Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday Soul - You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine



You'll never find another love like mine
Someone who needs you like I do
You'll never see what you've found in me
You'll keep searching and searching your whole life through
Whoa, I don't wish you no bad luck, baby
But there's no ifs and buts or maybes

You're gonna, You're gonna miss (miss my lovin')
You're gonna miss my lovin' (you're gonna miss my lovin')
I know you're gonna my lovin' (you're gonna miss my lovin')
You're gonna miss, you're gonna miss my lo-o-ove



Lou Rawls - You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine : You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine 7"

Lou Rawls - Let's Fall In Love All Over Again : You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine 7" B-side

Find them both on All Things In Time.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Come By Storm




All that was
A picture was
A poem was a poem
Words were trees of brown of gold
You were a place I had come to know

If the dark falls early
Would you come in the night
Would you come with the morning
Come by fire or come by storm

Laura Gibson - Come By Storm : Beasts of Seasons

Saturday, August 27, 2011

...and I Will Shelter You


I left you heartbroken
but not until those very words were spoken
Has anybody ever made such a fool out of you?

It's hard to believe it
But even as my eyes do see it
The very things that make you live are killing you, too

So listen, when all of this around us will fall over
I tell you what we're gonna do
You will shelter me my love
And I will shelter you


Ray LaMontagne - Shelter (live) : Live From Bonaroo 2005

Shelter From the Storm


Now there's a wall between us
something has been lost
I took too much for granted
got my signals crossed
Just to think it all began on some long-forgotten morn
"Come in," she said, "I'll give you shelter from the storm."


Waiting for tomorrow's hurricane.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Saturday, August 06, 2011

I Want You (and to see Common, too)



If all goes well, hopefully I'll be seeing Common at the Rock the Bells Festival next month when it hits Boston along with Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Lauryn Hill, DOOM, Nas, and others (see the full line-up on the festival's official website).

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

obstinate, adj.


obstinate, adj.

Sometimes it becomes a contest: Which is more stubborn, the love or the two arguing people caught within it?


-from The Lovers Dictionary, by David Levithan



Emy Reynolds - Stubborn : Ode to the Stubborn

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Africa, Rise!

Seun Kuti: Live From Festival Chorus des Hauts de Seine from KF Records on Vimeo.


With From Africa with Fury: Rise, Seun Kuti creates an album that makes a direct connection and almost extension of his father Fela Kuti's work. While his previous albums did a notable job carrying on the Afrobeat torch, with this one he has really hit the nail on the head. In so many ways, Rise looks, sounds, and feels like his father's soul has a direct hand in its creation.

Pick up the album. Just look at the cover of the album. Look. And you'll see graphics that immediately draw you back to Fela's albums, and for good reason. For his latest release, Seun called upon Nigerian artist Lemi Ghariokwu, the same artists who created many of Fela's most well known covers.

Open up the album. Listen to the music. Backing Seun is Egypt 80, Fela's old band. And while all the members may not have directly played with Fela, the core of the band is a direct channel to the center of Afrobeat.

Listen more deeply. You'll find the heart of Afrobeat: protest. Songs of rebellions. Songs questioning the status quo. Songs seeking to address wrongs. The fuel that drove Fela and now his children.







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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Soul - Sad Song


I keep singin' them sad sad songs y'all,
Sad songs is all I know.
I keep singin' them sad sad songs y'all,
Sad songs is all I know.

It has a sweet melody
tonight,
anybody can sing it, any ol' time

It got to your heart, put you in a groove
and when you sing this song
it will make your whole body move


Otis Redding - Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) : Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) 7"

Otis Redding - Good to Me : Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) 7" B-side

Find them both on The Otis Redding Story.

Friday, July 22, 2011

ubiquitous, adj.


ubiquitous, adj.

When it's going well, the fact of it is everywhere. It's there in the song that shuffles into your ears. It's there in the book you're reading. It's there on the shelves of the store as you reach for a towel and forget about the towel. It's there as you open the door. As you stare off on the subway, it's what you're looking at. You wear it on the inside of your hat. It lines your pockets. It's the temperature.
     The hitch, of course, is that when it's going badly, it's in all the same places.
-from The Lovers Dictionary, by David Levithan 


Thursday, July 21, 2011

candid, adj.


candid, adj.

