Friday, November 14, 2014

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings Help Kick the New Holiday Season Off in Style

Yesterday's post included a passing reference to Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, the awesome Brooklyn-based band that's attracted considerable attention in recent years for its enthusiastic celebration of the classic soul/funk sound of the 1960s and '70s. Their 2009 release "Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects" is one of only three tracks I used twice on two separate holiday mixes (Here Comes Santa Claus and Christmas Is Cancelled This Year), and since the others are by Wing and William Hung, I'm not sure they should really count. Well, yesterday's mention led me to do poke around a bit to see what the group has been up to lately, and I was thrilled to discover that they've recently released their own version of the Bing Crosby classic "White Christmas" a raving send-up that has little in common with the plodding and sentimental original we all know so well. The folks at Cole Haan are promoting the song as part of their holiday campaign, so we're likely to be hearing bits and pieces of it as the season moves along. But there's nothing like seeing and hearing a great song from start to finish, so ladies and gentlemen:  Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings:

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