Happy Spring!

Hello, kiddies.

Countdown… “t” minus 2 weeks (give or take a day) and counting.

Spring has indeed sprung, quickly and without warning. With it, another respite, which I certainly plan to use wisely… Here’s the second session from the last fire haul. I answered the call of my esteemed colleague HeavySoulBrutha this time, not only because it’s lots of fun to hear good 45’s, but because he’s just an all around good joe. He’s been keeping it funky for five years and counting, so it’s always a pleasure to drop by his spot and share. Much respect, good brutha!

01 G’wan-Mark III Trio (Wingate)
02 Give It Up-Young Holt Unlimited (Brunswick)
03 Git E Up (The Horse)-The Preparations (Heart & Soul)
04 Karate-The Emperors (Mala)
05 The Switch A Roo-Hank Ballard & The Midnighters (King)
06 Some Got It Some Don’t-Senor Soul (Whiz)
07 Run Joe-Freddie Scott (Shout)
08 Searchin’-Alvin Robinson (Tiger)
09 Everything’s Hunky Dory-Billy Harner (V-Tone)
10 The Soul Of J.B.-James Brown & the Famous Flames (King)
11 Ain’t Too Proud To Beg-J J Jackson (Warner Brothers)
12 Gettin Away-Cliff Nobles & Co. (Phil LA Of Soul)
13 Snake Pit-Gunga Din (Valise)
14 Poppin’ Popcorn-Alvin cash (Toddlin’ Town)
15 Shake A Poo Poo-Chet “Poison” Ivey and his Fabulous Avengers (Tangerine)
16 Can’t Get Over Losing You-The Delfonics (Philly Groove)
17 Nobody’s Fault But Mine-Arthur Conley (Atco)
18 I Gotta Thing For You-Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (Tamla)
19 Can’t Satisfy-The Impressions (ABC)
20 Our Love Is In the Pocket-Darrel Banks (Revilot)
21 Don’t Make Me A Storyteller-Steve Mancha (Groovesville)
22 Mole Skin-Bobby Kool (Expo)
23 You Can’t Take Love-Cash McCall (Thomas)
24 Chili Beans-Mongo Santamaria (Columbia)
25 Dance What You Wanna-Jerryo (Shout)
26 Do What’s Right-Eddie Seay (Imperial)
27 It’s Too Late-Howard Tate (Turntable)
28 Headline News-Edwin Starr (Ric Tic)
29 You’re Such A Beautiful Child-Archie Bell & the Drells (Atlantic)
Exitus from “LP Retreat” by Luscious Jackson

and now for the closing commentary, brief and to the point.

Thanks for allowing me to continue to do my thing. I know it ain’t much, but it’s all in my efforts to make getting through real life a little more tolerable. For everybody out there fighting the good fight, keep on pushing. Progress will progress. I’m confident. As always in parting, have fun(k), and please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

Wait til you see what happens next time…

Back to the Corner…

Hello, kiddies.

The respite is slowly drawing to a close. Lots of unexpected twists and turns happened, but as is always the case, I rolled with the punches. I have been lacking in my duties here once again, but I’ve still got some time left to atone. Before I go another further, let me direct all of you over to Funky 16 Corners so you can take advantage of another installment of the F16C Soul Club All Nighter and pledge drive, held at the world famous Grogan Casino… clever play on words, huh? Dig this all-star lineup: Tarik (8KC) Thornton, DJ Prime Mundo, Tony C., and the mighty DJ BlueWater… and headlined of course with two sets from the host with the most. I am truly honoured to be among such great company. Clicking on the image below will get you to the place to be post haste.

…and while you’re there, please show your support if you are able. It’s an investment that has already paid for itself and will continue to do so for years to come. Thanks so much for allowing me this indulgence. I hope to be back sooner than later with some new goods. I’ll make it worth the while… until then, have fun(k) and as always, please be safe.
Peace and blessings.

It’s a Mondo Mondo Mondo Mondo World…

Hello, kiddies.

Another day in the life is coming to a close. It was a very productive couple of weeks to say the least, so let’s get the ball rolling.

Here’s where the overhaul finally begins. The page images will change radically, as well as the font. It should be a lot easier to digest when I get done. Additionally, the blogroll will go through a major change too. Each and every blog that is still active will get a visit from me in the next few days, just to say hi and thank you for all of your support over the years. I know I’ve lost touch with a lot of you, due largely to real life issues… believe me, I can dig it. It’s like I said back in November, the world as we know it, is in serious trouble on so many levels. In one way or another, we are all feeling the pinch. Besides the usual blessings that I certainly count each and every day, I am thankful for the role that my mixtape craft has played in my recent existence. It keeps me sane. The finished products usually always make me happy when I blast them on my iPod or in my wife’s grocery getter. (shrug)… why not share them, y’know? It’s only that simple. I’m equally thankful for all of the support of all of you who saw fit to visit and enjoy the small contributions. So to make a long story just a little longer, the future of Fufu Stew will unfold before your very eyes sooner than later. Moving on…

I caught up with my long-time colleague Mr. Mondo and the mighty Mr. Grogan last week. Both have invited me back to their respective spots to lay some 45’s down. Of course I can’t ever pass up an opportunity to make a mixtape or five…

For now, you can head over to Planet Mondo and dig on this batch of heavy fuzz and buzz.

He also turned me on to a sneak peek at the latest marvel from the Bongolian which should be available in the all the right places by the time you get this far in the post. I was given the go ahead to share just a bit of it, which you can check out in the form of a mini sampler which you can enjoy right here

Big cheers and mad love for the folks at Blow Up Records first, last and always for the opportunity.

…and since it’s a mondo mondo mondo mondo world, I will start the overhaul of this little ol’ slice of blog by restoring the exchange we did wayyyyy back in 2008. You can dig on those at my Mixcloud pages. Again, click the appropriate image if you wish…

Aside from the lack of visual changes, that should be a good start… more to come sooner than you think. I will change the imagery later on this week, so until then, have fun(k) and as always, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

On the virtual road again (Including It’s A New Dawn)…

Hello, kiddies.

Trying once again to begin the week on a positive note… studies and an endless myriad of other challenges is making it hard, but I gotta keep on pushing.

In the meantime, I was fortunate to be able to make a virtual trip to Russia to visit the good folks at Musicdawn, armed with a mixtape full of those heavy-duty funk 45’s that make me so happy. In an attempt to make good on my New Years resolution, it only made sense to call this one

This time, you can listen at your leisure by visiting Musicdawn.ru, or listen on-demand at their mixcloud page, and no, Ms. Palin is NOT invited, even though she is probably salivating at the thought of hearing the funk from her backyard!!!

00 Introspeak by Grace Slick
01 The Camel-Cliff Nobles & Co. (Phil LA Of Soul)
02 Getting The Corners-TSU Toronados (Atlantic)
03 Don’t Lose Your Groove-Lavell Hardy (Rojac)
04 Cool Strut Pt. 1-Bernie Hayes (Volt)
05 Funky To The Bone-Freddie Henchie & The Soul Setters (Reprise)
06 Funky Worm-Ohio Players (Westbound)
07 Chug Chug Chug A Lug (Push N Shove) Pt. 2-The Meters (Reprise)
08 Changes Pt. 2-King Curtis & The Kingpins (Atco)
09 Chinese Chicken-Duke Williams & The Extremes (Capricorn)
10 Ride Sally Ride-Dennis Coffey (Sussex)
11 Ain’t It Good Enough-Nu Sound Express LTD (Silver Dollar)
12 I Wanna Do It-Harvey Scales (Stax)
13 What It Is-The Undisputed Truth (Gordy)
14 Funky Thing-Ted Taylor (Ronn)
15 I’m Gonna Give It To You-Tomorrow’s Promise (Capitol)
16 Funky Way-Calvin Arnold (Virtue)
17 Take Inventory-Isley Brothers (T-Neck)
18 I Feel Like Dynamite-King Floyd (Chimneyville)
19 Detroit-Paul Humphrey & His Cool Aid Chemists (Lizard)
20 Soul Express Pt. 1-The Ramrods (Rampage)
21 Do The Funky Penguin Pt. 1-Rufus Thomas (Stax)
22 My Babe-Willie Mitchell (Hi)
23 Get Back Baby-Al Green (Hi)
24 Marvin’s Groove-BW Souls (Round)
25 Funkey Key-The Dynamics (Black Gold)
26 Funky Dollar Bill-Funkadelic (Westbound)
27 The Truth Shall Make You Free-King Hannibal (Aware)
28 God Bless-Wolfmoon (Fungus)

Big thanks to the Musicdawn fam for the invite. Be sure to check ’em out and show your love… I’ll be back sooner than later with another batch of something special for your approval. Until then, have fun(k), and please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

Hero Worship…

Hello, kiddies.

I know, I know… it’s been too long once again, but as always, I have been struggling with the usual issues. Finally there is a break in the action (although it’s quite short), so I will get to work on another funk-filled dish of vinyl goodness which should be ready for your consumption in a few days…

Can’t wait that long? well never fear! To say the very least, I am privileged to say that I’ve been allowed to have some of my work housed in the world’s greatest online soul museum that all of you have come to know and love for the past five years… yep, that’s right, Funky 16 Corners!!! There’s no need for me to extol the virtues of this wonderful place; its reputation speaks volumes without me gushing on and on about it. Of all the guest posts I’ve done over the years, this one is by far the most special. Joining the ranks of the Funky 16 Corners Soul Club is my greatest achievement thus far. After all, I’ve said time and again that when it comes to cratediggers, Larry is without a doubt my hero. I’ve learned an awful lot about the art of cratedigging from walking those hallowed halls, so it only makes sense to name this all 45 rpm exercise

Intro-Partnership for a drug-free America PSA circa 1987
01 Stanga-Little Sister (Stone Flower)
02 Disco Kid-Funkhouse Express (Disko)
03 Get Down-Kay Gees (Gang)
04 Supersound-Jimmy Castor Bunch (Atlantic)
05 Funky Granny-Kool & The Gang (De-Lite)
06 Funk To The Folks-Creative Source (Sussex)
07 Everybody Needs Somebody-King Floyd (Chimneyville)
08 The Funky Robot Pt. 1-Dave Cortez (All Platinum)
09 Take Me Back-Syl Johnson (Twinight)
10 Tell Me What You Want-Jimmy Ruffin (Chess)
11 Right On Right On Right On-Milt Grayson (Peak)

12 30 60 90-Willie Mitchell (Hi)
13 Whatever Happened To Superman-Captain Freak & The Lunacycle Band (Phil LA Of Soul)
14 Lily-Manu Dibango (Atlantic)
15 The Girl From Kenya-Fabulous Counts (Moira)
16 Everybody Wants To Be Free-Amnesty (Lamp/Now-Again)
17 I Got So Much Trouble On My Mind Pt. 2-Joe Quarterman (GSF)
18 Wind Your Clock-Naomi Davis (Daptone)
19 I’m The Man-Chris Jones (Goodie Train)
20 Sophisticated Sissy-Rufus Thomas (Stax)
21 The Chop-Privates Hammond Orchestra (starla)
22 The Funky Judge (Instrumental)-Bull & The Matadors (Toddlin’ Town)
Endtro-Partnership for a drug-free America PSA circa 1987

Please head on over to Funky 16 Corners and check out I Learned It By Watching You. Many, many thanks to the curator for letting me be a member of the club.

Before my free time comes to an end, I will get back to work on the next joint. If all goes well, I’ll see you all real soon. Until then, have fun(k), and as always, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

Happy Winter (including a special holiday triple threat)

Hello, kiddies.

Welcome once again to Winter (at least here on the right coast)… We’ll see how it goes. With all new heating appliances recently installed, it should actually be quite efficient where the pocketbook is concerned… and as I have said so many times before, winter also means another hella hectic holidaze (dusting off the Grinch gear)

I intend to make the best of it, including another birthday celebration in a little over a week.

