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Iain Macarthur

The internet never fails at providing me with new illustrators’ portfolios to stare at enviously. One of those portfolios belongs to Iain Macarthur, a “fanatic of art since eight” based in Swindon, England. Honsetly, his list of influence reads like…

CoverCast #6: Spiritwalk

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] I haven’t posted much here for a month or so. I’ve been busy. But I did have a chance to put this relaxed mix together, featuring a few recent favorites. Take note of…

Top 10 Albums of ’09

Another year, another list. 2009 was strange for me in terms of music. While 2008 seemed to offer a long list of great albums, ’09 felt more subdued. Of course this could be the result of two key music stores…

Whitefield Brothers – Earthology

Jan and Max Whitfield, Munich-born founders of deep-funk pioneers The Poets of Rhythm, have returned with a follow up to their once-rare 2001 album In The Raw. The new album continues their signature combination of American Meters-inspired funk and African…

Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No

James Blagden, a New York-based artist who’s had work in a variety of publications including WaxPoetics and URB, created an animated short chronicling the hallucinogenic baseball antics of Dock Ellis. Ellis was well known for his no-hitter in 1970, performed…

CoverCast #5: WAVE

Download: ♪ CoverCast #5: WAVE [Audio clip: view full post to listen] It’s been a while since my last CoverCast, but I finally put something together this week. Partly inspired by the new Shafiq Husayn album, this is a selection…

Shafiq Husayn – Shafiq En’ A Free Ka

Last month Shafiq Husayn, 1/3rd of the Sa-Ra Creative Partners, released his solo debut on Plug Research. The album’s an eclectic blend of soul, hip-hop, jazz and electronics with an African spirit throughout. It’s a deep, soulful record and is…

D.C. Record Fair #3

The third DC Record Fair last Sunday at Comet Ping Pong was exciting. Hundreds of vinyl junkies came through. I spent a lot of money. Pizza was eaten. Unfortunately I missed getting a signed poster by Mingering Mike. But I…

Electric Wire Hustle – Electric Wire Hustle

While wandering around the Stones Throw message boards, I ran across a recommendation for a soul group from New Zealand. Interesting… I was pleasantly surprised to be confronted with an amazingly mellow electronic/soul/hip-hop track with a beautiful vibe by a…

Washington, D.C. Record Fair

Another D.C. Record Fair is being held on Sunday, October 4th at Comet Ping Pong on Connecticut Avenue. I’m excited about this because I had a lot of fun at the last fair. I also think it’s cool that they…

Georgia Anne Muldrow – Umsindo

In July Georgia Anne Muldrow released a new album, Umsindo, featuring 24 tracks of her trademark heavy funk and soul music. Around this same time her partner, Dudley Perkins, also released a new album, Holy Smokes, solely produced by Georgia,…

The Cover Down Update

Updates to The Cover Down (my second blog for posting album cover scans) have been slow recently. This is mostly likely due to me not being happy with the quality of my old HP scanner, the time it takes to…

Shawn Lee & Clutchy Hopkins – Fascinating Fingers

Jim Mahfood was asked to illustrate the cover for a new Shawn Lee / Clutchy Hopkins collaboration, Fascinating Fingers, being released in October. He previously illustrated the cover of their album Clutch Of The Tiger, which I mentioned back in…

Mayer Hawthorne – "Maybe So, Maybe No"

The second video for Stones Throw artist’s Mayer Hawthorne debut, A Strange Arrangement, was released yesterday. Featuring skaters, Venice Beach and The Do-Over, it’s convinced me that Hawthorne is awesome. It was directed by Henry DeMaio who also directed the…

Michael Jackson – Dangerous

As most people in the world know by now, pop music lost another legend yesterday with the death of Michael Jackson. Like a lot of people my age, I have fond memories of his music from my childhood, from watching…

The Whitefield Brothers – In The Raw

At one time I was obsessed with The Poets of Rhythm, the Munich-based funk group that released their amazing album, Discern/Define, on Quannum Records in 2001. Still one of my favorite modern funk albums, it introduced me to similar groups…

The Cover Down Returns

Last year I set up a companion blog to The Cover Up called “The Cover Down”, meant to be a constant stream of good album covers. Eventually it got boring and I stopped updating it. A few days ago I…

Santana – Abraxas

It was difficult for me to pick what Mati Klarwein album cover to feature in this post. I chose Santana’s second album, Abraxas, because it seems to be the most recognizable. Ever since I bought this on vinyl, the cover…

Shawn Lee & Clutchy Hopkins – Clutch of The Tiger

The mysterious Clutchy Hopkins does a long distance collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee. I have yet to pick up an album by either of them, but I plan to soon. I’m still baffled by Clutchy Hopkins, with his connection to…

J Dilla – Dillanthology 1

I had heard about the release of this Dilla compilation right around the time I had stumbled upon some great illustrations of Muhsinah and Stacy Epps in Zurich-based artist Anna-Lina Balke’s Flickr account. About a week later she uploaded the…