Monday, December 29, 2008
I picked this up from one of the homies. He had a few copies sitting in a pile of 45's that had been in the family. We noticed it was from Seattle. I traded it off for a long time want of mine. I figured it couldn't be too hard to find. Well, I have searched high and low with no luck. I find it hard to believe that with all the people I know in Seattle from record dealers to old school djs, band members etc. Literally NO ONE knows anything about this record. Come on people! There's probably a stash of these sitting in the basement in the central district somewhere. Either that or all the copies are in a king county landfill with the rest of the local stuff. If you have ANY information on this record, band, label or other release' don't hesitate to contact me. Until then, enjoy this modern soul two stepper.
Love In Your Life
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I have been buying records for more then half my life now, killing time on weekends at used record shops, garage sales etc. I remember the day I grabbed this 45 by a group called Seattle Pure Dynamite. It was 25 cents and I just bought it on the band name alone. I listened to it when I got back home and thought it wasn't that good. I threw it in a box with a bunch of other 45's. More then a decade later I pulled it out and gave it a spin. WOW!!!! This record is g-r-e-a-t. I thought it's funny how I wasn't into it when I found it but now it's one of my favorite modern soul tunes. I tracked down the band members to see if they had any other records and they informed me that this was the only record they ever did to the tune of 50 copies. They could hardly afford to record in a real studio let alone press a record up. These copies were used as their demo and most were sent off to labels hoping to get a real record deal. It's to bad that never became a reality because these guys were good.
I Wonder Love
Seattle Pure Dynamite
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Black On White Affair
Many of you are aware about a project I put together a few years back for the Light In The Attic records label called "Wheedles Groove" a collection of original soul & funk tracks from Seattle during the late 60's early 70's era. While working on this project I was able to meet some of the actual members from these bands, radio djs from that era and family members. For the record release party we resurrected Robbie Hill's Family Affair & Bro-Ham, as well as performances from Overton Berry and Patrinell Staton. Historic night to say the least. I remember when I approached the label with my idea they weren't really trying to hear me. Not sure what made them change their minds but they ended up getting with the program. However the actual cd that was released contained tracks that they wanted on the comp and they removed some that I had highly suggested. I also, made the comment to them while at their office one day that they should release a dvd as well. Matt the label owner just gave me a giggle. A month passes and they call me up to ask if they can interview me for a documentary they are doing on Wheedles! Here is the trailer for it.
I did the final interview with the films producer last week and it's slated for release in 09'. You can see the original studio these records were made at and hear me talk about the legendary engineer Kearny Barton in the movie trailer. While we were there, being the record hunting digger that I am - I asked about any other groups that never came out, master tapes, etc. Kearny says "I'll be right back" and walks back in the studio 10 minutes later with a 1/4" reel tape in a box labeled "Black On White Affair". He explains that its the only tape he has from the soul funk stuff he did during that time. Soul Swingers, and all others have vanished. He has no idea where they are at. His place is a total trip. There is stuff literally everywhere. It looks like he hasn't cleaned it and or added any new equipment since the late 60's except for a cd burner. I bet if he let anyone clean the place up some real gems could be found. Anyway, I got the songs from that master reel. I wish to share with you this previously unreleased track from the same recording sessions as "A Bunch Of Changes" and "Bold Soul Brother, Bold Soul Sister".
Untitled and Unreleased
Black On White Affair
You Can Download The Track Here
You'll notice a tape drop out in the song that probably held this up from being released. I also, wanted to post this video that a Seattle central community college student did on the Hill Brothers.
I'm still looking and searching for original records, pictures, posters, master reels, and any information on Seattle or Northwest region Soul, Funk, and Disco from the 70's & 80's. If you were in any of these bands, a dj back then, a promoter or manager, friends of, or have any of this stuff please contact me. It would be greatly appreciated. firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I was requested to throwdown at the official Microsoft Zune christmas party for the second year in a row. It was real official. These guys know how to throw a party for sure and spare no expense! It was great to find out my partner in crime Four Color Zack was the "other" dj that I was gonna rock with. That's my man and we tend to tear it down every time. This occasion was no different. The only real damper to the event was the weather. It started to snow around 8:30. Although it was packed out with a decent crowd it could have been a little thicker. They had the dope buffet, open bar, artitst drawing your pic on the spot, photographers, 5 bands, Break Dancers, Pool Tables, Air Hockey, Poker, Black Jack, etc. Like I said Bill Gates spares no expense!!! I would post more pics but I couldn't take any, I was deejaying.
Supreme La Rock "Gets Busy" @ ZUNE Christmas Party
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I had the pleasure to play this past Thursday night at the "GEMS" sneaker shop soiree in downtown Seattle, Wa. It happend to be the art gallery walk so tons of people came through. I got to play some really good stuff from original breaks to loft disco, latin, brazillan, funk 45's, boogie and so on. Crowd was feeling it as well so that was a good thing. They are gonna do some more events in the near future. I will record my set next time and post it up. However there's nothing like being there live. So watch the calendar and try to stop by. Not to mention they have some ill shoes to be copped!
DJ Supreme La Rock