Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Artist: Kay-Gee's
LP: Kilowatt
Song: "Space Disco"
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This 1978 "Kilowatt" LP was the last from Kool & the Gang proteges Kay-Gee's, who are an awfully handsome bunch when they're not wearing goofy multi-colored space suits. You can read about this sexy Jersey City outfit on the allmusic website here.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Artist: Sakura
LP: 7" single
Song: "Bunga Sakura"
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This 1971 4-track 7" by Sakura (aka. Sakura Teng, aka. Ying Hua) is one of the cool things I found at Weirdo Records in Cambridge, Massachusetts when I was there for a conference a few years back. You can read a bit about Sakura Teng at the Singapore '60s Pop Music Hall of Fame blog here, and pick up your own personal copy of this record on eBay here. Oh, and if someone you know has too many copies of "Sakura Goes Boom Boom" and they'd like me to take one off their hands, please let me know.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Joël Holmes

Artist: Joël Holmes
LP: 7" single
Song: "Les Chemins de Rome"
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Here's a bouncy ditty from France, probably from the early-to-mid 1960s, that I sometimes use for my early morning baton-twirling practice. Not to be confused with the talented jazz pianist, the junior rugby player from Wales, the guy from Tennessee whose estranged wife hired a hit man to kill him, or the Michigan video-game nerd of the same name, the handsome French crooner Joël Holmes has very little info about himself available on the web. What we do know is that the orchestra accompanying him on "Les Chemins de Rome" is under the direction of Jean Bouchety...or maybe it's Bernard Kesslair. Hard to tell.

[ Joël Holmes: 1928 — September 2, 2009 ]

Friday, February 24, 2012

Spring Is In the Hair

Gloria's hair was suddenly lifted by the wind, and she knew that it would soon be spring.

side one:
01. Étude - Op. 72, No. 15 in B - Moritz Moszkowski [piano: Ilana Vered]
02. Ooh I Like It Too - Luv'

03. Serenata En La Playa - Los Telefonistas
04. Ready to Go Steady - The Go! Team
05. Soul Sauce (Wachi Wara) - Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra
06. Walking On Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves

07. Terre des Vivants - Alan Stivell
08. Mamma Panama - Carlos
09. Lady Carneval - Karel Gott und der Günter Kallmann Chor
10. A Felicidade - Claudine Longet

11. Te Amo - Atlas Sound
12. Dream House - Jesse Belvin
13. El Boss Dicho - Bow Wow Wow
14. Young At Heart - Bananarama
15. Idaho - Dakota Staton 
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side two:
01. I Don't Wanna Die In An Air Disaster - Albert Hammond

02. Casa Od Kristala - Omer Livnjak
03. Bukowynska - Vladimir Prymak and His Band
04. Zorbing - Stornoway
05. Green - Claude Gauthier
06. Royal Hawaiian Hotel - Gabby
07. Diamond Spirit - Spirit
08. Carolyn's Fingers - Cocteau Twins
09. The Telephone Song - Bob & Phil and the Orchestra

10. Somewhere There's Someone - Tony Bruno
11. Bow Wow Polka - The Jolly J's

12. I Love Connecticut - Hank Fort

13. Forests & Sands - Camera Obscura
14. Come On Sunday - The Swiss Movement
15. You Are My Sunshine - Prahba Devi
16. Étude - Op. 72, No. 12 in D-flat - Moritz Moszkowski [piano: Ilana Vered]
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Moritz Moszkowski

