Sunday, February 25, 2007

Stolen Moments on Sunday...

Hello Y'all,
Tomorrow is me burfday and I am doing a short set at Stolen Moments the Jazz-esque event hosted by $mall ¢hange and DJ Sims at 5PM. I'll be running through 50's instrumentals, Jazz of all kinds and leaning heavy on the Latin. Seems like space is limited so I am only passing this along to a few fine folks. I hope some of you can make it.

- pat.

You are invited to attend this private event.

Stolen Moments returns.

Sunday, February 25
5 - 11 pm

At Chateau Oh No!

50 Bridge Street, #610
at the corner of Water Street
DUMBO, NY 11201 (if you are MapQuesting)
or F train to York

(Just take the F train to York (be at the back of the train if you are Brooklyn-bound). Exit station. Walk down the hill on Jay Street. At Front Street (the 2nd block) make a right. Walk one block to Bridge Street, and make a left. Walk one block, cross River Street, and #50 will be right there on your left.)

Six DJs Downstairs:

5 Stylus
6 Nappy G
7 G-Funk
8 Emskee
9 Small change
10 Geo Leche

Six DJs Upstairs:

5 Pat. James Longo aka Primitive Sound System
6 Phast Phreddie & Phast Nancy
7 Sims
8 Lionsound
9 Moosaka
10 Danny Spaceboy

Also check out Go Further In; an interactive lily pad tunnel installation by Adrienne, visual and performing artist ( And Visualist Peter Kirn (, will be remixing Breakfast at Tiffany's live, on the spot, along with other cinematic eye candy and a live camera.

Please byob, dress spiffy, and come to have fun!

James Dier aka $mall ¢hange

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Primitive Sound System Spinning 78's and Swapping Wax - Fri. Feb. 24th & Sat. Feb. 25th

Hello Y'all,
Two big nights this weekend to tell you about. First up is Friday February 24th for the Soul Station Party at 58 Gallery in Jersey City. Aside from Hammond B grooves pumped from an actual B and its conjoined twin the Leslie; my Brother Michael and I will be spinning 78's and nothing but. We spent the better part of Saturday night going through some 2-300 78's in preparation and I gotta say I was extremely impressed with what we have and truth be told he has a massive collection at this point. The 78's breath new life into listening to music. Big, full sound that wraps you in the recording studio's atmosphere with clarity you have never known if you have never experienced the grooves deep in that shellac. Take that you MP3 listening lemmings! "I can fit 10 million songs I my iPod. So what that it isn't the best fidelity" Ehh, go on! One Big Joe Turner 78 is enough sound for a lifetime. "What's the matter the groove to big fo' ya?!"

Second up is our quarterly bin flip at DC's Tavern. Saturday February 25th is the next installment of the DC's Tavern Record Swap. We have got these on a pretty regular schedule at this point (though May's date is still a bit flexible) and I know there are folks who truly look forward to the day. If all works out we'll have several DJ's including Greg Tormo, Mr. Fine Wine, Joe Belock, Peter Gunn and myself. I know there is someone I missed so I apologize. Please come by regardless if you have anything to buy sell or trade... heck there is always alcohol and smokes.

- pat.
Primitive Sound System



February 24th 9PM
Soul Station Party
On Friday February 24th my brother Michael and I will be kick'n it way Ol' Skool! That's right bitches we're breaking out... the 78's! Dun' get all up'n my grill 'cause... 78's are very delicate. They're shellac dammit. This is a dream gig if there ever was, we'll be spinning 78's in between Jazz Organ sets on Matt Barton's 78RPM DJ Coffin.

Bryan Beninghove & The B3 Explosion are having another Soul Station Party at 58 Gallery and they are dragging a real Hammond B3 along for the ride. It doesn't get any better than this. The details are below or visit the gallery site for directions -
Joe Kapp plays a vintage Hammond B-3 w/ Geoff Clapp & Gene Segal
The Longo Brothers spin rare 78's on a modded up DJ coffin with a tube amp!

58 Gallery
58 Coles St, Jersey City, New Jersey - $10 at the door


February 25th around 2PM (or so) until closing
DC's Tavern Saturday Record Swap
At DC's Tavern we look for reasons to stay out of the light with plenty of alcohol, good music and the pleasant company of friends... at least until they have had one too many. The swaps are one of the few days we shut down Michael's iPod (the jukebox) and cover the pool table but of course this is for the noblest cause of all... the amicable exchange of vinyl recordings (styrene or shellac is also allowed). Bring a box to sell or trade. Bring a friend. Bring money for alcohol. Remember, if you're drinking don't drive, if you're driving don't drink and always tip your bartenders. (Jersey still smokes... for now, I think.)
Fun for girls and boys!
Music and money will be exchanging hands from 1:30PM-8PM. DJs spinnin' an unholy mix from decades past and present, taps pournin' beer to help you rationalize your purchases. Come for the music come for the beer but come often.

[Keep in mind, not everyone is a hardcore collector. Just some guys and gals who want some good tunes whether it is rare or not is not an issue. Condition is not always everything when you are looking for records to listen to! Of course rare gems and mint condition records are always welcome.]

DC's Tavern
505 8th Street, Hoboken, New Jersey
PH: 201-792-5550 - Operators are standing by!


Some junk in the trunk...
Sadly all my 78's are in a different storage area so I wouldn't do the justice with long distance descriptions but here are some titles I am bringing along:
Charlie Parker - "Carving the Bird"
Slim and Slam - "Flat Foot Floogie"
Louis Jordan - "Caldonia" and "Boogie Woogie Blue Plate"
Ike Quebec - "Hard Track"
Milt Jackson - "Bag's Groove"

All I know is I have a box and my brother has two! You gotta be there when I whip out my big 10 inch... record of a band that plays the blues. You aint nothin' if you aint makin' the scene Daddy-O!


Record Swap spins:

2 new finds join the set...
J.J. Jackson - "I Dig Girls" Calla Records cat. C-125)
I heard this song long ago and for some reason never figured out who it was and always forgot to ask the right person at the right time. When I would remember to look into it I would always come up with Booby Rydell, and no offense to Mr. Rydell I knew that is not what I was looking for. Oddly a very current piece of technology gave me the answer. While torturing Pandora ( ) with diverse genres and obscure artists to see what it would play I some how formulated the right question for the right person (?). Starting off with a Dragnet Groove, the organ and drums try to keep up with Mr. Jackson's throaty, gravelly style. Simple lyrics about all kinds of "girls" are pushed around the floor by the aforementioned drums and organ and not to be outdone the horn section has a secret weapon in the sax section. He slowly builds with some traditional honking style but when given his moment he takes it and wails with the rest of them. I wonder what else Pandora has in her box?

Boogaloo Joe Jones - "Right On!" (Prestige cat. 45-733)
I can never get enough of Soul Jazz / Funk Jazz. I have a longer version of "Right On!" on a comp but never found a clean enough copy of the LP to drop the money for it. In the long run I'll stick with this fine little record since, hard as I try, I can't sit through Jazz interpretations of Pop songs and this era of Prestige and Blue Note are full of them. One of the ways I have kept a limit on my collection (HAHAHA, no really...) is that when it comes to LP's if I can't listen through them from start to finish out they go. Unfortunately in the world of Jazz this happens a lot. I digress. Nice echoey drum starts off this cut followed immediately by guitar and bass. The horns jump in to state the theme and off Mr. Jones goes soulfully and skillfully tossing off lick after lick without ever losing the groove. His extended solo reminds me of Bill Mason's insane organ solo on Rusty Bryant's "Fire Eater." It all comes to a head but not before the bass gives you a little taste of what is to follow on the full length version that is.

Hank Marr - "No Rough Stuff" (Federal cat. 45-12538)
Hank Marr was one of the featured artists on the James Brown LP "Jump Around with James Brown and other great artists." I had the LP for a very long time before finding a copy of this 45 and we have been friends for a very long time now and it is still a favorite. Organ and drums jump up right from the start on "No Rough Stuff" followed quickly by the horns. I am a sucker for screaming sax and organ solos and this 2:41 tune is jam packed with both. There is a Spy Theme feel to the chorus that pushes this one into Top Ten status for me. Smoking!

Hank Jacobs - "Monkey Hips and Rice" (Sue Records Inc. cat. 45-795)
Animals and food all in one title, how the hell can you go wrong?! Piano and organ all in one song... holy shit I think I am going to explode. This little number bounces along in a total party mode. Hand claps and hoots punctuate this unchanging garagey jam. Bouncing, jumping and skipping are all welcome. (The other side ("So Far Away") is a moody instrumental that I love as well.)

Betty Wright - "Shoorah! Shoorah! (Alston cat. 3711)
I first really took notice of this song on Mr. Fine Wine's show on WFMU - ( ). Then I discovered it made my lady dance and I had to have my very own copy. I have since burned through about 4 copies. Penned by Allen Toussaint and driven by an undeniable New Orleans groove (me), Shoorah! Shoorah! is filled with shouted choruses and hand claps that give this medium tempo tune a party feel hard to pull off at such a pace. The lyrics are a game of cat and mouse which I think anyone would be lucky to play with Ms. Wright.

"King" Coleman - "Loo-key Doo-key" Pt. 2 (Dade Records cat. Record No. 1807)
"Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha... IS YOU READY?! King Coleman sounds like he would be a blast to hang out with. From what I know he was a DJ and a recording "personality." What a great life. As nutty as part one is, it is tame compared to his mood on part two. Much to Coleman's delight the sax gets to go off on part two which prompts him to exclaim that he can do the Loo-key Doo-key all day. Classic.

Andre Williams - "Humpin' , Bumpin' and Thumping" (Checker cat. 1187)
If there ever was a title that warrants the, " 'nuff said" description more I can't think of it. Call me crazy but does Andre really ask at the intro, "Does anyone gotta raw egg?" The drums are heavy and out front and punctuated by gritty organ lines. The sax solo is weirdly Coaster-esque but all in all this song is down right raw, dirty and funky all over.

Something old, something new, something found on the internet...
The Victims - "Head" (Golden Disc Records cat. GDR 1002)
Here's one of those incredible stories for you. A good friend of mine was extremely surprised to find out that is estranged father was a one off member of The Misfits. He joined the band for a brief time in 1978 for the Canadian leg of the tour plus a stop in Detroit. My friend had, for all intensive purposes, never met his Dad. Pop skipped when he was not even two and apparently there was a reunion, albeit brief, when he was five. Searching some info on The Misfits he stumbles upon a timeline and there it is; 1978 Rick Reily replaces...etc, etc. The rest really didn't matter. His fucking dad was a member of The Misfits! The Misfits, one of Punk Rocks most legendary bands and one that any kid getting into Punk / Hardcore is required to hear. Turns out Rick Reily was the leader of another legendary band of sorts; The Victims. A true Punk band from the late 70's. The Victims have the dubious honor of being the only non-Misfits act to record for Danzig's Plan 9 Records. And speaking of dubious, their LP came out after their day in the sun (1979) but includes from what I can tell the original (and FAR superior version) of "Real Wild Child" a song later slaughtered for commercial purpose by Iggy Pop and worse yet the remake of Josie and the Pussycats. "Real Wild Child" is the "A" of this 45 but "Head" (previously known as "I Want Head" for the Plan 9 release) shows the band's true Punk ethic. "Head" starts off with a revved up KISS sound taken at double time but that is broken by the wailing 60's Garage harmonica and Arthur "Killer" Kane sounding vocals. The lyrics are perfectly stupid and the chorus is pounded into your brain until you embarrassing sing it publicly ("I WANT HEAD 'TIL I'M DEAD") while the band kicks the shit out of the bands you never heard of from this era and most of the ones you have. (Thanks to Vin Li of Generation Records for filling in the pieces).

Saturday, February 03, 2007

D.C's Tavern Record Swap - Saturday February 3rd - 2PM - Closing

Hello Y'all,
Holy shit this has been an odd winter. What better way to celebrate the end of existence then Bar-B-Queing fresh meats, drinking beer and spinning some fresh hot wax. So far each swap has been better than the last so if you haven't been by yet make this your first. Come for the music come for the beer but come often. Music provided by myself, DJ Inbetween, and Chilly Freeze Steak. Of course guest DJ’s pop by as well. Remember if you’re driving don’t drink, if you’re drinking don’t drive and always be kind to your barkeep.

Please bring by a box or two (or three) to sell, trade or giveaway (promos welcome). The Swaps have always been a blast but the more records there are the better the day is.

[Keep in mind, not everyone is a hardcore collector. Just some guys and gals who want some good tunes whether it is rare or not is not an issue. Condition is not always everything when you are looking for records to listen to! Of course rare gems and mint condition records are always welcome.]

