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