Rest In Peace, Chuck Brown


As many may now know, “Godfather of Go-Go” Chuck Brown passed away yesterday in Baltimore at the age of 75. Having been a staple to DC music culture for decades now, go-go was founded by the singer-songwriter and musician as a response to disco in the mid 70′s. The funky dance music was dubbed go-go by Brown due to its non-stop energetic nature that keeps ‘going and going.’

The magnetic performer naturally became focal to the go-go movement and quickly became a local celebrity as the genre cemented its place as a source of pride for DC folks.

“Bustin’ Loose” was the song that put go-go on the map nationally, spending four weeks at the top of R&B charts in 1978. Other local hits included “We Need Some Money,” “Go-Go Swing,” and “Run Joe.”

Chuck and his contributions to the world of funk will not be forgotten. And indeed, go-go will most definitely live on.


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    Rest In Peace, Adam Yauch


    As many probably now know, Adam Yauch, co-founder of the Beastie Boys, passed away this morning after battling cancer for three years.

    Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this April, the Beastie Boys were seminal in introducing hip-hop to the American mainstream with songs like “Sabotage” and “Intergalactic” becoming instant anthems. Yauch was not only a fiercely entertaining and iconic rapper, he was also a film director and a political activist, creating the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization devoted to Tibetan independence.

    Below, find the video for one of our favorite tracks, “Intergalactic,” and after the jump watch the classic video for “Sabotage.”



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    Watch “Sabotage” after the jump

    Gilles Peterson Completes Final Show On BBC Radio 1


    Surrounded by a studio full of friends and family, Gilles Peterson late last night closed out his final show on BBC Radio 1. Above, you can find an awesome video by sir LeFtO documenting a night not be forgotten.

    But fret not, friends! As many of you may have heard, Gilles will be launching a new BBC Radio 6 show starting April 7 on Saturdays from 3PM-6PM.

    Folks that missed the momentous event can tune in online to hear the final show.

    The final track last night was a humorous little piece titled “The Adventures of Peterson” by none other than Earl Zinger. Take a listen!

    Find the entire tracklisting from the night and a photo from the studio after the jump

    Rest In Peace, Jimmy Ellis (1937 – 2012)


    Soul singer and frontman of the Trammps, Jimmy Ellis, has died at the age of 74. He passed away yesterday in Rock Hill, South Carolina from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

    Jimmy was a huge influence on funk and soul music; he helped lay the foundation for generations of artists to come. He was best known as the singer of the band’s 1976 song “Disco Inferno,” which became a smash hit in the United States in 1978 after it was included on the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever.

    Jimmy’s contributions are truly immortalized – and will not be forgotten.

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