Revenge of Calculon – incredible musically and visually! Check out their video for debut single “X, Y and Z Rays”.
The Roli Seaboard is a truly remarkable musical instrument (arguably a control surface). This would sit nicely on my desk beside the EWI 5000.
Love this poster by Mohammad Diba for The Collaborative Orchestra. Sadly Mohammad Diba doesn’t appear to have a portfolio or any further work online.
I haven’t listened to The Gentleman Rhymer’s music yet, but the cover to hist latest album is exceptional!
If you’re in London, head over to Gilgamesh in Camden Town to see Soul Grenades dish out some funk, free-of-charge . For details and to sign-up to the guest list, please click here .
Gregory Porter’s critically-acclaimed new album Be Good is a as enjoyable for its music as its cover. Mr Porter wears some fine duds, along with
Stumbled across this great video of the legendary Marva Whitney. I’ve loved the song for years, so it’s a real treat to find this. It’s
Great photography of Third Coast Kings to celebrate their equally great debut album.
The great Jimmy Castor is no longer of this earth. … If the unlikely event there’s a heaven, it just got a whole lot funkier.
It breaks my heart to hear that the legendary Sylvester Stewart, better known as Sly Stone , is living out of a caravan in Los Angeles . Sly – in the unlikely event that you read this – my spare room is yours any time, in the unlikely event that you fancy Eltham in south east London in preference to LA.
Countless images of vinyl, record collections and associated paraphernalia.
After a 30-year recording hiatus, Sly Stone’s much-anticipated new album really couldn’t be more disappointing. … Family and Friends is an embarrassing re-hash of classic songs that it is sacrilegious to rerecord.
The keys on Bernie Worrell’s clavinet are decorated with pages from old comic books. One more reason to love the legendary musician.
Back on the Monkey Hustle , with it’s bass-riff heavier than a Geoff Capes, Giant Haystacks, John Candy monk cluster. Don’t know what a monk cluster is?
This post on Belgraded reminds me that I should revisit my dusty old collection of Yugoslav vinyl.
The Pickmaster Plectrum Punch is an ingenious device that creates guitar picks from plastic or cardboard. If only somebody could design a similar device that creates usable saxophone reeds, I’d be a happy man indeed.
I can’t stop listening to Chic , whether it’s their own material or the sublime offerings produced by The Chic Organization. Good Times indeed, for all The Family !
Working Lalo Schifrin ‘s (a hero of mine) Bullitt soundtrack hard this morning.
Bossa Nova – a compilation of the best bossa nova record sleeves (well, the best according to Giles Peterson and Stuart Baker). If there’s any justice in this world, Marcos Valle’s Provisao do Tempo will feature prominently.
Sonny – you’re a giant of the tenor saxophone, we salute you. Now, about those free tickets for your gig at the Barbican…
Today we discovered Bottom & Co’s “Do A Funky Thing Together” from the album “Rock Bottom”. By jove, it’s a motherfucker, you should track it down A to the S to the A to the P.
The poster for this year’s Soul Revue at Festsaal Kreuzberg , Berlin, is pretty hip. Last year’s is also worth a look.
Pirating vinyl – hard work, pretty pointless, but tres cool nonetheless.
There’s some striking album artwork on the Creative Review Blog . This vibrant, almost eye-watering design for Chris Coco’s album is particularly nice, even if his music is absolutely shit.
Circuit Bent Furby by Ormin Factory is a curious beast indeed, half toy, half sound generation unit.
I’d kill a puppy to own this poster, it’s so very, very lovely. A fantastic piece of work by the legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser.
I’ve always been a fan of the graffiti-covered walls you see in pretty much any rehearsal studio worth its salt. The legendary Enterprise Studios on Denmark Street is decorated with some choice artwork (note the smoking penis in the above photo).
Gil Scott-Heron’s first release of original material in many years is suitably dark and oppressive, from an artist that’s been battling his inner demons for the best part of four decades.
My stellar rendition of Papa Was A Rolling Stone at Bearpit karaoke is 100% certain to earn me a record contract. If anyone is out there, hey, I’m all ears (subject to a minimum advance of £1,000,000 and a 10-person entourage).
have posted a response to the Royal Mail’s recently announced stamp collection featuring classic album covers , suggesting an entirely different selection. It’s a debate that could go on indefinitely…