From the album Ugly Musick.
Soul Jazz Records have announced the release on a new Studio One compilation: “Studio One Jump-Up“, featuring killer tracks by The Skatalites, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Derrick Morgan, Lord Creator, The Maytals,
Lester Sterling, Count Ossie and more.
Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd first began recording music in the late 1950s, making one-off records to play on his Downbeat Sound System. These ‘exclusive dup-plates’ enabled him to reign supreme in the regular dancehall soundclashes of Kingston, fighting off the competition from rivals including Duke Reid the Trojan and Prince Buster. This new album traces the roots of the legendary label as it created the sound of the young independent Jamaican nation going into the early 1960s.
Sir Coxsone used only the finest musicians in Jamaica for these recordings, including players that would later become known worldwide as the Skatalites: Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Ernest Ranglin, Rico Rodriguez, Cluett Johnson and others. As fans clamoured to get a copy of these ‘one-off’ exclusive records, Clement Dodd eventually decided to start making them available commercially starting in 1959, and so began the birth of an empire.
The Quash Wagon Reclusion writes: “No questions regarding the location of the projects and/or the identity of band members will be answered.” Oh, well OK then, we’ll just listen.
Hijos del Culto (Sons of the Cult in Spanish) is a surf band from Lima, Perú. Their music is a mix of surf rock with black/death metal and their first EP is out now:
Kim Fowley, the eccentric music producer and Svengali who created and managed the all-female rock group the Runaways in the 1970s and worked with everyone from Frank Zappa to KISS, died Thursday after a long battle with bladder cancer. He was 75.
Fowley was at least as colorful as any of the musicians he worked with going back to the 1960s in L.A., where a vibrant rock music scene attracted many of the most creative and most idiosyncratic characters imaginable.
Fowley, born July 21, 1939, in Los Angeles to actor-parents Douglas Fowley and Shelby Payne, scored his first chart success producing the 1960 single “Cherry Pie” for Gary Paxton and Skip Battin, aka Skip & Flip. Fowley continued working with Paxton when they created the Hollywood Argyles band, which charted a No. 1 hit, also in 1960, with the song “Alley Oop.”
He went on to write or produce songs for a range of musicians including the Byrds, the Beach Boys, Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, Gene Vincent, Helen Reddy and Warren Zevon. He also recorded a string of solo albums under his own name.
“We are a three piece that pretends to be faceless aliens who have to go planet to planet to avoid another alien race that Bio engineer space creature like the “Lazertüth” and in the process the faces of the creatures on the planets because we get high off of them.”
Sloth Baby & the Land Pirates are an ensemble of fertile minds from Morristown NJ who make music for the masses. Here is their latest video, for your dancing and viewing pleasure:
Graig and Larry Nybo are lifelong fans of Space Age Pop-maestro Esquivel. They discovered his music as kids when their mom brought home a box of Lps from a garage sale. They spun his records until the grooves wore off, choreographing dances, acting out scenarios with action figures.
Putting together a show playing Esquivel’s music was a dream which recently came true at the Gangrene Film Festival. Here’s a video from the very first performance by Sparkling Planet, playing the music of Juan Garcia Esquivel:
Chicago based Lowdown Brass Band will release a new album, “Lowdown Sounds”, on September 19.
Featuring a line-up of sousaphone, trumpets, trombones, saxophones and percussion, Lowdown Brass Band utilizes the classic instrumentation of traditional southern brass bands. By adding modern influences of soul, funk, R&B, reggae and hip hop, Lowdown Brass Band creates an exciting synthesis of the old and the new- even recruiting R&B legend Roy Ayers to sing on their version of ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine.’
More info at lowdownbrassband.com.
Twink is the toy piano band of Mike Langlie, an artist and musical mad scientist living near Boston (USA). One day Mike found an old toy piano in a thrift store and fell in love with its charming, off-kilter tones. Soon more little pianos followed him home and a fun new project was born.
On September 30 Twink will release a new album: “Critter Club”. We already got our hands on a copy of the CD and it’s even more fun than the previous release, “Happy Houses“. Highly recommended if you like your toy pianos mixed with electronica, whistles, violins, tubas and English horns.
Cherry Red Records recently released “Exotica Classics”, a two CD set comprising of five original masterpieces of the exotica genre. Amongst connoisseurs (hey, that’s us!) the albums by Miriam Burton, Bob Romeo, Buddy Collette and Frank Hunter have acquired great mystique both because of their rarity and their sheer class.
The included albums are:
Miriam Burton – African Lament
Bob Romeo – Aphrodisia
The Buddy Collette Septet with Marni Nixon – Polynesia
Frank Hunter – White Goddess
Ahmad Jamal – Macanudo
Full track listing and ordering info here.
Fourteen artists from all around the world collaborated with each other to make some music. The twist is they did it without knowing who they where collaborating with. They just sent AFA their unfinished songs, and they assigned those songs to other artists to finish it. The resulting album is now available as a free download. It’s fun!