Vibes Thursday: Toots and Taj January 30, 2014
It’s Thursday, people. It’s time to vibe.
Start out with a couple of tracks from Toots and Taj:
Taj Makes You Move
Toot Loudly, Toot Proudly
and some new cats…
Austin Born Blues
From the Iowa Soundbooth
Double Take Vibes Jan. 7, 2014
We’ve all done it. Plug the headphones in.
We decide to roll the dice.
We press “shuffle”. And somewhere during our listening experience, we have to stop and rewind. We go back and think to ourselves, “Wait a second. What the fuck was that!” At times, this phrase could certainly carry a negative connotation. However, we have those rare and beautiful moments of musical clarity. And it is in those moments that life is definitely good.
The following songs were a part of such a moment:
“Don’t Take Us For Fools”
Sweden. If you’re a fan of The Dirty Glove, you are a fan of Sweden. Lidstrom was from Sweden. And Nik Lidstrom was the god damn Man. Graveyard is also some Sweden and coincidentally awesome, like Lidstrom.
To label this song as a political song is to not do it justice. This is an anti-establishment song. It is a song of resounding freedom. And that freedom lies in the “fuck you!” belted out on guitar. And that is something everyone can relate to on some level. Independent thinkers break limits. We push boundaries. But we listen. We observe. We try to comprehend. Blind-leading-blind society is not one of sustainability.
We love this song because it bodies all that we support. It embodies the desire to create a more independent and universal Glove.
“Go Down Low”
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Original Soul (2004)
Vermont rocks. Let’s be clear. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are from Vermont. They rock. Diverse, enough pop to stay in business, but definitely soulful. And downright dirty. “Go Down Low” is a beautifully crafted gem from their 2004 debut album, Original Soul. It captures the band at its early stages, raw and pure. Similar in a way to early Black Keys material was rooted in soul and blues, this album lays the groundwork for their successful and integrity-maintaining transition into more mainstream labels and audiences
Trampled by Turtles
The boys from Duluth do music right. Lake Superior Bluegrass at its best. Palomino, their fifth studio album, was produced off of their own independent label, Banjodad Records. It has it’s highs and lows, masterfully drifting between fast and love-laced hollers to slowed down and gritty blues. An independent masterpiece from a Great Lakes band.
And a few more from the shuffle:
Sound Vibes from Sound Tracks Jan. 6, 2014
With the exception of a few films, such as the Cohen Brothers’ epic No Country of Old Men, a well-planned, thoughtful, and pertinent soundtrack drives the plot and the emotion of the film in a way no actor could. The Dirty Glove loves a great flick with great vibes. We want to share with you some of our favorites. Some are certainly recognizable, while other might be worth checking out.
Ghost Dog (1999)
In 1999 Jim Jarmusch, one of the most innovative minds in filmmaking, put to the silver screen a movie of such epically synchronized subtlety, violence, and transcendent beauty. With Forrest Whitaker cast as the main character, Ghost Dog will forever be one of the most intriguing and most under-appreciated films of the 90s. Though certainly not a Scorsese-esque gangster ensemble, Jarmusch is able to find the crossroads of where two distinctly perpendicular cultural lines cross and diverge.
The soundtrack, extensively supported by the works of New York legends like RZA and Jeru the Damaja, brings forth one of the most indisputably gangster films of all time.
Easy Rider (1969)
Before he made a lot of shitty movies in the 90s playing diabolical villains, Dennis Hopper was a great supporting actor and a visionary director. Along with Peter Fonda and Terry Southern, Hopper helped write and directed one of the most iconic timepiece films ever. As a matter of fact, we would even go so far as to say it is not even appropriate to call it a “timepiece”. It is a film that, as the soundtrack still proves today, is still both captivating and relevant to the free-wheeling, free-thinking thought of the west. With help from music editor Donn Cambern, Easy Rider will always remain the top of Hopper’s best works.
The cast. The storyline. The timing of the songs. Guy Ritchie delivers.
If you want more of a reason to see it, then we suggest you go get, well, proper fucked.
And a few that also just need to seen and require no more than a few clips to justify why:
O’ Brother Where Art Thou (2000)
Vacation Vibes Dec. 20, 2013
With the winter holidays approaching, and many folks nationwide taking their vacations, it’s time for some easy-going, feel-good vibes.
“I’ve Got a Feeling”
Let it Be (1970), but performed here live on the rooftop of the Apple Corp. building (not the Steve Jobs Apple)
Let it Be is one of the most perfectly put together albums in music history. And the fact that The Beatles played this on a rooftop, prior to the album release, makes the whole performance even more spectacular. A song that is saturated in raw emotion, you can’t help but feel better after you listen to it. The dynamics and differences between Paul and John can also be found in the lyrics (Lennon’s verse containing far less optimism).
If you don’t got a feeling, you will after listening to this song.
“Can I Kick It?”
A Tribe Called Quest
People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990)
Anytime a hip-hop song can successfully sample work by the late Lou Reed, you know it’s going to be pretty damn solid. “Can I Kick It,” off of the Tribe’s debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, does what Reed did with jazz-infused cerebral rock to the state of hip-hop at the time. During the early 90s, so much was going on in different areas of hip-hop. While the G-Funk style was becoming more and more popular, and political-infused rap drove much of the scene thanks to the greats like P.E., KRS-One and others, Q-Tip and the Tribe moved to their own beat. Sampling more jazz-based tracks, they were able to use positivity and wholesome vibes to carve a niche into the genre.
For those of you out there that have always asked yourself “Can I Kick It,” The Dirty Glove definitely agrees with ATCQ. You most certainly can.
“Baby’s Got Sauce”
G Love and Special Sauce
G Love and Special Sauce (1994)
We follow up one great 90s debut album with another. G Love and Special Sauce brought a sound to the mid-90s that was so far ahead of their time. The poetry and overall laid back smoothness of G Love’s delivery is what makes this song, and album, such a classic. Similar to ATCQ in their ability to successfully break away from the mold of the times. In a decade of music that was dominated with less-than-happy lyrics (listen to some Alice in Chains or Public Enemy), the Sauce was unequivocally special.
A Night at the Opera (1975)
You’ve all sang it. Or at least tried to. The fact of the matter is, no one is going to match the vocals of Freddie Mercury on this one. Not much needs to be said on this one. Just a great jam to sing to when you are on vacation and have very little inhibitions.
and this little number just to cap it all off:
Seitzin’ Vibes Dec. 19, 2013
Seitz, anyone? Seitz, in Glover vernacular, is any form of free expression. As a verb, to seitz or be in the act of seitzin’ is to express oneself fully, purposefully, and positively. As a noun, it is a synonym for great power, nobleness, modesty, and admiration. As a pronoun, it is a god-like mortal.
And certain songs are simply the embodiment of what is Seitz. The following songs are for your seitzin’ enjoyment:
Greensky is a great band straight out of The Dirty Glove (K-Zoo). Bluegrass live is wonderful when done well. The Kalamazoo crew do not disappoint. “Demons,” keeps a steady vibe going with some lyrics with depth make for a nice, smooth, seitz-filled experience.
If it’s blue, and dirty, and from The Glove, we are going to probably like it. Just sayin’.
“Word of Mouth”
Audiotree Live Sessions
The name is what grabs you. Let us just begin with that. And nobody can have a name so great, and be shit-pop. The song, “Word of Mouth” does indeed start slow. It’s slow guitar plucking and casual beats entice you only just enough to keep you listening. The lyrics become intriguing. You listen. You listen some more. Right as your attention drifts and you are ready to shut the song off, a voice bellows. And you are hooked.
Great things coming out of Texas.
Ridin’ Dirty (1996)
The Underground Kings. UGK for short. Composed of members Pimp C and Bun B (“Big Pimpin’), the Texas duo understand seitz. They get it. With “One Day,” a sample from the Isley Brothers becomes a next generational seitzin’ masterpiece.
