I can’t think of any better way to send of this altogether shitty year than with a soulful obituary.
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.
What do you say after 7 months of neglect? “Sorry?” “Is anyone out there?”
As is probably obvious, I took a long break from the monthly mixes. Well, I didn’t really take a break from crafting them, just from posting them. So I actually have a stockpile of half-finished mixes waiting for you and me that I’ll put out there over the next few months.
I know, I know. I completely neglected this site, and the months without mixes were lazy. The excuse is that I started a new job, and although I continue to DJ at work, the format in which I do so has changed and makes it difficult for me to casually pull together selections over the whole month. Combine that with me inheriting a vintage record player/stereo, discovering that the coolest record store in L.A. is in my neighborhood, and picking up a copy of Peter Guralnick’s Sweet Soul Music to feed my musical knowledge; I’ve been listening to more vintage music and relying less on the blogosphere for finds. Heck, even Baths, the one new-ish track on this month’s mix, is only really getting rotation because I picked up the vinyl when he played back in July.