The Weekly Top 5 Countdown…A Journey From Milwaukee to Milwaukie in Music

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Time for a little getaway; Scott Mullins and I both need a vacation (sure we’re not the only ones). That said, given that we’re not actually going anywhere but are rather traveling with music; the spin we’ve put on this is decidedly post-modern trip is appropriate I think as we’ll be “traveling” from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to… well Milwaukie…Oregon, that is. Here’s what we came up with..

#5 …first stop…Iowa

Tommy Bolin “Bustin’ Out For Rosie”

#4 …Nebraska

Iron Butterfly “In-A-Gadda-Vida”

#3 …Nebraska

Zagar & Evans “In The Year 2525”

#2 …Idaho

Paul Revere & The Raiders “Kicks”

#1 …Straight outta Oregon…

Decemberists “The Perfect Crime”

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Salome de Bahia is Another Star

Another Stevie Wonder sample this morning. I had such a great time with Tuesday’s exlporation of old Stevie tunes, I thought we’d try another go at it. Today we explore “Another Star” , written and performed by Stevie Wonder from his 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life. It reached #32 on the Billboard Hot 100!

In 1999 Salomé De Bahia recorded a version in Portuguese by the name “Outro Lugar”. She teamed up with French Dj/producer Bob Sinclar. Sinclar has produced a number of house hits, has been nominated for a Grammy, and has worked with such artists as Madonna and Daft Punk.

The Devil and Daniel Johnston..Free Screening

We’ve just confirmed with our friends at Turner Hall Ballroom that we will be presenting a FREE screening of The Devil and Daniel Johnston on Wednesday, August 5th at 8PM. Yes, there will be popcorn to go along with those $3 PBR Tall Boys that we all know and love.  All ages are welcome (for the movie, not the tall boys)

Daniel Johnston at Turner Hall- 2007

Daniel Johnston at Turner Hall- 2008 Photo by: C.J. Foeckler

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the movie tells the story of Daniel Johnston, an Austin based musician who suffers from bipolar disorder.  He’s truly a fascinating and inspirational human!  Back in the day, he’d make tapes and hand-distribute them around Austin.  Rumor has it that when the tapes would run out, he’d re-record all the music rather than dubbing a new version…pretty awesome!  His music has been covered by the likes of Wilco, M. Ward, Tom Waits and may more famous musicians.  Kurt Cobain was also a big fan of Daniel Johnston and in fact often wore a t-shirt depicting the cover of Johnston’s Hi, How Are You album.

Flea and Kurt Cobain

Flea and Kurt Cobain

Below is the trailer for The Devil and Daniel Johnston.  Check it out and stop by Turner Hall on August 5th for a free screening.  Also, make sure to come back on August 14th to see Daniel Johnston live.

Movits! Swedish Hip Hop

m_ab776fe2b8b51b9e46b150eb42a352fbYesterday, I dropped the cool new video from the Dirty Projectors and today I have an even better one for you today. Movits!, a trio out of Stockholm Sweden who rock some jazz-dance style swing rhythms under a rap(id) flow vocal delivery that’s catchy as hell. Almost played their latest single on Sound Travels last, but will have to get it in a mix soon. Perhaps some of you caught their appearance on the Colbert Report Till then peep this…

Good thing is you can get the promo here.

New Music Wednesday: Tommy Castro, Portugal The Man, Tu Phace, Brendan Benson


For New Music Wednesday 7/29/09, we have new music from Tommy Castro,  Portugal The Man, Tu Phace, Brendan Benson. Listen to the tracks below and then let us know what you think by voting for your favorite tune. We’ll announce the winner next week.

You can also grab this week’s picks in our iTunes store!

Tommy Castro – “The Trouble With Soul”
Brendan Benson  – “A Whole Lot Better”

Video Tuesday: Dirty Projectors

Anybody feelin’ this as much as I am?

Royksopp’s Too High

This week on the seven o clock sample, we are going to explore the sounds of Stevie Wonder. His catalog is chock full of juicy samples, breaks and melodies that producers have scooped up time and time again.
Today we are going to Norway, to listen to the electronic sounds of Norwegian electronic duo Royskopp.

The third song on the group’s third album is today’s selection. ( See if you can figure out where the bass line come from.

That funky little bassline comes from Stevie Wonder’s TOO HIGH, from the 1973 album INNERVISIONS.