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Big Ol' Dirty Bucket Super Audio CD - DSD

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With this release, Big Ol' Dirty Bucket launches its first album exploring the evolution of funk music, melding classic seventies funk theory with contemporary elements and sounds to produce an entirely unique and entertaining experience for fans of all genres. Described as Parliament-Funkadelic meets Aretha Franklin at a Jay-Z concert, Big Ol' Dirty Bucket s sonic elements pay homage to its influences -- 70 s Funk and Soul music spiced with touches of Latin rhythms and seasoned with a touch of Hip Hop to create a uniquely funky and fresh listening experience. The 10-piece band complements its seamlessly tight hooks and dance grooves with bouts of over-the-top musicianship, and the result is a sound and performance that is musically intricate and complex yet accessible to even the most casual music fan. Big Ol' Dirty Bucket's self-titled album is the band's debut studio release and contains eleven pulsating tracks which highlight the unique style of funk that has become the band's trademark sound. Laden with big horns, rippling keys, slick guitar, and soulful vocals atop thumping bass and drums, each track showcases the vast sonic pallet that makes Big Ol' Dirty Bucket's sound so modern and unique, while retaining an unmistakably classic funk feel. From the powerful funk/rock components of the album's opener Photonic Amplifier People and the James Brown-esque chicken pickin' of Lite That Spliff, to the classic soul stylings of I Don't Want To Ride Your Emotional Rollercoaster, all the way to the pumping dance floor burner All Night Long and Once In The Mornin', Big Ol' Dirty Bucket's self titled album is destined to spawn a slew of party playlist favorites across the board. The album will also feature a QR code linking to free bonus track downloads offered exclusively with the physical CD. Fueled by a propulsive rhythm section and led by the powerhouse vocals of front woman Sarah Lil Shrimp Seminski, Big Ol' Dirty Bucket surged onto the local Boston music scene in May 2010 with its inaugural appearance in front of a sold-out crowd at The Middle East Downstairs. Over the next two years, a cascade of well-attended Northeast American appearances followed including appearances with Onyx, Tracy Bonham, 420 Funk Mob (featuring George Clinton and members of the Parliament Funkadelic), Max Creek, Zach Deputy, Dopapod, Strangefolk, and other chart-topping national and international acts, in addition to being regularly aired on the Boston Red Sox Radio network.


Funk is great music for getting down to, although late night at StrangeCreek Music and Arts Festival brings out some of the best up and coming bands in the Northeast. When 10-piece band Big Ol' Dirty Bucket from Boston started playing, I was drawn in by the horns and stayed for the rhythm and double threat vocals. The cabin got quite warm throughout the set, as it would be expected with a sexually charged dose of funk and world beats. The band is only two years old but holds great promise with strong live performances coupled with a great self-titled debut album With strong influences from Parliament Funkadelic, The Meters, Stevie Wonder and most music from the Soul Train era of 70s funk, Big Ol' Dirty Bucket has strong potential and with funk this deep, they should be on JamCruise within a few years time. The opener, Photonic Amplifier People has blaring horns and impressive vocals from Sarah, aka Lil Shrimp. Mic Smoke gets sharp horns accenting catchy lyrics When Smokey told Michael Jackson, When they give you the mic don t give it back son , Big Daddy Disco sings with a Q-Tip velocity and cadence to the words. Sin Lamento starts with a deep grooved bass before growing into a salsa/tejano number, sung entirely in Spanish. Chuck Norris is notable for weed references and high speed funk, Blue Dream gives a Stevie wonder groove on the keys while I Don't Want to Ride Your Emotional Rollercoaster is soft in an R&B style, akin to Bill Withers Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone, a very emotional track. Black Cloud Joe is Wilson Pickett-esque with a big band backing a boisterous story about Joe. Capping it all off is a highlight, All Night Long and Once in the Mornin', a sexually charged song, with a dash of Ohio Players and a porno-funk guitar in the background, plus balanced dueling vocals. As said in the final track, There ain't no party like a bucket party cause a bucket party don t stop are true words, coming from first hand experience and listening to a funking wonderful debut album. Look for Big Ol' Dirty Bucket this summer at a festival near you! Key Tracks: Mic Smoke, Sin Lamento, All Night Long and Once in the Mornin' --UpstateLIVE - New York State Music Guide

