Category: Dance Music

November 25, 2022

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Makes Some Cool Music

If you had asked me a month ago “What kind of music do the Yeah Yeah Yeahs make?” I would have answered “Garage punk or retro post-punk.” And I would have been right. One listen to their most famous song, “Maps”, and you would agree that it is typical early 2000s retro post-punk. Their sound combined minimalist synths with loud guitar solos and simple, tuneful […]

November 17, 2022

Christine and the Queens Reaches for the Stars

The latest album from Héloïse Letissier, a.k.a Christine and the Queens just dropped. Called Redcar les adorable etoiles (prologue), which translates to Redcar, the adorable star (prolog), it is one of the best albums of the year. A mix of europop dance music, dream pop, 80s new wave, David Bowie, and even progressive rock, Christine and the Queens has created a marvelous album. What could […]

July 19, 2022

Does The New Metric Album Measure Up?

It’s almost embarrassing how long it took me to discover Metric. First off, they’re from Toronto, which is practically in my backyard. They also create 80s inspired dance pop and techno, two of my favorite genres. I suspect that they aren’t better known just because they seem so retro. It wasn’t until 2012 that that I ran into them through their near perfect techno song, […]

July 12, 2022

Listen to Lachi

While I work on my next full review, I wanted to introduce you to an artist who is new to me and goes by the mononym Lachi. While watching an episode of cultural history channel PBS Origins on YouTube, a channel I highly recommend, I encountered Lachi as a guest speaker. The episode was on the blind, black musician trope and it’s cultural origins. Lachi […]

May 16, 2022

White, Lizard, Fire, and the Bastille

The idea behind Tunes Past to Present is to talk about new music that might appeal to us, well, older folks. After you reach a certain age, it’s easy to exist in a music echo chamber. You listen to the tunes that you are most familiar with as do your friends. After a while it becomes easy to miss great bands that you would certainly […]

April 7, 2022

It’s Been Awhile

I know it’s been awhile since I last posted. Part of the reason was that I was traveling in warmer climes where time on the beach was more important than writing my blog (sorry but it’s true). The bigger inhibitor has been a lack of decent music to get excited about. Just this week I listened to the new ROSALIA album and The Regrettes EP. […]

March 7, 2022

I Get A Kick From The New Foxes Album

Dance pop artist Louisa Rose Allen i.e., Foxes has always stood out from the pack of usually bland dance music. Her brand of pop music is both upbeat and up-tempo. Unlike a lot of dance pop, she has always avoided the worst tropes of pop (no vocoders!) and delivers a great singable, danceable melody on top of her synths and beats. Her new album The […]

February 9, 2022

Los Bitchos Sure Know How to Party

I like a lot of unusual music styles. If music is the spice of life, I like my life as hot as extra hot chicken wings. (No, I won’t say Buffalo Wings. That’s not what we say here in Buffalo.) The weirder and more unique, the better. Most of the time, however, it’s much easier to describe music by tossing it into a category that […]

February 1, 2022

Bits of Bonobos

Electronic music artist Simon Green’s, Bonobos project is modern twist on classic electronica. Bonobos is retro dance in some ways. For example, it uses classic sequencers and samples more than is typical in modern electronic music. This gives an overall analog sound to the music that is often lacking in modern electronica, especially EDM. In addition to the use of retro techniques, the structure of […]