"Most times, when I'm having sex, I'd rather be reading."
     This was, I admit, a strange thing to say on a second date. I guess I was just giving you warning.
     "Most times when I'm reading," you said, "I'd rather be having sex."

-from The Lovers Dictionary, by David Levithan

(I'd rather have both.)

Fleetwood Mac - Book of Love : Mirage

Friday, July 15, 2011

Last Summer, last night

A few days ago I wrote about the new Eleanor Friedberger album Last Summer that, contrary to the title, just came out this summer. Last night I was able to check out Eleanor play solo at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA for 45 or so minutes. The performance was in sharp contrast to the last time I saw her and her brother play as The Fiery Furnaces in 2006. With just her on the stage (if you want to call it a stage - the picture above was taken from the table I was sitting at about seven feet away from her, with no step up to the "stage," which was really just a carpeted section of the lounge) the selections were obviously stripped down. Also unlike the previous time, on this occasion, by herself, Eleanor was awkwardly enchanting in her own way, which perhaps explains my previous impression of her. She's been a musician for a while now, but it was clear that she felt out of her own trying to singularly interact with the crowd, which is incredibly revealing and intimate, when you think about it. My appreciation for her increased.

While only playing for 45 minutes or so, Eleanor managed to work through a rather wide range of tunes, both her own (from this new album - I Won't Fall Apart on You Tonight (which she opened with), My Mistakes, Early Earthquake, Scenes from Bensonhurst, Heaven and some even newer songs not on the album) as well as Furnaces' songs (from as far back as Gallowsbird's Bark - Tropical-Iceland, Bitter Tea - Police Sweater Blood Vow, and their latest, I'm Going Away - Staring At The Steeple and Lost at Sea). She stumbled a few times while playing her new songs, but considering she's just hit the road in support of an album that came out days ago, that's to be understood. The time flew by all too quickly, with mention of a return visit soon with her brother and band. She also has some remaining solo dates coming up which you can find below. I'll be looking forward to seeing her again, with memories of the first time assuaged.


The Fiery Furnaces - Police Sweater Blood Vow : Session Planet Claire 05-04-06 (studio version appears on Bitter Tea)

Visit her website and her label Merge Records.
 
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Upcoming tour dates
 
Sat, Jul 16, New York, NY @ South Street Seaport - The Village Voice / 4knots Festival
Tue, Jul 19, Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Wed, Jul 20, Chicago IL @ The Hideout
Sat, Jul 23, Portland, OR @ Neumo's Crystal Ball - Capitol Hill Block Party
Sun, Jul 24,Seattle, WA @ Doug Fir Lounge
Tue, Jul 26, San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah Saloon
Wed, Jul 27, Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite 

Tears of A Clown


Now if there's a smile on my face
It's only there trying to fool the public
But when it comes down to fooling you
Now honey that's quite a different subject
But don't let my glad expression
Give you the wrong impression
Really I'm sad, oh I'm sadder than sad
You're gone and I'm hurtin' so bad
Like a clown I pretend to be glad

Now there's some sad things known to man
But ain't too much sadder than
The tears of a clown, when there's no one around
Uh hum, oh yeah baby



blemish, n.


blemish, n.

The slight acne scars. The penny-sized, penny-shaped birthmark above your knee. The dot below your shoulder that must have been from when you had chicken pox in third grade. The scratch on your neck - did I do that?
      This brief transcript of moments, written on the body, is so deeply satisfying to read.

-from The Lovers Dictionary, by David Levithan

Pictures and Sound - Everything Leaves A Mark : Pictures and Sound

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ardent, adj.

ardent, adj.

It was after sex, when there was still heat and mostly breathing, when there was still touch and mostly thought...it was as if the whole world could be reduced to the sound of a single string being played, and the only thing this sound could make me think of was you. Sometimes desire is air; sometimes desire is liquid. And every now and then, when everything else is air and liquid, desire solidifies, and the body is the magnet that draws its weight.

-from The Lovers Dictionary, by David Levithan

P.J. Harvey - Is This Desire? : Is This Desire?

Last Summer, this summer

I've been a longtime fan of The Fiery Furnaces, through their their more listeningly challenging output and the three songs that aren't. Just kidding. You'll find their music way back in the first year of this blog, as well as a concert review that was a mixed bag. All that being said, my curiosity was piqued when I found out that Eleanor Friedberger, one half of the brother/sister duo that comprises the core of The Fiery Furnaces, was putting out a solo album. Sure, the two did sort of do their own things (together) on the digital only Take Me Round Again, but I was interested in hearing what Eleanor would do on her own album.

