Thursday, January 11, 2007
The Grateful Dead did one, so did the Rolling Stones, but one of the most unlikely bands to ever crank out a disco song is The Beach Boys. This thing has Mike Love’s smell all over it. Just as he didn’t get that songs about hot rods were going out of style well after Rubber Soul was released, he apparently didn’t notice that disco was on it’s last gasp as well. It may be disco, but hey, it’s The Beach Boys, so it’s actually pretty catchy. For your listening pleasure I’ve included three different versions.
Here Comes The Night (Original) - This is the original non-disco version of the song, a stripped down, bare bones rhythm and blues affair. This is off of Wild Honey, which is an amazing album top to bottom.
Here Comes The Night (Radio Edit) - This is a 4-minute version I have from a compilation called The Platinum Collection. I assume this version was intended for radio.
Here Comes The Night (Full Version) - And here we have the big daddy 10-minute version, which was definitely intended for the coked out disco bunnies at Studio 54 to shake their groove thangs to. This full version was released as a single, (which you can find at most record stores for a couple bucks) and it was also included in its entirety on the L.A. (Light Album). This is definitely not the most solid of Beach Boys albums, but it should be noted that there are some Dennis Wilson gems to be had.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
I believe it was Tyler Florence who once said, “Great food starts with simple ingredients.” Ooooooh really? No shit. Thanks for the tip. You may be asking yourself right about now, “What’s this have to do with Sam Cooke?” It doesn’t. I just wanted to point out how stupid that quote is. On this song, however, Cooke cooks with some simple ingredients, and creates a delicious cuisine, the kind you can’t find at Applebee's.**
**I apologize to anyone who read this, enjoy the song, get more of them from this amazing compilation.
(Ain't That) Good News - Sam Cooke
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
You like Grizzly Bear? Me too. Rough Trade has a single track for sale ($1.35) and it a very nice remix of ‘Easier’ from Yellow House. You can stream it here. They’re taking down the track after January 15th so get it while you can... if you want. Speaking of Grizzly Bear remixes, here’s one of my favorites from the Horn of Plenty remixes. There’s just something about that part around the three-minute mark that kills me.
Stream: Easier (Alternate Edit) – Grizzly Bear
Eavesdropping (Simon Bookish Remix) – Grizzly Bear
Once I asked the clerk at Atomic Records why I can’t seem to find Grant Green records anywhere and he said, “on the occasion that someone lets one go, it gets bought the next day.” This is odd because usually popular jazz artists with lots of records in circulation aren’t too hard to find, but that’s just a testament to the brilliance of this Blue Note guitarist. This track is off of a great compilation of Grant Green and Sonny Clark recordings. It’s one of those tunes that you just want to listen to again right when it’s done. Get it, and more like it, here!
Gooden's Corner - Grant Green
Monday, January 08, 2007
Law and Order is one of those albums that suffers from 1981 cover art, but luckily that’s all it suffers from. If you liked tracks 2,4,6,8,9,12,15,18,19 off of Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk, well my son (and/or daughter), you’re in for a treat here. As you will soon hear on these two tracks, Buckingham continues to invent new sounds with the studio. And them sounds is goooooooooood!
Bwana - Lindsey Buckingham
It Was I – Lindsey Buckingham
Friday, January 05, 2007
I may live in LA but it’s always great to see some sweet bands come out of my hometown. Thanks to the folks over at Daytrotter and their extensive collection of in-house performances, here’s a couple of gems from Chicago acts The M's and The Changes. Head over to Daytrotter for the complete sessions, there’s seven tracks to be had from these two bands, and a whole lot more where that came from. Links to the sessions below. Have a nice weekend!
Plan Of The Man - The M’s
Water Of The Gods - The Changes
The M's at Daytrotter
The Changes at Daytrotter
A few months ago I promised I’d upload some tracks when I got the new Eleventh Dream Day, and wallaah (sp?) here they are! Apparently being overlooked can do wonders for a band’s durability. I mean, check these songs out, they’re absolutely incredible! If I ever get around to making a list for the top albums of ’06, Zeros and Ones will be on it for sure. The whole album is beyond solid, so go get it here! Enjoy!
New Rules - Eleventh Dream Day
For Everything - Eleventh Dream Day
First things first, go to Rappcats to get the free Talib Kweli and Madlib album! It’s great. It’s free. What more do I have to tell you? Why are you still here reading? You should be over there getting a free album that’s really good. Seriously! Stop reading. Go there. Get yer ass to Mars, get yer ass to Mars, get yer ass to Mars…