groove of the rare


On this day in music history: June 21, 1971 - “I Just Want To Celebrate” by Rare Earth is released. Written by Nick Zesses and Dino Fekaris, it is the seventh single release by the psychedelic/R&B/rock band from Detroit, MI. Scoring two gold selling albums and a pair of top ten pop hits in rapid succession in 1970 with their rocking and funky covers of The Temptations classics “Get Ready” and “(I Know) I’m Losing You”, Rare Earth keep rolling forward into the next year. The Detroit based band are first major success that R&B powerhouse Motown Records have with a white rock & roll band. The label specifically creates the Rare Earth imprint named after the band with the intent of breaking the band on FM underground radio, rather than placing them on the Motown or Tamla imprints. Rare Earth originally consists of band members Pete Rivera (lead vocals, drums), Gil Bridges (flute, saxophone, percussion, vocals), Eddie Guzman (congas, percussion), Kenny James (keyboards), John Persh (bass, vocals) and Rod Richards (guitar, vocals). After their first two Motown albums “Get Ready” and “Ecology”, Richards and James leave the band and are replaced by Ray Monette (guitar) and Mark Olson (keyboards, vocals). Their fourth album is produced by the band and Motown staff producer and Tom Baird, best known for co-writing Bobby Taylor And The Vancouvers’ hit “Does Your Mama Know About Me?”, also working with Gladys Knight & The Pips and Diana Ross. As well as writing their own material, Rare Earth often recorded cover versions of R&B songs and material provided by Motown’s songwriting staff. The latter is the case with the song “I Just Want To Celebrate”, written by Nick Zesses and Dino Fekaris. The soulful rocker is chosen as the first single from “One World”. Entering the Hot 100 at #79 on July 17, 1971, it peaks at #7 on September 11, 1971, becoming Rare Earth’s third and final top ten pop single. The band manage to score only one more Top 40 pop hit with a cover of the Bee Gees’ song “Warm Ride” (#39 Pop) in June of 1978. Though their run of hits ends, it is not the last that Rare Earth is heard from. During the 90’s and beyond, “I Just Want To Celebrate” is sampled numerous times including by N.W.A. (“Real N****z Don’t Die”), Foxy Brown (“BWA”), and Ghostface Killah (“We Celebrate”). The song is also featured in dozens of television commercials (Ford, AT&T, Nicoderm), films and television programs including “Three Kings”, “A Knight’s Tale”, “Land Of The Lost” and “Entourage”.

3 EASY VEGAN SWEET TREATS || Apple Crumble, Kheer & Sticky Raisin Date Balls | recipe video

Spring time ruts are real. While everything is growing and moving and grooving, it’s not rare to become conscious of your lacking progression while everything around you is urging you to grow. What I’m saying is, I’m feeling the push, and there’s a part of me that’s resistant. Always. Change and transitions have never gone over smoothly for me. 

And how does this relate to these three easy sweets? I’m focusing on giving myself some cushion. While chasing that dream career, set one goal, not ten. While hitting that daily grind to make money, low ball your weekly earnings to only satisfy what you need not want, and if you make more, great! While eating for that hot summer bod, give yourself a few treats to fall back on but that won’t set you off track. Bam, I managed to tie it in, phew. 

I don’t have all that much to say about these treats, just that they are made with wholesome plant ingredients and are just sweet enough to satisfy but not overwhelm. So, enjoy. It’s summertime. 

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2 raw apples, chopped

2 tbs coconut sugar

1 tbs lemon juice

½ tsp cardamom

½ tsp cinnamon

1 tbs cornstarch


1 cup rolled oats

½ cup almond meal

1 tbs coconut oil

½ tsp salt

1 tbs coconut sugar

1 vegan yolk (I used The Vegg )


  1. Combine all base ingredients in a medium sized bowl until apples are fully coated. Set aside for 10 to 20 minutes to allow the apples to exude their juices and get nice and sweet.
  2. Combine the topping ingredients in a bowl until fully mixed.
  3. Assemble in individual baking dishes or one medium sized casserole dish. Layer the topping onto of the base, cover with metal foil and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Take the foil off and bake for another 10 minutes or until the topping is lightly browned and crispy.

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¼ cup jasmin rice

3 cups sweetened vanilla almond milk

2 tbs raisins

2 tbs blanched slivered almonds or chopped cashews

1.2 tsp cardamom

1 tbs sweetener of choice (optional)*


  1. Rinse the rice until the water runs trough clear. Then soak the rinsed rice for 30 minutes to an hour.
  2. Bring the almond milk to a boil and add the rice. Cook for 20 minutes and then add the raisins, nuts and cardamom. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until the kheer has reached the consistency you like. 

* I don’t like my kheer too sickeningly sweet, which is why I only use the sweetened almond milk, but I encourage you use sugar, agave, maple syrup or stevia to sweeten your kheer to your liking. 

