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Thursday
May172012

Donna Summer (1948 - 2012)

Much more than just a pretty face and a sexy stage persona, Donna Summer had one of the most powerful voices of her peer group, giving weight and significance to dance music in the '70s and '80s.

 

Thursday
May172012

Chuck Brown (1936 - 2012)

James wasn't the only Godfather. DC has lost ours. We'll never be the same.

As much as this hurts, it makes us smile to remember a mid-career Chuck, fit, jheri-curled and rocking a gold rope. He cranked for four decades, but this Axel F era snapshot from the Capital Centre is how many of us grew to love him. 

 

Monday
May072012

Adam Yauch (1964 - 2012)

What an amazing journey in a short 47 years.

From this:

To this:

Farewell, MCA.

Wednesday
May022012

Axel F heads to Atlanta, GA. Fri, May 11

The show's going on the road courtesy of our good friend Karl Injex and his most excellent dining and dancing establishment, the Sound Table.

DJ Stylus can't make the trip, but you know the squad keeps able allies on deck. DJ Nabani will join Adrian Loving and Jahsonic for the Atlanta mission. 

Axel F at the Sound Table
483 Edgewood Avenue (+BLVD), Atlanta, GA 30312
Friday, May 11
11pm
$5

Saturday
Apr282012

Robot Rock Hall of Fame: The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer

Before we get into tonight's cyber-jam, let's honor one more key figure in the robot rock canon. Without it, electronic music as we know it would not exist.

When the Roland TR-808 emerged in 1980 as an affordable entry into synth drum programming, it was panned as sounding thin and unrealistic. But it became legendary precisely because it didn't sound like real drums. From 1980 to current pop hits, the 808 continues to be iconic because of its unique sounds, even if they exist primarily in software today.

This groundbreaking musical device could be lauded and examined indefinitely, it's just that historic. But in three minutes, you can get a solid grasp of its importance via this documentary from Nelson George and Waajeed

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