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Happy Parliafunkadelicment Thangday! It’s Sticknasty

Posted in Funk, P-Funk on July 6, 2009 by trapperKeeper


Happy Parliafunkadelicment Thangday!

My writing has been slacking as work has immensely increased.  Music making and seeing a few peeps has taken up most other time.  There are always too many ideas and not enough time.  Still, I have some photos to put up.  I don’t have too much new music.  Musically, I’ve been busy learning the Kaossilator and jamming w/ a friend.  But my new purchases should make beat making easier and definitely looser.  Instead of having to arrange everything in ableton, I now have the ability to play beats into ableton and manipulate within ableton through touch pads.

Huhzah!  I still haven’t exactly figured out the layout, but it is getting close.  Once figured out, the new arrangement will allow for beats to be made quicker and easier.  Touch pads are the shit.  Anyhow, I have been slacking on posts.  At the same time, I haven’t been listening to as much music as before.  Still, I have some P-Funk for you.  I am working on a funky mix (got plenty of tracks on the backburner), we’ll see when I finish it.

A few nights ago, after a long ass session of work I came home fairly tired.  A little chill time and some live P-Funk soon had me worked up.  Here are the grooves that reinvigorated my body and soul.  Anyone who says music isn’t medicine hasn’t heard the Funk.  Glenn gets spine-tingling, tear-inducing soulful on the Mothership calldown.  Don’t fake the funk or your nose will grow.


Recorded live at the Los Angeles Forum, January 19, 1977, A.D. &
the Oakland Coliseum, January 21, 1977, A.D.

Track Listing:

P. Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)  6:13
Dr. Funkenstein’s Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication Medley:
a) Let’s Take It to The Stage
b) Take Your Dead Ass Home (Say Som’n Nasty)  4:58
Do That Stuff  5:14
The Landing (of the Holy Mothership) {G Clinton}  3:04
The Undisco Kidd (The Girl is Bad!)  7:02
Children of Productions  2:50
Mothership Connection (Star Child)  5:51
Swing Down, Sweet Chariot  5:06
This Is The Way We Funk With You {G Clinton, B Worrell, Eddie Hazel, Glen Goins}  5:03
Dr. Funkenstein  15:07
Gamin’ On Ya!  4:09
Tear The Roof Off The Sucker Medley
a) Give up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)
b) Get Off Your Ass and Jam  4:57
Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples  6:13


Produced & Refereed: George Clinton
Vocals: George Clinton, Calvin Simon, Fuzzy Haskins, Raymond Davis,
Grady Thomas, Garry Shider, Glen Goins, Debbie Wright, Jeanette Washington
Horns: Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Rick Gardner, Richard Griffith
Bass: Cordell Mosson, Bootsy Collins
Guitars: Garry Shider, Michael Hampton, Glen Goins, Eddie Hazel
Drums & Percussion: Jerome Brailey
Keyboards & Synthesizers: Bernie Worrell
Extra-Singing Clones: Lynn Mabry, Dawn Silva, Gary Cooper
Lead Snore on “This Is The Way We Funk With You”: Michael Hampton
Horn Arrangements: Bernie Worrell & Fred Wesley
Rhythm Arrangements: Bootsy Collins & George Clinton

Happy Parliafunkadelicment Thangbday! Beating the Summer Heat with Frosty’s Cold Treats

Posted in Funk, Music, P-Funk on June 15, 2009 by trapperKeeper


Well here I am finally posting again.  Lately, the inspiration to blog has been lacking.  With my time scrunched, due to working much more and the running around getting paperwork in order to work, blogging has slipped down my list of priorities.  Breakthroughs in ableton have resulted in a lot more creativity expanded musically rather than on writing, or even photography.  Adjusting to a solo lifestyle after being in a relationship for a year and a half , has been an interesting experience.  I’m settling in a bit (the above and below photos do not represent my home), but between work and friends, who I have been seeing a lot more because of the better location, life has been a bit of a whirlwind.  In short, I am still figuring out a routine.


Despite all the chaos, spontaneous thoughts pop in more frequently due to the disappearance of so much of the uncertainty previously stalking me.  Lightning strikes of verse, prose, beats, and visuals increasingly drip into my consciousness.  As my 25th birthday approaches, more of me wants to grow up. Creative projects have been helpful tools in this process.  At least for now, they work as a tool for personal improvement, broaden my perspectives, skills, and ideas, and make me a much happier person.

I just needed to get a few thoughts out of my head.  Gotta make room for new ones, I have major sound shaping to do this week in addition to a 48 hour work week.  All right, enough about me.  Speaking of birthdays, a friend of mine turns 23 today.  Happy Birthday!


In honor of Parliafunkadelicment Thangday (the first one in a while, I apologize), I obviously have P-Funk to share.  I had been planning on posting this live 1974 Boston show anyways, but it is even more fitting considering he is originally from John Winthrop’s “City on a Hill.”  This Funkadelic show is pure, unkut Funk all in one big funky chunk.  It even has a rare live appearance by the guitar slinging “polyester soul-powered token white devil.”


