Saturday, December 12, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009


Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are a throwback to the old soul sounds of the 60's and 70's. Daptone Records, which comes straight out of Brooklyn is one of the coolest and truest labels making music today. Ms. Jones herself is a throwback to the olden times. From Augusta, Georgia, the same town as James Brown, she carries a voice and work ethic rarely seen in today's music. Maybe it is because she didn't receive her big break until she was 40, or maybe it is because she used to be a Corrections Officer at Rikers Island Prison, but she is as talented as she is humble. The rest of the Dap-Kings are ├╝ber-talented supporting cast of hipsters, funksters, jazzmen, bluesmen, songwriters and record collectors. I saw them play last Valentine's Day at the Nokia Theater and the show was UNREAL. Here is Brooklyn Vegan's Report, including amazing photos by someone named Natasha Ryan (including the one below).

Unfortunately, the next day, Daptone Record's Brooklyn headquarters was robbed. Regardless, she put on the best show, and then she signed my copy of their newest album, 100 Day, 100 Nights, and then kissed me on the cheek. Amazing.

Song #9: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Tell Me

Thursday, December 10, 2009

What fellow isn't Stubborn... Kind of?

Marvin Gaye was my first favorite singer. This is his first big hit. Stay tuned for more Marvin as this blog continues. I couldn't imagine being 25 without listening to him.

Song #8: Marvin Gaye - Stubborn Kind Of Fellow

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

How do you deal with the Rain?

It is storming here in the city. I woke up and it was pitch black and all I could here were the sounds of rain on the window. The weather usually dictates the music I listen to for the day, especially when it's bad/existential. Rain usually accentuates the ethos of The Blues, as it does for Country. Rain and Jazz also pair up well, probably due to the improvisational nature of both. However there is a grossly under-appreciated Rain-Genre out there, it especially mixes well with the Matrix-like Green Sky we are having. GRUNGE! Grunge came roaring out of Seattle and the Greater Northwest in the 1990's, when the area averaged 150 days of Rain per year. In fact in 1992 Seattle had 20 Consecutive days of rain, its also the year Nirvana's "Nevermind" reached #1 on the charts... Coincidence?

Regardless, I'm not going to go with Nirvana in this situation even though I was Kurt Cobain for Halloween. I've heard rumblings of these guys possibly reuniting in the near future. Chris Cornell writes a mean rain track. In this example you can really see the duality between Cornell's crazy, reserved grunge voice, and his skin peeling screams. Enjoy.

Song #7: Soundgarden - The Day I Tried to Live

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Oh my my my my....

Speaking of Mick Jagger & Keith Richards...

I know all the words, but I still need to get Mick's ridiculous hand and body motions down before I can unleash this baby at Karaoke.

Check out this amazing performance on Britian's "Top of The Pops" from 1967. It is chock-full-o Jagger-Spasms.

Or if you prefer... The studio version

Song #6: The Rolling Stones - Let's Spend the Night Together

Monday, December 7, 2009

Get your fake Jamaican accents out... It's Reggae MON-DAZE, Mon.

Hey Mon! Welcome to another reoccurring segment here at EDAS called Reggae Mon-Days. Get it? I have a huge collection of reggae music, predominantly Rocksteady and Roots music, and I used to listen to it all winter just to keep warm.

The first Reggae Song is by the man who taught Bob Marley how to play guitar, one of the original Wailers, Peter Tosh.

Forget Jah, judging from the montage it looks like he let that giant gun Guide him. However neither did him much good. In the midst of a career resurgence in 1987 that included a Grammy nod and a successful collaboration with Mick Jagger & Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, he was brutally murdered in his Jamaica home by robbers. It was the shortest jury deliberation in Jamaican History... 11 Minutes.

Song #5/RM #1: Peter Tosh - Jah Guide

Sunday, December 6, 2009


During my Sophomore year at College I lived in a house with 4 roommates at 44 (Fo-Tee FO) Chittenden in Columbus. We made a tradition to spend every Sunday sitting around, usually licking our weekend wounds, and listen to Biggie. Later we expanded it to include all the great rappers starting with B: Big Pun, Big L, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Busta Rhymes, Blackstar... After about 6 months of Hip Hop Sundays, we even opened the floor up for the Blues. I dont recall what reasoning we had for only listening to music beginning with the letter "B" but here at EDAS I'm going to be carrying the 44 Chitt tradition on... That doesn't mean that I'm gong to quarantine all Rap & Blues to Sunday, just that we'll be kicking it old school every God's Day.

Song #4: Notorious B.I.G. - Everyday Struggle