Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hermes Aquino - Eu Quero Ser Teu Rei
(Desencontro De Primavera, 1977)

Aquino spent eight years and his wife's inheritance on L'Arca Amarela (the Yellow Ark), a studio which he built in the misty forest surrounding the Iguazu Falls in Western Brazil. He was never accepted by the local shamans and two sound engineers died mysteriously during the recording of the album from which this song is taken. Despite such trauma, the music is irresistibly joyful: the rhythm a squelchy funk dragged from the swamp and made to join the conga line; a dozen chattering melodies circle and hover through the canopy. A snake swallows a bird that is eating a beetle. Aquino goes back into the ark. His wife brushes his hair and he writes another song.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Goom - Good Morning  (7", 1973)

Sunrise salutations from the magic mushroom band who, it appears, are already eager for a nap.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

In 1973 Floyd Cramer was the number one session player in Nashville. Jerry Lee Lewis even admitted that Cramer had a "sweeter left hand than me". But Cramer was wildly curious about the possibilities of sound, messing about with cutting edge studio technology (assisted by his producer, the guitar legend Chet Atkins) and incorporating Muscle Shoals horns and a rumbling Dixieland rag into his slick country syncopation. The results were both circular and spectacular.


Monday, January 25, 2010

Ronnie & The Ramblers - Bahama Rock
(An Evening With Ronnie, 1972)

Next time you vacation in The Bahamas, drop anchor at the Anchorage Hotel, where good friends meet. No "big city" hotel scene here, just a friendly home town atmostphere. And we do mean friendly! Delightful accommodations overlooking the sea make the Anchorage your vacation hideaway. But when you want to come back to civilization, downtown Nassau is only a pleasant walk away.

Sensous. Sumptuous. Spanish. Those are all descriptions of the brand new Ronnie's Rebel Room, Nassau's newest, biggest night club. Ronnie Butler and his Ramblers opened the new club to a capacity crowd of Bahamian notables, including Prime Minister Lynden O. Pindling and actor Sidney Poitier. Ronnie & The Ramblers had been around for ten years before they got a place to call their own, and what a place. The interior is a sensual blend of warm reds and oranges with cool plum accents, dark wooden arches, gleaming mirrors, and plush carpeting. The lights glow softly from wrought iron chandeliers and the music is warmly Bahamian. "I love it", Ronnie exults. "The mood is exactly right."

The lights are low, the air is cool, but the sounds are warm, the sounds that pack then in at Ronnie's Rebel Room.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Martiniquan midfielders who are in clear violation of the "no hands" rule.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Pesnya Zdravstvui - Venus  (We Like Disco, 1980)

On their way to invade Bonnaroo...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ophelia - Magnificat  (Ophelia, 1979)

"There are many West-Indian artists struggling in Europe and the U.S.A." writes Mark Marie. "Not only because they are lacking in talent, but because they choose to express their lack of artistry in the wrong idiom". Ophelia has managed to avoid this vein by sticking to her roots on her debut album released by the Saultone label. And don't believe for one second that she's a newcomer to the music scene -- or to the stage, for that matter, having twice won the Domenica National Day Tune Award for her performance in the broadway revival of Magnificat, bringing fresh energy to Bernadette Peters' old role as the Red Light Lady of the night.

Friday, January 15, 2010


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Eileen Romey - Live and Learn  (Eileen Romey Sings, 1967)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Laura Yager - Play With Fire  (Play With Fire, 1974)


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Vatche Yeramian - She's Mine  (Tenor Sax & Violin, 1973)

Vatche Yeramian - Garinee

This starts off sounding like what the orchestra plays at the Oscars when they're trying to cut someone's acceptance speech short and force them off the stage. But I promise it gets more interesting.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Rak Klang Klong : A Trip through Bangkok's Floating Vinyl Market.  The highlight of any music lover's vacation in Thailand is a foray into the famous Damphoneon Saduk floating vinyl market. Bustling 'klongs' or canals are filled with flat boats piled high with fresh wax; determined old ladies paddle around frantically, ready to stop at a moment's notice to bargain for a stack of thai 45's; collectors in long-tail boats jockey for position and engage in dramatic bidding wars, even diving overboard on occasion to swim after a wayward record. It's colorful, noisy, and great fun... and if you show up early and don't mind getting a little wet, you may come away with a sackful of curiosities that would even make the king smile.

