My years as an indie music fan in the mid-90’s were shaped and colored by one band: Northampton’s Tizzy. For years I lived next door to Jen Stavely, Tizzy’s frontwoman, on King Street in Northampton. While I had my own closeted musical aspirations, I lived vicariously through Tizzy’s weekly practice sessions on King Street.
This Saturday, from 1 P.M. to closing time, the Cellar Bar in Easthampton, Mass., presents various past and present luminaries of western Massachusett’s music scene as they raise much needed money for the victims of this catastrophe.
I can’t tell you how much I dig DJ Turmix’s artistry. This guy is brilliant. Here’s one of my favorite new mixes of his.
TRACKLIST:1.Prince - Alphabet Street (DJP Remix) 2.FYC - Drives Me Crazy (Busta Remix) 3.D-Funk - The Boss 4.Big M - In New York City 5.Philly Blunt - The Jam 6.Basement Freaks - Something Freaky 7.Michael Jackson - Another Part Of Me (Featurecast Regrooved) 8.Illegal Cookin DJ - Wildcherry’s delight 9.Ike & Tina Turner - It’s Gonna Work Out Fine (Interface Mix) 10.Jean Tonique - Singin’ A Song 11.Bobby C Sound Tv - Apparent Transparency 12.Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock - It Takes Two 13.Razorcuts - Tribute to Grandmaster Flash 14.Axe - Groove The Nation 15.Kurtis Blow - The Breaks (Dublex Inc. re-attacked) 16.Mashed Up Funk - Last Tycoon 17.Mashed Up Funk - Weekend Boogie18.The Funk Hunters - Shake the Room! 19.Willie Wood Crew - Willie Rap YOU CAN BUY ALL THESE SONGS ON DISCOGS.COM OR JUNODOWNLOAD.COM
It’s a rarity that a heretofore unknown band from the southern region of Connecticut can make an indelible impression with their debut album. But the Windsor, CT-based band, The Grimm Generation’s The Last Record Party is truly a songwriting fête that explores the not-so-shocking underbelly of suburban sexual ennui and apocalyptical romances. As with their previous three EP’s, these latest songs are a rollicking collection of odes to illicit pleasures and bad relationships, as well as a smattering of sexual tension and seduction that borders on exploitation. And thankfully, this duo in their 40’s still has the energy to pursue these diversions.
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With their arrival in the late aughts, The Sweetback Sisters have steadily made their way to the front of the line of the revivalist honky-tonk, bluegrass and country music scene. As a music reviewer and fan, the Brooklyn-based band (with deep Western Mass. connections) has consistently made the task easy starting with their 2009 full length record Chicken Ain’t Chicken (Signature Sounds).
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Summer is really around the corner, as evidenced by the lack of snowfall in the past month. Western Massachusetts is the locus for eclectic summer music festivals and artful music programs such as Watermelon Wednesdays at the West Whately Chapel in, where else — Whately.
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