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Baby Huey: 50 years on

No self-respecting funkster can do without this foundational album. Born on this day, and come October, it will have 50 years since Baby Huey’s death. Baby HueyCurtis Mayfielddonny hathawayfunkpsychedelic funkpsychedelic soulsoul

Ian Dury

Born on this date and it’s just over twenty years since his death. Here’s a decent enough write-up from ten years ago. Shortly before his death in March 2000, Paul McCartney paid him a visit. It was “like having the Queen Mother coming round for tea,” he told his wife. Ian Dury at the Dentist…

The Funk, the Soul + the Holy Groove

Released today! Aside from the two very insightful reviews by Robert Fontenot in OffBeat Magazine for the previous two albums — Texas, Texas and See Red — much of the minor “alternative” music press are awkwardly trying to shoehorn Deltaphonic into some Procrustean category or other. The clue to their music is . . . in the…

Widespread Panic

For those of us who couldn’t catch the band at Jazz Fest here they are streamed from a few weeks ago, sans Bayou Lena (start time @ 24:30). Here is a nice write-up of their Jazz Fest appearance. In other news, Tom Jones showed up unannounced at Chickie Wah Wah joining expat Jon Cleary. And Bonerama…

Already Ready Already

The latest Galactic album dropped today. Here is a review in OffBeat. Here too is the band’s own blurb. You can listen to the album here. Amy Winehouse fans will enjoy this. Oh yes I forgot to mention that the album also features Princess Shaw, whose lovely story is documented here. (Princess Shaw tells me that…