Monday, August 24, 2009

New Playlist for 08-24-09

Our current playlist features music from “Eric Bolvin” and his CD titled “Workin’ It” as well as music from the CD “Quench!” by DKO “The Darren Kramer Organization”. Three songs from each of these CD’s are currently being played.

Also, we continue to play three songs from “Sage” who just released their 40th Anniversary CD (a three song CD, in advance of their full CD coming out in 2010). Still in the mix as well is a new song from “East Bay Soul” titled “Survival Of The Hippest” (CD due out in September of this year), and an offering from “Tony Adamo”, which is a cover of the “Tower Of Power” classic, “This Time Its Real” (this song can be purchased as an MP3 directly from “Strokeland Records”.

Listed below is the entire playlist, as always this is in artist order and not in order of play:

--Ain't No Thang-Late Nite Party Boys
--Al Kooper-Id Rather Be An Old Mans Sweetheart (Than A Young Mans Fool)
--Average White Band-Soul Mine
--Average White Band-Oh, Maceo
--Back To Basic-Key To Your Heart
--Back To Basic-No Mumbo Jumbo
--Barry Danielian-My Brothers Keeper
--BIG HORNS BEE-Vamp Intro (Reprise)
--Bill Bergman & The Metro Jets-Laguna
--Bing & the Bingtones-Funk With Me
--BlowZone-Sucker Punch
--Bona Fide-The Horse You Came In On
--Boscoe-If I Had My Way
--Brecker Brothers-Skunk Funk
--Bull City Syndicate-You Make Me Feel
--Carmen Grillo-Dr. In The House
--Catfish Kray-Cherry Street Shuffle
--Chad Rager Groove-Whipping Post
--Chester Thompson-Power House
--Chickenhawks-I Got News For You
--Chops the Band-Scrapple And Grits
--Chris Cain-Wake up and Smell the Coffee
--Darrell Nulisch-My Baby's Gone
--Dave Dunlop-Mansata
--David Mann-Urban Eyes
--David Sanborn-The Dream
--Delbert McClinton-Take Me To The River
--Dko the Darren Kramer Organization-Quench!
--Dko the Darren Kramer Organization-Intangible Attraction
--Dko the Darren Kramer Organization-Somethin's Got to Give
--Doctor Funk-Livin In Bump City
--Doug & the Slugs-It's Got To Be Monday
--East 4th Horns-I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
--East Bay Soul-Survival Of The Hippest
--Eric Bolvin-Suburban Bourbon
--Eric Bolvin-I Wondered What I Did Wrong
--Eric Bolvin-Corvair Crusader
--Eric Miyashiro-Ken's Bar
--Euge Groove-Slam Dunk
--Evie Sands-Signed, Sealed, Delivered
--Evie Sands-I Love Makin' Love to You
--Extreme-Get The Funk Out
--Frank Biner-Frankie B. Is Back In Town
--Glenn Walters with the Strokeland Superband-What's Amanda Do?
--Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band-There's The Rub
--Gota Yashiki-What's Up Charlie
--Greg Adams-Metro
--Heavy Metal Horns-Horns In The House
--Himlaväsen-Release Yourself
--Hip Service-Hip2DaFunk
--Huey Lewis & The News-Slammin'
--Jack Mack & Heart Attack-Hooray For City
--Jazz Police-Tower Tribute
--Joe Cocker-Cry Me A River
--Kal David-That's Not Me
--Lighthouse-One Fine Morning
--Lon Bronson-McPark
--Men From U.N.C.L.E.-Knock On Wood/Studio
--Mic Gillette-Funky Good Time
--Mick Sterling & The Stud Brothers-Jackie Wilson Said
--Mingo Fishtrap-People Person
--Molasses-Straight From The Players
--Muscle Shoals Horns-We Can Work It Out
--Muscle Shoals Horns-Shine On
--Muscle Shoals Horns-Shoalin' (Funky 'N Half-Hip)
--Nils Gessinger-Jam It Up
--Otis Grand-Finish Line - w/Curtis Salgado
--Pat O'Donnell-Tee Time
--Pee Wee Ellis-How I Depend On You
--Pete Escovedo-All This Love
--Players Association-Let's Groove
--Richard Elliot-The Power Of Suggestion
--Robert Peckman-Put It In the Pocket
--Rocco Prestia-Express Yourself
--Roger Smith-Horn-Afication
--Sage-Make It Funky
--Sage-Nobody Does It Like You
--Sage-Take Me Back to the City
--Sanford & Townsend-Smoke From A Distant Fire
--Santa Fe And The Fat City Horns-Ain't That Peculiar
--Santana-Watch Your Step
--Scott Martin-Menudo And Gritz
--Scott Martin Latin Soul Band-Pork Choppin'
--Scott Martin Latin Soul Band-Voodoo Juice
--Shilts-Look What's Happened
--Soul Stew-I'll Be Around
--Steve Ferrone-STEVE FERRONE - Put It In
--Strokeland Superband-Kick It Up A Step
--Super Funky Express-Super Funky Express
--Sweat & Tears Blood-Tell Me That I'm Wrong
--Tad Robinson-Too Late To Turn Back Now
--The Brothers Johnson-Do It For Love
--The Brothers Johnson-Teaser
--The Brothers Johnson-The Real Thing
--The Groove Hogs-Blues Is My Business
--The Ides of March-Vehicle (1970)
--The Spyders-I Don't Care
--THE SUN MESSENGERS-Late Night Cruise
--The Super Groovers-Seaside Adventures In Hollypool
--Tony Adamo-This Time It's Real
--Was (Not Was)-I Can't Turn You Loose
--Zen Blues Quartet-Powerful Stuff

