Jay at Arthur with a nice post about the little-known Harlem Festival of 1969. He links to Nina Simone's entire performance, which is absolutely stunning.

Related: Tools of War recently announced this summer's line-up of NYC park jams. Jazzy Jay, Theodore, Tony Touch, Bambataa, Red Alert and Cash Money in the Bronx, Mao, JBX, Rockin Rob in Harlem...it's going to be a good summer.

Joshua Clover shares excerpts from his hotly anticipated book on 1989 here (self promotion: my far less rigorous take on the late 1980s here)

And Pete L'Official bodies the whole city with this "summer songs" playlist for O-Dub's blog.