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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The (Pathetic) State of our (Fucked) Union

George Bush telling America that it's "addicted to oil" sounds like a pusher telling a customer that he's buying too much crack.

What bullshit.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Pressure Drop

For my final show at Pressure Cafe, here's what I played.

O'Jays--Back Stabbers (R.I.P., songwriter Gene McFadden)
Arthur Alexander--Anna
Wilson Pickett--I'm Gonna Cry
Martin Denny--Quiet Village

Machito--Twist Changa
Willie Bobo--Do What You Wanna Do
Odell Brown & the Organizers--Mas Que Nada
Ray Charles--Busted
Billie Holiday--Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
Los Panchos--La Barca
Ramsey Lewis--1,2,3
Os Mutantes--Baby (1971 version)

Crystals--He's a Rebel
Five Stairsteps--Playgirl's Love
John Coltrane--Bakai
Aretha Franklin--Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
Velvelettes--Needle in a Haystack
Dusty Springfield--In the Land of Make Believe
Betty Lavette--Shut Your Mouth
Bettye Swann--The Heartache is Gone

Small Faces--Grow Your Own
New Dave Pike Set--Mathar
Googie Rene Combo--Wild Bird
Horace Silver--Song for My Father

Four Tops--Standing in the Shadows of Love
James Brown--Licking Stick, Licking Stick
Edwin Starr--Agent Double-O-Soul
Rodd Keith--I Take a Fancy to Nancy

Dave & Ansil Collins--Double Barrel
Beatles--Flying (mono mix)
Traffic--Coloured Rain
Byrds--It Won't Be Wrong
Saturday's Children--You Don't Know Better
Leaves--Too Many People
Peanut Butter Conspiracy--It's a Happening Thing
Buffalo Springfield--Pretty Girl Why
Knaves--The Girl I Threw Away
Monkees--While I Cry

Cream--I Feel Free
Solomon Burke--Home in Your Heart
Rex Garvin & the Mighty Cravers--Sock it to 'em, JB (Part 1)
Roland Alphonso--Phoenix City
Stairs--Mary Joanna
Rufus Thomas--Walkin' the Dog
Equals--Baby Come Back

Unknown--The 23rd Channel
Beatles--I Feel Fine
Booker T. & the MGs--Green Onions
Kinks--Everybody's Gonna Be Happy
Bugs--Pretty Girl

Tim Hardin--Don't Make Promises
Bill Withers--Why Must the Same Love That Made Me Laugh Make Me Cry
Fleetwood Mac--Never Going Back Again
Joe Simon--The Chokin' Kind
Nina Simone--Since I Fell For You
Supremes--My World is Empty Without You

MC Honky--What a Bringdown
Ruby & the Romantics--Our Day Will Come
Astrud Gilberto--Summer Samba
Shangri-La's--Sophisticated Boom Boom

And so an era ends...huh. Thanks everyone who came out to see me at some point during these last few weeks.


Sunday, January 22, 2006

Playlist at Pressure 1/22/06

Still can't shake this cold, but...the music was hot! R.I.P., Wicked.

Ray Charles--I Got a Woman
Billie Holiday--Body and Soul
Johnny Hartman--Sleepin' Bee
Odell Brown & the Organizers--Mellow Yellow
Herbie Hancock--Theme from 'Blow-Up'

The Falcons feat. Wilson Pickett--I Found a Love
B.B. King--Crosscut Saw
Bobby Parker--Watch Your Step
Arthur Alexander--Anna
Beatles--I Got a Woman
Vince Guaraldi & Bola Sete--I'm a Loser

Nina Simone--Suzanne
James Brown--Licking Stick, Licking Stick
Wilson Pickett--In the Midnight Hour
Little Annie--Lean Lanky Daddy
Supremes--In and Out of Love
Aretha Franklin--I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)
Marvin Gaye--I'll Be Doggone

Jill Scott--Exclusively
Jimmy McGriff--I Got a Woman (Pt. 1)
Roland Alphonso--Phoenix City
Who--The Kids are Alright
Georgie Fame--Yeh! Yeh!
Equals--Baby Come Back

Little Esther Phillips--Mojo Hannah
Dinah Washington--T.V. is the Thing This Year
Johnny Cash--Get Rhythm
Wilson Pickett--I'm Gonna Cry
Rodd Keith--I Take a Fancy to Nancy

Fleetwood Mac--Sunny Side of Heaven
Jethro Tull--Living in the Past
Dave & Ansil Collins--Double Barrel
Rolling Stones--Jumpin' Jack Flash
Dora Hall--Satisfaction
Spencer Davis Group--I'm a Man
Herbie Hancock-Bring Down the Birds
The Move--I Can Hear the Grass Grow

