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Music Club – July 2008

29 Jul 2008

For a few months now I’ve been participating in a monthly music club at a friend’s company. Every month, a small group of us get together and each brings a CD of anything they want for the rest. The people in the club are all avid music fans and you never know what they’re going to bring. So far, it’s been a blast.

Just for posterity, I’m going to start putting my mixes here on the old blog, so consider this a short break from the normal technical content.

This month I decided to focus on funk and groove and I pulled out some tasty stuff.

UPDATE: You can also listen to the first part of this mix (for now at least) at MuxTape.

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Song Artist Album Comments
What You Need Galactic w/Lyrics Born From the Corner to the Block One of my favorite albums of 2007 – Galactic smokes and the addition of different MCs to every track was a stroke of genius.</tr>
Get It Up Vallejo Steamboat Live ’97 One of my favorite Austin bands brings the funk on this live track from the venerable Steamboat, where I saw my first Vallejo show years ago. I have never ever seen a band hit the stage with as much energy as that night.
Gotta Let Me Know Breakestra Hit The Floor I got into Breakestra a couple years ago and they continue to hit my rotation frequently – great funk tunes played over breaks.
Daktari Walk Daktaris Soul Explosion Afro beat goodness – a great blend of influences from the Fela Kuti to James Brown. Been listening to this a lot lately.
I Don’t Know Where I’m Going Lee Fields Problems I found Lee Fields by way of Sharon Jones and he’s an old school r&b guy making it happen today, just like her.
Tell Me Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings 100 Days, 100 Nights Got a chance to see Sharon in concert earlier this year and she was pretty amazing.
Scorpio Kashmere Stage Band Cold Heat: Heavy Funk Rarities, Vol. 1 From a nice funk compilation – always reminds me of the music from The Incredibles
Get On The Good Foot James Brown 40th Anniversary Collection He’s the Godfather for a reason.
Mr. Big Stuff Jean Knight Stax Gold Surprisingly, this song hasn’t yet been ruined for me by getting rewritten and maimed in a commercial. Yeah you’ve heard it before, and yeah it’s still good.
Where’s the Music? Medeski, Martin, and Wood Let’s Go Everywhere MMW are well known for their acid-jazz funk groove. Last year they put out this fun kid’s album that even adults with taste can enjoy.
Blow Your Brains Out Brooklyn Funk Essentials Cool & Steady & Easy A great band with a groove that put out several really strong albums.
Where I’m From Digable Planets Reachin’ (A New Refutation Of Time And Space) Great album, great song
Loungin’ Guru Jazzmatazz Vol. 1 The first in a series of interesting jazz/hip-hop/funk hybrid collaborations
Homo Lingo Deep Banana Blackout Live Apr 1st, 2004 These guys groove and the singer is just great.
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) Marvin Gaye What’s Going On I’m too young and pale to have been present when this song was important, but that doesn’t mean I still don’t feel it. Not to mention one of the best bass lines ever laid down (from the under-appreciated Funk Brothers).