Hey there, TMT fan! Are you treading water in a sea of identical-sounding indie-folk compilations? Are you wondering why it bothers you when your favorite new artists sing?* Perhaps you’re wondering what that uncontrollable feeling in your pants was that one time you heard Aretha Franklin playing over the sound system in CVS?
Fear not, reader-baby, for I’ve got the cure for your indie rock blues: The Daptone. If you ain’t down with Daptone Records, then you had better get yourself down. For the past five years, the Brooklyn-based label has been putting out some of the finest grooves that you can feel deep down in your bones. In fact, listening to just one Daptone 7-inch has been scientifically proven to make you 60% funkier 85% more likely to realize what a large ensemble can sound like when its members are actually musicians (eat it, Broken Social Scene!).
Let me hip you to some things you might have missed:
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, probably the most well-known artists on the label, recently released their third LP, 100 Days, 100 Nights (TMT Review). They have just added dates to their North American tour (TMT News) featuring labelmates The Budos Band. If they won’t be stopping by your town, you can temporarily fulfill your need for throwback soul lovin’ by watching their new video here. You can also learn a bit about Jones’ history by watching this CNN clip. Can you believe CNN knew about her before you did?
Sharon Jones has also contributed heavily to the movie The Great Debaters, a Denzel Washington flick due for theatrical release December 25. Not only does she appear on the soundtrack alongside Alvin "Youngblood" Hart, Billy Rivers, Teenie Hodges, and others, but she also appears in the movie. The soundtrack features early blues, folk, jazz, and gospel songs personally selected by Mr. Washington and is set for release December 11 via Atlantic.
Great Debaters soundtrack tracklist:
1. Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart and Sharon Jones - "My Soul Is a Witness"
2. Sharon Jones, Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart, and Teenie Hodges - "That's What My Baby Likes"
3. The Carolina Chocolate Drops and Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart - "I've Got Blood in My Eyes for You"
4. Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart and Teenie Hodges - "Step It Up and Go"
5. Sharon Jones, Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart and Teenie Hodges - "It's Tight Like That"
6. Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart and the Carolina Chocolate Drops - "Busy Bootin'"
7. Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart and the Carolina Chocolate Drops - "City of Refuge"
8. Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart, Sharon Jones, and Billy Rivers & the Angelic Voices of Faith - "Two Wings"
9. David Berger and the Sultans of Swing - "Delta Serenade"
10. David Berger and the Sultans of Swing - "Rock n' Rye"
11. Sharon Jones, Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart, and Teenie Hodges - "Wild About That Thing"
12. Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart and the Carolina Chocolate Drops - "Nobody's Fault But Mine"
13. Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart - "How Long Before I Change My Clothes"
14. Sharon Jones and Billy Rivers & the Angelic Voices of Faith - "We Shall Not Be Moved"
15. Sharon Jones and Billy Rivers & the Angelic Voices of Faith - "Up Above My Head"
16. Art Tatum - "The Shout"
17. Papa Charlie Jackson - "Scoodle Um Skoo"
18. The Delmore Brothers - "I Ain't Got Nowhere to Travel"
19. Marian Anderson - "Begrussung"
Finally, for all you MP3-downloading mouth-breathers who ain’t got no turntable, Binky Griptite (of The Dap-Kings) has released a free hour-long mix of Daptone singles to bring you up to speed on the soul you need. The first “show” on the fictitious WDAP radio station, Binky Griptite’s GhettoFunkPowerHour features 27 tracks from Daptone’s catalog, as well as interludes from Binky himself. Many of these singles have only been released on vinyl until now, so stop trying to shove that 7-inch into the side of your laptop and get to the listening!
You know, they sound kind of like Amy Winehouse.
Binky Griptite’s GhettoFunkPowerHour! tracklist:
1. The Sugarman 3 Feat. Charles Bradley “Take it as it Come”
2. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Give Me a Chance”
3. The Poets of Rhythm “More Mess on my Thing”
4. Antibalas “Che Che Cole”
5. The Daktaris “Eltsuhg Ibal Lasiti”
6. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Why Don’t We All Stop Paying Taxes”
7. Binky Griptite & the Mellomatics “Mellomatic Mood”
8. The Sugarman 3 “Sugar’s Boogaloo”
9. Lee Fields “Could Have Been”
10. Bob & Gene “Sailboat”
11. Bob & Gene “I Can Be Cool”
(instrumental underneath talking is Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?” inst.)
12. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “How Do I Let a Good Man Down?”
13. The Dap-Kings “Nervous Like Me”
14. The Mighty Imperials feat. Joseph Henry “Never Found a Girl”
15. Charles Bradley & the Bullets “This Love Ain't Big Enough For The Two Of Us”
16. The Budos Band “Aynotchesh Yererfu”
(instrumental underneath talking is Binky Griptite & the Mellomatics “Brooklyn Soul Stew” inst.)
17. The Sugarman 3 feat. Lee Fields “Shot Down”
(instrumental underneath talking is Binky Griptite “Stoned Soul Christmas”)
18. The Sugarman Three “La Culebra”
19. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “The Dap Dip”
20. The Sugarman Three feat. Naomi Davis “Promised Land”
21. Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens “What Have You Done, My Brother?”
22. The Budos Band “Adeniji”
23. The Menahan Street Band “Make the Road by Walking”
(short preview underneath talking) #
24. Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” #
25. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “You’re Gonna Get It”
26. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Genuine”
27. The Sugarman 3 “Honey Wagon”
# Released on the Dunham Records imprint
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings adjusted tourdates:
11.09.07 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Underground !!!!!
11.10.07 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground !!!!!
11.11.07 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe !!!!!
11.13.07 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace
11.14.07 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
11.15.07 - Chicago, IL - Park West
11.16.07 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11.17.07 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
11.18.07 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
11.20.07 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
12.01.07 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up Tavern
12.02.07 - Santa Ana, CA - The Galaxy Theatre
12.04.07 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theater
12.05.07 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s 365 Club
12.07.07 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12.08.07 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
12.09.07 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
12.10.07 - Bellingham, WA - The Nightlight
12.14.07 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts !!!!!
12.15.07 - Washington, DC - Black Cat !!!!!
01.04-09.08 - Jamcruise! (Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Roatan, Honduras - Costa Maya, Mexico)
!!!!! The Budos Band
*This bothers you because they are bad at singing.