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:
Seeing that it’s 11/11/11, I should probably post something about it being Veterans Day, or even Nigel Tunfel Day, right? Wrong. Today is Birdy Day.
Birdy, otherwise known as Jasmine Van den Bogarde, is a 15-year-old (yes, 15) British songbird who was originally discovered when she won the Open Mic UK competition when she was 12. What the hell were YOU doing when you were 12?
Anyways, her first album is now out, and it’s filled with cover songs by original artists like The National, Phoenix, The XX, and of course, Bon Iver. I tried to buy the whole album last night from iTunes, but it’s only on sale in the UK Store right now. Psh.
Prepare to have your mind ripped in half. It may have been the red wine, but the first time I heard this, I almost cried.
If you’re not familiar with Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love,” go ahead and get yourself caught up, that way you’re in the loop when I post tomorrow’s Song of the Day.
This is amazing. Tomorrow’s cover version is earth-shaking.
Didn’t even take the time to research anything…just had to get this up ASAP.
Have fun nodding your head.
According to some website I found, Polica is a band from Minneapolis that played their first live show on September 4th, 2011…that was like 2 months ago. And here they are…not bad, huh?
Nice 80’s feel to this jam, and it sounds like it’s being sung in a darkened bar with a disco ball hanging from the ceiling.
Looks like a wintry mix this weekend. I’ll likely stay in the hotel and read.
Can’t wait to see my Denton people next weekend. Until then, this’ll have to do.