For those who know Stars, number 6 on KWUR charts last week, you may have read the Pitchfork review of their latest album, In Our Bedroom After the War. If not: Pitchfork Stars. It got a 7.4 – I know that’s what you’re all wondering anyways. Stars apparently wasn’t too pleased with Mr. Ryan Dombol’s opinion, because Torq Campbell responded (Torq’s response) vehemently, to say the least. I guess the war’s not quite over for Stars. However, I think most will agree that too much of the consensus regarding indie music is laid upon their smug shoulders. Anyways, Torq seems a bit mad, but isn’t that what pop musicians are supposed to be like?
Archive for October, 2007
Now that Al “God” Gore has won the Nobel Peace Prize, everyone has asked the question: will Gore run for KWUR general manager? A source close to Gore told KWUR 90.3 FM Blog that the winner of the 2000 presidential election is currently focusing on raising awareness about global warming, but is also concerned about who will run KWUR following the departure of current GM, Michael Sandler. Gore found solace in pretentious indie music following his crushing defeat in 2000, and has been especially fond of the new album from Devendra Banhart, as well as Talib Kweli.
KWUR’S #1 record this week (Mum – Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy): did not chart at KDHX, #10 at KSLU
KDHX’s #1 (Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights): #17 at KWUR, did not chart at KSLU
KSLU’s #1 (Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala): #5 at KWUR, #9 at KDHX
I know that videos of famous musicians on Sesame Street get posted to death on music blogs, but they really do get some great artists on the show, from Johnny Cash to Andrew Bird to Stevie Wonder. I decided to take a trip down memory lane this morning and watch some of these videos, and one of my old favorites that I had long forgotten popped up on youtube.
While Dolly Parton never actually appeared on Sesame Street, her Muppet spoof, Polly Darton, is dead on with a platinum blonde wig and huge bazoombas. Here she is with Benny Rabbit singing “14-Carrot Love.”
After all this, though, funk is back. The “oughts” (00′s) have a whole new school of funk that I have penned “neo-funk.” Just as neoliberalism hearkens back to classical 19th century liberalism, neo-funk derives itself from the original masters: the JBs. The next wave in funk is starting now with a return to horn-driven, riff-based R&B style funk. It’s a quiet movement, now only enjoyed by the true lovers of the style, but it could be the next big thing.
Here are some groups out now, that I think fit in to this neo-funk category:
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
The New Mastersounds
Lack of Afro