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bamalamalu
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Posted: 2007-12-11 10:14 pm   Permalink

How 'bout Los Straitjackets? I think at least the first couple albums might work for ya.

 
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johnman
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From: RI
Posted: 2007-12-12 09:43 am   Permalink

Here's a band you may like Scott - Clouseaux:
http://clouseaux.tripod.com/

Lagoon is their best album IMHO. They're kind of a exotica meets surf band.


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Son-of-Kelbo
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
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From: NOHO, CA
Posted: 2007-12-12 12:40 pm   Permalink

Dick Dale, Dick Dale, Dick Dale, Dick Dale...

I might also suggest Combustible Edison, on the pop-side.

But my foremost suggestion, already offered earlier here by CV and MH, would be go dig into some real authentic Tahitian/Polynesian percussion. I have a CD called "Percussions Polynesiannes" that really goes into the bones. (I put it on the backyard boombox one evening while I was re-tying/re-roofing the Cosmic Tiki Hut here, and, looking at the stars while listening to it and lashing bamboo rafters, I totally got a transporting sense of riding a raft with the ancient Navigators. Transporting, exotic, and still kick-ass.

Also, if you haven't sampled any of the more rapid Gamelon orchestra works out there, check those out. If 'high-speed exotica' is really what you're looking for, you might find that rather addictive. I do. Oooo.

SOK



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Quiet Village Idiot
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Joined: Dec 13, 2007
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From: Stockholm, Sweden
Posted: 2007-12-13 05:32 am   Permalink

If you like Waitiki's "Bwana A", you might also like Arthur Lyman's original version.

Maybe you'd dig some Latin jazz,too? Uptempo, lots of percussion. I recommend:

Anything by Cal Tjader, particularly his "exotica" album "Several Shades of Jade".
"Tambu" by Tito Puente - amazing album, wild tiki cover.
"Rites of Diablo" by Johnny Richards - possibly even wilder!
"Afro-Cuban Influence" by Shorty Rogers
"Voodoo Suite" and "Exotic Suite of the Americas" by Perez Prado

I'm sure there are others, but these are the first to spring to my mind.


 
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I, Zombie
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From: the Les Baxter Grotto (Minneapolis)
Posted: 2007-12-13 08:07 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-12-13 05:32, Quiet Village Idiot wrote:

"Tambu" by Tito Puente - amazing album, wild tiki cover.
"Rites of Diablo" by Johnny Richards - possibly even wilder!




Both these LPs are AMAZING! I concur completely!

glen leslie
http://www.jetsetplanet.com

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Quiet Village Idiot
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From: Stockholm, Sweden
Posted: 2007-12-14 02:55 am   Permalink

"Sorcery!" by Sabu (Sabu Martinez) is another amazing Latin/exotica crossover. Insane sleevenotes on this one!

 
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Scottes
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Joined: Feb 18, 2007
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From: A Little North Of Boston
Posted: 2007-12-14 08:01 am   Permalink

Many thanks for the recommendations so far! I haven't had enough time to go through them all, but I have purchased 4 CDs so far (Best of Arthur Lyman, Cloiseaux's Lagoon, Tikiyaki Orchestra, and another I'll remember once I open it...)

But I've barely scratched listened to half of the recommendations so far. Hopefully the weekend will allow some sampling time, which will hopefully result in more CDs being ordered.


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pablus
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Joined: Jul 23, 2003
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From: www.crazedmugs.com
Posted: 2007-12-15 7:43 pm   Permalink


Never pay attention to The Mayor of Exotica.
His term has been embroiled in scandal and anarchy.

I oughta know, I've helped him debauch on more than one occasion.

Granite Tiki, however, is wise beyond measure.

I wish Swanky would weigh in on this - he's got a pretty serious collection as well.
kooche always pushes the envelope of what is exotica. He has a thread around somewhere where he lists some favs.





 
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The Mayor Of Exotica
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Posted: 2007-12-16 06:32 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-12-15 19:43, pablus wrote:

Never pay attention to The Mayor of Exotica.
His term has been embroiled in scandal and anarchy.





Hey, if it weren't for scandal and anarchy, what would we do on weekends?


 
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pablus
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Posted: 2007-12-17 06:01 am   Permalink

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=18791&forum=11

That's kooche's podcasting thread.
There is at least one more where he lays out some others.

I had never heard of about half of everything he was listening to back then.
Not that I'm much of a measuring stick for Exotica. But I did have a Billy Mure album when I was 12.


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The Granite Tiki
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From: Nashua, NH
Posted: 2007-12-17 09:32 am   Permalink

Alas, due to my geographical proximity to the Mayor's circle of corruption, there is an Independent Council looking into my affairs as we speak!

 
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tabuzak
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Joined: Apr 07, 2005
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From: New York City
Posted: 2007-12-17 4:33 pm   Permalink

Billy Mure is great! Coincidentally, I was just suggesting to Urban Tiki that he check out Billy Mure, as an afficiando of electric guitar instrumentals.

He performs/arranges "Firecrackers" on his lp "Fireworks," "Hawaiian War Chant" on "A Quad Sound Spectaular," "Caravan," Misirlou," "My Little Grass Shack in Hi-Fi," Cherokee," "Tabu," and "Malaguena," on Supersonic Guitars in Hi-fi (with a Jim Flora illo on the back!), "The Moon of Manakoora," and "Baia" (essential) on "Billy Mure's Supersonic Guitar Vol. 2," and a whole lp of Hawaiian tunes on the "Hawaiian Percussion" lp. All the rest of the tracks can be loosely characterized as Space Age Bachelor Pad and of great quality. All essential stuff.

Jack


 
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Scottes
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From: A Little North Of Boston
Posted: 2008-02-16 6:07 pm   Permalink

Well I was drinking with a few friends tonight and we started talking about music, and we mentioned this thread and what I ended up with.

Well, I downloaded a whole bunch of music to find things that I might like. I listened to a bunch of MP3 samples on eMusic and Amazon and a couple other places that sell MP3s. Many, many MP3s got deleted. But after a few weeks I felt that I had a decent collection, so I bought a bunch of MP3 singles, and many CDs to replace the good MP3s that I downloaded. I'm kinda bummed that many albums aren't available anymore, though. I've still got many songs obviously recorded from old LPs.

In the end, I boiled down my favorite choices to just over 150 songs, though I have another 1000 that weren't good enough to listen to on a constant basis. I will have to go back over these some day, just in case they grow on me.


I ended up with:

Arthur Lyman - Many songs, though they're not my favorites because many are too slow for me.
Martin Denny - Many songs, though not much of his weirder stuff where he went off into crazy sounds like bird calls and such.
Don Ralke - Wow, Savage & Sensuous Bongos just blows me away. Some of my absolute favorites.
Don Tiki - Just about everything on Forbidden Sounds that didn't have vocals. For some reason I don't care for singing when I listen to this type of music.
Les Baxter - Many songs
Robert Drasnin - Almost all of Voodoo 1 & 2
Tikiyaki Orchestra - Almost every song from their album made my cut. Good stuff.
Waitiki - Again, almost every song from their albums made my cut. Good stuff.

I also have a smattering of things from here and there, all across the board. A couple "unusual" ones like Kharminsky Experience and Clouseaux which I liked quite a lot. While they might not seem to fit next to Arthur Lyman, they're close enough and they're great tunes. A few by Milt Raskin, Gene Rains, and more modern like Kava Kon and Klangraum.


Looking at this from an album perspective, most of my favorite stuff came from:

Martin Denny - Best Of Martin Denny's Exotica
Martin Denny - Primitiva
Arthur Lyman - Exotic Sounds of Arthur Lyman
Arthur Lyman - The Very Best of Arthur Lyman
Ultra Lounge 1 - Mondo Exotica
Waitiki - Both albums
Tikiyaki Orchestra - StereoExotique
Dan Ralke - Savage & Sensuous Bongos
Les Baxter - Tamboo!
Les Baxter - Ritual Of The Savage
Les Baxter - Sacred Idol
Robert Drasnin - Voodoo 1 & 2

There were others, but only a song or two from them so they kinda not worth mentioning.


When it came down to it all, and when I realized what to listen for, much of this was played over and over at friend's houses.

But I had one big "Wow!" experience - and that was from Don Ralke's Savage & Sensuous Bongos. This album is fantastic, and not very much about bongos since they often play in the background. They certainly pack more percussion than many of the others, but have plenty of vibraphone and other such "exotic" instruments, along with a nice brass section that added some very nice tones. Highly recommended - if you can find it. I wish that I could.
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Quiet Village Idiot
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Joined: Dec 13, 2007
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From: Stockholm, Sweden
Posted: 2008-04-08 02:17 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-02-16 18:07, Scottes wrote:
I had one big "Wow!" experience - and that was from Don Ralke's Savage & Sensuous Bongos. This album is fantastic, and not very much about bongos since they often play in the background. They certainly pack more percussion than many of the others, but have plenty of vibraphone and other such "exotic" instruments, along with a nice brass section that added some very nice tones. Highly recommended - if you can find it. I wish that I could.




It has been reissued on CD, with the title changed (slightly) to The Savage and the Sensuous. Available via
Amazon, although a bit expensive.

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blue.octopus
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Joined: Jun 02, 2008
Posts: 68
From: London, UK
Posted: 2008-06-06 04:26 am   Permalink

I don't know if you are still looking for new music. I'm new here myself and my tastes are more 80s and 90s post punk / new Wave

Here is an off the wall recommendation:

Feast by The Creatures
In 1983, between the release of the (Soiuxsie & the) Banshees albums A Kiss in the Dreamhouse and their live album Nocturne, The Creatures recorded and released their first full length album Feast. The week of its release, the band was on the front cover of the NME and the Melody Maker. It was both a critical and commercial success, reaching number 17 in the UK Albums Chart. To conceive it, the band decided to determine where to record the album by randomly placing a pin on a map of the world. The result was Hawaii, which led to the featuring of The Lamalani Hula Academy Hawaiian Chanters on some tracks. The song title "Inoa 'Ole" is Hawaiian for "No Name". "Ice House" was inspired by an obscure television play. "Dancing on Glass" is based on an Indian musical: during the studio-session, sounds of broken glass were created by Siouxsie and Budgie dancing on broken mirrors with tough shoes on. The hit-single "Miss the Girl" took its inspiration from the book Crash by J. G. Ballard. Shortly after its exit from the charts, a follow-up "Right Now" was recorded: it was originally composed by Mel Tormé. The Creatures revamped it by adding a brass section: that became their most successful single, reaching the top fifteen.


Listen before you buy though - the tracks vary considerably.




 
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