Monthly Archives: February 2010

Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg

One of the great French Pop albums from the 60’s and to no surprise….Serge Gainsbourg is involved. Guy was beyond cool, he produced countless amazing records and mingled with the hottest models/actresses/singers. For a while there in the 60’s it seems if you were sleeping with Gainsbourg you’d have an excellent album produced just for you. The single off of this album was actually penned for Bridget Bardot who was Gainsbourg’s lover before Jane Birkin. Looks like Birkin lucked out, because the single “Je t’aime…moi non plus” was a smash. It reached #2 on the UK charts but then was removed from sale and banned in a lot of places throughout Europe because the song contains the sound of Birkin supposedly having an orgasm. The Vatican even denounced because “the lyrics are commonly thought to refer to the taboo theme of engaging in sex without love, and were delivered in a breathy, suggestive style”….prudes.

Link: Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg

1. Je t’aime… moi non plus
2. L’anamour
3. Orang-outang
4. Sous le soleil exactement
5. 18-39
6. 69 année érotique
7. Jane B
8. Elisa
9. Le canari est sur le balcon
10. Les sucettes
11. Manon

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D-Funk – Funk, Disco & Boogie Grooves From Germany 1972-2002

The conquest of the global music scene leads us to Germany. It’s pretty much what you expect by reading it’s title, full of toe tapping, hip thrusting, martini spillin on the dance floor boogie down tracks. The stuff that only cocaine dealers would have the original vinyl of. The stand out tune for me is this track called Kirschblüte by Veronika Fischer & Band, it’s an instrumental track but absolutely a sunny day anthem.

Here’s what movie grooves had to say:
D-FUNK – what’s in a name?! We give you three words: Deadly! Defunkt! Deutschland! In other words: 30 years of Teutonic Funk Power. D-FUNK presents 18 block-rocking and distinctively eclectic Funk, Disco & Boogie nuggets from Germany that range from sweaty JB-styled grooves, cooking fusion gems, up-tight post-punk funk, to slick urban disco anthems.

It may be an unknown and as yet unexplored territory, but some Krauts certainly knew how to cook up a serious groove and put the D into Funk. Just take The Poets Of Rhythm and The Whitefield Brothers – two groups from Munich that immerged themselves so deep into the rare grooves of James Brown’s People label catalogue that it became part of their DNA. The Whitefield Brothers’ “Rampage” sounds like it was recorded in a funky shack in Louisiana in the late 60s. No wonder that DJ Shadow and Lyrics Born are keen to work with them nowadays. Hamburg’s Lee Armstrong Express and Augsburg’s Twen are cut from the same breed and no less impressive. Stabbing horns, hard poppin’ drums and grinding organs galore. Hit me!

Stop Talking Bull // Discotizer & Supermax
Dancing In The Streets // Boney M.
Kirschblüte // Veronika Fischer & Band
Sweatmajor // Cheeseslider
Jumping // Charly Antolini’s Power Dozen
14 Tage // Fehlfarben
Dispo Funk // Zatopek
Plus Plus // Poets Of Rhythm
Future World // Ganymed
Bolero ‘75 // James Last
Intercontinental Meetings // Andy Minkacz Orchestra
Low Rider // Stolen Property
Rampage // Whitefield Brothers
Bring Deinen Körper Auf Die Party // Family 5
Chicken N Waffles // Lee Armstrong Express
Die 24 Stunden Von Le Mans // Twen
Magic Dance // Su Kramer
War On The Bullshit // Montana Chromeboy


Javelin // No Mas

So the new Javelin full length album “No Mas” seems to have stumbled its way onto the interweb. This think is not due out in physical form until April 20th on Luaka Bop Records (Talking Head David Byrne’s label). Yup, the crazy cousins are steppin it up and have made a very interesting and polished album. Some of the tracks from Jamz n Jemz made the cut with slight alterations. While the new tracks lean more towards pop songs (some instrumental) as opposed to their beat oriented comfort zone. I’m just glad that this wasn’t a Rap Rock album. I don’t think were ready for that quite yet…..

Here are some tracks for a quick taste of “No Mas”:

Moscow 1980 (Javelin proving they can have vocals too!)
C Town (This one makes me feel like I’m in a midnight hovercraft tunnel chase)
On It On It (Sounds like some sort of future-esque Tom Tom Club)

Pre-Order the album HERE


Week 36

For this weeks edition of Fool’s Paradise, Jonathan Bogus made an guest hosting appearance and Eloi was absent due to a family emergency. So I re-arranged the files on my computer and put all my mp3’s on my hard drive, to make a long story short the play list is missing. But you can listen to the show and enjoy all the fantastic music we played. We hyped Shutter Island, ate sandwiches, reminisced about my last LA Trip, and talked about the 25 most miserable cities.




