Friday, December 12, 2008

QTip live, some dude named Prince jumps on guitar.
Then QTip drops World Tour, stops and starts it again THREE times. Heard about this a wee while back, took ages for the vid to surface but DAMN!

Wandering eye
Fat Freddys Drop get covered at the Performing Arts Prizegiving, 2008, Whangaparaoa College. Nice one! link, or see below.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

"Cadillac Records Gets Nothing Right"
Ouch. Not so great review of movie based on Chess Records. Read it here.
"... in this version of the tale—told in flashback, with overwrought narration provided by Cedric the Entertainer as Chess producer, session musician and house songwriter Willie Dixon—there is no Phil Chess, only Leonard, played by an actor, Adrien Brody, who, with his anachronistically tousled hair and Forever Fonzie wardrobe, looks as much like Leonard Chess as he does, well, Howlin' Wolf. In fact, Phil ... is never mentioned at all..." Link.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Soul reviver
Gabe Roth (of Sharon Jones and the Dapkings) interview from NYT last weekend (hat tip to Jenfa), very cool read... also covers Roth's battle with Sharon Jones for songwriting credits....

"In the early 1990s, while the cool kids in the New York University dorms were listening to Nirvana and Pavement and P. J. Harvey, Gabriel Roth, a Jewish teenager from California, sat in his dorm room, night after night, listening to one obscure James Brown record after another.

He listened to “Dooley’s Junkyard Dogs,” a 45 that Brown cut in honor of a college-football team. He listened to Brown’s esoteric rock version of “Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing.” He listened to “Gettin’ Down to It,” a collaboration between Brown and, as Roth puts it, “these white jazz guys — but it was really actually a cool record.”

Mostly he listened to “Hot Pants,” an album that largely consisted of just one chord. It was like “some kind of strange calculus,” Roth told me recently. “Everybody playing one little note or one little beat. But the whole thing worked together.” Roth and a friend would sit in his dorm room and listen to “Hot Pants” for hours on end.

They’d listen to one side of the album several times in a row, and then they’d turn it over and listen to the other side. “We would smoke weed and listen to the album,” he told me, “or not smoke weed and listen to the album.” Link