116: “Cry” by Money Mark (Dust Brothers Remix)

I like the way people look at me when there's a bunch of candy behind me.Get some fried pickles.  Get some coldbeers.  Then queue this one up, and let the juices flow.

Money Mark‘s original tune from 1995 is the bottom video.  A remix by The Dust Brothers on top.

Get hit in your soul.  Enjoy.

Song: Cry
Artist: Money Mark (Dust Brothers Remix)
Album: Got My Hand In Your Head
Label: Pid
Buy from: Amazon (CD Only)

115: “Hey Joe” by Medeski, Martin & Wood

It's so obvious that John Medeski just farted in this picture.I shan’t post songs by the same artist very many times.  These guys deserve a double-post (see original post).

The notion of hearing a jazz piano trio cover Jimi Hendrix has a great deal of potential to initiate your gag reflex.  Medeski, Martin & Wood calls bullcrap on that.  French intended.

First video: a recording from an intimate live performance of “Hey Joe” at Tonic in NYC.  For some reason it has 3 1/2 minutes of dead time at the end.

Second video: a lo-def video recording of “Hey Joe” at a jazz festival from 2001 (thanks, astute readers!!).  Marc Ribot sits in for a smoking solo on this soul-searing rendition of one of Hendrix’s finest.  Mais, oui.

Always improvise.  And enjoy.

Song: Hey Joe
Artist: Medeski, Martin & Wood
Album: Tonic
Label: Blue Note
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

114: “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)” by Aretha Franklin

Just wait until I open my mouth.This song sounds as fresh and authentic as the day it was recorded.  Not sure what else I can add to this one…


I’d leave my wife and family for Aretha Franklin if she told me to in a song.  She’s only 68.  I think we could make it work.  I’d miss you, wife and family.

Enjoy some early Aretha (1967).

Song: I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
Artist: Aretha Franklin
Album: 30 Greatest Hits
Label: Rhino Atlantic
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

113: “Minor Swing” by Django Reinhardt/Stéphane Grappelli – Quintette Du Hot Club De France

Yes, you like?Here’s a jazz standard reaching out to us from its creation back in the 1930’s.

Django Reinhardt, pioneering jazz guitarist, had a rough time with his health to put it mildly, but suffered through to become one of the founding explorers of jazz music despite partial paralysis on his fingering hand (left hand).  You might even argue that the limitations of his fingering forced him to become more creative and helped him reach his potential.

This song is guaranteed to make you tap your foot or nod your head or get nervous or pass gas or something.  Else you might call an ambulance.

Django.  Enjoy.

Song: Minor Swing
Artist: Django Reinhardt/Stéphane Grappelli – Quintette Du Hot Club De France
Album: The Best of Django Reinhardt
Label: Blue Note
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112: “Children Of The Sun” by Billy Thorpe


Children of the hair. Children of the hair.Sorry, I’m waxing nostalgic again.

I remember the first time I heard this song, around 1986 on a Nashville rock station after 9pm when they could play the “weird” stuff.  I was wearing headphones plugged into my jambox and laid in my bed in the dark… Mesmerized.

“People of the earth can you hear me?”
Came a voice from the sky on that magical night.
And in the colors of a thousand sunsets,
they traveled to the world on a silvery light.

The people of the Earth stood waiting
watching as the ships came one by ooooaahhhoooone.

Settin’ fire to the sky as they landed,
carried to the world, children of the suuuuuuun.

It was frickin’ sci-fi rock!!  Talk about hitting two of my sweet spots at once.  (If only Billy Thorpe was a hot chick!!)  But I didn’t rush out and buy the tape, because I was 11.  And I couldn’t just download that one song back then, so I had to settle for hearing the song whenever it might air on the radio during the “weird” hours.  But because of this situation, the song kept its magic for years, and I never spent a dime.

It’s something to consider now that we can satisfy just about any musical craving instantly and repeatedly.  It’s not always good for your net enjoyment to wear out a song you love, is it?

Here’s one to listen to every great once in a while.  Did I mention that parts of this song are as funky as dog puke?  Now I did.


Song: Children of the Sun
Artist: Billy Thorpe
Album: Children of the Sun… Revisited
Label: Pasha Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

111: “Hey Love” by Sa-Ra Creative Partners

It is ze look originale!!LA-based Sa-Ra Creative Partners are hyper-sexual and hyper-talented, spewing grooves as funky as their lyrics are nasty.*

This one, “Hey Love,” is from The Hollywood Recordings (2007).  Prince had a baby with Sly Stone, and that kid is this song.  It was a disgusting process, but let’s dig the results below.

Also check out “The Bone Song” from the funkiest album since Outkast’s last^… Nuclear Evolution: The Age Of Love (2009).

You’re nasty.  So enjoy.

*Nasty: see Janet Jackson’s definition.
^Last last??

Song: Hey Love
Artist: Sa-Ra Creative Partners
Album: The Hollywood Recordings
Label: Babygrande Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

110: “Moonchild” by King Crimson

Whatever drove the guy to paint this killed him.What a difference a year can make.  Robert Fripp was not composing songs about wet kisses in 1969.  (See previous post.)

There’s a new King Crimson box set out this year (Amazon, 2010).  Crimson geeks are stoked.

The tune “Moonchild” is from In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969), and is presented in two parts below.  It goes from spooky to soothing to utterly abstract.  This seminal album was only made up of five songs, but they were broken into 12 sub-sections to satisfy contractual terms regarding the number of “titles” the band was to deliver.  Record companies have tidied up the language in contracts since then.  The album sold well, regardless.

The cover art was some of the most striking ever produced (see right).  Here’s what Wikipedia says about the artist:

Barry Godber (1946–1970), a computer programmer, painted the album cover. Godber died in February 1970 of a heart attack, shortly after the album’s release.

Not much more explanation than that, but whoa, dude.  Obviously this is evidence that Satan, The Crimson King himself, was involved in these shenanigans.  Between the reckless behavior toward their innocent record label, and the covert art guy dying right after the album drops, surely you see it.  And “Moonchild?”  What’s THAT all about, anyway?  Smells like Satan.  Look at these Satan-y lyrics:

Call her moonchild
Dancing in the shallows of a river
Lonely moonchild
Dreaming in the shadows of a willow.

Talking to the trees of the
cobweb strange
Sleeping on the steps of a fountain
Waving silver wands to the
night-birds song
Waiting for the sun on the mountain.

She’s a moonchild
Gathering the flowers in a garden.
Lovely moonchild
Drifting in the echoes of the hours.

Okay, it sounds more like hippie-poetry than anything else, but that cover art is sure Satan-y.

I don’t know if I can get past all the Satan-iness.  I’m liable to swoon.

Enjoy, if you dare!

Song: Moonchild
Artist: King Crimson
Album: In The Court Of The Crimson King
Label: Discipline Us
Buy from: Amazon (CD Only)