Jul 24, 2014

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory (1970)


I have always been a greatest hits, best of and definitive collection type of guy when it comes to artists because I don’t always have the patience or money to buy the individual albums. 

Hits collections are more bang for the buck and are designed to provide listening enjoyment anytime you play them. 



Individual albums are not always guaranteed to be great.

I took it on faith that the combined 40 singles on their Chronicle CDs was all of the Creedence Clearwater Revival I needed.

However, after some recent research I realzie that my personal favorite of the band's albums is Cosmo's Factory.  


I was lucky to have found a vinyl copy for cheap sometime in 2013.  

One of Hanna-Barbera’s cartoon shows used Lookin' At My Back Door for a montage featuring characters Huckleberry Hound and Top Cat among others. As an adult, I embed the classic footage on my blog for all to see.  

Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley (1958)



Bo Diddley died within the last few years and I feel that he did not get as much recognition as he deserved for his contributions to music. As I examined the 1958 album’s track listing, I was awestruck. 8/12 songs appear on the compilation I ordered through BMG and are easily my favourites of Bo Diddley’s 1950s output. This put into context for me just how powerful the Diddley debut album was.


When I came to the realization of how hot that album is, I was compelled to blog about it. I’m not sure if I’m being used as a conduit by forces unknown but. What I am sure of is that Bo Diddley’s debut album is one of the most important albums in the history of rock & roll music. 



I’m contemplating owning the vinyl but I’m scared to know how much it would cost. Considering its magnitude, I would probably frame it if I owned one.

I may have been channelled to write this but what I hope is that a copy of that album crosses my path sooner than later.

The Suite Delight Old School Hip Hop Radio Show



Mixcloud may have just given me the sign I've been looking for.




I reached for old school hio hop tracks for my May 13 episode of The Suite Delight when I couldn't return home to get my record bag before the radio broadcast.






In less than 2 weeks from the broadcast, Mixcloud sent me a message saying my May 13 episode of The Suite Delight is ranked 46th on their Old School Hip Hop chart.
That is reassuring and possibly leading me to a decision I was reluctant to take.

I've been frustrated with the state of hip hop music for nearly 20 years and even while hosting a radio show for almost a decade, I've had no greater joy than when I spin the classics of the golden era & 1990s. 

The Suite Delight playlists have been literally split in half between hip hop and eclectic music for the last year simply because I wanted to keep ties to hip hop music as well as explore other genres.




For as much as I have griped about, complained and criticized hip hop music, the playlists for the radio show hour will be heavily hip hop.

As of June 2014, I'll be putting more of my radio show focus on hip hop classics. One episode per month will feature sounds of new and old bands/artists unless The Suite Delight radio show ranks higher on Mixcloud's Old School Hip Hop category.




How ironic that I truly could and would honor my hip hop radio heroes like Marley Marl, DJ Red Alert, The Awesome 2, Funkmaster Flex and Montreal's Sound Supreme & Masters at Work.

The Suite Delight new time slot is Tuesday morning 2-3am EST on www.ckut.ca & 90.3 FM.




If you haven't already, please make yourself familiar with the links below for more of your favorite show and mine to bring you up to speed.

Feel free to request songs and artists below in the comments section below as well as on Twitter, Facebook.

Visit the Mixcloud page to listen and the Podomatic site to download them and more.







