ESPERANZA SPALDING: THIS SONG’S THE ONE

Whether it’s deliberate or not, this totally reminds me of something Dionne Farris or Adriana Evans might have recorded about 15 years ago. And therefore, I lurv it.

YUNA: LIVE YOUR LIFE

I don’t post enough new music on here, I know but I really dig this. Don’t sleep.

“WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A DUO”

I saw this footage the past weekend at the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, where I had a gig (which I forgot to list, oops) as part of a Tribute Night for Aretha Franklin.

I love this so many different ways, especially the obvious chemistry between Smokey and Aretha. And Don Cornelius is at his deep voiced best too.

BTW, I had a really incredible time. Not only did I get to DJ with MC Lyte(!) but I met some incredible staff at the HOF. To boot: I was on the same flight as Chaka Khan […]

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ULTIMATE BEATS AND BREAKS VIDS

Wish I had seen this prior to putting up the podcast with SFJ but it’s very cool that there’s a video for “Rocket In the Pocket.”

Here’s a few more:

Thanks to Soulstrut for the links.

MISS MABEL, NOT MS. MABRY, BUT CLOSE ENOUGH?

One of the holy grails for fans of Betty Davis is a video recording of one of her infamous performances. Thus far – none have surfaced (but we hold out hope). Is this the next best thing?

This is a snippet from a 3 minute recording of Miss Label (Bealer), performing Davis’s “If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up,” airing on the True Soul Revue on KHTV in 1973. This is found on a DVD included with the new True Soul Vol 2 CD that Now Again has released, looking at the history of the […]

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BELUGA BOLERO

BILLY PRESTON + RAY CHARLES = BEST THING EVER

Front on this. I dare you.

SIT BACK AND UNWIND…IT’S SUMMER!

In honor of the first day of summer (and in acknowledgement that my summer songs series has been folded into The Sidebar but won’t be free-standing this year), please read this excellent interview by the Village Voice‘s Jason Newman with DJ Jazzy Jeff about the enduring beauty of “Summertime.”

By the way, how the hell did I not know about this Jazzy Jeff/Mick Boogie “Summertime” mixtape from last year?

WELDON IRVINE PLAYING “HERE’S WHERE I CAME IN”

This is from a relatively new documentary about the late jazz composer/leader, The Edification of Weldon Irvine.

It’s Weldon performing, live, his “Here’s Where I Came In.” It’s probably my favorite composition of his, a song filled with both ineffable sadness and beauty and the clip above both captures the deep melancholy I always hear in the song (and always associate with Weldon) as well as the creative energy he had, literally, at his fingertips.

Here’s my favorite version of the song:

Weldon Irvine: Here’s Where I Came In
From Sinbad (RCA, 1976)

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THEY LIKE BEER b/w BAZERK IS BIZZACK

Laverne and Shirley homage, ftw.

b/w

When my students do their reports on binge drinking amongst college students, this could end up being Exhibit A (doh!)

Son of Bazerk and No Self Control- I SWEAR ON A STACK OF OLD HITS from HWIC Filmworks on Vimeo.

In all seriousness, this is one of the first songs/videos where the relative “oldness” of the artists isn’t a detriment but part of the flavor of it all. Sometimes, 40 isn’t the new 30; sometimes, it’s just the new […]

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