#161 – Ego Death by The Internet

I can’t bring myself to actually watch the confirmation hearings that have been going on this week.  The pageantry of it all is ridiculous, with both sides pretending they aren’t just going through the motions in the process of a foregone conclusion.  There does seem to be, however, a pretty good drinking game to beContinue reading “#161 – Ego Death by The Internet”

#135 – Dur& by Durand Bernarr

This album popped up on my Instagram feed as recommended by a mutual friend.  Durand performs as a backup singer for Eryka Badu and collaborates with some of the biggest names in modern R&B.  I immediately went to his previous album to keep the vibe going.  On a day when the future of our countryContinue reading “#135 – Dur& by Durand Bernarr”

#84 – Injoy by The Bar-Kays

I’ve been listening to The Bar-Kays’ early work for many years without really knowing much about them.  Just tonight, I learned about the tragedy that befell four of their founding members.  Only about six months after their biggest single to date, “Soul Finger,” was released, a plane carrying Otis Redding and about half of TheContinue reading “#84 – Injoy by The Bar-Kays”

#47 – Ventura by Anderson .Paak

I saw Anderson .Paak at Coachella last year and really enjoyed his set.  That makes it all the sillier that it took watching Trolls World Tour with my 2 ½-year-old to make me check out one of his albums.  If you’ve been following this blog, you’ve no doubt noticed that I’ve been exclusively selecting albumsContinue reading “#47 – Ventura by Anderson .Paak”

#45 – Face Your Fear by Curtis Harding

This album discovery is another triumph of Spotify’s algorithms.  It really lets me be lazy about finding my selections.  Curtis Harding seems to have been born in the wrong decade.  This album would sound just as at home in the ‘70s as it does now.  I’m sure it’s just that I am not well versedContinue reading “#45 – Face Your Fear by Curtis Harding”

#43 – There’s A Riot Goin’ On by Sly And The Family Stone

Since yesterday’s selection was a Marvin Gaye album, tonight’s will be one that was named in response to a Marvin Gaye album (What’s Going On).  How’s that for a loose connection?  The riot mentioned apparently is one that was blamed on the band themselves after a free show they were to play in a ChicagoContinue reading “#43 – There’s A Riot Goin’ On by Sly And The Family Stone”

#42 – United by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

I love albums from this era.  There’s something about the drums from recordings at this time that really makes the music so distinctive.  This one is also interesting to me because Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell were paired up by the producers of Motown Records.  They added vocal parts to some of each other’s songsContinue reading “#42 – United by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell”

#38 – Black Caesar by James Brown

I didn’t realize this was a soundtrack album until about halfway through, but I stand by my choice.  James Brown was the man and I have no doubt that any album of his that would choose would be an excellent listening experience.  Embarrassing as it is, I was over halfway through the album upon thatContinue reading “#38 – Black Caesar by James Brown”

#32 – I Can’t Stand the Rain by Ann Peebles

Another weekend of big demonstrations across the country and there seems to be less aggression than in the previous weekend.  There’s still no shortage of incidents of heavy-handed policing, but the demonstrations as a whole seem to have played host to fewer large conflagrations.  The big moves that Minneapolis has pledged to could provide aContinue reading “#32 – I Can’t Stand the Rain by Ann Peebles”