(January 26, 2019): Testors – Together

From the 1980 single, Together / Time Is Mine – 7″ 45rpm (Drive In Music – BOP-1). The Testors, led by Sonny Vincent, were a staple of CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City in the late 1970s. This single is their sole release during the time they were performing. There have been a host of live recording compilations (bootleg and otherwise) that followed the band’s demise and another single was released in 2011, but it is unclear if it was new or old material. Anyway, this tune has a good beat and you can dance to it.


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(January 18, 2019): Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 – Rise

The title track from the 2011 double album of the same name, Rise.  Seun Kuti is the youngest son of the legendary Fela Kuti. Egypt 80, which had been Fela Kuti’s band, became Seun’s main band after his father died in 1997. When I first saw the Knitting Factory lable on this release, I was reminded of seeing Sun Ra in 1991 at the famous Houston Street venue in New York.

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(January 16, 2019): Poposana Dave Adams – Yoga! Rock! Party!

Back on April 24, 2017, we put up “Who Owns Yoga?” off Dave Adam’s 2017 album, Yoga! Rock! Party! (which is reprised here). Given that one of us here at Oncewasanote recently became a Yoga devotee — hanging out early mornings with our inspiring Yoga teacher Jeanette Proctor of &relax at BSKT Yoga — we decided to put up a few more cuts to share with Jeanette and new yoga friends. Remember, this is music about yoga, not music to practice yoga with. You cannot miss the difference.  Enjoy & peace.

Who Owns Yoga?


We Love Savasana


Where Are The Men


Dog Dance


In My Spot


You May Break


Slow Flow

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(December 5, 2018): The Majestics – Here Come Da Judge

From the 1968 album of the same name, Here Come Da Judge.  A cover of a tune written by Carl Cisco and Nick Ameno for The Buena Vistas by the Canadian Majestics (not to be confused with their Texas contemporaries). The tune’s title is taken from a 1950s Dewey “Pigmeat” Markham routine, which Flip Wilson used as a line on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In in the late 1960s.

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(November 14, 2018): The Awkward Stage – The Morons Are Winning

From the 2006 album, Heaven is Easy For Girls.  All a bit juvenile by this Vancouver band led by Shane Nelken, but I still like the opening lyric of this tune: “There is a war on and all of the morons are winning.” Nelken has played with AC Newmand the New Pornographers. The last release by The Awkward Stage was 2008.

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(November 12, 2018): Albert King – Got To Be Some Changes Made

From the 1990 release, Wednesday Night In San Francisco.  The LP was recorded in June 1968 at Fillmore West when King was 44 years old. In January that year, King had opened for Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall, his first exposure to a mostly young, white audience. These two shows were organized by Bill Graham following the release of his 1967 album, Born Under A Bad Sign, which got regular play on “underground” stations like K-SHE 95.


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(Nov. 11, 2018): Bill Carrothers – I Didn’t Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier – Armistice Day

From the 2004 double CD, Armistice 1918.  Obviating the need to remember sacrifice by teaching peace and resisting war is the best homage that can be paid to the fallen. The incessant celebration of war and the military is the greatest disrespect. The physical copy of the album includes a 36 page booklet with period photos, poems, and liner notes by Mr. Carrothers and Thomas Compere-Morel, curator of l’Historial de la Grande Guerre, a museum of the Great War in Peronne (Somme region).

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