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Band of the Day (3.22.11) Charles Bradley

22 Mar

Modern day classic soul from Charles Bradley...A hummingbird is waiting.

Band of the Day (3.22.11) Charles Bradley

Born in Gainesville, Florida in 1948 and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Charles spent the better part of his childhood living on the streets. This is probably the first time we’ve had an artist make his debut at the youthful age of 63. But as I’ve read many times, age is only a number and Bradley brings a timeless classic to our ears with his new debut record No Time for Dreaming. Soulful, heart-wrenching vocals make you feel as if the 60’s never ended. Charles heals his broken heart on this record and you can hear every painful to healing moment.

Charles is, was heavily influenced by James Brown, having toured for 20 years under the Black Velvet moniker. Through hard times and incredibly strong determination, Charles, down on his luck, was approached by Gabriel Roth of Daptone Records. After several singles, bands disbanding, etc. Charles met Thomas Brenneck, songwriter and guitarist for the Bullets they hit it off and began working together. They released two singles on Daptone under the name “Charles Bradley and the Bullets,” but the Bullets soon dismantled. Charles lost his brother in a tragic shooting, that emotional loss led to the core of his songwriting. Putting words to paper to the microphone, Bradley and Brenneck created a masterpiece with the Menahan Street Band. The album is a beauty and Bradley deserves the love. His SXSW sessions were amazing and I thank Rafi (Tenacious Hand Stamp) and The Marina Machine for this artist rec!

Buy No Time For Dreaming on Vinyl

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY (Bushwick)
Members: Charles Bradley, The Menahan Street Band (Leon Michels, Toby Pazner, Nick Movshon, Aaron Johnson, Mike Deller, Daniel Fodder, Dave Guy, Homer Steinweiss, Fernando Velez, Bosco Mann)
Sonic Soulmates: James Brown, Bill Withers, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Tyrone Davis
“The World (Is Going Up In Flames)”

“Golden Rule”

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Band of the Day (1.5.11) The Builders and The Butchers

5 Jan

The water in Alaska grows fresh folk sounds from The Builders

Band of the Day (1.5.11) The Builders and The Butchers

The diversity of great music is mind-boggling. Yesterday we posted No Joy, a female shoegaze duo, today we’re posting a band of five men who create fantastic folk music from Alaska. Yeah, that’s right Alaska. The Butchers and The Builders have garnered an amazing following as they blaze their trail, now centered in Portland. The Great Northwest creates such amazing cozy melodic music, it’s hard not to enjoy the bearded man sound. Where Trampled By Turtles may break speed records for their turbo-charged folk sounds, The Builders and The Butchers plod away, in a tempered, melodic pace that gets your toes tappin, conjuring up the roots of American folk sounds. Their songwriting is like a Louis L’Amour novel addressing God, the Devil and the brothel where you might not leave. The new album, quietly their 3rd, will be released on 2.22.11…we’re waiting to debut a new track. I love this band and I thank The Marina Machine for this great recommendation.

Hometown: Portland, OR via Alaska
Members: Alex Ellis, Harvey Tumbleson, Paul Seely, Portland, Ray Rude, Ryan Sollee,
Sonic Soulmates: Trampled By Turtles, Langhorne Slim, Murder By Death, Heartless Bastards
Must Hear Tracks:
“Barcelona” – The new album is coming in February 2011, but this is my favorite from the Salvation is a Deep Dark Well album.

“Golden and Green” – This was the big single from the last album and it’s the one we rattle around here at NBD.