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CSC Funk Band

CSC Funk Band
Side A: Bad Banana Bread
Side B: Canaca

When flipping though singles in the new bin how do you not pick up a 45 for a band that has got 4 alternate names on it? CSC Funk Band, aka CSC Racket, aka Newtown Creek Playboys, aka Thrift Store Find, aka Fuck The Funk Band. Whatever they want to call it, the Bad Banana Bread single is definitely (and defiantly) more James Brown then James Murphy, and more acid-fried Funkadelic than either, given Colin Langenus's ripping leads and Dave Kadden's completely bonkers, Ethiopiques-tinged oboe solo. This is some low-down dirty toxic North Brooklyn sludge funk.

Caneca features some mighty fast-funk, guitar-based instrumental grooving. Reminiscent of Remain In The Light-era Talking Heads but with with more of a sense of Bushwick loft party-urgency that begets bongos and cowbells blazing on steroids. A succinct two-and-a-half minute burner that climaxes two-thirds of the way through when the band halts in mid-gallop to shout in unison CANECA!!!

Debo Band

Debo Band
Side A: Adderech Arada
Side B: Adderech Arada (Kiddid Remix)

"Adderech Arada" is a beloved traditional Ethiopian song about a woman who, after breaking out of her lawful marriage, falls into sin by traveling to Arada, or Addis Ababa's red-light district. and falling into sin. Recorded live in Ethiopia in May 2009, Debo Band's version of Adderech Arada is inspired by the Haile Selassie I Theater Orchestra's recording arranged and conducted by Nerses Nalbandian. And on the flipside, Kiddid's haunting remix deconstructs Debo Band's performance with elements of dub, ambient electronica, and experimental hip-hop.

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Talibam!

Talibam!
Side A: Crusin' The Cookie Isle
Side B: Cosmic Attidude

COSMOPLITUDE is a sexy, ultra-limited-edition 45rpm 7" single co-released by ESP Disk' and Electric Cowbell Records. This historic album not only marks Talibam's first-ever single and 20th record, but also ESP's first single in their legendary 40+ years as a vanguard label. Side A's 'Cruisin the Cooke Isle' and side B's 'Cosmic Attidude' are ready for Dj spins on Milano fashion runways, in Brooklyn punk basements, or at hot tub parties from Vegas to Tibet... Ka-ching + Ohm = KA-BONE! Cosmoplitude is a transcendent, compassionate cosmic attitude emanating from and permeating through everything -- space/places/animals/stimuli/desires/gut feelings. If you can catch on to the cosmop, the obstacle course of notated expectations, shifting brightness and energy standards, daily costume changes, uber-media-mind-chip commentary, and cultural/political flux will all suddenly transform into an inspired/extinguished altered state of disjointed iconic impressions giving birth to positive urban countenance and lavish peace. Talibam' Cosmoplitude will improve your own personal cosmoplitude, GUARANTEED.

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Greg Ginn 45

Greg Ginn and The Taylor Texas Corrugators
Side A: Freddie
Side B: Tea

Electric Cowbell Records is thrilled to release Greg Ginn's first 7" since his years with the seminal American punk rock group Black Flag. Also this single is his first non-SST release after the passing of many moons. The track "Tea" is Greg Ginn's musical junk store lurching to life, meandering its way into the countryside, wide-eyed and demolishing everything in its path with a smile. Again Ginn is backed by his trusty Taylor Texas Corrugators. Lovers of music in general will appreciate hearing musicians experiment with a medium, and that is exactly what Ginn has always skillfully done with the lawless maverick style he's known for.

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Spanglish Fly 45

Spanglish Fly
Side A: Think
Side B: Let My People Bugalù

For their Electric Cowbell debut, Spanglish Fly gives the Latin soul treatment to Think! Spanglish Fly takes a tune that was an r&b hit for the 5 Royales in 1957, that is better known as James Brown's 1960 proto-funk smash. and radically re-arranges it to create "Think (Pensamiento)" a sizzling Latin dance floor burner--just like the 1960s boogaloo groups might have covered it.

