EVERY MONTH, WE’LL BE FEATURING A MIX OF SONGS FROM DJS, WHIPPED UP ESPECIALLY FOR POPSCURE
Her name is Dionna Edmondson, but you can call her Ella. Clubgoers in NYC know her as Ella Hu$$le, where she serves looks and spins jams any given weekend intertwining classic hip-hop hits seamlessly. If you can’t make it to the big apple for her set, catch her show “Hu$$le in the House” every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month on waxx.fm.
For this mix, she toughened up her love for R&B with rap tracks, creating a perfect blend of hard and soft. Throw this collection of remixes on at your next party for guaranteed grooves.
Walk It Like I Like (Talk It Edit) – Radical One
Oops – Mitchell Yard x Pasquinel
New Freezer (Dembow Remix) – Rich da Kid
Paper Planes (Remix) – Uki
Dude (Remix) – Beanie Man
Murder She Wrote – Chaka Demus
Bizzey (Kazkid remix) – Traag
Taste Riddim – Jamesy
Only You (Edit) – Ashanti
Ton – NA Horeyezon
Ride or Die – Joslyvio (Masquraid x Ravish edit)
Phone Down – Eryka Badu (Kingdom Edit)
Frontin (Edit) – Pasquinel
Shake (Remix) – Rilla Force
Interlude (Remix) – SDP
WYWD (Remix) – Girl Unit ft Kelela
Fin de Demand – Radical One
If you remember All That or The Adventures of Pete and Pete from your Nickelodeon-watching youth, then you’ve already seen Danny Tamberelli (aka Little Pete). If you watched The Magic School Bus or played Grand Theft Auto V, you know Danny Tamberelli’s voice. But have you heard Danny Tamberelli’s band, Jounce? Last Thursday, I called Danny while he was in Los Angeles before he headed home to New York, and subsequently to Connecticut, to kick off the Jounce tour.
Davey Jones: Introductory, obligatory redhead question: what’s your favorite kind of sunblock?
Danny Tamberelli: My favorite kind of sunblock is a cotton, long-sleeve flannel. I hate sunscreen. I don’t like to wear it, but just… walk around with long-sleeve shirts on, and jeans… and hats. But if I had to pick, I guess, Coppertone. *Laughs*
DJ: Obviously you know that I know that you know that you were on Pete and Pete… and All That… you’ve done a bunch of voice work, too. Magic School Bus and Grand Theft Auto V. If there was a video game or a cartoon that you could do the voice for, what would you like those to be?
DT: Oh… Get me on Big Mouth! That’s where I’d wanna be. I think I would fit right in. So, hopefully Nick Kroll will uh… watch… listen… read this famous article. Could you CC him on that when you send it out to me?
DJ: I’ll make sure to include that. *Laughs* I’ll send him a link from the website… If you could be a video game character?
DT: Well, if it was a Pete and Pete video game, then definitely Little Pete still. But if I could pick anything? If they reboot Earthworm Jim, I would be a good Earthworm Jim.
DJ: That makes me want an entire animated Earthworm Jim movie.
DT: I mean… let’s get it done, man. Do you know anybody?
DJ: Let me call up all the graphic artists that I know. We’ll see if we can do it.
DT: [Norfolk-based illustrator] Todd Webb. He can do it.
DJ: How did you guys start working with Todd?
DT: He listened to the podcast and asked if we wanted to do some… because initially we were doing one a month… he would just do a recap in nine frames… a little comic strip for us. So he solicited us and then we really loved his work. It has a really unique, cool style.
He’s done some t-shirts for us, some posters. Sometimes it works out like that. Most of the time it does. Honestly, Pete and Pete was such a weird, quirky, left-of-the-dial show that… people who enjoyed it were sort of that way. That’s sort of how I am and how I grew up.
Davey Jones: I talked to Danny and he said that you hit them up about drawing for the podcast by sending them comics that were recaps of the episodes.
Todd Webb: They posted they were starting a podcast on Twitter. I just fired off, “If you guys need art, let me know.” Then, the producer of the show got in touch with me: “How serious are you?” I said, “I’ll do it. I wasn’t joking.” I’m a little behind. It was weekly, now it’s monthly. from like 20 shows to now, all of a sudden, there’s like 60 shows. They’ve expanded the endeavor. There’s merch and stuff.
DJ: It’s the first podcast I’ve really listened to. It’s easier for me, because they talk about lots of stuff instead of sticking to one story for the whole hour.
TW: It’s funny because, years ago, I worked for Nickelodeon Magazine. I used to try to pitch them on doing a Pete and Pete comic since the show was over. Let’s get Chris and Will that created the show involved. Let’s have Nick Magazine continue it as comics. It never panned out, so it’s funny to me that, years later, I’m technically doing Pete and Pete comics, but with Danny and Mike.
DJ: The show had a lot of influence on you as a kid. Musically, what did you take from the show and the guests that were featured on it?
TW: I haven’t even told Danny this, but the effect that Pete and Pete had on my life is so insane, if I stop and look at it from a distance. Not just because I enjoyed the show, but musically where I ended up heading… that show introduced me to Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, The Apples in Stereo, Yo La Tengo, Polaris that did the theme song, which led me to Mark Mulcahy’s stuff. That was the first weird link. This was all pre-internet.
As a kid, I would try to find the songs that were on the show, because I liked them so much. A cereal box offered a Pete and Pete cassette tape as a mail away. That’s the only thing I ever mailed away for in my life from a cereal box. I lived in Connecticut when the internet came around, and I spent all my time on the internet looking up indie comics and indie music. I found out Mark Mulcahy was from Connecticut. He lived thirty minutes away from me. The first show I ever went to see was Mark Mulcahy performing solo in Manchester, CT. Stuff like that just kept happening.
