Sade blessing us with new release?

Update (2-10-2010): For all Sade news click here.

Sade

Good morning. This is has been on my mind. Last Friday Soulbounce broke news of a letter from Maxwell to his fans. In this letter he asks his fans to buy Prince’s upcoming three album set, that’s being released March 29th @ Target. Also he mentions to buy Sade’s upcoming album. Before this, there wasn’t a mention or even a whisper about a new album. Now for the info.

  • There have been reports that Sony Music has confirmed this upcoming album, but there hasn’t been any links provided.
  • On January 16th, Sade turned 50!!!!! I can’t even picture this woman with a single gray hair or wrinkle. She just exudes a timeless beauty.
  • It has been 25 years since her debut album, Smooth Operator. I was 12 when I fell in love with her music.
  • Sade’s last release was Lovers Rock in 2000. So it will be 9 years between albums.
  • Even though she hasn’t released an album recently, her band started a group called Sweetback, and has two albums out.

In the past 25 years, Sade has made such an impact on Soul & R&B music.  You couldn’t listen to a”Quite Storm” session on the radio without hearing at least one song from her.  When you were setting the mood, in the 80’s you knew any one of her albums would seal the deal.  Even one of Prince’s upcoming album is going after that Sade sound.  Prince said, “We got sick of waiting for Sade to make a new album,” adding, “This music is nasty, but it’s not dirty.”

Check back for more updates.  As soon as I hear it, I’ll post it up.  Thanks.

Memphis music lovers have more days to enjoy

Taste Of Thursdays
Taste Of Thursdays

Being kind of new to Memphis, it has been hard for us (wifey and myself) to find some places to really enjoy music. Hard to believe, that can happen in the City Of Memphis. We have found two places recently, that are great examples of grown folk chill spots. They have the prerequisite of the great music, delicious food, and a full calendar of events. The first we tried was Soul Cafe, which Dave Hollister frequents, performs and hosts in some of the events. You can count on them to have a show every Friday, to help relieve the end of the week stress. The second place that really eximplifies the term “hole in the wall”, is Cafe Soul. Don’t let that turn you off. The outside of the building, doesn’t do any justice to the inside. With the stage in the center, it really makes for an enjoyable time. Will Graves & Soul are there the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. So, there are two great ways to spend your Friday and Saturday nights.

Now there will be two more days. Your Thursdays can now be filled with Taste Of Thursdays. It’s going to be a blend of Jazz, wine and Italian food. It starts March 19th, and will be every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. Then your easy Sunday’s can be made easier with Sax On Sunday. They’ll have various sub genre’s of Jazz, and also a poet on hand to drop a stanza or two. I haven’t been to either of these new events, but once I do, I’ll give the full report.

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The Dog Years… Not Your Father’s Comic

The Dog Years

Sorry for the long delay in posting, but I had some professional and personal projects that needed addressing. Most importantly my relaxation.  In my time off, I had the great pleasure of reading a web comic, by A. Roberts, called The Dog Years.  It’s well written, and illustrated in such away that adds more depth and personality to each character and the entire comic. So far there are five issues of the comic (waiting for issue #6 to drop), that details a events of Trey and Jalissa. They are a young Black couple that goes through the normal happenings of love, but their intentions get twisted by each others friends.  With each issue you are drawn in to the story of these two, and one aspect that I enjoy, is that their friend’s characters also get developed.  Also, since this is based on a young couple in today’s world, it can be a little grown in content sometimes, but it doesn’t do it just because it can.  That’s another sign of the good writing which is very hard to find in other comics in this genre.
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You’re going to enjoy each issue, and going to keep refreshing the site to see when the next issue is released.  While you’re on the site, check out the forums to interact with other fans of the comic.  Also if you are really a fan of the artwork, and appreciate having some of it in your home, they have various pieces for you to buy in “The Art Shop”. I’m eyeing the “B-Boxes” myself.  Reviewing a comic isn’t something that I had planned for this blog, but this comic is based on the environment that gives birth and meaning to the Soul music and food, that we so enjoy.  Stop by the site, grab a piece of cheese cake, and read the entire series.  You’ll come away with a greater appreciation for “grown folks comics”, and satisfied sweet tooth.  Enjoy.

Work in Progress

As you may have noticed that, there are some changes going on with the layout. Please excuse the blog while I try to improve it. Plus being in the country with no reliable Internet also hurts my work on the blog. This post was types on my iPhone via the Edge network. Sad I know.

Sabrina Starke Releases new single/video “Foolish”

Today one of the Dutch producers of Sabrina Starke’s debut album “Yellow Brick Road”, mentioned that she has released a new single from the album, and the video is available on YouTube.  Thanks Edo. Continue reading “Sabrina Starke Releases new single/video “Foolish”” »

Half Healthy, but Full Of Flavor

Complete meal with pork chop, squash & zucchini and side salad

This meal was a spur of the moment choice.  I was at the grocery store, and couldn’t think of what to cook for dinner.  I wanted something mostly healthy, but had a taste for fried pork chops.  I knew I could pull together a salad with no problem, but what about a 2nd veggie?  I chose yellow squash and zucchini.  It’s easy to make, and doesn’t take too much prep work.  Let’s get started. Continue reading “Half Healthy, but Full Of Flavor” »

Dave Hollister & Friends concert in Memphis

I’ve been complaining about there is never a good Soul concert in my area. Today I finally learned of a concert at Soul Cafe in Memphis, TN. Dave Hollister is headlining with seven other good artists. The other artists Joyce McKinney, Shontelle Norman, Terreigh Barnett, David Gillard, Devin Crutcher, Fletcher, and Will Graves. It’s tomorrow December 20th at 8pm and 10pm. There is hope for 2009.


