Klangarussell. Get into them now. One part Tobias Rieser, one part Adrian Held - these two mellifluous (yea google dictionary that shit) Germans from Salzburg are dominating. If your not on board yet, just listen to “Sonnentanz” - direct translation - “Summer Dance” and you’ll be converted:
K so real talk. This next Klangkarussell track “Netzwerk”, made me reflect a lot on life. This song features Osho, an Indian guru who has garnered an international following with his teachings on spirituality, love and meditation. In this song Osho speaks of the duality between love and fear and he states “love and hate are just two sides of the same coin. But with love, something, very drastic has happened.”
Osho viewed the mind as a mechanism for survival, replicating behavioural strategies that have proven successful in the past. But the mind’s appeal to the past, he said, deprives humans of the ability to live authentically in the present, causing them to repress genuine emotions and to shut themselves off from joyful experiences that arise naturally when embracing the present moment: “The mind has no inherent capacity for joy. …It only thinks about joy.” The result is that people poison themselves with all manner of neuroses, jealousies, and insecurities. He argued that psychological repression, makes suppressed feelings re-emerge in another guise, and that sexual repression resulted in societies obsessed with sex. (*Note: a lot of those ideas were taken from Wikipedia…and we all know that everything you read on the internet is basically true).
K so Osho states in “Netzwerk” that capitalism is “afraid or your authentic love, because authentic love is beyond their control. You are possessed by it. You are not the possessor, you are the possessed. And every society wants you to be in control. The society is afraid of your wild nature, its is afraid of your naturalness, so from the very beginning it starts cutting your wings. And the most basic thing which is dangerous in you is the possibility of love, because if you are possessed by love, you can go even against the world”.
That shit is deep. Listen to it a few times. Think about it, reflect on it. Damn those Germans are next level. Do you agree with Osho…and Klangarussell? Feedback and thoughts are welcome…
Today we are featuring a deep house mix from up and coming musical genius Perseus from the French Express crew (Chris Malinchak & Jonas Rathmsan). It was featured on BBC Radio 1 and for good reason - it makes me want to get down and giggy with it and move my body to these killer beats. Let this mellower side of electronic music ease you into the weekend, and get you through the last couple hours of work.
Enjoy and much love,
Song discovery credit: Mr. Will R.
So I'm going to jump on the throwback Thursday bandwagon, an idea I find slightly if not totally self indulgent, and present to you fine folks the most recent version of Paul Simon's classic The Boxer, performed by Mumford and Sons. I've been on a folk kick lately and Mumford and Sons have been at the top of the playlist for a while. It's considered one of the best songs of all time and this Mumford version, that stays so true to the original is a testament to both the song's and Simon's musical endurance. The song, written as a first person lament, describes the singers struggles to overcome loneliness and poverty in New York. The final verse switches focus from first to third person, as the singer describes the title character of the boxer, who despite the violent effects of "every glove that laid him down or cut him till he cried out", perseveres. Yet, we find out the boxer relents, whether it be to his opponents gloves or the grips of loneliness as he cries out "I am leaving, I am leaving" - "but", the singer continues temptingly, "the fighter still remains". Its a tale of adversity, not necessarily overcoming it, but fighting it and occasionally relenting because sometimes it feels like the only option left.
Marcus Mumford lilting folksiness is the perfect accompaniment to this classic song and the intense banjo sections echo ever so slightly of the great Bob Dylan.
Here's the track y'all.
Lots of Love
Trap is a new-ish genre that fuses dubstep drops with hip-hop basslines and hi-hats. In 2012, trap music started gaining popularity among EDM DJs and producers and has recently exploded with the "Harlem Shake" meme (my favorite here). Today we are featuring my top three trap songs that get me jacked up while running.
#1) Baauer - "Higher"
#2) Flosstradamus - "Original Don"
#3) RL Grime - "Satisfaction"
And we obviously had to make our very own "Harlem Shake" video...so enjoy yet another bitches.
Here's the closest thing Lana has to a make out track for all you lovers out there this Valentines Day. And even though she might normally sing about broken hearts and doomed disastrous love, Lana Del Rey apparently has a bit of a soft spot for V Day: and as a romantic gift to us all, she’s released a rose-tinged music video for the bonus track on her LP “Burning Desire.” I just hope that you experience the right kind of burning this V Day and not the uhhh...you know...other kind of burning. Definitely go get that checked out if you do though....like right away.
If your looking for some sexy tracks to get down to this valentine's day, The Weeknd is your guy. This Toronto native's latest collaboration is with...wait for it...fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger's son. What? Yes, and he goes by the name of Ricky Hil. Check out Hil's latest track "Nomads" from his mixtape S.Y.L.D.D. - any guesses what that stands for? Support your local drug dealer...yup, it happened.
Remember: safety and fun together as one.
New track: Falling
Melodies and pure vocal genius.
Bottom line: "Never look back. Never give up"
Next steps: Full length album.
- Guest blogger: MillaTime
For those of you who didn't have the pleasure of falling in love with Moby's beats at age 12 because your eccentric mother took you travelling for 2 months to the Philippines...and all you had was 1 CD...I would like to personally introduce you to the bald headed, thick-rim spectacled legend - Moby. This american DJ has sold over 20 million albums worldwide and has collaborated with music icons such as MJ, David Bowie, Daft Punk aaaand Britney Spears (you know you've made it when...) Moby falls into the chillwave/electronic/techno//soul/trance/synthpop genre. The first track I'd like to share is called "In This World" which features Jennifer Price on vocals. Simply beautiful.
The second track is called "Porcelain", which happens to be featured in one of my favorite movies The Beach (Leo, so hot right now) and evokes so many beautiful memories from Boracay where I was swimming (shorts only) and chillin' on the beach with the other Philippino boys.
Interesting fact of the day: Moby/Eminem Beef. Apparently the feud started at the 2001 Grammy's when Moby spoke out against Eminem's misogynistic lyrics and homophobia. Eminem obviously didn't like that too much, so instead of physically retaliating by cappin' the bitch, he wrote Moby into "Without Me" - which may have just been worse...
"And Moby? You get can stomped by Obie
Except for my sister and I...we religiously listened to that 1 Moby CD while trying to fall asleep in the Spider House on Boracay island, while my mom partied it up at the Beach Comber till sunrise...good times.
Peace and love,
ps. I hope you are now as excited as I am to watch Moby perform at Coachella
The Grammys are Sunday and one of the highlights will be the tribute to The Band’s great drummer and singer, Levon Helm, who died last year. T-Bone Burnett (interview here), Mavis Staples (interview here) and Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes and others will perform the Band’s classic song, “The Weight” in Helm’s honor.
One of the greatest live concert films of all time is The Band’s last live show called "The Last Waltz" featuring Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Muddy Waters as guest performances. It was directed -as much as someone can actually direct a live show where Neil Young had a nugget sized chunk of cocaine hanging off his nose so big you could see it from space- by Martin Scorsese and is a definitive piece of film that will and has stood the test of time.
I remember watching The Last Waltz with my ex-boyfriend over and over and over again on those long sticky summer nights in between my first and second years of university, drooling over the lush sounds of Levon Helm’s version of “The Weight” and thinking that this is what love felt like. While that romance faded my love for The Band never did and I felt truly mournful when I heard that Helm had passed away last year.
You hear all kinds of things in the music of The Band and the deep meaningful thumps of Helm’s drum set, but above all you hear the sounds of people. Its the sound of America, in 1968 coming apart at the seams, when blood was on a balcony in Memphis, Tennessee and the traditional American household was feeling the rumblings of a cultural coup d’etat. It’s the sounds of summer slowly fading away as the sun dips gently over the horizon, and the mosquitoes stop buzzing and the bullfrogs start their hum. Its the voice of a generation long gone, but still echoing in our eardrums. The music of The Band and Levon Helm managed to capture both the loss, and gain, of something intangible and completely beautiful, and we are lucky to have had his musical talents for as long as we did. So without prosthelytizing, I implore you to see the Last Waltz if you can, its available on amazon, or read Charles Pierce’s touching remembrance of him here. It will be well worth it, I promise, I promise, I promise.
