Music on Bay
From the depths of Youtube, this week we bring you something very special: a 1988 archival film showcasing the historical context of various styles of homegrown music on Staten Island and the legacies of some of these famous styles, artists, and traditions. Some of which still continue to this day.
Last week, SI’s own Kerbivore (Sean Kuhl, vocals, guitar; Tom Conners, drums; Matt Wilson, bass) were featured on Al Crisafulli’s ‘Signal to Noise NJ’ program on WFDU.
It’s throwback Thursday, so I thought I’d re-share one of the catchiest songs to come out of the Staten Island music scene in the last decade. “F For Effort” is a Les Vinyl track from the band’s “The Nafia EP.” Since it’s release in 2011, “F For Effort” has become the theme song for “What Say You Pod,” a podcast hosted by Impractical Jokers stars Sal Vulcano and Brian Quinn.
The new music video from Staten Island’s Giga Herbs, takes a trip to Forest Avenue’s Beans & Leaves cafe and then into space. How does that happen? The short answer is because of coffee. It’s really more complicated than that.
Spanish pop-punk act, Balloon Fights, recently released a new album. Now, normally we wouldn’t be covering music from outside of the borough, let alone from outside of the country, but this release is special. Why? Because for some reason, Balloon Fights decided to call their new album “Staten Island.” It’s cover even features the Verrazano Bridge in all of it’s majesty.
As you’ve probably read, iconic musician, David Bowie, passed on two days ago. In remembrance of the artist who inspired millions, we thought we’d share some footage from a Staten Islander who was blessed to spend time with Bowie personally.
Young Lucid’s “She Love It” is all about having a good time and finding that one special lady.
Scott Bradlee has made quite a name for himself on the internet with his Postmodern Jukebox, an ever-evolving, revolving collective of performers who cover popular music in period styles. The group, which has amassed over 1.6 million YouTube subscribers, performed over the weekend at the St. George Theater.
The Higher Concept have been performing together for a decade, producing original music on Staten Island for a large chunk of that. Tonight, the group is making a surprise performance which will be one of their last.