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Monday
May152017

New Digs | Mid April 2017

Shoo-whee! I've been coming up pretty heavy lately. While my intake of Lp's has slowed down a touch due to taking a renewed interest in collecting 45's, I've still managed to come across some heat. Peep the latest haul below.

Willie Mitchell - Hold It!!! (Hi, 1965)

Always looking to round out my collection of Willie Mitchell albums. After sitting in one of the local shops for way too long, this hyper clean mono pressing of Hold It!!! just had to finally come home. I could listen to these instrumentals all day.

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King Errisson - The Magic Man (Westbound, 1976)

I've never spotted a King Errisson lp in the wild. The record sounds a little more disco-fied than I had hoped, but there ain't nothing wrong with adding to the Westbound catalog... especially when the grooves are this fat! The cover on this copy has some ferocious water damage, but the vinyl still somehow sounds pretty good. 

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Percy Mayfield - Weakness Is A Thing Called Man (RCA, 1970)

Percy Mayfield is forever slept on and unheralded. While I'm not familiar with his output, this Lp finds Percy deep in a grown and sexy blues groove. Weakness Is A Thing Called Man sounds like being stuck in mashed potatoes.

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James Brown - Jump Around With James Brown And Other Great Artists (King, 1964)

You can't go wrong with an lp by The Godfather! I'm actually into his instrumental cuts as well, so this album fits in nicely.

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Bobby Timmons - The Soul Man (Prestige, 1966)

Here's a nice, super clean copy of Bobby Timmons' The Soul Man!. Somehow, I seem to be drawn to his records and luckily come across them often. This set features a heavy dose of Wayne Shorter saxophone to keep the punches sharp.

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Albert Washington - Sad And Lonely (Eastbound, 1973)

I nearly gasped aloud when I thumbed across this lp stacked within the "new arrivals" of one of my local shops. This album has been on my want list and ebay watchlist for a while now. It seldom pops up online, and when it does, it fetches a premium. I paid more than I usually allow myself to splurge, but that's becoming the norm nowadays...

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James Brown And The Famous Flames - The Amazing James Brown And The Famous Flames (King, 1961)

Backfilling another King JB release. Despite a seam split, this copy was pretty clean and warranted addition to the stacks.

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Henry Cain - The Funky Organ-ization of Henry Cain (Capitol, 1968)

Here's a solid lp of funky instrumental organ infused covers. Nothing earth shattering, but a solid listen and a nice add to the stacks.

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Ellen Warshaw - S/T (Vanguard, 1973)

Got lucky with this pull. I had yet to hear Ellen Warshaw but I was struck the the trippiness of the cover in juxtaposition with the sweet, teenybopper headshot on the back cover. What would this possibly sound like? "Sister Morphine" is the clear standout to my ears - with its moody, almost evil backdrop. The rest of the Lp is... pretty and bittersweet sounding.

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The Fugs - S/T (ESP Disk, 1966)

I've tried and tried to dial into The Fugs. Not sure if I just haven't found the right album or if I'm just hardwired to object to their sound. I'll keep trying with this one. I was intrigued how despite the early release date, the cover looked like an early 80's punk album.

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The Fatback Band - People Music (Perception, 1973)

Another early disco funk classic that has eluded my grip. These early Fatback records are hard to come by around these parts. Very pleased to find an original issue in good shape.

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The Hobbits - Men & Doors (The Hobbits Communicate) (Decca, 1968)

Found this psych treasure in a local shop that I always seem to forget about. I have their other Lp, and like it a little better. The sound here undulates between folky and sunshin-y psych with enough trippy dark-ish passages to placate my taste.

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Various - Connecticut Soul Vol. 1 - (Fling-O, 19XX)

The simple graphics and neon orange cover really caught my eye on this one. Connecticut Soul Vol. 1 pulls together a grip of cover tunes by regional club acts from the late 60's. This is a scarce private press pull. The songs are all covers of popular tunes of the time, and there are a couple standouts - in particular, the first cut "1-2-3" by the North Atlantic Syndicate of Soul. Give it a whirl!

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Thursday
May112017

Dip Dip Dive | May 12th

Tonight! Back at it with another Dip Dip Dive! See you at the top!

Monday
Apr172017

Hear a Couple More Earnest Jackson 45's on Stone Records

After sharing Earnest Jackson's 7" single "Hogwash / Love & Happiness" a while back, I've amazingly lucked into a couple more of his 45's. Admittedly, these didn't get plucked from the wild but from keeping a diligent eye on my ebay watchlist. Both of these singles are super clean promo pressings - and with their addition to the platter pak, I THINK I've finally nabbed the entirety of Earnest's 1970's Stone Records output. If you know of any others, give a shout so I can track them down too!

1973's "Joy And Affection" is a funky vamp punctuated with brassy stabs and a welcome, liberal use of cowbell. Funky and soulful, the flip offers a nice instrumental take labeled as “mood” which I can assume was for on-air bumper music use back in the day. Both versions are funky and will come in handy as nice additions to the grip. Listen to both the vocal and the "mood" version below.

The "plug" side of Earnest's 1974 Stone Records single features the ballad "Why Can't I Love Somebody". Can't lie, this song is pretty much a lull. The cut is a slow, crooning ballad worth very little to my ears. I'll say this about the song... It's worth listening if only for the jarring experience of transitioning to the heat of the b-side. "Funky Black Man" lives up to it's title and brings the funk! Utilized famously on DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist's Brainfreeze mix, I had been on the hunt for this 45 for a while. Try to listen to the ballad... but ready yourself for the sauntering 70's funk of the b-side! Listen to both below.

Saturday
Mar252017

Strivin' & 45'n | The A's & B's of Funk, Soul, & R&B | April 1st @ Japp's

Join us as at Japp's Since 1879 in Over-The-Rhine as Marty Spitfly debuts Strivin’ & 45'n, an all 7" vinyl affair in which he digs deep into his collection to play funk, soul and R&B. Marty stays rocking parties across the city with his long running dance monthly Dip Dip Dive, as well as with a slew of one-off events as Mrs. Sidebottom, a long-distance collaboration and music blog project. Roll through this Saturday and help keep the party popping and hissing all night long.

Sunday
Mar122017

New Digs | First Quarter 2017

I've been slow to bring home records to start the year. I'd like to think I've started to become a bit more selective, but the truth is I've just been too busy to look. I HAVE been clicking 45's off the ol' ebay watch list, so stay tuned as I'm sure I'll be sharing some of them soon. Here's a quick look at what has caught my eye. Some limited edition new releases and a handful of quality used sounds have found a home with me.

Happy hunting!

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Dungen - Haxan (Smalltown Supersound, 2016)

Temptation Rise - Temptation Rise (Anthron International)

Toe Fat - Toe Fat (Rare Earth, 1970)

Barbara Jean English - Barbara Jean English (Alithia, 1973)

The xx - I See You (Young Turks, 2017) <-- Limited Edition Box Set

Whitney - Light Upon the Lake (Secretly Canadian, 2016)

El Gran Combo - De Punta A Punta (EGC Records, 1973)

Albino Gorilla - Detroit-1984 (Kama Sutra, 1970)

Frank Ocean - Blond (XL Recordings, 2016) <-- Limited Edition 2lp

Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3 (Run The Jewels Inc, 2017) Limited Edition 4lp