Hope everyone had a nice Christmas, if you celebrate it, or a nice holiday scrum with family and/or friends at least.
How about this weeks musical selection? Okay.
This week we have Marlena Shaw, who manages to completely outdo The Fifth Dimension and Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, with her cover of the Ashford & Simpson penned 'California Soul.' (Side note: Supposedly Valerie Simpson sang the Tammi Terrell parts as Terrell was going through chemo at the time of recording.) This song has been sampled countless times.
Bonus Marlena Shaw jam, there are so many to choose from. But here is 'Think About Me':
Even though I have nothing for my family, that doesn't mean I can't give something to everyone else.
My gift to you is this week's musical selection. A fine little holiday themed ditty brought to you by Clarence Carter. In the song he fills the role of an entirely different kind of Santa that brings gifts that aren't advertised on television...ever. This song also spawned another Christmas time favorite in Run-DMC's 'Chrstmas in Hollis.' So, here to spread the 'cheer' is Clarence Carter 'Back Door Santa.'
And why not, here is Run-DMC 'Christmas in Hollis'
This week is a hot little funky dance jam instrumental that I found randomly during a 45rpm record digging binge. Don't know too much about it off the top of my head. The late great J Dilla sampled it on one of his beat tapes, but I have never heard anyone use that beat for an album cut. Anyways, here is Little Royal's 'Razor Blade' for your listening enjoyment.
Busy week, so only enjoyable pencil drawings this week.
Two jokes about horror movie icons at a bar within a week of each other, uh oh, things are starting to get stale around here I guess. Also, that might possibly be the worst bar to attend ever...behind Coyote Ugly.
I got my mini-comics done in time for the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest, which was an awesome happening by the by, lots of nice folks and creative types.
On to the drawing part of this, followed by week 2 of the music part of this.
Winter is upon us, so I thought I would pass along one of my favorite tracks about the season and that 'mean ol' winter man.' It's by Clarence Reid, whose stuff is great and he also wrote and produced some incredible tracks for other people, and he later decided to get a little bit freaky under the alias Blowfly. But here he is before his 'freaky' days.