Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Prophet "Right on Time"

A couple of weeks ago I went thrift store shopping with some friends. They were interested in clothes, and I was looking for records. At our fourth stop I came across this record. First, I noticed the cover. A black man wearing a robe and knee high boots is not something to pass up. With the name "Prophet" and what looks like a book on the front I was a little worried that I was looking at a crappy gospel record, so I flipped it to the back -- italicized typed text on white background signaled cheapness to me. The label, Treasure Records, with its address in SF caused me to conclude that this was some sort of private press record. But, what sealed the deal for me was the Co-Producer credit. Julius Funk. How could I pass on a record that was co-produced by Julius Funk?

My friends and I stopped over at another friend's house and had some cocktails. We listened to the records I bought that day. Everyone loved the cover, but they were not particularly feeling the drum machine and synthesizer funk of Prophet. I tried to explain to them my "digger sensibilities" and reasoning for picking up the record, but everyone seemed to start drinking their martinis and looking away in embarrassment. I didn't mind the falsetto vocals and synthesized swooshes. My only complain is that some of the songs start to sound the same. So I decided to do some nerdy record research when I got home and found out that Peanut Butter Wolf is a fan of Prophet. And, I found a copy sold for $120 last year. So, take a listen to two of the tracks from the album or download the entire thing as a .zip file and tell us what you think.

Right On Time
by Prophet from Right on Time

Strong & Mighty
by Prophet from Right on Time

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Golden Palominos

I picked this up the other day at the swap meet. I didn't know too much about the Golden Palominos. In fact, I originally thought they were some sort of Euro-pop band for some reason. Then I heard a track of theirs featuring Johnny Rotten on good old Pirate Cat Radio. I decided they couldn't be half bad. Then, while at the swap meet I came across this record and learned that John Zorn the avant guard saxophonist and producer of the first Mr. Bungle album was on there in addition to Arto Lindsay and Bill Laswell. Surprisingly, neither of those guys fronted the band. The band in fact, was led by a percussionist named Anton Fier. I've been digging this first track for the last couple of weeks. It's got this great Liquid Liquid post punk funk type of feel. The sound of someone spitting at the beginning also reminds me of The Butthole Surfers. But what's really important is that the drums are just so damn hard. The rest of the album gets a bit noisy, but I dig that stuff. My partner on the other hand doesn't like me to play the album while she is working on the computer. So, stop your work, and listen to some Golden Palominos.

Clean Plate
by The Golden Palominos from The Golden Palominos

Hot Seat
by The Golden Palominos from The Golden Palominos