Posts tagged ‘Soul’

June 14, 2021

Mike’s Monday Muse – Barbara Lynn

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Before crushing it left-handed, she tells a great story about Mick Jagger calling her to get permission to cover this song on their Rolling Stones, Now! record. Barbara Lynn, Empress of Gulf Coast Soul, has written, sang and played lead guitar on most of her songs during her incredible 60-year career. She’s so damn good and cool she toured with Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, etc. and has been sampled by Moby and Lil’ Wayne.

April 7, 2021

Play Listy For Me – Americana, Folk & Roots Vol. 3

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Some people pay a lot of money to hide their roots, but we show ours with pride here at PE. Check out the latest in roots, Americana, folk, soul and indie/freak/alt versions of all those in this playlist.

April 6, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Robert Finley

Like most people, we found out about Robert Finley when he appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2019 – not because we watch that abomination against music, but because people we knew who watched it to keep their spouses happy were like “holy shit, there’s an actual artist on AGT!” And the supportive spouses were right. Finley’s raspy soulful voice and undeniable spirit won the day then and it does now on his new single “Country Boy.” The song is as tasty and tasteful as it comes, laying down a country soul groove for Finley to do his thing on, and what a beautiful thing it is.

April 5, 2021

Play Listy For Me – New Hip Hop, R&B & Soul Vol. 2

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Just like L’Trimm we too like the cars that go boom. So we made them a playlist. Rattle your trunk and/or AirPods with these bangers.

March 21, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Equinox shmequinox. The real proof of life is all the sweet jams filling up our inbox. Enjoy new tunes from Vangelism, Carmen Mellino, Brandon De La Cruz, Roxy Jules, Jiants, TrueMendous, Kidä, Remington super 60, Brandon Jenner and Cosmic Crooner.

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March 12, 2021

Play Listy For Me – New Hip Hop, Soul & R&B Volume 1

Play Listy For Me is our new column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Today we get you ready for the weekend with songs to get you hype and songs to make you vibe with all the hip hop, soul & R&B songs we’ve talked about in the last two weeks along with a few bonus jams.

March 4, 2021

The B-Side: Tayong

Holy hell, this is smooth. This is smoother than smooth, this is smuhth and if that doesn’t make sense just listen to the song and feel what we’re feeling. “Self Employed” is the perfect blend of a Blackstreet style organic R&B jam with a confident classic rap flow that so many shoot for only to fall short. But not Tayong. Tayong nails it and makes it sound effortless in the process. Smuhth.

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February 20, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Our inbox must be working out, because it’s straight swole with good tunes. Today we have new music from Ryan Innes, MYLO BYBEE, Pop Cautious, Jahi Sundance, Stephen G. Clayton, Chris Portka, Mystic Seers, Bird Concerns and Art d’Ecco.

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February 13, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Winter is all about layering up, and our inbox is stylish layer after stylish layer of great new music. Check out new tunes by Emma Elisabeth, S:Bahn, TOLEDO, Yoji, TEKE::TEKE, Teen Mortgage, Vakoum, Juliana Zafa and Mort City

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February 4, 2021

Fasman’s Finds – Arlo Parks

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

I have a weird thing with lullabies. There are some singer-songwriters whose songs feel like lullabies to me, they feel like they are part of my lexicon already. More about that later.

Arlo Parks just released her album Collapsed in Sunbeams last week. She is 20 years old and just made a deceptively good record. I can see it being played in coffee shops, and sure, if you aren’t listening to the lyrics or paying attention to the production, it can be pleasant background music. But if you do give a closer listen, Arlo rewards you with some pretty incredible lyrics about grief, belief, pain, boundaries, and strength and love you can get from going through all of it. At 20 years old! 

Certain songs on this album feel like lullabies to me, and like lullabies, the surface might be easy, but the deeper you dig, the darker and more complex the story becomes (fuck with Hush Little Baby and You Are My Sunshine and get back to me). I don’t make this comparison to in any way simplify or patronize this album. Some of my most favorite singer-songwriters’ work resonates in this way with me. This album is ridiculously easy to listen to, but don’t let that keep you from exploring the lyrics and letting them sit with you. I haven’t been able to stop listening. 

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