On each episode our host, lil’dave, talks about the stories and influences around a group of carefully selected songs. We want to expose you to music that you may have never heard before, as well as, help you build a better understanding of why these songs are so great. This is the perfect show for music nerds, vinyl collectors, and people who love an interesting story.
Excellent Reception with lil’dave | Do The Tighten Up
On today's episode of Excellent Reception, we are looking at a song that, for whatever reason, inspired a seemingly endless stream of reinterpretations. It was a number one hit in the 1960's, but it still has a way of getting the dancing floor moving after all of these years. This song is "Tighten Up" by Archie Bell and The Drells.
On this episode, we feature these songs:
Archie Bell and The Drells - "Tighten Up pt. 1"Archie Bell and The Drells - "Tighten Up pt. 2"The Classmates version of "Tighten Up"Benny Gordon & The Soul Brothers "Tighten Up" Billy Ball & the Upsetters with Roosevelt Matthews - Tighten Up TighterMaceo with the Flames - "Tighten Up"Chris Columbus and the Swingin Gaites with "Tighten Up '70"Al Escobar & His Orchestra - "Tighten Up"Orchestra Harlow with "Horsin' Up"The New York Latin Scene With Sonny Bravo - "Tighten Up"The Grateful Dead - "Tighten Up Jam"Yo La Tenga - "Tighten Up"R.E.M. - "Tighten Up"Nazz - Loosen UpYellow Magic Orchestra - “Tighten Up (Japanese Gentleman Stand Up Please)”Wally Jump Jr. & The Criminal Element - “Tighten Up (I Just Can’t Stop Dancin’),”?????? - "Tighten Up"
Excellent Reception with lil’dave | Rhythm Kings
On this episode, we are going to explore a few rhythm & blues classics that combine the sound of groove box drum machines with bare bones melodies and multi-track recording techniques to produce one of the more niche sounds of 70's soul music.
We will be looking at these songs:
Sly & The Family Stone - Family Affair
Little Sister - Somebody's Watching You
Shuggie Otis - Aht Uh Mi Hed
Timmy Thomas- Why Can't We Live Together
Little Beaver - Party Down
George McCrae - Rock Your Baby
Excellent Reception with lil’dave | 2020 Albums
On this episode of Excellent Reception, we are looking a few of our favorite music releases from the year 2020. This is not exactly a "best of" or a top 10 list. This is a group of fantastic albums from the past year that I think you should absolutely check out.
Cleo Sol "Rose in the Dark"
St. Panther - "These Days"
Potatohead People - Mellow Fantasy
Jarreau Vandal - Suburb Superhero: The Villain Within
The Vision - The Vision
Sault - Untitled (Black Is) & Untitled (Rise)
Jazz Is Dead - Vol. 1 - 6
Angela Muñoz - Introspection
The Koreatown Oddity - "Little Dominiques Nosebleed"
Dan Kye - Small Moments
Re-Run :: Excellent Reception | Episode 7 : Nautilus
Re-Run :: Classic Episode On this episode, we talk about jazz musician Bob James, who's song "Nautilus" became one of the most sampled songs in hiphop music.
On this episode we feature these songs:
Bob James - Nautilus
Run DMC - "Beats To The Rhyme"
Main Source - "Live At The BBQ"
Slick Rick - "Children's Story"
Bjork - "I Miss You" (Dobie remix)
Kruder & Dorfmeister - "Original Bedroom Rockers"
Nuyorican Soul - "Nautilus (Mawtilus)"
Blundetto feat. Shawn Lee - "Nautilus"
Breakdown Brass - "Nautilus (Hijacked)"
Excellent Reception with lil’dave | Great Albums of 2019
On today's episode of Excellent Reception, we are talking about a group of songs, that even though they may not be from the most well know albums of 2019, they had a strong influence on the current musical landscape in their own way.
We will be talking about these albums:
Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka
Sault - 5 & 7
Damon Locks' Black Monument Ensemble - Where Future Unfolds
Thom Yorke - Anima
Raphael Saadiq - Jimmy Lee
Swindle - No More Normal
Burna Boy - African Giant
Kiefer - Superbloom
Brittany Howard - Jaime
Free Nationals - Free Nationals
Excellent Reception with lil’dave | Transcendence Pt. 2
This is part two of our Transcendence episodes. We are looking at jazz musicians who have used their music as a way to transcend beyond the world we know by experimenting in the sub-genre know as spiritual jazz. There are almost too many noteworthy artists and songs to mention around this subject matter, but here are just a handful to get you started.
On this episode, we feature these songs:
Pharaoh Sanders - The Creator Has A Master Plan
Lonnie Liston Smith - Astral Traveling
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Spirits Up Above
Albert Ayler - Music is the Healing Force of the Universe
Charles Earland – Leaving This Planet
Well worth your time
Lil Dave informs the listener like the best radio DJs of yesterday. His shows are so full of information; sentence after sentence of interesting facts piling up to create a mountain of “a-ha” moments. He rewards the music nerd with deep, anecdotal and historical facts about well known projects, and connects them with much more obscure and niche driven ones, giving the audience a very broad understanding of the ideas being discussed. He’s thorough and professorial, but speaks as if he’s your super well-read friend, telling you all the other reasons you should be interested in an artist, besides what their music sounds like.
Well worth your time.
Lil’ Dave is an excellent podcaster and DJ, giving depth to all the music he covers.
Whenever someone asks what podcasts I listen to, this is the first one I tell them. lil'dave brings you great music, in-depth knowledge, stories you'll want to know, and a chill vibe.