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James Brown

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    10 Best Black Empowerment Songs

    As we come up on the 50th anniversary of the MFDP (Mississippit Freedom Democratic Party) and the Freedom Summer on top of finding ourselves in the midst of the Ferguson debacle, a situation that has disarmed the pundits claiming we live in a post-racial country. This musical highlight of the Black ... More >>

  • Film

    July 31, 2014
  • Film

    July 24, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Our Top 10 Songs By Underrated Soul Legends

    Great soul songs conjure hazy images of smoke-filled clubs, sweaty suit-and-tied horn sections shuffling through dodgy choreography, and singers so viscerally passionate you're afraid for their blood pressure. While groups like Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have revived the genre, dusty stacks of r ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 31, 2013

    Janelle Monae

    House of Blues

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    The Five Best Rap Songs of 2012 You May Have Missed

    While we at the Weekly are certain that you're making the most of this first week of January, every new calendar comes with a reminder of what a cultural dead zone this month truly is. Often the time where major studios and record labels release the media they have little faith in as an early tax wr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    New Music: Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra's 'Last Odyssey'

    There's something geographically astounding about a Costa Mesa-based record label putting putting out a band from France who specializes in the fiery polyrhythms of Ethio and Nigerian funk. That's pretty much the situation when it comes to Ubiquity Record's latest signee, Afro Latin Vintage Orc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2012

    OC Bookly: Literary Orange, and the Jim Brown (Not the Football One) Diaries

    ​This week the Bibliofella previews, anticipates and otherwise promotes Orange County's upcoming annual spirng literary wingding, the weirdly named Literary Orange. Not Orange Julius or A Clockwork Orange or Orange Sunshine, which might be other great one-day conferences about, respectively, a fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin Soul Clap Dance-Off at Alex's Bar

    Eleanor Logan​ Jonathan Toubin grew up punk in Texas and learned some lasting lessons--like play hard, play fast, play loud and play with people's expectations. So when he started his own all-45s DJ night in New York City, he brought out something different than sweet Northern soul or slo-mo funk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Record Review: The Fall, Your Future, Our Clutter

    ​The Hype: Now well into its fourth full decade of existence, the Fall has been around long enough that bands that have followed in its wake have not only broken up but had their own reunion tours. (Just ask Pavement sometime.)

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    New Year's Eve Party Playlist

    Looking for some tunes to blast at the bash you're hosting tonight? Or maybe to crank up in the car on your way to a slamming soiree? Here's my New Year's Eve Party Playlist, featuring the best from the past year and stone cold classics. Enjoy. Flickr user Sada 1988Click song title for YouTube clip ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 24, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    'I'm Cold!' Playlist

    ​This cold front is killing me. Literally. I think. Being from Florida, I don't do well when the temperature dips below, say, 72. I moved into pretty much the smallest, oldest bungalow on the Balboa Peninsula of Newport Beach. The place is wonderfully funky. I love it. Or loved it. For the first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Showgazing: Jeremy Ellis at The Continental Room

    ​Sure, walking into a dark barroom on a Tuesday trying to catch a few beers after work doesn't sound like a set up for one of the craziest musical experiences you've ever seen. But last night at the Continental Room proved me wrong and if you were there, you would agree. It was the second time I h ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 6, 2009

    100 Worst Album Covers

    Fullerton Museum

  • Calendar

    November 13, 2008

    All Aboard

    Night Train

  • Calendar

    July 31, 2008

    100 Worst Album Covers

    Fullerton Museum

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2008

    DJ Frane, Continental Room, May 27. 2008

    DJ Frane: very decks-toe-rous. I thought I might've been pouring it on too thick with this Heard Mentality post, but it turns out I wasn't effusive enough. Last night at the Continental Room's Behind the Red Curtain event, DJ Frane put on a master class of funk and turntablism (a panoply of scratch ... More >>

  • Features

    February 7, 2008

    In Sound We Thrust

    17 Songs to Make Bedsprings Sing

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    Hip-hop Pioneer Afrika Bambaataa Coming to OC

