I’m not going to do a post on Ray Manzarek. I met him once. He was a good guy. I was part of a group of students that brought him and the poet Michael McClure to Washington State University for a standing room only performance. Ray was a perfect gentleman, a seasoned entertainer, and . . . → Read More: R.I.P. Ray Manzarek – Jazz From Copenhagen, By Davin Michael Stedman
How did I miss this guy? Talk about a guy overcoming his disabilities. This poor kid, Michel Petrucciani died at 36 years old but lived to be one of the best Jazz pianists of his generation. He’s off the charts amazing at piano and you’d assume at first glance that his size would limit . . . → Read More: Michel Petrucciani – Round Midnight, By Davin Michael Stedman
Oh dear Jesus, here it comes again. I’m going on a Brandi Carlile binge again. The last time was really bad. Despite of any of her personal preferences – she’s on my pregnancy spree list.
You might ask what my ‘pregnancy spree list’ is. Well let me tell you. I’m building a time machine . . . → Read More: Brandi Carlile – Dreams, By Davin Michael Stedman
This video is my great uncle, the magnificent Daniel Santos AKA “El Jefe” when he was a young buck. He was a phenomenal singer and they used to call him the Frank Sinatra of Latin America. He had 12 wives. He told his biggest fans Fidel Castro and Che to kiss his ass when . . . → Read More: Here’s to My Great Uncle, One of the Great Lovers and Singers of Latin America, By Davin Michael Stedman
Ben Bloom’s band Polyrhythmics definitely deserves their opportunity to perform on KEXP on Feb. 19 and they are absolutely going to slay it. I caught them at a music festival this Summer and they are one of the tightest bands I’ve ever seen. They are working really hard and it’s nice to see a . . . → Read More: Polyrhythmics – Pink Wasabi, By Davin Michael Stedman
I just got off the phone with Jabrille AKA Jimmy James. There is no way for us talk for less than 75 minutes on the subject of SOUL. He does most of the talking because he’s one of the foremost experts on the classic era SOUL on planet earth. If you are playing guitar . . . → Read More: Cliff Nobles & Co. – Love Is All Right (The Horse) – 1968, By Davin Michael Stedman
My PLAN: to sneak a 40 of Old English into Benaroya Hall and catch the Seattle Symphony. They will never be able to find the 40 because I’m going to wear a huge XXXL 90’s era Raiders Parka. I think I can score some tickets if I genuinely cover the event as a music . . . → Read More: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, By Davin Michael Stedman
Seattle’s magnificent hip hop fusion ensemble Staxx Brothers has announced that one of their songs will be included in the upcoming horror and revenge flick, The Anniversary. Here’s the plot description, “On the anniversary weekend of the death of a young women’s husband, five girls head out to a cabin to help their friend . . . → Read More: Staxx Brothers Contribute to The Anniversary Soundtrack
We all watched Philip Seymour Hoffman channel Lester Bangs in Almost Famous. But this is the man himself; the real article.
Listen close you yutes; you young bloods who never bought an album but pay out your ass for your data plan and call music free; there was a brief time in American history . . . → Read More: Lester Bangs About Music, By Davin Michael Stedman
I’m not going to say a damn thing, except I LOVE Taj Mahal so much, and this song among others knocked my **** in the dirt tonight. Some people live their lives wrapped around the memories of catching 100s of Phish shows. What I wouldn’t give to be able to follow around Taj for . . . → Read More: Taj Mahal – Sweet Mama Janisse
I’m doing some research for a new Staxx Brothers song, “Slick Willie.” I like to get my facts straight, even when the narrator is lying. This is the first time I’ve actually seen Clinton’s legendary saxophone performance on Arsenio Hall. He stepped up and ripped “Heartbreak Hotel” with soul. Those are great chops for . . . → Read More: Bill Clinton on Saxophone 1992, By Davin Michael Stedman
Here was Davin Michael Stedman‘s initial response to the mighty, Django Unchained:
“Holy sh#tballs I just saw my favorite Tarantino movie. Django was so great I don’t want you to go into the theater with expections that may diminish its impact. It’s like Moonrise Kingdom. Leave expectations at the door and let the master . . . → Read More: Django Unchained – Davin Michael Stedman’s Favorite Tarantino Movie
Sorry baby but all I wanted for Christmas was Bonnie Raitt and a bottle of whiskey, right under that tree. I would have done everything John Lee Hooker told her he was going to do, twice. Before breakfast. This **** is BAD.
– Davin Michael Stedman and his band, Staxx Brothers, wish . . . → Read More: Bonnie Raitt – Love Me Like a Man, By Davin Michael Stedman
Jake Amster has the best abs in Staxx Brothers.
Thus far, this Quad City All Star Christmas CD from 1996 is the best Holiday album I’ve ever experienced. The 69 Boys and 95 South have so far been upstaged by female MCs K-nock and 24K. I’m not sure which of them rapped this verse. . . . → Read More: The Greatest Holiday Album Ever Experienced, By Davin Michael Stedman
Many thanks to Davin Michael Stedman and everyone at Staxx Brothers for premiering “Corn Rows for Christmas” on East Portland Blog two years ago. “Corn Rows for Christmas” is the tune which really put East Portland Blog on the map. Here it is in all its original glory:
I LIKE that we kill trees to make books. I love trees. I’m leaning up against one right now. I feel like a hunter of the Great Plains standing over the last gasp of a dying Buffalo when I hold a good book; admiring its achievement and its power. This book used to be . . . → Read More: BBC Storyville: The Love of Books – A Sarajevo Story, By Davin Michael Stedman
This isn’t even one of my top 20 favorite songs by The Beatles , and there is still so much to learn in terms of composition, performance, and production from this deep ass cut. Great band, right up there with Kool & The Gang and Frankie Beverly’s band Maze.
– Davin Michael Stedman
FULL DISCLAIMER: My father’s name is Bruce.
I love My Dad Bruce’s new music video for “Popcorn.” Good song, nice video, BAD ASS BOAT. Not much more you can ask for accept I could have used a water ski and a chopper. Rappers been sleeping on the helicopter / water ski combo since . . . → Read More: My Dad Bruce – Popcorn, By Davin Michael Stedman
Start your holiday season off on the good foot with this timeless joint. Bach put 20 babies up in a pair of baby mommas, and blessed the world with the upwards of 1120 pieces of music. Bach went hard in the paint his whole life and so should you. We all have so much . . . → Read More: J. S. Bach – Air on the G String, By Davin Michael Stedman
Bam. Roll Tide.
All the people that want their states to secede should just move to Alabama and then we’ll let Alabama secede. Bam. Roll Tide! Thanks to a disastrous 2011 anti-immigration law, Alabama successfully rid itself of its migrant workforce. Thus with this influx of secessionists, Alabama will have all the hands . . . → Read More: Alabama? Secede? Really? By Davin Michael Stedman