Sunday, December 19, 2010

Little Things Radio ep2 Dec 2010

Jimmie (Preacher) Ellis- Don't Tax Me In (Space)
Mel Brown- Swamp Fever (Impulse)
One G Plus Three- Summertime (Gordo)
Little Hooks with Ray Nato and the Kings- Give The Drummer Some More (Enjay)
Yardbirds- Got To Hurry (Columbia)
Fugi- Mary Don't Take Me On No Bad Trip (Cadet)
Steven Stills- Love The One Your With (Atlantic)
Detroit Emeralds- Baby Let Me Take You In My Arms (Westbound)
Ann Peebles- When I'm In Your Arms (Hi)
Danny Hunt- The Beginning Of The Void (La Cade)
Ray Barretto- Soul Drummers (Fania)
Santana- Soul Sacrifice pt1 (CBS)
Lafayette Afro-Rock Band- Oglenon (Makossa)
Aretha Franklin- The Weight (Atlantic)
Brenda and the Tabulations- A Love You Can Depend On (Top and Bottom)
The Traits- Harlem Shuffle (Scepter)
The Emotions- Blind Alley (volt)
Timmy Thomas- Why Can't We Live Together (Glades)
Bobby Womack- California Dreamin' (Minit)
Keith Meehan- Hooker St. (Stoned Circus)
Dirk Thornton- Run (All City)
Onra- My Comet (All City)
The Jackson 5- Never Can Say Goodbye (Motown)

So much crazy shit has happened in Ireland in the month since i recorded the last show that it feels like 3 months. An 85 billion euro I.M.F./E.U bailout, record breaking cold spells, one of the toughest budgets in the history of the state, and on the the same day as this historic budget, Bank Of Ireland had an I.T. problem that basically had ATMs spitting out cash to people who had no money in their accounts. Huge queues formed at ATMs all over the country as word spread about the crash. Happy days.
 This I.M.F. bailout was the result of our banks being on the verge of collapse and most of the 85 billion borrowed was pumped back into the banks. Of course this money will have to be paid back by the tax payer and the budget announced on the 7th was when we would all find out how much money we'd be down as a result of this mess. The budget was criticised by most for being harsh on the poor. With cuts to social welfare, children's allowance, and a 1 euro drop on the minimum wage, it seemed as if the most vulnerable in society would end up paying more than their fair share of the bill. So it was appropriate that on the day of this savage budget some computer malfunction would force these banks, who have taken so much, to finally give something back. God has a wonderful sense of humor! 
  It could be argued that this was the last thing our struggling banks needed or that these people were stealing from tax payers, or that the money will have to be paid back or that this was just more evidence of the incompetence of Irish banks but that would be a pretty boring way of looking at it. I hope that those who did get money enjoyed it cause plenty of doom and gloom is predicted for the future. Default on Irelands debt and the break up of the Euro currency are strong possibilities. I don't know what that means for Ireland but I'm pretty sure its not good. Scary times. Enjoy that money.
It was with this stuff on my mind that i chose the first track for the december show... 

Jimmie (Preacher) Ellis- Don't Tax Me In

The guy who sold me this record told me that it was part of a series of 45s that Jimmie Ellis made that all had a political theme. I haven't been abel to find any info online confirming this so we'll just have to take his word for it. What I do know is that Jimmie Ellis started his career in 1962 when he recorded a single with a group called The Centuries, and went on to record as a solo artist on labels like Round, Space, and Romark. His "Gonna Do It By Myself"/Go Head On" 45 on the Jewel label (where he recorded as Jimmy Preacher Ellie) is a sought after 45 on the northern scene, as is his "Happy To Be" track on the Century City label. 

Mel Brown- Swamp Fever

One for the break heads! This would be a great record even if it didn't have open drums all over it, but the breaks are an added bonus! Mel Brown was an in demand session musician who worked with everyone from Johnny Otis to Jerry Lee Lewis before recording five albums of his own for the Impulse label. He would continue performing and recording his entire life. He passed away at age 69 on the 20th of March, 2009.

