Archive for May, 2009

Who In The Funk Do You Think You Are?

Posted in Funk, Music, P-Funk on May 19, 2009 by trapperKeeper

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Happy Parliafunkadelicment Thangday!  Life is a bit stressful right now with all the change that is coming in less than two weeks.  As a result, my brain is a bit scattered, making writing even harder.  So today, will be short but sweet.  Plus, you can listen to George shed some light on the music found on the album and the P-Funk army.  Enjoy.

George Clinton Family Series 1: Go Fer Yer Funk was released in 1992.  The material that appears on this archive release, and the other Family Series releases, is mostly post 1978, really post 1980.  A lot of that has to do with George not owning the rights to older work.  Still, there is killer among the filler on the Family Series as long as you are willing to overlook the mediocre, hollow sounding 80s material.  As a hardcore funker, it is nice to hear more P-Funk even if the works aren’t among their greatest.

Go Fer Yer Funk opens with “Go Fer Yer Funk,” a strong, hook-filled dance number and one of the best songs on the release. Sterling Silver Starship was a side project that didn’t get far.  “Funk It Up” is one of the songs that had been recorded.  Gary Fabulous, the world’s first white rapper, gets loose on “Funkin’ For My Mama’s Rent.”

Catching Sly warming up, George secretly recorded “Who In The Funk Do You Think You Are.” Trey Lewis, also known as Tracey Lewis, is a son of GC.  “Michelle” is one of Trey’s earliest songs.  Later released on Way of the Drum (2007), “Sunshine of Your Love,” is a wicked Cream cover by Blackbyrd, who plays all the instruments.  Recorded in the 80s for the Way of the Drum, MCA rejected the album and then lost the tapes.  Almost twenty years later, the tapes were found and the full album finally saw the light of day.

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Track Listing

Go Fer Yer Funk {G Clinton, W Collins}  9:52
Funk It Up {Donnie Sterling}  8:46
Funkin’ For My Mama’s Rent {Gary Sinkow, Lige Curry}   5:58
Send A Gram {G Clinton}  5:32
Who In The Funk Do You Think You Are (demo) {Sylvester Stewart}  1:33
Better Days {Marvin Williams}  4:10
The Chong Show {W Collins, David Spradley}  5:07
Michelle {G Clinton, Tracey Lewis}  12:24
Sunshine Of Your Love {Jack Bruce}  5:33
The Archeological Dig-Storytime with George (interview)  12:14

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The Sound of the Universe

Posted in Music on May 17, 2009 by trapperKeeper

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Here is the latest version of “Om.”  The guitar is gone for now.  My friend is supposed to lay down some guitar for it at some point in the near future.

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Do You Find Earth Boring?

Posted in Funk, Jazz, Music on May 15, 2009 by trapperKeeper

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Friday being the day off far out music, I am putting up another Sun Ra album.  I like Fridays for many reasons including the fact I have them off.  Today’s is especially nice because it is finally warm again in Seattle.  Sunshine helps counter the effects of underemployment.  Being free to enjoy cold, dreary days while not banking any scrilla isn’t very satisfying.  When the sun is out and the weather is fine, it can actually be nice to be underemployed.

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Dichotomy

Posted in Art, Photos on May 13, 2009 by trapperKeeper

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Yesterday, there was an impressive sky.  Foreboding, yet sunny, cloudy, but blue, I was surprised the rain held off.  Well, at least it did in my neighborhood until much later into the night.  Anyhow, the appearance of the sky made for a quick, fun photo opportunity.

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Detroit Soul (Take Me Home)

Posted in Detroit, Funk, Music on May 13, 2009 by trapperKeeper

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Moodymann is a dope techno/house producer from Detroit.  I have a live set of his from the 2007 DEMF that elevates the mind and soothes the soul on a chilly humpday.  Umar Bin Hassan of the Last Poets, who lets loose some deep thoughts on Axiom Funk’s Funkcronomicon, brings his blunt yet soulful perspective on the mic.

The set start off with a political vibe due to the use of Gil Scott Heron’s “We Almost Lost Detroit.”  Mixing some classic funk hits, including William DeVaughn’s “Be Thankful,” used by Ludacris among others, among some of his own tracks, he brings in one of the finest Brides of Funkenstein songs “Never Buy Texas From a Cowboy.”  Prince protege, Andre Cymone’s “The Dance Electric” follows before the set finished with the Strikers, a group I recently discovered a few weeks ago, soul disco classic “Body Music” complete with its’ thumping bassline.

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Dead Crabs

Posted in Art, Photos on May 12, 2009 by trapperKeeper

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The other day, Carley and I got out to Lincoln Park in West Seattle.  Besides being a nice park with a relaxing shoreline, it also has a salt water pool that operates during the summer.  I didn’t take many photos, but here are a couple of things that caught my eye.  When we were kicking on the beach, a crow stole Carley’s sandwich flew off, but dropped it about thirty seconds later.

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A crab graveyard where crows and gulls drop victims to their death before gorging on their delicious insides.

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Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes (Attack of the Fractals)

Posted in Art, Photos on May 12, 2009 by trapperKeeper

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Here are some fractals I made out of pictures from the Japanese tea garden and from my front steps.

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