184: “I Wanna Feel It” by ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)

Our powers are strongest when are craniums are in contact.Crank up the speakers, homecheese.  Animal Liberation Orchestra want to commune with you, dude.

No, they’re not affiliated with PETA. They simply want to liberate the animal inside you.

So here’s a slow-rock, acoustic ballad to release your inner beast.  Grrr.

Enjoy. Before I pounce.

Song: I Wanna Feel It
Artist: ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Album: Man of the World
Label: Brushfire Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube

183: “Fakin’ The Funk” by Main Source

The dude in orange is probably going to get hit in the balls.This one’s from the soundtrack to the movie White Men Can’t Jump, entitled White Men Can’t Rap (1992). It’s “Fakin’ the Funk” by the band Main Source.

From back in the day when Cypress Hill was on top of the hill. I reminisce about those days and it seems like things were less insane in the membrane, going insane. I got no brain.

Happy Friday, funksters. Enjoy.

Song: Fakin’ The Funk
Artist: Main Source
Album: White Men Can’t Rap
Label: Capitol
Buy from: Amazon
Watch: YouTube

182: “Circuitous Circuits” by Evan Weiss

E-Dawg in the hizzie!!Evan Weiss is a young new composer and trumpeter, raised in the Pacific Northwest and now living in North Texas. His debut release, Math or Magic, came out just a few weeks ago.  I’ll call it “jazz chamber music.” It’s a large ensemble performing highly original compositions with Evan in front on the horn.

Evan Weiss on his philosophy of music: “The most powerful compositions stretch far beyond the abilities of the individual player. It is not the composer’s job to create the music, but rather to enable the members of his ensemble to perform. This distinction is especially prevalent in jazz because the composer of a given piece is often also a performer and an improviser. In improvised music, the writer must relinquish control to his fellow players for a piece to reach its full potential. That element of risk is the primary reason that I am a musician.”
Inner Circle Music

And that element of risk is also the same reason why some people create multi-billion dollar businesses. Why some people jump out of airplanes. And why some people poop where they’re not supposed to. Go figure.

Enjoy my favorite track, “Circuitous Circuits” from Evan Weiss’ Math or Magic (March 2011).

Song: Circuitous Circuits
Artist: Evan Weiss
Album: Math or Magic
Label: Evan Weiss
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube

181: “Movement Music” by DJ Revolution Presents Malcom & Martin

Some white hip-hop guys could easily be confused with skinheads. Ironic?Yeah, these guys had to bring it, naming themselves “Malcolm & Martin” and then trying to bring some enlightenment to a dark world…

I’ve been recursively bobbing my head to this album, Life Doesn’t Frighten Me (February 2011), by Malcolm & Martin.  I got muscles now like I have burritos taped onto my neck.

This trio created a catchy, well-produced album that’s got a message every once in a while without getting preachy or dorky (at least according to this dork).  The track below, “Movement Music,” has a wicked hook and lyrics with swagger.  The emcees are Styliztik Jones and KB iMean.  DJ Revolution lays the backdrop for these two to shine.  Here’s a bio from their website.

Other standouts from the album are “Sista Big Butt (feat. Mike Anthony)” and “Thank God.”

Stop reading and getcha some.  Enjoy.

Song: Movement Music
Artist: DJ Revolution Presents Malcolm & Martin
Album: Life Doesn’t Frighten Me
Label: Soulspazm Records, Inc.
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube

180: “Biko” by Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel doesn't quite get what it means to mime.Ladies and gentlemen… Peter Gabriel!!!  And in the other corner of the ring… Apartheid!!!

LOOK! IT’S PETER GABRIEL! FROM THE TOP ROPE! PETER! GABRIEL! TAKES! DOWN! APARTHEID!!!!

Well, maybe it was more than Petey G, and the man he sings about, Stephen Biko, who beat back Apartheid.  But they were part of the same force that drove a handful of my friends in high school in the early 90’s to wear the green, yellow and red colors of African solidarity on the Member’s Only jackets covering their lily white asses, in Clarksville, TN. And it made sense to all of us.

Because we’re all people, dude.

Top to bottom, it is a beautiful thing, this crazy world we live in.

Enjoy it.

Song: Biko
Artist: Peter Gabriel
Album: Shaking The Tree 16 Golden Greats Remastered
Label: Real World Records Ltd
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube

179: “Brooklyn” by The Youngblood Brass Band

Get sideways, people. You're too straight.Youngblood Brass Band was founded by a couple of Oregon high school students.  Drums and tuba (sousaphone).

They’re as New Orleans as a Hurricane™ but they’re as hip hop as a really good breakdancing white dude.

On the song “Brooklyn,” listen to the soul of the band, sousaphonist Nat McIntosh, make all sorts of crazy percussive sounds with his sousaphone and even scream through it in the middle of his solo. (The sousaphone is different from the tuba in an obfuscated, metaphysical sense.) The performance was taped during McIntosh’s last tour with the band, which is continuing to perform without him.

