102: “Periodically Double or Triple” by Yo La Tengo

FUNKY FRIDAY

"Speeding Motorcycle" changed my life.Funky Friday doesn’t have to be a funk song, I don’t guess.

Here’s a juicy video.

Yo La Tengo is all over the place, and shape-shifty.  There’s no formula.  No equations.  Just some crazy personalities flowing.  They’re in Europe now, but back touring the US in December.

Here’s a video from their 2009 album, Popular Songs.

Sink your teeth in, and enjoy.

Song: Periodically Double or Triple
Artist: Yo La Tengo
Album: Popular Songs
Label: Matador Records Limited
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

101: “Slippin’ Into Darkness” by The Ramsey Lewis Trio

Glasses + Turtleneck = Kick Your Ass With StyleHere’s one of the best covers out there of WAR’s classic “Slippin’ Into Darkness” by jazz piano/keyboard great Ramsey Lewis and his trio.

This hard-working brother, born in 1935, has recorded over 80 albums throughout his career.  At that pace, he’s probably recorded two more since breakfast yesterday.

Ramsey’s first album dropped in 1956, and last year he put out a new one, Ramsey does Ramsey.  This tune is from Upendo Ni Pamona (1972). If you don’t know it, I’m glad I could share.

Enjoy.

Song: Slippin’ Into Darkness
Artist: The Ramsey Lewis Trio
Album: Upendo Ni Pamona
Label: Collectables
Buy from: Amazon (CD Only)

100: “Astro Blue” by Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls

The actual musicians.100th song.  Throw some streamers and drink a cold one.

Here’s another post with the touch of Money Mark on it.  He teamed up with Tommy Guerrero and Shawn Lee to form Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls.

This is my favorite from their self-titled debut from 2009.

Rock out with your socks out, and enjoy.

[UPDATE: Originally posted “A Phase Shifter I’m Going Through,” but copyright people removed the audio from the YouTube video.]

Song: Astro Blue
Artist: Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls
Album: Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls
Label: Ubiquity Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

99: “Getcho Soul Together” by Breakestra

Mama mia, mama mia, mama mia, let me go.Words of wisdom from one of the best “funk orchestras” around, Breakestra.

I got this from a compilation entitled Peanut Butter Wolf’s Jukebox 45’s (2002).  The video is great!

You need to get down.  Enjoy.

Song: Getcho Soul Together
Artist: Breakestra
Album: Peanut Butter Wolf’s Jukebox 45’s
Label: Stones Throw Records
Buy from: Amazon

98: “Vapor” by Soulive

Funky as our hair. And the white guy is good, too.Aw yeah, this is some smooth stuff here.  Vintage Soulive from their classic 2006 album, Break Out.

Because this song produces animated eyebrow activity on my face, I’m pasting below a related quote from Frank Zappa:

The computer can’t tell you the emotional story. It can give you the exact mathematical design, but what’s missing is the eyebrows.
-Frank Zappa (1940-1993)

Prepare your face for this song, and enjoy.

Song: Vapor
Artist: Soulive
Album: Break Out
Label: Concord Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

97: “Shishko’s Blues” by Slavic Soul Party!

The Slavic Invasion is about to happen to music.  Just watch.  Closely.The Brooklyn-based band Slavic Soul Party! sounds something to my ears like a cross between New Orleans brass band and klezmer, with some Latin juicy-juice thrown in.  And sometimes I hear something Balkany-sounding, too.  “BalkanSoulGypseFunk” is what they call it.  They’re actually touring the US right now!!

Just listen.

And enjoy.

Song: Shishko’s Blues
Artist: Slavic Soul Party!
Album: Teknochek Collision
Label: Barbés Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

96: “The Clandestine Adventures of Mrs. Merz” by Tin Hat (formerly The Tin Hat Trio)

Homo sapiens create new sounds.Here’s a band that’s growing on me.  This song is a good example of how Tin Hat can meander all around a song before pulling it all together at the end.  It’s from Book of Silk (2004).

They’ve had a couple of greats play with them who are worthy of making a noise to yourself like ‘hm!’…  Both Willie Nelson and Tom Waits have been featured guests of the band.  Not bad to have those two in your fan base, Tin Hat!

It’s a beautiful new type of sound I have not heard the likes of before.  It’s got unconventional beauty.

The video that goes with it is totally unrelated, done by the fan who uploaded the video.

Now, tilt your head to one side, either side will do, and enjoy.

Song: The Clandestine Adventures of Mrs. Merz
Artist: Tin Hat
Album: Book of Silk
Label: Artemis Records
Buy from: Amazon

95: “Slinky” by The Awakening

FUNKY FRIDAY

Brothers' heads are in a desert.The band, The Awakening, recorded Mirage way back in 1973 for the label Black Jazz.  It was reissued this year.

Groove on, and enjoy.

Song: Slinky
Artist: The Awakening
Album: Mirage
Label: Black Jazz
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

94: “Pedal Up” by Rahsaan Roland Kirk

He even tried to train an overgrown mole to handle an extra horn, but couldn't get it down.Here he is, the maestro himself.  Doing what he do.

Rahsaan Roland Kirk shows in this video the kind of crazy talent and multi-instrument ingenuity that makes him the inspiration of the greats.

Rahsaan could have circular breathed Kenny G, former world record holder, into the ground.  And I mean, when you can best Kenny G in anything related to circular breathing or haircare, then you’re hardcore.

Suck in a full, deep breath, and enjoy.

[Embedding is disabled on the video, so click to watch… and jump to 1:15 if you wanna skip Quincy Jones’ long-winded intro]

Song: Pedal Up
Artist: Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Album: Brotherman In The Fatherland
Label: Hyena Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

93: “Ikigai” by Scoobie Do

This is the line for enemas.So, this song, from Japanese pop band Scoobie Do, “Ikigai,” sort of sounds like the theme song from Friends.  But it’s in Japanese, which gives it a certain tantalizing taste of the unknown.  If I understood what he was saying, I’d probably hate this song.  But as it is, I’ll listen to it a few times and nod my head like it was 1998.

As a service to the reader/listener, I have powered through my lack of understanding of Japanese, and have translated with 100% accuracy the lyrics of this song.  Find them below.

The of unto,
she has derived the fear
of the smell of rotting fruit
into love, love love.

Perhaps and although why not,
summoned of wanton pork
the days pass by like a breeze on the gland
of love, love love.

Short-shrift terminals
hello the fortunes and communal well-being
of babyless grandmothers with robotic
love, love, love.

Robot love, love, love.

If that ain’t Japanese, I don’t know what Japanese is.  I love you, Japaneses.  Bonus track below.  Enjoy.

Song: Ikigai
Artist: Scoobie Do
Album: Nando Mo Koi Wo Suru
Label: CHAMP RECORDS
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes