Friday, November 30, 2007

Rappy Rap #4

Here we go with another installment of Rappy Rap. We got some winner's here. Notable tracks include Pharoahe Monch's "The Light" which oddly enough came out right before Common's "The Light" and caused some rift of some sort. The track is produced by the one and only Pete Rock who also provides the production on AZ's track "Rather Unique". The last track by Ahmad was originally featured on the "Jason's Lyric" Soundtrack..(wtf)..anyways enjoy it.

Andrew Bird Fingerlings 3

Enjoy folks. Tonight live at the Beacon. Fingerlings 3 is an odd assortment of mostly acoustic or live recordings of various tracks including several unreleased songs.

Fingerlings 3 (2006)

Fingerlings 3 is Bird’s third in an ongoing series of live albums - this edition is a slight anomaly in that for the first time it isn’t composed entirely of songs recorded live in front of an audience. “Dear Dirty” is a studio track that didn’t make it onto an album and “The Water Jet Cilice” and “Ethiobirds” were recorded live (solo) to an audience of crickets and cicadas at Andrew’s home studio in a barn in rural western Illinois. From that audience of a few hundred interested insects to a performance of “Measuring Cups” for an crowd of thousands at Lollapalooza, the songs span the last few years of live performances, and include live versions of favorites from The Mysterious Production of Eggs and the upcoming 2007 album Armchair Apocrypha (“Dark Matter” and “Scythian Empire”). Covers of Son House’s “Grinnin in Your Face” and The Handsome Family’s “Tin Foil” round out the setlist. Drummer / multi-instrumentalist Dosh appears on 4 tracks.

1. Grinnin’
2. Dark Matter
3. The Water Jet Cilice
4. Measuring Cups
5. The Happy Birthday Song
6. A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left
7. Scythian Empire
8. Dear Dirty
9. Tin Foil
10. Ethiobirds

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Enough to Break the Ice

I took a short hiatus..but I'm back folks! Oddly even though its holiday season it too is busy season. I feel like I need to catch up and make Christmas come early. Well whether you hang a stocking or light a menorah..or enjoy yule for you.. here we go!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Impressed by the Impressions

Part 1 is 16 tracks recorded by Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions. Part 2 are 16 covers of those same songs by various Jamaican groups.


Part 1

Part 2

here is the track listing:

01. The Impressions - It's All Right
02. Derrick Morgan - It's Alright
03. The Impressions - I Made A Mistake
04. The Wailers - I Made A Mistake
05. The Impressions - Lemon Tree
06. The Wailers - Lemon Tree
07. The Impressions - Just Another Dance
08. The Wailers - Another Dance
09. The Impressions - Keep On Pushing
10. Lloyd & Glen - Keep On Pushing
11. The Impressions - You'll Want Me Back
12. The Techniques - You Don't Care
13. The Impressions - Minstrel And Queen
14. The Techniques - Queen Majesty
15. The Impressions - Gypsy Woman
16. The Uniques - Gypsy Woman
17. The Impressions - I'm So Proud
18. Joe White - I'm So Proud
19. The Impressions - Little Boy Blue
20. Pat Kelly - Little Boy Blue
21. The Impressions - Dedicate My Song To You
22. The Jamaicans - Dedicate My Song To You
23. The Impressions - People Get Ready
24. The Minstrels - People Get Ready
25. The Impressions - Choice Of Colours
26. The Heptones - Choice Of Colours
27. The Impressions - Ten To One
28. The Mad Lads - Ten To One
29. The Impressions - Aware Of Love
30. Busty Brown - Aware Of Love

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Classics Part 1

Here is a nice little selection of songs. Possibly considered some for the songs that eventually inspired/sampled by them. Anyways here they are. enjoy them for what they are or what they were used to make..either way...treat your ears to some of that good stuff.

(*a drink on me to the person who can list all songs which sampled one of these songs.)


Top Shelf 8/8/88

A fun complilation record with an "interesting" backstory. NY TIMES Article

Monday, November 5, 2007

Here's to swimming with bow legged women.

Ewan MacColl & A.L. Lloyd
Blow Boys Blow

BLOW, BOYS, BLOW is a full and rousing selection from folk heroes Ewan MacColl (whose resume included author, playwright, actor, street singer, and laborer) and A.L. Lloyd (who, among other things, sang as the "Shantyman" in the movie version of MOBY DICK). Sung to ease the back-breaking work and fill up the long and lonely nights with rowdy and profane entertainment, the songs are fierce, rough, sublime and full of longing.

1 Row Bullies Row (2:33)
2 Paddy Doyle (:45)
3 Wild Goose Shanty (1:24)
4 While Cruising Around Yarmouth (2:50)
5 Old Billy Riley (:27)
6 Handsome Cabin Boy (4:39)
7 South Australia (2:19)
8 Blow Boys Blow (1:35)
9 Whup! Jamboree (1:19)
10 Banks of Newfoundland (3:22)
11 Whiskey Johnny (1:50)
12 Do Me Ama (3:28)
13 Jack Tar (2:09)
14 Paddy West (4:22)
15 Haul on the Bowline (:42)
16 Hundred Years Ago (1:10)

American Sea Songs & Shanties

The songs and shanties on this album are all sung, without exception, by men who used them in the days of sail. With the advent of steam and the end of sail, any practical use for these sea songs disappeared, and they survived only in the memory of old-timers. The old-timers themselves have passed on, leaving these recordings as their legacy. This CD reissues the first published recordings of these sea songs and shanties.

1. Haul the Bowline - Richard Maitland
2. Blow, Boys, Blow - Noble B. Brown
3. Drunken Sailor - Richard Maitland
4. Reuben Ranzo - Noble B. Brown
5. A-Roving - Richard Maitland
6. Heave Away - Richard Maitland
7. Sailor's Alphabet - Leighton Robinson
8. Paddy Doyle - Richard Maitland
9. Paddy, Get Back - Richard Maitland
10. Dead Horse - Leighton Robinson
11. Johnny Boker - Leighton Robinson
12. When Jones's Ale Was New - John M. "Sailor Dad" Hunt
13. Blow the Man Down, Pt. 1 - Noble B. Brown
14. Blow the Man Down, Pt. 2 - Richard Maitland
15. So Handy, Me Boys, So Handy - Richard Maitland
16. Long Time Ago - Richard Maitland
17. Rio Grande - Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, Leighton McKenzie, Leighton Robinson
18. Whisky Johnny - Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, Leighton McKenzie, Leighton Robinson
19. Roll the Cotton Down - Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, Leighton McKenzie, Leighton Robinson
20. Rolling Home - Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, Leighton McKenzie, Leighton Robinson
21. Homeward Bound - Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, Leighton McKenzie, Leighton Robinson

note: these are .m4a files



Friday, November 2, 2007


I can't lie. MOP and Geto Boys are two of my all time favorite rap acts. So here's a selection of MOP tracks from several of their albums. One note.. the song titled "Hip Hop Cops" (produced by Wyclef ...who just ruins shit out of hubris & spite) is not my preferred version of this track, which was originally titled "Helicopters". Unfortunately the only other version I can find is some Radio Promo version with DJ Cam or Clue shouting over it. What is noteworthy though is the use of John Holt's "Police in Helicopters" as the hook. Actually I am going to go ahead and upload the alternate version of this at some point. Well folks enjoy your motherfucking friday with Fizzy Womack and Billy Danze.