GRAB BAG: MARCH 2014

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Quick opening note: not to sound like a broken record (pun intended) but the vinyl game is always humbling. No matter how many records you have, there’s always more/better ones to still learn about and yearn for. I’m reminded of this all the time, especially when DJing with my betters such as the Southern Soulspinners who always come with crazy heat at every gig. I try not to trains-spot on their sets too much but it’s hard to resist knowing what the hell it is they’re blowing my mind with. [...]

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CATCHING UP WITH TRUTH AND SOUL

The spring is shaping up to be a good one for Truth and Soul with the next Lee Fields & the Expressions album on its way but their winter was solid too (and apologies for not getting this out sooner). Their reissue dept. has been busy with a trio of fantastic releases, starting with…

Qunestine Strong: One Hundred Years From Now
From 7″ (Truth and Soul, 2013)

Apart from having one of the more unique names I’ve ever seen, this is one of the few soul singles I can think of out of Phoenix, recorded (I think?) back [...]

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THAT 70S SOUND

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The Center Stage: Everyday’s a Fantasy
From 7 “(RCA, 1971)

“Crossover” is fairly ill-defined (which is saying a lot since most music genres are ill-defined). I find that it’s one of those cases where “you know it when you hear it” and if you had to come up with a gold standard for what crossover sounds like, you could do worse than Eddie Kendricks or the Sylvers II album but you could just as easily have mentioned Donny Hathaway too. He was [...]

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GRAB BAG – FEB. 2014

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Dagnabbit, I meant to do one of these for January but then the month up and flew by me and now it’s the end of February. Anyways…for this month’s grab bag, I’m still drawing from some leftovers from 2013 that I’m only now catching up on plus the usual assortments of recent arrivals and the like.

Art Farmer: Soulsides
From Gentle Eyes (Mainstream, 1972)

Ok…so I only just got this album recently despite the fact that it has a song called “Soulsides”. I mean, I’m pretty sure I heard this [...]

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BREAKZ FOR DAYZ

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Sheila Crute: Crusing Heavy
From 7″ (Waxola, 1974)

Johnny Griffith, Inc.: Love Is Just a Word
From 7″ (Geneva, 1973)

Captain Freak & the Lunacycle Band: Whatever Happened to Superman
From 7″ (Phil L.A. of Soul, 1973)

I’m never NOT going to be a fan of songs-with-breaks. I may not want to pay much for ‘em and I wouldn’t suggest copping something purely for a few bars of open drums if the rest of the song is trash but breaks are good. We like breaks.

The Crute not [...]

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