March 30, 2024

Popcorn Mania 13: What a Feeling!

A baker's dozen of popcorn comps. Cleo Jons' "Why Don't You Do Right (Get Me Some Money, Too!)" is a goodie. Wanda Jackson's "Whirlpool" is another fav. I really like Ginny Arnell's "Dumb Head" but I can see the controversy if released today. Apparently, Ginny herself was reluctant about the track, but after hearing the final product, she liked what she heard.

Nella Dodds' "Come See About Me" is another fav with a story. From what I've read/heard, Berry Gordy heard it in the studio and immediately had the Supremes record and release their version before Nella's. I've read inconsistent release dates on the net whether who was first, but I'm sure the exact info for what went down is out there. I suppose it don't really matter much to me. It's all good. And speaking of good, 20 tracks in all. Enjoy!

March 22, 2024

Everything Under the Sun Is in Tune 4: A Prospectus of HPPR! 69-79

Copied intro from first volume... HPPR = Hard, Progressive, & Psychedelic Rock. I wanted to expand the psychedelic rock a wee bit more from the previous mixes by mixing in some progressive and hard rock. And of course, the usual deeper and obscure gems rule the mix. And, to repeat myself over and over, I only include the tunes I really like or love, aka melody-licious! No mediocrity!

Back in '79, I don't think I've heard any of the tracks, let alone the artists (with exception to Steve Hackett, Man, and maybe Apocalypse). It's unfortunate for I'm sure I'd be wearing out the vinyls. Favorites this time around? 18 Karat Gold's "If My Guru Would Know." It's catchy and Gu-roovey (bad joke, haha). Man's "It Is as It Must Be" is really good. Blackjack's "Fallin'" is a great rocker. If you think the singer sounds like Michael Bolton, that's because you're correct. Bruce Kulick (guitarist) was also a member. Avalanche's "Tie Your Laces" is another fav. Roland Kovac New Set's "The Master Said (Part I)" is just the last 10 minutes edited out. The first half (aka Part I) is the best part.

16 tracks and all good. Enjoy!

March 8, 2024

Rockin' Rollin' Doo-Wop 3: Tick ​​Tock A-Woo!

Back in the first volume (find it here), I mentioned "Zoom" by The Starlighters but didn't have a good quality mp3. The tune has to be one of the heaviest, and rockiest doo-wop track I've ever heard. I eventually found one and forgot all about it until Chi-Town sent me the track, after reading aforementioned in the first volume. I decided to use his track for this mix. And speaking of this mix...

It took more than six months to get here but imo, a worthy wait. You'll notice (like the previous volumes) that some tracks don't sound all that doo-wop like. It's all good music to me, regardless of the labels. My favorites? Well, my fav is a toss-up between "Zoom" and George Zimmerman and The Thrills' "Ain't Got the Money to Pay for This Drink." Other favs include The Genies' "Who's That Knocking," The Isley Brothers' "Everybody's Gonna Rock and Roll" and The Hollyhocks' "You for Me." Oops, forgot about Dave Collins & The Scrubs' "Bluesy Me" and Grady Chapman and The Suedes' "Don't Blooper." 20 tracks in all. They're all good. Enjoy!

February 29, 2024

Popcorn Mania 12: Gonna Have a Party!

I hope the popcorn fans are still around. I'm not sure how many of the 20 tracks are rare, but the majority are rare to me. Bobby Angelle's "There Goes My Baby" is probably my top fav of the bunch. Johnny Restivo's "Last Night on the Back Porch" would be up there too. And so is Esther Phillips' Beatles take on And I Love Her as "And I Love Him." Obrey Wilson's "In a Woman's Eyes" is also another goodie. All tracks from 1960 to '67. Enjoy!

February 26, 2024

Drive Baby Drive, Vol. 10: Get Your Motorik Runnin'!

Mooz mentioned/commented in one of his mixtapes posts how we individually fathom as the best compilers (perhaps not worded correctly (paraphrased) but that's the gist). I certainly have... and sure, even today (lol). The point - when I continue a series, the next volume (imo) is a bit better than its predecessor. Example - this mix. It's onerous thinkin' back to the mentality from the earlier mix, and the obligatory thoughts of "Ooo yeah, this is the smoker fer sure. I can't top this one..." And here we are, and this one not only smokes but better yet!

14 grooves, and a few singing lines here and there (not much). I suppose my favorite is the last track, Verstärker's "Jenseits des Jenseits." According to translator, Verstärker is German for Amplifier. The band is from the US. It's a great track, and shortly after the 5 minute mark, it's fast and doesn't let up until the end. Fujiya & Miyagi's "Knickerbocker" is another big fav. And so is Suralin's "Bohemian Bourgeoisie." I chose The Shadow Sea's extended version of "The Remnant" because I thoroughly enjoy good repetitive grooves. "Infinite Beatle Crisis" by Anazgnos is another fav. I have no idea behind the title. It's an instrumental, and a good one too. Anyway, they're all good. Enjoy!