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½ cup raisins

½ cup dates

¼ cup pecans

½ cup oats

2 tbs peanut butter powder

2 tbs coconut sugar

1 tbs walnut oil (optional)

1 tbs molasses

chocolate shell

2 tbs shaved baker’s chocolate, raw cacao, or any vegan chocolate

1 tbs liquid sweetener (maple syrup or agave work best)


  1. Pulse ingredients together in a food processor until coarsely blended. The ingredients should stick together when you pinch them with two fingers.
  2. Form into balls using a table spoon measure and rolling between two hands. 
  3. Set in freezer for 15 to 30 minutes. 
  4. Combine chocolate and sweetener either over a double boiler until melted or by microwaving for 10 second increments until melted. 
  5. Roll your date raisin balls in the chocolate mixture, lightly and coating evenly. If your chocolate coating is too thick and is globing on, mix in a little melted coconut oil. 
  6. Set in freezer for 1 hour. Enjoy!

Note: These will get super sticky on a hot day xx


Cry Babies “Cry Babies” 1969 Brazil rare Latin Psych Funk Soul Groove


CRY BABIES is not just a Rare LP. It’s a sensational LP. Osdan (Contrabass), Carioca (Tumbadora), Ovid (Guitar), Moacir (Piano) and Rosana and Aldo (Singers) ), And breaking the Participation of Sergio Carvalho (Organ).
Oberdan also participated alongside the sensational Raul de Souza and the legendary drummer Robertinho Silva, from the group IMPACTO 8. In order to get an idea of ​​the greatness of these musicians, Oberdan and Luis Carlos integrated Historical Bands like Dom Salvador & Abolição and Banda Black Rio.
Serginho Trombone needs no introduction. Trombonist and Arranger with a long list of services rendered to MPB. He also participated in historical bands such as Dom Salvador & Abolição.
We also have Rosana Fiego, or simply Rosana, who decades later would be consecrated with Music Love and Power.
The repertoire is magnificent. With passages by Kool And The Gang and Burt Bacharach. Very SOUL & GROOVE. I emphasize the destructive version of Good Golly Miss Molly (Robert Blackwell / John Marascalco), previously known in the executions of Little Richard and Creedence Clearwater Revival………..

Artwork – Mibielli
Bass – Oswaldo*
Congas – Carioca (8)
Coordinator – Nelson Attílio
Drums – Luiź Carlos*
Guitar – Ovídio
Organ – Sérgio Carvalho
Piano – Moacir
Producer – Durval Ferreira
Saxophone, Arranged By – Oberdan*
Trombone – Serginho*
Trumpet – Paulinho*
Vocals – Aldo (12), Rosana (2)

01 - It’s My Thing (Isley Brothers)-00:00
02 - Kool & The Gang (Robert “Kool” Bell - Ronald Bell)-02:34
03 - Daydream (Sylvain Vanholme - Raymond Vincent)-05:40
04 - Hey, Blood-09:02
05 - Questions 67/68 (Robert Lamm)-12:17
06 - Blas Blas Blas Soul-15:50
07 - More Today Than Yesterday (Patrick Upton)-19:31
08 - Caminhos Diabolicos (Evil Way) (Clarence “Sonny” Henry)-22:07
09 - I’ll Never Fall In Love Again (Burt Bacharach/Hal David)-25:37
10 - Midnight -30:02
11 - Good Golly Miss Molly (Robert Blackwell - John Marascalco)-33:08


“Jungle Groove” from Donkey Kong Country, SNES.


Atmosphere - We Ain’t Gonna Die Today

Our good friend Blueprint shot a video for us for one of the songs on our new album. We Ain’t Gonna Die Today. Starring Bobby Silver & DJ Rare Groove. Pass it on. - Slug, Atmosphere


“I wanna do dumb things.
I’m talking: strolling-in-the-park things. Stealing kisses straddled on park swings in the daylight while the ice cream van sings little melody like…
Twa da da dum…Da da da da dum…
I’m talking some midnight dedications of rare groove tunes,
And all across London
we’re using real names too, ‘cause we’re not fazed by who cool, who a fool.
See, I want to…
everything with you, so…

I Fantasize about you
said everyday
And I want to do just everything.
Said Baby
Said everything
and a I I I…

Now I want to run holdin’ hands
See, I know that we can do this, in a field of purple grass sprayed with green and white tulips under a sky washed orange by an everlastin sunset.
And you know what???
I ain’t done yet.
See, I want to catch a ride off some crimson- colored stallion.
We can sail off in a boat made of water, straight into horizon
And we could catch a lift on a cloud.
Thats silver lining’s really platinum,
But you know what? (whaaaat?!)
I still ain’t done yet.
See, I want to- (Wooo-ooooh)
And I was thinking we could-(said whaat baaaaby)
And if you wouldn’t mind a little-(Oh yeah-heyy-yeah)
And if you’re ready we could always—(Oh oh oh baaaby yeah yeah)
“I Fantasize…(uh huh)
about you, (said you justa…)
everyday (everyday)
and I want to do just everything…
(thing for ya)
Said, Baby
(thing with ya)
said everything.
And…I, I, I Fantasize about you,
Said everyday & I want to do just everything. Said, Baby, said everything. “I Fantasize about you, everyday & I want to do just…”

Do you hear me exude-positivity ??