I’m not much into disco, particularly because it had its day about 50 years ago, but I do have sincere admiration for a number of songs from that era. Two of my personal favorites are “I Feel Love” and “Last Dance”, both by Donna Summer. In that sense I found it unfortunate to hear she died early this morning at age 63 after a battle with cancer. She may not have been a personal hero of mine, nor was she a very relevant force in my musical life (which Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys was), but it’s still sad to know a music legend has passed away. Her best days were behind her, but the music lives on and continues to get played in clubs and wedding receptions around the world. Her impact has been great, and that’s a big reason why she’s also known as the Queen of Disco. I send my condolences to her family, and wish them the best in coping with this tragedy. She was apparently working on a new record before she died, so there’s a very good chance we’ll hear at least pieces of it in the near future. Speaking of the future, perhaps the next Donna Summer can be found somewhere in this pile of Pick Your Poison. Probably not, but you never know. Today I’ll recommend tracks from Baby Monster, Doldrums, Island Twins, MV & EE, Physical Therapy, Purling Hiss, and Six Organs of Admittance. Oh, and there’s a new song from Yeasayer in the Soundcloud section for your streaming pleasure.

Amanda Mair – Sense (Meridians & Croquet Club Remix)

Baby Monster – City of Lovers

Bravestation – Tides of the Summit

Doldrums – Jump Up

The Driftwood Singers – Come Across the Tracks

Island Twins – Creepaway

Jen Schande – Nice Fez

Jhameel – Are You Free

Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band – Puerto de Santa Maria

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Opelika

Light Asylum – Dark Allies (Live on Snacky Tunes)

Lightouts – Push (The Cure cover)

MV & EE – Sweet Sure Gone

Physical Therapy – Record Sales

Purling Hiss – Lolita

Revolution, I Love YOu – Cotton Shirts

Six Organs of Admittance – Waswasa

Team Me – Weathervanes and Chemicals


Ant Brooks – Skreamer

Clubfeet – City of Light

Helium Robots – Silver

Julia Stone – You’re The One That I Want

Yeasayer – Henrietta