Sam Cooke in the studio in the early 1960s.

#Throwback Thursday – Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come

Simply put, Sam Cooke is the greatest singer of the golden age of R&B. The anointed King of Soul, whose voice has often been imitated but never replicated.

At only 33, Sam Cooke died in a bizzare justified homicide in a small motel in California.  Unfortunately Sam would never live to see the influence his greatest song, A Change Is Gonna Come, would have on the civil rights movement and the world.  Sam tragically died 11 days before, A Change Is Gonna Come was released. The lyrics, “It’s been too hard living, but I’m afraid to die” are still haunting to this day.  There are not many songs that truly withstand the test of time but this song does. A Change Is Gonna Come is just as important today as it was in the 1960’s.  Here is the King of Soul’s piece de resistance.

des

Song of the Week: Destroyer “Dream Lover”

Dan Bejar is back with a bang  announcing a new double LP, Poison Season, and energetic single “Dream Lover”

So many layers to the track, most notably the gorgeous saxophone wailing. Song is full of exsuberance.  Perfect for a Memorial Day Weekend as Bejar states “Ah shit, here comes the sun”. Click on the link below to check it out.

Poison Season is out August 28th via Merge


Enjoy the weekend all, and thanks to all who served and continue to do so.

bri

Leon Bridges: The Next Big Thing in R&B….We Hope So

For the past few weeks Leon Bridges has been playing nonstop in my life, on the train, in the car, around the house…everywhere. Leon Bridges is a throwback artist in the truest sense. His soulful voice oozes through his music and transports you to a time when the big names in R&B were Sam & Dave, Otis, and Percy.  Leon is not redefining the genre but rather embracing its history and creating a sound that seems to be ripped from Muscle Shoals with a new youthful exhuberance.

So far Leon has only released a few singles, but we can’t wait for the full album to be released on  June 23rd. We are hoping the world realizes, like us, that this should be the type of music you are listening to. We will be rooting for Leon to have the type of breakout year Sam Smith or Adele have had in recent years, even though their music was not traditional “radio friendly”. Here’s, hopefully, to R&B’s next big thing…..Leon Bridges.

sorority

Song of the Week: Sorority Noise – “Art School Wannabe”

God I miss being in my 20’s. No direction, trying to garner up who I was, while just enjoying the shit out of life.  In the end I turned out to be someone I wanted to be and not something I wasn’t.  That’s the point of Hartford, CT own Sorority Noise new single “Art School Wanabe”. It’s a song for lost direction but not hope… and it’s our Song of the Week.

The band releases their second full length Joy, Departed on June 16th via Topshelf Records

Sorority Noise Art School Wannabe

stone

#Throwback Thursday -The Stone Roses

IN PRAISE OF…THE COMPLETE STONE ROSES

Britpop has come of age this year with gigs and reissues to mark the 20th anniversary of the high point of 90s music.

But one anniversary that will probably go unnoticed is The Complete Stone Roses compilation album, released on May 15 1995.

Much maligned then and now for its heavily truncated versions of Stone Roses classics, this is one album that probably won’t get the 20th anniversary deluxe gatefold digitally remastered treatment…although given Silvertone’s record of milking its hard-won rights to the Roses’ early output one wouldn’t be surprised.

The Complete Stone Roses is undoubtedly an inferior package when compared with, say, the 20th anniversary re-release of The Roses’ debut album in 2009 complete with the full roster of B-sides in their unedited and fully remastered glory.

But transport yourself back to 1995 and forget everything you know about the The Roses. (more…)