July 22, 2016
World Party – Bang! (1993)
I first heard the song Is it Like Today? on the speakers at my local coffee shop Otha’s a couple months ago. At first, it reminded me of a mixture of Belle & Sebastian, Pavement, and Spoon and I thought to myself, “What is this new band?!”. Then, after looking the song up, I found it had come out in 1993 by a band called World Party. Where was it all these years?! Despite having gained popularity in the United Kingdom, World Party (essentially the solo project of Karl Wallanger) never really grew to international fame. He released a bunch of records during the 90’s and some in the 00’s. Reading the wiki page, I’m learning some songs even featured Sinéad O’ Connor, must dive into those. The video below for Is it Like Today? is pretty fantastically 90’s-esque. Please enjoy..
July 21, 2016
BRENDA & THE TABULATIONS – DRY YOUR EYES (1967)
I absolutely adore this record. It’s been a go-to of mine for a little while now (I know I’ve mentioned it before on here but I can’t find the post). Brenda & The Tabulations were a group out of Philadelphia in 1966. Brenda Payton has a one of a kind voice in my opinion, and definitely stands out in the girl-group era (note she was the only girl in the band until ’71 when they brought in two female back-up harmony singers). I really love her voice and this whole record is amazing.
Iko Iko came on the other day and..
THE DIXIE CUPS – CHAPEL OF LOVE (1964)
The Dixie Cups were probably best known for the title track off this record Chapel of Love and Iko Iko, however it’s the rest of the record that I enjoy most, particularly I’m Gonna Get You Yet. I love the minimal percussion and female vox. This record was the debut studio album of the New Orleans group, produced by Jerry Lieber, Mike Stoller, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greewich. (Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller produced hits like “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King.)
Speaking of Ben E. King…
Ben E. King – Spanish Harlem (1960)
Spanish Harlem has been on repeat for me as of late, it was also produced by Jerry Lieber with Phil Spector. One of the most beautiful songs to listen to, specifically walking around New York City on a summer day.
December 17, 2015
Rattus Norvegicus – The Stranglers (1977)
This is the first studio album recorded by London Punk band The Stranglers. I’ve been listening to it a lot recently. Hard to believe it was produced in only one week by Martin Rushent (Buzzcocks, Human League). These days I feel like albums take forever to make.
This video of The Stranglers on TopPop is amazing, especially when the air drumming comes in. I think their keyboard player is the only one taking this seriously.
December 16, 2015
Gary Numan – Replicas (1979)
This is an album I’ve adored for quite sometime now, although I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it here. I love Gary Numan, and this is my favorite album of his, although it’s technically released as Tubeway Army and before Gary began releasing his own solo records. (Pleasure Principle & Telekon are also freakin’ amazing). There’s something about solely using synths, live percussion and bass that I absolutely love. The use of the Polymoog is really awesome too, a synth from the 1970’s and one of Moog’s early Polyphonic synthesizers (there aren’t many Moog varieties that are polyphonic). I actually really want one badly! “Down in the Park”, “Are Friends Electric?”, “I’m Praying to The Aliens” are all classics.
May 29, 2015
Wooden Shijps – Contact (2009)
I once posted about Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg’s song “Contact” way back in 2010! I recently discovered this cover version by Wooden Shijps. Pretty contented by the fact that their is a droning, psychedelic version of this song out there. The b-side to the single is “I Hear The Vibrations” which is also worth a listen.
May 24, 2015
O.V. Wright – A Nickel & A Nail & The Ace Of Spades (1971)
O.V. Wright hails from Tennessee and is regarded as one of Southern Soul’s most authoritative and individual artists. He started as the lead singer for numerous gospel groups before being discovered by Roosevelt Jamison, who helped Wright to record That’s How Strong My Love is (which was later covered by Otis Redding and The Rolling Stones). Anyway, I started listening to A Nickel & A Nail & The Ace of Spades somewhat randomly after looking up similar artists to Lee Moses (see post below). It was recorded with the legendary Willie Mitchell in Memphis, and is an absolutely amazing record to listen to, especially on a lazy Sunday like today.
May 24, 2015
Lee Moses – Time and Place (1971)
A friend recently showed me this record by Lee Moses. I was blown away. There is so much raw emotion behind Lee’s lyrics that it’s difficult not to wonder why more people don’t know about him. You really feel like you are there with him going through whatever he’s going through while he’s singin’ his words. Lee Moses, from Atlanta, is probably one of the best kept secrets in Deep Soul. This record Time and Place is something everybody should listen to at least once (but I promise you’ll listen to it more than that..) The title track ‘Time and Place’ is my favorite, along with ‘Free at Last’.