I’ll admit I am a late comer to the Psychedelic Funk genre and i meander into stuff that is little more drum and bass but currently I’ve been mindlessly picking up things that look interesting. Here’s a few tracks from various compilations that mix funkadelic beats and guitars. What makes the use of wahs, funky beats and bass on this material cool is that at times it seems almost interpretive what you might hear on old 80’s cop-show like CHIPS maybe or black-exploitation movie. Imagine what James Brown would like sound like if somebody just explained the music to you. These are mostly just some good eclectic tracks you’d never hear unless you found said compilations. Of course unless you’re a record collector or this post finds you. This is only the tip of proverbial iceberg whatever if it moves your feet it’s doing it’s business.
Ghabileh-ye Lily MP3 by this Persian group called Mehrpooya from Psych Funk 101 – This is the epitome of fuzzy deep cuts with Artists from very exotic countries like Turkey and Iran! [BUY]
Good Old Funky Music MP3 by The Meters s/t and previously unissued
Shut ‘Em Down MP3 by Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson from Oxford American 11th Edition Southern Music 2009 compilation. Super cool that through a relative the publisher sent the magazine to me for their music issue which came with this CD.
22 Mothership Connection (Star Child) MP3 from School House funk series which Compiled by DJ Shadow. Which is basically all these one-off records that highschools would produce as a “record” of the schools band performance. Some really amazing moments on here. [Buy]
12 Inch Rims MP3 by Amsterdam’s Lefties Soul Connection from Skimming The Skum (2007). This could have been recorded in the 1970’s and you would be none the wiser. Awesome freaky dutch shit. [Buy]
What It Is Parts 1&2 MP3 this track is by the artist known as Apollis from the super awesome Bay Area funk I compilation on ubiquity records. Was on my Music fan Holiday gift ideas post.
7 Inch Friday: I remember hearing “You Don’t Love Me Yet” on WFMU and then stumbling on the 7″ in a west village record shop so many moons ago and recall thinking this music is so some crafty stuff even if they were both covers –what a way to do it. Bongwater was Kramer and Ann Magnuson (actress) and were always backed with some great musicians and song writers David Licht and Dave Rick plus a bunch of others. This record like all of the other Bongwater tunes were produced and engineered by Kramer at his studio Noise New York. He would later move recording studio to New Jersey and record bands like Ween, Mars Needs Women and False Front. One of the many shows I caught at cbgbs in 1991 was Bongwater. Magnuson was already a redhead but came out with all this super long wigs wearing some crazy boas and sexily vocalizing with her spoken wordish ways.
If these are the first two songs you hear by underground legends Bongwater they are great ones but if can find it pick-up Double Bummer first which contains some of the early releases and then work your way to Power of Pussy, Too Much Sleep or the The Big Sell-Out from their discography. I hear there is a bootleg I need to try and find but anyway. For many years after the break-up the two did not get along over some shady business dealing that ended in Kramer’s label Shimmy disc going under. Everybody was ready to sell-out in those days with no fear of prosecution. They were a great musical pair in a very new york hip sonny and cher kitchy kind of way. Kramer would play his Hoffner (Beatles bass) up into his gut with out a strap and she would rant about celebrities any where from Bowie, Nick Cave or Lenny Kravitz. One way to think about them is a pre-curser to the band She & Him but the rated X version. Half their set were covers built on soundscape assaults interwoven with Magnuson’s spoken word dream journal and super sexy burlesque outfits. The music painted a picture in my imagination alright that would be soundtrack to many a night. Magnuson still acts and lives in Silverlake and Kramer has moved himself to Florida still offering his reverb mixing services.
MP3s:You Don’t Love Me Yet (Roky Erickson Cover) by Bongwater
The Porpoise Song (Written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King) by Bongwater
Richard Metzger‘s Video for “Power of Pussy.” This song was a super hit except the title would hold it back from any sort of public airplay. It is a cult classic done for $1,000. Great video description and write-up on the Daily Swarm.
ALBUM REVIEW: Working too much. Too tired to write or listen to music most of the time. I am so pathetic but i did just manage to pick-up Phosphene Dream by The Black Angels. It’s killer psych and i am willing to sacrifice my will.
This is music without the need for acid and the hang-over. [Insert pot reference here] All of it is in here though with the audio experience via tremolo and lots of reverb and stereo panning. Better and bigger than Passover but just as trippy with citar riffs and puffy clouds of dust. Psychedelic slow rock for your dreams. I saw them play during the day time at the All Points West fest and was impressed. This music is better suited for a Apocalypse Now type soundtrack as it floats you down a river of chaos. The track “Telephone” is the only odd ball throwback on here in a jonestown massacre kind of way. I swear it’s a Kinks or Zombies cover. All the tracks are great though and worth a careful listen.
Check them out:
Bad Vibrations by The Black Angels [Buy]
More music like this shit:
The Innerspeaker of Tame Impala This is also on my top ten list for 2010.
ALBUM REVIEW: Tame Impala’s InnerSpeaker is a jam band like no other in love with guitar effects, rubber soul and the mysterious retro parts of the Flaming Lips. Ok maybe they are more Pink Floyd but the thing is with the distortion and big drums things get like an ocean engulfed by pixies on the top with these spacey vocals that just make this album work. Right see key is here I said album. All of these tracks are woven together with guitars to create a great soundscape for that old black velvet 70’s nude psychedelic poster you have.
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