How the Star Spangled Banner evolved from a battle poem to standard sporting song.
The BBC calls New Order’s Blue Monday, “a crucial link between Seventies disco and the dance/house boom that took off at the end of the Eighties.” If you frequented a dance club during the 1980s, you almost certainly know this song.
It seems the Orkestra Obsolete, a group of musicians specializing in antiquated and obsolete instrumentation, wondered what Blue Monday would have sounded like if it had been made decades earlier.
They gathered together instruments available in the 1930s – from the theremin and musical saw to the harmonium and prepared piano – to present their re-interpretation of this dance classic. Continue Reading
Alex Chadwick plays 100 famous guitar riffs in one take giving you a chronological history of rock n’ roll.
Here’s the playlist:
1 Mr. Sandman – Chet Atkins
2 Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
3 Words of Love – Buddy Holly
4 Johnny B Goode – Chuck Berry
5 Rumble – Link Wray Continue Reading
I’ve been hearing this song, “Somebody That I Used To Know” By Gotye everywhere – someone is going through a break-up at work so it’s probably featured quite a bit more than it should be around the office…
I can always tell a song is a “good song” when I hear it in a different genre.
Here’s the original version of this song:
Last night I watched the 80’s teen movie, “Revenge of the Nerds.” I’ve seen it before and I’ve always remembered really loving it. What I didn’t remember was how much they stretch the nerd hating and bullying. It’s awesome that they never devolve beyond that, especially when taunting Lamar, the gay black character. IRL the word “Faggot” would have been used quite a bit not just for Lamar but I’m sure for all of them.
Also missing were other nerd related epithets like, geek, spaz, dweeb, dork, etc. It made the antagonism a bit one-dimensional and more than a little bit corny but maybe that’s part of the appeal.
This song popped up from my library today in a compilation or playlist I haven’t heard in awhile and I really like it… I mean I really want to like it… or maybe I’m just a bit conflicted about it.
At first it seems like the guy singing has met someone he’s super into – like her light and beauty uplift him in a way that is sadly all too rare. The first couple of verses make it seem like they’re totally vibe-ing on each other – but this isn’t your standard issue dance flavored love song – though it might seem that way with the first iteration of the chorus:
My body’s moving into light
When I breathe and hold you in my sight
My body’s moving into light
I feel your inner light, I feel your inner love
Summer officially begins on the Summer Solstice exactly a month from today. For many people though, summer unofficially begins next weekend with Memorial Day. The three day holiday bookends warm weather for most Americans between now and Labor Day weekend in September.
2011 has been an interesting mix of mayhem and music so far and I’m excited to see what’s in store for the summer season ahead. As with the past three summers, economic issues will be front-and-center so it could be a cruel summer monetarily for many. I hope it’s just cruelly hot as the song below suggests. I love San Francisco during a heat wave.
While it’s not really celebrated in the U.S. Easter Monday is a day off from work in most Christian countries.
This year, I was glad to take it easy today to relax and reflect on such a wonderful weekend.
As the Son rose, she rounded the corner
Seeing that the stoned had rolled their last spliff and the ravers had dispersed, she approached with trepidation.
Mistaking the DJ for a gardener because of the fresh blooms depicted on his shirt, she asked him, “Where has all the music gone?”
“To the after-party…”
He continued, “Don’t hang here coz I have not yet ascended, you can get a ride with your friends. Go and tell the others the good news.”
Good Friday, also known as Holy Friday or Great Friday commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.
Jesus on my mind – DJ Pierre Feat Lavert
So simple, so pure and so basic… why don’t you believe?
Spring cleaning can happen on many levels. After sealing up our homes to keep warm all winter, early spring is a great time to air things out and clean things up for the summer fun that will soon be here.
Lent is the perfect time to do a mental, emotional and spiritual cleaning as well as a physical cleaning. To do this we have to examine our beliefs and the attitudes, actions and conditions they create.
“Belief is a beauty thing”
Faith is always active, always working because it’s a basic human faculty. Do you put your faith in the evening news and their opinions about a fear-based world? Or do you put your faith in the inner whispers of your heart that reflect the joy and love that surrounds you. Do you judge by outer appearances or do you trust in unseen forces… what do you believe?
I have always loved Hip House. It’s the first time producers tried to unify the urban musical landscape by bringing elements of Rap and House together. Breakbeat was more successful in this regard both globally and commercially but for me, Hip House will always hold a special place in my heart.
