the many moods of larrydigital, pt. 27

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Ok boys and girls, I'm back with my third (sorta) annual Christmas podcast.

This podcast was actually completed last year but due to technical difficulties beyond my control (a faulty video card that made my laptop inoperable), it was unable to published in time for Christmas. I considered publishing two months later in February (you know, for you Chinese Christmas) but I decided that the best thing to do would probably be to just sit on it. Funny how it worked out though, I considered it ready to go last December but after ruminating on it for so long, I picked and pulled at it and eventually came up with an almost entirely new podcast. Of the 20 tracks from last December, only 6 have remained. That's right, 14 new tracks.

Anyway, so instead of this episode being my third Christmas one in 3 years, it ends up being my third in 4 years. Make sense? Good. This one's a little more country than I expected it to be but I think it turned out fine.

You know, growing up, I never really liked Christmas. I just figured that the whole thing was just one big merchandising scam pushed on us by major corporations. It is of course, but I've maybe softened over the years. Because now I really look forward to Christmas. I really enjoy it, and not just because I have a kid now. The turn started about maybe 5 years ago. I think listening to so many Christmas songs for this podcast may have had something to do with it. I most dig holiday songs from the 50s and 60s. They're just so..... cheery. Campy. Soul ones from the 70s are cool, plus the odd hip-hop song but the country-fied ones from the 50s and 60s really entertain me the most. There might be a whole lot more of those in next year's podcast.

Ok, enough from me. Here's my latest Christmas episode. Enjoy. Let me know what you think.

Episode 27: A Yule That's Cool Tracklist

1. larry's intro
2. "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by Ray Charles (1985)
3. "Back Door Santa" by Clarence Carter (1969)
4. "Merry Christmas, Baby" by Otis Redding (1968)
5. larry's interlude #1
6. "Christmas Time All Over the World" by Sammy Davis, Jr. (1963)
7. "Buon Natale (Means Merry Christmas to You)" by Nat King Cole (1959)
8. "Jingle Bells" by Celia Cruz (1995)
9. larry's interlude #2
10. "A Rootin' Tootin' Santa Claus" by Tennessee Ernie Ford (1951)
11. "The Winter Song" by Tex Williams & the Western Caravan (1949)
12. "To Heck with Ole Santa Claus" by Loretta Lynn (1966)
13. larry's interlude #3
14. "I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus" by Brenda Lee (1956)
15. "The Tree" by Peggy Lee (1960)
16. "77 Santas" by Gayla Peevey (1955)
17. "Jing-A-Ling, Jing-A-Ling" by The Andrew Sisters (1950)
18. larry's interlude #4
19. "Cool Yule" by Louis Armstrong & the Commanders (1953)
20. "Dig That Crazy Santa Claus" by Ralph Marterie & His Orchestra (1954)
21. "Hey Santa Claus" by The Moonglows (1953)
22. larry's interlude #5
23. "Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man for This Christmas)" by The Weather Girls (1983)
24. "Christmas Rappin'" by Kurtis Blow (1979)
25. "Dana Dane is Coming to Town" by Dana Dane (1987)
26. larry's interlude #6/outro
27. "Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney" by Ella Fitzgerald (1950

This month's theme song is "Sleigh Ride" by Al Caiola & Riz Ortolani.


the many moods of larrydigital, pt. 26

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Episode 26: Walk On By Tracklist

1. "The Same Thing Again" by Billy Preston (1970)
2. larry's intro
3. "Window Shopping" by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (2010)
4. "Woman's Gotta Have It" by Bobby Womack (1972)
5. "Ladies" by Lee Fields & The Expressions (2009)
6. larry's interlude #1
7. "The Panties" by Mos Def (2004)
8. "Hey Brother" by Aloe Blacc (2010)
9. "Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here (Ashley Beedle Re-edit)" by Curtis Mayfield (2005)
10. larry's interlude #2
11. "He Can Only Hold Her" by Amy Winehouse (2006)
12. "Fuck You!" by Cee-Lo Green (2010)
13. larry's interlude #3
14. "Look After Me" by Hot Chip (2006)
15. "Runabout" by Little Dragon (2009)
16. "Naïve" by Aldo Vanucci (2009)
17. larry's interlude #4/outro
18. "I.O.U. (12" Version)" by Freeez (1983)

This month's theme song is "Vedo Nudo" by Armando Trovaioli.


the many moods of larrydigital, pt. 25

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Episode 25: Turn It Up Tracklist

