Posts Tagged ‘music’

Al Green

July 14, 2008
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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

April 20, 2008

War by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Who wouldn’t love to stumble upon these guys busking away at some subway stop?

JB at Hef’s

April 8, 2008

In honor of the 5th release in the supremely essential Complete James Brown Singles series (with liner notes by the esteemed JB historian Alan Leeds), here’s a clip from Playboy After Dark.

Vintage Jazz Record Covers

March 11, 2008

From the obsessive collector’s website Gokudo come these lovely images of jazz LPs and 10″ records from the 50’s and 60’s. (Related posts: More Vintage Jazz Record Covers, LP Cover Bonanza, Brazilian LP Covers, More Brazilian LP Covers, Reggae 45s, Reggae 45s Part 2, Jazz Covers by Taschen, Record Covers: Global Tour)

Funky Space Reincarnation

March 2, 2008

This song comes from Marvin Gaye’s neglected masterpiece, Here My Dear. The dated-looking video above is hardly representative of the moody genius of Gaye’s 1978 2 LP release, one of the finest examples of turning a personal crisis into art. Most of the tracks on the album deal with the painful breakup with his wife but on Funky Space Reincarnation he takes a break from the angst and gets his inner Sun Ra on.

The Best $1 I Spent in 2007

February 7, 2008

OK, so it took 35 years but I finally own a copy of Let’s Stay Together by Al Green.

I’ve treasured multiple Al Green Greatest Hits LPs and CDs over the years, but I’ve never owned a copy of this LP until now.

If you are a wedding DJ and you arrive at the gig without the title song from this album you may as well fire yourself right now.

It is a song that never sounds bad in any context. How many songs like that are there really?…

The rest of the album is excellent, but it all kind of pales next to LST.

This fairly worn copy was acquired at the semi-annual KFAI Record Sale (all LPs $1!) in November 2007. It sounds great.

(A song produced by Questlove from the upcoming Al Green album has been leaked to the internets: “Thought It Out”. Look for it – it is fantastic.)

Superfly

January 26, 2008

Curtis Mayfield back in the day. I can’t get enough of his music, and here’s a link for more.

JB on Soul Train

January 18, 2008

Some vintage heat from the godfather of soul. (Papa Don’t Take No Mess/My Thang). Prime era JBs funk to kick off the weekend.

Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective

January 15, 2008

I can’t believe I missed these guys when they played in Minneapolis last summer. (There are some upcoming tour dates in the US starting early April.)

Cumbancha

Update: very sad news: Andy Palacio, Who Saved Garifuna Music, Dies at 47

Toumani Diabate with Songhai

January 12, 2008

Back in the late 80s and early 90s Joe Boyd put together some musicians from Spain, Mali and the UK and released two records by them under the name Songhai. The group blended the flamenco of Ketama with the dazzling kora playing of Toumani Diabate, with the great British bassist Danny Thompson thrown in to anchor the whole thing. The result was sublime (check out the clip of “Jarabi” above).

NB: Toumani Diabate will be on a short American tour (including 2 nights in Minny!) with his amazing Symmetric Orchestra. Miss them now and regret later.