First Monday Filesharing –

coverEvery year, I make a comp CD to hand out to friends and family. It started back in the winter of ’97, because I was a poor college student living in the dorms of KU. I designed a cover on my computer and recorded off a couple dozen comp tapes for my friends. From there, it moved to CDs. The first couple were just random compilations of songs I thought would appeal to everyone, and from there, it mutated into cover song comps, songs with “whoa-oh,” an actual Christmas song compilation, a ska comp, an instrumental comp, and lord knows what else.

Well, this past year, I decided to put way more effort into the comp, and made a rule: nothing that I didn’t a physical copy of on vinyl. The whole thign was ripped from records down here in the laboratory that is RSJ headquarters (aka my basement). Here, for the first time, it’s getting shared outside my little circle of friends. This is going to be a regular thing here. The first Monday of every month, there will be a fresh comp to download. All-vinyl, nothing pulled from my mp3 collection or CDs. If I don’t own it on record, you won’t find it here. It’ll mean I actually have to work at this, and put some thought into it. You’ll get quality over quantity, essentially.

So, here’s your first treat. Originally given to friends and family as The Holiday Tiki Lounge, I have renamed it as the Rock Star Journalist All-Vinyl Lounge Party. Some tracks can be tracked down on Sin Alley comps and stuff like that, but I’d like to think this is a pretty unique offering. Equally suitable for a night in sipping cocktails or getting bombed on cheap beer on a porch, I hope you enjoy.

1. Lenny Dee – Rock Me Back to Little Rock
2. Cozy Cole – Topsy Part II
3. the Periscopes – Beaver Shot
4. Billy Vaughn – C’est Ci Bon
5. Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood – Oh Lonesome Me
6. Charlie Feathers – Cockroach
7. Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Blow Ye the Trumpet In Zion
8. Sean Mencher – Jumpin’ Track
9. the Frantics – Werewolf
10. Fred Blassie – Blassie, King of Men
11. the Marketts – Out of Limits
12. Xterminators – Wild Hare
13. the Motivations – The Birds
14. Freddie & Hitch Hikers – Sinners
15. Mr. Marcos’ V7 – Shanty
16. Johnny Clark & the Four Playboys – Jungle Stomp
17. Ferrante & Teicher – Brazil
18. Possum – The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati
19. Ganim’s Asia Minors – Daddy Lolo
20. Joe Bravo – Please Call Me Baby
21. Rix Ortolani – The Festival of the Bull-La Forcata
22. the Yards – Munchimoo Boogaloo (Tiki Torcher Mix)
23. Lani Laurens – Silver Sand
24. Tegu Ni Lagere Group – Kini Varita Yara Mai
25. the Bill Lucidarme Group – Kauai Surf (Torch Lighting Ceremony)

Download the Rock Star Journalist All-Vinyl Lounge Party (RS link)