Odds and Ends 006
R&B in the Broadest Sense Except That I Stuck Drake Somewhere Else
Bootsy Collins: Tha Funk Capital of the World (Mascot)
Five historic P-Funk tracks fronted by Cornel West, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Al Sharpton, and a panoply of old A-game rappers followed by 11 well-meaning Bootsy tracks distinguished by cameos from Buckethead and, wouldn't you know it, George Clinton ("After These Messages," "Hip Hop @ Funk U") ***
Bruno Mars: Doo-Wops & Hooligans (Elektra)
Nice guy finishes first ("Grenade," "Lazy Song") ***
John Legend & the Roots: Wake Up! (Good Music/Columbia)
A myth of conscious soul neither the singer nor his attendant rappers can quite put across ("Compared to What," "I Can't Write Left Handed") ***
Terius Nash: 1977 (free Radio Killa download)
Living for sex gets less dreamy all the time ("Wedding Crasher," "Used to Be") ***
Betty Wright & the Roots: Betty Wright: The Movie (Ms. B/S-Curve)
It wasn't "Old Songs," it was good songs, and they were usually shorter than these ("Real Woman," "Grapes on a Vine," "You and Me, Leroy") **
The-Dream: Love King (Def Jam/Radio Killa)
We know this trickster is "the last romantic" because, in the very same song, he tells his babydoll to present "panties to the side" ("Florida University," "Sex Intelligent") **
Ray Charles: Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters (Concord)
Genius is rare even when it misfires, as with Ray it oft did, but the taste to make it glow a little is always for sale ("Why Me, Lord?" "It Hurts to Be in Love") **
The Original 7ven: Condensate (SRR)
"The band formerly known as the Time" are shocked that you should believe time is real‑-but of course, it is ("Condensate," "One Step") *
Irene: Great stuff re the Velvets. You feel the same way about After Hours as I feel about The Murder Mystery. Hah! Your presence here has been a big plus for me. Have fun in Des Moines. And feel better!
[...]I've found it's not a very fruitful topic of discussion.
Why is the ability to check past comments so important? The banninations haven't been erasing anyone's comments have they? Just wondering.
Well, as I have strong feelings about honest identity, I have strong feelings about owning your past. One thing that harms internet communication through posts is that the past gets flushed all too often and too permanently. If somebody lights up my screen in a way they haven't before, I like to review what they've said. And finally, my memory ain't what it was -- didn't so-and-so post something good/insightful/amusing about such-and-such?? If I can remember about when it was, I can look it up in that person's history of comments. Otherwise, I'm forced to stumble around through days of everybody's remarks and that's not gonna happen.
about the blogger
Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.
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