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224: “A Few Good Words (Featuring Njimole)” by DJ Center

Ghost hunters should analyze this photo.Find your center. Breathe deeply. In with the good, and out with the bad. Count down from 10 slowly. Then take one full, deep breath inward… And scream toward the sky the name of your least favorite Republican presidential nominee candidate. Like Kirk in Wrath of Shatner’s Line.

It will do you good. (“JUSTIN BIEBERRRRRR!!!” is a highly suitable improvisation.)

DJ Center may also help you find peace in your life. Check out “A Few Good Words (Featuring Njimole),” from Everything in Time (2010).

Breathe. And enjoy.

Song: Center’s Groove
Artist: DJ Center
Album: Everything in Time
Label: Push the Fader
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify

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223: “Do What You Wanna” by Ramsey Lewis (Mr. Scruff’s Soul Party Remix)

Guy still looks good. Got no smart ass comments.Getcha some of this: Ramsey Lewis all re-worked by versatile mix-master, Mr. Scruff. If you’re alone, listen to this song right now. Just close your eyes and pretend you’re in the middle of the dance floor, and get into it. Stop reading this. Remember you have to make time to get down.

“Do What You Wanna” comes off a 2005 release, one in a series from the Verve record label, Verve/Remixed, wherein mixologists re-work Verve’s varied, decades-long catalog to mixed success.

Another standout track to put in your ear holes is the UFO remix of Sarah Vaughan’s classic rendition of “Summertime.”

(New Wilco came out today.) Enjoy.

Song: Do What You Wanna (Mr. Scruff Soul Party Remix)
Artist: Ramsey Lewis
Album: Verve/Remixed
Label: Verve
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify
Watch: YouTube

222: “Powa” by tUnE-yArDs

Glory hole.As a wise drunk once told me, before barging in on a live television news broadcast to voice his rather unique opinions… “there ain’t nothing to it, but to do it.”

I thought it took real guts to do something like that, but he showed me.

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A creative force not unlike Keller Williams, tUnE-yArDs‘ Merrill Garbus has forged a wonderful and entirely distinct sound. It’s built on her dynamic vocals, drum loops she creates on the fly, and a little help from a bassist and occasional horn. Merrill gots funky soul, and she wears it on the outside. But if it’s so easy, how come more of us don’t do it?

“Powa” is from W H O K I L L (2011) and the whole album is just as worth consuming as this beauty.

Enjoy.

Song: Powa
Artist: tUnE-yArDs
Album: W H O K I L L
Label: 4AD
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify
Watch: YouTube

221: “Buckjump” by Trombone Shorty

His bodyguards look funny.Y’all, the new Trombone Shorty is out and it is funky-donkey… For True (Sep 13, 2011). Dialed-in, straight ahead grooves, brilliant brass and Shorty’s (Troy Andrews’) soulful voice make a potent combination. It’s aural New Orleans, and they ain’t bringing no weak sauce.

Plus, you gotta give props to any vertically challenged trombone player who makes good on his talent like this guy.

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I’m mixing up the format today. I can’t find YouTube vids for everything, so I’m doing MOG / Spotify links and including the YouTube embed if it’s available. That’s the technology I’m going with for now. I’m open to suggestions if anyone wants to throw some out there.

What we have here is open communication. Thank-you for your consideration.

Enjoy.

Song: Buckjump
Artist: Trombone Shorty
Album: For True
Label: Verve Forecast
Listen: MOG | Spotify

220: “Glory Box” by Portishead

1 Remember this song? If yes, skip to line 3. If no, skip to line 5.
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3 It’s a good one, isn’t it? If yes, skip to line 9. If no, skip to line 7.
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5 It’s a British band called Portishead, and they dominated faces with the album Dummy in 1994. Skip to line 9
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7 Pinch yourself hard in the armpit.
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9 Enjoy!

Song: Glory Box
Artist: Portishead
Album: Dummy
Label: Island Def Jam
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube

219: “Chocolate Town” by Ween

Best band photo ever?I try not to repeat too many artists on this site, but Ween is one band that I’m pretty certain I’ll love my whole life. They’re worth at least two posts. And while Ween could be written off as shallow, or gimicky, or immature, or homophobic, or anti-semitic, or fat-ist (biased against fat people?) for their absurd lyrics, Gene and Dean Ween are also talented, hilarious, and inspired. And I’m pretty sure they have nothing against fatties, homo’s, or jews. Those groups just happen to be ripe for humorous digs. Whatcha gonna do?

I’ll now put my foot in my mouth and let all my fat, gay, Jewish readers enjoy “Chocolate Town,” one of the more beautiful songs by Ween. The lyrics are absurd (but politically correct). Classic low-key Ween.

Enjoy.

Song: Chocolate Town
Artist: Ween
Album: Quebec
Label: Chocodog Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube