Tuesday, October 5, 2010

2 Busy Saying Yeah - "Live" at Sweaterfunk

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The other night I guested at Sweaterfunk, the boogie party at SF's spectacularly unpretentious Li Po Lounge.

Each Sunday night for the past two years, Jon Blunck and 12 other disciples have lugged their sound system down into Li Po's basement to play boogie, modern soul and two-step records. They only play original vinyl, much of it rare, which sounds snobby and esoteric but their enthusiasm is disarming. And contagious-- they've built a big following and attracted guests like Dam Funk, U-Tern, Daz-I-Kue and Kon & Amir, all of whom have dropped sets simply for the love of playing great music on a great system at a great party.

I'd been wanting to check it out for a long time because I've known a couple of the main DJs since forever and my homie Eddy Bauer always raves about the party. Unfortunately I always reserve Sunday nights for my lady so I'd never actually gotten to go to the party before. After meeting most of the rest of the Sweaterfunk crew back in August at Eddy Bauer's party and getting a really warm reception from them, I was geeked to play their party.

A couple of people asked me to record my set and I brought a recorder but, like a dumb-ass, I forgot the line-in cord from the mixer so I ended up with a recording of muffled tunes augmented by record nerd conversation. Fortunately I kept the records I played in order so later when I went home I was able to record myself playing the records how I played them at the party. It's all the way live and part of the way sloppy-- Jon was very generous in plying me with Tsing Tao and shots of some Chinese liquor that tasted like Fernet would taste if Fernet was made out of pork armpits rather than roots and herbs.

I played lots of favorites but not too many rarities. Because my interest in the boogie era really only took off after I mostly stopped buying records, my crates are nowhere near as deep as those of, say, Disco Tom Noble, who played right after I did. (Hooo-boy does he have some great records; you can buy some of his excellent reissues here or old records here.) I included a couple things on the Solar Records label in honor of Dick Griffey, who passed away last week. Here are the songs:

1. Cameo : Please You
2. The Jimmy Castor Bunch : Space Age
3. Jesse James : Love Vibes
4. Sabata : Man for My Lady
5. Tony Cook & the Party People : On the Floor (Rock-It)
6. The Limit : She's So Divine
7. Dynasty : Check It Out
8. Vin Zee : Funky Bebop
9. Ellis Hall, Jr. : Back It Up (Try It Again)
10. Starshine : All I Need Is You
11. One on One : Body Music
12. Bernard Wright : Master Rocker
13. Dayton : The Sound of Music
14. APB - All Points Bulletin : Rock Your Spirit
15. The Escorts : Make Me Over
16. Soul Mind & Body : I Took Your Love (To Be True)
17. Shalamar : There It Is
18. Oliver Cheatham : Just to Be With You
19. The Gap Band : I Owe It to Myself
20. Aurra : Like I Like It (Timmy Regisford remix)
21. Mtume : Hips

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Blogger DJ Stef said...

Oh, Jesse James! I used to work with one of his relatives. Must find the 45 she gave me. Dope selection!!

October 5, 2010 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Seth said...

Oh thank God. Between the longer-than-usual 2BSY hiatus and the blog briefly disappearing, I was getting scared that it was all over. Thanks for the exxcellent tunes as always!!

October 6, 2010 at 3:56 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Thank goodness, I was beginning to lose hope!!!

Looks like a dope as hell selection, can't wait to check it out. Please don't go silent on us again.

Hey Matthew, any chance you might play in London some time?

October 6, 2010 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Thanks for letting me know I was missed! I got distracted and busy for longer than usual but plan to stay at least kind of regular.

Mike, I'm hoping to make it to London next summer but we'll see.

October 11, 2010 at 5:25 PM  

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