[Music] Yu Ying Ying / 于櫻櫻 – 朋友不要心煩 (groove funk pop, Taiwan 1976)

Living in China, one can see that, despite the façade of wealth, this is a land of missed opportunities, even when it comes to music. Excepting the underground music scene in places like Shanghai, Dalian, Hong Kong, and here in Beijing, to a point, thanks to Fruity Shop and other amazing record stores, pop music […]

[Music] The Cascades – Rhythm of the Rain — PowerPop… An Eclectic Collection of Pop Culture

PowerPop is a fine blog worth perusing, folks!   My older cousin had given me this single but it skipped so much I replaced it. When I was 5 or 6 I had a fascination with this song. I’m not sure why I liked it so much… but I bought the single in Donelson…a town […]

[Music] Straitjacket Fits – She Speeds

Very sad news today.  Andrew Brough, guitarist of one of New Zealand’s coolest indie bands, Straightjacket Fits, passed away today.  His guitar work can be heard on She Speeds, perhaps the band’s masterpiece. Flying Nun Records announced his passing on their Twitter feed. We’re shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Andrew Brough. […]

[Music] Pipi Caca – Les Miettes Dans le Lit

I’m not normally a fan of bands who feel the need to use bodily functions to name a band, but Pipi Caca deliver a steaming pile of good music, mixing alternative music, chanson, R&B, trap and a touch of funk here and there.  Another great release by La Souterraine Records.

[Music] Giorgio Tuma With Lena Karlsson – Little Dusty / Koko Tutu Mama

Think of a track with the horns of a 60’s Burt Bacharach hit with a 70’s aesthetic recorded on modern equipment, but produced with a touch of nostalgia.  Giorgio Tuma manages to balance these all rather well, and he lets singer Lena Karlsson’s voice fly effortlessly through these tracks.