Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Someone requested Yodeling music.

Just kidding, nobody requested Yodeling music, but here's some anyway. It sounds a bit like your typical German beer drinking music, but slower because I think they're supposed to be sad songs or something and with the special added bonus of Yodeling. There's even some American Cowboy style Yodeling on here and a song with Cowbells and Alpine horns so it's quite a bargain.

All The Best From Austria & Switzerland
There's a bunch of these, "All The Best From" CDs. If you want a laugh, look at the cover of the, "All The Best From Ireland" If I were Irish I'd probably buy the CD just so I could smash it on the ground right outside of the store. On second thought, I wouldn't even wait until I got out of the store. I'd smash it right in front of the Demon that just sold it to me. If I were Austrian or Swiss I might do the same to this one too. It's mostly kind of dumb. I promise my next post will be much better. Last time I griped about a CD I got a few bad comments. I will save you some time. There isn't anything that you can post that will change my mind that this CD is kind of a turd.

Here's a fun Yodeling fact: Albert Einstein drove everyone crazy with his Yodeling during the making of the Atomic Bomb. Wiki has some nifty Yodeling info
I also know for a fact that my blog looker people are not satisfied with simply listening to the music they MUST live the music. So I offer a link to This place teaches you how to Yodel. It's like an online Yodeling University thing with sound clips and different Yodeling levels and such. Please keep me informed of your progress.

Track List:
1. The Romance Is Over
2. Archduke Johann Yodle
3. Its So Lovely In The Forest
4. The Mountain Gnome
5. Come To Me, Lieser
6. Styrian Boy
7. Mocking Bird Yodel
8. Not So Bad
9. Swiss Alpenhorn Melodies
10. Kartner Songmarch
11. Glorious Mountains
12. Ziller Valley
13. Woodchoppers March
14. Innsbruck
15. Long Long Ago
16. Farewell To My Mountains
17. Hackerbracker Polka
18. Kufstein
19. Chopping-Borad Polka
20. Zither Pleasures

Quick Stats:
All The Best From Austria & Switzerland
76 MB
192 kbps
pw = Cowbell

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

A double scoop of vinyl from 1982

It is I, L. Chupacabra, bringing you the much anticipated vinyl you've all been craving. Best of Ralph is a double album of recordings on the Ralph Records label with which the cool people in the audience will be familiar. I usually think of Ralph Records as the label of the incomparable group The Residents, but Ralph had quite a few other groovy artists as well.

The tracks on this double album are simply labeled from 01 to 27, but there is a bit of a difference between the two LPs that you might want to be aware of. The selections on sides one and two (tracks 01 to 12) are the results of a poll of Ralph Records' mail order customers' favorites. The selections on sides three and four (tracks 13 to 27) were chosen by the Ralph Records staff.

All of the selections are quite excellent, including one of my personal favorites, Santa Dog '78 by The Residents. This song was a single, so I'm guessing it's comparitively hard to find. There's another Residents single, Beyond the Valley of a Day in the Life, made up of Beatles' samples. Also included are several other Residents tracks, a few Yello tracks, some Snakefinger, Tuxedomoon, and a healthy dose of Fred Frith, among others. On a personal note, one of the strangest shows I've seen was on Halloween 1987. Fred Frith and Hans Reichel were playing in a church, of all places. There was this one guy in the audience who had clearly taken some illegal substance or other who wandered over to the side of the church and did this little kooky dance for most of the show, while Fred and Hans played their custom-made guitars with paint brushes and stuff. Maybe that doesn't sound like an especially strange show, but at the time it seemed a bit freaky to me. Maybe just because it was in a church. On Halloween.

