R.I.P. Poly Styrene

Although they only released two albums over 20 years, X-Ray Spex are Punk legends. Poly Styrene (born Marian Joan Elliott-Said) was the iconic frontwoman for the English act. Yesterday she lost her battle to breast cancer at the young age of 53. Her impact on feminism and the Riot grrrl scene will never be forgotten. Here is X-Ray Spex performing their biggest tune, “Oh Bondage, Up Yours” in 1977. Follow  Read More

Funk & Soul Wednesdays – Barbara Lynn

The Empress of Gulf Coast Soul, Miss Barbara Lynn, is a blues legend. This left-handed guitarist, singer and songwriter was born in Beaumont, Texas in 1942 and had her first hit single “You’ll Lose A Good Thing” in 1962. She has toured with Otis Redding, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, B.B. King and her song “Oh Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin’)” was recorded by the Rolling Stones in 1965. After taking time off to raise her three children, she is... Read More

New: Santigold – “Go”

Check out the new single from Santigold (feat. Karen O & Nick Zinner) Follow  Read More

Funk & Soul Wednesdays – The Brothers Johnson

It’s a gloomy day here in NYC, but nothing that a little Brothers Johnson can’t cure. The main members, George and Louis Johnson, formed The Brothers Johnson in Los Angeles in the mid-70s. They hooked up with legendary producer Quincy Jones, and released four albums before going their separate ways. Louis Johnson is a well-regarded bassist, who played on Michael Jackson’s “Off The Wall” and “Thriller” albums. Here is the video for... Read More

New: TV On The Radio – “Nine Types of Light”

TV On The Radio have not only recently released their fifth album titled “Nine Types of Light”, but also an accompanying movie consisting of music videos for every song interwoven with interviews of New Yorkers speaking about various topics. This Brooklyn based band can do no wrong in my opinion, and this album is pure pleasure. Here is the video for “Caffeinated Consciousness” and also the full-length hour long film. Full-length film directed by Tunde... Read More

New: Figurines – “Figurines”

Figurines self-titled fourth album will be released in the US tomorrow on the Control Group label. The Denmark band produced and recorded the album on their own. After a four year hiatus between albums for personal reasons, their sunshine-laden sound is already a staple in my Spring rotation. Here is the video for “Hanging from Above”, the opening track off the album. Follow  Read More

New Video: Black Lips “Modern Art”

The Black Lips latest album “Arabia Mountain” is produced by the talented Mark Ronson and slated for release on June 6th. Here is the supremely psychedelic video for “Modern Art”. Follow  Read More

Funk & Soul Wednesdays – Joe Tex

Joe Tex was an amazing Soul singer from the great state of Texas who died in 1984. Tex and fellow labelmate James Brown had a long running feud, Tex accused James of stealing his sound and dance moves, while James dated Tex’s wife and later fired a gun at him at a bar one night. I present to you two videos, because they both need to be seen. Joe Tex converted to Islam and didn’t record for many years, so this first video is the performance of his comeback hit “Ain’t... Read More

Recipe: Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra – “Under Cover of Darkness”

Take 1 part top 40 rock hit Add 8-piece string ensemble Stir gently Follow  Read More

The Morning Benders – Japan Echo EP

Brooklyn based band, The Morning Benders, have put together an EP for Japan disaster relief consisting of two new tracks and 6 remixes.  All proceeds from the EP go directly to Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund.  Below is a stream of the EP, and you can purchase and donate directly from their website, http://www.themorningbenders.com/ The Morning Benders – Japan Echo EP (日本・エコー) by themorningbenders Follow  Read More

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