KUSP’s curated library has been growing of over 40 years. It’s one of the physical aspects that is often taken for granted.
The library occupies floor to ceiling walls in two large spaces. Additionally, many of the 30 volunteer+ (veteran) programmers haul in their own collections to draw from weekly. Nor does it account for the growing digital music library.
When KUSP plays ‘Sharpness’ by Jamie Woon, there’s a good chance the phone will ring. Local fans of Jamie Woon are making their voices heard. The 2015 album ‘Celebration’ was a big step for Woon in clarifying his sound. His 2011 release ‘Mirrorwriting’ demonstrated of a simlar sparseness but with a thicker, more ‘soupy’ consistency – which is also enjoyable. His overall sound can be compared to fellow British recording artist James Blake, but with added instrumentation.
The new book Woody Guthrie L.A. 1937-1941 includes an essay that revisits Guthrie’s racial views. When he was Growing up, Guthrie’s family was closely associated with the Democratic Party in Oklahoma at a time when the Democrats were closely associated with the KKK. The essay argues Guthrie developed his sense of racial justice during his years in Los Angeles.
A new book makes the firm argument that Woody Guthrie’s development into a political folk singer and indeed the connection between folk singing and politics began well before Guthrie settled in New York. The collection of essays focuses on Guthrie’s artistic development in Los Angeles in the years prior to World War Two.
On the cover of his latest recording, there’s British R&B singer James Hunter standing an urban rooftop with one heck of a grin. And with good reason. He just delivered the goods.
Look No further
Hold On! the new 4th album by the James Hunter 6 is destined to be classic. Now signed to Daptone Records, this is the exhilarating breakthrough Hunter’s been looking for. IF he isn’t currently the UK’s greatest soul singer, I don’t know who is. Look no further.
A one time bricklayer who became a background singer for Van Morrison in the 90’’s Hunter fell on hard times put his music career on hold, Hunter’s been slogging away for the last ten years, writing four album’s worth of original material and touring non stop trying to make his voice heard above the pretenders. Now on a new label and with Daptone Records producer Bosco Mann of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at the helm who recorded it live on 8 track tape totally in mono. This new set up has paid off well because Hunter and his longtime band sound totally recharged in the style of Ray Charles and Arthur Alexander right from the get go with “If That Don’t Tell You”.
Possessing a masterful voice, Hunter also wears his heart on his sleeve and he pours it out to a new love on “Satchel Foot” and the title song.
Hold On! by the James Hunter 6 is solid dynamite soul and the singers best album yet. You’ll have to hold on just listening to it. –Eric Berg