Sunday Music: Brittany Howard’s “Samson”

Brittany Howard is back with an incredible feeling, sounding, and thought-provoking record, What Now. She’s been going through some stuff since she started working on this in 2020.  The title track and video will get you moving, thinking, and feeling (I’ll post it below), but the song “Samson” is the one I’ve been most gripped … Continue reading Sunday Music: Brittany Howard’s “Samson”

Sunday Music: Damn Right I’m Somebody

Fred Wesley plays the trombone. It’s not a sexy instrument. So it’s not the type of instrument you typically see a band leader holding.  But it’s a wild instrument. An audacious instrument. A who-even-came-up-with-the-idea-for-this instrument.  Like a fretless bass meets a trumpet.  It can just do things other brass instruments can’t do.  Which means there … Continue reading Sunday Music: Damn Right I’m Somebody

Sunday Music: Goin’ Down with The Mystery Lights

There’s something about the gravitational pull of a vamp… The Mystery Lights do the Daptone thing. Deftly restrained, kind of soft without being quiet. Pulsing and funky.  “Goin’ Down” is about the resistance to getting pulled down.  The restraint of being restrained.  The looseness of the eventual loss.  It’s a collision of sounds, feelings, and … Continue reading Sunday Music: Goin’ Down with The Mystery Lights

Del Before Dre (Themes And Trends With Dante Ross)

Del the Funky Homosapien’s first album is called I Wish My Brother George Was Here. The George in the title is (at least indirectly) a reference to George Clinton.* The album itself  is brimming with Parliament samples, and if you figured it came after Dr. Dre’s The Chronic because of it’s sonic similarities, I’d understand … Continue reading Del Before Dre (Themes And Trends With Dante Ross)