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…

Fufu Pop Rox (from the mixlr sessions) by The Soul Chef's Fufu Stew on Mixcloud

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.

The Re-Re-Return…

Hello, kiddies.
The chef’s hat is back on my head where it belongs, as are the proverbial whites. It’s been a long time coming, but I am slowly but surely finding my way.
Allow me to explain the current situation: I haven’t gone away necessarily, but as I explained in the last entry, I found a comfort zone on social media, for what it’s worth at any rate. A friendly reminder to all of you who read this, you can certainly follow me on Facebook now. Friend me, and I will most likely friend you back… or you can follow me on my newly launched fan page. It is there that I was fortunate enough to reconnect with most of my old blogging colleagues from back in the day, and I am constantly meeting new like-minded friends on the regular. As a result, I have been rediscovering my precious vinyl collection, and play way more records than I ever thought possible. That in turn prompted me to get back into playing live from deck to deck, thanks to one friend in specific who will get a proper namecheck at the end of this post. My skills are awful rusty, but the experience is so much fun that I can’t resist the urge to do it week after week. That being said, I have finally compiled an extra large batch of 45s for your aural consumption. It was recorded live in one take, with the slight exception of gain issues that were fixed after the fact. Enjoy the session at your leisure or on demand with the player thingie as always.

The Re-Re-Return... by The Soul Chef's Fufu Stew on Mixcloud

Changeling-The Doors (Elektra)
You’re The One Pt. 1-Little Sister (Stone Flower)
The Overtime Man-Don Covay (Mercury)
Reach Out Of The Darkness-Friend And Lover (Verve Forecast)
Green Power-The Bagdads (Double Shot)
Dock Of The Bay-The Da Kars (Josie)
Keep On Keepin’ On-The Vibrations (Okeh)
Never had A Love Like Yours-Act 1 (Spring)
Let Me Do My Thing-The People’s Choice (Phil LA Of Soul)
Latin Strut-Joe Bataan (Mericana)
Don’t Lose Your Groove-Lavell Hardy (Rojac)
Night Owl-Howard Tate (Verve)
Sing A Simple Song-Sly & The Family Stone (Epic)
Pass It On Pt. 2-Pieces Of Piece (Twinight/Numero)
Baby Let Me Kiss You-King Floyd (Chimneyville)
Ease Back-The Meters (Josie)
In The Pocket-The Kingpins (Atco)
Hip Hug Her-Booker T & The MGs (Stax)
Right On Right On Right On-Milt Grayson & The Mystery Guests (Peak)
Fair But Uncool-Earth Wind & Fire (Kalimba)
Seeds Of Life-Harlem River Drive (Roulette)
Sneakin’ In The Back-Tom Scott & The LA Express (Ode)
Inner City Blues-Grover Washington Jr. (Kudu)
Cartoon People-Freddie & Henchie (DJM)
Cat’s Got Her Tongue-Joe Tex (Dial)
The Pot’s Hot-Sherlock Holmes Organisation (CRS)
You-Marvin Gaye (Tamla)
Keem O Sabe-The Electric Indian (United Artists)
The Stretch Pt. 1-Detroit Sex Machines (Soul Track)
The Electric Surfboard-Brother Jack McDuff (Blue Note)
Soul Breeze-The Ventures (Liberty)
Give Peace A Chance-Lonnie Liston Smith (Flying Dutchman)
Luv N Haight-Sly & The Family Stone (Epic)
Vacuum Cleaner-Isley Brothers (T Neck)
Get Out Of My Life Woman-Lee Dorsey (Amy)
I Been Watching You-Southside Movement (Wand)
The Burning Spear-Soulful Strings (Cadet)
Respect-Rotary Connection (Cadet Concept)
The Cat Walk-Village Soul Choir (Abbott)
My Love’s A Monster-Clea Bradford (Cadet)
Groove And Move-Jr. Walker & The All Stars (Soul)
Hot Potato Pt. 1-Rinky Dinks (Enjoy)

