Sunday, May 31, 2009

Marilyn T. was some kinda of militant lesbian feminist rapper, and that's about all I know. The only listing of this recording I could find anywhere was in the Women's Revolutions Per Minute Recordings Archive at the Birmingham library in England. The album was released in 1987 on cassette format by the Raging Raps label out of Boulder, Colorado. (I wasn't able to uncover any info about the label, either).

What I do know for sure is that for the past couple weeks I've been driving around town with this bizarre tape BLASTING from the stereo and getting very strange looks at stop signs. I hesitate to call it the best rap I've ever heard, only because I'm probably forgetting something better. Marilyn covers such a wide range of topics it's truly mind-boggling. On "False Alarm" she addresses everything from the game show Sale of the Century to Princess Diana's fondness for Barry Gibb. "Time And Motion" is about her adventures on the subway. What really impresses me, though, is how she can start off with a cockney english accent, let it gradually fade away, and by the end of Side B (on "Amazon Rap"), sound like an African immigrant who has spent the past 20 years living in Georgia. Marilyn sure likes to keep us guessing.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

"Free to know God, the Creator. Free to call Him my Father. God did not make me follow Him, oh no no NO! But as I chose to follow Jesus, the Holy Spirit revealed the Truth to me, and the Truth has set me free. Free to come into His presence daily. This perfect freedom is inexpressible in words, but I pray that in your spirit you too know what it is to be free as a Bird in a Golden Sky."

Karen Lafferty - No Time For Jesus  (Bird In A Golden Sky, 1975)

(Karen was known lovingly as the Billie Jean King of the Christian folk scene)


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Loyal Garner - City Lights  (Hawai'i Today, 1977)

What do shaved ice and blind men in bleachers have in common? Besides being the favorite snack foods of Melissa Gilbert, they were also the subjects of the biggest hit songs of Loyal Garner, known as Hawaii's "Lady of Love" (though she was "Grandma Lelo" to her family). Garner got her start leading a group called the Local Divas, and she learned how to handle a crowd and headline a showroom by watching Don Ho. After a successful solo career that included concerts from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo, Garner died of colon cancer in 2001. According to her fellow diva, Melveen Leed, the ever-loyal Garner "was there through all my marriages, and her favorite words were always 'I told you so'". This song really captures Garner's heart and soul -- you can feel her radiance and her mana'o and imagine her loving smile.


Friday, May 8, 2009

On Tuesdays I play chess with an old fella, Yusuf, who sang pop songs in the seventies, with no little success apparently. He can't play chess for toffee, mind you. Last week we got talking about Obama, Osama and white jazz, and he asked me to do him a jazz mix. I began the task with the best of intentions but my attention is prone to wander and though the mix starts and ends with straight no chaser jazz, it takes a few unexpected detours en route. In my defence though, these Jizzerman selections are truer to the spirit of jazz in terms of "out there" sonic and melodic invention than all those shiny imposters who claim the word for themselves.

JACK TEAGARDEN  Davenport Blues •  STELIOS KAZANTZIDIS   Efuge Efuge  •  FLOATING POINTS   Shangrila  •  DIZZEE RASCAL   Stand Up Tall (Starkey Remix)  •  HUDSON MOHAWKE   Monde •  BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN   Tougher (Mark Vogel Edit)  • LOS WAWANCO   Tiburon  •  HOAGY CARMICHAEL   Barnacle Bill The Sailor  •  WELDON IRVINE   Bananas  •  MADELINE BELL   I Didn't Want To Have To Do It  •  DEODATO   El Hotel De Adan  • THE GATURS   Get Up  • THE THIRD WAVE   Don't Ever Go  • ST. AUGUSTINE & HIS ROVERS BAND   Abu Special  •  ETOILE DE DAKAR  Thiely  •  RAYMOND SCOTT   Vicks: Formula 44  •  BURNING SPEAR   He Prayed  •  YVES MONTAND   Rue St. Vincent  •  ALICE SWOBODA   Potter's Field  •  SUN RA   21st Century Romance  •  CHEB ZERGUI   Ana Dellali  •  BENNY GOODMAN   I'm Coming Virginia (Live)


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Omar Khorshid & his Guitar - Rakset Al Fadaa  (Les Plus Grands Artistes Du Monde Arabe, 1976)

This originally appeared on Omar Khorshid's 1974 LP Rhythms From the Orient, and later appeared on the 1992 cassette Dr. Zawahiri's Listening Favorites.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sammi Smith - Saunders' Ferry Lane  (Help Me Make It Through The Night, 1971)

Eddie Rabbit once said that trying to paint a verbal picture of Sammi Smith using only a pen & paper and words, is "just about as easy as trying to paint a rainbow with a piece of charcoal". Eddie also loved a rainy night. He loved to hear the thunder and watch the lightning when it lights up the sky. You know it made him feel good.
(Sammi faces off with the tick that gave her lyme disease, circa 1971)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

A public service message brought to you by a blind pianist from Ohio. I especially love it when the background singers shout "LSD!"


Friday, May 1, 2009

As part of an ongoing effort to expose some of the best local talent of the area, KDKB radio released multiple volumes of "Arizona Sounds" in the late seventies, each representing a broad cross-section of the music of the state, "from the serene tranquility of the countryside to the brash urbanity of the cities".

Barbara Hinck appeared on the second volume, released in 1978. I couldn't dig up much information about her beyond what's on the back of the record -- she sang back-up for groups in Minneapolis and played clubs around Phoenix. This original composition was recorded at Hilltop Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.