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David Bowie: RIP

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Woke up this morning and discovered that David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69. I’m a lost for words, so I will have to leave it to Nick Gillepsie over at Reason to describe who David Bowie was to music:

Like Bob Dylan, Bowie was a shape-shifter and a persona-generator who over the course of dozens of records and film and TV appearances was constantly evolving, mutating, and maybe most important of all, obviously enjoying himself.

He was a one-man Ovid, constantly metamorphosing, first from folkie David Jones (his given name) to space-rock weirdo to a glam monarch to Berlin degenerate to bi-sexual androgyne to “Thin White Duke” to New Wave and MTV pop master to heavy metal kid to elder rock god to you name it.

Bowie’s ability to master cultural change is what made him such a successful artist in a career that spanned 40 years. While many artists are prisoners of their times, Bowie took on the challenge of shifting styles and tastes and still be relevant.

As a child of the 1980s, my exposure to David Bowie was what I saw on MTV and listened to on Top 40 radio. I missed his Ziggy Stardust days of the 1970s, but fully experienced his New Wave phase, including the Niles Rogers produced hit “Let’s Dance.”

He recently released a new—and ultimately last—album, Blackstar. David Bowie has been relatively low-key since the 1980s, preferring to eschew the limelight and release experimental albums that only hardcore David Bowie fans would enjoy: It’s David Bowie making music for David Bowie. God knows he had nothing to prove…to anyone.

Rest in peace, sir…

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January 16th, 2016 at 8:16 pm

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Blue Angels: Flying to Daft Punk

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A very fun video of the Blue Angels, U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration team, displaying their keen aerobatic skills, as seen through the cockpit of its pilots.

The blistering sound track is an awesome Skrillex remix of various Daft Punk songs.

The video and song are a perfect mix.

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June 17th, 2015 at 3:24 pm

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Krafty Kuts – DJ Set Worth Listening To

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If you don’t know who Krafty Kuts is, you should. If you like funk, soul, hip-hop and chunky beats – a la Fatboy Slim – you should listen to this DJ set:

Simply divine…

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April 5th, 2015 at 5:24 pm

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Adele…Rolling In the Deep

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I know I’m coming to this late, but, damn, this lady can sing:

A very soulful song with great lyrics. Adele is one in a long line of British singers– late Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Joss Stone– who are bringing much needed soul into an increasingly stale pop scene.

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August 21st, 2011 at 9:32 pm

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Coming Soon: A Tribe Called Quest Doc…

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New documentary about seminal hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest coming this summer. Check out the trailer:

MovieLine has more details. Looks good.

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June 2nd, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Cut Chemist: Spinner Extraordinaire

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Cut Chemist is one of the best hip-hop DJs around. His name is spoken in the same breath as DJ Shadow, Q-Bert, etc. His collaborations with Jurassic 5 was just sweet. URB magazine, which I use to read back in the day (the late 1990s), has a nice interview with him:

Grand Master Citizens: Cut Chemist from Society Theory on Vimeo.

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August 23rd, 2010 at 1:45 pm

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Jermaine Says What We Are All Thinking

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Jermaine Jackson said the following after hearing of his famous – and more talented – brother’s untimely death:

“I Wish It Was Me.”

If it makes Jermaine Jackson feel better, I wish it was him too. And Tito. And, most definitely, LaToya. But not Janet.

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July 3rd, 2009 at 6:34 pm

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Listen To Duffy

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I haven’t written much about music on this blog. The fact is, I haven’t been really listening anything worthwhile to spend time writing about it. But I’m really digging British (actually Welsh) chanteuse Duffy. She is one in a long line of soulful British imports, including Amy Wimehouse, Joss Stone, and Lilly Allen (who is more poppy but interesting, nevertheless. There is nothing in the United States that is close tocomparable, at the moment.

My favorite song, of course, is “Mercy”, which is getting heavy rotation on my music player. A song so classy, so silky, you could swear it came from the 1960s. Check out the official video, and its U.S. version, on YouTube.

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November 19th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

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Amy And Kanye Win Big At Grammy’s

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Congratulations are in order for Amy Winehouse’s multiple Grammy wins. Well deserved, in my opinion. And boos for Kanye West, who is increasingly becoming an insufferable, pompous windbag. His Grammy wins will do nothing except to burnish his already oversize ego. And he’s not even a good rapper. He may be a great producer, but his pop rants are just that, rants. Obviously, members of the musical establishment that vote for the Grammy’s have no clue what hip-hop is.

UPDATE: Singer Natalie Cole is complaining that Winehouse didn’t deserve to win:

“I don’t think she deserved it,” previous Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole said. “I think she needs to get her life together first, and then get the awards later.”

…Cole also called Winehouse “crazy,” and complained that we are teaching youngsters that they can get rewarded for bad behavior.h

Unfortunately, rock n’ roll rewards bad behavior, and in the case of Amy Winehouse, she is the archetypical rock princess—simply bad, bad, bad. And people love her for it. Whether this is a good or bad thing is debatable; or it simply doesn’t matter. Perhaps Winehouse was judged on her talents alone?

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February 11th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

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Review: Fabric 01 By Craig Richards

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210zrrfbv5l_aa_sl160_.jpgCraig Richards is a British tech house DJ that I never heard of before listening to this CD, I’m sorry to say; but he kicks off this new series by Fabric, a famed dance club in London, England. Unfortunately, I came to this series a bit late (Fabric has well over 30 releases to date, and an equal number of their other series, Fabriclive). Like many of my musical choices, I accidentally stumbled up on it. How, I don’t remember, nor does it matter.

Fabric 01 is a progressive mix of richly-layered, dubbed and filtered techno and house, with minimal vocals, seamlessly blended together. Filled with deep atmospherics, it puts you in the mood to dance the night away. It’s also well-suited as a sort of after party aperitif-listening to it while going home, or lounging around with your friends, waiting for the sun to rise. Since I don’t go to clubs anymore, or lounge around with friends, I listened to the entire CD in my car while driving to and from work. It’s very relaxing and a great way to get rid of the stress. I often find myself gently bobbing my head back and forth.

The selection of tracks on this CD is, for the most part, a mix bag; but my favorite tracks are Dubby Disco by Antonelli Electr. and Wavescape by Silicon Jazz. They are most danceable tunes of the set, with complex layers and a driving beat that just seems to get faster and faster with every passing second. It may be an illusion on may part, and it may not, but it’s all bliss.

Tracklist:

  1. Gemini – At That Café
  2. Cpen – Pirate’s Life
  3. Antonelli Electr. – Dubby Disco
  4. Dub-Tech Soundsystem – Sugar Rush
  5. Jamie Anderson – Montage
  6. SCSI-9 – Cozmoport
  7. SCSI-9 – Cologne
  8. Lo-Kee – Sinners
  9. Ernst Viebeg – Nightlife
  10. Bushwacka! – Bluntski
  11. Swag – Drum Hydraulics
  12. Roman IV – (14x7x4)
  13. Wavescape – Silicon Jazz
  14. Terry Francis – Took From Me
  15. Helmet – Early Riser
  16. Schatrax – Mispent Years
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December 12th, 2007 at 8:40 pm

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