This blog has been pretty dormant for a while, but I am still alive! And as a reminder of my incredible taste in music, I would like to point everyone in the direction of Raphael Saadiq‘s latest album, The Way I See It.
Right from the get-go this album throws back to the great 50’s and 60’s style of Motown recordings with the opening track, Sure Hope You Mean It. I don’t think I’ve met anyone in my life who considers themselves a music fan who doesn’t have a good time listening to Motown, and this track nails that feeling and makes you feel like you’re catching The Tempations practicing on a Detroit street corner circa 1960. It really is that good.
But don’t think this album is strictly Motown. Saadiq slows it down on Oh Girl, singing straight from his soul (and then picks it right back up for the final track, a reprise of Oh Girl featuring Jay-Z). He really puts something on here for everyone, fast, slow, hip hop, soul; pretty much everything. Trust me, if you like music, you’ll like this album. And if you don’t like this album, take a long hard look in the mirror and assess whether you truly appreciate music, or if you are in fact an alien from Pluto (it’s not even a planet, sucker!).
Check out Saadiq’s video for 100 Yard Dash:
I’ll admit, this is pretty shameless self-promotion. But that aside…
The Saturday Knights (MCs Tilson and Barfly with DJ Suspence) are coming out with a full-length album on that fashionable label I help out at, Light In The Attic. It’s called Mingle, and it is fucking incredible. I’m not just saying that because I’m connected, I really think it’s a fabulous album (and yes, I have a copy, and no, you can’t have it). It comes out June 24th, and to coincide with it, they’ll be playing the Nectar on June 27th with The Budos Band (who also fucking rule) for their CD Release Party. I’ll be there, and I suggest any and all of you in the Seattle area to join me. The details are below, and scroll down for a few MP3s.
I normally don’t post about a band based on one track (see: Yeasayer, who’s album sucked hard), but there’s something about The Ting Tings’ song “Great DJ” that makes me want to put it on repeat and turn my stereo to 11. If you don’t believe me, then go check it out and tell me I’m wrong.