Archive for the Music Category

Dance Britannia!

Posted in Dance, Music on November 27, 2010 by lili

I love the BBC’s Britannia series! And this series on dance styles is a lot of fun. Thank you, YouTubers!

Part 1: Acid House (not my thing, personally)

Part 2a: The 1960’s… Ballroom dancing as a sport

Part 2b: 1960’s…West Indian influences, Jamaican Ska

Part 2c: Soul…Embracing American black music culture and dance style…

Part 3a: Dancehall sceneAfrican influences (bring on the pelvis)

1980’s Hip hop influences (breakdancing etc)

Sound System Reference Page!

Posted in Gadgets, Music on November 16, 2010 by eddie

Great reference resource page going back to the 1950’s –


Posted in Dance, Music on August 31, 2010 by lili

Via Wikipedia:

Tecktonik (TCK), also called Milky Way or Electro Dance, is a frenetic and quirky form of street dance which is typically performed to electro houseDisco, Vogue, Waacking, Hip-Hop and Freehand Glowsticking. It started in the 2000s and originated from the southern suburbs of Paris, France, mainly from the Metropolis nightclubs[1][2] and has grown around the world. Fast-paced techno and electro house music imported from Northern Europe is the usual choice for Tecktonik dancing.[3] music.

Related links:

Tecktonik Tutorials

Drum & Bass dance

Posted in Dance, Music on August 31, 2010 by lili

King Rat, Drum & Bass.

Posted in Books, Music on August 31, 2010 by lili

King Rat on

Rarely does a book make me want to TURN UP the music while I read.

China Mieville’s King Rat is an urban fantasy set in a gritty London of dirty alleys, sewers, warehouses, rats, birds, spiders and a scary Pied Piper villain. The book  reads like a homage to the culture of 1990’s Drum ‘n Bass and for the human characters, Jungle/DnB is a religion and way of life.  Interestingly,  most criticisms of King Rat dismiss the music-subculture stuff as trite or contrived when this is the part that I found most fascinating. (example: Here’s a bad review)

Here’s another review.

I want to hear Windy City.

For now:

Related links:

The Amen Break

YouTube Documentary: A London Somet’ing Dis (1993) – 3 parts. Here’s Part 1:

New Romantics

Posted in Art/Style, Dance, fashion, Music on July 8, 2010 by lili

“Lots of air up the nostrils” (Quote an ex-Blitz Kid on her favorite dance moves)

That was Part 2 (The Look), and here is Part 1. (The Music)

Japanorama “Bad Girls”

Posted in Art/Style, fashion, Film, hybrid culture, Music with tags on July 7, 2010 by lili

Kogals, Ganguro and Yamanba girls:

Para para, Reiko Ike:

Anna Tsuchiya from Kamikaze Girls; Puroresu, pop stars/bands etc:

There are many more episodes of  Japanorama (BBC, 2009) on YouTube.

Zoku episode:

p.s. I wish that Professor Nobuyuki Mori – “researcher and illustrator of uniforms” –  had a website.

Soul Britannia on YouTube

Posted in Music, Television on July 7, 2010 by lili

(Following on from this blog post)

Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music V2.5

Posted in Music on July 6, 2010 by lili

Updated version! Still fun to play around with. (via mainstreamology)


Posted in Art/Style, hybrid culture, Music, Thoughts on July 5, 2010 by lili

Apologies for the lack of updates on the Grab Bag. I am collecting URLs and YouTube videos behind-the-scenes, yes I am.

In the meantime, check out mainstreamology, the wonderful and exciting blog of Zoltan Kacsuk, who emailed us today:

I accidentally stumbled on your blog Grab Bag, and i can’t tell you how happy I am. I always knew other people must be into gathering the same kind of stuff on subcultures and countercultures as I am, but so far I’ve never encountered a range so closely matching my own interests.

So just wanted to let you know that, I am really grateful for the collection and I am in the process of reblogging (with a reference to Grab Bag obviously) all the stuff I like and need to my own tumblr, which you might also like (based on a reverse logic of the above):

Thank you, Zoltan!

Mainstreamology is my new favorite blog.

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