Gospel Brunch

via Mike Finnigan and his "Sunday Moanin'..." Facebook post:

Shirley Caesar - I Feel Like Praising Him

Speaking of Mike Finnigan.....

Mike Finnigan and Friends - Let Me See the Light

Connect direct with Mike Finnigan at PhantomBluesBand.Com

Connect direct with Shirley Caesar at Facebook.com/Pastor.ShirleyCaesar


Remembering Levon Helm - May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012

Bob Lefsetz brought the death of Levon Helm to his readers attention in this post on his blog/newsletter. Dug on YouTube and found this wonderful classic footage of Levon Helm with The Band performing live at The Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA, on November 1st, 1970. The songs: Time to Kill, The Weight, This Wheel's on Fire and Up on Cripple Creek. Enjoy! Peace Love Groove GC

The Band: Levon Helm, Drums; Robbie Robertson, Lead Guitar; Rick Danko, Bass Guitar; Richard Manuel, Piano and Keyboards; Garth Hudson, Keyboards (lots of them).

Connect direct with the official website for Levon Helm at LevonHelm.Com


LIGHTS - Second Go

As someone who notices when a music video has zero cuts and appreciates the fine art of making any video that way, really enjoyed Lights music video to her song entitled Second Go. It might rank up there as one of the greatest no-cut, one take music videos ever done. Enjoy! Peace Love Groove, GC

Lights - Second Go

and... one of Lights most recent videos.

Lights - Banner

Connect direct with Lights at iamlights.com


The Allman Brothers at The Fillmore East - 1970

Music Television presents the Allman Brothers band at The Fillmore East September 23, 1970

Here is a fantastic live recording of the original Allman Brothers Band performing their song titled Whipping Post, live at the Fillmore East, New York City on Sep 23, 1970. Turn it up, sit back and enjoy! GC

The Allman Brothers - Whipping Post

Connect direct with the Allman Brothers Band at AllmanBrothersBand.Com, Facebook.com/allmanbrothersband and Twitter.com/allmanbrothers

This post was created on April 14, 2012 by Greg Chamberlain, with subsequent edits and updates by Mariana L. Villanueva for The Indies Network

Jazmine Sullivan - Fear

Got a two hour massage and the therapist tried to play smooth jazz off of Pandora. I said "no thanks, can't stand elevator music or Muzak. Please punch in some music similar to Nneka". Nneka's track entitled The Uncomfortable Truth starts off the 2 hour set and after about 12 songs, up comes this song that stopped the session so the therapist could go look on the Pandora page to tell me what song was playing. This is it! A favorite song of mine from very first play. Dug up this unofficial video cut by a fan, for the artist, Jazmine Sullivan, has yet to cut an official video. Enjoy! GC

Jazmine Sullivan - Fear

Connect direct with Jazmine Sullivan at JazmineSullivanMusic.Com and Facebook.com/jazminesullivan

And.... this song came on not long after Jazmine's song and stopped the massage once again to find out who it was. Was surprised to find it another great song by Adele of her album titled 19. I'd actually heard seen the official video once before, but the version we heard was a live one from a iTunes hosted "Live From Soho" performance. It sounded much different than the studio version from the record.

Adele - Chasing Pavements (Official Video)

In digging for a live version of Chasing Pavements, found this tasty live recording of Adele on the Tiny Desk Concert hosted by NPR where she performs three songs. She just sits, with no pomp or circumstance and simply deliver the goods with perfection. The first song, Someone Like You, seems like she lived through each line. She feels it. And, really love the second song, Chasing Pavements :) - And, Rolling in the Deep.... If you don't know that song, you must have been living in the forest without electricity last for the last year and a half.

Adele - Someone Like You - Chasing Pavements - Rolling In The Deep (Live - Tiny Desk Concert)

Connect direct with Adele at Adele.Com, Facebook.com/adele, Instagram.com/adele and Twitter.com/Adele.