Artist: Moritz Moszkowski
LP: 15 Virtuoso Études, Op. 72
Pianist: Ilana Vered
Song: "Étude - Op. 72, No. 15 in B"
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I've started taking piano lessons again, and you know what that means! (It means I'm learning how to play the piano.) After attending a piano class about Robert Schumann last Saturday where a number of his pieces were performed, I realized how much I've missed listening to classical piano music. I headed down to Silver Platters to pick some up, since they've got one of the best selections in town. After finding a nice collection of Schumann pieces recorded on CD by Murray Perahia and a CD featuring piano pieces by Brahms, I nearly hollered out loud when I suddenly came across this used copy of Moszkowski's piano Etudes from Opus 72 that I've been trying to find for nearly a decade. Born in what's now the Polish city of Wroclaw in 1854, Moszkowski's Romantic-era compositions enjoyed immense popularity toward the end of the 19th century, but that quickly dissipated in the early 1900s as the fickle public began embracing the works of more modern composers like Scriabin, Debussy, and Satie. Moszkowski's 15 Virtuoso Études, Opus 72 were written in 1903, but the entire set had never been recorded until Israeli pianist Ilana Vered sat down to work on them for this 1970 LP release. (I can actually play Moszkowski's Étude No. 15 in B, but whereas Ilana's fluid version runs a mere 2:04, my rendition is more pensive, melancholy even, and clocks in at around 13:47.) You can read about Ilana Vered here, read about the life and career of Moritz Moszkowski here and in the liner notes below, and click here to find a list of Moszkoski's compositions.

[ Moritz Moszkowski: August 23, 1854 — March 4, 1925 ]

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Artist: Paschalis
LP: Ta Opaiotepa Tpaioyaia Moy
Song: "The May Girl (Venus)"
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When my radio alarm clock came on this morning, I heard a report on NPR news stating that European officials had approved the latest round of rescue money for Greece's troubled economy. Reporter Jim Zarroli whined that the $170 billion bailout was just "one more step in Europe's long crawl back from the edge of financial oblivion." I sat straight up in bed and screamed to myself "No!" As everyone knows, Greek men are really sexy. (Paschalis, who resembles Austin Pendleton's Dr. Larrabee from WHAT'S UP DOC?, notwithstanding.) Look at this guy! And what about this one? Don't forget this one! Would you like these men to be flung over the edge into financial oblivion? I sure wouldn't. So today's post is dedicated to European leaders as a way of saying thank you for lending the Greeks a hand. Here's hoping everything turns out all right in the end—just like it did in WHAT'S UP, DOC? You can listen to the NPR report for yourself here, and go here to see another sexy Greek guy.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Christ Child

Artist: Christ Child
LP: Christ Child
Song: "Star Whores"
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Here's something I found at Smash Records in Washington, DC a few months ago. There's not much info about Christ Child to be found online, except that they're a "fake" punk band from L.A. I wasn't sure what that meant exactly (the "fake punk" part—I understand what it means to be from L.A.), but as I dug further I learned that Christ Child was actually a metal band that threw together this tongue-in-cheek 1977 LP on which they pose as part of the underground punk movement that was sweeping through the UK at the time. It doesn't take long, however, to identify Christ Child as a fraud. First of all, these guys aren't nearly angry enough. And second of all, what self-respecting punk rock band would reference STAR WARS and stick laser-beam sound effects in one of their songs? That totally breaks all the rules.

Friday, February 17, 2012

David Cassidy

Artist: David Cassidy
LP: David Cassidy's Greatest Hits
Song: "I Am a Clown"
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I don't usually buy greatest hits albums, since I like hearing all the songs that weren't hits too. But when I came across this David Cassidy record in Sioux Falls during my road trip through the Dakotas a few summers ago, I just had to add it to my collection. I couldn't tear my eyes away from the picture on the back cover—what a gorgeous vintage sofa! Read about David Cassidy here and go here to visit his official website.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Miki World

Artist: Miki World
LP: Miki World
Song: "Santamonica Macho Man"
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Though it sounds like it could be a popular children's theme park, Miki World is actually the name of an attractive female Japanese musical artist, clothes horse, and roller-skater who evidently visited southern California to record a bunch of pop tunes for her self-titled LP in 1979. No explanation (not in English anyway) is offered for the pair of floating white orbs on the front cover—and though I admit she's a beauty, after rising at the crack of dawn today to edit over two-dozen Miki World LP-insert photos before work, I can safely say it would be fine with me if I never laid eyes on her again! And I'm pretty fed up with her goddamn roller skates too.