Electric Prunes--Get Me to the World on Time
Love--She Comes in Colors
Avant-Garde--Naturally Stoned
Four Seasons--C'mon Marianne
Wilson Pickett--If You Need Me

Julie London--Cry Me a River
Ravens--Give Me a Simple Prayer
Rodd Keith--Atomic Wise
Little Ben & the Cheers--Brown-Eyed Devil
All the People feat. Robert Moore--Cramp Your Style
Michael Nesmith--Nevada Fighter
Shins--New Slang
Zombies--Leave Me Be
Margo Guryan--Timothy Gone

Madness--House of Fun
Cornershop--6 A.M. Jullander Shere
Teardrop Explodes--Passionate Friend
Roy Haynes Trio--Snap Crackle
Wilson Pickett--Barefootin'
Hank Williams--Tear in My Beer
Curtis Mayfield--Future Shock
John Lennon--Instant Karma!
The Endd--Out of My Hands
Higher Intelligence Agency--Solid Motion (Black Hole Mix)
Billie Holiday--Georgia on My Mind
Sub Sub--Past

Thanks to Ted Harris for several of the records played tonight!

Love & Peace,


Sunday, January 15, 2006

Too Much Pressure, 1/15/05

Dragged my cold-ridden self out to play records and CDs tonight at Pressure, and was overjoyed to see so many friendly faces. Thank you so much, everyone, for coming by...

Here's what spun...

John Coltrane--Bakai
Johnny Hartman--Sleepin' Bee
Billie Holiday--Riffin' the Scotch
Horace Silver--Song for My Father
Herbie Hancock--The Thief/Martin Luther King--'I Have a Dream' speech
Inez Andrews--I'm Free

Timebox--Soul Sauce
Ramsey Lewis Trio--1,2,3
Ray Charles--Unchain My Heart
Etta James--What'd I Say
Otis Redding--Satisfaction
Al Wilson--The Snake
Nina Simone--Since I Fell For You

Jerry-O--Karate Boogaloo
Rodd Keith--I Take a Fancy to Nancy
Bee Gees--Every Second, Every Minute
Edwin Starr--Agent Double-O Soul
Brian Hyland--The Joker Went Wild

John Mayall w/the Bluesbreakers--I'm Your Witchdoctor
Chocolate Watch Band--Expo 2000
Monkees--Can You Dig It?
Walter Carlos--Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Willie Bobo--Do What You Wanna Do
O'Jays--Back Stabbers
Steely Dan--I Can't Function (a 1967 demo)
Main Ingredient--Just Don't Want to Be Lonely
Johnny Bristol--Hang on in There Baby
Cornelius Bros. & Sister Rose--Treat Her Like a Lady
MC Honky--The Baby That Was You

Crow--Cottage Cheese
Desmond Dekker & the Aces--Israelites
Curtis Mayfield--Future Shock
Terence Trent D'Arby--Sign Your Name
Southwest F.O.B.--Smell of Incense
Stu & Ted--Big Enough (rough mix)
Del-Vetts--That's the Way It Is
Beatles--A Hard Day's Night (outtake)
Mashmakhan--As Years Go By

Bar-Kays--Soul Finger
Cyril Neville--Gossip
Flamingos--I Only Have Eyes for You
Jackson 5--Who's Lovin' You?
Ben Webster--The Single Petal of a Rose
Roberta Flack--Feel Like Makin' Love
Real Pros--Rain on the Roof

Gestures--Run Run Run
Mana--Mariposa Traicionera
Specials--Rudi, a Message to You
Alan Moorhouse--Expo in Tokyo
Jimmy McGriff--I Got a Woman, Pt. 1
Rodd Keith--Squeaky Shoes
Manhattans--Manhattan Stomp
Jimmy Smith--Theme from 'Where the Spies Are'
Montclairs--Dreaming's Out of Season
Nightmares on Wax--Nights Introlude

Frank Kras then showed up with a bunch of CDs, and we rode out the evening with a bunch of good songs, most from the 80s!

Sinead O'Connor--Mandinka
Los Lobos--Don't Worry, Baby
Polecats--Make a Circuit with Me
Monroes--What Do All the People Know?
Richard Thompson--Read About Love
Adrian Belew--Oh Daddy
Elliott Smith--Bled White
Neko Case--Deep Red Bells

Thanks to everyone who came out, and to Frank for guest DJing! Remember, let me know if you want to guest DJ some Sunday.

Love and Peace,


Sunday, January 08, 2006

Pressure Playlist, 1/8/06

Thanks to everyone who came out for Soul Sunday! It was a rocking good time and seeing so many good friends was just icing on the cake.

