Sunday, September 30, 2007

Viva Las Vegas!

"There was a time when performing in Las Vegas represented the absolute pinnacle of any show-business career. In the early 1960s, when Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack were shooting the original Ocean's 11 during the day then singing the night away at the Sands , the city could claim to be the capital of the international entertainment industry. It was even hip." (

Elvis Presley - Viva Las Vegas
Ann Margaret - It's A Nice World To Visit (But Not To Live In)
George Baker Selection - Little Green Bag
Tom Jones - It's not unusual
The Arthur Lyman Group - Caravan
Dean Martin - Las Vegas
Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis Jr - Me and My Shadow
Bobby Darin - Multiplication
Quincy Jones - Soul Bossa Nova

Notable Las Vegas Movies:
Viva Las Vegas (1964)
Casino (1995)
Ocean's Eleven (1960)
Swingers (1996)
Bugsy (1991)
Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Vegas Vacation (1997)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


"Sampling - When a portion of a pre-existing recording is used in a new track." (MDC MUM2700)

"A sampler is an electronic music instrument closely related to a synthesizer. Instead of generating sounds from scratch, however, a sampler starts with multiple recordings (or “samples”) of different sounds, and then plays each back based on how the instrument is configured." (

Edwin Birdsong - Cola Bottle Baby
Daft Punk - Harder Better Faster Stronger

Herb Albert - Rise
Notorious BIG - Hypnotize

Herbie Hancock - Bring Down The Birds
Deelite - Grooves in the Heart

Cybotron - Clear
Missy Elliott - Lose Control
Also check out Poison Clan's Shake Whatcha Mama Gave Ya below in the "Booty" blog entry.

Beastie Boys - Sure Shot
Also sampled: ESG - UFO

Dr. Buzzards Original Savanah Band - Sunshowers

Saturday, September 22, 2007



- "The celebrated shape of a "Bass booty" body draws more on a realistic female image than the waif ideals which distort the high fashion pages and runways. Furthermore, many of our field reporters witnessed a variety of women enjoying (and expressing) themselves freely at Bass functions."

- "Booty Poppin'- (noun)

1. The act of shaking one's ass cheeks in such a way that they smack together and separate repeatedly. Often observed in strip clubs or hip-hop (booty) videos." (

- "Whereas the song "Boot the Booty" introduced the idea of a female's
posterior being subject matter in 1987, it may be reasonable to say that
only 1/3 of the genre's output revolved around it until the 90's,
garnering the term "Booty Music" (

Splack Pack - Shake That Ass Bitch
69 Boyz - Daisy Dukes
2 Live Crew - Big Booty Hoes
95 South - Wet N Wild (DJ Laz Booty Bounce Mix)
DJ Laz - Esa Morena
DJ Spin - Booty drop
2 Live Crew - Big Booty Hoes

Crack Is Wack:

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Studio One

"Studio One is one of Jamaica's most renowned record labels and recording studios, having been described as "the Motown of Jamaica."Studio One was involved with most of the major music movements in Jamaica during the 1960s and 1970s, including ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub and dancehall. The label and recording studio were founded by Clement "Coxsone" Dodd in 1954 on Brentford Road in Kingston. Dodd had previously issued music on a series of other labels, including World Disc, and had run Downbeat, one of the largest and most reputable sound systems in the Kingston ghettos. The label and studio were closed when Dodd relocated to New York City in the 1980s." (

Alton Ellis

"By 1966 the red-hot double-time ska beat had given birth virtually overnight to a much slower, hiccupping rhythm dubbed "rocksteady," and it was Alton who was to be its midwife. "One evening in the studio," Alton recalls, "the bass man didn't show up. So Jackie Mittoo, the keyboardist, had to play the bass pattern on the piano with his left hand, but he couldn't hold it steady, and we all thought the line was so fresh and nice. When the bass player turned up next time, Jackie insisted that he play what Jackie was playing with his left hand. That's how rocksteady was born; we called it so that night." (

Alton Ellis - Don't Know Why
Alton Ellis - Play it Cool
Alton Ellis - La La Means I love You

Jackie Mittoo

"He first began playing professionally at the age of thirteen with various bands such as The Rivals and The Sheiks and it was around this time that he started hanging out at Fedral Studios and playing with the cream of Jamaican's musicians who from June, 1964 would become known as the Skatalites. The Skatalites played a potent mix of jazz arrangements and horn solos over their version of the American R'n'B rhythms so beloved of Jamaica's sound system followers. As the R'n'B style gave way to soul in the USA so the sound system bosses became Jamaica's first record producers, recording one off 'specials' for their exclusive use, to satisfy the demand for R'n'B from their followers. Such was the popularity of these recordings the top 'sounds' began releasing these records to the general public and the Jamaican recording industry was launched into action."(

Jackie Mittoo - Killer Diller

Horace Andy

"In January 1970, Horace Hinds showed up at Studio One to audition for labelhead Coxsone Dodd, this time as a duo with friend Frank Melody. Dodd wasn't keen on the pairing, but later that week, Hinds tried again on his own with the self-composed ballad "Got to Be Sure," and this time the producer was sold. That song was cut as the singer's debut single. However, the producer was wary of releasing it under Hinds' own name, concerned that the family relation with Justin and Horace's similar singing style might count against the teen. Dodd insisted on a name change and decided to throw out a red herring by rechristening him Horace Andy, a tribute to the equally legendary former Paragon-turned-solo star Bob Andy."(

Horace Andy - Skylarking
Horace Andy - Youth Of Today

Prince Buster

"In the late 50s, both Scratch and Prince Buster worked together for Coxsone Dodd, helping to run his Downbeat Sound System. One legendary story has some of Duke Reid's thugs mashing up a Coxsone dance, knocking out Lee Perry in the process. Buster, an amateur boxer, single-handedly took care of the rudies until the police arrived. Eventually, Buster walked out on Coxsone and started his own sound system, the Voice Of The People, giving Coxsone and Duke Reid their first serious competition."(

Prince Buster - Wash Wash
Prince Buster - Earthquake

Freddie McGregor

"Born on 27 June 1956 in Clarendon, Jamaica. Freddie McGregor's career began at the age of 7. In 1963 he joined with Ernest Wilson & Peter Austin to form The Clarendonians , and began to record for the legendary Studio One label. Freddie worked with producer Niney The Observer during the late 1970s & early 1980s."

Freddie McGregor - Bobby Bobylon

Dennis Brown

"Known as the "Crowned Prince of Reggae", Dennis has been one of Jamaica's top vocalists for many years. His career began as a young teenager with Coxsone Dodd's Studio One Records where he recorded two albums. He really hit his stride in the subsequent years though as he recorded album after album for Joe Gibbs. Dennis, like many other reggae artists, began to spread out and start recording for many other producers, including Gussie Clark, Flabba Holt, and Sly and Robbie, among others. He began a prolific release schedule that sometimes would amount to as many as six albums in one year. Dennis was in demand, and the producers were lining up at his door."(

Dennis Brown - Money In My Pocket
Dennis Brown - Things In Life

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Crossover & Latin Versions

Here are some popular songs with a Latin flair or Latin artist. Included is a collaboration between The Kaiser Chiefs and Buena Vista Social Club from the album Rythms Del Mundo. A cover of Michael Jackson's Beat It by Señor Coconut. There's Seu Jorge's cover of David Bowie's Rebel Rebel off of the Life Aquatic Soundtrack. Also a version of Radiohead's High and Dry by Jorge Drexler and Devendra Banhart's Spanglish song about liking The Beatles. Plus!.... Jose Gonzales singing Heartbeats by The Knife and Celso Fonseca covering Damien Rice.

Kaiser Chiefs and Buena Vista Social Club - Modern Way
Señor Coconut - Beat It
Seu Jorge - Rebel Rebel
Jorge Drexler - High and Dry
Devendra Banhart - The Beatles
Jose Gonzales - Heartbeats
Celso Fonseca - Delicate

Monday, September 10, 2007

"Yacht Rock"

"The most popular yacht rock artists enjoyed massive commercial success. During its peak years, yacht rock dominated the Grammy Awards, with Christopher Cross and Toto sweeping the major awards in 1981 and 1983 respectively, feats consistently derided by Grammy prognosticators. [3] However, yacht rock was not a hit with most rock critics at the time, who dismissed it as being corporate rock that was overproduced, generic, and Middle of the road....

...Corporate Rock is an often pejorative term used primarily by music critics to describe rock music, particularly music from arena rock bands, which are alleged to be purely commercial, formulaic, or lacking in creativity or authenticity. According to these critics, the primary goal of the corporate rock artist or band in making music is profit and radio airplay rather than artistic creativity. As a result, corporate rock is typified by catchy, mainstream radio-friendly, formulaic songs following a pop music model. The term was first used in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Despite the negative opinions of critics, many corporate rock bands attained a high degree of commercial success, and some still have loyal followings today." (wikipedia)

Personal note: I heart Yacht Rock!

Kenny Loggins - This is it
Michael McDonald (Doobie Bros) - What A Fool Believes
Steely Dan - Hey Nineteen
Toto - Africa
Hall And Oates - I can't go for that
Christopher Cross - sailing

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Tech House

"As a musical (as opposed to a mixing) style, tech-house uses the same basic structure as house; however, elements of the house 'sound' such as realistic jazz sounds (in deephouse) and booming kick drums are replaced with elements from techno such as shorter, deeper, darker and often distorted kicks, smaller, quicker hi-hats, noisier snares and more synthetic or acid sounding synth melodies from the TB-303, including raw electronic noises from distorted sawtooth and square wave oscillators." (wiki)

Solid Groove - This Is Sick

Herbert - The Puzzle

Agoria - Think Different

Cicada - The Things You Say (Dirty South Remix)

Steve Bug- Smackman

Paris Swain - What Is This (Metric Remix)

Saturday, September 8, 2007


"Luciano Pavarotti, the Italian singer whose ringing, pristine sound set a standard for operatic tenors of the postwar era, died Thursday at his home near Modena, in northern Italy. He was 71." (

Luciano Pavarotti -- Non ti scordar di me

Preceded by:
Enrico Caruso -- PagliacciVesti La Giubba

Also check out: (Two of my favorites)
Yma Sumac - Cha Cha Gitano
Maria Callas -- Deh! torna mio bene (Proch Variations)
(The recording sounds shitty but also kind of cool.)

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Psychedelic Brazil


Jorge Ben - Take It Easy My Brother Charlie

"Of all the musicians who came to prominence in the 1960's, Jorge Ben has always seemed to be the one to whom music-making came easiest. Feted by the Bossa crowd, the Tropicalia crowd and even the rock musicians of the Jovem Guarda, Ben has always stood outside all those movements ­ while being able to move freely between all of them." (


Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66 - Mas Que Nada

"The original lineup of Brasil '66 was Mendes (piano), vocalists Lani Hall and Janis Hansen, Bob Matthews (bass), Jose Soares (percussion) and Joao Palma (drums). John Pisano was the guest guitarist. This line-up recorded three albums between 1966-1968 before there was a major personnel change for their fourth album."(wiki)


Gilberto Gil - Procissao

"In 1965 Gil moved to Sao Paulo. After playing and singing in various shows, he got his first hit when the famous singer Elis Regina recorded his song Louvacao. He then recorded his first album, also called Louvacao. With the influences of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, his musical conception became more urban. In the following years he was one of the leaders of "Tropicália", a cultural movement that sparked a whole renovation in all aspects of artistic manifestation in Brazil (cinema, cenic play, music, poetry, literature)." (wiki)


Caetano Veloso - Alfomega

"A true heavyweight, Caetano Veloso is a pop musician/poet/filmmaker/political activist whose stature in the pantheon of international pop musicians is on a par with that of Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, and Lennon/McCartney. And even the most cursory listen to his recorded output over the last few decades proves that this is no exaggeration." (


Os Mutantes - A Minha Menina
Os Mutantes - Bat Macumba

"Os Mutantes were formed in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1966 by brothers Arnaldo Baptista (bass, keyboards and vocals) and Sérgio Dias (guitars and vocals) and lead singer Rita Lee. They released two albums heavily influenced by the Brazilian Tropicália movement, which blended Psychedelic Rock with other forms of art." (wiki)


Tom Ze - Gloria

"Influential in the Tropicalia movement, Zé contributed, along with Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Os Mutantes, and Nara Leão, to the watershed tropicalia album/manifesto Tropicália: ou Panis et Circenses. While the other major figures of tropicalia would go on to great commercial and critical success in later decades, Zé slipped into obscurity in the 1970s and 1980s." (wiki)

If you like what you heard...Do your homework on these guys:

Carmen Miranda
João Gilberto
(Bossa Nova)
Milton Banana
Bola Sete
(Afro-Brazilian Jazz)
Trio Mocoto
(Samba Rock)
Wilson Simonal
Seu Jorge
(Brazilian Pop)
Osmar Milito
(Bossa Jazz)
(60s pop)
Novos Baianos
(Post Tropicalia)

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Musique Pour Vous Romans

Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France - Minor Swing
FACT: Reinhardt is portrayed in the opening sequence of the 2003 animated film Les Triplettes de Belleville.

Francoise Hardy - Tous les Garcons et les Filles
FACT: Hardy is mentioned in a poem by Bob Dylan "Some other kinds of songs" on the cover of his LP "Another Side of Bob Dylan", released in 1964.

Serge Gainsbourg - Ford Mustang
FACT: Reggae star Bob Marley was furious when he discovered Gainsbourg made his wife Rita Marley sing erotic lyrics.

Yann Tiersen - La Noyée
FACT: Critics sometimes compare him to Erik Satie, Philip Glass, Nino Rota, Mogwai, Steve Reich, and the Penguin Café Orchestra for their musical proximity.

Cocteau Twins - Lorelei
FACT:To-date, they have been cited as notable influences by such diverse artists as Prince, Madonna, Annie Lennox and Perfect Circle.

Air - Mer Du Japon (Teenagers Remix)
FACT: Air wrote and played the music of the album 5:55 by French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg, which was released in August 2006

Charlotte Gainsbourg - 5:55
FACT: Charlotte performed the spoken introduction (a sample from The Cement Garden) on Madonna's 2001 single "What It Feels Like for a Girl"

Stereo Total - C'est la Mort
FACT: The band has covered songs by Sylvie Vartan, Françoise Hardy, Serge Gainsbourg, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.

Kraftwerk - Tour De France
FACT: One of Laura's FAVS. Yay fwen!

-This music goes well with a nice bottle of red wine.
-Perhaps it can be shared with someone you like.
-It's not suitable to share with someone you don't like.
-If you like it and I like it then we like it.

Posted by MAZ

Monday, September 3, 2007


"It’s patchwork music, a music of forced migrations and atmospheric borrowings and continental cross-pollinations. It is, basically, a couple hundred years of history in musical form. It’s West African rhythms and melodies travelling on slave ships to the Americas, where they eventually morphed into African-American spirituals and blues and jazz and samba and soul (and on and on). And then it came back to Africa — East Africa — to Ethiopia, where, during the short, magnificent flowering — the “Golden Age” — of popular music that lasted for the decade or so prior to the country’s 1974 Stalinist military coup, all of these Western sounds with African roots (think Duke Ellington and James Brown and Tito Puente) combined with the traditional Semitic-like melodies and modes of the nearby Middle East." (

Mulatu Astatke - Yègellé Tezeta
Mahmoud Ahmed - Ere Mela Mela
Seyoum Gèbrèyès & Wallias Band - Mètch Ené Terf Fèlèghu
Hirut Bèqèlè & Police Orchestra - Ewnètègna Feqer

Here's a great article about the 'Ethiopiques' and some history of Ethiopian music.

Dorothy Masuka -My Parents (South Africa)

Acceptable Indie Pop

"Indie rock's more melodic, less noisy, and relatively angst-free counterpart, Indie Pop reflects the underground's softer, sweeter side, with a greater emphasis on harmonies, arrangements, and songcraft. Encompassing everything from the lush orchestration of chamber pop to the primitive simplicity of twee pop, its focus is nevertheless more on the songs than on the sound, and although both indie pop and indie rock embrace the D.I.Y. spirit of punk, the former rejects punk's nihilistic attitude and abrasive sonic approach." (

Read this article about Urban Outfitters President Richard Hayne... The whole thing... Then this one. After you're done you can download these songs as your reward.

Fujiya & Miyagi - Collarbone
The Virgins - Rich Girl
Field Music - Working to Work
Boat Club - Always Away
Islands- Rough Gem

Sunday, September 2, 2007



Ghettotech is a form of electronic dance music originating from Detroit. It combines elements of Chicago's ghetto house with electro, hip hop, techno, and grafts the perceived raunch of Miami Bass as the vocal stamp of the music. It is usually faster than most other dance music genres, at roughly 145 to 170 bpm, and features often pornographic lyrics.

Justice - Let There Be Light (DJ Funk's Bounce Dat Ass Remix)
Curtis Vodka - Bollymore.mp3
DJ Assault - Do It Right
8Ball & MJG - Buck Bounce (Disco D Remix)
DJ Godfather - DJ Godfather Mix

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Post Disco

"While it's entirely accurate to say that disco led to house, there's a distinct era between the dissolution of the former and the solidification of the latter -- covering roughly half a decade, between the late '70s and early '80s -- that is often termed post-disco. Though it makes sense to classify any form of dance music made since disco as post-disco, each successive movement has had its own characteristics to make it significantly different from the initial post-disco era, whether it's dance-pop or techno or trance. There's no exact point where the original disco era ended and post-disco began, but as drum machines, synthesizers and programming became common studio tools, disco took on some radically different sounds while remaining similar in rhythmic structure and purpose. Post-disco was just as singles-driven as disco, with many of its most essential tracks coming from one-off projects and short-lived collaborations. Like disco and house, the most significant figures in
post-disco were its architects -- producers, remixers, and DJs, many of which had been active in club music since the early '70s -- rather than the names on the fronts of the sleeves." (

I love disco and post-disco so you will see lot's more of this in the future.

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Loose Joints - All Over My Face (Original Long Version)
Dinosaur L - Go Bang (Francois Kevorkian Mix)
Grace Jones - The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game
The Clash - Radio Clash
Arthur Russell - See My Brother, He's Jumping Out (Let's Go Swimming)
Giorgio Moroder - First Hand Experience in Second Hand Love
Yello - No More Words
Man Friday - Love Honey, Love Heartache (Larry Levan Vocal Mix)
Liquid Liquid - Cavern
Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love (Technically it did come after disco.)

Konk's Myspace

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