Southern rap pre-Lil’ John.
Before the sell-out.
Before the crunk, before the trap, there was the Dirty South G-Funk. And it was positively dirty.
The South has a deep history, a current and long-lasting depression, and racial divides that are still evident, though subtle. UGK understood that, and wrote about it. Big Boi and Andre understood it, and wrote their version. Cee-lo even understood it before he became a pawn in the whole game. And Dave Chappelle, the true Def stand-up voice of that generation, also got it.
Every good vibe has a good voice behind it. UGK speaks boldly with this joint.
Live Vibes Dec. 17, 2013
Today seemed like a day with a lot of emotion that we might not be able to deal with just yet.
Listen to some real live vibes and let it all sink deep.
Live at Massey Hall (1971)
Neil Young’s Live at Massey Hall is near the summit of what a live folk experience could be. A solo instrumental and vocal ensemble for the ages. He is able to take the ageless lyrics and adapted it into this live version.
And he did it just how we at The Glove like it. Stripped down, real, and dirty.
“See My Jumper Hanging on the Line”
Alan Lomax Archives (1978)
RL Burnside was folk. He was soul. He is blues.
And Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long did the world a huge favor by filming this in 1978. Keep in mind this was shot over 30 years ago, and the man looked old then. RL Burnside claims to have gone to prison in his early years. He said he never killed a man, but he shot a man in the head once and that him dying was between him and the Lord.
Whatever the case, we aren’t going to try to put Mr. Burnside on any type of societal pedastal. We just want to listen to the music.
And we just want to leave you with this great piece by Julio Silpitucla:
Pure, Blue Vibes Dec. 16, 2013
“Same Boy You’ve Always Known”
The White Stripes
White Blood Cells (2001)
It was winter, 2001, and I was sitting in a 1987 Toyota Corolla in a K-Mart parking lot (yes, K-Mart) in Brighton, Michigan. While waiting for my father to come out of the store, I turned on 89x, and it became clear that not only was meaningful rock still alive and well, its pistons were pumping straight out of the Motor City.
Simple, raw, and chock-full of emotion, White Blood Cells highlights and epitomizes the garage-blues roots of The White Stripes rise to fame, and Jack White’s establishment as rock royalty. “Same Boy You’ve Always Known” is the best example, in our opinion, of capturing the tone of this phenomenal album. With it’s mixture of violent beats and subtle lyrics, we are reminded that despite the different paths that the members of The White Stripes have gone, the Cass Tech High alum is still most certainly the same boy we always knew.
“My Soul’s in Louisiana”
White African (2001)
If you like eerie, acoustic, and soul-wrenching blues, Otis Taylor is your man. “My Soul’s in Louisiana” opens the album which won “Best Artist Debut” for at the 2001 Blues Music Awards with a ghostly story of a misplaced soul. Though not complex in either sound or structure, this song and album reverberate with the duality that it’s title would suggest. A true gem among more contemporary blues-seekers.
“Just Got Back From Baby’s”
ZZ Top’s First Album (1971)
Before the beards, before the synthesized sell-out, and before the 80s yet again claimed another great and pure blues-fused sound, there was a band called ZZ Top. That band had an album. And it was really fucking good. “Just Got Back From Baby’s,” as well as the rest of this fine album, vibes to tracks reminiscent of many of the greats that preceded them. Similar to our views on Journey without Steve Perry, The Glove is a fan of the pre-beard, pre-Reagan ZZ Top. Beards are great, but blues is better.
Vibes from the Vault Dec. 15, 2013
We Are Little Barrie (2005)
These boys from the UK knew they had a good thing brewing when they dropped their first album, We Are Little Barrie, back in 2005. While The Glove is unapologetically invested in promoting more locally grown vibes, we have to give credit when credit is due. There is no denying that the music from across the pond has influenced many of our greatest bands. Little Barrie is able to remind us that despite the ocean that separates us, good music is just a stones throw away.
