Archive for the Funk Category

Fall Rain (The Way of the World)

Posted in Art, Funk, Music, Photos with tags , , , , , , on September 17, 2010 by trapperKeeper

I’ve been talking about putting mixes together for a while.  Today, while I was working on some other tasks, I threw together a play list inspired by the rain and That’s the Way of the World (1975), a frustrating, but enjoyable film if you’re a fan of Earth Wind & Fire, Harvey Keitel, and diatribes against the music industry and commercial perversion of art.  My music collection is massive and only gets bigger, even as it gets trimmed, so I have no reason not to put more together besides sheer laziness.  Today’s didn’t take too long to put together and repetition increases efficiency.  When I get more time, I’ll start doing more than just throwing tracks together.  But with all the other things on my plate, it might be a bit before I’ll before I get too much into the audio.  Photography and video come first, but it is nice to take a music break.  Anyhow, you can check the mix out at:

Fall Rain (The Way Of The World) by Trapperkeeper on Mixcloud

  It is a funky, soulful mix with a touch of spaciness.  Enjoy, or don’t.

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Explosions Over Seattle

Posted in Art, Funk, Music, Photos with tags , , , , on January 5, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Happy new year.  2009 was a rough one for many.  While it wasn’t the easiest year for me, 2009 will go down as a good one.  Getting started on music production, helping out in throwing some events, and getting more seriously involved with photography were all positive building blocks.

I’ve been working more in Photoshop.  Having worked through a CS1 book once so far, I’ve already started applying the learned lessons.  Experimenting is another important aspect of any creative endeavor, including ones of the visual realm.  Lately, I’ve had a few visions, both specific and broad, about the evolution of my work.  I’m working on one piece now.

Lastly, the kaleidoscope ideas have been emphasizing colors and multiple layers.  Last night, I came across an old plug-in which I had forgotten about.  Instantly, I knew the rediscovery would bear sweet eye candy.  While delivering on the promise, unfortunately the plug-in wasn’t working properly when it came to the actual processing of the data.  I am working on remedying the situation.  Previously, I had successfully used the plug-in.  I will not be defeated for the twisted results made my eyes jump with joy.

A track that helped me out during recent Photoshop work has been Flying Lotus’s “Melt,” which you can check out here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An1SaFJebRQ&feature=related.

I’ve been listening to some of his other stuff as well as some older funk.  “Melt” is some deep, drum-driven, funk.  No other music in this post.  I’m compiling tracks for some mixes.  I’ve done similar work in the past, but those lists were lost when I switched over to MediaMonkey.  For a while, I wasn’t listening to a lot of music while working on the computer, but the pendulum has swung back the other way.  Check back soon for more pictures, some thoughts about photography, and a useful trick I’ve discovered for better utilizing the on camera flash.

Spill the Wine

Posted in Art, Funk, Music, Photos on December 30, 2009 by trapperKeeper

So I’ve been slacking on posting music for a while now.  In fact, I’ve been slacking on listening to music lately.  Just one of those cycles; however, it appears the cycle is over and I am back on the Funk.

Working on photo editing certainly gives me a lot of time to be going through my collection. Needed breaks away from the world of Photoshop should make music posts fairly easy to squeeze in.  I am a little under the weather today.  Santa is a fat jerk for bringing me a cold.  I think this may be the first time I’ve been sick all year.   My immune system has been on top of its’ game even more than usual considering the environment I work in and relying on public transportation. Now that the solstice has passed, the days have grown longer and my spirit feels refreshed.  Over the previous three months, I accomplished a decent amount.  Now that I have figured out a path and taken preliminary steps down it, I need to work on self-discipline, so I can really get down to work.

One of the albums I enjoyed the other day while working on these pieces was The Isley Brothers’ Giving It Back (1973).  Enjoy the visuals; they are getting honed and new programs should be added soon. Looking back at the progress I’ve made in only a year, I feel that my five year plan is actually feasible.  Enough for today.  Enjoy the images and music.

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Spanking in Time & Mowing the Air (Shock it to Circuit!)

Posted in Funk, Music, P-Funk on October 20, 2009 by trapperKeeper

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Another Happy Parliafunkadelicment Thangday!  I’ve posted Electric Spanking of War Babies (1981) before, but the old link is inactive and I had started writing this post under the impression that I hadn’t yet done it.  When I checked again today, I discovered the original post.  Plus, I cringed multiple times reading the original post, so I decided to do a rewrite.  Anyhow, what’s old is new and what’s new is old, so let’s get on with the show.

