New Music Wednesday | 1956, The Cat Empire, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Ra Ra Riot

On this week’s New Music Wednesday, (8/18/2010), we have new music from 1956, The Cat Empire, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Ra Ra Riot. Listen to the tracks below and then let us know what you think by voting for your favorite tune.

New Music Wednesday is sponsored by Whiskey Bar.

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1956 – “Trim The Wick”

The Cat Empire – “Call Me Home”
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “Better Things”
Ra Ra Riot – “Boy”

Freebie | Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, “I Learned The Hard Way”

On May 22nd, new funk legends, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings will bless The Pabst Theater in Milwaukee. It will be their first show since their 2007 sold-out show at Turner Hall (I was there, and it was amazing). The funk-masters will be touring support of their forthcoming album called “I Learned The Hard Way”, which will be released April 6th on Daptone Records. If you can’t wait for either the album or the show, here is little taste you can download to tie you over. It is the title track from their album.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “I Learned The Hard Way” (download)

Video: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Check out this new video from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings for the song “Tell Me”.  All is well in the world.

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Events:If you see one festival…

Roots Picnic

If you see one festival this year(besides Summerfest), you need to go to the Roots Picnic.  This festival is organized by the legendary Roots Crew and will be held in the city of Brotherly Love.  The lineup is crazy.  It features nothing but Rhythm Lab Radio favorites such as The Roots, Gnarls Barkley, Santogold, J*Davey, Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings, Diplo, Deerhoof, Esperanza.  And they will be more artists.  This festival will be crazy.  A few beers, some cheesesteaks, and some good music and I am in heaven.  Tickets go on sale on Saturday. (via Okayplayer)

The Killion Floor


As you may or may not have heard, one of the bands that we’re bringing on like fresh water in a hot heat is a group out of Los Angeles named Orgone. For those not in the know, Orgone refers to a pseudoscientific theory and is a term coined by psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich for the “universal life energy” which he claimed to have discovered in published experiments in the late 1930s. Reich claimed that orgone energy was a “life energy” which filled all space, was blue in color, and that certain forms of illness were the consequence of depletion or blockages of the energy within the body.

That said, Orgone the band has a certain energy to it that will unblock your groove and unleash your ill-ness on the dance floor. I can tell you in my own inimitable what they are all about but I’ll stick to their press release. Besides they do a fine job telling you about themselves that I’ll let them explain… Continue reading

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings just dropped their fantastic album, “100 Days, 100 Nights” on Daptone Records.  They will be here in Milwaukee on Novemeber 17th at Turner Hall.  In the meantime, check out the new video for the title track which we have been playing on RadioMilwaukee.

Sharon Jones Leads The Funk Charge

Sharon jones

I’ve been a big fan of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings for several years now and it’s exciting to see her finally starting to get some wide spread recognition. The Funk, Soul & R&b revival is picking up steam! Check this recent CNN story about her.

Story from MTV