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Colemine Records: Big Things In A Small Funky Package

December 18, 2013

Thanks to FleaMarketFunk I now love Colemine Records out of Ohio.

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If there is one record label that has quietly slid into place under the radar of indie labels out there over the past five years, it is Colemine Records out of Ohio. Founded by teacher and musician/ producer Terry Cole, Colemine has been releasing some really great 45s from bands you never heard of. Don’t worry, you will hear from them, this label is on the move. People are starting to take notice, and a recent gig by Cut Chemist highlighted a 45 Afro Beat release from Jungle Fire, a member of the Colemine stable. No small feat to get into that guy’s record box. This Midwest little giant has been championed by a multitude of DJs who have been playing theirs 45s since the beginning (including this author and DJ). Colemine Records has gathered quite a following in the world of Modern Funk & Soul 45s, and has been…

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2013 Top Tracks

December 17, 2013

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photo taken this morning by yours truly

I’m gonna get my top ‘o the year list done early since I never get around to it most years. Some on the list are full LPs, some are EPs, and most are just singles. …and there’s no “top 10” or “top 50”– it’s gonna be my “top 13”. Basically all willy nilly, OK? Here goes:

R&B seems to have careened into either kiddy krap or adult jazz-lite. This LP is a breath of soul/R&B.
Zo!- Manmade LP

Seems the majority of my faves this year fit the electronic/dance/house variety. This deep house track from Brooklyn DJ Chris Malinchak was released just before 2013 but it blew up this year.

The original mix of this track by Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel (with Andre Espeut on vocals) isn’t too shabby, but this remix by Pete Herbert takes it up three notches:

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Suffdaddy is a beatmaker from Berlin by way of Australia… or is it Australia by way of Berlin?

There’s this dude Sharam Jey from Cologne and a label called Bunny Tiger from Berlin and they put out so much solid high quality house this year I almost can’t decide which track to choose. Most of his collabs with Night Talk are great, but this track with Phonique tops ’em all:

Pure pop ala Calif. & Idaho from Honey Bones and their solid self-titled debut EP:

I’m not even listening to much indie rock anymore but if I had to name a favorite indie act White Denim would be my pick of the decade. They released Corsica Lemonade this year and again, hard to pick a favorite from such a great album. Check out this in-studio version of a track:

OK so I spoke too soon. Deerhunter is my tops for the decade just above White Fence. This years’ Monomania isn’t as great as their five previous LPs but this track is a standout:

This track just blows me away. Mr. Car:

Can’t have a ton ten without a proper hip hop selection. I chose the album It’s Nice To Meet You from Fatnice even before I remembered that these are local Philly guys. I can’t embed Bandcamp tracks in WordPress so click here to check out the top track Lets Get it feat Soultastic.

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That’s all I’ve got time for, but it you have more time check out these honorable mentions:

The Internet- Don’tcha

The White Lamp- Make it Good

Handbook- Titanomachy LP

Bondax- Gold EP

Ben Pearce- What I Might Do

Submerse-Melonkoly

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Category: Nineties Hip Hop

December 13, 2013

Natural Resource is a Brooklyn three piece and (Jean Grae’s first group) that put out only a couple singles in the late 90s. Heavy Loungin’ was included on a UK import compilation that I bought back then and I couldn’t play this track enough. Until recently my crates were inaccessible so it took me a while to track down this song online. With the changeup in the middle it’s actually 2 songs crammed into 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Sheesh. 1998:

MP3: Natural Resource- Heavy Loungin

Poor Righteous Teachers 1996:

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Since 90s hip hop is now a distinct category of music, it doesn’t actually have to be recorded in that decade to fit the genre.

Kid Tsunami is true hip hop from Perth, Australia, new this year:

Group Home from ’95:

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Also from 1995:

MP3: Shorty Long- Be Alright

The best of the bunch for last– Screwball from ’99. What a great hook:

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Here

November 7, 2013

Last night in Philly:
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New flea market finds:
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My sinister nephew and his sleeping sister:
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Beer Barons tour at Laurel Hill cemetery this fall:
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This might get annoying after the tenth listen:

From Ann Peebles’ Straight From The Heart LP, 1971 (not the cover LP shown)

Little Animal, 2012:

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Just picked up this Steely Dan album. 1976:


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Boogie Goodies

October 31, 2013

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Tom Moulton, the father of the 12″ disco single

Andrea True Connection- More, More, More Pt. 1 (Tom Moulton 12″ mix), 1975:

Hokus Pokis 1975:

This is a 1980 British cover which is actually disco-i-er than the original 1978 version by Aquarium Dream. I don’t know which one I like better so I’ll take both thanks:

MP3: Starship Orchestra- You’re A Star

We’ll leave you with a 1975 German disco cover of a Yardbirds classic. I wonder how Jimmy Page felt about this at the time… you know, with the whole “disco sucks” movement with the rockers and all:

The video is a must:

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Lee Moses

October 29, 2013

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Lee Moses died in 1997 and only released 8 singles in his lifetime. Here are two deeply soulful tracks from his Time And Place compilation LP from 1971:

This is a bluesier version of Jimmy Hendrix‘s original:

MP3: Lee Moses-Hey Joe (DivShare preview & link)

From the title and the chorus you’d think this was a civil rights anthem. But after a few refrains we find it’s an ode to he and his lover’s secret love affair, ala Me And Mrs. Jones:

MP3: Lee Moses- Free At Last

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Air France

October 18, 2013