The Suite Delight - 2014-07-22 Playlist:

1. Def Squad - Say Word
2. Jamal - Fades Em All
3. Eminem - Just Don't Give A Fuck
4. Eric B & Rakim - Microphone Fiend
5. Rasco - Take It Back Home
6. Channel Live - Mad Izm
7. Warren G - This DJ
8. K-Solo - Your Mom's In My Business
9. Casual - We Got It Like That
10. Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Ain't Nothing To Fuck With
11. The Beatnuts - Stone Crazy
12. Ice Cube - Jackin' For Beats
13. Tha Alkaholiks - Make Room

14. LL Cool J - Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings (Remix)



The Suite Delight - 2014-07-15 Playlist:

1. EPMD - Strictly Business (Club Mix)
2. LL Cool J - The Boomin' System 
3. Saukrates - Money or Love
4. Pharoahe Monch - Behind Closed Doors
5. The Pharcyde - Y? (Remix)
6. Boogie Down Productions - Stop The Violence
7. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Summertime (Extended Bass Mix) 
8. World Renown - Come Take A Ride
9. Xzibit - Paparazzi
10. Special Ed - Neva Go Back
11. Jigmastas - Iz U Dee
12. Black Star - Respiration (Flying High Radio Mix)
13. Slick Rick - Mistakes Of A Woman In Love With Other Men
14. Whodini - Five Minutes of Funk




The Suite Delight - 2014-07-08 Playlist:

1. Monie Love - Monie In The Middle
2. Lords of the Underground - Psycho (12" Rubber Room Mix)
3. A Tribe Called Quest - Steppin' It Up feat. Busta Rhymes & Redman
4. Black Sheep - Flavor of the Month
5. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - I Got A Love
6. The Roots - What They Do feat. Raphael Saadiq
7. Masta Ace Incorportated - The I.N.C. Ride
8. Raekwon - Verbal Intercourse feat. Nas & Ghostface Killah
9. Big Daddy Kane - I'll Take You There (Remix)
10. Nice & Smooth - More & More Hits
11. Fu-Schnickens - Ring The Alarm (Steely & Cleevie Extended Remix)
12. Rah Digga - Imperial feat. Busta Rhymes
13. De La Soul - Sh.Fe.MC's





The Suite Delight - 2014-06-24 Playlist:

1. Chubb Rock with Howie Tee - Bump The Floor
2. MC Shan - I Pioneered This
3. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Go With The Flow
4. Monie Love - It's A Shame
5. MC Solaar - Nouveau Western
6. Tha Alkaholiks - The Next Level (Remix) feat. Diamond D
7. Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs - Bug-A-Boo
8. Dr. Dre - Let Me Ride
9. Double XX Posse - The Headcracker
10. Jemini The Gifted One - Funk Soul Sensation (Godfather Mix Clean)
11. Genius/GZA - Liquid Swords (Late Night Radio)
12. Big Pun - Twinz (Deep Cover '98) Featuring Fat Joe
13. Outkast - Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (Diamond Remix) (Dirty)
14. Busta Rhymes - Do My Thing (DJ Scratch Remix - Clean)





The Suite Delight - 2014-06-17 (2) Playlist:

1. Special Ed - Ak-Shun
2. Das-Efx - Microphone Master (Sewa/41st Side Remix-Clean) featuring Mobb Deep
3. Illegal - Crumb Snatcher featuring Diamond D
4. Shyheim - On & On (DJ Premier Remix)
5. De La Soul - Oodles of O's
6. Lords of the Underground - Chief Rocka (Mixshow DJ Mix)
7. Camp Lo - Say Word
8. The Lady of Rage - Afro Puffs
9. Pacewon - I Declare War
10. EPMD - Strictly Snappin' Necks
11. 3rd Bass - Ace in The Hole
12. Positive K - Night Shift
13. Marley Marl - Droppin' Science featuring Craig G (Hip Hop Version)
14. Stezo - It's My Turn





The Suite Delight - 2014-06-17 Playlist:

1. KRS-One - Sound Of The Police (Showbiz Remix)
2. Salt-N-Pepa - Chick On The Side (Remix)
3. Lauryn Hill‎ – Doo Wop (That Thing)
4. Frankie Cutlass - You And You And You (Radio Edit Remix) featuring June Lover, Sadat X & Redman
5. 2Pac‎– I Get Around
6. Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics ‎– Feel The Vibe featuring Showbiz
7. Grand Puba - 360° (What Goes Around) (SD50 Remix)  
8. Mad Lion ‎– Take It Easy
9. Big Daddy Kane‎ – How U Get A Record Deal
10. Smif-N-Wessun - Wreckonize (Remix)
11. Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth ‎– Strictly For The Ladies (Radio Remix)
12. Heavy D. & The Boyz ‎– Gyrlz, They Love Me (12" Version)
13. Casual - Later On (Casual's Low Down Remix)

The Suite Delight - 2014-06-10





The Suite Delight - 2014-06-03



The Suite Delight - 2014-05-13




Jul 22, 2014

Donnell Rawlings

 
Stand-up comedy, especially good stand-up comedy, is the highest form of comedy there is.

A movie or play may be called a comedy but may not bring the laughs to our liking.

The true test of a stand-up comedian’s talent is how much he can make you laugh whenever they perform.
  


July in Montreal means comedy comes to town. 



The Dave Chappelle Show was one of the last great comedy shows television has had.

There was a strong cast of comedic actors on The Dave Chappelle Show including Eddie Murphy's brother Charlie and Donnell Rawlings.
 
The fact he is performing live at Montreal's Le Petit Olympia (1004 Sainte-Catherine East) on July 26 makes being there a foregone conclusion for a fantastic night of much needed comedy.  Doors open at 8pm and advance tickets are $25.

Jul 19, 2014

DJ Solespin Fills In For CKUT's The Goods


I got the call to fill in for Andy Williams & Scott C on CKUT's this Sunday afternoon (July 20) on The Goods from 2pm-4pm E.S.T.

The playlists I created for The Goods are available below.


DJ Solespin - The Goods (April 2014) Playlist:



1. Aries: Planetary Motivations 
2. Black Heat - Love The Life You Live
3. The Ohio Players - Walt's First Trip
4. African Music Machine - Black Water Gold
5. Dyke & The Blazers - Let A Woman Be A Woman
6. All The People - Cramp Your Style
7. Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Fire Weaver
8. The Blackbyrds - Blackbyrds Theme
9. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Try Me
10. Paul Simon - Mother & Child Reunion
11. Greyhound - Black & White
12. Jackie Mittoo - Toronto Express
13. Ken Boothe - Look What You've Done To Me
14. Delroy Wilson - Ain't That Peculiar
15. Eric Donaldson - Cherry Oh Baby
16. Desmond Dekker & The Aces - Israelites
17. Tomorrow's Children - Sister Big Stuff
18. The Bar-Kays - In The Hole
19. Wilson Pickett - Hey Jude
20. The 5 Stairsteps - Dear Prudence
21. The Band - Up On Cripple Creek
22. Al Green - I'm Glad You're Mine
23. Gene Chandler - Groovy Situation 
24. Q65 - Get Out of My Life Woman
25. Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm - Gettin' Nasty
26. Clarence Reid - Masterpiece (Kenny Dope Edit)
27. Bo Diddley - Hit Or Miss
28. The Headhunters - God Made Me Funky
29. Richie Havens - Handouts In The Rain
30. Bill Withers - Kissing My Love
31. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - I Second That Emotion 

In honor of International Women's Day, I dedicated the playlist to my muse.
DJ Solespin - The Goods (March 2014) Playlist:




1. Teena Marie - Square Biz
2. Stephanie Mills - Pilot Error
3. Howard Johnson - So Fine
4. Babyface - It's No Crime
5. Entouch - II Hype
6. Christopher Williams - Every Little Thing U Do (Dawghouse Mix)
7. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - How Long Do I Have To Wait For You
8. Michael Wycoff - Looking Up To You
9. Womack & Womack - Baby I'm Scared Of You
10. Tara Kemp - Hold You Tight
11. After 7 - Can't Stop
12. Mtume - Juicy Fruit
13. Debarge - Stay With Me
14. Al B. Sure! - Night & Day
15. Tamia - So Into You
16. Troop - Spread My Wings
17. Groove Theory - Tell Me (6 Karat Hip Hop Mix)
18. Monica - Before You Walk Out of My Life (Pete Rock Remix)
19. Davina - So Good (Remix) feat. Raekwon The Chef
20. N'Dea Davenport - Bring It On (Premier & The Guru Mix)
21. Trey Lorenz - Photograph of Mary (Kenlou B-Boy Mix)
22. Club Nouveau - Lean On Me
23. J.C. Lodge - Someone Loves You Honey

