Okay….as usual crazy Monday…need to catch up quickly on the inbox nuggets before breaking into my crazy Lollapalooza > Newport Folk Festival Weekend extravaganza. Here it is:
- Budos Band – Budos Band II –listening to the newest set of hip gyrating Staten Island Soul tracks climbing out of the Daptone basement and all I can say is their crew just keeps delivering the goods. People music, all ages, all genders…just plain old people music. Grab it and start imagining what the new Sharon Jones album is going to sound like because word on the street is that it’s coming. Amy Winehouse may be grabbing all the play, but Sharon, Budos Band, and The Dap Kings, are the ones harnessing all the soul.
- Nico Stai- Found this guy on OurStage.com and had a chance to meet him briefly at Bonnaroo this year. Sati’s stuff is growing on me like sumac. I keep having to itch because for relief even if temporary. Someone with some solid distribution should give this artist some airtime soon. Think Joseph Arthur presence with a Nick Drake mind. He’s been there AND done that so you should probably listen up.
- How stellar and jack-fisted is Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s single “Weapon of Choice”? Let’s just say I just shaved 5 minutes off my commute to my local massage parlor. Don’t smirk… you know you’re jealous.
- I’ve liked Jesse Harris ever since we shared a table and ate tacos while waiting to get into the back-room at Maria’s to see a Los Super Seven w/ Calixeco rehearsal before their headlining gig at Stubb’s three or four years ago. I am sure he’s sick of reading his connection to Ms. Jones as being his main claim to fame, so instead let’s just say this guy builds top to bottom solid albums. This is an increasingly rare feat in the world domination of the almighty singles market (name another song on Gnarls’ St. Elsewhere beside “Crazy” and the title track without looking…quick…). Harris’ latest Feel is no exception. While his work on the soundtrack for Hottest State glued the Ethan Hawke glorified mixed tape together nicely, Feel is more a Sunday morning salve.