Jäh Division Dubs Again

Jäh Division’s Dub Will Tear Us Apart … Again tells the story of a band in nine songs. It began in 2003 as a laugh when bassist Brad Truax and synth player Barry London had a funny name and idea—Jäh Division, playing dub versions of Joy Division songs—and found it stayed with them until they realized they had to bring it to life. The superfluous umlaut suggests that we should take the idea as a joke, but that would be wrong.

New Orleans Sings Along at Christmas Time

[Updated] According to singer Judith Owen, Christmas has two sides—“Bloody awful and wonderful,” and both are represented in Christmas songs. When sung together, they’re shared expressions of community, but “they're all about yearning,” she said in 2012. “They're about missing home. They're about missing people. Songs like 'White Christmas' and 'The Christmas Song' are about yearning. 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' is one of the saddest songs I've heard in my entire life."

Slightly Stoopid Sticks to the Road

“We butt heads a little bit but at the end of the day, we’re all friends. We’re like brothers,” says Ryan ‘RyMo’ Moran, drummer for the rock reggae group Slightly Stoopid. A fraternal bond seems not only convenient but also necessary for a band that two decades later, continues to produce new music and still spends most of its time on the road. “We’ve stayed relevant because we’ve stayed busy,” says Moran.