“They did a hell of a lot of drugs back in the 60’s / 70’s.” That’s what I remember my dude Big Stacks saying when we were talking about the rock band America‘s AM Gold hit “Tin Man” over on my play sister Venereum’s favorite message board Soulstrut.com. Well, if America was on that good, I think Juarez was on something a little bit worse than good. Man, I don’t know WHAT the hell Juarez was on.
Juarez was an obscure rock band who put out a self titled LP on Decca back in 1970 (and it’s pretty cheap if you want that vinyl– MP3s are even cheaper, but the choice is yours like a Dres and Mr. Lawnge song). There may be some info about them somewhere online but I couldn’t find any (I googled them and searched vigorously for about 20 seconds… nada), so you’ll have to find that info on your own. But I had this album sitting on my shelves since the mid 90’s and I always liked this one song, “St. Mary’s Railroad”. Partially because there was a little breakdown I thought might make for decent MPC fodder but mainly because it’s just a sick song. Sick as in ill, dope, fresh, totally awesome but also sick as in this sh*t is kinda weird. So when I started grabbing records and throwing them on the platter while making my Soulman“The Truth Is Forever” rock record mix back in 2009 I came across the Juarez album and said “oh, HELL yeah” and set it aside to save it for the closer.
Somebody waaay deeper ( and waaay more shroomed out) than me could probably tell you exactly what Juarez is talking about on this song- I really don’t know, and don’t care to psychoanalyze it that intently to decipher the madness. But I love lines like “put your husband on the shelf / give your wife to someone else / and ask them if they really know the difference” and “we would love to see you naked / while your angels laugh behind their crucifix”. And the chorus- “I am not what reason tells you / I am different / you’re a fool and I will laugh at you forever”… man, i want that written on my tombstone. Like I said, I don’t know what it’s all about but I know genius material when I hear it.
That “Truth Is Forever” mix was very well received, albeit a little controversial because I knowingly went off of my well beaten break mix path and played some outside-that-box-y’all-wanna-put-me-in stuff. A number of songs garnered more than a few “Soulman, what’s that song you played…?” questions- “St. Mary’s Railroad” definitely was among the most asked about tunes. So if you didn’t know before, now you know.
Haven’t done one of these in awhile (and looking at my blog stats it seems that the Headphone Music posts were some of the most viewed, I guess because the artists and / or songs featured in the content came up in more Google searches than your typical obscure THAT REAL SCHITT post). Anyway, let’s get to it as I let y’all know what I’ve been rockin’ on my iPhone and iPad recently (the stuff I don’t mind mentioning, anyway… yeah, I’m still on my Secret Squirrel / Morocco Mole for real)- Soundsci – Soundsational lp – fantastic concept featuring only samples from obscure soul man Mike James Kirkland‘s “Don’t Sell Your Soul” anthology (music from back when he was doin’ it as the frontman for Mike And The Censations) and certified real-schitt bars courtesy of super rappers Soundsci. Really good rhyming and production on pretty much every single song- no fast forwarding necessary. FIrst Words – All Day Breakfast lp – another great project from the producer who must never sleep Jorun Bombay. Feel-good rap schitt, like eating bacon for every meal. Another one where every song is nice but my joints would be “Bamtronix” and especially “Norma Loves Her Gin”. Seeds Of Fulfillment – self titled lp – One of those little obscure albums in my collection that’s damn good but doesn’t get mentioned by many people. 