Barack and Michelle Obama have written a letter to the friends and family of Frankie Knuckles, the dance music revolutionary who died on March 31. The couple spent most of the late 80s and 90s in Chicago, at the time the house music Knuckles' pioneered was enjoying its golden age. Superstar DJ David Morales posted the letter from the couple after Knuckles' "emotionally special" memorial service.
We've all got our favourite characters in literature, film, TV and art. The personalities that seem so utterly real even though they're created from an author's mind and patch-worked traits from reality. You may be drawn to the hero, the under-dog, the cad or the outcast, whether you relate to them or not.
Record Store Day 2014 is nearly upon us and, on top of all the limited edition releases, rarities and special events, a host of record shops across the UK are throwing a load of free gigs for your pleasure. From East India Youth to The Wedding Present, TOY to Edwyn Collins, there's a veritable smorgasbord of celebratory line-ups up and down the country to tempt you down to your local vinyl trader on Saturday April 19.
Brighton's Magic Gang seem to be everywhere at the minute – various members of the band popped up on the Beech Coma compilation we put live earlier this week, and now we've got another new track from them, 'She Won't Ghost'. There's no release date for it, no official word on what it's even for: just a new tune they're putting out there to tie in with their UK tour.
With this year's Record Store Day (April 19) fast approaching, we spoke to Chuck D about his stance on the event. Here, the [a]Public Enemy[/a] man and Record Store Day Ambassador outlines his vision for the future of music retail: "I come from DJ culture. We DJs recognise the importance of records and the importance of music culture. Independent record stores have enhanced the curation of records and music as it's matured. The stores we musicians were influenced by are places that breathed life into us as music-makers, as well as music collectors.