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“The Electric Spanking of War Babies” is a synthed-out effort delivered almost exclusively by Junie Morrison, who was credited for playing the bass, rhythm guitar, keyboards, and drums.  Opening with fuzzy guitar and an altered vocal, clearly this is a return to the Funkadelic of old, at least in spirit, after the relative softness of Uncle Jam Wants You.  Michael Hampton, my least favorite PFunk guitar player (keep playing those 17 minute long “Maggot Brain” solos),  shreds over a vicious groove while the lyrics reference sociopolitical events of the hippie generation.  The underneath touch adds so much to the sonic assault and the liquidy synth line starting around the 6:00 minute mark has a unique sound.

You can walk a mile in my shoes
But you can’t dance a step in my feet

Electrically charged “Electro-Cuties” has great whispered vocals, bass playing, and Junie provides just enough gritty synth groove to keep things dirty with a little help from the guitar.

Cuica makes an appearance on “Funk Gets Stronger (Part I).”  More importantly, Roger Troutman breaks his P-Funk cherry while playing rhythm guitar, bass, and moog.  Lige Curry, another a new addition, assisted on the low end with some bass of his own.  George and Bootsy share vocal duties, although I also think that Sly has a vocal part, but the esteemed Mothership doesn’t have him credited.  “Funk Gets Stronger (Part I)” is one of the finest Funkadelic songs with the synced up guitars generating a powerful groove.  Just before 5 minutes, the groove slow downs as a warm (rhodes?) organ comes in before morphing into a off-kilter closing jam.  All in all, the rhythm guitar line provided by Zapp is syrupy sweet and his moog work a tasty treat.

The cuica continues into “Brettino’s Bounce,” which is an interesting, and rare P-Funk, percussion instrumental.  Even more, it fits nicely into the flow of the album.  A fact aided by the cuica usage in “Funk Gets Stronger (Part I).”

Sly Stone pops up, playing keyboards, drums, synth, rhythm guitar and sharing lead vocal duties with GC, on “Funk Gets Stronger (Killer Millimeter Longer Version).”  Sly’s hazy warble and George’s rapping style fit together beautifully.  Family Stone member Cynthia Robinson, who discovered Dawn Mabry and later got her to join the Family Stone, which is how Dawn met George which lead to her becoming a Bride of Funkenstein, is credited for the trumpet part, which is the same riff heard in Pt. 1.  Pat Rizzo, who replaced Family Stone original member Jerry Martini, is credited as the saxophonist.  A rare appearance by Eddie Hazel on lead guitar definitely helps make add to early Funkadelic vibe.  At the very end of the song, the Beatles’ “She Loves You” is referenced.

Funk gets stronger
As it goes longer
Funk gets stronger
As they say in the great big state of Texas
An armadillo millimeter longer

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Reggae’s influence is all stamped all over “Shockwaves,” which has odd lyrics to go with the odd tune.  I enjoy the Belle Isle reference and the line “Look at my shoes/They’re full of holes/Nobody cares, nobody but my toes.”

Great singing carries “Oh, I,” which has some vintage fuzzed-out Funkadelic guitar to go with the soulful vocal arrangement and a jazzy spirit.

Ending with an intimate discussion of human sexuality, George dives into something even dirtier than the gutter and Funkadelic’s guitar sound, the human mind.  Fuzzed out and grimy, the guitar of the “Icka Pricka” immensely aids GC’s dirty rap and the twisted vocal hooks.  Lige Curry delivers the goods on bass, while David Lee Chong is knighted as an official member.  Building to a spiritual climax of enlightening obscenity, the demented groove is joined by a choir of angelic voices masks the last of perverse excrement.  The keyboard parts work against the guitar lines to help create the demented swing.  “Icka Pricka” is gleefully obscene, but due to the lyrical dexterity and the destigmatizing action of the words of the song “Icka” hovers on a sphere high above the sexually explicit, but conceptually empty, gutter trash of today’s pop and club music.

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Fusing their funky minds with electronic circuits, George’s army, sans Bernie, pulled off one of the funkiest records of the ’80s.  George never hesitated about experimenting with new technology.  Thus, Electric Spanking utilized both live and electronic drums.  It also saw the infusion of new talent Uncle Jam’s Army including Blackbyrd McKnight and Roger Troutman.  A perfect demonstration that synthesizers don’t have to mean sterility; that dance music doesn’t have to mean vapid lyrical diarrhea, Electric Spanking is an album that need to be experienced.  Sadly, Electric Spanking was last album GC released under the Funkadelic name.  Conceived as a double LP, Warner Brothers denied that dream and censored the album artwork.

