David Bowie illustration by Andrew Spear.

So long, David Bowie

  So long, David Bowie! Since the dawn of the Space Age, several cosmic souls have too briefly graced our…

February 4th, 2016 | | Guest Blog/In Memoriam
Natalie Cole promo photo

Remembering R&B legend Natalie Cole

On December 31, 2015, a statuesque songbird flew away from her perch to the heavens above. Natalie Maria Cole was…

January 6th, 2016 | | Guest Blog/In Memoriam
Onra (101 Apparel)

New Onra mixtape from 101 Apparel

French beatmaker Onra—featured in Wax Poetics Issue 63—has stitched together a fascinating mix for 101 Apparel, who just created the…

December 17th, 2015 | | News
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Rare Gallery footage and special New Year’s Eve offer from DJ Nicky Siano

Earlier this year DJ legend Nicky Siano threw one of the greatest parties in recent memory, a throwback to the…

December 9th, 2015 | | News
Tamla 45 set from Third Man Records

Third Man Records releases Tamla 45s set

Win nine 45s!

December 2nd, 2015 | | News
Orlando & Patricia 'Num Dia Azul'

Lost bossa nova album Num Dia Azul to be reissued via Kickstarter

The bossa nova/jazz duo of Orlando Haddad and Patricia King, better know as Minas, are closing in on their financial goal for…

December 2nd, 2015 | | News
Computa Games featuring K-Maxx

Computa Games teams up with Sweater Funk singer K-Maxx for new single

Austin’s ABC Records (via the Austin Boogie Crew) is back with a new 7-inch, this time with a dope full-color…

November 11th, 2015 | | Contests/Tracks
James Brown Bluray

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown Blu-ray

  Last year, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown from acclaimed director Alex Gibney was released and later aired…

November 4th, 2015 | | News
(WPR044) Bones & Beeker cover (Wax Poetics Records)

Bones & Beeker album announcement

  Producer and multi-instrumentalist BK-One (Brother Ali/Rhymesayers) and singer-songwriter Anthony Newes (Villa) have teamed up to form Bones & Beeker….

October 27th, 2015 | | News
Sly Stone Small Talk

A collection of art director John Berg’s iconic album covers

Former Columbia Records art director John Berg passed away last week. When we read his obituaries and other blogs that talk…

October 19th, 2015 | | The Album

John Morales–remixed Tuxedo 12-inch

In Wax Poetics Issue 61, we featured an article on Tuxedo, the Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One collaboration album that…

September 30th, 2015 | | News
Nohelani Cypriano

Nohelani Cypriano created a 1979 Hawaiian disco cult-classic

You can imagine how it happened: the confluence of the islands’ long history of musical output with the nightlife of 1970s Honolulu—think tourists,…

September 28th, 2015 | | Blog

Six Degrees of a G: The N.W.A Family Tree

What do Rakim, Candyman, and Will.i.am have in common?

September 11th, 2015 | | Blog
Grace Jones

The 2015 Afropunk Fest in Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn

  Palo Santo smoke curled through the crowd, its distinctive scent clinging to the hot night air. Next to the…

September 3rd, 2015 | | The Recap
JAY Z Magna Carta... Holy Grail

Third Man Records releases 2LP 180-gram Magna Carta… Holy Grail

  Your turntable’s still not dead. Mere months after issuing a limited-edition 45s set of Magna Carta… Holy Grail, a 2LP…

August 20th, 2015 | | News
Air 'Vigin Suicides' box set

Air’s lush synthesizer masterpiece score of The Virgin Suicides get box set treatment

Air scored the haunting and beautiful music for Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, with the album hitting shelves in early 2000….

July 28th, 2015 | | News
Bruce Lundvall

A farewell to Blue Note’s Bruce Lundvall, Sept. 13, 1935–May 19, 2015

Bruce Lundvall’s passing was a sad occasion and a great loss to jazz and the music community as a whole….

June 26th, 2015 | | In Memoriam
Lee "Scratch" Perry 'Super Ape' (Vinyl Me, Please)

Vinyl Me, Please reissues Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters’ Super Ape

Perhaps one of the most misunderstood records in Lee “Scratch” Perry’s catalog and the reggae genre, Super Ape was slept on by…

June 25th, 2015 | | News
Everybody Digs Bill Evans

Album cover art: Everybody Digs Paul Bacon

  Everybody digs Paul Bacon. You just might not know it yet. He first made his mark as an art director…

June 11th, 2015 | | The Album
Don Cornelius

Watch Don Cornelius get down in the best Soul Train line ever

In what may be the greatest Soul Train clip ever, the late Soul Train impresario Don Cornelius boogies his way…

May 27th, 2015 | | Blog
D'Angelo 'Brown Sugar'

D’Angelo debut Brown Sugar sees long-awaited vinyl reissue

Long ago, D’Angelo issued his first album to much acclaim, blending R&B, gospel, and jazz into a fresh organic blend….

May 22nd, 2015 | | News
Daddy-O, Stetsasonic

Stetsasonic’s Daddy-O adds needed context to the Grandmaster Flash vs. Scorpio and Melle Mel debate

By now, you’ve all heard about the controversy where Scorpio of the Furious Five calls Grandmaster Flash “the Milli Vanilli of…

May 21st, 2015 | | News
Photo by Jamel Shabazz

Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) reflects on the legacy of Malcolm X

Malcolm X would have celebrated his 90th birthday on Tuesday.

May 21st, 2015 | | Blog
Fluevog Shoes, Venice

Fluevog Shoes opens new store in Venice, California

On May 15, the 45th annual International Fluevog Day, longtime advertising partner Fluevog Shoes is opening a new store in…

May 15th, 2015 | | News