It may seem unusual to attempt to lump a band like Black Eyed Peas into a funk genre. They re certainly more funk than most bands out there in the pop world. But what would happen if the Peas were stripped of their Top 40 persona's and allowed only to do funk music? What would the result be? The answer is Big Ol' Dirty Bucket. Not to be confused with the Big Ol' Nasty Getdown or Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Big Ol' Dirty Bucket (BODB) took all of the fundamentals of what worked for the Black Eyed Peas and applied it to their own sound. Strong lead female vocalist? Check. Rapper who has good flows and humorous rhyming sensibilities? Check. Good beats with thumping dance hall bass booms? Check. About the only thing they don t have is the promotional power which is a crying shame. The album opens with Photonic Amplifier People which rings in introducing you to their strong female lead Sarah Seminski aka Lil' Shrimp. Her vocals are strong and clear and an important part of what makes Big Ol' Dirty Bucket marketable to most jazz funk audiences. Photonic is a classic upbeat funk shoutback that other acts like Brand New Heavies mastered so well and BODB seems to have perfected the formula. What draws the Black Eyed Peas comparisons are songs like Mic Smoke that features in-house lyricist Big Daddy Disco who's rhymes are accentuated by Lil Shrimp laid over simplified Top 40-ish keyboard riffs. And then the reverse on songs like Blue Dream where the focus is Lil Shrimp and then added rhymes are brought in from Big Daddy Disco. It s as if Big Ol' Dirty Bucket stole the Peas' playbook and then perfected it. The typical instrumentals and slow jams are notably absent which strays from the normal successful formula of their predecessors, but it doesn't detract from the strength of the album collection. Every song has its strength and very few have weaknesses. The main strengths of the album are the vocal efforts delivered by Sarah Seminski. Her style will draw comparisons to a young Teena Marie and that comparison will be very evident to critics in songs like You Make Me Feel and Sin Lamento. Her vibrato is smooth and tasteful without the need to scream or draw attention to itself. She does what she s supposed to do and does it well. The most humorous track definitely goes to Emotional Rollercoaster that is the album's only slow song, but almost doesn't qualify because it s a very tongue and cheek back and forth booty call sung conversation that offers up some of the most ridiculous pick up lines you ll ever hear. The band itself is very tight and strong. The horns are polished and prominent. The drums are clean and in the pocket and the keyboards are perfectly infused. It's rare to hear a band this size work so well together short of the famed Parliament. All of the album's tracks are strong and filled with funk front to back. Fans of the Brand New Heavies, Teena Marie, and even Black Eyed Peas will certainly appreciate this offering. --Funkatopia

I am sitting at my computer at work and I click a link that begins playing Big Ol' Dirty Bucket s CD. All of a sudden, my cube walls flare with tie dye flashes of color, psychedelically spinning in time to the beat. A disco ball appears over my head where the A/C vent used to be. My suit is replaced instantly by red bell-bottom jeans and a silk blouse complete with butterfly collar ~ and I have a white girl afro. Daisies and peace signs fall from the sky onto my desk. I am in 1970 and mellow. This music puts the groove in groovy. You would swear you were listening to oldies radio, but this band is happening today right under your very noses. I had a chance to chat with keyboardist extraordinaire Brett Badalato ~ also known as Reverend Bad Funk ~ about their style choice and he tells me that they to consider our sound as Beantown Funk. To us that means the sounds of Boston nightlife ~ rooted in funk, but also incorporating rock, hip hop, Latin step, groove, blues, soul, R&B...Quite simply, we choose what moves us. BODB, who has shared the stage with the likes of Michael Kidd Funkadelic Hampton (of George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic), Tracy Bonham, and Dopapod, and is inspired by artists including James Brown, the Beastie Boys, and Sly & The Family Stone, view music as a uniting force. Says Badalato, Everything in life is about balance and harmony; music is an expression of this. Music brings us together, unites us and transcends all our differences. It s the key to everything and the heartbeat of the universe. It makes us laugh, cry, makes us strong, makes us weak... it s the driving force behind us all, whether we acknowledge it or not. Grab BODB's debut CD, pick out some funky merch, keep tabs on upcoming groove sessions or hear their music at their official website. --Pulse Magazine

1. Photonic Amplifier People
2. Mic Smoke
3. You Make Me Feel Like Dancin'
4. Sin Lamento
5. Chuck Norris
6. Blue Dream
7. I Don't Want To Ride Your Emotional Rollercoaster
8. Lupita
9. Lite That Spliff
10. Black Cloud Joe
11. All Night Long and Once in the Mornin'

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2012)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Super Audio CD - DSD
  • Label: Big Ol' Dirty Records
  • ASIN: B0085Z3AOA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,844 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gregory on January 11, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best albums of 2012 in my opinion. Big Ol' Dirty bucket has done a great job of transforming their live party band style onto a recording. The highlights for me are Photonic Amplifier People, Lite That Spliff, and Blue Dream, but the album is great from start to finish.
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