“God Loves Ugly”
God Loves Ugly (2002)
Back in the early 2000s when Lil’ John was busy exploiting himself for every possible penny, and MTV was on its way to becoming the most egregiously shitty media outlet in recent history, there was something independent and pure coming out of the Twin Cities. With the title track off of this 2002 indie-rap staple, Slug spits the self-depricating truth that very few can with such success. In a time where excess and flash was the name of the game, Slug and the rest of the Rhymesayers label were slapping on their dirty gloves to carve out there own path. With it’s simple beat and razor-sharp lyrics, “God Loves Ugly” is hard to compete with.
“Hold Your Head High”
The Mountain (2009)
We would certainly not argue with the decision by The Black Keys to leave Fat Possum Records for a more diverse, marketable record label. However, we have a massive amount of respect for the Fat Possum sound, and the Heartless Bastards are a very big reason why. From their 2009 breakout album The Mountain, “Hold Your Head High” finds a way to blend depressing lyrics with an upbeat and empowering tone which Erika Wennerstrom’s voice perfectly accentuates.
Eclectic Vibes Dec. 11, 2013
Sometimes you just are in the mood to vibe to your own beat.
Put on your dirty gloves and dig into these jams:
Kids These Days
Traphouse Rock (2012)
With “Doo Wah”, as with many of the other tracks off of their debut (and only major) album, MC Vic Mensa and the Kids from Chi-Town find a way to beautifully blend harmonizing vocals, horn and rhythm driven rock, and emcee skills that would make any logical midwest hip-hop junkie erase Chief Keef from their lexicon. Despite disbanding less than a year after the album dropped, it’s impact on the Kids’ careers is evident, as they all have branched away into separate successful musical pursuits.
Although hints of The Pixies might make you think initially of Tyler Durden, I assure you that this is a track that holds true to the bands originality and diversity. Hopefully at some point they will all get back together.
Most people know the “Don’t Stop Believing” band for their frontman Steve Perry.
Fuck Steve Perry.
Before Steve Perry, before 80’s glam rock songs were turned into mullet-whippin’ anthems in various tiki-bars across the Mid-Atlantic, and before Ronald Reagan sucked the last drop of marrow remaining from the bones of artistic possibility with his War on Drugs, there was a Perry-less Journey.
And that Journey rocked. Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie were the captains of a psychedelic jazz space ship that was lost in 1977.
From their self-titled debut album (check out that album cover!),
The Dirty Glove is proud to present:
First Vibes 12/11/2013
Though never achieving elite mainstream status, JJ Grey and the guys from MOFRO have been a driving force in the independent music scene coming out of the south since the 90’s. And they are the type of down, dirty, and real soul the Glove is all about.
“Lochloosa” leaves us at the Glove thinking a little harder about home, and what it means to love your land, wherever you may be.
Clear Soul Forces
“Get No Better”
Detroit Revolutions (2012)
Revolution indeed. Big Sean might be the name out of Motown most novice hip-hop heads are familiar with, but Clear Soul Forces bring a nostalgic sound reminiscent of the days of Grant Hill Sprite commercials. “Get No Better” brings a vibrant, jazz-infused sound that you can’t help but bob your head to. With Detroit Revolutions being their first major album to date, expect more things to come from the Clear Soul force.
“Come in Out of The Rain”
Say what you will about George Clinton, but the man is arguably one of the most innovative, daring, and truly talented musicians and songwriters of our time. In 1970, after leaving the Motown scene with his band The Parliaments, Clinton went on to form and lead the two bands that would eventually become Parliament-Funkadelic. While his group, Funkadelic, entered the scene in 1970 with their self-titled album that stayed true to their new psychedelic tones, his other band, Parliament, was planning on playing to a totally different tune. The track “Come in Out of the Rain,” off of their debut album Osmium, captures the essence of the culture at the time. Keeping in mind that many overlook this album entirely, consider this track an introduction to what is a truly eclectic and noteworthy album.