156: “Waited Up” by The Samples

1989 Lassez-faire hair.These guys were on the first H.O.R.D.E. tour, which was organized by Blues Traveler in 1992.

The Samples were formed in Boulder, CO in 1987, and got their name from their tendency to subsist on grocery store samples in the band’s early days when they were without funds for nutrients.

This is a good one you can keep in rotation.  Enjoy.

Song: Waited Up
Artist: The Samples
Album: The Samples
Label: What Are Records
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155: “Bus Stop No 5” by The New Mastersounds

Great Britain is bringin' the funk, aw yeah.It is only after years of grueling training in the funk arts that a band can master the kind of swagger it takes to pull off a truly great funk song.  And so it is that with the confidence of a steely-eyed warrior, this quartet lays down their masterful grooves.  Hm, perhaps I’m taking liberties.  They actually look baked.  But you can tell they practice.

And no, this is not a recording from the 70’s, despite its nostalgic aromas. The New Mastersounds are a contemporary outfit from Leeds, England.

It’s from the album 102% (2006).  Getcha some.

Gone and enjoy, now.

Song: Bus Stop No 5
Artist: The New Mastersounds
Album: 102%
Label: One Note Records
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154: “I Only Know (What I Know Now)” by James Blake

Normal Joe, Otherworldly Sounds.Here’s some wild new music from a young man named James Blake.

This is not the U.S. tennis player, but a British electronic composer.  His debut studio album is dropping in the UK this month.

And in unrelated, supplemental news: Learn about an effect you’ve likely never heard of, even though you can probably name several people, perhaps even individuals just feet away from you now, who illustrate the effect quite well, from Wikipedia:

The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled people make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to appreciate their mistakes. The unskilled therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their ability as above average, much higher than it actually is, while the highly skilled underrate their own abilities, suffering from illusory inferiority. This leads to the situation in which less competent people rate their own ability higher than more competent people. It also explains why actual competence may weaken self-confidence. Competent individuals falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding.

Constantly re-evaluate your perception of reality.  But be sure to enjoy.

Song: I Only Know (What I Know Now)
Artist: James Blake
Album: Klavierwerke EP
Label: R&S Records
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153: “Ogre Battle” by Queen

Does this lighting make my overbite look bad?Tie this black leather feedbag on your face and munch on the hearty oats of some classic Queen.

When I was about 12, I had a hand-me-down cassette tape of Queen II from a friend’s older brother (thanks, Jimmy!).  All legible writing had long been worn off before I got my hands on it, and the original case had never been seen by my eyes.  It was fantasy rock with no equal that I knew of, and I ate it up.  I would listen to tunes like “Ogre Battle” on my headphones, lying in bed before falling asleep.  And I would often wake up twisted in the headphone cord when the tape would run out and the jambox deck would stop with a loud click.

The other rocking great from Queen II was “Seven Seas of Rhye,” second video below.

So, who would have won in a fight: Freddie Mercury or Axl Rose (both in their prime)?  I like to think Freddie would have wiped Axl’s ass with Axl’s own face, and then he would have twirled around with a gay, hard-rock flourish to finish Queen strong.

Enjoy.

Song: Ogre Battle
Artist: Queen
Album: Queen II
Label: Hollywood Records
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