There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
NU, HO HO WHO?: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are what you get when you cross late 1960s-era Stax/Volt with early 2000s-era Brooklyn. If you only listen to indie rock, they’re the one soul revival act that you love; if you only listen to old soul, they’re the one band whose track on 4AD’s Dark Was the Night compilation that you love. (They’re also playing at the Lincoln Theatre on Tuesday night, if you’re not too full of latkes to go out dancing.)
EIGHT IS ENOUGH: Like all the classic soul acts of yore, the Dap-Kings have put out a holiday album this winter. It’s mostly Christmas-oriented—other cuts include “Silent Night,” “Silver Bells,” and the previously released “Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects”–but the album’s first track, “Eight Days of Hanukkah,” is just as funky as the rest of it.
GIVE THE DREIDEL SOME: Okay, maybe the tambourine shaking throughout the song would fit better with a “Jingle Bells” arrangement than an ode to Judah Maccabee. So what? How many soul singers can sing, “Fry a bunch of latkes/ with applesauce, sour cream and all/ We’re cooking up the brisket/ the kosher butcher sold my uncle Saul” and sound as effortlessly cool doing it as Jones does here?
Cheer Factor: 10/10. This beats Adam Sandler eight days a week.