God damn this track is catchy! Just in time for the Fall semester, save this one for the bi-annual back-to-school house party. Be sure to spike the punch, grab the nearest sorority sister, and bust out the Carlton Dance to this phat dance-pop gem “Good Hotel” from the L.A. trio Carlton. Party on Wayne.
Chaka Khan’s 1984 classic R&B tune “Ain’t Nobody” is sure smooth enough on it’s own, but Jon Gomm’s finger-slappin’ acoustic version takes the track to a whole other level. Easily one of the best instrumental covers I’ve ever heard. Name your price for his singles series The Domestic Science, and check out his other two videos for the other two tracks, “Passion Flower” & his own version of The Police’s “Message In A Bottle“. And here’s Chaka Khan’s original alongside Jon Gomm’s.
Freelance Whales have played a very important part in my life over the last few years. I first heard them a while back in the car with my girlfriend on a local radio station here in Dallas. We grabbed a copy of Weathervanes and have been hooked ever since. One year later, they allowed me up on stage at one of their concerts to propose to her. These guys continue to experiment & grow in their sound, and they never disappoint. Here’s their latest track “Locked Out”, from their upcoming album Diluvia, set to release October 9th.
I have a confession to make. I’m in love with Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe. And by I, I mean more specifically my ears, and by Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe, I mean more specifically the music they make. This post goes out to Øye & Bøe, and to the music they’ve made pre- and post-Kings of Convenience. Their long history (back to grade school) is news to me. I was unaware up until about ten minutes ago that they were in a rock group called Skog (which is Norwegian for “forest”) back in the mid ’90s, consisting of the duo plus Anders Waage Nilsen & Øystein Gjærder Bruvik. I was intrigued, and found their entire freshman (and only) release Tom Tids Tale streaming on the KOC Appreciation Page. They split after the release, and later joined back in 1999 as Kings of Convenience to create soft, acoustic, piano-heavy folk-pop. But in between KOC records, Øye has been rockin’ it with The Whitest Boy Alive & Bøe reunited with Nilsen & Bruvik as the trio Kommode. So before this post becomes a novel, here are three fantastic tracks from Skog, Kommode, & The Whites Boy Alive.
This one’s for all you Arnold Schwarzenegger fans out there. Apparently, the guys of Gauntlet Hair collect Arnold movies on VHS, and decided to use iconic footage from a variety of his films to create the video for “Top Bunk,” their latest single off their acclaimed self-titled debut record. Just like the films it came from, this video is both awesome and completely ridiculous. Enjoy!
I had to share these tunes from this unbelievable remix album I came across the other day. Being a huge downtempo fan, as well as absolutely smitten over Billie Holiday‘s legendary vocals, this album is an instant favorite for me. The DJ’s involved in this project deserve some applause for their bold creativity in completely gutting out Billie’s soulful, somber originals, and renovating them with layer upon layer of killer dance beats and vibes. Check out the entire album on Grooveshark. Also, here’s another rad Billie remix by Lake Radio.
“I remember finding this painting that a relative of mine did of the park. A relative I had never met. And I remember thinking, we’re essentially doing the same thing. That’s what he made. That is what he saw was beautiful and was inspired to create, pulling inspiration from the same place… I hope what we’re doing can survive. Maybe my kids or grand kids will listen and think, this what they heard, this what they were inspired to make in this beautiful place.” - Ryan Holladay, Bluebrain
Check out the Central Park: Listen to the Light location aware album here and if you are in DC be sure and download the The National Mall album. Check back soon for a review of the Central Park album in a few weeks.