Gene Krupa (January 15, 1909 – October 16, 1973) having a good time.
Now you know why Moon the Loon called him the greatest of all time.
Juana Molina on music genres (interviewed by Araceli Cruz for The Village Voice, 2008)
Juana and genres… that is a complicated theme. What kind of music does she play? As she said, World music can’t fit anyone, because it’s so vague and makes artists look like exotic species from Narnia. Let’s not even talk about Latin as a genre – as a geographical reference it’s of course acceptable. But what about Folk? That seems to fit her sometimes, especially if we consider Argentine folkloric music. I actually think that when she complains about being tagged as electro-folk, is against the idea of folk as “anything that involves an acoustic guitar”, but she sometimes recognizes the folklore – “Zamba corta” is the clearest example, but notice also all the nature that her music encloses.
But what happens now that she plays electric guitar? Does the folklore still fit her? Does it go beyond the instruments? Sometimes I can feel the folklore in Wed21, but to say the truth, I don’t know if it’s really there or if it’s just my ignorance.
|—||from How Music Works, by David Byrne (via girlfromtralfamadore)|
Jackson Five fanatics rejoice—on Oct. 28, Minneapolis label Secret Stash Records will release the clan’s long-lost first recording of “Big Boy” circa 1967. The rare 45 RPM will be part of an elaborate anthology of soul, funk, and gospel tracks recorded for Chicago’s One-derful! Records between its founding in 1962 and 1971.
Nigerian graphic designer, fine artist and illustrator Ghariokwu Lemi occupies a unique position as the creative genius behind twenty-six of Fela‘s iconic album covers. Christened ‘The Artist’ by Kuti himself, the vivid social realism of Lemi’s works created between 1974 and 1993 provided a fitting visual accompaniment to the singer’s derisive anti-establishment lyrics with its cross of distorted collage, illustration and caricature.
Next week, Universal Music Group will release the George Harrison box set The Apple Years 1968-75, which collects Harrison’s first six solo albums, as well as a
Beautiful! And really interesting to hear George talking with the Indian musicians.
In a feature just published today, Rolling Stone declares 2014 the 30th anniversary of “pop’s greatest year.” 1984 was “1984 was the year that pop stood tallest,” according to several collaborators on a feature listing the 100 greatest songs of that year. And who stood tallest in 1984?
Well, Madonna was pretty good—her “Borderline” comes in at #2. Michael Jackson? Yeah, “Thriller” merits a #4 slot. But the artist who towered over this “greatest year” in pop history, says Rolling Stone, was Prince. Tracks from Purple Rain occupy three out of the list’s top ten slots, coming in at #1 (“When Doves Cry”), #4 (“Let’s Go Crazy”), and #8 (“Purple Rain”).
Perhaps even more incredible is how the list evidences Prince’s wide-ranging influence.
Let me know what you think, nedison (and followers). It sounds fascinating.