Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
From France, beatbox wizard EKLIPS lays down a four minute History of Hip Hop in a single take! See how many tunes you can identify.
This reminds me of an entry I made awhile back of Jeffrey Lewis' "History of Punk rock Pre-1975" - Watch it Here.
A nice selection of old school rap tunes on Amazon.
Friday, January 28, 2011
It's always a red letter day when your new favorite band puts out their latest video! And "Red" is probably the best color to describe Sleigh Bells video for "Rill Rill" - not so much because of a cinematographer's palette, but more for an overall attitude. Red colored anger, vengeance and violence brews just underneath the Sleigh Bells' sepia and icy blue worlds. Alexis plays the role of scorned teenager and femme fatale to Derek's doomed boyfriend. Can rock and roll ultimately save him? Will it destroy her? I guess you'll just have to tune in to find out.
Wonder what your boyfriend thinks about your braces...
Also check out my entries for Sleigh Bells' "Infinity Guitars": Official and Live
If you don't own this album you better get it now!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
I love anytime a great band gives you a free taste of a new album! Here are two tracks, "Haile Selassie" and "Shell Games," from Bright Eyes' new album "The People's Key."
You have to enter your email address to get the free link to the song, but it's definitely worth it.
Monday, January 24, 2011
What's not to love about Apple fan-girl Applegirl (Kim Yeo Hee) and her iPhone-rific version of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face"? She's truly a performer for our smartphone times!
Thanks to applegirl002 for the upload to YouTube.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Jackie Wilson's life ended on this day in 1984 after lying in a comatose state for eight years. A sad and terrible ending for a beautiful singer with the nickname of "Mr. Excitement."
Wilson's solo career produced nine hit singles including "Lonely Teardrops" - the song he is mostly known for. Reading up on Jackie's life on Wikipedia I was surprised by how tragedy followed him. He had been shot twice, three of his children died at a young age, two by violent crime and finally, the onstage heart attack while performing his signature song that he managed to survive only to end up in a coma, and living in a vegetative state for the final years of his life.
My heart is fine, fine, lonely teardrops.
Why, they'll never dry up? Lonely teardrops.
Bonus video: In 1985, The Commodores released "Nightshift" their tribute song to Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye - two legends who had died the year before.
Thanks to Tavikitty for the upload to YouTube
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I can't seem to get enough of Ty Segall this month! Here is a great performance of "It #1" from the "Lemons" album. His wild one-man-band approach puts me in mind of Appalachian Mountain's rocker, Hasil Adkins.
Ty Segall: MySpace and Tour Dates
Bonus Video: Hasil Adkins performs his hit song "She Said."
Thanks to theamericanopry and soFeinVideo for the uploads to YouTube.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Ty Segall puts sanity and logic aside and rocks this record store appearance version of "I Wear Black" out from the gut. The magic resides in that disturbing little tingle you sometimes feel climbing the back of your neck. Just because the venue supplies a microphone doesn't mean that you actually have to use it!
Once upon a time The Standells recorded "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White" and today it's pretty clear who they were singing about!
Find Ty Segall on MySpace. And you can check out tour dates, Here.
Bonus video: A seemingly "official" video for the tune:
Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin "I Wear Black" from Claire Marie Vogel on Vimeo.
Thanks to BillRoebot and Claire Marie Vogel for their uploads to YouTube and Vimeo.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Spoken word artist and rapper, Sage Francis, takes us through a beautiful coming of age story highlighting the trials and tribulations, the highs and lows and the truths and lies of life.
It was beautiful, it was brutal, it was cruel,
It was business as usual,
Heaven, it was Hell,
I used to wonder if I'd live to see twelve.
When I did I figured out I was immortal,
Loved to dance but couldn't make it to the formal,
Couldn't bare watching my imaginary girlfriend bust a move with any other dudes,
Tone Loc was talking about a wild thing,
I was still caught up in some child things,
Scared of a God who couldn't spare the rod,
It was clearly a brim-stone and fire thing,
Couldn't explain my desire to steal that fire,
Now I add it to my rider,
Like "please don't please don't throw me in that patch of brier!"
It was the best of times, it was the end of times.
Sage Francis: Website, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook
Monday, January 3, 2011
Perhaps I'm a bit late the the Rye Rye party, but better late than never!
M.I.A. definitely wasn't late - Rye Rye was the first artist signed to her label. I love this schoolyard video and its cool 1980's vibe - and you know I just love any music video that features double dutch!
Bonus video: The Making of Sunshine:
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Thanks to Ballade de Johnny-Jane for turning me on to dan le sac vs. Scroobius Pip and their wonderful rant from the heavens: "Letter From God To Man." God is so old fashioned - he actually wrote a letter and sent it via snail mail! Perhaps God could use a lesson from Google's Teach Parents Tech site.
God is really torn with what he has created in this song, and he sums up his feelings with some fairly fierce rapping with a little musical sampling help from Radiohead's "Planet Telex" - how apropos!
Thanks to Do0dleproductions for the upload to YouTube.