Anyway, disregard all that if you want to, but be sure to check out the Best of Ralph if you want to hear some excellent and unusual music from the late 70's and early 80's. Enjoy, and think of me whenever you listen to Santa Dog '78.
pw = SantaDog

Tuesday, August 22, 2006


Wecome to For Your Luau Party! Hukilau Hulas
You get 59 minutes of unmitigated cheese along with a few pictures in the liner notes of how to Hula. I found the exact same pictures and text here:
I thought it was weird that I would find them, but what do I know? There's not a lot of stuff to say about this one other than the fact that it's laughably campy. It sounds exactly what you would think it sounds like. Maybe if you have a Little sister or a Daughter or something and show them the Hula instructions they might get a kick out of it. Maybe if you have a fantastic party and you're all drunk you could put this on and have fun. If so, please send me pictures or a video.
"My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua, Hawaii" was a minor hit in 1934 for the Andrews Sisters and was probably a staple for the Lawrence Welk Singers. The song, "Keep Your Eyes On Your Hands" is FILTHY! BAN IT!

Track List:
1. The Hukilau Song - Mel Peterson
2. My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua, Hawaii - Kalani Bright
3. The Cockeyed Mayor Of Kaunakakai - Andy Cummings
4. Blue Lei - Bill Akamuhou
5. I Naughty Mai Nei - Mel Peterson
6. Lovely Hulaz Hands - Ray Kinney
7. A Song Of Old Hawaii - Mel Peterson
8. Hapa Heole Hula Girl - Andy Cummings
9. (If You Wanna) Dance The Hula - Kalani Bright
10. Hawaiian Hospitality - Ray Kinney
11. Little Brown Gal - Bill Akamuhou
12. Across The Sea - Ray Kinney
13. Keep Your Eyes On Your Hands - B. Kaai
14. Sweet Someone - V. Akina
15. Maui Girl - E. Tavares
16. Island Moon - B. Kaai
17. Pau Pilkia - B. Kaai
18. To Make You Love Me - B. Kaai
19. Hii Lawe - E. Tavares
20. He Ono La - TriO
21. Pupu O Nii Hau - V. Akina
22. Hano Hano Hanlei - E. Tavares
23. Minoi Minoi E - TriO
24. Hui Mawaho O Ka Waa - TriO

Quick Stats:
Hukilau Hulas
83 MB
192 kbps
pw = CheeseParty

Aloha, Hawaii Week!

Obligatory Hula Video Here.
Camera Guy not much interested in her face.

Monday, August 21, 2006

This aint no Luau Party!

You can't dance to it. If you play this real loud in your car and drive around with the windows down, people will not think you are cool. They'll think you are a lunatic freak.
Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants: Sounds of Power in Time isn't for everyone, it's more for ethnomusicologist type people. You know, the kind of people that smoke pipes and wear tweed jackets with the brown patches on the elbows and spend hours telling anyone that will listen boring stories about what, "Real" music is. Excuse me while I light my pipe. This is real music, but it can also be real repetitive.

This is another collection on the Smithsonian Label and it's been proven that by just listening to something on the Smithsonian Label will raise your I.Q. by 3 points. It kind of reminds of some Native American type music because of the bare bones simplicity of it. The drum is used in only about half of the songs and it's only there to keep some kind of time. There are no polyrhythmic shenanigans to be found here. The recordings on this run the gamut from early 20th Century wax cylinders field recordings to late 20th Century modern studio recordings. But It doesn't matter when they where done, they all kind of sound the same.

Like I said, this isn't for everyone and this aint no Luau Hula Party, but if you're an adventuresome soul and like to listen to music just because you want to hear what it sounds like, give it a shot. It's probably not something you'd listen to everyday, but it's worth listening to at least once. It also happens to have the best track list ever!

