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Song Of The Day: Jan. 24, 2018

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We briefly interrupt Mike Dinsmore Week to bring you a song that, I hope, Mike Dinsmore would embrace and endorse.  The South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela (‘Grazing In The Grass’) passed away yesterday.  Here, from Paul Simon’s Graceland tour, is Masakela calling to bring Nelson Mandela back home to the streets of Johannesburg. Political folk […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 23, 2018

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  I’ve worked most my life at a prison nearby And I’ve raised two sons and a daughter I knew all along, as I watched them grow strong They had a need for adventure Nothing could quell the longing they felt From the back of our lonesome holler Still I hoped somehow, they could find […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 22, 2018

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Mike Dinsmore Week commences.  Listening to Mike’s choices, it’s clear that he favors folk music of a political bent.  A broad palette of such songs.  We head north to Quebec for a taste from ‘Quebec separatist and environmental hero’ Richard desJardins:

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 21, 2018

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A great band you never heard of: Coming next week: Mike Dinsmore gets his musical closeup!

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 19, 2018

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This song just popped into my head and onto the intertubes:

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 18, 2018

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Shoulda known that, once I took that detour to Muscle Shoals, I’d want to spend some more musical time there.  The Swampers ( Barry Beckett, keys; Roger Hawkins, drums; David Hood, bass; and Jimmy Johnson, guitar) could make anything sound soulful.  Real soulful. Like this:  

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 17, 2018

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When a perfect song comes into your head, why overthink it? Just put it up on the blog.  Written by Fenton Robinson (His ‘I Hear Some Blues Downstairs’ is a must-own blues album),  otherworldly guitar from Duane Allman, keyboards from Barry Beckett, backed by some of Muscle Shoals’ greatest (The Swampers), Boz Scaggs takes leave […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 16, 2018

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I admit I didn’t follow the Cranberries. However, when we learned yesterday that lead singer Dolores O’Riordan had passed away, I checked ‘em out. Turns out that I was missing out:

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 15, 2018

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By pure unadulterated coincidence, I just happen to be the producer for the upcoming (and almost sold-out) Tinsley Ellis show at the Arden Gild Hall. His combination of blues, soul and rock have won him awards and plaudits throughout his career.  His new album, ‘Winning Hand’, is a serious guitar album.  Here’s one scorching example: […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 14, 2018

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We all know that, at their height, the Temptations featured two great lead singers–Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin. However, on this Smokey Robinson composition/production from 1963, Paul Williams does the honors. Agent Double O Soul loves the groove, and I don’t see how anyone can disagree:  

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 13, 2018

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While Van McCoy is perhaps best (or worst) remembered for ‘The Hustle’, he was a prolific producer and songwriter during the sweet soul era.  Agent Double O Soul is particularly partial to the drums on this ‘medium tempo ballad’ by ‘Eddie Kendricks sound-alike Chris Bartley‘:

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 12, 2018

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Agent Double O Soul: “The Five Stairsteps aren’t everyone’s cup of meat, but I love their harmonies, especially the way they stagger the backup vocals during the verse on this one”:  

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 11, 2018

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You’ve heard of the Friends Of Distinction, but likely haven’t properly appreciated them.  They’re responsible for gems such as ‘Going In Circles’ and ‘Love Or Let Me Be Lonely’. This was the flip side of ‘Grazin’ In the Grass’. Agent Double O Soul loves the lush production. I love the vocal by Jessica Cleaves.  An […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 10, 2018

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Kenny Gamble before he became ‘Gamble-Huff’. Agent Double O Soul likes the ‘spare arrangement’ and ‘atmospheric production’. Also likes how the bass player keeps things moving along:

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 9, 2018

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A great Motown song that I’d never heard before. With a story every bit as fascinating as the song. I’d never heard of Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers, a group that was, yes, from Vancouver, and signed by Motown on the recommendation of Supremes Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson.  But I’ll bet you’ve heard of […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 8, 2018

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We’re gonna have a week of great soul songs that you’ve never heard. My Secret Soul Source demands anonymity, however he/she insists that I play his/her theme song before sharing these deep soul gems. Accordingly:

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 7, 2018

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This elegiac farewell to Lester Young was composed by Charles Mingus shortly after Prez’s death, and appeared on his essential Mingus Ah Um album. The musicians: Charles Mingus, bass Horace Parlan, piano Dannie Richmond, drums John Handy, Booker Ervin, Shafi Kadi, tenor sax Doesn’t get more mournful or beautiful than this:

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 6, 2018

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McCoy Tyner‘s first recording after leaving the John Coltrane Quartet was ‘The Real McCoy’. In both senses of the term. While the 1967 album demonstrated the spirituality that Tyner shared with Coltrane and is a must for any serious jazz collection, I am partial to this joyous walking-blues celebration inspired by the kids on a […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 5, 2018

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People who have never heard this still know that its opening riff was borrowed by Steely Dan for ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number’.  It’s also one of my fave jazz workouts:  

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 4, 2018

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One more passing from 2017. Pat Dinizio of the Smithereens.  This song had to be good to overcome that…hair:

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 3, 2018

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I was listening to a show called ‘Sound Opinions’, which is out of Chicago but which XPN picks up and plays on Sundays. The hosts were remembering those we lost in 2017.  They told the story of how Little Stevie Wonder’s career was floundering after his pre-pubescent hit ‘Fingertips’, which was just an extended jam […]

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Song Of The Day: Jan. 2, 2018

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Does any song better sum up where we stand in January of 2018?  If so, I want to hear it. BTW, this song is 44 years old, which defines the term ‘timeless':  

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes Of 2017: The Top Ten!!!!

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I’ve received a warning from the Punctuation Police about excessive use of exclamation points.  This, however, is as far as it goes as we’ve reached the Top Ten. And a distinguished Top Ten it is.  But first, let’s recap the rest of the countdown. Check ‘em out. Oh, and share ‘em with your friends. Lotsa […]

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes Of 2017: #’s 20-11!!!

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20.   19. 18. 17. 16. 15. 14.  OK, kids, without looking it up, in what Broadway musical did this song first appear, and who wrote it?  I’ll be ‘danged’ if you can get it… 13. Has anybody seen God and Kendrick Lamar in the same place at the same time? No? It could be […]

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‘Bulo’s Fave Tunes Of 2017: #’s 30-21!!

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Notice my subtle suspense-building mechanism of adding an additional exclamation point each day? Just working on my subliminal mind-control techniques should they become necessary. Today’s tunes run the gamut from the profane to…the not-so profane: 30.  29.      28. 27.  26. 25. 24. 23. 22. They had me at the Curtis Mayfield sample:   […]

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