Todd’s Top 5 Summer Albums

IMG_2224Well, funkonauts, it appears that after being stripped and cavity searched at the border, Summer finally arrived here in Maine! Hopefully, you’ve been making the most of it, because as we all know it’ll be gone before we know it. Here at the Boomshack, we’ve been lounging at our adjoining palatial estates in a secret remote location and sipping refreshing cocktails of various designs and potency before emerging for our public appearances.

However, we’re sure the question on your mind is “What have you been listening to as you bask next to the saxophone-shaped Olympic-size pool?” Excellent question our dear funkonauts…

Here’s Todd with some recommendations to keep you on the sunny side of the street for the month…

glove-lemonadeG. Love – Lemonade

What’s better during the summer than a nice cold pitcher of Lemonade? How about some bluesy riffs and sloppy lyrics from The Loved One? Honestly, this one goes into the truck in late May and stays there until the snow starts flying.

top-oakland-zoneTower Of Power – Oakland Zone

There’s no way I was getting through this list without having some TOP involved, so I might as well get it in early. Fond memories of this one because it helped survive spring/summer/fall humidity in Newport News, Virginia. Bought this one before moving and it remained in my car’s CD changer (2002 Neon – represent!) for about 7 months straight. Tremendous amounts of flash and snap from a band that’s been around since 1968 – well worth the spins.

glove-sugarG. Love & Special Sauce – Sugar

A double dose of G Love, you ask? Go ahead and give it a listen, then you’ll understand. First studio album by the original formula Special Sauce in years and it’s like they never left. I’ve yet to find a bad song on this disc and it’s been damn near worn out on the way back and forth to gigs. Right from the opening count off, this thing just moves.

lettuce-flyLettuce – FLY

It’s no surprise that Lettuce has been getting a metric ton of pub lately – solid tasty grooves just pour out of speakers whenever you hit play. So much goodness on this album that it’s tough to pick a favorite… although at gun point, I’d probably go with “Jack Flask”… but that’s my bari sax bias showing through.

boxinggahndhis-howardBoxing Gandhis – Howard

Not to flaunt my old school credentials, but I clearly remember picking Boxing Gandhis’ debut album out of the Columbia Record House catalog back in the day. I have never regretted it. This is their second album and filled with this incredible mixture of funk, soul, beautiful harmonies, acoustic delicacy, and full-on bombast. Best band that no one you know has heard of – get on it.

All right, so now that I’ve covered some great tunes by other bands to help finish your summer strong – go and grab our new album, Speed Of Soul! Available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Bull Moose online for a CD.