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Archive for November, 2007

Once Around The Block
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra
Hits the Hits!, 2007

My friend Cocoe from Ubiquity Records just sent me some treats in the mail which included this track which I couldn’t resist posting even though the stellar Orgōne album was vying for attention. This song is a cover of the Badly Drawn Boy song that I posted 2 1/2 years go. Not like I thought the song was my secret or anything but I was really surprised to find it on a CD with covers of (what I think of as) much bigger hits like “Hey Ya” by OutKast and songs by Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, The Gorillaz, Amy Winehouse and Missy Elliot.

Shawn Lee generally finds a nice balance of playing stripped-down funky versions of these songs while not going overboard on the irony factor (there’s a little, for sure). I guess novelty factor is another thing that makes “Once Around the Block” seem out of place on this album. He covers it with basically the same instrumentation, substituting flute for lead vocals and throwing in some nice touches like an interpolation of “My Favorite Things.”

Here’s a snippet of his covers of “1 Thing” by Amerie and “Hey Ya.” Can anyone tell me what wind instrument that is in the Amerie cover??

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I Don’t Wanna Stop Featuring Kylie Auldist
The Bamboos
Rawville, 2007

Australia stand up! The Bamboos released their second excellent album on Tru Thoughts this year. They branched out/augmented their trademark choppy funk sound this time with slightly mixed results. Rawville includes two tracks with Portland MC/Producer Ohmega Watts and two tracks (this being one of them) that are much closer to soul than funk. Where the hip hop tracks (especially the horn hits on “Rockin’ It”) cause me to immediately picture what’s actually happening (an all-white Australian band trying to play hip hop), the soul tracks are spot on for 1973 American soul and, like the rest of their music, make me think of how good it is first, then proceed to whatever cinematic image it conjures.

I’ve been playing this track a lot recently; I played it around 3:00 a.m. last Friday at the Back Room and it seemed to cast a certain spell over the place for a moment: there was a section of people dancing to it as if they knew it (there’s not much dancing there) and the manager stopped walking around checking on things and posted up at the top of the stairs and started a serious head-nod.

There doesn’t seem to be much info on the guest singer, Kylie Auldist.

Australian PBS FM had this to say:

Kylie Auldist has long been something of a treasured hometown secret in Melbourne; a powerful soul singer fronting all manner of blues, roots and hip-hop acts around the inner city venue trail.

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Another World
Joe Jackson
Night and Day, 1982

Ben came back to NYC for a quick second (the Ben I DJed with and visited in Sweden) and we got together and had a vinyl recording session. In the crate of records he pulled out, I noticed this album. I, in predictable fashion, offered that I already recorded “Steppin’ Out” but the song he was after was this one which I totally missed.

This was Joe Jackson’s first album after moving to NYC from England and Allmusic describes it as when he “abandoned new wave rock for a catchy pop-jazz-salsa-dance hybrid.” Now that I read that, I guess I hear those influences but the song seems pretty straightforward to me, it’s not like there are more than a handful of chords. The keyboard stabs that start at :32 remind of another song that I can’t place right now (which is going to drive me crazy), anyone know what it is?

There’s a no-budget version of him performing the song at “Carling Acadamy Islington” on youtube (apparently they couldn’t even afford spell check).

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Wichita Lineman
The Nite-Liters
Instrumental Directions, 1972

Song writer Jimmy Webb makes his second appearance on my blog. I didn’t know this song before hearing it on this record but apparently it was a big hit for (country-ish singer) Glen Campbell and was covered by tons of people. A quick google search shows that “Wichita Lineman” has it’s own wikipedia entry that lists 34 covers of the song (although it doesn’t list this one) and says that it’s in Rolling Stones Top 500 songs of all time.

For some reason it didn’t occur to me that this song would have lyrics – the horn melodies seem whole and complete without words. I think this song makes the case that the world needs more (non-honking) baritone saxophone (see 1:46 and 2:04/2:08).

P.S. – I am cooking up a podcast idea for music like this that doesn’t fit well into the DJ-set format (and I have much more music like this than I do “dj-friendly” music so it should be a nice outlet).

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