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116 Days of Summer Guests: Xotic Yeyo

Why Lookin’ Cool Requires a Mirror
By Xotic Yeyo

Prince and his characters, Morris Day and the Time are cool—
they know how to spell it; “C-O-O-L.” With a lot of purple and indigo influences Stu Sauce thinks the lyrics he writes for Xotic Yeyo are cool. However, his sense of clothing style is laughed off by his band mates. It was in 2016 at a DADA show he was gifted a couple of shirts by his friend Ecstasy making him aware that his current style needed a quick fix. A few gold splattered shirts have become a staple in what makes Stu Sauce a funky fool on the stage. His more fashion-minded band-mates, Cody Orange and Rod Reiter have since kept Stu Sauce from further looking like a clown that gets dressed by a vomiting closet.

True Story:

“Bro, you are going to wear this shirt in our Music video!”—Rod Reiter
                *Stu puts on shirt for music video*
                “Hey Stu, you know that shirt reminds me of a Stevie wonder album: Songs in the Key of Life”—Cody Orange
                *googles album with resignation*— Stu Sauce

Much in this way it was decided that Stu Sauce had to exclusively wear the gold splattered Kanye-West-looking shirts. They make our front-man into a Super-Hero—Captain Xotic—Mr. Yeyo. He took on a plethora of nick-names by all the sound-guys, but his favorite is Mr. Yeyo.

                Xotic Yeyo has a high standard of entertainment value, and looking the part really lets people listen with their eyes. The Xotic Yeyo experience should be second only to an uber-frugal Disney.  The image doesn’t stop at how Stu Sauce is looking on stage, but the atmosphere the band delivers. By bringing our own lights to the party, we do everything possible to make the party come to life. This has not only helped us as an original band get gigs, but repeat gigs from many of the venues. They know we take our roles as entertainers of an audience very serious. Selling an experience is what a live band has to do. 

                If we could make you taste our funk, we would do that too.

(Xotic Yeyo is a funky pop trio from Miami Florida that cook up dancy groove-songs consisting—The band is made up of Cody Orange on drums, Stu Sauce on Guitar and Lead Vocals, and Rod Reiter on Bass guitar and Backup Vocals)

Xotic Yeyo on Spotify
Xotic Yeyo on Instagram
Xotic Yeyo website


Sleep Deprived Music Spotlight: LTrain

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When I was looking for funk bands for Funktober, my friend, J, recommended LTrain. I guess I was waiting on something for five months before writing this post. Who knows what ?! 

LTrain is a funk rock band from Queens who started out as subway buskers. They must have done alright because they’ve done an album and recorded a few videos. 

So before we have to wait any longer on the LTrain, here’s music and videos for your listening enjoyment. 

Queens of Funk: Brides of Funkenstein

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Today’s history of Funk lesson is about the Brides of Funkenstein – Dawn Silva and Lynn Mabry. Silva and Mabry were backup singers for Sly and the Family Stone before joining the P-Funk family.  George Clinton named the band to go along with his Dr. Funkenstein character. I guess you could say their marriage was drenched in funk.

Brides of Funkenstein were the opening act for P-Funk, as well as the backing vocals for P-Funk. They recorded three albums but only two were released. In the absence of Silva, their second album, Never Buy Texas From a Cowboy, recorded with Sheila Horne and Jeannette McGruder. It was probably their most popular album. It should be – it brings the funk.

 

 

 

Brides of Funkenstein on Spotify

Brides of Funkenstein on Facebook

Queens of Funk: Mavis Staples

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Artwork by Jude Kane/ Freakoutville; © Copyright Jude Kane

 

Mavis Staples can do what she wants. She wanted to sing and there’s almost no one better.  She’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Staples has also been a Kennedy Center Honoree.

She’s still singing and writing music. Her newest album, If All I Was Was Black, was released last year. This year, she collaborated with Hozier on “Nina Cried Power.” God willing, she will always want to sing.

Bob Dylan proposed to her but I guess she didn’t want to get married so she didn’t.

 

 

Mavis Staples website

Freakoutville on Facebook

Interview with . . . no mad

no mad, not nomad – that’s a different band, is a funk-rock band from London. So it’s funk-rock but fancier.

