BITRATE MISTAKE, please re-download

Several recent uploads were listed as 320/kbs, the bitrate that I INTENDED to encode at. Somehow, these were ctually somewhere around 160-170 — a horribly and very lossy-sounding bit depth indeed. Conversion was done with dbPoweramp set at 320/kbs Average Bit Rate (ABR), and somehow all files converted at this setting ended up at about half that! PLEASE for the love of God, redownload these. The following links have been replaced and if you grabbed these shares before the afternoon … Continue reading

Gil Scott-Heron – From South Africa to South Carolina (1976)

In honor of true friends One of my dearest friends left town yesterday for greener pastures. We may or may not ever share the same geographic space again, but our friendship has a closeness that can bridge the gap of distance. I admire Anneeth as I always have for her commitment to social justice; to uncovering the silences at the intersections of race, gender, and capital; her attention to the everyday violences, to the harm wrought with words of which … Continue reading

Jorge Ben – Força Bruta (1970) 320kbs ABR

JORGE BENForça BrutaOriginal release 1970Dusty Groove America reissue 2007 This is a fantastic record. I was wrong with crediting the 1969 to Trio Mocotó yesterday — I believe the partnership actually began with this record. Formerly very difficult to track down, Dusty Groove has done us all a public service by making it available again!! BUY A COPY today Jorge Ben “Forca Bruta” (Philips, 1970)A dreamy, relaxed album made with the Trio Mocoto (see below for more info about them…) … Continue reading

TECHNICAL NOTE about playlists

Dear readers.. I refuse to use I-Tunes to play or organize music (until they have native support for FLAC, i.e. never, I will continue to use Foobar2000 or, in a pinch, WinAmp). But since many people do, including my friends who regularly visit this blog, I thought I would mention something technical. Some of you may be experiencing the phenomenon of ending up with 2 copies of every song in your I-Tunes. This is most likely because you are importing … Continue reading

Jorge Ben – Jorge Ben (1969) 320 kbs ABR

Jorge Ben‘JORGE BEN’1969 Philips 1. Criola2. Domingas3. Cade Tereza4. Barbarella5. Pais Tropical6. Take It Easy My Brother Charles7. Descobri Que Eu Sou Um Anjo8. Bebete Vaobora9. Quem Foi Que Roubou A Sopeira De Porcelana Chinesa Que A Vovo Ganhou Da Baronesa?10. Que Pena11. Charles, Anjo 45 This is an essential album from Jorge Ben and (until just this year!) has been rather scarce to track down. NOTE ** This rip comes from the original Philips CD pressing and not from … Continue reading

Jorge Ben – Africa Brasil (1976) [320]

              Some great funk here and a classic still going strong! I´ve enjoyed this album so many times and I was thinking there might be some not listened to it yet. Now´s your chance! Review by Phil Jandovsky, All Music Guide This 1976 album is undoubtedly one of the greatest classics of Brazilian popular music, with Jorge Ben mixing funky samba, Afro-Brazilian beats, and crunching guitars to create one of the most fascinating sounds … Continue reading