If you’re looking for something with a little more of that New Orleans flare, check out another butt-motion-bringer off the same album, Live. Places. (2005), “Tough Daddy.”

Scream through your tuba, and enjoy.

Song: Brooklyn
Artist: Youngblood Brass Band
Album: Live. Places.
Label: Layered Music
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube

178: “Lonely Woman” by Charlie Haden and Paul Motian, featuring Geri Allen

Wouldn't wanna meet THESE three in a dark alley.Legendary drummer Paul Motian‘s constant sizzle keeps “Lonely Woman” moving, while bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Geri Allen move around in the space he creates.  It’s an Ornette Coleman cover, with a ribbon on top.

I first heard Motian’s name in relation to the Bill Evans Trio.  He’s also done great stuff with guitarist Bill Frisell.  He even played with Thelonious Monk for a little while.  Be certain to check out Paul Motian’s other promiscuous percussive relationships if you dig this one.

Listen and enjoy.

Song: Londely Woman
Artist: Charlie Haden and Paul Motian featuring Geri Allen
Album: Etudes
Label: Soul Note
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube

177: “Galaxy” by Eddie Henderson

A flugel without a cause.When you really wanna get funky, you gots to gets some flugelhorn.

Eddie Henderson played with Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi band for 3 years in the early 70’s, and you can sure hear that influence in this song and Eddie’s entire 1975 album, Sunburst.

Related topic… Everything is related… If you’re standing in just the right light, here’s a poem that can knock you on your ass:

Moment of Inertia
by Debra Spencer, from Pomegranate.
© Hummingbird Press.

It’s what makes the pancake hold still
while you slip the spatula under it
so fast it doesn’t move, my father said
standing by the stove.
All motion stopped when he died.
With his last breath the earth
lurched to a halt and hung still on its axis,
the atoms in the air
coming to rest within their molecules,
and in that moment
something slid beneath me
so fast I couldn’t move.

Song: Galaxy
Artist: Eddie Henderson
Album: Sunburst
Label: Blue Note
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176: “Rien Ne Vu Plus” by Funk Factory

Polish funk squares.More and more people are posting music on YouTube that it’d be nearly impossible to find anywhere else, even on the Internet, and even if you were willing to pay money. Living in the future is pretty cool.

Old vinyl is going up in droves.  And although the sound quality often sucks, it nearly just as often doesn’t. Here’s one from a long defunkt band, Funk Factory, that lives on through YouTube and blog posts like this one. “The Factory,” as insiders called the band, was mostly American musicians led by Polish music legends Michal Urbaniak and Urszula Dudziak, whom we all know affectionately as Michal Urbaniak and Urszula Dudziak.

“Rien Ne Vu Plus” is French for “all bets are off” or “why serve spaghetti to a pig?” depending on inflection. This song is as crazy as that.  Enjoy.

[[ EDITOR’S NOTE: What I try to provide in this illustrious blog operation is some reasonable spigot of musical flow, governed by a human taste filter (loose use of “taste,” I know). The Internet is an ocean of musical flow that cannot be absorbed by your face all at once. You need a spigot, not an ocean going into your ear holes. And your takeaway from this paragraph is that I am a friend, with an outstretched metaphor, trying to work a musical spigot into you. Because I love you. ]]

Song: Rien Ne Vu Plus
Artist: Funk Factory
Label:  ATCO Records
Download: FleaMarketFunk.com
Watch: YouTube

175: “Like It Is” by Yusef Lateef

Na na na na na na na na... Be the flute.Here’s a Calgon-take-me-away song by Yusef Lateef, the great jazz multi-instrumentalist, of the kind driven by breath. He’s still breathing today, at 90 years of age.

“Like It Is” can be found on The Blue Yusef Lateef (1968) and features Yusef on both sax and bamboo flute.  The voice he can get with that flute is really amazing.

Yusef Lateef was born as William Evans in Chattanooga, TN before moving to Detroit at the age of 5.  In his 30’s, he converted to Ahmadiyya, a flavor of Islam, due to the spiritual hole created in his life from 30 years of having a dull name.

Lateef is a man of deep thought.  From Wikipedia:

Autophysiopsychic Music, Lateef’s term, refers to music which comes from one’s physical, mental, and spiritual self. Lateef has written extensively on the topic and includes it in his book Method To Perform Autophsyiopsychic Music. In this view, it should be the goal of every musician to combine their theoretical knowledge with their life experience, and to offer to and accept knowledge from their personal source of strength, inspiration and knowledge.

I wonder if he finds time to watch television.  Here’s his current website.

Listen, and enjoy.

Song: Like It Is
Artist: Yusef Lateef
Album: The Blue Yusef Lateef
Label: Rhino Atlantic
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube