Wednesday, 28 December 2011

va - Let's Go Calypso! -- Top Singers And Bands From The Bahamas [195?]

"Features King Scratch and the Bay Street Boys, ca. late 1950s. "These two acts," the brief liner notes attest, "have long been favorites in the islands and many a tourist has felt the gay and carefree spell they cast with the charm of their readings and infectious Calypso rhythms. This is as much a part of the islands as the palm trees or lovely beaches." Despite a preponderance of cruiseship standards (e.g., "Marianne," "Sly Mongoose," "Jamaica Farewell," "Donkey Wants Water"), the performances are refreshingly "native" and highlighted by raucous percussion. Meaning, these recordings were not prettied up for export." [I. Chusid]

Here lives it.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

va - Drums Of Bora Bora & Songs Of Tahiti [1956]

Side A is a collection of drum rhythms from a team of percussionists from Bora Bora who won an annual Bastille Day contest in Papeete. Side B brings some songs of the Tahitians. I decided to swap the two sides, because I think there's more to the songs than to the rhythms.

Lovely cover notes I couldn't be arsed to transcribe here tell the story of the contest, and how the teams from Bora Bora always used to win because, living in this paradise island, "with plenty of food on hand - fish, fruit, coconuts, chickens, pigs and poi," they had plenty of time to play.

Here it be: TH

Friday, 23 December 2011

Les Chakachas -- Eso Es El Amor & 11 More Songs On RCA [196x]

"The Chakachas were a group of Belgian-based studio musicians, formed and led by Gaston Boogaerts, who served as the group's arranger. They first appeared during the early '60s, recording a playful mixture of Latin music, jazz, and European-style exotica."

So here we have three early 60's Eps by them. I finally took a bit of time to rip a few records. Get them here.

RCA 75.117
a1 - Eso Es El Amor
a2 - Canalla
b1 - Ma-Ma-Du
b2 - Tou Bou Dou

RCA 75.119
a1 - Guapacha
a2 - Arriba La Conga
b1 - Chouchou
b2 - Pa La Paloma

RCA 75.123
a1 - El Charlatan
a2 - Conga Del Mayorar
b1 - Serenata Negra
b2 - Conga Maye

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Gimme Some Chewing Gum! vinyl rips Vol.1

Here's a selection of 18 songs ripped from my record collection, it includes a lot of 60's R'n'b and Soul-Jazz, some Psychedelic, Reggae or Cajun Zydeco, a couple of experimental soundtracks...

1. Grundig Announcer - Apollo 70 (excerpt)
2. Mel Torme - Right Now
3. Danny Brown - Chewing Gum
4. The Emperors - Karate
5. Nino Ferrer - Les Cornichons
6. Delano Stewart - Dance With Me
7. The Tony Hatch Orchestra - Out Of This World
8. Pierre Henry & Michel Colombier - Jericho Jerk
9. Cannonball Adderley - Why (am I treated so bad)
10. Betty Harris - Ride Your Pony
11. Sun Ra - Tony's Wife
12. Humane Society - Eternal Prison
13. Clifton Chenier - Zydeco Son Pas Sale
14. J.B. Lenoir - I Feel So Good
15. Ko Ko Taylor - Wang Dang Doodle
16. Garnett Mimms - Look Away
17. The Fabulous Playboys - Honky Tonk Woman
18. Kenny Graham & His Satellites - Sunday

Get it here.
(new link)
Vol. 2 to come very soon!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Chega De Saudade Video -- João & Bebel Gilberto

Has to be one of the most beautiful songs ever, here performed live by João and his daughter Bebel.

(Merci Bernard)

Friday, 2 December 2011

Algérie: Mémoires du Raï [Documentary] & Some Myths And Misconceptions About Rai Music [Hawgblawg]

Documentary about Raï, from origins to late-nineties, featuring all the greatest (Cheikh Hamada, Cheikha Rimitti, Blaoui Houari, Bellemou Messaoud, Cheb Khaled, Cheb Mami, Cheb Hasni...), with good history background and live footage. Also nice shots of downtown Oran. Sorry this is in french, but I guess there's enough music for anyone to enjoy it.

Here's the whole 52 min film in very low resolution.

Below is a three parts versian, in decent quality, but with 7 minutes missing at the end.

I would also like to mention this interesting article about raï called "Some Myths And Misconceptions About Rai Music" written by Ted Swedenburg, Professor of Anthropology. Read it on his Blawg.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

va - Գարուն: Garuna (Spring) [Tristes Humanistes Mixtape]

New seasonal (rather out of season actually) mixtape with more minor scales, falling leafs, broken hearts - all the musical beauty in ONE tape.
Sorry for the cover, it is not my best, but I reckon it looks ok once folded up and placed in a tape case.
Now I'm off to Berlin for a while, to see my friend Claire and for a bit of urban debauchery - if you want to know.

1. Komitas Vardapet «Garuna»
2. Bessie Banks «Go Now»
3. Phongsi Woranut «Phit Wang Yang Khoi»
4. T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo «Ako N'Venan Niwa»
5. Pedro Santos «Agua Viva»
6. Mário Rui Silva e Ana Paula «Zeca Camarão»
7. Artur Nunes «Tia»
8. Wilmoth Houdini «Black But Sweet»
9. Roza Eskenazi «Mas Kynigoun Ton Argile»
10. Stellakis Perpiniadhis Anna Pagana «Dhervisis ke Anna»
11. J. Baczkowskiego Orkiestra «Oberek Pulawiak»
12. Reet Hendrikson «Haanja miis»
13. Washington Phillips «Lift Him Up That's All»
14. Elizabeth Cotten «Freight train»
15. Daniel Johnston «Surely you don’t work at night»
16. West Coast Art Experimental Band «I Won't Hurt You»
17. Betty LaVette «Let me Down Easy»
18. Prince Buster «Faith»
19. Komitas Vardapet «Garuna»

The first version of Garuna (track 1) is sung by Komitas' star pupil, Armenak Shahmuradian, with Komitas himself accompanying on piano (thank ya øשl). The second version (track 19) was performed by Anna Parsamyan in my local church.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Los Trovadores del Norte - La Lindera (1964)

Eduardo Gomez

Carlos Pino

Francisco "Pancho" Romero

Sergio "Chato" Ferrer

Bernardo Rubin

'La Lindera'

Download: Lindera

Saturday, 5 November 2011

va - End Of The World Party Vol.03 [Tristes Humanistes]

A new home compilation to keep the feet busy. Will go fine with your favourite whisky and a bunch of sweaty boys and girls.


Thanks to the Baron and the Major who opened my eyes to most of these tracks.

 Download link.

Volume two is here.
Volume one is here.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

va - Goodbye, Babylon [Dust-to-Digital, 2004] [C90 edit]

"In February 1999 a college radio disc jockey named Lance Ledbetter set out on a mission to compile rare and essential recordings of vintage religious music. Four and a half years later the result of this journey was released as a box set called Goodbye, Babylon. The set consists of five CDs featuring 135 Songs (1902-1960) and one CD featuring 25 Sermons (1926-1941). Accompanying the CDs is a 200 page book with Bible verses, complete lyric transcriptions, and notes for each recording. All of the components is reverently packed with raw cotton and housed in a deluxe 8" x 11" x 2.5" cedar box."[Dust-to-Digital]

Here is an edited version of this high quality box set, trimmed to fit a C90 tape.

Original tracklist:
01. Rev. T. T. Rose and Singers - Goodbye, Babylon pt. I
02. Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters - Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb
03. Roosevelt Graves and Brother - Woke up this Morning (with My Mind on Jesus)
04. Alabama Sacred Harp Singers - Present Joys
05. Blind Lemon Jefferson - All I Need is that Pure Religion
06. J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers - Satisfied
07. Chuck Wagon Gang - As the Life of a Flower
08. Holy Ghost Sanctified Singers - Thou Carest Lord, for Me
09. Washington Phillips - Lift Him up That's All
10. Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet - Rock My Soul
11. Ernest V. Stoneman's Dixie Mountaineers - There's a Light Lit up in Galilee
12. Arizona Dranes - Crucifixion
13. The Blue Chips - Crying Holy unto the Lord
14. Louvin Brothers - I'll Never Go Back
15. Mahalia Jackson - God's Gonna Separate the Wheat from the Tares
16. Luther Magby - Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
17. Rev. Gary Davis - I Belong to the Band - Hallelujah!
18. Carter Family - River of Jordan
19. Lil McClintock - Sow Good Seeds
20. Bryant's Jubilee Quartet - I'll Be Satisfied
21. Frank Palmes - Troubled 'Bout My Soul
22. Bascom Lamar Lunsford - Dry Bones
23. Carlisle Brothers - Jesus My All
24. Taskiana Four - Creep Along, Moses
25. Tennessee Music and Printing Company Quartet - Joy Bells
26. Elder David Ross - He Gave Me a Heart to Love
27. Bessie Jones and the Sea Island Singers - O Day
28. Brother Claude Ely - There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down
29. Elder Curry and His Congregation - Memphis Flu
30. Sister O. M. Terrell - The Bible's Right
31. Stanley Brothers - Standing in the Need of Prayer
32. Carl Smith with the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle - Blood That Stained the Old Rugged Cross
33. Thomas A. Dorsey - How About You
34. Skip James - Jesus is a Mighty Good Leader
35. Charles Butts Sacred Harp Singers - Murillo's Lesson
36. Kentucky Ramblers - Glory Glory Glory Glory to the Lamb
37. Elder Richard Bryant - Come Over Here
38. Jaybird Coleman - I'm Gonna Cross the River of Jordan
39. Trumpeteers - Milky White Way
40. Johnson Family Singers - Deliverance will Come
41. North Carolina Cooper Boys - Daniel in the Den of Lions
42. Sister Cally Fancy - Goin' to Heaven in the Sanctified Way
43. Jimpson - No More, My Lord
44. King's Sacred Quartet - This World Can't Stand Long
45. Virginia Dandies - God's Getting Worried
46. Empire Jubilee Quartet - Get Right Church
47. Rosie Hibler and Family - Move, Members, Move
48. Huggins-Phillips Sacred Harp Singers - Lover of the Lord
49. A. A. Gray and Seven Foot Dilly - The Old Ark's A Moving
50. Blind Roger Hays - On My Way to Heaven
51. Uncle Dave Macon - The Bible's True
52. Price Family Sacred Singers - Ship of Glory
53. Elders McIntorsh & Edwards - Since I Laid My Burden Down
54. Elder Effie Hall and Congregation - Precious Lord Hold My Hand
55. Blind Willie Davis - When the Saints Go Marching In
56. Lion and the Cyril Monrose String Orchestra - Jonah, Come out the Wilderness
57. Dinwiddie Colored Quartet - Down on the Old Camp Ground
58. Norfolk Jubilee Quartet - My Lord's Gonna Move this Wicked Race
59. Edward W. Clayborn - Your Enemy Cannot Harm You (But Watch Your Close Friend)
60. McVay and Johnson - Ain't Going To Lay My Armor Down
61. James and Martha Carson - I'll Fly Away
62. Alabama Sacred Harp Singers - Heavenly Vision
63. Blind Willie Johnson - Lord I Just Can't Keep From Crying
64. Jubilee Gospel Team - Lower My Dying Head
65. Two Gospel Keys - You've Got to Move
66. Flatt and Scruggs - That Home Above
67. Golden Gate Quartet - Golden Gate Gospel Train
68. Roosevelt Graves and Brother - I'll Be Rested (When the Roll is Called)
69. Eddie Head and His Family - Down on Me
70. Blind Joe Taggart - Goin' to Rest Where Jesus Is
71. Louis Washington - Got Heaven in My View
72. Rev. Sister Mary Nelson - Judgment
73. Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers - I Want Two Wings to Veil My Face
74. Rev. D. C. Rice - We Got the Same Kinda Power over Here
75. Washington Phillips - What are They Doing in Heaven Today?
76. T.C.I. Women's Four - That Great Day
77. North Canton Quartet - I'm Bound for Home
78. Washington White - I am in the Heavenly Way
79. Sam Morgan's Jazz Band - Over in the Glory Land
80. Rev. Anderson Johnson - Death in the Morning
81. Maddox Brothers & Rose - In the Land Where We'll Never Grow Old
82. Dock Walsh - Bathe in that Beautiful Pool
83. Hank Williams - I'll Have a New Body
84. Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper - Walking My Lord Up Calvary's Hill
85. Sheffield Quartet - Christ Arose
86. Thomas A. Dorsey - If You See My Savior
87. Jubilee Gospel Team - Let Jesus Lead You
88. Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet - Found a Wonderful Savior
89. Arizona Dranes and Choir - He Is My Story
90. Ernest V. Stoneman and His Dixie Mountaineers - I Remember Calvary
91. Blind Willie Johnson - Take Your Burden to the Lord and Leave It There
92. Rev. W. M. Mosley - If You Follow Jesus
93. Blind Benny Paris & Wife - Hide Me in the Blood of Jesus
94. Wade Mainer - I'll be a Friend to Jesus
95. Tennessee Mountaineers - Standing on the Promises
96. Mother McCollum - Jesus is My Air-O-Plane
97. Sam Jones - I've Got Salvation
98. Blind Alfred Reed - I Mean to Live for Jesus
99. Heavenly Gospel Singers - When Was Jesus Born
100. Blue Sky Boys - Come to the Savior
101. Dorothy Melton - I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
102. Laura Henton - He's Coming Soon
103. Okeh - Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers - Return Again
104. Blind Gary Davis - I am the True Vine
105. Bela Lam and His Greene County Singers - Sweet Story of Old
106. Elder Harris - I'll Lead a Christian Life
107. Famous Blue Jay Singers - I'm Leaning on the Lord
108. Blind Willie Harris - Where He Leads Me I Will Follow
109. Luther Magby - Jesus is Getting us Ready
110. Silver Leaf Quartette - Daniel Saw the Stone
111. Alfred Karnes - Called to the Foreign Field
112. Ridgel's Fountain Citians - Hallelujah to the Lamb
113. Deacon A. Wilson - You Need Jesus on Your Side
114. Pace Jubilee Singers - You'd Better Mind
115. J.T. Allison's Sacred Harp Singers - Exhilaration
116. Ernest Phipps & Congreagation - If the Light Has Gone Out of Your Soul
117. Brown's Ferry Four - Keep on the Firing Line
118. Bailes Brothers - Romans Ten and Nine
119. Wade Mainer - Standing Outside
120. Monroe Brothers Sinner - You Better Get Ready
121. Blind Willie McTell - I Got to Cross the River of Jordan
122. Dock Reed and Vera Hall Ward - Free at Last
123. Bessie Johnson's Sanctified Singers - The Whole World In His Hand
124. Mahalia Jackson - Amazing Grace
125. Blind Mamie Forehand - Honey in the Rock
126. Seventh Day Adventist Choir - On Jordan's Stormy Banks We Stand
127. Elder J. E. Burch - My Heart Keeps Singing
128. Joshua White - I Don't Intend to Die in Egyptland
129. Daniels Deason Sacred Harp Singers - Primrose Hill
130. Carter Family - Keep On the Sunny Side
131. Mrs. L. Reed & Mrs. T. A. Duncans - Light in the Valley
132. The Georgia Peach - When the Saints Go Marching In
133. Jimmie Strothers - Down to the Shore
134. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Strange Things Happening Every Day
135. Rev. T. T. Rose and Singers - Goodbye, Babylon pt. II
136. Rev. J. M. Gates - Gettin' Ready For Christmas Day
137. Rev. A. W. Nix - Black Diamond Express to Hell pt. I
138. Rev. A. W. Nix - Black Diamond Express to Hell pt. II
139. Rev. J. C. Burnett - The Downfall of Nebuchadnezzar
140. Rev. Isaiah Shelton - The Liar
141. Rev. Emmet Dickinson - Hell and What It Is
142. Elder J. E. Burch - The Church And the Kingdom
143. Rev. T. E. Weems - If I Have a Ticket Lord Can I Ride
144. Rev. Benny Campbell - You Must be Born Again
145. Rev. E. D. Campbell - Take Me to the Water
146. Jubilee Gospel Team - Oh, Lord Remember Me
147. Rev. E. S. (Shy) Moore - Christ, the Teacher
148. Rev. Johnny Blakey - King of Kings
149. Elder Otis Jones - O Lord I'm Your Child
150. Rev. Webb - Moses was Rescued by a Negro Woman
151. Rev. George Jones - That White Mule of Sin
152. Deacon Leon Davis - Deacon's Prayer Service
153. Rev. S. J. (Steamboat Bill) Worell - The Prodigal Son
154. Rev. C. H. Gatewood - Well of Salvation
155. Rev. F. W. McGee - Jonah in the Belly of the Whale
156. Rev. J. C. Burnett - The Gambler's Doom
157. Hallelujah Joe - The Prodigal's Return
158. Rev. T. E. Weems - God is Mad with Man
159. Rev. J. M. Milton - The Black Camel of Death
160. Rev. J. M. Gates - Death Might Be Your Santa Claus

Fusée Congolaise Troposhère V

Monday, 10 October 2011

Guess What - Yuri Gagarin [Catapulte Records, 2009]

"First long player for the London based instrumental duet formed by keyboardist Graham Mushnik and drummer Luke Warmcop, "Yuri Gagarin" offers twelve modern pieces dedicated to the legendary Russian astronaut. Over the course of tango, rebetiko or bossa signatures, a throng of harmonious cinematic themes combine with a deep groove and a pinch of psychedelia; all this livened up by whiffs of 60's proto-electronic music." [Catapulte Rds]

"Yuri Gagarin: 12 Modern Odes To History's Greatest Spaceman", the first Guess What Lp released in 2009. More info at CR website.

Get it here (and be spaced out): TH

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Elis Regina - Águas de Março

Oh my! The beautiful face of Elis Regina; the wonderful smile and the acid eyes. And a great song too.

Chico Buarque - Chega de Saudade

Merci Bernard.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Dmitri Shostakovich [1906-1975]

"so that flies drop dead in mid-air, and the audience start leaving the hall from sheer boredom"

Friday, 16 September 2011

va - Construção - 1960-70 Tropicalia From Brazil [Tristes Humanistes]

I'm not sure this is all exactly Tropicalia, but here are my favorite tracks of this brazilian way of mixing traditional samba and bossa-nova with more western styles.

01 - Tom Zé - Complexo de Épico
02 - Caetano Veloso - Tropicalia
03 - Milton Nascimiento - Paixão e Fe
04 - Chico Buarque - Construção
05 - Gal Costa - Tuareg
06 - Pedro Santos - Agua Viva
07 - Luiz Eca & Sagrada Familia - Homem da Suc-Barravento
08 - Zelia Barbosa - Funeral do Lavrador
09 - Tom Zé - Glória

Friday, 9 September 2011

Afghan Patriotic Song [Video]

Can't stop watching this. A bit like David Lynch meets Ahmad Zahir.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Afghan Video Clips From 70's And 80's TV

These singers seem to be having such a fun time. There is some kind of terrible tension in the studios preventing the women from expressing any kind of emotion. I particularly like the bits when they are not singing. The music, of course, is fantastic; much delay on the master, great 5/8 grooves etc. The first two are my favorite; Huma and Nasrin.

The next is an Uzbek song, with another beautiful singer.

Then this one; Mangal has this amazing expression...

One more by Huma, obviously by the same director.

Thanks to Galaxy My Dear for leading the way to these gems. I'd love to hear more, and I wish I could understand the lyrics.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

va - Remember Me [Tristes Humanistes Mixtape, 2011]

Here's a tape for feeling lonely, for friends coming and going, for loved ones that you miss - that kind of shit - minor scales and broken hearts. Hope ya like it: TH

01 banda da casa edison - será possível (1902)
02 les astronautes de cotonou & désiré de souza - egbeton djè bodji
03 t.p. orchestre poly-rythmo - gbê ho
04 iftin - hir aanii dhowyen ma halabsado
05 mahmoud ahmed - marie gela
06 diah iskandar - seruling bambu
07 the traces - unknown
08 m. faridah & a. rahman hassan - joget harapan hampa
09 jermain tamraz - ley ley
10 graham mushnik - dulcimer waltz
11 tiana and sammy - silaka
12 larry marshall - wooden heart
13 julio jaramillo - odio en la sangre
14 the five du-tones - let me love you
15 johnny bond and his red river valley boys - all i can do is cry
16 field ward & the grayson county railsplitters - ain't that trouble in mind
17 lulu jackson - you're going to leave the old home jim
18 marika papagika - i varka
19 st. bartholomew's friendly society brass band - kindly light

Monday, 22 August 2011

Sadegh Hedayat

I wish I could meet you, Sadegh, but you killed yourself in 1950...

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Graham Mushnik - Selected Tracks [2007-2011]

Here is an amazing compilation of unreleased tracks by my friend Graham Mushnik. A splendid reunion of the bizarre, the fuzzy, the space-invaded and the beautiful; all with 60's tones of course.


You will find Graham's blog on the right, with more of his music.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

FAIRUZ -- Ya Hala Ya Hala Ya Habibi

It's rather impossible to make a Fairuz Compilation. The Lebanese diva recorded more than 800 songs and the music, mostly composed by the Rahbani brothers, is always graceful.
Anyway here is a selection of 15 tracks taken from 300, because they're all perfect to listen to while eating peaches in the summer sun. And because they're from the 60's / 70's.

1. Ya Hala Ya Hala Ya Habibi
2. Baadak Ala Bali
3. Sa'idi Yessod Massakon
4. La Teatab Alayi
5. Yeszed Sahabak
6. Ba' adana
7. Ka'an
8. Ana La Habibi
9. Al-Bint Al-Shalabiyya
10. El-Ouda El-Minsiyyi
11. Khedni
12. Shalhat Al Harir
13. Aatini Al-Nay Wa Ghaani
14. Loulou: First Introduction
15. Al Mahatta: First Ouverture

Get it here : T.H

Explore her music and her life:
(mental yet unbelievable website)

Thursday, 21 July 2011

va - End Of The World Party Vol.02 [Tristes Humanistes]

Homemade selection of tunes to dance and shout and cry to, volume two. From Jamaica to Pakistan, with only the good and the groovy.

tapper zukie - man ah warrior
larry & alvin - please stay
phillis dillon - right track
ken boothe - everything I own
calixto ochoa - corazon enamorado
banda 20 de julio de repelon - la pita
maria alba - negra soy
unknown band - el apagon
jerry hansen & the ramblers dance band - waise abrabo
abaraka guitar band of nigeria - oru owerre
quim manuel o espirito santo - eme lelu
dur dur - no track name
the blue birds - hussani lal qalander
sapan-jagmohan - giraffe trapping music
athanase akpovi -kinto gni messea
francis bebey - bissau

Dawnlood link.

Volume one is here also.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

va - Las Cosas De La Vida [Discos Fuentes]

Another 80 cents tape I bought last week in a charity shop. This time it's a Discos Fuentes tape, and it contains many great tracks. The problem is the inlay info doesn't mention the band names, and I couldn't find anything on the web. No date either, but it should be sometime in the 70's.

Just what you need for this hot summer, sipping beer in the shade and chewing peanuts...

It lives here: TH

Monday, 11 July 2011

Ken Boothe - Everything I Own [Trojan, 1974]

This was a present 7" from the Major. It cracks and pops a lot, but the song is great. The b-side is even more scratched and the song is not so good, so I did not bother recording it. Voilà!

Mpthree here.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

va - Freaks & Leeks [Tristes Humanistes]

B-movie style soundtracks, odd 60’s pop, early reggae, horror novelty… a rather western selection featuring a good bunch of super-hits and a few unclassify-able weirderies ; probably not suitable for dance parties but highly recommended for 5am white wine moments or Sunday leek’n’vinaigrette lunch.

01 Basil Kirchin – Primitive London
02 The Kingstonians – I’ll be around
03 The Sharades/Joe Meek – Dumb Head
04 Dean Carter – Midnight Sun
05 Ennio Morricone – Driving Decoys
06 The Lyrics – Mr Man
07 Piero Umiliani – Due Mafiosi Contro Goldginger
08 Joy & Dave – Let’s go & see Grandma
09 Angelique – Mio Amore Sta Lontano
10 Keith & Tex – Stop that train
11 Laurie Johnson – Dead Man’s Treasure
12 Henri Salvador – Dracula Cha Cha Cha
13 Dean Carter – Shadow of Evil
14 Ennio Morricone – Deep Down
15 Ricky Wayne/Joe Meek - Muscles
16 Piero Umiliani – Azione Sindacale
17 Screaming Lord Sutch – She’s fallen in love with the monster man
18 Laurie Johnson – The Joker
19 Kookie Cook - Drums
20 The Pebbles - We Love the Beatles

Barranca Del Muerto / Wild Latin tunes from the Mexican Metro

Here's a bunch of classic, cheesy, odd songs that you`re likely to hear while travelling in the Mexican Metro. Hundreds of Cumbia, Salsa and Mambo tunes packed on cheap DVDs sold by kids in every carriage. Hence the lack of information and the lack of sense.

Get it Here

Thursday, 30 June 2011

va - I Left Her Standing There [Tristes Humanistes, 2011]

A new home compilation curated with love, featuring tracks from all over the place, as usual. The tracklist below and a link even lower.

01.Harmonie Voltaique - Kuling Rude
02.Sandwidi Pierre - Ouga Affairs
03.Voto Goncalves - Ngola Lami
04.Andre Tanker - Swahili
05.T.M. Sounderarajan - Mannanalum Thiruchenduril
06.Googoosh - Man O Toe
07.Niphon Petchgooton - Jarn Flower Is Blooming
08.Giao Linh - Chia Xa
09.Pussyfoot - Hasty Words
10.The Panthers - Bhairvi
11.Benny Bell & The Pretzel Twisters - Kosher Twist
12.Jim & Bob & The Genial Hawaiians - Chimes
13.Nolan Strong & the Diablos - The Wind
14.Dezurik Sisters - I Left Her Standing There

Monday, 27 June 2011

Googoosh - Golden Songs vol. 1 & 2 - 2x4xCD Box Set [Iran, 70's]

Such beautiful music...

Volume 1
Part 1 (cds 1&2): TH
Part 2 (cds 3&4): TH

Volume 2
Part 1 (cds 1&2): TH
Part 2 (cds 3&4): TH

Note: I didn't put the compilation covers because they're too ugly. These pictures look much better.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Winding The Maypole

I recently discovered this strange website curated by late Barbara Marlow Irwin called Winding the Maypole. Mrs Irwin collected Maypole-related postcards, since she was born on May 1st, which is also Maypole winding day.

She then added pictures that her husband Lyndon Irwin brought back from California. Pictures of various celebrations occuring in May, such as the Garland Dance or the Minuet.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Barry Manilow and me (and red wine)

Not sure why I like this song; maybe because it's good.

Pour le mp3

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Three Soundway Eps [2011]

Here are three Soundway Eps to play to a gardening session in this wonderful May sunshine. Drinking beer and eating olives can also be an option.
All quotes are from Soundway website (from which you can still order all these beautiful items). Hit "tracklist" link for individual Ep. Hit here for all three: TH.

Cyril Diaz & His Orchestra 
Voodoo Ep

"Four orginal 1950s instrumental calypso recording from Cyril Diaz who became renowned for the “rich and smooth tone” of his tenor sax playing."
A1. Taboo
A2. Voodoo

B1. Chive Soup Merengue
B2. Serenal 


va - Colombia 45 

"From the authentic countryside porro of the ‘Colombian cowboys’ – Banda 20 de Julio Repelón – to the legendary Discos Fuentes bass player and his group Pedro Laza y Sus Pelayeros, whose fame stretched through Colombia, Peru & Venezuela, Colombia 45 sees Soundway delve deeper into Colombia’s rich musical history."
A1. Pedro Laza y Sus Pelayeros – La Picua
A2. Pedro Laza y Sus Pelayeros – Cojeme la Casa
B1. La Sonora Cordobesa – Mi Morena
B2. La Sonora Cordobesa – El Sabrosito
C1. Banda 20 de Julio de Repelón – La Pita
C2. Banda 20 de Julio de Repelón – La Linterna

Lucho Bermúdez y Su Orquesta

"Lucho Bermúdez y Su Orquesta became famed for their intricate arrangements, mixing big band music from the US with cumbia and porro. Their career spanned from the 1930s through to the 1960s and in cumbia’s hey day in the 1950s the band toured throughout the US and Cuba."
A1. Fiesta De Negritos
A2. Tolu (slow version)
B1. Plinio Guzman
B2. Gaita De Las Flores
C1. Tolu (fast version)
C2. Arroz Con Coco

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

va - End Of The World Party Vol.01 [Tristes Humanistes]

While I go to Mexico for a month and load up with Cumbia and tequila, here's a home comp for dancing.

Get it here and be happy.

01/ Zelia Barbosa - Funeral do lavrador
02/ BB & The Astronauts - Please BB
03/ Bob Marley & The Wailers - What's new pussycat
04/ Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Rock Away
05/ Aberlado Carbono y su Conjunto - Palenque
06/ Waipod Phetsuphan - Ding ding dong
07/ Los Graduados - Si te vas de mi
08/ Aurita Castillo y su Conjunto - Eco de tambores
09/ Claude Vinh San et le Jazz Tropical - Maloya
10/ Benoît Mansard - Pardon
11/ Thomas Mapfumo - Ndanzwa Ngoma Kurira
12/ Tonito - Kiukitukila
13/ The Barbecues - Ohiani sua efir
14/ Unidentified Artist - Hecha
15/ Bellemou Messaoud - Musique Instrumental
16/ Swaleh, Zuhura & Party - Ya Zamani

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Don Cherry Videos: Documentary & Session

Famous cornetist whose career began with a long association with Ornette Coleman, he collaborated with many great, great musicians such as Coltrane, Ayler, Rollins, Sun Ra, Shepp, Haden, Blackwell and others. He later got into spiritual stuff and african and eastern roots music. He was known for playing the pocket-trumpet all the time; not for being Neneh's stepfather and Eagle-Eye's father.

A 20 minutes documentary shot in Sweden where he lived. Parts 1&2.

Seven part film with bass and percutian, and Cherry playin' da piano, da trumpet and singin'. This one is roughly an hour long.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

va - These Friends Are Good But I Miss My Wine [Tristes Humanistes]

1.Duke of Iron - The Walking Department Store
2.Nora Dean - Barbwire
3.Claude Vinh San et le jazz tropical - Mon Chouchou
4.Franco - Kinsiona
5.Aurita Castillo - Puya Tropicana
6.Tschetscha Boys - Nwampfundla
7.This Heat - Sleep

8.Ennio Morricone - Scuola di ballo al sole
9.Luiz Gonzaga - Fogeuira de São João
10.The Emperors - Karate
11. Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Rock Away
12.Joya Landis - Moonlight Lover
13.Eric 'Monty' Morris - Cinderella
14.The Techniques - Drink Wine

T.H (new link)

Saturday, 26 March 2011

va - This Wine Is Good But I Miss My Friends [Tristes Humanistes]

Another mixtape, this time a homemade one. Thanx to those who contributed without knowing.

Side A:
01 - V.Ivanova &  M. Kokareskova - Iovano, Iovanka
02 - The Sounds Off - The angry desert
03 - Frances Yip - Green is the mountain
04 - Hung - Cuong mot tram phan tram
05 - John Wirtz and Les Boys - Malheur l'arac
06 - Vassilis Tsitsanis - Vasilo
07 - George Katsaros - Stis Syras To Aniforo
08 - Lydia Mendoza Y Familia - Mexico En Una Laguna
09 - A.H. Depala - Matete Paris
10 - Don Drummond - Addis abba
Side B:
11 - Prince Buster - Nothing takes the place of you
12 - Hallelujah Chicken Run Band - Alikulila
13 - S.E. Rogers - Toomus Meremereh Nor Good
14 - Alemu Aga - Abatatchen hoy
15 - Juthika Roy - Tan Man Pe Manhar Ne
16 - Sayed Abbood - Min fergetak lilyon
17 - The Jauharah Orchestra -  Wangu ukutina
18 - Billy Childish & Holly Golightly - I believe
19 - Sun Ra & his Astro-Galactic-Infinity Arkestra - Enlightenment

Friday, 11 March 2011

Sahra Ahmed videos (Somalia)

A few videos from Sahra Ahmed, which seems to be the number one singer in Somalia, as Fairuz is in Lebanon. It's hard to get any info in a language I can understand, so let's just enjoy the great music. Maybe with a glass of sunny spanish wine.

Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare - Sette Mariti (Naples 70's)

A homemade compilation of NCCP songs. This is a very subjective approach to their discography, so try and get the albums if you'd like to hear more...

(link fixed 2017)

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

N'Gola Ritmos videos (Angola 1964)

Edited from Wikipedia:

"Liceu Vieira Dias, Domingos Van-Dúnem, Mário da Silva Araújo, Manuel dos Passos and Nino Ndongo created around 1947 the Ngola Ritmos band, in order to assert their Angolan identity. Ngola Ritmos created a style that would inspire generations of musicians. The lead guitar introduced the theme and often intervened in counterpoint to the voice. The second guitar ensured the rhythmic frame, the bass guitar (six-stringed at the time) marked the beat, almost like a percussion, while the drum and dikanza (scraped instrument) backed up the ensemble. Singing was inspired by popular traditions, the chorus answering the lead voice. While such songs as Mbiri Mbiri, Kolonial, Palamé or Muxima have been covered by numerous singers, recordings by Ngola Ritmos are very rare. Most of the members of Ngola Ritmos were nationalist militants; Liceu, a founding member of the MLPA liberation movement and Amadeu Amorim were arrested in 1959 and deported to the Tarrafal prison in Cape Verde, to return only ten years later. Nevertheless, the band lasted until the late sixties."