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record shop stickers (parts one & two)

Some record shop stickers, mostly from Belgium. Should’ve kept them in a notebook. Many thanks MagisterM, DominiqueDrDoG, BrianC and WandaP and see also:

To be continued …

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verdinterview / pas de deux over brussels

Sunday nigth 2014-01-26 at 22 o’locco Pas de Deux will reform and perform at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels as closing cat of “The Sound of the Belgian Underground 2014”, a festival with mostly young & new acts, e.g. Hantrax and Miaux. Links below.

To celebrate the occasion there’s lots of interviews in Belgian media today & earlier this month. Here’s an interview we did with Walter Verdin in 2001: taken 2001-04-18, e-mailed 2001-05-04 as part of [uzine 01.07]. The 2001-06-28 erratum of [uzine 01.09] has been processed in the text below.

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Walter Verdin is one of Belgium’s finest artists, especially as a videast (see also his website – cf. the URL below), but ironically Verdin is still best-known for his appearance at the Eurovision Songfestival with Pas de Deux, who represented Belgium in München anno 1983. Backed by the big band of Freddy Sunder (another Belgian legend), a trio consisting of Walter Verdin, Dett Peyskens and Hilde Van Roy (now a journalist for VRT-tv, who interviews royalty a.o. people) danced their way onto the stage to give a maximalist ((the big band’s belting “baaa-waaa baaa-waaa ba-bààà”)), almost dadaist performance ((the lyrics “Rendez-vous / Maar de maat is vol / En m’n kop is toe” were delivered by two brilliantly coiffured women dancing metronomically)) that would earn Belgium little or no points. Thus, it was a performance that was up to a par with Telex’s minimalist meta-pun on the songfestival in 1980 (Den Haag), which had already ranked Belgium among the most surreal countries Eurosongwise and other…  Later on the band would split (with the Parsley record label going broke at about the same time).

The following interview was conducted around April 18th & mailed out May 4th 2001. Readers who have access to the free weekly newspaper “Brussel Deze Week” might also want to read Michaël Bellon’s elaborate interview with Mr. Verdin in 2001’s June 20th issue (no.793, p.7), in which it is revealed that Verdin even designed record sleeves, e.g. for the Neon Judgement.

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rip marva whitney

Shux! Just learned from Funky 16 Corners that Marva Whitney (1944-05-01 > 2012-12-22) has left us for that great jam by the Styx!
http://www.wefunkradio.com/extra/marva
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marva_Whitney
http://www.facebook.com/Transatlantics/posts/471999922845858
http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/news/international/34507/RIP-Marva-Whitney-Soul-Sister-1
http://osakamonaurail.com/discography/2006/12/i-am-what-i-am.html

the one

“James Brown backup singer Marva Whitney discovered that the separation of church and funk was a distinction of tapping from the toe or heel, respectively. “Because tapping from the heel moves your ass” observes RJ Smith. The heel also required a frequent change of socks. One drummer recalls hearing the aquatic squoosh of the JB’s’ footsteps when the band walked offstage every night. A good foot was a sweaty foot. According to the author, Cold Sweatwas “the first hit song about perspiration. […] Nobody had ever thought to sing about an uncomfortable ferment of the body caused by the nearness of other-flesh.” A press release pinpoints how many freshly laundered shirts James Brown would burn through in a single year, while The Onedetermines the first time he cried “Give the drummer some” (May 1967, Cincinnati).” What are you doing, Dave? You’ve just convinced me to purchase RJ Smith’s The one: the life and music of James Brown(Gotham / Penguin 2012-03-15, ISBN 9781592406579)! “Back home, as the Nixon administration pushed its dubious Soul Initiative to rally African American support, Nixon backer James Brown received letters from black soldiers lamenting the absence of soul music on Armed Forces Radio. An owner of several stations himself (good for airplay), the Godfather rectified the situation by bringing the JB’s to Vietnam for a USO tour. “We didn’t do like Bob Hopehe’d say. “We went back there where the lizards wore guns.” While James Brown did the cape act to a backdrop of machine gun patter, Bob Young, future mayor of Augusta, Georgia, was flying a helicopter with the words Mother Popcornscrawled on his helmet. (In the James Brown popcornography, mother was an honorific for a large rear end.) According to Smith, the mere act of federal marshall James Palmer keeping drummer Clyde Stubblefield out of the draft and seated in the JB’s “counts as one of the great unsung patriotic acts of the era”.”
http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7828510/a-review-rj-smith-biography-james-brown
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/books/the-one-james-brown-biography-by-r-j-smith.html
http://articles.boston.com/2012-03-16/arts/31195677_1_james-brown-life-and-music-black-power
http://www.themillions.com/2012/04/becoming-james-brown-on-rj-smiths-the-one.html
http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9781592406579,00.html
http://soul-sides.com/2012/08/a-chat-with-rj-smith-author-of-the-one/
http://rockcriticsarchives.com/interviews/rjsmith/rjsmith.html
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=42403
http://www.rjsmiththeone.com/