Little Hooks with Ray Nato and The Kings- Give The Drummer Some More

This one is worth buying for the intro alone! With the title "Give The Drummer Some More" its no surprise this track gets attention these days. Although this style of funk wasn't what the band was originally known for. They recorded their first single all the way back in 1953 as a doo wop group called The 5 Kings, and went on to record as The 4 Kings and The Ramblers. "Give The Drummer Some More" was recorded in 1972 and was a definite change in style for the band. Times had changed and like any great band, they adapted. The Kings had a career that lasted almost 30 years, but they would never get the big hit they deserved. Music is a funny business.

Detroit Emeralds- Baby Let Me Take You In My Arms

These spoofers are actually from Little Rock, Arkansas. Ha ha! Busted. Nah, they started in Little Rock as The Emeralds and renamed the band when they moved to Detroit. Adopted Corkman Jerome Rimson used to play bass with these guys but I wasn't abel to find out if he played on this track. You can see Jerome playing around Cork these days with The Booty Band. 

Ray Barretto- Soul Drummers

I dont have alot of latin music in my collection but this is one of my favorite 45s from any genre. As the title suggests this one is all about the drums. Listening to this its obvious why Barretto was called the King Of The Hard Hands. 

The Emotions- Blind Alley

Sampled again and again in hip hop but to this day i don't think anyone has managed to top Big Daddy Kane's "Aint No Half Steppin" and people should probably stop trying. All the sampling stuff aside this is a great soul record that always gets a good response when its played out. 

Bobby Womack- California Dreamin'

California Dreamin' is definitely one of my favorite songs. There are so many incredible versions of this out there from artists like Eddie Hazel, Jose Feliciano, Lee Moses, and the Mamas and Papas original still sounds great. Leaving everything behind and taking off to somewhere warm and exciting is something we all daydream about from time to time, and since I was born in California the song has always been special to me. This was a single off of Womack's debut album "Fly Me To The Moon" although he'd already had a sucessful career in music as a song writer and session guitarist before trying his hand at making his own records. 

Dirk Thorton- Run/ Onra- My Commet

In case you havent heard, All City Records have been killing it lately. They released a great series of 7"s last year which included the Onra record featured here. They've followed that up with a series of 10"s from artists like House Shoes and Dam Funk. They had one of the best albums of 2010 with Onra's Long Distance and have managed to keep their shop in Temple Bar open in these tough financial times. Respect where its due. Keep up the good work! 

A merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you all. Check Back in 2011 for more mixes and all that. 

Friday, December 17, 2010

A2DF Soul and R&B Mix

Great mix here from one of the countrys best DJs and 45 collectors..

 @frawleys by andys soul funk and rnb

eddie bo -i got to know (RIC) 
johnnie jackson & the blazers FT merle spears -what you gonna do (JMER) 
ervin rucker -shes alright (musette ) 
mack rice -baby im coming home(LU Pine) 
little willie john -im shakin(king) 
lulu reed - you cant hide (federal) 
larry dale -drinkin wine (atlantic) 
noble watts -hot tamales(baton) 
the mustangs -topsy 65(providence) 
big maybelle -thats a pretty good love (savoy) 
yvonne fair -i found you (king) 
ella fitzgerald -these boots(salle) 
nina simone come on back jack (colpix) 
ann cole -each day (baton) 
ruth brown -as long as im moving(atlantic) 
jessie mae -dont freeze(DRA) 
eddie curtis -those foxes and pussycats(Josie) 
nathaniel mayer - i want love and affection (fortune) 
freddy king - now ive got a woman(federal) 
oscar brown jr-work song(cbs) 
titus turner -hungry man(atlantic) 
marion black -who knows (capsoul) 
earl grant - fever (decca)

Monday, November 29, 2010

vinyl love..


7 hrs of 45s this sunday with me, Stevie G and Phil Hope. Looking forward to this one!
Facebook page for the night here..

