Friday, February 29, 2008
There seems to be a formula for soulful white boys backing up black divas (see: Sharon Jones) and I'm not mad if they keep putting out songs like this. This song is actually an untitled bonus cut from their 2005 album but it was basically an instrumental version of Feeling Free, hence the 'reprise'.
Nicole Willis And The Soul Investigators - Feeling Fee (reprise)
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
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Friday, February 15, 2008
10 years ago if you had told me that I would be into playing disco and modern soul I would have laughed my ass off. I was a hip hop DJ and that music was for sissies. Let me tell you - my foot has never tasted so good! So my new current obsession is this guy, Steve Arrington. The connections between all the musicians in this scene is mind-boggling. You got Slave, whose members were in Young & Company, and also worked with Peter Brown, which then connects them to the whole 'nother can of worms. I'll let you sort all that out while you enjoy this little gem.
Steve Arrington's Hall Of Fame - Way Out
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I know, I know it's Thursday when I'm posting this, but it's been a crazy week of apartment hunting, gathering financial information and dodging my landlord's phone calls. Anyways, while this isn't a true 'remix' it qualifies for me because it's almost completely different than the original. Whatever happened to the dub mix in hip hop? Sometimes they were way better than the vox! This is a real good example as it uses a totally different bassline. Enjoy...
Stezo - Freak The Funk (dub mix)
Saturday, February 9, 2008
So I got a new gig where the only rule is "no rap or hip hop", which basically means "play white people music". So I've been revisiting my 80s and rock favorites this past week, and rediscovered my love for The J. Geils Band. Freeze Frame is pure 80s pop-rock perfection, so many great songs on one album: Freeze Frame, Centerfold, Rage In The Cage, River Blindness, Piss On The Wall. And my personal fave, Flamethrower. I played this one out at the beginning of the night about a year ago, and half the bar just flipped their wigs going "this is J. Geils Band? I haven't heard this song in years...it rocks!" Make sure and listen all the way through for all the funky breakdowns. Shit is bonkers.
J. Geils Band - Flamethrower
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
The Dust Brothers. Fuckin' A. These dudes started a musical revolution. These guys ignited a serious fire in the West Coast hip hop scene in the late 80s. Check the resume: Young MC, Tone Loc, Beastie Boys*, Def Jef. They even did a remix of Mmm Bop. Hate all you want chucklefuck.
*yes I know they are a New York band, but they were living in LA when they met the Dust Brothers and recorded Paul's Boutique, and that's good enough for me.
Beck - Make Out City