Gonzo considers the motivational message of Sly and the Family Stone’s “You Can Make it if You Try” as a means to push through highly stressful periods.
Dearly beloved…here’s Part 2 of our Prince podcast!
A gifted, prodigiously talented soul/funk recluse, Shuggie Otis’s music certainly deserves to be canonized; all the accepted pieces of pop-culture folklore are there, from the Rolling Stones sideman offer to the eventual artistic blackout, and so it stands to reason that when Otis’s music finally reaches the masses, it will be transcendent. Which, as it turns out, is a bit of a foolish way to think; there’s no easier way to shatter transcendence than to expect it. In 2013, we’ve [...]
If you’re a fan of soul music, we’ve got reviews of two books you must add to your must-read list.
Here’s a question for you. Given all that Sly Stone has been through since his heyday four decades ago-not just the addiction but the general weirdness and shadowy stuff-wouldn’t it have been great for him to make a triumphant comeback? As far as second chances go, it would be pretty awesome. Well, folks, I hate to say it, but I don’t think a comeback’s gonna happen for Sly. The new I’m Back: Family & Friends is a weird mishmash of [...]
Still catching your breath after last week’s rollout release of Jay-Z & Kanye West’s “Watch The Throne” ? Well, today marks the final installment of this superstar release-the deluxe physical version (which Best Buy had a four day exclusive on, to the consternation of many music retailers) hits all music stores today. So now, you can get the album in any way, shape or fashion you would like. Happy now? Elsewhere on the release schedule, aggro-rock band Blue October returns with Any Man [...]
In “News You Never Expected to Receive”, how about this one? Sly & the Family Stone are releasing a new album! Well…sort of. I’m Back! Family and Friends is the title of the Sly & the Family Stone album being released on August 16th. It’s the first album released by Sly in nearly thirty years. The album consists of re-workings of Sly classics like “Everyday People” and “Stand!”, as well as three new songs. If you can only come up [...]