MAYER HAWTHORNE GETS “NSA”

This is from last night’s direct-to-vinyl performance at Capsule Labs in L.A. Mayer Hawthorne, along with the band Rick, recored live to vinyl in 15 min sets/sides. Most of Mayer’s sets were his songs from A Strange Arrangement but he and The Country did play one new song, presumably from an upcoming release. I’m guessing, based on the chorus, that the song is called “No Strings Attached” and it’s got a nice groove that has an ’80s feel but with ’70s instrumentation. Saying – Mayer’s still slow jam royalty and after a year-plus with only a couple of […]

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KASHMERE STILL ROCKS THE STAGE

The story of the Kashmere Stage Band is already one of the best I’ve ever known: an all-Black group from Kashmere High School in Houston stuns the world in the 1970s by literally being awarded the title of America’s best high school band. In the process, the KSG recorded a slew of incredible singles and albums that helped sustain its legacy even after their legendary teacher/bandleader Conrad O. Johnson abruptly retired in the late 1970s.

However, the KSG story goes beyond just the handful of holy grail records they left behind. […]

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NUMERO’S ECCENTRIC SOUL REVUE TOUR

We know you love a great soul set. So if you live in the areas around Chicago, Pontiac (MI), Columbus (OH), Washington, D.C., New York City, or Brooklyn, Numero is bringing its Eccentric Soul Revue tour to you. Even if you DON’T live near one of those places, schedule a getaway (even if it’s by yourself). From the looks of this trailer, the show looks absolutely fantastic.

Here’s the press release:

Motown had one, so did Stax. Three soul-deep acts and one smoking hot band to back them up. The triple-header of R&B: the soul revue. Once a […]

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MORE LEE FIELDS

As promised, one of my two NPR pieces on Lee Fields. This music list includes music I didn’t include in my post from the other week.

BONUS:

Lee Fields: Bewildered b/w Tell Her I Love Her
From 7″ (Bedford, 1969)

Just picked this up at the Groove Merchant over the weekend – supposedly Fields very first single, released back in ’69. I’m really feeling “Bewildered” especially – so Southern soul!

By the way, if you’re in New York and need something to do tonight…. But hey, if you don’t live in NY, you can still listen […]

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REMEMBERING BLOSSOM DEARIE

For Blossom Dearie fans in the Bay Area, Jacqui Naylor is doing a tribute concert at Yoshi’s:

Jacqui Naylor, “Remebering Blossom Dearie”, 4/19/2009 – SF Gate

DAVID AXELROD TIMELESS SHOW CANCELLED

Bummer news – the Axelrod anchor leg of the incredible Timeless series has been called off.

TIMELESS III: ARTHUR VEROCAI THIS SUNDAY

You know how we do!

Soul Sides has three pairs of tickets to give away. If you slept on the previous two Timeless shows…you wack! Don’t make it a hat trick and miss out […]

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THE SUITE FOR MA DUKES

Last night’s “Suite for Ma Dukes” performance (part of the Timeless Series) was a really beautiful event. Even though I arrived halfway through the first set (which, I think, was mostly a live performance of what appears on the EP), I could already tell the evening was going to be special.

What really works about the whole conceit is that part of what made J-Dilla beats so memorable was his understanding of musical and emotional texture. It was never just about a loop or riff or beat (though, of course, he was gifted in working with […]

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SUITE FOR MA DUKES: 2/22/09

Update (2/19): As promised, we have tickets to give away for the “Suite for Ma Dukes” show, coming up this Sunday night.

I’ll draw three winners at random from those who email me, with the subject line “Ma Dukes Contest”. Good luck!

Next in the Timeless series, following on Mulatu Astake’s performance from the other week, is “Suite for Ma Dukes,” a four-part suite celebrating the career and life of J-Dilla (whose birthday would have been tomorrow) by Carlos NiƱo & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.

I admit, I was a bit skeptical as to what this would […]

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IF YOU LIVE IN L.A.

…and you’re NOT going to one of these, you need to ask yourself: what’s wrong with me?




More info here.

UPDATE: As it turns out, we have three pairs of tickets to giveaway for this Sunday. Short notice but better late than never!

To win a pair of tickets:

Listen to this song:

…and answer this question: Which Mulatu Astatke song is being sampled and what album is it from?

Send your answers in an email, subject titled “Mulatu contest”, to me. Three random winners will be […]

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