It’s quite obvious that we love nostalgia here at Hot Peas & Butta and nostalgia comes in all forms. One of the things that has inspired us heavily growing up was Japanese television, from anime to Tokusatsu and one of our favorite shows and one that spawn an entire series and dedicated following after it’s premier was Ultraman. Created by special effects master Eiji Tsuburaya and making it’s debut on July 17, 1966, Ultraman captured the attention of audiences young and old and is considered to be one of the greatest superhero television programs from Japan. For those of us who grew up in the early 1970’s, we have fond memories of coming home from school in the afternoons and watching UHF TV. Continue reading
35 years ago this week, one of cinema’s finest examples of what the future was destined to become hit the big screen. John Carpenter’s Escape From New York made its debut on July 10th 1981 and was box office success. The film was co-written, co-scored and directed by John Carpenter himself and is set in the near future of 1997 in a crime-ridden United States that has converted Manhattan Island in New York City into a maximum security prison with 50ft containment walls surrounding the island and routes out of Manhattan have all been dismantled or mined. Ex-soldier Snake Plissken, played by Kurt Russell who has been injected with an explosive is given 24 hours to find the President of the United States (Donald Pleaseance), who has been captured by prisoners after the crash of Air Force One while on it’s way to a peace summit between the United States, China and the Soviet Union. If he is successful in doing so, then the explosive will be removed, if not then you know how it ends. The film also stars tough guy Lee Van Cleef, legendary musician Isaac Hayes as The Duke of New York City and wrestler Ox Baxer. Continue reading
A few months back I had the pleasure of playing The Soul Spot at Tuckers in San Antonio Texas which is an amazing party playing a heavy dosage of Disco, Modern Soul and House. The Soul Spot has a special place in their hearts for a label that I have an equal love for and one that has inspired me musically as well as being responsible for a sound that was so influential in it’s era, Philadelphia International Records. Each year The Soul Spot resident DJ’s Matt Vasquez, Ben Luhrman, Leo Trujillo and JJ Lopez pack their crates with vinyl selections and throw a party dedicated to The Sound of Philadelphia and it’s musical legacy. If you are anywhere near or close to San Antonio then you really need to be in attendance for this special occasion. It’s a beautiful thing to know that another city celebrates the music of my city when this city itself doesn’t share that same appreciation.
Much respect to The Soul Spot and Tuckers for continuing to provide quality parties for the people of San Antonio!
It seems like every other day we get a circular stuck in the door stating “We Buy Records”. Everyone and their mother seems to be in on the buying old vinyl game and 10 times out of 10 those circulars get trashed. But when some goes the extra mile to shoot a full infomercial reminiscent of those seen on late night television in the 1980s, we can’t help but watch it over and over. We recently got hipped to this infomercial from Akron Ohio homie El Prezidente featuring Treehouse Records in Minnesota and starring comedian and the worlds greatest TV pitchman, Fancy Ray McCloney . They’re letting you know that they want to buy your Funk, Soul, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll records and you know what? We actually want to sell them our collection (not really) but we love this video. Not sure what year this was aired on television but you’ll get a good laugh out of it. Continue reading
Big Crown Records has really been hitting homeruns out of the park since it’s debut release and continues to so with their latest from El Michels Affair featuring a new band hitting our radar, The Shacks. Hailing from NYC, The Shacks are made up of the enigmatic Shannon Wise and studio wunderkind, Max Shrager. Their dreamy, voyeuristic sound was born in Michels’ Queens, NY studio in 2015 and while they describe themselves as a rock band, don’t expect the conventional kind by any means what so ever. Continue reading
They say that there’s something for everyone, yet we so often hear people say that there’s nothing good out there. We’ve never believed in or subscribed to that notion because we’re ones who believe in the term “dig deeper”. Has the sound of Hip Hop become stale over the years? As a whole, of course it has but there has always been those nuggets waiting to be dug up until the time was right for a plethora of quality releases to hit the airwaves. Although the time has not yet reached that point, that movement is without a shadow of a doubt being ushered in by a few chosen few, and in this case, it’s a collective known as Soundsci. Continue reading
F Spot Records may not be a label that you’re familiar with (yet), but with a few quality releases listed in their catalog, slowly but surely, they’re well under way to be something special. A small independent label from Los Angeles, CA specializing in Soul, Jazz, Funk and Afro grooves who are putting their heart and soul into each release. Their latest 45 and a cool one at that is from Soluzion and is one side slow burning soul and mellow instrumental Afro grooves on the flip. Continue reading
Estonian sound scientists Misha Panfilov Sound Combo once again delivers a futuristic soundscape to take long walks on the moon. The combo’s latest release “Space Jogging” b/w “Oliver Robotron” via Funk Night Records is a beautiful excursion of sonic sounds, sparkling synths and drums that combine to form a complete universe of intergalactic travel. Composer Misha Panfilov is really in tuned with the sound that he has so delicately mastered and brought forth in a way that many of library and film composers of yesteryear would be doing today if still making music. Continue reading
One of our favorite TV shows growing up recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Ambassador Magma (Magma Taishi) known as The Space Giants featuring Goldar here in the states aired on Fuji TV in Japan on July 4th, 1966. The TV series was created by the father of manga, artist Osamu Tezuka and was the first color tokusatsu TV series in Japan pre-dating Ultraman by a little under a week. Airing for a total of 52 episodes, the series also found it’s way in comic book form from 1965 to 1967 as well as cartoon series in 1993 which ran for 13 episodes. Continue reading
What’s new from Colemine Records you ask? Well a few things that we highly recommend which should have your attention and take up space in your crates. Summer is here and there’s nothing better than a batch of tunes to spin at your backyard BBQ’s, during your sets at concerts and festivals and most importantly, while relaxing at home drinking a cold one. Close to 10 years in the game and Colemine has a rather impressive catalog and roster under their belt with a few more 45’s ready to drop just in time for summer enjoyment. Continue reading