Thursday, February 25, 2010
Here's some dirty stompin' blues I've been listening to lately from Fat Possum Records. Elmo Williams & Hezekiah Early's Takes One To Know One from '98 is one of the best releases off the label. Fat Possum has a bevy of great blues artists such as T-Model Ford and R.L. Burnside. It sounds like it came right out of a steamin' Mississippi dive after drinkin' heavy, some great blues to drink to. Hope you dig.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
One of the best and strangest stories in rock history is the story of the Monks. This is undoubtedly my favorite 60's garage album of all time, Black Monk Time released in '65 had to of shocked the shit out of everyone who heard it during that moment in time. I can only imagine how confused the Germans were when these guys started pounding minimalist beats and chanting into their microphones. I won't get into the band's history, but if you like them allmusic.com does a decent job of quickly explaining their story and their huge impact on modern music. I also suggest checking out the documentary titled Monks- The Transatlantic Feedback that came out in '06. A definite must have. Enjoy.
A special thanks to my main man Mr. Lincoln (A.K.A. Knuckles) for designing the new blog header seen at the top of the page. This furl has some serious talent when it comes to web design and motion graphics, check out his work at auxbox.biz. Thanks again Knuckles, you really tied the blog together.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
This compilation of singles by legendary soul singer The Mighty Hannibal titled Hannibalism released in 2001 is a definitive listen into his whole recording career. From his early soul dance burners such as "Fishin' Pole" and "Jerkin' the Dog" to his anti-Vietnam blues-gospel song "Hymn No. 5" written by a black soldier writing home from Vietnam, this compilation shows the immense talent of a singer who has somehow managed to slip into obscurity. Here's three tracks: "Somebody In This World For You," "Fishin' Pole" and "Hymn No. 5."
Monday, February 22, 2010
The Lurkers put out their second album God's Lonely Men in '79 after forming in '76. They were one of England's original punk bands, many say the Lurkers were Britain's answer to the Ramones. I'm no expert on punk, all I know is the single off the album "Out In The Dark" is killer.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Electric Mud from '68 is one of those albums in which an artist expands into another genre of music under the idea of someone else, which they later end up disliking. Muddy Waters apparently labeled this album "dog shit" after it was completed- but this album has withstood the test of time and still rips. It's way more of a psychedelic album than a blues album, it was the brainchild of Marshall Chess- the son of the Leonard Chess, founder of the infamous Chess Records out of Chicago. "Tom Cat" is one of my favorite Muddy tracks with Pete Cosey on guitar. Pete Cosey is probably most famous for his collaborations with Miles Davis on his electric albums of the early 70's. The track is a unrelenting trance-inducing stomper with the strained vocals of Muddy singing over a psychedelic riff. Muddy sounds inebriated repeating I'm the tomcat/You'se my kitten repeatedly, really good shit. This isn't Muddy's best work, but a great listen nonetheless- here's the album. The other photo above is from the inside of the vinyl cover.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Along with the 13th Floor Elevators, this band has much of the credit for being one of the creators of psychedelic rock. The story of the Misunderstood is troubling, they were split up at the height of their success due to the Vietnam War draft. Originally out of California, the band moved to London in '66 to be managed by John Peel. They recorded only 7 songs and then had to return to the States. This album released by Cherry Red Records out of the UK titled Before The Dream Faded in '92 is a definitive listen of the band's early stuff, with a combination of the 7 songs they recorded in London and the 5 songs they recorded in the States before they left in '65. The last five tracks on the compilation were recorded in the States. The blues influence coupled with some of the first steel guitar fuzz tone and distortion still sounds killer- apparently these guys were also known for their ground-breaking psychedelic live shows in '66 London. Here's the album- play real loud and enjoy. A Must Have.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Only dealin' the real shit here people. This classic rare self-titled funk album by Skull Snaps released in '73 still hits to this day, I've heard the vinyl goes for three figures. The opening of "It's A New Day" has been sampled many times by the likes of ODB and Gang Starr, but every track is dope. Here's the album along with a separate bonus funk instrumental "Al's Razor Blade." And how about that album art? I would of guessed death metal.
