Thursday, June 26, 2008

Do Yourself Some Good!

This month's FTOTZ mix:

01 - Heavy Handed - Do Yourself Some Good
02 - Laura Nyro - Sweet Blindness
03 - Miss Kittin -Pollution of the Mind
04 - Big Mama Thornton - Everybody's Happy (But Me)
05 - Quiet Village - Too High To Move
06 - Russ Garcia - Monsters of Jupiter
07 - Jim & Jean - Time Goes Backwards
08 - 12 From A Dozen - Oscar Winners
09 - Margie Joseph - Come Lay Some Lovin' on Me
10 - Digitalism - Idealistic
11 - Al Green - Take Your Time ft Corinne Bailey Rae
12 - Purple Underground - Count Back
13 - Joi - You Turn Me On
14 - The Jackson 5 - Ben (Hiroshi Fujiwara & K.U.D.O. Remix #2)
15 - Mavis Staples - Koochie, Koochie, Koochie
16 - Jill Scott - How It Make You Feel
17 - Fake - Five Years Ago, Did You See Yourself Here!
18 - Candye Kane - I'm Not Gonna Cry Today
19 - Cornelius - Sleep Warm


Heavy Handed's "Do Yourself Some Good" was among the first drum & bass tracks I heard over a decade ago and is partly responsible for my love affair with the genre. From the 1997 comp Mutant Beatz: Abstrakt Hip-Hop, Future Funk and Science Fiction Soul.

Singer-songwriter Laura Nyro created a singular body of work that encompassed pop, soul, jazz, gospel and tin pan alley. "Sweet Blindness," which later became a hit for The 5th Dimension, appears on her 1968 master work Eli and the Thirteenth Confession.

DJ/producer Miss Kittin is among the few acts to emerge from the electroclash scene with a lasting career. "Pollution of the Mind" can be heard on her 2008 release Bat Box.

Blues singer Big Mama Thornton is best known for her hit "Hound Dog," which topped the R&B charts for seven weeks in 1953. Her songs have been covered by Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin. "Everybody's Happy (But Me)" was compiled on The Complete Vanguard Recordings.

Quiet Village live at the intersection of downtempo and sleazy listening music, and I can't get enough of their debut album Silent Movie, on which "Too High To Move" appears.

Russell Garcia has been composing music for jazz musicians and film soundtracks for over a half century. "Monsters of Jupiter" is from his exotica classic Fantastica.

Jim & Jean's "Time Goes Backwards" appears on a great psychedelic pop compilation called Soft Sounds for Gentle People 3.

"Oscar Winners" by 12 From A Dozen can be heard on the 1997 compilation Porn Beats.

Mississippi-born soul singer Margie Joseph was frequently compared to her Atlantic label mate Aretha Franklin and toiled in her shadow for many years. Her music is enjoying a revival with the reissue of her great 70s albums. "Come Lay Some Lovin' On Me" is from her 1974 classic Sweet Surrender.

"Idealistic" appears on Idealism, the 2007 debut of German electronic duo Digitalism.

Soul crooner Al Green needs no introduction. "Take Your Time," his duet with Corinne Bailey Rae, may be found on his latest effort, 2008's Lay It Down.

"Count Back" by Purple Underground is from the 2001 compilation Psychedelic States: Florida in the '60s, Vol. 2.

Funk soul diva Joi's "You Turn Me On" can be heard on her great (unreleased) 1997 album Amoeba Cleansing Syndrome.

"Ben (Hiroshi Fujiwara & K.U.D.O. Remix #2)" is from Soul Source: Jackson Five Remixes, Vol. 2.

Legendary soul singer Mavis Staples rose to prominence with her family gospel/pop group The Staple Singers. "Koochie, Koochie, Koochie" appeared on the Curtis Mayfield-produced soundtrack to the Bill Cosby/Sidney Poitier classic A Piece of the Action.

Philly neosoul singer and poet Jill Scott's "How It Make You Feel" is from her latest album, 2007's The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3.

"Five Years Ago, Did You See Yourself Here!" by electronic duo Fake, can be heard on their free-to-download album You Are Not Dead: A Guide to Modern Living.

Blues belter and former sex worker Candye Kane is one of my favorite singers. You can find "I'm Not Gonna Cry Today" on her latest release, Guitar'd and Feathered.

At first gloss Cornelius' take on the Sinatra/Nelson Riddle classic "Sleep Warm" seems like a straightforward cover, but put on your headphones and it becomes something altogether different. I loved the crazy stereo effects and a lullabye seemed an appropriate way to close. From the 2006 album Sensuous.