I only have one more Hawaii CD left and I'll post that tomorrow.
Track List:
1. Mele Pule - Kau'i Zuttermeister
2. Mele Kahea - Hau'oli Lewis
3. Mele Komo - Noenoe Lewis, Hau'oli Lewis
4. Kau Ka Hali'a I Ka Manawa/Kauliua I Ke Anu Wai'ale'ale - Noenoe Lewis, Hau'oli Lewis
5. Aloha E Ke Kai O Kalalau - Noenoe Lewis, Hau'oli Lewis
6. Hanohano Ka Uka O Pihanakalani - Noenoe Lewis, Hau'oli Lewis
7. Noho Ana Ke Akua I Ka Nahelehele - Brenda Lehua Hulihe'e
8. Ke Ala Ke Aloha Me Ka Hikina - Anthony La'akapu Lenchanko
9. Ku'u Wahine I Ka Ua 'Ulalena - Charles Albert Manu'aikohanaiki'ilili Boyd
10. Kaulilua I Ke Anu Wai'ale'ale - James Kapihe Palea Kuluwaimaka
11. O 'Oe 'Ia E Wailua'iki/Kaulilua I Ke Anu Wai'ale'ale - Samuel Pua Ha'aheo
12. Kau Ka Hali'a I Ka Manawa/'Au 'A Ia E Kama E Kona Moku - Samuel Pua Ha'aheo
13. 'Eia O Kalani Kamanomano - Keahi Luahine
14. Ke Akua I Ka Uwalo I Ka La'i E/Eia O Kalani Kamanomano - Kawena Pukui
15. Ke Akua I Ka Uwalo I Ka La'i E/A Hamakua Au 'Ike I Ka Pali - Hoakalei Kamau'u
16. Ulei Pahu I Ka Moku - Kawena Pukui
17. 'Ulei Pahu I Ka Moku - Hoakalei Kamu'u
18. Kaulilua I Ke Anu Wai'ale'ale - Keakaokalo Kanahele
19. 'Au'a Ia E Kama E Kona Moku - Keakaokalo Kanahele
20. Kaulilua I Ke Anu Wai'ale ale - Kawena Pukui
21. Au'a Ia E Kama Kona Moku - Kawena Pukui
22. Kaulilua I Ke Anu Wai'ale'ale - Kawena Pukui
23. A Ko'olau Au 'Ike I Ka Ua - Ka'upena Wong
24. A Ko'olau Au 'Ike I Ka Ua - Hoakalei Kamauu
25. Ku Oe I Ka'u Wahi 'Ohelo - Tom Hiona

Quick Stats:
55 MB
192 kbps
pw = MoreHawaiianCrap

Thursday, August 17, 2006

I'm back...

...from my vacation. Can you guess where I was? Oh, that's right, Escape Goat already told you I went to Hawaii. To celebrate my return to the mainland, I offer music I picked up in Hawaii.

Nothing obscure here, I think everyone in Hawaii is required by law to own at least one copy of this CD. When Israel Kamakawiwo'ole died in 1997, "all Hawaii cried". As far as I can tell, this 1993 release, Facing Future, was his best selling CD. (This is the one with the medley Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World that most people are familiar with.) I'm really not a big fan of Hawaiian music, but this CD is quite nice. Iz, as he was known, had a really sweet voice.

I really don't have a lot more to say about the big guy. I just wanted to let you all know that I'm back, and that I'll be posting some of my more obscure vinyl here in the not too distant future. Aloha.
pw = HawaiiCrap

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Aloha, L. Chupacabra

My friend and sometime collaborator, L. Chupacabra is in Hawaii right now on vacation. He even sent me a postcard that had a picture of some things on it. He's a good friend.
So for him and Hawaii I put up some nice music. Aloha is a Hawaiian word that can mean many things depending on the situation. It can mean, "Hello", "Goodbye", "My feet smell", "Your feet smell", "I'm deathly allergic to peanuts", "Only use peanut oil when cooking my food", "I don't think I like you." and, "You are a good friend." So be careful when you say, "Aloha" because you could get in trouble or maybe die.

Vintage Hawaiian Music, Vol. 1: Steel Guitar Masters (1928-1934) These songs all came from 78s and in some cases, there are only 1 or 2 known copies of the disc. Believe it or not, by 1916 more Hawaiian records were sold than any other type in the U.S. I tend to believe it since that is what it said in the liner notes. Mr. AMG says, "Highlights include one of the earliest known recordings of "My Little Grass Shack" and Jim & Bob, the Genial Hawaiians' smooth and lowdown "Hula Blues." A perfect introduction to the music." This is a pretty fun collection to listen to since it reminds me of the music from SpongeBob SquarePants. If you have a little party in your dirty apartment, you should probably play this to have a good time. You should also give your loser friends Hawaiian names by going here.,
This is a good place to learn all about Hawaiian Steel Guitar. There's even music and videos.

