#1599 Frank Zappa – Hot Rats

I woke up to Peaches En Regalia in my head the other morning. Which made a nice change to the usual nursery rhyme earworms that we sing to our daughter every day and now seem to be buried deep into my subconscious. I think of Hot Rats as Zappa’s first success at gaining musical credibility … Continue reading #1599 Frank Zappa – Hot Rats

#666 Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit

I have always been a sucker for the blues, and no one sings them quite like Billie. A contender for one of the most distinctive voices in popular music, she IS jazz. Not just for her music, but her life too is (sadly) representative of many of the great jazz legends. No doubt due to … Continue reading #666 Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit

#1469 Various Artists – Running The Voodoo Down Volume 2: Explorations in Psychrockfunksouljazz 1965-77

This is the follow up to the first truly fantastic Running The Voodoo Down compilation (and gorgeous piece of vinyl) that came up on my randometer last September. It’s a good comp. If it didn’t have such a high benchmark to reach, it could even be great, but it doesn’t quite hit the high point … Continue reading #1469 Various Artists – Running The Voodoo Down Volume 2: Explorations in Psychrockfunksouljazz 1965-77

#1417 Various Artists – Late Night Tales: The Flaming Lips

I love a mixtape. I used to make them regularly as a teenager and into my early twenties. I still have many of them, ones I made myself that conjure up a particular time and headspace, ones given by friends and ex-girlfriends, even though I currently have no means to play them. So who better … Continue reading #1417 Various Artists – Late Night Tales: The Flaming Lips