Fat Freddy’s Drop are a New Zealand seven-piece band from Wellington, whose musical style has been characterised as any combination of dub, reggae, soul, jazz, rhythm and blues and techno. In 2013, the band released their fifth studio album called Blackbird, which I highly recommend you check out. The video for Blackbird was directed by Jon Baxter from Perceptual Engineering, who built a 3D model of a blackbird and then set about making it fly and multiply. Baxter's philosophical approach for Blackbird aligns with the darkness of the lyrics by Freddy's vocalist Joe Dukie. "The Blackbird in my garden is often the lingering fear that attacks my creative process and inhibits action. But this can turn out to be the very same force that allows magic to happen, the very thing that gives momentum to dreams and allows us to break through to the other side", Baxter said. That's some wise advice, take it!
"omne trium perfectum" (everything that comes in threes is perfect, or, every set of three is complete)
Listen up Ladywood Lovers. Tomorrow is a BIG night for three reasons...and here at Ladywood, the rule of three is a guiding philosophy.
Let me explain:
Rachel and I have decided to pack up and go on a soul searching adventure to Latin America. We have a one way ticket with very little planned, other than going with the flow. I trust that this journey will take us to where we need to go. The Ladywood adventure will obviously continue as we wanderlust through South America. The Ladywood power of three will always be!
I was trying to find a suitable song that abides by the rule of three and I came across the legendary track Three Little Birds by Bob Marley. It is scary how fitting it is in this time of change and flux. I think we should all take Bob's advice and "Don't worry, about a thing. Cause every little thing is gonna be alright."
Love and light. Namaste bitches. -H.
And for those of you who missed the last event, here is a clip of the music memories we gathered. Thanks and we look forward to making more music memories with you!
I'm not sure whether my brother told me to watch this video as a funny or because he's a huge fan of Afrikan Boy; either way, everyone should come to their own conclusions about Afrikan Boy. I might judge anyone who thinks this vibrant man is anything short of amazing, but to each his own. In the end we all must know about Afrikan Boy-R
Keep your eyes out for the heavy hitting singer/songwriter Kat Dhalia's because she's coming in hot! Her first album My Garden is set to release any time now and she's already premiered a few of her songs. I deeply appreciate Kat's singing abilities and infectious storytelling because we hear a lot of manipulated voices on the main stage these days. Dhalia's harsh beats and dark sentiments paint a refreshing female image. Raised in Miami by a Cuban community she fluently speaks English and Spanish. In her track 'Ganster' she sings about the struggles of her parent's finances and what it was like to make money on her own. In 2010 she moved to New York with the money she made waitressing and funded her own studio time, music video and EP. It wasn't until last year that she signed to Epic Records via the Vested in Culture label. She was charged with a DUI late July but she's hopefully learned from that mistake and is reaching for greater things in future. This fierce songstress can embody any genre so don't miss out on what she's got to say. Give her time to break into your mind because she'll take you for a ride.
The Boom Booms hold a special place in my west coast heart. I was lucky enough to get introduced to this talented group of Vancouverites by my dad, who brought my sister to his best friend's house party in East Van. The live music quickly attracted the entire neighbourhood, and turned the gathering into a bloc party reminiscent of the video. Let's just say my dad is way cooler than I will ever be. These boys have such incredible stage presence that everyone in that alley, young and old, was dancing and having a great time.
In 2011, after releasing their their debut album, Hot Rum, the Boom Booms earned a spot in the 2011 Peak Performance Project, BC's most prestigious contest for emerging musicians. They won second place and received $75,000, which helped fund a successful tour of Brazil, playing to hundreds of people in the Amazon, Rio and Manaus. While on tour, the band fell in love with the Brazilian culture, music and people. To raise awareness of the mass deforestation that is occurring and socio-economic implications it has on the people, this sextet created a series of videos. These boys are awesome and to see them live, check them out July 5-7 at the Keloha music festival in Kelowna.
Love and light,
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:
What do you get when you add a wicked voice, musical prowess and a mad scientist haristyle? I know many options are coming to mind but its none other than Belgium wonder Selah Sue. Having recently hit the international music scene, fast and hard, she’s a big contender to shake the live performance world. Her self titled album is a delightful mix of soulful lyrics and fluid beats. Its like eating chocolate ice cream for breakfast with lots of sprinkles. A lot of fucking sprinkles. Rolling Stones named her one of the new faces of 2012 and even though she comes from a non-musically inclined family, she is wickedly talented. Her musical domination came after viral fan feedback from posting videos on the world wide web. Crazy vibes is a personal favorite so if you like sweet things watch this video. Then get the fuck off internet and go do something with real people at a real place filled with real music. It’s the best.
photo cred: www.selahsue.com
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