Monday, September 12, 2005

It Was THAT Good

Last night I left the club and my legs were shaking. It was THAT good. I went out on a school night to check out Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at The Parish on 6th Street. This was the funkiest thing I've seen in Austin in a long time.

Sharon and the band blew the roof off of her own tunes, like "How Do I Let a Good Man Down", "Your Thing Is a Drag", and "How Long Do I Have to Wait for You". They played "This Land Is Your Land" and "What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes" (released this time last year). She danced out her interpretation of how the movements of Africans and Native Americans mixed together to become moving to Gospel music. Sharon Jones bled her heart out to us from the moment she stepped onstage until after her encore was over. During the encore, she did dances from the 60's. At 49 years old, this woman hiked up her thigh-high dress and tore up the stage. Find out if she's coming to your town and GO!
In a desert of computerized over-produced faux-R&B, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ "Naturally" is a cool glass of water for anyone thirsty for Real Soul and Funk Music. On this, their sophomore release on Brooklyn’s own independent Daptone Records, they have succeeded in transcending the boundaries of time to bring us face to face with the naked body of vintage Soul. Link to it.

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