All Hail Badu: Live at El Rey Theater

We were very lucky to have Erykah Badu celebrating the release of New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh in LA and NY this past week. Giant Step co-founder Jonathan Rudnick was on hand to experience Erykah’s record release show in LA. Here’s what he thought:

“Naked or (preferably not !) when Badu rolls into town you know you’re in for something extra special and that’s exactly what we all got at LA’s El Rey Tuesday night at the album release party event. Badu’s on fire and for all the right reasons, and don’t get me wrong the all abuzz vid for instant classic “Window Seat” is a must see, but clearly her Badu-ness live is the way ! A 2 hour journey with full 11 piece live band and Badu with her own ‘toys’ tearing through the hits, plus treats like Sun Ra’s ‘Nuclear War’, and tunes from ‘right side of the brain’ steeped New Amerykah Part Two and it felt like a right on baptism!

A Part Two Badu, soul searching and in love, yet still clearly socially active and defiant, came across as part cheeky little girl, feisty teenager, empowering Queen rolled into one mesmerizing 21st century Goddess – All hail Badu – now get some clothes on girl !”


Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Full Album Stream

Stream the full album, I Learned the Hard Way by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, at NPR right now. The album will be released April 6th. Make a point to catch Sharon with the best backing-band around on late night TV; she’s scheduled for David Letterman on April 23rd, The Colbert Report on the 26th, Jimmy Fallon on the 28th and more.

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Paper Tongues’ “Trinity” – iTunes Single of the Week

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Paper Tongues‘ “Trinity” is Single of the Week on iTunes right now, go get your free download here. The self-titled album is out now, available for download right here.

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GPWW 3/15/10: Plastic People Mix

As Gilles was in Miami this week having such a great time with us at WMC, this edition of Gilles Peterson Worldwide features no special guests. Instead Gilles plays popular tracks from his sets at the London nightclub Plastic People, which is in danger of being shut down. Highlights include a live version of Bill Withers‘ “Grandma’s Hands,” jazz favorites like Pharoah Sanders and Cal Tjader and new soul like N’Dambi and Menahan Street Band.

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