I have been on a MAD soul music kick lately, and my Sam Cooke station on Pandora is feeding my fire.
The Dynamic Duo, A.K.A. Sam & Dave, were known for their sweaty, energetic onstage performances and their earth-shatteringly incredible soul swag. They had most of their hits in the late 60’s, and used to open for Otis Redding and other superstars of the genre. Legends say that when Sam & Dave were onstage, Otis Redding would be backstage shitting his pants, worrying that he wouldn’t be able to top Sam & Dave. They were that good.
Their 1967 hit “Soul Man” was famously covered by The Blues Brothers, but perhaps less famous is the fact that the entire existence of The Blues Brothers is a direct homage to Sam & Dave, especially their onstage act.
In summation: Sam & Dave go hard.
Also: This is a timely SotD, because today i’ll be heading into the Corpus Christi area to see my peeps. Hold on! I’m comin’!
What’s with all this Brooklyn music!?!!?
Sleigh Bells (which is a pretty weird name for a band that makes music like this) is from Brooklyn, and they’re classified as “Noise-Pop” by their Wikipedia article, which is sort of appropriate. The vocalist, Alexis Krauss, used to be some kind of a model too, and she’s still pretty damn hot.
This is an Anthem, so rock it hard.
Here’s a different song, just to see what they’re like in motion:
Didn’t even take the time to research anything…just had to get this up ASAP.
Have fun nodding your head.
In light of recent events, it feels MORE than appropriate to put this song up. I don’t usually go for much King George these days, but boy…there was a time…there was a time…
I’m going to Arizona!
This song has been stuck in my head since 1996 or so, when I attended the VFW dances in Aransas Pass, Texas with my fellow 5th and 6th graders. I was totally going out with Tara Farley in 5th grade, and I was gonna meet her at the VFW Dance and probably grind all up on her that night, forever setting me on a path of debauchery and sexuality. It would’ve been great. But, I got in a fight with my brother at the dinner table that night, and in a fit of rage, my parents forbade me to attend the dance, only an hour before I was supposed to meet Tara there.
That night, she broke up with me for Kevin Stone.
I didn’t receive my first “real” kiss until 3 years later, in 8th grade. It could’ve been different had I been able to attend that DAMN DANCE. And had I been there, THIS would’ve been the song I had my first kiss to.
YES! IT’S SO GREAT!!!
Buzz Buzz Buzz.
That’s the sound of the world buzzing about this British siren, Adele. When Amy Winewhore debuted a few years ago, she opened up all kinds of avenues for proprietors of that 60’s-esque “crooner” sound, and Adele surfed that wave to a hit with the solid “Chasing Pavements.”
Thought she was gonna fade into Bolivia, like Winehouse and Duffy? Nope. She’s back, with a great new song called “Rolling in the Deep,” and she’s now proven that she isn’t a one trick-pony with no staying power. So, give this a listen.