Posts Tagged ‘Soul Music’
Anytime one of my favorite groups makes it to ANY Amoeba store, I gotta post about it. Via Hip Hop is Cool Again, Witness Phonte of Little Brother join forces with the talented Nicolay to make some of the best soul music coming out today.
And if you didn’t like that, I’m sure you can find something you like here:
No human being should be spending an hour and a half on YouTube, searching and watching Original Soul Train lines, specifically from 1970 to 1982.
But you already know I do. Or else I wouldn’t be writing this sh*t.
Starting somewhere back in February, I was watching an in depth documentary on Soul Train on VH1, filled with tons of music nerdy goodness. It gave me insight on how Soul Train was started and Don Cornelius’ amazing business tactics and strategic moves to get it off the ground. It also touched on several important moments for soul train… its survival through disco and the start of hip hop, maintaining its brand when American Bandstand came through with the copycats (Soul Unlimited, ect), its survival through disco and hip hop, its indelible contribution to black culture and history… and so on.
But one of the biggest things for soul train (and some of you already know what it is) were the dancers who occupied your eyes and entertained your brain while some of the funkiest cuts (of the time) were playing in the background. You were watching their moves, trying to steal their style… watching the hair and fashion to see what was hot, and a way to stay up on the hottest music out. And while all Soul Train (up to 1993) is good Soul Train, nothing will be that early 1970s/1980s era of shows.
Now I’m not really sure what it is about old Soul Train lines that has me geeked. It could be the nostalgia factor to it… taking me back to a happy place in childhood when you looked forward to 1pm on Saturday afternoon. Maybe is watching historic black culture and the powerful influence its had on everything you see around you today… and that sense of pride it invokes in me by default. I don’t know.
What I do know is that Soul Train lines are the greatest thing ever… even 40 years after it was introduced on television. Hugely popular in Japanese Culture (hey Daisuke!), they haven taken VHS recordings of original Soul Train lines and slowly but surely started to put them on YouTube for your entertainment/my obsession. And with a comprehensive Soul train DVD collection supposedly in the works… its set to be great times.
For now, I go to YouTube and veg out on clips like these. You should too.
You can just start there and have fun on your own later.
Just wanted to spread the word for a great friend of mine, Ms. Elle B. Elle has been amazing since I first had the pleasure of hearing her amazing voice as the opening act for Raheem DeVaughn a few years ago. She’s fresh from her business trip to africa, where she was doing her musical thing for our cousins in the motherland. And now she’s looking for some Quality Musicians to help her out with her new project. And you know she’s gotta be official, or I wouldn’t even post this up. So you already know it’s that quality.
I’ll go ahead and link you up to all the info you need from here… If you fit the criteria… please holler back!
Soul Loft is having its Grand Opening at new location, Ca’Brea.
It is a Live Music Showcase & Happy Hour – featuring LA’s best emerging talent.
Hosted by Singer/Songwriter, Elle B. Soul Loft is a free space for artists to perform and grow their fan base without the hassle of pay-to-play
Our featured artists cancelled at the last-minute and I need to feel the spot immediately.
45 minute set
Mostly originals, can do some covers
Live Music ONLY – no track shows
we provide PA, mixer and some mics
we generate a flier for the artist to promote
Cover is $5
Happy Hour Menu – EVERYTHING $5 (Food + Drink)
Event Time: 7-10p
Featured act starts: 9-915p
Only thing we ask to that you rock the night and bring a great crowd with you (about 15-20 ppl)
I’m looking to book a new act before the end of today, so we can do a big push with new promo this weekend.
If you’re interested email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Incl: Phone Number and Links to either EPK, Myspace or website.