James Brown

James Brown’s “Try Me!” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 5, 2022

expecting explosions he isn’t set to deliver yet

James Brown And His Famous Flames “Please Please Please” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 24, 2022

conceded nothing to anyone

Quincy Jones Calls Elvis Presley ‘A Racist’

By Alyson Camus | June 3, 2021

‘I don’t want to play with him.’ He was a racist mother —’

The Musical Tastes Of Our Ex-Presidents

By Alyson Camus | November 10, 2020

‘Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers just about put me in the White House’

What Does Vice-President Kamala Harris Listen To?

By Alyson Camus | November 9, 2020

tunes she’s listening to while traveling around the country

Who Would Be Canceled Today?

By Alyson Camus | August 14, 2020

Can I safely say all of them?

People’s Perception Of Art And Artists Is Evolving For The Worse

By Alyson Camus | July 7, 2020

It’s all about staying in a safe place, on a safe subject

Why Is Music Less Memorable In The 21st Century?

By Iman Lababedi | June 18, 2020

dropping out of pop music in the mid-90s is an act of cultural nihilism

The 500 Greatest Songs of the 1950s: 320 – 311

By Steve Crawford | January 8, 2020

a catchphrase used by young black men in Georgia

1,000 Greatest Songs of the 1960s – 390 to 381

By Steve Crawford | May 23, 2018

A strange, tormented sermon

1,000 Greatest Songs of the 1960s – 500 to 491

By Steve Crawford | May 1, 2018

the moment when Brown fully moved from soul to funk

1,000 Greatest Songs of the 1960s – 560 to 551

By Steve Crawford | April 17, 2018

another beginning, musically and professionally

The rock nyc Catalog Review: Who Next?

By Iman Lababedi | July 5, 2017

Start with Live At The Apollo

These Days: Friday, June 23rd, 2017

By Iman Lababedi | June 23, 2017

I’m thinking James Brown

Going Through Great Musicians Back Catalog Is Its Own Rewards… And Punishment…

By Iman Lababedi | November 10, 2016

Brown wasn’t an album artist until the 70s

Next Artist Worth Reviewing Every Album Of

By Iman Lababedi | March 30, 2016

He is still my first choice

The Big Huerta Jumps Back With James Brown, It’s Getting Too Funky in Here, Parts I & II

By Edward Huerta | January 5, 2016

I used to try to dance like James circa The TAMI Show when I was young

William Murrell, Limo Driver For The Stars, May Write A Book

By Alyson Camus | November 6, 2014

William Murrell, the most famous limo driver of the planet, the guy who drove James Brown, Michael Jackson, Prince Mary J Blige, Chris Rock, Don King, Reverend Al Sharpton,…has confided that the godfather of funk has not been buried yet!

Tate Taylor's "Get On Up" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 4, 2014

He could have sold it to HBO and given himself the scope and time to tell the story the way it deserves to be told, or it could tell just part of the story, the Boston gig the day after MLK’s assassination would have been a great story to tell. So there is no time to tell the story

Be Here Now: Snap Shot Reviews of New Album Release 7-29-14

By Iman Lababedi | July 29, 2014

Eric Clapton And Friends – The Breeze (An Appreciation Of JJ Cale) After the dire Old Socks, this coulda have been a disaster, but it isn’t, what it does is place Cale out of the “Cocaine” one hit wonder category and into the basic blues canon with some of Clapton’s greatest acoustic warm glow performances since Ocean boulevard rising to the occasion – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A

10 Songs: Saturday, June 14th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | June 14, 2014

Crazy Little Thing called Love (Live At Wembley Stadium) – Queen – We could debate it but this straightforward Presleyish rocker is Freddie’s finest moment, just not this version where the extended end doesn’t work – B

The A+ List: 1-20-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 21, 2014

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) – Stevie Wonders – Stevies scream that opens this song is so good he coulda sung anything after and it would have worked but what he sang was one of the great Motown tracks -a real slippy funk belter in the chorus, and a soulful chorus.

10 Songs: What rock nyc is listening to 1-4-13

By Iman Lababedi | January 4, 2014

I Don’t Eat Animals – Melanie Safka – This is the “Brand New Key” chick all grown up, and with the same strange voice somewhere between nursery rhyme and razorblade; no wonder Moz loves her – B

Concerts I Wish I'd Seen

By Iman Lababedi | September 25, 2013

I’ve written about musicians I’ve never seen but wish I had but that isn’t this article! This is about musicians I didn’t see on specific tours or even concerts that I wish I’d caught. I mean more than wish, like dream of having been to