Category: music

New Music: Gorillaz Humanz

So I’ve loved Gorillaz for some time, ever since I heard this song:

I mean come on, the video itself is pretty good. Cars with blowers aka superchargers. Great fun. Plus the nitrous oxide button. Having had experience with nitrous systems it’s too awesome.

And then there’s On Melancholy Hill:

Feels Good Inc.

What’s most fascinating about the group is that they have never gotten together to play. It’s an amlagam of a bunch of artists all done over the net.

Well after six years and a whole bunch of good stuff their sophomore album is out. Here’s Charger featuring Grace Jones (Strangay herself!) Yes he’s gay!

Lots of electronica and sampling too in Momentz:

They have a pretty wide range too, here’s Submission:



My iTunes top 25

Got the meme from Polt’s Palace.

Anyhow I’ll start with number one and you get video on these:

1) Brazilian Love Affair – George Duke

2) Brother Man – The Brothers Johnson
Interestingly YouTube doesn’t have a clean version of this. Weird.

3) I’m In Love – Evelyn “Champagne” King

4) Fantastic Voyage – Lakeside

5) Across 110th Street – Bobby Womack and Peace

6) Your Love Is On the One – Lakeside

7) Slide – Slave

8) Ridin’ High – Platinum Pied Pipers (A remake of the Faze-O classic)

9) Dubfunk – Shur-I-Kan

10) Time for some Fun – Central Line

11) Freddie’s Dead – Curtis Mayfield

12) Juicy Fruit – Mtume

13) Haven’t You Head – Patrice Rushen (Probably know her from Forget Me Nots)

14) Far Beyond – Sunburst Band

15) Summer Madness – Kool & The Gang (Now you know where DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince got theirs)

16) The Groove Line – Heatwave

17) Mercy Mercy Mercy – Philip Bailey

18) Pick Up the Pieces – Average White Band

19) Ffun – Con Funk Shun

20) Too Tight – Con Funk Shun

21) Street Dance – The Fatback Band

22) Pull Up to the Bumper – Grace Jones

23) Saturday Love – Cherelle feat. Alexander O’Neal

24) Snap Shot – Slave

25) Another Man – Barbara Mason

Now the thing is, I haven’t listened to iTunes all that much lately. It’s either Pandora, TuneIn, etc. on my phone or computer.

Music: When the music you love is on Muzak

So we were in Trader Joe’s in Warwick, RI today.

And as we’re gathering items I note the music playing in the background. It’s Abbey Lincoln’s “Throw it Away”.

I wonder where I get my love of jazz tunes. I believe that would be my grandfather. Plus the fact that the music I listen to always tended more toward the jazzy (and the funk) than anything else.

But it was just such a surprise to hear that Abbey Lincoln tune on the Muzak at a Trader Joe’s.

Nice isn’t it?

Here’s just a little more with “First Song”

And yet another by Abbey Lincoln, “Nature Boy”

Which brings me to the Phillip Bailey cover of the same exact track:

Music gets recycled, that’s one thing I’ve noticed.

Some other jazz I like, more jazz fusion but I seriously dig George Duke’s music, for example, here’s “Chillin”

Come on, if that one doesn’t put a smile on your face then you should check your heart. You’re probably dead if it doesn’t.

“No Rhyme, No Reason”

Something a little more mainstream, Quincy Jones “The Dude”

Then there’s Ramsey Lewis with “Brazillica”

You may recognize the sound, Earth Wind and Fire did a lot of work with Ramsey Lewis back in the day and the above song shows it.

Speaking of Brazil, here’s another nice George Duke tune titled “Brazilian Love Affair”

But then I like the wild, experimental stuff. For example, recall Minnie Ripperton. Most of us know her from her song titled “Loving You”. But here’s something she did with a group called Rotary Connection, this one is called “I Am the Black Gold of the Sun”

Kind of jazz sliding into psychedelic. Which now loops us through to Funkadelic, and I present thee “Maggot Brain”

Yes, yes, I know, more funk but this borrows jazz elements and the psychedelic too!

And then there’s Funkadelic with “Cosmic Slop”

And on to the more funkalicious:

Parliament with “Not Just Knee Deep”

Funny what hearing a song on a music service in a commercial space will trigger.

A new music site

I just discovered the new Pandora.

It’s awesome, even better than if you want to listen to music. First of all no custom player, just a web interface but it’s flash based.

First all, it’s music recommendation. I keyed in The Brothers Johnson and I just heard Ray Parker’s “Jack and Jill” Wild shit, and right now it’s the Gap Band with “Steppin”. I’m totally loving this.

Check it out.

It gets better, it even knows about the original Full Force. Oh glory be!

The Rovers still rove

Some good news from NASA regarding the Mars Rovers.

I still find it amazing that those rovers were only supposed to be on the surface of Mars for 90 sols (Martian Days). They’ve now been up for 1,271 sols, or 14.1 times longer than they were supposed to be active.

Those rovers are a testament to engineering at its very best. It is nice to see that it still exists somewhere in the U.S. and NASA still pulls it off.

What I can’t imagine is the excess data being sent by the rovers. They had their hands full with 90 sols of info, now they’ve got much more than that. While the Viking landers may have found life, the rovers Opportunity and Spirit may help us get a much more focused picture of what that life on Mars actually happens to be.

So kudos to NASA and Steve Squyres on the re-starting of the rovers. For a while there I thought all was lost but it isn’t.

Now playing: Jack Johnson – Better Together
via FoxyTunes

My Top 25 from Itunes

Polt turned me on to this so I decided to paste mine up here:

Rank Name Artist Album

  • 1. Far Beyond – Sunburst Band – Beats and Pieces, Vol. 3 (Music for the More Discerning Dancefloor)
  • 2. Fantastic Voyage – Lakeside – Fantastic Voyage
  • 3. Mercy Mercy Mercy – Philip Bailey – Soul On Jazz
  • 4. Brother Man – The Brothers Johnson – Right On Time
  • 5. Spellbound and Speechless (Edit) – Incognito – Best of Incognito (Remastered)
  • 6. Dubfunk – Shur-I-Kan – Advance
  • 7. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing (Remix) – Incognito – Best of Incognito (Remastered)
  • 8. Everyday – Incognito – Best of Incognito (Remastered)
  • 9. Your Love Is On the One – Lakeside – Fantastic Voyage
  • 10. Still a Friend of Mine – Incognito – Best of Incognito (Remastered)
  • 11. “Love Come Down (12″” Version)” – “Evelyn “”Champagne”” King” – Dance Vault Remixes
  • 12 Colibri – Incognito – Best of Incognito (Remastered)
  • 13. Change (Bluey’s Remix) – Incognito – Best of Incognito (Remastered)
  • 14. You Keep Me Comin’ Back – The Brothers Johnson – The Brothers Johnson: Greatest Hits
  • 15. Funk It (Funkadelala) – The Brothers Johnson – The Brothers Johnson: Greatest Hits
  • 16. Ride-O-Rocket – The Brothers Johnson – 20th Century Masters – The Millennium
    Collection: The Best of the Brothers Johnson
  • 17. Deep Waters – Incognito – Best of Incognito (Remastered)
  • 18. Unpredictable (Dirty) – Jamie Foxx – Unpredictable
  • 19. Keep On Doin’ It – Aurra – Aurra: Anthology (Volumes I & II)
  • 20. Another Man – Barbara Mason – Barbara Mason: The Greatest Hits (Expanded Edition)
  • 21. Across 110th Street – Bobby Womack – Midnight Mover – The Bobby Womack Story
  • 22. Brazilian Love Affair – George Duke – A Brazilian Love Affair
  • 23. Yesterday’s Dream – Incognito – Best of Incognito (Remastered)
  • 24. Say Yes – Lakeside – Fantastic Voyage
  • 25. Freedom – Zapp – Zapp
  • When I look at it, the only recent artists in there are Sunburst Band, Philip Bailey (Still part of EW&F I might add.), Incognito, Shur-I-Kan, and Jamie Foxx.

    Another treat is Barbara Mason singing “Another Man”. This was a tune from the late 70’s or early 80’s that details her having been left, for another man. Interesting song.

    And some of those tracks, like those of the Brothers Johnson? I actually have the vinyl. Yes I’m a dinosaur. Actually Ride-O-Rocket is pretty damned funky. Take a listen for yourself and visit my profile on

    Back to the 80’s

    So I’m just surfing around YouTube watching episodes of that brilliant Channel 4 comedy, The IT Crowd. The IT Crowd is a hit in my office, since we have a few Office fans and they always wanted to see on with an I.T. crew in it. We’ve now gotten our wish.

    Anyhow, after I watched every episode of The IT Crowd, I found myself doing searches. Someone on another board posted a link to Cherelle’s “Didn’t Mean to Turn You On” which I much prefer to that vulgar version by Robert Palmer. And then that keyed the duet she did with Alexander O’Neal.

    Oh yeah, I remember him. I remember sitting in a radio studio back in 1985, the lights dimmed, the headphones hanging off one ear, the monitor speakers at the right volume and the phone line ringing off the hook.

    I seriously dug being on the radio. Fortunately I have the voice for it, and I had my fan club. It was shall we say dangerous because I realized the power of radio at the tender age of 21. And then by 23 it was all over but do I ever have some memories.

    One of them is the time we got locked out of the studio by accident. The tape over the door latch had worn down so when I closed the door it locked. I still remember the record playing, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam’s “I Wonder if I Take You Home”.

    And all you heard over the external monitors was the needle trying to play the label. We tried everything, unscrewing the frame around the studio window, until finally we called security. Took them about an hour to find the key thus saving the night.

    Then of course one of the dangers was the chance that some ‘fans’ would show up. And you’d just lock the studio door, turn your back to the window and pray they’d leave before too long. Another danger was the fact that the phone patch didn’t have a gate on it. A gate is a device that delays the signal for 5-7 second so you can dump it if something bad goes down. We had no such luxury.

    Our biggest audience was a captive audience of sorts. The boys at the adult correctional institution loved the show. Like I said, fans.

    The 80’s were pretty big on synth now that I think about it. Here’s some clear evidence with Colonel Abrams singing “Trapped”

    Hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane.