Today’s post honors one of history’s overlooked musical figures: The Legendary Marvin Pontiac. Most are quick to assert that Pontiac is a recording alias that prolific artist and musician John Lurie once released a collection of unique, Mali-influenced Blues & R&B music under. Some may go so far as to say he’s nothing more than “a figment of Lurie’s imagination.”
But others might inform you that Pontiac is a real Detroit-born musician, citing a biography that details the troubled life of a bank robber, alien abductee, plumber’s apprentice and recipient of a beating from blues legend Little Walter. Some even recall a man that “renowned painter Jackson Pollack was reportedly such an enthusiast of that he sent Pontiac several paintings which the singer promptly threw out.”
Whether you choose to believe Pontiac is fictional or not, you can be certain that the music is real. And fantastic. Here’s my favorite selection from his “Greatest Hits” record, “Pancakes.”
Somehow we’ve found ourselves halfway though summer 2015.
I hope that some of you have had the chance to vacate your desk for more than a long lunch break to catch some well deserved and muy importante vacay time. And perhaps a few of you are gearing up to take off soon. Whether you’re headed to Paris, France or Paris, Texas, we’ve got some tunes to guide you on your journey.
1) We all need a trip, don’t we? Get ready with Vacationer –caitiebee
2) Dengue Fever’s “Tiger Phone Card”, a call-and-response duet that beautifully chronicles the tribulations of a long-distance relationship, is a great travel companion for an Ambien-fueld flight across the globe to visit a significant other. —rye
3) Speaking of Ambien-fueled plane rides, this cut from James Pants emulates the blissful experience of gazing over the ocean from the cabin window once your substance-of-choice kicks in. —rye
4) I’ve never met a city I couldn’t get lost in, loving this new cover of Frank Ocean’s “Lost” by Major Lazer and MØ –caitiebee
5) Have you ever taken a night boat? I did once, from Italy to Greece, let’s just say that there were pet chickens roaming around the top deck and a few people who may or may not have been gypsies. Madness knows the madness in “Night Boat to Cairo” (Make sure you watch this video!) –caitiebee
7) You might just meet someone to sing along to Elastica’s “Car Song” with… –rye
8) My preferred method of travel will always be walking, putting my own footprints all over a foreign land. A Tribe Called Quest knows what I’m talking about, not to mention that Stevie Wonder sample will always brighten my day. –caitiebee
9) You’re bound to need a taxi/uber/pedicab/chariot at some point no matter where you end up. Let Bobby Benson’s “Taxi Driver (I Don’t Care)” tag along—rye
10) Culture clashes are inevitable, but sometimes they can be so beautiful. Like that one time that Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons toured India, met the Dharohar Project and made some pretty great music. Check out “Devil’s Spoke: Sneh Ko Marg” –caitiebee
11) The Box Tops – The Letter: A classic about about the urgency of needing to see your lover. RIP Wayne Carson, one of the song’s writers who passed earlier this week. —rye
I heard this nasty rumor that a certain cult favorite of mine was no longer making music…
But GET EXCITED! (HURRAH!) This week he released a new full length album that comes highly recommended by yours truly. You might not know him yet, but there’s no time like the present to get to know Mr. Touch Mob. (YAY!)
If I must describe it for you—the album almost sounds like what might happen if Bon Iver, Baths and Cocorosie spent the fall trapped in a haunted german castle. Though in my humble opinion his music is unlike anything else I know and worth a listen no matter who you are.
Check out his new album Let My Wild Boys Shine in the Boomers below.
Favorite track: “You Got Me in Chains Tonight”
PS: You can find my original love confession to Touchy Mob here.