R.I.P. SHARON JONES

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The amazing and incomparable soul goddess Sharon Jones has lost her heartbreaking battle with pancreatic cancer – she passed away yesterday at the age of 60. Of the many times I was lucky enough to see her play with The Dap Kings, the most memorable would be her landmark performance at the 2014 Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn. At the time, she had recently recovered from her initial battle with the disease. Her explosive monologue at the center of “Get Up and Get Out” is one of the most electrifying things I have ever seen live.

Without a doubt, my favorite Sharon Jones song is “Answer Me”, the closing track from 100 Days, 100 Nights. Watch her figure it out and then stunningly record it at Daptone Studios in Bushwick, which just happens to be just a block away from the apartment I have lived in for ten years.

And dive into this full concert live at The Olympia to experience the sheer power of her live show.

Ms. Jones, you were one of a kind. We are lucky to have been graced with your passion and talent. Thank you for everything.

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R.I.P. LEONARD COHEN

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Leonard Cohen was special to me. He taught me to sing, because i could only sing in his register and it gave me a freedom. His words and anti-romanticism will always astound me. Goodbye L. Cohen. I am at a loss in these times without you. Rest in peace, Mr. Leonard Cohen.

“Famous Blue Raincoat” is my favorite song.

I kinda like it better when Tori Amos covers it.

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CAMERON AG – Homeward Bound

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Oxford, UK based artist Cameron AG follows up his acclaimed debut ep Way Back Home with Homeward Bound, a new collection of tracks that blend his gentle vocals with dramatic swells of euphoric production.

Homeward Bound is out November 4 on Grand Jury.

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MAGGIE ROGERS – Dog Years

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Maggie Rogers follows up her breakout hit and viral sensation “Alaska” with another gorgeous single. Listen to both below.

“Dog Years” is out now on iTunes.

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S U R V I V E – Copter

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S U R V I V E, the Austin synth band that has been making great music since as far back as 2010, but who everyone now knows due to their involvement in the score to Stranger Things, have released the stunning new video for “Copter”. The track is a highlight from their epic new album RR7349.

RR7349 is available now via Relaspe Records.

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WEYES BLOOD – Front Row Seat To Earth

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After the tease of three gorgeous singles, we are anxiously awaiting the upcoming release of the new Weyes Blood record Front Row Seat To Earth. The third and most recent single “Generation Why” premiered earlier this week. Check out the new video for the haunting track:

Earlier we were treated to the stunning epic “Do You Need My Love”.

And the first single “Seven Words”, released back in August.

Front Row Seat To Earth is out October 21 via Mexican Summer.

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LOST ANIMAL – Too Late To Die Young

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Melbourne, Australia electro-funk artist Jarrod Quarrell has joined forces with Ariel Pink’s Shags Chamberlain for the new Lost Animal LP You Yang, the follow-up to his 2013 debut Ex Tropical. Stream the percolating new single “Too Late To Die Young” below.

You Yang is out October 21 via Remote Control/Dot Dash/Captured Tracks.

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