CD Review: Pernice Brothers, "Goodbye, Killer"

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My review of the new Pernice Brothers album, Goodbye, Killer, has been posted to Popdose:

“There must come a time when a great artist gets tired of being just a critics darling, with a small but devoted band of hard core followers. When that happens, some artists make a mad dash to the center, trying desperately to make their mark on the mediocre middle. Others soldier on, doing what they do, making great music and living close to the vest. When the talk turns to the great ones, the ones that really made an impact, it’s that latter group that we tend to remember. Joe Pernice is one of them.”

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Soul Serenade: The Isley Brothers, "Work To Do"

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This week’s Soul Serenade column for Popdose features the Isley Brothers with their 1972 hit “Work To Do”:

Marvin Isley died on June 6. He was the youngest of the Isley Brothers, and together with his older brother Ernie Isley and brother-in-law Chris Jasper formed the instrumental force that was fused to the Isleys’ original vocal trio in 1973. Marvin held down the bass chair for the band until 1984, when the group split. The vocalists kept the Isley Brothers name, with the instrumentalists becoming Isley-Jasper-Isley. Marvin returned to the Isley Brothers in 1991, and remained with them until complications from diabetes put him on the sidelines in 1997.

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CD Review: Steve Cropper and Felix Cavaliere, "Midnight Flyer"

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My review of the new album from soul legends Steve Cropper and Felix Cavaliere, Midnight Flyer, has been posted to Popdose:

“You know these guys, at least you know their work. Between them, Steve Cropper and Felix Cavaliere were complicit in the creation of dozens of hit records in the ’60s and early ’70s. Guitarist Cropper was a mainstay in Booker T. and the MGs, and wrote and played on countless Stax classics, backing the likes of Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pickett, and Sam & Dave. Felix Cavaliere rode the Hammond B-3 and was one of the lead vocalists of the Rascals, who defined blue-eyed soul with hits like “Groovin,” “People Got To Be Free,” and “Good Lovin’.”

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Soul Serenade: Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, "Wake Up Everybody"

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My latest Soul Serenade column for Popdose features Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and their hit “Wake Up Everybody”:

“Last weekend I attended a Triple-A radio conference in Philadelphia. The event is called Non-Comm (as in noncommercial radio), and I’ll be writing more about it soon. One of the highlights of the conference, which blends live music with industry panels, was the appearance of John Legend, performing with the Roots. The hometown heroes played a stunning set. Of special interest to me was a
audio_mp3_playcover of the song “Wake Up Everybody,” which was originally recorded in 1975 by Philly soul legends Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.”

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