It’s been a year since the last Flabbergasted Freeform, and ten months since the last “Focus” podcast of old calypso and soca. There are a bunch of reasons why I didn’t feel like doing them any more, but I won’t go into them here. But since this month marks the TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the blog, I thought it called for some special commemorations. This Freeform mix was done in December of last year and was only circulated privately. It’s a good time, though, so I’m sharing it with the world now and hope the world enjoys it. The first person to find the couple bars of “Them Changes” quoted in another song gets a free Secret Decoder Ring. That is, as soon as I get them from the magazine I ordered where I ordered a dozen of these powerful devices, which happened to be a back issue from 1958, so please be patient.
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Here is an aural tradition that I only occasionally follow – a mix of some of the many remarkable musicians, singers, composers, and arrangers who left this planet during the last year (now itself good and dead, 2016). For the dozen or so people still listening to these podcasts, I had at one time intended and promised to post this in the last weeks of the year. A lot of factors made that into much less of a priority when the time rolled around, but there was also the uncomfortable hunch that we weren’t quite out of the woods yet regarding celebrities reaching their expiration dates. I even considered a horror movie type scenario where any still-living musicians who just happened to play on these tracks might be put at risk, or even worse, some Ring-like scenario where just listening to the podcast might kill you. So I quite reasonably decided to hold off until the year had safely passed to finish it, and now here it is, completely free of demonic powers.
It is by necessity incomplete: there were just too many stiffs to work with. I opted not to include Muhammad Ali’s perplexing rendition of “Stand By Me” from 1963, for example. I also couldn’t find the right moment to fit in a track from the bootlegged 1977 studio session where Paul Kantner briefly fired Grace Slick and Marty Balin from Jefferson Starship, and replaced them with Carrie Fisher and Blowfly. The abandoned album was tentatively to called “Blowfly Against the Empire ’77”. It was a concept album, of course, and hard to take any one song out of context…(*edit: I legitimately forgot Buckwheat Zydeco, and I even had some of his records pulled. Boo, hiss…)
A few artists from Part One (done way back in October) were repeated here, but most were not. So if you are wondering where are Natalie Cole, Gato Barbieri, The Brothers Johnson or Phife Dawg, have a look back in the archives. I don’t recall if I ever mentioned Rudy Van Gelder by name during either show, but surely he recorded at least a couple things in there somewhere. A playlist will be uploaded in a few days time.
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Some assorted Sunday sounds for you all.
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Gotta catch ’em all.
A new atomic era of podcasts dedicated to particular styles and genre of music is being kicked off with a spontaneous homage to the endless wellspring of musical energy known as samba. I hope you enjoy it, and with any luck I’ll make more of these. Saravá!I’ll provide direct links for MP3 and FLAC downloads for your convenience in the next 12 hours. In the meantime here it is streaming on Mixcloud.
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Os Originais do Samba – Lá Vem Salgueiro
Elza Soares – Bom dia, Portela
Xangô da Mangueira – Jequitibá do Samba
Darcy da Mangueira – Samba do Trabalhador
Clara Nunes – Candongueiro
Clementina de Jesus – Embala Eu
Giovana – Pisa nesse Chão com Força
Roberto Ribeiro – Coração Contrariado
Os Partideiros 10 – Barra Pesada and Compadre
Roberto Silva – Era Atômica
Francisco Alves – Ai, Ai Que Pena!
Luiz Ayrão – Porta Aberta
Caetano Veloso – Chuva, Suor e Cerveja
Os Demônios da Garoa – Um Samba no Bixiga
Cesar Costa Filho – Um Bilhete pra Longe
Leci Brandão – Decepção de uma Porta-Bandeira
João Nogueira – As Forças da Natureza
Dorival Caymmi e Bando da Lua – Acontece que Eu Sou Baiano
Carmen Miranda – É um Quê que a Gente Tem
Raul de Barros – Folhas Secas
Maria Creuza – Amor de Mãe
João Bosco – O Mestre-Sala dos Mares
Jorge Veiga – Na Cadência do Samba
Just in time to close out the year, here is Episode 15 of the ongoing saga of freeform flabbergasting podcasts. It also happens to be the third anniversary of when I first started sharing these things. Hope you enjoy it!
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and below is the Mixcloud version
Flabbergasted Freeform No.15
by Flabbergasted Vibes
Justi Barreto – Echu
The Soulful Strings – Sleigh Ride
Lou Donaldson – Green Eyes
Arthur Lee & Love – Be Thankfulf For What You Got
Mario Cavagnaro and Sonoro Sensación – El Pompo
Reginaldo Rossi – Pra Sentir Felicidade
Pinduca – Não Posso Mais
Martinho da Vila – Camefeu
Mongo and Justo – Cumbia Tipica
Ed Watson – Judgement Day
Evidence – That World’s Life
Voyage – Orient Express
Faze-O – Space People
Lynn Collins & The JBs – Mama Feelgood
Beaver and Krauss – Saga of the Blue Beaver
Earth Wind and Fire – Fair But So Uncool
Gal Costa – Relance
Los Van Van – La Habana Joven
Dicró – Espírito Mau
Linda Lyndell – What A Man
Billy Paul – War of the Gods
Andey Bey – Hibiscus
Ira SUllivan – Norwegian Wood
Incredible String Band – Painting Box
I had this podcast pretty much finished and ready to go in time for a weekend release, when all hell broke loose on Friday. Although there were only a few things to tweak, I was a bit numb and too uninspired to wrap it up until today.
There are no topical song selections here. I do not break into any renditions of “Imagine” accompanied by my toy piano and harmonica, or engage in any other opportunistic public grieving for the fallen. Although I’ve never been there, I used to regularly frequent and sometimes work at music venues the size of the Bataclan or places slightly more intimate. I could easily add to the cacophony of thoughts and feelings being transmitted in 360 full spectrum stereo and technicolor by spilling more ink.
Or I could just share this podcast I made. Hope you enjoy it.
Music is healing.
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Manchild – Power and Love
Rubens da Mangueira – Dos carroceiros do Imperador ao Palácio do samba
Abdias (and his 8 button accordion) with Não posso lhe perdoar
Dona Ivone Lara – Preá comeu
Orlando Silva – Não foi por amor
Cortijo y Su Combo – Cuembe
Andrew Hill – Ghetto Lights
Gabor Szabo – Ravi
Frankie Beverly and Maze – Happy Feelins
Shadow – Animal Kingdom
Marion Brown – Sound Structure (with Oliver Sacks and Terri Gross)
Horace Silver – Won’t You Open Up Your Senses
Messengers Incorporated – Frequency Response
Ananda Shankar – Kaziranga Beat
Joe Venuti – Clarinet Marmalede
Eddie Floyd – Changing Love
Orlandivo – Guerri-guerri
Ben Sidran – Snatch
Leon Spencer Jr – Message from the Meters
Rotary Connection – Amen
Patrice Rushen – Take You Down to Love
Grant Green – A Day In The Life