DJ Inbetween, Chilly Freeze Streak and Primitive Sound System will be spinning during the trading, buying, and selling, eating and especially the drinking.

- pat.
Primitive Jugend System

D.C's Tavern Record Swap
Saturday February 3rd 2PM - Closing
DJ's and Grub all day.
Bring records to swap, sell or use as coasters.


D.C.'s Tavern
505 8th Street
Between Jefferson and Madison
Hoboken, New Jersey
PH: 201-792-5550

Some new records to spin...

Noble Watts - "F.L.A." (Brunswick cat. 55382)
Busting out of the gates with a "Hard Times" blast F.L.A scronks, squeaks and screams it's way from start to finish. The Thin Man barely catches his breath to spit out some lyrics about flying down the highway before returning to this up-tempo groover.

Joy Venders - "Popeye Line" (Pawn Records cat. PAWN 1201)
Heavy, slow drums break open this can of spinach. "HEY!" I don't know anything about the Joy Venders but this soulful garage 45 is very New Orleans sounding, filled with yelled vocals, sax and snapping drums. I can't stop myself from swaying back and forth and bobbing my head with each listen.

Robert Parker - "Everybody's Hip Huggin" (Nola Records cat. 735)
Robert Parker never disappoints me. The slow and funky "Hip Huggin" is no different. A bit of that Popeye sound pokes in and out of the horns with a very steady beat and a simple strummed guitar.

Lee Dorsey - "Rain Rain Go Away" (Amy cat. AMY 974)
I have been looking for a clean one of these for a very, very long time. Hasumi, one of the dealers who hung out at Finyl Vinyl and was definitely family, played me this in 1990/91 and I have been searching since. Damn it is as good as I remember. Slow and yes, FUNKY. Obviously this is the Meters backing this so you can guess what it sounds like. Stripped down and simple but unmistakable none-the-less. Lee Dorsey's voice is one of my favorites and I know I will be playing this a lot.

James Brown and the Famous Flames - "The Soul of J.B." (King cat. 45-6133)
Easily one of my favorite James Brown instrumentals and of course it sounds best on 45. The organ takes the lead on this one and it doesn't seem like it is going to let go but Maceo has his way and goes for a short but powerful solo over the top of swirling guitar. The organ winds up again and gets a second shot at showing who is the boss and takes us to the end while the horns blast and the drums pound. I can listen to this endlessly.

Bobby Byrd - "Try It Again" (Kwanza Records cat. KWA 7703)
I never even heard this Bobby Byrd MONSTER until my brother picked up the Rhino "What It Is" comp. I had to immediately track one down. This has a big, big horn sound and some cracking drums with a very tight snare sound. The bass just pushes this bad boy along and Bobby Byrd seems to be able to sing without the need for oxygen. Not the most creative of the James Brown related records but certainly one heavy funky affair.

Willie Hutch - "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" (Motown cat. M 1222F)
Do I really have to talk about this? If you don't know it run out now and watch The Mack, then buy the soundtrack. Really, I mean it. I never had it on 45 so I am pretty happy.

Della Reese - "Compared To What" (Avco Embassy cat. AVE-4515)
HOLY CRAP! Thank you Mr. Fine Wine for one of my favorite new versions of possibly my favorite song (named our record label Compared To What? in the late 80's). Ms. Reese is better known to me as an actress than a singer but I knew she had a long career as a such. At first this comes off as a Funky Lounge vamp with a bit of a sense of humor. Slowly the arrangement and vocal transform and build into a big band Funk monster. The guitar cuts the groove like a knife and Ms. Reese's voice becomes more elevated and emotional. Somehow by the outro the arrangement sounds stripped and hard with very little hint of it's Loungey beginnings. Find one of these and be amazed.

Johnny Williams - "Slow Motion (Part 1)" (Philadelphia International Records cat. ZS7 3518)
An echoey drum break and shout open this Soulful love song. Damn I wish I could think where I know that riff from. Oh well, regardless of its familiar sound this thing is sweet in all that right places. The drums never let up but a big horn section and Williams beautiful vocals make this less of a Funk song and just plain sweet Soul.

Benny Poole - "I Can Dig It" (The Cascade Sound cat. BP 303)
Another new one via the aforementioned Mr. Fine Wine. I am a sucker. That's right a sucker for bubbling organ and whaling sax. And this gem has them in excess. The backing track to Mr. Poole's song length solo sounds as if it could be a loop. Usually that ends up being boring or pedestrian but not here.

