Give the Drummer Some's
Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
Sure, I'm sore about not making it to the WFMU Record Fair this past weekend. Even wallowing neck-deep in the geyser of free music available online doesn't salve the dull ache of missing that cavernous conflagration of consonance. But I have to admit, it comes pretty damn close. A few months ago, I arrived home from a nearby used-record store to discover that several of the pristine-looking LPs sported unplayable scratches. Being a great adorer of used record stores, I was kind of repulsed, but also fascinated that, after only a few minutes of hunting and pecking the blogs, I'd found and downloaded clean digital versions of those same albums. I'd love to declare that downloading free music will never replace the joy of sitting on the floor of some dingy vinyl emporium, thumbing through dollar bins. But I think I'd be lying.
Lee Fields ~ "Let's Talk It Over"
Lee Fields Forever
"Renowned throughout the global Funk community, Lee Fields has poured his grunts and screams over a legacy of funk and soul hits from the early seventies, including such 45 rpm classics as "She’s a Lovemaker," "The Bull Is Coming," and "The Funky Screw," not to mention his well sought after Let’s Talk It Over LP. This LP draws four digit bids from collectors worldwide." (Description, posed at Truth & Soul)
(Oneness of) JuJu ~ "Chapter Two: Nia"
(Blog: Flabbergasted Vibes)
"JuJu was formed in 1972 in California and has performed on the east & west coasts. Their first record was A Message From Mozambique. They are part of the musical understanding that pays respect to the traditional greatness of the masters of the past & recent years. These must include the traditional musicans of Africa, Potato, Totico Chocolate & Co. of the Caribbean diaspora, the masters of New Orleans to the recent & present Coltrane, Ayler, Taylor, Coleman, Shepp, Art Ens. of Chicago, Pharoah, Sun Ra & others." (Thulani Nkabinde, from the liner notes)
Mucke Fuck ~ "Mucke Fuck"
(Blog: The Growing Bin)
"Before you download this I'd like to speak out a warning. This self titled Mucke Fuck LP from 1973 on the tiny and possibly private Knöterich label is funny (silly, etc) and entertaining and the sound is quite 'recorded at home in Dad's beercellar' (it probably was...)—horrible that is. There's bits of music—folkrock with dissonant singing and grunting, lots of spoken word (German and sometimes even some English) and laughter… After hearing the whole thing you might end up sitting down in the cellar with these young guys taking two and passing. 'Would you mind to give me another one of those lovely sugarcubes? Here's another beer!' P.S. 'Mucke Fuck' is the German slang word for ersatz coffee, probably originated from the French 'mocca faux.'" (Description by Basso, at The Growing Bin)
Amadou Balaké ~ "A New York!"
(Blog: Globe Groove)
"Amadou Balaké is, apart from a musical hero, an artist with more than average dose of authenticity. He can perform with any band and still be recognizable as Amadou Balaké. And not only that, but he can play the same song with another orchestra, and it will sound like a completely new song!" (Description by WrldServ, from a post of another Balaké LP at Worldservice)
Blind Idiot God ~ "Blind Idiot God"
(Blog: Dust in the Nostrils)
There Are No Words
"They were a power trio from St Louis, Missouri, and managed to get themselves in with the Downtown scene in New York. Hell, I won't bore you with the details that I just found on the internets - you can look it up yourselves. What I will say is that to my knowledge it's unusual for a hardcore band to begin their debut album with a quote from the introduction to Stravinsky's Firebird, and to perform a cover of an old Meters single (there's a Funkadelic cover on their second album, which I will also put here if this one proves popular)." (Description by Dustin Schnozzman, at Dust in the Nostrils)
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