Georgia Anne Muldrow “Kali Yuga”

May 22, 2012 at 8:43 am
This new Georgia Anne Muldrow record is fresh!  Seeds is a team effort, with GAM on the vocals and Madlib on production.  Great combination right there.  All I know is she told me to "google Kali Yuga" and I did.  Bugged out. Here's the official video for the first single from the album, "Seeds."

Frank Gossner at Afro Funke

May 18, 2012 at 8:27 am

20120518-082250.jpgThursday nights are for Afro Funke!  For over 8 years, the team of Cary Sullivan, Rocky Dawuni, Jeremy Sole, and Glenn Red have provided Los Angeles with a quality event, dedicated to african rhythms, from reggae to afrobeat.  Definitely one of LA's shining stars in the music scene, this is a place to come hear music you've never heard before, and to dance to music you've never heard before.  And EVERYONE is dancing.  That's what makes this so special to me.  There's a lot of wallflowers in LA, but not at Afro Funke.  20120518-082523.jpgEveryone is vibing out.  Even if someone is not on the dancefloor, they are moving their feet. When I got the email about Frank Gossner guest DJ'ing at Afro Funke this week, all my other plans got cancelled.  This cat spent quite a bit of time travelling through Africa, sometimes not in the safest of places, in search of the rarest and funkiest of African records.  He documented this journey on his blog, Voodoo Funk.  Lots of photos and music for you to check out.  Frank played some SERIOUS heat, from afro-disco cuts to slow funk burners.   And if you're wondering what kind of records he was playing, they were all original pressings.  No compilations.  I couldn't help but remember what Jeremy Sole said when introducing Frank: "Think of it like this, one of these records can pay for your rent this month!"

Cherries Records debut release today!

May 15, 2012 at 7:26 am

The homies Shred One and Meaty Ogre debuted the first release on their new 7-inch label, Cherries Records, last night at midnight, Chicago time.  Two tracks from Cermakk & Doug Shorts, both well produced 2012 r&b joints for the early/closing set.  Spaced out beats with solid vocals.  I'm so proud of them! Support independent vinyl and get your copy at http://cherriesrecords.bigcartel.com/

Jelly’s Music – Honolulu

May 3, 2012 at 8:01 am
20120428-140108.jpg Holy crap this place has a lot of records...and comics, and musical instruments, and dvd's, and all sorts of fun things to geek out on!  I spent about three hours at Jelly's literally going through every single record that they had, with the exception of their 45 section because there were just way too many and I didn't see anything really solid in the first couple boxes that I went through.  Plus, I had such good luck at Hungy Ear Records that I just didn't feel like searching for 45's anymore.  I started with their regular bins, which I suppose might've been a mistake as those were the more expensive records. They had a really great Latin section, with lots of records from the Fania, Combo, and Discos Fuentes labels. While I'm not extremely familiar with all of these labels, I was able to pick and choose the ones that look pretty good, based on what I did know.  Jelly's has a listening station, too!  That made a huge difference.  I was able to take stacks records and kind of sift through what really was worth buying and what was something I can live without, based on sound and price.  After spending about an hour and a half going through the main bins I finally discovered the 45's section, which looked like this. 20120428-140144.jpg It was just too much for me to really go through after already spending that much time in the other sections.  I ended up going through the lower bins for the next hour and a half, which were all $2, and I found a few gems including albums from Raydio, Players Association, Quincy Jones, and much more. Somehow, someway I only ended up spending about $75 at the spot, closing out a great day of diggin!  I was hoping to pick up a last minute gig where I could play my new finds, but unfortunately that did not happen.  I had to wait a couple of days to get home and throw them on the tables in the lab.  I can't wait to share them with you at one of my events!

Hungry Ear Records – Kailua, Honolulu

May 2, 2012 at 10:54 am
20120429-103734.jpg I heard from a couple different people that if I was going to be in Honolulu I should definitely check out Hungry Ear Records, which is located in Kailua.  It is a relatively small shop, but very well organized with high quality, good condition records.  This calls for a little bit of a higher price but nothing drastic.  I started going through their jazz section and found quite a few really good pieces for about $5-$10 each.  Then, I found a small mini crate of funk and soul 45's below the main bins.  I combed through a couple of them and they all looked interesting, and then I realize that the whole crate was good. I ended up buying practically the entire crate which was about fifty 45's.  Did I mention they were all a dollar each?  I'll post some of my finds later... 20120428-135356.jpgThe owner, Ward, and his wife were mad cool.   We started talking about jazz records. They were okay with me taking pictures of the place, and told him I would do a little write up about my digging excursion there.  It's really cool to meet record store owners who love music, and are quickly open to geek out on music with you.  I felt very welcome there! 20120429-103715.jpg

The Monophonics new album is coming…

April 19, 2012 at 11:44 am
My man, DJ MZA, asked me to come play some jazz records on his radio show last month, and he mentioned that he was having a band called The Monophonics come through the following week.  I was not in the know, but I did some research and now I'm officially a fan!  Good timing, too, since their new album, In Your Brain, is scheduled for release in May, courtesy of Ubiquity Records (pre-order here).  A super fresh heavy soul, psych, and funk sound from this bay area outfit. In doing my research, I was able to get a hold of this older 45, thanks to Colemine Records in Ohio (big up to Terry Cole for putting out some amazing music!).

Then I realized they performed in LONG BEACH (what?!) this past December at Harvelle's.  Yet another example of me sleeping on some quality stuff in my own city.  Check their cover of "Love & Happiness."

And here's a quick look at one of their tracks from the new record.

The Funk Ark “High Noon”

April 16, 2012 at 11:46 pm
Go support this record!  Afrobeat goodness from the genius of Adrian Quesada.  "High Noon" was released on the 3rd of April, so don't wait any longer to get it.  You can't front on ANYTHING that ESL puts out.  From Thievery Corporation to Chris Joss to the Ancient Astronauts.  They can't do wrong.  This is The Funk Ark's second record, and they definitely do not disappoint.  Very strong release from this DC band. Buy "High Noon" direct from the label, Eighteenth Street Lounge.

Electric Cowbell Records

April 12, 2012 at 9:00 am
It's as simple as searching for someone's record online, that I stumble on a label that's pushing some amazing vinyl.  Case in point: Electric Cowbell Records out of New York.  I went on their site looking for this Superhuman Happiness 7", and came out with a handful of other 45's.  Can't complain.  I damn near fell out of my chair when I heard this Sway Machinery track.  Had to get it.

Fujimoto Tetsuro “Macula”

April 10, 2012 at 9:56 pm
Spaced out g-funk instrumental goodness from this Tokyo based producer.  Buy this record, and hit the ten freeway.

Quantic & Alice Russell – I’ll Keep A Light At My Window

March 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm
I feel truly blessed to be alive while music like this is being created.  Not only is Quantic one of the most consistent producers, and musicians, in the world, but teaming up with Alice Russell makes for an unstoppable force. Their new album, Look Around The Corner, is available stateside in April on Tru Thoughts. [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/39095114" iframe="true" /] Peep the mini-documentary about this project, put together by Mochilla.
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