70’s jazz with a smooth sound (as opposed to “smooth jazz” – there’s a difference), I just put it in digital form before I sold it and gave it a good listen probably for the first time in all the fifteen years or so that I had it. Might not be everybody’s thing, but this is the kind of stuff I play while I’m cleaning the house on a Saturday. Total Experience – Contradiction Superior Elevation – Don’t Let Go Babe Diddy’s featuring Paige Douglas -My Special Love Rabbits & Carrots – Soul Latino lp Peter Wolf – A Change In My Life lp Ghettosocks – Everyday Apocalypse featuring Timbuktu – Two of my favorite emcees ripping an insane track by The Process (Jonny Cuba and Ollie Teeba 2/5’s of the aforementioned Soundsci) totally to shreds. And thanks for the instro Ollie! Kanye West – Yeezus lp – Yeah, I’m sayin’ it. I know a lot of people, be they mainstream or underground rap fans, are NOT feelin’ Ye’s latest experiment. For various reasons. I’m gonna tell you, I really believe history is gonna look at this album differently than people are seeing it / hearing it right now. Maybe I just like it when people make music that screams “I don’t give a F*** what y’all think about it!”, which Kanye clearly did NOT when he put out an album like “Yeezus”. And I respect when people have the courage to take music to new uncharted territories, and I ABSOLUTELY feel that Ye, with the very important help of the legendary Rick Rubin, did that here. Is the result something that you really want to listen to? I don’t know, maybe not. But I like where this record is coming from- time will only tell where it ends up going as far as history is concerned. DJ Format & Phill Most Chill – The Foremost lp – oops, probably not supposed to mention this yet. Yikes! Oh well, y’all better get ready for it because it’s gonna be caving your whole world in very soon. VERY soon. Get ready. And in case you didn’t know already- DJ Format is a BEAST. Kendrick Lamar’s verse that everybody was talking about on whatever that song was – Actually, no, this wasn’t in my headphones in mid- September or any other time. Just thought I’d mention it since everybody else had something to say about it- I didn’t want to be left out of the party. No dis to Kendrick, he’s a very talented dude (no old man hate here).
As seen on my man Skeme Richard‘s “The Nostalgia King” blog (HIGHLY recommended, which goes without saying): A very cool YouTube featuring Dan McLewin of the production duo Psychemagik hippin’ the internets to ten of his favorite Psych records. If you know me you know I’m lovin’ this. (By the way, also diggin’ my g’s Aztec print shirt… is that ‘Lo? Reminds me I gotta do a post on my ‘Lo collection one of these days.)
And while we’re on the subject, let me hop into my pimped out Delorean and go back in time and do something I used to do but haven’t done much lately- give my own little list of records to catch (or download illegally… it is 2013, after all).
THE SOULMAN: TEN PSYCH RECORDS THAT I LIKE (OR PROG OR FOLK OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT… I REALLY DON’T KNOW, IT ALL JUST SOUNDS LIKE MUSIC BY WHITE FOLKS TO ME)
BLACK WIDOW – Black Widow ABSTRACT TRUTH – Silver Trees TWINK – Think Pink MOVING GELATINE PLATES – Moving Gelatine Plates RAW MATERIAL – Raw Material SOFT SOUL TRANSITION – S.S.T. THE HUMAN BEAST – Volume One ZAKARRIAS – Zakarrias THE GHOST – When You’re Dead For One Second TREES – On The Shore
“Can’t you take it, honey / bot watching dah sky, now / woh right”… or something like that. Trio Galleta was a soul / rock band formed in 1969 in Mar del Pla… oh, the hell with it, I’m not typing all that sh*t out. Read it for yourself at this Wikipedia page. I used to do a lot of collecting breaks, as you may or may not know, and one of my specialties for a minute was catching covers of songs with breaks, primarily covers from countries other than the US of A. One of them was this version of the Syl Johnson sureshot “Different Strokes” by Argentinian band Trio Galleta. More than the break, though, what I love about this record is how lead singer Carlos Iturbide obviously doesn’t speak a lick of English but he does his best to phonetically sound out the lyrics, sometimes with pretty laughable results. Stuff like “do the shinga-lay and the forky foreplay” beats a drumbreak any day for me (but please don’t misunderstand, I still loves me some drumbreaks). Like I said above, please feel free to read more about Trio Galetta at that Wiki page (which kinda butchers the English language a little bit too, but it’s all good) and after you’re done over there go on and find their albums somewhere online and download them all illegally! That’s what I did.
