Archive for April, 2010

Album Review: Mark Sultan, "$"

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Forget the Black Lips, forget even King Khan–Mark Sultan (aka The BBQ Show) is the unsung hero of the gritty garage-soul sound. This album, which deftly combines messy, distorted steel guitar sounds (straddling the same border between Jesus and Mary Chain + garage as The Raveonettes) with Sultan’s distinct, plaintive doo-wop wail, may be that sound’s best manifestation yet. This album sounds like finally making out with the best friend you’ve always had a crush on. PLAY ALL!

Especially: 2+++(yah! yah!), 3+++(gorgeous doo-wop), 4++, 6+++(awesome, rockin’), 9+++(better version of King Khan and BBQ Show song)

Album Review: Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, "I Learned The Hard Way"

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

With this fourth album from this legendary Brooklyn soul revival group, Sharon Jones’ Muscle Shoals style gutbusting vocals are a given. The real stars here are the Dap-Kings, whose ability to perfectly capture the sounds of 60s/70s soul blur the line between soul revival and a long lost dusty Atco record. No other band in the world can do what they do, play all!

But esp: 1+++(perfectly smooth Philly fanfare), 2+++(hottest shit ever), 3++(nice ‘n’ laid back), 4++, 6 (instr.), 7+++(just great), 12+++(Sharon Jones is the star here)

Sunday, April 4th, 2010