Friday, February 5, 2010

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Just got back from tracking some guitars for my man Captain Planet. He's got a great new mixtape of vintage Haitian music, which he's giving away when you show a receipt for a $5 donation to Partners In Health setting up clinics and treating people in Haiti. Its super easy and a good small way to help out Haiti, the star of the caribbean the ONLY SUCCESSFUL SLAVE REVOLT IN THE MODERN WORLD. LONG LIVE HAITI, and tell the US to get the fuck out and let go of the airport. Now for the music...

Track one goes out to Ohio! Outernational is coming thru Toledo March 5, and this is my anthem for the drive down I-80. Yeah the subject matter is wack - slanging drugs, bragging and talking about women like possessions... but I dig this jam because of the sttyyyyyylllleeee - somewhere between east coast hard, west coast smooved out and down south swag...

Number 2 is from Timberlee, new dancehall queen from JA. Check the bugged out beat and the dude yelling on the chorus with the cartoon voice.


Los Pibes Chorros are from Argentina and play a drunken form of Cumbia known as Cumbia Villera. These songs have a swagger that even classics like Andres Landero can't touch. The way the keytar and casio saxophones stretch and snap around the beat just makes my neck hurt. In a a good way.

Uproot Andy is NYC's greatest DJ. He's got an album in the works and is doing remixes for people like Theivery Corporation and Outernational. Here's a cumbia mash-up straight from the Brooklyn Zoo.

Thanks to Uproot Andy for putting me on to Los Jaivas. Formed in Chile in 1963, they fled to Argentina and then to France in the 70's, after the CIA overthrew Chile's government on Sept 11, 1973. SEPTEMBER 11! Thanks CIA, you've now caused two horrible crimes on that date, forever changing each respective countries histories (not to mention the subsequent wars in afghanistan, iraq, pakistan...) Anways, Los Jaivas mix Andean folk music with psychedelic rock and echoes of Santana. When I hear this music I imagine soaring on the back of a condor somewhere in the smoky mountains of south america...

The Coral are a new band from the UK. Great songwriting, eerie vibes and vintage sounds without nostalgia or corniness...

Major Lazer is a new reggae project from Diplo. The album has some of the worst mysoginist lyrics I've ever heard and I'm not feeling it. Except for this jam by Jahdan Blakkamore, the black sheep of the Major Lazer album, the only roots tune and good lyrics too!! Last week I had this song on straight repeat for about 3 days. Thanks Jahdan for getting it right on this song!

Dr Blum gave me this track from Franki Valli and the 4 Seasons when he learned it for a soul gig. Beggin' is a hypnotic lover's lament that grooves like Nina Simone with a fuzzy guitar riff that sounds like its from a Wu-Tang beat...

We finish up with a song by Imani Coppola. I just discovered her music, but she's been making records since 1997, playing violin and guitar, making tracks and singing with the voice of a bird flying over woodstock in an acid haze... This tune is from her latest album, Free Spirit, a mix of rarities, b-sides and home recordings that highlight her raw songwriting, beautiful arranging and devastating honesty. You can download the whole thing free here.

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