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T BIRD & THE BREAKS: Never Get Out Of This Funk Alive (2011) – Album review

Rating: ★★★★★
Proper funk – where you been you hussy? Mainly hiding out round at T Bird’s place seems to be the answer on the strength of Never Get Out Of This Funk Alive. This is the second full length album from Texan heavy funk and soul outfit T Bird & The Breaks and giant middle finger to all that jazzy noodling that’s been coming out of the contemporary funk scene
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T BIRD & THE BREAKS: Monkey In The Trees – 2010 – Single review

Rating: ★★★★★

Back in the 1950s there was none of that ‘throw a couple of singles and twelve slices of filler together and call it an LP business.’ The single was king. Now, thanks to the internet and downloading, the star of the single is waxing again. Of course, if you’re just going to put singles out they can’t be any old shit that got crapped out to fill ‘album obligation contracts’ – no – you’re going to have to work hard. Presumably not feeling challenged enough by these circumstances, Texan funk band T Bird & The Breaks are now in the fourth month of their ‘release a single a month’ campaign and nothing they’ve dropped has even the remotest sniff of ‘filler’ about it. Frankly, it’s starting to look like showing off. “I wanna climb all over your loving baby/ Just like a monkey, in the trees,” sings gravel-voiced frontman Tim Crane on the low-slung funky blues of A-side Monkey In The Trees. You can’t get away with lyrics like that any more. Except they can and do. Plus there’s there’s frantic B-side Shackles & Chains which accelerates the bpms and goes a bit more Dyke & The Blazers on the horns. Chek!

Listen to T Bird & The Breaks – Monkey In The Trees

T Bird & The Breaks – Myspace

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T BIRD & THE BREAKS: The Piano Joint – 2010 – Single review

Rating: ★★★★★

The band with more members than there are people in the state of Texas continues an ongoing campaign to deliver one slice of funk every month. It’s a turnaround time which, on the evidence of these drops, doesn’t seem to be causing them any creative problems at all. Indeed – this is the best one yet. Lest the name itself fail to provide a sizeable hint as to what you’re likely to hear, let me describe The Piano Joint simply as a gospel-tinged groove that provides a pleasing counterpoint to singer Tim Crane’s raspy vocals over a rather sizeable breakbeat that wishes it was around 20 years ago so that Eric B could have sampled it. Oh yeah – and it’s got a piano on it. If that isn’t enough for you – and god knows it should be – you’ve got B side Mr Rockwell which recalls early G Love & Special Sauce only with more groove. Have that!

Listen to T-Bird & The Breaks – Piano Joint b/w Mr Rockwell

T – Bird & The Breaks – Myspace

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MONKEYBOXING ARCHIVE A-Z – 2006-2008

This is an A-Z search for reviews, news, interviews written on the Monkeyboxing Empire blog from 2006-2008:

N.B. Artists are listed by alphabet as follows: Ben Harper under ‘B’ not ‘H’, DJ Yoda under ‘D’ not ‘Y’ though words like ‘the’ are ignored so ‘The Black Spots’ are under ‘B’. Also – Compilation LPs are included in the list, by the first letter in the title e.g. Let’s Boogaloo Vol. 3 will be found under ‘L’. ‘Lifestyle’ products are listed alphabetically by the first letter of the brand name e.g. ‘P’ for Puma: Scott Bourne kicks.
Abdominal – Pedal Pusher – 2007 – SINGLE
Abdominal – Escape From The Pigeonhole – 2007 – LP
ADIDAS SKATE SUPERSTAR – NEWS – Autumn (Fall)/ Winter 2008
Afrophysics – The AP EP: Truthsayers – 2007 – EP
Aim – Birchwood EP – 2008 – EP
All Natural – Elements Fire – 2008 – LP
Andy Smith – Diggin In The BGP Vaults – 2008 – LP
Atmosphere – NEWS – Free LP download
Atmosphere – NEWS – New album When LIfe Gives You Lemons… released in April 2008
Atmosphere – NEWS – Shoulda Known single free download
Atmosphere – Shoulda Known – 2008 – SINGLE
Atmosphere – NEWS – UK tour w. Brother Ali – 2008
Atmosphere/ BrotherAli/ Kidz In The Hall LIVE: Bristol Thekla- 2008
Atmosphere – NEWS – Tag It Gold!
Audioslave – Revelations – 2006 – LP
Ayatollah – Drum Machine LP release
Baby Charles – Hard Man To Please/ Jackson Fingers – 2008 – SINGLE
The Bamboos – Rawville – 2007 – LP
The Bamboos – Bring It Home – 2007 – SINGLE
The Bamboos – King Of The Rodeo – 2007 – SINGLE
The Beastie Boys – The Mix Up – 2007 – LP
Beck – Timebomb – 2007 – SINGLE
Beck – Modern Guilt – 2008 – LP
Ben Harper – Both Sides of the Gun – 2006 – LP
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Lifeline – 2007 – LP
Big Boss Man – NEWS – New album due in 2008
The Black Keys – Just Got To Be/ Black Door – 2007 – SINGLE
The Black Keys – Strange Times – 2008 – SINGLE
The Black Keys – NEWS – New LP Attack & Release due April 08
The Black Keys – Attack & Release – 2008 – LP
The Black Keys – NEWS – I’m Glad download
The Black Keys – I Got Mine – 2008 – SINGLE
The Black Spots – Take A Sound – 2006 – 12″ SINGLE
Black Milk – Popular Demand – 2007 – LP
Bombs – A Fifth Of Cool J – 2007 – EP
Breakestra – Lowdown Stank/ MIss Funky Sole – 2008 – SINGLE
Cage The Elephant – Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked – 2008 – SINGLE
Camp Lo – Black Hollywood – 2007 – LP
The Chemical Brothers feat. Fatlip – The Salmon Dance – 2007 – SINGLE
Chris Cornell – Carry On – 2007 – LP
Color Climax – You Got What You Wanted – 2008 – SINGLE
Common – Finding Forever – 2007 – LP
The Cool Kids – The Bake Sale – 2008 – EP
The Cool Kids – Delivery Man video/ Free downloads – 2008 – EP
Introducing CRACKHOUSE RECORDINGS
Cut Chemist – The Audience is Rural – 2006 – LP
DangerDoom – The Mouse and the Mask – 2006 – LP
Del The Funky Homosapien – Eleventh Hour – 2008 – LP
Del The Funky Homosapien – Leak Pack Volume 1 Free download – 2008
Diamond D – Stunts, Blunts and Hip-hop – 2006 – LP
Diplomats Of Solid Sound feat. Diplomettes – Plenty Nasty – 2008 – LP
DJ Babu – New album release – Duck Season
DJ Design – Jetlag LP – Free download
DJ Shadow – The Outsider – 2006 – LP
DJ Shadow – This Time (I’m Going To Try It My Way) – 2007 – SINGLE
DJ Yoda – Wheels – 2006 – SINGLE
Donovan Frankenreiter – Move By Yourself – 2006 – LP
Duffy – Mercy – 2008 – SINGLE
Dyke And The Blazers – We Got More Soul – 2007 – LP
ETNIES – Ollie King – NEWS – 2008
Fakts One – NEWS – Long Range LP release
Flying Saucer Rock & Roll – Richard Blandford – 2008 – Novel review
Folkdevils – 2006 – EP
Foreign Legion – NEWS – New LP due Mar. 08
Foreign Legion – Interview/ news update/ Secret Knock EP/ LP and bye bye Design
Foreign Legion – The Secret Knock EP – EP review
Foreign Legion – NEWS – Night Moves LP announced
Foreign Legion – NEWS – Night Moves LP update + free EP download + Prozack Turner video interview
45 King/ 4th Pyramid/ Wale/ Pase Rock – Free download
Freestyle Professors – Luv U video
Funky Forty Fives – Vols. 8/11/12 review
Galactic – From The Corner To The Block – 2007 – LP
G Love – G Love’s Lemonade – 2006 – LP
G Love – Peace, Love & Happiness – 2008 – SINGLE
G Love – Superhero Brother – 2008 – LP
G Love – NEWS New LP Superhero Brother set for 2008
The Go! Team – The Wrath Of Marcie – 2007 – SINGLE
Gnarls Barkley – NEWS – Listen to new track RUN
Gnarls Barkley – Going On – 2008 – SINGLE
The Gutter Twins – NEWS – Free download
The Hawk – INTERVIEW
Hieroglyphics – Over Time – 2007 – LP
Honey Cone – Sunday Morning People – 2007 – SINGLE
Isaac Hayes R.I.P.
Jake One – Press release – White Van Music LP release
Jedi Mind Tricks – Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell – 2006 – LP
Jurassic 5 – Feedback Tour – Bristol Academy – 26 September 2006
Jurassic 5 – Feedback – 2006 – LP
Kamikazi Airlines record label – introducing…
Keith Christmas – Light of the Dawn – 2006 – LP
Keith Christmas – Litton Old Down Acoustic Club – 6 December 2006
Kid Acne – Romance Ain’t Dead – 2007 – LP
Press Release – Kidz In The Hall – Love Hangover video
News: The Knux – Remind Me In 3 Days album sampler
Let’s Boogaloo Vol.3 (compilation) – 2006 – LP
Let’s Boogaloo Vol.4 (compilation) – 2007 – LP
Lily Allen – Alright Still – 2006 – LP
Lily Allen – Littlest Things – 2006 – SINGLE
Little Barrie – Live at Bristol Thekla – Feb 24 2007
Little Barrie – Pin That Badge – 2006 – EP
Little Barrie – Stand Your Ground – 2007 – LP
Main Flow & 7L – Flow Season – 2006 – LP
Mark Ronson – Toxic – 2007 – SINGLE
Mark Ronson – Stop Me – 2007 – SINGLE
Mark Ronson – Oh My God – 2007 – SINGLE
Mark Ronson – Valerie – 2007 – SINGLE
Mark Ronson – Version – 2007 – LP
NEWS: Master Shortie – Dead End Single
Memory Man feat. Kool Keith – The Kool Keith Show – 2007 – SINGLE
The Metros & Toddla T feat. Metronom – Free download
News: The Mighty Underdogs – Free Downloads/ Dropping Science LP
Monster Maker (Sharkey & C-Rayz Walz) – Monster Maker – 2007 – LP
Mooqee – Rippin It Up / Polar Crunk – 2007 – PROMO SINGLE
Mos Def – True Magic / Tru3 Magic – 2006 – LP
Mr Christopher/ Rex Rey/ Von Hause – NEWS – Free download – 2008
Mr Lif – Mo Mega Tour – Bristol Thekla – 25 October 2006
Mr Lif – Mo Mega – 2006 – LP
Nas – Hip-Hop Is Dead – 2007 – SINGLE
The New Mastersounds – Plug & Play – 2008 – ALBUM
New Orleans Funk & Soul Vol. 2 – 2008 – LP
Nice Up – Skankin In Teh Way/ Jah Wish – 2008 – SINGLE
Nice Up – Blud & MIA/ Witness The Flava – 2008 – SINGLE
The Nouvellas – NEWS – Debut album and single due in 2008
The Nouvellas – NEWS – Listen to live tracks
The Nouvellas – Satisfied – 2008 – SINGLE
Parker – Western Soul – 2008 – SINGLE
Parker – To Eternity – 2008 – LP
Parker – Western Soul – 2008 – LP
Pendulum – Propane Nightmares – 2008 – SINGLE
Pendulum – Live: Carling Academy – 2008
Pharoahe Monch – Desire – 2007 – LP
Pharoahe Monch – Body Baby – 2007 – SINGLE
Pharoahe Monch – Push – 2006 – SINGLE
PUMA Skate – NEWS – Scott Bourne Kicks
Ralph Rip Shit – The Best Name – 2006 – EP (only title track reviewed)
Random Era – The Searching Years EP – 2007 – EP
Random Era – The Searching Years – 2007 – LP
Random Era – Interview – 2007
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium – 2006 – LP
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Desecration Smile – 2007 – SINGLE
Rex Rey – The Raw Deal Vol. 1 – 2008 – LP
RJD2 – The Third Hand – 2007 – LP
Rup – Rup On Zebra – 2007 – LP
Sadat X – The Okie Doke/ Theatrics- 2008 – SINGLE
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights – 2007 – LP
The Snugs – Strugglin’ – 2007 – SINGLE
The Snugs – Trying – 2008 – SINGLE
Sir Beans OBE – Miles From Home – 2006 – EP
Sister Funk 2 – (compilation) – 2007 – LP
Sober & Dribbla – Broken Plan – 2006 – EP
Sober & Dribbla – Freaks Speak Dark – 2008 – LP
Sober & Dribbla – Interview
Stoned Soul Picnic – Erotic Cakes – 2006 – LP
Stoned Soul Picnic – One Dollar Hotel Parts (1 & 2) – 2007 – 7″ SINGLE
The Sweet Divines – NEWS – Introducing the…
T Bird & The Breaks – NEWS – Introducing the…
Tame One – NEWS – Da Old Jersey Bastard LP June release
Ugly Duckling – Bang for the Buck – 2006 – LP
Ugly Duckling – NEWS – New album due 2008
Ugly Duckling – NEWS – announce new LP Audacity
Vast Aire – NEWS – Deuces Wild LP & Tracklist.
Vast Aire – Dueces Wild – 2008 – LP
Vordul Mega – Megagraphitti – 2008 – LP
The White Stripes – Icky Thump – 2007 – SINGLE
Wolfmother – Wolfmother – 2006 – LP
Wolfmother – The Joker and the Thief – 2006 – SINGLE
Wu Tang Clan – The Heart Gently Weeps – 2008 – SINGLE

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