 

my children kool and together

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Some of the rare & sparse releases of Kool and Together (from Victoria, Texas, aka My Children +2, but not at all related to Kool and the Gang) have been recorded in the Sugar Hill studios in Houston, Texas. Kool and Together’s output has just been compiled by Heavy Light (HLR-001, 2011-10). Amazingly, there’s no info yet on this untitled release via http://heavylightrecords.com/ but see here instead: http://lightintheattic.net/news/?p=4292 + http://lightintheattic.net/artists/365-kool-together

kashmere high school stage band

Mark Landsman‘s 83’ Thunder Souldocumentary on Houston’s Kashmere Stage Band (as produced by Jamie Foxx, 2010) isn’t featured on Now-Again’s 2cd + 1dvd package (NA-5085, 2011). But it does feature there’s a 12′ making of, footage of a 3′ live version of “Makin’ whoopee” (1972) and a 27′ documentary by Charles Porter (1973 – check the KSB on holiday in Paris, Brussels, Louvain, Waterloo, Breda and Bonn). It’s a mighty package with a 40 page booklet to boot … but it has only one flaw: there’s no song author credits, making it difficult to find out which tracks are KSB originals and which are cover versions. Speaking of which: expect more Shaftcovers in a future post + find a free download of Egon’s extended edit of James Brown‘s “Super bad” (as featured on the 2005 US – but not Jazzman‘s 2002 UK – edition of Texas Funk: Black Gold From The Lone Star State 1968-1975v/a cd) via the Now-Again site:
http://www.nowagainrecords.com/tag/kashmere-stage-band/  [5 pages!]
http://www.austinchronicle.com/screens/2010-03-12/977581/
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5599377
http://www.npr.org/2011/09/23/140539483/thunder-soul-70s-sensation-dusts-off-its-groove
http://www.npr.org/2011/09/28/140891879/summer-school-funk-five-tracks-out-of-1970s-houston
http://www.filmindependent.org/news-and-blog/mark-landsman-on-his-influences-and-thunder-soul/
http://edendale.typepad.com/weblog/2010/03/sxsw-2010-mark-landsmans-thunder-soul.html
http://stonesthrow.com/news/2011/06/kashmere-stage-band-thunder-soul-official-movie-trailer
http://www.indiewire.com/article/toolkit-case-study-the-long-road-of-thunder-soul
http://www.indiewire.com/article/interview_thunder_soul
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashmere_Stage_Band
http://funky16corners.lunarpages.net/?p=2009
http://stonesthrow.com/funky16/kash.html
http://thundersoulmovie.com/
http://kashmere.org/

september song

Septembersong

Kurt Weill & Maxwell Anderson’s September song… it has such wonderful lyrics

Oh it’s a long, long while from May to December
But the days grow short when you reach September
When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame
One hasn’t got time for the waiting game
Oh the days dwindle down to a precious few
September, November […]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_Song
http://www.wicn.org/song-week/september-song-1938