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I bought so many records on my early April jaunt to Spain (beginning with a long layover in Philly, then stops in Granada, as well as Barcelona and another long layover in London before returning home), that it took me a couple months just to listen to them all. Add in a trip to Cuba (expect Sorpresa Musical #3 this Summer) and the close of the semester and those are the reasons it took so long to get this mix together after promising it last month. You’ll definitely hear more from these records over the years, these just happen to be my favorite 20 tracks. “Iluminadas” might end up being the name for this kind of thing, might be a one-off just for this mix, time will tell. For now, enjoy the sounds…a bit on the psychedelic side, but I doubt you’ll mind. Dig on it!

Iluminadas – Psychedelic Gems Dug Up In Spain

Playlist:
Los Jaivas – Tarka y Ocarina (excerpt) – Los Jaivas (EMI)
Modulos – Dulces Palabras – Realidad (Hispavox)
Mashmakhan – I Know I’ve Been Wrong – Mashmakhan (Columbia)
O Terço – Pano De Fundo – Criaturas Da Noite (Underground)
Trust – Joue Joue – Le Mutant (Phillips)
Leigh Stephens – Simple Song – With A Cast Of Thousands (Charisma)
Frankie Beverly’s Raw Soul – Understanding – 7″ (Gregar)
Freddie McGregor – Get Involved – 7″ (Sol-Fa)
Skorpió – Menetirány – Ünnepnap (Pepita)
Conexion – Walking To The Fire – 7″ (Movieplay)
Trilogy – I’m Beginning To Feel It – I’m Beginning To Feel It (Mercury)
Om – Excusa 6/8 – Om (Edigsa)
Marc Hamilton – C’est Que Tout Va Bien – Marc Hamilton (Trans-Canada)
Andrea Centazzo – Ode To Nazim Hikmet – Ictus (PUD)
Ananda Shankar – Streets Of Calcutta – Ananda Shankar & His Music (EMI)
Azul y Negro – Fantasia De Piratas – 7″ (Mercury)
Sylvia Tella – Stars In Your Eyes – Spell (Sarge)
Modrý Efekt & Radim Hladík – Čajovna – Modrý Efekt & Radim Hladík (Supraphon)
Françoise Hardy – J’ai Coupé Le Téléphone – Françoise (Concert Hall)
Terry Callier – You Goin’ Miss Your Candyman – What Color Is Love? (Cadet)

FraneSmoked

I don’t know about you, but 2016 has been a strange year for me…been tough to get into a groove for pretty much the whole Spring, which I’m sure those of you still kicking around here have noticed. But with the end of the semester and a three month break from teaching. I’m looking forward to this Summer and all that is to come. I will definitely get up that promised mix of vinyl dug up in Spain over the next week and get back into a more regular posting pattern as well.

I have some BIG plans for the blog this year, which hopefully will all coincide with our 7th anniversary in July. One of the plans is having some LA DJs who I admire create mixes from some of my favorite tracks over the years. I’ve recently gotten the first mix in, from LA’s very own DJ Frane, and it’s spectacular…since I’m feeling so groovy about the future, I thought I’d give you a little taste of his mix, so here’s seven minutes and thirty three seconds of mellow goodness courtesy of DJ Frane & Melting Pot…Dig On It!

DJ Frane – 7 Years Of Melting Pot Mix (Teaser)

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Beautiful night at Funky Sole last night…it’s almost always a beautiful night at Funky Sole, mind you, but last night was especially beautiful. Part of it was some new lights that bathed the entire club in Blue (which is my favorite color), but also it was beautiful to be with a crowd of dancers as Clifton paid tribute to Prince to close out the last hour of the night, with the shades of Blue replaced by Purple.

For my part, I put together a solid set, no Prince involved in it, since I knew that’s how we would close (and also, quite frankly, I don’t have a lot of Prince on vinyl, though it was nice to play my copy of “Take Me With U” as the “Last Call” song of the night). FunkySole42316 The set features a mix of deep cuts and classic breaks, with a couple of tracks inspired by “Soul Makossa,” before playing one of my favorite club cuts from the Makossa man himself. Also kicked things up a notch tempo-wise late in the set, with some extra upbeat songs that really tested the dancers. At some point I’m going to clear this dance floor, but as of yet all of my attempts have failed, the Funky Sole faithful are a stalwart bunch. I was especially impressed with those who got down while James Black was letting loose on the Mary Jane Hooper song near the end. That is just one of the many things I love about Funky Sole and why it’s the space I feel most comfortable dancing myself. Great crowd, great space, great sound and great DJs. Big thanks as always to Miles, Clifton, Nancy, Yenny and everyone else. Enjoy the sounds and check our Facebook page for a little bit of video from the Prince tribute.

