New: Santigold – “Go”

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


Funk & Soul Wednesdays – The Brothers Johnson

brothersjohnsonIt’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 their 1980 track, “Stomp!”.


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

tvotrTV 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 Adebimpe.


New: Figurines – “Figurines”

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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.


New Video: Black Lips “Modern Art”

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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”.


Funk & Soul Wednesdays – Joe Tex

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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 Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)” on Soul Train in 1977. (Unfortunately, you’ll have to click through to youtube, but it’s worth it!)

This second video is Tex performing his hit “Show Me” live in Stockholm, Sweden in 1969 on “The Joe Tex Show”, his television show was only recorded in Stockholm and Madrid. Joe Tex was a rare talent who definitely deserves his place in Soul music history.


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

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


The Morning Benders – Japan Echo EP

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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


Funk & Soul Wednesdays – The Coasters

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This Funk & Soul Wednesday is dedicated to Tulum, Mexico, because I just came back from an amazing vacation there.  “Down in Mexico” was released by The Coasters in 1956 and was their very first single.  The Coasters had a way with humorous storytelling and this track is no exception.  You may also recognize the re-record from the ridiculously sexy lapdance scene in Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof”. 


Appropriately Named YACHT Single – “The Earth Is On Fire”

New music from DFA’s YACHT. In the vein of LCD and Juan MacLean (both on DFA) this single is disco-tinged and ready for the hippest of dance floors.

DFA White Out Sessions – Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire) by ▲ YACHT ▲ from DFA Records on Vimeo.


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