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NewRetroWave: The 80s Revival

Posted by Shamir Lee on 09/16 at 02:09 PM

If you’ve been waiting for an 80s revival (well, musically anyway), I’ve found the place for you. NewRetroWave, a site established in November of 2011 dedicated “to hosting the best in 80s revival music of today,” doesn’t simply relive the 80s, it aims to promote artists who create and produce original works inspired by the era. The site has its own radio, which plays tracks submitted by current artists in the New Retro Wave scene. “New Retro Wave” isn’t an official term for this kind of music, but with its rise in popularity, noticeable in films like 2011’s Drive, this label might stick. Artists such as Power Glove, Bourgeoisie, and Noir Deco are featured, and each month a different artist gets the spotlight with an accompanying interview. This month it’s Josep Prat Sorolla. Updates and news regarding artists and new music are posted on the blog. Some of the music can even be legally downloaded for free.

Not only does it feature music, it showcases 80s art, shows vintage footage from the era, and has a “Retro Movie of the Month,” The Horror Show from 1989 being featured this month. It’s good to know there are others who are influenced by the 80s as much as I am who also want to build on, not just reminisce on, what has already been done. As they say on the site, you can “begin to live the 80s dream” without needing a time machine to do so.

{name} Author: Shamir Lee
Bio: Shamir Lee is a senior majoring in Advertising. She’s a writer for Penn State’s CRITIQUE, a student-run business magazine. Additionally, she has created ads and flyers for One Heart, an organization fighting against child sexual abuse. She’s interested in looking at cats, doing ballet, exercising, and ending animal cruelty. In her free time, she enjoys watching horror movies, some of her favorites being Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue and the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ("sorry, I just really like the cinematography"). Music is a big part of her life, as she plays piano, a little bit of guitar, and used to play saxophone. Some of her favorite musicians are Jason Becker, BUCK-TICK, Megadeth, Aivi Tran, Missing Persons, Nina Hagen, Prince, and Koji Kondo.


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