Nov 142014
 

I am not of the grunge generation, I was aware of the genre and owned more than a few albums. I don’t remember where I was when I heard Kurt was dead. I respected then, and do so even more now what Nirvana and Pearl Jam birthed in Seattle.

2014-11-13 16.42.38But damned if I am not thankful for the influence grunge played in today’s music and a huge part of that is due to the musical genius of Dave Grohl, Nirvana’s drummer and leader of Foo Fighters. It is not a big exaggeration to say Dave is the one man champion who has kept rock alive through the degenerative period popular music is currently residing in.

The last few Foo Fighters albums have been masterful and in my humble opinion, groundbreaking. Sonic Highways is a travelog of the musically important cities in America. There is a story and song written and recorded in each city and it is all available as a multi-episode documentary. As for my thoughts, It is good, it is really, really fucking good.
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Sonic Highways is the eighth studio album by American rock band Foo Fighters, released on November 10, 2014, through RCA Records] As part of a companion HBO television series, Foo Fighters Sonic Highways, the band recorded eight songs for the album, each in a different US city: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.It is available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download.The album’s lead single “Something from Nothing” was released on October 16, 2014.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_Highways

Nov 132014
 

Now Playing: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul Time!

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have developed an international reputation as the No. 1 group on today’s soul scene. Soul Time! is an exploration of the full range of their dynamic sound through twelve songs hand picked by the Daptone10167929_10152776078962649_6490415396692852056_n Records gang, each one a precious exclusive. From the first note to the last, – Soul Time! confirms- this band’s place at the head of the table as the world’s greatest funk and soul showband. Whether you’re a lifetime fan, or just getting turned on, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have yet again made a record that will blow your mind. Get ready world, because it’s Soul Time!

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Nov 112014
 

When I was a very young man I spent a lot of time in our small town library. occasionally I would bring home an album or small stack of 45s, carrying them through the main street of Cody, Wyoming, past the Woolworth, which would become a rich source of music later in my life, before I eventually stopping to contemplate the steep, sudden appearance of the Cody Hill. This hill was the bane of tired young legs, either on foot or bike, it was an unavoidable obstacle that offered no easy accent for my short legs.

When I was a very young man I spent a lot of time in our small town library. occasionally I would bring home an album or small stack of 45s, carrying them through the main street of Cody, Wyoming, past the Woolworth, which would become a rich source of music later in my life, before I eventually stopping to contemplate the steep, sudden appearance of the Cody Hill. This hill was the bane of tired young legs, either on foot or bike, it was an unavoidable obstacle that offered no easy accent for my short legs.</p><br />
<p>Upon cresting the hill I was nearly to Sunset school and my house was right across the street. I knew nothing of the individual Beatles and despite its constant playing out on our TV every night when the news came on, I understood little of politics and war. I did however know what I liked.</p><br />
<p>I pulled the fairly dirty and scratched vinyl of John Lennon's Imagine out of the sleeve and listened, not once, not twice but an uncountable number of times. i played it until my mothers patience wore thin, no small task I might add. I played as I fell asleep, I played it when I woke up, I raced across the street after school and, you guessed it, I played it.</p><br />
<p> I am sure that was one of the longest two weeks in my mothers life. I just liked it, all of it, especially the title track. I didn't fully understand the nuance of it, I embraced the simplicity of it, the child like familiar of love and acceptance. I returned the album on time and as is often the case with very young children, i found something else to fill my time.</p><br />
<p>I never played that album again, until yesterday and it is as amazing to these adult ears as it was so long ago.</p><br />
<p>If you ever find yourself with an hour to fill, an hour where the world is quiet, I suggest you put this on.</p><br />
<p>Here is what Rolling Stone has to say about it all those years ago. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/imagine-19711028

Upon cresting the hill I was nearly to Sunset school and my house was right across the street. I knew nothing of the individual Beatles and despite its constant playing out on our TV every night when the news came on, I understood little of politics and war. I did however know what I liked.

I pulled the fairly dirty and scratched vinyl of John Lennon’s Imagine out of the sleeve and listened, not once, not twice but an uncountable number of times. i played it until my mothers patience wore thin, no small task I might add. I played as I fell asleep, I played it when I woke up, I raced across the street after school and, you guessed it, I played it.

