Saturday, November 5, 2011

Retro Soul Steals My Man

Hungry Hungry Hippos!
Dr. Pepper Gloss!
I suppose, if one's man is going to be stolen, there are way worse choices than Brittney Howard, lead singer of the Retro Soul sensation The Alabama Shakes. Hell, I'm half in love with her myself. See, Daniel and I have this understanding. (No, not that kind of understanding!) Music is to Daniel what books are to Vicki. And I love me some books. So I know obsession when I see it, I understand the blinding love we have for our chosen genre. How what we love can steal away our souls. This is the kind of sound that changes things forever. No one's really heard of them yet, except for hard core music hounds (and their significant others), but I swear, they are the musical equivalent of Harry Potter. Game. Changers.

Retro soul? People keep calling them that. Lance Davis over at The Adios Lounge insists there's no such thing. Since my nickname for him is The Professor, (of all things musical... and I do mean all things), I'm inclined to believe him. But it did get me thinking about all things retro, and their enduring appeal. So here's a montage of retro things I enjoy, along with two tracks from The Shakes' appearance on NPR's World Cafe, which you can download for yourself (for free) by following this link.
Fisher Price Record Player!

But first, as promised, I give you The Alabama Shakes, the (not) Retro Soul explosion of awesome that will descend on my city tonight. Have a listen:
along with the other bits of Retro lusciousness I love and miss.


  1. I'm thinking Brittney Howard could help fill the giant hole left in the music universe by the death of Amy Winehouse. Impressive stuff!

  2. Brittney kicks it for sure. If you aren't in PA, you should come. Bonfires, food, The Game (of course), n' stuff.
    It' so good to hear from you!

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