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Walter Becker

Report in The Telegraph. Just yesterday, yet again and before this news, I happened to watch the making of Aja, one of the greatest albums of the 70s and beyond. I always thought Steely had class and intelligence (in an OCD way) but boy could they funk out as pure entertainment. For serious commentary on…

The Stax Story

The outrageous wheel of fortune that is the Stax Story. A couple of segments are blocked from this very decent documentary but you’ll still get a damn good idea about Stax’s torrid and tragic story. If you appreciated Muscle Shoals, then this too is a must. I came to Stax via Booker T, Isaac Hayes…

Measuring the Evolution of Contemporary Western Popular Music

This study from a few years back confirms what genuine music lovers already know to be the general trend in the homogenization of music. Full report in Scientific Reports 2, Article number: 521 (2012). Check out Thoughty2’s popular and rightfully scathing overview below. It was reassuring though to see some under 35s at a recent Pokey LaFarge show, Pokey himself…

Do U Want It?

Yes I do. This for funky Friday. As a dyed-in-the-wool funkster I’m hoping to be able catch this funkumentary about the Maple Leaf staple Papa Grows Funk. With no play lists and no rehearsals every Papa Grows Funk performance is its own masterpiece of funk. do u want it?funkJohn Grosnew orleanspapa grows funk