DJ: I think the universe has a tendency to reflect what you’re projecting into it. Talk to me about your band, Seamonster, that’s opening for Jounce.
TW: For the show that’s coming up at Charlie’s, it seemed like all the other acts were full bands. So, I threw a band together for Seamonster, which is something I do once in a blue moon. It’s usually just me. I drafted my friends in Berries, which is an up and coming band in the Virginia Beach scene. I’ve known the main kid since he was like 9 years old. I used to joke with him and his brother that “I’ll raise you guys and one day you can be in Seamonster.” One of those self-fulfilling prophecies. The reason I asked them to back me on this show is we played a show together at Toast last year. They learned one of my songs on their own, Plastic Fangs, and asked me to jump on stage and sing it. We hadn’t rehearsed it at all. They did a really good job, so I asked them to help me out with this show at Charlie’s.
Speaking of venues, and Virginia Beach, I rounded out my interview with Danny (the day before) by asking him about Jounce’s favorite venues to play around the country…
DT: Oh, man. We used to play a bunch of weird places in Virginia Beach. There was a place right on the beach. In 2002, or 2005, we used to play Chick’s Beach Cafe. This is a good Virginia Beach story. It’s not Norfolk, but… it’s regional. There was a table in front of where we were playing with a group of people that were getting real drunk. Our guitar player makes real funny O-face… guitar faces… he gets really into it…
DJ: *Laughs* With his solos? Was he trying to make the weirdest faces possible?
DT: Honestly, I don’t think he realizes how much he does it. It just happens. It’s how much he cares about the music. So these people started making fun of him. They made a comment between the songs: “do you make those faces on purpose?” Being a general dick to him. He was real upset about it. And I saw that one of the guys had dropped his keys, right by where my pedals were. And I just kinda — sneakily — put my foot over his keys.
I grabbed them in the middle of the song, made it look like I bent down trying to fix my pedals. I grabbed his keys and stuck them in my pocket. So, at the end of the night, we’re packing up… they’re still there and they’re freaking out. They can’t find the keys. I took the keys from the guy who drove everybody there. *Laughs* They’re frantically looking for these keys, having a night, all yelling at each other. We pack up… and we leave… with his keys. The next day, we drove to Asbury Park in New Jersey and I threw them in a garbage can.
That’s what you get… that’s what you get… don’t fuck with the entertainment, because they have power, too. I’ve not told anybody that story in a long time. I totally forgot about that, too.
I arrived at the NorVa, welcomed by an empty stage just vacated by opener Meg Mack. From the floor to the VIP balcony, the joint was packed tight in anticipation for a rare sight. Within the past 20 years, D’Angelo had only released 3 albums and toured once for each. Anticipation was swirled with the feeling of fortune as the crowd waited for Michael Eugene Archer.
And wait they did, for over an hour. Most of the time was taken up preparing the myriad of instruments for his extensive and impressive back-up band, the Vanguard. The stage was littered with acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards & pianos, trumpets & saxophones, and a drumset with a custom spiral-cut cymbals. The rest of the time was spent building suspense, staring at a prepped stage that was ready to rock. While waiting, the crowd was graced with a soundtrack of beats by J. Dilla, an ode to the music legend and D’Angelo’s former collaborator.
Finally, the band emerged, immediately taking their places and beginning an extended intro of “Ain’t That Easy,” waiting for D’Angelo to join them. Loud cheers ignited the crowd when he casually walked on stage. He donned a large velvet hat, floor-length knit coat, and one wicked looking electric guitar – one of several glamorous outfit and guitar pairings of the night.
The opening track was one of several singles played from “Black Messiah,” D’Angelo’s critically acclaimed and highly anticipated album – his first in over 15 years. “Really Love” was introduced masterfully by guitarist Isaiah Sharkey, who stole the stage and romanced audiences with his flawless Spanish-style playing.
Before playing the album’s activism anthem “The Charade,” D’Angelo took a moment to ask everyone to raise a fist, dedicating the track to the lives lost in Charleston, SC the previous week. Lights illuminated as the hundreds of raised arms, which remained in the air & bumped to the beat as the band begin to play.
D’Angelo’s carefully curated back-up band added an exciting new dimension to the show. Dancer and back-up singer Kendra Foster illustrated the band’s melodies through movement in an artful yet playful way, sometimes stealing center stage from her right-hand corner. The band’s chemistry was a joy to spectate, skillfully milking songs with extended solos and seamlessly improvised jam sessions that lead one song into another.
The hardest, longest, and funkiest session of the night was during “Chicken Grease” from the encore. After countless minutes of wailing on guitars and horns, the band exited the stage and half of the audience left. Those who stayed noticed the house lights had not yet illuminated, indicating the jamming was not done.
Sure enough, D’Angelo & The Vanguard trickled back on stage to a more intimate, but still roaring, crowd. The second encore ended with possibly the most anticipated track of the night, D’Angelo’s biggest hit single “Untitled (How Does It Feel).” This time around, he kept his clothes on, but still played with our hearts by walking up to the mic once the melody came along and false starting three too many times. D’Angelo fed off suspense, and once his silky vocals started singing the 90s hit, ladies were practically sent to their knees.
D’Angelo put his multi-instrumentalism to work and stepped from behind the piano, repeatedly asking the audience, “how does it feel?” With each repetition of the iconic line, band members one by one headed backstage. Eventually, the audience was alone with Michael, the man we all came to see, playing us the song that made most of us fans in the first place.
Over the past 20 years and three albums, we’ve seen D’Angelo transform from sexy and soulful R&B to funky and jammin’ afro rock ‘n roll. This set was a perfect summary of all these years and all these albums, with the final song of the night bringing it all back home – a place D’Angelo said he was happy to be when he finally said goodbye.