Well, it came out today, but I've had a chance to give it some listening over the last week or so. I'll say that I've been auditorily enjoying it for its relative straightforwardness...that is compared to some of her Furnaces' work that makes one work to experience it. It still wears that Friedberger touch proudly with its vast array or instrumentation that produces an equally wide range of sounds, but its discordant moments flow by a little more smoothly, I guess much like the last Furnaces' album.

In fact, I'm looking forward to seeing Eleanor play on Thursday with less trepidation than I would have predicted after seeing them the first time around. She's got something of a mini-tour planned over the course of this month, dates can be found below. Check out the opening number, My Mistakes, from her new album, Last Summer, below.







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Upcoming tour dates

Thu, Jul 14, Cambridge, MA @ Lizard Lounge
Sat, Jul 16, New York, NY @ South Street Seaport - The Village Voice / 4knots Festival
Tue, Jul 19, Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Wed, Jul 20, Chicago IL @ The Hideout
Sat, Jul 23, Portland, OR @ Neumo's Crystal Ball - Capitol Hill Block Party
Sun, Jul 24,Seattle, WA @ Doug Fir Lounge
Tue, Jul 26, San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah Saloon
Wed, Jul 27, Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday Soul - All the King's Horses


We sat on the wall of happiness
We sat on the wall of love
We sat on the wall of security
So high above

With his arms all around me
It was like a fairy tale
Two people so in love
Tell me how could it fail

The wall started shaking
I heard love cried out
Happiness is giving away
Security is coming down

He fell, I fell
And all there is left to tell

Is all the king's horses
All the king's men
Couldn't put our two hearts
Together again



Aretha Franklin - All the King's Horses : All the King's Horses 7"

Aretha Franklin - April Fools : All the King's Horses 7" B-side


(Good article on Aretha in the New York Times published last week. At one point she says "“Falling out of love is like losing weight. It’s a lot easier putting it on than taking it off.”)

Monday, July 04, 2011

Sleepless

sleepless


Down the narrow streeets
I can feel the breeze
Going small and tired, like me
Drink some more of this
Feel the morning bliss
Songs of airplanes in my head

Sleepless,
I shouldn't be here
Sleepless,
Twenty-four hours
Sleepless,
I have to keep walking
Sleepless,
Twenty-four hours of searching

Searching for my life



Kate Havnevik - Sleepless : Melankton

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Sunday Soul - Fill This World With Love


everybody's got a reason for being here
sometimes it's hard to find
you maybe doing all of the right things
but doing them at the wrong time
and if your reason ain't good enough for you now
try this feeling of mine
i know a way we can all be free
come on everybody sing along with me

got to fill this world with love
we got to fill this world with love


Ann Peebles - Fill This World With Love : Fill This World With Love 7"

Ann Peebles - It Was Jealousy : Fill This World With Love 7" B-side

Find them both on The Hi Singles A's & B's.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Le Tour!


For those of you who care, THE bike race of the year started today. I haven't watched it yet (I'm waiting for the 9:30 showing), but I"m itching for the Tour de France to get rolling in my household.

And for those of you who might not have ever seen or heard of it, The Triplets Of Belleville (pictured above) is an excellent animated movie that is tangentially connected to the great race. Don't let the French scare you away, there is actually very little dialogue, but yet so much is conveyed. Well worth a rental and a bag of popcorn.


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wish We'd Gotten Drunk


I wish we'd gotten drunk,
And fallen down confused..
I wish we'd gotten drunk,
So the kiss had an excuse..
The wine was left unopened,
And the whiskey untouched too..
And now I'm wide awake and wonderin'
What am I to do?

I wish we'd gotten hammered,
And passed out in the dark..
And I wish I slurred my words
When I said you had my heart..
But we were walkin' straight
And I annunciated well..
And now there's no way for me to pardon myself



ambeR Rubarth - Wish We'd Gotten Drunk : Good Mystery

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Groupon Way


So I'll admit that I have purchased a few Groupon coupon deals here and there. I'm not embarrassed to admit that I dig a good deal on stuff that I don't really need. Usually it's an offer for 50% off whatever the original price was. This week though, there is something brand new happening at Groupon (so far as I can tell). The site has an exclusive deal on a live, digital album from David Gray, recorded this year in Dublin, for $6.

