TOKiMonsta ft. Anderson Paak – Realla
I was the first person to play and ‘like’ this song on soundcloud. So, since I’m famous now, you should trust me when I say PRESS PLAY.
Definitely guilty of saying shit like “for realla,”
At the risk of sounding lazy, I will leave you with this TASTY MORSEL of a description for Ukiah Drag’s new LP, because WHY REINVENT THE WHEEL?! “Recorded in a secularized Lutheran temple off the banks of the Hudson River, Ukiah Drag’s new LP In the Reaper’s Quarters (produced by the almighty Ben Greenberg) is fine projection of basement rumination finding temptation in the halls of an ex-God. Straddling the church balcony, licking the scum off stained glass, crooked steeples refracting moonlight and blood…There is no erasure of the Satanic ego as it the Drag moves onto new spiritual drippings.” God bless.
Bruce Cockburn should have made bigger waves in the US, but the majority of his fame has been enjoyed in his native Canada – you may, however, recognize The Barenaked Ladies’ cover (a throwback in itself) of his “Lovers in a Dangerous Time.” Since his 70s heydey, he’s consistently been putting out #stuffdadslike, and I’m not mad about it. Could just be nostalgia for me, but as far as I’m concerned, this whole album is some great throwback easy listening.
Ignore weird commercial video,
This jam may have been out for about a year via Microphone Records, but this France-based group is new to me. The genre categories from their bandcamp describe them nicely: “Pop, R&B, Boyzband, Electro, Marseille.”
I’ve been a Jenny Lewis fan since Rilo Kiley’s 2007 album Under The Blacklight. Actually, more like since Troop Beverly Hills… anyway, she’s got a solo album dropping later this month and my ears are perked. Girl’s got just the right amount of swoon-worthy twang, and a sense of humor to boot. Props to this funnygirl video, making some v. hateable celebs less hateable. Also: bang game – strong.
Meet Callan Alexander, or cIn; a guy who gives so few fucks that he’s enjoying an apple in his FB profile picture.
He recently got his paws on Crooked Colours latest EP, In Your Bones, to put out his own version of “Keep Your Mouth For Lying.” The original sounds like it was influenced by high-energy, electro-pop flavor, while Alexander’s inventive rework slows you down, leaving you at ease with somewhat of a steady hip-hop aftertaste.
Tuesday was a good day m’friends. Know why? Because it was on that fateful day when an online concert footage archive called Music Vault released over 17,300 videos to its YouTube page. So one can guess what I’ve been holed up in my apartment doing since then. You can feel like you’re experiencing The Who at Tanglewood in 1970 or watching Muddy Waters play “Blow Wind Blow” at Ash Grove the year after. Check out one of my favorites from 1985, Stevie Ray Vaughan making everyone in Capitol Theater, New Jersey cry of happiness.
Want more? Visit Music Vault’s YouTube channel.
I spent most of yesterday hanging at my favorite record shop in San Francisco, Rooky Ricardo’s, in Lower Haight. You can listen (pressure free) to as many albums as you like, play cards with the owner and dig through their endless treasure chest of 45′s. Pop by if you’re ever in town, promise you won’t regret it. When I took my first step in the door this little ditty was playing and completely transformed my day. A little crazy motion is all you need.
I just watched the documentary Muscle Shoals, and was blown away. This version of “Hey Jude” was recorded down in Alabama in 1968, and has one of the best breakdowns I’ve ever heard. Duane Allman, of the later-formed Allman Brothers Band, really lays it down on this recording with some of the best guitar fills I’ve heard in a bit.
Holy shit, Dirty Art Club fully rules. I just heard this track on the Fader mix Chrome Sparks just put together.
Funky beat goodness for the soul.
My best friend just got married this weekend, so I got weddings on the brain. Steph Lund, my playlist idol, just got married herself. We were lucky enough to snag a copy of her wedding playlists before she jetted off to her honeymoon in Thailand and Cambodia. Peep now, or forever hold your peace.
Erik Anderson and I go a couple years back; when we weren’t plotting the creation of weird punk bands, we were slingin’ drinks on H Street NE. Those days have come and gone, and now Eric is killing it under the production moniker Canine Teeth. Keep a lookout for this guy. He and other DC artists and creators are in cahoots to create a new collective studio space in NE DC called DRK∆rts. This is a new track from Canine Teeth, with vocals from DC artist Dominic Robinson. I like what I hear.
This is a strong team right here, led by former member of Australian hip-hop group The Stoops, Coin Banks. Glad he broke off, cause this Aussie got skills. I love the way he flows over this breezy, nostalgic beat – just my kinda vibe. Honestly… it’s perfect for any setting. Can’t you just picture yourself listening to this…anywhere? Anytime? Alone? With friends? I fucking love it. Listen to the whole EP though, for real; Heads just dropped a couple weeks ago.
British musician and dancer Tahliah Barnett, aka FKA twigs, used to go by the nickname “twigs” because of the cracking sound her joints make. When she began performing under the title, she encountered beef with another artist by the same name, so she added an “FKA” (formerly known as), and here we are. Her unique brand of ethereal R&B makes us nostalgic for the days when Aaliyah reigned supreme, but she’s got her own brand of weird that makes her music truly mesmerizing. This video for her latest single “Two Weeks” is the perfect case-in-point. Check it out.
New single out from one of Daptone Records’ finest, Charles Bradley. The man continues to show out with incredible track after incredible track – and we just love to keep on showing love. To the Screaming Eagle of Soul, aka Black Velvet, we salute you.
I had the pleasure of seeing Sharon Van Etten play the 9:30 club last week. I always love hearing the track selection between sets – who gets to choose them?! Whoever they are, I want to shake their hands. This is the song that came on immediately following Van Etten’s encore. Thank the lord for Shazam.
Just stumbled upon this awesome synthwave band Black Marble, based in Brooklyn and made up of Chris Stewart & Ty Kube. If you can’t tell by now, when it comes to my pop music, I like it dark and fucking angsty. These guys are pushing all my buttons. “A Great Design” is off the band’s most recent album A Different Arrangement, released in October 2012 on Hardly Art.