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This is a musical package worth listening to in a quiet place…in your house…in your room.
For the first time, in a long time, you get to experience jazz legend Thelonious Monk perform live from paris back in 1969. Mr. Monk was one of the first musicians I clung to when I first evolved my musical taste. So, listening to this record as I type is a real treat. Because Paris 1969 is certainly a turning point and twilight in the life of the iconic jazz man. Each track speaks to fun of celebrating a new act of his life with fresh companions friends in a town he loved so much. Blue Note makes note of:
“…three stunning solo piano performances on “Don’t Blame Me,” “I Love You Sweetheart Of All My Dreams,” and “Crepuscule With Nellie.” However, an undeniable highlight of the concert was when the veteran drummer Philly Joe Jones who was an expat living in Paris at the time comes from backstage to borrow the sticks from the 17-year-old Wright, providing a palpable spark on Monk’s “Nutty.”
Enjoy this stream of it for a limited time for the record & live DVD drops next Tuesday! Take it away Mr. Monk.
All I can do is imagine myself sitting atop a NYC apartment building, lit by old Christmas lights, open sky, sunset to my back, lover by my side, listening to Nina Yasmineh perform each track from this the Seven Years EP. I don’t live in New York, so I’ll have to enjoy this beautiful short collection from my California Home but yeah. What an amazing feeling of wonderland.
Nina is amazing unsigned singer-songwriter from Minnesota now hustlin in NYC. It’s really hard to compare her unique seductive voice to anyone big nowadays. Maybe Florence Welch on a smooth Sara Bareilles level? That’s what some writers have presented. I get sort of same pitch as Birdy, but with electronic drums. But…labels don’t do this fresh artist justice. Listen to Nina and decide for yourself.
New Yorkers. I’m jealous. You have a musical gem living in your city. Please download this record (for free!) on her bandcamp or soundcloud. Time to get lost in the ‘Seven Years EP’ by the mysterious Nina Yasmineh. You’ll thank me later.
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Spoke some of my thoughts (on Tuesday) about this fantastic record. Mostly about how emotionally charged Marshall is on almost every track. Part of me understands. No wonder why I connect with the second half of the LP so much. What you get isn’t a cartoonish take of a twisted rap villain we all rooted 10+ years ago. There are fun lines and comprehensible wordplays. Instead 40-year-old takes many of the subjects from MMLP & his following records to construct a regretful retrospect that ascends the multiple personalities of Marshall, Eminem, or Slim Shady. He kills Eminem on the first track, “Bad Guy” — the track featuring Stan’s Brother — evolving him into a demonic voice that returns when you least expect it. Then what you get is Marshall with glimmers of Slim Shady.
There isn’t a moment on the record that I didn’t say to myself: “This is Marshall, truly”. Left to his own demons in that big mansion with his elevator…consumed by those demons that has haunted him since he hit it big. Just look at the album cover. We’re not sitting on the porch. We’re driving by, from the backseat of the car. Old memories rushing by. Obviously, he hasn’t gotten over it.
What many of these tracks lack are a iconic Marshall music video. They will come. Then tracks like “Love Game” featuring a sensitive Kendrick Lamar will give it the extra edge for my friends to get behind it. I dig it. Picturing all the Pee-Wee Herman type scenery & bountiful colors as each sophisticated track rolls pass me like a speeding train. You’ll feel lost at first, but start from the back end and move down that way.
Out of all the rap albums of 2013. This is one that I had waited for and to me, at least, the MMLP2 didn’t disappoint…well, besides Survival…hehe. I have listened to it non-stop all week. Next week too. Until I can rap every word like MMLP1. Let’s keep the brainwash going! Here is the 21 track beast that is Marshall Mathers LP 2 by Marshall. Enjoy!
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When you strike the right chord…of course you’re gonna keep hitting that key until you (or everyone) get(s) bored of it. Nature of the beast to play until the well runs dry, ya know? Or pounding the iron till the perfect piece of metal is molded. No surprise in this age of sequels to see continuum of style, themes, and characters. That’s what you get on Black Radio 2. A more refined, focused, beautiful, evolving sound from Robert & his friends.
Chapter 2 of Robert Glasper’s “Experiment” left me speechless at times. Chills running down my skin. I’m such a sucker for R&B. The all star guests is like a dream team my 14 year old self would’ve geeked about back in 7th grade — Anthony Hamilton, Brandy, Snoop Dogg, Faith Evans, Jill Scott, etc. Add Emeli Sande & Dwele to the recipe and let the sexy bounce off your walls. Transforms this living room into a seedy jazz club in the heart of downtown, where clouds of aged smoke layers every inch the world in front of you. Norah Jones sweetly singing directly to you. Had a dream like that once.
Hamilton’s effort — “Yet To Find” — is my standout on the 16 track list. Robert’s jazzy melody & Hamilton’s iconic voice / heartbreaking lyrics is the definition of beautiful R&B. Gets me all introspective.
Now the legendary Robert Glasper has to keep the experiment going. If he stops at two, this fan will be disappointed. He’s only scratched the surface of the possible musical unions he can bring together. I admire ambitious ventures and this works. The only possible conclusion is I’ll look fondly at his albums as much as I do Santana’s 2000 collection. Instrumental artist with very vocal friends that brings out one of my favorite musical genres. Grab that love one, hold them close, and never let go because this is one experiment you want to experience together.
A Rihanna hook is still a very haunting thing. The next track from #MMLP2 is one we have all speculated about. The cut is vicious. Will it top “Love The Way You Lie”? It’s the most radio friendly track from the new album we’ve heard so far.
Become friends with your monster & treat yourself to some more from the Rap God.
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I’ve been obsessed with Passenger’s “Let her Go” for the past month whenever it appeared on the VH1 top 20 countdown. It’s a song that continues to make me bittersweetly smile. No matter how hard I struggle…the song is true. Only thing left to do is not to regret it. Just be happy, you know.
This is probably not the sort of record I should be playing at the moment. Need something gangsta!
It’s folky, bluesy, mellow, and sometimes haunting. Take for example, “Things That Stop You Dreaming” — Quietly forceful, catchy, and life affirming. Then you got the banjo loving “Staring at the Stars” with some explicit words. Expect some range as you go down track by track. Praying you can bypass track 2 quickly. I failed countless times. It’s a beast.
‘All The Little Lights’ will lift your spirits through Passenger’s (Michael David Rosenberg) deep lyrics. This is a man who gone through his far share of heartbreaks. Hopefully, you can relate.
Nothing complex here. Folk in it’s best light from happy to sad. Now, I’m gonna go back, keeping hitting repeat on track two, and sing my little heart out. Don’t mind me…hehe
Not on that Royalty shit anymore it seems Mr. Gambino. ”3005″ will stay by your side until the future meets you because it’s actually quite dope. Hold up. Slow, fast, lyrical, and classic Gambino in every sense of the track.
!!! Post 1,100 is being christened by new-old Eminem. This will make you say, “Holy Fuck”. Any doubts about the #MMLP2 has been packed in the back of trunk with Kim & thrown off a bridge.
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2013 has been a fantastic year for hip hop. But this record from King Push was an unexpected delight. To say I was impressed would be understatement. Each track took me away from the soft, sissy indie rock I had been filling with my ears with for the past couple weeks. Like the spotlight turned off and my teeth & claws took shape. I thank Yeezus for providing the darkness that is infused and laced in every beat & lyric on this record. This is a ‘bad’ record with some special cameos from Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Kelly Rowland, Jeezy, Kanye West, Future, Chris Brown, Big Sean, and 2 CHAINZ!!!
“Nosetalgia” is the track you need to hear. The video is dope too.
‘My Name is My Name’ is a such a dark, evil record that it doesn’t hold itself back for radio friendly hits. Maybe it breaks a record for how many times the ‘N Words’ appears in a modern rap record? Don’t get offended. Just take a trip to the pitch black ghetto with Push & his friends. Your “bizzaro” self will sinisterly smile in pleasure. Because that’s what I love from a great Gangsta rap record.
Sorry for the late post. Had some car trouble this morning where my tire exploded on the 405. I vine’d it. Should check it out over on our twitter. They don’t give blankets & coco for traumatic moments like that. That would be sweet. Can you imagine the comment cards? Best “auto guy” ever.
Got to work late. Then said yes to directing the Walking Dead Premiere tonight at Universal. Excited! My first big shoot with the company. Praying I don’t fuck up.
Here was the song I was gonna post. Lorde’d. Lorde’d. Sorry. Haven’t listened to the record at all. Picked a track and shared it. Was quite surprised. Have high hopes for the record.