Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Jimmy Flamboyant

It's been a while, but today I'm back with some real nice soul music from former Stevie Wonder backing-singer James (Jim) Gilstrap. After landing a contract in 1975, he went on to record 2 records: 'Swing Your Daddy' (1975) and 'Love Talk' (1976). The title track of the first one, 'Swing Your Daddy', will sound familiar (it was a major hit, with all that 'doobiedoowaa'-ing going on), but his second record was not very successful. The reason I mention 'Love Talk' is very simple: it's second track 'Move Me' was sampled by DJ Premier for the brilliant Big L-track 'Flamboyant'.
Gilstrap went on to persue a carreer as a session vocalist, singing backings for the likes of Anita Baker, Joe Cocker, Kelis and even Elton John. He also received critical acclaim for his work on Quincy Jones' 'Body Heat'-album (check 'Soul Saga (Song of the Buffalo Soldier)') and his contributions to the score of the Robert Redford-film 'Three Days of the Condor', his bluesy 'A Lament' for the Japanese 'Survive Style 5+'-film and his backings for the 'Grease'-musical. You might also want to check out his production work for the group Side Effect on 'Run Run Run'. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hopin' for a Rainy Day...

Henry DeMaio (director of the great 'Just Ain't Gonna Work Out'-video) was asked to shoot the video for the Mayer Hawthorne instant-classic 'I Wish It Would Rain'. Check out the cool semi-animated video here.

Stones Throw also announced a new series of concerts and (oyeah!) Mayer will be coming back to Antwerp on 22/05/'10. I suggests you order your tickets in advance, because a lot has happened since Hawthorne performed at Petrol last year (I think there were like 20 people attending). Don't miss it!