With the original seared onto my temporal lobes, this alternate version of the Maggot Brain title track is really getting the job done this morning. Via Plain or Pan. *Note the sweet cape on Eddie Hazel.
It’s pretty tough to name an artist with a more consistent discography than Curtis Mayfield. And though Superfly gets all the love, Short Eyes is the better album. Hands down. *I grabbed this from the mighty Zamboni many moons ago, who at last transmission was wandering the desert putting together a 30 disc comp of L.A. proto punk nuggets from Phil Spector’s private acetates.
Sweet mother of christ! Between the announcement of a new Radiohead record and the release of the First Foo Fighters single in over a decade that isn’t a total shit sandwich, I’m feeling all 1997 up in this piece.
Nobody locked in on the minimalist Kraut groove thing quite like Cluster did in the mid to late 70s. And though their collaborative LPs with Eno get all the attention, their trio of Zuckerzeit (74), Sowiesoso (76) and Grosses Wasser (79) is unbeatable. For maximum mood/life enhancement, play these records in sequence.
Adios, White Stripes. Yeah, it was inevitable, but that doesn’t make it any less of a bummer. Here’s a tremendous 2005 recording of the White Family Band at Glastonbury, touring on my personal favorite, Get Behind Me Satan.