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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 Weller describes the new track:

Here’s a brand new track called ‘Starlite’ in time for the Summer. It’s not from the forthcoming album, it’s just for NOW! It’s part Balearic beat, poetry and psychedelic music. I hope you like it.  ~PWx

Personally, I love it and have been playing it all week long, as I’m sure my Twitter followers can attest.

The track will be available for purchase on iTunes on August 7. I’ll provide an update with the iTunes link at that time.

Here is Starlite. Enjoy!

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 Ballroom on September 23, 1994.  Saint Etienne was reported at the time to have been very unhappy with how the show went, but I remember having loved it.

This band has released so many fabulous albums, that I consider them to be one of my all-time favorite groups.  I recently attempted to burn some of their best tracks for someone only to realize there was no way I could fit them all onto a regular 80 minute CD.  Seriously, how many bands from the last 20 years can you say that about?

This song, “Nothing Can Stop Us Now,” is from their very first album, FOXBASE ALPHA.  Approaching its twentieth birthday, I think you’ll agree that this tune is timeless.


For Neil Young Fans out there, who happen to enjoy dance music, you’ll absolutely adore this Saint Etienne cover of his song “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” — also from FOXBASE ALPHA.

Either of the above songs, or the entire FOXBASE ALPHA album, can be downloaded here:  Foxbase Alpha - Saint Etienne

A Final Nail In The Public Option Coffin: Nancy Pelosi

by on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 5:36 pm EDT in Healthcare, Politics

The Democratic Party’s betrayal of the Left is effectively complete:

Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) showed flexibility Tuesday on the public option, acknowledging the political reality that such a plan probably couldn’t make it through the Senate.

A public plan, Speaker Pelosi said at a press conference, is meant to “hold insurance companies accountable and increase competition,” but Pelosi added that “there are other ways to do that.”


Good luck in 2010!  You’re gonna need it …


Thought, I’d add a clip of Pelosi taking a little shot at the President, when she was asked about allowing C-SPAN to film the Senate-House negotiations in the Conference Committee, since Obama had promised this while on the campaign trail.  Pelosi responded:

Really?  There were a number of things we was ‘for’ on the Campaign trail.


NY Times: Congress Should Abandon Obama’s Deal With Pharmaceutical Industry

by on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 2:15 pm EDT in Healthcare, Politics

It’s been long reported now how President Obama — who had promised total transparency in all health care negotiations during his campaign (stating he would have them all televised on C-Span) — proceeded to cut a secret backroom deal with the pharmaceutical industry as far back as summertime.  The terms of their deal violated several […]

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, […]

Watch: Colin Newman’s latest Band, Githead, perform “Drop”

by on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 9:32 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

For those of you who followed the band, Wire, back in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as Newman’s solo efforts in the 80s, you’ll love his latest band, Githead.  Here they are performing an acidic-trip, house-hop number entitled “Drop”.  Very catchy: [youtube][/youtube]   The Githead single, “Drop,” or the full length album, Art Pop, […]