What's funny about these lost soundtracks is that when you listen to the audio, they sound amazing and full of imagery, kind of like reading a book. Then when you see the movie, most of the time you're let down, but never the less, this is a great album.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Here's a great reissue compilation album featuring Italy's greater but lesser known film composer's of the time. Alessandroni is the famous whistler of Morricone fame, but he also composed, played fuzzy guitar and led one of the premiere vocal ensembles in Italy, which introduced Morricone to Edda Dell' Orso. Orlandi is one of the rare female composers of the era. She's bad too.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
When I tell you that your album is dominating my "Sleep" playlist, please take it as one of the highest compliments.
Early eighties ambient aquatically themed concept album. Bubbly, oceanic, regressive submersion back into the womb which we came from.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Here's a little compilation I made this summer right after I scored a bad ass Casio at a thrift store for a steal I tells ya. It mainly stays in the synth-based electronic/electro-rock realm with some rock with synth cameos.
1.) Umberto - Temple Room
2.) Kraftwerk - The Model
3.) Nowhere - Snowy Red
4.) Crash Course in Science - Cardboard Lamb
5.) Broadcast - Black Cat
6.) Sparks - My Other Voice
7.) Nine Circles - Twinkling Stars
8.) Twice A Man - Decay
9.) Liasons Dangereus - Los Ninos Del Porque
10.) Grupo Maravilla - Danza Bruja Danza
11.) Suicide - Shadazz
12.) Bernard Fevre - Dali
13.) Pink Industry - Time For A Chance
14.) Zomby - Strange Fruit
15.) James Pants - Seven Seals Theme
16.) Saga - On The Loose
17.) Prince and The Revolution - I Would Die For You
18.) Selda - Yaylalar
Yep. That's right. This is as weird and awesome as that album cover up there. If you're familiar with the whole Bollywood thing, then you already know what's in store here but this one got some cool eighties "new wave" synth and drum machine action happening.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Pure Analog synths and drum machines ranging from 8bit sounding game music to Italo horror soundtracks to proto electronic dance music. Fevre goes by the moniker of Black Devil Disco Club these days.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Here's the latest installment from Woodgrain's Mixtape Series. "Heat & Meat" commemorates the record breaking 70 odd days of triple digit temperatures down in Austin, Tx. and their new EP. Available now here and there. Vinyl drops soon on their maiden voyage to the west coast in September.
1.) Sun Ra - The Bridge
2.) Harry Nillson - Jump Into The Fire
3.) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Long Hot Summer Nights
4.) Captain Beefheart - Hot Head
5.) Orchestre Poly-ryhtmo de Cotonou - Noude Ma Gnin Tche de Min
6.) Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Fire In The Zoo
7.) Roger Webb & Keith Grant - The Bends
8.) Roger Roger - Safari Park
9.) Electric Light Orchestra - One Summer Dream
10.) Mandre - Solar Flight (Opus I)
11.) Kool & The Gang - Summer Madness
12.) Turzi - Brasilia
13.) Eliot Lipp - Beyond The City
14.) Unknown Artist - Headay Sky
I was already a Sun Ra fan before I heard this compilation and that was why I was so surprised when I first heard it. In a nutshell, these discs span his career of released 45's on his Saturn label from the fifties through the late seventies but here's the catch, its mainly R&B! I use that label loosely. We kick off in the doo-wop world with songs about love, foggy london towns, and the Christmas holidays, then on to some pseudo Screamin' Jay Hawkins R&B numbers about somebodies' fetish for big, ugly women, some Phil Spector style girl group action, some raw roadhouse blues numbers and eventually land in solo synth pieces. All of this with sprinkles of Sun Ra's signature "Supersonic Jazz" compositions and vocal pieces about his adoration for the cosmos dispersed through out this collection. A must have for any Sun Ra head.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Finally got my Ableton software back up and running and automatically made this skin tight mixtape of vintage world psyche. Who knows what these guys are singing about? Who cares? Don't really feel like writing out a track list right now but i can tell you get at least 20 jams in about a hour.
Thats good, BTW.
