Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Just Because I Really Love You

Against all odds, I present yet another episode in my persistent accumulation and distribution of all things dope:

I was tempted to do a Dilla tribute post this past weekend, but I knew that many of my favorite bloggers would have the ways and means to honor the first anniversary of his death on a much larger scale than I possibly could have. This is definitely not an exhaustive list, but here are links to a few memorial posts that seem especially worthy of mention:

Biochemical Slang remembered Dilla by posting many of the original songs that he sampled on Donuts.

As part of their tribute, Best Foot Forward posted Thomas Bangalter's "Extra Dry", a song that Dilla sampled on Slum Village's "Raise It Up".

Ear fuzz also posted several of his sample sources---download an excellent selection of tunes by The Three Degrees, Ahmad Jamal, Rene Costy, Jackson 5, The Cyrkle, and Stan Getz.

One more original song that was sampled on Donuts is available via this zShare link---d/l Lil Brown's "Light My Fire". All props due to Travis at WYDU for sending this my way.

Oliver Wang blessed soul sides readers with a couple of extra-nice unreleased Dilla instrumentals.

Finally, Fresh at 33 Jones and Trent at BEATS and RANTS both offered quality posts with a generous number of links to all things Dilla.

R.I.P. James Dewitt Yancey...

In other parts of the blogosphere:

Several tracks by The Last Poets are currently available for download at Diddy Wah, as well as a couple of tracks that group member Jalal Mansur Nuriddin recorded as Lightnin' Rod. "Sport" is one of the songs that's featured---a groovy little jam that's been sampled by Smiff-N-Wessun, The Beastie Boys, Wu-Tang Clan, Ultramagnetic MCs, Chubb Rock, Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five, Black Moon, and more.

The Roots are currently working on their new album, and ?uestlove is lending a hand on Al Green's upcoming LP. Read more @ Nobody Smiling.

Visit Martini & Jopparelli's Music Selections to download "Greedy G" by Brentford All Stars, "Get On The Good Foot" by James Brown, and "I Know You Got Soul" by Eric B & Rakim.

Autopsy results released this week implicate an accidental drug interaction in the death of Gerald Levert. More info via this article at SOHH.

Download "Fat Mama" by Herbie Hancock and Esther Phillip's version of "Home Is Where The Hatred Is" courtesy of Feed Me Good Tunes.

A few nice joints are available at this is tomorrow---"The Williams" (Nicolay ft. Supastition), "Survival" (Koolade ft. Masta Ace), "Hard Margin" (The Creators w/ Mos Def & Talib Kweli), and "Rock On" (Beatless w/ Quasimoto/Madlib).

Moistworks is featuring mp3s by Solomon Burke, Jimi Hendrix, Billy Preston, and The Wailers.

Oh Word is steadily compiling their list of 50 Incredible Rap Songs You Need To Hear Right Now. Cop 1-10 and 11-20 right now, and don't forget to check back in for the rest later this week. is featuring the instrumental versions of some miscellaneous tracks by Jay-Z, Nas, AZ, Black Star, and El-P.

Read George Bush's hilarious "Valentine Message to the American People" at Gallery of the Absurd.

Download several cover songs by Richie Havens at hahamusic.

Visit Motel de Moka to download "Concrete Jungle" by Bob Marley and "Ruler of My Heart" by Irma Thomas.

Download Peanut Butter Wolf's Valentine's Day Mix courtesy of Stones Throw. It features an impeccable selection of soul tracks by artists such as Bobby Womack, Archie Bell & The Drells, Marvin Gaye, New Birth, and more.

J Blow recently posted some dope joints at all up in your earhole. Cop tracks by A-Trak (w/ Little Brother), Syl Johnson, Platinum Pied Pipers, and remixes of songs by Q-Tip and The Pharcyde.

Download Eddie Bo's "Every Dog Has Its Day" via Dilated Choonz.

I know---sometimes this shit's worse than the acceptance speeches at The Grammys, but I need to thank a few blogs for giving up the link props:

ear fuzz: The final authority on all things funk and soul. I've been introduced to more great records by these guys than you could possibly imagine.

In Dangerous Rhythm: Colin Dilnot has an amazingly extensive knowledge of soul music. I visit him to get an education.

Biochemical Slang: I don't know how else to put it--Vik is my kinda people.

Martini & Jopparelli's Music Selections: "Righteous music selections by some cool people in Italy"---'nuff said.

