William Onyeabor: Body and Soul (Justin Strauss and Bryan Mette remix)

Chairman Mao's love for Leonard Cohen, Pacman and Peso in North Korea, William Onyeabor remixed and more in our weekly look at music

Our knowledge of William Onyeabor is due to a chance suggestion from Rough Trade director Nigel House at the opening of the Brooklyn location. We heeded his advice and have been hooked on Onyeabor’s distinct vibe ever since. The Nigerian musician’s sound hits you over the head with funky dance-inducing beats, spiritual synths and simplified lyrics crooning the truth. Much of Onyeabor’s identity remains a …

School of Seven Bells: Painting a Memory

Remembering Benjamin Curtis and Phil Everly, White Lies' album art, Afrika Bambaataa and more in music this week

2014 started off with the sad news of musician Benjamin Curtis passing at the young age of 35 after a battle with cancer. The distinctly talented artist began as a drummer in Dallas-based bands UFOFU and Tripping Daisy before becoming the rocking guitarist in Secret Machines and ultimately the multi-instrumentalist in NYC’s beloved indie rock band School of Seven Bells, with Alejandra Deheza. While their …

Afrika Bambaataa: Looking For The Perfect Beat

Remembering Benjamin Curtis and Phil Everly, White Lies' album art, Afrika Bambaataa and more in music this week

The grandfather of hip hop, the father of electro funk and the godfather of early techno, NYC-bred Afrika Bambaataa was an early proponent of incorporating drum machines and samples, breaking down genre walls to literally spin them together. We jammed to the 1983 hit “Looking For The Perfect Beat” this week to prep for a DJ set fr om Bam at the intimate Le Poisson …