OHFUCKINGHELLYEASUNUVABITCHMUTHAFUCKER! i know this blog might be a little soul-centric when it comes to music, but a side of me which i have yet to fully expose on C.O.A.C.M is my undying love of all things rock, chief among all rockers my deep love of Dave Grohl & Foo Fighters. it was a moment of emotional weakness that opened up the door to their music many years ago. i guess u could call me a reverse fan. i didn’t get into em til their 3rd album, and it was the slower songs that really appealed to me more than anything else (shit like Ain’t It The Life, although i did develop a quick love of Generator which was new to me as i wasn’t really a rock head, in whatever derivative form it presented itself). in particular the song Next Year resonated the most as it was the theme song of one of my favourite tv shows of all-time, Ed (starring Tom Cavanagh). ever since then i gradually liked them more and more til i became an absolute nutjob for their music. all of it. studio albums were one things, but these guys got an immense and awesome b-side collection too. and after 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace album, which to me marked a cementing of their legacy, i’ve been waiting ever since to see…where exactly they could go next? and thus we come to Rope and the new album Wasting Light (due out in April), that supposedly returns the band to the sound of their debut album, is recorded entirely on analogue tape at Grohl’s home studio & is probly gonna be the grungiest the Foos have been in a LONG time. as a fan of ALL incarnations of the Foos, this is awesome news. before u go apeshit with Rope, please wet your beak with track 1 off the album called Bridges Burning, quite possibly the FUCKING COOLEST 30 SECONDS OF ANYTHING I’VE HEARD IN A LONG TIME.
and i also gotta note, i like it when aging rockers defy the career stereotype of mellowing more with age when it comes to music. i love mellow rock as much as the next undercover emo douchebag, but just cos u hit ur 40s doesn’t mean u stop getting angry at stuff or lose ur edge. i look forward to thoroughly bangin my head around to Wasting Light when it eventually explodes onto the scene (farkn APRIL?!? get here already).
01. bridge burning
03. dear rosemary
04. white limo
06. these days
07. back & forth
08. a matter of time
09. miss the misery
10. i should have known
in 2007, ?uestlove (drummer and bandleader of The Roots) leaked 4 unreleased tracks from Common & The Soulquarians Electric Circus sessions circa 2002. i was hip enuff to this development that i managed to record all 4 tracks at the time (streamed from his Myspace page). however, the sound quality on all the songs are pretty low-fi due to their unfinished nature & crappy stream quality, and they’re all instrumentals. i’ve done my best to clean em up and sound serviceable. at any point, the production players may include: James Poyser, J Dilla, Pino Pallidino, ?uestlove & Jef Lee Johnson (but since they don’t make liner notes to unreleased shit, i dunno who’s playing on what track, but we can safely assume all or most of em are present).
show fo ro (step into the ro) (2:47)
the dark (4:01)
the electric circus (4:38)
the selma hyjak show (2:48)
zip | rar
Dilla tributes have come in many interesting forms over the years since his passing in 2006. one of the richest and coolest ones has been the awesome efforts of Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and his Suite For Ma Dukes Orchestra re-interpreting Dilla’s classic productions. here are some clips of a few of em. i’m told there was a full dvd of these released at some point last year.
new friend to the Confessions BLAUG, Squareone (and his rather dope Chi-City Blog), recently alerted me to the latest podcast of his own B-Side Radio program, which features none other than The Jeep’s founding fathers in a chill, informative & funny phone chat. wanna put a regular speaking voice to F Dot Floss & Whatchya? ur in luck. click below to download the mp3.
[original blog post + link here].
it’s taken me almost all month to work up the emotional fortitude to really blog my little broken heart out about James “J Dilla/Jay Dee” Yancey, a true musical spirit who departed our plain of existence on Feb 10, 2006 due to an on-going battle with lupus. i feel like, instead of giving some half-assed tribute, i wanted to make a string of “Dilla Month” posts from now until the end of the month spotlighting all things Dilla, and really concentrate on how he changed MY life and how i approached music (so i guess a more introspective personal take on his lasting legacy). i would however like to begin with a documentary video shot and compiled by long-time Okayplayer affiliate BKyle, most of the footage being from 2006 (post-funeral) mixed in with some rare live footage of Slum Village performing, and candid scenes of Dilla’s fam + extended fam (including testimonials from Common, Bilal, Erykah Badu, ?uestlove (of The Roots), Pete Rock, James Poyser, Karriem Riggins, Houseshoes, Phat Kat, Dwele & others).
props to BKyle & The J Dilla Project, which are hosting the video on their website via Vimeo: The J Dilla Project.
The UFK return for another round of nonstop 80s funk, boogie, r&b and soul gems. after first round heat from BASSCLEF on Mix #001, Mista Vee turns it up a notch with 38 of the phattest jams ever recorded but seldom heard.
01. the night people – night person
02. keith & darrell – work that body
03. ltd – kickin back
04. armenta & majik – you’re my one
05. barbara jeyne – i like the way you move
06. cheryl lynn – if you’ll be true to me
07. the horne section – ladyshine
08. celena duncan – shine on
09. collage – in the mix
10. marshall titus – take a chance
11. junko ohashi – dancing
12. katie kissoon – you’re the one
13. blue feather – let’s funk tonight (instrumental)
14. brothers ii – you
15. young and company – i like (what you’re doing to me)
16. ritchie family – alright on the night
17. cameron – magic of you
18. jimmy ross – first true love affair
19. ndugu & the chocolate jam co. – send you my love
20. sinnamon – thanks to you
21. active force – cold blooded lover
22. maurice massiah – we can go to your house
23. dynasty – day and night
24. kashif – stone love
25. masayoshi takanaka – chill me out
26. james otis jr. – baby come on
27. klymaxx – don’t hide your love
28. francois feldman & yellowhand – you want every night
29. enchantment – i know you’re hot
30. empress – give in to love
31. zafra bros. – will you see me tonight
32. evan rogers – secret love
33. mighty fire – sixth street
34. phillys st. james – candelight afternoon
35. stephanie – funky school
36. wendell morrison – what it be like
37. street angels – dressing up
38. stephen washington – please don’t go
please spread the word, help the funk ease the suffering of the masses, send people to our Facebook page 🙂 an official website is currently in the works. for now, we’d appreciate a ‘like’ on FB and any re-blogging or tweeting of our stuff. peace & may the spirit of the funk be with u.
not only do the Turquoise Jeep camp know how to make classic tracks for u to sing along to, we now know for certain that pretty much all of em can bust a move somethin fierce! the beat is once again provided by Tummiscratch and it’s The Jeep at its most clubbiest (music-wise). HOWEVER, Flynt’s dancing prowess is the real star of this song and vid.
once my high-speed Internets kicks back in next week i’ma be practicing the moves in my bedroom, WORD BOND.