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A.M.O.P. PRESENTS: WALLOP (VOL. 1)

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Hello All! Hello World!

I said well hello there. When I was in high-school one of my all-time favorite bands was one almost no one ever heard of. At the time I didn’t know nor cared about the cultural, hipster cachet that could be angled from that fact; I just thought they made amazing music! I remember spending hours dancing and singing along to their records alone in my bedroom. Mazarine Street were from Stockholm, Sweden and my best friend’s uncle, Gene Kraut, was their manager and as their 3 records would come out (in 1996; 1997; and 2001) he would mail them over to the U.S. for him. (Gene would also come to manage Arthur Lee of the amazing sixties, Los Angeles based band Love, which is how I discovered them as well, and even saw Lee & Love perform for his Forever Changes Concerts at Warsaw in Brooklyn, on October 23, 2003…incredible!). If I had to describe Mazarine Street as akin to another sound I guess I would say they were something like nineties Beck tackling the thick rock & roll and rough blues of The Rolling Stones. There was something incredibly playful to their blues bravado and alcohol swagger. This good-humored gusto I think can be heard clearly on one of the two songs featured here and taken from their second record, Thirteen Reasons to Believe. With “One More Day” they present a traditional-sounding field holler blues but tweak it with the odd trill and wobble of a theremin.

On this mix you’ll also hear Beastie Boys‘ sonic tribute to Miles Davis‘ record On The Corner, with their very own “Bobo On The Corner,” which features percussionist Eric “Bobo” Correa (the son of famed Latin and jazz percussionist Willie Bobo, who is also featured elsewhere on the mix). This rolls right into the Beastie Boys’ oh-so-fun single of 1995 “Root Down,” which utilizes a sample from Jimmy Smith‘s “Root Down (And Get It)” (a song that was featured in these pages way back on April 11th 2014 on my triptych party-mix On The Good Blood).

This MixTape also features a Blind Melon tune I mentioned a few posts back, the hopped-up banjo and kazoo jam “Skinned” written from the perspective of serial killer Ed Gein (and what I always took as lead singer and lyricist Shannon Hoon‘s somewhat demented, metaphorical commentary on his own issues with addiction and substance abuse). Elswhere you’ll hear Blind Melon’s “Dumptruck,” where Hoon sings with more than a hint of anxiety: “New York City soothing my itchy itchy month of May.”

Oh and I can’t go without making mention of a song that has been a favorite of mine for decades: “Manifold de Amour” by Latin Playboys. Latin Playboys was an experimental group comprising David Hidalgo, Louie Pérez (from the band Los Lobos) ,along with the production partners of Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake. Taken from their 1994, self-titled debut album, I translate the hypnotic lyrics of “Manifold de Amour” as:

I’m going to sail
To the port of the soul
Crossing the sea,
Until I arrive

 

