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273: “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That” by Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Emotation.Robert Randolph & The Family Band have moments of such intense, unbridled enthusiasm on the stage that many audience members garden-hose-shart their underpants from the excitement. The band’s performances are a bonafide pudding factory.

Randolph’s personal and musical background is in the House of God Church, so he knows how to reach out and touch spirits.

Catch them live this spring and summer! And shart for yourself.

“Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That” is off of Colorblind (2006) and there’s a great live performance below from Late Night with David Letterman.

Sit on a towel and enjoy.

Song: Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That
Artist: Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Album: Colorblind
Label: Warner Bros.
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Watch: YouTube

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272: “Ray Charles” by Chiddy Bang

Yo.I’m Ray Charles. I’m also Babe Ruth and Balky from Perfect Strangers.

And my spirit animal is either a tapeworm or something that looks like one.

People do not get to choose their mystic visions.

This track is by the hip-hop duo Chiddy Bang. Straight outta Philly, yo. These catz got mad stylez. They’re Ray Charles, after all.

Have some Breakfast (2012). And enjoy.

Song: Ray Charles (Explicit)
Artist: Chiddy Bang
Album: Breakfast
Label: EMI UK
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271: “Slave To The Traffic Light” by Phish

Hand signal for: put sounds in earhole.Time slows. You awaken… more alert than ever.

Gravity feels strange. Light has an unusual color.

If the future was going to happen at all, you must be in it now.

And it is still happening.

Light is heavy and gravity is off-color.

There is a song playing. Phish perform the clockwork’s charge. The song’s name is obvious.

It is “Slave to the Traffic Light,” and you sit in its yoke.

You eat your kind, organic, veggie burrito on your lunch break from your damn job working for The Man, sitting behind the steering wheel of your life, and you slurp up the Phishy comeback sauce dripping off your fingers and sopping into your hippie mouthbeard.

It ain’t right.

But you just go on and enjoy yourself. Because it’s still a beautiful life.

Your carbon footprint is small. And the solo is tight.

Now go. Someone is honking at you.

Song: Slave To The Traffic Light
Artist: Phish
Album: Live Phish, Vol 1: 12/14/95, Binghamton, NY
Label: JEMP Records
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270: “Guggenheim” by The Ting Tings

Girlz Rule!I don’t post too much music by women. I’ve noticed it before, and I’ve pondered the implications. My best guess is that I’m so manly that I don’t “get” a woman’s perspective most of the time. Supporting evidence: I have chest hair growing on my eyeballs.

But, here to defy my man-goggles is The Ting Tings (Katie White and Jules de Martino, only 50% female!!). In this song, “Guggenheim,” Ms. White goes on about some chick who skank-bombed a good relationship, and then she winds up weaving a tale of self-empowerment. It technically should not be something that a manly, hairy-chested/eyeballed dude would listen to. But it freaking rocks, and guys who are comfortable in a pink shirt would be willing to admit that they sing along when no one is around. And if you’re as manly as I am, you’ll sing along with Katie confidently (in falsetto, when appropriate) no matter who’s listening.

The Tings2 have been around since 2007, but Sounds From Nowheresville (2012) is their best thus far.

This time, I’m gonna get it right.
I’m gonna paint my face at the Guggenheim.

You GO, girl (and Jules)!

And YOU, enjoy!

Song: Guggenheim
Artist: The Ting Tings
Album: Sounds From Nowheresville
Label: Columbia Records
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269: “Do That There” by Lyrics Born

Hello, I am the body that contains the voice that belies its container.Lyrics Born is a rapper with a high white-dude affinity quotient. He not only enunciates, but he’s got absurd lyrics that a worry-free cracker can really appreciate. For instance, he makes a reference to Bananarama, Atlantis, Santana, and a spatula within a 12 second span on this track.

So, for some rap artistry that won’t tax your (honkey) conscience, check out “Do That There” from Later That Day… (2003) or the Young Einstein Remix, from Same !@#$ Different Day (2005).

Enjoy.

Song: Do That There
Artist: Lyrics Born
Album: Later That Day…
Label: Quannum Projects
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Song: Do That There  (Young Einstein Hoo-Hoo Mix)
Artist: Lyrics Born
Album: Same !@#$ Different Day
Label: Quannum Projects
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268: “I Only Have Eyes For You” by Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy

Lester Bowie Fantasizes WellWritten in 1934, the standard “I Only Have Eyes For You” has been done and re-done.

I wouldn’t have imagined posting the song on this site until I heard this version (on Improvisations/WUOT) by Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy. This track is from their 1985 album I Only Have Eyes For You, which is full of good stuff.

I personally only have eyes for sight. And for some razzle dazzle on the upper part of my face.

“I Only Have Eyes For You.” … And for everyone else, his eyes disappear?

“Dude! Where are your eyes?!?!”

“Tim, is that you? I’m glad you’re here. I only have eyes for Becky.”

“That’s sick, man. You look nasty without eyes. I can’t look at you. I think I can smell your eye sockets.”

“I’m sorry. It’s just that I only have eyes for Becky. So I need you to ask her to come back over if you see her. I’m having trouble without eyes. I wish I only had eyes for the coffee table. I think I broke my shin a few minutes ago.”

And so on… Enjoy.

Song: I Only Have Eyes For You
Artist: Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy
Album: I Only Have Eyes For You
Label: ECM
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267: “Cat O’Nine Tails” by Combustible Edison

Smell my finger. Or pull it. Either way. That's how us future loungers roll.“Future Lounge” music was a trend in the mid-nineties, like soaking your hands in Palmolive, and electric cars.

Combustible Edison was the absolute rowdiest future lounge act around back then. They would wear white pants off-season, and put anchovies in their martinis, and pass gas in each other’s faces without even asking. The future lounge circuit was CRA-ZAY-ZY!!

Here’s “Cat O’Nine Tails” which shows off the funkier side of the Edison. From The Impossible World (1998).

Enjoy.

Song: Cat O’Nine Tails
Artist: Combustible Edison
Album: The Impossible World
Label: Sub Pop Records
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