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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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Did You Hear? Love’s In Need of Love Today

Even though the begining of this week felt like this to a lot of us, Stevie Wonder is always a great way to take a breath and enjoy a timeless song. It’s amazing to me that Songs in the Key Of Life starts with this 7:00 minute rambling jam. An odd choice, but I suppose when you are writing one of the greatest albums of all time, you’re allowed.

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Did You Hear? Human Behavior

If you ever get close to a human

And human behavior

Be ready, be ready to get confused

And me and my hereafter

There’s definitely, definitely, definitely no logic

To human behavior

But yet so, yet so irresistible

1993 Bjork, introduced as “Bjerk,”  lead singer of the Sugarcubes, is as incredible then as she is today. She floats around the stage in front of several cartoon character ’90s musicians and just kills it. Also worth noting: the melody of this song is, for the most part, a whole step down from the arrangement, so if it feels like something is off, that’s probably why. And if it feels like something is awesome, that’s also probably why.

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Did You Hear? Abangoma and $20,000 Samba

Two performances. The first is by two guys doing something great that will never sell. The second is by a group doing something great whose sole purpose is to ask for money… presumably so they can do something great that will never sell?

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