Monday, January 4, 2016

Sound & Groove, Episode 61: "The Name Linking Game" Part 2

Lauded to this day as the premier hip-hop DJ/MC duo of the late 80s, early 90s, Eric B. & Rakim combined clear, metaphorical, deep, thoughtful rhymes with a brilliant taste in old funk (namely James Brown) and jazz samples. Never one of the platinum or gold-selling acts even of their genre, they nonetheless influenced scores more future DJs or MCs than most of the chartbusting hip hop acts of that day ever could. They're one of several artists featured in this 2nd part of S&G's name linking theme

Give me an artist and I'll give you someone whose first name starts with the other's last name. Confused yet? It's like six degrees of separation almost. Pick an artist- ie like Billy Joel in this part 2- and then follow it up with Joel Plaskett. Of course this one isn't a continuous chain link but one that just applies to a pairing of songs. And yes that's the theme for the 8th episode of 2015 for the Sound & Groove Podcast (that's right, there are 4 more ovedue ones after this!). So sit back and soak in another  musical journey through yet another themed podcast for your listening enjoyment, the 60th time I've unleashed a podcast on the public.


If you have been keeping up with S&G on Music of Evan's Mind, there is now a new host for this podcast on And if you're new to this podcast, here's the breakdown: Every month there will be a theme that the selection of music is centered around. It will be jam packed with my analysis, synopsis, anecdotes and other witticisms you might enjoy while I play edited versions of each tune (to make room for talk and for a good 7-9 songs per 45 minute episode). And not to worry, each month will contain a different theme than the last. Got it? Get it? Good. Happy listening to you all!

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Track Listing:
1. Sing A Simple Song- Sly & The Family Stone (1969)
2. I Am The Resurrection- The Stone Roses (1989)
3. Now That We've Found Love- Third World (1979)
4. God On My Side- World Party (1990)
5. Shambala- Three Dog Night (1973)
6. Sister Christian- Night Ranger (1985)
7. Reconnez Cherie- Wreckless Eric (1978)
8. Don't Sweat The Technique- Eric B. & Rakim (1992)
9. Q Samba- Arto Lindsay (1996)
10. Trouble- Lindsay Buckingham (1981)
11. Don't You Care- The Buckinghams (1967) 

 Info of note:
Intro- "Ace of Spades" by Link Wray (1965)
Outro- "Rumble" by Link Wray (1958)
All comments, questions and feedback are greatly welcomed and appreciated! I encourage participation. Even though I drain an hour off your life by listening to the podcast then checking through the links, at least you don't have to fork over your money to me... though if you feel like, you know... But in all seriousness, let me now what you'd like to hear or see and I'll consider it. Popular approval doesn't always sway me but having fans or listeners get their input would be just grand!

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