Sweethearts

January 31, 2009

The second in Starbucks’s Valentine’s Day cover series, Sweetheart: Our Favorite Artists Sing Their Favorite Love Songs includes a powerful She & Him cover of “I Put A Spell A Spell On You” that puts the Screamin’ in Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Zooey Deschanel, the She of She & Him, masterfully belts out this painful classic.

She & Him- I Put A Spell On You (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins)

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The Rebirth of Lil’ Wayne

January 25, 2009

So, it’s finally here: the first taste of Lil’ Wayne’s rock album, which, according to his publicist, is now titled Rebirth and is no longer tied to 2008’s Tha Carter III. The track, ridden with DJ Drops, is titled “Prom Queen”. I’ve given it a few listens, and I’m pretty underwhelmed; lots of groans and ugly vocals, as well as formulaic drum beats and power chords. Let’s hope he’s got more up his sleeve.

Lil Wayne- Prom Queen (UPDATE: NO MORE DJ DROPS!)

New Decemberists Single

January 22, 2009

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“The Rake’s Song” is an extremely promising single for April’s The Hazards Of Love. A filicidal tale of a widowed rake, it swells with an impassioned, morose rhythm. As always, Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy continues to impress with his lyrical prowess.

The Decemberists- The Rake’s Song

(Photo by Alicia J. Rose; Editing by Yours Truly)

Gimme That Thang

January 22, 2009

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The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, fronted by the beautiful Mette Lindberg, is a Danish, alternative-pop duo. I highly recommend their hit single, “Around the Bend”, which has picked up a respectable amount of steam after being featured in an iPod Touch advertisement last September.

This song is so catchy that it’s unfair.

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour- Around the Bend

(Photo by Kazaroth; Editing by Yours Truly)

The Tallest Man On Earth

January 21, 2009

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Swedish artist The Tallest Man on Earth, whose real name is Kristian Matsson, is a brilliant songwriter with a grainy, acoustic vibe. Many compare Matsson to an early-Bob Dylan, and, with powerful imagery and an emotive, raspy voice, I can see where they’re coming from.

The track below, “The Gardener”, has really caught me off guard and rendered me a slave to its beautiful story, in a put-on-repeat-for-30-minutes kind of way.

The Gardener- The Tallest Man On Earth

(Photo by Karl Gunnarsson; Editing by Yours Truly)

The Dawn Of A New Era?

January 20, 2009

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In these wee hours of Inauguration Day, I’d like to take some time to document some of the music industry’s contributions to the victory of President-elect Obama’s victory.

“Oh Happy Day”
~Martin Lawrence as Hattie Mae Pierce in Big Mamma’s House

Election Night- Nas (Produced by Green Lantern)

History- Jay-Z

Lick A Shot For Obama- Jay-Z

Aer Obama- Daft Punk vs. Adam Freeland

Change Gone Come- Charles Hamilton, B.o.B., and Asher Roth

In a currently removed post on his blog, Ryan Adams announced his separation from The Cardinals, with whom he has been working for the last four years.

Although I am a poorly educated Ryan Adams fan, due to his fourteen album collection, I do know the kind of Ryan Adams I enjoy listening to: the sad, solo, acoustic kind. So if anything, I take this as good news.

Here are two of my favorites:

Ryan Adams- Memories Of You

Ryan Adams- Miss Sunflower

I was going to post this in the original article, but I decided against it, because of the quality. Unfortunately, “Bitch, my booty so soft!” has been haunting my thoughts ever since. This is why, with heavy heart, I must link you to this video of Lil Wayne playing guitar. Hopefully, this release will give me piece of mind.

Vintage Kanyeezy

January 13, 2009

THIS SHIT IS SO DOPE!1!!!! . VINTAGE KANYE WEST. ITS CALLED FLUTE FLOW. HE WAS SO ON THIS. THIS TRACK IS FIRE.

P.S. THIS PICTURE IS SOME HYPE WILLIAMS SHIT. IT SYMBOLIZES HIS HEARTLESSNESS. 808s AND HEARTBREAKS= PLATINUM BABY!!!.!.!!

Kanye West- Flute Flow

*This is the way Kanye posts on his blog.

Wayne-ism #3

January 10, 2009

This one’s from the recently leaked “Red Rum”:

“I need a whore to be slaved, 
I need a whore to behave,
I need a whore to be gay —
what the fuck am I saying.
I don’t need a hoe for a thing
cause I’ve got more game than Beijing.”

Dear lord, sometimes when you step back and look at this man’s lyrics you start to question his talent.

Red Rum- Lil Wayne