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For the Holiday Music Averse: This Jam from Dent May

For the Holiday Music Averse: This Jam from Dent May

    I, and I like to think all reasonable people, hate the fact that holiday music has been blaring from FM stations and department store sound systems since OCTOBER. It’s now November, and though I still don’t think Christmas music is appropriate for mass-consumption until after Thanksgiving, I’ve been revisiting some vaguely-holiday classics –(…)

Banger Alert: Future Brown – Wanna Party Ft. Tink

Banger Alert: Future Brown – Wanna Party Ft. Tink

First things first: Fatima Al Qadiri is a creative genius. Born in Senegal, raised in Kuwait and currently living in Brooklyn, she’s both a visual artist and musician/producer. Her 2011 album “Genre Specific-Xperience” is probably the record I listen to most on planes – it’s haunting, engaging and calming all at once, so perfect for(…)

Yoko Ono + Friends Make Me Wanna Be a Bad Dancer

Yoko Ono + Friends Make Me Wanna Be a Bad Dancer

When I’m 80, I hope to be strutting around the video set of my new Beastie Boys-produced single with the likes of Cibo Matto, Questlove, Heems, Reggie Watts, Ira Glass, Roberta Flack and Justin Vivian Bond breaking it down along with me. My hopes are Yoko Ono’s real life. Watch the video for the head-nodding(…)

Can’t Wait for Six by Sondheim

Can’t Wait for Six by Sondheim

When it comes to naming my favorite musical, I find myself torn between Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar and Stephen Sondheim’s Company. But…when it comes to naming my favorite musical theater composer/lyricist/creator – hands down, it’s Sondheim. Where ALW sometimes ventures into over-dramatic schlock (which I still, admittedly, love), SS takes a subtler approach,(…)

Black Hole Sun: 1994 Apocalyptic Realness

Black Hole Sun: 1994 Apocalyptic Realness

I was at a party yesterday,and “Black Hole Sun” came on…and I got psyched. I was never a huge Soundgarden fan, but this song and video struck a major chord with me back in 1994. The melody and the apocalyptic vibe of the song are kind of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (“Someday a real(…)