February 20, 2024

Cruisin' Under Starlit Desert Skies 3

Do you feel like headin' out for a ride cruisin' through a warm, summer evening to the sounds of an awesome soundtrack? "Cruisin' Under Starlit Desert Skies 3" is just the ticket. It's broken down into four parts: 1) It's full throttle from the get go, and it doesn't let up... 2) You're just cruisin' now, top down feelin' the breeze... 3) You're headin' back now, winding down, settlin' into the comfortable stage... 4) and you're home and relaxed. And what a rush!

When they say the third time's a charm, they ain't kiddin'. I had a blast with this mix (note: I also had a blast revising the first two volumes. You can find them here - VOLUME 1 and VOLUME 2). As usual, many of the tracks are "Desert Rock." Big, BIG favorites in Ape Shifter's "Mind of You." If that track doesn't get your gears in motion, then go for Giant Lungs' "Ego." King Buffalo's "Regenerator" is another fav. And so is Jhufus' "Oneiric Sky." In the winding down section, Rollerball's "Ganie's Theme 2" is a big, big fav. They're all good.

This volume is definitely my favorite in the series. I hope to do more. Enjoy!

February 12, 2024

Drive Baby Drive, Vol. 9: More Motorik!

The first volume of the series was all modern motorik (btw, it's been revised - Drive Baby Drive, Volume 1). This new mix is also all modern, sans a couple of '70s tracks (Neu!'s "Neuschnee" and Michael Rother's "Flammende Herzen"). You gotta love motorik. And what is Motorik you ask? A good to-the-point explanation from the www... The motorik beat is a distinctive rhythmic pattern characterized by a steady, propulsive pulse and a strict adherence to a consistent tempo.

A dozen tracks in all. My favorite is the last and longest track - Planet Bit's "Is ittt Future or Is ittt Past." A couple of Vert:X tracks ("The Pythia (Xylitol - Tape Edit)" and "DTFMEXT2MIX2") as well. Einstellung's "Tot" is another fav. As I normally say, they're all good. Enjoy!

February 7, 2024

Please Accept This Collect Call Mister Astronaut

Back in my day, long distance calls were outrageously overpriced. I could just imagine the cost if it were possible to ring up Neil Armstrong back in '69 up there on our one and only natural satellite. Okay, enough of the dramatics...

16 rare (to the casual listener) and awesome prog/progressive rock, mostly 70s with one 60s track (Can's "Oscura Primavera"), and a few 80s. Spain's Eduardo Bort opens and closes the set with "Thoughts (Pensamientos) 1ª parte" and "Thoughts (Pensamientos) 2ª parte." Birth Control (from Germany) with "Plastic People" is a goodie. Epsilon (another German band) with "Two-2-II" is another goodie. France's Taï Phong with "Crest" is yet another fav. Eden Rose (another band from France) with "Travelling" is you guessed it, another fav. They're all good. Enjoy!

February 3, 2024

Everything Under the Sun Is in Tune 3: An Aperçu of HPPR! 68-75

Continuing on with another round of rare hard, progressive, & psychedelic rock. Let's see...

From Peru, Telegraph Avenue's "Tookie Tookie" begins the mix, and also one of my big favs of the 16 tracks. Florida's own Tin House and their '71 track "Endamus Finallamus" is another fav. And so is Denmark's Young Flowers with "April '68." Also Rochester, New York's Black Sheep with "To Whom It May Concern" another fav. Black Sheep was the last band Lou Gramm (vocalist) was in before joining Foreigner. Anyway, all goodies. Enjoy!

January 25, 2024

Everything Under the Sun Is in Tune 2: A Compendium of '70s HPPR!

HPPR = Hard, Progressive, & Psychedelic Rock. Another scorching volume, 16 tracks in all, and all '70s. As for my top favs, probably Jericho's "Featherbed" would be right up there. It's close to 10 minutes but it's not long enough. Stray's "Move It" is another excellent track. The Mops' "Town Where I Was Born" is another goodie.

The track "Law of the Land" by Asia is not the same band as the Heat of the Moment dudes. And, the last three tracks do pack a punch. Bandit's "Woman" is a great crank-it-up track. Axis' "Juggler" is so well produced/recorded, I thought for sure that it was a late 80s/early 90s release. Enjoy!

