{STYLE IDOL} Jean-Michel Basquiat

+ jean michel basquiat {French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃ miˈʃɛl baskija]; December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988} 1. artist. style icon.  2. academic; a little underground; a little street; archaic African; American hip-hop; Classic; Refined; Cultured; Gritty; Nitty; Bad Ass; Post-Punk; Anti-Conservative; Painted. Layered; Tough; Rugged; Tribal; NYC.  3. timeless.  4. cool.  + I don't listen to…Read more {STYLE IDOL} Jean-Michel Basquiat

{MUSIC MINUTE} “Nothing but a Heartache” by The Flirtations

Nothing but a heartache every day  . . . must be nice. We were drawn to this dynamic trio whilst listening to our favourite box set of Girl Group classics, and couldn't resist but share this dazzling number with you. The video is a rare promotional video shot for their single that depicts the beautiful…Read more {MUSIC MINUTE} “Nothing but a Heartache” by The Flirtations

Music Minute: “Frankenstein’s Den” by The Hollywood Flames

A great track to keep you in the ghoulish mood, as Halloween's Eve inches ever nearer.  Tonight we'll be Ghost Hunting on Toronto Island and we wish we could bring you all along.  We'll have to remain dancing in our dreams with you, as Frankensteins shackles ring out a tune. The Hollywood Flames were an American R&B…Read more Music Minute: “Frankenstein’s Den” by The Hollywood Flames

Music Minute: Poison Ivy – The Coasters(1959) + {Bonus: The Aztecs(1964)}

Written by American songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Poison Ivy was originally recorded by The Coasters in 1959. It went to #1 on the R&B chart and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The duo would write a string of hits which would lead them to rise to fame in the 50s teaming up with other writers and writing hits…Read more Music Minute: Poison Ivy – The Coasters(1959) + {Bonus: The Aztecs(1964)}

Music Minute: Mickey Baker’s “Whistle Stop” (1959)

Kick back, kids. Here's a great tune for a summer afternoon. Whether you're just relaxing on the patio, catching the waves, or killing time by the fan - this seductive groove from R&B pioneer Mickey Barker is sure to hold you over for a good Music Minute or two. Check out the wicked dance moves…Read more Music Minute: Mickey Baker’s “Whistle Stop” (1959)

R.I.P. Etta James (January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012)

Today our thoughts are with the James' family as they deal with their loss on this difficult day.  Icon and legend Etta james succumbed to her tribulations with leukemia and other diseases today and we take a moment to remember the women and star, that is Etta James. Her music and soul will always be…Read more R.I.P. Etta James (January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012)