Friday, April 19, 2013

No Shame in My Game-1992

Gang Starr's Daily Operation, released on May 5, 1992 remains an absolute pinnacle in Hip-Hop. I remember distinctly my disbelief at the Source's luke warm review. Back in the day I turned many a head on to this one and everyone I knew loved this record at first listen. I converted a lot of my peers to Hip-Hop in the late 80's and early 90's, it wasn't hard considering how the art form was peaking at the time. By 1992 Hip-Hop was pretty much all I listened to, with the occasional foray into My Bloody Valentine, Guided By Voices, Unrest and Pavement (pale face roots).

Hip-Hop's general lack of sentimentality is something I miss and could use more of in my life-sad sack pop music has made me too much of a sucker, a easy mark. On another personal note I get a kick out of how my mom got her Master's degree from DJ Premier's alma mater, Prairie View A&M.  If you don't own this album make a point to get it. A handful of my favorite tracks from Daily Operation follow.  RIP Guru.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Looking Just Like a Ghost

Zipping thru the days at lightning speed.  Amphetamine fallout and psychic dislocation in 1966. "You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal".

And that's approximately how it feels folks!
Vaya Con Dios

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Girls' Faces Formed the Forward Path

The Maze by William Kurelek
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1. Take Me Home and Make Me Like It- Alex Chilton- "black leather thoughts and whip like words".  Alex lets his freak flag fly.  Baby do you like it?

2. I'm Partial To Your Abracadabra- Ian Dury and the Blockheads- "I'm partial to your abracadabra, I'm raptured by the joy of it all, So stop me where you start, The cockles of his heart the panties send it right up the wall".  Dury really excelled at writing clever, horny lyrics see also "wake up and make love to me".

3.  Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind- The Lovin' Spoonful- "Did you ever have to make up your mind, pick up on one and leave the other behind, It's not often easy, and not often kind"  yeah I just keep quoting lyrics I know.  Here's something John Sebastian and I share the same birthday, along with Nat King Cole and Elis Regina- illustrious company, right.  All March 17th pisces.  Okay back to quoting lyrics.

4. I Can't Believe What You Say- Ike and Tina Turner- Lack of trust never sounded so good!

5. Modern Don Juan- Buddy Holly- "I ain't nothing but a man in love". Who could have predicted that the modern Don Juan would come from Lubbock, Texas.  You might have noticed that I try to get the songs in these mixes talking to each other. 

6. Spanish Bombs- The Clash- Clash spanish is like a language unto itself! Probably the first place I heard of Lorca as a young-un. 

7. Trying to Get to You- Elvis Presley- Such a beautiful vocal- straight unschooled passionate singing.  This is probably my favorite track from the Sun Sessions. 

8. Do It All Night- Prince- Ah the good part of a relationship when you're lighting her up like a pinball machine!  And when I say you, I really mean me.  Sadly no Prince survives on youtube, so here's the back cover to Dirty Mind lp from whence this comes.  

9. So This Is Love?- Van Halen- "take me home, I'm just skin and bone!" David Lee Roth was such a ham, I love it. 

10. Cruel To Be Kind- Nick Lowe- Perfect pop song!  In terms of cruelty I think women have men beat hands down, they can take a guy and totally destroy him.  Then again I'm a man so admittedly biased. 

11. Tear Ya Down- Motorhead- Back to more important subject matter such as making toes curl etc. Lemmy is "really into long leg girls" and I concur.  "I'll give you supernatural powers!"  

12. Garter Belt- John Lurie- Damn feminist theory sure makes me horny!  Just kidding, this is an interesting and slow paced film (my favorite kind), but don't get all hot and bothered- cause you won't. 

13. Je T'aime...Moi Non Plus- Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin- Never let your guard down. I don't love you is definitely the best response or if you want to be nicer, try let's take it slow. I have an old Rolling Stone from 1969 where they pan this single, amazing, but on second thought not surprising considering the source.

14. Take Care of Me- Iggy Pop- "Take care of me, somebody should, hey I'm pretty good!"  Heh, it's all about loving yourself.  If this mix was an lp, this would be the beginning of side two. "I've done my best, now you do the rest!"

15. One Sided Love Affair- Elvis Presley- "If you know you can't take it, then baby why try to give it" - good point Elvis.  

16. Mean When I'm Mad- Eddie Cochran- Sometimes it pays to be mean.

17. Two Little Hitlers- Elvis Costello- It's probably not healthy to view relationships as power struggles, but it often seems to be the case.  "Two little hitlers will fight it out until, one little hitler does the other one's will".

18. Where Were You- Dick Campbell-Most of this record is a really shame faced, if amusingly so, cop of mid period Dylan, but this track is different and probably the best song on the record.

19. The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage- Smokey Robinson and the Miracles- So there is some debate whether or not Dylan ever really said that Smokey Robinson was America's greatest poet, but either way its a great quote, whoever said it.  And some writers have tried to make a case that it wasn't so much about lyrics, as his voice and delivery, which is bullshit, these are great lyrics, masterful. 

20. Blue Turns To Grey- The Rolling Stones- An old friend of mine passed away this February.   Many years ago he turned me on to early and mid 60's Rolling Stones beyond the obvious hits, I remember borrowing those records from him and particularly the impression this track from December's Children made.  Beautiful stuff.

21. Fifth Time Thru- William- Hey it's me!  Long time ago, bout 13 years now- good song, nice chord changes and lyrics.  I could sing this much better nowadays and I'd probably decide to rock a lot less on that outro guitar solo too, heh I was an excitable boy at the time, maybe I'll re-record it one day. "There's so many things to do, other than fall in love, and there's so much that I could do, rather than getting hung up on you"- Need to start taking my own advice as well.

Me and my shadow.
22. Manha De Carnaval- Vince Guaraldi Trio-

23. Buried Bones- Tindersticks w/ Ann Magnuson- "I could take all the crazy out of you, that's what I loved you for".

24. Looks Like December- Antonio Carlos Jobim- Tus besos nunca mas.