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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – "100 Days, 100 Nights"


There was a pleasant surprise in my inbox this morning. "100 Days, 100 Nights" is the "focus track" from the forthcoming album of the same name, which won't drop until October. Sharon's album Naturally easily took the cake for best soul record of '05. I would have been willing to blindly throw in all my chips that 100 Days would take that crown without argument again this year if it hadn't been for that pesky Nicole Willis and her thoroughly awesome new LP. It will be interesting to hear who will come out on top.

I'll be impatiently waiting for 100 Days. In the meantime, I can always enjoy some very orange press photos. Or I can hear the four tracks posted on her MySpace. Here's "100 Days" followed by some distant tour dates:

...or download here

Oct. 06: The Apollo Theatre, NYC
Nov. 09: Middle East Underground, Cambridge
Nov. 11: La Tulipe, Montreal
Nov. 13: Lees Palace, Toronto
Nov. 14: Magic Stick, Detroit
Nov. 15: Park West, Chicago
Nov. 16: First Avenue, Minneapolis
Nov. 17: Turner Hall, Milwaukee

By the way, this is old news at this point, but apparently The Dap-Kings recorded on most of Amy's album and toured with her. I was unaware, but I can hardly think of a better outfit for the job.