Michael Wimberly – Afrofuturism

Michael Wimberly, a renowned and highly accomplished jazz percussionist and composer, paints a sonic display of his musical DNA across the 13 tracks that make up Afrofuturism. Released in three different parts (with the final piece coming out this Friday), this album finds Wimberly with a veritable army of talented collaborators (including Joss Stone andContinue reading “Michael Wimberly – Afrofuturism”

Ghost Funk Orchestra – An Ode to Escapism

Following up Ghost Funk Orchestra’s excellent and moving debut LP, 2019’s A Song for Paul, wasn’t going to be an easy task. Yet, Seth Applebaum and his sonic family of bandmates and collaborators drastically upped the ante and really delivered on An Ode to Escapism. Perhaps the first major change between records that a keenContinue reading “Ghost Funk Orchestra – An Ode to Escapism”

L’Eclair- нощта

We might not be exactly done with spring yet, but L’Eclair’s bringing the summer heat with нощта.  Co-released with Calico Discos, this new EP finds the Swiss band fusing funk with the most vivacious aspects of dub, Latin jazz and psychedelic rock. The end result of this assemblage is enormously fun, energetic and of course, insanelyContinue reading “L’Eclair- нощта”

Chip Wickham – Blue to Red

Chip Wickham’s Blue to Red levitates you into the heart of a heavenly nebula of spiritual jazz that’ll leave you floating for the rest of the day. Wickham, a Brightonian saxophonist and flautist who’s currently based in Madrid, was inspired to use the hope and liveliness in his music to help listeners appreciate and care forContinue reading “Chip Wickham – Blue to Red”

Now Playing: Seth Applebaum and The World of Ghost Funk Orchestra

In this very special episode of Now Playing, we have an in-depth conversation with Seth Applebaum, of Ghost Funk Orchestra, about his roots, his inspirations and his creative process. We also talk about the band’s new debut full-length record, A Song for Paul, which has received a wealth of praise the world over, including beingContinue reading “Now Playing: Seth Applebaum and The World of Ghost Funk Orchestra”

Ikebe Shakedown – Kings Left Behind

After grooving together for a full decade, Ikebe Shakedown proves that they are not slowing down any time soon with Kings Left Behind For the uninitiated, Ikebe Shakedown is a vibrant outfit out of Brooklyn that’s known for their unique kaleidoscopic take on soulful funk, Afrobeat and skronky jazz, which they use to absolutely tearContinue reading “Ikebe Shakedown – Kings Left Behind”

RIP Dr. John (1941-2019)

Dr. John was a living embodiment of a vast collection of American music traditions and sort of became a genre all to himself. It’s truly a surprise that he was really just one man, as he lived a life that was grand, colorful and as theatrical as any Mardi Gras parade. Please join me inContinue reading “RIP Dr. John (1941-2019)”

June Roundup: Mothra, The Mad Doctors, Rose City Band and More

Another new month, another roundup of what’s been dominating our turntables, cassette decks, streaming platforms, etc. Mothra – S/T Now that Godzilla has returned to the big screen once again, why not let Mothra crush your stereo? Mothra is a supergroup of Italian improvisers that blend together elements of jazz, Middle Eastern folk and NorthContinue reading “June Roundup: Mothra, The Mad Doctors, Rose City Band and More”

The World of Promo Films (Part 1)

What we know of today as the music video started out in the ‘60s as the ‘Promo Film’ or “Promotional Video.” These were essentially short films made to advertise a band’s new single, usually to replace an in-person appearance on a TV show or, in The Beatles’ case, to make up for concerts in general.Continue reading “The World of Promo Films (Part 1)”

Record Crates United: Now Playing (Episode 2)

I am proud to say that this episode includes new songs by Dire Wolves, Ghost Funk Orchestra, Rowan : Morrison and Jacques Le Coque: Ghost Funk Orchestra – “Walk Like a Motherfucker” Dire Wolves – “Unfettered And Alive” Rowan : Morrison – “We Rode the Horses” Jacques Le Coque – “Getaway Car” *With incidental musicContinue reading “Record Crates United: Now Playing (Episode 2)”