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Essential LPs – Arthur Verocai
December 31, 2009, 2:28 am
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Arthur Verocai performs at the Luckman Theater in Los Angeles at the TIMELESS series on March 15, 2009. Presented by VTech, MOCHILLA, and ArtDontSleep. It isnt often that the cosmos align as perfectly as they did on Sunday to bring Arthur Verocai to L.A. for the first time. Though some people in attendance may have been familiar with his work through hip-hops skillful integration of his epic sound, there was no mistaking that Verocais symphonic artistry extends beyond the confines of sampling. With a 36-piece orchestra—including Brazilian heavy hitters Ivan Mamao Conti, Aloisio Aguiar, Jose Bertrami and Airto Moreira—Verocai made his fabled 1972 album unfold before all ages of admirers.

An album from 1972 that is less then 30 minutes long but my god what a 30 minutes it is. As essential in 2010 as it was back in 1972 – find out more here


The Phenomenal Handclap Band live at the Rivington Lounge
December 31, 2009, 2:09 am
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Live and raw – The Phenomenal Handclap Band performs “You’ll Disappear” at The Rivington Lounge in New York City – I wish I was there for the live sound and to hang out in what looks like a very groovy little bar

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The Last Days of Disco
December 26, 2009, 10:02 am
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Just in time for your New Years Eve 1979 Partaaay!!! … or on New Years Day to stick straight into your Sony Walkman while you rollerboogie your way around Central Park. Here it is – month’s in the 4/4 selection – lots of original, obscure, organic and lo-fi classic disco boogie jams, some total monsters and even some nice post-millenium re-takes. All mixed in the raw Mono style in two huge Part 1 and Part 2 downloads. Music for Pleasure. Enjoy. Keep On Dancing.

Setting the scene…

part 1

intro – the last days of disco

letta mbulu – kilimanjaro

billy frazier – billy who

the constellation orchestra – perfect love affair

galaxy – visions of tomorrow – past due remix

jimmy bo horne – is it in

musique – keep on jumpin

vince montana – it feels like love

the bee gees – you should be dancing – tod terje mix

chic – I want your love – todd terje mix

thelma houston – don’t leave me this way – instrumental

jean carne – was that all it was

chain reaction – dance freak

part 2

the queen constance band – the freak

dam funk – galatic fun

shirley lites – heat it up 

bozz scaggs – lowdown – glenn rivera remix

queen constance band – pigeon hustle

aura – la sunshine

leb harmony – feelin love

jackie stoudemire – invisible wind – shoes re-edit

curtis – how can I tell her

annie love and the lovettes – we have had enough

sabata – man for my lady

wynd chimes – baby you’re the one

queen yahna – aint it time

Beyond Guitar Hero there is…
December 26, 2009, 9:31 am
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Yamaha Tenori-On – 2009 edition

Yamaha’s Peter Peck explains the thinking “We know everyone loves the concept and fresh approach of Tenori-On, however, as you’d expect we have received thousands of requests for a more affordable version. We therefore looked at many ways of reducing the price without compromising the all-important product concept or creative operating system. By removing the battery option and the back panel LED’s and changing the chassis construction from the magnesium found on the original to a more affordable material we have achieved our goal of creating the more affordable Tenori-On ‘Orange’, bringing the full creative capability of Tenori-On to a much wider audience.”

The Stylophone Beatbox

Now to see the Stylophone Beatbox in action you need look no further than Maestro Brett Domino …

Go Deeper – Brett Domino knows how to make a mini-documentary too…

More Still – Learn more about the art of self-promotion here

KORG DS-10 Sythesiser for Nintendo DS

I did not get one last Christmas and I did nog get one again this Christmas.

This guy is the bomb.

This is for the rave inside your head on the bus to work.

The Keytar

You can still trust Bret Domino when it comes to the Keytar.

Tonium Pacemaker

A bit cooler – a bit more ‘European’ perhaps…

Wii Theremin

Forget playing Wii tennis…



December 12, 2009, 7:47 am
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All this and more as Claude Mono and Microgroove get it together strictly for your pleasure on this return show – Yes its The Nutty Professor Vs. The Vintage Vinyl Person in the studio together – from The Small Faces to Primal Scream and all stops along the way – do you want to know how far you can travel on the road to groovesville  in just two hours – then dig this…

Listen here

The Small Faces – Own Uip

The Small Faces – Happy Boys Happy

Lord Newborn and The Magic Skulls – Dime Bag Consiracy

The Small Faces – Things Are Going To Get Better

Johnny Adams – You Made A New Man Out Of Me

The Artistics – I’ll Always Love You

Fontella Bass – Who You Going To Blame

Chairman Of The Board – Let Me Down Easy

The Style Council – Shout To The Top

Amy Winehouse with Mark Ronson – Valerie

Pete Jolly – Plummer Park

The Hubbels – Hippy Dippy Funky Sitar Man

Holy Mackerel – Wildflowers

Noonday Underground – Go It Alone

David Axelrod – The Edge

The Simonsound – Bad Love

John Fitch and The Investigators – Romantic Attitude

Sly and the Family Stone – Better Than me

Donny Hathaway – Valdez In The Country

Rasputin Stash – Ooh baby

Leroy Huston – Lucky Fellow

Curtis Mayfield – Mother’s Son

Al Green – So Good To Be Here

Al Green – Love

Eddie Senay – Just Feeling It

Lucky Brown – Potatocakes

Chocolate Snow – A Day In The Life

Asha Puthti – Space Talk

The SimonSound – Its Just Begun

Primal Scream vs. Four Tops – Standing In The Shadows of Loaded

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