Tue, 10 November 2009
My love of Chicago's Numero Group Label was fairly solidified before they went & found the secret Wichita, KS soul scene of the mid to late 60's. I live in Kansas and had never heard about the soul scene in Wichita until this release came out. It's a wonderful collection based around the Smart Brothers and the Neal Brothers and the Smart's Palace club and restaurant they ran and played in. There are some crazy good soul sides on this release, especially by Baby Neal & The Smart Brothers. The compilation also includes other related acts like Fred Williams & The Jewel Band & Theron & Darrell. The liner notes recount the Smart Brothers tearing up the club night after night, playing the sax behind their back, jumping from table to table and just plain belting out a lungful of soul.
Category:Shared Music -- posted at: 10:54pm CDT
Tue, 27 October 2009
So its been awhile since I uploaded anything. But forget that and listen to this. Mississippi Records and Canary Records just released a vinyl only compilation called String of Pearls: A Collection of International 78's. On it is an 1946 release by Shalom Katz entitled Eil Malei Rachmim. It's breathtakingly powerful. According to the liner notes, Shalom was a Holocaust survivor and had been slated for execution. While digging his own grave, he supposedly sang this song and it stirred the guards so much that they postponed his execution. He was able to survive the war beyond that and emigrated to the USA following the war.
I know old 78rpm Jewish folk tunes are not the rage these days, but you have to hear this.
Shalom Katz - Eil Malei Rachmim 
Category:Shared Music -- posted at: 5:24pm CDT
Mon, 4 May 2009
UPDATE: Smeg Pole from The Scrotum Poles has asked me to pull down a couple of these songs. I hope to continue sharing the rest and will update again in a few days.
The Scrotum Poles were a punk band from Dundee, Scotland and they had one real release, a 5 song EP called Revelation that came out in 1980 and its just about perfect.
Check it out here - [Closed Link] The Scrotum Poles - Revelation EP
1. Why Don't You Come Out Tonight?
2. Night Train
3. Pick The Cat's Eyes Out
4. Helicopter Honeymoon
5. Radio Tay
Its about as simple and wonderful as pop-punk can get at that time period.
Category:Shared Music -- posted at: 3:03pm CDT
Mon, 30 March 2009
I caught Alabama band, Thomas Function, the other night at the Replay Lounge here in Lawrence and had a blast. They have a relatively new 7" out on Fat Possum Records called Belly of the Beast. Its a wonderful little pop diddy that reminds me of older perfected Poster Children. Check it out.
They also just started a very long European tour and I'm sure they'd love you to come out to a show if you live on that side of the pond.
Thomas Function - Belly of the Beast (MP3)
Category:Shared Music -- posted at: 10:21pm CDT
Thu, 26 February 2009
I've completely fallen in love with older gospel from the post war period that more or less is categorized as sanctified blues and soul and this love stems entirely from discovering the gospel compilations on Mississippi Records. MR only does vinyl and is a current obsession of mine.
Now last year, they released the LP, Life Is a Problem and I flipped my lid over it. It was probably my favorite release of all last year.
And here's why -
The Crumb Brothers - Seat In the Kingdom [MP3]
(This song is unf__king-believable. The lead vocalist is a 10yr old boy named Sugar and he will devastate you)
Other stand outs on the LP included
Elder Charles Beck - Rock & Roll Sermon 1 & 2 [MP3]
Rev. Lonnie Farris - A Night in the House Of Prayer [MP3]
Tom Dutson - Lil' School Song [MP3]
and for a very limited 1st Pressing, MR included a 7" Bonus with the LP that was
George 'Bongo' Coleman - This Old World is in a Terrible Condition [MP3]
THEN THIS YEAR, MR put out a followup LP, Oh Graveyard, You Can't Hold Me Always. And it was just as mind-blowingly wonderful as the 1st LP. This music will make you feel unlike anything else.
From OGYCHMA -
Mosby Family Singers - Eternal Life [MP3]
Laura Rivers - That's Alright [MP3]
James Carter & The Mighty Stars - You Don't Know [MP3]
Silver Quintette - Sinner's Crossroads [MP3]
Even if you've never enjoyed gospel, please give this music a listen. It's so worth it and next week I'll upload that awesome face-melting grindcore I've been listening to.
Category:Shared Music -- posted at: 11:09pm CDT
Wed, 24 December 2008
Thought I'd pop on real quick at Xmas time with a treat for you.
Black Christmas are a wonderful instrumental rock band from Lawrence, KS and they have a new album called "By Way of Decay" thats splendid in every genuine way. I recommend the warm sound of it on vinyl. Here's a cut from the A side for you entitled The Black Heva.
Black Christmas - The Black Heva (192 kbps MP3)
RIYL: Mogwai, GYBE, Bardo Pond.
Contact them to grab a copy before it's gone.
Black Christmas Myspace.
Category:Shared Music -- posted at: 9:37am CDT
Wed, 3 September 2008
So I watched Lásky jedné plavovlásky (Loves of a Blonde) the other night. It's Milos Forman's breakout Czech film before he graced our shores here in the US. The film was genuine and nice, but what I couldn't get out of my head was the opening song played live acoustically by a woman who wasn't even a character in the storyline. She just appears and pounds out this rocking tune on the guitar and then the story starts. I can't read Czech, but I think that Evžen Illín wrote the song. If you know, let me in on it.
I ripped this MP3 straight from the DVD.
Evžen Illín - Lásky jedné plavovlásky (Loves of a Blonde) [MP3]
Category:Shared Music -- posted at: 8:07pm CDT
Sun, 22 June 2008
The Lawrence based band Mammoth Life self-released their debut Kaleidoscopic Art Pop back around Christmas time. Since then I've been listening to it relentlessly. Please give this a listen and then do yourself a favor and go out and get the album on iTunes or at CD Baby or better yet, get your local record store to order it for you. Its a spectacular piece of pop masterwork.
Mammoth Life - To Suffer For Passion
Category:Shared Music -- posted at: 2:14pm CDT
Mon, 9 June 2008
So its a slow Monday and I was going through a stack of ol' bootlegs and I started listening to Kid Koala live in 2003 at the Knitting Factory and it made my day. I'm in a really great mood now all b/c Koala. I have talked before about how distinctly unique Eric San, ie Kid Koala, is. Watching him live is a remarkable time. I can't recommend it enough.
This is Downward Spiral recorded live March 29, 2003 at the Knitting Factory. (MP3)
Its a bootleg, but LastFM hosts the bootleg for sale here. I assume Koala gets the profits. right?
Category:Shared Music -- posted at: 1:33pm CDT
Sun, 6 April 2008
The Kinetiks are an awesome four piece band from here in Lawrence, KS that my friend Sara introduced to me. They put a 5 song EP out last year called Music History. Its easily got some of the best album art that came out last year and those tasty tangy tunes to match.
This song is my favorite - Bully (MP3)
Grab their album for a mere 5 clams. Just contact em via their Myspace site.
Category:Shared Music -- posted at: 10:49pm CDT