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“Like a Ship”

Shazamed while driving to SF and listening to KALX (tangentially: Shazam’s consistently stayed on the first screen of my phone since first install years ago — so handy, so many times if you listen to music on the radio for any length of time). T.L. Barrett recorded this album in 1971.

Long revered by record collectors, this album remains one of the holy grails of gospel soul. Self-released in 1971, Like A Ship was the result of Barrett channeling his passion for music, a determination to keep children off the streets, and his charismatic preaching (which attracted the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire and Donny Hathaway to his sermons at Mount Zion Baptist Church) into the production of the album, a project bolstered by the saxophonist and arranger Gene Barge of the famed Chess Records, and backed by a cast of players that included Richard Evans, Phil Upchurch and the rapturous vocals of the Youth For Christ Choir.
Light in the Attic Records

T.L. Barrett, Bill Russell, Isaac Hayes, and Jesse Jackson

Kvelertak Reviewed

Definitely the best blog review of a Norwegian metal band I’ve ever read.

I have a confession to make. I work for a church. I do. Music blogging is not exactly a cash cow so in order to buy food and stuff I work for a church (I am being a touch flippant, I love my job).

[Kvelertak] came on and they sang in Norwegian. This gave me the opportunity to interpret the lyrics in what ever way I wanted. I am pretty convinced that they singing about their desire to settle down, have a family, open a pet store and become upstanding members of there local community. Yeah. Absolutely.
–Tim Simmonds, Accidental Black Metal

H/T: Ian Rogers

Radiohead’s Paranoid Android, Hive Mind Edition

Sonic fraternal twin, amazing result. Edited together from separately posted clips, some years old.

h/t @aweissman


Canada’s top MC? Introduced to SHAD last night by Ian D. Stewart.

“The only thing I love more than rapping is napping.”

Grails Perform Reincarnation Blues

Great live performance by Grails at the Knitting Factory in NYC.

Mayer Hawthorne covers “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”

This video features a cameo by the Automattic Lounge at 1:10. Read more about Mayer in the New York Times Magazine.

Pearl Jam covers “Gimme Some Truth”

I tried and tried tonight to find a good video of Lennon’s original (the studio version) but no luck. This cover is pretty good, though.

Generation X Veneration?

This is from the SF Weekly’s review of last Friday’s Pavement reunion show at the Greek.

I had a moment last night where I was stunned how much reverence is paid to Gen-X-ers. Weren’t they supposed to ruin the world with indifference and a lack of ambition? And here we are attaching words to them like “seminal” and even “legendary.”

As a member of this generation, color me skeptical. :)
H/T: John Slater

june musical interlude

I made a couple of CDs this week as farewell roadtrip companions, for two good friends who just departed Oakland to return home to the east coast.

Here are the playlists:

You can find a bunch of this music on Hype Machine. The way I find music these days is to hear it on the radio, or read a review. Then I go to Hype Machine, where you can usually preview new stuff. If you visit the blogs they list that feature the song you’re interested in, they often have lots of good related songs in the same post.

Here’s an example. (Click on the “Read full post” links on each song listing to check out the source blog posts.)

Janelle Monae, Suites II and III Cover Art

Janelle Monae, Suites II and III cover art, via 新偶像’s Flickr.


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