Monday, May 30, 2011

Meet Rodolfo - Compiled by eL Stinkeyes

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 - Os Brasas (1968)

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 - Born to Be with You (1975)

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

The Main Ingredient - L.T.D. - (1970)

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

Miles Davis - Water Babies (1976)

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?