Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Mississippi's own General Crook with his self-titled album from '74 on Wand Records. Crook was signed to Capital records at the age of 24, but was unable to make any waves until he signed to Down to Earth Records and reached #22 on the R&B charts in '70 with "Gimme Some." This is hands down one of the best album covers of all time, check his general's coat and hat while drinking out of a chalice with no pants on. Dope. Highlights include "Fever In The Funkhouse" and "Reality." The General is able to bring the funk while also singing some great soul burners, here's the album. I'm also throwing in the track "Do It For Me" as a bonus.
Tell Me What'Cha Gonna Do
Monday, March 29, 2010
Mostly known as the front man for T-Rex, Marc Bolan is considered one of the originators of glam/boogie rock. Besides his sometimes overlooked great work with T-Rex, Bolan also made some solo albums and was a member of John's Children and then the folk duo Tyrannosaurus Rex before evolving into T-Rex. I recently had Justyn and Kevin drop me some Bolan, Kevin recommended his solo album from '74 The Beginning of Doves and Justyn gave me the track "The Lilac Hand of Menthol Dan" during Bolan's brief stint with John's Children in '67. The Beginning of Doves was a departure for Bolan at the time he created it, it's a bluesy-folk album with South American influences. I suggest picking up the album if possible, especially after hearing the track "Beyond the Rising Sun" which can be downloaded below. Thanks for these tracks furls.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Boston's The Lyres debut album On Fyre from '84. Most members were in DMZ before forming the Lyres. This is one of the band's must have albums, check out "Help You Ann" with it's repetitive stomping riff. These guys held it down all through the 80's, helping to keep that old school garage sound alive while also staying original.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Atlanta's Lee Moses' Time and Space from '71 along with bonus tracks. Castle Music released this anthology in '02, a long over due release of the mysterious guitar playing soul singer. Lee's raw, passionate delivery over his funky guitar is unmatched, he also slows it down with soulful ballads such as "My Adorable One" which appears twice on this anthology. Moses died unsung in '97, let's keep his lost soul treasures alive- this one is not to be missed, check it.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Bassist and singer Jared Warren, former member of Karp, and Coady Willis, former drummer for Murder City Devils team up to create this exploration into stoner sludgy metal with the band Big Business. Their debut Head For The Shallow released in '05 is like Karp with riffs, an original sound that is hard to believe only a two piece can achieve. All 8 tracks on the album rip, "Focus Pocus" and "Eis Hexe" are my personal favorites, here's the whole album. Play loud.
Friday, March 19, 2010
One of the best Krautrock albums of all time, Can's experimental Tago Mago from '71 still blows my mind every time I listen to it. The album contains everything from deep heavy grooves to soft interludes, it's way ahead of it's time. This is definitely one of those albums that has had a deep influence on my musical tastes, see what the album does for you.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Garage Wednesday brings us the debut of The Litter Distortions from '67. These Minneapolis natives made a name for themselves with the single "Action Woman" off the album, a hard fiery stomper with great vocals and a ripping guitar solo. The rest of the album is filled out with decent covers of British Invasion bands such as the Yardbirds' "Rock My Mind," and the Small Faces' "What'cha Gonna Do About It?" Other highlights include "Codine" (my favorite) and the instrumental "The Mummy." A great listen all the way through, I'm also throwing in "Mindbreaker" the single off the band's second album $100 Fine from '68. The Litter start experimenting with a more psychedelic sound on their second and third releases, eventually disbanding around '70. Their third album Emerge from '69 also contains some great shit, here's the B side of the single "Silly People" titled "Feeling" ripped off a 45 that also appears on the band's third album. Enjoy.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
It's already Furltracks 100th post today, thanks to everyone out there following this blog and contributing music- it has been an enjoyable experience. In celebration, here's the deep funk instrumental album Sounding Out The City from the El Michels Affair. Released in '05 on Truth and Soul Records, this album stands alone in replicating funk grooves from the late 60's and early 70's leaving all other funk revival albums obsolete. El Micheals Affair created this album using non-updated instruments and a cheap lo-fi studio quality to keep away from the obviously technologically induced funk revival bands which are in abundance these days. This combined with an original use of latin and jazz-funk touches equals the unique sound of this album. From the opening track "Detroit Twice" to the ending cover of Isaac Hayes' "Hung Up On My Baby" this album is a great listen all the way through, keeping non-repetitive and fresh with the tracks only each lasting 3-4 minutes a piece. In other words, it's a great sunny day soundtrack- throw it on at your next BBQ. These furls are also responsible for the album that I posted a couple months back Enter the 37th Chamber which came out last year. Check it out if you haven't already.
