Saturday, January 28, 2006

Tiki Room Sunset

Ringo Tiki Room Sunset
Originally uploaded by H. Michael karshis.

Ringo enjoying last nights awesome sunset in front of the world famous Tiki Room.

Here's a little set of songs, a Sun Set, if you will. And I know you will, won't you?

Fasten your seat belts people. Is your iPod on? Good. Please play Theme From Take-Off (Magic Sunset) now. This is from
Yoshinori Sunahara's debut effort, Pan Am: The Sound Of The '70s. Perfect.

Wow, look out the window! Check out those dudes surfing in the sunset! Sunset Surfing The Challengers.

Take Off, Eh! Canadian Sunset The Avelanches.

And then out of nowhere, like a blast of turbulance, Mega Pills from Sunset Valley.

Have a nice flight,


Friday, January 27, 2006

Go Go Gorilla Friday

Congratulations, you made it all the way through the week!

Welcome to Friday, January 27th, 2006.

Ok y'all, this first one is sure to get you up and moving. Turn it up and dig the awesome vibes of Mambo Inn! This is from a hip little album called Doctored For Super Stereo by Peter Appleyard. And, according to the 1957 liner notes, "one of the most sought-after artist on the modern scene". You can be sure I'm looking for more.

Our second number for this fine friday is by Marisa, a one name wonder off of Ultra Chicks Vol.1 — Filles in the Garage! Just one of 72 tunes from a 3 volume compilation of obscure 60's French Pop 45s. (Bummer the cover art is not as cool as the musical offerings.) Check out Christine, dedicated to my Ultra Chick, Chrissy.

And finally, The Shandells oohh-aahh-some Gorilla! Not really sure why, but this song makes me super thirsty...

(Photo: Reagan Williamson)
And yeah, that's me in the Gorilla suit jamming to Hawaii 5-0 at the Grande re-Opening of Joe Bananas in Hong Kong.

Cheers and Go Go Gorilla!


Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The 2:17 One Note Vacation

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Close your eyes.


Friday, January 20, 2006

Friday Grooves

For the past few months I've been seriously getting back into my vinyl, mainly lost and forgotten instumentals. Here's a few gems, focusing on the keyboard, to get you chilled out and ready for the weekend. Grab yourself a cocktail and relax...

First up, is a sweet little vibe from La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna, a 1971 collection of Italian soundtracks, Laguna Tropicale by Piero Umiliani.

Next, we got Money Mark's totally bitchin' Pinto's New Car from his very cool 1995 Mark's Keyboard Repair lp.

As you may or may not know, Money Mark brought the soul and funk to the Beastie Boys' Check Your Head and Ill Communication lps. Both albums demonstrated his influence, with his thick, all over the place funky organ. On his own, Money Mark creates music that is quite similar to the instrumental tracks on the two Beastie albums, although a bit grittier and jazzier. The album as a whole, has a funky fresh Jimmy Smith vibe meets lo-fi, indie rock along with variations of '60s soul-jazz. An absolute must have for anyone looking to create the ultimate Tiki Room Pub vibe.

And finally, some groovy French Pop circa 1967 Aven des Oreilles from Monique Thurbert. This is from Ultra Chicks Vol.3, Baby Pop! And yeah, all three volumes are just as sweet as this track...

Turn it up and enjoy.

Have a great weekend.


Monday, January 09, 2006

Don't Monkey With Tarzan!

Monday. Here's an awesome little tune to set the tone and get your week started right. If anybody wants to mess with you today simply say the magic words: Don't Monkey With Tarzan!

Sunday, January 01, 2006