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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.
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify
Watch: YouTube

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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

172: “OK, It’s Alright With Me” by Eric Hutchinson

Holdin' up a wall. Whatchoo doin?Here’s a feelgood Friday song.

Eric Hutchinson sings and plays.  You suffer a jump to YouTube and a 15 second commercial for the pleasure of hearing him.

Philosophize:
Which do you think came first for humans, walking upright or music?  Farming or music?
Isn’t walking, with its rhythm and timing, something like a song?
Isn’t the thrust and scrape of digging a hole something like a song?
When does music-like action become
actual music?
Does it require intention or awareness to be music?

You’re welcome for totally blowing your mind.  I mean, this is like grad-school level consideration of esoteric proportions.  You know what I’m sayin?

Enjoy.

Song: OK, It’s Alright With Me
Artist: Eric Hutchinson
Album: Sounds Like This
Label: Warner Bros
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

54: “Level” by The Raconteurs

The Raconteurs formed in 1872.Paper beats rock, but a man with a rock can beat the paper-maker over the head until he can make no more paper.

Today is a day of rock.

The Raconteurs is another project of Jack White‘s.  I’m surprised this band isn’t more popular than they are.

A live version of their song “Level,” from their debut album Broken Boy Soldiers (2008), is below.  It was apparently taped with an emotionless, neurologically immobilized audience, to make them look cool, I guess?  But regardless of that, enjoy.

Song: Level
Artist: The Raconteurs
Album: Broken Boy Soldiers
Label: Warner Bros.
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

34: “Wiggle Waggle” by Herbie Hancock

Trying to look cool in the 80's was a curse on your future self.I first heard the music of Herbie Hancock when he was on the pop charts in the 80’s with “Rock It,” one of the few instrumental songs ever to make it anywhere near the top of the charts, and one of the first pieces of electronic music many folks had ever heard.  Nevermind the fact that Herbie had played with Miles Davis and had already had a successful, decades-long career as a jazz keyboardist.  To me, he was the wizard behind this wild new sound.  Check out the crazy 80’s-style, low-budget psychedelic video (2nd one below).

I was amazed as a teenager to discover Herbie’s past, and in particular, Mwandishi: The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings, a compilation of sessions that became Mwandishi (1970).  I heard the re-release when I was 19, and that album has become one of the keystones of my music collection.

“Mwandishi” was a Swahili name Herbie gave himself in the 60’s.  Each member of the sextet behind the album had a Swahili name.

Headhunters (1973) is perhaps Herbie’s best known album, which has one of the thickest, funkiest organ grooves ever to grace a song on “Chameleon,” but I’ve worn it out over the years and it doesn’t hold up as well as the Mwandishi recordings for repeated listening.  It’s a large band on the Mwandishi recordings, and a full sound.  Horns, tambourines, and tight jams around every corner… with some wide open (and weird) spaces in between.

Check out “Wiggle Waggle” at your convenience.  Buy the whole album if this doesn’t quench your thirst.  Enjoy.

Song: Wiggle Waggle
Artist: Herbie Hancock
Album: Mwandishi: The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings
Label: Warner Bros.
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: YouTube

11: “Blue Blood Blues” by The Dead Weather

The Dead Weather, Good In A Knife FightJack White is a musical freakshow (and thank God for that).  After showing the world what he could do with sparse drums and mutant guitar skills with The White Stripes, he’s been cranking out badass music with an array of musicians, oddly including Loretta Lynn.

Nothing about Jack White is normal.  With the band The Dead Weather, Jack showcases some virtuoso-ism by playing drums in addition to his usual guitar and vocals.  The man knows how to rock, but always writes songs with a trademark oddity.  “Blue Blood Blues” shows off his tight guitar chops as well as his unusual songwriting style.

I’ll keep an eye on Jack for more goodies, fersherr.

Enjoy.

Song: Blue Blood Blues
Artist: The Dead Weather
Album: Sea of Cowards
Label: Third Man/Warner Bros.
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: YouTube