I like a little rhythm and blues in my rock ‘n’ roll

Ok, before you go any further, read this article from the New Yorker a couple years ago.

I’ll admit that I don’t really like the Arcade Fire very much – and I won’t claim that blues roots or syncopated rhythms would add to their appeal.  Actually, I’ll go out on a limb here and say that there’s just not a lot of the indie rock scene that I buy into totally – and I’ve definitely used the term “soul-less” to describe the latest incarnation of this very broad genre.  (Generalization Alert!) Where’s the substance in LCD Soundsystem and cocaine abuse?  (You suck Pitchfork!)

I just wanted to highlight some tunes that are bringing back the soul.

1. Person L – “The Pleasure is All Mine”
Kenny Vasoli from the Starting Line oughta know exactly how to make you groove.  He’s a bass player at heart, after all.  Person L’s new album The Positives might not win over all the fans of his previous band, but the music is experimental enough to garner critical acclaim – and a lot of the tunes make a nod to late 60s and early 70s rock.  Kenny’s new found howling is definitely a tip of the cap to old blues players too.  Shake your ass to this:

2. Bermuda – “Dinosaur on the Ark (ft. Esau Mwamawaya)”
Maybe a few of you are familiar with the Exit – a now defunct punk band from NYC that was pretty heavily influenced by the Police and the Clash.  Their bass player jumped ship to join the Dropkick Murphys.  This saddens me to no end because their 2004 album Home for an Island was ridiculously good.  The fact that they were a three-piece is even more awe-inspiring.

Ben Brewer, the guitarist for the Exit and M.I.A’s baby’s daddy is apparently still making music (sometimes) and my friend Blake alerted me to this song earlier this year.  I can’t tell if Bermuda is officially going to be a new band or not, but this song is so promising!  I can only hope he continues to work in this vein of music.

If this doesn’t get your head bobbing… I just don’t know what to tell you.  Didn’t the Animal Collective just release an EP of more sample loops and droning?


One Response to “I like a little rhythm and blues in my rock ‘n’ roll”

  1. you use “soul-less” and Kenny Vasoli in the same entry, yet you don’t use the term “soul-less” to describle said Kenny Vasoli. how does that work? Kenny = definition of soul-less. You can also him under the definition of “striking out with 14 year olds at your own bands concert.”

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