1. larry's intro
2. "Fun in the Church" by The Nat Adderley Sextet (1972)
3. "Electric Worm" by Beastie Boys (2007)
4. "Bedstuy Parade & Funeral March" by Mos Def (2004)
5. larry's interlude #1
6. "Next Girl" by The Black Keys (2010)
7. "Colleen" by The Heavy (2007)
8. larry's interlude #2
9. "Turn It Up" by The Bamboos (2010)
10. "Não Posso Te Levar à Sério" by Saravah Soul (2008)
11. larry's interlude #3
12. "Che Che Colé Makossa" by Antibalas (2003)
13. "Mi Gente (Louie Vega Elements of Life Remix)" by Héctor Lavoe (2008)
14. larry's interlude #4
15. "In My Bones" by Groove Armada (1999)
16. "Limon en la Cabeza (Quantic Dub Mix)" by Gecko Turner (2006)
17. "Gravity's Rainbow (Soulwax Remix)" by The Klaxons (2007)
18. larry's interlude #5/outro
19. "Excuse Me (Diplo Remix)" by Gucci Mane (2010)

This month's theme song is "Ronnie's Bonnie" by Reuben Wilson.


the many moods of larrydigital, pt. 24

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Episode 24: Jump On It Tracklist

1. larry's intro
2. "Apache" by Sugarhill Gang (1982)
3. "Request Line" by Rockmaster Scott & The Dynamic Three (1984)
4. "Beat Bop" by Rammellzee vs. K-Rob (1983)
5. larry's interlude #1
6. "Mo' Filth" by Lack of Afro (2009)
7. "Step It Up" by The Bamboos (2006)
8. "The Witch" by The Broken Keys (2006)
9. larry's interlude #2
10. "Picture This" by Beastie Boys (1999)
11. "Foux Du Fafa" by Flight of the Conchords (2008)
12. larry's intro #3
13. "Here Comes the Sun (François K. Remix)" by Nina Simone (2006)
14. "Bababatteur (Quantic Mix)" by Awa Band (2005)
15. larry's intro #4
16. "What's a Girl Gotta Do" by Basement Jaxx (2009)
17. "Flying Saucer" by United Future Organization (1999)
18. larry's interlude #5/outro
19. "She Said What?" by The Quantic Soul Orchestra (2007)

This month's theme song is "Hi Hater (Instrumental)" by Maino.


the many moods of larrydigital, pt. 23

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Episode 23: Lord Have Mercy Tracklist

1. larry's intro
2. "(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man" by Muddy Waters (1954)
3. "Lonely Avenue" by Ray Charles (1956)
4. "Saved" by LaVern Baker (1961)
5. larry's interlude #1
6. "The Lip" by Louis Prima & Keely Smith (1957)
7. "Destination Moon" by Dinah Washington (1962)
8. larry's interlude #2
9. "Cajun Moon" by Herbie Mann (1976)
10. "Obsession (Nassau Mix)" by Guy Cuevas (1982)
11. larry's interlude #3
12. "Sorrow, Tears and Blood" by Fela Kuti (1977)
13. "Compressor" by Biting Tongues (1987)
14. larry's intro #4
15. "Wires and Watchtowers" by Thievery Corporation (2005)
16. "Stop Your Gun Shooting" by Errol Dunkley (1976)
17. "Rockers Galore... UK Tour" by The Clash (1980)
18. larry's interlude #5/outro
19. "Limb By Limb" by Cutty Ranks (1993)

This month's theme song is "Stalag 17 Version" by The Techniques All-Stars.


the many moods of larrydigital, pt. 22

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Episode 22: Taxes, Death & Trouble Tracklist

1. "Pablo Picasso" by The Modern Lovers (1976)
2. larry's intro
3. "Dance Yrself Clean" by LCD Soundsystem (2010)
4. "She's Always In My Hair" by D'Angelo (1997)
5. larry's interlude #1
6. "Blow Your Head" by Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s (1974)
7. "Easin' In" by Edwin Starr (1973)
8. "Snidely Whiplash" by The Alexander Review (1975)
9. larry's interlude #2
10. "Holdin' On" by Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators (2005)
11. "Recommendation" by Little Dragon (2007)
12. larry's interlude #3
13. "Me Gustas Cuando Callas" by Brazilian Girls (2005)
14. "Lali Est Paresseux" by Nellie McKay (2006)
15. larry's intro #4
16. "Trouble Man" by Marvin Gaye (1972)
17. "Cosmic Slop" by Funkadelic (1973)
18. larry's interlude #5/outro
19. "A Change Is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke (1964)

This month's theme song is "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" by Reuben Wilson.


the many moods of larrydigital, pt. 21

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Here's my latest offering for you folks. I dig the way it came out, hope you feel the same.

As I mentioned in the podcast, here are the two covers for the Coup's 2001 album Party Music. I'm sure you can see why they changed the original.

