Happy Sunday! This post is inspired by my recent introduction to Alice Clark. It all happened one sunny spring afternoon at a record store. She peered at me in a disinterested, though compelling way. I tried to ignore her, but found myself back at the records store two days later trying to find out more about this woman and her music. What i learned about Alice Clark’s music made me an instant fan! Even better, she introduced me to some other singers. This post provides a brief intro to some of these new additions to my playlist!
I just bought this Fela Kuti album from one of DuiJi 13′s (soon-to-be-famous) sidewalk record sales! The B-side, “Go Slow” has a CRAZY nice bass line that i can’t get outta my head. I would include it in this post if only i could find it on youtube. Oh well…
If you’re in Philly, be on the lookout for Señor Thirteen’s record sales in front of the A-Space. Happy Ol’ Skool Sunday!
I Looooove vinyl. In fact, i self diagnosed myself as a vinylphile – or one with an obsession for vinyl records – sometime in the late 1990s. In recent weeks, i my uncontrollable urge to purchase, clean, “fix,” and listen to records has been re-ignited by King Britt, Tapedeck Tunn, and a few others who have spoken about their love for vinyl. And i can’t forget about CRITIQL & DJ DuiJi 13‘s new event, Vinyl Tap, which has me digging through my crates to come up with the best possible 20-minute set i can think of!!!
This week’s Ol’ Skool Sunday comes straight from those crates. (No, not my digital crates in Serato Scratch Live. I’m talking about the various plastic containers filled with records, some which constantly traveled with me to gigs back in the days before i even imagined that one could DJ from a computer.) I’ve been in a jazz mood this weekend, so that is what i’ve posted below. I hope you enjoy these selections!
If you’re interested in my Vinyl Tap selections, come on out every 2nd & 4th Friday to see/hear what my (and others’) vinylphilia inspires!
This week’s Ol’ Skool Sunday commemorates the musical contributions of a couple artists who recently departed the physical world. Donna Summer and Chuck Brown left a huge impact on people and continue be staples on party playlists! Here are some of the tracks that i’m diggin’. I hope you enjoy them as well.
Today i’m listening to some Stevie Wonder, whose bornday is May 13, 1950. (Now, is it just me, or should he have some sort of grand title, like “King of Music” or something? Maybe being “Stevie Wonder” is grand title enough!) I grew up listening to this guy, and credit him (and MJ) for giving me such a deep love and appreciation of music. So today (and many other days throughout the year), i say thank you, Stevie Wonder, for creating such beautiful, soul stirring, socially relevant, and dance provoking music!
I was blessed to catch legendary Reggae group, Third World, perform here in Philly (Ghost was the opening act)! It was, without a doubt, one of the best performances i’ve ever seen. They blew me away with the perfect arrangement of music, well-executed solos (Cat Coore’s cello rendition of “Redemption Song” was too fantastic for words), and infectious energy that had everyone in Trocadero Theatre dancing! I guess that’s what 38 years of experience does for a group! Here are a few musical highlights.
“It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t a left you without some” Ol’ Skool to step to! I’m just realizing that this is my first (and only) Ol’ Skool Sunday post this month. To make up for the absence, i promise to have some great music! And because my inspiration for this week’s post is Fela! the broadway musical, and the several days of Felabration that accompanied it, i’m confident that the selections will be extra good. So without further ado, i present to you, Ol’ Skool Sunday!!!
And of course, no Felabration is complete without some Fela Kuti!