Lesley Gore: You Don’t Own Me

To pay tribute to Lesley Gore—who sadly died this week at just 68 years old—we have chosen to play one of her most popular songs on repeat. “You Don’t Own Me” is one of the earliest pop versions of girl power and “embraced feminism way ahead of its time” when it was released in 1963. The song was eventually covered by Dusty Springfield; The Blow …

Róisín Murphy: Gone Fishing

Róisín Murphy has returned (eight years after her last album) and not a moment too soon. The Irish singer/songwriter announced her record Hairless Toys and dropped the first song from it, the excellent “Gone Fishing,” which Murphy was inspired to write after seeing cult film “Paris is Burning.” She says “I was deeply moved by this film… The culture was a flamboyant reaction to persecution …

Hudson Mohawke: Valentine’s Slowjams Chapter VIII

While Valentine’s Day might be over, Hudson Mohawke released the latest in his annual slowjams mixtape series yesterday: Valentine’s Slowjams Chapter VIII. The playlist begins with a live cover version of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “You Can’t Hide Love” by the imitable D’Angelo, and continues with pure romance from the likes of Klymaxx, Deniece Williams, Stephanie Mills and Bill Withers. Who needs just one official …