Monday, September 20, 2010


update: re-upped, link fixed.

Mary J. Blige—You Bring Me Joy (E-Smoove's Dub Mix)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Now Playing

I can't remember under what circumstances I picked up Playing by Old and New Dreams except that it was in the last 2 years and I slept on it until recently. The group consists of Don Cherry, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell, all former Ornette Coleman associates, recorded live in Austria, June 1980. Been enjoying the hell out of this one for a month or two now, especially "Mopti."

Old and New Dreams—Mopti

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sonny & Linda

Bless 4 Men With Beards for their service to mankind over the last decade or so, and especially for Sonny Sharrock's Black Woman. Here's the title track from that, with his wife, Linda Sharrock. It's one of about 5 songs that have made me cry at least once.

Sonny Sharrock—Black Woman

Monday, August 9, 2010

Motor City Madness

Stuttgart's Danilo Plessow has been making tunes for several years now as Motor City Drum Ensemble, and his feeling-back/looking-forward style hits the right buttons all around. "Got it" is no exception. From E11 ep on Prime Numbers, which also includes nice cuts from Mr. Scruff & Kaidi Tatham and Andres. Definitely worth a listen.

Motor City Drum Ensemble—Got It

Friday, July 9, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

disco earworm friday

This chorus has been stuck in my head for days and I don't mind a bit. Now it's your turn. From Odyssey's Hang Together (1980).
Odyssey—Follow Me (Play Follow the Leader)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

To Rococo Rot have a new album out. I've not heard it yet, but based on what I've read from some like-minded folks, I may have to break my To Rococo drought. It was recorded at Faust's studio in the south German countryside with input from Faust's Hans-Joachim Irmler. Hard to resist. In the meantime, here's what is still my favorite TRR tune, from 1997's Paris 25 ep. It's one of those right time right place tunes for me, one that really changed how I listen to and make music, and it still holds up for me more than a decade later.

To Rococo Rot—Lift (Denso)