Guest Mix 11 // Lemonade

Lemonade was incredible enough to send us a great compilation of tracks, I was shocked to hear On Our Own by Bobby Brown. I love that song. The music in the play list is mostly head nod worthy, there are plenty of songs that you gotta bust a groove too.

Grace (Justin Martin Remix) // Mike Monday
Lie Lost (Maurice Fulton remix) // Crazy P
Payaso // Sarafin
Watching You (Original Mix) // Instra:mental
Wunderbar // Wolfgang Riechmann
L’amour Et La Violence (Floating Points mix) // Sebastien Tellier
La Flauta Azteca Sonido Tribal 2009
Perfect Pitch feat Jill Scott // MJ Cole
Revenue (Untold Remix) // Ramadanman
Kissing Game // Soul Clap
pose off (pum pum shorts) // Red Fox ft Screechie Dan
Voices (Rmx Jenifa Mayanja) // Jus-Ed Presents Nina Kraviz
On Our Own // Bobby Brown
Gold Bricks, I See You // Mosca
freak ‘n u (dub) // Steve Gurley
Island Girl // Chase N. Cashe
Out Of Time // Peru
Raincry (Submerged) // God Within


Here’s what they had to say:
This is neither a mixed nor sequenced mix, but I think played on shuffle or something would be a pretty good reflection of what’s been getting us stoked lately musically. It’s a lot of fun music and bouncy, wiggly rhythms, mostly made for dancing. There’s no real theme to it, and the songs were picked by the three of us independently, although I think that they share a common feel as far as what Lemonade is into at this moment. We’re constantly bombarded with amazing music and it’s overwhelming and impossible to keep up, but it’s also what keeps us inspired all the time to make our own tunes.

This is their new single///

Be sure to check out their new EP Pure Moods which is out on True Panther on 3/9.


The Onward Movement

Of all the endless variety of phenomena which nature presents to our senses, there is none that fills our minds with greater wonder than that inconceivably complex movement which we designate as human life; Its mysterious origin is veiled in the forever impenetrable mist of the past, its character is rendered incomprehensible by its infinite intricacy, and its destination is hidden in the unfathomable depths of the future. Whence does it come? What is it? Whither does it tend? are the great questions which the sages of all times have endeavored to answer.

Modern science says: The sun is the past, the earth is the present, the moon is the future. From an incandescent mass we have originated, and into a frozen mass we shall turn. Merciless is the law of nature, and rapidly and irresistibly we are drawn to our doom. Lord Kelvin, in his profound meditations, allows us only a short span of life, something like six million years, after which time the suns bright light will have ceased to shine, and its life giving heat will have ebbed away, and our own earth will be a lump of ice, hurrying on through the eternal night. But do not let us despair. There will still be left upon it a glimmering spark of life, and there will be a chance to kindle a new fire on some distant star. This wonderful possibility seems, indeed, to exist, judging from Professor Dewar’s beautiful experiments with liquid air, which show that germs of organic life are not destroyed by cold, no matter how intense; consequently they may be transmitted through the interstellar space. Meanwhile the cheering lights of science and art, ever increasing in intensity, illuminate our path, and marvels they disclose, and the enjoyments they offer, make us measurably forgetful of the gloomy future.

Though we may never be able to comprehend human life, we know certainly that it is a movement, of whatever nature it be. The existence of movement unavoidably implies a body which is being moved and a force which is moving it. Hence, wherever there is life, there is a mass moved by a force. All mass possesses inertia, all force tends to persist. Owing to this universal property and condition, a body, be it at rest or in motion, tends to remain in the same state, and a force, manifesting itself anywhere and through whatever cause, produces an equivalent opposing force, and as an absolute necessity of this it follows that every movement in nature must be rhythmical. Long ago this simple truth was clearly pointed out by Herbert Spencer, who arrived at it through a somewhat different process of reasoning. It is borne out in everything we perceive—in the movement of a planet, in the surging and ebbing of the tide, in the reverberations of the air, the swinging of a pendulum, the oscillations of an electric current, and in the infinitely varied phenomena of organic life. Does not the whole of human life attest to it? Birth, growth, old age, and death of an individual, family, race, or nation, what is it all but a rhythm? All life-manifestation, then, even in its most intricate form, as exemplified in man, however involved and inscrutable, is only a movement, to which the same general laws of movement which govern throughout the physical universe must be applicable.

-excerpt from “The Problem of Increasing Human Energy” by Nikola Tesla

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Small Black/Washed Out Remix EP

Yup the two “hypnagogic pop” heavyweights will soon be on tour together and that’s where you can pick up this split remix EP which finds each of the bands remixing each others songs. There is also a live Small Black track which sounds pretty fresh, making for greater anticipation of their live show. As for Washed Out, damn wonderful releases but after this VIDEO….my expectations of a fun time at his show, slim to none. Nevertheless, this EP proves his home production is still way above par.

