While Turkey has always been a hot spot for acid psych collectors, progressive-minded beat junkies are just discovering Istanbul's hidden funk riches. So far, the best comp of ace Anatolian grooves is the vinyl-only Bosporous Bridges : Turkish Jazz & Funk 1968-78 (The World Is My Oyster). Along with familiar jams by Turkish top-guns Okay Temiz and Erkin Koray , there's also Aksu Orkestrasi 's super-dope theme to a television documentary on the Bermuda Triangle called Bermuda Seytan Ücgeni, Emin Findikoglu 's fabulously flutastic Çeçen Kizi, Mustafa Ökzent 's wickedly pounding Dolana Dolana and Erol Pekcan 's furiously swinging scat-dancer Senlik. For some reason, no Baris Manco tracks are included even though his picture appears on the sleeve. Go figure.
At South By Southwest, you can always count on one or two outlaw shows in record stores or parking lots by supergroups from the southern U.S. whose members are usually too busy fixing their trucks to ever consider touring. South Filthy is one of them, and their latest studio throwdown, Crackin' Up (Licorice Tree), finds slob-rockers supreme Msr. Jeff Evans , Jack Yarber , Walter Daniels , Mike Buck and their no-count pals Jimbo Mathus , Eugene Chadbourne , Earl Poole Ball and others blastin' up a storm on a typically covers-heavy set, with heartwarming rips through Marvin Rainwater's You Got Trouble, Tom T. Hall's I Like Beer, Doc Watson's Moody River and the Zeroes' You're A Wimp. Best of all is Evans's own Ran Out Of Run, which stands proudly alongside all the righteous revisions. Get it.
Late date with Tate
Soul survivor Howard Tate is still on the comeback trail, and had he released Live (Shout Factory) - a recent concert recording from a horn-backed performance for an appreciative Danish crowd - prior to putting out an album of new material, he might've been further along by now. As it stands, the Live disc features the still hard-singing Tate delivering charged-up versions of his best-loved songs from his Verve and Atlantic sessions, including Get It While You Can (popularized by Janis Joplin), Stop, Ain't Nobody Home, I Learned It All The Hard Way and a deeply felt take on Sorry Wrong Number. Sweet.
Sessions surprise package
There are so many mediocre collections of lame nu soul, contemporary R&B, house and dancehall in Union Square's Sessions series, you can be forgiven for thinking that the Funk 45 Sessions set would be a similar waste of time, but the two-disc collection is shockingly stuffed with amazing indie funk stormers. Many have previously been reissued by Jazzman, Tuff City and Ace, but a few overlooked corkers like the Rimshots ' superior cover of Dance Girl, the Mobile Blue 's Puffin', David Batiste 's Funky Soul and Kool & the Gang 's nasty B-side 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 make this filler-free comp worth grabbing on sight.