Hello everyone. Welcome back to Staying In, your terrifying transatlantic handhold of content for the weekend ahead.
By the way who is Rag’n’Bone Man? And actually what actually is a Rag’n’Bone Man? Like, what was one back in the day? Wait I googled it. A rag-and-bone man collects unwanted household items and sells them to merchants. Traditionally this was a task performed on foot, with the scavenged materials (which included rags, bones and various metals) kept in a small bag slung over the shoulder. Some wealthier rag-and-bone men used a cart, sometimes pulled by horse or pony. Weird. Here’s the content.
Tribute To David AxelrodRBMA Radio
Following the sad news that pioneering producer and composer David Axelrod had passed away, British producer Kirk Degiorgio stepped up for RBMA Radio for this very special two hour tribute mix. Get lost in the sounds and check out the full tracklist here.
Rae Sremmurd: Top Of The PopsCrack Magazine
We unveiled our brand new issue last week, featuring our effervescent cover stars, Rae Sremmurd. In the cover story, Davy Reed speaks to the brothers about going viral, growing up and taking control of the charts. Read the full piece here.
Crack Mix 133: Bjoørn TorskeCrack Magazine
Something of a cult figure in Norway, Bjørn Torske’s formative influence on producers like Todd Terje and Prins Thomas helped launch Nordic disco into its idiosyncratic orbit. Twenty years in action hasn’t diluted his weird streak either, as proven on recent releases for Sex Tags and Smalltown Supersound. We’re honoured to have him take the controls for Crack Mix 133. Not least because he joins the dots between Muslimgauze, Skatebård, Art of Noise and, um, Wham!
Song Exploder: MoonlightSong Exploder
If you haven’t seen Moonlight yet, do. It’s rolling out across UK cinemas across the next week or two so find a viewing and get down there. If you have, then this comprehensive breakdown of composer Nicholas Britell’s three themes is essential listening. Britell composed a standalone theme for each chapter of the film – here he takes the compositions apart in relation to the story. Go listen. Go see it.
How Pepsi Used Pop Music to Build an EmpirePitchfork
The Super Bowl was this week! What better way to revel in the spectacle and bombast of the biggest televised event in history than to check out a potted history of PepsiCo’s handle on pop music and how they used the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Britney Spears, Kanye West, David Bowie and others to sell sugary drinks. A brilliant read from Jeremy D. Larson at Pitchfork. Read it here.
Otis Redding: Soul AmbassadorBBC Four
Back on the iPlayer after first being broadcasted three years ago, this documentary on Redding begins focuses on his 1967 UK tour, they follow him on the road and use home footage to show how the visit to Britain influenced his sound. Telling his whole life story from childhood through to club shows and posthumous success, it’s an interesting and touching portrait of a unique performer.
Lucifer Over London w/ David KeenanNTS Radio
This week, music journalist lifer David Keenan was on the publicity trail for his debut novel This Is Memorial Device. An all-round authority on music’s stranger spheres, he dropped into NTS’s Lucifer Over London show, extrapolating themes of his books into an impassioned discussion on life, death, transgression and John Balance. Fascinating stuff if you’re into phrases like “the amniotic night”. And, frankly, who isn’t?