It’s Wednesday and I’ve got some sweet music suggestions for you — some of which I can attribute to my obsession with making mix tapes and a recent pursuit to find the music I loved when I was younger.
File Under: Incredibly talented percussionist who brings sexiness to the funk
For Fans Of: Prince, George Clinton, early Whitney Houston, The Last Dragon, The Gap Band, Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam, fishnet gloves, Teena Marie, jean jackets with buttons on them, pop culture trivia, the Carlton dance.
Bonus: Not only did Sheila E start out as a fierce drummer who played with Prince, but she is also a great cook who shares her recipes on her website!
File Under: Singer/songwriter whose unique voice may not be for everyone. But if she is for you, she’ll penetrate your soul.
For Fans Of: Joan as Policewoman, Keren Ann, Nima Simone, Cibelle, CocoRosie, fall and winter weather, Cat Power, ethnic masks displayed as home furnishings, Nico, lentil soup, pottery classes.
Bonus: Actually, this is the opposite of a bonus. After falling in love with her voice I’ve found out that Lhasa passed away after battling breast cancer in 2010. I guess the only bonus is that I’m happy to have finally found her music and am getting to share it with you all.
From: Japan For Fans of: If Deee-Lite and Luscious Jackson had a baby, Party Monster (the documentary and the film with Macaulay Culkin), Atari Teenage Riot, Datarock, Lite-Brite, Massive Attack, graffiti as art, parties in commercial loft spaces. Bonus: Some good news for those of us state-side — the band’s last album, Weapons of Math Destruction, is finally available to us for download (there aren’t any physical copies for us). I would actually just like to add a bonus for myself and say I just read that it was Luscious Jackson who found them and introduced them to the Beastie Boys and got them (for a short time) on the Grand Royal label.
For Fans Of: Drinking wine during the day (there is nothing wrong with that), Coeur De Pirate, Ellie Goulding (in that she has a sweet-sounding voice), Lily Allen, Ximena Sarinana’s song “Love Again,” fashion from Gossip Girl, dinner and a movie dates, natural-looking makeup.
Bonus: According to the broken Swedish to English translator I used, Veronica has a new album out (not available yet in the states), Satan I Gatan.
From: Australia For Fans of: School of Seven Bells, The Jezabels, H&M accessories, choppy hair, multi-colored leggings, short cotton vintage-looking dresses from the Gap (that was maybe a little too specific), a less heavy Ladytron, Telepathe, Broadcast. Bonus: A big thank you shout out to AE reader Lubaboom for the suggestion. Their EP, Zurich, is a great album to take with me into the fall (or right now while I’m wearing a freakin’ hooded sweatshirt in my office because it is so cold).