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.

Come On In My Kitchen part eleven

Hello, kiddies.

The Come On In My Kitchen series continues today in the hopes that it brings a little comfort for your hump day woes. The next selector certainly needs no introduction, however, I will say that it is my extreme pleasure and privilege to bring to the kitchen my friend the Heavy Soul Brutha!

“Well, I’m very honored to finally present my very first guest mix to share here in the Fufu kitchen. Just wanted to give a MASSIVE thanks to The Soul Chef for inviting me to the grownup’s table. The concoction I’ve got for you is called Jazz…in the present tense. This mix features some of my favourite contemporary Jazz cats, as well as a few recent performances from a couple of legends. What weaves this mix together is most of the tunes are quite Funky. You’ve got New Orleans represented by Galactic and Stanton Moore. From out on the ‘left coast,’ keyboard player Robert Walter as well as the fantastic guitarist Charlie Hunter. Out of Oakland, the legendary drummer from the Headhunters, Mike Clark. A Bay Area super group dedicated to playing the music of James Brown, Thelonious Monk and Rashaan Roland Kirk that named themselves after two William Shatner TV characters calling themselves T.J. Kirk. Kooky! NYC shows up with Medeski Martin and Wood, probably the only super funky avant-garde Jazz outfit in the world. The superb trio called Soulive who almost improve on a Stevie Wonder classic. And a group based out of my hometown called Modern Groove Syndicate who dropped one of the best records of 07. Throw in legends John Scofield and Terry Callier and you’ve got

The Tunes:

01. Intro…Music Is A Science Of Sound!
02. Pappy Check – Medeski Martin And Wood
03. Damn Right I Am Somebody – T.J.Kirk
04. Jesus Children Of America – Soulive
05. Chilcock – Stanton Moore
06. Little Miss Lover- Robert Walter
07. Fly Like An Eagle – Charlie Hunter And Pound For Pound
08. B’Gock – Fuzz
09. Blackout – John Scofield
10. Stingers – Mike Clark
11. Go Go – Galactic
12. 3’s A Crowd – Talbot And White
13. Elephants – Karl Denson
14. El Guapo – Modern Groove Syndicate
15. Ordinary Joe – Terry Callier

Please download and enjoy Jazz… in the present tense, an .mp3 file, 87 MB

A HUGE thanks to Vincent for inviting me in to the kitchen. You are one classy cat, my Brutha!!!”

Peace and SOUL…


In closing, I am in the process of creating several 45 rpm exercises that will drop real soon, not just here, but also at Heavy Soul Brutha’s place and Parkdale Funk. I’ll be sure to keep you up to speed… Time for me to keep on rattlin’ those “pots and pans” some more so have a good week and as always, be safe…

Peace and blessings.

A Tribute to Allen Woody, some memories and a show…

Hello, kiddies.


3 October 1955-26 August 2000 

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the untimely death of undoubtedly one of the greatest bass players of our time, Mr. Allen Woody. I know I said I wouldn’t post much Gov’t Mule here, but I happened across one of Woody’s final performances which to the best of my knowledge has yet to be released commercially. For the benefit of those who have already experienced this wonderful band during their early days, this may be something that your bootleg collection is missing. For those who have never heard this band live, strap yourself in and get set for two hours of sheer power trio fury.

This performance was recorded live at Tradewinds, located in Seabright, New Jersey. The Mule’s third studio album (Life Before Insanity) had just been released, so the tunes in the set from that album are still works in progress. Later performances will show just how good their improvisation skills really are. What makes this band so amazing is their ability to put their stamp on any type of song from just about any genre. I’ve heard them cover everything from Otis Redding to Radiohead, and even Prince. The list of influences is too long to mention, but you haven’t lived until you’ve heard their take on “Pass The Peas”. I’ll never forget it. It was my first time seeing the band. I was in a sweaty hole-in-the wall nightclub in Baltimore back in 1998, totally plastered from too much beer, then when the bartender poured that shot of cinnamon vodka. Game over… It was then that I met Woody, although he probably wished I had never approached him bacause I was three sheets to the wind for sure. I was able to shake the man’s hand and thank him for a wonderful performance. He was quite the gentle soul, despite his rather large frame. Later I heard that Mr. Haynes asked “Who was that guy?” Some six foot something dude with a full head of dreadlocks just acting a total fool (if anyone can help me, I’m still looking for a copy of that show for the record – the venue was Fletchers, I’m not sure of the exact date)… It’s all good though because since that experience, my friend Mike and I followed them from venue to venue, under varying degrees of inebriation. When we saw the band at the Recher Theater here in Maryland, we had no idea that it would be the last time we would see Woody play. Not so surprising, but we saw them again just weeks after Woody’s passing in Washington, DC. I was going to be the bold and brazen individual and make sure that the bass player that they chose (Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools) know that he had some huge shoes to fill. For the duration of their first set, I simply held a sign in the air saying “Woody can hear you…” Suffice it to say he did a fantastic job, considering the so-called pressure I put him under… The following night, we saw them again in Philadelphia, and the sign said “I’ve been ‘Schooled’…” He just smiled and they played yet another tremedous show.

As I slowly digress with my sordid tales of concertgoing, let me lay this heavy setlist on you.

Technically, this performance was recorded live to DAT (as far as I know). The Mule are famous for NOT playing a venue unless the fans can record the show. The taping section is usually small but I’ve seen up to fifty mike stands crammed into this space at once, and I ain’t talking about Radio Shack condenser mikes hooked up to 70s style portable tape recorders either… The sound quality on this one may be a bit bass-heavy for some, but since it is in tribute to Woody, that is considered a good thing.

First Set: 192 kbs mp3, 71 MB
Grinning In Your Face
Rocking Horse
Thorazine Shuffle
Lay Your Burdens Down
Bad Little Doggie
Blind Man In The Dark
War Pigs / Luke’s Wall

Second Set: 192 kbs mp3, 91 MB
Don’t Step On The Grass, Sam
Temporary Saint
Monkey Hill
I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (Excerpt)
The Obligatory Drum Solo
(Matt Abts is one maniac drummer, but his technique is so effortless. It must be seen to be believed…)
Mountain Jam (bass solo portion and conclusion)
Life Before Insanity
Game Face
World Gone Wild

Please download and enjoy the show. If they come to a town near you (and they do perform worldwide now), go see ’em. You won’t be sorry. I must also recommend The Deep End Trilogy, the story of Warren and Matt’s quest to play with just about every bass player they know, have heard or just flat out worship. Thank you for your time. Next time I will return to the regularly scheduled programme of super heavy Soul 45s.

Peace and blessings.

P.S. Please give this page a visit as well…