Cigarbox Planetarium is DC-based duo Andy Charneco and Deanna Pineda. They describe their music as “surf-prog-core.” But I think you gotta check them out yourself.
Janelle Monáe’s “What is Love” appears in the animated feature Rio 2. The tune mixes a Brazilian beat with Monáe’s soaring vocals and an infectious hook; all the makings of a summer jam.
A fine example of mid-80s motivational soundtrack rock, a staple of the class-conscious underdog sports movies of the era (see also The Karate Kid, Better Off Dead). I have to wonder if “Break the Ice” wasn’t written for a different movie: the story of a young man who spends every afternoon on a frozen over baseball diamond in suburban Toronto practicing extreme moves in his hockey skates.
ith Halloween coming up next week I thought I would pay homage to one of my (and my 4 year old’s) favorite movies. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a wonderful movie with an INCREDIBLE soundtrack by Danny Elfman. There are many great songs in this movie but I thought “This is Halloween” fit best.
Perry & the Harmonics were a Chicago-based soul-jazz combo who cut just one album for Mercury Records. Cashing in on the mid-sixties craze for anything spy-related, Intrigue With Soul album features jazzy Bond themes and the nicely grooving “Do the Monkey With James.”
There’s a club scene in the 1983 classic Valley Girl where Randy (played by Nick Cage) falls into the arms of his ex. On the stage of that club is The Plimsouls performing “A Million Miles Away.” I hadn’t heard the band before but quickly bought their self-titled album and it’s still in my Top 100 of all-time!
In honor of Davy Jones’ passing last week, here is The Monkees’ “Porpoise Song,” a gem from the trippy 1968 film Head.
Fresh from the lab, here’s a new mix just in time for Halloween scares! Forty-eight minutes of creeping, unrelenting menace.
Nice little stack of Latin, disco, funk, boogaloo & sampledelic electronica from the May 23rd DC Record Fair. Quite happy to be at this one, as I designed the [from all accounts, very well-received] poster. Got a couple hours to dig through the crates and catch up with friends. Missed the Fort Knox Five DJ […]