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Published: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:01:00 GMT


From U2 to 'Black-ish,' Trump already impacting pop culture
Irish rock band U2 are rethinking the release of their long-planned next album, Songs of Experience, and instead will spend 2017 celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1987 release The Joshua Tree.

Dan DeLuca's picks: Bash & Pop, Lemon Twigs, and more
Doing It in Lagos: Boogie, Pop, & Disco in 1980s Nigeria. "Let's do more music," Godfrey Odili suggests on one of the 20 dance-floor workouts on this energized, sung-mostly-in-English collection, which follows the success of the '80s reissues of Afro-beat synth-pop star William Onyeabor. Fabulous stuff. On Soundway Records.

Three Bowie songs, previously available on the sound track of the Off-Broadway show Lazarus, are released together to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of the Thin White Duke.

Dan DeLuca's Mix Picks: Randy Newman, Boytoy, Song Exploder podcast, Washington Squares
Randy Newman Songbook. This three-volume set spans the career of the mordant Los Angeles songwriter and film composer, with stripped-down solo piano versions of satiric and sorrowful masterworks such as "Political Science," "Baltimore," and "Davy the Fat Boy." On Nonesuch Records.

Director Damien Chazelle takes another look at the music obsessive in 'La la Land'
If you're reading this column, you probably either know him or you are him. Whom are we talking about? The guy in the movies - and in real life - whose most important relationship is not with another human being, but with the music he loves with consuming passion.

John Carney's thoroughly charming 2016 comic tale about teen pop dreamers in Dublin in the 1980s age of Duran Druran and the Cure. Streaming on Netflix.

Kurt Vile says goodbye to 2016 and NoLibs with Fillmore show
Don't freak out, Philadelphia. Kurt Vile is not leaving town. But on the day the singer-guitarist picks up the phone to talk in advance of his New Year's Eve gig at the Fillmore with the Violators, he's packing up his family's belongings in their former Northern Liberties home.

Mix Picks: Sharon Jones, 'Manchester by the Sea' soundtrack, Matisyahu, Killiam Shakespeare, 'Jingle Barack'
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, "Please Come Home for Christmas." A touching Claymation video completed before the death last month of the dynamic, 60-year-old singer, from last year's Christmas album, It's a Holiday Soul Party. Directed by Alex Howard and David Hatter, the clip is made out of 3,200 iPhone photos. Watch here:

It's the 28th year of Jon Solomon's round-the-clock show of festive and frequently obscure Christmas music on Princeton University radio station WPRB-FM (103.3). Starts at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve.

Dan DeLuca's 2016 Christmas Music Playlist
Christmas music sells, and not only in the sense that hearing Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" or Brenda Lee's "Jingle Bell Rock" for the trillionth time allegedly puts one in the mood to whip out a credit card and participate in the seasonal shopping frenzy.