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WHAT GETS YOU MOVIN: The Dig’s ‘Midnight Flowers’

22 Jun

After my good friends, The Dig (thedigmusic.com), showed me the cover of their then, upcoming new album, Midnight Flowers, I had an idea of them at night, in the forest, with a car light. That idea and 2 cold spring nights turned into the above promotional picture for my talented friends.  Continue reading


3 Dec

Thanksgiving week I listened to this nonstop.  I’m kind of obsessed.

I’ve been a Florence + the Machine fan since that fateful winter day in February 2011,  when my neighbor gave me her debut album, Lungs; I’ve literally listened to that album on a weekly basis ever since.  That’s why I was surprised to see Florence Welch was on SNL, being her fashionable, fabulous, but shy self, and promoting her newest project Ceremonials with a choir. I’ve clearly been in a bubble the last few weeks!  She did a stellar job on SNL (you can see it here), but instead of showing that clip, see her cover Drake and Rihanna’s Take Care on BBCR1’s Live Lounge.

Apparently she had the opportunity to go to LA, and make a big studio pop album for her sophomore effort, which she actually considered, but pulled out.  Instead, she stayed in London and recorded Ceremonials at the infamous Abbey Road Studios, a project that is supposed to be a better Lungs, with bigger drums.  Thank good she did that! …I don’t know if its better than Lungs though, there’s a quirkiness about Lungs I enjoyed more…this album is almost produced too well, but I’m not going to complain about something being too good.

I know some people won’t get Florence or her music, but I think it’s amazing! There’s something about the big drums, with her voice, a set of headphones and walking down the streets of NYC, that has this overwhelming, ethereal like feeling. love it! 

What the Water Gave Me (check the video below, set mostly during studio sessions at Abbey Road) and No Lights, No Lights are probably my favorite songs on the album.


7 Jun

Rihanna LOUD Tour Review

Before the LOUD Tour gets into full swing, I wanted to give my review of the opening show of Rihanna’s highly anticipated LOUD Tour. Sadly I only had my point and shoot camera, with a battery that was on its death-bed, but I’ve posted a few snap shots.

So Saturday night I went to 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD for the launch of Rihanna’s LOUD Tour with a bill that has J.Cole opening, Cee-lo, and then Rihanna. I have to say, I was thoroughly impressed with the show, except for one part, or should I say one person, and that would be Cee-lo, but we’ll get back to that.

I wasn’t expecting a lot from the show, I’m not a huge Rihanna fan, and although she has some fun songs that make me want to wind up my waist, I enjoy her style as far as fashion goes, more than her musical prowess. Also based on TV performances of Rihanna, she isn’t someone on my top 10 (or 20 for that matter) people I want to see in concert list, but my best friend loves her and wanted to go to the show for her birthday, so I decided to check it out, plus it didn’t hurt that DJ Dummy (my artist) spins for J.Cole, so why would I miss the chance to check out a show!

With an 1 1/2 hour set with 30 songs and a 2 song encore, 6 outfit changes, running around the inner circumference of the arena twice, a stint (she needs more practice) on the drums, and no lip syncing, Rihanna damn sure gave her audience their money’s worth! It’s the best I’ve heard her sound, the most energy I’ve ever seen exude, and she had personality; I was satisfactorily entertained, the show is not for kids though. She gave the show her all; second to last song after a lap around the arena you could see her slightly wince with exhaustion, but she was a show-woman.

Check out her 2 song encore here.  She showered or should i say rained down confetti over the crowd, while closing with Umbrella.

On the reverse end, Cee-lo was not quite the showman. He created a 45 minute lull of boredom with his performance. Supposedly he fired his all-girl band 3 days prior…and apparently the appropriate replacement were 2 strippers (or 2 professional dancers who dance like strippers).  Two strippers do not a band make; as a result the crowd had to sit through Cee-lo standing in place for the most part, with 2 stripper hype-women.  The most exciting part was his silver sequins jacket, which he took of two song in.  Needless to say, I used my bathroom break during the set. While I was in the bathroom I overheard a conversation between two people:

Person 1: Who’s Cee-lo?
Person 2:  You know Cee-lo Green, he has that Fuck You song, I can’t wait until he plays it!

