In case you missed it, here’s Prince performing his new song, “FunkNRoll,” live on The Arsenio Hall Show.
Here it is folks, my favorite album of 2014 so far: St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ debut full-length album, Half the City. This six-member Birmingham ensemble plays a vintage brand of gritty, bluesy, brassed up soul with a sound so authentic you’ll think it was recorded decades ago. I cannot overstate how spectacular this album is, it should be required listening to qualify as human.
Lead singer Paul Janeway’s exquisite, gut-wrenching voice falls somewhere between Otis Redding and Mike Hucknall, and the band puts modern Garage Rock energy into their classic soul instrumentation.
“I’m Torn Up,” “Don’t Mean a Thing,” “That Glow,” “Dixie Rothko” and “It’s Midnight” are the stand out tracks, but the entire album is truly mind-blowingly magnificent.
My new favorite show is The Café, a quirky, picturesque British sitcom set in a small seaside town. Kathryn Williams’ pretty, airy cover of “Beyond the Sea” serves as the series’ theme song and sets the tone of this sweet, funny and very charming little show. I’ve been watching The Café on my local PBS affiliate on Saturday mornings at 11a.m. EST, but it seems to bounce around the schedule so check your local tv listings and catch it when you can.
Ingrid Michaelson is offering 5 free, legal mp3s on Noisetrade, including fan favorite “The Way I Am.” Ingrid’s new album, Lights Out, will be released on April 15th.