Musings To Myself
Monday, March 15, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Goin' down the "Funnel of Love" with the queen of rockabilly Wanda Jackson. The song was recorded in '61, Wanda was discovered by Hank Johnson in '54 and transitioned into a country singer later in her career achieving decent success. She's also still touring at the age of 73. This track has became legendary in its own right- check out her singing during the opening of the song. Was diggin' through the archives earlier this week and came along this rad cover of the Classic IV's "Spooky" by Gary Walker and the Rain and have been listening to it quite a bit, so I'm throwing it in as a bonus. It's more psychedelic than the original, it contains some tripped-out special effects and a guitar solo. Yeah furls...
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The Japanese band Blues Creation with their first all original album Demon and Eleven Children from '71. Eight tracks of pure heavy psych madness in the same vein as their fellow countrymen Flower Travellin' Band. Band leader, creator Kazuo Takeda was most likely listening to Sabbath, Cream, and Zeppelin during the early 70's while creating this mind fuck of a stoner album. Here's the whole album- check out the title track, "Brain Baster" and "Atomic Bombs Away." Fuckin sweet...
Demon and Eleven Children
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Philly's Don Gardner with a soul burner titled "My Baby Likes To Boogaloo." The intro filthy guitar, a heavy fast drum beat, and the vocals of Gardner combine to produce a rompin' dance track, then an organ puts it over the top. It's all in this one, can't imagine much better.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Just realized I'm posting this right after Nancy & Lee of all albums, funny shit. Here's a big mix of Crunk full of all the usual suspects: Three 6, Gucci, and OJ just to name a few. All that talk of traps, yayo, drank, and kush that you just can't get enough of. Highlights include "Kush Is My Cologne," "KFC," "Burr Beer," "Lean In My Cup," and the classic "Rainbow Colors." Thanks to Lee for contributing- pour that drank, roll up that kush and enjoy.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
If you've never heard this album, be prepared for "Some Velvet Morning" to be on constant repeat in your rotation for a long time to come. Check out the video here. For those of you who only know that song from the album, hopefully you will enjoy the rest of the album's tracks such as "Summer Wine." Yes, there are some cheesy duets with Franky Blue Eye's daughter and over the top orchestration, but that only adds to the charm of the album. It is easy to say that Lee Hazlewood is one cool cat, an amazing song writer and singer who always stuck to his own guns and never shifted his style for anybody. This is the first of the duo's many collaborations together, Lee wrote many songs for Nancy such as her most famous "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" and "Sugar Town" which I'm throwing in as a bonus. Could never figure out the album cover, with that look on his face- Shouldn't he be standing behind her?
Nancy & Lee
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The Peruvian garage psych band Laghonia released their debut album Glue in '68. They only went on to release one more album Etcetera in '71, channeling a different sound. This piece of prog flavored psychedelic garage is unmatched by any other Peruvian psych bands of the time such as Traffic Sound and El Polen, Laghonia uses a Hammond B-2 organ, heavy wah-wah guitar and a huge percussion section to produce their unique sound. You can hear many influences from bands such as the Yardbirds and Hendrix, check out "Glue" and "Billy Morsa."
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Donald Byrd started as a hard-bop trumpeter most known for his Blue Note releases in the 50s and 60s. They are all great melodic jazz albums to say the least, in the 70s he transitioned into jazz-funk fusion and released this album Places and Spaces in '75 along with Stepping Into Tommorrow the same year. His transition apparently offended jazz purists, and was heralded by everyone else. His first crossover album Black Byrd from '72 became Blue Note's top selling album of all time. Of course this is also the man behind the Blackbyrds which I posted a couple weeks back. This still remains my favorite full album by Byrd, and he has many to choose from. No fillers here, check out "(Fallin' Like)Dominoes," the best bones playin' summer track of all time. If you dig let me know, I'll post more of his albums.