So, Van Hunt’s folks have graciously passed me this note with the following EXCELLENT news…“I’m thankful for your patience during the wait for new music. I’ve been working on a brand new collection. It’s close, but not quite ready. In the meantime, I’m offering a salve, a few rare items from the vault. I picked them out myself and named them ‘Use In Case of Emergency.’ It will be available May 8th, only at http://www.vanhunt.com.”— Van Hunt
I’m digging the gloss and grime of the preview (including some alternate takes of some of the best he’s ever offered us). And, I’m compelled to share a taste with you, Darkjivers… Jive on!
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Bloody awesome rock and roll is what this music is….and I’m Thirsty for more…
The Thirst are an afro-punk-rock band based in Brixton, London. The band consists of brothers Mensah (vocals/guitar) and Kwame Cofi-Agyeman (bass), Mark Lenihan (guitar) and Marcus Harris (drums/backing vocals). I’m going to be racist for a moment and say that Rock sounds better in Black. To me. Check for their album, On the Brink. Oh yeah, and Mensah’s pretty fly…
The year is 1969 on the South Side of Chicago (21st & Michigan). Marshall Chess (son of Leonard Chess), has taken the helm at Chess Records (the Seminal Chicago Blues/Jazz/Gospel label). A fairly hip young cat, Marshall realizes that the hottest acts in popular music at the time borrowed (or gangstered) heavily from the roster at Chess: Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter (even Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley). His offensive move was to re-record the blues giants in a psychedelic blues style popular with groups like Cream (featuring Eric Clapton). He also recorded newer, younger, more tripped-out acts. Among them, Black Merda and Fugi (backed by Black Merda), a black rock collective from Detroit (that was still reeling from riots the year before). Above is “Revelations”, one of two records released through Chess/Cadet under the name Fugi (alternately spelled as Fuji). There will be much more on this blog about this topic; but in the mean time…Jive on.