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All this Sasha Frere-Jones-generated chatter about indie rock borrowing from black music, and subsequently losing its "soul" when it stopped all the borrowing, got me

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I Heard This: Isaac Hayes' Hot Buttered Soul

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All this Sasha Frere-Jones-generated chatter about indie rock borrowing from black music, and subsequently losing its "soul" when it stopped all the borrowing, got me thinking of Isaac Hayes. Yeah, his stuff's been "borrowed" by lots of folks, Public Enemy and Portishead among them. But when I dragged this puppy out of my collection this weekend, I was reminded of how, on "Walk On By" and "Hyperbolicsyllabicsequedalymistic", his band the Bar-Keys sound like a black Crazy Horse. This has been said by critics before, but it's no less an amazing comparison. Like Crazy Horse, Hayes and his band zero in on a groove and stretch it out for 10-12 minutes. The guitars are psychedelic and the piano solos are spacey. It's like somebody spiked their "hot-buttered soul" with LSD. Actually, maybe that's the problem with indie rock these days...nobody's taking acid the way they used to... 

 
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