Sublime Frequencies

1970's Algerian Proto-Rai Underground

1970's Algerian Proto-Rai Underground

This is the latest LP I’ve purchased from the Sublime Frequencies label. They put out tons of quality world music that will melt your brains…here’s how they describe themselves:

SUBLIME FREQUENCIES is a collective of explorers dedicated to acquiring and exposing obscure sights and sounds from modern and traditional urban and rural frontiers via film and video, field recordings, radio and short wave transmissions, international folk and pop music, sound anomalies, and other forms of human and natural expression not documented sufficiently through all channels of academic research, the modern recording industry, media, or corporate foundations. SUBLIME FREQUENCIES is focused on an aesthetic of extra-geography and soulful experience inspired by music and culture, world travel, research, and the pioneering recording labels of the past…

Uh, okay, nerds….could y’all sound any nerdier?

But I guess it’s their adventures in nerdiness that make these records and cds so goddamn awesome. Seriously, it’s like these guys are the Indiana Joneses of the music industry…if it wasn’t for them I would have never even heard of Omar Souleyman never mind own the Highway To Hassake cd…or the truly awesome Radio Thailand: Transmissions from the Tropical Kingdom cd!

Who else is going to bring you an album by a man that sings lyrics whispered to him by a chain smoking poet and a 2 cd set of Thai radio transmissions from 1989-2004?

Oh, um, back to the LP in the picture! 1970’s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground is a collection Rai music from the 70s (in case you didn’t already figure that one out from the title)…and it’s another great album of music I never would have heard if it wasn’t for Sublime Frequencies.

But what in the Hell is Rai music anyway? Well, I really don’t have time to go into a history lesson here so feel free to click THIS and read about Rai music to your heart’s content….which really means, “I dunno.”

But what I do know is this: Any band that looks this fucking good has to make beautiful music.

Groupe El Azhar

Groupe El Azhar

Go to Passion Of The Weiss Blog to hear those bad boys perform “Mazal Nesker Mazal (I’m Still Getting Drunk… Still.)”

99 Rivington Street

pboutique-001 Has it really been 20 years since a teenage Mr. Canacorn went to the mall to buy one of his most cherished records of all time?

I know I’ve been talking about some of my more recent LP purchases the past couple of days, but today is kind of special, so I’m going to spotlight an old record…

Paul’s Boutique by The Beastie Boys and The Dust Brothers (including Matt Dike) just might be my all time favorite record ever made.

pboutique-002 I couldn’t stop listening to this record for a year straight back in 89 and I still revisit it in one form or another to this day.

Lyrically it’s a ton of fun and with over a hundred samples packed into 15 tracks it never bores me. In fact, I just downloaded a commentary track from the Beastie‘s site, just in case I didn’t learn everything I possibly could about PB from Dan Leroy’s 33 1/3 book back in 06.

And really, it’s the only double gatefold record I own…still…to this day. And how cool is that?

pboutique-004

Pretty fucking cool, old man…pretty fucking cool.

One Witch And A Zombi

Chaos 1978-86

Wicked Witch: Chaos 1978-86

Okay Boners, let’s take a break from all the pornography for a few posts and talk about one of my other loves…VINYL.

As some of y’all know, Mr. Canacorn is a bona fide LP junkie..and I’ve been on a record buying tear the past couple of weeks. So, for the next couple of days I’d though I’d share my most recent purchases with the faithful readers of Awesomeness.

First up is Wicked Witch: Chaos 1978-86. I bought this one for the cover alone…I mean, how could this not be awesome, right? We’ve got a brother decked out in his best “Saturday Night Out” black leather and spikes ensemble complete with a fucking hunting knife strapped to his boot! Dear Black people, why don’t y’all dress like this anymore? The leather, fox tails, cowboy hats, space suits, body paint….Christ, what the fuck happened to you, man? Shit, your ass used to be beautiful!

Anyway, you can read a review of Chaos at Dusted Magazine right HERE or just read my take on it:

The music on this record could very well be the soundtrack to that night where I was chloroformed at a urinal in an after hours gay club while partying with John Larroquette and Jeffrey Jones way back in 1982. I remember waking up in a seedy basement wearing nothing but a Marilyn Monroe wig, Minnetonka Moccasins, and a dirty French toile drop-cup nursing nightgown, covered in some sort of something I could only describe as an incompressible Newtonian fluid. What happened for the next 48 hours was similar to a ketamine inspired fever dream of ickyness. Sure, it was all kind of creepy, but possibly the best weekend I’ve ever had. Wicked Witch is dirty electro-funk for the adventurous at its best!” -Mr. C

Cosmos

Zombi: Cosmos

Next up is Cosmos by prog-rockers and the bastard children of Goblin and John Carpenter circa 1980, Zombi.

Joe (from the New Worlds Fair blog) and Finner (of the awesome Baron Grod) have been all over these dudes since this record came out in 2004.

I’ve heard them off and on for the past 5 years but never got around to picking up any of their stuff until now. Why? I have no idea. This duo is making music that is so far up my alley I can taste last night’s dinner…seriously, if you’ve been jonesing for a long lost soundtrack to some obscure 80s Italian thriller this is the band for you. They even have a new record coming out this year called Spirit Animal so you have no reason to not get your Zombi on!

Oh, and they’re from PITTSBURGH…not sure why that matters? Watch some more movies.

Metallica’s Back, Headbanger Happy

I can’t deny it…I’m stoked for this one kids. Sure, the title’s kind of corny (but it’s growing on me)…and after the dream shattering/groan inducing Some Kind Of Monster/St. Anger craptacular, you’d think I’d have totally given up on my musical heroes from the 80s.

