Thursday, July 9, 2009

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound

So far this year, maybe the coolest thing I've heard and seen is JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. Hailing from Chicago, JBUS is making the most joyful sound ever, timeless tunes that fit in with Otis Redding, James Brown, Sam Cooke, and maybe a few other soul legends. Download here, comment below to tell me who you think it sounds like. For self-proclaimed influences, the band lists not only James Brown and the Stax, Motown, Atlantic, and Chess labels, but also The Clash, Iggy and the Stooges, Bad Brains, Lenny Bruce, and the SST and Dischord labels.

I first saw/heard JC Brooks and the Uptown sound with this video. I love how JC introduces their cover of Wilco's I Am Trying to Break Your Heart by saying that it's a song "by our favourite Chicago soul singer" - Jeff Tweedy should be happy about that, don't you think?

Her's the video for Baltimore is the New Brooklyn. Looks like the '70s can come back in a good way, doesn't it?

Buy the album Beat of Our Own Drum or listen to samples here.

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