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264: “Ash Wednesday Sunrise” by Galactic

Shut your face. I'm back for the music.Galactic, as a band, is older than most gutter rats.

Carnivale Electricos was Galactic’s 2012 Mardi Gras present to the world, wherein they mix their never-weak sauce with guests you need not have known before you taste, and the result is always robust and reliable. So listen. And then visit the city of New Orleans. Eat and drink, and lift that beautiful stuff in the air while toasting these guys.

In unrelated news, an old computer I had laying around just jumped out my window screaming “Y2K NOW!!!” But it can’t get far on that operating system.

Enjoy this FONKY song, and then the whole FONKING album.

Song: Carnivale Time
Artist: Galactic
Album: Carnivale Electricos
Label: Anti/Epitaph
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify

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263: “Clear Blue Skies (Instrumental)” by Georgia Anne Muldrow

Tune in Tokyo... Tune in Tokyo...It ain’t got no words. Ain’t got no jellybeans or goobers, neither. It’s just a song.

But it’s a song that I picture myself playing some radical basketball to, circa 1987. My hair is thick and my lateral movement is especially swift.

Georgia Anne Muldrow is responsible for the tune. Muldrow is one of those gifted, utility musicians who can do it all. She plays most of the instruments on her recordings. But most importantly, she has something more than technical skills… She gots SOUL. Like Stevie Wonder or Lenny Kravitz or Whistling Pete, the Whistling Welshman.

Getcha some of this instrumental track, “Clear Blue Skies,” from Eagle Nebula’s Cosmic Headphones Instrumentals (2011) (sans the rap artistry of Eagle Nebula). Or, check out Muldrow’s beautiful voice on the track “Child of the Sun” on her album Early (2009).

Enjoy.

Song: Clear Blue Skies (Instrumental)
Artist: Georgia Anne Muldrow
Album: Eagle Nebula’s Cosmic Headphones Instrumentals
Label: Epistrophik Peach
Buy from: Amazon
Listen: MOG

 

262: “Clashing” by Drums & Tuba

Tom Hanks' bald lookalike puts nose in armpits.Drums & Tuba MIGHT have been the name of a Big & Tall clothier. However, it was quite a literal label, in the mid-nineties, for two dudes (Brian Wolff and Tony Nozero) who began selling their time by busking in Austin, TX, exploring the full range of sound permutations that can be created using only drums, a tuba, some electronic effects tools, and two human beings. For spare change and kicks.

Now, they’re gazillionaires that sip whisky off rare monkeys’ toes.

Actually, I am quite sure that’s not so. Drums & Tuba’s last album as Drums & Tuba came out in 2005 and the chaps now pursue other endeavors. So buy their music and help fund the best Big & Tall clothier/musicians there ever were.

Enjoy & Comment.

Song: Clashing
Artist: Drums & Tuba
Album: Mostly Ape
Label: Righteous Babe Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify
Watch: YouTube

261: “Go Je Je” by Antibalas

Maybe if this band took white slaves back to Africa...You are a child of Africa whether you’re white as sin or black as a ghost…

Antibalas is an American band with a sound based on an African “afrobeat” style that was heavily influenced by exported American funk and jazz, which was itself borne from souls brought to America who were stolen from African lands centuries before.

And Antibalas is in no way affiliated with the gag-inducing, depressing tone of this blog post. Sorry, I thought it was sounding cool, but it’s a downer. I’m pretty sad right now. But not real sad, of course. I’m just white-and-fat-sad. Luckily, I can just end the paragraph.

That’s better. Now, let’s listen to this song together and see if we can find our joy again.

Enjoy.

Song: Go Je Je
Artist: Antibalas
Album: Government Magic
Label: AfroSound Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify
Watch: YouTube

260: “What Is Hip?” by Tower of Power

The White Side Of The MoonHoly sack of  bran muffins, I haven’t posted any Tower of Power yet!!

Perhaps Sauron is controlling my behavior…

I must fight as hard as any stupid, little hobbit can.

Luckily, Tower of Power is very strong. Yesssss.

Enjoy.

Song: What Is Hip?
Artist: Tower of Power
Album: Rhino Hi-Five: Tower of Power
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify
Watch: YouTube

259: “My Girl” by Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Yeah, but can he play the clarinet and tuba simultaneously?Just go on and move your back side with some finesse and debonair to a classic rendition of The Temptations’ “My Girl” from Blacknuss (1971), by the great Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

That’s right. Blacknuss. Get used to it. The color AND the spelling. Sucka.

Happy Friday, and enjoy!!

Song: My Girl
Artist: Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Album: Blacknuss
Label: Rhino Atlantic
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify
Watch: YouTube

258: “Budsmokers Only” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Thanks GOD none of us wore our hair the same way!!Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are a breath of fresh Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, are they not? You ‘memba them?

If Eazy-E had made sweet reproductive love to Boyz II Men, the Boyz would have calved the Bone Thugs, with long, noodling cries of labor.

“Budsmokers Only” (1995) is my favorite tune by Bone Thugs, due to its catchy hook and despite its farcically offensive lyrics promoting the recreational use of marijuana, which is a strong theme with the BT’s. I enjoy this song primarily as a tool to work up a black sweat, and secondarily as an anthropological keyhole yielding insight into the bone thug community.

There IS the possibility of a tertiary usage of this song: smoking a jazz cigarette and dancing like a jello ninja to it. But I will not promote such behavior here.

To best appreciate it, listen to this song while transcendentally meditating. Enjoy.

Song: Budsmokers Only
Artist: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Album: E. Eternal 1999
Label: Ruthless Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify
Watch: YouTube