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27

Sep

BAND TO WATCH ALERT!

Currently Listening To:

Twin Shadow - I Can’t Wait
From the Album - Forget

*Note: I can’t get enough of this song. So many lovely intricacies. Twin Shadow’s music is some of the best I’ve heard in years.

09

Aug

BAND TO WATCH ALERT!

Currently Listening To:

Holy Ghost! - Some Children
From the Album - Holy Ghost!

*Note: Michael McDonald now has a modern coolness factor thanks to Holy Ghost!. I’m just continually raving about these guys! I love, no, I adore their debut album. While I do have the entire album on constant rotation, I have continually sought out this song for the past week. Booty-bouncin’ funk + children’s choir + Michael McDonald vocals = brilliant. And now, they’ve gone and topped themselves by creating a new mini-video with the help of Adult Swim. Genius.

04

Aug

RAMONES MANIA ALERT!

"We need change, we need it fast. Before rock’s just part of the past. ‘Cause lately it all sounds the same to me."

Currently Listening To:

Ramones - Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio?
From the Album - End of the Century

*Note: Been on a huge Ramones kick lately. I was 17 the first time I explored their music. This song is one of my all-time favorites. Their message about mainstream radio is equally relevant today, if not more so. Clever, loud, badass, originality. No one else will ever sound like them.

02

Aug

OH HELL YES ALERT!

Currently Listening To:

Young MC - Know How
From the Album - Stone Cold Rhymin’

*Note: The smooth, stylish rhymes of Marvin Young, flow-master extraordinaire, and the Dust Brothers. This is how it’s done! They just don’t make them like this anymore.

24

Jul

BAND TO WATCH ALERT!

Currently Listening To:

Holy Ghost! - Wait And See
From the Album - Holy Ghost!

*Note: Any band that makes a video featuring their Dads in the starring roles is cool by me. It tells me that they don’t take everything so seriously. Ironically, this band should be taken more seriously. Their debut album is incredible but has been a slow starter this year. The recent nod and wink in Pitchfork's Overlooked Records 2011 feature should help push them into the limelight. If I had to pick a phrase to describe their sound it would be “the long lost 70’s/80’s crossover band that never was.” The album feels like a refreshing relic from another time. It embodies that feeling you get when you’re record shopping. You come across an intriguing vinyl LP you know nothing about, bring it home, and it blows your mind. I think Holy Ghost! deserves a spot in the upper echelon of contemporary electronic artists. Their songs are instantly danceable, lyrically intelligent and flow with whipsmart pacing. The use of piano/keyboards in Hold On is enough to get you hooked; their expert use of vintage synths will make you stay. If you’re looking for a fresh new album to add to your summertime playlist, do not hesitate to pick this one up. I can’t rave about them enough.

16

Jul

"There were no screams. There was no time. The mountain called Monkey had spoken. There was only fire. And then, nothing."

Currently Listening To:

Gorillaz - Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey’s Head
From the Album - Demon Days

*Note: It’s been a few years since I listened to this. It brings back a flood of memories for me. Demon Days was such a surprising album, a total joy. A rarity in this age, in that it is a journey worth listening to from start to finish, repeatedly. Before the iPod craze, this cd did not leave my car for at least a year. I remember lending it to a friend and was shocked when he said he didn’t really like it. A few days later, he asked to borrow it again. A week later he came up to me and said, “Damn girl! You were right. This IS phenomenal.” It was so different than what the rest of the music world was offering at the time, that it took awhile to warm up to. It’s definitely an album that grows on you. Funny enough, that same friend introduced me to Kanye West's music and the rest is history. This clip filmed in Harlem, and featuring Dennis Hopper, is brilliant. I can’t believe I haven’t seen it before. Hip hop narrator extraordinaire. God bless him.

12

Jul

BAND TO WATCH ALERT!

Currently Listening To:

The Postelles - White Night
From the Album - The Postelles

*Note: Picture a boppier, more laid-back version of The Strokes, infused with classic Beatles, Buddy Holly and Motown, and you’ve got The Postelles. I like their style! Looking forward to seeing them open for The Wombats in November. It’s going to be a fun, spectacular show. I can just feel it!

08

Jul

OH HELL YES ALERT!

"I switched up the beat of the drum."

Currently Listening To:

Kelis - Bossy (SebastiAn Remix)
From the Album - Bossy Remix EP

*Note: YUM! Booty bass. Dual eardrum obliteration. Transmission received loud and clear.

07

Jul

"How can we wear our smiles, with our mouths wide shut? ‘Cause you stopped us from singing."

Currently Listening To:

Editors - Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors
From the Album - An End Has a Start

*Note: Few bands completely capture my heart the way Editors do. My introspective nature takes over at times and I become deeply reflective. I never know when it will hit, but when it does, I respect it. Today, I am reflecting on the absolute beauty of honesty. Music, in its pure form, is a vehicle for social commentary, for life. It gives us a voice and platform to express our perspective. While I do enjoy a fun beat to dance to, I feel that so much relevance and perspective gets buried and lost in the shuffle. Songs are glossy, slick, over-produced and meant to be experienced on the surface; a product, a commodity. The art of storytelling becomes a dying concept, just as oral traditions die out when cultures fade from existence. What I appreciate about Editors, is that they are achingly honest storytellers. I feel they are a true representation of what artists are meant to be. They are so gifted that it is a privilege to watch them perform. They include the listener as a participant. The music becomes part of you because it IS you. If you like this acoustic version, check out the studio version, here. It’s absolutely bleeding-heart EPIC. In fact, sometimes I think this entire album would make for a genius ground-breaking musical.

*Other brilliant Editors albums: The Back Room & In This Light & On This Evening
*I have attended an Editors show.

21

Jun

Currently Listening To:

Philharmonia Orchestra - Rhapsody in Blue
From the Film Score - Fantasia 2000

*Note: Awe inspiring music and animation. Gershwin and Hirschfeld. What a monumental combination. This takes me back to a Disney art show I arranged several years ago featuring Eric Goldberg and his wife. It just so happens that Mr. Goldberg animated this groundbreaking sequence.

*P.S. Gotta’ love the Quincy Jones introduction!