Sunday Music: Kenny Beats – Best Since Dilla?!

I’m not a big instrumental hip-hop guy. And while there are some vocals and other things on here, I haven’t been this into an album in this space since Dilla.  If you need some semi-background music to vibe to, throw this on. Magic. Kenny Beats, give me more.  It’s a 33 minutes album and you … Continue reading Sunday Music: Kenny Beats – Best Since Dilla?!

Sunday Music: Dilla Time

Dilla changed music. But don’t listen to me, listen to Don Charnas. Start with this incredible interview he just did with Jesse Thorn on the Bullseye podcast, and then check out his new book, Dilla Time.  And, if you’re like me, spend the next few days revisiting Donuts and his other stuff. I wrote about … Continue reading Sunday Music: Dilla Time

Sunday Music: After The Funeral Music

Hey! Sundays are for music. As a music-maker working in a less-than-musically focused world, this is my way to connect what I’m doing, thinking, and feeling with my favorite mode of expression This week I’ve been listening to… Two too many deaths of people I loved in the past two weeks. Wherever this email finds … Continue reading Sunday Music: After The Funeral Music

Sunday Music: Maybe We Ought To Think Twice

J Dilla’s classic, Welcome 2 Detroit, turns 20 this week. The reissue pulls out all of the stops with instrumentals, remixes, and even a book. The original songs are still well worth a revisit. Sure, there’s some dated sounding stuff, but this album is so full of vibe it still can melt a room. His … Continue reading Sunday Music: Maybe We Ought To Think Twice

Sunday Music: “Our Love Is Nothing But The Blues / Baby, How Blue Can You Get?

B.B. King’s Live at the Regal is one of those “if I had a time machine…” concerts. “How Blue Can You Get?” is pure heartache that explodes in the bridge. His voice and the audience response to this section is sheer brilliance: I gave you a brand new Ford You said, “I want a Cadillac” … Continue reading Sunday Music: “Our Love Is Nothing But The Blues / Baby, How Blue Can You Get?

Sunday Music: Playlist for September 2018

New playlist for September 2018, with commentary: 1. Right Now (feat. Syd) by Dirty Projectors. He suggests “time like a song just might rhyme with itself,” while the rhythms, panning and melodies drift away before landing back on tempo and key. 2. Apollo by St. Paul & the Broken Bones. I really dig him when … Continue reading Sunday Music: Playlist for September 2018