Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Breakdown: a visit from Peril & Prequel

Listen to the whole thing here

I started off with a little Fela thing due to the fact that it was his birthday and I'd gotten some crazy Fela records recently.  Have been trying to decide on a cover to play at Scatter Scatter with The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra too.  Right now I'm leaning towards this:

But for now you fine people get to dig on:

Fela Kuti - Who're You? (Makossa LP 'Fela's London Scene' 1971) mediafire

This bad boy was recorded in '71 and features Ginger Baker on another track.  Was released about the same time as the live record and it shares a couple of songs.  Yeni Kuti told me her father that once he had recorded a song he would never play it live again but I think that rule like anything with Fela was pretty flexible.  I do like that idea though, that the record was the end process of the life of a song.  The stories he was telling, the moods he was creating they were of their time and no other.  It was like the daily newspaper, once it was recorded it was already old news.  

Friday October 15 2010 Setlist

1. Fela Kuti - Who're You? (Makossa LP 'Fela's London Scene' 1971)

2. Fela Kuti - Wayo (2nd version) (Knitting Factory 10")
3. Christy Essien - Take Life Easy (Academy LP 'Lagos Disco Inferno' 2010)

4. The Jimmy Castor Bunch - It's Just Begun (RCA LP 'It's Just Begun' 1972)
5. Juice - Catch A Groove (Greedy Records 45 1976)
6. Creative Source - Who Is He And What Is He To You (Sussex 45 1974)

7. Bobby Caldwell - Open Your Eyes (Clouds 45 1980)
8. The O'Jays - Give The People What They Want (Philadelphia LP 'Survival' 1975)
9. Curtis Mayfield - Kung Fu (Curtom LP 'Sweet Exorcist' 1974)

10. DJ Peril set

11. DJ Prequel set

12. DJ Peril set

13. Fatback - King TIm III
14. Jazzy Dee - Get Down

15. The Psyde Projects - Kay Pee Em (Groove Penguin LP 2010)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Scatter Scatter!

This will be THE jam...

There will be DJ's spinning raw afrobeat and afro-funk 45's, my band The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra will  be rocking with a slew of new tunes, percussion & dance performances and the Scatter Scatter market where you can get palm wine or have your hair braided (you know you want it Chico).  This night is the opening party for a regular 3-monthly party featuring all the finest things afro, it's going to be a monster party... 

'Scatter Scatter: voodoo afro-funk' 30th of October @ The Hi-Fi, Melb

Oh yeah and check this vid I found of my man Lamine Sonko doing his thing on stage with us

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Breakdown: Songs for Poppy Lea & some words from Mulatu

Listen up to the full show here

This show had two pretty distinct sections - the first hour and last song were dedicated to my beautiful brand new little daughter Poppy Lea and then in the second I busted into a bit of ethio-jazz with an interview and showcase of tunes from Mulatu Astatke.  Was so awesome to spend an hour or so listen to rattle on (what?  he's like 70, he went on on and was happy to listen!).  The show on Sunday was great, hope you had chance to catch the man.  If you didn't just dig on this youtube clip of him with the Heliocentrics.  Catto is king!

Some tunes what I reckon youse should check:

Bobby Caldwell 'Open Your Eyes' (Clouds 45, 1980) mediafire

Man have I been sleeping on this one or what?  Don't often venture into the 80's for funk/disco/soul but Bobby took me there and thank crap he did.  Of course I was first suckered in by the lure of some sample-spotting-nerdery but I love everything about it and it's been on lock in my little brain since I scooped a month ago.

Delegation 'Oh Honey' (Shady Brook 12", 1977) mediafire

This tune just makes me feel good on the inside, you know what I mean?  I had the 45 for years and then recently came up on it on 12" (which I didn't realise existed) on the el cheapo courtesy of my friend and yours, ebay.  Makes me think of my little girl a lot now so hopefully it takes you where you want to go

Friday October 8 Setlist

1. Ramp 'Everybody Loves The Sunshine' (Blue Thumb 45, 1977)
2. Delegation 'Oh Honey' (Shady Brook 12", 1977)
3. Bobby Caldwell 'Open Your Eyes' (Clouds 45, 1980)
4. The Voices Of East Harlem 'Wanted, Dead Or Alive' (Just Sunshine LP 'ST', 1973)

5. Pamoja 'Ooh Baby' (Keiper 45, 1975)
6. Ohio Players 'Ecstasy' (Westbound 45, 1973)
7. Notations 'Superpeople' (Gemigo 45, 1974)
8. Sweet Charles 'Yes It's You' (People LP 'For Sweet People...', 1974)
9. Myra Barnes 'Super Good' (King 45)

10. Les Tres Femmes 'Listen Yo Your Mama' (Phil-La 45)
11. Patrizia & Jimmy 'Trust Your Child' (R&R 45)
12. Ann Alford 'Gotta Get Me A Job' (Hy Sign 45)

13. Freddie Scott '(You) Got What I Need' (Shout 45)
14. Spider Harrison 'Beautiful Day' (Lulu 45)
15. Chet 'Poison' Ivey 'Shake A Poo Poo' (Tangerine 45)

16. Cook E. Jarr & His Krumbs 'Whole New World' (Prince 45)
17. Bill Withers 'Kissing My Love' (Sussex LP 'Still Bill', 1972)
18. Terry Callier 'You're Going To Miss You Candyman' (Cadet LP 'What Colour Is Love', 1972)

19. Mulatu Astatke interview, featuring;
'Masengo' with The Heliocentrics
'I Faram Gami I Faram'
'Kasalefkut Hulu'

20. Hugh Masekela 'Dyambo' (Chisa 45)
21. Fela Kuti 'Open & Close' (EMI 12", 1975)
22. Kool & The Gang 'Funky Granny' (Delite LP 'Music Is The Message')