Pre-9/11 cover:

Post-9/11 cover:

Episode 21: Heartaches By The Pound Tracklist

1. larry's intro
2. "Get Out of My Life Woman" by Joe Williams w/ Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra (1966)
3. "Like Young" by Linda Lawson (1960)
4. "Who Knows" by The Quantic Soul Orchestra (2007)
5. larry's interlude #1
6. "Squire for Hire (12" Mix)" by Nathan Haines (2003)
7. "If It Was Good Enough for Daddy" by Clarence Reid (1973)
8. "Walking on the Moon" by Reverend Jamel & Bob Johnson (2007)
9. larry's interlude #2
10. "Damn Right I Am Somebody" by Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s (1974)
11. "Expansions" by Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes (1974)
12. "Broasted or Fried" by Willie Bobo & the Bo-Gents (1968)
13. larry's interlude #3
14. "Take It Off" by Plantlife (2004)
15. "Lala Song (Tocadisco Re-Edit)" by Bob Sinclar (2009)
16. "On the Dancefloor" by David Guetta (2009)
17. larry's interlude #4/outro
18. "5 Million Ways to Kill a CEO" by The Coup (2001)

This month's theme song is "Spider Baby" by The Link Quartet.


the many moods of larrydigital, pt. 20

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Originally this episode was going to be released in November. But then I pushed it back because I wanted my Motown 50th anniversary podcast to be timely and at the time, I had my Christmas podcast scheduled for December. Of course, that didn't happen due to unforeseen technical difficulties.

Anyway, here it is. Two months later than intended.

Episode 20: There's No Turning Back Tracklist

1. larry's intro
2. "Courage" by The Whitest Boy Alive (2009)
3. "Mr. Moon" by Jamiroquai (1995)
4. larry's interlude #1
5. "I Wanna Be Adored (Rabbit in the Moon's Bloody Valentine Edit)" by The Stone Roses (2000)
6. "Bad Blood" by Simian Mobile Disco (2009)
7. "DJ" by Amanda Blank (2009)
8. larry's interlude #2
9. "Wild Thing (Peaches Remix)" by Tone-Lōc (2007)
10. "Know How Theme (Aaron Lacrate & Debonair Samir RMX)" by Young MC (2008)
11. larry's interlude #3
12. "Mary Jane" by Major Lazer (2009)
13. "Yo Digo Baila" by Mexican Institute of Sound (2009)
14. "Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell (Wallpaper. Remix)" by Das Racist (2009)
15. larry's interlude #4
16. "Let It Ride (Jimpster Main Vocal Remix)" by Lisa Shaw (2005)
17. "Blind" by Hercules & Love Affair (2008)
18. larry's interlude/outro
19. "Again" by The Night People (1980)

This month's theme song is "Promenade Des British" by Stereoscope Jerk Explosion.


Long Live the King!

Happy 75th birthday to the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis often gets a bad rap because he allowed Col. Tom Parker to turn him into a caricature in the years before his death but calling him an incredible artist is a tremendous understatement. If you can listen to his From Elvis in Memphis album without being amazed then there's nothing can I say to you because you obviously have no soul.

If you're somehow unfamiliar with Elvis, this NPR link has a nice little roundup of Elvis songs from around the web. If you're feeling indulgent then I recommend the new 4-disc Elvis 75 comp that was released last month. If I had to choose one song for you to sample, it'd have to be his 1975 cover of Chuck Berry's "Promised Land." Check it out on iTunes and if you don't like it, I'll personally reimburse you for it. It's fitting that I recommend that song because as innovative as Elvis was as a performer, he wasn't nearly as original with his actual songs. Many of Elvis' best songs were covers of previously released songs, "Hound Dog," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Are You Lonesome Tonight," "Mystery Train," "That's All Right, Mama," among others. The main reason for that is because his manager Col. Tom Parker flat out refused to pay quality songwriters for their music, figuring that Elvis was the "biggest star in the world" so any song Elvis sang would be a hit so why pay top dollar to the top lyricists. Which sort of makes sense until you learn that Elvis once released a song called "The Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce."

I briefly toyed with the idea of an all Elvis podcast but I honestly didn't feel there'd be enough interest in it. I mean, I'd enjoy it but that's probably about it. Besides, I'm not so sure how well an Elvis podcast would go over so close to a episode dedicated to his former son-in-law, Michael Jackson. The technical difficulties that forced me to cancel my Christmas podcast eliminated the chance of it happening.

For more Elvis, those of you who live in the Los Angeles area should try to make it down the Grammy Museum for the Elvis exhibit. It looks really cool. The exhibit runs through March 28. The Grammy Museum is an awesome place anyway, you should check it out regardless if you haven't already, Elvis exhibit or no Elvis exhibit.

Anyway. Happy birthday to Elvis, the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Now go listen to From Elvis in Memphis. Just make sure you forward through the song "In the Ghetto," haha.