equipe radio cidade

The New Year’s jams

  Equipe Rádio Cidade “Bons Tempos (Ano Novo)” Happy New Year, good readers of Wax Poetics! May 2016 bring better…

January 6th, 2016 | | Re:Discovery
Natl Lampoon Kung Fu Christmas

National Lampoon Players “Kung Fu Christmas” & The Emotions “What Do the Lonely Do at Christmas”

  Apologies if these two get delivered quicker and more to the point, but, well it’s clear we’re a little…

January 4th, 2016 | | Re:Discovery
Salsoul Christmas

Salsoul Orchestra “You’re All I Want For Christmas (featuring Jocelyn Brown)”

  What y’all know about Christmas disco records? Most of them suck or maybe there’s a cool arrangement that lasts…

January 4th, 2016 | | Re:Discovery
Rotary Connection Peace

Rotary Connection “Peace at Least”

  Day 6 On a similar note from Day 5, we have a psych-rock story song that finally explains how…

December 22nd, 2015 | | Re:Discovery
Joe Gibbs Christmas

Joe Gibbs Family Wish You a Merry Rockers Christmas

I love the incongruity of Christmas music, like this jamming version of “We Three Kings” from the Joe Gibbs Family…

December 21st, 2015 | | Re:Discovery
Claudine Longet

Claudine Longet “I Don’t Intend to Spend Christmas Without You”

The impossibly lightweight Longet hit the American record-buying public like a barely smellable fart with an alluring foreign aroma, meaning…

December 17th, 2015 | | Re:Discovery
Paul Revere and the Raiders

Paul Revere and the Raiders “Rain Sleet or Snow”

On the second day of Christmas… Like Paul Revere and his Raiders, I hail from rainy, wet, and cold Portland,…

December 15th, 2015 | | Re:Discovery
Gerson King splash

Gerson King Combo “Jingle Black” (Polydor Records, Brazil) 1977

My partner in life and children has always been extremely understanding of my personal music obsession and vinyl acquisition habit,…

December 7th, 2015 | | Re:Discovery
Soul Is... Pretty Purdie

Bernard Purdie and his solo masterpiece Soul Is… Pretty Purdie

In early March and late June of 1972, Bernard Purdie took some time to record his own album, Soul Is…,…

November 21st, 2014 | | Re:Discovery
Jorge Dalto Chevere

Argentine pianist Jorge Dalto, who played with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, and George Benson, released his debut solo album Chevere in 1976

Jorge Dalto Chevere (United Artists) 1976 In June 1980, seven years before his untimely death at just 38, Jorge Dalto…

August 12th, 2014 | | Re:Discovery

Ramsey Lewis

Ramsey Lewis didn’t want to record a Beatles cover album.

February 17th, 2014 | | Re:Discovery

Booker T. and the M.G.’s

…gives the Beatles the Stax treatment that they wanted so badly…

February 14th, 2014 | | Re:Discovery

George Benson

Fifty years ago this month, the Beatles debuted in America on The Ed Sullivan Show.

February 13th, 2014 | | Re:Discovery
White Xmas

Rudy Ray Moore

By this time of the season, I’d bet a lot of people want to stab themselves in the brain with a sharpened candy cane every time “Christmas Shoes” comes on the radio.

December 23rd, 2013 | | Re:Discovery

Phil and Ronnie Spector

Christmas music is mostly about childish exuberance and innocence, which turns a lot of people off. Where’s the darkness? Where’s the emotional complexity?

December 16th, 2013 | | Re:Discovery

The Ramsey Lewis Trio

I don’t understand people who say they don’t like Christmas music. I think part of the problem is that for one month a year, everyone tries to cram it down your throat.

December 9th, 2013 | | Re:Discovery


Powerline was a young septet from North West London…

August 15th, 2013 | | Re:Discovery

The Jacksons

In January of 1980, the Jackson Bros. went into the lab to begin work on their fourth CBS/Epic release, Triumph

August 2nd, 2013 | | Re:Discovery

Danser’s Inferno

I convinced an older friend to drive to the Salvation Army one rainy afternoon…

August 1st, 2013 | | Re:Discovery

Tyrone Washington

An air of mystery shrouds Perception Records like morning mist on the Hudson River.

July 11th, 2013 | | Re:Discovery

Bobby Bland

Drummer John “Jab’O” Starks thumps his way through a Latin-tinged shuffle behind Bland’s trademark growl. In Issue 5, Jab’O, later…

June 23rd, 2013 | | Re:Discovery

Bobby Bland

On this early ’70s side, Bobby Bland—who was a member of Memphis’s Beale Streeters with B. B. King and Junior…

June 23rd, 2013 | | Re:Discovery


This single is taken from the last of these records, 1977’s puzzlingly named Cuban Soul 18 Kilates, which I’ll go ahead and proclaim his best.

June 21st, 2013 | | Re:Discovery
Os Brazoes

Os Brazões

Brazilian airwaves were ruled by two distinct powers in the late ’60s: the verbose political rhetoric of a military regime hell-bent on keeping Communism out of Brazil by any means necessary, and the advent of tropicália.

June 20th, 2013 | | Re:Discovery