Track Listing

01 The Goose
02 Cosmic Slop
03 Maggot Brain
04 Red Hot Mama
05 Loose Booty
06 Up For The Downstroke

Vocals – George Clinton, Ray Davis, Grady Thomas, Calvin Simon, Fuzzy Haskins
Drums – Tiki Fulwood
Guitars – Mike Hampton, Garry Shider, Ron Brykowski
Bass – Cordell Boogie Mosson
Keyboards – Bernie Worrell

Bullshit Parties (Obama Don’t Play That)

Posted in Art, Funk, Music on June 9, 2009 by trapperKeeper


I have been meaning to post more, but have been busy with work, seeing friends, and working on music.  I hope to have a P-Funk post finished tomorrow.  In the meantime, here is a short snippet of some stuff I came up with today as I continue my studies as an apprenticing sound scientist.  It is much more satisfying than grade school music class.

Who In The Funk Do You Think You Are?

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


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.


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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Do You Find Earth Boring?

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


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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Detroit Soul (Take Me Home)

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


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.


Tear the Roof Off the Sucker (Funk After Death)

Posted in Funk, Music, P-Funk on May 11, 2009 by trapperKeeper


Happy Parliafunkadelicment Thangday! I have a fine P-Funk performance today, a live show from the famous P-Funk Earth Tour.  Recorded in 1976 on Halloween, the show was filmed for  video release.  Thus, the recording quality of the audio is superb.

Opening with “Cosmic Slop,” the P uses the Space People intro.  A tale about a mother, forced into being a prostitute to support her kids, pleading with god to forgive her actions, “Cosmic Slop” is about acknowledging the guilt caused by our ability to do unscrupulous things in order to survive.

GC comes out for the rhythm guitar propelled intro of “Do that Stuff” before the main groove is reached.  The Horny Horns make their presence known, as does Bernie on what could be a clavinet, but the rhythm guitar riff is still the star.  Segueing into “Gamin’ On Ya,” Dr. Funkenstein is first mentioned.  The chorus from the old Parliament song “Come In Out of the Rain” is thrown into the mix.

Unstoppable ferocity is unleashed on “Standing On the Verge.”  P-Funk could rock harder than most.  They did come up playing with MC5 and other rock groups in Detroit.  Fuzzy Haskins gets busy whipping the crowd into a frenzy with with pelvic gyrations and a wild vocal performance.  The thumping bottom and rhythm guitar riff are excellent.  Quickly, the groove changes into a slow, simmering groove.  The tambourines add a lot to the sound, but one must bow down to the bass work.  GC runs through the “Undisco Kidd/Call My Baby Pussy” routine before stepping aside for Bernie.

With the crowd hollerin’ for more, the moment of arrival is tantalizingly close as the “Mothership Connection” suite begins.  Before the chariot rides in, the purification of the mind must take place.  On “Children of Production,” the Clones of Dr. Funkenstein arrive to act as a q-tip and blow the cobwebs out your mind.  The beginning of “Mothership Connection” gives a friendly warning that if you hear any noise, it’s just George and the boys coming.  Soon, Glen  calls the Mothership down as trumpets herald the landing.  Communion is served.


When Gabriel’s horn blows, you’d better be ready to go

The ecstatic hum of the crowd lingers before GC gets the show going again.  “Dr. Funkenstein” philosophizes as the gorgeous guitars take the center.  Backed by a closed hi-hat, the guitars are locked in together, yet free to roam around.

With the main theatrical piece finished, the band is free to play.  “Coming Round the Mountain” is classic Funkadelic.  Dirty guitars over thumping, heavy drums, it is raw, pure unkut funk.  Who says a funk band can’t play rock?  The heavy guitar emphasis of the past two songs give way to the Horny Horns, one of the finest horn sections ever assembled, on “P-Funk.”  Demanding his funk unkut, GC goes zen:

Once upon a time called Now!
Somebody say, “Is there funk after death?”
I say, “Is Seven Up?”
Yeah, P.Funk!

Introducing “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker,” Ray Davis brings the bass.  GC, Glen, and Starchild dominate the vocals as all the funkateers, including Sly Stone, come onto the stage to say goodbye.  Bootsy plays some cowbell.  Saying goodbye to the crowd, the band busts into “Funkin’ for Fun.”  If you see my mother, tell her I’m alright, just funkin’ for fun!

Mothership Connection: Live from Houston is pure, unkut funk.  I can’t recommend watching the dvd of the performance for the visual presentation enough.  Witnessing it confirmed my decision that if I could travel back in time to only one event, it would be a vintage P-Funk performance.  Time to go to church with George and his merry band of funkateers.


If you got faults, defects or shortcomings,
You know, like arthritis, rheumatism or migraines,
Whatever part of your body it is,
I want you to lay it on your radio, let the vibes flow through.
Funk not only moves, it can re-move, dig?
The desired effect is what you get
When you improve your Interplanetary Funksmanship.

Track Listing:

01- Cosmic Slop
02- Do That Stuff (Intro)
03- Do That Stuff
04- Gammin’ On Ya
05- Standing On The Verge
06- Children Of Production
07- Mothership Connection
08- Dr. Funkenstein
09- Comin’ Round the Mountain
10- P. Funk
11 Tear The Roof Off The Sucker
12- Funkin’ For Fun

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