The Earth is Round, Don't Be Square

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Found these gems at a local monthly record show this morning. Good prices on all of them too. I had been looking for the MFSB LP, albeit passively, glad I found it today. Has great covers of Family Affair, Freddie's Dead, and a remake of Backstabbers, which is already an MFSB backed song, performed by the timeless O'Jays.(

Bought a lil stack of 45's too. Half decent, half not. I really need a portable turntable. I'd love one of those old school Fisher Price jawns.

Joe Bataan, Afro-American & Filipino heritage, grew up in Spanish Harlem, and could churn out Latin rhythms just like he was off the islands. Afro-Filipino is a good album. The A side, labeled the East Coast side, is decent, while the B side, the West Coast side, is stellar. "Ordinary Guy" starts out as a relaxing, mellow, Sunday afternoon piece, then breaks down into a salsa jam. "What Good is A Castle" is a re-recording of the tune which appeared on an earlier album of his (not sure which one, I'm not googling, just keeping it real, haha) and Joe really rocks this joint. You can feel the emotion in this track, it really gets inside you.

Sun Ra's Astro Black is hella dope. That's all I can say about this one. My description of this particular Ra album would be "out-there" but grounded with great percussion work. Not the best description, but hey, check it out for yourself!

The Voices of East Harlem joint is cool, but will be for sale.

Ahhhhhh, records.

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