Thursday, June 08, 2006

My Cipher Keeps Movin' Like A Rollin' Stone


I apologize in advance for what is destined to be one of the skinniest posts I've served up in quite a while. The last few times I've tried to do an update, Blogger has been experiencing "technical difficulties", so this time the delay had nothing to do with Jesus, procrastination, or marijuana intoxication. Regardless, what follows is an abridged version of my original intentions:

The latest Sample Wednesday at Palms Out Sounds featured songs sampled in tracks by Erykah Badu. Haldan posted a nice selection of mp3s, so quit sleepin' if you haven't checked this out yet: http://palmsout.blogspot.com/2006/06/sample-wednesday-10-erykah-badu.html.

Two excellent song choices have been posted recently at Dilated Choonz. Download "So I Can Love You" by The Emotions: http://dilate.choonz.com/index.php?id=361
and "Just Like A Baby" by Sly & The Family Stone:
http://dilate.choonz.com/index.php?id=371.

Sly fans should also check this video of the group performing live on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1968: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzE9KWz89B4&search=sly%20family%20stone.

At Breath of Life, you can currently download one of my favorite Gang Starr joints---"Check the Technique", in addition to a couple of musical gems by Marlena Shaw ("Feel Like Makin' Love" and "California Soul"): http://www.kalamu.com/bol/.

Billy Preston (R.I.P.) will certainly be missed by many. Here are links to a few of the blogs who paid tribute to his legacy:
Cable and Tweed:http://cableandtweed.blogspot.com/2006/06/rip-billy-preston-1946-2006_06.html.
MP3 Enema: http://mp3enema.weblogs.us/archives/534.
Soul Shower: http://soulshower.blogspot.com/2006/06/discouraging-words-billy-preston.html.
The "B" Side: http://redkelly.blogspot.com/2006/06/billy-preston-he-brought-me-out-myrrh.html.
Lil Mike's Last Known Thoughts & Random Revelations:
http://lilmikesf.blogspot.com/2006/06/billy-preston-r.html.

Also, you can visit Home of the Groove to download "Sho' Nuff" by Merry Clayton, a song that was co-written by Billy Preston:
http://homeofthegroove.blogspot.com/2006/06/sho-nuff-gonna-miss-billy-preston.html.

Download a few more joints by Pete Philly & Perquisite at Freemotion: http://www.freemotionhiphop.com/freemotion/?p=183.

By now I'm sure that most of you are aware that the U.S. Senate has rejected the proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage:
http://www.shortnews.com/shownews.cfm?id=54859&CFID=3332126&CFTOKEN=53055815.
I'll bet that Dubya is somewhere right now, listening to his ABBA CDs and shedding a tear or two...wishing that he could get those scenes from "Brokeback Mountain" to stop replaying in his mind ;)

Jay Dee's mix of "Me and Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine" by D'Angelo
is available at i'm on next: http://imonnext.blogspot.com/2006/06/not-just-letter.html.

Catch the final installment of the A-Z of MF Doom over at Berkeley Place: http://berkeleyplace.blogspot.com/2006/06/mf-doom-to-z-post-three-of-three.html.

Moistworks has recently done a few posts featuring songs by James Brown and some of his musical affiliates, as well as tracks by artists whose work he's covered:
Part I: http://www.moistworks.com/2006/06/baby-dont-do-it-five-royals-smash-1964.html.
Part II: http://www.moistworks.com/2006/06/honky-tonk-part-2-bill-doggett.html.
Part III: http://www.moistworks.com/2006/06/living-legend-part-1-florence-farmer.html.

Speaking of James Brown's associates, you can download "Back From the Dead" by Bobby Byrd at Feel It: http://darcysfeelit.blogspot.com/2006/06/what-goes-round.html.

Several quality mp3s were included in the most recent post at Feed Me Good Tunes. Cop Aloe Blacc's "One Imma" (prod. by Madlib), "Floor Rock" by Ohmega Watts, as well as many other fine musical selections: http://feedmegoodtunes.blogspot.com/2006/06/pop-rocks-for-your-ears.html.

