I'm reading Simon Reynolds's absolutely fascinating and comprehensive book about the history of post punk, titled Rip It Up And Start Again. In this book, as in his latest Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past, Reynolds does a masterful job at connecting the dots between people, bands, scenes, memes, and even business shenanigans that drive avant-garde (and ultimately pop) culture forward. I had just been reading in Rip It Up And Start Again about "mutant disco" and its international cousins when my pal Patrick Kelly sent me the link above to Chic performing "Le Freak" in 1978. Turns out, Chic -- from the funky drums to Nile Rodgers' chunka-chunk guitar -- was an influence on numerous post-punk bands ranging from The Beat (known in the US as The English Beat) to Orange Juice.
Founded in 1989, Mr Bongo is an exquisitely-curated indie record (and film) label that uncovers incredible Brazilian psych, rare soul, avant-jazz, and deeply groovy Afrobeat recordings and reissues them in beautiful and informative vinyl and CD packages. Based in Brighton, UK, the label’s latest compilation is titled The Original Sound Of Mali and the clips […]
Tom T. Hall’s “May the Force Be With You” always was the first single from his November 1977 album New Train Same Rider. The song hit number 13 on Billboard’s “Hot Country Songs” chart and went to number 5 in Canada. Sing along with me now, sweetheart: There is a force that moves our lives […]
You know the drill. You go to the dentist and they ask you how often you floss. You lie through your teeth and say, “every day!” (Bonus points if you have some cilantro or chives stuck in your gums from lunch). You don’t want to keep up the charade any longer, but rubbing that tiny strand […]
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has done outstanding work packing a fully capable desktop computer into a package the size of a deck cards—especially one that only costs $35. But if you already have a working laptop, why should you care? Oh, how much you have to learn. Besides operating well as a compact digital media hub, […]
Custom coffee vessels are the perfect piece of office flair, but it’s just a matter of time before your VOTE FOR PEDRO mug will start to lose its relevant wit. Why not have a new one every day, with whatever silly nonsense you want sticking off the sides? You can save big on your novelty […]