Axl Rose declines Guns N' Roses induction into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - Writes Open Letter to Hall and Fans

In my humble opinion, one who has no contempt, cannot and should not be considered a true rock star. A pop star perhaps, but not a rock star. So, kudos to Axl Rose for living up to it, being true and saying it like he sees it in this open letter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And, in my humble opinion, the Hall of Fame is lame. A artist or group does not even have to be excellent or even be a true rock star to be in the supposed Hall of Fame. It's a politically run institution that kisses the asses of industry insiders. So many REAL artists, REAL Rock Stars in fact, have been left out to make way for teen pop acts. That's what makes it so damned lame. GC

Axl Rose's Open Letter:

To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N' Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,

When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N' Roses were to be inducted it'd be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.

Since then we've listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N' Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists' comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts.

Under the circumstances I feel we've been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N' Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in "our" induction (that for the record are decisions I don't agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things... no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn't appear to be somewhere I'm actually wanted or respected.

For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It's their show not mine.

That said, I won't be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N' Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of "Guns N' Roses".

This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp's perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I'm sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I'll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don't intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we've actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, "damned if I do, damned if I don't" scenario all the way around.

In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the Appetite or Illusion lineups, I've publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing's changed.

The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of "for the fans" or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and DJ Ashba.

Izzy came out with us a few times back in '06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in '06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in '11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that's enough.

There's a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn't room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.

Maybe if it were you it'd be different. Maybe you'd do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We're there for each other when the going get's rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.

So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn't owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another's, or in this case several others', expense.

But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the "no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn't care about the fans" crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let's move on. No one's taking the ball and going home. Don't get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we've endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball's never been in our court.

In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I'd like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns' induction. More importantly I'd like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we've had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N' Roses music.

I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!


Axl Rose

P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III

Connect direct with Axl Rose on Twitter at twitter.com/axlrose

Connect direct with Guns N' Roses at GunsNRoses.Com


Nneka - Artist of Substance on Occupy Nigeria and her Vagabonds in Power movement.

There is one artist whose music really means something. Not only does the music groove for days and days, but this artist always says something important and it's usually heavy. Once again, very proud to feature a real global artist of substance, Nneka, as she talks about the Occupy Nigeria movement where she spent time on the ground in early 2012. Nneka's music consistently challenges the status quo of where corruption in government meets crony capitalism, as she stumps for the common country folk in her native homeland of the Niger Delta region of Africa. Some of her songs start off, and you think you are hearing a love song, to hear it evolve into a heavy geo-political statement. And, if you think, you go .... Wow. Think! Peace Love Groove, GC

Short Documentary - Occupy Nigeria: Nneka on the "Vagabonds in Power"

Here is Nneka performing Vagabond in Power at Les Vieilles Charrues Festival (LIVE - 2009)

Connect direct with Nneka at NnekaWorld.Com, Facebook.Com/NnekaWorld, Instagram.com/nnekaworld and on Twitter.Com/NnekaWorld

The Emotions - Filmed Live in Church - (Wattstax Doc)

The Wattstax music festival took place on August 20, 1972, at the Los Angeles Coliseum on the seven year anniversary of The Watts Riots. The festival was organized by the legendary Memphis record label, Stax Records. Tickets were priced at $1.00 each. Nearly the entire Stax artist/band roster performed at the festival. 100,000 people showed up for what was been dubbed by many as the "Black Woodstock".

A documentary film entitled WATTSTAX was released in 1973. All of the music and speeches from social activists was beautiful captured. One performance which was added to the documentary was not shot at the concert itself, but from a church in the heart of Watts. The first time I heard this track, tears streamed from my eyes. This is the real deal, gospel that will take you there.... all the way. Enjoy! GC

The Emotions - Peace Be Still (Live church performance for Wattstax Documentary - 1972)

The Emotions are still at it! Connect direct at TheEmotionsWeb.com

Movie trailer for Wattstax

Buy the DVD of the entire festival at Wattstax.Com

One Direction (Bubblegum Pop via the U.K.)