The Bad Boys - "Black Olives" (Paula Records cat. PAULA 254 (One Sided Promo))
It is pretty obvious that these guys are a Garage Rock outfit but let me tell you this is a dream come true. Fuzzed up guitar, heavy bass and drums and a soulful run on the organ. There are some shouts and hoots in the background giving the already live sound a party feel but the guitar is the lead here and it is fuzzy and raw. The song comes to a pretty quick, abrupt end which probably means they considered this a throw away studio jam. I'd love to hear the "A" side which is called "Love" but this is a one sided promo.

Sebastian and the House Rockers - "Nobody Can Do The Dog Like I Do" (Key Records cat. RECORD NO. K452A 302)
Mix the Isleys and Rufus Thomas and what do you think you get? Do I really have to ask? This one even has a real dog bark as an intro! Taken at a bit faster pace than both of its name sakes for a frantic party floor filler. Dogs barking, drums banging around like they aren't even in the same room as the rest of the band and vocals so raw and raspy Dyke is brewing this guy some Throat Coat. Fantastic!

Fred Flintstone and his Bedrock Beaters - "Stone Age Rock" (Epic cat. 5-9475 (Radio Station Copy))
"Hello dumb dumbs." Barney and Fred cranked up the band on more than one occasion during their days in the Creationists view of evil-ution. I don't remember this amazing little instrumental in any of the episodes but then again I was probably eight when I was watching them. Classic 50's early 60's instrumental. Starts out almost a little corny but slowly builds into a frantic mess with screaming sax and crazy ass guitar. Bed Rock, Twitch!

Annette - "The Monkey's Uncle" (Buena Vista Records cat. F-440 (w/ pic sleeve))
I have always wanted one of these. The Beach Boys invite Annette Funicello into their sandbox to monkey around. Nice revved up guitar cranks things up before we are treated to Beach Boys harmonies and gosh darn sweetness from Annette. From the movie of the same name about smart chimps, dumb football players and flying machines.

Larry Birdsong - "Fairly Well" (ref-o-ree cat. 710)
I can never get enough of Electric Blues but I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Mr. Birdsong was taking us to chu'ch. Basically he asks everyone he can think of how they are doing in this Gospel fueled Funky Blues number. Finally he tells us that not only is he also doing "Fairly Well" but if you are impressed with the Godfather of Soul wait, wait 'til you see The Larry Birdsong. Simple Funky instrumentation, a unique sounding voice including some disorganized backing vocals make this a definite keeper. "Fairly Well" indeed.

Freddy King - "Funky" (Cotillion cat. 44015)
I bought the LP that this if from when we were on tour in New Orleans many years ago. This is pretty high up on my list of favorite Electric Blues instrumentals. Freddy King's guitar is just fucking dynamite. The drums break a few times throughout the track and Mr. King never steps on them. Horns and heavy bass round out this storming track worthy of its title.

Zip-Codes - "Sweet Meat Part 2" (Better Records cat. B001)
If you haven't guessed yet, you could buy this one on title alone. I have a few instrumentals with this same guitar sound. Not exactly what you call it but it is very rubbery. The lead vocal is deep and rough and the backing is sweet and soulful which sounds great together. The song rolls along with congas, tight bass, piano and horns. Very joyful but never silly. Love it, gotta have that sweet meat.

Rhythm 'N' Blues Classical Funk Band - "Monster Walk Pt. 2" (Mankind cat. 12001)
This is another one of those songs that I can't believe I never stumbled upon. Instrumental, great title, two parts, SCREAMS of terror, sounds of people fighting, a maniacal laugh, pounding drums, great organ, guitar and a siren [check]. I'll take it.


Brooklyn's Hold Steady speak up for D.C.'s Tavern in the NY Press:
DC’s Tavern, 505 8th St., Hoboken

Kubler: The guy who drum techs for Bobby [Drake] on [the forthcoming Boys and Girls in America] is one of the owners of the place. It’s super small, and they’ve got a pool table in there, and it’s just tiny.

Finn: It’s the smallest bar I’ve ever been in. It’s like a small living room.

Kubler: It’s hardly big enough to put people in, let alone a functioning pool table. Great tunes. There’s a record player behind the bar, and you get to hear the whole side of an album.