don't you tell me how i feel.

daptone 4 life by v
January 28, 2011, 1:43 pm
Filed under: melancholy shit, New music, New Shit That Sounds Old, Shit I love, Shows


On Tuesday evening I had the great pleasure of seeing Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band live at Southpaw in Brooklyn. This was the record release party for No Time For Dreaming, Bradley’s first album on Dunham records. Let me first just say — unfrickinbelievable.

But then, I expected nothing less from members of the Daptone Family, who I recognize on this blog regularly. These people are professionals — over the past year, I’ve seen most of their acts, and it has never, never been less than amazing.

the man

On to the show. Soul singer Bradley is clearly a wounded man. Read his bio here for the full sob story, but suffice it to say it involved decades as a cook in a mental institution and the murder of his brother (not by him).

love. and redeye

Given all that, it’s unsurprising that the audience’s adulation brought him close to tears. C-Brad made grateful gestures throughout the show, blowing kisses, bowing, and crossing himself. All of his between-song banter was about love: sharing it, appreciating it, etc., and his face has this amazing look of permanent anguish. The entire show was an unmitigated gush of emotion…and that’s all to say nothing of his voice. IT IS THE RASP OF HARDSHIP.


Bradley was backed by the brass-heavy Menahan Street Band, who collaborated with him on No Time For Dreaming. The album repurposes several songs from Menahan’s 2008 LP, Make the Road By Walking, but the addition of Bradley’s vocals is a welcome new dimension.


When Bradley left the stage after the encore, Menahan trumpet player Dave Guy urged the audience to “Give it up for CHARLES BRADLEY. CHARLES BRADLEY. CHARLES BRADLEY.” As in, bitches, you better respect. Do you understand what you have just seen.

For real.


Also, shirt supreme!

Listen to some of the CB record here. If you haven’t heard it yet, it’s about damn time.


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100% right on.

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