Now this is gonna be another one of those huge posts, complete with not one but THREE new offerings to get you through just like I promised. I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to do a Thanksgiving special this time (what is that thing they call “real life issues” anyway), but consider this a special holiday triple threat nonetheless. Come hungry and read on…

First up is another super-sized helping from my friend Tony C. I really can’t call him a guest this time though, because as the long-standing tradition in my family’s respective households goes, once you’ve visited us more than three times, you’ve become a member of the family with most of the perks that go with it. Help yourself as it were. Drop in anytime and all that. Tony did indeed drop by.

Hello, Firstly many thanks to Vincent for allowing me back into the new and improved Soul Kitchen. This latest mix is one that I thought about in the Summer when the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon landings were being acknowledged and it has taken me until now to get it sorted. ‘Real life issues’ as they say in (the blogisphere)… and you ain’t never lied, Tony… we’re all feeling that. Anyway here is “Space: The Vinyl Frontier!!”, an eclectic mix of Cosmic tunes and Voices. Enjoy!!

Cheers Tony C.

Please download and enjoy Space: The Vinyl Frontier!!, 94 MB. As always, it’s a pleasure to have you drop by with the heat, Tony. Much respect.

That’s the first one…

The next one is a little something I finished yesterday, not necessarily on the fly. As you all should know, this month marked the fifth anniversary of everybody’s favourite Soul museum, the legendary Funky 16 Corners… Well, I’d say about four years ago was the first time I ever visited when volume twelve of the radio podcast series first dropped. Check out the archive if you need a refresher. It was then that I was forever hooked… on the blog… and on the mighty Hammond. With that said, here’s my tribute to both… Yep, that’s right, another collection of mega-groovy organ-type workouts that have in some cases, been in the pantry for many, many years.

01 Also Sprach Zarathustra-Rhoda Scott

02 Tomorrow Is The First Day Of The Rest Of My Life (from Salvation) (excerpt)-The Free Design

03 Turtle Walk-Lou Donaldson

04 Comin’ Home Baby-El Chicano

05 Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf-The Graham Bond Organisation

06 Good Groove-Booker T & The MG’s

07 Organ Blower-Keith Mansfield/Alan Hawkshaw

08 Don’t Touch My Popcorn-Diplomats Of Solid Sound

09 The Commerce Thang-Chamber Of Commerce

10 Sock It To Me-The Deacons

11 Pygmy-The Delegates

12 Soul Circle-Spot & The Blotters

13 Tippi Toes-The Meters

14 I Know Who You Been Socking It To-Dave Cortez

15 Kiko-Jimmy McGriff

16 This Little Girl Of Mine-The Peddlers

17 Spill The Wine-Jimmy Smith

18 Sahara ’72-The Bobby Hughes Experience

19 There You Go-Fania All Stars

20 The Greasy Spoon-Hank Marr

21 Chalito Pt. 1-The Three J’s

22 Hot Funky And Sweaty-The Soul Lifters

23 Soul Zone ’65-Googie Rene

Please also download More Organic Fufu, 95 MB.

I ain’t done yet…

Here’s one that was really, really done on-the fly about two weeks ago. This time, the premise was a rather fast-paced collection of hodgepodge. It really feels good when I slap this one in the truck and put the pedal to the floor (at least when the authorities ain’t lookin’)… If you’ve got a need for speed and a lead foot like I do, then I think you’ll dig this thing that I call

