Calamity Jade stays busy in a lot of ways: her WillWorkForFunk promo agency, Club DJ gigs and a Radio DJ gig as well. Keith sits down with Calamity Jade and talks about record collecting before she had a record player, modern funk music and a library album worth discussing.
This is an exclusive all-45 mix for The Vinyl Exam by DJ Miles Ake. We featured Miles in episode 39 where he reviewed his top five records.
Roger & the Gypsies
'Pass the Hatchet' (Part 1)
Seven B 7001
'Too Much Lovin'
'Slow Down Little Eva'
'Bossa Nova Hand Dance'
MGM K 13389
'The Mexican Jumping Bean'
The '5' Royales
'Take me with you Baby'
Home of the Blues 232
On this episode of the Vinyl Exam, Keith discusses a favorite artist of his - Harvey Scales, aka 'The Godfather of Soul' (in Milwaukee). To Keith, Harvey Scales is a study in making good music and not ever quite having timing or breaks work to his advantage. Over 12 years of his career, Harvey Scales put out a lot of 45s and two solo albums, and all of them get attention on this investigation of his output.
DJ M.Ake (aka Miles Ake) is a Bay Area-based cook, artist, and record collector. Here he reviews 5 of his favorite 45s.
Miles told me that making this list was one of the toughest things he’s ever had to do. How can you pick just 5, or even 10, records when you love so many? Well, that’s part of the challenge of the Review Series. In the end, Miles chose a mix that represents all aspects of his collection, covering soul to rockabilly.
- Bobby Day - Pretty Little Girl Next Door
- The Knight Bros - Love (Can't You Hear Me)
- Mighty Hannibal- The Biggest Cry
- George Young - Can't Stop Me
- Faye Reis - Dont'cha Break My Heart
Keith sat down with Marsellus Wallace and the conversation went so long we decided to break the episode into two episodes - Part One is Episode 34, this (Episode 38) is Part Two.
This interview follows a slightly different format - Keith hit record, Marsellus threw on some records and the conversation went from there. In Part One, Marsellus tells a story about a record from New Jersey, the spiritual connection with records and his favorite find.
Here's Part One:
Wasup Examers, it’s Sama:
Keith and I created The Vinyl Exam as a platform for people who buy records to explain themselves. Why would they spend $10 on an LP that they can rip for free online? That’s one of the questions that we hoped to explore. Our little podcast is about these round things that express who we are. Not every record is a chart topper, but every record owned helps sculpt a personality. It’s like one of our guests said: “It’s weird to think about how much our possessions define you”. And there’s so much music out there, that we tend to miss out on some amazing, everyday sounds.
That’s where one of my favorite podcasts kicks in. Everything Sounds brings diverse and unique sounds into your life, as it explores the basics of sound itself. It looks at the music of everyday life and the symphony of background noises.
Sound is all around us, constantly. Even silence is noisy. These sounds affect art, culture, and our everyday lives. That's why I’m such a lover of radio, and music, and vinyl records. Everything Sounds explores the sounds that we might otherwise miss or take for granted. Like this episode about a whale that sings at the wrong frequency.
The podcast is expertly created by two guys named Craig Shank and George Drake Junior. They are super nice guys with a strong passion for their craft. Craig especially helped me with some key aspects of my science podcast, Carry the One Radio. And unlike Keith and me who took a divide-and-conquer approach to The Vinyl Exam, Craig and George work together on each episode, combining their know-how to create a unique and dynamic show.
These guys will change the way that you hear sound - something Keith and I hope to do for vinyl records, both LPs and 45s.
One of my favorite Everything Sounds episodes features someone that Keith and I would easily have on our own show: Ken Shipley, co-founder of the archival record label Numero Group. Shipley developed a passion for cataloging forgotten music and telling its story. Craig and George take that story and bring it to life, while Ken introduces us to forgotten sounds. Of course, the episode has a fantastic soundtrack, supplied by Numero.
Music surrounds us even when we don't realize it. We don't always notice the sounds around us, but they uniquely affect how we perceive the world. Everything Sounds showcases this reality.
On this episode, Keith revisits his previous podcast (Soul Traveling) with a mix (really, a selection) of Japanese superhero TV music. The music here is tight, funky and is just some of the large quantity of music from Japan in the 1970s that supplemented superhero TV of the day. There are a few additional tracks that fit as well... though one of them is not Japanese and one is only a few years old.
Here's the full listing:
1. 'Dark Rock' (Kikaida)
3. Tetsujin 17
4. 'Kaizeru despaa no uta' (Inazuman)
7. 'Savage Beast' by Madvillain
8. yamato 2199
Note: a lot of the titles are in Japanese so we don't actually know what they say!
Imagine this, you enter a basement of a record shop, and in front of you there are piles and piles of dusty, moldy records. You can feel it, just by looking, there has to be good music somewhere in there - all you have to do is dig for it. Because of this, a lot of record collectors call themselves "diggers”. That is, they consider searching for music a form of archaeology. And when you dig up an old bone, the first thing you have to do is clean it up. The problem is that vinyl records are not that easy to clean because dust and mold can build up deep in the grooves. To deal with this problem, some audiophiles have invested heavily in expensive record cleaners. Others have turned to wood glue.
Keith sat down with Marsellus Wallace and the conversation went so long we decided to break the episode into two episodes. This interview follows a slightly different format - Keith hit record, Marsellus threw on some records and the conversation went from there. In Part One, Marsellus talks Umiliani, digging in thrift stores, working with limitations and buying catalogs.
In this episode, Sama interviews Robert (“Baron”) Van West. The Baron talks about his travels to Latin America and Korea, the bubblegum/pop sound of his band So What, and he shares some amazing songs from his digging adventures, including the impressive "My Isabella" by Count Demon.
SPECIAL NOTE: We’re giving away a signed copy of So What’s most recent single “What You Do To Me”. Just email us an audio postcard with a little about yourself and the name of a song you can’t stop listening to these days. Send the mp3 to thevinylexam [at] gmail [dot] com and we’ll announce the winner in episode 35.
Here’s a quote from Grazer Label about the 45: