Ray LaMontagne drops a new record in May. The road trip friendly first cut — Supernova — is like sugar in my folky eardrums. This track brings a smile to my face. Cuz isn’t it nice to hear Ray in a good mood? Instead of twisting / aching my heart. He just wants you to be his girl.
NYC’s very own Matt Butler found us by his connection to B4M fav — Spinn. So it was only fitting to show some west coast love to this former frontman of Reckless Sons who is now flying solo. His debut album — Reckless Son — has a very fitting Springsteen influenced cover while paying tribute to the Reckless Sons in name. Fresh start.
“Halfway by the River” is the first single from his 2014 effort. It’s infused with a beat that could be the soundtrack for my very NYC alcohol fueled summer nights. Running down the boardwalk. Never sleeping. Feeling everything. Laughing till it hurts. Matt’s lyrics tell that wild story swiftly leaving no doubt that this was influenced by high octane evenings. Love everything about it. Especially the way it just fades out, like a movie.
Matt will be releasing a new cut every week up to the album’s release date. So, stay tuned to his Facebook & Soundcloud for more musical updates. I dig what I hear. Just turn it up loud and capture the night with the Reckless Son — Matt Butler. This is “Halfway By The River”.
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Grab your shotguns. Miranda is coming…back…to getcha. Not really. Ms. Shelton downshifts the high octane guitar rifts for a very sweet beat, meaningful lyrics…that doesn’t feel forced…and just automatic. Sounds like she’s getting some “stuff” off her chest. Can’t help but relate.
This single is merely the first taste of Miranda’s upcoming 5th solo LP. Enjoy it. More words to follow soon.
While we were away, Soundcloud had a makeover. Really digging the new style to the player. Give this post a little…pizzazz. Paolo Nutini was one of my college favs. Now he has made a return to the mainstream with his new single — “Scream (Funk My Life Up)”. Which takes a page from the BEPs’ rejuvenating style. If this is what the rest of the record sounds like, kind of makes me excited for 2014.
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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.