I'm a pretty big Gray fan, and have been for, I dunno, 18ish years since I saw him open for Radiohead in a solo acoustic performance. I'll admit though, I'm somewhat shocked at this novel approach at marketing this album. While obviously it's not the first time an artists has offered something up digitally, Groupon doesn't exactly strike me as a musical hotbed. It's an innovative way of reaching out to fans though, for sure, as there are (hundreds of?) thousands of people who get daily notices in their inbox (including yours truly) who I'm sure aren't scanning blogs wondering what the latest releases are.

As with all things Groupon, the deal doesn't last forever though, and as I type this, there is roughly 3 days, 11 hours, and 59 minutes left to give in and hit the "Buy!" button. You can go to the RCRDLBL website and download one track form the performance. The tour was in support of his last studio release, Foundling, and features many tracks from it.


Head over to the Groupon website




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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunday Soul - Sad Mood

"Every songwriter in their smallest song seems to possess some monumental grief clarified and dignified by melody, Bill thinks. His own sadnesses, on the other hand, slosh about in his life in a low-key way, formless and self-consuming."


-from Beautiful Grade in the collection of short stories Birds of America,
by Lorrie Moore


Sam Cooke - Sad Mood : Sad Mood 7"

Sam Cooke - Love Me : Sad Mood 7" B-side

Find them both on The Man Who Invented Soul.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Red Hot!


"Red Hot is a not for profit production company that has produced 20 albums and dedicated more than 10 million dollars to worthy organizations, causes and pro-social projects around the world. Our mission is to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV and related health and social issues.

Red Hot is more of a creative production company than a traditional charitable organization. We keep our overhead to a minimum and focus on making innovative projects that target hard to reach audiences by using popular culture and artful propaganda. Revenues from these projects are given to traditional charities, often in collaboration with the artists who have contributed their music or art."
-from the Red Hot website

When music meets charity, the results can be amazing, as evinced by the staggering amount and range of albums that the Red Hot Organization has put together in it's struggle to combat AIDS. From the Alt rock collection No Alternative in 1993 (a compilation that I can remember playing over and over and over) to the Red Hot + Riot album  paying tribute to Fela Anikulapo Kuti (who died as a result of AIDS) to Red Hot & Blue, an album of Cole Porter songs, and many more, the series has defied all musical boundaries.

Next week, the latest in the series arrives: Red Hot + Rio 2. This one is a follow-up to, you guessed it, Red Hot + Rio, an album of Bossa Nova and Brazilian inspired tracks from 1996. Much like the first compilation, this one amasses two discs worth of music from a diverse range of artists, Brazilian and otherwise, including such talent as Alice Smith, Aloe Blacc, Bebel Gilberto, Beck, Beirut, Ceu, John Legend, Madlib, Money Mark, Of Montreal, Os Mutantes, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Seu Jorge, Tom Ze, etc., etc., etc. (some of who appeared on the first volume), and pays tribute to the late 60's Brazilian Tropicalia movement. Put all those artists together and you get 30 original collaborations, some with a very Brazilian flavor, others indirectly inspired.

As with all Red Hot releases, proceeds will benefit AIDS charities. The first volume raised over $1 million dollars, and hopefully this one will do just as well. If you find that you like the flavor of Latin music, but are challenged by the language barrier, this is a great album to go with.








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Monday, June 20, 2011

Love affairs


"We have raccoons sometimes in our chimney," explains Simone. "And once we tried to smoke them out. We lit a fire, knowing they were there, but we hoped that the smoke would cause them to scurry out the top and never come back. Instead, they caught on fire and came crashing down into our living room, all charred and in flames and running madly around until they dropped dead." Simone swallows some wine. "Love affairs are like that," she says. "They are all like that."

-from Dance in America in the collection of short stories Birds of America, by Lorrie Moore

Camera Obscura - Tears For Affairs : Live on KEXP 7-23-2006 (studio version appears on Let's Get Out Of This Country)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunday Soul - I Thank You


oh baby, my home was depressed
from the strain and strife
and i'm in gratitude for the
love she gave so tenderly

and like the love
she spread from day to day
i'd like to tell you
in my own sweet way
you really got a hold on me

i thank you baby (thank you)
you really got a hold on me
i thank you baby


Get the A-side on The Curtom Story.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bright's Passage


"They entered the War like men stepping out from beneath an awning into a torrential thunderstorm. The first man that Bright saw die fell back down into the very trench from which he'd just climbed. His uniform was still fresh and the tops of his boots had been shined. Only the soles looked muddy."

-from Bright's Passage

Muddy soles. And muddy souls.

I've long been a fan of Josh Ritter's art. He's always struck me as a musical story teller, a troubadour of sorts. A man able to sing tales that are both grounded in an earthy reality while encompassing a larger, more universal perspective. And with the release of the book Bright's Passage, Ritter expands his art into prose.

The book's protagonist is Henry Bright, a young World War I veteran newly returned to his home in West Virginia. Although he returns with his body intact, the same cannot be said for his mind and possibly his soul. The novel travels back and forth, between his time in the war and his present, as he struggles to make sense of the world around him and his place in it. To help along the way is an angel, a rather unorthodox one.

While Josh has an amazing ability to tell stories with his songs, obviously expanding those stories into book length is an entirely different story. In terms of setting, he does a wonderful job immersing us in the first World War and the time following it. He's clearly done his research, and his descriptions bring to life senseless scenes of carnage and destruction on one hand, and life in West Virginia in the 19teens on the other. While there are some threads and details that beg for elaboration and elucidation, the ending is satisfyingly rich.

The book comes out on the 28th, but you can download and read the first chapter from Josh's website. And of course, there is his latest album So Runs the World Away that you can listen to while reading.


Order your copy of Bright's Passage



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Monday, June 13, 2011

Wild Rockers!


I've got an assortment of compilations culled by Scottish DJ Keb Darge, and as far as I'm concerned they're all top shelf stuff. I've written about a couple of them last year (Keb Darge & Little Edith's Legendary Rockin' R'n'B and Lost & Found: Real R'n'B & Soul), and when I first scoped Keb Darge & Little Edith's Legendary Wild Rockers, I didn't even think twice about expecting the same deep, high quality cuts that I've come to love from Darge.

While known as a purveyor of northern soul, Darge's knowledge don't rest there; he also takes a keen interest in rare rockabilly (he's previously released Keb Darge And Cut Chemist Present - Lost And Found: Rockabillly), and this latest release gathers together 20 rare rockabilly, surf and exotica tunes that would be good enough to tickle Martin Denny's fancy and are just as sharp as his soul finds. Indeed, one of my favorite rockabilly tracks of all time, The Jiants' song Tornado, is here, along with nineteen others that I probably would not have laid ears on if it weren't for Darge.

You'll hear a lot of parallels to early R&R as well as country (think Elvis and Johnny Cash rocking out in Sun Studios) in this collection there will be sure to get your pelvis moving. Like I said above, it's a solid collection of deep cuts that you probably would never be privy to unless you dug for 45's in some deep dark crates. It comes out next month, check out a preview below with Buzz Saw and one from another of Darge's comps.



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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday Soul - Parrty!



This one goes out for my man Mike who celebrated his 35th/40th birthday last night! Thanks for inviting me to the The Soul Train Drinking Game Party!


Maceo and the Macks - Parrty - Part I : Parrty 7"

Maceo and the Macks - Parrty - Part II : Parrty 7" B-side

Get the A-side on James Brown's Funky People.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Sunday Soul - Change


change
things just rearrange

change
makes you want to hustle

change
nothing stays the same


Donald Byrd - Change (Makes You Want to Hustle) Part 1 : Change (Makes You Want to Hustle) 7"

Donald Byrd - Change (Makes You Want to Hustle) Part 2 : Change (Makes You Want to Hustle) 7" B-side

Find it on Places and Spaces.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Pretending



You see i never thought enough of myself
To realize that losing me could mean
Something like the tears in your eyes
And i want to tell you i'm sorry
And it's too late to start
But i'm going to stop pretending
That i didn't break your heart




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Illusion

 

"For love to last, you had to have illusions or have no illusions at all. But you had to stick to one or the other. It was the switching back and forth that endangered things."

-from Like Life in the collection of short stories Like Life, by Lorrie Moore


The Bens - Just Pretend : The Bens

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Memories


Waking skies, at sunrise
Every sunset too
Seems to be
bringing me
Memories of you

Here and there
every where
Scenes that we once knew
And they all
just recall
Memories of you

How I wish I could forget those
happy yesteryears
That have left a rosary of tears

Your face beams
in my dreams
'Spite of all I do
Everything
seems to bring
Memories of you


Frank Sinatra - Memories Of You (1956 Version) : Classic Sinatra II

Monday, May 23, 2011

the kisser

"When they slept together, she almost cried. He was a kisser, and he kissed and kissed. It seemed the kindest thing that had ever happened to her. He kissed and whispered and brought her a large glass of water when she asked for one."

