TOP POPS! Shameboy, Rebeka, XUXA Santamaria (Video Premiere)

Music video premiere for XUXA Santamaria’s “Belshazzar”, which was inspired by the 1916 Kenneth Anger film, Intolerance. Also: tracks from Belgium’s Shameboy featuring Max Marshall and Poland’s Rebeka.

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Spectral Hypnosis: Föllakzoid, Archival Feedback (Premiere)

Spectral Hypnosis is a recurring series, featuring mesmerizing songs for one to lose sense of time and space, mind and body. This installment features a track premiere from the collaborative Archival Feedback “call and response” experiment, as well as a track from Chile’s Follakzoid.

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Forgotten Gems & Dusty Classics: Vashti Bunyan, Bob Wills, Bud Freeman, Big Mama Thornton, Robert Pete Williams

Amassing rare and forgotten music is a peculiar sort of hobby — one that slowly transforms into an addiction. It’s not that I don’t love mainstream music. It’s just that the thrill of listening to some forgotten gem that everybody else has overlooked is powerful. It also feeds into the collector’s impulse I have to overturn every stone to find that song, and my love of complete collections. Not surprisingly, I also like to collect comic books. I guess I’m the type. In any event, here are five lesser-known musicians that I believe everybody should give a listen to, dating as far back as the 1920s and focusing on jazz, folk, and blues. See all Forgotten Gems & Dusty Classics

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TOP POPS! Neo-Soul w/ Kelela, Lili K, Monophonics, Brownish Black (Premiere)

Top neo-soul pop tracks from Kelela, Lili K, Monophonics, and a track premiere of “Life Lessons” from Portland eight-piece, Brownish Black.

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TOP POPS! Tei Shi, Shy Girls, Oko Tygra, Force Publique (Track Premiere)

Top indie pop tracks and tour dates from Tei Shi, Shy Girls, Oko Tygra, a Force Publique track premiere, and some SXSW shout-outs.

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Forgotten Gems & Dusty Classics: The Nickname Edition – Lead Belly, Bukka White, Doc Watson, Jelly Roll Morton, Hot Lips Page

Musicians tend to attract quirky nicknames, and more than a few of them stick for life. Louis Armstrong was Satchmo, Coleman Hawkins was Bean, Charlie Parker was Bird, and Lester Young was known as Prez or Tickle Toe. Sometimes they take over an artist’s identity. When Furry Lewis was asked in the 1970s how he came to be known as “Furry”, he responded that he couldn’t remember anymore. In this mix, I’ll go through five of my favorite musicians with cool sobriquets. Of course, I’m leaving a lot of people off of this list, but here are a few of the really outstanding ones. See all Forgotten Gems & Dusty Classics Posts Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter

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