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Little Things Radio ep1 nov 2010


Lonnie Youngblood- Sweet Sweet Tooti
Freddy Scott- Got What I Need (shout)
The Ides Of March- Vehicle (warner bros)
Paul Humphries and his Cool Aid Chemists- Detroit (lizard)
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings- How Long Do I Have To Wait For You (daptone)
El Michels Affair- Musings To Myself alt mix (truth and soul)
Menahan Street Band- The Wolf (dunham)
Eddie and Ernie- Bullets Dont Have Eyes (ever-soul)
Jimmy Ruffin- What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted (soul)
Al Green- I Wish You Were Here With Me (hi)
McKinley Mitchell- Trouble Blues (chimneyville)
Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes- Wake Up Everybody pt 1 (philadelphia international)
Rotary Connection- Respect (cadet concept)
Barbara Acklin- Love Makes a Woman (brunswick)
The Inclines- Pressure Cooker pt 1 (atco)
Joe Quarterman and Free Soul- Find Yourself (gsf)
Donald Byrd- Black Byrd (blue note)
J Star- I Heard It Dub (white label)
Horace Andy- Let Your Teardrops Fall (sun shot)
Suff Draft- Look Of Suff Remix (white label)
Para- Its the Hornet (breakin bread)
Fatback- Love Spell (spring)
The Isley Brothers- For The Love Of You (tneck)
A Taste Of Honey- World Spin (capital)
Carl Douglas- Dance The Kung Fu (20th century)
Blues Magoos- Gotta Get Away (mercury)
Frijid Pink- House Of The Rising Sun (parrot)
Ballin' Jack- Found A Child (columbia)
Funk Ink.- Goodbye So Long (prestige)
Freddy Scott- Got What I Need
Most people should know this one from the Biz Markie track "Just A Friend", from the "Ultimate Breaks and Beats" series, or maybe from Shadow and Cut Chemists "Product Placement" mix.. Basically its a must have classic. 
Ides Of March- Vehicle
 This is one me and my brother used to play a lot on a pirate radio show we were doing about 5 years ago. Those horns are just huge!    
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings- How Long Do I Have To Wait For You
Its great to see Sharon Jones doing so well lately. She was meant to play Cork for the Jazz Festival but for some reason it fell through. Shame cause if it had gone ahead it almost definitely would have been one of the best gigs of the year. She did play Dublin though and i hear she put on a great show. 
Rotary Connection- Respect
Incredible version of the Otis Redding/ Aretha Franklin classic by the psyche-soul group Rotary Connection. Although if you took away the lyrics the song bares almost no resemblance to the original. Definitely one of my favorite groups, such a unique sound.
Donald Byrd- Black Byrd
Classic Mizell Brothers production 
JStar- I heard it dub
Great reggae bootleg remix of "I heard it through the grapevine" by London based producer JStar. Ive played this at almost every gig Ive done over the last year. 
The Inclines- Pressure Cooker pt 1
Possibly my favorite 45 of the show. Those horns... 
Frijid Pink- House of the Rising Sun
Great heavy version of the Animals classic. This was a huge hit when it came out and ended up selling over a million copies. Not exactly rare then... 

check back next month around christmas for episode 2!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

so yeah.. im starting a blog/radio show

  I got into collecting 45s about  4 years ago. Before that almost my entire collection was 12''s and LPs, but once i started picking some up it quickly became my favorite format. I know theres advantages to 12"s like sound quality, the big artwork, and they're obviously a lot easier to mix, but theres something about playing soul or reggae on a little record with a big hole that just feels right.

  The 7" isn't my preferred format for all genres. When it comes to disco, hip hop, dubstep, etc i still love my 12"s (although i own and love many disco and hip hop 45s). But when it comes to soul, funk and reggae, its definitely 7"s for me. Part of the appeal is visual, the label artwork, the big holes, they just look.. well... cool. Part of it is the history attached to 7"s. Northern soul all nighters and Jamaican sound systems, played 7" almost exclusively. And maybe part of the appeal is that its practically an abandoned format (although the 7" does seem to have made a bit of a come back these last few years as people look for cheaper ways to get their music on vinyl). 

   Whatever the reasons behind it are, I like the little things, and over the last few years I've found myself buying a lot of them. I haven't been doing much with them though. I don't get a lot of opportunities to play this stuff out these days, so I thought why not do some kind of internet radio show. so yeah.. Its more or less an excuse to show off some records. I guess the main focus will be on soul and funk but ill be playing a bit of everything (as long as its on 7")

  The plan is to do a show a month until i run out of decent 45s to play. All tracklists will be available here at the blog, as well as pictures and info on the records played. There will be guest mixes from other DJs and if i can find a decent venue that will have us, a live all 45 night. So for now, enjoy  the mixes! Check back here regularly as ill hopefully be posting different 45 related stuff here every few days.