January 16, 2024

Everything Under the Sun Is in Tune: A Conspectus of HPPR! 69-77

HPPR = Hard, Progressive, & Psychedelic Rock. I wanted to expand the psychedelic rock a wee bit more from the previous mixes by mixing in some progressive and hard rock. And of course, the usual deeper and obscure gems rule the mix. And, to repeat myself over and over, I only include the tunes I really like or love, aka melody-licious! No mediocrity!

My favs? Jacky Chalard's "L'agonie" - a 3 minute instrumental tune that could have been stretched to 30 minutes. I melt in that groove. Please note: You'll also find the tune credited to Gilbert Deflez. The tunes are almost exact except the latter clocks in a minute less, hence the credit to the composer (Jacky) from the source.

Finland's progressive rock group Haikara and their '73 "Change" leans more to hard rock. Yep, fits the mix's intention. Brainbox's awesome "Dark Rose" reminds me of Cargo's "Finding Out" (included in the "Drive Baby Drive" series). Hmm, both bands from the Netherlands but as far as I know, no other association between the two. btw, Jan Akkerman (Focus) also played guitar for Brainbox.

One of my favorite tracks is also the shortest - Emmanuel Brun's instrumental "La voix psychédélique." I really wish it was longer, a LOT longer.

For the curious, I included Victor Brady's "Soul Fungi" and yes, that's a steel drum you're hearing. And, I also included Bolder Damn's "Dead Meat." It's a 16-minute romp-fest. Can you handle it? 

16 tracks and all so good. Crank it up and enjoy!

January 3, 2024

There She Goes! The Best & Breast of 60s-70s Psychedelic Rock II

Continuing on... 20 more tracks of psychedelic & garage rock, some mod, beat, etc, from '66 to '72. Way too many favs to list. How about my top favs? Hmm...

Paul's Collection's "What Have I Done." The only thing I know about the band is that they're from Belgium. This track from '70 sounds inspired by The Who, or at least the drummer and especially the bassist. Regardless, a stellar track. Steel Wool's rendition of the Guess Who's "No Sugar Tonight" is another fav. Steel Wool was an alias for Lodi, who were previously known as The Knickerbockers.

? and The Mysterians' "Ain't It a Shame" is another big fav. The Cyran' Shames' "The Sailing Ship" is another biggie. The same for John Wooley & Just Born's "You're Lying." Anyway, I'll say it - they're all good! Some more than good. Enjoy!

January 1, 2024

Not a FreakShow! The Best & Breast of 60s-70s Psychedelic Rock I

I gave myself a week to rest, more or less farted around. I made no plans what's next and simply waited for any kind (music wise) of inspiration. And there it was... "Action Painting" by The Rickets (erroneously spelled Ricketts on a few compilations). It's also my fav of the 20 mostly psychedelic, garage, mod/beat rock tracks, ranging from '66 to '71.

Other big favs - The Dream's "Can I Ask You One More Question (Rebellion)" from '69. Also, Stone Circus' epic-like "Inside-Out Man," also from '69. And the Empty Vessels' "Low Toby," also from '69 is another highlight. Evil Eyes' "Moving Around" from '67 is another goodie. They're all good. Enjoy!

December 24, 2023

Groovy Library's All-Time Favorite Super-Duper Christmas Gems, Vol. 4

Now how about that! One more before the big day, and a continuance of Groovy Library's all-time favorite Christmas gems. As mentioned in the previous volume, I have way too many favs and may have to end the series, but who knows for next year. Meanwhile, here's volume 4...

Vince Guaraldi Trio's "Linus and Lucy (drum overdub)" - okay, it's not an official remix, but someone who dubbed over drums and a distorted guitar (the latter is low in the mix, and at times sounds like a trumpet with the wah-wah effects). I love it but have no idea who they are.

Also included the 2022 mix of VGT's "Christmas Time Is Here," the instrumental version. REO Speedwagon's "Sleigh Ride" is probably my all-time favorite rock version. Pastor Brad's "O Come All Ye Faithful" should delight the fans of harder-edged rock. And yes, I am a big fan of Buck Owens' "Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy." That tune can really stick in your head, lol. Dolph Chaney's "Jingle Bells" is a take on Van Halen's Panama. It's fun, and jolly too! And, you've probably heard it several times over the years in commercials, numerous tv and films, etc, the Boston Pops Orchestra's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." It's short and sweet, and love it still.

20 tracks in all. Merry Christmas everyone!

December 23, 2023

How About 20 Last Christmases!

There are a few hundred covers of Wham!'s Last Christmas, and that's the official count. I wasn't all that keen for the original tune when first released. It wasn't until I heard The Final's (first track) version when it finally clued in that it was indeed, a pretty decent tune. I now listen to several versions, and 20 to share with you all. I haven't heard every single version, so I'm sure there's gold out there. Fortunately, this collection should suffice.

