May 012015

Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” has likely popped into your head many times since the late 80s’, when it was first released. With a simple melody, a visual storyline for lyrics, and recurring “da-da DA-da, da-da DA-da da-da DA-da, da-da DA-da”, it’s a song to which possibly a tiny baby could help sing along. Like one of Suzanne’s contemporaries, The Terminator, this song has had multiple lives. Originally released in 1987 as an acapella piece, it was re-released as a bootleg with a dance beat by DNA in 1990, and there have been multiple versions since. Thankfully, Suzanne has had the grace to see these copyright infringements as creative pursuits and has not filed any lawsuits to limit versioning. Continue reading »

May 222012

Australian born and recent LA transplant DJ Anna Lunoe is a staple at many of the big festivals down under and in the States. Featuring appearances at Big Day Out, Splendour in the Grass, Parklife, Field Day, and Falls Festival, Anna steadily moves up the bill each year.  Wordlife is a project of Sydney based DJs/Kato and Adam Bozzetto, producing “forward thinking club music”. The two forces have combined to transform the a cappella 80s hit, “Tom’s Diner” into a house dance track. Continue reading »