{MUSIC MINUTE} “Sukiyaki” by Kyu Sakamoto

Before Psy and K-Pop took over the world, there was Kyu Sakamoto – one of Japan’s brightest international stars, and the first Asian singer to have a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The breakthrough hit was this one, called “Sukiyaki” and it reached number one in the US in June, 1963- and…

Music Minute: “Japanese Cigarette Case” by Spoon.

Spoon is one of the bands  . . . it’s hard to put into words, but I always feel like they do something original, and very Spoon. It’s always different, which is the key, and at the same time, it’s always the same – just ultra cool. This song came out a few years ago…

Music Minute: “I Was A Teenage Creature” by Lord Luther

Lord Luther aka Luther McDaniels was born in Panola County Texas and started singing gospel at an early age. In the mid 50’s he started a Doo Wop group,  The Four Deuces. Based out of California, they recorded a few singles in 1956, including the hit single W-P-J-L. After the group disbanded in late 1956,…

Music Minute: Billy Fury – “A Wondrous Place” (1960 Recording)

This artist we’re bringing to you today has a wondrous sensibility to style and passion, cultivating his own hip pulse alongside Elvis himself.  Rockabilly style sensationalism must be in the air, because we’re tripping off of this pretty-boys badass look. Born 1940 to the name Ronald William Wycherley in Liverpool, England, where winning a talent show…

MONDAY {MUSIC MINUTE}: “Dance of the Knights” by Prokofiev

This piece from the 1930s, entitled “Dance of the Knights”, is a piece from Prokofiev’s score for a ballet version of Shakespeare’s famous work “Romeo + Juliet”. The piece has since been used hundreds of times over in film, television, fashion, and music. Bands including The Smiths, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Tears for Fears, and…

MUSIC MINUTE {Birthday Edition}: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID BOWIE!

It’s hard to believe that the Starman is 66 years old today (That’s one 6 away from being the Antichrist – powerful stuff . . .)! Not too many seniors look as god damn good as this odd fellow – it’s hard to believe he’s a day over 30, still. If looks could kill, there…

Music Minute: Ghosts – Japan (1981)

While sitting in our favourite local cafe, Cool Hand of a Girl,  we heard a favourite melody and it reignited our love of gothic new-wave (Not that we’re saying the flame ever went out). We were in fact listening to Japan. Forming in 1974, it would be this band from South London who’d help usher…

Music Minute: Le Temps de l’Amour – Françoise Hardy (1965)

Here’s just a tiny taste of one of our favourite Parisian songstress of all-time.  The great Françoise Hardy is known for so much more than just her fantastic voice and smooth 60s style. According to her wikipedia page her credits reach from singer/actress and notes her as a Astrologist (so you better believe we’d be a fan).  Surely…