Sister Sledge: We Are Family

Today the sad news emerged that Sister Sledge member Joni Sledge passed away. While the disco outfit had plenty of hits (from “He’s the Greatest Dancer” to “Lost in the Music”), there’s little doubt their best-loved tune is the positively charged “We Are Family.” The 1979 track was the first that Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards ever wrote for another band, and the sisters didn’t …

America’s Last Disco Ball-Maker

Starting with an aluminum sphere (some as large as a whopping 10 feet in diameter), Yolanda Baker makes disco balls by hand, a craft she has perfected over almost 50 years. While the disco ball boom dropped off—thanks to cheaper, overseas options becoming available, Baker (known as Yo Yo) is America’s last disco queen. During the zenith of Studio 54, flares and doing The Hustle, …

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Kid Cudi's new record, darkness and romance from Shy Girls, and making out at the gay club with NVDES

Shy Girls: Why I Love From the new Shy Girls (aka Dan Vidmar) album comes the track “Why I Love”—a minimal, dark tune that’s balanced out with Vimar’s tender vocals. This album version is very different than the acoustic version he performed at downtown LA’s The Gift Shop. Both are heady and delicate. That said, both include plenty of pathos (with vocals like “I need …