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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: What’s New is Old Again

Perhaps the most fun thing about editing The Daily Music Break is running into music that I’ve never heard before. It’s all over the map. Some is new, some is old. Sharon Jones and the Dap Tones is both.

It is simply a fabulous band. The Wikipedia entry sums up the goal–and the approach:

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are an American funk/soul band signed to Daptone Records. They are spearheads of a revivalist movement that aims to capture the essence of funk/soul music as it was at its height in the mid-1960s to mid-1970s. Part of the way this is achieved is to shun modern digital recording methods in favour of using traditional analog recording equipment.

That actual could be the next best thing in television: Programs where people who have risen to the heights doing things using computer-driven technology try to create their products the old way. How would the Pixar or DreamWorks folks fare if they had to ditch the CGI and create animations the way in which Fleischer Studios created Popeye or Warner Brothers created Bugs Bunny? Maybe they would do just fine. Maybe not.

Above is “Stranger to My Happiness” and below is “I Learned the Hard Way.”

Here are the Wikipedia and the AllMusic entries on Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.

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TDMB has focused on music and musicians. We will continue to do that, of course. We're also expanding our coverage to include vinyl and analog equipment.

More specifically, we'll look at this huge and interesting world from the perspective of music lovers who want a better experience, not committed non-audiophiles.

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-- Assessing the Value of Vinyl Records: An Overview

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