49: “Can’t Find My Way Home” by Blind Faith, by Bonnie Raitt and by Alison Krauss

Song: Can’t Find My Way Home
Artist: Blind Faith
Album: Blind Faith
Label: Polygram Records
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Song: Can’t Find My Way Home
: Bonnie Raitt
: N/A
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: N/A


Song: Can’t Find My Way Home
: Alison Krauss
: Crossing Jordan [Soundtrack]
: Sony
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: Amazon

48: “Hot Thursday” by Bei Bei & Shawn Lee

Zither. Hair. Hot.“Holy Ka-pow, Uncle Funk! This song has a Chinese Gu Zheng star, Bei Bei, throwing her mad plucking skills into the mix with American musician/producer, Shawn Lee. The Gu Zheng, as you know, is in the zither family,” says [person].

You’re right on all counts, [person].

[Person] continues, “These cats create a wild blend of Chinese-restaurant-music served up on a combo platter with 100% American groovejuice sprinkled on top.”

Indeed. Enjoy.

Song: Hot Thursday
Artist: Bei Bei & Shawn Lee
Album: Into The Wind
Label: Ubiquity Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

47: “Little Bittern” by John Zorn

Rock star, right?  It's Ribot, it's all right.Marc Ribot shreds the gee-tar on this one.  “Feelgood” is not usually a John Zorn adjective, but it is here.

Get ready to nod your head with vigor, whilst you enjoy.

Song: Little Bittern
Artist: John Zorn
Album: O’o
Label: Tzadik
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46: “Oh Lord Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me” by Charles Mingus

He wore a raspberry beret.It’s a simple request, really.

Charles Mingus (on vocals and piano) from Oh Yeah in 1962, with Rahsaan Roland Kirk on sax.

Sing it like you mean it, Charlie.


Song: Oh Lord Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me
Artist: Charles Mingus
Album: Oh Yeah
Label: Rhino Atlantic
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

45: “Chicago Falcon” by The Budos Band


Funk comes from within, not the color of yo skin.The Budos Band are an instrumental (9-12)-piece (?) on the Brooklyn-based Daptone label.

This song is as funky as anything you’re likely to hear between two Sundays.


Song: Chicago Falcon
Artist: The Budos Band
Album: The Budos Band II
Label: Daptone
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44: “Hands On” by DJ Nu-Mark, Featuring Key Kool from The Visionaries

DJ Nu-Mark and his friend Rufus.Key Kool raps in Japanese on this one, with DJ Nu-Mark on the steel wheels.

Like so much in life, you don’t have to understand it to enjoy it…

Song: Hands On
Artist: DJ Nu-Mark
Album: Hands On
Label: Sequence
Buy from: Amazon (CD Only)

43: “To The Bone” by Mugison

Totally normal in Iceland.If you’re like me, sometimes you wake up and think “Golly, I want to listen to some Icelandic music… Because life isn’t insane enough.”

Well, I am here to serve it up for you.  Mugison is like the Justin Bieber of Iceland.  Except way hairier, and less mature and probably not as popular.  And when you listen to his music, you will sometimes feel like his therapist.

This one, “To The Bone,” from 2008’s Mugiboogie, gives you a palatable taste of Mugison’s freakish range of Icelandic sounds.  His music ranges from outright screaming to heart-wrenching ballads.  “To The Bone” even has autotune done well…


Song: To The Bone
Artist: Mugison
Album: Mugiboogie
Label: Ipecac Recordings
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