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A Funky Soul Christmas (Playlist & Videos)

25. Dezember 2014

My feelings towards Christmas are similar to The Grinch‘s (without the greedy aspect). The only thing I like about it are the holiday songs. Therefore I put together a Spotify playlist with great Christmas albums and compilations. Feel free to add yours – the list is shared.

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Crowdfunkin': Best of Current Funk (Spotify Playlist)

22. November 2014

“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson (feat. Bruno Mars) is one of the best current funk releases I have heard in a long time:

After mentioning this on Facebook, my funky friends recommended many other great acts to me. I threw in some additional favorites of mine and started a Spotify playlist. Put it into shuffle mode … and enjoy!

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Augie’s gone. Where do the bop go?

26. Oktober 2014

With great sadness, I just became aware of the fact that singer, songwriter, performer and producer Augie Johnson has passed away on October 10, 2014.

I interviewed him in Los Angeles in 1982 after the album “Make Mine Bop” by Side Effects‘ side project L.A. Boppers blew me away. It featured one of my favorite jazz-funk-soul songs of all time: “Where Do the Bop Go”.

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R.I.P., Jack Bruce! (George Clinton on patching up things with Cream)

26. Oktober 2014

Jack Bruce (Photo: Christian  Sahm / licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)

Jack Bruce (Photo: Christian Sahm / licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)

John Symon Asher “Jack” Bruce passed away yesterday (Saturday, October 25, 2014) at age 71. In his just-released autobiography “Brothas Be, Yo, Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?” Parliament/Funkadelic’s George Clinton (73) remembers running into Cream’s founder member in the spring of 1993 – before and during the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

(…) Cream was inducted, which was a kind of brain twist: I got to watch two of my most important influences [Sly Stone was there as well – PJ] and think about the way that I had built Funkadelic on the intersection between their two bands. Jimi Hendrix had it right when he said that Cream was quitting just as everybody else was getting started. I also got to watch how a band acted when they put old rivalries and infighting behind them. (more…)

Notting-Hill-Nostalgie: Carnival-Bericht aus 2007

25. August 2014
Notting Hill Carnival 2007

Notting Hill Carnival 2007

Zum ersten Mal seit 2006 schaffe ich es in diesem Jahr leider nicht zum Notting Hill Carnival nach London. Beim Durchsuchen von früheren Karneval-Materialien fiel mir ein Bericht über meinen zweiten Besuch in die Hände, den ich damals “live” in mein Palm-Smartphone tippte und hier bisher nicht veröffentlicht habe. Wie ich dabei zu meiner Überraschung feststellte, habe ich über dieses Lieblingsevent bis auf ein Foto aus dem Jahr 2011 noch gar nicht sozialgeschnattert. Es ist also höchste Zeit für ein bisschen Carnival-Nostalgie:

Sonntag, 26. August 2007

“Endhaltestelle für Jamaica und Trinidad”, meint der Busfahrer, der mich von der Speakers’ Corner am Hyde Park Richtung Westen kutschiert. Und sagt damit schon alles: Ziel ist der Notting Hill Carnival, eine karibische Party, die an zwei Tagen weit über eine Million Gäste in den sonst eher ruhigen Stadtteil lockt. Der steht heute und morgen ganz im Zeichen des Karnevals – über ganz Notting Hill verteilt, beschallen rund 40 Soundsystems (Open-Air-Discos) mit Batterien von Riesenboxen ganze Straßenblöcke mit Reggae, Soca, Dancehall, R&B, Salsa und anderem Tanzbarem.
Notting Hill Carnival 2007 - 03
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George Clinton (72) on Quitting Drugs (plus new European Tour Dates)

14. Juni 2014

From the keynote interview at the Ibiza International Music Summit (May 2014)

Craig McLean (at 24:42): Did you get paid for all these samples?
George Clinton: Nooo … that’s what made me stop doing drugs. You can not be fucked up and not expect things to be fucked up, too. I’m saying that it took me 72 years to find that out. Plus: The drugs was no good. Wasn’t even good drugs by the time, you know. Then I realized; Damn, I’m not even high; plus, they done took all my money.

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Umfrage für Mai 2014: Baltic Soul Weekender oder ELBJAZZ?

5. April 2014

Baltic Soul Weekender 2008 (13): Fatback
Leider stimmt 2014 nur noch einer der Namen der beiden nordischen Top-Soul-, Funk- und Jazz-Events. Denn aus Gründen, die meiner Meinung nach bisher nicht wirklich überzeugend kommuniziert wurden, findet der Baltic Soul Weekender überraschenderweise nicht mehr an der Ostsee statt, sondern im Center Parcs Bispinger Heide. Diese Verlegung geschah, nachdem 2013 schon Buchungen für den bisherigen Standort Weissenhäuser Strand angenommen wurden.
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Ahhh, Good Ol’ Southern Soul & Blues (Internet Radio Tip)

31. März 2014

Southern Soul Blues RadioAlthough I have many stations of various genres in the favorites list of the network music player of my choice (Logitech Squeezebox Boom – review in German) I often listen to the same station for days or weeks whenever I am in my kitchen (where the Squeezebox is located).

These days, my favorite station is Southern Soul Blues Radio. If you are into the same music, the last three songs I just listened to will give you an idea why.

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This brilliant version of “Roof Garden” just reminded me how & why I got into Al Jarreau

14. Dezember 2013

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Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney, move over: This is my favorite version of “The Girl Is Mine”

10. Dezember 2013

Nobody does it better than Robbie Fulks & Nora O’Connor:

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