163: “Just Kiddin'” and “Vision of Kali (Extended)” by Club D’elf

Yes, this is my bass.  Now let's play.Don’t shart, but I have a good song for you.  In fact, there are two.  Pick the one you like better, and that’s the one I mean…

It’s rare that hearing a song would create instant incontinence, but the metaphor is nearly powerful enough to convey my conviction.

You won’t ever get tired of this song.  Play it for your parents, your business associates, your children’s friends, and while you brush your teeth.

Club D’elf is responsible for the tune, from the album Now I Understand (2006).  Club D’elf is composed of too many revolving featured artists to list, but it’s led through the musical wilderness by bassist Mike Rivard.

Mike Rivard has actually had several documented cases of crapping his own pants because he plays so well at times.*  Ask him about it if you see him.  And get close to his face when you ask him about when he craps his pants because he’s so awesome.

I’ll stop typing.  Enjoy.

*Don’t look at me.  I got nothing.

Songs: Just Kiddin’, Vision of Kali (Extended)
Artist: Club D’elf
Album: Now I Understand
Label: Accurate Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

162: “Muffaletta” and “El Ritmo” by Wicked Knee

Cowbell?Wicked Knee is a rolling slurry of a band concocted of:
Billy Martin (percussion)
Steven Bernstein (trumpet)
Curtis Fowlkes (trombone)
Marcus Rojas (tuba)

New Orleans is barely more New Orleans than the tunes these guys are playing.  There’s an impending EP, but in the meantime, you can listen to some tracks on MySpace, and check out the videos below on YouTube.

The first video is from Billy Martin’s “Anti-Instructional” DVD, now available, called Life on Drums which features Wicked Knee.  Billy Martin wants to teach everyone they can be an artist, regardless of their talent level.  Which is cool except if he’s encouraging truly bad, unimaginative people to start hitting things loudly.  I’m all for everybody being an artist except for if it sucks directly on or near me.  But to be honest, even then, I’m pretty patient.  Just don’t test me…

Wicked Knee’s artistry doesn’t suck at all.  In fact, it VERY doesn’t suck.  Enjoy.

Songs: Muffaletta, El Ritmo
Artist: Wicked Knee
Album: (Coming Soon)
DVD: Life on Drums (Billy Martin)
Buy from: Amazon | Amulet Records

161: “The Creator” by Santigold

She doesn't even have to lean on anything. She can do this in mid-air.New sounds.  Creating new sounds can be hard.  To some, it comes easy.

Santigold‘s stage name was formerly “Santogold,” but that was totally stupid so she changed it.

Anyway, this lady is definitely a creator.  The intro to this song is mesmerizing from the first time you hear it.  Maybe in the future it will sound passé but only because Santigold did it way back in 2008.

And now, a poem, by W.B. Yeats, from The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. © Macmillan. Reprinted without permission, but with hopefulness.

A Drinking Song
Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.


Song: The Creator
Artist: Santigold
Album: Santogold
Label: Downtown Recordings
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

160: “Joyful Sounds” by The Word

The Word To The MotherLet’s hop in the Wayback Machine and head back to 2001, when Robert Randolph, the North Mississippi Allstars, and John Medeski teamed up to form The Word, an instrumental, gospel-inspired quintet.

Below is a video of the group performing on The Late Show with David Letterman.

It’s Friday, feels like spring in Knoxville, and life is beautiful.  Enjoy.

Song: Joyful Sounds
Artist: The Word
Album: The Word
Label: Ropeadope Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes | Ropeadope

159: “Iceberg” by Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra (feat. Elliot Bergman)

Shawn Lee can't see you.World of Funk (CD | MP3) by Shawn Lee‘s Ping Pong Orchestra drops today.  Here’s a beautiful track from the album called “Iceberg.”

Shawn Lee is the same one-man-band responsible for an album called Hooked Up Classics wherein he modernizes and funks out well-known hits from some straight up classical gangstas like Tchaikovsky and Wagner.

This one is cooler than a polar bear’s toenails.  Enjoy.

And Happy Valentine’s Day / Monday.

Song: Iceberg
Artist: Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra
Album: World of Funk
Label: Ubiquity
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

158: “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” by PM Dawn

Shhh. Whisper. We're really close.Spandau Ballet created one of the most epic slow dance songs of the 1980’s called “True” (1983).

PM Dawn pimped the melody out, with “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss,” from Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience (1991).


6th Grade Slow Dance Instructions (for a boy)

Put your hands on her hips.
Rock your hips side to side in a reasonably rhythmic fashion.
But slow and cool, jack.
Her hips should be moving in roughly the same reasonably rhythmic fashion.
Be aware of where you are directing your breath, especially if you have stank mouth.
You’re growing armpit hair now, kid.
You’re ready.

Song: Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
Artist: PM Dawn
Album: Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience
Label: Gee Street / V2 Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

157: “Fullness Of Wind (Variation On ‘The Canon In D Major’ By Johann Pachelbel)” by Brian Eno

Throw some food at Brian Eno.Here’s what Wikipedia’s good for: Brian Eno’s full name is Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno.

Hell yes, Wikipedia.

Eno strongly believes in pushing the boundaries of people’s perception of music and sounds.  His work ranges from the absurd to the sublime.  Here’s one of the latter.

From the album Discreet Music (1975), this one of three variations on Pachelbel’s Canon in D is the most beautiful to my ears.

Open up your ear holes and let this one in.  Enjoy.

Song: Fullness of Wind (Variation on ‘The Canon in D Major’ by Johann Pachelbel)
Artist: Brian Eno
Album: Discreet Music
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes