Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hazel Manley - Soon Ah Will Be Done  
(Sings It's Just So Good To Know Him, 1970)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Nguenang - Wouck (Doty Gouock, 1978

The folks over at Mycke's Records must have been down to the very last picture on the only roll of film left in Abidjan. Or maybe Nguenang was simply unable to show much range in the photography studio.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Veeramani Somu - Thagath Thagath  (Kottu Murrase, 1985)

In his recent biography Andre Agassi admitted that Halloween was always his favorite holiday, because it was the one night of the year that he didn't have to worry about his hair weave falling out.

Monday, November 14, 2011

David Dor - Saperi Tama
(David Dor Goes International, 1977)

The roots of Mizrahi (or "oriental") music in Israel date back to the 1950s and the mass influx of immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East, each with its distinct religious music as well as its favorite Arabic music. The result was fusion music far ahead of its time, and by the 1960s, Tel Aviv's Yemenite quarter was home to a brand new sound.

The son of Yemeni immigrants, David Dor's star began to rise at an early age. In addition to his widely hailed personal appearances in nightclubs he performed throughout Europe and eventually became a star in Mexico of all places. In the 1970's he released several albums of haunting and classic Jewish Yemenite melodies.

In traditional Mizrahi households, a music career was equated with prostitution, and many families forbade their daughters from performing. Ahouva Ozeri, a Yemenite-Ethiopian Israeli singer who became popular in the 1970s, mastered an Indian string instrument called bulbul tarang and helped pave the way for women in Mizrahi music.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Volume two of my favorite thrift store finds of the christian persuasion, the culmination of many rainy Sunday afternoons spent in the musty aisles of Goodwill in search of oddball recordings by christian hillbillies (click here if you missed Volume 1). Once again it's a mixed bag with a little something for everyone: zealotrock, god-fearing disco, conventcore, righteous country, evangelopop, goodie-folk, knee-bender funk, and jesus cheese. Click to stream.

The Good Twins - "Going Home"   (Going Home, 1971)  Dwight and Dwayne started singing at age 3 and they haven’t stopped since. In 1961 they made musical history as the first to use pre-recorded background tapes at concerts -- a novel method that has since become very common.

The Tempo-Aires - "Operator, Get Me Jesus On The Line"
(If It Keeps Getting Better and Better, 1973)   Famously covered by the Manhattan Transfer on their debut album in 1975.

The Brewers - "Lord Don't Move The Mountain"   (The Brewers Sing Just For You)

Nun Plus - "Listen To Your People" (Ljumbo, 1970) One Sunday afternoon in 1970, Sister Marianne Misetech invited two accomplished musicians -- Cookie Routtu and Jeannie Rey Routtu -- to listen to Marianne and her fellow sisters perform her quirky compositions. Cookie and Jeannie Rey had been performing professionally as The Rey Sisters throughout the Pacific Northwest and Europe. They were masters of the piano, marimba, guitar, mandolin, string bass, and drums. When they heard the nuns perform that afternoon they found "a very modern approach to the celebration of life" and they wanted to help them get their songs recorded. At that moment the five nuns and the Rey Sisters became The Nun-Plus.

The Carriers - "Vogel Park" (Memories)   The Carriers would like to thank Marvin "Gardens" Holler, their bus driver, and to the Shenandoah Inn Truckstop & Restaurant at I-70 and 285 in Old Washington, Ohio for the use of their garage for maintenance on their bus.

Honeytree - "Evergreen" (Evergreen, 1975)   "Many people tell me they were fans of Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and Carole King, but had to give up listening to the music they liked when they became born again Christians. What a blessing it was to discover that somebody was singing their favorite style of music for Jesus!"

Klesis - "Don't Play The Game"    from the album Come Let Us Reason 1976) Klesis, meaning "called", consisted of brothers Dewey & Louis McGuire and Carroll Ruth

Peterson Sisters - "Climbing Up The Mountains"

Karen Lafferty -- "No Time For Jesus" (Bird In A Golden Sky, 1975)   The Billie Jean King of the Christian folk scene prays that you too know what it is to be free as a Bird in a Golden Sky."

Selah -- "Another Day" (Selah, 1972)  Quartet from Anderson, Indiana.

The Sterk Family -- "Inside Those Pearly Gates"   (The Gospel Sounds of The Sterk Family)  

The Baker Trio -- "Thanks For Sunshine"
(Featuring The Stone Rolled Away). Threesome from Fairmont, Indiana thanking the Lord for sunshine, children, laughter, labor, shovels, flowers, and rain from up above.

Roland & Theresa -- "I've Got Confidence"   (Roland & Theresa Sings "Behold Mine Eyes"). Sibling duo from Pontiac, Michigan.

Rick Bonfim -- "I Can Feel The Way"   (My Life Has Taken A New Way, 1978)

At the tender age of 15, Rick Bonfim was ordained and appointed to his first church in Brazil. Just when he was about to give his inaugural sermon, his parents packed up and moved the family to the U.S.A. Rick wasn't about to give up on religion, however, nor did he forget to bring his guitar. After earning degrees in Psychology, Divinity, and Guitaritry from just about every university within the state of Georgia, Rick was ready to officially begin his careers in music and ministry. At press time, Rick has recorded and produced 13 albums, including four in Portuguese, and the Rick Bonfim Ministries is thriving in both the USA and Brazil.

Sisters of the Incarnate Word -- "Everybody Knows This Man"
(Composed For You, 1973)  

The Young And Free -- "Love"   (Goin' Somewhere, 1975)   These seven students were part of a generation searching and reaching and grabbing for greedom. I mean freedom. All kinds of freedom. At the same time, the freedoms that generation won was often disappointing, leaving only the taste of dry ashes. "We've found the right kind of freedom in God's Sin," said Kurt Kaiser. "We've found the right kind of individuality. Sure, we're human. We have frustrations and we feel very deeply the issues of our times. But we also know what it means to be young and free. Free to feed our hunger for meaning to life."
The Ron Patty Family -- "Things Have Changed"   (Faith, Home & Country, 1979) Part of the Christians Against Modernity RV tour of 1979.

Janine -- "Does The Sun Still Shine"   (1975)   When the pain from glaucoma forced her to have both eyes removed, Janine wrote this lovely album to thank her leader dog, Gretchen, and her God, Nehktergi, for giving her peace. The record was released on Lark Records out of Richmond, Virginia.

Paul Lisicky -- "You Are The Potter"   (Like The Morning Sun, 1980)   Released on Pretzel Records. Lisicky is now an author and a professor in the graduate writing program at NYU.

Brother Juniper -- "There Was A Man"   from the album Do You Know My Name


Monday, March 14, 2011

The New Earth Rhythm Band was one of nearly two thousand unsigned bands who submitted a song to Chicago's WKQX radio station to be considered for their hometown album in 1978. Calling the song "Pork Butts" was a bold strategic move concocted by percussionist Roel Trevino, who was certain it would make their submission stand out amidst the hundreds of songs with "love" in the title. Their tape did stand out, not because of any ham-assed gimmicks, but because of the music, which one amused judge described as Kool & The Gang meets "Peaches In Regalia".


Sunday, March 13, 2011


Friday, March 11, 2011

Susan - Ah! Soka  (Do You Believe In Mazic, 1980)

Do you believe in mazic? There's tons of mazic to believe in. For example, Marina Mazic, a professional basketball player in Croatia, who averaged 25 points last season. Or, Casimir Mazik, the best dentist in Chicago. Or the mysterious Maja Mazic, who placed 12th in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest a couple years ago.

Susan Nozaki believed in all forms of mazic, and so did Yukihiro Takahashi of Yellow Magic Orchestra (by then he was over the whole Tammy Wynette fiasco). When Yuki met Susan at a TV studio in 1980 he was so impressed by her energetic personality he got the entire YMO crew together and convinced them to be the backing band and produce her mazical debut album.

As for Susan, she was the daughter of a Japanese woman and an American military man of French ancestry -- the ultimate genetic smoothie according to Phil Donahue. Over the years she has starred in countless Japanese musicals, TV shows and commercials and is now trying to re-establishing herself as a performer of techno music (let's ignore that little detail, shall we?).

In the early 80s an attempt was made to launch Susan's career in England, but as fate would have it, the trip coincided with the outbreak of hostilities between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands (damn it Argentina!). Don't cry for Susan, though: the following year she married a member of The Rokkets (every girl's dream), got pregnant and has been blissfully happy ever since.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Jenny - Minsili Aya  (Afrik Makossa, 1981)

Written by Jenny G. Bikomo. Musical direction and claviers by Eko Roosevelt. Sunglasses by Parice Malekani. Wig by Jules Kamka.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Koldo - Disc Man
(Se Fue Mi Nina 7", 1968)

Monday, March 7, 2011