October 28

WFMU: A Terrifying Fundraising Challenge!

wfmu-jim-floraWFMU, the world’s greatest freeform radio station, needs our help! For decades the station has been home to Nachum Segal and the JM in the AM show, but now that show, and its financial supporters, are leaving WFMU in December. This leaves a huge whole in the station’s funding, so they are this month hosting a ‘silent’ fundraiser in order to raise money to fill the hole that JM in the AM’s leaving puts them in.

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October 21

In Wax We Trust: A Short Film About Record Stores

record-store-interiorRecord stores. There’s really nothing like them in the world. In my opinion, at least. French trip hop/hip-hop producer Wax Tailor agrees, and on his latest tour around the U.S. stopped by some small independent record stores to talk to their owners about why, and how, they stay in business.

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September 22

Sample This: The Story of ‘Apache’ and The Incredible Bongo Band

incredible-bongo-bandI caught this fascinating documentary on Netflix last night. I hadn’t planned on it, Hell I had never even heard of it before. It just popped up in my Netflix feed…It’s a little independent documentary from 2013 called ‘Sample This.’ And while I’d never heard of the film, I am very familiar with its subject, which is a song. Not just any song, but one of the most heavily-sampled recordings in hip-hop and pop music history. It’s a track from 1973 called ‘Apache‘ by The Incredible Bongo Band. And while that might not sound too familiar to you, I’m willing to bet that you’ve heard at least part of it before. Don’t believe me? Give a listen:

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September 12

Christmas in September!! I Can Explain.

xmasladiesI totally understand, it’s only mid-September. I’m not going crazy. But I just renewed this site’s web hosting for another year,you see, so I figured I’d better do something, anything, and get it up here PRONTO. And what that something, anything, is, is a Christmas tune. Hey: My site, my rules.

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August 3

I’m Loving ‘Stranger Things’ and You Should Too

stranger-things-netflixI wrote earlier this spring about how we had gone ahead and cancelled our DirecTV account, leaving us without any ‘traditional’ source of television: No cable, no satellite, no antenna. Ironically enough, we’re dealing this summer with more great TV than we know what to do with. And right at the top of the heap, the one show we love the most, is ‘Stranger Things,’ streaming on Netflix.

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