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309: “Here To Stay” by Rebirth Brass Band

Rebirth Your AssIt is scientific fact that if you smile you create brain activity that improves your mood. Even Pat Robertson believes smile science.

And I am here to tell you that if you squish as much of your face as possible to one side, that you will make either yourself or someone near you L. Perhaps even OL.

Rebirth Brass Band has been scientifically proven* to induce brain activity that directly affects posterior displacement, that is, booty moving.

I do not create it. It just is. And I notice it. For you.

Enjoy.

Song: Here To Stay
Artist: Rebirth Brass Band
Album: 25th Anniversary
Label: Rebirth Brass Band
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*Footnote readers are know it all’s.

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295: “Cold Bear” by The Gaturs

Yes, we dress like The Temptations.The song is 1970’s “Cold Bear” by New Orleans’ The Gaturs (with keyboardist Willie Tee).

And below are some quotes, accumulated over my existential transit, best enjoyed whilst sipping a cold bear…

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
-Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)

Between truth and the search for truth, I opt for the second.
-Bernard Berenson, art historian (1865-1959)

The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.
-Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)

I don’t hate my enemies. After all, I made ’em.
-Red Skelton, comedian (1913-1997)

Not far from the invention of fire must rank the invention of doubt.
-Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist (1825-1895)

War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands.
-H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)

I have ever hated all nations, professions, and communities, and all my love is toward individuals.
-Jonathan Swift, satirist (1667-1745)

A beautiful thing is never perfect.
-Egyptian proverb

Song: Cold Bear
Artist: The Gaturs
Album: Wasted
Label: Funky Delicacies
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278: “Mrs. Officer” by Lil’ Wayne

Hello, officer, I was just on my way to pick up my suit!You get nailed doing 117 mph in a 35. You pull over quickly. After all, it’s the polite thing to do. A cop is just another cat trying to make a life worth living.

But get this, playa: The cop is a lady. And she is hot. Smoking. Whatcha gone do now?

To set the scene… You’re watching her in your side view mirror. She strolls up with caution, hand conspicuously resting on her pistol as she approaches (you’re dangerous!). But you notice that her booty got that perfectly balanced swing, like a cat walking on a fence. And you also see that those fingers on the pistol are relaxed… Queue the music!!

Lil Wayne is the artiste. “Mrs. Officer” is the love song for the hot cop. Lil Wayne also runs a flower shop and hydrocarbon repurposing facility in New Orleans. He raps simply to progress the art form and to bolster the spiritual treasures awaiting him in heaven.

For legal clarity, I do not endorse the practice of making moves on lady cops… while they’re in uniform. After they take it off, treat them like every other law breaker you know.

Enjoy the song. Enjoy your freedom. And love the police.

Song: Mrs. Officer
Artist: Lil Wayne
Album: Tha Carter III
Label: Cash Money
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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
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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
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151: “We’re Doing It (The Thang) (Part 1)” by Eddie Bo

Eddie Bo was known for getting spinach stuck in his teeth.Eddie Bo (1930-2009) came from a family of bricklayers, but his mom was a self-taught pianist who was friends with Professor Longhair.  He chose the ivories over bricks.  The only artist from New Orleans to release more singles than Eddie was Fats Domino.

Eddie Bo was responsible for serial occurrences such as The Thang, The Hook and Sling, and the checking of one’s bucket.

This one, “We’re Doing It (The Thang) (Part 1)” has been sampled by DJ Shadow and numerous other deejays, probably because it is cut from the purest naturally grown funk.

Enjoy.

Song: We’re Doing It (The Thang) (Part 1)
Artist: Eddie Bo
Album: The Hook And Sling
Label: Funky Delicacies
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62: “And I’m Out” by Galactic, featuring Mr. Lif

They were originally named "Galactic Prophylactic" but there was a legal dispute over that gem.Back in 2007 the New Orleans-based jam band Galactic put out the first of two albums, From The Corner To The Block (2007) and Ya-Ka-May (2010), on which they collaborated with a different rap artist on almost every track.  The band had previously relied on the vocals of Theryl DeClouet (also known as House Man), a more traditional soul/R&B singer whose health issues prevented further collaboration.

The band is dedicated to their hometown of New Orleans.  Stanton Moore, their virtuoso drummer, created his own dark, instrumental version of the Led Zeppelin classic “When The Levee Breaks” after hurricane Katrina changed the city forever, and Galactic performs it when they want to make your soul ache.

This track, “And I’m Out,” features the verbal stylings of hip-hop artist, Mr. Lif, who hails from Boston.

If it keeps on raining… just enjoy this tune.

Song: And I’m Out
Artist: Galactic, featuring Mr. Lif
Album: From The Corner To The Block
Label: Anti/Epitaph
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