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June 2009

Hammond and Smith


I'd take just about any jazz at a Sunday street fair, but special props to this dude for hauling his vintage Hammond BV to the corner of Smith and Butler in Carroll Gardens. (The guitar and drums are no slouches, either.) Damn, they're gonna blow a hole in the pavement if they keep this up. 

No Hooks


I know there are a lot of fans of Blonde Redhead's meandering, atmospheric sound - punctuated by Kazu Makino's eerie, echoing vocals - but after having seen them 1/2 dozen times over the past decade, I've finally decided that they just don't do it for me. Sure, they have arty style, but their sound is flat and doesn't go anywhere. I stayed for three songs tonight at Celebrate Brooklyn, left before the encore, and - despite the avid screams calling them back - didn't feel I missed much of anything. (More pics below.)

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Afropop Party


It was welcome release from all the Michael Jackson hoopla to have Celebrate Brooklyn to go to last night, for a free show by Femi Kuti, oldest son of Afropop pioneer Fela Kuti (and brother of Seun Kuti.) The bandshell was pretty much packed for Kuti's energetic two hour set, which also featured his backing band The Positive Force, including brass section, guitar, keys, drums and a trio of female dancers whose gestures left little to the imagination. More than once, Kuti stopped to rant about sexual or government politics, but it was all with a sense of humor and never long from getting people back up and dancing. (More pics below.)

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