-from The Jewish Hunter in the collection of short stories Like Life, by Lorrie Moore

Hungry


"That was the thing with hunger: It opened up something dangerous in you, something endless, like a universe, or a cliff."

-from Starving Again in the collection of short stories Like Life, by Lorrie Moore


Ben Lee - Hungry : Ripe

The end of the world?



Uh oh, overflow, population, common food, but it'll do.

Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed dummy with the rapture and the revered and the right - right.

You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty psyched.

It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.



Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday Soul - Don't Say Goodnight


Some people say
That life is for the livin’
So let’s live it, baby
Yeah...

Most of the people say
That love is for the givin’
So let me love you, girl
Yeah...

Hey, hey, hey, hey...
(Don’t say goodnight) Don’t say goodnight, oh, when you know
It’s time for love
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, baby
(Don’t say goodnight) Don’t say goodnight when you know
I gotta have your love




Saturday, May 21, 2011

Work To Do


Well I'm taking care of business, woman can't you see
I gotta make it for you, and I gotta make it for me
Cuz sometimes it seems that I'm neglecting you
I would love to spend more time
But I got so many things to do
Ooh, I got work to do, so much work to do
I got work to do, I got a job baby
I got work to do


First off, this is a great song. Secondly, It's a great cover of a great song. Thirdly, it comes absolutely free on a covers EP that Mayer Hawthorne just released. Fourthly, I can't wait for this man's next album. Seriously. In the meantime, download his EP.




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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Little Girl Blue


Sit there, count the raindrops
Falling on you
It's time you knew
All you can ever count on
Are the raindrops
That fall on little girl blue

Won't you just sit there
Count the little raindrops
Falling on you
'Cause it's time you knew
All you can ever count on
Are the raindrops
That fall on little girl blue

No use old girl
You might as well surrender
'Cause your hopes are getting slender and slender
Why won't somebody send a tender blue boy
To cheer up little girl blue



Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue : Little Girl Blue 7"

Nina Simone - He Needs Me : Little Girl Blue 7" B-side

Find them both on Little Girl Blue.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Wake Up Already!



Wake up everybody
No more sleepin' in bed
No more backward thinkin'
Time for thinkin' ahead

Jon Stewart is the shiz. Talk about some backward thinking? Seriously...attacking Common?




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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Sunday Soul - Tears


As the sun sets and the night goes around
I can feel my emotions comin’ down
But now I pull the covers off my bed
Saying to myself, “Tonight I’ll forget”

Tears, tears
Falling like the rain
Tears, tears
Another heart knows my pain

Tears, tears
All the tears your heart wouldn’t hide
Tears, tears
Now the tears become a good cry


Force M.D.'s - Tears : Tears 7"

Force M.D.'s - Forgive Me Girl : Tears 7" B-side

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Kickin' It Galactic Style


Almost fifteen years after first forming, Galactic has slowly been edging closer toward their hip hop influences, especially on their 2010 release Ya-Ka-May, but with their latest release, the live album The Other Side of Midnight: Live in New Orleans, the band takes a step back to their funk roots. The show was recordedOctober 29th, 2010 at Tipitina's, a club in New Orleans, and the group pulls out all the stops to showcase their instrumental mastery for a hometown crowd. In fact, when describing them to a friend, I framed them as a New Orleans Soulive, a strong collective of musicians that can truly jam it out for real.

Guests stepping up in front of the band to take control of the mic include Cyril Neville (from another New Orleans original, the famed Meters -whose song Gossip they cover during the show - and of course the Neville Brothers) and Big Freedia, but there are still plenty of instrumentals to show what the band does best. In fact, they have a few instrumental guests to bolster their sound as well, including Trombone Shorty (who plays in Orleans Avenue) and the Soul Rebels Brass Band. Considering that many live albums are recorded over the course of several shows, and that this album all comes from a single show, the musicianship on display is impressive. Even the instrumentals have enough funk in them to hook, and the album scoots through amazingly quickly.




and an older one they did in tribute for another New Orleans giant, Fats Domino:


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