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Benjamin & The Dreamdancers

Thank you Kurtis Powers and Scott Birksted for bringing our attention to Benjamin And The Dreamdancers (bravo to Daptone yet again) and for a great show on The Face Radio. Very much looking forward to the upcoming show on Curtis. KTF! Benjamin And The DreamdancersCurtis Mayfielddaptone recordsfunknorthern soulpsychedelic funksoul music

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

See Red — Deltaphonic’s Blinding New Album

For the past month or so I’ve been listening to a preview of Delaphonic’s new album. The version I was listening to had, understandably, a somewhat “thinner” mix but now the finalized version is available and man, what a fabulously richer sound. The support vocals are so much more to the forefront and atmospheric: they work…

Sly

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

Shuggie Otis Dates

I’d be deeply envious of you were you able to catch a rare appearance by (in my book at least) the legendary Shuggie Otis (see The Mystery of Shuggie Otis and write-ups in The Guardian and Popmatters). Before you meet Otis, you encounter the myth: the vanished genius worshipped by crate-digger cultists and waylaid by the industry—a psychedelic phantom sharing a bloodline…

Monophonics: In Your Brain

Four years ago this classic album by the Monophonics was released. And they are currently on tour. Though there doesn’t seem to be much of anything of substance written on the band, this review of their latest comes closest to capturing their spirit. Now if you don’t know who the Dap-Kings are (as per quote…

One Last Deal: Documentary on Superfly

Here’s a short documentary about the making of Superfly. Good to see most of the cast and crew interviewed all these years later because several are no longer with us. And yes, all acknowledge that it was Curtis’ contribution that made a somewhat awkward film into something special that transcended the technical flaws and gave…

Psychedelic Gospel Funk or “Jesus on LSD”

Welcome to my world — it doesn’t get much better than this. And not far removed from Baby Huey. If I could choose my relatives . . . Label blurb A Funky Gospel Sound Is Resurrected Rev. Gean West, founder of West Dallas gospel-funk greats The Relatives, has died funkgean westgospelpsychedelic funksoulthe relatives