March 18, 2012

navarro Yo! Goodboys in the Nation, I’m Dante Navarro, here to tell you about Exotica!, the new compilation of exotica music put together by The Great White Shank, available to y’all out there if you have the scratch and available disk space on your favorite music playing device and are looking for a one-way ticket to musical ecstacy.

The Great White Shank and I met at iBar at the Rio a few weeks ago, and while the place was shucking and jiving to ’80s hip-hop and techno-pop, dude engaged me in a conversation about my musical tastes, saying he knew of a genre that would take me higher than I already was at the time. I thought dude was gonna lay some big rap up on me, but, sh*t, turns out what he knew was beyond righteous. So here I am, giving you the low down so you too can get down and take a journey to places far and beyond your imagination by building your own exotica music collection like I have. Here are the CDs you’ll need:

1. Les Baxter, Exotic Moods of Les Baxter. This, folks, is where I’m told it all started.

2, Martin Denny, The Exciting Sounds of Martin Denny: Exotica/Exotica, Vol. I & II. Exotica music for the masses, more than just a chip off the “Baxter block”.

3. Arthur Lyman, Taboo. Another giant of the exotica genre.

4. The Hit Crew, Drew’s Authentic Luau Aloha Party Music. Not exactly exotica, but close enough to provide some fun and variety.

5. Don Tiki, Forbidden Sounds of Don Tiki, and Skinny Dip With Don Tiki. Exotica fused with jazz and lounge music to create a unique sound.

6. The Tikiyaki Orchestra, Aloha Baby!, Swingin’ Sounds for the Jungle Jetset, and Stereoexotique. A great band fusing tropical, jazz, surf, exotica, and lounge. Not a bad track to be found on these CDs.

7. Waitiki 7, New Sounds of Exotica, Adventures in Paradise, and Rendezvous in Okonkuluku. Prior to adding a “7” as Waitiki they released Charred Mammal Flesh: Exotic Music for Bbq. Classic exotica for the modern ear.

8. Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica, Third River Rangoon.

9. Miles Corbin (guitarist of the fabulous Aqua Velvets surf band), Sounds from the Tiki Hut. Mellow guitar with a touch of the tropics.

10. Martini Kings, Dance of the Virgins, Lost In Paradise, Tikis And Bikinis. A perfect blend of lounge music fused with a touch of exotica.

11. Robert Drasnin – Voodoo and Voodoo II. Classic exotica in the Martin Denny style.

12. Kava Kon, Departure Exotica, and Tiki For The Atomic Age. Very slick, very modern exotica. Again, not a bad track to be found.

I know what you’re thinking: I don’t want to take that deep a dive into exotica music – it’s just too dangerous!! – I felt the same way too. Perhaps you just want to skinny dip your way into the genre. That’s OK, if you do the CDs by Les Baxter, the Tikiyaki Orchestra, Kava Kon, and Martin Denny mentioned above, I think you’ll build yourself a nice foundation for great listening. Trust me on this, you won’t regret it!

And if you want to know the truth, I played this s**t for a hot chick just to see what would happen, and, let me tell you, it worked. Try it out for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.

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  1. Jimmy Buffet station on Sirius play Denny Martin a lot….
    Now, is Phoenix ready for my CARDS???? UL and UK both going to the Sweet 16.

    So, I better see some kind acknowledgement here for my CARDS and CATS.

    Comment by Jana — March 18, 2012 @ 1:01 pm


  2. I’m also rooting for the Cats and the Cards to advance. If they were ever to meet that would be a great game!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — March 18, 2012 @ 9:38 pm


  3. They do meet every year in seasonal game play…This year UK won.
    It will be interesting as Indiana gave UK their only defeat this year.

    Comment by Jana — March 19, 2012 @ 4:17 am


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