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Sugar Daddy’s Funky Reissue

Joe King Kologbo & The High Grace’s Sugar Daddy represents a strange time in music, in politics, and in hybridity. Recorded during the Biafran war, when Joe King Kologbo had to flee Ghana, his homeland, Sugar Daddy is a joyous mix of Afro-funk, American pop, soul grooves and electronic manipulation, an album that war could not silence […]

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Judy Mills’ Top Ten Albums of 2016

Solange: A Seat at the Table – Fierce and important and somehow dreamy. Nick Cave: Skeleton Tree — A document of time about grief and aging from a brilliant and talented mind. Abra: Princess — The Duchess of Darkwave writes songs on her computer then releases them on Periscope. And I’m okay with that. Physic Heat: […]

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Childish Gambino Awakens Funk/Soul vibe in “Awaken, My Love!”

After a whirlwind few years, Donald Glover’s musical alias Childish Gambino (Troy Barnes, 30 Rock writer, stand up comic, the future Lando Calrissian) has released yet another jaw-dropping album. “Awaken, My Love!” is his third studio album (he’s also had a few EPs and mixtapes). Whereas Camp and Because The Internet were somewhat more traditional […]

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Getting Funky on The Used Side With Grant Green

It’s TUSEDay, which means Mills Record Company is restocking the used sections with newly arrived vinyl, fresh for perusal. In addition to the all the late 90s/early 00s radio pop singles (think TLC, Britney Spears, Will Smith), there is also a copy of Grant Green’s His Majesty King Funk!. The album lands heavily on the jazz […]

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Wild Beasts’ Boy King Rules

It doesn’t take long to hear the influences of Wild Beasts‘ latest release, Boy King. Ranging from the droning 80s-inspired sounds of Sinoia Caves and the funky-falsetto of Spoon, Wild Beasts has brought together the best parts of just-south-of-dance music to create an album that is full and full of body-moving syncopation. Boy King, from start to […]

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Middle of The Map: Saturday

There’s nothing like opening day jitters. Today is the first day of the music portion of Middle of The Map. Moving from now until the 7th, Middle of The Map will have over 100 bands playing all over the city. I’ve written about some of them: here, here, here, here, and here. Now, on the […]

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Woods and Ultimate Painting @ Riot Room

There’s something earthy to the the melodies and rhythms of both Woods and Ultimate Painting. Woods makes music that jumps between rural ambiance and funk-fused folk, and Ultimate Painting’s sound is folk-centered shrouded by strikingly honest indie pop. The two acts both have a quality to their sounds that is warm and inviting, poppy without […]

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Bombino’s Latest Joins The Guitar Funk World

Bombino is a guitar wizard. His licks have all the pluck of Jil Jilala (though Algeria separates the two band’s home countries) and all the hook of The Dirty Projectors. This aesthetic similarity makes sense becauze Dave Lonstreth of The Dirty Projectors coproduced Azel with Bombino. The result is an album that is full of aural […]

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Record Store Day 2016

To us, Record Store Day is all about celebrating the Community that’s supported this little local shop, so this year we’re throwing our biggest party yet. We’ll have in-store specials, ticket giveaways, promo prices, exclusive Record Store Day releases, coffee from Oddly Correct, and donuts from Hana’s Donuts, and much more. We’ll also have 20+ bands playing in our […]

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Record Store Day Cometh Part III

Earlier this week, I previewed some of the heavier bands that will be playing Record Store Day. Continuing this series, I’d like to focus on the poppier bands that will take the stage, the bands who write vocal hook after vocal hook without seemingly breaking a sweat, the bands whose music is at home blaring […]

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Record Store Day Cometh Part II

Last week, I started a series that will highlight the bands who will be playing in Mills Record Company’s new space on Record Store Day (4/16). The musicians in that post were on the lighter end of the sonic spectrum. But heavy fans need not worry–there will be enough distortion-fueled guitar riffs and pummeling drum […]

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Orgone’s Beyond The Sun is an Instant Classic

There are few instances in which I get to use the term psychedelic soul. In fact, there’s only one. It’s Orgone‘s latest album, Beyond The Sun. The California band mixes the genres to create an (almost) hour of psychedelic frenzy caged in soul’s drum-forward structure. Put in another way, Beyond The Sun is one of the best overlooked […]