The legend Joe Walsh with his mid-70’s swag
This song is what I feel about my country right now, as the crazies take over.
Count Basie and his boys live in 1958. Dat’s how you do it!
Great performance from the BBC big band directed by Lalo Schifrin, one of my favorite 20th century composers. This guy has written some amazing soundtrack music over the years — Dirty Harry, Bullitt, Mission:Impossible… just to name a few.
Big bands are pretty amazing, especially in person. The power and precision is addictive and you just feel good watching a big band work through their numbers.
If your town offers anything like this, I recommend checking it out. Scrub up, put on a nice suit, grab your lady, and take her out for some drinks in style.
Liveness from the Menomena boys, so cool
I missed this when posted… the Ohio Players as funky as ever after all these years!
This is Live in Atlanta 2013 featuring Diamond, Billy!, Chet, Darwin, and Kuumba! That’s a classic lineup and they are on point and bringing the real Ohio funk to this rainy southern night.
Great video work as he checks out every angle available.
I see that Skin Tight cover and I’m going to raise you… Let’s Love
Here’s a nice groove by The Brooks bringing some Ohio Players to the Montreal jazz scene.
Enjoy this great short set from late 80’s TV featuring Miles Davis and his smoking band: Kenny Garrett, Joe “Foley” McCreary, Adam Holzman, Marcus Miller, Ricky Wellman and Don Alias, with special guest host David Sanborn. It don’t get much better than this!
Damn, new Metallica is smoking. Time has been kind to these dudes. With all the crap rock fakers out there these guys just blow the competition away, even as they grey out. Good for them. I have become much more of a fan over the years.
Daryl Hall has reworked his show Live from Daryl’s House and it’s still one of the best music shows going. Originally set in a barn on his rural property, it was a jam session sleepover recorded for our entertainment. He brought all sorts of artists out to the barn – indie and legends – and they would jam on a few songs, hang out, and generally just celebrate the awesomeness of great live music.
It’s now in a club-like setting up the road, featuring more space and better sound and still without a crowd. The end result feels a bit more like a throwback recording session than a jam session.
Which is awesome, of course.
The sound is perfect and there’s a little more space to stretch out and get more camera angles. It feels as though the musicians present the songs better than in the barn, perhaps because it’s more obviously a TV show and recording session. The barn was charming but had a private rehearsal feel.
I’ve watched several of the 2016 episodes now and the highlight has to be The O’Jays. They are funny, have a monstrous catalog, and of course Daryl is such a disciple of the O’Jays sound that it all fits perfectly.
There are moments when things change in music. Something new is done. The future is revealed.
The 1980’s were about fusion. Not the pop and art fusion of the 60’s, or the jazz and rock fusion of the 70’s, but a new tension between technology and humanity.
Synthesizers were smaller and becoming digital, which would bring their price down drastically. Electronic drums were available. Digital effects units could bend signal in new ways.
Hip-hop was on the forefront of this tension because of technology. First the mixing board with crossfaders and mutes, then the sampler and drum machine. These were new technologies that the masses used to make a new style of music, a cutup of old and new.
The late 80’s project Tackhead was fearless. It brought together sampling, looping, hip-hop, and live playing like no one before. Since then several have moved into this direction, including my crew with 2MERICA, the amazing Headtronics project with Freekbass, and others.
Taking the stage with instruments and gadgets and building something relevant that night is a small but growing art form. In some ways these guys started it all. Awesome stuff.
Wimbish is currently touring the states with Living Colour.
great 1974 sunny performance from the original Black Sabbath lineup:
Great version of this song from the legendary Curtis Mayfield:
Eddie and the Pearl Jam boys are still rockin in the free world, and have added a new cover to their repertoire. In case anyone is still trippin balls!
Silly serious fun from the classic First Light outfit:
I’m just philosophizing
should be no surprise
my advice ain’t cheap it’s free
I’m just philosophizing
you don’t recognize it?
shame on you, shame on me
I might have been at this show, seriously, it was like 1989 or something…. crazy.
Classic throwdown from Larry Graham using that monster fuzz bass effect:
In case you want to see that slap in action:
I generally consider the late 90’s to be a dry-spell for the music industry. Not everything was horrible though. Check out Mary J on TV:
This was the early days of mp3 and internet-served music and the begin of the decline of the CD.
The firstest and bestest version of the P-Funk Thang as it was forming in 1969.
Bernie isn’t there yet, neither is Tiki, Bootsy or Garry. But the Parliaments are out front and a very early version of Funkadelic is just blaring away behind them melding together 3-4 songs and 3-4 pieces of then unreleased songs.
The Parliaments have their dance moves down and their parts all together, no lie!
Eddie Hazel, Tawl Ross, and Billy Bass are forming a pretty nasty string section. The drummer and keyboard player here were soon replaced. George is from another world.
That night Stevie Wonder and his band stopped by:
Great concert from ’07 I think, Chili’s outdoors killing it on a hot Polish night.