Not quite. I wrote them off for the first time around 1994, but every time they release a new record I get a little twinge of excitement. Sure, it’s usually followed by an amazing let down of epic proportions…but the 14 year old headbanger inside of me refuses to give up the ghost.

When it was announced that Rick Rubin was going to produce the new Metallica record, I finally had a legitimate reason to have high hopes in the return of my favorite band. Well, they weren’t that high…I’ve been spanked more than once…but Rick was the man behind this:

…and this:

Granted, not everything Rick has had his hands on have been favorites of mine…but when he works with artists I like, let’s just say, I get all nerdy and excited about music again.

I’ve heard most of the record already and I have to say, I think it’s great. It’s not perfect, but it has enough of the old (guitar solos are back!) mixed with some decent new ideas…I even got chills at a couple of points. This old head banger is happy.

Here’s a taste…

Today’s the official release date for DEATH MAGNETIC and I will be coming home from work with a new Metallica LP to add to my collection…the first one in seven years…what took you guys so long?

Room for one more...

Room for one more...

Who Wants Treats?

I’m gonna’ hit you guys up with a Mr. and Mrs. Canacorn fun fact…we’re both nerds. Not like this couple (be nice, I think they’re adorable)…but we have our moments.

Today I bought my Jeremiah The Innocent vinyl statue…figurine…toy…whatever it is…I just had to have one.


HI, HOW ARE YOU?

Luckily The Wife deemed him “cute” enough to be allowed to reside in the living room…not stashed away in the office with King Kong, The Bride Of Frankenstein, Metaluna Mutant, Hellboy, Leatherface, Rat Fink….uh, I think you get the picture. But I really don’t have as many toys as you would think…seriously. Anyway, here he is out in public:

The Wife also has her weakness….for Jason Spaceman.

Just about every Spaceman related item in our house is signed…oh, when he played a Waterloo in-store she made him a birthday cake…seriously…and he ate it.

So, when the young lad decides to release a limited edition of his new record, guess who had to have one?

SONGS IN A&E double green vinyl

It is pretty. And speaking of pretty, we have a friend that designs records….check out his stuff at ruined potential…(I love the simplicity of his site.)

Here’s a gift I bought for The Wife:


front


back


inside

The love and attention he puts into his releases makes me cry a little.

The last treat was for the both of us:

MISTER LONELY soundtrack

Music by J. Spaceman and Sun City Girls? Something for the whole family.

The PSYCHODELIC SOUNDS of…

JR. AND HIS SOULETTES!

I just purchased this amazing 1971 record (sound unheard) the other day based on the cover alone.

Look closely at the center picture…here, I’ll help:

That’s a 10 year old playing guitar behind his head while doing the splits!!!!

I wish you could hear the sheer brilliance of this junior funk masterpiece…oh wait…here’s a Myspace page for Jr.

FUNKY!

These kids can play…Jr’s picking is pretty tight, but the girls steal the show on most songs with their dueling organ techniques…I mean, what’s cooler than a six year old girl slamming away at a WAW-WAW organ on songs called “MOMMA, LOVE TEQUILLA” and “THING, DO THE CREEP“? Beats me…but as of this morning…nothing.

And if you’re all techno savvy or whatever I believe this site has provided a way to download the album HERE.

Seriously, get hip to this shit.

New To Me Lps

Since my last blog about Nazis went over so well, I thought I’d share a less controversial fun fact:

I write erotic novels… for children.they’re wildly unpopular!*

Just kidding.

What we’re really here for is….another round of new LPs!

First up, THE MUSIC FROM M SQUAD

I’m a hair too young to have caught this show when it originally aired in the late 50s…which is a damn shame since The World’s Biggest Bad Ass, LEE MARVIN, was the star of the show. I’ll have to seek this out on dvd quick-like.

Even though I was unfamiliar with the show, the Count Basie theme seemed awfully familiar to me for some reason.

M SQUAD opening:

Now watch this:

POLICE SQUAD opening:

Since we’re talking about cops, let’s jump to the 80s:

MIAMI VICE soundtracks.

I know you’re all familiar with the tracks featured on these two records, but do you remember Philip Michael Thomas‘ super sweaty, shirtless, sexed up single?

BONER-RIFFIC!

…and speaking of boners:
SEX FOR ADULTS (is fun – particularly when you’re in love)

This is a 70s sex-ed record by Stanley Z. Daniels, M.D. Hoo-boy, is it a humdinger! It features a husband and wife discussing their sexual problems at a doctor’s office. The first line spoken by the husband actually surprised me…it went a little something like this:

Doc: Jim, you made the appointment, tell me why you’re here.
Jim: Doc, she’s becoming a frigid bitch.

WHOA! Give it to her, Jimmy! Luckily, the couple works through all sorts of problems thanks to the hip Doctor. He uses all sorts of Del Close and John Brent “Where it’s at” and “Turn on” 60s hipster-type talk. This record is part of a trilogy: SEX EXPLAINED FOR CHILDREN and SEX FOR TEENS (WHERE IT’S AT)…the later was sampled by Beck….I’ll be on the look out for those, you can bet on it.

Now, from sex to sexy:

RICK SPRINGFIELD – COMIC BOOK HEROES

The amazing cover and inner sleeve art sold me on this one songs unheard. I couldn’t find any videos for this album, but I did find this:

HUMAN TARGET:

FUCKING AWESOME! Another dvd to look for…damn.

So that’s this payday’s round of records…actually, I have a couple of others I snagged from the free bin at work…but that’s for another blog.

* This is the first and last joke I’ll ever steal from FRIENDS.