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WFMU, the non-commercial community radio station that hosts Beware of the blog, is smack dab in the middle of its annual two-week fund-raising marathon. Despite the economy remaining in the crapper, WFMU continues to thrive and evolve—purely on the strength of listener/reader contributions.
If you haven't yet made a donation to WFMU, tear yourself away from the magnificent offerings in this week's Motherlode to send WFMU ten measly bucks. Or fifty.
Despite being personally unemployed for two years now (I got laid off during WFMU's 2009 marathon) I've dutifully pumped out these Mining the Audio Motherlodes virtually every week simply because sharing music is an honorable and deeply pleasurable thing to do. So now I ask you to do me the honor and pleasure of making a contribution of any amount to keep WFMU, Beware of the Blog, and Mining the Audio Motherlode hale and hearty for the rest of 2011.
Regular Motherlode visitors please note that a $75 pledge to WFMU will automatically get you a copy of Love Your Motherlode, Again, a full-length CD presenting the most wonderful tracks from my favorite album presented in the past 12 months of Mining the Audio Motherlode. (Just go to WFMU's marathon page, and be sure to check off "Doug Schulkind's Love Your Motherlode, Volume 2" when you make your pledge."
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Asiko Rock Group ~ "Asiko Rock Group"
(Blog: ID Reverberations)
"Loud, demented, afro-funk from Nigeria."
(Cassandra, from ID Reverberations)
"Loud, demented, afro-funk from Nigeria"? Are you trying to kill me with excitement? Are you trying to make me explode? Yes!! You are.
(Peskypesky, commenting at ID Reverberations)
Charlie Nothing ~ "The Psychedelic Saxophone of Charlie Nothing"
(Blog: Magic of Juju)
Being and Nothing
"Do NOT download this if you are musically timid, on medication (the prescribed kind, that is), or have a severe case of tinitis, or your ears may begin to leak copious amounts of fluid. Apparently Mr. Nothing dropped some blotters just before this recording was made for the Takoma label (C-1015) back in 1967. There, you have been warned. Enjoy!"
(Rugrat at Basement Rug)
Various ~ "Cumbias et Tamboritos du Panama"
(Blog: Listen to Your Ears)
"Panamanian music is among the most exciting in the whole Afro-Latin area. On the Afro end are the voices-and-drums tamboritos, sung and played superbly here by groups of young women. The fiddle-and-percussion cumbia and guitar-backed mejorana are both real Creole idioms, whose Spanish and African elements are both crucial. Then there's the carnival music of the diablitos, and oddest of all, the howling gritos of the midnight hours. This is the real thing, taped before the tradition began to fade. It is also the only album devoted to this wonderful idiom, and capped by a charming piece of Choco Indian flute playing.."
(John Storm Roberts, in the liner notes to Street Music of Panama, reissued by Original Music)
The Politicians ~ "Psycha-Soula-Funkadelic"
Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Tea Party motherfuckers
"This is pure, unadulterated hard heavy funk in the style of early Funkadelic, early Ohio Players and those sadly underrated soul bands out of the Invictus stable (100 Proof Aged in Soul, Flaming Ember). The Politicians were in fact the Invictus house band and trombonist McKinley Jackson was in practice its head. This album, originally released under the title "The Politicians featuring McKinley Jackson" in 1972, came into being after Jackson's contact with Funkadelic—he can be heard on Funkadelic's 1971 tune "Back in Our Minds." Impressed with George Clinton's entire Thang, he wrote and recorded "Psycha-Soula-Funkadelic," a heavy funk track washed in psychedelic gimmicks."
(Wino, at Electric Mud)
Eugene McDaniels ~ "Outlaw"
(Blog: You Can Get With DISS...)
La Luh Luh La La, La Luh Luh Luh Luh Luh La La, La La La La La La La La, La La La La La La La La, Smoke a Joint
"'Like many other Americans of the era, something happened to Eugene McDaniels between 1965 and 1970 that transformed him from Gene McDaniels to "Eugene McDaniels the Left Rev. Mc D". The former Mr. McDaniels was a clean-cut soul singer in the mold of Jackie Wilson that enjoyed minor commercial success in the early '60s with songs like "A Hundred Pounds of Clay" and "Tower of Strength"; the reinvented Reverend posited himself as a fervent voice of protest, recording a pair of now-classic records for Atlantic in 1970 and 1971. But where many other artists dabbled in the counterculture to explore different ways of presenting their image or to take advantage of looser codes of moral conduct, McDaniels fully embraced the movement's radical politics -- so much so that then-Vice President Spiro Agnew allegedly called Atlantic to issue a verbal cease-and-desist order upon the release of his second record (Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse) for the label.
(Scott Hreha, at PopMatters)
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