"Imagine if Scott Walker met The Dramatics, and you've only got part of the picture"--Dusty Groove on Songs
I read about Rotary Connection in the latest issue of The Fader (the one with the beautiful Charlotte Gainsbourg on the cover), and I was intrigued by the mag's description of the '60s psych-soul-jazz-folk collective. The band was the brainchild of the great Charles Stepney, whom The Fader calls "an evil fucking genius." Songs is a record of cover songs, produced and recorded by Stepney, and featuring the great Minnie Riperton on vocals on most tracks. Dusty Groove called this "some of the most godlike soul music to be recorded on this planet..." Originally released in 1969, the LP has lodged itself into my iPod's most played list over the last couple days.
You're no doubt familiar with The Band's classic "The Weight," but you've never heard it the way it's reinterpreted in this stunning cover.
Rotary Connection The Weight (The Band cover)
Sound Team on Daytrotter
The always great Daytrotter.com invited our friends in Sound Team to stop by for their latest Daytrotter Session. Songs ensued. Download them here. While you're over there, read the excellent "A Week With Joanna Newsom's Ys" progressive review.
Finally, the new Deerhoof record, Friend Opportunity, has leaked, and the thing has some incredible songs. I've never been a huge Deerhoof fan, but "Matchbook Seeks Maniac" is pretty genius. Mr. Skatterbrain has a different track for your downloading pleasure.