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10 Feb

The Female Engineer Behind Some of Pop’s Greatest Hits

Emily Lazar: setting the controls for the heart of the sun. Photograph: Becky Yee   Standing out as one of the only women in a male-dominated industry, Emily Lazar is the engineer behind the sound of everyone from Björk to the Killers. by Mona Lalwani |The Guardian  The walls of The Lodge studio are lined with classic platinum records and music memorabilia. A David Bowie poster hangs next to a guitar signed by Lou Reed and a classic jukebox sits by a vintage eight-track player....
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9 Feb

Fela Kuti’s Long-Lost Debut Recording From 1960

Fela Kuti with British jazz great Johnny Dankworth in 1962. Photograph: PR   by The Guardian 'Fela's Special', his debut from from 1960 is included in the compilation 'Highlife on the Move'. (I can really hear how Calypso came from Nigerian highlife music). Long before he became the king of Afrobeat, and one of the most inspirational figures in African culture, Fela Ransome-Kuti was already a recording musician. His early recordings were in the highlife style, the first modern popular music of Ghana and Nigeria. Fela’s Special,...
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9 Feb

“My Body Full of Stars”: Afrofuturism Project Explores ‘Black Mythocracy’ Through Essay & Music

by  Jennifer Sefa-Boakye | OkayAfrica Irish-Nigerian writer and sociologist Emma Dabiri recently reached out to us with a new project she’s been working on about Afrofuturism. The multi-media piece, My Body Full Of Stars, explores the use of Afrofuturist aesthetics in music as a tool for rewriting history and imagining the future. Consisting of an essay by Dabiri and an hour-long mixtape curated by music journalist and producer Ian McQuaid, the project presents a sonic framework that allows for Afrofuturist readings of music from the continent and across...
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9 Feb

At 50, a Hip-Hop Pioneer Still Has Stories to Tell

(Ricky Walters, better known as the rapper Slick Rick, with his wife, Mandy Aragones, in their Bronx home. In one corner stands a mannequin, decked out in the Slick Rick stage outfit.) by David Gonzalez/The New York Times When Mandy Aragones watches a movie or television show with her husband, Ricky Walters, she is ready for a running commentary. “Anything we watch, he always has another scenario,” she said. “He always finds an alternate ending.” In the 1980s, his ability to spin a tale earned...
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6 Feb

U2 on the Tom Snyder Show 06/04/81

I was there, in an audience of about 100 people. We were thrilled to meet them after the show, and even though the excitement was palpable, we had no idea this band would become one of the major super groups of the century. All we knew was that "I Will Follow" was a Mudd Club favorite! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K_I2SQsIZE          ...
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21 Jan

Boy George Live @ Irving Plaza 12/2014

So I spontaneously decided to use my music magic last night and go see Boy George at Irving Plaza (one of the last original clubs left in NY, and great sound). I didn't have a ticket and it was sold out. I certainly wasn't going to spend the $50 lowest ticket price either. But I knew I'd get in. So I stood there, smiling and waiting. A very pretty boy came up and offered me a ticket at face value....
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