Amp Fiddler managed to launch a successful solo career after many years with the P-Funk Mob. His records take that P-Funk groove and give it a touch more soul/R&B and let Amp get his strut on. Here’s a nice live clip from Switzerland a few years back where he mixes one of his songs into a MJ classic.
the beauty and grace of curtis mayfield:
There’s a lot going on in this clip. It’s pretty good.
Ray Charles + Stevie Wonder, doing one of Stevie’s funk songs, with neither of their bands, for an awards show. It looks like the late 80’s with plastic keyboards and big hair but the talent is so great it works out just fine.
Also since Ray’s R&B big band really doesn’t do the early 70’s funk groove that this song was originally cut in, for this era they turned into a disco-tempo gospel style romp. It’s reframes the song nicely.
Imagine if these two ever did a full record together….
Stevie Wonder is a monster musical genius, capable of perfection at every angle. Tribute shows are the big thing now, and I’m not complaining. Anytime someone can throw down the cash needed to properly work these songs up and make other famous artists step up to the plate and deliver some classic material, magic can happen. This ain’t a laptop DJ.
So I found two great Stevie tributes online. Both feature amazing lineups, great setlists, perfect playing, Stevie himself lending a hand or two, and plenty of amazing moments.
I can’t decide which one is better.
I love covers & I love proper video production so I can’t help but post when I find it:
Here’s a clip of Lauryn Hill, her band, and The Roots doing a Bob Marley cover on Jimmy Fallon’s old show. Very nice.
Stomp with me
For whatever reason, maybe the outfit, maybe the material, I don’t know, but Angus Young seems to be underrated. This is a monster guitarist. He and his brother formed one of the finest rock guitar combos ever.
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How does it feel? Get down get with it. Mama, we’re all crazy now.
Feeling Kinks today led me to some live 70’s TV stuff where Ray Davies pulls out a chestnut:
The whole show is nice but watching Ray introduce and deliver on Celluloid Heroes is something special. If the embed doesn’t work it starts at 14:08.
I’m taking the funk tour, stop 32 with Bootsy’s Rubber Band!
Power of music.
Witness the awesome power of music. Tissue please.
Great song, great talent.
I’ll make sure I’m right
Before I Let Go
More old guys still rocking – here’s Aerosmith doing one of their great songs from almost 40 years ago, with Steven Tyler still hitting those notes, damn!
Combine both of those forces to bring about new energy and new life.
Great live found funk from Ohio’s SHAG outfit, mid-90’s. So many great parties courtesy of SHAG!
Another fine Fishbone song, recorded live in Cali on the Chim Chim tour (1996):
Bad recording but cool version of So Many Millions (starts at 19:48)
I almost broke my wrists trying to play the original version of this on drums, damn Fish, one of the sickest drummers ever!
It’s Smooth Operator, live 2011 – she and the band still have it, for sure!
This indecision is making me crazy:
The Clash selling out stadiums. Good times.
The Bonnaroo music festival features some pretty cool collaborations they call Superjam. It’s always a strange mix of musicians doing beloved covers, usually the great ones that normal cover bands won’t touch.
The 2013 version had some great Sly & The Family Stone jams featuring Larry Graham, as well as a kinda slow but cool version of this Curtis Mayfield classic. Enjoy!
Live P-Funk from the ’81 tour, ah mazing:
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24-7 Spyz with Eddie Martinez – Stuntman (HD) Live at Highline Ballroom in NYC on 1/21/13
Have some more guitar…
To every bad cover band everywhere – do your thing, keep on keepin on!
Excellent movie about this fella, a must see.
Here he is in a rare radio performance:
Good live recent Chili Peppers, unheralded great song “Emit Remmus”, rocking in Poland – Enjoy!
New lineup Bernie put together with some different twists. Here they are warming up with a classic Funkadelic jam. Enjoy!
Here’s a rare track from US TV, circa late 80’s, with Bootsy and The Rubber Band destroying some late night. Turn this up and get your party started:
Nice live War track with Eric Burdon, circa 1971.
Need I remind everyone that this was the last band Jimi Hendrix jammed with before his demise? Damn you pills taking Jimi away from us.
Nice live performance of Nikka’s jam with a special guest on guitar…
Genre jumping again, I know. Check this funky little thang a few years back from an amazing band that played the music business blues in the nineties then dropped from the scene.
Ok sentimental fools, here in Cleveland we had our own version of the Beatles, or was it Queen? Well anyway, The Raspberries are one of the most underrated bands of the seventies. Check them out tackling this pop classical masterpiece.
One of the more radical covers, I dig it for sure. Here’s Come As You Are done jazz bassguitar style.
…and the same will let it go
I love these guys. Here they are doing an early hit from a rare american TV performance.
Someone’s vocals are flat, probably a bad monitor mix.
This band rips – Ty Tabor on guitar, great tone, great everything, Doug Pinnick’s overly stringed bass monster, and Jerry Gaskill smashing the hell out of that little drum kit, and they all sing, usually in key.