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Category - Rhythm

November pic(k)s

Thrilled I finally got to watch, listen to and dance along with Youssou N’Dour last month! This was taken at the Salle des Etoiles in Monaco, probably my favorite pic shot in November. Here he was singing this. A few more shots of the...

Feed the World + 25

Band Aid recorded this on November 25, 1984 (you would have known that if you’d have read this recently).  I have to say, watching these faces and hilarious hairstyles does make me feel a bit old. And I never feel old.

Nineteen Eighty-Four turns 25

For the first time in a long while, I listened to the Eurythmics soundtrack for the film 1984 last night, and it struck me how much it really sounded like 1984. The beats and rhythms, the synthesizers the electric drums. Released 25 years ago...

LJ Pic of the Day

Groovy cover, no? Spotted this relic at the Collecta International Collectors Fair on Friday. Here’s Birth Control singing The Work is Done and here is their cover for the album Hoodoo Man. The Best of Birth Control, originally uploaded...

Vinicio Capossela

Discovered this Italian singer from Putomayo’s Music From the Winelands compilation. Simply Fabulous. Here’s an interview with Capossela with NPR’s All Things Considered last January. “I have an attitude about the...

Empty Prayer, Empty Mouths

No, this has nothing to do with McCain-Palin. Here’s a silver anniversary memento I’m looking forward to: a remastered two-CD 25th anniversary edition of REM’s Murmur, their first full-length release, to be released just in...

RIP – Andy Palacio

Just 47, singer and bandleader Andy Palacio, who spearheaded the revival of his native Garifuna music, passed away last week. The Garifuna are descendents of west Africans bound for slavery who were shipwrecked in 1635 off the coast of St...

A pistol hot cup of rhyme

I’ve found myself humming this quite a bit all summer, from REM’s best album, Lifes Rich Pageant, released 21 (!) years ago. If I had the ability, this is the kind of poetry I would try to write. Enjoy!

Dude! That’s just sick!

After a decade long battle, Roger Tullgren, a 42-year-old heavy metal fan in southern Sweden, finally got the relief he so richly deserves: his addiction to metal was classified as a disability, qualifying him for state benefits. Because heavy...

IWD.

As I was reminded in this post on Sleeping With Pengovsky, today is International Women’s Day, and I’ve been celebrating since by listening to some of the most wonderful women I’ve never met: Marisa Monte, Gal Costa, Clara...