Download "Do Yourself Some Good!"

Listening to: Mavis Staples - Melody Cool

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

No gayo for you!

Sad but unsurprising: Heinz pulled the mayo ad featuring a gay couple kissing (see below) and issued a sheepish apology. The ad was canceled just a week into its planned five week run in the UK after 200 viewers complained it was offensive. An online petition has been launched (4630 signatures and counting) urging Heinz to bring back the campaign.

If you are straight, please stop and imagine for a few seconds that you live in a world where kissing the person you love in public could inspire outrage, disgust, even violence. That's the world where I wake up every day.

Listening to: Millie Jackson - Sho Nuff Danjus

Hail to the Thief

Surreal as hell: I just found out President Bush is going to be at some fancy $1000 a plate fundraiser in a couple of hours... right across the friggin' street! There's a banquet hall and deli over there where one of my coworkers occasionally buys lunch but the food is so horrible you couldn't pay me to eat it. Here's hoping they serve Dubya the ptomaine special.

Listening to: Girl Talk - Here's The Thing

Thursday, June 19, 2008


There are fancier websites than mine devoted to the depiction of gays in advertising but I am posting this anyway because it tickled me.

Listening to: Sam Phillips - Little Plastic Life

Monday, June 16, 2008

Somewhere a monster is weeping

R.I.P. Stan Winston, monster-maker extraordinaire. A Hollywood makeup and special effects master, Winston's credits include effects for Jurassic Park, The Terminator, Edward Scissorhands and Pumpkinhead. He also designed the "Mr. Roboto" mask for Styx and the wookiee costumes for the infamous 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special.

Listening to: Portishead - Elysium

Friday, June 13, 2008

In case you need a sitter

Soggy, forlorn little sign spotted on 8 Mile Road this morning.

Listening to: Funkadelic - Maggot Brain

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Mexican sharks crave human flesh!

Cue the Jaws theme. Shark scare stories are a slow news day standard, but this week the hard-hitting tabloid journalists at The Sun found a new spin worthy of a B horror film: wild sharks, fed on bodies dumped by mobsters, have developed a real taste for the long pig!

Sharks ‘seeking human targets’

in Zihuantanejo, Mexico

Published: 07 Jun 2008

SCIENTISTS fear sharks are now HUNTING people for the first time after Jaws-style attacks on a resort.

The horrifying theory emerged after two surfers were killed and one badly injured in a month.

A fourth swimmer is missing at the Mexican seaside town.

Locals fear ONE rogue shark is responsible but experts believe a pack of deadly bull sharks are actively targeting humans for the first time.

They think the 10ft-long fish could have developed a taste for human flesh after devouring hundreds of corpses dumped into the sea by mobsters.

The beach at Zihuantanejo – near Acapulco and popular with British tourists – had not previously recorded a shark incident in more than 30 years.

And, with an annual average of only four fatal shark attacks globally, the fact that two people have died along the same stretch of coast within weeks has astonished international experts.

The Zihuantanejo deaths come halfway through what is already turning into a bumper year for shark attacks.

Zihuantanejo is now gripped by fear. Police have been guarding beaches and signs warn against going into the water.

Local businessmen, worried the deaths will devastate the tourist industry, hired fishermen to kill the sharks.

And Mexican Navy vessels were brought in last week to scour the waters for sharks using the tourist beach as a feeding ground.

Jose Leonardo Castillo, chief shark investigator for Mexico’s National Fishing Institute, said yesterday: “One theory we’re investigating is that a group of sharks have developed a taste for humans.”

Although the number of attacks world-wide increased from 63 in 2006 to 71 in 2007, there was only one recorded fatality. The two Zihuantanejo deaths and one in California have tripled that this year.

Listening to: Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - Lesley Gore On The Tami Show

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Lexie Mountain Boys

Without further ado, The Lexie Mountain Boys:

Friday, June 06, 2008

Looping waterslide

How much is a ticket to Slovenia?

Listening to: Nina Simone - Sinnerman

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

A Sex-Stuffed Gingerbread House

Words that could only be uttered in a cult film trailer with gratuitous nudity and a crime jazz soundtrack. Bedazzled Blue (NSFW) posts phenomenal sexploitation film trailers like this one for A Taste of Hot Lead, among other vintage R-rated goodies. You're welcome.

Listening to: Plantlife - Sumthin About Her