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150: “Baby Goats” by Will Bernard

Put in a nickel. Buy me a new hat, bitches.Baby goats. Not fainting goats.  Not men who stare at goats.

The name of an instrumental song can make all the difference in the world.  In this case, I am not feeling a connection between the cloven-hoofed beasts and this jazzy number by Will Bernard and a helluva backup band (John Medeski, Stanton Moore, Andy Hess).

Perhaps the song is a pre-emptive strike against industrial goat-farming before it spreads.  In which case, you should enjoy, but only with an aching sense of guilt.

Song: Baby Goats
Artist: Will Bernard
Album: Blue Plate Special
Label: Palmetto
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

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125: “Sprung Monkey” by Garage A Trois

Garage A QuartThis funky jazz group, Garage A Trois, was originally composed of Stanton Moore (drums), Skerik (“saxophonics”), and Charlie Hunter (guitar). Mike Dillon (percussion/vibes) is also a part of the mix on this track and album, Emphasizer (2003).

“Sprung Monkey” is worth a listen just for the name!  Enjoy.

Song: Sprung Monkey
Artist: Garage A Trois
Album: Emphasizer
Label: IndiBlu Music
Buy from: Amazon

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
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes