Feeling Funky

August 18, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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My last post about the new DVD inspired some extended James Brown listening on my part so I thought I’d throw up a couple live tunes from the 1963 Live At The Apollo album for you all to listen to as well. Here’s Night Train and the single mix of Think which has a bit more of the horns than on the album version.

James Brown – Night Train
James Brown – Think
(single mix)
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NEW DVD : I Got The Feelin’: James Brown in the ‘60s

August 18, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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If you’re a James Brown fan, I highly recommend this new 3 dvd set that was released about a week ago. Two amazing performances from 1968. I mostly know James for his music, but the Live At Boston Garden show from April 1968, the Night after Martin Luther King was shot, shows just how much power James also weilds as a proponent of civil rights. The documentary disc really puts the show in its historical context. The third disc is James live from his now legendary run of live shows at the Apollo in Harlem in March 1968. Fantastic stuff, still just as powerful over forty years later.

BUY I Got The Feelin’: James Brown in the ‘60s

The Night James Brown Saved Boston (Director’s Cut)

A film by award-wining filmmaker David Leaf and executive produced by Shout! Factory CEO Richard Foos, David Leaf Production and VH1, The Night James Brown Saved Boston focuses on one of the most historic moments in Boston and America’s musical social and political history. The night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, rioting began to tear at the fabric of America’s cities. Everybody wondered if there was anyone who could stop the violence, who could bring peace to the streets? The truth is, there was only one man – James Brown. So, on April 5, 1968, the night after Dr. King was shot and killed, James Brown took the stage for a previously scheduled show at the Boston Garden for a concert that was televised live on Boston’s public station WGBH, televised for just one reason—to keep the citizens of Boston off the streets, to try and stop a riot from starting. James Brown, a great artist at his peak, was thus thrust on to the center stage, facing the crucible moment of his career. He wasn’t known at that time as an activist, but that night, he rose to the occasion and kept Boston spell-bound with a musical tour-de-force, a performance that is considered so legendary that forty years later, Bostonians still regard it as the greatest concert the city every hosted.

Through the actual performance footage and the personal reminiscence of James Brown’s band members, the recollections of James’ friends like activist Al Sharpton and personal manager Charles Bobbitt, Boston citizens, those who attended the concert, politicians (like former Boston Mayor Kevin White) and Newsweek’s David Gates, The Night James Brown Saved Boston tells the compelling story of an artist at the absolute peak of his powers using his artistry for the greater good.

This film, which premiered at SXSW 2008 and broadcasting on VH1 on April 5, is an amazing look back at one heroic moment in James Brown’s life as a performer, a public figure and a man.

The Night James Brown Saved Boston Bonus Content:
Additional interview footage with
Rev. Al Sharpton
Dr. Cornel West
Anecdotes with Charles Bobbitt who worked with James for 40 years

James Brown Live At The Boston Garden
With cities around America reeling from sorrow, shock and anger, this is the actual April 5, 1968 concert James Brown gave at the Boston Garden as it was filmed and broadcast that fateful night. Boston PBS station WGBH agreed to televise the performance in an effort to keep the streets of Boston from erupting into violence.
Bonus Content:
Additional audio from radio simulcast
Additional interview footage with WGBH’s Director and Producer of the concert.

James Brown Live In The ‘60s – The T.A.M.I. Show, 1964 & Man To Man
The T.A.M.I. Show: James Brown’s 1964 performance of “Out Of Sight”

James Brown Live at the Apollo Theater 1968 – This was one of a series of concerts James Brown performed at the Apollo in Harlem in March 1968. This performance was taped in color and broadcast on television as Man To Man.

5 On A Friday : It’s SO Hot

July 11, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Five today keeping with the theme that’s sort of going on here this week, because well, it’s summer, and damn it’s HOT.

1: DJ Prince – Come On Everybody Let’s Drop It Like It’s Hot
More DJ Prince
2: James Brown – Hot Pants
Buy Star Time
3: Beck – Hotwax
Buy Odelay
4: Led Zeppelin – Hots On For Nowhere
Buy Presence
5: The Whigs – Hot Bed

Buy Mission Control

New Year’s Eve Mix : Put Some Dance In Your Pants !

December 31, 2007 by · 3 Comments
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Hey’s it’s New Years Eve so here’s a funky little mini mix to put some dance in your pants as you party your way out of 2007 and on into 2008. Go ahead, shake it like a polaroid picture !

Mark Ronson – God Put A Smile On Your Face (w/The Daptone Horns)
Buy Version
MIA – Come Around
Buy Kala
James Brown – There It Is
Buy Star Time
Stevie Wonder – You Haven’t Done Nothin’
Buy Fulfillingness’ First Finale
Ryan Shaw – Do The 45
Buy This Is Ryan Shaw
Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings – Nobody’s Baby
Buy 100 Days, 100 Nights
Amy Winehouse – Rehab
Buy Back To Black
Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc
Buy Demon Days
LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum (Dunproofin’s Not From England Either Mix)
Get Sounds Like Silver – LCD Remixed
White Rabbits – Kid On My Shoulders
Buy Fort Nightly


Christmas Song Of The Day 25

December 25, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Wrapping up this year’s daily Christmas song series with a tribute to mark the one year anniversay of the sad passing of the legendary James Brown. Instead of just one song today I’m giving you five, done up Godfather Of Soul style.

Day 25-A: James Brown – Christmas In Heaven

Day 25-B: James Brown – Soul Christmas

Day 25-C: James Brown – Please Come Home For Christmas

Day25-D: James Brown – Signs Of Christmas

Day25-E: James Brown – Santa Claus, Santa Claus
Buy James Brown

The winners of the holiday cd giveaway coming up a little bit later today. THANKS SO MUCH to everyone who left comments and sent emails. Happy Holidays !

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5 On A Friday : Why Not Take The Train ?

November 23, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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On this biggest travel weekend of the year, people are driving, flying, walking, basically doing whatever it takes to get home. For some reason trains have always held a certain fascination for songwriters. Here’s 5 odes to that traditional mode of transportation. Happy travels.

1: The Monkees – Last Train To Clarksville
Buy Greatest Hits
2: Neko Case – Train From Kansas City
Buy The Tigers Have Spoken
3: James Brown – Night Train
Buy Star Time
4: Velvet Underground – Train Round The Bend
Buy Peel Slowly And See
5: Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – Trains
Buy Jacksonville City Nights

James Brown, "The Godfather of Soul" 1933-2006

December 25, 2006 by · 6 Comments
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James Brown Died early this morning at age 73 after having been recently hospitalized with pneumonia. With a recording career that spanned over 50 years, his influence on rock,funk and R&B music is monumental. The Rolling Stones,David Bowie, Prince, George Clinton,and just about all rap and hip hop music owe a debt to the man known as “The Godfather of Soul”.
He was one of the true innovators of funk and his unrelenting live shows earned him the title of “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business”. Today we pay tribute to a true one of a kind legend.

Rest in Peace, James Brown, 1933 – 2006.

MP3: Please, Please, Please
Tell Me What I Did Wrong
I’ll Go Crazy
Night Train
Out Of Sight
It’s A Man’s World
I Got You
Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag Pts 1,2,3
Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose
Licking Stick-Licking Stick
Say It Loud, I’m Black And I’m Proud Pt 1
There Was A Time
Cold Sweat
I Got The Feelin’
I Can’t Stand Myself(When You Touch Me)
Hot Pants
King Heroin
Make It Funky
Super Bad
Get Up, Get Into It And Get Involved
Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine
Mother Popcorn
Funky Drummer
Get Up Offa That Thing
Get On The Good Foot
Hot (I Need To Be Loved, Loved, Loved)
Doing It To Death
Stone To The Bone
There It Is

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