Monday, September 23, 2013

Like A Ton Of Bricks  

 Here is a dollar bin sleeper. Private Sector were a New Jersey scene punk'ish new wave act that played under a couple of different names in the clubs, Odin, The Proof etc depending on the style of music and clientele they were playing for.

 Like A Ton Of Bricks was their first of two singles, coming out in 1983 on the not insignificant and one day to be bought by Sony,  Relativity Records. There is a 1986 single and a 1987 album, but nothing else they did was as funky as this instrumental B side.

Private Sector - Bricks Mix (Instrumental)

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013


A few weeks ago during Labor Day weekend I had the pleasure of seeing Miami's Psychic Mirror's twice in Southern California and it was really an amazing thing to experience. For any of you uninitiated, they are an 8-12 piece boogie band that really know how to put some slide in yo glide and some dip in yo hip. They also got some new material coming out of PPU and it sounds pretty awesome from what I have heard. I was fortunate enough to host the entire band along with the Miami Players Club along with the rest of the Cosmic Chronic family. Copious amounts of beer, boogie and buds was a good way to enhance the positive vibe from coast to coast. Major shout out Mickey and Co. for their talented funk agenda! Keep an eye out for these cool cats!

I recently acquired this piece of Italo history in a truth telling contest two towns over. It is very uncommon to come across this Italian masterpiece but it has a pretty good effect on the dance floor from what I have seen. Plustwo was a 4 piece band who on the surface are quite "poppy", but still manage to keep your interests piqued with good drum programming and catchy keys. For some people the chipmunk vocals are a deal breaker but I really think it fits really good with the overall vibe of the song. The 12" version of this track borders on "grail" status for a lot of people because it is highly elusive and gives you an extra two minutes of groove but commonly goes for over $400 bucks. The 7", which I am posting here, is slightly easier to find but still pretty scarce and can be had for like a 1/4 of the price. 

They made a pretty legit music video for this track which I will put in our Mega TITE Facebook page. Check it out sometime if you are interested in watching some lo-fi home made video footage. 

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Monday, September 09, 2013


  Gospel-boogie is a style overridden with more tepid one tracker LPs than regular non-gospel boogie, which is quite an accomplishment. It is all too often that these records step over the bounds of cheesiness outweighing any small nugget of that certain sound we all look for.  There are still some quality tunes out there waiting to be rescued from a wasteland of Savoy and Light label junk.  Black Shag already posted one of the uncontested heavyweights of the genre.

  I found another cheap copy of Kenny Smith's Witness LP a few days ago, a record I hadn't touched since I made this mix nearly a year ago. At that time I was pulling things out on the fly and the first track sounded good, so in the mix it went. This weekend I spent a little more time with the record and realized its actually pretty solid, there are several strong tracks which in my mind automatically places it in the upper 10% of any boogie type record. The title track "Witness" is possibly the best. If you can hang past the sax solo at the beginning you'll be treated to some shimmering 1986 production and vocals that are mercifully subtle in their Jesus-related subject matter.

Kenny Smith - Witness

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