I am sure that was one of the longest two weeks in my mothers life. I just liked it, all of it, especially the title track. I didn’t fully understand the nuance of it, I embraced the simplicity of it, the child like familiar of love and acceptance. I returned the album on time and as is often the case with very young children, i found something else to fill my time.

I never played that album again, until yesterday and it is as amazing to these adult ears as it was so long ago.

If you ever find yourself with an hour to fill, an hour where the world is quiet, I suggest you put this on.

Here is what Rolling Stone has to say about it all those years ago. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/imagine-19711028

 

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Nov 112014
 

Now Playing: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights

100 Days, 100 Nights is the third studio album by American funk band Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. Recorded in 20

Now Playing: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights</p><br /><br />
<p>100 Days, 100 Nights is the third studio album by American funk band Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. Recorded in 2006, it was released on Daptone Records October 2, 2007. Daptone Records, a Brooklyn based record company, is an indie label owned and run by its contributing artists. The band, The Dap Kings, is the house band for Daptone Records. With influences from sixties era funk and afrobeats, 100 Days, 100 Nights was recorded by Bosco Mann at the in house studios of Daptone Records, using a completely analogue system as well as releasing 45's on vinyl with the intent of creating an old school sound reminiscent of the original funk of the 1960s.

06, it was released on Daptone Records October 2, 2007. Daptone Records, a Brooklyn based record company, is an indie label owned and run by its contributing artists. The band, The Dap Kings, is the house band for Daptone Records. With influences from sixties era funk and afrobeats, 100 Days, 100 Nights was recorded by Bosco Mann at the in house studios of Daptone Records, using a completely analogue system as well as releasing 45’s on vinyl with the intent of creating an old school sound reminiscent of the original funk of the 1960s.

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Nov 062014
 

A few years back I hear about this young kid from my wife and I like what I hear. He learned to play guitar and put together a blues, funk, boogie band in his late teens. I eventually got a hold of more of his music and started to catch his live act. He puts out enough energy in any one show to power the eastern seaboard for a day.

The real magic for me however is the horn section. These guys really tear it up and have a lot of fun doing it. They also play in Hard Proof and Cilantro Boombox who get a lot of love from me as well.

This is what AllMusic has to say about their second album –

On their Lost Highway debut, Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is!, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears did everything right. A standard rock quartet with an eight-piece horn section, they offered a high-energy meld of retro-soul, funk, and R&B that recalled variously the early J. Geils Band, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, and Otis Redding with a Stax/Volt-influenced rhythm section.

On MI0003129246Scandalous, Lewis and producer Jim Eno scraped the band’s sound even further; right into the grain of rhythm & blues-based music. There are only four horns this time, bringing the groove as close to live as you can get. There is also more focus on Lewis’ and Zach Ernest’s nasty, gritty guitars and the absolutely throbbing basslines of Bill Stevenson. Check their sweaty workout amid the horns and chants in “Booty City,” and the homage to real life Nevada brothel, “Mustang Ranch.” Both are dance tunes, and both rely on a double dirty-ass guitar attack to do battle with the horns for dominance.

Matthew Strimska’s drums shuffle and shake, cracking with taut rimshot breaks to accent the rowdy, orgiastic grooves. “Living in the Jungle” is tough, naked, horn-blasting, primitive funk with great axe fills by Lewis, who is shouting his best James Brown tempered by the soulful eros of Joe Tex. Further, the band relies more on electric Delta blues this time out. The pedal-to-the-medal funk-blues of “You Been Lyin’ has Lewis and band backed by progressive gospel group the Relatives. It’s 12 bars, but the I-IV-V is stretched to the breaking point with tight arpeggio horn charts and multi-part vocal harmonies as the guitars rattle venomously. “Ballad of Jimmy Tanks” begins as a Stax-styled soul workout, then crashes directly into sweaty R.L. Burnside-esque grind-it-out blues.

Ivory Joe Hunter’s “Since I Met You Baby” is utterly raw, its guitars knife-edge tinny, with bass and B-3 bleeding over them. But a quirky, mariachi-cum-soul horn arrangement sends it into the stratosphere. Lewis is pleading at the limit of his range; his voice cracking in all the right spots. It’s one of the band’s finest recorded moments. The closer pays tribute to Burnside’s lusty running mate, Junior Kimbrough, with its darkly sexual hypnotic groove. Its title? “Jesus Took My Hand.” In a word, Scandalous most certainly is; it’s a party record that bleeds Saturday night into Sunday morning and beyond.

 

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