Utopia (2019) is a short by filmmaker Kosta Nikas. A man lives in a society where citizens police each other with their mobile phones. [Found here.]
The Nicholas Brancker Band plays 60’s-70s spouge, a style that was “Barbados’ answer to ska in Jamaica and calypso in Trinidad.” I’d heard before but never knew it had a name until recently (thanks to Queen H.). Jump to 01:10 for the music.
Tighten Up (Part 1) is a cover of the classic 1968 Archie Bell & the Drells hit. Music starts at 0:40. This all-star lineup features:
Hold onto your earflaps people. Andre Antunes has a hit on his plate, and he included the lyrics so everyone can sing along.
The CleverlysWho’s That Knockin’ At My Door is pure gospel bluegrass. Awesome happens at 02:30 with Irl Hees on bass. He’s no longer with the band.
In November 2019, Mr. Hees was charged with felony domestic battery in the second degree and felony aggravated assault of a household member.
“Hees said the argument was over his communication with an ex-wife. He said at some point during the argument, Heather DuBroc walked into the kitchen, picked a pistol up off the kitchen table, and pointed the weapon at him.” [Source]
Ricky Skaggs is one of the greatest mandolin players to come out of the 1980s bluegrass revival, and Highway 40 Blues is one of my favorite early morning roadtrip songs. Skaggs continues performing at the Grand Ole Opry.
IIRC, Sam & Dave were in the Stax studio with the studio session band (Booker T. & the M.G.s). Steve Cropper had just come out of the restroom down the hall when Booker Jones (or Duck Dunn) hollered something like, “Steve! Check out this groove!” Cropper yelled back, “Hold on! I’m coming” and a song title was born.
For decades I thought “M.G.” stood for “Memphis Group.” Apparently not.
Have a great weekend, and may Kansas City pound the 49ers.