• R&B,  Soul

    New Tunes: Rob Murat

    Rob Murat is a singer/songwriter/producer who just dropped his first album, So Much To Say. I like the soul revival feel of this one. Sort of sounds like something Amy Winehouse would sing (only with “fuckery” and “Blake incarcerated” added…

  • Laid Back,  R&B

    The Mellowness of the Shug

    Like Michael mentioned in his 100 Words post today, when your music library gets too big, the challenge is to figure out what to even listen to. A lot of great artists and songs seem to go underground for a…

  • Christmas,  R&B,  Soul

    The Temps’ Silent Night – Merry Christmas

    I was searching around for some info about when the Temptations version of “Silent Night” was recorded, and stumbled across a very heartfelt 2004 piece from the Washington Post. Writer Neely Tucker describes his relationship with the song – one…

  • Funk,  R&B

    Looking Back: Cameo

    I know I speak for all middle class suburban white males in their late thirties when I ask: “Where the hell is Larry Blackmon??” Okay, well maybe not – but I do get nostalgic for the funky old days of…

  • Prince,  R&B

    Prince hips me to Janelle MonĂ¡e

    (Photo from Nastassia A. Davis’s Flickr photostream.) There’s lots of ways to hear about a new artist. Find a cool blog posting. Hear it on the radio. Have a friend tell you about it. Or in this case, have one…

  • Old School,  R&B

    Old School Friday

    My geeky music life just got geekier. You know the new iPhone came out today. Well, those of us with “old” iPhone get the 2.0 upgrade gratis, which includes the App Store – which includes a ton of free apps…