A mix of genres in this collection - rock, pop, hard rock, pop-punk, dance, downtempo, etc. As mentioned previously, The Final's version is (probably) my favorite. I also love the drum-sampled dancey version by Whigfield. The Twang's take leans a little to revisionist country. Other versions by Rubber Band (a Beatles parody group), The Dollyrots, The Swingle Singers, Pullover (another fav), etc. 20 groups in all.

I'm not sure if I'll have another mix before the big day. If not, then a very merry Christmas to everyone! Take care of yourselves.

December 16, 2023

Snazzy Jazzy Christmas Jazz You've Never Heard! Vol. III

I'd say this set leans more to "I've never heard this before let alone the artist/band" than rare, considering most of the tracks are more modern. "Blitzen" (Joe Wilder on trumpet) by Leonard Feather & Ralph Burns is the earliest track (1954). The Modern Jazz Quartet's "England's Carol" is the other earlier track (1960). Other than a few 80s & 90s tracks, the rest are 00s.

I don't think I could pick one track over them all. Wynton Marsalis' "We Three Kings of Orient Are" would be right up there though, at a mesmerizing 9 minute tour-de-force. Nary a moment of boredom or reaching for the fast-forward button, for it'll pull you right in from start to finish. Gabriel Latchin Trio's "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is another to take note. Tia Fuller's "Little Drummer Boy" is another worthy addition to the many covers.

Vince Guaraldi Trio's "Skating (#3, take 7)" is close to the original release that you may not even notice/hear a difference. Mark Shane's X-Mas Allstars' "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and Alban Darche's "Hark!" are a couple more excellent tracks. Enjoy!

December 12, 2023

A Little of That Funky, Funky Christmas

I started to work on this mix almost immediately after the last one, and got sidetracked. The original intent was for a mix of soul & funk, but decided to go all funk. However, I forgot to recheck all the previous tracks and missed one. The Emotions' "Black Christmas" (btw, is a great track) isn't quite funky, but more pop-soul. And because of just that one error, I had to alter the title. And in my usual fashion, the new title is vacuous sarcasm (a play on old sayings, eg. making a mountain out of an anthill, et al).

20 tracks (actually 21, the last track a very short bonus) with half from the '70s (tracks 1-10), and the other half '00s. My favorites? Most of 'em. Andy Mowatt's "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" should impress other guitarists out there. Funky Turkey's "Jingle Bell Funk" is fun. Just the name of the band and song title is worthy enough. The Clark Sisters' "Go Tell It on the Mountain" is an impressive take. Also, not one but two versions of  "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman." Milly & Silly's "Gettin Down for Xmas" is a good funky opener to kick things off. Hmm, Funk Machine's "Soul Santa" is another. They're all good. Enjoy!

December 9, 2023

Santa Can Kick Yer... ...and 22 Other Delights

This is all about Santy Claus, and what good tracks they are (from '34 to '69). It begins with what's considered the first official release of "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" by Harry Reser & His Orchestra from '34 (either the source was carefully remastered/equalized, or original acetate in pristine condition and ripped using exceptional equipment - I was vastly impressed compared to other rips, including my own). I've also included George Hall & The Hotel Taft Orchestra's version from the same year. And while on the subject of the Haven Gillespie/J. Fred Coots classic, I've included several other versions as well, most notably Al Hirt, and The Korn Kobblers, personal big favs respectively.

22 tracks in all, and I don't think I've ever heard any of 'em played over the airwaves. My favorite is Rocki Lane & the Gross Group's "Santa Soul." What an awesome track, and not surprisingly, a 'B' side. Tennessee Ernie Ford's "A Rootin' Tootin' Santa Claus" is a good 'ol tootin' track. Ty Whitney's "Surfin' Santa Claus" is another gem, and so is Poppa John Gordy & His Dixielanders' "Santa Plays the Trombone (In the North Pole Band)." They're all good and worthy. Enjoy!

December 6, 2023

Groovy Library's All-Time Favorite Super-Duper Christmas Gems, Vol. 3

I'll either end this series here or the next one. I have way too many favorites that'll stretch beyond the stratosphere. I'll probably stick to theme related mixes going forward. So anyway, what do we have here - lots of rockers and several 50s and 60s. Bert Kaempfert's "Holiday for Bells" is probably my most nostalgic Christmas shopping track. Chris Rea's "Driving Home for Christmas" has been a big fav for years and I'm pretty sure the first time I've heard it was sometime during the early 00s, over a dozen years since first released.

Chris & Peter Allen's "Ten Below" goes back to the early days of blogging. I no longer recall who posted it (and probably ripped at 128) but thank you regardless. It's still a favorite. Now, this may be sacrilegious, but I like Brenda Lee's "Papa Noël" just as much (and sometimes more!) as the "A" side - the big perennial seasonal smash "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."

