Progress must progress (including The Return of the AntiDivas)

Hello, kiddies.

Shit’s getting out of hand. The whole damn world is going crazy…

Again, I didn’t expect the span of time between visits to be quite this long. So many things to factor in this time: the stress of another three month term in which I didn’t do quite as well as I wanted, power outages from the violent thunderstorms in June, a job which is forcing me to feel the effects of just how unstable this economy really is, and to top it all off, a computer that I had to put together with spit and a prayer. it’s easy to see how time can slip through your fingers like sand. I didn’t even get to play any records, much less, visit my mixcloud colleagues and friends. I must send a big shoutout to HeavySoulBrutha and Scapegoat for checkin’ in on a brotha. Your kind words are appreciated… and to those who prompted the good SoulBrutha to drop me an email which finally got me out of hiding, I say thanks to you as well. It’s gonna continue to be a tough road, but at least things are slow enough now to where I can finally sit down and play catch up on a number of fronts. My motivation levels may be at an all time low, but I gotta make a concerted effort to keep it moving…

So as not to get too long winded here, let’s get right to the heart of the matter. I’ve been wanting to do another AntiDivas mix for the longest time, so here goes… I had this one sitting in the queue which I had plan to post back in May before the inevitable shutdown began. It was somewhat of a response to the events that made up the senseless war on women being waged by certain legislators and aggravated by the media pundits. It wasn’t my intention to turn this into a soapbox moment, and for all intents and purposes it really isn’t. Basically it’s just some more of the new scores from the winter and a few old friends that just hit my fingers as I was filing through the crates, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge how the systematic destruction of women’s civil liberties will affect the overall landscape of our society. The way certain people are acting is beyond comprehension. I’m sure that all of you have had enough already; I know I have. I have a message for those aforementioned: at the end of the day, it’s time that you get their shit together and come to the realisation that if not for women, none of us would be here, so just give them their proper respect already! With all that said, I dedicate this installment of AntiDivas to each and every woman in the world, with “…due respect” because as Mr. Allen Toussaint said, “…remember we all have mothers.”

I’m off the soapbox now, sorry…

The Return of the AntiDivas by The Soul Chef's Fufu Stew on Mixcloud


introspeak by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
01 Fire-Etta James (Chess)
02 Lies Lies Lies-Brenda & The Tabulations (Top & Bottom)
03 Baby What You Want Me To Do-Erma Franklin (Shout)
04 Niki Hoeky-Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)
05 Your Thing Ain’t No Good Without My Thing-Marie “Queenie” Lyons (Deluxe)
06 Collage-Three Degrees (Roulette)
07 Take Me-Betty Everett (UNI)
08 You Ain’t Changed-Marie Franklin (Maverick)
09 The Pusher-Nina SImone (RCA)
10 Garden Of Four Trees-The Explosions (Soul Jazz)
11 These Boots Are Made For Walkin’-The Supremes (Motown)
12 Slip N Mules-Sugar Pie DeSanto (Checker)
13 You Made A Believer Out Of Me-Ruby Andrews (Zodiac)
14 Trouble-Foxy (Double Shot)
15 Good Girls-Merry Clayton (Ode)
16 A Man WIth Some Backbone-Laura Lee (Chess)
17 Mercy Mercy Mercy-Marlena Shaw (Cadet)
18 Runaway Love-Linda Clifford (Curtom)
19 Baby That’s What I Need (Walk Tall)-Esther Marrow (Bluebird)
20 Hit Or Miss-Odetta (Polydor)
21 Treating Us (Women) Funky-Ike & Tina Turner (Minit)
22 Make Me Yours-Bettye Swann (Money)
23 Uh Uh Boy That’s A No No-Candace Love (Aquarius)
24 I Gotta Get Away From My Own Self-Millie Jackson (Spring)
25 Girls Can’t Do What The Guys Do-Betty Wright (Alston)
26 Silly Silly Fool-Dusty Springfield (Atlantic)
27 Let It Flow-The Glass House (Invictus)
28 The Fool On The Hill-Lena Horne (Skye)

In any event, I gotta go for now, but I hope that you are all doing well and maintaining as best you can. I hope I can get back up to speed soon, For now have fun(k) and as always, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

Come and get it… Fufu Stew No. 14 at long last!

Hello, Kiddies.

Yes, I’ve been away for a little bit, not that it matters much. Oh well, no harm, no foul. I deal with shit the best way I know how.

I am tinkering with background imagery as you can see. It’ll probably change a few more times so that the text in the sidebar can be read a little easier. I just wish I could get those pretty Mixcloud embed thingies to work. Speaking of which, I have to send a special shoutout to the Mixcloud family for their kindness over the past few weeks, and for keeping my inspiration level high. I did put up a couple of exclusive pieces over there in the past couple of weeks. I’ll do that from time to time so please drop by my Mixcloud page from time to time and the fine folks I follow as well. There’s some top notch people over there doing some great things which for me has been rather theraputic. I need that right about now, which brings me to this latest crop of old faves… I told y’all I was going to return to the freeform exercises that I used to do. Well here’s one, purposely made from crusty old 33′s. Pops, clicks and other anomalies are intentional. With a hard crunchy texture and heavy flavour kinda like rock candy, it only made sense to call it


It’s been an awful long time since I whipped up some Fufu Stew like I used to make when I first started this little ol’ blog over four years ago. I always went for specific ingredients which most of you may or may not pick up on right away, but it felt so good to do it again… and it’s awful funky too. Enjoy.