Friday, August 21, 2009

Mic Gillette


The mighty Micster, MIC GILLETTE, is rejoining Tower of Power on lead trumpet after a 25-year absence. Mic brings a power and style to his brass playing that must be heard and felt to be appreciated. In celebration of Mic's return, Strokeland is offering Mic's great solo release, EAR CANDY, at a SPECIAL PRICE OF $12.00 for a limited time only.

Mike Bogart, lead trumpet for Tower of Power for the past ten years leaves a great legacy and is moving on to bring us more great music with the United States Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, MD. Mike is re-entering active duty and joining the horn section of the Navy's premier contemporary entertainment ensemble "Electric Brigade" to finish out the Navy career he started before joining Tower of Power. We wish "Iron" Mike all the best and thank him for ten years of outstanding performances.

Mic's EAR CANDY features a reunion of the original TOWER OF POWER HORNS for the first time in 35 years -- Mic Gillette, Greg Adams, Stephen 'Doc' Kupka, Emilio Castillo, and Skip Mesquite. Bill Champlin, Lenny Williams, David Garibaldi, Rocco Prestia, Marc Russo, Karl Perazzo (Santana) and more greats are featured. Add Mic's EAR CANDY to your music collection today at a great price!

BKA! If you don't know... ask somebody!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Chad Rager Groove Squib Cakes raw video

Our friend Chad Rager recently posted a video on youtube of Squib it is.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

TOP Ten things over heard at East Bay Soul headquarters By: Al Carlos

10.I thought EBS was emergency broadcast system, maybe it is.

9. Dude, It's survival of the hippest, not hippies.

8. No jug wine, no ribs, no Bimbos, should be East Bay Hills Soul.

7. Must be legit, I yelled out, "Who got warrants?" and no one left.

6. Middle East Bay Soul, would not be able to get on a plane to go anywhere.

5. Master blasters like Greg and Lee going blow the wigs hats off the front row.

4. Metro Jazz, smooth blues and funk, for those who are no longer drunk.

3. Capturing the artistic vibe of the East Bay without actually visiting Oakland.

2. Most are successful graduates of the University of Tower of Power.

1. Finesseful urban colored soul 40 years later.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

TOP Ten reasons Bill Champlin left Chicago By: Al Carlos

10. Too windy.

9. Needed some Serious Fat City and Santa Fe Funkafization of his career.

8. He almost Pop music-ed himself into a coma.

7. The VW Bus the Son’s of Champlin used to visit him was deemed a clunker.

6. “After the love is gone, how could they lead me on?”

5. After 28 years he could retire with a full pension and never have to sing Saturday in the park again.

4. Tired of the horn guys always messing up his hair.

3. Realized that the Chicago fans were older and more boring than he was.

2. Heard that Strokeland may be hiring.

1. No place left to fall.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

TOP Ten baby boomer horn band cover tunes: By Al Carlos

10. You’ve got to Fiber-fize.

9. Attitude dentures.

8. Sparkling in the bed pan.

7. Can’t stand to see the slaughter, and still can’t find my teeth.

6. Oakland’s own, in the old folk’s home.

5. What is hip replacement?

4. So very, very, very hard to go.

3. It’s not a crime, its if you have gout.

2. You ought to be having corns.

1. Back on the sheets again.