Cold Rock Da Spot: Jaz is proving to be consistent in offering up incredible hip-hop joints. Dude's generous, and his taste is impressive---don't sleep.

From Da Bricks: Dan Love not only shares great records, his writing is actually pretty interesting and insightful as well. We all know what a refreshing change that can be...

...and the living is easy: Playlists from Tom and Marty's radio show in Melbourne---featuring "the finest and freshest in soul, funk, hip-hop, beats, and other varied pieces".

J.U.S. Music: This is one of those spots that could really blow up under the right circumstances. Recent posts have featured artists such as Diamond D, Kev Brown, Funky DL, and Lone Catalysts.

Whales Are Gangsta!: I appreciate that this site linked me and all, but I can't seem to translate most of the content. From what I've gathered, it has something to do with music, lawnmowers, and fat dorks holding binoculars.

It's Valentine's Day, soul children. Do a little dance... Make a little love...

Get your collective freak on...

Word From Your Moms:

"Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love."---Albert Einstein


vik said...

what up, fam???

let's get this blogger cypher goin.

thanks for the shout. we at bslang see what you're doin here at souled on.

mpardaiolo said...

that esther phillips cover of 'home is where the hatred is' is one of my favorite songs ever... it really stands up against the original, though the 12-minute rendition is hard to top... what an amazing song (period) that's an essential.. maybe i'll spotlight the gil scott-heron and brian jackson collaborations in my essential classics column this week.

Anonymous said...

Roberta, Irma, Candi, Aretha, Solomon, Donny, Sly, The Roots...

I'm grateful to you for sharing and directing us to all this great music. What a great site this is.

Travis said...

Dayum, monster write up this time. I got off on a wild tangent with those Jay Dee links. One site would lead to another, that would lead to yet get the drift. Needless to say, it took me over an hour just to get through this post with all the side detours.

Didn't even get a chance to check out some of the other stuff. That'll have to wait until tomorrow.

Some nice links you give some shine to as well. Jaz and I go back a couple years at least on Noz's Cocaine Blunts boards. He is a good dude. Dan Love has one of the better new blogs out and his writing is second to none for sure.

Keep up the good work!

Unknown said...

Thanks Scholar I really appreciate the comments and the props and of course the link...I think it's ill how you do this.

Ced said...

thank's for your great blog. i discover everytime new links and good music. and thank's to give your time...because what you do need time and ears.

PS if you want go to my little blog about groove music

Scholar said...

Vik---I keep The Slang in regular rotation now---easily one of the dopest blogs I've checked out lately.

Gratitude for that Carolyn Franklin link, too. I copped the LP and have been wearin' it out ever since.

Be easy, man...and thanks again.

Michael---I'll definitely be looking forward to that feature. I love that Esther Phillips cover myself, but you're right---it's an amazing tune in and of itself.

Trav---That post took crazy long for me to was almost ridiculous. I'll tell you this though---if I had a secretary and was getting a paycheck in return for my labor, I could REALLY do this damn thing.

Debs---I appreciate the kind words. It makes this whole thing seem more worthwhile when I get a little feedback.

Jaz---You're doin' your thing over at The Spot. All respect due...

Cedric---Thanks for the props---glad you're Souled On this crazy little blog.

I checked your spot out, too. I'm going to try and read some more of it later. I studied francais for a few years, so that will be a good way to test my skills.


thisistomorrow said...

hi there scholar...
your blog is really one of the best ones out there because you post good music and give people the chance to check out other blogs...
this must take an awful lot of time to check out the other sites and link them up...
keep up the good work...

red one said...

Hi Scholar - I've just been catching up after a little less access to the internet than I'm used to.

Down below there I have just found The Roots, The Coup and Chinua Achebe, all in one little slide of the scrollbar. You do a wonderful thing here.

I've been away too long...

Scholar said...

Mike---Thanks. This site is pretty time-consuming, but fortunately, it's a labor of love.

Respect to you for what you're doing at this is tomorrow. I've been a loyal reader since you first dropped a comment asking me to check you out.

Keep on keepin' on...

red one--- It's always good to hear from you. Your feedback does a lot to keep me inspired.

Be well.

DL said...

Easy Scholar, props are much appreciated. As you know, I'm a fan of the writing - keep doing your thing. As Travis said, I got lost in the links sometimes but it's all good!

Stay up fella!


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