Waiting on the mailman (including Fufu Pop Rox)

Hello, kiddies.

I’ve been gone a while, yes, but I have been busy planning the next move. Real life sucks, sure, but I now make it a point to take some time out for playing records whenever possible. As a result, the “kitchen” is in desperate need of a detail cleaning, but I don’t expect that to happen any time soon. That is what happens when one starts pulling out records that haven’t seen the light of a turntable in years. I blame that on the many and varied record appreciation groups I belong to on the ol’ Facebook machine.

Let’s see if I can’t get back into good graces with all of you as I present this live to drive session that I did on mixlr back in November. As always, you can listen at your leisure with the player thingie below…

Ooh Yeah-Betty Davis (Just Sunshine)
Pulse-Ten Wheel Drive (Polydor)
I’ll Bet You-Jackson Five (Motown)
South California Purples-Chicago Transit Authority (Columbia)
Prehistoric Boogie-Redbone (Epic)
River Boulevard-Pointer Sisters (Blue Thumb)
I Just Want To Make Love To You-Cold Blood (San Francisco)
Soul Soul Soul-Wild Magnolias (Polydor)
Sunrise Dance With The Devil-Hot Tuna (Grunt)
My Women-Pacific Gas & Electric (Columbia)
King Solomon’s Marbles-Grateful Dead (Grateful Dead)
Black Hearted Woman-Allman Brothers Band (Capricorn)
Joe Tex-Buddy Miles (Mercury)
Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On-Funakdelic (Westbound)
Peace Pipe-B.T. Express (Roadshow)
Funky L.A.-Paul Humphrey & His Cool Aid Chemists (Lizard)
Feelin’ Alright-Rare Earth (Rare Earth)
Baby I Love You-Cold Blood (Reprise)
Hey Bulldog-Bill Deal & The Rhondels (Heritage)
Stoned Woman-Ten Years After (Deram)
Treat Her Like A Lady-Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose (bonus 45 track) (United Artists)
Place In The Country-Fanny (Reprise)
Naturally-Sweetwater (Reprise)
Fan The Fire-Earth Wind & Fire (Warner Bros.)

The closing commentary this time around is pretty critical as it explains where I hope to go from here. I have always professed to be an armchair DJ, but with a newly acquired microphone, the possibilities are getting more and more exciting. All I need now is a proper pop filter. Remember, you can now follow me on mixlr by logging on to http://mixlr.com/vincent-soulchef/. I have to settle a few monetary issues there, but I do sporadic live sessions from time to time on random Sundays. If you do the Facebook thing, then please like my page right here for up-to-the-minute details. I hope to see you all sooner than later, but until then have fun(k), and 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.

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.

To have and have not part three (including a new Funk Fix)…

I screwed up the order in which all these posts were supposed to read… There are three new ones to see so please read on.

Hello, kiddies.

The respite quickly came to a close because I did not get anything done. The respite quickly came to a close because most of it was spent at work, to earn money that I’ll never see. The respite quickly came to a close… and now I am back to the ol’ grind of burying my nose in books.

In spite of my procrastination, I did get to do some type of sorting out the pantry if you want to call it that. With botanical refreshment at my beckoned call, I sampled a variety of things that have been on ice for months, or just recently picked up at the farmers’ market. When I sat down to feast, Needless to say, my head was nodding throughout. I believe that an enjoyable experience such as this should be served up and dished out for your aural consumption. Thank you to everyone who helped to fuel this experience, through your various means and methods. I will only take the credit for the order in which I present these amazing tidbits to you, and for the feeling I received from it. Without further ado, the time has come for a little bit of Smokin’ and Compin’. Light up!

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01 Now is the Time-Darrow Fletcher
02 Get-to Funk-Duralcha
03 Solid Funk-Sugarman Three
04 Soul Strokes-Sidney Pinchback
05 Love In Them There Hills-The Vibrations
06 Clockwise Revolution-Sunrise Movement
07 Closed Mind- Different Bags
08 The Push And Pull- Sons Of Slum
09 Music Man Pt. 2-Pleasure Web
10 Tuane-Hammer
11 Flim Flam (Instrumental)-Lee Fields
12 Jam For Jack-Maxayn
13 Gimme Shelter-Maxayn
14 Valdez In The Country-The Soulful Strings
15 Acid-Ray Barretto
16 Chilli Fried-Deep Street Soul
17 Cheeba Cheeba-The Mighty Tomcats
18 J.R-New World
19 Moonshine Heather Takin’ Care Of Business-Parliament
20 Big Black Funky Slave-Eddie Simpson
21 Chitlin’ Strut-Backyard Heavies
22 The Whole Thang-Big Barney
23 Compin’ & Smokin’-Calypso King and The Soul Investigators

Please download and enjoy Smokin’ and Compin’, 92 MB.

I dug out enough to make more, so If you’re game keep reading. Until the next time we meet, have fun(k), and as always, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

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Happy Fall (including Head Food)…

Phase three begins now. Expect most of the major changes to take effect real soon… I hope. 🙂

Hello, kiddies.

I’d like to start the week off by wishing The Hook And Sling a happy second anniversary! I dropped yet another batch of 45s on ’em, so if you need a good soul fix, don’t hesitate… If it’s a good dose of Psych you’re craving, read on… hehehe 🙂

Well, after another eleven weeks of painstaking studying, I can rest easy. The term paper did end up being a labour of love as I got an A PLUS!!! So for the next couple of weeks, there will be lots of rest, relaxation and RECORDS… oh yeah, and another golden opportunity to spend a little quality time with all of you.

The missus and I enjoyed another four days in Delaware during the Labour Day weekend, visiting with the in-laws. Before you say anything, it really was a nice time… relaxing and productive in the same breath. This next batch of stuff will prove just that.

As you now know, we have a couple of rituals that we go through when visiting Delaware, most notably, taking in a few hours traipsing around in Rehoboth. Thrasher’s french fries, happy hour at Catcher’s, and a stop to the hippie spots. Since I made a couple more mixes for the good folks at Sunshine Octopus and Superkind, I figured it’s only right to pass ’em along to y’all. I haven’t gotten the psych bug out of my system yet, so here’s another Psychedelic Psupper. Once again, the learned “travel agents” have provided me with lots of “tickets”. You’ll see what I mean almost immediately. Remember, Grace Slick once told us to never forget those famous words that the doormouse uttered. With that said, here’s another plate full of

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The premise, as always, is simple.

01 My Friend Jack (Jack knows)-The Smoke1

02 Mr. Pharmacist-The Other Half

03 Vacuum Cleaner-Tintern Abbey

04 A Question Of Temperature-The Balloon Farm

05 Optical Sound-The Human Expression

06 Psyche Suki-Electronic Sounds

07 Woodstock-Turquoise

08 Hot Smoke And Sassafrass-The Bubble Puppy

09 Travel Agent Man-Sound Apparatus

10 Are You Experienced (Another Experience)-The Jimi Hendrix Experience2

11 Funky Trip-Johnny Walker

12 G.E.A.B.-Pussy

13 Slightly Delic-The House of Nimrod

14 Trip #76-The Deep

15 Moon Beams-The Magical Mixture

16 Marmalade Hair-Wimple Winch

17 Looking Glass Alice-The Bunch

18 Jefferson Airplane-Ford Theatre

19 You Can All Join In-The Orange Machine

20 Tripping Into Sunshine-T.I.M.E

21 Yes, I’m Experienced-Eric Burdon & The Animals

22 Your Head Is Reeling-Ultimate Spinach

23 Sunshine Day-Jethro Toe

24 The Room Revolves Around Me-The Oscar Bicycle

25 Trip With Me-Tides In

26 My Friend Jack (Now everybody does)-The Smoke3

Please download and enjoy Head Food, 97 MB.

Before I rush off, I guess I better get a little shameless self promotion in. Don’t forget to visit my other blog. There I have put a very special Fufu Funk Fix, and restored all the old links. Head on over and take a chance… let me know what you think.

Also, don’t forget to check out The Hook And Sling!

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

Peace and blessings.

1. This is the alternate mix, which I consider to be the beginning of the trip…

2. Listen to the guitar breakdown very carefully…

3. This is the official mix… did you all pass? I hope you’ll want more.

Come and get it… Fufu Stew No. 12

Hello, kiddies.

Another term comes to a close. I didn’t fare as well as I had planned in the end, but I think that’s because I really have to get away from here.

You all know how I just love the summertime… UGH! Heat, humidity and headaches. Oh well, I’ll get through this one just like every other.

Saturday marks our first wedding anniversary, so Leslie and I are returning to our summer place for ten more days of rest, relaxation and records… I hope that this trip proves as fruitful as the last.

The time comes to give up another one of those freeform exercises. This one was inspired by taking those visits around the land of blog and having my mind blown. It was just as exhilarating an experience as when I made that tape from the radio, which I finally found out just about all of the song titles and artists. For the past month, I’ve been totally immersed in anything Psychedelia. Fuzz… Sunshine… Freakout!!! There was a time so long ago. I’m sure you’ve all been there at least once. Well for me, it was 1986. MTV was playing the first of many marathons of Monkees episodes. I found Sgt. Pepper for the first time… and botanicals… I look back on it all and don’t regret a single minute. Yeah, young and stupid I was. I guess saying if I knew then what I know now isn’t really necessary. Now that I’ve put my heart on my sleeve again, let’s get to the food… brain food, as the image below may suggest.

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…God bless you, Ken.

01 Introspeak (and subsequent thoughts)* by Timothy Leary

02 Magic Key-Rare Earth

03 The Flying Teapot-Gong

04 No Escape-The Seeds* (just found out that Sky Saxon is no longer with us. Rest in peace…)

05 Open Up Your Mind-The Nuchez

06 Hashish-Indian Puddin And Pipe

07 Get High-Gran Am

08 Smokestack Lightning-Howlin’ Wolf

09 2000 Light Years From Home-The Rolling Stones

10 War Of Distortion-The Leaves

11 Intermission…

12 A Girl Named Sandoz-Eric Burdon &The Animals

13 (We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet-The Blues Magoos

14 Fifty Two Per Cent-Max Frost And The Troopers

15 Herbert Harper’s Free Press News-Muddy Waters

16 Nightmare Of Percussion-Strawberry Alarm Clock

17 Termination-Iron Butterfly

18 Sunday Morning-Five Day Week Straw People*

19 You Can’t Ever Come Down-Joe Byrd And The Field Hippies

20 Season Of The Witch-Brian Auger & Julie Driscoll

21 Star Collector-The Monkees

22 Nice To See You-The Left Banke

Please download and enjoy Fufu Stew No. 12.

here is the link to the zip file, complete with three different covers, 76 MB

Here are the mp3 links. each link has a different cover. Which one will you choose… (click on any of the images)

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Thank you to Huddinge Hill, Phrockblog and to my friends and esteemed colleagues Nikos and Ronnie… I hope you dig it as much as I did.

…and now for the closing commentary, which simply put, says that when I come home, I hope to post again. Also, the mighty Tony C. returns once again with another batch of heat. This one promises to be extra special so be sure to stand by, especially Lily, Heavy Soul Brutha and W… hint, hint… 🙂

My only thought for the 4th of July is this: One world, independent and free… Until the next time we meet, have fun(k), enjoy the upcoming weekend and as always, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

keep on reading… there’s another new mix for you.

More Six String Fufu

Hello again, kiddies.

I did another guest mix for the fine folks at jemsite.com that I thought you all would enjoy. The last one sounded so good, and I am so glad to have time on my hands again (if only for a week or so)… It’s just another freeform exercise done on the fly, so strap on that stratocast(air)… get it? 😀

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01 Days When We Are Free-Mashmakhan
02 Mr. Soul-Buffalo Springfield
03 Even Trolls Love Rock And Roll-Tony Joe White
04 Mona-Quicksilver Messenger Service
05 Cynthy-Ruth-Black Merda
06 Feelin’ Alright-Rare Earth
07 Soul Soul Soul-The Wild Magnolias
08 I Got A Thing, You Got A Thing, Everybody’s Got A Thing-Funkadelic
09 Biding My Time-Pink Floyd
10 Psycho Part 2-The Fabulous Mark III
11 The Devil Made Me Do It-Curtis Knight
12 Engine Number 9 (Part 1 & 2)-Wilson Pickett
13 Let The Sunshine In-Dennis Coffey
14 Juicy John Pink-Procol Harum
15 Hardcore Jollies-Funkadelic (bonus)
16 Go For Your Guns-The Isley Brothers
…and there’s a surprise at the end.

Please download and enjoy More Six String Fufu, a zip file, 72 MB

if you would rather have the single mp3 file, head on over to jemsite, and whilst you’re there, feel free to browse around… Thanks to Ava for asking me to come back.

Now that I’ve had my fun, it’s time for vacation!!! I’ll try to get one more in there before I have to get back to the books so until then, have fun(k) and as always, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.