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Great New Soul Single Out on Vinyl from the One & Nines

Jersey City oldschool R&B revivalists the One & Nines have released the first single off their debut cd (very favorably reviewed here earlier this year) – but the single is on 45 RPM vinyl. Of course you can download it from the usual places, but the sonics are sweet and one of the reasons – beyond the fact that both of the songs are bonafide A-sides – is that the album was recorded on analog tape, therefore, a pure, gorgeous analog sound.

Walked Alone is the upbeat number. A good 1960s comparison would be Bettye Swan, or Tammi Terrell backed by a Memphis band – it’s a catchy, fast shuffle anchored by fat baritone sax. An educated guess is that the fetching ballad Something on Your Mind is probably the B-side, with a tasty horn chart, organ and frontwoman Vera Sousa’s achingly beautiful vocal. Both songs were penned by the band’s guitarist Jeff Marino, a player who’s obviously immersed himself in oldschool soul of the Stax/Volt variety. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings are the obvious comparison, but the One & Nines go for a smoother, more romantic, less funky vibe. A recent show at Spike Hill in Williamsburg unsurprisingly revealed the band to be a killer live act: when she sings, Sousa closes her eyes and goes off to an alternate universe called Soul Land, a place where she isn’t about to take any grief from anyone, guitar and keys pulsing behind her, organ and horns rising out of the mix to drive the songs home. Watch this space for upcoming NYC shows.

March 24, 2010 Posted by | Music, music, concert, review, Reviews, rock music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rachelle Garniez Has a Hot New Vinyl Single Out

Produced by Jack White of the White Stripes, the new single from inscrutable panstylistic New York rock goddess Rachelle Garniez is titled My House of Peace. But it’s not particularly peaceful, a jaunty, ragtime-inflected piano melody that kicks off with a lush, gospel-lavored intro that apppeared on her most recent cd, Melusine Years – which happens to be Lucid Culture’s pick for best album of the year 2007. Garniez’ voice is bright, beautiful and in your face: “Nobody gets away with murder in the house of peace.” As usual, there are umpteen levels of meaning here that come through deliciously with repeated listening. Jack White is on drums here with Jack Lawrence on the bass, Garniez handling all the keys herself.

It’s out on one-sided 45 RPM black vinyl on Third Man Records. There’s also a limited-edition three-colored vinyl release of 100 copies available only through Third Man Records, 623 7th Avenue South in Nashville.

July 13, 2009 Posted by | Music, music, concert, review, Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment