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10 Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
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Now in his tenth obsessive week, your faithful miner has been endeavoring to hip you crate divers and vinyl junkies to the absurd overabundance of great old records available online. Though it seems like some elaborate April Fool's prank, the virtual universe of full-album downloads seems only to keep expanding. For every blog that comes to an end—voluntarily or otherwise—another dozen spring to life. (And, in cases of outrageously good fortune, they get reincarnated, as with the exalted site Chris Goes Rock, whose heart is now pumping in a brand-new body.)
Speaking of cardiac activity, your heart is sure to race upon hearing this week's ten new thrillers. Highlights include a Beninese cover of a Merle Travis chestnut, the greatest vibraphone/sitar jam of all time (Dave Pike), and an afro/jazz session featuring Pat Patrick, the Sun Ra sideman whose son is the current governor of Massachusetts (A.K. Salim).
Gonna Go Ape Over This
Shorty Rogers ~ "Shorty Rogers Meets Tarzan"
(Blog: Orgy in Rhythm)
African & Latin Percussion Get Jazzed
A.K. Salim ~ "Afro Soul/Drum Orgy"
(Blog: Garden of Delights)
Bill's Payment for the Session?: A $150 Guitar
Wild Bill's Washboard Boys ~ "Baby Yum Yum"
From the album: Feeling for You Baby (mp3)
(Blog: Don't Ask Me...I Don't Know)
[7 more heart-stopping selections, after the jump]
Superstar From Benin Covers Charles Azvanour
Gnonnas Pedro ~ "Kalapchop" (plus a 45 featuring Dark as a Dungeon!)
(Blog: Bermudezyezid Musica y Mas)
From the single: Dark as a Dungeon (mp3)
[For the 45 download, click on "Gnonnas Pedro (Discafric APV 45_023)"]
Journalist Turned Tropicália Touchstone
Jorge Mautner ~ "Jorge Mautner"
(Blog: The Bossa Blog)
Horn-heavy Colombian Party Band
Los Hermanos Martelo ~ "Eroticorythmotropicalomanie, Vol. 1"
(Blog: Listen to Your Ears)
Soul Belter with a Ton of Heart
Debbie Taylor ~ "Comin' Down on You"
(Blog: Milk Crate Breaks)
Groovy Vibes Ragas
Dave Pike Set ~ "Masterpieces 1969-1972"
From the album: Mathar (mp3)
Smoke Gets in Your Ears
Lee Wiley ~ "Night in Manhattan"
From the album: Time on My Hands (mp3)
(Blog: Singer Saints)
South of the Border Fuzz Fest
Ernan Roch con las Voces Frescas ~ "La Onda Pesada"
(Blog: Hippy DJKit)
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