    Afrika Bambaataa—pioneering hip-hop DJ and founder of the Zulu Nation—will perform (in DJing mode) at Detroit Bar on Friday Feb. 22. The only man to collaborate with James Brown ("Unity") and John Lydon ("World Destruction" as Time Zone), Bambaataa is revered for his eclectic DJ sets and for ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2008

    Live Review: The Mars Volta at UCI on 01/30

    Fighting your way into the center of the pit at a Mars Volta show is no easy task. Hoards of O.C. hipsters and prog-rock junkies found that out the hard way as the L.A.-based eight piece thrashed and howled on a stage erected atop a basketball court (of all places) at the UCI Bren Events Center on W ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 10, 2008

    Dance, Sucker!

    George Clinton and P-Funk

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2007
  • Blogs

    June 4, 2007

    Crate Expectations

    The Crate Kings site is a national treasure. Scratch that: it's an intergalactic treasure. Somebody (or a team of individuals perhaps) with a lot of time on his hands and the kind of obsessiveness I admire almost more than anything else in the world encoded to MP3 snippets of 300 breakbeats that for ... More >>

  • Music

    May 10, 2007

    CD Review

    Various Artists, Super Cool California Soul 2: Raw and Rare Soul from the West Coast 1966-1982 (Ubiquity)

  • Columns

    April 12, 2007

    Hey, You!

    Funky Bummer

  • Music

    February 8, 2007

    Ah Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

    FEB. 8-FEB. 15

  • Columns

    January 18, 2007

    !Ask a Mexican!

    'Why do young Chicanos keeps imitating blacks?'

  • Features

    December 28, 2006

    Farewell 2006!

    JAMES BROWN! WHOS HE?
    Gary Burger, 1966

  • Features

    December 28, 2006

    Everlasting Sounds

    Ten of the years most timeless records

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2006

    Funky President: Gerald Ford & James Brown

    In a strange way, it is perhaps somewhat fitting that James Brown and Gerald Ford died within a day of each other, since Brown and Ford had a unique bond. As Brian Koller notes in his ePinions review of the James Brown compilation CD Disc Four: Godfather of Soul (1972-1984), "James Brown was proba ... More >>

  • Music

    May 18, 2006

    Get Out!

    Party's Over!

  • Music

    May 11, 2006

    Get Out!

    May 11 - May 18: Mad Like Eldridge Cleaver

  • Music

    April 13, 2006

    Library Music

    Plugging the holes in your record collection with The Monks

  • Music

    March 16, 2006

    Get Out!

    Murder and Drugs
    March 16 - March 23

  • Music

    January 19, 2006

    Get Out!

    Yearn to Be Blown
    Nightlife & More: Jan. 19 - Jan. 26

  • Unknown

    September 22, 2005

    Whos a Black Sheep?

    Nightlife and more
    Sept. 22 - Sept. 29

  • Music

    September 1, 2005

    James Brown

    The Grove of Anaheim

    Sunday, Aug. 28

  • Unknown

    August 25, 2005

    Like Dogs in the Street!

    Nightlife and More:
    Aug. 25 - Sept. 1

  • Music

    February 3, 2005
  • Music

    January 20, 2005

    The Hives

    Sunday, Jan. 16 House of Blues, Anaheim

  • Music

    May 20, 2004

    Profane and Ass-Shaking

    The Doheny fest does it again

  • Music

    January 15, 2004

    James Brown is Innocent

    His crime is that hes James Brown

  • Columns

    September 25, 2003

    Xenophobia, the Musical

    The closing of our cultural borders

  • Music

    May 15, 2003
  • Music

    December 19, 2002
  • Columns

    June 27, 2002
  • Music

    August 17, 2000
  • Music

    May 11, 2000

    Get on the Good Foot

    Goda.k.a. James Browncomes to Anaheim

  • Music

    September 30, 1999

    Barry White?!

    Do not step on my funk, please

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