A Reason to Return to Carnival

Professor Longhair and some Carnival classics get the Balkan bounce beat courtesy of Gypsyphonic Disko. Today, Quickie Mart and Galactic's Ben Ellman released the new Gyspyphonic Mardi Gras, a half-hour downloadable mix that adds bounce's party-starting mojo to "Hey Pocky-Way" and many more. Me - I could stand these versions to be a little more out there, but a they smartly add a vibe that's both retro (the '90s) and contemporary that keeps these remixes from feeling easy.

 

To List or Not to List?

[Updated] I hadn't planned to do a year-end best-of list for a host of reasons. I'm not a list person, and that's not how I think. I know people, sites and magazines that do Top 50 lists, and I couldn't imagine how or why you'd try do decide if Album A is number 42 and Album B is number 43. I'm also not sure what the use is of year-end lists.

Hip-Hop for the Holidays

Christmas music has had an age problem. The classic canon started in the '40s with the first mainstream, secular Christmas single - Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" - and it arguably ended with the British Invasion. After The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, songs about dancing around the Christmas tree seemed hopelessly uncool, so much so that few songs have entered the canon since then.

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