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Music Video: Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers Perform Their Hit ‘Look Who’s Dancing’ Live

by on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

I’d long forgotten about this amazing upbeat reggae tune from Bob Marley’s eldest son’s 1989 album, One Bright Day. 

A wake amidst a torrential downpour couldn’t bring you down with this song playing in the background.

What a melody! What a performance! 

Recorded live on “Sessions At West 54th” in 1999, here is Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers:

ENJOY!

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70s Disco Icon Donna Summers Dead At 63, After Battle With Cancer

by on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

TMZ is reporting that five-time Grammy Award winning singer Donna Summers has died after a battle with lung cancer. 

Love to Love You Baby (1975):

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On The Radio (1979):

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Music VIDEO: Ian Brown – F.E.A.R.

by on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 12:36 am EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

I adored the Stone Roses when they released their self-titled album on Silvertone Records in the late 80s, and was fortunate enough to finally see them perform live, in support of their second album, Second Coming, at Webster Hall in NYC (May 22, 1995).

The Roses split shortly after that tour, and lead singer Ian Brown set out, solo, in a fresh new direction, assembling crafty electronic dance rhythms with soulful memorable melodies. 

Over the course of fifteen years and eight albums, he has put together a rather impressive catalog of amazing songs. Here is one from his third LP, Music of the Spheres, called “F.E.A.R.” Inspired by The Autobiography of Malcolm X, each verse of the song forms the acrostic F.E.A.R.

LYRICS:

For each a road
For everyman a religion
Find everybody and rule
For everything and rumble
Forget everything and remember
For everything a reason
Forgive everybody and remember

For each a road
For everyman a religion
Face everybody and rule
For everything and rumble
Forget everything and remember
For everything a reason

You got the fear
F.E.A.R. (You got the fear)

Final eternity arouses reactions
Freeing excellence affects reality
Fallen empires are ruling
Find earth and reap 

Fantastic expectations
Amazing revelations
Final execution and resurrection
Free expression as revolution
Finding everything and realizing

The F.E.A.R. video was shot on the streets of Soho and Chinatown, in London, England, on what was rumored to be a $300 budget.

ENJOY!

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2 Lost Gems From Manchester’s Factory Records: Cath Carroll’s ‘Moves Like You’ and Northside’s ‘Moody Places’

by on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

When I was living in London in 1991, Select Magazine released a Factory Records sampler cassette ( FAC 305C ) that would eventually go on to melt in my car. I cherished this sampler, because it introduced me to some fabulous tracks by two largely unknown Manchester artists that I otherwise might never have discovered: Cath Carroll’s […]

WATCH: Tracey K and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra Perform ‘The Cure & The Cause’ Live

by on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Ireland’s Tracey K — a singer/songwriter who frequently collaborates with DJ/producer duo, Fish Go Deep (from Cork, Ireland) — is best known for her UK chart-topping dance track “The Cure & the Cause.” She has been writing and recording House music for much of the last decade — ever since her college days at Galway University. You can learn […]

LISTEN: New Paul Weller Single ‘Starlite’ Evokes The Spirit of The Style Council

by on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 10:14 am EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Last Tuesday, Paul Weller released a new standalone single, Starlite, which will surely delight his longstanding Style Council fans. For the first time in 20 years, Weller recaptures that soulful dance spirit that made The Style Council stand apart from both his earlier The Jam material as well as his later solo work. Here’s how […]

MUSIC VIDEO: Saint Etienne – ‘Nothing Can Stop Us Now’ – 1991

by on Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 1:06 am EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

This British trio has managed to successfully infuse amazing modern dance club music with the spirit of 1963 over a period that spans twenty years. I was fortunate enough to have seen them play their very first US performance in New York City (with Grant Lee Buffalo and American Music Club) at the Manhattan Center […]

Watch: Everything But The Girl Perform ‘Before Today’ Live In London ’99

by on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 12:36 am EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

I’ve been a long-time fan of Everything But the Girl.  They have an endless discography of great songs; always managing to keep it fresh by allowing their sound to evolve quite dramatically with the times.  Their early sound had a jazzy, French Cafe-ish feel — not unlike the Style Council (another favorite of mine) — […]

Watch: Groove Armada Perform ‘Superstylin’ LIVE At Brixton Academy 2002

by on Friday, October 30, 2009 at 12:50 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Grammy-nominated single ‘Superstylin’ is one of my favorite dance club ‘Big Beat’ tracks — definitely my favorite Groove Armada track.  Behind the heavy bass, and awesome melody is some powerful Jamaican-style toasting.  It’s something between dance-hall reggae and a heavy rave/club tune.  Truly hypnotic — the kind of song that will fuel your gym workouts, […]

Great Dance Track – “Don’t Take it Personal” by Wahoo

by on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 6:08 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

There’s a lot of great music falling by the wayside these days.  Here’s a cool dance track that — okay, I’m gonna venture out onto this limb, here — is virtually unknown in America.  Apparently, it’s gotten a bit of play in dance clubs around Europe.  Gilles Peterson — master Brit DJ / music purveyor […]