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Artist Spotlight: Sabrina Starke


Sabrina Starke is a Dutch Soul artist from Rotterdam, Netherlands. She started making her moves into the industry when she joined a Raggae band. In 2005 she decided to move on with her solo career. She has a very unique mixture of Jazz, Soul, R&B and a dash of Folk. She recently recorded her debut album “Yellow Brick Road” in California with Dutch producers, Chris Kooreman and Edo Plasschaert. The album was released in the Netherlands October 1st. Her first single “Do for Love” was an instant hit in the Netherlands. Listening to the album, I see vivid and also subdued flashes of various styles. This defeintly doesn’t have the sound of a debut album. It has a very cohesive feel, that is also polished, but not overtly.

 
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Artist Spotlight: Inobe


One thing that I love about this genre of music is the depth of the artists. With each note, song and album they reveal so much of themselves to the world. That takes courage, and confidence. The reason I say all this, is Inobe (her name Eboni backwards), is a perfect example. She has a very real and tangible personality that comes through her music. I hate to try to describe artists, because they all are unique, but Inobe exudes a simple organic passion for music. You are not going to get complicated songs that are over produced. What you do get is a relaxed melody with a firm soothing voice. She currently has two albums, “I Am Inobe” released in 2003, and “Spiritual Soul” released in 2006. Sample her music below, and take some time to Get To Know Inobe. Enjoy. Continue reading “Artist Spotlight: Inobe” »

Kickin’ Chicken Breasts

Last night I had plans to try out our new Emeril’s Grill & Panini maker on my chicken breast seasoning recipe. After taking it out the box, and assembling it, I had the urge to use the normal charcoal grill. So, I’ll have to review the Emeril Grill later in the week. My aim with bringing simple, but great recipes, is to show people that wonderfully flavorful food can be prepared and cooked in a short amount of time. Anyway, on to the recipe. Continue reading “Kickin’ Chicken Breasts” »

Just In Time, Chicken Tortellini Soup

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Good afternoon. I’m posting this recipe just in time for a friend that is under the weather. This is a great savory soup, that will warm those chilled bones after being out Christmas shopping. It is very easy to create, since you are just putting all the ingredients, bringing to a boil, then simmering. This can be used as a good base soup, that you can add and remove items as you please. I have made some changes to cut done on time, preparation, and importantly cost. Let’s begin, and as always please let me know your feedback with this recipe. Continue reading “Just In Time, Chicken Tortellini Soup” »

A Farmers Market, the Perfect Cooking Inspiration

Ever sometimes lose that cooking spirit, and don’t know how to get it back?  I have found the cure for that aliment.  Find yourself a local farmers market, tour for one hour.  In Memphis, TN there is a great one on Winchester.  It is very large, and has been here for years.  Wall to wall it contains Indian, Asian and Hispanic food items, that normally can only be found certain countries.  It is filled with exotic fruit, unique vegetables, live fish, and huge variety of foreign foods.  Once you arrive, inside the store you are given a feast of greenery.  They have regular and Pineapple sugar cane for $2.49.  Next to the sugarcane, is potted herbs for $2.00.  To think how fresh and vibrant those herbs will taste, just sends my mind racing at the cooking possibilities.   Continue reading “A Farmers Market, the Perfect Cooking Inspiration” »

Secret Ingredient Cheesecake Recipe

     Here is my famous secret ingredient cheese cake.  I have perfected this through the years, and I even used to sell these in NJ.  It’s a very simple cheese cake that you have to bake.  It’s just simple four ingredients.  You can put the mix in a 9″ graham crust pie pan, made by Nabisco or a off brand.  The off brand actually tastes better, in my tests for some reason.  Or you can make your own crust with, butter, brown sugar and crushed graham crackers.  You can also put the batter in mini graham pie pans.  They hold one heaping table spoon of mix each.  The mini graham cracker pie shells, are great for parties and other events.  It allows you to really plan how many much you need to make.   Continue reading “Secret Ingredient Cheesecake Recipe” »

Updating and Real Life

Good evening people.  Been busy with life and trying understand this blogging thing.  It’s not easy trying to work 10 to 14 hours sometimes, in the casino industry.  The blogging that doesn’t generate income (yet), gets pushed to the side.  Now with my new available time, I’m able to work on this blog a bit more.  A new goal of mine is to generate about $3,000 a month income.  Looking at a few possibilities. Anyway, back to the food.  Shortly I am putting my famous Secret Ingredient Cheesecake, out for everyone to sample.  If you try it, please let us hear how it worked out for you.  Thanks.