Monday, February 28, 2011

Wax of the Week: Sun Ra & His Arkestra - The Lost Arkestra Series Part 1 10"

Along came Ra. The sky is a sea of darkness when there is no sun. We travel the spaceways.

Three gorgeous pieces from the astral traveller. I've enjoyed the work of Sun Ra for the entirety of my adult life and all I can say with any degree of certainty is that the more I understand Sun Ra and the Arkestra, the more I realize I know and understand less the closer I get.

Celestial transcendence. Cosmic enlightenment. Potential realization.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

OdDio - Come Hither

Check out OdDio's latest disco boogie burner, just in time to get down and dirty for Valentine's Day. Listen here.

The good folks at Laidback Radio are running all things soul and funk over at mixcloud these days. Well worth taking some time to cruise through their site and follow them on twitter @laidbackradio.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Wax of the week: FELA vinyl box set

Last night I finally received the FELA box set in the mail. This is a beautiful 6 LP reissue that includes Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense, Expensive Shit, Everything Scatter, Sorrow Tears & Blood, Fear Not For Man, and Beast of No Nations all repressed with one track per side, full color sleeves and quasi original labels. It's quite a powerful selection taken from the heart of the original Black President's work, enough to keep me grinning all last evening and throughout the day today. Of course there's no new music, that's not the point. Knitting Factory has been reissuing Fela's catalog on CD over the past year and change, however this is the first set of vinyl to have resurfaced (aside from the Record Store Day 4 track limited 10" last year) and it's long overdue. For someone who doesn't have the sufficient funds to acquire original pressings (one day... one day) this is a fantastic way to grow the wax collection with a modest cash outlay.

Aside from the 6 LPs, the set includes a nicely complied set of liner notes written by Chris May and an essay by the always enjoyable
?uestlove, who is also credited with compiling this collection.

As an added treat we also have a concert poster from a 1986 Austin show, which became the stuff of legend to me during my short residency in the People's Republic of Austin a decade ago (damn, has it bee that long?).

More great work stuff from Knitting Factory Records. When does Volume 2 drop!?