Today is the 7th annual Record Store Day. It’s a day to celebrate music, specifically the independent record stores that sell it and the exclusive vinyl selections by hundreds of bands being released as an incentive to get music fans into the stores.
Before you head out, check out our guide to what’s happening locally at various record stores around the Philadelphia area.
Below, listen to some of the offerings for the day including Bleeding Rainbow’s cover of the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Glynis,” Bardo Pond’s cover of Brian Eno’s “Here Comes The Warm Jets,” Django Django’s cover of The Monkees’ “Porpoise Song,” and a demo of “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden.
Saturday night the Electric Factory shook with a satisfied rumble that only the sublime brew of funk and soul can provide. Headliners Galactic rolled into town to lay down their NOLA-born jams and their fans were out in force, but one would be hard-pressed to say the show hadn’t already been stolen by opener Charles Bradley, the Screaming Eagle of Soul, the Black Rose, the Doctor of Love. With his signature wail and phenomenal moves, sporting not one but two sequins-encrusted outfits, Bradley gave what many would call the performance of a lifetime, but which for him is probably just another night on the town.
XPN welcomes Charles Bradley to Union Transfer tonight. The “Screaming Eagle of Soul” entertained the crowd during a recent Free at Noon performance with his exuberant showmanship and knock-out funk / R&B songs. Following up his 2011 full-length debut, the 64-year-old crooner released Victim of Love earlier this year. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Paul & the Tall Trees can be found here. Watch the former James Brown impersonator perform “Why Is It So Hard?” live on the Public Radio Rocks stage at SXSW below.
The “Screaming Eagle of Soul” Charles Bradley just released his new album, Victim Of Love. The long time James Brown impersonator (Bradley performed under the name of “Black Velvet”), began recording his own music in 2002, after the co-founder of Daptone Records saw him perform and encouraged him to record his own material. Bradley, who is 64, released his debut full length album in 2011. As excellent as his debut album was, Bradley’s new record is even better. Bradley clearly has the Godfather of Funk in his blood, but he’s developed his own unique voice as a soul and R&B singer. XPN Welcomes Bradley to Union Transfer on Friday, May 17th. Go here to buy tickets and for more information. Below, download “Something To Believe In,” from Bradley’s new album, via Boing Boing.
Bradley and his band performed at WXPN’s Public Radio Rocks the SXSW Day Stage broadcast. Go here to watch videos and listen to his entire set from the broadcast.
Easily the most memorable spectacle of all the spectacles I saw at SXSW this year was when Charles Bradley, the Screaming Eagle of Soul, closed his Public Radio Rocks set by taking a flying leap offstage to hug and kiss virtually everybody in arm’s reach as his band vamped on. What a showman, what an emotional connection to make with the audience – and what a scene, watching folks push their way to the front to embrace the man who’d just spent a set rocking them. Will he do this at Union Transfer on May 17th? I sure hope so. And even if he doesn’t, Bradley and His Extraordinaires put on a dynamite live show you won’t want to miss. Get pumped by streaming his album Strictly Reserved For You below via Rolling Stone; watch and listen to his South by Southwest performance here.
Last week at the SXSW Music Conference in Austin, Texas, The Key editor, John Vettese, and I saw a collective 58 bands in 3 days. Here are ten that stood out:
Sir Sly – This five piece from Los Angeles have a confident and charismatic front man, grooves and hooks galore.
Little Green Cars – Dublin’s Little Green Cars charmed us with their gorgeous harmonies and finely honed control of rock and roll dynamics. Lead singers Stevie Appleby and Faye O’Rourke are like the Buckingham/Nicks of Ireland.
PAWS – This three piece from Glasgow play very catchy, garagey, fuzzy, guitar driven pop-rock. Just the way we like it.
One of the most electrifying performers in all of SXSW this year was hands down Charles Bradley, the “Screaming Eagle of Soul” and an all-star of the Daptone Records label. Bradley played an outstanding set during our Public Radio Rocks showcase at the SXSW day stage – see him and his band do “Why Is It So Hard” in the video produced by WFUV below, and listen his performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).
Yesterday a stacked, eclectic lineup took the Austin Convention Radio Day Stage for an afternoon-long show thrown by Triple-A public radio stations WFUV in New York, The Current in Minneapolis / St. Paul, KXT in Dallas, KUTX in Austin and WXPN.
WXPN has participated in past years on the SXSW Radio Day Stage with some fantastic bands like The Lumineers, Father John Misty and Caitlin Rose. This year, working with my colleagues, we’re taking it to the next level: great radio stations banding together to present great music. And we’re doing it in a way that’s unique for public radio audiences.
XPN has teamed up with NPR affiliates across the country for the day-long event including KUTX in Austin, KXT in Dallas, WFUV in New York and The Current in Minneapolis. The broadcast / webcast will begin at 1:00 p.m. EST on March 15th. More information can be found here. Below, watch a video of The Lumineers performing at last year’s XPN Showcase, filmed by Bands in the Backyard.