coming back for more. I firm…

I Hear a New World- Stacks of Wax Vol.14

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I am thrilled to announce that I have received my first Paypal donation from a friend and regular visitor of the blog who goes by the moniker "No head". Since I hadn't been regularly checking my PayPal balance, I only recently discovered that he had made this donation. Thanks to this donation, I am well on my way to reaching my goal of being able to provide a better quality podcast to the listeners. Many thanks to No Head for his generous donation, and I hope that more listeners will follow suit and contribute so that I can purchase equipment that will improve the sound quality of the podcasts.

If you would like to contribute, click here and then click on the PayPal donate button on the right side of the page. After doing so, a new page pops up that asks you to enter an amount, and to login to your PayPal account. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also make a donation as a guest with your debit or credit card. Please understand that you are not obligated o…

Summer Mix 2012

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To those of you who had given up hope that I would ever show up around here again, you can rest assured that I am back in time to infuse you with an infectious mix of summery songs. Things around here have been busy to say the least, but I have been spending a lot of time listening to all kinds of music, selecting and sequencing tracks for the summer mix and catching the occasional live show. I hope that there are at least a few of you who still check in every now and then to see what's going on here. On the horizon is a new series focusing on live shows,  themed-mixes that have been placed on the backburner for awhile, a new I Hear a New World podcast and a round-up of my favorite records of 2012 so far.
Most of the songs from this year's summer mix were comprised of tracks that didn't make the cut from previous years, though this doesn't mean they were any less deserving of inclusion.  This is an eclectic mix to stay true to the nature of this blog, but it features…

The Living Enigma

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I was hoping to post a rare Neutral Milk Hotel or Jeff Mangum live show with this post, but due to time constraints this will be forthcoming. Tonight marks the first time that Jeff Mangum, the reclusive songwriter and front-man for Neutral Milk Hotel, has graced Portland with his presence in over a decade. According to the Crystal Ballroom website, both shows have finally sold out. Don't count on there being any scalpers hanging out in front of the venue either as Jeff Mangum requested a stringent ticket policy where tickets are only being issued to showgoers on the evening of the show, and no advance tickets are available for those who have tickets to attend both nights. I plan on getting there a little bit before the doors open to secure a choice spot by the far left side of the floor by the windows.

Well, not much can prepare you for a show like this. Technically, I guess you could say that I have been preparing for this ever since I first heard In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,…

Don't Call It a Comeback...

I apologize for the station identification, but I needed to get some things sorted over the past few weeks. After reading through the thoughtful comments on my last post, I have decided to make a few changes around here that will hopefully encourage more readers to actively participate on the blog. For the time being, I have decided that I will not be going private with the blog. Second, there will be a couple new features premiering shortly; one that focuses on live concerts and another that is a continuation of a series I used to do on Ear Fuzz called Anatomy of a Sample. Third, I have decided to stick with Mediafire, but will no longer list the artist or album in the file name. Next, I will start password-protecting the links and the links will be placed in the comments instead of at the end of the post. Last, since the majority of commenters suggested that I focus on new posts first and upload old files upon request,  I have decided that this is the course of action which is best …

Reassessment of Priorities

For those of you who didn't realize it, I received an e-mail from Mediafire yesterday letting me know that they have suspended the use of a Caetano Veloso track that I just posted a couple days ago as they received complaints about me making this track available to download.  These guys are really not playing around if a single track from a 60's Brazilian psych record on a small label is targeted as copyright infringement. I really am at a loss now since I don't know what I am able to share without having the RIAA, Mediafire and Blogger on my case 24-7. It would be great if everyone would just take a moment to realize that all bloggers are not evil criminals who prey on musicians' lifeblood for our own benefit. There are certainly some blogs out there that only post the album artwork and a link with nothing to say about the artist, but there are still many who have the best interests of the artist in mind. This is certainly not a money-making venture for me, and the pr…