Bob Lefsetz, a leading music industry analyst, wrote a story the other day about the man behind this bubblegum pop group out of the U.K. and simultaneously calls it "the hottest act in the business today". I look up the group, One Direction, even though my connection was slow that day on the beach. And after finally hearing a few of their songs, could not help be be a bit sad about the fact that this could be considered "the hottest act in the business today" by someone as important as Lefsetz.

I remember when my friend Wade Robson, a really gifted cat, started working with N'Sync and Brittany Spears and Wade became very in demand at the beginning of the boy band revolution. I hated the music. Watching most of it made me want to barf. It was manufactured and seemed so plastic. I told Wade and his mom what I thought and suggested that Wade should focus on his own music. The dude, after all, is seriously a music prodigy/genius. His mom, Joy Robson, said "... get with it Greg. This is what's happening!". And, she was right, at least on a business level. It became the most successful music of it's time. But I still think most of it was crap, sorry to say. This kind of music is what the major label groups want us to hear? They use what's left of radio and TV to hype it. There is so much more music in the world that is far more deserving. Artists who are actually saying something meaningful and enlightening. The world needs a change, not more of the same. GC

One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful

One Direction - One Thing

Connect direct with One Direction at OneDirectionMusic.Com

Julian Perretta (French Pop w/ English Lyrics)

Julian Perretta - Wonder Why

Julian Perretta - Stitch Me Up

Connect direct with Julian Perretta at JulianPerretta.Com

Sly Johnson - I'm Calling You

MusicTelevision.Com, Sly Johnson with Ayo, Music Video, song titled I'm Calling You

Sly Johnson, not to be confused with Syl Johnson, is a artist I learned about via my love for the music of Ayo. Ayo's vocals are featured on this Sly Johnson song titled I'm Calling You released by Universal Music's Decca Records division in France.

Sly Johnson - I'm Calling You

And, just below is a follow up track of Sly Johnson in another live collaboration that is more in a Jazz/Hip Hop jam session with hints of early Al Jarreau.

Erik Truffaz & Sly Johnson feat Philippe Garcia

Connect direct with Sly Johnson at https://www.facebook.com/SlyJohnson.Official

Connect direct with Ayo at AyoMusic.com, Facebook.com/AyoMusicOfficial, Instagram.com/AyoMusic and Twitter.com/AyoMusic

Connect direct with Erik Truffaz at ErikTruffaz.Com

This post was created by Gregory J. Chamberlain on April 3, 2012, with subsequent edits and mobile friendly updates by Mariana L. Villanueva for The Indies Network

Rufus Thomas performs Breakdown at Wattstax Festival (1972)

The Wattstax music festival took place on August 20, 1972, at the Los Angeles Collusium on the seven year anniversary of The Watts Riots. The festival was organized by the legendary Memphis record label, Stax Records and tickets were priced at $1.00 each. Nearly the entire Stax artist/band roster performed at the festival. 100,000 people showed up for what had been dubbed by some (at least the producers) as the "Black Woodstock".

In 1973, the documentary film titled Wattstax screened at the Cannes Film Festival. It was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Documentary Film in 1974.

Something I noticed is that the film production it that it was all credited to white producers: David Wolper Productions, Larry Shaw and Mel Stuart.  Were there no black TV producers back then who could have secured those positions?  In that regard, we have come a long way 40+ years later, in that there are some serious black film, TV and music producers who have broken down the doors and changed the landscape of opportunity.

Regardless of those observations, watching this historic film footage and hearing the music from this festival is like entering some sort of funky soul heaven. Enjoy! GC

Rufus Thomas performs Breakdown at Wattstax Festival (1972)

Movie trailer for Wattstax

Buy the DVD of the entire festival at Wattstax.Com