Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sam Prekop - Who's Your New Professor (2005)

I remember buying this album. *Gasp* Andy bought something?

Yes. In 2005 I was half-assing my way through community college, living at home, and not doing much.

I remember forgoing Border's (which in the town I grew up in was the sole source for anything remotely "indie rock") for Everyday Music. You see, I had worked a crazy job the summer prior, making a lot of money for a kid just weeks outta high school with no work experience. And I blew almost all that money on cd's and other things I didn't need.

I'd had some Sea and Cake albums on my computer at the time ("Oui", "Nassau" and "One Bedroom") and though I never really listened to them, I decided that Sam Prekop's album was one that I was going to buy on that trip. (I'm unsure, but the other might have been Fiery Furnace's "Blueberry Boat")

Prekop's voice is so likable, the smoothness of his music so enjoyable, I immediately fell in love with the record. It was around this time that my mom and I got close and I accompanied her on some of her sales trips for work. The cd that I brought along that we both enjoyed a lot was this. Fond memories of driving to the beach with "Who's Your New Professor" just capturing the serenity of the Oregon Coastal passages.

It's not the best album ever, but it's one that I come back to every so often. Today was one of those days.

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David Ruffin - Who I Am (Better Rip)

The link to Who I Am in the David Ruffin post is for an album that is ripped at a decent quality, but is obviously not up to par with the rest. This is the remastered one, which sounds a bit better. You'd be smart to download this, because it's probably the solo album of his I listen to the most.

Link Removed by DMCA - Let me know if you want it. Son of Zamboni has it too.

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Ruffin Brothers - I Am My Brother's Keeper (1970)

Album is ripped from a vinyl source and while the quality is decent enough, there a couple pops and a bit of muddiness. Nothing too distracting and if you have a decent enough system, it will sound pretty great.

Pretty decent album by two of the best vocalists Motown ever produced, who just happened to be brothers. Not great by any means, but some of the covers are a lot of fun.

I don't know what to say, if you like either of them I guess you should try it. The highlight for me is "Didn't I Blow Your Mind" which is just one of my favorite soul songs ever, no matter who's singing it (even NKOTB)


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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

David Ruffin Megapost

A few weeks ago I got on this huge Temptations kick and was listening to all Temptations related things for like 2 weeks. In the process, I happened to upload every David Ruffin album to hipinion, and though that was a while ago, I figured I might as well just post them here too, enjoy the man.

My Whole World Ended (1969)

Feelin' Good (1969)

David Ruffin (1973)

Me N' Rock N' Roll Are Here To Stay (1974)

Who I Am (1975)

Everything's Coming Up Love (1976)

In My Stride (1977)

Gentleman Ruffin (1980)

David - The Unreleased Album (2004 issue, originally 1971)

Apparently I'm missing "Doin' His Thing" which I can't find any info on anywhere anyway. I'm also missing "So Soon We Change" which was his first record on Warner Bros. (Gentleman Ruffin being his second). And I don't have the record he put out with Eddie Kendricks. I do however have the record put out with his brother, Jimmy, which I will likely post in the next day or so.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Baby Grandmothers - Baby Grandmothers (1968)

Awesome Swedish heavy psychedelic music from perhaps the best year in rock history. I'm not gonna relay the history of the band or anything, but just describe what it sounds like. Basically this band is the antecedent of the sound that the currently "popular" Dungen imitates, which is even more evidenced by the fact that the album was remastered/re-released a few years ago on Dungen's label Subliminal Sounds.

If none of this makes sense to you, think of this: Long-haired blond dudes, attacking you with long guitar solos, few words that make any sense to you, alternating between heavy and soft, but not doing anything too technical (this isn't no god damn prog record). However, one song is just over 16 minutes, and the other over 19, and these are in the middle of the album. What's interesting is that while the length of these tracks may seem overkill (I feel this sometimes), the album doesn't really "drag" on. The tracks are that length to establish the feeling, and they do it pretty damn well.

It's not the most inventive record ever, but it's definitely a solid psychedelic record and one that was once a lost treasure but has now seen the light of day in many circles. Enjoy it.

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