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The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Check out this close-grained discussion and analysis of this most unusual masterpiece (in subject matter at least) by Peter Viney but before one gets to it see this background article. Flannery O’Connorlevon helmmusicPeter VineyRobbie Robertsonthe bandWalker Percy

Paul Williams

Born on this day. Cloud Nine, a classic of psychedelic soul. Some background to Paul.   musicpaul williamspsychedelic funkpsychedelic soultemptations

Southern Comfort

Another insightful review of Deltaphonic by Wilson Koewing in the Nola Defender. To listen to the band’s catalogue straight through feels like a backseat ride in an out-of-control burning muscle car through a backdrop of vast southern landscapes, occasionally stopping in this small town or that, to go inside a bar, or strip club, or seedy motel…

A Closer Walk

WWOZ have just launched a website A Closer Walk to “highlight, contextualize and advocate” for the future of these locales. It’s a bit late in the day for this: such a damn shame that so much has already been destroyed. Here are some of the locales that are meaningful to me. Cosimo MatassaErnie K-DoeFats DominoJazzkarnofskyLouis…

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…

Popol Vuh

Still on music, a pretty damn good price ($33) for 5 disks, a package with very good production values. Apparently it’s out of stock and will hopefully become available again soon and at a similarly good price. If you appreciate the work of Eno and Bowie, you’ll get Popul Voh, arguably the grandees of so-called “Krautrock”.…