01 Move Move Move-Alan Parker-Alan Hawkshaw

02 What Would It Be Like Pt. 2-Freddie Wilson

03 My Mind set Me Free Pts. 1&2-The Houseguests

04 Heavy Heavy Heavy-Geraldo Pino

05 You Got It All-City Council, LTD

06 Don’t Let Go-The Graham Bond Organisation

07 The Love Bounce-Johnny Cool

08 Let’s Do That Thing-Flip Flop Stevens

09 Soul Poppin’-Johnny Jones & The King Casuals

10 Tighten Up Tighter-Roosevelt Matthews

11 Solid Funk-Flame & The Sons Of Darkness

12 Blow Your Top-The Soul Destroyers

13 Speedway-Nick Ingman

14 There Was-The Naturall Band

15 Take Five-Kashmere Stage Band

16 Hardheaded Woman-US Warren

17 Banana Fana-The Jaguars

18 Nothin’ But A Party Pt. 2-The Blenders

19 The Mystery Track???

20 Jenkins Got A Funky Thing-The Cal Jenkins Revue

21 Shake What Your Momma Gave You-Allison & Calvin Turner

22 Hugh’s Hefner-Diplomats Of Solid Sound

23 Boogaloo Investigator-The Exotics

24 Too Many Fish In The Sea-Earl Van Dyke

25 Noise With The Boys-Al White & The Highlighters

Please download and enjoy Speed Freaks too, 94 MB.

Whew! That was a mouthful to say the least. Now my truck is satisfied, and I hope that you are too. I’m gonna commence to prepare to get ready for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidaze now. I did give Sandy Claw my wish list though, not that it’s any surprise what I asked for 😀 I’ve got another three weeks to get through in this term, and then I can start thinking about the third anniversary of my little corner of the bolgisphere. For those of you with Thanksgiving plans, be sure to eat a lot first of all… Have a great day, and whatever you do, do it good. And even if Thanksgiving isn’t in your scheme of things to do this Thursday… as long as you have health, happiness and friends to share a good day, then my wishes for you all have come true. Last thought:

“Smoke steams from under the lid that’s on the pot,
ain’t never had a lot but thankful for the little that I got…”

– Cee-Lo Green, 1994

Have a good week full of fun(k), and as always, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

P.S. To everyone who lent a hand this time, I give a BIG round of thanks and much respect. Any thoughts, kids??? I’d love to hear from you. Thank you so much for your continued patronage.

Come and get it… Fufu Stew No. 13

Hello, kiddies.

How’s about the new header image… Now I am learning how to create fractals, so you’ll be seeing a whole lot more.

I cooked up another plate of guitar laden goodies on the fly for the fine folks at jemsite.com tonight. I am thinking that this will probably be a regular thing, as my pal Ava tells me that they seem to dig my last couple of visits there. It feels good to be wanted… I’m only kidding, I enjoy the opportunity to fix up a new mix when I have the chance. Sadly I don’t have nearly as many chances as I used to, so I am glad for the time I do get to spend. With that said, let’s get to eatin’. Here’s my latest freeform exercise, chock full of more new discoveries and a few old friends…


01 Introspeak/Yadig? (excerpt)-James Gang
02 All Blues-The Soulful Strings
03 Psychodale-Alan Moorehouse
04 You Got Me Mama-Hayes Ware
05 Jumpin’ Jimmy-Jimmy Reed
06 Hard Time-The Tremeloes
07 Fleetwood Mac-Fleetwood Mac
08 Who’s Gonna Buy-The Lemon Drops
09 Time For A Change-Mel Brown
10 Little Mama-Luis Gasca
11 1 – 2 – 5-The Haunted
12 Drugs-The Gift
13 Crawl Y’all-Black Smoke
14 Action Painting-The Ricketts
15 Rock Me Baby-Apple
16 Black Gold-Philip Upchurch
17 The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam’s Dice-Jimi Hendrix
18 Get Off Your Ass And Jam-Funkadelic
19 I Said, She Said, Ah Cid-The Animated Egg
20 Guitar Blues Odyssey: From Roots To Fruits-Quincy Jones
21 Slo Fuse-Johnny Otis

Please download and enjoy Fufu Stew No. 13, 93 MB

As always, if you’d rather have a single file in this case, then please visit jemsite.com…

Thanks and praises to Fix It In The Mix, Fuzzy Wasabi, The North East Beast and Small Town Pleasures for their benevolence… much respect.

and now for the closing commentary…

I’m not altogether sure, but I’ll try and make a new Thanksgiving Day post this year. As amazing as it seems, folks are still gorging on the one from 2007. I’ll leave it up for one last season so if you didn’t already get your fill, don’t sleep!

As time draws closer to another round of midterms, it’ll be a tough go, but I’ll do my best. With that said, time to crack the books open some more… Until the next time, happy hallowe’en, have fun(k) and as always, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.