Most people seemed lost and bored during his set, and then rumbled into utter excitement when they deciphered Fuck You was coming on through Cee-lo’s drum and bassish remix version.  Cee-lo’s posture seemed to deflate a little when he heard them roaring to the song, like he was some one hit wonder, he seemed to suddenly recognize what kind of crowd he was in for, for this tour.  I have a funny feeling by mid-July he going to start yelling f*** you at the crowd with disgust and hate.  I’ve listened to Cee-lo since the Goodie M.O.B. days…it would be nice to see him start the show with Free from the Soul Food album or something; instead of the whole show being this glossy, trying to be Motown BS.  He’s been in the game for over 15 years, he better demand that respect and get his show together!

J.Cole’s show was good, but too short, he needs more than 25 minutes!  But for a crowd who predominantly doesn’t know who he is, I think it was a cohesive show.  Starting with Start is Born with Jay-Z and All I Want is You with Miguel was a great choice.  Although I like more of J.Cole’s grittier music, the song selection was perfect for the diverse crowd the bill drew, for positioning him for someone they need to keep in their radar, and making him seem commercially viable; good job Music Director.  I will say though, with Cee-lo’s use of lighting and Rihanna’s massive stage setup, J.Cole needs to incorporate a stage aesthetic, because his good performance may get lost visually from the rest of the show.

All and all it was an impressive show, and I look forward to seeing the show again after they get more cities under their belt!

Yesterday my friend sent me this J.Cole’s interview with Nardwar (love him!) from late last year.  So since J.Cole came up in this post, here is some extra entertainment, I had a good laugh with this one!







2 May

My major neglect of 2011 for the blog thus far has been my Album of the Week/Push Play section, particularly actually writing a write-up. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks! What can I say!

One of the albums that has been on rotation during this crazy time is Marsha Ambrosius’ Late Nights & Early Mornings. When the 1st single Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player) came out, i thought it was cool and catchy, but wasn’t my style, maybe the writing was too modern for me; i don’t want to ever be singing Kim Kardashian’s name. When the video for the 2nd single Far Away came out, they lost me. I think they visually expressed the song in a confusing manner, that just left everyone scratching their heads instead of feeling sadness or some other somber emotion. After that it took me a minute to give the album a chance.

I’m glad I did; i kept hearing great things about the project, so I had to give it a listen; my conclusion…they were picking the wrong songs! For me i find it difficult for a woman to make a song sexy, you know, those get you in the mood songs, but Marsha Ambrosius is able to do that in Your Hands, With You, and the album titled track Late Nights & Early Mornings. It’s not like I should be surprised though, Ambrosius did it for me when she was in Floetry with Say Yes.

And although her unique voice gets on my nerves at times, like in Lose Yourself, i like this 1st solo effort from Marsha. Not only is the songwriting introspective and in ways quite intimate, but HELLO, she attempted to redo Portishead’s Sour Times; amazing for that, good effort, Portishead’s vibe will always win though. Late Nights & Early Morning isn’t a masterpiece, but it’s a good nighttime, chill, maybe clean your room album that will make you reflect on relationships in various ways.


19 Feb

After Sunday night’s Grammy’s an amazing announcement was made, Radiohead is releasing a new album for download on Saturday!  The album ended up coming out a day early (yesterday Friday).  I’m not ready to talk about my thoughts of The King of Limbs quite yet, but I will say innovative as always.  In the interim though, watch the video of the 1st single, Lotus Flower where, if you’ve ever seen a Radiohead concert, Thom Yorke is showing his moves.  Enjoy.

If you haven’t bought it yet, you can do so here.