"Music, Music, Music," The Sensations

"Music, Music, Music" was made famous by pop singer Teresa Brewer back in the late 40s, but the 1961 version by The Sensations, released on Chess Records' mostly-jazz-focused Argo imprint, blows most of the other versions away with an infectious blend of doo-wop, jazz, and 60s pop-rock. I dare you to listen to this without tapping your feet.


"Swamp Dogg," Aquarium Drunkard Transmissions

Like "Music, Music, Music," Jerry Williams, Jr. (better known as Swamp Dogg) blurs all kinds of genre boundaries. The seamless integration of soul, country, and rock in 2020's "Sorry You Couldn't Make It" (which also features a couple of duets with the late John Prine) is reminiscent of Solomon Burke's later albums, but even that doesn't sum up the musical omnivorousness that is evident in this interview.


"Decolonizing Electronic Music Starts With Its Software" - Tom Faber, Pitchfork

Like McDonald's and Starbucks, it seems like the standard tropes of electronic music, based as they are on American and European musical traditions, are inescapable no matter where you go on the globe. In no small part, this has to do with the tools used to create that music, which tend to be created by people who come out of those same Western traditions and simply assume their universality. This Pitchfork article explores two new, recently released (and free) software packages that aims to shatter those preconceptions: "Leimma allows users to explore tuning systems from around the world or create their own, while Apotome offers generative music creation using these diverse tuning systems."
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