DFW Music News

Better Than Any Trailer (or Coffee), Badu and Ronson Re:Generate on Late Show Last Night

This is absolutely within the purview of Unfair Park's more musically inclined sibling; my apologies in advance, Audra. But for months I've had this song stuck in my head; the same goes (and then some) this morning, following Lady of the Lake Erykah Badu's appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman with Mark Ronson, drummer Zigaboo Modeliste and a few of the Dap Kings on loan from Sharon Jones. My kid calls it "The 'Unh' Song." That's about right.

It's actually titled "A La Modeliste," a strong-as-coffee-and-chicory New Orleans homage cut for the RE:GENERATION film project directed by Amir Bar-Lev, whose My Kid Could Paint That and The Tillman Story sit high on the list of favorite docs of recent vintage. This film's a bit lighter: The filmmaker tails Ronson, DJ Premier, The Crystal Method, Pretty Lights and Skrillex as they retool modern music with the likes of Mos Def, Martha Reeves, a few of The Doors, the Funk Brothers, Ralph Stanley and, speaking of locals, LeAnn Rimes, among others.

The film opens in Dallas tomorrow, matter of fact -- for one night only and at but a handful of locations, all of them Studio Movie Grills.

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Robert Wilonsky
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