I still get a lot of emails asking me about how to buy my many Soulman and Archaeologists Classics CDs… the only one I still have original copies of is Neva Stop Diggin’ (and I don’t have many of those). Everything else is out of print, but you can still get ’em if you don’t mind CD-Rs and no cover art (I do still print out the song lists for the Best Of Archaeologists CDs). Here is the info, read carefully because there are some titles listed below that are available but are not listed in the picture above:
OUT OF PRINT CD-R’S(available without cover or label art- $10)
Soulman Philladelphia Beat Mission
Soulman Plays The Hits (a.k.a. “Soulman 6”)
Soulman A Whole New Way Of Walking (modern soul, disco & r&b)
Soulman The Truth Is Forever
Soulman – Beautiful (soft psych rock)
Soulman – Beautiful 2 (more soft psych rock)
Soulman – Come To Me Softly
Soulman – Lovers And Friends (sweet soul)
Soulman – Santa Claus Is A Soulman (funky xmas music and breaks)
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- Soulman’s Crate Classics (More Choice Joints)
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- Higher Heights (More Jazz Joints)
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- Soulful (Soul Joints)
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- Instrumentality
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- From The Rock Section
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- Soulman’s Choice Joints
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- Funk 45 Joints
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- Highest Pleasure (Jazz Joints)
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- Coolin’ (Laid Back Rock, Soul & EZ Joints)
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- Do What You Gotta Do (Soul And Dance Joints)
Best Of Archaeologists Classics- More Funk 45s
OUT OF PRINT DOUBLE CD-R’S (available without cover or label art- $20)
Soulman World Of Beats Vol. 2- Dig It! (plus Vol. 2.5 The Classics)
Soulman World Of Beats Vol. 3- Off The Meatrack (plus Vol. 3 1/2 Bonus Beats)
STILL IN PRINT CD’s ($20)
Soulman Neva Stop Diggin’
$270 for all 24 cds
Note: all of the Best Of Archaeologists cds are compilations with songs played in their entirety and come with song lists; most of the Soulman cds are mixes and none of them come with song lists.
You can listen to sound clips from some of these cds on the “ill tapes” page on my site worldofbeats.com.
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Since I don’t do much posting on this blog any longer I’m very late with this, but listening to my man Matthew Africa and his man DJ B.Cause‘s Soul Boulders 2 mix the other day reminded me to post this. If you heard the first Soul Boulders joint a few years back (2005 to be exact) you can rest assured that this is more of the same- “slow, funky soul burners” indeed. Read more about the mix and get info on how to purchase it (yes, purchase it… support the music if you like the music so maybe you might get more of the music, nahmean?)by going to Matthew’s blog I Wish You Would and until you actually order it and receive it you can listen to a sample right down below. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Those of you familiar with my Soulman “The Truth Is Forever” and “Beautiful” mixes may know that I am a big fan of the Hendrickson Road House album from 1970, one of the great holy grails of the psych / folk rock world. Through this very blog I was lucky enough to meet the singer / songwriter / guitarist / creator of this amazing record, Sue Akins (actually spelled “Eakins” but changed for the album so that people would get the pronunciation correct). Even got to interview Sue a while back- unfortunately my unwieldy daily schedule (you know, that burdensome encumbrance that keeps me from regularly updating THAT REAL SCHITT) hasn’t afforded me the time to transcribe the full interview as of yet. Luckily I don’t think Sue (who is just a wonderful woman and has become a good friend of mine) is gonna hold it against me that she may have ended up wasting a couple hours of her time answering a bunch of questions from a Hip Hop dude straight outta Philly, questions and answers that unfortunately may never see the light of day. Well, it was a great experience and an honor for me to be able to talk to the person behind one of my favorite albums, and I’m still gonna try to finish transcribing everything and run the interview right here whenever I can do it (I just know I’m such a bum when it comes to stuff like this that I can’t say when I’ll get it done, but I’m gonna try). Meanwhile, please check out Sue’s Swan Fungus interview, which honestly covers pretty much everything I did and then some. Anyway, all of this is to inform those that may be interested that the Hendrickson Road House lp reissue is officially a reality- no vinyl as of yet but the 100% legit CD on Wooden Hill is now available for pre-orders via Amazon,Amazon UK and Amazon Japan too. I’ve already pre-ordered one for self, but I also got an advance copy a minute ago and it sounds real nice (with six bonus tracks- my personal fave being “Beachcomber”, a tune that right now I can’t get out of my head). The cover and booklet design is on point as well- as I told Sue, Wooden Hill did an excellent job and gave this album the proper reissue treatment that it deserves, something that I really hoped would happen and gratefully it did. Plus I got a shout out in the credits too! Thanks, Sue.