Below are the things we’ve posted to Twitter recently. 219 tweets including 138 links and 97 retweets. In reverse chronological order, just like Twitter…
Jeff Sabatini and Mike Vasquez are tweeting for GLONO from the All Good Festival in West Virginia, although word from Sab is that network connectivity there is awful. But tune in for updates.
# Internet success requires trust. RT @annkpowers: Prince and the Internet, a history (tragedy?) http://tinyurl.com/2bn54a5
# RT @Johnny_Marr: World Premier of Inception in Leicester Sq, London last night. Guitars on the score by Johnny Marr.
# Everything here is leaning on an angle because of the mountain. It’s disconcerting to say the least. #allgood
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Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings mark the Billboard Top 20 debut of their new album I Learned the Hard Way with a bad ass video for the title track.
Video: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – “I Learned the Hard Way”
First week sales for the album totaled 22,689, putting I Learned the Hard Way at #15 on the Billboard Top 200 this week. This marks the band’s highest chart position yet, despite (or maybe because of) a low sales week.
A blurb about the album’s production and the band’s attention to vintage detail after the jump…
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki
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One of the reasons we here at GLONO love Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings is their relentless attention to detail as they strive to recreate the late-60s soul sound—and, of course, how successful they are in that pursuit. From the arrangements to the instrumentation to the recording techniques, a Dap Kings record is a performance art piece in itself.
But what is sound without image? Applying the same sort of focus on the packaging of their material completes the overall effect. For a glimpse of just how far they go to recreate the look and feel of the records that inspired them in the first place, check out this behind-the-scenes report of the photo shoot for their upcoming LP, I Learned the Hard Way (out April 2010).
We used the back yard of the studio and the adjacent fire escape to make a photo that was in keeping with the look and feel of urban group shot covers that were seen a lot in the late 60’s and early 70’s (The Impressions ‘This is My Country’, The Supremes ‘Love Child’, etc.) We went with the square format Hasselblad with negative film to get the same look and feel from the period.
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki
MP3: Del The Funky Homosapien – “Bring Da Ruckus” (Wu-Tang Clan)
I suppose the kids call this a remix. But it’s got an entirely different beat and all new lyrics, so… Ah, who the fuck am I to question hip hop jargon? Regardless of what you call it, this new Del track is unquestionably dope.
Apparently, a bunch of former and current Dap-Kings got together, called themselves El Michels Affair, and released a full-band instrumental version of Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) earlier this year. They called it Enter the 37th Chamber. And now a bunch of rappers are rhyming over those instrumentals and it’s being released next year as…what else? Enter the 38th Chamber, of course. Can the 39th Chamber be far off?
Del The Funky Homosapien: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki
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Video: Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings -I’m Not Gonna Cry"
This is the first I’ve heard of “Dinner With The Band” from IFC, but I could watch Sharon Jones perform all day long. From the two clips I watched, I don’t really see anybody eating or even cooking dinner, but what do I know? Maybe “dinner” is a euphemism do something I don’t know about…
Check out a new song, “Are You Gonna Give it Back,” after the jump…
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Daptone Records was robbed, and the thieves made off with a bunch of the soul label’s vintage gear, as well as some computers, phone equipment, and an empty safe. Dap-King Gabriel Roth “would like to ask for everyone’s help first in keeping an eye out for all of our stuff showing up on ebay/craigslist/local music shops, and secondly (and more realistically) keeping an eye out for good deals on headphones, mics, pre-amps, etc.”
As an aside, Roth notes that they “have a session scheduled for Friday to lay down some music for (I know this sounds surreal) Rod Stewart, and I’m going to have to get the studio running by then.” Solo Rod, or could this be the first evidence that the rumored Faces reunion might actually end up sounding cool?
To get an idea of what kinds of sounds Daptone is responsible for, check out this free 14-song compilation, This is Daptone Records…
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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at the Crystal Ballroom
Portland, Oregon, January 30, 2009
Sharon Jones makes you sweat. Her moves and voice pull sweat from your skin like blood rising in a hickey. Even in the damp cold of a Portland night, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings had hundreds of hipsters dancing and sweating like they were extras in a 60s soul revue.
As has been documented here, I recently moved to Portland, Oregon. Now that GLONO’s Northwest office is up and running I finally got out to a show. We made our way through the fog and drizzle to the Crystal Ballroom in downtown Portland. For over 90 years, the Crystal Ballroom has been a premier music venue in this city. Everyone you can think of has played there; from Little Richard to Buffalo Springfield to the Grateful Dead to Liz Phair. I was excited to see it as much as I was to see one of my favorite bands.
The first thing anyone in Portland tells you when they hear you’re going to the Crystal Ballroom is, “the floors bounce!” And it’s true, they do. The floors are spring-loaded because along with hosting bands all these years it’s also been a dancehall. What better combination to entice a hall full of kids in baggy pants and hoodies to shake they asses and lose their detached cool, if for just a little while.
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Daphne A. Brooks, associate professor of English and African-American studies at Princeton University, socks it to Amy Winehouse in an article for the Nation, Amy Winehouse and the (Black) Art of Appropriation:
What makes this act slightly less than amusing is the fact that Winehouse has built her stardom on recycling the looks and sounds–the Wurlitzer, hand claps and upright bass–of Freedom Ride-era pop music to sell her tale of rapidly unfolding decline. It’s one thing in our celebreality culture of scandals and bad behavior to garner attention by singing a pop anthem about resisting rehab. It’s quite another to set these finely crafted tales from the “gritty” English ‘hood to doo-wop hopefulness and buoyant, “Dancing in the Streets” percussive melodies that recall the upbeat tenor of King-era activism. This summer, the dissonance grew deafening when Winehouse was caught on video singing slurs about blacks and Asians–not to mention gays and disabled folk–to the tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” while hanging out in what looked like a crack den.
Check out what Brooks has to say about the Dap-Kings after the jump…
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I had a bad attitude about Lollapalooza this year. I was not looking forward to it at all. I’ve covered Lollapalooza for Glorious Noise each year since the festival was resurrected in Chicago in 2005. Between Lolla and Forkfest, I was thinking I might just be festivaled out.
My wife’s advice as I left on Friday: “Don’t be old—be fun.”
Which sounds a lot harder than it actually turned out to be. Once I let go of some of my uptightness and decided to just roll with it, I ended up having a great weekend. Free your mind, and your ass will follow, right? Surprisingly, I think the lack of bands that I needed to see helped me relax and just enjoy myself.
Not to say that there weren’t a ton of great bands playing this year. There were, but I’ve seen most of them recently. At Lollapalooza two years ago. Or at Pitchfork last year. Or both.
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Park West Theater, November 15, 2007
My fascination with modern bands reproducing vintage sounds started in the early 90s when a couple Kalamazoo bands from the Leppotone label started donning sharp suits and banging out sounds that could have emanated from any Seattle-area garage in 1966. It was to my great surprise to learn months later that there was a whole subculture of garage rockers out there who were still living in the Johnson years and searching out wingtip shoes to accompany their sharkskin suits. This was before Swingers, mind you, and it was cool as all get out.
More than just quirky recording projects, these bands lived a sort of performance art. It wasn’t enough just to sound like the Sonics or the Living End, you had to believe it and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the period or else the entire fantasy fell apart like Christopher Reeve when he found that penny in his pocket and was whisked away from the turn on the century on Mackinac Island and back to the shitty early 80s. The movie is called Somewhere in Time. Rent it. And then wash off the honkeyness with a sweet taste of Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings.
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