Back to Oblivian
The Reigning Sound 's Greg Cartwright has unloaded his cool Memphis record store to old pal Jack Yarber and split for the Carolinas, but thankfully the move hasn't stopped him from putting out badass records on the Goner label. The aptly titled On The Go LP presents the first eight raunchy garage rock blasts cut by his former band, the Oblivians , back in the day. You'll need to grab it quick, though, Cartwright pressed the thing bootleg-style in a numbered limited edition of 600 nasty copies.
Webb of sound
After seeing the the Webb Brothers fooling around with synthesizers and pre-programmed bits at their South By Southwest showcase, their decision to have Dan "Manitoba" Snaith remix their tune Ms. Moriarty for a recent 679 Recordings single makes perfect sense. And actually, so does getting the B-side track, The World Is Big, done over by Snaith's buddy Koushik under the production alias Home Skillet . Also from Jimmy Webb 's talented kiddos comes a baby-picture-enhanced 7-inch with the provocatively named Who Want's To Get High?, for which the composer credit has been withheld to protect the guilty.
Soul of a Bell
For collectors of funky soul, the most sought-after take of the Madeline Bell dance-floor filler That's What Friends Are For is the Alan Parker -conceived version from the Voice Of Soul (Themes) LP that Gerald "Jazzman" Short reissued as a 7-inch backed with the instrumental. However, as hipper club DJs know, there's a better version of the classic track on Bell's This Is One Girl LP from 76, which the Earmark label has kindly made available on 180-gram vinyl. It never sounded better.
Jazzman goes Braziliian
Speaking of Gerald Short , the UK dealer and reissue entrepeneur of Jazzman infamy has apparently taken a momentary breather from his pursuit of all things funk to put out the Brazilian bossa-jazz cooker Zozoi that France Gall recorded with César Camargo Mariano and that some may remember from DJ BNX 's Dingo (Pulp Flavor) comp. On the single's flip side, Short has dropped the little-known organ-backed stormer Tema De Soninha by the IR-3 taken from a soundtrack Erlon Chaves composed for the controversial flick Soninha Toda Pura. The ellusive connection between the two tracks is that they both happen to have been recorded in 1970. Listen to it at www.jazzmanrecords.co.uk.