Classic new wave / funk / breakbeat from 1981 at 33 1/3 RPM and 45 ESG (Emerald, Sapphire & Gold) from the South Bronx: sisters Maria Scroggins (congas, vocals), Renee Scroggins (vocals), and Valerie Scroggins (drums), and friends David Miles (guitar) and Leroy Glover (bass). You can hear the influence on The Beastie Boys and… Continue reading ESG UFO

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Beach House

I can’t get enough of this band. I don’t think I’ve had a favorite band in 20 years, but I do now. Part of the appeal is the singer’s (Victoria Legrand’s) voice, which is deep and reminds me a bit of Karen Carpenter, although the style is very different, more like that of male singers… Continue reading Beach House

Doctor Who Theme

One of the most memorable TV theme melodies. The ‘B’ section in particular has a quality that is very sweet and very British-sounding. “The Doctor Who theme music is a piece of music written by Australian composer Ron Grainer and realised by Delia Derbyshire at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Created in 1963, it was one… Continue reading Doctor Who Theme

Violent Theremin

This is a demo of AudioContext.createOscillator() “The createOscillator() method of the AudioContext interface creates an OscillatorNode, a source representing a periodic waveform. It basically generates a constant tone.” You can use this to generate sounds purely in JavaScript/HTML5, with no need to load audio files. Source: Violent Theremin And here is a keyboard made in… Continue reading Violent Theremin

Ableton Learning Music

This free (no ads or registration, either) music tutorial is slick, thorough, and useful. It is not at all how I learned music, with acoustic instruments and scribbled notes on backs of envelopes, but is a good window into how the younger generation is learning.

Etana – “Bad Mind”

I heard this song on “The Joint”, channel 80 on XM/Sirius. It was a complete earwig for me – just couldn’t get it out of my head, like the first time I heard Rhianna’s “Umbrella” or Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”. I wonder if this will be the big song of the summer. When I lived in New York, particularly in Harlem, it seemed each summer there would be one song that I heard constantly throughout the day, from cars and apartment windows and those guys who walk around with boomboxes on their shoulders; although that doesn’t seem quite so common anymore.

Her MySpace page has a download link:

I listened to some more of her songs on but I didn’t particularly care for any of them. They weren’t bad, but lacked the hook that “Bad Mind” has.

“Bad Mind” may be too reggae to be a huge commercial hit in the states, but maybe not. I just wish I could make out the lyrics. I can only make out a few of the words.

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