July 29, 2020 Playlist

"De La Soul Is Dead" by De La Soul (1991)
De La Soul "De La Soul Is Dead"  1991 (USA)
For the next few weeks, we'll be featuring classic albums from the golden age of hip-hop (roughly 1986 to 1994). De La Soul was one of the key groups of the rap renaissance, being the first popular "alternative" rap group who eschewed cursing and boasting in favor of abstract/poetic lyrics. The members had weird names like "Posdnous" and "Trugoy The Dove" (spell those backwards: Soundsop and Yogurt?) Their literally day-glo debut album Three Feet High And Rising declared the dawning of "The D.A.I.S.Y. Age" (stands for "da inner sound y'all"). They were unlike anything else on the scene, and the media dubbed them "hippie rappers" (years later, it also seems clear the "high" in that album title was a weed reference - so yeah, they kinda were hippies.) But the group rebelled against that description, hence they metaphorically killed off their original image with their second album called De La Soul Is Dead! (The broken flower pot on the cover is also a reference to the end of the aforementioned "Daisy" age.) It's definitely a flawed masterpiece, being overly long as albums often were early in the CD era, and producer Prince Paul was notorious for two things: amazingly clever sampling in the music, and filling up every nook between the songs with "skits" that generally slow down the musical flow. In spite of those formatting issues, their first three albums (the ones Paul produced) are chock full of great tracks and comprise one of the most singular bodies of work in rap.
Also on the show this week: a new album from J-pop rap superstar DAOKO: here's the brand new video for the title track "ANIMA".
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
Blue PhantomDiodoDistortions1971Italy
AguaturbiaEvolVolumen 21970Argentina
The Chocolate WatchbandNo Way OutNo Way Out1967USA
The CreationHow Does It Feel To FeelB-side  single (Complete Collection Vol. 1: Making Time)1967UK
The Blues MagoosSybil Green (Of The In Between)Basic Blues Magoos1968USA
Sparks LawnmowerA Steady Drip, Drip, Drip (N)2020 (BMG)USA
Brigid Dawson & The Mothers Network In The Season Of New IncarnationBallet Of Apes (N)2020 (Castle Face)USA
Neil Young We Don't Smoke It No MoreHomegrown (N - previously unreleased album)rec. 1974-1975 (2020 Reprise)Canada
KhruangbinRules (Scientist Dub Mix)Hasta El Cielo2019USA
Chicano Batman Blank SlateInvisible People (N)2020 (ATO)USA
Shabazz Palaces WetThe Don Of Diamond Dreams (N)2020 (Sub Pop)USA
De La SoulA Rollerskating Jam Called "Saturdays"De La Soul Is Dead
De La SoulFanatic Of The B WordDe La Soul Is Dead
De La SoulKeepin' The FaithDe La Soul Is Dead
De La SoulMe, Myself & IThree Feet High And Rising1989USA
A Tribe Called QuestCan I Kick It (Extended Bollerhouse Mix)People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm
(CD reissue bonus track)
Jungle BrothersIn Dayz 2 ComeDone By The Forces Of Nature1989USA
Ten Years AfterI Say YeahWatt1970UK
Elephant's MemoryHot Dog ManElephant's Memory1969USA
Chuck BerryBordeaux In My PiroughSan Francisco Dues1971USA
Chubby CheckerLove TunnelChubby Checker1971USA
Electric SandwichChinaElectric Sandwich1972Germany
William S. FischerSaigonCircles1970USA
GongWhat Do You Want?Continental Circus1972UK/France
Raoul Björkenheim / Anders Nilsson / Gerald CleaverSpiraling SkiesKalabalik2012Finland/Sweden/USA
The Tony Williams Lifetime
(with John McLaughlin and Larry Young)
Sangria For ThreeEmergency!1969USA/UK
Sun RaThere Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of)Lanquidity1978USA
DAOKO ANIMAANIMA (N)2020 (Toy's Factory)Japan
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