I think you'll enjoy and maybe a chuckle(?!?) out of Vincent D'Onofrio's (yes, the actor) "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Aly & AJ's "Jingle Bell Rock" is one of the best rockin' versions, along with Slade's "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town." Actually, this may be sacrilegious too, but I prefer the latter much more than their bigger holiday hit (Merry Xmas Everybody). And, I can't close the set without "Silent Night, Holy Night" this time by Percy Faith & His Orchestra. It's so beautiful. Anyway, all the tracks are good. Enjoy!

December 5, 2023

Snazzy Jazzy Christmas Jazz You've Never Heard! Vol. II

And once again, you've probably heard some of the tracks. Volume two begins with an awesome version of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" by the George Shearing Quintet. If you love Brubeck's "Take Five," you should enjoy it. Cyrus Chestnut's cover of "Linus and Lucy" is another worthy addition. If you love bebop, you'll love Herb Geller's "Sleigh Ride."

Rahsaan Roland Kirk's "We Free Kings" is a well known track amongst the jazz aficionados. If you like stride, then you'll probably enjoy Butch Thompson's "Deck the Halls." Brad Mehldau's "Christmas Time Is Here" is imo, the highlight from the set. I absolutely love this rendition of the Vince Guaraldi/Charlie Brown classic.

One of my all-time favorite Christmas carols is "Silent Night". I prefer the renditions to be more serene and subtly melancholic. Fabrizio Bosso Quartet's "Silent Night" is quite the opposite and it works. It's jazzy, funky, and a worthwhile addition to the mix. Anyway, all the tracks are good. Enjoy!

December 2, 2023

Snazzy Jazzy Christmas Jazz You've Never Heard!

I'm actually a fan (or sucker, lol) of "you've never heard" and similar wordings in comp titles. Sure, the intention is to goad you in, but I've found in the majority of my cases, just a couple of rare gems still earns that title. And so, here we are with 18 smooth, upbeat, jazzy tracks you've never heard... or may have heard...

All tracks are instrumental sans "Last Christmas" by Till Brönner, but only briefly. Of all the cover versions of Wham's big hit, this is one of the better ones. It toys on a bossa-nova rhythm, and it works.

The comp begins with Fourplay's "Angels We Have Heard on High" and probably the best jazz-funkiest rendition I've ever heard (give it a week, lol). Another big highlight is Dirk K's "Have Yourself a Merry Christmas." Who is Dirk K? I have no idea. I know a lot of bloggers fill you in with lots of info, but as usual, I'm pressed for time. I'm sure a simple search should do the trick. Meanwhile, check out those monster guitar licks. I'm pretty sure you'll be hearing more of his work in later editions.

Don't forget to get wow'd by Marco Marzola's "O Christmas Tree." Listen to those drum breaks. Oscar Peterson's "Christmas Waltz" slows things down for a bit, but his piano runs makes up for it and then some. And please note the third track (Don Patterson's "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer") is a needle drop, and not that clean either. Well, it's passable but thought to let you know. I couldn't resist not adding it to the mix. Anyway, enjoy this set. And as usual, they're all good. Enjoy!

November 30, 2023

Groovy Library's All-Time Favorite Super-Duper Christmas Gems, Vol. 2

All sorts including a great power-pop track in "It's Love on Christmas Day" by Jim Babjak's Buzzed Meg, funky-jazz in Ramsey Lewis Trio's "Jingle Bells," and the 2022 mix of Vince Guaraldi Trio's "Skating," are a few of the awesome 20 tracks. A bit of everything! Baby Washington's pop-soul take on "White Christmas" is one of my favorite renditions. The same with the rare North American Air Defense Command's "Here Comes Santa Claus" from '64 or '74 (there are several discrepancies (online) for exact year of release). Megaphone's "The Perfect Gift (acoustic remix)" has been a big fav the last few years. Something for everyone. Enjoy!

November 26, 2023

Groovy Library's All-Time Favorite Super-Duper Christmas Gems, Vol. 1

I was going to revise the previous Christmas mixes but instead, decided to source the updated tracks into a series I've often longed for - my ultimate favs. I love Christmas music and I mean a lot of it! I could stretch this out into many, many volumes but I'll strict myself to the upmost uppermost jingles. And yet, I'm foretelling at least a few hundred tracks. That's right - it doesn't get any better than this. As I'm aiming (hopefully) for several volumes, all tracks are gold and spread throughout.

Notes on a few selections... 

* Swag's "Everyday Is Christmas" - Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick) on bass.

* Vince Guaraldi Trio's "Christmas Is Coming (2022 mix)" - Honestly, I can barely (if at all) hear a difference between the previous remasters. Nonetheless, it's still a great track!

* Vic Damone's "Winter Wonderland (Future Loop Foundation Remix)" - I absolutely love this remix. I'm also a big fan of Future Loop Foundation (featured in several Downtime comps).

* Wee B Toyz's "Linus and Lucy" - The best version of this VGT classic, bar none.

* Spiraling's "Do You Hear What I Hear?" - Do you love The Who's Baba O'Riley? Say no more.

* Percy Faith and His Orchestra's "Christmas Is" - A top 10. One of my biggest favs from the easy listening/lounge genre.

Anyway, Santa really hopes you all enjoy this first volume.

November 24, 2023

Intromania 3! Bass Drop...

And now the bass. Well known bands/artists but rarely heard (or played) tracks. My favorite is probably Alice Cooper's "Gutter Cat." I used the single remastered version and the difference from the album is that it fades out as one track, as opposed to the segue. Another big fav is Slade's "Heaven Knows." The band should have been bigger. I know they were big, but not big enough. Third choice, hmm, Warrant's "Hollywood" - an awesome hard rocker.

Lot of 70s once again. A few funky tracks, some progressive, and a few 60s tracks as well. A little more diverse this time out. They're all good. Enjoy!

November 23, 2023

Intromania 2! Drummer Drool...

Continuing with (mostly or rarely) rare gems and this time, the percussion. I did however include a well known AM radio classic that I still love - Pablo Cruise's "Whatcha Gonna Do?" It takes me back to an old girlfriend. I know it seems many of my stories have to do with old girlfriends, so I'll stop it there. But I still love the tune!

My intentions are to broaden the scope (genres) for each volume but once again, another mostly 70s rock/hard rock mix. There are a few progressive rock tracks, along with a melodic math tune to end the set. Also a couple of funky tracks (Kashmere Stage Band's "Kashmere" and O'Donel Levy's "You've Made Me So Very Happy"). Favs include previously mentioned Pablo Cruise; Galactic Cowboys' "Ants" and Brownsville Station's "Rock with the Music." They're all good. I wouldn't have it any other way. Enjoy!

November 22, 2023

Intromania! And Here Is The Guitar...

My apologies for the lengthy delay. It's been quite a busy month here at the household. Anyways, here we are with a new (unoriginal) series, "Intromania!" The idea goes waaaaay back to the 70s or early 80s, back when mixing cassettes and 8-tracks! I'm sure I stuck on the usual, more famous intro riffs but now 40 plus years later, the majority of tracks may not be as famous. Who knows - what's rare to one is customary to another. Regardless, it's all good.

The majority of the mixes (if I continue the series) should be just that - mixed with a lot of genres, a hodge-podge of sorts. This mix however, is mainly classic and hard rock (almost half the mix is 70s). I started this mix off purposely with Queen's "I Go Crazy," their imo best B-side, and one of their best rockers. A great kick-starter for the mix. "America's Veins" by my favorite Canadian band Max Webster, is another worthy listen. The Stampeders' "Wild Eyes" (another Canuck band) is one of their big fan favorites. I've always loved that intro riff. Thundermug's "Beard" (another Canuck band) is one of my favs off "Who's Running My World?" (the title track, also found on blog - "I Like It a Lot!"... More Canadian Music That Is). And yes, you've read that right - Bread. "Easy Love" is one of their rare rockers. Jimi's "Midnight" is one of his many posthumously tracks, but it's still good! All tracks are good. Enjoy!

November 12, 2023

That's What She Said! Volume Six, Sugar!

More from the ladies. This may be my favorite (yet) from the series. I'm going to assume many of the 18 tracks are not all that known, outside various compilations and the internet. My favorites you ask? I gotta go with Dorothy Berry's "Shindig City." Wow is the word to describe the tune. Lynne Randell's "That's a Hoe Down" is another fav. So is Rochelle Rosenthal & The Kickball Queen's "Lottery." If not mistaken, Jefferson Airplane's "Law Man" was my first favorite tune by the band. All 60s sans one track ("Law Man"). Enjoy!

November 7, 2023

Awesome Downtime 21: Retrospectively

This Saturday marks Remembrance Day. My grandfather fought in both world wars. He survived and lived well into his eighties. I still think about Grandpa a lot. He was always good to me, and love him dearly. He's the main inspiration behind this comp.

The mix - I wanted the music and/or track titles to tell stories for what was going on in a soldier's mind. It couldn't always have been dread and despair. I thought about their moments of hope and desire longing for home, even in midst of battles, those slivers of blissful thoughts of loved ones. And for all the carnage abroad, to witness the allure of woodlands, nature, people, etc. This mix is all beauty, reflecting those serene moments.

