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The db's & Solange Review

Veteran power pop band The dB's are live in the Sound Opinions studio. Jim and Greg also review the new EP from Solange, and Greg adds a track to the Desert Island Jukebox.

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Guitarist and Ohio Players frontman Leroy“Sugarfoot”Bonner died of undisclosed causes this week at the age of 69. The group's string of '70s albums for Westbound and Mercury Records, driven by Bonner's lead vocals and electrifying double-neck guitar work, stands as one of the most impressive runs in funk history. Their distinct sound found new life in the in the late '80s and '90s as countless hip hop artists sampled the group's work (a Red Hot Chili Peppers cover of "Love Rollercoaster" on the soundtrack for Beavis and Butthead Do America didn't hurt either). Greg highlights "Skin Tight" as a prime example of Bonner's musical legacy.

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The db's

This week the dB's, one of power pop's great underexposed bands, stops by the Sound Opinions studio for an interview and live set. The group came together in 1978 as part of New York City's punk and new wave scene, and put out two classic, but minimally distributed albums before singer/guitarist Chris Stamey left the group. Two more low profile records followed before the group broke up in 1988. Now the original dB's lineup is back with a new album, Falling Off the Sky. Jim used to frequently go see this band live in their earliest days, and it's clear that they haven't lost a step in their few decades off. During their visit, the band rips through three songs from Falling Off the Sky, and Stamey and co-frontman Peter Holsapple talk with Jim and Greg about their early days in North Carolina, their label woes in the '80s, and their decision to reunite not for a paycheck, but just because they were itching to play again.

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Solange True

Beyonce has been making a lot of news, with her lip-syncing and Superbowling, but we're more interested in kid sis Solange. She has a new extended EP out called True, and both Jim and Greg say it's a perfect, mini release. She sounds nothing like Beyonce and has been embracing alt-R&B and indie rock-exactly what you expect from someone who dragged her brother-in-law to a Grizzly Bear show. Greg is excited to hear her expand her sound even more on a full-length album. And Jim compares True to the Scorcese flick After Hours. Solange gets a double Buy It.

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“"You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio"”Joni Mitchell

Greg's been in a Joni Mitchell phase, and is particularly smitten with the singer/songwriter's 1976 release For the Roses. Between her folk phase and her avant-jazz phase, she released this record with the track "You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio". Is it directed towards a romantic figure? Or a record company one? Add that question to the layers of sounds and influences from country to Latin to jazz, and you've got one wonderfully complicated song.

Featured Songs

  1. Ohio Players, Love Rollercoaster, Honey, Mercury, 1975
  2. Ohio Players, Skin Tight, Skin Tight, Mercury, 1974
  3. The dB's, Wonder of Love, Falling Off the Sky, Bar None Records, 2012
  4. Chris Bell, I Am the Cosmos, I Am the Cosmos, Rykodisc, 1992
  5. The dB's, That Time is Gone, (Live on Sound Opinions), Falling Off the Sky, Bar None Records, 2012
  6. The dB's, Black and White, Stands for Decibels, Albion Records, 1981
  7. The dB's, The Fight, Stands for Decibels, Albion Records, 1981
  8. The dB's, The Adventures of Albatross and Doggerel, (Live on Sound Opinions), Falling Off the Sky, Bar None Records, 2012
  9. The dB's, World to Cry, (Live on Sound Opinions), Falling Off the Sky, Bar None Records, 2012
  10. The dB's, Dynamite, Stands for Decibels, Albion Records, 1981
  11. Solange Knowles, Losing You, True EP, Terrible Records, 2012
  12. Solange Knowles, Locked in Closets, True EP, Terrible Records, 2012
  13. Joni Mitchell, You Turn Me on I'm a Radio, For the Roses, Asylum, 1972
  14. The Knife, Full of Fire, Shaking the Habitual, Rabid/Brille/Mute, 2013
  15. Violent Femmes, Telephone Book, 3, Slash, 1989
  16. Trey Parker, Up There, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Atlantic, 1999
  17. Yo La Tengo, Ohm, Fade, Matador, 2013
  18. The Mothers of Invention, Who Needs the Peace Corps?, We're Only in it for the Money, Verve, 1968

Footnotes

nytimes.com Leroy Bonner's obituary youtube.com“Love Rollercoaster” youtube.com“Skin Tight” chrisstamey.com Chris Stamey discogs.com Falling Off the Sky myspace.com Peter Holsapple amazon.com Repurcussion solangemusic.com Solange's website idolator.com Jay-Z sees Grizzly Bear imdb.com After Hours jonimitchell.com Joni Mitchell's website youtube.com“You Turn Me On Im a Radio”