Ok straight up, I know very little to almost nothing about this mysterious "King Charles" character except that his melodic steel drumming make my heart jump start to a Jamaican beat. This song makes me want to shake my bum and wear cut off daisy dukes while drinking mai tai's on the beaches of Kingston. This song makes me happy in the same way that getting a new boyfriend makes Taylor Swift happy. Which is a whole bunch of happy.
So get your weekend kickstarted with this upbeat island Jam my brotha's! Aye! Aye! Aye! .......ugghh sorry about that I regretted it as soon as I wrote it.
Here it is:
Nick Murphy, aka Chet Faker, is an up-and-coming bearded maestro hailing from the land down under. Not only does this Melbourne native know how to throw down killer tracks (check out "I'm into you"), but he gets remixed by New York's finest Nicolas Jaar and his rendition of Blackstreet's "No Diggity" gets featured on a Superbowl commercial. This Aussie is killing it.
Check out this live session where Nick and the band record a beautiful stripped down cover of Burial's single "Archangel" in an old butter factory in Victoria, Australia. This tracks slow build and the passion in his rugged face gives me shivers every time - well done sir.
Enjoy and much love,
ps. all this talk about Australia is making me want a Tim Tam.
Song discovery credit goes to my good friend holls and her aussie friend.
I have a problem. I've recognized the unfortunate impact it has on myself and others in my life, but I cannot help but have insatiable urges to feed this addiction. It comes at night, day and when I'm surrounded by brilliant minds of the music following world. The people who want music to be a mix of tempo, pitch, rhythm and texture would scoff at my addiction's playful undertones and its ability to put me into a dreamlike state for extended periods of time. Okay I'll tell you. Here it is. It's coming. Right now. Are you ready.....?
I'm addicted to musicals in every shape, form and fashion. I like them in TV shows, movies, music videos and real life. The amount of times I've imagined myself in a quiet library or snobbish restaurant while suddenly being whisked away by swaying beats and gyrating hips is immeasurable. I wish the world would break into song and dance with every dilemma or intense decision people had to make. Singing with the passion of Aretha Franklin and dancing with the greatness of my emotions, would surely bring onlookers to their knees. Tears would fall from inspired eyes while many more would carry the torch of song and dance into their own lives. These scenes of harmony and physical fluidity would solve wars and bridge gaps between the rich and the poor, or at least it would enable me to sing about how much I hate blue eye shadow.
The decision to share my addiction with you was a difficult one but to chose a video that encapsulates my love for musical based moments was even harder. I decided to show you an old, but timely, favourite. The video is unfortunately poor quality, since copyright has been all over these scenes, but it all started with one line, "So, you wanna go to a real party."
Third class Irish dance party.... and queue scene.
Is it just me or is every legit lady singer these days British? The UK just keeps popping out indie pop stars and 17-year-old Chlöe Howl should be added to the list. Check out the freckled-face Londoner's latest track "Rumours" for some catchy lyrics and bumping synth-pop rhythms.
Lyric of the day: "I'm just trying to work out/How to be like myself/I'm just trying to work out/These cards I've been dealt"
Don't be starting no rumours bitches.
Today, Ladywood presents "Forever Still", a short film from the Baltimore, Maryland dream pop duo Beach House. The film finds the band performing out in a dreamy desert landscape, near the Tornillo, Texas studio where they recorded 2012's Bloom. The video is filled with long breathtaking night shots and rich velvety colours that contrast perfectly with the stark desert landscape. The 27-minute mini-movie looks absolutely gorgeous, with the band convincingly showing just how larger-than-life these songs are.
The band wrote on their website:
Alex Ebert, the front man of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, released his first solo album Alexander in 2011 and although the album received average reviews, the track "Truth" stands out. The Jesus lookalike, who enjoys performing barefoot and shirtless, gets most of his lyrical inspiration from the days he struggled with addiction. I appreciate the wisdom behind the lyrics as he sings that even in our darkness we are all beautiful. In an interview, Ebert shares that "instead of avoiding, hiding our dark sides and those of the world, we have to accept them, love them until something good emerges of them."
So if your a fan of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, or just enjoy really good music, check out this sick remix of "Truth", featuring none other than RZA (the grammy winning music genius and leader of Wu-Tang).
Stay true bitches.
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