Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lost & Found playlist for 2/18/10

Intro: "Rock and Roll Show" - Ray Ellsworth

Background music for the show: Roy Hargrove Big Band - Emergence

Iggy & the Stooges - "Search and Destroy"
Jim Ford - "I'm Gonna Make Her Love Me"
The Tubes - "Stand Up and Shout"
Shadows of Knight - "Shake"
The Electric Prunes - "Are You Lovin' Me More (But Enjoying It Less)"

Elvis Presley - "Patch It Up"
Rod Stewart - "Jo's Lament"
Bobby Whiteside - "Easy With You"
Nazz - "Loosen Up"
Robin Trower - "Lady Love"

Found Song of the Week: Glossary - "Lonely In a Town"
Little Richard - "In the Name"
Cheap Trick - "Oh, Candy"
The Wackers - "I Hardly Know Her Name"
Roky Erickson - "I'm Gonna Free Her"

Eddie Hazel - "California Dreamin'"
Mott the Hoople - "Original Mixed-Up Kid"
Goose Creek Symphony - "Right Track"
Bobby Charles - "I Must Be In A Good Place Now"
Phillip Goodhand-Tait - "Reach Out For Each Other"

The Kinks - "Do It Again"
Colin Blunstone - "She Loves The Way They Love Her"
The Rolling Stones - "Jigsaw Puzzle"
Clean Living - "Red Lord"

Magic Sam - "That's All I Need"
The Velvet Underground - "There She Goes Again"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

If it's Tuesday, it must be new release day...

There is an interesting release out today for the Lost & Found crowd. Gil Scott-Heron has released his first record in 16 years. It is titled I'm New Here and it doesn't sound like anything he has ever done before. The background music is decidedly electronic and less funky than his older collaborations with Brian Jackson-almost like he had Massive Attack laying down the beats for this one. Seriously. Here is a typical review (from the UK paper The Independent):

Album: Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here

(XL Records) (Rated 4/ 5 stars )

Reviewed by Andy Gill

Like the man himself, Gil Scott-Heron's new album is far from perfect. For starters, there's not much of it, little more than 28 minutes.

And factoring out the brief spoken interludes and the cover versions – most intriguingly, of Bill (Smog) Callahan's "I'm New Here" – leaves just seven brief new bits of fresh material. It doesn't seem much of a haul for his first studio album in 16 years.

Then again, Gil's had other things to occupy his time, most notably the crack-cocaine addiction that led to several jail sentences and left the great political rap pioneer a broken shell of his former self. He was in Rikers Island Prison when XL label boss Richard Russell sought him out in 2006 to discuss the possibility of his recording again, with Russell as producer providing the edgy electronic soundscapes which position Scott-Heron firmly in the modern world.

Rather than tackle big-scale political issues in the manner of classics like "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" and "B-Movie", however, the focus here is on his own situation, about which he harbours few delusions. "If I hadn't been as eccentric, as obnoxious, as arrogant, as aggressive, as disrespectful, as selfish, I wouldn't be me," he observes in one of the interludes, and when he sings of "Me and the Devil walking side by side" in a cover of the Robert Johnson song, the dark, sludgy techno texture seething behind his sandpaper croak leaves little doubt about the personal abyss he has traversed. The motif continues through "Your Soul And Mine", with its reference to Charon, boatman to Hades, while the opening line of Callahan's title-track – "I did not become someone different that I did not want to be" – reflects Scott-Heron's acknowledgement of his responsibility for his problems. Set to gently hypnotic acoustic guitar, it holds out the possibility of redemption within the cyclical scheme of things.

Elsewhere, "New York Is Killing Me" employs complex hand-clapping patterns to underscore his personal experience of sick-city syndrome, while "On Coming From A Broken Home" is a tribute to the grandmother with whom the young Gil was sent to live, and by extension women in general: "Womenfolk raised me, and I was full-grown before I knew I came from a broken home". Again, there's no attempt to seek extenuation, just as the junkie subject of "The Crutch" is depicted without judgement, just sympathy for his "world of nod, a world of lonely men and no love, no God". As with the man, so with this album: it might fall short in some regards, but such is the heart and the mind involved that what little is left should be treasured accordingly.

Here is a video for the first single "Me and the Devil":

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Lost & Found playlist for 2/4/10

Intro: "Spreadin' Honey" - The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Background music for the show: V/A - Psych-Funk 101

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "I Learned the Hard Way"
The Cautions - "Watch Your Step"
The Dynamics - "My Life Is No Better"
Barbara Randolph - "I Got a Feeling"
The Falcons - "You Must Know I Love You"

Little Ann - "Possession"
Jimmy Radcliffe - "Long After Tonight Is Over"
Eula Cooper - "Shake Daddy Shake"
Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson - "We Got Our Bag"
Billy Young - "Have Pity On Me"

Poem for Black History Month: "Idea of Ancestry" - Etheridge Knight

Tyrone Davis - "Have You Ever Wondered Why?"
Lee Moses - "Bad Girl, Pt. 1"
Mebusas - "Did You Know"
Joe Hinton - "You Know It Ain't Right"
Garnet Mimms - "As Long As I Have You"

Lady Margo - "I Had To Go"
Duke & Leonard - "You've Lost Your Soul"

The Blues Cellar:
T-Model Ford - "Cut You Loose"
Elmore James - "My Bleeding Heart"
Paul Jones - "Roll That Woman"
R.L. Burnside - "Walkin' Blues"
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers - "Driftin' Blues"

Paul Pena - "My Adorable One"
Eddie Daye & the Four Bars - "What Am I Gonna Do"
J.J. Jackson - "The Stones That I Throw"
Louis Younger - "Remember Not To Forget"
Dorothy Williams - "Close To My Baby"

Poem for Black History Month: "We Real Cool" - Gwendolyn Brooks

The Brothers of Soul - "Come On Back"
Marie "Queenie" Lyons - "I'll Drown In My Own Tears"
Linda Jones - "I Can't Stop Loving My Baby"
Bessie Banks - "Go Now"
Bobby "Blue" Bland - "Yield Not To Temptation"

Sugar Simone - "I Love My Baby"

Outro: "Beautiful Baby" - The Clangers

Monday, February 01, 2010

New Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings LP coming! The new record, entitled I Learned the Hard Way, is due on April 6th, 2010. Want more than simple news? Ok, go here, enter your email address to subscribe to the Daptone Records email newsletter and receive an MP3 of the title track right away. You're welcome!

From the Daptone website:

Produced by Bosco Mann and recorded on an Ampex eight-track tape machine by Gabriel Roth in Daptone Records’ House of Soul studios, this record drips with a warmth and spontaneity rarely found since the golden days of Muscle Shoals and Stax. Sharon’s raw power, rhythmic swagger, moaning soulfulness, and melodic command set her firmly alongside Tina Turner, James Brown, Mavis Staples, and Aretha as a fixture in the canon of soul music. From the lush Philly-Soul fanfare that ushers in “The Game Gets Old” at the top of the record, to the stripped down Sam Cooke-style “Mama Don’t Like My Man” at the tail, the Dap-Kings dance seamlessly through both the most crafted and simple arrangements with subtlety and discipline. I Learned the Hard Way is the “Daptone Sound” at its finest.

UPDATE: Go here to stream the song.