CLICK HERE to stream all of the tracks Thai-radio style. Or, scroll through the image gallery below to hear & download individual tracks. You can also grab 'em all in a zip file at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!

Chittima, Monthita & Damri - "Rak Proe Chai (A Love-Stained Heart)"  From the 1978 LP entitled Ruean Hor Ror Huai (Waiting For A Lottery Win For The Wedding House). Other amusing song titles on the record include "Why Are You Eating Hay, Man?" and "I'm A Woman, Not A Road!"

Sirima Sunthorn Na Rangsri - "Long Du (Let's Try)"

Wasucha - "Dot Rom (Parachuting)"
From the album Ko Kik Kok (Poor Gangster). "We will certainly meet with you in person someday in the future," Wasucha declares. "Thailand is not wide enough to be an obstacle to our meeting. Wait for our live performance in your province sometime soon. Wasucha will continue to bring you more music as long as you love us."

Phairot Sangwaribut - "Kothan Ko Mi Huachai (Beggars Also Have Hearts)"  (Khi Klak Concrete, 1978) We featured lots more from this album in a post last week. Go here to view it.

Phophin-Trinetr - "Chu Ai Ma Aeo (Telling Lies To Get Out)"
Released in 1984. Other themes explored on the album include crying cowboys and hometown grub.

Suriyan Bunyot - "Rak Mai Long (Can’t Love You)"

"A man's heart flows like water..."

Charam Thepchai & Seksan - "Rao Yok Kafae Ma Wai Nai Ruea (We Bring Coffee Onto The Boat)"
From the album Yor Hor, perhaps the follow up to Yor A Hor.

Phiangphit Siriwilai - "Khon Chai Rai (Heartless One)"

Ong-art Chiraphan - "Sao Ta Ngam (Gorgeous-eyed Girl)"
This is some sort of collaborative album or soundtrack called Sao Ta Ngam, featuring 6 different artists who also join forces for this strange, beautiful song.

Ong Chiraphan participates in counselor training at Camp Feathertail.

Daochai Phaichit - "Kep Wai Thoe-Rak Luang Khong Ther"
Just keep your lying love, she says. From the album Ploen Pleng Kap Daochai Phaichit.

Phonthep Theprat - "Narak"
From the album Yu Di Rue Rai (How’s Life, Good Or Bad?) (1978)

Chairat Thiapthiam - "Chan Tong Leo (I Have To Be Bad)"
From Nang Fa Nai Duang Chai (1978)

Nam Chai - "Kao Thang Khu (Both Old)"
From the album Pai Pai Ma Ma (Back And Forth)

Phimchai Petch-Planchai - "Khon Ban Diew Kan"
A song about folks who are from the same village. Homies, if you will. From the album Khat Rak Hom Chai.

Flight '76 - "Rak Wairun" From the album Bin Pai Kap Khwam Rak (Flying With Love)

The pilot of Flight 76...

...and the crew of Flight 76 would like to wish you a pleasant stay in Bangkok, the City Of Angels.

Phonphan Thammasan - "Mai Mi Ther Nai Sai Fon" From the album entitled Yak Oa Puen Ying Ther Sak Pliang (Want To Get A Gun And Take One Shot At You). My new goal is to obtain a pair of vintage Vovos.

Samat & Phraota - "Do You Know Who I Love?"
From the LP entitled Bok Laew Mai Chuea.

Pi Pat Charti Band - "Sat Chatri"

Suthep Wongkamhaeng - "Phleng Itcha (A Jealous Song)"

Manop Manitprasit - Huang Ther (Worried About Her)"

(A Slave To Love)

Phiangphit Siriwilai - Kat Kan Tit Tor (Out Of Touch)"

The Subaru - "Subaru Banlaeng Chord (The Chords Of The Subaru)" Just when it seemed there was no greater form of transportation than Flight '76, in rolls The Subaru.

Somphop Khongsathittham - "Thong (Gold)"