Guest DJ Set at Funky Sole: 04-23-2016

Funky Sole: 04-23-2016
1. The Nite-Liters – Con-Funk-Shun – The Nite-Liters (RCA)
2. Marília Pêra- Shirley Sexy – O Cafona: Original Soundtrack (Som Livre)
3. Armando Travioli – Sessomatto – How Can Sex Be Funny: Original Soundtrack (West End)
4. Mandingo – The Headhunter – III (EMI)
5. Manu Dibango – New Bell – Soul Makossa (Atlantic)
6. Gary Bartz & the NTU Troop – Dr. Follow’s Dance – Follow, The Medicine Man (Prestige)
7. James Brown – Sayin’ It & Doin’ It – Hell (Polydor)
8. Myra Barnes – Super Good Pt. 1 – 7″ (King)
9. The Unemployed – They Won’t Let Me – 7″ (Cotillion)
10. Lonette McKee – Stop (Don’t Worry About It) – 7″ (M-S)
11. Billy Garner – I Got Some Pt. 1 – 7″ (BGP)
12. The People’s Choice – Big Ladies Man – 7″ (Phil L.A. of Soul)
13. John Ellison – You’ve Got To Have Rhythm – 7″ (Phil L.A. of Soul)
14. Marva Whitney – Unwind Yourself – It’s My Thing (Famous Flame)
15. The Chevelles – The Gallop – 7″ (Flaming Arrow)
16. Franciene Thomas – I’ll Be There – 7″ (Tragar)
17. Mr. Pitiful & the Ghettos – Ghetto Stroll – 7″ (Equator)
18. Mary Jane Hooper – I’ve Got What You Need – James Black: (I Need) Altitude (Night Train International)
19. The Sandpebbles – Forget It – 7″ (Calla)

CastorTreats

So, lately, since leaving the regularity of a weekly radio show (or semi-regularity as was often the case at KPFK), I’ve had some difficulty getting motivated enough to put together a show from home. For a period of time, it felt like I was in existential swamp, not sure what to do, where to go, feeling a bit stuck. During a bit of re-organization ’round my place, I knocked over some older mini-disks, which way back in the day I used as an archive means before the days of MP3’s and WAV’s. On a few of those, I remembered there were a few mixes that I had put together after I had moved to the Bay Area and had begun to spend a little more time on mixing and DJ-ing. These mixes were original for cassettes (it was after all back in the day when “mixtapes” were actually put onto tapes), so they end up being about 45 minutes a piece, and coming out of radio and a being a Southerner, it’s hard for me to just chop things up, so there’s only about ten songs on each. I’m thinking that there were more of these, but seems that I only archived these three sides, perhaps because I didn’t really think the others were up to snuff.

Even looking at these 16-17 years later, they ain’t half bad. I kinda wish I’d spent more time developing my mixing skills, to be able to beat juggle and match, instead of the somewhat jarring jump cuts that I employed at this time or the simple cross fade I do nowadays. Some of the songs are familiar, some a bit deeper, but there’s quality on the them all. Most importantly, I feel like listening to these snapped me out of my funk (pun intended) and helped me to get myself back on track so that I can regularly post new mixes and “Melting Pot Radio Hours” in the weeks to come. So, here you go, Funky Treats For Funky Peeps, volumes 1-3. The title now strikes me as being a little hokey, but I might resurrect it in the future…Enjoy!

Funky Treats For Funky Peeps Vol. 1
Tracklist:

1. Jimmy Castor Bunch – It’s Just Begun
2. Harlem Underground Band – Smokin’ Cheeba Cheeba
3. The Fatback Band – Mr. Bassman
4. Lee Dorsey – Occapella
5. The Chubuckos – House Of Rising Funk
6. Jimmy Smith – I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More Babe
7. Cymande – The Message
8. Blue Mitchell – The Message
9. Rusty Bryant – The Fire Eater
10. Albert Ayler – New Generation
11. Ernie Hines – Our Generation

Funky Treats For Funky Peeps Vol. 2
Tracklist:

1. King Curtis – Memphis Soul Stew
2. S.O.U.L. – Soul
3. Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul – I’ve Got So Much Trouble In My Mind
4. Detroit Emeralds – You’re Getting A Little Too Smart
5. Jimmy Smith – Root Down (And Get It!)
6. Herbie Hancock – Watermelon Man
7. Leon Thomas – China Doll
8. Cymande – Fug

Funky Treats For Funky Peeps Vol. 3
Tracklist:

1. Archie Shepp – Attica Blues
2. Buddy Rich – Big Mac
3. Mandingo – The Headhunter
4. Manu DiBango – New Bell
5. Gary Bartz – Follow The Medicine Man
6. The Black Byrds – Rock Creek Park
7. James Brown – A Blind Man Can See It
8. Larry Coryell – Morning Sickness
9. Miles Davis – Black Satin
10. Earth Wind & Fire – Bad Tune

SorpresaDos

It took a lot longer than I intended, but that longer wait, hopefully just made it all the better, especially since I get to present it as Christmas present to all of you…here (FINALLY!) is the second mix of music dug up in Cuba, this time focusing solely on LPs. Some of these records I’ve featured here, some I’ll be featuring in coming months, lots of fantastic sounds. I have no doubt that there will be more of these as I continue digging in Cuba, which I hope to get back to in May 2016. Until then..Dig On It!

Sorpresa Musical Volume 2

Sorpresa Musical Vol. 2 – Tracklist:
1. Mirtha y Raul – Ya No Habran Raices – Mirtha y Raul
2. Chucho Valdes – Invento No. 4
3. Rafael Somavilla – La Batea
4. Eddy Gaytan y Su Combo – Para Vigo Me Voy
5. Omara – Soy Cubano
6. Lucecita – So Una Raza Pura
7. Irakere – Xiomara
8. Los D’aida – Canto A Ogún/Es Mi Manera/Da Igual
9. Senen Suarez – Sonsoneando
10. Grupo Sazon – Baconao
11. Vicente Rojas – Esto No Es Para Bailar
12. Son 14 – A Bayamo En Coche
13. Pacho Alonso – El Upa Upa Del Chambelán
14. Juan Pablo Torres y Algo Nuevo – Extracto De Son
15. Juan Formell y Los Van Van – Cuentame
16. Olivia Byington – Procissão
17. José María & Sergio Vitier – Riesgo
18. Silvio Rodriguez – Cancion Tema De El Hombre De Maisinicu*

DungenBedRockLA2

{Now that I’m all caught up, I’ll be taking off the rest of this week and enjoying Thanksgiving. I WILL be back in December with more music and mixes along the lines of the one below to stand in for radio, at least for the moment. Onwards and upwards peoples!}

As should be clear by now, Dungen is one of my favorite contemporary bands, perhaps my single favorite band of the 21st century. Aside from the great respect I have for each of the individual members talents, it is their collective approach to sound that I admire most. In the month since I had the opportunity to interview the band and watch them perform, none of my admiration for the band has dimmed. If anything it has only deepened. This mix began just as something that I wanted to create for my long commutes, from Glendale to Long Beach, and for future road trips. But I decided to share this mix, which covers 20 of my personal favorites from the bands six full-length studio albums, as a means of spreading the band’s music and frontman Gustav Ejstes’ philosophy connected to it. As he said in our interview and wrote in my copy of Tio Bitar, the music IS yours…Enjoy!

Dungen: The Music Is Yours – Personal Favorites 2002-2015

DungenLP

Tracklist:
1. Allas Sak (Allas Sak)
2. Tyst Minut (Ta Det Lugnt)
3. Mina Damer Och Fasaner (4)
4. Solen Stiger Upp Del 1 & Del 2 (Stadsvangringar)
5. Flickor Och Pojkar (Allas Sak)
6. Krona (Stadsvindringar)
7. Festival (Ta Det Lugnt)
8. Högdalstoppen (Skit I Allt)
9. Det Tar Tid (4)
10. Familj (Tio Bitar)
11. Sol Och Regn (Stadsvandringar)
12. Panda (Ta Det Lugnt)
13. Fredag (4)
14. Brallor (Skit I Allt)
15. Det Du Tänker Idag Är Du I Morgon (Ta Det Lugnt)
16. En Gång I År Kom Det En Tår (Tio Bitar)
17. En Gång Om Året (Allas Sak)
18. Satt Att Se (4)
19. Soda (Skit I Allt)
20. C. Visar Vagen (Tio Bitar)

