Check out this San Francisco Bay Area-based foursome. They play a mixture of catchy pop tunes with a heavy infusion of electro, bright guitar riffs, vibrating bass-lines and sexy vocals.
Monthly Archive for April, 2010
I’ve previously featured Reni Lane on this blog. She’s super talented and a brilliant Live performer. I’m sure we’ll see lots more from her in the future. Here’s another track from her new album Ready. Never Stop has more of a disco/dance-floor vibe and is a perfect candidate for remixing.
For more info about Reni Lane click here.
M.I.A. certainly knows how to make you stop and think. She is one of the most original entertainers of our generation and without a doubt one of the most political.
Watch this video to the end, pass it on, and then take a minute to consider those people around the world who are being (or have been) oppressed because of the way they look, their culture, religion or sexual orientation. It’s also a brutal display of the needless abuse of power.
It’s violent, so don’t watch it with young children present.
The short film was directed by Romain Gavras from Paris who began making his own films at the age of 14.
You can see more of his work here.
It’s true when they say that “you’re as young as you feel.”
Ruth Flowers, a 69 year-old English grandmother decided to start DJ’ing and is now rocking the most prestigious dancefloors in Paris and Cannes with her mix of techno and old-school hits.
Check out her mixing skills and “bling” headphones.
The world has lost “one of the best MCs and hip-hop icons of all time,” according to a statement from Solar, Guru’s producer. It was posted on DJ Premier’s blog, who with Guru made up the rap duo Gang Starr.
The website also features a letter Guru supposedly wrote before his death. In it, he says “I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting.”
Controversially, he goes on to thank Solar for his friendship, but dismisses his relationship with Premier, saying, “I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name.”
I hope this letter is not genuine, because it would be a real shame for such a talented, inspirational human being to leave this life feeling bitter about a past business relationship. There have been many rumors and statements made since GURU became ill, but none of us really know the truth and so, let’s just celebrate the music.
I’ve never been much of an Eminem fan. Even though I appreciate his story telling ability, he’s just too gimmicky for my taste. However, if I was asked to pick my favorite Eminem track, it would be “My Name Is” simply because of Dr Dre’s genius use of the Labi Siffre sample.
This version was performed by Streetwize, a smooth jazz studio supergroup led by saxophonist Kim Waters. They’ve carved a reputation for smoothing the edges off popular rap and rnb radio hits, and recorded an “urban jazz” album covering songs written or produced by Dre.
This is where Electro Pop meets 80′s R’n'B. Tegan and Sara’s Alligator has 17 official remixes, but my fav is this one by Chazwick Bundick aka Toro Y Moi, who has taken Alligator and given it a funky fresh flava.
Thanks to It’s Getting Boring By The Sea for the heads up.
Hailing from Victoria, Australia, Gypsy and the Cat formed in Aug 2008 when Xavier Bacash and Lionel Towers began writing together. Their debut album is set for a Summer 2010 release and should be interesting since they claim “Our influences range from all genres and great artists from Air to Fleetwood Mac to Bach”.
You can hear more from Gypsy and the Cat on
Sometimes it’s refreshing to take a break from all the dance-floor friendly Electro, House and Rap cuts that I spin, and relax to something more soothing. Snow & Voices’ provides the perfect soundtrack for that mood with ‘Maybe Finland’ taken from their third CD ‘Anything That Moves’.
If you are in Los Angeles in May, make sure you catch one of their Saturday night shows at the Hotel Cafe (May 1, 15 and 29) with special guest musicians playing in the band weekly.
Honestly, I hate TV commercials. I’m the type of person who records shows so that I can skip through the ads. Occasionally an advert will grab my attention, usually because of a kicking soundtrack or some unexpected humor. This Evian commercial has exactly that combination: Brilliant animation plus an Old school Hip Hop anthem.
For more music from commercials look at Ride The Tempo