Tuesday, September 06, 2005

the move.

No, not the 6t's band, the actual move. I am just finishing up one hell of one which has turned my record collection, along with the rest of my life, into a huge jumbled mess. Please stand by for new posts this week, I promise a couple as soon as I can clear the rubble.

Friday, August 12, 2005

"Why make an effort when no one's botherin'?"

I'm sure a lot of you cats remember this one, but for those of you who have yet to "witness the pitness" allow me to put you up on something that you will either have a laugh, or get really pissed off at. MC Pitman is a self desdribed ex-miner from the North of England. Whether or not you choose to believe that is really up to you. What is certain is that his 2003 CD "It Takes a Nation of Tossers" is full of hilarious and biting commentary on British culture over some beats that, surprisingly enough, actually aren't all terrible. The rhyming itself gets pretty grating after awhile due to his slow, almost drunken delivery and thick as Stumptown Coffee accent. Certainly not a classic but good fun anyhow. Big ups to my man Gabe for dropping this one wasted night in his apt.

witness the pitness
(son records)
dig the streets dis

what i am
(son records)
a 50 swipe! "get back into your club mate and fucking stay"

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

"ok, ok , don't push us when we're hot!"

Here comes round two now complete with our own server space (thanks erik)!

I was trying to think of songs that captured summer to me for today's post. Not in the "summer jam" way that most people, myself included, mean when they think of a summer song. Instead of lightweight breezy party steez, I'm talking about grime & sweat. When the only thing you can do is sit listlessly on your porch with a tall glass of your choice and roast. These are but two of the ones I came up with.

The Ikettes- Your Love Is Mine
Ace Records

Hands down one of the greatest R&B female groups. This particular song written by the group's namesake Ike Turner has such a unnerving piano lead which sounds slightly out of time/tune that's really annoying at first. It took the type of summer day that I was talking about above to really appreciate it. Delores Johnson's lead vocal cuts through the summer heat to deliver a set of chills so cold the very fires of hell couldn't thaw them.

Irma Thomas - Ruler of my Heart
Minit Records

So many things to say about this woman! Born in Ponchatoula, Louisiana in 1941 she only thought of seriously pursuing a music career after being fired from a waitressing job for spending too much time singing with the house band instead of waiting tables. I for one would love to shake the hand of that boss who gave us Irma. Although probably best known in pop circles for the Imperial b-side "Breakaway" her work for Minit and Chess ranks highly among my favorites from my collection. This song will be familiar to most as Otis Redding's "Pain in my Heart." It's important to note that song was a reworking of this one, not the other way around. When Otis Redding swipes your song, I'd say your in good shape.

Two trivia items whose correct answers get you an envelope of random music related crap.

1. Whose single charted higher Otis' or Irma's?
2. What's the connection between these two songs?

Friday, July 29, 2005

I am very pleased to announce that my man tall erik has come through with some server space and soon will be hosting the audio files of this here blog. Big ups to mrfalcon.net! In other news Portland people should not sleep on my man Jesse Elizondo of The Minds' other band krav maga. I plan on posting a track off their demo a little later, so check back for that. Hope everyone's having a good friday!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Alright kids.

Welcome to my new audioblog. I will feature all kinds of tracks here as my mood suits me and hope that some will spark discussion and possibly expose each other to new shit.

I don't presently have anywhere to host these files, so I'll be going the yousendit.com method. You don't really need to know what thats about if you don't already other than each file will only be able to download so many times before it expires so check back early and often. Now, with that out of the way let's get into it.

The Rance Allen Group- If I Could Make The World Better
truth records

This amazing b-side to stax record's jazz/soul/gospel fusionists "aint no need of crying" totally blew me away the first time i heard it. Despite minor frustration that I have with it's speed for running just under where i i'd like it on the organ/drum breaks, (nothing a pitch control doesn't fix), it's one of my favorite songs at the moment.

Bettye Swann- My Heart is Closed for the Season
capitol records
This song bears a striking resemblence to Dre and Cool's jawn for "Hate it or Love it" but I'll let you decide. honest jons has recently done it again, after the candi staton complilation that had the most modern of music heads checking their soul peers crates, they bring us bettye swann. I am biased in stacking the two side by side because although I like staton, I have been in love with bettye and this track in particular for some time now. I'd say the comp is worth the dodgy price tag for this cut alone, but there isn't a clunker among them.

Both of these tracks are on the latest comp I did, I promised to send them out around a month ago, I didn't. Remind me if you wanted one and I'll try to get it out there. Seeing as it's free and the artwork is pretty basic, you may as well just make your own copy of it from the tracks which will all be posted here eventually.