Frankie Knuckles :: Your Love

Apr 9th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , , ,

Last week, the music world lost an original. Not too many people can say they pioneered a distinct genre, a genre that then went on to transform popular music and spawn hundreds of subgenres…Frankie Knuckles can say that. Here are a bunch of great tributes to Mr. Knuckles published this past week, they are all worth checking out. Here is a one of Frankie’s best known track which you’ll most likely recognize as as the source of the main sample from Animal Collective’s “My Girls”. Enjoy.

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The Alessi Brothers :: Seabird

Sep 11th, 2013 : by :: Tags: ,

Billy and Bobby Alessi are two Italian brothers from Long Island. They were also one-hit wonders with their 1977 hit, “Oh Lori”. The track didn’t age well but “Seabird”, also from 1977, somehow sounds complete up to date. It’s just two brothers singing a tender ballad about life, not much else to say. Enjoy this long forgotten b-side.

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Arthur Russell :: That’s Us/Wild Combination

Aug 28th, 2013 : by :: Tags:

If you’ve never heard of Arthur Russell, stop what you’re doing right now and purchase Calling Out of Context and Love is Overtaking Me. Both these albums feature some of best music of the last fifty years, very little of which was released before Arthur Russell’s premature death in 1992. Born in Ohio, Russell moved to NYC in the late 1970s where he became involved with the underground, mostly Gay, post-disco scene. He produced a handful of dance tracks but mostly he was a prolific tinkerer. He recorded a huge body of music, nearly all of it unfinished and unpolished. His songs are mostly 3/4ths of a complete musical composition which is what makes them so memorable. They just start, float there for a while, and end without a proper ending. It’s like listening to a sketch pad. This track is one of his very best and one of the most complete tracks he ever produced. Pay close attention to the earnest romanticism of his lyrics and welcome to tender world of Arthur Russell. Enjoy.

BONUS: Check out the Geographer cover of Arthur Russell’s “This Is How We Walk On The Moon“.

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The Fall :: Fifteen Ways

Jul 31st, 2013 : by :: Tags: , ,

Whenever someone talks about how great the Talking Heads were, I like to rudely interject and declare that they were pretentious art school crap. I don’t fully believe that but it’s something The Fall’s Mark E Smith said, and Mark E Smith is my hero. There has been a lot of great writing and documentaries about the Fall so let me just give you a few crucial facts to wet your appetite: The Fall has been around since 1976, they have produced 30 studio albums, and there are at least 66 former members of the band. That is to say, the Fall is really just Mark E Smith and an ever changing line-up. The Fall’s art punk sound and attitude is the anti-Talking Heads. Smith is attitude incarnate. He is characterized by a thick mumbling manchester accent and a distinctly Northern English debunk-the-myth style of snark. This song is a good place to start with the Fall. It’s from the 90s, when Mark E Smith was slightly less grumpy, and the track is a clever reimagining of Paul Simon’s 50 Ways to Leave your Lover. Enjoy.

words by Peter Fusco

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The Fall | Fifteen Ways

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Breezy Sundays : Leisure :: It’s Alright (On The Suez Canal)

Jul 7th, 2013 : by :: Tags: ,

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Leisure | It’s Alright (On The Suez Canal)

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Kula Shaker :: Dr. Kitt

Jul 5th, 2013 : by :: Tags: , ,

So what’s happening these days? Temperatures hitting above 120, the economy striking below the belt, Don Draper mingling with hippies in the Hills, the West spying on the East in between two fireworks, televised revolutions painfully sparking overseas and Jodorowsky getting back at it, and it would all feel so very 1970′s if we hadn’t this fucking iPhone in hand. But that’s alright, because late UK psychedelic rock bands are still the best thing that is, and at least now we have Kula Shaker‘s “Dr. Kitt” to help us sit back, get high and embrace the surrounding frenzy in full color. Enjoy, kids, music very seldom gets better than this.

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Kula Shaker | Dr. Kitt
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Carly Simon :: Why

Jul 3rd, 2013 : by :: Tags: , , , , ,

Part III of our ‘if you like Get Lucky, check this out” series is another song produced by Nile Rodgers. The track came during a notable creative slump in Carly Simon’s career and was produced for a soundtrack to a “sexually-themed romantic comedy.” The movie flopped and the track itself wasn’t particularly successful, that is until about 1989 when it was rediscovered by dance DJs. It has been a mellow underground classic ever since. The song couples Simon’s signature heartbroken voice with Rodger’s signature guitar sound. The song has a hypnotic quality to it which I think stems from the juxtaposition of the lyrics with Rodger’s unfinished sounding production. The track sounds like an incomplete idea which even after many listens somehow remains satisfying and unsatisfying. The song has a lot of power, so enjoy. (FYI: Listen to the single version below and extended mix above.) words by Peter Fusco

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