Every Gloom Balloon release is a cause for celebration. Whether it’s a single or an album, there is something intrinsically heartening in knowing Patrick Tape-Fleming is out there making music. More than any other musician, I feel like his songs speak directly to me. Be it our close proximity in age and midwest upbringing, or just a case of being caught in the same cultural … Continue reading Gloom Balloon-So Bergman Uses Back To Get His Point Across, I Feel Like I Have Chosen Rock But At What A Cost
In 1970 Gil-Scott Heron unleashed his seminal spoken-word piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” I find that ironic, because it’s exactly the kind of piece Elliot Haizlip would feature on his PBS show, Soul!, which premiered in 1968. The program was a revolution in its own way, as the only show broadcast widely that was made for and about black Americans. Mr. Soul!, the … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: Mr. Soul!
I’ve received a few emails over the last couple of months in regards to Ruth Koléva’s new record Confidence.Truth that I’ve archived for a later time because I wasn’t feeling it when I got them. I regret that now, because the album is already out and I wasn’t able to tell anyone to go get it. Koléva is a soul/funk singer from Bulgaria, and I … Continue reading Ruth Koléva-Wantchu
I think we can all agree 2017 has been a long decade. For every step forward we took over the past eight years, it seems we’ve taken 2 giant steps back since January. Fortunately, music has continued to be a kind of refuge from the harsh reality we find ourselves inhabiting, and it’s been a pretty good 12 months in that regard. There were only … Continue reading The Top Songs Of 2017
A few years back, Marc Broussard put out a covers album to raise money for charity. On September 30th of this year, he’s doing it again. S.O.S. 2 features Marc covering some classic soul songs that are sure to make you smile. Half of the profits from the record will go to City Of Refuge, an Atlanta-based group that helps with all kinds of issues. … Continue reading Marc Broussard: S.O.S. 2 Save Our Soul