Posts Tagged: blues

Song of the Day: “Gin House Blues”

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Nina Simone’s troubles were highlighted in the recent gripping documentary by Liz Garbus, What Happened, Miss Simone? Though Simone had her fair share of challenges, it was her incredibly resonant voice and musical genius that contributed to the gradual accumulation of legends surrounding her. These talents are bursting from the seams of “Gin House Blues,” Miss […]

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Song of the Day: “Me and My Gin”

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Though the British blues-rockers The Animals recorded a gritty version of a song called “Gin House Blues” in 1966, the tune was originally released by Bessie Smith in 1928 under the name “Me and My Gin.” Smith, the storied blues singer of the Prohibition and Great Depression, did record another song a few years earlier that may have confused other […]

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Song of the Day: “Gin House Blues”

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Today, the so-called British Invasion of the ’60s is remembered primarily for its flagship band, The Beatles. Another English group called The Animals—widely known for their international hit version of the folk song “House of the Rising Sun”—are unfortunately obscured by the long shadow of the former, but their screaming fans knew and loved The Animals’s gritty rock. Their […]

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Swinging Modern Sounds #77: People Give Me Things, Part One

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[T]he thing about receiving music from other people is this: there is always some grace associated with the transaction.

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Albums of Our Lives: Rosanne Cash’s Black Cadillac

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In her voice, I am held, cradled even. I am equal parts longing and hope. I am home.

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The Sunday Rumpus Essay: Trouble in Mind

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I wasn’t blue always; my campus rape didn’t ruin my life. But at times I’ve found being a woman exhausting.

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The Rumpus Interview with Rich Cohen

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Rich Cohen discusses his new book The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones, writing book proposals, and interviewing rock stars.

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Song of the Day: “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?”

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Mournful is the best way to describe Leadbelly’s voice in the song popularized by Nirvana on their live album, MTV Unplugged in New York. While Nirvana’s version captured the attention of audiences, the original lament was recorded by a canonized blues artist whose given name was Huddie William Ledbetter. “My girl, my girl, where did you go,” keens […]

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Song of the Day: “Matchbox Blues”

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Perhaps no other blues artist in history, along with contemporaries like Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, and Lightnin’ Hopkins, had such an influence on later generations of musicians as Blind Lemon Jefferson. After growing up in Texas and reputedly playing on the streets from eight at night until four in the morning, Jefferson was one of the first […]

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Song of the Day: “Ramblin’ Man”

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The Allman Brothers have had a long and tumultuous run since their formation in 1971 around a core group including Duane and Gregg Allman. The death of Duane in a motorcycle accident that very year could have broken up the band forever, but instead, it led to a highly creative period that produced epochal southern rock […]

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Song of the Day: “Jailhouse Blues”

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Sam John Hopkins wasn’t known as “Lightnin’” until a music executive heard him play in a recording session in 1946. Ever since then, Hopkins’s gutsy vocals and impressive blues guitar helped him live up to his name. His “Jailhouse Blues” summons the image of a small, rural prison. The blues man’s deep bass demands our attention […]

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Swinging Modern Sounds #68: A Way of Life

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The thing about Scott Tuma is: the immense pathos of the recordings… Almost no one, frankly, is allowed to sound this sad and continue to have a musical career.

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Song of the Day: “Mannish Boy”

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“I’m a man,” Muddy Waters growls on this hard-driving blues song. But in the next breath he sings, “I’m a man-child.” The subtleties of this message are often lost on audiences (and maybe even the artist himself). This is no surprise, given the raw emotion and visceral low end in Muddy Waters’s voice. The guitar, bass, and […]

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This Week in Posivibes: The Zion Travelers

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Aquarium Drunkard has unearthed another incredible rerelease in 1996’s The Dootone Masters from Ace Records. Based in the LA area for over two decades, The Zion Travelers put out their first record on Atlas in 1947 and eventually came to the Dootone label, which was then headquartered in label-owner and trumpeter Dootsie Williams’s home in Watts. The […]

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Song of the Day: “Jackie Wilson Said”

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Van Morrison—aka George Ivan Morrison of Belfast, Northern Ireland—has had a long and varied career that began in the mid 60s. After recording a string of massive hit singles like “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Moondance,” and “Caravan,” he released “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m In Heaven When You Smile),” a veiled tribute to the influential soul artist […]

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Song of the Day: “These Days”

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The aptly dubbed neo-blues duo The Black Keys have made a name for themselves by giving an old and hallowed genre a fresh sheen. Since forming in 2001, the hard-touring band have won a handful of Grammys and a large and fervent fan base. Their most critically successful album, Brothers, is loaded with bold, plangent […]

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Song of the Day: “I Start To Run”

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The arrival of chillier weather means that the joggers among us may need some encouragement to meet our goals. But even the exercise-averse will appreciate the driving mania of White Denim’s single, “I Start To Run.” The Austin, Texas-based four-piece showcase their impressive rock chops in this energizing track off their 2009 record, Fits. It’s […]

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Word of the Day: Didapper

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(n.) commonly, a little grebe or dabchick, a small water bird that dives underwater; also, a name for someone who disappears for a time before bobbing up again His papers looked organized, from the outside, they weren’t messy, but there were tens of thousands of pages. And photographs? Thousands of them, scattered through which are […]

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