Gal Costa was a singer involved in the Brazilian Tropicalismo movement of the 60s and 70s, producing some of the must psychedelic and warm tracks ever to come out of Brazil. Her 1969 album Gal is essential listening for any fan of Brazilian rock/pop and any fan of psychedelic music, especially hard soul and rock. Using sampled sounds, vocal processing, and Gal’s effervescent but intense delivery make for a trip you will never forget. The instrumental playing is stellar, frequently featuring virtuosic playing wrapped in deft studio multitracking and arrangements by producer Rogerio Duprat. You can hear the Philly Soul and harder sounds of American funk burst through in the bombastic horns and bumping melodic bass lines. Phillips 1969.
Extended version of Yelle’s poppin’ “Safari Disco Club”, the title track off their killer 2011 album Safari Disco Club! Barclay 2011.
And to follow up on my last video post of local San Francisco band Still Flyin’, here is the glorious album artwork from their first album Never Gonna Touch the Ground. One point of interest in the scene is Personal’s Pizzas, no doubt a reference to another local SF band who play the New Jersey personas of Personal & the Pizzas (they have a pizza delivered in the middle of their shows too)! They are releasing their follow up album On A Bedroom Wall in mid-May!
Still Flyin’ are a local San Francisco band here in the bay area! They put their own unique spin on reggae mixing it with indie pop and DIY communitarian good vibes. In their own words, hammjamm “when a good time gets better.” They have members from a wide variety of varsity and junior varsity indie pop bands such as The Aisler Set, Architecture in Helsinki, Red Pony Clock, #poundsign#, Masters of the Hemisphere, Je Suis France, The Lucksmiths, and Dear Nora. This is a B-side from their first single entitled “Rope Burn”. This song is later referenced on their first album Never Gonna Touch the Ground. 2009 Antenna Farm Records.
Flavor’s In Good Taste was a slice of late 70s soul funk released by Ju-Par Records (and distributed by Motown) determined to stir the dancefloor as well as melt the heart with 3 part harmonies and smooth stylings. 1976 Ju-Par Records.
Here is an addendum to the last post about Elvis Presley’s “A Little Less Conversation” from the movei Live a Little, Love a Little. 1969.
The second half of our double play will consist of two videos. This first clip is a groovy ole Elvis Presley tune called “A Little Less Conversation”. It was written by Billy Strange, a member of the legendary association of studio musicians called The Wrecking Crew, who recorded on many of the greatest pop and rock albums of the 60s. The song was recorded for a movie Elvis sang in, but its catchiness also got it released as a single in 1969.
This is the first of a double post today! It’s finally Friday and that means I finished my midterms for the week, so to celebrate here is a great track from Love and Kisses. Alec R. Constandinos has a bevy of studio work under his belt by the end of the 70s, and beyond his own albums, movie soundtracks, Sphinx, and Jefferson Starship, he had his hands full. He released 3 albums and a few singles with his studio group Love and Kisses, but their most famous song was the theme and titled track for the, second best, disco movie, “Thank God It’s Friday”. Here we have a live performance, I hope you enjoy your Friday! Casablanca 1978.