James Brown would have been 80 years old today, but who cares? What's worth remembering is not how many hits he had, how many millions he made and lost, or how many times he voted for Richard Nixon. No, when we talk about James Brown, we're talking about indisputably the single most important musici ... More >>
The truest part of a Charles Bradley performance doesn't happen onstage, where he falls to his knees, flings his arms from the microphone, blows kisses to the crowd, and pushes himself past the emotional brink, where words can't follow and a painful howling rises up instead. It's when he's off the s ... More >>
The year's coming to an end, but the impact of the storm is not. The New York State Labor Department reports a loss of 30,000 jobs in and around the city this November due to Hurricane Sandy.
James Brown, an economist for the Labor Department, told City Room that during the end-of-year holiday seas ... More >>
In 2010, YIMBY praised the debut 7" of noise-punk night terror Yvette, a "hard-edged, ultraviolent, spooktacular response to years of the fluttery squish of Animal Collective." They've finally returned with a follow-up, "Erosion" b/w "Cold Sweat" (out this week on the God Mode imprint of piglet-fuck ... More >>
There's a moment after the bridge to Musiq Soulchild's "So Beautiful" that the 33-year-old artist descends, in one phrase, from his effortless, flighty falsetto back into the baritone that made him famous more than 10 years ago. Last Tuesday night at the Highline Ballroom, he took a few steps ... More >>
We wouldn't want the accordion player to injure himselfPerhaps you were unaware that famed James Brown trombonist cohort Fred Wesley has recently been dallying in a "klezmer funk" band called Abraham Inc.; your unfamiliarity will last a little longer, alas, as their scheduled gig at Le Poisso ... More >>
Joan MarcusMillion Dollar Quartet has proven that by throwing together a low-budget show with actors imitating four music legends (in this case Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins), the tourists will come and you can make lots of cash while nabbing some acclaim and even a To ... More >>
Uh oh, people. The job market in New York City is officially perking up. Which means ... that old "nobody's hiring" excuse is just not going to fly. If you want to stay home and eat peanut butter and watch Law and Order all day, you better at least call yourself a "blogger" or something. Not ... More >>
Tartan Week finishes up with the Tartan Day Parade up 6th Avenue today, or take in the all-day J-Cation food festival at the Japan Society. Both days, New York Classical Theater presents traveling performances of Hamlet at the World Financial Center.
LaRhonda Pettit, biological daughter of the late soul singer James Brown, claimed today that her father's body was missing. It had been left in the care of Brown's legitimate daughter Deanna Brown Thomas after the singer's death in 2006, in preparation for its installation in an as-yet unfin ... More >>
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November 25, 1965, Vol. XI, No. 6
James Brown: Knocking 'Em Dead in Bed-Stuy
By Susan Brownmiller
An hour and a half before show time they queue up in front of the Brevoort. The posters are stuck up everywhere, in the bars, the lunch ... More >>
"Simply put, we woke up one morning in the late '60s, turned the whole world black--and then looked upon our creation and decided it was better than good; it was superbad." Go now. And start anticipating his James Brown book.
Joey DiStefano called our attention to this amazing video, which Fork in the Road has just watched at least eight times in a row. Yes, that's really James Brown getting excited about instant miso soup. Get up-a!