They agreed to do this interview. Then I forgot everything – like to think of questions and then where their email was. Did I send them already? Did I imagine the whole interaction? No, apparently I’m just super forgetful lately.

Before I forget to tell you, please check out the interview and the links to no mad’s music.

Thanks for your patience!

 

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Where was your first show?

One of our first shows was at Café1001 in Brick Lane. The drummer at the time was temping and wanted to stand in the room for soundcheck while asking someone to hit the drums for him. Our lead singer, the Allien, started drumming and everyone went: wow! this guys can drum! So the “A” has been drumming-singing ever since! All because of that soundcheck at Café1001 !

 

How far is the farthest that you’ve traveled from home?

Mmmm …. Australia? That’s pretty far, right?

Do you prefer loud or funky?

Our genre is funk-rock. So we prefer loud AND funky!

Who is the funkiest band?

We’d like to say the no mad, but seriously, it would be a blend between Cage the Elephant, Jamiroquai, Lenny Kravitz, and Wolf Alice. Something like a flying giraffe with a rhino head …

Do you guys celebrate Halloween?

Of course, we do. We go around houses asking for sweets (NOT).

Have you ever worked or stayed anywhere that was haunted?

Yes at home. One of us lives in a house where the ghost of his great grandma goes up and down the stairs most nights. It’s just a question of getting used to it.

Would you ever go back in time to change anything?

Sure, if we could! We think there are so many things that a wrong about society and right now. Too much inequality, too much violence, not enough love. If we could, we’d avoid a vote on Brexit, it’s been too divisive. We’d make music and art compulsory at school to everyone because artists don’t start wars. And we’d make sure elephants are born without tusks so nobody kills the for ivory.

What do you want people to know about no mad?

We’re very excited about our 10-track album titled Motions in Black which is getting amazing spontaneous reviews and can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, and most other streaming apps. One of our videos has just been prized and we’re proud of playing this Friday 19 Oct at Spice of Life in Soho. Check out the latest news, music and video on nomadtheband.net – Thanks for your support! Cheers!

 

https://nomadtheband.net/

no mad on Facebook

Bring the Funk Music Review: Wolfmother

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This is a non-review review. Obviously. There weren’t even any words until a few seconds ago.

Wolfmother is a noisy band with some elements of funk. Go listen to them. Just go.

Wolfmother website

Wolfmother on Spotify

Bring the Funk Review: West End Blend

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West End Blend came out with a new album this month but I haven’t heard it yet. If it’s anything like their last album, Attitude, then it’s probably super awesome with lots of funk.

This is going to be a short blurb. All I want to say is that West End Blend brings the funk. I’ve included links to their music so please visit.

I would never tell you to listen to a band that isn’t worthy.

 

 

 

West End Blend website

West End Blend on Spotify

Bring the Funk Review: Land of Panda

Land of Panda is an Indie Rock band from Akron, Ohio. They play a mix of jazz, psychedelic rock and reggae. It sounds like funk to me.

They released an EP in 2018 called The Funk. My favorite song on the EP is “Never Let Me Down.” So far Land of Panda hasn’t let me down.

What else can I say? Check out their music and decide for yourself. Happy Funktober!

 

 

The Funk on Spotify

Old School Funk: Sly and the Family Stone

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Sly and the Family Stone were super talented musicians. Unfortunately, Sly was not a great businessman. The word is also that he did a lot of drugs back then which probably impaired his judgment.  I read somewhere that he carried his drugs in a violin case. (That is a genius idea- illegal or not.)

I don’t think the band stayed together for as long as they would have under normal circumstances. But what is normal in show business? It’s too bad that they didn’t have a super talented lawyer and a rock star accountant that they could trust.

Sly and the Family Stone left an impression.  At the end of the day, they are still in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

Queens of Funk: Millie Jackson

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Millie Jackson is sassy. Sassy may be an understatement. If you hear her music, you will not forget who she is.

Her career began when someone dared her to enter a talent contest. She won the contest and the bet.

I didn’t know who Millie Jackson was before this year. I had heard one of her songs but I thought it was Gladys Knight. Their voices are so similar.

Jackson’s songs are funnier and naughtier than Knight’s. She is funnier than most people.

She’s not one to be ignored or pushed aside. Jackson started her own record company and had her own radio show for many years.

Weird Wreckuds website

Millie Jackson on Spotify