CD Reviews for 12/16/08 – Holly Golightly & Brokeoffs, Menahan Street Band

Compact Capsules
by Dan Ferguson

Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs
Dirt Don’t Hurt
Transdreamer Records TR-1259

Garage rocker (Recall all-girl garage band Thee Headcoatees?), punk and neo-pop chanteuse, and as of her last couplet, junkyard Delta blues sweetheart, Holly Golightly has worn a variety of hats over her 17 year recording career. The Brokeoffs is all of Lawyer Dave, Ms. Golightly’s sidekick in this latest venture. The all-acoustic Dirt Don’t Hurt is the second slice of stripped down, below-the-Mason Dixon blues-leaning tunes from the twosome. The music, a down-home blend of originals and traditional tunes, clangs, bangs, stomps and stammers its way home in achieving its funky backporch vibe. Visit – Dan Ferguson

Menahan Street Band
Make the Road by Walking
Dunham Records

Think of The Menahan Street Band as a more adventurous, modern day version of legendary Memphis instrumentalists The Mar-Keys. A Brooklyn-based all-star outfit drawing its members from the ranks of Sharon Jones’ illustrious Dap Kings, Afro-funk band Antibalas and soulsters The Budos Band and recording for new Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records, a savory soul stew is what the collective serves up on the all-instrumental Make the Road by Walking. Visit – Dan Ferguson

(Dan Ferguson is a free-lance music writer and host of The Boudin Barndance, broadcast Thursday nights from 6 – 9 pm on WRIU-FM 90.3. He lives in Peace Dale and can be reached at [email protected].)