The personal journal of Chris Brummel, who is currently evaluating his pizza-in-a-cup options.
I’ve found I’m a big sucker for the whole Motown revival and tracing back the trend points to the Daptone Records; but as far as I can tell, the first out of the UK to notice wasn’t Amy Winehouse, but Jamie Lidell with “Multiply” a year before her “Back To Black“. The last “revival” album that I really geeked out over was Lidell’s “Jim” back in April.
Little Bit Of Feel Good – Jim:
In May, I saw that he was coming stateside and made sure that I caught him. The show was good, but not great. I feel a kinship to a dorky white guy who can’t help but express his honest love for soul music. What I didn’t like is that his backup band was a little thin to get the full effect I’d like for the sound: A single guy alternating between playing guitar and bass and a single sax player in the place of a horn section.
Good news/Bad news: He’s back for a second US tour. I was hoping that he’d grew in stature from his first “Jim” tour and now had a larger band, but it doesn’t appear so.
BUT, I just found out that his opening act is the *new* artist that I’m geeking out over: Janelle Monae. She’s part Outkast, part P-Funk, part electro-funk-punk, part Erykah Badu. Her recently re-released Fritz Lang inspired EP has been on HEAVY rotation anywhere I can play it.
Sincerely, Jane – Metropolis:
As much as Jamie is representing the past with a little bit of future, she’s representing the future with a little bit of past. They’ll be performing together October 3rd at the Showbox.
A little while back, a friend played me some of the People Under The Stairs last album, 2006′s Stepfather. It was some of the most ridiculous and original stuff I’d heard in a while.
4 Elements – Redheaded Stepfather:
Turned out it was a leaked bootleg released by Thes One to throw overambitious fans from grabbing the album on the internet before it’s release date. The whole album is a recital of of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 1798 long-form poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner“, under track titles such as “Sucka Emceez” and “Smokin’ Blunts”.
Grab the bootleg for yourself: Redheaded Stepfather Torrent
I’d heard a little bit by them in the past, but after listening to this, I needed to dig closer and bought the “real” Stepfather. The album holds up to it’s redheaded counterpart.
Step In – Stepfather:
Sadly, antics such as these aren’t getting them noticed as much as the quality of their material (and pranks) should dictate. They’re playing in Seattle on the 28th of September, but aren’t playing in the caliber of venue I’d expect from a 10 year act with their catalog and history.
But I thank them for inspiring me with a new goal in my life: Get famous enough that people anticipate my albums and I can trick them with fake bootlegs. Now I’m off to write my first album: “Let’s Get Ready To Brummel!!!”