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Did You Hear? Bohemian Rhapsody

While waiting to see a live Green Day show in Hyde Park, the massive crowd of over 65,000 people, without being told to, sung a rousing version of the Queen song “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  Man, it’s nice to see a huge group of people acting collectively to create something beautiful. Skip to ~4:00 for the obligatory head-banging; it’s kind of like stuffing 65,000 people into Wayne and Garth’s car.

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Did You Hear? Romeo

Big, gaudy, and loud, this is some great pop music that pulls influences from all over the map. It’s a little bit St. Vincent, a little bit Sneaker Pimps, and maybe even a little Cranberries. There’s synth pop, drum n bass, and a few other styles jammed into one compact package. Love it.

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Did You Hear? Why iii Love the Moon

There are few things better than watching talented people make great music.

In this session, Phony PpL worked with Just Blaze (Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z), and just ripped the top off of this song.

(We posted another track from these guys back in 2015.)

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Did You Hear? Dean Town

This is the kind of music that makes your face do that funk frown–you know, when the groove is so filthy and tight, you just shake your head and frown through it. Check out “Wait for the Moment” (or really any of their other tracks) for another example of how seriously these guys take a good groove.

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Did You Hear? Up Above My Head

If you’ve never of Sister Rosetta, you’re certainly not alone, but you’ve been missing out on some some incredible early gospel/r&b/rock&roll, as well as a crucial puzzle piece in the history of American Music.

Here’s another great song from Sister Rosetta: “This Train”

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Did You Hear? Razom nas Bahato

In 2004, there was a presidential election in Ukraine between between leading candidates Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych. A run-off vote won by Yanukovych was widely perceived to be interfered with, which led to the Orange Revolution. Widespread demonstrations, protests, and disobedience led to the vote being annulled, and the Supreme Court ordered a new vote, which showed Yushchenko to be the clear winner (although not before he was poisoned by Agent Orange and scarred for life). Yanukovych is currently exiled in Russia, wanted for treason.

This happened less than a decade ago, and back then it seemed like the plot of Mission: Impossible VII to me. Now it’s a bit more… visceral. This song became the unofficial anthem of the revolution, the title translating to “together we are many, we cannot be defeated.” In this case, orange was the color of the resistance movement, not the Oompa-Troumpa color of an asshat-elect… think what you will of the song and even the movement, but people got behind it and it helped them get up into the actual streets, into the actual cold, and demand something different. Razom nas Bahato.

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