1.) Novos Bahianos - Globo Do Morto
2.) Fabio - Lindo Sonho Delirante (LSD)
3.) Ana Y Jaime - Nina Nana
4.) M. Ashraf - Life Hai Kuch Dinon Ki (Nevermind)
5.) Pastor T.L. Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir - Ever Since
6.) Zia - Heleyos
7.) Jeanne Marie Sens - Tape Tape Tape
8.) Tomorrow - The Incredible Journey of Timothy Chase
9.) Alessandro Alessandroni - Devil's Nightmare
10.) Rodolfo Aicardi con Los Liricos - Naila
11.) Los Pasteles Verdes - Baby
12.) Wanda Jackson - Searchin'
13.) Siluetler - Lorke Lorke
14.) Erkin Koray - Hor Gorme Garibi
15.) Os Brasas - Nao Va Me Dexiar
16.) Mavil Isiklar - Iyi Dusun Tusin
17.) Quarteto Nova Era - De Repente
18.) Rodolfo - Has Regresando Viejo Amigo
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Afrocentric musical cosmology from the Motown label. Andre Lewis blends the funky seventies with cosmic synth tones creating baby making music for planets.
Fun Fact: The first person to compose and perform under a futuristic persona that always wore a helmet.
Kinda like these guys:
Here's one out of eight-something volumes of all girl, all underground garage groups from way back when. A little twang, a little fuzz and a whole lot of female attitude. Dare I say it, adorable.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Not much is known about Bruno Nicolai except that he went to school with Ennio Morricone and then worked for him, Nino Rota and other bigwig Italian composers scoring spaghetti westerns, dramas, and horror flicks. Here's a great giallo soundtrack back when the genre was at its peak in the early seventies.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Ungawa first appeared as a command that Tarzan used to communicate with that cute lil' monkey named Cheetah. And now it's here as a great radio show that airs Sundays in Belgium. If it's old, obscure, weird, lo-fi, etc. it has or will be played here. I came across this through myspace years ago somehow and managed to catch a point where you could download past shows but alas, nevermore. Here are the first four broadcasts.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
New band alert! From Kansas City, Mo., we present to you Umberto. Yes, that album cover looks like a lot of those Dario Argento/Goblin productions from the early Seventies and yes, they sound just like that. These guys have no shame and go for the gusto with evil washes of synth with a electronic lean. Highly recommended for fans of Goblin, Italo-horror cinephiles, and electro/synth rock.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
This is the Elvis that I dig the most; before he was crowned "King", before he graced the silver screen, before sweaty fat jumpsuits. This is when the owner of Sun Studios, Sam Phillips, heard Elvis' demo some songs, signed him, and just by chance decided to press record when his band was rehearsing at the studio that day. It's his first recordings ever. Very essential to rock n' roll right here.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Kids, meet Senor Rodolfo Aicardi. He's a Columbian singer known for his ballads and boleros but also his versatility as well. I got hip to this guy by my old buddy over at Level One Studios.
I was asleep in a van and woke up to this old echoing twangy guitar (dig!) on top of a smooth bolero beat (dig!) and then enters Rodolfo's undeniable voice saturated in some vintage third world reverb. Someone give that man a trophy.
I mean, come on! The guy sits around pictures of himself and plays guitar.
Down below is a compilation hand-picked by yours truly that tries to stay true to his weird fuzzy, psychedelic, hazy ballad period, which by the way was never really accepted in Columbia.
Disco Fuentes owns his catalog.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Os Brasas or The Embers was one of Brazil's finest exports in the 60's that never really saw the light of day outside of the Southern Hemisphere. They managed to recorded one album and a year later broke up and I remember reading somewhere that this LP being "polished" at the time. Usually that refers to the production element of the music but this is a super tape-hissing record, which in it's own right, gives it that nostalgic charm that people bend over backwards for these days in studios all across the land.
Besides that, not much is known about this group due to their lack of longevity.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Dion DiMucci's claim to fame was due to "The Wanderer" and "A Teenager inLove" by Dion & The Belmonts back those sunny doo-wop days of the late 50's and early 60's. Fast forward to the smooth hazy days of the seventies and add 1 Phil Spector, 9 guitarists, 2 basses, 3 drummers, and a orchestra, and we get this forgotten piece of musical history.
