18 January 2008

Best movie of 2007

onceI'd have to say it was "Once," a complete surprise and joy to watch. It's rumored to have cost only $160k to make.  I even bought the soundtrack (something I rarely do, since good soundtracks are hard to come by). It's probably because the songs are mostly written by and sung by Glen Hansard of the Dublin, Ireland rock band The Frames







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13 January 2008

Daptone Funk

I've been following Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings for some years now, but what I'm really excited about is the rest of the Daptone catalogue. Right now, I'm digging the label's re-release of the Poets of Rhythm release "Practice What You Preach." Pure, raw, heavy funk from Munich. Everything about this album is supreme - the punchy guitar, bright horns, and spot-on rhythm section of bass and drums. What I find amazing, is that this was recorded in 1993. Go buy it, now!

This is probably a good time to admit that I'm a relative newcomer on appreciating the resurgence in funk/soul. There's so much good material out there, but one has only to look in the right places to find it. For classic and hard-to-find vinyl, go to Dusty Groove America. Daptone Records is a great place to start building you funk/soul library. Also, Jazzman Records has a ton of reissue funk 45s.

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