The Earth is Round, Don't Be Square

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday Morning listenings...

Although Shuggie Otis's Inspiration Information LP is a widely described classic piece of california psych-soul, I think it could've benefitted with an arranger other than Shug. The album does have some pieces that are more than fine as is, "Aut Uh Mi Hed" and the title cut been waaaaavvvyy since before Max B got a perm, "Not Available" might be my favorite track, and "Island Letter" is a good one too. I love how he uses the drum machine throughtout the album, beautifully-quirky.

...My mpc was active this morning as well...


Saturday, October 30, 2010

thoughts as afternoon approaches

Just finished reading "Lumumba" by Robin McKown, it's a great biography of the late Patrice Lumumba. Published in 1969, so it has a "current" outlook (he died in '61), which is a interesting perspective to read from. It is a very good book in my opinion. An honorable man he was, to say the least. He should be in every history textbook. The lengths that were went by the US, Belgium, and the UN, to curtail his country's independence, which he was at the forfront of, were mind-bogglingly atrocious. Kinda gets me worked up thinking about it. And he stood courageously for his people and principles until his last breath at the hands of his captors (spelling?).


Listening to Ramsey Lewis's "Maiden Voyage" LP. Picked it up from Mr. Suit, a fine record store in my hometown of Lancaster, PA. Great album.


Got my mpc on...need some spices to sprinkle on this joint I'm taking to the studio tomorrow. Afro-flavor, as the whole LP will be.


And last but not least, a better world starts with ourselves. We need to be the best we can for ourselves, in order to do the best we can for others. Simple, but easy to overlook.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Beautiful Day

Recent Rotation:

Fela Kuti - Confusion LP
Ramsey Lewis Trio - Uhuru
S.S.O - Tonight's The Night
Madlib - High Jazz LP (#7 in his 'Medicine Show' series)
Curtis Mayfield - Sweet Exorcist LP

Just checked out two books on John Coltrane from the bibliotecha today. "Chasin' The Trane" by J.C Thomas and "Coltrane: the story of a sound" by Ben Ratliff....

A afro-swing permeates the rhythms of my mind even more so then they it already does by default...