As always, you know where it is…

01 Big John Is My Name-Rare Earth (Rare Earth)
02 Born To Move-Creedence Clearwater Revival (Fantasy)
03 American Woman-The Guess Who (RCA)
04 Every Hungry Woman-Allman Brothers Band (Capricorn)
05 Cross Eyed Mary-Jethro Tull (Reprise)
06 Must Be Love-The James Gang (Atco)
07 Mr. Big-Free (A&M)
08 Sunrise Dance With The Devil-Hot Tuna (Grunt)
09 With The Power-Jimi Hendrix (Reprise)
10 Politician-The Cream (Polydor)
11 Let It Ride-Bachman Turner Overdrive (Mercury)
12 Crazy Horses-The Osmonds (MGM)
13 I’m A Man-Chicago Transit Authority (Columbia)
14 Get Off Your Ass And Jam-Funkadelic (Westbound)
15 You Got Me Hummin’-Cold Blood (San Francisco)
16 Rock My Plimsoul-Jeff Beck (Epic)
17 Feelin’ Alright-Grand Funk Railroad (Capitol)

Until the next digging spree commences, it’ll be slim pickins around here, but I know how to make lemonade with life’s lemons… I’ve had lots of practice. When the feeling hits (or when I make a new mixtape for my personal enjoyment), I’ll certainly be back to share it with you… Until then, have fun(k) and as always, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

Stand Up! (including another soapbox moment)

Disclaimer:

The views expressed in this post do not represent those of anyone but me. I am safe in the knowledge that most of you will probably agree with what I have to say to varying degrees, so I am not particularly worried. However, I must make sure that everyone knows that I am speaking on my own behalf… and my wife too. She shares the same sentiment and was instrumental in raising my awareness level of the fact that America has not been altogether right since its inception, I mean invasion.

Hello, kiddies.

This post is a direct result of the events that have been taking place during the knock-down drag-out fight known as the midterm elections. There’s also a bit of irony that another round of midterm exams. Here in the states, we have been bombarded with an excessive amount of attack ads from both sides of the political fence. If you have been following the news lately, you are probably well aware of the ridiculous commentary provided by the new axis of evil… y’all should know of who I speak. Let’s see. Delaware… Arizona… Nevada… New York… Alaska… Kentucky… Ohio… shall I go on? All I know is that the future of this country is in doubt. I believe that if the states that I mention see a worst case scenario, then we are in huge trouble. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want to live in the current American climate, and I sure as hell won’t pledge allegiance to its ideology. Last time I checked, we as a people were endowed certain unalienable rights, and from what I can see, those rights are slowly being taken away from us.

Remember: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

pure and simple…

All we can do to make our voice heard is to vote. My wife and I have already done so, thanks to the early voting option. In Maryland there is a growing consensus that says early voting is the way to go, so I urge each and every one of you who feels as though their rights are in jeopardy to vote too. With only one week left before the midterm elections come to a close, it is absolutely vital that we all do our part. Of course, I offered a bit of motivation in the form of a full collection of soapbox moments taken from the usual resources. While some of the commentary contained within these tunes may seem dated, it certainly has enough relevance to today’s situation. The idea is to not let these evil people take a hold of our government so that we can restore the peaceful and serene atmosphere that was here when the original citizens of this place were here back in the day. Regardless of where you may live in the world, the sentiment should still speak volumes. The mighty Barack Obama proclaimed that it was time for a change, and I am in full agreement. And it has absolutely nothing to do with my party affiliation either, it’s just plain common sense. Now more than ever, that is the key. Failure is not an option. I am not going to say “yes we can”. I have to say YES WE MUST!

as always, you can listen on-demand at mixcloud.

01 Who’s Gonna Take The Weight Part 1-Kool & The Gang (De-Lite)
02 Underground-Curtis Mayfield (Curtom)
03 Who You Gonna Blame-Fontella Bass (Paula)
04 Time For A Change-The Eight Minutes (Jay Pee)
05 New Vibrations-Voices Of East Harlem (Just Sunshine)
06 What The World Needs Now Is Love-Vicky Anderson (King)
07 Love Attack-The Persuaders (Atco)
08 Freedom-Isley Brothers (T Neck)
09 Stoned Love-The Supremes (Motown)
10 We’re Rolling On Pt. 1-The Impressions (ABC)
11 World War Three-Barbara Mason (Buddah)
12 Stop The War Now-Edwin Starr (Gordy)
13 You Can Have Watergate, But Give Me Some Bucks And I’ll Be Straight-The JB’s (People)
14 It’s A Groovy World-The Unifics (Kapp)
15 Give A Damn Pt. 1-Benny Gordon (Estill)
16 The Seed-Rare Earth (Rare Earth)
17 Save The Country-Fifth Dimension (Bell)
18 Turn On Tune In Drop Out-The Brothers Three (T Neck)
19 People Are Changing-Timmy Thomas (Glades)
20 I Am Somebody Pt. 2-Johnnie Taylor (Stax)
21 Freedom Blues-Little Richard (Reprise)
22 We The People Pt. 1-Soul Searchers (Sussex)
23 Everybody Walking Together-Prophecy (All Platinum)
24 Pass It On Pts. 1&2-Pieces Of Peace (Twinight/Numero)
25 An Open Letter To The President-Roy C (Alaga)
26 Mighty Mighty Children Pt. 1-Baby Huey & The Babysitters (Curtom)
27 Our Future?-Black Ivory (Today)
28 We’ve Got To Make A Change-Mickey & The Soul Generation (Funk 45 reissue)
29 What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes-Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings (Daptone)
30 Give Me Liberty Or  Give Me Death-The Salem Travelers (Checker)
31 Vote-Madhouse (Today)
32 Right On Right On-E. Rodney Jones (Westbound)

A big round of thanks to Heavy Weight Crates and the fearless leader Lafayette…

To all of you, thanks for your time. Have fun(k), please be safe, and to all my American brothers and sisters, please go out and vote.

Peace and blessings.