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On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone

A decent documentary on Sly is long overdue: next year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Dance to the Music, a landmark album for acid funk/soul. This documentary sounds promising but the distribution seems to be the standard damn snag: Michael should give mediAm a go (nothing to lose). Anyway, great to see that…

Funky Friday: Soul Messages From Dimona

Nothing like some top-notch acid-gospel-funk to set one up for the weekend, indeed a vital soundscape on reentry each morning. Joe Tangari of Pitchfork gets it, as do Thom Jurek of Allmusic, John Kirby of Wax Poetics, and Gabriel Baker of PopMatters. Listen here, here, and YouTube. acid funkacid soulgospelmusicpsychedelic soulSons of the KingdomSoul Messages From Dimonathe Soul Messengersthe Spirit…

Life + Death: Chairmen of the Board

A classic bit of acid funk to blow away the past week, a world away from “Give Me Just A Little More Time”. As per usual AllMusic gets it. Here are a couple of obits for General Johnson in The Guardian and The New York Times. acid funkacid soulchairmen of the boardgeneral johnsonmusicpsychedelic funk

Sly

Against the odds, still with us. Happy 74th birthday. acid soulmusicpsychedelic funksly and the family stone

Traveling Soul

I’ve just learnt that there is newly published biography of Curtis Mayfield, a long overdue project I’d been hoping for over the past few years. acid soulCurtis Mayfieldgospelmusicsoul