Link: Small Black and Washed Out EP

1. You’ll See It (Small Black Remix) – Washed Out
2. Despicable Dogs (Washed Out Remix) – Small Black
3. Weird Machines (Live at Bongozz) – Small Black

Small Black/Washed Out Tour
03-06 Hartford, CT – The Wadsworth Atheneum
03-07 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
03-08 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
03-09 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
03-10 Baltimore, MD – Floristree
03-11 Washington, DC – DC9
03-12 Charlottesville, VA – Tea Bazaar
03-14 Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Cafe
03-15 New Orleans, LA – The Den
03-17 Austin, TX – SXSW
03-18 Austin, TX – SXSW
03-19 Austin, TX – SXSW
03-20 Austin, TX – SXSW
03-24 Phoenix, AZ – The Black Forest Mill
03-25 San Diego, CA – Sushi Arts
03-26 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
03-28 San Francisco, CA – Riskshaw Shop
03-29 Portland, OR – Holocene
03-30 Vancouver, British Columbia – Media Club $
03-31 Seattle, WA – The Vera Project
04-02 Denver, CO – Rhinoceropolis
04-05 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
04-06 Detroit, MI – The Cafe
04-07 Toronto, Ontario – Wrongbar
04-08 Montreal, Quebec – Il Motore

Here’s the video for the original “Despicable Dogs”

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Disco Not Disco Vol. 1

All the way live from New York City. Here’s an excellent collection of those rare “leftfield disco classics” from that wonderful explosion of musical madness that took place there in the late 70’s/early 80’s that brought back the dancefloor. Pretty influential stuff, after hearing this you’ll realize how many people have “borrowed” ideas from this era…DFA in particular. Spectacular oddities lined up perfectly for your underground disco niteclub fantasy. Amazing stuff…

Link: Disco Not Disco Vol. 1

1. Walking On Thin Ice – Yoko Ono
2. Cavern – Liquid Liquid
3. Tell You Today – Loose Joints
4. Spatisticus Autisticus – Ian Dury
5. Over And Over – Material
6. Wheel Me Out – Was (Not Was)
7. Kiss Me Again – Dinosaur
8. I Walk – Don Cherry
9. Voices Inside My Head – Common Sense
10. School Bell/Tree House – Indian Ocean
11. Macho City – Steve Miller Band

Yoko Ono’s best song…awkward video though, soft-core w/ Lennon & Ono.

Quick side note, here’s a video for the damn good Michoacan single. He’s a producer from Palo Alto, CA and one of the newest additions to the DFA family.

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VA // Tropical Funk Experience

Ah yes. It’s time to venture back to the tropics, this time instead of Afro & Latin influenced jams from the french Caribbean we will hear funk and soul grooves from places like Barbados, Guyana, and Jamaica. This comp gathers songs from 1968 to 1975 and shows the influence the James Brown had around the world. This is raw funk in it’s finest form. This has been getting me thru these over cast days lately. I love it!

Here’s what Fly had to say:

After the funk explosion of the mid 60’s, the groove soon took root in the Caribbean, mixing with the regions own diverse musical history. “Tropical Funk Experience” is a collection of tracks from the so called “golden era” of tropical funk of the late 60s and early 70s. It compiles rare, previously unheard recordings and classic tracks from across the Caribbean.

Compiled by tropical authority, Hugo Mendez, the informed selection spans ten countries and the variation of styles and influences sets the compilation apart. Alongside some classic funk groove tracks, such as The Blue Rhythm Combo’s Black Water Gold version and a rare funk track by Jamaican Ska legends The Skatalites, it is the cross-genre explorations which really stand out.

Andre Taker’s outstanding Back Home and The Gay Flamingoes epic, eight minute, steel-pan version of Afrobeat classic Black Man’s Cry represent the Trinidadian scene whilst the island of Barbados features heavily with groups mixing funk with their Bajan heritage, such as the spouge-funk on Lunar 7’s Spouge Explosion and Richard Stoute and The Organisation’s cover of Vehicle. “Calypso King” Mighty Sparrow turns out a very funky calypso alongside St Vincent Latinaires own Vincentian calypso-funk and the deep, psychedelic, jazz-funk of Bermudan band The Invaders is a rare treat.

Mendez’ short but informative sleeve notes give background to the groups and tracks inspiring you to go a little further and look up the artists featured and the movements they created or belonged to. The product of musical discovering and deep crate digging, this great 20 track compilation is, as with the previous “funk experience” releases, a welcome insight into the overlooked influence funk music had across the world.



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Fool’s Paradise Radio

Hello friendly faces,

We will be doing our weekly radio show today at 1:30-4:00 pm PST. If you are in the Bay Area you can pick up the show on 104.1 fm, if not you can stream the show from the comfort of your own home or where ever you have access to the internet. Just recently we found out you can stream it from your iphone by going to this link and clicking stream!!

Regardless, if you are using the iphone or not use the link above and tune in!!

Watch this and get MAD!