We just got samples in of the next three additions to our ever-expanding line of 45s. We announced both ES-030 and 031 earlier this week, but that guy on the right? That’s Chuck & Mac’s “Powerful Love” b/w “The Bear.” We’ve been inundated with requests for this title since the A-side’s placement in Rian Johnson’s Looper. TWI-135 marks our eleventh entry in the Twinight 45 series. Astute readers will notice our change to Twinight’s second label design, a move we’ve been considering for the last four years of not issuing any Twinight singles.
Signs Of The Time is pulled from the archives of Mel Turnage, the man behind the Elements of Peace—as featured in Eccentric Soul: Omnibus. We’ve got a few dozen tapes on our shelves from Turnage’s turn as a producer in 1970s St. Louis, hopefully this is the first of many releases from his archive.
Finally, we’re thrilled to issue the first two offerings from what will be a massive overview of Cash Recordings. Both of these Notations songs were sitting on a mouldering tape in a dilapidated barn on the outskirts of Nashville when we found them in November of 2011. “Saving” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Here’s a few more photos from that excavation:
A. This drawer was a rats nest.
B. Most of the tapes were unfortunately not stored in plastic tubs.
C. Inside the barn where these tapes were rescued. That’s a Neve console under that blue tarp.
Two of the above 45s are available via our 45 club now. Chuck & Mac will be available on our website soon, and from finer retailers around the first of the new year.
Filed under: Twinight
“Also a song that’s in the movie, it’s called “Powerful Love,” this old soul record, and it’s on this great compilation called Eccentric Soul [Twinight’s Lunar Rotation] that Rian turned me onto at the time. It’s all these old dirty soul records that never made it on the radio. And a bunch of those songs were good.”—Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The celebrity endorsements are piling up. What the fuck are we going to do with them?
Complete Onion AV Club interview here.
Last night, Syl Johnson played a short set as part of the Hideout’s Expo Chicago closing party. And while well-dressed/hot mess Emmy nominees were wreaking havoc on the red carpet, causing Twitter blisters for a world-wide web of fashion bloggers, Syl Johnson was debuting this ensemble to a crowd of privy locals and Euro-yokels. While comparisons were made to Michael Jackson’s early-’90s military collection, a more direct resemblance could be drawn between the Twinight recording artist and boisterous headliners Mucca Pazza.
Syl is wearing Air Jordans (by Nike) and Obama cap (by Obama).
This is about 1/5th of Mucca Pazza, donning mix-matched marching band “uniforms.”
Filed under: Newsworthy, Numero Press, Syl Johnson, Twinight | Tags: Fresh Air, NPR, Syl Johnson
Once again, ex-pat homie and NPR correspondent Ed Ward does us a solid and shed’s some light on the man himself, Syl Johnson, for NPR’s Fresh Air today. Clocking in at a little over 8 1/2 minutes, Ward traces Johnson’s musical career from his beginnings in Mississippi and Chicago to his recent success becoming one of hip-hop’s most sampled artists.Take a breather here.
Filed under: Living Liner Notes, Twinight | Tags: Dig Deeper NYC, Living Liner Notes, Renaldo Domino
After threatening to do a podcast for nearly two years, intern Leigh gets it done in his third week. We grappled with what the subject for this inaugural podcast should be, but when Renaldo Domino came by to sign a few contracts last week and talk about his upcoming gig at the Brooklyn Soul Festival it was settled.
Give it a listen:
We’re hoping to make this a monthly thing, but don’t hold us to it. In the meanwhile, why don’t you buy tickets for this?
Right before we struck out on the Eccentric Soul Revue tour last falls, we got a call from our friends at Luaka Bop asking if Renaldo Domino would be interested in laying his sugary falsetto over a Javelin track for inclusion on their debut for the label. So he did.
The results are mixed. Renaldo spares no energy, but the track isn’t really right for his singing style. Ultimately “Let’s Get Down” was left on the cutting room floor. Perhaps it’ll be released some day on a Javelin rarities collection, but don’t hold your breath.
So today we give you a gift, dear reader. The gift of 100 downloads, first come, first served.
In the wake of Stormy’s unfortunate passing last week, Ben Poster has put together a little short of his last interview he did with us back in May 2009.