I’m beyond thrilled to announce that the release date for my first remix since 2016 falls on this coming Friday, February 9th! It’s a re-envisioning of the tune “Sou” by Burkina Faso’s WÜIWA, whose traditional kora and balafon sound we decided to freak disco style with a bumpin’ bass line, funky wahwah guitars and synth lines that would put a smile on the faces of our favorite 80s new wave bands. The project was done in collaboration with my partner from LA JUNTA SOUND SYSTEM, David Cardena aka ‘degruvme’ (think Deee-Lite for those who know), and involved me traveling about 30 minutes or so each way, a few evenings a week for about a month to work out of his Pasadena home studio, so that we both had equal opportunity for creative input. Big props to degruvme, as he sat in the chair and behind the actual computer keyboard for most of the production process…well, because he’s much quicker on a computer than I am (he’s an IT manager by day). I sat right at his side for all of it though, even during the car mixdown tests. AND I did the cover art above 😉
Extra thanks to our brother, Joe McGuire, of Pan-Californian Afro-disco-funk outfit Afrolicious for composing and recording the guitar and bass tracks during a fun two-hour session in his Santa Monica, CA studio. Plus, once again, we called on our friend Charlie B. Wilder aka Chuck Wild aka Captain Planet to polish the project with a final mixdown and mastering session.
Most of all, our gratitude goes to Seb Krimi of RADIO KRIMI and RADIO KRIMI RECORDS based in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France for inviting us to work on this project and releasing it on his amazing label. Please check out the tune, consider purchasing it and spreading the word…we’re grateful for everyone’s kindness!
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Last week a friend of mine who owns a vintage apparel & accessories store in Claremont CA hired me to curate an xmas playlist similar to the sound of the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Since it’s located right across the hall from the coffee bar where I often post up for many hours during the week, I visit her store to browse and shop regularly and really enjoy the music she’s playing on her mini stereo system.
Anyway, putting it together was kind of fun and she really dug the set so I finally decided to re-activate my Spotify page and add it as my first entry. While I chose to include a couple of songs that you might hear on KOST 103.5’s post-Halloween holiday repertoire (which is WAY too early of a start date, IMHO), and without trying to go ostentatiously deep, I went for a bluesy (but not too melancholy), swingin’ set that I think might be a pretty fresh take. I chose 18 tunes, but because I still needed an extra 15 minutes to fill out an 80-minute blank CD, I added four extra tunes from a great compilation called “An Austin Rhythm and Blues Christmas”. Check out my “Blue(s) Xmas” playlist via the link below:
GLENN RED on Spotify
FRANK SINATRA – “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
LITTLE JIMMY KING & THE MEMPHIS HORNS – “Happy Christmas Tears”
THE HONEY DIPPERS – “Under The Christmas Tree”
B.B. KING – “Merry Christmas, Baby”
THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA – “Jingle Bells”
BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY – “Christmastime In Tinseltown”
BILLY PAUL WILLIAMS & LAUREN CARTER – “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
KAY STARR – “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm [stuhr remix]”
THE PUPPINI SISTERS – “Step Into Christmas”
ROOMFUL OF BLUES – “I Want You With Me Christmas”
BIG MAYBELLE – “Silent Night”
ELVIS PRESLEY – “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Clause Lane)”
CHRIS ISAAK – “Blue Christmas”
IRMA THOMAS & THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND – “May Ev’ry Day Be Christmas”
CLARENCE CARTER – “Back Door Santa”
ANGELA STREHLI – “Boogie Woogie Santa Clause”
LOWELL FULSON – “Lonesome Christmas”
LOU ANN BARTON – “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”
PAUL RAY – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
ANGELA STREHLI – “Sweet Little Baby Boy”
SARAH BROWN – “My Christmas Tree Is Hung With Tears”
SOLOMON BURKE – “Presents For Christmas”
Hope you enjoy it. Happy Holidays.
Several weeks ago, I was honored when my friend Beto González asked me to take over the design campaign for an upcoming show he’d been working on. Below is what I came up with based on his great ideas. Recently, I’ve also been added on to this amazing show happening at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood CA this Friday August 4th. The show begins at 8:30pm, but I’ll be out on the plaza spinning a deejay set of Brazilian music and other tunes from around the world beginning at 6:30pm. It’s another great honor to be part of this night of Resistance music that’s good for the soul, given the seemingly many parallels with America’s political climate and that of Brazil during the mid 1960s thru the mid 1980s. Check out this great article by Ivan Fernandez posted this morning in the LA Weekly:
Brasil 70: Samba/Soul/Resistance at The Ford Theatres
So grab your tickets at www.fordtheatres.org and come out early with a picnic basket and some wine and make a great evening of it. I’d love to see you there. ❤
After I stayed for a few more awesome deejay sets (big up MIKE STYLES and ARTI!) at Saturday’s ARTISM event, I headed out to THE BLUE WHALE jazz club in Little Tokyo for an event that I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to attend. I’m so glad that I did. Titled “Celebrating African Heritage”, I wasn’t sure what to expect, given that the impact of African culture throughout the world has been vast and glorious. Fronted by Brazilian guitarist Marcel Camargo, however, I quickly learned that the music would focus on music from Brazil, Martinique, the USA, and Africa, of course. Upon arrival, I noticed that 1) the performance area was set up in a circular ‘roda’ fashion, with the musicians facing the center of the circle and the audience seated all around them 360 degrees, and 2) that there seemed to be a particular preponderance of percussion instruments. As the musicians gathered in the circle, the roster boasted a handful of LA’s heaviest percussion firepower: Leo Costa, Gibi dos Santos, Alberto Lopez, Andre de Santanna and Kahlil Cummings. The video below is :25 clip of the beginning of the show. My apologies for not capturing Brazililan vocalist Thalma de Freitas, who was positioned directly across from Marcel Camargo and hidden from my vantage point as I panned across. It was an amazing night and I’m hopeful that Marcel and Dexter Story (musical director) will get the group together again soon!