LISTEN UP: Your Daily Dose of the Best Music Ever

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  • Unlike me, some of you knew Django Reinhardt before Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown. But if you’re still equating him with Sean Penn, check out the real thing in this rare video from wfmu blog. Said to be one of the greatest jazz guitarist ever, the real Django was missing a couple of fingers, so it is fascinating watch him play.
  • Also check out Ellis Regina’s De Marco (The Waters of March)another video from FMU that makes the Girl from Ipanima seem like an amateur.
  • The Queen of Memphis soul has stolen my heart. Carla Thomas’ What a Fool I’ve Been is perfect for slow dancing in the basement of some seedy bar in southside Chicago in the 1950′s or so I’m told. (thanks Tricky Brains)
  • It’s writer’s week at moistworks and writer Sam Lipsyte has selected Lonley Boy by Andrew Gold. This 70′s power ballad gives new meaning to the phrase AM Gold. Lipsyste says he included it "because my babysitter used to torture me with it and because it is a case study of what happens when a robot, passing as human, enjoys a flourishing career as a session man and then lands a solo deal."
  • The Voom Blooms are a four piece band from the UK that sound kind of like the Libertines. Check out Politics and Cigarettes, a song that one blog-critic calls "a future classic rock anthem."