Sunday, May 24, 2015

*IS THIS LOVE, OR THE LOVE OF THE CHASE???



Late last month, FUTURE ISLANDS returned to THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN for their highly anticipated second (and final) appearance to play a new song called "The Chase" and once again it was a memorable late night performance... Hopefully this means these talented Baltimore gents are working on a new album to follow up their 2014 masterpiece SINGLES... Feel the love!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

*THERE IS NO OFF POSITION ON THE GENIUS SWITCH...

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It saddens me to say that tonight is DAVID LETTERMAN's final late night broadcast and even though I will sorely miss this comedy legend's nightly banter on the boob tube, I really would like to thank and congratulate the entire LATE SHOW crew for such a wonderful run... Best wishes ya'll, take a bow!!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

*SEE THE BONES GLOW AS THEY BREAK FREE...



I've become a really huge fan of SON LUX (aka Ryan Lott) over this past year, largely in part to his beautiful contributions to the soundtrack of THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: THEM... It's definitely a stand-alone listen regardless of whether you've seen the movie or not and I couldn't recommend it enough...

Earlier this month, SON LUX released an incredible new video for "Change Is Everything", the first single off the upcoming album BONES, which is expected to drop on June 23rd... Give it a chance if you've ever liked the DIRTY PROJECTORS or PARENTHETICAL GIRLS...

*BLOW A KISS, FIRE A GUN - ALL WE NEED IS SOMEBODY TO LEAN ON...



It's been a couple of years since my last MAJOR LAZER post, but recently I've been obsessively listening to DIPLO's latest collaboration with one of the most in-demand producers around DJ SNAKE and a Danish pop star named for the single "Lean On"...

This track is dope as hell and the Bollywood theme of the video fits perfectly... Contagiously fun stuff!!!

*EXCUSE ME, IF I SEEM A LITTLE UNIMPRESSED WITH THIS - AN ANTI-SOCIAL PESSIMIST..



ALESSIA CARA is a talented young RnB singer from Ontario, Canada who just recently signed with DEF JAM and as of late, she's garnered plenty 'o' buzz for her awesome new single "Here"...

Built around an oh-so-familiar PORTISHEAD sample, this song finally allows me to understand what it feels like to be an extremely attractive, yet socially awkward female teenager who hates her peers... I feel you, girl...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

*AND I PRAY TODAY AIN'T THE DAY, THAT YOU DRAG ME AWAY...



RUN THE JEWELS have been on a serious hot streak these past couple years, with two highly-acclaimed albums released back to back and according to a recent interview with EL-P, a third one already in the works... I've also been a fan of KILLER MIKE for over a decade now, so it's really great to see him having so much success these days outside of his DUNGEON FAMILY collabos...

Check out this awesome new animated video for "Early", a highly topical song dealing with police violence and the unfortunate trend of recent injustices in cities like Ferguson and Baltimore...

*I'M THAT WINNER - YOU NEED TO GO AND ASK SOMEBODY!!!



SNOOP DOGG is back at it with his thirteenth studio album entitled BUSH and I'm here to tell ya folks, it's actually one of his best records to date... Featuring production by his longtime chum and collaborator PHARRELL WILLIAMS, this ten track mini-masterpiece is quickly gearing up to be my party album of the Summer...

My favorite song is the single "So Many Pros", which also happens to have one of the most pimpalicious music videos I have ever seen... This shit is the bomb!!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

*LIGHT RAYS BLAZIN' - YOU'RE OUT OF PHASE AND MY CREW'S AMAZIN'...



For over 30 years now I've avidly enjoyed watching the genius of comedy icon DAVID LETTERMAN raise the bar on the late night talk show game, so I've been feeling quite melancholy lately about his impending retirement on May 20th...

Aside from his always entertaining interviews with actors, politicians and comedians, I have bore witness to some of the greatest musical performances on television courtesy of THE LATE SHOW... You'll find one of my all-time favorites featuring the BEASTIE BOYS posted above...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

*DON'T GAIN THE WORLD & LOSE YOUR SOUL... WISDOM IS BETTER THAN SILVER OR GOLD...



For anyone who didn't get a chance to peruse my picks for THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2014, they might have missed out on THE SILVER GLOBE, a wonderfully far-out album by JANE WEAVER courtesy of the good folks at FINDERS KEEPERS...

This really was one of my favorite releases from last year very, so I was very happy to finally see a video for the song "Don't Take My Soul" appear online this past week... Somewhat bizarre, but fun stuff fa 'sho!!!

*ABSOLUTELY LOST IN THE WORLD - BUT IT'S TOO HARD TO FIGURE IT OUT...



Once again I've been away for a bit, but I thought I would quickly bop online this afternoon to recommend a couple of new releases to anyone still paying attention 'round these parts... I've been especially digging on MY DREAMS DICTATE MY REALITY, a wonderful new album from SOKO (aka Stéphanie Sokolinski)...

Earning herself some instant hipster cred, this talented French actress/musician also managed to wrangle beloved Indie guru ARIEL PINK for two tracks including "Lovetrap", which recently received some entertaining and amusing visual aids... Check her out!!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

*EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING ON AROUND HERE - IT'S GOT TO BE FOR SOME REASON...


Been really looking forward to seeing this film LOST RIVER for quite some time now, even knowing fully well about the horrible response it received last May at The Cannes Film Festival... It's got a great cast across the board, a phenomenal cinematographer named BENOÎT DEBIE and music from West Coast synth guru JOHNNY JEWEL... Consider me down, yo...

In addition to that awesome new theatrical poster, last week the first official movie trailer also surfaced online, so form your own damn opinions after watching the goods below...
 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

*WOKE UP AN OPTIMIST... SUN WAS SHININ', I'M POSITIVE...



I've been listening to "FourFiveSeconds" quite regularly for about two weeks now and I think it's really one of the greatest tracks that both RIHANNA and KANYE WEST have ever collaborated on, together and even as solo artists... Throw in some PAUL McCARTNEY on a freekin' geetar, and "Baby, you've got a stew goin'!!!"

*I DREAM OF MOMENTS WE SHARE - BUT YOU'RE NOT THERE... I'M LIVING IN A FANTASY...



I've been revisiting a lot of my favorite Hip Hop and R&B tracks of the 80's & 90's this winter, so don't be surprised if that is all I decide to post on this blog for now on... Just kidding around (sorta), but with slow jams like "If Only You Knew", why would you want to listen to anything else???

I've actually loved this PATTI LABELLE track since I first heard it used in a stellar episode of MOONLIGHTING entitled "Brother, Can You Spare a Blonde?", which originally aired September 24, 1985... And yes, my enthusiastic 10 year-old self was at home watching that shit...

Monday, January 26, 2015

*I WANT IT JUST AS MUCH AS YOU DO - BUT WILL YOU STILL KEEP IN TOUCH???



I've already posted this video before, but shit man, "I Wonder If I Take You Home" is one helluva dope track... Plus, it always stirs up fond mammories of one of my earliest lady crushes, Lisa Velez (aka LISA LISA)... Here she is with those cool cats CULT JAM, still sangin' and dancin' her way into my lustful 9 year-old heart some 30 years later...

*THE FLESH IS WEAK, JOHNNY... ONLY THE SOUL IS IMMORTAL AND YOURS BELONGS TO ME!!!