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Let My People Bugalù (Clay Holley and Jeff Dynamite Remix)


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Superhuman Happiness 45

CSC Funk Band Side A: Human Happiness (Superhuman Happiness)
Side B: A Troll's Soirée (CSC Funk Band)

Superhuman Happiness is the musical love of Stuart Bogie's life (tenor sax player of Antibalas and all-around awesome dude.) Using layered horns and funky guitar and bass lines, electronic beets and blurps, Human Happiness will make you shake your Superhuman ass happily. This track is sounding like a cross between funkish afro-beat-tinged beats with some Zappa's Yellow Shark mixed in for good street measure.

CSC brings the horns, the rhythm and the swagger like it's 1972. This track, from the band's forthcoming 7" split with Superhuman Happiness, grooves with an easy gait as tight brass takes center stage. Clocking in at just a little over the 3-minute mark, this funky instrumental could easily be the theme song of a new Brooklyn-based cop show. Close your eyes and let CSC take you undercover with a new breed of cop show funk!

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A Troll's Soirée (Chimp Beams Remix)


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Bio Ritmo 45

Bio Ritmo
Side A: Dina's Mambo
Side B: La Muralla

Quickly approaching their 20 year anniversary, Bio Ritmo unveil their latest offering and debut release for Electric Cowbell. Bio Ritmo is a one of a kind phenomenon in today's hard-bitten indie salsa world - a band with both a healthy adventurous streak and a solid underpinning of authentic sabor criollo. In a rather hostile environment that makes getting gigs difficult and playing this type of music more a labor of love and endeavor of pure artistic expression than a simply commercial endeavor, Bio Ritmo continue to delight and amaze with both their talent and longevity, consistently pushing the envelope, tearing down walls between categories and defying pigeonholes. The A-side Dina's Mambo is a slab of tropical funk that showcases the band's playful instrumental side but also reveals a muscular cinematic swagger. Consequently there is a pleasingly Persian flavor to the proceedings (in keeping with the band's previous leanings towards minor-key tunings), as well as tasty hints of progressive Afro-Cuban funk of the 70s by the likes of Los Van Van and Chucho Valdes' Irakere. The B-Side, La Muralla, is a seemingly straight up salsa dance track with a dark underpinning that makes for goose-pimple dancing at the same time.

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Sahr vs Superhuman Happiness 45

Sahr vs Superhuman Happiness
Side A: Gravity
Side B: String Theory

A true "only in New York" story that yields this record. In 2008 Sierra Leone-born Sahr Ngaujah was picked to play the role of Fela Kuti in the Bill T. Jones Broadway prodcution of Fela! the musical about the life of based on events in the life of groundbreaking Nigerian composer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. For Fela!, Kuti's music has been arranged and performed by the Brooklyn-based Antibalas Afrobeat Ochestra. Lead tenor sax player of Antibalas, Stuart Bogie quickly developed an intimate musical kinetic relationship with Sahr Ngaujah, as he played the ghost sax to Sahr's role as Fela Kuti. Fueled by the energy behind a full-scale Broadway production, Sahr and Stuart began collaborating off Broadway with various members of Antibalas to create something entirely different from their previous work. Coming from the world of European experimental theater, Sahr delivers a dramatic, unconventional performance on "Gravity" and "String Theory." Like Tim Buckley and Bjork, Sahr uses his vocal cords the way he wants to, refusing to conform to the conventional understanding of "singing." And here Superhuman Happiness is his perfect foil. A group also known for being the pulse behind a premier afro-beat orchestra, they often challenge the conventional requirements of rhythm and rhyme, rewarding the listener with a fresh assembly line of musical components that rise and fall and stretch and burst beneath Sahr's vocals, yielding an avant-fresh approach to dance music.

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String Theory (GRC Vocal Mix)


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Sway Machinery 45

Sway Machinery Featuring Khaira Arby
(co-release with JDub Records)
Side A: Gawad Teriamou
Side B: Youba

Special Limited Edition $7.00. Only 500 copies made.

In Mali they found inspiration in the form of Khaira Arby, a legendary Malian singer, and out of their epic journey the new album House of Friendly Ghosts was born.

While the new album has the bands same basic building blocks (drums, guitar, bass sax and horns), the sonic picture is radically different. Traditional African instruments have been introduced into the mix, along with guest lead guitar players and Khairas distinctive vocals. Combined with frontman Jeremiah Lockwoods lyrics, which remain rich in Jewish associations and memory reservoirs, House of Friendly Ghosts bridges its own path through religion, culture and tradition to once again connect seemingly disparate musical worlds in a way that never before seemed possible.

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Amazing Ghost 45

Amazing Ghost
Side A: Tiny Raindropz
Side B: I Gettupa

Amazing Ghost from the fertile music scene of Richmond, Virginia includes members of Bio Ritmo, Fight the Big Bull (David Karsten) and The Great White Jenkins which is a strong testament to their impressive musical backgrounds. They sound like an assimilation of Gary Numan/Ultravox/Flying Lizard's swirling keyboard embellishments, "nothing but a party y'all" late70's/early 80's hip hop sensibilities, and 21st century lido shuffling. They are downright impossible to resist--as evidenced by their catchy-as-fuck debut 45-RPM single on Electric Cowbell Records. On the A-side, "I Gettupa", vocalist/bassist/bandleader Eddie Prendergast employs the everyman spoken/sung dynamics of punk poet John Cooper Clarke, channeling "Million Dollar Legs" by the Outlaw Four as keyboardists Bob Miller and Toby Whitaker prolong the unbridled party anthem with looping, non-linear sonic support. "Tiny Raindroz" ventures into the usually insipid realm of 1980's balladry and ever-so-subtly turns John Hughes's cinematic heartstring pulling into a slightly funky, tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek homage to tender moments. As with virtually everything they do, these tunes haunt you long after the record has ended.

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Roots of Chicha Vol. 2 45

Los Ribereños - Roots of Chicha Vol. 2 45
Side A: Silbando
Side B: Silbando (GRC Remix)

Very excited about this one! Barbes Records has exclusively licensed Electric Cowbell Records a song from the new Roots of Chicha ll complilation. Chicha is essentially a sort of psychedelic cumbia-based music from the Amazon basin in Peru. Incessant twangy surf guitar playing montunos alongside propulsive, percolating percussion is the modus operandi of a chicha group. On side A we have the hauntingly beautiful track by Los Ribereños "Silbando" that gets a tasty remix on the B-side by Brooklyn's Greenwood Rhythm Coalition for NYC Trust. Los Ribereños, led by John Beny, is another Peruvian 60s band which specialized in a mostly Cuban repertoire but gave it what we can, in retrospect, call a chicha twist. A the time of this recording, chicha was getting a little more syncretic, with an occasional Andean flavor, but guaracha (a mid-20th century Cuban style of music) remained its strongest element....and this chicha-infused guaracha 45 is destined to be a world-class psych burner classic!

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GMYL Superhuman Happiness

Superhuman Happiness
Side A: GMYL
Side B: Hounds

Electric Cowbell Records is thrilled to announce that Superhuman Happiness has a brand new a 7-inch single and videos for the songs "GMYL" and "Hounds". Both tracks were recorded at the late great Stay Gold studio in Brooklyn on loan from Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio). Very catchy pop-leaning offerings with these two ditties. These songs channel Oingo Boingo, Talking Heads and MGMT with Nigerian beats over the course of three horn-fueled minutes. Initially released as a limited edition 45 in August 2010 we quickly ran dry and decided to repackage and press more of this little gem with new artwork and label.

Superhuman Happiness is an apt moniker for the buzzed about Brooklyn-based band. In the words of Stuart Bogie who conceived and fronts the seven-piece collective: "Superhuman Happiness is a celebration in the now, philosophizing in the present, stripping music of its culture baggage in order to reach people in new and beautiful ways."

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