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Track Listing:

The Electric Spanking of War Babies {G Clinton, Bob Bishop, Walter Morrison}  8:45
Electro-Cuties    {Ron Ford, J Ali, G Clinton}  6:13
Funk Gets Stronger (Part I)  {Michael Hampton, G Clinton}  6:46
Brettino’s Bounce  {Larry Fratangelo}  3:39
Funk Gets Stronger (Killer Millimeter Longer Version) {Sylvester Stewart, G Clinton}  4:26
She Loves You    {John Lennon, Paul McCartney}  :16
Shockwaves    {Ron Dunbar, DeWayne McKnight}  5:10
Oh, I    {Rodney Curtis, Garry Shider, G Clinton}  4:55
Icka Prick    {G Shider, G Clinton}  4:11

Personnel:

“Electric Spanking”
Vocals: George Clinton
Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Drums: Walter Morrison
Lead Guitar: Michael Hampton

“Electro-Cuties”
Vocals: George Clinton
Bass: Jimmie Ali
Lead Guitar: Michael Hampton, Jerome Ali
Rhythm Guitar: Gordon Carlton
Drums: Kenny Colton

“Funk Gets Stronger I”
Lead Vocals: George Clinton
Vocals: Bootsy Collins
Bass: Lige Curry
Lead Guitar: Michael Hampton
Rhythm G, Bass & Moog: Roger Troutman
Drums: Tyrone Lampkin
Percussion: Larry Fratangelo
Trumpet: Cynthia Robinson
Saxophone: Pat Rizzo

“Brettino’s Bounce”
Drums, Percussion: Larry Fratangelo

“Funk Gets Stronger II”
Lead Vocals: George Clinton, Sly Stone
Lead Guitar: Eddie Hazel
Rhythm Gtr, Keyboards, Synth: Sly Stone
Trumpet: Cynthia Robinson
Sax: Pat Rizzo
Drums: Sly Stone

“Shockwaves”
Lead Vocals: Donnie Sterling
Bass: Lige Curry
Guitar: DeWayne “Blackbyrd” McKnight
Drums: Kenny Colton
Percussion: Larry Fratangelo

“Oh, I”
Lead Vocals: Garry Shider
Bass: Rodney “Skeet” Curtis
Lead Guitar: Michael Hampton, Jerome Ali
Keyboards: Marion Saulsby
Rhythm Gtr: Gordon Carlton, Garry Shider
Drums: Tyrone Lampkin
Sax: Michael Brecker

“Icka Prick”
Lead Vocals: George Clinton
Bass: Lige Curry
Lead Guitar: Michael Hampton
Rhythm G: Gary Shider
Moog & Keyboards: David Lee Chong

Happiness is a side effect of doing something that has nothing to do with it (To The Boot Wing, Bobba!)

Posted in Funk, Music, P-Funk on October 12, 2009 by trapperKeeper

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Happy Parliafunkadelicment Thangday!  It has been a long time coming, but I am finally back with a P-Funk post.  I hope to make it more regular again as the fall is now here and I will be spending more time at home.  Getting back into writing was more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be.  Anyhow, I am tapped out for words right now.  Enjoy.

Bootsy’s Fresh Outta ‘P’ University (1997) is a fine funk album.  Bootsy was way ahead of his time, so he didn’t have to update his sound much.  Bootsy isn’t giving you anything new with this album.  You get the usual mix of slower, love and some funky faster paced grooves.  Old riffs are heard throughout and Bootsy doesn’t explore new territory lyrically.  But none of that matters because the positive, funky vibes Bootsy put out are original, authentic, and seductive.  Rather than being a sad, hackneyed attempt by an established artist to capitalize on the popular sound, Fresh Outta ‘P sounds fresh and vital.  It shouldn’t be surprising Bootsy can pull off hip hop so well considering how important his bass playing is to the foundations of hip hop.  His guests are inspired and funky.  On FO’P’U, Bootsy blends the new with the old while, of course, bringing the funk on a spectacularly solid hip hop album.  Show em how you play your space bass Bootzilla!

James Brown says a few words about Bootsy before the groove starts on “I’m Busy (Off Da Hook),” which is moderately heavy slower jam with some jazzy flourishes.  Bootsy’s early work was more experimental, conceptual, and out there.  Over the years, the outrageousness of Bootsy’s funkativity has mellowed while also becoming more acceptable to larger society.  Despite being more conventional, Bootsy’s parameters are a bit broader than most everyone’s.  Short interludes appear throughout the album, but are mostly short and effective transition pieces.

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Panning feedback, reminiscent of Hendrix, opens “Funk Ain’t Broke,” a funky uptempo cut with fuzzy guitar.  Liquid guitar and a thumping bottom create a nice low/high contrast and a throbbing groove on “Party Lick-A-Ble’s.”  Getting autobiographical over a house beat, Bootsy goes into how he met James Brown and got aboard the Mothership.  Smoothing it out a bit, Bootsy makes you wiggle on “Wind Me Up” before raising the freaks.  “I’m Leavin’ U (Gotta Go Gotta Go)” is an effective r&b/rap ballad.  Eddie Hazel’s “Maggot Brain” plays in the background of “Final,” a pointless message machine interlude.

