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.
After 40 years of trademark threats and general grousing, the Y.M.C.A. (or at least one international branch of it) is embracing the eponymous Village People song, Y.M.C.A.: it’s commissioned a cover version from singer and D.J. Boy George to promote the organization. The decision to embrace the song – along with queerness and marriage equality […]
Somewhere between “hard to believe” and “of course they do” lurks the music, played over massive PA systems in Pyongyang, by the North Korean regime. Here are two important points of comparison: the unsettling Lavender Town locale in Pokemon, which matches North Korea’s oddly melodic eeriness… … and Chicago’s tornado siren, for sheer nightmare terror […]
As the old saying goes, “You should sit in meditation for 30 minutes every day. Unless you are too busy, in which case you should meditate for an hour.” Since most of us have an endless list of things to do and people to see, carving out quiet time can feel impossible, especially when most […]
The Bragi Dash Truly Wireless Smart Earphones are far more than your run of the mill Bluetooth earbuds. While the earpiece design makes these earbuds ideal for exercise and activity, and passive noise cancelling is conducive to a more serene listening experience, these buds go well beyond just playing music.First of all, they can actually […]