Tin whistle, Cajun French and fiddle filled the Pop Dust board room as very special guests Spider Stacy and Lost Bayou Ramblers paid us a visit while doing a run of sold out shows in NYC. Stacy is probably best known best for co-founding legendary celtic punk band, The Pogues in London, as well as his role on Treme. These days he's a certified 'Naw-land-er,' and Louisiana is where he linked up and began performing with the Grammy-nominated cajun music group, Lost Bayou Ramblers.
Watch our exclusive video of the gang performing "If I Had Wings," live! The sonic blend of these artists is nothing short of awesome. It wasn't the Irish punk sound, nor the southern-fiddle experience you might expect; its an entirely new sound with a ton of history behind it. After the performance we discussed the common roots of Celtic and Cajun music, a tour van that went lost-and-found and the legacy of Dennis McGee. Fans of the Pop Dust Presents series may recall another interview we did with a New Orleans-based group, The Revivalists.
Be sure to share the video and check out tour dates on the band's site to catch them in person!
Happy birthday to the world's biggest genre
On this day in 1973, Clive Campbell, the Jamaican-American "selector" known as DJ Kool Herc, hosted a "back to school jam" at 1520 Sedgewick Avenue in the Boogie Down Bronx of New York City.
Armed with a booming sound system and reggae beats, Herc– a shortened nickname for "Hercules"– commanded insatiable audiences across the South Bronx with his unique looping technique called the "Merry-Go Round." "[I knew that] they were waiting for this particular break," Herc later said, "and I got a couple of records that got the same break up in it. I wonder how it would be if I put them all together."
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Raymond's popularity sheds light on a bizarre underside of the Animal Crossing fandom.
Raymond is a smug cat who highlights his heterochromatic eyes with hipster glasses.
He is essentially the same exact character as every other Animal Crossing villager with a "Smug" personality type, but again, and this is very important, Raymond is a cat with heterochromatic eyes and hipster glasses. As such, he has completely broken the Animal Crossing community.
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