Tell you what, though, I need some help. Four hours of playing records is a lot of work, and I'm tired. If anyone wants to come one of these Sundays and take over a set or so from me -- i.e., be a guest DJ, bringing your own records/CDs you want to play -- let me know.

I'm serious!! Your help is urgently needed, and your choices are urgently awaited!

Here's what went down tonight:

Bobby Angelle--Too Much for You
Herbie Hancock--Verushka, Pt. 1
Skatalites--Nimblefoot Ska
Ramsey Lewis--1,2,3
Meters--Cissy Strut
Horace Silver--A Song for My Father

Jimmy McGriff--I Got a Woman (Pt. 1)
Georgie Fame--Beware of the Dog
Nina Simone--My Baby Just Cares for Me (live)
Machito--Twist Changa (Pt. 1)
Teri Summers and the Librettos--City Hospital's Patients
Etta James--Money (live)
Lou Rawls--Deadend Street Monologue/Deadend Street

Little Milton--Grits Ain't Groceries
Betty Lavette--Just Dropped in (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
Marvin Gaye--I'll Be Doggone
Fontella Bass--Rescue Me
Light Nites--Same Old Thing

Johnny Cash--Get Rhythm
Shangri-La's--Sophisticated Boom Boom
Booker T. & the MG's--Green Onions
Flares--Foot Stomping
War--All Day Music

Supremes--You Keep Me Hangin' On
Electric Prunes--Get Me to the World On Time
Dora Hall--Satisfaction
Rolling Stones--Jumpin' Jack Flash
Cryan Shames--Ben Franklin's Almanac
Spencer Davis Group--I'm a Man

Byron & the Mortals--Do You Believe Me
Love--My Little Red Book
Peanut Butter Conspiracy--It's a Happening Thing
Stairs--Weed Bus
Jefferson Airplane--Somebody to Love
Monkees--Can You Dig It?
Avant Garde--Naturally Stoned
Os Mutantes--Ando Meio Desligado
Rod (sic) Keith & the Raindrops--Merry-Go-Down

Spacemen 3--Why Couldn't I See?
Chase--Get it On
Rosana--El Talisman
Selecter--Too Much Pressure
Roland Alphonso--Phoenix City
New Colony Six--I Confess
Rodd Keith--Ecstacy (sic) to Frenzy

Ray Charles--Mess Around
Bee Gees--In My Own Time
Kinks--Til the End of the Day
Amen Corner--High in the Sky
All the People Featuring Robert Moore--Cramp Your Style
George Baker Selection--Little Green Bag

Daft Punk--Something About Us
Michael & the Messengers--Up Til News
El Trio los Panchos--La Barca
Gestures--Run Run Run
Marvin Gaye--Can I Get a Witness?
It's All Meat--Feel It

Sensations--Let Me In
Nina Simone--Work Song
Jerry Lee Lewis--Money
Little Annie--Lean Lanky Daddy
Packers--Go 'Head On
Fifth Dimension--Carpet Man
Hollies--Tell Me to My Face
Madonna--Substitute for Love
Standells--Riot on Sunset Strip
Sade--Feel No Pain (Nellee Hooper remix)

Love and Peace,

P.S. Congratulations Kati and Rob on the birth of your second child, Zoe!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

WTF and playlist, 1/1/06

I see the Cubs have signed Marquis F. Grissom to a Triple-A contract and invited him to spring training. They must be getting an AARP discount these days.

Low attendance and feeling like garbage led me to cut short my DJ appearance at Pressure on January 1. Here's what I did play.

David Snell--International Flight
Gimmicks--Ye Me Le
Herbie Hancock--Verushka pt. 1
Machito--Twist Changa Pt. 1
Horace Silver--Song For My Father
Pierre Barouh--Samba Saravah
Astrud Gilberto--So Nice (Summer Samba)
Ramsey Lewis--1,2,3
Jackie Mittoo--Get Up and Get It
Booker T. & the MGs--Groovin'
Desmond Dekker & the Aces--Israelites
Georgie Fame--Beware of the Dog
Little Esther Phillips--Mojo Hannah
Jack McDuff--Walk on By
Tommy James--Baby, Baby (I Can't Take It No More)
Byron & the Mortals--Do You Believe Me?
Byrds--I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better
Bettye Swann--Make Me Yours
Rodd Rogers & the Librettos--The Best Behind the Wheel
Vontastics--Day Tripper
Rosana--El Talisman
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass--Wade in the Water
Johnny Cash--Get Rhythm
Otis Redding & Carla Thomas--Knock on Wood
Frank Wilson--Do I Love You? (Deed I Do)
Bill Withers--The Same Love That Made Me Laugh
Sade--Feel No Pain (Nellee Hooper Remix)

I'll try again this coming Sunday.