The Needle 032: Detroit #house music, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, #jazz in South Korea and more.

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For the week of January 10, 2016

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#electronic stole the show again, but to switch it up, we’re going to take it to #house. The #house channel wasn’t quiet either and it all began when @saritag dropped some Moodymann on us. The Detroit native was one of the original pioneers for house music in the city that gave way to Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and countless other greats - you can expect to hear Motown shine through in most of Moodymann’s music. If you really want to get a sense for the dude, you should check out his Red Bull Music Academy session that touches on everything from his live shows’ rider, rollerskating parties, and why he is who he is.

Moodymann - I'm Doing Fine - HQ

On #indie, we’ve got probably the longest name for a song you’ve ever seen: “The Sound Of Someone You Love Who’s Going Away and it Doesn’t Matter” - Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Besides it having a very long name, it’s quite good. Big ups to @davehawkins for bringing us something from the very talented collective of musicians started by the classically trained Simon Jeffes and cellist Helen Liebmann. The album on which this song appears, ‘Music From The Penguin Cafe’ is a “manifestation of a dream that Simon had in Japan of a place called Penguin Cafe where a certain kind of unusual music is played”. Hear for yourself:

The Sound of Someone you Love who's Going Away but it doesn't Matter

What else is going on?

 

To close off the sad news about David Bowie from last week, he might be pleased to know that his last album released was also his first to reach #1 in US charts.  Well done, sir!

 

The moment that all #hiphop heads have been waiting for recently...Kanye, Kendrick and Madlib teamed up for a recent release: No More Parties in L.A.


You may not expect the largest concentration of young #jazz fans to be coming out of South Korea, but there is some evidence to the contrary. A blog post, via NPR, has an interesting story on the blossoming of young jazz fans at a popular jazz festival in Jarasum, South Korea where over 88% of the attendees are under the age of 40; compared to the Newport Jazz Festival where ~82% of the population is over 45. The festival for last year had a pretty sweet trailer:

Don’t sleep on…


Stickin' with Detroit, let’s put you up on to [a] Tall Black Guy from the Motor City itself. Making music (and lots of it) since 2011, he developed a true sound that should have you moving within seconds. He appeared on one of the Gilles Peterson's ‘Brownswood Bubblers’ compilations, killed a BoilerRoom set, and has put out music through Ubiquity Records. Here’s one his most popular songs, ‘From Home to Work and Back’:
Tall Black Guy - From Home to Work and Back
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