RADIOSEXBEAT’s Internet Juke Box ... august 2014
I remember when long before computers, the internet, myspace, Itunes and Facebook there were record stores with rows and rows of vinyl records and little booths you could could take a 12 inch vinyl record into and sample the music before buying. You could also meet all kinds of different people fingering the covers and have all kinds of adventures with your new record store friends. Well those days are mostly gone for good...except for the new large Rough Trade store in Williamsburg full of vinyl, turntables, listen kiosks and a stage for live performance (oh my) and a bar ! But sampling music has taken a new digital turn that hopefully will stop the stealing of music that rips off the creator of the music. These new “listening booths” allow you to listen on the internet to most music being released now and in the past. While you do not get the true sonics of the music you play ...this only happens when you buy the digital or vinyl version (highly recommended when you ears demand more!)
The most popular is Spotify that despite the miniscule amount does compensate artists for play and hopefully reminding your ears that someone labored to make what you are listening to. There are other internet music listening sites popping up all the time . Rdio, GogglePlay, Beats, etc.,but Spotify is the biggest and very simple to use. .. and has both a free (ads) and paid (no ads ) software. So if you have a computer you can begin sampling music. Each month I will provide a small eclectic playlist to pleasure ears and get you started. Remember this is sampling not a full sonic experience so go to digital stores like Itunes to download. I recommend locally two stores to support : Rebel Rebel on Bleecker Street and Rough Trade in Williamsburg. Communal spaces that aural and actual physical interaction can make more human the listening experience . The best place to find out about live prformaces online is http://nyc-shows.brooklynvegan.com/ .
Radiosexbeat is a name I have used for the last ten years when talking/writing online about music. It was inspired by a song the GUN CLUB”S Jeffrey Lee Pierce’ wrote an indelible indie anthem “Sexbeat”.
LISTEN UP Radiosexbeat Playlist (all of these unless noted are available to sample on SPOTIFY) :
1: Morrissey: WORLD PEACE IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS Morrissey – World Peace Is None Of Your Business (Deluxe) Morrissey takes that velvet voice and goes radical . No if ,ands or butts about his world view .. dangerous ideas beautifully sung.
2: Etta James: STORMY WEATHER Etta James - Stormy Weather Etta James the Black jazz singer with the platinum blond hair has always held her own with Carmen McRae, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. On Stormy Weather a 15 song collection she interprets the songs of people like Ray Charles, Little Milton , Erroll Garner, Sidney Bechet, Dorothy Fields ..
3: Big Freeda JUST BE FREE Big Freedia – Just Be Free better than a double espresso in the AM , Big Freeda , the Queen of New Orleans Bounce and Fuse’s TV 's most popular personality
finally has a first class production to get your butt in gear ,,practicing the BOUNCE at home is not only a pleasurable exercise but does but one in a mood for..
4 Lewis: L’AMOUR Lewis: L’AMOUR One album released in l982 and Lewis disappeared. 2013, a record collector upoads L’AMOUR and it becomes an internet sensation . With it’s Rod McKuen sensitivity and Bryan Ferry vocal styling everyone and their sister was trying to find out who Lewis was and what happened to him .So far only wild stories ... but the music is late night, all by yourself, glass of wine soundscape .reverie.
5: Common : NOBODY’S SMILING :Common – Nobody's Smiling Rap Elder looks hard at his home town, Chicago the murder capital of the US and speaks a truth that transcends the genre. Smart and direct with a respect for beats as well as message Common has and does stand out above the noise.
6: Justin Townes Earle WHITE GARDENIAS Justin Townes Earle – White Gardenias - Single has a new album (Single Mothers) being released in September, This is a peek,.lovely as usual.No longer just his father’s son (Steve Earle) but now fast becoming his equal.
7: Sharon Van Etten ARE WE THERE Sharon Van Etten ARE WE THERE YET Folk rock album of the year some are saying. What I do know is who ever put Etten together with The National’s Aaron Dessner as producer is genius. Her song Every Time the Sun Comes Up has taken residency in my head and is welcome . Think lucinda williams as her inspiration
8: Timothy A. Hesek COGNISANCE: the piano music of Adams, Part, Cage and Heisek Cognisance: The Piano Music of Glass, Adams, Pärt, Cage & Helisek All in one place ...ah
9: Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe 50th Anniversary Album Yes she sang too ...sultry, sexy and naughty