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From '50s NYC clubland, a Yma Sumac-inspired version of "Babalu" by jazz/calypso singer Phyllis Branch.
The radio showThe show is Lost Frequencies. Every Monday night from 9pm to 11pm (CST) on Marfa Public Radio I explore the atmospheric side of post-War music: bop & vocals, soul/R&B heartbreak, exotica & soundtrack moods, Latin jazz, oddball instrumentals, honky-tonk ballads, early electronics - even some dreamy '60s psychedelic pop. Tune in at Marfa Public Radio or at KRTS 93.5fm.
Author Archives: Little Danny
The Exotica Project got a nice write-up on Boing Boing today. Gratifying to see the site finding some traction amongst non-record-people. Thanks Bill Barol!
I first heard Broadcast’s “Long Was The Year” back in 2000 on WFMU’s webstream. The attraction was instantaneous. Pulsating feedback and cavernous production shimmered with a strange, magnetic beauty, the bassline was pure ‘60s Los Angeles pop. Percussion and hand-wired … Continue reading
As I scramble to wrap up an exciting new phase of the Exotica Project. Stay tuned. Also, so help me God, Office Naps is now on the Twitter.
In the first half of the 1960s, when this week’s selections were recorded, exotica hadn’t waned as a commercial or creative force. And the Arabic world was one peculiar, and significant, branch of the exotica tree. It was a … Continue reading
Curt Boettcher, ‘60s California studio wunderkind, belongs somewhere in a rarified constellation of pop music auteurs and true industry eccentrics. His productions and arrangements, his compositions and lyrical bent, his gravity-defying voice occupy the more imaginative, cosmic end of ‘60s … Continue reading
It’s impossible to talk about jazz pianist Horace Silver without regurgitating the same plaudits that, in reality, are entirely accurate. To begin with, Silver is a consistent and prolific composer with an enviable body of original material to his name. … Continue reading
One of the reliable axioms of commercial music is that every chart success will inspire a legion of derivatives. In no way is this meant as criticism. The pattern tends to get a lot of appreciation around here, the cycles … Continue reading
The Bee Gees’ “Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show,” as recorded in a half-million gallon tank by David Paul
I make a rare detour this week to feature an extraordinary video, and to talk to its creator, David Paul. The sour truth of being an obsessive music collector is that, like any addiction, the longer you feed it the … Continue reading