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Schoolhouse Rock!: The Shot Heard 'Round The World
Airing 200 years after America signed the Declaration of Independence, on educational television program Schoolhouse Rock!, "The Shot Heard 'Round The World" taught young ones—and likely a fair amount of adults—about how the United States gained its...
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Shintaro Sakamoto: Birth of the Super Cult
Shintaro Sakamoto further distances himself from his past life as the lead singer of the Japanese psychedelic rock trio Yura Yura Teikoku (which broke up after two decades) with his second solo album Let's Dance Raw. The first single, "Birth of the...
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RKCB: Comatose
Award-winning R&B singer Maxwell, as a modern soul singer, is always keeping his ear on what's current. One such example is the song he selected when CH asked for a track he's digging at the moment, which he says is "Comatose" by obscure newcomers...
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Dolly Parton: Jolene (Live at Glastonbury 2014)
Cool Hunting is comprised of a diverse range of people, and musical interests don't always align. But one artist beloved by everyone at CH HQ is the legendary Dolly Parton. It seems we're not alone, and her golden voice speaks to multiple generations...
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Bobby Womack: That's The Way I Feel About 'Cha Born in Cleveland in 1944, soul singer Bobby Womack got his start like many from his generation: singing gospel with his family in the church choir. With his exceptional voice and talent on the guitar...
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J Dilla: Last Donut of the Night
This week marks the eight year anniversary of James Dewitt Yancey's untimely death, and his birthday. Yancey—better known as J Dilla—was arguably the most influential hip-hop producer ever and his legacy is still evident; so strong, in fact that each...
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Bob Marley Birthday Tribute
Thursday marked what would have been legendary reggae singer, Rastafarian and star soccer player Bob Marley's 69th birthday. His extensive discography is so well-known and loved around the world, choosing one to pay homage can be a difficult task...
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Jan Hammer Group: Don’t You Know
This week's #PrivateJam is selected by the man behind London-based music blog, Amateurism, who regularly delivers obscure tracks in the form of "daily vibes." Of Jan Hammer Group's "Don’t You Know," Leo Walton explains, "First of all, take three minutes...
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Phantogram: Bill Murray
Like a genuine siren song, Phantogram's new track "Bill Murray" is exactly as the name implies: a musical tribute to the brilliant actor. The New York-based twosome hopes Murray will guest star in the song's future video, but with or without him, the...
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Tinariwen: Emmaar
Malian band Tinariwen are famous in their own Saharan country as much for their rocking desert blues as for their role in the '80s as Tuareg rebel fighters for Gadaffi. Despite their critically acclaimed musical talent, it would be hard to separate...
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Tinariwen: Emmaar Malian band Tinariwen are famous in their own Saharan country as much for their rocking desert blues as for their role in the '80s as Tuareg rebel fighters for Gadaffi. Despite their critically acclaimed musical talent, it would...
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12. Jason Molina: Captain Badass
When Darkside remixed the entirety of Daft Punk's Random Access Memories this summer, it was clear they were warming up to something much bigger. Producer Nicolas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington have been concocting a musical experiment...
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11. Darkside: Paper Trails
London's post-industrial dance rock trio Factory Floor kicked off their eponymous full-length album debut with "Turn It Up," the first single from their DFA Records release. Factory Floor comes out swinging on this upbeat, if at times slightly disorienting...
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10. Factory Floor: Turn It Up
Famed jazz funk keyboardist George Duke passed away on 5 August 2013 at the age of 67 and his memorial service included performances from Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan. When Duke passed away, the ripple through Twitter showed just how many of today...
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9. George Duke: Reach Out
Sweating and strumming the guitar with artistic force, folk singer Richie Havens opened up Woodstock in '69 with a three-hour-long, 11-song set that culminated with "Freedom." A star on the rise, the Brooklyn artist set the tone then at Woodstock and...
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8. Richie Havens: Freedom
Jim Morrison may have very well been the frontman of The Doors, but it was keyboardist Ray Manzarek who ignited their worldwide success with his inimitable ability to play a Vox Continental organ with his right hand for the melodies while simultaneously...
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7. The Doors: Light My Fire
This souped-up remix of Kendrick Lamar's hit, "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe," makes for the ultimate party anthem. Lamar's Good Kid, M.A.A.D City album was released toward the end of 2012 but he dropped the original version of this single in March 2013...
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6. Kendrick Lamar ft. Jay-Z: Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe (remix)
When Kris Kross "jumped" onto the scene in '92, they inspired young people everywhere to get Totally Krossed Out with their Jermaine Dupri-produced debut album. They also ignited a major fashion moment when it was suddenly acceptable to wear an entire...
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5. Kris Kross: Totally Krossed Out
A never before released concert film and audio recording of Thelonious Monk's late-career concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris will finally be made available to the public on 25 November from Blue Note Records. Monk, a self-taught musician, was 52...
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4. Thelonious Monk: Paris 1969
For his final bow after months commanding the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded a music video from space. In covering David Bowie's 1969 song, "Space Oddity," Hadfield was able to croon a viral phenomenon that...
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3. Commander Chris Hadfield: Space Oddity
Known as much for his love of cocaine and whiskey as his incredible ability to write and perform, country music legend George Jones passed away on 26 April 2013 at 81 years old. His discography includes a mountain of number one hits, many of them duets...
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2. George Jones: He Stopped Loving Her Today
After 71 colorful years, the immensely influential musician Lou Reed (born on 2 March 1942) passed away on Sunday, 27 October 2013. Not since Elvis has rock'n'roll received such a loss, and the indelible mark this distinctly talented artist left on...
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1. Lou Reed: See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
As 2013 comes to a close, we take a moment to reflect upon the hundreds of songs that hit our headphones, had us dancing and influenced daily life throughout the year, many of which we reported on in our weekly feature, ListenUp. Below are 12 of our...
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Best of CH 2013: ListenUp
As 2013 comes to a close, we take a moment to reflect upon the hundreds of songs that hit our headphones, had us dancing and influenced daily life throughout the year, many of which we reported on in our weekly feature, ListenUp. Below are 12 of our...
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