Achtung, Baby! is featuring "I'm A Fool to Want You" by Billie Holiday: http://luna.typepad.com/weblog/2006/06/_im_a_fool_to_w.html.

Cop "Hollow Bones" by The Wu-Tang Clan at Clever Titles Are So Last Summer: http://clevertitlesaresolastsummer.blogspot.com/2006/06/short-dissertation-on-literary-merits.html.

For my peoples in the house who love Nina Simone, you can download her version of "Summertime" at Shake Your Fist: http://shakeyourfist.blogspot.com/2006/06/summertime-part-1-simone.html.
Additionally, here is a short anti-Bush administration video that used her song "Sinnerman" for its soundtrack: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1220399099254663913&q=nina+simone.

Remember when Malik B was part of the legendary Roots crew? Apparently he's going to reappear on their upcoming Game Theory LP. Meanwhile, he's released an EP of his own, and you can cop a couple of the tracks via Mental Combat: http://mentalcombat.blogspot.com/2006/06/new-roots-single-dont-feel-right-1st.html.
For those of you who have no memory of this cat before his mysterious disappearance, here are a couple of reference points:

The classic Roots/Roy Ayers video for "Proceed II": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsLveGqrPz0&search=malik%20b.

Malik B's Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malik_B.

Download "Stir It Up" by Bob Marley at out the other:
http://outtheother.typepad.com/blog/2006/06/three_things_i_.html.

To Die By Your Side is featuring Ike & Tina Turner's live cover version of "I've Been Lovin' You Too Long":
http://todiebyyourside.blogspot.com/2006/06/as-you-become-habit-to-me.html.

Finally---DJs, historians, and/or dorks like me may be interested in the historical sounds in mp3 format available at The Free Information Society. Check out sound clips and speeches by JFK, MLK, Nelson Mandela, Che Guevara, Stokely Carmichael, Albert Einstein, and many more: http://www.freeinfosociety.com/site.php?postnum=460.

As promised, that's all for now, bitches. Hopefully this strikes you as better late than never...

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey scholar!

happy to hear i have been put into your league of weirdness. you won't have been the first scholar to point my peccadilos out to me. ; )

i have to especially give your props for the link to the free information society. i've yet to fully peruse, but look forward to it.

don't know if this kind of thing is up your alley, but i've been enjoying it since i've happened upon it:

http://www.mattgy.net/music/

it's a blog devoted to african music

and, hey! i can barely keep up with your "skinny" posts, so quit beating yourself up!

hope your summer is treating you well

gratitude

firpo

Scholar said...

Firpo---as far as I'm concerned, you've been in my "league of weirdness" for quite some time now. This is part of why I appreciate you so damn much.

I also share your respect for Benn Loxo Du Taccu. I have that blog linked in the "Sites I'm Souled On" section, but I rarely mention it in regular posts because I barely have adequate time and/or the mental faculties required to cover soul/hip-hop/funk stuff.
I'm sort of a shitty blogger---what can I say?

Thanks for the kind words. Be easy.

Boogs said...

Hey Scholar-

Haven't been posting like I wanna cuz I still can't post any pics because of "technical difficulties." Anyways, speaking of the Roots, I just saw them on Saturday night with Blackalicious and Kweli in SF. As usual, The Roots rocked it!!! Kweli rocked it as well!!! Waiting to see how their next album turns out. Their shows never dissappoint.

Scholar said...

Boogs--I'm jealous, and happy for you at the same time. Where I live, it's at least a 2 to 3 hour drive to get to a venue that has decent concerts and live shows. We have a big arena downtown, but they tend to have stuff like Three Doors Down and Clay Aiken. There's not a whole lot happening for people whose mental age is higher than 13.

Anyway, can't wait for you to start posting again. Good luck with the tech. difficulties...

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