Have you guys tried Songza yet?
Songza is kind of like a new and improved Pandora -- curated music by experts but with a different structure.
You can listen to streaming playlists by genre (Classic Hawaiian Steel Guitar), mood (Introspective -> Sunset Soundtrack), activity (Unwinding After Work -> Grown Folks Hip Hop) or decade (60's International -> 60's Salsa).
Available streaming online or as an app.
At this moment I'm listening to the Congolese Rumba mix, so good!
I recently returned to this song by Doris Troy with fresh appreciation.
And it feels sorta Friday-ish, no?
Plus I discovered that there's something about 1963 in particular when some of my most treasured soul songs were released...
Oh hey Monday!
A - Arabesque, Morgan Quinn B - B-girl, Bgirl Terra C - Chicken Noodle Soup, Terence Dickson D - Death Drop, Nick Lanzisera E - East Coast Swing, Yani Marin, Nathan Kim F - Finger Tut, John P-Nut Hunt G - Grand Jeté, Julia Cinquemani H - Harlem Shake, Amanda Meade-Tatum I - Indian Bhangra, Reshma Gajjar J - Jump Style, Høps K - Krump, Jigsaw L - Liquid Dance, Phillip 'Pacman' Chbeeb M - Memphis Jookin, Lil Buck N - Northern Soul, Levanna McLean O - OMG, Anthony 'Lil' Bob' Cabaero P - Pole, Nicole 'The Pole' Williams Q - Questionable, Reid Shapiro R - Rumba, Junior and Emily Alabi S - Step, Soul Steps: Dionne Norton, Heather DeLeon, Maxine Lyle T - Twerk, Twerk Team: Lady Luscious, Mizz Twerksum U - Ultimate, Shofu Tha Beatdown V - Vogue Hands, Javier Madrid of Legendary House of Ninja W - Whine, Colleen Craig X - X-press Yourself, Ryan Heffington Y - YMCA, Allison Chu at Next Models LA Z - TurF FeinZ: Byron Vincent Sanders Jr aka T7, Donald Brooks aka Torch, Eric Bossett aka Kidd Strobe, Gary Morgan aka Noh-justice, Leon M Williams aka Mann, Rayshawn Thompson aka Looney2smooth
Saw Ms. Sharon Jones and her Dap-Kings perform this week. She's looking great and the band sounds incredible, against the odds of her battle with cancer this past year (she's cancer-free now). It took me back to the many times I've seen them live and to how much I love this song in particular. Here she is in 2011 on Conan, a night before her show at Southpaw, Brooklyn, which I remember so well. Bravo Sharon!
Nick Waterhouse, who serves up new old-sound California R&B, has a new album out, Holly. I am a real fan of his live shows; it's a great sound and classy performance so check them out on tour if you can. I don't actually listen to him that much at home, but a live show always gives me a bit of juice to run on.
I don't know about you, but I'm hooked on American Idol this season. And it isn't just because Harry Connick Jr. was my first real crush. It might be typical tv spectacle, but there's something about the sweet hope and emotion of each contestant and their families behind them, plus the power of their individual performances. Right now I'm really routing for Majesty and MK...
Leona Buckles and I met this week through the airwaves of KMHD 89.1 and I knew immediately we'd be friends forever. You can find this track off an excellent compilation called New Orleans Soul 60's from Watch Records (avail on Amazon).
In case you want more, here's another favorite track from the compilation album, this one by The Crescents and McMillan Sisters.
The number of smiles in this video turns this sad Christmas ballad into a bit of a giggle fit.
Santa Clause is Ska-ing to Town!