Diving into heavy, seductive funk on “Good-N-Nasty,” Bootsy reimagines an old classic.  Clean, but dirty, lyrically as well as sonically, Bootsy’s “Good-N-Nasty” is the kind of funk that spawned Rick James and Prince.  Space bass will never get old, at least as long as Bootsy’s playing it.  “An-Gel-Lick ‘Angel'” is one of the weakest songs on the album.  I usually just skip ahead to the climax.  “Pearl Drops” continues the slow mood of the second disc.  Highly suggestive and being just the right length with some ending aural variety, such as the low-end synthesizer, “Pearl Drops” is a song that holds up better than I expected.  There is another mix of “I’m Leavin’ U (Gotta Go Gotta Go),” which is lighter than the version found on disc one.  Exotic slinkiness lurks in the background of “Fragile (So Sensitive),” another ballad.  I am surprised I am not tired yet of this disc due to its’ mood.  Plus, it can be hard to keep a two disc album sounding fresh.  Yet, Bootsy and his band are such pros that they proved capable of pulling it off.

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“Ever Lost Your Lover” is a killer dance song anchored by fat, bouncy bass and accentuated by warm vibraphone tones.  Heavy funk makes a welcome appearance on “Holly-Wood-If-She-Could,” which is another reinterpretation of old school Bootsy.  “Penetration (In Funk We Trust)” ups the thump and brings in some Funkadelic guitars while maintaining Bootsy’s trademark smoothness.  Closing with “Fresh Outta ‘P’ (University),” Bootsy walks the end of the song out.

I’ve listened to sound closely for a long time, particularly since I began working on music.  Fresh Outta ‘P’ University is a great record to listen to from a production standpoint.  The frequencies share space nicely while the combination of live instrumentation and studio experimentation generates soulful sounds.  Fresh Outta ‘P’ is also great to listen to for fun.  Be sure to share with your friends.  Funk get stronger.

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Disc 1

01. Intro
02. I’m Busy (Off Da Hook)
03. Interlude
04. Funk Ain’t Broke
05. Interlude
06. Party Lick-A-Ble’s
07. Interlude
08. Do The Freak
09. Toxic Waste
10. Interlude
11. Wind Me Up
12. Interlude
13. Home Of Da Freaks
14. I’m Leavin’ U (Gotta Go Gotta Go)
15. Final

Disc 2

01. Good-N-Nasty
02. Interlude
03. An-Gel-Lick ‘Angel’
04. Interlude
05. Pearl Drops
06. Interlude
07. I’m Leavin’ U (Gotta Go Gotta Go) (C&J Fulltime Mix)
08. Interlude
09. Fragile (So Sensitive)
10. Interlude
11. Ever Lost Your Lover
12. Interlude
13. Holly-Wood-If-She-Could
14. Penetration (In Funk We Trust)
15. Interlude
16. Fresh Outta ‘P’ (University)
17. Final

Personnel:

Guitars – Ron Jennings, Garry Shider, Wilbur Longmire, Fan Fan La Tulipe, Boogieman
Keyboards – Bernie Worrell, Johnny Davis, Bootsy Collins, Anthony Cole, Joel Johnson, Greg Fitz, Joel Johnson, Mousse T
Horns – Fred Wesley, Allan Barnes, Dwight Adams, Ed Jones, Chris de’Margary, Avi Leibovich, Duncan Mackay
Drums – Tony Byrd, Bootsy Collins
Vibraharp – Vincent Monatana
Vocals – Gary Cooper, Henry Benefield, Michael Gatheright, Inaya Davis, Kristen Gray, Melanie Eiland, Garry Shider, Linda Shider, Michael Anthony, April Woods, Kyle Jason, Bootsy Collins, William Hagan, Phil Brown and Gospel Group, Mike Marshall, Herbert, Cash, Nathalie, Eugen, Caspar, and Terry
Rappers – Be-Wise, Rodney O, MC Lyte, Omeka Sykes, Dru Down, Da Lesson, Ono, Da Brixx,   Eugen, Caspar, AJ, Gizmo, Teray

Blowing a Funky Load (Funk Begets Funk)

Posted in Funk, Music, P-Funk on July 8, 2009 by trapperKeeper

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Here is a pleasing twelve-incher.  If you desire a funky good time and don’t recognize the song title or the above artwork, download it on faith.  I personally guarantee it will be good to your earhole.

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NovaTRON

Posted in Funk, Music on July 6, 2009 by trapperKeeper

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My  friend novaTRON (http://www.myspace.com/novatron) produces abstract, funky beats.  Here is a video (the first video I shot) from a early 2009 show.

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