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The first time I heard James Carr was rooting through the dollar bins of vinyl at a local (and now no longer) record store in my neighborhood. I was floored immediately – he’s become my favorite soul singer and he happens to have come up during what I think is the best period and location for soul, late-60s Mephis, Tennessee. Goldwax Records (and Hi-Records), to be specific. And this 1969 backing band is spectacular, and I cannot get enough of the hard hitting drums once they drop.
I made a visit last week to L.A.’s new architectural landmark, The Broad museum. The museum itself was an impressive feat, but the artwork and its experience within was simply amazing.
Sera Cahoone is one of my absolute favorite singer-songwriters and clearly among the most formidable of former Carissa’s Wierd members. Somehow I completely missed her 2012 album, Deer Creek Canyon. It’s as consistent as her earlier work but feels like her songwriting has grown. How the shit did I miss this? And damn, it just about floors you with lyrics.
I have to admit that even though I regularly post mixes to 8tracks, I only sporadically dig through mixes posted there. But I returned to flamgirlant’s awesome “Summer Burn 2010” recently and oh man do I love this opener by The Evil D’s (not to be confused with 90s hip-hop producer, DJ Evil Dee, of Black Moon). “So Glad” was included as a bonus track to Truth & Soul’s 7″ series collection Fallin’ Off The Reel Vol. 1.
Loving the feel of this track from L.A. based rap group, Warm Brew. Off their iTunes-only release, Ghetto Beach Boyz, which is excellent.
Bill Callahan feels like that wise, deep-voiced friend we go to when we need advice from someone who isn’t our father. I don’t know if there is actually much wisdom in the idea of an unending goodbye, where every question is responded in place of an actual parting, but he certainly sells the feeling well.