The Big Prick You Can Live With (Watch out that beaver’s teeth are plague-ridden!)

Little Beaver’s Party Down (1974) tickled my ears on first listen.  With a percussive sound that is very Shuggie Otis, Little Beaver sings about partyin’ down and love, generally combining the two activities.  It turns out that Shuggie was involved with the recording of Party Down.  He, like many, has lived dangerously by combining pleasurable activities.

Seinfeld has been horribly exposed by the newest generation of comedies that avoid the use of canned laughter, which severely limits the amount of jokes or degree of development of jokes, characters, story, etc.

A rollicking bass line anchors “Let the Good Times Roll.”  In addition to the mad funky bass line, cowbells create a  Little Beaver lyrics make one wistfully gaze back on the past, presently have another drink, and hope for a future full of getting down.  A nasty breakdown ends the song, with fuzzed out guitar competing against Little Beaver’s impassioned vocals and the addicting, dynamic cowbell part.  Plus the bass really gets to get down.

Opening strongly with “Party Down,” Little Beaver set the mood and concept of the album.  Calling for people to dance and sing and get down and let the good times roll.  Sounding like a man singing about what he knows, Lil’ Beaver’s authenticity comes through.

“Party Down (part 2)” sounds much like its’ predecessor except in instrumental form.  Shocking.  The smooth groove is back while background sounds of people cuttin’ loose leaks in.  Perfectly capturing the zen state reached at good parties where time ceases to lose meaning and capacity for consumption is Kobayashian.

“Get Into the Party Life” has a Shuggie Otis feel too it, especially the drums.  Featuring nice guitar work, “Get Into the Party Life” adds another brick to the house of party.

“It’s Been So Long” featuring 8Ball is off of MJG’s recent solo album, This Might Be The Day.  Albeit a bit cheesy, this song hit me due to its’ content.  I have been longing for the funky denizens of the Motor City, close proximity to my teams, and that fabulous Detroit tap water (no facetiousness, it is real good).  A Christmas time return is happening.  I got a steal on air fair, I am bumming a ride with Santa.  All I have to is keep him fueled with amphetamines, beer and pissin’ jugs.

Recently, I got my hands on the latest George Clinton release, George Clinton & His Gangsters of Love.  I was surprisingly hopeful before in-taking, much like I am before Lion seasons.  Unsurprisingly, I was disappointed as I rode the bus to work.   Too many fluffy, slow ballads, which have never been George’s strong suit.  However, there were a few efforts worth sharing with others.

George’s take on “Ain’t That Peculiar,” featuring Sly Stone, El Debarge, and the P-Funk All-Stars, is worth a listen.  Vocoded-out vocals and straight ahead vocals interact. The bass line grounds the sparsely instrumented song, which emphasizes vocals.

The track that interested me most was “If I Was Your Girlfriend.”  George recruited RZA to spit on the mic on his fairly straightforward take on Prince.

Madlib’s Beat Konducta Vol. 5 Dil Cosby Suite also came out recently.  A tribute to JDilla, and more broadly to the music that has kept us alive for so long, Madlib delivers another gem to his discography.  Though prodigious in his output, Madlib’s work rarely limp.

Showing off his skills by sounding mad Dilla-ish on “King Chop (Top Line),” Madlib places over the chunky bass sound that was part of Jay Dee’s sound.  Segueing into a brilliant interlude utilizing James Brown’s bizarre CNN interview from a few years back, Madlib gives a shout out to Dilla’s love of James Brown.

“The Main Inspiration” starts off with a brief snippet of Shuggie Otis’ “Aht Uh Mi Hed,” which will definitely have to be part of the Shuggie post.  The tambourine adds a lot to the atmosphere of the sound.

Melancholy wonderfully afflicts “Two Pay for Jay (No Dough, No Show).”

stomp your hands
clap your feet
get down to the funky beat
don’t worry about losing your seat
soon you’ll be getting busy under the sheets

white meat
dark meat
don’t bail out wall street

Watch out for abominable zombies, even more misunderstood than abominable snowmen.


One Response to “The Big Prick You Can Live With (Watch out that beaver’s teeth are plague-ridden!)”

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