Archive: June 29, 2008 - July 5, 2008

Summer Mixtape, Track 5: "Fourth of July" - Galaxie 500

Hope you enjoyed all that island funkiness. Today's track comes from a band that is just about the polar opposite of island funkiness: '80s dream-pop favorites Galaxie 500. I think the reason this song makes the cut is pretty obvious. It does make for good fireworks watching music. Happy Fourth....

By David Malitz | July 4, 2008; 8:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Summer Mixtape, Track 4: "Don't Touch That Thing" - Sylvia Hall

You could -- and maybe should -- spend the whole summer listening to the entire Numero Records catalog. Every time I think that they can't possibly dig up any more lost, funky greatness, they drop something like the latest addition to the Eccentric Soul series or "Soul Messages From Dimona."...

By David Malitz | July 3, 2008; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Tale Of The Tape

David and I went to two decidedly different shows last night and decided to compare notes afterwards - though my afterwards actually began before David had even left for his concert. Here's how the concerts stacked up.... My show: The Neville Brothers = NoLa's first family of funk David's show:...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 2, 2008; 4:35 PM ET | Comments (4)

Summer Mixtape, Track 3: 'Nah Goin Home' - Biggie Irie

In keeping with the island theme, we turn to Barbados, home of the reggae-loving British crooner Carlton Cordle, better known as the international soca star Biggie Irie. This is his biggest hit - the one that won him the awesomely named title of International Groovy Soca Monarch. (It's a huge...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 2, 2008; 7:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Summer Mixtape, Track 2: 'Now That We Found Love' - Third World

Well before Heavy D, producer Teddy Riley and their hired hook singer, Aaron Hall, put a hip-hop spin on this Gamble and Huff tune, the funky Jamaicans in Third World cut the definitive cover. Whereas the O'Jays original was a sweet slice of easy-listening early-'70s soul, Third World cranked up...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 1, 2008; 8:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Summer Mixtape, Track 1: "Uptown Top Ranking" - Althea and Donna

Summer deserves a good soundtrack. So we thought we'd give you one. Every day over the next few weeks J. Freedom and I will offer up a song that sounds especially great cranked up on a hot day. We'll kick things off with what may be the perfect summer song,...

By David Malitz | June 30, 2008; 2:23 PM ET | Comments (3)


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