Posts Tagged ‘funk’

Temposphere, 11/29/08

November 29, 2008

Temposphere, KFAI, Saturday November 29, 2008, sitting in for Luke Andrews: into the deep dubby world of Sly & Robbie and their recent collaborations with Horace Andy and Amp Fiddler, plus tracks from Jazzanova’s new CD Of All The Things and a special early 80’s underground set with info on the upcoming Bush Tetras reunion in Minneapolis. You can stream the show here for two weeks; set list follows the break.


James Brown 1974

November 12, 2008

While the DVD set I Got the Feelin’: James Brown in the 60’s was a slight disappointment (mostly due to the horrendous sound quality of the live shows; the documentary included is essential), clips like the one here from the Midnight Special (a white-hot medley of The Payback, I Can’t Stand It, Poppa’s Got A Brand New Bag and lots more) keep floating around to keep up happy while we wait for the release of the Zaire Rumble In The Jungle concert.

African Salute to James Brown

August 30, 2008

It could have been billed the American Salute to James Brown: JB stalwarts Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley were up front and center, with Pee Wee in charge of the proceedings. The funk came hard and strong, with some curveballs thrown in like a lovely Try Me with vocals by Martha High and doo-wop backing by Pee Wee and company. 2 bona fide African stars made it to Minneapolis: Vieux Farka Toure and Chiekh Lo each had a star turn, most spectacularly on This Is A Man’s World with stunning vocals by Lo. It would have been nice to hear more from Lo and Farka Toure, but the music was so strong all night it’s hard to quibble. (Above: Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis and Charles McNeil at the Dakota, Minneapolis, August 25, 2008. Photo by Mitchel Anderson.)

JB on Letterman

August 26, 2008

I hope to have a photo or two and some comments soon on the Pee Wee Ellis/Fred Wesley “African Salute To James Brown” show at the Dakota last night, but in the meantime here’s a great performance by JB from the old David Letterman show.

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings: Tell Me

August 23, 2008

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings: a video for the song Tell Me.

Isaac Hayes

August 10, 2008

Jesse Jackson introduces Isaac Hayes performing the Theme From Shaft at Wattstax.

Spanky Wilson

August 4, 2008

Spanky Wilson & Quantic Soul Orchestra: Don’t Joke With A Hungry Man

Groove Garden 7/26/08

July 26, 2008

Ah, the joys of live radio. Tonight I had the privilege of guest hosting the Groove Garden show on KFAI and brought listeners a smattering of dead air along with the entertaining sound of a record being cued up while another is playing. Oh, and I forgot to back announce a few songs. Even so, we did hear some nice new music from Buika, Allá, Hercules & Love Affair and Seun Kuti, plus classics from Shuggie Otis (seen above), James Brown, Chaz Jankel, Love Unlimited, Curtis Mayfield, Ini Kamoze, and many others. You can stream the show, warts and all, for two weeks here. The playlist follows the break.


Global Beat 7/9/08

July 9, 2008

Doug is on his way to the Winnepeg Folk Festival and handed the reins of the Global Beat show to me today. On the show we bounced all over the globe, taking in new music from Pacifika (seen above), Seun Kuti, Jackson Conti, Sonantes, and Kylie Auldist, plus vintage tracks from Hugh Masekela, Jackie Edwards & Judy Mowatt, The Mighty Diamonds, and many more. You can stream the show here for two weeks from today, and the playlist follows the break.