When my pal Gina P. posted the video to “Ring My Bell” on her Facebook page I was reminded how campy this subgenre could be. Hip Hop used to be a fun, upbeat style of dance music before it was bastardized and warped into a Rock clone called, “Rap.”
Taking their name from the Roland TR-808 drum machine and the “state of mind” shared by the members. With this single the band also played with the other meaning of their name because the telephone area code 808 is assigned to the American state of Hawaii in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
“Pacific” peaked at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart and became a late-night anthem at Acid House parties all over the world. With it’s haunting sax and bird calls this song still evokes a wistful feeling in me. The synth pads add just the right amount of floating, ethereal presence and of course the rhythm track keeps the focus driving forward.
The band consisted of Graham Massey, Martin Price and Gerald Simpson who left to become A Guy Called Gerald.
This is one of my all-time favorite songs.
The first Sunday of Lent this year is also the start of Daylight Savings Time. So this year we are celebrating the joyful rebirth of the sun and the Son.
To begin the first full week of Lent, I turn again to Arnold Jarvis. His sultry yet soulful voice is so amazing and he always seems to choose spiritually uplifting material. I turn to this song in times of struggle or upset to remind me of the gifts of Spirit that are all ways available: peace, love and joy.
With the song’s repetition of the Golden Rule to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” I think it does a great job of recalibrating my focus and that is what the Lenten season is all about really to discipline and focus ourselves for the rebirth of Spirit at Easter.
While waiting in line for SF Soul club, Hard French to begin their birthday party at El Rio, five people cut in front of me. They were joining their friends directly in front of my friend Matt and I. We had a bit of a grumble about it and I just chalked it up to these kids being douchebags because they obviously planned to wait in line for their friends to go to the liquor store. I could tell this because the newcomers had beer, cigarettes and change for the couple in line.
They could have been cool and courteous about it by giving us a “head’s up” and explaining their plans to us so that when the group arrived from the store, no surprise and no hurt feelings.
Instead, they made it seem like they were taking advantage of their position to say to everyone behind them in line, “F-You suckers for not having friends like us.”
My friend Damon said that he waited in line for almost two hours and a fight broke out when some people tried to cut in the line a couple of groups ahead of him. So it’s not just the way that you do it, it’s also the time and place that you do it that determines the results you’ll get from your actions.
The LGBT Historical Society event next month, SPKR got me thinking about Sylvester’s legacy.
It is far too rare to find a drag queen that actually sings, Sylvester’s drag legacy can be seen most strongly in artists like RuPaul Charles, though even rockers like John Cameron Mitchel owe some of their success in part to pioneers like Sylvester.
Sylvester’s signature falcetto was echoed by the BeeGees who found an even greater success with the style. Men singing in the upper registers didn’t die with disco. British singer Jimmy Somerville, formerly of the bands Bronski Beat and Communards recorded a cover version of the song in 1989. Like the original, Jimmy’s version also received substantial club play, and it peaked at #5 on the UK Singles Chart in January 1990.
House legend Byron Stingily has had a great career singing falcetto first with his band, Ten City in the late ’80’s and early ’90’s then as a solo artist. Ten City has always been one of my all-time favorite bands and I was so thrilled to bring them to San Francisco to perform at Toon Town and Carefree Dancing. Continue Reading
This song was released in 1989 on the Urban record label. For me it represents one of the first “Piano House” style songs out of Chicago to become popular. Songs like this inspired the Italia House sub-genre which peaked globally in 1990-91.
Because the pianos are so upbeat – and we know they’ve been sampled more than a few times by now to capitalize on that – the pianos reinforce the positivity and optimism of the song’s chorus. The verses tell a story of heartbreak, of a love lost to an unspecified reason but packed with longing, regret and recrimination but also filled with love, joy, and optimism.
It’s such a simple yet complex song – exactly what House Music is all about.
There’s so much about this song that works for me. It’s social and political references are smart and clever without pushing the shtick too far.
I think they frame their references in such a way that they’ll work for a long time. Roxanne Shante used a similar technique in her Old Skool hit, “Have a nice day” when she rhymes, “Like hurricane Annie I’ll blow you away.” You don’t have to know how destructive hurricane Annie was to understand it.
In much the same way, Garfunkel & Oates rap about Bernie Madoff – if you’re familiar with him you’ll get the reference to ripping off your shirt sleeves. If you don’t know anything about Bernie, the phrase’s meaning comes from the word “exposed” and using it as a corollary to a sleeveless shirt.
Phrases like this work on several levels and, to me, that makes for a great parody.