And now for the closing commentary…

I said I was going to namecheck the one who was responsible for my return, so here goes. She says she likes the education I provide with my records, much like the one I got from the many years of following blogs and such. It is always important to pay it forward as the old saying goes, so it is with that said that I have to say thanks to the one known as Snoopy Mann… yes, she helped me to “find my smile” through playing records, and as such, regain my place on the interwebs. This could be the start of something big, and quite frankly, I hope that will happen sooner than later. You’ll see. The eighth year of Fufu Stew’s existence is now upon us, so watch this space to see what happens. I hope you’ll be glad you did :)
Have fun(k), and now more than ever, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

Head in the clouds part one (including Records are like chocolate…? The Birthday Edition)

Hello, kiddies.

Just when I thought I’d find a great moment to do all the things that I wanted to do back before spring break, setbacks and lack of motivation rear their ugly head yet again. I may admit to the setbacks, but I will never admit defeat. With all that said, it’s time to get back up to speed here. I’ve got my seafood fix to a certain degree, the Flyers are in the playoffs and socking it to the Penguins, and there’s a few fleeting moments in between to keep the “stew” pot full (that little greeting was for Bill)…

Here is the first of four exercises that I did over the holidaze. All of the tracks except four were scored during a surprise downtown dig. I hadn’t been down to Fells Point in at least two years, so with an unexpected windfall of resources at hand (otherwise known as an early birthday present), I was able to return to my favourite spots, fill some more holes and discover some more real gems. I got so lucky. I finally got a chance to put it here for your enjoyment, either at your leisure, on demand with the little player thingie, or here

Imagery provided by chocmocakes http://www.flickr.com/photos/chocolatemoosecakes/ Thank you.

Records are like chocolate...? The Birthday Edition by The Soul Chef's Fufu Stew on Mixcloud

01 Get On Down-Eddie Harris (Atlantic)
02 The Chicken-James Brown (King)
03 Buzzsaw-The Turtles (White Whale)
04 Love The Life You Live Pt. 1-Kool & The Gang (De Lite)
05 Broad Street-The Electric Indian (United Artists)
06 There’s A DJ In Your Town-Samson & Delilah (Black Prince)
07 (Do It) The Funky Dance-Dave Cortez & We The People (Sound Pak)
08 Humpin’ Thumpin’ and Bumpin’-Andre Williams (Checker)
09 My Thing Is Your Thing-Bobby Patterson (Jetstar)
10 Gotta Get Over The Hump-Simtec & Wylie (Mister Chand)
11 Do The Funky Chicken-Rufus Thomas (Stax)
12 The Goat-Freddie & The Kinfolk (Dade)
13 Give The Drummer Some More-Little Hooks with Ray Nato and the Kings (Enjay)
14 Mama Come Quick and Bring Your Lickin’ Stick-George Torrence & The Naturals (Shout)
15 City Dump-Dyke & The Blazers (Original Sound)
16 Things Got To Get Better-Marva Whitney (King)
17 Sweet Meat-The Zip Codes (Better)
18 As Long As I Got You-Laura Lee (Chess)
19 Party Hardy People-Act 1 (Spring)
20 The Funky Mule-Buddy Miles (Mercury)
21 The Emperor Pt. 1-Donald Byrd (Blue Note)
22 Thanks I Needed That-The Glass House (Invictus)
23 The Bottle-Brother To Brother (Turbo)
24 No More Water In The Well-Odell Brown & The Organizers (Cadet)

not much in the way of closing commentary this time around, except to say that I hope to have the rest of the holidaze exercises up soon as well as a couple of new joints. It’s all in an effort to restore some sort of relevance ti this piece of cyber real estate for a while. Just watch and see. Until then, have fun(k) and as always, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

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!

Put The Needle On The Record! by Heavysoulbrutha on Mixcloud

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…