DJ Solespin - The Goods (December 2013) Playlist:




1. Dave Cortez & The Moon People – Happy Soul (w/a Hook)
2. Ike Turner's Kings Of Rhythm – Funky Mule
3. Bo Diddley ‎– The Shape I'm In
4. Merry Clayton - Gimme Shelter
5. Harmonica Paul ‎– Motherless Child
6. Ramsey Lewis ‎– Mighty Quinn
7. Lonnie Mack - Memphis
8. The George Benson Quartet ‎– Benson's Rider
9. Clarence Carter - Snatching It Back
10. James Brown ‎– Nose Job
11. Five Stairsteps & Cubie ‎– We Must Be In Love
12. David McCallum - The Edge
13. Dyke & The Blazers ‎– You Are My Sunshine
14. Otis Redding - You Left The Water Running
15. Johnnie Taylor - Love Bones
16. The Staples Singers - If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)
17. Wilson Pickett - Take That Pollution Out Your Throat
18. Robert Palmer - Pressure Drop
19. Ken Boothe - My Love
20. Gwen McCrae - 90% Of Me Is You
21. The Illusion - Together
22. Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky
23. Patrice Rushen - Givin' It Up Is Givin' Up
24. Herbie Hancock - Watermelon Man
25. Buddy Miles - Down By The River
26. Donovan - Season Of The Witch
27. Gary Bartz NTU Troop - Celestial Blues

DJ Solespin - The Goods (June 2013) Playlist:

1. Bill Cosby - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
2. Traffic - Heaven Is In Your Mind
3. Allen Toussaint - Sweet Touch Of Love
4. The Meters - Hey Pocky A-Way
5. Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe - Todo Tiene Su Final
6. Wilson Pickett – Bumble Bee (Sting Me)
7. Hank Ballard & The Midnight Lighters - From The Love Side
8. Erma Franklin - Hold On, I'm Comin'
9. Cyril Neville - Gossip
10. Aretha Franklin - Baby, I Love You
11. Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
12. DJ Catalist - Hot Witness
13. Ken Boothe - Live Good
14. Horace Andy - Fever
15. Miike Snow - Animal (Mark Ronson Extended Dub Remix)
16. John Holt - Holly Holy
17. Toots & The Maytals - Redemption Song
18. Toots & The Maytals - Reggae Got Soul
19. George Faith - All The Love I've Got
20. Roots Manuva - Again & Again
21. The Beatnuts - Turn It Out feat. Greg Nice
22. Diamond D - Gather Round
23. INI - Props
24. Taj Mahal - Corinna
25. Taj Mahal - Satisfied 'N Tickled Too
26. Bruce Cockburn - Wondering Where The Lions Are
27. Sly & The Family Stone - Thank You For Talking To Me Africa
28. Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Band - Your Love (Means Everything To Me)
29. James Brown - Your Love

DJ Solespin - The Goods (January 2013) Playlist:

1. Junior Walker & the Allstars - Cleo's Mood
2. Tommy Roe - Dizzy
3. Gary Wright - Love is alive
4. Johnny guitar watson - Lover Jones
5. James Brown - Make It Funky, Pt. 1
6. Ramsey Lewis - Back To The Roots
7. The Chris Hinze Combination - Bamboo Magic
8. Mandrill - DON'T MESS WITH PEOPLE
9. The Shocking Blue - Love Machine
10. Grootna - I'm Funky
11. Freddie Scott - You Got What I Need
12. Buddy Miles Express - Train
13. THE EQUALS - The Skies Above
14. Al Kooper & Mike Bloomfield - Stop!
15. Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & the Trinity - Why (Am I treated so bad)
16. Willie Bobo & The Bo - Gents - Come Together
17. Lee Michaels - Do You Know What I Mean
18. Barrabas - Children
19. Day Break - Everything Man
20. Rufus With Chaka Khan - Swing Down Chariot
21. The Flaming Ember - Spinning wheel
22. The Electric Flag - Groovin' Is Easy
23. James Last - I am I said
24. Nancy Sinatra - Fridays Child
25. Percy Sledge - Love Me Tender
26. William Bell - I Forgot To Be Your Lover
27. Gino Vannelli - The Wheels of Life
28. Bobby Bryant - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
29. Ocean - Put Your Hand In The Hand
30. The bee gees - Marley Purt Drive
31. Erma Franklin - Piece Of My Heart

DJ Solespin - The Goods (December 2012) Playlist:




1. The Jackson 5 - It's Great To Be Here
2. Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity - Tramp
3. Marvin Gaye - T Plays It Cool
4. The Budos Band - Budos Rising
5. Charles Bradley - Golden Rule
6. Lee Fields - Money Is King
7. AYB M.O.D. - Turn Back The Clock
8. M.C. Solaar - Nouveau Western
9. Prince & The Revolution - Pop Life
10. Chuck Stanley - The Finer Things In Life
11. Maxwell - Ascension
12. Esperanza Spalding - I Can't Help It
13. Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes - A Chance For Peace
14. DJ Sun - Marks On The Keys
15. The Chimes - True Love (Extended)
16. Sybil - Don't Make Me Over
17. Will.i.am feat. Julie Dexter - Lay Me Down
18. Thievery Corporation - Until The Morning (Rewound by Thievery Corporation)
19. Material - Let Me Have It All
20. Landslide feat. Ernesto - Solitary (Simple Time Mix)
21. Rosey - Love (King Britt Remix)
22. The Brand New Heavies - Sometimes (The Ummah Remix)
23. Foxy - Madamoiselle
24. K-os - Heaven Only Knows (West Coast Mix)
25. Main Source - Scratch & Kut

DJ Solespin - The Goods (Puces Pop Record Fair Edition 2012) Playlist:



1. NRBQ - Rocket number 9
2. Mongo Santamaria - Cloud Nine
3. Edwin Starr - Time
4. Junior Walker & the Allstars - Pucker Up Buttercup
5. Chairmen Of The Board - Pay To The Piper
6. The Freedom Sounds feat. Wayne Henderson - R.E.S.P.E.C.T
7. Boobie knight & the soulciety - Soul Ain't No New Thing
8. Eddie Kendricks - Date with the rain
9. The Hitch - Hikers feat. The Mighty Pope - Mr. Fortune
10. Young Holt Unlimited - Funky Is As Funky Does
11. Colosseum - Elegy
12. Joe Bataan - Chick-a-Boom
13. Johnnie Taylor - I Could Never Be President
14. The Spinners - My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)
15. Hugh Masekela - Mago
16. Bob Dylan - Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine
17. Bobbie Gentry - Mississippi Delta
18. Wilson Pickett - Mercy Mercy
19. Cannibal & The Headhunters - Land Of 1000 Dances
20. Eddie Floyd - Knock On Wood
21. Otis Redding - Don’t Mess With Cupid
22. Mongo Santamaria - Spinning wheel
23. Paul Anka - It doesn’t matter anymore
24. The Cougars - Right On
25. Titanic - Something on my mind
26. Madeleine Chartrand - Ani Kuni
27. Stevie Wonder - Don’t Know Why I Love You
28. Nina Simone - To Love Somebody
29. The New Birth - Honeybee
30. Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Sweet City Woman
31. Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Groovy Situation
32. Dave & Ansil Collins - Double barrel
33. Big Youth - Hit The Road Jack
34. MAX ROMEO - Seasons In The Sun

