A Charlie Brown Christmas

#20- Sh**ty Is Pretty: The Anatomy of Funk


This week, Scott, Karl, and Trent discuss the anatomy of funk music.

Trent opens, “Funk music is dirty, it’s degenerate, and it’s wonderful.” Both highly danceable and hypnotic, funk music includes a mixture of soul, jazz, rhythm, and blues, but there’s also a psychedelic element as well.

Scott says, “I love the aristocratic, regal, civil rights aspect to funk…  I think that funk is probably one of a few music stylings that came out of the 20th century that made no attempt for crossover success. It’s a cultural time capsule.”

Trent adds, “It’s a celebration of Blackness.”

In the podcast, Trent references the article “Shitty Is Pretty: Anatomy of a Heavy Funk 45, Part 1.” Author Gabe Roth writes, “When used in combination with good taste and a little giblet gravy, this guide will give you the basic tools to produce a highly potent Funk 45’.”

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  1. James Pruitt

    Was unfamiliar so had to have a look at Roy Buchanan after hearing Scott mention s week. Un…friggin’…real! Guy looks like he’s not even making an effort… https://youtu.be/DDOIL5OqvYs

    However, as one commenter noted, “Roy is brilliant, but how about some love for the keyboardist? He’s playing rhythm piano with his left hand and b-3 licks with his right. That shit ain’t easy!”


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