texas thunder soul
I've noticed that the newly released album from the Texas Kashmere Stage Band, Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974, has been a staple in the top 10 of the Good Records chart since it was released on July 25. I admittedly had never heard of the Texas Kashmere Stage Band before now, but it turns out they were a high school band from Houston in the '60s and '70s that Stones Throw thinks was the best high-school stage band in the world. They've since been sampled by DJ Shadow and remixed by J-Rocc, and now Stones Throw has released this "definitive double-disc anthology." And, after a few listens, it's hard to believe these kids were 16 years old.
Kashmere Stage Band Shaft Theme mp3
Okay so I know you were probably thinking before you even downloaded this, "Oh how cute, they covered the Shaft Theme, that is so obvious, and besides, it's not like you can really mess that song up." But these kids had the balls to replace most of the brass/string parts with a flute, and this somehow made the song even more badass.
Kashmere Stage Band All Praises mp3
This track comes from the 2nd disc, full of live performances that really showcase how incredibly skilled and gifted these kids were. City Pages called this scorcher "the greatest surviving live performance by a bunch of high schoolers--hell, by a bunch of anybodies--to ever come out of the Texas funk scene."
I trust you're suitably convinced by now, so order it from Turntable Lab