DJ Solespin - The Goods (March 2012) Playlist:

1. Bongo Rock - The Incredible Bongo Band
2. Back in the USSR - Ramsey Lewis
3. Scorpio - Dennis Coffey
4. Things Have Got To Get Better - Marva Whitney
5. Light My Fire - Erma Franklin
6. Don't Mess with The Messer - Koko Taylor
7. Beggin’ - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
8. Indian Ropeman - Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & the Trinity
9. Peint En Noir - Nanette
10. Send Me a Postcard - The Shocking Blue
11. I Got A Line On You - Spirit
12. The Kids are Alright - The Last Words
13. Over, Under, Sideways, Down - The Yardbirds
14. If I Were Only A Child Again - Curtis Mayfield
15. Monkey time - Bobby Jay & The Hawks
16. Something You Got - Wilson Pickett
17. Suzanne - Nina Simone
18. Footin' it - George Benson
19. Hey Joe - King Curtis
20. Games People Play - Joe South
21. Sweet Inspiration - King Curtis
22. Baby While You're Young - Andy Kim
23. Sneakin in the back - Tom scott & the l.a. express
24. I keep asking you questions - Black Ivory
25. Reasons - Minnie Riperton
26. Mr. Muhammed - A Tribe Called Quest
27. Give the people what they want - Vicious Beat Posse
28. Somethin' That Means Somethin' - The Pharcyde
29. Just Hangin Out - Main source
30. Build - Diverse
31. Religious - Musiq
32. Dub Be Good To Me - Beats International
33. Wishing On A Star - Fresh 4

The GOODS PRESENTS DJ Solespin Aug 1st 2010 Playlist:

1.Mandrill - Fencewalk
2.The Staple Singers - For What It's Worth
3.James Brown - Ain't it Funky Now
4.Wilson Pickett - Knock on Wood
5.The Byrds - My Back Pages
6.The Shocking Blue - Venus
7.Tamiko Jones - Black is Black
8.The Super Eagles - Love Is a Real Thing
9.The Nite-Liters - Horny Man
10.King Curtis - Teasin'
11.United 8 - Get Uptown (To get Down)
12.Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band - Apache
13.The Equals - Laurel & Hardy
14.Webert Sicot & Thoray All-Stars - Chaffeur Automobile
15.De La Soul - Say No Go
16.T Connection - Do What You Wanna Do
17.Ramsey Lewis - Spring High
18.James Brown - Body Heat
19.The B-52's - Mesopotamia (Danny Krivit Edit)
20.Mark Ronson - Stop Me Medley
21.Madlib - Distant Bounce
22.B.T. Express - Everything Good To You
23.Kym Sims - Too Blind To See It (Hurley's House Mix)
24.Jomanda - Make My Body Rock
25.The Jungle Bros. - I'll House You
26.Tok - Unknown Language
27.Lee Scratch Perry - Party Time
28.The Ohio Players - Find Someone to Love
29.Aretha Franklin - Think
30.George McRae - Rock Your Baby

Jul 18, 2014

The Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde (1992)



I have made it known that I had a hard time when my favorite groups broke up.


When I learned The Pharcyde would no longer be the group I knew, I was very disappointed.



The Pharcyde
, like Souls of Mischief, was a hip hop group that I felt was created for me.


Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde was a tour-de-force that not many saw coming. Labcabincalifornia managed to present a mature Pharcyde and not many saw that coming either. I consider The Pharcyde to be the Bizarro, West Coast version of A Tribe Called Quest. The common thread between both bands is that they dropped monumental albums in their heyday.



To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde, Delicious Vinyl re-issued the album in deluxe form