FunkySole112015

At the last minute Miles asked me to fill-in for him on the Funky Sole stage. As it’s my single favorite soul/funk night, there was no way that I could resist. Additionally, since by the time he asked I knew that I’d be giving up my KPFK show, I liked the idea of having a built in depression-breaker in putting together a set for the Funky Sole faithful. I kept this one a bit more soulful than I have previously, starting with a little tribute to New Orleans drummer Smokey Johnson who passed earlier in the month, though things start to move all over the place closer to the end of the set. As usual the dance floor was packed all night and smiles were a plenty. For me, the highlights were watching the B-Boys and B-girls do their thing to Rufus Thomas and the Jackson Sisters and watching everybody get real sexy with it when I dropped the needle on Sylvia Striplin’s “You Can’t Turn Me Away.” Just one night after I’d given up the opportunity to share music on-air, it was a brilliant experience share music directly for folks, to bring them joy, have them dance and have a good time. One of the things I am most thankful for has been the multiple opportunities to play music for that crowd. It is always my pleasure…

Guest DJ Set at Funky Sole: 11-07-2015

1. Smokey Johnson – It Ain’t My Fault – 7″ (Nola)
2. Sam & Dave – I Thank You – I Thank You (Atlantic)
3. Machito – Hold On, I’m Comin’ – Machito Goes Memphis (RCA)
4. Jeanne & the Darlings – Soul Girl – 7″ (Volt)
5. Betty Harris – Mean Man – 7″ (Sansa)
6. The Harvey Averne Dozen – You’re No Good – Viva Soul (Atlantic)
7. The Precisions – What I Want – 7″ (Drew)
8. Willie West & the Soul Investigators – She’s So Wise – 7″ (Timmion)
9. Sam Dees – Lonely For You Baby – 7″ (SSS)
10. Yuzo Kayama & the Launchers – Violet Sky – All About Yuzo Kayama (Toshiba)
11. Ray Barretto – The Soul Drummers – Acid (Fania)
12. Eddie Palmieri – Ay Que Rico – Champagne (Tico)
13. The Packers – Pure Soul – Hole In The Wall (Pure Soul)
14. Freddie Scott – You Got What I Need – 7″ (Shout)
15. The Meters – Chicken Strut – Struttin’ (Josie)
16. Rufus Thomas – Itch & Scratch Pt. 2 – 7″ (Stax)
17. The Jackson Sisters – I Believe In Miracles – 7″ (Mums)
18. Sly Stone – Crossword Puzzle – 7″ (Epic)
19. King Gerson Combo – Melo Do Hulk – 7″ (Polydor)
20. Jean Knight – Do Me – 7″ (Stax)
21. Sugar Billy – Super Duper Love – Super Duper Love (Fast Track)
22. SYlvia Striplin – You Can’t Turn Me Away – 12″ (Uno Melodic)
23. Antonio Carlos e Jocafi – Kabaluere – Voce Abuous (RCA)

Sorpresa Musical Vol. 1!!!

September 7th, 2015

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Finally, here is my first mix of Cuban music dug up during my recent visit to Havana. In this case, I’ve focused only on the 45s, with 20 songs that cover a wide variety of styles, but heavily favor the 1960s. Stay tuned for Volume 2, focused on the LPs, in the very near future…Dig on it!

Sorpresa Musical: Volume #1

Sorpresa Musical Vol 1 – Tracklist:
1. Los Meme – Como Sea
2. Mirta y Raul – Donde El Cielo Va A Encontrarse Con El Mar
3. Orquesta Cubana De Musica Moderna – La Soga
4. Orquesta Cuba Ritmo – Chocolate Sin Menta
5. Martha Justiniani – No Tienen Color
6. Orquesta Sensacion – Shake De Amor
7. Mirta Medina – Donde Va Mi Corazon
8. Conjunto Los Latinos – Quemando
9. Senen Suarez – Ritmo Son Son
10. Farah Maria y Orquesta Egrem – Oh! Cuanto Te Amo
11. Los Van Van – Resuelve
12. Raul Gomez – 6 Son
13. Modo – Nevajag Raudat
14. Grupo Irakere – Baila Mi Ritmo
15. Raul Gomez – Anatomia De Un Problema
16. Puntillita – Olvidate Muchacha
17. Lourdes Gil y Los Galantes – Marty
18. Maggie Carles – Te Vas A Casar
19. Mirta y Raul – El Salvaje Del Amor Pierde La Felicidad
20. Chucho Valdes – Sonidos Siderales

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