Fans of the Grateful Dead feeling bummed about not getting to attend the final Dead series of concerts recently, might consider the alternative of going to check out George Clinton's Parliament Funkadelic who are currently on a summer tour that includes some free shows in New York City this week. As anyone like myself who has ever witnessed concerts by both Jerry Garcia's beloved band and by the Godfather of Funk's various funk incarnations (Parliament / Funkadelic / P-Funk All Stars) will attest, both share an approach to concerts that tend towards long extended jams that are related to "the One." So if you were among those Deadheads disappointed to not get to attend either the two anniversary Dead shows last month in Santa Clara, CA or this month's sold-out (and expensive) show series at Chicago's Soldier Field, where the four remaining members of the Grateful Dead - Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann - performed together reportedly for the last time, then I say honor Jerry and the Dead by going to see George and Parliament Funkadelic.
According to a post from about an hour ago by Bootsy Collins on the funkateer's official Facebook page, his brother in funk, George Clinton, has been hospitalized. Bootsy, who played with Clinton in Parliament-Funkadelic in the early seventies, wrote on his Facebook page early this afternoon (May 26th): "Okay funkateers, our Captain of the Mothership has been hospitalized. I need y'all to send up smoke signals, love vibes, prayers whatever you got, because our great Dr. Funkisien needs us all right now, so stop what you're doing and lay your hands on the radio and let the vibes flow through.The funk not only moves, it Re-Moves, Dig! Thanks! Bootsy!!!"
The famed funk bassist also wrote a similar update on Clinton on his Twitter account this afternoon. The cause for Clinton's hospitalization was not pinpointed but apparently Clinton is in a Los Angeles area hospital and likely will not be released in time to play the scheduled Parliament-Funkadelic show on Saturday (May 28th) at the B.O.M.B. FEST in Hartford, CT. Clinton and the group are also scheduled to play a series of Bay Area shows in early July at Yoshi's Oakland and SF. For updates on the well being of the "Godfather of Funk" follow Bootsy Collins' Twitter & Facebook accounts.
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 03:19:11
1) Lupe Fiasco Lasers (Atlantic) CD
Love him or hate him, Lupe Fiasco’s new one was last week’s best seller by far, selling out the first day we received it and steadily moving units since. Lasers has apparently been disowned by Lupe himself in interviews, which is somewhat of a testament to his testy personality, but he’s clearly tapped into a special realm of the pop music spectrum if he can appeal to Top 40 crowds and seasoned rap listeners alike.
2) Talib Kweli Gutter Rainbows (3D/Javotti Media) CD
Back in stock! I wrote up a bit on this one the other week, but it was out of stock for a sec and now that it’s back on the shelves it’s moving quick. Talib Kweli’s latest is his first independently released solo project in a minute, boasting production from the likes of Oh No, Marco Polo, S1, and Khrysis amongst others. Gutter Rainbows is one crafted for Talib’s long-time fans for sure.
3) Blu Amnesia (Nature Sounds) 10”
New limited 10” single from everybody’s favorite new school West Coast MC, Blu. Taken from his upcoming full length HerFavoriteColour, which was released as a download a while back but is now newly remastered and available to the DJs on wax. The title track and two additional songs on this 10” highlight not only Blu’s natural flow, but also his interesting lo-fi soulful production. Limited and smooth as hell.