Shot Of Rhythm

[ Thursday, June 21, 2007 ]


Have you visited...

...our good friends David Cantwell over at Living In Stereo, Danny Alexander over at Take 'Em As They Come, Lauren Alexander over at Get Down Girl, Jeff Chang at Can't Stop Won't Stop, or the whole buncha cool cats at Holler if Ya Hear Me?

...the wondrous collection of soul, funk and hip-hop at Oliver Wang's Soul Sides?

...Shot of Rhythm's favorite hip-hop blog, Nah Right?

...the wonderful source of downloadable rare country/blues/rock 'n' roll LPs at Twilight Zone?

...the pop and R&B treasures buried at Muzik Bone?

...Shot Of Rhythm's current favorite music video, Avril Lavigne and Lil Mama - "Girlfriend" (remix)?

If not, why don't you spend a few worthwhile minutes giving those fine folks and finds a shout.

I'll be back in a bit...stay tuned for big news in the near future...

On the box right now: Johnny "Guitar" Watson, FUNK ANTHOLOGY, Disc 1. This has become one of my very favorite records right now. Too much fun...and funk...


Dove With Claws [6:58 PM]

[ Tuesday, June 19, 2007 ]


Ladies and gentlemen, the star of our show

As longtime readers are aware, we at Shot Of Rhythm are huge fans of Jerry Williams, Jr., aka Swamp Dogg, the soul-funk-country-psychedelic-radical-nationalist-pop-rock trickster whose long, distinguished career ranges from cowriting Johnny Paycheck's "She's All I Got" to putting together the original Muscle Shoals Horns. Swamp's own recordings are totally great, up to and including his newest platter, Resurrection, a gloriously epic collection of songs that range from brutally-explicit political sermons (like the brilliant 12-minute title track, which is pretty much Black Nationalism 101, or the mournful "They Crowned An Idiot King," which is equally critical of President You-Know-Who and the society who elected him) to oughta-be-hits like the bluesy "Raw Spitt," which is just asking for a Toby Keith cover. Witty, wild and wonderful like the Dogg's classic material, RESURRECTION deserves your undivided attention...

As does this incredible treasure: a full-length live performance from Swamp Dogg, recorded in April in Amsterdam, and now available in crisp streaming video and audio over this Internet thang. Swamp Dogg visits all sectors of his legendary catalog, including his anthem, the blazing "Total Destruction To Your Mind," his fantastic cover of Joe South's "Don't It Make You Want To Go Home?," and a buncha tunes from RESURRECTION. He's in fine voice (a crystal-clear tenor that has never gotten its due credit), his band is smoking, and it's impossible to imagine a better glimpse of what makes Swamp Dogg your new favorite artist. (Trust me...he will be...)

On top of everything, you should check this out because it was recommended to me by Mr. Williams himself, who I spoke to last week and hipped me to the performance. So, for all those reasons and more, check it out:

Swamp Dogg, Live in Amsterdam, 4/24/2007

Country-soul in the house...

On the box right now: White Stripes, ICKY THUMP.


Dove With Claws [3:06 PM]


Status report

Okay, here's what's going on. As of a couple weeks ago, the online space where I'd been posting tunes for y'all became no longer available. I tried to figure out an alternate solution (which is why I've had you "holding that thought" for so long), but none presented itself thus far. Until I can find a new way to post tracks, I'm gonna have to put that on hold.

Luckily, though, there's still plenty of other things I can post/write/link here, and I'm happy to announce that Shot of Rhythm will be resuming regular service as of this evening.

So, we're hours away from the relaunch, and I hope your patience will be rewarded.

On the box right now: Traveling Wilburys, COLLECTION, Disc 1.


Dove With Claws [11:33 AM]