Most of the 20 tracks are chillhop. It also includes a few classical works. Don't be put off from classical music. I'd say that the five compositions are suitable for people who do not like classical music at all. The pieces are not lengthy or drawn out (one of the complaints by classical naysayers).

This mix is in a specific order (like most of my mixes). If the track title doesn't make sense, then it's clearly the music. For the curious, I originally had tracks 4 & 17 switched. Also at one time, #15 (Kainbeats' "Respect the Land, for It Nourishes Us") was set for #19 or the last track. In the end, I'm content with the final release. I hope you all enjoy.

November 3, 2023

Caught in a Landslide, No Escape from "FUNK-AL-I-TY!" Funky Rare Gems 1967-78

I have to keep the funk going. It just wouldn't be the same without a funk mix thrown in from time to time. As the rule, all tracks are above average to the awesome-est top. 16 funky tracks in all. My favs? Gosh, how about all of 'em. Okay, I'm leaning towards Roy Lee Johnson & The Villagers' "Midnight at Riley's" as my top fav. Or, could be Richard "Groove" Holmes' version of Stevie Wonder's "You've Got It Bad." No wait, how about Herb Johnson's "I'm So Glad" or Zbigniew Namysłowski's "Mango-Boogie." They're all good. Enjoy!

November 2, 2023

Popcorn Mania 11: Good Old Days

I was asked for more popcorn, so why not! I stopped at 10 volumes back in May, and half a year later, presenting... volume 11.

20 tracks in all, from '58 to '67. My favs you've asked? Well, the first track is great - Dean Parrish's "Bricks, Broken Bottles and Sticks." Ronnie Love's "Chills and Fever" is another goodie. And so is Darrell Banks' "Somebody (Somewhere Needs You)." I wonder if Steve Cropper and maybe a bandmate or three from Booker T. & The MG's were involved, for that intro is reminiscent of "Time Is Tight." As for my top fav, it's either aforementioned, or Erma Franklin's "I Don't Want No Mama's Boy." Let's call it a tie. Enjoy!

October 31, 2023

Halloween Leftovers 2023

And here we are, the last Halloween mix of the season. I've kept a temporary folder for the last couple of months full of tunes for Halloween. The following mix are tracks left over from that folder. They are not sub-par tracks by no means, but just couldn't fit them in the previous mixes.

This comp is indeed a mixed bag. Todd Rollins & His Orchestra's "The Boogie Man" (from '34) has lyrics that may easily offend, especially the folks who stirred up a ruckus over the Christmas staple, Baby It's Cold Outside, and the Police's Every Breath You Take. There's also a couple of interesting 60s tracks in the Whatever's "The Valley of Death" and the Seeds' "Creepin' About." And if you really want to get spooked, put on the headphones and turn up Suicide's Frankie Teardrop. No matter where I've read music discussions on the world wide web, when the subject of requesting songs for Halloween or simply something disturbing, Frankie Teardrop is mentioned.

You all have a safe and happy Halloween!

Enjoy! 😎

October 26, 2023

Halloween Horrors of Modern Surf Rock VII: Skullaballoo

This will probably be the last surf rock Halloween mix for the year. I should have lots more for next season. So, what do we have here...

Another goodie! Once again, 20 tracks in all with 19 all instrumentals. The Hellbenders' "The Ghosts of Boot Hill" has vocals. It's more (sort of) rockin' country but still has that surfie guitar going for it. My favs you've asked? The Treble Spankers' "A Man Called Curse" and the Lava Rats' "A Phalanx of Terror" would be my top two. Insect Surfers' "Ghost Train," Los Plantronics' "Voodoo Astronaut," and the Surf Zombies' "Skullaballoo" would be my other favs. Enjoy!

October 25, 2023

Halloween Horrors of Modern Surf Rock VI

And here we are with a sixth edition. And to think, I have enough tracks for six more! Hmm, probably more, but I'm not sure how many mixes I'll get in before the end of the month. In the meantime... another 20 tracks of maddening modern surf rock. Favs you asked? Hmm, going to go with the Killer Bananazz's "Freaks of Nature," the Galaxy Trio's "Surf n' Destroy," and Evan Foster's "Werewolves International" as my top favs. They're all good. Enjoy!

October 19, 2023

Halloween Horrors of Modern Surf Rock V: Surfin' Headhunters!

Not only the fifth volume, but my favorite so far! And why is that? Amphibian Man's "Surfing with Sea Devil on the Board." Love it! And that's not all either - Surfaholics' "Toxic Beach" is another fav. If you love the genre, check out the band (they also appear on the first volume).

What else is in store? How about a mix of alt-country swingin' it with surf rock = the Atomics' "Zombie vs Ninja." It's another fav. And how about a mix of reggae & ska with surf rock = The Aqua Velvets' "Shrunken Head." It's also another fav. 20 tracks in all. They're all good. Enjoy!

October 16, 2023

This Ain't No Hodgey-Podgey Halloween!

And another Halloween mix, but what's with the title? One of my Halloweenie folders had tracks collecting computer dust waiting to be heard. It was going to be a thorough mix of several years and genres, hence the 'hodge-podge' title. I changed my mind and focused more on the modern tracks (most are 2000s with a few 90s), but kept the title and worded it accordingly (tongue in cheek).

18 tracks - a bit of pop-punk, rock, garage, etc, Also includes one score; a couple of ambient tracks; and one dark modern classical track by Bára Gísladóttir. Favorites? 999's "Everyday Is Like Halloween" would be right up there. The Woggles' "Dracula's Daughter" is another goodie. And can't forget the surf rockin' "The Flyin' Pumpkin" by the Blackball Bandits. Enjoy!

October 14, 2023

Halloween Haunts 9: Here Comes the Bogey Man!

Wanna hear a good spooky story? Earlier in the year, I didn't think I'd find the time to make any Halloween mixes. And here we are with the twelfth mix. A dozen!?!? And I still have more tracks to add! I've gone completely mad!!! End of spooky story.

Continuing with the Halloween Haunts series... more 50s & 60s with three from the 30s (Henry Hall & His Orchestra's "Hush, Hush, Hush, Here Comes the Bogey Man," Smiley Burnette's "Minnie the Moocher at the Morgue," and The 5 Jones Boys' "Mr. Ghost Goes to Town"), and a couple of film scores to start and end the mix. Enjoy!

October 11, 2023

Film Scores of Terrifying Horror

Frightening! Seriously, listening to this can be frightening. And no, I'm not selling any pitch. I do however recommend while listening with headphones is to NOT crank it up. Actually, if you play this blasting out your stereo speakers during Halloween, I don't think many trick or treaters will show up, lol.

20 score pieces from horror/thriller films. I also added a few recognizable scores to keep the interest. Here's a tip: Mix this with the other Halloween (mixes) for a well diversified listen. So, what's the scariest track(s)? Most of 'em! Enjoy!

October 9, 2023

Halloween Haunts 8: Hairy Scary!

Lots of oldies. Mostly 50s with a few 60s, 70s, and one 80s (Joel Vandroogenbroeck's "Ghost Town"). Also, four tracks from the 30s (Cab Calloway's "The Nightmare," Glen Gray's "The House Is Haunted," Prairie Ramblers' "Ghost in the Graveyard," and Paula Kelly's "Jeepers Creepers"). And a couple of film scores thrown in too.

My favorites? Definitely The Naturals' "The Mummy," for it's so similar to Bony Moronie. Russ Garcia's "Monsters of Jupiter" is another fav from the exotic/easy listening genre. The Del-Vikings' "The Voodoo Man" is another goodie, especially for the doo-wop lovers. And last but not least, Pino Donaggio's "Bucket of Blood." If you've seen the awesome film Carrie (the original), you should recognize it immediately. Enjoy!

Note: Regarding the series - most need to be revised (better rips, etc). I don't think I'll be able to finish them in time before the end of the month. If that's the case, I should have them ready for next year.

October 5, 2023

Halloween Horrors of Modern Surf Rock 4

I didn't plan to make this a series at all. I stuck with it because, er, well, I enjoy the tunes! As for this edition (volume 4) imo, is right up there with volume 2 (my favorite of the series). 20 tracks once again and way too many favs to mention. But, I still enjoy naming off a few of them. Let's see...

Man or Astro-Man?'s "King of the Monsters" is probably my top fav. The Balboas' "Green Death" would be high on the list too. The Cavernarios' "Laguna verde" (Green Lagoon) too! And I love the exotic/lounge groove in The Excelsiors' "Strange Planet." They're all good. Enjoy!

October 3, 2023

More Halloween with Modern Horror-Disco

 This Ain't No Discotheque! A Dozen Modern Horror-Disco Tracks

It appears to be a more diversified Halloween playlist this year. Something for everyone perhaps. This time out, horror-disco. And what is horror-disco exactly? Another style/genre within the hierarchy/branch of EDM > Electro-disco, Italo-disco, Neo-disco, etc. I'm not a big fan of horror-disco, so it took me a bit to find a suitable mix. Like all my comps, I'm very selective. It's easy to fill a comp out in no time, but I'm a stickler. With this mix, I preferred the steady beats along the lines of Motorik.

If to select a favorite, I suppose Bottin's "Slashdance" would be right up there. It has that Daft Punk going for it. Psychic Pollution's "Exorcisme" is another, with the Motorik style. A dozen tracks in all, mostly instrumentals. Maybe go nuts and mix it up with the other Halloween mixes. Enjoy!