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.
The free, all-ages show takes place at 8 p.m. at California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. Stop by our booth to spin our Prize Wheel.
Funk-jam band Dumpstaphunk incorporates jazz, soul, blues and rock 'n' roll into their eclectic sound. They're also rock royalty, with Ivan Neville on vocals and his cousin, Ian Neville, on guitar — Ivan is the son of R&B singer Aaron Neville, and Ian is the son of Art Neville, who was in The Neville Brothers with Aaron. Together with bass players Nick Daniels and Tony Hall and drummer Nikki Glaspie, the younger Nevilles have evolved from what was once Ivan's side project to being called "the best funk band from New Orleans right now" by The New York Times.
Hear a taste of the band's music with the tune "Dancin' to the Truth" from the album Dirty Word below:
Mr. Fine Wine is someone who knows his music so whenever he shares a Top Ten one takes note - as with his latest Top Ten from his current crate/play-box. Whether on the radio, spinning at clubs, or curating soul compilations Mr. Fine Wine always presents a killer selection of records - most of which you've never heard before but will like instantly. His latest Top Ten below (all in audio only video format) include Eugene Blacknell and The New Breed's 1960's single "The Trip" that was released as a seven inch by bygone era Oakland record label Boola-Boola Records (formerly located at 4721 Telegraph Ave. in the space currently occupied by popular Burmese restaurant Burma Superstar) and is just one of the records in Mr Fine Wine's very deep and much coveted 7" singles crates. The Detroit raised/Brooklyn, New York based DJ is a leading soul/funk 45's aficionado who, with two plus decades as a relentless crate digger, has accumulated an enviable collection lost soul and funk (plus gospel and RnB) treasures. No wonder then that he is frequently being invited to curate rare soul compilations such as the ongoing Vampi Soul compilation series. To date he's curated five rare 45s collections with a sixth compilation dropping in the coming months.
His acclaimed weekly radio show Downtown Soulville on WFMU, on the air since June 1994, is a must hear show (Podcast here) with never a bad record .With most old 60's and 70's singles clocking in at 2 + minutes, each week he fits in 20 to 25 different records including his opening theme ("Downtown Soulville" by Chuck Edwards) which after two decades of playing every week has gotten worn out and he has had to replace. In addition to his radio show Mr Fine Wine DJs at clubs including his longtime weekly at Botanica where since 1996 he's been playing soul and funk records in this fun dive bar (and no cover!). There he'll often be joined by guest DJs/fellow soul music lovers. His sets are deep and rarely seem to repeat themselves - not surprising for someone with a collection of 15,000 45 singles plus a couple thousand LPs. At this past Wednesday night session at Botanica Mr Fine Wine he played a lot of funk, by digging deep into his 45's crates to spin,"records I haven't played in years for a 100 percent funky good time." Expect more of the same on his WFMU show tonight - tune in live at 7pm / 4pm Pacific time to WFMU
Rickey Vincent - the veteran Bay Area funkateer, radio DJ, University of California-Berkeley professor, and author of the bible of funk music (Funk: The Music, the People, and the Rhythm of The One (St. Martin's Press) is back with a new book that beautifully melds two of the author's passions - the history of local music and politics - and this month has doing some readings in San Francisco of his book. Next week he will be at the Main Public Library on Wednesday Feb 26th. "Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers' Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music" - recently published by Chicago Review Press is the story the short-lived five member funk band The Lumpen who, back in the late 60's/early 70's in Oakland, were the Black Panthers house band. Little known for many years after the fact the Lumpen were a close knit collective of activist musicians who used music and song as their medium to deliver their revolutionary ideology with the record "Free Bobby Now" about Bobby Seales. Even Vincent, a scholar on funk and local music, did not know about The Lumpen until he randomly found out about them about. Vincent instantly knew he had to learn more about the Lumpen, their music, and their historical impact, and to share this information with the public at large. The result is Party Music which neatly ties together the black music tradition with the black activist tradition. This week I caught up with Rickey Vincent to ask him about his new book, the significance of its content, and what to expect at his San Francisco book reading next week.
1) Childish Gambino Because the Internet (Glassnote)
2) Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla 7 Days of Funk (Stones Throw)
3. DJ Platurn So This Is De La Heaven 2 (Oakland Faders)
4) Madlib Rock Konducta Vol. 1 (Stones Throw)
5. E-40 Block Brochure Vol. 4, (Heavy On The Grind)
E-40 Block Brochure Vol. 5 (Heavy On The Grind)
E-40 Block Brochure Vol. 6 (Heavy On The Grind)
He may be known to most as an actor and comedian, but Donald Glover, under his hip-hop alter ego Childish Gambino, is also an accomplished skilled rapper and not a novelty rapper who proves with the success of his latest Childish Gambino release (Because the Internet is this week's top hip-hop chart entry) that he indeed has a lot to offer the hip-hop world. Of that number one at Amoeba Berkeley this week the Amoeba.com reviewers write, "He’ll likely always have to content with haters knocking him for starting as a comedian, but now Glover can point to Because the Internet as proof positive that his multifaceted professional title can firmly include rapper, as well." Indeed! Meanwhile another artist, who started as hip-hop but has drifted off into other areas of pop culture and watered down his rap street by cavorting with the likes of Martha Stewart and Katy Perry in the kitchen and studio respectively, Snoop Dogg returns supreme with his latest project: Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla 7 Days of Funk on Stones Throw on which the artist known as Snoop Lion for a minute returns to his (G) funk roots with the best practitioner of said genre, power producer/multi-instrumentalist Dam-Funk who presents the Long Beach, CA artist born Calvin Broadus with the perfect smokey funky musical backdrop. Amoeba.com reviewers accurately herald this EP release as, "a revelatory event for for fans of and freaks for The Funk, and should be particularly pleasing for those whose funk du jour is syrup-thick mid-tempo boogie-funk seasoned heavy with synthesizers a la Yarborough & Peoples or Zapp. ......Easily transcending the side-project ghetto, 7 Days of Funk is two major voices in contemporary music, subsuming their individual identities into something new and simply huge. A match made in funk heaven." Indeed!