These guys killed it at Casbah on Tuesday.
You had me at "new album... dB's". Haven't seen those guys since 19*cough*ty*cough* at The Pier. Can't wait to hear what they're up to now... Wow.
Great article. Karen had a very hard life and she led it bravely as long as she could. It's wonderful that Ari has memorialized her this way. Absolutely beautiful and full of grace.
The link to Byron Woods' review of Chaunesti Webb's play "I Love My Hair When It's Good: And Then Again When It Looks Defiant and Impressive" is http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/stirring-…. Thanks, Eric!
Calicat, you should read Byron Woods review of the play, I Love My Hair When It's Good: And Then Again When It Looks Defiant and Impressive. It's on "this website" and I think it might curb your annoyance.
rhythmchile, Why are you taken aback? Seems to me like she's just using the term "good hair" colloquially, in reference to complex hair identity issues among black women. But nothing suggests that she believes that her grade of hair is superior to others'. In fact, it's usually the other way around. Some black people actually go out of the way to point out that someone else's grade of hair is "better" than their own. Sometimes in jest, and sometimes "for-real-for-real". Either way, it's a sad psychology.
One thing I have not been able to do is stop smiling when i read something about me true or false. I am the Darnell Glover that you visit and saw your letter upon my wall. I have any song for Bandit Label although I have done a lot work for it's owner Arrow Brown as a Freelance Photographer and the promoting of his son Deno Brown going to Calif. talking with movie producers. Although when you came by my house to talk with me and a Chicago Public Housing (Projects) was across the streets where I lived is not a part of the public housing, but own by someone I have know fro years. The subject in which we talked about was my record label "South Town Records" and it's artists. The Flairs who was my first artist that I recorded and the song was "I Want You" and "All I Need" and there are artists like The Next Movement in which they was with Lonnie Hampton who was a partner of mine as both us worked with many talented youths from all over the city including the young man who sung the song "Love Jones". During that time Lonnie Hampton was The Next Movement personal manager. But I do want to think you for mentioning my name in this.
Thank you, marcus11. It's been corrected.
pls change Stiltbreeze to Siltbreeze.
In much of West Africa, people use the term "white" with Black people to mean someone who has lived in the West. So the same term would have been used for any Black person, mixed ancestry (African-American or what have you) or someone with a White parent, or even with someone purely African - as long as you have lived in the west and show that outwardly in your behavior/composure. It's common for people to misinterpret the meaning of the statement (as Giddens and the writer of this article did). Africans with a white parent are fairly common since this method was used during colonialism to infiltrate and break various African empires and "tribes". So seeing someone who does not look "purely African" (for lack of better words) would not have been "confusing" for these children at all.
I was surprised by her "good hair" comment. My hair is similar to hers, both my parents are Black, my sister's hair is kinkier, and I don't see my hair as any better than my sister's hair or anyone else's. Strange comment for someone to make in the context of this article, lol. How ironic.
Annoying to constantly have to hear dumb sh!t about hair - especially on this website of all places. However, I enjoy her music and her efforts to preserve our African-American instruments/music. Best of luck to her and the rest of the Drops.
Oh good, an psuedo-academic analysis of Soul Music. Just what the world needed more of. Gotta call "Reach!!!" on this business.
Bradley and the Budos make great soul music, no special analysis required. Come on out and shake it tonight. Will be a great show.
Great story about a great colleague!
COC Rock u in a large or small venue, always have, always will!
Define "conservative music." In what realm would soul ever be considered conservative? By your own admission, this is music of a radical time, a time of change.
I'm also not certain people listening to this music and enjoying it feel the need to connect and experience the racial divide of the 1950's and 60's - maybe they are just enjoying good musicians performing good music?
I really agree with the first 3/4ths of this review (I especially liked the Polvo connection!), but then you lose me at the end. For example, the adjective "tedious" seems really misleading. There are obviously a lot of influences being juggled, but "tedious" suggests a lot of slow, indulgent, and maybe pretentious passages. On the contrary, I find it remarkable that they can pull so many pieces together so seamlessly.
Everything seems to have a place within the logic of each song, and that's a testament to each player's ability and gracious interaction with each other. You may first be impressed with the soulful guitar solos and interplay, but it won't be long before you are distracted by the impressive rhythm section, and then back to some great guitar hook. And the lyrics are actually compelling! I guess I don't hear anything "forgettable"--do you have an example of what you find to be a tiresome excerpt? (Could you also give an example of the "Southern-fried frat rock-ness" because I'm missing that comparison, too?)
If I weren't already familiar with the album, your last couple of paragraphs would have me think this would be patience-testing, something like Opeth's "Watershed" (which I like, but appreciate might be an acquired taste). Now, that has some tedious passages and darts from idea to idea! So, maybe it's relative, but I find Caltrop to be pretty accessible and rewarding, so I would hate for potential listeners to be turned off by the idea they would have to wade through superfluous filler to get to the "good stuff". It would be nice if the link to "Perihelion" were handy, so the curious could check it out for themselves. Yes, this album is something you may want to give repeated listens because it is rich material, but it is engaging from start to finish.
Polyvinyl is based out of Champaign-Urbana, not Chicago. Other than that, great article!
@Jme: I had the privilege to interview Jamie when Xiu Xiu was playing in my town and he was one of the nicest people (let alone musicians) that i have ever met. He's fairly introverted, soft spoken, and extremely polite.
What an awe-inspiring bitter sweet emotional piece of classical musical art! If you like sigur ros an classical albums, this will be enjoyed...
If you like Robert Glasper, you might like my blog, Rhymes and Reasons. It’s a series of interviews with hip-hop heads who discuss their lives and a few songs that matter to them. Pretty powerful stuff. Check’em out here:
While we are posting inane, cliquey comments: You are ridiculous JME GUPTILL
"feel-good indie rock beards." ZING! Journalist slam!
Jamie Stewart, if you are reading this, will you play D&D with me sometime before you leave Durham? We run a very fun and friendly campaign. Reply here if you're interested!
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