Honestly, I'm only into about half of this album but that half, I must say, I am REALLY into. The beginning title track sets the whole feel of the record as the glacial funeral procession tempo parades through all those poor little holes in everyone's heart. Yes, it almost does sound like the ending to every SNL episode but despite the somber mood, it is a gorgeous love song. Almost, a matter of life and death to prove one's love and devotion. A tribute to a eternal bond. Dion's vocals are top-notch, pulsing, cresting between registers all while being carried by that famous Wall of Sound (circa 1970's version). This is totally where J. Spaceman got that Spiritualized dirge from. Too bad he didn't come with the pipes to match.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Just got this a few weeks ago from Joe Blow The Sample King. Who is this Main Ingredient I blog of? Pretty much a one hit wonder R & B vocal group that topped the charts with "Everybody plays The Fool."
Mmmm hmmmm. Remember that one? Me neither.
This is also the pre-Cuba Gooding Sr. era whose son's penultimate acting performance just happens to be, in my opinion
Fuck you "Jerry Mcguire" and fuck to you too Ice Cube.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Don't let the '76 fool ya. This is really a collection of unreleased material starting from the '67 "Nefertiti" sessions up to the "In a Silent Way" period, featuring the classic Miles Davis Quintet transitioning and cross pollenating with the eminent "Bitches Brew" crew. A great insight into a artist's process but then again Miles will always be Miles.
Its rumored that bassist Ron Carter left the group because of the addition of the electric instruments, i.e. the Fender Rhodes. No?
Friday, April 15, 2011
Here's the second album from the enigmatic Frenchman Turzi. Mountains of synths amongst electronic pulses and suspenseful 70's Euro-thriller movie rock. His first album, A, is highly recommended as well, with more of a lean towards the electronic spectrum of music.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Back on my Ennio Morricone tip. Enough of that wannabe euro-trash faux bossa nova lounge shit, here Morricone teams up with the great Brazilian composer Chico Buarque to pour on the drama to the already sultry sounds of bossa nova and samba. Chico is phenomenal on his own, swaying between Italian and Portuguese effortlessly, but when Ennio's in your corner, the bench is full of ringers. Romantic. Introspective. Fantastical.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Long before "Il Maestro" became the legendary film score composer, he was grinding it out in the RCA studios composing and arranging popular music for top Italian recording artist. Here we see Morricone flexing his well-honed chops adding gorgeous strings, quirky spaghetti western instrumentation, and lyrical accompaniment to some pre-existing themes you may recognize. Sophisticated Euro Pop right here people and as far as i know this volume is rare in the vast blogosphere.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
In honor of the passing of Trish Keenan of Broadcast I am posting a mix I made for a cute little tigress of a girl. It starts with a Broadcast tune.
1. Broadcast - Goodbye Girls
2. Artefact - Mae
3. Caribou - Yusef
4. Twin Shadow - When Were Dancing
5. ESG - Come Away
6. Hall and Oates - Crime Pays
7. Guido & M. De Angelis - Il Cittadino Si Ribella
8. Das Ding - Reasssurance
9. Vitor Hublot - Aller Simple
10. Oppenheimer Analysis - Radiance
11. Twin Shadow - I Cant Wait
12. Gonjasufi - Love In Reign (Bear In Heaven Remix)
13. Flying Lotus - Parisian Goldfish
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sixto Diaz Rodriguez never received the credit due to him and he's not getting enough now.
Born of Mexican immigrants in inner city Detroit, Rodriguez paints realities in monochromatics that state the "cold facts" as they appear to almost anyone growing up in urban poverty. I'm not saying this is a downer of a album. It's just not sugar coated and polished as a lot of other music. On the bright side, unbeknownst to him, when he called it quits and became a lowly day laborer, Rodriguez' music reached revolutionary anthemic status for the people of South Africa which then opened the door to his cult status bubbling all around the globe.
Life, love, caste, politics, drugs, whatever, Rodriguez conveys his emotions with a gratuitous grace.
LINK REMOVED BECAUSE EVERYBODY IS TALKING ABOUT RODRIGUEZ THESE DAYS. GO SEE THE MOVIE. BUY HIS ALBUMS.