Tuesday, July 27, 2010

tight people of the day: maurice and mac

Once again, I must give props to my iTunes. Besides being my secret boyfriend, it constantly supplies me with treasures I forgot I even had. Don't get me wrong, I love digging for records and discovering great things. But putting my iTunes on shuffle will often satisfy my soul.

EXAMPLE: Today it totally played a baller track, "You Left the Water Running" by Maurice and Mac. About a year ago, I was into researching duos. I compiled a bunch of songs by dudes like Sam and Dave, Sam and Bill, Eddie and Ernie, and Bob and Earl. (All ballers, by the way.) Maurice and Mac were a part of this search and I wound up really liking some of their tunes.

Maurice and Mac were both members of the Radiants in the mid sixties when they left the group. They released some super tight songs, including the one I'm sharing today, in 1968 on Checker but never really found the fame they probs desired. An LP was never released by these guys!

Tonight, I will toast my wine to Maurice and Mac.

Maurice and Mac - You Left The Water Running

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Monday, July 26, 2010

trip to bill's

This weekend, I took an adventure to Dallas. We stopped by Bill's, the well-known record store, to search for some vinyl. Let me tell you right now, I was covered in dirt and left with a heightened sense of panic. That store is nuts! There is literally no organization in the 7-inch section.

Doesn't that get your heart rate going? Where do you even start? Anyway, after a while of digging, I managed to find some good things. There are tons of 45s just hanging out without sleeves, and lots and lots of damaged 45s. But I found some diamonds in the coal mine.

Oh, don't forget this guy:

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Monday, July 19, 2010

nick drake - from the morning

So this song has been playing on that AT&T commercial where they drape orange curtain thingies on all the buildings AND THE OCEAN. Every time I hear it, I pretty much drop what I'm doing and lock into it like a newborn. It's such a dog whistle for me. Good thing I already own this album.

Here it is for your listening and downloading pleasure.

Nick Drake - From The Morning

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Thursday, July 1, 2010

ruby andrews - you made a believer (out of me)

This song will always remind me of Rio Rita, 45 night, and my friend Carla.

tight people of the day: the velvelettes

Now y'all know how much I love the ladies of Motown. SO MUCH. These ladies can really kill it, but I feel they are somewhat unknown. The Velvelettes (tight name) were hanging around Motown in the sixties along with my sisters Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and the Supremes. At times, they have been a quartet, a quintet, and a trio. Problem was, they never seemed to match the success of their labelmates.

In 1964, the group recorded "Needle in a Haystack." It became a chart success, and brought attention to the group at last. Sadly, most of the ladies wanted to do their thangs with families and babies and hubbies, so the group broke up. They never even put out an album until 1984! How crazy! Some of the original members are back together and tour to this day. If they come through your town, hit it up because I bet it would be boot scootin'.

just look at this picture of george clinton.

Don't even blink. Just look.

late night song for your earholes

Look, it's getting late. It's Thursday night and it's summer. I'm slow dancing alone. But don't be sad for me. I have this amazing song on repeat. You're welcome.

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