Today's Song: Cat Power 'Ruin'

Rich Juzwiak · 06/18/12 12:03PM

"Ruin" serves as a preview of the first Cat Power/Chan Marshall album in six years, Sun. If the cheery tone of "Ruin" is any indication of what's to come, Sun is an apt title. With its octave-jumping bass line and rushing percussion (that occasionally features a four-on-the-floor pulse) "Ruin" is the weird thing that happens when Cat Power goes disco (with the help of Cassius' Philippe Zdar, who mixed Sun). It's sleek, catchy as hell and Target-commercial ready. Could Sun be cleaned up enough to be Chan Marshall's Liz Phair? (That's if the critically acclaimed but relatively bland The Greatest doesn't deserve that title already.)

Donna Summer Is Dead

Rich Juzwiak · 05/17/12 11:30AM

TMZ reports that premier disco queen and conduit for decades of dance-music advancement Donna Summer died today at age 63. She had cancer.

Today's Song: Luther Vandross 'Never Too Much'

Rich Juzwiak · 04/20/12 01:40PM

Today would have been the 61st birthday of one of the finest voices that ever blessed the Earth. Luther Vandross died almost seven years ago, and he is still sorely missed, especially when you consider the sad state of the commercial R&B male crooner (R. Kelly and Usher are about the only ones who can really sing and sell). Let's remember him by listening to his defiant disco (released a full two years after the Disco Demolition Rally supposedly destroyed the genre) and by staring at a bunch of New Yorkers' crotches. Miss ya, big guy.

Singer Loleatta Holloway Reportedly Dead at 64

Max Read · 03/22/11 02:05AM

Music site Spinning Soul reports that R&B/disco legend Loleatta Holloway died "following a brief illness." Holloway, who started her career as a gospel and R&B singer, found success as a disco act in the late 1970s—but she might be most famous for providing the hook for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations" (a sample from her "Love Sensation.") Above, Holloway performing "Hit & Run."

America's Best Dance Crew's Disco Renaissance

Daniel Barnum-Swett · 03/12/10 05:45PM

Disco suffers an undeservedly bad rap considering it's one of the most honestly blissful genres of music. Last night, ABDC's best crews burned up the floor with their own disco infernos, transforming kitschy 70s fare into hip hop.