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If you were afraid true old school soul music was dead and gone, take a minute to shout AMEN with me! About a month ago, my late night TV was switched over to Carson Daly’s late night talk-n-tunes show Last Call. I (like most people I know) have a bit of a love/hate relationship with young Carson, but I’ve heard enough good music on the show over the years that I can put up with his goofy interviews. So imagine my surprise when he throws it to a cat named Charles Bradley who’s playing live from some concert joint in LA. I was GLUED to my TV at 1:45a!   It was like watching an old Al Green black & white clip, but the sound quality was of this century. His music has all the makings of the epic soul music of the 60s – pleading vocals, an always-on horn…
I started seeing random tweets sometime after 2a last night, and woke up to the full-on realization that – to quote Ice Cube – today was a good day. Girl Talk, the stage name behind the guy I’d consider our generation’s most important mash-up DJ, has just released a brand new full-length album called ‘All Day’, which is available for free download (more on that later). And the album title about sums up how long I’ve had my Grado SR-60s strapped to my head… And wow, my boy Gregg Gillis has killed it again! For the uninitiated, Girl Talk slams together music of many genres, but the backbeat is normally hip-hop and R&B classics from the last 10 years. He layers all kinds of crazy unexpected beats and riffs in and out of the music like you can’t imagine. For example, I’m listening to cut #6 (On and On) right…
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 04:12

Dear Steve: I Rip My Beatles CDs Every Two Years

Written by Dave Walters
So tomorrow is clearly set to be a watershed day for iTunes – as anyone can see by the Apple home page. For a whole host of reasons, logic dictates it’s the announcement that Apple and Apple have finally made up, and the Beatles catalog will now be available on iTunes. My question is simple: Who cares? The Beatles in my iTunes ain’t exactly breaking news. Follow my logic here… If you’re enough of a Beatles fan to own the majority of their music during the pre-iTunes era (gasp!), then you’ve probably already ripped them in at a VBR-enabled 256 or 320 kbps and have them enshrined in their own playlist – not that I do or anything. And that’s just for guys like me who can get their ears around lossy rips. There’s a whole subculture of people who think I’m the ultimate proletarian for daring to not go full…
As a kid, our family played lots of games – board games, card games, video games, lawn darts, baseball, volleyball and almost anything else you can imagine. The one game that was never really a kids' adventure was Scrabble, which turned out to be Clash of the Titans between my grandfather and my mother. It was my grandfather who would routinely crush the New York Times crosswords in less than 30 minutes versus my mom who was a national runner-up in the Spelling Bee in her teenage years. Suffice to say, there were always at least two dictionaries near the board and it was fun to watch them battle it out. In retrospect, I probably learned more words and definitions than most kids during those years. So fast-forward to July 2009, and along comes a killer iPhone game called Words with Friends (WwF) from Texas-based Newtoy Inc. Of course I…
Sunday, 11 July 2010 05:50

When Doves Whine

Written by Dave Walters
Early last week, I saw the now-famous Prince story roll through my Twitter stream. During a rare interview – this one with the UK’s Daily Mirror – his royal purpleness dropped his theories on the world:   “The Internet’s completely over. I don't see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won't pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can't get it. The Internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you." It’s official: Prince has become the old guy at the club. It’s a good thing he’s got maximum security around his 70,000 square foot Paisley Park complex in Minneapolis, or he’d definitely yell at the kids to…