One interesting thing about this collection is there's a mysterious track 16 that isn't listed anywhere on the CD or any websites. All I need to tell you is that it features a Kazoo and some scat singing. You know what to do.
Track List:
1. Na Pua O Hawaii - George Ku Trio
2. Hula Love Medley March - Hilo Hawaiian Orch.
3. Waikki Waltz - King Benny Nawahi
4. Ellis March - Tau Moe
5. The Road To Paradise - Unkown German Orch.
6. Wang Wang Blues - Sam Ku West Harmony Boys
7. Lady Be Good - Sol Hoopii Trio
8. Dinah - King Benny Nawahi's Red Devils
9. Na Ali'l - George Ku Trio
10. Lirios - S. Cortez Y Sus Hawaiianos
11. Palolo - Charlie Wilson
12. My Little Grass Shack - Kanue And Lula
13. Medley Of Old-Time Waltzes - Walter Kolomoku
14. Maile Lau Li'l Li'l - Kalama's Quartet
15. Hula Blues - Jim & Bob, The Genial Hawaiians

Quick Stats:
Vintage Hawaiian Music, Vol. 1: Steel Guitar Masters (1928-1934)
65 MB
192 kbps
pw = Aloha

Sunday, August 06, 2006


UNBELIEVERS! I have had just about enough of you people telling me that it was impossible to package a CD with Indian Food! Your defeatist statements will be exposed now as nothing but lies! Be prepared for me to destroy your negative little world!
Ok, this entry comes from a box of food instead of the library. It's my contention that a box of food can be every bit as exciting as the library. You may totally disagree, but it's my blog so I have a right to feel that way.

Today you get a serving of : The Great Indian Masters: Vol 4 - Utsav. This CD came in a box of Red Kidney Beans Curry (Rajma Masala) made by Kitchens of India. About two weeks ago I saw these products in the grocery store and bought the Palak Paneer. It was ok, but it was a little bland. A week later I went back and decided to try one of the other kinds since they had 4 or 5 and the new boxes HAD FREE CDS IN THEM! This essentially shatters the myth that CDs can not be packed with Indian food. MYTH BUSTED!
Here is the link to Kitchens of India and all the products they make. A link there also leads to the free CDS and stuff. They are only for the U.S. Market so even Indians can't have them! If your grocery store doesn't carry them, ask for the manager and demand they stock these items or you will take your business elsewhere! You could also go to an Indian Restaurant and order these things, but I bet they won't give you a FREE CD with your meal...... just something to think about. Another thing to think about is that there is an Indian place up the street that serves, "Beef Vindaloo" yes thank you, I live in the Midwest. There are supposed to be 5 different CDs but I'm not sure if different meals = different CDS. I'll keep you posted when I buy a new flavor. I'll also keep you posted if Rajma Masala is any good or not since I haven't tried it yet. I was more excited about the FREE CD than the food.

The pic I used was not the pic on the CD cover. I just did a Google Image Search of, "Utsav" and that was the one I liked the most. I also did a GIS of, ""The Great Indian Masters" Venus" (Venus because that appears to be the label it's on) and the only hit I got was from a WFMU playlist. Pretty cool huh?

Track List:
There are only 4 tracks, but they are around 15 minutes a piece.
The artists on the CD are,
"Played to perfection by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia at the Flute, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan at the Sarod, Pandit Ramnarayan at the Sarangi and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma at the Santoor."
They describe the music on the CD in much the same way they describe the food in the package.
and I think the tracks are
1. Garbha Dhun
2. Raaga Bahar
3. Raaga Piloo
4. Folk Dhun

but I'm not positive.

Quick Stats:
The Great Indian Masters - vol 4 - Utsav
81 MB
192 kbps
pw = Utsav

This new CD/Indian food paradigm is so revolutionary that a movie was made to announce it's arrival. The name of this rock and rolling song is roughly translated as, "We love FREE CDs in our food so much that we can't stop dancing or changing our clothes every 15 seconds!"