The Shangri-Las – “I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)”



The Shangri-Las were an all-girl group composed of two sets of Sisters from Queens, New York. Mary Weiss, Betty Weiss and identical twins Marge and Mary Ann Ganser had their first hit in 1964 with “Remember (Walking in the Sand)” at the ages of 15, 17 and 16 respectively. They had a tough girl persona and have been cited as influences by a variety of artists including Blondie, the New York Dolls and Bette Midler. “Leader of the Pack” is their most well-known hit, but my personal favorite is their version of The Ikette’s 1961 track “I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)”.

Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty



Chelsea Wolfe is back with her fourth album “Pain is Beauty” and as to be expected, it’s hauntingly beautiful. The album is a love story to nature, and it eerily showcases her penchant towards the morose and otherworldly. Her sound has been described as “drone-metal-art-folk” and I am a huge fan. Here is the first single off the album, The Waves Have Come.

Wild Belle – Isles



The long awaited full-length debut from Chicago born siblings Natalie and Elliot Bergman has finally arrived for your listening pleasure. Wild Belle encompasses a stimulating mix of reggae, indie pop and soul, with Natalie’s sultry voice and Elliot’s saxophone taking center stage. I love the vibes of the entire album, but “Keep You” is my personal favorite. They also have a very fun tumblr:

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Funk & Soul Wednesdays – Tom Browne “Funkin’ for Jamaica”

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Tom Browne is a Jazz trumpeter who was born and raised in Queens, NY. He achieved Gold album status in 1982 with his biggest hit “Funkin’ for Jamaica”, along with his co-writer and lead vocalist Tonni Smith. Tom went on to record ten albums between 1979 – 1999, and he still tours and play shows.

Widowspeak – “Ballad of the Golden Hour”

Brooklyn trio, Widowspeak, have a new album coming out on 1/22 titled Almanac. The first single “Ballad of the Golden Hour” is much more upbeat than their usual lush, dreamy fare. The album was produced by Kevin McMahon, who also produced Real Estate’s Days. I’m really looking forward to hearing the full release!

Nancy Sinatra – “My Baby Cried All Night Long”

“And the moral of this story is” that the deep trumpet in this Nancy Sinatra track makes me happy. I love you Nancy.

Funk & Soul Wednesdays – James Shorter “Modern Day Woman”

I’m taking it back to 1966 with this obscure 45 from James Shorter on the Detroit label, La Beat records. Modern Day Woman can be found on the b-side of Ready for the Heartbreak, and the groove is very different from other Detroit Soul tracks. I absolutely love it!

New Video: Solange – “Losing You”

Solange’s new single Losing You is a fun, breezy track with hints of 80s pop, house beats and R&B. The fashion-filled video was shot in Cape Town, South Africa and is directed by Melina Matsoukas. The single was released on Terrible Records, which is run by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor.

Cat Power – Sun

Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, is back with her 9th studio album, Sun. This album is a shift from her previous blues-inspired work towards more of a electronic and pop sound. Despite this change though, Marshall’s melancholic vocals and downcast lyrics are still at the forefront providing an ethereal vibe. You can stream the entire album at NPR, link below.

Tom Tom Club – “Downtown Rockers” EP

Tom Tom Club is back after 12 years with a new EP of 5 tracks. The side project of founding Talking Heads members Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz consider this EP their ode to CBGB, the legendary New York club where the Talking Heads got their start. The album will hit record stores on September 11th, but you can stream the full album now on East Village Radio. Link below.

STREAM: Tom Tom Club, Downtown Rockers (will open in new window)



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