Tag Archives: record

BRUNO’S GOLDEN TRIBUTE IS A SOLID 24 KARATS OF FUNK

BRUNO’S GOLDEN TRIBUTE IS A SOLID 24 KARATS OF FUNK

Bruno Mars is without question a Funk-A-Teer!  He recently wrecked stages at the Grammy and iHeart awards, kicking off an International tour later this month, this weekend he does two nights in Vegas.  I’ve been feeling Mars’ music since his collaboration w/ B.o.B. on “They’ve Got Nothing on You.”  Now he’s a worldwide sensation.

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MY FUNKALICIOUS PICKS FOR BEST NEW ARTIST

MY FUNKALICIOUS PICKS FOR BEST NEW ARTIST

I don’t believe the The Recording Academy will deny selecting Halsey or Lukas Graham for Best New Artist at next year’s Grammy Awards.

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TWO FUNKY DIVAS: DREEZY & ADELE

TWO FUNKY DIVAS: DREEZY & ADELE

Although Adele is primarily noted for her voice, it’s all about the lyrics and music, that make a song. As popular as she is today, my love for her has grown, since she initially took the world stage.  Dreezy has taken the world of music by storm and has been hailed as the “Princess of Chicago Rap.”  Her album “No Hard Feelings” dropped this past summer, and she’s also featured on Aluna George’s track “Mean What I Mean,” from his latest, “I Remember.”

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DIDN’T BLINK-182 WIN A GRAMMY? A MUSICAL YORN

DIDN’T BLINK-182 WIN A GRAMMY? A MUSICAL YORN

They actually haven’t. A band that’s been around since 1995, they’ve performed at the ceremony, presented there, even announced Tom DeLonge returning to the band there.

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GRAMMY WORTHY MUSIC – A SWEET SIX FROM DREEZY TO ADELE

GRAMMY WORTHY MUSIC – A SWEET SIX FROM DREEZY TO ADELE

I find I have to search for new music every year.  Apart from those that are promoted heavily, generally consumers are left in the dark, unless they go surfing online or hear about something by word of mouth.  Last year one of my favorites, that seems like it will never stop getting exposure, is the song “Rise Up” by Andra Day.

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REFLECTING ON PRINCE – A MONTH AFTER

REFLECTING ON PRINCE – A MONTH AFTER

It’s been a month yet it’s still very much in the forefront of my mind.  Although he was not an actual friend, he was a very dear companion to me through his music, as he was to millions.  My last entry on him was merely a mention of his latest release “Hit-N-Run: Phase 2.”

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DRE’S NEW “COMPTON” FUNK!

DRE’S NEW “COMPTON” FUNK!

Andre Romelle Young, better known as Dr. Dre, has dropped his new album “Compton”.  The release came like a thief in the night, with minimal promotion and fanfare, just before the movie “Straight Outta Compton” hits theaters.

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100 YEARS OF BILLIE HOLIDAY – In Tribute to Eleanora Fagan

100 YEARS OF BILLIE HOLIDAY – In Tribute to Eleanora Fagan

April 7th, 2015 would mark the 100th birthday, of the legendary Billie Holiday!  Born on April 7th, 1915 in Philadelphia, her innovative vocal style has influenced a multitude of singers around the world, over the past century.

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20 Sounds of Sirens, Soulful Spirits, Icons & FUNK – “Empire” is #1

20 Sounds of Sirens, Soulful Spirits, Icons & FUNK – “Empire” is #1

In the midst of societal ills and personal challenges I look to family and music for solace. Holy Moly! There are a few things that I am remiss about discovering at this juncture and some new releases and tunes forthcoming that I’m very excited to hear. Music serves as therapy for me, and is and will always be, the universal language that conjoins the hearts and minds of humanity.

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Cousin Stevie’s Memories – Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life” in Boston

Cousin Stevie’s Memories – Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life” in Boston

Stevie Wonder is taking “Songs in the Key of Life” on the road!  He initially announced the tour about a year ago, but dates for the road trip, hit the Internet just last month.  I got the news via http://insideplaya.wordpress.com about a week or so ago!  I didn’t recall having heard about it before –  then I spoke to a fellow Wonder lovers, and they too said they hadn’t heard yet either.  I am generally the one to hear about major music events among my immediate family and friends — then our cousin Stevie told us that he wanted to write something for The Museum of UnCut Funk.  His inspiration, to talk about his memories connected to the album, made me begin to think of mine…

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XSCAPE – THE FUNKIN’ POSTHUMOUS MICHAEL JACKSON ALBUM

XSCAPE – THE FUNKIN’ POSTHUMOUS MICHAEL JACKSON ALBUM

Earlier this year, I had to put a friend up on the meaning of posthumous — I forget what I was referencing.  According to Webster’s it means: happening, done, or published after someone’s death;  born after the death of the father; published after the death of the author; and/ or following or occurring after death.  For friends and fans of a music artist, posthumous is generally a dirty and undesirable word.

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D’ANGELO’S FUNKIN’ DOING SHOWS!

D’ANGELO’S FUNKIN’ DOING SHOWS!

D’Angelo has taken the stage over the past two months.  He did a few sets in London a couple weeks ago and another at Minneapolis’ popular venue First Avenue (that Prince made famous) with Questlove in June, according to okayplayer.com.  I discovered this in light of a poster saying he’s performing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on August 1st.  That date is the kick-off of several sets through October.

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