Monday, February 15, 2010
The third release from Brazilian progressive pioneers O Terco titled Criaturas Da Noite from '75. The album is very experimental, combining many different styles of music- here's "Volte Na Proxima Semana," a heavy prog jam that rips.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Happy Friday people...Let's get it started with some more New Orleans funk by "Mr. Mother-In-Law" Ernie K. Doe. This is one of the best set openers and dance tracks called "Here Comes The Girls" from '70. If this doesn't make you move, I don't know what will.I don't need no lemonade.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The debut of Lee Hazlewood titled Trouble Is A Lonesome Town from '63. The album is full of booze-soaked storytelling country ballads, all sang in Hazlewood's legendary baritone. This is right after his great collaborations with Duane Eddy and before he made music with Nancy Sinatra. "Run Boy Run" is my favorite song off the album, but every song is worth a listen. Here's the whole album- it doesn't get more Americana than this.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Old Psych doesn't get much better than this, the 1969 self-titled album by Gandalf. Formally known as the Rahgoos, Capital Records made them change their name to Gandalf after signing a record deal in 1967. The album was released with little press and fell into obscurity until it was re-released in 2002. Great swirling psych guitars and organ freak-outs packed into this baby, here's my favorite off the album "Hang On To A Dream"(check out the organ half way through the track) and a few others: "Can You Travel In The Dark Alone," "Golden Earrings," and "Never Too Far." Much love to Wyld Chyld for this treat, you out there furl?
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Been kicking around some ideas for the blog, I'm going to try something new. I will follow a rough pattern for daily postings as follows:
Friday: Wild Card/Mixes
Weekends have been hectic lately, but I will post if I have time. People have requested many different things so this will hopefully give everyone something at least once a week. Music diversity is important here at furltracks, we'll see if this works. Enough bullshit, here's my first attempt at a mix titled Furlo Obscuro Vol. 1. It contains a little of everything: organ and surf induced freak-outs, garage, funk, soul, and just plain weird shit all pretty much ripped off vinyl. Here's the playlist:
Loch Ness Monster- King Horror
angie la la- Nora Dean
Shake Your Tail Feather- Five Du-Tones
Sing A Simple Song- The Noble Knights
My 2600- Captain funkaho
On The Go- Leather Boy
Draggin' Around- Saxons
The Green Monster- The Alberto Combo
The Riddler- The Riddler
Shains a Go Go- Los Shains
Come With Me To The Casbah- Ganimian & His Orientals
Dos Guitarras- Los 4 Planetas
Wild Thing- Senator Everett McKinley
Threw this together for the fuck of it, let me know if you like. Don't be a d-bag- leave comments! I have a bunch of these old obscurities I'd like to put to use somehow. It's a zip file so download WINRAR to open it, it's free and takes a couple seconds. Also try to play in sequence. Hope you dig!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Heavy self-titled debut by Witch from '06. Jay Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. on drums along with some hippies from Feathers. I know, I was also very skeptical but it has surprisingly grown on me. Here's the first two tracks off the album: "Seer" and "Soul of Fire." Pretty rad album cover also.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Raw soul straight out the NOLA. It wouldn't be proper to mention Nawlins without the Queen of New Orleans soul- Irma Thomas. Her early work, especially the songs she recorded with New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint, is some of the best 60's soul cuts ever produced. Irma's style has never been duplicated, but many of her songs have. "Ruler of My Heart" from '63 is a timeless classic, it has been covered by Otis Redding (Pain in My Heart) to Holly Golightly. I'm also posting "Time Is On My Side" which was covered by that little known band called the Rolling Stones. "It's Raining" is another gem that Troussaint produced, sit back and feel this shit. This is what you call real music. Enjoy.
Warming ya up for the weekend with the seminal party classic "Smoke My Peace Pipe (Smoke It Right)" by the Wild Magnolias. I'm posting these New Orleans natives to support the Saints against the Colts on Sunday. Who dat! Who dat! Who dat goin' beat them Saints? This track released in '74 off their self-titled album on Polydor Records is some real funky shit, check it out if you like this track. Also stay tuned for my first mix of obscurities coming this weekend.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Behold the king of Turkish Psych, Baris Manco. I'm posting a few cuts off two of his albums, the first three being off his '72 release Ben Bilirim. "Gelinlik Kizlarin Dansi" is a fierce fuzzy funk instrumental and "Vur Ha, Vur" is a psychedelic poppy jangle in Turkish. The third track is beyond explanation- " Acih Da Baga Vir." The next two tracks are off his album Sari Cizmeli Mehmet Aga from '77. The production quality of this album is a little better, the title track is amazing. After is the smooth sounds of "Ne Ola Yar Ola." Last but certainly not least is a 45 titled "Gonu Dagi" from '73. Prepare to get your mind blown. Check this bad mutha fucka, he looks like Lemmy's long lost Turkish brother.