137: “Tio Sam” by Aurelio

Aurelio means "golden crates."Aurelio Martinez is a new artist on the Subpop label.  His album, Laru Beya, drops January 18th.  If the whole thing is as good as this track, then I’m glad I pre-ordered it.

In 2010, I started this little music blog.  I enjoy it.  I hope a lot of folks are making connections with new and old music and artists through this site.

I think I’ll keep doing it until I run out of music.

Happy 2011, people.  Keep listening.

And enjoy.

Song: Tio Sam
Artist: Aurelio
Album: Laru Beya
Label: Subpop
Buy from: Subpop

136: “Pledge Drive” by Five Style

Record cover of miniature portraits.Here’s one from the unconventional instrumental group called Five Style.

From Miniature Portraits (1999) on the Subpop label, “Pledge Drive” comes with steel drum goodness.


Song: Pledge Drive
Artist: Five Style
Album: Miniature Portraits
Label: Subpop
Buy from: Subpop

135: “Glad To Be Unhappy” by Billy Holiday (DJ Logic remix)

What is this on the side of my head? Don't tell me!Some people get caught up in what kind of instruments should be allowed to make music and which ones shouldn’t.

I prefer to live life with a stick-free ass environment.  Life is so much more enjoyable with an open mind.  An open mind is the devil’s picnic, as a saying goes, but you gotta remember that without the devil, the world would be totally boring.

Here’s a great Billie Holiday tune reworked by DJ Logic to nice effect, I think.


Song: Glad To Be Unhappy
Artist: Billie Holiday (DJ Logic Remix)
Album: Remixed & Reimagined
Label: Columbia/Legacy
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

134: “God Make Me Funky” by The Headhunters

Hm. I think someone snuck into this picture.Dear God,

Make me funky(er) for Christmas.

-Uncle Funk

Enjoy some vintage 1975 Headhunters.

: God Make Me Funky
Artist: The Headhunters
Album: Survival of the Fittest
Label: Arista
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

133: “Buddy” by De La Soul

All rap albums should look like this.I believe “Buddy” is a reference to the posterior of the female form.

De La Soul.  We were lucky when they were with us, and we didn’t know how good we had it.  This album dropped in 1989.  Keep that in mind.

An added bonus video after the absurd “Buddy” is the insane “I Can Do Anything.”  I had hopes that more hip-hop and rap groups would follow in the footsteps of the psychedelically inclined De La Soul, but very very few have.  Big shoes to fill, indeed.

I can do anything.  I can hold two pieces of doo doo in my hand.


Song: Buddy
Artist: De La Soul
Album: 3 Feet High And Rising
Label: Tommy Boy
Buy from: Amazon

132: “Sure Thing” by St. Germain

Ludovic Navarre is St Germain is "Dude!"French musician St Germain takes some old John Lee Hooker riffs and vocals and re-works them to nice effect in this one from 2000.

Unrelated quote:

Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like paté. -Margaret Atwood, novelist and poet (b. 1939)


Song: Sure Thing
Artist: St. Germain
Album: St Germain Des Pres Tourist
Label: Blue Note Records
Buy from: Amazon

131: “Join Hands” by Groove Armada


Do not approach these individuals.The album Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub) was released on September 11, 2001.

The band, Groove Armada, has gotten a lot more “electronic” sounding since 2001.  This tune, “Join Hands,” was created with more traditional instrumentation, and it’s just good for your soul.


Song: Join Hands
Artist: Groove Armada
Album: Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub)
Label: Jive Electro
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

130: “Photosynthesis” by Sean Lennon

Who's Your Daddy?There has been a bunch of press recently about John Lennon’s death and birth anniversaries.

Well, John Lennon had two sons who make some music of their own.  Sean Lennon, only son of John and Yoko Ono, made some really interesting music in the late 90’s that I’ve been revisiting lately.  He’s still doing his thing if you want to check that out.

Here’s “Photosynthesis” from Into The Sun (1998) by Sean Lennon.

It is worth noting that Lennon plays every instrument on this track… with his feet.  He knew there were tall expectations.


Song: Photosynthesis
Artist: Sean Lennon
Album: Into The Sun
Label: Capitol Catalog
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129: “Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further” by Lee Dorsey

Industrial dimples. Now available at Target.Here’s another one from the New Orleans funk compilation with Mary Jane Hooper.  This disc is definitely worth the buy.

“Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further” is a finger-snapper from 1970 with a soulful theme of solidarity, from Lee Dorsey, who was frequently backed by none other than The Meters.


Song: Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further
Artist: Lee Dorsey
Album: New Orleans Funk
Label: Soul Jazz
Buy from: Amazon

128: “Think” by Bill Frisell

This is not your standard band photo. Bill should be wearing a Bill Cosby sweater, though.Here’s a spooky tune from a guy who has played as wide a range of styles as any musician.  “Think” is by guitarist Bill Frisell, from Disfarmer (2009).

And here is a good poem to read whilst you listen, presented completely without permission, but with good intention. It was written by Ted Kooser, former U.S. Poet Laureate.


“Abandoned Farmhouse” by Ted Kooser from Flying at Night: Poems 1965-1985.
© University of Pittsburgh Press.

Abandoned Farmhouse

He was a big man, says the size of his shoes
on a pile of broken dishes by the house;
a tall man too, says the length of the bed
in an upstairs room; and a good, God-fearing man,
says the Bible with a broken back
on the floor below the window, dusty with sun;
but not a man for farming, say the fields
cluttered with boulders and the leaky barn.

A woman lived with him, says the bedroom wall
papered with lilacs and the kitchen shelves
covered with oilcloth, and they had a child,
says the sandbox made from a tractor tire.
Money was scarce, say the jars of plum preserves
and canned tomatoes sealed in the cellar hole.
And the winters cold, say the rags in the window frames.
It was lonely here, says the narrow country road.

Something went wrong, says the empty house
in the weed-choked yard. Stones in the fields
say he was not a farmer; the still-sealed jars
in the cellar say she left in a nervous haste.
And the child? Its toys are strewn in the yard
like branches after a storm-a rubber cow,
a rusty tractor with a broken plow,
a doll in overalls. Something went wrong, they say.

Song: Think
Artist: Bill Frisell
Album: Disfarmer
Label: Nonesuch
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes