You Should Know Jim Ford

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I first became aware of Jim Ford about 10 years ago when I ran across a copy of his album Harlan County. I knew from first listen that he was an extremely funky cat in that unique white Southern country soul kind of way. Imagine if Tony Joe White had hung out and worked with Sly Stone and Bobby Womack. That’s exactly what this Kentucky native did back in the late 60s and early 70s. The result is a nearly one of a kind synthesis of Appalachian soulfulness combined with the psychedelic funk of Sly & the Family Stone and the hard edged R&B of Womack.

His version of the oft-covered Willie Dixon/Howlin’ Wolf classic Spoonful is simply the best I’ve ever heard.

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Jim Ford – Spoonful


Jim Ford – Mixed Greens

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Radiohead: Viral Marketing at it’s best

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As some of you know, Radiohead latest album was released online, but the catch was that you could pay any price you thought it was worth.  They apparently sold over 1 million albums in less than a week with estimated $10 million to boot.  All that money goes to the band, and I mean all of it.  They cut out the middle man which was the record label.   Now artists like Saul Williams and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails are following suit.

This concept doesn’t stop at music.  Now print media is getting in the game.  Paste Magazine is now offering subscriptions for any price (min $1.00).  You get this music culture magazine plus a cd every month for what you think it is worth.  This promotion will only last two weeks.

Imagine if Kanye West did this, he would of probably tripled his sales and he would kept most of the money. Now if the fuel companies, my landlord, and my favorite record store follow suit,  I will be a happy camper.

The Future is Now!

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Finally the world is now right again…sort of. One of my favorite shows is returning as full length feature on DVD (now only if they can bring it back as a series; I can only take so much of ‘My Sweet 16th Birthday’). Futurama: Bender’s Big Score will be released on DVD late November. Here is the trailer to hold you over.

Le Hip Hop et Le Rap

Nas says hip hop is dead, and while it may be so, and in some facet of his of microcosm, even indicative of an actual trend. But when I look at the music being produced, that no one has told the rest of the world that things are so dire. In fact, hip hop is rather ubiquitous these days, at once local and international.

Case in point being France, the world’s second largest market for and producer of hip hop. It goes almost without saying that the cultural milieu of France’s socio-economic make-up is similar enough to ours that the conditions for hip hop are perfect. With a large immigrant population from North and West Africa concentrated in the slums of the large cities (Paris and Bordeaux in particular), France is different but not all that dissimilar to America. Continue reading

Wisconsin for Colbert

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From Meet the Press

As some of you know, I am now backing Stephen Colbert for president; however, he is only running in South Carolina. This poll and this report got me thinking. Why does South Carolina get all the fun? Let’s get Stephen Colbert on the Ballot in Wisconsin. Anyway it is easier to get on the ballot in Wisconsin than South Carolina. Plus the deadline is not until Sept 2008. Colbert will only need 2000 signatures of registered Wisconsin Voters.

Why do I want to do this? Is to give these real comedians who call themselves politicians a wake-up call. These candidates only care about money not the real issues in this country (Republican or Democrat). They use canned speeches and cliches when they talk to us. I bet none of them can have a true honest discussion from the heart. If Stephen Colbert, can get higher in polls, maybe the politicians might change.

So Mr. Colbert please consider to be on the ballot in Wisconsin (it is easier). Hey if Arnold and Jesse can do it, anything possible.

Why I don’t work in a music store…anymore

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Site of the Day: Fabchannel

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Doing the evening shift at RadioMilwaukee is cool. I know I have the hipper audience; however, one disadvantage is that I miss a lot of good shows that happen during the week. Which for a music fan, really sucks. It is kind of like being a person who loves chocolate, works in a chocolate factory, but can’t eat the chocolate. Here is where the site of day comes in. Fabchannel carries videos of live performances from a variety of artists, and styles. Not just snippets, but pretty much the whole show. You can even create a ‘playlist’ of your favorite show and share them with the world.

With a team of dedicated, music loving directors, editors, programmers and promoters Fabchannel has built one of the biggest online concert archives in the world. 700 full-length concerts, festivals, performances, debates and lectures can be freely experienced in the Fabchannel video on demand archive. Live from the famous Paradiso and Melkweg Amsterdam.

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Here is concert of Eric Roberson. An artist that you can hear on RadioMilwaukee. Plus the quality is much better than youtube. Other artist include Andrew Bird, Bonde Do Role, Diplo, Frank Black just to name a few.

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