Last Saturday two of Australia’s biggest and best soul bands socked it to Melbourne. SASKWATCH played to a packed out sweaty Corner Hotel and the mighty BAMBOOS stepped up their game and rocked The Forum.
Doing it bigtime!
The other news that emerged that day was the announcement that local Melbourne Soul band – HIATUS KAIYOTE have been nominated for a GRAMMY Yes, I think this is the first time an Australian soul act has been acknowledged by the Grammys.
CONGRATULATIONS to Hiatus Kaiyote on behalf of NORTHSIDE RECORDS and all soul fans in Australia. Now, I don’t want to say who won, but the Grammy awards are given out on January 26th, thats right – AUSTRALIA DAY.
There aren’t too many artists making soul music today who had a release in 1969, back when R&B was first beginning to give the drummer some. Lee Fields, however, is one such artist–or maybe he’s better labeled a phenomenon. Since the late sixties, the North Carolina native has amassed a prolific catalog of albums and has toured and played with such legends as Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, O.V Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal. With a career spanning 43 years, releases on twelve different record labels, and having toured the world over with his raucous-yet-tender voice, it’s mind-blowing that the music he’s making today with Brooklyn’s own Truth & Soul Records is the best of his career.
With a catalogue that ranges from James Brown-style funk to lo-fi blues to contemporary Southern soul to collaborations with French house DJ/producer Martin Solveig, Lee Fields has done it all. Today, with The Expressions–Truth & Soul’s house band, Lee Fields continues to evolve, enmeshed into the group’s sweeping, string-laden, cinematic soul sound.
LEE is in town to play a solo show at THE CORNER hotel on Wed 8th Jan. Do not miss this opportunity to see this man play! He will also be doing the MOSSVALE SUMMER OF SOUL (just outta town). Support comes from incredible local soul outfit, playing their first ever gig! Check out their HOPE STREET RECORDS 45 “Suicide”.
There is a new venue on the way in town, from the peoples who bought you Ferdy Durke, Section 8, The B.East among others and their new place is nearly ready. First up we gotta test it out with some serious getting down. African drummers lead by Lamine Sonko, called ONE AFRICA will lay down the groove, to make you move. MC’s, Monk and 1/6 will be there as will the African Dance crew ASANTI DANCE THEATRE.
Northside’s own, Chris Gill, will be spinning platter that matter and YOU will be dancing fools. See you there.
Now we’ve seen it all! Gangsta wrap air-fresheners are here… at Northside for only $5 a hit. Get your ride smelling fressshhhhhhhh, from the depths of the sea, back to the block! There’s SNOOP DOGG, doused in special Gin & Juice fragrance (honestly, it smells more like Hubba Bubba), there is ICE CUBE flavoured with BLACK ICE! Picture Me Rollin in my 500 Benz! with theTUPAC freshener flavoured COOL WATER. Last but not least is EAZY-E scented APPLE. These are designed as car fresheners – but you you can rock this shit anywhere! Tie it on you bicycle helmet, on your christmas tree, or just make it jiggle in your 5-star hooptie
Want to see more? Check the website hanginwiththehomies –> These are flying out the door faster than free beer. Get on it now.
Thats right. This Sundays closing party for AWME is going to be an INCREDIBLE showcase of great Australian music, but music not as you know it. IT features Australia’s premier Afrobeat band – THE PUBLIC OPINION AFRO ORCHESTRA. It has Sydney’s best Ethiopian groove merchant, DEREB THE AMBASSADOR, it has Australia’s best instrumental funk outfit THE CACTUS CHANNEL, it also has Australia’s finest AfroSoul Band THE SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS.
Hosted by a freak and DJ’d by Miss Goldie and the freak, it will be a really worthy night. Do Not Miss this. first band on at 8pm!
We keep hearing “Vinyl is back”…. The truth is that it never went away. If you are a newbie however, there are some other important things you need to know. Whilst digging through my records recently I found this important note from Festival Records. A lot of you will be familiar with this classic insert, but for those who aren’t – take note.
This is from an early 70′s Australian release – The flipside of this note reads: Free Festival LP Catalogue… Affix a 12¢ stamp where indicated, place in an envelope and post it to Festival Catalogue…
Wow, 12¢ stamps! Anyways – go buy a new needles today and protect your records from the evil blunted stylus.