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Charles Neville

Reported by WWOZ. Just the other day music photographer Chris Harris and I corresponded about Charles’ stint in Angola. This loss will cast a long shadow over JazzFest. charles nevillefunkmusicneville brothersnew orleans

The Radiators: Welcome to the Monkey House

Just released. Below is a sample of one of their party pieces “fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke” — a sentiment that seems appropos in light of recent events in the UK. Now in their 40th year here’s a write up commemorating their 20th anniversary. fishhead musicfunkLouisianamusicnew orleansRadiatorsswamp rock

NOLA CDs of the year

My list of the year’s best releases associated with New Orleans and Louisiana. See Red — Deltaphonic Hot Like Fire — Bonerama Seasonal Affective Disorder — Loose Cattle Live in Concert — The First Revolution Singers boneramacountry and westernDeltaphonicfunkgospelloose cattlethe first revolution singers

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…

Bonerama

One’s got to have a large dose of brass in one’s musical diet and most especially a good boner: so how about three? Check out Bonerama’s hot new album (The rest of the band are no slouches either). boneramabrassCraig KleinfunkJazzMark Mullinsnew orleanstrombone

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…

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

Funky Friday

This is one of the great performances from that superb series Live From Daryl’s House. I’m very much looking forward to seeing Booker T. live soon. There have been so many top-notch artists on the show, some of my favourites include: The O’Jays, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sharon Jones, and Joe Walsh (a bit disappointed with the Nick…