Mark Ronson


Always looking for something different to listen to while at work, I have been listening to a lot of the NPR on Itunes. Neil pointed me to it because he subscribes Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me and This American Life with his Ipod. I know its public radio, but I was still surprised that it is free online.

Anyways, I was listening to one of the shows called All Songs Considered because they had an interview with Mark Ronson, a man who seems to have his hand in everything that I have been listening to right now. He has produced Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse. I also just found out that his label, Allido Records, has chicago rapper Rhymefest on it.

Its a decent interview, but I enjoyed was the music that they played. Highlights include his current cd with a cover of the Kaiser Chief’s “Oh My God” and cover of the Zuton’s “Valerie.” Ronson did a great remix of Bob Dylan’s “Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine).” He also talked about a rapper from Washington DC named WALE that has a pretty catchy song called “W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.” using the Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E.” as a sample.

Get yourself some Ronson tunes at HypeMachine.
If you search, you could probably find the Bob Dylan song there along with the Wale song.


Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Urbanite homage
Who hasn’t fallen asleep on the train. The Sleep Urbanite is a website that features the pictures taken by a Chicago artist of people asleep on the train. Neat little website, I was just worried that I might find one of myself with my mouth wide open and drool falling from it. I found it from a cool site called
The also had a link to this Flickr album of another artist that coping with the urban atmosphere. It features advertisements with the heads removed. Whatever is used to cover the head makes it look like it was decapitated. I did not see Bee Movie, but I think that bee deserved to get decapitated.



Creepy HoffIs Hasselhoff the new Chuck Norris?  The picture is from a mass email, so I don’t know who to give credit for finding it, but haunts my dreams.  I never could have thought that I might be raped by Mitch Buchannon or Michael Knight, but now I am not so sure.  And if that isn’t creepy enough, there is a blog that found two Christmas songs song by the Hoff from an import holiday cd. Check them out at your own discretion here.


Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings  I have been enjoying how the Stax and Motown sound has been getting a revival lately. The poster girl of this revival, Amy Winehouse, has been a let down. Back to Black was great album, but since then she has been a zombie on stage and a nut-job in the news. Anyone who says that she was great at Lollapalooza is a liar. So who do you turn to? Why not the band that backed her up on Back to Black, the Dap Kings. Like the Booker T. And the MGs for Stax Records, they are the house band for Dap Records. Sharon Jones has a phenomenal voice too. Its tough to be cool when one of your members has a unibrow, but they pull it off. Check out their myspace or hypemachine for a listen.