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…for this “OC Weekly” article.

Doo doo doo-doo-doo,


…are these five albums:

1) Disc One of Bob Marley’s “Songs of Freedom” four-CD collection

2) Charlie Parker’s “Yardbird Suite: Volume 2”

3) Radiohead’s “Kid A”

4) Nina Simone’s “Nina Simone Sings the Blues”

5) That Handsome Devil’s “That Handsome Devil”

What are you folks listening to?

Working it,


In the player today:

Disc One: That Handsome Devil “That Handsome Devil” – One of the weirdest fucking albums in my collection. I got this seven-song EP from my good friend Becki Carr who ran PR for the album. On the front it says the NYC-based That Handsome Devil is like if Tom Waits were to meet Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and that description is terrifyingly accurate. But don’t take my word for it. Head on over to his MySpace page and listen to the song “Hey White Boy.” You’ll quickly learn why I love him so.

Disc Two: Talking Heads “Fear of Music” – Classic Heads and Byrne from 1979. You know, before they broke up and the remaining members (sans Byrne) started up The Heads, only to eventually go on and be sued by Byrne. You know, before all of that. Of course, a reunion tour is probably in the works now. This CD/DVD combo was released remastered in 2006 and includes the original eleven songs, four additional tracks of outtakes and alternate versions, and a DVD side that plays the original album in beautiful 5.1 Surround Sound. Yummy.

Disc Three: The White Stripes “Live in Vancouver: June 9th, 2002” – This bootleg from their 2002 tour in support of “Elephant” has pretty good sound quality, all things considered. If you’ve ever seen the Stripes in concert, it’s pretty much like that. But in Canada. And minus Meg’s huge boobs.

Disc Four: Stubborn All-Stars “Back With a New Batch” – I had forgotten how much I dig this album. There was a period in my life (1999, to be exact) when I listened to this album a bunch, so hearing it again now brings back a ton of memories of living on Dennison Avenue in Columbus, King Django and the early days of “Tastes Like Chicken.” Oh… and Red Dog! If you like the New York ska scene from the late nineties, you’ll dig this. If you don’t like New York, ska or New York ska, stay away.

Disc Five: Das EFX “Dead Serious” – Oh, hell yes. This was one of the first CDs I ever bought. Actually, I used to own this shit on tape! That’s how old school this album is for me. This East Coast hip-hop duo (made up of Skoob and Krazy Drayzy) had a bit of mainstream popularity with the single “They Want EFX” from this album, but the whole disc is an early nineties hip-hop gem with production from EPMD! Hells yeah, boy! EPMD!

That’s it. More music tomorrow, my monsters.

Pick up your phone / Fix up your lawn / Turn the TV on / There’s nothing wrong / Miss America / We love you,


Old Poop!