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by Sarah Zupko

20 Jul 2011

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Last night two of my favorite bands on the planet, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band, joined forces for a foot-stomping, soul movin’ version of the gospel classic “I’ll Fly Away” on the stages of the Late Show with David Letterman. The tune is the highlight of the recent American Legacies album, currently my favorite record of the year. Our very own Thomas Hauner was at last night’s Letterman appearance and we’ll have photos from the gig shortly.

You can catch Preservation Hall on tour this summer both with and without the Del MCoury Band, as both groups have a loaded summer schedule with many dates as joint appearances. Do not miss them under any circumstances if they are in your town. After the jump are a few snaps of Preservation Hall’s recent appearance at the American Music Festival over the July 4th weekend at Fitzgerald’s just outside Chicago.

by Emanuel Wallace

20 Jul 2011


“Drums please.” And with that begins DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s massive hit, “Summertime” from their album Homebase. It’s hard to fathom that the tune was released 20 years ago, but it hit the airwaves in May of 1991 and the video debuted in July of that year. Built on a sample of Kool & The Gang’s “Summer Madness”, the song is an ode to all things related to those hot summer months including carefree relaxing, ridiculously skimpy clothing, fun-filled cookouts and competitive games of basketball at the park (with added female spectators!).

The video opens with Will and Jeff up to their usual, playful antics that made them so lovable as Will and Jazz on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air before cutting to the duo seemingly coasting through the city on a platform with refreshing drinks in hand, taking in the sights. Throughout the clip, we see many of the aforementioned elements of summer (in slow motion!) along with kids running around playing, people dancing in Soul Train lines, open fire hydrants and pretty girls cruising down the street at “two miles per hour, so everybody sees you”.

While Will and Jeff have gone their separate ways, with Will being an international movie star and Jeff becoming a worldwide ambassador for hip-hop, “Summertime” may very well be their crowning achievement. Many others have tried to carve out their own hip-hop summer anthem, but “Summertime” remains the champion and likely will continue to be the quintessential summer jam for many years to come.

by Matt Edsall

20 Jul 2011


No, it’s not a cover of Paul Simon’s African Graceland track, but rather the debut single off My Place Is Here / My Time Is Now, the solo record of multi-instrumentalist Mike Post. Hailing from Los Angeles, Post studied music at Northeastern University where he learned the ins and outs of the business as well as how to put together a catchy recording, which is showcased here. Driven by the ukulele (Eddie Vedder’s really brought that thing back, huh?), it has the laid-back persona of a guy chilling around a campfire with friends. “If you’re waiting for a sign to set you free / Then you’d be just like me,” Post sings, and considering the economy’s in absolute shit, you can’t help but feel the same. At least while waiting, though, Post gives us this tune to cheer us up.

by Matt Mazur

19 Jul 2011


Oscar Nominees:

Ellen Burstyn ... Resurrection
Goldie Hawn ... Private Benjamin
Mary Tyler Moore ... Ordinary People
Gena Rowlands ... Gloria
Sissy Spacek ... Coal Miner’s Daughter

Mazur Nominees:

Ellen Burstyn ... Resurrection

by Cynthia Fuchs

19 Jul 2011


Scout Finch appeals to everyone. Wise and immature, tomboyish and vulnerable, she’s recognizable even to people who didn’t grow up in segregated Alabama, who didn’t have a scary next-door neighbor and who didn’t have an awesome dad like Atticus. The continuing resonance of Scout’s story is the subject of Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird. Released on 19 July on DVD from First Run Features, the documentary features a series of interviewees, many quite famous, who describe their sense of likeness and commitment to Scout (James McBride: “She sees the world through child’s eyes with an adult’s understanding,” Oprah Winfrey: “I fell in love with Scout, I wanted to be Scout. I thought I was Scout”). Harper Lee is less available. She retreated from public life soon after the famous film based on her only book was made. She remains rather perfectly the writer whose intentions aren’t performed, for an interviewer who’s asking or an audience who’s projecting. Even as people speculate, imagining both questions and answers for her. Her 99-year-old sister Alice, still a lawyer in the firm their father helped to found, explains Lee’s absence as a choice. “As time went on, she said that reporters began to take too many liberties with what she was saying, so she just wanted out… She felt like she gave enough.” Hey, Boo isn’t asking more of her. But it can’t quite leave her alone, either. 

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