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Prince at Coachella

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Jim Real, "The Master of Would You Rather" called me from Coachella today to tell me that last night, he saw the greatest performer in the world.

Above video (1999) via BrooklynVegan, who have some great photos, too.

Below: Radiohead's "Creep"

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Dream Boogie - Peter Guralnick on Sam Cooke

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Clasics.

This week, Grammy-award winning music writer and historian Peter Guralnick talks about the legendary soul singer and songwriter Sam Cooke. Cooke is credited by many for introducing gospel singing styles to R&B, and in so doing helping to create soul music.


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Bilal & Terence Blanchard - A Change Is Gonna Come

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Bilal's "Love For Sale" LP has been sitting on the shelf for about two years now... I'm just happy the man is working. And with a big, useless orchestra, too.

Here's one of the unreleased tracks: Bilal - Hollywood (Prod. Sa-Ra Creative Partners)

Podcast: Soul Music Legend Swamp Dogg

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Jerry Williams recorded several hit records in the 1950s and 60s, before re-christening himself Swamp Dogg at the end of the latter decade. His albums, starting with 1969's "Total Destruction to Your Mind" merged social concerns, humor and the psychadelic spirit of the times into a beloved chapter in soul music history. When Swamp wasn't recording himself, he wrote hit records for artists like Betty Wright and even country star Johnny Paycheck. His new album, "Resurrection," has received rave reviews in The New Yorker and Rolling Stone.

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Betty Davis
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Swamp Dogg, circa 2002

Ike & Tina

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RIP to one of the men who invented Rock & Roll and made immeasurable contributions to making soul music BAAAAAAAD.

And thank God we've still got Tina, kicking out the fucking jams as above. She may match James Brown in my book for greatest music performer of the 20th Century. Wow! Above she's singing "River Deep, Mountain High," which was produced by Phil Spector and discussed on our Phil Spector episode.

Below, check out Tina's fucking dance moves. Holy shit. And listen to Ike rip into that guitar.

Oh shit! Swamp Dogg on Fresh Air!!

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The always-great Fresh Air rock historian Ed Ward has a piece on Swamp Dogg on Fresh Air today. Swamp is one of the Great Heroes of The New Sincerity, a brilliant musician and a really wonderful guy. When Nick Hornby was over there, he saw my autographed picture of Swamp and we fell into a convo about soul's most outrageous man.

Previously on TSOYA:
Jesse and Jordan interview Swamp
An introduction to Swamp
Swamp Dogg Live in Europe Video

Is the Arruh a joke, or is he joking?

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Some “Trapped [in the Closet]” fans may think they’re flattering Mr. Kelly by praising his alleged insanity or naïveté, but that’s the kind of praise that can easily sound like condescension, especially when directed (as it often is) at African-American performers. And some IFC viewers might not know that Mr. Kelly is deploying some of the same dramatic devices you can find in the world of urban theater, sometimes affectionately or derisively called the chitlin circuit.” Many of his stock characters (the pastor with a secret, the nosy neighbors, the semireformed ex-con, the stuttering pimp) and melodramatic revelations would be at home in a play by Tyler Perry, Shelly Garrett, Angela Barrow-Dunlap or David E. Talbert.

kelefa sanneh investigates!

Living with Baduizm

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Going to a lot of poetry slams lately? Do you find yourself preternaturally obsessed with rimshots? Do you keep talking about playing Jimi Hendrix in a movie? Is your rap album on sale at Starbucks?

You may be living with Baduizm. Luckily, the good people at Oh Word have scanned a wonderful pamphlet that can help you in your struggle with this debilitating disease.

I am fucking loving it.

Podcast: Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: Mick Brown on Phil Spector

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Before he was an alleged murderer, Phil Spector was a mad genius of pop music. His productions, marked by a style known as "the wall of sound," bridged the gap between Elvis and The Beatles. His first hit song, "To Know Him is to Love Him" was as a performer, but he quickly transitioned into production, producing hit records for artists like Darlene Love and the Ronnettes. Even after his career crested in the early 60s, he produced seminal records for John Lennon and The Ramones. Mick Brown was the last journalist to interview the reclusive super-producer before the night in 2003 when he allegedly killed a young actress. His new book, "Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector," documents Spector's life.

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Sly is back, and he's reppin the Yay.

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Fuck the haters, Sly is back, and stooped though he may be, he's nearly as bad as ever.

"If You Want Me To Stay," my favorite song of all time, performed with a very solid band this past Sunday, followed by "Sing a Simple Song" and a shortened version of "I Wanna Take You Higher." Sly's moving pretty well for a guy with as pronounced a hunch as he's displaying here. As you'd imagine, his upper register isn't as strong, but his lower register is rich and sounds wonderful. I'm just happy he's back. We lost JB, nice to see Sly stepping back into the spotlight.

And did you check out his Bay Area lid? REPPING THE YAY.

(via The Soul Imperialist)

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