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A Taste of Heaven: The Heartbreak Life of Raymond Myles

I’ve been wondering whatever became of Leo Sacks’ documentary on Myles — nothing new on the film’s website aside from the extended trailer. In case you don’t know who Raymond was, here is OffBeat‘s obituary. The most recent news I’ve come across are these articles: NYT, HuffPo and Billboard (you’d think given the high-profile level of interest, the readies…

Don’t be Afraid

I highly recommend Tami Neilson’s album “Don’t be Afraid” which I’ve been listening to for the past week after having seen her blistering live performance. The album’s been out for a couple of years: exclaim! and BluesBlast pretty much get her authentic talent. For me it’s the lovely seamless blend of gospel, country, soul and rockabilly: all the…

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…

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…

American Epic

Documentary debuting this evening on PBS — the trailer here. AMERICAN EPIC represents a ten-year odyssey by Allison McGourty, director Bernard MacMahon, musician Duke Erikson, and audio engineer Nicholas Bergh, that involved tracking down countless long forgotten musicians, restoring the music that they recorded and reassembling the technology that created it. Along the way they brought…

Royal Southern Brotherhood’s The Royal Gospel

Usually when the hyperbolic term “supergroup” is used that alone is enough to dissuade me from listening. This group so far, is an exception. At least on their latest album they offer a powerful and seamless emergent blend of funk, gospel and blues — it doesn’t get much better than this. bluesfunkgospelmusicnew orleansRoyal Southern Brotherhood