Carmen Miranda, for Caymmi (1914-2008)

Well, I wanted to make a tribute to Dorival Caymmi, the tower of Brazilian song who passed away yesterday in Rio at 94 years of age. But until I have time to do vinyl rips, I found I had nothing to share that isn’t available over at Loronix, where you will also find a very nice post remembering Caymmi with some wonderful quotations from notables who have been deeply affected and influenced by the man and his music. Instead I’ve… Continue reading

Erkin Koray 1967-1973 Turkish Psych

Big thanks to Josh W for telling me to look out for this cat. Aside from the oddball, mediocre-but-still-fun-to-listen-to covers like songs by The Moody Blues, or ‘Land of a Thousand Dances,’ the rest of this collection is some stunning and creative psychedelia, cream of the crop of the Turkish rock scene. Erkin Koray – download via Rapidshare 1 Mesafeler 3:40 2 Askimiz Bitecek 3:22 3 Yagmur 3:41 4 Silinmeyen Hatiralar 4:11 5 Istemem 3:29 6 Cicek Dagi 2:39 7… Continue reading

João Gilberto – João Gilberto (1973)

This is my favorite João Gilberto record, absolutely and without doubt. Not that I claim to have his entire discography (it is pretty massive), but this record simply cannot be surpassed. I had an old review I had written for this record in 2004 that I was going to post here, but it strikes me as a bit silly now so I’m including some commentary from others below. What I will say is that this record has an intimate ambiance… Continue reading

Eugene McDaniels – Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse (1971) VBR

No time for a personalized review today but this one has been in the cue for a while and its about time I shared it. Heavenly and heavily minor-key dissonant cluster chord funk soul-jazz with bitingly droll lyrics, how can you go wrong? this It’s a lot of fun, you shouldn’t miss this! I would upload my vinyl copy of the follow up, ‘Outlaw’ but I have no time for a vinyl rip for the next… few years or so.… Continue reading

Isaac Hayes – The Isaac Hayes Movement (1970) VBR

Get “Hot Buttered Soul” first (below), then check this out. A lot of folks are going to remember Isaac Hayes for the themes song and soundtrack album to blaxploitation flick “Shaft.” A whole other generation will remember him more as the adorable Chef from South Park. He deserves to be remembered for both of those accomplishments, but he was also a lot more to a lot of people. His music has pulled me through some tough times, the warmth of… Continue reading