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Music History Monday: May 11

Posted by Jeff Harris, May 11, 2015 08:00am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: May 11, 1959 - "The Happy Organ" by Dave "Baby" Cortez hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Written by Cortez and Ken Wood, it is the biggest hit for the songwriter and musician from Detroit. Born Dave Cortez Clowney, he will begin playing piano as a child with aspirations to become a professional musician after seeing Duke Ellington & His Orchestra in concert. Cortez will relocate to New York when he joins a group call The Pearls as a keyboard player. Eventually he will strike out on his own, working as a studio musician, when he is signed to independent label Clock Records (distributed by Ember Records). He and fellow songwriter Ken Wood write a song initially titled "The Dog And The Cat" that also features lyrics. When Cortez finds that the song doesn't work in its original form, he will make it over as an instrumental, recording it with a Hammond Organ instead of a piano. Clock will release the song as a single just as Cortez leaves town to go on tour with Little Anthony & The Imperials. Entering the Hot 100 at #68 on March 16, 1959, it will climb to the top of the chart eight weeks later. Cortez will follow the song with the similiar  "The Whistling Organ," which peaks at #61 in July of 1959. Clock Records will soon fold in 1961 and Cortez will sign a deal with Chess Records, scoring another major hit with the single "Rinky Dink" (#10 Pop, #9 R&B). Cortez will chart several more singles on the chart through 1966, then makes his last chart entry with "Someone Has Taken Your Place" (#45 R&B) on All Platinum Records in 1973. "The Happy Organ" will also be featured in theatrical trailers for the film Tommy Boy in 1995. Dave "Baby" Cortez will record a new album in 2011 with Lonnie Youngblood and His Bloodhounds, his first new release in 39 years.
 

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Pete Rock Readies To Release PeteStrumentals 2

Posted by Billyjam, May 10, 2015 06:00pm | Post a Comment

Legendary hip-hop producer Pete Rock, who originally came to fame in the early '90s via the power duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth, will release  PeteStrumentals 2 next month via Mello Music Group. It is the long-awaited sequel to the 2001 BBE Records release PeteStrumentals, which compiled beat-driven compositions recorded over the previous decade.

The NY-born producer has just unleashed the music video for the album track "Cosmic Slop." The video captures the producer alone in a room, lost in the music as he creates magic with his MPC. "The video just gives you a lil' knowledge on the vibes I was feeling when I was making the track," said Pete Rock who did a memorable performance and interview at Amoeba Hollywood in 2008. He described the track as a beat he designed for creating the feeling of "cruising down the highway on a very nice day or night in the summertime seeing all kinda people outside enjoying themselves!"

Considering that the late great J Dilla credited Pete Rock as his key influence it only seems fitting that the 20 track Petestrumentals 2 features a  touching requiem to Detroit's favorite son via the touching song “Dilla Bounce (R.I.P)” in which Pete Rock pays tribute to his prodigy. Petestrumentals 2 will arrive in Amoeba Music on June 23rd in both CD and vinyl formats. In addition to the brand new "Cosmic Slop" video below is Pete Rock & CL Smooth's hip-hop classic "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" off 1992's Mecca and The Soul Brother.

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Movies for Mother's Day

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 10, 2015 08:02am | Post a Comment
Mary Cassatt After the Bath (circa 1901)
Mary Cassatt's After the Bath (circa 1901)

The American Mother's Day was invented by Anna Jarvis in 1905, when her own mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Her mother's death proved the inspiration for a holiday and by 1908 others joined her in this macabre celebration.

After five years of dedication to her obsession, Mother's Day was first observed in West Virginia in 1910. Although writing "I love you" on a post-it note would be more meaningful, by the 1920s consumers dutifully purchased pre-made Mother's Day cards from the Hallmark corporation. Disgusted by this perversion of her crazy vision, Jarvis unsuccessfully tried to kill Mother's Day. 

Whatever you do this Mother's Day, please don't spend $17.95 on a Spring Multicolor Floral Infinity Scarf, $24.95 on a Bronze Metal Birdcage Lantern Wall Decoration, or $29.95 on a Coral-inspired Jewelry Tree. Instead, take her on a hike, go for a swim, eat a type of cuisine neither of you've ever had before, go to the ballet... or watch one of these films.
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Mother (마더, Bong Joon-ho, 2010)


Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)



Mildred Pierce
(Michael Curtiz, 1945)

Deserted at the Palms Announces Lineup Featuring King Tuff, No Age and More

Posted by Billy Gil, May 8, 2015 11:53am | Post a Comment

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The next annual Deserted at the Palms festival in Wonder Valley, Calif., will feature garage-rock liege King Tuff and noise-rock veterans No Age, among many others, on May 30.

Taking place at a shabby cool bar in the middle of the Mojave called The Palms (where word is beer costs two bucks and twinkies are sold), Deserted at the Palms offers a weekend of camping, interactive art, vendors, a “wet zone” and of course lots of cool music. The lineup also includes Black Bananas, Sonny & The Sunsets, Magic Trick, Jack Name, Part Time, Pharaohs, Nedelle Torrisi, The Memories, Zig Zags, Bloody Death Skull, Kim & The Created, Feels, Zombelle, L.A. Takedown, Butchy Fuego, Anna Oxygen and Barfth.

Weekly Roundup: Vince Staples, Nic Hessler, L.A. Witch, High Functioning Flesh, Moses Sumney, Michael Vidal, Part Time

Posted by Billy Gil, May 8, 2015 10:21am | Post a Comment

Vince Staples – “Senorita”

vince staplesLong Beach’s Vince Staples goes a little trap on “Senorita,” the first song released from his upcoming studio debut full-length, Summertime ’06, due June 30 on Blacksmith/Artium/Def Jam. No I.D.’s creeping production offers the ideal space for Staples’ grim verses and Future’s motoring chorus. I’m in love with the way the song flows over into an ’80s horror/giallo film-style breakdown.

 

Nic Hessler – “I Feel Again” video

nic hesslerNic Hessler (f.k.a. Catwalk) has a video for the first track from his excellent debut album, Soft Connections (out now on Captured Tracks) that conveys the expansiveness and joy in the song’s jangling charge, showing the singer/songwriter playing to a beautiful desert sunset. The song and video are all the more effective knowing Hessler’s backstory, as he fought an autoimmune disorder that left him nearly debilitated. “I Feel Again” is the sound of Hessler regaining his health, writing excellent tunes and feeling triumphant. Watch it below via Stereogum.

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