Well, there’s all this and a whole lot more! So…

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A.M.O.P. Presents: __Wallop (Vol. 1)
  • Satisfied – Prince
  • All Your Goodies Are Gone – Parliament
  • One More Day – Mazarine Street
  • “Desire” – David Lynch
  • Good God’s:// Urge! – Porno For Pyros
  • Suena Blanca Espuma – El Kinto
  • To Come Of Age / Black Polished Chrome / Latino Chrome – Jim Morrison & The Doors
  • Power – Ray Barretto (w/ Bass – Andy Gonzales; Bongos – Tony Fuentes; Piano – Louis Cruz; Timbales – Orestes Vilato; Trumpets – Papy Roman, Rene Lopez, Roberto Rodriguez)
  • Bobo On The Corner / Root Down – Beastie Boys (ft. Eric Bobo & Money Mark Nishita; Produced by Mario Caldato Jr.)
  • Broasted Or Fried  – Willie Bobo & The Bo Gents (w/ Bass – Ernie McDaniel; Congas – Victor Pantoja; Drums – Jimmy Smith; Electric Piano – Reggie Andrews; Flute, Tenor Saxophone – Ron Starr; Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Steve Huffsteter)
  • Dumptruck – Blind Melon
  • Manifold de Amour – Latin Playboys (David Hidalgo, Louie Pérez, Mitchell Froom, Tchad Blake)
  • Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down – Scott Weiland (ft. Accordion – Sheryl Crow; Bass – Martyn LeNoble; Cello – Susie Katayama; Viola – Novi Novog; Violin – Joel Derouin, Robin Lorentz; Piano, Guitar, Drums, Vocals, String Arrangements – Victor Indrizzo)
  • Violets For Your Furs – Billie Holiday With Ray Ellis And His Orchestra (written by Tom Adair & Matt Dennis)
  • Rocks In My Bed – Allen Toussaint With Rhiannon Giddens (written by Duke Ellington)
  • Extraordinary Machine – Fiona Apple (Produced with Jon Brion)
  • Nightschool – Mazarine Street
  • Sweet Virginia – The Rolling Stones
  • Skinned – Blind Melon
  • I Got A Woman – Elvis Presley (Written by Ray Charles)
  • Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’ – Ray Charles (Written by Joe Greene)
  • Deadweight – Beck (produced with The Dust Brothers)

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Satisfied – Prince [photo by Randee St Nicholas 2007]

All Your Goodies Are Gone – Parliament

One More Day – Mazarine Street

“Desire” – David Lynch [art; Plume Of Desire by David Lynch]

Good God’s:// Urge! – Porno For Pyros

Suena Blanca Espuma – El Kinto

To Come Of Age / Black Polished Chrome / Latino Chrome – Jim Morrison & The Doors

Power – Ray Barretto (w/ Bass – Andy Gonzales; Bongos – Tony Fuentes; Piano – Louis Cruz; Timbales – Orestes Vilato; Trumpets – Papy Roman, Rene Lopez, Roberto Rodriguez)

Bobo On The Corner / Root Down – Beastie Boys (ft. Eric Bobo & Mark Nishita; Produced by Mario Caldato Jr.)

Broasted Or Fried – Willie Bobo & The Bo Gents (w/ Bass – Ernie McDaniel; Congas – Victor Pantoja; Drums – Jimmy Smith; Electric Piano – Reggie Andrews; Flute, Tenor Saxophone – Ron Starr; Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Steve Huffsteter)

Dumptruck – Blind Melon [photo by Chris Cuffaro, 05.25.95]

Manifold de Amour – Latin Playboys (David Hidalgo, Louie Pérez, Mitchell Froom, Tchad Blake)

Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down – Scott Weiland (ft. Accordion – Sheryl Crow; Bass – Martyn LeNoble; Cello – Susie Katayama; Viola – Novi Novog; Violin – Joel Derouin, Robin Lorentz; Piano, Guitar, Drums, Vocals, String Arrangements – Victor Indrizzo)

Violets For Your Furs – Billie Holiday With Ray Ellis And His Orchestra (written by Tom Adair & Matt Dennis)

Rocks In My Bed – Allen Toussaint With Rhiannon Giddens (written by Duke Ellington)

Extraordinary Machine – Fiona Apple (Produced with Jon Brion)

Nightschool – Mazarine Street [art by JAKOB KRAJCIK]

Sweet Virginia – The Rolling Stones

Skinned – Blind Melon [photo by Danny Clinch, 1995]

I Got A Woman – Elvis Presley (Written by Ray Charles)

Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’ – Ray Charles (Written by Joe Greene)

Deadweight – Beck (produced with The Dust Brothers) [photo by Andrea Giacobbe, 1997]

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All the best to you and yours!—  –   ————-______-________ ->BOBBY CALERO[—+=-_________________If you dig the mix then please feel free to pass & post it along; if you dig an artist then please support them and go out and pick up some of their stuff. Oh, If you dig the blog overall there’s always the “FOLLOW BLOG VIA EMAIL” button somewhere down at the bottom.

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