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My Year of Mixtapes Week 31: NY Garage

My Year of Mixtapes Week 31: NY Garage

Playing tracks by

Brooklyn Dreams , The Salsoul Orchestra feat. Jocelyn Brown, Ashford & Simpson, Lamont Dozier, Convertion and more.

Ok, there's a LOT to discuss before I throw this one out there. First off, big up to Birgitte in Norway, who sparked the idea to do this mix. She requested a mix of '80s soul & R&B; this is the first of two mixes exploring that theme (the other will come in two weeks).

Anyway, this week we have a tape of New York Garage. This is NOT garage rock, and the name has nothing to do with that...the "garage" in question is a sub-genre of disco that came from New York and helped pave the way for house music. It's named after the Paradise Garage, a members-only all-night dance club which existed in New York from 1977 to 1987, and was home to super-big-deal dance music legend Larry Levan. Previous to 1977, Levan had been mentor to "Godfather of House" Frankie Knuckles—in '77 Knuckles moved to Chicago to begin his residency at the Warehouse, and Levan remained in New York... (full text at http://yearofmixtapes.blogspot.com/2009/12/week-31-ny-garage.html)

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