Thursday, June 30, 2011

Nova Bossa: Red Hot on Verve

The Red Hot Organization just put out Red Hot and Rio 2 on Tuesday - it's a mix of newer and older artists (Brazilian and non-Brazilian) covering 60s and 70s Tropicalia tunes. I just downloaded it today, so I've only had the chance to listen to a few songs (which were quite good, btw). The first Red Hot and Rio is still available as a download, but the companion cd Nova Bossa: Red Hot on Verve, which is pretty much a Brazilian super-hits (in the best sense of the term) of the 60s and 70s is completely out of print. Now, I'm sure, even if you're not a Brazilian music fan, you've heard some of the cuts (yes, The Girl from Ipanema is on there), but, well, ....... I'll put it this way - it's a great introduction to Brazilian music even if you don't need an introduction.

A Felicidade Agostinho Dos Santos
Agua De Beber Astrud Gilberto & Antonio Carlos Jobim
Interlude #1 Various Artists
The Girl From Ipanema Stan Getz & João Gilberto
Bim Bom João Gilberto
Insensatez Stan Getz & Luiz Bonfá
Bicho Do Mato Walter Wanderly
Mas Que Nada Tamba Trio
Interlude #2 Various Artists
Surfboard Roberto Menescal E Seu Conjunto
Interlude #3 Various Artists
Desafinado Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd
Interlude #4 Various Artists
After Sunrise Sergio Mendes
Consolacao Baden Powell
Upa Neguinho Edu Lobo
Interlude #5 Various Artists
Superbacana Caetano Veloso
Interlude #6 Various Artists
Aquele Abraco Gilberto Gil
Interlude #7 Various Artists
Agua de Marco Elis Regina & Antonio Carlos Jobim
Corcovado Stan Getz & João Gilberto

Thursday, June 23, 2011

'Bout Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys

Don't get me wrong. I dig Big Sandy's rockabilly, western swing and country stuff. And they're still a great live band even without a pedal steel player (just saw 'em a couple of weeks ago). But, man, it's Big Sandy's crooning that I like the most (just check out The Night is for Dreamers and Dedicated to You on this comp). Well, I can always hope that he'll put out his crooner album when he gets a little older. Speaking of albums, if you're new to Big Sandy, I'd definitely start with It's Time. After that, you can't really go wrong with any of his stuff (or the mostly instrumental album the Fly-Rite Boys put out).

Power of the 45 (Pt. 1) Big Sandy And His Fly-Rite Boys
Draggen-It Boogie Big Sandy And The Fly-Rite Trio
Backdoor Dan Big Sandy & the Fly Rite Boys
Steel Crazy Biller & Wakefield
46-24-46 Big Sandy w/ The Martini Kings
The Night Is For Dreamers Big Sandy And His Fly-Rite Boys
Catalina Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys
Silent Partner Big Sandy and Los Straitjackets
Honky Tonk Queen Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
Chica Alborotada Los Straitjackets (w/Big Sandy)
Hot Water Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
Jake's Barber Shop Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
Playgirl Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
D. of L. Boogie Fly Rite Boys
Dedicated to You Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
My Sinful Days Are Over Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
Let Her Know Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys

Thursday, June 16, 2011

All That Funky Stuff - Volume 2

As promised, here's volume 2 of my pop/funk/disco/punk compilation.

That's Not My Name The Ting Tings
Don't Give Up Noisettes
Good Beat Deee-Lite
Funky Stuff Lizzy Mercier Descloux
Dance or Die Janelle Monáe
Sugar Ladytron
The Man with the 4-Way Hips Tom Tom Club
Walking In The Rain Grace Jones
Shove It (Feat. Spankrock) Santogold
Stuck to You Nikka Costa
Listen Up! Gossip
Don't Bring Me Down Labelle
Space Children Labelle
Call Me Blondie

Thursday, June 9, 2011

All That Funky Stuff

When working out at my gym this past winter, I frequently became a tad anguished by the music they would blast. Part of my annoyance was the choice of songs as well as the fact that I'd hear the same ones (Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" was probably the main culprit) over and over. I realize the radio station (and the gym) aren't targeting my age demographic, but, well, .... I still wish they'd play some different music. In the spirit of being constructive, here's my alternative - a female artists pop, funk, punk, disco mashup of sorts. I'll put up volume 2 next week.

(P.S. I apologize for the name - I couldn't think of anything else. :)

On The Line Again Tom Tom Club
I Sweat (Going Through the Motions) Nona Hendryx
Say Aha Santogold
Hanging on the Telephone Blondie
Rapture Blondie
The Count Of Monte Christo Noisettes
Shut Up And Let Me Go The Ting Tings
How Do You Say...Love Deee-lite
Hard-Boiled Babe Lizzy Mercier Descloux
Dimestore Diamond Gossip
Everybody Got Their Something Nikka Costa
L' Éléphant Tom Tom Club
Get You Somebody New - Labelle
Faster Janelle Monáe

Thursday, June 2, 2011

In the Winner's Circle With Paul Burch

I do realize the blog's been a little heavy on the alternative country lately, but I couldn't resist posting a Paul Burch mixtape tonight. Maybe it's just because his stuff is just made for sitting on a porch in the summer (not that I've lived in a place with a porch since college). And if you're a newbie to Mr. Burch, all his records are still available for purchase. (I recommend, in particular, Pan-American Flash, Wire to Wire, and Fool For Love.)

Winner's Circle
Life of a Fool
Can't Go Back To Baton Rouge
The Pilgrim (Chapter 33)
Waiting for My Ship
Mama Shoo'd the Blackbirds
Daddy Rhythm Guitar
Little Glass Of Wine
Carter Cain
Saturday Night Jamboree
Drifting Texas Sand
Baby I Ain't Gotta Do That No More
Living, Forgiving
Lovesick Blues Boy
How Do I Know?