Bonnie Raitt – Love Me Like a Man, By Davin Michael Stedman

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

The Greatest Holiday Album Ever Experienced, 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

Staxx Brothers – Corn Rows For Christmas – Video and Free Download

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:

http://www.eastportlandblog.com/2010/12/21/its-here-staxx-brothers-corn-rows-for-christmas-a-world-premiere-original-song-free-download/

BBC Storyville: The Love of Books – A Sarajevo Story, By Davin Michael Stedman

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

The Beatles – Hey Bulldog, 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

My Dad Bruce – Popcorn, By 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

J. S. Bach – Air on the G String, 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

Alabama? Secede? Really? 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

Beethoven – Symphony No. 9, By Davin Michael Stedman

Everybody who knows music knows Beethoven had a big ol’ AFRO. His 9th rocks so hard. Makes you want to light a big ol’ blunt and conduct the symphony with a wooden baseball bat on your roof top. This is the Deffest Jam of the 19th Century, NO DOUBT.

I’m just saying… if . . . → Read More: Beethoven – Symphony No. 9, By Davin Michael Stedman

The True Spokes – Back Porch, By Davin Michael Stedman

The True Spokes‘, “Back Porch” video was directed by feature film director Jeff Ferrell (Ghostlight) and produced by Soul United Productions with assistance and support from Summer Meltdown.

The True Spokes recently changed their name from Flowmotion and released a self titled debut that reflects new aspects of their maturing sound and development as . . . → Read More: The True Spokes – Back Porch, By Davin Michael Stedman

Mayteana Morales – From PBS to The Pimps of Joytime, By Davin Michael Stedman

OMG – Mayteana Morales of The Pimps of Joytime is literally too cool for school. That’s because we used to watch her on PBS’s Ghostwriters back when we were in school.

– Davin Michael Stedman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD90ReIEEKY

. . . → Read More: Mayteana Morales – From PBS to The Pimps of Joytime, By Davin Michael Stedman

Ayron Jones and The Way to Perform at the Good in the Neighborhood Festival 6/24 in Portland, By Davin Michael Stedman

Ayron Jones and his band are good. But how good – and how good I think they’re going to be – well those will be fighting words. I took the gloves off and wrote an essay. It’s coming soon to the East Portland Blog.

Here’s a taste of why you need to see them . . . → Read More: Ayron Jones and The Way to Perform at the Good in the Neighborhood Festival 6/24 in Portland, By Davin Michael Stedman

Ike & Tina Turner – River Deep Mountain High 1971, By Davin Michael Stedman

The best Rock & Roll singer combo in American history was with out a doubt Ike & Tina. And I’d put them up against Jagger/Richards and Page/Plant and Jeff Beck / Rod Stewart any night of the week in any decade Ike was alive.

Tina is straining but this is what the Stones . . . → Read More: Ike & Tina Turner – River Deep Mountain High 1971, By Davin Michael Stedman

Ike & Tina Turner – Take You Higher, By Davin Michael Stedman

Life’s deepest mysteries. How could Ike & Tina have been the best LIVE Rock & Roll band EVER while never once capturing that true lightning in a bottle in any recording studio? It’s almost not fair. This recording sounds terrible in terms of fidelity but holy SH*T, they sound incredible. Were they just the . . . → Read More: Ike & Tina Turner – Take You Higher, By Davin Michael Stedman

Inaugural Soul United Film Festival Gets Under Way May 3rd, 2012 From 7 to 10pm at Cinebarre in Mountlake Terrace

Here’s the latest from my friend Davin Michael Stedman:

The very first Soul United Film Festival takes place May 3rd, 2012 from 7 to 10pm at Cinebarre in Mountlake Terrace. The festival features a unique program of music videos and short films, produced on both a local and national level. The Soul United . . . → Read More: Inaugural Soul United Film Festival Gets Under Way May 3rd, 2012 From 7 to 10pm at Cinebarre in Mountlake Terrace

Levon Helm – King Fish – Take Me to the River – A True Innovator Who Will be Missed, By Davin Michael Stedman

[Update 4/19/2012 – On his website, the family of Levon Helm has announced, “Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon. He was surrounded by family, friends and band mates and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul.” The material below was posted earlier in the week, prior . . . → Read More: Levon Helm – King Fish – Take Me to the River – A True Innovator Who Will be Missed, By Davin Michael Stedman